Home & Garden: Mid November

Leaves, leaves, leaves.

November 2023 in the garden at craftygardener.ca

The majority have fallen down and it took as a few days of raking and filling bags.

November 2023 in the garden at craftygardener.ca

Lots were mulched and added to the wild areas of the garden and the rest were added to bags to take to the landfill.

November 2023 in the garden at craftygardener.ca

The milkweed pods have opened and the seeds are taking flight to find new homes to grow next year.

Welcome friends snowman embroidery at craftygardeener.ca

The Welcome friends embroidery has been finished, just need the backing added.

Welcome friends snowman embroidery at craftygardeener.ca

I’m not totally happy about the white embroidery on the white background. At first I used a chain stitch but did remove it and change for a running stitch to match the rest of the embroidery.

Welcome friends snowman embroidery at craftygardeener.ca

Welcome friends embroidery pattern can be found here if you want to stitch one of your own.

I get lots of inspiration from other stitchers at Slow Sunday Stitching and appreciate all the visits and comments from there. Visit them and gather some inspiration for yourself.

A Friend for Christmas and The Christmas Beaver by Mike Martin

Reviews for A Friend for Christmas, a story about overcoming fear, being strong, and facing what scares you, and The Christmas Beaver, about helping others, were put online. I recommend reading both of them to kids and grandkids. Check out more of Mike Martin’s books here.

making embroidered snowflake gift tags at craftygardener.ca

As you know I’ve been getting my Christmas shopping finished as I have knee surgery on November 16. So my next embroidery project will be some gift tags. These came with tag board cutouts and patterns. I found it hard to get the needle through the tag board, and at first I found some thinner tags but opted to cut my own out of a firm felt. It will be much easier to embroider on these. Plus I can add embroidered names as well.

bird visitors at the feeders at craftygardener.ca

Lots of birds are visiting the feeders in the garden. The red wing blackbirds and robins won’t be around much longer. The nuthatches, red bellied woodpecker, and doves will visit all winter along with bluejays, cardinals, downy woodpeckers and chickadees.

cooking sausage casserole at craftygardener.ca

Colder weather means comfort cooking, and a sausage casserole is just the thing.

The weather gave us a bit of a warning about what is to come and we had some snow and ice pellets and a dose of cold weather on November 8. It didn’t stick around long.

I’ll be MIA from November 16, 2023 as I’m in for total knee replacement surgery that day. My days after wards will be filled with recovery and exercises. See you soon.

garden line

The Crafty Side dabbles in: knit & crochetsewing & plastic canvas, Crafty’s projects, craf-tea ideaskids crafts, rock crafts, Christmas Ideas

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6 Responses

  1. Vondean Erickson

    I had to tell how much I liked your Welcome Friends embroidery Sampler. I made a copy and want to do one too.
    The pictures of the birds are so beautiful.

    I will be thinking of you on the day of your surgery. Just wanted to wish you the best.
    We have Veterans day tomorrow to honor all veterans. I had forgotten Canada calls it Rememberracne Day. When I told my son Tim what Canada called it he said he liked that better than what we call it.
    Take care

    • Crafty

      Hi Vondean, thanks for the well wishes. Not sure if I will get around to posting next week at my usual time, as surgery is Thursday, stay one night, and home on Friday. Glad you liked the embroidery, enjoy stitching it. It is a lovely sunny Friday today, I’m sure it is hot where you are.

  2. Gillian Turnbull

    I agree with Vondean, super job on the embroidery. You mentioned our pension, yes this one we are having trouble with is a private pension. Hubby doesn’t get the UK regular pension until next September when he turns 66. We’re hoping to have all the kinks worked out with this one, before we get that one!! Good luck with your surgery.

    • Crafty

      Thanks Gill, hope you get this pension sorted out. I think we took the state pension a bit early, and paid a bit extra to get a bigger pension. It arrives like clockwork so no complaints about it. Have a lovely weekend.

  3. Debbie- Dabble

    Your samples are so pretty!! I can only post using Google Chrome as a server on some Blogger blogs…There are some that I can not post using Firefox which is my server of choice…Thanks so much for stopping by!! I hope your surgery goes well…

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