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Title: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gaudiknight on January 01, 2016 07:37:30 AM
2016 Annual DeStash-Along

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Macro Threads 4 (https://flic.kr/p/txLwef) by nickcummins (https://www.flickr.com/photos/nickcummins/), on Flickr

Stashes are an inevitable part of the crafting process.  They start out small (that skein of yarn you just had to have, even though you don't know what you are going to make with it) and slowly grow to epic proportions (two fat quarters, three tubes of beads, four yards of corduroy, 5 jars that are too good to recycle, etc. etc. etc).  After a while you may realize that you have enough pipe-cleaners to re-wire your house, and that you can't put your coat away because the hall closet is entirely full of batting, pompoms, and googly eyes.  Non-crafters might see this as a problem, but we see it as a wonderful opportunity for creativity.

Whatever your craft (embroidery, beading, sewing, welding), type of stash (fabric, yarn, bits of string too small to save), or motivation (frugality, boredom, freeing up space for more supplies) we hope you will joint us here as we spend the year shopping our stash to make marvelous things!  There will be monthly themes and challenges to inspire you or be ignored as the spirit moves you, discussions, encouragement, and happy crafting.  We've been doing this since 2009 and had a lot of fun along the way.  We hope you do too!

Previous DeStash-Along Threads can be found here, for more information and inspiration
2015 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437443.0)
2014 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430469.0)
2013 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=418485.0)
2012 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=401013.0)
2011 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=368127.0)
2010 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=282392.0)
2009 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=332509.0)


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gaudiknight on January 01, 2016 07:38:21 AM
Hold for themes


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gaudiknight on January 01, 2016 07:39:05 AM
Hold just in case


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gaudiknight on January 01, 2016 07:45:26 AM
January Themes

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Rising Sun Thread (https://flic.kr/p/7WThg4) by Carrie Cizauskas (https://www.flickr.com/photos/artbandito/), on Flickr

Color: White
For: Yourself
Pattern: Stripes
Inspiration: Birds
Challenge #1: Take stock of your stash.  Marvel at all the great things in there.  Share some pics with the rest of us if you are feeling very brave
Challenge #2: Make some goals.  Share them here.  Write them on a post it and stick it above your craft space.  Embroider them on your hankie.  Spray-paint them on the side of your house.  Tattoo them on your arm.  Whatever works for you.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: quaggy on January 01, 2016 08:27:41 AM
I am in again this year....of course like New Years I started out posting with a bang then drifted away.  New goal is too post everything I craft.  I really need to use up some of my fabric, button and paper stash.  Maybe a few photos when I get the chance.  My first projects for the new year are for a swap I am in and a personal swap so I get to start downsizing my fabric. I am also working on a small quilt for a coworker and have plans to continue joining the quilt block swaps.  I have enough blocks from prior round's that I also want to add to my list of things to complete.  Let's see if I can make it to the craft room today to start out de-stashing!  Happy New Years All!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: rantyhippie on January 01, 2016 10:22:05 AM
I still have stash to bust. My mother in law gave me even more fabric (and a quilting table that belonged to her mother) when they came to visit for Christmas. I need to get sewing!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gaudiknight on January 01, 2016 12:22:25 PM
I went to wish my great-aunt a Happy New Year and drop off some baked goods and left with a bag stuffed full of fabric.  The struggle continues.



Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 01, 2016 01:46:08 PM
I finally threw out about 20 cardboard boxes that I have been saving for "shipping"...I realized that at my job, we are constantly getting boxes delivered, so I will always have a supply and don't need to hoard them at home...hubby was happy because they were taking up room in the garage!

Challenge #2 Goals:

1.To identify and remove supplies that I know I will never use.  I am so petrified that if I get rid of something, I will suddenly need it...well, I have had macrame cord in my garage for 20 years now...I don't think I need it.

I am going to tackle one drawer or one box a month and get rid of at least one thing.

2. Not impulse buy.  I am going to go over what I have first.  If I need something, I am going to make a list.  The only time I will buy something is if I am traveling.  I enjoy finding yarn or fabric from different places I visit.

3. Make something from stashed supplies weekly.  I think it is a bit of a challenge to use what you have.  I should get the creative juices flowing!

I am going to have to think about something white for myself...all I can think of right now is maybe a journal or some guest towels to embroider...very interesting....


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: calliemae on January 01, 2016 02:28:36 PM
I went to wish my great-aunt a Happy New Year and drop off some baked goods and left with a bag stuffed full of fabric.  The struggle continues.



That sounds like my entire Christmas. Every time I visited a relative I left with bags full of stuff. Enabling the addiction.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: TheMistressT on January 01, 2016 02:52:16 PM
I'm liking the look of this!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: texscrapper on January 01, 2016 03:00:00 PM
OK I'm in this year - for the whole year! I have got to start using the fabric that is overflowing every nook and cranny!

 I will take some pics of my stash once I get things straightened up a bit. I think I have 40 different crafts in there!

Challenge 2 - Goals

*Begin purging craft supplies. Tell myself it's ok to let it go if I haven't used it.

*USE THE PRETTY FABRIC! Sometimes I just buy fabric because it's beautiful. It's time to use it up to make happy useful things that myself and others can enjoy.

*Try to craft something once a week. It is a huge stress reliever to me and I need to remember that when life gets crazy busy.

*Don't just focus on making things for others, break down and make things for myself.

 *Think REALLY hard before adding more stuff to the craft room. This is the tough one .......


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: audio on January 01, 2016 06:43:52 PM
I'm IN! I'm packing up my craft room now because I am moving soon so I know I will be doing a lot of destashing along the way!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: audio on January 01, 2016 07:08:28 PM
January Challenge #2: My Destashing Goals

- Get rid of outdated supplies, there is a difference in outdated, useless supplies and vintage, whimsical supplies!
- Don't buy anything I already have just because "I'll use it eventually".
- Use the supplies I already have before getting more!
- Get out of the mentality that I need one of everything or that I need every color in a certain supply!
- Stop going craft supply shopping when I am not crafting anything at that time, the supplies will still be there when I actually have time to craft!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: whatthepuck on January 01, 2016 07:58:18 PM
Challenge #2-Goals

1. I bought a new sewing machine last summer and haven't touched it. This year I'm going to use it.

2. Use up the odds and ends of cotton yarn for some new dishcloths.

3. Organize everything! I'm constantly going out and buying something because I can't find the one I already have.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: BelleBeryl on January 02, 2016 07:26:50 AM
I finally heard the call of use that pretty fabric. So finally started on New Years Eve got hold of my biggest piece asian fabric started a quilt backing using the throw size batting I had stashed few years.
The front is also pretty fabrics some bought in 2015 and some leftovers that have been for years in the stash.
I have very little white in my stash.
My 1 crochet yarn cotton white I lost somewhere in the stash of other crafts.
Sorting craft papers, cardmaking stuff in the early morning. Then handsewing on quilt in daylight.
I do have a UFO white hotel quality pillowcase on which I handsew tiny quilt fabric leftovers.
Some white beads perhaps a bracelet if I have enough leftovers.
I have too many hobbies and tend to switch over.
Last year I bought just glue, tags for papercraft hobby. Ordered fabric only twice. Last year 2015 I did make  approx 27 things from my stash. I follow de-stash along quietly in the background, never posted on this thread before. I tend to print out too many paper copies of things I want to make, so sorting those too.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gala_apples on January 02, 2016 11:06:46 AM
Not sure what I can do with white. I have mostly bright colours, and since I work in a daycare anything white gets immediately stained. But stripes I can do easily, and birds are such an inspiration that I'm joining the bird swap today.

My main destashing goal is to use up a bunch of the knit fabric I have. A lot of it is scraps too small for anything substantial, like what is left over after I make something out of the full yard. I can't bring myself to chuck any of it though, after all I still like the patterns, otherwise I wouldn't have bought it/kept it in case of donation.

I think I'll phrase it like this; I will make at least five shirts this year made out of at least three different scraps. This might require new fabric bought to co-ordinate it all together, but the ratio will stay 3:1 for old to new.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: Ms. Neeners on January 02, 2016 02:46:32 PM
I'll join in!  I really need to decrease the amount of supplies I have before buying anything else... hopefully following a group of like-minded people will help me stay motivated! :P


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: kbrison on January 02, 2016 03:06:49 PM
I did a lot of destashing last year, but added almost as many tools and supplies as what I used. In fact, I just received some new dies today but I'm in the midst of sewing doll clothes, fabric books, and quilt blocks, so the papercrafting will have to wait. I only have enough table space for one type of crafting at a time. Good thing is that most of the sewing comes from stash. Bad thing is that I'm going to a huge quilt show this coming weekend and there will be a ton of vendors there.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: audio on January 02, 2016 04:16:17 PM
I was so tired after work today I forgot my goals for destashing already and bought some supplies! Oh well, tomorrow is a new day!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 02, 2016 04:18:48 PM
I feel your pain, audio...

oh geez, my good intentions lasted one whole day.. here it is, Jan. 2nd, and I bought two skeins of yarn...I wanted to get another skein of some yarn that I had in my stash but my shop did not have the color on hand...so instead of waiting for her to order it for me, I just bought two more of something else...I seriously need some sort of intervention...is there a shoppers anonymous or something?

I also need to unclutter my digital and paper patterns....

I found 4 yards of embroidered white on white cotton today along with several more yards of miscellaneous white fabrics in a bin in the garage...I wish I had written on a tag why I bought these things...any suggestions on what I could make with the embroidered cotton?  It is a bit thin


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: calliemae on January 02, 2016 07:18:09 PM
Shoppers anonymous would definitely be something I could use.

Challenge #2: goals for 2016

Go through my stash and set aside anything that would be good to use with the kids at work/to use with my nephews and nieces while I'm babysitting- should get a fair bit out of my house
Look into local craft groups at other churches. Join one. Bonus: I might make some new friends
Stop impulse buying when at craft/thrift stores. Use stash as much as possible and only buy exactly what I need for the specific project I am working on


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: kbrison on January 02, 2016 08:51:59 PM

I found 4 yards of embroidered white on white cotton today along with several more yards of miscellaneous white fabrics in a bin in the garage...I wish I had written on a tag why I bought these things...any suggestions on what I could make with the embroidered cotton?  It is a bit thin

Bed skirt, pillow shams, sun dress, baby doll style pajamas or night gown


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: elliot_anne on January 03, 2016 09:20:46 AM
Warning: Really long post!

Hi, I'm Elle, and I'm a supply hoarder.

The Problem: Haha, no but seriously. We live in a 1-bedroom apartment and I have way way WAY too many projects/supplies for our space, especially since I have an almost-2-year-old, another on the way, and a little dog!

For Myself: I have been working on a HUGE ongoing project of making 150 cross stitch hoops - one for each of the original 150 pokemon. I have 16 already done and hanging in the hallway, and another 5 completed but I haven't finished off the backs of the hoops yet (I am waiting until after I have the baby because I use E6000 for this, and I don't want to use it while pregnant, cuz it smells AWFUL). This is definitely a labor of love which will probably only be appreciated by me. I do not have all of the necessary hoops to finish this project, so I /will/ have to buy them as I go along, but I am refusing to buy them in advance, and will only buy them one or two at a time as I need them. I /do/ have all of the necessary DMC colors for the project (my fiance got me the rest of the missing colors for Christmas).

Taking Stock: I think I have about 16 boxes of scrapbooking paper (about half 8.5x11 and half 12x12) and I'm not even a scrapbooker! I am a total sucker for "hey, do you want some free stuff?" and 'inherited' all but one box of this massive stash from a lady who was moving and whose boyfriend refused to move the stash again (it filled up the entire trunk of my SUV and there was still more in the backseat...). I also 'inherited' a ton of different supplies (including the other box of scrapbooking paper) from my fiance's sister when she was moving into an apartment with roommates and therefore only had one room, which she shares with her boyfriend. I also have a habit of checking out the remnants bin at JoAnns whenever I'm there, and justifying one roll because "it's only a dollar," and I never have an actual craft in mind. Here are just a couple of pictures of my stock.

Here is some of my 8.5x11 scrapbook paper, stored underneath my desk, which is not convenient because then I can't actually put my feet there when using my desk.



Here is some of the 12x12 scrapbook paper, stored in the hall closet, which is not convenient because the 12x12s don't fit nicely into their boxes, and I need to stack the boxes...



Here are the boxes of craft supplies that are stored on the shelf above my desk. God forbid we have a big earthquake (an actual potential hazard where I live) because all these would probably come raining down... But at least they're organized and pretty! I just added the labels to these last night and now they make me happy :)



And here are the boxes of craft supplies that need to be reorganized and labeled still. The boxes are all organized, but I need to re-fit everything into the cabinet nicely and then label the boxes.



This does not include pictures of my sewing stuff (which is stored in the cabinet beneath the messy craft supplies), my embroidery stuff, scrap paper (I can't throw it away!), and handsewing stuff (all three are stored in bankers boxes also on the shelf above my desk), or the knitting stuff (another bankers box stored on the shelf above the messy craft supplies).

Goals:

1. With regards to the 150 Pokemon hoops project - keep working! And also only buy exactly when I need for this project (I know I will need hoops as I go, and I will also need more black and a couple shades of gray that are used on virtually all of them, but I will buy all of this one or two at a time to keep the stash from growing).

2. Continue being generous with the craft supplies - particularly the scrapbook paper. When Jeremy agreed to let me inherit all of the paper, it was under the agreement that I not buy any more until I got the stash down to a manageable amount (i.e. 1-2 boxes). I am proud that so far I have kept my promise! Because I am not actually a scrapbooker, I am going through this stash very VERY /VERY/ slowly, though. So whenever I have a friend who needs paper, I always tell them to come look through my stash first and see if they can use anything before going out and buying. Since I got it all for free, I won't miss it, but they sure appreciate it when they can get all the paper they need without having to pay for it themselves. In this vein, I actually used up a couple of packs of paper for my work a few weeks back - my boss wanted goody bags made for every employee (about 200 people), and I happily volunteered to donate the paper needed for the tags (and then proceeded to also make all of the goody bags as well). I am thinking about joining the ongoing wish swap or birthday swap this year so that I can help destash to people who will appreciate and use the stuff, as well as being able to destash for the actual gifts themselves.

3. Keep organizing! I have slowly been tackling the house area by area to try to get it organized, because that's the only way I'll stay sane with all of the stash! I am so happy with how those labeled boxes came out that I know if my whole house were just as organized I would feel much less urge to buy new stuff, mainly because I would be able to find the supplies I am looking for when I need them!

4. Keep track of projects! This one is a little new for me. In the past I always just started stuff, set it aside, and picked up a new project. Part of organizing my life for this year has been creating a new planner for myself. I included a tab for projects, and plan to use this to keep track of the UFOs I have lying around, as well as new projects I'd like to start. I hope that by having a reminder in the planner where I can see it daily will inspire me to start tackling some of those UFOs, as well as give me inspiration for future projects I can use stash for.

If you stuck with me, THANKS! If you didn't, well, I don't blame you...


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 03, 2016 12:55:28 PM
just wow....your stuff already looks organized to me...and yeah, that is a lot of paper (understatement!)...

Your goals sound very doable...I like your idea of tracking your projects...I use an eraser board/calendar to track swaps and stages of my projects...

Can't wait to see what you destash in 2016!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: kbrison on January 03, 2016 02:16:08 PM
I think I saw someone mention another round of the Givers & Needers Swap. That would let you give paper to a crafter who would love getting it, but without adding to your stash. I've done that several times to cut down on my paper, yarn, and fabric stashes. I even gave away my small Cricut last year. You might also check with local schools, nursing homes, Scout or 4-H groups, libraries, or churches to see if they might want some of your surplus.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gala_apples on January 03, 2016 03:24:47 PM
That is a beautiful amount of paper, but then I have my parents basement to store stuff. You should totally join OWS or something of the kind, there are a ton of people who'd like to get some of that.

I bought thread today, only in colours I need and don't have. I am one step closer to destashing through sewing  :)


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on January 03, 2016 03:59:14 PM
I want to join the 'Givers and Needers' swap that texscrapper posted in the 'new swap ideas' thread.  That is a great way to get rid of stash.  That or join the OWS or OPS swaps...people always want supplies.

Pssst....did someone say YARN???????   :o :o :o ;) ;) ;) ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: J_Kieviet on January 04, 2016 10:59:11 PM
I'm in.  we're definately moving this year - likely the next 3-4 months, so no more purchasing until I finish/use up supplies.  Pics this week of my stash.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: audio on January 05, 2016 12:49:03 AM
Half of my craft room is packed up but I'm hoping to get pictures of what i still have out. I'm very excited for my movie except I wont have all my supplies out to use so I have to be really careful while I'm packing to make sure I have everything I need for the projects I'm working on until we get our new house.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: TheMistressT on January 05, 2016 05:46:51 AM
I had started sorting my supplies into plastic shoe bins and am going to keep that up (looking for the best NY storage sale to get more). And for Christmas I got a label maker that has made a huge difference with those bins. I don't have to squint thru the plastic or open them up to really know what's inside (or should be inside, at least).


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 05, 2016 05:55:24 AM
I love my label maker...I put white stock paper in front of the plastic shoebox to really show off the label as well...it gives a nice uniform look to the bins as well...



Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: TheMistressT on January 05, 2016 06:08:38 AM
I love my label maker...I put white stock paper in front of the plastic shoebox to really show off the label as well...it gives a nice uniform look to the bins as well...

I have toyed with getting a label maker for a few years, but they aren't so inexpensive that I felt like just running out and getting one. This year I put it on my list of desired things and my mom got it for me! The ManFlesh has been teasing me about it, but he's really going to appreciate it when the next time comes for him to need something from our ridiculously large and difficult to keep organized bathroom cabinet!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on January 05, 2016 06:34:17 AM
AIMR...you and the label maker...do you watch the tv show The Big Bang Theory?  Sheldon loved his label maker too, so much that he labeled the label maker! ;D


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: texscrapper on January 05, 2016 06:55:16 AM
I've destashed a few yards of fabric, only 1,000+ more to go  :o

I posted pics over in the 50 projects thread, but so far I made

2 earbud cases
2 Scoodies (I did buy Sherpa for the inside of these)
A camisole for myself and
a lunchbag

I did buy more fabric *sigh* but Hancock had clearance stuff for $3.00 per yard + an extra 25% off. I bought some plaids to make pj pants and boxer shorts for my boys, which I've already completed 2 of the 6 pairs. They only take about 15 minutes to whip up so I'm hoping to knock out the rest tonight after work. I also had to buy more thread, but my stash was almost out (only 3 spools left!) so I didn't feel badly about that!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 05, 2016 06:59:33 AM
AIMR...you and the label maker...do you watch the tv show The Big Bang Theory?  Sheldon loved his label maker too, so much that he labeled the label maker! ;D



yep, love my label-maker ;D


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: stillatthetop on January 05, 2016 09:11:55 AM
Goals for this year? SHARE.

I love those boxers. I might need to pull out some stash fabric and make myself some. I love wearing them about the house. But the elastic is so expensive. I think I might make mine with drawstring.

Buttons are outrageous in cost, too. So is lace. I tend to be a bit frugal with that. It comes in handy for the right projects.

So, I am late to the party here, but jumping in my best. I can't wait to see what everyone destashes this year. Perhaps it will give me ideas for new things to try.

~T


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 05, 2016 10:32:51 AM
I have two tubs of lace, all on huge rolls...I used to make dance costumes for Hispanic dancers...lots and lots of lace. PM me if you would like any...I rarely use lace for anything except maybe fabric journals or an occasional dotee...;D.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: Audania1 on January 05, 2016 12:52:18 PM
I am definitely in for the whole year this year. No starting in August for me!

I'm going with Challenge #2. My goals are to organize my craft room. Once Upon a Time (years ago) it was organized. Then I got more things, and others were gifted to me and now it just feels out of control. While my goal of not buying any more stuff this year is my main goal, my secondary one is to organize everything in my craft room. Buying storage containers don't count as adding to the stash and I'm not going to be crafting with them lol. I'm already on my way a bit as my sister just returned our old baby changing station and I am turning that into the kids craft storage area with cubes and curtains. So they will know what's theirs and not have to go digging and ask "where are the scissors? Where's the glue? Where are my needles and thread?" and I get to destash some fabric for that! Woohoo!
What I really need to do though is find a way to store all of my vintage sewing patterns. They are literally in bags stacked on the floor. And I have like 300 patterns. I like the idea of the clear plastic bins, but I would have to find some that are only like 10" tall as I don't want pattern stacked on top of pattern. Hmmmm. I may have to check Amazon...


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gaudiknight on January 05, 2016 12:55:48 PM
Ah lace - my current nemesis.  It is so hard to find small scale, delicate stuff when your only local option is Jo-Ann's.

I am back from a long (for me at any rate - three whole days plus travel time!) visit with family.  I came home with two sacks full of fabric and a box of empty plastic shoe boxes.  (Thank you Mom, Jeanie, and Aunt Gloria).

I'll be working on sharing pictures for Challenge #1 this weekend when my house has enough light for photographs.

