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1  Re: 14 hat in 2014 in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: September 14, 2014 07:41:01 AM
Here's my first hat (well, actually my 2nd hat, but the first one hasn't been located yet Smiley ). It's the Built-In Bow hat and I made it using 'petal pink' RHSS and a button from the button jar.



I'll be donating it as part of a batch of hats for something called Karen's Closet. It's a program in my school (and maybe the district) that provides clothing items for students in need. I think they can go in an pick out things they like... so I hope someone likes this hat Smiley
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2  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: September 13, 2014 04:36:09 PM
Prompt:  September- Solitaire
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  Giver
Project Name: Built-in Bow Crocheted Hat
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I made this hat today while my lasagna was cooking, and finished it up after I ate dinner (I crochet slowly, it seems!). I used this pattern by milliemouse579 and crocheted it with pink RHSS (the one main component) and used a button I had in my button jar. I'll be donating it to "Karen's Closet" which is a program in my district (well, at least at my school, but pretty sure it's at others) that provides clothing and school items for students in need. I think it's housed in a room at the school and the kids can go and pick out items they like. I hope somebody picks my hat (I have a few more to donate that I made last year)!

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3  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R2- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: September 09, 2014 07:56:51 PM
Thanks, Tina!

And, stillatthetop and I did a private swap (I'm going to be finishing hers this weekend) and this is the astronomy-themed patch she made for me. I took the photo at an angle to highlight the city skyline and Polaris Smiley



Thanks a bunch! I absolutely love it and it's a fabulous addition to my collection!


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4  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: August 31, 2014 07:01:03 PM
Okay... here's a few more!

Prompt:  Team Spirit- Multimedia: Entertainment Center
Team: Textbook
Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: Engineering
Project Name: Carl's Pudding Pops
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I love watching TV, and one of my students got me hooked on The Walking Dead. This past season, there was an episode where Carl finds a huge can of pudding and eats the whole thing. I had 2 huge cans leftover from a failed science demonstration, and one of them contributed to the making of these pudding pops. I couldn't find a recipe for pudding pops that used already cooked pudding (plenty of recipes for instant), so I sort of winged it. It barely made a dent in the can (I used 2 1/2 cups), so maybe tomorrow, I'll make a trifle to bring to a party...

Recipe:
Cooked pudding in flavor of your choice
Cool Whip (I used regular, but you could try the other varieties!)
Popsicle mold or paper cups
Popsicle sticks (if needed... some popsicle molds come with the "stick" part attached)

Directions:
1. Mix the pudding and Cool Whip in a 2:1 ratio (pudding to Cool Whip)- actual measurments will depend on the size of your popsicle molds, but I used 2 1/2 cups pudding to 1 1/2 cups Cool Whip (not quite 2:1, but I was too lazy to do the math).
2. Pour mixture into molds (I actually put it in a gallon ziploc bag, cut one corner off and "piped" it into the molds), insert sticks (depending on your mold, you may need to prop the sticks up somehow- I've seen masking tape and rubber bands used) and freeze for several hours.
3. To remove pops from molds, quickly dip the bottom of the mold into warm water.
4. Place in treat bags (or wrap in plastic wrap) and store in the freezer (or just eat them!).

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(note: taking longer to freeze than I expected... maybe I used too much Cool Whip?)


Prompt:  August- Taste the Rainbow! (Green= Zucchini and Blue/Purple {& Red}= Mixed berries)
Team: Textbook
Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: Engineering (for recipe modifications)
Project Name: Zucchini Berry Muffins
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: My favorite colors are green, blue and purple. I used this recipe for the muffins, but I modified it quite a bit.
Modifications:
1) I used my own homemade spiced applesauce in place of the oil
2) I used Greek yogurt in place of the milk
3) I used frozen mixed berries in place of the blueberries
4) I eliminated the nuts (and tossed in a few more berries) because of my allergy

They came out a little dark because I was in the middle of something when the timer went off. But, they still taste great! The ones in the picture are frozen so I can eat them for breakfast in the coming weeks.

