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September Challenge Winners!

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What a fun September challenge!!  A special thank you to Val for creating such a fun challenge concept for our team.

Now onto the winners! Thanks to all that entered, these are our 3 winners!
BB Tar with this great color combo!

Cynthia from TheWhimsicalFrog with this great urban legend

Vickie from paperpiecesbyvicki gave us this scary jack the ripper treasury.

 And Lastly, Our team Leader Winner!!  So happy to bestow the winner crown to Pat from PatMcWhorter with this colorful urban legend!

COLOR YOUR TREASURY CHALLENGE!

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Perhaps I have just really miss seeing the merchandising desk report so, let’s talk color. If you are a color lover like I am, you should enjoy the release of the Fall Color Trends from Pantone. Perhaps more interesting than that are the combined color combos from within this group. Sure, in the past I have always thought of a Pantone color – let’s say tangerine, the color of the year – and paired it with a neutral beige or white, etc. What I am seeing in this year’s Fall fashions and home decor trends are these colors mixed within their group for striking contrast….tangerine with pink flambe for example.

So while you are creating your themed fall treasuries, why not emphasize the “Pantone Combo”? I know it sounds like food but just go with it.

Why not think of these color combo’s when creating jewelery Christmas gifts, snapping photographs, painting , upcycling, creating live plant arrangements, planning your wedding, decorating your home and even cooking in the kitchen?

Look at these lovely fresh, young, spirited colors Pantone has designated as the biggest trend colors for this fall.

So how about our monthly challenge – feeling up to one?  We thought it would be fun to create October themed treasuries featuring any TWO Fall Pantone colors in these categories AND titles:

Yielding the Harvest (rustic farm planting autumn canning vintage )

Autumn Bride & Groom ( fashion, parties, showers, gifts )

Haunting Stories  ( for Halloween – BUT you can not use tangerine and French toast together)

Bright Lights, Big City  ( urban legends – portrayal of any myth or expression that has been around a long time believed to be true …or…living in the city- fashion, home decor, trendy and chic )

Recap of the Challenge Rules:

1. You must chose a minimum of TWO Pantone Fall colors for your treasury for a combo (note on Haunting Stories that the combo tangerine and French toast is too much like the classic traditional expectation and we want to see something different)

2. You must choose ONE of the FOUR listed categories above for your theme AND title of your treasury

3. You must tag the treasury TPT, PANTONE COLORS & THE COLORS YOU CHOSE

4.  You may enter ONE treasury for EACH of the categories if you wish.

5. You must post your treasury on our special Challenge thread

6. Challenge will run from Sept 24-Sept 30 midnight EST

Winners will be chosen on the beauty of the treasury, the uniqueness of items found in the colors chosen and overall creativity. The winners will receive a month ad for their shop on our blog plus be featured in an article on our blog.

Here are some search tips. Most people do not tag their items with Pantone color names so you have to try several combinations in Etsy to find the colors you want. For example, if you are looking for Honey  Gold, try searching under light yellow, honey, pollen, yellow, gold, antique gold.  For chartreuse, use light green, lime green yellow green, pear green, light green and so forth.

We will be on the lookout too for team members who have items who have items in relevant colors schemes to post our our challenge thread as well!

So good luck and have loads of fun!

Here are our Leader’s inspiration to get you thinking. Special recognition to our newest leader Denise who took a front page with her Mr. and Mrs. Pantone treasury!

‘Autumn Bride & Groom’ by MDCardsandGifts

Inspired by tangerine tango and titanium. So modern for a fall wedding!

$68.00

$59.00

$40.00

$59.00

$36.00

$50.00

$300.00

$7.00

$12.00

$51.00

$10.00

$60.00

$75.00

$60.00

$30.00

$46.00

Treasury tool supported by the dog house

‘Bright lights Big city’ by MDCardsandGifts

Inspired by Pantone’s falls colors Ultramarine Green and Olympian Blue

$30.00

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$375.00

$95.00

$14.00

$50.00

$1350.00

$65.00

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$8.00

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$169.00

$65.00

$15.90

$12.00

Treasury tool supported by the dog house

‘The soon to be Mr and Mrs Pantone’ by ArtNoel

The groom is ever so slightly under-dressed but the bride and the dog are ever so stylish:) The bride digressed slightly from the color theme with her antler chapeau.Pantone tangerine tango and olympian blue combo.

