Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Famous lines of poetry, rewritten in the age of COVID-19. Utterly hilarious!

Our clothes tell a story. What happens when the narrative is just pyjamas and sweats?

Intriguing – are you wearing lipstick while working from home?

I didn’t know this, but apparently copper kills viruses on contact- which is why so many water pipes are lined with copper. Brass is also a mostly copper alloy – so why aren’t we all about brass door knobs and copper covered things?

My Favourite Pins This Week

This delicious, healthy and EASY quinoa salad is a perfect working-from-home lunch option! Make a big batch, keep it in the fridge, help yourself accordingly. Delicious, not a lot of ingredients, and did I mention easy? Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe can be found here.

Feel like making the most cheer-you-up treat? Let me introduce you to rainbow fudge. How fun and happy is that? And bonus points (assuming you are healthy and complying with all the regulations these days) you could drop some off at the door of friends or neighbours. Text them when you are far enough away to let them know it’s there! Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe and post is here.

If you are feeling crafty and want to do a little something different with your home decor, what about this pretty, bohemian tassel chandelier? I love how pretty this looks in the soft white, but it would look good in so many colours to fit your decor! Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY is over here.

Got a cat, or maybe a small dog? You are getting things delivered to your home so you probably have some cardboard boxes kicking around- hy not make a super cute little hideaway for your furry friend? I love this retro camper style one, it’s so cute. Pinterest link is here, and the full instructions for the cat house DIY are right here.

I might be the only one, but these days I feel that sort of overwhelm that makes me question almost everything in my life. And it can be hard t figure out where to start when you have no idea where to start, and how to move forward. But this was a good post that I found helpful- starting with small things that are doable in a time that feels a little overwhelming, even if you don’t have a concrete idea of what it is that you should do next. Pinterest link is here, and the post is here.

Have a lovely weekend, friends. Consider having a tea or coffee by your front door or back door or by any window in your place that opens, and get some fresh air, listen to the birds, and marvel. There’s a lot of good out there. Don’t forget, you are part of it.


Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

6 projects to tackle at home, now that you are home a LOT.

Why we need to get rid of our lawns.

Tips for establishing a daily creative practice.

Do you have an office job that is now a work from home job, thanks to COVID-19? Then this bingo is for you!

“You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestation of your own blessings.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

My Favourite Pins This Week

So what kind of recipes are people looking for, now that we are home a lot? I am a fan of ALL THE RICE BOWLS because they are so easy and delicious, no matter what the situation. This BLT rice bowl is delicious because a) it has bacon and I’m a fan of bacon at all times, it’s got veggies that make me feel like it cancels out the bacon, and the lime avocado dressing is delicious. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe can be found over here.

Okay, these are an indulgent treat, but if you are in social isolation with more than one person, it’ll be fine. Just don’t leave yourself alone with these. Death by Chocolate no bake cheesecake bars are perfect for that really deep chocolate craving that no one chocolate bar is going to fix. These are decadent, rich, and completely amazing. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is here.

I love the idea of giving a handbag a little upgrade with gold foil, and this looks SO easy. Definitely jumping to the top of my quarantine crafting ideas. Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY can be found right over here.

I love these inspiring painted wall ideas, perfect for a home decor project that you might be thinking of tackling. The painted headboard and geometric fun ideas are my faves from this list. Pinterest link is here, and the full post is here.

As someone who is always looking to get more plants in her home, I loved this quick list of 12 houseplants that thrive in low light (and often with a fair bit of neglect). These are all really common ones that you can easily find (or order online), because green spaces definitely feel more relaxing, don’t you think? Pinterest link is here, and the full list can be found here.

Anyone have any found around-the-house projects they are going to be tackling in the near future? I’d love to get more ideas, I feel like I’ll be really tackling my home in the coming weeks! 😉

Modification Monday: Wonderful Wallaby with Robots II

Original Pattern: Wonderful Wallaby

Knitter Extraordinaire: Katherine (Ravelry Profile)

Mods: Eliminated the hood and the kangaroo pouch, and instead worked in a band of robots! Details, including a link to the robot chart, can be found on her project page.

What Makes This Awesome: I am always for people experimenting with a bit of colourwork, especially on children’s knits! They knit up fairly quickly and are a great way to experiment. I love this fun robot chart – they all seem to be a bit different and have little personalities, which I can imagine was a huge hit with this little one. The chart is really fantastic, I love the different expressions on their robot faces.

I also love how she opted to have a little collar instead of the hood. Not only is this is great idea if you think that the hood won’t ever get used, but also if you are unsure if you have quite enough yarn. Which is another bonus on using a great chart like this- it uses less yarn of the main colour, and gives you a chance to potentially stashbust, as well!


Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

This dad knitted his infant son’s sleeping patterns for the first year, and it’s amazing.

Apparently the average body temperature is no longer 98.6 – and there are all sorts of reasons why. Interesting!

Fresh flower reduce stress. Well, that’s the excuse I’ve been looking for!

A roundup of advice and lessons from creative women.

A gorgeous short film – have you watched The Neighbour’s Window? 20 mins well spent!

My Favourite Pins This Week

An easy, fast weeknight pasta dish is always a hit in my books! This wonderful pasta with lemon and arugula is cheesy and so satisfying- and if you were looking for a good meatless dinner idea, this is a great one! I find my kids are not so keen on arugula, so I switch it out for spinach, and save the spices for the grown up’s bowls instead. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe can be found here.

With only 3 ingredients and a recipe that makes about 15 truffles, this is a really quick, really easy one to have on hand. Perfect for when you just want to make a small amount of truffles, not have truffles for a party’s worth of people. But while a recipe for 15 truffles can be great, it also means you might eat 15 truffles yourself. Better double up on the recipe, just in case. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is here.

This crochet pattern uses faux fur to whip up a beautiful faux fur coat and I love it!! Also, how cute would it be to shrink this down for a kiddie size?! I bet it’s soooo soft. Pinterest link is here, and the full crochet pattern can be found here.

This seems like a really fun idea to have beautifully customized glassware for parties. I’m thinking a trip to Ikea to pick up a bunch of plain glasses, and then some paint, and this would be beautiful for summer gatherings! Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY is right over here.

Did you know you can turn almost any vase into a soap dispenser?! Mind. Blown. What a beautiful way to have something unique and unlike anyone else. I especially like that you can’t see through it, it somehow seems more elegant. And would also make a great gift idea, perhaps? Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY is here.

Have wonderful weekend, everyone! I hope you get to do some crafting, and get a bit of fresh air and sunshine. xo

Modification Monday: Stag Head Cardigan

Original Pattern: Stag Head Pullover 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Lily (Ravelry Profile)

Mods: Revamped the pullover design to feature the cabled stag head on the back of a cabled cardigan instead. Great details and more photos can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: This is one of those jaw-dropping knits, isn’t it? I adore how Lily used the pullover cabled stag head on the back, and then echoed the design elements and cables to create a v neck cardigan instead. She worked on this over the December holidays, and it is so beautiful and so impressive! I think I love this as a cardigan even more. It gives the lovely cables that are on the sleeves and the rest of the design a chance to get a bit of showing off in their own right, and then the dramatic stag head on the back is just so wonderful.

For those that want to give this idea a try, it would be helpful to find a cabled cardigan design in Ravelry that you like and is the same yarn weight and gauge. You could then use the existing cardigan pattern for the main body, and replace the back with the charts for the stag head pullover. With results as beautiful as this, doesn’t that sound like something you’d love to cast on right now?