Sunday, October 25, 2020

The Colors of October...

 



"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." 

~L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables


When I took Karen's Ruane's class, "Ledgers ~ A Study in Colors, it wasn't difficult to choose the colors that would fill the pages of my little book.  They would be the colors of October.  






The mahoganies and browns are so Octoberish ~ so perfect for color studies, I think.  And, of course the blues of those gorgeous October skies are not to be forgotten.  The simple little page overlay, under which there are more stitches, needs a fastening of sorts ~ perhaps tied with a silk bow in this so lovely mahogany.  



There are creamy puffs and oh-so-many French knots on this page, all in the colors of October..



Sewing on paper can be a bit tedious.  There's much more to be done here.  



Millie and I are enjoying the cooler weather for our daily walks.  It's always a difficult transition for me when I must put away my short pants and pull on those ever so cumbersome long ones.  Just look closely at those brown legs of mine, with a bit of white showing just above my shoes. I think they are October legs.

There's now the rustle of leaves with every step, so the woodland creatures are alerted that someone is passing through.  That's probably a good thing for Millie delights in a merry chase through the woods. 



 The pond is always a stopping point for us, where Millie takes her daily bath. I have given that some thought, for Thoreau often bathed in Walden Pond.  He wrote, "I got up early and bathed in the pond; that was a religious exercise, and one of the best things I did."  





Yesterday, there was a chill in the air that just wouldn't seem to go away as the day wore on.  I finally went out and scrounged up bits and pieces of dead wood and built the first fire of the season in the stove.  I. MADE. FIRE.  Building a fire all on my own always gives me such a satisfactory feeling.  I really want to dance!  I am always reminded of this scene in Tom Hank's "Cast Away.


Oh, and look, there's poor little Wilson.  Bless his little heart!


Until next time, this is Mary, out here in the woods enjoying what is left of October.  I hope you are too!




21 comments:

Leigh said...

Another color lover here! You scrapbook is absolutely lovely! Love those colors. Must have been a very fun class.

nookworm said...

YES! Colors of Autumn are mine as well! (Plus reds) Poor little Wilson??? I looked but couldn't see!

www.self-sufficientsam.blogspot.com said...

I love your book!!! I would like to do something like that. Yours is gorgeous! I too love the colors of Autumn and have been walking every day because it changes so rapidly! Millie is beautiful and who wouldn't want a coat like hers? I fell behind and missed your last post. We had coyotes on my little farm up north but they were light gray and sort of blonde. One time there was one in town and I thought it was a dog but as I got closer I knew it wasn't. I think it was old and looking for food.
We actually had a "flock"...1,000's of monarchs stop at our woodlot one fall on my farm during their migration. My children alerted me or I would have missed it! It was a once in a lifetime event and they covered the trees. I will never forget it nor will my children. I saw none this year. I think I will see if I can order milkweed and plant it for them. I used to see them years ago and now none. I'm so happy to hear you have them.
I too love to make a fire in the fireplace but I haven't had it swept as the chimney sweep retired. Do you have one? What did the pioneers do? Enjoy the season as it is always too short for me! TTYL!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I've done several of Karen's classes and they're such fun aren't they. And, like you, I hate getting back into long pants after a summer of loose flowy dresses.
That Tom Hanks movie is my favourite - what an incredible actor he is to carry an entire movie by himself with only Wilson for company.

Rose said...

I am dreading to see the last of October...I love the colors of October, too. I love the pages that you showed of your study.

That first photo of the post is just so wonderful.

lil red hen said...

Oh my! What lovely photos! And a good warm fire to stand in front of is perfect for days like this. Your little book is precious. How ever do you sew on the papers without tearing them or crumpling them?
I didn't see poor little Wilson ~~~

Hill Top Post said...

Near the beginning of the clip, he yells at Wilson, "The air got to it." Just goes to show, I think, when frustration creeps in, someone is likely to get yelled at. :~\

Vintage Keepsakes said...

October has the very best of colors to choose from. I love seeing your embroidery ledger. What a great way to spend time working with colors you love. You can certainly find those same colors in the picture with the leaves on the ground while you were out walking. A nice fire to warm you and your home is always a comfort. We have a warm up this week; but certainly won't last too long. We will enjoy a break in the high temperatures for now. As you may have heard/read North Dakota is one if not the highest in the nation for positive cases of Covid. Our county is one of the highest too. We don't go out much. Not even to visit our family. Hopefully soon things will improve. So very thankful that I enjoy my stitching and that I can keep my thoughts busy till we can get through this. Thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures. Warms my heart.

Prims By The Water said...

October's colors are my best as well! Love your fire. Janice

jenclair said...

One of the best things about the changing seasons is looking forward to the colors of Autumn. That flare of color before the trees are bare just accentuates the crispness, the cooler weather, the slight time between summer and winter. The rustle of leaves in the trees or on the ground :) Love your book!

Granny Marigold said...

Your book is a work of art. And the names of colours like Dark Mahogany and Pewter Grey!! Beautiful.
There's so much to enjoy about Autumn. Too bad it doesn't last longer.
We've had many days of gusty winds and leaves have blown off the trees before they had a chance to get really red/orange/yellow.

happyone said...

October is a great month and we are enjoying it here too. The colors seems exceptional this year.
Your pictures are so pretty.
Nothing like a nice warm fire to feel cozy, warm and happy.

Quilting Babcia said...

October has been my favorite month for years, and we have been blessed with the most vivid colors in years this October. I can't even imagine doing the painstaking beautiful work that you have done on your handmade book. A wonderful remembrance of this year, and heaven knows we need something of beauty and comfort at this time.

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Your photos show how very lovely October is in your area, Mary. So glad you are continuing with your daily walks. We do the same but have had to change the path. Such lovely stitching in your journal. I enjoyed seeing your beauty here today on your post.

Lady Locust said...

Oh, I do so love October also. That picture of the pond is stunning!
Also, thank you for the kind comment - soon.

Hootin Anni said...

That fire looks so comforting! The best of times for a October.


You and Millie

Debra said...

Your post was good for my soul! The photos are beautiful. I love your book and your choice of colors. They would be mine as well. The photo of your pond is just magical. I love Cast Away too. I always like thinking about the ending of that movie-where he's at a crossroads. I think I know which way he would go!

Megan Schetsche said...

I'm also one of the lucky ones who can celebrate autumn rather than subsiding into a state of gloom. I envy your walks with Millie, it looks like heaven. And yeah, fire-building is a superpower!

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Brenda Kay Ledford said...

Your photos of October are awesome! What beautiful, bright colors. You've captured such splendid photos of this lovely season.

acorn hollow said...

wow what wonderful work on your book and all my favorite colors.
October was nice but now we are in November all our color is gone. I love having a fire on a cool evening makes it cozy.
Cathy