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1  Re: Little Visitor Round 22 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: January 12, 2016 12:08:53 PM
We've mostly been doing a lot of arts and crafts, and reading!  We just finished the book club book on Sunday, just I time for Monday's meeting...

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2  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: January 07, 2016 05:15:50 PM
Project one of 2016 done, which is just basically my giant reminder of all the things I need/want to get done this year.  It's the Mammoth Book of Goals, 2016 Edition with included unfinished 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012 goals!

(More info on it here)
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3  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: January 07, 2016 05:13:30 PM
Prompt: Big Time #1
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Community
Project Name: Goal Book 2016
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=442431.0
Brief Description: Oh, Goal Book, I don't even want to think about the time I spent on you!  It has consumed my life the last three weeks...  It's a little late this year, but I had to re-do the cover because I smudged the stamp something awful.  It's my yearly hand-made compilation of goals, past a present, that I will cart around all year and hopefully tick off a ton of, because it's getting think - maybe I can finally finish out all of 2012's goals and get rid of a section!

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4  Goal Book: 2016 in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Smeddley on: January 07, 2016 05:04:51 PM
I'm so tickled someone else is jumping on the goal book bandwagon!  goktrose posted one here if you need some more inspiration... it's not too late to make one!  And it doesn't have to be fancy, my first two didn't even have doodles, they were just pages in a spiral-bound notebook, 50 goals of 50 items each.

Then came the madness of 2014, which was 100 goals of 100 items each.  That was just silliness, as were many, many, MANY of the goals (how could they not be?).  In 2015 I paired it down, went with 15 goals of 15 items each, with an eye to finishing up a lot of 2012, 2013, and 2014's goals.  This year, I'm back to the tried and true 50/50/50 (50 goals of 50 items aiming for 50% success).

Yup, it's pink and blue again, and for one reason.  Those two are some very weird paint I got somewhere, it's "Paint for Plastic", but it really should by called "Paint into Plastic", because it turns what you paint into something that genuinely feels plastic.  I think that's why the covers have held up as well as they have, despite being hauled everywhere all year long.  A lot of the same goals are back (I have a rather extensive list of them here) and a few new ones.  I've also been going back and "revising" some of the goals from years past because they are no longer achievable - I had a swimming goal, but we no longer belong to a gym with a pool, so I changed that to my "Pumpkin All The Things" challenge - posting a pumpkin/pumpkin spice item a day from Oct 1 to Thanksgiving, which I easily accomplished.  Because, remember, there are no rules but the ones you make, and by golly, some day I will 100% complete 2012!

It's also a very large book again, as it has sections for 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012.  Phew!

So, a selection of my new pages... (they aren't all this fancy, trust me, I get tired and some are just lined paper. I need to start on 2017's now...)

Blood donations!  I will color in the test tubes red for each donation, though I'm still behind on 2014's (I was dreadfully ill for two full months last year, ARGH!).

50 dozen cookies - a dead easy goal (I'm the D&D group's cookie baker, so for example, last weekend I made about 9 dozen cookies!).  The page, however, had to be re-done because I hadn't measured properly.  I also picked the ingredients from memory.  I... may bake too many cookies...

Oh, this page!  And, indeed, oh, this goal.  I am not good at crosswords.  Sudoku, yes.  Word searches, fine.  Crosswords?  No.  Almost all of them have celebrity names and I'm horrible at those.  And they really stretch it sometimes... I just had a puzzle that had the word "oner" for something unique.  REALLY?

Yeah, I need a break sometimes, but it's hard, especially since the lives on the app and the computer for Candy Crush Soda Saga are not the same, so you can play twice as much!

Mail!  Who doesn't love mail?  One year I'm going to get myself in line for LetWriMo, but it always sneaks up on me after the holidays.

There once was a girl on a roll
She made a book out of her goal
It kept her on track
And she could look back
On where she'd poured her heart and soul

(Okay, it's not the best, but it was on the fly and wheeeeeee!  I can check off one!)

Nerd Game projects!  If you don't Nerd Game, it's not too late to start!.

