The colour experts at Pantone have done their annual research and have concluded that the hottest of the colour trends for Spring 2017 is a lovely deep sky-blue colour called Niagara.
Pantone’s Colour Intelligence says that Niagara is:
“Comfortable and dependable, Niagara leads the PANTONE Fashion Color Report as the most prevalent color for spring 2017. Niagara is a classic denim-like blue that speaks to our desire for ease and relaxation.”
The Top Ten Colour Trends for Spring 2017
Niagara fits into a top ten that includes three shades of blue, two greens, two pinks (possibly three, if we included Hazelnut as a shade of pink) an orange and a yellow.
PANTONE 13-0755 Primrose Yellow
By contrast to the muted tone of Niagara, Primrose Yellow sparkles with heat and vitality. Inviting us into its instant warmth, this joyful yellow shade takes us to a destination marked by enthusiasm, good cheer and sunny days.
PANTONE 19-4045 Lapis Blue
At the blue end of the spectrum and conveying even more energy is Lapis Blue. Strong and confident, this intense blue shade is imbued with an inner radiance.
PANTONE 17-1462 Flame
A red-based orange, Flame, is gregarious and fun loving. Flamboyant and vivacious, this wonderfully theatrical shade adds fiery heat to the spring 2017 palette.
PANTONE 14-4620 Island Paradise
Island Paradise is a refreshing aqua that calls to mind a change of scenery. A cool blue green shade that speaks to our dream of the great escape, Island Paradise is emblematic of tropical settings and our desire to unwind.
PANTONE 13-1404 Pale Dogwood
Continuing the tranquil mood, Pale Dogwood is a quiet and peaceful pink shade that engenders an aura of innocence and purity. The unobtrusive Pale Dogwood is a subtle pink whose soft touch infuses a healthy glow.
PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery
Bringing forth a refreshing take, Greenery is a tangy yellow-green that speaks to our need to explore, experiment and reinvent. Illustrative of flourishing foliage, the fertile attributes of Greenery signals one to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.
PANTONE 17-2034 Pink Yarrow
Tropical and festive, Pink Yarrow is a whimsical, un-ignorable hue that tempts and tantalizes. Bold, attention getting and tempestuous, the lively Pink Yarrow is a captivating and stimulating colour that lifts spirits and gets the adrenaline going.
PANTONE 18-0107 Kale
Evocative of the great outdoors and a healthy lifestyle, Kale is another foliage-based green that conjures up our desire to connect to nature, similar to the more vivacious Greenery. And, just as we see in nature, this lush and fertile natural green shade provides the perfect complementary background to the more vibrant tones in the palette.
PANTONE 14-1315 Hazelnut
Rounding off the spring 2017 colours is Hazelnut, a key neutral for spring. This shade brings to mind a natural earthiness. Unpretentious and with an inherent warmth, Hazelnut is a transitional colour that effortlessly connects the seasons.
We wear jewellery to make us look great, but we also use our jewellery to help us to feel good as well.
There is evidence that being happier is linked to being healthier. A study at Harvard University showed this very clearly back in 2007. But they also say that short-term emotional lifts aren’t enough. We also need to lower our stress levels and find healthy ways to avoid depression, anxiety, and worry and to feel good.
We can do this through jewellery and beauty products and by activities such as doing good for others and counting our blessings daily. Volunteering also fits in here.
But there are also some great herbs that can help to lessen insomnia, reduce nervousness, and essentially calm the nervous system – helping to increase the chance of feeling happiness.
Here are 7 herbs to make you feel good:
1. Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis)
This is a great, non-habit forming herb that is high in volatile oils (especially citronella) that have mild sedative effects and can reduce nervousness, including nervous headaches, depression, and insomnia. It can also help wounds heal faster and protect against insect bites. It has anti-viral properties, too, so it’s a great herb to keep in stock to boost the immune system.
2. Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica)
An antiseptic, antispasmodic, peripheral vasodilator, and nerving and relaxant, this herb is known for calming depressive episodes, strengthening cognitive function, and helping one deal with both mental and physical stress and making you feel good.
3. Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri)
An Ayurvedic herb used for centuries, brahmi is known as a natural brain tonic and booster of well-being. It can enhance intellect and significantly increase memory, and in doses of 10 to 20 ml daily, one can enjoy its stress-relieving benefits.
4. St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)
This herb is often used to treat mild to moderate depression. It is especially helpful to patients who do not respond well to SSRI medication (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). This herb can limit the effectiveness of some prescription medications, though, so double check with your doctor before taking it. A 2009 systematic review of 29 international studies suggested that St. John’s Wort may be better than a placebo (an inactive substance that appears identical to the study substance) and as effective as standard prescription antidepressants for major depression of mild to moderate severity.