Challenge #2 Goals:

1. No new craft supplies until April (unless needed to finish up a specific project or one of the Aunts hauls out more fabric).  No new paper for the entire year (I'm like elliot_anne - I have a ton of the stuff but I'm not a scrapbooker).  Only yarn for specific sweater projects.
2. Organization Organization Organization.
3. Get back into bookbinding to help use up all the stashed book-board and pretty paper.

I am so excited to see everyone! There are lots of new faces and old friends.  2016 is shaping up to be a fun year!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 05, 2016 01:54:29 PM
I store my patterns in a file cabinet.  I got some redweld buckets and store them by category: pants, dresses, etc. I also threw out about 100 patterns...I only have about 100 left and hope to cut those back by 50.  I swear I kept every pattern I bought since 1965.  lol some of them were originally 50 cents!

gaudiknight...I believe I have some small lace suitable for doll clothing...if you don't mind adding items to your stash that I know you will use, I would be happy to send some to you! ;D


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gala_apples on January 05, 2016 02:55:40 PM
I've started working on my first scrappy shirt. It's a combination of blue florals. One of the scraps was saved from a whole shirt my mom made me in 7th grade. That's fifteen years ago!

Bookbinding- that sounds really cool. Do you have a machine to stamp out the holes, or is it the kind where you stitch up the sides?


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: J_Kieviet on January 05, 2016 10:00:23 PM
Used up a few spools of thread, and have cut up a bunch of scraps for my niece to use in a string quilt.  I've almost finished using up the bolt of heat resistant fabric I bough, and in my current stash I think I only have about 15-20 metres fabric -2m Black/blue poly print - blouse
-2m green knit - t-shirt
-2m purple knit - t-shirt
-2m star flannelette - pj pants
-4m green chiffon - blouse/tree leaves
-2m fleece - sweater
-2m pj fleece - pj top

That's it for fabric - goal is to use it ALL up in the next 6 weeks, no buying more until it's used up!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: muddy21 on January 06, 2016 04:16:00 PM
I'm up for giving this a try - anything to help me get a bit more organized and actually completing things occasionally.  I've gone off the swaps for a while now because I'm worried I'll lose steam mid-swap and flake out, which I really don't want to do.  I'll see what I can get done here and then think about a return to swaps.

I've been meaning to make myself a string of prayer flags so this might be a good time.  White (or at least unbleached) muslin for the backing, stripes should be do-able, and birds for sure.  I'll try to take a few pics in the daylight one day if I can find a corner that's not too embarrassing!  Good luck to us all!!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: texscrapper on January 06, 2016 05:32:43 PM
Ok .... here's my stash. Please excuse the messy craft room - I finished 10 projects in 5 days and haven't straightened yet  ;D

Closet 1: Fabric, misc supplies on shelves and on door hanger include pictures to scrapbook, rubber stamps, paints, glass, etching, crayon making, glycerin soap supplies, and other misc items.


Closet 2: Scrapbook paper, more fabric, jewelry making supplies, snap supplies, ribbons and fibers sorted by color, and misc items -


Tub of scrap fabric and off to the left a large basket of rolls of vinyl


And last but not least: White drawers contain glues, adhesives, sewing notions, elastics, buttons, Velcro, etc. Blue containers hold patterns, embroidery supplies (stabilizers, etc), embroidery blanks, whimsys, and various bits and pieces of supplies.


Also not pictured: a cabinet full of fleece and flannel fabric, a basket of bolts of interfacing, and my kiddos craft closet in their toy room. That one has paints, glitter, markers, crayons, stickers, etc ........

Ladies, I may have a problem ......


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: stillatthetop on January 07, 2016 02:16:41 AM
I don't see a problem. You seem very organized. I like all your closets and bins. And great idea to separate the kiddo stuff. Maybe that is what I should do to free up some space here in my papercraft office. My house got "stuffy" when I moved in a roommate in my spare bedroom. I still haven't sorted all that. Christmas jumped in the way  ::) And health issues.

The problem with getting rid of everything, is that you just have to buy more to create something. And sometimes the items I have can inspire a project, so it is nice to see some stuff to start with. Where I don't have to drain my brain to come up with something. That, and I live rural, so our craft stores are limited to what I can find when I do need stuff. And I have transportation issues to deal with, too.

But, I intend this next year to commit myself to some projects, and share in some supply swaps, and use up some of the stuff that has been sticking around for forever. I have 5 stacks of denim jeans about 4 foot high, each. It is a good thing that I saved them, though. I was recently ill and lost about 30 pounds. It was nice to go "shopping" in my craft room  ;D And find some new ones that fit. I like to make gardening aprons out of them. And used some for a Ninni I made for roscowtown. Suni the sunflower girl. I wish I had pictures of that one, Laurel? She is very hillbilly, with a sunflower face. I think she turned out cute.

When I find the time to figure out my silly camera, I will post some pics of my 2016 progress. I had that stupid camera cord all along. I didn't realize it came apart from the recharge plug  ::) Now I have misplaced the manual. Time to clean up in here. I know it is in one of these piles. I hope my camera does not put all the pictures sideways. Lots of members seem to have an issue with that. Can't you just turn the item sideways and take the picture? Then it will turn itself upright. Just my logical thinking. Don't know yet if that would actually work.

I have been spending lots of time in doctor offices as of late, so crafting has been secondary. And I miss it. Hey, I pedaled 2 miles in 8 minutes today  :D And survived the physical therapy torture chamber. I hate that one. I got to play a video game with my feet   :o Balance therapy. I am dizzy and fall down a lot. We are working to change that, and add strength to myself.

But here is to crafting challenges for 2016. May we all be blessed in the New Year  ;D

~T


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on January 07, 2016 04:33:04 AM
Believe me, that is NOT a problem!  That, my friend, is a crafty solution to any crafting needs you may have!

(You know, it's like the glass half full/half empty analogy....)   ::) ;D


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: texscrapper on January 07, 2016 05:52:13 AM
The bigger problem is that I continue to buy things, especial fabric, because it's soooooo pretty and irresistible! I have got to start using some of it. This is why I love swaps - I don't feel bad about using all the pretty fabric on my partners :) 


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 07, 2016 08:10:49 AM
I think I drooled a little, texscrapper.... ;D ;D


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: HSG on January 07, 2016 11:25:15 AM
I think I drooled a little, texscrapper.... ;D ;D
:D


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: kbrison on January 07, 2016 12:12:56 PM
I can avoid adding to my fabric stash by craft supply shopping at Michael's, but then I add to my papercrafting supplies instead! What's a girl to do? Then there's the huge quilt show in OKC this weekend, so I'll hit all the vendors there, of course!

I freely admit that I have reached QBLE status (Queue Beyond Life Expectancy).  ;)


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 07, 2016 12:51:20 PM
I am a member of SABLE---Stash Accumulated Beyond Life Expectancy!!! ;D

lol maybe it means I will live to 120 years like my life insurance policy states... ;D


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gaudiknight on January 07, 2016 01:14:04 PM
Aw man, Texscrapper!  Can I move into your craft closet?  I promise I won't take up much room - you'll just find me quietly petting all the pretty supplies in a not-at-all-creepy manner.

I just finished a huge (but not stash) knitting project yesterday, so I'll have to do some excavating in stash to figure out what I want to make next.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: TheMistressT on January 08, 2016 08:36:47 AM
I have been searching for the best price on the shoe sized storage bins for helping organize my stashes. This is a great time of year for sales on storage stuff, but man I was having a hard time finding them for what I remember paying for them: around a dollar/each. I finally found them at Home Depot for 98 cents! I don't know how long the special pricing lasts.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Sterilite-6-Qt-Storage-Box-in-White-and-Clear-Plastic-16428960/203120094


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 08, 2016 08:43:13 AM
Wow--thanks!  I use those to store not only crafts but also my shoes and other accessories!  That is a great price!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: TheMistressT on January 08, 2016 10:30:36 AM
Wow--thanks!  I use those to store not only crafts but also my shoes and other accessories!  That is a great price!

You bet! Even their regular price is half what other brands at other stores charge, even on sale in some cases. Now, not all plastic storage bins are created equal and with some brands you are getting some features for those dollars, but none that suit my needs enough to justify the cost when I use so many. I ordered 20 and I have at least that many in use already.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 08, 2016 10:37:41 AM
The ones I have are that brand...they have lasted years with hard wear...I have over 50 already and only need a few more...my goal is to use up what is INSIDE! ha ha


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: elliot_anne on January 08, 2016 12:54:31 PM
I've found the shoebox size at 99 cent store and Dollar Tree (quality is not as good). I recently found out Walmart carries them for 97 or 98 cents also! That's where I've been buying most of mine lately, and the quality is way better. Home Depot ones are only on sale for a little while and then they'll bump the prices back up (I work at Home Depot, and this is the "Store More, Save More" post-Christmas event).


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: stellato_escuro on January 08, 2016 01:11:35 PM
Well, it took a bit, but I am finally getting around to actually sharing. I am going to make this post for challenge #1 and #2.

For a bit of background, I have a full-blown studio downstairs. It is actually the utility room, but when the previous owners renovated the kitchen, they put all the old cabinets in the utility room. While it is a good sized space (about 220 sq ft) with lots of storage, it has many awkward bits. I have to keep stuff cleared away from the well, sump pump, water softener and water heater. Also, the light is not great (2 bare bulbs and 2 small windows) and I can only have 5 things plugged in. That sounds like a lot, but when you add more lights, a space heater, a sewing machine, it adds up fast. Finally, it is all bare concrete floors. Great for making messes, but less great for warmth and a sore back.

When we bought the house and moved in 6 years ago, we had a brand new baby, I was working full time plus and my husband traveled constantly for work. So the space was just a craft catchall. Over the years, it has changed a bit. Adding and subtracting seating, adding a kids area, on and on. Finally, in the week leading up to Christmas, I decided I needed a total overhaul. In the last 6 years my husband now works locally and I became a stay at home mom. I am also pursuing my painting career. So it was time for the painting portion to dominate the space.

Now that you have every bit of info, here are my before and afters.

BEFORE:


This view is from the back of the back of the room. You can't really tell, but the door to come in is at the back right of this picture. To the back left is also my kids crafting table. I don't feel too embarassed sharing this because I know some/many of you have been here before.



This is the other half of the room. I had just started cleaning up when I took these two pics, so that is the only reason it looks that good.

AFTER:



This is the same area as in the first picture, although from a slightly different angle. You can see the sewing/cutting area I set up. Before, they were on opposite ends of the room. Not so convenient. Plus, now I have the old cutting area as space for my lightbox. I did not magically create space out of nothing...I axed my kids craft area. I figure this has to be a professional space (mostly) now, so that is the sacrifice I made. But they still have a play room right next door. This pic also shows the new easel and ottlite my hubby got me for Christmas. The easel is wonderful because it can rotate to a flat surface as well.



My area for ideation and paperwork. I took a rug from the living room that is not in great shape so I will always have warm feet there. The grey typewriter table can fir my small easel or the space heater.



Paint supplies under the windows.



And the rest of my glorious storage space. :)

PROJECTS:

As I was cleaning, I pulled out three big stacks of fabric that need to go. I just started cutting 6 inch squares. 130 plus squares later, I have 2 baby blankets in process. They won't be pretty, perfect keepsake quilts. They will be spit up, drag in the dirt, take a nap and wash a thousand times quilts. I will never totally stop having a fabric stash, but for how much I sew, I want to keep it more reasonable. So my plan for the first bit at least is actually use up stuff I have been saving for "something special".

I sorted through all my yarn, keeping the bare minimum. Crocheting a long time hurts now, so it is just smart to purge it out. Most is going to a friend, but I did crochet a cover for my headphones with some pretty sweet pink wool.

For myself, I want to make a teapot cozy and a cuff for my stainless steel travel tea mug. Maybe that will be a good use for my stash of fabric and trims. But for now, I have chatted enough. I will share pics later though.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 08, 2016 01:14:44 PM
wow--what a change!  looks like you have space for all of the things you like to do, plus room for the kiddos!  I love seeing people reclaim space with what they have...it proves that if you want to do something creative, you will find a way!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: texscrapper on January 08, 2016 03:29:03 PM
I think I drooled a little, texscrapper.... ;D ;D
AIMR - I'm positive that I have some scrap terrycloth in my stash that I can send you to wipe that up  :D :D :D


Aw man, Texscrapper!  Can I move into your craft closet?  I promise I won't take up much room - you'll just find me quietly petting all the pretty supplies in a not-at-all-creepy manner.

Absolutely gaudi! I'll actually let you sit right next to me while I pet all of the "Do not cut because it's too pretty" section of my fabric stash!

stellate - Amazing change in your crafting area! I'm sure it was a huge undertaking!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: calliemae on January 08, 2016 08:28:49 PM
I've been trying to use up some of my yarn collection by knitting up some hats for a winter wear drive my church has been hosting.



Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: kbrison on January 08, 2016 09:03:45 PM
So generous of you to spend that much time making the hats, then giving them away. I've found that to so often be the case with Craftster members. Just a lot of talented, nice people.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: audio on January 08, 2016 09:39:30 PM
I love making an organized craft room stellato! It looks great!

Callie Mae those are beautiful hats! Very nice of you to make them!

My current project is more of a clothes destash but it has craft qualities! I'm taking a bunch of my tee shirts and making a blanket out of them!!! I got them all laid out today and I gotta say I'm so excited! There are 25 I have at the moment and probably 10-15 more around here somewhere. That's going to clear up some much needed space in my closet.



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Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 09, 2016 07:17:55 AM
Most of my t-shirts are solid and boring...yours look like they will make a nice memory blanket!

I think I will pack mine up and send them to a friend who likes to make t-shirt yarn for crafts...thanks for the reminder to destash some clothing that I would have probably hoarded! ha ha

caliiemae--all of you knits are lovely...and going to good causes...I love the yellow hat!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: HolographicDreams on January 09, 2016 12:15:01 PM
Just what I need! I recently moved from a two bedroom home to a (small by any but NY standards!) one bedroom apartment. A lot of my stash had to be donated, given away, or thrown away before the move but I'm realizing I still have too much. Or maybe I just need to organize it better. Or maybe I just haven't used it for a while with the move and want an excuse to get crafty. Whatever.

My (current, subject to change) goals for Challenge #2:
1: Make at least one project from each "section" of my stash this year. E.G., fabric, papers, stickers, jewelry supplies, etc. etc....
2: Use or get rid of some of the stranger "Well I'll use it to make ____" items that have been hanging around for a while.
3: Okay, so I wouldn't usually count this as stash busting (am I the only one who feels they have to own stuff for a while before it really becomes "stash" material?), but it is a crafty goal anyway: I found a fantastic solid wood rocker at a thrift store, and intend to paint it for my niece's birthday this summer.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gaudiknight on January 09, 2016 06:21:43 PM

3: Okay, so I wouldn't usually count this as stash busting (am I the only one who feels they have to own stuff for a while before it really becomes "stash" material?), but it is a crafty goal anyway: I found a fantastic solid wood rocker at a thrift store, and intend to paint it for my niece's birthday this summer.


I know exactly what you mean about how it takes a while from something to go from "craft material" to stash.  If I just buy it because I like it, then it's stash.  But things that are bought for specific projects and then used for those specific projects aren't stash.  Material bought for a specific project that then languishes for 18 months, well... that might be stash.  And then there's the "new" stuff...

At the new year I declared that everything is now stash (except the black-out material to line my curtains, and quilt fabric for a friend's baby).  For some reason I don't consider things like thread and notions to be stash - they're just too useful.  Then there's the buttons.  I keep telling myself those aren't stash, those are a collection.  And for some reason I count my washi tape as an office supply rather than a craft material.  There is no logic here.

I got my stash photographed today, but I'm still in the process of getting everything put away and cleaned up since I started purging and organizing at the same time.  I'll have something to show for myself tomorrow.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: kbrison on January 09, 2016 06:47:01 PM
Thread, buttons, adhesives, paintbrushes, patterns, etc. are tools critical to the elimination of stash. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Stash items are all those surplus or unassigned expendables that are hogging my craft space, i.e., the fun foam I used for posters and bulletin boards when I was still teaching, the cardstock or papers that were left from pads after I've used the sheets I really wanted, or the extra fabric that I bought so I'd have enough just in case I made a mistake or wanted to make more of something. [Define "stash" in 100 words or less. Number of sentences is optional!]

So the 15 fabric book panels I bought earlier today aren't stash until they've sat around for at least a year. They're intended to become birthday and Christmas gifts for the youngest of my great-great nieces and one g-g nephew.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: CamOovas on January 10, 2016 10:39:18 AM
Well, I haven't been active on Craftster in a couple years (blame Pinterest) but I haven't stopped hoarding (again, blame Pinterest).  I think I need to get in on this thread!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: Wile E Songdog on January 10, 2016 05:14:11 PM
I expect to have some overlap with this thread and the 50 projects thread. I definitely need to organize to help me destash.

For challenge #2, goals.
1) organize fabric and patterns - I have a file cabinet I want to use for this that I want to clean up and repaint first.
2) organize beads and findings
3) work on one recycle/upcycle project per month.
4) work on one other project monthly, either from my idea list, Pinterest or something from one of my many craft books.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: mandykaye on January 11, 2016 12:52:07 AM
Hello everyone! I haven't been active on here for over a year so I feel like a newbie again! I really haven't done any projects for that long as well, so my stash has been sitting and waiting for me ;) I think this is the best place to start to get back into the groove and maybe pick up some new techniques/ideas.

Challenge #1 (not sure what I will make yet)
Supplies:

Embroidery thread, felt, canvas, paint, stencils, bits of material, lots of papery stuff, beads and baubles, miscellaneous pieces, paracord, duct tape, stack of t-shirts for a quilt

Challenge #2
Goals:

#1 to get back into the swing of things and use up items that have been sitting around for ages.

Pretty much my only goal.
 :D


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: trinalocakary on January 11, 2016 03:15:51 PM
Found this picture
The signs are true but my material has never been that organized


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gala_apples on January 11, 2016 04:48:17 PM
I'm now putting together a scrappy pair of pants that hopefully WON'T look scrappy when finished. My boss is a stickler for going outside with the kids no matter what the temperature, which means that when it's -36 I have to wear sweatpants to work. Professional attire isn't super important. Not freezing when outside for 45 minutes is.

I found this peice of primary blue in my stash, perfect for matching all my thousands of shades of blue shirts. Problem is, it was only a little over a metre. I need 2.4 metres to make a pair of pants. So I cut out of the back of the pants in it, then went to the fabric store. I matched blues as closely as I could, and cut the front out of the new stuff. I also didn't have any long lengths of elastic, so I sewed a bunch of short peices together, and the waist is gonna be 3 different stubs.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: kbrison on January 11, 2016 04:58:29 PM
Trina, thanks for posting the fabric stash photo. Wish mine looked that interesting.  :D

Gala, you must work for the Abominable Snowman. Doesn't she know that it's dangerous to have little kids outside in that kind of temperature, especially for that long? Good luck with the pants project. Looking forward to seeing the finished clothing.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on January 11, 2016 06:38:33 PM
That picture is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: cmarion3 on January 11, 2016 06:43:00 PM
I saw a blog on "How to fold your Stash". Whaat? There's a right way? I have organized and folded my stash...the smaller stuff at least. And then....ooh I can use that swatch and that one and there must be one in here somewhere and ooo I want the one from the bottom. And then I reject half and add more and then....where did all the folding go? And I don't have time to put it all away right now....I'm in the middle of creating here. And wait, there's a deadline for that now.

So I don't fold much any more, but I do try to pile it on the shelf in some sort of color order.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: J_Kieviet on January 11, 2016 10:13:36 PM
Well this week we're putting away Christmas stuff, so I've got 2 shower curtains that won't work in our new house, but still look good and it's actually 100% quilters cotton, might make them in to "Elf skirts" for delivering our gift bags to TOPS next year.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 12, 2016 09:38:49 AM
Those pants sound incredible!  I can't wait to see them...I really don't make much clothing anymore, yet I have loads of fabric for clothing and the supplies...like a reel of waistband elastic...;D.

I realized when I was making scrappy quilt blocks that I have a fear of using up my fabric stash...I think the thing for me to do is to cut a small piece out of each piece and "save" it...then I won't be afraid to use it for a project because I still have a bit for my own projects...

I wish my fabrics looked that good...I can relate to all of those sentiments, however...especially the "don't remember why I even have this fabric!"...


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: TheMistressT on January 12, 2016 01:18:02 PM
I was given this neat magnifying glass for Christmas. I didn't want the lens to get all scratched up, but I knew that mostly it would be kept in a drawer, so I decided to make a case for it.

(http://s181.photobucket.com/user/TheMistressTLF/media/MagnifyingGlassCase04_zpsdd7zs8tk.jpg.html)

It's ALL stash! Costume vinyl (remnant bin), craft felt (left over), wood button (gift), thread (vintage inherited). YAHOO!

(http://s181.photobucket.com/user/TheMistressTLF/media/MagnifyingGlassCase03_zpsahvbfj6k.jpg.html)


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 12, 2016 04:05:56 PM
How wonderful is it to be so crafty that you can make anything that is needed!!!  Lovely and practical...that button was meant to be for this project!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: TheMistressT on January 12, 2016 05:21:48 PM
How wonderful is it to be so crafty that you can make anything that is needed!!!  Lovely and practical...that button was meant to be for this project!

