november

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Right now in life, I am:

MAKING updates to my blog design! Hoping to unveil a new design in the New Year!
COOKING lots of family recipes (and making them gluten-free)! I made my family’s spaetzle recipe gluten free for the first time, I made my favorite Sawdust Pie (recipe here), and I’ve made gluten-free Angel Biscuits too using this new All-Purpose Gluten-Free Flour. Drew got a smoker this month, so he has been smoking pork butts, chickens, and brisket.
DRINKING hot chocolate!
READING  Mastering the Art of Fabric Printing and Design. I actually bought this book from a cute little design shop in Portsmouth, New Hampshire when Drew and I were there on our honeymoon. It has only taken me nearly three years to start reading it!
WANTING to go Christmas caroling next month!
PLAYING Taylor Swift’s new 1989 album. And this.
SEWING nothing this month, but I have a sewing project that I want to tackle in December! It involves these gold cloth napkins from West Elm.
CROCHETING a grey throw for our living room.
WISHING for a restful weekend. Last weekend was a busy, wonderful Thanksgiving weekend spent with family in Nashville (see photo below), but I’m looking forward to some downtime and relaxing this weekend. (In other words, I really want to lay on my couch and crochet and watch Christmas movies and do nothing else. But I have a lot of projects I’m working on, so I probably will be busy too.)

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ENJOYING shopping with my older sister, Blair, and mother-in-law, Susie, on Black Friday. We skipped the early morning crowds and went shopping together Friday afternoon at the mall. It was a great time and I got some things I needed (on major sale!).
WAITING until Christmas! So excited to see everyone open the gifts I’ve picked out for them.
LIKING this apron I picked up from an antique/thrift store.
WONDERING what this little cat thinks of us. She did so great on the long car ride to and from Nashville last weekend (see photo below). Although she must think we are crazy for all the chaos in her life lately!
LOVING how Drew’s childhood dresser makeover turned out!
HOPING for a wonderful Christmas season for everyone! I love this time of year!
MARVELING at THE PATTERNS I MADE this month! I’ve wanted to learn repeatable pattern design for so long! Some photos of the process: working, illustrations, my first pattern!, experimenting, my favorite so far.
NEEDING to slow down and enjoy this Advent season. It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle.
SMELLING Sweet Olive trees, roses, more roses, and lots of delicious foods this month.

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WEARING this outfit for our Christmas pictures this year. I’ll post about our cards soon.
FOLLOWING in my childhood footsteps by breaking out the watercolors.
NOTICING this fortune I found tucked inside my Moleskine notebook.
KNOWING that dreams take hard work.
THINKING about how much I love our living room gallery wall! So great to finally have it finished!
BOOKMARKING this newsletter from Braid Creative. As she says, “if you feel like your gift isn’t special or unique that’s okay – because it’s not your special gift that really matters – it’s the consistent and persistent way in which you show up, do the thing, and put it out there.”
CELEBRATING a wonderful Thanksgiving. Lots of food, kiddos, relaxing, swaddling, playing, and crafting.
OPENING the door to our house and reveling in how clean and organized it is! After nearly a month of having plumbing work done in our house, we deep cleaned and organized every room. It is more put together than it has ever been.
LAUGHING at Violet’s little pawprint.
FEELING thankful! For Drew, for Violet, for work, for family, for our home, for creativity.

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