Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fall-O-Ween Day 4: Textures

Wow, we're on day 4 of the blog hop. Are you having lots of fun? The ladies so far have done an amazing job, don't you think? Gudrun, Sandy and Roseann designed some wonderful projects for you. Today we have the lovely Kari Carr leading the way on the topic of textures. Go to her blog. Check out her thoughts on textures of fall and her wonderful design especially for you. If you are making the projects, you can post yours here.

Thank you for writing your great comments. I read each and every one of them and so do my kids. They think that you're awesome!! They asked me if these were written by all of my friends? Of course, I replied!  

I love all of the textures that you see when fall rolls around. I love the persimmons, pumpkin farms, the apple trees, haystacks, twigs and trees. My friends Dar and Bob have the most awesome property. There's a stream running through the property and a foot bridge. You can click here to see some photos of their property. Beautiful, right? 

I also love how my local shops dress up their storefronts. I'm so lucky to live in such a funky little town. Green's & Beans Floral Studio is one of my favorite spots. 

The Write Touch is a beautiful shop with all sorts of gorgeous handmade cards. [Did I ever tell you that paper is actually my first love? I designed handmade cards before handmade cards were popular.]

The sunlight that shines through the leaves on our walk to school is so happy and bright.

Fall is all about knitting for me too. I recently contributed a design to this lovely book. 

Most of you who have followed me on this blog or on Facebook know that I love to photograph flowers for enjoyment and for my website. You can check my website for the latest photographs.

Take your camera and go out this weekend. See what sort of textures inspire you. It's a nice little exercise to boost your creativity and it's thoroughly enjoyable.

Did you catch me on Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski? We had fun and he ate my cranberry-banana loaf [even though he and Jeff are on a no sugar diet]! When I walked in, he gave me a stack of stuff so that I could prep for my visit. I went through articles on the increasing cost of cotton, Joe Cunningham and Amy Sedaris' books, the pattern that he is cross stitching right now,  and a few magazines. I haven't studied this hard since my last organic chemistry test in university! Funny thing, when I walked downstairs I saw a familiar face. I don't know Amara very well but the hoarding expert's son and my son are in the same class. How funny!! Then I sat down for the first segment. It was interesting and fun. I sat out for the next few segments and then back for the last segment. By the time we were finished it was getting late, we chatted and then the guests said our good-byes. Thanks, Mark, Jeff and Taryn!  You can download the program on iTunes or I will have a drawing today for a signed copy of the current [and his first as editor] Fabric Trends magazine. All you have to do is make a comment.
Here's a view of his "green" room where I sat and looked read over the stuff that he gave me. 

Yes, he is actually working on this piece which may take him 27 years to do. It's called, "And They Sinned" and I believe that it is about 4 feet long.

Here's the signed copy ready for one winner!

Don't forget to visit the other designer's blogs to see what they're up to today! Gudrun, Sandy, Roseann, Kari, Terry, Heather, Terri, Carrie, and Pat
See you tomorrow!! xo, L

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fall-O-Ween Day 3: Tastes

Gudrun and Sandy had awesome posts and even more awesome designs for their special day. I'm lucky to be in such great company. Today, Roseann Kermes is sharing her thoughts on tastes of fall. Hop over to see her surprise for you. I'm sure that it will be a wonderful treat!
For me, I enjoy Halloween a lot because of the fun that you can have with it. I'm not so into the gore of the festivities but more the fun and silliness that goes along with the holiday. Having kids in elementary school gives me the opportunity to get really silly and to test the ideas out on them.

Yesterday, I got busy making the things that I like to make during fall and especially Halloween. First up, do you remember the cranberry-banana loaf and the tags that I introduced you to at the last blog hop? I made a loaf yesterday and it was the best one yet. Yum! I also updated the tags and the colors of the tags to reflect a Halloween theme. Check them out.

Ooooh, witches, wizards and zombies. What do you serve them when they come to the door in search of a party? Why, some spirits, of course!

Add some sprite, throw in some gummy worms, and top it with a cranberry-flavored ice cube that's shaped like a skull and some pumpkin-flavored Pop Rocks! Yum! Watch out though because there's a lot of pop and fizz going on.

For the less adventurous, the wizard has kindly brewed three of his favorite flavors of hot chocolate. So delicious. Do you think that the guests will choose white mocha, hot chocolate, or the orange Halloween hot chocolate?

What do you do when they're hungry? I think that some dragon's snot is in order. It is a delicacy you know, on account of the fact that dragon's are a scarcity. Oops, I think that this dragon lost some of its brains too.

If you can't find the real thing then you can make your own concoction. Just add some mint chocolate ice cream to your lemon-lime soda, drizzle some syrup and add some gummy brains. That'll do it.
Some of the witches and wizards may have lost their wands. We can help them out by lending them ours. Ours are yummy pretzel sticks with chocolate and sprinkles on top!

Oh dear. The guests don't like our offerings thus far? Well, here's something that's sure to satisfy their hunger pangs. We had to find a few crocodiles for these. Not an easy task indeed! Can't find any crocodiles, you say? Well, try this recipe, cover it with white chocolate instead, and add a gummy Lifesaver, chocolate center and some icing.
When it's time to go though, your guests will need to take some treats with them just in case they get hungry along the way. These specimens will fill their tummies.

Rat bones, eyeballs and worms are oh so delicious!!

For us humans, we also love green curry and shrimp soup. It's a rich soup made with coconut milk, shrimp, green curry paste and basil.

These awesome cookies that our friend, Jenn makes over at here look so delicious too. Do you have any special treats that you like to feed your ghoulish guests or what are your family favorites?

