Monday, August 24, 2009

Pillows are Popping Out All Over






Hey blogworld!
Sorry I've been absent for a while....I've been busy working on a few litle items for a couple of new patterns. This time I'm going to do some Home Decor patterns, or should I say "bedroom" decor. I can't show everything just yet, because, well, it's not finished yet! But these are a couple of the new pillows I am working up a pattern for. There will be three of them in the pattern, with different options to make them unique. There will also be a pattern for making a full bedding set for a twin bed, and lots of ideas for customizing store bought bedding.
I think I like what's happening, but I will tweak a few things before it's final, like placement and size of certain elements, etc. It's all just sort of a "figure it out as you go along" process.
These are done in my Santorini collection, But I'll be working from my "Eden" collection as soon as it comes in for me to use! These pillows are of one of the new patterns that I will be showing in my booth at Quilt Market in October.
Never a dull moment! Did I tell you that my last child is now in school? How did I function before??? I don't know, but I didn't do it well, that's for sure.

I feel like I just came out of a deep, dark, sleepy hole into the sunlight. Can't quite explain it, but it is wonderful!
Thanks for stopping by...Lila

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Things that make you go "Hmmmmm":

(That's me on the left, my high school boyfriend in the middle. and the girl he cheated on me with on the right.)

Yes, it's true. It has been 30 years since I graduated from High School. On Friday night I went to my 30 year reunion "extravaganza" (East High School, Salt Lake City, Utah), and...hmmmmm.

Let's just say that after 30 years, things start catching up with most of us. It's hard to keep the inevitable results of Father Time at bay after 30 years, and, well, those years were now pretty evident on everyone's faces... (and elsewhere!)

Myself included. When they show those old pictures from High school, you really start to realize just how much things have changed.

And how little. Most of my old classmates that were there have exactly the same personality and lifestyle that they did when they were teenagers, oh so long ago. The wild ones are still wild, (sort of...lol), the studious ones are still studying away, The quiet ones are still quiet, the wallflowers were there, clinging to the wall... you get the idea.

I have to say, with a couple of notable exceptions, it was the "hotties" in high school, I mean the really hunky, handsome guys, who sort of took a collective turn for the worse. In a big way.
The girls still look pretty darn good. I'm not sure why, really.
It could be the subject of someone's master's thesis, if anyone's looking for a good idea.

I was actually really relieved when they didn't give out an award for the person with the youngest child, because I would've won that one, for sure. And there was this teeny tiny girl there, who hasn't aged a single day since high school who beat me in the "person with the most kids" category: she has NINE. Made me feel SO much better.

Anyway, had my camera not been broken I would have taken a couple pictures to document the evening. As it is, I will have to wait until someone sends me the pictures they took. I will say that for the most part I thoroughly enjoyed the evening, seeing all my old friends, catching up on all that's occurred over the last long while, and I'm glad I went. I'm not sure my husband can say any of those things, poor guy. Being the spouse at a High school reunion is torture, to put it mildly. He took it really well.


One fun note: if you have ever seen High School Musical, (I think I've seen it about, oh...45 times maybe), well my high school is where that was filmed. Our class reunion was right there in that same room where they do the big dance together. It is, in fact, East High. The colors are in fact red and white. Zac Efron stood in the very spot where I stood the other night. I felt his presence there, in my heart. (haha)

So, as you can see, it was quite the eye opener for me. I think I could write a documentary now on the long term effects of wild living vs. clean living, and why the old saying : "Once a cheerleader always a cheerleader" still holds true, at least from my perspective.

I will spare you any further elaboration.
I think I'm going to take up marathon running, and get some sort of laser treatment scheduled.

...Or not.

Have a lovely week!

Lila

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Meryl Streep is a genius

Meryl Streep in her stunning portrayal in the movie...






The real Julia Child wisking away...

and with her rolling pin collection.


Hey!...Has anyone gone to see the new movie out called Julie and Julia? It is about Julia Child, the late french-cooking maven, and about a contemporary Julie who was a little obssessed with her. I went to the Friday matinee, and I though it was so good! Meryl Streep plays Julia Child, and she absolutely NAILS it with her complete transformation into the Julia Child I used to watch on television when I was a teenager, doing her cooking show: "The French Chef".

I think one of the things I loved the most about this movie is the way it portrayed Julia Child and her husband Paul, and the wonderful supportive relationship they appeared to have. They were married for like 50 years or something, and both lived to be over 90 years old. (So much for butter clogging your arteries!) I loved the way he encouraged her and accepted her and loved her just the way she was. It is a tender romance and an inspiration to anyone who has a dream, and who works hard to achieve it.

Anyone who walks away from this movie uninspired and unimpressed by the talented actors must have been either asleep through the whole thing, or completely blind and deaf.
Let's just say I highly recommend it!

I downloaded an actual clip of the real Julia Child from her program called "Julia Child and Company". I just had to share it with you. I love how she talks, and the way she clearly loves what she does.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBQD3aSZ9R4&feature=email

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

More Snippets

Howdy ya'll! How's life out there in blogworld?
I have been busy busy busy designing, but thought you should get a chance to see a couple of the new designs coming out in my Spring 2010 collection called "Eden".
This collection was inspired by my love of springtime, and some of the Easter-ish colors that are celebrated in that season.

I know we are headed into fall, and my fall collection "Santorini" is about to hit the store shelves... (see Hancock's of Paducah: available for pre-order) But In October I will have a booth at quilt market showcasing "Eden", and that is what I'm focusing on right this minute.

Here are a couple of actual scans of that fabric...so you can see how it was translated to cloth. These are all in the pink colorway. There is also a lavender colorway.

This one is called "Paradise"




This one is called "Eve's garden"




This is called "Dahlia Dreams"




As you can see, these are a lot softer than my other collections have been, so it's a new look for me! They said they wanted soft and pretty, so that's what they got!

Now those above are nothing like the colors in the next line...as yet unnamed, coming up after "Eden" in the fall of 2010.

Here's a couple more little snippets of that line:




Remember...not every design makes the cut, or every color combo. So these are just some potential designs.
I just like to share these things along the way...so you know I'm not just sitting on my duff all day eating bon bons and watching soap operas!

When my camera gets fixed, I'll share some other stuff with ya!

Have a good one...
Lila