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1  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2015 --September 1 - November 30, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: November 24, 2015 07:21:16 PM
Prompt:  November- Sight
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: UFO (this was for a sky-based prompt in an earlier round of the games- Spring, maybe?)
Project Name: Classroom Courtyard Curtains
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: My classroom has a door that leads to a courtyard and, during the morning, the sun shines right into the eyes of my students sitting in the first 2 rows. So, I picked up some science-themed fabrics (constellation maps) and (finally) sewed a curtain for the upper 2 windows. I basically used the width of the fabric, doubled the length of the window, folded it in half and stitched it up, sewing in a channel for the tension rod along the top edge. Since it's 2 layers thick, it will hopefully do a good job of blocking the light.

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2  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2015 --September 1 - November 30, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: November 23, 2015 06:33:57 PM
Great job on the purse bunny1kenobi! And those pillow wedges look super comfortable. Nice aprons, too, although I'd be afraid to get one dirty Smiley

ActsOfCraftiness, I love the cups and the ornaments! Did you stencil them, or is it vinyl? They came out so neat!

And, I managed to figure out a way to complete one of those pesky cryptid prompts!

Prompt:  October- ManBearPig (make up your own cryptid)
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: 2015 Turkey Trot Shirts
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description:  These are the shirts (designed by a student, silkscreened by me) for the annual Turkey Trot at my school. The Abominable Cincurrens (abominable cindy-runner) was not spotted running the race this year, and while the creature has been spotted running in a race (the most recent sighting was in Hawaii in 2001), sightings are extremely rare. The Cincurrens is a master at blending in as a spectator, so it is often difficult to determine whether it has been sighted along a race course. While action photos of the Abominable Cincurrens have reportedly been taken, no evidence has surfaced that can be determined to be authentic.
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3  Cases for Smiles in Crafty Charitable/Social Causes by craftADDchick on: November 22, 2015 10:41:03 AM
These pillowcases are for Ryan's Case for Smiles. I first heard about this organization when it was called ConKerr Cancer. They collect and donate pillowcases for kids in the hospital so they can have something to brighten their day. I'll be dropping off 9 pillowcases at a nearby quilt shop that acts as a donation center, and they'll deliver them to local hospitals (most likely in Boston). When I bought the fabrics a few years ago, I specifically tried not to get patterns that were too babyish. They need cases for older kids, too, so I tried to pick fabrics that would appeal to tweens and up.

There is a pattern on the website that uses something called the "hot dog method" which encases the seam for the accent strip.

Then, I used French seams to encase the side seams.

And, after a few years in the to-do pile, I finally have a stack of 9 completed pillowcases!

I washed them all in dye/perfume free detergent, and I just need to bag each one up and send them on the way.

Each pillowcase uses a yard of fabric (1/4 yard for the edge piece and 3/4 yard for the body), but you can also add in an extra little accent strip of fabric between those pieces. Next time, I might do that. It's definitely a good way for me to satisfy my "must buy this fun fabric" urge and put it to good use!
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4  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2015 --September 1 - November 30, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: November 22, 2015 09:27:49 AM
Prompt: November: Mind vs Body- BODY
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Community
Project Name: Cozy Pears
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441863.0
Brief Description: A co-worker pulled a mangled pear out of her lunch bag the other day, so I offered to make her a pear cozy. I made 2 because I need to start eating more fruits and veggies, and I can get sick of apples, making pears a good option. Eating a healthy diet is good for the body (and also, one of the body types is pear-shaped!).
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Prompt:  UFO Sighting- Shag Harbor Incident
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: UFO, Giver, Community
Project Name: Ryan's Case for Smiles Pillowcases
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441864.0
Brief Description: These are pillowcases that will be donated to Ryan's Case for Smiles (formerly ConKerr Cancer), an organization that donates pillowcases to kids in the hospital to help brighten their day by giving them an emotional boost. I started these cases at least 4 years ago (maybe 5), and finally have them finished! Now, I just need to take them to a nearby quilt shop that acts as a donation center.
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5  Pear Cozies in Crochet: Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: November 22, 2015 09:19:59 AM
At lunch the other day, a co-worker pulled a badly mangled pear out of her lunch bag, commenting,  "Pears don't travel well." To which I replied, "You need a pear cozy! I'll make you one!"

A search for patterns produced a couple of options and, while this one was free (and came with patterns for an apple and a banana cozy), I made a small donation for it. I decided to make 2 of them so I could have one to keep.

No more bruised pears for us!
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6  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2015 --September 1 - November 30, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: November 21, 2015 12:25:32 PM
Those elves are adorable (and thanks for the directions for how to make them edelC)! And, pishaw, you are a sewing whiz!

Calabaza, thank you for tackling the pinning of the projects for so long, and rockingbearranch, thanks for taking up the reins!

