All week I've been after a good curry. The sad thing is you can't get a curry from Brick Lane in Seattle. I think the craving has been brought about by creating a paisley print all week. Paisleys too have their origins in India. Anyhow, on my instagram feed i spotted some super spicy cushions from Baba Souk. That photo managed to pull all the narratives whizzing around in my head together to create this weeks Colour Me Happy. Thanks Stephanie for sharing some spicy!
Seattle has been drenched in sun the past month. I don't feel guilty about mention it as firstly, we get rain and grey nine months out of the year, and secondly I hear from my dear friends on Radio 1 that the UK is experiencing a heat wave. Get those lilly white legs out ladies and gents! Crank up some great summer tunes (Rudimental & Macklemore) and lets get your pattern occurring!
I am adoring Melon Blush & Navy combos. Feels so sun bleached and yummy! Nautical too????
1. Fun floral print scatter cushion cover handmade by My Decorator
2. Antique Silk Kimono
3. Vintage 40s Dress Navy Blue & Pink Floral Rayon
4. Afghan Crocheted Blanket Navy Blue Background Pink Peach Stripes
5. Vintage Feedsack Cotton Navy Blue, Pink and White Floral Wave or Ribbon
My faithful MacBook Pro is slowly failing on me which is sad. In a attempt to extend it's life I have been cleaning up my files and stashing my files on an external hard drive. In doing so I came across some funny prints and patterns. It would be selfish to not share. Please don't ask where I found these, they have just been littered all over my desk top for weeks now. Shameful, the thoughts of a mad woman! This is a peek into my world and obsessions.
Yesterday I spoke about the fantastic packaging for Starbucks Kati Kati blend and It started me thinking about indigo dyeing. Here is a super little video about the indigo dyeing process. Shame you can't experience the pong!
Indigo is one of the oldest dyes to be used for textile dyeing and printing. Many Asian countries, such as India, China, Japan and South East Asia have used indigo dyeing for centuries. It was first farmed on a commercial level in India and It was a luxury item imported to the Mediterranean from India by Arab merchants. The Romans used indigo as a pigment for painting and for medicinal and cosmetic purposes. Because of its high value as a trading commodity, indigo was often referred to as Blue Gold.
The past 2 days have been rather low key for me as i am fighting a summer cold. Yucky! Hence I was trawling through Netflix for some easy to watch TV. Easy to watch for me is British TV. Their voices can gently lull me to sleep. However I found a series called Land Girls. Oh, there was no sleeping done! I highly recommend it. Plus they have lots of Pattern Occurring. I think it shows how quintessentially British print and pattern is. Even in war time! Maybe especially in war time as it lends a little light relief.
The below palette captures the the British Isles. Cheery, yet somber sophistication while practical and industrious. Lovely colours for the can do girl.