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1  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: Today at 07:37:33 PM
I decided that making another batch of soup would have to wait so I could sneak in one more project this month!

Prompt:  Flash Mob- September- Game of Life
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  Engineering
Project Name: Upcycled Car Trash Bag with Liner
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435952.0
Brief Description: Last week, I was in a bad mood, so I decided to buy a new set of sheets, which, for some strange reason, always cheers me up!   Grin  The sheets came neatly folded inside a coordinating storage bag. Now, I don't know about you, but I have NEVER been able to fit the sheets back in the bag. But, I can't just throw them away...Many of the bags are drawstring bags, but this particular bag had a flap with a Velcro closure, and since I was in desperate need of a car trash bag, I decided that the latest sheet bag was the perfect candidate.

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Sideways picture of the outside of the bag:



The inside of the bag with the removable liner:



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2  Upcycled Car Trash Bag with Lining- Made from a Bedhseet Storage Bag! w/Tute! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by craftADDchick on: Today at 07:29:57 PM
Last week, I was in a bad mood, so I decided to buy a new set of sheets, which, for some strange reason, always cheers me up!  Cheesy  The sheets came neatly folded inside a coordinating storage bag. Now, I don't know about you, but I have NEVER been able to fit the sheets back in the bag. But, I can't just throw them away...

Many of the bags are drawstring bags, but this particular bag had a flap with a Velcro closure, and since I was in desperate need of a car trash bag, I decided that the latest sheet bag was the perfect candidate.

Here's the finished bag:



It doesn't look too special, but I decided that I needed to add a liner to it:




And, in case you have a few empty sheet bags hanging around and want to make your own, here's how I did it!

Materials: Empty sheet bag (this was from a set of Queen-sized sheets), Clear vinyl, Coordinating double-fold bias tape, thread, plastic cable ties {Not shown: Clear packing tape, scissors, sewing machine}



1. Measure the bag to determine the size of the vinyl liner. In my case, the bag was 9 1/2 inches tall, 6 inches across, and 6 inches deep, and it was a boxy shape. To save myself from having to sew a seam at the bottom, I cut along the fold, which meant I needed a little math. I added half of the depth to the height of the bag, and added the depth to the width measurement, plus seam allowance for the side seam (I used 1/4" seams). So, my piece of vinyl was 12 1/2 inches wide and 25 inches long (12 1/2 inches folded). I realize that isn't the clearest explanation, so I can try to add a diagram with my measurements later.



2. Next, I cut notches out of the corners (3 inches up from the bottom fold and 3 1/4 inches from the side seam).



3. I folded the bias tape over the side seams and stitched them down along the edge of the bias tape (about 1/4" seam).



4. Next, I folded the bias tape over the top edge and stitched it down along the edge of the bias tape.



5. To make the box corners, I flattened the corners, bringing the edges together (I pretty much learned how to do this from the Jordy Bag tutorial).



6. Then, I folded the bias tape over the edges and stitched it down along the edge of the bias tape. I did this on both sides.



7. Here's the completed liner!



8. Next, I wanted to add a bit of support to the opening of the bag. You could probably skip this step because the liner gives the bag a decent shape, but if you don't use a liner, it'll help to keep the bag open so it's easier to put the trash into it. So, the first thing I did was to open up about an inch along the top edge seam. I opened it from the inside, along the back edge.



9. Then, I cut the cable ties to fit the measurements of each side (mine were each 6 inches long), and then I taped them together with clear packing tape, leaving a tiny gap between the ends of the ties so I could bend the form at the corners.





10. Thread the ties through the opening and wiggle it through so that the corners of the form match up with the corners of the bag. I didn't stitch the opening closed when I was finished in case I need to adjust the ties later.



11. Finally, I stitched a piece of bias tape onto the back side of the bag body (just below the top seam), and stitched the edges of the bias tape together (which I should have done first, but I didn't think about it in time).

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3  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: September 29, 2014 03:49:50 PM
Okay, I know I have to go back and check out all of the projects I've missed in the last couple of weeks, but I need to post this quickly, and then get started on dinner... and then work on my September Flash Mob (because I forgot that I have plans to go to the movies tomorrow night!).

Prompt: September Battle- Board Games!
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  Engineering
Project Name: In Pursuit of Trivial Jewelry
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435924.0#axzz3EkPWbnj0

Brief Description: In my teens, Trivial Pursuit was the hot game to play, and my friends and I played it regularly. Now, I play weekly team trivia at a local restaurant, and we haven't been doing so well, lately. So, if I wear this to our next game, hopefully it'll bring back some trivia mojo!

