Weekly wrap-up: Old tables + new pants + secret spying


It was a busy weekend with SO. MUCH. FOOD. The prep work actually started Friday evening as I chopped onions (and crieddddd) and celery and “staled” (that’s a verb) three loaves of bread so I could cube it for stuffing.

(Rifle Paper Co. herb garden recipe tin*)

We hosted Thanksgiving dinner here on Saturday and it was delicious — thanks mostly to my mom, who promptly took over the actual cooking duties while I went thrifting. Woohoo!

Thankful. 🌿🍽

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Modern rainbow baby quilt

Rainbow quilt with appliqued baby name {Heather's Handmade Life}

When my friend had her baby boy a few years back, I’d sewn him a little blue baby quilt with his name appliqued on the front.

So when had her daughter this past spring, of course I couldn’t wait to make her one. (A beautiful baby girl after THREE boys!)

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Be cool to your (child’s) school

I signed up to volunteer at our elementary school on our son’s very first day, two years ago. It was a spur-of-the-moment, totally emotional decision.

I could barely concentrate on my work because I couldn’t stop thinking about what he was probably doing at that very moment. He’d barely been gone two hours before I messaged a friend who coordinates volunteers, and begged her for a job — anything to GET ME IN THAT BUILDING WITH MY BABY.

I filled out a lot of paperwork to ensure I was not a criminal and/or someone who shouldn’t be around kids, and then I started working at the school’s breakfast program one morning a week. Read More