"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

Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy New Year!

Ahoy, You!
While I am posting just about four miles from the location I last posted, I am in a different county and a different and interesting season of my life that I find exciting!

 I have been in the condo for about a week and am having fun with family and friends getting settled in.  In unpacking, I found this beautiful old tablecloth whose history I do not know.  I am amazed by the amount of effort and skill it must have taken to make it, however!

So much detail!

And the craft room is coming together!
Whatever your circumstances may be I hope you enjoy creatively crafting your time.

After nearly nine years of happily living in community with much of my family, we are each at various stages of launching on our own with all sorts of interesting possibilities ahead of us!

I am aimed "...reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:13-14 NKJV

Are you launching into any special crafting projects?  I am so excited by the numerous possible choices I have found as I unpacked!

Blessings to you and yours!
Gracie xx

Friday, November 30, 2018

Thanks in November!

Ahoy You! 
How goes your voyage? Before November 2018 disappears I want to share with you some thanks I had in this month on my voyage.  First, I am thankful you are here for a visit, and always enjoy and appreciate when you log a comment!

At my Wednesday morning stitching group, I'm thankful to have been gifted with some Simply Soft acrylic yarn to make two preemie blankets.  I have just barely started a little ripple blanket, not shown, and I decided to knit a blanket using the Grandma's Dishcloth pattern...so far so good .

During our USA celebration of Thanksgiving, I was thankful to enjoy a meal and some puzzling with family members and a friend.

When rain clouds lift I am thankful to see a coat of beautiful snow back on Mt. Hood after a hot dry summer that dramatically depleted the snowpack.

 When driving around Mt. Hood one day I was thankful to spot this row of gorgeous golden trees.

 I was thankful to visit the Good News Gardening Cafe in Hood River, OR.

 They offer a limited but luscious menu of food,

and I [that's me seated] enjoyed eating a bowl of soup sitting by this cozy hearth that was already decked out for Christmas!

I am also thankful that our plans to sell the house continue to move forward and I anticipate being settled in a new home by the end of December.

Thinking of our homes prompts me to ponder these verses:

"Lord through all the generations You have been our home!" Psalm 90:1

Jesus replied, "All who love Me will do what I say.  My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them." John 14:23

"Don't let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God, and trust also in Me.  There is more than enough room in my Father's home.  If this were not so would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?  When everything is ready, I will come and get you so that you will always be with Me where I am.  John14:1-2

Gracie xx

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Flying Through with A Little Ta-Dah!

Are you flying through this season of your life?  The leaves of our Maple trees are rapidly flying off the trees! Many of them land on my mini-van so that when I drive off they whoosh away in a flurry of colorful Fall loveliness. 

I have had a hard time capturing photos of just how pretty our area is in this season, but this view of our church parking lot gives a hint of how glorious it is. 

Then last week I found myself literally flying from big city Portland, Oregon, to little city, Santa Rosa, California, and back again five days later for another fun meet up with my two sisters.  I flew in and out of the Charles Schultz Sonoma County Airport, named in honor of cartoon character Snoopy's creator who lived here for many years.

Very near Santa Rosa is Bodega Bay where we enjoyed some perfect hours at the beach.

It was such fun watching the various birds we saw flapping and dashing about.

And I was surprised to find a sand dollar and my sister Margaret found some pretty shell fragments, too.

We had delicious fishy themed dinners at the Tides Restaurant and learned more about the history of the area from our placemats :)

Then while we ate we watched a number of different types of birds fishing for and finding their dinners which included some small crabs we saw.

A friend snapped this photo of us at the airport before I flew home.  From left to right, my older sister Margaret, her youngest daughter Holly, me, Margaret's oldest daughter, Heather, and my oldest sister, Carolyn.

The little Ta-Dah my blog title promised materialized Wednesday morning, October 17, 2018. I turned in this preemie blanket I crocheted in a repeat pattern of one-row single crochet one-row double crochet. The hat was knit in a rectangle by my sister, then seamed by a friend while my sister Margaret was visiting me in August.  The solid blue shows much darker in this photo than it appears to me in life, but either way the colors remind me and others in my stitching group of some of the pretty Jewish prayer shawl colors we have seen.

I got home on Saturday, October 13, and we had another house showing the next afternoon.  Several families have been interested, but not made offers yet and my patience is being tried as I try to do my part to keep things tidy while trying to carry on with normal life commitments.  One of the fun things I have done is bake ginger spice crinkle cookies just before a house showing so the house smells wonderful and we have a plate full of cookies to offer visitors!

Looking forward to hearing if you are flying through your current season of life... until next time,

Gracie xx :)

May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and patient endurance that comes from Christ.... Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation.  The Lord be with you all. 2Thessalonians 3:5, 16 NLT

Thursday, September 20, 2018

September Report "ing" Things

Ahoy, You!  
Most recently I read an "ing" post from my blogging friend, Jo, from Three Stories High.  I think the "ing" post format is fun and informative, so I thought I would launch my version here to see if you enjoy it, too.

Since I last posted, I have been:

Admiring my incredulous grandson Aron's Sea Robin fish he caught as his older brother Kenny is seriously fishing behind him off the coast of New York state, USA.

