Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sign Up Day…..OPAM 2011


OPAM 2011……..

One Project A Month….

Would you like to play?????

Do ya wanna become a

OPAM er….

We would love for you to join us, but we do have some guidelines…so please have a read…..

and then sign up……

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 Kris 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 Kris or Peg an email to let us know. Please read through all guidelines before you sign up.

1. Participants must have an ACTIVE BLOG. (sorry non-bloggers, it was too hard to keep track of people who didn’t have a blog and dropped out of contact.) If you change your blog address, drop us an email telling us your old address and what you’ve changed it to. If your blog is already, or you change it, to invitation only, please send either Kris and I invitations, or we can’t check your finishes list each month.

2. The number of participants in the 2011 OPAM Challenge will be limited to 200 - first in best dressed!

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.)

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.

10. OPTIONAL: If you are able to 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! Tee! Hee! Hee!)

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)

Details for the button and link will be emailed to you after you have signed up…..thanks a lot

Happy OPAM sign up day….

Take Care Peg….:>)….

To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.




Chookyblue...... said...

OMG am I first to sign up...........

thanks heaps girls........

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

Hi Peg, just a quick line to say that I hope I have not tread on anyones toes with the 'A MAKE A MONTH 2011' Challenge I am hosting. I had not realised that you were running this and that you are 'Old Hands' having many successful years under your belt! My challenge is unlimited and includes painting, carving, soap and candles - in fact everything that anyone wants to make, so it is different! This is my 1st time as a host. I will pop over to tell Kris the same as I have told you and bow to your experience! Love Annie xx

Vicki said...

Actually chooky, I emailed so maybe I was first this time around :>
Looking forward to the challenge and fun once again this year thanks to Peg and Kris xx

Sofia said...

I want to join these group. I will send you an email.
I´m Sofia Amaral, my blogue :http:// pontosemnó-sofia.blogspot.com


Sofia said...

I forgot my email

May Britt said...

Yohoooooo......I'm in :)

Elin said...

I have read the guidelines, and I would very much appreciate to be in this fun this year. Maybe this is a bit early (2 hours), but you know it is evening in our part of the world!


Elin in Norway

Wanda said...

I would love to join in. I'm hoping to keep motivated with this and one other place I'm posting to.

Wanda C.


Colleen said...

Thank you for all the work you do.

Colleen L

Jan said...

OOh, yes please, count me in.



Thanks so much, Peg and Kris, for running this again; it really helped to keep me up to scratch last year!
Have a great week.

Grethe said...

Great,25 of January at your end!!
Thanks for all your work:-)
I`m ready for OPAM this year as well.Please sign my up for 2011.

Wendy said...

Happy Dance the day is here!

Wendy F


Thank you Peg and Kris for hosting this again this year. Now to go and get the button.

Happy Stitching Everyone!

BubzRugz said...

Signing up Peg (and Kris) .... I have sent an email...

Anne said...

Yes please, I would like to join in. I've had my blog break - been getting a house ready to sell all last year. Moving "should" be a cinch and I'm ready to start sewing again. Will send an email.
Thank you, looking forward to this.

Melody said...

Hi Peg, Hopefully I've made it in time. Emailing my details now. Many thanks to you and Kris for organising this. Off to babysit now.

Laila said...

Hi Peg.
Please let me be a part of this fun again this year.
I will send you an email whan I got back home to morrow...
Hope it will be ok with you.
Hugs from Laila

Daisy said...

Hi Peg

I've sent an email - can't wait to get started !

De said...

This may be exactly what I need to get me back on track with crafting and blogging! I would love to join in.

De T
email: deqld@live.com
blog: http://re-de-zines.blogspot.com/

Val said...

I would love to be a part of this and hopefully I can do better this year!!!

Val said...

Oops! Forgot the info
Valerie Shoates

Anne Lise said...

Hello. I would love to join in this OPAM 2011. I live in Norway and here it is almost midnight now, so I have to go to bed. I have read the quidelines and this seems very interesting.


Anne Lise AK in Norway

Marilyn said...

Thank you both of you for your work in hosting OPAM. I have sent an email also.

The Patch Craft said...

Count me in. Just sent you a email. Thanks for hosting.

The Patch Craft said...

Having trounble sending my email address to you


Joy said...

I've signed up at Kris' blog ... but wanted to say thank you to you too Peg as I know this is a HUGE job that you and Kris do!!
Joy :o)

May Kristin said...

I'm in! I think! :-)

Raewyn said...

Hi Peg and Kris :-) Thank you for hosting this and I think I'm quick enough this year!
Details are
Raewyn Barge

Mistea said...

Thanks for the invitation. I have signed in with Kris. Look forward to playing along again.

Thanks for hosting.

Kathy said...

I would love to join this year.

Kathy D

Christine said...

Hi Peg,
I'd like to join in again this year.


LuAnn said...

Hi Peg and Kris I'd like to join this year, too.
LuAnn K

Thanks for doing this. It looks like fun.

Alice Grace said...

Count me in this year. Sounds exciting!

Thoughts of Home

Lurline said...

Thanks ahead for all you organizing, Peg and Kris - I am going to try very hard to meet obligations this year - I hope nobody has other ideas, lol!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Judy C said...

Signing up again this year! hopefully I will do better this year now that my knee surgery is behind me! Thanks for doing this.

By Hoki Quilts said...

