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1  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: August 31, 2015 05:38:14 PM
I'm sorry to dash in and photo-dump again!  The wrap-up of the Summer Nerd Games and a very large swap project (plus trying to get ready for Shop the Swap!) has left me in a tizzy...

Made for the Start Stuff prompt for the Summer Nerd Games - I can never have enough needlebooks, and I've had this star fabric forever.  This time I cut the felt pages short and added a snap closure (admittedly because I forgot the tab I was going to sew in for a closure, but hey!  I have more cut out so I'll use it then...)
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Mini Books: These books have a different stitching/cover arrangement - the cover is one piece, folded at the spine, and the signature pages are stitched through the spine of the book.  I like that it's very sturdy, and doesn't twist like the coptic stitch, but it doesn't open flat and you just have to cut the covering paper at the top and bottom of the spine. 



Needleminders!





Put another magnet on the back and it will hold itself in the corner of your hoop and hold onto your needle.  Genius!

Tutorial is here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437736.0


Journals made for the Sweat Shop Swap - coptic stitch, 4"x 4", about 112 pages each.




Starry Night Painting
My friend and I decided to host our own "Vino Van Gogh" night (we've been to a few of those painting classes, but figured we could do it ourselves and have access to more paint and cheaper drinks!).  Plus we spent a LOT more time (the classes run about 2 hours, I got there late afternoon and left in the wee hours of the morning!).  I'm waffling on adding something to the painting (a small Tardis and a doctor with a long scarf!) but I'm not sure I can pull it off and I do like the painting as it is.  There's no sense of scale, but it's a fairly large canvas - 16" x 20"

Project picture:



I have a few more things to finish up and get pictures of this weekend... hopefully I'll get most of the prompts done, but we'll see!


Ood Blood Drop - another in the long line of my blood drop squeezies.  Pattern in link.
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440549.0

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I don't know if I'll be able to part with this needlebook, though I had planned on putting it in my Shop the Swap shop... maybe I'll have to make another!  I did put some cardboard pieces in between the cover and backing so it's stiffer and the needles won't poke through...
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Dyed veils
I'm bummed I don't have a better picture of these, because they did turn out beautifully!  One is 2 1/2 yards, the other is 3 1/2 yards, both 5 mm silk.
Project Picture:



Even more mini books!
These yellow-paged books are just the size to draw/paste inchies or take very tiny notes!
Project Picture:



Calcifer Blood Drop Squeezy
He's not a Candy Corn (that would be yellow, orange, and white!), he's a little flame...
Project Picture:



Fairy House Painting
No idea why I started this, maybe it was a Lifebook lesson, I don't know.  Watercolor paints and colored pencils, it's just okay.
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Fairy Doors
Brief Description: Started these awhile back, they just needed the mushrooms and moss and some touch-up painting!  I wanted to make another as my offering for the Sweat Shop Swap, but they take too long.  So much carving and detailing and then the painting... and painting... and touch-ups!  Probably put them in the Shop the Swap swap!
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2  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2015 --June 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015-- ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: August 31, 2015 05:20:10 PM
Okay, one last project dump.  I worked really hard this weekend (mostly finishing up things that were *almost* done) and just missed hitting all the prompts.  Next time!

Prompt:  August- Purple
Team: Textbook
Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points: Community, Engineering (pattern in link)
Project Name: Ood Blood Drop
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440549.0
Brief Description: Ood blood is said to be purple.  And so a purple Ood Blood Drop Squeezy was born!  He's been nearly done forever, just needed his orb!
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Prompt:  Zap # 4
Team: Textbook
Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: Engineering (recipe given)
Project Name: Salsa!
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: My friend makes her own salsa, and it made me start making it, too!  I've tweaked her recipe just a tad... of course.  Only red bell peppers were on sale, so it's not as colorful as usual!

1/4 sweet onion, diced very fine
2 bell peppers, yellow, orange, or red, diced
3-4 Roma tomatoes, or 2 larger tomatoes, diced
1 Lemon, juiced
Italian dressing
Salt

Optional:
Cayenne pepper
Diced chili or banana peppers
Cilantro, chopped

Mix and refrigerate!  Can be eaten immediately, but I like it best after it's sat for a day or so, I think the acids "cook" the onion and mingle the flavors a bit.

(Picture Below!)

Prompt:  Zap # 5
Team: Textbook
Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Chips!
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: My husband accidentally bought corn tortillas, and after I'd eaten as many enchiladas as I could handle, I decided to try making my own chips.  The recipe was easy... cut up, arrange on a cookie sheet, spray with oil, dust with salt, and bake at 450*F for 8-10 minutes.  It... didn't go great.  It seemed the chips either over-browned or stayed chewy.  Out of the two trays I made, there were maybe a half-dozen good chips.  An interesting experiment, but I think I'll stick to buying my chips...

