it's november! depending where you are in the world, leaves are falling, rain is falling or possibly SNOW is falling (yes, you minnesota). this is my last design of the year for maeve's and my 2013 calendar, inspired by beautifully colored leaves falling from the sky. download your desired size below:
photo taken two seconds after oliver "jumped" (he doesn't know how to get his feet off the ground yet ;) into my face resulting in a split lip and splitting headache (see what i did there?). it's ok, it's funny now, especially the part where we never really got a good picture in his costume this year, oops. if you can't tell, he was a happy lil cloud with ribbon rain and i made it with the intention of turning it into a pillow for his room afterwards. yay instant costume re-use!
hope everyone had a fun halloween eating all the sweet treats your heart desires! (i don't mind that halloween isn't celebrated in denmark but man, i really miss those mini candy bars)
maeve and i are excited to announce that our 2014 calendar collaboration theme will be...ANIMALS!!! i cannot wait to get started, animals are sooo much fun to draw. to help us out, please let us know your favorite animals, and fill out our short (seriously, SHORT) survey about what you liked or would love to see this year. PLUS, filling out the survey gives you a chance to win a lovely printed version of the 2014 calendar, and i heard the paper that maeve picked out is crazemazing! (if you'd like to see a summary of our 2013 calendar, click here) thanks everyone! xx
during the chilly winter months, my time spent knitting definitely increases. it's such a cozy and easy way to relax. i've always loved the chunky wool and the gang knitted projects but this season i'm really drawn to their tartan collection. someone pointed out my ravelry queue is quite long (it's not really a queue so much as a list of bookmarks) but i think i need to add a tartan project on there for this winter, the knitted designs turn out so fun!
the year is flying by so fast, how is it already october??? to keep you cozy during these chilly weeks, make sure to download maeve's rich jewel-toned calendar! i love that this pattern reminds me a of a quilt, perfect to snuggle under with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book.
have you seen this adorable handlebar bike bag by sideshow press? sooo cute! i sadly dislocated my kneecap last week so my bike is gathering dust right now, but wouldn't hanging this little bag on a stroller be fun too? (please say yes ;) available at amelia, check out the rest of her shop for more amazing goods! and check out the rest of sideshow press' website too--their branding is so great!
there are so many adorable danish clothing brands for kids, and gro is no exception. ("gro" means "grow" in danish) the clothes are beautiful yet comfortable, made of wonderful materials like soft organic cotton and fine woven corduroy.
the autumn/winter collection is lovely in rich burgundy and royal blue with layers of greys, even adding in touches of cream and sea green for the girls. mixing knits with corduroy and soft cotton, your littles will be ready for walks in the cool air and jumping into piles of leaves. my favorite print is the badminton birdie, so cute. (and very appropriate since denmark has some of the top badminton players in the world!)
and if you live in copenhagen or esbjerg, you're in luck! gro is having lagersalgs (sample sales) in october, check this site for details.
no matter how full i am, i always want a little (or a lot) bit of sweetness after eating a meal. today is no exception...can anyone bring some of these drool-worthy mini s'mores hand pies to my doorstep???
as if the animal pompoms were not already super adorable, how fun are these alphabet pompoms they've now posted on mr printables??? i am already trying to figure out the geometry of the non-symmetrical letters in my head so i can make pompom garlands galore!
ps. to all my danish class friends, you know "jeg elsker kage!"
summer is sadly over, and copenhagen has the chilly weather to prove it. but autumn brings the fun of back to school (new school supplies and clothes??? yes, please!) and i designed this month's pattern to honor those stacks of books waiting to be sorted at your nearest library. feel free to download to your heart's content!
have you seen the amazing website mr printables??? it's a fantastic, fun, happy, craft-filled site aimed at littles--but i might want to make everything posted on there myself! recently on the blog, they posted a tutorial on how to make adorable animal pompoms that are SO CUTE. i want to make a million and hang them all over our apt!
every summer they open up their beautiful upstairs studio to host a painting school, where you can recreate your very own hand-painted royal copenhagen piece. it was SO much fun! i love anything hands-on and it was just liberating to have space to make a mess. (though of course the goal is to make no mess, since it's so fancy...) their pieces are still hand-painted to this day, and takes months before you can be certified as meeting their standards. oh wait, you DON'T want your beautiful perfectly curved lines to have kinks in them...?
this year we took a summer holiday to the southern danish island of ærø and it was lovely!
the houses were colorful and cozy, lining cobblestone roads. the countryside and coastlines were beautiful and we saw farms and loppedmarkets (flea markets) selling antiques and fresh produce--often with honor system pricing! (everyone is very trusting)
we only went to the beach once and it was sooo windy and cold...but oliver is so acclimated to danish climate and loved going in the water, teeth chattering away. we ate amazing sea food (smoked oysters NOT from a can) and fresh baked goods, took bike rides and long walks, cooked food and baked cookies in the most charming tiny house, knit while watching movies, played board games while it rained...it might not have been the tropical island holiday i imagined it would be (no, i don't know why i thought an island in denmark would be tropical) but it was a REALLY nice holiday and i can't wait to go back someday!
of course this sold out in mere minutes! mini rodini recently had a limited edition run of baby blankets upcycled from scrap fabric of their popular prints. i love that bunny print and have yet to find it in a second hand store here (though the search is part of the fun anyway :) this is such a great way to own their prints without having to hold onto old baby clothes. genius.
designer, crafter, and frequenter of public libraries. mama to the cutest baby in the world. i love confetti dots and bright colors because they make me happy. currently living in copenhagen, adventure awaits!