Thursday, 17 July 2008

101 things in 1001 days

I first heard about this on Meshell's blog and thought it sounded like a fabulous idea. I have previously posted this on my (now defunct) old blog but plan on importing a few of the old posts over to here over the next couple of days.

The idea is to create a list of 101 things you would like to accomplish in 1001 days. This really appeals to me because I loooooove lists and also because it will make me focus on the things that I keep saying I'm going to do but never actually get around to doing (I'm a bit rubbish like that!)
The idea first originated on this site. I actually started my list on January 23rd 2008 so my 1001 days will be up on WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 20th 2010 which spookily enough is my 32nd birthday. I like the synchronicity of that :) Anyway, without further ado, here is The List:

Key: Projects in bold are completed, italics mean the project is in progress

  1. Learn to knit (properly!) and complete at least 1 project (maybe from irresistible knits book?)

  2. Learn to crochet and complete the following projects: ripple blanket, granny square (or similar) throw, hexagon throw, a project where I need to learn 5 new stitches

  3. Complete 3 quilts

  4. Make at least 3 scrapbooks of the following: Me and my OH, Family, Good Times

  5. Make an advent calendar

  6. Make all my own Christmas cards in 2008 and 2009

  7. Make at least 1 item from every craft book that I own

  8. Make at least 3 bags (1/3)

  9. Create my own Christmas decorations each year

  10. Complete my list of cross stitch projects that I have planned to do (and already bought the materials for!)

  11. Take photographs of all the things I have made and post on this blog

  12. Take part in at least 5 swaps (2/5)

  13. Make at least 1 thing using a craft that I have never tried before

  14. Make new cushions for the front room

  15. Make my OH a mix CD

  16. Make at least 1 handmade present for the following people: my OH, my mam, my dad, my sister, my brother-in-law, my nanna, my grandad, OH's mam and her partner

  17. Make a purse organiser that I can easily switch between my bags

  18. Learn how to make jewellery. Make at least 10 pairs of earrings (not just all ‘drop‘ ones), 2 bracelets and a necklace (7/13)

  19. Make 3 pieces of wall art for my house

  20. Learn how to make handmade journals and make at least 3 to use for ideas, etc

  21. Create 26 mix Cds, 1 for each letter of the alphabet, see here and here to see what I mean

  22. Learn Spanish well enough to be able to more than just “get by” on holiday

  23. Take part in 5 different reading challenges, including the 888 reading challenge and the book to movie challenge

  24. Listen to 3 audio books on CD (1/3)

  25. Learn about 5 new topics (to be decided!) (Growing vegetables, embroidery, ?, ?, ?)

  26. Learn to fold 10 different origami shapes

  27. Take an evening class in something craft-related

  28. Begin (and maybe even complete!!!) the post-grad diploma that I want to do for work

  29. Read all of LM Montgomery’s books (as far as possible in story chronological order), including re-reading books I have already read (4/32: Anne of Green Gables; Anne of Avonlea; Anne of the Island; Anne of Windy Willows)

  30. Complete the Race for Life

  31. Reach my target weight

  32. Buy a bike and go cycling regularly

  33. Walk more! Use my fit bug to record how many steps I am taking each day and try and beat my personal best. Go for long walks in the summer on the canal, Daisy Nook, Dovestones etc

  34. Cook a ‘fancy’ meal for my OH (starter, main course and pudding)

  35. Plan our meals each week and only buy the things we need. Make a list when we go shopping!

  36. Cut out all alcohol for 1 month

  37. Join a gym and go at least 2 times a week

  38. Learn how to bake a cake

  39. Learn how to make a loaf of bread from scratch (I bought a breadmaker and have been making all our own bread but I still want to have a go at making bread without the breadmaker!)

