Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Habits of lucky people.

Um, pigeons are really smart and absolutely awesome.

This British orchid is under round-the-clock guard at a secret location.

How to untangle your mind with a brain dump.

Adorable hamster butts.

My Favourite Pins This Week

I love this idea for a simple but really pretty way to put a hummus plate together. Okay, it’s not what you would typically make for dinner, but this falls right into ‘buffet’ territory. What is buffet, you ask? ‘buffet’ is when I can’t be bothered to cook so I assemble a variety of things on ap late for the kids to eat. I told them it was buffet, because I was concerned that they would be at school or daycare, doing some sort of exercise where they say what they had for dinner last night (I have no idea why this would happen, but fears are silly like that) and then my kids would claim to basically have eaten snacks for dinner, and I’d feel embarrassed. But they have buffet for dinner, and Lila often asks for buffet, so I consider it a parenting win. Now, where was I? Oh yes, this delicious hummus plate. which you could eat any time, including for dinner. Pinterest link is here, and the recipe post is over here.

You don’t need a campfire to make these s’mores! I love dessert bars, they are always such a treat and in that perfect zone of not being as indulgent as cake, but far more satisfying than a cookie. These S’mores bars come together really easily, but you will need a big jar of the marshmallow fluff, which I find is usually only in the bigger grocery stores. But once you find it, you’re in business! Pinterest link is here, and the recipe is here.

How pretty are these crocheted flowers? They can be done in any colour you like, including the centers, and are perfect for destashing small amounts of yarn. It’s a free pattern, too! Pinterest link is here, and the Ravelry link to the free download is here.

When you see those great Pinterest crafts that call for that really-hard-to-roll (and kind of expensive) clay, maybe try this 3 ingredient clay instead! I love how bright white and fresh it looks, and it’s really easy- but much stronger if you bake it in the oven rather than just air dry. Possibly that depends on your humidity where you live. Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY is here.

I love this quote – I think it is something that is worth remembering from time to time, that the stuff we love leaves us energized. Sadly I can’t find the original source – anyone know where this is from? Pinterest link is here, and the page it came from is here.

It’s a long weekend here in Canada, and the weather is looking good – finally!! Hoping to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. Have a gorgeous weekend, everyone!

Modification Monday: Tecumseh

Original Pattern: Tecumseh

Knitter Extraordinaire: Sarah (Ravelry Profile)

Mods: Knitted slightly smaller sleeves, steeked the pullover into a cardigan and then added buttons! Details are on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: I’ve seen lots of beautiful Tecumseh sweaters, but doesn’t it look so AMAZING in cardigan form?! I love Sarah’s cardigan version, and by knitting it in the round and steeking it she made very few modifications while knitting, and then made most of the modifications afterwards, via steeking. This is a fantastic idea if you have knitted a sweater and then aren’t sure if you love it as a pullover- what about turning it into a cardigan?!

I know that steeking can seem scary if you haven’t tried it before- but a) there are loads of tutorials out three- have a google, check out YouTube, and you’ll find lots of great info. And then b) go for it! If you aren’t loving your pullover and have a bit of extra yarn for button bands, get brave and try it out. You’ve got nothing to lose, and valuable knitting skill experience to gain!

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

This 2D cafe in Korea is mind blowing.

How to build more curiosity into your life.

The antidote to armouring up is to stay curious. Here are some amazing question ideas for getting curious instead of defensive, from Brene Brown.

Starbucks, Dunkin’, and McDonald’s are trying to find a more environmentally friendly solution to the takeaway coffee cup.

‘Latte factor’ financial advice is inherently sexist. Here’s why.

My Favourite Pins This Week

When you want tacos, but feel like you should eat a salad…. taco salad!! Delicious, crunchy, fresh, and loads of veggies. It ticks all the boxes and is one of my faves. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe can be found here.

Creme brulee mini cheesecakes are a perfect little dessert when you want something a little special but also good for a gathering or a party. All the best parts of the cheesecake are here, as well as the best parts of creme brulee- and these are easier to make than you’d think! Pinterest link is here,  and the recipe is right over here.

Speaking of parties, as someone who is not a bug fan of cooking for a crowd, This incredible antipasti table runner is a brilliant idea for hosting people. You’re basically grocery shopping and arranging things on a board- doesn’t get easier than that! And talk about an amazing wow factor- I’d be thrilled to show up at someone’s house and sit down to this! Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY is here.

How pretty are these DIY faux agate coasters? They are made with clay, and then painted, and it’s easy to imagine all sorts of different possibilities for these- fully customized to your taste and decor, of course. Pinterest link is here, and the step-by-step DIY is right here.

I love knitting with tiny circulars, but they do require a slightly different technique! If you are interested in how to knit with them, here is a great post all about it– and the Pinterest link is here.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Modification Monday: Pink Hour

Patterns: Blue Hour Sweater and Colors for a Cloudy Day

Knitter Extraordinaire: krumel (Ravelry Profile)

Mods: Combined the details of the Blue Hour Sweater for the top of the dress and the cloudy day, lengthened the body and added the curved hem of Colors on a Cloudy Day, without the colours. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: Every time I see a modification that turns a sweater into a dress, I’m dazzled. A whole dress! Modified! This is a gorgeous example, with the top of Blue Hour Sweater, adjusted to be short sleeved.  The curve of the hem of Colors for a Cloudy Day gives a little detail at the hem by showing a tiny bit more knee of one leg, which looks so cute and more playful than a straight hem.  I love how this looks, and is such a fun idea to play around with details at the hem of a sweater dress in a subtle way. Plus, doesn’t this dress look so easy to wear? Like you could throw it on any time, and you’re perfectly dressed for work or the weekend.

 

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Gorgeous ideas for styling grocery store / corner store flowers.

11 of the most beautiful libraries in the world.

These good riddance gifs are all kinds of awesome. Peggy is my fave.

Every single way to cook an egg, in a single video. 

My Favourite Pins This Week

5- Minute mediterranean bowl. Because this sort of ‘recipe’ is a one of my faves- comes together really fast and very easily, and I can customize so that when one kid won’t eat olives and the other won’t eat hummus, everyone can get their favourite elements and still have lots of veggies.  Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is here.

You guys know how much I love cookie bars! these rich, incredible brown butter toffee pecan and dark chocolate cookie bars tick all the boxes for me, and are dangerously addictive. Make these, and then bring them to someone else’s house. You don’t want to be alone with the pan. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe can be found here.

Okay, this is a show-stopper in my books. This waffle cake with whipped maple frosting would be perfect for an at-home mother’s day brunch, or for any brunch, really. Or maybe a fun birthday cake idea? Or any time, really. Because waffles!! Pinterest link is here, and the full post can be found here.

Speaking of a gathering, who says you need a real reason? Why not have a mini party, and just serve small food? I love this idea because who doesn’t love a party that has a theme but is completely low-pressure? Pinterest link is here, and the party ideas and printables is right over here.

I’m just going to leave this here, because no matter how old you are, it is never too late. Unless maybe you want to be an olympic gymnast. Some professionals sports might be out of reach, but everything else is up for grabs! Pinterest link is here, and the full post with lots of great quotes can be found here.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! I hope it’s getting warm and spring flowers are blooming where you are! Unless you in the southern hemisphere- then I hope you are staying cozy and enjoying fall. 😉