Saturday, 24 January 2015

Here 'Tis! OPAM 2015!!

I've built a bridge and got over my frumpy frazzled day. I really am basically a 'glass-is-half-full' kinda gal, so my "BLAH!" days are few and far between ... and I have wonderful friends who care enough about me to cheer me up ... thank you, FRIENDS! :0)

And now I'm doing my HIPPITTY, HOPPITY,  SKIPPITTYSHUFFLE, SHUFFLE, BOOTY-SHAKE HAPPY DANCE cos today is "O" Day ... yep ... sign up for ...

OPAM 2015

... is now OPEN! My GORGEOUS Partner-In-Crime Sweet Peg and I are very happy to once again co-host this fun, low-stress challenge and we hope you'll all join us to play along. Whether you're a "Repeat Offender" or a "Newbie", we think you'll find it helpful to encourage you to be creative and FINISH projects this year. At least that's what I'm hoping for ME! Tee! Hee! Hee!

So ... if you love to be creative, but sometimes your mojo takes a holiday in the Bahamas without you, or you're a "Serial-Starter" but struggle to FINISH things ... we hope you find OPAM useful ... and fun! :0) I shan't waffle on too much (stop giggling, Chookyblue!!) ... if you think you want to join us, please read through the guidelines below and email Sweet Peg or me with your deets, then ... 

LET THE FUN BEGIN!! :0)

Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS




The One Project A Month (OPAM) Challenge Guidelines 2015

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 2015, BUT ... it WILL close on February 1 ... 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 2015 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: Blocks that are part of a BOM (Block Of the Month) program will only be counted as a finish when they are joined, quilted and bound. 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)

17 comments:

Judy S. said...

Count me in again, and more thanks for hosting this along with Peg!

Lyn said...

Hi Kris..I'd like to join in again this year too, will email details.

Chookyblue...... said...

waffle waffle waffle............LOL........darn I didn't have my cuppa..........

have fun once again girls....i'll watch from the sidelines......

Mistea said...

Ooh, I'd love to join in the fun here!
Thank you for hosting again.

Polly said...

Yogi and I are in!! Woohoo!!

Fiona said...

yes please Kris... repeat offender here... I have let Peg know
Hugz

Anne-Lise at Rag, Tag, Bobtail said...

Please count me in again - and thanks to you and Peg for hosting again :-)

Narelle said...

YaY ... Email on its way :o)

Janice said...

Hi Kris

Yes, please count me in again this year. It wouldn't be the same without OPAM. Email on its way. Thanks for keeping us motivated.

KimM said...

Sent my info to Peg. woo-hoo! Thank you, both, for hosting.
xxx
hugs

Christine said...

I'd like to join up again and will work harder this year! My SIL wants to be part of it too so I'll poke her again to remind her.

Astrid said...

Kris, just left a comment on Peg's blog that I'd love to be part of OPAM 2015.
A HUGE THANK YOU to you both for hosting OPAM this year too!

Maria said...

Will enjoy playing along again this year thanks Kris. Have commented on Peg's post..

Marg said...

Here goes again. I joined in 2013 and found it very inspirational and for the first half of the year I completed a number of items. Then life (insert kids) got in the way and I lost my focus. Hoping to do a lot better this year. I know I cope better with life's challenges if I can see some small achievements happening. I'll email you the details. I'm hoping the issues with my blog have turned out ok and I'm not being a non-reply blogger as I was earlie this year.

Marsha Cooper said...

I have sent you an email and put the image and my list to fill out on my blog :)
I now have motivation to actually finish things!

Roslyn Core said...

Hi! I'd love to join in :) Name: Ros C., Email: fangirlstitches@gmail.com; Blog: www.fangirlstitches.blogspot.com.au

Alison Martindale said...

Oooh *squeal* I just came across this! Can you count me in too?

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