Friday, April 16, 2010

Color My World

First, take this poll to tell me your favorite color.

What does your color mean?

Black Authority, power, timeless, style, submission (Black is the absence of color.)

White Purity, light, summer, innocence, neutral, clean, sterile (Technically, white isn't a color, but a exhibition of all color.)

Red Intense, fast, love, attention, extreme (Red is an appetite stimulant and is seen painted on many restaurant walls. Paint your kitchen red.)

Green Nature, calm, refresh, fertile, conservative, wealth, relax (Talk shows will place their guests in a green room because it helps them relax. Paint your bathroom green.)

Blue Loyal, productive, tranquil, peaceful, calm, cold, depressing (Blue is the least appetizing color. Paint your livingroom blue.)

Purple Luxury, wealth, sophistication, royal, feminine, romantic, artificial (Purple is a favorite color among children and artists.)

Yellow Optimism, overpowering, cheerful, attention (Have you noticed that most legal pads are yellow? That's because yellow enhances concentration.)

Orange Endurance, vitality, heal, power, creative, enthusiasm, sincere, luck (In Feng Shui, orange focuses your concentration and ability to organize. Paint your office orange.)

Brown Reliable, genuine, wistful, sad, solid, earth, nature (It's no coincidence that UPS uses brown as their main company color when it's associated with words such as reliability, wholesomeness, and steadfastness.)

Pink Love, quiet, beauty, tranquil (Sometimes prisons use pink tones to diffuse aggressive behaviour.)

How well do you see color?

Click here to take the Munsell hue test to find out. I was able to get a perfect score of 0 after two tries. How many does it take you?

Spring Is In The Air

While on a walk the other day I snapped a few pictures of Spring's first buds.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Diy Pincushion

I needed a pincusion for my sewing class but just wasn't too excited about the tomato-looking version. Really? Who thought a tomato would make a good pincushion? Not that I have anything against tomatoes. In fact, I grow them every year and enjoy eating quite a lot. I just don't want to stick my pins in one. So I found this fun tutorial here on how to make my own using scrap fabric, a cat food tin, handful of poly-fil and some decorative paper. Voila!

And you'll find the secret of the tomato pin cushion here.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Sew Excited!

Last week I started taking a Beginning Sewing class. I bought a sewing machine a year ago and thought (thought!) I knew how to use it. Nah, nope, naddah. I couldn't even thread it! How embarrassing. But who am I kidding. I haven't touched a sewing machine since Middle School and all I made back then was this stupid monkey pillow (why, oh why didn't I make the shark?!?!). Did anyone else have to make one of these in school?

Luckily, this time I'm making a tote bag. Which is perfect considering I'm preparing to visit an island in about 2 months. A new tote bag is exactly what I need. Better yet, a custom-made bag to satisfy my picky tastes. So on to the store to purchase a few yards of fabric. Talk about overwhleming! So many colors, patterns, textures, and prices to choose from. Unfortunately, I left empty handed. It was pretty clear that I needed to do my research before I stepped back into another fabric store unarmed. So I raced home and started my online search for fabric. I mocked up the bag on my computer and started creating combination after combination of colors and patterns. Here are my prototypes:

Fully prepared for my next round of attack, with my inspiration bags in hand, I entered the store one last time. And left with two beautiful fabrics perfect for a summer tote. A sturdy, mustard yellow cloth and a cheerful, teal/floral fabric to match.

When the bag is finish in another 4 weeks I'll post the results, plus any trials and tribulations in-between worth noting. Cross your fingers and wish me luck!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Where It's At

What do you get when you combine a 5-year old, a MAC, and iMovie? This!