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131  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: October 31, 2013 08:42:49 PM
November Themes

Capel Garmon natives by LlGC ~ NLW, on Flickr

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.
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132  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: October 31, 2013 08:19:36 PM
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
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133  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: October 01, 2013 02:29:52 PM
Hello again!

I'd start out my post with the usual apologies for my absence, but I have a feeling you're all sick of those by this point.  On to the actual De-Stashing progress.

First and foremost a set of cards I made ages ago but only just got around to photographing.  My mother moved to Pittsburgh over the summer and I made these for her "change of address" letters.

I made a bunch of little flowers, which didn't even make a dent in the crochet thread stash.  No idea what I'm going to use them for, but they were fun.

On the crochet theme, I made this dress about a month ago, but it fell behind the couch and I just got it finished this morning.

Dolly Duds by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

I used up a box and some cardboard scraps I was saving for who-knows-what reason to make an organizer for scrapbook materials.  I have mixed feelings about it so far.

I turned a box full of tangled ribbon and some matte board remnants into a bunch of these.  I just took a picture of the more colorful examples.

While wrapping a gift I realized I had no bows, so a piece of scrapbook paper, hot glue, and a button turned into this.

And that's what I've got to show for September.  I've got several projects in various stages of completion.  My current goal is to get all of those done this week before tackling anything new.
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134  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: October 01, 2013 01:20:36 PM
October Themes

PC60-64-7 by Schlesinger Library, RIAS, Harvard University, 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.

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135  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: August 31, 2013 07:58:41 PM
September Themes

20130821_141422 by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

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.
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136  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: August 31, 2013 07:30:03 PM
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. 

A tiny beanie that finished off a tiny ball of yarn I'd been saving for years.

20130828_004535 by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

A yellow dress:

20130830_152929 by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

And a blue one.  This one turned out shorter because I ran out of that color thread.  Yay!

20130831_130222 by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

I made another little dress, but it has disappeared somewhere into the mess of my craft area.  Oops.
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137  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: July 31, 2013 04:23:59 PM
August Themes

Fingerpainting 6 (Hands) by timailius, on Flickr

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.

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138  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: July 31, 2013 04:11:06 PM
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.
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139  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: June 30, 2013 03:15:50 PM
July Themes

Pilliga Red Cross members knitting socks for soldiers in World War I - Pilliga, NSW, 1915 / photographer unknown by State Library of New South Wales collection, on Flickr

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.

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140  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: June 30, 2013 02:57:53 PM
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:

Artsy Fartsy Shot by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

It looks almost exactly like the last one I made, since I had tons and tons of grey and teal yarn in stash.  These two giant squares still didn't use it all up.

And I made a lap sized quilt.  The only thing from stash there was the batting, which, while it removes a rather bulky item from stash, is completely invisible in the finished product.
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