you're a winner (no matter what)

Winner 2 the winner of the $40 cookoorikoo gift certficate is being announced over at the brightside project today. let me tell you, picking a winner was no small task. there were 296 answers to the question "what is your favorite memory of both your grandparents?" anyone who has read my blog for any period of time knows that question is near and dear to my heart. we are lucky folk, the people with the grandparents. there were SO MANY GREAT ANSWERS i wasn't sure how i was going to pick a winner!

at the recommendation of my favorite people, i somehow managed to whittle it down to my 20 or so favorites and then put all those numbers into a random number generator and let that choose. so, you should head on over to the bright side project today to check the winners box and see if maybe, just maybe, its you.

thanks bright side project - it was fun! and thanks to everyone who entered! and even if you didn't, you're all winners in my book!

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this year's list

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i've been thinking about last year's list and about what should be on this year's list A LOT. this past year has been BIG. i checked off many items. also, last year's list included #33 - TAKE A LEAP. i did just that and i'm mid free fall at the moment. it feels pretty great.

the problem with a list for this next year is that the next year is so BIG and kind of scary. we have to sell our house, move 2000 miles and start a new life, make new friends, get new library cards... i think i'm going to take a year "off". the list will make a comeback on july 15, 2011. and really, its not like i'm not going to be reporting back to you on a daily basis about the the goings on. 

so, thanks for being the there for the past year. i mean it. truly.

(part of this yearly post is always a shout out to list maker extraordinaire, andrea, which i still want to do. head on over and check out her latest list. yeah, awesome.)

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a good day

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despite a late start, i had a perfectly lovely birthday. lunch, the new wing at the art institute, ice cream floats and sitting and listening to the free show at millenium park with my feet in the fountain. a good day indeed.

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siesta then fiesta

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things are quiet over at casa cookoorikoo. summer vacation seems to have a firm grasp and renegade's around the corner. i'm making lots of new things (like the fascinators above) but probably won't be listing anything new until the first week of august. also, i'll be taking items out of the shop over the next week so if there's anything you've got your eye on, now's the time - especially if its one of a kind. all of my one of kind items went last year in san francisco!

and if you're in the bay area, you should really stop by and say hi!

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productivity

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we managed to get up, take this behemoth pile of packages to the post office, stop for bagels and coffee, have our weekly shampton industries meeting, and stock up on produce before 11 today. i'm taking more photos for some new ebay listings, showering and then going to the movies with kateri. we plan on spending all afternoon & evening there. 3 or 4 movies, that's productive right?

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things i love tuesday

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what i baked today

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lightbulb

sometimes an idea rattles around in my head for a really long time before i actually thread the needle and start sewing. i doodle. i daydream. i wonder if what's in my head can really be made. and then i stay up way too late once i finally decide the idea's time has come. that's what happened last night.

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feather headband
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months ago i bought myself one of these oh so lovely feather headbands. i love the shape of it. and it got me thinking about my fascinators and how to make something that looked like this with my beloved yoyos. what size yoyos would i use? would i do a solid color or use different colors? how would i overlap them? so, i sketched. and played with yoyos. and sketched some more. last night it finally clicked.

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i like it. i think i'll be making some more. be on the lookout for these in the shop post-renegade.
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ivy

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hipstamatic pic taken during a yardwork break. the hipstamatic app is no substitute for a real camera but it sure is fun.

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around the corner

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renegade is around the corner and i have yet to pack, i haven't even made a list of what i need to pack. i'm just kind of not ready. as usual. this summer there's no excuse though. its not like i have a job competing for my attention. nope. its more like i am LOVING making new things so much i can't stop.

 

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i mean really.

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things i love tuesday

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watermelon. summer. perfect.

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another great evening

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the daytonics, the official sponsors of the best. summer. ever.

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