Archive | September 7, 2011

DIY – Print photos on leather

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Since we’ll be moving houses in January I’ve started to go through some of my stuff and then I  found these old DIY- pages called Skaparlust in the magazine Sköna Hem that actually was some of my first jobs I did when I moved back home from Belgium in 2002. I still think it’s a good idea.

To do photo’s on leather I simply printed photos on t-shirt transfer paper and the ironed it on the leather. Do not use to high of the heating rather go over it for a longer time. You can use leather from a leather skirt or old jacket or just buy a piece of it whole. I glued the leather on wood to get a nice kind of frame – mounted look. I used cheap wooden cutting boards that had that round feeling to them allready. Then glued the leather on top and simply cut of the excess when the glue is dry.

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For the same magazine I also did this make a photo frame lamp DIY.  I used a lamp from Ikea that the don’t sell anymore but they do have a similar one called Gyllen. I printed the image on over head paper but I think you can print it on normal paper as long as it isn’t labeled on the back (it will shine through). I bought two pieces of plexi that fitted the lamp. And put it up in stead of normal printed plastic/glass that makes the lamp…

I still look the same! Don’t I?

Photos by: Martin Cederblad

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Isabelle

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how does it feel?

Well watching this it feels pretty good! 12 -13  years ago me and some girl friends had a x-mas day just playing this clip on repeat. It was snow storm and we had a blast at Blåsut. Where my friend Gabi used to live. This video still makes me go hmm.

And then he just disappeared! You couldn’t get any new at all. A bit like Lauren hill. But now he’s back. Check out the album on Spotify or itunes… I don’t know what I think just yet. What do you think?

 

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Isabelle

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Crazy cat lady has finally got a cat!

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Hello animal lovers! We have a cat in the house! Dunno if it’s a he or a she – it doesn’t really matter but we’re calling hen Snoop! Snoop is 11 weeks old and an offspring of friends of ours cat… (don’t know if that connection – is right in English?) snoop_headboard

As I’m working from home it’s nice to have company and it’s another crazy cat. Very social and curious! A fun cat! When we leave she follws to the door and when we come home – she comes running. And I love the little musctache!

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I always had dogs- so a cat is kind of small but I’m starting to get used to it. And the kids are over the moon! Listen to it purrring right here.

Oh you little cutie cute  – welcome to the family!

 

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Isabelle

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Jenny in Nebraska part 1

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Last week we flew to Nebraska. We are spending December here. Working and hanging out with our family. (I told you about it here). So far we´ve been working on getting rid of the jet lag and frankly it´s been real nice not sitting by the computer. Now I´m back though and here are a few pictures from my phone.

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The weather has been nice and the cousin have been running around outside playing tag with the neighbor kids. Viola is loving practicing her language skills and has become friends with a girl here who speaks Japanese.

 

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I went to Target and picked up this little number. A 2-piece PJ that I will spend Christmas in.

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We went for a walk and saw this guy looking back at us from a yard we passed.

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For more updates follow my instagram @jennyfromdosfamily

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Random stuff in Belgium found on my phone

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My mother is from Belgium. Last weekend me and the kids went to Gent- Belgium third largest city. I used to live there for almost 4 years when I was 20-24 years old.  I took some photos of great things around town but I’ll start with some photos from my phone. Above – we visited the Rubens exhibition at the Bozar – centre for fine arts in Brussels.

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My kids in Gent. They grow so much when you travel together. They look like they’re leaving home soon <3

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I used to live right by this square called Vrijdagsmart – Friday Market and yes indeed there are markets on Fridays here! But also the street lights used to be hooked to the maternal ward at the local hospital and every time a child was born the lights would flicker – It was part of a big art exhibition around town. Big Love to that idea! This fab house is from the union. Such a crazy architecture. And the little house is a Frite kot – you order French Fries with something small not the other way around. The fries are the main ingredient!

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Had to go on some bargain hunt- here’s at a rather new funky place for vintage things called Depot -09. i bought a lamp – more about that laters.

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This is the really old floor at Koen & Amelies place. I think one of the nicest tiling I’ve ever seen!

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In the middle of Gent there is an old castle. Very majestic! Has a torture chamber and all. It’s called Gravensteen.

