Here’s the thing about Etsy. On the website, there’s this definition:
Etsy is a global online marketplace, where people come together to make, sell, buy, and collect unique items.
There’s no Etsy warehouse – just millions of people selling the things they love. We make the whole process easy, helping you connect directly with makers to find something extraordinary.
So it’s a great place to buy gifts because there’s a better than even chance there won’t be duplicates. Whether you’re shopping for gifts for the home or jewelry, clothing, things for pets, artwork, you’ll find just the right gift.
I’ve been thinking about some of the little ways I’m saving energy and there are several items that I use that have become second nature.
Living in a small space is an added incentive. That’s it. Nothing too expensive or fancy involved. Just plain old common sense tools. If it was good enough for Grandma, it’s good enough for me. What do you think?
Remember when you got your first box of Crayons? I do. It was a box of 24 and I thought it was the best thing ever!
I created colorful clothes for my paper dolls. I drew pictures and colored them to match whatever my mood was at that particular time. Color was freedom to express myself through my art.
It still is.
We learned these color basics in elementary school and found them in our boxes of crayons. They’re what we still use to add color in our homes.
Primary Colors are yellow, red and blue.
Secondary Colors are created by mixing the Primary Colors and they are purple, green, and orange.
Tertiary Colors are six colors made by mixing Primary Colors and Secondary Colors to create red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-violet, and red-violet.
This video from Better Homes and Gardens illustrates how to choose colors from the color wheel. It’s short but sweet.
Color theory is a set of principles used to create harmonious color combinations pleasing to the eye and senses. It provides us with a common ground for understanding how colors can be used, arranged, coordinated, blended, and related to one another.
Color theory is about why some colors work together aesthetically, while others do not. Thus, it’s about color mixing and the visual effects of color. (Source: Study.com)
There are warm colors (reds, oranges, and yellows) and cool colors (blues, greens, and purples). They set the mood for whatever room or space you’re decorating.
What are the rules for using color in small spaces?
There really are no rules, but there are a few guidelines that will help when deciding what colors to paint the walls or to use in your furniture or accessories.
We’re taught that dark or warm colors will make a space appear smaller and light or cool colors will visually expand the space. But that’s not necessarily so!
One of the biggest challenges is the bedroom, especially if it’s small. Two people sharing the room presents an even greater dilemma.
Sort through the clothing or items that belong in the closet or cupboard and eliminate what you haven’t used in the past few months. Do you really need that piece of clothing or pair of shoes?
Purchase a closet organizer to replace the single pole that is typically installed in the space. There are so many styles and price ranges to choose from that you’re sure to find just the right system for your purpose.
Another idea for out of season clothing is to use vacuum sealed space bags. The downside to that is that you’ll likely need to press everything when you remove the clothing from the bags!
Put clear storage boxes on the top shelf to store out of season items. You’ll still be able to see what you have. Or use baskets that you have labeled.