Samba – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall 2013

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons! According to Pantone one of the top colors for Fall 2013 is Samba.

Samba is a rich foundation color.

Samba

Members of the EtsyChristmasinJuly Team have many Samba items in their shops! Here are a few!

Alicia from AliciasFindings used dagger beads for the first time when she created this Samba necklace.

Samba Necklace From AliciasFindings

Samba Necklace From AliciasFindings

LittleShopofColor started working on these designs this past summer when the sun was shining and fragrant blooms were in the air. They remind her of roses or another flower done in watercolors.

Watercolor Flower Blossoms Digital Paper Pack From LittleShopofColor

Watercolor Flower Blossoms Digital Paper Pack From LittleShopofColor

2012BellaVida shares that these ladybug earrings represent China adoption. The myth is that while you are waiting for a referral for your child, if you see a ladybug your referral will be coming soon. A friend of hers gave her a string of these ladybug beads while her family was in their adoption process. She wants to share this with other families!

Lady Bug Earrings From 2012BellaVida

Lady Bug Earrings From 2012BellaVida

Annelies from LizKnijnenburg has several one colored postcards in her shop. These one colored postcards were popular at the beginning of the 1900’s.

Antique German postcard  From LizKnijnenburg

Antique German postcard From LizKnijnenburg

RosesWorkshop loves working with Harris Tweed, a truly handmade fabric that gives a simple cushion an extra touch of class. When she found this piece of fiery Samba red she knew it needed just a few decorative touches to be something special.

Harris Tweed Fabric Cushion Or Pillow Cover From RosesWorkshop

Harris Tweed Fabric Cushion Or Pillow Cover From RosesWorkshop

Simmi from GracesFavours created this felt brooch last year as part of her attempt to raise money for the Royal British Legion in aid of Remembrance Day in November. They have been so popular that she now sells them all year long. In addition to brooches they can also be used as keyrings, baby shoe clips, headbands, hair clips etc. If you order one in October 100% of the proceeds go to the British Legion! Plan ahead now for October 2014!

Poppy Brooch Felt From GracesFavours

Poppy Brooch Felt From GracesFavours

Laura from VintagePlusCrafts picked these beads for this pair of Samba earrings because they really stood out to her.

Cone Earrings From VintagePlusCrafts

Cone Earrings From VintagePlusCrafts

Melani from magsbeadscreation created these lovely earrings that feature fiery red agate faceted stone adorned with a mixture of smokey quartz and Swarovski crystal elements. Elegant red and a touch of brown color combination with sterling silver components.

From magsbeadscreation

From magsbeadscreation

Marijana from UrsulaChainmaille likes her Christmas tree very eclectic – a mixture of colors, shapes, styles, textures, materials – very vivid and diversified. So that when you sit next to it, watch it, explore it, search it you find new details, reflections from the light. That is where the Samba chainmaille ornaments fit in.

Set Of 3 Chainmaille Christmas Ornaments From UrsulaChainmaille

Set Of 3 Chainmaille Christmas Ornaments From UrsulaChainmaille

Jennifer from Eleven11designs was inspired by the Jade Dog Fringe Beaded Bead and created this necklace reflecting her own artistic style. The vibrant shade of fiery red beads make a stand out focal piece for a necklace.

Samba Statement Necklace From Eleven11designs

Samba Statement Necklace From Eleven11designs

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Half Baked

One of the most loved activities of the cold weather season is baking. Everywhere you go there are warm baked goods to be had, new recipes to try, or the story of a kitchen mishap from the mixer that was on just a wee bit too high (good luck getting the flour off that popcorn ceiling!). Whether you’re making or enjoying, autumn offers some of the greatest comfort pastries known to man.

A staple in most baked goods, there’s a debate in every household over how to crack one of these bad boys open. Personally I use a flat service to avoid shells falling into the mix, but some swear by rapping it against the rim of the bowl. Want to forgo any egg troubles at all? Use applesauce!

Because it is such a festive time, we mustn’t have naked pastries. Whether it be a sprinkling of confectioner’s sugar, or something more fancy, such as a themed fondant topper over a mountain of frosting, your sweets will be the talk of the town. Or at least my tummy.

If we are going to be having a fancy gathering with fancy sweets and fancy toppings, one can not simply reach for a pastry. Nay, fancy serving tongs are required. I do hope you’ve room on your plate for the pumpkin roll. I hear it is fantastic this year.

Thanks for viewing this week! Stay hungry!

Frenchie

Fruits of the Harvest

It’s harvest season! The weather is getting colder and colder, and even though we don’t have to hide nuts in our cheeks for hibernation, November is a time of preperation for the holidays ahead, and what better way to prepare for the winter than with good foods?

Pumpkins that were once for carving are now for eating! How do you take your pumpkin? Mashed? Stuffed? Just the seeds? Or my personal favourite: in a cheesecake? Pumpkins are one of the most versatile bounties of Autumn so don’t be deceived by that slimy goop you scooped out! It’s the heart of the feast!

