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.
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.
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)
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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 2012 2011 2010 2009