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701  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Challenges and NEWS in Craftalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: November 18, 2011 06:53:16 AM
Latest News:
DECEMBER, rush to finish 2012, CHALLENGE:

Simple Challenge!

Category 1:
There will be a prize drawn from anyone still active in this craftalong that has 1-49 projects done.  You must post a project by January 7 to be eligible.

Category 2:
There will be a prize drawn from anyone still active in this craftalong that has 50 projects done.  Again, you must post by January 7 to be eligible.  Anyone eligible in this category will automatically be eligible for category 1.

Category 3:
Same as above, only 51-99 projects done.

Category 4:
Same as above, only 100 or more projects done.

So, the more projects you have done, the more chances you have to win!

I am going to require that you PM me with how many projects you have done.  That will save me bunches of time.

August Challenge!

Let's regroup!  Please post a mini-list of no more than 5 items that you want to complete in August.  If you have a few WIPS, post those first!  You will get an extra chance for completing a WIP!

Of course, you can make a lot more things, but everyone who reaches his/her goal on the mini list will be entered for the August challenge!

One extra rule:  You cannot change your list once you post it, so make sure you really are going to make those 5 items.  Please post your list no later than August 8--one week.  Of course, you can be making your items starting NOW! Cheesy


June/July Challenge!

1.  Wearable items

2.  More than one (like if you make two hats, you get one chance to win!  two art pieces...two ATC's...two cakes)

3.  Garden crafts

4.  Anything in hot colors: pink, oranges, turquoise, lime green

I am going to go through the lists to see who is active and who is not...there will be another random drawing from the list of actives so be sure to check your status at the end of next week...if you have not commented or made anything for 30 days, I am going to count it as inactive...


MAY 2012 WINNER:  that1girl!!!!!!!!

that1girl has requested fabrics as a prize!


1. Colors: grass (green), sky (blue), sun( yellow/orange), clouds (white/off white)--dreaming of laying out in a field looking at the clouds go by

2. Something for yourself

3. Strictly art...ATC's, paintings, etc.  Think projects that are not necessarily functional...just art...

WINNER April 16-April 30 : Bookstorebabe!

Bookstorebabe requested a gift certificate from one of her favorite websites!

WINNER April 1-April 15  :Meleriffic!

Meleriffic is getting a gift certificate from Spoonflower!


Since I am super busy until April 15th, I will be combining March and April challenges.  Very very simple.

I am going to take the all of the posts between March 1 and April 30 and randomingly select 4 numbers.  If those numbers have a member who has an ACTIVE list, there will be a prize awarded.  So, the posts can be of items you made or a nice comment about something someone else made.  How is that for an easy challenge?

So post post post!

Prizes:  Gift certificates of choice!

WINNER March 16-March 31 : Abbeeroad!

Her prize was a selection of robot and gears fabric, a jar pincushion, and some embroidery threads!

WINNER March 1-March 15: Post #1822--Kookaloo Starr!
Her prize was a pair of circular knitting needles and a skein of handpainted sock yarn! (thanks for the great pic, K-star!)


#388 Eclectic Dreamer


1. Color: Red family--pinks, rose, burgandy, red, purpley red...!
2. New technique or medium for you--you most post in another forum to be eligible...so if you normally sew and you make jewelry, it counts!  If you usually use acrylics and you switch to watercolor, it counts...
3. Swap items...yep, if you swap with another member, it counts; if the swap partner is also a 50 project member, you bet a bonus count! Cheesy
4. Quantity: reasonable: each three projects counts as 1 chance to win

You must post pics to have an eligible project or PM me if you can't post for any reason (swap, etc.)


1. your choice of 1 yard of fabric from SPOONFLOWER!!!(well--a gift card!) or...two skeins of premium yarn ( about $20 worth!!) or comparable supplies for your craft...jewelry findings, paper, etc.
2. Miscellanous supplies and goodies of my choosing
3. $25 gift card from Amazon (or, you can add it to the SPOONFLOWER or I can just get you a regular Visa giftcard--whatever!)

GOOD LUCK and happy crafting!

Eclectic Dreamer chose to get a $50 gift card from Amazon.com to use for whatever she wants!

