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431  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2012 DeStash-Along on: January 03, 2012 01:09:57 PM
Wow, only three days into the new year, and already so much crafting has been done!  I love all the projects that have been posted so far.  It'll be a while before I have anything to show for myself, but that's because I decided the first DeStash attack of the year would be a scarf made out of sock weight yarn.  Not the quickest thing in the world.

Just wanted to say hi to all the new folks who have joined us *waves*.  Nice to have you all here!  And I wanted to just add a note about the themes after reading through the last couple pages.  Please don't feel bound by them in any way if they don't work for your crafting goals or what's in your stash.  They're just to provide a little extra inspiration and challenge.

I noticed a couple people are tackling the dread "clean the crafting/stash-storage space" task first thing.  Good luck!!!!!  I need to do the same so I have somewhere to do any sort of craft beyond knitting on the couch.  Is anyone brave enough to post pictures of the finished result?  Or have you found anything that you forgot you had?  That's always the most fun part of cleaning crafty messes.

Also!  craftylittlemonkey put up some links to swaps that would be neat for DeStashing a few posts back.  Please feel free to share others as you come across them.  I'll put them in the theme section on the first page under each month as a way of corralling them.
432  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2012 DeStash-Along on: December 31, 2011 09:23:47 PM
Welcome aboard, everyone!  It's finally midnight in my part of the world, so my part of the Great 2012 DeStash-Along has started.  Happy Crafting!
433  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2012 DeStash-Along on: December 31, 2011 04:17:21 PM
I'm going to go ahead and post the January Themes for those of you who want to get a head start on planning!

Vintage Button Box by 'Playingwithbrushes', on Flickr

Color: White
Pattern: Stripes
For: After all the holiday mayhem, you deserve something for yourself.
Challenge: It's time to take stock of your stash. Spend some time looking at what you have, and maybe make some goals for the coming year.
434  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2012 DeStash-Along on: December 30, 2011 06:44:32 PM
Really want to join in on this. I've read all the other threads & you guys are a bunch of great crafters! My only problem is that I haven't joined the 21st century. I don't have any way to upload photos or even take digital photos. If you don't mind just words in a post....I'll be happy to play along.

Words are fine!  It's all about being encouraged to use what you have.
435  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2011 DeStash-Along on: December 30, 2011 02:05:32 PM
You're quite welcome!  Perhaps I'll be more active here now that I'm out of school and under-employed. 

Doing some last minute picture taking to finish out the year.  I keep finding things that I've made and forgotten about.

Tissue cozies:


436  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2011 DeStash-Along on: December 30, 2011 01:15:29 PM
Awesome goals!  I'm still formulating exactly what mine will be.

The 2012 DeStash Along is up and running.  Go check it out and say hello if you get the chance. We can still post our 2011 projects here for a little while, if like me you haven't gotten around to photographing the last few projects.  But we should post our new stuff in the 2012 thread, just so things remain organized and manageable. 

One and a half more crafting days in 2011! 
437  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2012 DeStash-Along on: December 30, 2011 01:09:47 PM

Color: White
Pattern: Stripes
For: After all the holiday mayhem, you deserve something for yourself.
Challenge: It's time to take stock of your stash. Spend some time looking at what you have, and maybe make some goals for the coming year.
Swaps of Interest: Stash-Busting Resolution Dotees, One Small Stuffie with a Function

Color: Red
Pattern: polka-dots
For: A loved one, BFF, or your significant other.
Challenge: Concentrate on the material that makes up the largest portion your stash (by numbers or volume, it's up to you). Perhaps you can make a dent in it this month.

Color: Green
Pattern: Argyle
For: Charity. If you need ideas, try the “Crafting For Good And Not Evil” board here on Craftster.  Or post links to your favorite craftable cause in the thread.
Challenge: Unfinished objects. Everybody has them, so don't feel bad. It could be a project you stalled on half-way through eight years ago, or something you finished last month that just needs threads clipped. Either way, it's a great feeling to finally finish them up.
Swaps of Interest: Makeup/Cosmetic Bag Swap (sign-ups 3/8 - 3/31)

Color: Yellow
Pattern: Floral
For: The garden or great outdoors.
Challenge: Spring Cleaning time. We've all got things in our stash that we've been meaning to use eventually, if only we could figure out what to do with that sweater's worth of hot pink and purple yarn we've been saving since 1987 and have long since lost the pattern. Nothing says you have to keep it forever. You can take those oddities to the Goodwill, give them to a friend, or a local crafting group.

