Children's writing

Did Someone Say “Challenge”?

If my parents had thought to make eating lima beans a challenge or a contest, I’d probably be a lima bean fan today. Sadly, they did not. Sadly, I am not.

But here are a Challenge and a Contest that are way-yonder more appealing than lima beans.

To celebrate National Sewing Month in September, Lazy Girl Designs is hosting a Make 2/Give 2 Challenge. Here’s the idea, right from Joan’s keyboard:

The Challenge: Make2/Give2
– Make two ‘With Love Totes’ (free pattern from Lazy Girl Designs), wrap them like the gifts that they are, and give them to one non-sewing (or new-sewing) friend.
– One tote is for your friend to keep, one is for your friend to give to a friend. By doing so, your friend will experience for themselves the sewy-good feeling of this kind act and perhaps give sewing a try.

Sweeten the Challenge with this idea:

Maybe your friend will join you for a sewing adventure by planning a project, shopping, or helping you cut and sew. Make a date of it.

Joan’s goal is to have members of her Lazy Yahoo Group make and give 500 totes. How’s that for ambition?

Sounds like fun, eh? Makes you want to embroider a panel for the tote, or embroider on the tote, or make one to take to the library and fill with books, or find booky fabric for the tote, or…


Laura Salas is hosting a poetry contest on her blog, Writing the World for Kids.

The instructions:

Write a poem that serves as a summary or an introduction to your book (published or forthcoming or wip). Poems should be 24 lines or less. Any form is fine, or free verse works, too!

Okay, Laura’s readers are mostly writers, but don’t let that stop you. If you don’t have a published book, forthcoming book, or work-in-progress, I propose you build a poem summarizing some other book. Even if that disqualifies you, which I doubt because Laura appreciates all poetic efforts, it’s a fun challenge, no? I think I’ll write one for Clueless in Alaska.

Check out the details here.

Both challenges run through the month of September.

6 replies »

  1. Hi Jen!!!

    I love your idea for combining needlework with my tote project. It’s just the finishing touch to make the simple design come to life and personalize for the recipient.


  2. I don’t think even a challenge would have made me a lima bean eater! (And I’m not even sad about that). But I’ve been wanting to tackle one of Joan’s totes (I love the Chelsea Bag), and this may just get me going. It sounds like fun.
    I haven’t written a poem in ages, so I may try my hand at that, but keep it to myself.
    Thanks for the heads up. Head ups? Heads ups?

  3. So am I the only one intrigued by this rock, which has nary an explanation? I’ve got an urge to go over and give that rock a good shove, just to see what happens.

  4. Well, Shell, I can tell you what happens when you give that rock a good shove: Nothing. That’s a Big rock.

    That picture was taken in the Porongurups, mountains in Western Australia. We thought it was cool, too.

  5. Becca, I struggle with the proper use and format for “heads up” all the time. I sometimes use the phrase in puzzle directions instead of boring old “Warning” or “Watch it.”

    I agree with your first use.

  6. Joan, all your bags and totes can be combined with embroidery to great effect–as you know. And one of these millennia, I’m going to demonstrate that.