Sunday, 22 November 2009

November's dull days are upon us once again. We've had some record rainfall this month thanks to some Pineapple Express weather systems. Rita's beauty berry plan is just full of colourful berries. I wish that you could dry them and enjoy them the year around. The leaves are turning such pretty shades of red, orange and yellow.
It is amazing that this little maple seems to be holding onto it's leaves when all the other trees are bare.
The oak leaf hydrangea is getting a more vibrant red each time I photograph it.
This is a peeling bark maple, the leaves are such a pretty colour and shape, the bark is very interesting how it peels off.
I'm not sure when this guy showed up along our pond, but I think he is quite delightful. He looks so realistic.
I made this Crowdiddy bag last year at a retreat. I added the handle because my zipper wasn't quite long enough. You can see the original design at
check out the pattern section
The design inspired me to make this ladybug/platypus design from my friend Tricia's birthday. I had intended to shorten the face but she likes it as it is.
For her secret Santa gift last year I had made the needle case and mini pin cushion.
For our quilt show this year I created the crowdiddy inspired needle case and mini pin cushion.
Then I designed the pin cushion inspired by the colours I used on my crowdiddy bag.

Saturday I took a purse workshop with Agnes Rhim. She is one of our Fraser Valley guild members. She makes lovely purses. I managed to make both these bags in about 5 hours. I had quilted the large bag fabric prior to the class. The smaller one I quited during the workshop.
She has a Korean language blog at I use the translate button to understand some of the messages. [ Sometimes the translation is a bit off.]
I like how each side of the bag is slightly different.
I don't know about you, but I hate trying to find something in a bag with a dark lining, so I made the inside of mine white!
Today we're having some more rain. Doesn't the beauty berry look lovely with the drops dripping of it?
These drops are almost bigger than the berries themselves!
The winter Kale looked like it was covered in crystals.
The skies were grey and dull, fortunately the rain was quite light and I didn't need to use my umbrella. The walkway can get quite slippery at this time of the year.
The roses are still hanging in. There are lots of bright coloured rose hips to be seen.
These red roses looked so pretty with the rain drops on them.
The pink winter flowering forsythia is starting to bloom.
Rain drops are everywhere you look.
These drops all have little images in them. I hope you can click on the picture and see it enlarged.
This maple tree is just outside on of our courtyard entrances. The last leaves just don't want to go yet.