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1  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R5 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: June 21, 2015 01:25:29 PM
I have been completely out of commission the past couple of weeks, and I've missed a lot!

lindyv321, what a great set of patches! I especially love the tardis patches. And, I really like the way the flames look (on both versions). It's great how both of them coordinate!

CraftCrazy13, fantastic patches! I love how the garden paradise one opens up- it reminds me of the book "The Secret Garden." I also really like the beaded fairy garden pacth.

jenleahlynn, excellent patches, especially the deathly hallows patch. That wire symbol is so neatly made! I also really like the hourglass- the use of the beads is perfect! Fantastic stitching on all of them.

goatgoddess, what an amazing crow patch! I love all of the details on it, especially the label with the Latin name!
and, the Edward Gorey patch from RovingAnarchist is amazing, as is the sugar skull- such detailed stitching!

milkeway, wonderful set of patches! I really like the Mickey Mouse one and the subtlety of the Captain America patch!

Inselaeffchen, outstanding patches from fatewineroses, especially the Storm patch- it's gorgeous! And, I love the double meaning for you with the Dr. Who patch. I've only seen a few episodes of the new series, and one of them was the "Empty Child" episode (which was creepy!).

gala_apples, great zombie patches! The fabric on the first one is perfect, and the dismembered body patch is perfectly gruesome!

DaphadillyArt, fantastic patches for your collection! Great detail on them, too, and I especially love the stitching on the "Smash" patch.

quaggy, adorable patches from crazyda79! And I agree about the fox looking like Wile E Coyote!

Ludi, I love the owl patch- so much detail on the stitching! And Vincent on TV is clever! Excellent kit supplies, too!

calluna, I love the rainbow patch- I like how toned down the colors are, and the loteria patch is fantastic!

And, while we weren't partnered up in this round, calluna sent me a fantastic patch that fits my science theme of entomology. Fortunately, she let me know ahead of time that there were cockroaches involved so I didn't freak out when I opened the box! Thank you, calluna! Smiley

I am woefully behind on my patch-making (and all things crafty... and otherwise) at the moment, but school ends on Tuesday. So, hopefully, I'll be recovered from a cold that knocked me on fanny this weekend and I can get my patches in the mail ASAP. I am doubly glad that Watsonc7 organized for this round!
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2  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R5 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: June 06, 2015 04:27:00 PM
Prepare to be amazed (and maybe even a tiny bit jealous Smiley )! I got my science-themed patches from our fantastic organizer, Watsonc7, today!

First up, the phases of matter!

I love how she used beads to represent the molecules!

Next, for my topographic mapping theme, Watsonc7 found a topographic map image of my neighborhood and recreated it on a patch! Fan-freakin-tastic!

With the map:

And a close-up view so you can see the detail. She used paint to add in some color.

I absolutely love them! I'm going to start stitching my patches together this summer and I can't wait to see them all put together!
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3  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2015 --March 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: May 31, 2015 07:01:37 PM
I'll be back tomorrow to comment on all of the last-day-of-the-spring-games projects. But, here are three projects (so disappointed in myself, but I'll get the rest done eventually).

Prompt:  March:60's Flower Child
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Tie Dyed Embroidery Floss
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: When I think of the 60's I instantly think of tie dye! I had some bottles of dye from the Target dollar bin and, since I've been wanting to beef up my embroidery skills, I wanted some fun floss to play with. I used 5 skeins of white, and then I overdyed a light green, pale yellow, light purple, and light blue. Sadly, I tossed out the notes I made about the dye and floss combos when I was cleaning up my mess. I also made some onesie/baby socks/baby hat sets using the same color combos, but they're a wrinkled mess and are not "photo ready." Smiley

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Prompt: May:Boat
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Crocheted Coaster
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I'm trying this new eating plan, and it requires that I drink plenty of water (which has made me realize I had been living in a perpetually partially dehydrated state). Since the warm weather is here, I'll be adding ice to my water glass, which means plenty of condensation on the outside of the glass. So, I needed a coaster that would absorb the drips. I found a pattern for the first 3 rounds, but it looked a little boring, so I added the border (which helped to bring it over the 30 minute mark).

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Prompt:  May:Glider
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Crocheted Coaster Duo
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Crocheting is my go-to "mindless" craft; it's the craft I do when I'm waiting for an appointment, or at a big meeting (where I can crochet unobtrusively). After I made the coaster above, I was able to knock out 1 1/2 of these while waiting for my car to be serviced on Saturday. I modified the border slightly because it looked a bit too crowded. And, a funny thing happened when I went to sit down in the waiting area. The gentleman sitting at the table across from me said, "I can watch your lunch if you need to go to the bathroom." I replied, "Oh, it's crochet, but thank you!" He replied, "Then I can watch your crochet!" It turns out that he was the service manager and he was watching a lady's lunch while she was out talking to the mechanic. She came back, and he left, only to return a minute later to ask, "Is this something a crocheter would use?" and held up a bundle of hooks and knitting needles. I said, "Yes!" and he gave them to me. His wife didn't need them anymore. I'm going to make him a dishcloth as a thank you (using the rest of that orange variegated yarn).

