Some wee little things in Grandma's Afternoons

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Ghost Bead Bracelets

Ghost Bead Bracelets



Pink, blue, brown, white, yellow, orange, green purple and black.

A Sale on Inventory

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Ghost Bead Story

Ghost Beads are the seed of the cedar or juniper tree (Story)

The juniper berry falls to the ground and when ants find these little seeds. The ant then chews off one end and eat the inside of the berry. The Juniper berry is hollow easily to be dried out. Artisans make a hole in the opposite end of the berry and string them in harmony with nature to be worn to ward off evil spirits bringing the wearer protection and harmony. The tradition holds a legend that the person given the necklace is protected from evil spirits, ghosts and of nightmares.

These beads are of nature and are a perfect gift, also if not to be worn these beads could be hung in your bedroom, reading place, work space over a crib or anywhere wishing to be at peace and with nature and harmony in life.
On my trip across Canada September 2014 I purchased strings of Juniper berries to make my necklaces in the Grand Canyon Region, a magnificent spot. Juniper Berries are a hot item and hard to keep in stock. I don't sell the berries themselves however do us them in my necklaces.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Bazaar Truth Behind Crochet Slippers

Once you start crocheting them you can't stop!

Our road trip was 49 days, and we went to some wonderful places that I never blogged about because

I was making slippers on the road.

I call it Road Work,

So here is a glimpse of my

Baby Booties





Lady Slippers


These are great for anyone who is



and has problems with cold feet.


Even Men's Slippers


Do you or someone you know need warm feet?

Order slippers MadeByGrandmasHands on Etsy.

Slippers, Hats, Mitts

My favourite is "Pussy'N Boots" hat and mitts set.

Have you ever visited a new mom and baby in the hospital and wondered what to take her for a gift? Ya, me too.

Well I've made this simple with

"Mom & Me" Slippers

These come in all colours

Pick your size S, M, L and newborn 0-3 months and colour and email me @ and I'll be sure to fill your need a gift plan.

Oh and if you are shopping local and are picking up on PEI, contact me so you don't have to pay shipping charges.

Thanks for stopping by,



Friday, February 5, 2016

What to do with all your feed bags

You'll know I'm visiting NC from Prince Edward Island, right?

Ya, well I'm not home but this feels like home as it is my daughter's place and we head down here once a year to visit all the brute. That is the 8 children and 58 Chicklen's she has.

Yesterday Grandpa and I took up some noodle leftovers of the kids and watched Chicken TV.
Chicken TV

A large container with lid in the carport holds layer ration. Around this container are empty bags of feed. What to do with all these feed bags was my first thought. My second thought was to sew up a tot bag. Days ago I was at a consignement store and picked up what appeared to be an insert for Thirty-One bag You can find Thirty-One Bags from Victoria MacLeod as she sells 31 Pockets both inside and out, wow this will do for my daily craft jobs. However it didn't have a handle on it, hum. I'll take it anyway and think of something later, was my thought. So when I saw how cute these feed bags were I made a carry all for my junk.

Feed Bag Tot

Notice how the "Wise' is top and centre?


I love this little hen on the side.

This is the insert


Yes, I know it has something like 9 pockets on the outside and another 8 on the inside but I was so excited it fit I just tossed everything in to get the picture. Now I need to work on being organized before Margie from the Joy of Organizing will be knocking on my door. If you need help with organizing anything she is a great person to work with.

Until I return, God bless take care,








Friday, January 22, 2016

Itchy arms and I scratch until it bleeds

(Graffic pictures ahead)

I have visiting doctor's over the years. My family doctor has prescribed a number of things for me to try even had the pharmacy mix old remidies to try to releave this itch. I've been to two dermitologists, had a skin sample ( didn't get any results ) was given a prescription to try. Sometimes I have been places where a doctor has said to me outloud, "you have old people's skin, you are too young to have that." I've looked after elderly people, seen this and have no idea what it is.

I can wake up in the morning and my pillows and sheets have blood on them from where I've scratched myself until it bleeds. I feel like a cat with scotch tape stuck to it's paws, as I spend countless hours through the day being careful not to touch the area, as soon as it is touched it reacts by getting itchy just as new hair growth makes you itchy if you shave your privates.

My daughter tries to help she is anaesthician, she has been waxing my arms for years. I get relief when there is no hair on my arms. I can feel the hair grow, I feel it move, I feel it tingle.

My other daughter puts ice on my arm, while I get some together time as she rubs a piece of ice back and forth it seems to be the only thing that gives me relief however it isn't long lived.

It isn't a rash, it is blood that has surfaced the skin just from itching. It doesn't blister like chicken pox however I carry the virus and have had shingles twice now and been sucessfully treated. I've had allergy testing done and shows I'm allergic to dust. It is also on a few other areas of my leg and back but not as bad. My arms are the worst.

I'm going through a bought of this now, however seems I'm never fully realived of it. just gets milder sometimes.

The itchy areas will actually rise up.




Here are somethings I've tried

I get relief from allergy meds as I have a very low tolerance to medication and it puts me to sleep, ei - giving me realief. This blue star seems to be the same as vick's. The betaderm is prescribed for red irittation of the scalp that I get also very itchy, and it has a lot of alcohol in it and well you can guess. The other is a prescribed antibiotic that I use and it doesn't take the itch away however it will kill germs and keep away an infection. I have found I get relief from ice or a glass of wine. This leads me to believe it isn't in my head as the nerve endings stop tingling and I get some temporary relief.

I have now moved to another source of treatment as I've left Canada and I'm visiting my daughter in North Carolina and a visit to a doctor here might be pointless as well very costly.

This is horse lineament and ointment.


I'm about to try this. I know it is for horses, dogs & cats. I'm aware of the first aid lables, the dangers and have read the active ingredients. I'm at my witts end, or my scratching end.


The scratching seems to consume great parts of my day and concentration keeping me from doing things I'd like to be doing or enjoying.

signed itchy scratchy


Sunday, January 17, 2016

Crochet Felt Insole Slippers

Once a year I visit my daughter and 8 grand-children in North Carolina. At Christmas time we spend the odd numbered years in Prince Edward Island with our two children and three grand-children, then the even numbered years we are in North Carolina for Christmas. We are here in NC we arrived yesterday and I got the biggest hug in the world from Jennifer my daughter just after she hugged grandpa first, lol.

On the drive down I crochet slippers and filled orders that I took over the Christmas holidays, have a peek.







I've been mailing these beauties all over Canada and the USA. The cost is Small $10 Medium $12 and Large $15 all booties are $10 a pair plus shipping and handling. the baby booties can be purchased on my

Etsy shop

Now, that all my children moved from the big city of Ottawa to rural areas they are all farmers, I find that funny. My daughter here works for a farm equipment company and farms fresh eggs and I'll be taking chicken pictures soon. My son works for a turkey farmer and he has his own farm chicken/eggs/beef and my daughter is living operating their dairy farm.

No me, I like to visit them, I'm still a city girl, lol