Monday, January 3, 2011

A Fresh Look

After all the Christmas red and green, my eyes are craving a change so I haul out the blue and yellow bits and pieces -- throw pillow covers, quilts, paintings, et cetera, et cetera.
The tree and its lights are gone but we still have tiny white lights around the windows, bookshelf, stairs and mantelpiece. They'll stay up through the dark days of January while the starry quilt adds its own light.
I love beginning the new year with a new look -- well, the same new look we had last January. And will have next January. A lifetime's collection and inheritance of stuff (as well as a goodsize mathom closet) makes it possible.
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25 comments:

Marilyn said...

Such a vivid change for all the green and red, and lovely items they are too. Thanks for the link for mathom, I certainly don't remember this word from Lord of the Rings.

Nicole212 said...

I love the color combo...it feels very fresh and renewing. Happy 2011!

Joan said...

What a celebration of longer days of light coming! I've been busy reading your past posts..and enjoying them. Woohoo! I'm back!
Happy 2011 Vicki!

Martin H. said...

Blue and yellow is such a revitalising combination, and gives the feeling of clear skies and sunshine that summer brings.

Elora said...

And the quilts, Vicki? Did you make them? And the painting of the stag? Is there a story, here???

Elora

Beth said...

Those are lovely mathoms you have there. You are fortunate to have a large closet to store them in. I'm a sentimental sort, so have a fair collection of mathoms myself, perched on windowsills, tables, the edges of bookshelves, etc. Makes it a bit hard to dust, but I would miss them if they were gone. So many of them remind me of those I love and have loved.

Mama-Bug said...

What a fresh, vibrant look Vicki. I love the blues and yellows, it looks so cheerful for this time of the year.

maría cecilia said...

Dearest Vicki, wishing you and family much happiness and blessings for 2011, and may it brings much love and health into your lives.
cariños from Chile
maria cecilia

Louise said...

That starry quilt is just beautiful. And, what a good idea to feature the colors of peace and harmony, all through the dark time of the year.

Vicki Lane said...

Marilyn -- I believe that mathom was in THE HOBBIT -- and the hobbits had mathom houses to store their bits and pieces.

Glad you're back, Joan!

Yep, Elora, I made the quilts and the painting -- back when writing didn't consume most of my time.

Bouncin' Barb said...

As you can probably tell from my blog, blue is one of my all time favorite colors. It's so soothing and uplifting to me. Wonder why they call them the blues? haha.

Darla said...

Fabulous refreshing colors, and so wonderful to see your talents revealed in other ways through the painting and quilts. Thanks for sharing the word "mathom" - a new one for me, the manifestations of which I have very few but my mom has many! LOL

Brian Miller said...

nice...these are really soothing colors even in their brightness...the sky and sun...a new day...

Kath said...

Oh, my! Gorgeous.
I am in love with the skull and sun. Don't let me come visit you with a large bag of any kind. Because you might find something missing when I vamoosed.

jennyfreckles said...

I never think of changing anything, maybe I should. Those quilts are beautiful, full of sunshine.

Tess Kincaid said...

Your quilts are lovely piece of art. I haven't hauled away the holiday stuff yet. Ug.

Miss_Yves said...

Blue and yellow:Your photos are a promise of spring!
I recognize the painting we spoke about last year!

Pat transplanted to MN said...

Blue and Yellow are a favorite springtime combo for me....as to us, I have left the snowmen still in the guest bath; they can stay till end of January. Our burgundy and gold remain in the dining room along with some snowy woodsy fox and the penguins that come out in January. Nice collection; a certain reward of amassing over life!

Brenda said...

You made those quilts and the painting?? Wow, I'm impressed!! I immediately thought the painting was a Georgia O'Keefe. Okay, so it's been a few years since I was in art school, like 30.... But still! Nice work!

gayle said...

I love the colors! So bright!

Merisi said...

Beautiful colors! "Same procedure as every year" reminds me of that little black and white movie people here watch on New Year's Eve, "Dinner for One" - have you heard about it? Curiously, it's an English movie, but almost unknown in Great Britain.

Merisi said...

I had a lot of walking to do yesterday afternoon. The weather was a little weird, sunshine one moment, snow flurries the next. The light has changed, though, all of a sudden spring seems to be in the air. Our Christmas tree stays up throughout the Twelve Days of Christmas, it comes down after the Three Kings Feast (maybe even later this year, school work keeps me very busy once again).

Crafty Green Poet said...

Beautiful - one of my favourite colour combinations!

Paul C said...

Blues and yellows make a wonderful combination. Our favourite combination in some of our pottery is teal and maroon. Your images provide fresh windows for the new year.

Kaye Barley said...

What a happy post this was!!!