Friday, January 4, 2013

Finally - Emerald Green is here

God chose emerald green as His neutral!
Finally the 'color gods' at Pantone have chosen EMERALD GREEN as the color of the year! Yippeeeeeee!!  My favorite!  Ok, I still love cobalt blue but I really love EMERALD GREEN. I love them both and really when they are together!!!  Can you believe people get to sit around and pick what colors you are going to buy and love for a living?!  What this means is that you are going to see this color in the stores in everything from apparel to furniture to rugs and accessories.
DO NOT let this  pass you by!  Run, do not walk to get this while it is here. Yes I know that you have been enjoying your pale blues and browns and neutrals. But just think about a splash of emerald to liven things up.
     Now I realize that most of us cannot just change our entire color scheme at every whim. (Oh how I wish I could!)  But there are ways to embrace this color whether or not you care to be dramatic ( I always fall into this category) or subtle. Dramatic would be large masses of color as on wall or floors.  Subtle would be like vases, pillows, and artwork.
      I am putting a visual feast of pictures with emerald for you to enjoy today,  Some of them may spark an idea of how you could embrace this fabulous color.  If not then you can just look around at God's world and enjoy His favorite color.  I always tell my clients that green is the original neutral made by God!  Just look out your window.  All the other colors in nature are shown with green! I really cannot think of any color that does not look good with some shade of green.  When in doubt, GO GREEN!
     Many of these photos come from the good people at House Beautiful.Enjoy!  Hugs to all, ele

Dramatic walls!

Bold walls.

Room sized rug..... dramatic
Just a fun splash!
                                                                   Salt anyone????
Wallpaper.  Yes it IS in style. ( not quite emerald)
This door would be even more fabulous in emerald.

The floor!!  Brilliant!
This is me on Saturday my dreams.
Paint furniture or reupholster

Gorgeous with periwinkle!

Now tell me you aren't inspired!!!!!!

Verrrrrrry subtle. shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A Clean Slate

My chalk board painted ironing board!!
Don't you just love a fresh start?  A clean slate? A do over? A mulligan? A second (or third or fourth)  chance? ( I think you get the picture!)) That is what New Years means to me.  A new start.  No matter how badly I may have failed at some things in 2012 or how fabulously I may have succeeded in some things, they are all in the past. 2013 is what I decide to make it. I am not a big fan of resolutions.  But I am a big fan of making plans and getting started.( Ya well there may not be much difference now that I think about it, oh well)Here are some of the new beginnings I have already started, maybe they will give you an idea or 2.

1. Read through the Bible.  I am using the One Year Bible plan on  I am reading it in the New Living Translation because I need all the simple help in understanding I can get. I love this app because I can read the Bible anywhere and anyplace.  On my phone, on my tablet and on pc.  You download versions that can be read offline so you dont have to depend on an internet connection. 

2. I am using the app to track every bite that goes into my mouth.  It also tracks my exercise.  Yes I have already started the exercise.  I lifted weights for 40 minutes yesterday!!  Yea me!!
Grant, Callan and Walker Dec. 28, 2012
I am motivated by my son who has had a huge influence on our family in the last 2 years in his "clean eating" campaign.  He has a really good blog called  He is very witty and you will get a good laugh and a lot of humble encouragement. Here is a pic of Grant with his new baby Walker, born Dec. 28 and with 22 month old Callan.  Baby grands are the delights of our lives.

3. I have been on a mission for a few weeks now to bust the clutter once and for all.  If you know me well than you know I am a messy.  I am an organized (know where everything is) messy but none the less a messy.  And all my BFFs are clean freaks!!!  Yes God has a sense of humor. But they love me in spite of my deficiencies and I try to be real careful at their houses. I actually cleaned out bookcases and gave  the Salvation Army 8 boxes of books before Christmas!

Ok those are the three main areas I am starting to gear up.  I have been doing some of them for a while but need to be more consistent. ( I know you can't believe that !?) What can I say, the inconsistency goes with the artsy brain.  We are spontaneous!!!

One other thing!  I will be blogging more this year.  I have lots of ideas, not just in design but in life in general!!!  Be watching!!

I have missed you all!!  Please let me hear from you!  I would love for you to leave your favorite blog in the comments!!!  Let me in on it too!!!  And yes I am already a Pioneer Woman fan but am pretty miffed with her right now as I did NOT win a pair of those awesome boots in December!!!  bummer.

Oh, I just had a thought, a "Clean Slate" is what Jesus is offering every one of us through Jesus. 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved!'  Your sins will be wiped away as if they had never been. We all need commitment on a daily basis but I hope that you will consider committing your life to Christ with a clean slate and gain true purpose for 2013.

Hugs, ele