Home & Garden: October is Finishing

October is coming to an end. The month started out with summer like weather, and about mid month it started to feel more like Autumn.

October 2023 at craftygardener.ca
October 26, 2023

It was a foggy and drippy day on October 26. We had a few days of temperatures just above 15 Celsius during the day and overnight. But that was about to change.

October 2023 at craftygardener.ca

The colours are still spectacular. The coleus only has a few more days left, and if you touch the stems the leaves start to fall off.

Lots of birds are visiting the feeders, especially those that are migrating.

grackles in the garden at craftygardener.ca

The colouring is amazing, such a gorgeous blue on their heads. Just look how their eyes stand out. Do you remember reinforcements that were used on binder paper? That what they remind me of.

grackles in the garden at craftygardener.ca

This flock was passing through and we won’t see a big flock of them till next spring.

chippy in the garden at craftygardener.ca

Chippy has also been busy in the garden this month. He visits the feeders, gets his cheeks full, and scurries off to hide them in his home under the shed.

The crafty side of me has been busy with a few projects.

Embroidered Christmas tree pattern at craftygardeneer.ca

I’m really enjoying stitching the tree pattern from Clever Poppy.

Welcome friends snowman embroidery at craftygardeener.ca

I can’t resist having more than one embroidery project on the go at a time. The Welcome Friends snowman was traced onto fabric and the stitching started.

Welcome friends snowman embroidery at craftygardeener.ca

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.

creating resin shells at craftygardener.ca

I saw some resin at a dollar store and just had to try it out. I’ll share how I did it in a later post.

In the summer I had used some stained glass paint from another project to create a solar light jar for the deck. When it was time to bring this inside I took out the solar light and added a tea light in a container so it could be used inside.

painted container at craftygardener.ca

Soup is on the menu on a regular basis now it is getting colder. A favourite of mine, potato and split soup, was made for lunches this past week.

making spit pea and potato soup at craftygardener.ca
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8 Responses

  1. Gail

    Such beautiful blue birds visiting your yard! The chipmunks and squirrels have been tearing around our yard, getting ready for winter too. You are ready to put your feet up, enjoy a hot beverage, and stitch away on those embroideries! So pretty.

  2. Myrtle Thomas

    We have had rain off and on and some comfortable mild temps but sadly that is going to change from here on. We are now down to 11c and it is quite windy.

    I have made soup and will make more through the winter too. I will enjoy seeing the projects you are and will be working on through the winter months.

    My daughter and sun-in-law are busy outside, leaves getting chewed up on the lawns and lots of leaves being racked, so many trees. I have been doing a bit of fall cleaning. Have a good weekend Linda. Myrt

  3. CathieJ

    I love Welcome Friends. The snowman’s earmuffs are wonderful! The winter scene with all those trees makes me feel all warm and cozy. I love the bird and chipmunk photos. Those birds are quite colorful! We get blue jays, cardinals and a lot of sparrows. Your stained glass votive is very pretty. Enjoy all of your crafting!

  4. Vondean Erickson

    Hi Linda,

    The pictures of the birds and squirrel was so nice. The trees are beautiful too. As I wrote before I miss the fall colors.
    I am going to try the soup this week. I imagine the sweet potato would add a different flavor. I too am a soup person.
    Talked to a friend from back home last night and they were getting snow. I remember one Halloween the boys had to wear parkas and snow boots to go around the neighborhood trick or treating. We had gotten a heavy snow.
    Take care and thanks for a interesting website.

  5. Diann@LittlePenguinQuilts

    Beautiful fall photos, and love your bird close-ups, too! We enjoy watching the feeders in our yard also. I love your embroidery projects – they look like fun! I’ll have to check out that site.

  6. Julie G

    Hi Linda, nice photos of the birds unusual markings. I have also enjoyed seeing your embroidery nice stitching.

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