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May 3, 2021
Beauty Product, Apple Crumble, Basket Applique, Amazing Bird Sighting from Canadian Needle Nana

All this week down at the pond I've been serenaded by several cardinals singing their beautiful songs. I had to think how blessed I am to not only live where this is a morning greeting but also to have my hearing to hear them. With hubby being hard of hearing, I'm conscious of that too. 

I had a marvelous treat last week when the barred owl suddenly alighted on a tree in the marshy area as I was sitting on the skating shack steps. I was using binoculars and caught the movement of something quite chunky looking. Because ...

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March 17, 2021
Found wide backing... from Elsie Quilts

 After searching dozens on online stores and finding nothing or "Sold Out" on the wide backings that appealed to me for my yellow scrap quilt (previous post) I went to a local fabric discount store and found wide backing, well, 108" for one and 60" for another, and also a piece of batik that I would have used but enough piecing already!

Here are the three. The top one is already on my longarm hence the funny shadow. I had to turn my camera upsidedown and hold it underneath to get the photo. The yellow works with the top and ...

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March 7, 2021
Practice what you preach! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 

It's one thing for me to send you off on an assignment every day for decluttering our houses, but quite another if I'm not following along. Part of that is time constraints as I go through this current series of presentations. After this coming week, the number per week will drop by two, and that'll make a HUGE difference. I'll also have most of them tweaked to my satisfaction with videos and samples made so the prep time will drop. Phew! That'll be nice to have a wee bit more relaxed pace. 

Well, I got ...

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February 4, 2021
Comforts and Small Joys to Pass a Canadian Winter in Isolation from Canadian Needle Nana

We had a wolf moon last week- the first full moon of a new year. Early morning stepping onto the front veranda for wood I was surprised by how it looked so brilliant and illuminated the landscape.  This photo taken around 7:30 am. and look at those colours...cobalt? purples?  What colour(s) do you see|?

I am toting a lot of wood these days, part of the routine here in winter.  I'm pleased my joints aren't creaking though I think my arms may be an inch or two longer by the end of the winter. Never ...

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January 21, 2021
Flosstube, Shopping Sales, Wintertime Slow Stitching from Canadian Needle Nana

 After a night of steady snowfall, we woke to a true winter wonderland yesterday. The views out each window were spectacular and the snow continued to fall all day. 

The feeders got refilled the evening before and many birds availed of an extra bit of nourishment including several blue jays that stopped by.

The back yard...

The golden maple...
 The day before we'd been able to follow a deer track all the way up through our land, see where it had pawed the old leaves to find something to eat and then move on. I was pleased to note ...

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January 15, 2021
Nothing New from Becca's Crazy Projects


I wish I had something exciting to share. I do not. Every day the weather is above 45F degrees and sunny I go outside and roll around for at least 30 minutes. Yesterday it was over 50 degrees. The secret to getting up and moving is getting up and moving. Yesterday my socks (yes, I made them) matched my skates. Well, these socks match many things, I'm sure. 

The weekend is nearly here. I'm sure I'll accomplish something productive over the long weekend. 

Skate accessories I bought to support this crazy new hobby (affiliate links):

Zeato ...

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January 13, 2021
Practice, practice, practice from Becca's Crazy Projects

When there is sunshine, and the temperature isn't too cold, or the wind isn't blowing, I try to go outside and practice on my skates. Afternoon sunshine is perfect for this. I still love the skate leash I made. 
I'm not great skater by any means. I'm still falling over (occasionally) and learning more every time I practice. Little steps. 

Skate accessories I bought to support this crazy new hobby (affiliate links):
Zeato All-in-One Skate Tool
Triple Eight Saver Series Pad Set
Triple Eight The Certified Helmet

 

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January 6, 2021
Picking Up the Pieces from Becca's Crazy Projects

Sometimes a project will get set aside. 
I'm not even sure when I stopped working on this quilt. It must have been at least a year ago. It was time to pull it out and make some more blocks. 
So much fabric and so many more blocks to go. I don't know if I'll finish it this time around but it is nice to pick up the pieces and keep moving. 

Like batiks? Want to see another of my quilts made with batik fabrics? Check out this post from 2018. My Jewel Box Stars was made using ...

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December 23, 2020
Closing In... from From the Strawberry Patch...

Even with a slower, more intentional, approach to Christmas (without the hosting and toasting) this year, the days still rush by at the same pace and all of a sudden it's "go" time. There are cookies to be baked and traditions to be upheld. The sugar cookies and almond cookies are on ourĀ  Mr. G's "must have" list, as they have been every year.The sewing room has temporarily been converted into

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Closing In... from From the Strawberry Patch...

