Linda Lum DeBono

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Pretend #tbt

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I am making it #tbt today. It has been that kind of week and I wanted to post this yesterday. As you know, life happens all at the same time. Deadlines, crises, and just everyday running around always come at the same time. All's good though. I thrive on it even if it makes me tired. Then I look at this sweet face and all the crankiness just melts away.

This week I will be flying to Golden, Colorado to film an episode of "Sew It All" tv with Ellen March. It''ll be fun. The sample is finished and it is darling. Too bad I can't give you a sneak peek. Boo!

I have a big editing job to do this week too. See? It rains, it pours. 

Have a great weekend and Happy Easter.

xoxo, lldb

You Are What You Write With

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Those who live with me or know me know that I pretty much have every writing tool known to mankind. Having a good grip on a great writing pencil is the equivalent to playing with a beautiful violin or piano. Sure, you can write with anything but if this is going to be my companion for the day you can bet that it better feel awesome in my hands. 

I write and edit the old fashioned way. That is, I actually write it all out! I do it in layers. The first draft is written in one color and then I use a different color for the next layer or edit. It keeps my thoughts on track.

xo, lldb

Full Circle

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[From left to right: David Lisker, Bela Horvath, Philip Edward Fisher and Jeanne Gerard.]

[From left to right: David Lisker, Bela Horvath, Philip Edward Fisher and Jeanne Gerard.]

Do you ever have those days where inspiration hits you and come together in the most unexpected ways? I do. I have them all of the time. It's my creative process. I can be in the middle of something like cooking and suddenly an entire book idea just hits me like a brick wall. 

This time though my source of inspiration came in the form of some amazing musical talent at a fundraiser event in NYC. Adam's former violin teacher, the virtuoso violinist Bela Horvath invited us to a fundraiser event at the Baryshnikov Arts Center/The DiMenna Center on Friday. Violinist David Lisker, a protege of Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman, celebrated pianist Philip Fisher and the beautiful and talented soprano Jeanne Gerard were also performing. It was a glorious night.

I came home and "wrote" two books in my head. Adam got up and practiced his violin and Alex practiced on his piano with a few added flourishes to his playing as inspired by one Philip Edward Fisher!

This story though is not just about inspiration but also about giving. Bela Horvath taught Adam for several years and then he relocated to NYC to concentrate on his performing. During the time that he spent with Adam, Bela would give my son math problems to keep him engaged and focused on the class if there was a moment of distraction. A gifted teacher is one who knows how to reach the potential of all of his students.

Fast forward to Friday night. This fundraiser event benefited a new summer festival, the 2014 Saint Andrew Music Festival, in his home country of Hungary. This has been Bela's dream for a long time. These world-renowned musicians will be performing and there will be performances, joint performances and masterclasses at the event. Bela's dream is to give back and to inspire many young musicians. As Bela said that night, "it has come full circle and my dream is finally coming true.'

To me this is the most authentic way to fuel your creative soul. Thank you to the performers for the wonderful night but most of all, thank you Bela, for sharing your dream.

xo, lldb

 

 

Simple Things

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Someone recently asked me why I thought quilt shops were closing everywhere. I don't purport to be some retail expert but as a designer for my own company, it is something that crosses my mind.

I've thought about this recently because several incidents have brought the thought together for me. I should start off with saying that I love Aveda products. I don't normally wear make up so I wanted to look at the options. I need to get some because I will be taping an episode of Sew It All tv in a few weeks. Yikes!

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It was a Saturday morning when I went into the Aveda store to get some makeup. There were two sales people and no customers at first. Then the female sales person walked across the hall to the cupcake shop and another customer came in. Another as in ONE. I sat down and the male sales person chirped on, "ok, just sit in the chair and I will be with you in a minute." He went to the entrance to look for his counterpart. She was no where to be found. He came back with a look of hesitation. "Um, can you come back another day? I can't find her and it is really busy being a Saturday and all." (He is not new. I have talked to him before and he is very comfortable with make up.)