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Prompt:  August- Secret Stash
Team: Textbook
Event: Foodology (because it uses up food scraps!)
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Bucket O'Worms Compost Bin
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: After signing up for a summer CSA, I knew I'd have plenty of food scraps. I had a worm compost bin in my kitchen, but it took up a little too much room. So, I gave it to my sister. This one is made from two 5-gallon buckets from Home Depot, and I really did have them in my stash! I bought one, along with a bucket tool caddy, to make my sister a gardening tool bucket, and I bought the other one to make a mouse trap. I never made either because my sister basically uses a wheelbarrow and large garden tools (pitchfork and a hoe), and she made me feel bad about the mousetrap (because they wouldn't die instantly). I used this tutorial to make the bin. I did buy one more bucket to add a new layer, but I haven't used it yet. I bought 200 red wigglers to start and then added another 200 more a couple of weeks later. It's impressive how quickly they can turn the food into compost, and I'll definitely have to make sure I eat plenty of produce this winter to keep them (and me!) well fed.

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Prompt:  June- Where's Waldo
Team: Textbook
Event: Craftology
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Tea Box
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: My coffee/tea station is on top of my clothes dryer, which is in my kitchen, and the tea boxes, which were stacked along the back edge of the dryer, frequently fell off. So, I used a shallow plastic bin and the cardboard dividers from a canning jar box to make myself a tea box. I had to cut the cardboard dividers down because they were a bit too tall for the plastic bin, and I had to trim a wee bit from the sides, too. Because I used not-so-sharp scissors, it left the top edge all raggedy. I have a sizable stash of washi tape (I buy it, but never use it!), so I picked out some orange striped tape (which matches the "lovely" orange in my kitchen) and edged the top of the dividers with the tape (it also helps to keep it a little more squared in the bin).

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Prompt:  June- The Best Things in Life
Team: Textbook
Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: "Summer Sky" Mini Mandala
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I recently purchased a gadget that cuts off the top of a K-cup so the bottom can be recycled (and the grounds/paper filter can be composted!). In some of the K-cups, there is also a plastic "screen" tucked into the bottom of the K-cup. I started to save them, knowing that I'd eventually be able to make something out of them. Inspiration finally hit (today!) and I made a mini mandala out of one, using embroidery floss (I think I'll turn it into a pendant). For most of it, I stitched though the holes, but I also wove the floss under (and on the edge, over and under) the stitching to fill in gaps. I think I used 6 colors of floss (4 blue, white, grey).

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I think that leaves me 3 more prompts to finish! But, I think I just hit the wall... I'm pretty sure I was able to get a gold medal in every event except paperology (and I didn't medal in that at all!). Not bad, considering I had 16 prompts to fill the other day! Good thing I was able to use my swap projects Smiley
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5  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: August 30, 2014 05:09:39 PM
Okay, if you saw my list of planned projects and compared it to the projects I am posting, you would see little similarity. Grand plans modified greatly! But, once I looked at the items I'd recently made for swaps (plus a few other summer projects), I realized I had fulfilled quite a few prompts. I have a few more finished, but I need to take photos tomorrow.

For now...

Prompt:  August Battle- Water
Team: Textbook
Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Sailor's Knot Dishcloth
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Sailors obviously need water for sailing, and another thing sailors need is knots. This dishcloth is reminiscent of a Turkish knot (sort of) which is often used as a stopper knot around a cylindrical object. I actually stitched most of it during our all-district staff meeting earlier this week, while listening to speeches & presentations (2 1/2 hours worth...) and it helped me to pay attention and not fidget (and wonder "Is it almost over?" every 5 minutes)! When I got home, I just had to finish the last piece and assemble it.

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Prompt:  August Mob- Happiness Month!
Team: Textbook
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Science Pun Bag
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I made this for BriannaB03 in the Science Swap and she said she loved science puns. She laughed when she opened it, so it definitely made her happy!