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4  In Pursuit of Trivial Jewelry in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by craftADDchick on: September 29, 2014 03:40:16 PM
Almost every Wednesday night, I get my geek on and play team trivia at a local restaurant. Since we haven't been doing so well lately, I decided that I needed a Trivial Pursuit necklace, to use as a trivia talisman, of sorts.



Here's how I made it:

Materials- Trivial Pursuit "Pie Pieces," accent beads, Sharpie, beading pliers, small drill bit (the one I used is 1/16"), bead findings (I used a head pin instead of the jump rings) and not shown, a drill, a clamp, clear packing tape, scrap of wood



1. Decide how you would like your pieces to be arranged. I found it handy to stick them to a piece of packing tape to keep them from shifting around.



2. Use the Sharpie to mark the locations of the drill holes {note: I didn't mark the top and bottom, but it might have helped to align the holes a bit better.}.



3. Before drilling, tape the sides of the pieces so they don't go flying across the room.



4. Carefully, drill through the pieces. It would be very wise to use a clamp to hold the pieces together while drilling {protect your fingers!} and to also use a piece of scrap wood under your work {protect your table!}. My drill bit wasn't long enough, so I needed to drill from each side.

5. Once the holes are drilled, thread the beads and pie pieces onto a head pin.



6. Using your beading pliers. make a loop at the top, and trim off any excess head pin. String onto a chain or string and wear with pride!

Note: The pieces have a tendency to flip around on the head pin, so if this annoys you as much as it annoys me, you may want to add a dab of jewelry glue (like E-6000) to secure them (and I'll do this as soon as I find where I stashed the tube of glue).

Now, I just need to see if it brings us any luck. If not, I might have to make some matching earrings to boost the mojo!
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5  Yet Another TM Patch Swap R3! SU:Sept. 16- Oct. 6, 2014; SO: Nov. 3, 2014 in Craft Swaps by craftADDchick on: September 16, 2014 12:57:51 PM


Swap Name: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R3
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: craftADDchick
Sign-up date range: September 16, 2014- October 6, 2014
Date to send item by: Monday, November 3, 2014

 Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

 Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
 
 Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
 - Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
 - Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
 - Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
 - Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
 - Is at least 18 years old: YES

 Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
 - Has been a member for at least one month: YES
 - Has posted at least 15 times: YES
 - Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
 - Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
 - Does not have any negative feedback: YES
 - Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
 - If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
 - If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

 Details of swap:
 Do you love making Teesha Moore-style patches? Have you always admired them but haven't yet caught the TM bug? Well, this could be the swap for you!

In this round of the TM Patch Swap, you will be crafting for 1 or 2 partners (first time swappers will be limited to 1 partner) and from 1-3 patches (you and your partner should agree on the exact number).

Also, you will have the option of exchanging a TM Patch Supply kit with your partner (contents of kit may include: floss, fabric, embellishments {buttons, beads, ribbons, charms, etc}, poly-fil, etc.).

Let's keep this swap simple and limit it to the sending of patches and kits (if you love sending extra things, consider adding those in to a kit Smiley ).

There are lots of inspirational patches from previous swaps, so check out some of the galleries here:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434712.0#axzz37wXpySPV (Yet Another TM Patch Swap R2!)

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432695.#axzz2yLfpYtaO (Yet Another TM Patch Swap!)

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=407645.0#axzz2UxtFzswN

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=402089.0#axzz2UxtFzswN

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426480.0#axzz2bcdxNvuF

IF your are new to making patches, here are some links to Teesha Moore's own video tutorials showing you her techniques. You won't want to miss these.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Cm4RoEsgl0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yt49UgGzy6k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=246iSNnS8So
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njd3J7ttslQ


 If you want to participate, information to send to organizer, craftADDchick:

 QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
 Name of swap: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R2!
 Craftster username:
 Email address:
 Your real name:
 Mailing address including the country (please put it in the proper format for mailing to your country):
 Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
 Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
 Do you want one or two partners?
How many patches would you like to make for each partner (Organizer will attempt to match partners based on this information as much as possible)?
Do you also want to exchange a kit with your partner(s), in addition to the patches?
List at least four themes to inspire your partner: (Some themes from previous swaps were the beach, peace and love, buttons, rainbows, DOTD, trees and nature, literature, stripes and polkadots, craftster's choice.)
List peferred size range, if you have one:
Preferred colors, if any:
Are there any colors or themes you really don't want to receive?
Are odd shapes desireable, such as round or triangular patches?
Do you have a Pinterest, website, or WIST site that your partner can peruse for inspiration?

 IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.