Remember that I'm going to be a guest on Creative Mojo With Mark Lipinski. Call in between 3 and 5 p.m. and join the fun! Details here on his blog.

Hop over to all of the other blogs to see what they're up to today. Gudrun, Sandy, Terri, Kari, , Heather, Carrie, RoseannTerry and Pat are sure to tempt you with their treats!
xo, L

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Fall-O-Ween Day 2: Scents

Welcome back and a great thank you for participating in this fun blog hop. Yesterday, Gudrun did an awesome job with her special day. Next up, we have the wonderful, Sandy Gervais. You'll have to pop over to her site to check out her special project and what she has to say about our topic of the day, scents.

This is a tough one for me because I have allergies and I am overly sensitive to a lot of scents. In fact, when I was in the mall the other day, I went to Bath & Body Works and, unfortunately, I couldn't stay in there for very long. I made a few quick selections for gifts and bolted out of there. I did find these really adorable antibacterial lotions. Check out the names. So fun!

I do love the scent of apple cider and cinnamon wafting through the house. It's a very relaxing thing to me. This tea from the Crate & Barrel is nice because it isn't as sweet as actual apple cider. I love to add a cinnamon stick to add a little extra flavor.

My most favorite scents, though, are the crisp, fresh air that you can breathe in when it is a clear, autumn day and the smell of rain on a not so clear day. My kids love it too. What are you favorite scents for fall?

See you tomorrow. Remember to join me on Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski tomorrow. I'm going to be on for different segments so stay tuned from 3 - 5 p.m.

Check out what the other designers are doing today. Gudrun, Sandy, Roseann, Kari, Terry, Heather, Terri, Carrie and Pat have some wonderful thoughts on scent.
xo, L

Monday, September 27, 2010

Fall-O-Ween Day 1: Colors

Welcome to Fall-O-Ween 2010! I am so excited and am so glad that you're here to follow along. There are 10 designers who are participating this time around. On each day of the hop, each designer will blog about the topic of the day. On the special day of the hop, she'll have a FREE project designed especially for you and the hop. At the end of the hop, there will be a super grand prize. All you have to do to be eligible is comment to on all 10 of the blogs while the blog is going on. The prize consists of all of our favorite products and the total value is $500! To get started, read about all of the themes of the day and who the designer of the day is right here. Today, hop over to see what Gudrun's up to. I'm sure that you'll love her wonderful surprise for you.

Today's topic is colors. Oh, how I love colors. Fall is my favorite season. I love watching the leaves change their colors and seeing all of the different hues.

A few years ago, a good high school friend married his sweetheart in a canoe in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We were lucky because we were hitting the peak of the changing of the colors of the leaves. We had to paddle to a bridge to witness the couple exchanging their vows underneath a bridge. 

Afterward, my hubby and I drove around the east coast and all I can say is that it was awesome to drive around a curve along the Cabot Trail and be surprised by a wall of leaves of a million different colors. It was a beautiful day and a trip to remember!

I saw a similar colors at my lovely local quilt shop the other day. Toby, the owner, was putting together a few kits and she had a few beautiful autumn quilts on display. This one was so pretty draped in the corner.

You can check out my website and journal design too to see my latest take on fall flowers.

Do you like to make autumn-inspired designs? What are your favorite motifs? Leaves, pumpkins, scarecrows, ghoulish ghosts? 

I also have a special invite for you. I'm going to be a guest on Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski. My good friend, Mark Lipinski, has an awesome new radio show and its all about creativity and inspiration. Do tune in on Wednesday at 3 p.m. at If you miss it you can download it from iTunes. You call in too at 877-864-4869! Join us for some fun. I'm sure you be entertained and inspired.

See you tomorrow! 

xo, L

Friday, September 24, 2010

Do You Have Creative Mojo?

Are you in a creative rut? Are you on a creative high? Regardless of where you stand, Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski  is where you should have your radio tuned into every Wednesday from 3-5 Eastern Time. To hear it just go to Toginet and press the listen button. You can call in too at 877-864-4869. You will want to remember that number next week because I'm going to be on the show!!! Please spend the afternoon with us. If you can't you can download it later on iTunes or on Join us, won't you?

Are you ready? Join us Monday morning for our Fall-O-Ween Quilt Designer Blog Hop. I can't wait! It's going to be lots of fun. This year the following awesome ladies are working hard to bring you some fun, fun, fun! Here's what, where and when all of the fun is going to happen:

Sept. 27th 
Gudrun Erla, GE Designs []  - COLOR
Sept. 28th
Sandy Gervais, Pieces From My Heart [] - SCENTS
Sept. 29th
Roseann Kermes, Rosebud's Cottage [] TASTE
Sept. 30th
Kari Carr, New Leaf Stitches [] - TEXTURE
Oct. 1st
Terry Atkinson, Atkinson Designs [] - CLOTHES
Oct. 2nd
Heather Mulder Peterson, Anka's Treasures [] - DECORATIONS
Oct. 3rd
Terri Degenkolb, Whimsicals [] - GATHERINGS
Oct. 4th
Carrie Nelson, Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. [] - TRADITIONS
Oct. 5th
Me! Linda Lum DeBono [] - HAUNTED
Oct. 6th
Pat Sloan, Pat Sloan & Co. [] - QUILTS

Won't you join us? It's going to be fun!

As if all of that's not enough, there's Quilt Market just around the corner. Phew! 

I thought that I'd share someone else's work with you because I seem to be doing a lot around here!! My little one took this photograph of me. So nice, right? He's hired!

Keeping busy is a great thing.
xo, L