I discovered that I have a thing for garlands.

Over the holidays, I thought it would be fun to have some festive New Year’s Eve decorations to put up. I used this project from The Purl Bee to make the felt circles garland.

I made this one a few years ago with white pom poms and a variety of colorful beads, and decided it went well with the felt circles.

Then I got carried away and started working on garlands for Valentine’s Day, which is now right around the corner.

I don’t know where the idea came from doing the felt hearts, but it might have been based on other Purl Bee projects.

The paint chip garland I found on the Internet but I can’t find the right site. (Click on this one for a good reference.) It’s made from a variety of pink and red paint samples and a heart punch.

I think they are a simple way to make the house feel festive without feeling cluttered or overdone, no matter what the holiday or season.

Inspiration from the Paint Store

I like going to the paint store to look at the paint chips and brochures. The last time I went to the paint store, I looked at these brochures with a different purpose – inspiration for sewing and quilting projects!

I love the southwest vibe of these colors together. Reminds me of the colors we would see when we lived in western Colorado. sigh…

I love the modern feel of this simple color combination – black, grey, gold and taupe.

I like to take a step back and reflect on the feeling I get when I encounter a color or combination of colors. Some colors are cheerful together, others are calming.

Here’s an example of a paint color scheme I like, and the fabrics I could match from my stash. Definitely a spring color combination.

Here’s another stack of fabrics I picked from my stash that most closely matched the paint chips from that brochure.

I made my favorite block, a wonky/maverick star, into a mini quilt with these colors. I’m not a big fan of yellow, so I did a string-pieced center to ensure these colors could take turns being next to each other. I also did a scrappy binding which frames this star nicely. This was a fun exercise because I love how this combo turned out!

I think it’s fun to discover new sources of inspiration. It’s also fun to challenge myself with new color combinations I may not try on my own. I’m definitely going to try this with more of the paint chips I collected.