Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

These gigantic crocheted urchins are so beautiful!! I wish I could see them in person.

Knitting as espionage during World War I and II.

13 easy things to reduce stress in your day-to-day life.

If you are interested in Pinterest for small businesses, I was on the Business of Craft podcast recently, and shared all sorts of Pinterest tips.

My Favourite Pins This Week

One of my favourite summer desserts? Creamsicles! Maybe the popsicle version isn’t entirely considered a dessert, but these creamsicle cupcake sure fit the bill. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

I adore rice in just about anything, and this recipe is the sort of thing that has loads of variations and is perfect for using up leftover bits in the fridge. This is cheesy, full of veg (use whatever you have handy), and while the recipe calls for turkey sausage, you could use rotisserie chicken, ham, or skip it all together. Pinterest link is here, and the recipe post is here.

Friendship bracelets just seem like one of those summer activities and accessories that feels like they work, no matter what your age. Wouldn’t these be so pretty made in some leftover fingering or laceweight yarn from a beloved skein? Just so pretty! Pinterest link is here, and the original how-to post is here.

I’m not entirely unhandy with a hammer, and I think that this pretty, minimalist shelf is totally something I (so, anyone) could do. Especially if you get the wood pre-cut at a Home Depot or something. Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY post is here.

I am in awe of this amazing afghan knitting pattern with the iconic Rosie the Riveter design! I feel like it would take a serious amount of commitment to knit it, and I hope some of that is duplicate stitch and not all intarsia, but …. wow. Such an incredible knit, and knitting pattern! Pinterest link is here, and the pattern source is here.

I’m at a poetry conference this weekend – The League of Canadian Poets (isn’t that a great name? I feel like we should fight crime or something) is hosting their conference in Toronto this year, and I’m participating in one of the panels today, taking a workshop tomorrow, and I’m nominated for an award … we’ll see what happens. I don’t think I’m going to win, I seem to have published my book at the same time as a lot of other brilliant poetry books, but it is a thrill to be nominated. And there’s actually supposed to be sunshine this weekend (We’ve had so much rain here in Toronto, it was practically time to start building an ark), so it’s looking good around here! Have a great weekend, everyone!


  1. Carolyn   •  

    That casserole looks awesomely cheesy. Must check that out, thanks!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Carolyn, I love cheesy everything, so cheesy dinners always seem great! I hope you enjoy!



  2. Kat   •  

    Crime-fighting poets would be the greatest thing ever! Hope you have fun at the conference!

    • Julie   •     Author

      haha, I agree- crime fighting poets would be hilarious! today was the last day of the conference, I feel like my schedule is finally getting some breathing room, whew!

  3. REBECA   •  

    I hope you’re lucky ¡¡¡

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks Rebeca! I didn’t win, but it really was an honour to be shortlisted.

  4. Pat   •  

    Good luck with the award! Need to make those creamsicle cupcakes. That brings me back to the 60’s.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Pat,

      So true, creamsicles were THE thing in the 80s! I didn’t win, but it really was an honour to be shortlisted.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Andrea,

      So fun, right? I can’t wait until Lila is a little bit older and I can show her how to make them!



  5. miss agnes   •  

    Great links and pins. Love the giant urchins, and the tips to reduce stress are great, I’m already applying some of them and it does work. Congratulations on all your poetic activities, and I hope your week-end turns out to be sunny for you to enjoy nice outdoor activities. Take care Julie.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Agnes,

      We finally started to get some weather that resembles summer around here, so it’s getting better! The conference was great- I didn’t win the prize, but it really was so wonderful to be shortlisted, and I met a lot of new people and learned a lot. A really positive experience.



  6. Val   •  

    I adore all orange-flavoured cake-y things so those cupcakes are calling to me, and loudly!
    Congratulations on the nomination!!

    • Julie   •     Author

      I love orange desserts, too! Really, all citrusy desserts. it’s a pet peeve when restaurants don’t update their dessert menus in the summer to include something citrus-y.

  7. Bronchitikat   •  

    Go you with that award!

    League of Canadian Poets? Kinda reminds me of the Dead Poets Society!

    Those crocheted urchins are gorgeous. Now a few on a much smaller scale might make a wonderful mobile against a dark background,particularly if they were illuminated.

    Love the crochet-bombing. I can think of plenty of places that might ‘benefit’ and it’s another use for acrylic yarn – apart from baby clothes.

    As for the cheesy vegetable, turkey sausage and rice casserole . . . Looks good, though I’m off too much cheese at present. Maybe I’ll try it using Quorn or turkey mince and omit the cheese sauce, kinda risotto style, with a bit of cheese over the top.

    And that unicorn is just brilliant. Does Leila want one?

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