Harvesting and sharing more plums and apples from our trees near Portland, Oregon USA.

Crocheting a tube with size 10 cotton crochet thread and a 1/2.75MM crochet hook for the earpiece of my church receptionist friend's headphone.

Celebrating that she says the headphone is now more stable and comfortable to wear.

Traveling with a girlfriend for five days east along the Columbia River by Koberg Beach State Park, Hood River, Oregon,

crossing the Columbia River from Oregon, going north into Washington state and looking at a [productive but controversial to some] windmill farm on the dry hills.

Puzzling about how this could be called Rock Island Dam in such a landlocked part of southern Washington state.

Liking the touch of early autumn colors at Sun Mountain Lodge where we stopped one day for lunch.

Contemplating my lack of appreciation for taxidermy.

Cheering the little chipmunk perched on the rock as he munched on some yummy morsel.

Balancing near the railing to admire the view from the restaurant.

Delighting in the Bear Foods store in Chelan, Washington.

Resisting buying one of these practical but not needed by me totes.

Missing my chance to try a gluten-free crepe because I had just eaten lunch elsewhere.

Studying the wonderful wall mural by British artisan, John Pascoe.

Zooming in on his signature.

Exploring the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth, Washington.

Strolling eagerly into the gingerbread shop!

Savoring every spicey fragrant yummy bit of this gluten-free gingerbread!

Gawking at these pretty horsedrawn carriages before we headed back to Oregon.

Swinging back at home as I appreciate the vibrant colors of autumn become more evident.

Meditating through this transitional time in my life on this wisdom:

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV

Sending loving thoughts your way as I wonder, "What are your "ings"?

Gracie  xx

Thursday, August 16, 2018

The For Sale Sign is Up!

As some of you may remember I started blogging around nine years ago when I discovered fiber arts blogs that I started to follow. After moving to Oregon I missed the crafters I met with weekly while living in northern California and it took me years to find a weekly crafting group to attend in Oregon, so some of the fiber arts bloggers I followed became dear to me.  I never expected to meet any of the bloggers I followed, but I have! 

Most recently I met with my local blogging friend, Teresa, at the Crochet Guild of America Conference at a hotel near the Portland, Oregon, airport...and...with our very talented blogging friend, Mrs. Macawber, alias Sue Perez! Joy! If you haven't discovered her blog, I hope you will.  She very generously and expertly shares crochet patterns and tutorials. She also has patterns you may have noticed published in various crochet magazines. From time to time she also takes bike rides and shares on her blog gorgeous photos of the countryside and wildflowers near where she lives.  I have been trying to convince her to publish a book, and am happy to report she is working on one!  [No pressure, Sue, but I look forward to purchasing it! :) ]
Teresa, Sue, Gracie, and Gracie's sister, Margaret

My sister, Margaret had just flown up from Burbank, California, a few days prior to the conference.  She has done some beautiful stitching projects through the years, too.  After visiting with Sue and Teresa for a bit, Margaret and I drove on to meet my youngest daughter and her husband at Cape Lookout State Park on the northern Oregon coast where they were RV camping with some of my son in law's side of the family.  It was foggy when we arrived and foggy when we went to check out the ocean the next morning.

But on the way back to the campsite it was not too foggy to see this pretty thistle that reminded me of Thistlebear another blog I enjoy following.  So this is a photo especially for you, Jennifer :)

The next afternoon the fog rolled away long enough for folks, including my sister and daughter and me to go enjoy the beach and ocean in all its glory!

Those of you who have known me for a while know that admiring an ocean from the shore is one of my favorite past times!  I knit a dishcloth in between long admiring surveys of the sand and waves and rocks.

While my sister visited we explored possible places I might move to once our house sells, and we also got to see Multnomah Falls on our way to visit with a friend on the other side of Mt. Hood.

This was the only peek of the peak I recorded on my phone camera, but  Mt. Hood is amazing to me from any angle, and even if I only record just a bit of its beauty.

My sister went to my Wednesday knitting group with me, and she knit this sweet little preemie hat.  The pattern is a simple rectangle starting with about 35 stitches on size 8 needles.  She knit until she had about 12 inches in height, then our friend Sue stitched it up the side and closed the top.  You could also gather the top to form a bit of a poof.

Just after my sister flew back to California, my youngest daughter gathered our first batch of apples and she and I made some yummy applesauce.

Yesterday I picked the last of our peaches which were flavorful but bruised.  It has been particularly hot for a long stretch and I think I did not pick them soon enough.

The plums are still ripening and I am still wondering if we will get to enjoy eating them before we move.  I suspect we will.

Our house has been officially on the market for a week and has been shown once to folks who like it enough to put it on their list of possible purchases, but they have not made an offer yet.

Meanwhile, I am grateful to be living here and am amazed it has been nearly nine years since my husband died and we moved into the house.

I am finally packed enough that I have some time to check in with those of you who blog to find out what is new on your blogs; and whether you blog or not, know that as you read this that I am asking the Lord to bless you. :)

Gracie xx