Monday, July 31, 2017

Mon Oeuvre - Dogs in Sweaters quilt progress 1

"Oeuvre" (the works of a painter, composer, or author regarded collectively: "the complete oeuvre of Mozart" a work of art, music, or literature: "an early oeuvre" ORIGIN late 19th cent.: French, literally ‘work.’ - Oxford Dictionary.)

The dogs in Sweaters pattern.

This last week was all about cutting and labeling. The white fabric is for the area around the dog.

 The four colors of fabric are for the sweaters.

The fabrics below are for the dog body, ears, nose and tail. The glasses have been drawn onto a fusible web, which I then ironed onto the glasses fabric.

I finished the first block!
The "magenta" sweater block is now done ✔.

Oh my goodness. I like it even more than I thought I would. Three more block to go. I'm doing the smaller lap sized quilt - 45"x 60". Only four doggies will be on this quilt. Stay tuned, I'll keep posting updates of my progress.

Progress links for this quilt:
Introduction to the project

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Berthusen Park trails

We had visited Berthusen park recently and decided it would be a nice place to explore. It has a few trails in it, so we thought we'd go for a wander and see how it was.
I took this photo of the map board, there was some glare on it from the sun, but after looking at it I liked the picture because the forest is reflected in it.

Berthusen park is a hidden gem in Whatcom county. It's full of trees, ferns, Oregon grape, glorious flowers, a creek and many forest trails that surround and intermingle throughout the park.
A giant was among us. I took this photo the last time we were at the park.

I don't know what these flowers are but they were near the creek. I thought they were so beautiful.

I'm not sure how many benches there were, but the Eagle scouts had put in at least 12 that I counted along the trail. 

My husband looking pretty comfortable on one of the benches.

I've always loved trees that were bowed over the trail.

We stopped by the creek for a bit to check it out.

After we left the creek we discovered more of the beautiful flowers, they grew as tall as me! 

Then back to the forest trails.


Our wander took us 4 1/2 miles, we went around the perimeter trail and some of the interior trails.
Our tracking route looks a little similar to the map on the sign board. You can see on the green map that there were a few trails we didn't get to.

Since we didn't get on all of the trails, we'll have to plan another day of adventuring in this wonderful forest.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Mon Oeuvre ~ Dogs in Sweaters Quilt

"Oeuvre" (the works of a painter, composer, or author regarded collectively: "the complete oeuvre of Mozart" a work of art, music, or literature: "an early oeuvre" ORIGIN late 19th cent.: French, literally ‘work.’ - Oxford Dictionary.)

I'm beginning a new Quilt, I found a cute Dachshund Quilt pattern on Instagram awhile back. I loved it because I had a mini- Dachshund that lived for 17 1/2 years. She was a sweetie, so I thought I'd like to make one for memory sake. The pattern makes me laugh and smile just like she did. The glasses one cracks me up. I found the pattern at Annie's Craft Store.

The pattern makes a pillow, a lap quilt and a full sized quilt. I'm going to be making the lap sized quilt. I'll be using some left over fabric from my "en Provence" quilt. My quilt won't have so much white background fabric.  I'll only have white around each dog block, the rest of the background will be the butterfly purple fabric I used for the backing of my en Provence quilt. The sweaters will be the 4 center colors in the photo below: green, yellow, light purple and the magenta. The sweater trim will be the darker purple print. The backing and dog bodies will be the cinnamon brown fabric The plaid patterned brown fabric will be the ears and trail. The brown with the yellow dots will be the binding and lastly the black fabric will be the eyes, nose and glasses. I hope the colors all work out as planned. I'm excited about getting it done and wrapping myself up in my "Jasmine" themed lap quilt.

My Jasmine ❤

She always acted like she was the "boss" dog. She liked to be in the lead when we were hiking on a trail, she would take on dogs way bigger than her. She had no fear. She was the best greeter in the house. She would come running and leap into my arms, wiggling all over. 
Licking, Licking and Licking.
Here's a photo that shows some of her personality. She was just as determined to carry this very large stick as our Golden Retriever "Harpo", but it was Harpo's too, so they walked along holding it together.

