Friday, January 8, 2010

Welcome to OPAM 2010


Welcome to........
The One Project A Month (OPAM) Challenge 2010
Guidelines
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 - it’s entirely up to you. This is meant to be a low-stress challenge - if you don’t finish a project every month - that’s fine! We understand that sometimes life interferes with our best laid plans. We also realise that 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 little bit of a motivational boost and to give us all a big cheer squad to encourage and inspire us.

However, as May Britt and Kris had discovered last year, there is quite a bit of time and work involved in running the OPAM Challenge, so we have made a few more guidelines this time that we would ask people to please take note of AND please only sign up to join us 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 Kris or me (Peg) an email to let us know. Your name will stay on the list so that any finishes you DO register will go into the end of year draw, but we will make a note not to check your blog each month.
Please read through all of the guidelines before you sign up.

1...Participants must have an ACTIVE BLOG. (sorry non-bloggers, but it was just too hard to keep track of people who didn’t have a blog and dropped out of contact with us.)

2...The number of participants in the 2010 OPAM Challenge will be limited to 150 - first in best dressed! (Sorry, but numbers just got so high last year that it became a LOT of work to keep things running!)

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, email, blog address, country(??)

5...Participants MUST have the OPAM Challenge badge on their blog sidebar and link it to either Kris 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, so if something happens and you don’t get to email your finishes or update the full list near the end of the month, your finishes are recorded and can be counted)

7...Only ‘soft’ crafts are included in the OPAM Challenge, ie. Projects made from fabric 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.

OPTIONAL: If you are able to email Kris or me (Peg) 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! Tee! Hee! Hee!)

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 the “Like to do” ones! :0)



OK....here we go, please if you are unsure about anything at all.....just contact us...if you have a problem linking the badge to your sidebar, drop us an email......this is going to be one awesome journey...sit back and have fun....this challenge is all about self satisfaction, inspiration and fun.........

On a personal note.....my goodness you have all touched my heart, thank you so very much for all your lovely warm wishes of "get well" for my mum.....she is tough....xx

66 comments:

  1. Good luck to you both. See I am already listed on Kris blog so I guess I am checked in :)
    It will be fun just being a member this year.

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  2. Yes, please I like to join the challenge, sounds like fun! I've send you a mail.

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  3. I would like to join please. It sounds like fun. I'm Canadian, but currently located in Korea.
    Elizabeth

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  4. Hi Peg!
    I would like to join in too and have sent an email to you with my details.

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  5. I just joined up over on Kris's blog...hope I get in...
    cath Ü

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  6. Hi Peg. I've sent you an email with my details to join in OPAM 2010.

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  7. Hi Peg. I've sent you an email with my details to join in OPAM 2010.

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  8. Hi Peg! I've sent an email to you to be part of the challenge this year! Thanks for helping out with this! :0)

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  9. I would love to join, and my e-mail is already on its way :)

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  10. Hi Peg!!
    I can't wait to enjoy the OPAM with you and Kris again this year :o).
    I've emailed you with my details!!
    Hope your dear Mum continues to improve!!
    Hugs,
    Joy :o)

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  11. Hi Peg
    I would love to join the fun! I've sent an email with my details. :)

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  12. Hi, I have sent both you and Kris an e-mail with the details. I hope I'm in. :-)

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  13. I'm in!!!
    Finish my Ufo is a dream.
    I'll sand you a mail.
    Ciao.

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  14. Morning Peg, I have sent you my detais by e-mail. Looking forward to joining in.
    Hope Mum is doing well.

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  15. I would love to participate! Surely I can do one a month!!! I am sending an email.

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  16. Oh I would love to join am going to rea how now... Hugs Dawn x x x

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  17. I would love to join this. Maybe I will get something done! Ha! I am looking forward to 2010! I will email you the info. Thanks for all this hard work.

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  18. I did just sent you an e-mail and I hope I can participate! Waiting for an answer, hugs, Renata.

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  19. I would love to join...will send you an email as well. Just the prodding I need to finish up a lot of things I have sitting in my sewing room!

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  20. Hi, Peg - I've e-mailed you my details to join in on OPAM 2010.

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  21. Hello girls,

    I just sent you an email Peg so Hope I'm not too late with my signing up. Do we put the logo on our blog now or wait for till we get the nod.

    Good luck with the challenge.

    Helen

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  22. Hi Peg, please count me in , e-mail byhokiquilts@xtra.co.nz, blog, byhokiquilts.blogspot.com and I live in the land of the long white cloud, New Zealand
    hugs and thanks
    Miche'ler

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  23. I would like to join in I think this will help me stay motivated, I can't get the badge to my site.
    can you add me and or e-mail me?
    what fun
    Thanks
    Judy

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  24. Count me in if there's room! I'll email my information to you. This will be great fun!

