"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, October 27, 2016

Five on Friday: Between Storms

1. This month our worship art group worked on a mixed media piece.  Our facilitator gave us a printed sketch of the back of the heads of three women.  Using our facilitator's work as an example, I cut out the shapes of the three women. I glued them onto a watercolored painted background.  I used watercolor, acrylic paints, and a fiber tipped pen to paint over the three women and write the words.  Our facilitator's idea is that the women are looking with hope toward God from their complicated stances in the world. [Be anxious for nothing. Phil.4:6,
Fear not. Isa. 41:10, Think on lovely things. Phil.4:8, Our eyes are on You. Psalm 141:8]
2. On the way home from the art group I stopped by the Tsuru Japanese Garden in Gresham to get a picture of it at the height of Autumn. I was surprised to see so many oranges, reds and yellows.
3. On 302nd Street  several blocks from home I stopped to admire the deepening coat of snow on Mt. Hood and took a picture so you could admire it, too.
4. Expecting some possibly hungry Bible study members I picked six apples to make an apple crisp for them.  I counted 21 apples left on the tree...not fully ripe yet.
5. Rosie has developed a fondness for the media character, Hello Kitty, so we had fun celebrating her third birthday Sunday afternoon with a Hello Kitty theme for her party.

Thanks to Amy from her blog, Love Made My Home, I am posting this on her Five on Friday link, but next week I hope to be driving to and from Sonoma, California, just north of San Francisco, to take my oldest sister out for brunch to celebrate her 75th birthday so I may not be able to visit with you, but I will be wondering:  Are you between storms in your life?

xx
Gracie

37 comments:

  1. Lovely post as always Gracie.....love to you all

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  2. Lots of great things to share. Bet the Hello Kitty party was fun. Love the autumn colour :) B x

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  3. What a lovely sentiment it is: Think on lovely things. I shall ponder that all day I'm sure. thanks for the share x

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  4. What a joyful post, it was lovely to see the birthday celebration with Hello Kitty. Hope you have a wonderful trip filled with lasting memories.

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  5. Lovely post. Looks like Rosie had a lovely birthday party.

    Happy Five on Friday

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  6. How wonderful! You have shared five lovely things. The Hello Kitty party sounds like great fun:)

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  7. Gracie, you are such an inspirational to me. Gorgeous photos and I very much appreciate those verses. Hello Kitty is very popular in Japan, especially with the older women. Isn't that funny? I'm praying for a safe and wonderful trip to see your sister.
    Blessings always,
    Betsy

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  8. Such lovely moments from your week. Good things to think about too. I hope your time with your sister for her birthday will be lovely, drive safely and have fun together! Love your basket of apples too! Thank you for being part of Five On Friday, hope you have a great weekend!

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  9. Thank you for sharing some lovely moments from your week. Your fellowship group looks inspirational. Seeing the view of Mt. Hood on a clear day and the pretty Japanese garden must have been uplifting. It was good to have those apples to share with some more still on the tree to gather. I'm glad that Rosie had a lovely birthday party with her friends.

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  10. Love the Mt Hood picture and the apple picture. Hello Kitty has been around for many, many years. One of my adult daughters still loves Hello Kitty and they just recently turned 40. Hello Kitty that is not my daughter ;) not to advertise but check their website. Sanrio.com


    Katrina

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    1. Thanks for sharing the website, Katrina. I checked it out and was amazed by the variety of Hello Kitty products! I had ordered Rosie some Hello Kitty board books on Amazon and had not checked out any other possible Hello Kitty products.