My favourite harvest accessory:  the cranberry! I mean, lip balm! I don’t know about where you are, but here in New England, November brings on the bitter winds and it is crucial to carry at least three tubes of lip balm with me at all times. Complimenting the pumpkin, or really any harvest food, is cranberries. How do you cranberry sauce? Jellied or whole berries?

We’ve been through the pumpkin patch and the cranberry bogs. We’ve battled near freezing temps and blustery winds. Now it’s time to sit with our family and friends around our favourite table. The chairs are mismatched; squeeze in where you can fit, but mind the dogs sleeping underneath at our feet! The host cuts the roast and as we’re scooping our potatoes onto our plates, several voices rise above the chatter.

“Can you pass the gravy?”

Happy Harvest!

Frenchie

Koi – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall 2013

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons! According to Pantone one of the top colors for Fall 2013 is Koi.

Koi is a deep and rich look for fall.

Koi

Members of the EtsyChristmasinJuly Team have many Koi items in their shops! Here are a few!

Veronica from TheAVVArts has a pond series in her shop that focuses on fish! She got her inspiration for my patterns from her son’s likes and interests. They had fish for a long time and he loved watching them swim all over the tank.

Pattern: Fish Painting from TheAVAArts

Pattern: Fish Painting from TheAVAArts

Alicia from AliciasFindings created this cute bracelet.

Red And Orange Bracelet from AliciasFindings

Red And Orange Bracelet from AliciasFindings

DesertDabbler took a class on Flat Spiral bracelets. But who wants to be flat? She loves natural stones, so she decided to make the bracelet with facet cut aventurine beads and added some #11 silver Delicas for a little bling.

Spiral Beaded Bracelet from DesertDabbler

Spiral Beaded Bracelet from DesertDabbler

Corkycrafts used to make these as clowns and the fabric inspired her to make him into a pumpkin man and give him life.

Shelf Sitter from Corkycrafts

Shelf Sitter from Corkycrafts

LittleShopofColor created this autumn inspired collection of papers. The “koi” works well with the other seasonal shades, which are textured and blended for a “fall leaf” color scheme!

Fall Textured Digital Paper Pack from LittleShopofColor

Fall Textured Digital Paper Pack from LittleShopofColor

Rosario from inspirebynancy knitted this hat for her nephew and her daughter. They fell in love with the hat, so she had to knit more!

Hat For Boys And Girls from inspirebynancy

Hat For Boys And Girls from inspirebynancy

Betty Travell from LadySnooks felt this shape was different for her and wanted to do something special with it. She thought about putting the orange koi crystals on it in some different way. She decided to wrap them, and was happy with how it turned out.

Crystals And Sterling Kite Earrings from LadySnooks

Crystals And Sterling Kite Earrings from LadySnooks

Veronica and Andy Fritsch from AVAArtSupplies ordered these because they wanted to add some color to our shop. They saw these and thought they would make great additions to earrings or a necklace.

Diamond Shaped Faceted Cubic Zirconia from AVAArtsSupplies

Diamond Shaped Faceted Cubic Zirconia from AVAArtsSupplies

Amy from BeadsAndThreadsbyAmy has Koi hidden in the leaf pattern itself.

Fall Colors Leaf Apron and Potholder Custom Embroidered Personalized from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

Fall Colors Leaf Apron and Potholder Custom Embroidered Personalized from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

Oksana from SanaGem is totally in love with the combination of copper and orange. She thought carnelian beads will feel warmer complemented with copper chains and findings. She sees true koi shade! Fun warm autumn colour!

Koi Dangle Earrings from SanaGem

Koi Dangle Earrings from SanaGem

Paula Mucha from ilPiccoloGiardino basically will paint flowers on anything that doesn’t move! She found an old purse that she liked and the natural inclination was to rework with a flower. She chose Iris because of the the blue color to coordinate with orange.

Hand Painted Koi Leather Purse from ilPiccoloGiardino

Hand Painted Koi Leather Purse from ilPiccoloGiardino

Yvette from SpareTimeByYvette says making these earrings was a challenge while she learned to properly use her new disc cutter. Then making the earring collection became fun once the brass discs were cut and prepped. Finally, she embossed the discs and added the orange glass bead dangles.

Embossed Brass Dangle Earrings from SpareTimebyYvette

Embossed Brass Dangle Earrings from SpareTimebyYvette

2012BellaVIda Although the pantone color is koi, she likes to think of these orange quartz beads as pumpkin spice, all ready for Fall holiday decorating and baking.

Quartz Earrings from 2012BellaVida

Quartz Earrings from 2012BellaVida

Annelies from LizKnijnenburg has many brooches in her shop including this Koi geometric design vintage pin.

