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1  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1 - August 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by ActsofCraftiness on: August 31, 2016 09:55:19 PM
Last project dump, under the gun! This was a fun season. Smiley

Prompt:  Red Alert!
Team: Digital
Medal Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: Brain
Project Name: Dyed Cross Stitch Fabric #1
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Brief Description: This was my first time dyeing fabric using the low water immersion technique. I was trying to emulate hand dyed fabrics from companies like Picture This Plus, Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie, and Fabrics by LJ, etc. I dont know what project I will use it for, but I really like the way it turned out.
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Prompt:  Free Range 1
Team: Digital
Medal Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Dyed Chalkboardesque Fabric
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Brief Description: I had a lot of fun dyeing my aquamarine cross stitch fabric last season, so I used the same dye pot technique to dye more fabric. My intention was for the fabric to look similar to a chalkboard.
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Prompt:  June - Lemonade
Team: Digital
Medal Event: Fabricology
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Project Name: Dyed Cross Stitch Fabric #2
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Brief Description: I was trying a new technique to dye a piece of cross stitch fabric for a specific project. My first piece of fabric did not turn out the way I expected and was far too dark for my project. I used the left over dye to create this beautiful piece of fabric. The colors arent quite what I wanted for my project either, but I love the way it came out, and Im trying to figure out a design to stitch on it.
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Prompt:  June - 24 Carrot Gold
Team: Digital
Medal Event: Fabricology
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Project Name: Dyed Cross Stitch Fabric #3
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Brief Description: My first two attempts at dyeing the perfect fabric didnt work out, so I tried a third time for the perfect coloring. You might say I was looking for a dye to die for! I needed something a lot paler than what I got during my first two attempts, so I watered down my dye a lot, and my third attempt was a success! Im using this piece of fabric for a year long sampler - Lakeside Needlecraft Fantasy SAL.
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Prompt:  July - Niagara Falls
Team: Digital
Medal Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: Brain
Project Name: Orange Panna Cotta
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Brief Description: My husband and I have been trying new things in the kitchen, and this recipe was one of our new successes. The panna cotta bake in a water bath.
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Prompt: August - Battle Royale - The World  
Team: Digital
Medal Event: Craftology
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Needle minders
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Brief Description: I made about 300 needle minders in August alone! This is just a small sample of the ones I made. My needle minders have been sent to people all over the world. Smiley
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Prompt:  August - Archery
Team: Digital
Medal Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points: Brain
Project Name: Dyed Embroidery Floss
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Brief Description: I have always wanted to try my hand and dyeing embroidery floss, so Im glad I finally tried it for the first time! I was trying for specific results, so I used a dropper to apply the dye with precision. Ill definitely be dyeing more embroidery floss.
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Prompt:  August - Football/Soccer
Team: Digital
Medal Event: Fabricology
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Project Name: Birthday Shirt
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Brief Description: My sister asked me to make a shirt for my nephews 2nd birthday. She came to my house with the shirt and the idea, and this is what I made using them.
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Prompt:  August - Swimming
Team: Digital
Medal Event: Fabricology
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Project Name: Firework Hoopla
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Brief Description: I stitched up the cute little firework hoopla using some red/blue embroidery floss that I dyed myself. I only used two types of stitches, running stitch and french knots, so it became very repetitive to stitch.
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Prompt:  August - Table Tennis
Team: Digital
Medal Event: Paperology
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Project Name: Fathers Day Gift
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Brief Description: I made this gift with my kids for my husband for Fathers Day.
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2  Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by ActsofCraftiness on: August 31, 2016 08:49:59 PM

★ Team Textbook Points - 20 pts ★

Team Members:
ActsofCraftiness
craftADDchick


Non-Prompt Crafting Opportunities

Brownie Points Projects:  (20 points, no limit)

Random Acts:  (25 points, 2 projects)

Free-Range Crafting:  (20 points, 2 projects)

Big Time Projects:  (50 points, 3 projects)

Zaps:  (5 points, 5 projects)

Completed Research Projects:  (200 points)

UFO Sighting Prompt: McMinnville Photographs  (20 points)
(Earn 10 bonus points if your item incorporates the colors black and white. Don't forget to claim WIP It bonus points!)

RED ALERT! Prompt:  (20 points)

Throwback Projects:  (bonus tickets)


September: Science
Battle Royale Prompt - Applied vs. Theoretical:
craftADDchick

Geology:

Biology:

Cosmology:

Chemistry:

Physics:
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3  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1 - August 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by ActsofCraftiness on: August 31, 2016 02:23:13 PM
Research Project Name: Embroidery Floss Organization
Team: Digital
Metal Event: Craftology
Bonus Points: WIP, Epic
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Brief Description: This project seemed like would be easy to complete, but it took so very long. I tried using the plastic bobbin winding tool and the power drill trick to make winding the bobbins faster, but they both made the bobbins lumpy and ugly. So, I decided hand-winding was the best way to go. After many, many hours and lots of hand cramping, I managed to wind all of the floss I have that isnt with a project in progress or a project Ive kitted up, waiting to be stitched.