5. Oat Straw (Avena sativa)
Not only can this herb effectively treat anxiety, it is also usedto treat migraines, shingles, fatigue, and even epilepsy. This herb can be especially helpful in calming the nerves of those who are detoxing from drug or alcohol addiction, and can even help curb nicotine cravings.
6. Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus)
This herb is a great replacement for those who have a coffee or caffeine addiction. It offers energy without the let down that accompanies a caffeine cycle. Further, it’s an adaptogenic herb, so it ‘adapts’ to give your body what it needs the most. It can boost concentration and help manage environmental stress as well.
7. Golden Root (Rhodiola rosea)
This section has been updated with new information on 20th June 2017
Also called Arctic Root or Roseroot, Golden Root is considered a queen of adaptogenic herbs. What this means is that it is a plant that gives humans an herbal medicinal effect when taken and helps a person keep their “cool” under stress. The results ending that Rhodiola Rosea will be able to stabilize the biological function of the body and to help you to stay in a “happy place” despite the stress around it despite psychological or physical pressures. This is known as Homoestasis.
Many people report that Rhodiola Rosea has impressive usefulness in sickly problems such as not being able to sleep well, lack of concentration and lower performance on the job, headaches, poor appetite, hypertension, and being tired all the time.
Many Food and Drink Fairs are set in the amazing grounds of some of the UK’s most prestigious venues. They are events that cater for the whole family and offer something for all ages. This goes way beyond rows of stalls selling food and drink, although this is still at the heart of each event.
At a well-run fair, you will find up to hundreds of stalls selling everything from hot and cold foods, wine and spirit producers and home and gift wear to name a few.
You’ll also find a host of entertainment from Cooking demo’s by celebrity chefs and contestants and winners of TV cooking and baking programmes, product demonstrations from leading manufacturers as well as local producers, live music and children’s entertainment.
There will also be a good selection of craft stalls at the best events, where you’ll find our white gazebo filled with our constantly evolving ranges of jewellery and accessories. We may even come up with some food-related jewellery offerings.
LoveTaliesin Jewellery at Prestwold Hall Food and Drink Fair
Prestwold Hall Estate is a magnificent location that will play host, for the first time, to The Great Food and Drink Festival over 3 days.
The event is held in the estate adjacent to the hall in the heart of Charnwood Leicestershire, home of the World famous Stilton, Red Leicester cheese and the one and only Melton Mowbray Pork Pie. The county is renowned for its food lovers and fine produce.
We have over a 100 exhibitors selling local produce from across the county and East Midlands
Plenty of hot food stands selling food for every ones taste from Hog Roast to Asian Fusion
In these days of minimalism, when we are encouraged to pare our lives down to a minimum, very little attention seems to be given to how to de-clutter your jewellery box.
For most of us, our jewellery collection represents far more than sparkly things to wear. Each piece holds memories, emotions or friendships. The stories are often more valuable than the actual earrings, bracelets or necklaces.
Get Started To De-clutter Your Jewellery Box
But when did you last take time to really look at your jewellery collection and ask yourself whether you are holding onto the jewellery to wear, or for its story?
Why not put some time aside and ask yourself to look beyond the emotional story and be honest about each piece of jewellery? The conversation with yourself could go something like:
A dear friend gave this to me, but it’s just not my style.
A relative gave it to me, but I think it’s hideous.
I co-worker gave it to me, but I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing it!
I bought it because it was in style, but I never wore it.
Styles have changed. I don’t wear this any more.
I bought it to match an outfit I never wore. (The outfit was for my fantasy body,
not my real body.)
I love it, but it just doesn’t look right on me.
It shifts around when I wear it causing the clasp to hang in front, so I don’t like
I used to wear it to work, but my daily wardrobe and schedule has changed.
It’s not a colour that looks good on me.
I lost the matching piece to this set.
I like it but it’s showing signs of wear and I have nicer pieces I could be wearing.
It reminds me of a sad time in my life.
It tarnishes easily and I haven’t chosen to take the time to polish it.
A person who is no longer in my life gave it to me and I want to release myself
from the bonds of that relationship.
I wore it a lot 20 years ago!
It needs repair and I don’t love it enough to invest the time to research who
could repair it and how much that would cost.
It reminds me of a time when I couldn’t afford to buy anything better.
A friend talked me into buying it and I’ve never liked it.
I’m sick of wearing this! I need a change.
It’s pretty, but it’s just not “me.”
I don’t really love it.
I attended a jewellery party and felt I had to buy something.
