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« on: December 31, 2014 12:44:07 PM »

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Stashes!  They're pretty awesome, right?  They can represent years and years of carefully (or not so carefully) curated craft supply hoarding.  They let us sleep secure in our bed knowing that should the world as we know it end tomorrow, we will have enough googly eyes and pipe cleaners to use as currency in the new barter economy.

This craft-along isn't about being ashamed of our stashes, it's about creating with them.  We recognize that stashes come in all shapes and sizes, and can be amazing resources or occasionally overwhelming.  We're here to marvel at your creations, cheer you along, and help you with your DeStashing goals during the next 12 months.

All are welcome, whether your craft is sewing, tatting, beading, or welding.  Join in any time, be it January or June.  The more the merrier!  The monthly themes are here for people who thrive on a challenge or are in need of an extra bit of inspiration, but don't feel yourself restricted by them.  Simply dive in, post pics of crafts made from your super stash, and join in the discussion.

Previous DeStash-Along Threads can be found here, for more information and inspiration
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« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2014 12:46:05 PM »


Color: White
Pattern: Polka-Dots
For: You
Challenge: Take stock of your stash.  Figure out what you have and set some goals for what you want to accomplish with those supplies in the coming year.  If you're feeling brave, take a picture of your stash in its natural state.  We'll worry about organization later.

Color: Red
Pattern: Hearts
For: Someone Special
Challenge:  Weed your stash.  As you were looking it over last month you probably ran across a few items that you know in your heart of hearts you aren't going to use.  Maybe your tastes have changed since you acquired them, maybe your great-aunt Mabel insisted you take them and you couldn't say no, or maybe you can't even remember where they came from.  It's okay to let them go!  Take those things to the goodwill or keep an eye out for a local group that could give new life to your crafty cast-offs.

Color: Green
Pattern: Stripes
For: Your Craft Space
Challenge: Now that you've weeded through your stash you might find it useful to do some organization - put all your yarn in bins, sort your beads, and consolidate all those half empty containers of googly eyes.  If you come up with a particularly clever way to organize your stash or have found something on the web that could be useful or inspiring, please share!

Color: Yellow
Pattern: Nature
For: Charity
Challenge: If there are any items in your stash that are too neat to give away but you have no earthly idea what you should make with them, ask your fellow DeStashers for advice.

Color: Pink
Pattern: Letters & Numbers
For: Your yard, garden, window box, etc.
Challenge: Finish the oldest WIP you can find in your stash.

Color: Orange
Pattern: Swirls
For: Teachers/Educators
Challenge: Make something "green" using things found in nature or from recycled materials.

Color: Blue
Pattern: Abstract
For: A Group
Challenge: What's the supply in your stash you've had the longest?  Try to make something with it this month.  As always, ask for suggestions if you're stumped.

Color: Purple
Pattern: Argyle
For: Pets and other animals
Challenge: Nice pinterest board you have there!  Make something inspired by a pin.  Share the pin too so we can "ooh and ah" properly.

Color: Burgundy
Pattern: Plaid
For: Kids
Challenge: What's your stash weakness - that particular crafty material that you can't stop buying?  Make something with it!

Color: Black
Pattern: Lace
For: Charity
Challenge: 10 is such a nice round number.  Make something inspired by ten - using 10 things, something that uses 10 pieces of your stash, whatever works for you.

Color: Brown
Pattern: Folk Art
For: Someone who needs to be cheered up
Challenge: The holiday crafting season is upon us!  See what goodies you can bring forth from your stash.

Color: Silver
Pattern: Snowflakes
For: Your Home
Challenge: Take a deep breath, step back, and marvel at all the wonderful things you've made from your stash this year.  How did you do on your goals from January?  How has you stash changed and evolved?  What was your favorite part of the DeStash-Along this year, and how can it be improved for next year?

« Last Edit: December 31, 2014 12:51:00 PM by gaudiknight » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2014 12:47:45 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2014 01:25:42 PM »

I'm in Smiley

Here is what I'm going to do in 2015:
1. Focus on one project at a time,
2. Every time I decide to work on a project I'll choose another project (unfinished/just planned) or some random material in my stash to let go (trash/donate/whatever, but out of my life it goes)
3. Also let go of one project every month.

The first project is a knitted penguine hat for my son. It's almost finished, but not quite.
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« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2014 01:35:51 PM »

I'm looking forward to destashing with you all again in 2015  Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2014 05:35:30 PM »

I'm in!

It bothers me when I look at my stash. I know my stash is much, much smaller than most, but it still bothers me for the following reasons:

It represents a large chunk of money that I've spent and haven't used what I've paid for. I don't make enough money to justify that kind of wastefulness.

It's taking up valuable space. My parents are both minor hoarders and I know that my stash will be one of my weak points in trying to not repeat history in my own space.

It takes longer to find what I'm looking for when I'm crafting. It makes it take longer, it stresses me out and it's just less fun!

Right now I'm going through my yarn and stashing it on ravelry. I was given a large bag of yarn scraps, so I'm going to have to figure out what I'm going to make with those...

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« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2014 05:45:47 PM »

I'm back, too! Basically with what Sylvan says, only with beads and old fabric stuff instead of yarn... I want to do something worthwhile with all the (beads) worth (s) or fabric taking up so much space. Everything else will have to be organized in between... But my main goal, next to creating space (by beading... ha!) is to have lots of fun!

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« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2014 08:01:37 PM »

I don't have a gameplan for 2015, but i have started stashing my yarn on ravelry. I would like to continue with that, and hopefully get at least most of it on there.

Also, i will be moving this year, most likely into an apartment. Which means i will definitely need to downsize. So, i'll need to work on figuring out what i absolutely can't live without and what i'll have to live without.

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« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2014 10:19:23 PM »

I'm in, as usual loads of fabric and a large assortment of bits and bobs - perhaps I'll be looking for a few "takers" later this month as I empty and organize every bin/box/basket/bag/drawer/and shelf in my craft room in January:)

Looking for the free row by row patterns.  If you are able to get me one from your town I will paypal you $2 for postage.
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« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2014 11:07:51 PM »

Just saving my spot here again. I have no plan for 2015 other than use as much as I already have and to buy as little as possible Smiley

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