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1  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: January 17, 2015 02:08:23 PM
Now that my partner roler has received her package from me in the Stocking Swap, I can post everything I made for her.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Totoro perler ornament
Brief Description: I made a Christmas-themed Totoro ornament out of perler beads as part of my package for roler in the Stocking Swap.
Project Picture: (Note: I forgot to take pictures of the perler ornaments before packing them up, so I am borrowing the picture that roler posted of them in the Stocking Swap Gallery.  Each ornament took over 30 minutes, so I am counting each as a separate project, but I only have the one photo to share.)



Class/Challenge/House Pride: DADA
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Upcycled Necktie Headband #1
Brief Description: roler had a ton of great necktie crafts posted on her Pinterest.  I upcycled a lovely silk tie that I no longer wear for work into a headband for her.
Project Picture:



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Upcycled Necktie Headband #2
Brief Description: This year I am going to try and focus on the themes of "rebirth" and "transformation" in my crafting by making a greater effort to upcycle, stash bust, and craft reusable things to replace disposable ones (like paper towels and dish cleaners).  This headband, upcycled from one of my old neckties, is a first step in that direction.
Project Picture:



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Gandalf perler ornament
Brief Description: This perler ornament made the very long journey from Texas to Japan by post as part of roler's Stocking Swap package.
Project Picture: (Note: I forgot to take pictures of the perler ornaments before packing them up, so I am borrowing the picture that roler posted of them in the Stocking Swap Gallery.  Each ornament took over 30 minutes, so I am counting each as a separate project, but I only have the one photo to share.)



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Upcycled Necktie Scarf
Brief Description: This upcycled necktie scarf is both green in color, and in eco-friendliness.
Project Picture:



Class/Challenge/House Pride: HoM
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
TARDIS Deck Holder
Brief Description: The pattern for this plastic canvas TARDIS is originally for a Magic: the Gathering deck holder, although it can be used to conceal any number of small treasures the owner wishes it to.
Project Picture:





Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Unity
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Animal Crossing perler ornament
Brief Description: This perler ornament is composed entirely in shades of green, Slytherin's signature color.
Project Picture: (Note: I forgot to take pictures of the perler ornaments before packing them up, so I am borrowing the picture that roler posted of them in the Stocking Swap Gallery.  Each ornament took over 30 minutes, so I am counting each as a separate project, but I only have the one photo to share.)



Class/Challenge/House Pride: SoAR
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Upcycled Necktie Cup Guard
Brief Description: This upcycled necktie cup guard will help roler to ward off the cold as she enjoys a hot cup of coffee or tea.
Project Picture: (sorry for the oddly angled pic)



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Hobbit perler ornament
Brief Description: Hobbits/halflings are some of the most wee creatures of all the folk of Middle Earth.  I transfigured this one into a perler ornament, to make him even smaller and easier to ship as part of roler's swap package.
Project Picture: (Note: I forgot to take pictures of the perler ornaments before packing them up, so I am borrowing the picture that roler posted of them in the Stocking Swap Gallery.  Each ornament took over 30 minutes, so I am counting each as a separate project, but I only have the one photo to share.)



Lastly... I wanted to reveal some pictures of the stocking I made for roler, since I kept them hidden when I submitted the project for the Headmistress's December Challenge back on Page 17 of the thread.







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2  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: January 17, 2015 12:53:30 PM
roler received her package from me for the Stocking Swap several days ago, but I'm just now getting a chance to post everything I made for her.  Project Dump Alert! (LovelyMiss -- I sincerely apologize for how "out of order" these prompts are - I made a photo boo-boo, as you'll see down below.)

Prompt: Red Alert - Holiday Spirit
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: Upcycled Necktie Headband
Brief Description: I made this headband out of an upcycled necktie and a flower buckle as one of roler's stocking stuffers in her Swap Package this past Christmas.  Since the tie slides through the buckle, it's totally adjustable.
Project Picture:



Prompt: Red Alert - New Year's Resolution
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: Upcycled Necktie Headband #2
Brief Description: As I have watched my stash swell exponentially over the last couple of years (and considered how much money I've been spending on craft supplies), I've thought a great deal about how nice it would be to start stash-busting and upcycling items I already have instead of buying new materials.  roler had a ton of awesome necktie crafts on her Pinterest, and since I had several neckties I no longer wear for work, I figured that would be an excellent place to start.  Unlike the previous one, this one uses elastic for sizing purposes.  (I hope it wasn't too snug, roler!)
Project Picture:





Prompt: January - Brrr
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: Upcycled Necktie Cup Guard
Brief Description: I up cycled this necktie into a coffee cup guard to prevent roler's hands from heating up too much when she's drinking her hot coffee/tea in cold weather.
Project Picture:





Prompt: January - C.O.L.D.
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: +10 Letter Bonus
Project Name: Completely Outstanding Lady's Decoration
Brief Description: I upcycled this necktie into a decoration for one of our craftalong's Completely Outstanding Ladies - roler!  It's definitely my favorite out of the upcycled necktie crafts I did for her swap package.
Project Picture:



