BLOG TOUR: Sew Merry and Bright (+ giveaway!)

Sew Merry and BrightIf you love designer Linda Lum DeBono, you love COLOR. Her work always incorporates fun pops, bursts, and flashes that make you sit up and take notice. Don’t we all want our handmade to be noticed? That’s just part of why I love Linda’s designs.

In her latest book, Linda brings her color sense to Christmas projects. Sew Merry and Bright presents traditional holiday items with a festive twist—unique colors and prints that move beyond red and green and offer a fresh, modern look.

From Christmas quilt patterns for beginners to quick-to-stitch projects for the table and the tree, Linda’s new book offers lots of ideas—not only for your own decor, but for gifts galore. And you can easily personalize projects to your gift receiver’s tastes. For instance, I’d love to make these “12 Little Birdies” (above) to hang near my front door in the fun colors shown; I can see my traditional-style sister loving these charming birds in rich reds, forest greens, and pearly whites. And I’d love seeing both breeds of birds in our houses each year when Christmas rolls around!

Linda Lum DeBonoIt’s no surprise that Linda is often asked how to use bright colors when it comes to decorating. Today, Linda graciously offers up her tips for splashing your next Christmas with color (a little or a lot; you choose.)

Thanks for being our guest blogger today, Linda—let the colorful festivities begin!

See more projects from Sew Merry and Bright in the slideshow below.

Make It a Colorful Christmas!

Thank you for being here on this fabulous blog tour! I am so excited about this book, Sew Merry and Bright. Martingale was great to work with and they did a wonderful job!

Adam and AlexChristmas, for me, is a great source of inspiration for designing. I love the imagery, the snow, and most of all, being with my family and friends. My boys, Adam and Alex (left), love the holidays as much as I do and they are fully into decorating. We call them my “mini Marthas” and you can read about many of their holiday escapades on my blog. We have a great time during the holidays, and we don’t stress over the details. What’s fun is that their color palette is even more out-of-the-box than mine!

I often get asked how someone can incorporate color into their lives without going over the top. Remember, if you’re timid about color, less is more! Here are some ideas for adding touches of fun color to your holiday.

1. Accent pieces. If you have kids, let them make colorful crafts. My boys painted these glittery houses in lime and turquoise. Love it!

Lime and turquoise houses

2. The Christmas tree. Decorate your tree as usual, and then add glass ornaments in colors that you wouldn’t normally choose. Or, use color from the ground up with a burst of color in a tree skirt.

Star Light, Star Bright tree skirt from Sew Merry and Bright

“Star Light, Star Bright” tree skirt from Sew Merry and Bright.

3. Fabric decor. Add a wall or lap quilt in fun, nontraditional colors:

"Be Merry" Christmas quilt from Sew Merry and Bright
“Be Merry” quilt from Sew Merry and Bright

Or, try quick pillows! I designed these pillows (download the free patterns from my blog) using whimsical and bright colors and prints.

Have Jingle Will Rock pillow

Reindeer pillow

4. Christmas cards. Make your own, and make them bright! I photographed this card, which features my favorite color, fuchsia.

Season's Greetings card in fuschia

I made this Christmas card for Martingale one year using an unconventional mustard color.

Reindeer greeting card

5. Gift wrap and ornaments. Gifts and ornaments can infuse just as much color into your decor as bigger pieces. I designed these tags for my blog readers in some very happy and bright colors (you can download and print them here).

Christmas gift tags

Ornaments are another way to accent traditional holiday hues with bright colors and fun motifs.

Oh, Dottie Tree Christmas ornament Oh Nuts Christmas ornament Matryoshka Love Christmas ornament
“Oh, Dottie Tree,” “Oh Nuts!,” and “Matryoshka Love” from Sew Merry and Bright

Did you notice something? All of these suggestions are temporary items. That means if you don’t like it, it’s not permanent—so, go ahead and add some color to your holiday decorating!

xo, L

Sew Merry and BrightThanks for giving us a peek into your colorful world, Linda—wishing you and yours a (very early) happy holiday!

Do you have a favorite Christmas decoration that sidesteps the traditional red and green? Share your story about it in the comments and you could win a copy of the Sew Merry and Bright eBook! We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you’ve won. (You can also purchase Linda’s book here, and if you do, you can download the eBook for free right away.) Good luck!

Follow the Sew Merry and Bright blog tour through July 29—visit Linda’s blog each day to find where the tour goes next.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The randomly chosen winner is Carla, who said:

“I have a bunch of music ornaments that are non-Christmas colors that I hang on my tree and around my house for the holiday season! Thanks for a chance to win!”

Carla, we’ll email you a special coupon code for your free eBook. Congratulations!


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