Saturday, July 3, 2010

99 Days of Summer Update

Believe it or not, I'm already a third of the way through my 99 Days of Summer Creating.  Here's an update on how I'm doing.  Crossed off things are completed and highlighted ones are in progress. 

The Projects

Baking and Cooking: 
  • make 5 recipes from Mastering the Art of French Cooking  
  • make a sourdough starter and sourdough bread 
  • bake 5 different yeast breads / bake 10 different quick breads and muffins 
  • 5 new scone recipes
  • try 25 new dinner recipes  (6 new recipes made)
  • bake biscotti
  • bake 3 pies
  • bake 5 cakes or cupcakes
  • bake 10 cookies
  • make 7 fabulously fancy desserts  (1 new dessert)
  • make 30 dinners for the freezer for when Atticus gets here
  • 1 traditional Indian meal
  • 1 traditional Thai meal 
Crafts
  • organize craft lair  (nearly done!)
  • bunting for Hope's room
  • bunting for Atticus' room 
  • potato printing
  • build a birdhouse
  • make note cards
  • decoupage some stuff
  • paper garlands
  • felt flowers
  • felt pins
  • make candles
  • try origami
  • make paper
  • funky spray paint thrift store junk
  • make bird feeder
Embroidery: 
  • make 3 things for friends  (nearly done with first friend project)
  • make 3 things for family
  • sign for work
  • sign for front door
  • library card banner 
  • finish doodle cloth 
  • tea towels for kitchen 
  • embroider a tattoo doll for Hope
  • master the French Knot
Home: 
  • obtain baby furniture from Craig's list
  • fancy-up and fix the nursery
  • paint 5 pieces of furniture
  • paint my bedroom 
  • paint hallway 
  • finish unpacking 
  • some how add pizazz to kitchen cupboards 
  • get rid of flea infestation
Reading and Books: 
  • 10 library trips  (4 down, 6 to go)
  • 5 bookstore trips  (two down, 3 to go)
  • increase my Virago, Persephone, and NYRB collection  (1 Virago bought)
  • read 4 graphic novels (1 down, 3 more to go)
  • read 2 essay collections (in progress)
  • read 5 short story collections (2 down, 3 to go)
  • read 4 non-fiction books  (one in progress)
  • read 30 fiction books (2 down, 2 in progress, 26 to go)
  • read The Neverending Story to Hope  (in progress)
  • update my book challenge lists 
  • listen to 3 audio books 
Sewing: 
  • sew an apron 
  • learn to quilt 
  • curtains for the living room 
  • curtains for the kitchen 
  • curtains for nursery 
  • curtains for Hope's room 
  • recover rocker 
  • curtains for my room 
  • curtains for french doors 
  • baby booties 
  • throw pillows 
  • pin cushion 
  • place mats and napkins 
  • duvet cover 
  • doll or stuffed animal 
  • doll bedding 
  • American Girl Doll clothes 
  • tea cozy 
  • quilt for Hope 
  • quilt for Atticus 
Yarn: 
  • blanket for Atticus 
  • blanket for couch 
  • learn to make amigurumi 
  • 3 hats 
  • 3 scarves 
  • baby bib 
  • baby sweater 
  • booties 
  • American Girl Doll scarves and hats  (firsts set in progress)
Other: 
  • file adoption papers by the end of June 
  • pay off remaining credit card debt 
  • pay off one medical bill 
  • increase savings by $1,000 
  • spruce up blog 
  • 75 blog posts  (21 posts down)
  • 12 farmer's market trips  (one down)
  • watch 25 movies  (8 down)
  • 5 thrifting expeditions 
  • strawberry picking 
  • take Hope on 5 day trips 
  • 7 "real" dates with Sam 
  • organize and update photo albums 
  • write 12 letters 
  • 50 journal entries  (9 down)
  • 7 dinners or craftapaloozas with friends  (6 down)
  • start an herb garden 
  • try canning 
  • Beau to the vet 
  • 5 pool trips  (2 down)
  • go to a concert 
  • transfer and update renter's insurance 
  • order new checks 
  • visit grandparents
Obviously I've been excelling in the reading category.  For the next month I'm going to concentrate more on baking and one of my thread-based categories!

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