Well, not anything! But it is nice to know that you can take care of certain things if you have the time and access to materials, right?


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: audio on January 12, 2016 07:00:06 PM
I managed to go to joann without buying a whole bunch of stuff to add to my stash! But I did purchase 15 yards of some muslin  that I know I will use in various projects. 50% off, so it was definitly a win.

I moved up all my crafting essentials from my apartment to my temporary home until we get our new house. It looks like I destashed a tons lol.



Title: Re:
Post by: audio on January 12, 2016 07:03:23 PM
Themistresst - that is a fantastic cover!

Always- what a great idea to keep a bit of each fabric. You could cut out a block of each and make a small wall quilt or lap quilt to use while you're crafting. I think I want to do that!! On my list now!

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Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: ErinAquaheart on January 12, 2016 07:13:27 PM
okay! I totally want to do this!  Between me and my partner we have more supplies than we can even work around! I am constantly trying to use what we have and find people who could use whatever I can part with.  I can't bear to throw it away. And the stash is literally stashed all over the house.  The dining room has been converted into an art studio for us but we have an extra table in the living room.  And the supplies are stored in the dining room, living room, laundry room, linen closet, and my bedroom closet!  I don't even have room to hang cloths.... :'(

As for stash, we have three plastic tote boxes full of yarn. One of them is dedicated exclusively to "special" yarns.
We have three draws and two plastic boxes of fabric (and I hoarded more home from my mom's house over Thanksgiving...oh the shame!)
There are TWO draws full of nothing but STICKERS!  One for flat and one for 3D stickers.
I also have a small draw and some cotton candy buckets! dedicated to ribbon
We also have two draws of scrapbook paper and two draws full of rubber stamps!!!! (So many stamps!  ::))
I have a small draw full of wood crafts (frames, plaques, boxes, etc.)
I have a corner that is full of frames and canvases.
There is the gardening corner that has a bakers rack that has been re-purposed for indoor growing
OH! I also have a bookcase full of resin supplies!
And none of that covers tools! Like stamp pads and cleaners, screwdrivers, scrapbooking tools, sewing notions, etc.

It really is insane....I even have a box full of toys to craft into kawaii jewelry for myself...."someday!"

I won't be sharing pictures...sorry, its just too spread out and embarrassing...maybe I'll share pretty organized pictures as things get back under control.


Goals for the year?  Well,
---I would like to go through everything and get rid of anything that I have "outgrown" (aka my taste have changed) And ---then I would like to be able to pare the stash down enough that I can have at least half of my closet back so that I can store shoes and clothes!
---I would also like to donate or gift all the craft supplies of hobbies that I enjoy but aren't really my thing.  I have crafts that I prefer over others. (Like I have a bunch of leather working supplies...it was fun to do but I'm not really going to be doing it again)
---Finishing projects from my WIP is definitely a goal!  I have several piles around my work desk and in my closet that are half finished or "I'll get to it" projects.  I would love to not have those!  It's so hard to do new things now knowing I have so many old things around...and that's no fun!



Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: calliemae on January 12, 2016 07:23:56 PM
I laughed at the draws of stickers. I was attempting to organize my draws and managed to fill an entire plastic box with just foam stickers. I took the entire box to work so the kids there can use them, because really is likely never will. I'm sure one day I will have my very own episode of hoarders.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: kbrison on January 12, 2016 07:50:31 PM
I took a paper crafting class last summer at the Great American Scrapbook Convention in Texas where we used our dies to cut fun foam messages to use on ATCs and journaling cards. Now I've started using the fun foam words for birthday cards and gift tags, too. You might think about doing the same of you make cards, tags, journals, etc. I also used some as labels on storage boxes.

I have some adhesive-backed fun foam that I've been using to make sandals for my six great-great nieces' dolls. Used up more than 20 sheets so far. Here are a few examples.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: calliemae on January 12, 2016 10:17:05 PM
Those are neat!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on January 13, 2016 04:27:46 AM
I have so much of that foam.  Who would have thought?? ;D


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 13, 2016 05:44:41 AM
Those are so cute, kbrison! 

I also have those sheets of foam...I think this craftalong will be great for seeing what other people do with supplies...

ErinAquaHeart--you made a good point...over the years, our tastes change or we fall out of love for a craft we once thought was so neat...it is time to let go of those things, as hard as it might be...

I also have a lot of stickers for kids that I collected when the nieces and nephews were little...they are all in their 20's and 30's now...I like the idea of taking them to a school or daycare for kids to use....


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: texscrapper on January 13, 2016 06:00:46 AM
I had to head back to work and my crafting got put on the backburner. I have managed to make a set of unpaper towels for a the OWS swap from stash. I leave for a work conference next week, and I am bringing one of my ministry volunteers with me. Since the boys and my hubby are headed to a campout this weekend, I am planning to w tote bags for our conference. Hopefully it will be a cute appreciation gift that she can use.   


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: whatthepuck on January 14, 2016 10:28:51 AM
kbrison those shoes are adorable.

I'm using the "move in" method. Shove everything into a box and treat it like unpacking.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gaudiknight on January 15, 2016 02:10:18 PM
I'm finally ready to post my State of the Stash!  (Cue ominous music)

The Yarn Stash

Surprisingly, the smallest stash.  I've since re-housed it out of the laundry basket and rolling tote into the new-to-me footlocker that I've started using as my coffee table.  Everything that doesn't fit in there has become the priority USE THIS FIRST pile and I've already started making inroads.  I hope to find a new home for my fiber (that black tote with a phoenix on it) with a spinning co-worker.

The Fabric Stash

That's a heck of a lot, but it's also the stash that gets the most use.  My main goals here are to re-organize, finish up WIPs (there are only two...), and to avoid buying more fabric without a clear project in mind.

The Misc. Sewing Stuff Pile

This is all lace, trim, ribbons, zippers, elastic, etc. etc. etc.  I think I'm just going to give away all my interfacing since I use it so rarely.

The PaperCrafts Stash

This is the problem child.  I used to do quite a bit of bookbinding, hence the piles of paper and bookboard, but I don't have the space in my current living situation.  Most of this stash lives in the all-but-inaccessable reaches under my bed and never sees the light of day.  I raid my stash of scrapbook paper fairly regularly for etsy packaging and other random purposes, but at three or four sheets a month it doesn't make a noticeable difference.


This may not look too bad but, to put it in perspective, I live in a two room converted garage of less than 500 square feet.  My one table serves for sewing, mealtimes, and as my desk.  All the craft supplies are stored in nooks and crannies in closets and under the bed, and if I can't get to it easily it doesn't get used.  So I probably need to work most on streamlining and the accessibility of my stash during 2016.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gala_apples on January 16, 2016 02:43:02 PM
I had my first break of willpower, and only two weeks into the year. Christmas paper stacks are 80% off at Michaels, because they're trying to move all the Valentines stuff in. I had to buy a stack, I HAD TO.

So now I need to figure out how to use Christmas paper in the middle of the year. Oops.

I'm like two seams from done about five different projects. Hopefully I can actually complete stuff this week, and start posting pictures.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: TheMistressT on January 16, 2016 04:00:29 PM
I had my first break of willpower, and only two weeks into the year. Christmas paper stacks are 80% off at Michaels, because they're trying to move all the Valentines stuff in. I had to buy a stack, I HAD TO.

So now I need to figure out how to use Christmas paper in the middle of the year. Oops.

I'm like two seams from done about five different projects. Hopefully I can actually complete stuff this week, and start posting pictures.

Orrrrrrrr, next year you can make all these great Christmas crafts FROM STASH, because you bought it in January. See?


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: TheMistressT on January 16, 2016 04:04:32 PM
Welp, I made a pretty cool thank you card all from stash, but I went ahead and mailed it w/o taking pics. D'oh!

I used an illustration from a children's book, a 2 tiny scrapbook paper, ink and stamp I had, vintage office supplies, bakers twine, and some embellishments from the scrapbooking section at the craft store. Oh, and washi tape and a card blank.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 16, 2016 06:13:53 PM
All I have managed to do is to increase my various scraps piles!  Scraps take up a lot of volume since you really can't fold them neatly...I have to decide if I really want to make scrap quilts, called crumb quilts, or not...I am not buying anymore bins to store scraps...I did use about 8 inches of scrap yarn to make something...at that rate, never going to use it up...never...

guadiknight--looks like you have your stash under control!  At least you know what all of your boxes and containers hold!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: ErinAquaheart on January 16, 2016 09:00:07 PM
I realized that I forgot to mention that I have a out of control bead and charm stash as well!  It is spilling out onto the dining room floor because it won't all fit onto the original shelf that I "organized" it onto.  So, I went digging through it, AGAIN.  And found a bunch of ropes of rock chip beads.  I ended up making a necklace and a bracelet for my mom, and a little valentine's necklace for myself...but I might gift it to my sister instead.  I know she would wear it more than me.  And then I have a third one planned out with celtic knot beads and green rock chips all from my stash.  And I still have more left over! Any one want any rock chips?!? ARRRGGG!



Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 17, 2016 02:59:49 PM
They are really lovely!  I love that gorgeous blue !


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: calliemae on January 17, 2016 05:28:57 PM
Those are gorgeous


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gala_apples on January 17, 2016 08:48:09 PM
Erin, nice peices. I like the hearts one best.

Alwaysinmyroom- I just googled crumb quilts, and I LOOOOVE the way they look, but I have to imagine that takes a lot of scraps to get done. If you just use what you have already saved, and don't save any more scraps, do you have enough for a full quilt? A half quilt?


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: calliemae on January 17, 2016 09:33:01 PM
Could you make crumb mug rugs with the scraps? Something smaller if you don't have enough to make a full quilt


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: kbrison on January 17, 2016 11:06:53 PM
Erin, the jewelry turned out lovely!

AIMR, as the rotten friend who got you started on crumb quilts, let me suggest some other options: coasters, placemats, cup cozies, zip bags, patch pockets on anything, microwave bowl holders, journal covers, book marks. Once you've used what blocks you've assembled, pitch the rest of your scraps or glue or iron them (Heat'n'Bond, Wonderunder, Misty Fuse, etc.) to cards for decoration. Scraps make great appliques for paper projects.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 18, 2016 08:08:35 AM
lol kbrison!  I made a list of smaller projects to use up my scraps and put it into the huge "crumbs" box...I doubt that I would have the patience to do an entire quilt, but I would love to have enough to make a Christmas tree skirt! ;D  I like the traditional decor so I figures a nice scrappy tree skirt would be nice and also a memory of all the projects I made!

Aren't they fun, gala?  I blame kbrison for starting me down that road... ;D


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: Wile E Songdog on January 18, 2016 11:13:15 AM
Reposting this here:
I asked AIMR if there might be interest in a new Craftalong and she suggested  asking here and in some of the other Craftalong threads. Did anyone ever participate in the Thing-A-Day challenges? If you are familiar then you know what I'm talking about, if you're not then a quick explanation.

Thing-A-Day was an online challenge where participants would make one thing every day and post it (although you did not have to post every day). The things could be anything; art, craft, DIY/home improvement, cooking/baking, even writing. The rules weren't hard and fast, it was a challenge not a competition.

They preferred each day to be one complete item but it could be part of a larger item as long as each section done per day was something you could document. For example, sanding a piece of furniture could be one day, the next day could be painting and then the day after could be embellishing. You just post a picture of each step. Also, each thing should take only about 30 minutes. It could be a little less or a little longer but it was meant to be something everyone could do every day without taking up a lot of time.

It was always done in February because it's the shortest month. I tried it a few times but never got past 10 days. I was going to try it again this year but I discovered that they stopped doing it a couple years ago. I could not even find the old boards, at least if we do it on Craftster it will stay here.

It would be good for knocking out your 50 things, destashing, or for those who do the abandoned art or just motivating yourself to make stuff. There could certainly be overlap with other craftalongs. It's a challenge not a competition but if someone finishes 29 days (bonus day this year!) maybe we could agree to send them something we made (not set aside for someone else) or make a badge or something.

February is fast approaching so would there be enough interest in starting a Thing-A-Day challenge here in the Craftalongs?

Read more: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=442282.230#ixzz3xcmJqYEl


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: HolographicDreams on January 18, 2016 03:02:59 PM
Just checking it to let folks know I have not forgot this, nor have I vanished into thin air. I'm so jealous of all the great crafting that's been done (speaking of which, ErinAquaheart, that bracelet is gorgeous!)! I'm swamped with school work, the most I've been able to do crafty wise is a tiny bit of work on an in-progress-but-not-from-stash project and poke through a single stack of fabric. :-\


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: ErinAquaheart on January 18, 2016 04:24:20 PM
*blush* Thanks for all the compliments!

I've been working on making Valentine's Day cards to send out to people.  All from stash.  Quite a challenge actually.  I have so much scrap paper, stickers, and odds and ends.  But the challenge has been to use up all of my open glues before cracking out the "easier to use" options.  I don't really like waiting for glue to dry before moving on to the next layer...but as I don't want to open/buy more glue sticks until my adhesive drawer(seriously...a plastic drawer just for adhesives   :-X) is more manageable.

By the way!  If any one would like a Valentine from me I am sure that I can add a few more people to my send out list!  Just PM me.   ;D ;D ;D

On another note!  I am super excited to start on my first paper-piecing quilting project!!!  I got an open foot for my machine and picked out some patterns from FandominStitches (http://www.fandominstitches.com/)!! I'm going to make a small nine block hanging for my sister and husband to put in their new house!  (That should help me get through some of the fabric stash....of course, I'll have to try to refrain from buying more)


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 18, 2016 05:53:29 PM
Wile E....wow..that is a challenge...so it can even be a doodle or some small project...hmmm...I do have a lot of crafts to get done in February...might be a good way to get rid of some odd stash things...


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: Acadian Driftwood on January 18, 2016 06:47:04 PM
WES, I would love to take part in your thing-a-day craftalong! Some of my things might be on the small side, but it would be great to push myself to do something every day, even if it's just a sketch or making a good dinner.


I'm joining in the destash along!

Challenge #1: I am lucky enough to have a whole (small) room to craft in, so I have a good amount of stash built up! The bulkiest part is fabric and old clothes - this corner has most of it.



And I seem to have bought someone else's stash of embroidery floss at goodwill a few months back - just sorted it into color groups. Not pictured is the floss I had before I got all of this, which amounts to another two boxes or so.



The rest of my stash isn't so nicely organized - boxes of papers, yarn, art supplies, bits and bobs, etc. I will have to do some sorting to see if I can get any more nice pics.

Challenge #2: I have some project goals that include a quilt for myself, bathmats from old jeans, and a crochet t-shirt yarn rug. I would love to use up a good chunk of my t-shirt stash making altered clothing and other things!

I'm not going to say I will stop adding to my stash, but I am going to limit my acquisitions. If it's something I buy, I will go for good quality materials and tools. Only buy for specifically planned projects. For free things I come across, they should make me excited, not just "I might as well take it just because it's free."

I also have some cleaning goals, so I can use my stash more easily. Nothing distracts me from working on a project like rummaging through boxes of unsorted junk because I have to find that one little thing I know I have SOMEWHERE.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: audio on January 18, 2016 08:31:48 PM
Acadia - Seeing embroidery floss all organized like that makes me drool. It's so pretty!

ErinAquaheart - Oooo Paper Piecing. I have seen some awesome fandom stuff done with this technique. I gotta check out the site you are getting your patterns from! (They are having an X Files quilt stitch along!!!  :o )


I may have caved and purchased more fabric, but I at least had project ideas for most of it instead of just buying it because it's pretty! I think that's quite and improvement!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on January 19, 2016 04:29:47 AM
How long did it take you to sort that thread??  :o


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 19, 2016 05:57:05 AM
lol I showed my husband the pictures from this craftalong, telling him that I was "normal"...he said that we are all hoarders...then slowly slipped out of my craft room.  ;D

Acadian--your floss collection is epic...


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: quaggy on January 19, 2016 07:43:30 PM
I really need to destash this year.....I could probably never leave the house and not run out of supplies.   Yes I have been hoarding a very long time.  First up some things that I have made from my stash so far this year!

Joined the scrappy trip around the world quilt block swap and sent to 3 partners 4 blocks each here are the results.







I decided these were so fun and I would need some to add to the blocks that my partners send to me......so back to my fabric and 8 blocks for me!





A crafty friend asked me to do a personal swap she needed a pillow with her sons name on it for a birthday gift.....lucky me star wars was a possible theme and I just happened to be hoarding some star wars fabric.  I did have to buy the 24 inch pillow insert as I have no good place to store those, but yea me got rid of some fabric........lol you will see later in  my post what I mean.




As I was digging through some of my fabric I found this cute....yep that is why I bought it a few years back......construction truck panel.  The other supervisor at work has a grandson who is 4 and loves these.....so much that his mom, dad, grandma, grandpa and uncle have each been officially named one of these construction vehicles by him.  I dug a little more and came up with some more fabric that went really good with the panel and made him a quilt.



I even managed to use the big left over chunk of one piece on the back.

 


I was feeling pretty good since we are only 19 days into the new year until I decided to share 3 items from my stash........a little embarrassed...but this is a support group right? ;D

Here is my thread stash





In the top picture the two top right containers flip over and this is the other side.





Here's my embroidery floss collection......carded and in numerical order....all is DMC except the one box to the left is an assortment of all types of threads.



and a major obsession.....buttons.... :P  Right up there with fabric!




Here is a close up





These 2 are all carded buttons


Loose buttons by color











Then not in the pictures are a lot of themed buttons like fish, cupcakes, cars, halloween, Christmas etc.

Yes I am a collector, and hoarder of craft supplies....I have a weakness for fabric, buttons and thread among a few other things.  They are my drugs to reduce stress, stay active and brighten someone's day........ My craft room is a happy place!







Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: kbrison on January 19, 2016 10:06:17 PM
That Star Wars pillow is perfect for any fan, not just little boys! Lucky guy!

Don't know which I envy more, the button collection or the floss, but at least you have them extremely well organized. I'd think that makes them easy to access and use. Now you just need three or four more lifetimes in which to use them all!  ;D


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: audio on January 19, 2016 10:17:49 PM
That button collection is amazing! So pretty AND useful!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: Wile E Songdog on January 19, 2016 10:54:52 PM
Maybe I'm weird but I think sorting all those buttons by color might be soothing. I kind of want to do it but I have no where near that many buttons.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 20, 2016 06:27:43 AM
Quaggy...you NEVER need to shop...you can shop in your craft room!!!!

Those blocks are just awesome...looks like you used a small amount of your humongous stash ;D.

That construction quilt is wonderful...and the pillow...now that is vintage Star Wars!!  I really love the idea of putting a name over the printed fabric...I will have to store that idea!

I hate to say it, but in comparison, I feel much better about my stash of buttons and threads...;D. I hope you have made plans on who is getting your stash, because it will probably last a few lifetimes...;D.  I have willed my fabrics to MareMare, a dear moderator friend of mine...I guess she can have my thread and buttons, too! ;D


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: TheMistressT on January 20, 2016 07:09:43 AM
WOWZERS, Quaggy! I am very impressed with how organized your GIMUNGOUS STASH is! And it's wonderful how much you have accomplished with your stash in just a few weeks this year!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: Acadian Driftwood on January 20, 2016 10:30:05 AM
quaggy I'm drooling over all your variegated floss and color organized buttons!

Speaking of which, who has some good ways to use up lots of buttons? I have about a shoebox full!

Maybe I'm weird but I think sorting all those buttons by color might be soothing.

I am the same - totally love organizing things like that. When I did all my new floss I just put on a podcast and sat down with it for a while, it was nice!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: kbrison on January 20, 2016 11:23:30 AM

Speaking of which, who has some good ways to use up lots of buttons? I have about a shoebox full!

You mean other than gifting them to all your Craftster friends?  :)  They make great additions to cards and tags, art quilts, wall art, mixed media pieces, clothing embellishments, and I've also used them to make Christmas tree ornaments (starting at the bottom, stack 2-3 brown buttons, then add large to progressively smaller green buttons, top with a yellow star-shaped button - Voila! - a tree for your tree. They can be strung on ribbon or cord to assemble or just glued together as you go. Another ornament involves glueing 4 popscicle sticks together in a crisscross shape, then covering the sticks with a wide variety of white buttons to create snowflakes.) I'd also suggest doing a search online for button crafts.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on January 20, 2016 11:49:19 AM
I received a square wooden frame one year with buttons glued all over the front.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: elliot_anne on January 20, 2016 01:47:55 PM
quaggy: I love that second trip around the world quilt block! And omg I am absolutely drooling over your button collection!

acadian driftwood: I have a pinterest board just for button crafts - here's the direct link: https://www.pinterest.com/elliot_anne/craft-buttons/ Personally, I kind of want to make an Up House embroidery with buttons as all the balloons...


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gala_apples on January 20, 2016 03:50:52 PM
The first sewn shirt of the year! It fits the January theme stripes, obviously. It could maybe fit white, since that's about all the white I wear to work (daycare), but I might as well use the excuse to make a second shirt next week, right?

I used up all of the yellow/white/blue striped material. I still have about a metre of the blue left, but I love blue, so it'll easily be made something else.



Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: quaggy on January 20, 2016 04:37:29 PM
Loving that shirt is it made from stretch knit????  Perfect for work it looks comfortable great style also!

I too have a button board on my pinterest........... a cute Santa pattern for a quilted wall hanging where his beard is all buttons.  Maybe if I dig out the pattern, one my mom gave me I can work on some and be ahead for the Christmas swaps next year.   

I have made some cute gingerbread spool and button ornaments, snowflakes and as a child my mom's can of buttons kept me occupied for hours.   Wall quilts, cards, extras in swap packages wood crafts just to name a few.

My buttons do relax me...........as far as who gets my stash , I keep hoping my son will marry someone who loves to craft.....but I also have plans this year to send a few things out to my crafty friends as extras in swaps.  Seems I get into a craft and stick there for a while right now sewing has topped my list.   



Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: Wile E Songdog on January 20, 2016 08:54:28 PM
I went ahead and started a Thing-A-Day Craftalong challenge thread. It starts February 1st.
Make a thing a day and destash at the same time!
If you're interested. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=442577.0


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: mandykaye on January 21, 2016 04:42:53 PM
All the photos are very inspiring so far! I have so many sparkly beads that I hoard just because they are so pretty to look at hehe! I am thinking of expanding a couple of t-shirts that I love but I have "outgrown" over the past year :( I just sorted through some supplies today and got my new little sewing machine out so maybe I can get some projects done this weekend!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gala_apples on January 22, 2016 08:07:37 PM
yeah Quaggy, it's stretch knit. Comfort is my work aesthetic, because lets face it, I spend basically the entire day crawling on the floor and picking up toddlers to relocate them.

Mandykaye, you should absolutely reclaim your own shirts! I have a plan to try a recon on an old t-shirt of my mom's, and if it works, then spend a tenner at a thrift store for a few cool t-shirts.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: whatthepuck on January 23, 2016 05:21:11 AM
I'm kind of jealous of the button collection.

I love up and down stripes. It seems that they are always horizontal. Not very flattering on me.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: HolographicDreams on January 23, 2016 03:35:45 PM

Speaking of which, who has some good ways to use up lots of buttons? I have about a shoebox full!


I used to volunteer at a senior home. One of the residents had, essentially, made a Christmas tree mosaic using buttons and broken jewelry pieces, framed it, and hung it on her door. Literally everyone who walked past commented on it. Cute for Christmas, but think of all the other possibilities! Eggs for Easter, Jack-o-Lanterns/black cats and moons for Halloween, fandom things.... 

I must not buy more buttons... I must not buy more buttons.... :P


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: TheMistressT on January 24, 2016 02:45:12 PM
Great stashes are yielding great projects you guys!

I have been holding on to free wall calendars sent by our financial adviser over the years. Today I made several gift boxes from the pretty landscape photos in them.

(http://s181.photobucket.com/user/TheMistressTLF/media/CalendarBoxes02_zpsd3jxioth.jpg.html)

Here's the post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=442624.0


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: quaggy on January 24, 2016 03:08:44 PM
Those are so pretty.......I just chunked a dozen or so calendars from years back that I had hoped to do something with and during one of my why do you still have this moods they ended up in the trash.

Great job!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: TheMistressT on January 24, 2016 03:47:42 PM
Those are so pretty.......I just chunked a dozen or so calendars from years back that I had hoped to do something with and during one of my why do you still have this moods they ended up in the trash.

Great job!

Thanks! I had calendars from way back, but I didn't allow myself to move them when we moved from Oregon to Montana. I gotta make myself draw lines!  ::)


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on January 24, 2016 03:56:49 PM
You are so talented!  I love these boxes!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: calliemae on January 24, 2016 05:32:56 PM
Beautiful gift boxes


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 24, 2016 05:59:30 PM
I admit to saving calendars...I have quite a large box full...I mostly use the pages to make paper beads and for junk journals...those boxes are lovely!

I don't really have a use for small boxes, but I love the idea of recycling those pretty pages...!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: TheMistressT on January 24, 2016 07:09:56 PM
You are so talented!  I love these boxes!

I had made these types of boxes as a kid and found few tutorials to refresh my memory on pinterest.

I admit to saving calendars...I have quite a large box full...I mostly use the pages to make paper beads and for junk journals...those boxes are lovely!

I don't really have a use for small boxes, but I love the idea of recycling those pretty pages...!

Thanks!

Haha! And I have little use for paper beads, so we're even steven. I made and give enough small things that I that I think I'll use these over the next couple of years. I have found myself actually buying boxes which drives me crazy!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: stellato_escuro on January 26, 2016 07:28:30 AM
Yay for the first few projects of the year!!

When I was cleaning my studio, I made a stack of fun fabrics that were down to pretty small pieces. That included a handful of pieces already cut into 6-inch squares, so that was my starting point. I just ironed and cut 6-inch squares until I ran out of fabric. When all was said and done, I had 130ish squares, enough to do at least 2 simple blankets. Perfect because I needed two baby gifts. I have to admit, I did buy new bias tape, but I really did need it and didn't have time to make any. BUT I did use it all up, so I didn't add to my stash.  :) With this first one, I had to get creative with the back because my fabric wasn't wide enough. The second one is still in progress, but I should be done soon.





These two gifts were made for the January Pinterest swap, also for a baby. I made this blanket all out of leftover flannel from various projects made for my son. The hat was made out of a single skien of yarn I couldn't pass up buying three years ago. It was a very rare crocheting project because now crocheting hurts my wrists so bad. :( But it turned out really cute, so I am happy.





When we got married, my husband and I registered for this tray and it hasn't gotten used much. For years, it has been corraling random craft suppplies. But now we got a new couch and I want to use it for drinks and whatnot as we have no side table. There is no before pic because it was boring as hell, but it looks better now! I used some home paint from the mis-mix bin at Home Depot...I got it for 50 cents a year ago. I also cut a page out of an old calendar I saved featuring different pages out of illuminated Jewish texts. The hexies are salvaged gift wrap from this Christmas. It still needs several coats of mod podge and a clear coat, but this is pretty much it.



Besides the baby blanket, I really don't have a lot of projects on the horizon. I plan on spending most of my free time painting because I have a few gallery shows to apply to. BUT I will be fulfilling this months challenge of making something for myself.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 26, 2016 07:52:10 AM
I just love scrap quilts!  They both turned out so lovely--the owls one is so cute!  Looks like you plowed through some stash!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: whatthepuck on January 26, 2016 01:43:47 PM
The old calendar boxes are awesome. Great idea. I have a tropical island calendar that I've kept for a "I'm going to find something to do with it one day" project.

I love the owl quilt.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: TheMistressT on January 27, 2016 05:51:15 AM
stellato_escuro is winning at scrap fabric stash busting!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: stellato_escuro on January 27, 2016 03:52:03 PM
I forgot! I did make something for myself. I took a skein of wool that I looooove and crocheted over my headphones.



Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: Acadian Driftwood on January 27, 2016 04:56:34 PM
Those headphones are so pretty! I wonder if I could do something similar with knotting embroidery floss like a friendship bracelet around the cord.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: stellato_escuro on January 27, 2016 06:58:05 PM
Driftwood: you totally can. That was actually my original plan. But I loved this yarn and was feeling impatient.  ;) It ended up taking me about 30 minutes rather than hours.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: bushbaby on January 27, 2016 11:38:38 PM
I am in destashing this year, albeit off to a slow start as I've been sick for nearly 3weeks now. I am going to focus on reducing my yarn stash (mainly so I can buy more nice yarn without feeling guilty). I have  managed to knit 2 hats and finish off a shawl so that is about 100-150g's of yarn used.








Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on January 28, 2016 03:36:13 AM
ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS ITEMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :o


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 28, 2016 06:02:11 AM
I agree--that shawl is stunning!


Title: Re:
Post by: Audania1 on January 28, 2016 01:20:00 PM
I NEED that shawl in my life!
I'm using my stash too but it's currently just floss... but stash is stash, right?

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Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: Acadian Driftwood on January 28, 2016 05:03:30 PM
I was inspired by TheMistressT, so I also made gift boxes from an old calendar! Thanks for the idea.





I had a few issues with pattern placement, but I enjoyed the project. Yesterday I went through my clothing to reconstruct boxes, so next I'm going to take on my collection of old jeans. I'm thinking a few bathmats with towel backing, one of these potholders (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/91127592438548604/), and maybe a coiled seam bag (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/91127592438548850/) from the scraps!



Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: texscrapper on January 29, 2016 07:03:04 AM
I'm cleaning the craft room today and will be planning out my February projects! Here are some of my stash buster projects from this month. All were in the 50 projects thread, sorry if you see it as a repeat!

Scoodies
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=687508)
Earbud cases
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=687510)
lunchbox
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=687622)
Tote Bags
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=688604)
PJ's
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=688605)
Unpaper Towels
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=688606)


Title: Re:
Post by: Audania1 on January 29, 2016 07:43:43 AM
Wow, Texas! Those are amazing! Way to go on stash busting!

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Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 29, 2016 08:42:13 PM
Nice boxes...I pinned the boxes you guys made for possible future uses of my massive calendar stash...ha ha I bought 2 more of them today because they were on sale for 88 cents!!! 

I also love your ideas for using up old jeans...those potholders would be great for the grill this summer!

texscrapper...lots of destashing going on at your house!  I just love seeing your lovely fabrics being used!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: TheMistressT on January 30, 2016 09:03:18 AM
Yey for using the old calendar stash, Acadian Driftwood! Can't wait to see your denim projects.

texscrapper, you are a stash busting machine!

I don't know if this is exactly De-stashing, maybe more stash justification? But The ManFlesh got some really good news yesterday about a very long term personal project so I dug out my "random party decorations" box to liven up the house as a surprise for him when he came home from work. I had a selection of tissue-paper decorations (Chinese lanterns, tissue flowers & rosettes, etc.) from various thrift store finds over the years, balloons left over from my 40th birthday (5 years ago!), and a fabric bunting I made for that birthday, too. I made the bunting deliberately to function for various celebrations and have used it a few times, but not for a couple of years.

Here's the original post for the bunting: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=370902.0


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: HolographicDreams on January 30, 2016 12:37:18 PM
I finally got a break from school and made my 6 month old niece a bunny... and forgot to take a picture! I took one of just the head so I'll see if I can find that and post it later. I found a pink fat quarter in my stash and made some minor alterations to a free pattern I found online. Dropped him off on Thursday, by the time I left she had drooled on half his head, which I consider the baby stamp of approval.  ;D


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gala_apples on January 30, 2016 07:45:33 PM
So I was going through the fabric stash to find something whiteish to get the last part of the January challenge, and came across this:



White, yes, but also with a busy and bright enough pattern that if I get some juice or paint or something on it, it's not as bad as a plain white shirt. Plus kids like butterflies. I only had a bit of it though, so I went through my plain colours boxes. I found two different scraps of teal ribbing, obviously kept for cuffs, and another less-than-a-metre cut of purple. This shirt used up 4 pieces of fabric  ;D

I'm posting a side picture, because the sleeve is where most of the interest is. The back and front are both all the fabric shown.



Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 30, 2016 09:38:43 PM
How lucky to have the exact color solids for the print!  I love how you did the sleeves...and now you have clothing that is unique and shows your skills as a seamstress!  I love practical destashing.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: TheMistressT on January 31, 2016 08:04:18 AM
That's a really fun shirt and perfect for time spent with kiddos!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: bananaleg on January 31, 2016 01:43:32 PM
16 pages already?? Man, i've been away too long. I'm living at my sister's right now, and space is pretty tight, so i definitely need to destash a ton. Mainly, i need to get rid of hats and other things i've made which don't seem to move at the craft fairs... (I plan on donating soon, i just have to actually do it.) Anyway, i brought as much of my yarn as i could, and the rest is in storage, so it's time to use up those leftovers and make some room to bring the rest back out.

Unfortunately, i wasn't able to bring the sewing machine, so that and all of my fabric are also waiting for me.

I've been making a yarn ball out of my bits for a while now. The ball is getting pretty big, but most of the bits are still just stuffed in a bag. It's amazing seeing how much yarn would normally just be tossed... I mean it. A LOT of yarn gets thrown away because the pieces are too small. But the yarn is still good, you know what i mean? I've always had a hard time throwing leftover bits and pieces of anything away. I still find pieces of fabric, cool paper, yarn, etc. in boxes of stuff from my childhood because they were too pretty for kid me to possibly part with... So now, adult me has to be the jerk who throws away what's left of my favorite childhood craft things.

I think i'll pull out the leftover ball today and put some more work into it.
My mom and i got some fleece during a sale last year. I made a couple baby blankets right away, but there's still a bunch left. I need to get those done.


audio - i can't wait to see your t-shirt blanket! I want to make one someday!

TheMistressT - your calendar gift boxes just brought back so many memories. My sister was walking by as i was looking, and she smiled. We used to make those ALL THE TIME with my mom and aunt!

bushbaby - your shawl is lovely!

gala - love the sleeves on your purple/teal shirt. Super cool!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: ErinAquaheart on January 31, 2016 02:58:02 PM
I've spent the week packing up packages of crafty things and supplies that I am sending to people after I get money.  The massive mailing should clear up a tiny square of floor.  I started going through NON craft stuff to see if I can pare down on things there.  I ended up FINDING more stuffs that I want to craft with! *headesk* There is no hope for me!  I found a jar full of glass marbles and rocks! ROCKS! (I was obsessed with collecting pretty rocks as a kid. So I have a lot of random rocks) The larger ones I set out in the garden to look pretty and help mark plants in the spring.  The tiny ones I went through and decided on a few other crafts.  I am going to wire wrap a few of the polished ones into pendents for my mom and me.  A handful of them will seemed perfect for a mobile.  And the rest, if they had any kind of flat side, I decided would get embedded into some paving stones for the garden.  The marbles will go to the same fate.

I'm not going to be doing anything bird related...so no stash busting there.
And the closest I got to stripes was some swirly fabric that I am using on a small wall hanging for my sister. 
I did the first block yesterday!

Sorry if you've seen it on another board already. I'm just super happy with how it turned out.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gaudiknight on February 01, 2016 07:18:18 AM
February Themes

(https://flic.kr/p/8UjGR)
Sewing Kit (https://flic.kr/p/8UjGR) by Justin Shearer (https://www.flickr.com/photos/justinshearer/), on Flickr

Color: Red
For: The Kitchen or Eating
Pattern: Polka Dots
Inspriation: Hearts and Love
Challenge #1: You've probably run across some items in your stash that you know you aren't ever going to use and that it perfectly OK.  Take those things to the goodwill or keep an eye out for a local group that could give new life to your crafty cast-offs.
Challenge #2: With your leaner, meaner stash you may want to start consolidating and re-organizing your craft area.  Please share progress pictures or organizational inspiration you've found.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: J_Kieviet on February 01, 2016 09:40:59 PM
February destash list:

1)pink heart cuddle luscious
2)navy jogging fleece
3)purple knit
4)pink knit
5)green knit
6)black/blue woven
7)stuff for spring duvet cover set
8)5 "WIPs"
9)paint
10)papers

could be moving in March, I'll know for sure by the middle of this month


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on February 02, 2016 07:38:07 AM
I love seeing paper pieced quilt blocks!  I plan on doing some for the One Thing a Day February challenge!

banana--I also have a ton of hats that need homes.  I am mostly giving them away to the homeless mission or taking them to chemo hospital. I can't wear them all... ;D.

I ended up purchasing another 8 skeins of yarn to make a couple of hats for a requested project...hated the yarn and ended up using something already in my stash.  I am going to send the yarn to a friend who will use it before I do. 

I have a huge piece of red fleece that I have been cutting away at forever... I think I have only two yards to go.  I am going to suck it up and go buy another piece and make a blanket for a friend and be done with it...I really want to use up as many big pieces of fabric as I can.  They take up so much room!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: ErinAquaheart on February 04, 2016 07:56:06 AM
Oh! Loving the February prompts! Got some stuff on my to do list for this!

And I guess giving supplies away to people works for challenge 1 as well?


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on February 04, 2016 09:36:12 AM
lol Erin--I have a couple of Vegan cookbooks...want them? ;D


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: Acadian Driftwood on February 06, 2016 04:35:25 PM
It wasn't a huge destashing project, but I made an ornament out of Christmas cards that we received for the holidays. If anyone else doesn't like to just toss the cards they get, this is a good way to keep them around in a more useful way! This is the third year I've done this with our cards, so I'm going put up the previous ornaments too, with links to the general how-tos in case they inspire anyone. :)

This year, I modified this tutorial (http://www.firefliesandjellybeans.com/2009/12/homemade-photo-ornament-from-christmas.html) to make it hang from a corner.



Last year, I used this idea, (http://www.michelemademe.com/2011/11/series-7-ornament-ed-finale-heart-house.html) but with a different shape, obviously.



And the first year, which I think is still my favorite, I made a ball like this. (http://www.makermama.com/2011/12/paper-ball-ornament-tutorial.html)



Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: ErinAquaheart on February 06, 2016 06:27:39 PM
Hahaha! Alwaysinmyroom, I will always accept cookbooks!!!! I'm always experimenting I. The kitchen and making recipes my own.  ;)


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: mandykaye on February 09, 2016 12:37:19 AM
I re-fashioned/up-cycled a few items of clothing that didn't fit right. I really like how a couple of them turned out. I will update with pictures later! Mostly, I have spent (wasted?) my time on Pinterest looking for ideas  ;D Not sure what I will do yet for this month but I could use a new apron! Sooo maybe I will re-fashion something into an apron??


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: texscrapper on February 09, 2016 06:00:31 AM
Sickness hit our house and that means my crafting came to a halt. I did finish a few things for the Fill A Purse swap that were from stash. I also have 3 pieces of fabric that are washed and waiting on me to make things. Hopefully, I'll get some time this week to work on a few projects!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on February 09, 2016 06:09:32 AM
Love the card ornaments!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: quaggy on February 09, 2016 02:24:52 PM
very unique ornaments.....must file that idea away for future use. 

I have been working on a swap all from stash so more pictures as soon as my partner recieves


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: TheMistressT on February 09, 2016 03:46:49 PM
The card ornaments are so charming!

My crafting has also halted, because I am remodeling my kitchen. I will be working a tiny, little bit from stash: I am refinishing rather than replacing the cabinets and will also be using glaze and tints I have on hand for that.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on February 09, 2016 04:45:37 PM
oh I made this totally from stash!  Old wool jacket cut up for the body, spare or found buttons, misc. cording, scraps of fabric, embroidery floss, and pellets...I did not have to purchase a single thing!  It has red!

Junker Jane Style rag doll (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=442580.msg5367610#msg5367610)


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: Acadian Driftwood on February 12, 2016 01:40:50 PM
I finished a 100% stash project yesterday! A Valentine's Day gift for my partner. Here's the full thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=443379.0





The embroidery was already done, and I raided my scrap basket for a few fabrics that matched the thread. Sewed up the pillow case, AND made my own throw pillow base out of a sheet and stuffing I had kicking around. I'm counting this as red theme and love theme!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: quaggy on February 14, 2016 08:55:35 PM
Loving the pillow and the addition of the seed beads in your embroidery.

I have been spending my free time sewing and have managed to make a woodland quilt  for a swap partner, all from stash,  and some wonky house blocks for myself a quilt.





More photos of this one on the quilting finished project board.

And here is the beginning to my wonky house quilt. 10 blocks made and will get some more from a swap I am in right now.






Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: kbrison on February 14, 2016 09:11:51 PM
Quaggy, the woodland quilt is wonderful! Where did you find the patterns? Lucky swap partner!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: quaggy on February 14, 2016 09:25:50 PM
Pattern and tutorial is on craftsy.com     easy applique.  I loved the technique!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on February 15, 2016 06:35:44 AM
I LOVE IT ALLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;D


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on February 15, 2016 06:45:31 AM
That states pillow is really clever and nicely done...I love the lattice stitches you have been doing lately...it is very stunning and gives a lot of pattern.

quaggy...amazing stash you have...and thanks for showing the houses...it gives me a new technique to try in our quilt block swap...they are going to be fun to make!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: texscrapper on February 15, 2016 08:04:54 AM
Acadiana - Those pillows are awesome

Quaggy - Love the quilts! The houses are super cute!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gala_apples on February 15, 2016 04:32:28 PM
Quaggy, those houses are pretty cool. I love the tilty one with the lightning!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: ErinAquaheart on February 16, 2016 06:39:52 PM
Quaggy--Those quilts are so cute!

I think I covered almost all of the prompts for this month with all the Valentine cards that I made!  I made around 20 cards to send out to various people. 
 
Some were red!


Some had hearts


A few had some Polka dot paper




On a different note--I added to my stash of fabric this week when I wonderful person on facebook offered up some fabric for free...as a pay-it-forward type deal!  She sent me a great sample of patterns that will add quite a lot of variety to my Harry Potter quilt that I will be starting soon. 

At least I am making a gift box of craft goodness to send to a friend that will offset the NECESSITY of adding to my stash!  LOL!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on February 16, 2016 07:13:29 PM
Those are so colorful and cheerful!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gaudiknight on February 18, 2016 01:10:40 PM
ErinAquaheart - I love the riot of colors going on in your Valentines!  Scrappy DeStashing at its best!