JANUARY WINNER: dreadlocklove

January 2102 Challenge:

1.  WIPS from 2011.  Please indicate when you post a pic that it is a WIP...
2.  Anything WHITE
3.  Projects for charity or random acts of kindness
4.  Recylced, upcycled, green projects
5.  Projects just for you--after the holidays, we deserve something for ourselves!


Amazon $25 gift card
Craft supplies for your craft-2 skeins organic yarn
Fabric bowl

Pic of Prizes here:
Fabric bowl;

Please post your list and check to see that your link works on POST #1.
I will use the list to randomly select a surprise prize winner on January 9th!

The random winner of the list prize is: cursive_queen!!!

Wow--we have 85 people with lists...


I selected some fat quarters since cursive_queen makes such beautiful and fun quilts!

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702  50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: November 18, 2011 06:52:38 AM

(image is of scarves shipped to the Special Olympics 2012--another great craftalong that motivated me to get these done on time! Cheesy)

Welcome to the 50 Projects 2012 thread!  This is a craftalong that encourages you to try new crafts, hone and expand your current skills, get great ideas, make gifts for family, friends and yourself...get organized and focused...

You can handle your list in any way that will help you stay on track and record your progress...your list can be changed anytime...or you can just add to your list when you get done...cross stuff off...whatever works!

50 is just a random goal...some people will have far less, others far more...there is no score-keeping...you are doing this for yourself and sharing what you want with your fellow craftsters!

We encourage comments, lots of pics, and positive cheering on...we still have to follow craftster rules, so please stay on the topic of crafting as much as you can, but please do not forget that we are a social community so be respectful and kind to each other in bad and good times!  Most of all, have FUN!!!

I have a prize ready for one of the lists that I randomly selected already... Cheesy...so good luck and remember to post to see if you win!!!  You do not have to have a list, but if you want to enter the list random drawing, you will need at least a mini list! Cheesy  Lists must be posted by January 7th to enter!


Abbeeroad  active
AlishaMisha active
alwaysinmyroom active

bookstorebabe active

cinnamon teal active
ChrisSews active
cursive_queen active

DawnsTrees active

Eclectic Dreamer active
ehinders active
fantasticmio active
Foxy Sam active
Ffrogg526 active

gozer active
indigo_roses active

jillybeans active
J_Kieviet active

katara active
Kookaloo_Starr active
Koreena active
kriSmith active


mama24boyz active
mellybelly81 active
meleriffic active
mini_mum active
MissingWillow active
Mrs Shak
mylovesdeep active



QueenNinjaMonkey active
rottenlittleboys active
rlynn active

sera unraveled
sheepblue active
Silvermoon active
smashu active
smeddley active
suereal active

Tanath active
that1girl active
trinalockary active

underthemountain active

v3nu5 active
vampedangel14 active

waggonswest active
yofi active

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703  Re: Use Your Leftovers- Scrappy Projects (not afghans!) Crochet-along in Crochetalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: November 15, 2011 04:32:02 AM
This set is my favorite so far!  I used a ball of novelty yarn that I purchased on ebay on a whim...only 5 more balls to go--what was I thinking?  It was a pink/yellow/brown pompom sort of yarn...Grin

This set is a standard favorite of mine as well--grey and turquoise!  There is some shiny novelty mohair...

I can't believe how my "ugly" yarns are disappearing! YAY!
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704  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011 in Craftalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: November 13, 2011 09:28:53 AM
I keep forgetting to post progress pics of the things for my house...so here are some:

Tiny pencils made from toothpicks and sharpies...shown with my books and bead bottles and my tiny crochet doily..

Front of my house...I modified the tutorial that CLM directed us to to make the little wreath!  I used cut ups of paper leaves and strung them on a thread...the hook is a sewing hook and eye...

Close up of wreath and the house number:

Finally, the cardboard form of my first chimney...I used office supply boxes and a light tube box...I now have to cover it with brick paper and attach...

