Copyright © 2010 by Kathryn Buck

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

101 in 1001

I recently heard about a great idea over on Lori's blog. It's called Day Zero and you have to make a list of 101 things that you can realistically pull off in 1001 days.

I love it! Finally a challenge to make me get off my ass and actually do all the things that I've been meaning to for absolutely YONKS!!! It's like if someone says "I dare you to" - I've just got to do it! I can never resist a challenge or a dare and this is one hell of a challenge (and I'm starting to think that some of the items on my list may be a wee bit ambitious but I think that's the whole point!)!

Instead of posting updates, I'm going to give this challenge a whole page (look up there!) . All by itself. Where I will update it as I knock things off the list. If I do something really clever then I may well blog about it but I'm pretty sure you all don't want to hear about me washing the windows or glossing the kitchen worktops! So the boring things I will keep quiet about (and certainly won't show you any pictures of!) but the more exciting things like making a fairy garden out of my old toilet (it will be properly scrubbed first, don't worry!) and travelling to Galapagos, I will most definitely share and can guarantee that there will be photos.

My 1001 day deadline is 15th January 2013. That's like space age or something! I've got ages.

This is my list.

1.      Do at least one sketch book painting per week
2.      Sew at least once a month
3.      Try one new recipe a month
4.      De-clutter the house – tidy home, tidy mind!
5.      Clean up the front garden
6.      Wash the windows!!!!!
7.      Make a blind for the kitchen window
8.      Make a blind for the bedroom window
9.      Hang the blind that I made 6 months ago in my studio window!
10.   Try my hand at making a fairy garden
11.   See the world – ok so I can’t do that in 1001 days but I can make a good start!
12.   Do yoga at least twice a week
13.   Clean the muddy dog splashes off the kitchen wall!
14.   Start learning/practicing my French again
15.   Read at least one book a month
16.   Put the washing away – as soon as it’s dry – EVERY TIME!!!
17.   Tidy up after myself (yeah right!)
18.   Make some new friends - cyber/real world
19.   Join some kind of crafty club
20.   Use foot lotion every day
21.   Be more assertive at work
22.   Stop being so shy in the real world
23.   Make new cushion covers for the living room
24.   Get a brickie in to fix that wall out back
25.   Murder the ivy that’s eating into the roof
26.   Turn my back garden into a beautiful place anyone would like to rest a while
27.   Decide once and for all what to do with the cellar. And actually do it.
28.   Paint that old book case my mum gave me
29.   Touch up all the paint work inside
30.   Re-paint the window sills outside
31.   Do my window boxes and hanging baskets – and don’t kill them this time
32.   Get new gates for front and back gardens
33.   Do some new paintings for around the house
34.   Make an album for the Japan photos and print up last years trio
35.   Remember to have date night
36.   Do a photography course
37.   Tidy the little bedroom and redecorate it once I can see the floor again!
38.   Replace the banister
39.   Tidy my studio
40.   Finish my colour wheel quilt
41.   Make the dress I meant to make last year with the fabric I bought in the summer!
42.   Get rid of some clothes
43.   Sort through my shoes and find out exactly how many I actually own!
44.   Re-varnish the kitchen worktop
45.   Make the wall hanging I’ve been planning in my head since last year
46.   Start making the most of weekends and bank holidays
47.   Start writing that book I keep harping on about
48.   Find a space in the garden to grow my own food… or get an allotment if my name comes up on the waiting list in the next 1001 days!
49.   Volunteer for something worth while
50.   Learn to crochet
51.   Start thinking about what country we want to live in
52.   Start doing something to make my dreams happen
53.   Do something nice for somebody once a week
54.   Pay someone a compliment once a week
55.   Replace the front door
56.   Gloss the window sill in the living room
57.   Make a window seat for Maddie
58.   Go to Scotland
59.   Go to Ireland
60.   Have a spa day
61.   Try a new look
62.   Pamper myself at least once a month
63.   Walk more
64.   Get out of the office at lunch time at least once a week
65.   Get my Thailand photos put on a CD
66.   Do 50 sit-ups a day
67.   Finish reading my Lonely Planet magazine before the next one comes out!
68.   Finish the edging round the kitchen floor. Or make Paul do it.
69.   Decorate the pool room
70.   Buy garden furniture
71.   Have an early night once a week with a good book and a G&T
72.   Do a blog post about the art in my house
73.   Do a blog post about my shoe habit with photos!
74.   Buy a new wardrobe for the little bedroom
75.   Re-hang the curtains in the little bedroom (they fell on the dog about a year ago!)
76.   Make a quilt for little bro from recycled fabrics
77.   Spend more time outside
78.   Get my favourite shoes re-heeled
79.   Have a bath once a week (instead of a shower I mean!) preferably on early night / pampering night
80.   Do more with my Mum
81.   Update the photos around the house
82.   Hang my travel map in the kitchen
83.   Buy new bedding
84.   Buy new towels
85.   Paint the bathroom
86.   Re-grout the bathroom
87.   Re-seal the kitchen worktop
88.   Be more confident at work
89.   Be more confident in my art/craft work
90.   Get rid of all the junk out of my drawers
91.   Give Etsy one last chance
92.   Get an article printed in Lonely Planet magazine
93.   Write some short stories – just for fun
94.   Do proper research into the history and culture of places I visit
95.   Go to Galapagos
96.   Go to Arctic/Antarctic
97.   Have friends round for dinner more often
98.   Go to Morocco
99.   Really submerge myself when I go abroad and get to know the locals
100.       Talk P into letting me have a rabbit
101.       Leave P love notes in his lunch box like I used to


  1. First off, thanks for comment and web address for my Mr. B. I tried it several different ways but it didn't work?? I'll try something else.
    Great idea about your list. I have some comments on a few.
    # 20 - be careful of scents and chemicals as the feet absorb stuff into your system.
    #25 - you can kill anything totally with vinegar full strength just act like you are watering it. BE CAREFUL of other plants around it. #72 love it. #73 love it.
    I think I will take some things from the list and add to it for myself. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I didn't know that about your feet! Thanks for letting me know! the only thing I use on them is BodyShop hemp cream - it's the only thing that works!

    I'll crack open a bottle of vinegar this weekend, if it kills a few other things as well it won't matter as it's all getting dug out (as per number 26!)

    Thanks for the tips!


  3. so excited that you got your list up! and what a great idea to make it a page! i may have to steal that idea from you! (hope you don't mind!)

    also got your tag! will work on that soon!

    congrats on compiling your list!

  4. Hi - what a great idea! - I've got a list on the go at the moment, but how much better to have it here! I would love to see some of your art.

    I'm so glad you saw the heart in the clouds - I decided not to mention it after Mr O assured me I was seeing things - I must be more confident!

    Hope you're having a good week - xxx