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1  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: February 28, 2015 05:05:21 PM
Oh, wow! There have been so many amazing things posted while I've been away (and crazy busy). I really want to comment on all of them, but it would take me hours to go back through them all (this has been a tough round, time wise!).

And, I have to laugh about the microwave potholders- I had never seen them before, but my mom gave me one for Christmas. I immediately bought, and cut, apple fabric (for the Cold as Ice challenge to represent Regina from Once Upon a Time), and then didn't have time to stitch any of them up. And now, I see them popping up everywhere! Smiley Hopefully, I can fit them in for another prompt!


I've got a few projects to post, far fewer than I expected, but at least it's something for poor Team Textbook!


Prompt:  February Battle- Fabric vs Paper (FABRIC)
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  UFO (I bought the fabric for this a year ago!)
Project Name: English Paper Pieced Hexagon Dresser Pad
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Last year, my mom had a visitor who used the top of the dresser as a luggage rack, and the dresser got scratched. So, I offered to make a pad for it, and we bought some fabric. Instead of making it with some basic blocks of fabric, I decided to get fancy and learn how to do English paper piece work. I knew I didn't want to learn on 1" hexies, so I enlarged the template (the hexies are about 5" across). My original goal was to have it done by Thanksgiving, but it didn't happen. Then, when I visited my mom for Christmas, I thought I'd finish it while I was there. Barely touched it! Finally, over February break, I had a "pajama day" and pretty much spent the whole day stitching the last 5 columns of hexagons together. I was able to put the backing on the night before I was supposed to fly home. Technically, it should be quilted, but I've never really done much machine quilting, and I didn't want to wreck it. So, I might practice, and if I get the hang of it, I'll quilt it when I visit again in December!

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Prompt:  February Flash Mob:  Craft an item in your favorite medium using all stash supplies.
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  Giver
Project Name: Crocheted Peaked Hat
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I made this as part of the 15 Hats in 2015 CAL. Crochet is one of my favorite things to do (tied with sewing). I used yarn leftover from a blanket I made and found a pair of buttons in the button jar that complement the stitch pattern (although, they might be a little big). This hat will be going in the "closet" at school where some of the needy kids can "shop" for clothing items. (STASH)

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Prompt:  February: Stamp the Yard
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Valentine Thank You Cards
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I got a few sweet little gifts from some of my students, so I needed to send Thank You cards. I dug out the heart stamp (I have had it for a VERY long time and have never used it) and the sentiment, and had ink pads in magenta and black. I have a ready supply of cards and envelopes, too (whenever I have a coupon burning a hole in my pocket, I either buy packs of blank cards/envelopes or tape runner refills). I made them one evening while I was on vacation and got them sent off before the end of vacation. (STASH)

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Prompt:  February: Basket Case
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Fabric Woven Heart Baskets
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I've seen these woven heart baskets before (and even in this round of the games!), but in my entire crafty life, I've never made one. I decided that the time had arrived to give it a go, but I wanted to make them with fabric. I found the template and directions online (for making with paper), but used fabric instead. I fused the two fabrics together using Wonder Under and then cut them out (I reduced the template by 50% because I was using scrap fabric). The first one (purple/green) took me a bit longer because I had to get the technique down, but the second one was quicker. I think, for next year, I might make a whole bunch more and make a cute heart garland! (STASH)

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Prompt:  Red Alert- National Hobby Month
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Road Trip Dishcloth
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: While waiting for my brother and my SIL to arrive at my mom's (NY to FL by car), it got pretty late, but I needed to keep myself busy, so I started working on this. I used my own Road Trip Dishcloth pattern, and some leftover yarn from an earlier dishcloth project.

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Prompt:  Red Alert- Love is in the Air
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Tulle Dish Scrubbies
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: A while ago, I made my mom a dish scrubbie out of some purple tulle. My step dad loved it, and when I was visiting over February vacation, he asked for another one, and I knew I couldn't refuse (he had bought me some chocolates for Valentine's Day, plus he is just super and sweet!). My mom had a roll of red tulle in the craft closet, so I made the double-sided scrubby for him. My SIL put in a request for one that was only 1 layer, but slightly larger. I made them both in the car while heading up to visit family (crocheting keeps me from getting carsick). (STASH)

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2  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R4 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: February 06, 2015 03:02:00 PM
I got my patch from calluna already! And, it's fabulous! She made me a patch for the skeletal system. It has a cool strip of twill tape with skeletons on it (did you stamp that yourself, calluna, or were you lucky enough to find it somewhere?). And, it's hard to see in the photo, but along the side of the skeletons it says "Two Hundred Six!" for the number of bones in an adult human.



Thanks, calluna! It's a great addition to my collection!

ETA: I have no idea why it is flipped upside down! It was right earlier... I'll have to try to fix that! It seems to have sorted itself out...
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3  Yet Another TM Patch Swap R4 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: February 06, 2015 02:53:46 PM


Swap Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437630.0


Post all of your fabulous patches here!

