Archive for the ‘Lily Ashbury’ Category

Creative Blessings

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Sometimes I just get an overwhelming urge to create. It is likely that if you are reading this you understand how I feel. It’s a funny thing since I make my living as a creative person that I still find a fascination in this. It’s hard to know when or where it will strike. Sometimes it’s a certain smell, a memory, a song on the radio, a color combination in a shop window.

The creative urge envelops me like the arms of an old friend, so very comforting. When this happens I remember just how blessed I am to have this gift. Not a gift of being good at something but simply the gift of joy creating brings. I hope to live to a ripe old age and have my creative spirit as a dear friend by my side through good times and bad. I wish the same for you:)

High Street quilt pattern sneak peek

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

I am very excited to report that I have designed my first quilt pattern! The “High Street” quilt pattern will be available at selected stores and here in August. High Street fabric will be available at following link in August:¬†http://bit.ly/16M5Bdw

Win a Trade Winds Charm Pack and Jelly Roll!

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Head on over to our Facebook page, tell me what you are creating right now and we will enter you to win the precuts below. We are giving away a “Trade Winds” charm pack and jelly roll. The winner will be randomly selected on Friday morning 9am pst. Good luck and happy summer sewing:)

Summer Blooms

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Summer is in full bloom. Granville island flower shops are stocked to the brim with gorgeous seasonal offerings! Here are a few of my faves, Dahlia, Hydrangea and Allium. I am a sucker for these every time. What are your favorites this time of year?

Happy July 4th!

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

To help you get in the holiday spirit, I want to share with you these antique postcards from the early 20th century. Happy July 4th everyone!

Download here and here.

 

Sweet Little Felted Hearts

Friday, June 28th, 2013

A truly “zen” way to while away an evening. My daughter and I had lots of fun creating these cute little needle felted hearts. Izzy wanted to make these as a little token of appreciation for her teacher.

All you need to get started is felting wool, felting needles and a soft surface to rest your project on. You can buy special foam felting blocks but we used a couple of folded towels and they worked just fine. This is the video we watched prior to getting started. Cookie cutters really work well to help guide the beginner.

It might be fun to do some little stars for July 4th, I think a few of them would look so cute in a little wooden bowl as a centerpiece. Or for my fellow Canadian friends some little maple leafs to celebrate Canada Day on July 1st. Happy celebrating!

Father’s Day Gift Labels

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Here is a quick and cute idea for a Father’s Day gift. Fill a glass jar with your Dads favorite treats and add a cute sentiment to the front. My Dad is a pistachio guy and my hubby loves roasted peanuts. We have created four cute downloadable labels just for you. Have a great weekend and wish your special guy Happy Father’s Day!

 

Dessert Roll Quilts

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Mother and daughter team Pam and Nicky Lintott have joined forces again in their latest book, “Dessert Roll Quilts: 12 simple Dessert Roll quilt patterns”. The book provides instruction for sewing quilts made from Moda’s Dessert Rolls. If you happen to buy the book, check out page 41 which features a quilt made using fabric from my Gypsy Girl line!

My New Fabric Collection

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Here’s a little preview of my upcoming collection, called High Street…in stores this August!

In my neighborhood

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

When the Cat’s away the Mice will play! Whenever my husband goes away on business my daughter and I devote ourselves to all things creative. This past weekend while Fraser was in Boston, Izzy and I visited one of our favorite shops. Urban Source is a fun little shop in the hipster neighborhood of lower Main street. At this eco-friendly wonderland most of the crafting goodies are recyclables. Factories of all types donate their off-cuts and scraps, stuff that otherwise might be headed for the nearest landfill. Crafters and creatives of all ages pay by the bag full and find themselves on a mini treasure hunt while filling them to the brim. They also have a good selection of glues and glitters etc. to round out their offering. A fun place to visit and never the same twice.

After our shopping spree we made cute matching pendants. Still in progress are a saddled turkey and a robot:)