Sunday, May 15, 2011

Getting Crafty

As promised, I am going to share with you some of the crafts that I have been working on lately since I finally got some of them finished.

My first project to share is this pot holder. I didn't have a pattern for this but it was easy enough. The hardest part was putting the edging on but I'm still happy with it.

Here we have this bath rug that I knitted. This was such a fun one to make! I bought the cheap sheets at Ikea, ripped them into long pieces and put them together to make a big ball of "yarn". I want to make another one that is a little bit bigger and maybe dye the sheets a different color.

This is a bag that I sewed. I LOVE the fabric but the pattern I found online was a little confusing at the beginning. I definitely want to make it again with a little bit longer bag and a skinnier strap.
The inside is a yellow polka dot and it has a pocket.

 This is still in the making, but it is a scarf I have been knitting. It is taking a while, so hopefully it will be done by next winter.
 The other side.

And this is the one I am most excited about! It is a makeup bag and I LOVE the fabric I picked for it. It was so easy to make and fits my makeup perfectly.
 The best part is the inside fabric!
 A closer look at the lining fabric.

So that's it for now. I am having so much fun with my new sewing machine and I am continuing to love knitting!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Home for Alysse and Cody's Wedding

This weekend we headed up to the Bay Area for Alysse and Cody's wedding and celebrations! It was so nice to be home and to see so many wonderful friends.

I flew in on Thursday night. Jaicy picked me up from the airport and we headed straight to San Francisco to meet up with Alysse and friends for her bachelorette party. We went to a restaurant called E' Tutto Qua for some Italian food. It was fun to see Alysse before her big day for a fun night out. I was also so excited to see Mareike who I hadn't seen in almost two years! We got to chat, eat some delicious food and be entertained by the waiters as they attempted to entertain the big bachelorette party taking place in their restaurant.

Friday was such a busy day. It started with Alysse's bridal shower brunch at Katherine's house. I then went to visit my grandparents, had lunch with Jaicy, Rachel and Todd at Domenicos (of course), spent some quality time over at the Selland's, caught up with my parents, went to dinner at Chow with Jenn, hung out at the Andersen's, then went to Katie Pruchas house for smores with Katie, her boyfriend Eric, Defrisc, and Kirsten. Feeeew. By the end of the night I felt like Alysse's shower happened three days before. Nevertheless, it was a GREAT day.

Then of course was the big day! In the morning I picked up Jeff, Caisa and Melanie from the airport. We headed back to my parents for a last minute family BBQ with my grandparents, aunt and some cousins. As always my dad made some fabulous tri tip.

Then it was off to the city. It was the most beautiful day in San Francisco. We started off our touristy adventure with a trip to see the Painted Ladies (aka the Full House house).

We walked around Alamo Square Park for a little bit, taking in the perfect weather. Then we went over to Crissy Field to take some pictures in front of my all time favorite bridge.

Jeff and Caisa obviously had to have their traditional handstand contest with each other at some point during the visit. With this scenic view of the Golden Gate Bridge, it seemed like the perfect location for the challenge.

The Palace of Fine Arts was our next stop. It is so beautiful over there and just as we were enjoying it, Melanie, Caisa and I were showered with bird poop. Somehow there was NONE on Jeff. How in the world did this happen? No one will ever know.

Luckily Emily and Dustin had just moved into an apartment right there in the marina. We went over to their place to change for the wedding and visit with them. Their apartment is so cute and I can't wait to visit them in the city everytime we come home now!

We then rushed over to Sutro Heights Park for the wedding. I couldn't believe how amazing this place that Alysse and Cody found was. It was completely separate from the rest of the park and had THE MOST BEAUTIFUL view of the Pacific Ocean. We ate some yummy appetizers, then they were married right at sunset.

After the ceremony we grabbed some salt water taffy and made sure to take plenty of pictures.

Doesn't this picture look like we are the cast of a new TV show? I really think it does. We are so great.

Jeff and I are SO happy for Alysse and Cody. When I think about how far the four of us have come together I can't believe we are all married now. Alysse and I met Jeff and Cody in September 2008 and we basically haven't been able to keep them away from us ever since. The four of us have had so many good times together and I am so glad that we will continue to make more memories over the years.

The bride and groom cut their blue velvet cake, tossed the bouquet and garter and listened to their loved one's speeches just as the sun set. It was such a nice evening.

After the wedding, a group of us headed to Little Italy for dinner. We chowed down on pizza and said our final goodbyes.

I hate leaving my friends, but luckily there are about 300 more weddings this summer so it won't be too long until we are reunited once again.