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July 10, 2019
July in the Garden from From My Carolina Home

The garden is blooming still, get ready for a picture heavy post! We are fortunate to have a very long blooming season as the spring flowers fade and the summer beauties show their colors. Late June and early July is the time for the day lilies to shine.  I still have several varieties, and will be pulling at least one more up this fall to give away.  I’m just tired of them and need more shrubs and fewer bulbs.  The ruffled edged two tones are all I have left now.

July in the Garden at FromMyCarolinaHome.com
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July in the Garden at FromMyCarolinaHome.com
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July in the Garden at FromMyCarolinaHome.com
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July in the Garden at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Out back looking up the mountain, I missed getting ...

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July 8, 2019
Hello Hydrangeas! from ... Cat Patches

The first thing I needed to do yesterday was to get out and water the flower pots and fill the bird feeders. Since my last visit to the garden, the hydrangeas have stolen the show. The variegated one has several blooms on it.

 
Its neighbor to the left was the first to bloom. The bush is small, but the flowers are big.


This pink one is on the same plant.


To its left is the largest bush, and it too is flowering now.


Sometimes it produces flowers that are half blue, half lavender, or half pink.


Around front, the darkest ...

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Hello Hydrangeas! from Cat Patches

The first thing I needed to do yesterday was to get out and water the flower pots and fill the bird feeders. Since my last visit to the garden, the hydrangeas have stolen the show. The variegated one has several blooms on it.

 
Its neighbor to the left was the first to bloom. The bush is small, but the flowers are big.


This pink one is on the same plant.


To its left is the largest bush, and it too is flowering now.


Sometimes it produces flowers that are half blue, half lavender, or half pink.


Around front, the darkest ...

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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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July 4, 2019
Happy Fourth! from ... Cat Patches

Happy Independence Day, my friends! It's one of my favorite holidays. We're celebrating at home this year . . . a departure from our celebrations on the east bank of the Willamette River of many years running. It's fine by me, and that means it's also a cooking day. I made a potato salad yesterday. Today I'll be marinating some flank steaks for smoking and grilling later, and I'll be baking a lemon meringue pie. Lemon meringue being my favorite, it's always a good choice when there will be folks here to help us devour it ...

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Happy Fourth! from Cat Patches

Happy Independence Day, my friends! It's one of my favorite holidays. We're celebrating at home this year . . . a departure from our celebrations on the east bank of the Willamette River of many years running. It's fine by me, and that means it's also a cooking day. I made a potato salad yesterday. Today I'll be marinating some flank steaks for smoking and grilling later, and I'll be baking a lemon meringue pie. Lemon meringue being my favorite, it's always a good choice when there will be folks here to help us devour it ...

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July 3, 2019
Catching Up! from From the Strawberry Patch...

Summer is zipping by at the speed of light! We traveled last evening to the Capital City to watch these two swim at that same speed, they're crazy fast! Naturally we're biased, they are our grandchildren after all, but we continue to be delighted to see their competitive spirits balanced out with good manners and excellent sportsmanship at their swim meets. These two are definitely water babies

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Catching Up! from From the Strawberry Patch...

Summer is zipping by at the speed of light! We traveled last evening to the Capital City to watch these two swim at that same speed, they're crazy fast! Naturally we're biased, they are our grandchildren after all, but we continue to be delighted to see their competitive spirits balanced out with good manners and excellent sportsmanship at their swim meets. These two are definitely water babies

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June 30, 2019
Oh My Darling, Clementine from ... Cat Patches

It took most of the day yesterday, but the Pawtrait of Clementine is finished. The hand-sewing for the binding was completed by late yesterday afternoon. Here she is:


Here's how she looks from the back.


When I started yesterday, there was still quite a bit to do. I used an 80/6 microtex needle and monofilament thread to stitch down all the edges of the applique pieces.


It's quite a job to do that, but it's also very forgiving. I'll be adding some "fuzz" in just a little bit, and so it's okay to travel ...

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Oh My Darling, Clementine from Cat Patches

It took most of the day yesterday, but the Pawtrait of Clementine is finished. The hand-sewing for the binding was completed by late yesterday afternoon. Here she is:


Here's how she looks from the back.


When I started yesterday, there was still quite a bit to do. I used an 80/6 microtex needle and monofilament thread to stitch down all the edges of the applique pieces.


It's quite a job to do that, but it's also very forgiving. I'll be adding some "fuzz" in just a little bit, and so it's okay to travel ...

