It’s time for my Etsy shops of the week along with a few favorite picks from each maker. But first, how are you doing? Hope all is well and that you’re feeling energized and happy! If not, these colors and patterns below are sure to kickstart a good mood. Enjoy!
First up, PILLOWS! I briefly mentioned Bright July yesterday but in case you missed them, here are happy prints and pillows to brighten your July, or in this case, February.
Another lovely shop this week is Vapor Qualquer, a fantastic print shop with loads of quotes that I’m sure you’ll love.
Time to check out Banquet. Have you heard of them before? Great prints, cards, note sets and more. I really like their floral note cards.
I’m a massive Leah Lerner bag fan – I want this gold tote sooooo bad! Someone please buy it so I can drool over your new bag, okay?
Finally, let’s end this with more PILLOWS okay? Why not. Look at the bright patterns and colors from Earth Cadets. These are all organic and screen printed which make them even more special!
What did you think of my round up this week? Any shop suggestions for me for future round ups???
(images: linked to their sources above)
I recently ordered some wonderful Japanese papers from one of my favorite online shops Uguisu. I got really inspired by the bright palette used by artist Yonagadou in a paper design and thought it was a great place to start this series.
I painted several patterns using this palette and then hung them on the wall in my studio to help brighten things up. It is a very dark time of the year here on Vancouver Island and I particularly enjoyed using the bright sunny yellow. Of course tulips and paper whites are in all the supermarkets right now and they can really brighten up a corner of your home.
I used a sweet little hanging vase set that I purchased last year from Terrain to hold some tulips and greens on my wall.
I was recently asked to participate in a mail art project with some online friends. I was thrilled as I thought it would be a different and inspiring way to connect with paper loving folks. These kinds of connections make being a part of this online community so special for me.
We are all busy in our lives and it can be difficult to find individuals who may just squeal with glee over a stamped paper like myself! Needless to say I have been making envelopes and collecting special piles of papers to send out each month. I love my envelope template as I can turn any piece of paper into one in a few seconds!
The winter has been a great time to be busy with creative projects. I look forward to sharing more with you here next month! See you soon. xo, Leslie
(images & styling: Leslie Shewring)
I hope that you enjoyed my previous post about color with 3 color study exercises – please try at least one of them to see what you discover about yourself -it’s fun and we need more FUN in life because it fuels our creative side. I thought I’d practice what I preach and apply one of my own tips so I selected the first tip, to spot themes which is exactly what I did this morning after a pinning session over on Pinterest. Here is a very moody color palette that emerged: Indigo, gray, pale pink, peach, mint… Pretty yet also moody and winter-y.
What does this palette reveal to me? It’s the dead of winter where I live and I mean DEAD. Everything is gray outside. It’s freezing. There is nothing to look forward to (no fairs, no flea markets, nothing to do outdoors). It’s a bit of a depressing time of year BUT I’m not hopeless, in fact, I’m using this period as a bit of a rest period so that I can gather my ideas and energy so that once March arrives, then April, May, and so on, I can put all of this stored energy into practice and go out and do lots of fun things.
(illustration from the ammiki shop on easy)
This palette also represents a changing of seasons as very soon, we’ll be facing Spring yet this is the overall energy in the air today. It’s a time of candles, conversations over tea, indulging in comfort food (like porridge, soup, fresh bread) and big, cozy sweaters.
By the way, be sure to click on lots of the links above where these images came from because they are sure to inspire you – loads of great sites, blogs and stores to visit!
What is your current color crush?
(images: linked below each grouping/photo)
Good morning! Today I’d like to inspire you through color because it’s a nice way to begin a new week. In this post, I’ll outline three color exercises that you can try at home, but first let’s talk about color and the pretty palettes you’re subconsciously gathering in your daily life (shopping, snapping photos, planning your outfit, etc.).
I bet you can relate to a little something I’ve noticed about myself from my Pinterest account: recurring color themes! My pins always share a common color palette but I’m not consciously aware of this until after pinning and look back. My color choices are completely random and seldom predictable. I considered if this happens in other areas of my daily life and yup, it always has. I can trace it back to being a child and shopping for Japanese paper products at my local Sanrio shop (I proudly laid everything out mood board style after each visit on Fridays after school).
If you stop and consider the palettes that you are collecting, from identifying the colors to determining how they make you feel, you can learn quite a bit about yourself and your personal style.
