summer in wisconsin

jessica colaluca

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we are fortunate to have settled on the border of madison, wi. we live the best of two worlds … close to downtown, but living on the edge of country that is breathtakingly beautiful.

 

it’s that time of year where my “head shots” needed to be updated for press packs and such. for those who don’t me, i have what could be termed only as an “allergy” to cameras (when i am on the subject side of the lens). to feel more comfortable, i chose to have the photos taken in the countryside that i drive through everyday.

 

i’m sharing with you a few of my favorite spots. these horses are right across the road from my daughter’s camp, and the barn is at the entrance. the country highways are endless rows of crops and corn this time of year, and the geometric patterns they create are mesmerizing. the wildflowers overtaking roadsides are untamed and simply beautiful. The other few shots are outtakes of me standing on the edge of a cornfield. Gathering wildflowers helped distract my attention from the fact that there was a camera aimed my way.

 

when folks ask me why we chose to put down roots in Madison, i think these snapshots offer a little more insight into why i became so smitten with it here just over 6 years ago.

 



Design Seeds Volume IX additions

Design Seeds Volume IX, Part 3

Design Seeds Volume IX, Part 4

 

i am excited to announce that PArts 3 & 4 of Design Seeds Volume IX are now available!

 

i had so much fun compiling these two books, that there is *a lot* of inspiration packed into each one. Part 3 features { mental vacation } and { edible color } palettes from the past year. Part 4 is especially near and dear to my heart as it is a compilation of my personal favorites from 2014 so far. what do my favorites include? plenty of *boho rock* palettes inspired by feathers, succulents, and minerals. i also chose palettes that capture the strong color trends of 2014 (with plenty of blues, reds, and unexpected modern twists).

 

the price is $5.99 per book, and they are compatible with iBooks. click on the images above to link directly to the Blurb bookstore and preview the first 30% of each book.

 

Design Seeds … Volume IX

Design Seeds Volume IX, Part 1

 

Spring has sprung & so has a new Volume of Design Seeds ebooks!

 

Part One of the series focuses on { global } and { creature } color inspiration from the Design Seeds site posted this past year. these two categories contain so much of my personal favorite inspiration, I had a blast creating the book.

 

In Part Two of this Volume, I have compiled palettes that were inspired by the four seasons. This is the first time I have published a complete book dedicated to all the seasons, and i love how the sections flow taking the viewer throughout the changes in the year.

 

Stay tuned as I plan to add even more books to Volume IX in the coming weeks.

 

These first two books of the series are now available in the Blurb bookstore. Click on the images to click directly to the store, and preview a portion of the books. All ebooks are compatible with iBooks.

 

Design Seeds Volume IX, Part 2

 

change…or be changed

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it’s a new year and a new reality in the world of blogging. today i am going to candidly share with you the nuts and bolts of this reality, how that is affecting me as a blogger, and how that changes certain ideals i have been tightly holding on to.

 

readers of Fresh Hues know i believe in full transparency about how i operate Design Seeds and Fresh Hues. i have also been very vocal about how i believe sponsored and affiliate posts are huge contributors to the declining relevance of blogging. a recent Refinery29 post  illustrates the fall out and challenges in blogging. it tackles head on the declining relevance of fashion blogging, and sponsored / affiliate content’s role in this.

 

the effect of sponsored and affiliate content extends beyond its negative affect on blogging’s relevance, it has greatly affected (in a negative way) traditional advertising (ads you find in the columns and other designated areas such as headers). this has resulted in declining revenue for many bloggers who will not succumb to sponsors’ desires to be in blog content.

 

as Design Seeds is a costly site to run, this decline in traditional ad revenue is forcing me to consider other revenue streams.

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it is clear as day to me that in 2014 i either need to change how i monetize, or i will be changed (i will not be able to afford to continue Design Seeds).

 

in exploring alternate income streams, i am reconsidering my approach to social media. i am fortunate to have a strong following on Pinterest. because of this, i am continually offered different affiliate opportunities. i have declined all opportunities the past few years, but the landscape has significantly changed and those affiliate programs have evolved into some very interesting partnerships. i am currently talking with one agency in particular that i have been impressed with. i am already pinning from their associated brands, and they offer me means to what i believe to be relevant and fresh content. this will enable me to monetize beyond my traditional ad revenue, ebook sales, and Society6 shop through social media and reconsider how that integrates with my blogging here on Fresh Hues.