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  11. Thank you for the lovely pics. It's always so nice to read what you have been up to. I love your art piece with the scriptures. Wishing you a day filled with much joy sweet friend. :)

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  12. Wonderful photos of your 'five'! The artwork is lovely and the prompt makes for an interesting way to develop the painting. The view of Mt. Hood is beautiful as is the Japanese garden. Safe travels to visit your sister. Sonoma is a beautiful place. I am currently waiting for my second grandson to be born any day now, so I am praying for calm waters to continue in my life. I've had enough of storms.....xx Karen

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  13. Great post, Gracie! I'm going to miss you while you're gone.. be very careful on your drive.. I know you will. Just don't drive tired. You got a good shot of the snow on Mt. Hood! I'm off to swim soon and will look forward to swimming with you when you return. I didn't know you have a curved glass china cabinet similar to ours! Neat! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  14. My home town is Sonoma! Hope you have a great time there. Be sure to have tea and pick up some great Sonoma Sourdough French Loaves at my favorite shop, The French Baker's Daughter. Just the name of the town makes me homesick!

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  15. Great autumn colors in the Japanese garden!

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  16. She can't possibly be three already, she was just a wee baby. Happy Birthday to darling Rosie and hello to all your other adorable granddaughters.

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  17. I really appreciate those verses you shared & that was a great painting you did too!
    Lovely photo of Mt Hood &
    I think an apple is in order right about now!
    Have a safe trip!
    Christine preferablyprim

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  18. Nice Five on Friday post, always enjoy your pictures of Mt. Hood. Autumn is so pretty in your part of the world.

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  19. Thanks for sharing the pics, Gracie! Belated birthday wishes and blessings to Rosie:)

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  20. Your art groups always does such interesting projects!
    And suddenly I'm craving an apple crisp!

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  21. Hi Gracie, sorry I haven't said hello for awhile. I loved reading your post and seeing all the fun things you have been doing. Your mixed media piece is so nice. And, please give adorable little Rosie belated birthday wishes. I hope you have a wonderful trip to California. I'll look forward to reading about your adventures. Hugs, Pat

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  22. Lovely post. I like Hello Kitty, too! My grandson sent me a Hello Kitty watch for my birthday several years ago. He told his mom I should have one since I had cats. Smart kid! :) Lots of snow on Mt. Hood -- beautiful. And beautiful fall colors in the Japanese Garden. I bet having an art group that meets once a month is a lot of fun! Have a great week and safe journey.

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  23. I love the glimpses of Mt Hood I see on your blog Gracie - it must be such a thrill to live near a mountain. The autumn colour in the trees is beautiful. x

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  24. A lovely thoughtful post, and beautiful pictures. I hope you have a great trip, and that your sister has a very Happy Birthday. Safe travels dear Gracie.
    Helen xox

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  25. My granddaughter used to be very fond of Hello Kitty.Lovely photos Gracie - how I would like to see the area in real life. Hope you have a safe journey and a lovely time with your sister. Hugs Anne x

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  26. I'm sure that by now you are enjoying your trip to Sonoma and your visit with your sister. Happy Birthday to her!
    My almost forty year old daughter *hearts* Hello Kitty! You're never too old or too young. And Happy Birthday to your three year old too.
    Thank you for sharing Mt. Hood with me <3

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  27. Your artwork looks great, and the apple crisp sounds delicious! My folks picked several tubs of apples, and have been working on making apple sauce...and today my sister made an apple pie!

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  28. Wonderful artwork project! And such a sweet little birthday photo! Love the Fall apples and the Japanese Garden with its tinge of color! And oh am I looking forward to some snow-capped mountain views! :-) Have a great week!

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  29. I love this post. SO much is going well in my life right now. Im grateful each and every day

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  30. The colours in the Japanese garden were lovely, hope you have a wonderful time with your sister. Sarah x

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  31. Always love seeing the artwork your group creates. Feel like we are in the midst of a big storm at the moment. I think I could eat a whole apple crisp right about now. Hope all is well with you and that you had an enjoyable time with your sister.

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  32. I'm a bit behind with my blog reading, dear Gracie, but finally arrived. I hope that you are well and enjoying the season.
    Amalia
    xo

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  33. Hi Gracie, lovely Autumn colours there and those girls look so attentive. Have a good week. Jo x

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