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1  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 19- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: September 19, 2014 01:37:44 PM
Mel and Tom had fun at the justice center open house last week, I think that's probably their last adventure... now that my IYP swap stuff is done, it's time to get to work on the scrapbook! That's my main priority next week.

Here they are at the crime scene at the Three Bears house... we also attended the trial of Gold Dee Locks (she was found guilty, but sentenced to community service).

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2  Re: Craftster vs. Pin Craftalong in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: September 14, 2014 11:54:35 AM
I'm glad people are insterested in pumpkin, I think my FB friends are getting weary of just seeing pumpkin pumpkin pumpkin (craft) pumpkin pumpkin from me!  Smiley

Pumpkin all the Things Week 3 - Pumpkin Latte! We went from annoyingly sticky and hot to quite crisp and cool in the space of a few days, so it's time for a warm drink...

Recipe is here

Okay, this is one of the few times I have to admit, fresh is not better. Add the step of "straining your latte" if you're using real pumpkin, unless you have an uber-blender and get it really, really smooth. Latte with strings of pumpkin is just weird. But I did strain it, and it was... okay? I like pumpkin, and I like coffee, but... honestly, I think there are better combinations out there. Not bad, and I did finish it, but... I'd rather have a mocha latte!

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3  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: September 11, 2014 06:44:50 PM
So many amazing things already, I'm slacking on commenting but I'm ... a little more than overwhelmed by swap projects at the moment.  I may have bitten off more than I can chew...  O.o   (It's also that I haven't finished my costume for October 4th, and I got a stand-up desk at work and I'm so much more tired!  Argh!  But I WILL get it all done!)

Prompt: September - Solitaire
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Spider Hugs
Brief Description: Paper and colored pencils, all ex-tree products!  There's a story behind this picture, it has to do with this Facebook post:

"What do you do when you come out of the grocery store (Hen House, naturally, I'm still bitter) and see a spider scuttle under the driver's side door handle of your car? I sucked it up and just opened the door (it was a little jumping spider), but between this, the giant spider on the keyboard tray, the spider that wove a giant web while I was at Cryssoleil's in the hope of catching me as I left (I went out through the garage because she spotted it and saved me), and the car full of baby spiders... I'm beginning to think they have something against me."

Cryssoleil replied that "Maybe they love you and can't resist showing you how much they wanna be with you." ...and this picture was born...

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Prompt: September - Mob: Game of Life
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: UFO!
Project Name: Spider Hugs
Brief Description:  I love these shopping bags, but I hate making them.  They take a freakishly long time for how easy they are, and I always get partway through and just can't finish them.  Well, I was sewing and I told myself I had to get a few done (there are still ... four? five? in various stares of being done) and after a few hours I'd finished two big ones and a little one to carry them in when I go to the grocery store (a shopping bag bag?).

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4  Re: Craftster vs. Pin Craftalong in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: September 09, 2014 05:43:35 PM
Okay, between now and Thanksgiving I am going to PUMPKIN ALL THE THINGS.  Well, once a week.  And Pinterest has some great pumpkin recipes. 

In the first edition of Pumpkin All The Things, I picked Pumpkin Bread Pudding.... in a mug!  Now, I've not had the best luck with all of the Mug Cakes, some are okay, some are not, but this is bread pudding, and I love bread pudding. And it has caramel sauce. And ice cream. What's not to love? Not a lot, to be honest. It was easy, and worked pretty well... I combined all of it into one mug (and ate the WHOLE THING!) so I cooked it a little longer, and it was a little ... eggier? than I usually like my bread pudding (I don't measure when I make it, but I think my milk to egg ratio is different) but it was still good (and, yes, tasted very much like pumpkin pie). The worst thing, though? I now know I am but minutes away from bread pudding at any time...

Pumpkin all the Things Week 2 - early in the week, this week, because I wanted to take advantage of what is (HOPEFULLY) the last hot, icky day of the year to make a pumpkin shake! This was sort of the recipe I used but I substituted regular ice cream for the reduced-fat and we only have whole milk in our house. Also, it wasn't canned pumpkin, so there was a bit more texture. But overall? Yeah, tasted like a cold, ice-creamy pumpkin pie. Not half bad!