Even with a slower, more intentional, approach to Christmas (without the hosting and toasting) this year, the days still rush by at the same pace and all of a sudden it's "go" time. There are cookies to be baked and traditions to be upheld. The sugar cookies and almond cookies are on ourĀ  Mr. G's "must have" list, as they have been every year.The sewing room has temporarily been converted into

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December 2, 2020
Crochet Finish from Becca's Crazy Projects

Sometimes I start a project without really knowing where it is going. This shawl was made using Lindy Chain from Knit Picks. This is a linen and cotton blend that feels rather stiff when working with it but the resulting fabric has delightful drape. I did not use a pattern for this project. It is made primarily using the moss-stitch (single crochet one, chain one) with rows of double crochet one, chain one offset with another row of single crochet one, chain one. Check out my Etsy shop for ready-to-ship knit and crochet project bags like the one shown above ...

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November 25, 2020
Odds and Ends from Becca's Crazy Projects

This week has been a week of things but not so much doing things. My Kickstarter copy of Dwellings of Eldervale came. It isn't like I'll be having any friends over soon so I have plenty of time to learn the rules. 
I put the twelve blocks for my kit on the design wall. There will be so much piecing of sashing and cornerstones, and so on for this one. Full update next Monday. 
And my copy of Escape Pod's year fifteen anthology(affiliate link) arrived. I actually bought two copies of this one so someone might ...

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November 23, 2020
Christmas Gifts, Cozy Walmart Buy, Thrift Store Find, Appliqued Fox and Others from Canadian Needle Nana

It's a dull weather day today as we brace for snowfall later this afternoon, the first real snow of the year. It is thanks to conditions far away...something called a Colorado low.  See how connected we are, my American friends.

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November 18, 2020
Autumn's Palette, Delicious Gifts, Embroidery, A Free BOM and QAL from Canadian Needle Nana

I bet you would not be able to guess which of the garden plants this little leaf came from. The strange weather this year- cold and then very warm again, seems to have made for interesting patterns in the fading leaves. This is from the old rose bush and the ground was covered yesterday with similarly patterned leaves. Such a pretty autumn palette. 

 I received a wonderful gift in the mail from Amazon beautifully wrapped in this organza bag. 
A total surprise from Hubby. I had no idea Amazon wraps gifts so beautifully. I will share more about this book ...

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November 11, 2020
Skate Leash from Becca's Crazy Projects

I needed some nylon web to make a leash for my skates. I did a little poking around and didn't find a great tutorial but I did find enough to figure out what I needed. 
Step one is to bring your skates to the project so you can make sure you know how long the webbing needs to be cut.
This is a really simple sew. You just need a loop on each end that will fit over the webbing. 
I couldn't leave them plain so I grabbed this fun print from my collection and stitched it down ...

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November 6, 2020
31 Days of Digital Art from Becca's Crazy Projects

Even though the month of October is over I haven't stopped doing digital art following the great video tutorials offered by BeeJayDel. Sometimes I followed the tutorial very closely, other times I used different pose references or went a different direction. Can you spot the differences? 



I am so much more confident with Procreate but I have yet to find my own style. I'll keep working on it. 

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November 4, 2020
Skating! from Becca's Crazy Projects

I put the toe guards on my skates, laced them up, and went outside. 
I did fall. I did not break anything. I'm still excited about skating. I'm sad I didn't make this jump earlier in the year. As the weather is changing I am unlikely to want to go out into the cold and skate. I may have start looking for a roller rink. 

Skate accessories I bought to support this crazy new hobby (affiliate links):
Zeato All-in-One Skate Tool
Triple Eight Saver Series Pad Set
Triple Eight The Certified Helmet

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October 30, 2020
More than a Little Crazy from Becca's Crazy Projects

I saw a couple videos about the newest skates from Moxi, the Rainbow Riders. Those were sold out in most sizes the first day and by the time I got making the decision everything in my size was gone.
 

I searched high and low until I found a seller that had Moxi roller skates in stock, in my size.
It was no easy feat. When I looked the next day they had nothing in my size. 
My knee pads are here, my helmet is not. I may need some nicer weather, too. It rained all day. 

I'm more excited ...

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October 23, 2020
31 Days of Digital Art from Becca's Crazy Projects

You may have stumbled upon a thing called Inktober, or Drawtober, on social media this month. New art, like fall, is in the air. I love it. I've been following tutorials by BeeJayDel on YouTube and have been getting amazing results. 


He is presenting a new video every day in October. 

So many fun characters!
I'm learning how to use both Procreate and my Apple Pencil. 

Practice is how you get better. I'm getting better every drawing. And I'm loving the Halloween theme! Expect more of these before the month is out. Hopefully, long after that ...

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October 21, 2020
On Line Shopping, Embroidery, Garden Flowers Still, Squirrel Moment, Ugly Gardening from Canadian Needle Nana

  I had a funny thought this week when I ordered checks online from my banking site. The smallest order was for 100 and I figured these will probably see me through now. I so seldom write checks anymore. It wasn't a sad thought just like oh yes that's true now.

We have an overabundance of office supplies. This is thanks to auction wins and having extras thrown in during one of them that we did not bid on.  This week I'm planning on organizing the smaller totes and storage bins with the intent to lessen the amount ...

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