As I was going through my finished projects for the past few months trying to figure out how to squeeze in some class prompts for the Harry Potter CraftAlong (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441637.0) out of them, I realized I had never posted any of them here.  So prepare yourself for a massive DeStash Dump of Doom!

(Warning - there be massive amounts of doll clothes ahead)

January

(https://flic.kr/p/CsodiP) (https://flic.kr/p/CACMXY)
Cute as a Button! (https://flic.kr/p/CsodiP) by Trillian (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aluminumdryad/), on Flickr
Natural & Navy (https://flic.kr/p/CACMXY) by Trillian (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aluminumdryad/), on Flickr

Reworked this dress to add lace at the hem:
(https://flic.kr/p/CBeiWh)
Twirling (https://flic.kr/p/CBeiWh) by Trillian (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aluminumdryad/), on Flickr

Tiny Doll Sized Shrug:
(https://flic.kr/p/CdMnzr)
14 Something Small (https://flic.kr/p/CdMnzr) by Trillian (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aluminumdryad/), on Flickr

Fussy cut the heck out of this fabric to avoid the giant poodles and Eiffel Towers:
(https://flic.kr/p/DjeLen)
20/365 Pink (https://flic.kr/p/DjeLen) by Trillian (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aluminumdryad/), on Flickr

(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=690326) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=690327) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=690328)

36" Square Lapghan:
(https://flic.kr/p/Dth9JP)
Black & White (https://flic.kr/p/Dth9JP) by Trillian (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aluminumdryad/), on Flickr

(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=690330) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=690331) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=690332)

(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=690334) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=690335) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=690336) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=690337)

February

(https://flic.kr/p/CNn8D4) (https://flic.kr/p/DrCnoc) (https://flic.kr/p/E1d7tt)
Sweater Weather (https://flic.kr/p/CNn8D4) by Trillian (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aluminumdryad/), on Flickr
Angles (https://flic.kr/p/DrCnoc) by Trillian (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aluminumdryad/), on Flickr
Stripes (https://flic.kr/p/E1d7tt) by Trillian (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aluminumdryad/), on Flickr

(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=690338) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=690339) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=689826) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=690344)

All but two projects this year have been from stash (well, all but one if you consider the one I made using my mother's stash).  I did have a moment of weakness/forgetfulness and added a yard worth of remnants to the stash back in January.  Whoops!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on February 19, 2016 07:37:21 AM
You tiny creations just amaze me...so perfectly in proportion...and the knit items...you must use toothpicks to knit with!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: bushbaby on February 23, 2016 05:56:34 AM
Whilst I am still working mainly from stash, I think I am just going to lurk on this thread for this year  ;)  I have too many yarn buying opportunities coming up to kid myself that I am destashing  ;D


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: kbrison on February 23, 2016 09:45:11 PM
I'm in a paper swap right now, so I've been winnowing out papers, 200+ for each of my partners (400 total pages), 100+ for a friend in another swap, and 100 to make 4 notebooks for the Difference Makers auction. Sounds like 600 pages should have made a humongous dent in my stash; it hasn't. I can tell that I have more free space, but I've still got a long way to go.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: J_Kieviet on February 23, 2016 10:19:16 PM
Nothing like a move to get in to gear:)  attempting to finish all of the following projects prior to March 1st.

To finish before move
1)Pink cuddle luscious outfit
2)Blue cuddle luscious outfit
3)White cuddle luscious outfit
4)pink hoody
5)purple nighty
6)blue/black/white blouse
7)mary, mary, quite contrary costume
8)TOPS quilt
9)Tote bag #1
10)Tote bag #2
11)Totebag #3
12)PJ pants alteration
13)Quilt with niece #1
14)Jelly roll race quilt
15)2 teddy bears
16)TOPS poundbook covers
17)pair of track pants - unless I can find a nice pair to buy
18)Cut white sheet in to quilt squares
19)TOPS spring fling & fall rally signs
20)Final "sleepover scavenger hunt" for my nieces before we move


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: quaggy on February 24, 2016 05:54:33 AM
I just sent a box of supplies to a crafster friend!  Mostly stuff for her to start her new love of ATC's!  You would think as we send stuff away we would have more space but I do not see a dent yet in my hoarded stockpile of supplies.  Working on some quilt blocks all from stash fabric so pictures will be added as soon as I get ready to mail these out. 


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on February 24, 2016 08:58:49 AM
hmmm quaggy--you have given me a great idea to get rid of some of my paper stash as well...I think I am going to send to the same person who seems to be into ATCs as well! ha ha


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on February 24, 2016 09:31:07 AM
 ;D
I read that.  *scratching chin*  Interrreeesssting.  Veeerrryyy interesting!  ;)

If not, still a kind thing to do. :D


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on February 24, 2016 11:30:58 AM
oops...;D


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gala_apples on February 24, 2016 02:06:34 PM
So there's this nice old lady who works at Safeway. Her family's total garbage, so a lot of the employees have banded together to take care of her, celebrate her birthday, give her rides if she needs them, etc. My dad doesn't work there, but he's a daily customer (loves his fresh bread). We make her muffins and give her Christmas presents.

Usually over the course of the year I get enough notecards in swaps that I can give her a swathe at Christmas. She asked my dad today if I'd make her more, and that she'd pay me if I wanted. EXCUSE YOU LITTLE OLD LADY YOU ARE 90 POUNDS AND 4 FEET TALL YOU AINT PAYIN SHIT. But it's FEBRUARY and I've only been in like 4 swaps. I have zero new notecards. So I guess it's card-making, paper destashing time.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: TheMistressT on February 24, 2016 02:54:51 PM
So there's this nice old lady who works at Safeway. Her family's total garbage, so a lot of the employees have banded together to take care of her, celebrate her birthday, give her rides if she needs them, etc. My dad doesn't work there, but he's a daily customer (loves his fresh bread). We make her muffins and give her Christmas presents.

Usually over the course of the year I get enough notecards in swaps that I can give her a swathe at Christmas. She asked my dad today if I'd make her more, and that she'd pay me if I wanted. EXCUSE YOU LITTLE OLD LADY YOU ARE 90 POUNDS AND 4 FEET TALL YOU AINT PAYIN SHIT. But it's FEBRUARY and I've only been in like 4 swaps. I have zero new notecards. So I guess it's card-making, paper destashing time.

Faith in humanity status: RESTORED.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on February 24, 2016 03:33:07 PM
She is lucky to have an extended "family"...and to receive your fabulous notecards!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: quaggy on February 24, 2016 06:00:44 PM
hmmm quaggy--you have given me a great idea to get rid of some of my paper stash as well...I think I am going to send to the same person who seems to be into ATCs as well! ha ha

She is gonna love it. I think I only sent one small pad of paper the rest was just misc stuff.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on February 24, 2016 06:58:53 PM
It helps to have "stuff" when you are in the mood to make a TM patch, ATC or shrine! ;D  Never know what mood you will be in!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: bananaleg on February 24, 2016 11:22:43 PM
EXCUSE YOU LITTLE OLD LADY YOU ARE 90 POUNDS AND 4 FEET TALL YOU AINT PAYIN SHIT.
Hahaha! Yeah! You tell that little old lady.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: ErinAquaheart on February 25, 2016 07:05:55 PM
I have a friend who teaches middle school art!  She makes these amazing sock monsters that she gives creative backstories to. 

Check her out!  So cute! Sock Monster Problems (https://www.facebook.com/sockmonsterproblems/?fref=ts)

She is having her students make their own sock monsters next week and put a call out to her network to see if anyone could donate socks, new or gently used.  I just happen to have a big plastic candy bucket full of never been used socks!  I got them meaning to make a bunch of cute sock creatures of my own for friends and just never did.  Now the inspiration to do so is long gone and I am so glad to be able to hand them off to a good cause.  In addition, she is also receiving part of my ribbon and button stashes.  Again, my tastes have changed and I just will never again use all of those random black buttons.   ;D ;D


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: TheMistressT on February 26, 2016 05:28:58 AM
I have a friend who teaches middle school art!  She makes these amazing sock monsters that she gives creative backstories to. 

Check her out!  So cute! Sock Monster Problems (https://www.facebook.com/sockmonsterproblems/?fref=ts)

She is having her students make their own sock monsters next week and put a call out to her network to see if anyone could donate socks, new or gently used.  I just happen to have a big plastic candy bucket full of never been used socks!  I got them meaning to make a bunch of cute sock creatures of my own for friends and just never did.  Now the inspiration to do so is long gone and I am so glad to be able to hand them off to a good cause.  In addition, she is also receiving part of my ribbon and button stashes.  Again, my tastes have changed and I just will never again use all of those random black buttons.   ;D ;D

Kismet!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: cmarion3 on February 26, 2016 05:30:55 AM
I laughed out loud at the sock monster problems. Hilarious! Just what I needed on a Friday AM. And lots of wonderful monster ideas...socks or not!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: calliemae on February 29, 2016 07:04:00 PM
I only made one item from stash this month, but in lighter news, the only supplies in bought were what was needed for a swap, which for this shopaholic is progress.  I donated a large plastic tote of yarn, foam shapes and stickers, glitter, sequins and felt to the daycare to use as art supplies for the kids there, and another one full of craft sticks, foam shapes and stickers and felt to my church Sunday school for the same.

But I did knit myself a comfy slouchy hat.   It's knit in double seed stitch in baby coordinates soft grey yarn.  I rarely make things for myself so I'm thrilled with this one.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: texscrapper on March 01, 2016 06:00:27 AM
Here are my stash project photo dump for February!

Superhero PJ's
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=690177)

Fabric headbands
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=690178)

Keychain
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=690179)

Notebook
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=690180)

Fabric & Leather pouch - the fabric and zipper were stash
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=690181)

Leather and fabric tote - the fabric was from stash
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=690182)

Hair wrap for my SIL
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=691195)


I used a few bits and did have to buy a piece of leather for a swap, but other than that I haven't added supplies to the stash ......... however ....... I did buy a new tool that jut arrived yesterday. I purchased a heat press so that I can do HTV more effectively. It will also help me use up these shirts that have been sitting around waiting to be decorated!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gaudiknight on March 02, 2016 07:19:07 AM
March Themes

(https://flic.kr/p/4vfsNC)
Spools of vintage thread: greens (https://flic.kr/p/4vfsNC) by Wendi Dunlap (https://www.flickr.com/photos/litlnemo/), on Flickr

Color: Green
For: A significant other or loved one
Pattern: Pinstripes
Inspiration: Games
Challenge #1: Finish off the oldest WIP you can find in your stash
Challenge #2: Go green in the other sense - craft something with recycled materials or that can substitute for a disposable product.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on March 02, 2016 07:34:49 AM
I was wondering if people would share some ideas on how to organize and store what I call "odd" supplies...

I have all of my embroidery threads in one spot now, and organized my beads and jewelry supplies...but I keep finding things I don't know exactly how to store (right now, I have a junk drawer that I have to dig through if I remember something).

Here are some of the things:

guitar picks
magnets
sea shells
dominos
dice
mica sheets
various metal rings
matchboxes
clock arms
small picture frames(for shrines, mostly)
broken jewelry pieces
hair ties (to make closures for small purses, journals)
leather pieces
clay faces
wooden pieces
scrabble tiles


A lot of the stuff is used to embellish things like fabric journal pages, prayer flags, dolls, etc.
How do you know what you have?  I started an excel spreadsheet a few years ago, but it is not working for me...

I am about to go buy a big bin and just throw everything into it and dig into it like a big toybox I had when I was a kid...

Please share pics if you have them, but any ideas would be great to help me clean up and organize these items.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gaudiknight on March 02, 2016 07:44:53 AM
A few thoughts for organizing odds and ends like that:
-a multidrawer organizer (http://www.lowes.com/pd_124553-941-DSB-39_0__?productId=3063213&store_code=517&cm_mmc=SCE_PLA-_-ToolsAndHardware-_-SmallPartsOrganizers-_-3063213:Stack-On&CAWELAID=&kpid=3063213&CAWELAID=1024199352&k_clickID=5ebb9920-bcb0-4490-ac86-277f3183b3bd) like the ones you find in the hardware store.
-Some shallow plastic bins that you could subdivide with cardboard scraps
-Put each supply in an appropriate sized zip-lock baggy and then throw all those in a bigger bin.  You still have to do a bit of rummaging but everything's more or less separate.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: texscrapper on March 02, 2016 08:01:52 AM
AIMR - I keep bits and pieces like that in the over the closet shoe holders. The pockets are clear and I can get into the pretty easily. Plus it stores in a space that doesn't take up drawer or all space!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on March 02, 2016 08:06:09 AM
I have several of those multidrawer organizers...I probably need to organize them to fit supplies and not all of those little bits that I have just one of...I hate opening all the drawers to find a finial or a metal piece...

I like the baggy idea a lot!  I think that will work!

texscapper--I have no more doors... ;D.  All of my doors have shoe racks or towel racks full of fabric and knitted scarves...inside and out...;D.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gala_apples on March 05, 2016 04:39:46 PM
So I figure better late than never, right? These are the things I made to fulfill the February challenge:


4x4 heart cards


Polkadot necklace


A recon of a Minnie Mouse shirt of my mom's. Minnie's dress is red.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on March 09, 2016 08:01:14 AM
I want you to know that I put all of the odd supplies I had in zip lock bags or marked tin cans and now have them in a huge drawer that was once filled with Christmas ribbons.  I put all of the Christmas ribbon in a box to store somewhere else, since I don't them until later in the year.

I then made a sheet of all of the supplies.

The biggest problem I have with organizing and cleaning is that I get ideas and want to act on them right away...to keep on task, I kept a notebook nearby and wrote down project ideas for some of the supplies.  I did not stop and do them right then and there! ;D

Some of the supplies are still jumbled up in another drawer...I sort of feel like they are not that important to me or that I have lost interest, so they should be tossed or given new homes...


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gala_apples on March 11, 2016 06:33:21 PM
Way to have the willpower to not start five WIPs as soon as you see the supplies for them! You are strong.

I think I've figured out what my green project will be. I was going through a storage box and found a handful of plain t-shirts I bought years ago meant for stencilling. One was green. Now I just have to figure out what's going on it.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: audio on March 12, 2016 12:50:33 PM
I'm finally getting to set up my craft room. I'm going to destash a bunch as I unpack and organize. First though I worked on creating the storage and craft space for my ultimate craft room.





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Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gala_apples on March 13, 2016 12:35:32 PM
I like the aqua, it's nice and cheery :D


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: stellato_escuro on March 18, 2016 01:21:21 PM
Audio, that space looks awesome! :)


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on March 20, 2016 09:55:34 AM
Not sure this is quite destashing, but at least it is using up some of the stuff I save...;D.

First of all, I have a chart of what I call my "FABRIC HIERARCHY"...it is to remind me how I use my fabrics to the bitter end...



I have been doing the quilt blocks swaps so I had a bunch of fabrics that were just too small to use for anything else...also, I save the cuttings and thread bits from sewing and embroidery... (yes, it is a sort of addiction/illness, I know)...



I then find a piece of fabric that I am not that wild about or that is too small to make anything I want, cover it with BONDO, lay all the stuff all over (you might need to tear some pieces smaller)...press the heck out of it with a piece of parchment over so as not to ruin my iron...



I then wanted to cover it with some organza, but all I had left was blue...ick...and it covered too much...save it for another project...



It dawned on me that I also save these really cool clear organza bags from a company in the UK called Woolwarehouse, that ships all their yarns in these bags...perfect!



Pin and stitch like a crazy person, all willy nilly...

Ta-da---new fabric, to use for prayer flags, journals, fabric journals, ATCs, anything!



I like the bit of shimmer from the organza, but I saw a technique that if you wanted to, you could burn it off with a heat gun...maybe next time I will try it when I can be outdoors and not risk burning down my house...I bet it would work with washable Solvy as well...I'll try that and report back...

So far, nothing has reached the last step, THE TRASH, since whatever bit I trimmed off of this piece are back in the bins to use for another project... ;D.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: underthemountain on March 20, 2016 03:13:48 PM
Wow, that is amazing Always.  Love it even more now that you shared the process!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: quaggy on March 20, 2016 05:03:24 PM
Loving the new craft space.....my favorite color. And AIMR that is fabulous, I love it!

Here are some photos of my latest projects!

Quilt blocks all from fabric stash.........all sent out to my partners!










A dozen burlap and foam board rabbit door decorations an a smaller one.

 




More quilt blocks..........











Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on March 20, 2016 06:40:11 PM
holy destash, quaggy!

And those bunnies are so cute!  Who knew burlap could look so fuzzy and warm!?


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: quaggy on March 20, 2016 07:16:17 PM
holy destash, quaggy!

And those bunnies are so cute!  Who knew burlap could look so fuzzy and warm!?

awe thanks!  I have had the burlap awhile it was going to be Christmas tree skirts at one time.  Bunnies are cuter!


Title: Re:
Post by: audio on March 20, 2016 08:59:05 PM
AIMR - um WOW! That fabric you created is amazing!!! I gotta try that. Using all those scraps reminds me of some selveges I've been saving for like 8 years.

Craftylittlemonkey- Don't lose hope! I was there too. It will take time and I've had my mom helping but I still have so so so much to unpack and organize. It'll get there!

Quaggy- those bunnies are so cute! And you have an eye for quilting love all the blocks and words!

Thanks all.

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Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on March 21, 2016 05:04:23 AM
I'm "ooohhing" and "aaahhhing" over all your creations, and then I see the quilt square that says "fart".  ;D ::)  Only on Craftster.  ;)


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on March 21, 2016 05:08:56 AM
Awesome!  :o


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on March 21, 2016 06:06:55 AM
quaggy and I are making word quilt blocks for sloth003...she is a hoot and wanted some off color words...;D.  I think she got one that said "Arse" as well...I will have to think about what naughty word I am going to do for her ;D.

Working on two more fabric pieces...I think they will work nicely with the upcoming Prayer Flag Swap...sign up now and we might be partners! ;D


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: underthemountain on March 21, 2016 02:23:52 PM
wonderful quilt blocks quaggy


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on March 23, 2016 06:57:53 PM
I am note sure I should be posting these on here...I am using scraps but I am adding to my stash at the same time... ;D.

Here is another piece I made with scraps of quilting fabric, thread, and chopped up bits.  This time, I used wash out embroidery interfacing on top to sew on all the pieces, or quilt it...washed it in hot water to dissolve the stuff...it is a lot brighter and has a lot more texture...I would use this for a project that is not handled everyday...like maybe a prayer flag or journal page, but not the cover...the tiny bits can fall off...



I also turned a bunch of calendar pages into paper beads...



See the tool I made to make it easier?  Cost me 49 cents for the clotter pin (it is like a bobby pin only with a small gap)...I love it!



Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: ErinAquaheart on March 31, 2016 09:47:17 PM
Well...it's official. I did absolutely no destashing activities this month. Oh well. I have a bunch of projects lined up that totally will help bust stash. :)


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Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on April 03, 2016 06:54:45 AM
I went to the  annual Mennonite Relief quilt show and did not buy fabrics, quilt blocks, thread or anything...I bid on a quilt, but stopped after it reached over $700!  The top quilt sold for a little over $6,000!

I bought 20 wooden embroidery hoops for $2 and a fresh glazed donut for 50 cents! ha ha ha


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gaudiknight on April 03, 2016 07:47:22 AM
April Themes

(https://flic.kr/p/qD6nRa)
Chinese Pincushion (https://flic.kr/p/qD6nRa) by Theen Moy (https://www.flickr.com/photos/theenmoy/), on Flickr

Color: Pink
For: The Bedroom
Pattern: Paisley
Inspiration: Nature
Challenge 1: Have some supplies that you love but aren't quite sure what to make with them?  Share a picture here and see ideas your fellow DeStashers might have.
Challenge 2: Actually make something using the million and a half tutorials and patterns you've been hoarding on Pinterest.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: Antidigger on April 03, 2016 09:19:30 AM
and a fresh glazed donut for 50 cents! ha ha ha

I hope you're not describing that as stash :o ;D


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on April 03, 2016 09:43:05 AM
well, it is now stashed around my waist... ;D.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gala_apples on April 03, 2016 04:47:23 PM
My March green project:

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=445791.0

And the 'games' prompt will be finished in a day or two. Personal challenge of April-- actually get the projects done IN April.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on April 03, 2016 04:55:00 PM
I think your shirt is cute!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: ErinAquaheart on April 03, 2016 08:14:46 PM
I love the challenges this month. I'll be opting out of challenge 2 though. Even though I browse Pinterest I don't really ever pin anything. *shrugs* I love seeing the projects though.


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Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: texscrapper on April 04, 2016 10:22:37 AM
So I got a new toy last month (a heat press) and I must say that I have added to my stash of craft supplies instead of subtracted from it.  :o But now, anything I make with that stuff is destashing right?

I only made 3 things in March that were 100% from stash .... I'll try better this month!

