Floral Colour

Today’s colour boost comes straight from nature.

This week I went on a mission back to the little paper shop, because near there is a lovely little florist and I was on a mission to capture some natural colour. (… yes I did buy some paper too! Again!)

The florist at Flora Ambiente, was very helpful and patient with me as I hand-picked the individual blooms for my photos. She pointed out the graceful shapes and forms with such love, it reminded me what creative people florists are. Flowers are natural creations that instantly rebel when you put them in my hands. They always turn in the opposite direction I want them to and end up just doing their own thing. I’ve learnt to accept that, and to appreciate the magic that florists do. They are masters at combining colour, shape and form into tightly wrapped works of art. Works of art that always bring pleasure to somebody, that capture joy in fresh fragrances and beautiful colours! Works of art that are temporary – so they always have to keep creating more! What a creative life to create with colour every day!

The ballet studio where my daughters do ballet, always have fresh flowers. When you walk in there, you immediately feel happy and good. Everyone comments and enjoys the flowers. It creates a lovely atmosphere.

So I’ve bought a new vase, so that I can regularly treat my family to a splash of colour. The vase is made up of a circle of little bottles glued together! So clever! The flowers can stand and turn and lean in any direction they want to now and because of the way the bottles are arranged, it always looks good. So now I choose whatever colour I’m in the mood for that week and it always brings me joy!

PAUSE: Live creatively! Go take some time, and wander around to your local florist. Just look around, ask about the names of the flowers, smell them, touch them, admire the shapes and the delicate patterns – and then treat yourself, to your own splash of colour.

Enjoy it!

(NOTE: The photos below are available to buy as Fine Art Prints from Society6)

 

 

Lemon & Blue for you

You know that special homemade lemon syrup, that you only really get at farm stalls or markets? Well, this is one version – Wait, this month is all about colour, hey? Yes I know, but I got distracted, ok? Isn’t it wonderful?

LEMON&BLUE

I love blue and this is the specific blue that has traveled around with me everywhere, since I was a teenager. Ask my friends and they’ll say : It’s your blue of your blue and white kitchen. And it is! (I have this wonderful collection of blue and white bowls to match!)

Anyway, in the passed week,  I’ve had this urge to add yellow to my blue – blue and yellow pansies in my kitchen window, daffodils and blue flowers in the garden, lemons in my blue bowls – and then I saw a recipe for lemonade. See it DOES all make logical sense!

So here’s your colour boost, with a hint of lemon.

 

Quick&Simple Lemon Syrup. 

  • Really! 2 minutes squeezing + 5 minutes boiling = 7 minutes to YUM!
  • Kids can help – My daughter went singing through the house: “We made Lemonade!” (on repeat)
  • The most difficult part is choosing which empty wine bottle, you should wash out for the syrup.

You will need:

  • A simple plastic juicer (lemons are soft and squeeze easily)
  • A clean empty wine bottle with cork
  • A small pot
  • 5 lemons cut in half and ready to squeeze
  • 1/2 a cup of water
  • 1/2 a cup of sugar (I used brown sugar, because it was all I had in the cupboard – probably why my syrup was slightly brown in colour)

Instructions:

  1. Squeeze your lemons and pour juice into the pot
  2. Add Water and Sugar
  3. Bring juice to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes
  4. Pour into chosen wine bottle, while warm.
  5. Allow to cool and store in the fridge

Serving suggestions

  • Dilute with plain or sparkling water, and add ice
  • Dilute 1 to 10, or however you want to
  • Try adding fresh chopped mint leaves

Wallah! Done!

It doesn’t make a huge amount. Probably about half a litre, which means that you’ll have polished it off long before it ever has a chance to go off. No preservatives! Good old-fashioned good stuff.

ENJOY!

 

Colour

March is practically Spring in Europe, as far as I’m concerned. The last couple of months it’s felt as if somebody put a sheet of tracing paper over the picture. The light has been flat, faded and the colour bland. But now, the paper is lifting. I have even seen a few buds of colour peeping out. There is a promise that there will be full colour and light again, soon.

So this month I choose :

 

I’m going to send you images filled with gorgeous colour! I want to make images where colour is practically more important than what’s in the photos. I want to experiment with colour combinations and I want you to rediscover the joy of colour too!

Do you remember when you were a child and you were asked, “What’s your favourite colour?”

Did you also hate that question? I found it so hard to answer, because there were so many beautiful colours and, and … what if I changed my mind?! I chose blue at the time and blue has travelled along with me, in the background through the years. But in the foreground my favourite colour changes all the time! And it should! Colour love grows and changes according to the colour and energy you need in your life, at that time.

At the moment (that means today) I’m loving a coral red. See the flowers I couldn’t resist at the local supermarket? The colour vibrates with so much warmth and energy. It’s uplifting and bold. And when I occasionally take it a step further and wear my turquoise jewelry with my coral red shirt, I want to laugh at myself for the crazy beauty of it. I probably even look a bit crazy, but I hum with bright creative energy all day.

Living a colourful life, is about listening to your quiet voice of intuition and instinctively choosing colour that makes you feel good. Whether it be adding a bright fun scatter cushion to a room or adding a colourful scarf, necklace, shoes to your outfit, or it can simply be noticing, absorbing the colour around you. A splash of fun, delight, joy or peace.

In the masses of visual onslaught, we’re exposed to daily, what colour speaks to you and shouts: “PICK ME! PICK ME!” louder than all the other colours? Which colour makes you smile? Is it a soothing grey-green or a delightful, fun lime? Do you need a light, airy blue or a full deep grape? Or is it just a happy-go-lucky yellow that’s calling to you?

Do yourself a favour and listen to that voice! Next time you’re window shopping, or paging through a magazine or fluttering. Pick your colour. Buy one thing – a bowl, a vase, a flower, a sheet of paper, a shirt – choose your colour and put it somewhere where you can see it, and it can make you smile, every day.

So? What colour are you naturally drawn to at the moment? How did you figure it out? And…? Did you get something?