Pin ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

This essay was wonderful- a woman who was fat shamed tracked down her trolls and confronted them: “By just blocking and deleting when someone makes an abusive comment or when someone sends an unsolicited portrait of their genitals, we’re tacitly saying that’s acceptable. No one sits around the dinner table, and when their loved ones ask them what they did that day calmly replies “well today I told someone to kill themselves on the internet. Pass the peas please.”

Finding time to read.

Conversation starters, no matter what the scenario.

Self worth isn’t the same as self esteem. Here are some ways to help bolster your sense of self worth.

My Favourite Pins This Week

These sweet potato and zucchini tots are a healthy take on tater tots, and they are magnificent. With all that veg, you can basically eat just these for dinner guilt free. If you are not vegan and gluten free, I recommend adding one egg and substituting the almond meal for 1 cup of flour. Just makes them a little closer to the original, I think. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

This pin was love at first site. I love dessert squares, and who doesn’t love the Samoa cookies that inspired these? Don’t make them unless people are coming over- you don’t want to be left alone with a full pan of these. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

These socks are so wonderful, how have I not seen the knitting pattern until this week? I can imagine all sorts of fun combinations with self striping yarn, bright or muted. And a great way to destash partial and single fingering weight skeins, too! Pinterest link is here, and the original pattern post on Ravelry is here.

I’m utterly besotted with the wonderful artwork of Anne Ten Donkelaar, who carefully cuts out photos and magazine prints of flowers and reconstructs these dreamy floral arrangements. I would love to see these in person! Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

I absolutely adore big, high-impact wall paper, especially florals and botanicals. Clearly I’m excited for spring, with all this floral craving! Our current place is a bit small for something this big and bold, but I think our next home, I’m going to do something like this. It’s worth clicking over to see all the inspirational ideas. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

This weekend is pretty low key- Guy is studying in earnest for his Canadian citizenship test, which is coming up early next week. I thought it would be a breeze, but on the sample test we were looking at I struggled to answer most of the questions. I thought it would be a breeze, asking things like Who is the Prime Minister, but it is actually asking detailed and precise questions about Canadian confederacy and our many layered existing governance structure. Sadly I don’t think I’ve thought much about it since grade 6.

And of course, I need to go and get myself some pretty flowers to help curb my flower craving, it seems! Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

29 comments

  1. Sarah   •  

    Thanks for sharing links to thoughtful essays like the one at the top of the post. As a parent of boys (who will be teens sooner than I’d like) this reminds me that it’s my job as a parent to talk about feminism and responsibility with them at the dinner table, on the couch, in the car, and all of the other places we can talk. Recent events have shown us that we cannot be complacent as women in this world, even if we’ve come so far there’s still so far to go.

    • Duni   •  

      Yes! <3

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Sarah,

      It’s so true, raising boys to be good men who believe women to be their equals takes some real parenting. So good on you for thinking about it and working on it! I feel the same way about James- he’s only 15 months old, but no way am I raising yet another ignorant man who doesn’t know how to cook, thinks that women who drink at parties are ‘asking for it’ or that women are overreacting when they talk about how they have to work harder to prove themselves at work…. already way too many of those on the planet and I will not be complacent in creating any more of them. Here’s to raising good men!

      Cheers,

      Julie

  2. Jennifer   •  

    Those sweet potato tots look amazing, as do those samoa brownies! I’m definitely going to try both recipes. Although, you’re right, the brownies need to be for something special, with lots of other people … I think I’ll make them for my studio Spring Open House (although, I’ll be here all day with those things taunting me; that could be very bad 😉 ).

    • Julie   •     Author

      Definitely for the open house, great idea!! Just keep telling yourself that they are for the guests, but then if any are leftover, no judgement=- eat them all!!! 😉

      J.

  3. Alina   •  

    Love the essay about finding time to read – this is so true! The flower wall paper is a dream! I love so many different interior styles I am afraid when I get to decorating my own home someday it will be a big mess 🙂 Have a great weekend and good luck to Guy!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Alina,

      I keep filing ideas away for our next house, since once James is bigger he’s probably going to need an actual room, and not just his crib in the office nook. That big floral wallpaper is totally up on the list!

      Cheers,

      Julie

  4. Duni   •  

    That article about the burlesque dancer is great. I highly recommend you read (or listen to on audiobook- it’s tremendous!) Lindy West’s Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman. What an inspiration and commentary on our social issues regarding women (she also has a story about confronting her trolls and it’s revolutionary).
    Also- I totally knew it was a panda. 🙂
    Have a great weekend and good luck to Guy!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks so much for the book recommendation!! Sounds right up my alley. And I lvoe audiobooks!

      Cheers,

      Julie

  5. Tanis   •  

    Yes to all the flowers! I love the wallpaper and the art. So inspiring. I am definitely real for spring!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Me too!! Of course it’s freezing here today. And in Europe they have their spring flowers pop up, I see them on Instagram. So pretty!

      J.

  6. Sarah   •  

    Hi Julie! I found an excerpt from a poem that I wanted to share with you:

    Love, with little hands,
    Comes and touches you
    With a thousand memories,
    And asks you
    Beautiful, unanswerable questions.
    -Carl Sandburg, from “Under the Harvest Moon” (1916)

    Isn’t that lovely? Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Oh Sarah, I love that!!! What a stunning excerpt!! I don’t think I’ve read it before, either- I will have to go find it!

