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« on: December 30, 2011 01:08:44 PM »

Stashes!  We all have them.  For some they are a source of pride.  Others might find them a bit overwhelming.  They can baffle the non-crafters in your life.  But the myriad of supplies you have gathered over the years through careful planning, impulse buys, and odd acquisitions that you can't quite explain should be inspiring.  

If you want to be a frugal crafter in 2012, are getting a bit overwhelmed by all your treasures, or simply need some extra motivation to finally use the five million beads stored away in the hall closet, this is the craftalong for you.  Whatever your stash, be it yarn, fabric, thread, cupcake liners, or rebar, this is the place to proudly show off the projects you have made from materials you have on hand.  Not sure what to do with a supply your great-aunt's next door neighbor gave you?  Find inspiration here!

There will be themes, challenges, and the occasional discussion topic posted monthly.  Don't feel yourself bound by them, they're simply there to kick start your imagination if necessary.  All we ask is that you post a project or two a month (more or less is fine, there's no pressure) and join us for a year long crafting spree through our stashes.  Hope you can join us!

This is the fourth year we've had a DeStash Along on Craftster.  The old threads can be found here:

« Last Edit: January 13, 2013 12:19:49 PM by gaudiknight » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2011 01:09:47 PM »


Color: White
Pattern: Stripes
For: After all the holiday mayhem, you deserve something for yourself.
Challenge: It's time to take stock of your stash. Spend some time looking at what you have, and maybe make some goals for the coming year.
Swaps of Interest: Stash-Busting Resolution Dotees, One Small Stuffie with a Function

Color: Red
Pattern: polka-dots
For: A loved one, BFF, or your significant other.
Challenge: Concentrate on the material that makes up the largest portion your stash (by numbers or volume, it's up to you). Perhaps you can make a dent in it this month.

Color: Green
Pattern: Argyle
For: Charity. If you need ideas, try the “Crafting For Good And Not Evil” board here on Craftster.  Or post links to your favorite craftable cause in the thread.
Challenge: Unfinished objects. Everybody has them, so don't feel bad. It could be a project you stalled on half-way through eight years ago, or something you finished last month that just needs threads clipped. Either way, it's a great feeling to finally finish them up.
Swaps of Interest: Makeup/Cosmetic Bag Swap (sign-ups 3/8 - 3/31)

Color: Yellow
Pattern: Floral
For: The garden or great outdoors.
Challenge: Spring Cleaning time. We've all got things in our stash that we've been meaning to use eventually, if only we could figure out what to do with that sweater's worth of hot pink and purple yarn we've been saving since 1987 and have long since lost the pattern. Nothing says you have to keep it forever. You can take those oddities to the Goodwill, give them to a friend, or a local crafting group.

Color: Purple
Pattern: Numbers and letters.
For: Teachers, educators, etc. Maybe they're your kids', maybe they're yours. But they deserve some love.
Challenge: Mass produce something. It doesn't matter what it is, just make a lot of it. If nothing else, they make good “gifts on hand.”

Color: Rainbow
Pattern: Animals. And it doesn't have to be animal print unless you want to interpret it that way, or if you have lots of zebra print spandex lurking in your stash.
For: Kiddos – yours or someone elses', or simply the young at heart.
Challenge: Six month mark. Time to organize your stash a bit and see how much you've been able to use in the last six months.

Color: Blue
Pattern: Stars and planets
For: Christmas in July! If you make a present now, and put it away safely, that's one less you'll have to worry about when the holiday crunch time comes. Just remember where you've stashed it away.
Challenge: Try to use the object or material in the stash that you've had the longest.

Color: Orange
Pattern: fruits & veggies
For: Traveling! Make something for your next trip.
Challenge: Host a crafternoon.  Try to use as much stuff from your stash as possible rather than buying new supplies for the occasion.

Color: Your favorite color.
Pattern: Plaid
For: Organizing.
Challenge: We've all bought new materials so we can start a new craft, but never got around to actually sitting down and learn. Perhaps this is the month to finally do so?

Color: Black
Pattern: Lace
For: Pets.
Challenge: We've all got that special material we've been holding onto forever. Maybe it's the last little bit of a fabric you love, and you've never been able to bring yourself to use it. Screw up your courage and just do it!

Color: Brown
Pattern: Trees, wood, or forest themed.
For: Someone who needs to be cheered up.
Challenge: Has there been a swap recently that intrigued you? Make something that fits the theme, even if you didn't get to participate.

Color: Metallic
Pattern: Folk-art.
For: The House. And it doesn't have to be holiday themed unless you want it to be.
Challenge: We're in the last month. It's a sprint to the finish. Look back at the goals you made in January and see how you did. Or just tally up all the projects you've made from stash and give yourself a big pat on the back.
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« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2011 01:26:32 PM »

First! Haha, I always wanted to say that.  Cheesy

I have plenty of stash that was bought with projects in mind which has sat there for months.  Or years.  Roll Eyes

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« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2011 01:55:46 PM »

My stash is Out Of Hand, so I will be joining you here!

And I have that sort of stash, too, RLB!
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« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2011 01:56:50 PM »

I have started my new 50 Projects list and this Destashalong goes along with it. Looking forward to seeing new projects by other members and getting new ideas to help stashbust!  Cheesy

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« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2011 02:18:55 PM »

I will join in on this! I really realy need to destash!

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« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2011 02:37:54 PM »

Really want to join in on this. I've read all the other threads & you guys are a bunch of great crafters! My only problem is that I haven't joined the 21st century. I don't have any way to upload photos or even take digital photos. If you don't mind just words in a post....I'll be happy to play along.

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« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2011 03:06:08 PM »

Yes! Do finishing WIPs count towards destashing? It should.
Most of my crafting is done from my stash. I've been trying to clean out a bunch since we have yet another kid joining us in this 3 bedroom house. Hurray motivation! You will be motivating, won't you? Oh please say you will!

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« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2011 03:12:05 PM »

I'm in! I'm not lucky enough to have a craft room, so my bedroom is packed with craft supplies. I have plenty of things I've bought with every intention of making something with it, but never got around to it.

Will do personal swaps, just ask!

« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2011 04:55:53 PM »

This is the craftalong for me! I have a whole craft room, and still find myself buying things for projects. It isn't to the point of out-of-control, but it's getting there!
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