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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ on: November 23, 2014 04:51:55 PM



Welcome to the Winter Nerd Battles Arena!
I, LovelyMiss, shall be your host and Head Gamemaker.

The Nerd Battles welcome all players from the Nerdyverse to join! The games are to inspire, encourage, and motivate your crafting adventure.  Players can join anytime during the season.

Are you wondering if you are part of the Nerdyverse?  John Green describes it quite well...
Nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff  Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-cant-control-yourself love it.  ...When people call people nerds, mostly what theyre saying is you like stuff.  Which is just not a good insult at all.  Like, You are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness.


Rules of Engagement
--There is a list of prompts for you to complete.
--You complete a prompt with a crafty item you think fulfills it; you can use your description to make it clear on how the craft fits the prompt.
--Players must craft to the best of their abilities and have a minimum of 30 minutes of crafting time per submission.  
--A project can only be submitted for one Challenge/Flash Mob/Battle Royale/Alert prompt.
--A project does NOT have to be "nerdy, it only has to fulfill the prompt as you see it.
--Submitted projects must be started and completed during the current season, unless otherwise noted.
--There is SO MUCH to do in the Nerd Games.  Do not feel like you have to craft everything.  Do what inspires you.
--We welcome all players from the Nerdyverse, no matter their Geekdom.  
--We are never mean.  
--We never exclude someone.
--We will keep it cleanish (PG-PG13).  
--We will follow all Craftster guidelines, this includes staying on-topic (serious OT goes in FOC OT boards).  
--You will be asked to join a team.
--Never hesitate in contacting the Head Gamemaker with your questions, concerns, or ideas.



--How to Join the Nerd Battles--
It is easy to join in the Nerd Battles craftalong!  Simply craft an item that fits one of the posted prompts and take photos of your finished project.  Post your project photos in the official Nerd Battles thread (that's where you are now!).  Make sure to include the Completed Project Header (see How to turn in a project) with each project you post.  In the Header of your first completed project you will declare your team. (You do not need to choose a team before you post your first project.)  You officially join a team when your first project is submitted.

About Teams
There are five teams:
Team Textbook: Geekdom of Logic, Knowledge, Science, and Math;
Team Multimedia: Geekdom of Movies, TV, Music, and Gamers;
Team Wordy: Geekdom of Readers, Books, and Wondrous Words;
Team Fandom: Geekdom of Fanfics, Conventions, Midnight Openings, and Beacons of the Nerdyverse;
Team Randomizer: Geekdom of OOAKs, Oddballs, and Marchers to Different Drummers.

--Teams are where like-minded players join to work together.
--There is no limit to the number of people in a team.
--Though you may feel at home on more than one team, pick the one that draws you the most.
--You may choose a new team at the beginning of each season, but you cannot change teams during a season.



---How To Turn in a Project---
Spend at least 30 minutes crafting a project that fits the requirements of a posted prompt.  Take a photo of your finished project.  Post your project photo(s), along with the Completed Project Header, in this thread.

--COMPLETED PROJECT HEADER--
Use this header for each Challenge/Battle Royale/Flash Mob/Alert prompt you submit.

Prompt:  (please include month & category)
Team:
Bonus Points: (include which bonus points you think you've earned, e.g., Giver, Engineering, UFO)
Project Name:
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture:

You may add more than one project to your post, but a Completed Project Header must be used for each project you submit.

For the Research Project Proposal and Submission Headers, visit the Research Project Lab.



---Point System---
Challenges, Battles, Flash Mobs, and Alerts will earn 20 points unless otherwise denoted.  Challenges, Battles, Flash Mobs, and Alerts are eligible for additional Bonus Points.

Brownie Points Projects will earn 10 points, and ARE eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Brownie Points Projects are items crafted for charity during the season that are NOT turned in as a prompt or Research Project.  Be sure to claim Giver Bonus Points on any Projects (including Brownie Points) you complete!

Research Projects will earn 100 points.  Research Projects are projects that take three or more weeks to complete.  You must submit a proposal for a Research Project to count.  Research Projects are separate from the normal Challenge/Battle/Flash Mob/Alert prompts.  In most cases it is not permissible to "double dip" on individual Research Project elements, so anything included in a Research Project cannot also be turned in for a Nerd Games Challenge/Battle/Flash Mob/Alert prompt.  Research Projects are eligible for additional Bonus Points.
Visit the Research Project Lab for more information on completing a Research Project.