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5  Cherry Blossom Crane Tree - Whimsical Shrine in CHALLENGE 102 ENTRIES by Smeddley on: September 07, 2014 01:49:28 PM
I tried to combine a bunch of my partner's likes into one shrine for the whimsical shrine swap, and I was pretty pleased with how it turned out! 

It has a bunch of parts to it, starting with the 50 folded cranes - all out of 1" squares of paper in white, dark pink, and light pink:

I tried a lot of things before settling on a real branch for the tree - I tried twisted wire, paper mache, pipe cleaners, yarn... none of it looked right, so I finally just started gluing twigs together!

Then I added a bench out of mini popsicle sticks and twisted wire, two painted peg people...

And my person favorite bit, a tiny crocheted balloon.  It's made out of embroidery floss using a 1.75mm steel hook.

It was a lot of trial and error, but I think it was worth it!

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6  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: August 31, 2014 11:55:57 AM
Awww, thanks roler!  My octopus may or may not be looking for a new home...  Wink

artsycandice - caricatures are so amazing, I LOVE them!  Serious talent!

Okay, last two prompts, just in the nick of time.... (new prompts tomorrow?  SQUEEEEEE!)

Prompt:  August - Taste the rainbow
Team: Textbook
Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: It's Edible!
Project Name: PB&J Cookies
Brief Description: I used this pin and the only change I made was that, because it was already a peanut butter cookie (and they are very peanut-buttery) I left out the blob of peanut butter in the middle and just went with the jam.  They were a big hit, everyone seemed to like them!

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Prompt:  August - Version 2.0. 
Team: Textbook
Event: Fabricology
Project Name: Shrine(s)
Brief Description: I originally made this shrine for practice for the Whimsical Shrine swap, and it was a bit of a failure.  I tried to stuff together two styles and I really don't think it worked.  So I pulled it apart and made two shrines out of it, and now the fabric-covered one is probably my favorite, though I like the minimalism of the cranes and nest in the tree.

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7  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: August 28, 2014 06:19:18 PM
Really loving the end of the games photo dumps!  Where were all these spectacular project ideas when I was scrambling for them?   Wink

I have two more ready to go, hopefully the last two will come together tomorrow...

Prompt:  July - Photogenic
Team: Textbook
Event: Paperology
Bonus Points: Engineering!
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435339.0#axzz3BjpHsgQS
Project Name: Faux Slides
Brief Description: Cute-out images and packing tape create fake vacation slides!

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(That's my Little Visitor, he didn't have too much excitement at my house so we decided to fake some exotic trips!)

Prompt:  July - Midnight opening
Team: Textbook
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: None
Project Name: Monty Python and the Holy Grail T-Shirt
Brief Description: I was looking for something cute and quick, and while cutting out stencils is never exactly quick (thank you Rosemary and Thyme marathon for keeping me company!), it was easy enough and I really like the way it turned out.

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8  Faux Slides in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by Smeddley on: August 28, 2014 06:09:49 PM
It's totally not 'shopped, you can tell because of the pixels and lack of any subtlety at all!  This is old school cut-and-paste photoshopping!

I was scrambling for a project to fill the "photo" prompt for the Summer Nerd Games, because my original idea took too long and my Plan B was a hilarious failure.  And then, inspiration struck while cleaning out a shelf at work!  I found a slide viewer (I didn't think we had slides, but I eventually unearthed a dozen random ones) and while telling a co-worker about the fun way you can "fake" a transparent slide image with simple packing tape (I honestly can't remember where I heard about that, somewhere on the internet!), a light bulb went on!  My Little Visitors could bring home slides of themselves in exotic locations!

Sure, I could have photoshopped them into the picture first, but where's the fun in that?  After a bit of trial and error, this is what worked for me.

Step one - cut out your foreground image, closely around the subject.  Please note that as I recall, this only works with magazine photos or laser printer photos, no ink jets.

