Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

A little quiet around here, as I was away for work (in Calgary!), and just got back super late last night. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t find a few moments here and there to explore some of the things I liked best on Pinterest this week!

Pin Ups: cucumber pasta |

This summery pasta dish replaces a  lot of the noodles with cucumbers, with lots of tomatoes and arugula; which makes for a lovely and summery pasta that doesn’t feel too heavy afterwards.

Pin Ups: baked fruit |

And while we’re eating our greens, how about some truly amazing baked fruit for dessert? If you haven’t had it before, it’s really amazing- the heat caramelizes the natural sugars in fruit, adding depth and a really rich flavour that has to be tried to be believed. I recommend!

Pin Ups: flower garnishes |

Has your garden or potted flowers gone a little crazy? maybe some of those blooms would look  just right floating in a lovely beverage? The link also comes with cocktail recipes to compliment the flowers.

Pin Ups: DIY organized Drawers |

If you are trying to tame your drawers (like I am), these covered upcycled cereal boxes would be a really pretty idea. I totally need to do this- even my cutlery drawer is starting to look more like a junk drawer in the spaces round the cutlery caddy.

Pin Ups: colourful bookcase |

I am crazy about this bookcase- I love the coloured, patterned papers covering each box, and that they are all different and bright- this would work for more than just a kid’s room, too!  I’m thinking kitchen, or a bright bedroom. Takes the standard Ikea bookcase to a whole new level.


Modification Monday: Amortentia Cowl

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Original Pattern: Unleaving 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Kessa (Ravelry ID,  blog

Mods:  Changed the original scarf pattern to a cowl, and added the lace edging to both sides. More details can be found on her project page,  here

What Makes This Awesome: I love how luxurious this looks when done up in a cowl with the lace on both sides- so feminine and pretty. The extra-wide central panel helps add to the luxury factor, and looks wonderful draped around the neck or the shoulders. Looking at how beautiful Kessa’s version is makes me think of all the options you could do with this- how different lace edgings and a different stitch for the center can give entirely different looks. A great mod like this has me looking at scarf patterns in a new light, that’s for sure!

Modification Monday: Amortentia Cowl |

Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

Pin Ups: 3 easy dips for veggies|
Summer has an abundance of fresh veggies to go around, but sometimes it’s just not that fun to eat veggies, right? Then I highly recommend this trio of dips- perfect for snacking in hot weather, with savoury and sweet options. Bound to get you eating your veggies in no time! Apparently, it’s also good for getting kids to eat their vegetables. my kid just sticks in a pepper, licks the dip off, and sticks it in again. But maybe yours will do better.

Pin Ups: homemade reese peanut butter cups|

And after all those tasty veggies, let’s go with a serious treat- homemade reese peanut butter cups. These are not low cal, but they are crazy delicious. My advice? Make them when you are going to a party, so you can share the calorie load amongst your friends and family.

Pin Ups: lace applique shoes|

I love these cute lace shoes! what a fabulous DIY, and a great way to potentially cover up some less-than-new shoes that could use a bit of a facelift.

Pin Ups: DIY velvet yarn|

This is a great tutorial on how to make super chunky/bulky yarn from cutting up stretch velvet fabric. So much more fancy than making t-shirt yarn from cut up t-shirts, right?

Pin Ups: wake up happy|

This is an easy to do list of things to help wake up happy and in the right mindset. I bet having this poster doesn’t hurt, either!

FO: Fair Isle Coffee Sleeve

And the Starry Starry Night Shawl Kit Giveaway winner is….. (drum roll)….. Wanda!! If you haven’t received an email from me yet, you will very soon.

Coffee Sleeve |

(I’m wearing my awesome fox t shirt, from this Etsy shop- I’ve had it for years, and was wearing it in this previous post as well)

Pattern: Perri

Needles: 4mm dpns (US 6)

Yarn: Scraps of Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label Aran, in ‘Plum’ and ‘Mallard’.

Mods: This was heavily  modified, I used the gradation speckles on the chart, and cast on for the same number of stitches, and that was it. I changed it for a 1×1 ribbing, and knit one round of the purple on each end. It worked out perfectly, and it’s easy to bring around with me and use in place of a cardboard sleeve. Although I’m having a latte in these photos, it also works really well on cold drinks- I hate how you get an iced tea or coffee to go and the thing just sweats in your hand while you walk around with it, all gross and wet. The sleeve totally takes care of that.

Coffee Sleeve |

Coffee sleeves- I know some of you might wonder why anyone would bother knitting a coffee sleeve, so I’m going to tell you why I think you might want to bother. First up, they are awesome for de-stashing small bits of yarn, and equally a great small project to try a technique or a stitch that you have been wanting to try- it’s like a swatch you can use! Also, although the cardboard sleeves are indeed recyclable, the less you use of anything, the better for the planet. Plus, then your beverage looks awesome. Way more awesome than a generic cardboard sleeve.

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Modification Monday: Lacy Triangle Tam

(eep, sorry for the time delay! It’s a long weekend here in Canada, I forgot it was Monday.)

Modification Monday: Triangles Tam |

Original Pattern: Triangles Tam

Knitter Extraordinaire: Valerie (Ravelry ID, blog

Mods: Added an eyelet in the center of each triangle to give the pattern and airier, lacy look. details on her blog post, and her project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: Valerie’s mod started off with a simple idea- adding an eyelet into the center of a stitch motif. This is a great place for anyone who is interested in beginning to try modifying a pattern, as the results can be wonderfully unexpected, like her this tam- the eyelets completely obscure the triangles, but the overall result is gorgeous and texturally rich. Doesn’t this hat look totally gorgeous?

Modification Monday: Triangles Tam |