Sneak Peak at Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond

January 30, 2013, 07:00 am  Posted by Lark

Last week, we posted a giveaway of Aimee Ray’s Doodle Stitching collection, including an advance copy of Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond. Congratulations to Aileen, the lucky winner of all three books! We received an overwhelming number of entries—sounds like you can’t wait until Embroidery & Beyond comes out in March! Here’s what you had to say:

I have been wanting the Doodle Stitching books for months! – Pam

Aimee Ray has the cutest designs! I am inspired by her designs, especially the mushrooms and little birdies. – Stitchin’ Kat

I love Aimee’s books and whenever I’m in doubt of what to do next, I look to her for ideas! – Jennifer

I have her first two books and look forward to the new one! – April

Many of my previous projects have been Aimee’s patterns. Can’t wait for her new book! – Debbie

Who doesn’t love these books! Her work is amazing. – Susan

Who doesn’t love Aimee’s books, indeed? Aileen will be able to get an early start perusing Embroidery & Beyond, but we’d like everyone to have a little peek at all the fabulousness in store. Check out these images from inside the book, and don’t forget to pre-order your copy of Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond at BN.com today!

Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond



Recipes for Love: Two Nourishing Valentine’s Day Treats

January 29, 2013, 10:48 am  Posted by Lark



There are all sorts of aphrodisiac foods and herbs out there, ranging from delightful and delicious (e.g., chocolate) to exotic and weird (e.g., cobra blood). For those of us who love cooking, Valentine’s Day offers an opportunity to try new recipes, perhaps ones that are more decadent than what’s in the normal dinner rotation. Well, I’d like to take this opportunity to share a couple of my own out-of-the-box recipes for love, hopefully with enough time for folks to order ingredients online if that’s necessary. (I’ll include some links for that at the end.)

Both of these recipes are perfect for opening up the heart, whether you want to relax into a romantic evening with your sweetheart or just be cheerful and present for a social gathering.



Five Senses Tea

This first creation, a tea I call Five Senses, is a delightful blend of sense-awakening herbs. I love to give this tea in a decorated glass jar as a gift, especially for bridal showers and weddings, because it just looks, smells, and tastes so sexy!


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500 Paper Objects: New Directions in Paper Art—A Preview

January 28, 2013, 07:41 am  Posted by Lark

At Lark, we live more than a little in the future. Keeping an eye on things to come—possible trends, promising titles, potential sales—we’re always looking ahead (we’ve got books cooking clear into 2015!). The June release of 500 Paper Objects: New Directions in Paper Art gives us yet another reason to be fixated on the future. A new addition to Lark’s sensational 500 series and a title we’re positively thrilled about for 2013, 500 Paper Objects spotlights paper craft, a dynamic medium that’s in the midst of a renaissance.

 In this remarkable collection, which features the work of nearly 300 artists, paper—a seemingly commonplace substance—proves to be a material of near-limitless possibility, capable of accommodating a variety of visions and aesthetic styles. The book’s scope is surprising: There are traditional origami pieces, wall-scaling installations, and uncannily accurate facsimiles of everyday objects (check out Jennifer Collier’s Map SLR Camera below). The collection also includes a wide range of work made from recycled materials—record sleeves and vintage maps, insurance forms and phone directories. Upcycled and ingenious, these pieces are the epitome of creative conservation—smart art!

“It’s a great moment for the paper medium,” juror Gene McHugh writes in the book’s introduction. “The world is finally catching up to what those of us who love paper objects have long known: paper craft techniques aren’t just parlor tricks.” McHugh—an arts writer who is currently the Kress Fellow in Interpretive Technology at the Whitney Museum of American Art—viewed work by artists from around the world as he made his selections for the book. The result is an unforgettable collection that will forever change the way you perceive paper. 500 Paper Objects: New Directions in Paper Art is available for pre-order on BN.com. Stay tuned for more coverage of this terrific book in the weeks to come. In the meantime, enjoy the images below.