PARTICIPANTS:

1. craftADDchick
2. Watsonc7
3. roler
4. madcrafter
5. cabaute
6. noodle-bug
7. Sharalee
8. DaphadillyArt
9. pinkmichk
10.SheridanLA
11.vincentvanbuck
12.jenleahlynn
13.goatgoddess
14.smileyyogini
15.milkeway
16.elderflower
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6  Re: 14 hat in 2014 in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: September 14, 2014 07:41:01 AM
Here's my first hat (well, actually my 2nd hat, but the first one hasn't been located yet Smiley ). It's the Built-In Bow hat and I made it using 'petal pink' RHSS and a button from the button jar.



I'll be donating it as part of a batch of hats for something called Karen's Closet. It's a program in my school (and maybe the district) that provides clothing items for students in need. I think they can go in an pick out things they like... so I hope someone likes this hat Smiley
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7  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: September 13, 2014 04:36:09 PM
Prompt:  September- Solitaire
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  Giver
Project Name: Built-in Bow Crocheted Hat
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I made this hat today while my lasagna was cooking, and finished it up after I ate dinner (I crochet slowly, it seems!). I used this pattern by milliemouse579 and crocheted it with pink RHSS (the one main component) and used a button I had in my button jar. I'll be donating it to "Karen's Closet" which is a program in my district (well, at least at my school, but pretty sure it's at others) that provides clothing and school items for students in need. I think it's housed in a room at the school and the kids can go and pick out items they like. I hope somebody picks my hat (I have a few more to donate that I made last year)!

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8  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R2- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: September 09, 2014 07:56:51 PM
Thanks, Tina!

And, stillatthetop and I did a private swap (I'm going to be finishing hers this weekend) and this is the astronomy-themed patch she made for me. I took the photo at an angle to highlight the city skyline and Polaris Smiley



Thanks a bunch! I absolutely love it and it's a fabulous addition to my collection!


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9  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: August 31, 2014 07:01:03 PM
Okay... here's a few more!

Prompt:  Team Spirit- Multimedia: Entertainment Center
Team: Textbook
Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: Engineering
Project Name: Carl's Pudding Pops
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I love watching TV, and one of my students got me hooked on The Walking Dead. This past season, there was an episode where Carl finds a huge can of pudding and eats the whole thing. I had 2 huge cans leftover from a failed science demonstration, and one of them contributed to the making of these pudding pops. I couldn't find a recipe for pudding pops that used already cooked pudding (plenty of recipes for instant), so I sort of winged it. It barely made a dent in the can (I used 2 1/2 cups), so maybe tomorrow, I'll make a trifle to bring to a party...

Recipe:
Cooked pudding in flavor of your choice
Cool Whip (I used regular, but you could try the other varieties!)
Popsicle mold or paper cups
Popsicle sticks (if needed... some popsicle molds come with the "stick" part attached)

Directions:
1. Mix the pudding and Cool Whip in a 2:1 ratio (pudding to Cool Whip)- actual measurments will depend on the size of your popsicle molds, but I used 2 1/2 cups pudding to 1 1/2 cups Cool Whip (not quite 2:1, but I was too lazy to do the math).
2. Pour mixture into molds (I actually put it in a gallon ziploc bag, cut one corner off and "piped" it into the molds), insert sticks (depending on your mold, you may need to prop the sticks up somehow- I've seen masking tape and rubber bands used) and freeze for several hours.
3. To remove pops from molds, quickly dip the bottom of the mold into warm water.
4. Place in treat bags (or wrap in plastic wrap) and store in the freezer (or just eat them!).

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(note: taking longer to freeze than I expected... maybe I used too much Cool Whip?)


Prompt:  August- Taste the Rainbow! (Green= Zucchini and Blue/Purple {& Red}= Mixed berries)
Team: Textbook
Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: Engineering (for recipe modifications)
Project Name: Zucchini Berry Muffins
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: My favorite colors are green, blue and purple. I used this recipe for the muffins, but I modified it quite a bit.
Modifications:
1) I used my own homemade spiced applesauce in place of the oil
2) I used Greek yogurt in place of the milk
3) I used frozen mixed berries in place of the blueberries
4) I eliminated the nuts (and tossed in a few more berries) because of my allergy

They came out a little dark because I was in the middle of something when the timer went off. But, they still taste great! The ones in the picture are frozen so I can eat them for breakfast in the coming weeks.

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Prompt:  August- Secret Stash
Team: Textbook
Event: Foodology (because it uses up food scraps!)
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Bucket O'Worms Compost Bin
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: After signing up for a summer CSA, I knew I'd have plenty of food scraps. I had a worm compost bin in my kitchen, but it took up a little too much room. So, I gave it to my sister. This one is made from two 5-gallon buckets from Home Depot, and I really did have them in my stash! I bought one, along with a bucket tool caddy, to make my sister a gardening tool bucket, and I bought the other one to make a mouse trap. I never made either because my sister basically uses a wheelbarrow and large garden tools (pitchfork and a hoe), and she made me feel bad about the mousetrap (because they wouldn't die instantly). I used this tutorial to make the bin. I did buy one more bucket to add a new layer, but I haven't used it yet. I bought 200 red wigglers to start and then added another 200 more a couple of weeks later. It's impressive how quickly they can turn the food into compost, and I'll definitely have to make sure I eat plenty of produce this winter to keep them (and me!) well fed.

