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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 PROJECTS 2019, sign ups open all year. on: March 02, 2019 11:06:56 PM
Hello everyone, newb to craftster here, but this sounds like a great way to track creativity!
2019 GOALS
1 Create at least 50 projects
2 Organize craft space and inventory craft stash by end of March
3 Set up online store &/etsy, & stock it, w/ dl'able &/or physical crafted items in summer
4 Learn 10 new crafts, including calligraphy, resin, paint-pour, gelli, also lightRoom, & re-up waterColor, also my illustrator, & esp InDesign & AfterEffects skills, & make some techniques in PS that are new to me 'my own'
5 Finish hats for all sisters by Thanksgiving 2019
6 Make 3+ projects for charity
7 Destash yarn so special storage unnecessary
8 Sketching session every fortnight, minimum

Some ideaswill add to it as I come up with more stuff. Pix/linx=done
1. Tarn knitted swiffer https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=457591.msg5518891#msg5518891
2. ATC's (wip)
3. Cardboard shelf unit (wip)
4. Cardboard moon shelf
5. Something with mandala yarn
6. Finish stuff with blurple yarn
7. 2-3 projects with x's gifty yarn
8. Meditation rug? w o's gifty 16 mini-skeins rainbow of yarn
8. Seasonal oven-towelettes* for mom gifts (spring-summer= flowers; patriotix, autumnal, hallows, xmas)
9. Use up plastic stash by midsummer
10. Recycle old ccandles into new candles
11. Garden plant tags by July 4
12. Garden plant structures by July 4
13. ?Arbor of sticks?
14. Moon cycle planner pages
15. Kraft-paper covered storage containers
16. Starburst coffee table?
17. Pysanky
18. Finish Tiger Cub, kanga+roo embroideries for A's bday
19. Iris embroidery
20. Design gallery wall/s, w some upcycled frames, art
21. Digital writing in support of biz
22. Writing in support of nano
23. Concrete projects
24. Postcards2voters
25. Send off alt'd book
26. Document junk bujo'ing
27. Graphics for sites
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP -- February 2019 Gallery on: March 02, 2019 10:30:26 PM
bigbangmomma sent me this card, plus a couple little extra cacti au papier, which I love!
Here's the front & back of the card (& once it makes it onto it's final destination, which is currently being re-arranged, I will post the in situ photo)

Thanks so much, I love it!

3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: What can I do with kitty litter jugs and plastic coffee cans? on: February 23, 2019 10:03:41 AM
I'm having this situation because my elderly cat has failing kidneys, so he has three litter boxes, just for himself!

In terms of the original post, the litter 'jugs' may have NOT been the bucket types, but like plastic milk jugs, so similar upcycling for those: cut off top into scoops (using handle as handle, but upside down & diagonal), bottoms for bowls/open containers, or punch holes around rim and crocet or knit a top as an extension into a larger basket, or a into a drawstring closure type of container. Will go research some other ideas.

Oh, & for milk jugs (which are a but smaller, and more circular) my family uses them as gray water catchers for the kitchen, garden and laundry for various things that don't need fresh water, as mixing bowls for small concrete and tiling projects, to catch fresh cold water in the shower as it warms up (it's about a gallon usually), bowls for vinegar water for medium size and larger clean projects, I've cut down the larger cat litter ones as a mop bucket, the milk jug gallon bottoms cut off, but with handle attached as a carry-all from room to room when tidying up and moving small things from one place to another.

The plastic itself, if cut into rectangles, should be useful for something. I will post back here any ideas I find particularly useful or innovative
4  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Have A Happy Period! Reuseable Pads for Tanzanian School Girls on: February 23, 2019 09:10:30 AM
Thank you for doing this! I was just mentioning this situation somewhere online recently; Michelle Obama did some advocacy about this a few years ago. Thanks again.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: 2019 Ongoing ATC Swap Discussion Thread on: February 23, 2019 01:54:27 AM
I guess I need to post here too; I'm at my 15 posts, so at this point I believe I qualify to join?
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: NEWBIE CRAFTALONG on: February 23, 2019 01:25:22 AM
So I actually *did* spend time watching hgtv & don lemon tonight making uarn (undie yarn) & then knitted it up  Grin(stopped on the storage projects for the night, but will post those when done)

Can see pictures here, not that they are very exciting, lol: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=457591.msg5518891#msg5518891
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knitted Swiffer re-usable cloths/pads on: February 23, 2019 12:46:37 AM
Okay, so I *did* go and make the tarn, actually uarn, (cuz it was made out of a pair of undies in the laundry garbage) and knitted it up; but was only enough recycled yarn for half of a swiffer pad so then cut up a rag that was a tighter, more canvas weave; notice undies bottom half are brighter, also more stretchy like a t shirt / regular tarn would be. Also, last few stitches were REALLY hard to do because the canvas tarn was hard to manipulate the bind off stitches over each other




Turned out pretty thick, will have to test to see if it's *TOO* thick for the reusable swiffer pad
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Junk Journal-along 2019 - Let's keep on making books! on: February 22, 2019 09:46:51 PM
A creative use center would ROCK. That might be a thing to set up as a franchise and make them in every community; wouldn't cost a lot of $, just rent & staff, and maybe shipping the trash from one community to another...hmm.

Anyway, I came here to mention that your local library may have a shelf of magazines that it gives away, after they are a bit old, like a couple of years ols. Also craig's list 'free' section, or freecycle, have stuff, & you can put out a call for specific things too.

General Q. What's the difference between a junk journal and an altered book? Is it that the journal needs to be bound up?
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: NEWBIE CRAFTALONG on: February 22, 2019 09:23:08 PM
Hi everyone, I'm not a newbie to Craftster...*technically*...I've had a membership for almost a decade. BUT, shortly after I joined, I ended up moving to AZ, a rural off-grid and {offline} move. It was gorgeous, & I LOVED the stars at night through the clearest of big blue skies, Ah-MAZ-ing lightning during monsoons, and cactus blossoms out the window. I actually did lurk, occasionally, and was always impressed with the quality AND quantity of creativity showcased here, and the helpful, non-judgmental attitudes. (& the level of some of the deep nerd here was eye-opening, and smile-inducing for someone who is also one, in some ways)

Now I'm back in MI, and working on a big re-org of all of my stash, which includes a lot of recyclables to be upcycled. When I lived in AZ, I didn't actually have a trash service; I re-used almost everything that didn't get composted, & the few things that wore out beyond use were put into a small grocery bag & surreptitiously disposed of in town on my monthly re-supply visits. Here I have access to my family network of stuff which I've been hoarding (saving?) through 2 floods in several years, and so that is the main craft-along:
1) Shelves out of cardboard boxes, with plastic salad box drawers 2) right now I'm covering oval ice cream containers in kraft paper that came in gift packaging for family birthdays in Feb., and 3) also am going to make a small ball of tarn (t-shirt yarn) and knit it into a swiffer wetjet reusable pad-cloth, to see if if is too thick. Nothing really showy, which is good, as I can't share pics until 10 posts, and I think this is #9. But here's a link to the previous knitted swiffer pads: http://knitting-in-the-dark.tumblr.com/post/182994645878/swiffer-reusable-and-washable-padcloth-knitted

I hope to start participating in more artsy types of crafts, and some swaps soon

Still trying to discover some of the navigation here too. So I guess I'm a still a newb for 2019! Smiley
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: NEWBIE CRAFTALONG on: February 22, 2019 08:46:36 PM
Cute beanie! Good use of stash...you could also post this to the destash craftalong: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=456995.0
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