Summer Bucket List: Enjoy the Outdoors to the Fullest

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Free (or Almost Free) Summer Bucket List Ideas

What’s a summer bucket list? It’s a list of things you want to do or places you want to visit before summer’s end. There’s no right or wrong way to make a summer bucket list, just go with what you’re interested in, and let your creativity flow.

Here are some fun ideas of things to do for free or almost free this summer:

  • Camp: Pack up the family and sleep out under the stars. You probably own most of the gear already, and if you don’t, you can rent it or buy it at a discount. Bring some smores supplies and you’re good to go!
  • Catch Lightning Bugs: Summer is the perfect time for this activity. Head down to the closest creek or pond with a jar and some warm blankets. Sit out and enjoy the eerily beautiful light show. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a few.

Have a Picnic

What better way to celebrate the last days of summer than by having a picnic in the park? A picnic is a great way to use up the last of the garden produce and also a time to spend with family and friends.

To have an even more enjoyable picnic is to plan your picnic carefully. You will need to decide where you would like to go, which park you will picnic in and when, what food and drinks to bring and the best way for you to arrive.

If you choose to bring food to your picnic, the first thing you need to decide is if you want a sit down meal, or food to nibble on whilst you walk around. Then you need to choose what food to bring. The most obvious food to bring is tasty sandwiches or salads, but you could always think out of the box and bring some home made sweets, cakes or even some yummy cupcakes.

The above list of things to put in your picnic basket is not exhaustive; you can add or take away anything that your family or friends like. You could even bring some deck chairs along with you.

Go Geocaching

What is Geocaching? You may think it's an alien that has some sort of laser ray gun. But when you break it down, it's an outdoorsy version of Hide-and-Seek. Using GPS coordinates, the spot of your geocache is identified. You'll need to go outdoors, find that spot, and check it out. Some are tiny, some are tucked into trees, and others are contained in air-tight containers. They can be a great trek, so make sure to pack plenty of water.

Catch a Falling Star

If you gaze at the star-filled sky and wish upon a star and that star falls, you can keep it as a souvenir. This phenomenon of falling stars, known as meteorites, happens when a meteor breaks apart and the glow of the burning bits of fireballs, are part of the natural phenomena known as the Quadrantid Meteor Shower. It happens every January and will be happening again in 2016.

Capture a Falling Star

Go out with your bucket and look up in the sky to see if you can spot a shooting star. You can try to snap a picture of a star from the sky as it falls. Or, you can try to catch it, as it drops. Check if it’s cold out there in your backyard. If it’s really cold, choose the location near the fireplace or the fire pit. If it’s freezing, obviously, you aren’t going to catch a falling star, so consider lying on your stomach and letting your hands hang over the side of the seat.

Once you are ready to pose, have the camera ready and get the shot before your star falls to the ground.

Jump in the Lake

Shortly after my oldest sister was born, our family was invited to Camp Laiya in Laguna, Philippines. For years, our summers revolved around endless hours riding our bikes around the campgrounds, hiking to the beach, and swimming in the lake. There were fireflies and sand toys and a Caretaker who made sure we didn’t wander too far.

We were reminded of this fond memory while visiting with my older sister, and her family, at Laiya recently. We’d gone to get some "fresh" oysters, one of the many reasons she loved the camp and the lake when she was a kid. This time, though, we all got to go swimming in the lake under the bright and beautiful summer sun. Our kids, who thrived on the excitement of doing new things, instantly asked if they could practice diving off the dock. My middle child did the most swimming, and then it was time to prepare some more oysters.

Go on a Night Hike

The night time is mysterious and magical, and there’s no better atmosphere to put yourself in than in the great outdoors.

If you and your family aren’t familiar with a trail, go on a night hike and see it the way that it is meant to be seen.

As the sun goes down, you’ll find that your eyes retain a bit of the daylight sensitivity that they had when you were younger, and that difference is noticeable.

Here’s a tip to help you keep from tripping: think of a glow stick, usually purple or blue, and keep it on the ground in front of you to gauge where your feet are at any given time. Watch your toes, and you’ll be fine.

