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11  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.

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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12  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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13  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.

January - 12
February - 12
March - 7
Year-to-date total: 31/50

#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

#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

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

#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
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14  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by kbrison on: December 30, 2014 11:31:40 PM
Year end wrap-up:
Fabric book for great-great-niece #3

A set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pillowcases for great-great-niece #1

A destash project for niece #3 - hat, scarf, and fingerless gloves

A pink, minkie fabric, infinity scarf for great-niece #3

A white, fun fur, infinity scarf for great-niece #4

It's been a productive year, but I have so much stash and so many WIPs that I'll definitely be joining again in 2015 to track my progress. Happy New Year, everyone!
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15  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by kbrison on: December 16, 2014 12:28:37 AM
Have been clearing out some more craft supplies. Finished up four spools of tulle and some headband elastic making tutus for great-great nieces.

Then I made aprons for all my great-great nieces which allowed me to use up all of my bandanas and all my black seam binding.

Finally, I made a striped hat, so two more partial skeins of yarn are now history.
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16  Re: Mini 12 Days of Christmas - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: December 16, 2014 12:17:03 AM
Quaggy was such a sweetheart to post photos for me since I've unexpectedly had to be out-of-town since Friday morning because of an urgent family medical situation. She did miss a few things though (or was being much too modest), so I've added them to my original posting. Get those pinning fingers ready. Quaggy is such a talented and generous person that I know I'm not the only one who loves what she crafts. And the stained glass church she sent lights up so this is what it looks like when lit.
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17  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by kbrison on: December 09, 2014 01:33:10 PM
Cleared out four skeins of yarn making a hat and scarf set.

Had to buy a skein of brown yarn in order to make the camo checkerboard scarf, but am making a hat to go with it right now. Once I finish the hat I will have used all the new brown yarn plus a skein of camo yarn from my stash.
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18  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by kbrison on: November 20, 2014 03:54:56 PM
I haven't done much for the past two months except swap projects, but I have managed to complete a few things.
A crocheted cable scarf from stash.

A zippered pouch made using scraps from the quilt block swaps.

Button magnets from a kit I received at a recent meeting.

Two of the 30 Advent devotion booklets I bound for our church.
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19  Re: Holiday Tag Swap - Round 2 Gallery... in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: November 20, 2014 03:20:46 PM
Realized that I never posted my tags from Onyxnox. Very bad of me! Hope Santa hasn't put me on his naughty list. Love the block print Onyxnox used on the front of her card. Is it one you carved yourself?

Then the gorgeous tags themselves. So many interesting techniques . . . from the Tim Holtz 12 Days of Christmas posts?

Then the backs of the tags which are also very nice.

Thanks for swapping!

Just double-checked and couldn't find my posts for Rackycoo or dharma_rebel. Only explanation that makes sense to me is that I must have hit 'preview' rather than 'save' when I finished. So sorry!

First, the mischievious but helpful elves from Rackycoo.

Then the fabric tags from dharma_rebel.
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20  Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kbrison on: November 14, 2014 01:29:01 PM
The last of my ornaments has arrived and I finally got them photographed.
First, the crocheted star from Ninaprettyballerina

The wine cork tree from Underthemountain

The Dressed for Winter Snowman from MommytheMaid

And the elves and quilted ornaments from Thimbles71

Thanks everyone! (Would you believe that I'm already plotting possibilities for next year?)  Grin
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