Friday, 26 August 2016

My Friday Finds

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A few of the things I find each week which pique my curiosity or inspire me to want to do something, create something, cook something, or become a better person! I hope they will pique your curiosity or inspire you in some way as well!

The new scent from Yankee Candle. Witches Brew.   I got a candle melt in this scent yesterday and it is absolutely gorgeous.  It smells rich and exotic with almost an incense smell.  I love it.  Like the smell of patchouli.  I used to wear Patchouli oil as a perfume when I was about 17.  We all did!


A compendium of five vintage books on pickling, war-time recipes, household tips, etc.  Tis the season and all that!  From The Homestead Survival.   I love these sorts of books!

From Pretty Things for You.  Free pretty mason jar tags to print out.  Love these too!  There are lots of beautiful printables on that page.


Again, from The Homestead Survival,  Fire Cider.   For colds and flu and whatever ails you.


How to make Brown Sugar.  This could come in handy if you are baking and suddenly find that you are out of brown sugar!  From Imagine Acres.


Making your own extracts for cooking and gift giving.  From Learning and Yearning.  I have always wanted to do this.


* Frozen Lemon Trick * Freeze the entire lemon, peel and all. Once frozen, using a grater, add bits of lemon (yes, the entire lemon!) to all your dishes. It will enhance the flavor and aid in digestion besides other things. 


How to can your own homemade baked beans.  From Canning Homemade.   Oh, I do so love baked beans, especially home baked beans, but you don't always have time to do them from scratch do you.  This solves that problem.  ☺ 

It will soon be back to school for the kidlets.  I found a whole passle of  Bento Lunch Ideas.  From Happiness is Homemade.  I wouldn't mind a Bento Lunch myself!


From Thistle Bear.   A beautiful Crochet Pillow Cover.   I love it! 


Some really cure Felt Christmas Ornaments from Crafts Beautiful.  There is this reindeer, a bird, tree, etc.

Lacy Waves Poncho.  A free pattern from Creative Knitting.


Here is a very worthwhile project.  Twiddle Muffs.  These are sensory sleeves that you can make for patients with Alzheimers.  Most hospitals and homes are very grateful for them, or even family members.  You can find loads of free patterns for them and they are a great way to use up bits and bobs. This one is from  Tales from Spring Cottage.


13 foolproof ways to  improve your life and become a better person.  From Nialogique.

And that's my finds for this week. I hope you found something to inspire!

A thought to carry with you through today . . .

After silence, 
that which comes closest 
to expressing the inexpressible . . . 
is music.
~Aldous Huxley

Spiritual Enlightenment 

In The English Kitchen today  . . .  Toffee Banana and Toasted Pecan Loaf!

Have a happy Friday! Be blessed!  I have a very busy day ahead.   Making a casserole to take to a friend who is moving house, just a meal so that is one less thing for them to worry about.  Taking some books I am getting rid of to Ariana's.  (She is looking for cookery books, yay!) and then we are going to go and sit with a friend who hasn't been well so that her husband can go out and get a few bits done that he needs to do.  She can't be left on her own.   Whatever you get up to today, don't forget . . .

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And I do too!!


  1. Dearest Marie I have a whole heap of windows open with a heap to explore and enjoy.

    Enjoy your day. It is difficult being housebound and I hate it. I am sure you are delivering a very happy gift and one that will be appreciated.

    God bless your day.

  2. Yes, Suzan, Peter and Audrey have been such good friends to us through the years. Peter was Todd's best man and I have worked with Audrey in various church callings. It is sad to see her going downhill as she has in this past year. We are happy to be able to do a service for them. God bless, and enjoy your evening! xoxo

  3. I thought for sure you would enjoy at least the reindeer Monique! xoxo

  4. I had a chuckle about patchouli - my daughter put it in the steam iron! I think that cured us all of any liking for it.

  5. UGH Bunny! I can only imagine! Yikes! xoxo

  6. Hi, Marie! Ooo... I LOVE patchouli! Will have to look out for that candle. Just LOVE everything about every little bit shared here today... The yarn projects especially! ;) Happy Days, my friend ((LOVE & HUGS))

  7. Happy days to you too Tracy! Hope you are settling in well and getting everything sorted your end! Love and hugs! Xoxo

  8. Some great finds today I loved the knitted poncho would be nice as a light cover up,in the autumn ...even good idea for someone in hospital...I'm going to see if I can find the pattern. Had a look,at the twiddle muff as I hear quite a bit about them in various places.I have been encouraging friends mainly at coffee morning or church to knit baby things especially for an organization called Knit for contribution is to pay the postage to send the things up,to London. I use HERMES to send parcels it's so very much cheaper than the Royal Mail...( my friend Val was sending a very heavy,her Grandson and I told her about HERMES and the difference in postage from the Royal Mail and HERMEs. Was £2.25. HERMES. £8 95 from Royal Mail ....quite a difference...Hope you are not to exhausted after your busy day mnight night God Bless xxx

  9. I always enjoy breezing through the fun stuff you find. I really loved the lacy wave poncho. The cold cure looked like a good one; but I am wondering how it will taste. I always enjoy reading improvemtns lists. I journal so I know how much that helps. I need to wake up with the sun more. I really liked the mason jar tags and if I make some Christmas gifts this year that are in a mason jar; these would be handy.
    I liked all the different things to make too; especially the baked beans.
    Blessings for this one! Hugs too~

  10. I love that Knittd poncho also Sybil. I am thinking it might be nicer than wearing a sweater with some of my dresses to church. I saw a pattern yesterday for a twiddle bag, which is like a handbag for people with alzheimers which also looked nice. KNit for peace is a great idea. We are collecting hats, scarves, mitts, etc. for the refugees now. I never thought of using Hermes for packages. What a great idea and so much cheaper. Unbelievable! We both fell into bed last night and have slept the sleep of the dead! God bless you also. xoxo

    Thanks LeAnn! Blessings right back to you. Love and hugs also. xoxo


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