A bold, black and sexy apron design

This design was so unexpected. I started off with basic experimentation with my serger (which I love, and cherish as it makes the finishing process seamless- pun intended heh heh).


I used my Janome serger to join the black lace to the bodice, as well as discovering a new approach to creating the waist ties/ belt. I was super nervous about using my Singer Iron to press the seams flat; so I tested on a scrap piece of fabric and was reassured by the fact that my concerns were correct! Too much heat on this material (which is a velvet-imitation poly and cotton blend) causes slight melting and the ever dreaded iron stain from melty fabric.



The red frills really add a pop of colour for the eyes to go to-(red accents are something I am intrigued by this month for whatever reason. Perhaps a nod to February being the month of love?)


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New Apron Designs

Sugar and Spice Apron by LillyBoChic

I worked on this apron with the hopes that it would have a bit more “pizzazz”- and believe me, I may rework it by adding some bedazzling.. I suppose I needed the pocket to be larger as the current size is underwhelming for me.

Sugar and Spice Apron by LillyBoChic
Sugar and Spice Apron by LillyBoChic

You may be able to tell by way of the number of photos I have posted of this design that I love, love, LOVE this one. I think its simplicity and sexy shape really exemplifies the spirit of LillyBoChic, without giving too much away…Not to mention that this was the first time I worked with pure Linen- (which is so soft by the way). I am very pleased with the execution of this piece, and I cannot wait to get my hands on more linen!

Linen apron with nude lace

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The GTA Home and Reno Show-Things I loved and hated

Pink and cream Room Design at the GTA Home and Reno Show

I really enjoyed this room set up at the show this weekend. Although a scene like this would not survive for more than 10 minutes at my house; I love the idea of it!

The pink walls have a cream coloured cloud effect (possibly a wallpaper appliqué- otherwise this would be a painstaking paint effect).  The colours on the walls allow a calming effect on the eye. Gold and beige accents also help with this calming effect. I think for a small space (a reading room, or small condo) this room would definitely become a favourite.

Feminine waves taken too far- Hated it

On the other hand- this pink and feminine scene was terrible for me. I hate everything about it: the faux pink fur chair covers; the use of blue in a swirl pattern for the walls with pastel pink; and of course the over use of chrome as an accent colour. The execution is all wrong: perhaps instead of a tall chrome lamp, it would have been better to have a sconce, or geometric light pendant with a matte silver finish? Just my thoughts…

From behind a glass: an abstract landscape in oil on canvas. Browns, greens, and greys.

I liked this large abstract piece: the colours used are unexpected, but still work well to create a lovely landscape scene. I like the use of grey at the foreground as I imagine it to be fog rolling in over farmland during an early morning.

My favourite piece from the show: a blue and green charger with gold flecks and an earthy brown border.

If I could choose the colour of the eyes I stare into for the rest of my life it would be the colours shown here (above). Ah, well maybe that is an overstatement, however I could truly stare at this for hours. Absolutely one of the most memorable things I found at the show.

Embroidered duvet from India in Green and Yellow
Tall abstract art with beautiful blue lines
White and blue art- Leaf and vine pattern art


Clash of art: various pieces for sale @ RENWIL

Tips for creating a home photo studio

When I started my Etsy shop two years ago, there were a lot of things I had to do that were totally outside of my comfort zone. One of those things (a huge and important thing) was to learn how to take good and clear photographs. When selling handmade items, one piece of advice that is repeated as gospel is to take clear images in great lighting; that tell a story about the product; and that show off as many details about texture and colour as can be in a high resolution format.

That is a geeky way of saying that you really gotta learn how to make someone buy your product all through sight! Of course there are other factors that help people decide to buy your handmade item, but that’s a topic in a blog post for another day 😉

First thing: employ the ownership of a 3 light lamp on a sturdy stand. 3 lights are best not because of aesthetic, but because they can be moved and aimed to point at your handmade object in a way that enough light hits it. Think: laser beams!

A three light lamp on a vertical stand- you can pick one of these up at Home Depot, Lowes, Home Hardware, or whatevs.

Below we see a photo stage set with a mannequin. In order to get a smooth and uniform backdrop, I hanged a white poly material from the wall. This backdrop is really best when either totally white (or as close as you can get) because the light shined from your lamp needs to be “bounced back” at the camera to ensure a well illuminated photo.

