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August 20, 2019
Life in the Garden from Canadian Needle Nana

As I make my way about the property, I'm so happy not to be colour blind. This would be the saddest season to be unable to see all the pretty colours, each it seems more vibrant than the one before.

Wild Canadian Thistle
Living in a wild garden, for that must be what this really is, as from my kitchen window I watch hummingbirds at the feeder, a chipmunk run under the rose bush, two red squirrels uncivilly(chasing each other about) taking turns drinking from the pot of water I put out, and the surrounding spruce trees, interspersed ...

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{I've Been Reading} Claws of Action from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

Claws of Action by Linda Reilly

Lara and her Aunt Fran are happily preparing the latest addition to their High Cliff Shelter, a reading room where children can come read to the cats. Everything is coming together perfectly until the new health inspector, Evonda Fray, makes an unexpected appearance and claims that the cookies and drinks  they serve to visitors make the shelter an illegal cat cafe. She vows to return the next morning with a cease and desist notice that will put them out of business, but before she can do that her body is found in her car ...

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August 19, 2019
Monday, Monday from Bayou Quilts

After adding more embroidery to the edges of the piece in previous post, 
I added a lining, turned it, then stitched the sides by hand.  
Front fastened with ribbons
I'm not sure what the envelope will end up holding,
but the texture is a pleasure for the fingertips.

 the back with some of my favorite parts.
This will go out in the mail soon.
Now, I need another embroidery project for meditative purpose.

Incoming Mail

from Teresa & Ricky

from Connie

from Melody

I like the stamp and the Bicentennial pictorial cancellation :)

I may be getting that ...

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August 17, 2019
All Our Yesterdays Cross Stitch Collection from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

Do you ever pick up a book and feel like you could stitch (or knit, or quilt) every single project? That was my reaction to All Our Yesterdays Cross Stitch Collection by Faye Whittaker. I love the Edwardian costumes and the scenes that make me think of storybook childhood.

Even though they've all got similar colors and the same feel to them, there's still a big variety. The little girl in the tree is going to be different from stitching the children watching fireworks which will be different from the others.

There's also a mix of big ...

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August 13, 2019
{I've Been Reading} Let's Fake a Deal from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

Let's Fake a Deal by Sherry Harris

The latest book in the Sarah Winston Garage Sale series opens with a yard sale....and with Sarah face down on the lawn getting arrested because the items she's selling are stolen property. There's also a murder to solve when a body is found in the car belonging to one of her old friends from the Air Force base...and she's got a client selling off an extensive collection of cat stuff.

This is one of my favorite books in the series. I complained that the previous book, The ...

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August 12, 2019
It's Hot Enough to Fry Eggs on the Sidewalk--So I'm Mostly Staying Inside from Bayou Quilts

and stitching, reading, writing letters...

I worked on this white embroidery piece in January and February, then put it away.  

A few days ago, I had an idea about what to do with it 
and have been filling in the edges.

Mail Art



It is too hot to spend much time in the garden.  With temps 98-100 and heat indexes of 105-108--a few early chores is all I want to do.  The garden is on its own for the most part.  

:)  My worms seem to be satisfied with their new home.  No more escapes.  I check ...

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Much too heavy!!! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

This is the FIRST time this has ever happened to me. I have room in my suitcase, but it's overweight. Not by one pound or two pounds but I think I was about 10 lbs over. ACK!!!  I do have one of those travel scales but for the life of me, I don't know where it is. Actually, it might be with the camping stuff. I should take a quick peek. No luck in the camping gear - that means it's in the office. Not going to find that this morning!

I had to start by unpacking the ...

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August 9, 2019
Rick Steves Guide Book-Should I Really Cut it Up? from The Inbox jaunt

Buongiorno, Quilters and Travelers! Should I really cut up my Rick Steves guide book?  Rick Steves recommends cutting apart the book to make mini guides to the cities you will be visiting. But cutting up any book seems so wrong! I’m off to Italy!  Last month, several readers of LKQ recommended Rick Steves Italy 2019…

The post Rick Steves Guide Book-Should I Really Cut it Up? appeared first on Lori Kennedy Quilts.

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August 6, 2019
{I've Been Reading} The Perfect Girlfriend from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton

We know from early on that Juliette's relationship with Nate is one-sided. They were together, but now they're not...or at least Nate thinks they're not. She hasn't given up on their future. She has plans. She's going by a different name and has a job as a flight attendant with the same airline Nate is a pilot for. When the time is right, she'll reveal all of that to him.

This one is just an average thriller. The pace is slow and I never did find anything ...

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August 3, 2019
Four Seasons in Cross Stitch from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

The kids were taking forever at the library, so I browsed through the entire needlework section and turned up Four Seasons in Cross Stitch by Jayne Netley Mayher and Nicki Wheeler. 

The cover wasn't terribly promising, but there are definitely things in here that I'd like to stitch.

I like the realistic mushrooms. They're also shown as separate projects, but I think they'd look great as a sampler. With botanical names, if I could figure out what they are.