Hi Peg & Kris, please let there be enough space for me, p-l-e-a-s-e! Oh by the way it's Miche'le from byhokiquilts@xtra.co.nz here. Oh I hope there is enough room, last year OPAM kept me going and I still have sooo many UFO's left to complete.
Thanks for taking charge again,

Sheryl said...

Hi Peg, I'm looking forward to this year's OPAM, I too still have so many ufo's in the cupboard.... I emailed Kris with my info, I hope I have made it in, thanks for organising this fun group, Sheryl

barb's creations said...

I'm in,I'm in....I'm in like Flyn.Will send you an email Peg with all my details.Hope I get in :) Barb.

Skipper said...

Heck yeah I'm in!!! It was cool last time!



Satu said...

Hi Peg, I hope there is still room for one OPAM participant!!! Thank you for organizing this very important inspiration;) I posted email to Kris...

Farm Girl said...

I would love to join in the fun if there is still room for one more!

Nicky W

Thanks ladies!

Wendy B said...

oooooh Peg, you know I wanna be in!!!! Please add me to your list!
Wendy B
Love what you two ladies do...and reeeeeeeally appreciate it greatly!
You are true motivators!
love yas!
XXXX Wendy :O)

Margaret said...

Ah~! Peg you are a marvel, I will sit and watch all the great inspirational work. Great to see so many eager people wanting to be busy and making somany beautiful presents.

Just-Do said...

I would love to join, so I just sent an email to you.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oooh yes please gals...sign me up!!! It was such in inspiration last year to actually complete a project a month!!!

Shontelle said...

Hi Girls,

I'd love to join in - hopefully it will keep me motivated.




Crafty Chookie said...

Hi Peg
I hope I can still join the OPAM..I will send you my details via e-mail....Would love to be a part of this adventure..
Hugs Michelle

Kathy said...

Email has been sent! Can't wait to get started..

Kathy S

SueR said...

Sign me up! SueR, northwindsquilting@gmail.com, blog http://northwindsquilting.blogspot.com

I missed out last year 'cause I didn't sign up fast enough, so I've been watching and waiting. Thanks for doing this again!

SueR said...

PS - Love the new button!

Maria said...

Hi Peg, Hope I am not too late to sign up again this year.
It was great joining you all last year.
Love the new button.GB is very clever.

Polly said...

Count me in again!! Thank you ladies for running this fun group! We appreciate your hard work in organizing it and keeping it going all year long!

Polly M. (like there's another Polly joining... LOL)



Quilty Hugs!! Polly

Laurie said...

YES! I want to keep going. I've found it challenging to get a project of my own done every month but without this OPAM I probably would do less.
my name Laurie S
e-mail lauriekstone@gmail.com
blog; stone-belle.blogspot.com

Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

Count me in again this year please Peg.
I've got TWO already !!! Yeah!

Kate said...

I've emailed Kris, but count me in to, I acheived soooooo much last year doing OPAM 2010.

Thanks for running this again

Sarah said...

Hey Peg! Am I too late? I would love to participate again
X sarah

Kerstin said...

Is there a little place for me?
I wrote a mail to kris and hope I can be part of this project!
Grüße Kerstin

Elizabeth said...

I would love to join if there is still room. It is very motivating.

welsh penny said...

Hi Peg,yes I would like to join the opam this year. I apologise for my bad performance last year and I aim to do much better in 2011! thanks, Gail

rubyslipperz said...

Please....on bended knee.... I would love to join the OPAM 2011!

It would be wonderful to join!

please let me know what i need to do


rubyslipperz said...

I wrote a comment because i couldn't find where the email addresses were on either of the pages. =(


alda said...

if there is still an empty space for me , would love to join in. ;-))) Oh, Peg sorry I couldn't find your Email adress.... alda

Ida13 said...

I'd like to be in this year too. May I?

Rai said...

count me in.


Rita said...

Yes, I want to join.
Rita R

Maria said...

I would love to join in if there is still room. I had something similar in mind for this year just for myself, but it is so much more fun to do it with others.

Maria C.

Joanne said...

Do you have room for one more? I had so much fun last year and would love to join in again.
Thanks for doing this again!!♥

Margo in Maine said...

Please add me in...I did once but got behind somehow...called life...but would like the challenge of this...maybe it will keep me on course...

Margo in Maine said...



Margo in Maine

Think this is all the info you asked for.

Sue Bone said...

I would e-mail if I could figure out how!! My details if there is still space is:
Sue B

When I saw that my list of UFOs drawn up yesterday was the same as March 2010, I knew it was time for action!!

Susan said...

Hi, If there is still a space, I need to sign up and finish a few things.
Susan I

Marianne@RuffHaven said...

I sent you an email yesterday. I hope you received it
Marianne B
ruffhaven at gmail dot com

blog- sewruffhaven.blogspot.com

Nina said...

If there is still room, I'd LOVE to participate!!! :)

nina (at) septemberpixie (dot) com

Darlene said...

I've missed the deadlines in the past but it looks like I've made it this time. Can I play please???? :-)

Here's my information:
Darlene J

I hope I'm in time.

My Little Corner said...

This sound like a fun challenge. Is there any room left?

Frankie Ann



Margo in Maine said...

I have absolutely enjoyed having the challenge each month to finish....wanting to do it again for 2012..thank you for taking the time to do this...it is appreciated.

My Little Corner said...

Looks like I saw this way to late. Are you planning on one for 2012?

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