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1  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Tanath on: February 29, 2016 04:37:09 PM
Here's a quick post and dash of the stuff I managed to make this round. I hope to be more active and present in the next round.
Looks like it was mostly about eating, this time.

Prompt: Zap #1
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: Christmas Lights Bingo
Project Link:
Brief Description:
Went to see one of the neighborhoods in my city, all decorated for the holidays, with my daughter and some friends. At the last minute I remembered an idea I had, so I created a few sheets with pictures of different shapes of lights that we might find. Gave one to each kid to mark off the ones they spotted. Afterwards, we used them as coloring pages to entertain my daughter while waiting for food at a restaurant. (not the best picture of the project, but shows how useful it was)
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Prompt: Zap #2
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: Pancakes
Project Link:
Brief Description:
tried out a pancakes recipe I found online. Now I don't remember which one it was. Oh well, we'll just have to make more till I find the right one in my bookmarks.
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Prompt: Zap #3
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: Quick lunch from the fridge
Project Link:
Brief Description:
Mixed a few different dishes into this yummy lunch. There's tomato sauce from making lasagna, eggplants from a big batch of antipasti, heated up in a pan with some diced tomatoes and some spaghetti. Then topped with some cheese and gobbled up.
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Prompt: Zap #4
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: Ring for birthday girl
Project Link:
Brief Description:
Went to my in laws for a weekend and met one of my nieces, who had a birthday that week. She requested some more rings, and how can I refuse my cute fans? I only had time to whip up one quick ring for her, but am working on a huge batch for her and the rest of the gang for next month when I meet them all.
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Prompt: Zap #5
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: Israeli Couscous and Cheese Bake
Project Link:
Brief Description:
I love quick dishes, where you just mix everything together and bake. Found this recipe a while ago and already made a few variations of it (with corn and with green olives). We get different shapes (and sometimes colors) of Israeli couscous here. I bake them in a muffin pan and my daughter gets them in her food box instead of a sandwich for her breakfast. The box is returning home empty.
The recipe can be found here:
http://matkonation.com/en/israeli-couscous-ptitim-and-cheese-bake-no-need-to-cook-couscous-ahead-of-time/
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Prompt: The Gingerbread Man
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: Mini Hamentashen and random cookies
Project Link:
Brief Description:
Hamentashen are traditionally eaten on Purim. As this is a Hebrew leap year, we get a whole extra month in the year. The month that is "duplicated" is the one that has Purim in it, and the holiday is celebrated in the second month. The first month has the day called "small Purim". Someone on Facebook suggested that small Purim should have small hamentashen, and the suggestion caught my mind in a very suggestionable mood. So, dug up some recipes and made tiny triangle cookies. But got tired of folding all the little bits (repetitive element), so made random cookies out of the rest of the dough.
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2  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Tanath on: December 31, 2015 05:05:46 PM
Hey everyone, it's Tanath, reporting to you live from the new year!
I'm happy to report that 2016 has been good so far (all 3 hours of it, here), so any of you peeps still in 2015, come on over Smiley
Got a quick post for the Battle prompt, I'll post the rest tomorrow, when I can remind myself what project goes with which prompt.

Prompt:  Decemeber Battle - Lego
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: none
Project Name: MM chain pendant
Project Link:
Brief Description:
Choosing a side for this month's battle was easy. I grew up in a household full of Lego. My dad loves it, so he got us tons of it (almost literally, he once came back from the states with a shipping box full of Lego parts). We spent many happy hours sorting the bricks and building awesome creations. I decided to do something with peyote, since this stitch reminds me of how Lego bricks snap together, sometimes when I work the beads they even make a small satisfying click when they settle into place. I wanted to make a chain with the classic Lego colors, but couldn't find the correct shades of green or blue in my stash, so ended up with only a few relevant colors. I was very pleased with the combination I selected, and only halfway through the project I realized why. The colors are the iconic Mickey Mouse colors!
Anyway, here it is. I might make a beaded chain for it, haven't decided yet.
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And on a chain:
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3  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2015 --September 1 - November 30, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Tanath on: November 30, 2015 03:11:13 PM
And there went another round of awesome. I've been a total slacker. It's a good thing the tracking machine goes ping once in a while to remind me to wind it Smiley
Here are a few things I managed to make this round.

