Monday, June 21, 2010

Baby Prop Fever

I'm am swooning over these knit items I've made lately. I wish I knew a baby that I could pose them on and list these new items in my shop.

This little hat was requested by my friend Lindsey who is due in August. She asked for an elfish style hat with a long tail, navy blue, light blue and white with alternating size of stripes. It will be worn for a newborn photoshoot and I'm super excited to see the pictures!! (Maybe I can use those?)

Here's a WIP picture, I used dpns for the whole hat, instead of circulars (which I'm more comfortable with) and I'm quite impressed with myself =D

And here's the completed hat - I think they look soooo cute on infants! (they are photo props only due to the long cord.)

This is not my photo, nor is it a hat I made, but how precious is this picture??
When I have kids, It's going to be ridiculous how many knit/crocheted goodies they'll have.
Prop #2 Is a hammock.
Again this is not my picture, or my knit work, but I made one in the exact same color combo for a photographer friend of mine. I can't wait to see her work with it! When she takes photos with it, I will use them to list these hammocks in my shop! I'm really excited about this!
(link to the etsy shop where the picture is from)
Tonight's plan: Yoga Circuit, Fitnessista's Week 3 Day 1 - Strength Day, & then crochet more photo prop goodies!!
Happy Monday =D

Friday, June 18, 2010

Wine Pairing Dinner

5 course meal @ Third & Olive in Burbank + Malibu Family Wines = Delicious!
(L-R: MIL, Mo, Pops, Mr. Knots, Me)
First course: Smoked Salmon and crab with grapefruit coriander and melon salad, paired with Sauvignon Blanc. It was such an interesting mix of flavors with the melon, spicy grapefruit sauce and crab. The flavors danced on my tongue. I'm not a huge white wine fan, but I'll definitely be buying a bottle of this next time we go to the winery.
Second course: Moroccan style braised chicken with preserved lemon & green olives, paired with 2005 Merlot. Fall-off-the-bone tender.
Third Course: Portobello mushroom with duck, spinach, and smoked mozzarella. Paired with 2005 Syrah. I'm not a mushroom fan by any means, but I thought this was one of the tastiest courses. I actually ate a mushroom, and enjoyed it!
Fourth Course: Venison Stew with carrots, turnip and crusty bread. Paired with 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon. Not my favorite course. I found the venison to be very dry, but it paired nicely with the cab. (I started eating this forgetting to take the picture first)
The best course aka dessert: Warm apple cake with vanilla whip cream. Need I say more?
aaaawe Mr. Knots and I enjoying our meal (btw - I think I like that new name for him here on my blog. What do you think?)
In honor of the upcoming Father's day holiday, here's a pic of my pops and I:
The chef hopped in our picture - our compliments to the chef!

Happy Friday y'all! I'm off to a margarita party. Woot!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

This week I...

Received a Spring Swap package in the mail

The package included a bright colored paisley purse, a hand knit brown beanie, chamomile tea, honey hand cream, and chewy sweet tarts!

Remember this post where I talked about becoming a citizen? Well on Tuesday, I voted for the very first time! Now I can feel some civil pride =D

I also started a new exercise program. In addition to Yoga 3-4 times a week at the studio, I started following Gina at The fitnessista's Summer Shape Up 2010 program. She's up to week 3 already, but I just started week 1 on Monday. It's pretty much kicking my butt - but I feel great! I like having the list of exercises spelled out for me. I much prefer the "strength" days to the intense cardio "speed" days. I don't think I've sprinted since I was in elementary school! phew! I'm kind of embarrassed to admit it but after 45 seconds of sprinting and I was on the floor!

If you have a chance, hop on over to these amazing blogs and enter in their crafty giveaways:
Ale @ Just Be Happy's is giving away one of her fun amigurumi crochet toys.
Cadi @ Maehaegirl's is giving away an adorable baby hat.
These are 2 very talented ladies - show your support and enter in their giveaways.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Parker River Float

What a joke. If you ever get invited to a river float in Parker, Arizona and are not a big partier, say no. That is of course unless you enjoy beer bongs and keg stands at 8am, obliterated drunk bros & hoes, people fondling each other inappropriately in plain sight, and being in the direct 111 degree sunlight for 8 hours with nowhere to go but in the water, or on your little raft. Yes, it took us 8 hours to float down the river. There were thousands of people there and I literally felt like the only sober one. I can barely handle a glass of wine at 8pm (ok, slight exaggeration here) let alone beer or anything alocoholic at 8am. I reapplied sunscreen at least 3-4 times and still got roasty toasty burnt. The icing on the cake was sleeping on a shitty spring cot that poked my sunburn all night and being covered with a ton of itchy mosquito bites - fantastic! Never again.
My favorite part of the trip was swimming in the amazing indoor pool and going down this fun water slide!

On the bright side, I did get to spend time with good friends and I won almost $300 on the Wheel of Fortune slot machine!! woohoo! I also got to wear my new favorite large brimmed hat...

...and enjoyed the gorgeous Arizona sunset.

I wish I had more pictures to share with you, but the rest are on a water proof camera that I need to get developed. However did we live before digital cameras?!
How was your weekend?

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Check out what I got in the mail the other day.... Good things come in small packages....

It's the adorable Lisa Leonard necklace that I won from The Tarr Pit's giveaway!

I love it and have worn it everyday since I got it =D
Thanks again Alysha & Lisa!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Scrap Happy Yoga Mat Bag

I threw this yoga mat bag together over the weekend with a ton of scrap yarn. I wanted something bright, cheery, and colorful. I think I acheived that! =D The pattern shows the bag with a strap across the chest to carry the mat. I haven't decided if I'll make a strap or not. I like to roll my blanket up with the mat which makes it heavier and I wouldn't want the stitches on the bag to get too stretched out.
Pattern: Shavasana Yoga Mat Bag (Ravelry Link)
And just for random shits and giggles I must tell you about something that had me in stitches this morning! You know how you can hear bits and pieces of someones conversation, and interpret it totally out of context? Well, today I walked into the room and over heard male coworker #1 say to female coworker #2 (they are related btw) "I keep beating it and nothing comes out!" I literally could not contain my laughter! I don't think he even realized what he said at first until he saw me busting up. That's when his face got incredibly red... poor guy. After wiping away my tears I stopped laughing for long enough to hear what they were really talking about... the vending mahcine. I guess it took his money and wouldn't give him the food. aaaahhh it all makes sense now =D

Happy Tuesday!