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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: January 19, 2016 04:39:25 PM
I'm sorry I missed the Nerd Games swap, and I'm afraid I might be letting Team Textbook down a little this round, though I will try my best.  Over the weekend we had to say goodbye to our 17-year-old puppy, and I'm... coping really well, if you discount the hysterical crying jags, the insomnia, and the inability to eat much.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Round 22 Gallery 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...

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! 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)
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ 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!

Project Picture:

5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Goal Book: 2016 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
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: 2016 Goal Book on: January 07, 2016 04:28:29 PM
Beautiful!  I love it!  Cheesy 
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: IYP 28? (time for another round of Invite Your Partner?) on: December 31, 2015 09:16:01 PM
Oooh, I need to start stalking and see who might be available...  Cheesy
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists 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!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! on: December 31, 2015 07:32:11 PM
Wow, the 2016 list already?!  I need to finish up on my 2015 posts...  but I'll snag a spot here, now...

Smeddley's 2016 craft list...

1. 2016 Goal Book
From last year:

Things to do:

Art Projects:

1. Finish Lifebook 2012 pages, make cover
2. Lifebook 2013
3. Lifebook 2014
4. Finish my Wreck this Journal
5. New Wreck this Journal
6. New Wreck this Journal Everywhere
7. Drawing Lab assignments
8. Art of Silliness book
9. Imaginary Animal exercises

Works in Progress

1. 20-ish year old quilting project
2. That silly little pear that just needs a stem
3. That bleeping zipper pouch that's been on my desk for (well over) a year
4. GI tract
5. Peacock shopping bag
6. Hearts shopping bags
7. That other shopping bag that's cut out
6. Strawberry quilt
7. Bugs in a Jar quilt
8. Fishbowl quilt
9. Teddy Bear in Nightshirt Cross-Stitch
10. Teddy Bear in Window Cross-Stitch
11. Snowflake Embroidery
12. Tetris Afghan 2.0
13. Sheep Applique Kit
14. Eunice the Unicorn

Things I have the supplies for that I have not started:

1. Penguin quilt I
2. Penguin quilt 2
3. Royals T-shirt quilt
4. Two pairs of socks
5. About half a dozen shawls
6. Change purse for me
7. Bellydance coverup
8. Costume for next performance (skirt, bra, belt) - burgundy
9. Knit jacket/sweater thing
10. Snowman in Window Cross-Stitch
11. Moon Cross-Stitch
12. Sun Cross-Stitch
13. Plush Reindeer Kit

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: December 31, 2015 07:29:22 PM
Got the Battle posted just under the wire (thank you, craftADDchick, for posting your project, it saved me!), the new prompts look good!

As for aspirations/resolutions/goals, I'm working on my yearly goal book, a LOT of which are crafty goals!
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