Thursday, July 1

{thirsty THURSDAY} vintage blue

defined as a day to share something...ANYTHING... that makes my mouth water...
quenches my creative tastebuds...or satisfies my thirst for inspiration.

it's amazing how a color can become YOUR color...
without you even recognizing it!

i've got a SERIOUS crush on what i like to call: "vintage blue"...
and until recently, i didn't even realize it.

as you can see,
it comes in a variety of shades.
sometimes it looks green...
other times there's a touch of grey...
some people would just call it a shade of turquoise...
always a soft, soothing feeling associated with it.

it seems to pop up in the most unexpected places for me;
as if the color follows me around...
waiting to surprise me.

but here's the biggest surprise...

at first...
i thought it was just a coincidence.
but then, as i looked around me...
- the things i've created...
- the things i'm inspired by...
- the purchases i've made...
- the parties that make my heart beat faster...
most all of them have this color associated with it.

that's when i realized it's NO coincidence at all.
in fact, this color has been sneaking into my life for some time now.
i can trace it as far back as 7 years ago when i acquired this bowl with hints of vintage blue...

(remember the "it was just a bowl" post)?

it seems EVERYTHING that gives me "warm fuzzies" has this color associated with it!
don't believe me?
take a look:

AND it's managed to find it's way into my own creative things...

and invitations i've recently designed:

this "Be" print i created some time ago...

i even managed to squeeze it into ella's 1st birthday party elements...
(remember the cake topper i made?)

and did you notice i just HAD to throw some in the recent Lemonade & Sunshine party I hosted?
(the antique step ladder is something I purchased five years ago...)

this color makes me HAPPY!
i've even painted my laundry room this color and it's my most favorite room in the house...
(minus the laundry...*wink)

and the brilliant thing?
it goes with SO many shades of color perfectly...
vintage blue/brown
vintage blue/yellow
vintage blue/red
vintage blue/pink
vintage blue/black
you've seen the gorgeous combinations out there...

how many of YOU are addicted to this color too?
i just can't get enough...
i hope it's quenched your thirst for some "color inspiration" on this "thirsty thursday" morning!

Keeping It Real:
I have to laugh at myself because I'm truly surprised at my addiction for this color.
I've said for YEARS that I'm not a big fan of "blue"....
and that I'd never incorporate the color into my home decor.
And although this isn't a "true blue" by any stretch of the's still a shade of blue!
What's subconscious obsession for my next least favorite color on the color wheel...
Purple? No way! I can't even imagine it!!
(even though i remember painting my bedroom lavender when i was a teenager)...*wink*


estrella July 1, 2010 at 11:19 AM  

I love vintage blue! Looks fabulous with pink!

Teri July 1, 2010 at 12:23 PM  

I've just found your blog and it is SO gorgeous! I just love it!!! Robin's Egg Blue is one of my most favorite colors. I never thought so either, but then when I looked around me... it snuck in everywhere, even in clothing!

Your photos are like color therapy! Thank you!

I run for cake! July 1, 2010 at 12:29 PM  

Great post with lots of fun inspiration for color and design themes! I love vintage blue too, such a fun color for a focal point of a design theme or as an accent color!

postcards and pretties July 1, 2010 at 3:21 PM  

thanks for including my board in this lovely vintage blue collection. :)

Tersa July 1, 2010 at 3:33 PM  

I had a similar thing happen with basically the same color recently (Probably a little more green)! I just started noticing that I was buying things in that color and drawn to it!

Beautiful choices, btw!

Becky July 1, 2010 at 4:30 PM  

I'm kind of obsessed with blue at the moment. Not quite the same shade as you posted but blue non-the-less. Maybe it's the season.

Becky July 1, 2010 at 4:32 PM  

I'm kind of obsessed with blue at the moment. Not quite the same shade as you posted but blue non-the-less. Maybe it's the season.

Jessica July 1, 2010 at 5:15 PM  

I love this color. Beautiful! I love all things hunter green.

I love your blog, by the way, you are a very talented individual!

Heather July 1, 2010 at 8:19 PM  

I love this color blue! But then again I love blue in general. The color I profess to hate and continually use is yellow. For years I have gone and on about what an awful color it is and recently I have been drawn to everything yellow. When I realized what I was doing I just had to laugh!

Rebecca July 2, 2010 at 2:04 PM  

I love this color too! :) Thanks so much for the sweet compliments on my daughter's party! :) I'd be happy for you to share on your blog/fan page! Thanks! :)

I'm looking forward to looking at your blog...I always get excited when I find a new one I like and I think I'll love your's.

Thanks again! :)

yvonne chew July 2, 2010 at 10:40 PM  

love everything about this color!
your blog is fantastic! my heart skips a beat when i receive notification of your posts! makes my day ;)

Aaron [air] July 4, 2010 at 2:28 AM  

my kitchen is a shade of blue. A beachy vintage blue & we love it. Surprisingly I paired a brown & orange curtain with a large flower print with it. It works well.
Great choice of color!

julie July 4, 2010 at 11:00 PM  

oh yes! i too have fallen hard over that wonderful color! i just found your blog and love it! and the lemonade party was beautiful! i might just have to copy every detail! looks like we might be neighbors! looking forward to more great posts!

Jordan - Polkadot Prints July 4, 2010 at 11:20 PM  

Gorgeous collection Jess! Fave is the recipe box...aqua/red/white...just makes me want to get into a kitchen with an apron and wooden spoon! :)

Tracy is ... Loving Pretty Things July 7, 2010 at 3:00 AM  

SO excited to have found your blog - love every minute of my reading of your previous posts!

i just had to comment on this because I was the exact same way - "not a big fan of blue" - and there's that robin's egg/tiffany & co/turquoise-esque blue that is creeping up everywhere in my midst!

And purple....I used to have a visceral reaction to it, and about every time I wear this one purple dress I have, i get complimented on it. So, I have been adding purple into my wardrobe - and I've loved it......Now, I will *never* incorporate into my home decor.....or will i??! (will you promise an intervention with me if I do?!)

Can't wait to read more ~ Tracy.

Sarah @HarriganHowdy July 8, 2010 at 8:40 PM  

Love this color, too... and I am with you when you say you would NEVER put blue in your home decor. Not a fan. And yet! :) Can't get enough of it. Lovely photos. Thanks for sharing.


Parties by Hardie July 23, 2010 at 6:35 PM  

That's funny! I recently discovered the same thing and the same color! I thought pink was my favorite color. As I was packing for a trip recently I realized half the shirts (and a pari of capris) were that same shade of blue. I started noticing all the other things in my house that were the same color and I never really realized it. Funny how we're just drawn to some things.

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