Pantone Colour of the Year 2014 – Radiant Orchid

Pantone has announced the Colour of the Year 2014 – called Radiant Orchid, a vibrant shade of purple. I must say I like this colour more than last year’s colour of the year Emerald. Here’s the CMYK and RGB values and the closest match to Pantone colour book.

Radiant Orchid with colour references for print and web use.

Radiant Orchid with colour references for print and web use.

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Wallpaper calendar for July 2013

Here’s another desktop wallpaper calendar I would like to share with you, this time for July 2013. The yellow and purple colour scheme and the simplicity of the floral arrangement makes this so refreshing in the heat of summer. The pale yellow with a little pink blush on the rose and the lavender sprigs were all from the garden. I hope you enjoy it.

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FREE desktop wallpaper calendar for April 2013

Another desktop wallpaper calendar for April 2013. This picture is so pretty to look at and so appropriate for this season. Happy Spring!

The dimension for this image is 1200 x 800 pixels. Feel free to download and share with others. Download by saving (right-mouse click and select Save As.. ).

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Naturally dyed Easter eggs



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This year we dyed our Easter eggs the natural way using vegetables and things we found in the kitchen. It was my first time to make it so it was as like a fun science experiment which you can get your young kids involved in.

We used Omega-3 hard-boiled eggs and approximately 1 tablespoon of vinegar for every 2 cups of liquid.

Suggested materials:

  • red cabbage – cut into pieces and boiled in two cups of water. Add vinegar
  • 1 medium beets –¬†cut into chunks and boiled in 2 cups of water. Add vinegar
  • paprika
  • turmeric
  • white vinegar
  • rubber band
  • glass jars

Here’s the result:

Yellow Рused paprika and a pinch of turmeric. Add boiling water and approximately one  teaspoon of vinegar. I used a small jam glass jar good to fit one egg.

Light blue – red cabbage after 4 hours

Deeper light blue – red cabbage after overnight

Light lavender – mixed equal parts red cabbage and beets dye bath after overnight soak

Molten blue – white egg rolled in the boiled red cabbage pieces from the dye bath

Molten blue with white streaks – We experimented with wrapping rubber band on white egg then soaking it in the red cabbage dye bath for 4 hours then rolled it in the boiled red cabbage pieces.

Dark Red Brown – I was expecting this to be deep red but instead we got a deep red-brown from using red beets. Next time, I will use glass jars for all the dye baths, since we used a clear plastic container for this one.

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