Friday 21 December 2018

My Friday Finds . . .


A few of the things  I find each week that pique my interest, bring me joy, inspire me to learn, create, do, become . . . Maybe they will do the same for you!  

Red Heart Yarn, free puppy scrubbie pattern.  Cute! 


Bountiful Heirlooms.  Free printable bee tags. There are 9 different printables.  Gorgeous. 


Vodka and Biscuits. Ina Garten's Pastitsio.  You know it has to be good if its Ina's recipe.  

Cheryl's Blog. Knitted Snow People.  Cute!   

Snow people made out of fuzzy socks. Cute!  No pattern just inspiration. 

Ravelry. Knitted robin pattern by Knit-a-zoo.  Free download.  Cute! 

Call Me Cupcake. Gingerbread Village Cake. Cute!   

YPSA on Etsy.  A quirky little tea pot.  I love it.  Expensive, but I love it.  Its very 60's70's retro! 

 Hurd and Honey. How to use mirrors in the home. 

Christmas Pudding Bauble.  Amanda Berry on Ravelry.  Free pattern.  Cute!!  

Red heart.  Dog Treat Jar Topper, free pattern.  

Graceful Little Honey Bee.  Turkey Cranberry Sliders.  These look amazing!  

Bam Crafts.  Granny Panel Tissue Box Cover.  Crochet.  Free Pattern. 

 Just Bright Ideas.  Bullet Journal Ideas you need to try in 2019. 


Nest of Posies. Spring Mantle ideas with two free printables.    

Lemons, Lavender and Laundry.  RIY scented wax melts. 

Garden Therapy.  Eucalyptus Shower Steamers.  

Crochet It Creations.  Fingerless Gloves in 3 sizes.   

Ravelry. Doilies by Julia Hart.  Free Pattern. 

EClaire Makery.  Free patterns for crochet Peppermint Ornaments.  For next year? 

And those are my finds for this week.  I hope you saw something of interest!  I know I sure did!  

My heart is a bit heavy this morning.  I was talking to my sister briefly yesterday and I learned that sometime after Christmas, they are going to sew my mother's bad eye shut.  She thought she had told me this, but I guess she hadn't. It came as a complete shock to me.  My mother's beautiful, beautiful eyes  . . . I know it is necessary.  They don't do things like this unless they have to.  It is her bad eye which she can hardly see out of anyways.  She had the shingles in it a number of years back and was left partially blind in it.  It is to prevent infection from what I understand.  It breaks my heart.  I cried off and on all day yesterday thinking about it and even now.  Worse yet, my sister says that if my mom lives another six months to a year, they will most certainly have to amputate her leg. She has this ulcer on her baby toe that has covered the inside of the toe almost down to the bone, and it will never heal.  If gangrene starts to set in (highly likely) they will have to amputate and they will take it off at the place where it has the best chance of healing, which means her whole leg pretty much as she has very little circulation in that leg.  With her dementia, I am not sure my mom understands these things.  It just makes me very sad that I can't be there.  I am so grateful for my sister and the care she gives to both my parents.  I know it is a thankless job and very difficult and heart breaking at times.  I wish so much that I could do more to help all of them.  My sister hasn't been feeling very well lately either. My heart aches. Life is just so hard  at times.  I know it could be worse, and we are blessed in many ways, but the heart just grieves things.  Can't help it.  Please keep all of them in your prayers.  Thank you.

A thought to carry with you . . . 

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And the bravest of souls 
are those who chose love.
Over and over.
~E Corona •。★★ 。* 。 

Gratin of Chicken 

In the Kitchen today  . . .  A Gratin of Chicken.  Tender slices of cooked chicken in a fabulously tasty sauce.  Golden brown, bubbling and delicious.

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

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And I do too!



  1. I will..that is sad news Marie..Poor girl..and your sister and you.I don't find getting older for people is very nice at all.:(
    Again I am really sorry to read all this:(

    1. Every time I think about it Monique, (which is pretty often) my heart aches and I cry. I know these things beat the alternative, as it means that we will have her with us longer, but it is very heart breaking to watch the people you love fading away. Getting older is not very nice, you are right. On the positive side, I walked to the local charity shop this morning and picked up some tea time treasures. Watch this space, or at least Thursdays on Instagram! xoxo

  2. Marie I stopped at Nova yesterday..I have not in over 1 yr..The place is filled to the gills w/ teatime treasures.
    I didn't buy a thing...but did see something for someone.
    I think I am stopping Teacupthursdayk as it seemed to be getting hard? I left a messgae on your post.:) But that does not stop any of us of posting tea time whenever we wish..a sunny Sunday..a warm Wednesday..etc..

    I just told Jacques about your mom:(
    Thank goodness for distractions in life right?
    Take care.

    1. I love all your teatime posts Monique and I would hate to see you stop. I know you can come up with new things. You are so wonderfully creative! Maybe we can just come up with different ways to celebrate it. My thinking cap is on. It is such a lovely group of ladies! Yes, thank goodness for the distractions in life! God bless. xoxo

  3. So sorry about your mother and that your sister isn't feeling well. It's hard, I know. Sending all good thoughts in your direction.
    And, as always, thank you for the lovely things you share.

  4. I have heard of folks having good success using Manuka Honey (which is not cheap) for healing of idea if that would help your mom's toe to heal...but might be worth a try. Also, wouldn't it help if she had some kind of therapy that involved maybe epsom salts...or maybe a kind of whirlpool bath? I would be trying some other things...medical docs are too keen on cutting at times!! (Just my experience). I am so sorry is so hard to think of loved ones suffering so and especially with dementia!! A big hug to you dear!! Elizabeth

    1. Thanks for the hug Elizabeth. It is a vascular problem, which means that there is not enough blood flowing through her legs and feet to promote healing. The Docs have said that it will never heal, all they can do is to prevent it, or at least try to prevent it from becoming infected. All of her problems are related to hardening of the arteries, vascular dementia, etc. due to years of smoking. All I can say is if you smoke, anyone . . . if you smoke QUIT! Its all very sad. xoxo

  5. I did enjoy looking through all your finds. I especially enjoy the crocheted items and wish I could be busy making some of them.
    My heart aches for you dear sister. I know that not being able to be near your Mom is very hard. I was sad to hear about her health issues and that your sister is struggling too.
    I would love if you would email be or message me on facebook their full names and I will keep them on our prayer roll. I will be praying for you all.
    Blessings and hugs for you sweet friends!

    1. Thanks very much LeAnn! That would be lovely. Love you and with you a very Blessed Christmas filled with light and love! xoxo

  6. Oh no Marie! I have tears rolling down my face as I read this about your Mom! I'm giving you a virtual hug! I hope your sister is better too!

    I miss talking to you! Right now I had to google you to talk to you coz I still don't get your blog, even though it says I do. I have to get another server and provider, b4 I give you my email address. Otherwise I still won't get your mail. So frustrating!

    I hope you were able to have a good Christmas!

    I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers! xoxo


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