Friday, December 21, 2012

Fortune Friday: Fortunate to Have Creative Friends

A Henry Road notebook off the coast of South Africa.

This Fortune Friday is a little bit different. It's about being fortunate to have so many creative friends. Let me tell you about them.

Paula Smail runs Henry Road, a home goods shop with a physical store in Southern California and an online storefront. I love her vintage items and bold designs. I have her creative notebooks all over the house, Paula designed the Mystery Playground logo and helps out with graphics for this site. She also has a design blog that can be found here.

Siobhan Nash runs FoodFixe, a food blog with recipes that are not only fabulous, but her instructions are so meticulous, these recipes come out great every time. My favorite recipe on the site is the pumpkin chocolate chips muffins. She also has runs great recipies for holiday treats in December, you can see those here.

Beader extraordinaire, Kim Hammond, makes all kinds of jewelry creations and organizes a yearly pilgrimage to the Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee. (We also made a visit to spy inspired restaurant, called The Safe House.)

Terrie Moran has published stories in many magazines and anthologies, and she has a book out called, The Awareness and Other Deadly Tales. She blogs at Criminal Element and at Women of Mystery.

Tyler LePard runs digital media for a recently launched non-profit organization called Catapult. Catapult lets you pick from a variety of non-profit projects to support that help women and children and support gender equality.

Janet Kuchler takes many of the photographs for Mystery Playground and is always up for a speakeasy trek, even if it means walking in high heel shoes for a mile because we can't find a cab.

Terri Thayer has two mystery series out, a rubber stamping series and a quilting series. I've enjoyed reading both even thought I don't quilt or rubber stamp (good thing she does).

Laura K. Curtis just signed a two book deal with Penguin's first e-imprint, InterMix
(and you can help her give away her money here.) Congratulations Laura!


  1. Merry Christmas, Deb. It was great to hang out with you, Annie Moore and Charles Dickens yesterday!

  2. @terrie - Right back at you. it was a really fun day!

  3. Thanks for the shout out and kind words, Deb! I hope you have a very merry!!