It’s wedding season, and one of my dear, dear besties, Phuongaholic, is getting married soon. I actually get to participate in the wedding which is exciting, and when she came into town the other day I wanted to give her a special gift. First step: Hobby Lobby which created a Craftocalypse!!
I already had a plain white garter (that I had purchased for my siter BEANS, who decided to elope instead), so I decided to decorate it for Phuongie. I laid out my beads in advance. I added the blue flowers so it could be her “something blue”.
This was tricky because the whole garter has to stretch, but I didn’t want beads popping off left and right. I sewed each bead on individually and tied them off, then cut the thread and started again. While I was sewing them on, I periodically stretched the whole thing out to make sure they would stay on. I’d rather a bead pop off while I still have it than after I’ve given it to the bride.
I started with the middle bead, the heart, first, and spaced everything else out around it. Then I started on the second row. Once I was done with the letter beads, I added the flowers at each end.
Here it is stretched out so you can see that the beads actually stayed on.
As soon as Phuongie read it she started laughing and slapping me, which is a good sign. It means she loves it. I will be making her wedding topper as well, and participating in her Vietnamese style wedding, which I’m very excited about, so you will get to follow along on the wedding adventures! Like several of my friends, Phuongie is an excellent blogger, and you can read about her flower design business and her random, hilarious life through the magical internets. And I show up in her blogs periodically, so that should be some incentive for you minions.
– That Clever Chick
My friend Phuongie, of Mi Bella Rosa designs and blog, has probably eaten at every Asian restaurant in Austin, and knows where all the good ones are. Last time she graced our fair city with her presence, she took me to Coco’s Cafe on Highway 183 near Burnet. It’s in the same shopping center as Mister Tramp’s, and Sunflower Vietnamese Restaurant.
Coco’s is Taiwanese food, which I had never had before, that I can recall. I got a rice bowl with pork, and Hubby got a rice bowl with bar-b-qued eel. Both were fantastic, and cheap, at about $6 each. Phuongie got several kinds of appetizers (I forget which ones), but they were all very tastey as well. Each day Coco’s has a different kind of soup, and the day we were there it was some kind of melon soup. I had never had anything like it, and it was great as well. If you go there, there’s a huge pot with bowls next to it to the left of the counter by all the silverware, and it’s self-serve.
Coco’s also has a bazillion types of drinks. We got bubble teas, which are the beverages with large, round, tapioca balls, or “bubbles” in them. The bubbles are chewy, like gummy bears, and I enjoyed mine a lot. Coco’s has an amazing website also, beautiful, but functional, and it shows you the variety of drinks available. They don’t have any prices listed on the website, but everything was cheap or reasonably priced. They only take CASH, however, and have an ATM on-site, which just screams of “scam” to me, but whatever. Just take some cash out before you head over there.
On the Clever Chick Scale this place gets a “Super delicious, and great value. I can’t wait to go again, and I will recommend it to many friends”. My only criticism is the fact that they only take cash. That just seems ridiculous these days, but it’s not enough to keep me from going back. Loved it!