The rabbit said to the bird

‘So she’s really serious about this whole mustard yellow obsession?’
‘Well she sure seemed excited when she found me’.
‘Hmmm, I’ve seen her looking at my white porcelain finish lately … I wonder if I should be worried?’

Goodness, it’s a bit alarming when your normally uncommunicative animals start talking to each other about your colour fixation. I guess that’s when you know you may have a very serious problem indeed. I honestly thought my yellow obsession would be long gone by now, but here we are probably a year later and I’m still looking for excuses to surround myself with that bright and cheery colour.

What the rabbit said to the bird

First it was finding the perfect mustard-coloured cardigan, then I found myself unable to resist a beautiful yellow coat … and lately I’ve been searching for a skirt with just the right length and in a particular shade of yellow. For someone whose wardrobe has always been filled with a large proportion of black, blue and grey, this yellow obsession makes little sense. Unless perhaps it’s just all about making up for lost time? All those years spent thinking that yellow just wasn’t the colour for me … the days lost to the wearing of black cardigans and coats when I could have been making things so much sunnier …

Whatever the reason this mustard thing and I seem to be getting pretty serious, and now it’s spread to homewares. Just look at this sweet little birdy I had to make mine! … Where will this yellow madness end? I can’t really say, but it does have me a little concerned about what may be next. Will I begin obsessing over all things purple or green at some point in the future?

One thing this shows me is that maybe we never really know ourselves … or at the very least understand where our colour preferences will take us. What’s your current colour obsession?


  1. charmaine

    don’t worry my dog definitely talks to me and has an opinion! :-))
    Yellow/mustard such a pretty cheerful colour. Would love to see a photo of the skirt when you find one!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Charmaine – Haha, yes … my cat and dog also talk to me, and they seem very happy to make their feelings known. 😉

      Mustard is a wonderful colour, once the perfect skirt is discovered I will definitely share the results … I may have found one, but I’m looking for a cheaper option. Sometimes the cost of clothing amazes me!

  2. jan

    I’m not really fond of the color yellow, but every time i wear yellow, I get great compliments. So I do wear it more than I normally would. When I wear black it’s instant witchy woman. I’m most comfortable in pinky reds.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jan – I think the way you are with yellow is the way I am with red … I tend to find it too strong a colour to wear very often, but whenever I do I get the loveliest of compliments.

      Whenever I wear black I try to break it up with a colourful accessory … pinky reds sound rather lovely. I think more often than not I can be found in greys and blues. 🙂

  3. Gabrielle Bryden

    Hahahaha – love the conversation between your ceramics 🙂 I would say your subconscious is trying to cheer you up with the not so subtle use of yellow (which just pulls one out of a funk – even if you resist) 😉 I used to be huge on black (when I was going through my dark period) but now I rarely put on black (except coats – and even them I am veering to grey – with colourful scarves) and find it pulls me down emotionally – who would have thought colours were so influential but they are.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – Haha, it seems all the animals of the house like to share their feelings on all manner of subjects! 😉
      I think you’re right about the call of yellow … there’s no way anyone can be miserable or glum around such a bright and happy colour …

      Like yourself I think I used to wear a lot more black than I do now. I recently gave away most of my black coats and now just have one grey coat which I adore … it’s amazing the power these colours hold, and how much they contribute to our moods. 🙂

  4. Erika Lee Sears

    Tracey I swear you must be my twin. I had the same yellow obsession too and I did find the perfect yellow cardigan.. now i am looking for the perfect dark turquoise cardigan. A girl can never have too many right?


    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Erika – Haha, well I’d be very happy to have you as a twin! 😉
      I’m so glad to hear you found yourself the perfect yellow cardigan … I was so excited when I found one in exactly the shade I’d been after for what seemed like ages …

      Oh, a dark turquoise cardigan sounds pretty fabulous too Erika. I definitely support you on that search – when it comes to cardigans I can NEVER say no to another! 🙂

  5. Camila F.

    Also adore this color! The little bird is adorable (and I think the cute bunny SHOULD be worried)!


    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Camila – It’s such a fabulous colour. I’m surprised to discover just how much it works with in my wardrobe.
      Haha, hopefully the bunny will remain his sweet self, free from a mustard yellow conversion! 😉

  6. hila

    my cat talks to me all the time 🙂
    my current colour fixation is grey, possibly because it’s cold and wintry here. I’ve been so sick Tracey, sorry for not visiting this space for a while.