Step two - position the foreground image on the packing tape.

Step three - place your background image on the tape.

Step four - burnish, burnish, burnish!  Really rub, and make sure you get the tape tight around the cut-out foreground image.

Step five - flip tape over and wet the paper.

Step six - Rub!  Gently, adding more water as needed.  Careful when it peels off around the cut-out.

Step seven - rinse and dry!  You can't dry it with a cloth or towel, because it will still be slightly tacky.  Either air dry or, if you're impatient, a hairdryer.

Step eight - I added another piece of tape to the back side (because it was still slightly sticky) and popped them into cutout cardboard "slide holders" (you could also use the real thing).  And voila!  Vacation slides!

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9  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: August 26, 2014 05:54:02 PM
Okay, I feel better about my yarn collection, now!  I'm also envious of everyone who knits socks (some day I'll try it!). 

I have been up to my eyeballs in things that need to get done *right now*, and I signed up for too many swaps, and I might be slightly sleep deprived, so sorry for the rambling, incoherent photo-dump...

I'm also racing to finish the Summer Nerd Games...  O.o

127. Sugar Scrub, made for some people who were envious of the scrub I had in my house (courtesy of Cryssoleil!  ... so it's kinda her fault I had to make this!  ~.^)

128. Small crochet plane for a Commemorative Air Force raffle:

129. Whimsical Shrine for swap:

130. My first attempt at a little zippered pouch for the Nerd Games Swap:

131. Craft all the Things hoop for the Nerd Games Swap:

132. Crocheted Dalek for the Nerd Games Swap:

133. Nerd Girl ATC for the Nerd Games Swap:

134. Finally finished octopus (ran out of red fuzzy yarn, it was discontinued so I had to unravel two legs and use a close match to finish him, with the tops of the legs at least matching the body):

135. Postcard Art for a library thing:

136. Rocket Surgery ATC:

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10  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: August 26, 2014 05:41:27 PM
Photos definitely count, and add me to the number that say the book-pillow one is most excellent!

Ludi, I need to watch that movie!  As soon as I'm done with my current crop of library DVDs...

Prompt:  August Battle:   Earth vs. Air vs. Fire vs. *Water*
Team: Textbook
Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points: UFO!
Project Name: Octopus!
Brief Description: I started this octopus ages ago, and ran out of the red fuzzy yarn.  The *discontinued* red fuzzy yarn.  :/ Luckily, a friend gave me some that was close enough, and I unraveled (no easy task!) the two legs I'd made and used that yarn to top the legs made with the new yarn.  Then I made the belly with new yarn and he was finally done!

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Here's a picture of how he's been for years, with the two finished legs:

Aaaaaaaaand DONE!

Prompt:  August - String Theory
Team: Textbook
Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Dalek
Brief Description:  A Dalek I crocheted for LovelyMiss in the Nerd Games Swap!

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Prompt:  August - Rhinestone cowboy
Team: Textbook
Event: Paperology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Library Art Postcard
Brief Description: Our library put out a call for postcard art, and I saw it as the perfect opportunity to play with my new iridescent watercolors!

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To show the shiny:

Prompt:  Team Spirit: Wordy:  Quotes
Team: Textbook
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Hyperbole and a Half Hoop
Brief Description: The _____ all the things! meme is one of my favorites, and when I saw LovelyMiss had Hyperbole and a Half-related crafts pinned I HAD to make it for her in the Nerd Games Swap.  Of course I chose "Craft all the things!" as a saying.  And I ended up (after much trial and error) using markers on the fabric to color it in.  The watercolors bled too much and the watercolor pencils weren't vibrant enough.  It was an experiment, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

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Prompt:  Red Alert! Perseid Meteor Shower
Team: Textbook
Event: Paperology
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Rocket Surgery ATC
Brief Description  One of my favorite sayings, in ATC forms!  Colored pencils and ink.  You can't have space without rockets, right?  And if you have rockets, you need rocket surgeons!  Wink

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Four more prompts, five more days... I don't know if I'll make it, but I'll give it a try!
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