Nerd Nest Monthly Project Challenge

At the beginning of every month, we post a challenge for ourselves and you! 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.




July Project Challenge




This month’s challenge is to start a project that intimidates you. Something that’s a little scary. Something you’ve been putting off because you’re afraid it’s too difficult, or too BIG.

This month, we challenge you to tell that negative voice inside you that tells you that you’re not good enough or that you can’t to shut it. Just don’t sue us if the project you want to complete is running with the bulls and you end up getting gored, okay?

Megan's First Cuts
Poppy in his Shop

I’m going to go back to Poppy’s woodshop for some more carpentry lessons (read about my first experience here). Poppy (my grandpa) and my great-grandpa Ray are amazing woodworkers. Poppy has seriously made at least 1/3 of our furniture. And Grandpa Ray could not only make furniture, but could hand carve a hound dog from a block of wood.

I’ve always been enamored with their skills. I love everything they’ve made. I love that Poppy would cut my drawings from wood and Grammy would help me paint them. I loved the wood shops when I was little. The sound of the table saw, humming as the wood was cut and the zip noise at the very end. I love the smell of sawdust and have fond memories of sweeping it up in their shops and while asking them endless questions.

I love that it’s a craft that is practical and utilitarian and beautiful. But I am so afraid of those power tools. I have poor depth perception, so I’m seriously scared I’ll loose a finger. Poppy will be figuratively holding my hand the whole time, though, so I need to get over it. I’m going to make something awesome, guys!

Holly House!

Jake’s going to tackle the project we saved for during March’s Challenge: he’s going to wash our poor dingy house. He’s not scared of his project like I am of mine, but it’s intimidating because it’s a BIG undertaking. (He should be scared: cleaning our three story house will require some extended ladders + brushes on extender poles.) It’s going to take big chunks of our weekends all month. But we’re going to get it done. Holly House is going to be all sparkly and pretty. (I wonder if Jake will get sucked into my project, because this month I’ll certainly be recruited to help with his.)

How will you interpret this challenge?

Check out our other monthly challenges and results here. They are meant to inspire, so you can do them any time–not just in the month we post them!