Completed Bounties will earn 20 points, and ARE NOT eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Visit the Bounty Bulletin for more information on completing a Bounty.

You can earn 10 Bonus Points for...
--Engineering: Turning in a project that includes a new tutorial, pattern, or recipe posted on Craftster boards (link must be given);
--Giver:  Crafting a project for charity;
--UFO Sighting:  Completing a UFO (Un-Finished Object/Work-In-Progress);
--Prompt specific:  Some prompts may include the opportunity for special bonus points.  This information will be included in the text for the prompt.
You may earn more than one set of bonus points for your project.




At the End Game, there will be Winners (but really no losers)
--Team Winners: average taken from number of players & point scored
--Special Awards: given by gamemakers
Winnings will include bragging rights, badges, and possible prizes.



Nerd Battles Staff
--Head Gamemaker: LovleyMiss
--Gamemaker Emeritus: pinkleo
--Project Tracker: Tanath
--Battle Badge Creator:
--Pinterest Pinster: Calabaza
--Special Projects: Smeddley

Team Captains
--Textbook: Smeddley
--Multimedia: roler
--Wordy: bunny1kenobi
--Fandom: FreakieGeekie
--Randomizer: Calabaza

Official Nerd Battles Pinterest Board



---This is the home for Completed Projects, Research Project Declarations, and "Oooos & Ahhhs."  For discussions, chatting, and progress pics, head over to the Nerd Discussion thread.  Posts will be moved to appropriate location when necessary.  Thanks for your help in keeping the Nerd Games in order!---
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 103 ENTRIES / Soup three ways on: October 07, 2014 07:39:22 PM
I joined a CSA this year for the first time and found myself in an abundance of fresh organic vegetables.  Soup is my s/o's favorite, so I was getting a lot of requests.  My mom suggested that I make boiled dinner, since that was favorite my great grandma used to make often.  Starting with the boiled dinner idea I made some alterations, and ended up making a basic soup in three different variations.  I just winged the ingredients, since I never have everything on hand for normal "recipes."  Cheesy

Boiled dinner with
Green and purple cabbage
New Red potatoes
Carrots
Ham



I add the seasoning to a piece of cheese cloth and boiled it in the pot the whole time.  For this version I used 1 bay leaf, about 1/4 tsp of thyme, 1/2 tsp of onion powder, two cloves of fresh garlic, and a few shakes of black pepper.  I used about 8 cups of water and added the ham, potatoes, and carrots, and brought that to a boil for about 25 minutes.  Then I added the quartered cabbages and boiled for about 5-8 more minutes.

 

With
Collard greens
Red potatoes
Carrots
Ham

I was out of cabbage this time, but we had a ton of collard greens.  It was basically the same process as above.  I treated the greens like cabbage, but added them a few minutes earlier in the process...so at about 20 minutes instead of 25.



With
Fingerling potatoes
Broccoli
Ham

This past week was my second to last CSA pack and we are getting down to the end of the crops.  We did get a nice head of broccoli and a bunch of fingerling potatoes, though.  So I used the same basic process, but inside the cheese cloth bundle added a halved onion we also received with our pack instead of onion powder.  I also included about 1/2 cube of chicken bullion that I had left over.  I added the broccoli toward the end, the same as the cabbage or collards.  (I probably would have made it a cream soup, but we have been sick and my s/o wanted broth. Grin )

   

Since ham is so salty to begin with, I didn't add any extra to any of the versions, and they were all nicely seasoned.  I also didn't peel the potatoes, but gave them a good scrub with my Dobie sponge (the best way to clean potatoes/vegetables, in my opinion).  Wink  I like this basic soup base because it is so versatile, and have made it five times this summer!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / CLOSED: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ on: August 22, 2014 07:27:20 AM



Welcome to the Fall Nerd Battles Arena!
I, LovelyMiss, shall be your host and Head Gamemaker.

The Fall Nerd Battles welcomes all players from the Nerdyverse to join! The games are to inspire, encourage, and motivate your crafting adventure.  Players can join anytime during the season.