Easy trick to help remember: Optics= studying how light is captured and refracted to enhance/change images. I’m sure there is a more scholarly explanation that that of course; but that’s a basic grade 8 review 🙂

Notice the two lamps above and below – my camera is set up between the two: peeking through stand’s branches

Once the stage is set and the light hits all of the areas that you want to highlight, take a few test pictures to see whether you should use flash (or not); set a widescreen image; or fiddle around with any camera settings that you like to use.

Green Hemp apron with green frills- a feminine design by LillyBoChic

Final product: a cropped image with the brightness and contrast increased slightly.

Green Hemp apron with green frills- a feminine design by LillyBoChic

For a non-professional photograph, I think it captures all of the elements that I had hoped for. I really like how crisp and clear the photo is- you can see the blue chalk lines on the garment (a temporary marking of course) that I used to line up each pocket.

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Reflections on Doors, Passageways, and Entrances

I had a desire to capture photos of a topic that has intrigued me…Entryways.

And really: why not? For the most part, we all use them at least twice a day.  I wondered if much thought is given to them- despite being the entrance to our homes and secret places.

Toronto Doors view from the sidewalk. A purple door with mauve wainscotting aside a brown bi-fold door with dark wood stain.
Toronto Doors view from the sidewalk. A purple door with mauve wainscoting aside a brown bi-fold door with dark wood stain.

This semi-detached home caught my eye because of the contrast between the front doors of the homes. Violet and mauve on one side, is contrasted with dark brown wood stain on the other. If you look at the detailing of the entryway, you can see that the design of the opening is pretty much the same on either door; however, the bi-fold door on the left is likely original to the construction.

A black and gold door with a large glass lite insert on a street in downtown Toronto Canada. The homes have only street parking, but large front yard and large tree-foliage patches.
A black and gold door with a large glass lite insert on a street in downtown Toronto Canada. The homes have only street parking, but large front yard and large tree-foliage patches.

I really enjoy the above door. To me, it is regal yet betrays a softness by allowing a large lite in the middle. A small gold door knocker adorns the door also further highlighting the gold on black scheme.

Toronto (2)

Not exactly sequitur, but the label on this door just screamed out “Vice magazine!”; like something you would see in the background of a photo shoot for some Toronto clothing boutique. I also love the presumption of the door on the left. I bet they thought “Screw it, let 8b have the number on the door. If they’re looking for 8a and they can’t figure it out, then we don’t want to have that visitor!”

I have a fleeting imagination..


Toronto (3)


Another tear down on its way to being built up. This one of the average-looking modern entrances one sees commonly these days in Toronto.  The doorway definitely gains points by being painted a dark color (and having not too many and not too few hardware pieces like a letter slot and door knocker); however the style of the home just so totally minimizes my ability to “love” this entrance as it is narrow and would leave me feeling claustrophobic.

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Just Sewed: Apron inspired by Dorothy from Wizard of Oz

A recent apron design I came up with over the holiday break is the “Dorothy”.

Dorothy Apron- A Blue Gingham-frilled border on a sheer hemp bodice. Finished with a white satin ribbon
Dorothy Apron- A Blue Gingham-frilled border on a sheer hemp bodice. Finished with a white satin ribbon

The name is due to the blue gingham frills that border the all natural hemp bodice of the apron; and their likeness to the blue gingham that the character Dorothy wore in the Wizard of Oz (film adaptation starring Judy Garland).

Dorothy Apron- A Blue Gingham-frilled border on a sheer hemp bodice. Finished with a white satin ribbon
Dorothy Apron- A Blue Gingham-frilled border on a sheer hemp bodice. Finished with a white satin ribbon

What I like the most about this piece is that there is evidence of an emerging style in the LillyBoChic line. Admirers of my designs will notice that feminine bodice shapes will often have frills or colors suggesting softness. I think that it is very necessary to allow people who identify with femininity and cherish it, to have plenty of opportunities to immerse themselves within its examples.

Therefore: flirty aprons are a must!

That being said; I also think that femininity has a hard edge- something that tells the world that we (feminine types) are willing to get out hands dirty to get the job done. What is so dirty, you might ask? Well, I suppose that is left to the imagination of the wearer and the audience.

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Southern Ontario Ducks, Geese, and Seagulls

Here is a video clip shot shortly before the snowfall in S.O., (Southern Ontario).

As you can see from this short clip, a variety of birds including Canadian Geese (we just call them Geese in Canada), Seagulls, and ducks are chilling at the mouth of a small creek that is fed by/ flows into Lake Ontario on the shoreline.

Towards the end of the clip there is a mild kerfuffle between the Geese, but as many Canadians know: they can be very territorial in general and command authority among other birds due to their size. Although I am sure you would have to ask the birds to check the validity of that statement.

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