Friday, October 25, 2013

Living In A Fog (FLorence, OR)

We visited the Heceta Head Lighthouse (Ha-SEE-Ta) a couple of days ago.  The fog bank was sitting low and giving the area an eerie Gothic look with sunshine.  I went nuts with the camera.  I'll try not to overdue the photos.  I get the feeling this place sees more fog than sunshine.

From the parking lot and beach area, we got a great view of one of the original houses.  The house is now a B&B and the head lighthouse keeper's home.  
There were more black birds than seagulls all over the beach area adding to the atmosphere.
It's too bad a second house that probably housed the assistants was dismantled and the lumber sold.  I would liked to have seen the other one.  This one is a wonderful well-maintained Queen Anne-style home.  I just love this porch.  A great place of a cup of tea...and to have
such a gorgeous view!  So peaceful with just the sound of birds and the ocean crashing against the rocks below.  
You can see the lighthouse between the flag pole and the house.  The keepers have a short walk up a hill to the lighthouse.  Not too bad of a walk as long as you are not carrying a heavy load.
The lighthouse was started in 1892 and was first lit on May 30, 1894.  Restoration was done in 2011.  The lighthouse looks almost brand new.  The lighthouse is still active and its beam shines out to sea for 21 miles.  Making it one of the strongest lights on the Oregon coast.
On The Cutting Board
I finished and mailed my latest custom orders.  I hope my customer is happy with them.

I'm back to working on some unfinished projects for November.  I started the one below during the summer.  Now I'm not happy with the shadow coming through the face.  In the above photo of the Cupid/Angel, you can't see the print beneath her face.  Two layers of fabric really makes a difference.  From now on, I'll be doubling the peach fabric!  She is still cute despite the shadow.  I plan to finish her with some oak leaf quilting and a teal border.
This pattern is a smaller version of the one above for embroidery only.  Both are designed by Nancy Halvorsen.   I decided to add coloring to this one with crayons.  I have been following Mamacjt's blog.  She is the one that got me started on thinking outside the box or crayon box.  The regular Crayola crayons work quite well.
The instructions are easy enough.  After the pattern has been transferred to fabric, iron a sheet of waxed paper to the back to stabilize the fabric while coloring.  I did not do that this time because I had already started stitching when I decided it needed more color.   After the coloring is done, pull off the waxed paper.  Heat iron on cotton setting, cover project with muslin, and press until you smell melting wax.  Ta-da!

Next time, I will use some waxed paper.  I want to see if I can get a deeper darker coloring into the fabric.  First, I need to finish these back to the projects...
Happy Quilting!


  1. This lighthouse is beautiful! The fog makes it look more like a painting than a photograph!

    I also love the fall themed embroidery!!


    1. Thanks Brittany! It was a perfect day for photos.

  2. Your visit to the lighthouse looks very atmospheric! My imagination would have been on overload!! Would loved to have joined you for tea on the porch. You new makes are wonderful. Interesting about the wax crayons.

  3. Love your photo of the lighthouse! Have you been inside it?

    1. Thanks Marieken, No, not in this one. I have been inside others.

  4. I like the combination of that mist and the deep blue sky. How could anyone with a camera pass that up?
    The projects are moving right creative.

  5. Omigosh. I love the pics! The first one makes me want to travel there. So beautiful

    1. The Oregon Coast is a "must see!". Hwy 101 is one of the most scenic roads in the US. I hope you do make a trip out here.

  6. Amazing pictures...looks like a gorgeous place!


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