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Have you been seeing all the personal, round outdoor mats on social media and in magazines lately?  Maybe I’m hanging on Instagram too much…. any-who….Hobby Lobby posted a “Round Outdoor Mat” craft and I glammed onto it!

I’m a huge daydreamer, how about you?  I’ve been dreaming of enjoying this summer, it’s bounty and soaking up all of it’s wonders for months now.  I mostly dream about having (or taking) time for myself.  Self-love, self-care is all the rage at this time, and yes, I believe it is important.

This craft popped up on my Instagram feed and shazam, I found myself in Hobby Lobby buying the materials for it.  Imagine that!

It’s so easy (right up my alley) and gosh, it turned out fabulous. Follow the links to Hobby Lobby’s DIY projects page under their sewing section, although there is no sewing involved!

The directions are easy to follow!  You need 1.5 Yards of Indoor/Outdoor fabric (54″ wide – 54″ long), 5 yards of fringe (I bought a super heavy fringe – it was more expensive than I intended; however, I was in a super hurry and grabbed the first bullion fringe I saw), fabric glue (which holds amazingly well even with this heavy fringe) and quilting clips to hold the fringe onto the fabric as the glue dries.  I believe clothes pins would work well too.

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Follow the folding directions Hobby Lobby gives.  You end up with a triangle.

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Then take a yardstick and measure and mark 26″ from the point of the fold.  Keep the yardstick in place at the point of the fold and continue marking 26″ across the fabric.

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Cut along the lines you made, and voila, you have a fabric circle!

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Don’t fret about your circle not being perfect – as promised by Hobby Lobby, the fringe covers up imperfections!  I should know….

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The glue dries clear too!  It would be cool to line this mat and sew the bullion or pom pom fringe onto it.  I chose to go with the flow and make this adorable round outdoor mat in a very short period of time with fabric glue and no backing.

I hope you enjoy this easy Hobby Lobby craft!  Bye Bye! I have to go now and enjoy every moment this summer has to offer and get some self care in too.  Summer never lasts long enough……

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Karen

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How does the color, ultra violet (purple) make you feel?  Every year, mid-December, I get a phone call from my daughter, Sarah. “Hey mom, did you hear what the Pantone Color-Of-The-Year is”?  Typically, she has to tell me.  Sarah is artistic and is fascinated with color.  I love to hear her talk about it.  We discuss the colors and how much we love them or hate them or how we may see or use them in the future.

I didn’t really think about this until I started to write this blog post, but Sarah’s choice of floral colors for her 2016 wedding were inspired by the 2016 Colors-Of-The-Year!  In 2016 the colors were Rose Quarts (pink) and Serenity (blue). I see purple and green in her bouquet too.  A beautiful summer palette!

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Marcy, of Foster’s Flowers on Beaver St. in York, created the most gorgeous flower arrangements for Sarah and Garrett’s wedding. Wouldn’t you agree?

Do you eat purple food?  I, personally, love to eat anything purple. It’s one of my favorite colors!  According to some, the darker the skin of a fruit or veggie, the higher the nutrient value.  Check out this article from the Telegraph:   https://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/news/start-eating-purple-good-health-science-behind-2017s-new-food/

Last year, 2017, the Pantone Color-Of-The-Year was Greenery (green).  Think about it.  Have you been seeing a lot more green in packaging, paints, furniture, wallpaper, clothing, floral design,  etc.  Green plants are making a big come-back in our homes.  I love it!!!  Pantone sees color trends, selects the color of the year and the trend setters go from there.

Just because purple was chosen for 2018 doesn’t mean green is so yesterday…not at all.  The trends continue on for several years.   Think about green and purple together.  YEESSS!

The following is from Pantone’s website and announcement of the Color Of-The-Year for 2018:

Inventive and imaginative, Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.

A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.

Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.

Enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance. Musical icons Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of western pop culture as personal expressions of individuality. Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.

Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to Ultra Violet. The color is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world. The use of purple-toned lighting in meditation spaces and other gathering places energizes the communities that gather there and inspire connection.

What is purple?  It’s blue and red mixed together.  Complete opposites on the color wheel.  The last paragraph of Pantone’s announcement really hit home with me.  What do you think?

Want to guess what the Color-Of-The-Year will be for 2019?

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Karen Doyle