Thursday, April 24, 2014

trust creates peace…. and a big pacific northwest family vacation!

 trust creates peace~
new journal pages and a big trip to the pacific northwest.
i made this little handmade journal to take out to oregon and washington with me.
we just had our big trip out to the pacific northwest coast and it was awesome!

"trust creates peace" explosion journal page

i will be doing another journal workshop at wrightsville beach rocks in june…
this is one of the fun things we will be making~

we arrived to portland late friday night (the 11th)
i couldn't wait to see judy again and meet jenny wentworth for the first time!
we all met up at the portland saturday market downtown under the burnside bridge.
i was SO happy to see them~~~

we all walked around downtown portland for a little while.  
the girls loved the downtown view of the river and bridges.

we enjoyed lunch together at one of judy's favorite vietnamese restaurants in the hawthorne district.

then we were off to judy's house to make art with her and jenny.
the girls had fun in the studio with us!  

i asked judy where her trash can was, and this is what she handed me…..
even her trash can was artistic!  she added paper mache to a bag and painted it.
……so clever and so cute!  i just loved this :)

jenny is working on another beautiful portrait~
her style is so unique and her faces are dreamy….

judy has beautiful art everywhere you look!  
a vase and portrait from misty caught my eye….i love her style and her!

when judy came to visit and teach at my house in wilmington, she brought some of her journals with her……the collection she has at home is absolutely beautiful.  filled with her beautiful journaling style and handmade by her.  (drooling)…...

we had such a wonderful day~ 
jenny made some delicious brownies…(with blackbeans)!!
yes, they were yummy…..

judy is one of the kindest humans i know.  she always has a smile on her face…
she's the artist who shares and shares and loves and loves…..
what an appropriate last name she has!

we spent the day in judy's studio soaking up the creative energy and having so much fun.
judy's husband, john showed us around his gardens and it was amazing to see.  he has so many different varieties growing….and the yard is gorgeous.  it was a perfect day.

saying goodbye to jenny and judy until the end of our trip~~~

on sunday, we took a drive up to the multnomah falls just outside of portland.
the bridge was closed for repair, but we got to see it from a distance.  it was magnificent….
after visiting the falls, we enjoyed trouncing around downtown oregon.

next stop….cannon beach oregon~ it's as beautiful as the photos and so intense.
there were birds flying all around the top of haystack rock.  

luckily hagan noticed on the way home from dinner that the tide was low….we went back to explore and it was so cool to see all the marine life under and around the rocks.  pacific sea stars, huge anemone   and lots of mussels attached to the rocks.

the girls loved it here.  it's so different from our east coast !

pacific coast sand dollar…...

just a little ride up the coast to indian beach.  
so different from cannon beach, but so close by~

the drive up was beautiful….thick forest and tall , tall trees.

now, off to washington state….more HUGE trees!

and more rocky beaches~~~

taking time to journal at the lodge where we stayed.  
using pieces of collage paper from judy~ xo

la push beach was beautiful….so many rocks and lots of huge trees washed up on the beach.  the girls loved it here.  

next stop….seattle!
we had a great time in seattle.  i got to meet some friends from misty's full circle class at pike's place market….we walked all over seattle, then headed back to portland the following day.  

i went to the chihuly exhibit in downtown seattle.  it was amazing.  
i've never seen so much glass. wow~

a few more journal pages….

a view of the river from downtown portland...

japanese gardens with lenny and the girls and jenny wentworth…

making a little art in the hotel lobby with jenny ….waiting for judy to join us for dinner!

sushi!  downtown portland at koji sushi bar….i thought we would never get there….we walked and walked and walked.  i saw so much of portland on the way there and back !!! it was delicious…..

judy and me on the walk back~~~

i asked jenny to put a little something in my art journal….and this is what i got!!!
LOVE this face.  she whipped this right up and it's beautiful.

my journal page with a little love note from hagan…..

this is my first journal page from home.
"now i know"…..

we had such a great pacific coast vacation.  i'm blessed to have seen so much and been to so many places.  we are home again, safe and sound.  it's good to be home.


  1. that looks like such an incredible trip! you visited an area i would love to see one day. and what a treat to spend time and make art with such incredible women/artists. i am so inspired by jenny & judy both. what a treat! truly looks like a vacation to remember for you and your beautiful family. xo

  2. Thank you so much for sharing! That is one of my places on my bucket list. Wonderful place to see!