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1  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R3!- Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: October 29, 2014 06:28:43 PM
I received two fantastic patches from Watsonc7 today. As tired as I am (I was at school from 7:30 am to 8:30 pm... I had to help run the Halloween dance), I had to come on and gush over my patches Smiley

Because my themes fall under science and more science and then, even more science, Watsonc7 ran with it!

First, a Fungi patch to fit into the category of scientific classification. She did free-motion embroidery to make the mushroom and it's excellent!




And next, a patch that shows the layers of the atmosphere. I love how they get darker the higher up you go and that a bit of the earth is peeking out at the bottom!



Thank you so much, Watsonc7! Two more fabulous additions to my collection!
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2  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: October 27, 2014 10:43:02 AM
Prompt:  October Battle:  Fall/Halloween vs. Winter/Christmas- Halloween
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Witch Paper Pieced Potholder
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: This is only the second thing I've ever made using paper piecing (I made a pillow once before), and I have a bigger project I want to make so this was practice. It was a free pattern from Artisania.com and I turned it into a potholder, because I never have enough. My friend had the idea to use the orange thread to quilt around the witch, and I love it! I also love the backing fabric (folded over to make the binding, too), and I'm pretty sure I'll be using this year round! I only had a little bit of trouble putting all of the sections together, so I'll need to do a bit more practice with that (or find some good instructions for that step).

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3  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: October 13, 2014 02:04:02 PM
But, while I haven't really crafted much lately, I have made a bit of progress on my Research Project. In my habit of not working on the important things until I absolutely have to, instead of working on making the house presentable for the delivery of my freezer (which I did eventually do, but not until the night before and morning of), I worked on assembling a second metal shelving unit in my kitchen.

I emptied out two tall, narrow book shelves and part of a cabinet. Almost everything went into bins on the metal shelves, and one of the book shelves is now home to some of the cabinet contents {it holds infrequently used kitchen items- trifle bowl, apple peeler/corer/slicer, cookie cutters, shredding attachments for mixer, etc.}. I ran out of plastic bins, but I'll be emptying the rest of the cabinet to turn it into my canning cabinet.

But, here's the shelving unit, loaded up with pantry supplies and some cooking utensils and implements:



Once I sort out my kitchen cart and its contents, I might have a bit more room on the shelves (the glass jars holding coffee, flour, and sugar will go on the cart). I also have a bit more room on the top shelf. I need to see if I have more bins in the house I can repurpose (I have some, but they may be too big). I also need to start doing a bit of baking... The bin on the bottom right is full of baking mixes...I need to use them up so I can have that space for something else Smiley
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4  Yet Another TM Patch Swap R3!- Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: October 12, 2014 06:00:30 PM


Original Swap Post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435698.0#axzz3DVicJR8T

Post all of your fabulous patches here!

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Participants:

cabaute: SheridanLA, crazyda79
craftADDchick: Watsonc7, vincentvanbuck
crazyda79: jenleahlynn, cabaute
DaphadillyArt: Sharalee, smileyyogini
elderflower: madcrafter, gotkrose
goatgoddess: vincentvanbuck, roler
GoldenSunshine: MommyTheMaid, pinkmichk
goktrose:elderflower
Inselaeffchen: roler
jenleahlynn: crazyda79
madcrafter: elderflower
milkeway: smileyyogini, MommyTheMaid
MommyTheMaid: GoldenSunshine, milkeway
noodle-bug: Watsonc7, pinkmichk
pinkmichk: GoldenSunshine, noodle-bug
roler: goatgoddess, Inselaeffchen
Sharalee: DaphadillyArt
SheridanLA: cabaute
smileyyogini(Sent to milkeway): DaphadillyArt, milkeway
vincentvanbuck: craftADDchick, goatgoddess
Watsonc7: craftADDchick, noodle-bug
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5  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 19- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: October 07, 2014 05:05:24 PM
Burton is home! And, he arrived with quite a bit of goodies, too!

First, a brand new sleeping bag, and a little hedgie buddy! Burton did quite a lot of camping, so I'm sure his sleeping bag came in handy (and will come in handy in the future, too!).



