Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

And the winner of the SweetGeorgia Giveaway is…… Vanessa, who commented:

“The colour capturing my imagination is nightshade. The pattern I would love to wear the most is the Amara cardigan. I think the placement of the vertical lines of cables is gorgeous.”

(Comments are selected via, but I thought it would be nice to share the comment, too!)

I know I’m woefully behind on blog posting, since we arrived back Sunday night. The kids have been getting up at 5 a.m. every day since, and it’s meant being pretty much done for by 8 p.m.! But we are slowly getting back on track, and I’m trying to get through a mountain of email. I have a family trip post coming up, and an FO post coming, too! But in the meantime:

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

The importance of writing it down. Not matter what ‘it’ is.

Always put your own mental health first. I’m pretty sure every woman on the planet needs this reminder.

Someone needs to figure out a way to mass produce these– I totally want one!

Have a problem that is really weighing on you? Here is a great guide on how to solve it. For real.

My Favourite Pins This Week


Pear season has just begun, and I’m so excited! Even though we are a hardcore berry family (I’m totally the mom in the grocery store ponying up the big bucks for raspberries in January), I adore pears, they are one of my favourite fruits. This pear and nutella chocolate tart is an easy but really sophisticated dessert. Pears are really high in fiber and full of vitamins, so from a health perspective you should totally eat this dessert. Pinterest link is here, and the recipe can be found here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Cajun Chicken & Rice |

I love a good weeknight supper idea, and you guys know how much I love rice. This cajun chicken rice dish is perfect for a busy weeknight, and checks all my inner must-have boxes- it’s easy, fast, and has veggies and protein. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Apple Cider Sangria |

If you are already mourning the loss of classic summer cocktails like sangria, how about whipping up a batch of this apple cider sangria?  It’s easy and a special treat for fall gatherings. Plus it has pears in it! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: DIY Holographic Coasters|

I love how these coasters are somehow really simple and yet really sophisticated. The DIY looks dead easy, too- perhaps a great gift idea? Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Wilson Shawl |

Little Church Knits recently released this pretty shawlette (free pattern, and I was instantly smitten- it looks like a great little knit to whip up, and the contrasting trim means you can use up a leftover skein (or more accurately, probably half a skein ) of a special yarn. Pinterest link is here, and the original pattern post is here.

Have an amazing weekend, friends!


  1. Tanis   •  

    Those coasters are awesome and if I were neat enough to need coasters for drinks on my surfaces I would totally make them! But what really captured my attention this week are those miniature house plant tree houses! I love that.

    • Julie   •     Author

      haha, I always intend to use coaster more, but nothing is going to save my 17-year-old coffee table at this point. I feel like it might be easier with pretty coasters, though.

  2. Jessica [Havok]   •  

    That shawl looks divine! I’m not really an off-white kind of color person, but with the blue trim/border it looks amazing and, well, like something I would wear even in those colors, ha!
    Also, always putting mental health first. If that falls apart, so does everything else. I mean, uh, I don’t know nothin’ bout that xD xD xD
    Have a lovely weekend! 😀

    • Julie   •     Author

      I’m not normally a shawl person at all, but I have just cast on for my 3rd shawl in the last few months (waaay behind on blogging my FOs……) Have a great weekend!!!

  3. Rose Reichlin   •  

    Have you ever tried pear bread? A friend gave me a recipe, and I also later found it in the Joy of Cooking. SO yummy. I just dice my pears, though – no time for grating in my kitchen!

  4. Stefanie   •  

    I have this pear almond cake I always drool over every time I see its recipe photo on my board. I hope to make it one day. I saw apples are back. I have to write down stuff to remember. I make grocery lists and store lists so I know what I need to pick up.

    • Julie   •     Author

      my memory is so terrible, if I don’t write something down it’s lost forever. I’m hoping that it’s just because I’m not sleeping through the night consistently, and once James does, I ‘ll get back on track. I would love to check out the link to your pear and almond cake! Send it along when you get a chance.

  5. Cheryl   •  

    Wow! Thanks so much for featuring my Wilson Shawl! Such a pleasure to be included in so illustrious a list 🙂

    • Julie   •     Author

      Happy to help shine a light on your lovely pattern! I always enjoy your beautiful blog and patterns.

  6. miss agnes   •  

    Jet lag is tough, especially with young kids. Take time to recover.
    Great links and I want this pear and nutella tart with a jug of this apple cider sangria, please!
    I think knitting is a great way to take care of your mental health – I had three weeks without knitting and felt awful. The minute I started a new project, I felt the stress slowly ebbing away.
    Have a great week-end Julie.

    • Julie   •     Author

      I love nutella, but hate it on toast- so I love recipe that have it in there, it’s a great flavour (in my books, anyway!). I totally agree with you about how knitting can really help with mental health. I got into knitting seriously when I was going through a tough time a while back, and it helped so much. I hope you are having a great weekend!

  7. Bronchitikat   •  

    I love the miniature tree houses. Maybe once I’ve tidied the dead leaves out of our Swiss Cheese plant . . . Or if I had a toy spider I could home it in our spider plant!

    The Nutella Pear Tart looks wonderful, but I’ll use the excuse of H’s heart attack, nearly a year ago now, and pass.

    Definitely think I’ll try the Cajun Chicken recipe though, once the weather decides that High Summer is definitely over. It’s only just about getting reasonably temperatured enough to go work in the kitchen now. That’s my excuse anyhow!

    Those holographic coasters look pretty too. I’m sure we’ve some white ceramic tiles left from when we did the bathroom and kitchen. Even though they might be in reserve for actually finishing the kitchen.

    • Julie   •     Author

      I love the little plant tree houses, it reminds me of a more sophisticated version of the little fairy houses that people sometimes put in gardens. I hope you like the cajun chicken recipe, I really liked it! The coasters are so pretty, I agree- makes me wish I used coasters more often. But it’s never too late, right?!

  8. Kessa   •  

    Yikes, hope the jetlag passes soon. Lovely links and reads again! Nutella and pear sounds like heaven and that lace shawl is going on my list! Thanks for sharing. <3

    • Julie   •     Author

      So glad that you like the shawl from this week’s links! I love nutella in desserts, and pear season makes me so happy. I particularly like Bosc pears.

  9. Sam   •  

    You’ve chosen some great articles this week, as usual. Firstly although I am absolutely rubbish at keeping house plants alive I really, really want a house plant with a miniature tree house. Maybe that would encourage me to look after the plant better?

    The articles on writing things down and putting your mental health first really resonate with me and I have on occasion used the writing things down technique to help my mental health. I suffer intermittently from anxiety and mild-ish depression and during low periods I sometimes turn to creative writing, giving the characters in my stories issues that either I am dealing with, or more severe problems than I have. I find it really helps me to get all my emotions out, and sometimes to see how I’m going to deal with a situation by having my character go through it.

    • Julie   •  

      It’s amazing, the power of creative writing. I have a subscription to a site called 750 words and it is just a blank screen where you write for the goal of 750 words on anything. It’s perfect for when I’m feeling anxious or stressed, and really helps to clear it all out of my head! Amazing how much better it feels afterwards. I love that you are using characters as a means of working through challenges, that’s very smart!

  10. Alina   •  

    Thank you for the amazing links, Julie! I’ve been meaning to write you this, but always forgot – I found a blogger/writer through your links and I’ve been reading her since then (she writes about creativity and work in general). I love her articles so much! Thank you for introducing me to her!!! Looking forward to your trip posts!

    • Julie   •  

      That’s fantastic, I’m glad to help connect you to that blog! Which one was it?

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