"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

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Gratefully March [ing]

Ahoy Dear Readers!
I am still trying to catch up on reading blog posts for those of you who blog, and I am enjoying the process.  Thanks for posting, and for those of you who don't blog, thank you for keeping in touch with comments on my blog, calls, cards, texts, emails, and some in-person visits!

A few weeks ago I got together with some friends making some cards like this encouragement card, [Pour out your heart to God.  He is your refuge.  Psalm 62:8b].  I am eager to make and send out more cards.

To celebrate my birthday that was in the middle of February, a friend took me flower shopping.  Most of the flowers were already dried, but two bunches I hung upside down in the laundry room to dry.

Also for my birthday, I was given the pretty red Cyclamen I put on the table. I have been learning how to care for it and am thrilled that it is still alive!

Most of the dried flowers I arranged in two baskets on either side of the couch (one shown in the back of the above photo.)

With some of the dried flowers and a little artificial bird, I have had fun decorating the grapevine wreath on the front door.

Here near the base of Mt. Hood in the Portland, Oregon, area I have been shivering in our wintery weather.  We have had a few little snow storms...sometimes with huge flakes like those in the photo above.

I have been making lots of chicken vegetable soup!  I have usually used the following vegetables:  carrots, celery, winter squash, yellow summer squash, spinach, and broccoli.

One of my neighbors came over and showed me some photos she had taken from her house.  She took photos of some gorgeous sunsets, so I have been looking for pretty sunsets and was so excited to take a photo of this one.

In spite of the wintery weather, I'm marveling about a little patch of these Wild Violets in the garden outside the front door.

I am enjoying these beautiful purple Hyacinths nearby in the same part of the garden.  Spring is nearly here!

Meet love-worn Hezekiah!  He is around eighty years old and belonged to my mom.  When one of my nephews was a little one he found great comfort in petting and plucking Hezekiah.  At some point, Hezekiah lost his eyes and someone sewed on some googly eyes.  When I brought Hezekiah up here on my last trip from California in my carry on bag on the plane I was hoping to find some nice brown eyes more like his original eyes.  Last week I am convinced that God helped me find these eyes at my nearby JoAnn's store, for less than three dollars!

So did you know that my Shark vacuum can try to eat my Mac computer power cord nearly panicking me!?!   By the grace and mercy of God, I was able to untangle the two!!!

I much prefer the challenge of winding up yarn in a center pull ball like I am doing with this yarn!

Are you entangled with any crafty challenges these days?


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

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