Red Riding Hood Paper Ring by Elsa Mora

 Untitled by Richard Sweeney

Little Fairy Tale Boxes by Marlis Maehrle

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Craft It Forward: a Quilt It with Love book giveaway!

January 25, 2013, 10:28 am  Posted by Lark

We’ve noticed that it’s sometimes easier to keep new years’ resolutions when you’ve made the commitment with someone else. We’ve also found that it’s more fun crafting as a group (here on the needlearts teams, we’re learning to needle felt and crochet together). And how about the best of both worlds: keep your crafty resolutions intact and enjoy some group creativity. This week, we’re picking one lucky winner to receive four copies of Quilt It with Love – one to keep and three to give away. Spread the Project Linus love, spread the quilt inspiration, and spread the crafty goodness… craft it forward, friends!

To enter to win four copies of Quilt It with Love (one copy for you and one copy for three friends), leave a comment on this post between now and 9 p.m. Thursday, January 31st. Any comment is fine, but we’d love to hear about a time when you’ve had fun crafting as part of a group. One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries and announced by Monday, February 4. Click


Wedding Book Sale – 50% Off at BN.com

January 24, 2013, 13:00 pm  Posted by Lark

"Untitled" by Karl Fritsch in '500 Wedding Rings'

January is a busy time of year for wedding planning: from the invites, menus, guests, and flowers to the dress, the vows, the music, and the photography, a lot goes into the creation of a wedding.

Just in time to help you arrange, budget, and envision your big day, BN.com is hosting a 50% Off Sale on a selection of wedding books now through January 29! Among the collection are some Lark titles: let Steve Sint guide you or your photographer to capture the perfect wedding photography; walk with Marnie Fogg through 100 years of wedding fashion and be inspired by decades of gorgeous gowns; feast your eyes on a stunning array of wedding rings; design your own flower arrangements; and give your wallet a lift with some budget-savvy wedding craft ideas.

Visit the BN.com 50% Off sale page and read more about the Lark wedding titles on sale below.

You just might find yourself saying “I Do” to a couple new books.



500 Wedding Rings: Celebrating a Classic Symbol of Commitment

"Zen Ring" by Jane Bowden in '500 Wedding Rings'

Wedding rings symbolize commitment and eternal love—but in the hands of the world’s most creative jewelers they become works of art to interpret in endlessly intriguing ways. This breathtaking book, which showcases a stunning collection of contemporary, handmade wedding bands and engagement rings for men and women, shows just how far their imaginations can go. Masterfully set diamonds stand alongside conceptual designs that reflect a cutting-edge approach, such as Etienne Perret’s ring made for two fingers. The large gems in James Kaya’s sleek platinum setting, by contrast, seem almost suspended in air; it’s the tension of the surrounding metal that holds them in place. For jewelers in search of new ideas, and those about to whisper “I do,” these designs provide beautiful inspiration.



"Psalm 96: 11-12" by Anjanette M. Lemak Sidaway in '500 Wedding Rings'

"Chica Dee" by Christine J. Brandt in '500 Wedding Rings'

"Wrap Ring, Pieces Ring, Wrap Ring" by Deborrah Daher in '500 Wedding Rings'

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I Have a Dream GarlandThe life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was commemorated on Monday, but every day is a good day to remember his message. Some of my favorite quotes from Dr. King include:

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.Heart-Felt Holidays

To celebrate Dr. King and the impact he made on our country, we’re giving away the “I Have a Dream Garland” from Heart-Felt Holidays! Designed by my colleague and friend Kathy Sheldon, this garland is simple to make and versatile enough to use every day—hang it in a child’s room, in a classroom, or at a children’s center. You might even want to donate the garland to a local school, community center, or place of worship.

Download the project instructions by clicking here: I Have a Dream Garland

Dr. King also said, “We must use time creatively.” Let’s all endeavor to use our talents and gifts to further the good of others.


