Monthly Archives: October 2014

Back Blogging & Feeling Autumnal

Posted On: Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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Hi everyone, I’m back from a very lovely holiday, (which I’ll tell you about in a later blog) and I can’t believe how quickly the Autumn season has arrived. I’m not complaining though, it’s one of my favourite times of year. I love the colours the season brings with it, the falling, crisp leaves, and not forgetting wrapping up in a warm, cosy scarf.

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Colour inspiration – African Wax Print Fabric

Posted On: Monday, October 6, 2014

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Hello!

I’m Becky from Pretty Dandy. Before I begin I’d like to say a big thank you to Danni for inviting me to be a guest contributor to her blog, what an honour… and a responsibility! I’ll do my very best to keep up the high standard she sets, and I hope all you regular readers enjoy my post.

I decided to write about colour inspiration. This is something I do on my own blog from time to time to share ideas for new and interesting ways to combine colour. I find inspiration in lots of different places and thought today I would share a long-time favourite of mine… African wax print fabrics. These are traditionally made in Africa (as the name suggests), although there are also a lot of dutch companies producing these designs. There’s a huge range of prints, usually produced in small batches, and the designs they create are fabulous.

If you’re a fan of bold colour, then you will love these. They combine palettes in surprising and beautiful ways, with contrasting shades and beautiful hues throughout. And that’s before you even look at the detail of the design!

I always find myself particularly attracted to the fabrics which use just two or three bold colours, but you can also find beautiful prints in more muted tones, or which just use a single colour. There’s no end to the creativity of these fabrics and new designs come out all the time, which means more new inspiration for us!

Pink and green is a great combination – a bright mid-tone of both works really well, especially when used in fairly equal amounts like this:

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Different shades of green can work well to create a harmonious whole:

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Yellow & deep pink, with lighter tones to contrast with the strength of the pink. Lovely.

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Pink, orange and green – sixties colours, brought together against a dark background and looking wonderful.

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Purple and pale grey make a beautiful combination. A less ‘hot’ colour combination than some of the ones above, but still very stylish and easy to use in a whole room décor scheme.

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I love the delicate lemon yellow and baby blue combination here with a warm charcoal grey to balance them out. Would be fab in a nursery.

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Fun Friday from Afar

Posted On: Friday, October 3, 2014

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It’s Friday, yey! Ok, I have to let you in on a secret, this post was written and scheduled a few days ago, as right now I’m taking a well earned holiday in, yes you guessed it, New York. I didn’t want to let you guys down and not post anything, so I thought I would share a few photos of my last trip here. I can’t wait to get back and show you what we found, I’m sure there’ll be a few more photos too!

Happy weekend x

Time for a New Look

Posted On: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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You may have noticed something a little different around here…

As I’m celebrating a year of blogging I decided to give Danni Saw This a new and updated look, what do you think?

Throughout the year my style has naturally evolved, and I wanted to reflect this within my blog design. I had been thinking about a new blog style for a long time as I was always wanting to add and change things on my previous design. As a designer I’m never settled, I’m always evolving my style, tweaking and changing here and there, but I finally settled on the design you see today. It’s still green, of course (it’s my favourite colour!), and I’ve introduced the speech bubble as my new header. I decided that I wanted everything to be cleaner and not so fussy, to let the blog posts do the talking – I hope you like it.

You will also notice an exciting new button at the top… I now have a Folksy shop, where I’m selling my ‘ I Saw This & Thought’ photos. I’m slowly building up my products on here, so keep checking back for new photos to buy. If there’s an image I’ve taken over on my Instagram page that you’d like, and I haven’t put on Folksy, don’t worry, just get in touch and I can print this for you, it’s no trouble!

I finally have to say a big thank you to my other half for making it all work, without his invaluable input you would have got a static page with no whizzy button and links. But I’m learning and growing my blogging (or should that be web skills) so I can do these fancy tricks in the future!

Danni x