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Color Me Pretty: Fresh For Spring

Hello friends, it’s Leslie here with Color Me Pretty for March. With all the heartache over the last ten days I wanted to focus on spring with the sense of hope, creativity and new life it brings. I thought I would revisit one of my favorite palettes, which includes pale blue, watery aqua, minty green, and splashes of dark coral. To change it slightly I added some chalky looking lavender. I have been seeing this palette in various forms lately and thought you may enjoy it.

Cheerful poppies have been blooming in my garden and I decided to place these ones in a spray painted mason jar. I further decorated the jar with ribbon and a few strips of Japanese washi tape. Decorating some white floral containers with tape is simple, quick and adds a sweet handmade quality don’t you think?

I was really inspired by the work of Thomas Campbell who Holly introduced me to in her post a few weeks ago. I couldn’t help but get back to my sewing machine to sew more paper together. I made some interesting wrapping paper quickly as well as some larger pieces I may frame and use as wall hangings for my home. When I did not have the right color of paper I used watercolors to create the tones I needed.

I filled my journal pages with pieces of freshly colored paper and photographs. I love having this record to go back and look at when I want to create something down the road and am lacking inspiration. My journals have always helped keep my visual ideas organized. They act as mini mood boards that are portable, easy to keep and refer to. Long after my tack boards have been cleaned off I still have my journals waiting neatly on the shelf.

I hope I may have sparked an idea or two for you to carry out in some of your creative projects. Please take a moment this week to stop and notice the flowers of the season. Even if they are just the ones on display at the market! I will see you back here next month, until then take good care and thank you. – Leslie.

(images: leslie shewring)


Posted by decor8 in Color Inspiration, Color Me Pretty, guest bloggers on March 21, 2011

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  1. Luciane at commented
    March 21st, 2011 at 8:00pm


    You’re a very special girl! I’d love to know how to do things like these! Maybe I’ll try! :-)

    Hope you have a wonderful, colorful and blessed Spring!


    Luciane at HomeBunch.

  2. juliep. commented
    March 21st, 2011 at 8:06pm

    Dear Leslie- thank you for the beautiful colors and inspiration, during these sad times. The colors and layout you chose reminded me of the hopefulness and renewal aspects of the season. Your post made my day!
    I love sewing papers together, but sometimes get carried away with layers and break needles midway through. I love how handmade/cottony papers look with stitches in them.
    Thank you

  3. Ivy commented
    March 21st, 2011 at 8:14pm

    As always… beautiful and inspiring with a touch of hope!

    Cheers and Love
    Ivy´s last blog post ..A day in the Life of Ivy

  4. Paula Jo @ Home Decor | Outdoor Garden Decorations commented
    March 21st, 2011 at 8:15pm

    These colors are just beautiful. I love the poppies in the painted mason jar, and the other bouquet also. Just lovely. You don’t have to worry that I won’t notice all the beautiful flowers this spring. I still have have the beauty of flowers in my yard and garden right now.

  5. ClassiclyAmber commented
    March 21st, 2011 at 8:18pm

    Ah, absolutely beautiful, Leslie! Love that you created your own wrapping paper. SO inspiring – as always~!! =-D
    ClassiclyAmber´s last blog post ..Heart for Japan

  6. Ludmila @ creamylife commented
    March 21st, 2011 at 8:18pm

    SO lovely! Adore these bright colors, they make me happy! Thank you, Leslie!

    P.S. Happy birthday, Holly! :)
    Ludmila @ creamylife´s last blog post ..Blissful Outdoors

  7. meenal @ maison marigold commented
    March 21st, 2011 at 8:24pm

    beautiful flowers and amazing moodboard…what a lovely and practical idea! thanks for sharing, Leslie…have a beautiful week ahead!! xx meenal
    meenal @ maison marigold´s last blog post ..For the week and beyond

  8. Julie the Alkaline Sister commented
    March 21st, 2011 at 8:38pm

    I’ve been feeling the same all week and this gloomy rainy weather doesn’t help much! Your post is like a sunny day, happy, bright and cheerful, just what the doctor ordered! Thanks for the lift! Love the combination of unexpected colours!
    Julie the Alkaline Sister´s last blog post ..Green Drinks for a Healthy StPatty’s Day &amp Why You Should Rotate Your Greens

  9. tinajo commented
    March 21st, 2011 at 8:46pm

    I love the colors in this post, just gorgeous and really gives the feeling of spring! :-)
    tinajo´s last blog post ..Getting close now

  10. Iris commented
    March 21st, 2011 at 8:49pm

    So great that you could find the strength to do all this ánd the BYW course in these confusing and insecure days. Thank you so much for the beauty you bring!
    Iris´s last blog post ..Pink

  11. Jane - jacaranda Designs commented
    March 21st, 2011 at 8:58pm

    Leslie, your color combos are simply beautiful. I have some fresh cut freesias (purple and yellow) in my kitchen and you’ve inspired me to get my creative juices flowing and photograph them.
    Jane – jacaranda Designs´s last blog post ..Etsy LOVE!

