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Twelve by 2012 Recap & Some New Goals

Some of you may remember that in October I participated in Oh, Hello Friend's project of goals called Twelve by 2012. It was a great project and I'm glad I did it. By making my goals public and posting them here I held myself more accountable for completing them. I couldn't totally embarrass myself and not complete any of them. I wouldn't be able to show my face here again. So I kept the goals in mind and got to work.

Side note: It's so good to set deadlines sometimes isn't it? When you don't, things can just drag on forever (for no real reason). Why do we let ourselves do this? Then you feel guilty because it's taken you so long to complete something that should have taken you 4 seconds. And then the guilt forces you to push it back even more. Does anyone else fall victim to this? I occasionally do it, not proud to admit. 

But back to my twelve goals, I did alright completing them. I definitely didn't finish all twelve but I'm proud of the ones that I did accomplish. Here's my finished checklist (complete with some fudging and cheating):

My List of Twelve before 2012: 

1} Make a business proposal/strategy for my new Lauren Elise Crafted ideas  still finishing up a bit but definitely started so I'm going to consider it completed for the sake of this list

2} Take someone special on a picnic

3} Make a Blurb book...finally!  completed on November 28th

4} Make ribollita soup from scratch

5} Visit with my friend Edward  completed on December 24th - actually I saw him and my two other good friends Pat (both are named Pat)

6} Take a weekend trip to Sacramento to see a friend

7} Throw a holiday party for crafty, local friends

8} Perfect my stuffed animal idea & get better at stitching

9} Go vintage shopping in LA with David (my brother)  ok, we didn't go vintage shopping in LA, just locally but the whole point is to spend time with David and I did that

10} Make apple pie from scratch  completed on November 24th

11} Crochet something even if it's small  I didn't crochet anything but I used my weave & loom kit and made a few small squares - not quite the same thing but kind of so we're going to count it

12} Go to the Rose Bowl Flea Market  completed on December 11th

So I completed 7 out of my 12, more than 50%! Hopefully I can complete a few more of these in the next few months because I still want to do them. Did anyone else participate in Twelve by 2012? How did you do on your list?

Since I enjoyed this project so much, I decided to continue it into the new year. I didn't want to post goals for the full year, it's just too far ahead in the future to map out and hold myself accountable so I decided to set a deadline three months from now, which is about the same amount of time I had for the last list. So I am now announcing my Thirteen in 3 list which I will be striving to complete in January, February, and March. Here is what I hope to accomplish:

So there is my list of 13. As you'll notice, the crochet thing is still on there (my aunt promised to show me some techniques) and I also included the party with local friends. These were just too important not to include in this second list. Hopefully I can accomplish them this second time around. I'll be updating the list periodically and letting you guys know how I'm doing (remember, hold me accountable). I'd love to get a better completion percentage than last time.

If you'd like to play along and create your own list of 13, go right ahead! If you do, let me know and comment below with a link to your post. I'd love to see what other people are planning in the new year. Here is a little badge if you want to include it on your blog. I'll have mine up in the right-hand column.



How ever many goals you have for 2012, good luck completing them!  

Update: If you're thinking of starting your own 13 in 3 or similar goal list but don't have a blog, here's what I recommend: make yourself accountable by sharing your list with others. When I set a goal in my mind but just leave it there and don't share it, I usually tend to forget about it or it gets pushed aside by other more pressing matters. I do so much better when others know what I am working towards. It actually becomes real when you tell someone. So share your hopes with your family, your spouse, your kids, your best friends, your coworkers...anyone. Make a list and post it on your refrigerator or in another highly visible part of your home. Not only will you see the list and be reminded of what you're working towards but so will your loved ones and hopefully they will provide encouragement along the way. 


Rose Bowl Flea Market: Goal Achieved

About a month ago I was so excited to discover that my birthday fell on a weekend that would not only include Renegade LA but also the Rose Bowl Flea Market. I have been wanting to visit the flea market for sometime now and some of you may remember that it was one of my Twelve by 2012 goals to visit before the new year. When my friend Elysse and I planned out the weekend we decided a trip to Pasadena couldn't be left out. And lucky enough, we got my brother to tag along too which was a perfect birthday present because I love spending time with him.

