Our colour of the month for March is Pretty in Pink!
Pink, made up from red and white, is a colour that softens anything it touches. The light and delicate colour represents love, romance, softness, friendship and compassion.
This blush of colour is used all over the world in fashion, interiors and building. It started as the colour for boys in the 1700’s showing masculinity, before changing to the colour for little girls in 1940… although, thankfully colours are no longer related to gender!
In the 1960’s pink was marked as a colour of luxury by people like Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy, before being made an ‘edgy’ colour in the 80’s by Punk bands such as The Clash.
Pink is widely used in Asian cultures, especially in Japan because of the Cherry Blossom. In India, Jaipur is known as the Pink City because of their forts and palaces. Much like Marrakesh in Morocco, known as the Rose City because of all the salmon-pink buildings and red clay.
Nowadays, a pink ribbon is widely known to raise awareness of breast cancer… the power of colour is quite something.
March top tips for Pretty in Pink:
Tickled Pink – Listen to Pink Floyd – Keep an eye out for the Pink Panther – Pick a bunch of Pink Flowers – Sip on some fresh and fizzy Pink Lemonade – Go to Japan in Cherry Blossom season – Paint your lips bright Pink – Help bring colour to the world – Befriend a Pig – Ice a wedding cake – Dive into a delicious Grapefruit
Our colour of the month this February is of course, Valentine’s Red!
The colour of love, passion, desire and emotion. The Greeks and Hebrews considered red to be a symbol of love, they helped bring the colour from danger to desire. It represents both Cupid and the Devil, being both power and courage.
But do you really know the history behind Valentine’s Day?
The history of St Valentine is unclear but as the myth states, St Valentine was a Roman Catholic Priest who was executed on February 14th after marrying couples in secret. The marriage of young people at this time was prohibited as they believed married men would not make effective soldiers due to the worries of their wives and families. However, the Christian Church believed marriage was sacred, so St Valentine used to marry the couples in secret, before getting caught, imprisoned and tortured.
While in prison, St Valentine cured Asterius’ daughter of blindness by praying nightly with her. Asterius was so inspired he converted to the Christian faith. Legend states that when St Valentine was executed, the last words he ever wrote were to Asterius’ daughter and simply signed, “from your Valentine”.
February top tips for Valentine’s Red:
Look after your heart – Box and wrap a gift in red – Add some chilli for extra spice! – Gift your loved one on Valentine’s Day – Heart Chocolates taste the best – Pour yourself a large glass of red – Make their day – Your Galantine deserves the best present you can find – Pick a bunch of Red Roses
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We thought we’d start 2020 off in style by doing our colour of the month a bit differently…
This month we are celebrating all things Crush!
Made with our Handmade Cotton Recycled Paper, our Crushed foils are a best seller! The design comes in a wide variety of colours, making it perfect for any occasion!
The foil on these papers are hand crushed in our wonderful factory in India. They screen print the glue onto the paper, place the sheet of foil on top and then feed the paper through a roller. After this they peel off the sheet of foil, leaving behind the beautiful crushed foil pattern! Such a simple technique, yet so effective!
Our colour of the month for December is of course… London Red! This is the shade of red that features most in our Autumn/Winter Collection, adding some style to Christmas!
The primary colour represents fire and blood, energy and strength, war and danger, power and determination! Red is the strongest colour, relating to passion, desire and love, it is a very emotionally intense colour.
In London you see red everywhere you look… from buses to post boxes to fire engines, Red is definitely the colour you think of when you think of London!
Red may be common in London, but it is also very popular in all countries. Having different meaning everywhere you go, red is a vibrant, intense, sexy and festive colour! In India all brides wear red to signify the hope of a fertile marriage, whereas in Madagascar it is worn as burial clothing. Egyptians consider themselves a ‘red race’ so they paint their bodies red to draw attention to this. In Rome, red is worn as a colour of protection, similar to Japan who dress in red to expel demons and illness… it’s their symbol for life. China see red as a revitalising colour of good luck, happiness and is encountered in marriages.
The colour of your life, your blood and your heart. Representing strength and creating life, red is the colour of love, passion and romance.
