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Showing posts with label Flathead Lake. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Flathead Lake. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

the mission mountains in a montana day of may ~

hi there!  that's a mouthful for a title, huh?  and it truly was a spectacular day, and weekend, in the western part of montana, lakeside at the flathead on finley point.  

celebrating this bride-to-be's birthday. 

making plans.  and making coffee. 
{see the post on rachel and weston ~ i took the engagement photos december 2013}
i planned the menu.  

and she planned the day she says "i do."  

and dreamed of a future with the one her soul has found, and loves.
she has beautiful choices to make for her bride's bouquet:

they are very beautiful. romantic.  old fashioned.  her colors are navy blue, taupe, coral, and peachy-pinks.  
and time to return home, driving along with the towering companionship of the springtime mission mountains:

can you see the ladies here? their long, slim bodies, hands posted on the waist, a curly skirt {dried leaves} and fluffy hairstyles?!
yes ~ stop! {so we did}  and we were richly rewarded with contrasting views, one to the east, and one to the west {below}.  

we do our best to take it all in.  and seeing all the gifts we can never fully see, because there are so many!  {amen}.

have a beautiful, full and "seeing the gifts" day.
{and will soon be showing the cabin rose quilt inspired by those flowers, too!}

Thursday, August 29, 2013

sweetest memories ~ finley point 2013

hi there ~ 

how ya all doin!  i hope you're doing well, and enjoying our last bit of summer days...

its been great to be back from vacation 'at the lake' ~ and soon to leave again!  we're off again to hop over to washington and idaho to see family and cuddle with brand new grandson #2 and birthday for grandson #1~ !  

here's a little video i made of some of the pics from the flathead vacation.  it's been a sweet time of refreshment, reflection, and rest.  i love these girls.  i am so thankful for them.  what a gift they are!

thank you to our Father God for all the blessings of friendship, crafting, sweet fellowship, and just being together.  i am grateful!

happy labor day weekend america.  may all our labors and fruits be to the glory of God!!!  Yes... and Amen!
soli deo gloria!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Water~Waves~Wonders~Flathead Lake

I hope you all are not too tired of my vacation-lake pictures!  I've so enjoyed looking at them again, and I can't wait to share them with you, here...

A stormy, windy day on Flathead Lake brings in  spectacular waves... and I was delighted to be able to photograph them under good natural light, and capture the beautiful, deep green of the water, even tho venturing out was a 'bit breezy' to say the least.  These were taken lying on my belly on the {wet} and wild adventure on the rocky shoreline just below the cabin.
Colorful rocks... water... waves.  I love the colors and I can get excited all over again just looking at these pics!
This one reminds me of jello!  These images are straight out of the camera, and on the automatic setting {as I haven't figured out the manual way yet} ~ !
Here's just a few facts to share about Flathead Lake:
~  named for the Salish (Flathead) Indians which is also a reservation located at the southern end of the lake.
~ max length: 27.3 miles and width of 15.5 miles; maximum depth of 370.7 feet (in Skidoo Bay), and the area covered by lake totals 191.5 square miles!
~ one of the 300 largest natural lakes in the world, and the largest natural freshwater lake in the western United States.  Of those lakes, Flathead is one of the cleanest.
~ major tributaries into the lake are the Flathead and Swan rivers; however, water quality has declined in the last decade due to combined effects of increased pollution from human sources, erosion of the shoreline and other factors.
~  due to it's massive size, and active winds, the lake does not freeze over most winters
~ Wildhorse Island in the middle of the lake, is 2100 acres; noted for it's herd of Rocky Mountain Bighorn sheep and a few wild horses. {and seen in the far distance of this photograph-second 'hill' from the left}
While the windstorms and waves are certainly not rare, it was a rare opportunity for me to see the lake in these kinds of conditions, and to catch some cool pictures {at least in my opinion}.  Patchy rays of bright sunlight as well as cloudy and warm with access to a beautiful beach... just a few steps from a cozy cabin...  Perfect conditions for me! 

And a few more creatively edited shots, using a new app I am just learning about {and loving} to use on our iPad. {and it automatically transfers to our iphones too!}  It's called "PS Express."  (which stands for photoshop express I think).  Do you have a favorite app for editing photos?  And how about one that easily lets you add text?  I'd appreciate hearing any hints or tips you may have discovered...

 Dramatic... and then almost whimsical.  I deepened the color on the photo above, and then added texture with the swirls below and a sea green border... love it when I can have down time to play with the technology at our fingertips these days.

Awesome! Yes Lord You Are!  
Soli Deo Gloria!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Decorating Journals ~

What do you do on a stormy, rainy, super windy day at the lake?  

