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1  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1 - August 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: July 08, 2016 08:50:28 AM
Prompt: July battle - theme parks
Team: analog
Medal Event: fabricology
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Project Name: Avengers sleeve patch
Project Link:
Brief Description: To remedy my boring t-shirt and lack of nerdy things to wear problems, I made this patch then sewed it on a boring t-shirt sleeve. 2 birds, one stone! Disney and the MCU are together, and Disney has theme parks, so prompt completed. Make that 3 birds, 1 stone!
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Prompt: July Niagara
Team: analog
Medal Event: fabricology
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Project Name: Rebel patch
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Another sleeve patch. Red is considered a "loud" color.
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Prompt: July Golden Gate
Team: analog
Medal Event: fabricology
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Project Name: Black Widow patch
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Brief Description: When I put a t-shirt like this newly nerdified one on, I am acting like armature for it.
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2  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1 - August 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: June 25, 2016 07:51:30 AM
Yesterday, I spent my birthday working on...

Research Project Name: costume
Team: analog
Brief Description: I treat myself to a costume a year. Though I've spent some time on one idea, I may flit to another scheme. Either way, it'll take at least 3 more weeks of crafting off and on for something to be finished and, either way, will be a challenge to me because:
Techniques will need to be researched/reviewed.
I'm taking classes.
I made 2 costumes last year, so I can say I've made 5 costumes in 5 years if I don't get one done this year. As much as I love costumes and costume making, that out is going to be very tempting to use!


Prompt: zaps
Team: analog
Medal Event: foodology
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: syrup ice
Project Link: I explained the syrup part here.
Brief Description: A friend of mine freezes grape juice to drop into sparkling water for flavor. I decided to do the same with homemade raspberry simple syrup. It freezes about as much as a popsicle: Not quite solid, but good enough. And tasty! 
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3  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1 - August 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: June 19, 2016 08:53:53 AM
Love the beads for drawer pulls!

I, too, shall be playing for Team Analog. Go, team!

Prompt: June battle - sweet
Team: Analog
Medal Event: fabricology
Bonus Points:
Project Name: old to new
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Brief Description: One of my coworkers hired me to turn an old... wallhanging? scarf? her father-in-law sent back for his wife into a pillow for a present. How sweet!
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Prompt: zaps
Team: Analog
Medal Event: foodology
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Project Name: guacamole
Project Link:
Brief Description: It's guacamole. It didn't cost extra  Wink
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Prompt: zaps
Team: Analog
Medal Event: foodology
Bonus Points:
Project Name: curtido
Project Link:
Brief Description: I used this recipe for curtido, a sort of El Salvadorian relish. The recipe claims that you can serve it after 2 hours, but DO NOT do that! I did, and, boy, did my mouth not thank me for it. Wait a good 24 hours and youll be all right. Im thinking 48 will be even better.
Oh, and I just used bagged coleslaw mix instead of chopping my own cabbage and carrots. And I used red onion because that is what I had. Lazy, but effective.
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Prompt: June 24 carrot
Team: Analog
Medal Event: foodology
Bonus Points: engineering
Project Name: chilly enchiladas
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Brief Description: Chili pepper was an ingredient in the enchilada sauce I used to make these, duh, enchiladas. Chilis are hot, but the enchiladas became chilly when placed in the freezer for later.

To make:
2 normal cans refried beans
1 chicken (from the store rotisserie because I am lazy)
1 can of sliced black olives
2 big cans of enchilada sauce or 4 normal ones (I used mild because I am a wuss)
Cheddar cheese, grated
20 tortillas about 8 in diameter (because thats how wide my pans were)

Carve the chicken and cut meat into little pieces and place in a large mixing bowl.
Dump the refried beans in there too. And the olives.
Pour 1/2 to 3/4 of a can of sauce in there and mix it. It should be gloppy, but easy to stir. This is your enchilada slop.

Optional: Line foil pans with parchment paper.

Pour some sauce into a shallow pan or bowl. Slide a tortilla through it so that its coated with sauce. Place in the pan. Put one handful (it should be gloppy enough to grab a handful) of enchilada slop in the middle/near middle of the tortilla. Spread the slop along the diameter. Top with cheese. Roll it up. Put the edge of the roll on the bottom of the pan. Repeat 19 times.

I made 4 pans of 5 enchiladas. I topped each with some more sauce and cheese. Be generous with the sauce if freezing. The long baking time (1 hour at 350F from frozen, like this recipe) dries them out, as I learned.

Top with curtido if desired Smiley

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4  Re: Spring Nerd Battles: March 1 - May 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: May 31, 2016 08:55:38 AM
Ooo, a shadowbox magnet? Cool!

ActsofCraftiness, how did you make the cupcake toppers? They're really neat!


