The weekend before Western WA was engulfed with wildfire smoke, we were able to getaway for a few days to head to the Mt. Adams Getaway House located in Glenwood, WA.
I found out about the Getaway House via Instagram, and then did a bit of online research to learn more about these awesome little cabins. The two founders started their company in 2015, with the goal of providing little tiny houses out in nature to escape the stresses of everyday life. The popularity of the houses grew, and now they have outposts all over the country.
For us, we just wanted a chance to get out of town without being around crowds of people. The Getaway House has been doing an incredible job cleaning their properties during the pandemic, and with confidence we felt like it was about time to get out of dodge!
The location of the Getaway is an interesting part of the state. It is just north of Hood River Oregon, across the Columbia River on the southeast side of Mt Adams. What is unique about the area is that it is a little bit forest and a little bit countryside. As you travel there, you will see everything from kite surfers and whitewater rafters, to cows and farm land.
Upon arriving to the Getaway Houses we had this beautiful evening light (probably just a smidge of wildfire smoke blowing in from Oregon.) Nonetheless, it was a gorgeous night!
The cabins provide pretty much everything you’d need for a weekend stay, including bedding, towels, and your own bathroom. (Dog not included.)
Immediately we hung up the hammock, took a breath….and relaxed. :)
Getting Away – 75 Everyday Practices for Finding Balance in Our Always-On World, by Jon Staff
Listen, Learn & Love
It’s been an emotional, inspirational, heart-wrenching, and heart-lifting couple of months. In the span of just a few months there has been feelings of fear, anxiety, frustration, burden, depression, anger, sadness, sorrow, tiredness, aimlessness, boredom, hopelessness, love, and joy, for many people. It’s already over halfway through 2020 and I kind of feel like we just started.
With the onslaught of COVID-19, not only have people lost their loved ones, but there has been a lot of mental and physical suffering due to it’s side affects. It’s been hard to understand and grapple with the new reality. It has also brought forth a different way of living for many people that has been insightful. Things like staying home, being with family, or taking time to just be. Seems like everyone has taken up doing puzzles, baking bread, or Marie Kondo’ing the crap out of their homes. :)
Not only has 2020 brought forth a global pandemic, it also brought forth a needed change/discussion in this country about racism. It’s so unfortunate that it has taken so many deaths to finally be having this conversation out in the open. After the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, the country took to the streets to protest and show that they are fed up with what is happening in this country. I am ready to have these discussions (and most likely make some mistakes) but I have the best intentions to support, listen, and learn from my friends and the Black community.
So in times of confusion or when I need to center myself, I gravitate back to the things that fill me with joy. I tend to go quiet while making something, and being focused calms me. I recognize that I have the luxury of this escape, and I am grateful for it. Now crafting in a pandemic doesn’t always allow for all the materials to be readily available, so lately I’ve been working with what I have. On the bright side, I’ve been using up all these supplies taking up space. :)
For this craft I wanted to do something that was about love and connecting. I didn’t think too hard about it (I tend to overthink) so this time I just started finding odds and ends and putting something together. I just starting making. I luckily had some wooden hearts stashed away in my closet (leftover from a Valentine’s Day craft.) Why not use up these materials instead of buying new ones (this is what you call Craft Kondo’ing).
It didn’t feel right to do DIY instructions on this craft, so I just included a few photos of my process. Hopefully this will inspire some other crafts in the name of love. ♥
(Above quote by Martin Luther King Jr.)
DIY & Crafter’s Guide to Seattle
Welcome to my second edition of the DIY & Crafter’s Guide to Seattle. A few things have changed since I created this list. Some businesses are no longer with us, some have moved, and then COVID-19 happened. With the new world of living during a pandemic, our supply options may or may not have be limited. Recently I’ve done some online shopping instead of in-person, but as restrictions start to ease up keep an eye on the stores hours of operations.
Whether it is fabric, yarn, tile, beads, glue, or plain old inspiration, this guide lists 29 of my favorite places to shop for materials in the area. The guide lists the shops out by neighborhood, as well as 🛍️ indicates which stores have an online shop to help you find what you’re looking for. If you are familiar with Seattle you might have visited these places before, and if you are NOT familiar with Seattle hopefully this will aid you on your next visit.
