Friday, 18 August 2017

My Friday Finds


A few of the things I find each week that inspire me to want to create, do, read, think, be . . . better, wiser, etc. Maybe they will do the same for you!

A complete tutorial on how to make a Pom Pom Wreath for any occasion.  Found on  The Spruce.  Christmas is coming.  This would be great done in reds, greens and white . . .  oh and sparkles!


How to cover a bag with colourful fabric yoyo's so easy to make.  Its in Spanish, but there are links to a yoyo necklace also.   Cute!  Find this here. 


I discovered these yesterday at  one of the cheap local home shops.  They sell everything in there from soup to nuts.  

Puff pastry filled with a strawberry lemon flavour filling.  Crazy tasty.  Naughty.  Yum!


Little Golden Book Birdhouses . . . from Books and Whatnot.  Seems a bit of a sacriledge to do this with a book, but sooooo cute! 

From Crochet Treasures.  10 free crochet Christmas stocking patterns.

Jelly Wares.  Crochet Christmas Star tutorial.  Pictorial.  

Crochet Christmas Light Garland tutorial.  A great way to use up some of those yarn scraps!  I can't find a source for this, can anyone help???


I did find this berries and blooms garland, a free pattern from Craftsy. Its felting.

How to make a reversable Swifter sock.  From  Crafty by Nature

Crochet covered sponges.  What a novel idea.  From Ravelry and Sylver Designs.  A free pattern. 

Roasting times for vegetables.  A handy lists from She Knows.  

How to Cook a variety of grains.  Very handy to know.


DIY Origami Shirts.  The uses for these are somewhat endless. She knows.   I can remember some Missionaries who made little Missionary shirt cards as thankyou cards for us having them for dinner a few years back. It was such a cute idea!

Back to School Survival Kit, from Pizzazzerie. What a great idea for those teens going back to school to keep in their locker!


 DIY Simple Made Pretty Homework Caddy Stations. Clever idea.  

And those are my finds for this week!

My heart and prayers go out to Spain in the light of the Terror Attacks yesterday and last night.  When will it stop.  So sad.  What is wrong with these people.  God is love and this is not love.  Crazy.

A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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˚ ˛ •˛• ˚ | 田田 |門 ★

 *.˛.° ˛No work or love will flourish out of guilt,
fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans
for the future can be made my those who
have no capacity for living now.
~Alan Watts   •。★★ 。* 。 


In The English Kitchen today . . . Waffled Grilled Cheese.  Scrumptious!

Have a fab Friday.  Don't forget, despite what the world says . . .  

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And I do too! 


Thursday, 17 August 2017

My favourite things . . .


These are a few of my favourite things, maybe some of them are yours too! 

I love LOVE Tacos, especially these Spicy Potato Tacos that I made a while back. They're delicious.  What I don't like is the fact that Photo Bucket is holding all my photos hostage.  I am so miffed with them.  In order for my pictures to show on my blog I will have to pay £39 a month.  That's almost as much as we pay for car insurance.  Oh, I can download them onto my computer from Photobucket and then upload them back into the individual posts from there  . . .  but can you imagine how much time that is going to take me?  I have been food blogging daily (pretty much) for about 9 years, and it is only in about the last year and a half that I have been uploading my photos directly onto the blog, mostly because Photobucket was being a big pain and I couldn't access it half the time.  Obviously they were getting ready for this big freeze.  If you think I sound annoyed, then you are right.  I am ANNOYED! No warning whatsoever.  Just slammed the door.  Shame on Photobucket. As it is I pay £8.99 a month to store my photos there.  Go ahead, take a look at the link up there and you will see what people are seeing when they click on my blog posts from the past.  Colour me annoyed.

I adore Holly hocks.  I think they are beautiful and the most cottagy of cottage flowers.  When I lived in Suffield, Alberta, our house had a whole wall of hollyhocks on one side of it and the back of the house was loaded with peonies, which is another flower I love.  I don't have either of those here.  I wish I did.  We did buy a beautiful hollyhock one year and planted it, but it never came back.  No, not ever.  Sigh  . . . 


I love colour.  I am so glad I live in a world where there are colours, some we don't even have names for.  Colours are beautiful and you cannot describe them.  How do you explain to a blind man what red is or purple, blue, green, etc.  You can describe how they make you feel, but you cannot describe what they look like, nor is it anything they can "see" by touch . . . 

