What I’m Lovin’ in November

Oops… Looks like I forgot to post this last week – please forgive me (I blame the pie I’ve been eating and the sales I’ve been chasing).

Read on to see what I’ve been lovin’ this month!

 1. This profile on Sandra Boynton

A friend gifted us a bundle of Sandra Boynton’s board books* because her kids loved them so much when they were little (so sweet!). Our favorite is The Going To Bed Book* – it’s such a fun book to read before bedtime!

I really enjoyed hearing more about this clever, quirky children’s book author.

 

 2. This Rhode Island Mayor taking his son to work

I appreciate seeing this Mayor normalize the responsibility of balancing work and childcare in the way we expect mothers to.

 

 3. This DIY Wood Carrier

It would be the perfect holiday gift for the rugged guys on your list! I’m thinking about making one for my Dad and brother-in-law.

 

 4. 90’s fashion is making a come back!

Please tell me this is true?! The fact that this windbreaker* exists makes me happy. And I’ve already got a fanny pack pattern to sew (but I also love this dinosaur one*).

 

 5. Handmade Gift Ideas

This 5-minute-bookbinding tutorial would be the perfect zero waste + handmade holiday gift! You can use scrap paper for the interior pages and upcycle a paper bag for the cover. Pair it with some neat colored pencils or crayons (these woody pencils* are a favorite in our house!) as a gift for your favorite kiddos.

This is a neat list of 19 free gifts for family and friends for more inspiration.

 

 6. More Zero Waste Tips

These 10 tips for plastic-free living from Money Crashers are great! I’ve been looking for a more eco-friendly toothbrush and the recycling program at Preserve sounds like a good option!

 

 7. Babies in Cardigans

Fred Rogers Productions shared these photos of newborns wearing teeny tiny knit cardigans on World Kindness Day and my heart almost exploded.

The sweaters were crocheted by one of the nurses – you can read more about it here.

 

 8. This Christmas Reading Advent Calendar

Andy isn’t quite old enough for this, but I’m definitely saving the idea! The calendar is available to download for free & can be printed in multiple sizes – hanging it to the wall for little ones to color by day sounds so fun!

 

 9. Gift Ideas

I’m in full holiday mode right now. This list of great gifts for men was one of the best I’ve run across.

If you’re looking for more ideas, check out my list of 10 crowd-pleasing gifts for anyone on your list and my list of 16 funny gifts to give!

 

 10. Free Underwear Patterns

Perhaps I’m the only weirdo, but I have found underwear to be a very disappointing adventure in adulthood. They’re either comfortable because they’re frumpy (and thus won’t look great under your clothes) or they’re so scandalous I can’t stay comfortable under my clothes.

Kirstin of Small Bobbins has a wonderful review of 10 FREE panty patterns!

 

 11. These Beaded Fruit Sculptures

I can’t stop staring at them.

PS: Credit for finding this gem & sharing it goes to: Closet Case Patterns’ Maker Journal vol. 25 (one of my favorite newsletters – you can sign up here).

 

 12. Less judgement, more self love

The articles title says it all: Why your parenting can’t be measured by when your baby hits their milestones.

 

 13. Easy Sewing Hacks

Making bias tape isn’t a particularly fun sewing task which makes this tutorial on how to make bias tape by sewing one seam > cut > then you have one continuous length of bias tape genius.

 

 14. Sweater Season

I have now unpacked all of my winter sweaters! Most of them are on a shelf in my closet, but I’m going to switch my hanging sweaters to this method to avoid stretching them into oblivion.

Also, I still love this cocoon cardigan Melly Sews made with an Ikea blanket – it’s dreamy.

 

 15. Baby-size Christmas Decorations

This felt conical baby-sized tree with ornaments is so cute! I wish I had the DIY-energy for this (it’s all being expelled on garment sewing instead 😉 ). Practicing pulling the ornaments on and off the tree with the loop and buttons would be great for developing fine motor skills.

 

Thank you for reading along & being a part of my community. ❤

{Catch up on all of my monthly What I’m Lovin’ posts here.}

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Author: Jordan Slice-Metcalfe

My name is Jordan. I'm a full-time working mom whose coffee cup is always half full (and probably still in the microwave). I've got a weak spot for rescuing old dogs, pretending pizza is a vegetable, negotiating dessert with every meal, propagating more plants than any home needs, dreaming of sewing projects while my husband is talking to me, and loving my tribe too deep.

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