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1  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:
http://www.oneartsymama.com/2013/05/crochet-101-simple-flower.html
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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2  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:
TeamPointsPlayersProjects
Wordy:1530664
Multimedia:940745
Textbook:420218
Randomizer:1090647
Fandom:430419

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

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3  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Tanath on: January 31, 2015 04:43:12 PM
Oh boy, we are at 109 projects already, and each one is awesome Smiley

Here are a few more:

Prompt: January Battle - Warm vs. Cold
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: UFO
Project Name: Arm warmers, take 2
Project Link:
Brief Description:
A few years ago, I crocheted myself some arm warmers. My daughter saw them when we took a trip to Germany last spring and requested a pair. I started a few times and finally managed to complete them last month, just in time for the really cold weather we had.
I think I'll go with Warm here, as they are intended to keep my kids hands warm, and it warms my heart that she likes the stuff I make for her Smiley

Project Picture:
I'll try to get a picture of her actually wearing them, for now here they are held by the original pair.


Prompt: Freezing point
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Pudding cup cake
Project Link:
Brief Description:
Our fridge apparently wants to be a freezer when it grows up, so it's been randomly freezing food on different shelves. We had a couple of vanilla flavored pudding cups that froze and the unfroze, they were still good, but their texture wasn't as nice anymore. Off to Google to consult, and the result is a cake.
This fits the prompt as it was a literal result of freezing point, and also, I had to buy zero things for it, had all the ingredients at home.
(Our pudding cups are a bit different from the ones available in the US, as far as I know)

Project Picture:

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4  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Tanath on: January 05, 2015 02:25:23 PM
hey everyone, I posted a small tracking report over on the discussion thread, if numbers are your thing.

Thanks for the feedback about my star, I got some pictures of it in action with it's pink twin.
roler - the star is puffy in the middle, it's a bit 3D, I think the new pictures show it a bit better.
craftADDchick - it is double sided. Making it is a bit fiddly, you make 5 similar sections and then put them together, and it sometimes looks a bit wonky while in progress, but it all works out to a star in the end. It doesn't take too long either, so it's not annoying for long and then you have a cute star to stare at (or keep having to rescue from your kids).
This is the tutorial I used, if anyone wants to give it a go (used with Google translate):
http://cluclu.ru/blog/biser/337.html
It's not the clearest to follow, I think I had to fiddle with it a bit to understand how to connect the sections.

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5  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by Tanath on: January 05, 2015 01:58:54 PM


Hey hey, long time no report!
So here's a fresh one, fresh of the machine, that was updated just minutes ago.

This round is rocking and rolling around the world, with new players still popping up, welcome everyone Smiley
Currently we have 22 players, representing all teams, with 99 completed projects.
Last month's theme took us around the world (come to think of it, we are around the world, I think we have people from all over the globe playing).
None of the December prompts were neglected, and 5 days into January, we're seeing lots of action for the new prompts already.

Leading in number of projects are the time sensitive prompts, December Flash Mob with 18 completed projects and December Battle Royal with 17 projects. The winner of the December Battle is the queen of the season, North, with 8 projects inspired by it. West got 6, east got 2 and south got 1 (see? we try to never neglect anyone).

Leading the way and giving us lots to ooh and awe about is artsycandice of team Randomizer with 13 completed projects, followed by rockingbearranch of team Wordy and crazyda79 of team Randomizer, with 9 projects each.

Want more numbers? More random statistics in pretty colors?
Are you a team leader and I forgot to send you a link to the tracking machine? Just let me know and we will make it happen.

Keep crafting everyone!
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6  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Tanath on: December 31, 2014 02:32:10 PM
Ok, who keeps pressing the fast-forward button? A whole year just disappeared here.
I did actually get some stuff done this month (and a tracking report will be posted this weekend).

Prompt: December Battle Royal - North
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Stars
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description:
I made these for a friend for her Christmas tree. One in pink for her pink-crazy princess daughter, and one in blue for her 3-months old son. This project fits the prompt in more ways than one - first, there's the whole Christmas - North Pole thing, but that's not why I chose North. My friend is Norwegian, which is definitely north of here. But also, she live about 200 meters due north of where I live, which I found is an amusing interpretation for the prompt. I only have a picture of the blue star, because the pink one has been hand delivered (from my daughter to my friend's daughter) and is on their tree. I'll try to get a pic of both when I go visit her again.
Project Picture:


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7  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Tanath on: November 30, 2014 02:14:28 PM
And it's the last day of the round. I had such great plans for last week, wrote down all sorts of ideas and dug for supplies. Then I woke up with an itchy throat last Sunday. Strep, antibiotics, slept all week. Not much of a birthday present (a much better gift is the new niece I just got, who was born on my birthday).
I did manage to start a couple of things, so I might have UFOs for the next round Smiley
And, I finally completed the one thing I have managed to work on during this round.