Our library has a service where you can download songs, and it's my goal to listen to at least 50 new songs this year.  Yes, old favorites are good, but I love finding new things!

Oh, spider solitaire, my favorite computer-based, mindless time-wasting game (2 suit only, thank you, I can't deal with the 4 suit).

Stamps collected.  This is actually pretty hard, because not a lot of people send letters anymore.  Which is why I need to get on board with LetWriMo, maybe I'd get some back (though that only somewhat works even with Christmas cards!).

So, there you go.  Another year, another goal book.  They say writing your goals down makes them more concrete, and will motivate you more, and I can say, going on my fifth year, that it really does.  Yes, I do have some silly goals (because at 2,500 goals, even aiming realistically for 1,250, some do have to be silly!) but there are some serious ones, as well.  And it can make things a lot more fun, even buying fruits and vegetables (so few vegg have stickers on them... I broke those two goals up in 2014 and am still trying to complete my 100 sticker goal!).

Thanks for looking, and if you made it this far, I think you should be allowed to tick a "book read" goal off... Cheesy
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5  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: December 31, 2015 08:07:05 PM
Oh, goodness, new year's eve and I haven't posted in forever.  I am so so so sorry about this project dump...

Monster Art drawing for a friend:

Chicken Hat:

Fairy Door:

Weeping Angel Blood Drop:

Pumpkin Hat:

Art Cards:

Monster Art cards:

Peacock Shopping Bag:

Black Bustle (costume):

Pirate Costume (bra, vest, bustle, overskirt):

Experiments in homemade alcohol inks:

Lifebook 2012 Lessons:

Lifebook 2013 Lesson:


Now I just have 2013, 2014, 2015, and, starting tomorrow... 2016 to go!
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6  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: December 31, 2015 07:21:56 PM
Prompt:  December: Lego vs Lincoln Logs- Lego!
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Lego Block ... Hotpad? Dishcloth? Crocheted thing!
Project Link:
Brief Description: I completely copied my teammate craftADDchick on this one - I'd wanted to make a "I hope you step on a Lego" hoop, but time... this, at least, only took part of an evening!  That's nerd dedication, spending New Year's Eve finishing a Nerd Games prompt!
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7  Re: Little Visitor Round 22 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: December 31, 2015 07:16:26 PM
Sorry I've been gone so long, like a lot of people here, the holidays are just... time gets away from me, especially working on my new goal book! But tonight we worked on champagne cookies for tomorrow's gaming, which also might have involved drinking the rest of the cham*hiccup*pagne. Wink

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8  Re: Little Visitor Round 22 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: December 10, 2015 07:25:53 AM
We haven't done too much lately, but we did go shopping and I saw something I hadn't seen in forever at Barnes and Noble...

And we participated in the Gift of Giving with a charity group at a nursing home. They bring in a "store" and the people get to pick out a present for someone (or themselves), and we wrap it.

Other than that, we've been working on an art project and hanging around the house. The tree is up, but not decorated yet... :/
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9  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: December 01, 2015 04:55:27 PM
Prompt: December - Slinky
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Origami Slinky
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: I went looking for "slinky crafts", and this showed up and I had to make it!  They used rainbow paper, I used magazine pages, because I like recycling (and it fits a slot in my personal yearly goal book!) and I thought the pictures would look neat.

The magazine I chose had pretty thick pages, I don't know if this was good or bad, the slinky will fall back and forth in your hands pretty well, but I couldn't get it to go down any stairs - it just kept falling over, probably because it wasn't perfectly balanced.

Mine was 25 pieces of folded paper, interlocked, and the whole project took about 45 minutes.  It was fun, but I don't know if I'd do it again - I'd rather fold cranes and hexaflexagons!

The tutorial I used was:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GO-y5ydq-w

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10  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2015 --September 1 - November 30, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: November 30, 2015 05:11:58 PM
Prompt:  UFO sighting
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: UFO, WATER!
Project Name: Peacock Shopping Bag
Project Link: N/a
Project Description: I love these shopping bags, in part because when I go to the grocery story to buy my sparking WATER/club soda, I can carry FOUR 2-liter bottles in one of them!  This is one of several that has been partially done for a very long time, it was the closest to complete and needed a mere thirty five minutes of work (sides, bottom, handles, and the hand sewing).

