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Normally I’m not all about trends, but I do like some of the colors in this season’s Pantone palette.

I love the way these moss aquamarines and amethyst pieces echo the “african violet” and “grayed jade” hues.

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I wasn’t trying to do that when I made these pieces, I just happen to love moss aquamarine with amethyst a whole lot. And when you add in the moonstone and tiny pops of spinel, well… it’s kind of fabulous don’t you think?

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But that’s not all. Check it!

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I was kind of done with clouds and gray one day, and this chalcedony and fire opal combo popped for me out of the blue.

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Echoes of “Lemon Zest”, “Nectarine” and “Poppy” much?

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While it’s unlikely that I’ll ever pay much attention to the seasonal color trends except in passing, it’s nice to know that maybe I managed to tap into the collective unconscious for a minute!

Both of these color combos were really just borne out of the “bead soup” method of jewelry design, in which I take a great whack of beads in colors that feel harmonious to me, and mesh them around until it all looks about right.

Come to think of it, that’s how I approach almost everything.

We are nothing if not scientific here at Honey&Ollie Designs, after all.

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I woke up on Sunday morning, the last morning of Craftcation, and wandered down to the lobby. The decorations were coming down, the things were all packed up, pop up shop closing, and oh I just felt so sad. Just like last year, a few days in and I was finally getting into the swing of it all! I guess it’s a good sign when they leave you wanting more, right?

I left Craftcation wanting more, but I also left it with a plan! After the amazing “post Craftcation plan” workshop led by Tiffany Han late on Saturday, I felt like I really had a handle on what I wanted to accomplish in the upcoming weeks.

A plan.

It does all boil down to “make shit happen in a big way” but thanks to Tiffany’s amazing workshop, I feel like I have the tools to actually do it.

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Captain Sexypants and I made plans to stay an extra day in sunny Ventura, so after bidding farewell to some new friends, I zipped over to the local Amtrak platform to await his train, Americano-for-him and latte-for-me in hand. Because I am nothing if not the best girlfriend on the entire planet, right?

An Americano for him, Latte for me.

Waiting is hard.
Waiting...

Even if it only took about ten minutes for the train to get there once I settled in.

Pulling in to the station!

And then the world was complete.

He arrives!

People should take more trains. There is nothing like seeing your best darling walking towards you across a train platform, and the feeling of bouncy anticipation you get when they get closer, and closer until finally you can throw your arms around them and shower them with 3 days of saved up kisses.

Happy Happy All Together, The End.

We are nothing, if not cute.

And terribly predictable.

Well caffeinated.

The rest of the day passed in a blur of beach walking and long lingering coffee shopping. It really was too short, but exactly what I needed. I have been feeling so terribly burned out by it all, lately. I’m feeling better now. A few days away was pretty much exactly what I needed!

I had joyful reunion with Princess BonBon von Fluffypants von Schnitzeltoes, Admiral Mittens, Duchess Honeytoes von Crankypants, Professor Oliver Plumpypants, Charles Bukatski, and That Mr. Tinklebritches, too.

Vacations are good for everyone.

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So there are some big changes coming down the pike for Honey&Ollie Designs. New website and e-shop. Really exciting new designs and an entirely retooled collection on the horizon and of course, to have new stuff we must start saying goodbye to old stuff! I’ll be doing that with a fantastic clearance sale. I’ll be opening that up to my mailing list with a special coupon code, about a week before I open it up to everyone else, so if you want to get up to 40% off on things you may have been stalking, you can sign up here for my mailing list and get the goods before everyone else!

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