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1  Re: Thing-A-Day Feb 2017 Craftalong in Craftalongs by Wile E Songdog on: February 22, 2017 02:38:08 AM

(image is a fish care calendar page I drew out as one of my 'things' last February)

Last year Wile E Songdog hosted this craftalong, and since she hasn't been on in a while I'm happy to get it rolling this year!

Thing-A-Day is a special craftalong that only runs during the month of February. Our goal is to do something creative every day and take a picture to share! These projects should take around 30 minutes, although they can be longer or slightly shorter if you want. The rules are very loose as this is a personal challenge and not any kind of competition. Putting work into a longer-term project also counts towards your thing for a day - for instance, last year some of my days were just cutting out triangle pieces for a quilt (which I haven't touched since then, aaaaaa).

Projects can be as diverse as a painting, a snow sculpture, a granny square, a batch of funny-shaped pancakes, arranging your bookshelf by color, or patching your old jeans! Honestly it is up to you what you'd like to count as your "thing" for any given day. Creativity comes in many shades.

If you'd like to participate, make a post where your list will go, and then you can update it with links and/or thumbnail pics throughout the month. I'll have a masterpost of everyone's lists.

Let's brainstorm! I for one desperately need to get back to my quilt that I started one year ago, and I'd also like to do some coloring book pages.

Thanks for starting this up again. I am on limited internet and knew I wouldn't have time for it. I've been trying to get stuff done around my house so I can eventually get better internet. I got a chance to check in and was glad to see the thread. I look forward to seeing what everyone has done.
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2  Re: Thing-A-Day February 2016 Craftalong in Craftalongs by Wile E Songdog on: March 02, 2016 03:24:43 AM
I appreciate all the feedback. I updated my list post on the first page but I am still behind on pictures.

I did a lot of adult coloring books for some of my things when I didn't have any other ideas. I did a couple meals that were sort of experiments, no recipes, and they worked out pretty well. I had a few days, my busiest work days* that I did not do a "thing". I did a few things that I didn't count because they were failed attempts for my craft swap. I ended up with more unfinished objects since some things were taking longer and some things I needed something extra that I could not find or did not have in order to finish. I started a woven wall hanging on the last day but it was taking too long so I didn't get that finished either but I will definitely finish it soon.

*Yes, I am a veterinary technician. I work emergency and I also do inventory and some bookkeeping. So yes, it can be stressful, busy, sad and happy and frustrating but I do love it even when it drives me crazy.

If you didn't finish the craftalong, didn't make it past a few days, skipped several days or didn't even start; don't worry about it. The whole point is to try to get your creative juices flowing and just DO something. It's fun to see what the other people do and it helps inspire you.

I used my things to experiment with some stuff I haven't done much of or tried at all but wanted to attempt. I found that I really like kumihimo and weaving and want to keep playing with those. I also learned that I really need to concentrate on organizing my craft hoard so I don't drive myself crazy trying to find stuff that I know I have ... somewhere.

I am going to cut back on the everyday thing but I am going to try and do a once a week thing.

Oh, here is one picture I have uploaded of the stuff I made for the Studio Ghibli craft swap. If you are not familiar with Ghibli, yes it's a little weird.

Thanks for participating everyone. I plan to go back through and look at stuff everyone else made again but I did want to say that Wulf's Dodo is amazing!
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3  Re: Thing-A-Day February 2016 Craftalong in Craftalongs by Wile E Songdog on: February 04, 2016 04:48:17 PM
Added kbrison to the list, please let me know if I missed anyone.

No worries about making things for swaps and posting them later, you can say you did it on that day and post it later when the item has been sent/received.

Everybody has some great stuff! I always like to the variety of things people can do on these.

My things for 1 through 3.
1) An attempt at paper beads. I loved the paper design but when I mod-podged them to make them shiny they stuck to the toothpicks and I lost a few. Next time I will use cocktail straws so they may slip off better and I may use some other type of coating, like UTEE to make them shinier. I prefer the bugle-type beads over the tapered ones.

2) I had a doctor's appointment and had to work an overnight shift so my crafty thing was just organizing craft thread and floss, I wrapped the skeins arounds the bobbins. Once I got done it felt like I had a lot less thread and floss so I may need to buy more.  Cheesy I'm sure I do have more in various stashes somewhere which is why I wanted to get them organized.