  12. PATTERN OBSERVER commented
    March 21st, 2011 at 9:00pm

    This is such a beautiful post! The colors, the textures, everything about it is inspiring! keep up the great work!
    PATTERN OBSERVER´s last blog post ..Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Fall ‘11

  13. MD Interior Design commented
    March 21st, 2011 at 9:12pm

    Oh leslie, this is all so beautiful – the watery aquas are just so stunning and you never cease to amaze me with your creative talents and love for colour. The colour combinations are so striking and the flowers and paper – I just love these. What a great idea to use paints to mix the hard-to-find-colours. You are truly an inspiriation leslie and your post has certainly brightened my day – thankyou so much for sharing you wonderful creativity with us. x Michelle

  14. Brooke H commented
    March 21st, 2011 at 9:13pm

    Stunning palette Leslie. The second floral arrangement would be a great wedding color scheme for spring/summer.

    My thoughts are with you and you family. xoxo
    Brooke H´s last blog post ..Custom Fashion Illustration Giveaway

  15. Shelly commented
    March 21st, 2011 at 9:40pm

    Such beautiful colors! I am going to print out the first print and hang it up in my kitchen. Just gorgeous. Thanks for the lift today. :)

  16. Amanda commented
    March 21st, 2011 at 9:44pm

    Nothing says spring like poppies in a mason jar! Love the fresh color palette :)

  17. Kristyne commented
    March 21st, 2011 at 9:44pm

    Oh this palette is so lovely. It makes me think of Easter – grown up style! I love how the little hits of warm tones really pop against the cool colors. As always, thank you for sharing your colorful talents :)
    Kristyne´s last blog post ..Glass Half Full

  18. melissa commented
    March 21st, 2011 at 9:46pm

    beautiful! I think my favorite to date.
    … thinking of you, your family, and the whole country of japan… to new beginnings!
    happy spring Leslie! @—>—–

  19. Suzanne commented
    March 21st, 2011 at 9:48pm

    Hi Leslie, Good to see that you have found the inspiration after all these horrible moments on tv-screens in Japan. It gives people hope. The colors you used are gorgeous and surprising. I never used purple and orange but now I see them at your pictures, I love them. Iwill try it at home with candles and flowers. Thanks for giving inspiration!

  20. City Chic - Jamie commented
    March 21st, 2011 at 9:50pm

    Oh thank you for your beautiful color inspiration as always! It is most welcome on a Monday!
    City Chic – Jamie´s last blog post ..Spring Cleaning Helpers!

  21. Glenda Childers commented
    March 21st, 2011 at 9:50pm

    Spring is just barely peeking its head out, here in Chicago. This beautiful post you have created, Leslie, is surely making me long for the full arrival of spring. Thank you.

    Glenda Childers´s last blog post ..How to Manage Transitions part three A Lovely Example of Saying HELLO

  22. Kiti commented
    March 21st, 2011 at 9:53pm

    I think these colors will be my new spring colors in all…furnitures,clothes, food etc.:) amazing photos and compositions!

  23. Design Elements commented
    March 21st, 2011 at 10:03pm

    beautiful post! I was inspired by Thomas Campbell some weeks ago too. happy new week!
    Design Elements´s last blog post ..Happy new week!

  24. Michele commented
    March 21st, 2011 at 10:10pm

    So wonderful to see another installment of Color Me Pretty!! I am constantly amazed at the fresh ideas and feelings you are able to invoke with your photos, Leslie. For example, in the second-to-last-photo (of buttons, tape and spools of thread,) I got lulled into the dreamy pastel sea of turquoise, lavender and white, and then the surprise pop of coral — like a SPOTLIGHT was turned on to that part of the photo. I LOVE your stylings and the quality of your photographs! I’m amazed that you continually come up with these beautiful ideas and combinations. Your creativity is endless! Thank you for brightening my day (after many somber days.) Your photographs are uplifting!