Are you wondering if you are part of the Nerdyverse?  John Green describes it quite well...
Nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff  Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-cant-control-yourself love it.  ...When people call people nerds, mostly what theyre saying is you like stuff.  Which is just not a good insult at all.  Like, You are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness.


Rules of Engagement
--There is a list of prompts for you to complete.
--You complete a prompt with a crafty item you think fulfills it; you can use your description to make it clear on how the craft fits the prompt.
--Players must craft to the best of their abilities and have a minimum of 30 minutes of crafting time per submission.  
--A project can only be submitted for one Challenge/Flash Mob/Battle Royale/Alert prompt.
--A project does NOT have to be "nerdy, it only has to fulfill the prompt as you see it.
--Submitted projects must be started and completed during the current season, unless otherwise noted.
--There is SO MUCH to do in the Nerd Games.  Do not feel like you have to craft everything.  Do what inspires you.
--We welcome all players from the Nerdyverse, no matter their Geekdom.  
--We are never mean.  
--We never exclude someone.
--We will keep it cleanish (PG-PG13).  
--We will follow all Craftster guidelines, this includes staying on-topic (serious OT goes in FOC OT boards).  
--You will be asked to join a team.
--Never hesitate in contacting the Head Gamemaker with your questions, concerns, or ideas.



--How to Join the Fall Nerd Battles--
It is easy to join in the Nerd Battles craftalong!  Simply craft an item that fits one of the posted prompts and take photos of your finished project.  Post your project photos in the official Nerd Battles thread (that's where you are now!).  Make sure to include the Completed Project Header (see How to turn in a project) with each project you post.  In the Header of your first completed project you will declare your team. (You do not need to choose a team before you post your first project.)  You officially join a team when your first project is submitted.

About Teams
There are five teams:
Team Textbook: Geekdom of Logic, Knowledge, Science, and Math;
Team Multimedia: Geekdom of Movies, TV, Music, and Gamers;
Team Wordy: Geekdom of Readers, Books, and Wondrous Words;
Team Fandom: Geekdom of Fanfics, Conventions, Midnight Openings, and Beacons of the Nerdyverse;
Team Randomizer: Geekdom of OOAKs, Oddballs, and Marchers to Different Drummers.

--Teams are where like-minded players join to work together.
--There is no limit to the number of people in a team.
--Though you may feel at home on more than one team, pick the one that draws you the most.
--You may choose a new team at the beginning of each season, but you cannot change teams during a season.



---How To Turn in a Project---
Spend at least 30 minutes crafting a project that fits the requirements of a posted prompt.  Take a photo of your finished project.  Post your project photo(s), along with the Completed Project Header, in this thread.

--COMPLETED PROJECT HEADER--
Use this header for each Challenge/Battle Royale/Flash Mob/Alert prompt you submit.

Prompt:  (please include month & category)
Team:
Bonus Points: (include which bonus points you think you've earned, e.g., Giver, Engineering, UFO)
Project Name:
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture:

You may add more than one project to your post, but a Completed Project Header must be used for each project you submit.

For the Research Project Proposal and Submission Headers, visit the Research Project Lab.



---Point System---
Challenges, Battles, Flash Mobs, and Alerts will earn 20 points unless otherwise denoted.  Challenges, Battles, Flash Mobs, and Alerts are eligible for additional Bonus Points.

Brownie Points Projects will earn 10 points, and ARE eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Brownie Points Projects are items crafted for charity during the season that are NOT turned in as a prompt or Research Project.  Be sure to claim Giver Bonus Points on any Projects (including Brownie Points) you complete!

Research Projects will earn 100 points.  Research Projects are projects that take three or more weeks to complete.  You must submit a proposal for a Research Project to count.  Research Projects are separate from the normal Challenge/Battle/Flash Mob/Alert prompts.  In most cases it is not permissible to "double dip" on individual Research Project elements, so anything included in a Research Project cannot also be turned in for a Nerd Games Challenge/Battle/Flash Mob/Alert prompt.  Research Projects are eligible for additional Bonus Points.
Visit the Research Project Lab for more information on completing a Research Project.

Completed Bounties will earn 20 points, and ARE NOT eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Visit the Bounty Bulletin for more information on completing a Bounty.