I love door knockers.  I especially love unsual ones like this one.  I have always loved door knockers.  We have one on our front door, but it is just a simple plain ordinary one, but then again, this isn't the type of house that something like this would suit. 

Glass door knobs.  I quite simply adore them.  I think they are so charming and beautiful. If I owned my own house I would have glass door knobs.  The Manor had glass door knobs, even the laundry room had a glass door knob . . . 


Pink Depression Glass.  It is so beautiful.   I love it.   I will never have any of it, and that's okay.  I can just enjoy it from afar. 

Drinking glasses with flowers painted on them.  These are Greengate.  I think they are just beautiful.  My mom has drinking glasses with deers on them, and some with aces/spaces/etc. They are all glasses she collected through the years from buying mustard or peanut butter.  I wish companies still did that . . . the only glass jars I collect now are Bon Maman.  I know I am not alone in that.

Salt and pepper shakers.  I love them.  I was collecting them, but I have started to get rid of my collection.  I have so little storage space and when I die where will they go . . .  I have no way of getting the things I have to the ones I love.  I will have to start mailing stuff to them now, while I am still alive.  On another note however, someone has made cute mini Bon Maman jars into salt and pepper shakers. I so want to do that and I have the jars.  Watch this space.

 Cream Teas  . . . with mugs of steaming tea (herbal for me) and fruit scones, with plenty of clotted cream and strawberry preserves.  Nothing could be finer  . . . 

Mmmm . . .  clotted cream, with that layer of buttery crust on top and that thick rich cream beneath.  It is impossible to replicate, no matter how hard people try.  You can get something similar . . .  but it is just not the same.  There is nothing like real, true, clotted cream from Devon and Cornwall . . . 


Its a bit sappy, but I just love Road to Avonlea.  It is just a sweet sweet show.  The costumes, the sets, the characters.  So much to love  . . . 


Susan Branch.  She has been bringing joy into my life since the early 1980's.   Her art, her books, her products, her blog, her Willard newsletters.  Everything.  She speaks to my heart, always.  Its like she knows all my loves and puts them into words/images/etc. Huge, huge fan.   She is a kindred spirit.

HRH Queen Elizabeth.  Long been a fan and a royalist.  I know lots of people don't have time for the Royal family, but I am not one of those.  I love and respect them.  I think they work really, really hard, and their lives are like fish bowls with everyone watching everything they do, ready to jump on every little thing.  I would not want to have to live like that.  I think the Queen is one very classy lady.  She has never had a hint of scandal attached to her.  I think she has been a very good Queen and has set a wonderful Royal example to us all.  The Royal family and the history of Royalty brings oodles of dosh into the UK every year in Tourism revenue.  Lets face it, people don't come here for the weather, cos the weather here is unreliable at best!  Buckingham palace, Kensington Palace, the Mall, Horseguards Parade, Changing of the Guard, The Tower of London, London Bridge, etc.  That's what people come to see, more than anything else.  The history of this country is amazing and it is just a beautiful country, probably more than anything else, because of the rain.  It makes us very lush and green.

Scented Candles and yes, Yankee Candles are my favourite ones.  I especially love anything spicy . . .  anything that smells like I have just been baking  . . . it smells like home sweet home to me. The Apple Crumble one is particularly nice.

Notebooks and journals.  I have always loved them.  I loved my new scribblers when I went to school and I loved filling them.  I still do. I need to correlate mine.  They are filled with all sorts.  Church conference notes, spiritual thoughts, poetry, quotes, etc.  There is nothing that pleases me more than a fresh notebook, unless it is a new pen.  I love those too.

And those are my favourite things for this week!

A thought to carry with you . . . 

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 *.˛.° Be glad of life because 
it gives you the chance to work,
and to love, and to play, 
and to look up at the stars.
~Henry Van Dyke   •。★★ 。* 。

 In The English Kitchen today  . . .  Creamy Garlic Sauced Chicken.

Have a wonderful Thursday.  Don't forget during the fabric of your day  . . . 

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and I do too!


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Wednesday this and that . . .

