Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Soo…. China is building a rain making system that is bigger than Spain. I’m not sure if this is an awesome thing that will help prevent catastrophic droughts in impoverished countries, or a terrifying step towards environmental destruction.

If all that Marie Kondo minimalism makes you want to roll your eyes, here’s the antidote to it- Why Minimalism is B.S.

“Cool is an emotional straightjacket.”

3 reasons we seek change.

Excellent ideas on living a more considered life.

My Favourite Pins This Week

I adore tacos in all forms, and these sweet and spicy sriracha chicken tacos are all kinds of awesome. The kids aren’t fans of the spicy, so I don’t cook the chicken with the sriracha sauce, and add it in separately to the grown up tacos- but I love all things spicy, so it works just fine until their little palates develop into the spice lovers I know they will be one day. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Brownies with peanut butter…..not just peanut butter, but peanut butter cups as well! Because I can’t get enough of chocolate and peanut butter together, and adding something to basic brownies takes them into a whole other realm of deliciousness. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe post can be found here.

These DIY paper cherry blossoms are prettier than the usual ones I’ve seen –  I love how they use slightly different shades of pink and paper olive leaves for a more realistic blooming branch effect. Just so pretty! Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY is right here.

I can use a sewing machine but am not a big fan of sewing, but this tutorial looks so easy, and is so thorough, it actually makes me want to try my hand at sewing a whole bunch of pouches with all the pretty fat quarters I see online. Maybe I’ll become a sewist yet! Pinterest link is here, and the original tutorial is here.

Friends, if you click on a link for only one thing this week, make it this otter bath mitt! It’s a free crochet pattern, and so unbelievably cute I can barely stand it. The last photo of it wet and covered in bubbles – all the squeals!! Pinterest link is here, and the free crochet pattern can be found here.

What are you guys up to this weekend, any fun crafting plans? I’ve just cast on for a Laramidia shawl. I haven’t knit it in years and I am considering revamping the pattern for other yarn weights. Hoping to get a lot of knitting done!


  1. Val   •  

    The Cup of Jo article is right, that really is So Major <3 I'll be sharing that one for sure. I'd happily eat tacos for breakfast so these look amazing, and I've bookmarked the otter because I just about squealed out loud on the train. There's a new baby coming in our family and I will learn to follow crochet directions despite the left-handedness if it kills me. Great picks!!

  2. miss agnes   •  

    “This expectation that neatness is best adds another layer of stress to our already stressful lives.” Amen ! No matter how much I try (I confess I don’t try that hard) I strive in messy environments. My desk is a constant clutter of papers, which are perfectly organized in “my system” and my husband has given up on trying to change me a long time ago. Clean (as in, devoid of any clutter) and empty spaces totally freak me out. So this article was a breath of fresh air, thank you !!!!
    Cloud seeding technology is actually quite old, and people have been messing with the weather for decades now. Which actually explains a lot of the climate mess we are seeing right now. So the China project ? Totally scary.
    I miss tacos so much – it’s impossible to find these hard taco shells here in France, even online. We only get the soft tortillas. I might have to try and make them myself.
    Have a great knitting week-end ! I just cast on for a bulky cardigan for my daughter (it might snow here, she actually said yes).

  3. Sam   •  

    I LOVE the article on why minimalism is BS, thank you so much for sharing it. So many people I follow on IG or via their blog have done Marie Kondo to one extent or another and it just makes me feel guilty and lazy because I know I could never do it. I kind of got to the point where I thought there was something wrong with me because I couldn’t keep things tidy and perfect, but I’m learning to accept I’m not a minimalist and I never will be 🙂

    I also love the look of the taco’s – although like your children I’m not keen on the spicy element – the brownies and the bath otter. All gorgeous!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Sam,

      I agree with the others here that crafters have all kinds of STUFF, and even people who don’t craft have stuff. being alive usually means we have a lot of things! I think that we are attracted to the images because it feels like someone visually hit the reset button on our lives- the blank slate approach to home decor. But really, who lives like that!



  4. Heather   •  

    I’m finishing my first sock. Well finishing as in I got the gusset done and just have the foot left. It took me three tries to get the heel flap, turn and gusset done right but I finally did it.

    • Julie   •     Author

      it’s funny how that heel flap can be so tricky sometimes!! Worth the effort to go and get it the way you want it, though. well done.

  5. Loulou   •  

    A great, thought provoking, collection of links, as always.

    I’ll join the crowd and give a thumbs up to the notion that “minimalism is BS”. I’ve gone ahead and sent the link to that article to Nick!

    You’re right, the soapy crocheted otter is a must see.

    I’ll be creating with paper and some new stamps and ink pads this weekend.

    Wishing you a good one! xo

  6. Di   •  

    I am actually getting weary of all the “minimalist” knitting photoshoots-cup of coffee or tea, hard wood floors, stark white rug or walls, beautiful artsy journal alongside.
    We craft and crafters have STUFF. So I enjoyed the Minimalist is B.S and then laughed when the “a considered life” article is back to getting rid of clutter.
    Thank you for the Friday Favorites!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Haha, I hear you- but I love those photos! I think it’s safe to say that everything just outside of the cropped Instagram photo is total chaos.

  7. Brenda   •  

    I’ve reached the point in my life where, even when I’m cleaning the house because I’m having people over, I don’t obsess over making it perfect. I find the notion that one’s home, in order to be considered presentable, should look like no one lives in it, utterly bizarre. A friend recently told me how empowering she found it to hear someone state flat-out on instagram that I have better things to do with my time than make my bed, so I’ll state something similar here in case it helps anyone else: I have better things to do with my time than remove all traces of my own existence from my own home.

    So yay for a reasonable amount of clutter! And also for otters, tacos, and peanut butter brownies.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Oh Brenda, so well said! I never make my bed either- I like the idea of having more of that out there in the world, I need to take the time to do that.

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