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1  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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2  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!

Status:
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Received & Posted Pics
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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(Sent to Inselaeffchen): goatgoddess, Inselaeffchen
Sharalee: DaphadillyArt
SheridanLA: cabaute
smileyyogini: DaphadillyArt, milkeway
vincentvanbuck: craftADDchick, goatgoddess
Watsonc7: craftADDchick, noodle-bug
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3  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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4  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!


Project Picture:
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5  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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6  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.

Project Picture:

Sideways picture of the outside of the bag:



The inside of the bag with the removable liner:



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7  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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8  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!

Project Picture:

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9  In Pursuit of Trivial Jewelry in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by craftADDchick on: September 29, 2014 03:40:16 PM
Almost every Wednesday night, I get my geek on and play team trivia at a local restaurant. Since we haven't been doing so well lately, I decided that I needed a Trivial Pursuit necklace, to use as a trivia talisman, of sorts.



Here's how I made it:

Materials- Trivial Pursuit "Pie Pieces," accent beads, Sharpie, beading pliers, small drill bit (the one I used is 1/16"), bead findings (I used a head pin instead of the jump rings) and not shown, a drill, a clamp, clear packing tape, scrap of wood



1. Decide how you would like your pieces to be arranged. I found it handy to stick them to a piece of packing tape to keep them from shifting around.



2. Use the Sharpie to mark the locations of the drill holes {note: I didn't mark the top and bottom, but it might have helped to align the holes a bit better.}.



3. Before drilling, tape the sides of the pieces so they don't go flying across the room.



4. Carefully, drill through the pieces. It would be very wise to use a clamp to hold the pieces together while drilling {protect your fingers!} and to also use a piece of scrap wood under your work {protect your table!}. My drill bit wasn't long enough, so I needed to drill from each side.

5. Once the holes are drilled, thread the beads and pie pieces onto a head pin.



6. Using your beading pliers. make a loop at the top, and trim off any excess head pin. String onto a chain or string and wear with pride!

Note: The pieces have a tendency to flip around on the head pin, so if this annoys you as much as it annoys me, you may want to add a dab of jewelry glue (like E-6000) to secure them (and I'll do this as soon as I find where I stashed the tube of glue).

Now, I just need to see if it brings us any luck. If not, I might have to make some matching earrings to boost the mojo!
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10  Yet Another TM Patch Swap R3! SU:CLOSED; SO: Nov. 3, 2014 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by craftADDchick on: September 16, 2014 12:57:51 PM


Gallery Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436180.0

Swap Name: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R3
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: craftADDchick
Sign-up date range: September 16, 2014- October 6, 2014
Date to send item by: Monday, November 3, 2014

 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=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 R2!
 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. Watsonc7
3. roler
4. madcrafter
5. cabaute
6. noodle-bug
7. Sharalee
8. DaphadillyArt
9. pinkmichk
10.SheridanLA
11.vincentvanbuck
12.jenleahlynn
13.goatgoddess
14.smileyyogini
15.milkeway
16.elderflower
17.Inselaeffchen
18.crazyday79
19.GoldenSunshine
20.goktrose
21.MommyTheMaid
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