Tuesday, September 2, 2014

La Vie en Rose Border Design has Begun

I'm working on the "Lie Vie en Rose Afghan Crochet Pattern" border/edging:
and it looks like this:
Bobbles, and shells, and fans with picots.
Who could ask for anything more?
Border/edging pattern will be available this week and will
be the perfect accompaniment to this:
(Pattern for blanket found by clicking here.)

Stay close!

Monday, September 1, 2014

"La Vie" Winner

Congratulations to Mum and Sandra,
for reading my mind!

The correct answer to the mind reading question in the previous post was:

"When the night has been too lonely
and the road has been too long
and you think that love is only
for the lucky and the strong,
just remember in the winter
far beneath the bitter snows
lies the seed that with the sun's love
in the spring becomes the rose."

Amanda McBroom, The Rose
Made famous by Bette Midler

These lovely lucky ladies are now the owners of the
"La Vie en Rose Afghan Pattern":
Which can be found in my Etsy shop here. :-)
(the border is almost ready too!)

Many of you guessed "The Rose" or Bette Midler", and those were good answers;
however, there was a key hint in my post:

1) It's eight lines of lyrics from a song.

Thank you for playing and all your wonderful, wonderful comments!

I would also like to thank the anonymous person who posted this afghan on Facebook.
I received thousands of views and a few sales from your post.
Blogger let's me know that the views are coming from Facebook,
but not which Facebook account.
If you would like to be "known" please let me know, either with a comment
or an email to astri.bowlin@gmail.com.
I would also like to follow your Facebook page. :-)

Friday, August 29, 2014

La Vie en Rose Afghan Finished and Pattern Listed!

"Ta Da" 
she says between yawns. ;-)
The pattern for the La Vie en Rose Afghan
was complete and I was ready for a nap! ;-)

There's a lot that goes into writing a pattern.
(I'm not complaining...probably bragging. ;-) )

And now the pattern can be found on Etsy by clicking here.
It includes a join-as-you go method, if preferred, and an invisible join.
This 11 page photo step-by-step pattern/tutorial
will delight crocheters...beginning to advanced. ;-)
(I hope!)
This afghan took a long time, for me, only because I kept putting it away for other projects.
It's 37 rows long and one row could feasibly be crocheted in one to two evenings.

So just as I was about to lay (lie) down, "La Vie" asked for a photo shoot.
How could I say no to my intermittent companion for the last two years?

So here she is:
On the blue patio chair.

On the kitchen counter.

Folded up on the kitchen stools.

Rolled up on the kitchen stools.

Rolled up on the sofa.
(This was "La Vie's" idea.)

Spread out on the lawn.

Hanging on the back fence.

Soon "La Vie" will be accessorized with a lacy trim/edging.
But that won't be until after my nap.
(Stay tuned.)

Hey, how about a give away of this pattern?

OK, let's make this interesting....
The first person to guess what I am thinking about will receive the pattern.

Here are some clues:

1) It's eight lines of lyrics from a song.
2) It's very beautiful.
3) It speaks of love and loneliness.
4) The singer has been in several movies.
5) The singer is also "Divine".
6) It relates to this pattern.

A pattern for your thoughts about my thoughts in the comment section?
(tee hee)

First one to guess will receive the .pdf pattern emailed.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

An Alternative Wedding

Kiddo #3 "The Condition" got hitched on Saturday.
Professional photos are not yet in, but here is a look at a few amateur photos ;-):
These two are perfect for each other.
These two are perfect to us.
The wedding was unique and very creative, to say the least.
They did it in their style and they definitely
"owned it".
It was a lot of fun!

I had to throw this photo in as it cracked me up.
This is the bride with our son (the groom), her father and her five siblings.

And here are the Newlyweds with their respective parents.
There may be a lot of "different" hair stuff going on at this wedding. Mine looks kind of "normal" huh?
Well it's not, THAT is not even my real hair. Haha...it's a $35 clip in-extension.
Can you tell? Hey, it's our secret, OK?
(I should post about that sometime..before and after pics?)

Here are one set of happy parents,
taking a selfie.

Oh and guess who did the catering of
320 TACOS!?!
Yup you guessed it,
me and my homies or is it my homies and I?
(Probably "my homies and I" since they did most of the work and should get top billing. :-) )
Friends do not get better than this!

Oh and one last photo that touched my heart:
The bride with her grandmother.
Grandma lives in a full-care Alzheimer's facility; but up until
a few months ago these two youngsters took her into their home
every Friday night and Saturday.
They are a special couple with a lot of love to share.

OK whew, onto a lighter note: we now have just two left to marry off:
#6 Little Bug
#4 The Boy

Any takers?

(Sorry no photos of these two from this celebration as "The Boy" is working and living in Texas and
"Little Bug" just left for graduate school in Louisiana. Unfortunately they were unable to attend.)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

La Vie en Rose - 12 squares left!

See the right-hand bottom corner?
Yup, twelve squares left:
I'm planning on finishing it today,
and then a forthcoming pattern. :-)

(The pattern can be found on Etsy by clicking here.)

Friday, August 22, 2014

More La Vie en Rose Afghan Progress and a Wedding!

One and a half rows left...
then the border!
(The pattern can be found on Etsy by clicking here.)

Tomorrow, offspring # 3 "The Condition" will wed his lovely bride,
so there won't be any crocheting for a few days. ;-)
I will have another daughter and I am so excited!

Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

La Vie En Rose Afghan Progress

 Five rows and a lace border is all that's left to finish this afghan.
Then to write the pattern!
Pattern should be available in about two weeks. :-)

(The pattern can be found on Etsy by clicking here.)

This has been a fun two years of designing and crocheting this afghan.
It was started in May of 2012!
Stay Tuned for Additional Updates!
(The pattern can be found on Etsy by clicking here.)