Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

You are not meant to do what you love. You are meant to do what you are good at. 

Why is it still considered controversial not to have children?  Some fascinating reads in here.

Can technology save indie bookstores? I certainly hope so.

Trying to make your creative mark in a big, major city? Maybe it’s time to find a new city.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Pin Ups and Link Love: Mediterranean Breakfast Salad |

This salad looks so darn delicious I would eat this any time, not just for breakfast. Packed with good-for-you proteins, veggies and a bit of fat to help you feel full- If you need me, I”ll be at the grocery store getting the fixings for this salad. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Easy Biscuit Smores |

I love S’mores everything, so these chocolate chip biscuit S’mores look heavenly! And get this- the whole recipe only has 4 ingredients. They look so much more decadent and complicated than that, but you could pull this off easy-peasy. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: How to Make AMigurumi Poseable|

I have thought about putting pipe cleaners in my knitted toys to make them pose-able, but this is a great tutorial on exactly how to go about it- with something more sturdy than pipe cleaners! It would work for crocheted toys and knitted toys, too. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Vintage Cart Revamp |

I think I’m especially smitten with this vintage cart makeover because it contains a giant pile of yarn. Who wouldn’t want a beautiful, artfully displayed yarn collection in a lovely upcycled cart? It doesn’t have to be a revamp of a vintage piece, either- you could do this with an metal storage cart. Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Michelle Morin Art |

I adore this stunning watercolour painting by Michelle Morin. It’s like the rich beauty of late summer, in all it’s golden green glory, captured in a frame. Pinterest link is here, and the original artist’s site is here.


  1. Bronchitikat   •  

    Loved the Michelle Morin paintings and prints.

    The salad looked good too, though I don’t see me having it for breakfast any time soon.

    Shame about that A-line top too. It’s a lovely colour.

    • Julie   •     Author

      I’m not big on salad for breakfast either- but it makes a tasty lunch or dinner!

  2. Sam   •  

    Love the first two articles you’ve picked this week Julie. I’d never thought about the distinction between doing what you’re good at, not what you love, because what I’m good at is what I love… sadly I don’t do if for a job!

    I don’t have children, and I’m now well passed the age where people ask if I’m going to have them, but when I first got married people thought it strange when I said I wasn’t going to have children. When I was younger I always assumed that I would, but then I met my husband who is 16 years older than me and already had grown up children from a previous marriage. He told me right when we started dating that he didn’t want any more children – in fact he couldn’t have any more – so I knew exactly where we stood. I decided that I’d rather be with him and not have children than be with someone I loved less and have children. I’ve had a couple of periods since then when I’ve wondered whether I really did want children, but now I wouldn’t change our life for anything.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks so much for sharing your choice to not have children! I agree, lots of people I know don’t have kids, and their reasons are all varied and different as they are, and no one should have to ‘defend’ that choice. Look how happy you are with your life! Happiness is a very individual recipe. Funny that you should mention that you love doing what you are good at…. that is exactly the sort of reason why people should do the the things they are good at for their job! But it’s difficult to find well paying work in a wide variety of fields, so that can still be limiting.

  3. Tanis   •  

    You find the best articles Julie. That first one about doing what your good at was really poignantly written. It makes so much sense and it seems to me that if you’re really good at something, that you’d likely enjoy doing it too. I really like the thought of giving what you have to give. Thanks for sharing!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks, Tanis! I remember there was a book a while back about Tiger Moms who were forcing their kids to learn how to play piano and learn mandarin, not because their kids enjoyed it, because they believed that when the kids got really good at it, they would enjoy it later on. There’s a lot of truth in that we generally derive a lot of satisfaction out of doing something we are good at.

  4. stefanie   •  

    These posts always make my stomach rumble. I think that would be fun to make posable amigurumi. I pinned that.

    • Julie   •     Author

      I know, I can’t write these posts when I’m hungry, either- otherwise I only want to post food links! The next knitted toy I make, I want to try the poseable thing. I think kids would love it.

  5. Barbara   •  

    I read a book earlier this summer called “Canadian Women and the Struggle for Equality” (fascinating read, if that sort of thing interests you). In one part, the author talks about how the marriage rate in North America, and the number of married couples who have children, is higher than in many other parts of the world, especially in the past 100 years. She speculates that this may have lead to the current cultural pressure to marry and have children, even though it used to be considered relatively normal for some women to choose otherwise. Once again, it’s quite common now for women to be either unmarried or childless, or both. I hope our society (or perhaps just the popular media?) will learn to be more accepting of women’s life choices.

    • Julie   •     Author

      First of all, I love that this is your summer reading! And that is very interesting that the statistics have been leaning more towards having children in the last 100 years than in the previous 100. I bet there are all sorts of fascinating reasons for that.

  6. miss agnes   •  

    Beautiful pins, and great articles. The first one resonates with me as I went through the same thought process a few months ago: trying to make a living out of something I love but failing miserably, and realizing that I could work at something I’m really good at, and enjoying it much more than I anticipated. I plan to share my experience soon, once things are more settled around me. I will keep this link in my reference list, anyone who is wondering what to do as a living or wanting to make drastic life changes should read this. Thanks for sharing.

    • Julie   •  

      I’m so glad that it really resonated with you! It’s funny how we don’t often separate what we love doing from what we are really good at, but they are very different categories. Usually we can’t help but enjoy the things we are good at, even if we think we’d like to do something else. Although it is worthwhile to challenge ourselves to try now things now and then. Otherwise who will we find other things that we might be good at?

  7. Kessa   •  

    Wow, that salad! And smores?! Great articles, too, thanks for sharing. 🙂 I was actually puzzled why some friends kept trying to convince me they never want to have kids… Not because I think they should, but the fact that they felt the urge to convince me of their decision. Now I realise why! Why should anyone’s decision to have or not have kids be someone else’s business baffles me, especially in this day and age.

    • Julie   •     Author

      So true- a huge decision like having kids should never be made just because it’s what everyone thinks you should do! I have friends with kids and without kids- some have chosen not to have kids, some can’t have kids, and either way, I don’t think it’s ever anyone’s business to get involved in that, either.

      And I love s’mores everything!

  8. Jess   •  

    The salad looks amazing! The Smores treats would be a huge hit around here too! Yummy!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Eating a salad means you can eat all the s’mores, right? That’s my logic! 😉

  9. kingshearte   •  

    I’m going to try really hard not to go on a rant about child-bearing (or not), but I decided in my teens that I didn’t want kids. I’m now 34 and have been married almost 10 years, and I haven’t changed my mind. I’m thankful that the questions have now (finally) mostly stopped, aside from the perfectly reasonable question of whether I have them when making small talk with someone I’ve just met. But for years, that conversation went “Nope.” “Are you going to?” “Nope.” “Oh, you’ll change your mind.” If I was lucky, that’s where it stopped, but the number of people who took it upon themselves to convince me that I didn’t know my own mind was staggering and incredibly irritating. And god forbid I go out and *not* a have a drink (which is a not-infrequent occurrence, as I’m really not a big drinker). The questions/assumptions then, even from people who have known me for years and are fully aware of my stance on this issue… Egads.

    I hope that was sufficiently non-ranty. I could go on. And on, and on…

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