"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

Friday, December 28, 2012

Ins and Outs Around Portland

Last night I got out my Harrisville Metal Potholder Loom and started weaving loops to form a potholder with Harrisville cotton loops.  I haven't checked recently, but the last time I did, I could not find any Harrisville wool loops to buy:(  but I love the rich colors Harrisville uses for their loops!

This morning we had a beautiful pinky sunrise which I didn't get a photo of, but I was able to get some views from one of the nearby high points in the area, the Willamette National Cemetery.  I recognized Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens [with its flat top], but I am not sure of the names of other mountains around us.

From there I made it over to Elmer's Restaurant to meet some fellow bloggers for lunch. From left to right: Taci, Teresa, Betsy and Me :) We had a "working" lunch, with Teresa showing us some  ins and outs of blogging from our iPhones and how to share our posts on FaceBook if that is something we are interested in doing.  And we gabbed LOTS about past, current, and future crafting projects!

Taci brought us some heavenly smelling Holiday Roast coffee her husband and she are crafting and selling at sales@cafezinhoroasting.  Teresa brought each us a little Lion Brand skein of yarn which could be used as a very cute  ornament for a crafter.  Betsy gave us each an ornament she made using Lucy's pattern from Attic 24.  And I made snowflakes to share using Matt's pattern.

Sarah, did you notice I am wearing the scarf you sent me?  I love Sarah's work!  Sooo beautiful!

What are the ins and outs of your life as 2012 races to the finish line?

xx from Gracie


  1. What a wonderful time you had with your dear friends!

    I'm just loving being at home with my family, relaxing, crafting, and having fun!


  2. Incredible colors on the loops--so vibrant! I hope you are able to find some more of them.
    Willamette National Cemetery is a gorgeous cemetery...been there just once--on Memorial Day when all the graves are marked with American flags. Love the mountain scene...I never tire of seeing our PNW mountainsides.
    Glad you had a great time with your friends:)

  3. Another great post Gracie. I love seeing what you have been up to. The woven pot holder is really eye catching and great woven fabric. xxx

  4. Such pretty scenery, it makes me miss the Adirondack mountains of NY where I'm from. Sounds like an enjoyable afternoon with good friends. Blessings to you, Heather

  5. YOu may not have noticed the sign on your table at the restaurant : its fun to give and recieve...!!! SO appropriate.

    My big finish has to do with work. I am finishing night shifts !!! 3 left in my life. THen hopefully no more. I am going to Float Pool staff and aim to work 3-11 whenever FIreman works. Just like old times! My body is done with night havoc!!

    So glad you had a lovely sunrise to add joy. Your poem on my blog the other day did not go unnoticed!!!

  6. Such fun we had Gracie! I love spending time with you and Teresa and now Taci too. We're all stocked up with goodies from our shopping trip. Would you believe the first skein of yarn was the right color? Oh well, the darker color will make some good mittens for charity. My shawl is almost done and I'll post a picture soon.

    It was so good to see you again!


  7. Hi Gracie.. yes, it was fun to get together with everyone yesterday! I hope someday Aimee will join us, she lives nearby too. Love all your photos and so sweet of you to link us all. I had a cup of Taci's coffee this morning and it was GREAT! I will order more!

      *H*A*P*P*Y* *N*E*W* *Y*E*A*R*!*

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  8. I bet you lovely ladies had a great time, some of my favorite blogging friends together! Love your beautiful photos. Hugs to you sweet Gracie.

  9. I think one of you needs to adopt me! The view is so beautiful. I love the mountains. I love how when you all get together you have such smiling happy faces. So much fun!

    Sending blessings your way and Happy New Year, 2013, the year of Happy!

  10. Hi Gracie. I am really envious of you ladies! Oh how I would love to meet up with you too! Beautiful photos! I loved all the items you gave to one another. Such nice gals!
    Wishing you a very Happy New Year. And thanks so much for all of your wonderful comments on my blog posts!!
    xo Kris

  11. looks like you had the most fabulous day!!!!! xx

  12. Wow! I love looking at the photo's you take of the scenery around you....much more dramatic than where I live. I adore the potholder - the colours are amazing...may have to think about making something similar for my kitchen.
    You all look like you are having a brilliant time together, and, yes, I thought you were wearing the scarf I made you - I love it when I see people wearing my creations, so thank you for that!
    Sending blessings your way and I would like to wish you a Happy New Year x x

  13. Sounds like you had a lovely day! Really like he colours of the pot holders. Have you a pattern for them. The celery round where you live are lovely

  14. Another happy gathering! What a blessing blog friends are :D

    Here I have begun sorting out the storeroom that is going to become my workroom!

  15. Love the little pot holder loom but wonder how you keep the last row on!

    1. The last row was CHALLENGING !!! I need to figure a way to keep that last row on. A rubber band maybe? :)


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