Pin Ups & Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

A fascinating look at how standardized (hahaha) clothing sizes became what they are today.

Not everything you love to do has to be a side hustle.

Simple ways to brighten someone else’s day.

If you enjoy crossword puzzles, then you will love this fascinating long read about how they are made and who decides which words can or cannot be used.

Ever wonder what sort of novels they read in North Korea? Wonder no more!

My Favourite Pins This Week

I know, it’s cold out and no one wants to eat salad when it’s cold outside, but let me try to change your mind! I love strawberries in salad, and the hot chicken (definitely serve it when the chicken is hot) helps warm the whole dish up. Besides, when was the last time you had a bowlful of colour for dinner/ Because this salad is not only delicious, it’s darn pretty, too. Pinterest link is here, and the recipe can be found here.

I’m not a big fan of Valentine’s Day, but who doesn’t love heart shaped desserts?! These homemade heart shaped pop tarts are so charming, I totally want to make them! And if anything heart shaped makes you want to gag, I’m sure the recipe would totally work for rectangles, triangles, whatever strikes your fancy. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

I am dying to try this gold leaf purse upcycle, because it looks like it can make any sort of cheap looking purse instantly fabulous with the addition of those brushed gold spots. And of course, you can customize the metallic colour – wouldn’t silver, copper, or even roe gold look cool? And of course, this can look so different depending on the colour of the purse itself. Inspiring! Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY is here.

I normally hate pinning anything that doesn’t go back to a decent source, but I am utterly besotted with this wintery pine needle and bead embroidery. The link goes nowhere (it will just download the jpg to your computer if you click on it) but I’m still entranced – it looks very simple to replicate. Wouldn’t this look amazing on a coat, or a sweater? Pinterest link is here.

Crocheters! How cute is this little amigurumi bunny with a hoodie?! The pattern is free, and I feel like if you got start now, you could probably make a small army of them in time for Easter. And so many colour variations for the bunnies and the clothes! Pinterest link is here, full pattern is here.

I’m starting to feel a fair bit better and have begun doing normal things (like leaving the house) again! I’m still really tired (and still have the lingering cough), but it’s more manageable. I’m still taking it pretty easy, but it feels good to be getting out once in a while. Here’s hoping that the weekend is wonderful for all of you, and that you are all staying healthy!


  1. Val   •  

    Ha, glad I’m not the only one who shys away from cold food in the winter! I’m not crazy about v-day either but I just love seeing little hearts pop up all over the place and those pop tarts are extra charming! And that embroidery really would look amazing on a wool anorak, I’m sorely tempted to try it.
    Truly glad that you’re feeling better, and that you’re taking it easy for a full recovery. Take care, Julie!

  2. Swissrose   •  

    Ooh, the embroidery, how simple and clever!! I had already had the idea of embroidering a plain coat (red on pale turquoise ;o) but you’re right, this could look great on a boring coat or jacket. Or winter napkins, tablecloths or other items…

  3. Jeannie Gray   •  

    Oooh! I’m in awe of the beaded & embroidered pine branch. So beautifully simplistic!

  4. Andi   •  

    All the awesome pins and links as usual.
    I love crosswords and really enjoyed that link.

    Glad to hear you are feeling better. Sending you much love.

  5. Sylvie   •  

    I found the pinterest source:

    I did a google image search (go to google search on the images tab, you can drag a photo into the search box), then clicked through the results it brought up until I found one that linked back to the source.

  6. Ady Simmons   •  

    That pine needle embroidery is sooo gorgeous!

  7. Stefanie   •  

    I’m glad you’re feeling better, Julie. The bunnies are SO cute! I like that embroidery, something I’ve yet to try. Yeah, I hate it too when a pin doesn’t go directly to a link; I encounter that all the time with card examples. Ugh, I dislike shopping for clothes because of sizing, especially for jeans which is why I’m surviving in leggings and oversized tees or long-sleeves. I plan to be able to sew these items for myself one day although I know I’ll have to learn grading of patterns.

  8. Alina   •  

    Always love your links! And this salad is just perfect – definitely my kind of food!!

  9. Anna   •  

    Glad to hear you are starting to feel better. Look after yourself and take the time you need to heal! I love the little bunnies and I made some tiny knitted ones a few years ago, about the size of a large marble…these are too cute.

  10. Sara A.   •  

    I like to do roasted vegetable mixes in the winter and serve them over rice with salad dressing or tahini sauce. I like the interplay of hot and cold. Some ideas: chunks of winter squash, onions, and kale; broccoli, carrots and onions; cauliflower, onions, and toasted walnuts; cabbage, onion, and potato. Meat completely optional

    • Julie   •     Author

      That’s a great idea! But which part is cold, the veggies or the rice?

      • Sara A.   •  

        The dressing or sauce is usually cold, but you can definitely eat this with chilled veggies or chilled rice. Almost anything with tahini on it is yummy, but the cabbage and onion one does really nicely with a mustard vinaigrette.

        • Julie   •     Author

          Oooh, that does sound really delicious, thanks for the tip!

  11. Brenda   •  

    OMG, the hobby as side hustle thing! I can’t imagine I’m the only knitter who is told, probably at least once a month, that I could “totally sell X!” (usually socks, in my case). I usually respond by asking them how much they’d be prepared to pay for a pair of handknit socks. If I can get a number out of them at all, it’s usually higher than what you’d pay for a pair of commercial socks, but still *well* below anything that would come even close to compensating my time. And, much as I enjoy knitting, if it’s supposed to be a money-making endeavour, it’s going to have to compensate me for the time it takes. Therefore it is my personal policy (slow day at work; I’m getting caught up on my blog reading!) not to take commissions or money for knitting, but I do spontaneously gift knitted items from time to time to deserving recipients.

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