Necklace for OWS (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=691835)

Cup for a silent auction (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=692287)

Cup for my nephew (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=693201)




Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on April 06, 2016 01:44:07 PM
I adore your threadlings idea!!!!  I obsessively wrap even the tiniest of thread onto cardboard with the hopes of someday using them in another project...of course, none of my projects need the colors I have wrapped or I need more than what I have...awesome idea...I am so stealing that idea like...now!!!

Love the kitty, too!  Yet another idea I am stealing...since, like you, I have lots of scraps of sweaters!!!

ha ha we are two peas in a pod, sweetie!!!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gaudiknight on April 08, 2016 08:44:54 AM
Oooh, love the freestyle embroidery idea, craftylittlemonkey!  Please keep sharing pictures as it grows and evolves.

I'm gathering my pictures together for a giant project dump.  Some day I'll be able to keep up with this on a monthly basis rather than bi-monthly...


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: ErinAquaheart on April 08, 2016 02:05:55 PM
I love the free form scrap embroidery as well!


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Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gala_apples on April 10, 2016 04:44:21 PM
So for March, one of the challenges was games. My favourite game to play in the world is called Pandemic. Me and a few of my friends have a standing Friday date to play it. In the core game you travel the world trying to stop 4 plagues that have broken out, different characters have different skillsets that aid this. There's a yellow plague in South America, Africa, and lower North America, a blue plague in part of Europe and upper North America, a black plague in part of Europe, and Asia, and a red plauge in part of Asia and Austrailia. We like the game so much we've bought like 3 different expansions. One of those is Pandemic: On The Brink, which adds a 5th plague, a purple plague.

I mentioned many pages ago that I was working on making notecards for a friend of my dad's. I decided that I could incorporate this challenge into that. But that meant that however I made Pandemic notecards, they needed to be nice-old-lady friendly, no skulls or zombies or other forms of death. So I made Death Flowers.  :) (and a travelling card, for extra measure)







Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on April 10, 2016 05:20:37 PM
Those cards are lovely...and as an old lady, I approve! ;D (although, I like skulls and zombies... )

I really love the orange one...


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on April 18, 2016 05:56:58 PM
You are kidding yourself that this is a destash...ha ha...more like a tiny dent....ha ha

Beautiful use of scraps...I just love the dissolving stabilizer stuff...I have an entire roll and hope to use up a lot of it!

I love all the thread!!  You finished off the back very nicely as well...love patchwork...such a tactile piece you created!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: ErinAquaheart on April 18, 2016 06:19:27 PM
I failed at destashing  today. Walked into Joann's because I just got hired at the Kirkland's right next door......I may have made a huge mistake with having a job so close to a craft store.........

Ended up with some wonderful fabrics for my Harry Potter bookcase. Plus my gf found some gorgeous fabric for $4 instead of 16.99!! We bought the rest of the bolt. *facepalm


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Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: cmarion3 on April 18, 2016 07:04:04 PM
I just got some of that dissolvable stabilizer....two kinds, one with light adhesive on one side. I was working with silk sari yarn and there are lots of strings with that stuff and I just plonked the threads on a piece of the adhesive stuff. The colors were so wonderfully bright. Added some ribbon, yarn, added another layer of stabilizer on top and and stitched it all together. The stuff is amazing. I'm really going to like this stuff. It is really going to help with my fabric journal pages, prayer flags and other crazy fabric art.

But using up the threads from torn fabric really doesn't make much of a dent!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on April 18, 2016 07:13:16 PM
I feel like craftylittlemonkey when I use up the fabrics and threads....each piece has some sort of story...and evokes so many nice memories of fabric purchases or gifts, swaps, etc. I am working on making a color for each color in the rainbow. So far, I have green and orange and am working on my red...it is a joyous process even if it does not reduce the stash much at all...

lol Erin...I also got into a fabric buying frenzy...I am a sucker for Tula Pink fabrics...


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: audio on April 19, 2016 03:50:19 AM
I love love love the look of the fabric made with dissolvable stabilizer. Beautiful!!! I just placed an order for some! (oops that's not destashing!!!) :)


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on April 19, 2016 05:36:47 AM
well..it does wash away so really, is it even stash? ;D


Title: Re:
Post by: audio on April 19, 2016 06:21:30 AM
Aimr! Hahaha 😂

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Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: stellato_escuro on April 19, 2016 01:04:27 PM
I started so strong this year on destash, and I haven't done any crafting in the past two months except for the box of sunshine swap. I have been focusing so hard on getting my art program wrapped up. I can;t wait for it to be May. I have been making notes of stuff I want to make for me and my family. As soon as May 1 hits, it's gonna be crafting time!!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on April 20, 2016 08:12:43 AM
That's a great idea, and one I might try soon...a personal swap for TM patches!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: rantyhippie on April 20, 2016 11:33:42 AM
Not a project but I gifted a huge truckload of my quilting fabric to the quilting group at church. They do quilts for foster kids, seniors, and newborns. They were super happy to get it and I was glad to get it out of my house!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on April 20, 2016 12:10:11 PM
No, I understood. It just never occurred to me to possibly ask someone to personal swap with me for TM patches.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on April 20, 2016 04:39:50 PM
I think I actually want to make some poptart patches...yummy! ;D


Title: Re:
Post by: audio on April 23, 2016 05:20:39 AM
I'm working on a project for a swap and using ALL supplies from my stash! Woop woop!!

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Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: TheMistressT on April 23, 2016 07:31:09 AM
All my creative time and energy has been going to remodeling our kitchen for the last several weeks. But my mom's birthday is next week and I wanted her granddogters to give her some "sticks." I had picked up a wood (or bamboo?) salad server set a while back to do pyrography on and so decided to finally do it and have them be the "sticks"! I had everything I needed to do the project on hand already. WOO!

(http://s181.photobucket.com/user/TheMistressTLF/media/MomSaladA_zpsqvcyltoz.jpg.html)


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on April 23, 2016 09:06:01 AM
Lovely work!  Nice when you have things on hand and can just finish your project in time for gift giving!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: audio on April 23, 2016 02:27:55 PM
I did some destashig today by going through all my fabric. My grandma has a quilting group at church and they make quilts for people in need so I sent a bunch of fabric away with her.



Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: stellato_escuro on April 27, 2016 02:00:34 PM
Audio: I LOVE your fabric storage. :)

Oh, I can't wait until the weekend to see what the new themes and prompts are. :D


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on April 29, 2016 07:05:38 AM
T, those spoons are beautiful :).
So is your cabinet audio, lovely!
All 3 swaps I signed up for were finished almost entirely from stash.
Making fabric out of scraps of nothingness is so fun!

My partner's theme was WISH. I included a rainbow, dandelion, stars, and a penny from the year she was born. I attached the penny with shisha embroidery, first time I've attempted that tricky little number. I'll have to practice :P.


One of the choices for this swap was puppy-monkey-baby, something I was completely unfamiliar with. I thought it might make a nifty jumping jack style puppet. I used lots of stash and a few new tools and techniques. It was fun!





Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gala_apples on May 05, 2016 09:13:27 PM
Re April's challenges, I managed to do nature, and pink. I started a paisley project, but did not get it done yet.


the arms go to about a inch or two above my elbow, and the fabric is really lightweight, good for spring-wear.


doesn't everyone need a pair of flowery pants?


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on May 06, 2016 06:57:16 AM
Your spring wardrobe is so fun!  I love flowered and printed pants...I also love to mix prints...

Nice job, gala--you have some mad sewing skills!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gaudiknight on May 06, 2016 07:41:50 AM
May Themes

(https://flic.kr/p/bBCYTo)
thread (https://flic.kr/p/bBCYTo) by J. Rob McCullough (https://www.flickr.com/photos/orlandorob/), on Flickr

Color: Purple
Pattern: Argyle
Inspiration: Subversive Crafts
For: Your parents or an older family member
Challenge 1: Craft a toy or plaything for yourself, a kid, or pet.
Challenge 2: Use the material or item you've had in stash for the longest amount of time.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on May 06, 2016 08:23:31 AM
I used some stashed note cards to make these simple cards to send in swaps...I have no idea why I have such a huge stockpile of note cards, but it has to be reduced!  One of the cards is PINK! ;D




Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: kbrison on May 06, 2016 03:48:11 PM
Just finished a purple crocheted hat. It was suppose to fit a 3-6 month old but is way too big for even an older child. Will try to post photos in a day or so.

I hate sewing clothes for myself, so I truly admire you, Gala, for adding to your wardrobe with clothes that are uniquely your own design. Great job!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gala_apples on May 07, 2016 01:35:25 PM
Alwaysinmyroom, those cards are cute. It's been too long since I've gotten notecards in the mail, I might have to start up a notecard swap once my sunshine one closes.

Oh man, can't say which I'm more excited about, argyle (my favourite pattern in the world) or subversive. Have to be careful with that one though, make something adults will get but kids won't, so I can still wear it to work. Assuming that it's clothing. Fair bet though, my streak's worked so far.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: audio on May 10, 2016 10:38:35 PM
Wow I have been an awful destasher this year! I just keep seeing all these new supplies and thinking, INEEDTHAT!! I'm going to take a deep breath and start fresh! My main problem is shopping has always been my destresser and Iv'e been pretty stressed at work. This months themes are great and I'm definitely going to try a few!

AIMR those kitty cards are so cute! I was just thinking I needed some notecards for swapping (i just sent out three packages without any notes at all, oh no!). There is bound to be tons of supplies I can use to make some for myself and actually destash!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on May 11, 2016 07:28:21 AM
Thanks...I am fighting my ADD tendencies when it comes to destashing...I started destashing my enormous stash of wool sweaters and felted sweaters, and in the middle of sorting, stopped and made a few projects...this sort of distraction keeps me from really destashing...I made myself continue (hubby helped as well by letting me know he was tired of stepping over the sort piles... ;D)...I managed to clear out one drawer, mostly be organizing and throwing out pieces I knew would never become projects.

I'll take photos of what I made tonight...not much of a dent in the sweaters, but at least I am meeting my goal of making stuff from scraps and stash!

Oh, and I ordered 120 felted balls.... :-\


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: kbrison on May 11, 2016 04:53:03 PM
I've been doing some paper destashing by making cards for a friend's charity projects.
Having trouble uploading the photos, so will keep trying. Watch for updated post with photos.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on May 11, 2016 05:12:44 PM
Destashed from felted sweaters...a tiny bit, anyway!  I ordered the felted balls to make more bowls...

Sushi pincushions made from the ribbing:


Coasters:


Felted bowls using felted balls:


More Coasters:


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: Antidigger on May 13, 2016 03:09:56 AM
What absolutely brilliant bowls! I intend to copy them as best I can... goes rummaging in stash for wool jumpers....


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on May 13, 2016 06:50:30 AM
They are so simple!  Take your felted wool and cut two circles, about 7 inches (or larger if you want a bigger bowl)...fuse them together with iron on stuff or you can sew around the edges...take felted balls and lay them around the circles, about 1/2 inch apart...the larger the circle, the more balls you will need...strong thread and needle, go through the felt, a large ball, alternate a small ball, etc.

You can experiment with balls of the same size as well...if you don't have felted balls, you can even use beads!  have fun with it...everyone I give these to loves them!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gaudiknight on June 01, 2016 02:38:19 PM
June Themes

(https://flic.kr/p/4vbox2)
Spools of vintage thread:blues (https://flic.kr/p/4vbox2) by Wendi Dunlap (https://www.flickr.com/photos/litlnemo/), on Flickr

Color: Blue
For:
Kiddos
Pattern: Checks or Gingham
Inspiration: The great outdoors
Challenge 1: We're on month 6 of destashing.  Take a look at how your stash has evolved and review your beginning of the year goals.  Have things changed?  Do you need to change directions?  Or maybe do a little bit of tidying and organizing in preparation for summer?
Challenge 2: The name of the game is nostalgia.  Make something from a vintage material or pattern, or something that reminds you of the "good old days" whenever they may be.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on June 02, 2016 07:05:15 AM
I loved the little doll dresses that you made from vintage fabrics from you Aunt's stash....what a fun theme!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gala_apples on June 04, 2016 09:11:47 PM
I actually finished my subversive cards before the end of the month, bravo me! But of course I didn't get the post up in time.

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=448033.0


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on June 06, 2016 11:22:05 AM
Gala--it is nice to see your subversive cards! 


Title: Re:
Post by: audio on June 15, 2016 06:56:38 PM
I have been just the worst destasher. No major destashing going on,  but ive been buying lots of new supplies.  (I NEED THEM I SWEAR!..... )

Ive been watching a mixed media crafter on youtube,  Carolyn Dube,  and she has a think where she uses it or loses it, so im trying to think of a way to motovate myself to do the same.  I have supplies from whwn i was in high school still! Thats like 10 years give or take! I think starting in July im going to buckle down a bit harder and do aome major destashing.

Though now that i think of it,  i did destash some fabric and threads to my grandma's church quilting group,  so that was a win,  thwy get together and make quilts to donate ao im doing a bit of good.  Im going to donate an extra sewing machine i have too.  They've been doing it all by hand!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gala_apples on June 16, 2016 03:07:32 PM
Donating a sewing machine? That's really awesome of you.

I found this peice of fabric in my mom's stash, so ugly it's cute. I will absolutely be making them into shorts for this June round.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: Harleydragon on June 16, 2016 04:29:10 PM
I finally threw out about 20 cardboard boxes that I have been saving for "shipping"...I realized that at my job, we are constantly getting boxes delivered, so I will always have a supply and don't need to hoard them at home...hubby was happy because they were taking up room in the garage!

Challenge #2 Goals:

1.To identify and remove supplies that I know I will never use.  I am so petrified that if I get rid of something, I will suddenly need it...well, I have had macrame cord in my garage for 20 years now...I don't think I need it.
Do you still have your macrame cords in your garage ?? I love doing macrame and I am curious if you have any idea what size cords and how many do you have , I can think of something to make with it even jumbo beads for plant hanging . Let me know.......Harleydragon

I am going to tackle one drawer or one box a month and get rid of at least one thing.

2. Not impulse buy.  I am going to go over what I have first.  If I need something, I am going to make a list.  The only time I will buy something is if I am traveling.  I enjoy finding yarn or fabric from different places I visit.

3. Make something from stashed supplies weekly.  I think it is a bit of a challenge to use what you have.  I should get the creative juices flowing!

I am going to have to think about something white for myself...all I can think of right now is maybe a journal or some guest towels to embroider...very interesting....


Title: Re:
Post by: audio on June 21, 2016 05:06:52 PM
I did some actual destashing last night!

I collect old reader books to use the pictures in for crafts,  well last night I went through all of them,  and pages I've already pulled out, and got rid of all the excess and pictures I knew I wouldn't use.  I also cut each picture out,  just a quick outline to down size the pile even more. 

I started out with 10 books and 3 scrapbook paper sized bins of pictures and narrowed it down to half a shoe box and three books.  Those three books had good pics all over the place so it would have taken so long to cut out.

I also found three books that didn't have any good pictures but have fantastic pages to make an altered journal out of.  Very sturdy and not too smooth.  Im excited to prep them and do some more art Journaling!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: ErinAquaheart on June 21, 2016 08:40:57 PM
Audio: That sounds amazing! I love using old children's book illustrations for cards! So I have two big envelopes full of pictures that I've pulled from books over the years.


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Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on July 03, 2016 04:59:40 PM
I started out with a fairly organized embroidery floss supply but kept finding irresistible random bags of it at thrift stores and yard sales and ended up with messy containers and lots of loose floss. I dumped some out to better sort it...
...ACK!


Two days later I've got this:


It's so much more than I thought I had. It looks like a shelf in a store :P.
I've been doing some stitching and have used what felt like quite a bit of thread but, lol, looks like there's a lot left  ::)



Title: Re:
Post by: audio on July 03, 2016 05:04:27 PM
It's so beautiful!!!! I love color coordinating!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: kbrison on July 03, 2016 05:42:25 PM
By my estimate you have about 850 cards of floss not counting the two large bins. That's a lot of thread to try to use up! I can imagine you sitting on your front porch stitching away until you're as old as I am. Good luck! Maybe you should teach the savages how to stitch. ;D


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: JS on July 03, 2016 06:55:34 PM
Wow, awesome feltables and rainbow!

For a while I was doing well with destashing.  My craft room was tidy and I completed several projects.  Then I heard an awful rumor about a quilt fabric store closing.  Naturally this rumor needed investigating.

And we all know what happened next lol


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: TheMistressT on July 03, 2016 08:41:30 PM
WOWZERS! I haven't been able to check in here much for the last few month as I'm not able to be quite so crafty because I have been remodeling our kitchen and busy with other not-quite-crafty house-related projects, but HOO BOY have there been some neato things going on while I was gone! Y'all rock!

One of my house projects was sort of redoing the clothesline that came with our house. Last fall I repainted the standards and just recently I had them drilled for eye bolts and put up new line... which means I finally got around to making the clothespin holder I've been ruminating over for nearly four years! I went with the apron style and was able to get something that I think is really cute using only materials I had on hand!

(http://s181.photobucket.com/user/TheMistressTLF/media/ClothespinApron-Front_zps2h0h9bpu.jpg.html)


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 04, 2016 06:13:37 AM
Seeing all of that floss makes me happy! So neat and organized!

I love having brethren that are like me in collecting "supplies"...I was able to knit two triangle scarves/shawls because I had yarn in my stash and did not have to go out this weekend at all!

Love that peg apron!  What a wonderful separate post on the story of it!



Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: JoyfulClover on July 04, 2016 11:33:46 AM
Imagine ALL the projects the floss will be made into, and all the future homes. I'm lime green with envy!

Wouldn't it be neat if there was a metal punch in the shape of floss holder, so anyone could make them easy peasy out of recyclables?


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: TheMistressT on July 04, 2016 03:52:02 PM
Love that peg apron!  What a wonderful separate post on the story of it!

Thank you!

Wouldn't it be neat if there was a metal punch in the shape of floss holder, so anyone could make them easy peasy out of recyclables?

Oooo. Maybe I'll do something like this with my Cricut when I get comfortable with it!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: JoyfulClover on July 04, 2016 04:08:47 PM

Wouldn't it be neat if there was a metal punch in the shape of floss holder, so anyone could make them easy peasy out of recyclables?

Oooo. Maybe I'll do something like this with my Cricut when I get comfortable with it!


I didn't know you could use a Cricut that way. Still can't commit to getting one. But now that I know, it would be neat...


Title: Re: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: audio on July 04, 2016 04:19:24 PM

Wouldn't it be neat if there was a metal punch in the shape of floss holder, so anyone could make them easy peasy out of recyclables?

Oooo. Maybe I'll do something like this with my Cricut when I get comfortable with it!


I didn't know you could use a Cricut that way. Still can't commit to getting one. But now that I know, it would be neat...
My cricut has been one of the best tools I've purchased. It has saved me so much money that it's paid for itself 2 or 3 times already.  I guess it would depend on the type of crafts you do,  but Ive found it to be invaluable for what I do.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 04, 2016 04:39:39 PM
I was thinking that a cutter of some sort could easily be programmed to cut out embroidery floss templates.  I have yet to take mine out of the box from Christmas...I just have been so busy with things and really have no place to set it up....

Maybe this fall...it would be nice to design my own holiday cards and destash some holiday papers that I have been hoarding, I mean, saving for special occasions! ;D


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: TheMistressT on July 04, 2016 04:43:14 PM

Wouldn't it be neat if there was a metal punch in the shape of floss holder, so anyone could make them easy peasy out of recyclables?

Oooo. Maybe I'll do something like this with my Cricut when I get comfortable with it!
I didn't know you could use a Cricut that way. Still can't commit to getting one. But now that I know, it would be neat...


Yup! It's a cutting machine. So if you have the right kind & know how to use it, you can cut any shape you want! There are limitations as to what media you can cut, but repurposed paperboard shouldn't be a problem.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: JoyfulClover on July 04, 2016 05:05:14 PM

Wouldn't it be neat if there was a metal punch in the shape of floss holder, so anyone could make them easy peasy out of recyclables?

Oooo. Maybe I'll do something like this with my Cricut when I get comfortable with it!
I didn't know you could use a Cricut that way. Still can't commit to getting one. But now that I know, it would be neat...


Yup! It's a cutting machine. So if you have the right kind & know how to use it, you can cut any shape you want! There are limitations as to what media you can cut, but repurposed paperboard shouldn't be a problem.


Looks like this little puppy just moved up my slush fund list. Yay!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gaudiknight on July 05, 2016 05:35:36 PM
July Themes
(https://flic.kr/p/bAFsAn)
Ubuntu Threads (https://flic.kr/p/bAFsAn) by Phillip  Taylor (https://www.flickr.com/photos/golden_ribbon/), on Flickr

Color: Yellow
For: The Bathroom
Pattern: Animal Prints
Inspriation: Patriotic Themes
Challenge 1: How many crafting days left until the gift giving season?  Knock a gift or two out now - but make sure you remember where you store them between now and Christmas.
Challenge 2: Are you taking a vacation this summer?  This is a great opportunity to work on portable projects.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: JS on July 06, 2016 06:13:53 AM
Challenge 1:  "remember where you store them between now and Christmas."

Egad, that is the toughest part!! LOL


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 06, 2016 09:57:22 AM
Two skeins destashed and ALL yarns now carefully catalogued and stored properly in ONE closet! YAY!





