This time of year, I crave green. A desert winter is relentlessly brown. Each spring, I experience the same thrill upon seeing tiny green shoots. This usually happens in the middle of February, when the first grape hyacinth shoots begin to appear. I've never had grape hyacinths of my own, but this fall I planted bulbs in a few different places in our yard - grape hyacinths as well as tulips. I'm so excited to see them poke up from the ground in a few weeks. It was my first time planting bulbs. I planted them with gusto, if not knowledge or experience. I hope I did it right.
I love pale greens in other places too. Soft, minty green is one of my favorite colors. I love opals, verdigris and vintage Jadeite. I love minty green with pink or coral. I'm known for my love of pink and mint; I choose this combination of colors every time I have a special occasion. To wit: my First Communion party, my sixteenth birthday party, my wedding, my daughter's nursery and her current big-girl bedroom - all have featured similar pink-and-green color schemes. My blog has these colors going on now too, with my new header design. Pink and green - it's a tradition.
I remember my mother wearing mint green clothing when I was a child in the eighties. Specifically, I remember a pair of cotton slacks worn with a striped top, white with varied pastel colors. She also had a pair of periwinkle pants she wore with the same shirt. I remember hoping, at about age eight, that maybe she'd pass these items onto me someday - to wear when I was a teenager, perhaps. But fashion was very different by then. It was the age of flannel, torn jeans, baby-doll dresses and baggy sweaters. Mint-green slacks were not welcome in the grunge era. But I did have those pink-and-mint balloons and crepe paper at my sixteenth birthday party, a get-together with several girlfriends, a big sub sandwich and a stack of REM and Weezer cassettes. I never stopped loving mint, I just had to dial it down for a little while.
As an adult, I'm so happy to be living in a world where light and bright colors are fashionable again. I'm thinking about painting my bedroom in a pale pastel shade - if I can get the Bear on board. I don't tend to wear pastel colors very often; my olive complexion doesn't play well with them. I do like a few touches, though, mostly in my accessories. This Etsy treasury includes a scarf, in mint with a dark gray bird print, which I really love. Many vintage household items were made in a minty shade. The lamp and radio in my treasury would be fresh in my eclectic home, as would the kitchenware and pottery. The sweet deer print, with a rosy pink background, would work well in my daughter's nature-themed bedroom. And minty green pencils in my crochet-jacketed pencil can would be just right. If you want, you can click on the photos in my treasury for more info on each item.
Feel like a slice of cake? Come on over to my pink-and-green-and-flannel birthday party. We've got a houseful of girls swooning over that gorgeous new actor Jared Leto and we're playing "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" until one of my parents makes us turn it off. It's a happening little shindig.