Merry + Bright

December 8, 2010

Hello Friends, it is Leslie here with Color Me Pretty for December. I am really inspired by some of the soft colors used for decorating for the holidays. Hues like aqua, soft lavender, butter yellow and silver. It is a pleasure to experiment with a more subtle hued approach. With the help of a few sparkly ornaments and some candles, I can already feel my holiday spirit being lifted.

Merry + Bright

Wrapping gifts has always been a real joy for me. I love seeing parcels nicely wrapped and tied with ribbon. I also cannot seem to throw out pieces of nice paper, as I tend to save them all. Lately, I have been into making paper quilts to use as wrapping paper for special friends who enjoy paper like I do.

Merry + Bright

Merry + Bright

Merry + Bright

Merry + Bright

I use tape to quilt together pretty scraps of paper to make a larger piece of paper to then wrap presents with. The process does not take very long and I like the effect after a simple ribbon is added. It is a nice way to use gorgeous bits that may have otherwise gone in the trash.

Merry + Bright

Merry + Bright

I had to include this photograph of a special bag I purchased in Amsterdam in October as it has been hanging in my studio and I have been staring at it for some time. You can see how the palette has been influencing me! The bag was made by the hands of Leslie Oschmann an American designer living in Amsterdam who I had the pleasure of meeting. She is a lovely, warm and very talented designer who turns old unwanted paintings into new tote bags. Leslie also breathes new life into chairs and jewelry. You can read more about what she is up to on her website. Some of her bags are also available at Anthropologie.

Merry + Bright

Merry + Bright
Merry + Bright

Merry + Bright

It is my wish for you (and me) to fit in some “slow” moments this season as they help make a hectic holiday routine more manageable.  Create space for a lingering cup of tea, a little time to savor yummy books or magazines, an afternoon for organizing or at least a minute to indulge in the scents of fresh flowers. Whatever holidays you celebrate I hope these last few weeks of 2010 are filled with joy. See you next year and thank you! – Leslie!

(images: leslie shewring)


  • Reply Inga December 8, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Paper quilts as wrapping paper is the best idea EVER!

  • Reply carole December 8, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Beautiful as always Leslie. I love the idea of the paper quilts, I’ll definitely be trying that. Thrifty and gorgeous!
    Have a lovely Christmas both of you.
    Lots of love,
    Carole x

  • Reply Ludmila {} December 8, 2010 at 10:40 am

    This color palette is right up my alley! Loving the gentle purple against the bright turquoise, along with all the other dusted colors. Lovely as always, Leslie!

  • Reply Katie December 8, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Oh gosh, you were right: I do LOVE the Holiday Edition! Purple/lilac is my number one choice to fancy anything up. Beautiful post, Leslie.

  • Reply Bieb December 8, 2010 at 10:42 am

    A beautifuil wish Leslie, thanx!
    It’s kind of what Santa also always tells us…; )



  • Reply Tina December 8, 2010 at 10:49 am

    These pics are absolutely yummy! :-)

  • Reply Will December 8, 2010 at 10:49 am

    No, thank YOU, Leslie, for sharing such wonderful inspirations with us in your Colour Me Pretty column. I look forward to it each month and your gentle festive theme here is no different – brilliant!

  • Reply European Chic December 8, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Georgeous colour combinations as always! I wished I was the lucky reciever of one of these beautifully wrapped gifts.

    Colour Me Pretty has to be my favourite column.

  • Reply Carol December 8, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Gorgeous – those colours make me go all wobbly! What font did you use for the ‘colour me pretty’ text?? I love it xx

  • Reply Châtaigne December 8, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Amazing work! I love the use of pieces of paper for gift wrapping and the colour and texture combination Leslie has used.

  • Reply Susana December 8, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Oh my God, I love Leslie and Color Me Pretty!… Such an eye candy!… I love lilac, greens and white – those are the colors that I chose for my birthday table. Adorable post. xo

  • Reply Sally December 8, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Love the paper quilt idea – I have a huge box filled to the brim with bits of beautiful paper, definitely making my own Christmas paper this year now!!

  • Reply Iris December 8, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    So calming and yet so festive!

  • Reply Kate kelly December 8, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    I love it when ‘Colour me Pretty’ comes around! I love the Photograph with a collection of different ribbons and twine. Would be perfect framed and put on my wall in my study! Thanks Leslie, and Happy Christmas! Kate :-)

  • Reply S December 8, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Quilting with tape is a great idea for wrapping paper :)

  • Reply Traveling Mama December 8, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Leslie, these photos are so beautiful. The paper quilts are brilliant! And did I notice a few Danish items in some of the photos? Your decor looks so much like what I am seeing here! I’ve been enjoying the latest BoligLiv which came as a two magazine special this month, which were both full of many beautiful Christmas ideas! Now I just need to get you to come for a Christmas market trip! :-)

  • Reply Couture Hayez December 8, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Beautiful photos and wonderful blog, here is a dream!

