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131  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Mini Quilt Swap Gallery on: February 23, 2017 09:29:28 AM
That drama mask quilt is so perfect for Thimbles! Great job, Amazon_warrior!
132  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Thing-A-Day Feb 2017 Craftalong on: February 22, 2017 06:23:20 PM
Today was my church's monthly offering of meals for the less fortunate. We made and served 90 quarts of jambalaya (5 turkey roasters full), so I'm not sure I have the energy to do much crafting tonight. Maybe I'll just go do some prep work for another church project. We're hosting a St. Patrick's Day themed mystery dinner and I'm in charge of decorations.
133  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Rise of the Cougars Geezer Swap, Round 7 SIGNUPS CLOSED, SENDOUTS 4/1/17 on: February 21, 2017 09:57:51 PM
Printed out some patterns this week but am working on some other projects with much closer deadlines, so that's about all I've accomplished this week.
134  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! on: February 21, 2017 09:46:49 PM
ha ha I left out that we did the "thing" our first date...scandalous! ha ha

Hey, if it's right, it's right and timing be damned.
135  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Thing-A-Day Feb 2017 Craftalong on: February 21, 2017 09:39:57 PM
Smeddley, that cherry pie looks scrumptious even if it is made of yarn and non-edible. Cute bunnies!

Acadian, recycling jeans into dog toys makes a lot of sense. How wide were your strips? Been a long time since I've done a square braid. Maybe I need to try my hand at it to see how much I remember. DD#2's dog might appreciate a new toy.

CLM, way too funny!

I'm still just puttering along making quilted bookmark fronts for a charity UTM and Lana support. I need to make 75 in total, so it's taking awhile but it has the advantage of using up a ton of fabric and batting scraps. I made a prototype Leprechaun's top hat this evening using half of a tp tube and part of a cereal box for the base. If my church's mystery dinner planning committee approves the size and design, I'll be making a bunch of them by St. Patrick's Day.
136  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Paper and Mixed Media Craft-Along on: February 20, 2017 04:51:45 PM
Misocci, I like both attempts but the butterfly is definitely my favorite because of the background. Did you use a die to cut the denim flowers?

While I admire all the mixed media projects the rest of you post, I just have a hard time letting myself play around like that. I bought a gelli plate thinking it would help me loosen up. It's just sitting in a drawer with other supplies. I admired the master boards for ATCs and set aside some cereal boxes for bases. They're still in a pile waiting for me to do something with them. I made some paste papers last fall. They're safely stored away where I never see them. Same with the washi tape background sheets and the ink dauber de-inker sheets. I think I'm just too much of a control freak.  Embarrassed
137  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2017 DeStash Along on: February 19, 2017 01:02:25 AM
Oh, my! I can understand now why cleaning your sewing room would be such a daunting task. I think many people would start with the largest project, then become overwhelmed with the time and effort required to begin to see a difference. To be successful with debt reduction, many professionals say wiping out your smaller debts first gives you a greater sense of accomplishment than paying down your larger debts plus you'll have fewer stressors left to deal with. I think the same might be true of stash busting. Maybe if you apply AIMR's suggestion to your smallest stash space you'll be so successful that the next space won't seem like such a high hurdle to get over. Wishing you the very best of luck! As Red Green would say, "I'll be rooting for you!"
138  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Mini Quilt Swap Gallery on: February 19, 2017 12:08:18 AM
Thanks, Thimbles! The piecing isn't that perfect but I was still pleased with the results.
Loved the cows! Especially that they were pieced traditionally. Mine wouldn't have turned out nearly that well, so I'm even more impressed with them. Plus they're green! What a hoot!

Both styles of feathers turned out lovely. You've taken a theme and come up with such different results. Bravo, artmomof5 and CLM! Must be something in that Canadian air.
139  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Thing-A-Day Feb 2017 Craftalong on: February 17, 2017 07:34:39 PM
 Grin Acadian, I haven't posted any of the bookmarks yet. I think what you were admiring is the paper pieced mini quilt, aka swap project, I made for cmarion3. But thanks!
140  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2017 DeStash Along on: February 17, 2017 05:24:46 PM
Sharalee, I've been in CLM's craft room. I guarantee she's a mistress of organization and knows how to make the most of even the smallest space or resource. Just ask to see her tub of fleece snippets.  Cheesy I really like her suggestion of finding someone to trade supplies with in exchange for her/his help.

Another suggestion: choose just one small space to work on at a time or work for just 5-10 minutes. Make three piles: a keep box(to be arranged/stored later), a give away or sell box, and a trash container for throw aways. Empty the trash daily so you're not tempted to retrieve any of it. As soon as you fill the give away box, get it out of your house and into someone else's.  Grin

Hardest suggestion of all: stay away from craft supply stores until you have everything under control.

I don't think there's anything wrong with having a large stash. The problem, as I see it, is having it so disorganized that you buy new supplies just because you can't find what you already have. Best of luck!
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