You bring on the CRAFTS of course! 
... and your journal!
Annette's Journal Cover
and better yet - decorate your journal!  And enJOY the day ... drawing, giggling... creating ~ together with your girlfriends!   "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Journals!"
Katies Journal Cover
And her favorite verse:  "Be Strong and Courageous."
The Wite-Out pen is SO fun on black.  And easy to do, too!  Below is Rachel's journal cover:
And good thing Walmart {aka the city of Polson-closeby} is handy.  How sweet it was that the two 'youngest'  {we are ALL young} wanted journals of their own.  And how blessed was I with their requests that I decorate them, writing their favorite verses on the inside cover...  Very~very~very! They couldn't have given me a sweeter gift...
The verse above is Rachel's favorite.
Rachel and Katie
And here are those sweet, sweet, young women!  Aren't their smiles and faces soooo so beautiful?  So thankful for our time together on the Lake at the Swan cabin (their grandpa's cabin) at Finley Point on Flathead Lake.

Thank you for such sweet, precious memories! 

Soli Deo Gloria Rachel and Katie as you begin another year of college together. 

Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Story Behind The Stitch ~

My maternal grandmother, Ila Kossel grew up in Western Montana, on the Flathead River, near Kalispell, where her folks cleared the 60 acres there and established a homestead for farming wheat.
"The Flathead" Contemporary Landscape Art Quilt
For many summers, I would pack up my two young boys, and we'd travel the 340 miles to go to the family farm in the Flathead Valley.  This is something I also got to do as a young child; to spend a week with my Gramma, picking what seemed like tons of raspberries, (and eating them), as well as strawberries & huckleberries.  My Great Aunt Vi had the most incredible Raspberry Patch! Her huge ½ acre yard was encircled with 4-6 rows of raspberry bushes!  It was amazing just to step inside the thick patch of incredible, large and luscious, berry-filled branches that were well over six feet tall! 
Once inside that patch, everywhere you'd look, all you could see were the beautiful berries!  One could hardly know where to begin picking.  A fond memory for me, is hearing the delightful giggling and awe in the voice of my Gramma as she would say “Just look at all those beautiful berries!” It was the highlight of her summer. She dearly loved her berries, and they were a special treat for her because they were so hard to come by on the harsh prairie where she made her living.
She always loved to tell the story (many times!) about one of the grand kids who wanted to stop on the way home, to enjoy the many attractions of Glacier Park, to which my Grandma replied: “No, we can’t stop, we have to get the berries home.”  The child, who was my younger brother, said:  “Berries, berries! I’m sick of the berries!” Ah yes.  A sentiment us kids weren't fond of hearing! There was always the looming deadline, to get those berries home, washed and into the freezer — pronto.  That was when the real work began, as we washed, froze, made jam, syrup and more.
When I think of the Flathead Valley, I see shimmery lakes, sparkling rivers, lush fields and purple mountains majesty. This contemporary landscape-styled quilt, with it’s impressionistic threadplay and fabric design began by thinking of those journeys to the Flathead; the beautiful images and sweet summer memories with my Gramma as a young girl, and then again as an adult with two little kids alongside, showing them a part of their family heritage, and watching the sweet love of their Great Gramma with them.

 This is, in large part, how this quilt was made, inspired by color.  Inspired by memories.  And a place and time that cannot ever be repeated... except in my heart!
Adding a bit of leftover paper fabric!
Yes... I bead "by machine"  - love doing this.
I did not have this "Flathead" idea when I started this quilt... it came to me as I 'jumped in' and I started thinking about the colors... and what they symbolized for me, and it grew more inspired in that way as I continued  stitching.  Of course, it was not a 'quick' process, and it certainly isn't how it happens for me all the time... but when it does, it is something I am deeply inspired by. 
I hope you have enjoyed hearing 
the story behind the stitch!
In love and honor of my sweet Gramma Ila, 
who passed away in 2002. 
Soli Deo Gloria!
Love, Leslie

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Wild Flowers at Sunset

Simple pleasures. 

Wild flowers in a plain, clear, drinking glass.
Soaking in the last rays of the sun before it dips down below the mountains.
Playing with my new camera's settings...  these should make for some great sketchings in thread, and perhaps a new pattern or two?  What do you think?
Just a few sweet summer remembrances from our time at The Lake. 

Monday, June 20, 2011

A Weekend to Treasure

Time for a  'girls' weekend.

  JOY unspeakable!


A gift of inspiration.

Carving out time for each other.


  Oneness.  Community.
and...  LOVE.
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