Monday, February 22, 2010

2nd Christmas, Late Valentine's and Other Celebrations

It was almost like 2nd Christmas yesterday as we celebrated 3 birthdays, an anniversary and I brought some late Valentine's Day gifts too.  And this after the start of the Olympics, President's Day, Chinese New Year and Mardi Gras!
I had to wrap up the heart soaps I made, so I made a few miniature gift bags from a Martha Stewart pattern
And I wanted to be purple for the day, so I wore this beaded tank from Forever 21
and some light purple jewelry: this beautiful beaded necklace from Cameo Sisters Designs and ring from a trip to Chicago
My Dad had bought my Mom some little purple glasses
and I brought purple wine (and yea, my grandfather likes the box stuff )
And of course there were presents!
I got this gorgeous lilac Le Creuset casserole dish for my Aunt Liz.
[from Yummery]
On the Yummery site, Erin from Erin Cooks explains that this color was only recently made available in the US and right now Sur La Table has the exclusive on the lilac and the darker purple cassis colors, fab!

The other day I mentioned a gift that made me think of pink, pearl and ribbon and that was this Lion Brand knit flapper cloche for my grandfathers wife, Ruth.
Instead of the Landscapes Yarn in the pattern a very helpful woman in the shop recommended the yarn on sale this month: Wool-Ease Thick and Quick.  It's a lamb' s wool/acrylic blend, also a Super Bulky weight and surprisingly soft: it knit up in about 5 hours, so yes (relatively), quickly!  
I say pearl because at some point the shape reminded me of Pearl, the pink octopus in Finding Nemo.  It was even able to stand up on its own!  Let's compare:
Actually, this would probably make a pretty good amigurumi.  Eventually I got to the end of the knitting part and was all proud, until I realized that I hadn't joined the round.  Oops...
It was sewn up quickly, just ironic since I was already using circular needles, so why didn't I think of that before?  But it turned out fine and then I added this cool 2-tone pink/blue ribbon from Paper Presentation.
It was a good, relaxing day.  And I love that my Mom always has flowers around the house.  Maybe someday i'll learn how to keep a plant alive.


elledee said...

those cookies are so cute and I also want that tank!

Jen Kim said...

thanks, elledee! the hearts are actually soap, but it would be cool if they were edible. i saw the tank a while ago, didn't buy it and regretted it, then actually saw it again at another location! it's probably still around somewhere...:-)

PinkBow said...

these are so so pretty, i love pretty packaging :)

Jen Kim said...

thank you, PinkBow! your post today about lola and laduree is gorgeous :-) laduree's packaging is so amazing, i hope i can visit someday...

Anonymous said...

i love your purple beaded tank. :) and you're so talented with the knitting!

Fashion Meets Food said...

Dang girl I am so jealous of all the pink! You're soaps are too awesome. Hearts and pink love it! Plus your bags are too cute! I want to get presents from you lol!

I <3 knitting!


Schnappy said...

I like festive season! I got an earrings from my boyfriend onto a Valentine's day!
Your necklace is beautiful! I see, that you like jewelry, I wait for you on my blog!

Jen Kim said...

thanks, tinypaperheart! i've been distracted from knitting by lots of other fun things, so it was nice to go back to it. my uncle asked if i would knit him a hat too, not sure if he wants pink tho ;-)

hi Fashion Meets Food, you're always so nice with your comments, thank you! and i love giving presents!! do you knit too?

hello schnappy, thanks for stopping by. i love being festive too! glad you got a nice gift from your boyfriend, i'll see if u posted a pic on your blog.

dawnkristine said...

What a lovely blog you have, I am following now, so I am sure to keep up with you busy girl!

Jen Kim said...

thanks, dawnkristine! i'm following u too, your daughters are adorable :-)

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