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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:

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:)

Printable Freebies

Thursday, July 28th, 2011


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!!

DIY Pin Cushion

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

On a recent trip to Victoria I stopped at one of my favorite antique shops on Fort street. I happened upon this adorable child’s cup from the 1930′s. The cup was made by W.R. Midwinter Ltd, Burslem, England. For those of you who share my love of vintage here is a little info about the manufacturer.

William Midwinter started the factory at Bank Potteries but their success was so big that in 1914 they had to move to a new location, Albion Pottery. The factory excelled in the production of nursery ware, for which they employed designer William Heath Robinson. Roy Midwinter joined the company in 1946. This mark on my cup was in use from 1932 till 1941.

Well after bringing the cup home I decided “Georgie Porgie” looked a little too sad so I am hoping he will feel more useful now that he is a part of my funky new pincushion!

  1. Start by heating your glue gun. Fill the bottom of your cup with something heavy – we suggest rice. Using fabric scissors, cut your fabric and sheets of cotton batting into circles which are about 3 times as wide as the opening of your cup.
  2. Grab an elastic and your cotton batting and prepare to wrap your styrofoam ball. We suggest using 2-3 layers of the cotton batting to ensure that you’ll have plenty of space for your pins to hold.
  3. Next, wrap your styrofoam ball with layers of cotton batting, then secure tightly with an elastic. Finish by adding your layer of fabric on top, securing with a second elastic.
  4. Using your glue gun, add a thin layer of glue to the top of the inside of your cup. You want to ensure that the padded pin cushion stays inside the cup when the pins are pulled in and out. Push down, and hold tightly for a minutes until the glue sets.

Simple as that – You’re finished! Fill up your new pin cushion and feel free to add any extra decorations like ribbons or bows to compliment your fabric choice. Enjoy!


Enter to Win a Jelly Roll

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Win a Summer House jelly roll! All you have to do is comment on this blog post and name your top 3 go-to websites for creative inspiration. Good luck!

The contest will end on Tuesday July 19th and the winner will be announced on Wednesday July 20th.

Enter to Win a Yard of Fabric

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Win a yard of your favorite Summer House fabric! Like our Facebook page and pick your favorite print from the album “Summer House collection”. Leave a comment on Facebook under the photo you like by Wednesday July 13th, telling us which one and why. One random winner will be selected and will win the fabric they comment on. Good luck and stay tuned for our jelly roll giveaway on Friday:)


Ming Pao Daily news Interview

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Lily Ashbury Ming Paovan Article

Last week the Lily Ashbury team had the pleasure of being interviewed and photographed by Ming Pao Daily News, a Canada Vancouver Chinese newspaper. It was a great opportunity for us to talk about what we’ve been up to in our design studio lately!

My Interview with Quilting Arts

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

I had the great pleasure of being interviewed by Lindsey of Quilting Arts. Check it out and leave a comment on the Quilting Arts blog because you get a chance to win some fabric from my Summerhouse collection.


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.