Build a Campfire

The iconic image of a summer evening comes from the fire. Close your eyes and conjure up a mental image of a summer night. If you're lucky, the image will include a fire. Your fire might be bigger. Maybe you're standing next to a bonfire. Or maybe it's smaller, like a campfire. A fire can give off all kinds of light. It can burn brightly and warm you near it, or it can be a small fire burning in the fireplace in your living room, keeping your home toasty and warm. A fire can be welcoming and comfortable, sometimes a tiny, unseen glow, but never lacking in emotional value. Fires are beautiful in their own way. Fireworks light up the skies. The campfire brings adults and children together around the glow of a low flame. Even a candle, as humble as it seems, fills our homes with memories of warmth and comfort. Fire, in all its forms, has a way about it. It makes us feel. It makes us want the comfort and joy of something that we can't always control. Fire creates heat and light, and it also creates memories and emotions. Fire is a precious thing, a thing to be cherished.

Take a Bike Trip

One of the most popular summer activities is biking. It is very popular with the young crowd because it gives you a view of the world like no other mode of transportation.

As a child, you have most likely been on a bike. You probably either had or still have one. Biking is also an activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

Biking is great fun during the summer months because the weather is sunny and the scenery features lush greenery, flowers, and beautiful landscapes.

Most people are likely to associate biking with the joys of traveling in a group. The bond between members of the group is strengthened with every mile covered. The best part of biking in a group is off course the bonding time you get to share with your loved ones. To many people, this is the best part of the activity.

For younger kids, adults, and even elders, biking is a great way to exercise, in a fun way, of course. We all have hectic lifestyles and it can be difficult to get some exercise on a consistent basis, especially when the blistering summer heat is not exactly inviting. Biking gives you the opportunity to exercise and still enjoy the nice summer weather.

Throw an Outdoor Movie Night Party

Even if you're not a fan of the outdoors, you'll be hard pressed to find a more relaxing and enjoyable way to enjoy the summer than an outdoor movie night party.

All you need is an outdoor space large enough to set up your projector and that will have enough space for people to comfortably sit or lay down while they watch. You can set up chairs and sofas, but you can also simply find a grassy area to spread out a thick blanket or lain out your patio cushions. Lighting is also a very important part of your movie night. You should use both ambient lighting, like hanging lights or string lights, as well as some more directed area lighting. With ambient lighting, you can create a cozy atmosphere, where people can sit and chat without being completely in the dark. Meanwhile, with directed lighting, you can be sure that the people in the front aren't the only ones getting a clear view of the screen.

The next step is setting up your projector. Projectors are great for this because they don't have to compete with any light pollution, so they can produce a clear and bright, crisp and vivid picture even if you aren't in a perfectly dark room.

Play Flashlight Tag

Ditch the flashlights for this nighttime game. Kids love it, and it's a great way to take advantage of the warm weather in the evenings without the benefit of using a backyard. Hopefully, you know some kids that have a corner lot.

What you do is split the kids up into two groups. Then the groups move the playing ring outward via bike or foot until it's too far to go.

Once the game ends, you can sit around a fire and just hang out. It's a great chance to socialize with other parents.

Plus, you get to have a good time with your kids.

Take a Hike

One of the best summer activities to do with your kids is to take a hike. It is wonderful exercise and a great way to spend together time. Hikes can range from just taking the children to the local park and taking a walk to the all-day hike into the mountains.

Hikes are also a great way to get fresh air and to enjoy being outdoors. To make hiking even more fun for kids, take them on walks that have a purpose. Instead of just walking, walk to collect things on the way. A few examples are flowers, leaves, rocks, etc. This will help to keep the kids interested in the walk and help make the walk more fun and educational. It will also help them to learn about the world around them and to see the beauty in it.

Another great way to make walking more fun and to make it educational for kids is to create a scavenger hunt. It can help to be creative and to create objects that are things that do not exist in the world. This way the kids will still be in search of them. A few examples are a leprechaun, a unicorn, etc. This will ensure that they are having fun and getting exercise but will also keep the excursion fun and educational.

Read a Book on Your Deck

Maintain a simple but fun summer bucket list for between family activities and entertainment, you can spend quality time on your deck or patio. Choose a book, and read it in the sun. Lay out a tarp to keep the sand from tracking in, and take a book and a cup of iced tea or lemonade to sit out and relax.

Enjoy your yard or patio and the outdoors. This would be a nice activity to do on a quiet Sunday afternoon, and there are dozens of interesting books out there if you are ready to choose one.