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Prompt:  June- Where's Waldo
Team: Textbook
Event: Craftology
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Tea Box
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: My coffee/tea station is on top of my clothes dryer, which is in my kitchen, and the tea boxes, which were stacked along the back edge of the dryer, frequently fell off. So, I used a shallow plastic bin and the cardboard dividers from a canning jar box to make myself a tea box. I had to cut the cardboard dividers down because they were a bit too tall for the plastic bin, and I had to trim a wee bit from the sides, too. Because I used not-so-sharp scissors, it left the top edge all raggedy. I have a sizable stash of washi tape (I buy it, but never use it!), so I picked out some orange striped tape (which matches the "lovely" orange in my kitchen) and edged the top of the dividers with the tape (it also helps to keep it a little more squared in the bin).

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Prompt:  June- The Best Things in Life
Team: Textbook
Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: "Summer Sky" Mini Mandala
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I recently purchased a gadget that cuts off the top of a K-cup so the bottom can be recycled (and the grounds/paper filter can be composted!). In some of the K-cups, there is also a plastic "screen" tucked into the bottom of the K-cup. I started to save them, knowing that I'd eventually be able to make something out of them. Inspiration finally hit (today!) and I made a mini mandala out of one, using embroidery floss (I think I'll turn it into a pendant). For most of it, I stitched though the holes, but I also wove the floss under (and on the edge, over and under) the stitching to fill in gaps. I think I used 6 colors of floss (4 blue, white, grey).

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I think that leaves me 3 more prompts to finish! But, I think I just hit the wall... I'm pretty sure I was able to get a gold medal in every event except paperology (and I didn't medal in that at all!). Not bad, considering I had 16 prompts to fill the other day! Good thing I was able to use my swap projects Smiley
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10  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: August 30, 2014 05:09:39 PM
Okay, if you saw my list of planned projects and compared it to the projects I am posting, you would see little similarity. Grand plans modified greatly! But, once I looked at the items I'd recently made for swaps (plus a few other summer projects), I realized I had fulfilled quite a few prompts. I have a few more finished, but I need to take photos tomorrow.

For now...

Prompt:  August Battle- Water
Team: Textbook
Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Sailor's Knot Dishcloth
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Sailors obviously need water for sailing, and another thing sailors need is knots. This dishcloth is reminiscent of a Turkish knot (sort of) which is often used as a stopper knot around a cylindrical object. I actually stitched most of it during our all-district staff meeting earlier this week, while listening to speeches & presentations (2 1/2 hours worth...) and it helped me to pay attention and not fidget (and wonder "Is it almost over?" every 5 minutes)! When I got home, I just had to finish the last piece and assemble it.

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Prompt:  August Mob- Happiness Month!
Team: Textbook
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Science Pun Bag
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I made this for BriannaB03 in the Science Swap and she said she loved science puns. She laughed when she opened it, so it definitely made her happy!

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Prompt:  June-  Onomatopoeia: Zip!!
Team: Textbook
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Zipped Project Pouches
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I love zippers and zipper pouches!! These were made to be tucked into the Argon bag that I made for BriannaB03, to be used for holding individual craft projects.

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Prompt:  August- Rhinestone Cowboy
Team: Textbook
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: SHINY! TM Patch
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I made this patch for Watsonc7 in the most recent round of the TM patch swap. I used beads and sequins to adorn the patch. Shiny, indeed!

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Prompt:  August- Version 2.0
Team: Textbook
Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: As You Wish Patch
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I made this patch for roler (private swap) and the image is the same one I used for my Dread Pirate Roberts shirt, only much smaller!

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Prompt:  August- String Theory
Team: Textbook
Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Bacteriophage TM Patch
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: This was also made for BriannaB03 in the Science Swap, and I'll definitely be making one for myself!

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Prompt:  RED ALERT! Perseid Meteor Shower
Team: Textbook
Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Jayne Cobb Hat TM Patch
Project Link:
Brief Description: The TV show Firefly took place in space! I made this for Watsonc7 in the recent TM patch swap, and the little pom-pom (made out of embroidery floss) just about kills me with its cuteness!

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Prompt:  June- Take a Hike!
Team: Textbook
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Beetle TM Patch
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I made this beetle patch for goatgoddess in the recent TM Patch swap. One thing you can definitely find in nature is insects...

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