Wednesday, February 2, 2011

We have a winner!!!

After extending the deadline 3 or 4 times on my "Happy Things" contest from JULY (wow, has it been that long?!?), I decided that no matter what I was going to end the contest on February 1st.

I was hoping that I'd be able to get my own list and page done, but it hasn't happened.  My mother had some complications from one of her chemo treatments, and my own health has been challenging.  I seem to have Fibromyalgia, and I'm frequently sore and exhausted.  I don't sleep well, so I never seem to be able to recover well enough to get everything done I need to get done.  I still plan on finishing my list and making my scrap layout done, but I just don't know when.

Mom started her own list, but she stopped adding to it when she got sick.  I'm hoping that she will finish it up once she feels better.

Other people have mentioned that they were going to make their own lists, but it seems that life has intruded on everyone.

Everyone but my friend Kathy!  I had no idea she even read my blog, but I got this e-mail from her:

Hi Traci,

I'm not entering your contest, because I don't scrap. However, I did make a list. I thought you might get a kick out of reading it, even though it is not a collage.


Now the contest stated:  "Scrapbook layouts (or something that just looks kinda nice for my non-scrappers) of 50-100 things that make you happy."  Kathy sent me a beautiful list of 100 things that make her happy.  There are three columns, and everything's lined up so nicely, because Kathy is as OCD about stuff like that as I am.

While I won't share her whole list, here are a few of the items I really liked (with my comments):

  1. Tim
    (Her husband.  I'm thinking #1 should always be the spouse!)
  2. Haiku
    (How cool Kathy is
    To list my favorite style
    Of little poems)
  3. Basil
    (I've been all about the basil lately - fresh basil, pesto... yummy!)
  4. Tote bags
    (What woman doesn't love tote bags?)
  5. Playing games (card, board, party, etc)
    (We're going to have to invite Kathy and Tim over for a game night!)
  6. Organizing
    (I love that, too!  We should plan a field trip to The Container Store.  Wish there was one in Milwaukee!)
  7. Owning a clock made from the wood of my great-great-grandparents farmhouse
    (How cool is that?!)
  8. Fireflly (the series)
    (This is one of my favorite series!  Drama, comedy, hints of romance, science fiction, a western feel, lots of action... AND there's Nathan Fillion.  What's not to love?)

I was so happy to read Kathy's list.  Not only because I had a list to read, but because this list helped me get to know Kathy better.  So, even though she didn't want to enter the contest, she wins!  I just called her to make sure she was okay with me posting some items from her list, and she was incredulous that she's the winner.  She thinks there are bunches of you with lists 3/4 of the way done.  Is that true?  If so, finish those lists up and send them to me, and I'll work on my own list (which is only 33 right now - I need to do some thinking).

Thank you, Kathy!  I am not sure what I'm going to make you, because your sister scraps and can make layouts if you need them, and you're a much better beader than I am.  I do have a few tricks up my sleeve, though, and some beads in your preferred color palette.  Hopefully you'll like what I come up with!