April Challenge: Make Something Cool Every Day

[1 Apr 2009 | By | 30 Comment(s) | 8,818 views ]

Go here to add your link to the list and see who is participating!

I’ve really been inspired by Laser Bread’s flickrset, where he’s been challenging himself to make something cool every day for all of 2009. (Apparently the idea has been around a while, and there’s even a flickr pool for MSCE.) Now, spurring your creativity everyday for a year would be cool. But I’m thinking I’ll try something more reasonable for ME to accomplish, and I’m inviting you to come along!

So, Welcome to the “Make Something Cool Every Day for April” Challenge!
Something cool can be anything. Art, craft, photography, writing, programming, cooking… whatever, just something creative. Create something. Forcing something every day means you don’t have time to procrastinate, edit, and let best get in the way of good. Along the lines of the Cult Of Done.

But, you don’t have to make the exact same commitment to participate. If you want to do only weekdays, or you missed the beginning and want to jump in in the middle, that’s ok. The point is to inspire creativity, not to follow rules. Not sure you can make a month? Start with a week and see how it goes.

How to play along:
– If you’ve got a blog, post here (or email me) to join and I’ll make a list of participating blogs so we can all follow along and keep each other motivated. (Tag posts MSCEApril. Note, you don’t have to do a new post everyday, but minimally do summary posts at least weekly to show what you’ve done.)
– If you’re on twitter, post links to your MSCE projects, and tag them #MSCEApril (just add something like “my #MSCEApril for today” somewhere in your tweet)
– If you’re on flickr, add pics to the Dabbled pool, and tag them MSCEApril.
– If you’re on facebook, you can show them off at the Dabbled page (go be a Fan!)

Spread the word… let’s get a little underground movement going!

Thanks to those who are spreading the word via twitter and blog! If you tweet, be sure to search for #MSCEApril to follow along there..
Even if you’re not on twitter, just click here to see what’s been posted: http://search.twitter.com/search?q=MSCEApril

My MSCE for today, 4/1 is a button for MSCE April!
Also, Heather at Dollar Store Crafts made a button as well, and has graciously allowed you guys to steal it, if you like it better than mine! It’s really cute.

(Note: if you’re reading this through a feed reader, you may need to click through to get the html) Want to show you are participating, or just like to link to MSCE April? This will link to the list of participants, too! Just cut-n-paste the html below to add this nifty button, wherever html is allowed! If you want a larger image, you can grab this one if you like.

Go here to add your link to the list… and see who else is participating!!

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  • Heather - Dollar Store Crafts [] :

    I’m in! I’m going to take it a step further for myself and try to make something cool every day FROM THE DOLLAR STORE. You don’t want to see the stash of supplies I have from the dear ol’ DS… it’s embarrassing.

  • Dot [] :

    Sweet! Can’t wait to see all the thrifty creativity!

  • becca.elpy [] :

    I think this is a great idea.

  • Lindsey [] :

    Oh, my goodness. Count me in. I’ll try to keep up, but this is a leap of faith, not one of those “I’m already doing this so I might as well play” things, no, it’s a “I should be doing this, so I guess I’ll dive in and see how it goes” thing. (Fingers Crossed).
    I’ll play along via my blog.

  • amy [] :

    this was actually my new year’s resolution, kind of! i resolved to do something crafty every single day, whether that’s prep work like cutting out fabric or painting base coats, or actually finishing something. it gives me a bit more flexibility for bigger projects that way! and i’ve been doing it! here it is april, i think this is the longest i’ve ever kept a resolution!

    it would be fun to make something every day though!

  • tamdoll [] :

    Wow, this is a good one! This year I've been trying to do something creative every day, if not crafty, then at least creative! (Like how to cook dinner with what I have on hand?) Don't think I can commit to something cool & completed every day, but will keep posting at my blog on a weekly basis about the projects that I am doing. And… I like the vagueness of this…I can still keep working on my own projects & not something more specific! I can't wait to see what everyone does.

