Friday, 16 November 2018

My Friday Finds . . .


A few of the things  I find each week that pique my interest, bring me joy, inspire me to learn, create, do, become . . . Maybe they will do the same for you!  

Top Crochet Patterns.  Free pattern for Bunny Slippers.  Cute!

Oombaka Design.  8 crochet patterns for Angels.  Sweet!  Free.  

Angela Lace.  Tea cosy tutorial.  So pretty and love that it has those little pouches to hold tea bags. This would make a great gift for a tea-loving friend!  

Crafting News, how to make map roses.  

Re-creations Project.  Milk Jug Flower Lights.  A great way to re-purpose some of that plastic! 

Major Hoff takes a Wife.  Perfect for piping sturdy whipped cream.  

My Little Craftie Corner.  Prayer Journal.  Mostly inspiration, but you can get some great ideas.  

Kim Kohler Patterns for snowmen.  Not free.  But so cute.   

Handy Little Me. Crochet Acorn napkin holders.  You might have enough time to pop these out before Thanksgiving.  

Crab Apple Hill Studio.  Pattern for Victory Garden embroidery.  Not free, but not too expensive either.  

DIY Tutorials Collection.  An adorable Pin Cushion.  

I can't find a source for this but had to share it anyways, because it is just so cute! 


Purl Soho.  Classic Cowl. 

Ravelry.  Scrappy Hot Water Bottle Cover.  

Ravelry.  Love LOVE this pullover.   

Polka Dot Chair.  DIY Cover Tutorial for a Christmas Planner.   

Wonderful DIY Fun ways to fold your napkins for Christmas Dinner.   

Stitch in Progress, crochet Neckerchief.  

Stich and Unwind.  Cup cosies with little woodland creatures on them. Cute!  

As Easy as Apple Pie.  Shortbread Tea Bag Cookies.  Cute!  

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

A thought to carry with you . . .  

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˚ ˛ •˛• ˚ | 田田 |門 ★

What you tell yourself every day
will either lift you up, or tear you down.
~Unknown  •。★★ 。* 。 

Easy Crack Chicken Tacos 

In the kitchen today . . .  Easy Crack Chicken Tacos.  On the table in less than half an hour, and oh so scrumptious!

Have a great Friday.  Don't forget along the way of your day! 

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And I do too!

Thursday, 15 November 2018

My Favourite Things . . . 

A few of the things in life that make my heart go pitty pat. Maybe they will do the same thing for yours. ♥♥♥    

Getting to spend time with Grace.  Yesterday Ariana called.  Jose was at work and she was desperate to have a shower and she wanted to know if I could come over and watch Grace for her so she could have a shower and tidy up a bit. (Her brother and sister are coming  from Spain today for a visit.)  I said sure, be right over!  Todd also had to go because I don't drive here.  He didn't mind either.  Apparently she had been really fussy and Ariana hadn't been able to do anything.  We were just the ticket. Somebody she doesn't see overly often to distract her so mum could get a bit of a respite. In this photo, Todd was making his eyeglasses bob up and down on his face. She loved that. She thought he was quite, quite funny.  He loved it too.  I loved watching them.  We had a really nice time together and by the time mum came down stairs we (Grace) were asleep, giving mum a bit more time to get some more stuff done.  Time with Grace, a favourite thing. (So long as she is happy that is, lol)


Anything trimmed with daisies.  I love daisies.  When I was 14, I had a yellow mini dress with short sleeves and daisy trim across the bodice. I loved that dress!  


Embroidered Bed Linens.  When I worked at the manor, my boss had beautifully embroidered bed linens.  Very expensive, 100% cotton and all the sheets had to be ironed. An 80 year old ironing lady used to come in once a week and spend all day ironing everything. I think embroidered bed linens are very pretty and I have embroidered quite a few of my pillow cases. 

Scottie dogs . . .  real ones, buttons, shortbread biscuits . . .  I love them all.  But especially the shortbread biscuits because they are a double favourite thing.  My ex MIL had a Scottie dog for many years.  His name was Fergie.  He had been a gift to my FIL, but my FIL passed away only a few months after they got him, so he became my MIL's.  He was a lovely dog.


Christmas Snowmen! I love them. So cheerful and appealing with their scarves and top hats, eyes made out of coal and carrot noses. 

Miniature worlds in boxes (Or suitcases) or doll houses.  I love little make believe worlds. 


Buttons, buttons and more buttons.  Plain ones and fancy ones.  Buttons with all colours and no colours. Pearlised buttons. Gold buttons. Buttons that are flowers.  I just love buttons.  

Pretty china cups and saucers.  I love them.  Especially the floral ones  . . . 


Vintage Cards . . . especially cutsie ones like this.  

Fabric  . . .  I could spend hours in fabric shops . . .  


Herend China. This is the Rothschild Bird pattern.  My boss had everything in the set of this.  It was the one pattern we used for most of their formal dinner parties. (You don't want to know how much it was worth).  I liked this pattern and all of the pieces were so delicate and beautiful  . . .  

But I love this one even more  . . .  Chinese Bouquet . . . 


Hummels  . . .  I don't have any real ones, but I have postcards we picked up in Germany . . . 

Speaking of which  . . .  Germany . . .  of all the places Todd and I have gone together, Germany is my most favourite place of all . . . 


