Friday, 23 June 2017

My Friday Finds

A few of the things I find each week that pique my interest, inspire or make me want to create!  I hope that they do the same for you! 

Felt Magnet. Five common crochet mistakes and tips for beginners.

I think we have all been here.  Sometimes we just need a little extra push.  From Mommy on Purpose.

An IKEA hack from Shrimp Salad Circus. How to paint a rug.

Free Digital Papers from Harper Finch. I love papers! Lovely patterns here and colours.  I like bright!

Chocolate Covered Potato Chips.  These could be really dangerous!  From Brown Eyed Baker.

How to get a sharp focus in your photos. From Cosy Clicks. Every little helps!


Planning a wildlife garden, where there is a space for every wild thing.  From Buglife.

Twig Garden Markers.  Such a simple idea.  There is always next year!  No source, but great idea!

Backyard Diva. Did you know roses love garlic?  Neither did I!

How to make your own Lawn Fertilizer.  Seems so simple!

Essential Oils for Nerve Pain. 18 of the best essential oils for nerve pain. These oils can be a natural alternative treatment for painful nerve pain or neuropathy. From Aroma Utopia.

From Lila Griffith.  I love these.  DIY paper cut flower cake toppers. How unique!

From Buzz Feed.  29 Summer Dinners you can make in a crock pot.  Cool cooking for when the kitchen heats up!  there are some very tasty looking recipes here. 

DIY Pantry Spice Rack. From Home Staging

From Sew Can She.  11 free sewing projects to help keep you organized.

DIY Cloth Napkins.  Love these.  From Chocolate and Zucchini.

And those are my finds for this week.  I hope there is something here you can use!

A thought to carry with you . . .

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˚ ˛ •˛• ˚ | 田田 |門 ★

 *.˛.° ˛°. . 
˛ Every few years, one needs
to shake one's life through a sieve,
like a miner in the Yukon.
The gold nuggets remain.
~Amy Poehler •。★★ 。* 。

Spiritual Enlightenment


In The English Kitchen today . . .  Grilled Sweet Potato Packets.  Simple, quick and delicious!  Plus no washing up.  I like that!

Have a fabulous Friday.  I will be back to talk about our holiday tomorrow so stay tuned!  As you go about your day today, don't forget!

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And I do too!


Thursday, 22 June 2017

My favourite things . . .

These are a few of my favourite things . . .  maybe some of them are your favourite things too.

I fell in love with Scotland.  It is one of the most beautiful countries, especially the Highlands where we were staying.  Quite simply stunning.  Todd and I would love to go back one day and maybe do the Western Islands and Hebride Islands.  Even in the rain the Highlands are one of the most gorgeous places to be. We were ahhing and ooohing around every corner!

Be it ever so humble there is no place like home.  I will do a holiday post another day and share with you what all we did in Scotland, but there really is no place like home.  Especially when you are not feeling well.  I brought back lots of shortbread (tins!) from the North but I also brought home a stinking cold.  I started getting it about halfway through our holiday and actually spent the last day in the hotel room nursing it while Todd went out and about.  There really is no place you would rather be when you are unwell than home sweet home.  We were both so exhausted when we got in last night and then with the cold on top of it I was so happy to tumble into my own bed and I slept like a log the whole night through until six this morning.  Travel is great, but coming home is even greater!

Making new Friends!  We sat across the table every meal time with a couple from near Stratford Upon Avon, called Margaret and John.  They were just lovely.  Margaret loves to do needlecrafts and works for an online shop called The Wool Warehouse, (check it out, its lovely) and John is a pop artist. We had ever so much in common, including meeting our husbands online.  We have vowed to stay in touch and have added each other as friends on FB.  Holidays are nice, but meeting super people that you like when you are on them is even nicer!

We did not buy much in the way of souveniers while we were away.  They're all made in China anyways, but I did bring home this shortbread tin.  I have tasted better shortbreads, but I fell in love with the tin.  It will make a great recipe tin don't you think? I got two others also.   A small square one with a thistle on it that will be great for pins and an oval one covered with bluebells that I will find some use for no doubt!  I love decortive tins.

A good night's sleep in my very own bed.  I don't think either one of us got a great night's sleep the whole time we were away.  The bed was very hard and we are so used to sleeping in twin beds that we kept waking each other up every time we moved, lol.  We have twin beds here at home, albeit they are pushed together . . .  but we each have our own space and own blankets and they are very comfortable beds.  Then after I started getting my cold when my nose was stuffed up and I started coughing, I was so conscious of not disturbing Todd that I hardly slept at all, getting to sleep last night in our own home sweet home bed, as hot and muggy as it was, was the best feeling ever!

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I can't wait to see Mitzie later this morning when Tina brings her home.  We would have gone to pick her up, but Tina said she was happy to bring her home.  I hope that is a good thing.  Actually Tina has said she was a joy to take care of, which is good.  The house seems awfully empty here without here.  I hope she will be as excited to see us as we will be to see her.  All will finally be as it should be. Mitzie is one of my favourite things/doggies. 