Uh, what? I left.

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Then last week I went to a favorite quilt shop, Pennington Quilt Works, and my experience was wonderful. They were all helpful and the ladies knew their quilt business.

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Fast forward to yesterday when I visited a local shop, Heart Strings. Owner Carol Beder, always has a great attitude about the good days and bad days of being in retail business and she put some things in perspective between my good and poor retail experience.

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Taking aside the many different things going on in our industry (that is part of another conversation - digital vs. printed, modern vs. traditional, etc.) and the economy, I think the simple things are sometimes forgotten. I know, easy for me to say because I am not at the retail level.

Carol is realistic in knowing that times will be tough but I think that she survives for different reasons:

1. Customer service. She chats and gets to know you. As cliche as it sounds, those first impressions make a difference. I think that it can help put people in a good mood and it leaves a lasting impression for future visits. She makes the customer feel welcome.

2. Passion. Customers can see the love that she has for her shop.

3. Inspiration. Try to give your customers an inspiring experience. Keep it fresh. Keep it unique. Give them something that they will want. I feel as though I am discovering a new treasure every time I visit.

4. Personality. Carol's unique displays are carefully curated.

I am not trying to be simplistic in saying that these things will cure all. Rather, I hope that these thoughts help you fly through the good and the bad times.

xo, lldb

Making Do

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It always amazes me to see people's expressions when they see me create and they see how little I use in my process. There's nothing wrong with a great big set up or a high end sewing machine. It's just never been a big focus in my creative process.

You could describe me like someone who needs to capture the moment now before it's gone. Certain ideas brew in my head for a long time before it can escape but when it comes to the actual doing part, it's like an explosion.

Case in point. I've been photographing things this week and thought I'd share my little photo studio with you. Very simple isn't it?

What is your creative process like?

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Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3

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I feel freer. I had put off my business stuff for a while. There were lots of reasons but I let go one of the biggest reasons recently and it felt good. It cleared me of a huge block. I could focus a bit more. Phew.

Meanwhile, I'll be editing a book this month (details to come). I am still working with Henry Glass too. Life is good.

Do you buy digital or print patterns? I am trying to figure out these little bits for my patterns.

-lldb

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I Love Mail

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It has been a crazy week. I have been working like a dog and there's still a lot to be done. It's all good [except for the fact that I just wiped out my previous website]. Oops. 

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As I was headed out for the evening, Little A was bringing the mail in. There was a large piece of mail that wasn't consistent with the typical bills and junk mail that you get. Of course my little darling wouldn't give it to me because we were headed out to the kids' play, "Bye Bye Birdie" and we were going to be late. After wringing it out of his hands, I tore the mail open and there was this book, Sew Practical. It was a great surprise and it is LOVELY.

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Thanks for the wonderful surprise, Martingale & Co.! Enjoy the weekend!

xo, lldb

Recycling

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I think that a lot of crafty people are wondering "what next?" in terms of what will be the next big thing in crafting.

I drew this many years ago for a fabric line. It was rejected because big flowers weren't popular. I found it recently and had to chuckle at the thought that it was rejected as a fabric idea. Interesting, now I see it as an embroidery design. It fascinates me how things are recycled into something new.

As crafters we've gone through cross stitching, scrap booking, knitting, quilting, paper arts, etc. What excites you now?

xo, lldb

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New Friends and Old Friends

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Last week my buddy Mark Lipinski hosted a lunch for the winner, Michelle Bean Welsh, of his Quilter's Alliance quilt. She had in fact won the privilege of hanging out with him for a few days.

Liza Lucy, Meg Cox, and Liz Hawkins were also present. It was a fun business/buddy lunch. I have to say that I love talking business. It inspires you and sets you on a tangent that can open your mind to broaden your thoughts on a project or business issue.

xo, lldb

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Did I Say That I Love British Magazines?

