Annette's Acre

Stitching, knitting, reading, life…whatever catches my eye
April 20th, 2009 by Annette

It's Challenge Time

That’s right, time to kick off not one, but two challenges.

Who cares if I’ve been previously successful or no?  I surely don’t!

Who knows if by merely posting the challenge I’ll have doomed myself as usual?

No, let’s be optimistic!  (oh boy, is that an opening or what?)

Here goes…..

Challenge #1 – 25 Projects

This stitching challenge has been floating around for awhile, but when Missy Ann took up the gauntlet again, how could I not support her with my own version?

  • Rules: No stash purchases (outside of exceptions to be defined below) until 25 stitching projects have been completed.  This includes yarn.
  • Effective start date: Today
  • Exceptions:  All “automatics” (Loose Feathers Club, Blackbird Stockings, Loopy Ewe Sock Club), any open orders (Chatelaine Hanging Gardens kit, Mirabilia Letters by Nora [Stitching Bits & Bobs], Needlework Show order [LNS]), DMC (though I’m really going to try to avoid even DMC for a bit), existing Loopy Ewe gift certificate.
  • Trades are acceptable – based on already owned stash

I know I could easily meet this just by working on kitted projects of all sizes I currently have stashed.

Challenge #2 -25 Books

This is a reading version.  I think I spend more on books than I do stash lately (thank you, Kindle).

  • Rules: No book purchases (outside of exceptions below) until 25 books have been read from my current library.
  • Effective start date: Today (after the two new Kindle titles from this morning)
  • Exceptions: Any existing pre-orders (eight at Amazon over the next seven months….yikes).
  • JR Ward’s Lover Avenged (I haven’t submitted as a pre-order as I want it on my Kindle and that hasn’t shown up on Amazon yet)
  • No new pre-orders can be submitted.
  • Library borrowing is acceptable.  So is “Mom” borrowing.
  • “Free” Kindle books may be acquired and count toward the 25.
  • “Sample Chapters” may be downloaded, but do not count toward the 25.

I’ll be working on the appropriate Wish Lists to fill the gap.  I’ve already revised the Stitching one (see the tab up at the top there) and next will be my Amazon list and “To-buy” shelf on GoodReads (links on the Wish List page).

All support and encouragement will be greatly appreciated.

Oh, and regarding a couple of comments from the last post:  I have read the first two books of the Codex Alera series and hope to be caught up by the time the final book comes out this fall (one of the pre-orders referenced above) and yes, I have been to a signing 🙂

(In the spirit of full disclosure – I admit, I edited this to add the JR Ward title.  I totally forgot and there’s *no* way I could finish 25 books before I get that one!!!  It’s taking every ounce of self-control to keep from buying the real book version.  All the others in the series are on my Kindle)


7 Responses to “It's Challenge Time”
  1. Damn, I was already considering this after seeing Missy Ann was taking up the challenge again. Seeing that you are doing it again now as well makes me think the stitching goddesses are telling me it’s time for another challenge for me as well. I’ve spent WAAAAAY too much on stash already this year. :-/

  2. I like the book challenge supplement. I did say at the beginning of the year I was going to read two for every one bought. I haven’t quite stuck to it. But I like your 25 idea! I can do that. With the library exception of course. 😉 I’ll tough it out and wait for Lover Avenged at the library. Or I could just read 25 by the eighth. rofl

  3. Ohh, I like this challenge! I’ve been considering something like this myself, as I have plenty of projects I already own and could work on and avoid spending money. My birthday is coming up in a week, so I might have to spend a little birthday money before I cut myself off. 🙂

    I’ll be cheering you on!

  4. Oh, my! At the rate I finish things, 25 projects would probably be five years!!! I did a stash diet last year, so I’m feeling at least a teensy bit virtuous already. =) Good luck to you.

  5. Good luck Annette! I should take part in this challenge as well!

  6. Melissa C. says

    Good luck! I don’t think I’ve finished 25 projects total in my life. 🙂

  7. Good luck with your challenges! I think the book one would be easy for me to do – I get most of my books from the library, or discards from my MIL.

    A stitching project challenge is harder for me, though. I’ll be watching your progress!