A painted red door to your home traditionally means welcome and announces that your house has been paid for.
December top tips for London Red:
Try not to blush – Wear a Poppy with pride – Support the Red Cross – Enjoy a bowl a deep red Cherries – Light a Bonfire – Look after your Heart – Sing ‘Red Red Wine’ on Karaoke – Wear red to a wedding – Pout your Red Lips – Watch a show on the theatres red seats – Caught red handed – Grow your own tomatoes – Listen out for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve – Let a Fox family roam your garden – Binge Red Dwarf – Make a call in a phone box – Enjoy some Strawberries & Cream at Wimbledon – Post a letter – Enjoy the Sunset – Watch the Autumn leaves fall – Lets all live on Mars – Light a Chinese Lantern – STOP at the sign – Befriend a Red Setter, the loyal companion – Pour yourself a glass of Red
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Are you in need of some Christmas inspiration? Don’t worry, we have created a top ten full of all sorts of goodies, from stockings and Christmas Eve boxes to best selling designs and products! Let us know what your favourite is!
10. Starting at number 10, we have chosen this wonderful Santa Sack (Special Delivery). This 100% natural jute sack is perfect for bulk deliveries this Christmas! Screen printed with red and black ink, this sack is perfect for delivering to family and friends.
9. Coming in at number 9 is our gorgeous Tree Skirts! Perfect for dressing your tree this year (real or fake!). Go traditional with our Thistle Tree Skirt or buy a co-ordinating collection with ourNutcracker Tree Skirt, also available a matching Stocking & Gift Packaging Range.
8. Our brand new Crushed Foil Folding Boxes are great for gifting this year! Coming flat packed with matching tissue paper and a gift tag, these boxes make for super easy gifting! Available inRed, Silver andGold... we have one for every occasion!
4. Linking straight from number 5… we have chosen our Nutcracker Stockings! Including two different styles, our Ballerina Stocking and our Soldier Stocking… these are both perfect to fill full of goodies for the little ones this year.
3. And finally we’re into our top three!! Beginning with something that is definitely going to make your Christmas Sparkle… Glitter Nest Boxes!! And aren’t they gorgeous! Bringing colour, glitter and shine into your Christmas Day… and perfect for reusing as storage after they’ve been gifted!
2. We’re getting closer to our top pick… but first, second on our top 10 is something that will help to make the whole of December extra special! It is a fill-your-own Advent Calendar! Designed with our Frosty Friends theme, this calendar is perfect for the countdown to the big day! Fill with all your loved ones favourite things to make it extra special and personal.
1. Our Top Pick this year is a brand new product that is the perfect buy for making Christmas extra special… Christmas Eve Boxes! These fill-your-own boxes are perfect for making Christmas Eve even more exciting, and a way your little ones can open a present early and feel special! We have two designs, our Frosty Friends Xmas Eve Box or our Nutcracker Xmas Eve Box! Fill it with all their favourite goodies… we suggest Christmas Pyjamas, a DVD, some Popcorn and of course their favourite Hot Chocolate!
Like the look of our Top Ten?? Head on over to lovevivid.com to discover even more goodies to make your Christmas extra special!
We are thrilled to announce that our Cotton Paper Products have been approved by the Global Recycling Standard and will now proudly carry this International mark of achievement, giving confidence to consumers who are actively seeking environmentally responsible products.
The Global Recycling Standard (GRS) certifies the recycled content of each product, it’s chain of custody and the environmental and social manufacturing conditions.
So, let’s tell you a little bit more about how we make our recycled cotton paper products…
Our recycled cotton papers are handmade using the ‘off cuts’ of cotton from the textile trade. It takes two skilled workers a day to hand make 500 sheets of paper. Using water based dyes we can match to any Pantone shade, enabling us to achieve our Vivid base paper colours. Once made, we hang each sheet out in warm Indian sunshine to dry!
We filter, treat and re-use all water within the factory, harvesting rainwater for future use.
Mixing water-based inks by hand, we screen print all our surface designs with vibrant colours. Our inks sit on top of the paper instead of bleeding into the paper, which gives our designs texture & creates our signature Vivid colour POP!
