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Saturday, May 9, 2015


Picking up where I left off, I am ensconced in Willie's wonderful condo in Hammond, Oregon, watching the ships, tugs, sea lions, geese, mallards etc. out of the window.

We stayed close to home on Tuesday and Wednesday, but on Thursday, we headed south. We went to a few cute "cottagey" shops in Gearhart;

Here's Willie with some of the FABULOUS Rhodies in bloom, and a few pretty little snowdrops.

We had fish tacos for lunch at Pacific Way in Gearhart.

Then, sustained with food and drink, we headed down to Cannon Beach.
First stop was the Sea Soles Shoe Boutique. I got a pair of Fly London Sandals in Pewter.

I am ashamed to say I introduced Willie to Fly Londons, and she succumbed
to these lovelies, which I bought last year in Santa Fe...

We went into a store whose name I forget, and both bought some pretty, light weight loose rayon print pants in black and white. (Willie and I dress alike, in case you hadn't noticed...) I'll post a picture when I get home.

Then on to Organic Boutique, where Willie and I genteely fought over a black Prairie Underground coat...I WON. Here is a picture from online, which shows the details

 and here it is on me!

After browsing in a few more stores, we crossed the street and went into
Dena's Shop on the Corner. Fabulous clothing, jewelry and shoes.

After much trying on of clothes, I fell in love with this outfit from Alembika,
an Israeli design house I love.

I asked the saleswoman for a light tee to try on the outfit with, as the top is sleeveless, and she came up with this

Don't you love the name? It's almost as good as the product, which is available in many colors and fabrics online. And, as you may have noticed, I also
got a pair of Gladiator Sandals...

After all that exhausting commerce, we went home and collapsed.

Yesterday, we took a long walk and did some errands;then we went out to dinner with two of Willie's friends. Today, we played in Willie's closet (always a fun thing to do), she took the above pictures, and we're off to a concert this afternoon. Tomorrow, I fly home.

Happy Mothers' Day!

Friday, May 8, 2015


Along the riverfront in Portland. I'm here for 10 days...4 days with my travelin'
fiber buddies, then off to Hammond with my dear friend Willie. Hammond is just
west of Astoria, and Willie has a gorgeous condo right on the Columbia River.

Tide going out...taken from the living room window seat...

Silversea Cruise ship , one of many which make a stop in Astoria. This is my second time at Willi's condo and I could move in in a second! I fall asleep at night to the sound of the little waves breaking on the shore. We are, as always, having a fabulous time, but first, I want to write about the wonderful weekend
in Portland with my fiber friends.

I arrived on Thursday night, to find most of the women already there. We stayed in a very nice hotel, the Hotel DeLuxe; nice rooms, good food, lovely staff. I'd stay there again any time!

We had an agenda that included fabric stores, boutiques, restaurants and a
reservation to the about-to-end "Italian Fashion Since 1945" Exhibit at the Portland Art Museum.

We set out Friday morning to several boutiques...

Shams and Ann admiring a necklace...

and Mardel reaching into her purse to complete her purchase! She bought a lovely multi-blue stones necklace.

I was too busy shopping to take many pictures...but this one I love: Shams sashaying up the street in her newly purchased mini skirt which only she could
pull off...

and I, following right behind her, running amok on the streets of Portland.

and I hadn't even had any wine yet! But I was having fun...

We had some great meals...

This was at Platino, a "Long Grape" drink with seedless red grapes, blackcurrant vodka, simple syrup and lemonade. Good, and pretty, too!

We went to the popular PokPok and had a great time...

These are the infamous wings...very spicy (and I like my interpretation better)

I also had a green papaya salad.

I had a WONDERFUL cocktail called "The Khing and I";  I am determined to
find the recipe so I can enjoy it at home.

Here's our group

and Shams, who selflessly fought for hard-to-get reservations, although there was very little she could eat.

On Saturday, we went to the Portland Art Museum for the Italian Fashion

Unfortunately, photography was not allowed. It was a super show; I was amazed at how current the designs from the 40's and 50's looked. As usual, the museum shop was wonderful and we all spent a long time (and $) there. There was a great sculpture garden outside the entrance which we all enjoyed.

A Deborah Butterfield sculpture...

Some Ducati motorcycles before we got into the exhibit...

 A Melvin Katz sculpture that appealed to those of us who love black and red...

Like Shams and me!