His goodies! In this shot, candy and chocolate and more candy and more chocolate! Slingshot pencils! A Marmite magnet and an adorable owl magnet (made by FruityLoops!). And, a peek at some brochures, maps and postcards!



In this photo, some beer coasters, and a Cornish Pasty coaster, a cookbook "Favourite Recipes with Beer & Cider" (Burton went to many beer festivals, too!), more chocolate candies, flower stickers, his scrapbook, and his suitcase with 2 souvenir pins, a new monkey chew toy, and some snacks for the trip. Also, there's a brochure from Worcester, England, which is fantastic, because I live in Worcester, Massachusetts!



Here's a peek inside of Burton's scrap book! FruityLoops did a great job on it!




And, because Mr. Toast has not left for home just yet, he got a chance to meet Burton! I think they'll stay up all night talking about their adventures (although I think Mr. Toast is a bit jealous of Burton's sleeping bag!).






It looks like Burton had a blast on his trip! Thanks for taking such good care of him Loops!
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6  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: October 02, 2014 04:10:55 PM
Prompt:  October Flash Mob- Trick or Treat
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  Engineering {recipe at project link below}
Project Name: Three Sisters Soup
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435991.0

Brief Description: This year, I signed up for a CSA farm share from a farm right near the school I teach in and in the last couple of boxes, we got a couple of different types of squash. Since yesterday and today have been rainy miserable days, I decided that it called for some soup. I had the squash on hand, some fresh corn, and a can of black beans, so I "created" my own version of Three Sisters Soup (The three sisters are corn, beans and squash and the Native Americans companion planted them). For me, this is a trick, because I used ingredients I had on hand {although I bought the roasted chicken, I had canned chicken I could have used}, and a treat, because I really do love soup!


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7  Three Sisters Soup w/recipe (sort of) in Recipes and Cooking Tips by craftADDchick on: October 02, 2014 04:05:10 PM
This year, I signed up for a CSA farm share from a farm right near the school I teach in and in the last couple of boxes, we got a couple of different types of squash. Since yesterday and today have been rainy miserable days, I decided that it called for some soup. I had the squash on hand, some fresh corn, and a can of black beans, so I "created" my own version of Three Sisters Soup (The three sisters are corn, beans and squash and the Native Americans companion planted them).



Here's how I made it! I don't have exact for some ingredients measurements because I used up what I had.

Ingredients:
Squash (butternut, acorn, etc.)- peel and cut into cubes {I used two types- one was small, and the other medium}
3 ears of corn- slice the kernels off of the ears
1 can of black beans {I may pick up another can and add it}
Onion- peel and cut into chunks {I used 7 small boiling onions, but it was about the equivalent to 1 large onion}
1 large sweet potato- peel and cut into cubes
1/2 to 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes {I didn't really measure...so add what you think is tasty!}
Cooked chicken- cut into chunks (can be shredded) {I picked up a roasted chicken from the grocery store, but I also had canned chicken on hand that was my back-up plan}
2 48-oz cans of chicken broth {you can use less chicken broth and add water, but the chicken broth adds more flavor}
Salt & pepper to tast

Directions:
1. Put the chicken broth {and water, if using} in a large pot and add the squash and sweet potato cubes. Add the red pepper.
2. Bring to a boil and simmer until the veggies are cooked. {One of the squashes broke down a bit in the cooking, so it added a bit of thickness to the broth!}
3. Add the corn, black beans and chicken and cook until chicken is heated through.


I'm having it for dinner right now, and the red pepper isn't too strong. I have a feeling that it'll be a bit stronger when I have it for dinner tomorrow night! I plan to pack it up for freezing, and even if the squash breaks down a bit more when I thaw it out, I don't mind. Now, I only wish I had some nice chunky bread to eat with it!
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8  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: September 30, 2014 07:37:33 PM
I decided that making another batch of soup would have to wait so I could sneak in one more project this month!

Prompt:  Flash Mob- September- Game of Life
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  Engineering
Project Name: Upcycled Car Trash Bag with Liner
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435952.0
Brief Description: Last week, I was in a bad mood, so I decided to buy a new set of sheets, which, for some strange reason, always cheers me up!   Grin  The sheets came neatly folded inside a coordinating storage bag. Now, I don't know about you, but I have NEVER been able to fit the sheets back in the bag. But, I can't just throw them away...Many of the bags are drawstring bags, but this particular bag had a flap with a Velcro closure, and since I was in desperate need of a car trash bag, I decided that the latest sheet bag was the perfect candidate.