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Since we ate so much and met up with so many friends and relatives  all the time I also had to get the kids to move in between. Here we are at Europe largest climbing center. I went up like 2 meters then got vertigo and had to go down… But I loved the ambiance – the tribe of climbers – cool.

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My mom made a self portrait way back and it now hangs above the toilet at her place.

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Tuesday we went in to Brussels before heading to the airport. Yes, another flea market. This time les Marolles. I do have to go back to Belgium with a big van! next time!

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On the top of the Musical  Instrument museum there is a little café with a fantastic view!

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Isabelle

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Make a perler bead portrait of JR Ewing – Ready-to-print design pattern

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Jens and I´ve made so many of these perler beads portraits over the years. Superman, Woody Allen, Laura Palmer and Dolph Lundgren to name a few. You see them quite often but they do make a great gift for Christmas, and there is still time. Jens explains how to make one from a photo of your own choice here in this old post! He made me the JR pattern above that you can print out and make if you like. The patterns work for cross stitching too. I might make a JR cushion cover from this.

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Hiking with Skåneleden

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I just completed my work for the hiking trails of Skåneleden. I´ve photographed 24 trails of 367 km from coast to coast, from Sölvesborg to Ängelholm in Skåne, Sweden. It´s been really nice being outside this much. And the trails are easy to find and hike even for an inexperienced hiker like me. There are short and long trails, you should check it out here!

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I know I´ve blogged about this before, but I just have so many photos from this project that I love too much not to show. Like this one of Viola climbing a tree at Lärkesholmssjön.

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Viola at Skepparkroken dosfamily-withcows

and this one where we ran into a lot of cows on our trail.

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Date night at Delikatessen

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Tuesday night I had a date at this lovely French inspired restaurant close to Mariatorget in Stockholm. It’s called Delikatessen Bistro & Bar!

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I actually got a cool gift -it’s a book called Eat Sweden and in it it’s vouchers for 12 restuarants in Stockholm. You get one main course for free at each restaurant. The thing I like about it that you then tend to try different places around town. Otherwise I’m more likely to go to the same spot every time I go out..

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I had Moules Frites! Maybe to celebrate that I’m going with the kids to see my family in Belgium tomorrow!

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My hubby Erik. He loves to be in my photo’s – NOT! But I asked him to look very much in love- this was the look! Good.

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The bar – actually this restaurant is in an old fire station. Should have taken more general photo’s but I guess you just have to go there and see for yourselves!

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William morris and me in the ladies room! A wallpaper you simply never get bored of.

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I also like when you hang lace on the toilet door like this. Such a lovely detail.

It was a great night. Good food and we ended it by going to the movies. We watched Gone Girl. I didn’t like the book but I enjoyed the movie! Or the book is ok but I wasn’t awed like so many others. Oh anyway. Have you seen it?

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Isabelle

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TBT Flying with us to Nebraska

Skarby Lincoln from Jens Gronberg on Vimeo.

Next week I´m taking the tribe out west. To Lincoln Nebraska, USA.

I have a been booked to do some interior photo shoots there and a few Christmas features (for Swedish magazines). As this opportunity came to me we instantly decided to go early- work and then stay for Christmas. Jens can work from anywhere really and the kids can visit with their American cousins while Jens and I are busy.

VIDEO ABOVE: Jens made the video , 5 years ago, when we went to Nebraska. Back then I was a blonde and our family was only the 3 of us.

PS.You who have read this blog for a while know that I have to siblings who live in Nebraska.
They went as exchange students when they were only 17 and ended up staying. Since then I´ve tried to visit as often as possible. Last time was Christmas of 2012. You can see all those posts here! Like when we took our picture with santa  and Viola went to her cousin´s school to talk about Lucia

 

Music by Steely Dan (family favorite)

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One image evey hour Thursday in Isabelles life

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08.00 School starts at 08.15 for Della so mostly me & Beppe take it a bit slower after the other two has left the building. I’m such a slow starter. But once I get my speed up – nothing can stop me! We’re eating porridge.

 

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09.00 We left for preschool really late this day and before leaving I like to put our “dog” on cleaning mode.

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10.00 At my desk at home for a couple of hours. My hands are really pink so very far from green. Remember this baby? I killed it in less than a month. I really want more plants at home but don’t know how to do it.