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Prompt:  June - Tightrope walker
Team: Textbook
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Bird Needlebook
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: Birds are up high in the sky!  This was some of the leftover fabric from the tattooed woman doll I made and I loved the print... I don't know if I'll be able to part with this needlebook, though I had planned on putting it in my Shop the Swap shop... maybe I'll have to make another!  I did put some cardboard pieces in between the cover and backing so it's stiffer and the needles won't poke through...
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Prompt:  July - Orion Nebula
Team: Textbook
Event: Craftology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Dyed tank top
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: So, not everything can turn out, but after all the work mixing the dyes and getting very stained, I wasn't going to miss out putting up one of my dye projects.  This top fades WAY too much when it was washed, but it's still a swirly nebula-like color!  Next time I'm going to try the bleach-and-paint route, instead of the dye route for that kind of shirt, I think!
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Prompt:  August Battle - Rainbow
Team: Textbook
Event: Craftology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Dyed veils
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: I'm bummed I don't have a better picture of these, because they did turn out beautifully!  One is 2 1/2 yards, the other is 3 1/2 yards, both 5 mm silk.
Project Picture:



Prompt:  August - Yellow
Team: Textbook
Event: Craftology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Even more mini books!
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: These yellow-paged books are just the size to draw/paste inchies or take very tiny notes!
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Prompt:  Free Range Project #1
Team: Textbook
Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Calcifer Blood Drop Squeezy
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: He's not a Candy Corn (that would be yellow, orange, and white!), he's a little flame...
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Prompt:  Free Range Project #2
Team: Textbook
Event: Craftology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Fairy House Painting
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: No idea why I started this, maybe it was a Lifebook lesson, I don't know.  Watercolor paints and colored pencils, it's just okay.
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Prompt:  Big Time Project #2
Team: Textbook
Event: Craftology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Fairy Door
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: Started these awhile back, they just needed the mushrooms and moss and some touch-up painting!  I wanted to make another as my offering for the Sweat Shop Swap, but they take too long.  So much carving and detailing and then the painting... and painting... and touch-ups!
Project Picture:



Prompt:  Big Time Project #3
Team: Textbook
Event: Craftology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Fairy Door
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: Started these awhile back, they just needed the mushrooms and moss and some touch-up painting!  I wanted to make another as my offering for the Sweat Shop Swap, but they take too long.  So much carving and detailing and then the painting... and painting... and touch-ups!
Project Picture:

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3  Ood you be so kind to give blood? (with pattern) in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Smeddley on: August 31, 2015 04:53:21 PM
Ood Blood Drop Squeezy...



Pattern:

Make a regular Bob the Blood Drop body...

Size F Hook
Worsted Weight Yarn

Round 1: SC 4 in magic Ring (or, ch 2 and sc 4 in second ch from hook).  Join {sl st to first SC, ch1}
Round 2: SC in each st, join (4)
Round 3: *SC in first st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from *, join (6)
Round 4: *SC in first st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from *, join (9)
Round 5: *SC in first st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from * to last st, sc in last st, join  (13)
Round 6: SC in each st, join (13)
Round 7: *SC in first two st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from * to last st, sc in last st, join (17)
Round 8: SC in each st, join (17)
Round 9: *SC in first two st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from * to last 2 st, sc in last 2 st, join (22)
Round 10: SC in each st, join (22)
Round 11: *SC in first st, 2 SC in next st* repeat from *, join (33)
Rounds 12-20: SC in each st, join (33)
Rounds 21-23: *SC in first st, SC 2tog* repeat from *, join
(stuff-as-you-go decreases)
Round 24: SC 2tog
(Cram as much stuffing as you can in as youre closing him up, remember, hes there to be squeezed so he needs to be fairly firm.)
Fasten off.

Then, if you can find yarn the same color but lighter weight (or want to use a different color, anyway) use that, otherwise, I split about 30' of 4-ply yarn down to 2-ply...



...not the most fun, and, yes, I could have split 15' and used both halves, but I'd already crocheted the mouth parts with the full yarn, cut it, and found it to be too bulky!

Using a size C hook (2.75 mm)

Ch 12, turn, 2 sc in each ch
Ch 18, turn, 2 sc in each ch.  Sl St in top of original chain
Ch 24, turn, 2 sc in each ch.  Sl st in top of original chain
Ch 24, turn, 2 sc in each ch.  Sl st in top of original chain
Ch 18, turn, 2 sc in each ch.  Sl St in top of original chain
Ch 12, turn, 2 sc in each ch
Fasten off

You should have six spirals in three different lengths.

Sew to body between the eyes.

I really liked him just like that, but to make sure it wasn't mistaken for Cthulhu, I decided to add the Ood sphere.  This is optional, and you might have a better orb pattern - mine looked a little too much like a balloon...

