Monday, November 30, 2009

for a dark day


The days have been so incredibly dark and grey lately, and because of this much of the time I find it difficult to take photographs. But today I was putting together all of the many pages of many books, and I found myself cheered up by these little papers. I cut them from old exercise book covers to be placed inside of old little glassine envelopes which will line the pages of my notebooks.

While preparing them I had this nice thought visit me: That perhaps someday, somehow, these bright little bits will find their way to someone else out there who is experiencing a dark day, just like I have been. And give them a little bit of cheer, too.

I do hope so.

Will you help me? I will be binding up book covers over the next few days, and I am hoping for some assistance in deciding which colours to choose this time around. It is always interesting to me which hues people prefer best at different seasons of the year, and how this varies or changes from year to year.

Which colour would you choose?

111 comments:

craftapalooza said...

just one? no. cream soda or robins egg or mint :)

barb said...

All of them... but especially: clementine, cream soda, coffee and robin's egg

Anonymous said...

Steel blue, definitely.
I'm also drawn to cherry, cream soda, clover & frosting.
But would buy steel blue.

Love your blog. Your crafts and daily life with Adelaide have me yearning for a similar life (although I'm not a trained designer or have wanted children before).

I'm verymuch looking forward to making perfect boxes.
<3 lowlow

Fiona said...

clementine!!!
its christmas, and that's why its perfect! and ofcours its my loves favorite colour.
:)

Meiko said...

I would choose cherry or steel blue.

Sara said...

Steel blue, Mint or Cherry.
Sharilyn, I have never commented here before but yours is one of my FAVOURITE blogs in the whole of the internets! You posts are so inspiring to me, your honesty so refreshing and your talent is breathtaking. You've encouraged me in so many ways, I just wanted to say thank you for it. I think you and your daughter are an adorable team and I have a love for your cat elliot that I can't quite explain, since I've never met him! Please pass my hugs on to your entire household.

gingerbee said...

This season always leaves me feeling somber (although it is also my birth month)...so I go for mint, robins egg, or steel blue. :]

Marianne G said...

hello
i would say clementine or mint

i live in france (in the alps) and i just found your blog, it's amazing and i love your work, and your daughter is so pretty!

excuse my english and "a bientot"
marianne

Sheira said...

Robin's egg blue, mint green, or snow white would remind me of a beautiful crisp winter day. Happy choosing!

Samantha S said...

Cream soda and Cherry are my favourites. I hope I can get my hands of one of your notebooks this time.

Sandrine Deleuze said...

I love clementine, cherry cream soda frosting robins egge mint & clover ;-)

Lauryn said...

I already have a journey notebook in robins egg (which I love!) so I'd say cream soda and clementine are my next favorites. Loving the bright colors!

tape_queen said...

Hi Sharilyn,
I am particularly drawn to clementine, cherry, robin's egg, mint, clover, coffee, sand, and steel blue (everything but cream soda, frosting, snow, coffee, and midnight). The pinks seem inappropriate for the season, and the darker colors are too dark, and snow is too bland.

I have never commented before but I just wanted to say that your blog is one of my favorite reads and that your daughter is so precious and adorable.

Best,
-M

22heures22 said...

I'm a real lover of Steel blue too but for cher a grey day I would say cream soda or mint.
Have a nice day an good work!

.naa. said...

robins egg :)

Nem said...

I would choose Robin's Egg, Frosting or Cream Soda! :)

Making of a Montessori Mum said...

clover (gorgeous green!) and then cherry

(:

Maryanne said...

Clementine, always clementine. Also love Robin's Egg and Cherry. And Coffee and Sand. Midnight and Snow always classics. Would never choose Frosting or Cream Soda, pink not my thing. Not as drawn to Mint, Clover or Steel Blue. It's summer over here but I don't think my choices are related to that - I'd always choose Clementine, no matter when!

kmb.designer said...

Clementine and clover. So cheery!

Carlene said...

I'd choose clementine and snow.

Megan said...

Hmm. I would normally choose Robin's Egg, but I think I would pick Mint this time. I love how the different papers cheered you up; they cheer me up too. I love to just go through my "stash" when I'm feeling "gray." Geez, I sound like I"m talking about drugs. Well, paper is our drug I guess.

jane said...

cream soda! or robin's egg.

they're both so appealing today.

love your blog, sharilyn.

Kelly said...

I have one in Robin's Egg and it's lovely. But Cream Soda is really catching my eye this time. They're all so pretty!

Kelly said...

p.s. the cute little bits of colored paper were very cheering this morning. I love them all together like that.

cyanide said...

Coffee, mint, and robins egg really jump out to me. :)

Lovely World said...

Clementine caught my eye, as did cream soda. I've noticed the dark descending lately as well. I try to get out on a walk each day. That helps.

Anonymous said...

I love the steel blue and mint!

