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.'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.)

Monday, August 18, 2014

A New "Sprouts" and $29.15

Last week a new "Sprouts" opened within walking...errrrr...well...maybe scootering distance from us.
I can't even put in words how much I love this store, but I did not love the former drive.
Hey and it is right smack next to an "All-A-Dollar".
Does it get better than that?
I am in shopping heaven!
Check out yesterday's haul.
And check out this:
$29.15 for all of this and it even included these roses for $5.99:
 The roses were a splurge; however, 
I was still under my $30 per week grocery budget.
And the roses are just prefect for a "La Vie en Rose" photo update,
so stick around for a few days.
Eating healthy is not expensive... of the secrets:
Plan ahead and base your menu on the advertised items.
These are generally the items in season too...
adding an extra healthy boost.
There's a cucumber in there but it's hiding.
Mmmmm...grapefruit broiled with nutmeg or cinnamon
with a touch of honey.
Can't wait for breakfast!
There are six lbs of Hatch green chilies here (.88 cents per lb!)
Perfect for roasting.
Green chilies just might be my favorite food in the whole world!
Healthy and fresh on a shoestring.
Makes me happy!

What are your healthy grocery budget secrets/tricks/tips?
Do share please!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Pin Cushion

While working on the La Vie en Rose Tutorial:
(a forthcoming pattern)
(The pattern can be found on Etsy by clicking here.)

I ended up with these two sets of four squares:

So a pincushion was born:

The two squares were joined with a row of sc,
then a row of hdc in pink.
Then a picot stitch in light pink,
 from step five of the granny rose pattern here.
Embellished with a flower made from the first two rounds of the granny rose here.

It's that blue orchid again!

Have a Happy Day!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Breakfast of the Champions

Almond, Cherry, Honey, Greek Yogurt Breakfast Delight

 Made with:
 Everything except the cherries from Costco.
Cherries from Trader Joe's.
(Thanks "D")
Something different instead of eggs for breakfast. :-)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Charming Norsk Town, Shop and Needlework

While traveling through Norway, in May, we happened across 
the most charming town called Elnesvågen with the most charming second-hand store
 with the most charming staff and stuff. :-) 
That's where I found this:
I found a few other items but those will be for future posts.
This favorite of mine, deserves a post of it's own, you see...
this little storehouse is called a "stabbur".
I love them, I can't get enough of them.
In fact, a "stabbur" has been incorporated into my banner as a birdhouse. :-)

Elnesvågen is not far from where my mother lives in Bud.
We patronized this shop in Elnesvågen together, where
the staff was absolutely delightful.
It is a warm and wonderful memory of our trip!

Somebody spent countless hours making this and I am so happy that I could give it a second home.
The stabbur needlepoint did not come in this frame.
The needlepoint was in a mid-century wood frame, that would not fit in my suitcase,
so we removed it and rolled it up for the flight back home.
Upon our return to the States, the NVO and I framed it with
a $9 frame from Taipan Trading and a little decorative wood moulding.
Gotta' love those bargains!

Now it hangs front and center above our fireplace:
and coordinates with our decor:

Oh and here it is with a blue orchid:

Yes, I know this was random, but I love this blue orchid
and believe it or not, it's real!

Ha en fin dag!!!