Prompt: September Pong
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: Moshiko necklace
Project Link:
Brief Description:
My daughter has a McDonald's minion toy she got from somewhere (pretty sure she didn't get it when we actually went there). She loves it and named it Moshiko. She hasn't seen the Despicable Me movies yet (a bit too young), but she likes the minions, and can sing their banana song.
I found this minion chart while surfing about and decided I want to make it for her. I added the back side to it and made it into a tiny pouch, and added the necklace so she can wear it.
The chart can be found here: http://kandipatterns.com/patterns/characters/minion-2-12329

Project Picture:

and one showing the back side, the recipient and the original Moshiko:
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8  Morning and Evening Task Checklist in Completed Projects by Tanath on: November 24, 2014 07:00:07 AM
My daughter is a very easy kid, but like every 3 year old, she can be difficult, especially when getting ready to leave the house in the morning. So, I worked with her to build two checklists, so we can keep track of her morning and evening tasks. This way, she's excited about getting these things done. I've seen similar things online, but wanted to make one that fits us exactly. I started this in August, to be ready for the new school year that started in September here. Had the first draft hanging on the fridge for a while, and completed the colored and revised version a few days ago. My mom made us the smiley face magnets (she has also witnessed our mornings and was happy to help).

Here's a quick how-to if you want to create your own:
First, sit down with your kid and brainstorm the tasks they need to complete. I believe that doing this, getting the kid involved in the project, can help when it comes to actually doing the tasks.
Once you have a list, make a sketch of your page. The layout depends on how many tasks are on your list, and probably your kid's reading level. Mine doesn't read yet, but the words are there as she's starting to recognize letters.

At this point I used Word to create the grid and spent a ridiculous amount of time on Google Images to find just the right images for the tasks.
Some needed to be resized, or flipped over, to fit in the grid the way I wanted them.
Since most of the stuff I found was black and white, I added some details with colored pencils.
For the magnets, you can use any small magnets you might have. My mom got some wooden smiley beads and cut up some pizza delivery magnets to glue them on.
We've had this up for almost 3 months now, and although mornings are still not fairytale like, with bluebirds dressing my little girl, it does help things a bit.
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9  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by Tanath on: November 02, 2014 11:27:41 AM

/* walks out of the lab, singing to herself "let it go, let it go, the month is gone, so let it go" */

Everyone has been so busy this month, we're up to 188 projects already, with 23 active players (well, 22, as all I've actively done is stare at my computer screen).
As usual, our dedicated players have left no prompt unattended, and gave lots of attention the the monthly battle and flash mob.
October's Battle was epic, with 19 completed projects for the lovely seasons. But Fall and Halloween won over Winter and Christmas, with 13 of the projects voting for them. I'm sure we'll be seeing a lot more Christmas projects in the next month or two.
The most crafted prompt up till now in this round is October's Battle, with 19 projects, followed by September's Flash Mob and Solitaire, with 17 projects each, and October's Flash Mob, with 16 tricks or treats (If I'm not mistaken, most went with yummy treats).
The most prolific craftsters at this point are crazyda79, who completed all the prompts (14) and a research project, and gozer, vincentvanbuck and storeboughtcreations, with 14 projects each. Good thing it's a new month, so they will have something to do Smiley

And here are the numbers, for anyone who was wondering:
TeamPointsPlayersProjects
Wordy:920445
Multimedia:1260757
Textbook:610323
Randomizer:1070543
Fandom:420320

Keep crafting, everyone, and enjoy the fresh set of prompts Smiley
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10  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Tanath on: September 30, 2014 05:03:52 PM
Someone just came by and stole September, and also sort of snuck in some fall weather here. Glad I got some beach time this summer, I love the sea.
Just popping in real quick to post a project before the end of the month.

Prompt:  September Mob - Game of Life
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: UFO + engineering
Project Name: Morning and Evening Task Checklist
Project Link: project link
Brief Description:
My daughter is a very easy kid, but like every 3 year old, she can be difficult, especially when getting ready to leave the house in the morning. So, I worked with her to build two checklists, so we can keep track of her morning and evening tasks. This way, she's excited about getting these things done. I've seen similar things online, but wanted to make one that fits us exactly. I started this in August, to be ready for the new school year that started in September here. Had the first draft hanging on the fridge for a while, and completed the colored and revised version a few days ago. My mom made us the smiley face magnets (she has also witnessed our mornings and was happy to help).
Sorry about the not so amazing picture, the lists are on my fridge and the picture was taken in the middle of the night.
I'll have more/better pictures when I make a post about it.
Project Picture:


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