"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, February 14, 2019

Crafting Life 2019

Ahoy, Readers!  Since the beginning of 2019, I have managed to knit a few more rows on the baby blanket I am making to give to a local crisis pregnancy center.  I am using the Grandma's dishcloth pattern.
Years ago a good friend from California crocheted this white [snow covered] evergreen tree for me. I have put a little flock of sheep by it. Two of the flock were given to me by my good blogging friend, Teresa.  I thought it would be fun to have the cute seagull skier my good blogging friend, Betsy gave me to pose as a wintery shepherd.
In January 2019 I took my New Living Translation Bible and colored some of its pages on my way flying to California to visit my oldest sister Carolyn who was in her home with hospice care.  I was so grateful for the visit with her and other family members and friends.
Early in February looking out the picture window of my new to me home, I enjoyed this sunrise view of the first snow of 2019!  It was so pretty and soon was washed away by rain.
During the first months of the year I also made some heart bookmarks to share with friends and a stranger I met when my flight was delayed on my way back to California to be with family and friends for a celebration of life service we had for my dear sister Carolyn after her passing.
One afternoon a friend stopped by and showed me how to make a boho bead with paper and cloth and wire and beads and a little heart she gave me that says "made with love."  The brown bead at the bottom was made by my good blogging friend, Teresa
While I am still settling in my new home and trying to make all the change of address notices and other related chores, I have enjoyed little crafting projects.
Are you enjoying some crafting time in 2019?

Gracie xx


  1. Sounds like you have settled into your new home. Love the little Winter touches particularly the sheep. Love the boho bead.

  2. So very sorry to hear of your sister's passing. Looks like your new home has a nice view. Love the little display of the tree, sheep and snowman shepherd. You've certainly been making some lovely things. I really like the look of that boho bead and the fact that you were able to incorporate one that Teresa made along with it. Hugs and blessings, Tammy

  3. Good morning sweet Gracie. I loved seeing all of the things you been up to. Your new neighborhood looks very nice. Do you have a garage to park in during the snow and the rain? Mr. Seagull looks like he has his hands full with that wild colored flock of sheep! Ha! Such pretty beads and how nice that you’re able to use Teresa‘s bead too. Your baby blanket is coming along beautifully. I love that pattern. It’s so useful for so many things.
    My prayers are with you and with Carolyn’s entire family and her passing. She was a lovely woman and I’m so glad I had the chance to meet her.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend my friend.
    Blessings always, Betsy

  4. Goodness, Gracie. You've had quite a rough year. I'm sorry for your loss of your dear sister. It was so good that you got to fly down and visit with her recently, what a treasure that time was for you. I'm glad you're settling in well in your new home. I would like to come and visit again someday soon and see how you've got it all fixed up. How sweet that you're enjoying your little flock of sheep. Talk soon! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  5. I am sorry to hear about your sister but lovely to hear from you generally and that you are keeping busy seeing friends and homemaking. Jo xx

  6. Sending love your way Gracie. So sorry to hear about your sister passing, I know how very much you loved her and how your loving care helped her in her fight against cancer.

  7. Sorry to read about the loss of your sister Carolyn! My prayers and condolenses, my friend! The boho bead doll is interesting! We had a bit of snow a week ago Monday then it was gone. Cold all last week! I'm going to start knitting a prayer shawl this weekend, hopefully. Joined a group from church. Most likely will send it to a friend who's baby is in NICU as she was born months too early but baby is doing well! Enjoy your new home....and you received the letter with ....inside, I'm hoping! Take care and God bless!

  8. I'm so sorry to hear that your sister has passed. I cannot imagine losing a sibling. That is just such a precious relationship. There are things that you can only share with a sib. May her memory be a blessing.
    I'm glad to hear that you are happily settling into your new home. Moving is so much work, but it feels so good to be a fresh, new setting. It's great that you've been able to do some crafting in the midst of moving craziness.

  9. hello Dear Gracie I am so sad to read about your dear sister. I'm sure you have many , many beautiful memories that I hope comfort you. I hope that you are settled in your new home and getting everything to your liking.
    I have managed some crafting mainly cards for my classes ( I only do one a month and a fortnightly one with one dear lady) I am trying to declutter and sort out many things.
    My mum was in hospital for three weeks in January and we didn't expect her to pull through, she did!Sadly she spent her 90th birthday there but a lot of us got to visit her. She is back in the care home now and I hope to visit her shortly.
    Take care Gracie. Anne xxx

  10. So sorry to hear of your sister's passing. Sending lots of hugs to you! It looks like you are getting settled in your new home! Our snow is melting very slowly, but we can at least get down our hill now. Loved seeing your crafty projects, too, especially the blanket. It will be most appreciated!

  11. So sorry to hear about the loss of your dear sister, sending love to you dear Gracie. Glad to see you are getting settled in your new home and have been doing some crafting there...always a sign of settling down. We had some snow too which looked very pretty for a day or two. I liked seeing your snowy view here. Take care Gracie XXX

  12. Very cool boho bead . I have a bead from Teresa and I love it on a purse

  13. Oh so sorry Gracie to read about your sisters passing......much love to you from all the way over here. I enjoyed seeing your craftiness and some lovely pictures taken also. xoxo

  14. I have been thinking about you so much lately. I am so sorry to hear that your sister passed away =( I love you and miss you so much. I hope that we can get together soon and catch up! Sending hugs & prayers <3 Amber

  15. Nice to hear from you, dear Gracie. I love the baby blanket, all the more for knowing that it is going to a worthy cause.

  16. so much has happened this year of 2019. Your new home looks so comfy and cheery. (I understand that you are engulfed in yet more snow this week!)
    I am so sorry to hear of your sister's passing. I'm sure that her service was joyful, though.

  17. Dear Gracie. My condolences on the loss of your dear sister. There has been a lot happening in your life recently and I'm glad that you're setting into your new home. Your craft items are lovely and it's so nice to give and receive sweet handmade gifts. They're all so charming. Every blessing, Linda.

  18. Beautiful art you have created on the bible!! My condolences on the loss of your sister. Beautiful blog!! I enjoyed through a few pages. I would love to visit Oregon someday. Blessings to you.

  19. Hi Gracie, I'm popping to visit via Thistbear's blog. I'm sorry you've suffered loss recently. You have many beautiful craft items being worked on, I always love to see dishcloths both knitted and crocheted, not sure why. I'm not sure I could colour in my bible, though I barely underline it so that's not saying much. I ought to mark it sometimes as it's easier to find things. I have a colouring book with text in to colour - It's called 'Images of Grace,' there are a few others in the range too. Cathy x


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