Prompt: Jan. battle - Grimm Bros. Team: Randomizer Bonus Points: Project Name: hot white chocolate Project Link: Brief Description: Is it supposed to take over half an hour to make hot white chocolate on the stovetop using milk and white chocolate chips? I thought this was going to be a zap, but no. I've never made hot chocolate of any kind on the stove before. Sheesh, I was not expecting to stand over it that long. But, the end product, topped with marshmallows and whipped cream, was delicious! Project Picture:
Research Project Name: formal dress Team: randomizer Bonus Points: Project Link: (if available) Brief Description: I lengthened my Agent Carter dress pattern, lowered the neckline, and made it sleeveless. Add dull satin and a new sewing machine for Christmas (YAAAAAAYYYY!) and you get a formal dress. And a crummy picture, but whatever. Project Picture:
Prompt: December cardboard box "seasonal door decorating" Team: randomizer Bonus Points: Giver Project Name: Phineas and Ferb (and Perry) doors Project Link: Brief Description: At work, we decorate doors around the school in December. I referenced this pin Phineas and Ferb. The "popcorn" is crumpled construction paper courtesy of a passel of kidlets. Project Picture:
Prompt: December battle - Lincoln Logs Team: randomizer Bonus Points: Project Name: raspberry muffins Project Link: Brief Description: This battle is my childhood: I was always torn between legos and lincoln logs! Considering the lack of love for the latter, though, I must cast a vote for them. A mom at work turned me on to raspberry muffins using frozen, unthawed raspberries so the juice doesn't get everywhere. Yum! Sharing recipes seems very pioneer-ish, don't you think? Project Picture:
Prompt: Red Alert - Mad Hatter Team: Randomizer Bonus Points: Project Name: zipper x3 pouch Project Link: Brief Description: I like zippers, which some people think is crazy. This like of them can lead to a dangerous amount of confidence, which, in turn, can lead to me getting mad. Fortunately, this project turned out, so it's all good now. Project Picture:
(the 3rd zipper is on the other side)
Prompt: Sept. Thor/Loki Team: Randomizer Bonus Points: Project Name: sweet sweet potatoes Project Link: Brief Description: My yearly contribution to the Thanksgiving table. Photo taken of leftovers This may be presented as a side dish, but it's sweet enough to be a dessert! Tricky, tricky! ETA: Since Thanksgiving is inspired by a historical event, WE DON'T NEED ROADS Project Picture:
Prompt: November battle - mind Team: Randomizer Bonus Points: giver Project Name: Agents of SHIELD trunk-or-treat Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441440.0 Brief Description: My friend and I had to do something for a school Trunk-or-Treat and we had to coordinate. Being the geeks that we are, we thought of Agents of SHIELD. Project Picture:
Prompt: November smell Team: Randomizer Bonus Points: Project Name: popcorn balls Project Link: (if available) Brief Description: The faint, sweet smell of popcorn balls means Halloween around here. Project Picture:
So, my tendonitis was still acting up a bit from August's sewing frenzy, so I figured sewing another costume for Halloween would be pretty dumb But, my friend and I had to do something for a Trunk-or-Treat! And we had to coordinate. Being the geeks that we are, we settled on...
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D! I used this to make our badges. Photocopies of the logos were glued onto paper then laminated for the badge holders. I simply taped the laminated badges inside the holders so that they could be taken out and carried in our wallets after the event because, as mentioned before, we are geeks. I also glued a logo onto paper and taped it around a water bottle and made something similar for her to slip into her coffee cup. For good measure we hung a logo off the trunk as well.
We raided our closets for black clothing.
The finishing touch was the discovery and subsequent download of fake fingerprint scanning apps. Yep, there are apps for that! We "verified" the kids' identities before they were cleared for candy, even all the Caps, Hulks, and Iron Men
Prompt: Lochness Monster Team: Randomizer Bonus Points: Engineering, Community Project Name: "Lined" notebook cover Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441240 Brief Description: Not wanting to use up some of the 2 fat quarters allowed to craft with for a swap, I worked out how to use interfacing as a lining so I didn't have to stitch on the outside. My partner was in Europe, so I had to rely onthis tutorial's measurements and the photographs she provided to show how the fit on an A5 notebook. Project Picture:
Prompt: Big Time Team: Randomizer Bonus Points: Project Name: Embellished Macaron Coin Purse Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441241 Brief Description: Macaron coin purses are deceptively time consuming when they're plain. For this one I tried some new things: Embossing velvet with a rubber stamp (and iron), beading over the embossed design, and decorating the zipper tape. I found that I really liked doing everything! And, since pumpkins are associated with Halloween and Thanksgiving, I'M GRATEFUL. Project Picture:
I had an amazing OTT October holidays swap partner, so I pulled out every stop I could think of for the macron coin purse I made her, which, for me, meant trying new things.
On the front I embossed the velvet with a pumpkin. Oddly enough, it was hard to find a pumpkin rubber stamp. Once I located one, the embossing went smoothly. So. Much. Fun! And so satisfying. I may be doing more of this. The embossing itself wasn't enough, though, so I beaded it.
Next came the zipper. I had black but it just didn't go. I eyed metallic zippers, but they certainly weren't rustic-y. I ended up sewing cotton lace over the black zipper tape. Why had I not embellished zippers with trim before? Easy!
Instead of glueing some white batting to the inside and covering that with fabric, I used black felt and covered it with this odd, ivory colored, sheer fabric. If I had to guess what it really is, I'd say raw silk, but I honestly don't know. It gave pretty much the look I was going for, though, whatever it is.
I had a bunch of fun and learned a lot making this!