Friday 30 June 2023

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!    

Crafts by Amanda.  Sea Glass Necklace.  Fab idea!  

Daisy Cottage. Quick and Simple Blanket.  

Stitching Together. Simple Star.  

Little Cotton Rabbits.  On IG.   

Sewrella.  The Avery Hat.


Lullaby Lodge.  Granny Stripe Tutorial.  Love the colours.  
Pure Wow. 9 easy Mary Berry Dessert recipes.  Yum!  
The View From Great Island. Savoury Shortbreads.  
How to build a fire pit. No source.  
Styles Idea. 12 ways to join Granny squares. 
Molly Makes.  Giant Leaf Pattern for Autumn Bunting.  
Ravelry. Boho bunting by Emma Escott.  
Two Twenty One. How to clean calcium off faucets.  
Setting for Four.  How to printable chart.  
No source.  Just pretty to look at. 
I'm going to look into this. Word is so expensive.

Again no source, but how cute are these? 
Modesty by Laura.  Free sweater pattern. 
Skip to my Lou.  Wooden Hedgehog Pencil Holder.  
Two Twenty One. How to replant Hens & Chicks.  

Hook and Bake. Complete Tutorial.  Very pretty squares. 

Ideas for DIY. How to make a Kantha Quilt.  

Hobium. Free pattern. So sunny and bright!  

Meusely. Baby Sock Christmas Ornaments.  

The Quilt Rack.  Themed Snowflakes, paper cutting.  

Linchainging on IG.  Inspiring.  

And those are my Friday Finds for this week. I hope you saw something of interest to you!

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Appreciate where you are
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In The English Kitchen today  . . .  Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan.  Such a simple thing and incredibly delicious. No fuss. No muss. No frying involved. Tasty tasty!

I hardly slept a wink all night last night. I am not sure why. I fell asleep but kept waking up about every hour on the hour.  My sheets were bothering me, I could feel every wrinkle. My neck had a crick in it. My left hip felt like something was boring through it . . . the pain brought tears to my eyes.   That's probably why I kept waking up. It is sometimes hard to sleep through pain. Arthritis is a big pain in the patootie sometimes!

But today is a new day, and hopefully a better one. I might be able to get a nap in later on.  Just think of how good I will sleep tonight in any case!  I hope you have a beautiful day!  Don't forget!  

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And I do too!    


Thursday 29 June 2023

My Favorite Things . . .


Sharing today a few things that I really love to do, eat, experience, enjoy  . . .  maybe you will enjoy them too.

My new birdbath.  Its so pretty. Not overly large or deep, but so far Chippie is enjoying it. Hopefully some birds will too!

Cinnamon enjoying Chippie from a safe distance. I know she would like to enjoy him/her closer up, but that's not happening anytime soon if I can help it!

Nutmeg isn't bothered.  He seems to know he hasn't a chance at catching Chippie, so he is very nonchalant about it all.

I have two chippies at the moment. I wonder how long that will last.  I think one is a baby.


Chocolate Croissants  . . .  but with lots of chocolate inside.


The Fairies Oak by Bruce Kendall.  When I was a little girl I believed such things were real. I don't know when my belief was suspended . . . I guess you just reach an age where you know Santa isn't real and neither is the rest of that stuff  . . .  its a pity, that  . . .

Hand signs  . . . signs that are hands  . . . 


Boiled sweets.  Rhubarb and Custard are a favorite.


Anything decorated with lemons  . . .  especially pottery  . . . 


The Unwinding, a prescription by Jackie Morris  . . . 


Drift wood  . . .  touched and beaten smooth  by the sea  . . . 


British pancakes  . . .  crepes . . . 


Wild flowers  . . . . 


Butterfly lights  . . .  so pretty  . . . 


Pretty foxes  . . . 


Fresh carrots  . . . 


Fresh berry season  . . . 


Old quilts . . .


Daisies  . . . 


An English Cottage  . . . 

Foxgloves  . . . . 


Wedgewood . . .  I was in their shop in London one time. Beautiful stuff, tres expensive!


New potatoes, freshly dug  . . .  they have a beautiful flavor  . . . 

And those are my favorite things for this week.  I guess I just like everything and find joy in most things!

I saw a photograph of my ex and his wife on a page on Facebook and it triggered feelings in me that I didn't like. Everyone was saying what a sweet couple, etc. and I did not see a sweet couple. I saw a man who had marginalized and abused me for 22 years, and who manipulated and coerced and stole half my family away from me, and the woman who helped, aided and abetted him. 

Clearly I am still struggling with forgiveness.  And so I started listening to this talk by Kevin R Duncan again.  I don't want these things to still affect me in this way. The Healing Ointment of Forgiveness

I once listened to it twice a day for over six months and thought I had made great headway.

I do not struggle with them being together.  If they are happy with each other that's great.  I couldn't care less about that.  I struggle with the things that were done to me by them, and the ramifications of their actions that I still have to live with. The alienation of two of my children, and via that, three grandchildren. I so want to be able to forgive that. To not have that affect me anymore. To be able to let it go . . . 

Sigh  . . . and so I pray daily to be able to forgive and to be able to let go . . .

A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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with the birds, the trees
and the bumbling bees.
~Flora Turrill, Old Meg's Cottage
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In The English Kitchen today  . . .  Strawberry Spoon Cake. This is the perfect summer dessert, sized just for two.

I hope you have a beautiful day. It rained buckets here yesterday, off and on. Nice to see as we really need it.  I feel for those who are still affected by fires and the smoke from fires. We here in the heart of the Valley are truly blessed. Mom always said it was God's country. I think she was right. We have our own little Eden here.  Be happy. Be blessed. Don't forget!

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And I do too!