$16.00

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$69.95

$10.00

$150.00

$29.00

$325.00

$15.00

$80.00

$15.00

$9.00

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$38.00

Treasury tool supported by the dog house

‘Urban Legend’ by ArtNoel

There are alligators down there:)Pantone French roast and Titanium

$120.00

$825.00

$32.50

$44.99

$60.00

$30.00

$22.00

$20.00

$9.00

$38.00

$3.00

$20.00

$32.99

$60.00

$32.00

$6.50

Treasury tool supported by the dog house

‘Yielding the Harvest’ by PatMcWhorter

Combining Fall Pantone Colors, French Roast and Bright Chartreuse

$24.00

$35.00

$35.00

$20.00

$35.00

$12.00

$15.00

$25.00

$15.00

$55.00

$23.00

$150.00

$400.00

$17.50

$35.00

$12.00

Treasury tool supported by the dog house

‘Haunting Stories’ by SeasAndSeasons

Where nightmares are born…This tribute to Halloween uses two colors from Pantone’s 2012 Fall Fashion Guide. They are:French Roast 19-1012Rose Smoke 14-1506

$25.95

$150.00

$20.00

$29.89

$10.00

$24.00

$15.00

$6.00

$28.95

$200.00

$24.99

$9.99

$15.00

$98.00

$25.00

$28.00

Treasury tool supported by the dog house

‘Yielding the Harvest’ by SeasAndSeasons

The Olympian Blue and Honey Gold from Pantone’s 2012 Fall Fashion Report were the inspiration for this farmhouse kitchen. Fabulous vintage finds will be used to cook and preserve the harvest before a blanket of snow covers the ground.

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$45.00

$20.00

$7.95

$25.00

$14.95

Treasury tool supported by the dog house

Etsy Teams to Check Out

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We know you love the Treasury Promotion Team very much!  But we have found some other Etsy teams that are a lot of fun too.  If you have some super fun teams that you are a part of, post them in the comments section.

Top 5 Etsy Treasury Teams to Try

1.  Treasury Flash Mob – If you like to make treasuries for the sheer fun and enjoyment, this is a great team to join.  They have weekly treasury “flash mobs” where you make as many treasuries as you want around a theme.  This leads to a lot of creative treasury making.  The members are super fun too!  Search for the tag “flashmob72” on the treasury page to see the latest batch of fantastic treasuries.

2.  Treasury Challenge Non team – This team hosts a weekly treasury challenge based on the previous week’s winner.  It is fun to see how different people interpret the inspiration item.  And if you are lucky enough to win, it means a week of being featured in hundreds of treasuries.

3.  Treasury Playground – This is a relatively new team.  The threads are broken out by color groups to promote shop items.  But more importantly it helps treasury makers find items for treasuries more easily.
4. Treasury Punks – In addition to having an awesome team name, this is a promotion team that offers a great way for shop owners to promote treasuries and eachother.

5. Trendsetting Treasury Team – The team description draws you in “We enjoy the art of making treasuries; melange. Each space is its own work of art and the curator at hand blends the art to create another.”  A treasury can be a work of art all in itself.  This team encourages making treasuries for the love of being creative.  They seem to have fun games and challenges too.

AUGUST MONTH IS SLAP AS* FULL!

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While we patiently wait on Etsy to straighten out their server issues today, now is as  good a time as ever to work on the month of August calendar for plenty of treasury making ideas. This month is over-loaded and often I think there are repeats, especially when it comes to food. I would like to know who makes all these up or better yet, grants the “national” or “international” status awarded to these dates. There must be some kind of board or something out there where I guess one can apply? Does anyone know? Some make perfectly good sense, while others, well…..you just be the judge yourself.

