Giveaway :: Eleven11 and Company

Thursday, June 7, 2012

The summer I turned nine years old, I had a routine. Before jumping in the pool for the day, I would climb through my mom’s jewelry box and drape myself in every possible piece I could. I paid special attention to the bracelets. My arm was dripping in jewels and I felt like the most luxurious girl in the world. It should be no surprise, then, that my favorite type of jewelry belongs in the space between the hand and the elbow. This isn’t to say I like just any bracelet. In fact, I’m quite particular.

Lorna Bingham of Eleven11 and Company speaks particular. Bingham gave up corporate America and moved across the country to carve out a simpler life for her family. Her time is spent in love and in the present and it shows in the absolute simple perfection in her work. These bracelets have taken the warm simplicity of the classic friendship bracelet and turned it into a chic and sophisticated piece worthy of any summer soiree. Or, buy a few for your closest friends give them out at an old fashioned slumber party (with martinis and a cheese platter.) Just a thought. After all, it is summer…

Eleven11 and Company is giving away one $45 gift certificate to the shopto one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question by Thursday, June 14th. Comments are now closed…good luck!
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up (and how close are you)?
Start checking the winners’  box on Monday, June 18th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Emma says:

    I have wanted to be an archaeologist since I was in kindergarten and that is what I do for a living, three decades later. 🙂

    Other dreams included becoming an astronaut, going to the Olympics in some capacity, and climbing big mountains – – still working on those in some form or manner. Reading a lot of sci-fi totally counts as becoming an astronaut, by the way!

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    i always wanted to be an investigator a la Nancy Drew. i’m a writer, which involves a lot of investigating, so pretty darn close! 

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    Jamie Meeks says:

    I wanted to be a Nurse. I am now working toward my goal as a 37 year old freshman! I may be the oldest one in my classes but I appreciate it so much more and look forward to learning skills that will help me comfort and care for people in their time of need. Plus, it makes me a better wife, mother and employee at work.

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    DeeDee Jones says:

    When I was small I would line my stuffed animals and dolls along my bed to teach them. I used a Barrett as my piece of chalk and the wall as the board to inspire my “students.” I also had a big chief tablet (do they use them anymore?!) to write down names for behavior and grade my class. I took a detour and went into business loving my big spaced office and employees but I lacked a sense of purpose. I sat in my office as a office manager and desired to give more of myself. I tapped deep into my soul and pulled out my childhood dream. I now teach 7th grade English and coach 7th grade girls in basketball, volleyball and track in the community I grew up in. I am glad this is the plan God gave to me because I get so much in return than I feel I can ever give them.

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    heather f says:

    I love the orange bracelet

    I always wanted to be a nurse, and so I am!

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    Sarah says:

    I was obsessed with being a teacher, fake classroom in my basement with my dolls, I got a white board for Christmas one year! My career path eventually changed to corporate/consumer PR, but I did take a year off last year to teach in Thailand and it was everything I ever could have hoped for!

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    Tiffany says:

    when i was younger, i wanted to be anything but a doctor, because that’s what my parents wanted me to do. guess they knew me better than i did, b/c that’s what im pursuing now

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    hanna says:

    paleontologist.. i’m doing food science, so not very close.

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    Ana M says:

    I wanted to be a doctor. I now work at a doctor’s office as an office manager and hoping to go back to school soon, still not sure about what I want to be when I grow up..nurse, PA, or maybe even a doctor. We’ll see!

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    Marilyn says:

    I just wanted to be a wife and mommy. And…that’s exactly what I am!!

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    Fraydy says:

    So when I was little I wanted to be a lifeguard and a mommy. I loved to swim (i pretended to be a mermaid). Today I do have certification as a lifeguard and I am also a graphics designer. Still working on the mommy part hopefully soon (even though I still need to find the husband part first) 🙂

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    Jenni says:

    When I was little it was my dream to grow up to be Minnie Mouse. She was my idol! ….and then I realized that “you can be anything you want to be”, didn’t include changing species. 🙂 Now I just try to live a happy and positive life, and always smile as much as I can. I love to laugh, I love polka dots and I think the colors red, pink and yellow are the brightest and happiest out there. So I guess I grew up to have traits like minnie mouse, even if I didn’t turn into a mouse 🙂

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    Christie says:

    i wanted to be a doctor but i am now a social worker. not quite healing bodies but i know i’m healing souls. 🙂

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    Kira Burns says:

    I wanted to be a social worker. A very special social worker, saved my half sister from an abusive home. After I saw how emphathetic and brave this woman was, i knew it was something I wanted to persue. After years of switching majors from Vet medicine to Computer Science, I’m on the track to getting my Associated in Human Services Yay.

