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Moda’s Blog Hop

Sunday, September 25th, 2011
Moda Blog Hop with Lily Ashbury Designs
I hope you’ve been enjoying all of the outstanding posts by so many talented Moda designers. When I was invited to be a part of this Blog Hop, I was thrilled because many of you may not know that I produce my designs while immersed in the sights, sounds and energy of my very own version of a Country Fair, right on my doorstep!

Granville Island Vancouver

What’s your favorite fair food?
I am truly blessed to work on Granville Island in the heart of Vancouver’s downtown core where it’s like a country fair all year long. Granville Island Public Market is bursting with fresh organic produce, artisanal cheeses, fresh bakery goodies and every kind of amazing food you can imagine. Lee’s Donuts is famous in Vancouver as having the best and freshest donuts in town. They have donut holes in lots of yummy flavors but every once in awhile I like to go big or go home. Their giant (really giant) fritters are truly amazing!!!

Lee's Donuts, Granville Island

What’s your guilty pleasure?
I wonder if I should admit this or not…oh what the heck! I like to stay up late drinking Pinot Grigio and bidding on crazy Ebay finds. I tend to go through buying sprees of similar things and end up with mini collections. Lately it has been vintage children’s tin tea sets and silver plated napkin rings. I will also admit that I once bought a bag of buffalo teeth (yes, you heard right). I am still trying to live that one down and I swear I will find a good use for them (really I will…).

Guilty Pleasures

What’s on your bucket list?
I have a very large bucket list so let’s hope I live a long life or I may run out of time. I am fortunate to have a wonderful husband who shares many of my dreams. Fraser and I have had our eye on a stunning 67’ classic motor yacht built in 1934. The M.V. Meander is moored on Granville Island which is also a busy boating community. One of our dreams is to own an historical vessel such as this and spend our summers slowly cruising up the coast among the many pretty little islands of the Pacific Northwest.

Bucket List

What inspires your work?
Inspiration is everywhere for me so it’s hard to put my finger on it. However, lately I have been doing collaborative drawings with my daughter Isabella. I am so inspired by the freshness of what she designs, she has no sense of right and wrong and it’s beautiful!

Inspiration

What movie do you watch again & again?

I love the “Shawshank Redemption” starring Tim Robbins. There is just something magical about that story and I have watched it many times. I must also admit I do rather like Tim Robbins’ cute smile…but shhh don’t tell my husband ;)

Tell us about your pet?
We have a very tenacious mini white Schnauzer named Maisy. She is a very smart and rather barky girl with a kind and loving temperment. Maisy has been through a lot in her 7 years. She has been hit by a truck, attacked by an Irish Wolfhound (nasty) and last year she accidentally ran off a 20 foot cliff. In each case she managed to get up and brush it off as though nothing happened which has earned her the well deserved nickname of “Sturdy Girl”. Isabella adores her and has promised her betrothel to Massimo a friends bulldog.

If you could be any age again for one week, what age & why?
I would be six years old so I could explain grown-ups to my daughter Isabella. On second thought maybe I’ll  wait until Izzy turns 14 and befriend her then. I was a bit of a terror at that age and she is very spirited so, well….you get the picture :)

And now it’s time for your craft!

When you’re at the country fair, why not be environmentally friendly and tote your own cutlery along with you! Download these instructions and make your very own Lily Ashbury Designs Cutlery Tote!

To further celebrate the Country Fair blog hop one of our Lily Ashbury team members, Sandy, has decided to enter the Second Annual Pie baking Contest here on Granville Island. The event is happening on September 29th as part of the Granville Island Fall Fest. With only 4 days left to choose a recipe, she’s looking for some inspiration from you!

Send us your recipe and win!

Pie Contest!

We are asking each of you to send us your most wacky or delicious pie recipe by leaving us a comment that includes a link to a recipe!

To thank you for taking the time to offer up your recipes, we’ll be randomly selecting six lucky winners to receive either a charm pack or layer cake of Moda Summer House fabric.

Lily Ashbury Prizes

Thanks so much for visiting and don’t forget to visit Cosmo Cricket tomorrow.

Cheers!

 

Printable Freebies

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

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Our amazing in house designer Jessalynn has created fun downloadable labels for you. As Autumn approaches we are always in the mood to organize and I bet you are too. Download this cute set of fresh labels in a selection of my colorful striped designs here. Enjoy!!

A Quilt for Your Summer House

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Here is the quilt I designed for my Summer House collection. The pattern is free and can be downloaded here. Happy quilting!!

Perfect Patio Pillow!

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Lily Ashbury Pillow

Spruce up your patio with a little bit of DIY fun. I adorned a solid green throw pillow by printing one of my designs on an iron on transfer sheet, cutting the image out, and ironing it on. It’s easy and fun and you can do it too because I’m giving you the image to download for your next DIY day. Besides pillows, why not try it on a tote bag or t-shirt? Download the image here. Enjoy!

Please remember that the use of this image is for personal use only and is not to be used on products for resale.

Downloadable Bookplates for an Organized Life

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

The birds are chirping and the sun is shining and unfortunately ’tis the time for Spring cleaning. I thought I’d design these fun and colorful bookplates to help inspire me to organize my books which are in major disarray and have gotten a little out of hand on my bookshelf. Download them for yourself too. They’re also a great way to make sure you get your books back from your friends when you lend them out.