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2018 Begins.

Posted on | January 9, 2018 | 22 Comments

Here’s to another New Year!

I do hope it has been a good start for everyone. Our garden decided it was the perfect time to be busy so I have been picking a lot of strawberries and blueberries . Most of the strawberries ended up as jam.


Strawberries and Blueberries

The blueberries ended up being eaten rather quickly. Thankfully there are still more ripening.

Then the apricot tree decided to be ready, too. Usually the fruit ripens over a couple of weeks, but our strange weather changed that and I picked fruit solidly for 5 days. Lots turned into jam and the rest was stewed and frozen for later use.



I have not bottled fruit for a long time, but may need to re-think that next year.

On the sewing side, I am sticking to my plan of finishing off a lot of felt Christmas decorations that have been prepared but not stitched.

Felt Snowmen

And I am making sure this time to keep one of each aside for my collection.

Felt Stockings

Felt Stockings

I keep a few pots under shelter and have been rewarded with some lovely blooms.



I have three quilt tops sandwiched and ready to quilt. No guarantee they will be done immediately, but at least they are ready.

I think I  am still in holiday mode. And why not!

Cheers, Karen



22 Responses to 2018 Begins.

  • Oh, yummy! How wonderful to have such a variety of fruit in your very own garden!

  • Joan says:

    Looks like you have a great start in the new year. Lots of projects under way and finishing. Gorgeous flowers. It’s always nice to see things like that when it’s the opposite season here, give hope that soon we will see blooms too. All the fruit too. Oh for fresh fruits…

  • Anita says:

    Your garden has been busy and presented itself with some beautiful gifts!! The fruit looks so yummy! I have seen some of the temperatures over your side of the country….!!!! I love the felt projects, very cute. Have a wonderful Sunday xx

  • Julie says:

    Here we have a long season for strawberries but blueberries aren’t seen until much later unless they are imported. Love those little ornaments.

  • Kaholly says:

    There sure are a lot of us here in the states that wish we were experiencing summer, picking fruits, and worrying how to keep them! Love your little ornies. Next Christmas, you’ll be glad you took the time to finish them up!

  • peg says:

    nothing better than home made yummies….gorgeous ornies…..xxxxx

  • Goodness, Karen, you have all sorts of eye candy–fruit, flowers, jam, ornaments, stockings–I’m sure I missed something. Everything looks so good, especially that pink flower. What a soft, lovely shade and those petals are perfect! Reminds me of my camellias, but in our Louisiana weather there are few perfect flowers.

  • Linda Dutch says:

    Loving your felt decorations, and glad you are keeping one of each! Aunty Freda & I were just saying last night- over a glass of vino- that not many people seem to be bottling. While clearing out the garage I found a box of jars, not sure what to do with them!

  • Fiona says:

    How gorgeous are your felt decorations… so much detail in them…. I think apricot is my all time favourite – it can be used for so many things beside toast….

  • Jenny Benton says:

    I LOVE home made jam – and enjoy making it! Love your cute felt decorations.

  • Kyle says:

    Fresh jam and toast. A perfect meal. Your fruits of you labor will be enjoyed in the months to come. Yum!

  • Raewyn says:

    Fabulous garden goodness! Your ornaments are lovely – good on your carrying on with them –
    I would have been tempted to put them aside to finish later in the year!!

  • sunny says:

    I’d love to have some fresh strawberries right about now!! Send jam please. Your little ornaments are adorable, I especially love the snowmen. I’ll have to give them a go. Oh wait, I have ten thousand other projects in mind first. Maybe just one??

  • Linda@Roscoesma says:

    Your ornaments are really amazing. Plus all the other things you are doing… The flower pictures make me long for summer (it’s been below 0 degrees Fahrenheit here lately). Thanks for sharing some summer with your North American friends. Hope other things have been going well…

  • Kelly says:

    Those fruits look so yummy, especially because it is very cold here right now! Your attention to detail on the decorations is beautiful!

  • Frances says:

    It’s the three “F” post…..fruit, felt and flowers and all three are lovely!!!! I’m so glad that you are enjoying summer. At this point I cant wait for it to arrive here again!!

  • Anne says:

    The decorations look great. The fruit looks very yummy, especially the apricots because supermarket ones are often not so nice.

  • Lesley says:

    Your little ornaments are so sweet and so well done! Great idea to keep some for yourself! Your garden is certainly keeping you busy! Enjoy!

  • My goodness what a wonderful harvest! Beautiful roses too! Good idea to finish off those gorgeous felties x

  • Cheryl says:

    You can’t beat homemade jam and it’s great to have the fresh fruit to do it. Love your absolutely gorgeous decorations Karen

  • shez says:

    Hi Karen wow love those felt decorations especially those cute snowmen. How lovely to get fresh fruit from your garden and how yummy does that jam look,hole you have a lovely evening my friend xx

  • Susan Snooks says:

    Your felt decorations are delightful Karen! And of course you must keep one, or more, for yourself! Your stitching and attention to detail are amazing.


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