Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

I jumped up and down after I found out that Lena Dunham has read my book and included it in her Thanksgiving edition of Lit Thursday. She said very flattering things!

Because reading makes you smarter and more successful at life. Fact.

Knitters who want to help the Women’s March on Washington (in the US) on January 21st should contribute a hat! Full details here.

In case you have trouble remembering (as I often do), this moment is enough.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Pin Ups and Link Love: Cheese Stars |

Cheese stars! puff pastry is my new baking best friend, and these cheese stars are super simple  and easy to customize. try you favourite types of cheese, some spices or herbs, and make them yours! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: 3 Ingredient Shortbread |

What I love most about this simple shortbread recipe (other than the fact that it only has 3 ingredients) is that it uses brown sugar instead of white sugar, which gives them a much richer taste. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Best Knitted Decorations |

Got some scrap yarn and a yearning to knit up some holiday ornaments or decor? Then you should relive this post which has my favourite picks for all kinds of holiday decor- ornaments, garlands, stockings, and decorations. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love:DIY Needlefelted Pillow |

I love needle felting, and this is such a clever way to apply it to a pillow case! Would make a great gift idea, don’t you think? Pinterest link is here, and the tutorial is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Burn|

I love this quote, it has so much passion. Pinterest link is here, sadly I can’t find the original source for this image.

What have you all got planned this weekend, my lovelies? We are going o be celebrating James’s first birthday, and I’ll be doing a poetry reading. Not at the same time, but due to scheduling, it will actually be the same day!


  1. Wanda   •  

    The comments from Lena Dunham – so cool!!! 🙂 I’m excited that you are getting buzz!

    So, I’m going to the Women’s March in DC, with 3 friends. We looked into flights/hotels and had really no luck finding anything that worked, then found out about a bus rally leaving a nearby town. We live in New England, so we’re riding down overnight (10 hrs), getting there at 10am on the 21st, marching and then getting back on the bus that evening and arriving back home at 4am on the 22nd. So yes – if there are soft cuddly things that knitters want to send to marchers – hats, scarves, wraps – I KNOW they will be very welcome! I will of course make hats for my 3 friends going with me, and hoping (might be too hopeful with Christmas gift-making and time constraints) to possibly make them at least quick garter stitch scarves. I am hoping to see knitting be a real presence during the march – it’s going to be an historical day!

  2. Alina   •  

    Congrats on a great book review!!! So so happy for you! Thank you for all the amazing links 🙂 This weekend I want to go out for a hike, do the laundry, read, knit and eat a lot 🙂 We are staying with my friends right now and she is a great cook, so I am eating like an elephant 🙂 Have a great weekend and sending my hugs to James!

  3. Kelly J. R.   •  

    A friend of mine is going to the women’s march (she invited me along but I’m too chicken.) I’m going to make her a hat to wear. Thanks for sharing the info about that project!

  4. Duni   •  

    Woooooo! Congrats on the write up in Lenny! So badass!

  5. Julie   •  

    Congrats on the great review! So exciting for you.

  6. Renee Anne   •  

    I need to pull out some pink yarn. Lord knows I probably have some. And hats need to be made soon. Like really soon!

  7. Jane   •  

    Lena Dunham said lovely things, indeed – congratulations! Exciting!

    Hope you have a lovely day celebrating baby James. My youngest turns 6 this weekend, so there will be balloons aplenty at our house, too.

  8. Val   •  

    Oh wow Julie, that’s some exciting praise for your work and amazing publicity! Congrats!! I admire your restraint, if it were me I probably would have shrieked like a banshee until I’d lost my voice. And then done a few cartwheels accross the living room (and i can’t even *do* a cartwheel, lol)
    It won’t be the holidays until I’ve eaten my weight in shortbread, so thanks for the recipe! And happy birthday to James! Have fun celebrating this weekend! xo

  9. Tanis   •  

    Congrats on the amazing review! Congrats also on James’ first birthday, what a milestone!

    I’m hosting a dinner party on Sunday… I’m totally making those cheese starts and I suspect they are going ton be the thing everyone talks about. Thanks for the tip!

  10. Stephanie   •  

    Congrats on the high praise from Lena and the poetry reading! That is amazing, Julie! And happy birthday to sweet James! I’m having a fun weekend in New York, where I will pick up some more pink yarn. I have two hats down and more to go–thanks for spreading the word. I expect to wear them protesting on inauguration day as well as the next day at the women’s march. Going to exercise my right to free speech while we still have it! Have a wonderful weekend!

  11. Danielle   •  

    Congratulations on your awesome review!! PS: I love the title you chose 🙂

  12. Katharina   •  

    Whoa, Lena Dunham recommended your book? How awsome is that? I’d be grinning all day long for a week!

  13. Stefanie   •  

    I know James will have a fun first birthday. I can’t wait to see his post. Have a smashing time at your poetry reading. I hope to make some brownies today but need to take photos of my cards first. Been having sinus issues so I’m not feeling well lately.

  14. miss agnes   •  

    Congratulations! I postponed reading your post about your new book for too long because I wanted to take time for it. And I would love to buy your book, next time I place an order on Amazon. Now in France, it might be harder to find but I will manage somehow. I love poetry, and you’re right, it only takes a few minutes to read a few lines that might just change your life, or your perspective on life. I need more poetry in my life right now, and yours is particularly captivating.

    • Julie   •     Author

      I recommend ordering it from, they have free international shipping – this way you won’t get dinged on any crazy shipping charges into France! Thank you so much fro your support, my friend. And I agree- we all need more poetry in our lives.

  15. andi   •  

    I nearly jumped for joy when I read that Lena listed your book as a fav. I knew she was smart. Now- I really need to get a copy. I think it will be my Christmas gift to myself. I do rather like spoiling myself. Bravo, Julie!

    Excellent pins. Those cheese crackers may just be the ticket to my “what should I make for Christmas Eve?” question.

    Happy Birthday to James! Many kisses and love being sent to all of you.

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