Watch a Sunset or Sunrise

Most people miss out on this experience because they are too busy rushing to work, or scurrying to get the kids out the door. If your days are packed with errands, and chores, take a moment to just watch the sun rise or set. Most of us don't want to get up early to see it rise, but it takes very little time and energy to see this. You just have to take momentary pause from the endless to-do list and look at the stars and the sky. The sunset is the same.

Sit on the front porch or go out on the dock or the beach. If you are in the mountains, or a rural area, you can see stars you have never seen before. Either way, just take time to breathe and notice the beauty in the sunset or sunrise.

World around You

If you have a child, you cannot afford to miss this. If you are a dog lover, you have to pause from the rush to watch your dog enjoy the world around him. As your child grows, you will notice some of your child’s personality coming through in observing the world around him or her.

Make Homemade Ice Cream

If the weather in your town is hot enough to turn up the thermostat, and you're looking for an old-timey cool treat, screw the store-bought ice cream.

Forget the machine. Making homemade ice cream doesn't require electricity, just a hand-cranked machine to churn fresh dairy cream, fruit, and flavorings into a tasty frozen dessert.

Make your ice cream or smoothie with a hand-cranked ice cream maker. This one from New Star is sturdy and easy to use.

To make ice cream, scoop the ice cream mixture into the bucket and place it in the machine's round container. Place the handle in the slot on top, slide it down to the crank, and pull the handle around to churn the ice cream. Some models feature automatic paddle churning. Just add the ingredients, flip the switch, and let the mixing and churning go to work.

This ice cream maker comes with recipes for ice cream, sherbet, milk shakes, and malts.

Summer Bucket List Ideas that Don’t Cost Much

You’ve already made plans to spend summer days at the beach with your friends or with your family.

But if you are looking for something a little bit different, some fun ideas that don’t cost much, or if you simply want to add something new to the schedule, the best thing to do is to do some research on the best things that your town has to offer.

You will discover that there are a lot of free things to do in the summer!

Go for a Visit to a Nearby City

Here we will tell you about a few ideas that are really fun and don’t cost much.

Have a Shrimp Boil

A classic summer event, a shrimp boil is a throwback to the past when seafood was a seasonal treat because it was so expensive. Now, it's not so much that the seafood is a delicacy, but more that it's an excuse to have a summer party. Having a shrimp boil is customary for summer, chicken or a brisket is also well received.

The traditional shrimp boil requires a pot big enough for all the seafood and vegetables to be cooked. Throw in some crab boil or sausage, depending on preference. Before you know it, you'll be relaxing barefoot and sipping on a cold one with some great food and a handful of new friends.

True to tradition, a shrimp boil demands French bread, a few cold beers, some corn on the cob, a big pot of boiling water, a few lemons, and plenty of shrimp!

Pick a Direction and Drive

You see lots of the country when you drive cross-country. You may decide to start in Maryland and end in California. Or start in Minnesota and visit as many states as possible on your way to Florida. Whether you decide to plan it out in advance or just wing it, a drive like this is a great chance to stop in new cities, test out different restaurants, see some sights, and try out new activities.

Avoid tight deadlines and leave plenty of room for detours and spontaneous stops. Each road trip needs a theme, but as long as you stay flexible it'll be great!

Run a 5k

Completing a 5k race is not only a great way to stay fit and healthy but it is also a superb personal achievement. You will be proud of yourself for completing this distance with such discipline. The challenge of completing a 5k run will serve as a catalyst for you to improve your overall performance and it will motivate you to be persistent.

Sign-up for a 5k race in your area and when the big day arrives, you will be excited and anxious to start the race and know that you will be motivated by everyone else who will join the race alongside you. While you are running the race, you will be motivated to reach your goal. You will also have to improve your pace to be able to complete the race as quickly as possible.

Attend a Festival

Summer festivals are a great way to enjoy the warmer months with live music, food, and fun. You can spend a great day visiting many of the great festivals that take place around the country for fun, food, and music. Some of the most popular are the Burning Man Festival in Black Rock City, NV, the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, NV, and the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA. You can also find more festivals at the Eventbrite Summer Bucket List to help you choose a few.

Bonaroo (Manchester, TN – June 7th to 10th).

Burning Man (Black Rock City, NV – June 26th to September 4th).

