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1  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by dulcet on: February 28, 2015 11:09:36 AM
I just worked on a couple swap items, too! 

I finished an afghan last night, just a giant granny square.  It used up four skeins.  Don't have a destination for it yet.



Between the flu making its way through our family, and (happy) unexpected visitors, I haven't reached my goal of using up a box worth of stash for the month.  Hopefully it'll average out.
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2  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by dulcet on: February 15, 2015 07:46:36 PM
Here's another hat and blanket set for a different niece expected next month.  The blanket is flannel on the front with flocked satin folded over from the back for the edging.  No batting because they live where the snow never flies.

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3  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by dulcet on: February 12, 2015 07:45:16 PM
So I've signed up for the Feb Dotee swap, even though I've never made a dotee!  I figured I better try one for practice.  I pulled out various supplies and this is what I ended up with from stash.



I don't think it's a standard dotee, but I'm pleased with it.  I keep on seeing stuff painted on fabric, and decided to give it a try.  It was definitely different.  And it helped stiffen the wings.
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4  heart on a string in Valentine's Day by dulcet on: February 09, 2015 09:58:40 AM
I saw something like this somewhere on the internet.  Just a mass of paper hearts on strings.  Cheap, easy, fast, and effective.  I wish I had some red spray paint around that I could have lightly hit a few with to add some dimension.  I wanted to use the whole book I had saved for crafting reuse, but made myself stop so I can get on with other things.  More would definitely be better. 




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5  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by dulcet on: February 09, 2015 09:52:36 AM
I saw something like this somewhere on the internet.  Just a mass of paper hearts on strings.  Cheap, easy, fast, effective, and all from stash.  I wanted to use the whole book I had saved for crafting reuse, but made myself stop so I can get on with other things. 


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6  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by dulcet on: February 07, 2015 07:40:02 PM
Made a replacement for that hot pink hat that came out too big.  Didn't take much yarn, but I was able to work on it while I sat next to the child that needed to be pinned down to finish missing homework.


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7  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by dulcet on: January 31, 2015 02:35:25 PM
I did not get nearly as much done this month as I intended.  I had a commission (all materials provided, so no stash) that should have only taken one day, that I worked on for a week!  It was really frustrating!

I did manage to empty one box, which was my goal, but most of it was throw away or take to thrift store.  But I did make a flannel baby blanket and knitted hat for an expected niece, all from stash except the lace trim.  Unfortunately, the hat is too big for a newborn, so it may need a different home.  (It's the Poppy pattern by Justine Turner.)  Yes, they are really that bright!



I do have a large project from materials I prepped years ago that I'm working on, but it will take quite a while to finish.  It's a braided rug from jeans that I swore I'd never do.  I'm also working on a crocheted blanket that's just a big granny square.  That's my carry-around project for in the car and waiting rooms.

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8  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by dulcet on: January 05, 2015 09:17:10 AM
I spent some time this weekend making the things I had intended to give my kids' teachers for Christmas.  Hopefully they won't mind getting them after the break.


A kusudama (origami sphere) from the FoldingTrees tute.


Another type of kusudama from Clara's Paper Garden tute.


A paper rose from Stamper-licious tute.


And a Charlie Brown paper rose for the teacher who collects Peanuts.

And barely a dent in the paper stash.
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9  flower maidens in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by dulcet on: June 01, 2014 04:34:53 PM
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."
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10  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by dulcet on: January 01, 2014 12:39:19 PM
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!
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