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Dec 10, 2013
There’s a site I joined called Colour Lovers.
And they send out an e-mail on Tuesdays. But they call it Huesday.
In honor of this Huesday, I bring you Pantone’s Color of the Year.
Divulged days ago, the color is called Radiant Orchid.
This is an almost nauseatingly purple/pink color.
Ironically, it is the color of my robe which I am wearing now. Fuzzy and soft, happy and warm.
And in celebration of this energetic color, I composed a Pinterest page devoted just to Radiant Orchid. Have a look
Dec 9, 2013
This was my fourth year designing and decorating a 15 foot tree at our Fellowship in Easton. Besides all the trees I’ve fussed over for myself, the ones at my shop, I’ve had previous experience decorating trees professionally with my friend Pama from Moonvine. Both at her shop,
and at Annie’s restaurant on Kent Narrows. This slide show is composed of those Annie’s trees.
If this tree from the Festival of Trees in Easton looks familiar, that is because it was designed by the very same uber-talented Pama.
And she probably sneezed it up in her sleep.
This big tree is my self-appointed challenge and this year, I went with the paper doll inspiration. Foreign flavored paper children holding hands.
My thoughts then went to stars and mini globes. Figured I might as well do a “think globally, act locally’ meets”It’s a small world” kinda theme.
And that’s what I did.
Understand that this large of a tree requires the right scale of ornaments to be seen.
They need to be Large. And you need different textures.
So the last-minute found me grabbing branches from the basement (you mean you don’t have spare branches lying around?),
and shredding more map pages from our old road atlas to make nests.
Plus making the requisite red bows.
We filled in with left over brown paper flowers and hydrangea from years past and voilà,
the result was just the right amount of red and texture and movement.
I’m one happy Designer. I pleased myself and everyone else as well.
This was the perfect theme and the cost? Free.
Dec 6, 2013
It is my considered opinion that Christmas is about creativity as well as reverence.
An opportunity to offer ones gratitude from the depths of your creative soul. To play like a child and feel proud of what you’ve done.
Designing the 15 foot Christmas tree, I needed other elements to complete my vision.
After trolling the internet for ideas, I found inspiration on Pinterest in these brown Paper stars.
And these are what I came up with. The opportunity to photograph was short. 11Pm last night before the tree went up today.
And I am terribly happy with what came of it. More to come Monday.
Create a happy weekend.
Dec 4, 2013
I have the pleasure, and self-imposed duty, of decorating the 15 foot tree at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Easton. Themes have varied over the last three years. And this year will be no different. I use it to spark some ornament making project and I am always rewarded with the outcome.
Last year I was 5 months pregnant in December and everyone wanted to fuss about me being up on a ladder in “my condition” which wasn’t at all compromising. There is a point when your equilibrium is a little wonky and then you re-adjust quickly. Probably the least enjoyed part of being pregnant is everyone’s expectations and opinions of what you should be. They couldn’t have known I was more in danger of electrocuting myself with my hormonal stupid brain cloud.
Yes, I am showing you a picture of the tree and a special shot of my butt from 2011
2011′s tree, with its red and purple combination, was the purple hat society tree. I made this color combination statement unintentionally.
The little aqua and green wouldn’t sway me from naming it this.
This year, although I know I will be wanting to put red in it (read My Trying Tannenbaum for that explanation), I am attempting a whole new theme based on these paper dolls that my sister made 13 years ago for my bridal shower. The new theme will involve mini world globes and brown paper stars (just posted a preview shot to Instagram). Last years paper Christmas inspiration was satisfying. See the final house decorations from 2012 here. Once I get something in my head…I have to see it through. Remember, this is still a 15 foot tree so the elements need to be big enough and complement one another. And crafting with the baby is a greater challenge every day.
Wish me luck. I’ll do my best and will be Letting Go of the rest.
Dec 2, 2013
My e-course on blogging is coming to an end. The final homework project has hijacked my brain and time. And it’s all good. Styling has always been a love of mine. If you had the good fortune to visit Bally Eden, you know. I still seem to hoard items to “play” with. Again, I could style till the cows come home.
Seems though, that when faced with the prospect of doing it”for real”, I ran away from the thought for fear I wou.ldn’t be as good as others. As I thought I was. As I hoped to be. I don’t have a nice digital camera known as a DSLR. And I just let go of my film camera. Yet I oggle pictures, pin them profusely, and live inside my world wishing. A lot like the writing I held myself back from starting several years ago.
The homework was to take inspiration from a picture of something intentionally styled and then recreate it with my twist. Find the original on my Styling Board on my Pinterest page Like the moodboard incident of the last Decor8 e-course, the process would prove long and painful. Perhaps because I was juggling a baby and Thanksgiving dinner with this one project. But mostly because it takes a million touches and edits before I get it just how I want it. I found it was like a sodoku puzzle. You could get one shelf right but then all three didn’t work together.
I have learned
- Styling projects will take as long as they take
- But it’s worth the pride in oneself to make the effort
- I love doing this
- I need a “real” camera
- I am a stylist who needs to practice to become better
I am sure I have learned a lot more than this but again, the e-course proved to be the catalyst moving me onto another thought place.
Change nothing and nothing changes.
Learning leads to self discovery.
And that is never a bad thing.
I dare you to do something imperfectly today.
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