Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

I loved these fake excuses that have been redone as movie trailer plots. Hilarious!

Have you taken the personality quiz at It really is accurate.

If your posture is looking super slouchy these days (and having 2 kids under 5, I’m perpetually hunched), try these stretches to get your posture back on track.

This is pretty epic career advice. Or just life advice in general.

I forgot to share this last week! The lovely ladies of Yarn in the City had me on their most recent podcast to talk about #baablegate, since I see a lot of modifications from my years of doing Modification Mondays. If you aren’t familiar with the controversy, have a listen – the controversy conversation starts around the 27 min mark.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Modification Monday: Baked Apple Pies |

Baked apples, turned into little apple pies!! A much healthier take on dessert, and such a special looking treat. I haven’t tried this yet, but I do love baked apples. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Modification Monday: Ghost Pizza |

I’m not a huge Halloween person (although this year we decided to get costumes and try to get into the spirit!), but I love this adorable round up of Halloween themed dinner ideas. The ghost pizza is my favourite, although the soup with the rice ‘eyeballs’ is pretty fun too! Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Modification Monday: Cinnamon Sore Throat Tea |

Cold season is here, people! Not fun. I’ve had one, and almost everyone I know has had one. If you are feeling that telltale tickle, try this cinnamon sore throat tea.  Milk (your choice of alternative if you are dairy free), cinnamon, ginger, and honey will make you feel a bit better. or at least for as long as you are sipping it. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe is here.

Modification Monday: Marley Blanket |

I am crazy in love with big, gorgeous hue shift blanket -‘Marley’ from Tin Can Knits (I’ve been meaning to do a review of their gorgeous Mad Colour Collection for ages!). This blanket….. swoon. Pinterest link is here, and the original Ravelry link is here.

Modification Monday: No Sew Felt Masks |

How cute are these masks?! For Halloween or for kids dress up, these pretty felt masks are no-sew and can be whipped up quickly. You have time to make these over the weekend if you need to! Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY post is here.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! We have all sorts of  kiddie Halloween events on the go this weekend, and of course I’ll be on Instagram checking and liking everyone’s #CraftyBlissChallenge photos! Even if you are joining in (although I hope you do!) feel free to check in on the hashtag and see what is posting. Wishing you all a great weekend. Stay warm!





  1. Sam   •  

    Wow, that personality test is scarily accurate!

  2. Leah   •  

    I adore those masks and the baked apples look like a real treat x Off to try that personality test now out of curiosity.

    • Julie   •     Author

      I hope you enjoy the links! And the personality test is pretty fun. I was amazed at how dead on it was for me.

  3. Renee Anne   •  

    You’re feelings about Halloween are how I feel about Christmas. It’s just not my thing. In our house, however, the boys love all the holidays and right now, Halloween is the favorite.

  4. Stefanie   •  

    I pinned that sore throat recipe. I use another one when needed with hot water. It’s good to have choices. I’ve heard about the Babble Hat controversy; it was on IG. I can’t believe Halloween is almost here. My Jellybean was disappointed that she didn’t get to carve a pumpkin which I totally forget about. I told her next year as we’re spending a chunk of our weekend up in the city.

  5. Jessica Lane   •  

    As always, – wonderful variety of pins! Those little baked apples? So adorable!

  6. Pamela   •  

    Some very interesting perspectives on “Baablegate.” I saw the cowl pop up last week on Ravelry, and thought the original designer had produced a cowl…so of course I had to go over to the podcast to have a listen. Thanks for sharing!

    • Julie   •  

      Yes, it’s an interesting problem… I’ve seen patterns that are really similar crop up that I’m sure designers just didn’t know existed (after all, everyone is working from the same stitch dictionaries), but baablegate is a an unfortunate situation where the cowl designer basically is giving away the original chart for free. I believe the local yarn store has kits as well, so that is tricky! I haven’t heard anything more from the original hat designer or the cowl ‘designer’, so I’m not sure where it’s ended up.

  7. Bronchitikat   •  

    Those baked apple pies look good. Specially like the blanket/throw. & which mask did Lila wear?

    As for Baablegate – some patterns can be really rather easy to reverse engineer if you’ve a good enough photo. But to pass of something like that as ‘your own original’ with but a minimal alteration is a bit much!

  8. Bronchitikat   •  

    That cinnamon sore throat tea looks good too. I’ve just started a cold!

    Although I usually use an infusion of sage leaves and gargle it for a sore throat. Purists recommend red sage. I reckon ordinary garden sage works well, or the stuff from your herb rack at a pinch.

    • Julie   •  

      Oh no, I hope you are feeling better! I’ve tried the sage tea as well, but I’m not a big sage fan. it ends up making me feel worse. But hopefully that isn’t the case for you!

    • Julie   •  

      I totally agree! I should make some for Lila to play with.

  9. Loulou   •  

    That personality questionnaire is great! Also love the masks. So good.

    Listening to the podcast as I type this.

  10. Melinda   •  

    OMG. This is the first Friday link love in eons where I love all 5 of the links with photos that you’ve posted. I’ll have to go back and read the links at the top of the post but am super stoked to try my hand at making those no sew felt masks, baked apples, and cinnamon tea. that ghost pizzas may be what makes G actually eat pizza (I feel like she’s the only 4.5yo who doesn’t eat pizza) and that blanket is drop dead gorgeous! So, at the very top of my “drop everything else and make now” knitting queue. I love TCK patterns. Thanks for a great Friday link love post!

    • Julie   •     Author

      So glad that you liked the round up!! I so want to knit a blanket one day, and it will absolutely be a TCK pattern- I love their stuff.

  11. Kessa   •  

    An apple apple pie, what an idea! Definitely trying that this week! That sore throat tea, too… It seem a slow hit by the bug (We brought L to the hospital last night because he was wheezing so badly!) and I’m feeling that dull tickle at the back of my throat myself…

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