Color: Brown Pattern: Plaid For: Charity Challenge 1: Host a crafternoon with friends. Its a great way to make gifts in bulk ahead of the holiday season. And fresh eyes looking at your stash may find new ways to use materials that would never occur to you. Challenge 2: Make more than one of something. If you've already got the supplies out, it might be nice to make a batch, some to keep, some to give away.
craftylittlemonkey That bunny in the altoid tin is absolutely adorable! I am a huge fan of bunnies, tiny things, and objects that fit in their own boxes, so it hits all my buttons.
And now for my traditional end-of-the-month project dump.
Starting with a project or two for the bazaar at my grandmother's church.
Teeny Tiny Little Note-pads. They're 3 x 4.5 inches, and embellished with random buttons, bows, and those little flowers I made last month without a purpose.
Post-it Note Covers. No I don't know why I had 24 pads of post-it notes scattered throughout the house either. Some are embellished, some are plain, but everything's from stash except the velcro dots holding them closed.
I also finished off a UFO that had been about three years in the making. The only problem is in the intervening time my gauge changed considerably, so the mitts aren't quite the same size. Oops! Not sure what to do about that. 260/360 Endpapers by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
Color: Black Pattern: Lace For: Cold Weather (If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, I of course meant to say Warm Weather gear) Challenge 1: If you're anything like me, you love the adrenaline rush at the beginning of the project, but by the time rolls around to clip threads, sew on snaps, and all the other little things that make a project truly finished you've gotten bored and moved on to the next craft. So pull out those almost finished projects from wherever they're hiding, and take care of the finishing touches. Challenge 2: Much like our pinterest challenge from earlier in the year this one is about all the lovely craft books you have lined up on your shelf. If you have a book you love but have never done anything from, pull it down and see if something from your stash will suit.
Color: Grey Pattern: Argyle For: Your Workplace (or School if that's more appropriate) Challenge 1: Remember those supplies you bought to teach yourself a new craft that are languishing unused at the bottom of your stash? Now might be a good time to dust them off, find some instructions, and knuckle down. Challenge 2: Use up a specific number of items from your stash. You know what you have better than anyone else, but try for something like 1 yard of cloth, 2 skeins of yarn, 4 buttons, 8 sheets of scrapbook paper, 16 beads, etc. etc. etc. Whatever suits your stash best, just pick a number and try your hardest.
texscrapper - Whatever little girl has a dino-themed birthday party is incredibly awesome, and lucky to get such a cute t-shirt, too.
dulcet - I love the color combination in your corduroy quilt. That's going to be really cozy.
I have a few projects of my own. I didn't manage to post as frequently as I'd hoped, but still made some good progress. First and foremost a pair of Dashing Mitts that will be a Christmas present for my grandfather. IMG_6057 by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
The rest are little bitty things for little bitty dolls.
Color: Rainbow Pattern: Stars For: Pets Challenge 1: Make a scrappy project! This is also a good time to go through your scraps and realistically evaluate how small something can be and still be useful. Challenge 2: On the go projects - Make something you can work on while you're out and about.
As usual, I've accomplished very little this month in the way of DeStashing (I have however packed and moved a friend and spent a week cat-sitting an animal that likes to eat yarn and destroy paper, which kind of cuts down on crafting abilities).
I did however, get a Christmas present done - a set of cards for my aunt. I had a blast with these, so I have a feeling I'll be making more cards in the future. I found the instructions and some good info about corralling your piles of paper scraps here.
I also spent an afternoon covering everything that wasn't nailed down in washi tape from my stash. No pictures, because who really needs to see four inches of decorative tape on my cell-phone charger?
And finally I made a set of "my address is changing" cards for my mother but left them at her new place and forgot to get photographic evidence. She's promised to send me pictures, but is somewhat technologically challenged. I'm not holding my breath.
So that was July. My goal for August is to have at least one project to show for myself each week, even if they are itty-bitty ones. I need to feel like I'm making a bit more progress on my stash, if only for my own peace of mind.
Color: Red Pattern: Checks/Gingham For: Friends Challenge 1: Is there a special item in your stash you have been saving for just the right project, whatever that might be? Go ahead and give yourself permission to use it! Challenge 2: Take some stress out of the holidays by making a gift now. Just remember where you put it when the time to actually give it away comes around.
What an awesome quilt, dulcet! I love the modern lines it has.
In June I drove about 3,500 miles all over the country on various trips, packed up my mother to move her from VA to PA, and got very little crafting done. This seems to be the theme for 2013. However, I did finish yet another lapghan: