A Crochet Addict’s Mother-Daughter Weekend…

Yes, I love to crochet,,, Rarely does a day go by that I am not working on a project!  Today I wanted to share a little mother-daughter bonding/fun/vacation tradition.

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For the last decade, I have taken my youngest daughter on a weekend trip every summer.  The focus is to buy her school clothes and spend some quality time together… This was her final year… She will be a senior and my last one at home…   Kinda bittersweet!

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Over the last decade our trip has evolved from the types of clothes she chose, the city we go to and what we do to entertain ourselves.  It use to be great to spend a day in the mall,,, grab the clothes (of which she wasn’t very picky)… and hit the hotel swimming pool after a quick dinner at a homey restaurant… To a decade later we seem to do a large city excursion, 2 days filled with multiple malls, pedicures, movie theaters, hot tubs, fancy restaurants, longer stays and more thought put into the wardrobe!.

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So I wanted to share just a few pictures of our weekend excursion…

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The drive… With my baby driving… Yummy food at a great restaurant,,, Trying a new guitar out for this years school project (Learning to Play)

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   We got our noses pierced…

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Stopped by my longtime BFF’s Antique Store in Sacramento

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Yarn shopping for something special

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So for this last year,,, we did a few special things… here is the rundown!

Drive to Sacramento,,, Stayed in an extra nice room for 3 nights… Shopped for 2 days at 2 major malls, pedicures, great lunches at nice restaurants, evening hot tubing, nose’s pierced, fancy dinner at a Japanese restaurant, Two evenings at movie theaters,,,one of them at an IMAX Theater, friends antiques store, yarn shopping, great orchard where we picked out all our favorites including dehydrated chili-sugar encrusted mango’s… stopped by to see family on the trip home and yes,,, I did crochet in the evenings in the room!  It was a great trip and we both have looked forward to being with each other (sometimes rare with a teenager)…

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Lots of crochet coming down the line!   Hope your weekend was great!

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So here is to Tradition, Mother-Daughter Weekends and Crochet!

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Elena

 

 

Runs from Aug 29-Sept 1

Breakfast review….

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I am working on one of my most popular crochet projects… It’s patriotic,,,, whimsical,,, unique… and a surprise… It is now half way finished!  In the next couple days I will be posting pictures,,, You won’t want to miss out…So check back often… Since the surprise project takes a little more work than usual… I wanted to post something today… So… A Breakfast Review

What and why a Breakfast Review??  Well, yesterday I was hanging out on Pinterest… I saw a recipe that I had been wanting to try… So I did!  And I think I’m in love!!!!  Simple, Yummy and easy to bring to work with me!!  Overnight Oatmeal… So click HERE to see all the recipes on Pintrest…  I used Betty Crocker’s Overnight Oatmeal Recipe with Chia Seeds… Click HERE to try this recipe!  I used Blueberry Low Fat Greek Yogurt, Blueberries, Red’s Mill Quick Oats, Chia Seeds and I added a tad of Orange Juice… YUM…

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These are Betty Crocker’s Examples…

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And This Was My Breakfast This Morning!!!!

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Don’t worry,,, Crochet is my first love,,, And I won’t veer off many times… I just love easy recipe’s, especially when they are healthy and portable!…

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So here is to Breakfast Review…Surprise Crochet and Staying Healthy!

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Elena

Runs from Aug 29-Sept 1

Day 7 Knit & Crochet Blog Week – 4KCBWDAY7

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Today is the last day of the Knit & Crochet Blog Week Challenge… I can’t believe I was able to post all 7 days!  It has been fun and I hope you enjoyed it too!  Our last assignment,,, Day 7,,, Is to talk about “Where we would like to be 1 year from now with our Crafting”…

I have already stretched myself this year by opening my blog and life up to all the world with my crochet… It has been a great experience so far…  But, my main goal in the next few months is to get my Etsy Store up and going… It isn’t so much the work it will take to get the store open,, Its more having enough crochet products  available…  Thanks to  my friends at our local store Alpine Originals, I sell many pieces each month there… So I will have to step up my game and get some things going for online sales… Who knows, all this crocheting could work into a full-time job at the rate I am going…

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Since my topic for the last day is asking about the future, I didn’t have any pictures to post to go with the subject,,,, So, I though I would show you a few pictures from my life… Hope you enjoy!

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Our 5 baby Kittens,,, They all have home to go to!!!           Charlie asking me to go for a walk,,,            The trees finally starting to bud out!

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The apple trees in bloom,,,                           Early bloomers in the yard…                              Daffodils Charlie and I found on our walk…

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Great Mt. Shasta View on the walk!                  And the rushing stream….                         And finally home, a much-needed drink of water!

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I cleaned out the first flowerbed…                  Planted my first spring planterbox…             The hubby mowed the lawn…

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Stopped to make some tea….                         And finally… Dinner!

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Also, this morning I attended a great sermon at church and an all church barbeque… It was so fun and great to have some time to visit with all my friends!  But, unfortunately I don’t have pictures to share…

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So here is to What is in the future, My daily life and hanging out with my friends at Church!  Now it’s off to Crochet,,, Can’t Wait!!!

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Elena

Runs from Aug 29-Sept 1

River-Rock… Flower Power… Paperweight….

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I had the spring bug to crochet something colorful… It has been blowing snow here the last couple days and although it is spring,,, It sure hasn’t felt like it!  So,,, An African Flower something was my thought… A Potholder, Pincushion,, or …. A Paperweight!   Yes,  a paperweight will be great… I have a collection of Mt. Shasta River Rocks I collected up above the lake last summer to crochet doily style paperweights… So with hook in hand once again, the experiment began!

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River-Rock, Flower-Power Paperweight…

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I think they turned out so cute!  I will have to make more and at least one for my desk at work where the papers get blown every time they guys crack a window… Of course,,, this one is for Alpine Originals and will be up for sale later today!

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Here is just a peek of the blowing snow yesterday… it didn’t stick,,, but it was wet and windy… No fun to be outside…

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A Snowy Spring Day from my window at work…

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So here is to Snowy Spring Days, African Flower, River-Rocks and Paperweights…

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And a little fun news… I received the most clicks on Busting Stitches Link Party last week for my Hobo Granny Bag.

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Elena

Runs from Aug 29-Sept 1

Owl Hats and Art….

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Last night I finished up the last two items for Alpine Originals children’s theme for the local Art Walk,,, Owl Hat’s…. The Art Walk is today from 4pm to 7pm in downtown Mt. Shasta …. Many galleries and shops will be open late to show off the different types of art we have in our town… It’s fun and so many great items in the shops!

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Children’s Owl Hats…

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This is a great Children’s Owl Hat  Pattern you can get for free from one of my favorite crochet sites… Repeat Crafter Me .  She always has great projects and tips… Check it out!

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I will be hanging out for a bit at Alpine Originals this evening to support this event and promote National Crochet Month!  If you happen to be around, stop by and check out our local artist’s handmade items!

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So here is to Art Walks, Owl Hats and National Crochet Month!

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Elena

Runs from Aug 29-Sept 1
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