Congrats also to the Nerds of the Month! Well deserved!

I feel like I have been out of the loop again, I've been crafting, but not commenting like I used to, so thank you to those of you who who comment regularly (especially roler!. I have a few more projects that I plan to finish for this round, but a couple that I know I probably won't get to (I had a lot of trouble with the cryptid prompts!).

I'm going to do a project dump (one of the projects goes back to September!) in case I don't make it back before the end of the month, but it'll at least put a bunch more points on the board for Team Textbook Smiley

Prompt: Big Time
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Community
Project Name: Bionic Gear Bag
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441856.0
Brief Description: This is another project that my aunt came across (the Jelly Roll Race quilt and the Quilt As You Go Strip Quilt were the 2 others) and that my mom, aunt, and I tackled together. We started around 11 am, and I was the only one who finished, around 9:30 pm. We did take a short lunch and dinner break, but it was still a long time in the making. I might have finished a little sooner if I wasn't stopping to help them out, but probably not more than an hour sooner.
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Prompt:  Big Time
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Canned Apples & Tomatoes
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: This was an epic day of canning, although it shouldn't have been. We made Rotel-style tomatoes, spiced apples, and marinara sauce (plus a couple of jars of leftover "juice" from the Rotel tomatoes that I used as the base for soup later). It was a lot of chopping, with long processing times for some, but overall, not difficult. What stretched it into the wee hours (we finished at 2 am!) was a visit from a friend. She was unusually chatty, and stayed for much longer than we expected. We definitely were happy to see her and get caught up, but trying to can at the same time was a little tricky Smiley
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Prompt:  November- Touch
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: UFO, Community
Project Name: Steering Wheel Cozy
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441857.0
Brief Description: Several years ago (2008, I think), I bought the pattern to make myself a crocheted steering wheel cozy. Living in New England, and with winter bearing down on us, I figured it was finally time to make it. Gripping a freezing cold steering wheel on a cold, dark winter morning will no longer be happening!
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Prompt:  November- Smell
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Engineering
Project Name: Match Jars
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441858.0
Brief Description: My friend and I got together to make these as gifts for co-workers. We're planning to pack them up with (hopefully homemade) scented candles (with winter/holiday scents). The jars contain strike-anywhere matches (I love the smell of matches), which are hard to find, so I ordered them online. To make them we traced and cut out winter themed images (holly leaves and gingerbread men) from sandpaper. My friend had a teeny hole punch that we used to create the face and buttons on the gingerbread man. I came across red sandpaper, in addition to the brown, so we used them both as part of the design. The red was perfect for holly berries and a tiny bow for the gingerbread man. The sandpaper is glued on to the jars with tacky glue. We used little jars from the wedding section at Michaels (18 in a box with a 40% off coupon makes it a great deal).
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Prompt: Red Alert- Mad Hatter Day
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Giver {donated to Karen's Closet at my school, for needy students}
Project Name: Leaping Stripes & Blocks hat (in Minnesota Vikings colors)
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Over in the 15 hats in 2015 CAL, we thought it would be fun to make an NFL themed hat based not on your favorite team, but on your favorite set of team colors. After looking the list over, I settled on the colors for the Minnesota Vikings. I used the free pattern from mooglyblog, Leaping Stripes & Blocks Beanies. I'M GRATEFUL that I am able to donate them to Karen's Closet at school, for the needy & homeless students in our building, because it gives me a chance to give back to the community that I work in.
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Prompt:  November- Sound
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Community, UFO (this was supposed to be for the Multimedia Team Spirit prompt in the Summer Games)
Project Name: CD Organizer Baskets for the Car
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441859.0
Brief Description: Even though I've been told it's "old fashioned" (they pretty much hit their peak in the mid-2000's,so this fits the WE DON'T NEED ROADS prompt), I still like to buy CDs, especially to use in the car (streaming chews through data, and cuts out in certain areas that I drive in). But, I have the bad habits of not putting the CD back in the case I took it out of and also of tossing them into the back seat, moving them from the pile on the front seat, whenever I have a passenger (not often, so the CD pile can get big). This will hopefully help me keep them more organized. I also tend to keep one disc in the player for days (or weeks), so I'm hoping that by having 2 separate baskets in the bin, I can use one, take it into the house to refill it, but still have one in the car (because I know I won't swap out the other ones right away).
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I started learning Kumihimo last weekend, and have made a little progress on it. I was surprised at how easy (and relaxing) it is! It reminds me a bit of making lanyards out of gimp, which I just LOVED as a kid. This braid is the beginning of a necklace (the loom came with a necklace kit), which I'll finish before I jump into beaded bracelets!

