27 Things Before I’m 28 (Recap)

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So, last year at this time I made this list! I accomplished lots of them and there are several that I will be adding to my new list (28 before 29) for this coming year. I'll share all of the items that were completed thus far, since a few are only halfway done…. 

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#4. See The Flaming Lips. I did see the Flaming Lips on New Years Eve. It was epic and magical and everything I hoped seeing them live would be…. a huge party! 

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#7. Austin! We traveled there with Doren in May to attend the Renegade Craft Fair and explore the city. I have to admit that if we ever considered relocating (doubtful because we adoreee Springfield) that this city would top my list! I love the shopping, the people and the all around kitschy-ness and quirkiness. We had a wonderful time and can't wait to visit again. 

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#11. Make my own comic book. done! I love drawing comics. 

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#13. A Renegade with Katie.
This was totally fun and by far the strangest Renegade experience I've ever had (for many reasons, but none of them relating to miss Skunkboy). We had so much fun with their family and I have to say that Chicago is my all time favorite place to do Renegade. The outdoors street fair atmosphere is so wonderful! ♥ 

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#14. Visit Emma and Caleb. You have to remember that at this time last year I had no idea that Emma would be moving home and we would be starting this adventure together. I planned this trip (way-way-way) in advance so that she and I could work Renegade SF together. So I made the long drive to LA, had fun with her and Caleb, took her to SF and then we drove back to LA, packed everything she owned and drove back to Missouri. Goal accomplished… and so much more! 

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#15. Make Suki cute pup clothes. Does this count? 

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#16. Purchase a record player. Pretty sure I overachieved in this category since we went from 0 to, like, 10. Uh-oh.. good thing I have a store! Here's the first one we bought each other for Christmas. And here's my favorite vintage piece for our shop. Not to mention, this huge one. We love record players! 

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#17. Collect Blue Cameras. This has been fun. I even made a DIY camera. Fun!

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#19. Decorate Jeremy's House.
This has been fun. We've made lots of progress. I regret not getting 'before' photos, but it's safe to say that it's gone from full-bachelor house to half-bachelor-half-vintage-magic house. We're taking it slowly and hoping to complete lots more this year and during our first year of marriage.♥ 

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#20. Make a Dollhouse! too easy, i guess because I did this one twice. One for my shop (above) and once just for fun

 

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#23. Create a gorgeous Spring Line
. This started out as a tiny project and turned into an obsession. I did a Spring line, but continued to stay filled with inspiration for reworked vintage and handmade accessories all year round. I remember the first time I told Jeremy that I wanted to work with clothes a few years ago and actually considering taking a huge break from, well, everything to go to fashion school. Eventually I arrived at the perfect solution for my passion and Red Velvet when we started conceptualizing the new shop. It's been a beautiful journey and I can't wait to take my fashion love to the next level in 2011 (umm.. i think i'm already writing my new goals for next year in my mind!). 

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#25. Pink Hair for a little while. Oh man…. I loved it and I hated it. It was the coolest and the stupidest thing I ever did. That's all I have to say about that.  No regrets. 

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#27. 100 paintings… surely this happened, but who was counting! I'm itching to start painting again for this Holiday season.

I highlyyyyyy recommend making your own birthday list if you haven't before! It's a great way to do things you've always intended to do. This is my second year to make the list and I am perfectly happy with what was accomplished especially since the new store happened somewhat unexpectedly and soaked up every spare moment in the past four months. This post makes me feel really thankful for my 27th year of life. Thanks for sharing. XO. elsie 

  • I’m feeling inspired now – and it’s not even New Year’s – thanks! And not everyone can pull off pink hair like you apparently did! 🙂 Tops on my list – blog every day.

  • elsie, this is so inspiring! i am about to finish up my studies at college and am feeling pretty lost, and this exercise just helped me realize a couple goals that i want to accomplish. thank you!

  • Great year. I believe that you have really enjoy a lot of fun the passing year. How I admire you. Maybe I need to do a list for myself next year. Thanks so much, the list is so inspiring. Good luck to you, and I really like you.

  • these are so great!! awesome you stuck with it! 🙂
    I love your pink hair comment 😉 I’ve done that before and felt the exact same ha!

  • This is so very random, but the pic of you with pink hair reminds me of Sydney in Alias, but not in a scary kick butt kind of way but cute in disguise kind of way…thats all 🙂

  • I love the pink hair! Wow, your 27 list by far puts my 31 list to shame. I haven’t done this in a while, but I think it’s time to start another list. That’s the good thing about getting older is there’s more to add to your ‘to do’ list. Life is never boring.

  • Love your list and looking forward to seeing the next one. I’ve been doing something similar for a couple of years. I’m currently working on my [email protected] list: http://mummy-adventures.blogspot.com/2010/11/29-29.html

  • I’m jealous of all of the cool things you crossed off your list! I need to make a list for my next birthday 🙂

  • This post is so inspiring, I want to make a list immediately! Also, that hair colour was so perfect for you. Happy Birthday!

