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31  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by dulcet on: February 07, 2015 07:40:02 PM
Made a replacement for that hot pink hat that came out too big.  Didn't take much yarn, but I was able to work on it while I sat next to the child that needed to be pinned down to finish missing homework.

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32  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by dulcet on: January 31, 2015 02:35:25 PM
I did not get nearly as much done this month as I intended.  I had a commission (all materials provided, so no stash) that should have only taken one day, that I worked on for a week!  It was really frustrating!

I did manage to empty one box, which was my goal, but most of it was throw away or take to thrift store.  But I did make a flannel baby blanket and knitted hat for an expected niece, all from stash except the lace trim.  Unfortunately, the hat is too big for a newborn, so it may need a different home.  (It's the Poppy pattern by Justine Turner.)  Yes, they are really that bright!

I do have a large project from materials I prepped years ago that I'm working on, but it will take quite a while to finish.  It's a braided rug from jeans that I swore I'd never do.  I'm also working on a crocheted blanket that's just a big granny square.  That's my carry-around project for in the car and waiting rooms.

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33  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by dulcet on: January 05, 2015 09:17:10 AM
I spent some time this weekend making the things I had intended to give my kids' teachers for Christmas.  Hopefully they won't mind getting them after the break.

A kusudama (origami sphere) from the FoldingTrees tute.

Another type of kusudama from Clara's Paper Garden tute.

A paper rose from Stamper-licious tute.

And a Charlie Brown paper rose for the teacher who collects Peanuts.

And barely a dent in the paper stash.
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34  flower maidens in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by dulcet on: June 01, 2014 04:34:53 PM
So my daughter's class was assigned to make items to sell at a school fund-raiser.  Each student was supposed to make 100 items that could be sold for a quarter or two.  She saw a tutorial to make stick puppets at Kleas website.
But she decided to make them into flower fairies!  We gathered up bamboo skewers, wooden beads, embroidery floss, and fake flowers and got to work.  The first 25 got made without even going to the store, and then we just had to get more skewers and tiny flowers for hats.

She let her sister and I help, and we had lots of fun.  (She also took the photos.)

I started calling them pixie-sticks.

We made 79 in all.  75 to sell, and 4 to keep.  (There were other items to make up the 100.)  Then we had to figure out how to get them to the market on the big day.  We finally decided to stick the sticks in a block of styrofoam.

We fit most of them!  It looked so pretty!

At the market, she kept the block under the table.  She put a handful at a time into each of two vases, which she could refill.  All the little girls loved them, and they sold out well before the end.

My girls are now making more puppets, so they can put on "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
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35  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by dulcet on: January 01, 2014 12:39:19 PM
One last UFO that got finished yesterday.  It was a practice/toile/prototype six years ago.  It's been sitting around just needing neck facing, zipper and hems.  Hopefully it'll fit my niece.

So my goal for 2013 was to finish one UFO each month.  I missed two months: May because I was concentrating on ballet costumes for the performance, and October because I was making Halloween costumes.  But I finished a total of 20 projects!  I'm thrilled!  Thanks everybody for making this such a great destash-along!
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36  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by dulcet on: December 16, 2013 03:28:13 PM
Couple items from stash.  The shrug has been my take-along project for a while, but I guess I haven't been spending as much time in the car lately.  The skirt just kind of happened Sat night when I decided that DD needed something new to wear to church.  I used up all the yarn for the shrug and all the fabric for the skirt.  *Not intended to be worn together.

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37  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by dulcet on: December 08, 2013 02:04:15 PM
I'm slow posting the UFO's I finished last month.  This was a sweater I started when I was learning how to use a knitting machine.  And now that I've finished it, I don't know any 4-yo to give it to.

I also finished a quilt that was supposed to be for my wedding.  MIL never did much with it, and gave it to me when she moved.  Then it sat in a garbage sack for too many years.  I decided to just get it done with nothing fancy.  And it is toasty!

Today me and my kids made some bead geckos for a charity that takes them to third-world countries.  Not a UFO, but a fun stash project.

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38  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by dulcet on: November 11, 2013 10:51:49 AM
While I was helping my son sew his kimono for Halloween, an idea/project formed.  And rather than filing it in the back of my mind for future reference, I decided to just make it now!  I used the same stash fabrics as the kimono, and tried out sewing pattern Simplicity 2212 which I had bought because I might need to sew some dresses for a wedding in a few months.  Unfortunately, I forgot that patterns are made standard for a B cup, which my daughter is not!  So after quite a bit of fiddling, the bust fit, but the whole thing ended up snug.  So she'll only be able to wear it for a few months, but it turned out how I pictured it and she got compliments at church yesterday.

Other than the "lesser bust adjustment," I tweaked the pattern by laying out the stripes in different directions on the bodice pieces, added black piping at the top and bottom of the bodice, and put on straps.

I did have to run to the store to buy a zipper.  Those hold me up every time!

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39  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by dulcet on: November 03, 2013 02:22:30 PM
 So the motto for my life should be "better late than never."

One of the theme/suggestion/challenges for October was to use a craft book that you've had sitting around but never used, more or less.  For costumes, I pulled out John Marshall's "Make Your Own Japanese Clothing."  I helped my 15 yo son make a kimono completely from stash.  He did pretty good, and is excited to use it as a robe throughout the year.  (Unfortunately, the obi was an afterthought, and a complete fail, but also from stash.)

My daughter's class requests that any costume be related to ancient Egypt, for educational purposes.  She's supposed to be Anqet, the goddess of the Nile.  Mostly it just looks egyptian.  I used McCall's 4954 (which I've had for a couple years) and a bedsheet for the dress.  The drapey/capey thing was also stash.  And my husband cut an ankh from one of those anti-static mats that you put under computer desks.

My youngest wanted to be a paladin.  The chainmaille hood and shirt are from Ravelry patterns I've had bookmarked for a while, but the yarn wasn't from stash.  But the tabard was stash.  And the shield was from that same anti-static mat and other bits in my husband's stash.

So in total I used 5-6 yards of stash fabric.

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40  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by dulcet on: September 23, 2013 07:24:05 AM
carolmb -- do you hand baste your quilts?  I would put that off, too.  I just use those bent safety-pins cause I'm lazy and into instant gratification.

Not significant stash usage, but I've been meaning to make these for a while.  Just a couple of lined zipper pouches for my girls, so they have something to carry feminine hygiene supplies in their backpacks.

And I wish I had tons more of this fabric.  Wait...I'm trying to use up stash....
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