Thursday, June 25, 2009


Music: Sing and play guitar in front of at least one other person.


My friend Ali (a.ka. Buttonhead) came to visit, and we have been jamming a lot since she has been here. So, several Hole covers later, and this goal is finished! I also sang/played guitar while my brother was around, so I think I am over the whole singing in front of people issue.

Travel: Go to a lights and sound show by the Big Sioux River.We finally did this-I went with Ali and my mom, and it was pretty cool. They basically just have speakers everywhere, and the sounds consist of historical stories about the area. Then they light up the water falls, and the colors change a lot.

Go to a carnival/festival/fair.

I found this really awesome cultural fair last weekend, and I was able to go spend a few hours there. It was really interesting and quite fun, and I ended up buying a few things there. I got a fair trade bracelet that benefits handmade artists in Guatemala, and a ring as well. It was a good time, and I got lots of photos and video footage to document the whole thing.

So that's three more things...I am really loving 101 things so far. :)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

14)Make a handmade gift for 10 different people

#14 on the list: Make a handmade gift for 10 different people.

I've completed two out of the ten, and here they are!

I made my grandparents each a beaded bookmark, since they are such avid readers and will certainly appreciate them. One for each of their birthdays. I will be mailing them tomorrow.

I got all of the beads at a small, locally owned bead store in downtown Sioux Falls. There were a lot of different beads to choose from. There were tons of little crystal bowls full of gorgeous beads were everywhere, and it took me a good 45 minutes to make a final decision. It was a lot of fun, and a very cool little shop.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

101 Things in 1001 Days: The List

I've finally decided to compile a list of my 101 things in 1001 days, as part of the Day Zero project. So, here's the list! I will be doing posts for the things on my list that I manage to accomplish, and updating regularly.

Starting date: June 11th, 2009
Finishing date: March 8th, 2012

Last edited on: July 1st, 2009


1)Get my HSD
2)Learn to drive
3)Get my drivers license
4)Plant a tree
5)Mail a secret to PostSecret
6)Make a list of 100 things that make me happy
8)Leave 5 books in public places for other people to find and keep. Include a note with each book. [0/5]
9)Read a book a month for 6 months [0/6]
10)Read "Roots" by Alex Haley
11)Smash something
12)Read "1984" by George Orwell
13)Blog something once a week
14)Complete my "This is Today!" project on Flickr
15)Begin a new year of "This is Today!" on Flickr
16)Experiment and record my experiences with crystal/gemstone energies
17)Give away 10 of my material possessions [0/10]
18)Complete this list
19)Learn Spanish
20)Read 5 of Edgar Allen Poe's works [0/5]


1)Sing and play guitar in front of at least one other person
2)Write/co-write/record a song
3)Go to a concert
4)Record a demo tape
5)Learn a Kim Thayil/Soundgarden solo
6)Teach myself to play bass
7)Give a copy of "Euphoria Morning" to at least 5 people [0/5]
8)Record a cover "4-20-02" by Eddie Vedder
9)Make a mix CD for someone


1)Do at least one work of public art every week for two months [0/8]
2)Work on a collaborative art project
3)Collect at least 50 different kinds of glass bottles-photograph them together
4)Create 5 artworks based on dreams I've had [0/5]
5)Participate in "Inspire Me Thursday" every Thursday
6)Create an artwork using oil pastels
7)Write on a bathroom wall, photograph it
8)Create an artwork based on a haiku
9)Take a series of photos that tell a story, frame them together
10)Buy a journal specifically for dreams, record every dream for one month
11)Write a short story every week for one month [0/4]
12)Make a short documentary about something I find interesting/relevant
13)Begin a postal chain mail artwork
14)Recount 10 dreams through poems [0/10]
15)Try lino printing
16)Have a roll of film from my Ricoh camera developed
17)Fill an entire sketchbook
18)Stamp my hand print in paint on a random public wall


1)Make an entirely vegan meal, that includes dessert
2)Be a vegan for a week [0/7]
3)Drink nothing but water for an entire month
4)Go on a detoxifying diet for one week [0/7]
5)Exercise everyday for one week [0/7]


1)Design and sew a shirt
2)Make a handmade book
3)Make a messenger bag
4)Spin enough fiber to make a scarf, make one
5)Sew myself a pair of pajamas
6)Finish sewing my military jacket
7)Make something out of a flannel shirt
8)Knit a hat
9)Make a candle
10)Make a bracelet with materials that represent things that are important to me
11)Make a fork necklace
12)Make my own essential oil perfume
13)Give someone a handmade card
14)Make a handmade gift for 10 different people [2/10]
15)Knit or crochet a blanket
16)Write 5 patterns for knit/crochet/sewing [0/5]
17)Knit a tank top
18)Learn to make jewelry with resin
19)Make seed bombs, randomly plant them
20)Make something out of polymer clay
21)Remake a thrifted dress


1)Learn to make vegetarian sushi
2)Make an entire cheesecake from scratch
3)Formulate my own recipe
4)Try 10 new recipes [0/10]
5)Go on a picnic
6)Make baklava
7)Try 10 new foods/drinks [0/10]
8)Learn to make awesome iced coffee beverages at home


1)Get an acoustic guitar
2)Get a new amplifier
3)Go an entire two weeks without spending a cent
4)Get a new printer
5)Get a microphone
6)Get a camera tripod
7)Get a guitar pedal
8)Get a new desk for my sewing machine


1)Visit a "haunted" place
2)Go to the Black Hills
3)Go camping
4)Go to a light/firework show by the Big Sioux River
5)Go to a carnival/festival/fair
6)Harvest fruits/vegetables at a farm(i.e. picking pumpkins in the fall, or strawberries in the summer)
7)Visit the Seratoma Butterfly Garden


1)Update old photos in my Etsy shop with new and improved photos
2)Make a batch of new ads
3)Make and list at least one charity item in my shop (the item is sold and 100% of the proceeds go to a charity)
4)Make 5 Artist Feature videos for Indie 5 [0/5]
5)Introduce at least one type of totally new product to my Etsy shop

*The Mission:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Rules:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable, or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching.