Design Seeds Color Almanac

Design Seeds Color Almanac

al· ma· nac

a handbook, typically published annually, containing information of general interest

col· or  | al· ma· nac

a handbook containing inspiration for all who love color

 

The Design Seeds Color Almanac has been a passion project that I am thrilled to finally make a reality!

 

The Color Almanac is packed with inspiration exclusively from my photography and includes trend insights, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and color reference codes. All of this goodness is compiled into an inspiration handbook by my own two hands, with a heavy amount of TLC .

 

Another exciting aspect of the Color Almanac, it is the first Design Seeds ebook offered in the PDF format, making it available for more readers on various devices.

 

You can buy the ebook (and view an extensive preview) on Blurb … and purchase + download the PDF on Sellfy.

 

I hope you enjoy the Color Almanac and find serendipitous inspiration for your projects, or to simply lift your spirit!

 

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press pause

Pause

I wanted to share I am “pressing pause” on Fresh Hues until a few major projects are completed. Although it’s a bummer that I will not be able to create some fresh *brushstrokes* or *word* posts for awhile, the cause of this needed break is quite good.

 

a Design Seeds site refresh is underway (stay tuned … a new, clean, modern look to the site will be launching), and i am working to complete the new Design Seeds book. with having had an awesome experience self publishing, i have chosen to stay independent while taking the content of the book “to the next level.”  there is a bit more information and teaser on “the book” page of the Design Seeds site.

 

So as I am in my inspiration kitchen cooking up all these new projects (with the help of a wonderful designer and developer for the new site), please know that the “pause button” is only pressed for the short term.

 

***I will continue to create the 4 posts per day for Design Seeds … only Fresh Hues will be paused***

 

As always, thank you for your incredible support of the sites and my work. I look forward to the reveal of the new site, launch of the book, and the fresh inspiration I will be creating for Fresh Hues!

 

inspiration evolution

via @designseeds on Instagramsucculent spectrum | design seeds

 

via @designseeds on Instagram

mineral tones | design seeds

 

i took a big personal step with Design Seeds today … for the *first time ever* i am using my own photos to create palette inspiration! i am still relying *heavily* on purchasing the licenses for the images i use, but it is an exciting “next step” in my creative process to merge my personal Instagram inspiration with Design Seeds.

 

not following me yet on Instagram? i would love to connect with you there! you can find me HERE.

 

a week end wrap up

@designseeds on Instagram @designseeds on Instagram @designseeds on Instagram @designseeds on Instagram

@designseeds on Instagram

 

i posted here a few weeks ago that i am shaking up how i do things a bit. an all new *word* and *brushstrokes* have launched here on Fresh Hues, and i very much appreciate the reception, support, and shares!

 

Beyond the updates on Fresh hues, i am working to engage more on Twitter and focus on retweeting daily. after grumbling about how Twitter is becoming flooded with celeb news and fasion, self promotion, and sponsored content … i put the responsibility back on myself to put effort into promoting content i find valuable and inspiring. i’ve found myself connecting more with folks, and the synergy is amazing.

 

i am also committing to being a regular Instagram user by posting daily. the content i share on Instagram consists of photos i’ve captured on my iPhone + some Fresh Hues content (*word* and *brushstrokes* posts). the images above are some of the most popular photos i have shared the past week or so. without a doubt, blocking out time to go out and photograph inspiration is helping feed my create cycle. it is wonderfully indulgent to be able to focus on what i find most inspiring in the moment. being able to share it realtime adds an entirely new dimension, and i love the creative engagement that results. My obsessions include wildflowers, flowers, minerals, and local color. what is your favorite subject matter? what do you find most inspiring and enjoy sharing most on Instagram?

 

it was also an active week over on Facebook. i’m fortunate with how kind and generous folks who “like” Design Seeds are. the most popular Design Seeds post *ever* is from just this past week. curious to know what palette inspiration owns the “most “liked” title? you can find out HERE. thanks for all the “likes” and shares!

 

have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the waning days of summer!

 

insta love

designseeds on instagram

 

this past week i have been considering how i wanted to grow as a designer and blogger. it is easy to become complacent with how one does things when they are going well. i have found that it is at these times it is most important to challenge myself to grow creatively and consider how i want to evolve as a blogger, this way i can tap a passion i have not explored, and it offers more freedom as i am creating proactively (verses as being reactive).

 

the first announcement is that this coming this Wednesday, a whole new look of *brushstrokes* will be launched. i am thrilled to be unveiling the new design soon!

 

next is that i will be launching new weekly features, and regularly posting on Instagram. the image “i am a wildflower” above is a hint for one weekly feature debuting this week. ***i will be creating and sharing much of this content exclusively on Instagram*** a challenge to myself is to engage on Instagram *far* more, and that inspired my thoughts on creating exclusive content. i have struggled in how to find my own voice in the quickly growing network, while offering something that is unique. after much pondering, i have decided it is an opportunity to share more about what i find inspiring, my aesthetic, and peeks into my process. i would love to connect with you if you are on Instagram. you can find me HERE.

 

Finally, i have also challenged myself with spending more time engaging on twitter. i have found twitter feeds in general are filled with so much advertising, self promotion, or celeb news … i struggle to find interesting or thought provoking content. to help contribute in spreading great content, i have committed myself to retweeting at least one tweet i find inspiring a day. to help out my feed over there (who i follow), i am constantly searching for great folks or profiles. do you have any favorites? i would love any comments or tweets suggesting who you find inspiring on twitter. if we haven’t connected there yet, you can find me HERE.

 

thanks for taking time out of your day to catch up on what i am up to. i appreciate the support of wonderful readers of Design Seeds and Fresh Hues … hope you all have a wonderful start to the fresh week.

 

summer in wisconsin

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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.