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Hi! My name is Sara. I'm English but have been living in glorious Southern California for almost 13 years. I am a scientist (immunologist) by training, but I've just spent the past year 'n' a bit traveling and volunteering with kids in New Zealand, South America and India. What a lucky girl I am and what an incredible, life-changing trip!! Perhaps it was all the sheep I saw in New Zealand...or the alpacas in Peru... or the goats in India(?!)...but I became fascinated (some might say obsessed!) with crochet. I love choosing the colorful yarns and watching a brand new garment coming to life as I craft it. It's an incredible feeling to see my creations worn by real people too, and having just opened a store on Etsy, I hope to see that more often!!

Why is my blog called "Champagne in one hand..."? No, I'm not a raging alcoholic (although "fizzy bubbly" is a marvelous invention!!). The name is taken from one of my favorite quotes and philosophies for life:

Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, Champagne in one hand, strawberries in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out, screaming: "WOOHOO!!! What a RIDE!!" - Anonymous

What a great anthem for "living life in color". I love to try out new things, travel to new places and meet new people. At the moment, I very definitely have "Champagne in one hand....crochet hook in the other" but who knows what else could be "in the other hand" in the paintbrush? clay? spanish dictionary? hula hoop? 30lb dumbell? plane ticket (my favorite!!)? I know I plan to have my hands FULL and that is the exciting thing about life's colorful adventure.

I'm new to blogging so please be patient! I'm learning all the time, both from some great blogging books and by discovering some of the many incredible blogs already out there - when I grow up, I want to be like you!!

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crochet, travel, weight training, running, hula hooping, bootcamp