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January 29, 2023
Books, Birds, Projects and More from From My Carolina Home

Settle in for a long post about a lot going on, things to see and read, and projects where you can participate. Around the feeder we have a lot of pretty birds, and hungry birds! This week there has been a variety of avian friends chowing down on the seed and suet, including some newcomers. When two new species showed up for the first time this year, I had to do another bird count and send it in. Here, a red bellied woodpecker shares the seed with a two goldfinches and two titmouses (hanging off the backside).

The bluebirds are ...

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January 15, 2023
Sunday Chat from From My Carolina Home

I’ve been doing counts for the Cornell Feeder Watch, and also tracking my species counts in eBird. It was exciting to see ten bluebirds visit on Christmas Day, and six of them have stayed on. At least I have only seen six at once for the past few days. After the pair took a look at our birdhouse, there is no evidence it has been chosen as a nesting site, but it is still early. It has been warmer than normal, so maybe the birds were house hunting early. But then we got a dusting of snow yesterday.

This ...

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January 1, 2023
Happy New Year 2023 from From My Carolina Home

I didn’t get a tablescape done in time for this post, so here is my Japanese Inspired Tablescape from my New Year post in 2020, along with recipes. Everything on the table except the flowers and napkins came from my thrift store and estate sale excursions. I love these lacquer dishes and they blend nicely with the black stoneware with the gold embellishments I use mostly around the New Year weekend. This year I am planning to donate more dishes and tablescaping stuff, and just have less stuff all around.

Most years, I put out an all white table ...

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October 4, 2022
Three Free Patterns Thursday, JackRabbit Progress, Cosy Afghan, Beautiful Face Cream from Canadian Needle Nana

In the late September sun, Pink Asters bloom as some of the hostas fade. And a tiny tree frog has been living in the furnace outtake pipe at the back of the house below our bedroom window. We hear his chirps sometimes at night and always wondered where exactly they were coming from. Such incredibly loud sounds from such a small fellow.

He was spotted by the eagle eyed Petey when we were playing ball back there one day and seems to be living there.
This week I've been laying down some cross stitches on my JackRabbit piece. The ...

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September 19, 2022
Best Birthday Gift, Garden Pinks, Tinned Fruit Talk, Hand Quilting Challenge, Majesty Adieu from Canadian Needle Nana

Another week and September is moving along. Early morning walks in noticeably cooler temperatures.  Darkness also closing in earlier in the evenings. I don't mind this and Ned says he loves it. I too love the changing of the seasons.

Autumn brings pinks and mauves to the garden...hardy sedum bearing heavy blooms these days.

A visitor snapped through the old sewing room screened window. Hydrangeas touched by colder temperatures turning pinkish.
And another taller variety of sedum...
I buy a lot of fresh fruit which I enjoy but it is quite expensive. I also rarely buy mango or ...

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August 8, 2022
Three Free Patterns, Wildlife, Jackrabbit Cross Stitching, Favourite Sun Block Cream from Canadian Needle Nana

 So what do you think? Lining one of the tunnels for a nest perhaps? Update...I've been told he/she is probably storing food for the winter.

The three small groundhogs, the chucklings, seem to have disappeared. I read they move on to establish their own territory and I hope that is true. This bigger one is spotted in the front yards nowadays often tearing chunks of grass. I've read a lot about groundhogs/woodchucks and have enjoyed observing and photographing them up close. Mid summer amusement. 

I've also enjoyed a few calm early mornings laying stitches ...

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July 31, 2022
Sunday Chat – Book Reviews and the Garden from From My Carolina Home

In the garden this week, the apricot gladiolas have come into full bloom. There are a bunch of them dotted over the mountainside behind our home. Some, I think, were planted by the previous owners of this house, but some must be squirrel planted as there are more of them every year. I have dug some up and transferred them to the front flower bed, but they still persist in the back. The first blooms on the bottom of the stalk have faded, but there are more buds to come.

Lovely color, aren’t they? Some years they bloom at ...

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July 26, 2022
Thursday's Three Free, Basket Case Hand Quilting, Favourite Kitchen Gadget, Critters from Canadian Needle Nana

We are still in the middle of a heat wave. Temperatures are reaching to the 30's every day and the heat alone without humidity doesn't bother me happily.  I'm just thankful we seem to be stuck at a tolerance level and not breaking records(yet!) like in England and parts of the U.S. 

The tiny peepers have given way to the green frogs and brown toads. I'm now hearing the distinctive rumble of a couple of bull frogs at the pond. 

This happens every year though I've yet to see either a peeper or ...

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July 13, 2022
Patio progress from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 I seem to be taking my sweet time to unpack everything from the retreat. It's SUMMER, and I'm in summer mode -- slow, and I'm OK with that. 

They are making progress in leaps and bounds in the front yard, and the girls and I christened the patio last night. 

The new front patio


They still have some stuff to plant, but the three "big" trees are in. Let's not forget my little patch of grass has to go in. I don't want it; the landscaper does. I'll let him win, but then, I might ...

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July 10, 2022
Summer @ The Kessi Ranch 2022... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

 The first week of July

and we are finally getting summer weather

here in Western Oregon



Foxgloves growing by the barn...





We are making round hay bales...





Roses and Peonies blooming by the front door...

There are baby tree swallows living in the

2 story bird house the Cowboy built for me.





The chickens scratching through the iris bed.

