A GOLDEN BOWL

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.

NEW WORK

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.

A SMALL N.Y.E. PARTY

Happy New Year everyone! I am so glad to say  "adios 2012"!. Even though I had a super creative year, had the pleasure to work on many exciting jobs and finally opened up for a future full of visual merchandising and interior decorating, 2012 didn't quite give me that !YES!-feeling... You know what I mean? So I am all up for 2013 and a fresh beginning. I started out pretty alright with building this new and improved blog and I have already filled out pages on pages in my GOALS book. This year I will follow some inspiration from this creative lady and take a picture of my home everyday. It is such a good idea and very wise too. It is a nice way to look back on personal interior styles and inspirations and also an excellent way to improve my photography skills. I am ready for it! What is your New Years resolution? Anything you dream of doing or getting good at?

DIY WALNUTS

Every year around this time I get stuck with baskets full of untouched walnuts. They look so pretty in the festive season and taste great too. But I never eat as many as I intend. I have tried cracking them open for the birds but when it's christmas in Australia it is also Summer which means the birds have their own bbq parties. And why eat nuts when you can eat like a king? So instead of throwing them out I gave them a make-over to match my home all year around. What did you do with the left over nuts?