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111  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.
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112  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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113  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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114  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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115  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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116  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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117  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.
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Battle/Challenge: December festivus
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: Butterfly tea towel
Project Page Link (if available): -
Brief Description: For a Christmas present!
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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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118  More macaroons: vintage Montessori globe & TARDIS in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Calabaza on: January 05, 2014 02:00:09 PM
More macaroons! I love them. These ones were made for Christmas presents.



For my pal who's a Montessori teacher:

a Montessori-style world map! I traced the continents onto the blue fabric then painted them in with fabric paint according to the color-coding system we learned in teaching school. I went for neutrals with a vintage-y vibe for the rest.

And for a Who-fan:

TARDIS and space. I did the TARDIS side with a blue fabric marker and the space side with white fabric paint. As I didn't entirely trust the fabric marker not to bleed and had to put the paint on pretty thick, I coated both sides with modpodge. I like the finish. I'm going to remember it.


Thank you for looking! They're lots of fun to make. Maybe you'd like to try your hand at them? I'd love to see!
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119  Huck embroidered TARDIS in Needlework: Completed Projects by Calabaza on: January 05, 2014 01:40:36 PM
I've decided that I really like huck embroidery (I went on and on about it here) but some of the patterns and/or color combinations can be very not me or anyone I know except a couple of my aunts who like antiques. For a Christmas present for a relation who isn't into that I did up this on a towel:



Picture was taken right before gift wrapping at night in an oddly lit room. Smiley

If anyone wants to give it a shot (I hope you do!) here's a pattern. When I was embroidering the towel I did the TARDIS herself first then went back and did the lines across. This pattern makes a more legit design, making the lines as you go along.




Let me know if you have any questions and thanks for looking!
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120  Re: Winter Nerd Battles --December 5, 2013 - February 28, 2014 - Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: December 31, 2013 04:37:30 PM
Beautiful snowflake!

I've been crafting TONS but been quite neglectful on the picture-taking and editing end of things. I will get on that. My first New Year's resolution! And I've gotten a bit of a head start, sneaking in on the last day to get those points...

Battle/Challenge:  December battle (HP)
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: Tea Huck Embroidered Tea Towel
Project Page Link (if available): none, yet
Brief Description: Tea and sympathy, anyone? The beverage pops up frequently in the Harry Potter series. Here's a huck embroidered tea towel featuring a tea pot (with a heart. Awww.)
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Battle/Challenge:  December flash mob
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: Huck embroidered tea towel
Project Page Link (if available): -
Brief Description: To be given as a Christmas gift. The pattern kind of reminds me of snowflakes, too, especially with the cream-on-white.
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