February 14, 2014

A COOL BOOK PROJECT

Every so often I get a little book project to work on. Anything multipage, where things have to flow from one page to the next is my absolute favorite kind of work, so I am excited to share this with you.

This project is a series of 3 books with stories that are being republished by Bókabeitan. Bókabeitan is a progressive new publishing house, founded by Marta Hlín Magnadóttir and Birgitta Elín Hassell. Their goal is to promote reading for children, teens and young adults by publishing carefully crafted quality books.

The stories were all first published between the years of 1949 and 1968. Puti í kexinu and Strandið í ánni were books that had been published before and Krummahöllin was a story published first in an Icelandic Youth Magazine called Æskan (or Youth). The two first books have original illustrations by Sigrid Valtingojer and the stories are all by Björn Daníelsson who was a principal at a children's school in Sauðárkrókur with a passion for teaching children to read, through interesting stories.

For the two first books we only had the original books and scans to work with so it took some time cleaning up all the old illustrations and I had to rework the covers in order to give them a coherent look. My favorite collaborator, Linda Ólafsdóttir, illustrates the third story. She and I recently worked on some Icelandic stamps together, a project that we started a year ago and will have it's second round of stamps coming out this spring. Her drawings are so intricate and beautiful and she has such a great instinct for illustrating stories. She and her drawings are such a treat to work with.

It was a really great project and I am really proud being part of this series of children's books. They just came from the printer and are on their way to the bookstores today. Make sure to check them out in one of the local bookstores in Reykjavik, Iceland. Enjoy!

Puti í kexinu. The original cover is to the left and the reworked cover on the right and a spread from the book with these great illustrations by Sigrid Valtingojer.



Strandið í ánni. The original cover is to the left and the reworked cover on the right and a spread from the book with these great illustrations by Sigrid Valtingojer.






Krummahöllin. Cover and book illustrated by Linda Ólafsdóttir with the endpapers that I put together (I created endpapers for all the books) and a spread from it as well. Such a beauty.



February 05, 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR! - right?!

Well ok, maybe a little too late. But, hey!

I could go on and on about why I haven't blogged in so long but I believe that it wouldn't do anyone any good. All I can say is that I got the urge again and hopefully it will stick with me for a while.

I read a great blog post by a dear friend - Linda Ólafsdóttir where she says: "... even though I'd be the only one reading it, (her blog post that is) I felt like it kind of put my work in perspective, for myself!" Something about that clicked for me. That's what this is! Ah!

You are documenting your likes (sometimes dislikes), your inspirations, your hopes and I have used it in the past as a tool to keep me writing and keep me learning about new things and documenting my finds. I have truly missed that and so that is why I am back! I have no plans as to when I will update, nothing scheduled, and I am going to try and just go with the flow and scratch that itch when it comes to me.

With that, I really wanted to share with you the Christmas gifts we created for this year. We are always trying to find fun ways to document the kids and give our families back home in Iceland something fun and different that still gives them a glimpse into our little lives here in L.A.

If you are constantly looking for inspirations online, like me, I am sure that the amazingly beautiful print company Artifact Uprising hasn't passed you by. If you haven't discovered it yet - you are truly in for a treat. They offer all kinds of services to create beautiful printed pieces - their niche being that you can upload directly from you instagram account - and create printed books and pieces with your instagram photos. Recently they created an app so you can actually upload right from your phone. I haven't done that yet, but I see that coming in the future for sure, especially after creating these calendars for Christmas.

I am so incredibly happy with the way they turned out. The Artifact Uprising team takes care of everything. The wooden magnetic clipboard, the template for the calendar days, and the beautifully printed pieces delivered right to your doorstep. Super easy!

We only had to provide the images, and that was the fun part. We took the boys out early in November and shot them playing around in the park. Ingo took the photos, of course, and created this amazing filter that looks a bit like the vscocam filters. So, beautiful and I pulled the images together, designed a little heading and created a little story giving each boy a month to shine.

(By the way if you haven't discovered the vscocam app - oh boy, is that a treat and conversation for a whole new blog post.)


See, I am inspired already. Enjoy!






photo credit: SoupDesign / vscocam filters

March 22, 2013

IPHONE WALLPAPERS NO.4

Hello there my dear friends. It's been a while!

