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Liebster Blog Award

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I was recently nominated by sweet Lin Wibisono at CrochetRockstar to participate in the Liebster Award. After spending some time with Google, I learned [kinda] that:

  • This award exists only on the internet, and is given to bloggers by other bloggers.
  • It has German origins – the word “liebster” has several definitions: dearest, sweetest, kindest, nicest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.
  • It follows similar principles as a chain letter, in the sense that it should be passed forward to a certain number of people.

Well, this is simply a way of getting to know each other. Sounds fun!

It wouldn’t be award without a set of rules, and the blogging world is no exception. In accepting this award, a blogger will follow the following rules. It is a way to “Pay It Forward” to other bloggers.

The Rules

If you have been nominated below for the Liebster Award and you choose to accept it, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link on your blog.
  2. Display the award on your blog by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a widget.
  3. Answer 11 questions about yourself, provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  4. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  5. Nominate 5 to 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award; who have less than 1000 followers.
  6. Create a new list of questions for the nominated bloggers to answer.
  7. List these rules in your post. (You can copy and paste them from here.)
  8. Once you have written your post and published it, you then have to inform the bloggers whom you’ve nominated for the Liebster award. Remember to give a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

 

Here we go ;o)

My answers to Lin’s Libster Award questions

1. What is your favourite hook?
I just love ebony hooks from Lantern Moon (I wish they have C/2 (2.75 mm) size hook, which is my favorite).

2. Anyone else crocheting in your family?
My mom and niece.

3. How many hours a week do you spend crocheting?
I am extremely lucky because my hobby is my main work. So, if I not working on the patterns, my books, publications, new website, drawing diagrams, typing, reading, learning, socializing, workout, walking, cooking—I bet you will find me with hook or needles… ;o)

4. Will you teach a family member to crochet?
I do not think I’m a good teacher, but I’ll do my best by request.

5. Where do you crochet?
Mainly, in front of my computer, sitting in a comfy chair with our adorable Chihuahua Pixie on my lap, and watching something interesting or reading a book (if knitting). The others places: in the car or airplane (during our trips), sometimes on the beach or during camping time.

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6. Do you have a crochet group?
No any at this time.

7. Who inspire you to crochet the first time?
A kindergarten’s teacher. I was 5 years old and crocheted my first flower with very long chain (read stem)!

8. What is the most expensive yarns you ever bought and what did you make with it?
I believe it was Prism Peacock (about $90 per hank). I’ve knitted a wrap for my friend with it.

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9. Do you make item for yourself or to sell?
Since 2008, when I started to work on patterns, mostly I do design and make samples for my patterns. Or something for my Kristin by her request, and gifts for her and my friends.

10. What is the coolest thing you have crocheted?
The first hat and booties for my daughter I knitted about a week before Kristin was born.

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11. Why do you blog?
When I started blogging almost eight years ago it was for a very simple reason—I wanted my very own little “corner” in the Internet universe to share everything about my passion and things I love to do: my creations, patterns, tips and experience. I was surprised at how quickly I meet many wonderful and talented people online, and how the blogging community is friendly, encouraging, and genuinely cheering for you to succeed. I was hooked. Well… now I blog to express myself and my ideas, to supplement my business, to put my creation out into the world…

 

Random Facts about me

  1. My first name reads the same backwards and forwards [aka palindrome].
  2. About 90% of my wardrobe are black & white. Favorite print (since I was a child) is still a polka dots.
  3. I am not a fan of chocolate, candies, cakes and any other sweeties at all.
  4. Graduated from University of Economy, I worked 8 years as computer programmer (go figure) until our moving to US.
  5. I’m totally crazy on tropical plants, which are successfully adopted in our not too tropical climate ;o) My absolute favorite are Golden bamboo, Japanese forest grass, Maranta (family Marantaceae) …just to name a few.

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  6. Recently I lifted 165 lbs weight bar during the morning workout at Emprowered Recreation.
  7. I still love and collect cute plush toys. My favorite are: pandas, penguins, hedgehogs and absolutely adorable handmade dolls by Adushka.
  8. Another my big love are owls, and I have a huge collections of them—plush ones, ornaments, paintings, etc.…
  9. I always hated to be pictured. To my surprise, I found that out tiny Pixie is on the same page with me. But we did it couple weeks ago for coming Imagical Seasons™ book series. Many thanks to Lana Maytak for the Magic and patience with us!

