Thursday, September 30, 2021
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
In this photo can you see two gourds along with some of the last of the pretty purple Clematis blooms? Also, if you look over the fence and down on the ground can you see a prolific cucumber vine a neighbor planted and some of us nearby have been watering whether or not we are garden crafters?
Love and ((hugs)),
from Gracie :)
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13 NIV
Thursday, July 29, 2021
July 1, 2021, I needed to supply a headshot jpg to apply for security clearance to potentially work with some students learning to crochet and knit in August so I crafted the above selfie that my phone camera labeled a portrait. When I attached the photo to an email to submit it I noted I did not know how to produce a jpg photo, but would the attached photo be acceptable? It was! I was relieved it was and glad that I passed the security clearance a few days later. Sadly for me, the classes were just canceled, though.
Some of you know I am particularly fond of the color purple, sheep, and processing wool. A young friend saw these socks and sent them to me to enjoy! Such fun!
This Spring my youngest daughter grew some Birdhouse Gourd seeds under grow lights inside her house and trusted me with this little vine to plant where the Sweet Pea vines had been a month ago.
The triple-digit weather we had at the end of June was very hard on plants, but so far these have survived and I am hoping they will thrive!
One day when the weather was perfect I was able to gather with some friends at a nearby friend's house for a luncheon backyard picnic...a lovely way to craft our friendships!
On the way home from the picnic I was pleasantly surprised to see Mt. Hood! The snowpack is quickly melting, but I enjoyed stopping to appreciate the view and craft a photo of it.
Remember the little Birdhouse Gourd vine my youngest daughter gave me to plant? This is how big it is now at the end of July!
It is fascinating to see the tendrils that grow from vines to help them to climb. I have never grown or processed a gourd to craft it into a birdhouse. Have you ever tried to do that?
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Thanks for checking out this Saylor's Log today! I launched this blog a little over ten years ago in search of creative expression and shared adventures in the crafting blog community. I was especially interested in exploring fiber crafts, faith, and watercolor painting and I still am. This past year I have been given three painted rocks from local friends and during the month of June, the rock pictured above arrived in the mail! Through Zoom I have been meeting monthly with a group of ladies for a little over a year, and texting daily with them in-between Zoom meetings. I mentioned admiring a rock my mother painted over fifty years ago that my older sister now has. Our mom painted a little sailboat sailing on the ocean so my Zoom friend surprised me by painting a little sailboat sailing on the ocean and then sent it from Florida to Oregon so that I could have it! It is on the table beside my favorite chair in the living room...such an incredibly thoughtful and generous gift I so appreciate.
During June I have made some progress on the simple double crochet stitched acrylic baby blanket I started months ago, and I have started knitting another Grandma's Dishcloth...simple stitches I so enjoy crafting! Are you stitching anything?
During record-breaking !!! heat in June, in the Portland, OR area, I used frozen blue ice packs in a bowl in front of a fan directed toward me for AC. Cool crafting!!!
During June, my rose bush produced lovely little fragrant roses for me to craft into bouquets and arrange on my kitchen windowsill before the days of scorching heat arrived.
In June, for the first time in a year and a half, my condo community was able to gather together outside...crafting our neighborly skills!
These neighbor's flowers were such a delight to enjoy... an old-fashioned rose scent! This June I have been experimenting with crafting some essential oils in a dollar store diffuser. Do you have a favorite combination of essential oil scents and a favorite type of diffuser?
This neighbor's beautiful rose reminded me of my dear blogging friend Teresa who I typed about in my last post. Through the years of our friendship, Teresa encouraged me to craft my blog and continue even while seeing stormy seas from my widow's walk...so here I am typing to you...feeling the need to relaunch One Saylor's Log. I just reread what I typed in my About page years ago and it seems fitting to reprint it here...
Now more a spyglass than part of a set of binoculars, I am freshly exploring how I can best use the B.A. in Speech-Communications I earned from SJSU in 1975. Typing this log for you to read seems to me to be a part of the answer for this season of my sailing; and as you read, I hope you have a Bon Voyage!
Jeremiah 29:11-13 NIV
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
Saturday, May 8, 2021
Her beautiful photographs brought her blog to my attention about ten years ago. As I got to know her through her blog I was amazed to learn that she lived very close to me and I am very grateful we met and grew a precious friendship, swimming many laps in various pools side by side through the years.
Teresa's artistry in various mediums attracted the admiration of many. Her great administrative ability benefited many organizations she served. Her deep affection for family, friends, and country nurtured many as well. Her sense of adventure led her to sail on the sea and on wonderful Waldo Lake and encouraged many to appreciate how precious and beautiful life is.
Teresa's wordsmithing ability entertained and informed and challenged those who read what she wrote...and what fun I had regularly playing Scrabble or Words with Friends with her...even though more frequently than not Teresa was the winner!
As we miss Teresa so very much, may the Lord help us honor her life as we love one another, and fill the world with love and beauty as she did so generously.
Edited May 27, 2021
Teresa's Family posted a Memorial video on YouTube