Creative Bucket List

On our crafty hangout over the weekend, someone (I think @Wyvern??) brought up a project that was on a “crafty bucket list” - something you’d love to do someday, but haven’t yet. And that got me thinking about my crafty bucket list. Maybe we’ve got some overlap in bucket lists, or maybe someone’s got experience with someone else’s bucket list item and could be a good reference…who knows!

So if you’re interested, drop your bucket list below! And of course, follow up with your progress if you want!

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So here’s mine:

  • Historical structural garments - corsets/stays and hoops mostly
  • Medieval dress redemption
  • Spinning wool into yarn
  • Basket weaving
  • Prop making - EVA foam and thermal plastics
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Oh man, I’ve got a lot on this list, but here’s some highlights.

  • A full kit for the war (7-8 full outfits. I’m about 2 1/2 outfits in)
  • Making mead, hopefully with my own honey
  • Bronze casting an astrolabe and swords
  • Medieval illumination of that one poem I like
  • Finishing my foam armor and rigging the LEDs in it so I can cosplay it and just be done

Also if anyone wants help with medieval/Renaissance clothing I can help! I’ve mostly done Ming Chinese, early Landskneckt, Viking, and then vague ‘medieval’ clothing, but I’ve got the research for a lot more on hand.

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  • A full, historically accurate 18th-century gown, from underwear out

  • A full, historically accurate 14th-century Sleeping Beauty gown

  • Making my own skein of yarn from start to finish

  • Get into wood-working

  • Make my own ironing table

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I actually don’t think it was me who mentioned it first, but I certainly do have a crafty bucket list!

  • Spinning yarn (my aunt used to keep rabbits for the sole purpose of spinning yarn and it was cool and I did it once when I was like 7)
  • Proficient bookbinding
  • Making armor/a sword
  • Stained glass!
  • Basic woodworking, nothing fancy, I can’t carve artsy stuff for my life honestly
  • Quilting (my godmother makes a living quilting and honestly that’s the life, it looks so fun and they’re so comfy)
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Ooh I love this!! I don’t have specific projects in mind so much as I have skills I want to learn, like basic sewing (would love to be able to make my own skirts/dresses), ALL the needlework (cross-stitch, embroidery, crochet), and I’d love to one day make my own teas (preferably from herbs I grow myself in the massive garden I will one day have).

I think basically I just aspire to be a Regency-era witch, so whatever crafty skills help me achieve that goal! :joy:

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  • Making a “Nimueh” dress (or at least a dress I’ve had in my head that I imagine would be really cool) and cloak
  • Making cool viking/early medieval kit, both male and female, for my reenactment (cause I’ll need to do it eventually)
  • An archeress dress/outfit fit for LARP (that I’ll probably never wear but need in my life)
  • Learning how to properly make and fletch arrows
  • Any and all LOTR dresses I can get patterns for
  • Actually finishing writing a story (Fanfic or otherwise, one would be nice…)
  • Write a full DnD campaign (cause I’m a terrible DM that only ever planned like 3 sessions)

Yeah… I have a lot of stuff I’d like to do/need to do. Looks like a lot of us have some similar project too!!

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lets see here…

  • Legion from ME3 cosplay ( get those LEDs and what not to up my game)
  • Lots of cosplay
  • Stained glass
  • Chainmail armor

(theres more i just dont remember them lol

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ALL THE THREAD WITCHERY! I just read an article from Tor this morning called “In Defense of Needlework”. I think many folks here would approve.

I definitely see some overlaps from my own list! Let’s see…

  • Learn drop spindle to spin my own yarn
  • Learn/play with macrame knots (for art and story purposes)
  • Practice embroidery! I want all the stitching skills so I can embroider the next item on the list.
  • Make my Balimora coat! I have a great pattern, I just need to hunt down decent fabric.
  • Candle making, preferably with local beeswax. Specifically I want to make gromnice, or “thunder candles”.
  • Experiment with making mead and nalewki (traditional Polish cordials/tinctures)
  • Knit all the critters designed by Claire Garland. They are seriously impressive and would make such perfect presents! (She posts free patterns on most Fridays! I’m going to be trying her Beginner Bunny once I finish the Nessie for my friend’s son).
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I did that! It was an incredible amount of work, but it was so much fun because the world continued to evolve while the players moved around. For example, there was a big issue with the Dwarven monarchy that they stumbled into for a little while but left - and in-game months later, they heard about a bloody coup, and now the whole political structure of that region has changed. Anyway, I’m happy to help with that goal if you ever want to tackle it!

My creative bucket list is:

  • Learn to embroider (I have an idea for a wedding gift for my brother and his fiancee)
  • Edit and complete the novel I wrote for 2018 NaNo
  • Finish and publish (epublish?) my short story collection
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For folks interested in embroidery, this website is a great resource! She has a little write up on each stitch with a video tutorial.

I’m thinking I might start up a stitch sampler to get in some practice. The elemental symbols and terrariums all seem like good patterns for it, too!

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Whoa, a lot of you make clothes!

I’d like to finally do a sequential art entirely on my own. I’m usually writing, designing, even doing layouts, but I rarely provide the art itself. It would just be nice to have one with only my name on it - just so that I can see that I can do it. It doesn’t have to be long, but it is intimidating.

Become decent at crochet. I have a dog that doesn’t destroy everything, so I even have a use for the skill! I get it, but boy, I’m awful so far.

Learn to digitally paint and compose landscapes and backgrounds. It’s something I already am asked to draft, but I could be much more polished/faster.

Learn to code. That doesn’t sound that creative, but I want to know primarily so I can write things that help me make things…! And some people paint with CSS! https://blog.logrocket.com/painting-with-css-644cd4e67fad/

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Since part of my bucket list was to publish a short story collection, I decided to epublish an older one on Amazon! It was an interesting process, and it took a couple days to get the collection taken off someone else’s author page with the same name :sweat_smile:

I think I needed that baby step as a gentle push towards completing the bigger collection.

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As someone who can code, I’m 100% convinced that the people painting using CSS have sold their souls to some insanely powerful infernal creature.
CSS never does what you want it to do! And it is not predictable in how it misbehaves. It looks all nice and logical, but it LIES!
Sincerely a coder who has spent far more hours than I care to remember debugging css and other languages.

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