Erm... a "draw."
No, not arrows. Sheath yourselves. Stop quivering.
Mosquito drawing blood? Now you're being silly. (But hey, this gives a handy overview of what happens after a mosquito bites you. For those of you who care to know. Or who have 5 year olds.)
Surely you saw that one coming?
No, no, no; a drawing of a name from a vessel for purposes of identifying who shall get smidgens of vintage iterations of Diorissimo and Coty Muguet.
The procedure went like this.
All who registered their interest were entered onto a list. Same font, same size for each person. (Gotta work the fair mojo.) Then the paper was halved lengthwise (same width for each slip), and each person's name was cut out (same height).
Slips were folded in half and put into a magic vessel.
Also known as "the pottery urn thingie."
The Muguet and the Diorissimo then rested atop the entry slips to allow their vibe to permeate every entry.
A mojo making period lasting approximately the amount of time it takes to leave the room, prepare a cup of tea, let the dog back in, and make sure there are no forgotten freelance deadlines impending.
But how to extract? Other bloggers use their cats, or their offspring, or the (now for-fee) services of an online randomizer. Sure, I have cats, but their prehensile abilities are not so refined. Yes, I have offspring, but I figure I like to press them into servitude for things like fetching the mail and helping me figure out where I lost my keys this time. Besides, this was to be a hand wrought affair, reflecting the care and appreciation for every reader who participated.
And yet somehow I needed to place a distance between me and the deed, because I was going to feel badly that I could not simply send samples out to everybody.
I needed a device that required me attending to, but not actually touching, those slips.
Toaster tongs were required.
And so they were used.
Krista, please contact me with your mailing info. You'll need to scroll down through the rigamarole I've set up in the left column, to "Biographical Sniglets." Click on "View my compete profile"; there you will be given an e-mail link.
images first through fourth, from (respectively) Union Jr/Sr High via Ball State U; Toy Haven blog; Washington Post online; Sierra College "Snowy Range Reflections" Journal.
all other images the author's own.