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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: Today at 08:05:28 AM
I just snagged a spot for Team Textbook. I'm trying to finish up a few projects so I can post them today, but I'll make our spot look nice for tomorrow. I'm excited! Smiley
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Team Textbook on: Today at 08:01:18 AM
Reserved for Team Textbook
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: TV Tray Turned Pressing Table on: November 25, 2015 10:23:07 PM
Thank you, everyone!

It has really been a useful project. I use it very often, and it makes projects so much easier and faster. I can't believe I waited so long to make it.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2015 --September 1 - November 30, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ on: November 25, 2015 10:10:32 PM
Great projects, Smeddley! Your tile work is beautiful.

Prompt: Big Time Project
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Give Thanks Cross Stitch
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=422834.msg5354868#msg5354868
Brief Description: I stitched this pattern last year for a swap partner, and Ive been dying to have my own. So, I stitched this one up for me and my family. IM GRATEFUL that I get to host Thanksgiving for my large immediate family every year. Its such a special time for us.
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5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Hoopla A-Long 2013-2015 on: November 25, 2015 10:02:36 PM
I managed to get my hoopla done before the last day of the month! This is a Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery pattern. I stitched one of these up last year, but I made it for a Thanksgiving/Fall themed swap, so I gave it away. This one is for me.  Wink

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2015 --September 1 - November 30, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ on: November 25, 2015 07:16:40 PM
I have a large collection of floss but can't embroider anymore, I need to find a project that doesn't involve hand stitching. I have seen YouTube videos where people use a drill or screw gun type machine to wind the floss cards fast.

I was curious, so I did a quick search. Here's one with a drill:


And now, I want to get my little bit of floss and wind it all! But, I don't have a variable speed drill, which seems like it would be safer Smiley So, I'll wait Grin  Because I'm supposed to be doing 5 other things right now, anyway...

I've seen that video, but I haven't given it a try yet. Thanks for the reminder.  Smiley I think it might be the way to go if I can get it to work since I have hundreds of bobbins to make! I already have the same 1,000 pack of plastic bobbins she talks about in the video.

I hear you about having too many other things to think about right now. I going to save this for a research project for the next round.  Wink
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Marilyn Manson cross stitch on: November 25, 2015 04:44:48 PM
That's awesome!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: November 25, 2015 02:08:26 PM
Thanks, LovelyMiss.

I agree about Smeddley. She did an awesome job as captain! Our ship may be small, but we are mighty. Considering we only have three people on our team, we have A LOT of points. Smiley
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: November 25, 2015 11:34:54 AM
I'd love a chance to be a team captain, but only if there is an opening. I don't want to take someone's spot.

Go Team Textbook!  Grin

If you would like to take a turn at being Team Textbook's captain, feel free!  I'm not the most attentive/on top of things captain as it is, but no one else wanted it at the time and I couldn't let Team Textbook founder!

Thanks, Smeddley! I'd love to.  Kiss
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2015 --September 1 - November 30, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ on: November 25, 2015 11:03:43 AM
Prompt: Oct - Jersey Devil
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Embroidery Hoop Ornaments
Project Link:
Brief Description: These hoop ornaments seem simple, but there are actually a lot of steps involved in making them.
Project Picture:

Prompt: Nov - Touch
Team: Textbook
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Project Name: PomPom Garland
Project Link:
Brief Description: Who doesn't love fluffy pompoms? I have an affinity for making (and fondling) yarn pompoms because they are so cute and soft. I made this garland as an extra for a handmade ornament swap.
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Prompt: Nov - Sight
Team: Textbook
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Project Name: DMC Floss Inventory
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Brief Description: When it comes to my DMC floss collection, its out of sight, out of mind! I had a ton of DMC floss, but its not very organized. I have floss I use for my shop, floss in kit bags for planned projects, leftover floss from completed projects, random floss all over This leads to many duplicate colors. I knew I wanted to have an organized inventory list AND I wanted to get all of the colors I was missing so I could have a full set.

I found an excel workbook for DMC floss inventory someone shared online so I wouldn't have to recreate the wheel. It was out of date and needed updating - had discontinued colors, didn't have the 16 new colors from 2014, the numbers were out of order, and the formulas on the first page were all wrong. After fixing all the issues in the workbook, I logged all the floss I have (with notes for the flosses that are in project kits). When I logged everything I already had, I had over 600 skeins of floss! If someone had asked me, I would have guessed I had about 300. I then went on a shopping spree to buy all the colors I was missing. Now that I have all the main colors, I have almost 800 skeins. My next big project with them will be wrapping them all on bobbins. I think it'll take a tremendously long time.
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Prompt: Nov - Sound
Team: Textbook
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Project Name: Crocheted Stocking Ornament
Project Link:
Brief Description: I dont know why, but I cannot get myself to crochet more loosely than I do. I crochet so tightly, that it squeaks when I use acrylic yarn. This stocking ornament is supposed to be stitched tightly, so there was a lot of squeaking while making it.
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