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1  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2015 --June 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015-- ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: June 29, 2015 06:13:29 PM
Prompt:  June Battle Royale: Cute vs. Creepy
Team: Textbook
Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points: Engineering, Community
Project Name: Don't Bleed! Weeping Angel Blood Drop
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439810.0
Brief Description: In the continuation of the custom blood drop characters theme, I present the Weeping Angel Blood Drop (cue the adage about getting blood from a stone...).  What's more creepy than the weeping angels?

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2  Don't Bleed (with pattern) in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Smeddley on: June 29, 2015 06:09:46 PM
In the continuation of the custom blood drop characters theme, I present the Weeping Angel Blood Drop (cue the adage about getting blood from a stone...):



Start out with a normal Bob the Blood Drop:

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 you make two arms...



Round 1: SC 4 in magic Ring (or, ch 2 and sc 4 in second ch from hook).  Do not join, work in a continuous spiral.
Round 2-3: Sc around (4)
Round 4: Ch2, sl st in 2nd ch, sc around (4)
Round 5-8: Sc around (4)

Then you make two wings...



Row 1: Ch 6
Row 2: Ch1, turn, sc in the next 4 st, then 3 sc in last stitch
Row 3: Ch1, turn, sc in the first sc, 2sc in the next sc, sc in the next 5 sc, ch 3
Row 4: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in the next 7 st, 2sc in next st, sc in last st
Row 5: Sc in first sc, 2sc in next sc, sc in next 9 st, ch 3
Row 6: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in the next 11 st, 2sc in next st, sc in last st, then sc 3 st down the "turn" edge to get back to the starting tail.

Sew the wings to the back of the drop along the back starting chain.  Sew arms on front.





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3  Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: June 23, 2015 06:23:40 AM
As we go into the third week of illness, I'm not sure who's more frustrated, me or Anana! He's been patient but I can tell he's getting bored with watching TV and going to bed at 9pm... We missed a few events I had planned, and I'm depressed about it, but there's not much I could do. There's still a bunch of stuff to do this summer if I can kick this whatever-it-is!

Meanwhile, Anana has been taking precautions not to get sick...

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4  Re: Garden/Outdoor Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: June 16, 2015 04:00:49 PM
I finally went back into work today and my package was waiting for me! But, of course, having been gone over a week I didn't even get to open it right away. Silly things like filling out leave forms and sorting through a billion messages (mostly spam).  But I finally got to sit back and properly enjoy opening my package from emilywilde!

First up, a lovely toad (or fairy) house!



I know just the place for it... after I do some serious weeding.  Between the unbelievable amount of rain and my inability (busy, then sick) to get out in the yard, it really is a jungle out there...

A hanging, felted birdfeeder!



Beautiful colors!

And a ton of extras - a painted muffin tin to start seeds in, some seeds, two lovely fairies, a button and a magnet!



Thank you so much emilywilde, I hope you like your package half as much and sorry again about being so late!
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5  Re: Circus Main Attraction and Sideshow Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: June 16, 2015 03:53:37 PM
Okay, I'm still pretty sick but I did stumble into work today to find my package from MsZombieElvis waiting for me!  Also, see more about dreadfully I'll and excuse and weirdness that comes out of this post...

Anyway, what do I notice when I open the box? The entire thing is a carnival game!



I've got a sneaking suspicion that, unlike real carnival games, every duck is a winner!

Duck #1



Goldfish in a bag! How clever and adorable is that?!

Duck #2



Aerial artist necklace. I've shown this to a friend and I worry I'll have to keep my eye on it, it is so lovely!

Duck #3



Flea circus! She said this was the first time making an altered tin, and boy is it spectacular!  I assume you'll be giving that bad boy a thread of it's own, be sure to link here so everyone can see it... It's really wonderful (I was having a slight issue getting all the packing peanuts out because as humid as it is here right now, our office is weirdly dry and they were clinging to everything!).

And what's the circus without some cotton candy candy?



Serious swap anxiety now, at least it should be only two days until you get your package?  Thank you so much!
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6  Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: June 03, 2015 09:22:54 AM
Don't feel bad, Poe has relatives just outside of DC, so he could have another picture-taking opportunity some day... unless aliens invade and destroy the monuments, or if there's a Sharknado on the east coast... Wink  and the important thing is that he enjoyed himself!  And that you stayed safe, not trying to photograph and drive. Smiley

One day I do want to go to the giant escalator (I think it's at Dupont Circle), which sounds silly, but apparently it's quite impressive!

We've been swamped with swap stuff and getting ready for the bellydancer picnic this weekend (if it'll stop raining for a minute!).

Here's Anana supervising some dyeing (don't worry, no pineapples were splashed with color in the course of the evening!)

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7  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2015 --March 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: May 31, 2015 08:41:59 PM
Okay, two more... then I have to admit defeat on CRAFT ALL THE THINGS.

Prompt:  March 60's Flower Child
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Crocheted Rose Embellishment
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: It's a flower.  I ended up with THREE BOXES of crochet cotton at the auction, so... there's going to be a lot of embellishments crocheted in the coming months!

