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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: May 27, 2016 10:29:36 PM
Congrats, LovelyMiss!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: May 22, 2016 04:41:53 PM
SBC - JoAnn carries Sulky Sliver in store and online.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Team Digital HQ on: May 22, 2016 11:33:46 AM
Reserved for Team Digital HQ!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Spring Nerd Battles: March 1 - May 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime!*~ on: May 19, 2016 08:37:58 AM
Thanks, LBAB! Snickerdoodles are the best. I love them too. Smiley

bunny1kenobi - Thank you. Smiley  I use adhesive vinyl for the cups, and I get the blank cups from Starbucks. They are reusable plastic cups they sell. Usually they have them behind the counter, but theyll pull them out if you ask. This is the third time Ive donated to this particular auction and the second time Ive donated personalized cups. They have been a hit both times.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Spring Nerd Battles: March 1 - May 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime!*~ on: May 19, 2016 12:49:18 AM
Prompt:  May - X-Men
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Giver
Project Name: Starbucks Cups for Lindsay
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Brief Description: This is the first of two sets of customized reusable Starbucks cups I donated to the most recent Crafters for Courage auction on Instagram (@craftersforcourage). The auction benefits Courage World, a home for minor girls rescued from sex trafficking.
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Prompt:  Brownie Points
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Giver
Project Name: Starbucks Cups for Cynthia
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Brief Description: This is the second of two sets of customized reusable Starbucks cups I donated to the most recent Crafters for Courage auction on Instagram (@craftersforcourage). The auction benefits Courage World, a home for minor girls rescued from sex trafficking.
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Prompt:  Zap #1
Team: Textbook
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Project Name: Starbucks cups for Misha
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Brief Description: I really enjoy making personalized Starbucks cups for people. Each one is different and fits the personality of the recipient. I think the unicorn cup is my favorite of all the cups Ive made so far. Smiley
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6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Spring Nerd Battles: March 1 - May 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime!*~ on: May 19, 2016 12:33:07 AM
Prompt:  April - Don Quixote
Team: Textbook
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Project Name: Christines Birthday Treats
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Brief Description: My friend Christine is as loyal as they come. For her birthday, I made her some of her favorite treats - snickerdoodle cookies and cupcakes. I made the cupcake frosting purple because its her favorite color.
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7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Spring Nerd Battles: March 1 - May 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime!*~ on: May 19, 2016 12:24:47 AM
Prompt:  April - Pride & Prejudice
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Engineer
Project Name: Easy Fudgey Brownies
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Brief Description: When I was pregnant with my son, I didnt have many cravings, but one night I was desperate for homemade brownies. I dont keep a fully stocked pantry, so I was having a hard time trying to find a good brownie recipe that I could make with what I already had. My husband offered to run tot he store, but I was determined to make something right then with with what we already had on hand. I finally came up with a recipe that is delicious, easy, and doesnt need a ton of ingredients.

Easy Fudgey Brownies:
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cocoa powder
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease an 8x8 pan. Put all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix them thoroughly. Pour the batter into the greased pan. It will be thick, but you can gently tap the pan to spread the batter out. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until slightly pulling away from the edge of the pan. Let the brownies cool before cutting. The brownies will still be soft and fudgey inside.

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8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Spring Nerd Battles: March 1 - May 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime!*~ on: May 19, 2016 12:07:29 AM
Prompt: Red Alert - National Craft Month
Team: Textbook
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Project Name: Dyed Cross Stitch Fabric - Aquamarine
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Brief Description: I have always wanted to try dyeing my own fabric for my cross stitch projects. I actually bought every color the liquid Rit dye comes in about a year and a half ago, and the bottles have just been sitting in the garage until now. I know there are other brands/ways to dye that are more colorfast that Rit, but I didnt want to have to deal with mixing powders or using soda ash. I did use the Rit color fixative, so hopefully I won't have issues with colorfastness. I also love the color range of the Rit dyes. They have a neat formula guide to use for mixing their liquid colors to make a huge range of colors. They also have formulas to make the Pantone Colors of the Year.

I finally dyed my first fabrics on Friday the 13th - DOOM DOOM DOOM! I probably should have used a darker color for such an ominous day.  Wink I was trying for a pretty even, all over color, so I used the stovetop method - basically, you use a big pot on the stove to keep the water hot during the dyeing process. You could also use your washing machine, but I didnt want to go that route.

I experimented a bit by using the same dye bath to dye two different kinds of cross stitch cloth, aida and evenweave. The two fabrics took the dye a little differently. Its hard to tell in the picture (they look almost exactly the same), but the aida is a little brighter and more "aqua-y, and the evenweave wasnt as bright and looks a little more blue. I ended up with a bit of color variation and some mottling in both fabrics. I thought the pot was big enough, but I'm guessing it's from the fabric not having enough room to move freely. I wasn't expecting the color variations, but I love the way they look.

Ill be using one of these pieces to stitch up the Brookes Books Advent Animals. The patterns are super cute and free!

I had a lot of fun dyeing fabric for the first time, and I will definitely do a lot more of it. There are some interesting techniques for dyeing fabrics, so I'm excited to try some of those next.
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9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Spring Nerd Battles: March 1 - May 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime!*~ on: May 18, 2016 11:12:06 PM
It's project dump time.  Grin

Prompt:  Throwback #2
Team: Textbook
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Project Name: Seam Ripper Hoopla
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Brief Description: I really enjoy doing swaps because they are a great way to stretch yourself and make things you may never have thought to make on your own. I made this piece for a swap partner who wanted a fun hoopla to hang in her sewing room. She just mentioned that she warns her family to stay away if she has a seam ripper in her hand, and I was inspired to create and stitch this design. I havent been sewing much lately, but I could probably use one of these for myself if I ever start sewing more again.
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10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Spring Nerd Battles: March 1 - May 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime!*~ on: May 18, 2016 11:06:32 PM
Congrats, Nerds of the Month!

SBC - Your raccoon looks great! I some button jars too. They are a fun way to store and display a button collection.

RBR - Love the ATC. Its crazy how much meaning you can pack into something so small. The colors of your yarn is so pretty! What do you to use it for?

LittleLaura - Awesome costume! That must have taken forever.
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