I thought I would wear it, but I haven’t.
It’s from a previous chapter in my life.
Wow! I forgot I had this! I can’t wait to start wearing it!
It doesn’t matter where it came from or what it cost, if you don’t love it, move it on and make space for the pieces that you DO love. As you de-clutter your jewellery box, you’ll be freeing up space for new pieces that reflect who you are now.
17th March is St Patrick’s Day, a day which seems to celebrated far more widely than the other three UK patron saints. In particular, the Irish-American community in the USA have a long tradition of lavish celebration on St Patrick’s Day.
St Patrick’s Day is so much part of American tradition that Time Magazine has even suggested that it was invented in its modern form on the eastern side of the Atlantic Ocean.
As recently as the1970s, there were no St. Patrick’s Day parties in the UK or Ireland. The “troubles” in Northern Ireland was at its peak. There was no way that British cities would celebrate Irish traditions. At that time, the day was something that was more about Irish America than it was about Ireland.
The observance of St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland dates back to the 17th century. It commemorates the death of St. Patrick in the fifth century. Patrick is credited with having brought Christianity to Ireland. The day’s importance was confirmed in 1631 when it was recognized by the Vatican.
For most Irish people, the day remained primarily religious right into the 20th century. The day wasn’t even a public holiday in Ireland until 1904.
In the 20th century, the day became a public spectacle, with a military parade in Dublin from the 1920s to the 1950s. However, it was a serious day with mass in the morning, the military parade at noon and the bars across the country closed for the day. (Irish bars didn’t begin opening on March 17 until the mid-1960s.)
The military parade was replaced by a carnival parade and entertainment from the 1960s, and in 1996, the St. Patrick’s Festival began and runs to this day. This is a four-day event of music, treasure hunts, performances, and of course, on the day itself, a two-hour parade that draws up to half a million people onto the streets of Dublin.
The Irish celebrations were directly inspired by what was happening in the real home of St. Patrick’s Day, the U.S. The first recorded celebrations of March 17 took place in Boston in 1737, when a group of elite Irish men came together to celebrate over dinner what they referred to as “the Irish saint.” The tradition of parading began amongst Irish Catholic members of the British Army in New York in 1766.
The day grew in significance following the end of the Civil War and the arrival, across the 19th century, of ever increasing numbers of Irish immigrants. St. Patrick’s Day celebrations were originally focused on districts where the Irish lived and were highly localized.
By the end of the 19th century, St. Patrick’s Day was being observed on the streets of major Irish cities such as Boston, Chicago, and New York, as well as in other cities such as New Orleans, San Francisco, and Savannah.
Gradually, the day became one that was also celebrated by people with no Irish heritage.
By the 20th century, St. Patrick’s Day became a marketing bonanza: greetings cards, shamrocks, T-shirts and the food and drink. With the help of Irish societies and Irish commerce (mostly Guinness and the ubiquitous Irish bar in every town) has meant that St. Patrick’s Day celebrations have spread across the country.
Only more recently, once it was established as a bona-fide American cultural phenomenon, and again aided by such Irish cultural ambassadors as U2, Guinness, and those ubiquitous pubs, did St. Patrick’s Day become a full-fledged celebration—whose spirit was re-imported in its Americanized form back to Ireland itself.
So, wherever you may be on this day, raise a glass to toast not only good old Ireland, but America’s interpretation of it as well.
Leap Day, on February 29, has been a day of traditions, folklore and superstitions for over 2000 years. The best known of which is the tradition that women may propose marriage to their men.
There’s an Irish legend that St Brigid made a deal with St Patrick to allow women to propose to men every four years. In the same way that the extra day balances the calendar and time, this reversal balances the traditional roles of men and women in the marriage ritual.
Leap day is also known as “Bachelors’ Day”. If a man refuses a proposal on 29th February, he is expected to pay a penalty, which could range from a kiss, right through to a silk dress or, most commonly, a pair of gloves. During the middle ages there were even laws in some European countries governing this tradition!
Other Leap Day Facts
People born on February 29 are entitled to join Society of Leap Year Day Babies.
The Guinness Book of Records has a World Record Holders of a family producing three consecutive generations born on February 29 and another of the number of children born on February 29 in the same family.
St Oswald’s Day
Leap day is also St Oswald’s Day. He was an archbishop of York who died on February 29, 992. His festival is celebrated in the church on February 29 during leap years and on February 28 during other years
So are you thinking of popping the big question to your man on February 29th?
Really, if you’re going to propose, you’re probably equally up for proposing on any day. But before you drop it out of the blue, consider whether you have talked about marriage with your partner? If you’re not sure whether you’re both ready, you may be best to wait. However you could use February 29th as a time to talk to your partner about the future.
