Southern California is a wonderful place to be any time of the year, but the ChristmasSeason here, alongside the beach and palm trees, holds a special place in my ♥. The cooler weather sets a festive Holiday mood, but it's still mild enough to get out and enjoy all that the region has to offer!!
My official start of the Holiday Season this year, was the spectacular
Santa Monica Place light show.
Visitors to the open air shopping center on Saturday night were treated to
Christmas carols, a visit from Santa, and a ginger bread house light show!!
...Top it all off with a slice of organic pumpkin pie, and you've set the Holidays in motion, as only Santa Monica could do!!
While standing in line at Joann's a few weeks ago, I was flipping through the pages of an issue of Crochet Today...and I stumbled upon a pattern for one of the most gorgeous wraps I had ever laid eyes on.
...Truth be told, the whole issue was divine, so I had to take it home!! The pattern that originally caught my eye was the first one that I stitched up...
It's the Tinsel Wrap from the November/December 2013 publication.
...and I would have to say that it's one of my favorite things I've ever made.
The heather grey of the main yarn, and the neutral tones of the glittery, ruffle fringe, make it such a versatile piece that mixes nicely with my wardrobe.
There are also many ways to style the wrap, and my two preferred looks are pictured above!!
The pattern lists it as "easy"...but you'll have to pay close attention to counting the stitches. I found it simple, yet engaging too!!
“I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I've never been able to believe it. I don't believe a rose would be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk cabbage.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
...As one who truly enjoys a thoughtful, à propos name, I would tend to agree with Miss Shirely.
And while this lovely pansyhas only a very faint, delicate fragrance, it's gorgeous color and perfect name attracted me to it like a magnet.
My new favorite garden acquisition goes by the fittingly fabulous name of...
Karma Blue Butterfly.
These charming 'n beautiful little blooms are a perfectdelight in a sunnywindow!! Love,
The Red Heartyarn company has an impressive selection of lovely patterns available forfree on their website. I totally ♥ capelets and collars in every shape 'n style...so this fabulous Renaissance version really made an impression on me when I stumbled upon it!! Click here for the free pattern!!
...and check out the photos below for a look at how my attempt turned out;)...
...I stitched it up in Sage from the LOVE collection.
You only need about a skein to complete the pattern, so it's a great stash-busting project that works-up in no time at all!!
The finishing is really minimal too (you just have to weave in a few ends), so you can get one done on a long car or airplane ride...and you'll have a fabulous Holidaygift ready to give upon arrival;)...
A few weeks ago, I had the good fortune of stumbling across
a delightful photography book while browsing the aisles of Hennessy + Ingalls in Santa Monica...
...It was a book featuring some truly fabulous entries for the Garden Photographer of the Year contest held by the Kew Royal Botanical Gardens. This book was such an inspiration, that I must have stood there for a half hour or more just mesmerized by the breath-taking images...
With the deadline for this year's contest fast approaching, I poured over my latest and greatest flower photographs, and these following four images are the ones that topped my list!!
The contest is closed now for this year, but opens again in February!! There is a small entry fee, but it includes feedback on your photographs upon request.
There is tons of info on their website including: garden photography tips, last year's winners, inspiring images, and even a photography print shop!!
...Wishing you a day full of beauty and inspiration...
I chose a really lovey and cozy bamboo fleece from my fabric stash for
this BurdaStyle sew-along project. It’s a sweatshirt weight and so comfortable to
wear. The pattern calls for quite a bit more fabric than I needed…I
squeezed it out of about 3 yards. I didn’t add any seam allowance for
the size small, and if I were to sew it again in a similar type fabric, I
would probably take off another 5/8" all around, for a more fitted
look. The sewing was super easy, and the body of the jacket came
together like a dream!! I love the pockets especially; they are the
perfect size and shape!!
When I sewed the band to the body of the jacket
though something went a little wonky for me!! I think I should have
used the grain A (instead of B, which is what I cut), especially since
my fabric is a stretch. So I decided to scrap the pattern’s band and
added a 4" in ruffle all around instead!!
My final touches to the jacket
included adding a scalloped-edge floral lace trim, a satin heart
applique with lace and rosettes at back, a drawstring waist band at the
natural waist, and a few hook and eye closures and satin bows.
I absolutely loved this pattern!!
I would definitely like to make
it again in a more jacket-like fabric, as the sample shows, but I know
this bamboo fleece version will get a lot of use!!…It’s the perfect
blend of comfort and fashion…Just thing for movie night!!