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Prompt:  June-  Onomatopoeia: Zip!!
Team: Textbook
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Zipped Project Pouches
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I love zippers and zipper pouches!! These were made to be tucked into the Argon bag that I made for BriannaB03, to be used for holding individual craft projects.

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Prompt:  August- Rhinestone Cowboy
Team: Textbook
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: SHINY! TM Patch
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I made this patch for Watsonc7 in the most recent round of the TM patch swap. I used beads and sequins to adorn the patch. Shiny, indeed!

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Prompt:  August- Version 2.0
Team: Textbook
Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: As You Wish Patch
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I made this patch for roler (private swap) and the image is the same one I used for my Dread Pirate Roberts shirt, only much smaller!

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Prompt:  August- String Theory
Team: Textbook
Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Bacteriophage TM Patch
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: This was also made for BriannaB03 in the Science Swap, and I'll definitely be making one for myself!

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Prompt:  RED ALERT! Perseid Meteor Shower
Team: Textbook
Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Jayne Cobb Hat TM Patch
Project Link:
Brief Description: The TV show Firefly took place in space! I made this for Watsonc7 in the recent TM patch swap, and the little pom-pom (made out of embroidery floss) just about kills me with its cuteness!

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Prompt:  June- Take a Hike!
Team: Textbook
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Beetle TM Patch
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I made this beetle patch for goatgoddess in the recent TM Patch swap. One thing you can definitely find in nature is insects...

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6  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R2- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: August 21, 2014 11:48:50 AM
Okay, while I'm still not totally caught up, I have this short chunk of time between events, so I figured I'd pop on here and comment on the patches I've missed!

cabaute, I love those patches from goatgodess! I agree, her stitching is super neat! And, the tiny details on the patchwork pieces just bowl me over. I don't know if I could cut such small pieces so well!


Watsonc7, I was a little afraid to try making Arrested Development patches since I've never seen the show, but I like how cabute interpreted them, especially the blue one Smiley


goatgoddess, I love the Spock patch, but the Wookie patch is my favorite! And, how can your husband not know who Spock is?


smileyyogini, you sent a great set of patches to stillatthetop! I like the tree one (I love how it extends into the edge of the patch), and I like the tree/peace sign fabric patch one, too! On the third, I like how you stitched around each peace sign. Happy little patches...


GoldenSunshine, I love the patches you got from noodle-bug! I like the patchwork patch, and that owl is just too cute! But, I really love the simplicity of the water patch. And, the set you got from milkeway is equally fabulous! Another nice variety of techniques, too (I need to start a list). Smiling ice cream? Love it! And those little flowerpots are adorable!


Sharalee, that Raggedy Ann patch takes me back to childhood- I loved my Raggedy Ann doll, and I love that Craftsunderground made it round. Perfect. The matroyshka doll patch is great too, and I love the addition of the beads/French knots.


madcrafter, the Hobbit door is amazing (Craftsunderground, such great uses of a round patch!). The French knots make the perfect little flowers! I love the postcard/crown one as well. I love the collage look of the patch.


DaphadillyArt,you were spoiled by milkeway! I love the two text-based pacthes and can't believe those lestters are felt (I think) on the first one (so neatly cut!!)! The others are great, too, especially the little fox.


quaggy, great set of animal patches. I love them all, but I think that the cow one is my favorite. For some reason, photos (and realistic images) of cows just crack me up Smiley


Inselaeffchen, your patches from madcrafter are stunning (Lois, it seems as though you had nothing to worry about!)! The seahorse patch just blows me away, but I love the details on the jellyfish patch, too. I also really like the patches you sent to her. The strawberry is very cute and the purple one has a very haunting quality about it (but in a good way)!


noodle-bug, the minion patch from GoldenSunshine is adorable, and I love the cheeriness of the daisy, and the printed one serves to further emphasize my need to try out that technique! And, the set from quaggy is also fabulous- the one with the heart charms is particularly striking!



