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October 21, 2021
all the things . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Remember that cute Halloween fabric I got a couple of weeks ago??
Really cute, right??  Guess what I found out on accident . . .
It GLOWS IN THE DARK!!!  Is that not the best?  You know what that means?
It means I went back and got MORE!  Haha!  And as per usual, I found something else I *needed* while I was there.  

Joc sent me this photo during the week . . . 
Ezra's little bed, all ready for little Ezra!  The pillow sham turned out so sweetly! 

I've been so puzzled trying to figure out why, of my two hanging pots of ...

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October 20, 2021
What I Did on The Weekend, Tiny Trees Dilemma, Free Patterns from Canadian Needle Nana

 Just now on our walk, the barred owl flew over our heads low enough I could hear the sound of its wings flapping. Ned chased it, not very far as he doesn't stray from me. I realized I give this a significance, like it means something to see it and I wondered why. I realized I tend to think of all the critters and birds I spy as here for me, their audience somehow. A foolish notion but if that be so, I guarantee I am an appreciative one.

 Always a surprise when I see these very late blooming ...

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October 14, 2021
The Haw in Swepsonville, NC from Mama Spark's World

Since we get time to ourselves while A is in day care we find other things to do to keep busy.  For instance I have finished binding 2 quilts, made a quilt top and have almost finished the hand work on my Quite Contrary quilt top.  I've also finished reading 5 books.  This day we went to Swepsonville and found a park on the Haw river.  Beautiful day to go for a walk along the river.My Batman

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October 10, 2021
Great Thrift Store Find, Sixty Courthouse Steps, Flowers Flowering, Winter Boots from Canadian Needle Nana

The daily rain finally stopped and we had sun yesterday that felt glorious. I spent as much time outside as I could. It was a quiet kind of day and I noticed for the first time, leaves gently letting go and falling from the trees. Our little pond has been fully restored and the burgundy Sedum was beautiful in the sunlight.

 I need to show you what I bought at the Value Village that I liked and thought was a bargain.  Here she is, Girl With Blue Ball.  She is porcelain and was fashioned between 1924 and 1974 by Nao ...

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Rolling, Packing and Flowers... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

I think this is Day 12

working up the hay field... 



I have put about 100 hours behind the wheel

of this green beauty in the last two weeks...






This is a really comfortable seat...

it is air ride with shock absorbers,

I barely feel the bumps !






The 3 orange levers 

make the tractor go forward and back.

The 3 black levers 

make the implements on the back

do what they are supposed to do....






This is the view from the driver's seat...






The Cowboy has the 

roller packers hooked up...

I spent about 10 hours today packing the ...

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Flowers and Farming... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


It is October...

the Dinner Plate Dahlias 

are putting on a show !

 


Pink Dinner Plate Dahlia






Orange Dinner Plate Dahlia






Purple Dinner Plate Dahlia




It feels like October...


It is 40 degrees this morning

when I climb on the tractor...






The sun is up,  the fog is rising...






Fog lifting off the field...






The Plowing is all done...

time to knock down those plow rows

with the harrows...






I am pulling two harrows...

twice the work in one pass over the field.






I am not alone today...

in the next field are a few cow and calf pairs

to keep ...

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September 27, 2021
Fall around my house from The Crafty Quilter

Fall is just starting to make its presence known around my house. The temperatures in the Bay Area of California are cooling to the 70’s and low 80’s during the day and hovering around 58 degrees C at night. We just pulled the last of our tomato plants, and we’re still waiting for our peppers to finish maturing. The hydrangeas have turned into a beautiful palette of mauve, wine and pale blush.

Fall hydrangea in my backyard.

We have three Monarch chrysalides that will become beautiful butterflies any day now. Mr. Crafty Quilter is still finding Monarch caterpillars in our backyard milkweed ...

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September 19, 2021
Rule #5, She Keeps Walking, Tiny Scraps Autumn Table Topper, Blueberry Muffins from Canadian Needle Nana

Rule #5 Keep walking...both physically and figuratively. I'm intrigued how the two are linked. The summer after I moved to Ontario was a very difficult one for me. I'd had difficult times before but it seemed nothing had prepared me for the new challenges I faced. Separations are never easy and it felt like new worries were being piled on top of old.  I would take my little Shuffle with my music in my ears and walk all over the small town I was living in.  I would walk fast and return to the house tired but ...

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September 13, 2021
Rule #4, Shopping, Table Topper Almost Finish, Flosstube Love, Hanging On! from Canadian Needle Nana

 Rule #4 Calm yourself. Stop dreaming up negative scenerios! You are safe and comfortable. Your children are safe and comfortable.  Shut down the negative thoughts! Give your mind a well deserved break from all the horrible imaginings! Anybody else identify with the middle of the night wandering thoughts that take a dark dive?? I'm determined to put a stop to it. 

Have you heard of Butter Denim?  I got out shopping last week at Winners and bought these jeans made of Butter Denim; I think the company is a number like 1822. This is me trying to model them ...

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September 5, 2021
Rule #2, Quilters' Memory Match Game, Breakfast For Supper, Squishy Mail from Canadian Needle Nana

While most are fading, the late summer flowers continue to blossom.  The Phlox, in these vivid pink hues, add such a pop of colour to the hedges.   