Needlearts + Breakfast = AWESOMENESS

January 22, 2013, 10:00 am  Posted by Lark

Bacon and eggs. Pancakes. Donuts! Who doesn’t love breakfast? It is the meal of champions, after all. And it’s even better if you have breakfast for dinner. Yummm…

Enjoy these great Etsy finds of breakfast foods created by needle artists. Just make sure you eat first!

needlearts breakfast Etsy findsFrom left to right:

Pancake Plush Headband-Fascinator by youcute

Felt Ornament Cup of Coffee by AmandasCraftyNiche

Pop-Tart Crochet Cozy by YarnGraphics

Crochet Bomber Hat by BenjaminKrudwig

Fruit Loops Breakfast Set by beccabeargirl

Breakfast In Bed Cross Stitch by aliciawatkins

Hot Coffee Cross Stitch by rusticpatriotgirl

Bacon Scarf with Detachable Eggs by ZukkaBlu

Large Donut Pillow by DarlingDonuts

Felt Pancake Breakfast by milkfly

Toast in a Toaster Felt Pin by RitzeeRebel

Felt Pancake Breakfast, Bacon and Eggs by eachbittystitch


We had so many terrific quilts for Quilt It with Love that we ran out of room…and we’re sharing the extras with you!

Designed by Jodene Cook and pieced and quilted by Project Linus Vice-President Mary Balagna, Nighty Night may be the perfect quilt to make and give. The simple design makes the most of a center panel of feature fabric with a lovely pieced border, perfect for snuggling. You’ll also love the quick strip-piecing tricks to make the log cabin blocks and the nine-patch blocks.

Download the project instructions here: Nighty Night

In case you missed it, we shared the instructions for another quilt – Six Quarters for a Hug - last week on the blog.

Want to see more from inside the book? Click over here for a peek inside!




January 17, 2013, 16:00 pm  Posted by Lark

For many centuries and across cultures, the heart icon has served as a symbol of union, togetherness, passion, love, spirituality and even the essence of the human soul.

Who among us hasn’t spent time prepping a Valentine’s Day card featuring a heart shape cut from colorful paper? Is it even possible to look at a heart without softening just a little into a smile?

The evocative shape takes center stage in our book, FOCUS: Love, one of the books in our series showcasing digital photographers in their quest to see the world around them with perceptive eyes. Whether crafted by human hands, formed by nature or simply pulled together from our own need to make sense from the highly visual world around us—graffiti scrawled on an alleyway wall, the sloping curves of an iron gate, shapes cut from paper by a child, worn stones scattered on a forest floor—hearts can be found almost everywhere … as long as you’re looking. You’ll find 250 photographs by 150 photographers from 30 different countries within the pages of  this book.

Check out this fun little book teaser to view some of the book’s wonderful imagery.

We’re giving away not one but three (!) copies of FOCUS: Love. So, how do you enter for a chance to win? Leave a comment on this post by 9 p.m. EST on Thursday, January 23. Any comment is fine, but you’re welcome to leave a comment letting us know how you plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year. One winner will be selected at random and notified on Tuesday, January 24. Click here for  the official rules. And good luck!  This giveaway is now closed. We will be announcing our winners soon!


Yummy Ginger Recipes for the Winter Yuckies

January 16, 2013, 17:07 pm  Posted by Lark

If you haven’t been sick yet this winter, congratulations! It seems everyone is coming down with colds and flus. I hope you’ve fared better, but whether or not you found yourself in that unmistakable cold and painful sweat or made a new hobby of nose-blowing this holiday season, ginger should be at the top of your flu-season food list. Luckily, it tastes delicious!


No doubt you've seen this gnarly root at the grocery store. Have you given it a chance yet? It has so much to offer!

 Rebecca of MindBodyGreen offers another delicious round-up of ginger recipes here.


The touted benefits of ginger are too numerous to list here, but if you’re curious, a quick Google search will turn up more information than you could ever read. I want to talk specifically here about how it can help you fend off (or recover from) the various wintertime funks, and more importantly, pass on some recipes!

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