I COMPLETELY forgot to take a picture of the perler bead decorations I made for the Nerdy Element of roler's swap package, so I am borrowing the pic she posted in the swap thread.  This photo is for the next four prompts:



Prompt: December - Galpagos Islands
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: Animal Crossing perler ornament
Brief Description: The Galpagos Islands are well known for the uniqueness of their ecology.  The leaf I crafted in perler beads is also part of the unique botany of another location -- your hometown in the Animal Crossing games.
Project Picture: (see above)

Prompt: January - Frozen Tundra
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: Totoro Santa perler ornament
Brief Description: Totoro made a journey up to the very cold locale of the North Pole to help out Santa for the holidays (note his souvenir hat from the journey).
Project Picture: (see above)

Prompt: December - New Zealand
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: Hobbit perler ornament
Brief Description: Y'all have already firmly established that New Zealand = Middle Earth/the Shire.  I chose this particular design for a hobbit perler ornament because it's actually based off of a Super Mario Bros. sprite.  (Two times the neediness, huzzah!)
Project Picture: (see above)

Prompt: December - Egypt
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: Gandalf perler ornament
Brief Description: Surely the most well-known example of ancient Egyptian architecture must be the pyramids.  Gandalf's pointy hat features a similar triangle design.  (This one is again a video game cross-reference -- this time with Final Fantasy.)
Project Picture: (see above)

Lastly, I wanted to reveal the two "secret" projects I submitted back on Page 19, since they were by far the 2 biggest components of roler's swap package.

Here is the stocking I made.  It was by far the most ambitious sewing project I'd ever completed to date.  (It's the same pattern I'm using for my current Research Project):



This is the first time I ever attempted any kind of quilting.  I did bands of alternating width on the front side:



And I loved this fabric so much, so I figured I'd save it for the stocking back:



My favorite part of the stocking is actually the lining.  Oh my gosh, I was never so scared to mess up a craft in my life -- after spending 2 days on the stocking exterior, I had to sew it shut into the lining!  I thought I was going to mess it up for sure, but it came out just like it was supposed to.



This TARDIS canvas box is "supposed" to be a Magic: The Gathering deck holder, but I'm sure roler can find any number of nerdy treasures to store inside. Wink



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3  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: January 09, 2015 08:00:42 PM
I am very pleased to be able to present the first completed stocking of my current Research Project:



I am pretty in love with the red/white/black color combination, even though it was a lot more challenging to pick out coordinating fabrics at Joann than I expected.  I think I'm ready to graduate to buying fabric at quilting stores Grin. I had originally planned for some of the fabrics to have a slightly more Christmas-y vibe, but again, I ended up going with what I could find.

The first stocking I quilted using this pattern just had randomly crossing quilted lines on the stocking back, like in the pictures I saw on the tutorial, but I wasn't crazy about the effect. This time, I went with all parallel segments of various widths, and I liked it a lot better.



At first, I was going to use a pretty red and white snowflake fabric for the lining, but after seeing how much red was in the stocking exterior, I changed my mind and went for a black lining to break everything up.



I absolutely love how both the stark black color and the geometric pattern contrast with the exterior fabrics.



Friendsmas is two weeks from tomorrow, so I will need to complete at least 1 stocking a week until then!  (I'd really like to get 3 more done total, but we'll see how it goes.)
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4  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: January 09, 2015 07:48:40 PM
Thanks for the clarifications!

I am very pleased to be able to present the first completed stocking of my current OWL for Advanced Studies Friday:



I am pretty in love with the red/white/black color combination, even though it was a lot more challenging to pick out coordinating fabrics at Joann than I expected.  I think I'm ready to graduate to buying fabric at quilting stores Grin. I had originally planned for some of the fabrics to have a slightly more Christmas-y vibe, but again, I ended up going with what I could find.

The first stocking I quilted using this pattern just had randomly crossing quilted lines on the stocking back, like in the pictures I saw on the tutorial, but I wasn't crazy about the effect. This time, I went with all parallel segments of various widths, and I liked it a lot better.



At first, I was going to use a pretty red and white snowflake fabric for the lining, but after seeing how much red was in the stocking exterior, I changed my mind and went for a black lining to break everything up.



I absolutely love how both the stark black color and the geometric pattern contrast with the exterior fabrics.



Friendsmas is two weeks from tomorrow, so I will need to complete at least 1 stocking a week until then!  (I'd really like to get 3 more done total, but we'll see how it goes.)
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5  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: December 31, 2014 04:06:09 PM
bunny1kenobi, that Frozen hat is just too adorable!  So clever.

