Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This week

 It’s been a weird week for me, as my smartphone completely died and took with it a LOT of photos that I hadn’t backed up. I mentioned it on my last post, but I’m really not over it. I’ve been writing a post all week that was supposed to go with photos that are now lost and I’ve been resisting retooling it, resisting letting go of those lost photos. Not just knitting photos … family photos, photos of the kids. But lesson learned- I will be backing up photos to the cloud as soon as I get a new phone! Guys, if you have a lot of cell phone videos or photos that are precious to you, please learn from my mistake and back them up.

On to some better news!

The winner of the amazing Berroco Yarn and pattern giveaway is…. Karyine!! Karyine, I’ll be in touch shortly to get your address!

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

This Instagram account features famous works of art as taking selfies. Hilarious!

If you enjoy precision typing, then this game is for you. It’s oddly addictive, so set aside some time if you are going to play!

Lately I’ve been having a hard time falling asleep at night. If you are struggling with falling asleep too, here’s 5 tips to help fall asleep faster. I’ve been implementing them for the last two nights, and it is working.

So…. Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature. This is a bold new move for the Nobel prize – it’s never been awarded to a songwriter before. I’m not sure how I feel about it.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Pin Ups and Link Love: Stuffed Halloween Peppers |

I’m not the biggest Halloween fan, but these jack-o-lantern style stuffed peppers are pretty freaking awesome! And key, if it wasn’t Halloween, you could just use the recipe and not carve a little face into the peppers. The stuffing? An amazing slow cooker shredded taco chicken and rice filling, easy-peasy and very delicious. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post can be found here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Chocolate Turtle Apple Slices|

Guys, you know what I’m like- if there’s fruit involved, then I’m confident it is a healthy treat.  Even though there’s enough chocolate and caramel on this to pretty much nullify the nutrition… and so very seasonal! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Embroidered Sweater DIY |

I love embroidery on sweaters, and this is a great tutorial on how to embroider a word or phrase on a sweater- either store bought or one you knit yourself, all with using the chain stitch. Pinterest link is here, and the original tutorial can be found here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Painted Pencils|

Feel like your pens or pencils are looking a little blah? Turn inexpensive pencils into something fresh and pretty by painting them. I love the tiny polka dots! Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Puppy in Sweaters |

One of my favourite things about the cooler weather? I adore seeing dogs in sweaters. If it’s cold enough for you to wear a jacket, then the puppy needs one too! Presuming it’s a short hair, that is. I imagine huskies and other furry pups don’t quite need the same sweaters. Sadly I cannot find the original post, but here is the Pinterest link.

Have an amazing weekend, my friends! I think we are going to get a pumpkin. Or several pumpkins. I might spend the weekend looking at fun pumpkin decorating ideas, since I hate carving them – a very long time ago I volunteered at an art gallery that had a Halloween fundraiser, and one of my jobs was to carve over 40 pumpkins that lined the walkway leading up the gallery. It looked amazing, but I had an actual bruises on my palms from scraping the insides clean and carving them. Haven’t carved a pumpkin since. But I like the idea of painting them!


  1. Val   •  

    Forwarded the artwork selfies IG account to Matt, his students will get such a kick out of it and should make their Friday even better. I know that little sweater wearing pup just made MY Friday better! Happy pumpkin hunting!

    • Julie   •     Author

      I keep meaning to mention- your new Leta hat pattern looks beautiful! Well done, you. And so glad that Matt will enjoy the art selfies!

  2. Laura   •  

    I am so sad for you over your loss of all those photos! I’ve almost lost photos a couple of times, and I felt sick about it. Vent all you want. Enjoy your pumpkin painting and happy weekend!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Losing photos is so heartbreaking, there were a lot of the kids on there and family shots form our vacation that I hadn’t taken off of it yet. Ugh. Well, lesson learned for next time!

  3. Alina   •  

    So sorry about your phone!!! Shooting photos can take so much time and energy, so yes, losing them is a small disaster :(. Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Julie   •     Author

      It’s so true, photos take a lot more time than we think. Except for those rare moments when it all just comes together, but that certainly isn’t the norm!