You can earn 10 Bonus Points for...
--Engineering: Turning in a project that includes a new tutorial, pattern, or recipe posted on Craftster boards (link must be given);
--Giver:  Crafting a project for charity;
--UFO Sighting:  Completing a UFO (Un-Finished Object/Work-In-Progress);
--Prompt specific:  Some prompts may include the opportunity for special bonus points.  This information will be included in the text for the prompt.
You may earn more than one set of bonus points for your project.




At the End Game, there will be Winners (but really no losers)
--Team Winners: average taken from number of players & point scored
--Special Awards: given by gamemakers
Winnings will include bragging rights, badges, and possible prizes.



Fall Nerd Battles Staff
--Head Gamemaker: LovleyMiss
--Gamemaker Emeritus: pinkleo
--Project Tracker: Tanath
--Battle Badge Creator:
--Pinterest Pinster: Calabaza
--Special Projects: Smeddley

Team Captains
--Textbook: BadWolf314
--Multimedia: roler
--Wordy: bunny1kenobi
--Fandom: FreakieGeekie
--Randomizer: Calabaza

Official Fall Nerd Battles Pinterest Board



---This is the home for Completed Projects, Research Project Declarations, and "Oooos & Ahhhs."  For discussions, chatting, and progress pics, head over to the Nerd Discussion thread.  Posts will be moved to appropriate location when necessary.  Thanks for your help in keeping the Nerd Games in order!---
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Summer Nerd Games 2014 Swap on: August 01, 2014 04:06:38 PM



Sent
Received
Sending late (with communication)
Contact organizer ASAP
Feedback given


PARTNERS:

Calabaza ----> craftADDchick
craftADDchick ----> Calabaza

jenleahlynn ----> dinkime
dinkime ----> jenleahlynn

roler ----> whenindoubtsew
whenindoubtsew ----> roler

Smeddley ----> LovelyMiss
LovelyMiss ----> Smeddley
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Summer Nerd Games 2014 Swap (SIGN UP 7/18 - 7/23; SEND OUT 8/23) on: July 18, 2014 01:18:57 PM




Swap name: Summer Nerd Games 2014 Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  LovelyMiss
Sign-up date range: 7/18/14/-7/23/14

Date to send item by: 8/23/14
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO


Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO



Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:

- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES

- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES

- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES

- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

- Is at least 18 years old: YES



Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:

- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES

- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES

- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES

- Does not have any negative feedback: YES

- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES

- If within the US, understands that a tracking number is required for this swap: YES

- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES





Details of swap:


This swap is for participants of the Summer Nerd Games craftalong.  This is a chance to share your BEST crafting skills with other playersin real lifenot just pictures!  Cheesy

We will be swapping one tiny nerdy item, one favorite craft supply, and a card. Tiny means the item should not be larger than 5 inches in any direction, but is not indicative of the size of the item in terms of swap guidelines.  Combined, the tiny item, supply, and card, should constitute a large for swap standards.  So, for example, you might spend 2 hours crafting your item, 30 minutes on your card, and choose a $5 craft supply, which together would meet the large requirement.   Or 1 hour on your item, 20 minutes on your card, and $15 on your craft supply.  (Basically, 1 medium + 1 small = 1 large.)  The supply you send should be enough to complete at least one project and be relevant to your partners craft interests.  The absolute minimum amount of time that should be spent on your crafted tiny item is 1 hour.

By Time
-Large = 3 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 1-2 hours

By Price
-Large = $20 or more
-Medium = $10-$20 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

Extras are fine ONLY IF you discuss it with your partner first.  If you didn't discuss it, dont send them.

No one likes a flaker, and there is NO need to be a flaker!  If you sign up and cannot meet the swap requirements, please PM the organizer ASAP (before send outs), so a replacement partner can be found.  If you need to send late, you MUST PM the organizer and your partner BEFORE the send out date.  Failure to meet the rules and requirements of the swap will be reflected in feedback.  If you do not have the time or resources to meet the swap requirements at this time, please wait to sign up until the next round.


Swap Rules:

-You must post in a swap thread at least once a week.  This is a short swap, so thats only about 4 posts!  
 
- A tracking number is required for all senders in the USA.  If you are mailing internationally, save your receipt and upload an image of it in lieu of a tracking number.

