Saturday, October 30, 2010

Honey-do List

This week my hubby has been off. It's been wonderful! Although, I do feel slightly guilty that his coveted week off has been more about home projects than vacation. But, I guess, even honey-do lists are vacation-like when you can do them at your own pace, be outside, and don't have to do them before 5 am. 

His approach to tackling the honey-do list has been making me chuckle all week. Last Saturday, he sat down with pen and paper and said, "What do you want to get done this week?" 

Hmmmm... the possibilities. I'd really like to end world hunger, make quilts for an orphanage in Africa, and redo all the floors in our house. But, something tells me that is not what he was asking. 

What do I realistically want to get done this week?

So we made a list. (A realistic list.)

And, every day, he looks at that list and checks things off of the list. 

I made a list too. Or, rather, I made a few lists. I made a work list. A to-do-around-the-house list. A grocery list. A people-we-should-have-over list. A baby-gifts-to-make list. And a few other lists to remind me of the things I would like to do scattered around the house. 

Hubby is almost done with his list. He can chart his progress by the items he has crossed off.

I don't even know how far along my list I am, because there are so many lists, I don't even know where they all are!

So, in the hopes that I may be as productive as he has been this week, I thought I'd make a crafty-goodness to-do list right here. I'll let you know how it goes...

1. Learn to knit.
2. After completing item number 1, make the Stella Pixie Hat.
3. Scrapbook Karis' first eight months. (I'm that far behind.)
4. Finish scrapbooking our wedding album. (I am really that far behind.)
5. Make one baby girl gift and two surprise gender baby gifts.
6. Make a recycled bath mat.
7. Make some plush fruit for our garden toy. 
(Can I just say this is going to be adorable. When we finish it.)
8. Learn to crochet. I have the needles and yarn, I just need to sit down and do it.
9. Finish one of the many projects from Anna Maria Horner's Handmade Beginnings, including the booties and quick change trousers. (I have the fabric, just short on time it seems.)
10. Figure out how to make this adorable baby blouse.
11. Make a few pairs of baby tights with Made by Rae's cute pattern.
12. Make a quilt for my sweet girl. 

I could go on and on. But I won't. Just know that I could.

Upon reflection on the list, perhaps I should also add:

13. Make a quilt in hopes that we have another baby so that it might be done (or at least started) before he or she arrives. (Notice I said "in hopes." This baby is not even in the works yet. I'm just planning ahead.)


  1. You need a "Power of 10" list.

    You pick 10 projects that you would like to work on. You start at the top (or bottom) and work at least 3 hours. Then you move onto the next project. Before you know it you start seeing progress on all your projects. When you finish a project you then add a new one to the list.

    It has helped me get so many UFO's (un-finished objects) completed.

    I even use the power of 10 for things I need to get done around the house, like that closet/cabinet or many closet/cabinets that I've been meaning to clean out.

    Give the "power of ten" a try it will really help. A few of my quilting/crafting friends and I can't live w/out it.

  2. Shell, what a great idea! Thanks!

  3. Good luck on your list Kate! I like your last item for sure!! :)

  4. Ummm hello, (twin I never knew I had) I have such a similar to do list it's mind-blowing!

    - I am still teaching myself how to knit
    - I too need to work on and finish our wedding scrapbook (married in 2007).
    - I need to finish my daughter's last year in her memory book.
    - I am working on a quilt for my daughter! (Actually, I'm currently cutting the squares out, and after that I have no idea what to do!)
    - I want to learn how to crochet
    - And many, many, more!!!

    Sometimes I wonder if I'll ever get my to do list done. I have next week off work, so hopefully I can cross at least one item off my list.

    Good luck on your list.

  5. the quick change trousers are definitely worth the time! make them a size big, so you can roll them up and fit for a while! here is a link to mine that I made for my little guy a while ago...

    these are 12 month size, and he is now 8 months and almost too big... maybe a month or two left!
    Good luck on your list... I have a lot of them too, just I don't know where they are!!!


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