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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: April 18, 2014 07:07:45 PM

I'm a little behind on my research project because of not having big chunks of time and energy to sit down and embroider, but I am making incremental progress.  Been having fun with miniatures because I can work on them for five minutes, walk away to let them dry and go do some paying work, and come back later to do another five minutes.

Don't feel bad, Ludi....  I've had my research project on "the books" since last June.  Tongue  One of these days I'll surprise myself and finish the thing!!  LOL!

Ditto to that... Grin
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014-- Join anytime! on: April 18, 2014 07:06:34 PM
Okay, the last few weeks have taken a lot out of me, so my first day of vacation was spent mostly in my PJs, watching TV. Did some crafty planning, but mostly just relaxed. Tomorrow, I will be crafting! But for now, I can get caught up on some amazingness- there was a lot I didn't see in the past couple of weeks!

crazyda79, I love your Discworld stuffie! I started reading the series, but then got hung up when I couldn't get the "next" one at the library. I really enjoy seeing renditions of the Discworld whenever they pop up! And, what a neat idea for a cutting board! Was it a glass cutting board? I might have to keep my eyes peeled so I can try something similar. Your TM Penguin patch is adorable, and the Cuban sandwich looks delicious (I've wanted to try one, too, since I read the first Dexter book).

BadWolf314, I love Oreo truffles (and now I want some). I like how the white drizzle over the top makes them look all fancy Smiley And, I want the tables you made for your brother, too! I can't wait to see the project post. Nicely done!

Ludi, your Nonsense House is amazing. I especially love the fish tail, and the thatched roof, but the whole thing is fantastic! Your miniatures are also amazing (especially the books- holy cow, they are tiny!!). Your Fantasy Map hoop is so neatly done, and the colors in the mermaid's tail are perfect, and I love that she is reading, too Wink And, your Ghost Squid... well, I just have to say it's the best looking squid I've ever seen! I love the details! But, is it bad that now I have a craving for calimari?

sammylouise40, excellent titles for your cute book charms! Some of my favorites, as well Cheesy

artsycandice, great stitching job on the Capricorn hoop! I love how the direction of the stitches gives it dimension, too. Also, your balloon creations are so cool! I love the alien, and it's neat how you get that helmet effect (must take a lot of practice!). And, your Royal Crow is gorgeous (crows really are amazing birds!)- I love how you used the colors to create the iridescence in the feathers!

bunny1kenobi, nice job on the "Faith" drawing. Drawing is a skill I need to work on, so I love to see what other folks can do!

Amaranth_in_oz, another great  set of ATCs! I laughed at the birthday one, and the mask set is excellent, and would look great framed side by side. And, another Capricorn! Somehow, I never noticed that Capricorn didn't have legs in the back, but seeing your ATC and artsycandice's hoopla has opened my eyes!

gozer, what a cute wristlet! I like the pleating on it!

And, congratulations to:

Nerds of the Week (last week and this week!): artsycandice, Amarant_in_oz,  calliemae, and Krafty_Karasu! With bonus nerds BadWolf314 and Ludi

Nerds with featured projects: LovelyMiss, artsycandice, and ActsofCraftiness!

Whoo hoo! Such a talented group!
3  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap: SU closed; SO April 22, 2014 on: April 18, 2014 08:37:18 AM
I am planning to work on my patches today! I might get one finished, but my idea might change depending on my materials. I've had a very slow start to my day... I'm still in my PJs and may stay in them all day!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014-- Join anytime! on: April 15, 2014 01:05:50 PM
Your concoction looks pretty tasty!

Thanks! It was tasty enough that I didn't mind eating the leftovers for lunch today Smiley
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Box of Sunshine Gallery (SO Feb 17) on: April 15, 2014 09:38:01 AM
Hooray! And that last sunny package will be just the thing to get us over the last bit of winter (I hear there's a chance of snow here today and I heard that Syracuse had 4" of snow!).
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Teesha Moore Inspired Earth Science Patches on: April 15, 2014 09:35:23 AM
And, I love them! They are just what I needed to start my TM Wall Hanging of Science!
Would love to see where these patches are going to end up..

Once I get it put together (which will require a few more patches, since I only have 3 right now), I'll be sure to post it!
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Teesha Moore Inspired Earth Science Patches on: April 14, 2014 06:17:10 PM
And, I love them! They are just what I needed to start my TM Wall Hanging of Science!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap Gallery on: April 14, 2014 06:15:38 PM
Thanks! I made a post for the patches to show some of the detail up close.


Oh, excellent! Because my phone picture-taking skills are definitely not good Smiley And they deserve to be shown in their best light Cheesy
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014-- Join anytime! on: April 14, 2014 05:12:26 PM
Battle/Challenge:  April- Now We're Cooking!
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Engineering (a recipe)
Project Name: Veggie Tart (An "Empty the Freezer" Concoction)
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: So, I keep promising myself that I'll drop some weight to get back to a a healthy weight range. But, I hate to throw out food, so I'm trying to combine foods that I have in ways that are a little bit better for me. Tonight, I needed dinner, and I had some frozen, past-their-prime, bags of mixed veggies. Originally, I was going to cook up the last bit of pasta and use up the last of the jar of Alfredo sauce ("Alfredo!" Name that movie...). But, the sauce was looking a little past it's prime, too.

So, after rummaging around in the freezer and cupboard, I pulled out a frozen pie crust and a bottle of Asian Ginger dressing (lite!). I thawed the veggies a bit, and tossed them with about a cup of the dressing. After the pie crust thawed (about 50 minutes later), I unrolled it on a foil-lined baking sheet (which I probably should have spritzed with some cooking spray). I scooped a bunch of the vegggie mixture into the center of the pie crust and then folded up the edges. I baked it at 350 F for about 20 minutes (just until the edges of the crust were golden and the mixture was bubbly). I cut it in half, and tucked half in a dish for lunch tomorrow, and ate the rest for dinner (note: I did not eat all of the crust, just the part that the veggies were stuck to). It tasted pretty good, too! I still have about half of the veggie mixture left, so I guess I can use it on that last bit of pasta for dinner on Thursday!

Project Picture:

More "formal" recipe, adjusted for one bag of veggies:

1 bag of frozen mixed veggies (I used a blend of broccoli, peppers, onions, snow peas and water chestnuts)
1/2  cup of Asian Ginger dressing (I used Newman's Own Lite)
1 pie crust (I used the unroll and bake kind... so I needed to defrost it first)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Unroll the pie crust onto a lightly oiled baking sheet (if the "sauce" leaks, the crust may stick to the pan).
3. Partially defrost the veggies, and mix with the dressing.
4. Scoop the veggie mixture into the middle of the pie crust, leaving at least 2 inches of crust around the edges.
4. Fold up the edges of the crust and lightly pinch together to make a fluted edge (it shouldn't cover the veggie mixture completely).
5. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the mixture is bubbling.
10  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap: SU closed; SO April 22, 2014 on: April 14, 2014 02:57:16 PM
DANGGIT!!! I missed the sign ups on this one!   Angry 
I will watch the gallery...and oooh and ahhhh.  Hope I can join the next one!

Unless someone else wants to start one sooner, I can start up a new one mid-June! Smiley

Pretty please?!? :-D I will be a happy lady!  Tongue

Well, now that I have such an amazingly awesome start to my collection of science-themed patches (go check out the gallery, if you haven't already done so!), I want to start another one right away! But, I really need to be mindful of my work schedule (plus I have an added job that I need to finish before the end of the school year... 52 hours of work to do...). So, mid-June it will probably be! But, I think it's a definite thing!
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