Friday, 26 May 2017

My Friday Finds . . .


A few of the things I find each week which pique my curiosity and make me think, want to create, inspire me to do and be  . . .  maybe they will do the same for you!


Reversable bag.  So simple to make.  From You Can Do That.

Hearth and Vine.  Dried Orange Garland.  Lovely.


DIY Twine Lights.  Genius.  From Pocket Full of Dreams.


 Kindle Cover Tutorial.  From She Knows.

 Houseplants that will de-toxify the air in your home.  From Cierra Country.


 Moving towards Peace. The ancient art of burning sage.


 Fabric Bowl Covers.  From Hearth and Vine.

 24 tips on how to create the perfect Bullet Journal.  I so want to start a bullet journal.  This is from Gurl.


 Flickr.  WashiTape on the edges of pages.  Love this idea.

 Gooseberry Moon.  Free Printable Botanical Gift Cards.  Love these.


 Watercolour Camera Clip Art.  All sorts on Etsy.


 The Health Benefits of Celery.  I love celery.

 Crochet Baby Ripple Sweater.  Free pattern.  From Pardon My Chaos.


 A complete Layette from Women's Weekly.  Not free, but not expensive either.

 Fabric Scrap Bookmarks.  From The Crafty Mummy.


 View from The Great Island. Homemade Magic Shell.


 How to style your home like a pro.  From the people at BHG.

 And those are my finds for this week.  I hope that something piqued your curiosity!

A thought to carry with you  . . .

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 *.˛.° ˛°. . 
˛Owning our story and
loving ourselves through
that process, is the bravest
thing that we will ever do.
~Brene Brown.° * 。 • ˚ ˚ ˛ ˚ ˛ •

Spiritual Enlightenment


In The English Kitchen today, Roasted Tomato and Asparagus Salad.  Delish!

Have a superdy duperdy Friday.  Don't forget along the way . . . 

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And I do too!

Thursday, 25 May 2017

My Favourite Things . . .


These are a few of my favourite things. Maybe some of them are yours too!


Jill the Squirrel on Instagram. She is so cute!  She also has a YouTube channel.  She is adorable. Mega personality plus.  I could watch her for hours.

Amish. Anything.  I am in love with the Amish.  The way of life.  The food (especially the food). The people.  It is my dream to one day visit Amish country.

Homemade Mac and Cheese.  I especially like my sister's recipe for the stove top one.  Its delicious.  You can find it here. Its a real winner.

Houses with names.  I have always wanted to own my own home and give it a name.  Like  . . . Misty Meadows . . . or Journey's End . . .  that type of thing.  It is the romantic in me I think  . . . Oh sure, we could name our house, but it would seem a bit pretentious because it isn't ours and its a row house. Sigh  . . .

Cinnamon. Anything. I love the taste.  I love the smell.  I love cinnamon.

All things Beatrix.  Potter, that is.   I love her art, books, story.  The movie Miss Potter which I have watched literally almost a bazillion times. (okay slight exaggeration there, it only feels like that to Todd, lol)  I have never been in HillTop however, although we have tried many times.  Its always full up when we go, no parking left, etc.  One day I will get there.  Did you know there is a Beatrix Potter World?  I know!  I did not know that until the other day when my friend Tina was there with her family.

Its called The World of Beatrix Potter. Its at Crag Brow, at Bowness-on-Windemere.Interactive exhibits tell the story of Potter's writing and her importance to Lakeland conservation.  I hope to go there one day!

Tea Cup and Snack Plate sets.  I love them. I don't have one, but I would if I could.  If I ever win the lottery I want to collect them.  I know.  I'm wierd. Its okay.

They can actually be quite pretty.

Travel shows.  I am not such a good traveler now that I am getting older.  So much hassle involved, with airports, packing, etc.  But I am a great armchair traveler.  I love to see new places and learn about them.  

My favourite ones are Michael Portillo's Great Train Journies.  He has gone to some very fascinating places.  All by train. 

I also quite liked "An Idiot Abroad."  (Well, except for the swearing.)  Karl Pilkington is the Idiot.  In season 3 he travels with Warwick Davis, the dwarf and it is quite funny.  Warwick is so positive and Karl is so negative.  They quite balanced each other out and it was quite entertaining.  I don't think they have made any new ones.  

Geneology programs like Who Do You Think You Are.  I find them fascinating.  But then again, I really enjoy geneology.

Plastic storage tubs.  Small ones for food, stackable.  Larger ones for other things like bedding, Christmas Decorations, etc.  I keep all my stuff in plastic storage tubs.  Herb teas, rice, cereal, noodles, gravy powders, etc.  Foodwise, things stay fresh and they stack neatly in the cupboard.  I put labels on them so I can instantly tell what is what.  Our Christmas Decorations are out in the shed. Likewise labeled, etc.  They are unbreakable.  Washable.  Sterile. etc.