Adder and Autumn Leaves is the one that I absoutely need to stitch, if only because it ...

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What Should I Read Next from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

As those of you who have been reading here for some time know, I am an avid reader. I always have a book on my Kindle and I love audio books, but there is nothing that beats an honest to goodness real book. I am also a fan of a podcast called What Should I Read Next, by Anne Bogel aka: the modern Mrs. Darcy. However, it has increased my TBR (To Be Read) pile exponentially. For many of us

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July 30, 2019
{I've Been Reading} A Whisker in the Dark from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

A Whisker in the Dark by Leighann Dobbs

This time it isn't one of Josie's guests who is found dead, it's the tycoon who built the mansion three hundred years ago. Repairs to the property reveal Jedediah Biddford's skeleton hidden in a wall at the same time as his descendants, a quarrelsome family of cheese sculptors, are staying at the guest house for the town's 250th anniversary celebration.

The local authorities aren't concerned about how Jedediah died or how he wound up in the wall, but everyone is searching for the treasure he supposedly ...

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July 28, 2019
crumpets, mail, and stuff from Bayou Quilts

I was "crumbing" the toast crumbs a few days ago, and my head was saying, "crumb, crumbing,  crumble" as I swept the crumbs into my small crumber pan.  

The word crumpet came to mind, and it occurred to me that although I have known the word (as in "tea and crumpets") forever, but had no idea what a crumpet really was.  Was it similar to a scone?

A dash to the computer because the need to know was compelling.  Not a muffin, not a scone.  

"Crumpets are the quintessential afternoon tea treat, served warm with lots of butter. Different from ...

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July 25, 2019
How to move a mountain - one box at a time from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

There are some days when I sit down to write about what happened the day before and a total blank! Thank goodness for pictures! I actually spent a good part of the day figuring out some new technology which I'll share with you tomorrow.

Once the technology stuff was sorted, I was hefting boxes in Studio B - determined to clear some space. Here's what happened.

One of the things that I'm really trying to get coordinated is to put similar things together. I don't care if they are upstairs or downstairs or wherever, as long as ...

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July 23, 2019
{I've Been Reading} When You Find My Body from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

Emotionally, When You Find My Body by D. Dauphinee was a tough read. I vaguely remember hearing something about Gerry Largay when her remains were discovered a few years ago and when I saw the book I jumped at the chance to learn more about what happened to her. The idea that she died in her tent so closes to the trail, so close to the hundreds of searchers, is absolutely haunting. The fact that she was a quilter makes it hit even closer to home. I did a Google search to see if I could turn up any pictures ...

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July 20, 2019
A Year of Creativity A Craft Date Planner to Meet, Share, and Create from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

Do you craft with your friends? If you do, or if you think you might want to, take a look at A Year of Creativity A Craft Date Planner to Meet, Share, and Create by Petra Hoeksema, Lidy Nooij, Miriam Catshoek, and Bregje Konings.

The idea behind a craft date is that a group of friends gets together to spend an afternoon (or maybe a whole weekend) making something. One member of the group chooses the project and brings the supplies, all attractively packaged like gifts, and then the creativity begins.

The book is full of projects and ideas for ...

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July 17, 2019
{I've Been Reading} Our House from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

Our House by Louise Candlish

Fiona Lawson is sure that she must be mistaken when she rounds the corner and sees a moving van parked in front of the house she shares with her husband and their two sons....but the van is in front of her house, all of her furnishings and belongings are gone, and strangers are moving their furniture in. She can't reach her husband and when she contacts the authorities she receives the news that her house is no longer hers.

I can't tell you much more than that without spoiling the plot. What ...

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July 11, 2019
More Sunday Best Quilts from A Quilting Life

More Sunday Best Quilts

Hello and happy Thursday! It occurred to me the other day that I hadn’t shared the remaining quilts from our Sunday Best Quilts book. I’ve shared all of my projects in the book but haven’t yet shared my co-author’s quilts. Corey Yoder is an amazing individual, fabric designer, and pattern designer. It was a lot […]

The post More Sunday Best Quilts appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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July 10, 2019
{I've Been Reading} We Went to the Woods from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

We Went to the Woods by Caite Dolan-Leach

Five twenty-somethings step away from the lives they know and move into the empty buildings on what was, a century ago, a failed commune. Their story is told by Mack and we know from the first pages that whatever happened at The Homestead ended badly. 

Mack knows little about her new companions, but she's hoping to escape her own past so she doesn't ask a lot of questions. The residents of The Homestead are really just playing at living off the grid. They're not going to starve if they ...

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July 9, 2019
Beating the Blahs from Hooked on Quilting

Over the past 15 years of owning this shop, I’ve had several ladies visit during the summer months looking for something to inspire them. Why? Because they have what we’ve come to recognize as the Summertime Creativity Blahs (SCBs for short). Now you might be thinking that that’s kind of an odd malady to have in the summertime when there’s so much to do and so much daylight in which to do it. However, it’s a true enough ailment caused by, in my opinion, the lack of a need for curling up under a cozy ...

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