"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

Monday, October 19, 2015

Following Pumpkins and Crocheting Leaves

 Sunday, October, 11, my youngest son drove my youngest daughter and me  to visit the church he joined in Milwaukie, Oregon.  On the way home driving on 212 east toward Mt. Hood we found ourselves following a trailer full of pumpkins!
 The day before we had rain in the valley, so I was surprised to see a fresh coat of snow on Mt. Hood!
 You know how you think about making gifts for...everyone...and realize you don't have enough time to make something very big?  Well I was looking at a pattern to make a heart and wondered if I could turn it into a leaf, and ended up making three leafy bookmarks :)  If you want to know how I did it, just ask, please.
 This past Saturday, October 17th, I was invited to have High Tea with a group of ladies from the church I've been attending. Our hostess, Carol, has collected dishes and linens and recipes and loves to serve others by serving tea. She prepared four courses and typed out menus for us. [ The invitation and menu are on the table in photo after the next two.] But it was not a formal affair. Jeans and tennis shoes were worn by some...and no hats!  After the third course she invited us to stroll with her around the small sweet gardens she and her husband have grown around their home.  It was both charming and inspiring to see her artistry with plants and mosaics and benches, a bird bath, bird feeder, birdhouse and fountains, up cycling inexpensive items...taking someone's trash and turning it into her treasure.
After the fourth course of tea I headed across town to shop and then met my friends Teresa and her husband, Dayle, and Betsy, and her husband, Dennis, for a good visit and dinner at Tad's Chicken 'n Dumplins along the Sandy River.
 My youngest daughter has been letting me use her cone of autumnal toned cotton yarn to make leaves and I am dreaming of what to make with the lovely soft gray Billow cotton yarn I was given.  Two books that I have started reading this week [don't ask me how many books I have bookmarks in :) ] are pictured above as well.
And while I am typing about books, I was happy to get an email from Amazon today,letting me know that I can now order Helen's new book. Hurray! I'm still not getting paid to advertise anything; I'm just sharing things that interest me and I think might interest you :)

Thank you for all your well wishes.  I am well, and as soon as I was I got a flu shot to help me stay well!

Have you been following pumpkins or crocheting leaves or strolling through gardens or reading interesting books?



  1. No pumpkins here but lots of rain today! I haven't seen rain like this for awhile. May I take it back home please? I love your posts Gracie. They always make me smile. :-). Helen's book looks really sweet and I LoE the book and bookmark you gave me. Now I'm think of granny square projects...after I finish Alex's blanket. Sweet thoughts always Gracie.

  2. I've seen pumpkins around, did photograph a few yesterday at a quilt show in Aurora. Glad Mt Hood finally got some snow. Maybe more today from the rain we had! Your book marks are lovely! I need to start reading another book and keep up on our NT Bible reading for the week! Glad you got to meet up with Betsy and Dennis and Teresa and Dayle...how fun! Lots of good food and fellowship that day. God bless you !

  3. Yea to our recent rain (and snow on Mt. Hood)! I haven't followed any pumpkins around, but I have several sitting on our table right now along with autumn leaves (thanks Gracie for the inspiration) and some other items. Early autumn is going by way TOO quickly and I want it to slow down and stay awhile longer.
    Blessings, Aimee

  4. How fun to follow a whole truck full of pumpkins.. and to see a clean and white Mt. Hood too! Thanks for the book.. I've been gone all day so haven't had a chance to enjoy it.. and the bookmark is so cool! Had to order my new phone.. they don't have any in stock.. gah! See you soon. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  5. Hello Gracie. Not followed pumpkins :-) but there are lots around now. I went out for the day last Saturday to a sugar craft demonstration day at a rather posh hotel. I drove - taking four other ladies as well.
    I do like that bookmark and like you have more than one book 'on the go' . We've not had much rain here but apparently that will change tomorrow if the forecast is to be believed. Hugs Anne x

  6. Such a fun post driving behind a truck of pumpkins, great for an Autumn filled post. I am a great fan of afternoon and high tea such a lovely occasion to share with friends. I love the book marks what a great gift idea, I am thinking they would be great with a book or magazine subscription. Take care.

