Thursday, October 20, 2011

Color Palette Blog Hop

(Woops -- pulled the trigger on this one a little early with my auto-post so please visit the links of the other Blog Walkers October 21st.  face:palm.  I'm blaming it on no sleep.  Carry on.)

Brandi Hussey is a guru with color. She takes phenomenal photos, creates absolutely gorgeous jewelry, and has some incredibly sound advice for running online businesses. If you've never visited her blog, run, don't walk, to click her "Follow" button. Go do it, then come back here for the rest of the post.

Oh hey, you're back! Cool!

One of Brandi's claims to fame is her Color Palette Blog Walks. They're creative and clever and this is my first time participating.

The theme for this walk is "What's the color of your joy?".

Of course, the first word that comes to my mind when I think "joy" is "Zack". So I looked through tons of photos and ran across a series from January 1st, 2009, that many of you may not have seen.  I take better photos NOW, but this set is particularly special to me.

The idea -- to tie his wishes and dreams to balloon strings and let them go.

Before we left for the store, Zack wrote down wishes, hopes, and dreams....

When we went to buy the balloons, Zack got distracted by all the flowers.

And finally, he let his balloons off into the sky.

That's been the happiest New Year's Day Zack and I have ever had. We've never repeated this but we're constantly coming up with new things to remember joyous occasions. And as the color palette was the same as the one above, I'll just show you this joyous face....

What a great 2009 day!

Please explore other joys at the following blogs:

Kerry at Kab's Concepts
Cynthia at Ornamental Style
Emily at Good Things
Brandi at Brandi Girl Blog  (our hostess)
Jenni at Jenni's Beads
Shari at Exploring the Wonders of Life

PS -- I'm at a craft show this weekend,
so will be visiting your blogs when I get home!)


Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off. She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene and is the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.


  1. Wow! Thank you very much for sharing, Lori! I'm so weak at combining colours, this is great source, thanks!


  2. What a great post!

  3. That is such a touching story. The whole idea of attaching your wishes to balloons and sending them into the world is incredibly beautiful. The look on Zach's face says everything about this event. You need no words at all. Thank you for sharing this story. It's warmed my heart on a day when I needed it most.

  4. What a gorgeous set of photos and the palette... and of course, the memory and meaning behind it all. Thank you so much for sharing, Lori!

  5. What a wonderful memory:) I love the colors idea too.

  6. What a cutie. Is Zach your boy? How old is he? I love working with colors. I think that is my favorite part of the craft.

  7. Love where you find your joy… What a great memory you will always have from that wonderful day! Thanks for sharing...

  8. Enjoyed this post and seeing sweet Zack in the pictures. What a joy - and memories that you both will always cherish. I'm so glad you captured them in pictures so that one day Zack can look back and the memories will be so vivid.

  9. Lori, this is amazing and touching. What a gorgeous insight into your joy! And what a symbol of true joy and happiness, what a moment to remember.

    Thank you not only for participating, but in opening up and sharing with us something so sweet and personal! There's nothing better than the joy a child can inspire, is there?

  10. Gorgeous! I adore this story, so sweet - and beautiful photos to go with it :)

  11. What a wonderful Mom you are...such a beautiful idea.
    Love all the palettes that go with this lovely post....

  12. That is so special! I love that look of pure joy on his little sweet face in the last picture. Thanks for giving me a smile to start my day, Miss Lori. Good luck on the show!
    Enjoy the day!

  13. Love those pictures and the special story behind them. Thanks for sharing!

  14. I love the balloon photo.... all of your photos and palettes are so colorful and fun! Great story, too. :-)

  15. Anonymous1:11 PM

    I have been seeing a lot of these on blogs lately...hmmmm....may need to join you all! Awesome photos, Lori!

  16. Great photographs! Beautiful boy! Lovely day! Wonderful colors! It's all just full of joy!

  17. Wow - what a great way to spend the day and share things w/your son. I love it! Also, I love the color Palette walk - so beautiful and perfect for me w/my color challenges!

  18. What a great way to launch the New Year! I love the photo of the colorful balloons against the blue sky and the look of joy on Zach's face in the last photo is precious. I'll be you looked just as happy! Thanks for sharing!

    I hope your show was super successful!

  19. What a lovely thing to create special memories together. The photos and color palettes are great. What a little sweetheart you have.

  20. Anonymous8:19 AM

    Awesome palettes! Love the palette for Zack's wishes! I've been hopping all morning! What a great blog hop this is. I love your photos, Lori.

  21. All the shared snaps are looking amazing. santa ana doctor

  22. That was amazing palettes. I love the idea of tie the wishes on the balloon strings and let them go.


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