  4. Di   •  

    I really look forward to your Friday post. Keep those amazing slow cook recipes coming! I am in awe of the pumpkin peppers:) Thank you..

    • Julie   •     Author

      So glad that you love the Friday post round ups! I try to choose my very bet finds each time. 🙂

  5. MJ   •  

    So sorry about your phone & photos. I think mine are backing up but I should really check that.
    Also, I’m quite sure how I feel about Bob Dylan winning the Nobel Prize for Literature. I like his music but I’m not just on board with it. I think there are so many deserving writers. I understand why they did it but I don’t agree. (Not that they asked for my input.)

    • Julie   •     Author

      Yes, definitely confirm if your phone photos are backing up somewhere! You don’t want to lose them. And I agree with your take on the Bob Dylan winning the nobel prize, it just feels song writing and literature are not at all the same animal. But they didn’t ask for my input, either! 😉

  6. DWJ   •  

    That puppy in a sweater is just the cutest. We got a second dog 2 months ago (a little chihuahua) and she’s always freezing so I’ve been searching for tiny dog sweaters so I can knit her one. Dogs in sweaters are my absolute favorites.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Aw, congrats on your newest little addition, chihuahuas are so cute. And they look amazing in sweaters!

  7. kingshearte   •  

    Oh man, dogs in sweaters. Love. Drives me crazy when I see short-haired little dogs — especially ones that originated in warmer places — without sweaters or coats when it’s cold out. And booties! Even hardier dogs should have something on their feet if they live somewhere that salts obsessively in the winter (as I do). That crap’s hard on the feet, even if a dog isn’t bothered by cold. Anyway, yeah. Dogs in sweaters. So frakking cute.

    • Julie   •     Author

      ME TOO! I will sometimes say something to the owner if I see them wearing a big coat and their little short hair dog is shivering in the snow. The boots, too! Although from what I hear, a lot of dogs hate wearing them and make it hard to get them on. Still, sometimes my kids don’t like shoes either but I persevere….

  8. Anne S   •  

    Those halloween stuffed peppers are absolutely adorable! Thanks for posting about it! Good luck with your new phone!

    • Julie   •     Author

      When I saw those peppers, they seemed like such a no brainer- of course peppers could be carved like pumpkins! But I haven’t seen that before anywhere else. So clever.

  9. Melinda   •  

    Have you seen the pumpkins with melted crayons on top? Not very halloween-ish but they are neat none the less.

    • Julie   •     Author

      I have, they look so cool!!! I’ve got a small baggie of broken crayons that I keep meaning to melt down to make rainbow crayons with, but perhaps the pumpkins are a better choice….

  10. Wanda   •  

    oh no – sad news about the phone, especially the photos!! 🙁 This instilled a sense of panic in me, and I must get my favorite photos backed up for sure. Otherwise though – I am with you about Halloween – I’m just kind of meh about it. I also feel rather strongly AGAINST adult costume parties – I know, party pooper. My neighbors love having a Halloween party, but it’s just not really my thing, but I feel a pressure to join in. I have been seeing a lot on Pinterest for painted pumpkins though, and some are really beautiful! And oh, the dog in sweater – also one of my favorite things about Fall and Winter. My dog is short haired, but also a lab mix – she absolutely refuses to wear sweaters, despite how badly I want to knit cute ones for her. She’s actually happier as the weather gets colder and shakes off any of my attempts to add a layer to her on our walks! So… I oooh and aaah over other people’s cute dogs in sweaters! Happy weekend!

    • Julie   •     Author

      I hope you backed up your photos, and learned from my tale of woe! Labs are not sweater dogs, which is a shame- because all dogs look so cute in sweaters! Would she wear a knitted scarf?

  11. Nadia   •  

    Julie, you have saved our Halloween dinner! Those filled peppers are such a great idea and I wuldn’t have come up with something like that myself. I was instead thinking of making ghoulash, but that seemed rather lame. So filled Jack-o-Lantern peppers it is!