Picnic Baskets.  (We actually have this one.)  I love them.  This one is nice, albeit a bit on the heavy side, bit it has real china and knives and forks, glasses, etc. We also have a wicker one. We haven't been on a picnic in a while.  I think we need to go on one soon because I love picnics!

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 ★

 *.˛.° Every positive change in your life begins with
a clear, unequivocal decision that,
you are either going to going to either do something,
or stop doing something. ~Unknown •。★★ 。* 。

Spiritual Enlightenment

In The English Kitchen today . . .  French Onion Chicken.  Done in the crockpot/slowcooker.  Sized just for two but easily multipliable.  Quite simply delicious.

Have a great Thursday.  Don't forget!

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And I do too!

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

The Simple Woman's Daybook . . .


FOR TODAY, May 24th, 2017

Outside my window ...
The sun is fully up. I am a bit later getting started this morning.  We got back so late yesterday that I wasn't able to do my kitchen post until this morning, so I am way behind on everything.  Traffic yesterday on the M56 was outrageous.  Due to a major incident in Mancester, but not sure why it was affecting traffic as far out as we were.

I am thinking ...
About the major incident in Manchester. A sucide bombing at the end of a pop concert.  Planned to create as much damage as possible.  I don't understand the mentality or inhumanity of such an act.  Children and young people . . . the youngest victim being only 8 years old.  What kind of person can do such a heinous thing. Every time something like this happens our world changes, and not for the better.

In the kitchen ... 

 Creamy Chive and Cheddar Salad Dressing.  Delicious!

 On my "To Cook" list ...


 Homemade Biscoff cookies from Kleinworth & Co.  These look gorgeous! I love, LOVE Biscoff!

Good to know ...

 From Pure Wow.

I am creating ...


 This lamb scarf is so cute.  From Ravelry. 

 I could not find a source for this, but if you can crochet it would be simple enough to do.  It's a simple crochet scallop edging around a piece of brushed fleece. I found a free pattern for another style which is also very nice on Ravelry. Free pattern.

Little clay heart attachements for packages.  From Alanka Davis. No instructions, but plenty of inspiration.

Printable Birdhouse from Paper Trey Ink.  Free template for the birdy house.

Little Fabric Houses from Craft and Creativity.

I am reading ...

Everyman's England, by Victor Canning

"I travelled from King's Cross to Berwick-on-Tweed in a sleeper on the night express for no other reason than that I like to read in bed and, at the same time, feel that I am being rushed forward at a tremendous speed."

In this series of pen-portraits of England, commissioned by The Daily Mail in the 1930s, Victor Canning vividly conjures the pattern and colour of the 'great fabric of English Life' from Cumberland to Cornwall. His heartwarming, humorous and often irreverent observations of sleepy villages, pastoral scenes and busy industries provide a delightful insight into life between the wars.

Thoroughly delightful!

I am looking forward to ...

Our Scotland trip and seeing my book in print. It won't be long now!

Dreaming about ...

A beautifully organised pantry . . .

A kitchen island.  This is amazing.  You would  need a HUGE kitchen for it, but that is something I would love also.  A kitchen with plenty of space.

A corner sofa . . .  but in a much darker colour.


A pool to call my own  . . .  of course if I could afford one of these, I could also afford someone to take care of it.


 Better than a pergola  . . .

Something to watch ...

 Scott & Bailey.  Britain's version of Cagney and Lacey.  We have the DVD's.  It's great! I love British Crime Dramas.

A favourite quote for the day  ...
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Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times,
if one only remembers to turn on the light.
~Albus Dumbledore * .¸.* ✻ღϠ₡ ღ¸.✻´´¯`✻.¸¸.Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ..

Makes me smile ...



One of my favourite things ...


I love popcorn, but my teeth don't . . .   

Corners of my Kingdom ...

Berwick Upon Tweed . . . more commonly known simply as Berwick (pronounced Berrick) is an Ancient Walled Town at the far Northern reach of the Northumberland Coast. Throughout history this has been an area of intense conflict and the evidence of this remains today is clear, with it's huge fortified Town Walls. In Elizabethan times the Town had huge defensive walls built to deter the potential invasion of the Scots. Berwick changed hands between the English and the Scots an amazing 13 times before finally being re-captured in 1482 by the English, in who's hands it has remained ever since.

Three bridges connect Berwick with Tweedmouth on the South side of the river, the most impressive of which being the railway's 'Royal Border' bridge designed by Robert Stephenson and completed in 1850. Today Berwick is a beautiful Market Town that is immensely popular with visitors. It has many architectural features of note, an incredibly turbulent history to explore, a thriving arts scene and excellent facilities and amenities.

And that's my daybook for this week!

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  ⋰ ⋮ ⋱ blessings in life.*´¯`.¸¸.☆

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Wherever you go and whatever you do, I hope there's a great day ahead of you! Don't forget!

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And I do too!!