Monday, November 7, 2011

A Few of my Favorite Things - The November Edition

Can you believe it's November??  I can't!  (Though the kiddos reminded me this morning that it's only 7 more weeks till Christmas..doesn't sound like enough time, right?)

Anywho, I've been working like a crazy person on the first Home Ec post and I want it to be just perfect, so it's taking me a little more time than I had planned, but I didn't want to disappear into blogging limbo, so today I'm going to share a few of my favorite things for November and a sneak peek at the book that I'm using as a reference for the first Home Ec. post.

Key Fabric

 Favorite thing #1 - I purchased some of this nifty key fabric.  I'm thinking of making one of the following with it..
McCalls 6123
I like the idea of this tunic with the key pattern fabric on top, solid black on the bottom and maybe a black and cream stripe for the trim.

McCalls M5591
I also like the idea of doing this skirt in the key fabric with the black contrast on the bottom.

Favorite Thing #2 - Thank you Turkeys

Thank You Turkey Craft
My girls will be doing a variation on this thank you turkey for each family member this thanksgiving.  The girls are working on making a turkey with 5 tail feathers.  Each feather will list one thing that they are thankful for about that person.

Favorite thing #3 - Ummm, pretty much this entire outfit from Modcloth. 
Favorite Thing #4 - Fun with Elf on the Shelf!  I actually have a vintage one that my Mum put in my stocking last year.  Click on the link and it will give you some suggestions for fun things to do with your elf this holiday season :)

Favorite Thing #5 - Dying buttons!  (Who knew??)
Rit Dye
..and then you can use them for fun holiday projects like this..

..Or this..

..Or stocking stuffers like these!
(Have I mentioned my mild obsession with buttons?)


On to the home ec post sneak peek..

The first project will be from a really nifty book I got as a gift for Christmas last year.  It's not a vintage book, but it's full of vintage ideas inspired by one of my favorite authors of all time, Jane Austen.

 The project is a secret, but I will tell you that it's perfectly perfect for the cooler weather ;)

Have a wonderful day!

Hugs and Smooches,


  1. Love that button idea! I, too, love buttons!! And I can't wait for the Home Ec post - I ADORE Austen!!!!

  2. How did you dye those buttons? They are FAB.

    I also anxiously await the first Home Ec post. Jane Austen, yay! I haven't seen that book before, what fun :-)

  3. Thanks, ladies! Cynthia, if you click on that little link that says "Rit Dye" under the picture of the buttons, it will take you to a tutorial on how to dye them :)


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