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1  Re: IYP (invite your partner) 25 - Silver Jubilee Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: March 18, 2014 05:13:01 PM
And here are pictures as promised!

To close out the season in style, Sticker sent me this wonderful gray cloche winter hat with its own accessories!

There's a golden yellow flower, a gray flower, a length of ribbon and a bow which, I notice now, escaped being photographed. Sorry about that.  Embarrassed It's very nice! Everything in this picture is! In fact, everything she ever sends is! We've done multiple IYPs in addition to sending Christmas and birthday gifts and Sticker herself is always just as nice as her crafts!


She is fabulous with paper and she sent me some stellar examples! Here is the great variety of gift tags (love that they're tied with that classic brown string!) PLUS gift tags with matching envelopes that came in their own, giant, handy storage envelope box. Sweet!


Did you think we were done with paper crafts? Oh, no, no, no! I LOVE Halloween and she sent me three fantastic cards and envelopes for me to inundate my friends and family with my love of October 31st. How great is that?!

And last but not least...

This beautiful, bright and happy bracelet. It's so refreshing! Every time I look at it I feel a little closer to summer (which, despite my love of Halloween, is my favorite season.) I've worn it twice already and have gotten compliments on it each time. It is well-loved, Sticker! The bag it came in is very cute as well! (See it?)


Thank you, thank you, StickerChic87!
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2  Re: Winter Nerd Battles --December 5, 2013 - February 28, 2014 - Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: February 28, 2014 07:27:45 PM
So many more great projects!!! I will be pinning them all shortly.

Battle/Challenge:  February Red Alert Olympics
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: Sochi Games Diamond Backdrop-inspired Macaroon Coin Purse
Project Page Link (if available): None, yet. Wifi is being evil. Hope this post goes through!
Brief Description: While spending every day after school watching the 2014 Winter Olympics, the colorful, quilty-diamond backdrops caught my crafty eye. I used a wintry color combo to make this commemorative macaroon.
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Battle/Challenge:  January UFO
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 10 for ORANGE!
Project Name: Orange Macaroon
Project Page Link (if available): see above
Brief Description: One of my favorite colors is ORANGE! I love it! I also love eating ORANGES! This design had been in my mind a long while and I finally tried it out!
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Battle/Challenge: February Superfan
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: Shiny "Shiny" Macaroon
Project Page Link (if available): ^
Brief Description: I really like Firefly and it combines several other things I really like (languages, the history of communism, fashion, etc.) so this fits both ways to look at the prompt! It didn't turn out how I imagined it, but I think it's kind of all right.
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ETS: Yeah, that's what I get for staying up late crafting. Will be replacing the front for one with the right spelling. At least I spelled it right when typing!

Battle/Challenge: February Free Art
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: Glass-inspired Macaroon
Project Page Link (if available): ^
Brief Description: While pondering the diamond one above, I started thinking about how much I like lattice windows and stained glass. Stained glass is public art! Windows are often public from at least one side. Usually the work was done decades ago but old public art is art too!
This one's based on broken stained glass and broken lattice windows.
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Battle/Challenge: December Glitter
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: Another broken glass macaroon
Project Page Link (if available): ^
Brief Description: I decided I might like the one above, so I made another one using playing card/chess/checkers colors. The lines are metallic paint.
Project Picture:



Oh my gosh, I seriously have a problem with these things.  Roll Eyes
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3  Re: ~SETTING UP - DO NOT POST~ Spring Nerd Battles March 1 - May 31, 2014 in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: February 26, 2014 05:33:15 PM
Team Randomizer: Last on the list, first in randomness!



~ Geekdom of OOAKs, Oddballs, and Marchers to Different Drummers ~
To better understand this team...
-Our motto could be "It's all good."
-Kind of like Hufflepuff


Welcome, welcome!
If you have any questions, go ahead and pop off a PM to me, Calabaza,
or mosey on over to the Discussion Thread.

