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41  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: January 12, 2016 08:56:42 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Junk Trunk
Brief Description: My grandfather found this trunk on the side of the road ages and ages ago.  It sat around in my mom's garage looking horrible and mauve.  I needed a coffee table, so when I went to visit over the holidays we added some casters and used liquid paint to make a nice solid blue finish.  It's really not that streaky in real life, the light when I took this picture was catching all its imperfections.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean - Coconut
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Batik Dresses
Brief Description: I found this itty bitty tropical batik print scrap in my stash and there was just enough to make two tiny dresses.  The pattern is really flowers, but at such a small scale the petals look more like lily pads.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress' Challenge - Free the House Elves #1
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Project Bag
Brief Description: I was really late in making and sending out j_kievet's prize from last semester.  I hope she's received it already, but just in case here's a link:


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress' Challenge - Free the House Elves #2
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Cards
Brief Description: We have a "winter carnival" at our library in January when all the students are home on break and there's a little bit more downtime.  I went to a card making workshop and managed to make three I'm quite pleased with.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress' Challenge - Free the House Elves #3
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Christmas Dress for Katie
Brief Description: Present for my friend's doll.  She gave me the fabric scrap from her stash, so I knew she liked it.

354 Something Silly by Trillian, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress' Challenge - Free the House Elves #4
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Stripey Lati Yellow Dress
Brief Description: Continuing on my scrap crusade.  I am tickled with how the button/bow turned out.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress' Challenge - Free the House Elves #5
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Navy Littlefee Dress
Brief Description: Stashbusting!  Seemed like a good combination for winter.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguraton
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Green Plaid Pukifee Dress
Brief Description: My friend Katie (mentioned above) just got a new cage for her Bearded Dragon.  Inspired by Clovis' new habitat I used the last of my green plaid scrap to make a dress for one of my tiny dolls.

357 Green, Gray, and Gold by Trillian, on Flickr

42  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along on: January 09, 2016 06:21:43 PM

3: Okay, so I wouldn't usually count this as stash busting (am I the only one who feels they have to own stuff for a while before it really becomes "stash" material?), but it is a crafty goal anyway: I found a fantastic solid wood rocker at a thrift store, and intend to paint it for my niece's birthday this summer.

I know exactly what you mean about how it takes a while from something to go from "craft material" to stash.  If I just buy it because I like it, then it's stash.  But things that are bought for specific projects and then used for those specific projects aren't stash.  Material bought for a specific project that then languishes for 18 months, well... that might be stash.  And then there's the "new" stuff...

At the new year I declared that everything is now stash (except the black-out material to line my curtains, and quilt fabric for a friend's baby).  For some reason I don't consider things like thread and notions to be stash - they're just too useful.  Then there's the buttons.  I keep telling myself those aren't stash, those are a collection.  And for some reason I count my washi tape as an office supply rather than a craft material.  There is no logic here.

I got my stash photographed today, but I'm still in the process of getting everything put away and cleaned up since I started purging and organizing at the same time.  I'll have something to show for myself tomorrow.
43  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along on: January 07, 2016 01:14:04 PM
Aw man, Texscrapper!  Can I move into your craft closet?  I promise I won't take up much room - you'll just find me quietly petting all the pretty supplies in a not-at-all-creepy manner.

I just finished a huge (but not stash) knitting project yesterday, so I'll have to do some excavating in stash to figure out what I want to make next.
44  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along on: January 05, 2016 12:55:48 PM
Ah lace - my current nemesis.  It is so hard to find small scale, delicate stuff when your only local option is Jo-Ann's.

I am back from a long (for me at any rate - three whole days plus travel time!) visit with family.  I came home with two sacks full of fabric and a box of empty plastic shoe boxes.  (Thank you Mom, Jeanie, and Aunt Gloria).

I'll be working on sharing pictures for Challenge #1 this weekend when my house has enough light for photographs.

Challenge #2 Goals:

1. No new craft supplies until April (unless needed to finish up a specific project or one of the Aunts hauls out more fabric).  No new paper for the entire year (I'm like elliot_anne - I have a ton of the stuff but I'm not a scrapbooker).  Only yarn for specific sweater projects.
2. Organization Organization Organization.
3. Get back into bookbinding to help use up all the stashed book-board and pretty paper.

I am so excited to see everyone! There are lots of new faces and old friends.  2016 is shaping up to be a fun year!
45  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along on: January 01, 2016 12:22:25 PM
I went to wish my great-aunt a Happy New Year and drop off some baked goods and left with a bag stuffed full of fabric.  The struggle continues.

46  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along on: January 01, 2016 07:47:47 AM
The 2016 Thread is Up and Running!

Themes are still under construction, but head over and show it some love.

We can still post here for a few more days if you have any more 2015 projects to share (I know I do).

Thanks for making it another terrific year!
47  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along on: January 01, 2016 07:45:26 AM
January Themes

Rising Sun Thread by Carrie Cizauskas, on Flickr

Color: White
For: Yourself
Pattern: Stripes
Inspiration: Birds
Challenge #1: Take stock of your stash.  Marvel at all the great things in there.  Share some pics with the rest of us if you are feeling very brave
Challenge #2: Make some goals.  Share them here.  Write them on a post it and stick it above your craft space.  Embroider them on your hankie.  Spray-paint them on the side of your house.  Tattoo them on your arm.  Whatever works for you.
48  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along on: January 01, 2016 07:39:05 AM
Hold just in case
49  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along on: January 01, 2016 07:38:21 AM
Hold for themes
50  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / 2016 Annual DeStash-Along on: January 01, 2016 07:37:30 AM
2016 Annual DeStash-Along

Macro Threads 4 by nickcummins, on Flickr

Stashes are an inevitable part of the crafting process.  They start out small (that skein of yarn you just had to have, even though you don't know what you are going to make with it) and slowly grow to epic proportions (two fat quarters, three tubes of beads, four yards of corduroy, 5 jars that are too good to recycle, etc. etc. etc).  After a while you may realize that you have enough pipe-cleaners to re-wire your house, and that you can't put your coat away because the hall closet is entirely full of batting, pompoms, and googly eyes.  Non-crafters might see this as a problem, but we see it as a wonderful opportunity for creativity.

Whatever your craft (embroidery, beading, sewing, welding), type of stash (fabric, yarn, bits of string too small to save), or motivation (frugality, boredom, freeing up space for more supplies) we hope you will joint us here as we spend the year shopping our stash to make marvelous things!  There will be monthly themes and challenges to inspire you or be ignored as the spirit moves you, discussions, encouragement, and happy crafting.  We've been doing this since 2009 and had a lot of fun along the way.  We hope you do too!

Previous DeStash-Along Threads can be found here, for more information and inspiration
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