I call this a blog, but it’s really much less involved than that. It’s a teensy blog.

Sparks are seemingly small things: colors and light, music and moments, people and pets, thoughts and words. Just by their very being, they light me up a bit. They can cause a little smile, a thrill in my heart, a gasp, a tickle in my tummy, a burst of laughter, tears in my eyes, a tiny or full-body sigh. Whether it’s a stellar day or a sloggy one, sparks are what help me slow down and take note ~and~ what keep me scooting right along each day. I hope you’ll comment if something you see here resonates with you.


Spark 2: Color of the Year

In the category of seemingly frivolous and silly, I’ve had today marked on my calendar for months. Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year (and related Color Trends) for 2021 were announced at 2:00 this afternoon: Aegean Teal 2136-40. This may seem ridiculous and “Who cares?” and “Who even gets to determine such things?” but I am influenced by this every year. I never would have spent much time considering this color, what makes it itself, how it interacts with other colors . . . but just a few minutes after it was released, I started having ideas about it for my home and my cards. I use a color *close* to it in my designs, but Aegean Teal is a bit softer and smokier. (I also noticed that one of the colors in the Color Trends palette is Gray Cashmere, which is on about 75% of the walls in my home. I thank my friend Dama for introducing me to that color years ago.)

I love this announcement every year because it makes me slow down and really *notice* a color. And that makes me breathe a bit. Those are good things. I’m excited to see how designers (not just of homes) play with it over time. And I may already have ordered the Color Trends booklet. (You can’t expect me to wait till the local paint store gets their copies in, can you?!) I look forward to getting you know you, Aegean Teal.


Louisa Wimberger is the owner and designer of Bright Spark Paper, a small-batch greeting card and invitation studio in Northampton, Massachusetts. Originally inspired by her mom’s birthday calendar in the kitchen, she has loved choosing, writing, postage-stamping and sending cards since childhood. She has spent much of the last 20 years happily growing her own line of cards, and loves knowing that mailboxes are a little bit brighter when people send some thoughts and love to their favorite people.

Grown in Charlottesville, VA ❤️ Now in Northampton, MA

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