Tuesday, January 20, 2015

50 Shades of Red

If January had a color, it would be dishwater gray. But February would be fifty shades of red.
Cherries, pomegranates, rhubarb, paprika, maroon, flushed cheeks, fire engines, burgundy fingernail polish, ladybugs.  


"Red is the ultimate cure for sadness."
 --Bill Blass

We're still knee-deep in January, but today's weather is delightful.
As midwinter sunlight blazed into the kitchen, I hummed a Billie Holiday song and gathered every red thing that I could find. February is only two weeks away. It's time to set a colorful, pre-Valentine's table.

Since it's still winter, I couldn't resist adding my snowman water globe.

The white hyacinth smells so sweet, reminding me that spring is on the way.


I love homemaking. 
I love the simple act of gathering dishes. 
Making a home is more than a simple pleasure--it is as necessary as breathing. Maybe it's coded into our DNA, a gene for homebodies, a drive to add comfort and joy to our everyday world. 





Now that the table is ready, it's time to think about February and its fifty shades.
It's also time to bake. I chose an easy recipe, along with one that's a little out of my comfort zone (for me, anyway).
Fingers crossed.

"Bright reds--scarlet, crimson or cherry are very cheerful and youthful.
There is certainly a red for everyone."
--Christian Dior

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37 comments:

  1. what great pictures !!! love greetings from angie from Germany

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  2. Love this post! I agree red is a cure for sadness- what a wonderful thought! Love the dishes and the snowman :-)

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  3. Beautiful pictures...the reds seemed to pop toward me!

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  4. Well, I love that you've showcased my favorite color! That last vignette should be on a card, Michael Lee...gorgeous!
    Now I'm intrigued on what recipe you've chosen.

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  5. Thank you for the bright shades of red to brighten my day! Yes...Jan is so blah! I am ready for spring...having just had a couple of weeks of Jan. Your photos are beautiful. Sheila

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    1. I can't believe the sunshine we've been having! I went outside without a coat today. Will it last?

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  6. I can smell that hyacinth from here...Heaven!! Love all your pretty reds!!

    I smiled when I saw your title...50 shades of Red...that is what my quilt guild has chosen for our next year's quilt challenge! LOL We have to make a quilt out of nothing but red & white fabrics...no other colors, but we are encouraged to use as many shades of red & white that we can find. I hope to share photos about this time next year...should be awesome!

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  7. And red, red, cardinals...we been getting lots of visits from red birds, I posted on my blog RETURN TO LOBLOLLY LANE about a female red bird flew into the glass door and knocked herself cuckoo, I actually got photo's and held her until she got better and flew away...love your red's so pretty, can't wait to see what you've been baking.

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    1. I'm so glad you revived her. Poor thing. A mockingbird used to peck on my window at 5 am. I taped a picture of a frog onto the glass, and the mockingbird fled.

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  8. ...and here I was hoping you had some inside "writer's scoop" about Fifty Shades of Grey!!!!! hahahahahahaha
    I WILL be in that line on V day!!!

    The light coming in thru your window makes the red colors just pop!! Beautiful

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    1. I enjoy your comments tremendously! Glad you stopped by!

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  9. Hi Micheal Lee! Oh, I loved this post and you always bring me joy when I come over. I love the reds and the way you've positioned everything! Your photography is gorgeous too! Keep it up! ;) I love it.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. I was just thinking about you, Shelia. Glad you liked the post. xxooo

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  10. Love seeing the bold red but also the idea that plaid can be for Valentine's and not just Christmas! Great photos!

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    1. I love plaid, too. Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. I love all your shades of RD!!! I just did a tartan table too! Your photos are so beautiful, it is always a pleasure to visit your posts. Now, what are you baking/??:):)

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    1. I made a no-bake Oreo chocolate tart (much easier than I thought), and a chocolate Bundt.

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  12. Blue skies and sunshine here too! It's a nice break from the wet, cold, gray days we'd had for weeks. It's hinting of spring, but I think the cold will return.
    Your post brings on joyful smiles. It's fun to make a mental lists of the different shades of red. I used to have my first grade students do a writing exercise. Each student had to think of something red, but it had to be different from anyone else. Then we complied the pages to make a class book. Fun to see the ideas they thought of.
    Do you know the book, RED ON RED, by Stephanie Hoppen? I did a post on it http://hyacinthforthesoul.blogspot.com/2011/02/red-on-red-by-stephanie-hoppen.html
    You have me thinking about a new red post of my own. ;-)

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    1. I love your writing exercises for your first graders. I'm going to check out your post on Red on Red. Looking forward to your red post!

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  13. Oh, I don't know, I also think red in January! January's birthstone is the garnet, and there are some fine Cabernets to be sipped by the fire. For me, red season begins in December and extends until February 14th, after which my mind switches to purples and lavenders. I don't know why, I've never examined it too closely. Love, love, love your tartan dishes, and wholeheartedly agree with your views on homemaking. Thak you for providing us with beautiful imagery to imagine and inspire our own homemaking!

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    1. Beautiful images of January. And I love how you have a red season--I would love to do that in the new (old) house. Thank you, Maria.

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  14. I'm cheered immediately and mad for your plaid! We had a couple of days in a row of sunny skies and beautiful January weather here with cold rain returning tomorrow. I think I'll need for some of your flower and red therapy :)

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    1. Red therapy is needed today. I hope this gloomy weather skips you!

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  15. January in Houston has definitely been shades of gray, and, like you, I've tried to brighten it a bit by adding color here and there.

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    1. It helps, doesn't it, Lulu? Thank you for stopping by today!

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  16. I just love those red plaid plates! Where did you find them?? I've been in such a plaid mode these past months myself.

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    1. I found the plaid plates at Williams-Sonoma online. The mug came from Ebay and somewhat matched (but that's why I love plaid and tartan(. Thank you for visiting, Cynthia!

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  17. Love the plaid dishes! Beautiful photos.

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  18. Red makes me swoon any time of the year! So pretty! :)

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    1. It sure is a swoon-worthy color. I'm drawn to red foods, too. Thank you for visiting, Kim!

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  19. I believe homemaking IS in our DNA, either you have it or you don't! I do know snow shoveling isn't in mine! Day 7 of trying to get my car out! Just when I think I am there, poof, Mother Nature shakes her dandruff all over again! It is 12 as I write, but sunny, so although housebound yet another day, at least it isn't dreary.
    Your table is very lovely, perfect for a winter day, Valentine or not!

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