  25. Lidyll commented
    March 21st, 2011 at 10:13pm

    Hi there!

    These pictures are beautiful! Just love Them! And the colors are oh so pretty!*smile*

    …I am inspired!*smile*
    Lidyll´s last blog post ..Venter spent på våren

  26. Kate @ Travelmoon commented
    March 21st, 2011 at 10:18pm

    I love all this bright and bold colors…perfect way to usher is into Spring!
    Kate @ Travelmoon´s last blog post ..Monday Escapes

  27. Sandrine commented
    March 21st, 2011 at 10:20pm

    AWww! Leslie is such a talented creative soul!We go into Autumn here but all these photos are just a delight in any seasons!Thanks Holly for hosting color Me Pretty!
    Sandrine x
    Sandrine´s last blog post ..Monday inspirationA tree change

  28. Alyssa commented
    March 21st, 2011 at 10:28pm

    I love it!

  29. Alexis commented
    March 21st, 2011 at 10:34pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this. Beauty and sunshine is definitely something we all need right now.
    Alexis´s last blog post ..Home again

  30. ingen vanlig dag commented
    March 21st, 2011 at 10:47pm

    It´s so beautiful! I love these colors and the pictures are just perfect. I feel happy just looking at this. Thanks.

  31. SillySimple commented
    March 21st, 2011 at 10:51pm

    Really great inspirational color palate, thanks for sharing!

  32. Barbara commented
    March 21st, 2011 at 11:02pm

    Leslie, those flowers look stunning! I am so incredibly motivated looking at your flowery compisitions! Purple and red tones look good for me. And washi! Gorgeous washi! Thank you for sharing such beautiful pictures! – Barbara
    Barbara´s last blog post ..5 songs to welcome Spring

  33. Rachel commented
    March 21st, 2011 at 11:24pm

    Oh i love love love those colors! So spring! :)
    Rachel´s last blog post ..DIY Map Painting

  34. Sarah commented
    March 22nd, 2011 at 12:05am

    So pretty and inspiring, I especially love the shot of the spools of thread and pastel tapes…it is SNOWING here in New England for the first day of spring, so we won’t be seeing any flowers soon!! My favorites are daffodils and I only have a small period of time for enjoying them.
    Sarah´s last blog post ..My home in CocoMales blog

  35. Caitlin commented
    March 22nd, 2011 at 12:08am

    Wow, so so beautiful Leslie!
    Caitlin´s last blog post ..Giveaway- Dress from Shabby Apple

  36. Christina Diaz commented
    March 22nd, 2011 at 12:25am

    I love the poppies in that first shot! I will have to keep my eye out for some soon, they are one of my favorites!
    Christina Diaz´s last blog post ..Shades of Pink and Green

  37. Miss Walker commented
    March 22nd, 2011 at 12:34am

    So gorgeous! Thanks for the inspiration! Miss Walker xoxo
    Miss Walker´s last blog post ..2011 Trend Alert- Typography

  38. Theresa(Miss Charlotte) commented
    March 22nd, 2011 at 1:11am

    Your pictures are so inspiring and dreamy! The colors…oh…delicious! I think I’ll spend tomorrow gazing a bit more at what you’ve created here and try to fashion something myself…thank you!
    Theresa(Miss Charlotte)´s last blog post ..Get Clean Campaign

  39. Katie Truelove commented
    March 22nd, 2011 at 1:13am

    Beautiful! I have never thought of this color combo before…
    Katie Truelove´s last blog post ..Slow Cooked Chicken &amp Peppers

  40. Stacie commented
    March 22nd, 2011 at 2:11am

    Breathtaking. Really beautiful and you captured spring perfectly!
    Stacie´s last blog post ..Imperial Rhodonite Necklace with Tourmaline Nugget

  41. Marilyn commented
    March 22nd, 2011 at 2:46am

    LOVED the purple and orange blossoms!
    Thanks for something so beautiful.
    Made my day.l
    Marilyn´s last blog post ..Im Back AgainThanks- Holly

  42. Kristin Johnsen commented
    March 22nd, 2011 at 3:09am

    Leslie – I’d LOVE to see a few pages in your journals that you talk about – to give me a sense of what it is you keep that inspires you – I LOVE love love your watercolor triangles – so simple yet so elegant. Thanks so much for sharing

  43. Kylie Loy commented
    March 22nd, 2011 at 3:55am

    Nothing else to say again except so beautiful. It’s lovely to see spring colours, as here in Australia were in Autumn. Those poppies are amazing.