Hula Hoop da Loop said...

clemintine and cream soda! Lovely little dots as well!

Kate@ Kids and Cocktails said...

I love clementine, cherry and the Robin's Egg. If you had a gray shade, I would pick that as well. I love all things gray, it actually cheers me up!

Great dots, they are mighty happy!

Casey said...

hard to choose colors, those are great colors! I'm drawn to robin's egg, clover, and cream soda

Tonya said...

Such great colors to choose from! I would say clover, cream soda and clementine are my favorite. But all te colors are wonderful compared to these gray days! (although gray would be a great paired with any of them).

jennifer r said...

undeniably robin's egg.

~nic said...

clementine, cherry or steel blue and coffee in that order - LOVE the clementine!

courtney said...

i like robin's egg, cherry, and frosting together. and i think i would like to have a daughter named clementine (but the color is pretty great too)!

Leslie said...

How beautiful! I love the clementine, cream soda and robin's egg.

Cassandra said...

Awww! These made me smile! I Love them!! I would choose Robins Egg, Clementine and Cream Soda as a trio for the books! Thanks for asking and hope our suggestions help!

Kimmay said...

how lovely!

I think the mint, cream soda, or frosting are my favorites. But gosh, they are all so lovely!

xo

bumbin said...

Hi Sharilyn, I have to tell you first that I LOVE your blog... the very easy way you write, has an instant calm effect on me when I find the time to read it.
Now, for Winter I will go with cheerful colors like Cream Soda, Clementine or Clover. For Spring, Frosting, Robins Egg, Coffee. For Summer, Clementine, Cherry, Sand. For Fall, Steel Blue, Midnight, Mint, Coffee.
Talk to you later...
Wish the very best for you and your family!

Jill said...

Robin's Egg, Clover and Snow! Perfect colors.

samandpeteVDP said...

Seems no one could pick just one! I like Clementine, Mint, and Steel Blue. Good Luck! :)

Nicole said...

i'm always a sucker for pink and green so i would choose cream soda and clover.

thelady said...

mint

lisaperk said...

so hard to chose - clementine, cream soda, clover, mint and robin's egg

susanj said...

clementine, cream soda and coffee...delicious!

Norma said...

Robin's egg!!! How about sewing two colors together? Not sturdy enough? Robin's egg would go well with every other color. :)

d said...

I just stumbled a few days ago over your blog - I really really adore it! and couldn´t help myself I had to ahem copy - ahem let me inspire by some of your works!
and you seem to be such a supernice mom as well - congrats to your work and your family!!!
for the colours:
cherry

maybe you want to see hows here in europe:
achtungkinder.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

it makes me sad when you are feeling down. Do take care and keep going!

xo, akiko

i would go for robins egg!

kate / tinywarbler said...

i hope you are felling better! i love the robins egg, steel blue and the snow.
also, congrats! i saw your tree quilt tutorial on purlsoho blog, way to go!
take care,
k
xo

Paper Pastries said...

I am in love with that Mint color.
Feel better! Thats what dark days does to a person- its not you :)

Norm said...

I'm loving the combination of thew dark brown (coffee) with something pale like the mint or robin's egg. Gorgeous!

Elisapelle said...

coffee and cherry!

Moose said...

Steel blue for me! Actually, any and all... but then again I am in Colorado where the sun always shines, no matter what!!
Happy December & Tail Wags Too.
~Moose

sweetmilkky said...

clementineeeee!!!

maxie said...

clementine and clover!

Polly R said...

I automatically go towards robins egg and mint - lovely :)
I also love clementine and cream soda. Those four definitely stand out to me.

spectaclealamaison said...

clementine and steel blue for sure! I have a son just a bit older then addie. He slept with me until he was two and now has his own room and a big bed. he's so proud:) However sometimes he crawls into my bed in the middle of the night, wich is wonderfull!

sanne

Leslie said...

Either Clementine, Cherry or Cream Soda! So bright and cheerful.

carol b said...

clementine and clover!

stephanie said...

Oooh...I love the clover and clementine. So very pretty and cheerful.

Elizabeth said...

I love clementine and robin's egg blue (together and separately), after that, steel blue, mint and cherry (together or separate). We're having a lovely sunny day down in Seattle, hope some of it makes it up your way. Best,
Elizabeth

Amanda said...

robin's egg or steel blue

Anonymous said...

hmmm,

coffee, clementine & steel blue

Jan said...

I believe that Robins egg blue and clementine are my favorites, and the mint and clover my least favorites. However, I love to see how you put colors together that I may not have thought of myself. Enjoy the process!

mon ami said...

steel blue all the way with clementine and cherry to bring the cheer.

xo

Abbie said...

