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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!


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.



DIY Ephemera Display

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Here is a really easy and fun way to show-off your paper treasures. Photos, postcards, vintage notions or anything that inspires you can be displayed this way. I hot glued some pretty mother of pearl buttons on to regular flat head thumbtacks and then wound some baker’s twine around them. This created a fun zig-zag clothesline effect. I used little photo clips/hooks to hang my collection but regular clothespins would work just as well. I think of this as a sort of mood board that will evolve and continue to inspire. Of course the pic of my lovely Isabella will be a permanent fixture!

Another Display Idea:

A Dying Art?

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

I recently visited San Francisco which is one of my favorite places on earth! While I was there I attended a vintage paper fair. I have been to this fair before and am always amazed at the array of gorgeous time loved ephemera. I am always struck by the beauty of the penmanship on the backs of antique postcards. I often think the well crafted cursive writing is the real treasure on these items.

A few days ago I read an article that states some educational boards across the US “no longer require the teaching of cursive writing, but do emphasize the development of keyboarding skills beginning in third grade”. I am truly hoping this is a passing educational fad. There is a strong need to focus on learning the skills to embrace modern technology but I think it would be a great shame to lose this art to our ipads, don’t you? You can read the article here.

If you want to take your cursive to the next level, why not try your hand at calligraphy. Check out this link.

Vintage Sewing Notions

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

I must admit I was bitten by the collecting bug when I was very young. There is just something about groups of pretty things that I find irresistible. Lately my passion has been vintage sewing notions. Vintage mother of pearl buttons and the charming retro graphics on old needle books are just lovely. I am working on a unique way to display my growing collection and will keep you posted:)

Countdown to Surtex!

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

I have been working hard getting ready for Surtex, a tradeshow for licensing art and design. The show takes place starting this weekend from May 15-17th at the Jacob K. Javitz Convention Center in New York. If you’re going to Surtex, please stop by my booth, #639, I’d love to meet you!

This is my second year exhibiting at Surtex. My promotional mailer this year was a Passport themed book showcasing some of my newest designs. I decided to go for a vintage feel for the packaging and used some of my vintage Canadian stamps to adorn the envelope.




Pink with Punch

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Pink is joyful, romantic and brimming with youthful energy. In spite of pinks many qualities, I must confess I didn’t used to like it. That was simply the way it was until my daughter Isabella came along. I am now a converted pink lover as all mothers of five year old girls must be. Pink, pink, pink is everywhere in my world and now very much in style (thank goodness)! The Pantone color of the year is a lively vibrant “Honeysuckle” pink #18-2120.

On a recent trip to Hawaii I had lunch at the famous “pink” Royal Hawaiian hotel in Waikiki. Being there gave me many ideas on how I might incorporate pink into my home even more. If you crave a shot of this passionate playful color we’ve found some vintage gems from Etsy that are sure to do the trick. Enjoy!

1 Vintage set of 5 hot pink melmac cups
2 Mid-Century Pink – a rare vintage late 1940′s Vera Neumann parachute scarf
3 Pink Lustre Wall Pocket Head Vase
4 Audubon bird book plate print
5 Peony pink vintage buttons
6 Vintage pink and brown chocolate cocoa tin
7 1965 cover Christmas Ornaments George Sprod, vintage Punch magazine
8 1950′s fully restored typewriter
9 Vintage 1950′s hot pink chiffon organza dress

Vintage Delights at “A Baker’s Dozen”

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Vintage Finds


If you’re ever in Vancouver you must visit one of my favorite shops. Slightly North of Main Street’s antique row is “A Baker’s Dozen” owned by Heather Baker, one of Vancouver’s well known antique dealers. This lovely shop is brimming with unique and collectible vintage goods and antiques. Heather has a special talent for grouping things in collections which makes for a visually enticing shopping experience. When I am in the area I just can’t resist a peek.

A Baker’s Dozen is at 3520 Main street, Vancouver BC.