Friday, 9 May 2014

Friday Finds

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A few of the wow moments, or things I discover each week that tickle my fancy.  I hope that they may inspire or tickle yours too!

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How to get more plants at no cost.  The science of propagation.  Growing new plants from existing vegetation rather than seed. It's easier than you think.  From This Old House.

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From The Dirty Gourmet.   A brilliant idea!  Stuffed Roasted Marshmallows.  With camping season right around the corner and weekend barbecues looming, this is the perfect finish for the outdoor meal!  I bet mini peanut butter cups would be fabulous in these!  Big marshmallows are a must I would think!

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How to read a diagram crochet pattern, from Granny's Garret.   I used to know how to do this.  I subscribed to a crochet magazine for years that had only patterns shown this way.  Beautiful things.  I made such beautiful things.  Mostly with crochet cotton.  Lovely doilies.  My mother has a large one that I did in variegated pinks.  It sits on her dresser underneath the ceramic pitcher and basin I made for her when I was doing ceramics.  I guess I've always been quite crafty.

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Now this guide could come in handy.  Do you find yourself always wondering how much to prepare when you are getting ready to entertain?  I am always afraid I won't have enough and end up with far too much.   This handy guide from Chickabug promises to end all of that.  It shows you exactly how much food and drink per person invited is needed.

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PVC Bows and Arrows for all your little warriors from Nothing But Country, borrowed from Skip to My Lou.   What fun.   The kids will  love these.  Easy to make and fun to play with.  In fact there's a whole Brave Birthday Party planned on Nothing but Country that these are a part of.  If you have a little girl who is in love with Disney's Film Brave.  So cute!

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When I was a little girl we had a teepee.  It was orange and had a picture of an Indian Warrior printed on it in black.   It smelled oddly like crayons.   I am not sure why.   I found a brilliant tutorial on how to build a teepee for the kiddos. It's in Spanish, but easy to figure out and there are loads of photographs.  On Caramelo.  I know a few little boys who would love this.

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Easy easels to make from paper straws.  I found this on a blog called Wants and Wishes.  Simple to make and would be great for baby and wedding showers or for birthday parties.

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A tutorial to make a fabric covered mouse pad (SO CUTE!) as created by Lindsey Wilkes from The Cottage Mama and seen on  Riley Blake Designs.   Such an easy concept. I don't know why I didn't think of it myself!

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I know it's a bit early for Halloween, but when I found this, I knew I just had to share it.   DIY Witch shoes!  Seriously.  They look so simple to make too.

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With a bit of tinfoil, masking tape, paint, glitter etc. and you end up with fabulous witch shoes!  Found on a blog called Dale Detalles.  Spanish, but with picture by picture instructions, so easy to follow.  Brilliant!

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DIY Edible Gumball Necklaces from One Little Project.   Again, why didn't I think of this.  Such a simple idea and so much fun for kids parties, etc.

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How to make craft paper snack bags for your summer parties and do's.  From Lia Griffith.  Such a simple concept, which reminds me . . .  I need to buy more craft paper.  I am all out.  It comes in so handy for mailing packages.

And that  is it for this week.  I hope you found something useful here.

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I did this yesterday afternoon.   A small remembrance of grandson James, just for me.  I haven't shown it to my son.  Not sure of how it would be taken.  It gave me comfort however.   A heart of angel's wings and a treasured scripture.

A thought to carry with you through today . . .

"There is no greater agony than bearing 
an untold story inside you."
~Maya Angelou

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Cooking in The English Kitchen today . . . Beefaroni From Scratch.

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This week went by incredibly fast!  Have a great Friday!!


  1. i do love your card in memory of wee James...It is a pity that you can't send it to your Son but I know how you feel. I would be in the same situation with my dear Beth... But we can just continue with our prayers Marie that one day they will realise where the peace we have comes from...Hope you have a lovely day. I do love Friday's when you give us so many other places too go and look at !!
    much love to you Todd and Mitzie xx

  2. Thanks Sybil. I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers. You are a treasure. I am glad you like the places I send you! Even if we never actually do any of these things it is fun to look at them and think that we might!

    Thanks Suzan. Love to you too!

  3. Hi, Marie--Happy Friday! Thank you for the link to the crochet pattern decipher! As I do more crochet, I come across more patterns with just a diagram--need to learn this! LOVE the teepee idea. Growing up my sister & I had a teepee of sorts--my Mom's basement clothes lines with old sheets draped over them--perfect hideaway and indoor-playhouse! Ah, those were the days... LOL! Going to try my fabric mouse pad--need to pretty up this boring office supply find! CUTE witch shoes! Forwarding that to my sister for Halloween ideas! Wishing you & yours a lovely, peaceful weekend ahead, my friend.... Thinking of you ((LOVE & BIG HUGS))

  4. Happy Friday! It's been a busy week and hard to believe the week end is here already. I really can't remember just what I did all week but it sure went fast. I do love the memory card you did for your grandson. Hope you have a lovely day!

  5. Cute things Marie.....Very !
    Have a great day..

  6. Tracy, I used to know all those symbols off by heart, but have forgotten long since. Glad you found them useful!xx00

    Pam, I think this week has just flown by for some reason! Thank you for your sweet comments re my memory card. You are a dear friend. xxoo

    Thanks Monique, I hope you have a great day too! xxoo


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