  • Dot [] :

    Great! Love the response thus far.

    If you want me to link to your blog (or flickr, or whatever) in the list of participants, be sure to leave me the link in your comment. I’ll get the list up in the next few days.

  • Alicia [] :

    My kids and I are in! We love this sort of challenge.

  • Heather Mann [] (elsewhere) discussed this :

    RT @dotatdabbled Make something cool every day in April Challenge! http://tinyurl.com/c8rdzj Pass it on! #MSCEApril

  • Cianna P. Stewart [] (elsewhere) discussed this :

    RT @dotatdabbled Make something cool every day in April Challenge! http://tinyurl.com/c8rdzj Pass it on! #MSCEApril

  • Caroline [] :

    I’ll give it a go – not very techy so apologise if I do the tagging and stuff wrong! I am sajona on blogger and also twitter (you can see my twitter on my blog anyway)

  • Heather - CROQZine - Dollar Store Crafts [] :

    My son made his first project: an Alphabet Necklace: http://croqzine.com/blog/?p=949

    Here’s my first project: Cute Rings: http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2009/04/cute-rings/

  • Heather Sitarzewski [] (elsewhere) discussed this :

    RT @DotatDabbled: Make Something Cool Everyday – http://bit.ly/3NPXp3

  • Kimberly Coombs [] :

    I just started a new blog called Making Something Crafty, but i haven’t gotten into the whole frequently post vibe yet so this sounds like a great way to kick start things, especially since i’m always doing something with my hands.

  • tamdoll [] (elsewhere) discussed this :

    @DotatDabbled I think your April Challenge is going to be fun to watch & participate in! http://bit.ly/3NPXp3 #MSCEApril

  • Erin Powers [] :

    I love this! I’m going to actually try to do this, so wish me luck, I’m extremely lazy. :)

  • Heather Mann [] (elsewhere) discussed this :

    Make Something Cool Everyday April http://tinyurl.com/c8rdzj Check DSC later tonight to see what I made today-fun & costs a penny #MSCEApril

  • Julie Holetz [] (elsewhere) discussed this :

    RT: @croqzine: Make Something Cool Everyday April http://tinyurl.com/c8rdzj #MSCEApril

  • Joanne [] :

    Okay, okay twist my arm… I’m in! Not sure how I’ll do — but I’ll give it a whirl!

  • Lindsey [] :

    Hey, I made the sushi from your last post! It was such a hit. I posted some photos on my blog.

  • Hello, I'm Sally. [] :

    Just what I need, some motivation! I’m in.

  • amy [] :

    okay, i’ve decided, i’m in! it’ll mean having multiple projects on the go so that one can be finished each day, but that’ll work!

    i’ve posted a link to dabbled on my blog, and to DSC. thanks for the button!

  • Gerky [] :

    The picklets and I are in! We may not be able to participate everyday but we are always up for a challenge. Thanks!


  • Renee [] :

    I’m in! I think I can only do weekdays though. This month is going to be crazy for me. I’m excited to see what everyone does!

  • Stacie [] :

    Sounds like fun! We’re in!

  • Samantha [] :

    oh wow! i had no idea this was a big internet thing this month. i had already planned to make one thing every day in april on my own, so this is pretty cool to see other people doing the same sort of challenge! i look forward to seeing projects from everyone :)

    my blog can be seen here and i plan to update every day if possible:


  • Meg [] :

    I’m in too! I can’t guarantee a post everyday- but I’ll do a summary post to catch up on any days that I’ve missed.

  • Stephanie [] :

    I’m in! I’m not great at blogging every day (or every week!) so I’m also using this to challenge me to get more regular on my posts. ;) My personal goal is to work on something creative every day, even if it is an on going project. Ex: I started working on a crocheted hobo bag on two days ago, so I’ll be working on that every day till it’s done!

  • Iris [] :

    I am in!!! this is so exciting

  • libbydibby [] :

    I’m doing it!