It’s Me-Made-May time again! Let’s do this, friends and neighbors!
Here’s my pledge:
‘I, Barbara of Zibergirl.com, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’15. I endeavour to wear at least one item that is made by me, each day for the duration of May 2015.
What is Me-Made-May? Zoey, of Sozowhatdoyouknow, the founder of “Me-Made-May” explains it best:
“Points to consider when creating your pledge:
- This is YOUR challenge, write the pledge any way you want, just remember: IT IS A CHALLENGE and not meant to be easy or what you do usually. In the past I have received the odd comment saying ‘Oh, I already do this so I may as well sign up’, however those people had clearly missed the point which is to challenge yourself, and therefore they would be unlikely to learn very much or feel much satisfaction at the end of the month.
- THIS IS NOT A COMPETITION. It is a personal attempt to achieve a better relationship with your handmade creations, which you may or may not choose to share with the creative online community. What I mean is, don’t set a pledge that you’ve seen other people make that sounds good but in reality is unobtainable for you and your lifestyle. For example, if you have to wear a uniform for work each day, you may prefer to pledge to wear self-stitched items at the weekends or days off only.
- There’s no rush to sign up immediately, as long as you do so before 1st May. Have a think for a while about your current relationship with your creations, then think how you might want to improve that relationship.
- If you have taken part before, or already wear a fair amount of self-made clothing and/or accessories, think how you can up the ante from the standard ‘one self-stitched garment a day’ pledge. How about wearing two or more self-made garments each day? Or pledge to try making a new type of garment by the end of the month to wear on the final day? Or pledge to finish all your UFO’s by 31st May? Pledge to focus on wearing your ‘meh’ garments to see if you can fall back in love with some of them? Pledge to only wear separates to force yourself to get creative with your mix-and-matching? Pledge to only wear each garment or garment-combo once? Pledge to wear an outfit including one sewn or knitted garment AND one refashion each day? There are near-infinite ways to amp things up for yourself.
If you have a blog, why not re-post your pledge there so your readers and followers can see what you are up to and be inspired by your endeavour? Please include a link to this post so others can also sign-up if they are interested. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt from these challenges, the more people involved, the better the party!
I’ve signed up, what do I do now then?
Nothing in particular until 1st May 20145, except let an underlying sense of excitement brew! You may decide to finish up that UFO, but please people, NO PANIC-SEWING/MAKING NECESSARY OR CONDONED!!
If you would like to advertise your participation on your blog if you have one, why not treat yourself to the addition of the Me-Made-May’15 widget/gadget/button? The code can be found at the top of the right hand column of this blog’s home page. The widget/gadget/button not only looks cute, but it shows other participants/potential-participants at a glance that you are taking part this year. Plus when clicked on, it will ping you to this sign-up post so others can read what this whole damn thing is about without you needing to go into too much of an explanation yourself. If you aren’t sure how to apply/insert a widget/gadget/button code, check this post for explanations for Blogspot/Blogger and WordPress blogs.
How do I interact with other participants throughout the challenge?If you would like to see what other participants are up to throughout the month and/or show others how you are getting on then there are several ways to do so.
- Blogs. If you have a blog, then why not tell/show your readers what you are up to? Reading about others’ experiences of these challenges is always so interesting and often useful. If you’d like to discover some blogs of other participants, you will be able to find lots by looking through the comments section of this sign-up post. Some participants like to post their outfit photos on their blogs, and remember if you want to do that but don’t have the time or desire to post daily, you could post more manageable summaries once or twice a week, which I prefer to do, or even just at the end of the month.
- Flickr. If you wish to be a part of the Me-Made-May’15 Flickr group, head over there and request membership. I’ll ‘let you in’ within two days so you can begin posting your outfits/garments from 1st May. If you wish to start a discussion over there before 1st May, please feel free to do so! If you choose not to sign up to the Flickr group, you will still be able to see all the photos added by other participants and read the discussions being had over there, however you will not be able to comment on the photos or add to the discussions. The Flickr groups are always heaps of fun and such a lovely way to see lots of participants all in one go participating in different countries and climates. Plus it can be a fabulous way to discover new inspirational bloggers and blogs to follow, and generally make some new e-friends!
- Pinterest. After the popularity of last year’s, this year we have a Me-Made-May’15 Pinterest board. To pin your garment/outfit pictures on there, you will need to ‘follow’ the board. It’ll take up to two days for you to be allowed access, so don’t panic if you can’t pin on there immediately. Please add the #mmmay15 hashtag to your pins.
- Twitter and Instagram. It would also be totally ace if Twitter and Instagram users posted about and discussed the challenge using the #mmmay15 hashtag.
Anything else I should know?
HAVE FUN!!!! This challenge is meant to be explorative, illuminating and beneficial, but above that it’s meant to be fun! Getting dressed can often be fun, and if you haven’t felt any clothes-based fun for a while, why not see if this challenge can help inject some of that back? ‘Hanging out’ online with the other participants can be a big part of that fun by seeing what they are wearing (either by visiting their personal blogs or through the Flickr group, Pinterest board or via Twitter and Instagram) and by sharing your own unique take on this challenge.
If you are concerned or confused about any aspect of this challenge, please email me at sozoblog (at) g mail (dot) com.”