  • this is kinda crazy considering i just recently made my own list of “19 things to do before i turn 19” (in march!!) and am going to be writing about it on my blog. i had no idea you had a list like that too!!

  • i love your hair pink- you looked gorgeous with it! but i like the red the best..i loved having red hair but couldn’t keep up with dying it all the time to keep it looking vibrant so i had to settle for red lowlights. also, im feeling inspired to make a birthday goal list!

  • your list is so inspiring 😀
    i planning on making one of my own!

    thank you for posting such great things everyday!
    ohh and I loooove your store 😀
    it’s beautiful! i wish i’d live in springfield 🙁
    hopefully I will make a trip and visit you someday 🙂

  • This is so amazing and I’m going to jump on board and make my list before Dec 19th! (Uh-oh. I said it on the internet. Must do it now.)

    And P.S. – You were fabulous in pink hair.

    xx

    November Grey

  • truly inspirational, ma’am! my boy and i attempted a “30 before 30” list for fun, and were both happy at all the fun things we were able to do. i think we all should make fun lists for each birthday!

    xo

    esme

  • Just clicked on your blog thinking it was mine…since they have the same name 🙂 Love your blog! Looks like we have similar taste 🙂

  • Love it, very inspirational! Your Up dollhouse is my favorite from your list!

    I started a 30 before 30 list alittle while ago and even created a blog to document all my fun adventures (check it out here: 30candles.net)

  • What a brilliant list, I’d love to do one but I’m a bit intimidated by the fact I’d now need 33 things on my list

  • Well done for completing so many! I loved your pink hair – I’m also curious about why you hated it as well as loved it… was it the unwanted attention? I’d love to have pink hair for fun but I don’t like drawing attention to myself in a street full of strangers… way too shy for that!

  • I turn 25 in April – I keep trying to write a list but now my birthday is almost a month closer and the list is no where to be seen – I need help lol.

  • birthday list? Okay, maybe i will. Actually, first on my birthday list? Make a brithday list. 🙂

    i kind of did in the form of a birthday sacvenger hunt in a birthday post from last week…but…anyway…

    PAINT would DEF be on my list…but first, I need to write a sent-from-the-devil THESIS PAER to finally have my Masters in teaching…how writing a half-assed 25-page paper is going to help me become a better teacher is beyond me…i would think painting cute and inspirational pictures for my future classroom would be much more beneficial to my future teaching-self…

    …i hate sham-college.

    Okay…anyway…great idea!

    thanks, els.

  • Love the list but I have another selfish reason for commenting….

    I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of months and when you opened the shop, I thought it would be a perfect place to bring my niece when I come home for Thanksgiving (NE Oklahoma). So…we are coming to Springfield that Saturday (please tell me you’ll be open!) AND was wondering if you could recommend any other shopping spots for us. We want to avoid the mall! I would really appreciate it!

  • Very inspiring! I don’t have time to do 33 things, but maybe 34 before I turn 35. Maybe it’ll make 35 sound a little less painful 😉

  • I know what you mean about Austin, we just moved here from SF and love it SOOO much!
    I just stumbled onto your blog today and I love it!

  • what a fabulous list, thank you for the fab idea! I’d LOVE to visit Renegade in Chicago (we’re off there at the end of the week from the UK) but we’ll miss the Dec one too 🙁 LOVE the record players – my Hubby’s a vinyl junkie & is always looking out for them too x

  • Oh Elsie, you’re so inspiring! You bring me happiness when I read your blog!
    All these colours all your brillant ideas…
    Thank you, it’s a real peasure to read you!
    I wish you well (from Italy, where I live :D)

    Paola

  • UGH! This made me realize I’ll be 30 next year but besides that this sounds like a great idea! I’m all over it! Did you get the children’s book done? I’d love to see that!

  • This is fabulous! I love making lists and goals – thanks for a different perspective and one that is super creative and fun.

  • oh boy do i ever want a “Suki” of my own! and the sweet dollhouse AND the cute as a button rings. Great list Elsie!

  • You are so inspiring! I _have_ to do this! You always think out of the box and I love it!!!

  • Sounds good! Mine will be 28 things to do before 29 too. My birthday was just last month so I won’t be too far behind!

  • This is a great great great idea. I pulled out my notebook and immediately started. I have 5 so far. I have more than you…..I have to do 32!!!! But I am staying realistic but still magical at the same time. Trip to NYC, no?

    I adore the dollhouse!

  • birthday list? Okay, maybe i will. Actually, first on my birthday list? Make a brithday list. 🙂

    i kind of did in the form of a birthday sacvenger hunt in a birthday post from last week…but…anyway…

    PAINT would DEF be on my list…but first, I need to write a sent-from-the-devil THESIS PAER to finally have my Masters in teaching…how writing a half-assed 25-page paper is going to help me become a better teacher is beyond me…i would think painting cute and inspirational pictures for my future classroom would be much more beneficial to my future teaching-self…

    …i hate sham-college.

  • Hi Elsie,
    Just letting you know that I’ve tracked back to this post on my blog. You’ve inspired me to make my own thirtyone list! 🙂
    Happy wedding planning!