Prompt: Big Time
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: UFO, Community
Project Name: Merry Go Round My Wrist
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441946.msg5355431#msg5355431
Brief Description:
I found the pattern for this years ago somewhere online and finally created a bracelet out of it. I started it last spring, I think. The project traveled with me to France, where I saw a lot of carousels, but didn't add a single bead to it and I finally finished it.
There are a couple more pictures in the project link.
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Prompt: Zap
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: Chai Mini Muffins
Project Link:
Brief Description:
Went to a picnic, but didn't have time to go shopping the day before and minimal baking time in the morning. Had almost enough buttermilk, added yogurt and milk to make up for it. Just mix everything and pop in the oven.
I used this awesome recipe (that I know by heart by now), just used chai instead of earl grey.
http://justbento.com/handbook/johbisai/earl-grey-tea-muffins
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Prompt: Zap 2
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: Vegan Banana Mini Muffins
Project Link:
Brief Description:
For the same picnic, a new friend requested vegan muffins. I had no special ingredients in my kitchen (the no time to shop thing) and no experience with vegan recipes. I did some digging online, compared ingredient lists to what did exist in my kitchen and got some decent banana muffins.
I used this recipe, but added some orange juice to it because of the comments and the consistency of the batter when I mixed everything.
http://vegetarian.about.com/od/veganmuffinrecipes/r/bananamuffins.htm
New friend was happy with them and the picnic was full of yummy stuff from everyone.
Project Picture (it's the darker one on the top of the pile):
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4  Merry Go Round My Wrist in Beads: Completed Projects by Tanath on: November 30, 2015 02:25:16 PM
Years ago, I found a cute pattern for a peyote bracelet and bookmarked it to make some day. I managed to misplace it a few times, and finally went ahead and made it. It took many hours, and turned out wider than I thought it would, but I'm very happy with it.





In progress, with all the little bead boxes:

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5  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2015 --September 1 - November 30, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Tanath on: October 31, 2015 02:43:48 PM
Prompt: October Battle Royale - Yeti
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: Community
Project Name: Bottle Bowling
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441331.msg5349430#msg5349430
Brief Description:
I created a bowling set out of plastic bottles, for my daughter who is currently learning the letter Bet (Hebrew letter, sounds like B or V). There is a Hebrew word for bowling, but most people here just call it bowling, and the Hebrew word for bottle also begins with Bet, so it was a perfect fit. Also, I made it all from stuff that we had around the house, but recycling starts with a different letter Smiley
I went with Yeti for all the snowy white in this project, and also, the light blue we used reminds me of the cute Yetis I saw on Craftster (do a search for Yeti, you'll see what I mean).
Project Picture (a few more pictures in the project link):

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6  Bottle Bowling in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Tanath on: October 31, 2015 02:05:31 PM
My daughter is learning letters, and the letter we are currently working on is Bet (in Hebrew, sounds like either a B or a V).
So, we do activities related to the letter.
I went into our craft room and came out with some plastic bottles, white paint and a brush, and the final result is our personal bowling set:



Found out that gauche paint doesn't like plastic:
 

But found some gesso that did a better job:


Also got a little helper to decorate the bottles with me:


Strike!!!
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7  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by Tanath on: October 11, 2015 12:00:46 PM

*** wanders in with a boombox playing Bon Jovi songs ***

ok, so Friday came and went, and an entire extra week, but here is a report of what we've been up to in this round of the games.

Almost halfway through this round, and we have 21 active players (and I'm sure a few more who are lurking about). The number of projects submitted so far is 128, with some very impresive individual project counts from some players. For example, rockingbearranch of team Wordy, who has completed 15 projects, and Ludi and bunny1kenobi with 12 projects each.

As you already know, Good won the September Battle (and even the Evil projects were good, in a way). Almost everyone submitted a vote in this battle - 18 projects - 10 for Good and 8 for Evil.

The monthly battle is also the most crafted prompt at the moment (looks like this honor usually goes to the time specific prompts of the first month in each round), but the other prompts still have time to catch up. The Greek gods are a close second, with 14 projects, and since that trio's domain covers most of everything in creation, I'm sure we're going to see more projects submitted for it.

People have jumped in and are using the new types of prompts to their full potential. 9 Zaps have been crafted so far, 7 Free Range projects, and 5 Big Time projects.

That's it for today, keep rocking, everyone!
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8  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by Tanath on: September 07, 2015 01:12:02 PM

Hi everyone, only a week into the fall games and I finally finished feeding the tracking machine with all the summer info. The poor thing was overheating and could only crunch so much data every day. Don't worry, I gave it plenty of ice and just today we felt a cooler breeze (a tiny one, but it was there).

As always, we've had an active round. You don't even realize how active it is, until you try to take it all in in a few days at the end of the round.

We have had 21 active players, posting a total of 433 projects (last round we had 326). All the prompts got some attention and all the teams were represented.