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11.00 went for a long walk. First stop here in Old Town (Gamla Stan) where I have my chiropractor. I’ve had cramps in my neck from not exercising enough. Need more yoga. And more sleep. These telephone booths will probably be a museum soon.

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12.00 I walked further to Kungsholmstorg. A quick stop in this kind of Moroccan boutique called Tabbouli House. I’m on a lookout for a new sofa table. Like this one with mirrors.

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13.00 Me & Beppe’s new passport where ready so I went to pick them up. I look like Cruella De Vil. I think I can pull of photo’s rather well but never on my driving license or passports. Beppe is such a cutie though.

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14.00 Walking back the to south side of town. I always take photos of viaduct and under bridges. But you can almost never see the beauty or the massive feel of it when you look at the images. It’s the same with sunsets I guess.

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15.00 I went to do something on Götgatsbacken. This is an office space on the first floor. Suck a great idea painting it like this. I should do it on the kids windows!

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16.00 Took the subway down town and passed Old Town again. Tired commuters longing for home.

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17.00 But not me! I had a date with this gal – Anna. I’ve known her since first grade – 32 years! We went to Bouqerian. I go there alot. Love the food and the ambiance.

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At 18.00 me and Anna are still LOL-ing around. I had langostios, vongole & tuna! mm getting hungry just thinking about it.

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19.00 Anna is preggers so we made it an early night. Me on the subway back home.

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20.00 My hubby was in Budapest so my mother in law stayed with the kids. She’s awesome!

Thank you for today!

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Isabelle

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That zebra jacket!

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The world keeps spinning round round round when you are 4 years old. But the jacket is a great one! It comes from Pop Up Shop. Very warm and kids friendly.  I got so many questions about it that I thought it was best to give it a post of it’s own!

 

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You can find the jacket right here in this shop.

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Isabelle

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Win my wallpapers! And free international shipping this week.

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This year I made a wallpaper collection for Mr Perswall – you can see all the different prints right here. And this week they also do a competition so you can win wallpapers to a worth of 600 dollares from my collection. Check it out on this link.

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This week Mr PErswall also have free shipping on all international orders! At Mr Perswall you can also find this lovely wallpaper called Blossom. It’s made for one wall but I did all four of them. And the room looks great! This image is from our Rum För kidsen book.

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And the wallpaper from my bedroom – is actually a painting – also from Mr Perswall – you can find it here.

All things mr Perswall  on this link.

 

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Isabelle

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Life At Jenny´s house- phone version

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Last week the building committee of our town came to check out our (soon to be) studio. It went well. Now the carpenters will take a break over Christmas and return in January to complete the inside.

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Jens made yet another 80´s sci fi inspired artwork for record label Axtone. Usually Viola is on the covers but this time it´s Frank.

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The weather is getting colder and the bridge has been stripped down.

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Frank relaxing at daycare.

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Dear Isabelle I hear you and I can relate

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Oh Isabelle!
I read your last post and I can totally relate to what you´re feeling. I too feel like such an introvert and dull person.
November has been such a strain on me. I´ve worked alot and have had 3 major projects with the same deadline (last night) also I´ve had the worst flu with fever and all that stuff. ( I know, I know, It could be worse but hey, let me complain a bit here, I need it)

Working a lot is fine, I´m good at it and I actually like it. But during the last couple of weeks there has not been enough energy for me to go around. I´ve been Wonder Women at work and then hid in a phone booth and transformed into Al Bundy: I´ve been coming home, complaining about my sore back, nagging at the kids, trowing myself on the couch turning on the TV (who am I kidding, it was already on, but I changed the channel to something I wanted to watch), stuck my hand in my pants and lit a cigarette.

It´s not a pretty picture…

But oh the summer was pretty. Such a bliss. Not a cloud in the sky or any fights with the kids ( okay this is not really true but I was so relaxed I could handle both the clouds and the thunder from the kids arguing) and then the fall was smooth and nice, but November ate me up and spit me out like a hairball on the couch.

But this weekend I have a plan: I´m going to treat myself with mindless TV-watching (8 episodes of Days Of Our Lives, some Sister Wifes and then a few hours of zapping around watching random stuff  that catches my eye) I´m going to wear ridiculously comfy clothes that at the end of Sunday will be filled with stains from stuff I´ve eaten there in front of the TV)
We´re providing the kids with some new gaming experiences (For Frank Lego Indiana Jones and for Viola a new expansion pack for Sims) to keep them occupied.