Life, work, kids & teaching at the Dailey Method have been keeping me busy these past months and I am trying to work out how to keep blogging alongside everything else. I will get there - it just all takes a bit of time. 

You have probable noticed that the latest issue of Home & Delicious is out and oh, is this a good one. Packed with interesting Icelandic Design and Designers (Iceland recently had it's DesingMarch event), home visits, recipes and as before you can find a DIY by my husband and me. Take a look! I promise you won't be disappointed.

The chapter openers in the magazine are always really fun to create and once more I am posting them as iPhone wallpapers for you to download and, as before, they are also available as iPad wallpapers over at the Home & Delicious blog.

Enjoy!




Here is how you install them straight from your phone

1. Pick which wallpaper your would like, tap it and save. 
2. The image should be saved in your Camera Roll. 
3. Find the image and select "use as wallpaper"
4. Voila!

These wallpapers are created by SoupDesign for Home & Delicious and are for personal use only.


 

December 17, 2012

iPHONE WALLPAPERS - HOLIDAY THEME

If you happened to miss all the announcements on facebook this morning about the latest issue of Home & Delicious being out - then please check out the Holiday Issue. As before it is filled with gorgeous photography, beautiful homes, and oh so yummy recipes. There is also a great interview with the Dutch stylist AnoukB & an interview with my Bay Area neighbor Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay. I love reading the interviews that Halla Bára curates in the magazine. It is always so interesting to hear a bit more about all the bloggers that you follow, so closely, and get a little insight into their life, outside of blogging.

And of course as always, I have a new set of wallpapers for you to decorate your mobile phones. This time around I created some fun patterns that I used to make stars for our chapter openers and thought it would be nice to offer both of the ideas to you.

Here is the original pattern and some stars to set the Holiday mood on your phones. For the iPad versions head on over to the Home & Delicious blog for a set of these lovelies. Enjoy!

ps. I am pulling together the wallpapers I have done so far and creating an iPhone5 version to post soon. These wallpapers have been so popular I have especially gotten a lot of traffic through Pinterest. I thank you all for following/downloading these little creations of mine and I am thrilled that you like them :)




  
























Here is how you install them straight from your phone

1. Pick which wallpaper your would like, tap it and save.
2. The image should be saved in your Camera Roll.
3. Find the image and select "use as wallpaper"
4. Voila!



December 04, 2012

CURRENTLY OBSESSING OVER...

this poster!

I just found out through Mode et Maison that you might be able to get your hands on one of these, but you will need to visit the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, and they will sell you a copy. They do not sell them in their online shop. I also just saw one that went for about $80 on Ebay, so perhaps there is still hope to find a copy somewhere in cyberspace.

I have always wanted to visit Stockholm though. Hmmm.




images via mode et maison & amm




December 03, 2012

READY FOR WINTER?

I am so incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by many talented an amazing people and I just love that they are my constant source of inspirations and are so full of life, humor and ambition. These here are the latest creation of my friend Heiða Eiríksdóttir. Aren't they just to die for! Heiða is a fashion designer and lives in Iceland and is one of the most positive and efficient people I know. Never backing down from a challenge and always finding new ways to create amazing things.

You can find more of her mittens or as she calls them in Icelandic "dúlludúskar" for sale on her facebook page.

I just love going out in the cold with a huge and cozy scarf, a cool hat and some gorgeous mittens. I miss you Iceland... mostly for the winter fashion and maybe a smidge for the snow.

















































Images courtesy of Heiða Eiríksdóttir



September 28, 2012

iPHONE WALLPAPERS NO.2

As promised I am posting a new set of wallpapers from the new issue of Home & Delicious - out now! I just love creating these for the magazine and can't wait to start exploring new ones for upcoming issues. But for now, I am going to savor these watercolor swirls for fall.

oh, and as before you can head on over to the Home & Delicious blog to download these wallpapers for your ipad.

Enjoy!

























Here is how you install them straight from your phone

1. Pick which wallpaper your would like, tap it and save. 
2. The image should be saved in your Camera Roll. 
3. Find the image and select "use as wallpaper"
4. Voila!

If you would like a set for your iPhone5 - download them - HERE

These wallpapers are created by SoupDesign for Home & Delicious and are for personal use only.
 
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