Colour therapy: yellow

(1, 3, 5 & 7 by me, 2, 4, 6)

Colour therapy is quite interesting as it can make you rethink how you feel about a colour, as well as giving you food for thought when it comes to interior design and what to wear to affect your mood.

Yellow instantly makes you think of sunshine and is a great mood enhancer, it is optimistic and cheerful. It is also the colour most associated with cowardice although, conversely in Japan it is the colour of courage.

In psychology yellow is said to represent the colour of the mind, enlightenment and the intellect. In many religions, particularly Hinduism, yellow is the colour most often used to represent deities.

In terms of chakras it represents the sacral chakra, governing wisdom, clarity and self-esteem. It is a creative colour and relates to self-worth; how we feel about ourselves and how we feel that others perceive us. Yellow energy can connect us to our mental self, giving us clarity of thought, increasing awareness and stimulating interest and curiosity.

In marketing yellow is never used to sell men's products as they view yellow as fun, lighthearted and spontaneous. Yellow signs are often used in shops to promote deals as yellow is the first colour your brain registers before any other.

Yellow crystals such as citrine, yellow jasper, yellow opal and amber aid in clarity for decision making, boost concentration, increase energy and offer relief from burnout and exhaustion.

Could you benefit from some yellow in your life?


The Pink Post

I'm bringing back The Pink Post, which started life way back when, here. Pink is a bit like Marmite really isn't it? You either love it or hate it... but I'm a fan, pink is my favourite colour! 

This weeks pinkfest is themed around self love, something I'm consciously spending more time on right now. When you neglect to look after yourself it can be the beginning of low self esteem, body confidence issues, increased anxiety and stress... not a good path.

I found a couple of good posts on the subject to share with you... How to date yourself and 100 ways to show yourself love if you hate pink and bubble baths.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

PS. See previous The Pink Post here


Here's one I made earlier...dreamcatcher

I spent most of Sunday working on this, pretty proud of it! The pink garage underneath our flat proved to be the perfect backdrop to capture it... I used an crocheted doily (bought of ebay, I've not mastered the art of crochet) stretched and tied to a large wooden embroidery ring. I wrapped the ring in wool and then hand cut felt feathers in baby pink, hot pink and white and attached them with more wool and pretty glittery plastic beads I've had for years and years. Made ribbons by cutting up a pink floral fabric with scalloped edge scissors and tied them to the ring too.

I enjoyed making a few wall hangings earlier this year and I really enjoyed making this, more dreamcatchers and wall hangings to follow I think!

What have you been up to lately?


Happy Monday

My Happy Monday posts are my weekly record of what is making me happy at the time. This Monday it's the amazing sunshine we've been having, flowers, freshly baked baguettes, Tom, yoga (it makes me so relaxed), my new harem pants (so comfy), tea and counting down the days until we set off for Dorset.

1 Hollyhocks nearby, 2, 3

PS. See previous Happy Monday post here


An evening on the river

Yesterday evening Tom suggested going punting and as it was such a beautifully warm evening it was perfect for it so we did. We saw dragonflies skimming and dancing over the water, a pair of kingfishers darting from bank to bank, a swan family (complete with super fluffy cygnet) which followed us down the river and lots of ducks. 
Tom managed to navigate us round a completely collapsed tree that stretched the width of the river, we think it probably came down the night before in the huge thunderstorms. I dipped my feet in the river. We watched toddlers play by the riverside. We watched the sun get lower & lower, hot air balloons floating overhead and the sky slowly turning pink. 
I love how Oxford is a city in the heart of the country, you are never more than a few minutes away from nature. We had a lovely relaxing evening and came home sun-infused and happy.

Thank you for the supportive comments on my last post, they mean a lot! xxx

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