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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along on: April 01, 2015 06:34:31 AM
April Themes

Yellow by bottled-bohemia, on Flickr

Color: Yellow
Pattern: Nature
For: Charity
Challenge: If there are any items in your stash that are too neat to give away but you have no earthly idea what you should make with them, ask your fellow DeStashers for advice.

22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: March 31, 2015 02:29:42 PM
Are you going to share the template?Huh Please?

I don't currently have the templates in a form that would make sense to others but I'll see what I can do about scanning them in.
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: March 31, 2015 09:20:13 AM
Ack!  As I was typing this up a new Bean challenge was posted!  But if I'm reading the rules right I can still squeak by...

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean - Cherry
SPEW: n/a
House: Hooflepoof
Project Name: Clever Closures
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description: Packaging is by its very nature ephemeral, but occasionally you find something that makes you stop and go "wow, that's pretty clever."  My mother had found one she thought was amazing (we're both dorks like that), and asked me if I could figure out how to recreate it.  After a bit of finagling I had a template made and put together a couple of examples in different weights of paper to see which works best (oddly enough it was the lightest one - green).  Stopped there, because we didn't have any need for more, but now we know it can be done!

24  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!
25  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
26  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.
27  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! 
28  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!
29  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.
30  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.

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