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201  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: February 11, 2013 06:24:04 PM
Isn't it aggravating to have to buy more stuff for a project that was supposed to be "stash?"  But - hey- as long as it gets done!

I did a bit of paper-crafting this weekend.  I took all my theater and movie tickets out of the desk drawer where they were rattling around and put them in a 6 x 6 scrapbook I'd bought a while ago for who-knows-what purpose.  They didn't all fit, so I'm hoping to find some extra pages to put in, but my local craft stores don't sell any that small.  No pictures, but I'm quite pleased with the result.

I brought a giant box of supplies over to our yearly Valentine's making afternoon, and we got a lot of cards made.  But you can't really see any difference, because it was all scraps.  Story of my life.

My favorite card, just so I have something to show for myself.
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202  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: February 01, 2013 11:19:09 AM
February Themes

A Little Love FREE Creative Commons Pink Heart by Pink Sherbet Photography, on Flickr
Photo by D. Sharon Pruitt

Color:  pink
Pattern: swirls
For: organizing
Challenge 1:  Now that you've located and looked at your stash, you might be ready to get it some kind of order.  Untangle your yarn, sort your seed beads, and generally make sure you can find things in your stash easily so that you can use them.  If that's too daunting, you could just clear off your crafting surface so you're ready for your next project.  Whatever makes the most sense for you.  And if you're brave enough to post pictures, we would love to see them.
Challenge 2: Finish the oldest UFO (unfinished object) you can still find.

Note: Themes and challenges for the year are posted up on the first page, but I thought it might be helpful to have them in the thread itself as well, just as a reminder.  And as always, these are inspiration, not rules.
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203  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: January 31, 2013 07:08:34 PM
Awesome projects ya'll!  I'm really enjoying the pictures.

Sorry I've been AWOL for a while.  I was traveling, and had a major computer meltdown, but I have re-united with the stash, so crafting can continue.

I got a little bit of DeStashing done while I was gone - finishing up an old WIP

19/365 Staghorn Cables by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

And I finally got around to photographing my stash!


(I'd like to get it down to just two containers - not picky about which two, but the tote is staying because its really useful)

Crochet Thread

(Since I don't actually do thread crochet it really needs to be pared down.  I've been using it for bookbinding projects, but I definitely don't need to keep this much on hand)


(The dresser is chockablock full, but the drawers are actually pretty small.  There's a lot of fabric scattered around the house that didn't make it into this shot, so working through that is my first goal.  Then I can work on emptying a few drawers.)


(My paper stash actually makes me really happy.  I just wish I had more opportunities to use it.)

Not pictured - my button stash which can be measured in gallons.  But that's not a stash, that's a collection, right?  At least that's how I justify it to myself.

And while I was gathering all the stash up to photograph, I did some weeding.  Here's what got taken to the goodwill:

And by Goodwill I mean a thrift store that's run by Mennonites and has an awesome craft section.  I feel like there's a pretty good chance it will go to someone who will use it.

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204  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: January 13, 2013 12:16:33 PM
Awesome work on the cleaning, and yay for getting some actual crafting done.

I was also on a granny square kick this week.  Finished another lapghan, about 32 inches square.

Scrapghan Lapghan by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
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205  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: January 09, 2013 07:41:53 PM
Thank goodness you guys have bigger stashes than I do! Sharalee, my ultimate goal is to move into a Tiny House ( http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/ ), every time I get more space, I just fill it up!

Another tiny house fan!  I am thoroughly in love with that concept.  Not sure I'll ever make it that small, but every time I go on a "get rid of things" kick it's with that in the back of my mind.

Finally, I have a project to show off!  (I did finish a scarf last week, but it still needs to be blocked, so it isn't really finished, now is it?)  My friend sent me this yarn from Australia 4 (?) years ago, and  I finally found a good pattern for it.

9/365 Mitts by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

I've also been working on getting my odds and ends of scrapbook paper in order.  I cut all my bizarre sizes down to 4x6 or 4x3 because those are what I use most frequently once I've done whatever I'm going to do with the bulk of the sheet.  It has made storage so much easier.
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206  Re: 2012 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: January 02, 2013 08:52:42 AM
Popping by with the last pictures of 2012 projects.  Doll clothes don't use up much stash, but they are a lot of fun.

Feets! by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

Tunic by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

And that finishes up 2012!  See ya'll on the 2013 DeStash-Along Thread.
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207  Re: 2012 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: December 31, 2012 09:19:49 AM
Okay, popping by with two quick housekeeping items.

1) The 2013 DeStash-Along thread has gone live!
2) You can continue to post 2012 projects here for the next few days, just in case it takes you a little while to get pictures.  I'll officially close us up on the 7th.  Does that seem reasonable?