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    Jac says:

    At age 3 I told my mom I wanted to be Betty Boop, I don’t remember this but my mom is still traumatized by that proclamation. Since then I’ve wanted to be a mommy(achieved), the first woman in the NBA (the WNBA started a few years later), a doctor (volunteered in a hospital and decided that wasn’t my thing), the lead singer of an amazing rock band( I can’t sing but do have a musician bf), a jet setting millionaire(still dreaming about this), and through it all I’ve always had a deep desire to do something creative and artistic. So a few years ago I started making jewelry in my spare time and have over the last year become more invested in evolving and pursuing this passion. I’m not sure where I’m headed with it but I’m loving the act of creating something with my hands and the satisfaction that comes with completing a piece.

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    Courtney says:

    Haha I wanted to be an egyptologist (I’m still fascinated with ancient Egyptian culture) but I became art teacher…so it’s a little similar in that it both involves history, looking at things, and art. So, I’m not very close at all!

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    ren says:

    i wanted to be a farm vet but i chickened out (ha!) when it came to chemistry. i thought i could never make the grade. now i work for a comic book company, so it is not unlike working with animals.

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    sam says:

    Wanted to work for the US Forest Service – thought that would be so cool and I like being outdoors.  Instead I am the proud parent of three amazing children and have had the luxury of being able to be a stay-at-home Mom since they were born.  Maybe will revisit the outdoor thing when they are all on their own.

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    katherine w says:

    As a child I wanted to be an author… and I’m very far from that. But, I do write reports and emails and letters, so that counts for something, right?

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    Christine F says:

    I wanted to be a cheerleader – yes, I used to write that! I’m an Executive Admin now. 🙂

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    Suzi C says:

    I always wanted to be a mum. In all my books from childhood (esp. school ones) the answer is always ‘a mum’. Now I am a mum so it must mean I’m a grown up? Don’t know which one is scarier!! 

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    kim g says:

    When I was a little girl I wanted to be my own boss…What that meant was open ended…I think? I would write that on my school papers.. The pictures I would draw would be me..with my hands on my hips..and a speech bubble above my head being bossy..hehe..Well,  I am my own boss.I  have a recruiting firm that places in the financial services and insurance industry…..But, what fills my soul is far from being a boss…I am  a hospice and palliative care nurse.I take care of those that have 6 months of less to live and choose to die at home….

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    Sarah P says:

    I always had a hard time decided “what I wanted to be when I grew up”, but I did know I wanted to help people. Although I haven’t yet completed my degree, I think I am already well on my way to getting to where I had dreamed as a child. Only one credit hour away from graduation, raising two beautiful darlings, and working as a professional assistant at the oldest firm in town. “What I’ll be” is an ever-evolving masterpiece, but I can proudly say I’m living my childhood dream & working to help those around me on a daily basis.

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    Gretchen says:

    When I was younger I wanted to be an artist. Now I will be a junior in college and I am an art major. Guess I’m getting close

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    jane says:

    when i was a child i wanted to be a ballet dancer! but i’m no where close as i had to stop dancing after my bunions got too bad to do pointework… now i’m a college student hoping to become a speech therapist! a world of difference haha

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    Stephanie C says:

    I wanted to be a doctor my whole life :] After a few years being pre-med in college, I realized the lifestyle of a physician wasn’t fit for me… now I’m in the process of applying to pharmacy schools!!

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    trisha wright says:

    Ever since I was in 2nd grade I knew I wanted to be a teacher. Alas…22 years later I am a kinder teacher who has loved every minute of my 8 year teaching career!

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    Stella says:

    I remember a report card comment, “She doesn’t live up to the low-standards she sets for herself.” That was my childhood. For some reason I wanted to be a garbage man. Not a ride on the back of a truck in the early morning in coveralls garbage man (I lived on a farm, we didn’t actually even have a garbage man.) but the people on the side of the road in safety yellow…..because they had pointy sticks that I was fascinated by.

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    Trisha says:

    I wanted to be an astronaut / space explorer. That’s a job that’s still not really available, but if they ever ask for volunteers for a one way or colonization in space mission, I’ll be one of the first to raise my hand for it. 

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    brenda says:

    i wanted to be a veterinarian…
    i own a dog… 🙁

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    kathryn says:

    When i was a kid, the world was my oyster. Every year I had a new vision. In kindergarten, I thought I would like to be a mermaid who road seahorses and swam with the dolphins. In the first grade, I wanted to be a teacher. In the second grade, obsessed with National Geographic, I decided I wanted to be a marine biologist. By the third grade, I was certain I would be an author, and then there was the dream of being a singer, and an actress, and then, at 12 years old I drew a picture of myself as an artist living in New York. I now live in New York, I moonlight as a yoga instructor and work on exhibitions at a famous museum. I SING at the top of my lungs, I ACT in my filmmaker friends works and I am the AUTHOR of my own life. In secret I am a MERMAID. And the world still is my oyster.

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    jessminda says:

    I wanted to be an artist! An artist in the very narrow sense of someone who paints landscapes  while wearing a beret (I watched a lot of Bob Ross!).  I don’t work as a painter (and never will….) but I am an artist in the sense that I create small pieces of collage art, greeting cards, mobiles, etc. and give then away to friends and family.  