Vintage Art Deco Brooch from LizKnijnenburg

Vintage Art Deco Brooch from LizKnijnenburg

Carolyn from Butterflyklins absolutely love autumn! She loves the warm golds, greens, reds and orange colors associated with this wonderful time of year, so that’s what she wanted to integrate into this delightful Pumpkin Leaf Teapot. She thinks that this teapot also celebrates the fall harvest season. The warm orange color of this teapot works as a true koi shade, too.

Pumpkin Leaf Teapot for One from Butterflykilns

Pumpkin Leaf Teapot for One from Butterflykilns

RosesWorkshop loves the warm colours of autumn leaves, and was happy to see “Koi” orange as a fashion colour this year. When she visited Woolfest in the summer she was even happier to find this beautiful British wool, and it cried out to be knitted into a traditional Fairisle design.

Koi Fairisle Beanie Hat from RosesWorkshop

Koi Fairisle Beanie Hat from RosesWorkshop

Witching Hour

With Halloween quickly approaching, chills are in the air, blustery winds are sweeping up the leaves left on the ground and swirling them around midair, before carrying them off to a place no one knows. Things creep in the bushes at night and a thick fog lays itself on the field behind the old farmhouse up the lane.

The Witching Hour approaches.

First you catch the aroma in the air, the scent of the witch. A rich pumpkin lager mixed with a sultry rum and exotic spices hangs thick in the air as women clad in black hang by the potion shops before seemingly disappearing before your eyes.

The moon is high in the sky as nightfall approaches. It is full and bright. Shadows fly across it and you blink. Was that a broom? No, your eyes must be playing tricks on you. It was a cloud. Moving so quickly? Couldn’t be. Perhaps they were just some bats.

Weren’t they?

It’s probably best to be heading home now. It’s been dark a while, the air is thick with mystery, and the animals are on the prowl. You flip up the collar of your black wool coat to keep the wind out and your boots click down the sidewalk. Thoughts of witches are tossed from your mind with the flick of your head. Nonsense. Waiting for you on the stoop, however, a slinking black cat.

You don’t own a cat.

Happy Hocus Pocus!

Frenchie

Ghost Tours

This week I’m talking about houses and the things that haunt them. Some are friendly, some aren’t. So oil those door hinges and check beneath your bed before you go to sleep at night. You never know what will go bump in the night!

In the spirit of Halloween, Sue of Holiday Time Decor brings us a traditional haunted house complete with a spiked fence, creaking windows, and wavy ghosts floating around the property, haunting the brave trick-or-treaters that dare open up the rusy gate in hopes of a bit of candy.

Or Adventure.

Even though the doorbell sounds like a shriek, and two black cats are staring, unblinking, from the porch rail, the old woman who comes to the door has a basket of treat bags. With a nervous glance between your friends, you lift your gloved hand to the basket, and lift one out, depositing it into your candy bag.

Is it a poison apple inside?

After you’ve mumbled an apprehensive “thank you”, the woman holds up a crooked finger, then disappears. When she returns, she hands you a greeting card.

“Please give this to your mother,” she croaks, before smiling and exposing the creases her other wrinkles had hidden, “you kids are getting so big.”

Closing the gate behind you, you shrug and grin. Maybe haunted houses aren’t so bad after all.

Happy Haunting!

Frenchie

Hey Pumpkin!

Autumn is upon us and I think it’s safe to say the majority of people start thinking right away of one thing: pumpkins. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin carving, pumpkin seeds, and of course, pumpkin spiced lattes. So what better way to kick off October than with a whole post dedicated to pumpkins?

Happy Halloween Smiling Pumpkin Potholders from helenasnest

Happy Halloween Smiling Pumpkin Potholders from helenasnest

Decorating for the fall is always fun because there is so much that can be done. Why not go the extra step and snazz up your kitchen table or counter with cute festive potholders? Or maybe you do what I do and hang them against your backsplash and forget to take them down until the 4th of July.

Pumpkin Spice Soap Handmade Soap from Comfort and Joy Soap Co.

Pumpkin Spice Soap Handmade Soap from Comfort and Joy Soap Co.

Have  you ever loved something so much you wanted to bathe in it? That’s how I feel about pumpkin spice and I know I’m not alone. Luckily for us, we can! Quite literally, with pumpkin spice soap, you can smell like your fall favourite all day long. Not a pumpkin fan? Lisa has a vast array of other soaps for you to lather up with!

Stacked Pumpkin Thanksgiving Decoration  from PumpkinTreeLane

Stacked Pumpkin Thanksgiving Decoration from PumpkinTreeLane

While searching for pumpkin themed items, how can I pass up a shop called Pumpkin Tree Lane? These mini stacked pumpkins stand just under 2 inches when stacked together, but display individually as well. Perfect for someone decorating a small space, or those like me who simply enjoy tiny tiny things.

Happy October and Stay Inspired!

Frenchie