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11  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by kbrison on: March 06, 2015 01:12:32 PM
Got rid of most of my pesky little balls and partial skeins of acrylic yarn by making some pet blankets for our local animal shelter. The two small ones measure approximately 18" x 24". The large is about 24" x 48". These are sized to fit the cages at the shelter. Each uses 3 strands of yarn crocheted together with an I hook and a single crochet stitch. To create some texture, even rows are worked in just the front loop of the previous row. I just knotted the strands together as each played out, crocheted over the yarn ends as I went, and only had the beginning and ending strands to weave in when I finished. Fast, easy, no-brainer that cleared a lot of stash and made nice, thick cushions for the animals.

Then I've been using my fun foam and felt stashes to make alphabet and shapes cut outs for teachers in our family. This is just one of the sets I've made.

I'm waiting for some other things to be received so I can post those photos.
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12  Re: January, February, March 2015 Birthday Swap! Discussion and Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: March 06, 2015 12:26:10 PM
Received my birthday package from LadyBugs on Wednesday and finally managed to get the photos uploaded today. Here are my goodies. The Mary Engelbreit note pad may not last long though; I'm an inveterate list-maker and note-leaver. Probaby hearkens back to my pre-retirement days as a teacher. Grin

A fantabulous collection of buttons.

Some of my favorites. The smallest buttons are especially appreciated since I'll use them on doll clothes I'm making for the great-great nieces.

Some washi tape, sugarless bubble gum, and a cute crocheted brooch that matches the super bestest part of the package. ('bestest' - I've definitely spent too much time with little kids recently. HA!  Like that could ever be the case.) The washi tape makes me think of a miniaturized version of bulletin board borders.  Cheesy

Then the ONLY action shot anyone will probably ever see of me online, wearing the wonderful infinity scarf that LadyBugs crocheted for me. Only took an action shot this time to show how well she nailed my color preferences, since this is the sweatshirt I was wearing when I opened the package. The shot is intentionally cropped and blurred because I hate posting photos of myself.

Then a much better photo of just the scarf.

Then, final shot is a teaser of something I sent her at the most difficult stage of its completion.


Thanks so very much for my birthday gifts, LadyBug!
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13  Re: Sweet and Easy Valentines Gallery Round 4 in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: February 10, 2015 12:03:03 PM
Received a wonderful package from Brandyk on Saturday.
The heart is a large (about 8" x 9") notepad that she bought from the Eagan High Work Experience Program. I think the group may be something like the Junior Achievement program that my dad used to volunteer with. Love what the students were able to do with some paper and a die cut machine. I'm a list maker at heart, so this will be getting a lot of use! Then two sweet little heart candles that are almost too cute to use.

Two wooden spoons that she painted with chalk paint. These are going in my Dutch oven kit. People are always getting serving pieces mixed up at our group gatherings, so now I'll have a set that will stand out as being mine.  Cheesy

A sticky note holder and a handmade Valentine. I take a pad of sticky notes with me when I volunteer at our local food co-op, so this will keep them from sticking to other things in my purse. Yeah!

A felt heart banner that she handcut. And there are 13 hearts - my favorite number! Seriously!!

Three fudge pots and some hot chocolate stirring spoons. OMG! The fudge pots are so rich and decadent that I could only let myself eat two small spoonfuls at a time. Yummy!

And finally, a fabric basket that's going to be my new, in-the-works project holder. It's a perfect size to hold several skeins of yarn, hooks, plus a WIP, or cardstock, stamps, dies, and embellishments, or fabric, rulers, scissors, rotary cutter, small mat, etc. The only problem is deciding which I'll use it for first.  Grin

Thanks for being a great swap partner, Brandyk!
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14  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by kbrison on: February 07, 2015 09:27:19 PM
Swap package has been received so I can post some more photos.
Four heart magnets cut from fun foam and magnetic sheets.

Four small gift tags.

Two button bobby pins and a heart-shaped yo-yo brooch.

A crocheted can/bottle holder.

A Valentine card. I was experimenting with washi tape and negative space.

A crocheted cowl from my partner's Pinterest boards.
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15  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by kbrison on: February 07, 2015 08:38:30 PM
Gaudi, 1/2 yard of cupcake fabric could be used as cuffs/hems on several pillowcases, face or backing for 2 placemats, mug mats, chemo caps or headbands. Any of these projects could cheer up a child.

As for the doll clothes, I'm starting to work on wardrobes for the dolls I'm giving my g-g-nieces for Christmas, so I love seeing what you make. I'll probably start posting doll clothes on a monthly basis soon.  Cheesy

I had a stash-enhancement trip today, so not sure I'm making much progress in destashing. I'm claiming it as a stash rotation process. Old stuff out; new stuff in.

