Lily is a Ton of Fun…Well, Half a Ton

Lazies, Our new pattern Lily Pocket Purse (LGD128) arrived Friday and she’s a cutie! A big cutie – the first printing of Lily weighs in at 986 lbs – nearly a half ton of Lazy! Also, notes below from my big weekend.

We’ve already started shipping our new Girl and I have to tell you, I get excited every step of the way with a new design. Culminating in the arrival of a freshly printed product at my doorstep, creating a new design is like spending months planning a party and finally experiencing that magic moment when the guest of honor arrives and everyone joins the fun.

My excellent and trusted pattern tester Regina made this cute Lily. Here she is enjoying some beautiful surroundings in Regina’s yard. The fabric is ‘Happy Camper’ by Moda. It’s an adorable fabric line and looks great on Lily. Regina fussy cut the fabric to feature the tent motif.

Back view of Regina’s Lily Pocket Purse. Love this fabric collection. Great job Regina! Lily is perfect for directional prints like the camping scenes and basket weave.

My Big Weekend
Goodness, talk about a ton of fun – family and friends celebrated Mom and Dad’s 50th wedding anniversary this weekend. It was fabulous! My three siblings and I divvied up the duties, put our thinking caps on and pulled out all the stops. We hosted a cocktail-style reception with a light buffet, following a Mass said in Mom and Dad’s honor at the church where they were married so long ago.

Robert and Ruth Weingartner, November 19, 1960

My trip started by strapping 50 helium balloons down in my car for the two hour ride to Cincinnati. Yes, I fit all of the decorations for the entire event in my car. There was just enough room left for our toothbrushes and jammies.

Music by a bass player and keyboard duet provided perfect atmosphere for our evening. The photographer captured our special moments and brought in a backdrop to get portrait pics of everyone…some under duress, but we wanted pics of every loved one. Hey, it’s our party and you’ll smile if we want you to.

Two members of their bridal party attended. Mom’s precious friends from high school totally owned their part of the room. And you’ll be happy to know there were at least half  a dozen Lazy Girls in attendance, too. We may have even converted a few new Lazies as well.

We all mixed, mingled, kissed and hugged. Reminisced about old time and caught up on news. Mom and Dad cut the cake and shared a dance. I cried as the entourage of our loved ones and life-long friends arrived to share in our joy and I savored the evening as we said our goodbyes.


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10 Responses to “Lily is a Ton of Fun…Well, Half a Ton”

  1. Penny — August 30, 2010 @ 8:23 am

    Oh I have a tear in my eye, what fun they must of had. I am so glad it all came together for your celebration. Looking forward to my Lily soon!

    Penny in soon to be fall like Chesapeake, VA

  2. Sandy Dodson — August 30, 2010 @ 9:04 am

    love your newsletters and the creations are so wonderful love bags so evrey new pattern I believe I have not just need to sit down and stay glued to the sewing machine a sew everyone in any fabric handy(there is plenty of that) glad you could celebrate the 50th with your folks. We should all be so blessed and in our own marriages make it to 50,lost my husband just before our 25th but my plan is to stay on earth till at least 100 besides it will take that long to use up some of the fabric. Agsin congs to your parents and keep up the new creatioins for all of us to enjoy.

  3. bettina elliott — August 30, 2010 @ 9:05 am

    i always love reading your blog about a new product but the party news was really a treat, thanks for sharing. memories like those are forever….

  4. Jean — August 30, 2010 @ 9:22 am

    Joan, I am so happy for you! Your parents will always remember that night. You and your siblings gave to them.

    I also love your letters………I actually have a file where I keep them for a reference. You give so many beautiful ideas of coloring and placement. You are definitely one of my teachers that I look to.

    Cherish your memories, and please share a pic with us when you get them. I have seen you on Kaye Woods Show many times and I feel llike I know you, but then we are lazies. LOL Jean

  5. Margie Veon — August 30, 2010 @ 11:16 am

    Joan, Thanks for sharing the 50th! I can picture you in the car with those balloons! Congratulations to your Mom and Dad.

  6. leli — August 30, 2010 @ 12:17 pm

    Congratulation with such a great celebration .
    I’m always looking forward for you newletters and projects Tku vm

  7. Sheila Perl — August 30, 2010 @ 3:12 pm

    Thank you for sharing your parents 50th wedding anniversary with us!
    What a wonderful party!

    50 helium balloons in the car?? I’m surprised you didn’t fly away!

    Waiting for Lily to arrive, I got my notice that she is on the way 🙂

  8. Leanne — August 30, 2010 @ 9:35 pm

    Sounds wonderful! You’ve made more memories for your family and friends 🙂 My Mom and Dad’s 50th (and our 25th) is coming in 2013. I’m thinking of a family cruise. I think it would be something we’d all enjoy. However, a party is a great idea! Still remember the bash we had for my grandparent’s 50th, many years ago.

    Waiting for Lily with baited breath!


  9. Peggy Forbes — August 31, 2010 @ 3:41 pm

    Congratulations to your parents! How fortunate they are to have children to love and support them and how appropriate they be honored at a mass in the same church they were wed!

    Guess what?? Lily was in my mailbox when I got home last evening, I felt like doing cartwheels but thought my physical therapist might have a heart attack! Boy,I was really sorry I’d worked late and didn’t have as much time to play with Lily as I might have.

    I read the directions all the way through as instructed, traced the pattern pieces on template plastic and started cutting. I cut the batting but got bogged down in the interfacing phase. Then I remembered your post about how the recommended interfacing is 20? wide so if you cut it carefully down the middle you could get a 2 for 1. You also stated no pattern pieces were over 10? tall.

    Bingo, lightbulb time … I was being too obsessive-compulsive with the pattern layout. I was taking the layout in the picture (for 45″ wide interfacing) and trying to match the grain lines (cross-grain vs lengthwise grain) on the 20″ wide interfacing as it is a woven interfacing. But after re-reading your post, I realized it’s okay to flip the pattern sideways! Duh, this is after all a Lazy Girl pattern!

    I have choir rehearsal tonight so I can’t play with Lily but I have her first ‘outfit’ picked out and ready to cut when I get home.

    Lazily yours,
    Peggy F
    Thanks again for the teriffic service!


  10. Janet — September 15, 2010 @ 9:27 pm

    Congratulations on your parent wedding aniversary and thank you for sharing qith us. I purchased Towne purse pattern and I got a little problem with the direccions regarding the linning and cover so I have a question for you, how should I sew the zipper part (top of the bag) to the linning and front and back of the bag? do this is a separe piece of material?
    please give me an idea in how .

    Thank you