Onto fabrics...that will take me all summer, but so worth it!


Title: Re:
Post by: audio on July 06, 2016 10:15:53 AM
Oooo very pretty.  I love the blue one with the decorative edge.  The goth in me is reminded of bat wings.  Love


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: TheMistressT on July 06, 2016 02:13:14 PM
Not exactly craft, but interior decorating and it fits the July theme of bathroom. I spent the holiday weekend repairing, resurfacing, and repainting my bathroom walls and then finally got to put up "new" decorations in there! There mirror and empty frames are ones I've had for over a decade and it's been a long, long time since the frames have been out of storage. The stags were a gift from a Christmas 2014... so kind of the other end of remembering where you put your gifts!

(http://s181.photobucket.com/user/TheMistressTLF/media/MirrorAndFrames_zpskwwma3ap.jpg.html)


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: kbrison on July 06, 2016 03:09:40 PM
I meant to complete this cowl for the Canada Meet Up Secret Santa Swap but that just didn't happen. At least it destashed two skeins of yarn that I've had for several years. Unfortunately I still have a skein of each left in my stash.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 06, 2016 04:14:46 PM
oh I love that scarf...

You sent me a similar pattern, as I recall...I have made it twice already! ;D

Thanks for reminding me that it is a good destashing project for two smaller balls of yarn...


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: kbrison on July 06, 2016 04:18:39 PM
AIMR, it's the same pattern I sent you. I used two full skeins to create the length, did a single twist, then joined the ends together to make the cowl.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 06, 2016 04:29:07 PM
oh cool...it was a fun pattern for sure and the two people I gave the scarves to really loved them!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: underthemountain on July 07, 2016 04:33:59 AM
Aw, bummer you didn't get it done in time kbrison.  It is a cool scarf and would have been loved for the exchange!  Thank you for showing me how you did it...not that I can remember it, but still it was neat to watch!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: kbrison on July 07, 2016 08:21:33 AM
Maybe I'll just have to drop in some day and give you a private lesson or maybe Always could, since she lives closer to you.  ;D


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on July 07, 2016 09:53:55 AM
I just found out there's a free knitting and crocheting group at the library every week so maybe I can actually use some of the patterns I've been hoarding and don't know how to read, ha! Not that I need another craft or collection of supplies but, you know, it's good to learn new things!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 07, 2016 11:30:46 AM
I love the frame decor!

CLM--ha ha I can see your yarn stash and especially the leftovers if you take up knitting and crochet!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: underthemountain on July 07, 2016 02:12:21 PM
Maybe I'll just have to drop in some day and give you a private lesson or maybe Always could, since she lives closer to you.  ;D

That would be awesome!  I really think we should have meetups more often.  How can I wait an entire year to see the gang again?


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: JS on July 12, 2016 05:51:41 AM
I destashed a couple of plastic/flannel backed table cloths!  They have been made into reusable, reversible bowl covers.  They add a cheerful touch to a picnic or gathering.



Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: ErinAquaheart on July 12, 2016 07:12:25 AM
What a cute idea, JS! (Note to self---do not go buy table clothes) lol


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Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on July 12, 2016 07:47:41 AM
Those are cool!

I made something yellow. Our friend who loves Spongebob had his annual bday bash last weekend and we needed a little gift.
I wish I could say it was all from stash but I didn't have white or black yarn, thrift store to the rescue again! It's ok though, I need more yarn for that free Friday library knitting and crochet group I'm going to join, right?
No pattern, just fly as you go style...



The nose is fabric.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: kbrison on July 12, 2016 04:15:22 PM
Great re-purposing, JS!

CLM, Sponge Bob's nose is inspired! Makes me think of Pinocchio.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: JS on July 13, 2016 08:16:49 AM
CLM your friend will adore that SpongeBob!

*Ahem.*   The Robotics Team at my children's school is hosting a craft show fund raiser in August!  (Insert shameless advertising plug - They are great kids.)
I signed up, which means I'll be doing a good bit of destashing.  Hopefully some items will sell and I'll gain some shelf space.  This is the team's second craft show and I'm happy to support their endeavor.  Last year's event was loads of fun, gabbing with other sellers and stalking vendors' tables.  Due to friendly bartering, I came home with more than I took lol.  Any tips from you craft show sellers are greatly appreciated. :)


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 13, 2016 09:02:37 AM
I just whipped the old vinyl tablecloth out of the give away bag...what a fabulous idea...I can use the good parts of the tablecloth to make a few bowl covers! ;D

I keep putting things in the various bags in my garage but coming onto Craftster forces me to snatch them out again! ;D


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on July 13, 2016 09:57:29 AM
JS best of luck, have a fun and successful sale!

Oh, lol, AIMR, that is too, too funny! :D

I am actually finishing some UFO's. I dumped them all out onto the crafting table downstairs and had to laugh at myself. Most of them are 80-90% completed so require very little to complete them. Like cloth bags only needing handles stitched in place, flannel pads just missing velcro tabs, upcycled tshirt undies with the elastic pinned in place awaiting stitches, toys with a tiny hole or one detached limb, etc etc etc. It's actually a tad embarrassing, I've been hauling it around like this for years. And here I thought I was such a neurotic finisher :P.
Well, no time like the present!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: kbrison on July 13, 2016 10:27:30 AM
Maybe our next meet up should include a 'finish my UFO for me' time. I've got a bunch of nearly finished UFOs too that never seem to get completed. Finishing someone else's projects for them might be motivationly easier than finishing our own.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 13, 2016 10:34:05 AM
There are actually people who finish projects for people...that is a real job! ;D

I try to do one WIP for every new project I start...I say "try"...as soon as my brother takes my mom's furniture out of our spare bedroom, I will have room to dump all of my wips...it is amazing, because like you, CLM, there are only a few little things that need to be done but I just can't get motivated to do them...I hate repair work the most...



Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on July 13, 2016 11:30:54 AM
I am not sure I could relinquish my UFO's for someone else to complete. I could do the completing though (I can't believe that is an actual job!). I think it's just been so long since I've seen any of these things that they've become interesting again. I'm working on something about a dozen years old. I can't even remember why I started it or for whom, if I even had a recipient in mind. Maybe just because I thought one I saw like it was cool? I'll show you when it's finished and you can let me know what you think :).
I too dislike repair work and there is a whole bag full of that sort of thing from my family, the dirty rats. When people know you sew they assume you will be thrilled to fix their broken zips and torn pockets and hem all the things :P. You know the worst? My mum chops the necks off her t-shirts and then brings them to me to replace, argh! Just let me cut them off for you in the first place you scissor happy hacker! LOL :D


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 13, 2016 12:04:23 PM
I have four quilts given to me by friends to finish...their moms or grandmas started and never finished...I leave them in the bag and soon, they are forgotten...I do plan on making tote bags for the kids or cushion covers...but I am not finishing the quilts...

my hubby cuts off the necklines of his t-shirts as well...my answer...too bad! ;D

I do like the idea that craftADDchick had...to have a bin to put neatly organized WIP projects into...maybe seeing them would focus me when I am bored and looking for something to do...although, I would probably need a HUGE bin...


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: bananaleg on July 14, 2016 03:46:49 PM
I too dislike repair work and there is a whole bag full of that sort of thing from my family, the dirty rats. When people know you sew they assume you will be thrilled to fix their broken zips and torn pockets and hem all the things :P.
Same. I have to be in the mood to hem and fix, and i just don't find myself in that mood very often...

I suppose i should finally post something, huh?
Technically, i crocheted this last year (almost exactly a year ago), but then it sat in my room for a year. I finally wove the ends in last week, and it's been adopted as the house Olympics lap blanket (you know, at night, or when the a/c is blasting), so i'm considering it a 2016 destash. My sister bought a skein (RHSS) of each of these colors several years ago, and used a very, very small amount of each, then gave me the rest. Since it's all the colors of the Olympic rings, i decided to use them to make a small blanket (in the order of the Olympic rings).


I've made over 40 hats so far this year. (I think i might really have a problem.) Most of them from stash. But since i've used so much stash, i've run out of all the colors i need and have had to replace a few...

Anyway, here are some highlights. (And if you care to check out the rest: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=442480.msg5365639#msg5365639 )
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Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on July 17, 2016 12:51:38 PM
I am envious of your yarny skills bananaleg. I did the tiniest bit of crocheting this weekend and it made my hands achy. Getting older bites :(. My gran did it right to the end of her life though so maybe it's just lack of use of the muscles needed to hold hooks and strands. I'll keep trying it.

There was so much fluff left over from making pom poms, sock monkeys and attempted crochet. I took the toes of the socks and the trim and made balls. They shed fibers right through the shell so I used a pair of my daughter's old socks to make covers (she didn't want to throw them out despite the holes, wonder where she gets that from?). We're practicing 2-ball juggling with them.





It didn't really use up any stash but it did prevent me from adding to stash and that's just as good!

ETA I finished a sock monkey outfit! And it's yellow :). I don't know how to read a pattern so I made up the hat, flower, and frock. It's from older and more recent additions to stash.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: kbrison on July 17, 2016 06:43:30 PM
CLM, wish I'd known last month that you didn't know how to read a crochet pattern. I would have been happy to teach you and I'm sure AIMR and UTM would have been also. Now we definitely need another Meet Up!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 18, 2016 07:04:56 AM
I mostly crochet by charts so a lot of patterns are tough for me...I sort of have to "see" the stitches...I really am terrible with amigurumi..I made a Totoro for a friend's grandson that took me forever! I winged a lot of it because I could not follow the pattern.  I really do prefer knitting.

CLM...you never cease to amaze me at how you use up the scraps....juggling balls are a great idea for a small, but fun way to use up the tiny pieces!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: JS on July 29, 2016 06:09:39 AM
You all have been busy bees in here!  It's great to see the craftiness from all nooks and crannies of the craft galaxy.  I've never seen monkey ears like that - spiraled stitch?

For the upcoming craft show, a neighbor suggested that I make a child apron with Elsa fabric and she will buy it for her little one since she does not sew.  Done.  However the fabric has the "not for commercial use" disclaimer.  Usually I don't use licensed fabrics.  One apron.  I don't think anyone intentionally goes out of their way to offend the laws.  One child sized apron.  You know how there is a killjoy in every crowd, ready to point out legalities.  And she has, loudly and repeatedly.  One, itty bitty, little person apron.  Okay, duly noted, thank you, neighbor.  One piece of fabric that is slightly  more than a fat quarter!!!  So...  To circumvent this, I've decided to sell it as a navy blue apron (it is lined with solid navy) and the Elsa part is free.  Also I am not specifically selling Elsa; I'm asking for reimbursement for my time.  If she and Great Mouse want to pursue such things and take away a little girl's apron, then the cookie-making fun with a beloved grandmother would be affected.  Things are always more fun with a favorite apron!  *Assumes the position, tube turner raised in mock sword fighting stance*  No one should mess with memory-making!
Thanks for letting me vent. *Sets soap box back in the closet*
How do you all deal with such issues?





Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 29, 2016 08:35:31 AM
I accept cash....;D.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: ErinAquaheart on July 29, 2016 11:19:23 AM
It's reimbursement for your time. Not selling the fabric. I actually think that is the legal loophole.

And you aren't trying to make big bucks or anything. Churn out a few hundred hair bows and charge for them. You might have a problem then. Lol.

I agree with AIMR. Accept cash only. :D


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Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: JS on July 29, 2016 06:34:16 PM
 ;D  ;D  ;D


Gawd I love it here  :D




Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 29, 2016 09:14:33 PM
I think if it it is a local church or charity bazaar, they usually don't bother much...but a regular income, you will have to pay for licensing on any products sold or get caught...one apron is not going to make anyone rich, lol!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on July 30, 2016 09:02:38 AM
Maybe people are just paying you for the pattern? And then you help them by sewing the apron for free, with their choice of fabric. Easy, done ;).


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: JS on July 30, 2016 12:07:33 PM
Brilliant.  Just brilliant!  You ladies rawk!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gaudiknight on August 01, 2016 01:42:19 PM
August Themes

(https://flic.kr/p/AWnjT3)
Thread (https://flic.kr/p/AWnjT3) by Nedra (https://www.flickr.com/photos/nedrai/), on Flickr

Color: Metallic
For: Exterior of your house or your yard
Pattern: Lace
Inspiration: Sea Life
Challenge #1:  The name of the game is nostalgia.  Make a craft from a different time - maybe using a vintage pattern, or a craft that your grandmother taught you to make, or simply a technique you don't see very often these days.
Challenge #2:  If you're like me, you pick up craft supplies as souvenirs on your journeys.  This month work on using up some of those supplies to bring back the memories of places you've visited.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: DncingDreamer on August 07, 2016 01:32:16 PM
I'm late to the party but I definitely need to join in! My nephew moved in with us a little after Christmas. Unfortunately it was into my craft room! He's been dealing with it because I moved most of it to one wall but I have nowhere to keep my sewing machine set up and a lot of stuff was just thrown into totes and my bedroom isn't big enough to house it all! I either have to get crafty or donate!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: kbrison on August 07, 2016 09:51:27 PM
Great save! Maybe you could make some stuffies, then use the gray strips as hair or whiskers and the tiny pieces for stuffing.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on August 08, 2016 06:17:17 AM
The bigger pieces in the upper right hand corner are in process of being cut into circles for eyes, the rest of those strips got snipped into bits. I will use some for stuffing, I like the idea of a fulled wool sweater creature filled with wool instead of polyfil. There's a lot of it though, really so much. Maybe I'll keep one small jar of it on display as a memento, it's pretty :).


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 08, 2016 06:29:23 AM
You are a crazy woman!!!  :D

What a lovely piece, but yeah, you are going to be at it forever...lol


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: JoyfulClover on August 08, 2016 06:27:57 PM
The bigger pieces in the upper right hand corner are in process of being cut into circles for eyes, the rest of those strips got snipped into bits. I will use some for stuffing, I like the idea of a fulled wool sweater creature filled with wool instead of polyfil. There's a lot of it though, really so much. Maybe I'll keep one small jar of it on display as a memento, it's pretty :).

That bin of wool bits makes me deleriously happy. I know it's not right to be envious, but dang, do I regret ever letting anything wool leave my greedy fingers.

I just bought some dissolvable stabilizer and this has just come back up on my list! I seriously love it. And thank you for the progress shots!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on August 08, 2016 07:01:20 PM
Aww, that made me pretty happy to read :).
Honestly, you can make SO MUCH SCRAPPY TRASH if you just save all your snippets, threads, and trim for a few projects. I have nearly enough to make a rainbow assortment of prayer flags, I just need more sulky-solv now, lol.

I won't take pics of such boring projects but over the past cpl of weeks I've been crushing my UFOs and mending. I take a big bag of them upstairs at night and work with a movie on. I'm making incredible headway, at this rate I will be completely finished with that pile in a month at the most. This is the fastest work I've done in YEARS, no kidding. I don't know what changed, maybe a sense of finally being settled. It's nice :).


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: JoyfulClover on August 08, 2016 08:12:52 PM
I'm so happy for you, craftylittlemonkey! A few years ago, my NY resolution was to complete all WIP's, and it was so satisfying when I finished them. It spilled over into other areas (work!) and I started to feel even more creative personally. I'm thrilled you are really feeling the mojo right now!

I do have a large jar of sewing thread remains and every tiny bit of fabric from my projects, but that felt bin is amazeballs! Thank you for sharing and inspiring!

This conversation just pushed me to filter all my images and pinboards to list new techiques to try and another one of future projects. Exciting!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: kbrison on August 09, 2016 01:24:11 AM
It's not enough that Wulf and I hear your voices when we read posts from the Canada Meet Up crew. Since I've been in your bedroom, CLM, and have seen your wool snippets, now I'll be seeing those images as well! My Meet Up friends are taking over my mind!!!! But I'd love to do it all over again!

For the past few years I've been helping with Camp Saddle Up, a camp for autistic kids. The director likes to have the campers make and sign thank you cards for our supporters, but sometimes the kids want to keep the cards they make. This year I suggested that we solve that challenge by letting the kids make a project that they would keep, but just sign cards that I would make. That worked much better. These are a few of the strip pieced cards I made from my stash. Sorry the photos are so dark.

I've also been trying various techniques I've seen on YouTube videos. Good way to use some of my double-sided cardstock.

Then this project has been sitting on my work table for several months but never seemed to be a priority. Finally started it last night and finished the cowl in just a few hours. Just wish it had taken the full skein of blanket yarn. Now I'm hoping there's enough left to make a cap, too. I hate leftover partial skeins!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: underthemountain on August 09, 2016 05:56:08 AM
Wow!  kbrison, what a great thing you are doing for the kids.  The cards are lovely too!!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 09, 2016 06:05:17 AM
The cards are fantastic!

I was hoping to have a lot more WIPs done this summer as well, but I keep starting new projects!

Love the cowl you made...I also hate having little bits of yarn left over...but I am sort of resigning myself that I am always going to have leftovers of yarn, paper, and fabric...;D.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: JS on August 09, 2016 03:22:56 PM
Scrappy crafts are awesome.  It's great to put those bits and pieces to constructive use, and in such pretty ways. 

The cowl will add a warm touch to this winter's outfits, and the cards are truly meaningful endeavors.

During the kidlets' summer band practice, there was someone's little sibling with her mermaid dolly watching from the sideline.  Inspired by her love of Ariel, I made a mermaid/fishtail blankie -- the kind that resembles a tapered sleeping bag with a fish tail at the end, out of fleece and colorful scraps and gave it to her.  It used a bit of my stash (yay!) plus made a little one happy (yay too!).  Sorry, I forgot to snap pics.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: kbrison on August 09, 2016 10:59:55 PM
A mermaid tail fleece bag is a wonderful RAK! Bet she'll remember your kindness for a long time.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: kbrison on August 11, 2016 03:58:33 PM
Your craft space looks so much larger than I remember it being. Maybe that's because so many of us were packed in there checking out your stash!


Title: Re:
Post by: audio on August 11, 2016 04:20:45 PM
Woo-hoo love getting your space organized. Looks great!!!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 12, 2016 08:54:00 AM
lol I loved your space then and now!

What a cool use of vintage fabric...I have similar ones and just hate to cut into the pattern...this would save it!



Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 16, 2016 01:26:08 PM
Destashed some leftover DK yarn...I hate those little balls of yarn...they multiply... :D






Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: ErinAquaheart on August 16, 2016 06:14:27 PM
I'm going to start making little swatches of blocks with my left over yarn balls and then sew them together to make a large funky afghan. Lol.


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Title: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: ErinAquaheart on August 16, 2016 06:20:10 PM
I added! Ugh! I made new oven mitts and hot pads for my kitchen and none of the fabric I had was what I wanted.

I did use up some of my extra yarn by making these cute apple cozies. Button eyes came from stash as well.


Also bought extra fabric to make some new clothes. I'm excited for new clothes!


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Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: ErinAquaheart on August 16, 2016 06:22:52 PM
With the holidays approaching I'm getting ready to crack out my holiday craft stash. Is it sad that I stock up on holiday crafts after the season is over for the next year? I have three under bed boxes filled with Halloween/thanksgiving/Christmas crafts!



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Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 17, 2016 05:45:37 AM
Now that is a cute project!  I bring apples to work all the time but I usually just throw them in my tote bag and then have to be sure to wash them well when I get ready to eat them...ick...an apple cozy sure would be nice!

I also buy supplies and things after the season...I especially love Halloween...but I have stopped...really, I have...


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on August 17, 2016 05:52:35 AM
I like these scrappy yarn projects, pretty & useful! You know I just make poms, lol.
Sometimes I buy after the season but only if it's really good stuff at a terrific price. Like I have a stash of xmas cards, a big one,  because they were $1/box buy one get one free!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: JoyfulClover on August 17, 2016 09:20:09 AM
I added! Ugh! I made new oven mitts and hot pads for my kitchen and none of the fabric I had was what I wanted.

I did use up some of my extra yarn by making these cute apple cozies. Button eyes came from stash as well.

Also bought extra fabric to make some new clothes. I'm excited for new clothes!


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Gah! I JUST thought about your neat project this morning because I washed my nectarine, wrapped it in my knitted cotton dishcloth, and tacked the edges on top with a hairtie! My fruit is embarassed by its' horrid little cover, and it thought...you know, if I made one of these fun mowhawk ones, I wouldn't have had to scramble to make due this morning!

I swear, it's on my list. I want dos of these babies...


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: ErinAquaheart on August 17, 2016 01:15:35 PM
Www.petalstopicots.com

This is where I got the pattern. The pattern is called Monster Apple Crochet Cozy.


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Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 20, 2016 04:21:29 PM
What a great story! ;D

Yeah...now I see where it all started...and secretly, I am glad it started you on a path of craft hoarding! ;D


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on August 20, 2016 07:02:28 PM
I just totally reorganized my crafting room, like major overhaul. So many scraps, so much stash, lol. I'm ready to do another scrappy project with the teeniest wee bits I've saved. AIMR, you'll like this one I think ;)...

(If you peek in my flickr I posted some other childhood crafts she had saved. Some of them are impressive for a child, looking back now that I've got kids that age myself. I credit my Gran, she was a harsh teacher. Very inspiring, generous, but didn't like to show you over and over again so you had to get it right away or that was IT!)


