Posted in Art/Culture, California, Food, Home/Garden, tagged California oranges, citrus, citrus label, orange, orange label, vintage orange label on February 28, 2012 |
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We’ve just gone through the peak months for some orange varieties in California. I’ve enjoyed a variety of the fruit including the delectable tangelo. But, of course, the ones that I enjoy the most are the home-grown ones gifted by neighbors and friends.
My orange tress have started to bloom, and I just love the exquisite scent of the orang blossom flowers. I think it’s becoming one of my favorite fragrances.
I’m also captivated by the vintage labels and advertising of the Californian citrus industry: a colorful window into the state’s history. It is interesting to learn that it began in the late 19th century with the arrival of the railroad in Southern California. Farmers were then able to ship their produce throughout the country. To identify and advertise their produce, colorful crate labels were created and attached to the wooden crates.
The era of crate labels ended in the 1950s when growers started to use cardboard boxes.
Here are some that were displayed in an exhibition in Los Angeles.
Read more about the history of citrus in Orange County, California at: http://buildingbridgesworld.wordpress.com/2010/04/13/musings-in-april-citrus-county/
For a pic of the orange harvest from my garden, please see: http://buildingbridgesworld.wordpress.com/2011/03/19/citrus-harvest/
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Posted in Color Psychology, Home/Garden, tagged autumn, color, Color Psychology, fall, home decoration, living room, mood, orange on October 4, 2009 |
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Last week, I had orange on my mind. I was thinking of ways to update or change the look of my living room with the coming of fall.
I was not quite ready to give up the bright, sunny colors of summer, and I still wanted bright, uplifting hues in my surroundings. Then it occurred to me to add some orange decorative accents or accessories. After all, orange is a color that bridges the hot and cold seasons. It brings to mind the citrus of summer and the leaves of autumn.
Later, over the weekend, I read an article “Haute orange” in the Orange County Register where Cindy McNatt wrote that orange is the “it” color this season. Well, that’s nice to know. She quoted designer Amanda Malson as saying: “Orange is a vibrant color that has less intensity than red or yellow and actually a calming effect. We love using orange with a neutral base and pairing with hues of blue.”
Color psychology, which studies the effect of color on human feelings, moods and behavior, points out that orange can have a positive impact on one’s emotional state. Orange represents warmth, energy, exuberance and excitement. It is said to open up your emotions, and will stimulate activity and socialization.
It is also said that sometimes we are drawn to a color because we want to have the attribute that it represents. The exuberance of orange will be a good attribute to have as the days get shorter and nippier.
An orange item adds zest to a room. (Pic from photos8.com)
I bought this fabric to make cushion covers. I was drawn to its orange accents and the somewhat retro feel.
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