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« Reply #1550 on: December 03, 2012 08:40:51 AM »

Sounds lovely!  I am glad to see you joined the Junker Jane Swap!  That will use up some of my smaller scrap pieces!

I am horrid with yarn...I never know what I am in the mood to make, so I keep a bit of everything in stock...I currently have eight projects on needles... Smiley
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« Reply #1551 on: December 03, 2012 09:45:46 AM »

My yarn supply is dwindling, it's a good thing I like scrappy projects  Cheesy
I'm really looking forward to the Junker Jane swap, I have a lot of small fabric samples and a lovely stained/tea dyed piece of tablecloth to use  Grin
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« Reply #1552 on: December 04, 2012 06:31:58 AM »

I have taken to selling my yarn and fabrics.

So often I would be pulled in by a good sale with no idea what to do with the crafting supply once I managed to get it home.

And now, very little of it speaks to me. So off it goes to someone else. Smiley
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« Reply #1553 on: December 04, 2012 06:39:35 AM »

Hopefully, just the stuff you know you won't be using!!!  I think I would have an anxiety attack if anyone even touched a ball of yarn...

I have a huge basket of leftovers that I plan on doing one of my mixed yarn scarves or hats...I found out my one niece loves those types of scarves the best! Cheesy
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« Reply #1554 on: December 04, 2012 08:39:13 AM »

Hopefully, just the stuff you know you won't be using!!!  I think I would have an anxiety attack if anyone even touched a ball of yarn...


Yeah, I agree. But when a ball of yarn endears frustration instead of love?

Besides, I spend the same now being much more choosy with what I buy. I am a happier girl. Smiley

I wish I could show you guys some of the things I've made. But living in a crafty house with one working camera makes that difficult. Wink
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« Reply #1555 on: December 04, 2012 09:46:09 AM »

I agree rottenlittleboys...I have been much happier being choosy and buying less...I found a little trick that works for me for online purchases....many of the sites have WISHLISTS...when I feel the urge to shop, I put everything on my wishlist instead of in my cart...I then leave it alone for a couple of days...then I go through and see if there is anything that truly speaks to me...9 out of 10 times, I delete it! Cheesy
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« Reply #1556 on: December 04, 2012 04:55:19 PM »

I gave away a lot of craft supplies I knew I'd  never use in a Givers and Needers swap about a year ago. I know if I was more organized, I'd buy less. I could find what I have instead of buying it all over again, and I could easily see what I have and be reminded to use it! It's been a slow process. I did get the paper sorted into two file boxes and one zippered plastic bag, I need a couple more boxes to finish it properly.
I took apart a lot of old junk jewelry and raided my stash of odd beads and made book thong style bookmarks-I even used cord/floss/yarn scraps from stash. Made about 55 of them! They didn't sell well at the craft show but oh well! It wasn't the best venue, and I sold other things. And they cost nothing but time to make.
I have added to my stash, but I've been choosey about it. Family members are giving me junk jewelry now, yay! I can never have too much of that.  And my nephew and my little sis are giving me old computer bits. I made several brooches from small pieces of circuit board, and have larger ones saved for different projects, and I even made a lamp from old keyboards! Those things will be stock for a sale next year.
I haven't been following the monthly challenges, or posting pictures, or much of anything but reading along when I can-life has been very hectic. But you all are inspiring, and I'm looking forward to next year's DeStash-along and next year's 50 projects.
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« Reply #1557 on: December 06, 2012 07:51:32 AM »

Oh wow, great discussion.  It hit on a lot of what I've been pondering as I stare at my stash - whether to give away or try to sell parts of it, what to do with those 7 balls of mohair yarn, how do I organize all this stuff, and how did I acquire all of this in the first place.  I've also started brainstorming ideas for themes & challenges in spare moments at work.  Would folks be open to the first couple months concentrating on getting a handle on stashes themselves?  Sort of like finding it all, weeding, organizing, etc.?  I  know I would find it useful, but I don't want to impose my current decluttering bug on anyone else, or make people feel guilty about their stash (so not what this craftalong is about) but doing things like that in groups can really help motivation and momentum.
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« Reply #1558 on: December 06, 2012 08:03:33 AM »

Organising the stash is a challenge in itself  Smiley  I've got plans to use up some fabric to make bags to hang my yarn in but it won't be until next year.
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« Reply #1559 on: December 06, 2012 08:45:36 AM »

I am also considering better ways to organize my stash...I have so many bags that I have to dig through and I "remember" having certain yarn and just can't find it...Sad

I also need a better way to store my interchangeable needles, circulars, and double-pointed needles...by the time I get everything together, it is time for bed! Cheesy
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