"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, March 14, 2016

Stormy Seaside Scrapping




















Hi, All!  Thanks for coming to visit.  Four fabulous days on the Oregon Coast with good friends truly did fly by as we worked on our scrapbooks, ate out several times, shopped a bit, and enjoyed our surroundings and visiting with each other.

During our stay, a series of storms continued to roll in from the West over the waves.  We had one blinding flash of lightning followed within seconds by a mighty crack of thunder, but our power just flickered and the  steady flames in the gas fireplace provided welcome warmth.

We laughed a lot, shared some tears and our faith in God, prayed, listened to upbeat music, and made progress on all of our projects.  I finally finished my granddaughter, Rosie's first year album [she is now 28 months old]!

Three deer visited the yard of the house where we were staying, and between storms we saw a rainbow over the ocean, and one colorful sunset.

One of my friends and I also enjoyed knitting: she on dishcloths, and I on the current preemie blanket I am knitting with Lion Brand 100% acrylic Creme Glacee Helado yarn on my size six KnitPicks circular knitting needles.

Now home again, I'm enjoying our one perfect Camellia blossom, and I had fun swimming laps in the pool for an hour this afternoon with Teresa.

I got permission to share a photo with you of my precious new little California friend, Ian, modeling the baseball cap I crocheted for him, too :)

My week is off to a great start!  How is your week progressing?

18 comments:

  1. How wonderful Gracie, gorgeous pictures and did love seeing those deers ♥ What a cutie in the cap you made and welcome to your home again ☺ Here doing what I can when I can....may your days back home be good ones xoxoxo

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  2. Sounds like an idyllic few days away, nice to share some special moments with friends. Such a beautiful scrapbook, I need to catch up with mine. Sucha handsome little man with the gorgeous cap. Take care.

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  3. My week is somewhat boring... I am glad you are off to a great start. Your long weekend away sounds wonderful and relaxing and I hope the feel good effect of time well spent will remain with you for a long time. x

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  4. Wonderful pictures. Sounds like you had an amazing time despite the storms. That baseball cap is just too cute on that precious Ian. :)

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  5. Gracie. Wonderful to see your images. They are all so sweet. THat's what I love about your blogging. It is positive and sweet. You make a difference in my little world!

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  6. It sounds like a lovely time Gracie. And I see one of the places you ate was Mo's. Mmmmmm. They make the best clam chowder and homemade bread. I can taste it now. I'm glad you got Rosie's book finished. It looks as though it will hold a lot of memories for her. Your blanket is also very pretty and will keep a little baby very warm. How fun to spend a few days with friends chatting and crafting. Maybe someday I'll be blessed enough to participate with you. Even though I don't scrapbook, I could visit with the rest of you. That little cutie looks very handsome in his hat that you made him. Hope to see you soon. Lots of love.
    Blessings, Betsy

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  7. Your retreat sounds and looks wonderful. I didn't know you were a scrapper! I did a lot of scrapbooking when my children were growing up, but probably won't do any more unless I have grandchildren (and that is nowhere on the horizon). I love your pages for their simplicity and the hand-lettering.

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  8. I really enjoyed seeing the photos of the story of your time at the beach that you told me as we swam back and forth yesterday. It brought it all to life for me! I love the photo of the deer relaxing in the yard. How cute is that. I'm so ready to get back to the beach during my birthday, I miss it very much. I want to try that shrimp stuffed avocado that you told me about! :-) I'm going to work on my blanket today and relax. Yesterday was very busy for me. I need a day off! LOL! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  9. Hello Gracie. Your time at the sea sounds wonderful and I long to go away - especially to the sea as I find it restorative. DH and I are trying to get a few days away. The baby is so cute and I love his cap. My week started with taking my elderly Aunt shopping yesterday - not easy and I felt terribly tired last night. However the news re my new great nephew was more encouraging so that was good. I've been making Easter cards today. Hugs Anne x

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  10. Sounds like a wonderful visit, Gracie, and great photos to show for it. I'm going away for the weekend tomorrow. I like looking forward to things. Once you're actually doing them, they go back too quickly :-)
    Amalia
    xo

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  11. Hi Gracie, I'm so glad you had a nice time on the coast. Your scrapbook is beautiful! What a wonderful grandma you are. The girls will appreciate these things that you do for them so much when they are older. I'm sure they already do, actually. I hope you're having a good week so far.

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  12. Wonderful pictures of your coastal trip, Gracie...it sounds like such a lovely time with your friends. Your scrapbook looks beautiful, and will be much loved I am sure as a special keepsake. Wishing you a happy week enjoying all the signs of spring time, as I am doing here too across the sea!
    Helen xox

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  13. Hi Gracie, looks like you had a great time in such a lovely setting. And, I love the colors and design of your preemie blanket. I'm sorry I'm so late in commenting. I do hope you're having a good weekend. Hugs, Pat

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  14. Hello, I love your crochet, it is beauty, I love this colors, I follow your blog, I have a blog about crochet with free patterns and free crochet diagrams, visit me , hugs from Brazil.
    Visite meu blog - Tita Carré - Crochet

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  15. I am getting all caught up with you Gracie, your trip looks so restful and beautiful. Thank you for including my sheep in that wonderful book.
    Hugs to you,
    Meredith

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  16. Hello there! How are you doing? Loved your coastal trip piccies, what a great time! I wanted to pop in and let you know that I am blogging again, over at thejollyknitter.blogspot.co.uk. Love, Tina (used to have The Quiet Home blog) xx

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  17. Sounds like you had a wonderful few days away with your dear friends, Gracie. What a lovely change of pace for you. And, of course, it's always nice to come home and spend time swimming with Teresa. I'm glad all is well with you. xo

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  18. Glad you had a good time on the coast! Love your photos of the beach--and of the ladybug rocks! You did a nice job on the album; I'm sure it will be treasured for years to come.

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