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on: January 19, 2016 07:43:30 PM 
Started by gaudiknight, Message by quaggy
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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? Grin

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.... Tongue  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!

on: February 18, 2016 01:10:40 PM 
Started by gaudiknight, Message by gaudiknight
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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 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)


Cute as a Button! by Trillian, on Flickr
Natural & Navy by Trillian, on Flickr

Reworked this dress to add lace at the hem:

Twirling by Trillian, on Flickr

Tiny Doll Sized Shrug:

14 Something Small by Trillian, on Flickr

Fussy cut the heck out of this fabric to avoid the giant poodles and Eiffel Towers:

20/365 Pink by Trillian, on Flickr

36" Square Lapghan:

Black & White by Trillian, on Flickr


Sweater Weather by Trillian, on Flickr
Angles by Trillian, on Flickr
Stripes by Trillian, on Flickr

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!
on: March 20, 2016 05:03:24 PM 
Started by gaudiknight, Message by quaggy
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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..........

on: July 14, 2016 03:46:49 PM 
Started by gaudiknight, Message by bananaleg
Relevance: 63.7%
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 Tongue.
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 )
on: March 01, 2016 06:00:27 AM 
Started by gaudiknight, Message by texscrapper
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Here are my stash project photo dump for February!

Superhero PJ's

Fabric headbands



Fabric & Leather pouch - the fabric and zipper were stash

Leather and fabric tote - the fabric was from stash

Hair wrap for my SIL

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!
on: January 08, 2016 01:11:35 PM 
Started by gaudiknight, Message by stellato_escuro
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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.


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.


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. Smiley


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.
on: January 29, 2016 07:03:04 AM 
Started by gaudiknight, Message by texscrapper
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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!


Earbud cases


Tote Bags


Unpaper Towels
on: March 20, 2016 09:55:34 AM 
Started by gaudiknight, Message by alwaysinmyroom
Relevance: 63.2%
Not sure this is quite destashing, but at least it is using up some of the stuff I save...Grin.

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... Grin.
on: January 26, 2016 07:28:30 AM 
Started by gaudiknight, Message by stellato_escuro
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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.  Smiley 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. Sad 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.
on: February 14, 2016 08:55:35 PM 
Started by gaudiknight, Message by quaggy
Relevance: 63.1%
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.

on: January 03, 2016 09:20:46 AM 
Started by gaudiknight, Message by elliot_anne
Relevance: 62.9%
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 Smiley

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).


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...
on: January 06, 2016 05:32:43 PM 
Started by gaudiknight, Message by texscrapper
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Ok .... here's my stash. Please excuse the messy craft room - I finished 10 projects in 5 days and haven't straightened yet  Grin

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 ......
on: January 15, 2016 02:10:18 PM 
Started by gaudiknight, Message by gaudiknight
Relevance: 62.9%
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.
on: April 29, 2016 07:05:38 AM 
Started by gaudiknight, Message by craftylittlemonkey
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T, those spoons are beautiful Smiley.
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 Tongue.

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!

on: May 11, 2016 05:12:44 PM 
Started by gaudiknight, Message by alwaysinmyroom
Relevance: 63.4%
Destashed from felted sweaters...a tiny bit, anyway!  I ordered the felted balls to make more bowls...

Sushi pincushions made from the ribbing:


Felted bowls using felted balls:

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