Coachella (Indio, CA – April 15th to 22nd).

Electric Forest (Rothbury, MI – June 23rd to 26th).

Forecastle (Louisville, KY – July 13th to 15th).

High Sierra Music Festival (Quincy, CA – July 3rd to 6th).

Levitation Festival (Austin, TX – March 24th to 27th).

Lollapalooza (Chicago, IL – July 28th to 30th).

Okeechobee Music Festival (Okeechobee, FL – March 1st to 3rd).

Go to a Farmer’s Market

Summertime needs to be taken advantage of, with backyard barbecues and pool party. How better to do so than going to a farmer’s market? Not only will you be supporting small business, you’ll be helping the environment. A lot of the food you can buy will be in season and picked straight from the fields that they were grown in.

Go on a Staycation

Another option is to plan mini-vacations locally and visit nearby resorts. If you’re lucky, you get to escape even if it’s only a few hours away, and you can easily enjoy being away for awhile and have some time to yourself. Sitting down at a luxurious spa will, of course, cost you some money, but it’s worth the splurge.

Or, you can make it even better by inviting your significant other and spend a few days there. After a tiring week at work, it’s very relaxing to bask in the sunshine and have some time to do your favorite things without the added stress of busy schedules and demanding children. Just imagine yourself relaxing in the beach, smelling the fresh ocean breeze and spending time with your family and friends.

Another option is to plan mini-vacations locally and visit nearby resorts. If you’re lucky, you get to escape even if it’s only a few hours away, and you can easily enjoy being away for awhile and have some time to yourself. Sitting down at a luxurious spa will, of course, cost you some money, but it’s worth the splurge.

Put up a Hammock and Take a Nap

Have you ever wanted to take a midday nap on a hammock under a shady tree, but the time just didn’t seem right? Then you know how the summertime can seem full of missed opportunities, if the work of the day is too pressing. Well, the summery weather and picturesque scenery tell you that it’s time to put up that hammock and kick back.

You can make a hammock out of almost anything, but if you want to make your life easier, a hammock tent may be the way to go. Hammock tents offer you a setting that’s completely outdoorsy, without worrying about the hard ground underneath you. A hammock tent pops up super easily, and all you need is a couple of trees, or even a couple of poles from your hammock tent.

There’s something so incredibly relaxing about a summer nap, in a hammock, under the shade of a tree. If places like the beach are far from you, you can bring that beachy feeling indoors, to your backyard. Even a hammock with a design that resembles a sexy Palm Springs vacation spot is better than no hammock at all.

Try Your Hand at Paddleboarding

Paddleboarding has been described as a "little bit like surfing on water".

Paddleboarding is easy to learn and fun to do. If you visit a beach, chances are you'll see paddleboarders catching some waves. If you enjoy the outdoors and the water, consider investing in a paddleboard. It'll keep you entertained and healthy during the summer months.

First time buyers should consider the features of the paddleboard. Newbies should look for a brand and make that is best suited for beginners.

If you are a seasoned paddleboarder, you probably know that the best brands are Inakaya, Coste, and Aqua Marina. As for the type of paddleboard, there are SUP Pure, SUP Roller, and BIC SUP.

Other materials that you need to keep in mind when choosing a paddleboard include:

Play Bocce Ball

You may have never thought of bocce as a summer activity, but it’s a lot of fun. Bocce ball, which is technically also known as boccia, is a bowling-like game played on grass using smaller balls in two teams.

Furthermore, bocce ball is played on courts, the boundaries of which are 25 feet in length. This means you don’t need a ton of space to get in the game. As part of the game, players toss their balls toward the closest ball of the opposing team. The ball that’s closest to either the jack or its target ball wins.

Make Pizzas on the Grill

Pizza was on the forefront of grilled foods and for a good reason – it tastes amazing. If you've never had pizza grilling in your life, it is something you absolutely must try. The sauces you love, the cheese you adore and everything you adore about pizza is present. Each bite is incredible and you will wonder why you haven't tried grilling pizza before. And better yet, it's so easy to make a pizza on the grill that you'll never go back to making one in the kitchen.