  44. Angela Steyn commented
    March 22nd, 2011 at 8:35am

    Wow, these images are great Leslie! So fresh and full of hope and happiness. I particularly love the dashes of strong coral pink… it’s a colour I always associate with strappy sandals and painted toenails!

    Angela x
    Angela Steyn´s last blog post ..Decorating Master Class – How To Select The Right White Paint

  45. Martina Simonic Adamic commented
    March 22nd, 2011 at 9:25am

    Beautiful colours… very inspiring. Have a great day lady’s! x

  46. Cristina commented
    March 22nd, 2011 at 9:30am

    So nice! That colours combination is my favourite! :-)
    Cristina´s last blog post ..Tree coat rack

  47. Oksana commented
    March 22nd, 2011 at 9:35am

    very beautiful collages! and your flowers are so pretty! Very pity but here is snow blooming now:-)

  48. Tania commented
    March 22nd, 2011 at 12:00pm

    your pictures are always so lovely and inspiring, those poppies – so beautiful, reminds me of my mom!
    Tania´s last blog post ..Black and white

  49. lynn commented
    March 22nd, 2011 at 12:31pm

    What a beautiful post. The photo of the poppies made me want to run and start a watercolor! Thanks for the inspiration. Have a great day!-Lynn

  50. Alexandra commented
    March 22nd, 2011 at 1:08pm

    I really want to start such visual journals! Beautiful!
    Leslie, in the last image with your desk, there is a lovely pinned calendar sheet to see.
    It looks Japanese to me. Could you maybe let me know by which artist it is? Thank you so much!

  51. Hazel commented
    March 22nd, 2011 at 2:31pm

    I love how your photos of flowers and photos of crafting suppplies complement each other– after further consideration I couldn’t help but notice how the two mirror each other. Beautiful, colorful, full of opportunity and adding brightness to everyday living. Love it! Thanks!

    Hazel´s last blog post ..Finishing Touches for Outdoor Living Spaces

  52. Melissa de la Fuente commented
    March 22nd, 2011 at 3:30pm

    Oh Leslie….you lovely, talented, sweetheart , you. I swear, sometimes I wish I could just carry you around in my pocket. Your work makes me so happy and is the epitome of hopefulness. Knowing how hard these past 10 days must have been for you & yet, you still come through with absolute joy and beauty in your post. Not that carrying you around in my pocket would be much fun for YOU but, undoubtedly it would make my days that much brighter. :) Thank you for this beautiful & inspired post hun. I can only imagine what perusing your journals would be like….sheer inspirational heaven.
    Melissa de la Fuente´s last blog post ..Cheap &amp Chic

  53. Valentina commented
    March 22nd, 2011 at 3:46pm

    Beautiful! I was looking for some spring inspirational colors to create some digital papers, I wished I read this post before! Your colors combinations are awesome.
    Valentina´s last blog post ..Hello Spring!

  54. crt commented
    March 22nd, 2011 at 5:35pm

    Wow… these photos filled my lungs with air! Time to celebrate life and all that is new. Thank you!

  55. Eyechartprints commented
    March 22nd, 2011 at 6:08pm

    Love these Palettes. These are very inspiring! Lovely art filled with Happiness. Thanks!
    Eyechartprints´s last blog post ..I Love Waking Up To You Every Morning Eye Exam Charts-

  56. Lauren commented
    March 22nd, 2011 at 6:13pm

    I love this! Those poppies are insanely gorgeous!

    Lovely color palette…i am definitely inspired by your fabulous work!
    Lauren´s last blog post ..Bending the lines

  57. Manette commented
    March 22nd, 2011 at 6:21pm

    Leslie, this is just so inspiring for me today and I thank you for creating such a beautiful post to share. I can’t wait for spring and long to see the flowers in my garden in bloom again. Thanks
    Manette´s last blog post ..Ring of Life – Frosty White Sea Glass Bottle Top Necklace

  58. Julie commented
    March 22nd, 2011 at 6:35pm

    This is so beautiful. I am amazed that you can be so creative at this difficult time. I was in the blogging class last year, so I feel like I know you. You don’t know me, but I admire everything about you, from your organized studio to your lovely color stories. Thank you for sharing your amazing talent.

  59. Shari commented
    March 22nd, 2011 at 7:14pm

    Okay, even though I’ve been lacking energy due to whatever I’m sick with (I have no idea, but it stinks!) I feel rejuvenated after reading your column today! It’s so refreshingly bright and natural and beautiful. I am so excited for the bulbs in my “garden” that are just started to poke out…. color soon!