The day before yesterday I tried to do some painting, but had to give up in frustration.  I said to Todd, my eyes feel really blurry and I can't quite seem to focus on the page  . . .  thought my eyes were just tired, but then yesterday morning when I got up and was coming down the stairs, I thought I saw something flicker in my right eye, and then by mid-morning, I knew I had suffered another Posterior Vitreous Detatchment, in my right eye this time because I had the flickering and a floater the size of the planet earth which had me ducking and diving because I kept thinking something was flying at me.  They said this would probably happen when I had the first one. Not happy about it, but its supposed to be quite common in near sighted people over the age of 50. I just have to keep an eye on it (no pun intended) and make sure my retina doesn't detach.

What is is that Rosanna, Rosanna Danna used to say???
It's always something

I used to love Gilda Radner.  She was just the best.  Her characters were always so endearing. What a comic genius she was.


It left me feeling a bit blue however  . . . a bit boo hoo, woe is me and so I decided to lose myself in work and I went to town on our kitchen cabinets. That is the best time for me to tackle big jobs like that, because I am totally ruthless. Everything goes that isn't nailed down and I have no qualms about getting rid of stuff we have not used and are not using.  I emptied them all  washed them inside and out, and filled two garbage bags with stuff that was either out of date, or that I had been sent, andI just hadn't been able to use, or that I knew I was never going to use.  I had containers filled with stuff I had brought back from Canada last time and hadn't used because I was hoarding it and now it was unusable actually . . .  like St. Hubert sauce mixes. Why do I do that?  Buy stuff and then let it sit there until its unusable.  I don't want to use it because I don't know when I will ever be able to get some again, and then   . . .  I can't use it because it is out of date or rancid.  What a dummy I am sometimes.  Anyways, we have nice clean cupboards now. 

I need to have one of those moods and get all medieval on
my craft room one of these days.

I got the most beautiful card from my Sister for my birthday yesterday.  It just brought tears to my eyes.  We may not always see eye to eye on some things, but we have always had each others backs.

This is us in about 1961.  She would be three and I six. We were very close growing up.  We hit a few bumps in our teenage years (who doesn't!) but she has always been my best friend and will always be my best friend.  We don't agree politically or religiously-speaking, but I love the bones off her and she me.  I think she is amazing, and so smart.  I hate that she struggles from time to time with stuff, and I wish that I could magic wand her struggles away. She means everything to me and I hope that she knows that.  We don't talk nearly often enough these days.  There was a time when we used to talk for a couple of hours every morning.  Before we both had to go out to work and life changed drastically  . . .  I miss those talks.   


She has always been my voice of reason in a world 
where people just tell you what they think 
you want to hear


Yesterday was Granny Square Day 2017 and I shared one of the granny squares I have been making for my lap blanket.  I have 22 squares done for it now. They are each about 6 inches square.  I think I need about 36 squares.  It's 100% wool and I love the colours.  It should keep my lap nice and warm come the Winter months.  I need to be careful not to shrink it.   I have a habit of doing that with stuff that is wool . . . I did it to a couple of Todd's sweaters.  Bad me . . .  

There was a point yesterday, when that black thing was flying in front of my eye, and I was scrubbing my cupboards . . . where I seriously considered stopping everything.  I was just feeling really down in the dumps . . .  what with not hearing from my kids on my Birthday and then my mom forgetting it was my Birthday. I knew it wasn't her fault, her memory is so poor these days . . . but it just made me really, really sad . . . I am so afraid she is going to forget who I am. And my son in law had messaged me, and eventually my oldest son did the day after, and then last night when I was sleeping our Eileen did. (she must have figured out the wifi password at her other grandmothers).  I was really feeling woe is me though.   I had a bazillion birthday wishes on FB and here, and they were fabulously wonderful  . . .  but I would have given them all up to just have my kids remember me, and when they didn't . . . I had some very feeling sorry for myself moments.  Then when my eye blew yesterday I really felt sorry for myself and thought . . .  I need to take a break from all of this.  I need to go away for a while and just lick my wounds . . .  

But then, I thought about how wonderful you all are, always.  How supportive and how caring, and I thought I cannot give this up.  Not ever.  These people, YOU . . .  mean too much to me and you are always there for me, always.   And so I kicked my sorry arse (Todd says that is a swear word, but I promise it isn't.) and I got back on the horse, and left my pity party behind.  I have ever so much to be grateful for.   