Using crochet cotton and a size 6 steel hook,

rnd 1: 6 sc in mr
rnd 2: sc, inc (9)
rnd 3: sc, sc, inc (12)
rnd 4: sc around
rnd 5: sc, sc, inc (16)
rnd 6: sc around
rnd 7: sc, sc dec (12)
rnd 8: sc around
rnd 9: sc, sc, dec (9)
rnd 10: sc, dec (6)

fasten off, leaving long tail.  Ch 15 starting from base of sphere.



It looks... unfortunate, yes.  Sew end of ch under Ood mouth, and sew sphere to Ood body.



And, finally, that completes my suite of Dr Who inspired blood drop squeezies!  Phew!  I'm sure you're happy to see the last of them!
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4  Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: August 29, 2015 06:39:13 PM
Wow, lots of bad weather! We've had a bunch of thunderstorms recently, but thankfully fewer tornado watches and none have turned into warnings. 

I'm sorry I haven't posted many pictures, they're all on my phone and I realized that all the ones I wanted to post lately were portrait, and those never post right from my phone (and I'm lazy and it's a rare day I sit down at my computer to download them... but today is one of those days!).

This is Anana being HORRIFIED at my friend's choice of beverage at the Ethnic Festival...

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5  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2015 --June 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015-- ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: August 29, 2015 10:59:33 AM
Prompt: Team Spirit - Multimedia
Team: Textbook
Event: Craftology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Ribbon and button books
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: Made for the Sweat Shop Swap, this book (the one on the left in the picture) has a green ribbon and button closure - plus several of the signatures are green pages!
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Prompt: June - Clowns
Team: Textbook
Event: Craftology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Ribbon and button books
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: Made for the Sweat Shop Swap, this book (the one in the middle... well, both of the others, but that's the one I took pictures of!) has different patterned paper on the inside and outside of the covers
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Prompt: Team Spirit - Randomizer
Team: Textbook
Event: Craftology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Mini Books
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: These books have a different stitching/cover arrangement - the cover is one piece, folded at the spine, and the signature pages are stitched through the spine of the book.  I like that it's very sturdy, and doesn't twist like the coptic stitch, but it doesn't open flat and you just have to cut the covering paper at the top and bottom of the spine.  Oh, and the pages are orange!
Project Picture:





Prompt: Zap #2
Team: Textbook
Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: Engineering (Recipe Included!)
Project Name: Ice Cream Bread
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: Ice Cream and Flour.  Yup, it makes bread.
2 Cups Ice Cream, any flavor
1 1/2 Cups SELF-RISING flour
Mix, and bake in a loaf pan at 305*F for 40-45 minutes  That's it!

(If you don't have self-rising flour, I never do, all you do is add 3/4 tsp salt and 2 tsp baking powder to your regular flour for this recipe)
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Prompt: Zap #3
Team: Textbook
Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Strawberry and Cream Cookies
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: I like to bake.  A lot (one of my goals was 1,500 cookies this year, I'm well past it already).  And I take requests on D&D nights, and while one guy likes to challenge me (I learned him when I did actually make dill pickle cookies!) some others make reasonable requests.  This was one that everyone but me seemed to love.  I think they're too sweet, but I'm also not a huge fan of white chocolate chips.  Please don't mind my Little Visitor, Anana, in the corner of the picture!

The recipe is here: http://lilluna.com/strawberries-n-cream-pudding-cookies/

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Prompt: July - Star Stuff
Team: Textbook
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Stars needlebook
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: I can never have enough needlebooks, and I've had this star fabric forever.  This time I cut the felt pages short and added a snap closure (admittedly because I forgot the tab I was going to sew in for a closure, but hey!  I have more cut out so I'll use it then...)
Project Picture:





Prompt: July - Dark Matter
Team: Textbook
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Needlemiders
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: I so struggled with this prompt, until I realized I had something pinned I really really really wanted to make for myself that worked perfectly!  Just a little felt stuffy, right?



No!  Hidden inside is a magnet!



Put another magnet on the back and it will hold itself in the corner of your hoop and hold onto your needle.  Genius!

Tutorial is here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437736.0

Prompt: Big Time Project #1
Team: Textbook
Event: Craftology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Starry Night Painting
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: My friend and I decided to host our own "Vino Van Gogh" night (we've been to a few of those painting classes, but figured we could do it ourselves and have access to more paint and cheaper drinks!).  Plus we spent a LOT more time (the classes run about 2 hours, I got there late afternoon and left in the wee hours of the morning!).  I'm waffling on adding something to the painting (a small Tardis and a doctor with a long scarf!) but I'm not sure I can pull it off and I do like the painting as it is.  There's no sense of scale, but it's a fairly large canvas - 16" x 20"

Project picture:



I have a few more things to finish up and get pictures of this weekend... hopefully I'll get most of the prompts done, but we'll see!
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6  Re: Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: August 28, 2015 05:41:10 AM
The whole kit and kaboodle, a whole MONTH before I can open it!!!



