Friday turquoise random.

November 22, 2013

It seems to me that everywhere I look everything is coming up turquoise. Turquoise is the new chartreuse right now.

This is the Christmas?!? window at the local gift shop. Call me old fashioned but I’m not buying it.

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Also, everywhere I look there are turquoise lamps. Ghastly lamps which probably should have been shattered in the 1960s when they were made and not allowed to be turned into some sort of chic under the label “vintage treasures”.

Here are a few from the very first page of pinterest. These were the more ok-ish ones. They are everywhere I’m telling you. You can’t look at an Apartment Therapy post without finding at least one, (but they tend to come in pairs) and there are over 66,000 on Houzz! It’s so awful that I’m actually starting to like it and might have to go expropriate the ones from my mother’s basement guest bedroom. Yikes!!!

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On the other hand, this is the proper way to display turquoise in one’s home; as understated, jewel-like details.

(note to self: make these)

Another perfectly lovely way to bring more turquoise is as ribbons on exquisite gifts. Everyone loves turquoise like that. πŸ™‚

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If you really must have turquoise around you at all times then why not consider some lovely jewellery. I’ve been meaning to make these macrame bracelets for…forever. Aren’t they lovely? Here’s the how-to.

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And finally, and because this is random, this has nothing to do with turquoise anything, but this makes me want to take all my paintings out of the frames and off their supports and stack them against the wall like this! Love it to the max!

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Sharing with Nancy for some randomness and hoping the links all works. πŸ™‚

Sunday Whirl...blame the first lovely wood fire of the year
Two more finished, that makes four full-sized maps

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  • Reply November 22, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Loved the canvas VERY much. I have yet to try Oil!

  • Reply Nate Leung November 22, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Turquoise seems to be the newest fad? I am with you on this Veronica. I like the traditional colors of Christmas. Why change it? Thanks for sharing this! Pretty interesting!

  • Reply Cher November 23, 2013 at 1:25 am

    Love this post Veronica, Love the bracelets and yes my paintings are stacked against the wall too looking all ‘ambient’ LOL Large mirrors too, they look fab just sat there rather than hanging – inspired by the French side of my family πŸ™‚

  • Reply Christie November 23, 2013 at 4:01 am

    Yes, I do love turquoise, too….in fact I’m wearing it right now! πŸ™‚ Great pillows…I’m with you, I would love to try and make one….and those macrame bracelets are great….oh, so many things to create, so little time!! But, keep those ideas flowing!

    • Reply Veronica November 23, 2013 at 10:47 am

      Ok, will do! πŸ™‚

  • Reply bharatisingha November 23, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Amazing Post, Veronica. Lovely collections.

    • Reply Veronica November 23, 2013 at 10:43 am

      Thank you so much. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Dewena Callis November 23, 2013 at 7:48 am

    I think of turquoise as belonging to summer but have to admit that the pair of lamps in center, bottom row, are pretty cool, just not Christmasy. My daddy was a blue man. Our picture window had to be ringed with blue lights each year. I noticed in one blogger’s posts that Mary Carol Garrity of Nell Hill stores went to traditional colors for her Open House this year, including a thread of small bouquets of red roses in each room. It was restful and not over the top. Nice in this unsettled world.

    I loved reading in your comment to me about your fond memories of your figure skating costumes being knitted by your mother, even remembering your favorite. I’m happy that so many young women are turning back to sewing and knitting and canning and crafting today. Someday their children will remember these things with pride.

    • Reply Veronica November 23, 2013 at 10:42 am

      Me too Dewena, somehow I have this mental block to tanned skin and silver bracelets with turquoise beads or something like that. I’ll have to go find Nell Hill now. πŸ™‚

  • Reply barbarashallue November 23, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Yesterday I saw an old truck painted an awesome shade of turquoise and fell totally in love! By the way, I noticed your map paintings and fell totally in love with those, too! Gorgeous!

    • Reply Veronica November 23, 2013 at 9:50 am

      Hi Barbra, thank you so much; I’m working hard on my maps to have a sizable collection. That old truck sounds beautiful. You know what I love? Those old British sports cars, like E-type jags, painted turquoise. It seems to be such a retro colour. πŸ™‚

  • Reply sorrygnat November 23, 2013 at 9:54 am

    did you paint the lower one; or any? how does one make those delicious cloth animals; nice post; total high regards

    • Reply Veronica November 23, 2013 at 10:41 am

      Hi Esther, I didn’t paint that; it’s from an imaginative store display. Wonderful isn’t it? Those cloth animals are applique on a cushion. I don;t think it woudl be very hard to make them at all; kind of like a jigsaw puzzle I think. I’m going to give it a try. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Lavender Cottage November 23, 2013 at 10:12 am

    I don’t recall ever decorating for Christmas with red and green, small touches of them though. Our first Christmas tree when married was blue and silver and I’ve graduated to silver, purple and turquoise.
    The lamps are dated and I wouldn’t want them as part of my decor. Our granddaughters love bracelets like you’ve shown, no precious gems for this generation. πŸ˜‰

    • Reply Veronica November 23, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Your Christmas tree sounds lovely. πŸ™‚ Are your grandchildren old enough to make these bracelets? I think that the materials plus instructions would be a wonderful Christmas gift for them.

  • Reply Daryl November 23, 2013 at 11:31 am

    that shade of turquoise is so very 1950s … a friend of ours has hung empty interesting frames on his apartment walls .. quite the conversation starter

  • Reply Red Rose Alley November 23, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Thank you for visiting us at Red Rose Alley. You have my favorite color for home dΓ©cor on here. I LOVE turquoise, and just recently decorated my kitchen in it. The tea set is so lovely, and that picture of the girl is very special. It kind of reminds me of my daughter when she was little.

    Have a nice weekend.

    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  • Reply a spirit of simplicity November 23, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    i like a little turquoise…but i live on the ocean so it suits.

  • Reply dawnsrays November 23, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Love the turquoise! and those bracelets! I pinned them ages ago and have not made them yet.. there is still tomorrow, right? πŸ˜‰

    • Reply Veronica November 24, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      Did you really? I don’t know if I pinned it, but saved the link. And probably ages ago now too. πŸ™‚ What are we like?

  • Reply Sara v November 25, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Love turquoise, but that is overkill for sure, and definitely not Christmasy–got to have my red, green, white, silver and gold, thank you very much πŸ™‚ Really love those bracelets, but know myself well enough that they would never get made πŸ˜‰

    • Reply Veronica November 25, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      Yeah, I hear you Sara. I think I will but in reality I probably won’t either. Life…eh? πŸ˜€

  • Reply paulabuenosaires November 25, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Delightful bacelets. IΒ΄m quite traditional on our Christmas livingroom decoration but got a pink tree for our daughterΒ΄s room. πŸ™‚

    • Reply Veronica November 25, 2013 at 4:02 pm

      Aw, bet that’s so sweet Paula. I did an all white Christmas tree for a few years and then a colourful one for the children. I still remember that all white tree and remember loving it. It’s funny but the kids remember it too. πŸ™‚ Bet your daughter will have lovely pink memories.

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