These are the only things I've made recently that were entirely from stash. Not much of a dent in my supplies. Sigh.
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16  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by kbrison on: February 06, 2015 12:58:33 PM
Have been trying to clear out more WIPs and stash. Here are 26 readers I finally got laminated, cut to size, and bound. They'll be given to family members who teach PK-1. If anyone wants copies, these are all free downloads on Cherry Carl's website. Just Google her name to find hundreds of literacy materials.

Then, after frogging part of the hat once and completely frogging the entire hat later, I managed to finish crocheting this beret for my great-niece. It's made from Paton Metallic yarn. Although it looks like a flat gray color in the photos, it's actually a very shiny silver.
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17  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by kbrison on: January 12, 2015 11:12:38 AM
Never buy a cone of crochet cotton thread unless you want to see it forever!  Grin Last year I started using a white cone, a red cone, and two balls of blue for a tote bag, a set of placemats, and 10 coasters. This is what I've made so far this year, and there's still at least half a cone of white, 3/4 cone of red, and half a ball of blue left! I'm not sure what to make with the remainder.

I made the first bootie several years ago, but didn't like the pattern. We're expecting several additions to our extended family this year, so used that to motivate me to finish the pair. Still have too much of this yarn left though. May use it to make doll clothes or accessories.
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18  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by kbrison on: January 12, 2015 10:53:29 AM
I've been working on cleaning out and rearranging my craft room, so I haven't gotten many crafts done so far this year. My crochet club is taking part in a raffle later this year, so I've made a few things to go in our patriotic colors themed picnic tote bag: 2 washcloths to wipe away dirt or sand, 1 water bottle tote for hikes, 2 can cozies for lazing around the pool or beach.
CHALLENGE ENTRY - COLOR

Then I've had one baby bootie finished for several years, so I finally made its partner. It took very little time but I didn't like the pattern, so it just sat unloved in my crochet bag for ages.
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19  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by kbrison on: January 08, 2015 12:47:01 PM
Love the dye adventures, Sloth! I want to try that, but then I look at all the ongoing projects I have and tell myself to clear out other things first.

AIMR, I used the 'throw all the paper scraps into one box' method for several years. Problems: some papers got torn or crumpled, others were so far down in the box that they were hard to find, and I never seemed to work from the box. It's taken me several months, but I've finally gotten the scraps under control. The large, red crate was full to the point of overflow as recently as Thanksgiving. Now the small white container is all that's left and it's less than 1/4th the size of the crate. So here's my first destash/organization project for the year.

As for what I did with all those missing scraps, I turned them into usable scraps (see upper left corner for the strips and chunks) and cutouts.
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20  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by kbrison on: December 31, 2014 12:17:28 AM
The earliest craft I can remember making was a plaster cast of my hand. It was the summer before we moved to Illinois, so I must have been seven at the time. We were attending Bible School and Mom was one of our teachers. When she died a few years ago, my sister and I found those casts carefully wrapped and tucked away in her cedar chest.

My next memory was when I was ten. We had returned to Oklahoma on vacation, so Mom had given me some money for shopping with my aunt and cousin. After buying the newest Trixie Belden mystery, I still had some change left and there were all these beautiful colors of thread (actually embroidery floss) for only five cents each, so of course that's what I bought with the rest of my money. When I brought my finds to my Grandmother's house, she asked what I was going to do with the floss. At that point I didn't even know what embroidery was or how to do it, so Grandma taught me and my cousin beginning that very day. She had some new dish towels that had come in her Dux soap, so she pulled those out. Next came patterns from her Workbasket magazines. I don't remember using hoops although I usually do now. If I track down any of the tea towels, I'll try to add photos later.

This year I'm just going to post as I go since it's easier to add photos that way.

Totals:
January - 12
February - 12
March - 9
April - 20
May - 15
June - 2
July
August
September
October
November
December
Year-to-date total: 70/50

JANUARY
#1/#2 - Crocheted dishcloths - Finished 1/6 - charity - 100% from stash

#3 - Crocheted baby booties - Finished 1/8 - WIP

#4 - Water bottle carrier - Finished 1/9 - charity - 100% from stash

#5/#6 - Can cosies - Finished 1/11 - charity  - 100% from stash

#7 - Pocket tissue holders - Finished 1/13 - WIP

#8 - Bound 26 books for school donation - Finished 1/28 - WIP

#9-12 - Sweet & Easy Valentine Swap - Finished 1/29 - 100 % from stash
Set of gift tags, bobby pins, yo-yo heart brooch, crocheted bottle/can cover


FEBRUARY
#13 - Crocheted beret - Finished 2/3

#14-15 - Sweet & Easy Valentine Swap - Finished 2/4
Set of fun foam magnets and a crocheted cowl.