Okay – it’s a long list so here goes. First, for month long celebrations, we have some really cool ones:  American Artist Appreciation Month, Home Business Month (both of those very suitable for Etsy ), National Catfish, Golf, Inventors, Water Quality and Foot Health Month as well.

The first week of August is National Clown Week; the second week is Elvis, Apple and National Smile Week and the third week is Dance and Air Conditioning Appreciation Week – my personal fave as mine has been on the blink for quite awhile now. I try not to think about it , sigh. The fourth week must be a dud because it just flat got left out.

If you are still not inspired by the month long or week long observances, here is a daily blow by blow for you to mull over.

  • 8/1 – Francis Scot Key’s birthday; MTV debuted in 1981; Respect for Parents Day; Sports Day and Switzerland was founded in 1291.
  • 8/2 – Interestingly, the first Lincoln penny was issued in 1909 ( have you seen all the items made from pennies on Etsy?) and it is also, my favorite, National Ice Cream Sandwich Day!
  • 8/3 – Columbus set sail in 1492 and it is National Watermelon Day
  • 8/4 – Coast Guard Day, Mustard Day ( there is a color theme) and National Chocolate Chip Day ( see what I mean about the repeats? )
  • 8/5 – American Family Day, Friendship Day and National Waffle day.
  • 8/6 – Tennyson’s birthday ( 1809), Picnic Day in Australia and are you ready….Wiggle Your Toes Day.
  • 8/7 – Sea Serpent Day…….really?
  • 8/8 – the US dollar was created…I am wondering if also in 1909 as with the penny?
  • 8/9 – Book Lovers Day and National Rice Pudding day.
  • 8/10 – the first steam locomotive was invented and it is also S’mores Day.
  • 8/11 – Hulk Hogan ‘s birthday ( 1953 in Venice Beach CA) along with Play in the Sand Day
  • 8/12 – IBM PC was announced in 1981 ( has it really only been such a short time ago?) and we have Middle Children’s Day …I guess they were feeling left out.
  • 8/13 – Annie Oakley’s birthday ( 1860 – perhaps Goggle will celebrate this one), International Left Hander’s Day and National Filet Mignon day.
  • 8/14 – National Creamsicle Day – now I can see a lovely peach and white themed treasury for that one.
  • 8/15 – Julia Child’s birthday, 1912 in Pasadena CA along with National Relaxation Day.
  • 8/16 – Roller Coaster Day – celebrates its patent from 1898! Can you imagine?
  • 8/17 – Archeology Day and Davy Crockett’s birthday ( 1786 in TN).
  • 8/18 – International Homeless Animals Day ( great one for a theme), plus the Wizard of Oz debuted in 1939 and ….wait for it……Bad Poetry Day! That’s what I said…bad poetry day.
  • 8/19 – National Aviation Day with Orville Wright’s birthday in 1871 makes perfectly good sense and great theme material and then there is Potato Day.
  • 8/20 – National Radio Day
  • 8/21 – Sit Back & Relax Day ( now please go back and read Aug 15th the week before…so on this day I guess you get to only sit back?)
  • 8/22 – Be an Angel Day
  • 8/23 – the first photo of the earth from the moon was taken in 1966 by the Lunar Orbitor and it is also National Spongecake Day
  • 8/24 – Peach Pie Day and Strange Music Day. Oh, the waffle was patented in 1869.
  • 8/25 – Kiss & Make-Up day and Banana Split day ( you could share one after you made up)
  • 8/26 – National Dog day and Woman’s Equality Day. Now, first I hope there is no correlation to the Dog part and the Woman’s part.  I don’t think so but it is sad to note the “equality” part only referred to the right to vote.  We’ve come a long way.
  • 8/27 – Banana Lovers Day and Mother Teresa’s birthday ( 1910).
  • 8/28 – is called Dream Day, taken from MLK’s “I have a dream” speech in 1963. It is also National Cherry Turnover day.
  • 8/29 – the first Scout camp was opened – I am fairly sure this is Boy Scout.
  • 8/30 – Frankenstein day – Mary Shelley’s birthday ( 1797 ) along with National Toasted Marshmallow day.
  • 8/31 – National Trail Mix Day.

