It’s a blog walk!


I’m participating in a blog walk for the first time ever – and it’s about color palettes, which I love. Hosted by the oh-so-talented Brandi (have you seen her shop??), our instructions were to make up color palettes from photos of things that bring us joy.

It wasn’t hard to pick them. I could have chosen photos of my loved ones, or worship at my church, or any number of things, but the three below came immediately to mind. I hope you enjoy, and don’t forget to check out the other Blog Walk participants at the end of this post.

A beach in Hawaii, near Diamond Head.

If I ever win the lottery, Hawaii is where we’ll go to live.  Both Nick and I feel like entirely different people when we’re there, and the three years we lived on Oahu in the early 90’s are among our favorite memories. I took this photo during our trip there in 2009 – it was near sunset and the light was just luminous. The colors don’t scream “Hawaii” to me, but there’s something about the stillness of the water and the way it so perfectly reflects the sky that speaks of peace and contentment to me – and that’s what Hawaii means when I think of it.

A sea lion, Sea Life Park

During that same trip, I had the amazing experience of swimming with dolphins for the first time ever. On the way back to the car, we passed the sea lion exhibit, and this sea lion seemed to be posing, just for me.  I have no idea how this photo came out the way it did – the water looks silky and I love his sinuous sleek shape.

Red Creek Jasper Pendant, 2011

And of course, making my jewelry brings me great joy. I’d do it all day, every day if I could.


Other Blog Walk participants:

Lori at Pretty Things —
Marsha at Marsha Neal Studio Blog —
Cindy at Sweet Bead Studio —
Kerry at Kab’s Concepts —
Cynthia at Ornamental Style —
Linda at Linda’s Bead Blog & Meanderings —
Emily at Good Things* —
Erin at Treasures Found —
Brandi at Brandi Girl Blog —
Jenni at Jenni’s Beads —
Shari at Exploring the Wonders of Life —


10 replies
  1. Brandi
    Brandi says:

    Francesca, these are so fabulous!

    My favorite has to be the first – I’m originally from Hawaii and I love seeing home through the eyes of someone else. You’re right, the colors you captured don’t immediately scream Hawaii, but I think that makes it even better, don’t you? There are so many sides to Hawaii, so many things to discover, and I love that you’ve captured, and are celebrating, that!

    I think it also hits me because Hawaii is where I go to relax and unwind, so this palette makes me so happy.

    How long did you live there? Growing up, I spent most of my time on the Windward side – Kaneohe, Kailua, Waimanalo.

    • Francesca
      Francesca says:

      Thanks, Brandi – I love that first one too. I think I knew you were from Hawaii originally, but had forgotten it until you posted your comment. We lived in Kailua for a year and then Kaneohe for two. We really loved it – my husband lived there for 10 years at one point in his life, and I think it is really his heart’s home.

      I think I need to put a copy of this up in my studio!!

  2. ejorpin
    ejorpin says:

    Beautiful palettes! I especially love that first photo – such a calming scene (plus, I’m a sucker for reflections on water)

  3. Jenni Connolly
    Jenni Connolly says:

    Awesome photos, Francesca. I have never been to Hawaii…it’s on the list though!! Your palettes are all muted and very lovely…I especially love the first. The seal photo is gorgeous.

    • Francesca
      Francesca says:

      Thanks, Jenni – I love that photo, too. That sea lion just kept posing and posing – the shape is so wonderful. You’ll love Hawaii when you get there!

  4. Marsha Neal Studio
    Marsha Neal Studio says:

    I love your palettes – So earthy and comforting to me… And all so interesting! Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos, beautiful palettes and great memories of joy! That Red Creek Jasper pendant necklace is just awesome beyond words 🙂

  5. Erin Prais-Hintz
    Erin Prais-Hintz says:

    Greetings Miss Francesca! I am delighted to make a new friend on this walk! I love your palettes. I have never been to Hawaii but I understand that it is not to be missed. Maybe one day… I do so love that little sea lion. The water is so silky, you are right. The colors are gorgeous. And your jewelry is beautiful. I would work at mine every day if I could too. Enjoy the day!

  6. Cindy
    Cindy says:

    Hello Francesca! It was fun visiting your blog for the first time! I am struck by your amazing photography…your Blog Walk pictures are so gorgeous. Hawaii has a special place in my heart as well, as that was where we went on our honeymoon. I fell in love with macadamia nut pie!
    I color palette found in your ocean shot is one of my favorite color combinations, with the soothing blues and creams. Your necklace is just gorgeous, btw!!


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