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121  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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122  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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123  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.)
Project Picture:

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.
Project Picture:
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124  Cathedral windows-inspired appliquéd pillow in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Calabaza on: December 06, 2013 05:08:17 PM
I cut (a LOT!) and sewed this up for my buddy, Sticker, for the most recent IYP swap.

Like I did with this one, I cut the design out of the top fabric (osnaburg in this case, AKA poor man's linen. Love it!) and sewed it onto a blue backing to help form the quasi-cathdral windows-y pattern. This time I washed and dried it before sending so I could see how the cut edges turned out.

Running my fingers over it felt niiiice  Grin and the washer didn't eat it! Yay and whew!

I used wonderunder on the other, previous cover to trace interlocking circles as cutting lines and adhere it to the blue before sewing. This one is bigger- bed-pillow sized -and since I didn't want a potential break where 2 wonderunder pieces met, I had to think of something else.

I ended up using freezer paper to draw the circles then peeled it off (careful not to stretch my fabric out of shape!) My precious, baby, do-NOT-eat-or-drink-or-breathe-near-it osnaburg was then spritzed with a 50/50 school glue/water mix and oh-so-nicely patted onto the blue.

It wasn't near as strong a bond as the wonderunder- and pins were needed -but it helped quite a bit! Definitely will use it again!

After appliquéing the front, I stitched it to the blind-hemmed lapped zipper back (here's a tutorial I made up for that.) The seam allowances were finished, the whole thing was washed and dried and, finally, photos were taken  Smiley

Thanks so much for looking!
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125  Re: SETTING UP - Winter Nerd Battles --December 5, 2013 - February 28, 2014 in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: December 04, 2013 06:55:20 PM

~ 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 - 1480pts~
*Reminder: Challenges/Battles 20 pts, Research Projects 100 pts, Engineering/Giver 10 pts Extra*

Completed Challenges
A festivus for the rest of us - Calabaza, LovelyMiss, crazyda79
Bag of holding - Calabaza, crazyda79, LovelyMiss
Throw a little glitter on it - LovelyMiss, crazyda79, Calabaza
Archaeology - Calabaza, LovelyMiss, crazyda79
Marching to your own drum - LovelyMiss, Calabaza*, crazyda79
Craftin’ New Year - LovelyMiss, crazyda79
Theme Song - LovelyMiss, Calabaza, crazyda79
Old School - crazyda79, LovelyMiss
Twenty Sided Die - Calabaza, LovelyMiss, crazyda79
Put a Bird on it - LovelyMiss, crazyda79
Talk Nerdy - crazyda79, LovelyMiss*
Zombie apocalypse - LovelyMiss, crazyda79
Free Art - LovelyMiss, crazyda79, Calabaza
Jurassic Park - crazyda79, LovelyMiss
Superfan - crazyda79, LovelyMiss, Calabaza

Completed UFO Sightings
December - LovelyMiss*, Calabaza*, crazyda79*
January - crazyda79*, LovelyMiss**, Calabaza*
February - crazyda79*, LovelyMiss*

Completed Battles
December - Calabaza, LovelyMiss
January - crazyda79, LovelyMiss
February - crazyda79, LovelyMiss

Completed Flash Mobs
December - LovelyMiss, Calabaza
January - LovelyMiss, crazyda79, Calabaza
February - crazyda79, LovelyMiss

Red Alert
February:  In celebration of the 2014 Winter Olympiad, craft an item inspired by the Olympic Games, great athleticism, or the country you represent (or would want to represent) in the Olympics.
crazyda79, LovelyMiss, Calabaza

Completed Research Projects
LovelyMiss - Days for Girls liners*

Proposed Research Projects
   Calabaza - Blanket

*Completed Challenge + Charity/Engineering/Bonus
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126  Re: One Small Doctor Who Thing Swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: December 03, 2013 05:03:09 PM
Yesterday I received from whenindoubtsew!

I was so spoiled! She sent tea, a cute and yummy-looking candy and not 1, but 2 lil' DW things! Isn't the embroidery on the TARDIS coin purse amazing?

And I adore this bracelet! One of my favorite episodes is The Unicorn & the Wasp. w.i.d.s. made me a shrink plastic (would never have guessed that it was made out of that) bracelet inspired by it! I can't wait to wear it to work tomorrow and show it off.

I'm so glad you like your necklace, partner! Funny how we both went for representational jewelry  Smiley I guess we sure were well matched, spikefan! Thanks for swapping, whenindoubtsew, and thanks, spikefan, for organizing!
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127  Re: IYP 24 - Fall Fandango Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: December 03, 2013 04:57:42 PM
There's stuff in the gallery! Great stuff! Wow!  Shocked

A package came for me in the mail yesterday so now I get to add the super-see-duper pillowcase I got from StickerChic87!