So this really is a great month of treasury making inspiration. Couple that with your own favorites, Etsy’s merchandising desk, team challenges and games, and the turning to autumn, you should have loads of fun in August.

Start now too on the spooky stuff – us adults just love Halloween and it is indeed great fun. Go back in and re-tag your items too, to fit what is happening and the upcoming seasons. Sales leap from Halloween straight into Christmas and everyone gets on that roller coaster ride. So get ready. Hard to believe we are already past the half way point of 2012. But there is still a lot of good treasury making days ahead! So have fun!

June Has Everything for Treasury Making!

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ImageThe month of June is practically upon us and is chocked full of treasury making goodies – probably too much so. Let’s start with the blatantly obvious. We know June hails the beginning of summer and with that comes graduations, school letting out, family vacations and Father’s Day as main events.  But I bet there is a lot about June you do not know. This particular month is honored with the Rose as its flower and either the pearl or alexandrite for its birthstone. While pearls and roses seem to be romantically linked, I thought it odd there was no mention of the month’s greatest activity being weddings…lots and lots of weddings. As seen by the photo above, alexandrite is a beautiful stone, now only found in vintage pieces of jewelry, mainly Russian in origin. It changes color from a moss green in daylight to raspberry red in artificial light…what a lovely color theme for a June wedding! And how well it can been coupled with roses in the same color theme.

But I digress. June is also primarily documented with a lot of birthdays – from the famous to well known comic and cartoon characters. June also ranks very high as honoring various types of food, from healthy to not so much as you will see. Lots and lots of food. So for our appetizer, on a national scale we have the National Drive Safe and National Safety Month, the National Rose month, and National Tennis Month. Our main course consists of National Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Month along with National Iced Tea Month and Turkey Lovers Month. For animal lovers June is the Zoo & Aquarium Month. But my personal favorite of all time so far, is Potty Training Awareness Month. Let’s see some T’s on that one – I dare ya!

Month long observances also include Dairy Month and the Great Outdoors Month along with National Adopt-a-Cat Month. For week long observances, the first week has National Fishing Week; the second week is National Clay Week ( perfect for odes to our pottery Etsians) and the fourth week is National Camping week. I guess they skipped the third since the third Sunday of the month is Father’s Day. Let us not forget the second Sunday of the month is Racial Unity Day.

For more fun, here are specific date related little tidbits of the month you may not be aware of and these always bring a smile to my face. Sometimes I just don’t know where they come up with this stuff! Warning: you may gain some weight just reading this list  or at the very least, go grab a bowl of ice cream.

