Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

An interesting source of inspiration: The Museum of Failure.

I wish I could search on Netflix for these genre labels.

Summer can sometimes feel like a bit of a creative slump, so here are 13 ways to nurture your creativity this summer.

I can’t believe I just read this for the first time – Why I bought myself an engagement ring. Loved it.

My Favourite Pins This Week

This is a flavourful and summer take on the same old chicken alfredo – Taco Alfredo! This is a 5 ingredient dinner, so you know it’s brilliant for weeknights. Although In their 5 ingredients, they clearly aren’t counting the seasonings, but it’s pretty straightforward. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

I don’t know about you guys, but it feels like we have a whole bunch of parties and barbecues and summer activities coming up, and naturally you will probably want to bring something to those gatherings. If you are in charge of dessert, I highly recommend this coconut cake with ricotta whipped cream. it’s so much easier to make than it looks, and is all about simple ingredients and lots of pretty fruit on top. Perfect for summer. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe can be found here.

Remember how Frose (frozen rose slushies) were huge last summer? How about a watermelon frose, a blend of frozen watermelon and rose? Summer cocktails were never so fun! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

This crochet bear pouch is so adorable- I want one for myself. I think it would be great for weekend breaks or travelling, as a little jewelry or toiletry pouch. For kids, it would be great for their little treasures and crayons. You could even crochet this with a smaller hook and fingering weight yarn for an utterly charming coin purse! Pinterest link is here, and full directions can be found here.

I love this idea of embroidering and drawing on black and white photographs- makes them look like fascinating pieces of art! And there are so many fun ways to play with this idea. Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY post can be found here.

Have an amazing weekend, everyone! We have  busy weekend of barbecues and visits with friends planned, plus it is Guy’s birthday AND father’s day… but I know that Father’s Day is not a day that makes everyone happy or comfortable. If anyone struggles with this day for any reason, feel free to take a social media vacation from Sunday. Do what you need to do to take care of yourself, and have a lovely weekend.


  1. Stefanie   •  

    What an interesting concept to embroider on black and white photos. That’s so neat. I couldn’t help but just smile at the bear pouch.

  2. Jessica Lane   •  

    Love that coconut cake – so pretty! Have a great weekend!

  3. Snow   •  

    So happy to hear your fracture has healed!! Get knittin girlie! Try not to over do it!
    I saw a yarn dying demo done with a 5 gallon jug of water, pyrex glass loaf pans and a microwave to set the koolaid they used for dyes. Lots of cabin dwellers here in the far frozen north without running water-you have to haul it in. The yarn turned out awesome-the brilliant color of the koolaid was taken down from surreal to bright. They used yarn that had been recently handspun from their own sheep. They called a couple of 8 year old girls up from the audience to copy the instructor to show how easy it was.
    Cant wait to try the coconut cake recipe! Have a big tub of ricotta that was on sale-perfect timing.

  4. miss agnes   •  

    Any plans for knitting over the week-end or you will be too busy? So glad your finger is healed. You always find the most decadent cakes, why do I have to read this post after lunch, just when I am craving a decadent cake ? Love the idea of embroidery over old photos, so original and the result is amazing.
    We’re having a heat wave in France starting today, temperatures over 30 for a week. Hope you have a lovely weather in Toronto, not too hot yet. Take care.

  5. Bronchitikat   •  

    Good selection – bookmarked the cake. Might come in handy for H’s birthday next year. All that fruit’s got to be good for you, right?

    Liked the mirror mod, and the photos. I can see a friend wanting to crochet the bear purse – once I’ve taught her how to crochet!

    Think I might nurture my creativity by going somewhere cooler for a while. Then maybe I can sleep nights.

    And as for the Museum of Failures – s/he who never made a mistake never made anything.

  6. Val   •  

    That cake photo is MESMERIZING.
    Happy birthday and father’s day to Guy, hope you had a great weekend!

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