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October 19, 2019
Halloween and Nature Patterns, Glorious Colours from Canadian Needle Nana

Too many things to count is the way I think about my weekly likes for this Thursday post. I've picked out these to share today.
I love how a close up of this Eastern Yellowjacket revealed an interesting pattern. Nature never disappoints.

And I loved holding this little guy in my hand; one of the small Painted turtles in the pond. He's got interesting patterning in orange and yellow too.
From looking down to looking up.
It is all about the leaves these days.
We are enjoying the spectacular colours around the property. Contrasting blue skies highlight the ...

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October 11, 2019
Prince Charles, Fabrics, Killdeer, and Me from Canadian Needle Nana


Nature's yellows are popping up all over the place including along our driveway. Joyful is how these vibrant colours make me feel.

I mentioned I would be popping into Sew For It on our way home from Hubby's appointment. That I did and bought these fabrics.  A subdued lot but what I was after.
Sulky threads are available there so bought two of the variegated that caught my eye.

 Quilters were there cutting fabric for a class stitch along. They seemed to be cutting hundreds of pieces which I know some of you love to do but was ...

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October 5, 2019
Chinese Lanterns, Laundry Basket Pumpkins, Nature from Canadian Needle Nana

Anybody growing Chinese Lanterns?  We had quite the patch at the old farm and I loved bringing them in for a bouquet this time of year.  They always reminded me of pumpkins and autumn.

A hardy perennial that had spread wildly in the field beside the barn, it is a symbol of friendship. Chinese lanterns lend themselves to watercolours very well. This pretty version is by Elizabeth Herrman and you can read more HERE. Mary( Mary in Peoria Handmade) and LeeAnna (Not Afraid of Color) what do you think?

                         Flowers Painting - Chinese Lanterns - Symbol Of Friendship by Elisabeta Hermann
Oranges in nature are so vibrant. Including the little woolly bear ...

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Meet the Hummers from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Sitting on Millie's chair which had
been put outdoors 
temporarily.

Richard has been feeding the birds again. Well, he never really stopped. But he's now feeding them to keep them safe from hunters. You see, dove season has begun. 


Doves on the barbeque pit? Not a little ironic, right?
For someone who was a hunter, he sure is working hard to keep his fat doves happy at home. With no intention of shooting them himself, of course.

Two of the four feeders at Will and Stacey's house
And then there are the hummers. We apparently live along ...

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September 28, 2019
Painted Ladies, Real and Wooly, The Affair, Dogs Riding Subways from Canadian Needle Nana


An abandoned nest...from its looseness, I'm guessing a mourning dove's. Interesting to see what gets revealed with even a few leaves falling.
Mourning Dove and Rose Breasted Grosbeak at the old farm, 2015
I had a larger number than usual of painted lady butterflies show up in the garden this year. They particularly enjoyed the Golden Broadleaf flowers. They are a still kind of butterfly so easy to capture good shots. Coincidentally they are calling 2019 The Year of the Painted Lady Butterfly in parts of Europe because they have been recording high numbers. Some badly needed ...

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September 19, 2019
Canadian September To Savour from Canadian Needle Nana

Overhead, the Canadian maple leaves are still green along our trails.

But others are showing hints of yellows.
We've been enjoying beautiful weather with warm temperatures and sun all this week too.  In fact September has been perfect for outdoor activities-walking and gardening. I've spent a block of time down at the pond each day and have some photos to show soon.
Here is Rex "guarding me" as I work in the back garden.  Pretty sure I'm safe there :), so wish he would put his head down and nap. But he never does.
 Thrilled as always to ...

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September 15, 2019
Practicing Drafting Applique Birds in EQ from Stof genoeg

The result of practicing drawing applique blocks in EQ8: Simple Birds. XXX Annika Continue reading

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September 11, 2019
Early Day, Early Week, Early Fall from Canadian Needle Nana

This week will be quieter in the garden as rain is in the forecast.

Early evening light gave the Purple Globe Thistle a different look.
So a little more free time to take care of other things hopefully.  Here are some of my TO DO thoughts for this week.
I've bought a new Acer 17 inch laptop to work on and have many photos on my old one. Have to figure out how to coordinate the two but need to cull and group the old ones. A time consuming job whose time has come but will be one of ...

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August 25, 2019
Retiring Sun from Canadian Needle Nana

It is the last Sunday of August and I'm feeling a little bit sad about that. With the children soon back to school, it is summer ending.  We in Canada adore our summers.
 But it is perhaps the best growing season I've ever shared in and it has revived an old thought of mine that I would like to own a farm. No not one of those mega farms with mile long barns, just a little one with chickens and a small vegetable garden. An old dream of mine. I must renew this talk with Hubby.

 Recently I ...

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August 12, 2019
Bohemian Bird Pattern from Alamosa Quilter

I made my first Bohemian Bird several years ago. Long before owning a quilt shop was even on my radar.

When I opened my shop I needed things to display and on a whim hung up my little Bohemian Birds. I only had two at the time. When I started carrying Sue Spargo merchandise I made a third. Then the requests for the pattern began.

I started working on a pattern a few months ago. I realized that in order to write a good pattern I needed to make another one. Here she is:


I have named them all thus ...

