"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

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Spinning Through July

With my oldest sister, Carolyn, my great niece, Katie, and family friends, Ralph, Rachel and their nearly two-year-old visiting this week, our household is really spinning!  

Carolyn and I had the great pleasure of visiting Teresa and Dayle on their beautiful farm.  Teresa had a lovely table set for us on their deck under the gazebo, and Dayle prepared yummy grilled salmon for us while we brought salad and some cherries to share. ...a beautiful, peaceful, setting with an interesting, creative, and delightful hostess and host :-)

I took Carolyn and Katie to Chariteas in Sandy, Oregon, for delicious rhubarb tea, and I met with a number of women and some of their off spring for several gatherings for church related  activities this week.

We had a bridal shower for our good young friend, Krista, and then enjoyed attending her wedding Saturday afternoon.

And in between all that I finished a crocheted yellow dishcloth.  Knit and tore out some rows on a blue dishcloth and spun a bit more of the wonderful hand painted fiber I purchased from Sosae.

Our weather has been great throughout the week and definitely added a WOW factor to all my activities.  Has the weather enhanced your enjoyment of your week?



  1. Hello my dear friend, I miss you but m glad that you are having so much fun this summer... Yes our weather has been absolutely wonderful and I'm trying to enjoy it.also :) lets get together soon:)

  2. Beautiful photo's - thanks for sharing! I love the look of the barn in the first photo...and the colours on the spinning wheel are gorgeous :)
    The weather has been great here too, and has meant that I have been going out for walks at first light (about 5am), it is so peaceful at that time of day - and completely beautiful too, that I am both relaxed and energised for the rest of the day!
    Hope you enjoy the rest of your week :)
    Sarah x

  3. Gosh you have been spinning! In the best possible way. Here in Scotland we have had sunny days and very warm (for here) temperatures - high 70s and even into the 80s a few days! It does really feel great, if odd, to spend a whole day without putting a cardigan on. Lovely.
    I hope you continue to enjoy your busy summer - and get a chance to rest once in a while?

  4. It sounds like you're having a very nice time lately, Gracie. It must be so nice to have family around. Enjoy the good weather and take care.

  5. Gracie, so glad you are having a great week with so many celebrations going on. Our weather has been stormy, but I like it that way.
    Hugs to you,

  6. Its been glorious weather here too!! Your week looks fabulous!! xxx

  7. Hi there busy Gracie!!! You have been enjoying a lot of visiting, with very special people, I can see! Oh how I hope to get the pleasure to meet my friends in the Pacific Northwest...You, Teresa and Dayle, Taci, Betsy....
    Some day!!!
    Lots of lovely life celebrations!
    I loved hearing about them. I am home from Bass Lake, and getting back into the groove!
    XO Kris

  8. That looks like a fab week you've had - and yes, the beautiful weather we've been having lately has definitely lifted spirits and enhanced enjoyment!
    Have a happy new week ahead, Gracie.

  9. What a wonderful time you have been having Gracie. On Friday I was in Windsor and on Saturday at Buckingham Palace for the Coronation Festival. It was held in the gardens of the Palace. I went with three other ladies. We had a very hot but brilliant time. It would hav been really spoiled had it been a wet day!!! Hugs Anne x

  10. Hi Gracie, I'm so glad we got to spend some time together on my deck! I enjoyed your sister and hope her future holds happy adventures. Sounds like you've been a social butterfly for months now! My girls arrive in 2 more days! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  11. Hello Gracie, lots of comings and goings with you guys. I think your spinning looks great can't wait to see your stuff. Jo x

  12. What a lovely busy family and friends time you've been having Gracie - sounds like you really thrive on it! Your pics are all lovely and tell the story so well!
    Have a great week!
    Joy x

  13. All wonderful Gracie and that you are having such a lovely time with family and friend.
    I have been catching up with family and friends too, but little blogging.
    Cold cold here lol

  14. Sounds like you have Ben super busy, what a lovely couple they look.

  15. Oh my Gracie! You have been busy with adventures haven't you? I'm so sorry to have missed you when I was in Portland, but I'm happy you get to spend much time with your sister. Showers, weddings, visits!!! A busy summer full of God's blessings for you.
    We're having unbelievable gorgeous weather here too.


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