  • Reply Make, Do & Send December 8, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    I am so inspired by your paper quilt wrapping paper, what a fantastic idea and it looks so pretty in this colour palette :) Thanks for sharing, Alex

  • Reply Alyssa December 8, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    The paper quilt is beautiful! And a great way to use up oddly shaped paper scraps.

  • Reply stephanie December 8, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Leslie, I can’t tell you how much I enjoy your features – they are stunning, inspiring, and so well done. I’ll leave this open and look at it all throughout the day today – thanks for sharing your talent with us. :)

  • Reply Melissa de la Fuente December 8, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Oh wow….this may be my very favorite one, ever. Have I said that before? It’s totally possible, as everything you do makes me want to dance around! :)
    I love this inspired palette Leslie, and the quilt wrapping paper is divine. Also, that bag is just too amazing….I keep staring at them on her site. Your collage of all the ribbon and flowers is just breathtaking….I just can’t even believe the amazing amount of beautiful things you have at your fingertips! Just awesome…and so very, very inspiring! Thanks darlin, for adding a lot of beauty and joy to my holidays! :)

  • Reply Lindsay @ Yams December 8, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    WOW! SO in love with her quilted gift wrap! And those patterned sticky notes! AMAZING job this time, Leslie!!

  • Reply Diane @ home sweet homemade December 8, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Leslie, thanks for the inspiration! The quilted wrapping paper is just the nicest personal touch, isn’t it? And your tiny little baubles adorning plain branches in a white porcelain pitcher look homey-holiday perfect! Love it all, thanks for sharing :)

  • Reply tiina { sparkling ink } December 8, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Leslie, once again, absolutely gorgeous work. I love to come here and see your post. It goes perfectly together with all the inspiring posts by Holly!

  • Reply Zoe @ A Quick Study Paper Goods December 8, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    I loooove that ribbon photo! Such dreamy colors, and I am not usually a purple person.

  • Reply Izabella December 8, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    I love the thread and ribbons. What wonderful colors and texture. I am not a purple person either but these images make it hard not to fall in love with the color…

  • Reply Kate @ Songs Kate Sang December 8, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Oh my heavens. That is just beautiful! I love the paper scraps made into quilted gift wrap.

  • Reply Erika ~TiptoeButterfly~ December 8, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    i love that crochet ball thing – so simple and cute!

    PS – invite only sample SALES on my post today – 96% off retail baby!

    *kiss kiss*
    ~Tiptoe Butterfly~

  • Reply Rocio Rincon December 8, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Oh my, what a beautiful color scheme. I really love the cup of tea, it looks inviting. Mmmmh!

  • Reply Shanon{MyFineGarden} December 8, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    I just adore that 2nd shot– it’s full of all goodness! =) You make a beautiful world Leslie!

  • Reply Vanessa Elizabeth December 8, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    What a gorgeous collection of images you have! The colours are so not tradition, but I love them. Especially with the touches of metallic.

  • Reply STYLIZIMO December 8, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Delightful as always, Leslie! I love the color combinations you have used here. Thank you for an inspiring post!
    Hugs, Nina

  • Reply Sibylle December 8, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Beautiful! i will go with turquoise this year;-)

  • Reply Tracy Kunzler December 8, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    GORGEOUS post! Thanks! LOVE the idea of “quilting” paper scraps together! Smart and beautiful result!

  • Reply Sugar December 8, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Wow. So my cup of tea. Love it.

  • Reply Diane December 8, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    I love this colour palette. That is the prettiest Christmas wrapping ever! Thank you for the inspiration Leslie!

  • Reply Kate December 9, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    This is so fresh and lovely. This feature is so consistently inspiring and here I feel like a different color palette really changes the feel of the season. The patchwork wrapping paper is gorgeous. I also love the idea of using a bare branch to display a few, special ornaments. Thanks for this!

  • Reply City Chic - Jamie December 10, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Thank you for another lovely color me pretty post, this always makes my day when I see it! I’m inspired to wrap gifts this weekend and hopefully make time to do a few crafty holiday projects, thanks for the inspiration!!

  • Reply Dana Barbieri December 12, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    i love using the tape for the quilts. i was going to do some by stitching the paper but the tape is so much easier and pretty.

  • Reply JOneen Small December 13, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Morning Leslie,

    Here it is December 13th and this is the first moment I have had to myself since I last saw you. Browsing your beautiful creations is very soothing to the soul and your comment to relax with a cup of tea is what gets me through some days. Just love your soft colors and designs. xo Joneen

  • Reply Ivy December 15, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    So, so beautiful! I absolutely love this palette. So different and feminine for the holidays! That bag is so gorgeous. I’m off to go check out her site! Thanks so much for sharing all this loveliness with us. xo Ivy

  • Reply kelly December 21, 2010 at 9:25 am

    the idea of the paper quilts is so lovely~ these really inspire me a lot for my christmas wrapping. thank you leslie!

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