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31  COOKING / Dessert / Re: That's-a Spicy Meatball! Spaghetti Cupcakes on: April 06, 2014 01:40:33 PM
That's pretty awesome!
Now I'm hungry, but I'm not sure for what, cake or spaghetti...
32  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014-- Join anytime! on: April 06, 2014 01:10:17 PM
Hmm, maybe I could whip up a quick tutorial for the rings. It's basically just simple peyote, but I haven't seen many done this specific way. I wonder if my schedule and my camera would be willing to cooperate.

Got another prompt done.

Battle/Challenge: March Idioms
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: none
Project Name: Cute as a button cookies
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description:
My daughter (who is cute as a button herself) got a set of alphabet cookie cutters for her birthday, and we used it a few days ago to make a batch of cookies. We ran out of space on the cookie sheet before we ran out of dough, so I stored the rest of it in the fridge. I had a bit of free time today (free as in avoiding the list of things that need to be done around the house), so I decided to try this idea I had running in my head for a while. I dug around in the kitchen to find items that would create the proper size circles and set to work. This is the result of 2 shot cups, a straw and a bit of time in the oven. I'm pretty happy with these and would probably make more. They even taste ok, for a very basic recipe.
Project Picture:

with thread, for size:
 
Stackable:
33  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014-- Join anytime! on: April 06, 2014 12:57:50 AM
Thanks, craftADDchick. The rings have no stretch. Once they are made, their size is set. That's why I tried to make as many as possible, so they would all be able to find a ring that fits. I still had to make another one on the spot, to make a specific design in a larger size. The needle going all crazy on the flower is probably because of my tension, I weave pretty tight, and the beads are tiny, so sometimes I have to pull really hard.
What are those dishes and laundry that you speak of? Smiley
34  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: April 02, 2014 03:03:33 PM
Did we do something like Rock vs Paper vs Scissors?

Noooooo... Five-way battle!
Rock vs Scissors vs Paper vs Lizard vs Spock!

(I shouldn't be posting, obviously the cold medication is still messing with me...)

At least you have the cold medication to blame, what's my excuse for seeing this one coming as you started the post?
35  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: April 01, 2014 03:34:05 PM

Hello to all players, new and old, and welcome to a special crunchy edition of project tracks.

The Spring 2014 round has been exciting so far.
22 players, from all five teams. And just today we broke the 100 project barrier, craftADD's last post whooshed the count right over the mark. The current count is 101 (but that could change by the time this is posted).
As always, no prompt has been neglected, with the highest submission count going to the "by the end of the month" prompts.
March's Flash Mob had 17 players showing their love of spring, and March's Battle had 16 players picking sides, 10 went for color and 6 for black and white. (I sat that one out, how can I choose between them? Both are awesome, as evident by the projects submitted).

We've had 2 research projects completed this month. BadWolf314 made an awesome Lego Quilt, and Ludi submitted a very intricate looking Mystery Fish.

Good thing we ran out of month, because some of our members were pretty close to running out of prompts. Leading the way with the most projects are artsycandice from team Textbook, and crazyda79 and LovelyMiss from team Randomizer, each with 8 projects.


Keep on crafting (I hear a jar of peanut butter calling my name).
36  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014-- Join anytime! on: March 31, 2014 04:37:47 PM
samash90 - glad to see I'm not playing solo this round. You're crafting up a storm, your pages are great, I'll try to keep up Smiley
Inselaaffchen - mini pies for the little ones is a great idea, much easier to handle.
calliemae - welcome to the games! There's nothing like handmade cardigans, kids always look so cute in them.
ActasofCraftiness - Great hooplas and the pushpins would sure keep things in place, who would dare take a note guarded by a monster? I love the buttons, and I remember playing Oregon Trail when I was a kid too. I didn't know it was a common game played in schools in the states, I only lived there for a bit.

