Challenges, Challenges

Life is full of them.  And I really don’t need any more of my own.  But maybe I just like to tempt fate.  I don’t really know.  Lately I’ve been thinking of challenging myself in a certain way, in addition to the regular trials of daily life.  Am I nuts?  Let’s just say the jury is still out on that and I’m pretty sure none of my readers is qualified to determine that (if you ARE, please keep mum about it, okay?  Doctor-patient privacy rules and all that).

Hubby and I have some favorite musical artists who have participated in song-writing challenges, such as  Johnathan Coulton, who did the Thing A Week, where he had to write a new song each week for a year.  There is also the Song-Fu challenge, where musical artists are given writing prompts each month.  They compete with a celebrity song-writing challenger and need to write a song having to do with the prompt.  The Song-Fu challenge is managed over at Fred Entertainment and the current one includes one of my favorite duos, The Double-Clicks.  Anyway, all these challenges end up resulting in some of our favorite songs and really force the artists to be creative.

So I was thinking, in my own nerdy way, that maybe I could challenge myself to crochet something each week (because duh, I can’t very well sing or write songs, trust me).  Obviously, it could not be a large project, just something small.  I’d like to try and make my own patterns, but will allow myself the use of free online patterns for those times that I get stumped.  I realize this will probably end up in my  having many little finished projects, but I’m pretty sure I can find a way to get rid of some of them through contests on my blog so they don’t overtake my home.  The problem is I have no idea what to call this challenge of mine.  Crochet-Fu?  52 Crocheted Things?  Crocheted Thing A Week?  I need something with a good ring to it before I can commit myself to this challenge.  I need your help.  Please give me some suggestions!  Also, if any of you are talented in the arts, I’d love for someone to design a badge for this.  It will be displayed proudly on my blog for at least a year and will give credit and link-love to whoever designs it.



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Limited Contest – Giveaway

Not long ago, I asked for input on what to do with some lovely recyclable plastic rings that came off my coconut milk creamer containers.  I had three comments on the post and for those brave three, I offer this contest.  I would like to reward at least one of them for  commenting on the post.

I ended up using the plastic ring-thingies to make the eyes when I created this little guy.  Other than the rings, he is made of acrylic worsted weight yarn, polyester fiberfill, and felt.  The felt is glued on to the eyes so I would not recommend this for a child of the age of three or under.  I know how determined those little fingers can be and would not want them to be able to get the eyes off and choke on a piece of felt.  Now with that disclaimer out of the way, I would like to invite MacBros, Peter Parkour, and Melanie to come again and comment.  I will turn comment moderation on and the second person of these three to comment shall win the frog!  Please remember that when comment moderation is on, that the number of comments does not show for the post – it simply reads as zero until the comments are released from moderation.  Oh, anyone else may comment too, but will not be eligible for this particular contest.  Sorry, but there will be more contests so keep stopping by!

Remember, it pays to comment at the Tea Room.  Maybe it doesn’t pay a LOT, but hey, something for nothing is still something!  😉

Update:  We have a winner!  See comments. Thanks to all for comments and for playing! 



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Craft Challenge

Do you know what this is?  Scroll down for answer.





It’s a plastic ring that comes off the coconut milk creamer I use in my coffee.  I think other cartons of milks and juices may also have them.  What I want to know is if anyone can come up with a good crafty use for them?  They are very interesting little things and I kind of hate throwing them out.  I’ve thought maybe I could use them in my crocheting as eyes or something like maybe on a little amigurumi monster or even a frog.  I haven’t tried it yet.  But before I do, I thought I would just put the question out there and see what we could come up with.  Please put your ideas in a comment, even if you’ve never visited or commented here before.  I’m sure there are some creative thinkers out there.  And if you want to get your hands on one to play with it for yourself, let me know and I’ll be happy to send you some!


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