~Team Randomizer Points - 670~
*Reminder: Challenges/Battles 20 pts, Research Projects 100 pts, Engineering/Giver/Prompt-specific 10 pts Extra (can claim more than one)*

Completed Challenges
   March
Idioms - LovelyMiss, Amaranth_in_oz, crazyda79
Friendship - LovelyMiss, Amaranth_in_oz
Irish - crazyda79, LovelyMiss, Amaranth_in_oz
Clone - crazyda79, Linakins, LovelyMiss
Exterminate - crazyda79, LovelyMiss, Amaranth_in_oz
   April
What's Your Sign? - Amaranth_in_oz
Honey, You Should See Me in a Crown - Amaranth_in_oz
Now We're Cooking - crazyda79
You're the Best Around - Amaranth_in_oz
Shrines -

Completed UFOs
   March 10 extra points for project that's yellow - crazyda79*
   April 10 extra points for a project that's black - crazyda79*

Completed Flash Mobs
   March Spring! - LovelyMiss, Amaranth_in_oz, crazyda79
   April - crazyda79, Amaranth_in_oz

Completed Battles
   March Color vs. Black & White - LovelyMiss, Amaranth_in_oz, crazyda79
   April Comic Books vs Regular Books - crazyda79, Amaranth_in_oz

Completed Red Alerts
   March Pi - LovelyMiss*, crazyda79

Completed Brownie Points Projects

Completed Research Projects

Proposed Research Projects
   Calabaza - Blanket
   LovelyMiss - Poppet
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4  Re: Winter Nerd Battles --December 5, 2013 - February 28, 2014 - Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: February 08, 2014 05:33:19 PM
Holy guacamole, Ludi! That's felt!?!? You are a wonder!


Battle/Challenge:  January theme song
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: Comic Action
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431414.new#axzz2smeSmnlv
Brief Description: I've always had a very low threshold for violence, but even as a kid, I could take reruns of the old 60's Batman show. This macaroon coin purse (yeah, another one. And get ready for one more after this) is inspired by the action bubbles that abounded in the show, starting with the opening theme. Nananananana...
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Battle/Challenge:  January 20
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: Magic 8 Ball
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431414.new#axzz2smeSmnlv
Brief Description: I had this idea in my head for a while and decided to give it a go for the One Tiny Surprise Thing swap.
Project Picture:



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5  Still more macaroon coin purses: postmark, comic action, pie and a magic 8 ball in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Calabaza on: February 08, 2014 05:21:33 PM
I've been busy Grin


I love macaroon coin purses. Have I mentioned that? Here are...(1, 2, 3...) 4 more!




I love vintage travel and one of my favorite places is Pullman, WA. It's a little city on the east side of Washington. I went there several times for sightseeing and- back in high school -FFA competitions (it's home to Washiongton State U, our land grant college.) I have very fond memories of bookstores, farmland, and pizza Smiley

I made this macaroon for a swap a while back. Mine is version 2.0. The air mail stripes and writing are done with fabric pen, no embroidery. It, like all the ones below, are coated with sealer.




This one's a comic action bubble! Inside is a US quarter to give you an idea of size. The outside is about 1.5 inches wide. Heehee. I think it's funny that he's little but so forceful!




This cherry pie one I wasn't too happy with, but my friend did so it's okay! Phew! The back is covered in gray, like an aluminum pie plate.




Oh, Magic 8 Ball, *whisper, whisper, whisper*


He's not very definite, but I thought he was kind of cute! The 8 is written in fabric marker on white fabric and the surrounding black is fabric paint. I painted the back too, to keep the shades and texture the same. The writing gave me fits. I had to use this pretty bulky-tipped fabric paint pen to get the white to show up on the dark blue. I think it was worth it, though.



Sheesh, that was a lot of macaroons! C&C always welcome!
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6  Re: One Tiny Surprise Thing Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: February 07, 2014 06:31:36 PM
My partner got hers today according to tracking and I really hope she likes it.
Yes, she's received! She pm'd me today. I'm sure she'll post photos soon.

Yes! I did get it and I LOVE it, HG! Thanks so much! I wasn't sure who it was from so I just pm'ed our fearless organizer when it came. It couldn't have arrived at a better time either! Yesterday was a truly hectic and crummy day at work. I got home late and there, waiting for me, was...


wait for it...





A pocket watch case necklace! Awesome! You know, before this swap I wasn't too into paper quilled items, but, boy, has my mind been changed. Look at it! All those teeny-tiny pieces and such detail. HeatherG said in her note that she wanted to make several inserts (the back of the case can come off if I ever, for some reason, wished to change the contents.) I can't imagine how much work went into this one  Shocked

As if that wasn't enough, she sent a beautiful card too and packaged the necklace cleverly.