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  10. My Birthday is a first day of Taurus.
  11. In 2014 I donated 17 pairs of shoes. Don’t ask how many pairs I have in my closet ;o)

 

Done! Now it’s time to nominate… I nominate:

  1. Faina’s Knitting Mode
  2. Adushka
  3. Positively Crochet
  4. Stylish Knits
  5. Tiny Teddies Boutique
  6. Sugar Hiccups

 

My questions to the bloggers nominated are:

  1. What is your favorite yarn to work with?
  2. Who inspire you to crochet the first time?
  3. What project are you currently working on, or want to get started with?
  4. What is your favorite place to knit/crochet?
  5. What is the coolest thing you have knitted/crocheted?
  6. Favorite color combination(s)?
  7. Coffee or tea?
  8. What is your favorite season of the year?
  9. If you could go on vacation anywhere right now where would you go?
  10. If your friends had to describe you in one word what would it be?
  11. Did you ever think you would start a blog?

 

Happy reading, and congrats to all the new nominees! xo!

 

Liebster award

It’s official

Kristin's BDay

Our baby girl just turned 13… can you believe it?! ;o) Kristin is not just a beautiful and lovely teen, she’s the most amazing thirteen year old we have ever seen. Happy Birthday sweetheart!!!

To celebrate 13th Birthday, Kristin with her 8 best friends went to Laser  Quest Federal Way (official part). And sure, after that girls had a sleepover fun. Girls had a blast …and Igor and I survived ;o)

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Girls liked the picture below the most – who’s legs are under Kristin and Vika (left side of photo)?

Well, I definitely have a “gift” to photography hehe;o)

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A lovely and fabulous week everyone!!!

In the News ;)

I can’t believe how lovely and exciting summer time we have this year!

Igor and I always worked so hard, last couple years up to 14-16 hours a day, so we decided to take a little break and afford some rest.

Our daughter Kristin also got some “unusual” experience – she’s (with her friend) now at rhythmic gymnastic summer camp (Los Angeles, CA) for 2 weeks. It’s first time when we are separated with her for such long time, and we so glad that she looks so excited and happy!! Not to mention that after camp they do enjoy the ocean ;o)

 

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Since Kristin was never excited for long car trips, we decided to realize one of our dreams of long travel, and yesterday Igor and I drove around Olympic Peninsula – visited Ocean Shores (-20F from Bellevue, but I’ve just LOVED it – I’m not a big fan of 85-90F), Hoh Rain Forest (really big trees, everything else you can see in any park in WA), Forks (vampires stores, High School looks different from what you see in the movie :)), Port Angeles (too many cops for small city), ferry to Seattle (we were lucky to wait only 2 minutes!) …. Tough day… 450+ miles, but with lots of fun ;o)

In two days (on Wednesday), we will fly to LA, CA to pick up Kristin and her friend, and will be back Saturday evening.

AND on Sunday, I’ll off for 3 days trip with Klondike travel to the lavender festival, with a visit to Olympic National Park (Arina, my friend and the owner of Klondike travel, assured me  that we missed lots of thing we must see that area), and then, – Portland, Oregon. How exciting!!

 

Oh, and just after my return, I’ll post the details of my first four (yes, 4!!! ;) books I’ve almost finished (approx. 75-98 pages each): one of them still need photos (we will work on them just in next couple weeks), some patterns need descriptions and tech editing, books needed introductions, bio, indexes, etc. parts… Oh, but we have covers!!! Here is a sneak peek of Spring book cover (well, even in pretty draft version so far):

 

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P.S.: If I would ever knew how MUCH time would it take to design, learn (and then learn again!), write, draw stitch diagrams and schematic, edit, page making and so on … I would still take that journey again and again! :p)

Happy Father’s Day!!

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… and me with my ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE & LOVELY Dad!! :

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Happy Father’s Day to all wonderful and lovely Dads!

Our dear Igor and Олександр we love you SO MUCH!! You are the BEST!!
Alla & Kristin

Millennium Cup | Vancouver 2014

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We are back from annual MILLENNIUM CUP International Rhythmic Gymnastics Invitational competition our daughter participated. What a gorgeous competition venue (even if enough cold because of ice-hockey rink ;o)). We enjoined outstanding performances, incredibly talented and beautiful participants. Such memories!!