Vintage travel! We agreed to swap pillowcase this time around and provided each other with theme suggestions. Sticker knows I love vintage travel anything and, though some of my favorite colors are bright and warm, I do have a very soft spot for neutrals. This is a perfect pillowcase for me!

Just look at the quilting and her fabric choices! Awesome. The back is brown and closes envelope-style.

Thank you so much, Sticker! I love what you made for our small but, so far, wonderful swap. I hope you like what I made for you all right! It'll be going out shortly.

Thanks again!
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128  Keyword necklaces from pounded dimes in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Calabaza on: December 01, 2013 10:44:35 AM
I think I love metal stamping and, best of all, it's cheap! Or, at least, it can be.

By taking keywords from a favorite quote of my Doctor Who swap partner's ("Im going to need a SWAT team ready to mobilize, street-level maps covering all of Florida, a pot of coffee, twelve Jammy Dodgers, and a fez" -the Doctor) 70 cents, some split rings and 3 repurposed necklaces...

...this happened! It's only my 2nd metal stamping project and I think it turned out pretty well. I was really happy when a family member requested something similar for herself! It made me feel all warm inside like a freshly-pounded coin.  Cheesy

She wanted one based on a character from the same show (Strax) but not using any 1 quote. And so...

Okay, crummy picture. I swear that one isn't yellow-y green in real life! The words are Holmes, boy, Strax, ha and grenade.

I am so liking this craft. I can't wait to do and learn more! Any suggestions?
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129  Re: Fall Nerd Battles --Sept. 3, 2013 thru November 30, 2013-- Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: December 01, 2013 09:38:51 AM
I don't see an official closed sign so I hope I can sneak these projects in. I got home way later from a cousins' baby shower than I thought I would! I solemn swear I made them last month.

Battle/Challenge: November British Invasion
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: Keyword necklace
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=429372
Brief Description: For my partner in my 1st Doctor Who swap I took keywords from one of her favorite quotes ("I’m going to need a SWAT team ready to mobilize, street-level maps covering all of Florida, a pot of coffee, twelve Jammy Dodgers, and a fez" -theDoctor), stamped them on dimes pounded smoothish and ringed them on 3 chains turned into 1 necklace.
Project Picture:

Battle/Challenge: September Monsters
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: Character necklace
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=429372
Brief Description: after making the above project, I got a request for one about Strax (the "potato monster" from Doctor Who Smiley ) but not using any 1 quote.
Project Picture:

The picture didn't turn out too well, sorry. The words are Holmes, grenade, boy, ha and Strax.

ETA: More projects, since I guess we can for a little while more  Smiley

Battle/Challenge: November Scientific Method
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: food marker "decorated" cookies
Project Page Link (if available): the recipe for the cookies themselves is here
Brief Description:
Q: Will food markers make the cookie decorating process easier?
H: Heck, yeah! What could go wrong?
E: Make and ice cookies as usual then write Who-ish things on them with the markers before serving on Nov. 23.
A: Okay, that could go wrong. Green stops writing after 1 letter, red bleeds all over, yellow, blue and black work intermittently.
D: Writing takes less time than when done with icing but markers are unreliable and, well, icky to work with. Although the back of the box didn't say so, perhaps the product would be better utilized on royal icing. Cookies were tasty nevertheless.
Project Picture:

Silence cookie that made it home to be photographed and was subsequently devoured.

Battle/Challenge: September Starfleet
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name:
Project Page Link (if available): -
Brief Description: Please see picture. This project is a secret for now. No peeking, Sticker!
Project Picture:
Here, and the ones after it Smiley
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130  Re: Fall Nerd Battles --Sept. 3, 2013 thru November 30, 2013-- Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: November 16, 2013 12:42:55 PM
Battle/Challenge: UFO October
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 10 because they're blue!
Project Name: Convertible mitts
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=429098.0
Brief Description: This pair has been in progress since the summer games! When I saw the prompt I knew I had to finish them ASAP. I mean, they're blue, they're for the icy weather AND Vashon Island's in the state where I live! So, here they are (in November, but, hey, they are done!)
Project Picture:

Battle/Challenge: October Angles
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: Haunted House
Project Page Link (if available): -
Brief Description: This was made for the OTT October Holidays Swap. I forgot about posting it here until just now. The house was cut out of card stock by hand with an craft knife. It and the sky were brushed with shiny sealer and mounted inside the 4"x4" lid of a paper box which has 4 angles! The frame part is balsa wood. I painted it and the lid to resemble wood.
Project Picture:

@LovelyMiss: Thanks for the link! They look fun. Like gel pens!
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