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2691  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Sock Monkey/ Sock Critter Swap Round 4 : SU 09/01/11-09/15/11 on: September 23, 2011 01:47:41 PM
Bought socks today! They are different than what I was imagining for the _______ ___ but when I picked them up the rest of the project filled my head instead of just a rough draft. I am so excited. I just hope I can make it work! Here's hoping! Oh, and I found an extra. I couldn't resist picking it up. It's little, but it fits this swap perfect!
2692  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Post about Scraps (I think) on: September 23, 2011 07:03:01 AM
I find it hard to believe that ALL those scraps have sentimental value. How about separating some out and offering them on craigslist or freecyle?
I didn't say the scraps have sentimental value, just some of the clothes.

The scraps I keep because I don't throw things away. You know, the whole "keep everything, you might need it someday" thing. There are so many possibilities with them, I just need to find those possibilities and harness the power of will.

Would anyone really take fabric scraps on freecycle? And you know even is someone did want them, I would feel the need to iron them before I gave them away, just to be hospitable. Hell, I would want to iron them before i even listed them so I could organize them as per what people might want. But then after doing all that ironing and seeing how little space they take up afterwards, you know I would want to keep them because hey, they take up less space this way and I just worked my ass off to make them look pretty. You see how my mind works.

Bea, I totally understand what you mean. I have a feeling if we did get a bigger house with and actual room for my sewing/stashes that it would be shared with my husband's computer/game crap and while I would have more space than I do now, I don't think I would be as encouraged to grow my stashes. a 7 room house, though, wow! I would still get just one room to myself. I already know how the rooms would be divided and I'm tempted to tell you. I think since I've been with child this round I've been getting wordier, at least online. *sigh*

My daughter's middle name was almost Bea...
2693  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Potholder Swap Round 2 Gallery on: September 22, 2011 09:11:00 PM
I don't know if I've ever been the first sender before. This might be exciting for me!
2694  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Potholder Swap Round 2 (Signups Closed - SEND 10/08/2011) on: September 22, 2011 08:43:53 PM
I had a dream about my partner the other night, who also happens to be the lovely organizer. There is one member of Craftster that really almost ruined it for me and wrote mean horrible things to me on my birthday. I dreamed that she had another alias on Craftster and was really Gerbilgal and partnered us up just so she could sabotage another swap for me. After the super package I sent out she sent me like a box of crap or something and I was very sad. I've been having a lot of high anxiety dreams lately. It has nothing to do with you Gerbilgal, I promise. I blame... The Fetus!
2695  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Post about Scraps (I think) on: September 22, 2011 07:38:11 PM
My stash is spread around my house. Mostly it has been in my room under the window, but one large box was in my baby's room on the buffet like thing we had in there. Since we are expecting another small one, I thought I needed to consolidate it. Here it is altogether:

And here are the scraps:

See that little grocery sack on top there? Well let me tell you a little story.
I've always wanted to get into quilting. With everything else I've done it has always seemed like a logical place for me to go next. My mom told me stories about how her grandma used to make quilts out of scraps, some of them only an inch wide. I thought that sounded cool and neat way to NOT throw things away. I always feel guilty about throwing things away. So any scraps that were an inch wide or bigger I saved. At one point I had so many I decided I wanted to segregate a certain color, so I chose pink. Why? I have no idea! I've always hated pink, but I had scraps so I pulled all the pink one and left them in a bag. Years later...
Enter Melissa Corry and her Wonky Stars Quilt-A-Long. I think I started following her because Sew Mama Sew told me to and kept following her because she kept having giveaways. So I figured I would make her Wonky Stars full size quilt with my pink scraps, and guess what? I pretty much did the whole things with JUST PINK SCRAPS! I threw in a little purple to *pop* but I didn't need to. That should put it into perspective just how much scraps I have.
Sneak Peak

Those first 2 pictures I posted are after I did the quilt, and after I went through my scraps again pulling what really might be too little to work with. That was an experience. Many thoughts of "Hey, I remember this fabric! I got it from...." and "Oh, look, Uncle Mike's pants! What did I do with the other leg?"
This is where the grocery sack on top comes in: That's all the stuff I decided won't work for future quilts. But there is so much of it I can't just throw it all away, can I? I mean, I saved it all because it is big enough to sew onto something, but man, that's just too much. And no, fabric scraps don't work very well as stuffing for toys. Tried that! What do I do?
Also, I told you I'm trying to make more room in our house by consolidating our spaces. I'm thinking about going insane and ironing all of my scraps. I know that would help a lot. I mean, after I finish the first set of wonky stars, I ironed all of my pink scraps and WOW! They took up only like 1/2 the space that they did before. Check it out:

Am I nuts for wanting to do that will ALL of my scraps? I mean, really, iron them all? Or a I just becoming more space conscious? Or am I just being OCD to the extreme?
I did go through the the wooden toy chest and the plastic tub after those pictures were taken. I folded everything, though I do need to organize it, I'm thinking by color. But there is more space in there now. I even put some of what's in the cardboard box in there and found, who'da thunk it, another box of scraps!
And that big plastic bag on top of the toy box is ALL clothes I want to get use in my sewing and won't give away because a) they have sentimental value (but can't be worn anymore) like my Grandma's bowling shirts or b) they are stained or c) I only bought them/kept them because of the fabric. I should consolidate that too. Any tips?
I know there is another thread on organizing your stash so I'm not really going there... Where am I going?
I decided it would help to put some of this in the bottom of my closet but then when I cleaned that out I learned that the pipe from the bathroom that my closet shares a wall with is so old that it has started dripping out through my wall... Gotta wait at least another week to get that fixed. So what do I do with it all? I really want my room back. Maybe we should just buy a bigger house?
2696  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Potholder Swap Round 2 (Signups Closed - SEND 10/08/2011) on: September 22, 2011 04:02:53 PM
2697  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 6 Gallery!! (Send 9/12/11) on: September 22, 2011 01:56:44 PM
Yay! I love seeing my projects in their new homes!Next to the first hoop I made for a swap, I think this is my favorite. Hooray doodle stitching. I'm glad you like it.
2698  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Dear Dead Sister: HAPPY BIRTHDAY! on: September 22, 2011 01:13:37 PM
I love ladybirds. Great work.
If you sqwint your eyes like for  a 3D picture, does anyone see a Teddy bear with a scarf and hat on his head?!
I see a snowman with a scarf. Dang it! I think it's one of those can't un-see it things!
2699  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cat pee! on: September 22, 2011 01:11:02 PM
Thanks for the words of wisdom everyone. I bought some Apple Cider Vinegar today and it's soaking right now. Don't know the ratio I used: I put the shawl in the sink, poured water on it, squished it around a little, then poured the vinegar right on top, all over it. I'll let you know how it works.
2700  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Rd. 7 (signups Sept. 12-Oct 1.; sendouts Dec. 1) on: September 21, 2011 07:52:50 AM
I'm really not in a hurry for SUs to end. I just finished one swap and now I am down to only having one Craftster swap to craft for and I think I would like to focus on that for the next week and a half. I hate it when I get too many swaps up and I get confused (pregnancy brain) so... wait, where was I going? Oh yeah, I need to make some monkey goodies before I can think about stalking stockings for this swap.

Of course, that 1 swap I'm in doesn't include the 8 I'm signed up for on Swap-Bot. Yeah, they're mostly just PC swaps but lately I've been quilting all my postcards so...
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