Thursday, February 17, 2011

small people -guest post by Rachel Meszaros

Standing with my back to the warm spring sun, I find a rhythm as I work. Bend, straighten, peg. The basket empties, and the washing snaps softly in the breeze as I stand back and take it in. My mind is still adjusting, a tiny, perfect daughter, after two small precious boys, my cherished little family. The line full of pink, after four years of blue.
My daydreaming slams to a stop, the boys demand my attention. We play, we run, and then I pause, an ear turned towards the open bedroom window, as I hear the cry of our little girl, wanting to join the fun. I lift her from her cot, remove her wrap as her tiny fingers curl round my fingers. Just like her brothers, her tiny perfection takes my breath away. Three beautiful, enchanting small people, who fill my heart and my days. I am blessed.

This post was shared with me, as a lovely moment in the world of PINK. Thanks Rachel.
Checkout Rachel's fabulous blog {explore} for more great photos and thoughts of her life. 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine love for you!

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Artist corner: A beautiful butterfly!

Artist: Chai
Age: 5
About the work: Mummy drew me a butterfly to colour in and I used oil pastels.

Would you like to have your art work featured on the rainbow blog?
Just email a scan or photo of it to: info[at]beyondpinkandblue[dot]com
This month we are show casing anything PINK.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Once apon a time, boys wore pink

 Image taken from Sarah Hoffman's website, who has a boy who loves pink.

It seems there are no definite facts that claim who owned pink or blue throughout the ages. I've found for Western culture the following:
Babies and children wore white for a long time, gender was not an important factor before the 1900's.
It wasn't until the 1920's that Western culture started assigning the colour pink (and blue) to an individual gender.
Pink was actually an appropriate boy colour, because it was seen as more masculine, being close to the colour red.
Blue was seen as a more dainty and delicate colour, so was appropriate for girls (also think Virgin Mary).
But rumors are, the two colors were used interchangeably until World War II.
During that time one of the cruder examples of the shift for pink as a more feminine colour was a pink triangle to identify homosexuals in Nazi prison camps.
After the war women stopped working and became housewives, encouraged to wear pink lipstick and own pink cars....a more rosie outlook to life and family after the war.
Barbie was born shortly after and, of course, pink was her colour of choice.
Pink became the colour for girls and blue as a color for boys.

And so here we are today.
Sometimes fashion allows men to wear pink (or salmon), boys have a dash of pink in their t-shirt design and baby boys will get mistakened for girls if they're anywhere near pink.
On the other hand, majority of girls seem to gravitate toward the colour pink and dad's won't allow their sons to don anything in the pink family.
This is all generally speaking, of course, because if you are reading this post, you already know that kids of any gender can like any colour they want... even pink.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

February is PINK month!

It's a bit of a girlie colour, but boys love pink too! It may be shamed and in the closet, but it's sweet and lovely to see on rosy cheeks- which can be found on boys after running around, playing shenanigans!
So lets embrace the colour PINK this month, with love.
Pink stuff in the store is discounted this month, just head on over to the specials area.

Would love some pink inspiration this month from our readers!
Please send anything you have to monica[at]beyondpinkandblue[dot]com and I'll post it up for everyone to enjoy. Can be a photo taken, a picture drawn, a poem, a story.... anything!