Color Me Green! Happy St. Patrick’s Day

By special request from a St. Patrick’s Day birthday reader, today’s COLOR is an ode to the abstract photography Water Colors Collection of GREENS from across the country.

Get your GREEN on!

May St. Patrick guard you wherever you go,
and guide you in whatever you do–
and may his loving protection be a blessing to you always.

Water Colors No. 68 – Jamaica Bay, NY


Water Colors Iris – Port Washington, NY


These things, I warmly wish for you-
Someone to love, some work to do,
A bit of o’ sun, a bit o’ cheer.
And a guardian angel always near.


Water Colors Meadow – Port Washington, NY

Don’t you just want to spend the afternoon here with a picnic?


Water Colors “Recycled Collage”  – Izzy’s Picnic

Penny stole the cupcake for the birthday reader!  Naughty puppy!!


Water Colors Seaside Dreams – St. Maarten


Whenever there is happiness
Hope you’ll be there too,
Wherever there are friendly smiles
Hope they’ll smile on you,
Whenever there is sunshine,
Hope it shine especially for you to make each day
for you as bright as it can be.


Water Colors Pink and Moss – The Hamptons


Water Colors Fields of Green – Port Washington, NY

My favorite of all the green Water Colors!  I want to hang out in this field below the fluffy, white clouds and create stories with the shapes in the clouds, like fairy tales that promise to come true.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day (and birthday) from melissaAnne COLORS!


May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours

Color Me…PINK!

I woke to a VERY dreary day in NYC.  It’s a pattern I’m really hoping changes soon!  Dreary = drowsy…

What to do on a day with no visible outside color to energize me?   Connect with the color I need for the day, purposefully or intuitively, and pull images from the recesses of my mind and the world around me.

Today’s perfect morning color:  Intuitively Pink

I’ve said it before, I LOVE a pink sunrise.  There is just something special about an early morning sky covered in a pink glow.  I can’t think of a better way to start the day really.

This morning I somehow knew I needed pink today.  So I visualized this perfectly pink and peaceful morning.  A memory I cherish.

Vineyard Haven, MA 2011

That led me to my catalog of images and MORE pink sunrises.


Vineyard Haven, MA 2010


Vineyard Haven, MA 2011


Edgartown, MA 2010


And that made me think of pink Water Colors.

Water Colors Ambrosia – The Hamptons


Water Colors Allissa – Lewisville, TX


Then I started noticing all the pink around me.  My toothbrush is pink.  I have walls painted pink.  On my desk sits my pink and blue Wonder Woman wristband.

{Yes, there is a story there.  Let’s just leave it at some days we need a little extra super hero mojo!}

Then I went to my bookcase to pull out a few of my color theory and healing books to see what all this pink attention was all about and I realized I have pink books and journals galore.  I never realized I had so much pink love!

Here’s what the experts have to say about pink.

The PINK Effect

Awakens compassion.  Calming.  Stimulates the immune system.  Comforts emotional energies.  Meditate with pink to discern greater truths.

In China, pink is considered a lucky color.

Pink Personality

If you like pink you are likely a soft and tender friend.  You are romantic and don’t like violence.  You are talented but not overambitious.  People are drawn to you by your charm and warmth.  You are contemplative and cautious.


I hope you are feeling compassionate, calm, enlightened, and comforted by PINK.  GO PINK!


International Women’s Day

Today is the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.

Every year, events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.

These are some of themes from around the world for 2011 that inspired me.

Global, United Nations

Women and men united to end violence against women and girls


Strong Leadership. Strong Women. Strong World: Equality


Sharing the Caring for the Future


Women’s Voices and Influence

I believe in the power of women when we are allowed to dream and are given the resources to reach our goals, support our communities, and better our world.  I believe in the sisterhood of women and our capacity to come together to give love and compassion.

Today I honor the organizations and people working for women.

Women focused organizations I follow for their amazing work in empowering, educating, and improving the lives of women around the world.

Women for Women International

The Girl Effect


Mollygoggles/Chaska Hill

Where I go for my own inspiration, support, and connection with women.

Women On Fire

Downtown Women’s Club

A special thank you to all of you who support women. When you support one woman, you support many.

Do You Want To See A Miracle

Good morning!

Life is like a gift they say, wrapped up for you every day.

I started my day off with one of my favorite inspirations: Sarah McLachlan’s Ordinary Miracle from the movie Charlotte’s Web.  For about a year I listened to this song every morning as a reminder that miracles happen and dreams do come true.  It was nice to reconnect with an “old friend” today and be inspired.

Then I thought, maybe someone else out there could use a little miracle today.

And, what could be more colorful than the beautiful voice of Sarah, the “pinkness” of a pig, and warm childhood memories?  Not to mention talking animals…

When you wake up everyday, please don’t throw your dreams away. Hold them close to your heart.

It seems so exceptional that things just work out after all.  Just another ordinary miracle today.

Do you want to see a miracle?

Color and Design Martha’s Vineyard Style

I LOVE Martha’s Vineyard.

We’re talking serious love here.  Sweep me off my feet, love for the ages, romance, Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall unconditional kinda love.  Think Serendipity meets Love Actually meets Sliding Doors meets…OK, you get the picture.

I’m gushing.  Too much?  Maybe, but remember, I’m in love.

I got lucky enough to spend a few days on the Vineyard this week and I did what I always do when I’m there.

I de-stress.

I immediately connect with my soul (and I do mean immediate…like stepping on the ferry I can’t stop smiling connection).

I walked on the beach (albeit this time I was in a coat, hat, and gloves…unconditional love).

I crawled around dirty, dusty ugly beautiful boat yards searching for extravagantly elegant bottoms on which art communicates with my eye.  The only thing I love more than MV is a good boatyard.  A good boatyard on MV = sweep me off my feet LOVE.

When I’m completely exhausted and dirt stained from the yards I usually stop by and visit my favorite shops and galleries in Vineyard Haven. They never seem to mind my dirty appearance.  Love, I tell you!

Unfortunately, on this recent visit I was only able to do “drive by” window shopping because the island is basically closed for the month (more unconditional love).  But, one of my favorite places was open for business and I indulged. Here’s a  look inside a wonderful color and design store on the island and some of my favorite finds for the home.

Midnight Farm, Vineyard Haven

Beautiful Vintage Fabric Throws with exquisite detail!

LOVE these lampshades.  So natural and chic.  And the turquoise leather chair and glass lamp base…dreamy!

OK…the pics a little crooked…I was so excited!  I’d just come from the boat yard.  This worn wood, layers of paint, rustic charm cabinet was more eye candy! Romance. Can I get that on the ferry?

If you rub this lamp your genie comes out and she grants you a wish.”I wish…”  Oops…can’t tell you.  It won’t come true.  Let’s just say I won’t need to get that cabinet above on the ferry. LOVE

Keepsake boxes made from recycled keyboards.  Type up my receipt please!

A colorful basket of recycled yarn turned into decorative accessories.  The perfect finish to my colorful shopping trip!

Thanks for shopping with me!  If you’re on Martha’s Vineyard stop into Midnight Farm and have fun with home accessories, fashion, jewelry, and more!

Can’t wait for your next visit?  I understand.  I REALLY understand.  They’ve got you covered, visit Midnight Farm online!