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Some great tips here – How will you stay cheerful this winter?

Did you know that your hobby can boost your self-confidence? I love finding more reasons to craft!

I loved this story- how an English village came together to help hedgehogs. You all know how much I love hedgies, but I especialyl love how so many villagers came together to help local wildlife that had been negatively impacted by modern times. Such a great way to nurture not just adorable wildlife, but a sense of community.

An ode to the ordinary moments of our lives.

My Favourite Pins This Week

If you like chicken caesar salad, have I got a dinner recipe for you! This easy dish comes together with a few ingredients, ne of which (of course!) is some caesar salad dressing. Which you alreayd have on hand, because you love caeser salad. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is over here.

I love maple anything and everything, so these brown sugar maple cookies really have my number! Perfect for weekend baking on chilly fall days, don’t you think? If you love maple, I think you are going to adore these! Pinterest link is here, and the recipe is right over here.

I’m not the biggest halloween fan, but I think that a quick crocheted animal ear headband would be such a fun idea! They are shown on kids, but I say a grownup could rock these just as easily.  Is Halloween even happening where you live? I’m not even sure what’s happening this year! Doesn’t matter. Cute animal headbands! Pinterest link is here, and the full instructions and patterns are here.

How cute are thes penguins?! Such a clever idea- there are two free patterns here, one for a knitted version and one for a crocheted version, so you can pick your favourite technique and whip up one of these cuties! Or two penguins. Or five-  they would make sweet gifts or even holiday decor. Pinterest link is here, and the full free patterns can be found here.

This is a stressful time- in our lives, in history, in general. If you find that your mind is often a whirling tornado of thoughts, worries, and to-dos, perhaps you’ll find these tips and ideas for decluttering your mind really helpful. There are so many good ideas in here. Pinterest link is here, and you can read the whole post here.

 

Have a great weekend, everyone! We are planning on getting pumpkins and carving them with the kids this weekend, and I guess do some Halloween decorating – although I always struggle with remembering where the Halloween decorations are every year! Oh well, I’m sure the kids would love to craft some new ones. How are you figuring out Halloween this year?

xo Julie

 

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

It’s kind of a big week for me- I’ve just soft-launched my shop with four knitting-themed embroidery kits! You’ll notice a few changes pop up around the site in the coming months, but there will always still be knitting. If there are specific things you would like to see on the site, let me know. I appreciate you all being here!

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

These thread sculptures are incredible. 

Amazon returns are not just being resold. Here’s an interesting experiment in Canada about putting gps trackers in several Amazon items, and then returning them.

I found this hilarious- famous writers on life in lockdown.

This is very interesting- a game that teaches people exactly how spreading disinformation works by… pretending to spread disinformation. Fascinating!

I died laughing. I think this means I’m officially middle aged.

My Favourite Pins This Week

I love spaghetti squash, but definitely classify it as a weekend meal because I roast it in the oven, and then cool it so I can shred it with a fork, and it is all sooo worth it. This amazing skillet-style spaghetti squash dish is full of flavour and veggies and cheese, and it’s delicious. I love spaghetti squash season! Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe can be found here.

If you love magic cookie bars, then this is a really good seasonal take on them. The flavours are fantastic and I had no idea there even were pumpkin spice chocolate chips in the world! Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is here.

If you are a coffee lover and looking for a healthy breakfast idea, what about a coffee smoothie? Just a few ingredients – coffee, oats, banana, milk and maybe a spoonful of nut butter if you feel like it- and away you go! Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is right over here.

It’s always a great time to knit a reusable tote bag, I think. This is a great one – free pattern, stretchy but not TOO stretchy (I have absolutely knit a market bag that could stretch to fit an rhinoceros before), because the world doesn’t need another plastic bag and you probably need to destash some leftover yarn anyway. Ooh, I think it would look good in stripes! Pinterest link is here, and the full pattern can be found here.

I know, I know- a fall garland, no one really needs one. But you know what? We do all need one! Something pretty and cheery to dress up a room or a feature and bring something beautiful in. Plus crafting is always fun, right? This is made with faux flowers and leaves, and some thick yarn. And it would be a gorgeous reminder of this strange, but still lovely autumn. Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY is here.

Have a great weekend, everyone. I hope you enjoy a tasty treat, enjoy the fall air, and do something wonderful.

xo Julie

 

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Think you can spot an online troll account (meaning, a spam account solely designed to push your buttons on politics and fear and patriotism?)? It’s much harder than you’d think- heres a great quiz on it, and I thought I’d be really good, but I only got 5 out of 8 correct.

A hero rat has just earned an animal award for clearing over 1.5 million square feet of Cambodia from landmines. His tiny medal is super cute!

I have been thinking about signing up for Masterclass for probably about two years now (but where would I find thetime?!) and this essay has everything I wanted to know about what it’s like to experience it. Fascinating.

How to deal with a quiet season in friendships.

Oh my gosh, these lace-painted buildings!! Stunning.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Sometimes you just need to make a quick, veggie-filled dinner and then move on with your life, and this is just the dish! This is a one-pot pasta that truly makes the most of whatever you have on hand (the substitution ideas in the post are great!), and is perfect for the crisp fall weather we’ve been having. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is right over here.

These pumpkin cookies with brown butter icing are a wonderful treat and meet what I think is a KEY criteria for any canned pumpkin recipe – It uses the whole can. I mean, recipes that only use half a can, or a cup? I don’t have time for that kind of wasting! Anyway, back to these incredible cookies. Full of pumpkin spice and with a cake-like texture, plus FROSTING. sold. Totally sold. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is here.