And here is my ancient apple basket with the indoor geraniums outdoors all summer. Some critter ate the blooms twice but, have to hand it to geraniums, they kept reblooming.

 I used to be so much more creative in my cooking and baking than I'm being these days. I thought of that when I went to make pancakes recently. I used to make crepes and turn them into a main dish when ...

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September 4, 2021
DIY Phone Stands... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

 This is a super quick stitching project...



iPhone Stands...





I don't even have an iPhone...

we don't have cell service where we live.





But, several of my friends and family do...

so I made a few to give as gifts.





They require a small piece of fabric,

so I pawed through my scrap basket...





I lined them with fusible interfacing...





The bottom half is filled with plastic pellets...

The top half is stuffing.





I made a larger one to support an ipad...

I don't have an ipad either.





There are oodles of You Tube video tutorials

to ...

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Hollyhocks... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

 

I had several hundred images on the camera

taken over the summer...

I thought I would share a few:



Hollyhocks blooming by the back door...



























Our little herd of blackberry eaters...


Boer Goats

We feed them grape leaves off the arbor

in the back yard...




Goats are super fun to have around !










Blueberry Pie....in progress





All baked up and ready to go !










I just love this gorgeous steer calf...

5 months old


I have lots more and will try and

post them as time allows.


Enjoy the rest of your summer !


If you are inspired by any of these ...

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August 29, 2021
Sewing, knitting and embroidery from The Cozy Quilter

I have been participating in a round-robin quilt project with a group of 5 other quilters from the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild over the past few months.  We each made a centre block and then everyone else in the group makes a border or another block or two for each member of the group according to the style/colours chosen by the quilter.  This month, my block is for J.  Her block was pieced in an improv style with these colours.  I dug into my scrap bins and made her a block that I hope will compliment what she made ...

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August 21, 2021
Another Hat and a Quilt Top from The Cozy Quilter

I had started the second hat last week on our way home from the cottage, and managed to finish it this week.  I will need to make pompoms for both of these hats--my friend, Christine, has a pompom maker that I can use. This yarn is super chunky and the hats are thick and warm--the bottom bands are turned up so they will keep the ears cozy on a cold day. 


 During my sewing room time this week, I finished putting this quilt top together.  The rust colour really brightens up the brown, tan and cream swap blocks.  I had ...

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August 16, 2021
Life's Ups and Downs, Carousel of Time from Canadian Needle Nana

A friend said to me a few years ago, Jocelyn, now we are the grandmothers. It was one of those moments when an idea hits you with a certain clarity and truth.  From then on I seemed more aware that life is definitely not static, is always swiftly moving on and me along with it. I thought of this when I saw on Nancy's blog, Joy For Grace. she had posted a video of Joni Mitchell singing The Circle Game.  In 1966, as a 15 year old I would have enjoyed her beautiful voice, but now all these years ...

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July 30, 2021
And the Winner is... from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

We were thrilled to see so many wonderful flowers listed in our giveaway! It is great to know that so many stitchers out there love flowers as much as we do. Lilies and tulips led the way as the most popular flowers, but there were quite a few that piqued our interest since we hadn't stitched them before. Flowers have been our mainstay to stitch since we began our little business, and we thought it would be fun to show some of the ones that we have stitched—along with a few that are now on our stitching radar ...

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July 27, 2021
Free Patterns, Christmas Stitching in July, Playful Pups and Empty Nests from Canadian Needle Nana

Summer is in full bloom here in Ontario. The fireflies are out nightly and we've had strange moons, weather, and thankfully, this week a break from the humidity that further drags me down. We also had one noteworthy storm that was kind of frightening. Suddenly it turned dark as night, the wind came up and then we had torrential downpours of rain with thunder crashing all the while. It was how suddenly it turned dark like night that I couldn't get over. However, after 20 minutes or so it all cleared off, leaving in its wake many of ...

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July 22, 2021
"In the Garden" Again: A Final Walk and a GIVEAWAY from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

What better way to wrap up our revisit In the Garden than with a giveaway? We have been thrilled to see some of the blocks you are creating with these patterns, and are so grateful to those who have shared their progress in our Hopeful Stitchers Facebook Group. It is never too late to join our garden visits. Printed patterns with ribbon are still available, as are digital PDF downloads, and we have shared our original post below, which includes photos of each block.



To celebrate our gardening, we thought we would offer a free pattern set ...

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July 19, 2021
Finishing Up... from From the Strawberry Patch...

I've been trying to wrap up some lingering projects-partially-done by getting them quilted, bound and ready for finishing. When I get on a roll it's really not that hard, I just need to keep focused and on track. This is "Fun~fetti" after trimming up. It's one from a couple of years ago where I tried my hand at the split-nine patch using low volume fabrics. I felt it was really much too blah, so

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Finishing Up... from From the Strawberry Patch...

I've been trying to wrap up some lingering projects-partially-done by getting them quilted, bound and ready for finishing. When I get on a roll it's really not that hard, I just need to keep focused and on track. This is "Fun~fetti" after trimming up. It's one from a couple of years ago where I tried my hand at the split-nine patch using low volume fabrics. I felt it was really much too blah, so

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