 

This time our coach decided to challenge the girls a bit and moved them to compete with gymnasts 2 levels advanced (from 6th level to 8th). I loved that our girls felt pretty comfy to compete even if with “big” girls ;o) Our daughter got 4th place in floor routine (and 6th all around) in group of 6 participants, including our new team gymnast – an amazing Angela (level 8). She got gold in all around!!!! YAY!!!

 

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Below are Floor and Hoop routines videos. And here are links to Ball routine.

 

Well, we are so glad back to home, and absolutely don’t mind that completion season is over ;o)

 

A wonderful week anyone!! Can’t wait to share some exciting news pretty soon!!

Sakura Con 2014

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I know, I probably surprise you by two posts a day, but I just can’t resist to share that…

…yesterday we went to Sakura-Con 2014 event. This time we took kids of our friends with us, because it is so really cool event that we wanted to share it!

And.. we realized this one became our family annual event – for 3 years in a row!! To look, to buy some funny stuff and some art, so make pictures, to look for crazy interesting and creative people who make stuff and who express themselves in a funny way and .. to have a day of fun! This event is “a bit” different from “normal” day-to-day life that it can be counted as one of these “out of the box” moments that move you and raise you and give you some space to fill with … with creativity and, may be, some kind of reset of mind ;o)

I’d like to say “let pictures talk”.. But I realize that in event with 5000 people I was not even prepared to capture feeling of insane ;o) I tried to freeze the moments but I missed a lot for sure…

There were dances, computer games, team battles and wins, music, anime movies, music and much much more…

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Igor:

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Our team:

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pretty fun couple we’ve met:

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Oh, and cherry on the top: we’ve watched two fashions shows of Japanese designers we’re lucky to met! First, it’s BEYOUND talented designer MINT NeKO.

Sure, I can’t resist to buy the shirt ;o) And Kristin fall in love with backpack, but we found that it is available in Japan only ….well,  it’s one more reason to visit this country (my_always_dream; and we’ll do it in some of days for sure ;0)

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And below is the picture with famous Mint Neko Well, I bet we both were more than exhausted after 7 hours spending on Sakura Con (and I’m sure he was much more). Oh, and I think I definitely need to work on stretching my fingers that way …wow ;o)

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And last, but not least .. my absolute favorite fashion show of Angelic Pretty…such  inspiration!

Seattle Cup 2014 | First Rhythmic Gymnastic Competition

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Another competition season in rhythmic gymnastic is here and first one we participated was Seattle Cup 2014.

Unfortunately Kristin got some heel issue at school couple days before competition, but she did the best she can, and I’m so proud of my baby! ;o)

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Oh, and this is a first year of ribbon routines! Kristin was pretty upset that did couple mistakes, but oh my, ribbon routines are one of my all times favorites, and I even didn’t noticed that mistakes ;0)

Below are Ribbon and Hoop routines videos. And here are links to Floor and Ball routines.

 

P.S.: Some updates from latest competition. Kristin won 1th place of hoop routine, and NO ball & ribbons mistakes this time! YAY, Good job, Kristin!!
Routines: Hoop, Floor, Ball, Ribbon.

The Day of Sport

It’s always awesome to start your day with Empowered Recreation, and our goal is to make our morning workouts 5 days a week regularly. Well, at least yesterday we’ve had one ;o)

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That afternoon, we spend about 7 hours at Key Arena for two reasons. First is our IRG&B girls made a debut with a group routine before the basketball game. Even if it’s our very first group routine, the girls had a huge success and got lots of compliments! The video below is unfortunately not the best quality (we definitely still need to learn how to record the group performance).

 

And then we’ve watched for the first time the basketball game. The Storm defeated the Phoenix Mercury, 88-79! Good job ladies!!

We’ve came back to home around 11:30pm happy, excited even if enough exhausted. Anyways – such memories! ;o)

What a Day!!

… and I’m talking not just about another sunny summer day here, in Seattle ;o)

But, first of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!! I bet you all have a fun and enjoed your day!

Today we’ve accomplished our little 6.2-mile loop walking around Lake Union that connects Gas Works Park, University Bridge, South Lake Union Park and Fremont Bridge. Thanks to our friends for the tip!

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And now, in the evening, we are looking forward to see fireworks, like all kids around :o)

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Happy Father’s Day!!

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Happy Father’s Day to all wonderful and lovely Dads!

Our dear, we love you SO MUCH!! You are the best!! ;o)
Alla & Kristin

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