    You’re always an inspiration, Leslie. Thank you again!! xoxo
    Shari´s last blog post ..Flea Market Style – Sharing A Favorite Book

  60. Shanon commented
    March 22nd, 2011 at 7:15pm

    Hugs to you Leslie! This is lovely, dreamy, full of spring, and full of hope.
    Shanon´s last blog post ..-a peek into my house-

  61. Lydia Kimble-Wright commented
    March 22nd, 2011 at 7:30pm

    Dear Leslie, Your work is truly sublime. I love the colors that you use and especially the way that they come together into this amazing mood board. I am grateful that BYW introduced me to you and your work.

  62. Lydia Kimble-Wright commented
    March 22nd, 2011 at 7:38pm

    My previous message was not finished so please do not post. I have a new iPad and am not used to it at all. Thanks.

  63. anana... commented
    March 22nd, 2011 at 8:32pm

    I love your blog! …inspiration! congratulations!
    anana…´s last blog post ..El blog empieza a tomar forma ya queda poco!!

  64. Winter commented
    March 22nd, 2011 at 9:43pm


  65. journeyseeds commented
    March 22nd, 2011 at 10:16pm

    ooohhh….i love the flowers….it makes me wish for my june oriental poppies.
    journeyseeds´s last blog post ..Soul Collage®Sunday

  66. Anastasia commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 3:19am

    ‘Hope’ is always the way! – beautiful post Leslie…i do hope your family is all safe in Japan.

    your posts fill me up with so much inspiration and joy!!
    stunning as always

  67. Lene commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 9:15am

    Oh…springtime is here….I love your photo’s…thanks for sharing !

  68. Jane commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 11:55am

    Oh, Leslie. How you still managed to put together this gorgeous post in the midst of all your worry is astounding. You have a huge heart. I hope your family and friends are safe.

    I am so delighted to have been doing BYW with you over the past few weeks. I have learnt so much and can’t wait to use it on my blog. You are such an inspiration. J x
    Jane´s last blog post ..Sunday splendour- 20 March 2011

  69. Simone Jester commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 11:57am

    How lovely!

    Would it be okay if I posted some of your blog’s photos to my Tumblr, I would credit you in each post, I promise. :)


  70. decor8 commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 4:10pm

    @Simone – YES of course, and you DO NOT HAVE to ask permission for this as long as you credit by name and link it’s perfectly fine. That’s how Tumblr works!

  71. Diane commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 4:33pm

    Leslie this post is amazing!! It made my day :)

  72. ChervelleCamille commented
    March 23rd, 2011 at 8:31pm

    Leslie! Your colour arrangement for this post is very attractive AND attentive! As I kept scrolling, something inside me kept flitting. Beautiful arranging and photography! I can read the story you’re telling just by viewing the photos alone. Amazing.

  73. Denise commented
    March 24th, 2011 at 8:38am

    I love all these pictures! The colors are lovely, and poppies are one of my favorite flowers. We are sprinkling seeds for the red ones throughout our front yard to give the neighbors a surprise in the fall. :)

    Also, the cup and plate thingy on the desk in the last photo – did you make that? Have any tips? It’s wonderful!

  74. Irene commented
    March 24th, 2011 at 9:11am

    This is so beautiful, so cute pastel tones for all the decoration. Amazing!

  75. Sarah commented
    March 29th, 2011 at 11:32am

    I love the combination of blues & corals makes me think of the carribean or hawiai just the lift I need right now, the lilac looks fantastic teamed in with these colours very lifting
    Sarah´s last blog post ..Mood board inspiration – Ebony &amp Ivory

  76. Drew commented
    April 15th, 2011 at 5:24pm

    Amazing collection of colour! I am going to be checking back regularly. Also, I grabbed my favourite pic and linked back to your whole collection to share with everyone :)

    Thanks very much for your colours and keep up the great work

  77. nicole commented
    July 10th, 2011 at 11:17am

    What lovely colors and inspiring mood board ideas! This is what I need to kick start, as I’m at the stage of looking to make one but didn’t know where to start. The colors will fit right in with my new studio now!

    Thank you so much for sharing, Leslie!

    xx Nicole | OpusMuse

  78. evaone commented
    August 1st, 2011 at 5:37am

    oh what a lovely work of art… i love the idea of this post..thank you so much for posting it…

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