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391  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along on: April 07, 2013 02:11:55 PM
I made a really quick card to go along with the baby blanket I finished last month.  Grey doesn't really seem like a good color for baby things, but it went with the Wondermark comic I'd printed out.  Anyways, the package is sent, and the soon-to-be parents should be getting it within the week.  It's such a great feeling to not only finish a project but send it out of the house.  There's no way that's making its way back into the stash.

392  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along on: April 02, 2013 02:51:17 PM
April Themes

Purple Satin Fabric by shaire productions, on Flickr

Color:  Purple  
Pattern:  Paisley
For:  Your car, bicycle, scooter, or donkey cart.  However you get around.
Challenge 1:  Now that you've done a bit of cleaning, picked our collective brains for new uses for old items, and generally had a while to ponder your stash, you may come to the conclusion that there are some items in there you are never going to use.  That's okay!  Pass them along to someone else.  (After all, that makes room for new stuff).
Challenge 2: Okay, so we've all probably got a Pinterest boards or a bookmark folder full of neat tutorials we've saved for later.  Well, later is now, so how about rolling up your sleeves and giving one or two of them a try.

Kookaloo_Starr copied these in her post earlier, I've put it up again so they're easier to read.  I got caught up with travel and family for Easter and forgot to post them yesterday.
393  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along on: March 27, 2013 12:52:49 PM
Love the journals, hats, and burlap bags.

Just one note about adhesive, from the conversation on the last page... I love rubber cement for paper crafts, but occasionally find it doesn't hold up well over time (as in a year later things might start to fall off) but that could just be the brand I used or shoddy rubber cementing techniques on my part.

And my own contribution to the de-stashing efforts - two argyle pillowcases.  They're identical, so I only bothered to take a picture of one.

81/365 Argyle Again by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
394  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! on: March 17, 2013 07:22:37 PM
kittykill - Those bunnies look too cute to eat!  I guess I'm kind of happy they're not really chocolate.

bookstorebabe - Neat key pins.  That's a great way to use up all the random keys we seem to generate and cannot remember their origins.

Sheepblue - I love the star wars bag, especially the "support the troops" and silhouette patches!

I've finally finished something new - a baby blanket out of DK weight yarn, so no wonder it took so long.

baby blanket by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
395  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along on: March 17, 2013 07:13:43 PM
I've been kind of MIA on the de-stashing front for the past 6 weeks, mostly because all my crafting time has been consumed by this:

71/361 Finally Finished by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

The blanket is somewhere between 32 and 36 inches square, all in DK, so it took forever.  It's made of yarn I've had for the past 6 years.  The parents it is going to asked for gender neutral gifts, but I feel like denim will do, and even if the baby is a girl, it will have more than enough pink in its life.  And that's 6 skeins of yarn out of the stash!  I can see the bottom of the bin.
396  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along on: March 13, 2013 01:13:35 PM
I was wondering also if any of you question just making stuff just because you have the stash...I saw a cute jeans bucket thing...I have lots of jeans...but then I started thinking about what I would do with it...I realize I make a lot of things like hats and pouches just because I have the stash and not because I am going to use, sell or give the item away...any of you do that or is it just me?

That right there is the reason I have so many scarves.  I always seem to buy skeins of yarn in pairs with the logic that one skein is too little but they're too expensive to buy three.  So I end up with two and then months later when I dig it out of my stash I can't think of anything else to make other than a scarf.  And I love knitting scarves, don't get me wrong!  I'm basically a process knitter and have more fun with the techniques and yarn than the finished product.  I just need to find a good outlet for more of my scarves, since my family and friends are becoming  saturated and I'm running out of storage space.

With that being said, anyone have some good ideas for using up two skeins of worsted weight yarn besides scarves?

melerific - there is nothing quite like a move for destashing motivation.  Best of Luck!
397  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along on: March 03, 2013 12:09:26 PM
Awesome projects!  I'm really loving all the plaid, and the giant doily/small table cloth is amazing.

For those joining me on a suppy diet - you get to make the rules.  I'm going to be going cold turkey, but whatever makes the most sense for you, whether it's not buying materials to sit around, or no more impulse yarn buys - whatever!  You know your stash, project plans, and willpower better than anyone.

Nothing to show so far for the March themes, but I got my crafting space cleared off from the February themes.  It's not large, but it works.  Sewing machine is stashed under the desk, paper crafting supplies are in the red tote on the shelves.  I still need to work on organization for thread, ribbons, etc. but I have space to breathe again.

59/365 Clean Surfaces by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
398  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along on: March 01, 2013 03:08:03 PM
March Themes

spring forest by Vilseskogen, on Flickr

Color:  green
Pattern:  flowers
For:  yourself
Challenge 1:  What can I do with this?  What is this?  Why was I saving this?  These are all questions you may have asked yourself over the past two months.  If you've come across stash that you can't quite figure the best use for, post a picture here and ask.  Who knows what another pair of eyes (or two) can come up with!?
Challenge 2: Any brave souls want to join me for a month long craft supply diet?  It's totally optional, and you get to choose how strict you want to be... (*runs for cover*)
399  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along on: February 26, 2013 12:17:03 PM
JessKelly  I have the same problem when I invite people over to make stuff with my stash.  They'll only ever use "scraps" to the point that sometimes I'll just cut some random chunks out of old scrapbook paper before they get there so they don't feel bad using it.  I'll have to try the goody bag idea.  Love your set-up, too!  

Finished some little notebooks last night.  They'd been sitting around nearly done for over a month.

Another Batch of Pamphlets by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
400  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along on: February 22, 2013 03:19:47 PM
Lovesclutter Give-away price or not, its a great feeling to make space and get a little money while doing it.  And it probably made someone else really, really happy.

I've got two little quick destash project from last night (Thursday seems to be my late-night sewing night, no idea why).  I actually finished the entire scrap of fabric with them, which makes me feel really proud, even if it was a small piece to begin with.  Nothing had to be put away at the end!

Juniper's New Dress by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

Pins by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
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