But what do you wear to a cookie exchange?

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My husband & I both come from families who love to love their holiday traditions – especially at Christmas. One of my favourite traditions of all time is Christmas cookies. I LOVE cookies! And I LOOOOOOOOOVE cookie exchanges, so the idea of tying in a virtual cookie exchange with a sewing project is really my style.

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A few years ago a friend & I put together a Christmas cookie exchange, and it was as fantastic as I had dreamed. To exchange our cookies we all got dressed up & came together for a fancy potluck Christmas supper. We spent the evening relaxing, eating, socializing, and being merry, then went home with several dozen delicious cookies. Yes, we were clearly all without little kids at home!

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Over the years the group of women that I exchange cookies with has changed but the baking, the good company, and the giant pile of cookies are all there in the end. This year’s cookie exchange is with other moms from our weekly drop-in playgroup. Because we’re all busy moms with young babies & preschoolers, there won’t be a fancy supper or an evening to ourselves – just a gym full of our tiny humans who will be even more hyped up than usual on cookies & hot chocolate. Let the good times roll!

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My all-time favourite shirt to wear to play group (or anywhere that involves chasing/refereeing/herding/supervising my kids) is a Weekender Tunic that I made a long time ago:

It’s the perfect amount of length to cover my bum (sorry, I am firmly in the camp that says leggings aren’t pants!) without being so long that it looks like a dress. It has enough ease for motion & to be gracious to my postpartum belly, but not so loose that it looks frumpy. And of course, Dolman sleeves without looking like I’m about to fly away. Basically, if I’m feeling “bleh” it’s my go-to, and always seems to be just what I need to feel comfortable in my own skin again. It’s also super simple to whip up, I was able to go from cut to finished in 2 hours (accounting for 1.5 of those hours being interrupted by a toddler pattern weight & a sick baby). So obviously,  I need 68975322579053 of them in my wardrobe…why do I only have 1?!

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This cookie exchange/blog tour was just the excuse that I needed to make another, but this time I added snaps partway down the side seam to make nursing access simpler. I used this single brushed poly from my stash – the floral print is beautiful & I thought the single brushed would be comfortable to wear. Originally this fabric told me that it needed to be a raglan nursing top, but I didn’t listen…lesson learned, because I find that it changed the fit drastically enough that it’s not as flattering or as comfortable as my cotton/spandex version. That said, even though it’s not what I had dreamed, it IS still cozy & fantastic for today’s rainy day weather – it paired perfectly with some leggings, a zip-up hoodie, a vest, and my Bogs. Because this is Ottawa, everything needs to be layered on rainy fall/winter days!

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Want to try making a Weekender Tunic of your own? Comment below with either your favourite Christmas tradition or cookie recipe (a link is great!) and I’ll pick a winner at the end of this tour to get the pattern for free (graciously donated by Jessica from 5 Out of 4 Patterns). Be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more hidden pattern giveaways!!!

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Oh, and which cookie am I making for the exchange, you ask? My favourite, with a little vegan twist. Thanks to my babies both being born with a milk protein allergy, we’ve nailed down a delicious version of almost everything dairy free – and by default, usually vegan as well. Bon appétit!

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Blog Tour Schedule

December 1 – <a href=”http://marvelousauntiem.com“>Marvelous Auntie M | <a href=”http://www.ah-baby-custo<a href=”mdesign.com/kissthisstitch/“>ah baby! Custom Design

December 2 – <a href=”http://www.elliandnels.com“>Elli & Nels in Stitches | <a href=”https://sewnatseams.wordpress.com“>Sewn at Seams

December 3 – <a href=”http://www.patternrevolution.com/blog“>Pattern Revolution

December 4 – <a href=”http://myheartwillsewon.com“>My Heart Will Sew On | <a href=”http://fabuloushomesewn.blogspot.ca“>Fabulous Home Sewn

December 5 – <a href=”https://wonderfullyhandmade.com“>Wonderfully Handmade |<a href=”https://randomsbyrydz.wordpress.com“>Randoms by Rydz

December 6 – <a href=”https://sewingwithd.wordpress.com“>Sewing with D | <a href=”http://octavesofcolor.com“>Octaves of Color

December 7 – <a href=”http://www.turtlebirdies.com“>Turtle Birdies

This post (and shirt!) has been baby approved

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Fabric: Water Tower Textiles Canada

Pattern: 5 out of 4 Patterns

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Pattern Love: Maxaloones

When our eldest was 3 months old, we decided that it was time to dive into the world of cloth diapers. It was an interesting adventure, but most interesting of all was figuring out how to fit his pants over top. We use one size pocket diapers – if you don’t know anything about cloth diapers & don’t ever care to, all that means to you is that the smaller the baby, the bulkier the diaper. Exhibit A: a tiny chunk with a huuuuuge fluff butt.