 

in spirit of full disclosure i wanted to share with you the struggle, how i am adapting to the challenges, and the whys behind the changes.

 

thank you for your continued support and passion for inspiration. here’s to a 2014 filled with positive change and new opportunities that will grow how i can continue to offer you inspiration you come to expect on my sites, as well as what is yet to be discovered.

 

the XII days of reciprocity gift guide … day XII

whimsy and spice | fresh hues gift guide

S’mores Kit with house-made graham crackers and marshmallows $18.00

Hot Chocolate Mix infused with Earl Grey Tea $15.00

Handmade Caramel Marshmallows, 1 dozen $6.50

 

i do not think i need to say much about these gorgeous treats from Whimsy and Spice. goodness was this a difficult post to put together on an empty stomach! their shop is full of whimsical and mouth watering gifts. i absolutely love the idea of the s’mores kit as a gift. in a day when so many people give presents to requests, an unexpected simple – but wonderfully indulgent – treat to enjoy in precious downtime is priceless.

 

storied lens | fresh hues gift guide

parrel beads print $20.00

teal glass bottles print $20.00

blue crystal chandelier print $20.00

white bird feathers print $20.00

 

considering the nature of Design Seeds – and considering the images i find so much inspiration in – how could i not include Jocelyn’s work from her Storied Lens shop in the gift guide?! her work is predominantly gorgeous macro views of rich colors and textures. folks often as me where to purchase the images i use for creating Design Seeds. although i have not used the images in Jocelyn’s shop, they very much are in the spirit of the ones i most enjoy creating with. the following is a bit about Jovelyn in her own words :

 

“I am a mother, a wife, a sister and a daughter; a lover of art, who is captivated by rustic shacks and trinkets of old. While my portfolio contains works of varying subjects, my true love is finding life in the still; photographing that which beckons to share tales of old.

 

what are you doing new years eve? | fresh hues gift guide

Instant Download – Happy New Year Banner $5.00

Confetti Filled New Year’s Eve Balloon $5.00

gold & silver stars confetti $9.76

drink stirrers $21.00

2014 gold glitter banner $20.94

 

New Year’s Eve is very special to me. partly because of how special my grandparents made it feel when i was very young. partly because as i grew older, it was a heck of a night out. partly because of the symbolism it holds. and a big part because i was married on New Years Eve many years ago.

 

i like to plan ahead for New Year’s because it sneaks up on us after the Christmas rush and recovery. it is a wonderful feeling to have your decorations, special outfit, or evening plans all sorted so you can hopefully step right into a special evening that ends the holidays with flare, and the new year just right.

 

the Fresh Hues gift guide

THE FRESH HUES GIFT GUIDE IS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT GUIDE (THIS MEANS THERE ARE NO PAID PRODUCT PLACEMENTS OR COMMISSIONS RECEIVED). I AM SHARING WITH YOU SMALL BUSINESS AND ENTREPRENEURS WHO ARE LIKE MINDED IN THE SPIRIT OF RECIPROCITY. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN READING MORE ABOUT WHAT INSPIRED THIS CONCEPT, YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE HERE. THIS XII DAY SERIES FEATURES SHOPS, BLOGS, INSPIRATION, AND GIFTS FOR THIS HOLIDAY WHICH I FIND TO HAVE ADMIRABLE INTEGRITY, VISION, AND PASSION (BEYOND BEING SIMPLY FABULOUS). I CHOSE TO HIGHLIGHT GIFTS THAT ARE REASONABLY PRICED (FROM UNDER $5 – $50) WITH MAXIMUM INTERNATIONAL AVAILABILITY. I HOPE YOU FIND JUST THE RIGHT GIFT, HOSTING IDEA, OR INSPIRATION!

 

the XII days of reciprocity gift guide … day XI

by sharon montrose | fresh hues gift guide

baby giraffe no. 3 | vertical $25.00

baby deer | horizontal $25.00

flamingo no. 3 | vertical $25.00

 

i think the world of Sharon Montrose’s work, and you can easily spend hours exploring The Animal Print Shop. i have shared a few of my favorite prints, and they all start at $25.00. if you are needing a break from all theh holiday shopping, be sure to stop by her blog … absolutely gorgeous and inspiring.

