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:
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 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
and one showing the back side, the recipient and the original Moshiko:
That's a pretty heart. I took a look and became curious, so wandered around her boards and found this: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/327425835383096118/ Looks like it's stitched on felt, or something like that. She has some pretty cool things, there went my beauty sleep...
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.
/* 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
And here are the numbers, for anyone who was wondering:
Keep crafting, everyone, and enjoy the fresh set of prompts
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:
Already 3 weeks into the season, we're way overdue for a report. So, here you go everybody, fresh from the tracking machine:
We've got 43 projects already submitted, from 13 awesome players. Some extra new members, who have just now started posting on Craftster have found their way into the games, probably thanks to roler, and have been crafting up a storm. Welcome new peeps!
There is already at least one post for each prompt, so no prompt is feeling sad or neglected. Solitaire is leading the way with 10 submissions, followed by September's Flash Mob, featuring The Game of Life (it makes sense, since we're all playing it, although we don't look like blue and pink pegs, I think).
I'm still adjusting the tracking machine to handle the bounties, so no info on those yet, look for it in the next report.
Here's our current chart:
I'll be sending the tracking link to the team captains later today.
I didn't do a final report for the last round, the machine is refusing to believe I haven't crafted a thing all summer. I've shown her some crafts I did with my kid, that just weren't reported, and I think we'll get that report soon.
And just because, here's some of the stuff we did this summer (when not going to the beach or the pool):
Roler, those tetris pieces are cute, great find. I think it could be simple to wire wrap them, since they have these lines between the squares. If you find a wire that fits there, it can hold in place pretty well.
Hello prompts, goodbye house cleaning I love the new prompts, and the bounties are exciting too. Maybe I'll actually get something done this season. (oops, is it too early to post? It's already my morning here)
Ludi, according to the tracking machine you have indeed crafted all the things, and then some Unless you have some brownie points project to post, you can take the weekend off to prepare for the next round