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Prompt:  May - Tricycle
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Pet Rocks - AGAIN
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I know, I know, enough with the pet rocks already!  But I have a goal of putting googly eyes on 15 things, and with these last THREE I'm up to 14!  Also, I was a child in the 80s and remember the pet rock craze well.  This time I decided to try out some wire-rimmed glasses (I'm not entirely sure how well that will hold up) and some longer hair.

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8  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: May 31, 2015 11:37:52 AM
I can't wait to add my second research project, which will be an over-riding probably summer-long project that will work in tandem with my stash-reducing other research projects.  Yes, I'm hopping on the craft-room-cleaning bandwagon.  And as I have no shame (or maybe need some tisk-tisking to get me motivated!) I'll share a picture.  I think this might be the worst it's ever been...  (taken with the panorama feature, so it is a bit wonky):



The lack of floorspace is, perhaps, the most annoying.  I will be taking detail pictures with each section I clean up (hopefully!)  And, hopefully, as I clean, a lot of those languishing UFOs will get finished!
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9  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2015 --March 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: May 31, 2015 11:33:04 AM
Some amazing interpretations of the prompts... I may need to steal, uh, borrow, some of them in my last-minute crafting today!  I have things to work on, but, as it always seems to be, I don't really feel like doing those things...  And, now, of course, "Rock the Cat-Spa" is stuck in my head... :p

Prompt:  March - 20's
Team:  Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name:  Cooking with Beer!
Brief Description: One of the most memorable thing about the 20s was prohibition, and that was all about hiding booze.  What better way of hiding it than baking it into confectioneries?  (Also, contrary to popular belief, most of the alcohol does not "cook out" of food - you can, technically, get drunk eating booze-ladened food, so it is not suitable for children or recovering addicts to eat a large quantity - and it goes without saying to always, always, always tell people if there is alcohol in food!)  (Also also, if you are not opposed to alcohol, I should mention there is an OMG I need a Drink Swap to sign up for right now!)
 
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Hot Chocolate with Stout beer:



This is sort of the recipe I used, except...

I used equal parts milk and heavy cream (1/4 C each)
I did not measure my chocolate chips, just dumped some in...
Nor did I measure my beer - AND I did not heat the beer after it was added (I used Guinness)
And I used ice cream for the topping instead of making whipped cream.
It was DELICIOUS.

Whiskey and Beer Cupcakes:



This is, hands down, one of the best cupcake recipes out there.  That being said, I do not usually add the ganache (because I'm lazy and I don't like whiskey) and this time I used store-bought buttercream instead of making the Bailey's frosting (laziness, and lack of time!).  Still, it makes and amazingly moist and delicious chocolate cupcake!

Peanut Butter Stout Cookies:



This one was a complete mess.  Here is the recipe I tried to use, but I had trouble rather right from the start.  First off, powdered peanut butter?!  I had none, so I ground up some peanuts I had (which, yes, makes peanut butter, but a far less oily paste than I'd get from a jar of commercial peanut butter!  Also, it left some chunks, which were possibly the only redeeming feature of this cookie).  When I finished adding the ingredients (also, the beer did not go completely flat over one night - Guinness holds its fizz!) I had a soup.  At this point, I was pretty well willing to chuck in the towel, but I went ahead and added a further TWO CUPS of flour.  And then I didn't bother with the chocolate chip part, not wanting to throw good ingredients after bad.  They cooked just fine, and the result was just... unbelievably bland and, predictably, over-floury. If they didn't have beer in them, I would feed them to my dog as pet treats, because they remind me A LOT of the taste of most home-baked dog cookies.  Bland and bread-like.  Hint of peanut.  But then, I didn't follow the recipe, so. 

Prompt:  March - 80's
Team:  Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name:  Pants to Skirt!
Brief Description:I had this pair of pants I LOOOOOOVED, and wore them out.  They were incredibly wide-legged and oversized (I mean, I could barely cinch the waist down small enough and most people thought it was a skirt, anyway), and made of impossibly thin fabric (I wore leggings underneath!).  Inevitably, chub-rub friction caused a catastrophic fabric failure, and I was not longer able to wear them.  But!  They were *so* over-sized, I wondered, could I just cut out the inner ruined legs and seam them together into a skirt?  The answer was YES! 

Project picture:



Maybe I'll get more done today, but I've decided not to stress overmuch... as much as my desire is to CRAFT ALL THE THINGS, inertia (and laziness) are my copilots, and they're winning the battle!
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10  Garden/Outdoor Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: May 31, 2015 09:53:40 AM


The baby robins have flown away...  Sad  But we will soon have lots of lovely packages to oooh and ahh over!

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Smeddley <-> emilywilde
juliel85 <-> MissingWillow
pinkmichk <-> hellobint

Ludi <-> JoyfulClover

Zenersy <-> StainedMushroom
rscowtown <-> Muahahahaha
quaggy <-> redpopsicles
P_E_S_T <-> bronzfrog


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