Friday, 20 October 2017

My Friday Finds

A few of the things I find each week that pique my interest. Maybe they will pique yours also. 

People who think of things like this are so smart. I would never have thought of that.  Imagine using an empty thing of gum and an altoid tin in such a way.  Brillliant!  From Painting Demos.  A tutorial on travel sketching.

Cuddly Baby Wrap Sweater.  A free pattern from Ravelry.  Sweet.  

Faux Flowers Fall Wreath, from How to Make a Burlap Wreath.  Love hydrangeas.  

Witch Mason Jars from Mason Jar Crafts. I think I would take it one more step easier and use Washi Tape instead of paint, then I could just take it off after Halloween and use the jars for something else.  You could do Santa  Hats and Christmas washi tapes for Christmas, etc.

Free Printable Halloween Treat Boxes from I should be Mopping the Floor! Cute.  

Candy Corn Bunting.  Free Printable from One Creative Mommy.   

Crochet Granny Hat.  I LOVE THIS!  I might even be tempted to wear a hat!  From Revlie.  A free pattern.

Baking a Moment.  Stenciled Bread Rolls.  Cute! You could do this for any holiday! 

Peppermint Pound Cake.  Its a dishtowel you can buy.  I think it is really cute. From Love of Dish Towels

From One Good Thing.  I like the idea of using natural ingredients.  

Recipes that Crock.  Easy Crock Pot Chicken & Rice.  This looks pretty tasty.  I need to use my crock pot more. 

Baked Apple Pie Dip.  Mom on Time Out. I think Todd would love this, except for the dipping part.  He is so not a dipper.  He likes a knife and a fork or a spoon. He doesn't "get" dip.

These mouse ornaments are soooo cute.  From Noia Land on Etsy. Very affordable and great reviews.

Free pattern for a hanging tea towel from Love Knitting.  I love these things. I always have one in the kitchen for drying my hands after I wash them.

 Garter Yoke Vest Pattern, a free pattern from Lion Brand.  

The Crafting Chicks.  A Garden Gnome costume for your dog.  That would last about two minutes on Mitzie.  But its cute.

Cool Creativity.  A free Pattern for a crochet Crown.  Love this.  Wish I had a little girl in the house!  

YES!  I could not find a source but this would be very easy to do.  That is the one flaw in the iPad charger cables, they are weak, weak, weak and always break. This might solve the problem and is worth a try. 

 Again, no source but what a BRILLIANT idea!  I love it.

Just because. We can all use a little inspiration every now and then! 

And those are my finds for this week.  I hope you found something useful here!  Oh boy, was I ever ill yesterday.  I barely got through the morning and ended up in bed all afternoon.  Woozy and blah feeling.  Yuck yuck yuck. I felt much better by evening however.  Ariana stopped by with her mom who is visiting from Spain.  I love that even several years later she always stops by to check on us.  I miss her living with us.  She is a sweet, sweet girl. 

 A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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˚ ˛ •˛• ˚ | 田田 |門 ★

 *.˛.°A flower does not think of 
competing with the flower next to it.
It just blooms. ~unknown  •。★★ 。* 。 


In the Kitchen today, one of my all time favourites.  Chicken with Lemon & Capers.  

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

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And I do too! 


Thursday, 19 October 2017

My Favourite Things

After a brief wobble and wallow in my regular programming I am back with my favourite things. Maybe some of them are yours too. 
Roast Chicken.  I took myself out of the house yesterday and went to the grocery store.  I picked up a beautiful free range, organic cornfed chicken (not the one in the photo) that I am going to roast today. I had a £10 voucher for the grocery store and I used all of it on this chicken.  It looks beautiful, all yellow and gorgeous.  I am really looking forward to eating it, and making some fab soup and whatever with the leftovers. I think roast chicken is one of my very most favourite things. 
Victorian Houses.  I wouldn't want to live in one (far too much work to keep clean) but I sure love looking at them!  There are a few in the town I am from, with tall round turrets and loads of gingerbread trim.  I think they are quite beautiful. 
I love a red front door.  The house we built in New Brunswick had a red door.  I painted it myself.  I loved that house and I loved that door.  I can't remember what colour my front door is here.  Be right back.  Bummer.  It's black.  That's probably why I couldn't remember. You never forget a red door.

Flannel sheets when the weather starts to get colder.  They are like a warm hug.  I used to have sheets just like this when we had our big double bed.  I will have to look for some single sets.  I love this candy stripe pattern. (You often see it on CTMW) They have a very vintage look about them.

Vintage, Chenille, Candlewick bedspreads.  My sister and I had one on our beds the whole time we were growing up.  I believe they were gold in colour.  They were just plain, not near as lovely as these ones are.   Wish I could get one for those prices now! 
All things Barbie.  I have always loved Barbie.  She could and does do anything!  Of course she has a perfectly unatainable body, but who cares. She's beautiful and smart and has the best clothes.  I am totally fascinated with these newer ones.  I think they are called Silkstone Barbies and they are for the collecter.  Very expensive . . .  but then again I adore Blythe Dolls also. 
 I have never seen a Blythe doll I didn't fall in love with.  
Mac and Cheese.  I love the baked version, but I really love the stove top version.  I use my sister's recipe which you can find here.  My sister has always been a great cook. 
Mexican food.  I totally adore Mexican food.  Its typically difficult to find a lot of the ingredients over here, but I make do as much as I can.  Nothing beats homemade Tex Mex.  Although I did used to love going to a restaurant called Chi Chi's.  Not sure how authentic it was, but it sure was tasty! 
Vintage 1950/60's melmac dinnerware.  My mom has a lovely set in browns and whites.  I can remember the day she got them. We had all gone into Winnipeg with my dad and he had to meet some guy in some shop that he was doing business with and we sat waiting in the car for a very long time.  The guy he had the meeting with came out to the car and as an apology for making us wait so long gave my mother this melmac dinner set.  She used to use it on special occasions. 
She also has glasses like this that I love, saved from buying mustard. I think we must have eaten a lot of mustard! 
I love painted glasses anyways.  Painted jugs.  Painted glassware.  I guess I just love 1950's vintage. 
I love the fashions . . . 
The hats  . . . 

