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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ 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.
Project Picture:


And on a chain:
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Jewelry Holders on: December 29, 2015 11:58:47 AM
They are beautiful. Makes me want to clear my bedside shelf, just for something like that Smiley
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Elf off the shelf on: December 20, 2015 05:49:52 AM
That's pretty cool, makes a very convincing elf Smiley
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Merry Go Round My Wrist on: December 14, 2015 04:31:47 AM
Oh boy, a featured project! Thank you Smiley
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2015 --September 1 - November 30, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ 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.
Project Picture:


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
Project Picture:



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):
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Merry Go Round My Wrist 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:

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2015 --September 1 - November 30, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ 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):

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Bottle Bowling 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!!!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles 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!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: September 30, 2015 01:05:34 PM
Hey everyone, I got the tracking machine all updated and crunching this round's info. There were a few glitches (gozer's name sneaked into the list twice, for example), but now things are updated. I'll do a report to sum September, either tomorrow or on Friday.
If any team captain, or anyone else, wants a link to the tracking sheet, just let me know.
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