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Designer, illustrator, artist, mom, wife, cat lady. Originally from NY state, now a minivan-driving Chicago suburbanite. So cool. :) And now I finally have a FB page: http://tinyurl.com/3chh3sr
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The birthplace of JELL-O and the stringless bean; home of the former Ingham University, the first women's college in the United States; and my home to
The birthplace of JELL-O and the stringless bean; home of the former Ingham University, the first women's college in the United States; and my home town from the time I was born until I left for college; Le Roy is a picturesque small town in western New York State, population just over 4,500.
It's an old village incorporated in 1813, so it's full of 19th-century houses and Victorian architecture; in fact stone carriage steps still sit in front of many of the homes. A section of one of the oldest houses in town (built in the early 1800s and rumored to still have the owner's daughter's name inscribed in a pane of glass) can be seen in the toile, right under the gazebo.
There are at least eight churches of all denominations (the First Baptist Church is the belltower-topped building in the toile and St. Mark's is the one with the steeple), lots of trees (walk a couple miles in any direction and you'll eventually end up in the woods), barns and acres of crops, a dammed-up creek wide enough to pass for a river (that's Oatka Creek which flows right by St. Mark's and makes for some great birdwatching from the gazebo... in the toile, notice my dad watching the heron!)
Right on Main St. is the Le Roy House, the first section built in 1818. It was originally home of the village's founder Jacob Le Roy and is now a historical museum. Behind the house is the 19th century school, which is now home to the Jell-O Museum and a great collection of old carriages like the ones in the toile.
One of my favorite old buildings was the Woodward Memorial Library; in the toile, it's the four columned building with the wide steps. It was built using bricks from the old Ingham University when those buildings were dismantled in the late 1800s. Inside the library was peace and quiet, books galore (reading, a favorite hobby of quiet kids like me), and -- the best part -- a secret tunnel connecting the library to the elementary school, and a locked room full of antique books and oil paintings of some of the town's early inhabitants. Creepy AND mysterious!
Most of the elements in the toile are my own sketches done over years of traveling back to Le Roy for Christmas or summer vacation. Some were done from life (sitting on the creekbank drawing St. Mark's) and some from photos (the gazebo where my husband proposed), but I bet I could draw almost everything from memory. I've lived away from that town for almost as long as I lived in it, but I think it'll always be "home," no matter where else I end up.
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Your Town Toile de Jouy Fabric of the Week Contest Top Ten!
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Congratulations on top ten! very nice.
Congratulations Jennifer !! Wonderful design :)
Congratulations on the Top Ten placing, Jennifer! Your design is a lovely and very useable toile!
Big congratulations, Jennifer!
Yay!!! I would have been surprised if your gorgeous design wasn't in the top 10 this week. Big congrats Jennifer :)
Love this. Really showed us how skillful you are both on and off the computer!
Congrats on placing in the top ten, Jennifer!
Congrats on making the Top Ten, Jennifer!
Congratulations on placing in the top ten!
Thank you, everyone! I knew those sketches would come in handy someday! :)
Congratulations on the top ten...the fabric looks GREAT!!!!
You should send Jello the story and a fabric swatch!!! I'm serious!
so lovely, congratulations!
Congratulations !!!! Wonderful design !!
There's a Jell-o museum? How cool! There are so many gorgeous details in your amazing design. It's impossible to pick out just one element, as they work so well together, but I am particularly taken by way you draw old architecture. Brilliant!
Thank you, Roz, Julie, Heather, Amy, Carina & Victoria! It's definitely different from my usual stuff... variety is good! :)
Lovely drawings and a lovely traditional toile.
ditto all above, soo great!!! beatiful!!! :D
Fantastic illustrations and repeat, Jennifer! And I loved reading the historical information, and can relate to the last paragraph. Very nice!
WOW! Spectacular details! This is gorgeous Jennifer. Good luck this week :D
Beautiful work! The design is so well balanced and I enjoyed reading your personal history of the town.
So much detail - a true labour of love! fabulous...
Thanks, Katie! It IS very grandma-ish, isn't it?!
This is beautiful! It feels like it could have been a wallpaper pattern my Great Grandma would have had.
Thank you, Rhonda and Virginie!
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Your beautiful toile contains a wealth of images that display both public history and personal recollections! For those of us who are not familiar with your town, your descriptive information added another level of appreciation of the significance of each picture that you included in the pattern.
ohh love it !! Nice work :)
Thank you, Helene!
What a nice and so sweet design !
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