They eat all of the slugs and bugs...

great for the flowers!




The second hay field is mowed...

I am raking....the Cowboy is baling.






Round Bale





We moved the main cattle herd to new pasture

last evening...





They are in ...

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July 2, 2022
Hay Season....Raking & Baling from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


We are back in the first hay field today...

 


The mowed grass has dried out some

and I am raking it into windrows

so the Cowboy can come along later and bale it...





This is my ride today...

The Cowboy's John Deere 4440





This is the hay rake...

It is attaches to the back of the tractor

and creates the windrows






These HUGE metal tines scoop up the hay...






Windrows...

The rake merges the hay into a row

and the wind dries it.





The Cowboy is baling up the windrows...

The tractor straddles the windrow and

the baler scoops ...

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Hay Making and Foxgloves... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

 

No stitching for me today...



Mowing the 2nd hay field...




I am not alone...


Lots and lots of turkey vultures...






they follow the mower looking for

tidbits to feed their young...






nothing goes to waste...






It was a beautiful day to be out of doors...






The field is mowed and I am heading for the barn !






It is Foxglove season here in the 

Pacific Northwest






Foxglove growing up and through 

an old squeeze chute...






Foxglove growing up through an 

irrigation pipe trailer...






I love the spotty throats inside the blooms...






Pink has never looked this good !












One of my favorite ...

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June 29, 2022
Hay Season & Feathers... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

 

Work before Play



I spent the day on my little red tractor...





It was nice and cool out...

a perfect day for mowing hay



Look what I found:


Elk Antler





Elk herds spend a lot of time 

grazing in the hay fields,

and in the Spring the 

bull elk shed their antlers...





I kept my eye out, but didn't find any others.





It was a beautiful day outdoors !



When I came home I was

itching to do some stitching:


I pulled out a yard of hand dyed fabric

and put together a quilt sandwich 

and just played...






I have ...

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April 19, 2022
Spring Things from From the Strawberry Patch...

We've had some glorious spring days; those days when one longs to be outside potting up pretty plants and flowers. We made our annual pilgrimage down east to our favorite nursery last week and brought home a carload of lush loveliness for that very purpose.The weather cooperated and I accomplished much but, alas, I'll be covering everything up tonight as the temps are dipping dangerously close to

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Spring Things from From the Strawberry Patch...

We've had some glorious spring days; those days when one longs to be outside potting up pretty plants and flowers. We made our annual pilgrimage down east to our favorite nursery last week and brought home a carload of lush loveliness for that very purpose.The weather cooperated and I accomplished much but, alas, I'll be covering everything up tonight as the temps are dipping dangerously close to

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February 20, 2022
Guild Fun, Wildlife and the Last Quilt Repair from From My Carolina Home

This year marks the 40th anniversary of our guild, so every month the social committee is doing something fun at our meetings. This past week, we were treated to cupcakes, well, fabric ones. These were such a cute idea, a rolled up fat quarter ‘served’ in a cupcake liner with a little triangle of yellow paper to simulate a candle burning. We sang Happy Birthday to us and wore party hats. It was such a fun way to start a meeting.

Back home, I began to pull and consider quilts to enter in the show this year. Registration is open ...

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February 11, 2022
Scrappy Hand Stitched Needle Book from Canadian Needle Nana

Thank you all for the interest in items from the last post. Answers to the questions I received...

January's cake: Daughter Beth made Rock Recipe's Orange Velvet Cake With Buttercream Frosting and the recipe is at that link. She says she has made almost all of Barry's Velvet cakes and they all turned out well...we've eaten quite a few of them and can certainly agree!

Her colourful wall is made of water coloured with food colouring and frozen. She used this sort of brick sized plastic container to freeze the water.

And here is the ...

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February 9, 2022
Table runner.....Christmas Charm Pack from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


I am on a roll with the table runners...


this is made from a holiday charm pack: 


All pieced and under the needle...





I am in the Thread Shed today

stitching on the Bernina Artisa 200...





Lots of big free motion swirls...





rather than let this charm pack sit around

until next holiday season,  I decided

to get it done now...





On point settings are a favorite...





I chose the gray dots for backing...





All done.....10 months early !



I captured this image this morning

while feeding the cattle:

Felix the Elk Calf is 9 months old

and ...

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January 30, 2022
Baby Quilt.....Minions from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

 

This is how I spent a few hours yesterday:



Minions....Baby Quilt



This is the panel BEFORE quilting:


The quilting brings these panels to life !






505 Spray

My favorite for spray basting quilts





Lots of BIG SWIRLS are FUN !





Brings a SMILE to my face !





Yummy flannel for the backing...

As soon as I get the binding on this,

it will be winging its' way cross country.



While loading hay this morning

I noticed this Blue Heron perched in a tree

in the barn lot:


They are such beautiful birds...





They spend their time fishing along the river.


CLICK HERE ...

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Table Runner....Petal Power from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

 

I am a sucker for Charm Packs...



When else can you get an entire line of fabric

in one bitty package...



This one will be a table runner:


How FUN are these fabrics !





All pieced and ready to be quilted...





Free Motion Swirls and Feathers...










This is the best way to spend the day...






The backing fabric works as a

2 sided table runner...





Makes me.....HAPPY !



This is how we spend our mornings:


Feeding the cattle...

I drive and the Cowboy feeds off the back





It is such a treat to see Felix enjoying his 

breakfast with the cows ...

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