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

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

This amazing illustration fo benevolent sexism has blown my mind– this explains SO MUCH.

Small ways to still be eco-friendly, even during these Covid times.

Reframing cancel culture: How calling someone out can be an act of service.

A case for being okay with…. just being okay.

10 things to help make staying home happier and easier.

My Favourite Pins This Week

I’m a big fan of ‘breakfast’ for dinner- it’s always so satisfying, filling, and feelings like a treat. These huevos rancheros breakfast tostadas are super quick and delicious- and perfect for when you don’t have time to make dinner but want something healthy. You could skip the refried beans, if you want to as well! Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe can be found here.

Apple picking season is upon us, and I am always up for apple desserts of all kinds. This apple and zucchini loaf with brown sugar frosting is a wonderful fall treat that you can make with all those great fall apples and the abundant zucchini that are also in season. And hey, frosting doesn’t hurt, right? Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is over here.

I’m not the world’s biggest coaster fan, but I adore these colourful and fun geometric coasters. They could be painted to match any taste, and they look amazing put together to look like a trivet, too! I bet these would be a lovely housewarming gift idea. Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY is right over here.

How pretty are these tassel earrings?! I love the three levels, and would be so fun to customize with your favourite outfits. I love how they look in the three colours, but of course could also be made with all 3 tassels as the same colour, as well. I’d love to make these! Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY can be found here.

I have been dreaming about a house with a conservatory lately, and I have no idea why- possibly all the british murder mysteries set in gorgeous old manors that I’ve been watching, possibly because the idea of something so bright and airy seems impossibly lavish right now, but whatever it is I’m hooked. If you would also like to fall down this beuatiful rabbit hole with me, check out some of these beauties. If I ever win the lottery, I’m getting a house with a conservatory (or room to have one built!) Pinterest link is here, and the full slide show is here.

How is it September already?! I feel like I blinked and August flew by. Lila and James will be starting school in less than two weeks, it’s a crazy time! Not sure what the fall will bring, but I’m doing my best to try to be as relaxed and open-minded as possible, and remind myself that everyone is trying their best.

xo

Julie

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

The nearly forgotten history of ice cream’s first pioneer.

How to cultivate relationships that last.

Apparently I’m not the only one eyeing cottages these days- loved this piece about the allure of cottages and rural escape, which has a loooooong history.

How to truly appreciate the final weeks of summer.

In Tuscany and Florence, restaurants and bars in veeery old buildings have wine windows- and are starting to use them again! Love these, so charming. I think some old houses have something similar, for when milk delivery was a thing!

My Favourite Pins This Week

This is a great dinner idea for throwing together when you feel like you have zero dinner ideas! A can of black beans, some frozen (or fresh!) corn, a can of diced tomatoes, some salasa, ground turkey, shredded cheese, and some spice will make this delicious dinner in no time at all. It would be great served with cruchy tacos or in lettuc wraps, our you could dig in with warm pita bread, too! I love it when dinner feels like a snack, don’t you? Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe can be found here.

It’s peach season! Also necarine season, if you prefer! And these peach pie bars would be a wonderfully summery dessert to make to celebrate the short (too short!) window of this delicious summer fruit. These peach pie bars are very addictive, and a lovely weekend baking project. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is over here.

If you are looking for a quick summer craft idea, these beautiful wrapped cuff bracelet would be perfect. It’s realyleasy- pick some colous of embroidery thread (from your stash or at the craft store) that match your outfits, mood, aspirations, etc., and get wrapping! Don’t worry if you can’t find a cuff style bracelet to use as the base- this would work with all sorts of bracelets that you might have picked up from H&M or places like that over the years. Go through your unused costume jewelery and see if some things might not benefit from a wrap? Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY is here.

If a summer sewing proejct is in your near future, this is a great free tutorial on how to turn an a men’s shirt into a tanktop – a great idea for a thrifted upcycle. And isn’t it just so pretty? The straps are made from the seams of the original shirt! Pinterest link is here, and the free pattern and tutorial is over here.

I have spent sooo much time in people’s back yards this summer, socially distance visiting! A great idea for making those back yard hangs even more amazing and memorable would be an outdoor movie night! This is a great post full of fun ideas for how to make an outdoor movie night magical and easy. Pinterest link is here, and the full post full of great tips on how to pull it off is here.

Have a gorgeous weekend, everyone! Let’s make the most of summer while we still have it, shall we?

xo

Julie

Modification Monday: Totoro Sweater

Original Pattern: Professor Meow Sweater

Knitter Extraordinaire: Erin (Ravelry profile, Instagram)

Mods: Changed out the adorable original cat design, and used a Totoro chart instead! Great photos and details are on her project page, including the link to the chart she used.

What Makes This Awesome: My kids recently fell in love with the animated movie My Neighbour Totoro, and I went looking for interesting Totoro-themed knits, and holy smokes, I am definitely not alone! There were so many cute patterns, but a real standout for me was this wonderful modification by Erin. I love how the sweater itself is nice and simple, and the chart she used is fantastic! Even if you didn’t know what or who Totoro was, it’s still a cute sweater that isn’t too cutesy, you know what I mean?

As a bulky knit, this would be a pretty quick knit as well, and the chart is a great fit for the overall design and aesthetic. I love Erin’s sweater SO much!  This is a really great idea for you or someone you love. Are you a big fan of something? Maybe it could be worked into an otherwise simple stockinette sweater!