I’ve discovered that I like the somewhat tattered and unplanned look. There is a certain creative freedom which develops in the absence of exacting precision; I can use any color thread and don’t worry about evenness of stitches or tidiness of French knots and I can stitch on beads with abandon. There are no rules, no dictates, just art and that’s fun!
A Celebration of Hearth and Home
I love the holidays, especially Thanksgiving. There is nothing quite so satisfying as a house filled with the aroma of roasting turkey, the lively banter of family and friends and the carrying on of traditions.
My menu is strictly traditional with roasted turkey, dressing made with toasted pecans and pork sausage, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry chutney, fresh green peas and roasted beans. When it comes to desserts, we are a bit less traditional opting for a creme brûlée with fresh raspberries.
Please, you’re welcome to come along and join the party!
In September I committed to practicing 15 minutes day with the goal of mastering Bach’s Invention No. 13. It was hard work and there were times when I thought I might never reach my goal, but after weeks of staying with it, I think I’ve done it. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoy playing it for you.
Thank you, Cassandra, for being a source of inspiration for this achievement.
Autumn’s Great Procession
This photo was taken near the Buena Vista Ferry that crosses over the Willamette River. I saw the stunning colors in a grove of deciduous trees along the road we were traveling; it was in coming to a full stop to take a photograph that I noticed the long rows of plantings that seemed to stretch forever; the Cathedral-like feeling was striking… the long red carpet extending down the aisle to a gothic arch framed in green garland prepared for Autumn’s Great Procession. It was breathtakingly beautiful in the afternoon light and I hope I’ve captured a bit of that presence in this photograph.
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the kind who visit cemeteries and take photographs of headstones.
So, what sparked this trip to the cemetery?
Well… I have a photograph of my father with his grandfather and uncle that was taken c. 1930 in Brownsville, Oregon. I love the photograph as much for its family history, as for its composition. The imposing figure of my great-grandfather who, as a church pastor, loomed large in family lore, my great uncle with his boyish nonchalance, graceful fingers gently poised over the Collie dog, and the mysteriously resolute curly haired moppet, my father, holding a “golden apple” are as endearing as they are enigmatic to me.
And so it was, after a lifetime of knowing I had family in the area, I decided to make the pilgrimage to Crawfordsville, the location of the Union Cemetery where the earliest members of my family to come to Oregon from Rockingham County, Virginia are buried.
I cannot count the number of times I’ve driven up and down Interstate 5 past the exits to Brownsville and never once stopped to explore the area. I had not heard of Crawfordsville until my research into my family history. It’s a quiet, quaint and beautiful place tucked away along the Calapooia River.
It was in Crawfordsville that I found the headstone of my forebear, Henry Ralph Geil. The headstone read, “A Man who walked with God.”
To my surprise I found another headstone for my great great grandparents. I had no idea they were buried here.
John S. Geil, 1859, and Alice (Shank) Geil, 1864, who came to Oregon from Rockingham County, Virginia. Alice (Shank) Geil was the daughter of Gabriel Shank, a Lt. in the 10th Virginia Regiment who carried his regimental flag in every major battle of the Civil War.
After visiting the cemetery we drove into Brownsville. It is a beautifully preserved little town that I will surely go back and visit again.
Taking Inspiration from Historic Costume
I’ve always had an interest in historic costume; I imagine most of us who sew share this interest, as studying past fashions can provide endless inspiration for contemporary designs. I recently came across a collection of charming illustrations of British children’s costumes from the 18th and 19th century that I wanted to share with my friends in Sewville. I adore these and plan to frame a set to hang in my sewing room… they are so sweet. I’ve put a couple up in my RemnantWorks Etsy shop and will be adding more as I have the time.
composed and performed by
Kerri Jones – RemnantWorks Studio
A Stroll in the Shire
Music composed and performed by Kerri Jones
Here is my contribution to the Christmas potluck being held tomorrow at work.
I made yellow cupcakes and frosted them with mint flavored frosting and then crushed peppermint candies for the topping.
They look delicious to me; too bad I’m off desserts.
I’ve been off sugar for so long that just the little bit of frosting that I licked off my fingers sent me into a sugar overload… really it did. :)
I hope you all are having fun preparing for the big day. Wishing all the best of best holidays!
I remember when this dress pattern first came out. I was completely taken with the design; it seemed so fresh and unlike any of the dress styles I was used to seeing. I made it up, but don’t remember wearing it very much. My sewing skills were somewhat limited in those early days and the dress probably didn’t turn out to look quite as nice as the picture on the pattern envelope.
Now that I have begun to sell off my old patterns, I find myself struggling with letting go of this one. Most patterns are very easy to part with once the decision has been made, while others, not so easy. I found myself thinking about making it up in a contemporary fabric. I know it would be cute even though I couldn’t possibly fit into it anymore! :)