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Sideways picture of the outside of the bag:



The inside of the bag with the removable liner:



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9  Upcycled Car Trash Bag with Lining- Made from a Bedhseet Storage Bag! w/Tute! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by craftADDchick on: September 30, 2014 07:29:57 PM
Last week, I was in a bad mood, so I decided to buy a new set of sheets, which, for some strange reason, always cheers me up!  Cheesy  The sheets came neatly folded inside a coordinating storage bag. Now, I don't know about you, but I have NEVER been able to fit the sheets back in the bag. But, I can't just throw them away...

Many of the bags are drawstring bags, but this particular bag had a flap with a Velcro closure, and since I was in desperate need of a car trash bag, I decided that the latest sheet bag was the perfect candidate.

Here's the finished bag:



It doesn't look too special, but I decided that I needed to add a liner to it:




And, in case you have a few empty sheet bags hanging around and want to make your own, here's how I did it!

Materials: Empty sheet bag (this was from a set of Queen-sized sheets), Clear vinyl, Coordinating double-fold bias tape, thread, plastic cable ties {Not shown: Clear packing tape, scissors, sewing machine}



1. Measure the bag to determine the size of the vinyl liner. In my case, the bag was 9 1/2 inches tall, 6 inches across, and 6 inches deep, and it was a boxy shape. To save myself from having to sew a seam at the bottom, I cut along the fold, which meant I needed a little math. I added half of the depth to the height of the bag, and added the depth to the width measurement, plus seam allowance for the side seam (I used 1/4" seams). So, my piece of vinyl was 12 1/2 inches wide and 25 inches long (12 1/2 inches folded). I realize that isn't the clearest explanation, so I can try to add a diagram with my measurements later.



2. Next, I cut notches out of the corners (3 inches up from the bottom fold and 3 1/4 inches from the side seam).



3. I folded the bias tape over the side seams and stitched them down along the edge of the bias tape (about 1/4" seam).



4. Next, I folded the bias tape over the top edge and stitched it down along the edge of the bias tape.



5. To make the box corners, I flattened the corners, bringing the edges together (I pretty much learned how to do this from the Jordy Bag tutorial).



6. Then, I folded the bias tape over the edges and stitched it down along the edge of the bias tape. I did this on both sides.



7. Here's the completed liner!



8. Next, I wanted to add a bit of support to the opening of the bag. You could probably skip this step because the liner gives the bag a decent shape, but if you don't use a liner, it'll help to keep the bag open so it's easier to put the trash into it. So, the first thing I did was to open up about an inch along the top edge seam. I opened it from the inside, along the back edge.



9. Then, I cut the cable ties to fit the measurements of each side (mine were each 6 inches long), and then I taped them together with clear packing tape, leaving a tiny gap between the ends of the ties so I could bend the form at the corners.





10. Thread the ties through the opening and wiggle it through so that the corners of the form match up with the corners of the bag. I didn't stitch the opening closed when I was finished in case I need to adjust the ties later.



11. Finally, I stitched a piece of bias tape onto the back side of the bag body (just below the top seam), and stitched the edges of the bias tape together (which I should have done first, but I didn't think about it in time).

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10  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: September 29, 2014 03:49:50 PM
Okay, I know I have to go back and check out all of the projects I've missed in the last couple of weeks, but I need to post this quickly, and then get started on dinner... and then work on my September Flash Mob (because I forgot that I have plans to go to the movies tomorrow night!).

Prompt: September Battle- Board Games!
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  Engineering
Project Name: In Pursuit of Trivial Jewelry
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435924.0#axzz3EkPWbnj0

Brief Description: In my teens, Trivial Pursuit was the hot game to play, and my friends and I played it regularly. Now, I play weekly team trivia at a local restaurant, and we haven't been doing so well, lately. So, if I wear this to our next game, hopefully it'll bring back some trivia mojo!

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