We usually have a "Show and Tell" before the weekend comes to a close, so we
can all enjoy each other's treasures.

Patti, Shams and Jan laying out their purchases, and

Shams photographing the evidence.

This group knows how to SHOP!

There was more good food and drink...

This was an incredible bread-pudding-infused french toast which I had for
breakfast one morning...apparently some others in our group had a big
dust-up involving bread pudding for dessert...I wasn't in on it, and nobody
went to jail, so all's well that ends well.

Here we are on the last night in the Driftwood Bar, having a Good Time. Patti looks like she's falling off her chair. Nancy, me, Mardel, Liana, Jan and Patti.

Big smiles!

I stayed on for a few days by myself, taking several long long walks around Portland. It's a great city for walking.

I had  Pork Larb and a Singha beer for lunch

and a plate of steamers and  spicy broccolini for dinner. Yummm!

Such a great weekend...a fabulous group of women who speak the same language!
I think I'll save the rest for another post...stay tuned for more fun and some 
serious RTW damage.


Sunday, April 19, 2015


This has been a period of changes in my life...I got an email last week that the 
Nagaland portion of our October trip to India had been canceled, due to horrendous monsoon damages to the roads. I was so disappointed, that was the major motivation to take the trip. So...

We have decided to go to Portugal in October...I spent a month ("April in Portugal") there in 1964...loved it and have been wanting to return ever since. We will take a river cruise on the Douro river and spend some time in Lisbon.

The hardest thing, for me, is erasing the travel wardrobe for India out of my
mind, to be replaced with Portugal! India is hot and humid, whereas Portugal's
climate is very similar to California.

Despite having (successful) cataract surgery recently, I was able to spend long and productive hours in my studio.

I made a top and pants from McCalls 6571  in a gray microfiber knit and rayon knit from Marcy Tilton. I last sewed this pattern in July 2012 for a trip to Sicily.

I also bought a RTW light jacket (for INDIA!) which I will wear this summer...

And just yesterday, I finished a kimono-style jacket, Simplicity 1318, in an
unusual and lovely "quilted" silk from Gorgeous Fabrics. I saw this on Ann's
site and had to give it a try.

I thought it might be light and airy, but it is more like a padded Chinese jacket and will be perfect for our cool nights.

I already have further plans for this pattern...it's easy to make and lovely to wear.

On the food front, I made a version of the popular "Pok Pok" chicken wings, made famous by the restaurant of the same name in Portland, Oregon.

They were fabulous! The recipe I used came from this blog where many of my
favorites came from. I will be in Portland and environs later this month.

I'm going back to Visible Women for a visit this afternoon...come over to Patti's
"Not Dead Yet Style" blog and see for yourself!


Sunday, March 29, 2015



That's what happens when I let 3 weeks go by between posts...I have been busy and actually have some clothes to show for it!

But first...a few pictures of our redecorated bedroom wing. We finally got the painting we wanted for over the fireplace

It's called Spiral Dance; the artist is Seyburn Zorthian whose wonderful painting
I bought 25 years ago and is over our living room fireplace.

(Remember when the contents of our closets were in the living room?)

Seyburn is a friend of ours; we love her work and are enjoying waking up in the morning to the sight of her Spiral Dance.

A few more pictures of the bedroom

The antique Katagami stencils above our bed were used to stencil family crests on clothing and goods in 19th century Japan.

These are old purses and bags I've collected on our travels; I hung them in the hall so I can see them every day. The color we used in the bedroom wing is very
difficult to photograph...the pictures of the bedroom show a more realistic color

So...on to sewing! I made another pair of Marcy Tilton's Vogue 8929 pants,
although for my 4th pair I changed them enough that she might not recognize them!

The fabric is an abstract print stretch denim from Emma One Sock.

They're very comfortable and the type of pants  I wear most days.

I made another pair of loose harem-y pants from Sandra Betzina's V1355,
using a dreamy Ella Moss rayon challis from Hart's Fabric. This fabric is so perfect for travel to hot climates (India, I'm talking about you!) that I just ordered some more for another shirt.

I'm wearing a batwing tee with them...!

And for my final submission, I made yet another version of B5526...

in a wonderful French Circles and Squares crinkled jacquard from Emma One Sock. I am wearing it here with Eileen Fisher's Slouchy Ankle Pant in Silk Georgette, another supremely comfortable pant.

Well, if you've stayed with me this long, THANK YOU! I'll try not to stockpile
post material again...