Skip to content

Color Me Pretty: Pops of Pink

Hello friends, it is Leslie here with January’s edition of Color Me Pretty. How are you? I hope that you are doing good and I’m happy to be with you for another year on decor8 with my column. I hope you enjoy and look forward to my color stories and craft ideas each month. For January, I find myself thinking about bright fluorescent pink during these long rainy days in the Pacific Northwest. It’s definitely a trend, I see it everywhere at the moment – especially in fashion, on blogs and over at Pinterest!

CMP January 2012

Instead of mixing bright pink with the typical winter grey I thought it would be fun to use Kraft paper brown along with some softer shades of pink and a light blue. It’s fun to try something new.

Color Me Pretty: January 2012

Color Me Pretty: January 2012

Color Me Pretty: January 2012

Color cravings can be very fleeting in creative projects and I have a hard time playing in the typical colors of the season. Do you know what I mean? I am like many who tend to want what we can’t have! In the winter I long for summer colors to contrast the dark days and in the summer I daydream about snowy white, pale grey and chocolate browns. I guess it comes back to texture, as any color can look great applied to the right material. Warm cream cable knits in winter and then the same creamy color on linens and leather in summer. These days anything goes if you love it and it helps you feel creative.

Color Me Pretty: January 2012

Color Me Pretty: January 2012

I pulled out my watercolors one evening last week and had fun creating triangle and striped patterns in the shape of hearts. I thought they would make a nice card to top off some simply wrapped presents. You can do this with any bright paper. Just make yourself a little template to make things go faster.

Color Me Pretty: January 2012

Color Me Pretty: January 2012

Another home craft project I have been thinking about and finally got around to making is this little dreamcatcher. I liked the notion of something catching your good dreams. With a new year upon us it is nice to do something to remind us of what we are dreaming about for ourselves and for others. I wrapped a metal hoop from Michael’s with some cream washi tape. I then tied a crochet doily with some string to the hoop. Finally, instead of feathers I decided to use beads, which I threaded on string and then tied to the hoop. After making one, I now have ideas on how I want to make dozens more! So watch out I may have more featured in the column next month!

Color Me Pretty: January 2012

I hope you have had a wonderful start to 2012. I look forward to seeing you back here next month. Take good care! – xo, Leslie.

(styling/images: leslie shewring


Posted by decor8 in Color Me Pretty on January 27, 2012

Your comments...

  1. Renee - Luminoso Blu commented
    January 27th, 2012 at 12:05pm

    Leslie – another absolutely beautiful colour story. You are inspirational. I particularly love the felt stack.
    Renee – Luminoso Blu´s last blog post ..Snails and puppy dog tails

  2. Jolanda commented
    January 27th, 2012 at 12:16pm

    Wow. beautiful pictures and lots of inspiration, I love it :-)

  3. tinajo commented
    January 27th, 2012 at 12:41pm

    I love your pics as always! :-)
    tinajo´s last blog post ..Hello Mother Earth..!

  4. Rebecca commented
    January 27th, 2012 at 12:43pm

    This is all so beautifully styled! And I am a brown paper fan, it goes with any colour and always looks good! Love the watercolour hearts v cute x
    Rebecca´s last blog post ..pinterest pick of the week…

  5. Lise commented
    January 27th, 2012 at 12:57pm

    Hello, I discover your beautiful blog! Come to visit me!
    have a good day ;-)

  6. Karena commented
    January 27th, 2012 at 1:26pm

    Leslie great post I adore your heart art and it is perfect for packages!


    Art by Karena
    Karena´s last blog post ..Love Feast 2012 and Giveaway

  7. Rachel @ Cosy Home commented
    January 27th, 2012 at 1:28pm

    You definitely need some good pops of colour during the dull and dark winter months and bright pink is a great colour for a dark day! Love all your ideas especially the hearts (great for making your own wall art designs) and butterfly.
    Rachel @ Cosy Home´s last blog post ..Nice big biscuit platter board

  8. Strictly Pink Stuff commented
    January 27th, 2012 at 2:49pm

    Great use of pink, some really nice ideas.