  • 6/1 – Donut Day, Flip a Coin Day, Oscar the Grouch’s birthday.
  • 6/2 – The radio was patented in 1896.
  • 6/3 – Is Egg Day, the first US Spacewalk occurred and Repeat Day, Repeat Day…
  • 6/4 – Aesop’s Birthday along with Cheese Day while Ford’s first operational car was “born” in 1896.
  • 6/5 – Hot Air Balloon day, Richard Scarry’s birthday ( children’s book author) and World Environment Day.
  • 6/6 – Was D-Day and hopefully was remembered today (Memorial Day) as I write this post. But on a brighter side, the first drive-in theater opened in NJ – get this, in 1933! Also National applesauce cake day and Yo-Yo Day.
  • 6/7 – National Chocolate Ice Cream Day.
  • 6/8 – One of my favorites, Frank Lloyd Wright’s birthday ( 1867) along with World Ocean’s Day.
  • 6/9 – Donald Duck was born in 1934
  • 6/10 – Ball Point Pen Day, Iced Tea Day Day ( why do they have a day when they have the whole month?) and Judy Garland was born in 1922.
  • 6/11 – Jacques Cousteau was born in 1910 and ET premiered in 1982.
  • 6/12 – Anne Frank’s birthday in 1929, Magic Day and supposedly Baseball was invented in 1839.
  • 6/13 – Another personal favorite I can not wait to celebrate – Weed Your Garden Day, like that needs a day. More like the whole month for me!
  • 6/14 – Flag Day and World Juggling Day
  • 6/15 – Fly a Kite Day along with the Power of a Smile Day.
  • 6/16 – National Fudge Day, oh yeah, baby!
  • 6/17 – Eat your Vegetables Day ( since you had all that fudge the day before )
  • 6/18 – International Picnic Day
  • 6/19 – Garfield’s birthday – he debuted in 1978 but not to be undone by the Tasmanian Devil who was born in 1954.
  • 6/20 – Bald Eagle Day and wait for it….Ice Cream Soda Day.
  • 6/21 – the first “official” day of Summer
  • 6/22 – Let’s have Chocolate Eclair Day on the day the US Dept of Justice was formed! As good a reason as any.
  • 6/23 – King Edward the 8th was born in 1894, as was Gutenberg in 1400 they claim and June Carter Cash inf 1929. It is also Pecan Sandies Day, in case you didn’t get enough eclairs and own stock in Nabisco, along with Pink Day and Soap Opera Day. (Sometimes you just have to use your imagination how you are going to celebrate.) Oh, I forgot – the typewriter was patented in 1868.
  • 6/24 – UFO Day – I like this one – it is supposedly the first documented sighting.
  • 6/25 – LEON day – spelled backwards is NOEL – to let you know it is 6 months to Christmas. Better get started on all those fabulous items you are going to create for the buying season!
  • 6/26 – The bicycle was patented in 1819. And for chocolate lover’s we have National Chocolate Pudding Day. BTW, it is also the day which the toothbrush was invented in 1498 – WOW! I would like to see what that looked like.
  • 6/27 – Captain Kangaroo ( Bob Keeshan was born) as was Helen Keller (1880).
  • 6?28 – Paul Bunyan Day
  • 6/29 – Camera Day
  • 6/30 – Meteor Day and perhaps related, Superman’s birthday.

Etsy’s big shindig in Sydney Australia is June 2cd. Movie releases are nominal – Snow White & the Huntsman is this Friday, June 1. For sci-fi lovers we have Prometheus Friday June 8th. Rock of Ages takes the big screen June 15th and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World opens June 22cd. (Unfortunately GI Joe is on hold.) All of these might make good themes. One is called Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter which is curious. I’m sure it is not the same honest Abe. On June 5th (June 6th for the Eastern Hemisphere) Venus will trek across the sun’s path, like a little black dot, which is actually a type of eclipse. This will not happen again for another 105 years. (Remember to use a filter if you plan on checking this out). June is also full of local festivals and celebrations.

So there you have it. Of course, do not forget your mermaids, nautical themes, summer fashions and summer home decor themes, nor our woodland friends and geometric shapes & patterns. Look for Etsy’s Merchandising Desk for June coming at a website soon. In the meantime, happy treasury making!

 

Enough with White Space Already!

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Ho Hum Ho Hum……the front pages of Etsy continue to drive white space photos into your face.  While we just finished with Valentine’s Day pages out the wazoo, the latest pastel trended treasuries are basically boring. The boredom is not because of the wonderful item selection – in fact, I do believe that it is harmful to those artisans- but exists because of the overly stark white backgrounds.  Such a sterile, crispy clean to the point of harshness and blindness to the eyes (its like getting a snow burn) background literally washes out the item. And if your item is a soft pastel color….well there you have it.

Deep rich vibrant colors, like all the shades of red just revealed since Christmas for Valentine’s Day for example, go exceeding well with the white space photos. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Fourth of July, St Patrick’s Day are jewel tone color rich. As are the seasons of summer and autumn.  And then comes beautiful spring and while we should be rejoicing in the earth’s returning beauty, grace and  rebirth, it tends to wimp out, at least to me, on the pages of the Etsy magazine.

I have been noticing recently a lot of shop items being photographed in also a washed out bleach by the sun kind of look as well. Now this style is rising in popularity as pictorial photographs but as an Etsy buyer,  I want to be able to see what I am potentially buying – in detail. And a little drama doesn’t hurt either.