      Cheers,

      Julie

  7. Stefanie   •  

    Those floral paintings are amazing. How pretty they are. Them bars look so yummy. The tween’s been baking here. We’ll oink out tomorrow. Good luck to your husband on his citizeship test. Too bad there isn’t a study group for that; it helps to talk about a topic that will be tested upon. I wonder how they test kids?

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Stefanie,

      I the kids are under 14 years old there is no test for citizenship, but one of their parents must have citizenship first. Presumably they can then help their kids learn all about Canadian history and government!

      Cheers,

      Julie

  8. Kat   •  

    Oh my gosh, I can’t wait to try those samoa squares! I’ve missed samoas since I got my celiac diagnosis, but I should be able to handle adapting this recipe!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Kat,

      I’m totally with you- I love Samoa cookies, and anything with coconut is totally my weakness! I hope you are able to modify them to be gluten free!

      Cheers,

      Julie

  9. Snow   •  

    I was ambushed by Girl Scouts at the exit of the grocery store and managed to stun them by asking which kind had the most cookies in the box (FYI:thin mints, trefoils 2ND runner-up) I escaped with my life and a souvenir box of Thin Mints. My fat cells are quivering in anticipation.
    I came across a magazine this week that used some of the large photography floral wallpaper for decopaging an end table. Bold and soft at the same time. I did something similar as a teen with glossy magazine floral cutouts on my nightstand. Now it’s an art form!

    • Julie   •     Author

      That is so clever! And makes sense that the thin mints would be the more plentiful cookie, as they are smaller. I love decoupage furniture too! It’s such a great way to take an old piece of furniture and turn it into something awesome.

      Cheers,

      Julie

  10. Anna   •  

    Amazing, I have the Waiting for Gotland socks on my list to knit this year, they are so beautiful! And I love the pretty flowers, so delicate. Good luck to Guy. I did my British citizenship a few years ago and I was amazed at how easy it was, although they made it harder a few weeks after I passed my test. I will have to do the Aussie one in a couple of years.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Anna,

      The test is so hard! Well, the practice tests we’ve been doing are so hard. I was born here and I haven’t thought about any of the things they are asking since about grade 4 or 6, when I probably last learned the details of Canadian confederacy. Guy knows more about Canada’s history than I do at the moment!

      Cheers,

      Julie

  11. Barbara   •  

    So many great pins this week! I really liked the article on the woman who tracked down her trolls. Although, I’m not sure shaming is the right word for what she did. She held them accountable for the awful things they wrote, in the hope that they would learn something positive from their actions. It’s so true that we need to stop being silent and complicit about this sort of hate, in the hopes that young people will learn to be kinder in the future.

    I’m reading a great book right now called “I thought it was just me: Women reclaiming power and courage in a culture of shame” by Brene Brown. It’s a long book, but so far reading it has felt very cathartic. It’s hard to feel accepted and connected with others when you have young kids and work at home, so it feels great to know that I’m not alone. I think I need to find a new knitting group, so I can talk about my work and hobby to people who will care and understand!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Barbara,

      Absolutely you need a group where you can talk about those things, and even better if they share your love of reading! A hybrid knitting and book club is my dream.

      Cheers,

      Julie

  12. Susanne   •  

    Love your links! I love that flower artist, and the wallpaper looks gorgeous. I also feel extremely uneducated when it comes to topics such as our system of government, political framework, etc! Isn’t it funny that people taking the citizenship test will be much more educated about Canada than Canadians by birth? Makes me think that it should be mandatory for all Canadians … but then again, I should probably be careful about what I wish for! 😉

    • Julie   •     Author

      I think I learned about all that stuff in Grade 4 or 6, but it’s been such a LONG time since I’ve thought about it, that I’ve completely forgotten! The luxury of it, really. That Canada has been so wonderful I haven’t had to worry about things like that. And it reminds me that being Canadian is so much more than whether or not you were born here. I actually think people most who had to move here appreciate Canada more!

  13. Tien   •  

    Wonderful list as usual! I am definitely going to try some of those tips for making more time to read. Good luck to Guy on his test. I remember how nervous my parents were before taking their’s, especially since they were still learning English.

  14. Jessica Lane   •  

    Thank you for the inspiration. I’m excited to check out that article regarding self-esteem versus self worth. I’m always focusing on raising strong daughters and these articles definitely help. Also, those sweet potato zucchini tots look amazing, and the Blondie bars – YUM!!!!!

  15. Loulou   •  

    As always, plenty of goodness in this post, including a new-to-me site that I’m totally taken by — Salonniere, (the source of your conversation starter link). Love it! Of course, you will be invited to any party that develops, based on ideas gleaned from that great site!

    Good luck to Guy on his test! xo

  16. miss agnes   •  

    I’m ashamed to say I have forgotten a lot of what I learned for my Canadian citizenship test. We had less than two weeks to study and my husband was super stressed, but it was not so hard after all. I remember the ceremony, the judge was so nice. I went back to France, but a part of my heart will forever be Canadian, and I know I will be back. I’m sure your husband will do great, let us know how it went.

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