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1  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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2  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:

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3  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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4  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:

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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5  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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6  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):

Looking forward to a great summer (or winter if you are on the other side of this globe).
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7  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2015 --March 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Tanath on: May 31, 2015 02:35:09 PM
End of Month! End of Round! It keeps happening and it's surprising every time Smiley
Managed just a few more this round (way less than the ideas in my head).

Prompt: Tea time
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: Yogurt Cake
Project Link:
Brief Description:
My daughter is learning letters, so we're doing Letter of the Week. We take one letter every week and do stuff that is related to words that begin with that letter. I only get to spend some of my afternoons with her, so we're not doing as many fun activities as I would like, but when the letter corresponds with the word cake (in Hebrew), we have to bake a cake. I had in my bookmarks a super easy recipe, which uses the yogurt cup as the measure. I translated the ingredient list into pictures and let her do most of the "reading" and mixing (a small happy dance and some squealing might have occurred when she couldn't figure out one ingredient by the picture and figured it out when she looked closer at the letters, you're guess as to who did the dancing).
We put the mixture into a bunch of mini cake pans we happened to buy a few days before and they turned out yummy.
(in the thumbnail you can see the letter "board" I did for that week)

Project Picture:

Prompt:  The Beatles
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points:
Project Name: All you need is love (on your ankle)
Project Link:
Brief Description:
Just a cute hearts design ankle bracelet for the summer.

Project Picture:

Prompt:  Union Jack
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Tiny bracelet
Project Link:
Brief Description:
Friendship bracelets was my main craft as a teenager. I could often be seen with a safety pin with a bunch of strings attached to my jeans. It's my fallback when I'm feeling crafty but don't know what to do. I've found this wonderful website with tons of patterns (http://friendship-bracelets.net/), and I browse it once in a while. I was looking for something simple, and found this little design. In the chart it looks like little hearts, but they turned out more like tiny triangles in my bracelet. I think I'll wear it with a few other thin bracelets for a fun look.

Project Picture:

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8  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by Tanath on: May 03, 2015 01:15:57 PM

Hey everyone, sorry for being totally absent so far in this round. The minions got into the tracking machine and taught it to sing the banana song. It took two months to get it to stop marking the prompts with fruit instead of points  Shocked.
Anyway, we're having an awesome round so far, with more people joining all the time (welcome Algeera Smiley). We currently have 21 players, representing all 5 teams.

As in previous rounds, no prompt has been neglected, with projects submitted for all of the prompts for March and April (and we already have some for May too).

March had us dancing through the decades, and saw many of us make things for our homes and families, prompted by the 40s homemaker (16 projects). And then chillin' with the 60s flower child (15 projects).
When asked to choose between the past and the future, many of us looked back at yesteryear and the battle was decided 12 to 3 for the past.

April took us to the British kingdom for some tea and biscuits. Apparently there is much to be inspired by there, as 15 items were crafted for a favorite British something or someone.
2 distinct British favorite someones were the subject of April's battle, making for some hard decisions. It looks like the chance for traveling through space and time in a blue box won, as the battle was decided 9 to 5 for the Doctor.

How about some individual numbers, you say? Well, here goes...

Topping the chart with 17 projects is Ludi for Team Wordy, who also managed to make the machine spit cogs again, but submitting 2 research projects already (don't worry, we fixed it).
We have a whole bunch of people with 15 projects each: rockingbearranch, bunny1kenobi and gozer of Team Wordy and crazyda79 of Team Randomizer.

So far 194 projects have been submitted this round, and there's still a month to go (and it can go far, by car, train, boat, hot air balloon or unicycle).

And a lovely table for the furniture admirers:

Want a link to the machine? Have some silly numbers question? Wondering about the banana song? Just send your request my way and it will be taken care of Smiley

Keep on being awesome.
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9  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2015 --March 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Tanath on: March 31, 2015 04:17:26 PM
Glad to see you, craftADDchick, I was starting to get worried about team Textbook. Thought they might have been locked in the library or just started reading something and forgot to stop (I do that a lot, and then wonder why I can't wake up in the morning).
I'm sure we'll be seeing a few more players pop in in the next few hours, as it is the end of the month.

I managed to complete a few projects, I'll post the 2 time-sensitive ones today and the rest will follow later.

Prompt: March Flash Mob
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: flower ponytail holders
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description:
I was born in the 70s, and crochet was very popular at the time. I found a tutorial for crocheting a simple flower, so I made myself one attached to a hair elastic. Along came miss "what are you making for me?", who is always interested in what I am making, and usually assumes it's for her. At 4 years old, it makes sense, as she's the center of her universe. I told her this one is for me, so she requested one in purple.
The tutorial can be found here:
Project Picture:

Prompt: March Battle Royal - Future
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: UFO
Project Name: watermelon bracelet
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description:
Watermelons always remind me of summer, so this project could go either way, past or future. I chose to go with future, as I plan to wear this bracelet in the near future, as summer approaches. It makes me think of all the fun stuff we are going to do this summer - beach, hiking, visiting friends, soap bubbles splashing in the back yard, and I'm sure we're going to have plenty of watermelons and other yummy summer fruit.
Project Pictures:
It might be to tell but the white part is actually a very light pink and a very light minty green.
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10  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by Tanath on: February 02, 2015 12:50:52 PM

Happy February everyone!
This is your trackless tracker, reporting live from deep within cyberspace (or from her computer chair, but cyberspace sounds way more exciting, maybe I'll rename my chair).

The end of the second month of the round has come, and we're at 193 complete projects.
We have 25 members playing this round, representing all 5 teams.

As always, no prompt went uncrafted, and we even have 3 completed research projects in this round.
Topping the charts is December's Flash Mob, with 18 projects representing our various home countries or cultural roots.
Following right behind are the battles, with 17 projects each. After North winning the last battle, people have had enough of the cold, and Warm won this round, with 12 cuddly, snuggly or otherwise sunny projects.

storeboughtcreations of team Multimedia has been keeping up with the prompts and managed to complete them all so far (excluding Research), for a total of 17 projects. gozer of team Wordy, with the same number of completions, is missing just one prompt, but has a Research project to show for it. In case you're wondering, the missing prompt is "You're as Cold as Ice", so gozer can still complete all the projects.
but remember, 1 project or 20, it doesn't matter, the point is to have fun Smiley

And here are the numbers, for anyone who was wondering:

And remember, any time is craft time.
For example, a birthday party:

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