For March, I have decided to be utterly predictable and select green for my featured color. So, this week I am sharing a simple DIY paper LUCKY banner. Banners are one of my favorite ways to decorate for different holidays since they are so inexpensive and easy to create, but always make a statement. Although I used my Cricut for this project, it would be simple to use a stencil or pre-cut letters instead.
Instead of going with a totally green craft, I decided to make a cheerful Saint Patrick’s Day banner using the colors of the rainbow – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. The banner pieces are cut to 5 in. wide by 6 in. long with a 3/4 in. indention in the center. I used the Lyrical Letters and Paper Doll Dress Up Cricut cartridges to cut the 3 in. letters and clover. My only purchase for this project was the $1.19 Celebrate It brand ribbon from Michaels.
I am definitely hoping for a little extra luck this March… we’ll see how it goes.
As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I have been making a serious effort to try new things. I didn’t really intend for the sentiment to become a New Year’s Resolution, but it has rather ended up that way. So far, the most dramatic result has been my decision to revamp my blog, thus the “a year in color” idea.
Another result has been my sudden and very unexpected obsession with apples. I know that I sometimes ate apples growing up, but I never really loved them. My mother often served them with cinnamon and sugar to coerce me into eating them.
In an attempt to change up my usual fruit selections, I recently bought a couple of Fuji apples with the expectation that I would probably have to force them down. However, I was shocked to discover that I actually do like some apples that aren’t the traditional Red Delicious variety.
Although I now enjoy several varieties of apples (like Braeburn, Fuji and Gala), one of my new favorites is definitely Pink Lady. They are crisp and sweet but still a little bit tart. As much as my opinion of apples has improved, I still love a good dip for my apple slices. See below for a quick and delicious dip recipe that tastes great with all apple varieties (adapted from a recipe found here).
Greek Yogurt Apple Dip (83 calories per serving; makes 3 servings)
- 1 5.3 oz container nonfat vanilla greek yogurt (I prefer Dannon Oikos brand)
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 1/2 tbsp honey
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
For this month’s featured photo, I am sharing one of my favorite flamingo photos. Although the pose doesn’t show off the flamingo’s beautiful shape, I really like how the varying shades of pink pop against the contrasting green background.
Just for fun…
Why are flamingos pink? I decided to do a little research and found that although the saturation of pink varies depending on species, all flamingos get their color from their diet of mostly algae and crustaceans. Since science was always my worst subject, I will spare you an explanation of the more intricate details of the coloring process. But, you can read more about how flamingos are (or rather look like) what they eat here.
Where did the phrase “tickled pink” originate? My research on this topic was less successful. The obvious response is that it comes from when someone is laughing so hard his or her skin turns pink. Beyond that, internet sources are not very helpful. So, I guess it will remain somewhat of a mystery.
Forget hearts and flowers for Valentine’s Day this year and think pink bows instead. Inspired by Kate Spade’s collection of bow accessories (check out this adorable cosmetic bag), I decorated chevron paper straws with paper bows. The decorated straws can also be used as photo booth props. Since I didn’t really want to post photos of myself, Sophie was once again forced to be my model. So, just imagine a human in her place and you get the idea.
In addition to a Valentine’s Day party, the pink bow party would be great for a girls birthday party or baby shower. For a more glamorous adult party, add pink champagne or even make it a pink and black party with pink bows for the ladies and black bow ties for the men.
DIY How to: I cut out the paper bows using the Cricut Paisley cartridge. If you don’t have a Cricut, you can find a free bow template here. I used scrapbook paper in several shades and patterns and added a little glitter for extra sparkle. Then, I just taped the bows to the straws and that was it. Since I already own plenty of pink paper, the total cost of the project was $3.99 for the straws from Hobby Lobby by Queen & Co. (25 straws per package).
From the time I was a pre-teen through my early twenties, I tended to shy away from the color pink. Maybe I subconsciously recognized that pink can indicate girlishness and immaturity. And, heaven knows that I absolutely could not let people think I was young or unsophisticated during those years when I was in fact young, albeit remarkably mature for my age.
Now that I am officially a woman in my thirties, I have fully embraced pink in my life once again. I wear pink clothes and makeup, carry pink handbags, and even display touches of pink in my home decor. And though I am motivated by a simple adoration of the color pink, I was pleased to discover that pink can represent such ideas as romance, hope and compassion. So, girls (or guys, for those brave enough) of all ages can be proud to proclaim their love of pink!
To kick off pinkbruary, I am sharing one of my new favorite things - Yves Saint Laurent glossy lip stain. A friend recently recommended this product and I’m really glad that she did (thanks, Ashley!). It has a lightweight non-sticky texture and though the color does fade some over time, it really does stay on for hours. The lip stain is on the pricey side ($34 at Sephora), but I think it’s worth it in a color you really love. Since I am making a concerted effort to try new things this year, I stepped out of my usual lip color box and bought number 14 Fuchsia Dore which is a fairly bright pink. And, I think the color risk paid off because now it is absolutely my favorite lip color!
Since the two year anniversary of my blog is fast approaching, I have decided that it is time for daisies and damask to get a makeover. In addition to the blog’s new look, I am also introducing a theme for 2014… wait for it… a year in color. Each month, I will be focusing on a different color while exploring topics such as photography, food and recipes, home decor, crafting and even fashion.
Hopefully the concentration will not only help guide my posts, but also bring a little more fun and color into my life and yours. Here’s a hint for my first post in the new series – “pinkbruary”. Subtle, right?
I also wanted to give a quick shout out to a friend of mine for all of the ideas and inspiration she provides on a daily basis. You should check out her awesome blog at http://inspiredhealthyorganized.wordpress.com/. Thanks, Jenna! And, please forgive me for using the phrase “shout out” for likely the first time in my life. Really, what was I thinking?
Since we don’t get much winter weather in Dallas, I definitely had to take advantage of today’s ice storm. It is treacherous for driving, but the ice does make for interesting photographs.