"I started photographing my domestic world and writing not just about what I had made,
but why I made it, examining the thoughts that accompany creativity and the act of making."
Jane Brocket from The Gentle Art of Domesticity p. 189 UK edition

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Crafting Life 2019

Ahoy, Readers!  Since the beginning of 2019, I have managed to knit a few more rows on the baby blanket I am making to give to a local crisis pregnancy center.  I am using the Grandma's dishcloth pattern.
Years ago a good friend from California crocheted this white [snow covered] evergreen tree for me. I have put a little flock of sheep by it. Two of the flock were given to me by my good blogging friend, Teresa.  I thought it would be fun to have the cute seagull skier my good blogging friend, Betsy gave me to pose as a wintery shepherd.
In January 2019 I took my New Living Translation Bible and colored some of its pages on my way flying to California to visit my oldest sister Carolyn who was in her home with hospice care.  I was so grateful for the visit with her and other family members and friends.
Early in February looking out the picture window of my new to me home, I enjoyed this sunrise view of the first snow of 2019!  It was so pretty and soon was washed away by rain.
During the first months of the year I also made some heart bookmarks to share with friends and a stranger I met when my flight was delayed on my way back to California to be with family and friends for a celebration of life service we had for my dear sister Carolyn after her passing.
One afternoon a friend stopped by and showed me how to make a boho bead with paper and cloth and wire and beads and a little heart she gave me that says "made with love."  The brown bead at the bottom was made by my good blogging friend, Teresa
While I am still settling in my new home and trying to make all the change of address notices and other related chores, I have enjoyed little crafting projects.
Are you enjoying some crafting time in 2019?

Gracie xx

Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy New Year!

Ahoy, You!
While I am posting just about four miles from the location I last posted, I am in a different county and a different and interesting season of my life that I find exciting!

 I have been in the condo for about a week and am having fun with family and friends getting settled in.  In unpacking, I found this beautiful old tablecloth whose history I do not know.  I am amazed by the amount of effort and skill it must have taken to make it, however!

So much detail!

And the craft room is coming together!
Whatever your circumstances may be I hope you enjoy creatively crafting your time.

After nearly nine years of happily living in community with much of my family, we are each at various stages of launching on our own with all sorts of interesting possibilities ahead of us!

I am aimed "...reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:13-14 NKJV

Are you launching into any special crafting projects?  I am so excited by the numerous possible choices I have found as I unpacked!

Blessings to you and yours!
Gracie xx

Friday, November 30, 2018

Thanks in November!

Ahoy You! 
How goes your voyage? Before November 2018 disappears I want to share with you some thanks I had in this month on my voyage.  First, I am thankful you are here for a visit, and always enjoy and appreciate when you log a comment!

At my Wednesday morning stitching group, I'm thankful to have been gifted with some Simply Soft acrylic yarn to make two preemie blankets.  I have just barely started a little ripple blanket, not shown, and I decided to knit a blanket using the Grandma's Dishcloth pattern...so far so good .

During our USA celebration of Thanksgiving, I was thankful to enjoy a meal and some puzzling with family members and a friend.

When rain clouds lift I am thankful to see a coat of beautiful snow back on Mt. Hood after a hot dry summer that dramatically depleted the snowpack.

 When driving around Mt. Hood one day I was thankful to spot this row of gorgeous golden trees.

 I was thankful to visit the Good News Gardening Cafe in Hood River, OR.

 They offer a limited but luscious menu of food,

and I [that's me seated] enjoyed eating a bowl of soup sitting by this cozy hearth that was already decked out for Christmas!

I am also thankful that our plans to sell the house continue to move forward and I anticipate being settled in a new home by the end of December.

Thinking of our homes prompts me to ponder these verses:

"Lord through all the generations You have been our home!" Psalm 90:1

Jesus replied, "All who love Me will do what I say.  My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them." John 14:23

"Don't let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God, and trust also in Me.  There is more than enough room in my Father's home.  If this were not so would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?  When everything is ready, I will come and get you so that you will always be with Me where I am.  John14:1-2

Gracie xx

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Flying Through with A Little Ta-Dah!

Are you flying through this season of your life?  The leaves of our Maple trees are rapidly flying off the trees! Many of them land on my mini-van so that when I drive off they whoosh away in a flurry of colorful Fall loveliness. 