A side note about Vintage sewing machines. My husband and I were out on a drive and he saw a free sign with some items in some one's yard. He said there's a sewing machine there. I said turn around let's go check it out. What a find! A free Vintage Singer. We took it home. I cleaned it up, put some protector on the surface areas that are eaten away and oiled it. It runs like a charm. I named her "Betsy" (as in Ross, Betsy Ross). Never can have too many sewing machines right 😉
Before -

After -

Here's a video of it working. I took the video after it's initial cleaning, without the surface protector application, or oiling. I just wanted to see it it would run at all. It sounds pretty good even though it hadn't been oiled yet.
Some people trash are other people's treasures!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

A rainy day walk and some other weather tales

I'm a weather junkie. I like to watch it, and be in it. I enjoy looking at forecasts and love to look at weather history stats. We've had alot of sun lately and this morning I woke to rain, so I looked up the "dry" weather stats for Bellingham. If you look at the chart HERE, you can see we've hardly had any since the first week of June.
I enjoyed my rain walk, it almost felt like the cobwebs had been washed from my brain!

My husband and I did a 48ish mile bike ride last weekend on a "new to us" trail that was paved only for about 1 mile of it. The rest was sections of: gravel, rocks of various sizes, dirt, fir needle and sand. The map board made it seem to be fairly straight forward, but we found that there were a couple of places that we needed to do some detour route finding. I'm glad that I have a hybrid bike, it was not a skinny tire friendly surface most of the way. 
The trail is called the "Cascade" trail. 

It begins in Sedro-Woolley and goes to Concrete.  The trail starts about a mile away from where we started. We started at the Hammer Heritage Square in Sedro Woolley and rode to Concrete for lunch at the local Bakery and then returned to Sedro- Woolley. I brought this up ride up, because we rode against the wind the last several miles. I loved it! I've always enjoyed just standing in powerful winds and feeling it against my face. I really enjoyed the trail, it had some really beautiful sections. I think it would be a nice fall ride, with all the fall colors. It would also be just a nice trail to walk, it's basically flat.
 We had another experience with the power of wind a few weeks ago on Lake Padden. We went kayaking (our first fishing trip of the year). I got none, my husband caught a nice trout for our dinner.

 Anyway, when we started it was a bit breezy, I told my husband that I wasn't feeling too comfortable and that if it got worse I was heading in. We made it across the lake, played around in the protected side of the lake for a couple of hours. I noticed that it would be getting dark in awhile and suggested we head back. Little did I know that our little protected area, also kept us out of touch with just how much the wind had picked up. I knew it was still blowing, but didn't realize that it had picked up. As I headed out to cross the lake the chop on the lake was considerable and I could really feel the wind pushing me from behind. The rolling water came as high as my kayak, as I rolled up and down with the water I panicked abit and thought yikes, I'm alone in this kayak it's up to me to get me safely across to the take out spot. Then I was mostly fine just concentrating on keeping my kayak to the correct angle of the waves. As much as I tried to keep an angle of crossing the lake the wind was pushing me to the end of the lake. I wasn't afraid of capsizing, I can swim. I just didn't think it would be very fun in the rough water. My second panic was when I realized I would run out of lake and I would need to cross the lake at the same angle as the waves. The end of the lake shore doesn't have a nice beach for take out, I would have just kept banging into the bank with the waves until I figured out how to get out of my kayak. My panic was only momentary, it went away when I began concentrating on my strategy for each wave as it came and paddling as hard as I could to get to the launch quickly. I amazed myself and got to the take out spot. My husband pulled up right after me. He'd been watching my trip as he crossed and said I did a good job. This was the roughest water/wind event I'd been in with my kayak. I don't know if I'd want to do it again, but it's nice to know I can. So I guess when it comes to wind and water, I prefer to watch it and not to be in it.

Here's a couple of weather related 😉 Irish Blessings.

May the road rise up to meet you.
may the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your field.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

Wishing you always..
Walls for the wind,
A roof for the rain
And tea beside the fire.
Laughter to cheer you,
Those you love near you,
And all that your heart may desire.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Noisy Creek backpacking trip

We decided to hike to Noisy Creek for our first backpacking trip this summer. We planned on a three day/2 night trip. We had talked about hiking to camp at Elbow lake and then continuing up to camp at the Mazama horse camp. We changed our minds after speaking with the rangers at the Glacier station last Thursday on our way to hike the Horseshoe Bend trail, they said there still was snow at Mazama.
The night before, I had my packing nearly completed. We put a few more items in before we set out on the trail.

