Spring 2015 Colors

While we’re on the topic of color, I decided to explore which colors Pantone says are going to be fashionable this spring. When Pantone picks the fashionable colors for a season, they usually pick colors that will go well together in some way. They might not all work with each other, but you can mix and match them. One thing I found funny about this list is the fact that a few of the colors are colors I thought would work well with Marsala in my last post. I did not see this list before writing my last post.

Per Pantone the Spring 2015 colors are:


Scuba Blue

Lucite Green

Classic Blue

Toasted Almond

Strawberry Ice




Glacier Gray

Dusk Blue





Lavendar Herb


(image from jld-studios.com)

I think these are very attractive colors and can be mixed up to create some nice pairings.What surprised me was how muted the colors are. As I noted before, I usually think of spring colors as bright colors. Pantone defines these colors as “understated brights, pale pastels, and nature-like neutrals.” I can agree with that.

They chose these colors because they are not too bold. These colors are a reflection of society’s desire to minimize and find ways to live a simpler life. After reading this, I completely understand and agree with the need for a simpler life and the need to make sure that all things in life help us find that simplicity. They say certain colors bring on certain emotions so if we want to feel calm, we need subdued colors.

The irony in this is that only three short years ago Tangerine Tango was chosen as the 2012 Color of the Year because it was sure “to provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward.” Perhaps we got too much energy and need to relax? You can read about Tangerine Tango here.

What are your thoughts on these colors? Do you find colors affect your emotions and you could use some relaxing colors this year?

Thanks for reading!


2015 Color of the Year…Marasala

One of the topics I like to touch on near the beginning of each year is the Pantone color of the year.

If you have not heard of Pantone before, they are considered the world’s authority on color. They create color systems, dictate color trends throughout the fashion industry and every year they designate a “color of the year.”

This year’s color is Marsala (18-1438). Pantone defines Marsala as “a naturally robust and earthy wine red, (it) enriches our minds, bodies, and souls.” (www.pantone.com)


I like this color, but when I look at it my first thought is “It’s a great fall color.” I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for spring colors, which I typically think of as light and bright. Luckily, I think Marsala would pair well with white, ivory, beige, and royal blue. Using Marsala as an accent to these colors, such as in a necklace or earrings, would make a simply classic looking outfit.


This isn’t quite Marsala, but when it comes to gemstones I think garnet is about the closest color you will get.

What are your thoughts on Marsala? Do you wear it? Would you wear it?

If you are interested in the necklace posted above, please check it out on my Etsy site: Garnet Necklace


Thanks for stopping by!

A Long Awaited Return

For quite some time now I have been telling myself, and folks around me, that I would be getting back into my jewelry this year. I took a break last year due to a job change. I wasn’t sure how much time I would have and wanted to focus on getting some things back in order. The problem with taking a break from something is that it can be hard to get back into it. “I don’t have time right now” has been a phrase I have frequently used. I know I need to work on my jewelry, I want to work on my jewelry, but “I don’t have time.”

As I grow older, the one thing I have learned is the importance of eliminating the phrase “I don’t have time” from my vocabulary. It must be changed to “I will make time.” I know it sounds cliche, but if we don’t say “I will make time” (and actually follow through with it), we will have an entire list of “I wish I had…” when we finally get to the point where we are unable to do anything about it.

This weekend I was able to make time (being snowed in helped) to work on the jewelry. I was able to price some pieces that have been sitting on my desk for a month or two and also create and price some new pieces. Now the key will be to make time to photograph them and list them on Etsy!

Something else I need to work on is setting goals for this jewelry business. I have applied to several larger craft shows this year and if I get into them,  I’m going to need a lot of inventory. I think having goals will help me to focus on creating inventory piece by piece so I’m ready to go when the shows come. I have only been accepted into one of them, but I’d rather be prepared than regretful.

Below you will see the pieces that were created this weekend. The earrings shapes were created several weeks ago, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with them. I sat and played with them for a bit this weekend, and these were the results. I’m very happy with them. I’m working on changing my style of jewelry and all of these pieces fall right in line with what I’m looking to do.


I’m looking forward to getting back into this adventure. Thanks for stopping by!