News + New BLOG!!!

Hello everybody!

It is with a heavy heart that I’m writing this.. Because from now on, I won’t be posting on Silver White Winters anymore. And here is why:

A few months ago, I received an email from two young men, named Paulus and Daniel, asking me to come meet them to talk about their new company, Public Places. They were looking for a new designer, and found this blog (SWW). We met at a little coffeeplace in Copenhagen to talk it through, and I am now working with them, on making organic & fairtrade clothes & accessories.

Therefore, I’ve decided to make a blog where I can tell you guys a bit more about my new job, but still keep the crafty spirit alive! So go check it out!

www.opheliafroberg.wordpress.com

END OF MY GIVEAWAY

Today, my giveaway ended!
I had my brother pick a random name from a list I made with all your names, and the winner is:

RICHARD!

Congratulations, I hope you’ll be very happy with the prize, and thank you all so much for participating! 

 

 

If you haven’t already done it, you should join my facebook site, since I think I’ll start making little giveaways every month or so!

 

Love

Caroline

A little bit about dreadlocks

After I made the post How to make your own shampoo & conditioner – no chemicals! I have received a lot of emails and comments on the blog about my dreadlocks.

I also want to show you guys this picture I took. It shows the search terms people use to find my website!

That’s kind of weird, since my blog isn’t about dreads!

But, I have decided to answer some of the most common questions, and hopefully, that will be the end of it :)

1. I see the word “dirty” a lot 

Let me be clear: People with dreadlocks, aren’t more dirty than people with normal hair!

See the shampoo I make here!

Hair get’s oily from washing it. Isn’t that weird? We wash away all the natural oils from our hair and scalp, and our body’s reaction to that, is to make our hair even oilier than before, to protect our hair and scalp. It’s not normal for us to use shampoo, it’s a “need” we created for ourselves. So if you don’t wash your hair, it will clean itself.

I will admit, I don’t wash my hair as much as I used to before I got dreads, and I always make my own shampoo. But my hair has never been smelly or greasy.

- And of course, I still shower, just as I did before :)

2. How to get dreads (fast) and about extensions

I know this may come as a bummer for some of you, but dreadlocks doesn’t happen over night. You have to work on them, and let time do it’s thing, and then, in the end you will get amazing dreads!

It took me about two days of hard work to make my dreads. I have extensions in them now, that I bought on Etsy from IconicLocks. They are really good, and they aren’t too heavy.

If you want to make your own dreads, you have 3 options. Neglect method, backcomb and crochet method, or twist and rip method.

Here is a video, that shows you how to do the two last methods. The neglect method is just where you neglect your hair for several years, but the outcome can be really messy looking, so I would recommend you to do it yourself.

3. Yarn in dreads

DON’T do it! I tried that once, and it was horrible!

Here is a picture, so you can see how bad it looked, and it was really hard to get out!

I repeat: DON’T do it!!!

4. What do I do when I want to take my dreadlocks out?

Well, it is possible to comb them out, but it takes forever. You will loose a lot of hairs in the process, but that is just from the hair that would normally have fallen out if you didn’t have dreads, so it’s not because it ruins your hair to have dreadlocks.

Patience, a comb, conditioner, a really good friend and 100 amazing movies, and you’ll be good to go.

I think that was about it..

Let me know if you have more questions! I’ll be happy to answer them, but again, this page is not about dreadlocks!

Love

Caroline

Make a cute and practical needlepillow

I don’t know if I’m the only one, but I seem to always loose my needles! And when I need them, I can’t find them anywhere!

So today I decided to make two cute little needle pillows, so I won’t have to buy new ones every third months :)

But not only are they cute, they are also very practical, since you can keep your threats, buttons or something entirely different, in the jars!

These are super easy to make, and make great little gifts as well!

Competition/Give Away – CLOSED!

CLOSED!

 

I’m JUST about to hit 15.000 visits on my blog! Wohoo! Thank you all sososo much for supporting me and visiting my blog, and a special thank you, to the people that are following my blog and writing comments! You’re all AWESOME!

To show my gratitude, I’ve decided to make a special give away/competition, and one of you lucky readers can win some amazing craftstuff – felt, wool, yarn, make your own puzzles, and many other cool things, just a great gift for the people that has kids or just wants to be a bit more creative, + a special Silver White Winters gift!

This is what will happen:

On June 30th 2012 (14 days from now) I will randomly pick a winner.

From doing one of following things, you’re participating in the competition:

  • Comment on this post
  • Follow my blog
  • “Like” my group on Facebook
  • Comment on or “Like” the post on Facebook
  • Share the post of Facebook

The more of the things you do, the better are your chances at winning. So if you do one of the things, your name will only be written once, if you do all of the five things, your name will be written five times.

I hope you are all interested in participating!

Love

Caroline

 

CLOSED!