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4  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2015 --March 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: April 30, 2015 07:06:02 PM
Prompt:  April Battle- Dr. Who
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Adipose Motivation Stickers
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I've been trying to stick with a new, fairly restrictive diet, and have not been doing very well. So, I decided to create a set of stickers to use to motivate me. For every day that I can successfully follow the diet, I'll put one of the cute little Adipose stickers on the calendar. The goal is to get 28 stickers in a row!  To make the stickers, I found an Adipose graphic online and opened it up in the Silhouette design software. I drew a circle around it, and filled the page with them. I used the Print & Cut feature (I printed them out with registration marks), ran the printed sheet through the Xyron, and then cut the circles out using my Silhouette. I have 56 stickers in all. That would get me through 2 cycles of the diet.

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Prompt:  April Flash Mob- Favorite British Something or Someone
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Winston Churchill Quote
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Ever since I wrote a 7th grade history report about Winston Churchill, I've respected him. I decided to create a paper cut, using my Sihouette, that I could hang in my classroom. I found a bunch of quotes, and this one seemed like it would be a good one to use. I added the smiley icons to help bridge the the text and help to connect it all together. I have a few "floaters" so it's still on the mat. My plan is to cover it with clear contact paper, which will keep it all together, but I can't find any of the rolls I have, so I'll have to pick up a new roll tomorrow.

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5  Chartres Labyrinth TM Patch in Needlework: Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: April 04, 2015 07:27:03 AM
I made this patch for calluna in the most recent round of the Yet Another TM Patch Swap. As soon as I did a bit of stalking, I knew exactly what I wanted to make. The patch is based on the labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral. I decided to stitch the borders of the path, rather than the path itself, and I wanted to try my hand at couching.

I used some Perle cotton for the base thread and three strands of embroidery floss as the couching thread. I added beads in the center and around the outside. I probably should have picked something simpler for my first attempt Smiley I did use Sulky Solvy for the pattern transfer, and it made it much easier for me to get nice lines! It was my first time using it, and I'm definitely a fan!

It took forever, but it was very relaxing to stitch and, it turns out, it could be used as a finger labyrinth, too!

The patch is about 4 inches square.

Once I have a little more time on my hands, I might stitch up something similar for myself!
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6  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2015 --March 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: April 04, 2015 07:16:33 AM
Prompt:  April- The Queen's English
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Cuss Graffiti TM Patch
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I made this for Watsonc7 in the Yet Another TM Patch Swap and since I was late, I only finished it this week. It's graffiti painted on a wall in a scene from Fantastic Mr. Fox (based on the book by English author Roald Dahl). I projected the movie onto the board (in my classroom), paused it at the scene, and traced it. I then created 2 stencils (one for the yellow "splash" and one for the letters), and did the painting (I tried to mimic the streakiness of spray paint). I then embroidered the black outline.

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7  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2015 --March 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: March 31, 2015 07:06:41 PM
Prompt:  March Flash Mob- (Decade You Were Born)
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Moon Phase Bunting
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I was born in the late 60's, not long before the first men landed on the moon. This bunting represents the phases of the moon as seen from Earth. I'll be hanging it in my classroom, which is why they're only held onto the cord with binder clips (and the nice matching clips are at school). I'm thinking I might use it as an "interactive bunting" so the kids can clip the phases on in order. I left room to add labels in case I decide I don't want the kids handling it (and mucking it all up), but for now, the kids can clip on laminated cards with the names. My mom stitched the embroidery for me (on her embroidery machine) over my February break, and the panels have been sitting in a pile since then. The pattern is from Urban Threads (the Luna pack) and instead of using multiple colors, they're stitched in solid grey. I'll try to get a better photo when I have better light.
PI PROJECT (because the full moon is round)
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8  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2015 --March 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: March 31, 2015 02:58:24 PM
I feel like I've missed all of March! I haven't even checked out the gallery (and I'll remedy that this weekend)!

I did manage to finish the March Battle, however!

Prompt:  March Battle- PAST
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Upcycled Calendar Gift Bags
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I always hate throwing away old calendars, so I save them for "something." Some end up in my classroom for various activities, but others I've saved for crafting (gift bags, cards, envelopes). I've never made the time to do it, but there's nothing like a looming deadline to motivate me! I used a 2007-2008 calendar and my Silhouette to cut out 15 (I messed one up) of the pages. They fold up into small (about the size of a deck of cards) gift bags. I've only folded up the sample (made from the back cover) for now. If I put them all together now, they'll get wrecked Smiley  Plus, I can store them flat. They're a good size for gift cards or jewelery.

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Now, I might even be able to get my March Flash Mob finished; I just need a snack first Smiley
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9  Re: 15 hats in 2015 in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: March 08, 2015 09:19:03 AM
Here's my Peaked Hat! I used buttons I had on hand because, even though I bought buttons, I couldn't find them. I don't love the buttons (they are very rounded and protrude quite a bit), but they kind of match the pattern. I think it's because they're so "gold" (the buttons I bought originally were pewter, I think). But, I'm donating it to the "closet" at school, so hopefully, someone will like it Smiley

So, that makes 2 hats for me, so far. I need to step it up if I have any hopes of getting close to 15 this year Smiley
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10  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R4 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: March 06, 2015 04:00:29 PM
Here are my spectacular patches from Watsonc7! She has made me some fantastic science patches in the past, and these are in the same league Smiley

First, an amazing free-motion Einstein patch! The detail is outstanding- check out those eyes!

And second, a human heart! It's got 2 shades each of red and blue, and a bit of sparkle to it Smiley

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