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2013 Predictions: The Year of Whimsy


  1. Pantone chose emerald green, but my color of the year is lemon zest, a light yet vibrant and fresh color to accent all the carefree moments and exciting surprises I feel this year has in store.
  2. In 2013, we will wear photo prints. And I’d like to take this one step further: wouldn’t it be awesome if someone developed a website for people to order fabric or even garments printed with their own photos? If this already exists, please let me know!
  3. Jewelry design will be lighthearted and nostalgic. We will wear lacy, airy pendants, brooches, and bracelets; barely there fine metal chains; and simple pieces in single colors and geometric shapes.
  4. First came Ravelry, then came Craftsy. In 2013, someone will create a website where crafters can actually teach each other in real time.
  5. We will want more handmade goods. You’ve all heard of Etsy, but other sites like Fab, Dawanda, Folksy, and icraft.ca will gain in popularity this year.
  6. Food trucks will team up to create food trains.
  7. We will wear socks so bright and playful that it’ll become standard to wear them knee-high with sandals just to show them off.

I’m gonna love 2013!


3 thoughts on “2013 Predictions: The Year of Whimsy

  1. They have done a challenge on Project Runway where they design and print their own fabrics and I’ve always thought it was so cool! Of course, they do it while advertising fancy HP computers and printers. I know that you can upload your own images and have them printed on fabric at http://www.spoonflower.com. I would assume they could print using your photos, but I don’t know all the format requirements!

  2. Ooo, I wants to play with Spoonflower! Thank you so much, bepcity, for the tip. I did a quick looksy around the site and gathered that you can upload photos, but unless you have a 40 megapixel camera, you’ll probably have to rescan the image at 600 dpi in order to fill a yard of fabric. It doesn’t look like you can go any bigger than that, but they also offer an 8″ x 8″ swatch and an 18″ x 21″ fat quarter. I see a photo print project in my future. Thanks again!

    PS. Love Project Runway too! I think I saw photo printing for the first time when Viktor did it on Season 9.

    • Yay! You’re so welcome. I haven’t played around with it much, but it sure looks fun. I can’t wait to see how your future project turns out! : )