Prompt: December Battle Royale - North
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: roler's stocking
Project Link: http://imaginegnats.com/the-falling-flakes-stocking-tutorial/
Brief Description: I made this stocking for roler in this year's Stocking Swap.  Next year, Santa will b able to fly down from the North Pole and fill it with goodies for her!
Project Picture:



This is the first time I ever attempted any kind of quilting.  I did bands of alternating width on the front side:



And I loved this fabric so much, so I figured I'd save it for the stocking back:



My favorite part of the stocking is actually the lining.  Oh my gosh, I was never so scared to mess up a craft in my life -- after spending 2 days on the stocking exterior, I had to sew it shut into the lining!  I thought I was going to mess it up for sure, but it came out just like it was supposed to.



Prompt: December Flash Mob
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: TARDIS Deck Holder
Project Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ioahNLPyrg
Brief Description: My ancestors on my mother's side came from what is now the UK.  This TARDIS also clearly originates from the UK.
Project Picture:

This TARDIS canvas box is "supposed" to be a Magic: The Gathering deck holder, but I'm sure roler can find any number of nerdy treasures to store inside. Wink



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6  Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Rd. 10 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by vincentvanbuck on: December 24, 2014 04:42:10 PM
Everyone's stuff looks amazing!  I received my package from roler all the way from Japan this past weekend.  In true Japanese fashion, everything was wrapped GORGEOUSLY-- I had to take a million pictures.



I love the wonderful, colorful box everything came in -- I may have to keep this for placing under our tree every year.



I scored with not one, but two stockings!  One for me:



And one for DH:



The goodies, in no particular order, starting with a super cute pop-up card:



Fun snowman and maneki neko (beckoning cat) candies:





roler asked me if I wanted any specific Japanese things, and I asked for a New Year Zodiac animal decoration:



I also scored an adorable Totoro mini plush hanging:



A super cute pen stand:



Some fruit candies:



Gorgeous fabric scraps that will probably get turned into Teesha Moore-style patches:



Some awesome handmade ornaments and washi tape:



And some of my favorites from the whole package -- woodblock print goodies! (The Woodblock Print Museum is in Kyoto, which was the city where I did my study abroad in college.  I have a woodblock print of a Kyoto scene from the 1800's on my office/craft room wall at home, so these were just spot on!)



Thank you so, so much roler for such a fantastic bounty of goodies!  (I feel so bad, I had some unexpected things happen this year and am horribly late in sending out my package.  It is almost ready to go, but since it is traveling overseas, she will not get it until January.  Cry But she has been incredibly kind, patient and understanding, and a totally awesome partner all around!  Thank you again roler!)
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7  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R3!- Gallery in The Swap Gallery by vincentvanbuck on: December 03, 2014 07:55:43 PM
ACCKK!!! Life has completely gotten in the way of Craftster, and I absolutely neglected to post the patches I received from our wonderful organizer.  She went for my board games theme with two fantastic Clue patches:





How awesome is the stencil work on this one?!? And I love all the different colored fabrics to represent the player characters.





Thank you so much for these wonderful patches, craftADDchick!
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8  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R3!- Gallery in The Swap Gallery by vincentvanbuck on: November 24, 2014 08:54:40 PM
Love these science patches. Is the molecule a form of Ammonia?

I'm not sure.  I copied the molecule that appears on the backing fabric.

I got beautiful patches from goatgoddess this weekend!

Loteria theme:



Merfolk theme:



I absolutely love the gorgeous colors, and I think the X's on the borders look so nice.  She also sent me a lovely extra -- did you use your printer to make it?



The edges of the patches I made look so wonky Undecided but I'm glad I can see that many of you are folding your fabric edges instead of rolling them, I will definitely give that a try next time.  Wink
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9  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: October 31, 2014 03:30:32 PM
Prompt: October Flash Mob - Trick or Treat
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: South Texas Wolpertinger Ninni
Brief Description: I was fortunate enough to be partnered up with the esteemed Ludi in the Fall/Character Ninni Swap.  Ludi listed Cryptids as one of her themes, with the wolpertinger being a particular favorite, so I knew right away that was what I wanted to go with.  Little did I suspect how "trick"y it would be to get this little monster to do what I wanted him to do!  I had to switch materials twice (at first I bought a "craft fur" that shed EVERYWHERE as soon as I cut into it, then struggled to get my new sewing machine to do what I wanted to do, ultimately leading me to switch from machine-sewing fabric to hand-sewing felt), and start over about three or four times.  Somehow I finally managed to trick him into being captured (in crafty homage), and let's just say that I was quite happy to get him shipped off to Ludi.  Wink
Project Picture:





His backside is made up of craft feathers:

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10  Re: Fall/Character Ninni Swap - Send out 10/23/14 in The Swap Gallery by vincentvanbuck on: October 19, 2014 06:59:02 PM
My artfully-crafted Ninni from Ludi arrived this weekend.  Behold!



I am completely stoked to have my own Ursula... one of my absolute favorite villains.



Her hair is just fabulous, of course.



So much detail on one little Ninni!



And to top it all off, I received a delightful bag full of Halloween candy goodness.  I suspect you might have carved the stamps yourself, Ludi?



Thank you for a truly phenomenal swap package!  Now it's time for me to simultaneously stare in awe and fret over whether my package will be good enough.  Cheesy  Shocked
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