40by40: The list so far

Thank you so much for all the great ideas you have given me. I am not quite at the 40 mark with ideas but steady progress is being made. Here, as promised, is the list so far:

  1. Go blond.
  2. Create a Random Act of Kindness installation (inspired by A year without Supermarkets)
  3. Drive a rally car.
  4. Make a lampshade.
  5. Complete a Go-Ape course.
  6. Yarn bomb something in the village.
  7. Make a dessert from my Desserts by Pierre Hermes book.
  8. Drive a Segway around a forest.
  9. Cook a dinner from Larousse Gastronomique
  10. Make a mug (from clay, on a wheel, glaze it, fire it.)
  11. Draft a dress pattern, make and wear it.
  12. Run a mile in 8 minutes.
  13. Wear my hair plated in corn rows.
  14. Take the family to a festival.
  15. Ride my bike into Cambridge.
  16. Design a business logo.
  17. Weave a willow basket.
  18. Sing Karaoke.
  19. Reupholster dining room chairs.
  20. Raise £500 for charity.
  21. Watch a sunset on the west coast.
  22. Knit something with yarn I have spun myself.
  23. Make my own wine.
  24. Have a pattern published in a US magazine.
  25. Have an article published.
  26. Make a notebook (make paper, bind book.)
  27. Dye my hair a crazy colour (teal/purple? maybe just a stripe!)
  28. Make a meal entirely from foraged food.
More ideas please!
And all offers of help in achieving these goals is gratefully received – it would be wonderful to link up with other bloggers as part of this challenge.


  1. says

    Hmm, Jane and Sally, not done either of above and they are nice and adventurous but not sure. How does one go about doing these super rural activities? I need to be able to say “no animals were harmed in the making of this blog post!”

  2. says

    Ooh, I like #9 – especially as I have the book already. :)

    My personal goal (which had better be on a 55 x 55 list as I have already reached the big five-oh) is to ride a century – a hundred mile bike ride. (Actually hope to do that next year.) But riding to Cambridge would be equally exciting … though getting the bike across the pond might be difficult.

    How about slipcovering a sofa or chair? From scratch, I mean – make your own muslin and all. Or ride in a hot-air balloon. Or go parasailing. Or invent a crochet stitch. Or print some fabric from your own design – block printing or another method.

    • says

      Wow! I bike about 5 miles a day to get about the village but even the 25 mile round trip to Cambridge seems an adventure – I can’t imagine doing 100 miles! I guess I would have to learn to change a tyre if I did that (and no that is NOT going on the 40 by 40 list – I just don’t want to!)We have a spare room just for you Mrs Micawber if you make it across the pond (and a bike you can borrow)
      The slip cover thing is interesting, I need to recover an ikea chair and I was thinking of yarn bombing it with old swatches.
      I am not sure I am clever enough to invent a stitch!
      Great ideas, thank you – I will think on it!