Thursday, October 8, 2015

A #CraftyBlissChallenge :: Recap

A few of my own photos for the challenge!

It's been almost two weeks since the end of the #CraftyBlissChallenge on Instagram and now it's time to do a little recap and announce a few winners! 

First off, I would like to say a massive thank you to all the people who participated in the challenge. I really had no idea what to expect going in as a co-host and quite honestly I was a little nervous that no one would participate. So imagine my surprise to discover that 71 people had finished the challenge from start to finish! Wow!! Julie and I are so pleased with the levels of participation and how much fun everyone was having. I loved seeing all the photos people were posting (and sometimes posting more than one photo for a prompt, which I couldn't blame them for doing!!) but most of all I was incredibly happy to see people commenting on each other's photos, getting inspired, and finding new knitters and makers to follow.

Here's a refresher on what the daily prompts were:


At the top of this post is a collage of some of the photos I contributed to the challenge. Can you guess which photo goes to which prompt? I'll confess that I was planning on taking a bunch of photos before the start of the challenge to make life easier and not so stressful for myself, and so that I could spend more time checking out everyone else's photos. But then life got in the way and I ran out of time and that plan didn't happen, which I think worked out for the best as I found myself having to be more creative under the tight time frames. I guess I do work better under pressure! Of my own photos my most favourite and the one that I'm most proud of is Day 2's "What are you crafting now" prompt, in which I took a close up photo of myself knitting. My project was a blob of knitted fabric and no matter how I laid it out or styled it, the project just wasn't photogenic at all. I sat on my couch glaring at my project trying to think of what I could do to make it more pleasing to the eye. I decided a selfie of sorts was going to have to happen. It took quite a few photos (ok, A LOT) before I had the shot I was looking for. I won't go into great detail but let's oust say it became an elaborate set-up that involved a stack of knitting books (my makeshift tripod), a bag of rice (to hold onto my phone on top of the stack of books), a tablet (in camera mode so that I could see what the phone's camera was looking at), and my headphones (to act as a camera remote). Phew! So much craziness for one photo! But hey, you can't see me clicking my "remote" behind my knitting, can you? Selfie that doesn't look like a selfie success!!

The prompt that I had the hardest time with: Riot of Colour. I had an idea of what I wanted but didn't have the means to execute it. I pulled out a tonne of yarn, I surveyed my art supplies, I scanned my kiddo's toys...in the end, my phone decided for me. How? I took a photo of the Crayon Melt that I had made seven years ago, applied a filter, then wasn't sure if I wanted to post that photo. I thought I had closed down the app but seconds later saw that Instagram posted the photo for me anyways. Oops! Oh well. It was time to move on anyways. 

Out of all the prompts, Cozy was my favourite. Maybe it was all those photos of yarn...or all the knit wear...or the gorgeous quilts...or this insanely cute baby:


SO adorable! Super cute babies in hand knits? Melts my heart every.single.time. I might be a little biased with this cutie though, as this wee one's mother is a friend of mine. But even if she wasn't, this photo would be hands-down, my absolute favourite. I think I creep the Mister out with how much I look at this photo and squeal. Just so darn cute!

Anyhoo...a few more favourite photos:


Obviously I loved seeing all the knitty and yarn photos but I really liked and enjoyed seeing people post non-knitting related things, such as baking sprinkles like Julie's photo for the first prompt (I must find those sprinkles locally!!); other crafty endeavours like @knittingsarah 's colourful origami top; and personal artwork like @danielle_gallo_jones's amazing portrait of her with her then high school sweetheart now turned husband, that she drew in high school - I simply adore it! 

Also, guilty pleasure: I liked seeing everyone's knitty stuff from the "In The Bag" prompt. I've never claimed to be a monogamous knitter and regardless of what my Instagram account may make me appear to be like, my knitting bags and areas are not at all neat and organized. So it was really nice to see that other's had either stacks or rows of project bags, coffee tables or ends-of-the-couch cluttered with knitting and knitting paraphernalia, and handbags turned knitting bags turned my-entire-life-is-in-this-bag bags crammed full of stuff.

Now that the challenge is over I have to admit that I'm feeling a little sad. I kind of miss having a daily creative push that really made me think outside the box...of yarn. So much that I do on a regular basis is centered around knitting that it was so refreshing to have to go outside of it every now and then. Also, having the #CraftyBlissChallenge hashtag created a little side community and it was really nice to chat with new-to-me people. Anyone else felt like that? Well, Julie and I chatted about it and we're thinking of maybe having another challenge sometime in the spring! How fun would that be? And with spring, our brains will be just itching to get out and be more creative! What do you think?

Alright, I said there would be winners too, didn't I? As I had mentioned before, Julie and I had talked about picking a winner each via random number generator from the pot of those who completed the full 10 days of the challenge to receive a little surprise. So here are our winners:

@demelomonica - Julie will be in touch you
@noodlknits - look out for an Instagram direct message from me!

Thank you so much to all the participates of this challenge!! We hope you'll join us again for the next one!! And thank you to all the participates who gave me their permission to use their photos for this post!! 


6 comments:

  1. Would love to do another one of these! Thank you both for hosting, it was quite enjoyable! :D

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  2. Thank you for this fun challenge! It was my first one and I enjoyed it so much! I loved all the photos that you posted!

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  3. This was such a fun challenge! Thanks for hosting! Xo

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  4. high fiveschallenge buddy! this was so much fun, and i love reading your wrap up post.

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  5. I agree that it was a fun challenge, and not TOO demanding because you can do anything for 10 days, it's the 365 ones I lose track of. I'd love to do another in the spring!

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  6. Thank you for the challenge and for including my artwork!! It was so fun and the perfect length of time :)

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