Retiring FB

Hi All, soon this web address will not work anymore. I have decided to retire Freshlyblended. It’s been a fantastic ride blogging and designing under this name for almost 10 years  but I’m on a new Path to find myself as a designer and dust off my illustration skills. I am developing a new site under www.nicolelecht.com where will be the home of my new blog that focuses more on my life and my work and a new portfolio site. I have this dream and I’m slowly and cautiously taking the steps to achieve it. I will miss my connection to FB but on the same note I am excited to work under my own name and see where this new path takes me. Keep following me on Twitter and soon you see the announcement for the new site. I’ll also be posting a lot more pics via instagram and using it as a micro blog. I’m very thankful for all the connections and friendships that have come out of FB and I hope to keep those through this new experience. With much love. ~nicole



I’ve been working a lot on a new book season so my hands have been pretty tied in the way of social media. I did however want to share a nifty little tool I’ve been using for some color inspiration. Big Huge Labs has created a color palette generator where you can upload an photo you like and they will pull colors from it to make a custom palette for you, you can then download the are file from it and use it right away! Love it. I’ve been using it for a little while now and it’s really helped me open up more in the way of color mixing and matching. So go check it out, it’s pretty cool.  I should be back soon, i’ve been using some of my free time to rebrand myself which I will hopefully be getting out into the media within the next couple of months.

I’ve been working a lot on a new book season so my hands have been pretty tied in the way of social media. I did however want to share a nifty little tool I’ve been using for some color inspiration. Big Huge Labs has created a color palette generator where you can upload an photo you like and they will pull colors from it to make a custom palette for you, you can then download the are file from it and use it right away! Love it. I’ve been using it for a little while now and it’s really helped me open up more in the way of color mixing and matching. So go check it out, it’s pretty cool.  I should be back soon, i’ve been using some of my free time to rebrand myself which I will hopefully be getting out into the media within the next couple of months.



back from my week stay- cation. I pretty much took the week to get the veggie garden going, weed the flower beds, fix parts of the house, everything you pretty much ignore every night after a long day at work. We also took Zoe to the Toronto zoo, we LOVE that zoo but we can never get through the whole thing in one visit. It was nice spending quality time as a family but now it’s time to change back into the work horse and get my gears turning. 

My next goal is to revamp my website. I’m not a huge fan of having all my work un-catagorized and just dumped onto a tumbler page. I’ve been meaning to do a full revamp and rebrand for a while now but never found the time to do it. My blog will also become part of my website but I’m hoping to still keep it as “freshlyblended”. It’s time I get myself out of this frumpy dumpy non motivating attitude and start making the things I love making again. I’ve also been trying to stay off the internet because even though it’s jammed pact with inspiration it’s also overwhelimg to the point of frustration. We all know that nothing is really “original” anymore, it’s more about “your take on things” and if thats really the case, I kind of want my take on things to grow organically without much outside influence….kind of how I design my book covers. All these years of sitting in front of the computer designing has really taken me away from the tactile things I used to do; drawing, painting, book making….I’m almost scared to do it again cause I’m afraid what it might look like with all the years of what could of been practice time, my mom says it’s just like riding a bike, I just need the guts to sit on the bike!






Awesome little video showing some of the process behind the famous Hermès scarves. Shot by Mario Troise



I got my snugg in the mail yesterday!…super cool and very handy. I used to have one of those magnetic iPad covers on but it’s not very useful when you have a 3 year old walking around with it. It’s fallen on the tile floor once or twice, lucky for us nothing major happened to it. Now with the snug, I can rest peacefully knowing that it will be ok if Zoe drops it again. Aside from it’s sleek modern style, it folds up a few different ways depending on how you want it to sit and what I love best is that it has a stylus holder on top, know I don’t have to go looking under the couch for it anymore. If you want style and usability in one, I suggest you get one, it comes in all different colors and they have one for the ipad mini as well. 

You can find it on their website, or on Amazon as well.