    Now I just need to decide on a costume.

    • Julie   •     Author

      So glad to have helped you sort out your Halloween supper ideas! I love stuffed peppers anyway, so the carved ones… genius!

  12. Stefanie   •  

    We use Dropbox here. My iPhone is the smaller GB one so I have to back up more often and delete some on it. The carved peppers are fun. That’d be great for a Halloween party. I like those turtle slices. They’d be easier to eat. My girls want to carve pumpkins. We need to remember that soon.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Dropbox is a great idea, I have an account, I just wasn’t using it for photo back ups. I won’t be making that mistake again! And I\m with you on the turtle slices, so much easier than the typical candy apple.

  13. Jesd   •  

    Sorry about your smartphone, that’s so disappointing:( In 2004 I lost a years worth of pics on my PC. Love this post – and all the fun Halloween ideas!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Oh no, losing pictures is so heartbreaking! I’m sorry that you went through it, too. 🙁

  14. Susan   •  

    I would have a HARD time living without my smart phone. I hope you get up and running with a new one soon! I hear the comically large but quite expensive iPhone 7 takes amazing photos.

    Love those little jack-o-lantern peppers. I’m not really a stuffed peppers fan but I might have to try it just to carve them like that. Too fun.

    I’m not sure how to feel about Bob Dylan winning the Nobel prize, either. But they didn’t ask me, did they? 🙂

    • Julie   •     Author

      I was 3 whole days without a smartphone, it was so weird. Every time I heard anyone else’s I’d start looking around. I kept thinking I’d just check the weather or look up an address, but no. Guy had ordered himself a new phone, and he was super kind to let me use his new one until my replacement comes in.

  15. felinityknits   •  

    Oh gosh, commiserations on your phone! I feel a bit breathless at the thought of losing the photos on mine – will be checking my cloud settings today!

    • Julie   •     Author

      I hope you checked your cloud settings and your photos are backing up safely! Yes, I want everyone to be reminded so they don’t have to lose all their photos like I did. I’m still sad about it. It’s much harder to get over than I thought it would be.

  16. Onkuri   •  

    I love the idea of chain stitching on knits, because it looks so much like stockinette! I’ve used it to fix the sloppy bottoms of horizontal cables too.

    • Julie   •     Author

      I do it to fix cables sometimes, too! Especially if I wasn’t doing it tight enough and it’s left little holes.

  17. miss agnes   •  

    Loosing precious pictures is a bummer, a good lesson to back things up indeed. I do it regularly but not often enough.
    I’m sorry you’re having trouble falling asleep. As a recovering insomniac, I tried about everything but sometimes the only cure is to get up and do something nice and relaxing, like knitting or reading, until sleep catches up with you. The only trick that really helps me is deep relaxation with the use of colour: imagine your body filled with one color, as you gently breathe in, another color enters your body, starting with your toes. As you breathe out, the old color goes away. In and out. Usually you’re gone before reaching the hips. Well, it is not magic and won’t work every time, but often enough.
    That puppy in the red sweater is too cute, and you have managed to find a game that could me hooked very quickly. I just clicked in that link and started playing right away.
    Enjoy your week-end. The only pumpkins I buy go into soups, my favorites this time of the year. Have fun with yours 😉

    • Julie   •     Author

      Glad I wasn’t the only one who wasted some time playing that very addictive game! Guy found it, and I had to turn it off so that I could crack on getting things done, I’m already crazy behind all my email. Thank you so much for telling me about the colour technique, I started to use it and I found it really helpful! But, I also had a cold and was taking nighttime cold medication. Tonight I will try just the colours and see how I do.

  18. Bronchitikat   •  

    Bad thing about the phone. That, I suppose, is one of the negative points about technology. Our negative this week was forgetting entirely to take the camera away with us. H had it, then put it down & forgot to pick it up again.

    And yes, we are so behind the times that we have mobiles which do texts and phone calls (& a few other bits) and we need to take a separate actual camera!

