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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: CLOSED: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ on: September 01, 2014 06:56:48 AM
Thanks, roler! And, the giant cans of pudding are from our school cafeteria. I needed some for an experiment, and had to buy a case of 6 cans!! Let me just say that, after the demonstration didn't work, I doled out 1 can of pudding to each of my 4 classes (and they had a generous portion) but was expecting to use all 6. I think I'll be making more pudding pops and storing them in the freezer in my classroom. Nothing like a pudding pop for an afternoon snack!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: September 01, 2014 05:33:32 AM
Love the Games theme! And, the idea of the Bounties is great! I definitely haven't been posting projects regularly on the boards, so it's a great reminder!


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3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ 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
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Anatomical Swap on: August 31, 2014 04:18:05 PM
Oh, man! I would love to join in, but I know that things will get busy fast! I have to change how I'm teaching this year, so I have to limit my swapping. But, I will be following along (and, if there's another one, perhaps I can join then!).
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ on: August 31, 2014 08:41:49 AM
Most excellent, bunny1kenobi! I'm sure gozer will love it!
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 19- Gallery! on: August 31, 2014 08:06:16 AM
I have been a bit absent over here (school started this week, so my focus has been shifted a bit). I'm still hoping to sneak in another adventure or two, and then the scrapbook work will begin! I really, really have to organize my photos! I started out nice and organized in the beginning, but when I started to use my iPhone for pics, things went downhill quickly (I have to figure out how to get them from the cloud to my computer!).
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R2- Gallery! on: August 31, 2014 07:59:03 AM
In addition to 2 fabulous patches (I love the idea of a Tiny House theme!), you got a great kit of supplies. Sharalee, I love that you matched up the fabrics!

I have a swap item I have to finish this weekend, and once that is done, I am free to start the next round! I'm aiming to have the send-out deadline happen after the Columbus Day weekend but before the end of October.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ on: August 31, 2014 06:46:09 AM
artsycandice, great caricatures! I think I'm partial to the Superman/Batman one, but the girl and her pig comes up a pretty close second. And, I really like the simplicity of the family portrait and can't wait to see what it was an experiment for!

roler, thanks! And when I made the bacteriophage patch, I used 3 strands of orange as the main color (for the center vertical portion and "base"). Then, for the top part, I used 2 strands of orange and 1 of yellow. For the big legs, I used 2 strands of orange and 1 of red, and I stitched each leg with two big stitches and made sure that the front legs overlapped the back legs, because you're right, it would have looked like a tangled bunch of lines Smiley
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ on: August 30, 2014 06:40:01 PM
Thanks, Ludi! I was hoping to try stumpwork on that beetle patch, but I was already late sending. I used felt for the body with little dots of paint (white first and then re-dotted with a bit of blue), stitched the legs and antennae, and used beads for the eyes. It was hard to send away!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: August 30, 2014 06:35:58 PM
And, I might even medal in all of the categories!

Wow!   Shocked

Best wishes for the healing of your wound!   Kiss

Thanks! I can't wait until I can just use a band-aid on it... maybe tomorrow! Who knew a band-aid could make me so happy...

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