 

rosella resin | fresh hues gift guide

jade green with gold leaf size 7.5 thin multifaceted eco resin ring $48.10

thin lavender hexagonal eco resin ring – size 7.5 $52.92

winter mint size 7.5 thin multifaceted eco resin ring $48.10

magenta size 6 thin hexagonal eco resin ring with gold leaf flakes $52.92

 

you know the saying “i love it … i want to eat it up!” well, Rosella Resin does that for me. i want to consume all the gorgeous pieces. i have shared with you some of the entry priced rings, but be sure to explore jessica and gwynne’s entire shop. the shapes and colors are mesmerizing. they are definitely pieces you want to layer, and it will be tough to stop at loving just one.

 

casey d sibley | fresh hues gift guide

fabric bucket $16.00

 

i love the concept of  “fabric bucket” by Casey Sibley. it is a wonderful present to give a friend with a gorgeous plant in it. if your friend does not have the greenest of thumbs, they have the wonderful “bucket” for trinkets and treasures year round. the following is a bit more about Casey’s work in her own words :

 

“Casey D. Sibley Art + Design is a shop specializing in hand drawn art, textile design and handmade home goods and accessories in an organic modern style. Drawing inspiration from simple repeating forms found in plant life and cell biology, I create organic compositions made up of many smaller forms. The goal with each piece is to combine fine art with durable and comfortable products for everyday use and cultivate a stronger desire to own unique and well-crafted handmade goods.”

 

the Fresh Hues gift guide

THE FRESH HUES GIFT GUIDE IS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT GUIDE (THIS MEANS THERE ARE NO PAID PRODUCT PLACEMENTS OR COMMISSIONS RECEIVED). I AM SHARING WITH YOU SMALL BUSINESS AND ENTREPRENEURS WHO ARE LIKE MINDED IN THE SPIRIT OF RECIPROCITY. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN READING MORE ABOUT WHAT INSPIRED THIS CONCEPT, YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE HERE. THIS XII DAY SERIES FEATURES SHOPS, BLOGS, INSPIRATION, AND GIFTS FOR THIS HOLIDAY WHICH I FIND TO HAVE ADMIRABLE INTEGRITY, VISION, AND PASSION (BEYOND BEING SIMPLY FABULOUS). I CHOSE TO HIGHLIGHT GIFTS THAT ARE REASONABLY PRICED (FROM UNDER $5 – $50) WITH MAXIMUM INTERNATIONAL AVAILABILITY. I HOPE YOU FIND JUST THE RIGHT GIFT, HOSTING IDEA, OR INSPIRATION!

 

the XII days of reciprocity gift guide … day X

byMART | fresh hues gift guide

foldover clutch $34.00

fringe purse $39.00

snakeskin clutch $32.00

 

i thought these handbags from byMART were so much fun. very modern, and very young. note that they say “leather” and “vegan leather” in their descriptions on the Etsy shop, but they are indeed synthetic. a great price for an “item of the season” and ideal for the fashionable vegans in your life.

 

keep it clean | fresh hues gift guide

men’s gift set from swampangelsoap $30.00

essential lavender soap from the little flower farm $6.00

 

trimmings & trinkets | fresh hues gift guide

painted coasters / set of 5 from earthbywendy $37.00

chevron gift tags from caffeinated papercuts 6 for $3.75

retro star ornament / set of 4 from studiolicious $18.00

snowflake cookie cutter from almost necessities $1.98

 

the Fresh Hues gift guide

THE FRESH HUES GIFT GUIDE IS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT GUIDE (THIS MEANS THERE ARE NO PAID PRODUCT PLACEMENTS OR COMMISSIONS RECEIVED). I AM SHARING WITH YOU SMALL BUSINESS AND ENTREPRENEURS WHO ARE LIKE MINDED IN THE SPIRIT OF RECIPROCITY. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN READING MORE ABOUT WHAT INSPIRED THIS CONCEPT, YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE HERE. THIS XII DAY SERIES FEATURES SHOPS, BLOGS, INSPIRATION, AND GIFTS FOR THIS HOLIDAY WHICH I FIND TO HAVE ADMIRABLE INTEGRITY, VISION, AND PASSION (BEYOND BEING SIMPLY FABULOUS). I CHOSE TO HIGHLIGHT GIFTS THAT ARE REASONABLY PRICED (FROM UNDER $5 – $50) WITH MAXIMUM INTERNATIONAL AVAILABILITY. I HOPE YOU FIND JUST THE RIGHT GIFT, HOSTING IDEA, OR INSPIRATION!