Creativity Bucket List

Many people create a “Bucket List” of things they want to do before they “kick the bucket”.  I want to create a similar list but without the morbid finality of death by attaching the more creativity & endlessness of life to it.

2010 April 22–>I start this exploration of my creative being with simply general ideas

2012 June 1–>I start [yeah, finally] updating this list with links to projects I’ve documented with maybe a little discussion on ones still sitting in draft, & begin ‘Ad Fidem ToDo Lists’.

In no particular order, my:

Creativity Bucket List
  1. Visit Buckhaven, Scotland In the Shire of Fife, Buckhaven is a small fishing village where Nana, my maternal grandmother grew up with my great-grandparents, “Mother” and “Daddy Jim”.  While in Scotland I want to visit medieval ruins & the magical Stonehenge & King Arthur’s mythical Camelot & the wild coastline & castles & maybe Wales & maybe Ireland & . . .
  2. Create Stained Glass Art It’s been a few years since I’ve had the space to cut glass.  I’m very excited to be getting back to working with stained glass.  As I start collecting all my ideas together, this area will end up with more than enough projects to last me while I still have a working brain.
  3. Sing in a Choir I used to sing in both my school & church choirs when I was younger.  I’m always humming & singing whenever I hear a catchy tune & often bee-bopping & drumming the beat when driving — music is a necessity!
  4. Play an Instrument Always miffed because I wasn’t allowed to play drums in our grade 8 band “because I was a girl” I’d like to learn the African drums we saw in FA100 class — either that or take up bagpipes again — I don’t think I can do both.
  5. Get a Kayak Go kayaking as often as possible.  Explore Georgia Strait.  Explore the west coast of Vancouver Island.
  6. Write a Novel A couple of projects on the go here on my blog include “Letters To My Sons” & “Natasha”.
  7. Create Geneology Tree Mom has collected a lot of information about her Irish dad’s family [Hughes] &  has started to correspond with the few Blakeman relatives we have from my dad’s English, and maybe Welsh, family.  I’d like to explore the Scottish [Stewart, Fulton] side of our family further & maybe look into our possible Welsh connection.  Talk with Mom & get copies of records & images that she has.    Determine ancestry from birth/death records & start the trail backwards.  Record digitally & pass on to family.  Update regularly with names, dates & images as the family grows.
  8. Create Collages of My 3 Sons I have tons of old photos & memorabilia of my children — some I’d like to scan & record digitally but I’d also like to make old-fashioned, non-digital collages of each of my children showing them from babies to young men.  I like some of the Victorian collage pages shown recently at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  9. Garden Both my father & grandfather were professional landscapers & gardeners in Calgary — & I’ve passed that love onto my sons.  Compared to Alberta, practically everything grows so easy here!  When I had houses, I liked planting & pruning — I’d like to start here with some bulbs in a container & grow from there.
  10. Design & Renovate Home I’ve always enjoyed drafting, interior design, painting, tiling, . . . anything to do with updating older homes.  Like stained glass, this area will have a never-ending list of projects.
  11. Enjoy My Family With this digital age, I’d like to compensate for the lack of physical presence that fractures our modern family.  I connect with children, grand-children, siblings, nieces/nephews, & even grand-nieces/nephews through social media like facebook, emails, texting with my large, & ever increasing, world-wide family.  We share photos & news much quicker so we can feel involved although we may be miles away.
  12. Earn a Living Being Creative Long involved with the admin & technical side of business, I’d like to be able to earn a decent [I don’t need a million bucks!!] living from my creative outlets.  This site has started me on a wonderful path & I’d like to continue travelling it.
  13. Learn Underwater Ocean Diving Since we moved to the coast & my middle son took up deep-sea diving for a job at a fish farm, I’ve wanted to learn to dive.  The beauty in the ocean would be amazing to see — hopefully before any more is killed off.
  14. Drive a Motorcycle I’ve been in love with motorbikes since a young teenager & have been lucky enough to be a passenger with expert drivers.  But I’ve never learned to drive one — not even any of my sons’ dirt bikes!  I especially want to get one with a sidecar to take Lady [my wonderful, loves-to-hang-her-head-out-the-window, black Lab] as a passenger.

I’m sure there will be lots more to add to this as time goes on.  I think I have plenty to work on right here.

Simply A Dawne Thought

Published–>2010 APR 22

Updated–>2010 NOV 01

Images Used:

  1. photo by methilnomore, copyright Panoramio –>
  2. my first stained glass project [1992] in copper foil –> Government St. apt. 2003?
  3. clip art from –>
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  8. clip art from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. –> untitled page from the Princess Alexandra Album[1866/69] from The Royal Collection, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II [Alexandra, Princess of Wales b. Denmark 1844 d. 1925]
  9. my friend’s garden in Calgary
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  11. me with my two youngest sons, Blair & Corey, 2002 August
  12. one of my websites [also check out Dawne Thoughts]
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  1. I live in Cedar, just outside of nanaimo, where I was born and raised…and a lot of your bucket list is similar to mine!!! I just toured the Spectrum Glass factory and the Tacoma Glass museum this last october!!! Bucket list stuff…and concidering it was a one day event and I drove there…Amazing!

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