Yes, it's that time of year when Sweet Peg and I wonder if we're completely bonkers or just really keen to encourage you all to get stitching, crocheting, knitting and generally being creative. It's sign up day for OPAM. :0)
Some of you are Repeat Offenders and know how it all works ... in fact, I've been blown away by the fact that I've already been receiving emails to sign up ... before sign up opens! Tee! Hee! Hee! Talk about keen! :0) And how lovely it is to know that you're so eager to join in the OPAM fun again. :0) If you're a Newbie ... ie. you've never been part of OPAM before and you're wondering what the heck I'm rambling on about, have a read below and see if you'd like to join us.
With life being rather hectic for me and my GORGEOUS Partner-In-Crime Sweet Peg, we decided to give you (and ourselves!!) all of February to get sign ups sorted, so be sure to contact one of us before February 28 if you'd like to play along. And don't forget to check BOTH our blogs regularly for updates and winners of each month's draw, as we alternate turns to announce the prize winner ... and you might miss out! :0)
Let the fun begin! Happy Creating and make sure you double-check the info below so you know what's what and who's who in the zoo. :0) Til next time ...
The One Project A Month (OPAM) Challenge Guidelines 2017
The idea of the “One Project A Month Challenge is pretty simple ... To try to finish at least ONE craft project by the end of each month. This can be something you’ve had partly done for a while (a Work In Slow Progress WISP), a pattern you bought ages ago that you finally get around to making up, or a completely new project. This is meant to be a low-stress challenge - if you don’t finish a project every month - that’s fine! We understand sometimes life interferes with our plans. We also realise some projects are meant to be long-term and have a LOT of work involved, like a quilt or a cross-stitch. The main aim of the OPAM Challenge is to give us all a bit of a motivational boost and to give us all a big cheer squad to encourage and inspire us.
However, there is quite a bit of time and work involved in running OPAM, so Sweet Peg and I have some guidelines we ask people to take note of AND please only sign up if you intend to follow through. If for some reason during the year you decide you don’t wish to remain part of the OPAM Challenge, just drop Sweet Peg or me an email to let us know. Please read through all guidelines before you sign up.
1. Participants must have an ACTIVE BLOG. If you change your blog address, drop us an email telling us your old address and what you’ve changed it to.
2. Numbers won’t be limited for the sign up for OPAM 2017, BUT ... it WILL close on February 28 ... You must sign up before that or miss out on joining in the fun.
3. Participants can sign up via email to Kris or Peg, or via a comment on EITHER blog AS LONG AS it includes all asked for information.
4. Participants MUST provide all info asked for. * Name (first and initial of surname in case of double up names); * Email; * Blog address.
5. Participants MUST have the OPAM Challenge badge on their blog sidebar and link it to either Kris’s or Peg’s blog.
6. Participants MUST keep a list of each month’s finishes on their blog sidebar and update it BEFORE the last day of each month. (This is easiest if you add each project as you finish it.) If you can put this directly under the OPAM badge on your sidebar it will be easier for Peg and Kris to find it. You may also choose to have a separate OPAM 2017 page on your blog. That’s fine too as long as it’s clearly labelled.
7. Only ‘soft’ crafts are included in the OPAM Challenge, ie. Projects made from fabric, thread or wool. Some examples are: embroidery, patchwork, quilting, cross-stitch, knitting, crochet, practical sewing (curtains, clothes etc), long stitch, appliqué.
8. QUILTS: A quilt will only be counted as a finish if it is COMPLETELY finished ... Quilted and bound. Flimsies/tops won’t count as finishes.
9. BOM’s: Individual BOM blocks DO NOT count as a finish.
10. If you can email Peg or Kris your list of finishes each month BEFORE the end of the month, this would be appreciated, as it cuts down the amount of time it takes to check finishes for the month. (and save Peg and Kris from getting square eyes!)
11. Lastly, participants MUST ... Have fun! After all, the reason we craft and create is to relax, have fun and take some time away from the “Have to” tasks to do the “Like to do” ones! :0)