Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

DIYable Christmas Tree Countdown: Light Tree

Pantone Press Release: Color of the Year for 2011...Honeysuckle!

Pantone Reveals Color of the Year for 2011:
PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle
Energizing Honeysuckle Lifts Spirits and Imparts Confidence to Meet Life's Ongoing Challenges
CARLSTADT, N.J., Dec. 9, 2010 – Pantone LLC, an X-Rite company (NASDAQ: XRIT), and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, today announced PANTONE® 18-2120 Honeysuckle, a vibrant, energetic hue, as the color of the year for 2011.

While the 2010 color of the year, PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise, served as an escape for many, Honeysuckle emboldens us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. A dynamic reddish pink, Honeysuckle is encouraging and uplifting. It elevates our psyche beyond escape, instilling the confidence, courage and spirit to meet the exhaustive challenges that have become part of everyday life.

“In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Honeysuckle derives its positive qualities from a powerful bond to its mother color red, the most physical, viscerally alive hue in the spectrum.”

Eiseman continues, “The intensity of this festive reddish pink allures and engages. In fact, this color, not the sweet fragrance of the flower blossoms for which it was named, is what attracts hummingbirds to nectar. Honeysuckle may also bring a wave of nostalgia for its associated delicious scent reminiscent of the carefree days of spring and summer.”

Honeysuckle is guaranteed to produce a healthy glow when worn by both men and women. It's a striking, eye-catching hue that works well for day and night in women's apparel, accessories and cosmetics, and in men's ties, shirts and sportswear. Add a lively flair to interior spaces with Honeysuckle patterned pillows, bedspreads, small appliances and tabletop accessories. Looking for an inexpensive way to perk up your home? Paint a wall in Honeysuckle for a dynamic burst of energy in the family room, kitchen or hallway.

Honeysuckle products are currently available from a variety of manufacturers: 
Wedding Apparel
A flattering hue for wedding attendant apparel and accessories, Honeysuckle is now one of the nearly 200 PANTONE WEDDING Colors available from Dessy, a leading manufacturer of bridesmaid, social-occasion and flower-girl dresses. PANTONE WEDDING exclusively from Dessy provides a collection of color tools to make it easy for brides to achieve perfectly color-coordinated weddings – from inspiration to “I do.” See www.dessy.com for more information.

Honeysuckle is one of 3,000 colors available in Pantone's line of superior-quality, eco-friendly paint. PANTONE Paints combine the accuracy of PANTONE Colors with the beauty of high-performance Dutch paints. See www.pantonepaints.com for more information.

Visa Card
Whether you're buying groceries, paying the dry cleaner or shopping for a pair of new pumps, now you can do it in style with a PANTONE Visa® Platinum Rewards Card in Honeysuckle, the 2011 color of the year. See www.pantone.com/visacardfor more information.

For over a decade, Pantone's Color of the Year declarations have influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries including fashion, home and industrial design. Past colors include:
  • PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise (2010)
  • PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa (2009)
  • PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)
  • PANTONE 19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)
  • PANTONE 13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)
  • PANTONE 15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)
  • PANTONE 17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)
  • PANTONE 14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)
  • PANTONE 19-1664 True Red (2002)
  • PANTONE 17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)
  • PANTONE 15-4020 Cerulean (2000)
About Pantone 
Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, has been the world’s color authority for almost 50 years, providing design professionals with products and services for the colorful exploration and expression of creativity. Always a source for color inspiration, Pantone also offers designer-inspired products and services for consumers. More information is available at www.pantone.com.

About X-Rite
X-Rite, Incorporated, is the global leader in color science and technology. The company, which now includes color industry leader Pantone, develops, manufacturers, markets and supports innovative color solutions through measurement systems, software, color standards and services. X-Rite’s expertise in inspiring, selecting, measuring, formulating, communicating and matching color helps users get color right the first time and every time, which translates to better quality and reduced costs. X-Rite serves a range of industries, including printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, automotive, paints, plastics, textiles, dental and medical. For further information, please visit www.xrite.com.

Courtesy of Pantone.com

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Design Resource: Rue Online Magazine

As a proud member of the publishing industry, I am acutely aware of the changing and challenging climate that faces print media right now. As more and more readers turn online for content, there's been a huge increase in the number of e-magazines. Although it's fairly new, Rue Magazine is shaping-up to be a quality, lifestyle publication...not to mention it's free. Check it out!

DIYable Christmas Tree Countdown: Magazine Tree

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

DIY-able Christmas Tree Countdown/ How-To: Button Christmas Tree

To kick off our DIYable Christmas Tree Countdown, here's an idea from my family...

Make an easy table-top Christmas tree using vintage buttons and broken jewelry.

1. Wrap a foam cone with sticky-back, green felt.

2.) Use straight pins to attach vintage buttons and jewelry pieces until you have covered the entire tree.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

How-To: Monogrammed Candle

Monogram a pillar candle using vintage metal printer's type.

1. Place a metal letter face down on a warming plate for about 15 minutes. (Be careful not to heat metal type too much. You don't want to damage it.)

2. Prop your pillar candle on its side to keep it from rolling. Using an oven mitt, firmly press the letter into the candle.  You may need to rock wide letters to get the full impression.

Tip: You may want to test the letter on the bottom of the candle.  Just make sure that you fully reheat the letter before monogramming the side of the candle

3. Optional: Use Rub 'n Buff to highlight the letter.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Design Inspiration: Retro Fabulous

We here at DIgenY love a good vintage design inspiration.  (We do of course mean the royal we since it's only me.)  If you join me in my love of mid-century design, you too will appreciate Plan 59, "The museum and giftshop of mid-century inspiration."

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Break

Hello Friends!

I'm taking a some time with family for Thanksgiving, and I'll be back next week freshly stuffed and ready to go.  If you're still sprawled on the couch suffering from a turkey hangover, be sure to check out "15 Fresh Handmade Gift Ideas" Friday on HGTV (7/6c).  I had the pleasure of assisting on this shoot for a week, and I'm looking forward to seeing the final product.  (For more information, check out HGTV.com/handmade.)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Design Resource/Tool Box: Operation Black Friday

I do enjoy shopping on Black Friday.  (Not at 4 AM.)  There's a fun, community spirit between shoppers on that day.  I mostly go to people watch, but it's also a good time to pick up a few DIY tools at a discount.  I do try to avoid the urgent need to buy by planning my purchases ahead.  Last year I bought the drill, and this year I'm planning to buy a sewing machine at Wal-Mart.  I used to wait until Thanksgiving day to look at adds.  Dad and I drive around after lunch looking for a newspaper stand that's not out of papers.  We usually end up at some obscure gas station where we buy the last paper.  This year I looked up ads on on BlackFriday2010.com, so I could plan even further ahead.  This website aggregates all of the early release ads along with some unauthorized leaked ads.  I'll probably still drive around with Dad on Thanksgiving day though.  Some traditions just shouldn't be messed with.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Design Resource: Curbly

Reading Curbly was my first foray into the world of design blogs, and through it I have been introduced to many of my favorite bloggers' work.  It was launched by Bruno Bornztein in 2006 as a community for crafters and DIYers.  The editors both produce new content and aggregate quality content from a number of magazines and blogs into one location.