Have you ever heard of the...quirk I guess for lack of a better description, that has to do with 11:11? The one where every time you see a clock that reads "11:11" you MAKE A WISH?!

Well it's a pretty good quirk guys. There is something slightly childish about it (okay, oober childish. so sue me.), but that's what makes it so magical and simple and beautiful.
I dare you to try it next time you see a clock tick-tocked to exactly 11:11. Beware. You only have a minute, maybe less. and then the moment is gone like every other one and you have to wait until you happen to catch the clock at that very exact tick-tock again.

It doesn't count if you're waiting for it. That's the only rule.

The reason I bring it up is because my past experience with the simple beauty of this quirk has been the inspiration behind a new little undertaking my mother and I have just under taken. oop.
We just started up a shop at Etsy called Dainties@E1evenE1even Super exciting and a little intimidating, but we're stoked.
you can be stoked with us too.

No negative image can possibly pop into one's head when thinking of dainty things. Things like making a wish at precisely 11:11, or unwrapping a present extra slow, or taking the first bite of a scrumptious lemon cake, or throwing the bedspread high up into the air and letting it float daintily down over your comfy bed again, or letting your hair down and wiggling your toes while you ride your bicycle and eating a sno-cone (perhaps that last one is a little too multi-tasky for some of us). But you see?! All dainty ideas and wonderfully sweet. For the beauty of its imagery alone, we settled on the name of our sweet little shop. He is pretty tiny right now.

Just a few items up for sale, but tiny or no, they are marvelous. and there is only more to come.
So please check us out in Etsy land. let us know what you think. spread the word. Like us on facebook. I double dare you! Big love and best of luck to you in your own new undertakings. Spread those featherless wings folks!There is a world to be inspired by out there.


These are a few of my favorite things

I'm pretty sure everybody has a favorite. Maybe even more than one favorite, but mos def one thing they love especially and above and beyond everything else in that category.
Take people for example. My favorite is B. That was easy. (rhyme!)
Color? I don't have one so much.
Food? Let's not even attempt to tackle this one.
Number? 3. It's only my favorite because it was Melissa Dodge's favorite in the 5th grade I didn't have one of my own but she was cool enough so I stole hers and just kept it all these years.

some things though, I really do call my favorite and they aren't stolen or copied or chosen haphazardly to fill in the blank spaces of a questionnaire in {relief society}. They were just born my favorites I guess. I have very different reasons for loving each one, but that isn't the really important part. It's the having of favorites that matters most because by simply existing as our favorite things, they help to fill our buckets and renew our souls. you understand I hope.

One favorite is {SMILES}
Other smiles make me smile and smiling feels good and right. For this reason I appoint smiles as a favorite thing of my very own.

Another fav is the {SMELL OF FRESH GRASS}.
Have you ever lied down in the warm sunshine on your tummy and taken a deep sniff of that delicious, earthy scent? Why they haven't bottled it up into lotions and soaps and candles yet I don't rightly know. I absolutely love how much that smell makes me feel a part of something SO much bigger than my own self. Oh how lovely that can be!

Fav trois is {FIREWORKS}!!!!
I can't get enough of those big guys! The thunderous bang of each explosion and the eye-oogling color bursts that fill the sky. Man oh man it's a freeing feeling to feel so small and safe underneath a blanket of such glorious colors and sounds.

{SWINGS} are also included in my list of favorite things.
The vulnerable sensation of flying through the air that comes with swinging is so fantastic and it hasn't lessened over time. They are a little more snug on my hips these days than during my childhood, but the tingle in my legs from pumping and iron smell on my hands from squeezing those chains take me right back to the innocent worries of being young. Yum. Wouldn't it be great to be a kid again?!

I also love {MUSIC}


and {ART}
All of these favorites do something different to my soul. The music is an inspiration and a peace maker for my racing mind. The rainstorms often attach themselves to thunder and lightning. That triple combo is such a great recipe for making me feel most alive! Visual art in all of its forms can bring thoughts into my mind that wouldn't have gotten in there any other way.

I also love {IRONY} because it has got to be God's favorite form of humor.

Can't you just see him slapping his godly knee at some of the ironies of human life? I can. I love that about him!
I have lots of other favorites like good fabrics, good books, good food, creating things with my own two hands, and fires..but I guess every favorite, with it's unique reasons for being such, is rooted in a deep gratitude I have for all five of my glorious senses. What a wonderful world we have to experience! I'm definitely not thankful often enough for the intricate and delicate way it has been designed to improve our quality and enjoyment of life. Every day is filled with sensory experiences that truly are a miracle.
Let's be grateful for our favorites, and inspired by the favorite things of others.