What are You Going to Cook for Mom?

May 01, 2013, 17:04 pm  Posted by Lark

You’re a good kid. Or maybe not, but you do love your mother. Why else would you have gotten that tattoo? Now make her something nice for Mother’s Day, and tell her we say hi. Here are some recipes we think your mom might like:


This is me with my mom, and I was careful not to put any recipes in this post that she would not like. I might be 500 miles away, but my step dad's not! (Ahem. Hint.)



Moms have come to expect breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day, and they should get it. Your mom has probably prepared at least 12,317 meals for you, approximately. If you are a grown-up and don’t live with your mom, and don’t want to break into her house early in the morning lest you get shot, then you might just have to plan the breakfast thing instead of surprising her with it. She’ll still appreciate it, I bet. Anyway, how about a momelette?! I am going to just give you some delicious ideas because I know you can figure out how to make an omelette.

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The Zero-Budget Urban Garden

March 21, 2013, 20:45 pm  Posted by Lark

Start slow and small!


Today I would like to share with you some inexpensive DIY garden projects, some of which I have done, and some others that I aspire to do! I will share our highly functional—if a bit ugly—wooden pallet garden beds, a home made screen door, a soda bottle “cold frame,” outdoor Mod Podge ideas, a little inspiration for beautifying a low-budget-small-space garden, and a few free projects from our book Eco Craft by Susan Wasinger!

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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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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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Zombies invade downtown Asheville!

October 21, 2010, 11:29 am  Posted by Lark
Lark zombies

Lark zombies!

Halloween is almost here so bring out the scary! Halloween is my favorite holiday, and Asheville is home to some great events to celebrate, the best of which (in my humble opinion, anyway) is the Asheville Zombie Walk through the streets of downtown.

A group of friends and coworkers decided we just had to join the shamble. First up, visiting the local thrift stores for that perfect outfit to destroy and cover in fake blood. Some of our finds included a bridesmaid dress, a whole bin of golf clubs, and a great bathrobe covered in teddy bears. We then met up at Lark to zombify ourselves using makeup, fake blood, bandages, and my secret ingredient: gelatin. Gelatin is great for making homemade zombie inflicted wounds. Continue reading to find out how…

getting ready for the zombie walk

Getting ready for the zombie walk.

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