I also notice color palettes appearing after I’ve gone shopping (never during) and return home to lay out my loot. I may aimlessly wonder from shop to shop over the course of a day without a clue of what to buy or why (retail therapy) yet when I return home and group my finds I always spot a definite color palette. There are usually about 3-5 core colors (always various tints and tones of 2-3 single hues) that I return with that repeat in nearly everything I’ve purchased from a pack of sugar-free gum to a bottle of juice, a meter of fabric, buttons, a book cover and a blouse. I find this fascinating.
Over the past week I noticed how these themes surface in other ways at home. A collage that I made on my wall, a gift I’d wrapped for a friend, Spring shoes purchased over the past few weeks – when grouped together all share a similar palette and mood – fresh greens and mints, yellow, shots of neon pink, flecks of gold and a smattering of black.
Here are three exercises that you can try for a little color fun:
1) Spot Themes: Next time you are pinning, blogging, shopping, snapping photos, etc. try to examine your colors at the end of the day. Any specific themes? If so, you have something to share on your blog or in your journal. Log your color inspirations somewhere. After a couple of months of keeping track, you may find a recurring color in each palette (or several) which can lead you to discovering a great new dining room wall paint, the colors for your next party, etc.
2) Work with colors that you don’t like: This is a great learning exercise if you find yourself consistently “against” a specific color. Remember, Red (for example) isn’t just the red you think of when you envision Christmas or Valentine’s Day. Red can also be the color of an Autumn leaf, glass of Merlot or a candy apple from the circus. Don’t think in terms of pure hues – red in its primary state may not be your thing but if more white or black is added, the tints and tones of red may be just perfect. Also, it may be the OTHER colors that you generally associate paired with red – like Christmas – Red and Evergreen. Or a Circus – Red and White stripes. Perhaps if you paired red with sky blue, you would fall in love. In this exercise, take the color that you DO NOT like and find ways in which the color DOES appeal to you. Maybe a different shade, paired with different colors, etc. You can try this exercise on Pinterest (create a pinboard for this exercise if you wish) or in a journal, on a wall, mood board, on your tabletop – it doesn’t matter how you collect – just collect! What did your study reveal?
3) Work with a favorite color: This is fun if you are in a color rut! Perhaps people associate you with yellow, or pink or black/white. Unless you are trying to brand yourself, you may simply be stuck in a color rut! This exercise is great because you can start with a color that you LOVE (which is easy, right?). Take a day to go out and find your color in the world around you. Street art, a bow tie in a store, book jacket, shop sign, piece of candy, your lunch… Snap photos and collect your color. Then try it digitally on another day – look for this color in 10-15 images (or more) online and collect them in a single place (maybe Pinterest, WishPot or a folder on your desktop). Examine how the color is used and in what dose – a lot, a little, in between? What other colors it is paired with? Which combinations do you tend to like the most? Which tend to not evoke an emotional response? You can find a beautiful palette that you never thought about before and the funny thing is, you may find ANOTHER color that you didn’t consider before. For instance, maybe your color study revealed that although you LOVE sunshine yellow, perhaps seeing it around lots of fresh green made you equally cheerful – and this may have given you a hint that green could be a new color to introduce to your evolving collection of favorite colors.
Have fun thinking about color today! I’ll be back with my color palette for the week based on the first exercise above and then Leslie will be here with her monthly installment of Color Me Pretty!
(images: Holly Becker)
I’m always on the look out for new ways to take a more personal approach to blogging so when I came across a font making app called iFontMaker, I had to give it a whirl. I’m sure the many graphic designers reading this will roll their eyes at my amateur first try, but I am so proud of my new font that I’m going to show you anyway.
I put together my own font in about an hour and called it Happy Holly. Making it inspired me to try doing a few more in the future. It’s a great way to pretty up a blog post, don’t you think? Especially if you create your own font and you don’t distribute it publicly – then only your blog posts will have your font. How cool!
When it comes to Happy Holly though, I’m not keeping it to myself because you may like to have it to play around with on cards, gift tags or anything else – maybe your blog post collages? You are welcome to use it but only for non-commercial use only please though I seriously doubt anyone out there would get rich using my font. But I had to say that anyway.
What do you think, care to try this at home? It’s simple! If you want to make your own font, you’ll need to download the iFontMaker app from iTunes on your iPad. You can use a pen (I suggest the Bamboo CS100W Stylus for iPad in White) made for tablets or simply, your finger – I used both for this font. Creating something very personal like this is a nice way to pretty up your blog posts with your own touch…
Note: In the “Be So Happy” graphic I combined Happy Holly with a free font called Sail.
(images: holly becker for decor8)