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Yesterday I showed off a spread in Sew Magazine and today I have a spread in Handmade Magazine. Thank you for all the love! 

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Handmade Magazine

Although I haven't seen this issue yet, the cover projects make it look so amazing. Did you make many holiday projects this year? I have made a couple but I still have a weekend to go right? I have felt so rushed this year. Perhaps it was because Thanksgiving practically fell on top of Christmas. Or perhaps I am always inspired at the last possible second. Perhaps I am in denial. Yes, that is it. Christmas can't be here next week.

Noel Pillow

Noel Pillow

The magazine featured the "Noel" pillow. I love this pillow so much. It was such an easy project to make because the half-square triangles worked up in no time. As many of you know, my applique letters are super easy because of the gentle curves. 

Handmade also directed readers to the Martingale freebies page. Have you been there yet? My table topper is there.

Free Downloads [Martingale & Co. website]

Free Downloads [Martingale & Co. website]

I designed the Table Topper [at far left] so that I could showcase some of the wonderful prints that Michael Miller Fabrics sent to me. Sometimes I just hate to cut into a print that is too fun to slice apart. 

Enjoy! Happy crafting. You have a little less than a week!

-lldb

British Magazine Love [& A Winner Too!]

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Sew Merry and Bright

Sew Merry and Bright

Thanks for playing along the Henry Glass Naughty or Nice Holiday Party. I hope that it was a good distraction for you. It seems that Christmas just blasted me in the face. I can't believe that Christmas is going to be next week. Seems surreal. 

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Sew Magazine

I wrote about my crazy busy year this past year and suddenly a few people wrote to me thinking that I hadn't done anything creative. Oh, don't get me wrong, I just didn't have my ducks in a row enough to commit the art to the outside world. It is at the top of my list for the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, I received a couple of tear sheets from magazines this week. "Sew Merry and Bright" got some British press. The first magazine was Sew Magazine and they featured a couple of my ornaments in this issue.

I love that reindeer on the cover. Must. Make. From the two covers that I have received, it seems that the turquoise blue and red combination is popular for the holidays. I love it. Do you have a favorite color combination for holiday decor? 

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Credit: Sew Magazine

"Oh Nuts" made it into the magazine. I have to say that he's one of my favorites. Have you ever made an ornament? They're so easy and gratifying for that very reason. Working with real wool felt is a treat and I love to add a little "bling" when you add beads.

 

 

 

Before I forget, Lil' A picked the winner for a copy of my book "Sew Merry and Bright."  [He's the real boss around here.] Drum roll please ...

Judy about a week ago 

I am planning to take time to learn to free motion quilt. I have signed up for a class on Craftsy and have not had the time to really watch it yet but I am going to make time for it as soon as we get past the holidays.

Please e-mail me your details here. You have until Friday to claim your prize otherwise you will forfeit your prize and Big A will pick another name for me.

Thanks. 

Enjoy the last full week of crazy holiday preparations.

-lldb

Naughty Or Nice

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Hmmm. I think that I've been naughty or at least I haven't felt really nice about some things this year. It is hard to define. I have had to fight some major battles in the past year over my kids' activities which resulted in one chaotic life. I hate to talk cryptically and I would tell you the awful details but you wouldn't believe me. I just push forward and keep fighting. Did I ever tell you that I am a very persistent person? Don't mess with me! LOL

Happy Holidays 2013

Happy Holidays 2013

I've been doing some work behind the scenes with Henry Glass Fabrics and also trying to maintain a balanced life with a husband who travels out of country and out of state on a weekly basis. I'm not complaining. Just trying to give those who ask some perspective of my life.  I'm relatively strong but there are really up days and really crazy, crazy topsy-turvy days where I feel as though I am trying to catch 10 plates with my hands, head and foot.  Of course that lead to the delay in upgrading this ol' business of mine. 

 

Mark Lipinski and his crew visited my studio.

Mark Lipinski and his crew visited my studio.