We use this recycled cotton paper to make our gift wrapping papers, gift bags & gift boxes within all our seasonal collections and we offer a bespoke design service to our larger Customers.
We are proud to say that all our paper products are made in the same factory in Jaipur, India. Over 10 years of partnership has grown our India team to a skilful workforce of over 1000 people, bringing training, employment & social support to their families.
If you would like to know more about us and explore our Vivid products please take a look at our website… (www.lovevivid.com) Or contact us as email@example.com
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November is here… and our colour of the month (of course) is Festive Green!! Since we’re getting ready for Christmas here at Vivid HQ, we thought it was only fitting…
Green is closely related to the old English verb ‘Growan’, meaning ‘To Grow’. It unites us with it’s tie to nature… it is the most common natural colour and the colour that we see most in everyday life. From trees to the sea, green is everywhere we look! Due to this, Green is now the colour that is most sensitive to the Human Eye.
Currently associated with Environmental issues and being Eco-Friendly… Go Green! * Turn off the lights, avoid single use plastic, sweep – don’t hoover, recycle, buy a bag for life, shop local, walk or catch a bus, unplug that charger, use public transport, reuse!! *
Being the colour of Ireland, it represents the vast green hillsides… as well as being the colour for their patron saint, St. Patrick. In Japan, green is regarded as the colour of eternal life; whereas in China, green jade stones represent virtue and beauty. Portugal see green as the colour of hope because of its link with spring, and Scotland used to wear green as a mark of honour.
Green is one of the key colours of the Christmas season! Used in decorating; this originated from displaying Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe in homes to decorate and brighten up rooms, as well as to be used as a reminder that spring would come, and that winter wouldn’t last forever!
Of course though, the main reason we think of Green for Christmas is because of our gorgeous Christmas Trees! Otherwise known as Evergreen Fir Trees, they were originally hung upside down from the ceiling using chains to represent chandeliers!
This year there is a huge campaign about how real trees are better than fake, plastic ones! Did you know to get rid of fake plastic trees they have to burn them and melt the plastic, which then never fully bio-degrades… whereas a real Christmas tree bio-degrades naturally and quickly! Also, if you don’t want to just waste the tree, why not donate it to your local Zoo or Animal Sanctuary… the animals will be forever grateful as they eat them as a delicious Christmas snack! You aren’t the only one who wants that yummy Christmas dinner this year…
November Top Tips for Festive Green:
The grass is always greener – Top the Tree with a bright shining Star – Go Green, give up plastic – Grow your own Herbs in your lovely Green Garden – Pick your home-grown Vegetables – Mix blue and yellow paint and see what you get – Listen to Tom Jones, The Green Green Grass of Home – Shell some Peas – Visit Ireland – Remember, you have to kiss a few Frogs… – Decorate the Christmas Tree with Colourful Lights and Tinsel – Squeeze a lime into your Mojito – Plant a Tree – Gently fry Asparagus with garlic – Make a wish with a Four Leaf Clover – Drink Peppermint Tea in Morocco – Respect Nature and Recycle!
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It’s October!! And this month we are treating you with two colours… we just couldn’t decide which one we loved more!
Let’s start with Copper…
First recorded as a colour in England in 1594, this beautiful reddish brown colour resembles the metal, Copper. It is metallic yet warm and radiant.
Perfectly paired with shades of green, such as jade and teal… this colour combination is popular within bathroom and kitchen designs, including Copper kitchenware!
Copper piping isn’t only used for the obvious… it is extremely popular within modern industrial décor. Being used to create shelving, sinks, bed frames and much more. It is also often displayed with indoor plants being a glorious and rich pot, which looks great in any room.
The first recorded use of the name Orange was in 1512. Being a blend of red and yellow it is a warm, joyful and enthusiastic colour! The calm yellow mellows down the furious red, creating the perfect flamboyant in-between!
Being the colour of two different seasons… Orange could provide the sensation of heat and a hot summer. Often found in fresh fruit, it is associated with Vitamin C.
