New beginnings

Here I am. I have thought about doing this for a long time [mainly because it is easier than updating my web site for my design biz] and what a better time than when there's whirlwind of activity in my life? There's stuff happening all of the time but this stuff's more interesting than most.

My design life has come around in huge ways in the past 6 months. I started "linda lum debono - contemporary quilt dzynes" almost 8 years ago. I slowed down for a little while but I am getting back up to speed.

I shipped off four placemats for the upcoming "Quilt It For Christmas" issue by Primedia. The week before I shipped all of my designs for my new Christmas decor book for Leisure Arts. In between, I have been designing fabric again. Now you will be able to find my fabrics in quilt shops and in chain stores [JoAnn's and Hancock]. Of course, all of the designs will be exclusive to each particular store.

Our local quilt shops [New Jersey] are having their annual shop hop this weekend. If you are in the area you should check it out! My local shop in Clinton, Kindred Quilts, is a little gem. She's got a couple of my quilts and my latest book, "Color Crazy Quilts" in her shop. I will be giving a lecture there on May 9th. More to come on that.

So, welcome to my journey. I hope that you find inspiration, creativity and passion in making things within this digital framework.

Around the World

I was tagged by the talented Kevin of Seriously Good for this new Meme: Around the World. Yes! A chance to get out from under this little rock I am hiding and explore my blog archive and bookmarks! (Something I always enjoy)

Here goes:

1) Please list three recipes you have recently bookmarked from food blogs to try:
Oh, the choices! There is so much out there that I have lined up in my food file that I don't know what to place here. These haven't really been bookmarked recently, in fact they have been bookmarked for a while now, but they are recipes that are labeled "must do!" with me...

Masala Chai from the Traveler's Lunchbox - I am more of a coffee drinker than a tea drinker, but I love Masala Chai and making it from scratch is something that I have always wanted to try.

Any of the wonderful sounding brussel sprout recipes from Stephen Cooks - Brussel sprouts are my favorite vegetable and Stephen went wild with a whole series of brussel sprout recipes, much to my delight.

Kierrepulla vaniljarahkatäytteellä, a.k.a. Dallaspulla from Axis of Ævil - I had been searching for a recipe for Dallaspulla forever! Well, at least ever since my first bite at a train station kiosk in Finland. When I found this recipe I immediately bookmarked it, and also sent an email to Ævil with profuse thanks...something to the tune of "I can't believe I found you, thank you, thank you, thank you!"

2) A food blog in your vicinity:
There are many great Filipino food blogs out there. Here are a few that are based in Manila (like me): Market Manila, Dessert Comes First, Sybaritic Diversions, & Rants and Raves. For a more complete listing of Filipino food blogs click here.

3) A food blog located far from you:
There are tons! Hehe :) Oslo Foodie in Norway is pretty far away from me.

4) A foodblog (or several) you have discovered recently (and where did you find it?):
Doughboy! A great blog from Finland (Is there such a thing as a scando-phile? If so, that's me!). I discovered them when Antti left a comment here. Another nice blog I have come across is Greedy Goose, who I discovered by way of Chubby Hubby. And finally, Around the World in 80 Meals...Jenny left a comment here (that's how I discovered her) because of our similar blog names. She is based in the Netherlands and is making her way through 80 meals of different nationalities. Cool huh? :)

5) Any people or bloggers you want to tag with this meme?
Voilet from Oranges are Free.

That's it! A happy Easter / Holy Week weekend to everyone!