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Choosing my New Look – Part 1 – Luxury Brands

Recently, ArtFire made the announcement that it was going to be changing the look of everybody’s shops.  As a part of this, we would need to develop a new header with a different size.  In addition, we had control over more of the colors in the shop than in the past.

I thought that this would be a good time to do some research to help me decide on the color scheme to use.  Currently, I have different colors in my different shops – not such a good idea for branding, right?

I got the idea to look at luxury brands and see what colors they use (because my beads are luxury brand, of course…) I found an article at Forbes that listed the top luxury brands.

Luxury Brands Websites

Luxury Brands Websites

#1 Louis Vuitton / White background
#2 Hermès / White background, grayish font, orange logo
#3 Gucci Brown wood panel at bottom, gold band, images, gold lettering
#4 Chanel / Black and White with grayscale images
#5 Rolex / Black background, white lettering
#6 Hennessy / Black background, black to neutral brown side panel, gold and white lettering
#7 Cartier / Black background, white nav bar, neutral brown/gray font, splash band of deep red.
8 Moët & Chandon / Black background, gray t0 black splash band, gold and soft white lettering
9 Fendi / Steel gray/blue background, black nav bar, white lettering
10 Prada , a background image of a runway show area, popups of mostly black with white lettering.

OK.  I see the pattern – very little color to distract from the products.

But!! I’m an artist!  I want color!!  What to do??!!

Tomorrow, I’ll show you where else I looked.


Trillium

I think that the trillium is one of our more showy wildflowers here in Northeast Ohio. On a recent hike in Hinckley Reservation, there were parts of the trail where there were blooming trillium as far as I could see in the deep woods.

Trillium Everywhere!

Trillium Everywhere!

There were many different kinds; I am only able to differentiate them by color.  White is the most common here.

Trillium

Trillium

When the white ones are near the end of their blooming time, they turn a pretty pink.

Trillium Turning Pink

Trillium Turning Pink

There were just a tiny few of some creamy green ones, but my photos just look white, so you will just have to image those.  Check out these vivid red ones though!  Wow.  This isn’t a Photoshop trick.

Red Trillium

Red Trillium

Red Trillium

Red Trillium

From the Wikipedia, “trillium was treated in the family Trilliaceae or Trillium family, a part of the Liliales or Lily order. The AGP II treats Trilliaceae as a synonym of the family Melanthiaceae.”  I’m not sure what that means.  Is it a lily or not?

Some interesting fact I saw while researching these plants – ants spread the seeds of trillium.  Also – the large white trillium is the official wildflower of Ohio.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Round

I don’t always make round beads, but when I do…. they look like this!

Round Glass Lampwork Beads

Round Glass Lampwork Beads - Made by ME!

The weekly photo challenge topic is Round. These are pretty round!  Speaking of round, I went around and around trying to choose what to post.  Does anybody else see the theme EVERYWHERE during the week?

Rosemarie Hanus melts glass and sells the output (beads) when not meandering around photographing round things.


Squirrel Corn

Here are the elusive Squirrel Corn that we found in Hinckley Reservation.  The flowers resemble a kernel of corn.  I find these along with the Dutchman’s Breeches; these were in a lowland area in deep woods, by a creek.

Squirrel Corn

Squirrel Corn

Squirrel Corn

Squirrel Corn

I love our local plants!


Dutchman’s Breeches

Dutchman’s Breeches and Squirrel Corn are both wildflowers that can be seen here in Northeast Ohio.  I don’t know if is where we hike, but I more often see the Dutchman’s Breeches. Here are some, seen in Hinckley Reservation. (of course!)

The Dutchman’s Breeches, with a little imagination look like little pairs of pants – upside down with the legs pointing up, but still pants (or breeches).  My Grandfather used to say it “britches”… like “hold on to your britches”, ummm, but that is quite the tangent isn’t it?  Aren’t they adorable?

Duchman's Breeches

Dutchman's Breeches

Duchman's Breeches

Dutchman's Breeches

Up next – Squirrel Corn.


Weekly Photo Challenge: One

I am participating in WordPress’s Post a Week challenge and the weekly photo challenge topic is One. Just like last week, I started to see examples of One everywhere! I thought I would share several this time.

Here is a unique meeting location in our area.  It is just a hole in the wall beside an entrance to our local high school, Revere, and we call it, creatively enough, Hole-In-the-Wall. If we say meet at the Hole-In-the-Wall, no further explanation is needed.

Hole-In-the-Wall at Revere High School

Here is a funny one that I saw last night.  I think it is for pedestrians who are up to the challenge of crossing the road while standing on their heads; I’m pretty sure that it is ONE of a kind.  I literally stopped in the middle of the road and shot this out the front of my car (good thing I got that windshield crack fixed a while back… ).  It is also a good thing that the road I was on is mostly deserted that time of day – it is a business parkway – busy in the day, not so much in the evening.

Head Standing Pedestrians Only

Finally, I had to share this picnic table.  If you read here much, you are aware of how I love to hike at Hinckley Reservation and often walk the bridle trails.  This ONE picnic table is way far from any parking area; I certainly would not want to lug picnic supplies that far (although I would not be adverse to bringing a sandwich.)  It occurred to me that it is an ideal spot for riders to stop though.  Notice that there is even a hitching post in the back of the photo.

Picnic Table for Equestrians

Yes, the table is wet and yes, we hike in the rain.  Spike The Dog loves it, but Dinkus The Dog does not.

Rosemarie Hanus melts glass and sells the output (beads) when not hanging out at the Hole-In-the-Wall, stopping in the middle of the road, or hiking in the middle of nowhere.  Thanks for stopping by!


Weekly Photo Challenge: Lines

The weekly photo challenge topic is Lines. I started to see lines everywhere! My favorite group of lines was organ pipes at the Bath Church UCC in Bath Ohio.

Organ Pipes at the Bath Church UCC