Once you’re sure, there are lots of reasons for you to take charge. Maybe he lacks confidence and would never build up the courage to do it himself. Maybe he’d just love to be asked. However, it’s probably best to propose in private rather than go down on one knee in a packed nightclub or restaurant.
The actual proposal will probably be best if it can be a bit light-hearted, fun and flirtatious. You could try making a sign saying, “Will you marry me?” and hanging it on a tree in a favourite spot. Don’t worry about the rings. You can go shopping together later. As the leap day corrects the discrepancy between the calendar year (365 days) and the time it takes for the earth to complete one orbit of the sun (365 days and 6 hours), it was an opportunity for women to correct a tradition that was one-sided and unfair.
February 8th is the Chinese New Year and the words above say “Happy New Year” in Simplified Chinese and are also spelled out phonetically as they sound.
Today sees the start of the Year of the Monkey.
The new year, also known as the Spring Festival, is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar, so the date changes from year to year.
The festivities usually start the day before the New Year and continue until the Lantern Festival, the 15th day of the new year.
Each Chinese New Year is characterised by one of 12 animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. This year it’s the Year of the Monkey, the ninth animal in the cycle. The next Year of the Monkey will be in 2028.
The full list is:
In the LoveTaliesin team,Sue was born in the year of the Rabbit and Dave’s from the Year of the Dragon.
People born in the Year of the Monkey are characterised as quick-witted, curious, innovative and mischievous, but it is also believed to be one of the most unlucky years in the Chinese calendar.
LoveTaliesin Jewellery for Year Of The Monkey
We’ve added some playful monkey charm jewellery to our collection as we celebrate the start of the year of the Monkey. You can see these on our stall at craft fairs and events and you can buy them here, on our website.
If you’re looking for a gift for someone born in February, consider the February Birthstone, Amethyst. It is a fairly common stone hand has been used in jewellery since the Ancient Egyptians.
Amethyst is quartz crystal in shades of purple, lilac or mauve. It is a stone that traditionally guards against drunkeness! The word amethyst is from Greek and means “without drunkenness”. It is also said that it can protect from poison.
The ancient Greeks and Romans believed Amethyst would ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus, and keep the wearer clear headed and quick-witted. For centuries, Amethyst has been associated with many myths and legends as well as religions in numerous cultures.
Properties of Amethyst
As well as providing us with some stunning jewellery, there are lots of people with strong beliefs in the mystical and spiritual properties of Amethyst.
Among it’s many properties, Amethyst is said to help insomnia. Put an amethyst under your pillow to bring about pleasant dreams, or rub it across your forehead to offer relief from a headache.
The ancient Egyptians used Amethyst to guard against guilty and fearful feelings. It has also been worn as protection from self-deception, as well as a protection against witchcraft. Amethyst has a long history of being used to open the spiritual and psychic centres. It is also used as a meditation aid when worn as a necklace.
Some people within the spiritual community believe that Amethyst is the perfect stone to symbolize The Age of Aquarius.
The Bishop’s Stone
Amethyst is also the Bishop’s Stone and worn by Catholic Bishops to this day. In this use, Amethyst is a symbol of piety, humility, sincerity and spiritual wisdom.
Amethyst for Healing
You will often see healers wearing several pieces of Amethyst jewellery, especially an Amethyst necklace set in silver. This is said to focus energy. The person receiving the healing may also have an Amethyst to hold during the healing
February Birthstone From LoveTaliesin Jewellery
You can see an ever changing selection of semi-precious jewellery set in 925 silver on our craft fair and sales stalls. See our calendar page to find out where we are going to be.
Our semi-precious jewellery range includes some stunning hand-made Amethyst pieces.
You can also find the February Birthstone in our Swarovski Crystal Elements range on the stall and here on the website. The deep purple colour known as Heliotrope is a great match for the darker Amethyst colours.
The colour gurus at the Pantone Fashion Colour Report tell us that spring 2016 the trending colours will
Transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves.
(Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute)
Fashion and jewellery designers have gone for a range of colours that refer to the natural world and evoke tranquility and relaxation.
There are also influences in the colours of the urban design and of vegetation. There are also hints of travel in the colour palette. Sometimes these influences appear as unexpected combinations of colours.
It is easy to see the influence of artists in this spring’s styles and colours. In particular the styles of Matisse and Picasso shine through. The destinations of Cuba, the Caribbean and South America come to mind as designers play with vibrant colours that are combined with relaxing, classic and more natural tones.
For Spring 2016, there are no colours only for women or only for men.
