Tuesday, August 31, 2010

End of August Giveaway!

It is fan appreciation time and that means a giveaway! So thank you to all of my facebook fans and blog followers. One lucky fan will win this fabulous set of six thank you notes pictured below:

Required to enter:
- You must be a fan on facebook at www.facebook.com/FionaDesigns

If you would like additional entries you can:
- Spread the word about this giveaway on facebook
- Blog about this giveaway on your blog
And leave a separate comment here for each additional entry. Don't forget to note the best way to contact you if you win and good luck!

Giveaway ends on Tuesday, September 7th at midnight EST.

Monday, August 30, 2010


Another fun treasury challenge from Curation Nation. I admit that I remember hearing the term chiaroscuro in art history class but couldn't recall the exact definition which I have pasted below:

Definition of CHIAROSCURO
: pictorial representation in terms of light and shade without regard to color
a : the arrangement or treatment of light and dark parts in a pictorial work of artb : the interplay or contrast of dissimilar qualities (as of mood or character)
: a 16th century woodcut technique involving the use of several blocks to print different tones of the same color;also : a print made by this technique
: the interplay of light and shadow on or as if on a surface
: the quality of being veiled or partly in shadow

Bocci is the Best

I am a huge dog lover and was so excited when Bocci and the parental unit (aka Joan) won my greeting card giveaway. Imagine my surprise when I saw the truly touching write up on their blog posted last night. Here is an excerpt:

"We were fortunate to have found Fiona's blog through the very first bloghop that we joined, and Parental Unit was immediately impressed with the simplicity and originality of Fiona's Designs. So of course, we  entered the contest she had posted at the time, and the prize was 10 of her cards for various occassions...and we won! Talk about a lucky dog!"

Please take a moment to check out Bocci's blog. I am a huge fan and I know you will be too. Bocci is just too darn cute!!!!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Wishin' and Hopin'

I was so excited to find this very generous giveaway on Craft Gossip. I am so in love with all things etsy so it was very difficult to pick just a few items that I would love to win and even harder to have picks that together are under $100! What would you pick? My picks are listed below:
Fiesta - Soft Baby Lama Wool Cowl by Knit Frekkles

nO. 140 Vintage Avon Polished Gold Evening Bag

Hand Knit Ring With Semi Precious Stones in White and Silver by Lapis Beach

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Heart You Call Home

This treasury is in honor of a very special ten year anniversary!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Apatelodes torrefacta

Having never seen one of these amazing fluffy critters before I was completely fascinated. I think I took close to 100 photos. It was so difficult to get one that was in focus. The images below are a few of my favorites. I was able to identify it as Apatelodes torrefacta.


Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Newly listed on my Fiona Designs' etsy shop this adorable card is perfect to send kisses to your sweetie. I was also thrilled to see it selected by Marly's Creations in this happy treasury.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Beautiful Crystal

How lovely is this long necklace with a simply stunning pendant? The Magpie's Daughter magically transformed antique chandelier crystals into this absolutely stunning necklaceYou can discover other amazing jewelry finds on etsy by this talented artisan.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Puppy Love

Today is dark and dreary but I attempted to take some shots for Scavenger Hunt Sunday.

1. Leading Lines - Logan under my desk

2. Something Comfortable - he thinks this rug is super comfy

3. Feet - look at those tootsies!

4. Sight

5. Sweet - he is the sweetest dog

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Cake Loveliness

Perusing the internet this morning I came across this lovely cake bunting on fey handmade's stunning site and blog. How simply scrumptious is this cake bunting by Kiki La Ru - I just had to share.

Red Barn

Friday, August 20, 2010

Bright Retro Fun Challenge - Vote For Me!

I had a blast curating this treasury for a challenge by Curation Nation. Isn't it bright and fun? There are so many brilliant retro / vintage finds on etsy. I was excited to see that Filigree Photos chose my treasury as a contender in a treasury contest.

I would love it if you would head on over and vote for it!

Thursday, August 19, 2010


So I tried my hand at Simplicity's button challenge and a few of my favorites are below - do you have a fav?

Option A

Option B

Option C

In the Kitchen

Old bottles are vintage items that I am particularly fond of. These have a place of honor on my kitchen windowsill. I adore the different shades of glass that these beauties come in – especially the blues.


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

With Love

With love has been included in this delightful curated treasury on etsy! Thank you so much Sharon of Knot Original!

Thank You

Cara from Cara's Scrap 'N Stamp Art gave me such a lovely surprise this morning! She has given my blog The Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you so much Cara!

This Versatile Blogger Award comes with a set of rules.
1. Thank the person who gave it to you
2. Tell seven things about yourself 
3. Pass the award on to five bloggers whom you think are fantastic...

Thank you again sweet Cara!

Okay - so here are seven random things about me:
1. Pink is my favorite color
2. I have become slightly addicted to creating treasuries on etsy!
3. I love the crisp, clear, sunny, days of early autumn
4. Chocolate rules!
5. I have two doggies - one yellow lab and one black lab - and yes they keep me very busy!
6. Sunflowers are the best flower ever!
7. I adore all kinds of music

Here are the 5 wonderful bloggers that I am passing This Versatile Blogger Award to:
4. Gufobardo of Gufobardo
5. Rachel of Paper Trail

Monday, August 16, 2010

A Few Of My Favs

This collection of items of a few of my favorite finds on etsy was selected to be on the front page of this fab site!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Completed Scarf

As promised I finally have a picture of my completed scarf. I really loved knitting this scarf and am thrilled with the final result! Looking forward to wearing it in the winter.

If you would like to see images of this project in process you can view my previous post. Cheers and happy weekend!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Please Vote Today for Fiona Designs

Please vote today for my Hip Hip Hooray card so the card can be featured as a favorite etsy find!

Click here:
http://linorstorecom.blogspot.com/2010/08/lindas-top-etsy-finds.html and choose Hooray at the top of the page!

Thank you so much!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

W is for Wonderful

The treasury that I recently curated on etsy called "W is for wonderful" has been accepted to the stunning website Lovely Clusters. I am thrilled to say it is currently featured on the front page of this dreamy site!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Giveaway - You Could Win!

You could be the lucky winner of a Fiona Designs Everyday Card Sampler. This fab sampler pictured below contains 10 delightful cards from birthday's to thank you's. All you have to do is head on over to tools are for women too and enter to win! Good Luck and don't forget you have until August 18th!

Check out Fiona Designs' Etsy Store for even more sweet cards.

Mosaic Monday on a Sunday

It was an absolutely gorgeous day here in the Northeast yesterday. I thought it was the ideal day for a wedding. I enjoyed curating the collection / treasury below on etsy of beautiful finds for a picture perfect wedding.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Simply Shabby

I was so thrilled to discover Sandra Foster's delightful Victorian cabin through a New York Times post and love her associated blog entitled "My Shabby Streamside Studio." I have been adoring all of her fabulous posts and photographs. I wish that I had the same kind of decorating ability! So I thought I would take this opportunity to share the beauty of the inside of her cottage:

Photo by Trevor Tondro for The New York Times