  9. Tabitha (From Single to Married) commented
    January 27th, 2012 at 2:59pm

    oh – that pink butterfly is too cute!
    Tabitha (From Single to Married)´s last blog post ..Staring in Public

  10. Dulci Dantas commented
    January 27th, 2012 at 3:09pm

    Well, I’m in Brazil, Sao Paulo and it is rainning a lot too! I think this pink will add some color on this day, absolutely gray! Thanks a lot! Beautiful!
    Dulci Dantas´s last blog post ..De encher os olhos

  11. Hideminy commented
    January 27th, 2012 at 3:14pm

    So pretty!!
    Pink makes me happy!
    Thank you*

  12. Jessica commented
    January 27th, 2012 at 4:02pm

    Those painted heart tags are so fun! Love pink against the kraft paper
    Jessica´s last blog post ..Shell Chocolate Box

  13. ileana commented
    January 27th, 2012 at 5:03pm

    Those heart-wrapped books are so cute!
    ileana´s last blog post ..New cookbooks

  14. Michele commented
    January 27th, 2012 at 5:26pm

    FINALLY! I have been eagerly awaiting your newest color story! You would laugh if you could see how excited I get when I discover a new post from you, Leslie. I always look forward to your posts! Once again– great ideasl, inspiring, visually delightful! Thank you! Love it.

  15. Katia commented
    January 27th, 2012 at 5:31pm

    I love it love it love it my dear Leslie! :)
    I’m a “PINK color fan” and I like every element of it!
    I think the new (neon pink, strong colors..) and old (doily, trims, brown paper..) mix is perfect indeed and also easy to reproduce in personal style!
    Thank you very much!! :D
    Katia´s last blog post ..La corona, il regno, un buco nel muro

  16. Samantha commented
    January 27th, 2012 at 6:38pm

    Love, love, LOVE your stuff, Leslie!

  17. Bonnie McCarthy commented
    January 27th, 2012 at 7:07pm

    I absolutely love hot pink this time of year -and this year especially! I was in Gap the other day, and a woman stopped me to ask if she should boldly buy a hot pink item, “I usually go with neutrals, like black and gray,” she said. We both agreed the color just seemed fresh & she bought it!
    Bonnie McCarthy´s last blog post ..American Bath: Classic Craftsman

  18. Elena commented
    January 27th, 2012 at 7:21pm

    Great pictures as always. So inspirational.
    Elena´s last blog post ..All White

  19. Erica commented
    January 27th, 2012 at 7:54pm

    Oh, it’s so beautiful! I absolutely love it!
    Erica´s last blog post ..Tack fina vän!

  20. Lisa commented
    January 27th, 2012 at 8:12pm

    A very good point about how texture can make any color seasonal. Also, the dream catcher is so stylish! Can’t wait to see your next column…
    Lisa´s last blog post ..Golden Gate Park: Peace in the Mist

  21. Holly (The Apiarist) commented
    January 27th, 2012 at 8:34pm

    I have also been having fun experimenting with different shades of pink. Dusty rose is probably my favorite, but a bright joyful pink is swiftly closing the margin between first and second place! Thank you so much for the renewed inspiration.
    Holly (The Apiarist)´s last blog post ..Pleasing Things

  22. Eve commented
    January 27th, 2012 at 8:55pm

    Love the watercolor!

  23. Kristin Johnsen commented
    January 27th, 2012 at 9:26pm

    Wow – I really liked the hearts – how inventive with simple patterns and pretty watercolors! And the butterfly – nice! Thanks for sharing, Leslie ….another great set of colorful ideas.
    Kristin Johnsen´s last blog post ..Chrome Users: Try the Extension

  24. haniela commented
    January 27th, 2012 at 10:24pm

    I can’t even tell you how excited I’m about making the dreamcatcher
    It is so perfect, thank you for making it and for sharing it with us, I absolutely love it. Yay.

  25. Julie the Alkaline Sister commented
    January 27th, 2012 at 10:27pm

    You are so right about bright colours in the winter, I’m often even more attracted to it once Christmas is gone and we experience duller days til the arrival of spring. I use vivid colours in flowers around the house so that I can enjoy an ever changing pallet of brightness that I never tire of before it needs to be tossed! Thanks for the very clever creative ideas that I’ll tuck in my back pocket for after all my de-cluttering is complete and I have time to play!
    Julie the Alkaline Sister´s last blog post ..Raw Green Veggie Soup w/ Cilantro & Avocado-What’s your 2012 Health Goal?