Pairing Orange with any colour creates a completely different feeling. For example; Orange and Blue are complimentary colours and feel like summer, sun and fresh water. Orange and Yellow resemble heat and fire. And Orange and Green are associated with adventure and tropical destinations!
Orange can also be a much more festive colour, resembling autumn, harvest and Halloween. It is the colour of autumn leaves and pumpkins – vibrant and organic.
Often used in restaurants, Orange stimulates appetite. It is also the national colour of The Netherlands.
Cloth was traditionally dyed Orange using Saffron. Often worn in places such as India, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Laos for religious reasons.
October Top Tips for Orange & Copper:
Sink your lips into a juicy Orange – Visit the Orange country – Cook in a Copper saucepan – Dress scary for Halloween – Paint an accent wall Copper – Squeeze some fresh Orange juice straight into a glass – Light a bonfire and watch the flames – Make a bookshelf with Copper Pipe – Smell some Orange blossom – Dye your hair Ginger – Read a vintage Penguin book – Hang up your Orange coat with your Copper coat hanger – Visit a Buddhist Temple – Swim with Goldfish – Pop your Copper Kettle on the stove – Eat some Marmalade with Paddington Bear – Paint the Sunset
Check out our Instagram page for all of our fun and exciting ideas for using Orange & Copper!
Show us how you’re using colour by sending in your own photos… they could even be featured on our blog or Pinterest!
Check out what Sue has done with our fabulous Pink Little Treat Wrap! Including our ‘You are Loved’ Gift topper… she has created a masterpiece!
She said: “it’s our coral wedding anniversary this coming Sunday, so this pink Little Treat range was perfect for me to gift wrap my coral-themed gifts to my husband of 35 years. I’ve added some coral confetti, a piece of silicone ‘coral’ and some coral printed serviettes”
We love seeing what you’ve done with our wrap/tags/toppers and more! Please send us in all your wonderful designs to feature on our blog!
Our colour of the month this September is Royal Blue…
Blue is the world’s most popular colour! We think this is because it reminds people of the colour of the sky on a clear day… or the colour of a calming deep blue sea. It represents freedom, imagination, inspiration and sensitivity!
Meaning something different in each country, blue is traditionally associated with sadness. The term ‘Feeling Blue’ has more than one origin, one myth is that it is believed that in Greek Mythology the God Zeus would make it rain when he was sad, and create a storm when he was angry… hence he was ‘Feeling Blue’. Another myth is it comes from old deepwater sailing ships. When a ship lost its captain or one of its many officers during voyage, the ship would fly a blue flag and return home with a blue band painted around its hull.
In the Islamic Islands blue is regarded as a magical colour, often bringing misfortune or happiness. In China blue is traditionally associated with torment and in Turkey/Central Asia it is often the colour of mourning.
Blue is very important for the Judaism religion, being the colour of Hanukkah. This is because of the colours of the Israel Flag. It is also associated with the festival of lights and the Bible tells Jews to include a thread of blue in their prayer shawls.
In England blue is known as an honest, hard-working and easy-to-wear colour. Business men traditionally wear blue shirts with their suits to portray the feeling of credibility and professionalism. It also means truth, healing, tranquility, faith, peace, harmony, calm, trust, security and protection. We believe it brings loyalty, purity and power!
September Top Tips for Royal Blue:
Feeling Blue… – Lie back and watch the clear blue sky – Listen to the sound of the deep blue sea crashing against the rocks – Collect blue and white china – Help someone who is feeling blue to laugh – Take time out to listen to some ‘Blues’ – Share the Rock’n’Roll song ‘Blue Monday’ via Bluetooth – Blue (Da Ba Dee) – Study Picasso’s Blue Period – Wake up to the sound of a Bluebird singing – Pull on your favourite blue jeans – Munch on some juicy blueberries – Jive to Elvis’s ‘Blue Suede Shoes’
Check out our Instagram page for all of our fun and exciting ideas for using Royal Blue… including a collaboration with VV Rouleaux!
Show us how you’re using this colour by sending in your own photos… they could even be featured on our blog or Pinterest!