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    Kristin says:

    I wanted to be a wife and mother… I am now a 30 year old divorcee with no children and couldn’t be happier. The trials of my life showed me what I really wanted in life and that was to never waste another day living a mediocre life and I took the hard, painful steps to get there. I am finally what I should have been ‘when I grow up’! 

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    Loretta E. says:

    I wanted to be an accountant, but now I’m a mom. Much better, in my opinion!

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    Chryselle says:

    I wanted to be a “businesswoman”. Growing up in the 80s I was bombarded with images of western women in power suits and shoulder pads. By God we were going to rule the world. Thankfully, I’m now a writer/journalist and changing the world without shiny suits on.  

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    Echo says:

    An artist or a gardener, both things I loved as a kid. I get to call myself an artist when people ask what I do, and I garden the hell out of things whenever I have a spot of dirt. So I think young me would feel pretty good about things. 

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    clumsygal says:

    When I was really young I wanted to be a vet. Lost that idea pretty quick when my first dog died- there’s no way I could handle putting down an animal. Heck, I cry everytime a animal gets hurt in films so I’d have had NO chance! LOL There was the dream of being an actor when I was in my teens. My family always used to say I should go into acting or law since I loved to talk (read: ARGUE) lol. I kinda always wanted to go into teaching though,  I spent a good deal of time in my childhood playing “teacher” to stuffed toys… or poor innocent German Shepherds. Came pretty close, got to my final year of study for teaching, life has thrown a few curveballs, so not there yet. Guess I’ve still got some ‘growing up’ to do 😉  

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    Christy Ann says:

    I wanted to be everything!! I’m nowhere near that goal, although I’ve kind of succeeded with one of them – I always wanted to be a writer, and I now have a blog. I also wanted to be a real estate agent (I know, weird, right?), a psychiatrist, a teacher, and a singer (I can’t sing.) I plan on starting school next year for Elementary Education, so that will be one more dream I can check off my list!

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    Lauren says:

    In kindergarten my teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up and my five year old answer was “Simba” the Lion King had just come out on VHS, so i’m not too close to that one. =]

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    Ella P. says:

    I wanted to be a flight attendant so I can travel the world. Though I didn’t end up being one but I still get to travel. 😀

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    Barbi says:

    I had wanted to be an airline stewardess (back when they called them that) since I was 11 years old.  And I DID get to do it, although for only a year since I flew when you couldn’t be married and I got married.  Still, it was a wonderful finish to a lifelong dream.

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    Samantha says:

    When I was a child I wanted to be a teacher, but then as I grew up a little I wanted to be a marine biologist. I ended up working in libraries, and one day I will be a Librarian!

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    Laura says:

    I was totally that kid who played teacher with my teddy bears or was holed up in my room drawing. Last year I got my teaching degree and I’m completing my first year as a high school art teacher!

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    Kimberly Sy says:

    When I was a child, I always wanted to be a singer, haha. That dream doesn’t really stand true today. I mean I love singing, but I realize I just enjoy singing as a hobby.

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    Emily R says:

    When I was little, I wanted to be:
    an artist
    an actress
    a teacher
    a spy
    an astronaut
    an author
    a secretary
    and an entrepreneur (only I didn’t know that word, I was just always trying to sell stuff to my sister and knew I wanted to own a real business when I grew up)

    I got pretty darn close! I taught for six years, I own a business where I get to be creative and do art daily. I have a blog and still daydream about becoming a “real” author. I manage the family’s appointments, files, and phone calls. I spy on my kids. And I act like I know what I’m doing.

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    Lubaska says:

    I didnt know for a very long time to say what I want to be in the future. Only later I ve reaized that I want to be a doctor. Since there was very strict selection procedure in that time I didnt succeed to became a medical student. I work as a clerk.:-((

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    Kellie says:

    I wanted to be a ballerina. I was in ballet my whole childhood and then got into jazz, hip hop and contemporary as I got older. I have worked professionally as a dancer (thought not a ballerina) so I would say I got pretty close! Realizing a dream like that and having someone pay you for your passion is truly amazing!

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    Nicole says:

    When I was a child, I didn’t want to grow up.  But later, I wanted to get married and have lots of kids.  I did.  I wanted to own my own business & dreamed for years of what that business would be.  I fell in love with creating jewelry & am working on that.  Soon, I will retire from a long career with the postal service & I can start growing it.  I love your bracelets & I am going to try and figure out how to make one.  Thanks for asking.

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    Natalie says:

    Ever since I could remember I was fascinated by mummies, pyramids, and the movie The Mummy. When the VHS came out, I watched it nonstop till it’s final resting days. I wanted to be an archeologist, that was my passion. I wanted to travel around the world to exotic places digging up bones and exploring ancient pyramids(because that in my 10 year old mind was the only thing they did). Needless to say I went to college to pursue a career in advertising the complete opposite of traveling around and being your own boss. If you ask me if I have any regrets, I do not. I love what I do and I wouldn’t change it for the world. Of course, I would love to travel for a living. But right now that is my retirement dream-decades down the road.