  26. Kendyll commented
    January 27th, 2012 at 10:41pm

    I love brown paper crafts! And those water color hearts are absolutely adorable. I bet they’d be cute mounted, mated and framed, too. Thanks for the great post (:
    Kendyll´s last blog post to patch drywall

  27. Karen commented
    January 28th, 2012 at 12:16am

    All these little pops of color in all the various mediums just brightened my day. I am definitely in the mood for some hot pink now!
    Karen´s last blog post ..Friday Link Up Party #40 and Les Preferes

  28. linden commented
    January 28th, 2012 at 12:48am

    I cannot tell you how many times I see your posts and I feel immediately uplifted and inspired. Your ideas are so beautiful…yet so simple and doable. Your little valentine watercolor doodle is just so pretty! The dream catcher…I just admire things created with vintage linens. Thank you for an upliftment to the day…
    linden´s last blog post ..Windowsill

  29. Mary Jo commented
    January 28th, 2012 at 1:02am

    I so look forward to Leslie’s monthly Color Me Pretty column. I think it is my fav!
    Mary Jo
    Mary Jo´s last blog post ..gnawed branches

  30. Kimberly Jones commented
    January 28th, 2012 at 3:21am

    What a fun and festive color story! I love pink, so this is a treat! I always look forward to your column and enjoy your creative styling and color combos! They always make me smile!
    Kimberly Jones´s last blog post ..Round the Clock Embossed Tag

  31. Kate @ Songs Kate Sang commented
    January 28th, 2012 at 3:44am

    Beautiful colors!
    Kate @ Songs Kate Sang´s last blog post ..Lullabye for Cooper {for our new nephew}

  32. Jane commented
    January 28th, 2012 at 3:47am

    Just divine, Leslie. As usual. I cherish your posts here. I think I might just pull out my watercolours now – thanks for the prompt! J x
    Jane´s last blog post ..The paradox of our age

  33. Federica commented
    January 28th, 2012 at 8:10am

    Love pink, just love it!
    My blog is also very pink…hope you will visit me and see how much of your inspiration I had. Thank you!

  34. Tracy G. commented
    January 28th, 2012 at 3:01pm

    Lovely colors and inspirations!

  35. mary ann commented
    January 28th, 2012 at 6:24pm

    leslie your keen eye for color, design, and photography really make these COLOR ME PRETTY posts stand out so boldly in blogland. they are something v. special. i would love to see you featured in one of the suitcase series uppercase books. we need you in PRINT.
    mary ann´s last blog post ..sunny 84 degrees

  36. Fatou commented
    January 28th, 2012 at 7:09pm

    I love the dream catcher! I am tempted to give that one a try :-). Beautiful post as always!
    Fatou´s last blog post ..NEW – Serena & Lily

  37. Francine commented
    January 28th, 2012 at 8:13pm

    Lovely post! Actually the first of yours I’ve read, I’ll visit regularly now. I love, love, love the stack of books! I tried to find “The Vintage Tea Party Book” but was unsuccessful. Thanks for making a gloomy day have a pink glow!

  38. Laura {The Embellished Nest} commented
    January 28th, 2012 at 11:46pm

    Leslie, you and Holly should combine all the style me pretty posts in to a book. I would love to have all this inspiration on paper on my bookshelf. They are lovely!
    Laura {The Embellished Nest}´s last blog post ..Pretty Products from BHLDN

  39. Punctuation Mark commented
    January 29th, 2012 at 12:25am

    love those watercolor hearts… hope you’re having a great weekend!
    Punctuation Mark´s last blog post ..I Say Hello Friday

  40. Fenny setiawan commented
    January 29th, 2012 at 2:09am

    Love the pink, the water color hearts are adorable and so much more inspirations of color me pretty this month. I really want to try to make the dream catcher my self. gorgeous!
    Fenny setiawan´s last blog post ..Happy Weekend + {Typography posters}

  41. kat cameron commented
    January 29th, 2012 at 4:21am

    this is my fav colour combo! totally love it! :)
    kat cameron´s last blog post ..everyones talkin ’bout resolutions

  42. Pretty Dandy Homewares commented
    January 29th, 2012 at 3:00pm

    Love the watercolour hearts, just gorgeous!

  43. Danette commented
    January 29th, 2012 at 5:12pm

    My biggest girl and I are going to be tackling those dream catchers and the heart triangles very soon!!

    Love it.

