This little bowl is made by me. But it is nothing fancy. It just looks like that because it has gold in it. It is actually just made out of sculpy which I baked in the oven and then (again) went overboard gold leafing.. Sigh. I then made it look pretty with photo editing. Because I want to do more stuff like this. Styling homes and homewares. So I guess I am just practicing and sharing it with you..
But if these pictures have made you feel like making a golden bowl (which is totally what I was hoping for!) then I can tell you that sculpy is a really easy material to work with. It is kind of like clay but you don’t have to make it wet to get a smooth finish or bake it in fire. You just have to warm it up in your hands and bake it in the oven. But it has to have a rather thin surface. Otherwise it doesn’t go hard. For this bowl I used 2 shapes: A circle (4mm thick) and an edge (2cm wide, 4mm thick). I just rolled it out on baking paper with my rolling pin and made sure the edge was long enough to fit around the circle. You only need to press slightly to make the shapes stick together. I used a ruler to press it together so you get a nicer edge finish. And then you bake it on 110c for about 10 min.
If you also feel like gold leafing its’ inside (silly question) then you need to let it cool completely. Brush on a thin layer of tannin sealer and let it dry to tack. Then you press the gold leaf onto the surface and use a brush to press it into place. You can add as much as you want. The shinier the better! When you have had enough (never) spray a layer of all purpose gloss sealer. And there you go. One extremely good looking bowl ready to use wherever your home needs a little more sparkle.
I have a big love for colours and shapes. And when shapes and colours turn into patterns my mind just go crazy! I have been making these for years, but recently created new colour ways that I know will be perfect for our new home in Copenhagen.
I am thinking to have them hanging in series of 3. Maybe even more like 3X3 for a feature wall. What do you think? What are your favorite colour combinations this season? Mine are milky blues, brass, pineapple yellow and grey.
This cake was one of those that was more like a creative project rather than cake making. Maybe I ran out of paper to doodle on? Anyway. I came up with the idea to make a zig zag pattern on a rolled cake. I never made a pattern on a cake before and I never made a rolled cake either. So this was a 50/50.
I followed a basic sponge recipe. Super easy. First, I separated some of the batter into a piping bag. I used one of my normal roasting trays and covered it in baking paper. Then I piped out my pattern and popped it in the oven for no more than 2 minutes. Don’t let it go as brown as I did… After I pulled it out of the oven I took the rest of the batter (which I decided to put some blue food dye in to make it look minty) and pored it over the semi-baked sponge pattern. I baked the thin sponge for around 10 minutes, took it out and let it cool. When it was cold and spongy I whipped some cream and mixed fresh raspberries, fresh mint leaves and a little raw sugar into it. I then pored it onto the sponge surface and spread it out smooth. Then the fun bit: Roll! -And when I did so, my zig zag pattern showed up! Magic! It looked a bit more pathetic than what I had imagined though, but it still looked really cute!
Have you made a cake roll before? And did it make you feel like a grandma too?
FINALLY, Melbourne have cooled down. After months of +30 I was starting to go a bit crazy. I totally understand what “troppo” means after this Australian Summer.. I can’t wait to go back to Denmark to be a proper polar bear again!
With winter comes frosty winds and cold ears. Which means it is time to sell some beanies! Here’s a super easy COAL headwear installation using flat layering that I did some weeks ago. I went for a classic blue-white-red combo for a retro swiss ski look.
How have you displayed beanies this year?
So. Biggest thing ever. Morgan and are are packing up our life in Melbourne and moving to Copenhagen! We are so excited! But we are also super sad to let go of our super fantastic pad. It has been a much loved home for over two years. And I am sure it will take us a looooooong time to find anything like it again. But leaving it has made me think of what furniture/stuff we would like to bring with us. This chair for example, I will never ever leave behind. Because I love it so, so much.
I haven’t made easter eggs since I was a kid but today the idea didn’t leave my head. So I had to pull out the ol’ creative pants and play around in my studio. I have had an obsession with dip dying and putting gold leaf on EVERYTHING. Today was no exception. Who am I trying to fool.
These are my little easter eggs. How did yours turn out?
I am still in love with this window I created some weeks ago. Flat layering is such and easy way to display products but most of the times it can look really boring and messy. From my own experience flat layering is so much more effective if you add contrasting colours, keep the products to a minimum and stay repetitive.
I have seen lots of flat layer styling in magazines and brand look books, but I haven’t seen many windows around (if any). This is a really affordable and effective way to display!
What do you think? Have you used flat layering in your window displays before?
This window was so much fun to make! There was lots of planning and prop building involved. The in-house artist Melissa (theweightofheavyhearts) painted the background mural.
I made the little orange tent out of dowel and fabric. It reminded me of building hiding places when I was a kid.
The 3D paper camp fire is handmade too. You will only need 3 different colours of paper.
I just quickly draw the template up (it is not very neat but you get the picture). You need 2X big flames (yellow), 4X medium flames (orange) and 4X small flames (red). Glue the red onto the orange and the orange onto the yellow. Cut into the top of one of the big flames and cut into the bottom of the other. Then slide the two pieces together and voila! A “3D” camp fire!
I have been really bad a posting lately. Here are a few windows from the last couple of months. This I did for Dakota 501 who wanted an individual Carhartt window. Most of the times I have all these ideas and they can get really complicated bringing to life. That is all good if you have the time and the budget to make magic happen. But this time I didn’t have much time. So instead of building any props I decided to have a look at the product and took my inspiration from there.
I hand painted the back wall, imitating the aztec print of the Carhartt shirt. The effect was really great and put the brand’s seasonal style in focus.
It’s Valentine’s Day. We never to used celebrate it in Denmark. In Australia too. But somehow this American love celebration has sneakily been adopted by retailers across the world. So I guess we have no choice. LETS CELEBRATE!
-And hopefully my man remembers…
Here’s the current window at Dakota 501. I made this very easy and inexpensive display out of some thin ply. Painted the outline of a heart and zip tied products inside of it. I used my cute cupid’s arrows as part of the display to give it a bit more love action.