I just painted a desk and dresser set this color and waxed them with a brown wax, so this color is inspiring me at the moment. Combined with brown or a dark slate gray, this color can look very modern especially in a babies room.
A rich bluish red, Crimson was originally made from the dried bodies of insects. For use on fabric it has mostly been replaced with synthetic reds, but the insect base is still used in both food and cosmetics. Yes there could be ground insects in your red lipstick. Hmmm, just in time for Valentines Day.
I do enjoy a beautiful crimson wall in home decor. Here are some exquisite examples:
Our new location is between Good Juju and Bottoms Up stores in the West Bottoms area in Kansas City. The new address is 1400 West 13th Street. We have also gone red with great furniture, home decor and lampshades. Here is a preview of our booth space and some of the red hot sweater lampshades. We hope to see you this weekend. Our hours are: Friday, February 1st-9 am to 9pm, Saturday, February 2nd-9am to 6pm, and Sunday, February 3rd-11am to 4 pm.
Emerald green, the vivid pantone color of 2013 immediately had me thinking about the drop dead gorgeous dress that Keira Knightley wore in the movie Atonement. I haven't showcased fashion on this blog yet, but I think you can see why I am now. Definitely the color for seduction and ultimately intense envy.
What kind of color blog would this be if I didn't mention the Pantone color of 2012 at least once. I began this blog mid year with the addition of a baby Macintosh computer to our family, so I missed highlighting this color at the first of the year. Yes, the lovely Tango Tangerine, or orange with a lot of red in it. I painted my sons wall with this color when we first moved into our current house as I had purchased a retro upholstered chair in the same color. He liked it slightly better than his previous cowboy room (which he didn't like at all) I wish I had photographs. I would never paint an entire room with this color as one wall is quite rich to say the least. Also, it required four coats of paint, so I recommend buying a good quality paint for this shade as for most oranges and reds. Sherwin Williams makes a good (expensive) two coat--er.
I have added some blogsite links to blogs that I am newly addicted to. Junkaholique, a fabulous blog written by a jewelry designer about the business she shares with her husband and their interesting life. You should check it out, although I'm warning you of a possible addiction. After perusing her blog I am made painfully aware that I need to gain much better photography skills so that I can include more of my own photos in this blog. Bricolage is also very inspiring, funny and well designed blog by a vastly talented friend of mine.
I have to mention also, that I've had my first Etsy sale. I made some custom shades for my first Etsy client who wanted pink and sage green floral shades. I haven't put much effort into posting new sweater lampshades, but now I'm feeling more encouraged. The next batch will be very neutral. Below is a photo of one of the custom shades I just sold.
Here are some lovely homes featuring the vivid tangerine.
This weekend my sweater lampshades and I will be in our first craft show. I've been sewing like crazy and hope to have a good variety of shades for your lovely homes. Here is the flyer. I hope you can make it.
I have finished 8 lampshades this week. A record for me, as they take at least four to five hours to make, not counting the time it takes to find and clean the sweaters and buy the lampshade frames. Here is a preview of the selection I'll have at the craft market. What doesn't sell will then be sold on my Etsy site. You can use this link to navigate there: "http://www.etsy.com/shop/HueandIDesign?ref=seller_info
I have a really good excuse for not posting lately. I have been creating an Etsy store to sell the sweater lampshades I make at home. I came up with the idea several years ago when I purchased a huge lamp at a thrift store and was unable to find a lampshade to go with it. I went to my closet and found an over sized sweater that fit over the metal frame which came with the lamp. I continued to cover the shade with some funky flowers and swirling stems and leaves. Voila, sweater lampshades were born. Friends later on encouraged me to make more and possibly sell them.
Long story short, I began selling them at Good Juju in Kansas City's West Bottoms area about a year ago during their once a month sales. I currently have them at Nook & Cranny and at Hickory Dickory in this same area.
They are truly a labor of love as the shades are alot of work and expense. Not only do I have to find the sweaters and frames, clean them and sew them, but I also try to create original designs for every piece. I'm pleased that they are a complete repurposing, recycling effort for this is important to me. Hopefully I can make a living selling them on Etsy before I find them cheaply manufactured at our local craft store. Please visit my Etsy store if you have a minute and check them out. Here is a link to help you find the store, or go to etsy.com and type in "sweater lampshade". http://www.etsy.com/shop/HueandIDesign?ref=seller_info
I'm including in this post some photos of my lampshades in my home. I'm still photography challenged despite all the tutorials I've watched on YouTube. My house does not get much light to help my poor photography skills, so I hope that you will forgive me.
A couple of shady characters showed up and volunteered to model some lampshades.
A pigment straight from the earth, golden ochre was found in the earliest cave paintings. It is non-toxic and has even been used for body painting. You can't find an easier Halloween costume than that. From towels to walls to bedding, I have used this color in almost every room in my home. I have a wide variety of colors from room to room and ochre consistantly helps tie the entire palette together.
I will be painting some furniture in a pale golden ochre to sell at Nook & Cranny and at Hickory Dickory for the first friday sale on October 5th, 6th, and 7th in Kansas City's west bottoms area. This will be my first month at Hickory Dickory which is a darling store on Hickory street, so come in and check it out.
Below are some incredible images I'd like to share featuring this earthy golden color.
About 5 years ago my dad treated our family to an amazing trip to the Netherlands. Of course everything was inspiring to me, but I vividly remember seeing this color. Mostly on front doors just past quaint little gardens and surrounded by wisteria. It is not quite navy, as it is slightly paler, and grayed down, with a touch of yellow. I painted two of my living room walls this color which I'll show in the next post.
Below are beatiful uses of dutch blue in other colorful homes.