Artistry at work

20 Dec



The infamous cotton. See story below.





Carla and I worked on this tree a bit...but Lily (Lisa's daughter) eventually found collars to add (not pictured.)







It just so happens that I was in her neck of the woods ’round about the time Lisa McIlvain was fluffing her beautiful home for a feature in the Dallas Morning News. I imagine you’ve seen variations (professional shots, even) on my CELL PHONE photos above, and this is old news to you by now. I didn’t feel right breaking a story that wasn’t mine, so I waited my turn. Kindly. Like polite people should do. (And just so you know, all the photos above were from one room in her home, but the entire house was decorated for Christmas. And her studio? I have major studio envy. She needs to be in Where Women Create next.)

What you haven’t seen anywhere is my behind-the-scenes story of a weekend adventure with Lisa. She’s kind of a big deal in certain circles, you know.

So here it is: We made plans way back in October to go junking together in Canton. Then, the DMN feature story got scheduled around the same December weekend and in a fit of panic (or Diva-ness), Lisa canceled our Canton trip. As the date drew closer and the feature interview was complete, the junk beckoned and Lisa relaxed a bit,  deciding she could go missing for a few hours the day prior to her photo shoot.  (Who does that?!!) Canton, here we come!

Mother Nature, however, had other plans. The weather in Ft. Worth was cold and rainy the entire weekend, so we opted for some local junking instead. My crafty friend Carla joined us on our big adventure, during which Lisa may have seemed maybe a bit anxious, with a photo shoot only hours away. But we gave it our all, picking up a couple of treasures along the way to add warmth to an already picture-perfect home.

Carla and I went back home with Lisa after our adventure, and she put us to work. Or pretended to, anyway. (Just for the record, I would’ve done the same thing, but I would’ve been secretly rolling my eyes and changing everything once my “helpers” were gone.) Not Lisa.

Here’s a sample conversation of what went down …

Me, in the garage: You totally need to bring that cotton inside.

Lisa: What will we put it in?

Me: Where’s that loving cup you scored?

Lisa: I don’t have it yet.

Carla: What about that champagne bucket?

(We get busy with the cotton, and I suggest adding a cabinet card. As a joke, I get really specific with the cabinet card we need.)

Me: We need a picture of a boy with a sled. (wink, wink to Carla)

(And I kid you not, it took only seconds before Lisa responded.)

Lisa: How about a dog with a sled?

Seriously. And it was a family photo, to0! Because that’s how she rolls. And the arrangement was mentioned in the article and a photo was included.

Truth is, Lisa didn’t need our help to fluff. (I suspect she planted the cotton in the garage just so we’d feel useful.) She’s a big ball of talent. Her home was beautiful when we arrived. And she doesn’t even keep her kids in cages. They play in the living room. They help. And they proudly tell their friends they’re going to be in the paper.

Beautiful children, beautiful family, beautiful home, beautiful Christmas. As it should be.

And I helped.

Postscript: After the photo shoot, Lisa was busy getting food ready for a party she was hosting that very night. She’s so non-stop. Visit her etsy shop. Buy some stuff. You’ll be glad you did.


5 Responses to “Artistry at work”

  1. Debbie York December 20, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

    I can actually hear y’alls convo in my head…law…I’m hearing voices now!
    I kept thinking towards the end…”shake ‘n bake…and I helped”! ‘Course it’s only fittin’ ’cause I know y’all were shaking some tail feathers.
    It is just beautiful and I bet a dollar to a donut, she knows how blessed she is to have friends like you.
    P.S. I’ll trust you with any secret of mine…you’re good!

  2. lisa December 21, 2011 at 12:10 am #

    OMG, Kristi,
    This post is priceless. I’m printing, framing it & hanging it in the tiny bath next to my grandfathers silly face pic! I’m not sure which image I like better, me being diva-ish, stressing at the junk store or locking the kids in cages (your not suppose to talk about that).
    You could have broken my news, I would have let ya, but that’s not how you roll!
    The cotton display was the hit of the shoot!!!!

  3. Dawn @ The Feathered Nest December 21, 2011 at 10:03 pm #

    Hi sweet Kristi! What a WONDERFUL post girl!!!! I love that you helped our Lisa….and took some great pics too, I don’t care if they WERE with your cell! I just wish I could have been there too….I love the cotton bundles ~ they fit in so well with her stuff, didn’t they? She is a piece of work too….and has whatever you need in that wonderful studio! The girl has taste 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing her goodness and I hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas ~ hugs and love, Dawn

  4. Theresa Smith December 22, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    I’m jealous, wish I could have been there to watch you girls!

    The house turned out great! I seen pics on Lisa’a blog!

    Merry Christmas!


  5. cindy craine December 22, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

    OK I couldn’t help decorate the house but I could have helped with the party planning afterward! So sorry I missed that exchange in the garage, Kristi I know how bashful you are. But everything turned out wonderful and yes you do write like a pro, did I miss something, kidding aside are you a pro? Our friendship has just begun, so many things to learn about you and your adventures!!! I know you’re super fast crafter for sure, you left us all in the dust in KC’s class!! Next time you’re in town, margaritas on me! xox-cin
    PS oh, ahem…I notice Lilly’s Lace is not on your blogroll??? I’m sure this is just an oversight and I’ll be there next year….???

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