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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along on: January 26, 2015 12:47:38 AM
I finished one of the projects on my 2015 To Do-list! :-)

Teacup candles are something I've wanted to make for ages, I've been saving teacups which are very special to me (for some very wordy backstory, see the blog :-) ) but I just never got round to it before now. So glad to be able to check something off my list! These are fun and easy to do, so if you have some old or chipped china laying around I totally recommend candle making. These will be used as hostess gifts over the course of the year, so it's also a thrifty kind of craft. :-)

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along on: January 22, 2015 12:31:48 AM
Thanks for the encouragement, ladies! Alwaysinmyroom, I will have a look at the 50 projects craftalong, but I'm not confident I could get that much done!  Wink

Like I mentioned, I'm reasonably happy with my stash organization - in fact, I love organizing and sorting supplies! Color coding buttons, fabric, paper scraps... I live for that stuff! I'm always bugging my mom to let me sort through her (slightly chaotic) sewing studio. My problem is more along the lines of what edelC mentioned, that I'm "tempted to just leave it alone so I could look at it". I spend a lot more time thinking about crafting than actually doing it. Sometimes I worry that I'm just not creative enough! But I also blame a lack or time and energy - sorting buttons certainly takes less energy than actually making something. But once I do get crafting I always end up having fun, so I figure I just need to push myself a bit. Hence, this craftalong! :-)

BTW, I love the idea of a shirt quilt! Looks like you're off to a great start, edelC!
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Working on my children's book illustrations... on: January 22, 2015 12:13:49 AM
As for tips on using the inktense pencils, I typicallh don't draw onto the paper itself, but rather wet my brush and rub the tip of the brush on the pencil tip. I agree that you totally see the line strokes the other way. Not a fan either! But try that out. They go on just like watercolour this way and I find the inktense way more vibrant...and also permanent, unlike watercolour. They are by far my favourite medium, and being that I am very much a mixed media artist, that says a lot!

Ah, that explains it! Glad to know I'm not the only one who had this problem.  Smiley Thanks for the tip, I will have to try them your way. You did such a great job!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along on: January 21, 2015 03:33:49 AM
I'm joining in! I totally lurked around the 2014 thread but I never found time to join in the de-stashing. Like many others though, I may be moving (overseas) later this year (it's not 100% yet), so reducing my stash is now a priority. Plus, I feel a little guilty that I don't take more time for crafting, since I have spent so much money on supplies... Crafter's guilt, I guess?

Here's my entire stash at the moment:

My desk, plus two drawer units which hold paper crafting supplies and ephemera, stamps and stamp making supplies, patterns, adhesives, cutting tools, embroidery thread and sewing supplies and random craft supplies like hama beads and glitter. (The big black bag to the right holds blog photo stuff)

My fabric stash! I know it's much smaller than some others who have posted, but it still feels like a lot... Especially since I can barely find time to actually use any of it!   Undecided

These two closets hold WIPs/ongoing projects as well as supplies that don't fit in the drawer units. Also holds a bunch of clothes that need mending or altering.

I actually have a decent overview of my stash, so as far as the January goals go I'm doing OK. My main problem is actually USING the stuff that I have.  Roll Eyes I tend to get really excited about a new project or technique, but a bunch of supplies, try it once, and then move on to the next exciting thing. So for my "resolutions" this year, I made a list of ongoing projects that I want to finish or return to. Here they are:

1. Finish 1st sashiko pillow
2. Finish 2nd sashiko pillow
3. Cut out and prep all hexies for my hexagon alphabet quilt
4. Finish secret EPP project (going to be a gift, so I'm not posting pics online for fear of ruining the surprise)
5. Finish a PocketPhoto cozy for sis-in-law
6. Make 2 vintage china cake stands
7. Make 4 vintage tea cup candles
8. Finish sewing basket make-over
9. Finish photo patchwork cushion cover
10. Sew wool embroidery pin cushion
11. Sew a hanging sleeve and mount a wall quilt that was a gift from my mom
12. Frame (and hopefully, sell) a bunch of machine embroidery pieces made last year
13. Practice face and figure drawing
14. Make watercolor resist paintings
15. Cut and mat old linocut postcards
16. Finish little house lavender sachets
17. Start on upcycled vintage embroidery patchwork quilt
18. Sew doll quilt for moms garden play house
19. Finish yo-yo Christmas garland
20. Make 3 potholders from old quilt test blocks

That's it! I've told myself I'm not allowed to start any new projects until I have finished these - not sure I will manage that, but at least it's worth a try!

(If anyone is interested, I have posted more on my craft space, my de-stashing goals and WIPs on my blog, http://nordiccraft.blogspot.com)

5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Working on my children's book illustrations... on: January 14, 2015 11:49:49 PM
Wow, this is amazing! I love your illustration! I'm so impressed that it's done in Inktense pencils, too - I've tried working with them a bit, but whenever I add water to my Inktense drawings my pencil lines still show. It looks more like a slightly wet colored pencil drawing than this wonderful watercolor effect... Sigh. Do you have any tips to share? :-)
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Wonderbox, Twinchie Display on: January 06, 2015 11:36:52 PM
I love this! The color combinations make me think of spring. :-)
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Dresden Plate potholder - 100% hand sewn on: October 06, 2014 12:00:18 PM
Thanks everyone!  Smiley The cat fabric is actually a Spoonflower fabric by awesome designer Andrea Lauren. This particular fabric looks like it's been discontinued, but I can totally recommend a look through her Spoonflower shop - lots of fun and quirky designs! :-) (http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/andrea_lauren)
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Dresden Plate potholder - 100% hand sewn on: October 05, 2014 03:11:43 PM
My husband and I have been listening to a lot of audio books lately - such a great way to fit reading in to a hectic life! I started this little project to have something to do with my hands while we were listening to a particularly good book, and it only took me two (rather long) evenings to complete. A Dresden Plate potholder/trivet, 100% hand sewn!

I made the potholder using English Paper Piecing so that I could do it all by hand rather than by machine, and I hand quilted it as well. Please excuse the messy stitches! I really need to work on my hand quilting... I found it super tricky to quilt through all the layers (even though this potholder only has two layers of batting, one being Insul-Bright and the other Warm&Natural) which is why my stitches came out so large and far apart. If you have any tips on hand quilting, I'd love to hear them!

I love EPP and hand sewing in general, it's so relaxing! Don't you?
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: The one I didn't want to give away on: September 19, 2014 12:13:09 AM
Beautiful quilt, I am amazed by the hand stitching! What are the dimensions - lap sized? You must have such patience.  Shocked
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Ticker Tape Skulls Art Quilt! on: September 19, 2014 12:10:18 AM
This is fantastic and looks SO well done! Hard to believe you're not a professional quilter. I was wondering, did you use any type of batting under the individual "tiles" in the fabric mosaic? I love how they look a little 3D!
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