"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, January 1, 2021

Crafting December 2020 Vision


🎶 Do You See What I See?🎶  Thanks to my youngest daughter who contributed a basketful of greens and pinecones, I was able to make a wreath in December. The never-ending circle of green especially heartened me this year.  For me, it symbolizes the everlasting loving life in Christ I look to see now and forever.

A friend who was trained by a florist showed me how to make the wreath fuller by adding little bunches of greens.  She also crafted the pretty plaid bow. 

One misty December afternoon I drove out to the Women's Forum lookout to admire the view of the mighty Columbia River.  Looking East from the Portland, Oregon, area, I love seeing the Creator's amazing craftsmanship.

Over 40 years ago my pastor's wife gifted me with a dishcloth similar to this and helped me learn to knit. I am so grateful for her investment in me.
This December I finished knitting a purple cotton dishcloth and hope to knit many more.

Finishing crocheting another hot-mat in December 2020 seems to just fuel my desire to craft another!  Do you have patterns and projects you like to repeatedly make?

One December afternoon a masked friend stopped by to give me this dear rock she had painted for me, a priceless gift. On the back, she painted the passage reference she knows has been especially encouraging to me. 

 Isn't this sunrise spectacular? I saw it one December 2020 morning from the parking area near my back patio. I hope that we can often see such amazing beauty in the days ahead, and I also hope we can creatively encourage one another, through any storms that may challenge our beautiful views.  
Love to you in the New Year 2021!

Gracie ((hugs)) 


  1. That is a very good photo of you Gracie...such a heart warming smile. Your wreath looks really lovely,so much better with natural pine leaves and cones. The bow is very pretty too. I am useless at tying bows they usually end up as a squashed mess. I did try to make a wreath this year (my first) but I left it a bit late. The photo of the Columbia river (quite majestic in size) reminds me of the postcards that you sent me in the past. Incidentally I still have those postcards. I also often crochet and make up a pack of dishcloths for my sister in the UK each year as she finds them quite useful to use as pot holders as she says the cotton I use is quite thick and withstands the heat. Gorgeous stone painting by the way and such a lovely gesture. Many thanks Gracie, a very happy New year to you and your family as well. Amanda x

  2. Dear Gracie, I love your peuple dishcloth and all of your wonderful December projects. Your wreath is especially beautiful. Happy New Year my dear friend, peace, love, hope and friendship are being sent your way.

  3. I like the sheep rock you were given! Nice scripture as well. I enjoyed recieving your Christmas card. Nice photo of the Columbia River. Not been there for awhile. Maybe later this year as we like Hood River. Hop to my blog and see what is going on in my life....my friend, happy and blessed 2021--Gracie!!! x------x

  4. Bravo on making a very artful wreath! Thank you for the crocheted hot pad you gifted me for Christmas. Have you burned one of the green beeswax candles I rolled for you? We just had a tasty pork roast that Dayle made with carrots and potatoes covered with a rich gravy he made from the drippings. I hope you had a nice NYE!

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

    *H*A*P*P*Y* *N*E*W* *Y*E*A*R*!*

  5. Happy new year, Gracie. Your wreath is lovely. I have many crochet patterns that I keep written down in a little notebook to make over and over again when I'm not sure what else I want to work on. The painted rock is a wonderful gift. Take care.

  6. That is such a beautiful photo of you Gracie. Thank you for including it for us today. The wreath is gorgeous. How sweet of your friend to show you how to make it even more beautiful. I'm sure it smelled wonderful. Your knitting is very pretty and practical too. Purple! You know I love that! We're a lot alike. :-)
    The sheep rock and verse are perfect. What a perfect gift for you.
    I'm glad things are going well for you my friend. I'm listening to the rain on the roof right now that I'm sure will melt a LOT of the snow. It's warm too, almost 35 so I'm hoping a lot will be gone when we wake up.
    Wishing you a very blessed 2021 my dear friend. You inspire me to be a better person.
    Blessings and love,

  7. I just love your December projects and the gifted rock. Wishing you everything you wish for yourself for the new year. Every blessing.

  8. So nice to start the new year with a post from you!
    I envy the strength you get from your faith. Liberal Judaism has a very different and more complex relationship with God, which I am working on moving beyond. One good thing about Covid has been that there are some amazing classes online. My family was very culturally Jewish, but not very religious, so I'm trying to find my own path.

  9. Hello Gracie, how lovely to see you. Happy New Year to you. The wreath, other makes and gift to you are so lovely.
    We continue to mainly stay at home and stay safe. When will it end I wonder.
    Tonight we had quite a lot of snow. It gave the world outside a pretty magical look.
    I continue with my crafting which has helped me so much during the last difficult few months. I shed many tears at Christmas remembering Christmas past with my mum. Good though that I have good memories of her.
    Take care. Stay safe. Anne x

  10. Fabulous Gracie and I see YOU 😀😀

  11. Happy New year Gracie, hope it's wonderful and blessed. Listen to this song, "Reckless Love" (Live with Story) Cory Asbury I am sure you will enjoy it.


  12. Gracie! So good to see your smiling face! I repeat patterns all the time. Why not? Sometimes I call it potato chip knitting. Love your sun shot. Yes, We can turn to God who loves us always. I need the comfort!

  13. Happy New Year, Gracie. Loved your photos and the pretty hand-crafted wreath! Has it been raining as much in OR as it has here? We've managed to get in most of our daily walks, but the one yesterday was really WET!

  14. The printed rock is so pretty, what a thoughtful gift. Beautiful sunrise too.
    Have a lovely weekend,

  15. I loved seeing your happy smile, dear Gracie, and the wreath is beautiful. Wishing you only good things for the coming year, stay safe and well.

  16. That rock your friend painted for you is gorgeous and in Bible study we are studying Philippians 4:6-7 based on the book Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World by Max Lucado. Have you read the book? I am doing a lot of underlining in it, it is full of wisdom. Also I have taken up a new creative hobby of painting rocks. Have a great day.

  17. Wishing you a blessed 2021! Beautiful sunrise sky—how I love a gorgeous beginning of the day! Perfect gift—and how timely the message from God’s Word in today’s world.
    Blessings, Aimee


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