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A couple of years ago, I saw a lot of these 101 in 1001 lists around the internet. I’ve wanted to make one, but 101 goals in 1001 days is pretty intimidating, especially for someone like me! I’m awesome at setting goals, but not always so great with the follow-through. This time, though, I’ve decided that none of that really matters. I’m going to make my list of 101 craft goals, set a limit of 1001 days, and see how much I can accomplish. If I cross a few things off the list, excellent. If not, so be it.

My primary motivation for creating this list is not to stress myself out or to feel pressure to create, but to have a record of all of the crafty projects that I’m already creating in my mind. Of course, I don’t have to put a time limit on it, and it needn’t be limited to 101 things. I do think, thought, that there is something fun about seeing how many of the things on my list I’ll be able to cross off in those 1001 days. I also think it’ll be interesting to have a record of my crafting mindset at this moment and to see how it changes over the next 1001 days.


  1. Knit a sweater for myself
  2. Knit a sweater for my husband
  3. Knit myself a hat to match my winter coat
  4. Knit something with my size 50 needles
  5. Finish knitting husband’s scarf
  6. Knit myself a pair of mittens
  7. Knit a pair of baby booties
  8. Knit a stuffed bear
  9. Finish Finn’s sweater Finished 1/15/11
  10. Knit something lace.  A bookmark will do.
  11. Knit a pair of socks
  12. Knit a pair of pants for Finn
  13. Knit a scarf for myself
  14. Knit a blanket–at least 30 x 30
  15. Knit something for myself with the single ball of blue Malabrigo Worsted that I absolutely had to have
  16. Knit some baby blocks
  17. Knit a few balls for Finn to play with
  18. Knit at least 3 wool soakers for the next baby (whenever that might happen)
  19. Knit myself this nursing shawl. I’m still nursing number 1, and who knows when number 2 will come along.
  20. Knit a Norwegian sweater (or something that, you know, resembles one)
  21. Make some felted bowls. These would be awesome for Finn’s kitchen, as well as for use around the house.


  1. Finish quilt for full size bed
  2. Finish my grandfather’s lap quilt
  3. Finish my dad’s lap quilt
  4. Finish JJ’s lap quilt
  5. Make lap quilt for my mom
  6. Make lap quilt for my mother-in-law
  7. Make quilt for king size bed
  8. Make a christmas quilt, possibly along the lines of this quilt
  9. Make a lap quilt for Finn
  10. Quilt a tree skirt for our Christmas tree (I’m toying with the idea of having, um, several Christmas trees next year.  In our tiny, tiny home.  Oh, yes.  If that’s the case, we’ll have to have a skirt for each one, of course.)
  11. Make a second, truly twin size, quilt for Finn’s bed–perhaps flannel this time.  Finished 3/12/11
  12. Finish Christmas table runner
  13. Make a quilt for BB (something along the lines of this quilt)
  14. Finish B-i-L’s potholders
  15. Finish the binding on purple quilt Finished 3/16/11
  16. Make a twin-sized blue and yellow argyle quilt
  17. Get started on a spiderweb quilt (didn’t I mean to do that in September?  oops.)
  18. Get started on my American Flag quilt
  19. Finish up the pink and green baby quilt
  20. Finish the cotton/linen hedgehog quilt
  21. Finish Finn’s family tree quilt
  22. Make a Christmas tree quilt (as in, a quilt with Christmas trees on it)
  23. Lap quilt for Finn using a fun airplane/car/boat flannel piece I received from a friend
  24. Make a yellow and purple quilt using the very first piece of cross-stitch I ever did (and, OK, the only piece of cross-stitch I’ve ever done) as the centerpiece (or at least the inspiration)
  25. Make a disappearing nine patch quilt
  26. Lap quilt for M, (a 2nd cousin of my husband) whom we will meet this summer!
  27. Lap quilt for C, (sister of M) whom we will also meet this summer!
  28. Lap quilt for ?, (sibling of M & C, to be born sometime this month) whom we will (say it with me now) meet this summer!  Yea for babies!
  29. Make a full-size log cabin quilt
  30. Make a quilt using only solids


  1. Sew some curtains (for any room)–this one is contingent upon us having our own house sometime in these next 1001 days
  2. Make a book sling
  3. Finish Finn’s winter coat (um, preferably this winter, while he’ll still fit into it)
  4. Finish Finn’s 12-18 month pants wardrobe
  5. Sew 4 or 5 bags for the Farmer’s Market and grocery shopping
  6. Make a large fabric basket for the wooden blocks
  7. Make a large fabric basket for the MegaBloks
  8. Make a large fabric basket for our winter hats, scarves, mittens, etc. (perhaps this one will become three separate projects–one smaller basket for each of us)
  9. Make a knitting bag
  10. Make a knitting needle holder for my straight needles
  11. Make a knitting needle holder for my double pointed needles
  12. Make a knitting needle holder for my circular needles
  13. Make a set (8 or 12) of placemats
  14. Make a set of napkins
  15. Make an advent calendar
  16. Make 4 pillows for living room
  17. Make a raincoat for Finn
  18. Make a rain hat for Finn
  19. Make a raincoat for myself
  20. Make a stash of fabric snack bags–we’ll say 10 is a stash.
  21. Make a tie for my husband
  22. Make at least one embroidered handkerchief for my husband
  23. Make a celebration bunting in time for Finn’s next birthday
  24. Finish a set of bean bags for Finn
  25. Make some felt food for Finn’s play kitchen
  26. Make a felt/wool nativity
  27. Make a new camera bag for myself
  28. Make a camera strap cover
  29. Make a sunhat for Finn
  30. Make a sunhat for myself
  31. Finish cushion for desk chair
  32. Make a summer dress for myself
  33. Make a Halloween costume for Finn
  34. Make a bathmat–definitely fun, bright and absorbent
  35. Make an apron (and chef’s hat??) for Finn


