Friday, November 16, 2012

Colors of Fall & Pumpkin Spiced Latte

It's that beautiful time of the year again. Fall is in full bloom with leaves changing their colors daily. Temperatures here are finally cool enough to snuggle up with the little ones around the fireplace, and warm up with some hot chocolate. Or if you addicted to coffee like me, a pumpkin spiced latte does the trick to get me into fall and winter spirit. I made my own little Starbucks version the other day, and I thought you guys might like it too. Look below for the recipe:)

 The holidays are uproaching quickly, and things are being extra busy lately, so, I decided to take a little break from my design work yesterday, and have some fun in the kitchen. My little helpers and I  baked a pumpkin/whole wheat bread, and persimmon cookies from the last view persimmons we had left on the tree.  We even had time for  a little walk and enjoyed the beautiful colors of autumn.

To make 2 pumpkin spiced lattes:

400 ml Whole Milk
1 Star Anise
1/2 Cinnamon Stick
1/2 teaspoon ground Cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground gloves
1/3 cup canned pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon Honey 
200 ml brewed Espresso, or very strong coffee

Top with: (Optional)
10 oz Whipped cream 
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 

Place Star Anise with Cinnamon Stick in a pot with Milk. Bring to a boil.Meanwhile, place pumpkin, cardamom, glove, and pure vanilla extract in the bowl of a mixer. Beat until combined and smooth. Slowly add the spiced hot milk, and coffee. Pour into two cups. Add the whipped topping and sprinkle with the pumpkin pie spice. That's it. Hope you like it!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!!

xxx, Diana

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Happy Veterans Day!

Today is Veterans Day! We are so grateful to the men and women who serve our country!

 Thank You For Our Freedom!!!

Friday, November 9, 2012

New Art Release!

New Art Release for Retail & Wholesale!
Available this November!
For further information, please visit us at

Hand- painted wall hanging. Painted by Diana Gailing for LALILU.  
 Personalize it with either a initial, or name of your sweet little prince and princess!


    "La Belle Princesse"

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Notice: All images on this website are copyrighted and trademarked! All Original Art, and Decor, made by its Designer, Diana Gailing, is also copyrighted for its design. Anyone found to be using these designs, or any portion of these designs without written consent of Diana Gailing, will be prosecuted for copyright infringement!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Studio happenings and a Sneak Preview

Lots of things going on here in the studio. I'm trying to wrap up several projects before the end of the year. Well... I'm hoping. I have to admit, it is not easy when you have two babies calling for attention, and three older ones going through their teenage years. But like my Mother lovingly says... "that's what you wanted, Diana!
She is right. Having a big happy family is what I want most, and at times, especially stressful times, I have to remind myself that regardless of my carrier dreams, I am a mom first, and I need to make sure they grow up happy. So, most of the time my nice planned out schedule for the day is not working out. That means for me to get anything done, I  have to do most of my Artwork early in the morning, at nap-time, and late evening when kids are in bed. I'm sure you know the feeling, all you amazing moms out there. 

Ahem... I'm not here to complain today:) Here is the wrap-up and a little sneak preview teaser :)

Just finished this piece for a client. "Bless our Child" is a soft pink and cream sponged canvas. The outer sides are painted in light green for contrast. I painted the same light green and pink Rosary around the oval and adorned the cross with pink swarovski crystals. The canvas is then lightly glossed and dusted lightly with shimmer powder for that extra touch for a sweet little girl. A special little plaque held by a little angel reads "May you always be happy!"
The Canvas measures 16"W x 16" H. No framing necessary.


I have a little secret I have been working on the past 18 months. It involves my art, and it is very dear to my heart. I'm putting together the finishing touches. This is all I'm going to reveal at this time, but it would allow me and my little business to spread the wings a bit further.
But, for right now its safe to say.  Here is a little sneak preview of newest Artwork I'll be releasing next week.


I would love to here from you moms,  if you are going through the same, and how you are handling successfully family and carrier?

Have a beautiful weekend everyone!

xoxo, Diana