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  25. ok Peg if there is still a spot I would love to join in 8}
    hugs Beth

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  26. Enjoy Peg, I wish you great fun with this! I won't be joining in as I'm not sure how much sewing I'll get done this year. But I'm looking forward to all the great projects everyone blogs about!

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  27. Hi Peg - would love to join and have sent you an email. I hope I am not to late. cheers Kylie xxx

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  28. Please count me in Peg.... this sounds like just the encouragement i need! Email on it's way!

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  29. I would love to join up. Been watching to see if you would have another, as I just came across the 2009 Challenge last month. Emailing you my information.

    Blessings,
    Jilly

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  30. Hi Peg...this is a challenge for me...I think I would like to give it a go!!! Email coming.
    My MIL has just had a hip replacement too...hope your Mum keeps on doing well...Dzintra♥x

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  31. I think this is a nice challenge and would like to join.... E-mail will arrive soon :o)
    Thank you for doing this !!

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  32. I would love ot sign up for this challenge.. I need to turn some PIGS, some WIPS and some UFO's into finished stuffs before hubby starts divorce proceedings! Just kidding, he is definately over my piles of stuffs :-))


    Lissa
    Australia

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  33. Hi Peg: I would like to sign up: I am a great starter of projects and would like to be a better finisher! I have emailed you with my details. Do hope your Mum is doing well.

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  34. Hi Peg.
    Thanks for doing this great job for the quilting girls around the world.
    I would love to participate. Email is on it's way to you.

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  35. I have just emailed you to join! I was hoping this would run again this year, it helped to keep me focused on finishing instead of continually starting.....*grin* Hope you enjoy co-hosting Peg!

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  36. I have just send an email to Kris to join the challenge! Thanks so much for hosting! I am hoping this will keep me on my toes!

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  37. Count me in, Peg. I'll send you a separate email with the info that you need.

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  38. I'D like to be in. Am I in 150?

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  39. I'd like to join!! I'll send you an email with my info.

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  40. Hi Peg! Sent you an email with my info..sure hope I make the list again this year!

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  41. I woke up this morning and thought of this sign up first thing. I've sent you an email. Looking forward to visiting lots of productive bloggers this year!

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  42. Hi Peg!
    I've just sent you an email with all the info, I'd love to join !!!
    Hope your mum is doing well!
    Hugs,
    Sandy-

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  43. Yes, please can I join! I'm going to send you a mail after leaving this comment! It sounds like fun an a challange!

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  45. Hi Peg,
    i've sent in an email too!
    Can't wait to see what everyone does this year!
    sugary hugs
    XXWendy :O)

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  46. I would like to sign up for this challenge, it sounds like fun. Did I make it in? I'll send a separate email to you.

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  47. OK--my "to-finish" lists says that I must join you all in this project!!!
    I am emailing you now!!!
    Hugs, Di&co---Thanks for doing this!
    PS also you might like to see my Christmas mice finish over on my site--just finished it--ah--like yesterday even!!!!

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  48. I emailed 2 finished to you just a few minutes ago! These may be the only 2 I get done as I have customer quilts begging to be finished. :)

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  49. I would love to join the opan this year as well. Just emailed kris.

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  50. Am I too late Peg? ...hope not!
    Please join me up, if not too late..
    Julia ♥ ...

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  51. Hi Peg!
    I hope that I'm not too late to join up! Let me know before I post your button on my blog :o) Thanks so much for doing this!
    Take care!
    Paulette

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  52. I'd love to join! Hope there is still a space for me (O:

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  53. I would love to join the OPAM - what a great motivator to finish an older project. My blog is Mountainstitches.blogspot.com
    I live in upstate New York, USA.

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  54. Is it to late to join in the fun? I have lots of UFO's that need to be finished!

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  55. I too would like to join if it isn't too late. I will send you the email information tomorrow. I live just across the border in Everson, WA. Thanks

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  56. I just noticed the badge on Val's blog about OPAM and would love to join if it's not to late.

    Sherry Wescott
    http://ificouldsetmysoulfree.blogspot.com/
    sherryreneew@hotmail.com

    Thanks!!

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  57. I not only want but need to join! I live in the USA and I will add this to my blog.

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  59. OK so I thought it couldn't hurt to ask - but have you got your 150 yet? I know it's late, but I'd love to join in.

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  61. I am sorry I missed this challenge! I just came across the OPAM icon today - I love fabric crafts & can't wait to see what everone has created! Thanks for the "eye" candy!
    I will keep my eye out for 2011.
    Hugs,
    Debra

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  63. Enjoy Peg, I wish you great fun with this! I won't be joining in as I'm not sure how much sewing I'll get done this year. But I'm looking forward to all the great projects everyone blogs about!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment, I do enjoy reading them all...take care, keep safe, happy quilting .. Peg