-You must PM the organizer AND your partner when you send AND receive.  Please use the following subject lines for your PMs to help keep the swap running smoothly.
Nerd Games Swap:  Questionnaire
Nerd Games Swap:  Sent
Nerd Games Swap:  Received
Nerd Games Swap:  Question/Other


QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:


Name of swap:  Summer Nerd Games 2014 Swap

Craftster username:

Email address
:
Your real name
:
Mailing address including the country:

Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old (YES/NO):
I have read the Swap Rules above this post (YES/NO):

Do you have allergies/sensitivities relevant to this swap?
Do you have allergens in your home (dog, cat, smoke, etc)?

Please list AT LEAST five geekdoms/fandoms for which you would be interested in receiving a crafted item. (Feel free to add more.)
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

What types of tiny items might you like to receive?
What types of crafts do you do?
Is there anything you absolutely dont want to receive (as a supply or crafted item)?
Link to your Pinterest:

Any other info you would like the organizer or your partner to know?


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO LovelyMiss VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.  


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.


6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Orange dreamsicle spirit doll on: May 23, 2014 09:18:24 PM
I made this doll for my partner, LadybugsAndBumblebees, in the Spirit/Intention Doll Swap.  She listed orange and white as a favorite color combination, so I dug through my stash and picked out all of my orange fabrics.



I wanted it to be kind of scrappy, so I stitched the fabrics together by hand and left the raw edges exposed.



Her face is made with Martha Stewart air dry craft clay.  I left it white so it would go with the color theme.



The locket on her belt, and the jar in her hand contain my partner's intention written on paper.  I made her rainbow button arms because that was one of my partner's other favorite color schemes.















Thanks for inspiring this doll and swapping with me LadybugsAndBumblebees!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / CLOSED: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ on: May 17, 2014 06:15:30 PM


Welcome to the Summer Nerd Games Arena!
I, LovelyMiss, shall be your host and Head Gamemaker.

The Summer Nerd Games welcomes all players from the Nerdyverse to join! The games are to inspire, encourage, and motivate your crafting adventure.  Players can join anytime during the season.

Are you wondering if you are part of the Nerdyverse?  John Green describes it quite well...
Nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff  Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-cant-control-yourself love it.  ...When people call people nerds, mostly what theyre saying is you like stuff.  Which is just not a good insult at all.  Like, You are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness.


Rules of Engagement
--There is a list of prompts for you to complete.
--You complete a prompt with a crafty item you think fulfills it; you can use your description to make it clear on how the craft fits the prompt.
--Players must craft to the best of their abilities and have a minimum of 30 minutes of crafting time per submission.  
--A project can only be submitted for one Challenge/Flash Mob/Team Spirit/Battle Royale/Alert prompt.
--A project does NOT have to be "nerdy, it only has to fulfill the prompt as you see it.
--Submitted projects must be started and completed during the current season, unless otherwise noted.
--There is SO MUCH to do in the Nerd Games.  Do not feel like you have to craft everything.  Do what inspires you.
--We welcome all players from the Nerdyverse, no matter their Geekdom.  
--We are never mean.  
--We never exclude someone.
--We will keep it cleanish (PG-PG13).  
--We will follow all Craftster guidelines, this includes staying on-topic (serious OT goes in FOC OT boards).  
--You will be asked to join a team.
--Never hesitate in contacting the Head Gamemaker with your questions, concerns, or ideas.



--How to Join the Summer Nerd Games--
It is easy to join in the Nerd Games craftalong!  Simply craft an item that fits one of the posted prompts and take photos of your finished project.  Post your project photos in the official Nerd Games thread (that's where you are now!).  Make sure to include the Completed Project Header (see How to turn in a project) with each project you post.  In the Header of your first completed project you will declare your team. (You do not need to choose a team before you post your first project.)  You officially join a team when your first project is submitted.

About Teams
There are five teams:
Team Textbook: Geekdom of Logic, Knowledge, Science, and Math;
Team Multimedia: Geekdom of Movies, TV, Music, and Gamers;
Team Wordy: Geekdom of Readers, Books, and Wondrous Words;
Team Fandom: Geekdom of Fanfics, Conventions, Midnight Openings, and Beacons of the Nerdyverse;
Team Randomizer: Geekdom of OOAKs, Oddballs, and Marchers to Different Drummers.

