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:
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.