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.
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.
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!
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.
Pattern: Letters & Numbers
For: Your yard, garden, window box, etc.
Challenge: Finish the oldest WIP you can find in your stash.
Challenge: Make something “green” using things found in nature or from recycled materials.
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.
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.
Challenge: What’s your stash weakness - that particular crafty material that you can’t stop buying? Make something with it!
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.
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.
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?