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    • craftingmad
    • By craftingmad 2nd Jan 16, 3:45 PM
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    Stash Busting 2016 - I WILL use my mountains of craftstash before buying more!
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    • 2nd Jan 16, 3:45 PM
    Stash Busting 2016 - I WILL use my mountains of craftstash before buying more! 2nd Jan 16 at 3:45 PM
    Hi crafters,


    Welcome to the new 2016 stash busters thread.


    You can find the 2015 thread here:-


    And the 2014 thread here:- http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=4824211


    Well done to all the crafters who took part in 2015. Everyone was amazing and the thread helped so many people that hopefully 2016 can be the same.

    I know that I am determined that 2016 WILL be the year where I actually use and enjoy the stash I have already bought rather than just get that quick thrill from the purchase of more goodies

    For those of you who are new here are a quick recap of the (very loose) rules:-


    The rules of the challenge are simple.

    You can make anything you like but everything you make must be made using items from your current stash.

    You are allowed to print things from cds etc and print any photos etc which may be needed for scrapbooking pages but you must not buy any new stash until your target has been met (except for if it is something to enable you to finish of a project such as adhesive etc).

    However this challenge is just for fun so if you do sin (and I'm sure there will be many - with me at the top of the list!!) then post for forgiveness and keep creating and having fun xxx


    So who's with me this year? Tell me your target and you'll be added to the list Old and new members are welcomed alike



    Anyone can join in at any time

    Happy stash busting
    Last edited by craftingmad; 12-01-2016 at 7:05 PM.
    Mortgage - £125k £53k OP Made 2010 £29320 OP 2011 £4200
    BTL Mortgage £81K BTL Mortgage £82
    No Craft Spending 53/365 Stash Busting Challenge 2016 127/2016
    Declutter Challenge 376/2016
    1% club member 17 - 100% reached 3 times £10k New Target £496.00
    /£1250 = 39%
    £2015 in 2015 - £692.47/£2015
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    • greentiger
    • By greentiger 19th Aug 16, 5:37 PM
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    And I fell off the stashbusting wagon big time last week! Spent a fortune on hunkydory supplies in their sale and also on some fabric remnants. I was in that kind of mood - just not in the mood for doing anything with anything.
    Stashbusting 4/2016
    16 in 16 Challenge 10/16
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    • greentiger
    • By greentiger 20th Aug 16, 8:54 PM
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    attacked the tip that is the craftroom today - it was such a mess I'm sure that's what was putting me off doing anything. And I found 4 cards I'd made - and lost! That's my usual 1 that was needed and 3 spares, lol.

    rediscovered cards by Bobbie Doctor, on Flickr

    Tomorrow I'll get on with making some cat cards for Cats' Protection. Some of my ill gotten gains last week were for this, so that makes me feel a teeny weeny bit better.
    Stashbusting 4/2016
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    weight loss September/October 1.4lbs/9lbs
    Reading Challenge 20/40
    Film Challenge 29/52
    • greentiger
    • By greentiger 21st Aug 16, 11:25 PM
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    Cat Protection 1 by Bobbie Doctor, on Flickr

    This justifies (lol) my purchases last week. I did use up basic supplies - so much so that I'll have to buy more ds tape!!!!!
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    • rosie51
    • By rosie51 23rd Aug 16, 9:17 AM
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    Cat Protection 1 by Bobbie Doctor, on Flickr

    This justifies (lol) my purchases last week. I did use up basic supplies - so much so that I'll have to buy more ds tape!!!!!
    Originally posted by greentiger
    Greenginger Lovely cards as always, do you sell them at all or take orders?
    No money, no worry. I am alive and that is all that matters
    Stash busting 2016 66/200
    • greentiger
    • By greentiger 23rd Aug 16, 8:28 PM
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    I do sell them - when anyone wants to buy them! I don't set out to sell them, but it happens, I have taken orders, but I'm always worried that they disappoint.
    I just enjoy making them and end up with surplus, which family get or which go to charities/school fundraisers and the like.
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    • greentiger
    • By greentiger 24th Aug 16, 2:05 PM
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    Next batch of Cats Protection cards- just noticed one card is upside down, lol
    :
    cat2 by Bobbie Doctor, on Flickr

