Thursday, January 29, 2009

How Great Buddies Play

Alex has a best buddy, Aiden,  in his class. The funny and amazing thing is that they were born on the same day at the same hospital but we didn't even know it.  They act, talk and play the same way.  So what do these two love to do together?

They love to play in the sandbox.

They love to run up and down the stairs.

And, they love to paint.

Best buddies.
xo, L

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Mark Lipinski, What a Fun Guy!

Guess who was interviewed by the funny and crazy, Mark Lipinski of Quilter's Home Magazine? Run to your bookstore or quilt shop and buy a copy of the magazine [April 2009 edition]. Turn to the last page and you'll see lil' ol' me. Mark is hilarious and his magazine is wild just like him.

xo, L

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

For those of you who celebrate the Lunar New Year, I wish you a prosperous and great year! Welcome, the Year of the Ox.

My kids love their little treats from my Mom. She sends lai see [red envelopes] filled with money and these adorable lions to ward off evil. xo, L

Saturday, January 24, 2009

This is the latest issue of American Patchwork and Quilting [April 2009]. I got this advance copy because I'm a contributor. Check it out! xo, L

Lookee Here!

This is the latest issue of American Patchwork and Quilting [April 2009]. I got this advance copy because I'm a contributor. Check it out! xo, L

Friday, January 23, 2009

Eating While You Work

This time of year I always love a good soothing bowl of soup. It grounds and warms me somehow because I am forever trying to multi-task and am running around like some crazy woman. Lately, I've been working on book stuff, new web site stuff, etc. I made some of this favorite soup and yes, those are olives that you see in there.  I can't remember how I came about this recipe but it's yummy. Please forgive me but I am not an exact measurements kind of gal.

Chicken, Leeks and Olive Soup

6 - 8  Chicken drumsticks [I prefer to take the skin off]
2 Stalks of Leeks [chop into 2" lengths]
1 Small Jar of Green Olives
Chicken broth
Salt and Pepper if desired 

Throw everything into a pot or a slow cooker and let cook until chicken is done and leeks are tender. Simple and delicious.

xo, L

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Dinosaurs Rule!

This is one of our favorite books at the moment. We love the artistry of Robert Sabuda. Before I started quilting and before the explosion of the number of paper artists into the greeting card industry, I designed handmade greeting cards. I must admit that paper was my first love and it was an even more passionate love affair than the one that I have with fabric.

You have to watch out for the hungry T-rex. He'll jump right out at you and eat you!

The triceratops love to fight and we get such a kick out of the fiery personalities that pop out of this book.
The mastery of the pop-up object is phenomenal and one little dinosaur lover is entertained immensely. xo, L

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Sweet Roll

[Photo credit: American Patchwork & Quilting]
Look what I found! My crayon roll made its debut in Better Homes and Gardens' Fall 2008 issue.  It is such a versatile design. You can change it up and use it to store your knitting needles or anything else that pleases you.  You can use any type of fabric and alter the size of the crayon roll for a different look or purpose. Quilt and fabric designer, Jane Sassaman, modified and made the design for her pencils. How cool is that? I love to see what others have done with my designs. Won't you share yours? xo, L

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Today the world is focused on witnessing the start of a new journey for the United States. The history-making inauguration of Barack Obama has the world mesmerized. This is another step along the way in fulfilling the dream of Dr. Martin Luthor King. President-elect Obama's inspiration and great oratorical skills has injected hope into people around the world.

It has been amazing to see how my kids have grasped the events in their own way. Adam would rather watch world news over Curious George and Alex shocks people when he shouts "Barack Obama!" whenever we see his photograph gracing the cover of a magazine at the bookstore.

Here's to your dream, Mr. President.

Monday, January 19, 2009

3, 2, 1

... ready for landing. The Space Quilt is officially up on the wall. I loved the applique on this one. The pattern comes from Make Believe. There's even a pillow that coordinates with the quilt.

I am giddy over his love for this quilt ["Mom, can you write that I love your quilt?"]. I make/design a lot of things and they do love what I do. However, there were times when Nintendo and Thomas the Tank Engine were much preferred over my softies or handknit hats and scarves. Things are turning around. I now get their opinions on which fabrics I should buy at the quilt shop and they will pull out balls of  yarn that they want me to buy for them at the yarn shop. They both want to help me make a quilt for them. What more can I ask for?

Sunday, January 18, 2009

New and Old

I am starting work on my next book. The deadline is a tight one and I have to get cracking. Funny thing though. I just received two boxes of my samples back from the publisher. It has been a year or so. Whenever I do get samples back, it is like Christmas because I don't know what I will be getting back. I usually design, sew, write and send the samples out. Though I take photos of the pieces for myself, there's nothing like touching the real thing. I often forget how the project looks and feels until the book is published. When I get the actual samples back though, it is even more fun because I get re-acquainted with the designs. Adam has been asking about "his" Space Quilt for a long while now. Well, we are just going to have to have a little welcome home hanging ceremony tomorrow after I take the quilt out of box and press it. 

This little pillow came  from The Modern Crafter - Home Stuff. I had so much fun designing the projects for this book. The ideas are simple yet cool. I hope that you check the book out.
xo, L

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Things To Do In This Cold Spell

We've been experiencing a cold spell and my crazy little one loves to play outside with his best buddy right after dismissal. Brrr!!!

My ideal morning and better way to deal with the bitter cold is to snuggle under the covers and read. I've been enjoying this little read. The Coraline website is cute too. If you want to explore the site, there's a knitting pattern hidden in the web site. Suddenly, there's a lot of buzz about Coraline. There's a Nintendo DS game for it coming out in the next few weeks and then the movie will debut in February. Right now, I simply want to enjoy the book.  xo, L

Monday, January 12, 2009

Still Here

I'm back and full well into 2009. I'm not so much for making resolutions but I always have a sense of renewal every year around this time. I go into a cleaning binge and try to de-clutter. I think that it comes from the fact that when I was young, we were always told to have the house clean by Chinese New Year.

We had a rough couple of weeks with a couple of health issues. One of the main ones was the presence of whooping cough in my 2nd graders' class. He was sick with a virus and didn't have the pertussis but he did sit diagonally from one of the classmates who had it. In the end he ended up with a three week vacation [2 over the holidays and an extra week off] and a week-long dose of antibiotics.

I spent some time crocheting. I'm self-taught and I don't think that I've ever really done any crochet except a few granny squares. Well, I ended up crocheting Mario and Luigi softies, starting a lacy crochet cell phone case and finishing this cool scarf. The pattern is actually just a stitch pattern called Queen Anne's Lace and it looks more difficult than it really is. I'll have the pics for the others soon enough.

Meanwhile, I am bracing for the cold spell that will hit the east coast by the end of the week. I hope that you've all had a fab start to the new year. Back soon. xo, L