#16 - Sets of fun foam shapes and alphabets for a teacher - Finished 2/9 - 100% from stash

#17 - Sweet Dreams baby sweater - Finished 2/12 - WIP (20+ yrs in the making)

#18 - Pet blanket - Finished 2/19 - charity - 100% from stash

#19 - Pet blanket - Finished 2/22 - charity - 100% from stash

#20 - 2 sherpa vests for 18" dolls - Finished 2/22

#21 - Evening gown for Barbie doll - Finished 2/22 - WIP

#22 - Large pet blanket - Finished 2/27 - charity - 100% from stash

#23 - Felt alphabet (lower case) - Finished 2/28 - 100% from stash

#24 - Set of ladybugs and leaves magnets for LadyBugsandBumbleBees - Finished 2/28 - 100% from stash


MARCH
#25 - Pink sundress for Barbie doll, see #21 - Finished 3/1 - WIP from 1999
#26 - Pink, slub satin Barbie doll coat - Finished 3/2 - WIP from 1999

#27 - Wallet for LadyBugsandBumbleBees - Finished 3/3 - 100% from stash

#28 - Small wallet for Brianna - Finished 3/16 - 100% from stash

#29 - Set of 3 quilt blocks for Brianna - Finished 3/16 - 100% from stash

#30 - Crocheted doll's shrug #1 - Finished 3/19
#31 - Crocheted doll's shrug #2 - Finished 3/21

#32 - Rag quilt for Mama24boyz - Finished 3/30 - 70% from stash

#33 - Portable doll house for Daysie - Finished 3/31 - 100% from stash


APRIL
#34 - Barbie doll clothes - jeans and t-shirt - Finished 4/2 - WIP from 1999

#35 - Barbie doll clothes - nightgown - Finished 4/2 - WIP from 1999

#36 - Barbie doll clothes - shorts and tube top - Finished 4/2 - WIP from 1999

#37 - Set of thank you cards for Library Week - no photos - Finished 4/9 - 100% from stash
#38 - Yellow crocheted dress for 18" doll - Finished 4/10 - 100% from stash - remnants from #17 baby sweater

#39 - Apricot stripe crocheted dress for 18" doll - Finished 4/13 - 100% from stash - remnants from #17 baby sweater

#40 - Lavendar striped sweater for 18" dolls plus headband and purse - Finished 4/16 - 100% from stash
#41 - Caftan for Barbie doll - Finished 4/17 - WIP from 1999

#42 - TP tube scrapbook - Finished 4/18 - WIP from about 2012

#43 - Red tunic w/paisley pants for 18" doll - Finished 4/20 - 100% from stash

#44/45 - Crocheted yellow ruffled skirts for 18" doll - Finished 4/20-22 - 50% from stash
#46 - Red check tunic w/red pants for 18" doll - Finished 4/24 - 100% from stash

#47 - Pink gingham top w/pink shorts for Barbie doll - Finished 4/24 - WIP from 1999

#48 - Beaded garden whimsey for LBBB - Finished 4/24 - 100% from stash

#49 - Lavendar-trimmed underpants for 18" doll, 2 pairs - Finished 4/25 - 50% from stash

#50 - Crocheted ruffled skirt #3 for 18" doll - Finished 4/28 - 50% from stash
#51 - Gray pants w/ white top for Barbie doll - Finished 4/28 - WIP from 1999

#52 - Pink-trimmed underpants for 18" doll, 3 pairs plus 1 turquoise pair - Finished 4/29 - 50% from stash

#53 - Crocheted ruffled skirt #4 for 18" doll - Finished 4/30 - 50% from stash

MAY
#54 - Crocheted t-shirt #1 for 18" doll - Finished 5/4
#55 - Crocheted t-shirt #2 for 18" doll - Finished 5/7
#56 - Crocheted t-shirt #3 and headband for 18" doll - Finished 5/10
#57-58 - Crocheted ruffled skirts #5 & #6 for 18" doll - Finished 5/16 - 50% from stash
#59 - Tissue holder and keychain wristlet for LBBB - Finished 5/13 - 100% from stash (Photo 64)
#60 - Medium art journal for LBBB - Finished 5/19 - 100% from stash

#61 - Large for LBBB - Finished 5/24 - 100% from stash

#62 - Crocheted t-shirt #4 for 18" doll - Finished 5/24 - 100% from stash
#63 - Crocheted t-shirt #5 for 18" doll - Finished 5/26 - 100% from stash
#64 - Zippered pouch for LBBB - Finished 5/26 - 100% from stash

#65-66 - Mini-notebooks for LBBB's daughters - Finished 5/27 - 100% from stash

#67 - Crocheted t-shirt #6 & headband for 18" doll - Finished 5/28 - 100% from stash
#68 - Random cards - Finished 5/28 - 100% from stash
#69 - Tube top and shorts for Barbie doll - Finished 6/1 - WIP
#70 - Yellow underpants for 18" doll, 2 pair - Finished 6/1


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