I have had a hard time capturing photos of just how pretty our area is in this season, but this view of our church parking lot gives a hint of how glorious it is. 

Then last week I found myself literally flying from big city Portland, Oregon, to little city, Santa Rosa, California, and back again five days later for another fun meet up with my two sisters.  I flew in and out of the Charles Schultz Sonoma County Airport, named in honor of cartoon character Snoopy's creator who lived here for many years.

Very near Santa Rosa is Bodega Bay where we enjoyed some perfect hours at the beach.

It was such fun watching the various birds we saw flapping and dashing about.

And I was surprised to find a sand dollar and my sister Margaret found some pretty shell fragments, too.

We had delicious fishy themed dinners at the Tides Restaurant and learned more about the history of the area from our placemats :)

Then while we ate we watched a number of different types of birds fishing for and finding their dinners which included some small crabs we saw.

A friend snapped this photo of us at the airport before I flew home.  From left to right, my older sister Margaret, her youngest daughter Holly, me, Margaret's oldest daughter, Heather, and my oldest sister, Carolyn.

The little Ta-Dah my blog title promised materialized Wednesday morning, October 17, 2018. I turned in this preemie blanket I crocheted in a repeat pattern of one-row single crochet one-row double crochet. The hat was knit in a rectangle by my sister, then seamed by a friend while my sister Margaret was visiting me in August.  The solid blue shows much darker in this photo than it appears to me in life, but either way the colors remind me and others in my stitching group of some of the pretty Jewish prayer shawl colors we have seen.

I got home on Saturday, October 13, and we had another house showing the next afternoon.  Several families have been interested, but not made offers yet and my patience is being tried as I try to do my part to keep things tidy while trying to carry on with normal life commitments.  One of the fun things I have done is bake ginger spice crinkle cookies just before a house showing so the house smells wonderful and we have a plate full of cookies to offer visitors!

Looking forward to hearing if you are flying through your current season of life... until next time,

Gracie xx :)

May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and patient endurance that comes from Christ.... Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation.  The Lord be with you all. 2Thessalonians 3:5, 16 NLT

Thursday, September 20, 2018

September Report "ing" Things

Ahoy, You!  
Most recently I read an "ing" post from my blogging friend, Jo, from Three Stories High.  I think the "ing" post format is fun and informative, so I thought I would launch my version here to see if you enjoy it, too.

Since I last posted, I have been:

Admiring my incredulous grandson Aron's Sea Robin fish he caught as his older brother Kenny is seriously fishing behind him off the coast of New York state, USA.

Harvesting and sharing more plums and apples from our trees near Portland, Oregon USA.

Crocheting a tube with size 10 cotton crochet thread and a 1/2.75MM crochet hook for the earpiece of my church receptionist friend's headphone.

Celebrating that she says the headphone is now more stable and comfortable to wear.

Traveling with a girlfriend for five days east along the Columbia River by Koberg Beach State Park, Hood River, Oregon,

crossing the Columbia River from Oregon, going north into Washington state and looking at a [productive but controversial to some] windmill farm on the dry hills.

Puzzling about how this could be called Rock Island Dam in such a landlocked part of southern Washington state.

Liking the touch of early autumn colors at Sun Mountain Lodge where we stopped one day for lunch.

Contemplating my lack of appreciation for taxidermy.

Cheering the little chipmunk perched on the rock as he munched on some yummy morsel.

Balancing near the railing to admire the view from the restaurant.

Delighting in the Bear Foods store in Chelan, Washington.

Resisting buying one of these practical but not needed by me totes.

Missing my chance to try a gluten-free crepe because I had just eaten lunch elsewhere.

Studying the wonderful wall mural by British artisan, John Pascoe.

Zooming in on his signature.

Exploring the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth, Washington.

Strolling eagerly into the gingerbread shop!

Savoring every spicey fragrant yummy bit of this gluten-free gingerbread!

Gawking at these pretty horsedrawn carriages before we headed back to Oregon.

Swinging back at home as I appreciate the vibrant colors of autumn become more evident.

Meditating through this transitional time in my life on this wisdom:

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV

Sending loving thoughts your way as I wonder, "What are your "ings"?

Gracie  xx