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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,



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!