Color of the Year - “Tangerine Tango” (Who comes up with these names?)

So, in case you missed it, the color of the year for 2012 is Tangerine Tango.  I call it orange, but tangerine tango sounds much more sophisticated.  You can read more about it here.  You can even read about the spring fashion trends on the pantone website here.  It is kind of cool.  I am not so sure how this works…is pantone the chicken or the egg.  Do the fashion and interior designers of the world start using a certain color and then it becomes the pantone color of the year OR does Pantone select a color and THEN it is used by the designers.  I tend to think it is the former, but who the heck am I.

And, maybe I am giving it special attention because it happens to be one of my favorite colors.  So, for good measure, here is the run down of my favorite “tangerine tangos”!



Events….love this.


Texture & Architecture…

You can check out all of my other “tangerine” pins on my pinterest “orange and aqua” board here.  And, you will find all the links to the photos above on this board as well.

I have a new blog design coming soon and I am very excited about it.  I am also working on a few projects that I will post up soon.  Another spring quilt inspired by the jasmine in my backyard that is now in full bloom and smelling wonderful.

Have a great weekend.


Splash of Color - Orange & Aqua

I tend to gravitate towards saturated color palettes.  They are vibrant and full of life.  One of my favorites is turquoise/aqua and orange.  Rather than write about why they inspire me, let me show you….

Orange Love

Orange is rich and engaging to me. It seems welcoming and engaging.  The possibilities seem endless.  It is strong and never seems to back down.


Aqua / Turquoise seems energetic and full of possibility.  It is the color I think of when I think of the ocean off an island far away.  And, these two color mixed together are heaven.  :)

Really Like the Shades of These Colors Mixed w/ Grey Undertones

Great Looks Mixed with Some Accessories & Even a Splash of White

Back Painted Hutch...and the Chair...<3

Great Mixture of Texture & Color

Really Like the Feel These Colors Give Indoor Spaces - Elegant

You can find more of this intriguing color combination on my Orange & Aqua Pinterest Board.  The funny thing is that I can’t recall every making a quilt out of these colors.  Maybe this is next on my list!  Have a great week.


The Simple Things…That Make Me Happy

On my way into work early yesterday morning, I found myself thinking about the really simple things that make me happy.  The reality is that we spend so much time focusing on what we need to improve upon, do differently, do a little bit more or better that we often don’t stop to just appreciate what is.  So, in that moment (one of the only times of the day that is quiet enough to think this way), I made a mental list of things that really make me happy.

  • Rain falling from the sky (not drizzle, but rain)
  • The smell of rain
  • The color orange
  • Pumpkins (thus the color orange maybe)
  • Fall - The Season
  • Fresh Sheets & Lots of Heavy Covers
  • Fresh Air and Open Windows
  • The smell of a new book (even though I don’t buy them much anymore because of my ipad)
  • The songs that bring you right back in the moment
  • A good hug when I walk in the front door
  • Anticipation and the butterflies that come with it
  • Accomplishment and how fleeting it is…that one moment in time before things move on
  • Challenge
  • Creating
Now, it’s really easy to make a list of those things that you “buy” that you think bring you happiness (shoes, handbags, etc), but I intentionally tried to stay away from those quick and easy fixes.  And, do they really bring you happiness anyways?  I think we would like to think so, but in the end probably not.
Off to create today…finish a few projects and start some new ones.  Photos coming later.
Happy Day