To make pizza on the grill, you'll start with a grill that has a lid, as well as thick, non-stick grilling mats. The thickness of the mats vary, although generally 1/8" are great. Some people use towels, but you'll find the grilling mats are worth the extra cost. Once you have access to a grill with a lid, simply top a sturdy cookie sheet with any type of dough (just make sure the dough is par-baked) and a variety of your favorite pizza toppings. Put the dough (with toppings) on the grilling mat and place on the grill. Be careful not to burn your pizza or overheat it, so avoid making it right over the coals and putting it right over the flame.

Go to a Garage Sale or Two

Throughout the year, there is garage sale advertised in the local newspaper in my town. Sometimes it's easier to spot one when you're driving around the town at times.

If you are lucky to live in a town that has a flea market or even better a city that has more than one, do not pass up the opportunity to shop those as well. The key is to be aware of what you want in price range and try to be prepared with a general budget. Make a list before you go and have it in hand when you go to look at any products.

It's also good to be able to identify what the seller's game plan is. For example, going to a garage sale where the people are inviting you inside of their house when you only wanted to browse the merchandise outside is a red flag that you could be spending more than you wanted to if you are not careful. It doesn't mean you shouldn't or don't go just be ready to pay less than you would in a retail store for the item.

My favorite thing about garage sale shopping is that you can find great items at a discount price. If you are focused on the value and not the brand, you may come home with a treasure.

Have a Block Party

After the kids get out of school, many families grab a few friends and family and have a block party in the street. Most people can talk their neighbors into it if they don’t host one every year. The neighbors all open their houses up, drink, eat, and the kids play in the street. It makes a great deal of fun, and you get to see the faces of everyone you know in your town. The only thing that usually kills the deal is that the parents think that they need to supply their own booze. No one wants to party with a bunch of drunks. So always offer to supply the booze to keep the party going.

Go to a Pick-Your-Own Farm

Imagine this: fresh fruit, straight from the vine, available for the picking. Available for as little or as much you want, and typically, they're just as good or better than what you can get at the grocery store. And you also get to enjoy the experience of a visit to a pick-your-own farm, with tours and activities for the whole family.

It doesn't get any fresher than this, but there are some things to keep in mind when choosing a pick-your-own farm.

Know what you like. Do you have a favorite fruit or vegetable? Maybe there's a particular kind that you don't like, and you don't think you can stand to pick it. If so, find out if this is a farm that has a seasonal rotation, making it easy to avoid vegetables you don't enjoy. Also, know when the produce you're thinking of picking is at the height of its season, so you're virtually guaranteed the best quality produce possible.

Take time to look around and shop. Do you want to see the animals on the farm? Do you have a preference for a certain farm animal? Chickens are sometimes available for visitors to enjoy, and some farms have space or facilities for a petting zoo. Look for unique things and experiences on a farm, such as edible flowers, special types of apples or grapes, or educational programs.

Splurge on Summer Bucket List Ideas

Are you looking for theme ideas for your summer bucket list? This article has some amazing summer bucket lists you can use to make the most out of summers.

Summer is the best season. People look forward to summers with great excitement. Summers are known for the warm and sunny weather that blesses the earth. It is also the season that beautify humans with new tans and deepens their brown skin.

They are also the season when people feel cheerful and free. No one makes rules, and everyone takes the opportunity to go on shopping sprees. Some people even break down all the norms and regulations. One of the reasons that people enjoy the summer is because of their desire to splurge. Summers are the time when people enjoy splurging. While in the other seasons, the continuous struggle to perform, take care of the family and the house duties can keep people quite, in the summers, people do not face the same pressure. They can spend as much time as they want to relax and enjoy their time. Summers are actually quite relaxing. What do people spend their time in the summer doing?

Here are some of the things that people do in the summers:

  • Staying at home
  • Playing
  • Eating
  • Drinking
  • Beach Play
  • Swimming
  • Jet Ski Rides
  • Golf Course

Go Glamping

Camping is one of those things that only comes around periodically. Usually, it has to be planned ahead of time. Sometimes we're lucky enough to be given a camping adventure as a gift. But for the most part, we have to anticipate our time in the great outdoors with tents, smores, fishing poles, and folding chairs.

What if you could create a glamping experience and enjoy the great outdoors on your own land, or somewhere that you have permission to camp?

What is Glamping?

According to my go to place, Wikipedia, glamping is a blend of glamour + camping, and is "a style of camping with amenities and comforts not usually used when backpacking, mountain climbing, or roughing it." Sound familiar? That’s because glamping is the same thing as luxury camping.