So first hats off to all our treasury makers who enjoy drama and little white space in their treasuries. And hats off to the shop owners who offered us such delightful photos to build these treasuries upon. I went through a day’s worth of treasuries in our treasure chest and found some really ass kicking inspiration.

‘Light Up the Night Rustic Weddings’ by MDCardsandGifts


Layered Wedding Dress – The …

$1480.00

20 x white color cotton ball…

$15.50

Bridal brooch bouquet light …

$68.00

Solar Lights – Green. Solar …

$15.00

12 Rustic Wedding Favors, Fr…

$36.00

Rustic Flower Girl Basket Fi…

$24.50

Hanging tealight jars Set of…

$75.00

light fixture lamp metal sig…

$200.00

Solar Lids Mason Jar Solar L…

$10.00

Vintage Rustic Wedding Invit…

$50.00

Rustic Log Cabin White Birch…

$14.00

Wedding Cake Topper- Mr & Mr…

$13.00

2 Birch Log Tea Light Candle…

$22.00

Emerald Green Taffeta Prom D…

$115.00

Hand Painted Mason Jar Moroc…

$24.00

Champagne Wedding Toasting F…

$65.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

‘Hey… Who WHO Who MOVED My CHEESE?’ by CatFabricsandButtons

Inspired by AiryObsessions ESASO Treasury ChallengeIf you are experiencing change in your life, your career etc be sure to read this short story about what 2 mice “Hem and Haw” and 2 friends do and what happens along the way. It’s perfect


Lemon Yellow Glass Jar with …

$25.00

Vintage Cat Eye Glasses. Sun…

$70.00

Vintage multi strand necklac…

$22.99

SALE Yellow Gray Flower Slou…

$34.00

Henry the Owl 8.5 x 11 Gicle…

$22.00

Rhinestone Earrings, Yellow …

$15.00

Bug – Fabric Winged River Ro…

$4.25

Dear God, please don’t l…

$12.00

Sheet Music – Sweetheart Lan…

$13.00

He Loves Me-Loves Me Not-Whi…

$24.00

Vintage Bright Yellow Jewel …

$14.00

Prom Dress Yellow Vintage 19…

$75.00

FOUNTAIN- ACEO Print – Beaut…

$4.99

CrazyCatGlass Lampwork Boro …

$19.99

Lively Yellow Vintage Open W…

$2.75

Art Photo Design Checker Cab…

$10.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

‘you are somebody’s reason to smile’ by atticle


Vintage German Op Art White …

$45.00

COMING SOON Leather Satchel …

$85.00

Rough Diamond Sterling Silve…

$95.00

Underneath, small 7″ x …

$20.00

vintage sign letter 24″…

$90.00

Photography – Black and whit…

$40.00

Danish Table Lamp Sakura – …

$185.00

Antique 1800s Edwardian Jack…

$495.00

Mane

$50.00

v i n t a g e Unique Metal R…

$12.00

Black and White Solarplate P…

$25.00

Pope Paul VI Religious Medal

$2.00

READY FOR ADOPTION Needle-Fe…

$36.00

Vintage Afghan Off White Cab…

$65.00

Black Iron Horse

$23.00

White and grey felted wool s…

$75.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

Of course this is all just my humble opinion. Most really good treasuries have a nice mixture of both white and non-white space photos. So if you want to try something a little different, see what you can do with all 16 slots and zero white space! Then edit by adding some related items photographed with abundant white space and see if you don’t come up with something striking and bold.

One last nod goes to the Etsy Treasury Hunter website. Check it out to see some very special recognition of the non-atypical treasuries created by very talented curators…including our own members. Visit here

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What Would Happen If… Pet Inspirations

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I have the most beautiful cat in the world (actually she is an acquired taste).  I wondered what would happen if I did a treasury inspired on my cat.  Well it was harder than I thought.  I found this cool website that helped me.

This is the Website:

http://bighugelabs.com/colors.php

You can upload a photo and the program gives you a color pallet.  So I took my very favorite picture of my kitty and loaded it.  I got this pallet.

This is my finished treasury

I would love to see how you are inspired by your pet, or any picture really!  Reply in comments

xoxo

Maggie