Friday, 21 August 2015

Friday Finds . . .

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A few of the wow moments and things that I find each week that tickle my fancy. They might even tickle yours!

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I probably didn't know who she was before I moved over here to the UK, although I recognized some of her hit songs.  Cilla Black was certainly a British Icon even if she never really made it big over in North America.  I watched her funeral yesterday and thought it was very well done  If you are wanting to know more about her I highly recommend the  DVD of the two part Drama on her which was done last year by the BBC in which Sheridan Smith played her.  She did a magnificent job of it.  She sang Alfie, which I am sure a lot of you North American's will recognize.  A Liverpool lass.  The pop star with the girl next door image.

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I watched the contestants making these on the Great British Bake Off the other day.  Arlettes.  I have a Tante Arlette whom I love dearly.  I wonder now did my gran name her after these lovely crisp biscuits?   I don't know.  You can find the recipe on the BBC site.   I will be giving these a go.  I love puff pastry and I love cinnamon.  I will adore these!

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I love the way this simple chest of drawers has been made over to use as a buffet.  From BHG, Creative DIY Flea Market Makeovers.

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I love this coaster mug cosy.  It's a free crochet pattern from Patterns For Crochet.   These would make great gifts if accompanied by a pretty mug filled with a person favourite hot chocolate mix etc.

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Autumn Paper Leaf Craft Ideas from the Polka Dot Chair.  I love, LOVE Autumn crafts!

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A beautiful Autumn Tablescape from Stone Gable!  I love decorating my table for special occasions.   I don't have a lot of dishes etc. to choose from.  When I worked at the big house one of my fvourite things was setting the table for the luncheons and dinner parties.   She had tons of dishes, linens, glassware, etc. to choose from!  There are two table scape pages on this blog.

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Love the idea of turning an old dresser into a bathroom vanity.   Look at all of that storage!  From HG TV. 

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The magic way to clean stove burners.   I just throw mine in the dishwasher, and it doesn't always work too well.   I am gong to try this from  Made From Pinterest.

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RE-conditioning and re-seasoning cast iron cookware.   From I Believe I Can Fry.  (I love the names people give their blogs, don't you??  How very inventive!)

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I love LOVE this idea of turning old lightbulbs into hot air balloon art.  From a Hungarian Page.   But it's a totally pictorial tutorial.   I Love the tip about standing the lightbulbs in a bowl of sugar to hold them upright for painting.

And that's it for this week.  I hope you found something you can use here.   I know I did!

A thought to carry with you through the day . . .

“Even if you cannot always see 
that silver lining on your clouds, God can, 
for He is the very source of the light you seek. 
He does love you, and He knows your fears. 
He hears your prayers. He is your Heavenly Father, 
and surely He matches with His own 
the tears His children shed.” 
~Jeffrey R Holland

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Easy Pumpkin Butter in the English Kitchen today  . . .

Have a wonderful Friday.   We are off to do another Street Display in Chester today.  I hope the sun shines!   Wherever you go and whatever you do, don't forget . . .

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And I do too!


  1. Have an absolutely splendid day and God bless.

  2. Thanks as alwaysMarie for clever ideas...also your words for the day much needed for me this morning..Mary home
    Peter just popped in to say he heard her shouting around 7 whilst he was in the loo !! Went over t once and s he had tried to get out of bed and slipped half in half out...I did get her an alarm but she mustn't have used it thank goodness for peter bless him...but an awful worry for wonder I am not feeling very well nerves are shot to,pieces which is a new thing for me!!....prayers please Marrie xx

  3. You have a great evening Suzan! xoxo

    Oh Sybil. I am so sorry about this. I will definitely be praying for both of you! What a worry! (((((((((((hugs)))))))))) xoxo

  4. I just pinned those arlettes lat night...have to re read the recipe..found it confusing..seems PHollywood is very popular!
    Do you love him Marie?
    I don't get that show here.
    Of course..Alfie:)
    Sorry for your troubles Sybil.
    Every table setting on those creative house and home blogs are quite lovely.
    Takes a lot of work to set up for pics etc..not to mention all the purchasing.
    Kudos to their hard work.

  5. Hi, Marie! Thank you, as always, for all the fun here on Fridays--it's a great start to the weekend! :o) LOVE, love, love that made-over chest of drawers--*swoon*! SWEET crochet mug cozy--bookmarking that pattern now. ;o) I love autumn, but I have few autumn crafts & decorations. Most folks don't do much autumn crafts/decorating here, so I think I just slump there... :o/ Those made-over light bulb/hot air balloons is a fun idea. Pumpin butter--have not had that in ages. Off to see your recipe...mmm.. Happy Weekend to you all there! ((LOVE & BIG HUGS))

  6. I hope you have a fantastic Friday there, We've cooled down a bit and it feels wonderful here.

  7. It's a very popular show over here Monique. I am not sure what series they are on now, but perhaps you can find it on Netflix? Or dvd's? Paul Hollywood is very good. A great bread baker and of course Mary Berry is a British Institution! I'm with you on the admiration of the creative house and home blogs! I wish I had half their talents and money (of course!). xoxox

    Happy weekend to you too Tracy! Love and hugs to all three of you! xoxo

    It was very muggy here yesterday Pam and we got rained on in town, but it was okay! xoxo


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