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July 13, 2019
Cranky But Happy (!) from Canadian Needle Nana

Truth be told, I am feeling a little tired and cranky this morning.  Too hot as well which may be the source of my problem.  A couple of weeks of heat and humidity that has driven us to turn on the air conditioning later in the day might be the source...the ceiling fans in every room just can't keep up and I've rediscovered that unless you are directly under them, they don't cool you off. I have a wide range of tolerance for heat and cold so if I'm feeling it, then I know it ...

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July 5, 2019
Thursday Things to Like from Canadian Needle Nana

It's 9:15 am and these old hands of mine (with nails still unpolished)

 have already patted two furry heads and fed them, made a toasted bagel and a coffee for Hubby...turned on his light for his morning newspaper read, watered my baskets, pulled a few weeds and gotten a mosquito bite.
Me in the front garden, August, 2018
And made a cup of coffee for myself using my pretty Portobello by Inspire mug ( I always keep an eye out for Portobello mugs at Winners) which states around the inside rim..."Cherish yesterday, dream of tomorrow, live for ...

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June 24, 2019
June Garden, Flowery Baskets, Turmeric Vegetable Soup from Canadian Needle Nana

Happy Summer! My cheery 2018 Baskets hanging is up on the wall to help us celebrate the season. Appliquing these scrappy blocks was so enjoyable.

I realize now that summer is all about outside the house for me. Especially on sunny days.
I go out first thing in the morning just to have a quick look round and see what may have opened since the day before. Lately I am always rewarded; things are blooming quickly now thanks to several days of sunlight in a row. It is especially fun when the newest flower is one I've forgotten all ...

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June 21, 2019
Free Apps, Lovely Vlog and My, What a Long Beak You Have from Canadian Needle Nana

Thanks for the comments on the new header. Someone said "you are the chick, Jocelyn." No she looks like a spring chick and believe me, I am no spring chicken! Was I ever a chick? No don't think so...I was always told I was born old. My mother has also told me I was a walking health book from the time I started taking Health as a subject in school. When smoking was the rage, she said there was no way they would have gotten away with smoking, not with me in the house.
But little chick is ...

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June 13, 2019
Thrift Shop Surprises, SAL Update from Canadian Needle Nana

Early morning warmth, the first of the season, led me outside early and down to the pond with my camera.  I had in mind to look for the small flock of ravens that hangs out to the left around the little wetland area.  Sure enough five of them were there moving about on the ground with their hobbled, hoppy way of walking. I thought I was soundless, but of course, wasn't and before I even adjusted the camera, they took off filling the air with mad squawks. I  wonder what is their intention there every morning or perhaps they ...

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June 11, 2019
Postcards for ... from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

At our last meeting the BRMQG folks talked about making quilt postcards. Maybe they are fabric postcards. Either way, I enjoyed the presentation. There was a lot going on, especially since we passed around a stack of, oh, 50ish. 

They were meant to be inspiration. I supposed they were, because the very next day I made these two. They will eventually be mailed (yes, postal service, if you please) to the little granddaughters in Rayne. I have no doubt they will be a hit as anything that arrives through the mail and meant for either one of them is a ...

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June 1, 2019
Mostly Blues Happy Post from Canadian Needle Nana

I've spent more time outside lately it seems than in. I've been raking, scrubbing, sweeping and replanting. It feels good to be moving and though I have a slightly sore shoulder and scratches on my hands, I'm thankful to have the strength to do these things.  As well as admire these pretty common dog violets that have crept into the flower beds and are in bloom now. I've let them be which may be a mistake as there are many more around than last year.  But they are so pretty.

And a favourite perennial of mine ...

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May 23, 2019
Sweet Summer Cross Stitch Patterns from Kitty and Me Designs

I can't believe it's Memorial Day weekend already!  Where did Spring go?  Here in northern Illinois, I don't think we had it yet!  LOL!!

It's been a busy week for me as I have just complete 3 new designs.  That's how inspiration hits me.  I get a couple of ideas all at once and can't decide which one to do first!!

My new projects are Summery and whimsical.  I'm not big on the noise of fireworks but the little POP! POP! POP! of firecrackers inspired a fun patriotic design with gold metallic (Kreinik ...

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May 19, 2019
Birds, Most Wanted List Continued, Hubby's Latest Toy from Canadian Needle Nana

Hubby with his Ryker.  He's loving it and it has taken a load of worry off my mind. I now notice them on the road; many more than I would have thought.  I guess with the population aging and bikers wanting to bike no matter the age, it makes sense these rigs become more popular.

My hand stitching time lately was devoted to cross stitch and I made reasonable progress on the Cornwall Cottage Sampler.  I worked on that feathery kind of green border which you might miss altogether if not pointed out.
Before....

Repetitious and not that interesting ...

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May 11, 2019
Spring Things, Free Patterns, Kindness Counts from Canadian Needle Nana

I grew up with the saying" it's bad to be poor but it's worse to be sore." Feeling grateful this week, yes! I had my annual check up recently, with a couple of tests I've never had before and they turned out normal. Always a relief when that happens at any age but especially at mine. I never take good health for granted, not for one minute.

A flowering is happening! The trout lilies, first woodland flower of spring, are finally putting on a show.

I made what I call a "cooked dinner" for Hubby recently...a ...

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