Made with blood, sweat, and tears.
She was a lot of trouble. I kept having to remind myself how worth it she was and how much I love crocheting doilies. Definitely the most interesting doily I've ever made. It kept me interested with all the different stitches and bobbles and twists and texture. Yep...she was worth it.
Pattern: Irene from the book Doilies with a Twist by Patricia Kristoffersen
Thread: Cebelia DMC #10 in color #437
Hook: 1.75 mm (I'd use a 2.0 next time.)
Soft Surroundings Catalog
For some reason we got this catalog in the mail recently. I browsed through it, but I knew I wouldn't order anything because everything was too expensive...at least for me.
Until I saw this and smelled it.
Here's what it said about the L. perfume:
Warm & Sensual; Tobacco & Black Honey
L. embodies feelings of romance and nostalgia. It triggers movies in the mind - glamorous, sexy, mysterious movies.
L. opens with the intoxicating scent of warm, earthy tobacco leaf and sweet black honey contrasted with smoky notes of exotic guaiac wood and a zesting of citrus. Patchouli and a whisper of ylang ylang compose its alluring heart. The seduction is complete with an enticing blend of black vanilla and golden amber undertones. An unforgettable fragrance.
I loved it. So I ordered the little one they called a "truffle" for $19.99. The big one was almost $80. It came like this...
Wrapped just like a truffle candy!
Here it is unwrapped.
It's just a little spray bottle about 4 inches high.
And then I went to their outlet website and saw this...
A little gift collection of two of their signature scents.
One is what I already ordered and one is different.
Is this not the prettiest packaging?
What a treat! And for $11 on clearance! Or was it $9?
I can't remember.
But I wasn't finished there. You know how I am. I get my attention on something and can't get away.
Abdul Kareem Egyptian Musk Oil.
I was looking through YouTube videos and came across a review of this perfume oil. I love musk. I mean, I really love it. She got me. I ordered some on Amazon, $16.99 free shipping (I'm a Prime member). It came in the mail yesterday and did not disappoint. I dabbed it on my wrists and behind each ear and I smelled it all day. I read some reviews on it and some people said it didn't last very long and they had to reapply. I didn't have that problem.
An interesting side note on this perfume...It was Carolyn Bessette Kennedy's favorite.
An interesting side note on the other one I got...Ken said it smells like an old lady. Hmpf! Well, shit. What good is it if he doesn't like it? Whatever. I kind of am an old lady, aren't I? Hee-hee.
I still want to order some of Sarah Jessica Parker's new perfume, Stash. I haven't smelled it, but I've heard it described. If it smells like I think it does, I'll like it. I think I'll be over the perfume obsession for a while after that.
Chile, it's smellin' good up in herrah!
That was me mimicking a black accent for some reason.
We went to a charity dinner a week ago Friday for Dollars for Scholars (for the high school here). It was so much fun! We met more new people that live here and saw lots of people we already know. Dinner was fantastic (Italian) and there was an auction afterwards. A wide variety of things were auctioned off. These were two of the things we got.
It looks like a giant butterfly attacking Ollie! Ha!
It'll go on the back porch when it gets warmer.
So will this wind chime.
At least until it starts bugging the hell out of me tinkling in the wind.
Which will probably be about 5 minutes.
What? YOU'RE easily irritated.
I couldn't keep Hen & Chicks alive down in Texas in the heat.
Now I couldn't kill one if I tried.
Which I nearly did by leaving it in the mudroom and not watering it all winter.
I killed all the rest of my succulents. Why? WHY?
All I had to do was water them! Out of sight, out of mind.
Have you tried these yet?
I have three recipes for you next time.
You're gonna love them!
Like I love you.