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1  Re: DO NOT POST: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015-- in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: February 26, 2015 06:25:25 PM


Team Textbook - 610 pts

The optimist says the glass is half-full.
The pessimist says the glass is half-empty.
The engineer says the glass is twice as big as it needs to be...



*Reminder: Challenges/Battles 20 pts, Research Projects 100 pts, Engineering/Giver/UFO 10 pts Extra*


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2  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: February 26, 2015 04:47:59 PM
Ugh, I have been... not really busy, I don't know, just absent.  So, now, for a project dump (sorry...)

I looked on my list and I don't think I posted the Goal Book I made for my friend:



We went to Vino Van Gogh and I painted a large version...



And my LV, Willow, painted a tiny version...



Then on to swap things...

A hood for the Nerd Games Swap


A box for the Cabinet of Curiosities swap:


A peg gnome for the Cabinet of Curiosities swap:


A paper mache framed butterfly for the Cabinet of Curiosities swap:


A fairy door for the Cabinet of Curiosities swap:


A knitted bat for the Cabinet of Curiosities swap:


That's all for now... hopefully I'll have another bunch to post soon!
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3  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: February 26, 2015 04:41:33 PM
Sorry I have been so absent.  We have a show on Saturday, and I'm making little Zill Dragons as fast as I can... between practicing and that I've been out of it!

Prompt:  Red Alert - National Hobby Month.
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: None
Project Name: Goal Book for a friend
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437863.0
Brief Description:  A goal book made for my friend, because she coveted mine!

Project Picture:


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Prompt:  January - Brrrr
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: None
Project Name: Hat!
Project Link:
Brief Description:  What's more useful against the cold than a hat?  Made for Calabaza in the Nerd Games Swap

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Prompt:  February - Stamp the Yard
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: None
Project Name: Little Bird Box
Project Link:
Brief Description:  A little box painted and stamped for the Curiosity Cabinet swap!

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Prompt:  February - Edward Scissorhands
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: None
Project Name: Peg Gnome
Project Link:
Brief Description:  STASH ONLY - Lots of cutting and fiddling with felt to make this little peg gnome!

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Prompt:  February Challenge - Paper
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: None
Project Name: Butterfly
Project Link:
Brief Description:  STASH ONLY - Layers of paper mache and paint went into the little butterfly frame!

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Prompt:  February Mob
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: None
Project Name: Knitted Bat!
Project Link:
Brief Description:  STASH ONLY - Yeah, I have just a tiny bit of yarn laying around...

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Prompt:  February - Paint the Town
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: None
Project Name: Fairy Door
Project Link:
Brief Description:  STASH ONLY - Air-dry clay that I then painted!

Project Picture:


I'm hoping to have a few more to work into prompts before the end (if nothing else, I have 8 zill dragons in progress, and 1 thing I just need to photograph!) but I'll be cutting it close posting...
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4  Re: FOC Second Chance Wishlist Swap 2015 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: February 24, 2015 06:05:54 AM
This has been am amazing gallery, it'll be great to see a lot of these members swapping and sending mire awesome stuff! Cheesy

I got my package from bronzfrog! And boy, is it amazing!

First thing I noticed (besides what looked like fabric) was a bag with a line of magnets!  As I pulled then apart, they just kept getting more and more awesome... 



Jackalopes and Tardis and Fairies, oh my! Not to mention Nessie and baby Kracken... so adorable!

And then...



Okay, so it's not an exciting picture, I admit, but this made me so incredibly happy you don't even know... they're reusable shopping bags, and I love these things... LOVE. I use them for everything! The down side is that I HATE making them. I don't really know why, I just do.  So to have some made for me is heaven!  And I love the fact that one is all serious and beautiful fabric, and the other is fun and zany! So so so me! Cheesy

And that was more than enough, I thought, but no! Lurking in the bottom of the box... 3 ATCs!



They're all adorable, but Dr Jackalope and the Tardis.... *swoon*

Thank you so much for picking my list, bronzfrog! I was completely spoiled! Cheesy
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5  Re: Curiosity Cabinet Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: February 16, 2015 10:10:12 AM
I received from stellate_escuro! Technically, it must have come on Friday, but it stayed in the mail room and I didn't get it until today. Sad  I could have had this awesomeness all weekend!  But, it's with me now... and, weirdly, I painted my nails to match yesterday, without even knowing!

First up, a little journal...



Inside, it has sections devoted to all my favorite things...



And then! The cutest little mushrooms!!!



Thank you so much, I love them!  Cheesy
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6  Re: Winter Nerd Battles 2014-2015 Swap in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: February 11, 2015 04:13:37 PM
Okay, I feel so bad for not posting pictures until now, but I always end up with silly sideways pictures when I post from my phone so I wanted to download them to my computer!

I have wanted... no, that's really not a strong enough word... longed for a macaroon from Calabaza ever since I first saw them.  All the OTT random swaps, I hoped and hoped...

And now...

IT'S MINE!



Seriously, you can't appreciate the true awesomeness until you have one, the detail is amazing, I don't even know how she sews on those little zippers!  I don't like sewing on zippers, and my little zill dragons are way bigger and easier than this would be!  And the Neverending Story emblem... *swoon*  So. Perfect.

And supplies!  Oh, man, talk about having a huge amount of swap anxiety now...



(nevermind the weird pink lines, my phone just does that now and then!)

I can't decide what I want to do with it just yet, it'll have to be something awesome.  With the matching thread, I'm thinking mini art quilt or little bits like tea wallets and whatnot... *plots*

Thank you so much, Calabaza!  I hope my package is half as good!  O.o
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7  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Smeddley on: January 30, 2015 09:14:14 PM
Prompt:  January Battle : Cold!
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: none
Project Name: Winter painting
Project Link: none
Brief Description: While it was unseasonably warm the night we went to Vino Van Gogh, we painted a snowy landscape - and I prefer the cold!



Prompt:  January Mob
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: none
Project Name: mini Vino Van Gogh winter landscape
Project Link: none
Brief Description: What is more chilly than a cold mountain landscape?  While we were painting our big painting, my little visitor Willow painted a tiny version!

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8  Goal Book for a Friend! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Smeddley on: January 27, 2015 08:41:41 PM
I have a friend, who may or may not be *cough*cryssoleil*cough*, who is very supportive of all the things I do, and typically wants what I make.  Now, while I wasn't willing to let her pry my mammoth Goal Book 2015 from my hands, I did say if she came up with a more modest list of goals, I'd make her one.  So she did.  So I did!  Hers is a smaller version, only 6"x6", and I did get to use up a WIP on her from cover - the girl is something I sketched out a long time ago and never finished!  I colored her in with colored pencils and gesso-ed her to a cover layered with acrylics, inks, pen, and a tiny bit of stamping.



The pages are all pen and colored pencil:








(I am most proud of this page - it's WIPs, though I didn't label it!  There's a ToC, so no cheating and just using craft projects to fill it in!)

















I put some blank pages in the back so she can add/keep track of other things, as well.

And the back cover:



And... I've now officially started working on my goal book for next year... no rest for the wicked!  Cheesy
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9  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 20 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: January 27, 2015 08:28:12 PM
Oh, goodness, only a month left?  I will miss Willow terribly when he goes home... he might have been feeling a little homesick, we went to Vino Van Gogh this evening and painted winter scenes... sorry for the bad pictures, they always have such dim lighting... Maybe so you can't tell how bad your painting really is?!





Everyone was very impressed with how well he did on a tiny canvas, even my husband said his painting was better than mine!  Wink
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10  Re: Curiosity Cabinet Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Smeddley on: January 27, 2015 08:21:49 PM
Wheeee!  I received yesterday from rockingbearranch, and I meant to post last night, but I didn't get home until 10:30 and I just fell into bed.  Tonight, I still didn't get home until 9:45, but no excuses!  When did I get so busy?!  This is why I have made very little progress on my items... but they will be done in time!  I just need to get moving...

But enough about me, you want o see the cool stuff I got, yes?  Cheesy

First up, a lovely little container of angora, and a note detailing its uses!  Perfect for the "spells and arcana" part of my cabinet!



Then a sweet little voodoo doll!  He represents my interest in, well, voodoo!  Wink



And!  A lovely pile of mini hand-made books (oh how I love miniature books!).  The best part is all the lovely covers, which came out of an old ... correct me if I'm wrong, I read the note but I don't have it on me and it's been a day, my brain tends to lose things... catalog I want to say for teachers, that had books in it.  They are just amazing, and, like you see in the second picture, fully functional!  The old-school style book strap is just the icing on the cake!





Thank you so much, rockingbearranch!  I hope you like your stuff (when I finally get it done...) half as much!  Cheesy
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