Noisy Creek is a trail we've done many times. Each time we've stopped at the campground I've wanted to camp there. So I was happy to set out on our way.

My husband on the Hidden Creek bridge.

Home away from home.

Setting up our tent. Here it is without the rain fly,

and with the rain fly.
The first night we slept with the rain fly on, then the second night we slept without the rain fly. Guess what fell on the tent the "no rain fly" morning. Luckily it was just a few drops.

Bear box for food storage.

Our beach. We found out that the wind picks up every afternoon. You can see on our beach where the high water mark is. The wave action from the winds brought the water up quite a bit.

Here's a video I took while strolling to the outdoor toilet. It's a nice little trail.

Our camp view. Interesting back view of Shuksan in the distance across Baker lake.

The second day we did some day hikes. The first was to the Silver Creek campground. We wanted to check it out for future backpacking use.
Me on the Noisy Creek bridge.

My husband standing on the Silver Creek bridge.

Silver Creek video

The Silver creek campground has several sites. None of them are numbered, it had one communal picnic table and bear box.

The outdoor toilet for Silver Creek was beautiful and yes, I do like to critique outdoor toilets.

 One of my favorite shaped outhouses is the Sauk Mtn. one. Here's a photo of it from the Northwest Healthy Mama website. Apparently I've never taken a photo of this gem.

My favorite toilet seat handle is on the toilet at the Excelsior/Damfino lakes trailhead. It's a metal leaf attached to the lid.
Isn't it exquisite.

Anyway, back to this trip. We hiked as far as this bridge in the photo below past the Silver Creek camp. The trail leads to the Maple Grove camp about another 4 1/2 miles farther.

We turned around and looked for a place to eat our lunch. my husband had spotted an isolated point near Silver Creek that he thought might be a nice place to hang out for a bit. We bushwhacked our way down to it. It was lovely, complete with a view of Baker.

We hiked up the creek bed to the bridge on our return to the trail.
The trail between Noisy creek and Silver creek was very green and lush. The ferns were very tall in places.

My husband's afternoon swim back at our camp.

We decided to hike up the Noisy Creek trail to the large Douglas fir tree. I'd never seen it yet on any of my other hikes to Noisy Creek. I'd attempted to find it on another hike but as we found out on this hike, I'd turned around just a corner before I would have seen it. Murphy's law strikes again. Anyway, we found it on this hike. As you can see on the sign post below, the arrows point a few different ways to Noisy creek. One for the camp, one points up the hill towards the "tall tree" Douglas fir tree and beyond to the upper section of  Noisy creek, and another one for the Noisy creek trail that goes along the lake aka the East bank trail. "In 1998 the northern extension was complete. The completed trail allows a one-way shuttle hike of about 14 miles between the East Bank and Baker River trailheads". ("*" Information from the Pacific Northwest Hiking book aka The Hiker's Bible by Ron C. Judd and Dan A. Nelson)

It was a little steep to the tree, we found it after about a half mile of hiking from our camp site. Our gain according to my Garmin was around 250 feet.
The famous "tall tree" Douglas fir.

Another one along the trail.

The real gain in elevation is after the famous "big tree". We decided to continue on up. We'd heard that the trail continues quite a bit higher and where the trail used to cross Noisy Creek. Supposedly this crossing had been abandoned because the bridges kept washing out. We hiked 1 1/2 miles to the point of the photo below.  We could see where the trail would continue to the rocky shore of the creek, but we chose to stop here and turn around. Our elevation gain for the total distance from our camp was 968 feet. I definitely had to hike with my Mountain goat feet. It got pretty steep in places.

Noisy Creek video

The forest we had hiked through was an old growth forest. It seemed to me we were walking on hallowed ground. It was a place I will cherish in my memories.

There is a little knoll just near our campsite where we could sit and look at Mount Baker. I captured this photo of it just after sundown.

We hiked out on our third day.
Me on the Hidden Creek bridge.

Our first backpacking trip of the year couldn't have been better.

Garmin stats:
The hike in -
total miles: 5.31 miles
total ascent: 577 feet

Day hike to Silver Creek from the Noisy Creek camp -
total miles: 3.8 miles
total ascent: 482 feet

Day hike to the "tall tree" and Noisy Creek -
total miles: 3 miles
total ascent : 968 feet

The hike out -
total miles: 5.3