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7  CD Organizer Baskets for the Car in Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: November 21, 2015 12:08:10 PM

Even though I've been told it's "old fashioned," I still like to buy CDs, especially for playing in the car. I like the cover art, the booklets of lyrics or pictures of the bands (and sometimes even liner notes!) and streaming music chews through my data plan (and cuts out on me in several places along my commute). But, I have the bad habits of not putting the CD back in the case I took it out of and also of tossing them into the back seat, moving them from the pile on the front seat, whenever I have a passenger (not often, so the CD pile can get big). I end up with a jumbled mess of CDs with discs in the wrong cases.

I found a plastic storage bin that would hold 2 rows of CDs, but I wanted to make individual baskets. This will hopefully help me keep them more organized but I also tend to keep one disc in the player for days (or weeks), so I'm hoping that by having 2 separate baskets in the bin, I can use one, take it into the house to refill it, but still have one in the car (because I know I won't swap out the other ones right away).

To make the baskets, I measured the size of the bin plus the height and width of the CD. I made the lining the same way and nested them together. Instead of turning and top-stitching, I finished the raw edges with some coordinating bias binding tape that I had in my stash. The fabric was leftover fabric that my mom and I used to make wall art for her house in FL (we covered 9 or 12  1-foot square canvases with the fabric, and arranged them in a grid on the wall), and there was a lot of leftover fabric (we matched the print across the square panels, so the length of fabric I had contained a bunch of random cutouts.)

I do have to confess that somehow, and I still don't know what I did wrong, I made each basket twice as big as I needed. My math brain truly abandoned me and a project that should have taken an hour at most took me at least 4. I finally decided to just cut out the extra material in the middle and seamed the 2 halves back together. One of these days I'll figure out where I went wrong with my measurements. Smiley

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8  Re: 15 hats in 2015 in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: November 21, 2015 11:49:55 AM
Finally, here is my hat done in Minnesota Vikings colors. I used the Leaping Stripes & Blocks Beanies pattern on mooglyblog.com. It was pretty easy and quick once I figured out the brim technique (it wasn't hard, but I was crocheting before bed, and was always too tired to watch the tutorial video).

I'm definitely not going to make it to 15 hats (once again). I seem to manage one hat per quarter  Tongue

I did decide to swap out the buttons on my Peaked Cap. The gold, plastic buttons I used stuck out way too much for my liking, so when I came across the buttons I originally bought, I swapped them out. I'll be bundling up the hats for school pretty soon (maybe over Thanksgiving break), since winter is just about upon us! I think I have between 6 and 8 hats at this point. I'll still be working through my list (and making it longer with more potential patterns). I have a couple of baby hats I want to make, and since we have at least one pregnant teacher at school, they'll come in useful for gifts.
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9  Match Jars with Sandpaper in Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: November 21, 2015 11:37:23 AM
My friend and I both work at schools (she teaches elementary art and I teach middle school science) and when the holidays roll around, there are a number of people (office staff, classroom aides, custodians, teachers on the team, etc.) to give gifts to. To make things a little more affordable, we put together these little jars to hold matches, with sandpaper on the outside for striking. We used "strike anywhere" matches, which I couldn't find in the store, so I bought them online. The jars came in a box of 18 and were in the wedding section of Michael's.

We drew images of holly leaves and a gingerbread man and traced them onto the back of brown sandpaper, and then cut them out. We used a tiny hole punch to punch a face and buttons on the gingerbread man. From the red sandpaper, we cut little tiny bows for the gingerbread man, and punched out berries for the holly leaves. We glued the sandpaper onto the jars using tacky glue and we secured them with rubber bands until they were dry. Each jar contains 30 matches (but has room for more). We plan to gift them with small, holiday-scented candles.
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10  Steering Wheel Cozy in Crochet: Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: November 21, 2015 11:27:56 AM
Several years ago, I saw this steering wheel cozy posted online (I thought it was on Craftster, but it must have been somewhere else), and bought the pattern (by Hook Candy). I finally decided to make it only to discover that the pattern had been lost when my computer (and backup hard drive) crashed. The pattern designer kindly sent me a new copy Smiley Cheesy

I had to play around with the gauge since my steering wheel was 2 inches smaller than the one in the pattern, plus I crochet on the tight side, but I finally managed to get the length right. The pattern is crocheted into a strip and then seamed together. It uses a long crocheted chain, woven between stitches, to secure it onto the wheel.

I needed to wait to put it on the car since I had to bring it in for service, and when I saw the black handprint left on the door by the technician, I was glad I waited Smiley  I did give the steering wheel a good cleaning before I put the cozy on. I made mine out of acrylic yarn, so I can easily take it off to wash when needed.

Now, when winter finally arrives, my hands won't be so cold in the morning. And, if I leave it on for the summer months, they won't get burned by the hot steering wheel.
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