Oh, and just because I'm finishing up small projects in drips and drabs - a teeny tiny sweater.  But it's still one less ball of yarn in stash.

New Sweater by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
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208  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: December 31, 2012 09:13:17 AM
Okay, I've been staring at this craftalong for years, I think it's high time I joined.

So far my list is very short, since it only includes the UFOs I have at the moment.  I'll add as time goes on.

1. Airy Scarf (picture to come)

2. Granny square lapghan (Stash!)

Scrapghan Lapghan by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

3. Mitts (Stash) (I was planning on giving them away, but liked them so much while taking pictures that they're staying)

9/365 Mitts by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

4. Rannoch Mitts (Stash!)

19/365 Staghorn Cables by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

4. Ticket Scrapbook (Stash!)

5. 6+ Valentines (Stash!)

6.  Doll-sized Pixie Hat (Stash!)

43/365 Pixie Hat by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

7.  Fat Quarter mini-tote (Stash!) (Fabric)

Fat Quarter Bag by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

8. Doll Dress #1 (Stash!) (Fabric)

Pins by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

9. Doll Dress #2 (Stash!) (Fabric)

IMG_3667 by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

10. Pamphlets (UFO) (Stash!)

Another Batch of Pamphlets by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

11.  Baby Blanket (Stash!)

baby blanket by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

12.  Two Spring Argyle Pillowcases (Stash!)

81/365 Argyle Again by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

13. Card (Stash!)

14. Granny Square (Stash!)

Subdued Square by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

15. Wingspan Variation (Stash!)

118/365 Noro by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

16. Cards (Stash!)

17.  Quilt (Part Stash, part New)

Chris' Quilt by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

18.  Lapghan (Stash!)

Artsy Fartsy Shot by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

19. Pinwheel Cards - Set #1 (Stash!)

20. Dashings (Stash!)

IMG_6057 by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

21. Beanie (Stash!)

20130828_004535 by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

22. Yellow Dress (Stash!)

20130830_152929 by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

23. Blue Dress (Stash!)

20130831_130222 by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

24. Change-of-Address Cards (x20) (Stash!)

25. Pastel Dress (Stash!)

258/365 Dolly Duds by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

26. Gift "Bow" (Stash!)

27. Ribbon Organizing Cards (Stash!)

28. Organizer (Stash!)

29. Tiny Crochet Flowers (Stash!)

30. Mini-Notepads (Stash!)

31. Post-It Covers (Mostly Stash)

32. Endpaper Mitts (WIP from 2011!)

260/360 Endpapers by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

33. Martha's Mitts (New Yarn)

Martha's Mitts by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

34. Jules' Mitts (Stash!)

Jules' Mitts by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

35. Doll Dress (Stash!)

289/365 Ponder ponder by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

36. Another Doll Dress (Stash!)

294/365 New Dress by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

37. Sweater Dress for Doll (Stash!)

302/365 Tiny but Too Big by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

38. Kathleen's Green Mitts

308/365 Kathleen's Green Mitts by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

39. Meg's Mitts

309/365 Meg's Mitts by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

40. Christmas Capelet (Stash!)

Christmas Knitting by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
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209  2013 Annual DeStash-Along (CLOSED) in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: December 31, 2012 08:29:11 AM

Sewing bee at Bethungra by Australian War Memorial collection, on Flickr

Whether we measure the volume by the bin, basket, cupboard, closet, or room, stashes are an integral part of every crafter's life.  They provide inspiration for our next project and let us to give in to late night crafting urges without running to the store.  Or they just allow us to sleep in our beds at night secure in the knowledge that when the Zombie Apocalypse comes we will have enough yarn, sequins, and glitter glue to see us through.

It isn't a question of "do you have a stash?" but "do you want to make the most of your stash?"

If so, welcome to the 5th Annual DeStash-Along -- a year long celebration and shopping spree through our vast hordes of supplies on hand.  We traditionally have monthly themes and challenges, share pictures and ideas, and generally have a good time together.  

We do hope you'll join us.

Previous DeStash-Along Threads can be found here, for more information and inspiration
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210  Re: 2012 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: December 26, 2012 12:44:13 PM
After Christmas crafting update!

I managed to make a few things in between seasonal retail work (oh joy)

A Yarn Tote that used up about a yard of stash.  It's big enough to hold three skeins of yarn and a mostly finished giant granny square:

Yarn Tote by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

A CD holder (pretty boring and self explanatory) that used up a little over half a yard.

CD Holder by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

And a bunch of little notebooks.  Lots and Lots, and there are still more to be made for after Christmas presents.

Pocket Pamphlets by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

Still working on plans for next year's DeStash-Along, so if you have any ideas, speak up!
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