Friday, December 2, 2011

cross stitch catch up

For several days I have said that I would do a cross stitch catchup. First, I'll show some ornaments that I still need to finish then I'll show the design I'm currently working on. By the way, my new picture was taken last Dec. in a delightful little town in northern Alabama called Mooresville. There are 15 -20 houses. But they are all lovely. I'll do a Mooresville post soon.

My daughter did this one for me many years ago. I think this is the year poor Santa needs to be finished!

I did this last year. I wanted to try 40ct. linen to see if I liked stitching on linen that small. This color is so bad . In reality the linen is white and the tree is WDW Lancaster Red.

This is another one I did last year. The fabric was 32 ct. antique ivory and the threads are various WDW colors. I just used what I had on hand. The design is called Christmas Spot Sampler by Twisted Threads. I have a little frame for this one.

This is my current project. I bought the pattern from Edgar at Blacksheep's bit of the Web. It is called Companion Quaker Christmas Tree Sampler Part Two. I'm stitching it on 32ct. antique ivory using DMC3362. I do love Quaker so I'm really enjoying this work! I Hope to have some good pictures of Christmas in Poulsbo tomorrow! Thanks for taking a look!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Last Day in Oregon

We got home last night but I was a bit too tired to post. Our last day in Oregon was beautiful , sunny and not too cold. That also meant we had a very pretty ride home. We took back roads through many little towns-lots more fun than the expressway. For a change , the expressway was not convenient! We did a little shopping in Astoria. It is a delightful town and people were very friendly. I'm sure we'll be back there for another visit! It's only about 31/2 hours from home.

Again, the bridge from our room but look at that beautiful blue sky!

Here are some of the old homes that are so common in this town.

This is called a ladder sidewalk. The hill is so steep , they felt that this was the only way to keep people from slipping.

I loved this very bright yellow church. It really was unusual.

The stained glass windows were beautiful. If I lived here, this is where I would go to church!

Even the little windows were lovely!

This was a window in a house, very pretty!

For sale!!!!!! Hum.....

Can you imagine painting this porch!

Here's a view of the town from the hill where most of the homes were located.

This little place had great coffee-very important to a North westerner. It was located out on a pier.

These guys were on the next pier.

They were really noisy!!!!!!

Guess you need to leave them alone!!!

My good -by photo . This was taken from across the river in Washington. Thanks for looking at my pictures of this great place!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Oregon Day2

Well the weather has turned out a bit rainy but we still had a fun day. We did some antiquing. We learned how to identify a real Japanese glass fish float. Good info so you don't buy fakes.It is pretty down here,even in the rain! We just didn't get the beach walk we wanted. Tomorrow we plan to stay in Astoria to see the old houses(didn't get to that today). Oh by the way, it was the first American settlement west of the Rockies. I guess the Spanish were here for awhile.

This bridge connects Washington to Oregon. This view was from our hotel window.

Another view from the window. From this window you can see the huge ships on their way to Portland.

Another window photo.

At one time the Pacific reached into this gully. It is now filled with sediment and plants are growing.

Even on a cloudy day the Pacific is beautiful.

This is typical of the Washington-Oregon coast.

This was a fun place. The owner gave us the Japanese glass float lesson.

This tree was so fun. We wondered how the owner got all the floats-buy or find???

How's this for a decorated garage?

Even the sheds are decorated with floats.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Here We are in Oregon

Well, we looked at the weather Sat. and saw that it was going to be pretty nice. While I was recovery from the hernia surgery, we decided that when I felt better we would go on a road trip. I didn't want to be too close to Christmas so this worked out perfectly. We are staying in a great little town called Astoria. This is the oldest town west of the Rockies or so they say. Tomorrow I plan to check out some of the old houses! It is right across the Columbia River from Washington. This is the area where the Lewis and Clark Expedition ended. Today we visited Fort Clatsop or a copy of the original fort. It is the place where they spent a miserable winter-lots of rain(shock-shock). After that we went to a state park that is at the end of the little strip of land that separates the Pacific and the Columbia River. Aparently
this was a very difficlut area for ships and many went down at the mouth of the Columbia.

On the way to the Fort there is this great statue of the Native woman who helped Lewis and Clark.

The SBA agreed to this photo so you could see how big the trees are.

There were many informational signs.

This replica fort was built by the National Park Service.

I'm glad we aren't spending the night here!

This was the delux room for Lewis and Clark.

Part two of the delux room.

Inside fireplace.

Outside of the same fireplace.

Maybe it rained a lot but the view was lovely.

Align Center
This jetty was built to keep the sand out of the main channel of the Columbia.

From this platform you have wonderful views of the Pacific and the entrance to the Columbia.

Pacific waves hitting the jetty.

These guys loved the water!


I thought sharks only lived in warm water-it's cold up here!!!!!! See you tomorrow!