 

 

 

 

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A make a doll of yourself diy & a giveaway

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Yes, I’m all dolled up! hohoho. This image is supposed to be a good image for the workshop I’m holding on Saturday in Stockholm and now I’m announcing a giveaway for two tickets + our book Rum För kidsen . In Swedish – På lördag så har jag en liten work-shop för föräldrar och barn på Mosebacke. Föreläsning, pysselstund, inredningsrådgivning om man vill och fika. Klicka in här för mer info om tävlingen. Såklart kan man fortfarande köpa biljetter via samma länk!

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For the book last year I made a doll of myself. As a fun DIY I was gonna use it as press photo’s for the book but some people found it scary so that idea went out the window. But now I have a cool doll of myself with muffin top and all! I made the doll simply by ironing images with t-shirt print paper.

Very fun!

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Isabelle

Both images by my partner in crime Jenny Brandt!

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Random from last weeks

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I’ve had a bit of an introvert period for the last weeks. I’m sooo damn tired and it’s like I want ideas to come out – they are all there but kind of stuck in my body.. Also Stockholm had like 3 hours of sun in November so far. No wonder things are a bit rough. Also all the photos just looks dull and grey.
Above is an image from our Royal theater and the scull of Strindberg in front of it.

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This is outside the classic Swedish store Svenskt Tenn. I love the woodwork with the triangles. Have to try to make something like this.

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Still no snow yet this year. But they’ve iced the rinks. so Saturday we had ice skating premiere. It was nice to skate when the temperature was kind of high.

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I’ve been tired but also a bit sick for over a month. Coughing, runny nose and just a weak body. But i started to take long walks with some running in between. Just taking it really easy on the body. I do wish my body will get back into some kind of better shape soon. Hate the bad circle of too much work, eating more sugar, lack of sleep, tired body….

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hello! Beside Serial I also listened to the podcast (in Swedish) – Skaparna about female musicians. First ep was with Robyn. Really inspirational. What have stuck with me is when she talked about teenage girls – that we kind of spend more time just trying to look good instead of starting bands and such. All the effort it takes to just be good looking that we can spend on other stuff. Hear hear!

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At Hornstull another part of the island in Stockholm city that I live on – there are loads of street art – something I miss a bit in the rest of town.
Update: Our reader Cecilia pointed out that this image in red is part of a global action of support of the missing students in Mexico – read more about it here.

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Jaime Oliver opened his first franchise in Stockholm. I had Pasta Vongole and was there with my friend Blenda that I have known for 22 years now. I didn’t even know I was that old! I think the restaurant was good but the day after I opened the morning papers it got such bad reviews! haha- funny how it can be like that. Two completely different experiences. Or maybe my taste buds aren’t that developed.  They’re almost always set on bread. The taste buds – that is.

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Last night I was invited to Junibacken for a Christmas Party. I love this place. It’s a fun house for kids where they have built up different worlds from famous Scandinavian kids stories. The kids can climb Pippi longstockings house and explore other worlds. They also have great kids plays! This monkey is from Jan lööfs worlds – one of my kids favorites!

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This house is just around the corner from where I live. I always dreamed of this apartment. How does it look inside? Who lives there? Stockholm does not have many high buildings but we’ve become some sorts of experts of building on top of old buildings to get more space for housing. I love this. Unfortunately they’re not really making cool things like this – all the time but they should. be more brave – that is!

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Isabelle

 

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Monday love: the Bag All Store

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Congrats New York! The first Bag – All store is just open. Smack in the middle of Nolita  on 219 Mott Street (btw Prince & Spring)  you can find Jennifer Jansch store with her reusable fabric bags.

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Jennifer is such an inspiration to me or her whole family. They’re such a go getters in a great way. We got to know eachother in New York maybe 6 years ago. I had heard so much about her and seen her fantastic interior work. Then they moved to New York and me and my family was there for a couple of months so we hooked up and the became friends. I love how nearly nothing seems impossibly for this lady and her brood. They been working really hard to make everything work in New York and I’m so happy for her new shop.

