Restarting My 10 Project Challenge

  • Posted on July 30, 2011 at 6:42 pm

I am way overdue for a trip on the Wagon again, so I am restarting my 10 Project Challenge.

As a reminder, this is what it looks like:

    The Purpose:

The purpose of this challenge is to reduce the amount of patterns you have not stitched.

    The Rules:

  • Have fun reducing your stash.
  • There is no time limit – people have different sized projects they would like to work on.
  • Thou shall not purchase any new patterns until 10 projects have been stitched. Pattern size does not matter.
  • Freebies count as part of your total and you can aquire them at any point.
  • Rinse, lather and repeat, as needed, in order to reduce unused stash.
  • The official (re)start date of this challenge is July 1, 2011.

My personal exemptions include any fabric and floss required to kit up any designs in my stash, though I will probably choose to work through my stash as much as possible at first.

    The Projects:

  1. Janlynn – Pooh — Finished July 24, 2011

As you can see, I have backdated the start of this challenge to July 1st, which is fair because I haven’t purchased any new stash since then. Unfortunately, I also only have one finish under my belt since then.

I probably won’t make much headway this weekend, either, for two reasons. One, I’ve been on a reading kick, having finished 2 books this week and zipping through a third. Since what I’m working through is a series (the Apocalypto series by L.K. Rigel, see my GoodReads page) and there are only 3 books in it so far, the fever will probably die down a bit once I finish the third book. Two, I’m finally painting my powder room. I ripped it apart 4th of July weekend, intending to finish that long weekend, before I was then sidelined by bad menstrual cramps. Then we went to Maine. And now I could use the excuse of not being allowed any strenuous exercise for 48 hours after my neck procedure on Thursday, but Terry and I are seriously tired of not having a functional powder room. So, he helped me finish sanding the walls today (because the original painter when the house was built was too lazy to clean off the walls before painting them, thus trapping all manner of drywall dust and dirt underneath the paint) and wiping them down. I then taped off the trim and cut in and Terry has now rolled on the first coat of paint. Ordinarily, it wouldn’t need a second coat, but the roller threw off some junk when he first used it, so we’ll have to sand down that area and paint it again. After that, it will need to cure for 24 hours or so and then I’m going to do a hand-ragged faux finish over top of the base coat. I did the same thing in our main bathroom upstairs and liked the look enough that I plan to do it for every bathroom in the house. It will take a couple of hours to do, even in a small room, but I feel like it’s worth the effort.

However, I will have time to stitch while the paint is drying, if I can force myself to not dive back into that last book. 😉 Of course, my landscaping outside is in terrible shape with weeds everywhere and the grass has browned out from all of the intense heat and lack of rain. But I really can’t work on that until my neck has a little time to heal, so I’ll have to work on that next weekend. I’d hire someone to come do all of the weeding for me, if I wasn’t such an el cheapo. But I am, so I won’t. At least, not this season. Maybe with some of next year’s tax refund, I’ll have someone come in and do some real landscaping work. Maybe. After we replace the shed with a two-bay garage.

I hope that you are all having a great weekend!

4 Comments on Restarting My 10 Project Challenge

  1. Karen says:

    Best of luck with your challenge! I don’t think I’ve been successful with a single challenge in ages. I really should attempt something like this though. I have so much and keeping acquiring more… sigh…. I need help! LOL Anyways, I wish you all the best and I may try something like this “unofficially” and see how much I can get done without any new purchases since my latest purchases this past week.

  2. barbara says:

    Ooooh – Terry helps with these chores? I KNEW he was fabulous!

    Seriously, good luck with finishing it up. My partially-finished living room is driving me nuts.

    And best wishes with the 10 project challenge!!

  3. Von says:

    Good luck with all your challenges, Jenna!! You definitely have your work cut out for you. I’ve been thinking about painting my living room again, just haven’t come up with exactly the right color yet. 🙂

  4. Meari says:

    Good luck with your challenge!

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