Alright slackers (by which I pretty much mean me), the time has come: the time for directed challenges. I’ve been idly bookmarking internet crazes for the past couple months and it seems clear to me that in my current state of stuff-making lethargy, they present a much-needed creative kick in the ass. So I’m jumping onboard. Or possibly onboards. I’m not sure what the grammar is on that one, to be honest, since there’s more than one wagon I’m chasing.
(If you’re wondering how my monthly knitting theme thing went, the answer is Very Poorly. I’d forgotten that spring and summer are just not good times for planned knitting. Or maybe I just respond better to challenges set by other people. I did start the shawl (planned for June)… except that I started it in May. And I had to rip it out and start over. Twice. (Pretty sure I finally have the right needle size now though!) I’ll likely keep puttering away on that over the summer, unless I get distracted. Cough.)
First up, Lolly‘s Project Spectrum. I was actually (towards the end of the month) making an effort to snap photos of red things in May — and both my Citron shawl, and the Baby Thing I had been working on (and have since let languish) before that were red. So… progress okay on that front. Since June’s colour is green, I’m predicting a lot of garden photos. We’ll see if I manage to branch out a little further than photography though. Would a green pedicure count? I’m thinking yes.
Next up (also in the photography category), and something I’m belatedly kick-starting for June, White Peach‘s 30 Day Photo Challenge. Because I’m slightly compulsive about these things, I will be doing two days worth of challenges in one day at some point to catch up. That day is not today, however. My participation will be documented here.
Lastly, after flipping through countless blogs after Casey did her 30 for 30 challenge, I’ve decided that although I originally wanted to do this for June, I’m pushing it back to July. Among other things, that’ll give me a little more time to sort through all the new clothes I picked up on my latest visit to the Hometown in order to choose my 30. (For those wondering, no, I didn’t indulge in any binge shopping or anything like that. One of my aunts is very fashionable and very generous, and tends to pass along clothing that she no longer wants to wear, inviting me to keep anything I like (that fits). My mom also did some closet-clearing this spring, and so on my latest trip (a quick 3-day zip through), I ended up with more new clothes than fit in the bag I brought (seriously).
One word of clarification on my July 30×30 — I’ll be starting it on July the 2nd, because I can tell you right now that no matter what clothes end up in my 30, I’ll be spending July 1st in jeans and a red t-shirt. It’s tradition.
Part of my reason for wanting to do the 30×30 is to teach myself to not just dress in my standard 3 “formulae”. (Jeans + t-shirt; office top + dress pants/skirt; fun top + skirt/dress.) There is a much wider world of self-habillement out there, and I think I would benefit from exploring it a bit. (A big help in this challenge, I think, will be the fabulous stash of belts my mom sent my way — I previously owned two (count ’em, 2) belts. Now I have 11! Thanks mom!) After spending a whole 8 days (admittedly in Florida) without jeans, I’m trying to decide if I’m brave enough to leave jeans out of my 30 items. The idea does make me break out in hives a little. (I’m in jeans as I type this; is anyone surprised?) They are, for good or ill, my go-to pants, outside of work. Still… the whole point is to push boundaries, and July is hot, so… we’ll see.
Lastly, my sort-of bookclub. I did actually read Pollyanna in April, I just never got around to writing a review. I totally slacked off for May, though, on the children’s literature front. Getting back into it, if anyone’s interested in a book for June, I’m taking The Boy’s suggestion and reading The Eyes of the Dragon, by Stephen King — you’re all welcome to, too!
So that’s it, for my month-long “focus” projects (FOR NOW). Hopefully the creative push will help me finish up some of my languishing sewing projects… or start completely new things! Are you guys up to anything lately?