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31  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2015 --March 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: April 18, 2015 10:15:06 AM
Lovely ATC!

Great little pokemon, puzzled-penguin. I can think of several people who would want to catch him Smiley

Congrats, Ludi!



Research Project Name: moulage
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Link: more notes here: http://flairily.blogspot.com/2015/04/moulage-and-sloper.html
Brief Description: I proposed this in the midst of a crafting slump to give me a push, and, boy, did it work! The ideas are flowing! Dunno if they'll work, and I really should do some other things first, but the crafting side is certainly back. I had a lot of fun (some "grrrr"ing too, but that made the end-product that much sweeter.)
For those who don't know, a moulage is like a body-double, a sausage casing made for your body. It has just enough ease so you can try it on and not bust it. It's made out of woven fabric. It took me days and tears to fit a normal sloper. It took 1 fun class to make my first moulage. For me it was so much easier! Make trial: Almost perfect. Make just a couple of small adjustments: Perfect! Once you have it, you can use the paper pattern of it to check the fit of clothing, make a sloper (and use it to check the fit of other clothing patterns,) make your own patterns and other things.
They can actually be really quick, but I knew I'd take time to whine, and I feel guilty sewing for myself even when I have no ideas for anyone else.
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Prompt: April Battle - Sherlock
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: sloper
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I fell in love with the Sherlock Holmes short stories as a kid.
When sewing and fitting you've gotta pay attention to the details: what's wrong, what's right, what line do I need to trace. As you may have noticed on the pattern above, I missed a couple of lines and had to go back after making this up to check things. Roll Eyes Tired crafting is dangerous.
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32  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: April 10, 2015 08:19:43 AM
Thanks, guys!

Non-living positives, eh? K-9, River's diary, the TARDIS!, long scarf, bow ties, suspenders, glasses that make you look clever, chucks, catch phrases (Fantastic! etc.) ...

The research project progresses. I made trial #1 and found a couple of measurements to be quite off (in fairness to my measurer, they are a little odd to explain.)





I think the issues in the back will be sorted once the front fits. I've got the adjustments I want to try marked on my pattern. We'll see!
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33  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2015 --March 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: March 31, 2015 05:31:00 PM
Note to self: Go and pin projects starting on pg. 17 and update T.R. Headquarters while you're at it once you're over the flu  Embarrassed

Prompt: march flash mob
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: another round of the noodle thing
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I do cook more than the noodle thing, but they usually don't take me more than half an hour to throw together. Well, maybe they do. I should look at the clock next time. Anyway...
There were a lot of mafia movies in the 80s. Noodles, mafia, you know.
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34  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2015 --March 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: March 26, 2015 08:18:52 PM
Prompt: march battle - past
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points: (include which bonus points you think you've earned, e.g., Giver, Engineering, UFO)
Project Name: pin curls
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: PI PROJECT! Curls are circular. I got it in my head to try pin curls. Everyone was doing them back in the day Smiley It wasn't as much work or as uncomfortable to sleep in as I'd thought it would be.
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35  Re: Teeny Traveler in a Tin Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: March 04, 2015 08:13:45 AM
I received from Annchen!

All the contents:


Isn't the tin great? I love mail. Even the bottom is decorated:


And what is inside?


Magic rabbits! They're fantastically small and adorable.

She says the 4 say they can do coin tricks. She sent along a Swedish coin for them to practice with.
There's a little copy of Tales of Beedle the Bard for them to read on their journeys with me. And what's that button?


An emergency portkey!

Thank you so much, Annchen! Everything is wonderful!


Since you seem to be having some trouble with photos, here are some more of what I sent:





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36  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: February 28, 2015 03:43:22 PM
Wow, LM! You officially take the prize for most projects in 1 post- I've never had all the tabs I open to pin things not fit at the top of my screen before Cheesy I love those cards, the fabric baskets, your new purse, and the doll. He is super impressive!

Wonderful box, Inselaeffchen!



Prompt: December Japan
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Lil' Monster
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I started making this- the blue and green monster, not the dalek Smiley -for the little traveler swap, but it just wasn't turning out the way I wanted. My mother was ooing over him, though, so now he's hers.
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Prompt: February Battle - Fabric
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: (include which bonus points you think you've earned, e.g., Giver, Engineering, UFO)
Project Name: Lil' Traveler
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: After try #1, this guy came along. He went through several versions. I kept trying to make him fancier, but it just wasn't working. I think he's kinda cute.
Project Picture:




Prompt: February Mob
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: (include which bonus points you think you've earned, e.g., Giver, Engineering, UFO)
Project Name: Lil' Traveler's Tin
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: My first altoid tin decorating project, but I've had a bunch in my stash forever. I tried paper. I tried yarn. I tried beads. Then I raided my stash of my favorite supply and the one I'm most used to working with: Fabric! There's some yarn, too, that was leftover from another project. So was the glue.
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Prompt: Feb. Paint the Town
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Wockets in Pockets
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I'm not a Dr. Seuss fan. There, I said it. Nothing against him, I just don't care for his books and never have. I do, however, love Monsters, Inc. which takes place- mostly -in the city of Monstropolis. So, for Dr. Seuss day, I decorated the classroom door with construction paper and goggly eye monsters in pockets, a la There's a Wocket in My Pocket for others, but, for me, a la Monster's Inc- but not nearly as cool.
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37  Re: DO NOT POST: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015-- in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: February 27, 2015 07:51:52 AM


~ Geekdom of OOAKs, Oddballs, and Marchers to Different Drummers ~

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 - 1500 (+ 60 in bounties)~
Reminders: Challenges/Battles 20 pts, Research Projects 100 pts
Engineering/Giver/UFO/Prompt Specific 10 pts Extra
See the Bounty Bulletin for more point opportunities


Completed Challenges
   March
Roaring 20's - crazyda79, morirT, LovelyMiss, artsycandice
40's Homemaker - trinalocakary, crazyda79, LovelyMiss, Calabaza, artsycandice
60s Flower Child - trinalocakary, crazyda79, LovelyMiss, artsycandice
80s Fashionista - crazyda79, LovelyMiss, artsycandice
Techy Y2K - LovelyMiss, crazyda79, artsycandice
   April
Tea Time - craazyda79, trinalocakary*, LovelyMiss
The Beatles - crazyda79, artsycandice, LovelyMiss
Union Jack - crazyda79, trinalocakary, LovelyMiss, artsycandice
Downtown Abbey - crazyda79, artsycandice, LovelyMiss
Queen's English - crazyda79, LovelyMiss, artsycandice
   May
Tricycle - artsycandice, LovelyMiss
Boat - artsycandice, LovelyMiss
Glider - artsycandice, LovelyMiss
Rocket - LovelyMiss
On Foot - LovelyMiss, artsycandice, moriarT

Completed Battles
March - Past vs. Future - Calabaza, LovelyMiss, crazyda79
April - Sherlock vs. Doctor Who - crazyda79, Calabaza, LovelyMiss
May - Calabaza*, LovelyMiss

Completed Mobs
March - LovelyMiss, Calabaza, crazyda79
April - crazyda79, Calabaza, LovelyMiss
May - LovelyMiss, artsycandice, Calabaza

Completed Red Alerts
Lucky Charms - crazyda79, LovelyMiss

Completed Brownie Points

Completed Research Projects
Calabaza
Calabaza, again

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38  More Exploding Etuis in Completed Projects by Calabaza on: February 14, 2015 09:36:38 AM
Christmas was a while ago, but with life and all my friends and I take a while to meet up and exchange gifts.

This exploding etui went to D:










This one went to E:











D. and E. love to craft. I've found these boxes incredibly handy for storing things. I made theirs 4"x4"x2", tall enough to comfortably store thread on its side. The grommet tape works great for storing blunt-tipped needles! The weave is loose enough but not too much so. I'm certain they can think of other uses as well.

Here's a tutorial if you want to try making your own. No sewing required!


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39  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: February 14, 2015 09:08:07 AM
All hail kale!  Smiley

*feeling a bit weird posting non-kale-y things, but there is something green*

Prompt: February Dye
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Neverending Macaron
Project Link: not yet
Brief Description: For the Winter Nerd Battles Swap. It was a blast! I finally was able to swap with Smeddley (who, it turns out, does not have a cat.) I was rather intimidated. She hinted at wanting a macaron, though, so I made her one inspired by The Neverending Story.
Project Picture:



Prompt: December Galapagos
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: UFO
Project Name: Hello, My Name Is Agent
Project Link: not yet
Brief Description: Inspired by a line Avengers and it works for Carter now too. Evolution is a word that gets used often in SHIELD-land.
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Prompt: December New Zealand
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Exploding Box
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438106
Brief Description: Another Christmas present. The twin of the one I posted earlier. My friend E. loves NZ and LOTR, so she got green.
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40  Re: Winter Nerd Battles 2014-2015 Swap in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: February 13, 2015 07:20:04 AM
Aw, thanks! Smeddley, I am so happy you're happy with your things! I'm thrilled with mine!

After snapping some pics while the sun was still peeking out and wrangling technology into submission, here's what Smeddley was wonderful enough to send me:



A red hood! I love hats that cover my ears and this one incorporates my folk and fairy tale theme. *Thumbs up* I hadn't noticed, but I pinned this pattern multiple times. Figures. It's super! (Nevermind my stupid expression.)
You can see a bit more here:




For the supply portion she sent me a bagful- literally -of trims!



I love trims. Like I told her, though, I'm too cheap to buy bunches so I wander away sadly after ogling them in the store. But these are mine now. Mine! YAY!


Thank you so much, Smeddley! You are a fab partner. Anytime.
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