"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

Friday, August 30, 2019

Ahoy in August!

Welcome to some views of the wonderful days my youngest daughter and her husband helped me enjoy at Tillamook Oregon State Beach while camping in their trailer with them.

The weather was the best I have ever experienced in the years that I have gone there and we always have a great time visiting with cousins, aunts, and uncles as well.

On my first time down to the beach, I found this pretty sand dollar shell peeking out of the sand. The other side is broken in the middle, but I still think the shell is beautiful.  I brought it home and have it nested in a little basket of pinecones on my bedside table.

Just one day we had some rain.  On that day we went into the town of Tillamook and visited the museum.

The cabin living room exhibit is one of my favorites because of all the crafts and crafting equipment that is displayed.

One little stitching project I completed in August was this thick crocheted rectangular hot mat.  When you follow a free diagonal potholder pattern available on Ravelry, instead of sewing the potholder edge together on the diagonal, you keep stitching around and around until you have the size rectangle you want and then join the edge.

On one hot sunny August afternoon, I stopped by to visit with dear blogging friends, Teresa, Dayle and their sweet little dog, Mocha at their farm. They generously sent me home with a gorgeous dozen fresh eggs with shells of many pretty colors from their happy flock of hens. Yum! Then I drove a little further east along the mighty Columbia River and stopped at the Women's Forum viewpoint to enjoy this view.

 Thanks to the vision and hard work of many who came before us this amazing view is more accessible for many.

Several years ago I made a new friend, MJ,  at church.  She and her husband have a collection of antique sewing machines and they sold me this Featherweight model Singer.  After I had accidentally clogged the threading mechanism they serviced the machine for me and last week MJ sat with me coaching me how to avoid clogging the mechanism again!

Beginning August with glorious days at the ocean, I end August by using this lovely acrylic yarn to start crocheting a baby blanket in a double crochet stitch pattern that reminds me of beautiful iridescent ocean waves.

While much of the foliage around me is at the height of lushness, I have noted some leaves on the tips of branches that are turning red or brown as the season shifts...the ebb and flow of seasons that both please me and cause me to feel nostalgic. Do seasonal shifts tug at your feelings as well, and does the beauty of nature inspire the design of your crafting?

Gracie ((hugs))  :-)

Let heaven and earth praise Him,
The seas and everything that moves in them.  Psalm 69:34 NKJV


  1. You took some very beautiful photos of the ocean, Gracie! It makes me want to go back to see it soon. It was fun to see the shot of the crocheted hot pad you gave me when you visited. How neat the museum room is, it makes me want to get my spinning wheel going. AND.. seeing your cute little Singer Featherweight inspires me to want to sew something!! I hope to see you soon, maybe we could crochet together.
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  2. Looks like fun at the beach. You have a Featherweight too! I am sooooooooo jealous. Nice to hear from you. CN x

  3. Aah, beach holidays, great fun. I too want to go and walk on the beach again soon :)

  4. A lovely post Gracie. Gorgeous ocean photos . I love the sand dollar and your crochet. Also enjoyed reading about Chanticleer Point. Fascinating. Have a lovely weekend. B x

  5. Hello Gracie. It was wonderful to see your post pop up on my sidebar. I'm so glad you were able to spend time with your daughter and her husband at the beach. I know how much you love the ocean. Your sand dollar is beautiful. It may have imperfections, but so do we and He loves us anyway.
    Thank you for the glimpse of the museum. How did we miss this in all of our trips to Tillamook? Next time we go I'll have to get the information on it from you.
    I love your sweet little Featherweight machine. How nice of your friends to service it for you and also teach you to use it. I have always loved them, but can't sit at a machine long enough to actually sew so I probably won't get one.
    The potholder turned out beautifully and I like the yarn you've chosen for the blanket. It does remind me of the ocean waves.
    But best of all in this post? The photo of your beautiful smiling face my dear friend. I miss you.
    Much love and blessings,

  6. Nice to see you here Gracie ❤❤ Plenty of lovely pictures to share and crafty work. Neat hotpad you made to xoxo

  7. So hard to believe that it's September. I am definitely ready for a seasonal change. Currently 117 degrees outside. Has been very humid. I'm ready for cooler walking weather and the growing season. Your trip to Tilamook really looks lovely. I would definitely enjoy the museum. Hope one day to visit Oregon as I've never been. Take are and have a good Sunday!

  8. Beautiful ocean views! So refreshing. Happy September to you.

  9. Beautiful trip Gracie, the views you showed were so gorgeous. Glad you had a visit to this wonderful place and of course seeing Teresa and Dayle is a treat. Have a wonderful weekend.

  10. Sounds like you had a great time. We love the Oregon Coast!

  11. Tillamook always makes me think of cheese and ice cream. Now it will make me think of the ocean too! How beautiful Oregon is.

    That sand dollar is lovely, and your crochet project is off to such a pretty start.

    Seasonal shifts do tug at my feelings; I always get a little depressed when summer is drawing to a close. But I always love autumn when it comes. :)

  12. Hi Gracie, I love your shell. It is good to hear from you and see what you are up to. Jo xx

  13. Your photos of Oregon always make me smile! Crown Point! Tillamook!
    I will have to check in with my family in Oregon and find out if they have more leaves changing color now.
    That sand dollar! I love it!

  14. A lovely post Gracie. Super photos. i am reading it from the coast in beautiful Cornwall. we have a wonderful view of the sea. Always good to read crafting crafting news. I was lucky to spend some time with mum on our way to Cornwall and will again on our way back. Hugs Anne x

  15. Great to catch up here dear Gracie! Your beach photos are lovely and I do love that shell. So glad you have kind friends to help out with the sewing machine, and your crochet looks pretty. Have a good week! xxx

  16. Hello. The shell is very beautiful. May the year of 2020 bring you a lot of happiness!


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