All three of us were Rose Bowl newbies so we weren't sure what to expect on Sunday. I have heard many great things, especially about how large it is but nothing could have prepared us. The fair is huge! We covered a lot and as we were getting ready to leave, I think we naively assumed we had seen most of it...so, so wrong. It seemed to stretch on forever and there were a lot of areas we completely missed or just quickly ran through. I'm not sure if one could actually see the entire thing in one day. But what we did see was so amazing, such a visual delight with so many curious knick knacks and collectibles. There was a lot of junk but also some fantastic finds.

This booth was a favorite, stocked with beautiful vintage glass bottles. They had them separated by color and they just shimmered in the sunlight. $3 per bottle is a pretty good price too. I find that in antique stores, little glass vials like this can get quite expensive ($10, sometimes $15 each). I want to know the stories behind each bottle, don't you? Where did they come from? How old are they? What was in them?

Rugs were big, I saw a lot of them. When I get serious about finding myself a rug for my room I may need to go back and seriously look at prices. Rugs can be so expensive.

There were a lot of vintage military booths selling things like these old metal ammo cases. I like the wood chests...they would make for some good storage. Cool brother on the right.

Industrial stamps with wood handles.

Any booth with cameras was a must-stop for David and me. This one was definitely a delight.

More old cameras of course. Also, neat vintage matchboxes. Sometimes the graphic design on these is really great.

A booth of vintage fabrics and sewing odds and ends.

And we couldn't end the weekend without some official documentation of our smiling faces. Elysse with her purchases...she found the most cool stuff including a $10 working typewriter. It was originally $15 but she got the price down. Way to heckle Elysse!

David and me. Look at that sweet old camera he has. He got that beauty for $35 a few weeks ago. I have camera envy.

Oh yes, and proof of the documentation that was going on. Thank you Elysse for the picture.

I gave each of them their own little portrait that I took with my Fujifilm Instax Camera. A nice reminder of the day I think. 

I am proud that I have completed 3 of my 12 goals. That doesn't sound too great but I think I'll be completing a few more soon. I probably won't finish all 12 but the whole point is to encourage and I may not have done some of these things without this encouragement. So I'm happy with the progress so far. Are you doing Twelve by 2012? How is your progress?


Back From Thanksgiving, Goals Accomplished

Hi everyone!  I'm excited to be back today after the busy holiday last week (Thanksgiving if you are here in the US) and my lack of blogging.  Because this weekend was big for retail (Black Friday) I was swamped with work at Anthropologie.  I didn't do much shopping of my own, I am not one for the crazy hustle and bustle of holiday shopping.  Are you?  Did you find any great deals?  

But the time I got to spend appreciating the holiday and my family was just perfect.  We had a very small gathering this year at my house because some of our Arizona family was unable to come.  We missed them dearly but my holiday was just lovely and I wouldn't change anything about it.  My brother brought his girlfriend along and it was so nice to get and spend more quality time with her.  We took a walk together (with Scout) and talked about art, being creative, our futures...it was such an inspiring walk.  We all helped my Mom in the kitchen throughout the day, we snuggled under comfy sweaters and sat by a fire outside, had a yummy dinner, chatted, and finally ended the night watching one of my favorite movies Rear Window.  Simple and easy but perfect.

Another reason why the day was such a success was because I officially completed one of my Twelve by 2012 goals...I made an apple pie!  Well actually my brother, his girlfriend, and I all worked on the pie together but that made it way more fun.  The recipe is actually called an apple tart but it was basically a pie with an open top.  The recipe I followed was this one from Sprinkle Bakes.  This tart is hailed as the 'easiest ever' and I can say, it was a pretty simple recipe, even when you make your own dough like we did.  We were so excited making it because it was a first-time pie for all three of us.  It seemed like a ton of butter going into the pie in the beginning (we felt like we were doing some Paula Deen cooking) but in the end it didn't taste overly buttery.  It turned out so good...perfect warm {or cold} with a little vanilla ice cream.  It tasted so fresh, the apples were still crisp and had so much flavor.  I am so proud of my little pie and also finally accomplishing one of my goals.  I'll soon be accomplishing a few more so I guess I'm on a role now.

The messier the work station, the better the pie...this must be cooking law right?

Look at all that butter!  A lot is even hidden from view in this shot and of course a bunch went into the dough itself.

I guess I didn't take any post-baking shots with my camera but that is because we were too busy eating it and marveling at how delicious it was.  It was a beautiful golden brown.  I am very tempted to bake a second one (because the first one is gone) so maybe then I can try snapping a few shots of the completed pie.

