Thursday, June 26, 2014

Jazzing June

Three months completed and 12 of the 41 by 41 are checked off the list.  That's an average of 4 per month.  With 9 months to go, there are 29 things left.  I'll need to average 3.22222222222 items per month to complete them all.  Which I think is pretty doable if I try to go for 4 per month.  Some of the items take a bit more time and effort such as #4, #13, #18, #21, #24, #26, etc.  And some are fairly easy so I'll save them for when I need them.

I've considered changing a few of these as I don't know if I still want to do them.  Would that be cheating?  And if so, who am I cheating?  But for now, all items stay as they are.  Here's what I did this last month.

Monday, May 26, 2014

May 41 by 41 Update

These last couple of weeks have been great for my 41 by 41 list.  A few deadlines, some nice weather, and voila!

#2 - Finish Taxes.  DONE!  This was the first year I got to report my writing "earnings" on taxes.

#3 - Make A&B something.  Wedding gifts are done and ready to go.  Pic later in case she's following this blog.

#15 - Rock a part of the yard.  The part I had intended for rocks we decided to add wood chips instead.  So it works for me to cross that off the list.

#20 - Put flowers on parents grave.  Went yesterday and put some orange roses in the vase.  Lots of memories going to my home town again.

#30 - Done and printed by Shutterfly for free, of course.

#35 - Buy something sexy.  Yep, out goes the old t-shirt night shirts.  Time to reclaim some fun.

In progress:

#4 - all squares are done, just assembly, quilting and binding left.
#12 - started to declutter craft room, yikes.
#13 - bedroom and hall closet done.
#18 - a few more inches worked, may have to put it aside until cooler weather
#28 - almost there, just need some test knitters and gauge measurement

So now the list looks like this:

41 before 41

1)  Find space for prayer
2) Finish 2013 taxes
3) Make A and B something
4) Complete J’s quilt
5) Respond to C
6) Plate wall
7)  See a sunrise
8) Do an extreme couponing trip
9)  Drive the boat
10)  Drive the tractor
11)  Get a new look
12)  Get rid of past crafts
13)  Declutter house for move
14)  Clean drain
15)  Rock a part of the yard
16) Keep a manicure for 2 weeks
17)  Ride bike to farmer’s market
18)  Finish linen stitch blanket
19)  Set up accounts for online banking
20)  Put flowers on parents grave
21)  Knit cable cardi
22)  Take the train
23)  Write an article
24)  Share my faith
25) Buy myself flowers
26)  Paint craft room
27)  Explore international genealogy
28)  Design a knitting pattern
29)  Give A her book
30)  England part 2 book
31)  India year 2 book
32)  Eat Korean food
33) Organize family photos
34)  Try on a size 16
35)  Buy something sexy
36)  Publish women in India book
37)  Go to a play
38)  Take a Class
39)  Write a poem
40)  Cook something gourmet
41)  Schedule that photo shoot

Tuesday, May 13, 2014


I've only finished one this so far for this month for the 41 by 41.  Yeah, there's still a few weeks to go but I didn't get all 4 last month either.  But, I have a few "almosts" and "works in progresses."

#2 - almost there, just a few things to verify.
#3 - had a minor difficulty.  Changing patterns and ripping back.
#4 - piecing is just about there.
#9 - I rode in it, does that count?  Didn't think so.
#17 - we pumped up the tires and inspected it, but then it rained for a week.  Bleh.
#18 - picked it up again, would like to enter it in the fairs.
#28 - written out, just need a few pics and some test knitters.
#40 - I'm thinking, poached salmon with hollandaise sauce, roasted baby red tomatoes with rosemary, green beans with almonds, baked rolls and some white whine/wine.

Monday, April 28, 2014

April Update - 11 Months To Go

About a month ago, I posted my 41 by 41 list.  Each month I'll update on how I'm doing with that list.  One thing that I've noticed is that I think about the things on the list and am surprised at how easy it is to cross things off.  The act of making the list and putting it out there is motivating me to complete each item.  A couple of times I found myself starting and/or completing a project and then realizing, "hey, that's on my list!"  So something is happening.  It also helps that I put realistic things on it that are a little challenging but not insurmountable.  So here's what I've accomplished so far.

Friday, April 4, 2014

3 Generations on a Wall

A few years ago I came across a photo of plate wall art.  When we repainted the kitchen, my plan was to use the plates that my grandmother gave me, plates that my mom's brother gave to her, plates from our cupboards and plates from garage sales to fill in the rest.  Pinterest pinning ensued.

I used super glue, Lochtite, my favorite, and glued sawtooth hangers to the backs of the plates.  I did try to

Monday, March 31, 2014

41 By 41

So the calendar caught up to me and I found the dial on my age turn over a decade.  It's possible that I've lived half or less than half my life already.  My brother didn't make it past 40 and my mom to 55.  Granted I'm not blood related but one never knows.

In the months leading up to my 40th, I played around with the idea of some goals before I hit 40.  I never really solidified any of them and this winter was deep and cold so motivation was low.  Instead, I'm turning

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Edible Bouquet

You'll need:
  • 2 packages of strawberries (or whatever fruit you can spear)
  • paring knife
  • wooden skewers
  • vase with a wide mouth (washed)