  1. Make a braided rug
  2. Learn to spin wool
  3. Dye some yarn with natural dyes
  4. Build a banging wall. I love this one on SouleMama’s blog, but I’m thinking of something smaller for inside. Am I crazy?
  5. Finish embroidering tablecloth
  6. Make a set of embroidered dishtowels
  7. Make a play tent for the living room
  8. Design some fabric on Spoonflower
  9. Refinish the bathroom dresser
  10. Build a farmhouse kitchen table (Um, yes.  Pretty sure the last thing I built with wood was a birdhouse in 8th grade shop.)
  11. Learn how to do needle felting
  12. Make some felted soap
  13. Create a 12-month Christmas present for my mother
  14. Create a 12-month Christmas present for my mother-in-law
  15. Make Finn a dala horse ornament for Christmas
  16. Make a silhouette of Finn to hang on the wall.

Whew.  There are my 101 things (102, actually), in no particular order.  I have noticed that there are tons of quilting projects on here.  Hmm.  The truth is that, when I get down to it, I can finish a quilt pretty quickly.  It’s the getting down to it part that I actually have trouble with–even before I had a child.  I’m quite the procrastinator.

We’ll see how it all goes.  I have until October 11, 2013 (or so timeanddate.com tells me) to finish as many projects as possible. I’m excited to get started!



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Slowly but Surely

Scrappy September has gotten off to a slow start.  It’s already the middle of the month, and I don’t have a lot to show for it.

That doesn’t mean I’m not making progress, though.  I’m ready to sew my 2-ish inch strips together for my rug!  Yea!

Bright, happy flowers are a must for my sewing room.  The walls fake paneling–in gray–and they depress me.

It’s always nice to have some help on a project like this.

We took the scraps out of the bin,

we sat and sorted them (by color and size, of course.  Then we decided that they didn’t need to be sorted by color…),

and then we ate them!


Here’s hoping there’s a bit of sewing time in this mama’s future!

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Think Spring

Before I get too far into creating Finn’s summer wardrobe, I wanted to share some cute mama-mades for spring.

While I’ll admit that he looks a bit like a tiny jailbird, I’m totally in love with green and white stripes!

Both the hat and the pants were made from an old long-sleeved t-shirt. I used the sleevy pants tutorial from vegbee, which is a fabulous, quick and easy way to make some pants for baby, especially if you have old shirts lying around. To make the matching hat, I used the sweater hat pattern from Amanda Soule’s book, Handmade Home. Another quick and easy pattern–perfect for a mama with precious little time to spend at the sewing machine!

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I’ve been planning for a while to make a summer wardrobe for Finn. The Oliver + S playsuit pattern (which is actually packaged within the tea party sundress + bloomers pattern) looked so adorable, I just had to try it. I figured that a summer wardrobe consisting of playsuits and bloomers (though, not worn at the same time!) would be perfect for both the Wisconsin heat and humidity and our time at the ocean.

This is my first attempt at the pattern. It’s actually not quite finished–I need to add snaps and finish the seams, and obviously it needs to be ironed :-)–but I’m pretty pleased with the way it turned out.

I didn’t add any of the extras on my first try–things like snap tape and piping can be added–but I definitely plan to try the snap tape on the next version. The pattern has very few pieces, and the instructions were clear and easy to follow. A person can’t really ask for much more than that! I’m not a garment sewer; I definitely prefer quilts, mostly because the margin for error (or at least the ability to cover up mistakes!) is so much greater. However, constructing the playsuit definitely has me itching to make more clothes for the babe, and maybe I’ll even try some for myself!

As for Finn, I think he’s rather enamored of the playsuit as well. He’s definitely ready for some beach time–he’s already practicing his lounging!

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Mr. Gnome

After completing Finn’s Easter basket, I had to have things to go in it!  I’ve made a long list of things I’d like to include, though most of them probably won’t make the final cut.  What will be included, however, is Mr. Gnome.

Ok, gnomes don’t scream Easter, but I’m absolutely in love with them.  I bought this pattern from Wee Wonderfuls quite a while ago, and I decided it was finally time to make it. 

The pattern is great–clear instructions and easy to put together.  I did make one change, though.  As I was putting the gnome together, I sewed the felt on to the guide piece-by-piece, instead of pinning all of the pieces on and then topstitching.  It just worked better for me, because things seemed to keep shifting no matter how much I pinned.  All in all a great pattern–if you love gnomes, or your kids love gnomes, or you want your kids to love gnomes,  I definitely recommend this pattern.  You can’t go wrong!

I used wool felt from felt-o-rama–my new favorite shop!  This was my first experience with wool felt (as opposed to a wool blend), and I’ll never use the blends again.  I love love love wool felt!  If you use felt (even blends–and they also have bamboo felt!) and haven’t discovered this great resource, head over there immediately!

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Finn’s Basket

With Easter fast approaching, I decided that my boy was in need of an Easter basket.  Finn is only 4 months old (5 months by the time Easter rolls around), so he might be a little young for the whole  basket thing, but any good tradition has to start somewhere, right? 

The project came together quickly and easily, a must when there is a little one demanding to be fed, pottied or adored.  I didn’t use a pattern, but I’ve seen a few out there that’ll turn out something like this.

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