Farewell, Friends (plus new beginnings!)

Friends,

The time has come for us to bury the dead. After about a year of slow decline, we—the gals of 2137—have decided that this blog has served its purpose. So, without further ado, this is our last post!

Part of this is because we don’t have time to contribute equally anymore. Another part is that 2137 will soon be vacant (thanks to Catherine’s recent home purchase!), leaving us with a lot of happy memories but no physical place to tie us together. We’re keeping up with each other across the country, thanks to G-chat; so we’re not worried about staying connected on the blog.

Another part is that Jocelyn wants to keep writing, but on a more regular basis. She’s acquired the provocative (and of course, ironic!) new URL, thebookhooker.wordpress.com, where she will carry on with her nonsense. If you want to keep reading her gibberish, update your bookmarks.

We love you all and hope you’ve laughed a little. And don’t worry; the site will stay up in case you misplace Jennifer’s pavlova recipe.

Love,

Catherine, Joce, & Jen

Sewing Instead of Superbowling (Plus a Giveaway!)

Hi, ya’ll!

It’s Superbowl Sunday, and—I’m sorry—I just couldn’t give a hoot about the game OR the commercials. I’ve pretended that I cared about the NFL in the past, but I guess I’m at the point in life that I can just admit when things bore me. (*Give yourself a moment to judge me here, because I’m a strange person who doesn’t care about professional football and maybe ought to.*) Or perhaps I’m finally understanding that life’s too short to spend 4-5 hours watching something that I never learned to appreciate. That said—while ya’ll are enjoying yourselves, gorging on bean dip and hot wings—I’ve been sewing with my machine and counting down the minutes until Downton Abbey comes on.

Previously I’ve posted about my goal of learning how to sew and, as part of my 30-before-30 list, becoming good enough at it to sew myself a dress that I will actually wear. Though I’m not there yet, I’ve been going through my 1-2-3 Sew book a little at a time, systematically picking up new, small skills along the way. Some of the projects under my belt include:

Square dinner napkins for Jennifer, including mitered corners (and I also made some green ones for Catherine and Trone):

A table runner for our Razorback party, including a pocket for silverware:

A short curtain (that turned out to be too short) for my friend’s window:

And an “abstract skyline” linen pillowcase for Jen to rest her booty on while she’s practicing gueee-tar for hours upon hours:

It’s definitely getting easier to sew in a straight line, though a little bit of work on my sister’s machine during Christmas break confirmed for me that MY machine is a bit junky. I did buy it from an extremely sketchy Craigslist ordeal, after all, so I guess I got what I paid for.

Part of the fun of sewing is buying your fabrics, though you run the risk of overbuying and running out of storage room. So since I’m officially OUT of room, I thought I’d give away a yard of something pretty to one of you.

Isn’t that a great pattern? (I’m sure I thought so while I was spending my entire paycheck on more fabric than I could use at one of Joann’s many holiday sales).

OK! For a chance to win one yard of fabric, a set of heart-shaped straight pins, a mini tailor’s tape-measure, and two spools of coordinating thread, leave your answer to the following question in the comments:

What would you make with this?

I’ll randomly choose a winner after 2:00 PM on Friday, February 10. Though it’s mostly friends and acquaintances who read this low-traffic blog, ANYONE is free to enter. And to whoever wins: I hope you’ll check back in to show me what you’ve made!

Folks, the entries are closed. And the winner is . . . 

Molly W.! I’ll shoot you an email for contact info. 

Love love,

Joce

Happy New Year, Friends!

I keep thinking it’s something like 2004, but apparently it’s 2012. This is THE YEAR that the Mayans gave up on time. Anyone taking bets on that one?

I love the start of the new year. It’s a great opportunity to look back at a fixed amount of time (365 days) and consider whether or not they’ve been what you hoped them to be, as well as to reflect on what you hope your next 365 days will hold. For the last few years I’ve spent my New Year’s Eve nights/mornings in Nashville, attending parties in the city and taking advantage of rare time with some of my favorite people. This year we went to a ’90s-band party downtown, and my friend Mandy even made an awesome pinata for us to burst at the pregame. Betsy took a dowel rod to it and really got things going.

Mandy filled the pinata with all sorts of favors, including these 2012 glasses  (photo stolen from Betsy). It’s a true fact that the glasses were SO beautiful that members of the band kept stealing them from us.

While I normally might lamely attempt to make some resolutions, I’ve decided that I’ve got more than enough to handle with my 30-before-30 list. After talking with some friends, taking advice from you all (again—friends who read this), and reconsidering my original choices, the tentative list is now solid. And here it is:

The list is not radically different from the first draft, but I’m happy with it now. Notice that the highlighted one is the only one I’ve actually completed, so . . . yeah. I have a lot of work to do!

That’s not to say I’m not in the process of progress. I’ve completed 1/3 of the quilt. I’m editing a couple of articles that someone out there might be fool enough to publish. I sewed myself a very basic Halloween costume, which is giving me confidence that I can actually sew myself a dress before long. Though there’s a lot left to do here, I’m not discouraged.