Prompt: May battle - Avengers
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: Ready Player One bag
Project Link: not yet
Brief Description: Made for the Undercover Fandom swap. The keys (appliquéd from behind) are a nod to a from a book on my partner's questionnaire. Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff, one of my favorite Avengers, can be sneaky too Cool
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Prompt: May League
Team: Randomizer
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Project Name: Fringe hoop
Project Link:
Brief Description: It's a hoop, a hoop done with fabric markers, but a hoop nonetheless.
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Prompt:  National Craft Month
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Haven keychain
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I wanted to make my Undercover Fandom partner a keychain, but I didn't have a coordinating zipper for a macaron coin purse keychain. What to do? Try making just a keychain, no zipper. It worked. I still really like macrons, but I'll revisit this, I'm sure.
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It's not so blurry in real life!




Prompt: Zaps
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: (include which bonus points you think you've earned, e.g., Giver, Engineering, Community, UFO)
Project Name: Warehouse 13 mug
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Brief Description: This mug began as one of the smalls for the swap. After three tries stenciling Leena's Bed and Breakfast in a font similar to that on the show and having it fail miserably, I switched from paint and a brush to paint in a pen. Not nearly as good lettering, but it stayed on, took very little time to do, and looks all right.
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5  Re: Undercover Fandom Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: April 24, 2016 05:50:14 PM
I received from kwality570! She is a fantastic partner, let me tell you!

First, the shiniest little notebook (Firefly):

Isn't it so cute? It's a great size too.

Next, a very handy tote bag (Chuck, a very fun spy show with great music):

2 fabrics plus a certain logo.

Look! The tote bag rolls up and can be secured with elastic and a button.

I love tote bags that store themselves. Thank you so much for that feature, kwality! And the whole bag!

Finally, the piece de resistance:

A weather vane jewelry holder from Gravity Falls (cartoon)! Wow. It is beyond clever. And I really needed a jewelry holder too! I would have never thought of doing this and, if I had, I would have never, ever attempted it.

Thank you, kwality, for everything!
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6  Re: Spring Nerd Battles: March 1 - May 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: April 08, 2016 12:45:00 PM
Prompt: March International Women's Day
Team: Randomizer
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Project Name: Strawberry Shortcake
Project Link: 
Brief Description: I love strawberries. I love strawberries in strawberry shortcake. I tried a new technique for the shortcake: roll a piece into a ball and bake it in a muffin tin. No more rolling out and getting flour everywhere!
Famous woman: Scientist Barbara McClintock. Like many genetic discoveries, studying plants helped. Strawberries are plants.
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Prompt: zaps
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: "built-in bra"
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I got this dress on super sale for yet another formal wedding. Unfortunately, the armholes were a little revealing. After trying to adjust the bodice and the bra, I had a doh moment: Just sew the bra to the bodice. Problem solved!

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Prompt: zaps
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: You've been eyed
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Thanks to Pinterest, I have a go-to April fool: Googly eyes! Finally, I got staff room duty on April 1. This happened:

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Bonus: Some kid pulled the same prank on me with my projector!
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7  Re: Spring Nerd Battles: March 1 - May 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: March 01, 2016 03:49:03 PM
Team Randomizer
(Sorry I was late claiming the spot. To remember where we're at: Page three is the charm!)


Team Members: LovelyMiss, Calabaza, Mountains and Clouds
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8  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: February 07, 2016 09:13:22 AM
Thanks, gozer and roler! Ooo, I'm a nerd of the week! Thanks!

Actually, the fabric was very easy to work with. It was stable yet supple! It frayed more than cotton, but 1/2 seam allowances kept that from being an issue.

LovelyMiss, what a lovely interview!

gozer: Angry cats! So fun.

roler: Oh, those mug rugs! All kinds of neat.


Prompt: February battle (blizzard)
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: sweet potato glass noodle "chow mein"
Project Link:
Brief Description: So, it turns out I was using a faulty burner for the hot chocolate. Got that fixed and made this based off of this pin. I was browsing one of the local Asian stores and stumbled on sweet potato glass noodles. It turns out they have an extremely light taste, you can't tell it's sweet potato, but they go well with the recipe with a few modifications (my notes are on the pin.)

ETA: I just realized I haven't been explaining how these projects fit the prompts to anyone but myself. This one would taste good after going outside and playing in the snow the blizzard left. The hot chocolate would be good for Red Riding Hood (a story the Grimms collected) to take to Grandma if she didn't dawdle in the woods talking with wolves.
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9  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: January 31, 2016 05:03:39 PM
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!

ETA: The hot chocolate would be good for Red Riding Hood (a story the Grimms collected) to take to Grandma if she didn't dawdle in the woods talking with wolves.
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10  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: January 30, 2016 11:06:44 AM
LM: Fantastic notebook covers!

moriarT: What fun, taking pictures like that!

MandC: Printed ATCs?!?! So cool!

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.
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