    Card (and usual spare) for my friend's birthday:
    peacock by Bobbie Doctor, on Flickr
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    • rosie51
    • By rosie51 25th Aug 16, 9:36 AM
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    Love your cards, always so different. I like your colours greenginger.
    No money, no worry. I am alive and that is all that matters
    Stash busting 2016 66/200
    • nimbo
    • By nimbo 26th Aug 16, 7:14 PM
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    I have cut the skirt. Managed to do that last week. Not managed to see if yet. Hoping my fella will go out walking tonight so I can do it then.

    I don't think it will take too long to sew.

    I have ordered the diary inserts for my Filofax yesterday - I need a proper diary for work - and wants going to try to print one as its too important to mess up and it has to be free from pretty pictures. Haha

    So the plan for this weekend is to sew. If it's dry I'll maybe get to the pallet. but who knows.

    All the cards look lovely. 😄

    Stashbuster - 2014 98/100 - 2015 175/200 - 2016 198 / 500
    • nimbo
    • By nimbo 29th Aug 16, 9:03 PM
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    So been busy. Haha but not very productive.

    Refilled Two fountain pens. Both parkers. I won't buy the extortionate cartridges so refill. Also they don't come in pink to my knowledge.

    Used a new cartridge in another pen.

    I have completed a note book - and then decorated another for my travellers note book.

    I've finished off 6 things. So up to 197 - 500. Still a way to go. Haha

    I have started to take apart the pallets - it's going to be hard going as I have little upper body strength and those nails are in hard.
    Last edited by nimbo; 30-08-2016 at 7:34 PM.

    Stashbuster - 2014 98/100 - 2015 175/200 - 2016 198 / 500
    • greentiger
    • By greentiger 29th Aug 16, 11:21 PM
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    another couple of cards

    sporty birthday by Bobbie Doctor, on Flickr
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    • greentiger
    • By greentiger 31st Aug 16, 8:09 PM
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    Baby bunting & (not a good pic of) baby cards

    bunting and baby cards by Bobbie Doctor, on Flickr
    Stashbusting 4/2016
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    • greentiger
    • By greentiger 1st Sep 16, 11:23 PM
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    And here are the first special cat cards for Cats Protection. They have pictures of Star, the cat we adopted from them a few weeks ago. In one picture you can see clearly that she is missing a leg. Love her to bits!

    set of "Star" cards by Bobbie Doctor, on Flickr
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    • nimbo
    • By nimbo 4th Sep 16, 2:35 PM
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    So i have managed to complete a Dori notebook.

    Decorating the next one finished 6 rolls of washi tape.

    I've also completed a couple of other bits adding up to 12.

    So my new total has gone up. 209 / 500. I may not get to my total but it'd the right direction.

    I will be setting off sloe gin today with some of last years sloes. My partner will be setting off some black current vodka and red current gin. I have also got a sack full of apples and a very small amount of blackberries. I will be busy in the kitchen - and so will my fella. We have bought down sugar and mint for Apple and Mint jelly. As well as the sloe gin. So have kind of fallen off the waggon - but to use up stash. I'm hoping to free up a section of the freezer.

    Hope you're all busy with the good stuff.
    Last edited by nimbo; 04-09-2016 at 5:30 PM.

    Stashbuster - 2014 98/100 - 2015 175/200 - 2016 198 / 500
    • nimbo
    • By nimbo 9th Sep 16, 9:15 PM
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    I had started sewing my chambray skirt. Managed to get as far as gathering the panels. I will struggle to finish it off as my machine has semi died. It's skipping stiches - so will need the timing sorting out. £66.50. Been to the man. I can't find anyone else local - I done want to travel too at or petrol and parking will soon be adding up. The machine is a basic one that would now only cost about £99 new online. Was originally about £120.