--Teams are where like-minded players join to work together.
--There is no limit to the number of people in a team.
--Though you may feel at home on more than one team, pick the one that draws you the most.
--You may choose a new team at the beginning of each season, but you cannot change teams during a season.



---How To Turn in a Project---
Spend at least 30 minutes crafting a project that fits the requirements of a posted prompt.  Take a photo of your finished project.  Post your project photo(s), along with the Completed Project Header, in this thread.

--COMPLETED PROJECT HEADER--
Use this header for each Challenge/Battle Royale/Flash Mob/Team Spirit/Alert prompt you submit.

Prompt:  (please include month & category)
Team:
Event: (Choose ONE - Yarnology, Fabricology, Paperology, Foodology, Craftology)
Bonus Points: (include which bonus points you think you've earned, e.g., Giver, Engineering, UFO)
Project Name:
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture:

You may add more than one project to your post, but a Completed Project Header must be used for each project you submit.

For the Research Project Proposal and Submission Headers, visit the Research Project Lab.



---Point System---
Challenges, Battles, Flash Mobs, Team Spirit, and Alerts will earn 20 points unless otherwise denoted.  Challenges, Battles, Flash Mobs, Team Spirit, and Alerts are eligible for additional Bonus Points.

Brownie Points Projects will earn 10 points, and ARE eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Brownie Points Projects are items crafted for charity during the season that are NOT turned in as a prompt or Research Project.  If you submit a prompt or Research Project for charity, be sure to claim the Giver Bonus Points.

Research Projects will earn 100 points.  Research Projects are projects that take three or more weeks to complete.  You must submit a proposal for a Research Project to count.  Research Projects are separate from the normal Challenge/Battle/Flash Mob/Team Spirit/Alert prompts.  In most cases it is not permissible to "double dip" on individual Research Project elements, so anything included in a Research Project cannot also be turned in for a Nerd Games Challenge/Battle/Flash Mob/Team Spirit/Alert prompt.  Research Projects are eligible for additional Bonus Points.
Visit the Research Project Lab for more information on completing a Research Project.

You can earn 10 Bonus Points for...
--Engineering: Turning in a project that includes a new tutorial, pattern, or recipe posted on Craftster boards (link must be given);
--Giver:  Crafting a project for charity;
--UFO Sighting:  Completing a UFO (Un-Finished Object/Work-In-Progress);
--Team Spirit:  Completing the Team Spirit prompt for your own team only;
--Prompt specific:  Some prompts may include the opportunity for special bonus points.  This information will be included in the text for the prompt.
You may earn more than one set of bonus points for your project.




At the End Game, there will be Winners (but really no losers)
--Team Winners: average taken from number of players & point scored
--Special Awards: given by gamemakers
Winnings will include bragging rights, badges, and possible prizes.



Summer Nerd Games Staff
--Head Gamemaker:  LovleyMiss
--Gamemaker Emeritus: pinkleo
--Project Tracker:  Tanath
--Battle Badge Creator:  BadWolf314
--Pinterest Pinster:  Calabaza

Team Captains
--Textbook:  BadWolf314
--Multimedia: Inselaeffchen
--Wordy:  bunny1kenobi
--Fandom:  FreakieGeekie
--Randomizer:  Calabaza

Official Summer Nerd Games Pinterest Board



---This is the home for Completed Projects, Research Project Declarations, and "Oooos & Ahhhs."  For discussions, chatting, and progress pics, head over to the Nerd Discussion thread.  Posts will be moved to appropriate location when necessary.  Thanks for your help in keeping the Nerd Games in order!---
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My Pretty Poppet on: May 07, 2014 12:22:49 PM
This is my first poppet.  I followed ghilie's pattern as closely as possible...but decided to leave out the ears and tail.



Her hair is a full skein of Red Heart Boutique Treasure in "Watercolors."



I planned on different clothing, but nothing was turning out the way I wanted, so I knit her up a kind of 70s inspired dress instead.  I just made up the pattern as I went along.  The yarn is Patons Beehive Baby Chunky Yarn in "Swifter Sea."  



I made her fingers posable by stuffing them with pipe cleaners.



