Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

OH MY GOODNESS it's practically 2010 and I'm still alive!

See, when I was younger I thought for sure the end of the world would come around the year 2000. This theory allowed me to persist in the delusion that I would never become old. I had myself convinced that I would cease to exist in this human form, and continue on in a perfected state that would be blissfully happy and beautiful.

Now that that theory has been blown, I realize that I really don't know how to cope with the facts. I have never prepared myself for the aging process that has clearly set in. Besides that, I have never cared too much about life insurance, or writing a will, or any of those sorts of things. I hardly thought it would be necessary to do anything at all but wait for that inevitable day to arrive. That day somewhere between 1999 and 2001.

So, you may be wondering what I was thinking when the year 2000 came and went with no catastrophic events occurring to speak of.
It's true...I was stunned, but also a little grateful. I mean... who really wants to be vaporized by a nuclear warhead or whatever it was going to be...or worse, to have survived it, only to live in some weird post-apocalyptic society, systematically hunting down whatever food and clean water there was left before becoming cannibals or something like that. That is the only other scenario besides the ghastly death I would incur by the world "ending" that I was truly afraid of. I guess I'd seen Mad-Max a few too many times.

Well, so here I am...still alive and relatively OK. I guess there are worse things than growing old and living in the regular world a little longer. Although... I wouldn't have minded too much having to hang out with Mel Gibson in some burnt out bombshell sort of "Thunderdome" existence.

Let's hope that 2010 is just the beginning of a great new decade, with all sorts of medical discoveries, and where aging becomes a thing of the past.
Could one of you scientifically-minded geniuses out there please work on that one for me? I'd be most grateful. Just send me a lifetime supply of whatever you come up with, and a bill, preferably payable through Paypal, and I'll be fine.
OR...we could do a trade! A lifetime supply of fabric and sewing patterns in exchange for the fountain of youth. It'll be our little secret!

Have a great new year, Love to you all!
Lila

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

More Merry Christmas to you!


You are entering a Christmas Wonderland!


Do you remember our dear friends who invited us to their home in Cabo last spring? I posted lots of pictures of their gorgeous home overlooking the ocean...
Well every year they host a traditional Christmas breakfast with friends, and we were so lucky to be able to partake of the fabulous-ness they prepared in our behalf! And as I was there looking around their beautiful home, I was overcome with wonder and awe at the inspiring over-the-top Christmas decor they had everywhere I looked. I knew I needed my camera, but I didn't think to bring it! Why didn't I know I would need it?
So after I had eaten I decided to run home and get it so I could attempt to share some of it with you.
Let me just say that my lame photography skills in no way do it justice, so you'll just have to believe me when I say it was absolutely breathtaking!


This is the purple table in the entryway. It introduces you to a glimpse of what is inside...

... the shimmery chandelier hanging overhead in the entry way...



Below, we have a picture of Kirk cleaning up after the delicious breakfast of whole grain waffles with fresh fruit toppings and whipped cream, homemade traditional french crepes with all the trimmings, buttery scrambled eggs laced with cheese, crisp, savory bacon, fresh squeezed orange juice and hot cocoa with whipped cream. YUM!

Look at all those baubles hanging from the ceiling.


This above is the famous custom made Italian pizza oven. It is used weekly if not more often, and i have had the pleasure a few times now of partaking of Jackie's gourmet homemade personal pizzas made in this oven. There's nothing better!


The sun-drenched breakfast table "post-feast". Bet you can't tell what Jackie's favorite color is...

This here is just a portion of the "tree"...for lack of a better term. It is literally encrusted with Christmas cheer!
(Once again my photography skills can't begin to even attempt... )

This is the mantel over the living room fireplace. More of that favorite color...

(And a closeup shot of that same mantel to show the detail.)




This is the staircase banister, which I couldn't begin to showcase effectively. It swirls and curves around and continues in the manner you see here.
The whole house was filled with adorable elfin creatures everywhere you look! Just like a fairy tale.

...Visions of sugar plums....


A small spot of Christmas green in a crystal sea of lavender and plum.

Here are two little elves sitting on a shelf in the kitchen.
Literally an entire nation of elves reside here at Christmas time. Aren't they adorable?


Here in the dining room, there are two enormous nutcrackers on steroids! My 11 year old daughter is standing next to one, so you can see just how large they are.

I just had to include this zebra chair in the front room. (I think it's my favorite thing!)
Talk about an impact piece...wow!

Well, there you have it. I wish you could have been there in person, and I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas celebration wherever you are...or Hanukkah, or whatever you may be celebrating!

I'm going to go cook up some holiday caramels!

Hugs to you all,

Lila

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Merry Christmas!

I hope you are all getting in the mood for the season; your decorations are up, and your shopping lists are getting smaller!

I've been sewing up some goodie bags for my friends and family, (they are really little jewelry pouches I made using my friend Kaye Whitt's pattern: Little Luxuries. It's a wonderful little booklet with all sorts of travel pouches to help you keep your jewelry and unmentionables tidy and protected in your travel bag.

I lined them in shimmery dupionni (spelling?) silk, and they are just scrumptious! I have had a little bag like this for years that I bought at a little sidewalk sale on the 4th of July, and I have used it consistently since then to organize my earrings and bracelets when I travel.

They are quick to whip up, and the fabric combination opportunities are endless! It's perfect for those of you with a nice fabric scrap collection!

I also couldn't resist purchasing some lovely flannel I am planning on making Christmas PJ pants with...IF I can find the time....you know how it gets!


There are treasures here from Amy Butler and Valorie Wells' flannel collections that will make up some soft and cozy pajama pants for those icey winter nights!


Now for a little Christmas visual for you from my house to yours!




And let's not forget who this celebration is really all about. Where would we all be without the birth of this child?

Hope your Holiday season is full of peace, love, joy, and snuggly warmth !

Hugs to all,
Lila

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Stella Skirt Pattern is Here! (Almost)

Hello friends in Blogworld! Sorry to bore you with that Thanksgiving trivia post... what was I thinking???

The long awaited "Stella Skirt" is almost ready for purchase! I say almost, because they haven't yet arrived, but I know they're in transit, and I'm really excited about them!

Here is a little peek at the cover, (as well as some other silly shots.)
The trouble with doing a pattern cover in the winter is how ugly it is outside where I'm from.
If there was snow, at least that would be sorta pretty... but it's just brown and ugly right now.
Luckily the colors sorta go with the fabric!



I sorta liked this one (above) maybe better than the one on the pattern cover. But it's a little fuzzy. What do you think?Umm... just kidding.



Anyhow, you get the idea. It comes in sizes 2-18, and should be here like tomorrow or the next day I hope.

You can go to the pattern shop and pre-order if you want to reserve yours! Just click on any of the pattern images on the right sidebar.

See ya...
Lila