Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean - Grapefruit House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Four Frocks Brief Description: I found four little doll dresses I had knit up two years ago but never blocked and seamed. They were such nice citrus-y colors (mostly - there's one grape masquerading as a grapefruit) that I knew I had to get them done for this summer. It is quite refreshing to have some long neglected WIPs out of the work-basket.
I feel like I'm slacking this semester - but hey, it's summer. No one's too terribly academic when it's this hot.
Class: Astronomy House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Settling In Brief Description: I moved over the weekend, and if that doesn't embody creating order out of chaos (and also chaos out of order) I don't know what does. I used my muggle skills from last semester to assemble some bookshelves (the only white ones in my town, so they're quite rare beasts). It was such a relief to have my books back in some sort of coherent order. I have no idea where craft supplies are going to live, but I can find my reading materials. Priorities! Before: 164 How I spent my weekend. by AluminumDryad, on Flickr After: 168 Settling In by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
Color: Pink Pattern: Abstract For: Teachers and instructors Challenge 1: Use the item in your stash that you've had the longest. Challenge 2: At the end of the month we'll have been DeStashing for 6 months. Take stock of your stash, tidy it up, and see how you're doing with your goals from January.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: May Detention - Finish a WIP Quidditch: Thread and ribbon were thrift store finds, which I believe earns some kind of points House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Mischa's Dragon-scale Dress Brief Description: I started this project in March, misplaced it, then found it in time to finish for May detention. My grandfather gave me a bunch of crochet thread he found at the goodwill, so I've slowly been making my way through it.
Those dresden plates are so cheerful! Awesome work. Can't wait to see what they become.
I have a few projects to post before the month ends. I'm reaching back to April for some of these - I have not been particularly organized or crafty these past few weeks.
Exhibit 1 - Socks! Sock by AluminumDryad, on Flickr I don't think I've posted them here, yet. They're my first pair and took forever! But they used up nearly two balls of sock yarn I'd been hoarding since 2010.
Exhibit 2 - Doll Dress Sundress by AluminumDryad, on Flickr I make a lot of these, but they're quick and relatively easy. (And the dolls don't complain if my finishing techniques are a little wonky.)
Exhibit 3 - Dishcloths 114 Knitting by AluminumDryad, on Flickr That's two more skeins out of the stash. I hate to think how long they'd been waiting to be used, probably since my last dishcloth kick 5 years ago.
After a hectic month I'm popping in to add a few quick projects before the semester ends.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Dumbledore's Army Catch-Up - Sign the Parchment Quidditch: Stash fabric and buttons! Bludger to Ravenclaw. (Also thrifted lace sash if such a tiny bit counts) House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Sundress Brief Description: Looking back at my projects thus far this year, it seems to be mostly doll clothes. So why fight the trend? I used to make a wider variety of crafts, but tiny dresses are nearly instant gratification. This one was supposed to be part of my arithmancy NEWT, but I had to put that on hold for real life nonsense (yay travels and house guests and getting ready to move!). And of course, just about everything I make is from stash (and yet the stash never seems to get smaller - I have yet to figure out the physics of this phenomenon) Sundress by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination SPEW: Made for a fundraiser my grandmother's church is holding for a little boy with cancer. Quidditch: 2 balls of stash yarn! Bludger to Slytherin? House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Dishcloths Galore Brief Description: I looked at the sky at sunset and saw lots of pink and blue and fluffy clouds. Then I looked in my project bag and saw lots of pink and blue and squishy yarn. 114 Knitting by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
Color: Green Pattern: Floral For: Your yard, window box, or back alley. Challenge 1: If your stash is anything like mine you've got a fair amount that was given to you by friends and relatives trying to reduce their own stashes. Make them something from the materials they gave you. Challenge 2: Nature Crafts!
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Dumbledore's Army Catch-Up - Drinks in the Hog's Head House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Ritz Rolo Combo Brief Description: I've been going to the same family friend's house for an Easter Potluck for years and years now. No croquet this year, sadly, but we did have an amazing scavenger hunt, a great hymn sing, and plenty of good food. My contribution was a batch of super simple not-quite-cookies. Basically you take a Ritz cracker, stick a Rolo on top, pop it in the oven for about 3 minutes, and then squish another cracker on top. The results taste a lot like a Twix. But it doesn't require heating up the house much, and most of the prep time goes into unwrapping the candy. It's at that lovely point where the lines of minimal effort and tastiness intersect.
I tried my hand at paper cutting. I wasn't even going to count this as DeStashing, since it only used two sheets of paper, but then I found a frame for it tucked away in stash so it felt like a more substantial effort.
And finally a set of Easter Cards - A few sheets of cardstock and scrapbook paper, and an excuse to use a stamp I've neglected for ages and ages.
tiamatfire - Those macarons look gorgeous! Where did you find the recipe?
mistressjennie - I love the fabric you chose for the laptop case. Thanks for sharing the tutorial link - I might just have to give it a shot.
jenleahlynn - Congrats on winning the contest! I'm really admiring the lettering you did on the leaves.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy / Bludger to Ravenclaw (All Stash Material) House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Easter Cards Brief Description: I needed an easter card to send in a care-package, and if you're going to make one, why not make several and use up a bit more of the stash. The colors of the patterned paper are a lot more rosy and gold in real life (for some reason the pictures turned out terribly). I was very happy to finally use this stamp, which has been languishing in my stash for the past 10 years.