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1  Jaguar Doll from Teddy Bear Pattern in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by tendstowardschaos on: August 13, 2014 06:53:35 AM
I picked up an old fashioned teddy bear pattern on Etsy, but the only faux fur I had in my stash was this short pile leopard print. Therefore, I added a tail and made a leopard. He's about 11 inches tall, partially hand-stitched, and has two buttons for his eyes. I stuffed him with wool. His arms and legs are button-jointed and his head is just stitched on. He even stands on his own if you arrange his tail just right.

Thanks for looking!

(here's the pattern.)
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2  Small Magellanic Cloud-Inspired Painted Tee in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by tendstowardschaos on: July 22, 2014 12:10:37 PM
I've finally started painting again after a short spell of crafter's block. Yay!

The coloring of this shirt was inspired by this picture (second one) of the Small Magellanic Cloud. I can't help but be inspired when I look at photos like that. There's just so much out there! In the spirit of exploration, I'm so tempted to add a little Enterprise to every one of these painted shirts. Probably will on the next one.  Wink Speaking of the next one, I'm super excited to try some new media.  Grin

Thanks for looking!
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3  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by tendstowardschaos on: February 26, 2014 07:11:09 PM
I love that yarn! So beautiful and comfy!

Thanks! It's Lion Brand Amazing and Cascade Heritage Silk, if you were curious.

When I get rid of stuff, I like to think that the person who receives it is going to be thrilled about it, and what a nice thing that is to make someone else happy. If I wait until I'm dead to pass it on, I miss out on all those warm fuzzy feelings.

I forgot to take pictures earlier, but here is the little wallet I made for my DS (another Valentine's gift) out of some leather scraps (he's always stealing my wallet out of my purse, so I made him his own...this is my solution to whatever thing of mine he's filching - make him his own).  Wink

I saw this cute top posted last week and had to have it, so I made my own from some stash fabric. I used just over a yard, I think. The fabric frayed like crazy, but French seams and facings for the armholes fixed that issue. I think I might add a ruffle to the bottom for a little extra length and weight...the fabric doesn't drape the way I imagined it would. My DS sat next to me while I did much of the sewing. He's two and obsessed with my sewing machine. He has his own antique children's sewing machine (missing some parts, like the needle) that he plays with while I use mine.

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4  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by tendstowardschaos on: February 23, 2014 06:50:49 PM
That's awesome, Bushbaby!

Everyone is being so productive!

For Valentine's Day, I made my DS matching mittens (I couldn't find the other one while taking pictures), a hat, and a scarf out of some stashed yarn. It's still too cold to play outside.  Tongue I am sooooo over this weather.

DS and I got bored the other day, so we made pillowcases for the two pillow forms I had laying around. I used an old pillowcase without a mate for the smaller pillow and some stash denim for the big one. He's thrilled to have his own baby-sized pillow.

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5  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by tendstowardschaos on: January 23, 2014 06:43:06 PM
I started these flowers a while ago and stopped because I was making a mess cutting up the leather. It kept getting put off, but I finished them yesterday. I have so many scraps of leather, I was just looking for something to do with them.

I made three, and there are more pictures on my blog, including a couple in-process.
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6  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by tendstowardschaos on: January 18, 2014 05:50:59 PM
I cleaned up two bins of fabric, my sewing to-do box, and my drawer of lace and trims. Here come the before and after photos.  Grin

Fabric bins:


Sewing to-do box:


Lace and trims:


I took 5 boxes of other stuff out to the barn to be stored, too. That's 5 fewer boxes cluttering up my crafting space! Cheesy
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7  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by tendstowardschaos on: January 17, 2014 07:54:38 PM
Gaudiknight - your paper stash inspired me to clean up my own. What was overflowing from three drawers and two shelves now fits in those drawers with plenty of extra room and the oversized paper takes up just a little space on a shelf above my desk.

You can file me under the category of not being able to use my craft room, too. It sucks.  Cry
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8  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by tendstowardschaos on: January 09, 2014 09:52:54 AM
That is some awesome re-gifting, Gaudiknight! I'm sure it will find good homes.

I cleared more from my book shelves, yay! Got all my crafty notebooks up there now. Please excuse the excess furniture. Our living room tables are glass-topped. We need to replace those with something more toddler-friendly. So, for now, they are cluttering up my crafting space. When the two feet of snow melts, they're going in the barn (for the big Spring garage sale I need to have).

I also cleared out my drawer(s!) of patterns and reduced it down to just these 16 plus two in my box of UFOs. Now I can close the drawer! I think I got rid of about 30.

Finished up this little guy last night. He was sitting around for about two years, about 2/3 finished...on, you guessed it, my cluttered book shelf.  Undecided He was originally an attempt to de-stash some yarn I bought for doll hair. Finally used it up.  Cheesy
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9  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by tendstowardschaos on: January 06, 2014 06:30:09 AM
Wow, Brandyk! That's some serious sewing!

I finished 4 crochet UFOs... just needed to weave in the ends (my least favorite part). I think I'm down to about a dozen things on my to-do list. There was a hat (not pictured), two scrappy yarn bowls, and a yurt for my cat. The cat had been using the yurt for months with all the little strings hanging off it, poor thing.

I *mostly* cleaned off the smaller bookcase in my craft room. I filled up a box with supplies and crafting books to donate, and transferred the rest of the craft books to the big bookcase (which actually had room on it from me getting rid of some of my novels and cookbooks). There's a lot of stuff on my book shelves that I plan on getting rid of, but I ran out of empty boxes, and the books take me a while to let go of.

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10  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by tendstowardschaos on: January 03, 2014 06:45:36 PM
I finished one of my UFOs today. It's a magnetic 'to do' list. I printed out a list of the chores I need to do daily/weekly onto magnet-backed-paper, then used my rotary cutter and quilting ruler to cut nice, straight lines. The strips of blue are just the leftover edges of the magnetic sheet colored with a sharpie. Organizational refrigerator poetry.  Wink

I also did some more decluttering of my craft room. I sorted through my desk drawer filled with all of my tools and got the junk out of it. My box of ribbon got emptied... most of it was inherited from a friend and in bad condition, so I pitched it. The few spools that were new got added to the donate pile because I have no immediate use for them.
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