    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Hila – Cats can be rather chatty can’t they? 😉
      I know my pets are always up for a talk … and I don’t mind telling them something from time to time either! 😉
      Oh grey is a wonderful colour to fixate on – it’s one that I tend to gravitate towards in the cooler seasons too.

      PS. No need to apologise for not visiting, it’s so much more important to focus on your health. I hope you’re now back to 100% Hila. xx

  7. Michelle

    I am in love with yellow. I go through stages so have been living in blacks, greys and blues for a while now and my inner sunshine is gasping to escape. I have ordered some material to make a yellow maxi skirt but it is just taking eons to arrive (summer might be over before it gets here and that would be too tragic).

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Michelle – As you can tell I’ve fallen deeply in love with all things yellow too! It’s such a lovely colour, I never seem to be able to get enough of it! That ‘inner sunshine’ is a rather lovely way of putting it! 🙂

      Oh, making a yellow maxi skirt sounds pretty wonderful … I hope your fabric doesn’t take too much longer to arrive. You’ll definitely have to share the finished product! 🙂

  8. Jess

    Such a cute little pair! Hmm, I think my ongoing obsession – at least with dresses – seems to be pink! I rarely see a pink 50s dress I don’t like, but I have to limit myself lest I end up with a pink-dominant wardrobe!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jess – They are a rather lovely pair! (they’re just two of my recent additions).
      Oh pink is a wonderful colour, and another one of those that I used to underrate terribly … it’s such a fresh and pretty shade … haha, but I know what you mean about having to limit yourself … that’s a tricky thing to do! 🙂

  9. Fourth Daughter

    Sorry I haven’t dropped by for a while… this full time work thing is curtailing my blogging somewhat! Love the rabbit and bird though…
    I’m kind of into red at the moment but haven’t actually gone and bought any red stuff. After a comment on my blog ages ago I’m inclined to think that if you’re really into a certain colour maybe it has something to do with the sort of energy you need in your life at that time?? Maybe do some research on colour therapy if you get a chance… I’d be interested to know more, at least…

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Fourth Daughter – No worries at all … full-time work absolutely takes its toll on blogging and paying visits to other bloggers … but the great thing about full-time work is the money that it brings us! 🙂

      Oh red is a great, powerful colour … it’s one that I probably should wear more often than I do. I have a wonderful red dress in my wardrobe that really should get worn again some time soon! Hmmm, colour therapy would be an interesting field to research … it’s fascinating to see how our colour preferences change, and it would be nice to know what hidden meanings they could reveal. 🙂

  10. gracia

    Hankering for yellow here too. I favour a warm gold. Liquid sunshine. Yes please. More please.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gracia – It’s a wonderful colour, and there is such variability in the tones of yellow that can be found. I think there must be a shade for every occasion. ‘Liquid sunshine’ is a perfect description, that’s exactly how it feels.

  11. Sam

    Aww! They’re so sweet – I have a small collection of cermaic rabbits and elephants! I adore them! They also have a life of their own like yours clearly do! :0)

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sam – Haha, they are super sweet. I have a bit of a ‘thing’ for ceramic animals … especially of the woodland variety. Rabbits and elephants sound like a delightful combination … and yes, they each have their own personalities (and opinions) it seems. Ha! 😉

  12. Melanie

    Oh this post is seriously cute! I have a real obsession with red and it’s often the only hint of colour in the sea of black that is my wardrobe. I think I need to find a new colour, just to keep red on its toes.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Melanie – Red seems to be a popular colour choice for many … it certainly looks striking, especially when worn with black. Haha, I like your idea of having to keep your favourite colour ‘on its toes’ … that’s great, I’ll have to remember that with my yellow obsession. 😉

  13. Mel

    Ah, and now we come to a difference 🙂 I’ve never really got on with yellow – but who knows, maybe its time will come? I was always very much a ‘purple’ girl, but over the last year or so purple has waned a little for me and it’s all about bright, vibrant lime greens, turquoises, teals….

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Mel – Oh well, a difference had to come sooner or later! 😉
      Maybe this is your hint to try and give yellow another go? Though I must say that I very much like your idea of bright lime greens and vibrant turquoise … they sound like the colours of summer! 🙂

  14. Signe

    Hihi, what a cute couple!
    And mustard is nice but I am pretty much obsessed with pale purple and lavender. Have been for quite some time and wonder if it will ever pass 🙂


    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Signe – They’re a charming couple that keep me company on my desk at the moment. If only they’d keep the chatter down a bit! 😉

      I love the look of pale purple and lavender, but I just don’t think they’re colours that I’ve ever worn very well … I think they get a bit lost on my pale skin and dark hair … as if the contrast isn’t quite enough.