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Her idea is to make great looking fabric bags. That you can recycle and reuse instead of paper when you give gifts but also nice looking bags for storing your stuff. Like me I always use her bags for everything from camera equipment, earphones, make up to toys, pens and underwear. You can see her whole range right here and buy it straight from the web or find  a store (all over the world) that carries the bags.

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Images from the new store! Jennifer is one of those who have impeccable taste and always looks a million buck even though she’s wearing some old kaftan dress and clogs or whatever idea she’s have at the moment. Read more about her on this (very inspiring kind of new site/web -magazine The Way We Play)

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Above you see images from the new store.  Read about it on Jennifers Blog!
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Jennifers daughter Celeste and hubby Micke at theis summerhouse. Watch that home tour that Jenny made right on this link.

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The whole Jansch family! Cute! I do hope the bags will fly out of the store! And if you live in Sweden – visit Jennifers sister Stephanie who just opened a new shop as well – called Makeri 14 at Köpmangatan 14 in Gamla Stan (Old Town), She sells the Bag- All bags there and great knitting kits and other cools stuff. Check it out here.

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I also love Jennifers Instagram @bag_all

It’s so much fun seeing a friend really trying and going for it! On her blog you can also read a lot about the journey of making the Bag- All happen! I do hope you think it’s as inspirational as I do!

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Isabelle

 

 

 

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Jens and Jenny´s Studio

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This is our house.
We are currently adding a studio to it.(marked in pink in the picture above) It will be quite big with room for my photography and Jens illustrating/3D and graphics business.
It has taken years to get this approved. The paper work here in Sweden regarding an addition like this is quite comprehensive and takes a lot of time and energy. Anyway now we are finally building it. Hopefully we will be ready to move in after Christmas.

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Jens and I will split the space up in two sections. One for me and one for him.
As you can see on the sketch we will be able to reach the studio from our house (right through Australia as a matter a fact) and also through an entrance from the street. As you know, Jens and I have both been working from home since we moved here 7 years ago and sure it´s been nice but also very messy and sometimes chaotic . Here is what our working situation is like at the moment. And we´ve used diffrent places for me to set up a studio usually in our living room. I´m currently shooting a catalog in my sisters garage and I´ve used my fathers often. Like here!

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The construction is made in wood. All windows and doors are bought second hand via Blocket.  I´ll tell you more about it soon.

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Related links:

Jenny´s house on the inside!

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We are adding a studio to our house

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For years we´ve been planing to ad a studio to our house, and now it is finally happening. As you know Jens and I both work from home and it is a bit crowded but not for long. After Christmas we will be moving ourselves, our computers and other work related stuff out there.

I´ve even said to Jens:” Let´s just stay out there forever and let the kids have the rest of the house”

 

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FAQ about Jenny´s Living room walls

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I often get emailed about the color in this room. And here is the answer:
The dark blue wall is painted in Beckers Himlavalv NCS-5723-R95B

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And the opposite side of the room is painted in Beckers Puderrosa  NCS S 1010R (this picture is a bit bright)

I´m going to paint more walls in this pale pink shade. It´s just perfect.

PS. read more about the cabinet that Jens decorated for me here!

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Like being on a train to Hogwarts

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A couple of weeks ago I was on a train for 8 hours – going cross country in Sweden. From Borlänge close to my cottage and off to Gothenburg where I was giving talks at the Hem & Villa Fairs.  We started off early morning and it was so dark and the train spit out green sparks from the wires on top. So it was raining green and it was all foggy for hours. Above a snapshot from the train.


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Apparently the train was build in the beginning of the 60′. So cool – I was blown away! I also kept listening to the podcast Serial. Do you follow it?  It’s a real murdercase that happened in 1999. But what happened? and is the man found guilty by trail really guilty? It’s a very well done postcast.

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This is what the big compartments looked like.

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It was a looong but sweet train ride. Worst part was the lack of internet.
But I had time to look out of the window and imagine all the lives people are leading in the towns I passed.

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And when I go to Gothenburg I found my own face glued to many tramcars. Kind of funny!

 

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Isabelle

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Out and about with Jenny

 

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People who know me know that I try to stay at home (above) as much as possible. But lately work has taken me to quite a few fun places.
Come along and let me show you.

