So my daughter's class was assigned to make items to sell at a school fund-raiser. Each student was supposed to make 100 items that could be sold for a quarter or two. She saw a tutorial to make stick puppets at Kleas website. http://kleas.typepad.com/kleas/2011/07/puppet-camp-final-day.html But she decided to make them into flower fairies! We gathered up bamboo skewers, wooden beads, embroidery floss, and fake flowers and got to work. The first 25 got made without even going to the store, and then we just had to get more skewers and tiny flowers for hats.
She let her sister and I help, and we had lots of fun. (She also took the photos.)
I started calling them pixie-sticks.
We made 79 in all. 75 to sell, and 4 to keep. (There were other items to make up the 100.) Then we had to figure out how to get them to the market on the big day. We finally decided to stick the sticks in a block of styrofoam.
We fit most of them! It looked so pretty!
At the market, she kept the block under the table. She put a handful at a time into each of two vases, which she could refill. All the little girls loved them, and they sold out well before the end.
My girls are now making more puppets, so they can put on "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
One last UFO that got finished yesterday. It was a practice/toile/prototype six years ago. It's been sitting around just needing neck facing, zipper and hems. Hopefully it'll fit my niece.
So my goal for 2013 was to finish one UFO each month. I missed two months: May because I was concentrating on ballet costumes for the performance, and October because I was making Halloween costumes. But I finished a total of 20 projects! I'm thrilled! Thanks everybody for making this such a great destash-along!
Couple items from stash. The shrug has been my take-along project for a while, but I guess I haven't been spending as much time in the car lately. The skirt just kind of happened Sat night when I decided that DD needed something new to wear to church. I used up all the yarn for the shrug and all the fabric for the skirt. *Not intended to be worn together.
I'm slow posting the UFO's I finished last month. This was a sweater I started when I was learning how to use a knitting machine. And now that I've finished it, I don't know any 4-yo to give it to.
I also finished a quilt that was supposed to be for my wedding. MIL never did much with it, and gave it to me when she moved. Then it sat in a garbage sack for too many years. I decided to just get it done with nothing fancy. And it is toasty!
Today me and my kids made some bead geckos for a charity that takes them to third-world countries. Not a UFO, but a fun stash project.
While I was helping my son sew his kimono for Halloween, an idea/project formed. And rather than filing it in the back of my mind for future reference, I decided to just make it now! I used the same stash fabrics as the kimono, and tried out sewing pattern Simplicity 2212 which I had bought because I might need to sew some dresses for a wedding in a few months. Unfortunately, I forgot that patterns are made standard for a B cup, which my daughter is not! So after quite a bit of fiddling, the bust fit, but the whole thing ended up snug. So she'll only be able to wear it for a few months, but it turned out how I pictured it and she got compliments at church yesterday.
Other than the "lesser bust adjustment," I tweaked the pattern by laying out the stripes in different directions on the bodice pieces, added black piping at the top and bottom of the bodice, and put on straps.
I did have to run to the store to buy a zipper. Those hold me up every time!
So the motto for my life should be "better late than never."
One of the theme/suggestion/challenges for October was to use a craft book that you've had sitting around but never used, more or less. For costumes, I pulled out John Marshall's "Make Your Own Japanese Clothing." I helped my 15 yo son make a kimono completely from stash. He did pretty good, and is excited to use it as a robe throughout the year. (Unfortunately, the obi was an afterthought, and a complete fail, but also from stash.)
My daughter's class requests that any costume be related to ancient Egypt, for educational purposes. She's supposed to be Anqet, the goddess of the Nile. Mostly it just looks egyptian. I used McCall's 4954 (which I've had for a couple years) and a bedsheet for the dress. The drapey/capey thing was also stash. And my husband cut an ankh from one of those anti-static mats that you put under computer desks.
My youngest wanted to be a paladin. The chainmaille hood and shirt are from Ravelry patterns I've had bookmarked for a while, but the yarn wasn't from stash. But the tabard was stash. And the shield was from that same anti-static mat and other bits in my husband's stash.
carolmb -- do you hand baste your quilts? I would put that off, too. I just use those bent safety-pins cause I'm lazy and into instant gratification.
Not significant stash usage, but I've been meaning to make these for a while. Just a couple of lined zipper pouches for my girls, so they have something to carry feminine hygiene supplies in their backpacks.
And I wish I had tons more of this fabric. Wait...I'm trying to use up stash....
When my Mom and her siblings went to their parents' house to sort through things after they died, she ended up with a lot of Grandma's crochet stuff, including a crocheted flower square. She figured it must have been the beginning of an afghan. She decided to finish it with Grandma's yarns and give it to one of us who hadn't gotten one from her while she was alive. Me!!! I told her to just use a mix of whatever colors she had. Well, Mom made about 35 flowers or so, and got halfway through adding the leaves. Then her arm got really sore and she was having a hard time crocheting. I told her I could work on it some until she felt better. Well, she didn't and it was just an early symptom of her cancer spreading to all kinds of places that it shouldn't be. So two years after Mom died, I've finally got back to working on the afghan. And finishing it! Yea!
I had to make a few more flowers to get it six by seven blocks, which ends up about queen sized. I put Grandma's square in the center of an X of purple flowers so I could always figure out which one was hers. I didn't really need to since I didn't bother to get a good match on the white yarn. But there you go.
The ironic thing is, as I was attaching the last square next to Grandma's square, I discovered that her square had a mistake in it. Each side should have 16 joining stitches. That last square had 17! To fix it properly would mean ripping back to the first round of white. And I wasn't going to do that! So I just fudged it in there. But now I wonder: was that single square still sitting around at Grandma's because it was a mistake and she just throw it aside? Have I now immortalized her mistake with a proud place of honor? Maybe. But I made the afghan to honor my Grandma and my Mom and all their work for others. And I love it.
Yea! Now I've finished the quilt made from 4" squares of corduroy. I found a chunk of black corduroy that I used to do a border, so now the quilt is 42". And I used almost all of the corduroy and the backing fabric. I pieced some batting to make do. But I didn't have the drive to make my own binding this time, so I ended up buying some. But five bucks for a blanket is great!
texscrapper -- those all look so well made. And such sweet gifts.
I got a project finished this month that actually fits a couple of the themes! One was rainbow colors, and the other was something about how small of a scrap are you willing to keep. So I cut up all the corduroy scraps I had into either 6" or 4" squares and threw out the rest. And last night (this morning really) I finished binding the 6" block quilt. I wish I could have made it look nice without hand stitching the binding, but it had to be done. It's about 42" square all together.
I alternated the directions of the wale. And I tried to get a light/dark checkerboard effect and mostly succeeded.
I've also sewn all the 4" blocks together for a quilt top, but that came out to just 31" square and I have no idea what to do with something so small. I don't think corduroy is quite right for a baby blanket.