Sunday, June 24, 2018

Not Just Yarn

Yarn wasn't the only thing I brought home from Hobby Lobby last week. What's left of the cross stitch kits (and there's not much) is 90% off. I got the carrot and eggplant kits that were tempting me back in March, along with  some pretty desserts. I also looked at the clearance books for the first time... those were also 90% off


And then I made my way back to the jewelry supplies and found lots of potential stitch markers and needle minders.


I'm not claiming that this is the end of the Hobby Lobby Incident, because it might not be.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

{Museum a Month} Columbia River Maritime Museum

Our museum of the month for June was the Columbia River Maritime Museum because they're the participating member of the Portland Attractions Marketing Alliance for this month and our annual membership at Deepwood (the historic house where the love of my life and I got married twenty-seven years ago) got us in for free.


This post is going to lack pictures because, even though I thought I was taking lots of them, I apparently wasn't...and the ones I did take have the pattern of my dress reflected in the glass. (Did I mention that I'm still learning to use the camera on my new phone?)

There's a tremendous lot to take in at this museum, which also helps to explain the lack of pictures. We learned about shipwrecks in the local area, and current Coast Guard rescue operations, and the history of map making and navigation from hundreds of years ago to today, and Astoria's canning industry, and World War II, and I think there was something about current weather mapping technology near the end but by then my brain was full.

I don't think it's even possible to absorb it all in one visit. The displays are complex, with artifacts and detailed signs and video to explain what you're seeing (although a few times the sign we needed was hard to find and once it didn't exist at all.)

There are full sized boats on display...including a Coast Guard boat tipped up at a frightening angle...and models of boats, and the actual bridge of a World War II destroyer. Outside, the lightship Columbia is docked. The destroyer bridge and tugboat bridge inside were too crowded to really explore, but we had the Columbia pretty much to ourselves as we went through.  There's a brief orientation when you first board the ship, then you wander through the rest of the publicly accessible areas on your own.

You have to be interested in boats, or the ocean, or the history of maps...or have a mind that's curious about random things...to enjoy this one. There's not a lot for very young children so I wouldn't make a trip just for them, but my kids are the perfect age.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Let's Make Baby Quilts! {6/22/18}


Let's Make Baby Quilts Linky Party Rules: 
Link directly to your post or specific Flickr photo. Your post can be about a baby quilt that's finished, or in progress, or you can be writing about what you have planned,  as long as it's about baby quilts. You're welcome to link to baby quilt posts that aren't brand new, but please don't submit the same post or picture more than once. I'd love it if you linked back to my site, either with a text link or the Let's Make Baby Quilts! button.





Thursday, June 21, 2018

A Little Stitching on the Roof

It's been a long time since I pulled out A Little Girl's Fancy. I've been stitching on the baubles, and a little bit on Girl With Cosmos. 

Mostly, I've been knitting. 


The back stitching on this half of the roof went quickly, but it was late and I was tired. And a little progress is better than no progress, right?


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