I definitely need to start a list of techniques that can be used to make patches (and maybe link to examples). Maybe I'll do that at the start of the next round! And, here's the patch that I made for roler in a personal swap (she made me the water molecule patch at the top of the gallery):


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7  Re: Science Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: August 19, 2014 03:16:35 PM
Prepare to be jealous...

I got the most fantastic package from Trekky yesterday! If she didn't live so far away, I would drive to her house and hug her, I love it so much (and, I'm not usually a hugger Smiley ).

First, I got a bunch of fabulous extras: Tea (in the most adorable tins!), chocolate, and a bar of tablet (it's like fudge). Plus, a lovely postcard from Scotland (I'm 1/4 Scottish, so I really want to visit someday!).




Next, she sent two Teesha Moore-style science themed patches for my collection.

DNA:



Erlenmeyer flask:




And, finally, A KNITTED FROG DISSECTION!!



Yes, as much as I love frogs, this has been an item I have coveted since I first laid eyes on one. But, I can't knit, and it just wouldn't look good in crochet. I am going to pick up a shadowbox and then I am going to proudly display it on the wall behind my desk.

Seriously... like a kid at Christmas when I opened that frog up. Love, love, love!

Thank you so much Trekky!
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8  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2014 Swap in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: August 19, 2014 10:02:52 AM
I received a fantastic package from Calabaza yesterday! We also agreed to swap extras Smiley

First, the group shot:



The official items are: the small zipper pouch (small item), the TM patch (the medium and the card combined- the card was pinned to the back, and the patch took way longer than she expected!), and the supply kit for making TM patches (2 FQs, pearl cotton, and polyfil).

The extras are the other two zipper pouches. The pouches are really cool because they A) Stand open on their own, B) Show the life cycle of a sunflower (seed, shoot, flower) and C) They NEST INSIDE EACH OTHER! Wink I love them! And, I think I'm going to use them for carrying around my TM patch supplies Grin

And, here's a close-up shot of the TM patch (81 on the Periodic Table is Thallium):

The stitching is so neat! It looks like she did couching, using clear thread. The stitches on the back are nearly invisible! It's a great addition to my collection!

Thanks so much, Calabaza!
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9  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R2- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: August 14, 2014 05:14:42 PM
Yesterday, I received two fabulous patches from goatgoddess! She used two very different techniques on them, and I am wowed by them both! And, her edges are so neat and the patches are so nicely rectangular (I need to figure out the secret...).

First, a fish fossil patch! It's hard to see in the photo, but she printed the fish (on perfect, rock-colored fabric) and then embellished it with a little paint to give it some texture.



Next, an erupting volcano! This one is pieced fabric, and I am impressed with the detail!



Excellent additions to my rapidly growing collection of science patches! Thanks so much goatgoddess!
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10  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: July 25, 2014 06:36:16 PM
I'm just doing a quick post so I can get this in before the end of the month. When I get back from vacation, I'll have to go back and see what I missed in this last week!

Prompt:  July Battle- Dogs!
Team: textbook
Event: Craftology
Bonus Points: UFO
Project Name: Boston Terrier Tote Bag
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: My sister used to have this great little Boston terrier (she rescued him), but she recently gave him to my sister-in-law's parents so he could be the only dog (my sister has 3 other dogs who are much bigger... he was getting trounced on a near daily basis). Near the end of my school year, one of my students was wearing a shirt with this cute Boston Terrier image on it. When I went to the store, I picked up 2 of them (kids size small) in the hopes of making a pillow for my sister and I. But, then I realized that my sister probably wouldn't really appreciate a cute, decorative pillow as much as a cute tote bag for carrying books to the library. I put some fusible interfacing on the back of the graphic, trimmed around the image and zig-zagged it onto the tote bag (ever so slowly so I didn't mess it up). So, here it is! And, only about 3 weeks late for her birthday Smiley

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