About Sweet paul Im a 43 year old food and Prop stylist and crafter who packed his Louis and moved from Oslo to New York to live and love.
Been working with some amazing photographers, great clients and fab magazines.
You can see more of my work on my agents site, www.bigleoproductions.com
My dear friends.
The holidays are finally here and I want to take this time to thank you all for such a great year here on Sweet Paul.
Thank you so much.
I will now take a short blogger break, will be back monday january 4th.
So tune back, I have some exciting news to tell in january.
Dear friends, I wish you all the best for the holidays and a fantastic new year.
May all your dreams come true.
Ok guys, its still a little time to decorate for the holidays.
This snowflake is really beautiful, its a little tricky, but if I can do it so can you!
First make a 6 point star of metal rods. I used wire hangers for this one. I just cut them up.
Now take your greens and have a close look at them. You will see that if you cut off some parts they do look like snowflakes.
Use florist wire and fasten the greens to the metal star.
It takes a little time, but it is worth it.
Photo by Studio Dreyer Hensley
This is from a story I styled for Redbook magazine.
Their editor had this great idea of putting feathers inside clear glass ornaments.
So I filled like 80 ornaments, takes longer then you would think!
But I just love the idea of hanging them over a table like this.
Photos by Ellen Silverman
I just love these old glass ornaments.
Sometimes they are to fragile to hang on a tree, so why not turn it into your own christmas art?
Shadowboxes are perfect for this.
Line the frame with some colored craft paper and affix your ornaments with double-sided tape.
Photo by Victor Scrager
Today is a perfect day to wrap presents.
Brooklyn is fillet with a white blanket today, it snowed so much yesterday.
Kind of reminds me of my childhoods winters in Oslo.
So, Im off to the Dumbo flea now to get the last gifts and when I come back I will make myself a cocktail, put on some cheesy christmas music. Something from Bing or Frank.
I will get all my supplies out and start wrapping.
I am in a glitter moon this year, so I know I will make a few of these tulle flowers.
They are easy and fun to make.
You take a 3x12 piece of tulle and roll it together.Sew one end all together and open up the other end like a flower.
If you want to add some glitter just brush it with some glue and dip in glass glitter.
You can make a simple paper leaf as well covered in glue and then dipped in the glitter.
Im also going to make a few glitter reindeer today.
Its the same thing, you use a brush and cover the reindeer in glue and then in glitter.
They make really cool gift toppers.
Happy wrapping to you all.
Photos by Alexandra Grablewski
Its saturday morning here in Brooklyn when I write this.
Its supposed to snow here today, I went out a little while ago with my dog and there is that "snowy" feeling in the air.
So when I was thinking about what idea to post today I remembered this image I created for a scandinavian lifestyle magazine.
The paper flowers on the wall reminds me of snow, kinda feels like they are falling from the clouds.
They are easy to make.
Cut out two large flower heads and two smaller ones.
Crunch them a little bit so that they get more 3D.
Glue the two large together in the middle and do the same with the two small ones.
Now glue them both together.
Crunch them, open them up so that they get a vintage paper flower look.
I glued them to the wall with double sided tape.
Enjoy the snow.
Photo by Alexandra Grablewski
I just realized that it's 6 days until christmas.
I'm entertaining some friends on christmas day and now is the time to think about food, table, drinks etc.
I made these pears as name cards a while back, think I will reuse this idea.
Its cheep, fun and may I say so myself.....,very stylish.
And the best thing is, if your guests are still not full after dinner, you can just tell them to eat their name card!
(Can't wait to say, Shut up and eat your name card!)
Anyhow, cut out leafs in craft paper using pinking shears.
Make a hole in one end.
Stick a little branch with some small leafs in each pear and attach the name leaf.
Photo by Studio Dreyer Hensley
This is a table setting I created for Country Living.
All christmas stories is usually produced in august and september, and I tell you getting in to the real christmas groove when its mega hot outside is not always easy.
But you know what, something happens to me when I get surrounded by ornaments, trees, ribbons and wrapped presents.
I can get a feeling of christmas in august. Even dressed in a t-shirt, shorts and flip flops.
Anyhow, this idea is really cute.
First of all, off to the forest to find a good branch.Needs to be almost as long as your table.
Then you knot lengths of twine around it and hang it from the ceiling from hooks.
At least 5-6 hooks.
Then you decorate with your finest ornaments.
You are now ready to party.
Photo by Victor Schrager