  40. Invite 3 sets of friends for dinner (cooked by me and my OH)

  41. Take my lunch to work at least 2 times a week (I am office based 3 days a week and the other 2 days work at home)

  42. Get my “five a day” every day for 3 months (can be non-consecutive!)

  43. Go veggie for a week / a month

  44. Sort out and organise my craft room so it is a comfy, cosy place for me to be

  45. De-clutter the house. Find ‘homes’ for things. Get rid of things I no longer need or want

  46. Get all my pictures framed and hung up

  47. Try to recycle more

  48. Grow some vegetables and herbs

  49. Get an inspiration board for my desk

  50. Buy at least 3 new board games and have a “games night” with friends and family

  51. Buy a plant and keep it alive

  52. Put laundry away after folding

  53. Find a way of hanging all my necklaces and earrings up so they don’t become tangled

  54. Sort out all my magazines. Put pictures I like into an ‘inspiration journal’ (or similar) and recycle / donate to charity the rest

  55. See the sunrise from Hartshead Pike

  56. Go on a ‘proper’ picnic (with blanket, wicker basket and eat-with-your-fingers food)

  57. Go to a free summer concert

  58. Go camping

  59. Go and watch 5 plays at the theatre

  60. Go to 3 gigs / concerts

  61. Go to all the museums and galleries in Manchester, Liverpool, Llandudno and Conwy.

  62. Go on at least 12 trips to places that I have not been to before that are reasonably close to where I live, e.g. Sheffield, Halifax, etc

  63. Go ice-skating

  64. Go to the zoo (went to the Welsh Mountain Zoo in June with my OH)

  65. Plant a tree

  66. Go to see a movie by myself

  67. Fly a kite

  68. See the Cirque du Soleil

  69. Visit the following places: Paris, America, Brussels, Barcelona, 2 places I have not been to before (1/2 I went to Tenerife in April with my OH)

  70. Get over my fear of flying!!! I'm still working on this - I was fine flying out to Tenerife but cried like a baby on the way back :(

  71. Have a Hallowe’en party

  72. Go to 10 different restaurants that I have never been to before (1/10 I went to Lords in Harrogate a few weeks ago and very nice it was too!)
  73. Stop worrying about what other people think of me. Less negativity

  74. Make a list of 100 things that make me happy or that I am grateful for. Add to it once (or more!) a week

  75. Come up with a tradition of my own for Christmas

  76. Create a journal of poetry and quotes that ‘speak to me’. Post some of these on my blog

  77. Pay off everything that I owe

  78. Save up for our wedding and deposit on a house
  79. Create a work plan. Where do I see my self in 1, 3, 5, 10 years? What do I need to do to get there? Is what I’m doing now what I want to do for the rest of my life?

  80. Get married!

  81. Find out all family birthdays, anniversaries and telephone numbers. Write on a calendar and make copies for my mam and sister

  82. Trace my family tree (back to at least my great-great-great-grandparents)

  83. Go on a date with my OH at least once a month (going to the pub doesn’t count!) (3/?)

  84. Contact old friends and arrange to meet up (if possible!) Call / email / send card to 1 friend a month

  85. Give blood

  86. Attend as many band rehearsals as possible

  87. Participate in a book club

  88. Take more photographs! Take at least 1 photograph a day of something that interests me for a month and post on my blog

  89. Get a cat (got 2!)

  90. Watch 101 new films (I.e. ones I have not seen before), including at least 5 musicals

  91. Organise all the files from my old computer and burn what I need onto discs etc before getting rid of the old computer

  92. Make up 2 Christmas parcels (1 for a boy, 1 for a girl) to go to the Tameside Radio / Key 103 Christmas appeal

  93. Stop using plastic bags. Take cloth bags with me when I go shopping

  94. Get new glasses

  95. Visit the farmer’s markets at least once a month

  96. Put all my slummy into a jar and don’t touch it until it is full!!!
  97. ?
  98. ?
  99. ?
  100. ?
  101. ?

Phew!!! If you're still reading WELL DONE!!! As you can see, I only have 98 actions on my list. I have 3 spare ones to add new ideas over the duration of this challenge :)

I will edit this page as I complete items on my list and am going to post regularly about my progress on this. I'm really excited about this project as I think it's going to be a lot of fun!

1 comment:

driftwood said...

this is a fun list, and quite a challenge too! I've challenged myself to make something from every craft book I own too, and cook something from every cook book, not doing that well though.......