"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, April 21, 2017

Spring Around Here

 While I have not been posting much of late, and still have not caught up visiting many blogging friends, you can see from this sketch that my nine year old granddaughter, Haley, has pictured me with pen in hand after she and I were working on reading together one day. [very kind of her to make me appear thinner than I am]
 Several weeks ago I was thrilled to see Mt.Hood from 307th Street near our home.  We are dashing about through many April showers so views of Mt. Hood are precious and few!
 One day between showers, my oldest daughter and her five daughters and I, hiked around our ponds to see what we could see.  Molly caught this beautiful little green frog who soon leaped down along his way.
 We admired the Holly trees still showing us their pretty red berries.
 Last year we could not find any Trillium in the woods, but this year we saw four!
 Johnson Creek is full and flowing along at a merry clip.
Thanks to Karen's post, I believe we saw a patch of Salmon Berries.
 These Pansies somehow survived our winter.

 Our neighbors across the drive had profuse blooms in their Camellia hedge.
 The Mallards are visiting us, and we hear geese cheering their way south in the skies over us.
 The Wild Cherry tree has gorgeous white blooms.
 Although, they were battered by an impressive hail storm recently.
However, after one such storm I looked up and saw this rainbow through the window to the right of the fireplace, then saw the other end of the rainbow through the window to the left of the fireplace.  By the time I aimed my camera through the left window the rainbow had faded and did not show up well in the photo, but seeing the rainbow that way is an exciting memory for me!
 Aren't these sweet heart coasters and hand painted card lovely?  My dear blogging friend, Pat, blessed me with them. Thank you again, Pat.
 Completing this crocheted pocket for my iPhone is my main crafting achievement since my last post...unless you count frogging many rows of a baby blanket as an achievement...sigh...
 While driving around our neighborhood I loved seeing this row of trees.
 The local nursery arboretum was coming alive with fresh colors.
 The Saturday before Easter my five granddaughters went hunting for eggs in the yard.
Sarah was pleased to find this one.
 Then on the way to church on Sunday while my youngest son in law was driving, this flock of sheep and our church sign came into view. Sheep not only remind me of my love of trying to tame fiber into yarn and fabric, but they also bring to mind numerous scripture verses that challenge and comfort me...chief among them, Isaiah 53:6 NKJV All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; Psalm 23 NKJV The Lord is my Shepherd...He restores my soul...I will fear no evil for You are with me...
Joy, my retired nurse, blogging friend from northeast England, sent me a wonderful hand-made card and note and a book mark for Easter, which I really appreciate and I thought some of you might like to see as well. Thank you again for your kindness and encouragement to me, Joy.

What season is around you there?  May you know comfort and joy in it!


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Latest Crafting Life

During my February trip to Burbank I made seven red hearts as gifts for some family members.  This one hasn't been stiffened into shape yet.

I left Portland, Oregon, in an ice storm thanks to my brave youngest daughter who drove me oh so carefully to the airport and  I was oh so grateful to land in sunny warm southern California!

While at my older sister's home I took a photo of this sampler our mom stitched well over fifty years ago. It hung in all the homes I can remember in which my parents lived and expresses the loving feelings I have about "home."

My mom painted this rock a little over fifty years ago.  It reflects our family's love of the sea and I took a picture of it at my sister's house because I always thought it was precious artwork.

My young great nieces, Lauren and Maddie showed me how to finger knit while I was visiting them, and Maddie gave me this necklace which I have enjoyed wearing.

I arrived back in Portland in time to celebrate Valentine's Day with our traditional spaghetti dinner and a viewing of the movie Lady and the Tramp with its romantic spaghetti eating scene!
The first tulips of the year I saw at the grocery store found their way home with me.

Then on my birthday I headed down to Lincoln City with some friends for a scrapbooking weekend. I have almost finished Sarah's first year scrapbook.

We were blessed to be able to eat at a restaurant with this gorgeous view.

We were also blessed to see this stunning sunset over the ocean.

Then using Teresa's great pattern, I also crocheted four more hearts.

Once home again I started another preemie blanket using Teresa'a pretty pattern.

Then for a friend I made this bookmark.

In March I flew back to Burbank for a memorial service for my brother-in-law at the Miramar military cemetery in San Diego.  This view is looking west toward the ocean.  My brother-in-law was in the Air Force.  We thought he would have appreciated that two military jets flew low over us while Taps was being played.

There were wonderful orangey gold patches of California poppies along the freeway.

We visited the Birch Aquarium in San Diego,

and got to see such interesting creatures as this Dragon Seahorse.

Also along the way we stopped to admire this Torrey Pine

at the only location Torrey Pines are known to grow.

On the way home at the Burbank airport I spotted this book. It made me think of my British friends...and appealed to my ever present desire to be calm.  It was a quick, encouraging read!

It was raining when I left Portland the second time and raining when I got home a week later.  Since then it has rained...a.lot.more... and Spring is progressing!
See the Snowdrops Teresa and Dayle gave me last year?

Mallards and Wood Ducks are visiting the ponds again!

I watched a YouTube video to practice finger weaving one day thinking that I would teach my granddaughters how to do it, but instead their mom showed them how to make a different sort of friendship necklace weaving, and I found myself weaving this friendship bracelet using a pattern I used years ago.

My little granddaughters, Joy and Rosie brought in some Daffodils for us to enjoy.

Then I picked some sweet violets from the plants that Teresa and Dayle generously gave me last year, and put them in a little blue jar.

Earlier this evening I submitted my taxes...Yay...and several days ago I filled out a new calendar which includes camping with some of my adult children on the other side of Mt. Hood for the first two weeks in June, and a cross country trip with my two sisters in July and August.  Now we three are widows launched in new seasons of our lives...wondering what creative adventures the Lord will cheer us on to know.

What is your latest crafting life?

Gracie xx 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Five on Friday: ...Pausing...

Dear Family, Friends and Visitors,
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Although we often struggle with worrisome or grave concerns, the Five I have to share with you this week are mainly subjects of celebration.
Thank you Amy for setting up the Five on Friday link!

1. Meet Sebastian, my little Alaskan friend who seems delighted to model the hat I crocheted for him. I warned his mama that he might have to grow into it.
2.  Sunday, on the way home from church, my youngest son, Tim helped me get a couple of photos of Mt. Hood with my iPhone 7 Plus.
3. Both photos are zoomed in from near 212 in Boring, Oregon, USA.  It is a treat to get to see Mt. Hood in all her snowy glory, in between bouts of wintery weather when she is hidden in clouds.
4.  Wednesday, my dear friend, Teresa, helped me untangle my yarn.  Both ends of the skein were stuck just as I was ready to finish off the edging that most of you suggested I should put around the blanket.  I value your input, thanks!
5.  I wish a Happy Valentines Day to those of you who celebrate it, [and a happy day to those who don't] and I thank those of you again who have given me hearts displayed on this tree and around my room.

Monday morning my niece called to tell me that her dad, my brother in law, had unexpectedly died a few hours before. He was a loving husband and father, and a kind and good friend.  He and my older sister introduced me to my husband, Louis, and encouraged and supported us throughout our 38 years of marriage...many happy memories, and I am so grateful that when we irritated one another we were able to make amends!

Tomorrow I plan to fly to Burbank to be with family for eleven days, and I plan to not publish any posts for the rest of February.  I will try to pop in and visit those of you who publish posts, but even if I do not leave a comment, please know I will be cheering you on your life journey.

With love,
Gracie 💞 xx