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My wedding invitation package

If you read my blog, you know how much I love to draw. One of my favourite things to draw and illustrate are customised wedding invitations. Above we decided to go for a Chinese theme with red lanterns and a color scheme of green and red with the party and dinner invitations secretly hidden inside a center opened pocket. If you’re interested in this very different and personal wedding invitation, you can buy my wedding invitation package (which contains your own personal “logo”, theme based illustrations and wedding couple caricatures, hand written text all over, itinerary and framed and signed originals!) Please contact me for prices and details.

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Garden food – Muffins with fruit or berries



Did you ever make muffins? It’s so easy! And totally and utterly delicious. You can make them in so many varieties that you’ll never get tired of them. Here is the recipe we use at home:


This recipe is for 12 juicy muffins.




3 eggs

3 dl sugar

1,5 dl milk

150 g butter

4,5 dl wheat flour

3 tsp baking powder

3 tsp vanilla sugar

(1 tbsp whiskey!)

pretty paper forms (cupcake style)


(blueberries, cherries, chopped apples/cinnamon powder etc. etc.)


How to make them:


1. Put the owen on 200°C


2. Whisk eggs and sugar with an electric whisk until fluffy.


3. Put the butter in a cup and melt it in the microwave (1 min). Blend the butter with the milk and add it to the egg/sugar mix.


4. Add flour, baking powder and vanilla sugar and whisk all to a smooth dough. (Don’t forget to taste the dough, it’s really gooooood!)


5. Put paper forms on an owen plate or put them in a cupcake owen plate (great if you want to get that “mushroom shaped” muffin! See the picture above)


6. Add the dough into the paper forms and poke in some blueberries or cherries or chopped up apple pieces (topped with cinnamon) depending on your taste.


7. Bake in oven around 12-14 min.

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Lace heaven in a basement



I found a treasure the other day! I was given the opportunity to go through a basement full of old lace, night gowns and table cloths from the 50s and 60s… The least to say is that I was in paradise!

My favorite find was a beautiful shear night gown, but the sad thing with night-gowns are this: to use the gown as a dress is almost impossible as it really is a night gown and however we style it, it’s hard to get away from “the pajama-look”. So my second thought was to sleep in it … But it’s too pretty to sleep in! And such a waste only to show it to my family. The truth is that lace-loving freaks certainly feel gorgeous sleeping in grandma’s old vintage dress, it is indeed romantic and beautiful, but definitely not sexy in any way ….

So I was left with one scary choice: to cut this beautiful piece in two and make something wearable out of it. And so it was that I got my sexy open back lace top (will look stunning with boyfriend jeans) and my daughter a gorgeous lace skirt with a silk belt.

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DIY – Japanese wishing tree

When I remember my life in Japan I think of romance, love, beauty, silence and calm … There is beauty to be found even in the smallest of things. In almost every shrine you can find wishing trees, which is a tree or a wooden structure where you can write a though or a wish on a piece of paper and tie it around a branch. The overall effect when hundreds of people tie rolled up paper is stunning: it looks like a blossoming cherry tree!

When we got married, we knew we wanted a tree like that, rather than the common guestbook, like with everything I show you, it was easier than easiest to make 🙂 Instead of throwing away the tree after the wedding, we keep it at home as the house-guestbook where we let our guests wish for something or write whatever they feel like. We have been trying to find a good storage for it over the years and now it’s permanently hanging tied up from the ceiling of our staircase, looking as gorgeous as ever.

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You’ll need:

* a branch that looks like a tree

* a pot full of rocks (to hold the branch standing)

* silk paper (can be stored in a basket hanging from the tree)

* red pens (make the paper shift in pink-red and white when folded)

Write dreams, thoughts or wish for good luck, roll the paper flat and make a neat knot around the branch, make everyone else do it too and your tree will soon be full of pretty “leaves”.