Recently, I started to write sporadically around here without telling anyone. it is like a diary of sorts. I've always done some form of journaling and I think that it has helped me keep things in check. It feels good because I've been missing the creative side a lot. 

Sew Merry and Bright [Martingale & Co.]

Sew Merry and Bright [Martingale & Co.]

So now, I am happy to say that I have patterns, books and other ideas on the brain. This coming year is going to be more about me. Is that necessarily a bad thing? I don't think so. To celebrate, I will send one lucky winner a copy of my book "Sew Merry and Bright" if you comment here, on my Facebook wall if you are a friend or Facebook page [shameless begging, please like!] and tell me what you look forward to doing for yourself this coming year. Comment by Sunday, December 8, at midnight.

xo, lldb

 

 

 

Have Jingle Will Rock

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Have Jingle Will Rock

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This is my favorite saying. I have made several different versions of this pillow but when Sew Mama Sew participated in my book tour for "Sew Merry and Bright" I just had to make another one because I know that they have cool customers! Drop by their site and grab this freebie. There's a tutorial on there too.

You're So Square

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You're So Square [Photo credit: Martingale & Co.]

You're So Square

[Photo credit: Martingale & Co.]

Sew Merry and Bright by Linda Lum DeBono

Sew Merry and Bright

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Martingale & Co., publisher of my book, Sew Merry and Bright, has my table topper, "You're So Square" pattern on their website as a free download! Get it here. Oh and you can buy my books and patterns here too!

Houston

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I have arrived in Houston and am excited to see my friends. I'm looking forward to seeing the beautiful quilts and to get a feeling of the buzz in the industry. Of course there's the good food! Oh my. Eddie V's was terrific last night.

Schoolhouse is on today. Can't wait. From Henry Glass fabrics, Kim Diehl and Dana Brooks will each have one. I hope to see you there!

xo, lldb

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Retail Therapy: The Cloth Shop, Granville Island

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The Cloth Shop, Granville Island

The Cloth Shop, Granville Island

We visited Granville Island and it was so beautiful. I wanted to move there and be a cool art student at Emily Carr University! There are a few stores on Granville Island that are oh so beautiful. I believe that you have to apply in order to be allowed to open up shop there.  

The Cloth Shop is a quilt shop that is on Granville Island. The store had been in another location for many years and had offered classes but in its new location it is just a quilt/fabric shop. The shop is physically small but the owners have carefully curated some gorgeous fabrics that are current [Barbara, one of the owners and I had determined that "current" is a better word than "modern"] and inspiring.

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What a beautiful shop.  

x, lldb

A Beautiful Gem

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Finn Slough, BC

Finn Slough, BC

Vancouver is definitely a beautiful city. It's a great walking town and there's lots to see and do. Funny enough though, one of my favorite parts of my trip out west was a little place called Finn Slough in Richmond, BC. It's a small fishing community along the Fraser River comprising of wooden houses that float or are built on stilts. Finn Slough was inhabited by Finnish settlers and the area lacks zoning [therefore lacks property tax] so naturally it is a place of controversy. Many artists, photographers have been there to take in its natural beauty. Apparently Godzilla [2014] was filmed there recently.

Right now it's residents are facing a battle because a land developer wants this community removed so that it can be replaced with condos and a park.  

Finn Slough

Finn Slough

What a beautiful gem. 

x, lldb

 

The Beauty Of Simple Things

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I just got back from beautiful Vancouver. I had forgotten how relaxing and inspiring a real vacation can be. Many times I travel for my business or my husband's business. This time the phones were turned off for the most part and it was bliss. Simple silhouettes were fun to capture on our cameras. We loved walking along the beautiful beaches and sea walls of Vancouver. My boys really enjoyed hanging out, walking and talking with my brother. 

 

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View from Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel. Downtown Vancouver.

View from Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel. Downtown Vancouver.

I sure didn't want to come back home especially since we woke up to this view every morning. Can you blame us? Gotta unpack and will be back soon! 

 

x, lldb