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705  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011 in Craftalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: November 06, 2011 01:36:57 PM
ha ha I have kits waiting and it takes everything I have not to start another without finishing my first one!

bookstorebabe!!  Your shelf house is going to be great!  I have found quite a few boxes and things that I am going to store for future houses!

cackle--your hooks and cardboard furniture are wonderful!

Here are a few wee things I made:

A few books...

a few washcloths...

a tiny doily...

a tiny afghan...

and my twig easel..
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706  Re: 2012 Special Olympics USA Scarf Project Craftalong in Craftalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: November 01, 2011 06:38:47 AM
Here are the scarves I made all bundled up, ready to ship!  I sent out last week and I got my confirmation from UPS that they had arrived...they do not send out confirmations, so I would suggest you send your scarves UPS or with a DC if you want to know that your scarves made it to the warehouse!  The Pennsylvania site has a running tally of how many scarves they have received so far!

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707  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: October 30, 2011 04:55:53 PM
Could you get the organizer to contact the person and ask for pics? Or did she flake?

I am doing a scrappy crochet craftalong on the crochet board...here is a hat and scarf I made using leftover yarns...

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708  Re: Use Your Leftovers- Scrappy Projects (not afghans!) Crochet-along in Crochetalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: October 30, 2011 04:52:17 PM
And, of course, now I am addicted!  I took some zip lock bags and put together four groupings...be flexible...sometimes the yarn does not look good made up!

Here is the second scrappy project I made...a hat and scarf! I used Vanna White bronze & charcoal, Lion Brand bronze"mohair" mix, and a ribbon yarn that I have had for years and years. The scarf is super long (108 inches!)...the hat is a basic slouchy hat with a row of puffs...just wing it! Cheesy

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709  DORMANT: Use Your Leftovers- Scrappy Projects (not afghans!) Crochet-along in Crochetalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: October 30, 2011 04:44:45 PM
I visited a favorite yarn store along with fellow crocheter and craftster member indigo_roses.  They had a basket that contained three different yarns to make a scarf...I picked one group that I would never have put together myself to see if i would like it...I DID!! Cheesy

When I finished the scarf, I thought:  I could put together my own mixes!!

If you guys are like me, you have plenty of leftover yarns from projects you made for swaps, friends, co-workers, family, etc.  And, you probably have yarns that you bought that you have no idea what you were thinking...or a special skein that you can't think what to make with it...and, finally, you probably have tiny balls of a lot of unrelated yarns...

How about using up some of your "forgotten" yarn? Cheesy  Destash that yarn that you have been storing...You can experiment with mixing things and be quite surprised how an ugly yarn can be made "beautiful"!

You can make a scarf, a hat, a shawl, a bag...anything except an afghan (there are plenty of craftalongs for those!)...

Here is the basic idea:

Find a yarn that reads "solid"
Add a textured yarn, like ribbon, mohair, etc.
Add another yarn that goes with the above

I am going to try to keep my projects to three to five yarns...I don't want it super scrappy...

You can make all even rows or you can just keep adding your yarns when they run out...I plan on doing it both ways...

Anyone want to join it?  Share mixes, stitches, projects?

Here is a start on what I have done so far:

The scarf is single crochet using a J hook.  It is about 100 inches long (definitely use a foundation stitch for this one!)...and I did uneven rows for each of the three yarns (Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light-my "solid", Knit One Crochet Too Doceur et Soie-baby mohair and silk, St, Charles Venus -rayon twist)...these are fun and easy even for beginners...and you can watch tv while doing them! Cheesy

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710  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011 in Craftalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: October 30, 2011 03:05:28 PM
Such interesting links and blogs!

I love how the rooms are beginning to come together with furniture and accessories!

Phizzy--love your wall treatments!

Morgan--your stove/fireplace turned out wonderful!  I also love your study...

I really was trying to figure out how to do a sink in my kitchen...thanks for the faucet link, CLM!

Here are some in progress shots of my leaf painter's room:

And, I made little valances for my windows by making sort of a tube of fabric, gathering it and gluing it in place. I also added firewood to my living room...and yeah, I put things in the rooms, take them out to look at them... Cheesy

The kitchen table was made with a scrap piece of wood and mini thread spools--I left the thread on since I liked the colors. The rug was crocheted using sock yarn:
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