  15. louise

    All the yellows are beautiful! If it brings you joy then more, more, more I say. Oh and I’m sure it’s bringing those around you joy too. How can anyone be anything but happy when they are near a mustard-yellow cardigan? xolj

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Louise – As you can see I’m definitely in the ‘more is better’ frame of mind when it comes to the beauty of yellow. It’s just a wonderful warm and interesting colour to play around with.

      PS. I must admit that my mustard yellow cardigan earned me some lovely compliments when I wore it to work … perhaps it does indeed succeed in spreading good cheer, and people are grateful for that. xx

  16. Sandrine

    Hi Tracey!
    You have nice little companions there! I tend to be like you yellow was NOT my cup of tea in my younger years but I have come to love the mustard shades a lot…just since a couple of years 🙂 Not sure why??I hope you find your skirt:)
    If not Ikea used to have some nice linen in mustard…maybe you could try and check if you are becoming despaired?:)
    Have fun !
    Thanks for your lovely comments about the ceramic fun,I can see myself getting into another addictive thingy 🙂

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sandrine – Thank you, I’m glad you like my rabbit and bird. The yellow bird only arrived last week, and the rabbit just came home the week before … so they’re still settling in to their new surrounds. 😉

      Mustard is wonderful, I wonder if it’s just one of those colour choices that creeps up on us a bit … and before we know it, we’ve fallen in love? That’s a great idea about checking out Ikea for fabric if I become desperate … I’ll let you know how I get on.

      PS. I’m very much looking forward to hearing more about the ceramic creations in your future! 🙂

  17. Meagan

    I totally understand this obsession! I love the color too and keep finding that I gravitate to it in stores as well. I am also obsessed with turquoise – always have been and probably always will be. Just accept it and all will be well! Have a terrific weekend!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Meagan – Thank goodness I’m not alone on this colour obsession. I must say that when it first started to reveal itself I was wondering what was going on … it’s such an unusual colour for me to obsess over. It’s wonderful, like yourself I will always look for it when I walk into any store … haha! 😉

      Turquoise is a beautiful colour too … it’s another colour that clashes and contrasts in the most wonderful of ways.
      I hope you had a wonderful weekend Meagan … and got up to lots of mustard yellow madness! 😉

  18. Narnie

    I’ve got to break it to you, Tracey – I have a mustard yellow coat. It is quite old and I reached desperation a couple of years back and threw it in the washing machine as I couldn’t justify the cleaners and wham! out it came like new. Everyone comments on my mustard yellow coat. I reckon it’s a colour that talks. You have excellent taste, my friend.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kiersty – Oh your mustard yellow coat sounds an absolute delight … how wonderful that it came out of the wash looking so wonderful! It sounds like everyone else agrees too … yes, it is a colour ‘that talks’, and people seem to always enjoy what it has to say!

      Haha, well what can I say … great minds think alike on the colour front too! 🙂

      PS. We’ll have to have a mustard yellow coat party some time, haha! 😉

  19. woolf

    mustard yellow is beautiful. i have no problem with your obsession! ;)))

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Woolf – I’m so happy to have so many people agreeing on this colour obsession … hopefully everyone will be just as supportive of whatever colour I turn to next! 😉

  20. Jan

    Hi Tracey
    It’s sounds like when I broke up with somebody many years ago, I got my hair restyled and 2 earrings, it sounds like part of your restless soul looking for that change. I can’t wear yellow at all but I do love mustards (can’t wear them either but I love the colour!!)

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jan – Change is one thing generally does reflect change in other parts of our lives … and I must say, I’m quite excited at the prospect … I always thought 2011 was going to be a great year! 🙂

      Mustard is a wonderful colour, even if it’s not a colour you can wear.

  21. Jasmine

    hehe… now I know why you commented on my bright yellow blouse! I would normally have never bought something in such a bright colour, but it caught my eye and I am so happy that I didn’t leave the markets without it (and it is amazing how many comments a pop of colour brings).

    Thanks for your lovely comments!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jasmine – Haha, I know! I’m just completely obsessed with all things yellow. It’s a phase that doesn’t feel like it’s going to pass me by any time soon. Bright happy colours always attract the best compliments (and best moods) I think! 🙂

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