Thank you, HeatherG!
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7  Re: Winter Nerd Battles --December 5, 2013 - February 28, 2014 - Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: January 31, 2014 06:22:17 PM
Love the swirly fish, Smeddley!
Beautiful necklace, Tanath! Wow, thanks so much for all your work tracking!


Battle/Challenge:  January flash mob
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: Postmark macaroon coin purse 2.0
Project Page Link (if available): none, yet
Brief Description: I love macaroon coin purses: making and using! This will definitely come in handy this year. I made a postmark-y one before but this one is for me. It features a wonderful little college town smack in the middle of the Palouse here in Washington and one of my favorite dates. I fell in love with the area as a high schooler.
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8  Re: Winter Nerd Battles --December 5, 2013 - February 28, 2014 - Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: January 30, 2014 01:04:09 PM
Adorable pincushions, amymarie78!

I love the wash tape holder too, LovelyMiss!



Battle/Challenge: December UFO
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 10 (metallic)
Project Name: Woven Scarf
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431189.0
Brief Description: Years ago I was in love with a scarf - but I became allergic to it  Tongue I planned to make a look-alike that I could wear and keep breathing. Over Christmas break I finally did it (it took forever!) and, now, I have pictures to prove it! There is metallic thread running through one of the yarns used.
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9  Woven scarf - made using a scroll frame for a loom! in Weaving: Completed Projects by Calabaza on: January 30, 2014 12:55:37 PM
Long ago I bought yarn with the idea of semi-recreating an awesome scarf I had once but gave up because I'd grown allergic to it  Cry This scarf is 100% me-safe!



After abandoning the notion of knitting or crocheting (which I admire greatly but actually doing either frustrates the heck out of me), I dug out an embroidery scroll frame, cut oodles of 3-yard-long black strands for the warp and started weaving.



The scroll frame had 2 split dowels that I slid the warp strands through but no pegs to keep the strands spaced. It was also a 6" frame. I had to keep pulling the finished part up through one dowel and manually untangling and spacing the next portion of warp before passing the weft through.

However, 4 days later = done! And I mean just about 4 entire days. I started on Boxing Day and didn't finish until sometime in the afternoon on Dec. 29. I just plopped in front of the TV and wove!



It's about 7 feet long with 10" fringe on either side. The whole thing is secured by machine sewing in black thread all around the edges.



It's warm and when I went back to work with it I got compliments! Not bad for a vacation project! I think I am quite happy with my new scarf.  Smiley
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10  Re: Winter Nerd Battles --December 5, 2013 - February 28, 2014 - Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: January 05, 2014 02:20:28 PM
BadWolf314, those signs look great!
craftADDchick, nice snitch!
LovelyMiss, I'd love to taste that bread!


Battle/Challenge: December archeology
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: World map macaroon
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430595
Brief Description: A map and geographical knowledge must be important to an archeologist and I seriously love making macaroon coin purses. This one was made for a friend who's a teacher at a Montessori school. The color-coded continents are Montessori-style. I drew traced the outlines then painted them in with fabric paint. I went for a vintage feeling with the rest, with the neutrals and golds.
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Battle/Challenge: December bag of holding
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: TARDIS macaroon
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430595
Brief Description: I told you I seriously love making macaroon coin purses. This one is for a Doctor Who fan. It was done with fabric marker (blue on white side) and fabric paint (white on blue side) sealed with modpodge. I really like the finish it gave. I'll be remembering it.
Project Picture:


Battle/Challenge: December festivus
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: Butterfly tea towel
Project Page Link (if available): -
Brief Description: For a Christmas present!
Project Picture:


Battle/Challenge: December marching to your own drum
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: Engineering
Project Name: TARDIS huck towel + pattern
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430594.0
Brief Description: Project Picture: As you may have guessed, I like huck embroidery/weaving/whatever you want to call it. Some of the patterns can be a bit old-seeming (not in a good way, at least to my personal tastes.) I did up this TARDIS on a tea towel for Christmas by staring at a bunch of cross stitching patterns.


With a few tweaks, here it is all written out.



There. Much more me! Now I can make one for myself!
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