Party Time--Can We Talk?
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looser
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Posted: 1/9/2013 10:57:01 AM
While I'm not trying to be 'Daniel Downer', I confess I'm not all that excited about the upcoming Winterfest.

Don't get me wrong. I like our online parties, but wouldn't be devestated if we took a break 'til summer this year.

Rather than coming up with new challenges, games & such for a specific week (or 2), I'd prefer to spend my energy working on offering some different swaps & challenges that are less 'deadline' intensive.

Many of us who host on a regular basis admit that we get little made during a party.

Personally, I'd like to work on my next 'Send You' swap without having WF on my hosting list. And I have several challenges that I'd like to offer, too. Just don't want to bundle them. So...

Can we talk? What's your take on this topic?

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Posted: 1/9/2013 11:31:25 AM
I appreciate your honest approach to this topic.

I was kind of looking forward to the event. I probably would host one challenge. I'm okay with it being smaller than usual, if regular hosters do not want to host. During SOF, I thought we had more challenges than I could possibly complete -- so we had more than enough.

Would it seem more inviting and less of a chore if it were smaller? I feel like the point is to CREATE that week and if there is something that is keeping many from creating, then maybe adjustments need to be made.

I am a planner though, and having set dates for events appeals to me. Plus, there seem to be several Peas who love to come just for the events.

ETA: WF is actually the one at the least busy time of year for me compared to the other two "fests."

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Posted: 1/9/2013 12:42:17 PM
I can see your point Daniel. It can be overwhelming at times.

I'm looking forward to it and plan to host a challenge. Nothing crazy or too difficult, just a fun challenge. I hope to be more organized this time and be able to complete more challenges and spend more time on the board. With a busy little one and working from home, time can be pretty limited if I don't follow our day to day routine.
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Posted: 1/9/2013 4:21:42 PM
I'm looking FORWARD to Winterfest 2013!

That being said, no one has to participate every time. You can join if you want to or not. You can host if you want to or not. But I am looking forward to it and counting on it and even have a challenge in mind already!

I love our events because they really get my mojo going. I love them because I get so inspired by the other challenges, the possibilities for combining challenges, and because I don't normally have much time for stamping anymore and this gives me an excuse.

So no cancelling Winterfest 2013!

Daniel, perhaps you are just burnt out on hosting. Take a break from it for a while. Actually make things for the challenges this time and play. Or ignore Winterfest entirely. It's up to you!

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Posted: 1/9/2013 9:01:21 PM
I always look forward to these events because of the inspiration. I work so much for my design team that I like to other different things. So I am in! Will host a challenge and BINGO if you still want to do it!

Stampwilly

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Posted: 1/9/2013 11:47:53 PM
You want to cancel Winterfest? ...... ....... ...... Is this a wind-up, Daniel?

Needless to say, I'm with everyone else.

I agree with Heidi that SOF12 was BIG and that we could easily have a fun party a bit smaller than that.

I also liked Anne's point that it's such fun to try to combine challenges, which you can't do as much in non-party times.

And like many, I already have my challenge thought out.

However, I do see your points, Daniel, and have a couple of ideas up for discussion (as compromises, if others feel the same as you): 1) we might consider cutting it from 3 to 2 "fests" per year. 2) rather than "hangover week", after the first week has finished and winners been announced, we could extend all challenges til the end of that month, to give slow-pokes plenty of time to play. I don't necessarily support these ideas, but wanted to put them out there as compromises.

But let's get one thing straight. We are having a party on Feb 9.
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Posted: 1/10/2013 1:31:14 AM
Yes, I too definitely have Winterfest Feb 9-17 in INK on my calendar which is why we set-up permanent dates last year. I have already made some serious decisions in order to keep my calendar cleared. I too am thinking seriously about my challenge.

Few people can play everything, every time and life interruptions happen. I love events but when I play hard and make art over a 9-day period I am very ready for it to end and need to move on to other obligations that need attention. Unfortunately many times when folks extend deadlines consideration is not given to the other 2 Peas who it also impacts and obligates.

