Wednesday, November 16, 2016

WOYWW and some more photos from the trip

Happy Wednesday!  I am really glad to be able to join WOYWW this week.  We are still on the road but hopefully will be home sometime tomorrow!  Yay!  It has been an interesting few weeks!  What is  WOYWW?  Go check out Julia's blog Stamping Ground and she will give you the details.

Haven't really had a desk the past couple weeks due to all the traveling around we have done.   I did to do some crafting in Portland at the hotel there that I will share with you.  We were there 5 days and my desk was this little round table.  I painted these wooden easels and made the tags for a 12 Days of Christmas swap I am participating in on All Things Tattered and Timeworn.  The easels are meant to be used as telephone holders so if you call a friend to craft you can put it on the easel and have a hand free to grab your coffee and craft!
my desk...
my desk plus the sofa in the room...all crafty
I don't travel light.  My daughter gave me tons of stuff when I was visiting!
The easels I painted
the tags to go on the easels
Okay that was my desk and I will share a few more....cough, cough... pictures from the trip. I think my last post we were leaving my daughter's house heading north! It was beautiful seeing her again so soon.  I enjoyed the visit and wish it could have lasted longer but...

From Heather's house we headed north to Napa Valley and Sonoma and visited several wineries up there.

Castello di Amorosa

Chuck with a big olive tree behind him!

loved the view of the old rickety fence and grape vines at the Castello
Sterling winery in the background...good wine but very pricy both places.
The Bella Winery in Sonoma!  Fun place and good wine that is affordable!
huge olives on the olive trees at Bella Wine
this tree in the center is the tree that I took the picture of the big olives 

those are clumps of rosemary around the Bella sign...WOW!

a few grapes on the vine!

After we left Sonoma we headed north to Ukiah and a visit with Debbie and a visit to the Buddhist monastery... it is the City of 10,000 Buddhas that used to be a mental institution that was sold to this group.  It is now a monastery, temple, and schools.  Some pictures...
entrance gate that I borrowed from their web site


 Some pictures inside the temple!

a huge gold fish pond

mural on the wall

Chuck looking at the persimmon tree!
a friendly bird
At the corner of sincerity way and compassion way!
This is the house that is on the corner of Sincerity and Compassion Ways!  I was fascinated by it!

Vegetarian restaurant we ate at on the grounds of the 10,000 Buddhas campus.

I will post more trip pictures on another blog post...stay turned.


  1. I love all your photos from the trip... it's been pretty epic!

  2. Goodness - what a trip, Vickie. Love the little easels.
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #1

  3. Great photos Sylvia, but I have to say I love how you painted the easels they look brilliant and the tags too. Have a great woyww and happy crafting, Angela x 14

  4. Oh My Goodness! What an amazing Post, and amazing trip and amazing life you are leading! Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with all of us! NOw about those cell phone easles... BRILLIANT! I am totally copying and sharing that idea! Thank you so much for your visit and kind comments earlier... and HAPPY WOYWW from Lynne in Canada #2

  5. Looks like you had a beautiful time! The trip looks gorgeous. I can't believe you still managed to get all that crafting done. The easels look great. I've been using my mini one for a phone stand but haven't decorated it!

    Happy WOYWW
    Sharon K #32

  6. You're so versatile being able to adapt to a different workspace. Looks like you had a great trip.
    April #50

  7. glad to see you've been able to join in - love those easels, what a great idea! Loved the photos of your trip, but I bet you'll be glad to get home to your own bed! Saying nuthin' more about blue spills, lol!! it was funny though. Helen #3

  8. Wow, that Buddhist city is awesome! I love the names of the streets - I wonder what the other streets are called? Looks like you are having a wonderful time, and still managing to be very creative! Thanks for sharing, Lindart #38

  9. Hi Vickie,

    You've done more crafting on your trip than I have lately! It's all still packed up; I can't even find my knitting.

    Love the sites of the Valley and the Monastary. It looks so peaceful. I'll bet you'll be ready to get home though.

    Next time you come this close to Santa Fe we need to get together!!


  10. Happy Belated WOYWW. I cannot believe that you painted those fabulous easels and made tags whilst travelling! Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos. That is an area of the US that I would love to visit. Hubby secretly would like a vineyard, and he adores wine, so perhaps one day if I could cope with the journey. Ali x #28

  11. Wow looks like you are having a fabulous time with all those beautiful places to visit. Good to see you are getting in some craft time as well.
    sandra de @26

  12. How do you find the time!! Your easels are so colorful. Thank you for sharing the photo's. It's been 10 years since our trip to Napa. My brother in law worked in the wine business so we were able to stay at a home owned by one of the wineries. Had a ball! Hope you are too.
    Chris #27

  13. I have just left Heather's blog. Lovely tags - what a way to go on your travels.
    I am afraid the travel pictures took over for me as I love anything like the temples you visited in Ukiah. I must look this up as we are hoping to visit Sonoma after CHA this January and if we could fit this in it would be wonderful. Would rather depend on our host.
    I have so enjoyed watching your trip both on here and on FB. Keep the photos coming - you seem to have been away ages, when does your trip end?
    Hugs - a very very late - Neet xx


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