Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Trick or Treat

Before I get to today's post, I want to take a moment to say that our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with anyone who has been affected by Hurricane Sandy. 
 I hope you are all staying safe. Please leave me a comment and let me know how it is going.

xo, the LALILU team

Monday, October 29, 2012

Pumpkins & Candy Apples

Its Pumpkin time. Halloween is our favorite holiday. Our weekend was filled with more crafting, baking cookies, and more decorating. 
We picked our last harvest from our trees :( I'm not kidding, we must have picked close to 100 apples, and for the first time (in 6 years) we have persimmons. Will have to think of what to make with all the fruit. 
         The girls wanted to give "Candy Apple" making a try. They were very easy to make, and turned out so delicious. We had so much fun. 
I included a little recipe for you guys!

Desiree's Pumpkin
                                                        Desiree & Nastassja doodling
Candied and Chocolate dipped Apples with salted Pistachios

                                                                            Nastassja's Pumpkin

Candy Apples

Yield: 12 candy apples
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 30 min


12 small red or green apples (we used Granny Smith)
12 lollipop or popsicle sticks
3 cups white sugar
½ cup light corn syrup
1 cup water
½ teaspoon red food coloring
You also will need a Candy Thermometer!


Wash and thoroughly dry the apples. Insert the lollipop sticks or popsicle sticks so that they are firmly positioned in the apples. Set the apples aside on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and coated with cooking spray.
Combine the sugar, corn syrup and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring it to a boil and cook the mixture until a candy thermometer reaches 300ºF (the hard crack stage).
Remove the candy mixture from the heat and carefully stir in the red food coloring. You may have to add more than the designated ½ teaspoon, depending on the quality and strength of your food coloring.
One by one, carefully dip the apples into the candy mixture, swirling to coat them thoroughly and allowing any excess to drip back into the pan. Transfer the coated apples to the prepared cookie sheet and allow them to cool until the candy has fully hardened.

If the candy mixture gets too hard during the dipping process, simply re-heat it over medium heat and continue coating the apples.

Enjoy! And Boo!
            xoxo, Diana

Friday, October 26, 2012

Halloween Decorations DIY

Things are starting to get Halloweenish around here. 
Costumes are ready, pumpkins are carved, and my favorite DIY Team (Nico, Nasi, Desi & Tristan) and myself are getting crazy decorating the house.
Tristan, the Artist himself!

And, if you need still a real Monster in your Halloween decoration.
I have a printout for all you DIY' ers.
It's great getting the kids involved in the decorations.

It prints out standard paper size!


What you will need: 

A glass jar (medium sized)
1 Tee Light Candle
Green Construction Paper/ or green crayons to color the print out
Red, Black, Grey, and Green Crayons

How to make it:

First color in Frankenstein's face. Then shape paper into cylinder. Glue both etches together. Cut out Screw pattern, fold on dotted line and glue to the sides of cylinder.
Place over glass jar with candle. Finish is your Frankenstein Monster- head!

Have Fun Creating!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Sweet Monster

The weather has finally cooled down, a nice welcome after a long sweaty summer here in southern california.
To keep your little monster looking sweet and cozy this fall, check out our cute one pieces and hats. They are made of 100% Organic Cotton
You can find it here:

Friday, October 19, 2012

Happy Fall !

 My family and I like to take short trips over the course of the year... just to stay sane, as our workloads at times can become very heavy, and whenever a big vacation is out of question.
 As I mentioned yesterday, we love staying at the Bellagio, in Las Vegas.
We like taking the kids to attractions, such as seeing other hotels themes, shows, amusement parks, and particularly we love the botanical garden here at the Bellagio. Over the years we have come here at different seasons, and I have made tons of photos of the ever changing garden. However, I never actually posted them. One of those days I'll go trough our photo archives and make a special tap for great vacation spots to go with your kids. And yeah - Vegas has some nice attractions for kids too :)
So, here are pics we took this past weekend. Enjoy!

The beautiful Fall Decorations at the Botanical Garden

                          This is a picture of a vintage wine press.

                                              Gorgeous bed of Sunflowers.

                                           A 15 foot Scarecrow smiling at ya...

                                                A "Cider Mill" with real life trees surrounding

                                                             A happy tree guy :)

                                                                     A talking tree..

                                            Assortments of "giant pumpkins"
 I'll be back next week with a sneak preview of my latest work.
Wish you a wonderful and restful weekend everyone!!

xoxo, Diana

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Happy Birthday Tristan !

My little sweetheart turned 3 years old 
... My always cheerful, funny, and very very sweet little boy. I'm very blessed to be able to work from home, so I can enjoy every minute of my little darlings. It has been fun watching you grow Tristan!! I love it when you are with me in my studio every day, even when you mess it up completely:)

So, here we are on a short vacation at the Bellagio, in Las Vegas
I hope you made a big wish... 

                     Happy with your "Caillou" that your big sister "Nana"gave you 
...waiting for the Mono Rail to take a quick drive to the City Center

                                                              Having fun at the pool....

    Picking desert at the Jean Phillipe Patisserie. Tristan picked the chocolate cake pop -yum-

                              How cute are these Chocolate witches...
Appropriate for the upcoming Halloween. Will post tomorrow some photos of the beautiful Fall decoration at the Bellagio.

xo, Diana

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Unique & Whimsical Hand Painted Wall Art

Our exclusive line of Original, Hand Painted Children's Canvas Wall Art will add the finishing touch to any kids room decor or nursery decor. Each painting is hand painted on heavyweight gallery wrapped canvas and varnished for maximum durability to last for generations.

                                      Featuring "Noah's Ark Wall Hanging"

Just finished this painting this week. I have to say this is one of my favorites ones. I had fun painting all these cute animals. I particularly love all the vibrant colors, and I think it would look great in a modern nursery or play room. I wished you could see all the details this painting has, but at this scale to fit into this blog is not possible. The original painting is a 24" W x 36" H, painted with high gloss acrylic paint.