    Meanwhile I’ll definitely be trying the ‘get to sleep quicker’ tips as I can take halfway to forever to drop off sometimes. Then I end up getting up, going online and eating a lot. Not a good combo. Specially when the ‘tired’ kicks in the next day or the day after!

    You can add chainstitch to a sweater using a crochet hook too.

    Ah well, time to think about lunch. Do know it won’t be stuffed carved orange peppers.

    • Julie   •     Author

      I have a friend who is still managing to resist the siren song of a smart phone, and she takes her digital camera with her everywhere! But she keeps it on her purse all the time, so she won’t forget it. Otherwise it is indeed an easy thing to leave behind!

  19. Bronchitikat   •  

    As for Dylan winning the Nobel Prize for Literature. The times they are indeed a-changing!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Haha, so true! I’m not excited by the win, I think songwriting is a very different animal to literature, but hey. I’m not on the committee. 😉

  20. Loulou   •  

    Great links! I too totally love dogs in sweaters. Too cute.

    Living with a songwriter who takes great care with the message or story in his lyrics, and being very envious of his ability to turn a phrase that is both poignant and fits with a song, I’m all for Dylan winning the Nobel prize!

    And don’t those apple slices look delicious?!

    Damn, I’m sorry that you lost all that was stored on your phone. 🙁

    • Julie   •     Author

      Me too, I ‘m still having a hard time getting over it. I did back up a bunch of stuff a while a go, but anything from our vacation on wards wasn’t. 🙁

  21. Tien   •  

    That carved bell pepper recipe is going on the Halloween party menu. Thanks!
    I am a longtime fan of Bob Dylan’s music and think that he is one of the greatest songwriters of our time. His songs, in fact, defined a whole generation and still are so relevant today. But I have mixed feelings about his winning the Nobel Prize for Literature. Call me a traditionalist, but I think that literature and songwriting are not quite the same nor would I wish them to be. Plus, there are so many talented novelists and poets out there who deserve to be recognized (and aren’t quite as famous as Bob Dylan).

    • Julie   •     Author

      I’m totally with you on the whole Bob Dylan winning thing. And what a Nobel Prize win could have done to boost the sales for a novelist or poet (and very few of them make even enough money to live entirely off their writing) would have been huge. Not saying Dylan isn’t awesome, but it’s apples and oranges, I think.

  22. Robin   •  

    Over the years I’ve found 2 things which really help in pumpkin carving. A metal ice cream scoop to scrape the insides and one of those tiny serrated saws that they sell in kits for pumpkin carving. Both make it so much easier.

    • Julie   •     Author

      An ice cream scoop, that is a great idea!! We still haven’t carved our pumpkins, they just sit dutifully lined up by our door. We have two big ones and two small ones.

  23. SO sorry about your phone!! 🙁 I feel your pain, the phone itself, whatever, but the photos!!

    Thank you so much for the link to the Chocolate Turtle Apple Slices!! I’ve been trying to think of a special fall/Halloween treat and I think this is perfect!! 😀

    • Julie   •     Author

      So glad you love the chocolate turtle apple slice idea! And yeah, I’m still sad about my phone, I lost so many of our vacation photos, and photos of the kids… basically if I hadn’t put it on my computer to go on the blog, I didn’t have it. So I have some, but not all. Anyway. Sigh.

  24. Christine   •  

    That stinks about your phone…that hurts.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Aw, thanks Christine. It still smarts. Videos of Lila’s dance recitals… sob. I’ve learned a hard lesson about backing up.

  25. Kessa   •  

    Sorry about your phone. Its always such a bummer to lose those photos. I hope you manage to recover them somehow! Love the Jack-o-lantern paprika… Genius! And the chocolate apple slices look crazy yummy!

    • Julie   •     Author

      No, I brought it to a tech place, but the hard drive was a pet rock. it was all very sad. Nothing was recoverable. I’m still waiting to get a replacement, I’m just using a loaner phone at the moment!

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