Status:
Sent
Received
Received & Posted Pics
Feedback Given
Sending Late w/Communication
Contact Organizer

Participants:
calluna: craftADDchick
craftADDchick: Watsonc7, calluna
Craftsunderground: roler
crazyda79: goatgoddess, roler
DaphadillyArt: milkeway, goatgoddess
goatgoddess: crazyda79, DaphadillyArt
Ludi: Sharalee
milkeway: DaphadillyArt, Watsonc7
meowari: Sharalee
roler: Craftsunderground, crazyda79
Sharalee: meowari, Ludi
Watsonc7 (sent to milkeway): craftADDchick, milkeway
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4  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: January 31, 2015 07:44:57 PM
Nothing like down to the wire! I almost thought I'd have to go with my back-up plan Smiley

Prompt:  January Battle- Warm vs Cold (WARM!!!)
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  UFO (Engineering coming soon!)
Project Name: Hot Water Bottle Cozy
Project Link: n/a (coming soon)
Brief Description: After seeing a bunch of cute crocheted hot water bottle cozies around the internet, I had a compulsion to make one. I actually started this for a Games prompt a while ago (caregiver, maybe?) and have tried to make it for each round since, but it always got shuffled for something else. Now that it's cold here, and my muscles are aching from snow shoveling, I knew I really needed to finish it! It's made with 3 colors (green, royal blue and teal). If I make another one, I'll change the flap design at the bottom (I didn't want to use buttons) to make it a little neater looking. When I had it all finished, I figured out a better way to do it Smiley

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5  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: January 16, 2015 05:02:06 PM
I'll be back tomorrow to comment on the latest postings, since I am still recovering from a bad cold. But, I did have a project to post from tonight!

Prompt: Red Alert! New Year's Resolution
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Snow Falling on Trees
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I often say that I'm not an "artist," because I tend to think of art as painting, drawing and sculpture. I do know that art is much more and that the lines between art and "craft" are getting more blurred as time goes on. However, I still don't consider myself to be skilled at painting, drawing and sculpture. So, when our holiday party was scheduled to happen at "Art on the Rocks," a BYOB and learn how to make a painting place, I signed up when I saw what we'd be painting. It was a lot of fun, and it was very nice to follow along as the instructor showed us what to do. It was also really neat to see all of the variety in the paintings that everyone did. And, while it's far from great, I still bought a frame because then I'd be more likely to hang it on the wall. If you're intimidated by a blank white canvas, I'd recommend giving a painting party a go!

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6  Yet Another TM Patch Swap R4! (SU CLOSED;SO March 2/15) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by craftADDchick on: January 11, 2015 12:29:14 PM


Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437989.0

Swap Name: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R4
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: craftADDchick
Sign-up date range: January 11, 2015- January 31, 2015
Date to send item by: Monday, March 2, 2015

 Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

 Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
 
 Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
 - Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
 - Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
 - Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
 - Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
 - Is at least 18 years old: YES

 Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
 - Has been a member for at least one month: YES
 - Has posted at least 15 times: YES
 - Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
 - Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
 - Does not have any negative feedback: YES
 - Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
 - If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
 - If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

 Details of swap:
 Do you love making Teesha Moore-style patches? Have you always admired them but haven't yet caught the TM bug? Well, this could be the swap for you!

In this round of the TM Patch Swap, you will be crafting for 1 or 2 partners (first time swappers will be limited to 1 partner) and from 1-3 patches (you and your partner should agree on the exact number).

Also, you will have the option of exchanging a TM Patch Supply kit with your partner (contents of kit may include: floss, fabric, embellishments {buttons, beads, ribbons, charms, etc}, poly-fil, etc.).

Let's keep this swap simple and limit it to the sending of patches and kits (if you love sending extra things, consider adding those in to a kit Smiley ).

There are lots of inspirational patches from previous swaps, so check out some of the galleries here:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436180.0 (Yet Another TM Patch Swap R3!)

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434712.0#axzz37wXpySPV (Yet Another TM Patch Swap R2!)

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432695.#axzz2yLfpYtaO (Yet Another TM Patch Swap!)

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=407645.0#axzz2UxtFzswN

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=402089.0#axzz2UxtFzswN

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426480.0#axzz2bcdxNvuF

IF your are new to making patches, here are some links to Teesha Moore's own video tutorials showing you her techniques. You won't want to miss these.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Cm4RoEsgl0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yt49UgGzy6k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=246iSNnS8So
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njd3J7ttslQ


 If you want to participate, information to send to organizer, craftADDchick:

 QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
 Name of swap: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R4!
 Craftster username:
 Email address:
 Your real name:
 Mailing address including the country (please put it in the proper format for mailing to your country):
 Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
 Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
 Do you want one or two partners?
How many patches would you like to make for each partner (Organizer will attempt to match partners based on this information as much as possible)?
Do you also want to exchange a kit with your partner(s), in addition to the patches?
List at least four themes to inspire your partner: (Some themes from previous swaps were the beach, peace and love, buttons, rainbows, DOTD, trees and nature, literature, stripes and polkadots, craftster's choice.)
List peferred size range, if you have one:
Preferred colors, if any:
Are there any colors or themes you really don't want to receive?
Are odd shapes desireable, such as round or triangular patches?
Do you have a Pinterest, website, or WIST site that your partner can peruse for inspiration?

 IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.


PARTICIPANTS:

1. craftADDchick
2. crazyda79
3. DaphadillyArt
4. milkeway
5. roler
6. goatgoddess
7. Sharalee
8. calluna
9. Craftsunderground
10. Watsonc7
11. meowari
12. Ludi


PARTNERS:
calluna: craftADDchick
craftADDchick: Watsonc7, calluna
Craftsunderground: roler
crazyda79: goatgoddess, roler
DaphadillyArt: milkeway, goatgoddess
goatgoddess: crazyda79, DaphadillyArt
Ludi: Sharalee
milkeway: DaphadillyArt, Watsonc7
meowari: Sharalee
roler: Craftsunderground, crazyda79
Sharalee: meowari, Ludi
Watsonc7: craftADDchick, milkeway
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7  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: January 11, 2015 12:14:48 PM
Prompt:  January- Brrrr!
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  Giver
Project Name: Crochet Beret
Project Link: Posted in 15 hats in 2015
Brief Description: I made this as part of the 15 hats in 2015 crochetalong. I've tried to complete this CAL for the last 2 years and have failed miserably, so I'm hoping to actually make it through my list this year. Most of the hats will be donated to the "closet" at school where low income/homeless kids can "shop" for new clothes. We're in the middle of a pretty big cold snap right now, so hats can come in very handy!

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8  Re: 15 hats in 2015 in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: January 11, 2015 11:52:47 AM
I made this last Sunday, while watching football. I needed something easy, without a lot of counting.

This is #18 on my list, a basic beret that's done in a granny square stitch with a single crochet band. It's RHSS in Dark Orchid (from my stash).



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9  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: January 04, 2015 10:54:13 AM
Prompt:  January- Flash Mob
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Engineering
Project Name: Owl Man Exists!
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437501.0
Brief Description: I made this for artsycandice in the Cryptid Swap. The images I used as a reference were pretty creepy, and once Owl Man was finished, I had him on the dresser in the bedroom. When I turned out the lights to go to sleep, I could feel him watching me, so I had to get back up and put him in the other room for the night! Even now, thinking about it, I get chills up and down my spine!
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10  Owl Man Exists! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: January 04, 2015 10:39:46 AM


This is probably one of the most complicated things I've ever made and I made if for artsycandice in the Cryptid Swap. When I signed up for the swap, I declared that I wanted to step outside of my comfort zone of crocheted, sewn, or stenciled items. This project definitely fit the bill!

One of the things artsycandice listed in her swap questionnaire was Owl Man, a cryptid spotted in England, and equated to Moth Man here in the US. It's possible that Owl Man is a hoax or a very large owl that was mistaken for the Owl Man.

I had originally intended to make him on a much smaller scale using some action figures procured from the thrift store. But, when someone at work left a pile of free stuff in the lunch room, and I saw the marionette (Joey Fatone from NSync), I knew I had to use it make Owl Man.



The first challenge was in untangling the strings. After a bit of research, I found a picture of a complete set of marionettes that showed pretty clearly how they were supposed to look. So, after checking out how they were attached to the doll, I cut them off (all but the one on the lower back). I also cut off his boots (and later his hands) so that I could attach the clawed feet and hands.



I started on the wings by sketching a template and cutting them out of plastic canvas. I covered them up with a "skin" of grey t-shirt material and then glued on a whole lot of feathers.



Next, using some more of the grey t-shirt material, I stitched up a little suit and hood to cover up the doll and so I could have something to glue the feathers onto. I could have glued them directly to the doll, but I wanted to use the grey material for two reasons: 1) To make any gaps in the feathers less obvious and 2) To make it seem more like he was wearing a costume (to fit in with the possible hoax). I cut the suit along the back so I could slip it on and stitched it back up, also stitching it to the hood at the neckline. Before I stitched it up, I re-attached the strings to the body of the doll.



Then, I made a set of wire armatures from some scrap copper wire and, using black polymer clay, created the clawed hands and feet. I also fashioned a beak out of the clay (I pressed it onto his face so I could have an impression to match up with when I glued it on later).



I glued on the clawed hands and feet using E-6000, which took longer than I expected because I had to hold each piece until it set. I cut a small opening in the front of the hood to glue on the beak.



I made 2 more cuts in the hood so I could drill into the skull to attach the eyes. The drill melted the plastic a bit, so when I stuck the red safety eyes in, they held firmly without additional glue. I then stitched the wings onto the upper arms (another advantage to using the grey suit).



Finally, I spent a few hours gluing feathers onto the body before I re-attached the strings to the "sticks" of the marionette.



And, it was done! Whew!


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