Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Loved this hilarious take on the email responses we wish we could write.

This is a long read, but I was riveted- we expect gratitude from refugees, but do we deserve it?

If you are interested in the Pantone 2017 colours (full roster), here is a great post on all sorts of yarns that can help you achieve your colour perfect goals.

I loved this list of books that can give you a better life, and wish they could be downloaded Matrix-style straight into my brain, too!

My Favourite Pins This Week

If you are craving a salty snack, might I recommend these parmesan zucchini chips? These are super easy, and bake up in 10 minutes (you might need to add a little extra time if you don’t get your zucchini slices nice and thin). At only 5 ingredients, these are a cinch to pull together! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Mini Eggs are my favourite, especially now that you can get them all year round. How beautiful is this easter cake decorated with mini eggs?! Bear in mind, that’s a lot of chocolate around the edges, so you will want to make small slices and go easy on the rest of the frosting.  Or go crazy, it’s a special occasion cake and you aren’t going to eat it all the time! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post (although really, it’s more of a cake decorating post) is here.

If you are excited about doing a little long weekend knitting, might I suggest the Light and Up shawl? It’s a free pattern, and calls for fingering weight yarn on 5mm (US 8), so I’m willing to bet it would work just fine with sportweight or even DK weight yarn, too. The pattern has been out for ages, but I’ve only just come across it! Pinterest link is here, and the Ravelry link for the free pattern download is here.

I love this idea for upcycling a ho-hum (or possibly getting a bit old and tired looking) clutch, with paint splatters and a pom pom. This would easily work for larger purses as well, as long as they can lay flat on the table. Pinterest link is here, and the full tutorial can be found here.

It happens to all of us- sometimes, you feel stuck in a rut and aren’t sure how to get out of it. Here is a great list for busting out of that rut – 1, 2, 17, and 18 are my personal faves. Pinterest link is here, and the original list is here.

Also- Today is the LAST DAY to enter to win a copy of Knitting in the Nordic Tradition!! If you haven’t entered, hustle on over and get clicking!!

Have a wonderful long weekend, everyone! Guy’s parents have just arrived from England to spend the holidays with us, AND it is Lila’s 5th birthday on Sunday. A busy, treat-filled weekend is ahead! I hope you all get some relaxing down time to do some crafting, and enjoy a bit of spring.


  1. Alina   •  

    I can’t believe Lila is 5!!!! I still remember her in your belly 🙂 Have a great weekend, Julie!

  2. Mary   •  

    Thanks for the link to The Guardian article. Not sure how I missed that. After 26 years of working in refugee resettlement in the US, I can only say that I am the one who is grateful from all I have learned from the refugees I serve. And yes, I am a servant of refugees. They do not need to be grateful. Their lives have been torn asunder. As Dina Nayeri says, “It is the obligation of every person born in a safer room to open the door when someone in danger knocks. It is your duty to answer us, even if we don’t give you sugary success stories.” Amen. Be aware of your privilege. Be aware of your obligation to serve. And don’t look for gratitude. They don’t owe it and we don’t deserve it. Just do what is right.

  3. miss agnes   •  

    I loved the email responses, reminded me of my corporate years and the messages stuck in my inbox for way too long. Thank you for including my post on this week’s shortlist, you made my day. I’m thinking that the only palette missing is one from my own stash, I might do that next.
    That egg cake is too gorgeous to be eaten, and I love that fingering shawl pattern, a great idea to de-stash one of my many sock yarn skeins. Enjoy your long week-end, our kids are away with their grand-parents, so it will be a very relaxing one for us. No kids, no cooking, no chores. Knitting for sure. Cheers.

  4. Stefanie   •  

    I really like the look of tassels on a shawl.

  5. annelena   •  

    Ah so cool you posted about The ‘ungrateful’ refugee article, I also read it when i saw the link somewhere and even decided to write a blog inspired by it- because the ‘gratefullness’ as being a duty is killing in a lot of area’s not just the refugees,. when i saw the link here i almost thought i saw it here, but i found it somewhere because someone shared it on facebook. Am always inspired by your favourite things ! 🙂

  6. Lisa   •  

    Such great shares today – I can’t wait to click through them all.
    The irony is that I’m eating those sugary chocolate eggs as I read this. I try so hard to avoid “artificial” chocolate, but for some reason those darn eggs get me every year.

    Hope you have a fabulous weekend with all you have going on!

  7. Bonnie   •  

    You always have such an interesting assortment of things to share and I enjoy reading each one! Thanks!

  8. duni   •  

    Thanks for all the great links! The refugee article is amazing.

  9. Loulou   •  

    Great links. The return emails are hilarious and so tempting to try!

    Happy birthday to daring little Lila! xo

  10. Tien   •  

    Lots of great links as always! Happy birthday to Lila! I hope that you had a wonderful Easter and enjoying your time with Guy’s parents.

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