Friday, February 28, 2014

Countdown to Spring in Turquoise

shades of turquoise
Color is a critical factor in our happiness: many research studies have been performed trying to understand the impact color has on our lives:
  • happiness
  • appetite
  • motivation
  • sleep
  • romance

A few months ago I wrote about color psychology and how color inspires me: I can't imagine a colorless world!

We make color decisions every day:

  • what color sweater should I wear with these pants
  • should my new glasses have brown or red frames
  • do I want pink or yellow flowers
  • what color should I paint my walls
  • does this tie match my shirt
But did you know: turquoise is a universally flattering color! The color of the ocean, turquoise matches all skin and hair colors and appeals to both men and women:

Combining the serene qualities of blue and the invigorating aspects of green, Turquoise inspires thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a comforting escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of well-being.
~ Pantone 

While you might think of turquoise as a spring color it can be worn year round, and looks lovely in your home - think pillows, bed linens, eye shadow or nail polish, a vase, new coffee cups: turquoise is everywhere! There are many shades of turquoise, from sky blues to watery blue-greens to deep greens: one will appeal to you!

So is this long winter making you blue? Brighten your days and your spirit by bringing some turquoise into your world!


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Green Art: Re-purposed Coffee Capsules

I'm so impressed by the creativity of artists with the vision to re-purpose used every day objects into art! These artists recycle, upcycle and reuse things that would otherwise just end up in a waste site.

While I was browsing through Pinterest I came across art made from used Nespresso capsules: instead of throwing the empty, used coffee pods away, the artists clean and re-purpose them into fabulous green art!

What is green, or environmental, art? Green art is the artist's vision and expressions using recycled, re-purposed or sustainable materials.

Audrey Hepburn sculpted out of Nespresso capsules.

Audrey Hepburn by Ricardo Bellino

Nespresso Santas stand ready to organize your important papers and receipts.
                               from Bijou Lena Cafe

Strings of light fashioned from Nespresso capsules brighten a dark corner.
by Deco Debrouille
This beautiful lavender necklace is made using Arpeggio capsules: the pin says you can custom order in the capsule color of your choice!
A bold and colorful bracelet made of flattened coffee capsules is available in a variety of color combinations.
I love seeing all forms of artistic expression. And I especially love seeing artists turn trash into treasures!