Friday 30 April 2021

My Friday Finds . . .



A few of the things I find each week that pique my interest and inspire me to want to do, create, become, etc. Maybe they will also inspire you!     


Rescued Paw Designs.  Simple Striped Blanket. Easy.   


Simple Garter Stitch Slippers, by  Hanna Levaniemie on Ravelry.  

Teapot Applique Tea Towels.  Martha Stewart.  When I was younger, before the Internet, I used to gobble up anything Martha Stewart I came across. 


Made Every Day.  Make your own Bias Tape.   


Could not find a source for this, but love the colours. Looks like a bright variegated yarn, mixed with a pale blue and a white.  Very pretty. 


Martha Stewart, knitted neck scarf.  Love this.  


Kayln Brooke, how to be a better meal planner with the bullet journal.    


Crafty Journal. 6 pockets from 1 sheet of paper.   


October Afternoon.  Pocket Page Mini Album.  Complete Tutorial.   


Sew Can She.  Journling Pen Holder and bookmark.  Free tutorial.   


Made Everyday.  How to sew a pillowcase.   


Of Life and Lisa.  Vintage cleaning tips.   


My Paper Art.  Pinwheel Fold Cards. Card within  Card.     


Granny Triangle Shawl. B Hooked Crochet. Free video tutorial. Very easy.    


How to start an Art Journal even if you are not an artist.  From Love and Blues.  


Art Journal Prompts from Text My Journal.  


Vintage illustration. I love this because I love poetry. Maybe I could print something like this out and frame it for my spare room, or even a few of them. I am sure there are others very similar. 

Easy Gift Box made using one sheet of paper. From Ideas in Crafting.   


Isn't That Sew.  Pattern making Basics.  This could be very handy.  I have a few tops that I like that are wearing out that I can't buy anymore.  I could make my own. 


The Sewing Loft.  This could also come in very handy. Rolled Hem Basics. 


Little Letter Needle Book Tutorial.  From Kelly Rachel. 


Happy Tots, free bottle scrubbie pattern. You can buy special yarn to do these that is crispy scrubby crunchy.   


Jessie at Home.  Crochet Bowl Cosies.  And they adjust.   


Yarnspirations.  Free pattern for crocheting canning jar tops using Lily Sugar'n Cream. 


Everyday Celebrating.  Turning wine glasses into little lamps.   


I love LOVE this. Paper Doll Play Booklet by Sandy Trefger, tutorial.  


Coco Rose Diaries.  Hot Water Bottle Tutorial.  


No source, just a pretty collage made with bits of broken blue and white china.  Love this.  


To buy, but I had to show you because they are so cute.  Cat keychain fobs from Egg And Spoon Studio on Etsy.  


Yellow Pink and Sparkly.  Fair Isle Mice.  Cute!  

And those are my finds for this week. I hope you found something you could use here!

A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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The words you speak
become the house you live in.
~Hafiz   •。★★ 。* 。  


In The English Kitchen today  . . .  Classic Nanaimo Bars. Addictive! 

I hope you have a lovely Friday.  Stay healthy and stay safe!!  Don't forget! 

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And I do too!

Thursday 29 April 2021

My Favourite Things . . .



A few of the things in life that make my heart go pitty pat. Maybe they will do the same thing for yours. ♥♥♥     


Decorative Tins.  I love them. I used to have a magnificent collection of them when we had our house in New Brunswick. There was space over the tops of my cupboards and I had them lined up around them to decorate my kitchen.  They looked really nice.  


Hoosier cabinets . . .  love them . . . 


Barns of any kind  . . .  love, LOVE them! 


Victorian Penny Dolls . . .  my sister used to make them.  They were gorgeous. I wish she still did make them. 


Daydreaming.  I have always been a daydreamer.  My imagination fueled my childhood and made it more interesting and exciting and daydreaming got me through the most mundane of my duties when I was working at the Manor. I always had my head in the clouds per se when I was doing something that didn't require a lot of thought, like dusting the bazillion artifacts that needed dusting in the conservatory and kitchen, and polishing the brass and silver.  Lottery tickets have always come with lots of dreaming attached and I get my money's worth just in dreams alone.  


Actually it was nice to discover that there are scientifically proven benefits to the art of daydreaming.   I now feel vindicated!  


Window crystals. I had a few in the UK. 

The Winding Road by George Callaghan

Primitive Folk Art. I like it better than the great classics. I think there is a lot of character in Primitive Folk Art, and a whole lot of soul.   It speaks to my heart.   


Antique Irons  . . .  


Baby chicks.  Little puffballs of cuteness  . . . 


The warmth that comes from a tiny patch of sunlight in a room  . . .  lovely. 

Eskimo kisses . . . . 


Vera Mouse by Marjolein Bastin.  I just adore the art of Marjolein anyways, but Vera Mouse is my favourite.  


Roasted Cashew Nuts.  They are my favourite roasted nut followed by Pistachio nuts.  My parents used to get a tin of mixed nuts every Christmas and the Cashews in them were everyone's favourites. They used to disappear first. I think my mom used to fish them all out when we were not looking!  


Chocolate Coated Almonds. Especially the ones my children used to sell through the fund raisers at school.  Oh I simply adored them. 


Red geraniums.  I love them.  I could fill my garden with tubs of red geraniums, and window boxes too.  They just make me smile.  


Old food marketing ads.  Not all are grotesque, and there are often ones I would like to make.  Maybe not this one per se, but others.  I find them to be a fascinating look into Western culture and tastes over the years.  A lot of them had recipes  on them, which were destined to become family favourites and probably still are.  


Michael Portillo's great train journies.  This man has the idea job. He takes the train.  All over. Gets to see amazing things.  Eat amazing food.  Meet amazing people.  And he takes us right along with him. I find his train journey shows fascinating. He's literally gone all over the world.


The music of Neil Diamond  . . .  love it. 


Cast irons beds  . . . 


Pretty bed linens  . . . 


Anything that glitters.  I am like a crow in that way  . . . 


Bees on literally anything . . .  Love them . . . 


Anything Jo Malone  . . .  the perfumes, the colognes, the creams, the packaging  . . .   


Monopoly  . . . 


Rag rugs  . . .  love, love, love  . . . 


Penny rugs and matts made from wool and felt  . . . . 


Vintage Illustration, especially when it is from old children's books. I love the old verses also. I wonder do children still read them?  


Hand knit mittens . . .  I have a pair I bought on Etsy a few years back. Wish I could knit my own . . . 


Poetry. I love to read it and I love to write it  . . . 

And those are my favourite things for this week. Are any of them yours? 

The sun is shining brilliantly here again today.   I have developed a rash and a bump on my arm from where I got my Moderna Shot. Apparently it is called Covid Arm and is a mild reaction. It shouldn't last long, but it is darned itchy! "Delayed Cutaneous Hypersensitivity." It should go off within a few days. (Here's hoping!)
A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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•。★★ 。* 。
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Train your mind to see 
the good in everything.
Positivity is a choice, 
The happiness of your life
depends on the quality
of your thoughts.
~Marcandangel  •。★★ 。* 。 


In The English Kitchen today  . . .  Twice Baked Cheese Soufflés!  Quite simply delicious!!  These are one of my favourite simple suppers! 

Have a wonderful day. I hope it is filled with some of your favourite things.  Whatever you get up to don't forget!!

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