Sunday, October 27, 2013

Scandinavian Costume (A Theme for Flowering Vine)

This is one of the last themes I came up with for the Flowering Vine Live Wallpaper App.
I started out wanting to do one with a red and turquoise color scheme which I had seen in some fashion ensembles and was really liking. Once I actually got going with the colors I decided to use the linen looking background because it reminded me of folk embroidery, like you'd see on a vintage sampler or maybe an ethnic blouse.
It took me some time to come with with the name because something like "Traditional Ethnic Embroidered Blouse" not only was way too long, but it didn't flow. Finally after searching around through images on Google, as well as terms in a thesaurus I finally came up with the name 'Scandinavian Costume', which, seems to fit the red blue theme since such styles ultimately seems to have been the inspiration for a lot of the red/blue designs one sees these days. 

Designing Themes for Flowering Vine Live Wallpaper for Android

Today something sparked my memory. I was looking at my phone and realized I hadn't put a seasonal wallpaper on it for a while and as Halloween is upon us I realized I had the perfect live wallpaper for adding a spooky look to my phone. Aww, but which theme to choose?

You see, a year ago about this time my husband's company, Thor Media, was focusing on making Live Wallpapers for Android phones. My brothers-in-law, Bryce and Will who are co-owners in the company were programming and designing these Apps and I was lucky enough to be involved in testing them for bugs and offering ideas and suggestions for designs etc.

Anyway, it was about this time last year that they released a new Live Wallpaper called Flowering Vine and on this particular app they added the feature of some preset themes for people to choose from in addition to the app colors and settings being customizable.

I was one of the lucky few who got to create some of the themes to be saved into the apps presets. This was so much fun! Let me tell you! I went crazy and I think I came up with at least fifteen themes in a couple of hours.

One of the funnest parts for me, as always, was coming up with names for the themes, you can kinda tell which themes are mine because of this. Instead of simply naming it something literal and obvious like "pink and brown" or something, the names I choose were inspired by various ideas, stories or designs.

So, just for fun, I thought I'd post about the ideas behind each theme.

I'm going to post a series of blogs so that each theme can have it's own post. Links for all of them will be updated here.

1. Scandinavian Costume

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Edible Decor

Ever since I started buying a Bountiful Basket, drinking Green Smoothies, and just buying more produce in general, one thing that I've enjoyed beyond the obvious benefits of such a life style is the fact that; because my kitchen  theme has always been fruit, with fun, graphic decor in bright colors. This makes is not only logical but very enjoyable and ascetically pleasing to have fresh fruit in the kitchen because I can use it as decor. Plus, having the fruit out in plain site makes it easier to remember to eat it before it goes bad. That is, if you can bring yourself to ruin the lovely display. Lol!
Of course my husband has no problem with the latter issue so it turns out to be a good system for eating our fresh fruit regularly. 

I have a fruit bowl, but often it fills up so quickly that it becomes necessary to use other places for displaying fruit. 

My favorite is the ledge under the window in the kitchen. Here are just a few of the arrangements that have resided there until they were eaten.
Pears . . .
 Golden Delicious Apples

Asian Pears and Apples

Maybe this will inspire some of you to find fun ways to display fruit in your own kitchen, and thereby encourage your family to eat it more often.