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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 110, 111 & 112 Gallery & Discussion on: March 19, 2015 09:51:02 AM
I am very late posting my awesome supply package from Alliekat914!



I now have enough adhesive to glue a small army, some great stamps that I can use for the legion of Birthday cards I'm going to have to send out next month, a nifty stamp block (with handle!), an assortment of brads, including some neat glitter flowers, shiny pens, and some gift enclosures.

It's all wonderful!  Thank you so much, Alliekat914!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: March 15, 2015 06:59:47 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Botts Every Flavor Bean - vanilla
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Vanilla Dress
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: Some people consider vanilla to be a pretty boring flavor, but it has hidden depths.  This fabric looks plain at first glance, but actually has a tone-on-tone decoration that kind of looks like a William Morris vine print.


New Frock by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along on: March 11, 2015 02:01:44 PM
Love the Yoda Hat!  I have to make a nerdy baby gift this month, so I'll have to keep that idea in mind.

Time for a project dump of my own:

I made this gal for the Ongoing Wishlist Swap.  Everything - yarn, eyes, pipe-cleaners for armature, fabric & lace - came from stash.  I am very pleased with her.


61 I shall call her Sprockette by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

I also sent along two more bits of clothing, which another of my dolls got to model


Dress #4 by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

And then I tested out a new-to-me pattern adaptation.  I am getting a lot of mileage out of this old sheet. 

I'm not sure I'll be making the dress out of good fabric - a bit too Laura Ashley / 80s Bridesmaid Dress for my taste.
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 110, 111 & 112 Gallery & Discussion on: March 11, 2015 01:53:01 PM
Delayed response - but I'm glad Sprockette has found a new friend and is settling in well! 
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along on: March 01, 2015 04:12:06 PM
March Themes


noro sock wip by splityarn, on Flickr

Color: Green
Pattern: Stripes
For: Your Craft Space
Challenge: Now that you've weeded through your stash you might find it useful to do some organization - put all your yarn in bins, sort your beads, and consolidate all those half empty containers of googly eyes.  If you come up with a particularly clever way to organize your stash or have found something on the web that could be useful or inspiring, please share!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along on: March 01, 2015 04:07:06 PM
I really enjoy the slowness of hand sewing, and I've thought a lot about how it is actually the best solution for everything. I don't need new stuff (mostly) and none of the people around me neither, but I do need to craft. So it's best to choose a project that isn't finished the same day or the same week or month even. Does anyone else think like this? I tried to search for a related discussion, but couldn't find one and there doesn't seem to be a general crafting related area (or I'm just blind to it).

So what I learned in February: less stuff, less stash, less finished products more relaxing time while crafting.
 

I agree with most of this!  Sometimes I'm in the mood for a quick project, but especially with my knitting I am anticipating the process of crafting more so than the finished project.  This is one of the reasons I've gotten into  socks recently - I don't enjoy wearing them all that much, but they are an enjoyable (and time consuming) knit, and my mom is always excited to have the results.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: February 28, 2015 09:40:53 PM
Slipping in with a couple more projects and twenty minutes to spare (sorry!).

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Sewing Practice Shirt
Project Page Link: Made using this pattern
Brief Description: I need to get better at sewing knits, and the only way to do that is through practice.  This shirt is made up of 5 pattern pieces - the front, two sleeves, and two pieces for the back.  


Sewing Practice by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Itty Bitty Books
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description: I made a batch of mini paperback books for out of old magazines, scrapbook paper, and washi tape.  The two larger ones are a bit big for a matchbox (maybe if we counted kitchen matches...) but the smaller ones would fit no sweat, since they're only about 1 3/4 inches tall.  They turned out okay for a first try, but I'll need more variety to furnish a library.  5 down, 12,937,541 to go.


(Whoops!  Sideways!)
 
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along on: February 28, 2015 02:14:58 PM
Goodness that's a lot of googly eyes!  Love it!

Stopping by with a few quick things before February ends.  I'll be posting themes for March tomorrow, so brace yourself.  (Or just go look back at the first page, where the entire year is posted.  Tongue)

Further proof I have no idea how to sew knits:

Sewing Practice by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

And a mess of doll dresses.  I'm looking forward to having this pattern hammered out, so I can go through my scrap bin and weed out things that aren't the right size to save.



Dress #1 by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
Dress #2 by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
Dress #3 by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: February 28, 2015 01:23:56 PM
Time for an end of the semester project dump.  One item is for a swap, and the others might be sent along as well, so instead of pictures I'll just be posting links.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Defense Against the Dark Arts
SPEW: n/a
House: Hooflepoof
Project Name: Dress #4
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description: I chose the fabric for this skirt because it reminded me of the mountainous landscapes of Nepal.  The jagged lines also bring to mind Nepal's flag, which is one of the only ones in the world that is not a rectangle. 

Picture Hidden Here

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
SPEW: n/a
House: Hooflepoof
Project Name: Long Sweater Coat
Project Page Link: Littlefee Double Breasted Jacket (ravelry link)
Brief Description: When traveling through as much snow as we've been having, it is important to stay warm.  Jackets are nice, but long coats are even better, since they help keep your knees cozy.

Linkety Link

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
SPEW: n/a
House: Hooflepoof
Project Name: Crochet Dolly
Project Page Link: Free Spirit Amigurumi Doll Pattern and Yarn Doll Wig Tutorial
Brief Description: I am crocheting a doll for a swap, and needed to make it a nice, thick wig.  It involved cutting hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of strands of yarn, and then pulling the plies apart into their individual strands for extra curl and bounce.  I am really pleased with the results.

No peaking, underthemountain!

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: February 27, 2015 09:13:03 AM
Flying!


Santos-Dumont ... Eiffeltoren by Nationaal Archief, on Flickr

Gryffindor

Hufflepuff

Ravenclaw

Slytherin
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