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Watercolors from Ruth Powers Blog

My focus seems to have shifted somewhat lately. I’m very busy with gardening and have done a few quilted pieces recently. Volunteering is taking up a lot of time as well.

Yesterday I brought these two watercolors to the SouthWind Gallery in Topeka to be part of their upcoming Watercolor show. I have not been exhibiting much lately so it is nice to be getting some things out there.

Visiting the Garden
Cat Nap

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June 27, 2019
Fusion Achieved from ... Cat Patches

It sounds as if I'm building a nuclear weapon, but actually, I'm only building a widdle kitty cat. Clementine is all put together now.


It was quite a relief to have that part finished. I went searching through my green bin for a green background piece, and came out with this scrap. It was used as the quilt back for Wind in the Whiskers, and it seemed like a good choice.


I spent some time trying to choose fabrics for a stop border and an outer border last night. When Mike got home, I asked for his help ...

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Fusion Achieved from Cat Patches

It sounds as if I'm building a nuclear weapon, but actually, I'm only building a widdle kitty cat. Clementine is all put together now.


It was quite a relief to have that part finished. I went searching through my green bin for a green background piece, and came out with this scrap. It was used as the quilt back for Wind in the Whiskers, and it seemed like a good choice.


I spent some time trying to choose fabrics for a stop border and an outer border last night. When Mike got home, I asked for his help ...

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June 26, 2019
Sewing for Masochists from ... Cat Patches

Yesterday's sewing was a battle between persistence and surrender. As always, it started with slow-stitching. I stitched up most of the current embroidery hoops-worth.


I could have spent a little more time and stitched up the basket, but it seemed like a good time to get after those dreaded cast-on stitches. It took about a half hour to stitch just one forget-me-not, but it looked pretty good when it was finished.


My biggest challenge with these is remembering to let the needle drop and unwind itself before moving on to the next petal. If I don't do that ...

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Sewing for Masochists from Cat Patches

Yesterday's sewing was a battle between persistence and surrender. As always, it started with slow-stitching. I stitched up most of the current embroidery hoops-worth.


I could have spent a little more time and stitched up the basket, but it seemed like a good time to get after those dreaded cast-on stitches. It took about a half hour to stitch just one forget-me-not, but it looked pretty good when it was finished.


My biggest challenge with these is remembering to let the needle drop and unwind itself before moving on to the next petal. If I don't do that ...

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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 23, 2019
A Horse with No Tail from ... Cat Patches

On the first part of the journey...

An ear worm has infected me. You have to be "vintage" to appreciate it. I blame this block made yesterday from the CTC Sew-along. It was created by Nicola Dodd and it's called "Dala Horse." You can find the instructions right here.


These are the Countdown to Christmas blocks, and originally, they were intended to be done in red and white. Mine are in blues and greens. I couldn't figure out a good way to use that color combination for this block, and so my fabric choice for the horse included ...

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A Horse with No Tail from Cat Patches

On the first part of the journey...

An ear worm has infected me. You have to be "vintage" to appreciate it. I blame this block made yesterday from the CTC Sew-along. It was created by Nicola Dodd and it's called "Dala Horse." You can find the instructions right here.


These are the Countdown to Christmas blocks, and originally, they were intended to be done in red and white. Mine are in blues and greens. I couldn't figure out a good way to use that color combination for this block, and so my fabric choice for the horse included ...

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June 22, 2019
Over the Hump from ... Cat Patches

It's rare for me to lose my sewing mo-jo, and sometimes I'm not sure what's holding me back. Recently, it was the top-stitching for the Garden Sunshine blocks. They had some applique with lots of curves, nooks, and crannies, and I wasn't feeling like doing all that top-stitching. But it's finished now, and so I'm back, Baby! After I've made the two June blocks for the Countdown to Christmas sew-along, I'll be ready to get on with Clementine's Pawtrait.

As for the Garden Sunshine blocks, I was kind of stuck on ...

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Over the Hump from Cat Patches

It's rare for me to lose my sewing mo-jo, and sometimes I'm not sure what's holding me back. Recently, it was the top-stitching for the Garden Sunshine blocks. They had some applique with lots of curves, nooks, and crannies, and I wasn't feeling like doing all that top-stitching. But it's finished now, and so I'm back, Baby! After I've made the two June blocks for the Countdown to Christmas sew-along, I'll be ready to get on with Clementine's Pawtrait.

As for the Garden Sunshine blocks, I was kind of stuck on ...

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