One day I asked a friend & fellow mama about the pants that I always saw her son wearing – adorable “manly leggings” is what I think I called them, and they fit over his cloth diapers. Then I found out that they’re actually “grow with me” style pants that will fit for several years. Whaaaaat?! I was determined to set out to find us a hundred pairs of these magic pants when my friend mentioned that since I sew, I should just buy the pattern off of Etsy & make them myself – it would probably be cheaper.

Usually, people who say that are not crafters themselves, and don’t always value the time that it takes to make the item. Even then, some crafters don’t value their time enough. But as a fellow crafter & mama with a young baby of her own at the time, I thought if she was making the suggestion then it must be worth investigating. And so we quickly descended down the rabbit hole of knit fabrics & sewing clothing for my family.

We are coming up soon on the 2 year anniversary of that life-altering conversation, and I would say this pattern has more than paid for itself. My first-ever pair with awful fabric & embarrassing mistakes are still in rotation in 2Point0’s wardrobe, and the first pair that I ever made with quality fabric are still worn regularly by both kids.

My sewing & photography skills are way better now that I’ve had a couple years of serious practice, so if I gifted you something I made a while ago, I’m sorry!!! Haha. While I was making the most recent pairs, it struck me that the day is already here where our boys are wearing the same size grow with me. How did that happen so fast?! #2 can still fit the size smaller, but it’s not worth making that size since he also fits the bigger pair, and they’ll last longer. So instead of making adorable big & little brother “twinning” pants, I found other ways to tell their pants apart.

I also thought as I was sewing them that BigBrother is probably over these pants & wanting to dress more like his dad (yes, we’re at that stage!), but the idea of wearing “boat pants” blew his mind in a way I never expected (thank-you, Moana, for the boat obsession…).

Since the first day we put them on him for pictures, my demanding toddler has asked, begged, pleaded, cried, and insolently demanded his “boat pants” more than once.

This mama, for one, is over the moon that there’s a fabric & style we can both agree on. I’m not sure how long it will last, but I will gladly take it while I can!!!

Pattern: Max & Meena Maxaloones

Fabric: Fabric Crush

Back to Blogging

It’s that time of year when everyone who’s anyone in the mommy blogging world is talking about back to school – the shopping, the organizing, the tips & tricks to sending your firstborn off in the least traumatic way possible & *finally* getting a chance to pee by yourself at least once a day. Some have older kids, or no kids at all, and they’re talking about all things fall: pumpkin spice, apple picking, how to wear plaid like you actually love it year-round & not just when you get to wear skinny jeans & riding boots.

The underlying theme of it all is renewal and, if you’re a fellow Canadian, gratitude (because lets face it, Thanksgiving is better when it’s about thanks, and not about a Christmas parade). A fresh start for a fresh season – hope & anticipation as we move forward from a permanent state of vacation to feeling like we have a purpose other than wanting to spend every waking minute outdoors (BAHAHAHA ok so all of you may want to be outside, but summer & I have a truce: I stay inside as much as possible & it promises to not be around for very long…).

A lot has happened in our little family over the last year since I last “seriously” (“regularly”?!) blogged. Exhibit A: #BabyRydz2Point0

But one of my goals for the upcoming season of my life is to return to blogging more often. I’m not committing to a rigid schedule, because life, but more often than every 6 months is a good place to start. It’s something that I like to do, and I want to be more intentional about doing it, if not for my 3 fans but for me. My 3 fans can hold me accountable though…

So let’s talk about fall. When it comes to favourite seasons, I’m that weirdo friend that everyone has. You know, the one who complains when the mercury hits above 20C & claims Winter as their favourite over all others. Yeah, that friend. You think you don’t have one? Think again, they’re hiding somewhere.

Fall, as the precursor to winter, is my second favourite season. It doesn’t usually last long here, and in recent memory there have been years where there didn’t seem to be one at all, but to me fall brings with it all that everyone else loves best, topped with a huge helping of relief. I’m just physically & mentally relieved to not be suffering through the summer heat. To be back in my favourite jeans, a sweater, and Bogs because they are FINALLY appropriate attire again. *sigh* I’m relieved to have a “regular” weekly schedule and that we’re not packing as much as we can into each weekend.

I’ve already started sewing pieces for our family’s fall & winter wardrobe, including a slouchy beanie & a new car seat cape for #BigBrotherRydz – how cute is he all grown up now?!

He’s also full of beans & had croup AND a cold this past week, so taking pictures was more than a little challenging.

What’s your favourite thing about fall? Any traditional family plans? Let me know in the comments below, and maybe we will add them to our fall schedule too!