    I'm feeling stuck as I don't want to think I live in a disposable society - but a small amount more and I could get a two year gaurentee and could upgrade the machine a little for not a lot more. Aaaaaarrrrrrrgggggggghhhhhh. Crafting fail.

    I have however managed to whip up two cat toys with some stash wool. He has happily carted one off upstairs to block the glove tomorrow when I go under the beds I'm sure. And the other attached to a hanger - I'm just so gosh drab posh - entertained me for ages as he danced about for it.

    211 / 500.

    Still not managed to set off the sloe gin. The gin has been added tot rh sterol demijohn. Just keep forgetting to defrost the slows and add sugar. Like that's hard. Haha.

    Stashbuster - 2014 98/100 - 2015 175/200 - 2016 198 / 500
    • greentiger
    • By greentiger 10th Sep 16, 8:04 PM
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    Oh nimbo, I know where you're coming from re machine. I had my mother's from the 60s for many years (did straight stitch and zig zag). I got it serviced regularly (not that cheap) but it took the hump one last time about 10 years ago and I bit the bullet, bought a new one and donated the old one to a local craft group who did get it fixed. Of course, since I retired I've upgraded again and my daughter got the old new one, so I don't feel as if I'm contributing to a disposable culture.

    Not done any stashbusting for a bit - but I do have Plans. We'll see when I get round to it.
    Stashbusting 4/2016
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    • greentiger
    • By greentiger 20th Sep 16, 8:24 PM
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    I made this fat cat mat for my newly adopted moggie. I made a mess of the binding - I should stick to tried and tested methods. I'm sure Star won't mind. I used up fabrics, ribbons, thread and wadding. Not making any impression on fabric stash either!
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    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 20th Sep 16, 8:34 PM
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    Love the cards and everyone's descriptions of their makes

    I'm on 120 now
    I converted 3 not used as wrong sized sheets into a valance sheet for our bed, and I've crocheted a blanket.

    I should be making more as I've got so much stash.
    grocery challenge September budget £400 spent £398.79
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    • nimbo
    • By nimbo 21st Sep 16, 6:07 PM
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    I have set off 3 litres of sloe gin.

    Managed to wash 8 lbs of sloes. Which have been frozen. Hoping to set off more sloe gin for Christmas. You can never have enough.

    Four jars of damson jelly have been made and my fella has not got 4 bottles of damson cordial.

    I have a few sack fulls of apples to use as well as some home grown corgettes from my sister in laws garden.

    So 20 completed. But still unsure what to do with my sewing machine. I have the skirt still unfinished. Grrrrrrrr.

    My partner has ordered more jars and will be making some pickle with the corgettes as well as something with apples in it.

    I still have a mountain of stuff to do - but am happy to have a better work life balance going on at the minute. This may ch age for the worse tomorrow. But I hope not. Haha.

    I'm glad people are getting on with stuff and have mostly been sticking to the idea of stash busting.

    231/500

    Stashbuster - 2014 98/100 - 2015 175/200 - 2016 198 / 500
    • greentiger
    • By greentiger 21st Sep 16, 10:01 PM
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    Well done all.

    nimbo, I love your eaty/drinky makes. I have my eye on some lovely fat rose hips for hip honey; just need to gather them and make it! .I am intrigued as to what tomorrow may bring you! I hope you get what you want
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    • nimbo
    • By nimbo 22nd Sep 16, 7:23 AM
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    Oooooh my fella has made some rose hip syrup too. He loves it. Been going off to bed with a hot sup of it for the last two nights.

    Today may not be a fun one. A case may be stepping up which might cause stress for me. But it needs to happen.

    I have been home on time most of the summer holidays. And this may change.

    I have plans to complete a junk journal this weekend. And to tidy my craft room as it does get a little dumped in.

    Enjoy the hip honey. Sounds right up my fella's street.

    Stashbuster - 2014 98/100 - 2015 175/200 - 2016 198 / 500
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