Monthly Archives: December 2012

52 DIY Projects for 2013

I couldn’t sleep last night thinking about the 52 Weeks Project theme! I have finally decided on the theme!

DIY Projects

It is a versatile theme that could include home improvements, arts and crafts, thrift finds (thrift stores, yard sales, Craigslist, etc.), cleaning and organizing, and it would be a new project each week. And for days that I feel like doing a OOTD with thrifting, it would fall under the DIY theme as well!

So this weekend, I am making a list of every home project potential, finding resources for guidance on tools and proper use of them, putting together an inspiration binder/folder, syndicating my favorites blogs on Google Reader, and trying to select my Week 1 Project.

52 Weeks Project

I’ve been thinking about the 365 Days Project every day but I cannot commit to any of my ideas in my previous post (365 Days Project)! So instead I will do a 52 Weeks Project! I like the idea of being able to have a week to plan my project and do something I would enjoy, instead of doing it out of obligation.

The hard part is finding 52 projects with one theme that represents me and that I am passionate about. Since one week is plenty of time to plan in advance, I have considered projects that relate to:

1. Improving the house

Photo credit to Home Based Helped

Photo credit to Home Based Helped

 

2. Volunteering events

Photo credit to LA Stormwater

Photo credit to LA Stormwater

 

3. Doing something new

Who knew this is in San Pedro, CA? Korean BellPhoto credit to Wunderground

Who knew this is in San Pedro, CA? Korean Bell
Photo credit to Wunderground

 

4. Trying a DIY project

Photo credit to Love Toast

Photo credit to Love Toast

 

5. OOTD from with at least one item from a thrift store

Photo credit to The Salvation Army

Photo credit to The Salvation Army

 

I would love to do any of those projects! I find them motivating and inspiring without over committing. Each project can be tailored for something big or small, depending on the week and time of the year.

I’m excited just thinking about the possibilities!

365 Days Project

As 2012 is coming to an end, I am inspired to start a 365 Days Project for 2013. As I was brainstorming for my theme, I came across the “Make Something 365 & Get Unstuck” blog and was amazed at the number of people that have stuck to a project for 365 days! Totally motivating and inspiring…

Some ideas I’m toying with are:

  • Pet-related: My baby’s name is Scooter and he is very well-behaved (for the most part lol) so I was thinking of photographing his ability of self-control with various items.

    My corgimix baby, Scooter, at the beach in San Francisco.

    My corgimix baby, Scooter, at the beach in San Francisco.

  • Portraits: Everyday we come across so many strangers in our lives and forget their appearance within minutes. I was thinking of taking a bystander’s photo (with their permission) in an attempt to get out of my comfort zone and talk to strangers.

    Portraits of strangers from the web.

    Portraits of strangers from the web.

  • Selfless: Since we are a tech-savvy generation immersed with technology, we have forgotten the sentimental meaning of written letters… I was thinking if I received a random written letter from a stranger with kind words, it would totally make my day… The only implication would be 365 stamps and 365 envelopes and 365 papers, so it comes at a financial cost of roughly $200. Not to mention that I might run out of things to say and I would be pretty limited to what I could say to a stranger…

    Do you remember when we use to receive written letters?

    Do you remember when we use to receive written letters?

  • Selfless: Most of us are very fortunate with the comforts we enjoy like a home, family, car, warm meals, etc… So I was thinking that it would make somebody’s day (even if for one day) to receive any item they need like a blanket, socks, toothbrush, toothpaste, warm meal, etc… But this would be the most costly of my ideas so I’m not sure I can afford it.

    Just asking someone "How are you?" can be an act of kindness. Read a touching story about giving back at http://theethiopiantimes.com/2012/03/13/a-story-of-kindness/.

    Just asking someone “How are you?” can be an act of kindness. Read a touching story about giving back at http://theethiopiantimes.com/2012/03/13/a-story-of-kindness/.

  • Selfless: My most favorite idea so far is to just do something/anything nice for anybody in our lives or neighbors or strangers. It could be as simple as picking up an empty bottle that someone lazily tossed on the street to giving a day of service to a charity organization to giving donations to listening to someone’s problems when they need to vent.

    It doesn't have to be a grand act, just anything that comes from the heart and anything that has a positive impact will do.

    It doesn’t have to be a grand act, just anything that comes from the heart and anything that has a positive impact will do.

I’m excited 🙂

To be continued…