I am loved by so very many special people.
I need to remember that and
to heck with the

I need to remember that
it could always, always
always be

And count my blessings of which YOU are one.
Pity party over

A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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 *.˛.° ˛°To say I am made in the image of God
is to say Love is the reason for my existance,
for God is love.
Love is my true identy . . . 
Love is my true character.
~Thomas Merton .° * 。 • ˚ ˚ ˛ ˚ ˛ • 

In The English Kitchen today  . . .  the ultimate in Comfort Food . . .  Cheese on Toast.

Have a wonderful Wednesday.  (How did it get to be Wednesday already???)  Don't forget!

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And I do too!


Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The Simple Woman's Daybook . . .

FOR TODAY, August 15. 2017

Outside my window ...
It's perfectly light and the skies are clear.  The internet has been giving me the run around this morning so I am really late starting. Have rebooted the router and whatnot I don't know how many times! Frustrating!

I am thinking ...
In my dreams I never arrive at my destination.  No matter where I am trying to go.  It is always about the journey and the travel bits, but never, ever do I get where I am headed.  I wonder if that means anything. 
In the kitchen ...

 Easy Burger Buns.  I have become a bread baking person.  These buns turned out great!

On my "To Cook" list ...

Chiliquiles.  The other night on the Gilmore Girls they kept talking about Chiliquiles.  It piqued my interest. Now I want to try it.  From Lady Behind the Curtain.  I love Mexican . . . I think these are a type of Nacho . . . 

Good to know ...

I am creating ... 


Wash Cloth Teddy Bear Tutorial, from The Whoot


Microwavable Heat Packs . . . from How to Build It.  


Travel Duffle Bag Sewing Pattern.  From Studio Cherie on Etsy. I really, really like this.


Folded Paper Stars. From Birch and Button. 


Remembrance Day Poppies. Emma Leith Tellier.  Still give money to the poppy appeal however.  They need the financial support for our Veterans.

I am reading ... 

Before The Storm, by Diane Chamberlain
Fifteen-year-old Andy Lockwood is special.

Others notice the way he blurts out anything that comes into his mind, how he cannot foresee consequences, that he's more child than teenager. But his mother sees a boy with a heart as open and wide as the ocean.

Laurel Lockwood lost her son once through neglect. She's spent the rest of her life determined to make up for her mistakes, and she's succeeded in becoming a committed, protective parent—maybe even overprotective. Still, she loosens her grip just enough to let Andy attend a local church social—a decision that terrifies her when the church is consumed by fire. But Andy survives…and remarkably, saves other children from the flames. Laurel watches as Andy basks in the role of unlikely hero and the world finally sees her Andy, the sweet boy she knows as well as her own heart.

But when the suspicion of arson is cast upon Andy, Laurel must ask herself how well she really knows her son…and how far she'll go to keep her promise to protect him forever.

I have loved every Diane Chamberlain book I have read, and so far I am loving this one too.

I am looking forward to ...
Finally seeing my book in print.  It seems to be taking a long time. I am hoping it will be worth it.  Originally they had said the end of May.  I guess I will have to trust in that old idiom about Good Things coming to those who wait!  Patience is a Virtue and all that!

Dreaming about ...

The lavendar fields of Provence  . . . 


Vintage linens  . .  white on white, crisp and startched . . . 

Crochet lace trims  . . . 


Having a pantry  . . . 

Vintage lining paper for shelves . . . 

Something to Watch ...


Jane Eyre, 2011 version.  We watched this last night.  Very good.  Very dark.  Lots of atmosphere and beautiful things  . . . 

A quote for the day ...
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              ( ¸. ❀⁀ ⋱‿✿“` * .¸.* ✻ღϠ₡ ღ¸.✻´´¯`✻.¸¸.Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ..
 Wherever you are is my home  . . . 
            My only home.
                 ~Jane Eyre  •~♥♥♥~•. ~ ღϠ₡ღ¸. ✻´´¯`✻.¸¸.Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ.

Makes me smile ...

Flowers and raindrops . . .  flowers from Doreen . . .  the thought cheers my heart.

Corners of my kingdom ...


Todd and Mitzie at Conniston Water in the Lake District  . . . seems like forever ago  . . . 

And that's my daybook for this week!

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⋯ ◯ ⋯ Take time to enjoy the small *´¯`.¸¸.☆
  ⋰ ⋮ ⋱ blessings in life.*´¯`.¸¸.☆

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Wherever you go and whatever you do, I hope there's a great day ahead of you! Don't forget!

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And I do too!!