Managed to get one more thing done for March:
Battle/Challenge: March Mob
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: none
Project Name: Rainbow Flower
Brief Description: Flowers are always a symbol of spring, not that we lack flowers during winter (it's very mild here). So, I took this oppurtunity to try a technique I've bookmarked. Not sure how happy I am with it, it kept acting all wonky (see my needle doing an impression of it), but it's not too bad.
This is the tutorial I followed (thanks, Google): http://biserok.org/podveski-v-tehnike-mozaika/
Project Pictures:



And that's March for me. Brace yourselves for an interesting day tomorrow  Grin
37  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014-- Join anytime! on: March 29, 2014 12:16:02 PM
Oh boy, I haven't posted in a while, and there's so much lovely stuff going on. I'll try to do a tracking report tomorrow.
We had a huge project at work that threatened to swallow me whole, but it made due with just eating up most of my waking hours this week (don't worry, I get paid for all that time it ate, so it's not all bad).
Anyway, here's my first submission for this round.

Battle/Challenge: March - Friendship is Magic
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: None
Project Name: little hands, little rings, big hearts
Brief Description: My nieces are some of my favorite customers. They are always polite when requesting things, always interested to see what I'm making, and such a joy to watch as they happily show off whatever new piece of jewelry I made them. I got a few requests for rings, so I got their measurements and whenever I had a bit of time, I made a ring. They take about 20 minutes each, and the project is super portable, making it a perfect train project. I made over 15 rings and let them pick and choose in our last family gathering. MY daughter also got a couple of rings. Although they don't meet often my daughter and my nieces are very good friends, so I think this fits the prompt nicely.
Project Pictures:

38  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014-- Join anytime! on: March 12, 2014 01:08:12 PM
Welcome to the games, ActsofCraftiness. What a great start! Your hooplas are wonderful, and I love how you did the edging, it gives them a finished look.
gozer, your monster wallet might be epic, but it sure isn't a fail Smiley Yours looks a bit more friendly than the original, and I'm all for friendly monsters.
craftADDchick, maybe you can make some temporary art by folding all the laundry in intricate origami folds. Actually, if I tried that I would just end up folding it regualary and piling it neatly somewhere else, hopefully where it belongs (what huge pile/monument by my side of the bed?)

I actually got stuff done today, my train was delayed so I had more crafting time, and even the weather cooperated and was sunny till the train arrived.
39  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014-- Join anytime! on: March 08, 2014 02:33:37 PM
That's what I was thinking, craftADDchick. I also felt bad letting all those cool prompts "go to waste".
I hope this research will give me the boost I need to be more creative on a daily basis. A bonus from the cleaning frenzy we had yesterday, is that I have at least 2 clear surfaces I can work on now.
40  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014-- Join anytime! on: March 08, 2014 01:46:44 PM
Eep! Birthday weekend for my daughter, so not much computer time and there are lots of new lovely things to see. And wonderful badges to go along with them.
At least my house is a lot cleaner and tidier than it's been in a long while, and I managed to do a project with my daughter, will probably post it tomorrow.

artsycandice - good job on the chair, it's has a nice pop of color, I bet you feel a lot better sitting at your desk now.
Ludi - the portrait is amazing, and to think it's going to be shrunk and use for miniatures, sounds like very detailed miniatures to me.
bunny1kenobi - great fox mask, I like the decoration between the eyes.
crazyda79 - it makes sense that the ghost glows in the dark while a regular monster doesn't Smiley
Linakins - very cute horse, my kid would love it too, and a very cute rider as well.
BadWolf314 - I followed your link and saw that the pi(e) is filled with numbers, that is so cool!

I did some thinking and would like to propose a research project. It's a bit different, I hope it meets the requirements.

Research Project Name: Build a time machine
Team: Fandom
Brief Description:
One of my biggest fandoms is sci-fi books, and there are a lot of sci-fi books that involve time travel.
During the previous rounds of the Nerd Battles, I had many ideas from the prompts, but didn't manage to do most of them.
What I mean to do is "travel back in time" to a specific month, in this case it will be a short skip to last month - February, and complete all the prompts from that month that I didn't manage to complete during the round.
Rough timeline:
First, go over prompts and brainstorm ideas for each (or just list the ones I already had).
Then, do 3 projects a week, as February had a total of 9 prompts (and I didn't complete any of them).
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