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123 - Part 2


BY jane, ON Thursday, February 3, 2011

Did you know that Pantone picks a color of the year?  I am not a trend chaser by any stretch of the imagination, but I always like to see what the color will be!  2011’s color is called Honeysuckle and is a vibrant reddish pink. (I know.  The honeysuckle I know is yellow, too,  but there is a lesser known variety that is pink!)  I think we all could use a little pink in our lives after this winter, even if it is called Honeysuckle! I most certainly could paint lovely pink flowers on your invitations and personal stationery in this shade. Did you know that the groundhog did NOT see his shadow yesterday and so it will be an early spring!

Photo: via Pantone

Hostess Gift

BY jane, ON Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The wonderful thing about being an artist, is that you get to give your art as gifts. When I attended  Kelley Moore’s dinner party, I knew that Kelley, being an Entertaining Expert,  had specific ideas about her table display, and I didn’t want to interfere with those ideas.  So, I decided to bring a set of Reflection Cards, (a spur of the moment invention of mine), as a hostess gift. I lettered beautiful Italian cards with words like Believe, Love, Dream, and Angels.  I tied them with a silk ribbon to present as her gift.  During the evening, or upon leaving the party,  each guest could choose a Reflection Card, and ponder the word that evening, or on their travels home.  Nothing like a little piece of art, and a good thought to tuck in a pocket, and unexpectedly rediscover again some day with a smile. Luckily I chose a color scheme that was serendipitous!  See her centerpieces in yesterday’s post. Kelley’s Give Away is only one day away, and the Nate Berkus Show segment, featuring dinner plates I painted, airs in two days!