Monday, June 11, 2012

Summer fun and a free chart!

This is such a cute idea that’s floating around on the internet just now and I just had to add a little cross stitch twist to it.

A summer bucket list!

Quite literally, a bucket with a list of all the activities you and your family would like to do over the summer.


I don’t know about you, but at the start of summer I always seem to have so many plans and goals, but in the blink of an eye, summer’s gone and I’ve usually managed to accomplish very little! But not this year!!! This bucket list is going to keep me on track!

It was fun thinking of the things we’d like to do during the summer, and of course, we can always add things if we want to. We wrote our activities on some jumbo craft sticks, but you could write them on clothes pegs and clip them to the bucket (cute!) or you could write them on paper strips and pop them into the bucket…anything works!


We have some rainy day activities as well as some messy activities to do. Some things are really simple like ‘Go for Ice Cream’ and others involve a bit of planning ‘Go Camping’. If you need some inspiration for things to add to your bucket list, just Google summer bucket list activities – or better still, involve the family in planning what they’d like to do this summer.

Here’s one that I managed to sneak in and will certainly be doing…

Teehee!!!

Here’s the chart that I used - you can print it off and make your own Summer Bucket List.

Mix and match the motifs and play around with the thread colours. Use whatever threads you have in your stash!
I couldn't resist this little bucket that I found at the local JoAnn’s store, but if you can’t find a bucket, you can always use a container such as an old jar or coffee can etc.
Here’s the same thing done using a jar instead of the bucket…


Mix and match the chart motifs to suit your own container!


I love the fact that you can use this activity for your family whether you have little kids, tweenies, teenagers, or even if your kids have flown the nest. No more complaints about summer having flown by and nothing being accomplished!

And one final idea - what about a stitcher’s bucket list? Each of your UFO’s on a stick and whatever one you pull out you have to work on. Or a list of all those charts you’d like to stitch (I’d need a huge bucket!!), or even things like organize threads, finish off a UFO, make stitching into a cushion etc.  Mmmm, I think I know what my next project is going to be!!!

Until next time…happy stitching!
Rhona



19 comments:

milly said...

Great idea and thanks for the chart.

Lija said...

An amazing idea!

Denise said...

What a cute idea! I plan on doing this with my grandson, they will enjoy this.
Happy Stitching
Denise

Dee said...

I love that little sun guy! Adorable.

Beth Pearce said...

Your sun is darling, and the idea inspirational! I am going to tell my DD about this with her DD. And, I think your stitching bucket list idea is waaaaayyy cool!

Fiona said...

I am going to use your craft bucket idea! Love it!!!

Mouse said...

ohhhh love it ... and the ufo bucket list is fab mmmmm now where did I put my buckets ..lol
love mouse xxxx

Kay said...

I like thw idea of a stitcher's bucket list. It is nice to add a little fun to life isn't it.

Stitching Noni said...

Fantastic idea! So simple but so clever ;0). Have something I am working on at the moment that I am going to maybe adapt and borrow your idea for! Love the little sun ;0). Thank you

Susan in SC said...

I LOVE this!!! This is on my bucket list to make this week!! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a sweet comment!!

Toni said...

Lovely idea! Would like to make one also :-D

mdgtjulie said...

What a great idea for families. That's really cute Rhona.

Hippywitch said...

Very cute idea! I would do the one with the charts I want to stitch but I don't think i could find something big enough to fit them all in, I'm just hoping that they find a cure for dying by the time I need it so I have time to get them done :-)

love Lori xxx

Anne said...

Love your ideas Rhona! That sun is perfect! I just wish we had some.

Yana Hanim said...

fab ideas and very cute bucket too... hope you would be able to do everything on ur list. have a great summer!

Lesleyanne said...

A great idea. Something I think I might use.

Mangogirl said...

ooo I like the idea of a stitchers bucket list. Kinda like a monthly goal list but cooler!

Heather said...

Brilliant!!

Tracy Marie said...

What a neat Idea. I have used a shallow vase/bowl for placing the names of every one I know on a little piece of paper. Then I say The Lords Prayer for a person or three ^_^. But I adjust the wording to include their name as often as possible. For example: Please give Jamie his daily bread and forgive Jamie for his tresspasses... etc. I makes the prayer longer and I switched the "thees" and "thous" for modern english. But we pray our own prayers in modern english so I don't think God will mind. I had to write it out to do it better, but my "Bucket List of People to Pray For" works well for me. Maybe you could present this Idea with a chart to go with it.