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1  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
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Project Name: sweet potato glass noodle "chow mein"
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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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2  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
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Project Name: hot white chocolate
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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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3  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
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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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4  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: December 18, 2015 02:52:23 PM
Wow, Bunny! You've been busy!

Love those projects, rbr.



Prompt: December cardboard box "seasonal door decorating"
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points: Giver
Project Name: Phineas and Ferb (and Perry) doors
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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.
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Prompt:  December battle - Lincoln Logs
Team: randomizer
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Project Name: raspberry muffins
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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?
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5  Re: DO NOT POST: Setting up Winter Nerd Battles 2015-2016 in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: November 30, 2015 03:16:02 PM

Mountains and Clouds, LovelyMiss, Calabaza, moriarT
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6  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2015 --September 1 - November 30, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: November 29, 2015 10:23:30 AM
Prompt: Sept. Isis/Osiris
Team: Randomizer
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Project Name: Burp cloths/rags
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Brief Description: 3 thin burp cloths and/or rags on less than 1 hour's notice. Yeah!
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Also, I edited my last post, above, to add the Back to the Future bonus. I hope it counts!


Love the constellation tin, RBR.

Great call on the pouches, puzzled-penguin!
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7  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2015 --September 1 - November 30, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: November 28, 2015 10:50:07 AM
Prompt: Red Alert - Mad Hatter
Team: Randomizer
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Project Name: zipper x3 pouch
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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.
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(the 3rd zipper is on the other side)

Prompt: Sept. Thor/Loki
Team: Randomizer
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Project Name: sweet sweet potatoes
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Brief Description: My yearly contribution to the Thanksgiving table. Photo taken of leftovers Smiley 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
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8  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2015 --September 1 - November 30, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: November 07, 2015 05:12:33 PM
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.
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Prompt: November smell
Team: Randomizer
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Project Name: popcorn balls
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Brief Description: The faint, sweet smell of popcorn balls means Halloween around here.
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9  Agents of SHIELD: To protect and serve candy in CHALLENGE 110 ENTRIES by Calabaza on: November 07, 2015 11:25:28 AM
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  Cry 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  Smiley

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10  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2015 --September 1 - November 30, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: October 24, 2015 10:04:39 AM
Oh, that panda blanket!

Nice going on the costumes, puzzled-penguin!


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.
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Prompt: Big Time
Team: Randomizer
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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.
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