I do have to give a shout-out to several of my amazing friends who have made conscious efforts to help me reach these goals:

  • Chloe, who gave me not one but TWO shades of red lipstick for Christmas
  • Benji, who loaned me Reservoir Dogs to watch (and who also gave me some really interesting written commentary!)
  • Laura, who gave me a book of sewing patterns
  • Betsy, photographer extraordinaire who took (and is now editing) what will hopefully be my professional “glamour photo”
  • Sebastian, who offered to read Infinite Jest with me
  • Chris, who offered to help with my bike
  • Blake, who said I could stay at his apartment in Austin
  • and many others who have offered encouragement, advice, and support (ya’ll are rad people!)

I feel pretty strongly that 2012 is going to be a good year, and that turning thirty will be downright okay. I also feel pretty grateful to have so many fantastic people in my life, so who can go wrong with that, eh?

Cheers!

Joce

PS—What are your goals for the year? How did you spend your NYE?

A Christmas Greeting

Thanks to our friends and family for reading our blog! We love you all and wish you the happiest and warmest of holidays.

*J, J, and C

Spread a Little Christmas Cheer

*Disclaimer: This was not my idea, but it’s a good one nonetheless.

A few days ago, this story ran on the local news channel.

Apparently the Christmas Card Man is a big local deal! I didn’t see the story myself, but my friend Jen mentioned it this week on her always entertaining zippity blog. She also challenged her loyal readers to take a few minutes to send the Christmas Card Man a card this year, just to make sure his holiday is a little bit less lonely than usual. I told her I’d do that very thing, and now I’m stealing her idea.

Got five minutes, a stamp, a pen, and an extra greeting card in your pack? Why not send that greeting card to:

Christmas Card Man
c/o KHBS, Fort Smith
2415 North Albert Pike
Fort Smith, AR 72904

If you include a return address, I’ll bet you’ll get a card from Mr. Patrick Osborne himself. Plus, my friend Jen (whose idea this was) claims she’ll be your best friend AND that you’ll get “a million angel points” for sharing the Christmas cheer. And since my friend Jen is a world-renowned writer, you wanna be her best friend for sure. The angel points sound all right too.

I’ll check in again as soon as the grades are turned in, but until then, begin spreading the holiday cheer! And let me know if you’ve sent the Christmas Card Man a Christmas card for his pile.

In the meantime, I’ll be looking for the most  garish Christmas displays in town—though I doubt anyone can top the McGills’ house in Hixson, Tennessee.

Cheers!

*Joce

 

PS – How are you all getting into the Christmas spirit? Shopping? Decorating? Baking? I’d love to know.

Saturdays Are for Snuggling.

It’s a nippy, breezy morning here in Northwest Arkansas, and the only plans I have for the day are to read for comps, sip coffee, and watch my beloved Hogs on the boobtube at 2:30. Have I mentioned that right now we’re ranked #6 according to BCS? For the first time ever? Anyway . . . I expect the blanket with sleeves will figure into the plans somehow.

If you have a similarly lounge-y afternoon on the docket, here are a few ways to waste a little time on the interwebz.

Marcel the Shell is back for another round of cuteness.

Ya’ll have any big plans for the weekend? Whatever you’ve got ahead of you, I hope it’s a snuggly and snorgly one. Happy Caturday!

xoxo, Joce

PS – The winner of the London goodies giveway is lucky reader numero dos, Mandy P!

Occasionally Mandy P. has her own giveaways over on her fabulous website Fabric Paper Glue. Be sure to check it out, and congrats Mandy!

Making Good (Plus a Giveaway!)

Hello, Hello! I don’t know why you say good-bye . . .

Jocelyn here, with an update: I’ve been to London and back! I was serious about that list, folks; and even though I’ve not quite chosen my final “to do,” I took the opportunity of an unexpected fall break to grab my mom and carry her across the pond.

Many of you have already seen the lovely UK (this was my first visit), so I won’t spend too much time gushing. But highlights included:

Westminster Abbey! (home of Elizabeth I’s bones, Poets’ Corner, and the oh-so-famous recent royal wedding)

Buckingham Palace

Trafalgar Square (See, Nanch loved this place)

High Tea at the National Portrait Gallery

Tour of the Tower of London with a Yeoman Warder

. . . and all sorts of other things. We only had a few days, but I’ll say that we did pretty well to see the highlights, especially considering how the Tube was limited due to construction and the buses kept dropping us off at the wrong spots.

So! In celebration of bloggery, and in celebration of completing one of the first big tasks on my 30-before-30 list (“to go abroad again”), I’ve brought home some loot for one of you.

For a chance to win a box of Jasmine green tea from Fortnum & Mason (the Queen’s grocer) and a Beatles coaster straight from the British Library, leave a comment letting me know your favorite place you’ve ever travelled. Comments left before noon CST, November 1st, will be entered into a random number generator that will pick the winner. Update: The giveaway is now closed. Thanks to you all for the comments!

Have a happy Wednesday, friends!

Cheers,

Joce

PS – Here are a few links that might help you plan your own trip to London.