Such adorable tags! I'm going to have to up my wrapping game!

Luckily, she sent me an extra that I got to open right away, some lovely soft fabric that will be perfect for my red and black costume!



And now to wait... Sad
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7  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 36 (signup by 8/30, send by 9/21) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by Smeddley on: August 27, 2015 06:00:15 PM
I have three books done! They measure 4" square and have about 112 pages. They are made from reclaimed paper, cut off pieces or paper that was run through a copier, so a few light black smudges here and there, but nothing you couldn't write/draw over.



Copic stitch binding, button and ribbon tie closure, yellow, salmon, green and pink signatures.



Phew, those took longer than I thought!
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8  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 36 (signup by 8/30, send by 9/21) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by Smeddley on: August 22, 2015 09:13:52 AM
An extra week is super-helpful, I meant to make something last week but ended up with too many commitments and this weekend filled up!  I'm thinking about going with mini books, kind of in this style:

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9  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: August 11, 2015 05:15:47 PM
After 64 days of illness (yes, I counted!) I'm finally getting back into the crafting swing.  I'm soooooo behind on everything.  :/

Pluto is a planet!  Made during the fly-by week...



I was recently a Dungeon Master for the first time, and made up a series of maps for D&D:
(project post here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440205.0)



Harry Potter Pygmy Puff - made for puzzled-penguin in the Nerd Games Swap.



Captain Hook Needlebook - Also made for puzzled-penguin in the Nerd Games swap (because, between you and me, I didn't love the way the Pygmy Puff came out). 



MegaCricket - A friend posted that she had a giant cricket in her house, and since we are both fans of really bad sci-fi movies, I made her her own poster... (and I looked it up, since I worried it might look more grasshopper-y, there are green crickets!)



Slenderman Blood Drop - Made for a friend who is very into the creepy legend that is Slenderman:


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10  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2015 --June 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015-- ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: August 11, 2015 05:01:37 PM
Okay, sorry, a little bit of a project dump!  I just realized how many project spots I have to fill!  Time to get crafting!

Prompt: Team Spirit - Textbook!
Team: Textbook
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: Team Textbook!
Project Name: Mini top hat
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: This was made for the circus swap, and while I didn't love the doll I made, I did love this hat.  Luckily, I do have the supplies to make another, some day...  Also, red!  Cheesy

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Prompt: Team Spirit - Fandom!
Team: Textbook
Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Harry Potter Pygmy Puff
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: There's not a whole lot more fandom-y than Harry Potter (well, there's Supernatural, but that's a whole other kettle of fish).  Made for puzzled-penguin in the Nerd Games Swap.

Project Picture:


Prompt: August - Red
Team: Textbook
Event: Craftology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Captain Hook Needlebook
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: Made for puzzled-penguin in the Nerd Games swap (because, between you and me, I didn't love the way the Pygmy Puff came out).  It's mostly red!

Project Picture:


Prompt: August - Green
Team: Textbook
Event: Paperology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: MegaCricket
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: A friend posted that she had a giant cricket in her house, and since we are both fans of really bad sci-fi movies, I made her her own poster... (and the majority is green, since it's the cricket - and I looked it up, since I worried it might look more grasshopper-y, there are green crickets!)

Project Picture:


Prompt: June - Sword Swallower
Team: Textbook
Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Slenderman Blood Drop
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: Made for a friend who is very into the creepy legend that is Slenderman, the biggest problem was cutting the pipe cleaners that make the tentacles and making sure the very SHARP ends didn't poke through the yarn.  I carefully folded them over a few times to make a blunt end that wouldn't scratch anyone or poke through the yarn!

Project Picture:


Prompt: Zap#1
Team: Textbook
Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: Engineering (recipe included!)
Project Name: Koolicles
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: Yeah.  Kool-Aid pickles.  Apparently a thing in a very small bit of the south.  The recipe is easy:

Poor liquid out of a container of pickles.  I used a 24-oz jar, and it would have been better if I'd eaten one pickle first as I ran out of room...

Mix pickle juice with 1 package of Kool-Aid (any flavor, but apparently cherry and lemonade are the most tasty, according to the internet) and 1 C of sugar.

Poor Kool-Aid/pickle juice mixture back into pickle jar, refrigerate for at least 1 week, occasionally shaking to keep mixed.





If you hate sweet pickles, you won't like these.  Reactions were mixed, some loved them and some hated them.  I actually liked them, and I'm not as much a fan of sweet pickles.  I will say that at about 2 weeks the cherry flavor was a lot stronger.
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