"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, December 20, 2012

Light in the World

Sometimes our world may seem very fragile...a paper globe easily destroyed.  But this week in the light of my days I was repeatedly reminded of beauty and strength and kindness and love shared in my faith and family and friends...enduring relationships shared from season to season from generation to generation creatively building and supporting and protecting life.

A dusting of snow landed in our yard one morning on its way to becoming a beautiful blizzard around Mt. Hood.  I enjoyed the family members I live with as well as loving old friends and investing in new friendships. I sent out Christmas cards, finished reading the book A Midnight Clear by Patti Berg, crocheted some Santa socks and stars, and took some photos....

Today I had lunch with fellow bloggers, Taci of TACIStudio and Teresa Kasner.  We exchanged little gifts we made for each other, and we talked...a lot :) Soooo much fun finding common ground,  affirming one another and looking forward to further creative enlightening times together!

Your kind comments bring light into my life as well.  Thank you for visiting and sharing your view of the world as you crochet and knit and cook and clean and photograph and type and bead and sew and paint and weave and live.  

What light have you seen in the world since your last visit here?

xx from Gracie


  1. Your page brings me light. XXX marry christmas gracie! xxxxxxx

  2. What a wonderful post. The photo with your cobalt glass looking out onto your yard and the dusting of snow really caught my eye, such a pretty picture. We woke up to a dusting of snow this morning with more (fingers crossed) predicted for later today. Blessings, Heather

  3. My youngest Sister, Patti Ann, sent me an letter of encouragement last night with regards to a family issue. Her honesty and love shone through the computer. It meant a lot to me.

    Happy Solstice

  4. My little girls light up my world every day, but watching them in their Christmas plays has bought me particular joy this week. Thank you for your lovely posts.

  5. Dear Gracie, you are such a sweetheart! I loved this post, full of positivity and love and hope. I enjoyed our lunch and then our shopping trip to Craft Warehouse... so much! Your friendship is a gift I treasure.

    ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉
    *M*E*R*R*Y* *C*H*R*I*S*T*M*A*S*!*
    ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  6. What a fantastic post! The snow is so lovely, but most of all the light in all your faces as you share friendship. I will say that tiny glimmers of improvement in my daughter's health have thrilled me to the core this past week. That's been the true light in my life recently!

    Wishing you a very lovely, relaxing and peaceful Christmas, Gracie. Thanks for all your posts over the last few months, and your encouraging comments on my own blog. Bless you!

  7. Hiya Gracie! The light in my worlds been finishing work for the year. Woo hoo!! I like your blue glad bottle collection, very nice :) Glad you had a nice get together with Theresa & Taci :D

    Merry Christmas :) x

  8. Bloggy friendships are special aren't they, something strong that grows from what are initially tenuous links ... lights in themselves, definitely!

  9. Dear Gracie, I love your post and all the beautiful things you said on your message. I'm so very happy I got to meet you and feel blessed for having such a friendship to share for many years to come...
    can't wait for our next times together.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family my dear friend.

  10. Hi Gracie loved reading about your get together with Teresa and Taci. Your post is lovely - as always - a joy to read. I often wish I could write in the way that you and Teresa do. I have been struggling to get done all the tasks I set myself- too many really bu being poorly has not helped. Anyway I think I can 'see light at the end of the tunnel' :-) Love Anne x

  11. Hi Gracie:

    A lovely post today. Your home shows such peace, warmth and most especially, faith. I'm so honored to call you my friend. The view from your window is beautiful.

    I'm looking forward to next week when I can visit with you and Teresa in person and now, a new blog friend Taci. Yeah!

    Merry Christmas and many blessings,


  12. Hi Gracie,
    How fun to have a little get together with your blogging friends. I think it is so great that you and Teresa get together! I don't know the other lady in your photo, but I will go check out her blog.
    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!!!
    Much love,

  13. Hi there, just hopped over from Thriftwood and have enjoyed reading your blog. What fun, getting together with fellow bloggers - love your pics and your makes. I've visited Portland a few times to see friends who were studying at Multnomah (now in the mission field in South Africa) - you live in a beautiful part of the world.
    Wishing you a merry & blessed Christmas, and I look forward to following your adventures in craft.
    love Gilly xx

  14. Hi Gracie. I have so appreciated your kind and thoughtful comments over these last months. Thanks for being my blogging friend. I pray that you and yours will have a happy and blessed Christmas. Joan

  15. So glad you had fun meeting fellow bloggers, Gracie! I loved your lights theme in this post. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a light filled year ahead.
    Helen x

  16. Oh what a wonderful day....with the sweetest of blogging friends....
    Love, Shari!

  17. Love to read your posts. You did have a good time with your fellow bloggers, good for you. I like your candle holders very much. I did have a similar one as you, the one with the crcling angels when you lit the candles. It didn't survive my boys. I wish you a happy Christmas surrounded with loved ones. groetjes, Gerda

  18. Wonderful post Gracie. Love all the lights. I have the same chimes with the angels/bells. I love them.

    Happy 12 days of Christmas to you!



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