Wednesday, 8 January 2014

52 Projects for 2014

I have decided to join in with Living a Slow and Simple Life's challenge, 52 Projects, to complete a project every week in 2014.  I must admit that when I first read about this challenge I was immediately tempted to  join in, but concerned that I might not be able to keep up.  The desire to complete lots of unfinished bits and pieces at home convinced me, however, and I have thrown my cap in as I desperately need the motivation to do some projects which have been on my to do list for over a year.

This week's project has been the making of  a table runner for the living room.  I've made this jointly for this project and my Make Something Every Month in 2014 challenge.  I will be posting separately to reveal this make, as this post is more to give some idea of the projects I will be attempting for this challenge.  I haven't thought of a great number as yet, but so far have come up with the following:

1  Get my over locker serviced/repaired.

2  Make a bean bag for Little Bird's bedroom.

3  Fill a couple of new frames that I have in the sewing room, with either fabric/prints/photos.

4  Sort through our photos and fill the albums I have.

5  List some items I want to sell on eBay to earn a bit of extra cash.

6  Thoroughly de-clutter the kitchen.

7  Get my new smart phone set up for use.

8  Download some of my favourite music onto my new smartphone.

9  Make some new cushion covers for the living room.

10  Make a double eiderdown/quilt for our bed.

11  Make a Christmas quilt/throw.

12  Sort and sift the shoe basket.

13  Make 2 new large shopping holdalls to use on the weekly shop.

14  Sort and sift my wardrobe.

15  Repair holes in clothes to extend use. (To do this I intend to pull out any clothes with holes from my colossal post Christmas ironing pile, repair them before returning them to their respective wardrobes/drawers, or alternatively, if beyond repair, cut them up for cleaning cloths).

16  Paint the bathroom skirting board.

17  Paint the stair handrail in eggshell (it is currently painted with matt emulsion which is wearing off and gets very dirty, very easily).

18  Re-upholster a chair.

19  Make a small succulent/cacti garden.

20  Make a herb bed in the garden.

21 Visit the newly refurbished William Morris Museum in Walthamstow.

22 Visit the Chelsea Flower Show or Hampton Court Flower Show.

23  Try to bake some bread by hand.

24  Replace the glass in a couple of picture/photo frames.

25  Try soap/candle making.

26  Make a quiche for the first time.

That's a few things to be getting on with for now.  A few things on this list are dependent upon having the funds to do them so I may add and complete things not on this list in the weeks to follow.  I will post another list when I've thought of a few more things to add.


  1. I can identify with a few of these - de-clutter the kitchen stands out but I am doing it a cupboard a week as part of my housework rota (sad?????) I make a pastry-less quiche which I LOVE and is part of my diet. Shout up if you want the recipe - absolutely fabulous and I have a Friday version which uses up anything left over in the fridge.

    1. The pastry-less quiche sounds a great recipe. If you could do a post that would be super.

  2. I love this idea, I'll get my thinking cap on.