Thursday, 19 April 2012

101 - My List

At the end of 2010 several people I knew, blog wise and in person, had set themselves the 101 in 1001 challenge. I am a bit of  fan of lists and challenges so I made my own 101 things to do list but decided not to set a time limit and just to see where I was a year or so later. I never blogged about the list as I was never sure how well I would get on and I didn't want to feel obligated to do it. Some of the items were fairly easy and may seem trivial to you and some were things that I knew may not happen for a fairly long time but that I would like to achieve at somepoint.
This morning after building a traintrack for the smallest munchkin I sat and had a look at the list. I was able to cross a few more off and to remember some of the things I had wanted to do way back last January.
I have decided to share this list with you and how I am getting on with it. Those in red are done, in green still to do.
  1. Make a draft excluder for front door - now we have moved I don't need it as the door shuts properly!
  2. Read top 200 BBC books (not including those already read) - I have started this
  3. Craft an item a month (different crafts) x 12 - Cross stitch, beading, sugarcraft, resin jewellery, card making, hand sewing, bread making, basic knitting, jam making, beeswax candle, dressmaking (well a skirt) with a machine and knitting with Katia wool, (the wool is different but process the same so undecided about this one but I think it counts)
  4. Use my rolling machine
  5. Take a silver clay course
  6. Use ultrasonic cleaner
  7. Attend 6 table sales/craft fairs - 3 out of 6!
  8. Finish neices cross stitch - I showed you a picture of this.
  9. Make a Thomas cross stitch for No 1 son - he has now gone off Thomas so may have to rejig this one
  10. Make Xmas baubles for boys - my mother bought me a kit to make beaded baubles
  11. Complete No 1 son 1st yr frame
  12. Make No 1 son baby album
  13. Finish patchwork quilt
  14. Grow own veg - we did this last year it wasn't a great year but we did eat our own food
  15. Organise all beads and findings - started
  16. Produce cost list for beads and findings - started
  17. Use the Champneys spa treatments book I was given
  18. Learn to use sewing machine - I'm no pro but I have cleaned, threaded, wound a bobbin and sewn!
  19. Return to pre-baby size - have come to conclusion this may never happen!
  20. Make cheese and butter
  21. Go to America and meet inlaws
  22. Scrap a wedding page
  23. Finish Father Christmas - another cross stitch
  24. Set up a website - started
  25. Blog once a week for 10 weeks
  26. Commit a random act of kindness every month x10 - These were mostly donating to charity fundraising events with jewellery or baking and giving away various items to people who needed, or again for charity, teaching jewellery making to a group of women and helping with children. Little things but I like to think they made a difference to someone.
  27. Make No2 son baby album
  28. Use knotting tool to make necklace/bracelet
  29. Make a candle - I rolled a beeswax candle would still like to mould a candle
  30. Use leaf whacking technique from garden programme
  31. Raise money for YCT - I plan on doing this in the big Shave Off in September
  32. Save each month x12, pay off any cards - This was a double one 8 out of 12 mth saved in then things like moving abroad eat into the savings.
  33. Handmake cards x10 - 3 out of 10
  34. Make items using techiniques from each book
  35. Refresh silversmithing techniques
  36. Go to a ballet
  37. Go to a musical
  38. Make 10 presents in 2011 - this has rolled into 2012 - 9 out of 12
  39. Do more home baking with No1 son
  40. Go on a family trip once a mth x12 - 9 out of 12
  41. Take boys camping
  42. Spend a weekend away with hubby
  43. Document Bad Taste bear collection
  44. Document Tatty Teddy collection
  45. Document DVD collection
  46. Bring boxes from parents and unpack - we started this then we moved abroad and took boxes back to parents for storage
  47. See family at least once every 2 mth (x6) - now we are abroad this will be harder to keep up but we will keep in touch with them
  48. Take 30 mins excersise a week - Not counting running round after children and doing housework this is not proving something I am keeping up with 6 specific episodes! Opps
  49. Cook 5 new receipes - chocolate macaroons, chicken stew, fudge, lemon cake, homemade soup
  50. Try 5 new foods - 3 out of 5
  51. Have a night out with hubby once a mth when he is home - twice
  52. Write menu plans for a month
  53. Use Ipod for more then FB - now we use it for games and music too!
  54. Upload CD collection to Ipod - started
  55. Make a herb pot - we had to leave it when we moved as couldn't take plants with us
  56. Write a proper will
  57. Send hubby a care package a week when away
  58. Make a list of places to visit and visit them
  59. Make sure to have a relaxing bath once a mth x 6
  60. Use slow cooker more
  61. Clean out kitchen cupboards and reorganise - now we have moved this will need doing again!
  62. Go out for walk once a wk with boys - we still do this now when we can
  63. Take boys swimming
  64. Return library books on time x3
  65. Pay off sofa
  66. Neice cross stitch (a different neice)
  67. Make nephew cross stitch
  68. Make nephew cross stitch
  69. Make nephew cross stitch
  70. Choose No 2 son cross stitch
  71. Try lacemaking with Mum
  72. Attend car event with Dad (not pub lunch)
  73. Shop from grocery list no extras 3mth - 2 out of 3
  74. Read thrift book, try 10 things suggested - 1 out of 10
  75. Go on a residential jewellery course
  76. Sell an item a month x5
  77. Go to bed at 10 every night for a week
  78. Sell in a shop - 2 months in a shop only 2 items sold so decided to wait and try another way rent was more than made
  79. Have a facial every month - once
  80. Have fresh flowers in house x5 mth
  81. Clean out car and wash x3 - 1
  82. Have hair cut every 2 mth x3
  83. Sew an item of clothing - you saw a picture of my skirt last week!
  84. Customise an item of clothing
  85. Have a clothes swap party - this seemed a good idea at time but now we have moved and I am not sure
  86. Make a housework schedule
  87. Try quilling
  88. Try encaustic art
  89. Plant a garden with No1 son
  90. Scan in old pictures and save to external harddrive
  91. Make a paperchain with No1 son a link a day while Daddy is away
  92. Make a jewellery item every week x10
  93. Reorganise bedrooms clean and tidy - will need doing again in a few mth now we have moved
  94. Get No1 son his own bookcase
  95. Make a welcome home Daddy banner/flag for No2 son
  96. Clear out clutter ebay/buy and sell etc - of course we have amassed more now
  97. Live frugally for a month
  98. Refurbish a piece of furniture
  99. Make a soft toy - See post above.
  100. Bake bread once a week x5
  101. Have a night in with friends once a mth x10
So there you have it my list of 101.
Now I have revisited it I am motivated to get more of the easier challenges completed and work at some of the tougher ones.
I have to collect No1 son from school now so I shall leave you with this.
Do any of you have a 'List'?


  1. I don't have a list yet but you have inspired me to make one. i may start it with 'finish all projects already started'! this seems to be my downfall. I'm cleaning out the shed today so may also add that!

    1. Haha. I have to say some of them are/were things needing to be finished but makes it seem like you've done more if you list them all seperately! :o)

  2. Good grief, this is some commitment, I hope you get it all done :)

    1. I am slightly unconvinced about some such as the pre baby size, is that ever possible. . . and the 30 mins excercise a week. It's not much but it seems loads to fit in around life. I shall persevere! xx

  3. what a brilliant idea! very inspiring...

  4. Oh I love your list and you are doing so well with it. 96 is a great one and with me never seems to end.~x~

    1. I know you think you are getting somewhere and suddenly there is more!! :o) xx

  5. thats a big old list! i have a bucket list on my blog.

    Swallows is the one near me in Rayleigh Essex, they have a few i think xx


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