Color: Orange Pattern: Solids For: Yard (or windowsill/balcony/fire-escape for the apartmet dwellers out there) Challenge 1: Six month check in! Has your stash migrated? Grown? Shrunk? Take a look back at your DeStashing resolutions and see how far you've come. Are your goals still relevant, or do you need to do some tweaking? Challenge 2: Have any swaps caught your eye recently but you weren't able to join? Make something for yourself using the same themes.
I'm not dead! I've gotten next to nothing done on the crafty - deStashing front but a ton of stuff done in real life, so I suppose it's a trade off. I did manage to have a friend over for a crafternoon, and between the gabbing, youtube videos, and other distractions we even made a few cards. And I got her to take some of my paper collection, so while not much crafting was done I consider it a successful destash project. Sort of.
And with the philosophy of pictures or it doesn't count - some of the cards.
Color: Yellow Pattern: Stripes For: Teachers Challenge 1: Is there a craft your mom, grandmother, great-aunt or the like taught you when you were very little but you haven't tried in ages? If the supplies are in your stash, give it a try again. You'll be amazed at what your fingers remember. Challenge 2: Concentrate on the material that makes up the largest portion of your stash, be it yarn, seed beads, or whatever.
Exhibit 2 - a variation on the wingspan shawl that's a bit more scarf-like. This may end up being frogged eventually, but for now I'm going to bask in the feeling of getting something done. 118/365 Noro by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
I'll go ahead and post the May themes and then go back and see what I've missed. I hope I can be here more often next month.
I made a really quick card to go along with the baby blanket I finished last month. Grey doesn't really seem like a good color for baby things, but it went with the Wondermark comic I'd printed out. Anyways, the package is sent, and the soon-to-be parents should be getting it within the week. It's such a great feeling to not only finish a project but send it out of the house. There's no way that's making its way back into the stash.
Color: Purple Pattern: Paisley For: Your car, bicycle, scooter, or donkey cart. However you get around. Challenge 1: Now that you've done a bit of cleaning, picked our collective brains for new uses for old items, and generally had a while to ponder your stash, you may come to the conclusion that there are some items in there you are never going to use. That's okay! Pass them along to someone else. (After all, that makes room for new stuff). Challenge 2: Okay, so we've all probably got a Pinterest boards or a bookmark folder full of neat tutorials we've saved for later. Well, later is now, so how about rolling up your sleeves and giving one or two of them a try.
Kookaloo_Starr copied these in her post earlier, I've put it up again so they're easier to read. I got caught up with travel and family for Easter and forgot to post them yesterday.
Just one note about adhesive, from the conversation on the last page... I love rubber cement for paper crafts, but occasionally find it doesn't hold up well over time (as in a year later things might start to fall off) but that could just be the brand I used or shoddy rubber cementing techniques on my part.
And my own contribution to the de-stashing efforts - two argyle pillowcases. They're identical, so I only bothered to take a picture of one.
The blanket is somewhere between 32 and 36 inches square, all in DK, so it took forever. It's made of yarn I've had for the past 6 years. The parents it is going to asked for gender neutral gifts, but I feel like denim will do, and even if the baby is a girl, it will have more than enough pink in its life. And that's 6 skeins of yarn out of the stash! I can see the bottom of the bin.
Awesome projects! I'm really loving all the plaid, and the giant doily/small table cloth is amazing.
For those joining me on a suppy diet - you get to make the rules. I'm going to be going cold turkey, but whatever makes the most sense for you, whether it's not buying materials to sit around, or no more impulse yarn buys - whatever! You know your stash, project plans, and willpower better than anyone.
Nothing to show so far for the March themes, but I got my crafting space cleared off from the February themes. It's not large, but it works. Sewing machine is stashed under the desk, paper crafting supplies are in the red tote on the shelves. I still need to work on organization for thread, ribbons, etc. but I have space to breathe again.