Sunday, March 31, 2013

April Creative Challenge

Update! We are now voting for a winner. Visit to join in!

Winter is starting to slowly fade in Western New York and it's an inspiring thing. Spring is a season of new life and our team is starting a new life of its own. With that in mind, we are going to try doing something fresh and fun: monthly creative challenges.

We're just starting out, so I'm sure we'll end up changing some rules along the way, but let's give this a try. Here's how it works:

  1. We pick a theme.
  2. Anyone who wants to participate creates or finds something new inspired by the theme.
  3. We share our entries on the third week of the month.
  4. We vote on our favorite and pick a winner.
Once we get rolling, the winner of the challenge will pick the theme for the next challenge. But since we're starting from scratch, I will set the first theme: Spring in Buffalo.

Entries for our April challenge will be accepted starting April 21 and continuing through April 26. We will vote for four days starting April 28.

We don't have a tangible prize to offer for the winner of the creative challenge, but we can do something on the blog or elsewhere to promote the winner's shop. In the coming weeks, I will explain more (how to share your entries, for example) and browse team members' shops for examples of work that fits well with the theme for the month. I encourage you to post in the comments if you have any questions.

I hope this proves to be a fun way for us to inspire each other each month and gives us yet another opportunity to appreciate how creative and talented our teammates are!

Remember that the theme for this month is Spring in Buffalo and that we will start accepting entries on April 21. Happy Easter to those who celebrate, and a happy spring weekend to everyone!

Update: Entries are now being accepted at this link:


  1. This definitely sounds like fun, and will help shops like mine create additional inventory =) Time to start thinking Spring....

  2. Great idea! I'm thinking gardens and plants...can't wait to see what emerges.

  3. Thank you Nicole! You just inspired me!

  4. GREAT idea esp. now that I am healthy (kinda) and rarin' to go!! Love it!

  5. Nothing like getting started on something down to the wire! I love this idea! Now I just have to figure out what to do!

  6. Ok.. gonna think on this.. I already have couple of ideas..