Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

This was fascinating – “I got my news from paper newspapers for two months, and this is what I learned.”

Everyone’s very focused on self care these days, but is it self care, or self-sabotage? I totally agree with this – I’m a little suspicious of the self care bandwagon. But then again, I suck at self care so I think this falls into the confirmation bias category.

My all-female coworker space had a whole article on, and …. what’s that one page 2? Oh, you know, just a photo of me working, with “Julie Crawford, Founder, Knitted Bliss” underneath it. No big deal.

On the deep psychological joy of hearing Toto’s classic song “Africa” sound as though it’s playing in an empty shopping mall.

My Favourite Pins This Week

You guys know how I’m all about the one pan/pot/takeout menu sort of dinner, and this is pretty close- if you want to add in the mushrooms, you’ll need to pan fry them. But I’m lazy and would probably just put a tonne of spinach in with the rice and move on with my life. But I generally like to put spinach in everything, so that might not work for everyone. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

I don’t eat cheese cake very often because I don’t like the thick-as-brick restaurant style ones that you typically get, so solid you feel like you could build a house out of it. Making cheesecake at home usually yields a waaaaaaay lighter, softer, and more delicious cheesecake. This no-bake nutella version is definitely on my radar- I love nutella anything, and no restaurant cheese cake can compare with a homemade one. Pinterest link is here, and the recipe can be found here.

What a gorgeous idea to spruce up a medicine cabinet! This is done with peel-and-stick wallpaper, but if you were feeling crafty you could modge podge beautiful wrapping paper in there, too. Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY post is here.

Love the look of marled yarn, but your stash is already insane? Tin Can Knits has a great post about combining yarns to make your own marled yarn in any colour combination you want- not to mention a handy way to work through your stash a bit faster. Pinterest link is here, and the full  post can be found here.

Feeling the urge to get your spring craft on? What about these pretty felt daffodils? They use only small amounts of felt and all sorts of thoughtful details. Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY for making them is right here.


  1. knithughesey   •  

    The article on self-care really resonated with me. She put into words what I have be thinking and I really appreciate the encouragement to assess how I feel after a self-care session. Which then leads to thinking about how I feel after doing the hard things, which actually are self care. I’m going to explore this in the coming weeks and make of list of things that actually help me feel better.

  2. Loulou   •  

    Congratulations on the Forbes picture! That would s so cool.

    Enjoyed the The Yorker article about listening to music that’s been remixed to give sound dimensions that we don’t often hear anymore.

    I love those felt daffodils and might have to make some. I’ll get the supplies if you want to have a springtime crafting session!

  3. All fun stuff. The Nutella cheesecake looks dangerous. I don’t let myself buy Nutella or I eat it all with a spoon. Sometimes on apples. It’s ridiculous.

  4. andi   •  

    Awesome about your pic in the Forbes article. That is brilliant!!

    I am with you and would add spinach to that one pan chicken dish, only because I love spinach in everything.

    Marled yarns make me swoon. I am off the check out that article. Thank you!

  5. miss agnes   •  

    Ha, maybe there is bit too much of “self” these days, and not enough care for others? What happened to: ‘there is more happiness in giving than receiving’? It might be too Christian for many, but it is so true.
    No wonder you’re in the Forbes picture: you’re so photogenic, they had to choose you – great free publicity 😉
    And I totally love this medicine cabinet makeovers – so refreshing to see a pop of print and color when you open this every day. I want a green and flowery bathroom too..
    Have a great week-end Julie.

  6. Brenda   •  

    Honestly, hearing Toto’s Africa makes me inordinately happy under any and all circumstances, in whatever remix, arrangement, or whatever anyone cares to produce. So I don’t know if I really get anything *extra* special from the empty mall sound. But it was a good excuse to listen to it, and I am now inordinately happy, so thank you for that. 🙂

  7. Natalie   •  

    Hey! Not sure if you saw, but that Farhad Manjoo article has been getting a lot of attention because he apparently didn’t actually unplug. The Columbia Journalism Review wrote about it here:

    That aside, his article makes interesting points about the ways in which social media influence our news consumption, though it’s probably more based on opinion and less on lived experience than the article suggests. And thanks for these Friday round up posts, I love clicking through the articles on the weekend!

  8. Kim   •  

    Hi Julie! I stopped by to say that I thought the NYTimes article was quite thought-provoking and that I appreciated you posting it–also just saw Natalie’s comment with the other article about that article, which is also interesting (and I guess somewhat disappointing/strange), but like she said it doesn’t negate some of the points Manjoo made about how social media affects our perception of life nowadays.

    And I agree that it’s important to distinguish between self care and self indulgence. I would even say there’s a time and a place for both, but that they are definitely not the same thing. Anyway, thanks for the round-up–it’s something I enjoy every week, there’s almost always one or two things you post that resonate with me in one way or another. I particularly loved the article on why children’s stories should be a little sad by Matt de la Peña that you posted awhile back, can’t remember if I got around to commenting that week. Hope your Monday is off to a good start!

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