Saturday, December 31, 2011

happy new year!

once we announced our baby news, a friend asked me if I could add more life-changing events to this year. we've had amazing fireworks shows outside our window all evening and will be skyping with our families early in the morning to re-celebrate midnight in the there is only thirty minutes left of 2011, i'm keeping my fingers crossed we have a peaceful, non-eventful remainder to the year ;)

i have a lot of really fun plans for 2012 (a contest or two???) and i'm looking forward to what the new year will bring. thank you all for your support and love, wishing you a fabulous new year! cheers!!!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

goodbye november, hello new apartment!

today we moved into our new apartment and we are SO excited! it's a simple, modern and open layout with huge floor to ceiling windows and a beautiful deck. the view is fantastic (around the corner you can see downtown copenhagen in the distance), we are near lots of open space for milo and only 3 miles from the beach.

it feels really settling to have our things out of storage and i can't wait to decorate and organize. chris' work friends have already given us tips for finding vintage scandinavian furniture...YES!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

happy turkey day!

it has been an eventful year. i had ups and downs and boring normalcy for sure. you always learn from hardships and they only make you stronger. on the flip side, when life gives you something to smile about then be happy and treat yourself (i do--often with sweets). i have so much to be thankful for this year, and feel REALLY lucky to be me.

i miss you US family and friends but skype and facebook (and email, blogs and twitter) keep us as close as you can be while across an ocean...happy thanksgiving to those on the other side of the atlantic!!!

Monday, November 14, 2011

baking for one

yesterday i made this recipe of chocolate chip cookies (with chris' help--stirring cookies by hand is a workout!) which was perfect since it only made 16 cookies. as the only dairy/egg eater in this household, it is dangerous to make regular amounts of baked goods since i would have no problem eating 100% of the entire batch...seriously.

when i was on pinterest, what did i find but a cake recipe for one! it's small and adorable and baked in a tin can! PLUS, it's chocolate and peanut butter...YUM. i cannot wait to try this out, how cute would it be to throw a party with a variety of mini cakes on the table???
thanks picky palate and happy 4th birthday to you! :)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

and we're back

when we got back to denmark, it felt strangely like's interesting that although life here is sooo different than what we've been used to our entire lives, we are starting to finally feel like we are a part of this new life now.

milo has settled into city living pretty easily and like a cat, loves people watching from our window. i'm so glad to have him here since i am home a lot during the day and it's nice to have snuggly company :)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

design*sponge craft + book party

i was lucky to craft with the lovely grace (and amy!) of design*sponge at anthropologie for her book tour, and it was SO MUCH FUN!!! we created custom wooden wax seals using wooden dowels and woodburning tools. I had never used a woodburning pen before and let me just say, it is NOT like drawing with a pen. AT ALL. as a project that used materials i wasn't familiar with, it ended up being pretty easy and i was super excited with how my little milo turned out!

i also sat at the same table as erin, laura, kara and jen from red stamp--the cutest bunch! they have the best app for sending really fun and well-designed cards through your iphone or ipad! check it out here.

the even MORE exciting part of my evening was hanging out with bff dana all night!!! and dinner with mike tv at convention grill too, YUM.

(doesn't my chevron attempt look like charlie brown's shirt???)

poor milo...

i am back stateside and i don't know who missed me more, my family and friends...or MILO. he jumped all over me at insane heights and was SOOO excited it was like he won the bacon lottery! once he got over the excitement i was just another person to play with. good thing he wears himself out or i'd never get anything done.

we're bringing him back with us to copenhagen next week, so think good thoughts for him while he's on his long journey overseas!!!

Sunday, October 2, 2011


have you heard of present&correct before? they stock the most wonderful things--it makes you wish it was always back to school time! their shop contains items they've designed themselves, things they love from other designers and vintage items from all over europe. make sure to peruse the whole site because their photography styling is really fun. (their blog is a visual treat too! check it out here.)