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Prompt: Red Alert - Mad Hatter Day!
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Mini Top Hat
Project Link: N/A
Project Description: I made this for the STS swap, and held off posting it because I was going to do a post about how it was made for Engineering and Community points, but time got the better of me!

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Prompt: November - Taste
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Engineering (recipe)
Project Name: Pumpkin Cookies
Project Link: N/A
Project Description: These are from an employee cookbook, and the recipe calls for them to be iced, but I like them without.  They're not the sweetest cookie, but they are very fluffy and cake-like and taste very yummy!

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2 C all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground cinnamon
tsp ground nutmeg
tsp ground cloves
tsp salt
C butter, softened
1 C white sugar
1 C canned pumpkin puree
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

1 C confectioners' sugar
3 Tbsp milk
1 Tbsp melted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350F (175 C). Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside.  In a medium bowl, cream together the cup of butter and white sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy. Mix in dry ingredients. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls; flatten slightly.  Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool cookies, then drizzle glaze with fork.  To Make Glaze: Combine confectioners' sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add milk as needed, to achieve drizzling consistency.

Prompt: November - Smell
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: White Chocolate Pumpkin Dream Cookies
Project Link: N/A
Project Description: From one of the Joanna Fluke books, these cookies smell so very sweet and pumpkin-pie-y when they are baking!  The white chocolate chips make them quite a bit sweeter than the other pumpkin cookies, for those with a sweeter tooth - and for the insanely sweet lovers, these, too, call for icing!  (and nuts, I leave those out, too)

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Prompt: October: Loch Ness Monster
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Fisheye ATCs
Project Link: N/A
Project Description: One of the Lifebook lessons is about transferring photos to paper by pasting a photocopy face-down with matte medium, and then you wet and roll the paper away, and the ink is supposed to stay.  Try as I might, I have NEVER gotten it to work perfectly (you may or may not be able to see from the picture how nubbly the area over the picture is, but you can see the color difference!), but it did inspire me to make the ATC on the right, using the photos as inspiration!

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Prompt: Free Range Crafting #3
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Weeping Angel Blood Drop
Project Link: N/A
Project Description: Made as a custom order for the STS swap.

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Prompt: Zap #5
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Engineering (recipe)
Project Name: Rumchata Pumpkin Pie Pudding
Project Link: N/A
Project Description: Pumpkin Pie flavor and Rumchata... it's very, very cinnamony, and very good!  It was my last Pumpkin All the Things before the Pumpkin Pie on Thanksgiving (and thank goodness that is over!  I'm starting earlier next year...).

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Rumchata Pumpkin Pie Pudding Shots

1 Package Instant Pumpkin Pie Spice Pudding Mix
3/4 Cup Milk
3/4 Cup RumChata
8oz tub Cool Whip

1. Whisk together the milk, liquor, and instant pudding mix in a bowl until combined.
2. Add cool whip a little at a time with whisk.
3. Spoon the pudding mixture into shot glasses, disposable shot cups or 1 or 2 ounce cups with lids. Place in freezer for at least 2 hours

Prompt: Random Acts #1
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: UFO
Project Name: Monster ATCs
Project Link: N/A
Project Description: Four ATCs, the monsters had been sketched previously, and left, and I colored them and dropped them off at my local library.  Each took about half an hour to color in, with the shading and whatnot.  I also later found nine other monsters I'd previously sketched!  I keep drawing the same shapes over and over, but probably because I abandon them.  I need more monster inspiration!

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Prompt: Random Acts #2
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Girl ATCs
Project Link: N/A
Project Description: These are slightly larger than most ATCs, but I sketched them on some cardstock I had cut to that size.  Each took about 45 minutes, 15 to sketch and 30 to color in.  Hopefully the people who find them like them!  Also abandoned at the library.

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