Featured Favorite Print – Chum Bucket

Posted on May 8, 2012 in Inspiration by | 2 comments

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Boy oh, boy do our Lilly Lovers have some strong feelings about this print name!!  And our print designer Jeff, the ar-teest behind this print, will side with you on the eww-factor of the name – he’s not a big fan of the name either.  But you guys know- we LOVE to have fun and Janie has quite the sense of humor, so this is just us sharing our “never-take-yourself-too-seriously” side.  After all, Lilly is the creator of conversational prints and I guess that’s just what we have here! :)   Here are some quick thoughts from Jeff about the print…

1. What inspired this print?
The print was inspired by the seaside vacations I took as a child. My family would wake up early (no lazy beach vacations for us!) and take walks/runs on the beach looking for whatever treasures would wash up from the night before.  Often it was shells and little sea creatures but sometimes we found really cool stuff that my brother’s and I would inevitably fight over. (especially when it was money!)

2. How did you come up with its name?
For the record, I didn’t – Janie and the print team did and I swear, it was only to torture ME!  But we all like a good laugh and they are STILL laughing about that one.

3. What secrets are hidden?
Because the print was inspired by my family vacations, I had to include a little treasure that reminded me of my mom.  There’s a single violet tucked in the print because my mother always has a large planter filled with them on her living room window sill.  (and she still does to this day!)

4. What materials did you use or combine to create the artwork?
Watercolor and a Sharpie, my favorite drawing tool!

5. What does this print say about the Lilly girl wearing it?
She understands “old school” summertime!  The kind of Summer where your shoes are off all day long. …And she has a sense of humor!


Posted on May 9th, 2012 at 9:21am

Wow.. What a great print! I know our dear friend Kay Mather would have been just as excited. The print brings great fond beach memories to mind too and the sweet violet..what a great Mother’s Day tributue that is. I can only imagine how proud she is. Nice work. Now the name….tee hee….Bravo for everyones great sense of humor. My 11 year old burst into laughter and so did I!.. So you brought us beauty, memories, and a good chuckle. Thanks. Barbara


Bryan Meckelborg

Posted on May 10th, 2012 at 12:04pm

Not sure why i get a Lilly email every morning, it could be my wife (Long Beach State, Gamma Phi Beta ’88) or my daughters (Tulane, Phi Mu ’14 and Villanova, Alpha Phi ’15) pummeling my credit card every chance they get at your store but I did have to smile at Chum Bucket. I thought i would surprise them and get that shirt but it doesn’t seem to be available in mens shirts? Am i missing something? I refuse to do the matching thing (dont want to lose the man card) so if you make the shirt can i request you not sell the dress to anyone in my family? let me know. Best,