Do u ever feel like you need to ether get back to a time when you were doing something else, or even change what your doing now? This is me and Zoe modeling one of my designs I did for a collective I was apart of in 2010. Before Zoe, I was working as a full time book cover designer (as I’m doing now), spending long hours creating things that I loved on my off time and blogging about other things that I loved in the middle of it all. I enjoyed it so very much and just as I was ready to tell myself ” I’m going to just let go and do what I love doing and make a living out of it….” CRASH, then came Zoe, don’t get me wrong, it is absolutely not a bad thing, but I never expected to have lost so much of my creative will. My schedule is now drop off Zoe, work in the office 9hours, pick Zoe up, make dinner, play with Zoe, give her a bath, read her books, and tuck her in, relax on the couch for 2-3 hours and go to bed all to just do the same thing the next day. I guess this is what normal people do, but in the midst of all this I keep flashing in and out with the itch to get back in the saddle.
Making a new start was one of my 2013 goals this year, wether it will happen, I don’t know, but it’s good to have a goal even though it may not be attainable right away. I’m in that state of mind where I don’t know if I want to get back to what i was doing before or if I want to maybe go back to school and try something totally different. If only it was that easy right! When I look at Zoe, I look at how my mom has nurtured me and helped me grow as an independent woman and creative thinker, art always came naturally to me, it’s apart of me, and it’s apart of my daughter now so what ever choice I make, I know that i want it to effect her in a positive and creative way.  We all have our trials and tribulations and this is just one of those life changes. I remember one of the last things my grandmother said to me before she passed, “for some people it happens right away, but they have to sacrifice right away as well, others will choose to stray off the path a bit and then it will happen later on in life”…..I’m choosing to stray off the path and loving every minute of it, and in the meantime, even though I have that itch, I know in my heart that I will get back to that creative happy place again, but I will always be a mom first and an artist second.

Do u ever feel like you need to ether get back to a time when you were doing something else, or even change what your doing now? This is me and Zoe modeling one of my designs I did for a collective I was apart of in 2010. Before Zoe, I was working as a full time book cover designer (as I’m doing now), spending long hours creating things that I loved on my off time and blogging about other things that I loved in the middle of it all. I enjoyed it so very much and just as I was ready to tell myself ” I’m going to just let go and do what I love doing and make a living out of it….” CRASH, then came Zoe, don’t get me wrong, it is absolutely not a bad thing, but I never expected to have lost so much of my creative will. My schedule is now drop off Zoe, work in the office 9hours, pick Zoe up, make dinner, play with Zoe, give her a bath, read her books, and tuck her in, relax on the couch for 2-3 hours and go to bed all to just do the same thing the next day. I guess this is what normal people do, but in the midst of all this I keep flashing in and out with the itch to get back in the saddle.

Making a new start was one of my 2013 goals this year, wether it will happen, I don’t know, but it’s good to have a goal even though it may not be attainable right away. I’m in that state of mind where I don’t know if I want to get back to what i was doing before or if I want to maybe go back to school and try something totally different. If only it was that easy right! When I look at Zoe, I look at how my mom has nurtured me and helped me grow as an independent woman and creative thinker, art always came naturally to me, it’s apart of me, and it’s apart of my daughter now so what ever choice I make, I know that i want it to effect her in a positive and creative way.  We all have our trials and tribulations and this is just one of those life changes. I remember one of the last things my grandmother said to me before she passed, “for some people it happens right away, but they have to sacrifice right away as well, others will choose to stray off the path a bit and then it will happen later on in life”…..I’m choosing to stray off the path and loving every minute of it, and in the meantime, even though I have that itch, I know in my heart that I will get back to that creative happy place again, but I will always be a mom first and an artist second.



Great write up of Julia Rothmans studio tour on the Herman Miller blog.



Pinning small pops of color on this monday morning.



I adore these had painted feathers! there is a great DIY on the Free People blog.