2017 Color of the Year: Greenery

Every year, Pantone selects a color of the year.  This symbolic color selection is a snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.  This year’s Color of the Year is Greenery 15-0343.


Here is how Pantone describes this color:

A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.

Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront – it is an omnipresent hue around the world.

A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.”

Towards the end of 2016, I created this custom simplewear box set with the request of designing the set based on a little turtle.  Little did I know, my color choice would be so on point with 2017’s color trend.

simplewear_greenery_set simplewear_turtle

Custom Simplewear Gift Box Sets can be purchased, here.

I ♥ Ông Ngoại & Bà Ngoại

i was delighted when a recent simplewear customer shared a picture of her parents with me from the day she announced her pregnancy with a customized i heart grandma & grandpa (coming soon…) onesie (in vietnamese).


the joy radiating out of these soon-to-be grandparents is captured beautifully and i’m humbled my little onesie design was part of their special moment.

“i heart grandma & grandpa (coming soon…)” onesie is available for purchase here.

simplewear’s #1 design with a twist

i always tell my customers that all available designs in my simplewear Etsy shop is fully customizable as each onesie is made to order.  so every once in a while i get requests to change colors or fonts depending on what the customer wants.  here’s a look at this years favorite design with a slight twist.  a grey & red color instead of the black & red combo with a script font for the “coming soon” type.  i actually really like the way this custom request turned out.  it makes the design much more whimsical.


as these special announcement onesies have been such a huge hit this year, up next on my never ending to do list is to come up with more designs to add onto this fun new section of my shop. in the meantime, if you want to customize a onesie for yourself or for a gift, just contact me and i would be more than happy to help you out with your request.

thankful for…

…all these wonderful simplewear Etsy orders i’ve received this month!

seems like the holiday season is in full swing now.  holiday decorations are up in most major retail stores, temporary ice skating rinks have landed and my simplewear Etsy shop has been busy taking orders for the thanksgiving holiday.  no, we’re not selling turkeys!  however, it seems a lot of you have a bun in the oven!  and thanksgiving is the perfect holiday to make your special announcement to the family.  i’ve had a lot of orders for the “i heart grandma & grandpa (coming soon…)” onesie along with a couple custom requests.

this one in particular i thought was very fitting for the thanksgiving holiday. mama-to-be is surprising her family by wrapping these onesies up with the silverware for dinnertime .  how cute and fun, huh?

when she told me her initial idea, i immediately new this custom design was a must. reminds me of when we go around the table and say what we’re each thankful for.  as an added surprise to each onesie, the expected due date (coming soon july 2013) is mentioned on the backside of the onesie.  the soon to be aunties & uncles are getting the classic “loved and spoiled by” designs with the addition of the due date announcement on the backside as well.

if you’re interested in using a simplewear onesie to help make your special announcement, be sure to visit the shop and check out the available designs.  remember, we do custom designs and all existing designs are fully customizable as well.

i ♥ mamaw & papaw (coming soon…)

i’ve received so many orders for the “i heart grandma & grandpa (coming soon…)” onesie lately and a few times i’ve been asked to customize this design with their own version of “grandma & grandpa” or even a few “aunt & uncle” requests, which makes for a special way of announcing your pregnancy to the ENTIRE family!

here is a special one i created recently that is on it’s way to surprising a set of parents of their son’s new journey into fatherhood.  matthew is currently in afghanistan, so he’ll be skyping with his parents as they open this special package.  i can’t wait to hear and see their reaction when they open this package.  with luck, i’m hoping matthew is able to get a screenshot of his mother’s face as he’s promised to share her reaction with me.

just thinking about it brings tears of joy to my eyes.