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: JoyfulClover on August 21, 2016 08:12:50 AM
Thank you ErinAquaheart! I have it downloaded and can't wait to make my own mowhawk fruities!


Craftylittlemonkey - I love you shared this.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 22, 2016 09:28:39 AM
What a cute idea!  I have a bunch of old embroidered linens that are damaged...it would be nice to save parts of them...

I really like the stingray...your dust cover is going to be so full of goodness!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: DncingDreamer on August 22, 2016 05:36:47 PM
Finally tackled my mending bag! All things that could be hand mended are either mended, cut into fabric or trashed! Also decided to do some finger and arm knitting to use up some chunky yarn and to keep myself away from snacks while sitting on the couch.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: ErinAquaheart on August 22, 2016 08:50:19 PM
Craftylittlemonkey: those scrap pictures that your daughter made are so great!


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Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 23, 2016 06:32:37 AM
Your daughter is so talented!  The apple does not fall far from the tree!  I love the little panda!

I drooled a bit seeing your scrappy fabric project...I absolutely love saving all the bits of string, yarn and fabrics to make these...I have not had any problems with my needles or thread...check your needle throat plate...if there are any burrs around the hole, you can take a metal nail file and smooth them down...they will catch the thread and force a break each time...I use a plate that has an oval shape instead of a normal round hole...you aren't using ball point needles made for knits are you? I've done that a few times...I sure don't want you to NOT make these!!! They are fantastic! :-*


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on August 23, 2016 06:43:29 AM
DncingDreamer that is my goal too, to crush the UFO pile completely. I'm making great progress but there is a lot. A LOT!

My sweet pea is in the studio with me again today. She's ironing all the scrappy bits of fabric and picking out pieces for her projects. We're going to make prayer flags, 3 sets. I'm really excited about working on projects with her, it is too fun!

AIMR, the needle got gummy. I just had the machine serviced so it's working great and is fine with other fabric but no matter how many times I changed needle and thread it was sticky and breaking after a few mins. Frustrating!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 23, 2016 07:17:06 AM
I wonder if it is the humidity?  I sew in a very cold room...


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on August 23, 2016 07:22:34 AM
I have a dehumidifier running in the basement here, it's pretty dry. I'll email the company and see what they say...


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 23, 2016 07:27:26 AM
I just read that once the product gets heated, it turns gummy...it might help to put it in the fridge to cool it off...also, there is a product called "thread Heaven" that people rave about to make your thread glide through the stuff...not sure how to do it with machine thread...guess you have to unwind and wind the thread?

I also found a product called Ultra solvy that I am going to try...it seems very very thin, but it might work better for machines...


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: ErinAquaheart on August 23, 2016 12:29:56 PM
Craftylittlemonkey: would your daughter be interested in selling/swapping for one of her creations? I love having stuff like that hung in my house and I am currently turning my bedroom into a Harry Potter magical creature inspired universe. Maybe she would like to help me with these cute scrappy pictures? If you and she are interested I can pm you and we can chat. :)


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Title: Re:
Post by: audio on August 23, 2016 07:08:06 PM
Love the banners craftylittlemonkey !!!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on September 12, 2016 01:10:12 PM
I posted a project here that I made with my little sweet-pea. She's been fishing round the scrap basket for bits and making awesome fabric collages with them. She's totally inspirational :).

It's a pretty small stash buster but every little bit counts!
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450171.msg5408391#msg5408391


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: ErinAquaheart on September 12, 2016 05:39:17 PM
And I am over the moon in love with it! She did an amazing job. And the fact that she did the beaded detail too! Wow! Love. :)


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Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: JS on September 13, 2016 03:09:17 AM
Wow, goodies galore in here!  Everything is simply fabulous!  My apologies for not commenting  on each project individually -- I love them all and am inspired to try a few new things.

Recently the kidlets' school held a craft show and I made some things to sell, which helped my stash.  Unfortunately nothing sold lol.  On the other hand, I now have a stash of things made to give as gifts!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: JS on September 13, 2016 04:56:51 PM
Yay for unsold stuff erm premade gifties!

That starburst and that heart are amazing.  I love how the yellow radiates sunbeams.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: JS on September 16, 2016 02:58:04 AM
Your journal looks very cheerful and fun!  Wow ironing is an awesome tip :)


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on September 19, 2016 12:42:41 PM
Boro/slow cloth swap:

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450216.0

It will likely use up little stash but lots and lots of time, just my style, LOL!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: JS on September 29, 2016 03:35:16 AM
Recently I repurposed a book into a box for a craft swap.  The book was an old children's story book with a hard cover, and as there are no age appropriate kidlets around, it was sacrificed.   I lined the inner compartment with fabric from my stash.



First time doing this to a book.  The end result is far from perfect but I'm pleased with it.  It was fun learning something new.  My hat goes off to those who have done this labor intensive, tedious craft.  Various tutorials were helpful.

Here is a shot of the finished front cover and some goodies that were tucked inside for the Halloween swap.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on September 30, 2016 05:51:47 AM
I saw this in the swap and loved it!  What a good way to use up an old book!  I really want to try the cover technique as well...


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: JS on October 02, 2016 07:23:45 AM
Boro/slow looks interesting.  I didn't know such a movement existed but am glad it does. 

Thank you, AIMR :)  I used an ice cube tray with skull shaped recesses for the skull mold, from the dollar store.  It worked great for melted chocolate/carob skulls too.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on October 02, 2016 07:32:11 AM
You did a great job, it looks really good. I've been wanting to try out that book cover technique but haven't found the right project for it yet. I am mid-way through making a book bank but it has a cool old finance related cover that I want to leave as is. I used spray adhesive to stick the pages together, what a mess :P.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: JS on October 02, 2016 07:54:20 AM
Thank you, craftylittle monkey, and good luck with your book project.  A bank sounds intrigueing and I'm looking forward to seeing your finished project.  The next time I venture out to a rummage sale, I'll be looking for used hardcover books that are absolutely uninteresting, to save for a future craft.

I used Elmer between the pages, plus paint on the outer edges.  I figured paint makes a window unopenable - it should render those pages a solid sturdy unit.  Time will tell :) 
Oh wait, I will never know since it was for a swap lol


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gaudiknight on October 03, 2016 07:05:52 AM
October Themes

(https://flic.kr/p/9t6BWq)
Thread (https://flic.kr/p/9t6BWq) by Jeremy Stratton (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jstrat/), on Flickr

Color: Orange
Pattern: Sparkles
Inspiration: Music
Challenge #1:  Halloween is really the best holiday, because it's all about creativity and candy.  Use your stash and your creativity to create a costume or some holiday decorations.
Challenge  #2:   10 is such a nice round number.  Make something inspired by ten - using 10 things, something that uses 10 pieces of your stash, whatever works for you





Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: JS on October 05, 2016 02:30:33 PM
I ate 10 M&Ms.  They were in a bag, sitting on a kitchen shelf.  That means they were stashed *grin*

I made a set of wire headbands for the neighbor's birthday.  Instead of using fancy jewelry wire, I unspiraled a spiral notebook and used the uncoiled wire ... looped on the ends, slipped inside a tube of fabric, stitched in place... sew the hole closed and *voila* headbands that don't come undone :)  One was black with orange pumpkins; another was black with white text symbols; another black with gold metallic stripes; and a couple reversed from solid to a patterned fabric.  Unfortunately I forgot to snap a photo before wrapping and giving them to her.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: katara on October 16, 2016 10:11:44 PM
The idea of 'shopping from my stash' sounds inspiring! So I would very much like to join this Craftalong!  ;D
My bead supplies were an absolute mess, so I spent yesterday afternoon sorting it out.

Before:




After:


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: JS on October 24, 2016 06:11:38 AM
You have an amazing collection of beads, katara.  Nice organizing :)  It inspires me to put my stuff in an orderly manner.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: JS on November 03, 2016 06:19:08 AM
craftylittlemonkey, you have been a busy bee!  Your monkeys will make people smile when they see your collection.

I waded through a couple of my fabric bins and pulled a few pieces of juvenile prints.  One in particular is 2 yards of Bob the Builder construction and roads.  (This took me on a trip down Memory Lane.  My sons played for hours on a similar piece when they were small.  We spread it out on a bed or on the floor and they were content.)  I need to find a new home for it, somewhere with youngsters.


 

Although I managed to pull a few more fabrics, the reminiscing stalled any real progress.  Does anyone else have that happen?


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: ErinAquaheart on November 05, 2016 09:57:41 AM
I have done zero destashing. Zero. My partner started a job a Joann a few months ago. And now I have over a dozen projects stashed to do. Skirts and purses and quilting stuffs. I had to start a new corner just for fabric projects. *i have shamed my family*

I am going to make ornaments for all my family this year. So I'll be delving into the massive felt drawer and see if I can't get that manageable. Lol


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Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: JoyfulClover on November 05, 2016 12:04:20 PM
I can't clean my craft room because when I try it I discover all sorts of awesome goodies I've got stashed in there that I then want to make stuff with, of course!
Even sorting the scrap bin for usable pieces ends up looking like this, lol. Irresistible!

craftylittlemonkey! I love your irresistible hoopla! You make magic with the smallest bits!

After all the slow cloth stitching, I think this would be a lot of fun. But I'm thinking this was the base of what I did, just without the hoop. Funny I actually had to think about it. Duh.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on November 05, 2016 02:08:19 PM
Erin, there's an ornament swap just starting that I'm going to use to destash some of my giant Fabricland felt pile, lol. Come & play!

I have stitched 3 patches today with the tiniest snipets and am working on a 4th with even smaller bits! I prefer stitching in the hoop else it gets wrinkly & wonky fast. That can be a neat look but lots of this teeny detail would be lost. I'm trying to let go & indulge the purposelessness of stitching these things, just to practice crafting for the sake of art & expression rather than an end product.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: JoyfulClover on November 05, 2016 06:34:42 PM
I have stitched 3 patches today with the tiniest snipets and am working on a 4th with even smaller bits! I prefer stitching in the hoop else it gets wrinkly & wonky fast. That can be a neat look but lots of this teeny detail would be lost. I'm trying to let go & indulge the purposelessness of stitching these things, just to practice crafting for the sake of art & expression rather than an end product.

I've talked to my friends about wanting to do another round, and how I really enjoyed this process. And then all the things I want to try, but I have a REALLY HARD time making something without a goal or person/receiver in mind. So I admire your efforts to be free and creative. It's really interesting to me. I've been considering not starting another swap after my current ones and do a personal self challenge.

Can't wait to see what you craft!



Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: kbrison on November 05, 2016 07:47:18 PM
CLM, I LOVE that woven snippets hoop! AIMR gives me a lot of teasing about my crumb quilts and my unwillingness to toss out little bits of fabric. Maybe you and I have even more in common than I thought.  ;D

BTW, DH was talking about you earlier today. We were watching the movie Dr. Strange when he commented that you seemed to just float through your home the way some of the characters in the film were doing, just quietly and gracefully. I don't think DH expected to enjoy himself as much as he did this summer, so it tickles me each time he makes a reference to one of my craftster friends. You're all such a wonderful group - how could he think otherwise of each of you?


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on November 05, 2016 08:29:49 PM
Oh my gosh, what a compliment, wow! I am certainly happy that you all came and had such a good time, hubbies included. We'll try to make it to more get togethers in future, it was so much fun for my family too :).
I'm stitching something now with some pieces that are smaller than the end of a pencil eraser. I will never be able to throw even the tiniest wee scrap away now, oh my, what have I done?!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: ErinAquaheart on November 07, 2016 11:02:53 AM
Craftylittlemonkey: they look like they could be ornaments on a tree. Just a little binding around the edge and maybe some little beads! Super cute stuff. :)


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Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on November 07, 2016 03:35:12 PM
How are you connecting it?  Are you using that sulky-solv you had posted about in another post?


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: JoyfulClover on November 07, 2016 03:49:54 PM
I dunno. I feel as if it's slow cloth, so either embroidery or if your feeling frisky, quilting. A mini art quilt would go in quilting, and these are just micros.

Pretty sure you wouldn't get booted out of either. Also, super jelly. Those things are precious.



Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: kbrison on November 07, 2016 04:26:39 PM
OMG! You're stitching them all down by hand? Now I'm even more impressed!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on November 14, 2016 07:18:15 AM
CLM and kbrison...you have both converted me to the dark side...I really need a "no purpose" project right now...I am floating in a bad place right now and need a way to reconnect to my creative side...love this idea so much...

such creative work, CLM...and those faceless sock monkeys?  I will have nightmares of them now...lol

I am so jealous of the bead organization and collections!  WOW! 


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on November 15, 2016 03:15:19 PM
Check out this scrappy fabric book. I know what I'm making next...
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=299647.msg3458580#msg3458580


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: Antidigger on November 16, 2016 04:42:55 AM
they look amazing


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on November 20, 2016 10:34:10 AM
wow--those are amazing...hope to do some heavy duty destashing of scraps and getting back to Craftster for all of the inspiration and ideas!


Title: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: ErinAquaheart on December 04, 2016 08:23:53 AM
I know this thread is for DESTASHING......But sometimes doing that is finding someone else who would appreciate something you aren't using right? I don't know if there is a better place to do this on Craftster. But I thought I'd at least start here.

I have uncovered a lost treasure in my mountain o'craft supplies. A large (120) crayon box full of watch faces for wristwatches. Maybe a dozen or so? At some point I thought I would make them. But I am totally never going to do that. (You live and learn limits?)
The batteries need replacing as they have all stopped ticking. Everything else is fine though. Still pretty and in their original packaging. I'll post a picture if anyone is interested.

If you'd like them I'd be more than willing to send them to you. Free. Not even shipping. USA only, please. (It may take a month or so for me to get them in the mail so don't count on them for Christmas)




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Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: JS on December 04, 2016 09:03:47 AM
*perk*  I love watches and would be very interested in helping you destash those.  PM sent :)

I have a 2 yard piece of fabric with Bob the Builder roads etc on it that would be great for a little tykelet to play on with cars etc.  I had another like it that my kids loved to play on- just set it on the floor or bed and they were enjoyably occupied.  Anyone interested? I'll send for free.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: ErinAquaheart on December 04, 2016 09:24:03 AM
JS-- You have made my morning! I'll get with you soon. And we will talk. Thank you!


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Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gaudiknight on December 04, 2016 04:16:19 PM
December Themes

(https://flic.kr/p/okdwzg)
Done sewing (https://flic.kr/p/okdwzg) by Steve Braund (https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevebraund/), on Flickr

Color: Holiday Colors (whatever that means to you)
For: Gifts
Pattern: Snowflakes
Inspiration: Books
Challenge 1: Work on all that holiday crafting that you meant to start earlier, but somehow time got away from you.
Challenge 2: We all have some projects lying around that are all done except for some tiny little details - snaps, clipping threads, a final blocking, etc.  Try your best to get those taken care of so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor in the new year.

P.S.  I haven't been able to devote much attention to the DeStash-Along this year.  I'm happy to keep going for next year, but if there's someone else more involved who would like to take over that would also be fine.  Let me know if you're interested!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on December 04, 2016 04:40:18 PM
Oh man, I'm not sure I could do the themes as well as you but I feel like I should volunteer. I think this is my favourite thread of all, lol. Any other takers?


Title: Re:
Post by: audio on December 05, 2016 03:58:54 AM
I'm hoping to truly make some changes in 2017 as far as destashing and actually use my stash.

I'd volunteer but I've been playing around with hosting my own craft along.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gaudiknight on December 05, 2016 02:15:04 PM
Oh man, I'm not sure I could do the themes as well as you but I feel like I should volunteer. I think this is my favourite thread of all, lol. Any other takers?

We could team up!  I don't mind coming up with most of the themes/challenges if you could post them at the appropriate times.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on December 05, 2016 02:31:25 PM
Let's do it!


Title: Re:
Post by: JoyfulClover on December 10, 2016 12:34:39 PM
I'm hoping to truly make some changes in 2017 as far as destashing and actually use my stash.

I'd volunteer but I've been playing around with hosting my own craft along.

Ohhhhh, intriguing audio!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: audio on December 31, 2016 11:08:23 AM
I'm hoping to truly make some changes in 2017 as far as destashing and actually use my stash.

I'd volunteer but I've been playing around with hosting my own craft along.

Ohhhhh, intriguing audio!

I've been debating on starting a Paper Crafts Craftalong, where we can focus on all kinds of paper crafts, like inchies, atcs, altered journals, bookmarks, postcards, chunky pages/houses, etc. We used to have a really active altered book along and postcards/altered puzzle along, kind of want to do that but not limit to just one type of this. As long as it's paper craft, or mixed media type thing. Paper crafting has been one of my main crafts forever, but I've been having alot of trouble doing it this year so I thought a craftalong could help. Would anyone be interested?


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: kbrison on December 31, 2016 12:55:50 PM
I'd definitely be interested, Audio.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: whatthepuck on January 01, 2017 07:36:15 AM
I'm hoping to truly make some changes in 2017 as far as destashing and actually use my stash.

I'd volunteer but I've been playing around with hosting my own craft along.

Ohhhhh, intriguing audio!

I've been debating on starting a Paper Crafts Craftalong, where we can focus on all kinds of paper crafts, like inchies, atcs, altered journals, bookmarks, postcards, chunky pages/houses, etc. We used to have a really active altered book along and postcards/altered puzzle along, kind of want to do that but not limit to just one type of this. As long as it's paper craft, or mixed media type thing. Paper crafting has been one of my main crafts forever, but I've been having alot of trouble doing it this year so I thought a craftalong could help. Would anyone be interested?

I'd be interested in a paper craftalong. I want to do more mixed media type stuff this year.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: TheMistressT on January 01, 2017 10:00:40 AM
I had such grand plans for destashing in 2016! Instead I remodeled my kitchen for 5 months, started the bathroom, did fan crafting to promote The ManFlesh's novel that comes out in Feb, did exterior repairs around the property, and so forth. But I did sneak in this all-stash project right at the end of the year. Reusable produce bags for the grocery store. Made with tulle and ribbon that I've had for at least 20 years, scavanged toggle-thingies, and leftover fabric tape from other projects. Used up the tulle and the tapes!

(http://s181.photobucket.com/user/TheMistressTLF/media/ReusableProduceBagsKale_zpsxvnlx7vr.jpg.html)

(http://s181.photobucket.com/user/TheMistressTLF/media/ReusableProduceBagsStack_zpsjtgozvuv.jpg.html)

(http://s181.photobucket.com/user/TheMistressTLF/media/ReusableProduceBagsCinched_zpssuunwkjl.jpg.html)


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: JoyfulClover on January 01, 2017 10:18:26 AM
The produce bags are bangin. I've been thinking of making some myself, and kudos to you for using stash!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: TheMistressT on January 01, 2017 11:26:44 AM
The produce bags are bangin. I've been thinking of making some myself, and kudos to you for using stash!

Thanks! I have this on my to-do list for years!


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: gaudiknight on January 01, 2017 11:40:21 AM
Hi Folks! 

The 2017 DeStash-Along is up and running!! (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451211.0)

Feel free to continue posting the last of your 2016 projects here over the next few days.  Just remember to check in with the new thread for new stuff.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on January 01, 2017 02:17:59 PM
Those bags are terrific! Excellent use of materials, awesome idea too :).


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: kbrison on January 01, 2017 03:35:29 PM
Those tulle produce bags are wonderful. The only tulle in my stash is only about 6" wide, but I'm pretty sure I still have several pieces of netting. It wouldn't be as soft but it should work almost as well. May have to try that.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: TheMistressT on January 01, 2017 04:29:15 PM
Those bags are terrific! Excellent use of materials, awesome idea too :).

Thank you! I got the original idea from pinterest (of course) but the fabric tape and toggle-thingie were my additions.

Those tulle produce bags are wonderful. The only tulle in my stash is only about 6" wide, but I'm pretty sure I still have several pieces of netting. It wouldn't be as soft but it should work almost as well. May have to try that.

I think netting would work great! There is no reason that produce bags need to be soft!



Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 02, 2017 10:27:59 AM
Love those bags!  I have on my list of projects to do this year more reusable bags and storage bags...I am really working on reducing the amount of garbage my hubby and I produce...I am good at recycling, but I need to work on not using or buying stuff too packaged, etc.

Audio---I have my entire paper stash organized and ready to go!  I want to make a few junk journals and try out a lot of new techniques this year...


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: TheMistressT on January 02, 2017 03:12:37 PM
Love those bags!  I have on my list of projects to do this year more reusable bags and storage bags...I am really working on reducing the amount of garbage my hubby and I produce...I am good at recycling, but I need to work on not using or buying stuff too packaged, etc.

Audio---I have my entire paper stash organized and ready to go!  I want to make a few junk journals and try out a lot of new techniques this year...

We moved from a place where recycling was really easy to a place where it is not at all easy annnnnnd much more limited in scope, so not adding to one-time-use waste has gone way up on my list of efforts.


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: audio on January 03, 2017 06:32:26 AM
I decided to start that Paper Crafting craftalong if anyone was interested. Here is the link

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451237


Title: Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along
Post by: AuntTawna on August 16, 2017 11:58:22 AM
So much stuff