  7. Sounds like you had a mighty fine weekend with lots going on. The tea sounds absolutely charming and it was so nice to see you and Betsy spending time with Teresa. Cute bookmarks. I have crochet I need to do but want to do so many other things, too. Take care, Tammy

  8. I haven't seen many pumpkins here, except at the grocery store. We'll buy some next week for carving in time for Halloween. I like your bookmarks, that was a very clever idea and the recipients will enjoy them a lot. I hope you're having a good week so far, Gracie.

  9. You are so creative! I just love that you turned a heart into a leaf. :) I adore pumpkins and what a treat to get to ride behind an entire truck load on the way home! :) Blessings always

    1. Hi Gracie.It's always a pleasure to drop by and see what wonderful things you have created. The leaf bookmark is adorable. It would make a perfect gift too. So happy to see the snow on My.Hood. It's still in the 80's here. It's been a long, warm, dry summer and fall. Have a great day. Hugs, Pat

  10. Who wouldn't love a bookmark like those. Good for you, Gracie.
    That sounds like a fabulous tea and what fun. You are now an official pumpkin follower...that must have been such a wonderful sight. Have a lovely week.

  11. Another lovely post dear Gracie, and thank you for sharing your fun times with us! You had a real 'foody' day on Saturday and how lovely to be spending those sweet times with your friends! Keep well, blessings on you and your loved ones, Joy xxx

  12. so fun that you all got to meet Dennis, I bet you had a great time at dinner. Love your leaves Gracie.

  13. I think I have missed several of your posts but I thought I was caught up on reading---I had better be more on top of checking in with you.
    Finally it is a little cooler in CA and I have put a few pumpkins out on the front porch. But it doesn't seem much like autumn here yet.
    Thanks for the photo of my Mt. Hood!

  14. So glad you're up and about again, Gracie. And I'm glad you got yourself a flu shot. I got one too along with a pneumonia shot - first time for both. I love your bookmarks - you did a great job and I know they'll be much appreciated.

  15. Crocheting - yes, strolling through leaves - yes but not following trailers of pumpkins! Your book marks are fabulous and I love the way you have a network of friends and family in your life. Always happy to call by. Jo x

  16. What a lovely post, Gracie. Well, I've made pumpkin soup so almost, crocheted a pillow, again almost, read a good book, check, met with friends, check, but sadly didn't stroll through a garden. It's on my list.

  17. Your leaf book mark is such a pretty gift idea! I was happily reading through your lovely post and enjoying seeing the pumpkins being transported and the snow on Mt Hood and all your lovely pictures....and it was a big surprise to see the bit about my book on Amazon!! I didn't know it was already in stock across the pond so that was fun to see! Thank you for the mention, dear Gracie :) Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
    Helen xox

  18. The local farm where my son works has grown a lot of pumpkins for the farm shop this year, yesterday it was my son driving a truck piled high with them. I'm just struggling to believe we're already so far into the year that Hallowe'en is only just around the corner.

  19. My brother-in-law's mom grows pumpkins every year so I usually see a few of those!

    Such a pretty book mark, and the High Tea sounds delicious and fun. I'm so glad to hear you got some rain and Mt. Hood some snow - bring on the moisture!

    Crocheting my hands off right now - deadline mid-November - maybe after that I can write and read more blog posts. :D

  20. Those pumpkins look a bit green, but I imagine they will ripen. We just picked all our pumpkins not too long ago, and have quite a few sitting on our patio. I think my sisters are planning on trying as many pumpkin recipes as possible--we have a lot of pumpkins. Will it be possible to get tired of pumpkin pie? I hope not! Looks like a lovely afternoon tea!


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