June took us to the circus, where we got to see some awesome shows. Each of the June prompts got 15 projects, except for the Ring Master, who only got 14 (I guess he was busy keeping everything else in order).
June's battle had us choose between creepy and cute, with 19 projects, it is the most popular prompt this round. I guess we really are a nice bunch of people, as cute won this battle with 14 projects.

July took us to outer space (which is a big favorite of mine, sorry I was so "spaced out" myself during that time). So we got stars, nebulas and other out of this world goodies. The battle this time was between Robots and Aliens, and the Aliens totally abducted the prize with 9 projects, and only 3 projects for the Robot fans.

August took us back to basics, colors and some of their symbolism. The battle was between Monochrome and Rainbow and it was almost a tie. Monochrome won by a single project with 6 vs. the 5 that Rainbow got. An interesting thing here is the way the project submissions for this prompt appeared. First, the 6 Monochrome projects were submitted and the Rainbow projects were all submitted later in the month.


As mentioned, the most projects any single prompt got is 19 and that honor goes to the June Battle.


Leading the way this round, with 37 projects each, are rockingbearranch for Team Wordy and LovelyMiss for Team Randomizer. Right on their tracks is storerboughtcreations of Team Multimedia, with 35 projects and Smeddley of Team Textbook with 34 projects.


The totals for the teams at the end of the round:
TeamPointsPlayersProjects
Wordy:33906151
Multimedia:1875583
Textbook:1655256
Randomizer:2535486
Fandom:1595457

If anyone is wondering about their own points, prompts they completed or any other random statistics, just let me know and I'll bribe the machine for info Smiley
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9  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2015 --June 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015-- ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Tanath on: June 30, 2015 05:01:45 PM
I left the forums for a few days and now have a big job of catching up. Wanted to post this project real quick, to catch the end of the month. Then, I'll go and read back through the thread and update the tracking machine.

Prompt: June Battle Royale - Cute
Team: Fandom
Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: blue hearts anklet
Project Link:
Brief Description:
This is the only thing I completed this month that isn't food. I made another ankle bracelet, in the same pattern as the one I made last month. Unlike traditional friendship bracelets, I put clasps on my bracelets because I like to be able to switch them, but I haven't taken off the last one I made for a while now.
I chose this project to go with Cute, as the heart symbol is cute and ankle bracelets are cute, but also because ankle bracelets always remind me of the Snorkmaiden from the Moomins. I read the books as a kid and was enchanted by the anklet she wears. I think it's the first time I was aware of this type of jewelry.
Project Picture (shown on my wrist, because taking an in-focus picture of my ankle with my phone is a bit tricky):

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10  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by Tanath on: June 05, 2015 01:07:41 PM

*** Walks in wearing flipflops and a duck float (plus summer clothing, of course, this is a kid friendly thread) ***
Hi everyone, Summer is here! This means longer days (go convince the kid to go to sleep when it's not "night" yet), the pool, the beach, watermelons, grapes and peaches, and ice cream. It also means the Spring round of the games is over and a new round has begun.

Lets take a look at what we had in the Spring round.

We have had 23 active players, posting a total of 326 projects. All the prompts got some attention and the board has been flooded with pictures (no complaints, we love pictures).

May had as zooming about, using different kinds of vehicles, and all of the prompts for this month got a similar amount of attention, ranging from 11 to 14 projects each.
May's 3-way battle didn't get as much attention as previous battles, with a total of 11 projects, with the smallest contestant, Automobiles, winning the battle with 5 submissions, while Trains got 4 and Planes got 2. But no matter how you travel, as long as you keep safe and make it to your destination more or less on time and in good shape.

The most projects any single prompt got is 19 and 3 different prompts made it to that number: March's 40's Homemaker, 60's Flower Child and April's Union Jack.

We've had 7 Adventurers, who ventured out of the games thread and actually posted elsewhere in the Craftster world, on boards that are new or infrequent to them. Hurray for the brave adventurers: roler, storeboghtcreations, gozer, Mountains and Clouds, artsycandice, calabaza and LovelyMiss.

Leading the way this round, with 24 projects each, are Lody and gozer for Team Wordy, who went by the famous Craftser mantra Craft All The Things!!! and a bit beyond that, Ludi with an extra Research project and gozer with a Bounty entry. Also Crafting All The Things is rockingbearranch of Team Wordy, with 23 projects.
It goes without saying (but I'll say it anyway), that we are all winners in this game. For creating and sharing, and enjoying each other's creativity, no matter how many or how few projects life let us complete this round.

The totals for the teams at the end of the round (the totals include the bounties):
TeamPointsPlayersProjects
Wordy:30206128
Multimedia:1140356
Textbook:620330
Randomizer:1720777
Fandom:930542

Looking forward to a great summer (or winter if you are on the other side of this globe).
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