Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

What a magical, wonderful, fantastic idea- because the world needs more love letters. Talk about contributing positivity in the world.

Being your true self in a relationship is less important than being your best self.

How to prioritize when everything is urgent.

5 tips for hosting your own craft night. Man, if I had a bigger place, I would totally host craft nights.

This. I want to print it out and hand it to ever adult male in the world.

My Favourite Pins This Week

With the warmer weather coming, I’m liking the idea of cooler dinner and lunch ideas, and this garden veggie chickpea sandwich is perfect. Basically, the premise is a wonderfully tasty chickpea salad smushed between two slices on your favourite bread. Talk about easy! And there’s no rule saying it has to be this exact salad (although it is easy, healthy, and I’m personally a fan), it could be any type of salad – Although I speak from experience when I say that couscous salads are better in flatbread wraps than between two slices of bread. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe is here.

Healthy(ier) high protein lemon bars! I love lemony desserts, and these are super easy to make. The crust recipe is a good one, but if you want to cheat and use graham crumbs and butter like I did, you will get no judgement from me. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe is here.

This was a fascinating tutorial on how to knit a shawl with a cabled twist edge. If you are thinking of modifying a shawl, or looking to design your own, I highly recommend the tutorial! Such a great idea. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

11 ways to feel happier at home is a lovely list of ideas of making your home feel like the best place to be. Ideas #2, #7 and #10 are my faves. Pinterest link is here, and the original post can be found here.

There’s something a little magical in a fashion upcycle that actually manages to make small yellow pom poms sewn onto a top look really quite wonderful. I love this whimsical and surprisingly chic mimosa flower detail on a striped top! The original post is in French, but if you use Google Chrome, you can right click on the page and ‘translate this page’ will be one of your options. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

And don’t forget you have just a couple more days to enter to win the hard copy giveaway of the special 5th anniversary issue of Pom Pom Quarterly– no country restrictions!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone. I hope that you have great weather, a few laughs, and get your craft on. My hand is healing up, I think I can stop wearing the splint soon- very excited!


  1. miss agnes   •  

    Thoughtful links and cute ideas. This last is from Lisa Gachet from Wear Lemonade. I follow her blog, she’s so talented and getting to be quite famous here in France. I wish she would branch out in knitting and round up her line of sewing patterns, clothes and accessories patterns with cute knits too.

  2. Wanda   •  

    I love craft nights and I’ve hosted a couple with a small group of crafty friends. At our gatherings, people bring their own craft to work on, rather than everyone working on the same project (so perhaps what I’ve hosted is really a knitting/crocheting circle?) We also did a yarn, supply and craft book swap which was really nice! One of our gatherings was a craft ‘brunch’, on a Sunday – mimosas, bloody marys, coffee and bagels. It was a perfect way to fight off the Sunday afternoon lull and the depressing thoughts about returning to the work week.

  3. Lori   •  

    Oh thank you so much for sharing the link to More Love Letters – this opportunity to spread some love is right up my alley. There some thoughtful people who helped me through a rough time in a thousand little ways, I’m in a better place and can’t wait to put some love out into the world!

  4. Ellen   •  

    I love my knitting group that I joined at the public library by home. the ladies are all so much fun. I don’t think the size of your home should stop you from having a craft night as like the article says your house doesn’t have to be perfect, cause I know mine isn’t! 🙂
    Love all the pin’s this week too Julie. glad that you are on the mend with your finger and hope you can knit very soon!!

  5. Susan   •  

    I love Emma’s graphic on the mental load women bear, especially mothers. It’s true in my house, and not because we intended to split the work according to gender, but because it just feels like we have no choice. It’s so exasperating. My only issue with it was all the references to a nanny. Like we all have paid help with this stuff.

  6. Jessica Lane   •  

    I would love to host a craft night, that looks so fun! A few years ago I hosted a girls summer craft camp, I did it for about three years. My house was a complete disaster after but it was so much fun and those girls got a lot out of it!

  7. Val   •  

    Ok even the bread on that sandwich looks amazing! Thanks for the ny mag relationship article, it was pretty insightful! The mental load graphic touched home even though we don’t have any children. It feels like although both partners can have a similar workload and schedule outside of the home, the household planning and organizing, never mind the execution, falls on only one pair of shoulders 🙁
    Hope you’re having a lovely weekend!

  8. Alina   •  

    “How to prioritize when everything is urgent.” – I SO need this right now 🙂

  9. Snow   •  

    Since the weather is warmer, why not host an outdoor craft night? Pick the craft to work with the limitations of the setting. Maybe a Zentangle picnic supper?
    My weekly knit group meets at a local coffee shop but when it’s warm and beautiful outside, we get our orders to go and head to the botanical garden, grab a picnic table and knit surrounded by gorgeous colors and fragrance. We get some sun on our faces, and we get to BE in the great outdoors instead of dashing through it from one errand to another.
    I had seen the cabled shawl edge and was intrigued…I couldn’t remember where I had seen it-thanks for the link!
    I was just talking to a new friend this week about love letters! My parents lived in different states when they met at their best friends’ wedding rehearsal. They corresponded and each carried a courtship love letter from the other in their wallets-and didn’t discover it until they were each asked to disclose to the other a secret at their 50th anniversary!
    It is going to be a hot week. Those lemon bars are just the tart chill needed.
    I always look forward to your blog…especially Friday…I know there will be something new to try-craft or cooking!
    Hope your total dexterity is restored soon!

  10. Bronchitikat   •  

    Ain’t that the truth – being your best self in a relationship. Particularly if you want it to last.

    Definitely going to try the chick pea salad. Must remember to cook some.

    How are your fingers now?

  11. Tien   •  

    I am definitely going to show my husband the mental load article. It’s exasperating how oblivious he can be to housework sometimes. Looking forward to trying the chickpea salad sandwich idea. I love those kinds of light meals during summertime. Plus they make great picnic food.

  12. Jennifer   •  

    Those lemon bars look amazing; I’ll definitely be making them! Thanks for the link 🙂

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