Grandchildren.  I love my grandchildren very much as you know and guess who is turning a big FOUR today!  Yep.  Cameron!  Cameron and I have not met in person yet. *sniff* *sniff*  But I hope we get to meet soon.   I hope that he has a wonderful birthday.   Happy Birthday Cameron!  I also hope he got my birthday present in time!  I sure with that I could have given it to him in person! 

Well, that's not a lot of favourites this week, but I am not feeling all that well
with this cold, and so I am going to cut it short with a thought to
carry with you for today  . . . 

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˚ ˛ •˛• ˚ | 田田 |門 ★

 *.˛.°The words you speak
become the house you live in.
~Hafiz  •。★★ 。* 。 

In The English Kitchen today  . . .  a delicious Lamb Tagine you can cook in the slow cooker.

Have a great Thursday.  I have laundry up the kazoo to do!  Don't forget whatever you get up to!

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And I do too!



Friday, 16 June 2017

At the moment

I haven't been able to figure out how to post pic on here from the iPad, but if you want to follow me on Instagram, marierayner5530 you can catch them ther. So far having a great time but exhausted because I didn't sleep all last night I was so excited! Xoxo

Day 1, the beginning . . .


How can this be all a person needs for one week?  He's even
tidy when he packs.  Sigh  . . . 
Scotland, here we


Thursday, 15 June 2017

My Friday Finds on a Thursday


My Friday Finds, but on Thursday because I won't be around tomorrow. Hope you don't mind!  I love doing these posts and sharing the things I discover with you! 

Strawberry Gin Jam. Now that sounds interesting.  Gin has the flavour of Christmas trees.  They use it in martini's.  So this would be like Strawberry Martini Jam. Sounds like something worth trying. Found on Larder Love.

Crochet dish towel and dish cloth pattern. Not free, but not expensive either. Only $3.60.  From Hidden Meadow Crochet. She also has a crochet snowflakes pattern, amongst other things.

An easy way to transfer print to art journaling pages.  From Birgit's Daily Bytes. Complete instructions for the technique.

Mixed Media Blog.  Paper marbelling made easy.

Water Colour Cards.  From Glamour and Grace, they are Bridesmaid cards, but the technique could be used on all sorts of cards.

3-Ingredient Orange Chicken Sauce with Crispy Chicken.  Looks delicious.  From Crafty Morning. This looks amazing.

Basic Quilt Making from A Maiden Hair Fern.  Some great info there. I quite like the colours of this quilt in the photograph.

I love this scrappy quilt. No links for instructions, just inspiration and eye candy.

Art Journalist.  A brilliant resource page for anyone who is wanting to begin doing an Art Journal. It is filled with techniques, ideas and tutorials.

The Fold Line.  PDF Pattern for this swing dress by Sew Over It.  Not free, but not expensive either.  Love this style. Of course I would make mine a LOT longer because of my knees.

A fun game to make for the boys this summer (Or the girls for that matter!).  They could even help make it.  Fun. Fun. Fun!  From Frugal Fun 4 Boys.  Oh how much I could have done with the kids if the internet had only been around when my kids were growing up!

Games to help entertain the kiddos.  From Princess Pinky Girl.

Make your own Decorative Bird Nests.  Complete Tutorial from The Pecks.

DIY Tire Flower Planter Tutorial from DIY Show Off. What a great re-use for an old tire!

Bottle Cap Lady Bug Magnets.  From Suburbia Unwrapped. Cute ideas on that page! You don't have to have lots of money to make cute things!

And those are my finds for this week. I hope you found something you can use!

We are off to Scotland tomorrow morning early.  I plan on posting at least one picture each day to show you what we are doing.  That is, if I can get on line and if I can figure it out!  I got myself a knee brace yesterday and some inserts for my shoes.  I wore the brace for a good part of the day and it helped a bit and the shoe inserts helped a lot, although my calves were a bit sore last night. I expect I will get used to them!  I just want to have some mobility for this trip!  Wish me luck!

A thought to carry with you  . . .

 .° * 。 • ˚ ˚ ˛ ˚ ˛ •
•。★★ 。* 。
° 。 ° ˛˚˛ * _Π_____*。*˚
˚ ˛ •˛•˚ */______/~\。˚ ˚ ˛
˚ ˛ •˛• ˚ | 田田 |門 ★

 *.˛.° ˛°. . 
˛Love does not just happen.
It is something we have to do,
and then keep on doing.
~Unknown  •。★★ 。* 。.° * 。

Spiritual Enlightenment

This week I cured my own bacon chops at home. It was easy and delicious. The recipe is on The English Kitchen today.

Have a great Thursday and a great week!  I will catch you on the flip side!  Don't ever forget!

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And I do too!