Its beautiful there and I love the food  . . . 

Honey. Like my dad, I love honey.  I love Greek honey the most of all the honeys . . .  it has a faint licorace flavour to it  and I adore licorace.  

Vintage Cookie Jars  . . .  anything bluebirds  . . . 


And especially anything with pigs  . . . 

And those are my favourite things for this week.  What are some of yours???

A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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˚ ˛ •˛• ˚ | 田田 |門 ★

Life is like  cup of tea, 
its all in how you make it.
~unknown  •。★★ 。* 。 

Maple Mashed Butternut Squash 

Cooking in The English Kitchen today  . . .  Maple Mashed Butternut Squash.  Yummy!

Have a great Thursday.  Don't forget!

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And I do too! 

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

His Eye is on the Sparrow . . .

Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 
For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: 
all things were created by Him, and for Him:
And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist. ~Colossians 1:15 - 17

This is a photograph which I took with my camera from outside my front door the other night.The sky was so clear, and the night so cool and still . . . and the moon hung perfect and bright up in the sky above the roof-tops across the way.  It almost appeared to me as if it was God's eye looking down upon the earth, and it filled me with wonder . . . and  . . . with a bit with sadness, at what He must think sometimes when He gazes down over us . . .

More and more as time passes, it would seem that we are living in a somewhat broken world, a world in which so very many things are askew, and out of sorts.  So much so that,  oftimes, it can be difficult to see and to remember all the very lovely and wonderful things which God has written his signature upon . . .  our vision being blurred by all of the nastiness which seems to abound around us.  

I believe that children are fresh from the presence of God, especially young children.  They have not long left their heavenly home to come here to the earth . . . and because they have not yet become tainted by it's sorrows and it's disappointments . . . it's fury and it's pain . . . and hopefully the evil which seems to abound in these, the latter days has not had time yet to touch them . . .

Small children live so close to the earth that they are often messengers that can help to remind us of the wonder of this beautiful place we live.

Who cannot fail to smile at the wonderment on a little child's face at the magic of a cricket's chirp, or the glow of  evening fireflies . . . their joy at the yellow of a spring daffodil . . . or their wonder and beauty . . .  the potential of a million tiny wishes contained in a dandelion's fluff . . . the usefulness of a found stick, or the beauty in a sea washed pebble . . .  

They find wonder in every day things . . . and in every day chores . . .  and joy and pleasure in them too.   One only has to watch a small girl helping her mother with the dishes, or with a dusting cloth in her hands . . . or being allowed to help roll out the cookies, or stir a pot, picking berries, or peas, or a young lad helping his father wash the family car, or mow the lawn, or trim the hedges . . . or a multitude of other seemingly monotonous chores . . . to be able to see and feel the joy that is found in simple homely things and actions . . .  

When was the last time you stood in wonder gazing up into the heavens, amazed at the dazzle of the stars overhead?  Or gathered fists full of wild flowers . . . sat and drank in the beauty of birdsong?  When did you last wish on dandelion fluff?  Or sit on the banks of a river, allowing your feet to dangle in it's trickling edge, listening to the song that it sang?  When did you last sift sand through your toes . . .  

When was the last time you looked upon a pebble with amazement, or a butterflies wing . . . or saw the magic in a bubble blown and carried aloft upon the wind, and wondered at where it might land.  Has it been too long since you marveled at the flight of the bumble bee as it bobbed amongst the flowers?  Since you sat and let the sun paint your upturned face with it's warmth . . . whilst behind your closed eyelids, your mind marveled at the patterns painted, the dappled light and shadows of it's passing over your presence . . . Since you allowed the wind to brush across your skin and listened to the sweet song it whispered to your heart as it passed by . . . 

The world around us is full to bursting with beauty and discovery.  A sky filled with billowing clouds.  Dappled sunlight upon a forest floor.  Dry leaves dancing in the wind.    A myriad of small wonders and joys . . . and undeniable reminders of our Heavenly Father's presence, and love for us . . . 

He knows our every heartbeat, and counts our every tear . . .  has numbered the very hairs on our heads . . . and listens to our prayers.  And even if for now, the answer is no . . . He loves us and will make things right in the end.  This is a testing ground . . . a place where we develop faith and talents, and work on virtues such as patience, learn to love and to serve, and to follow His ways . . . and to trust.  And while we are doing all of those things, and many, many more . . . we can stop and feel His presence, and know that He is there, and He is here, and that He cares . . . in the small and simple things and gifts which He gives us every day.  


"The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely."
~Louisa May Alcott

I wish for each of you a day filled with small joys and beauties, no matter what else the day may bring . . . hold onto the joy that is there for each of us, and let it speak to your heart.  Let it's voice rise above the rest of the voices that clamor for your attention. 

A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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˚ ˛ •˛• ˚ | 田田 |門 ★

Some of us thin
k holding 
on makes us strong;
but sometimes it is letting go.
~Herman Hesse  •。★★ 。* 。

Creamy Parsnip Soup, with Ginger & Cardamom 

In The English Kitchen today  . . .  Creamy Parsnip Soup with Ginger & Cardamom.  This would make a great soup for the holidays!  Its simple to make and oh so tasty!  And the toasted hazelnut and dried cranberry garnish makes for a very pretty presentation.

Have a great Wednesday!  Don't forget! 

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And I do too!