Its so nice to have this organization project done! The bobbin boxes take up a lot less space than the baggies I had stuffed with skeins of floss before, and now I can actually see what I have too. I put them in numerical order, so itll also be a lot easier to pull floss for projects and to see what I have and what I am missing.
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Prompt:  July - Route 66
Team: Digital
Medal Event: Craftology
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Delaneys Studio Sign
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Brief Description: My youngest sister was visiting me recently, and she needed a last minute gift for her friends birthday. We brainstormed ideas based on her friends interests, and we settled on her love of art and drawing. I came up with the idea to make her a sign for her room. I used my Cameo to cut the design out of vinyl. The heart is a chalkboard, and I attached some chalk to the back for her.
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Prompt:  July - Golden Gate Bridge
Team: Digital
Medal Event: Craftology
Bonus Points: Brain
Project Name: PVC Pipe Lap Stand
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Brief Description: I have wanted to make one of these PVC lap stands for my stitching projects for a very long time. It works like a Q-snap (using the same clamps), but it has a build in stand, so you can stitch two-handed. I followed the tutorial found here. I made one change and added an extra bar on the bottom for more stability. I felt like an architect while cutting the all the pieces and trying to construct the stand so it wouldnt wobble. With my dads help, I used a lot of tools that were new to me. Now, I have my very own hacksaw, so I can make more of these on my own if Id like.
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4  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1 - August 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by ActsofCraftiness on: August 29, 2016 12:58:33 AM
Prompt:  June - From Scratch
Team: Digital
Medal Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: Engineering
Project Name: Banana Bread
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Brief Description: I love to cook and bake things from scratch, especially with my kids. Ive tried a lot of different banana bread recipes, and I havent really liked any of them. I finally came across this recipe, and aside from needing to bake it a little longer than the recipe stated, it has been the best Ive ever made. My son and I have made it together a few times.

Banana Bread
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 - 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (3 or 4)
1/3 cup water
1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar. Add eggs, bananas, and water - beat for 30 seconds. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt - mix until blended. Pour mixture into a lightly sprayed/oiled loaf pan (4.5 x 8.5 x 2.5).

Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 55-60 minutes (mine took at least 5 minutes longer). Let cook on a rack for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edges and remove the bread from the pan. When cool, wrap in foil to store - or eat it all in one sitting like my family does. :p

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Prompt: June - A Fungus Among Us  
Team: Digital
Medal Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: Engineering
Project Name: Lemony Chicken Kababs
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Brief Description: Weve been trying to eat healthier meals, but I tend to get in a rut, cooking the same few recipes over and over again. This is a new recipe Ive added to our rotation. I like to add veggies and mushrooms to my skewers.

Lemony Chicken Kebab Marinade
3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
3 Tbsp olive oil
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes

Whisk together the first 6 ingredients. Add chicken, stir to coat, and marinate in the refrigerator for two hours before assembling your skewers.

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Prompt:  August - Gymnastics
Team: Digital
Medal Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: Engineering
Project Name: California Sugar Cookies
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Brief Description: I made these cookies for friends who were moving out of state. This is my favorite sugar cookies recipe, ever. It has almond emulsion in it (you could use almond extract instead), and I get so many compliments on them because of the hint of almond flavor.

In order to have great decorated sugar cookies, there are three things you need to master: mixing the dough correctly, baking the cookies correctly, and decorating the cookies with the right icing.

Basic Rolled Sugar Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup superfine sugar (or granulated sugar processed in a blender or food processor)
1/2 tsp salt
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract or emulsion (optional)
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

Cream butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes with mixer set at medium speed. Add yolk, beat well. Add whole egg, vanilla and optional almond extract and beat until well-incorporated. Add flour; beat at low speed just until flour is mixed in; do not over-mix. Divide dough in halves or thirds and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, at least one hour and up to 2 days.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Dust work surface and rolling pin with flour. Roll dough to 1/4" thick, sprinkling with additional flour as needed to prevent sticking. Cut into desired shapes and place on parchment or silicone-lined pans. Bake in preheated oven until cookies appear dry on the surface and are light golden brown on the edges, about 10 minutes (very large cookies may take up to 12 or 13 minutes). Remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks and cool completely before decorating.

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5  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1 - August 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by ActsofCraftiness on: August 29, 2016 12:32:00 AM
Thanks so much for all the comments about my popovers! I love making them so much. I hope you all give them a try. Smiley

