Hey, I'm Tracey. The word kaleidoscope is derived from Greek words meaning observer of beautiful forms, and the intent of my blog is to be a kaleidoscope of all types of design that I love and which inspire me. I hope it will give you inspiration too.

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summertime & the livin' is easy

it's finally summer; one of my favorite times of the year. we look forward to lots of beach & pool time as well as spending quality time with family & friends. here's one gal who loves the surf, sand & sunshine! i have several new projects in the works too that i'll be sharing soon, as well as more fun vacation pics. happy summer!



it's always lots of fun for me to decorate our table for the holidays. this year we hosted half the family for thanksgiving so the table wasn't quite as long as when everyone is here. i'm a little after-the-fact but wanted to post a pic of our lovely table decor (before guests arrived). I enjoy thinking about how I'm thankful for each person who attended our thanksgiving meal and also for all of our family members who had their feast elsewhere. i know i need to be better every day about counting my blessings and being thankful for loved ones. i'm glad we have a holiday like thanksgiving to remind me to focus more on this important fact! happy holidays!


loving fall and change

Hey! It's finally fall and with that comes changes in colors & seasons. I think this time of year also inspires change in other ways too. I have been a member of A Fresh Bunch for almost two years and through this awesome group, I have had the opportunity to create & sell designs for several great clients. So I was thrilled when AFB changed & updated their logo with my painted watercolor roses pattern in the background! I think the new logo looks really bright and fresh, just like AFB. I was featured on the AFB site a few months ago, check it out here, and you can see my AFB profile here.

We love change; happy fall! 


beach days

we love packing up the family (& all the stuff!) and going to the same beach house we rent each summer. the week is always filled with lots of love, sun, food & some adult beverages too. i really enjoy bringing my camera on the beach and snapping the lovely & tranquil sites that surround us.  beauty and fun are everywhere at the beach & what's not to love about blowing coutless bubbles too!


mom's day

happy spring! mother's day is a few weeks away & i have always loved this special day to honor my sweet mom for everything she did and continues to do for me & my 3 sisters. last year i designed a special card sold on treat.com (check it out here) to be sent from the hubby, but i did something a little different this year and created this mom's day card above, also sold on treat, which can be sent to sisters who are moms. the wording can certainly be customized to also be sent to your mom as well!

all three of my fabulous sisters are moms who are wonderful, caring & selfless, and i look foward to sending them each this card. also as a bonus, treat will mail your cards directly to your loved ones so in a few clicks, you have created a personalized card, expressed your heart-felt sentiment and sent it straight to that special person. super easy!