Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

The stages of realizing you are late. Hilarious, and so true: “If I leave right now and also the Rapture has happened, there will be no cars on the road, and I will only be three minutes late, which no one will notice.”

A daily ritual that makes you smarter. And happier. And healthier. Anytime I feel awful, a big walk helps me shake it off.

Speaking of smarter, here are 24 other daily habits that will definitely make you smarter.

How to get over friendship insecurity. Because sometimes, we wonder if our friends really like us.

My Favourite Pins This Week

I personally can’t make a risotto to save my life (arborio rice, why are you so difficult to cook?), but this quinoa version is super easy, way faster, and very healthy- featuring one of my faves – arugula. Because I basically buy a small box of arugula and dump in the whole thing.  Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

I’m mainly in love with the tutorial on making those adorable little candy carrots to put on the top of cupcakes, and this post is totally worth making them- you don’t even really have to make cupcakes, you could buy store-bought ones, and put the carrots on top. I especially love that you don’t need any icing tips to make the carrots (and you don’t really need parchment bags, I’ve done the same thing snipping the corner off a ziploc bag), and they look adorable. Pinterest link is here, and the recipe with full candy carrot tutorial can be found here.

I’ve been spring cleaning up a storm – lots of aggressive de-cluttering and dreaming of setting up a new home office space. I love this round up of gorgeous ideas for small spaces- so hard to choose my favourite!Although really, I’d kill to have that kind of natural light. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

This crepe paper flower garland ideas is SO pretty- wouldn’t it be perfect for a birthday party, Easter gathering, or, you know, just something to generally have around? I have a friend who has a tassel garland up in her living room from a birthday party 3 months ago that she now is just basically incorporating into her decor, because she doesn’t want to take it down. It’s worth clicking through to the post just to check out the gorgeous close ups of all the flowers. Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY is right here.

Maybe it’s because I’m Canadian, but the iconic colours of Hudson’s Bay really make me swoon. Non-Canadians, does it work for you too? I love this cowl idea, I think I’m going to have to make it – as soon as I get those yarn colours. Pinterest link is here, and the free pattern can be found here.

Have a lovely weekend, everyone!


  1. Maureen   •  

    I have made this cowl. Love it and it is an easy project. But so darling.

  2. Heather   •  

    I love that cowl! Hudson’s Bay blanket colours all the way!

  3. Barbara   •  

    I had to take the bus to a dentist appointment this morning, and planned it so I would be a comfortable 15 minutes early. So, of course the bus was late! I managed to get there right on time, by hustling it once I got off the bus. But the whole ride there, I just couldn’t relax! So silly, to stress out when I’d already called them to say I would be late!

    The cowl is gorgeous, and looks so cozy. I would love a lightweight cowl for spring, in such a nice range of colours, but I’m too busy knitting cute toys. I guess one could have worse problems 😉

  4. Val   •  

    Had a crummy ending to my workday was going to open a bottle of wine when I get home but now I think I’ll go for a walk instead. Thank you 🙂
    I totally second arugula, even if only because it’s shelf life in the fridge seems so superior to other greens!
    A couple of years ago I snagged the chunky hand-knit Hudson’s Bay cardigan during a major sale. I’ve felt guilty for the extravagant expense ever since and I’m afraid to wear it for fear of damaging it. I really think knitting your own stripes is the way to go – more personal and satisfying!

  5. Nikki from Tikkido   •  

    Thanks so much for featuring my chocolate carrot cupcake toppers in your beautiful collection! I’m completely smitten with that gorgeous crepe paper flower garland.

  6. Loulou   •  

    I’m all for the garland and have one for eash season and nearly every holiday! Right now my valentine hearts are still up, but soon to be replaced by Easter’s version. So, the lovely crepe paper floral one certainly appeals. It’s been a really long time since I’ve made anything from crepe paper but remember loving it. Time to seek some out and get flower making!

    I, too, love the Hudson Bay colours!


  7. Snow   •  

    Oh the genius math we do in our head when we realize we’re late!
    Our office just came up with the rule of if you were going to be more than 15 minutes late, relax, go slowly to the nearest bakery, have a fresh doughnut, start your day in a happy way, pick up a dozen for the office and you get to run the front desk while they take the doughnuts to a conference room and take an extra morning break.
    I had to laugh when I saw the crepe paper garland…we made crepe paper blooms in school for spring and took them home. They laid on the table in a pretty heap. And then one of us spilled something and when the blooms were snatched up, there was a smudgy painterly pool of color that dyed moms countertop! Beware!

  8. miss agnes   •  

    As a half-Canadian, I too am totally obsessed with the Hudson Bay colors. They are a reminder of my years in Canada, and my longing to get back. I love that cowl pattern.
    I read the ‘take a walk’ article this week, and it is so true. Spending long hours working on my PC, I sometimes have to kick myself to get up and move, but I feel so much better afterwards.
    About that first link: some parts were funny, but I was a bit put off by the fact that half of the paragraphs of this article are directly taken from “The night of the hunter”. For those who don’t know, Robert Mitchum plays a psychopath disguised as a preacher, and it is a classic movie masterpiece – I highly recommend it. But I wish the author had acknowledged his source – as it is, it is half plagiarism.As an author yourself, I’m sure you’d agree with me.
    Have a great Sunday.

  9. Tien   •  

    I’ve been dreaming of a tidy and pretty office/crafting space for a while now. Lots of great ideas in that article. Love the outdoorsy vibe of the Hudson Bay colors.

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