Beautiful, yes? The luxury camping experience can be had with minimal planning. Often you can use what you already have around the house, or purchase less expensive goods at local retailers. You can enjoy this luxury camping experience without breaking the bank.

Go Boating

Have you ever wondered how you can know water and still not be wet? Well, here’s a good chance to start and learn. You can drive boating across the lakes and explore the water. The water conducts a soothing quality. Try to hire a professional at first. A boating lesson will help you understand the wheelhouse of the boat, maneuvering the boat, right and left turns, and docking.

Go Hiking

Being in contact with nature is always refreshing. You can easily go hiking with your friends and family and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Take food, water, and nature journals are some of the necessary things you should carry while going on a trip.

Go Bird Watching

Bird watching is one of the enjoyable activities that you can do with your kids. Just go to your local bird sanctuary or some place near your home where birds are present. Your kids can observe the birds and take pictures. They can also identify the bird for future reference.

Go Camping

Go camping with your family. Camping is the perfect way to spend time with your friends and family. It gives you the chance to bond with each other and appreciate nature. Furthermore, you can have comfort foods like pasta and pizza as you sleep under the sky.

Plant a Garden

Growing your own food makes you appreciate it even more. Not only does it add beauty to your outdoor space, but it also saves you money, gives you peace of mind that the food is safe, and supplies you with healthy choices. We have a small garden and grow beets, carrots, cucumbers, some flowers, broccoli, and lettuce.

We are planning to expand, and love to include herbs and strawberries this year. Next year will likely include cabbage, lemon and lime trees, and possibly tomatoes and peppers. We have our plants in pots placed on our 12 × 12 foot deck and we have already enjoyed the delights of homegrown.

Rent an RV

No need to go on vacation, just enjoy your local outdoor lifestyle to the fullest! Take a drive in an RV or trailer and sleep under the stars.

One best part is you can sleep all night and take the trip all day.

Make sure to give yourself enough time to enjoy the outdoors. Do not get so focused on getting to your destination that you miss all the sights.

Tackle a Landscaping Project

For outdoor living to be at its best, you need to make sure that your land is properly prepared with the proper surface materials matched to the space that you have. Be it a small patio or a full acre of space, for your outdoor living to be its most enjoyable it needs to have the right surface.

Another great reason for setting up your outdoor living space is to make your home your own. Talk to your family and get all of your ideas on paper and then start to establish how to take the concept from paper to reality.

You can have a patio and an outdoor living area that is perfect for your home and your family. You can have the outdoor living area you have always wanted, but not had the time to do it. You can have it all, just stick to the plan, do it right, and enjoy. You may want to mentor yourself by reading up on the process to creating the desired space.

Less is definitely more when it comes to a manageable list you can use for the summer this year. Just remember to pick and choose what really interests you and what will have the most benefit for you and your family. If it doesn’t fit with your plans for the summer or it is something you won’t use, it’s probably not for you.

Having a to-do list has to be one of the best ways to live as an adult.

Open a Bottle of Champagne

Celebrate summer with an outdoor bottle of champagne and a view of the sunset. Take your guests to a location with a panoramic view and pop a bottle of champagne before the sun sets.

It’s a great way to spend your summer evenings and it’s a night full of celebration.

Final Thoughts

Throughout the project, I learned many things. First, I learned the importance of making sure you have everything you need to start on hand before you begin the project. We had to stop and make more client molds on several occasions because we didn’t have things like eyes, tuxedos, bodies, etc. I also learned the value of making a large first draft to work from. We had to do some major revisions to our sculpts on more than one occasion.

I also learned about the importance of choosing your model and sculpts wisely. I never imagined that a couple of little girls would be such hard workers and the project would have so many changes. It made me realize that you never know about your client's situation, so it's always best to be prepared for whatever comes your way. We were lucky that we had plenty of spare body molds to work with and extra eyes, tuxedos, etc.

I think the toughest decision I made was when I had to choose between making one of the characters a dog or a cat. In the end, I made the one little girl a dog and the other a cat. I've always known I wanted to make a whole batch of plush toys to be sold in my Etsy shop, but I never imagined that it would come true. I would love the opportunity to exhibit my work in a museum someday.