Friday, December 21, 2007


One of the blogs I read regularly is The Desperate Diva. It’s always fun to see what Diane has been up to. For the past few months, however, everyone’s favorite Diva has been too busy to blog!

To get my Diva fix, I drop by her three online shops instead --From Desperate To Diva , Home Style Divas , and Just Gotta Try It. I adore her piggy dish towels.
Actually, I usually love whatever Diane choses to feature -- whether it’s sweet treats, seasonal décor, or diva-worthy home design.
Yesterday, a surprise Diva care package arrived on my front stoop. I thought you might like an up close and personal peek at some of the goodies in my package. (Diane, you are my new best friend!) Ornaments, spoon fudge, a plate rack....
Last but not least, in honor of my BLOG DU JOUR, Diane made me my very own Book Blog tea towel. Life is good!

I know you have all been anxiously holding your breath. The Pantone winner for 2008 is…. Blue Iris.
"From a color forecasting perspective, we have chosen Blue Iris as it best represents color direction in 2008 for fashion, cosmetics, and home products," explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, the global authority on color standards for the design industries.“This beautiful blue-purple combines the stable and calming aspects of blue with the mystical and spiritual qualities of purple,” says Leatrice.
The color, also seen in phlox and rosemary blossoms, is “emotionally anchoring and meditative with a touch of magic,” says Leatrice, “Look for it artfully combined with deeper plums, red-browns, yellow-greens, grapes and grays. Painting a wall in Blue Iris will add an elegant level of composure with a touch of dynamism to any room.”

I would have featured The Desperate Diva as today’s blog but Diane says she needs another week or two to start blogging again. I will let you know when she’s back but meanwhile may I suggest visiting Lilia’s Flea Market Studio.

Vintage floral cigarette cards, old playing cards, retro ribbons, bits of wallpaper… I first “met” Lilia through her Etsy offerings.Lilia shops at flea markets and thrift stores for the materials to use in her one-of-a-kind art pieces and art Journals. She sells her extras on-line.
Her blog chronicles her art, her life and her sense of style. No matter what subject she writes about, the blog is a visual treat. Go see for yourself.


Alison Gibbs said...

I just love checking out your blog.
What a gorgeous colour you have featured - it is a really calming colour.
Thanks for bringing Lilia's Blog to our attention. I am off to have a read of it now.
Have a Merry Christmas.


Susie Q said...

I will pop right always have the most wonderful blog treats for us. They sound delightful!
Your gifts are just the sweetest things! And your own Blog du Jour tea towel! Perfect!
I love the festive pigs too!

Blue Iris is a gorgeous color. I think it just may well be the one for our master bedroom. Just so soothing.

And, I do want you to know that I had a post today and got the spelling of *Mantel* correct!
Yeah me! For once I do something right! : )
My mom was an English/History major and gets very ruffled by such things. *grin* As a sociology/art/art ed major I am very guilty of bad spelling and garish word misuse all too often. Yikes!

As always, your posts are a highlight of my bog day!

Stay well and enjoy this weekend!


Dianne Wood said...

Thanks Barbara for all your sweet comments. I'm so happy you liked your surprise. The Blogging Diva will be returning SOON....:)

Adla said...

Hi Barbara, Thanks for popping by Vintage delights. I'm so glad you came and led me to your blog coz it is filled with all things I wanna read and see. Delightful indeed.I shall add you to my blogroll too and will back for sure :)
By the way I'm loving the picture on your header. A really gorgeous room! Love it!

Jen r. said...

Very nice blog. She has a great eye. Thanks for the hint!
Jen R

Natasha Burns said...

Oh I am loving those piggy tea towels! Diane is lovely too!
Wow I didn't know there is actually a colour of the year! When I used to work full time, we referred to pantone chips every day, so this brought back memories for me. Love the colour they chose.
Enjoy your weekend and have a lovely warm Christmas! Stay safe, Natasha : )

Cathy said...

Hi Barbara, I just adore the Desperate Divas blog. How much fun are here artistic creations!

I'm also in love with that beautiful shade of blue. It's so relaxing and adds a perfect touch to anything, especially in the garden.

Have a Merry Christmas.


PAT said...

I enjoy coming by here, so much, Barbara. Always something interesting going on!

I love the pig towels! The Blog du Jour towel is fabulous!!

Merry Christmas!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

I love Diane at Desperate Diva! We actually had a chance to meet last month when she was at the Southern Christmas Show in Charlotte, NC. What a cute towel she had made for you!

Thanks for the link to Lilia's Flea Market Studio. It looks like a fun blog.

Pear Street Studios said...

Dianne is a gem isn't she! Love all the goodies she sent you! She definitely has fabulous products!!!


I am so enjoying the Blog Du Jour... its so wonderful to see all the lovely artists out there in blogland... before the internet you had no idea there were so many creatives souls... Thank you

Dianne and Penny are both wonderful people


Rosehaven Cottage said...

Blue Iris has been a favorite color of mine for years and I'm so glad that it's on the popular scene again as I love to wear the color most of all! Yay!!!! Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage


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daisy cottage said...

Happy Sunday Barbara!

Thank you for sharing all of these wonderful things with us - will hop on over to visit Diane now! I have enjoyed visiting Lilia's blog too - very inspiring! I love the "new" color that Pantone picked! Refreshingly beautiful!


Sara said...

Ah, blue iris...such a gorgeous and satisfying color!

Thanks for stopping by my blogs and leaving a comment. I'll be coming back to visit you...such beautiful things to see here.