Though she is not what I originally envisioned, I still really love her!  




9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Miniature Crafty Shrine on: April 25, 2014 12:40:12 PM
I made this for the One Tiny Surprise Thing Swap, Round 2.  The box base is three inches.

 

The thread/thimble on the "wall" is a glossy scrapbook paper image that I cut out and layered on top of some other scrapbook paper.



The bunting flags are washi tape and chipboard letters.



The fuzzy/flocked dots are a package of brads that I repurposed.  I scuffed up the paint a little to keep with the vintage-y type feeling.



The basket is a button.  I made "yarn" balls out of embroidery floss, and added some headpins for knitting needles.



The flower button allows it to stand on its own (or it can hang with the loop on the top).  The lady was cut out of a vintage Japanese magazine for "housewives."  She was originally going to be on the front, but I changed directions.  I thought she would still be a fun extra surprise on the back, though! 



I really like how it turned out, and I almost kept it for myself!  Cheesy
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Taco Salad, Margherita Bruschetta, and Roasted Asparagus on: April 24, 2014 01:49:51 PM
I've had two get togethers with my family in the past week, and they each required that I bring some food.  For the first one, I just wanted to bring a quick appetizer, since my mom was making a delicious brunch.  One of my favorite things is "taco salad" which is really just ingredients I like to eat on tacos in a bowl.  Cheesy  I made little taco salad cups to bring along.  They provided about three bites each...perfect appetizer size!

I make my own taco seasoning.  I don't really eat meat, but I did make some shredded chicken for the cups.  I sometimes use some of the mix on cooked pinto beans as a substitute for meat on tacos, and it works pretty well!  (I like the taste of taco seasoning, though!  Cheesy)



Taco seasoning:

1 TBSPN chili powder
1+1/2 tspn ground cumin
1 tspn black pepper
1/2 tspn kosher salt
1/2 tspn paprika
1/4 tspn garlic powder
1/4 tspn onion powder
1/4 tspn oregano flakes
1/8 tspn (or more) cayenne pepper

I used all of the mix for the meat, but when I do beans, I usually do them to taste...it depends on the amount of beans.  I usually add about 1/4 cup of water, and about a teaspoon of flour (to thicken) to the meat/seasoning mixture and let it cook for a few minutes.



For the taco salad cups I just layered the chicken, fresh tomatoes, sour cream, romaine lettuce, a dash of salsa/taco sauce, avocado, black beans, and a sprinkle of cheese on top.  Add more of everything and make it a wonderful meal!



You can't really see them in the photo, but I used homemade black beans.  I usually make about 1.5 cups of dry black beans at a time.  That gives me some to use, and then about 2-3 servings to freeze.  I usually soak them for about two days.  When it's time to cook, I add them to a medium or large sauce pan, cover them with water, and bring to a boil for a couple of minutes.  Then I reduce the heat to a low simmer and add some seasonings.  On my stove, they usually take about 3-4 hours to become fully cooked.

1/2 TBSPN garlic powder
1/2 TBSPN onion powder
1 tspn black pepper
1/2 tspn cumin
1 bay leaf

You can use fresh garlic and onions, but I can't eat onions, so I usually just stick with the powders.  If I want salt, I add that when they're done.

They freeze perfectly!  Just let them cool first...I portion mine and store them in bowls or bags..whatever I have on hand.  When you want to make them, just microwave for about a minute or so and they're ready!

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The second event was a new monthly craft get together my mom, my grandma, and I have started doing.  Each month someone is responsible for getting a craft together for the group to do, and then making lunch.  I had just made some fresh bread, and had tomatoes to use up, so I made Margherita bruschetta.  I didn't follow a recipe...and it probably doesn't need one, but here's what I did!

Brush bread slices with extra virgin olive oil and bake for 10 minutes at 350 F.
Add tomato slices and mozarella cheese.  Bake for another 10 minutes at 350 F, or until cheese is melted.
Remove from oven and sprinkle with fresh or freeze-dried basil.



I also made roasted asparagus.  Also probably doesn't need a recipe!

Toss cleaned asparagus with olive oil, salt, and black pepper (about 1/2 tspn each).
Bake for 15 minutes at 475 F.
Remove from oven and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Sorry for the novel.  But YUM!  Grin
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