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Posted: 1/10/2013 8:44:35 AM
I originally suggested the idea of a Hangover Week (with a SOF09 Play-It-Again Hangover Challenge) because, as a challenge hostess, I didn't get as much time to play as I would have liked. Personally, having a Hangover Week allows me to focus on hosting the first week, and still give me time to play.

That being said, we do not have to have a Hangover Week. Daria doesn't need to host it each time. It was more for fun, for hosts and hostesses to get a bit extra time to play, and for anyone else who had conflicts the first week and wanted more play time.

And I personally think an extra week is plenty of time for a Hangover Week. I appreciate Jan's point that extending challenges longer can make the original host or hostess feel a sense of obligation or courtesy to keep checking in and leaving Pea Praise on people who entered the Hangover version of their challenge.

In general, I do think Stamptoberfest is our "big" event. Winterfest and WSW seem to be smaller events. And that is fine.

And, I agree with Jan - we all discussed this idea last year as a group and agreed on a schedule together. It has helped me plan and set aside time for the event, too.

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Posted: 1/10/2013 9:50:08 AM
This will be my first time participating in Winterfest. I was new and around last year but didn't get to participate. I'm looking forward to it!
I feel like I always learn a lot of new techniques from stamping weeks here and it's fun. I just need to learn not to stress myself out if I can't find time to do all the challenges!
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Posted: 1/10/2013 11:26:32 AM
Thanks for all the posts (and absence of tar & feathers)

I might just take a break from hosting a challenge. Not sure. I don't find it too much of a chore even with creating a blog.

Chances are that by the time WF rolls around I'll be more enthusiastic.

One thing I always apreciate about our forum is that we are able to share our thots & comments freely.

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Posted: 1/10/2013 12:26:14 PM
It looks like this has been settled. LOL.

Daniel, I understand where you're coming from. Although I haven't participated in the wonderful challenges that have become a regular feature on Two Peas, I love that they are there; they remind me of the way it was in the old days. I keep planning to participate--love the color challenges! I don't blame you and a few others for feeling a bit burned out. You guys have kept this board rolling on a daily basis.

I feel that since we have published to the world that they can plan on the same celebration calendar year after year, we should not renege. Stamptoberfest is the biggest celebration; World Wide Stamping Week and Winterfest don't attract as much traffic perhaps because of Winter Sports on TV in February and Father's Day, graduation, kids out of school, etc. in June. Sometimes, I've wondered if it was worth it, and I always decided that it was; people come out of lurkdom; new people join; old Peas visit or return. It doesn't matter how big or small the event is; it's just a time for us to come together.

If people want to switch to twice a year, we could keep Stamptoberfest and then have Springfest(?) in April. If people want, we could have that discussion.

About Hangover Week, like Anne, I often don't participate that much during the festivities--too busy checking out all the blogs, discussion threads, and gallery posts. I really love that part of it--so much energy and so many ideas floating around. During Hangover Week, the pace is much slower. One Hangover Week, I was the only one who participated! I had fun; but after the next event, I almost didn't offer it. I was so glad I did--five or six people participated who, otherwise, could not have. Anyone can do any challenge at any time, but it's more fun when there's give and take on the discussion threads. I don't think too many, if any, of us go back and do the old challenges even though there are some great ones out there. Once or twice, we extended Hangover Week to two weeks. It turned out to be overkill. I think we should just keep to the one week.

I haven't put the events on my 2013 calendar yet. I'm going to do that right now.

Uh-oh. It's time to start thinking of what to offer as a challenge, and Master Thread time is just a couple of weeks away! Daniel, was this your way of telling us Winterfest was upon us? I know you're the one to usually remind us to start thinking. LOL.

Daria


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Posted: 1/10/2013 12:51:31 PM
If we are starting the discussion about whether to change from 3 events a year to 2, I am opposed. The reason is, if I am not available much the week of an event, I have two other events to work on. Especially now that 2Peas is offering very few challenges I can work on, I prefer to keep 3.

