Romantic Colors | The Trend for Spring

I found out something new today.

Each season, Pantone lists the colors that are trending.

For Spring 2014, the colors are gorgeous!


A little spicy.

Perfect for any event or project!

Here are the 2014 Pantone Spring Fashion Colors


Placid Blue

Placid Blue

Placid Blue

Even the name is calming.

Wouldn’t this be a great wedding color? Your something ‘blue’.





Violet Tulip

Violet Tulip

Violet Tulip

This color exudes Spring to me.

It makes me think of spring flowers, Easter eggs and jelly beans.






Soothing, lovely green.

The plant may be poisonous, but the color certainly isn’t!






The name Paloma means dove.

That is exactly what color this is. A soft, romantic dove gray.








The beach.

Enough said.





The preceding colors are basically neutrals.

How about some more vibrant colors to add POP!





Yellow is my very favorite color.

Imagine a color palette of Paloma and Freesia. Stunning!






Here’s the spice to add the flavor.

This isn’t just red. It is almost a pastel red, a soft red.

What about Cayenne and Sand? A perfect complement of colors.


Celosia Orange

Celosia Orange

Celosia Orange

A rich plant-based orange.

Celosia Orange and Violet Tulip are contrasting colors that work well together.




Radiant Orchid

Radiant Orchid

Radiant Orchid

Radiant…shining or glowing brightly, a perfect description.

This beautiful color can be combined with Hemlock for an earthy look.


Dazzling Blue

Dazzling Blue

Dazzling Blue

A bright, vibrant blue that calls to mind the wide open sky.

Combine Dazzling Blue with Placid Blue for a monochromatic look.


If you are feeling bold, how about

Freesia and Cayenne?

Celosia Orange and Radiant Orchid?

The beauty of these colors is that you cannot make a bad combination.

Try two, three or more for your next event.

Imagine a mass of balloons in these colors.

Or a magnificent bouquet.

Or even your next outfit!

With these hues, you can’t go wrong.

Which is your favorite?



No Particular Place to Go

I haven’t written in a while.

Sorry for that.

Nothing has jumped out at me to write about.

Until now

There are some divisive things going on in my community right now. It is disturbing to see friends and neighbors at such odds with each other.

Why can’t we all just get along?

I have been told that I am too thin-skinned.

Too sensitive.

I agree…sort of. But can you really be too sensitive?

Isn’t caring about other people a good thing?

Isn’t caring about hurting people’s feelings a good thing?

And shouldn’t each of us be able to expect the same respect in return?




I just took a break from writing this blog to create a FaceBook page.

Love | Peace | Community

Love | Peace | Community

It is a daily challenge.

It’s not easy.

But we can do it.

This is not just about my local community.

This is about

Our Community.

The whole world.

We have become a global society.

What I do here in my little corner of the world affects what is happening in your corner of the world.

I know.

I should have been a hippie.

I would have fit in so well.

Can't we all just get along?

Can’t we all just get along?


I am a tree hugger.


I want to know why we all just can’t get along.


I am an optimist.

I love






Purple Dragons.

I am also a realist.

And I know, realistically, that we have to stick together.

This is a mean old world. It can be harsh.

But that does not mean we have to be that way.

I went down to the crossroads,
Tried to flag a ride.
I went down to the crossroads,
Tried to flag a ride.
Nobody seemed to know me,
Everybody passed me by.

Crossroads, Eric Clapton

Don’t pass your neighbor by.

I wrote a blog recently about our Good Samaritan.

Wouldn’t the world be a better place if there were more people like Matt?

That is your challenge.

Love someone today.

Be kind.

Be peaceful.

April Fools’ Day

I don’t love practical jokes.

I think they can be mean.


April Fools’ Day is not my favorite day.

Some of the “news” stories are funny, though. I do enjoy those.

Like this one

Not our beloved Daryl!

Not our beloved Daryl!

(Click here for more information on above news story!)

But generally, I’m not a fan.

I am a fan of words, though.

Through some research, I discovered that there is some controversy on whether it is

April Fool’s Day


April Fools’ Day

I think it is the latter, because the world is full of fools and this is their day, right?

What is your opinion?


(Interested side note: My spell check thinks “Fool’s” is wrong and “Fools’” is right.)





Rosemary for Remembrance

What’s in a name? that which we call a rose

By any other name would smell as sweet;

Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare

Act II, Scene 2

Pink roses hold significant meaning for me and my family

Pink roses hold significant meaning for my family


The language of flowers

I love that flowers have meanings.

It is so much fun to learn about the history behind this language and how we can incorporate these very special meanings into our lives.

One way to use the language of flowers is in your bridal bouquet.

Your wedding, and the choices surrounding it, may be the most meaningful ceremony you will ever have.

You can pick your flowers not only for their beauty, but also for their meaning.

Here are some wedding flowers with significant meanings

Chamomile        Patience

Daisy                  Innocence and Hope

Fern                   Sincerity

Gardenia           Joy

Hyacinth           Fertility

Jasmine             Sweet love

Lavender           Devotion, Virtue

Peony                Happy Marriage

Red Rose           Love, Desire

Rosemary         Remembrance

Red Salvia        Forever Mine

What fun!

There is another type of association for flowers, one that could be deeply personal.

Maybe you have a family connection to a certain flower.

Maybe you have a favorite flower.

Maybe you want to use the same flowers he sent you after your first date.

For instance, if your mother carried anemones for her wedding, you may want to do the same.

Even though, in the language of flowers, they mean forsaken!

But they hold a dear, special meaning to you and that is what matters.

I find it fun to hide flowers in bouquets.

Rosemary for Remembrance

Rosemary for Remembrance

If you want to include rosemary in memory of someone special, but it doesn’t really go with your theme, tuck it in the back…wrap it in the stems…or just bury it deep enough to not be visible.

You will know it’s there and it will be meaningful to you.

As with all things wedding, the flowers can be very personal and quite meaningful.


You want them to be beautiful.


When you are picking your wedding flowers

Be sure to


To what they are saying.

There is a language, little known,
Lovers claim it as their own.
Its symbols smile upon the land,
Wrought by nature’s wondrous hand;
And in their silent beauty speak,
Of life and joy, to those who seek
For Love Divine and sunny hours
In the language of the flowers.

   –The Language of Flowers, London, 1875

Learn more about the language of flowers here, here and here.