Color: Purple
Pattern: Numbers and letters.
For: Teachers, educators, etc. Maybe they're your kids', maybe they're yours. But they deserve some love.
Challenge: Mass produce something. It doesn't matter what it is, just make a lot of it. If nothing else, they make good “gifts on hand.”

Color: Rainbow
Pattern: Animals. And it doesn't have to be animal print unless you want to interpret it that way, or if you have lots of zebra print spandex lurking in your stash.
For: Kiddos – yours or someone elses', or simply the young at heart.
Challenge: Six month mark. Time to organize your stash a bit and see how much you've been able to use in the last six months.

Color: Blue
Pattern: Stars and planets
For: Christmas in July! If you make a present now, and put it away safely, that's one less you'll have to worry about when the holiday crunch time comes. Just remember where you've stashed it away.
Challenge: Try to use the object or material in the stash that you've had the longest.

Color: Orange
Pattern: fruits & veggies
For: Traveling! Make something for your next trip.
Challenge: Host a crafternoon.  Try to use as much stuff from your stash as possible rather than buying new supplies for the occasion.

Color: Your favorite color.
Pattern: Plaid
For: Organizing.
Challenge: We've all bought new materials so we can start a new craft, but never got around to actually sitting down and learn. Perhaps this is the month to finally do so?

Color: Black
Pattern: Lace
For: Pets.
Challenge: We've all got that special material we've been holding onto forever. Maybe it's the last little bit of a fabric you love, and you've never been able to bring yourself to use it. Screw up your courage and just do it!

Color: Brown
Pattern: Trees, wood, or forest themed.
For: Someone who needs to be cheered up.
Challenge: Has there been a swap recently that intrigued you? Make something that fits the theme, even if you didn't get to participate.

Color: Metallic
Pattern: Folk-art.
For: The House. And it doesn't have to be holiday themed unless you want it to be.
Challenge: We're in the last month. It's a sprint to the finish. Look back at the goals you made in January and see how you did. Or just tally up all the projects you've made from stash and give yourself a big pat on the back.
438  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / 2012 DeStash-Along (*Closed*) on: December 30, 2011 01:08:44 PM

Stashes!  We all have them.  For some they are a source of pride.  Others might find them a bit overwhelming.  They can baffle the non-crafters in your life.  But the myriad of supplies you have gathered over the years through careful planning, impulse buys, and odd acquisitions that you can't quite explain should be inspiring.  

If you want to be a frugal crafter in 2012, are getting a bit overwhelmed by all your treasures, or simply need some extra motivation to finally use the five million beads stored away in the hall closet, this is the craftalong for you.  Whatever your stash, be it yarn, fabric, thread, cupcake liners, or rebar, this is the place to proudly show off the projects you have made from materials you have on hand.  Not sure what to do with a supply your great-aunt's next door neighbor gave you?  Find inspiration here!

There will be themes, challenges, and the occasional discussion topic posted monthly.  Don't feel yourself bound by them, they're simply there to kick start your imagination if necessary.  All we ask is that you post a project or two a month (more or less is fine, there's no pressure) and join us for a year long crafting spree through our stashes.  Hope you can join us!

This is the fourth year we've had a DeStash Along on Craftster.  The old threads can be found here:

439  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2011 DeStash-Along on: December 29, 2011 12:43:41 PM
(does it count if i buy it this week as destashing next week  Tongue haha)

It's totally up to you!  I'm probably going to stock up on a few yards of muslin before the new year, because that's something I always need but never have.
440  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2011 DeStash-Along on: December 28, 2011 06:55:18 PM
Just popping in to say I am planning on starting the 2012 De-Stash thread on Friday, just to give folks a heads up, to see if that would somehow cause a kerfuffle, or to see if there were any last minute suggestions for improvements.  Does this seem soon enough to people?  And I've got a draft of themes/challenges for the year already so I don't get caught flat-footed like I did this year, but would welcome any ideas you have.
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