The Trending Colours for Spring 2016
Rose Quartz PANTONE 13-1520
The soothing colours are led by Rose Quartz, which is a Pantone colour as well as a semi-precious gemstone. Rose Quartz represents compassion and a sense of composure. Like a serene sunset, flushed cheek or budding flower, Rose Quartz reminds us to reflect on our surroundings during the busy but lighthearted spring and summer months.
Peach Echo PANTONE 16-1548
Shades of orange are well established and this spring’s variant is Peach Echo, a shade that emanates friendlier qualities, evoking warmth and accessibility. It is an all-encompassing, tempered companion in the playful orange family.
Serenity PANTONE 15-3919
Blue is well-represented in the Spring colours. The first of these is reminiscent of the expanse of the blue sky in spring. A transcendent blue, Serenity provides us with a naturally connected sense of space.
Snorkel Blue PANTONE 19-4049
A maritime-inspired blue, Snorkel Blue is probably part of the navy blue family, but with a happier, seaside feel. The name alone implies holidays and escape.
Buttercup PANTONE 12-0752
One of the more vibrant colours for Spring 2016 is this Buttercup yellow. Again, this evokes sunshine and holidays.
Limpet Shell PANTONE 13-4810
Continuing the seaside and holiday theme, Limpet shell is a shade of aquamarine that suggests clarity and freshness. With crisp and modern influences it also evokes tranquility.
Lilac Gray PANTONE 16-3905
The feature colours in any collection need neutrals to offset and bring forward their brilliance. Lilac Grey is, as its name suggests, a subtle lilac hint to classic grey.
Fiesta PANTONE 17-1564
In a palette of muted, relaxing colours, the vivid red of Fiesta adds a touch of vivid, fiery excitement. Here is another reference to holidays, and to a Latin temperament.
Iced Coffee PANTONE 15-1040
Another muted, neutral colour brings an earthy quality that provides a base for designs using the blues, green and yellow hues. Iced Coffee is a softer earthy colour than the deeper browns.
Green Flash PANTONE 15-0146
At first glance Green Flash appears to be the sore thumb in this colour collection. However, when combined with the other colours, it adds more of nature’s influence to inspire designers.
The top ten trending colours for men’s and women’s fashion for Spring 2016 are:
We’ve added a great new look and a new way to get to some of the main areas of our website shop from our home page though this set of clickable pictures.
This feature is known as a slider and shows some of the product ranges that you can find in our shop. It also provides a great new way of exploring these products by clicking on the pictures as they scroll round. Each picture will take you to the right place in our shop to see and buy the range of products shown.
Why Use a Slider?
One clear advantage of using a slider is that website owners can place all their important content in a visually appealing and interactive slideshow at the top of the page before their main content. This allows users to quickly see the highlights and take action.
Sliders can run slideshows automatically without user input by moving slides on pre-defined time interval. Sliders can also respond to user interaction like click or swipe to view next or previous slides. Additionally, sliders can also have buttons or thumbnails which users can click to view a particular slide in the slider.
We have added some great new products to the LoveTaliesin collection. Many of these are now available here on our website and we are committed to adding more of them.
At the recent Autumn Trade Fair, we saw some beautiful products that so perfectly complement our jewellery ranges that we just had to make space for them on our craft fair stall. Some of them are simply not suitable to be posted out, so you will have to come and see us on our fairs to catch up with these.
We now supply a range of hard-wearing, tough nail files – surprisingly tough since they’re made of glass! They are all 14cm long and 1.3 cm wide and are supplied with a protective plastic cover. These pretty, patterned nail files are perfect as gifts or simply to keep in your own handbag or pocket.
We have designs that are feminine, and others that are not so girly so that men can also keep their nails in good order.
They are double-sided nail files comes and are ideal to pop in your handbag so that you can carry out on-the-spot maintenance of broken or snagged nails while you’re out and about.
The whole collection is shown below.
Buy these nail files – Click on an image.
Christmas Teddy Bear Glass Nail File showing detail
Blue Woodland Glass Nail File showing detail
Pink Blue Glass Nail File showing detail
Pink Abstract Nail File showing detail
Butterflies glass nail file showing detail
Blue Butterflies Glass Nail File showing detail
Red Roses Glass Nail File showing detail
Green Flower Glass Nail File showing detail
Pink Heart Glass Nail File showing detail
Blue Flower Glass Nail File showing detail
Pink Roses Glass Nail File showing detail
Purple Pink Flower Glass Nail File showing detail
Christmas Glass Nail File showing detail
Pink Woodland Glass Nail File showing detail
LoveTaliesin offers free postage on all these nail files.