Monthly Project Challenge

We’re challenging you to a duel. On guard! Okay, so I’m cheesy. I’m practicing my embarrassing parenting skills for when Eliza’s friends come over. We’re going to be those parents, we’ve decided. The dorky joke kind.

Anywho, what we’re really challenging you to do is participate in a monthly project challenge with us. On the first of every month, we’ll post a challenge. At the end of the month, in theory, we’ll post our completed projects (Jake and I are both doing one) and will have a link-up for you to share yours!

The projects can be interpreted in any way you want. Interpret our challenge to do a project in crafts, photography, creative writing, home decor, technical gadgetry, cooking, or whatever you can come up with.

February's Challenge

February’s Challenge is to finish a project you’ve abandoned. Think of something you’ve left unfinished. Maybe you tried a new recipe and epically failed to make it correctly. Maybe you started writing a story but hit a wall. Started coding an application but ran into a difficult technical issue (Jake). Realized you couldn’t actualize your initial plan for the project. Missed a step. Broke a “rule” you set up for yourself. Just plain ran out of time.

Whatever the hurdle that stands in your way, we’re challenging you (and ourselves) to jump right over it. Do what you’ve gotta do. Make it happen. Get that project off the back burner and get it done this month!

We’ve already picked our projects. I’m going to finish my December Daily 2009 album. Here’s the run-down on the project: December Daily is a scrapbooking project developed by Ali Edwards. The point of the album is to create a page for each day of December leading up to Christmas to document the season. I finished my December Dailies in 2010 and 2011, but in 2009 (my first year doing the project), I failed to finish pretty miserably. Here’s what I did get done:

Christmas 2009 Mini

What stopped me from finishing? The silly “rules” and expectations about December Daily that I set out for myself. I didn’t take a photo every day, so I abandoned the project because it wasn’t working for me. I felt that I failed. And that just doesn’t make sense. I still have photos. I still have notes from the season. Heck, I still have all the supplies related to the project in a giant zip lock bag. There’s nothing stopping me but me. So, I’m going to finish the December Daily. I’m going to skip the days I don’t have photos or journaling for. I’m going to make some pages without photos. I am going to get it done! It will be fun to look back into our lives in a very different time: in December 2009 we were still living in our old loft, there was no Jonas, Eliza wasn’t in school, we were struggling to study for finals, and we were on a crazy weird schedule.

Getting Ready for January MOC: Jake

Jake is going to finish an Etsy app he has abandoned. He’s been working on getting an easy accounting system for our shop that is quick and painless. Because accounting (and shipping) are our least favorite parts about our business. Jake is thinking about making an Etsy App available for others, but for now the goal is just to get it up and running for our personal use. Jake’s part of the Etsy developer community (we love the mantra code = craft). You can apply to get an API key which enables you to query Etsy servers for information. So, in layman’s terms, you can connect your app to Etsy so that you don’t have to copy useful information like sales data; it’s already integrated. Jake has his API key, but got stuck getting the authentication process (OAUTH) to work. Jake’s plan of action is to forget about the whole app part (there’s no way this whole project is going to get done by the end of the month), but just get a move on the core of the project – the accounting system. So, hopefully, by the end of the month he’ll have set up a system that works for us that can be used for the app when it is ready.

What have you abandoned? We’d love to hear how you are planning on tackling this challenge!