If you are missing fancy coffee beverages from cafes (I mean, I still go and get one once in a while, but not as often as I would before!) then this recipe for an at-home maple cinnamon latte might be just the sort of delicious cup of comfort you’ve been looking for. Made with coffee, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and some frothed milk (which I have totally made by shaking in a tightly closed bottle before) and you too could have a delicious at home treat. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe can be found here.

These yarn-covered pumpkins are so cute! I love this idea, and it’s such a pretty way to display gorgeous yarns in a pretty bowl, don’t you think? Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY is over here.

I love this DIY notebook cover – what a pretty way to personalize a plain (or kinda boring) notebook! It would be pretty for a journal or an agenda, and you could customize with your star sign’s constellation, or any constellation that you love. Such a pretty idea! It would make a lovely gift, too. Pinterest link is here, and the DIY is right over here.

This weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving, which will be a very different sort of thanksgiving this year! We aren’t seeing family or traveling, definitely staying home and keeping to ourselves. Might make a special dinner (still thinking about last week’s taco bake from the previous post, tbh!), or we might just keep it low key. I’ll ask the kids what they would like to do, or maybe we will start a new-to-us thanksgiving tradition! To my fellow Canadians, happy thanksgiving, however you celebrate and wherever you are.

xo, Julie

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

The most impactful lesson Jane Fonda has learned after decades of activism.

This is an amazing website that highlights ways people have come together across differences, and the stories are inspiring. Highly recommend. After all, we all have a lot more in common than we sometimes think.

How oil companies misled the public into believing that plastic would be recycled. This is why it is so important to try to use as little plastic as possible, because it’s not getting recycled the way we think it is.

5 ways to think about social justice via crime fiction.

A wonderful column concludes- 8 secrets to a fairly fulfilled life.

My Favourite Pins This Week

If you are looking for an incredible weeknight meal for the family – or even if you are having dinner with the people in your bubble – this is an easy and delicious dinner idea. I love how they are all baked together in one dish in the oven with the melted cheese on top! And you can use a smaller dish for fewer people, too. No rules saying you have to make 10 of these, after all! Although, it is very hard to stop at just one. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is over here.

If you are a lover of pumpkin treats, then I think you are really going to love these pumpkin chocolate chip bars. They are like a wonderfully rich cookie bar that has all the flavours of the season, and chocolate, of course! Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe can be found here.

I always really love wall hangings and craft DIYs that involve yarn (of course!) and this is a beautiful one. It’s constructed with a wooden dowel, some embroidery hoops cut in half, and yarn of your choosing! I think this looks really cool. Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY is right over here.

This is such a wonderful upcycling idea at the perfect time. If you have some tomato cages that are at the end of the season or maybe looking a bit past their prime, try this DIY- wire cutters to trim the legs, and a can of gold spray paint, and suddenly you have these elegant plant stands. I really love it when something simple like this looks SO good. Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY is here.

If you are into sewing and a bit tired of sewing masks for you and everyone you know, what about a pretty scrunchie? This is a great free pattern guide for a basic scrunchie, as well as with the ties. The fabric shown here is bright and psringy, but you could also sew them in rich fall colours, or whatever you like. Pinterest link is here, and the full tutorial is over here.

How is it the last weekend in September already? I’ve recently cast on for a new sweater, because the best thing about fall and winter is OF COURSE sweater weather! Wishing you all a lovely weekend of crafting and relaxation.

xo Julie

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

How a renewed wardrobe item- the housedress- is bringing new joy in 2020.

Come for a walk in a thunderstorm in downtown NYC. (sound on!)

Our brain struggle to process this much stress.

This online virtual tour of Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul is phenomenal!

An accurate explanation of the advantage of being white from the always-sharp mind of Fran Lebowitz.

My Favourite Pins This Week

If your garden/local grocery store is full of tiny tomatoes and basil, then have I got a dinner idea for you! This caprese chicken skillet comes together quickly and easily, and is so fresh and bright and full of  in-season flavours. I think you are going to love it. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is over here.

Cinnamon roll cookies are a wonderful ‘gift’ cookie idea, or if you are treating your nearby friends and family- just don’t leave yourself alone with them, or it’s going to get messy! Pinterest link is here, and the recipe is right over here.

This is by far the coolest (and potentially easiest) DIY upcycle for your recyling that I have seen in a looong time. A bit of baking soda in paint does THIS?! You really should click through and see the before and after, it’s just incredible. Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY is here.

I stopped useing plastic wrap a while ago, and it was gradual- a slow beginning, then just suddenly… I never went back. I still have half a roll in my kitchen that I’ve never finished up, simply because there’s been no need for it. Bowl covers are a great way to reduce this srt of single use plastic like this, and  a great DIY project. Here’s a wonderfully simple sewing DIY to make your own bowl covers, for all those weirdly shaped containers that don’t quite end up as lidded tupperware in your fridge. Pinterest link is here, and the full sewing tutorial is here.

I found this beautiful little visual round up of different types of tea from around the world so fascinating, and also- I still have a lot more teas in the world to try! Pinterest link is here, and ‘original’ source is … tumblr? that can’t be right. If anyone finds the original source, please let me know!

Fall has arrived here in Toronto in a really obvious way, so no lingering summer for us! I hope you are all enjoying the beginning of fall, whatever weather that is bringing to you!

xo Julie