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Sydsvenskan is a Swedish daily news paper. Their interior photographer is on vacation and I´ve been asked to fill in for him. I really like their layed back- type of photography style and I´m happy they asked me to help out during this fall. In a few weeks my photographs will be in their Sunday- Home- section all through November and December.  Above I´m in one of the homes I shoot for them where i met Chucky.

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and here I´m brushing my teeth with Instagram poet Motvallskarring

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Skåneleden booked me to shoot 25 of their hiking trails. This means I´ve been enjoying the great outdoors quite a lot the past months.

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Here I´m trying to find the right trail for my mother and I to hike and photograph. Later I met a kid in the woods who had been camping there with his dad. He told me that they had heard a fox outside their tent at night and then he told me he could sound exactly like it and then he did.

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Here I´m cuddling with a pig I met while photographing for the local tourist department.

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I´ve visited many local sights for them but this place, above,  is my favorite, where I got to meet these awesome Viking women. I got to spend a day with them at Trelleborgen in Trelleborg where they work. They know all about how the vikings used to live, they can teach you how to shoot a bow and they can survive in the wilderness for months. I loved them and will take my kids there next summer.

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That´s it for now.
PS.Yesterday the sunset was this pretty at our village.

have a nice weekend.

 

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New chairs, the police & a drunk man.

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Last night I went to buy some chairs on Blocket (our Swedish  Craigs list). My dad was taking me and before picking me up I had to withdraw some cash. On my way to the ATM machine I noticed a big man standing on the street, swaying like he was holding up the house he was leaning against. He didn’t looked or acted like the normal kind of drunk but still people passed smirked at him and laughed a bit. I thought but what if he has a stroke or anything and the we all just pass and nobody does anything. So I asked the man how he was doing and if he needed any help. Well he needed help cause he was so pissed he couldn’t stand straight but he could still talk although a bit wish washy. He was clear but not at all. Told me to ring his wife and when I couldn’t get hold of her I had to call the police. He was gonna hurt himself falling and way to big for me to help. After a while I got hold of the wife – it seemed as if this was no news for her. She had enough. He told me he had been drinking for 4 days straight and how he was a total looser but in a way drunks can do- like they are a bit proud of being at the bottom and that life is something that just happen and that he himself had nothing to do with it.
You know I’m writing this since it was all such a weird and tragic thing. He was not super drunk or made a total fool of himself but he talked about his family and how he’s messing it up. It’s just life for so many people out there. I’m feeling for the kids and the wife. How he seemed like an nice man but also an asshole. How difficult that is when somebody are both – like we all can be sometimes but also when this assholw comes out to play a bit too much. I’m a close family member to someone with drinking problems. I know how awful it is and how hard it is. After an hour the cops came and where really sweet. They drove him to a clinic to sober up. I’m glad they didn’t just dump him on his wife, at home. I did give the wifes number to the cops. But it turned out I gave the wrong number so the cops called the people I was buying chairs from! That was kind of funny. I wonder what they thought of me haha.
The chairs where great. But they will get a new color and new fabric. I’ll show you when I’m on it!

I hope everything will get better for the man and his family.

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Isabelle

 

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Win a lighting make over & lights from Philips

I’ve told you before that I’m hosting an Instamag called #magasinetLJUS over @philipslightingnordic.
I think this is a new way to work – to create hopefully good & helpful content with the help of brands. Like now I’m able to write and show my best tips for a lighter home. This also include a competition. If you win – I’ll come to your home and try to help you out with different ideas plus you get products & lamps to a value of 20 000 Sek.
To enter this competition:
Take a photo of a corner of your home that you think need an light improvement put the tag #philipsljus then also follow @philipslightingnordic and post it in your own instafeed. More info you can find at philips/ledljus

This is only for Swedish participants.

In Swedish:
Du kan vinna mig eller en rättare sagt en ljuskonsultation med mig i ditt eget hem samt lampor och produkter från Philips till ett värde av 20 000SEK!

Så här gör du för att vara med och tävla:
Följ @philipslightingnordic & ta en bild på den plats i ditt hem som behöver bättre ljus, tagga den #philipsljus och motivera varför just du ska vinna. För fullständiga tävlingsvillkor gå till philips.se/ledlampor

Lycka till!

Följ #magasinetLJUS right here

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