I can tell you one thing, for sure, that no matter what time of year, I will gravitate towards robins' egg, mint and clover! Such a beautiful and tonal combination!

caryn the designer said...

clover is my all-the-year-long color. Have a raincoat and rainboots in that color and nothing can make me sad when I have them near.

3 M's said...

steel blue would definitely be my choice if I only had one. #2 would be clover, and #3 would be coffee :)
have fun using such fun colors!

Anonymous said...

ha - doesn't look like anyone can choose :) I can't either... mint or cream soda or clover. they're all such lovely shades!!

kala'i said...

oooh... cream soda and clementine.

Christine said...

i love your blog and all the beautiful things you make!! my favorites are clover, cherry and coffee :)

Renee said...

Hmmm--while I am thinking let me tell you I love your blog---right, back to a color choice---cream soda!

Anonymous said...

Clementine, clover, cream soda, and steel blue. Was I only suppose to pick one?

Sabrina Hlavaty said...

clementine!

Night Owl Craftworks said...

Anything from the top row!

Anonymous said...

robins egg, mint, and frosting

Becca said...

all such beautiful colours! i would choose clementine or cherry..it would be nice to have some sunny brightness here..it's been especially dark and gloomy of late..hope your days get sunnier!

Tasha Stenning said...

the combo clementine and robins egg.
beautiful.
i love your blog and find your life pretty interesting.
thanks for posting.
also keep it up with the patterns.

Anonymous said...

Hello!
Oh, I think I would choose clementine! It is such a soft, yummy color!
Please know too how much I enjoy reading your posts and seeing your work. I am a Mama of a 2-year-old and have just started my own little blog.
crowroosterscrow.blogspot.com
I have added a link to you and hope that is okay!
p.s. I would love to make a garland out of those darling paper circles!
Have a lovely day and hope the sun peeps out!
ariana

debbie said...

clementine or robin's egg, for sure!

Anonymous said...

Hello
I would have to say steel blue, robin's egg or clover.

Sandra

Lisa Corriveau said...

Clementine & Cherry, no doubt!

Alison Keddy said...

Mint!

Amy said...

Either coffee or steel blue for myself, or clover if it were a gift.

I don't like super bright colours as much in the winter time - I love muted colours and neutrals.

Anonymous said...

clementine and robin's egg!!!

Anu said...

definitely clementine :)

SeattleMommy said...

I love clementine and robins egg

melanie said...

i like the steel blue, frosting, and snow - but whatever you choose will be the right thing.

The Plush Elephant said...

Totally digging clementine and clover...they brings the happy happy happy on a dark day.

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking frosting and robins egg.

mixette said...

cream soda and clover!

13mimosa said...

I am immediately drawn to robins egg and mint.

Anonymous said...

Robin's egg and steel blue

Heather said...

I'm in the mood for cherry, cream soda, and snow!!!

naama said...

robins egg or mint or sand

Megan said...

Sand would be first choice, coffee and robins egg also, but I have to say each of these colours are very appealing.

MamaAngel said...

if i had to choose just one that is jumping out at me it would be clementine! not my "favorite" color but it is the most appealing to me this cold, gray day in Nashville.

TrippleJN said...

I would choose any of these: Clementine, Cream Soda, Cherry and/or Clover. I just found out I have Mono, so the dark house is getting to me. These four colors just seemed to brighten things up for a moment. I love the colorful circles!! Especially the pinked edges.

Mrs.H said...

Clementine - for being cheery
Cream Soda - for being playful.

thepowerofme said...

Clover

OpaqueSkies said...

cream soda and frosting

Leanda said...

Mmmm... a nice game :) I love the combination of frosting, robins egg, coffee, sand and snow <3

Ellen said...

Clover, frosting, mint, cherry, robins egg.

Denise said...

Cherry.

Donna said...

Oooh....oooh....

clementine, cream soda, robins egg, clover!

I will be stalking your web storefront!

Sals said...

cream soda!

Lindsay said...

I want to order three from you, and if they came in robin's egg, mint, and sand, I would be so wonderfully happy! These are all beautiful colors. It's hard to choose just one.

Anonymous said...

clementine, clover, coffee and frosting are my favorites!

-Chris

Rebecca said...

If I HAD to choose one I would buy cherry. But I would buy a few more because I like them all together in my shelf...clementine, robins egg and mint. Beautiful!

rebecca said...

cherry!!

The Parkers said...

I may be a tad late in posting my vote, but what the heck. Definitely clementine, but I also love robins egg, cream soda, clover, and steel blue....and frosting LOL! They are all lovely and have already cheered me up just looking at them on the screen.

I saw the Better Homes and Garden article on your home/studio yesterday and instantly fell in love with your style and life! I am an instant fan and will be following your blog now. Love, love, love your ideas and decorating. Your daughter is super cute as well. Thanks for the inspiration!

Meg said...

frosting, clementine and robins egg.
sorry! i couldn't choose just one!