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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: February 03, 2015 12:42:02 AM
Thanks everyone, it's fun to be able to keep track of something Smiley
Calabaza the stats were for up to the end of January, Randomizers were super busy posting in the first couple of days of February, so you're numbers could be different. The current total for team Randomizer is 1270 points, does that match your count?
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles 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:

23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ 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:

24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: January 07, 2015 01:13:53 PM
Thanks everyone, I'm glad you like the reports, they are fun for me to make, as well. I'm a lists person, and a tech geek, so keeping the tracking machine going is pretty simple.
Now, if I could only complete some projects as well Smiley

This month's theme has been taken very seriously where I am, we're in the middle of what is locally considered a storm. We don't usually get storms, so the entire country is buzzing about it.
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ 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):
It's not the clearest to follow, I think I had to fiddle with it a bit to understand how to connect the sections.

26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles 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!
27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ 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:

28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ 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:
29  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: seed bead heart help! on: November 24, 2014 02:16:52 PM
That's a pretty heart. I took a look and became curious, so wandered around her boards and found this:
Looks like it's stitched on felt, or something like that.
She has some pretty cool things, there went my beauty sleep...
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Morning and Evening Task Checklist 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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