I also agree with those who don't want to extend Hangover Week. Jan's sentiment resonated with me :

I love events but when I play hard and make art over a 9-day period I am very ready for it to end and need to move on to other obligations that need attention. Unfortunately many times when folks extend deadlines consideration is not given to the other 2 Peas who it also impacts and obligates.

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Posted: 1/10/2013 2:12:17 PM
LOL, Jan! 'Written in Ink' ain't written in stone.

I hearya Heidi!

Figure we can discuss the 'party plan' after WF & see where that leads us.

Along with several other StamPeas who are still here, our fests were the result of a chance remark & lots of input & cooperation by the members.

For the moment, I'm content with the status quo & promise to 'jolly' up for Winterfest '13.

iring
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Posted: 1/10/2013 2:22:21 PM
Huh?! I'm voting to keep Winterfest! I already have a challenge idea in mind, started something today in fact, just before I read this post!

My 2 cents :

1. Keep the 3 events (SOF, WSW, Winterfest)

Sometimes life conflicts, and it's just a bad week. Not quite so sad, because I know there will be 2 more chances to play!

2. I'm in favor of a 9 day event and a hangover week

I really enjoy hangover week. It's the "calm after the storm", the "cherry on top of my sundae", the ... help me think here

Fests are a time when I give myself extra permission to play. Let the house go a little, laundry can pile up, leave the stamp mess out ... it's just too much fun!

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Posted: 1/10/2013 9:23:29 PM
I already see that I will have a conflict, but I plan to do as much as I can. One of my stamping friends has invited me along with a few others to a long weekend at a cottage to stamp. BUT I plan to take my camera and laptop and supplies so I can do some challenges! I still plan to host Bingo too. I still would like to have the 3 events. It is always a fun time -- Winterfest perks up the dreary winter drabs. Looking forward to it!

Stampwilly

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Posted: 1/10/2013 9:42:58 PM
Oh good! I look forward to Bingo !

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Posted: 1/11/2013 12:56:36 AM
Yep! Bingo put a smile on my face too!

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Posted: 1/11/2013 12:43:57 PM
LOVE Bingo!

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Posted: 1/11/2013 2:50:31 PM
Me too on BINGO. Hmmm. Wonder if we could play 'Stamp Poker'?

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Posted: 1/15/2013 9:32:09 PM

While I'm not trying to be 'Daniel Downer', I confess I'm not all that excited about the upcoming Winterfest.

Oh my.....I was going to say..... Yay! Me neither.

Maybe cause the weather is so cold. Maybe because I am just lazy at the thought of making a big mess, and then having to clean it up.




So no cancelling Winterfest 2013!


Yes, ma'm!




And I guess since Daria is up for it with all that posting & hosting she does. Who am I to complain right?






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Posted: 1/16/2013 10:01:12 AM
Thanx, Furry. A few other posters shared that they were just a 'tad' underwhelmed, but I'm sure WF will be fun.


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Posted: 1/16/2013 12:42:40 PM
Daniel, I'm curious about stamp poker!! Is this a game you've got in the works?!
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Posted: 1/16/2013 12:53:02 PM
LOL, Pug! Probably not for WF.

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Posted: 1/23/2013 11:30:33 AM
Feb 9th---already stamped on calendar. I am hosting a challenge as usual.
Daniel- maybe stamp along this time instead of hosting. This way you get to enjoy it and get stuff done. We don't have to host every time, though I personally enjoy it. We promise we won't revoke your Stamping Card if you are not a hoster but stamper only. I will even allow something in my challenge I have not done before--allow stampers to combine my challenge with others. I love each of our events- big or small. I learn new things, try new techniques and actually get cards made. Just my stamping 2 cents.

Sincerely,
Neysa aka 2 peas name: neyw

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Posted: 1/23/2013 11:53:19 AM
I'm trying to make some headway on at home stuff so that I can participate in the Winterfest too. I do get that underwhelmed feeling with so much else I'm trying to get done right now but then I think that having a specific week and deadlines is probably good as it forces me to make the time...otherwise I might never get around to trying new techniques or projects.
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