Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

The terrifying future of fake news. Guys, it’s just going to keep getting worse.

Jane Austen used pins to edit her manuscripts – as she was revising, she would write out revised sections on a new piece of paper, but mark where the new material would be in the original manuscript with a pin.

The town that found a way to drastically reduce illness, through community. Turns out, loneliness and isolation will eventually kill you.

7 secrets of better sandwiches from awesome chefs.

How to fall asleep faster by worrying on purpose.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Ever get tired of chicken for dinner? Me too. And I love shrimp, they are surprisingly easy to cook and you can buy them peeled and deveined, so that they are even easier. This recipe is really quick and so delicious! Easy to substitute rice instead of pasta, if you prefer. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe can be found here.

Oooh, my grandmother used to make these, and they are little squares of heaven – part cookie, part fudge, and entirely delicious. I adore chocolate and peanut butter together, so I find these bars are so very satisfying. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe post is here.

The second I saw this, I was instantly delighted- who wouldn’t be super happy to get a donut bouquet? This would be a fun thing to do for a friend’s birthday, something fun to bring to a party, or even just a gathering with friends – and you get to pick out their favourite donuts from whatever local bakery that works best for you. Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY post is right here.

This is so brilliant- how to transfer images using packing tape! I know you can buy transfer paper and print it that way, but transfer paper isn’t always the sort of thing people have kicking around at home, but I bet you have packing tape! This looks quite, easy, too. Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY post is here.

Are you the kind of person who is easily annoyed? I’m fine, unless I’m tired… and then everything and everyone annoys the heck out of me. So if you ever get annoyed, you might find this helpful. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Have an amazing weekend, everyone! Are you getting up to anything crafty, or trying out a new recipe? I’m always looking for new ideas!


  1. Barbara   •  

    I am totally going to read that article about falling asleep faster, and the one about how to be less annoyed. I’ve always had trouble falling asleep, which means I’m nearly always tired and cranky in the morning. On school days, I solve that by getting up an hour earlier than everyone else, so I can have breakfast and coffee in peace. But it would be nice to have other solutions too.

    Today I’m finishing up knitting the pieces for a mermaid! I’m prepping my pattern for self-publication, and I have to say, the pattern is even more fun than I remembered (probably because this time I just have to knit it, not spend days ripping and re-knitting as I design it)!

    • Samantha   •  

      I hope the sleep article helped! I have been trying to incorporate a similar approach of no worries after 10p rule but now I’m trying to schedule my worry time in the morning when I am most alert.

  2. duni   •  

    The links are great, but holy shit- we are totally screwed with the media manipulation that is coming down the pike. The podcast Freakonomics did a multi-episode cover of the voice-to-video tech and it is frightening. And if you consider what has happened in Russia (the article mentions areas where media is hard to get, but huge nations have also fallen prey), it’s only a matter of time before it happens in the rest of the world. I mean Russia has had a campaign of misinformation for more than a generation which has created a lack of faith in the government. And when you cannot trust anyone- a larger-than-life leader can show up and you, being so desperate to just believe in anything for once, will be taken in by the personality and let them get away with anything.
    This is imminently frightening, not just for the state of our nations, but the world markets, the stability of personal interactions (fake affairs, fake speeches, fake actions- good and bad), etc. If we are non-questioning and believe everything NOW, then the future is going to be off the chain.
    Honestly, I don’t know how we are going to deal with this. Good people will be too scared to run for office and unsavory people will rule the world from their parents’ basement. Sigh.
    Thankfully we can keep sounding the alarm ad talk about this, so people will not be surprised when it starts to happen. I think that’s the best we can do for now.

    • Heather J   •  

      thank you! you say it so much better than I wanted too. This is really a scary thing.

  3. Loulou   •  

    Ooh, those peanut butter bars sound amazing. I’ll be making some of those!

    And what a cheerful little gift a bouquet of donuts would make. Love it.

  4. luismi   •  

    Thank you, and RF, for the recommendation!

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