Friday, September 30, 2011

bon anniversaire!

it's my wonderful mother's birthday today and i wish i could be there in person to celebrate with her! though we're far apart she makes time in her busy schedule to email and skype regularly which i'm so grateful for. i am heading home soon and can't wait to spend time with her and treat her to loads of birthday treats :) HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

[image via pinterest with no original source linked]

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

home sweet [temporary furnished] home

we're living in a temporary apt, and it's been...different. you've seen how great our neighborhood is and the apartment itself is nice with hardwood floors, lots of windows and natural light. the downside is it's less than 650 square feet and filled with 95% NOT our things. the apartment has a kitchen, bathroom, 2 bedrooms, and a dining/living room. it's mostly furnished by ikea (which is fine) but on skype my cousin pointed out "it's so...WHITE." we are getting milo soon, so we'll see how long that lasts! (just kidding, management)

fun fact: in reality there are only 13 plastic plants, not a million

Sunday, September 25, 2011

paper bicycle daily pattern: triangle

i drew "fashion flags" (as they called it at paper bicycle) for the triangle theme and amped up my love of color for this happy banner pattern!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

iva jean rain cape

after living here for over a month now, my biggest tip would be "carry an umbrella AT ALL TIMES." the weather is incredibly unpredictable with showers hitting you out of the blue (literally) on and off throughout the day. i once went into a grocery store for less than 15 minutes and upon exiting had to run home through pouring rain.

we are planning on getting bikes this week (YAY) and how great would it be to have a rain cape like this one to protect you from the elements??? it has so many practical features (TONS of cinching) and looks super cute on too! perfect to wear riding your bike and walking around in this cool fall weather.

good luck to iva jean (and sweet amelia presents :) on daily candy's start small go big--i put in loads of votes for you...fingers crossed!

Monday, September 12, 2011


i was going through photos (do you notice they multiply the longer you take to organize them?) and found these fun beach ones i took during our west coast trip this summer. since my old roomie and i went on a fantastic trip to santa cruz during college and she currently lives in california (one of my favorite states!) this post is dedicated to her...
happy birthday michie, love ya!

girl, put your records on

LOOK AT THIS AMAZING WEDDING INVITATION!!! not only is the design just fantastic and fun, but the invitation ITSELF folds up and allows you to play the included record that contains a song written and sung by the bride and groom. SO CUTE! check out the designer's blog link below for the full story and details about their process.

[seen via pinterest, green wedding shoes, and kelli anderson's blog--the SWEET designer behind this amazing piece of work!]

Friday, September 9, 2011

copenhagen design week

we braved the storms and went to various exhibits during copenhagen design week, with this year's theme being "think human." the egg-crate-esque coffin was actually one of the more interesting things i saw. it was a completely different aesthetic than a traditional oak coffin which got me wondering--why aren't there more modern coffin options? will the options be different when WE [knock on wood] pass away? (especially since the egg crate material is biodegradable) i luckily don't know much about the coffin industry, but it was definitely interesting to think about.

i bought this AMAZING notebook from about:blank and i love it! it's an A6 sized notebook that opened flat becomes an A5 size layout, the pages are nice and thick with faint grid lines that aren't visible when photocopying/scanning, and when you tear one page out it doesn't make another page fall out...genius! i love when details are so well thought out. [image from their website]

Thursday, September 8, 2011

pinspiration: yarn + nails

remember those projects we did when we were kids at summer camps--with nails and wood and yarn winding? this reminded me of that, but in a grown-up and fun sort of way. i'm pretty sure i want this in my future easy (and inexpensive) it would be to update with new phrases and colors whenever you wanted to!

this post is named "pinspiration" in honor of SOMEONE, who has a disappointingly low appreciation of portmanteaus. you're welcome.

[image found on pinterest and simply grove, a great interiors blog]

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

paper bicycle daily pattern: snakes

for paper bicycle's snake theme, i found my cozy fall color palette on pinterest (find me here and made the snakes triangularly wide AKA they are well-fed and friendly. they just want to lie flat and veg out in their pretty colors. (or in the squiggly patterned snake's case--imitate the snake shoe horn at IKEA ;)

Monday, September 5, 2011

tivoli gardens

we spent the day at tivoli (an amusement park here in copenhagen) and it was so fun! they have beautiful gardens, concerts and shows, carnival games, crazy rides (we're waiting for visitors...swings spinning at 260ft in the air scare me) and tons of food. we saw a few shows and concerts, ate at a delicious buffet for dinner (chris was SO happy) and decided we are definitely going to join an archery club someday.

[last two photos taken by chris]