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ROADSIDE BOUQUET

Don't you just love finding beauty in all of life's little details? I really think sometimes, that I prefer junk to any new gadget or fancy object. Don't get me wrong, I love technology and things that simplify my everyday tasks, but I get such a serene happy feeling when finding beauty in nature’s simplest creations and from creating something functional from scrap pieces. Like this beautiful little roadside bouquet. How is this not perfection? I'll gladly take a bouquet of wild flowers over expensive genetically modified flowers any day :)

May your day be filled with beauty.

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STROLLING AND GATHERING

I love walking. I can go for a short walk and it'll take forever because I just have to look at every leaf, flower or detail along the way. And this is what happens; I bring home stuff. Flowers, rocks, beach wood...shells and so on. Somehow I never seem to get enough of natures little wonders.

Last Autumn I found some very beautiful beach wood with an almost polished look. Just two little branches and I have moved them around the apartment several times now, adding them to different decorations. But now they seem to have fulfilled their purpose. So for the last couple of months, they have been stored in the cupboard. I just didn't have the heart to throw them out. But then the other day I was working on a project and I was looking for two branches just like that. And they were perfect. (I'll show you the project later this month)

I kind of forgot what my exact point with this story was, but the thing is; I like to gather and make things. And it's fun....until it becomes clutter. Clutter often has a negative effect on you and I hate when that happens. So for me, I love to incorporate all things around me in my projects, but I have promised myself that I have to use the things I collect. 

This also keeps me from having too many projects going on. It's a tough one, when you have to restrain yourself sometimes:) I always tell myself that I do it for the creativity. Having too many projects often result in projects not being finished and that's not satisfying for anyone.

Do you also like to collect and gather things and sometimes find it hard to keep the balance between inspiration and clutter? 

See you tomorrow!

VERSATILE AND LASTING CENTERPIECE

How is everyone? This week's 'how to' is a really easy and cute project. Often when you make a centerpiece for a party or dinner, you don't always make it thinking that it has to last a long time. But that would actually be nice, right, if it did last a long time. 

So we came up with a slightly different looking centerpiece, that will last a long time. It's made from potted herbs and roses. A bit untraditional I guess, but it looks really pretty and it smells fantastic. 

The whole idea is that you place your cut flowers in test-tubes, which are inserted into the herb plant. This way you can easily exchange the cut flowers when they are done, and you have a fresh centerpiece for any length of time. Another convenient thing is that you can pick and drizzle you food with fresh herbs right at the table.

You'll need these materials:

Burlap
Jute-string
Test-tubes (about 10)
Tray (we used a baking tray)
10 Cut flowers
3 potted herbs of your choice 

Happy project.

QUIRKY EASTER DECORATION

I love quirkiness. And this little Easter decoration definitely has the quirky factor. This is one of those fun things you can make for a party, where you need a really cool centerpiece. 

The violas will be fine without water for a day or two and afterwards you can just move them to a pot or into the garden. We used a wheel from an old baby pram, which has this lovely rustic look. You can really decorate with whatever you like. 

I think even feathers would look beautiful here. It's a very artsy piece, as it will take on a look of its own, but it's simple and inexpensive. Only your imagination will set the limit for this one:)

Happy Easter project

COZY EASTER COLORS

Yesterday the twig was brown and bare;
To-day the glint of green is there;
Tomorrow will be leaflets spare;
I know no thing so wondrous fair,
No miracle so strangely rare.
I wonder what will next be there!
~L.H. Bailey

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

ETERNAL SUNSHINE & RAINBOWS

Spring is such a life confirming season. It's a breath of fresh air to know that everything will sprout again and take on their usual cycle. Easter is also my favorite holiday decorating season. 

Probably because of all the cute pastel colors you see everywhere, they kind of make you happy, right. Just like walking into a kid's room, it's eternal sunshine and rainbows. Well is doesn't hurt either that all the shops are stacked with soft bunnies and fluffy chicken toys. I just wanna hug 'em all:)

Anyways, when it comes to decorating I kind of tend to not go for the typical easter yellow. This little put-together is very natural in color and very easy to make. You use terracotta pots, moss, any flower of your choosing and some eggs. Very simple and pretty elegant as well.

Happy Friday!

WEDDING DECOR PART I

Hi everyone! Hope you are enjoying your weekend. This past week has been so gorgeous. Getting married last Saturday, to the most loving, warmhearted and beautiful man I know, was a dream come true. We took a small honeymoon to Rome, where we enjoyed beautiful weather, fantastic architecture and lots of great food and wine. And know I'm sitting here, flipping through all the pictures from the wedding. It was such a beautiful day. 

We held the wedding party in our home and Sussi did all the flower decorations. She even made my bouquet (pic.1), which was probably one of the finest bouquets I have ever seen. It was a mix of calla, ranunculus, a single orchid stem, hydrangea, eucalyptus and willow catkins. Absolutely stunning. 

The table setting was very simple and elegant, with warm tones. I used brown and cream as base colors and decorated with bordeaux and cream colored flowers. The black board in the background I change from time to time, and it seemed like a perfect place to write our names and date for the day. I'm probably not going to change it for a while now. I love seeing our names together. 

The center piece was adorable... a beautiful mix of roses, hydrangeas, tulips, eucalyptus, ranunculus and wax flowers. I love how the natural and "not so tamed" centerpiece made a great contrasts to the more subtle table setting. They emphasized each other very well. My sister is so awesome at this flower stuff. Thank you for all your help, darling sis.

I will post more pictures from the wedding later. I made a really cool party favor. You'll get the 'how to's' on it too.

Have a beautiful day!

 

RECYCLING CHRISTMAS-DECOR

After december, when all the Christmas-decor are tucked away waiting for next Christmas to arrive, it can sometimes feel empty in the house and you need something fresh to look at.
 
 
As I love to use a lot of natural materials, also in december, I will end up with a lot of materials that are still useable after taking apart my Christmas-decorations.
 
 
Having materials like moss and little greens in front of me, I came up with this idea for two new decorations for my kitchen-window. The combination of moss, sempervivum and the green color gives me a feeling of growth, spring and brighter days to come. 
 
Have a fantastic Tuesday.
 
/Sussi & Annika
 

HAPPY NEW YEAR

2011 has been a beautiful year and we can't wait to get started on 2012. So much is going to happen and we are exited about it. 
 
Today we are celebrating with family and there is going to be lots of great food. Sussi made this gorgeous tulip decoration this morning and it's going to be our centerpiece for the table. It's gonna look beautiful.
 
Thank you for all of your wonderful comments. We're so glad that you like what we do, as we are so lucky enough to be doing what we love. We hope to continue to inspire you.
 
May you all have a wonderful and Happy New Year. See you in 2012.
/Annika & Sussi
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

CHRISTMAS TREE IN DISGUISE

Christmas is very much about tradition, and there are quite a few things we associate with Christmas. The Christmas tree, with its glitter, lights and sparkly ornaments, is probably one of the greatest symbols of Christmas. Mostly they are pine trees and rather big, and once you get them in the house, you don't really move them around much.
 
 
So we thought we would make a slightly different tree, one that you can place on a table or wherever you like. Since the size of this tree is what you make it, you can make it fit anywhere in your house.
 
 
This is a very easy project and you can decorate it however you like. Later this week we will post instructions on how to make the ornaments that are pictured with the tree. And tomorrow we'll tell you how to make a Christmas sack for the tree.
 
 
Happy project....and please let us know if you have any qustions.
 
Merry 6. December. 
/Annika & Sussi
 

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