Want to help us CELEBRATE THE BOY?

Hi friends! Today I’m thinking about February. Does that sound strange? Well to me it’s not. Dana of MADE and I have already decided that we’re doing another Celebrate the BOY series in February 2011, and when something so involved has to happen in February you would be crazy to start talking about it in January. You start TALKING about it in October, you start THINKING about it in November, you try to just SURVIVE December, and then in January you actually start DOING some of the stuff you want on the blog in February so that you don’t actually die when it happens. See?

For those of you who weren’t around last year (welcome new readers!), this will be a month completely focused on the BOY. We feel strongly that boys get the shaft when it comes to sewing and crafting, and for a whole month we do our best to rectify that. Last year in addition to our own posts and tutorials we had a ton of guest posts, a number of giveaways, and lots of BOY roundups. If you’d like to check it out, you can see MADE’s Celebrate the Boy 2010 archive here and Made By Rae’s here. You can also take a look at the Celebrate the BOY photo pool which now has thousands of reader-submitted photos.

So the two of us were talking the other day. We decided that the main reason last February was so insane was not that we’d really overextended or overscheduled ourselves; it was trying to keep up with all of the emails that flooded in when people found out what we were doing and wanted to participate, either in the form of ideas, tutorials, or giveaways. And it was hard because while we were thrilled to get such an enthusiastic response and we did make an effort to accommodate many of those requests, we also had to write a ton of “no I’m sorry we’re all scheduled up” type emails. I guess we could have just ignored everything, but I honestly believe that some great ideas would have never seen the light of day and that would have been a shame.

So this year we’d like to invite you to submit your ideas for BOY month ahead of time. We’re setting up a special email account specifically for Celebrate the BOY and both Dana and I will have access to it.  If you would like to contribute in some way to CTB 2011, please email us (click for the address) now and tell us about it. Friends, strangers, new bloggers, old bloggers!  Submissions will be accepted until the end of this year. We will sift through the emails and pick a few favorites to turn into blog posts on MADE or Made By Rae in addition to the things we already have scheduled. Specifically we are looking for tutorials and other ideas for posts relating to unique sewn or crafted items for boys of all ages. If possible we prefer to link TO your blog with a teaser post to bring traffic to your site rather than keeping full posts on our websites. Preference will be given to strong visual styling and good photography. Send us a description of what you are thinking along with links to things you’ve done in the past if possible so we can scope it out. And feel free to send us something you’ve already posted; it doesn’t have to be a brand new idea!

We’d also like to have some cool giveaways for our readers during Celebrate the BOY. If you have a sewing or crafting business and would like to give away something for boys or parents of boys, or sewing or crafting items that are boy-related, let us know.

DISCLAIMER. The following things may seem obvious but still need to be said:
1. We will not be able to include everything that gets sent to us. What we post on our blog will be based on our own personal preferences and we appreciate your understanding.
2. We will not steal any ideas without giving credit. BUT it should come as no surprise to you that many of the ideas floating around in CraftBlogLand are similar or even (gasp!) the SAME. That’s how that goes, and again, we appreciate your understanding.

Please submit your ideas no later than December 31, 2010.  We look forward to hearing from you!

29 thoughts on “Want to help us CELEBRATE THE BOY?

  1. Oh, I am so excited – I loved this last year! Not sure I will submit, but I loved READING! Thank you for doing this.

  2. I love that the deadline is right after Christmas- we're all "making" anyway! (And….do you think this might be the kick in the pants I need to start making for our littlest boy??)

  3. I got a boy since last round!
    I even have something to submit 🙂

    Thanks for giving everyone their chances! It's really cool

  4. LOVE IT! I have a 3 year old turning 4 in February! I also have a daughter (1 year old) who seems to have way more options in what I can make for her vs. what I can make for little man. Looking forward to it!!!!!

  5. CAN NOT WAIT! Boy month was how I found you last year. And thank heavens I did. I'm hoping to play along more this year!

    I'd request a car play mat…but you're going to be too late. I'm hoping to puzzle that one out before Christmas. Damn you Micheal Miller for not keeping your fabric lines open forever! 🙂

    Can't wait to see all the wonderful things you two come up with!

  6. Yippee!!! I loved the boy month. My youngest boy just turns 13 today, so I'll for sure be getting together some tween/teen and small man clothes!

  7. WOOHOO!!!! I can't wait!! I discovered your blog last year during celebrate the boy month and I got HOOKED! I can't wait for a whole month of boy related sewing since I have 2 boys!

  8. I can't wait for this! As a mom of all boys, I have noticed they do get shafted when it comes to crafting/sewing projects! My nieces I have no trouble finding things for, but for my own kids I have so much trouble.. Thank you for this and I will be counting down the days til Feb!!

  9. Uh, sound like fun! Will have to think of something. I am glad that boys get more attention crafting and sewing wise!!!!
    Great job!!!

  10. I'm excited you're doing this! I love your stuff. I can't even tell you how many pairs of leggings and knit shorts I made after being inspired by your tights tutorial. Seriously…at least 20 pairs I bet divided between my three kids. I submitted a few ideas and may submit some more as I get more ideas.

  11. Thank you for bringing this back! There is nothing better than having my little guys get excited about something I made them. Precious moments! I can't wait to celebrate with you girls!

  12. Funny you posting this now as I've been thinking a lot about this Celebrate the Boy theme. I have 2 boys so it's perfect! But my youngest one loves pink! So He wanted a pink dress and I made him one (super simple with some old fabric I had lying around) thinking he'd not really wear it. But he did and he wanted a little skirt so I made him a pink tutu (again super simple) and he's even worn it to daycare… That's why I've neen thinking that maybe we can also celebtrate the boys who like pink! 🙂

  13. yeah!! I found it so refreshing and original last year to have a month celebrating the BOY — like you, I find this lacks in blogland on a typical basis… so THANK YOU to you and Dana!!

  14. Yay! My third (and I have a hunch it will be another boy) is due in February, just in time for more celebrating. Thank you for doing this.

  15. Oh Rae, what fun last year's was! I would love to skew away from the princess-fairy thing going on in our home now (and forever, probably) and do something boyish just for CTB. I'll email you when I get an idea.

  16. Looking forward to Feb! I learned about your blog searching for boy projects as I have two boys. The blog has been pretty girl heavy, but I'll hold out again so I can see all the good stuff planned for Feb! 🙂
    -Stefanie
    2ndChanceCreations.etsy.com

  17. Thank you SO much for doing this again! I just discovered you blog THIS week, and caught up on last year's "Celebrate the BOY" posts as much as possible in one evening! :)I'm excited to be apart of this years' celebration! I began crafting, and joined a friend in business BECAUSE of the lack of handmade boy items out there!

  18. How exciting! I totally loved CTB this past year. I got some great ideas for my boy. Can't wait to get more this upcoming year!

  19. I just found out im having a boy and I was just thinking ' there is nothing good for little boys' yay!! i cant wait!

  20. I am SO HAPPY to hear you are bringing CTB back! I am still incredibly busy with school and trying to entertain two boys and one girl on a daily basis, so I will thoroughly enjoy reading all the posts. I do have one idea for you and Dana as you kick around suggestions…perhaps including a few posts on crafty things we can DO with our boys?? THANKS!!! This February should be EPIC!!

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