How to make your own shampoo and conditioner – No chemicals!

 

So I get a lot of questions from a lot of people about my hair (not on the blog, but in real life).

Read about dreadlocks here!

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I’ve got dreadlocks. This is a picture of what my hair looks like, right now:

Billede

I get why many people might think that my hair is dirty, but that’s a very common misunderstanding. Dreads can’t dread if they are greasy, and will therefore loosen. So to keep my hair awesome, I need to wash it! (Now that we’re at it – no, I have never smoked weed, and I don’t listen to Bob Marley all day long!) ;-)

I do use a bit of a different shampoo though, and I’m going to explain to you guys how to make it! It’s really easy, and it doesn’t dry out your hair, but it gets the job done! So you don’t need dreadlocks to use this recipe!

You’ll need:

1 tablespoon (for 1 cup of water) of baking soda

Water

A bottle with holes in the lid (make it out of an old water bottle)

2 drops of lavender oil (or whatever other oil you prefer)

Billede

Mix it all together, and see how it work wonders! Leave it in for a few minutes and rinse.

For conditioner:

Use Apple Cider Vinegar. As before, one tablespoon for each cup of water.

Billede

This is a natural way of cleaning your hair, and it doesn’t put any chemicals out into the environment.

I hope you’ve all enjoyed this!

Love

Caroline

Tutorial: Nature inspired candleholder

This tutorial is very simple and fun!

Bring nature inside, and make lots of these gorgeous candleholders!

You’ll need:

  • A glass with room for a candle
  • A lot of dry sticks
  • Some sort of glue that dries up pretty fast
  • A candle

Optional:

  • Threat
  • Glitter
  • Whatever else you can come up with to make this cool and fun!

You don’t need to use the threat as I did on mine, but if you want to be able to hang it somewhere, it can be a good idea. It’s a bit more tricky, but you’ll quickly get the hang of it!

Glue every single stick to the glass, and twist the threat every time you put a new stick on.

If you can’t get it work with the threat and twist, but you still want the threat on, you can just tie it around the candleholder when you’re done gluing the sticks on!

Enjoy!

Our Picks: Mens Summer

So I got a request from one of my male readers today, asking me to make a summer pick for men! Which was both surprising and lovely, since I didn’t really know that I had any male followers.

I had my brother Louis Axel help me pick out some awesome items, and we hope you all like them!

For more information about these gorgeous items, scroll down and click on the picture to go directly to the designers site.

Beautiful handcrafted travel bag from GenuineGoods786.

Summer shorts from the Scandinavian brand aempersand/.

Fun hip flasks from The Hair of the Dog! Check them all out.

Awesome aprons from SSatHome! Perfect for a BBQ.

Personalized beach towels from CajunCreations by almgdesigns.

Cool iPhone cover from Fine Art Designs.

Cool canvas bags from PaisleyMagic for groceries or to carry your things to the beach.

Cool vintage items for men from SpaceVintage.

Amazing paintings from WatercolorByMuren. My brother almost passed out when he saw this!

Gorgeous pens from The Pen Place!

Love

Louis Axel & Caroline

My Pick: Summer Love

Summer FINALLY came to Denmark!

- And I almost have a tan!

 

I’m going to celebrate that with another round of my picks, this time the theme is: Summer Love! (surprise..)

They are as usual lovely handmade items from Etsy, and they are all both affordable and adorable!

Click on the pictures to go directly to the designers Etsy profile and see their other items.

 

I absolutely adore these fresh looking, colorful bracelets from helloberry!

 

I love the gorgeous, girly accessories from The Bird Nest! Check them all out.

 

Make sure you never forget this summer vacation! Katie from Making This Home makes the most fantastic journals!

 

The Perfect Hair Ties, is the name of these hairbands, and  that they are indeed! I love the wonderful colors, and my dreads can even fit into them!

 

Check out the gorgeous dresses from Up The Wooden Hills! I love their style and flower patterns!

 

Check out the amazing items from Bomobob! They also have the most amazing iPhone covers!

 

 

I hope you all loved my picks!

Love

Caroline

A walk in the garden of Fredensborg Castle

The weather was so lovely today. I had such a strong urge to take a lot of pictures of the beautiful nature we surround ourselves with in Denmark, at the moment.

First I tried to get a few of my friends with me, but no one was able to go, so I decided to go by myself.

These are some of the pictures I took.

A beautiful avenue.

Garden art and flowers

Statues

“Let’s dance, my love”

What an amazing sight

I wonder if they come to live at night, when the sun goes down…

Esrum Sea, notice the little sailboat

I wish I could build my house right here

A memorial

I love this place

See through

A croquet restaurent

A homeless man was resting in the sun

Sometimes colors can almost put me in a trance

Leaves

The Orangery

The Castle in Fredensborg, Denmark