Monday, June 23, 2014

Laguna Beach and Crochet Mandala

It's been a busy weekend here at Lilly My Cat.  My dear husband and I celebrated our 39th anniversary on Saturday, June 21!  We had a lovely dinner with the family and on Sunday we continued the celebration with lunch at the Montage in Laguna Beach.
It was a lovely day with the sun shining bright and no marine layer.  Our children surprised us - they told us to be ready at 12:30PM and they brought us to the Montage.  It's a lovely resort in Laguna Beach right on the ocean.  It has sprawling grounds that also includes a public park.  We had a lovely lunch overlooking the ocean.
When the server asked what we would like to drink, I saw a Pimms cocktail on the menu and had to order it.  I didn't realize that Pimms is available here in the US.  It was very refreshing and not sweet, just right.
It was such a nice time sitting together and reminisicing about our 39 years together.  It really doesn't seem that long but when I look at my picture, I know that I'm old now and no longer 21 years old!
At the end of the lunch the wait staff came by our table and wished us Happy Anniversary and presented us with this lovely apple tart.  It was a wonderful afternoon.
As to my creative craft these past couple of weeks, I'm sure you will remember the stripey blanket that I finished a couple of weeks ago.  Well, after 12 balls of yarn, this was what I had leftover.  I didn't know what to do with it until I ran across a blog post at Attic 24 which inspired me to make a mandala.
Here is the finished product.  It's call Starflower Mandala and the pattern was created by a very talented artist names Zelna.  The pattern can be found here on her website Zooty Owl.  It's a very large mandala with the diameter measuring about 20".  It was fast and fun to make.

In closing, I would love to hear from you if you have any pattern ideas for me.  I want to make a blanket out of cotton yarn.  I haven't bought the yarn yet and I don't have a pattern.  If you know of one, please leave me a comment.

Have a wonderful week and I hope to hear from you soon.

take care,

P.S.  Please remember to stop by Handmade Harbour to see some great ideas!


  1. Congratulations on 39 years together, it sounds like you've had a wonderful time away. I love your mandala, one day I'm going to find a class to teach me to crochet - I've tried so many times to teach myself and use youtube and none of it sticks, but I'd love to make such pretty things.

  2. Glad you had a fantastic celebration for your anniversary x
    Love the Manadala, its a fantastic pattern and great colours, and of course a great way to use up stash :-)

  3. What a lovely and thoughtful touch to write happy anniversary on your apple tart dish. Your Starflower Mandala looks like a gorgeous brooch of gems.

    Jean x

  4. love the mandala- pretty colours :) i have so much left over wool but seeing this has inspired me to use it up! x

  5. Happy Anniversary! What a wonderful daughter you have to coordinate such a lovely day out at the Montage!!!


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