And finally, just a few shots of our Thanksgiving.  My family, Mom and brother and I, on the right getting ready to eat.  I love this picture even though we are out of focus.  I am so thankful for these two people, my family.

If you celebrated Thanksgiving, how was your holiday?  Did you make anything spectacular?  Did you travel near or far?  But most importantly, did you spend it with the ones you love?  I hope you all did dear readers.


Twelve by 2012: Blurb Book progress

Hi blog readers!  Today I wanted to give you guys a little update on one of my Twelve by 2012 project goals...you know, to help hold myself responsible for the things I want to accomplish.  If I'm not held responsible things will never get done (sad but true).  In 2008 I studied abroad in Europe and basically ever since coming home I have wanted to put together some kind of photo book to highlight my trip and to get my photos out of my computer and into physical form.  Although digital is such a nice and convenient form of photography, it usually means that pictures stay locked up in some folder or external hard drive forever.  Nothing about this is particularly inspiring and I rarely find time to glance through my pictures.  

Blurb is definitely the right platform for me and after downloading the software earlier today I am ready to start laying out some pictures.  I like that Blurb offers more freedom when it comes to layouts, unlike sites like Snapfish which are super limiting for the design conscience.  Tackling all of my Europe photos, probably thousands of photos, is much too ambitious for now so instead I am taking on just one city that I visited: Amsterdam.  My friends and I were there for a long weekend so putting together a quick book with these pictures doesn't seem like an unachievable goal.  I'm excited for the project and it's fun looking through pictures which I haven't visited in some time.  Here are a few favorites that represent my experience in Amsterdam...

Gorgeous row houses...I want to live here!

Boats are everywhere.  Bicycles and intriguing Dutch architecture are common sights as well.


Are your photos like mine?  Do they live inside your computer?  One of my favorite past times is looking through my grandmother's photo albums of my Mom growing up.  All of her photographs are neatly organized in these oversized albums, complete with cute photo corners.  Sadly because of the change in technology, I don't have albums like this.  Blurb books aren't quite the same as my grandmother's but the possibility of having something to display my shots is so inspiring.  A good goal don't you think?  I'll keep you all updated.  Happy Thursday friends!   


Twelve by 2012

Last week Danni of Oh, Hello Friend challenged her readers to start a project of goals, to come up with 12 little hopes and wishes to try and accomplish before the end of 2011.  Calling it 'Twelve by 2012,' she encouraged me and her other readers to think about our own goals for the coming months.  Deadlines can be super encouraging and with 74 days (or 2 months & 13 days) left until the end of the year, I think twelve items is a reasonable challenge.  In 2008, Danni shared a similar list, a 101 in 1,001 list but she said that trying to finish 101 things in 1,001 days was a bit overwhelming.  I started my own list of 101 things about a year ago and I must admit that I soon abandoned it.  At this stage in my life my hopes and dreams change quite frequently and it is hard for me to clearly map out the next few years of my life.  So I really like the idea of creating smaller lists with shorter deadlines.  You will get that satisfaction of completing your goals a whole lot sooner than you would with a longer list.

This weekend I created my own list of 12 goals after thinking long and hard about the things I wanted to accomplish.  Some things are more serious and business-related while others are fun and purely for my own entertainment.  

My List of Twelve before 2012: 

1} Make a business proposal/strategy for my new Lauren Elise Crafted ideas

2} Take someone special on a picnic

3} Make a Blurb book...finally! completed on November 28th

4} Make ribollita soup from scratch

5} Visit with my friend Edward

6} Take a weekend trip to Sacramento to see a friend

7} Throw a holiday party for crafty, local friends

8} Perfect my stuffed animal idea & get better at stitching

9} Go vintage shopping in LA with David (my brother)

10} Make apple pie from scratch  completed on November 24th

11} Crochet something even if it's small

12} Go to the Rose Bowl Flea Market completed on December 11th

So that's my list of twelve things.  What would your list look like?  I encourage each of you to create your own list if you want some encouragement with your goals.  Let me know if you blog about it and definitely share it over on Danni's blog as well.  I think this is a great project she has started and the more who join in the better.  

And because we all need reminding sometimes, I wrote out my list onto hearts and turned it into a garland that I have hanging in my room.  This way I will always see my list and be encouraged to complete the twelve things on it.  And I can check off things when I complete them...who doesn't like that sense of accomplishment right?  

Happy goals & list making!

{Twelve by 2012 banner by Danni}