The Dinette Sets . . . 
I guess I just love the 1950's!
I love classical violin . . .  I could listen to it for hours  . . . 

And piano music  . . .  I always wanted to learn how to play.  We have never had a piano.  I used to envy my friends who were taking piano lessons when I was a child.  I would have done just about anything to be able to learn myself.  When we lived at the Manor there was an old piano in one of the back rooms of our cottage that I was teaching myself on, but alas . . . it wasn't ours and when we moved back here to Chester that all stopped.  Maybe when I get to heaven, if I get to heaven, I can learn now to play the piano there.
or the violin.
I just love music.  Always have
and aways will.

A thought to carry with you  . . . 

.° * 。 • ˚ ˚ ˛ ˚ ˛ •
•。★★ 。* 。
° 。 ° ˛˚˛ * _Π_____*。*˚
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˚ ˛ •˛• ˚ | 田田 |門 ★

 *.˛.°When you talk you are only repeating 
what you already know,
but if you listen, you may
learn something  new.
~Dalai Lama .° * 。 • ˚ ˚ ˛ ˚ ˛ • 
In The English Kitchen today . . .  Deep, Dark & Delicious Chocolate Cake. So tasty!
Have a great Thursday.  Don't forget along the way of your day  . . . 
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And I do too!  


Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Wednesday mutterings . . .

adjective (lak-uh-dey-zi-kuh l)

without interest, vigor, or determination.

Lately I have been feeling a bit lackadaisical. I can't seem to get myself interested in much of anything. I go up to my craft room, with ideas in my head, but then I sit down in my chair and *pouf* all gone, or at least any enthusiasm for what I was going to do is gone. This is so not like the normal me.  I am usually overflowing with enthusiasm, for everything.

I want to be doing, but when it comes right down to doing . . .  I can't be asked.

I feel like I have really hit the wall.  In the past I have had plenty of visible reasons on occasion to feel this way, but right now I don't.   My husband has been cleared of cancer (fingers crossed it doesn't return), I have a cookbook coming out soon, I will actually be a published author.  That both excites and scares  me.  I have all that I need and am lacking in nothing physically really.  I have a great man who loves me, and a loving dog. I have tons of faith and a God who loves me more than I can even begin to comprehend.  Why do I feel this way?


Most days I feel like I am just going through the motions. Its like I am carrying this intense sense of grief on my back. I feel invisible, but I just keep putting one foot in front of the other and moving forward, because I don't want to stand still.  I am afraid that if I choose to stand still, and give in to it,  I will completely lose it. 

The truth is

I think about my children every day, almost every moment of every day. I try not to.  It is like picking a huge sore scab.  I think I have moved beyond the hurt feelings and despair about them, the sense of loss,  but . . . something will happen, or be said, or not said . . .  and I realise I have not.  Its all still there. The hurt and the sad feelings are still there, and I don't know how to get rid of them.  I'll just have to keep praying for some sort of release from all of this. Its all I know how to do.  Its all I can do. Prayer can move mountains. Prayer has moved mountains. 

I love them with all of my heart, but they make me
really sad, really, really sad,
and they also make
me feel incredibly

and every day that I feel that way I think that the person
who left that really nasty comment on my blog a number of years ago is right.
I am going to end up alone and unloved at the end of my life
by the very people who are supposed to love you
forever and forever, no matter what.
I can see it happening
I can

Sometimes it is really hard to understand why we feel the things that we do, or why other people choose to treat us the way that they do.  It is all out of our hands.  We cannot make other people do the right thing.  We cannot make people love us or care for us. But boy oh boy, that doesn't mean that their lack of doing the right thing doesn't make us feel really hurt. I think perhaps I am suffering from a broken heart.  But its not like suffering from a broken heart which has been broken by a husband, or a lover, or a boyfriend.  Husbands, or lovers, or boyfriends can be replaced.  Children can not. 

And yes I know I am blessed . . .  they are healthy.  They are alive.  They are happy.  My poor Todd has lost ALL of his children.  He has outlived every one of them, which he always reminds me of when I start to feeling low about this situation . . . so I can't really talk to him about how I feel. He just doesn't and can't understand. So I hope you will forgive me for unburdening my soul this morning.

This too will pass, it always does.  I am not looking for sympathy or attention.  I really am not.  Any anyone who says or thinks that I am . . .  is wrong. I am just trying to unburden some of what my soul is feeling. I will just have to keep putting one foot in front of the other and believing that some how, some way, some day . . . He will make it all right. I will let my faith continue to carry me through the abyss I face more often than not.   It can always, always be worse.  I  know this. 

Tomorrow is another day.

And I will.
I will never give up.
or give in.


In the English Kitchen today . . .  Heavenly Ham & Cheese Hots.

Don't forget . . . 

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And I do too.