Prompt:  Big Time #1
Team: Digital
Medal Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points: WIP
Project Name: June Block - Once Upon A Time Sampler
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Brief Description: I originally started this block when this yearlong cross stitch sampler by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery came out in 2014. I finally finished it up!
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Prompt:  Big Time #2
Team: Digital
Medal Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points: WIP
Project Name: July Block - Once Upon A Time Sampler
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Brief Description: I originally started this block when this yearlong cross stitch sampler by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery came out in 2014. I finally finished it up!
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Prompt:  Big Time #3
Team: Digital
Medal Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points: WIP
Project Name: August Block - Once Upon A Time Sampler
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Brief Description: I originally started this block when this yearlong cross stitch sampler by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery came out in 2014. I finally finished it up!
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Prompt:  UFO Sighting
Team: Digital
Medal Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points: WIP, Round
Project Name: May/Taurus Frames - Zodiac Sampler
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Brief Description: I started this part of my CloudsFactory Zodiac Sampler earlier in the year, but I put it down for a while. I finally got around to finishing it. The golden frames for each design are round in shape.
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6  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1 - August 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by ActsofCraftiness on: August 28, 2016 12:34:49 AM
Prompt:  Zap #1
Team: Digital
Medal Event: Craftology
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Starbucks Cup for Kimmarie
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Brief Description: Another personalized Starbucks cup made with my Cameo and vinyl on a reusable plastic Starbucks cup.
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Prompt:  July - Grand Canyon
Team: Digital
Medal Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: Engineering
Project Name: Popovers with Honey Butter
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Brief Description:  Popovers are easy so to make, but they always impress people when I make them. I know I could buy a popover pan, but I just use a regular muffin pan, and they turn out great. Popovers are brown and match the color of the desert very well.

Basic Popovers
4 eggs (should equal 1 cup)
2 cups milk
2 cups flour (not sifted)
1 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 450 F. The rack should be in the middle position. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with Pam or other nonstick cooking spray. Make sure you get all the way up the sides and on the top edge of each cup. If you don't get everything lubricated, your popovers might stick to the pan and they won't rise properly.

Once your oven is to temperature, put all ingredients in a blender and mix. When the batter is fully mixed, pour it evenly into the greased muffin cups, almost to the top. Do not let the batter sit around while you prep your muffin pan; you want to pour it out as soon as it's mixed and get it in the oven so you can take advantage of all those lovely bubbles you've made in the blender.

Bake at 450 degrees for exactly 30 minutes. If you peek while they are baking, they will fall.

When 30 minutes have passed, remove the pan to a cold burner or wire rack and pierce the top of each popover with a sharp knife to release the steam.

Let the popovers stand in the pan for a minute or two before serving.

Makes 12 popovers

Honey Butter
1/2 cup softened butter (1 stick, 1/4 pound)
1 Tbsp honey

Soften the butter and place it in a small mixing bowl.

Add the honey and mix it with the butter until well blended. Cover and refrigerate until you plan to use it. Keep refrigerated after use. When you remove this butter from the refrigerator, let it soften for a few minutes before using it so it will be able to spread.

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7  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by ActsofCraftiness on: August 27, 2016 11:22:33 AM
I'm prepping a big project dump. Smiley

I've also been making progress on my embroidery floss organization research project. I would be a lot further along if I could manage to stop buying more floss!

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8  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1 - August 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by ActsofCraftiness on: July 31, 2016 09:47:48 PM
Prompt:  July Battle - Roadside Attractions
Team: Digital
Medal Event: Paperology
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Project Name: Bookmarks
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Brief Description: When I was a kid, my favorite thing about road trips was collecting bookmarks or postcards (to use as bookmarks). Each place we would stop, roadside attractions included, I would try to find a souvenir to hold my spot in a book. At the time, I was able to read in the car without feeling carsick. Im sad that I cant do that anymore! I've made these bookmarks before, but I improved on them this time. I laminated them for increased durability, and I fixed my cameo cut settings so Darth Vader survived being cut out this time.
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9  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1 - August 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by ActsofCraftiness on: June 30, 2016 09:01:43 PM
Prompt:  June Battle Royale - Savory
Team: Digital
Medal Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: Engineering
Project Name: Bolognese Sauce
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Brief Description: This is my favorite pasta sauce recipe! Its thick and meaty and awesome.

Ingredients:

4 oz pancetta (or bacon), chopped
1 tbsp butter
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
cup celery, minced
cup carrots, minced
1 lb ground beef
2 28oz cans crushed tomatoes
1 bay leaf
salt and fresh pepper
cup chopped fresh parsley

Directions:

In a deep, heavy saucepan, saut pancetta until the fat melts. Add the butter, garlic, onions, celery, and carrots. Cook on medium-low until vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes.

Increase the flame to medium-high, and add the meat. Season with salt and pepper, and saut until browned and the liquid has evaporated.

Add the tomatoes and bay leaf. Simmer, covered, on low for at least 1 - 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Add the parsley, and cook two minutes longer.

Makes about 8 cups.

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10  Hoopla A-Long 2013-until the END OF TIME in Needlework: Stitchalongs by ActsofCraftiness on: June 30, 2016 08:27:18 PM
I had a hard time figuring out what to stitch for the celebrate theme, but then I realized I have zero Fourth of July decorations!

I used floss that I hand dyed myself.I'm pretty sure I'm in love with dyeing my own floss and fabric now. Smiley

I sort of wish that I had stitched the firework on a dark fabric, but I think I might paint the hoop to help add a little drama to the piece.



I forgot to add - This is a free design by Mollie Johanson, and you can get it on embroidery.about.com.
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