Monday, August 31, 2009

September Make n' Tell Challenge from 'A Frayed Knot'!

Autumn Leaves, photograph by Cassandra Watsham

Posted by Laura on the A Frayed Knot blog, we have been invited to participate in the September Make 'n Tell Challenge!  Persistant to find ways to inspire her blogging and crafting, she has decided that she will make an item a day for the month of September and blog about the item that day.  It's a feat, and the best way to overcome that feat is through support, and I urge you all to join along!  I've posted the "rules" for the challenge below, or you can click here to read the full post.

Here are the rules, such as they are. If you don't follow them, we will all point and laugh (just like real Show'n'Tell). Seriously, these are the parameters I'm setting for myself. If something in these doesn't work for you, feel free to change it so it does. This is intended to help me focus and grow as an artisan, not be some kind of weird refuge for rule lawyers. Without further ado and in no particular order:

1. The Make can be in any medium, including but not limited to yarn, digital graphics, food, photography, drawing, painting, etc.

2. The Tell must include at least one photo.

3. The Tell must occur on the same day as the Make, unless the blogger gives previous notice (for example, I'll be on vacation with spotty internet access in the middle of September. I'll still Make on those days, but will have to post my Tells later. Before I leave, I'll post the exact days I'll be gone.)

4. The Make may be derivative but may not be wholly unoriginal. The best example of what I mean by this is with cooking. Today I made Indoor S'Mores. I followed the recipe exactly, with no deviation or modification. I would not count that as a Make. I would totally count it if I had, for instance, made little muffin cup portions instead of just throwing it in a pan as directed in the recipe. (Note to self: do that next time. Brilliant idea.) Generally, though, I want my Make to be even more original -- the idea, after all, is to stretch my creative wings.

5. There should be a Make'n'Tell every day of the month, except as noted in Rule 3.

6. The Make should be either a complete work OR consist of at least 30 minutes of work on an ongoing project. I do a lot of bigger projects, and I don't want to stop doing them, but I don't always have time or ability to do a big project in a single day. On the other hand, if I have a small project in mind and it only takes me 15 minutes to complete it, I'm okay with that. And some days I might only have time for that one little thing. So I think that should count, too.

7. The Make can be similar to a previously completed project. For instance, I've made several dresses for my daughter. I use an original pattern and modify it pretty much every time. Each instance of dressmaking would count as a Make. Similarly, every single Everlasting Bouquet I make is different and would count as a Make.

8. 30 Days Hath September Make'n'Tell will last for the 30 days of September, commencing on September 1 and closing on September 30.

Email Laura at with your interest to participate, and she will include a blog link to yours for the challenge.

Let's all support each other and have fun!  I can't wait to see what everyone makes!

1 comment:

The Tote Trove said...

Great photo! I was surprised to see the leaves . . . then remembered it's Sept 1.

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