Lucca Every time I walk into this store I feel transported to Paris. I don’t know what it is, but I love this store! They carry all kinds of gifts, decor, and paper goods. I always find a little treasure here to incorporate into one of my crafts. 🛍️ 5332 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle ,WA 98107 · (206) 782-7337
Michaels The Interbay location is fairly new to the Ballard neighborhood. Tucked away in between Queen Anne hill and Magnolia, this was a needed location for city dwellers who love their selection. 🛍️ 1700 W Armory Way, Seattle, WA 98119 · (206)279-1550
University Bookstore This might seem like an odd place to go for craft supplies, but if you go to the basement level of the store, you will find their Art department. I spent a lot of time and money here in college, but I find that they always have a good selection of paper. They carry a little bit of everything…to help satisfy that crazy art student. :) Plus you can always visit their art book section to gather some inspiration or instructional books. 🛍️ 4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105 · (206) 634-3400
Home Cake I have a hard time describing this store. Only that you can go into this store with the craziest cake idea and come out with all of the supplies. The owner is super helpful and is extremely knowledgeable. 9514 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115 · (206) 522-4300
Maple Leaf Hardware Crafters know that browsing the aisles of the hardware store means coming back with loads of inspiration. I also get lots of smiles when I tell the customer service rep “I’m doing this craft…” :) I love this particular hardware store because the staff is super helpful. 9000 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115 · (206) 522-3324
Blick Art Materials Like Daniel Smith, this is a good resource for traditional art supplies. They do carry some unique materials for crafting. Parking is a little difficult on the street, but they validate in the parking garage below the store. 🛍️ 1600 Broadway Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 · (206) 324-0750
The Elliot Bay Book Company This longtime local bookstore moved from Pioneer Square to Capital Hill in 2010. Stop here to browse your favorite subject whether its crafting, art, gardening or cooking. They host many author book signings during the year, so check their website for the latest. A bonus is they have a cute little café in the back of the store! 🛍️ 1521 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 · (206) 624-6600
Peter Miller Books Boutique book store featuring architecture, interior design, graphic design, and landscape design books. Whether you come here for browsing or purchasing, you will always leave with inspiration. Employees are very knowledgeable, so don’t be afraid to ask what you are looking for. 🛍️ 304 Alaskan Way S, Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98104 · (206) 441-4114
Pacific Fabrics They used to have another location in the Northgate neighborhood, but now the SODO location is the only one. They not only carry a good selection of upholstery fabrics, they have a good selection of craft supplies as well. 🛍️ 2230 4th Ave S Seattle, WA 98134 · (206) 628-6237
Fusion Beads I loved this bead store. They were right in my neighborhood…until they decided to just do online sales. Nonetheless, they have a huge selection of beads to choose from. You can purchase entire projects from their website, including downloadable instructions and techniques. I always refer to their site when I’m creating jewelry.
Shipwreck Beads This is the “Costco” of bead stores. It’s huge…and amazing. If you’re ever taking a road trip south to PDX, take a detour and stop by in Lacey, WA.
Tell me about some of YOUR favorite stores in the area by leaving them in the comments! :)
I’m working on adjusting to spending a lot of time at home (as well as working from home) and inadvertently got into plants. I have never had a green thumb (nor did anyone in my family) however I am getting better at it by doing some more research and tracking my plant care via the Planta app. And no…this isn’t a sponsored post. LOL. I just discovered the app and love it! The app has helped me track what plants I have, how often to water (or mist) them, and it’s really helped me care for them easily while I learn more about them. They have never looked better! The latest lesson was that I had to do some re-potting, as I learned I was potting them incorrectly, and it wasn’t allowing for enough drainage/oxygen flow. Once I did this, things started to progress better for my green friends.
With my new plant hobby I was in need of some new plants, so I made an appointment at Swanson’s Nursery once they reopened after quarantine to pick up a few other lovelies. I love browsing Swanson’s. They have such a great selection, their plants are always healthy, and the associates are always helpful.
After that was curating my new Story Planter!!! I ordered this pre-COVID and have been waiting patiently for it to arrive. It arrived in awesome packaging (I won’t spoil the packaging surprise for you) and it was super easy to put together. You can choose which sides to put your planters on, so you can alternate, spiral, or do random. It’s beautiful, and fits perfectly in my window that gets the most light. I’m going to try very hard to keep these plants healthy.
When quarantine started back in March 2020, my mind was all over the place and I was seeking clarity and consistency. So in my moments of frustration, anger, sadness, hopelessness, and boredom, I focused my mind on something mundane. It actually helped me focus on my thoughts in a more constructive manner instead of ruminating on things.
This craft has focused my mind many times in the past few months, allowing me to have a brief moment to focus on something easy, when the world around us seems to be uncontrollable. And even though it’s easy to do, it just take a lot of time. Ironically, quarantine gives you that time.
Hard foam ball
A prep station (I used a bead board)
Reading glasses (I need them) :)
Take a straight pin and thread with a seed bead and sequin. Insert the pin into the ball. This will be the starting point from which you will place all subsequent sequins. Here are some more tips:
First off, it takes way more pins and sequins than you really think. I would suggest buying a few boxes to start. (For example: the smallest ball used about 450 pins)
I used a bead board (typically used for beading and jewelry making) but what is nice about it is the beads don’t go rolling everywhere.
I used smooth foam balls this time around (instead of the traditional styrofoam ones) and found it is easier and produces a better end result.
I actually spray painted the large black one with black spray paint before any of the sequin pins went on. This way I avoided any white peeking through when finished. (I lovingly call this one the Death Star.) You don’t really need to do this pre-paint with the lighter colors.
Thread multiple straight pins upfront before applying to the ball both to save time and to make it easier to set your pattern.
Start from one pin insertion, and use this as the center point to apply additional sequins around the first. This technique allows for concentric colored rings if you desire.
You can match colors of the pin/bead/sequin to make a more unified look, or you can change up the colors to make the look more unique. The choice is really up to you.
As you add new sequins, lightly overlap the previous sequin, staggering them so they fill the gaps that expose the foam ball.
Continue adding sequins in one color or various colors depending on what you want as an end result. Keep doing this until you’ve completely covered the ball.
I didn’t stop at one…but I kept going, and now I have a whole bowl full!
Once you have a collection, you can place them in a bowl or even attach ribbons to the balls to make hanging ornaments.
(Quote from “Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame: College Course”, www.independent.co.uk. November 17, 2010.)