3) This was a small pincushion made with a bottle cap and magnet on the back that I saw on craft gossip. But I thought I'd use some sugar skull material I had and it just did not line up right. So if I make any more I would use a regular small pattern.

My next few days may be swap items so I will have to post them later.
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4  CLOSED: Thing-A-Day Feb 2016 Craftalong in Craftalongs by Wile E Songdog on: January 19, 2016 11:54:42 PM

(This is just a silly doodle from a few years ago. I made it when my other thing didn't work out.)

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, you could wait and post a few at a time. The things could be anything; art (even doodles, as in my example), crafts, DIY/home improvement/organizing, cooking/baking, even writing. The rules weren't hard and fast, it was a challenge not a competition. One of the fun parts was seeing the variety of creativity and talent from the other participants.

Ideally, each day's item would be one complete item but it could also 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 and also because people might still be trying to keep up with their New Year's resolutions to get stuff done. 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.

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. Again, it's a personal challenge not a competition but if someone finishes 29 days (bonus day this year!) maybe we could agree to send them something we made (that's not set aside for someone else) or make a badge or even do a swap. We'll see.

I guess we can do this like the 50 things craftalong and make a post with one big list of participants with a link to their list post which you then update with links to your things as you post them. I hope that makes sense?

I am on limited internet but I figured out my problems accessing on my phone and will try to take my laptop with me to someplace where I can use the wifi more often to help keep this updated but please bear with me as I'm new at organizing this sort of thing.

Old Thing-A-Day wordpress site - It looks like it's starting to fall to spam https://thingadayforever.wordpress.com/
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5  Re: Monthly Theme Dotee Gallery - December 2015 in The Swap Gallery by Wile E Songdog on: January 12, 2016 12:32:42 PM
Ludi very astutely picked up on my love of cats from my subtle answers on the questionaire and sent me this adorable little guy.

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6  Re: MDS - October Literary Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wile E Songdog on: November 16, 2015 11:37:03 AM
Apologies for the delay in posting. I have limited internet right now and phone posting is frustrating. Anyway....

I received the most awesome Granny Weatherwax from Discworld made by Sarasmile. All the accessories and her expression are just perfect. Thank you, Sara.

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7  Re: Fall 2015 Ninni Gallery - Send out by October 19, 2015 in The Swap Gallery by Wile E Songdog on: November 03, 2015 12:01:17 PM
I still think he's the derpiest Ninni ever, sorry about that. I should have started over but my sewing machine was acting up on me and Murphy's Law was in effect and I figured I'd end up even more behind.

Sorry, I also forgot to post mine. The dapper Steampunk gentleman I received is a stark contrast to what I made.  Embarrassed

Thanks, whatthepuck!
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8  Re: Monthly Theme Dotee Gallery - September 2015 in The Swap Gallery by Wile E Songdog on: October 21, 2015 05:31:14 PM
So, I'm kind of an idiot. I wondered why no one was commenting on the dotee I received because I thought I posted it last week but apparently I had a major episode of Cerebral Flatulence and forgot to actually post it.
Here is the lovely Egyptian themed dotee I received from Acadian Driftwood. It's beautiful, the beading and details are wonderful. Sorry, I'm an idiot A.D. Thank you.

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9  Re: MDS - August Culinary GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Wile E Songdog on: September 10, 2015 04:45:13 PM
blu, I am so glad you liked it and I liked how it turned out, too. I do wish I had remembered to add some red sequins or beads to make it Szechuan style though. However, I am glad I gave up on the fried mushrooms of my first attempt because they were unfortunately too ...er, bulbous.

And here is the sweet thing I received from blupaisan! I listed doughnuts, no specific variety, and she sent me a cinnamon doughnut which is actually one of my favorites (he smells like cinnamon!). I love his big eyebrows, bead fangs and paisley tongue!

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10  June Dotee Swap - Sequined Seahorse in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Wile E Songdog on: August 17, 2015 11:16:41 PM
I made this heavily beaded and sequinned Seahorse for DearBluebird in the June dotee swap. I wanted it to be a little reminiscent of a leafy sea dragon so I used the organza (?) for fins. I also picked a batik fabric for the body. Then I just went crazy with the beads and sequins. It was actually my second attempt at a seahorse, I had to scrap the first attempt at a fabric mosaic when it started falling apart on me.

Original swap thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439511.0

Swap Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439769.0
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