"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, January 30, 2021

Crafting in the New Year 2021

Seeing the natural beauty of Mt. Hood rising above the cluttering signs of civilization inspires me! While riding with my youngest daughter doing an errand last week I was able to craft this photo of the mountain with my cell phone.

Our condominium community is going through the process of replacing the old wooden fences.  The new synthetic fence around my patio was installed this week, and I hope it is crafted to wear well!

Inside I have been crocheting a new baby blanket during our church group online Zoom meetings. I am making double crochet rows using acrylic Red Heart yarn. The snowmen on the blanket on my couch attest to my mid-winter decorating. 🧶⛄️🧶⛄️🧶⛄️🧶⛄️🧶

 A friend brought me four Paper White flower bulbs I have planted in the middle pot shown above.  I have never grown any before, have you?  Ahhh...the craft of gardening...just enough moisture, light, and temperature to encourage the bulbs to bloom...  So far one bulb is enthusiastically growing!

 Most of the snow I see is on Mt. Hood and not down here where I live a little southeast of PortIand, Oregon.  I am glad to not have to shovel snow, but I have good memories of playing in the snow and crafting many snowmen. Have you ever made a snowman?⛄ Even though I am grateful to not have to shovel snow, I have been hoping we might get a little bit, and we did a few days ago.  It was wonderful watching the pretty snowflakes falling and accumulating for a few hours one afternoon.

Have you been crafting anything in January 2021? 

Gracie 🤗

"Commit your works to the LORD [submit and trust them to Him], And your plans will succeed [if you respond to His will and guidance]."

Proverbs 16:3 AMP




  1. Ooh your snowy pic helps me cool down here where it is HOT lol Lovely seeing what you have been doing Gracie ❤❤

  2. So nice to see your blog post pop to the top of my list! A fun shot of Mt. Hood above Gresham.. I've seen that image so many times over my life. Your newest baby blanket is looking cozy for some lucky bairn. How nice to have a brand new enclosure for your outdoor space. Maybe someday I will be able to join you for a chat there. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  3. Mt. Hood has been beautiful every time I see it while driving on 99E. We got some snow on Tues late afternoon. I posted about it on my blog on Friday. Right now I am going thru tote and recycling and donating items not used any more. A room was flooded from shower head and lots of stuff out of the room. I'm taking care of most of it since Megan isn't living here any more. Different than we expected but good to be empty nested again. Eventually I'll get the quilt finished for my granddaughter's birthday late May. Since I'm home now I have more time to get things done. Have a good day!!

  4. Hi Sweet Gracie: I love that verse as it reminds me that He is in control and we just need to trust Him in all that we do.
    What a beautiful photo of Mt. Hood. I forgot to ask you when we talked the other night if you felt the rumblings of the mountain the other day? Apparently it was having major stomach pains! :-)
    Your baby blanket is beautiful and will keep a little one very warm and cozy during the chilly weather there. I just love the view of your happy and cozy little apartment buildings. You know how much I love those apartments and I would be watching to buy one if we were staying in the northwest. I really like the vinyl fences. Much easier for upkeep as long as you keep on top of any mold that might grow in the dampness. Lots of the apartment bldgs. I paid bills for had those types of fences. There was little to no maintenance.
    I'm glad you had a wonderful month. You are such a blessings in my life and a good friend to lean on and discuss the Lord with. Thank you for that Gracie.
    Blessings and love,

  5. So glad you are finding all the good in the dark days of winter my friend. Love the colors in your blanket and the dusting of snow. Your Mt Hood is a beauty at any angle. Stay safe and warm.

  6. Wonderful to see your monthly post appear on my blog list Gracie. I always enjoy reading your posts and seeing what you have been crafting. An impressive snapshot of the snow covered slopes of Mt Hood. I gather you like sheep as you have an adorable collection and your snowman blanket also caught my eye! Beautiful baby blanket and very pretty colours. I do like Red Heart yarn it used to be possible to buy it here in Spain but I haven't been able to find it for quite awhile. In answer to your question I have also made a baby blanket for a great nephew who will be born in April. I have posted about it on my blog as well as other little makes for the group I belong too. Keep well Amanda x

  7. Always a joy to see Mt Hood there are a few bloggers who post photos of it, so nice to see it from different angles. Love the colours in the baby blanket, so very pretty. I a also crocheting a baby blanket and crafting soe small items for a doorstep gift as part of a Church intiative. Take care.

  8. Hi Gracie! Lovely to see Mount Hood - again ;-). Hope you are keeping well and warm. Love snow but hate cold feet and I've made lots of snowmen in my time. CN x

  9. Hi Gracie. You will love it when your paper whites bloom—they are wonderful! Yay for snow. I would love for us to get some or sunshine. Kind of wanting the weather to be anything but rainy. Love your new fence. Very nice!
    Take care and be safe.

  10. How lovely to live near a mountain, especially such a majestic one!
    A friend brought me paper white bulbs and they just started flowering today. I have six bulbs, so I hope more than one flowers.
    I am always crafting: knitting, quilting, embroidering. These are getting me through this Covid time!

  11. I have four paper whites in a pot but they need so much water! Hoping they will bloom soon. I am struggling with blogging at the moment because the devices are being used by the girls and I end up with the arse end of the day. I read blogs on my phone but can never really coherently comment on such a small keypad but please know I am listening to you. Stay safe

  12. That photo of the bulb surrounded by sheep made me smile, so cute!

  13. Hi Gracie, I've not visited in a while - it looks like you have moved? The mountain photo is beautiful. I've grown paperwhites before- they are easy to grow but might need support. The scent is amazingly strong. Your crochet is pretty. I've missed you xx Karen

  14. Great photo of Mt. Hood! Did you make that beautiful doily?

  15. Hello GRACIE!!!
    I've done paper whites and their scent is so heavenly!!!!!!! IT is wonderful to have a bloom open about now indoors. Ive done amyrillas too, and they are fun but fall over!
    Pretty blanket!!! Good to see yoU!!!! Happy CHineses New Year. Happy Heart Day


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