  44. Zane commented
    January 29th, 2012 at 8:49pm

    beautiful bits and pieces, adore them
    Zane´s last blog post ..Teacher’s pet

  45. Tina Ramchandani commented
    January 29th, 2012 at 10:16pm

    The watercolored hearts look fab!
    Tina Ramchandani´s last blog post ..Sculpture at a Soho Gallery {plus} Links of the Week

  46. Will @ Bright.Bazaar commented
    January 29th, 2012 at 10:59pm

    As always, just beautiful. x
    Will @ Bright.Bazaar´s last blog post ..Happy Weekend: Parisian Rooftops

  47. liebelu commented
    January 29th, 2012 at 11:47pm

    liebelu´s last blog post ..Neues bei liebelu

  48. Jaclyn commented
    January 30th, 2012 at 9:24am

    you brightened my day with this post Leslie!
    Jaclyn´s last blog post ..the hunt

  49. Jennie Fynn commented
    January 30th, 2012 at 3:09pm

    This is lovely, so girly. Pink is one of my favourite decorating colours and I’ m not a toddler. The fabric butterfly on the felt stack is just wonderful. Makes me want to get out my fabric remnants and have a go.

    Looking forward to the next installments.

  50. Janice commented
    January 30th, 2012 at 5:58pm

    Such a refeshing palette for January.

    And I love that textured butterfly–did you make that? it is lovely.

    Janice´s last blog post ..Free UPPERCASE subscription to 1 Lucky Person!

  51. Candi commented
    January 30th, 2012 at 9:29pm

    A splash of pink for me is a must! Thank you for the beautiful eye candy!

  52. Jaclyn Bishop commented
    January 30th, 2012 at 11:11pm

    i love teaming brown paper with color. great post!

  53. Chipper Things commented
    January 30th, 2012 at 11:38pm

    I want to make a dream catcher AND watercolor some more cards now.
    Chipper Things´s last blog post ..Anna Wolf + Mike Perry…sigh

  54. Tracey Fisher commented
    January 31st, 2012 at 2:28am

    Leslie – love the painted hearts – your style is amazing. And I am jealous of that yummy felt pile – I am down to a few scraps left from a trip to Purl – time to order more. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration, as always.
    Tracey Fisher´s last blog post ..Knit up some Love

  55. Tegan commented
    January 31st, 2012 at 5:32am

    Gorgeous coloured tulips.. :)

  56. Danielle commented
    January 31st, 2012 at 7:17pm

    If anyone is interested in instructions for how to make one of Abigail Brown’s fabulous fabric butterflies, we published them in Handcrafted Jewelry magazine (Interweave, 2011).

  57. Melissa de la Fuente commented
    February 1st, 2012 at 12:46am

    Oh, Leslie….just so beautiful and inspiring! I LOVE that heart and dreamcatcher you made…and am still loving fluro pink in all shapes and sizes. This is so beautiful hun….thanks for brightening this january day!
    Melissa de la Fuente´s last blog post ..Monday monday….

  58. Joanne @ commented
    February 1st, 2012 at 5:29pm

    Leslie, your posts are so inspirational. Really like the pink/turquoise combination – its full of vibrancy.

  59. marla commented
    February 3rd, 2012 at 2:43pm

    So stunning & I just pinned everywhere :)

  60. theaxx commented
    February 4th, 2012 at 1:00am

    unbelievably gorgeous as usual leslie. I am surprised and delighted each an every time i read your column. thank you for the endless inspiration!!

    theaxx´s last blog post ..Ah the French…Every now & again my lovely mom pops by with a wondrous french publication…

  61. Iris commented
    February 4th, 2012 at 6:49am

    OMG I love the hearts. I love those for cute valentine gifts. Thanks for the inspiration. xx
    Iris´s last blog post ..Itty Bitty Elements of Louis XVish Style

  62. Fani commented
    February 4th, 2012 at 12:39pm

    Beautiful pictures!!!

    Fani´s last blog post ..La cubertería de la Abuela

  63. Lauren commented
    May 5th, 2012 at 12:32am

    Wow I didn’t expect the pink to look so stunning against brown paper! Beautiful work.

  64. Amy Lou commented
    January 22nd, 2013 at 6:19am

    just wanted to let you know I featured you on my blog! Thanks for your inspirations! <3 Amy Lou

Leave a comment

CommentLuv badge


Some of my books

Co-editions are also available in many languages, learn more


Next dates

Blogging Your Way
e-courses, 2015
Visit our e-course website to learn more about our inspirational e-courses by bloggers, for bloggers.