We’ve made it to Pattern Parcel #7! And it’s the last parcel of the year with one of my favorite things to sew- handbags. When I saw the list of patterns this time, I knew what I needed to make. And I already had the pattern. The Betty Bowler by Swoon Patterns.
I have a very strict “No Christmas Before Thanksgiving” rule. I just broke it.
Have you heard of One Thimble e-mag before? Such a beautiful magazine style collaboration! This is their fifth edition AND one year anniversary. It’s based out of Australia, so this special holiday edition has a fantastic beach vibe that feels so exciting and exotic to those of us in the Northern Hemisphere.
I had a chance to sew up the Rustic Reindeer Bunting and Ralphie Reindeer from the latest issue. This completely goes against my defense of Thanksgiving. See, my birthday is that week, and I just don’t want Christmas to invade until after. But then, once that Friday comes, it’s open season on festivities. If the whole month was filled with nothing but crafts and baking and good smells and cozy sweaters, I would be okay with that. But real life still takes place, and there are years I forget to decorate until December 20th. Not this year.
6:46 am my Sleep Cycle alarm app goes off. I’ve got about 20 minutes before I need to be out of bed, so I glance at the notifications on my home screen. And then it suddenly hits me. I was supposed to do a blog post on Monday. It’s Thursday.
So here I am. I took two kids to school. I’m eating that for breakfast. I’m writing a blog post. In my defense, it was a weird holiday week. With Veterans Day on Tuesday, my kids had Monday off as a teacher work day. A four day weekend. I didn’t have Monday until yesterday, which was actually Wednesday, which brings a whole other set of weird schedules. So here I am at Thursday morning. Having breakfast. And about to launch into my day. Here’s what I’ve been up to.
Our family’s favorite potato soup. This gets made probably twice a month in the winter, and the girl with a late August birthday usually requests it for her birthday dinner. It’s that favoritest. However, it started out as a humble attempt to replace the Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana now that 1) we’re not living near an Olive Garden and 2) I’d be allergic to anything within their walls.
I had a couple requests for the recipe, and apparently I hadn’t actually added it online yet! Now I won’t have to steal my daughter’s 4th grade project whenever I forget how much chicken stock to use.