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1  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: December 01, 2016 07:09:54 PM
Prompt:  UFO!
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  WIP It!, UFO Bonus- Used to cover up a naked torso
Project Name: Faster Than a Pink Gorilla
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: This year, instead of having to make  6+ shirts for the winners of our school's annual Turkey Trot, the PE teacher bought some, so I was off the hook...for about 2 days. Then, when the Principal heard that a 6th grade social studies teacher was planning to run while wearing a pink gorilla suit, he asked if I could make a shirt for the winning staff member. I had more problems than I have ever had when cutting. First, the cut on the wording was too deep, and I cut through the carrier sheet. Second time, I forgot to mirror the text. Fortunately, the third try worked perfectly. But then, it wouldn't stick when I ironed it on! I had to cut the gorilla twice (first time, not deep enough, and then I ripped it ), and then I needed an x-acto to cut the added details. Thank goodness it's finished (and only slightly crooked)!
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If the picture is sideways, I'll fix it tomorrow- my phone doesn't like to upload photos to Craftster! And, the only thing I got done yesterday that I was able to use today was the outline cut of the gorilla. I cut the details today. The additional 2 attempts on the lettering, plus the weeding and ironing were also done today. It took well over an hour (closer to 2)!
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2  Dinosaur Bookends in Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: November 21, 2016 11:56:04 AM
I keep a collection of "choice reading books" in my classroom for students to borrow. Right now, my bookshelves are a bit sparse, so I needed some more bookends. I already had made 2 (a T-rex and a 2-headed mythical beast), but after I got two more book cases, a few more were required!


Supplies Used:
Dinosaur toys (combination of thrift store finds and dollar store purchases)
Bricks or paving stones
Strong adhesive (E-6000 works great)
Spray paint
Fun foam
Hot glue

First, I glued the dinosaurs to the pavers:



Then, I sprayed painted them (I put them in empty paper boxes and then sprayed them in the courtyard outside of my classroom):




All sprayed! I missed a few spots, mostly on the triceratops, but I can live with it Smiley



Then, so I didn't scratch the book shelves, I cut some fun foam and hot glued it onto the bottom of each paver.



Finally, I put them in place on the shelves! Some of them were a bit tall but, fortunately, I had a few shelves that would fit them.



Now, I'll see how long it takes the kids to notice that I put them on the shelves!

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3  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: November 21, 2016 10:54:50 AM
Prompt:  November- Erik Erikson
Team: textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Late Fall Canning Session
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I first learned how to make jam in my 7th grade Home Ec class (I think it was in 1980), and I've made a batch or two since then. But, I didn't learn how to hot water bath can until I took a summer class a few years ago, and made blueberry jam. Since then, I've expanded my repertoire to included a wide variety of canned goods (and, I taught my friend how to can, too!). This is the latest batch! They are Brandied Apple Rings (tasty, but did not nearly come out like we expected, so we won't make them again... and it was a Ball recipe, too!), Cranberry Butter, and Chipotle Mustard (not water bath canned). Except for the mess of the Apple Rings, it was a very easy day of canning!

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Prompt:  September- Geology
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Engineering, Community
Project Name: Dinosaur Bookends
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450837.0
Brief Description: One of the things we study in my science class is the geologic time scale. I often get questions about the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods, and we study what was the likely cause of the eventual extinction of the dinosaurs. So, to honor these magnificent beasts, I made a new set of bookends for my classroom.

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The 6 in the front are the ones I just made (I made the 2 in the back in an earlier round of the games).



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4  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: October 31, 2016 05:41:05 PM
Sneaking in my Battle project at the last moment   Wink

Prompt:  October Battle- Abacus
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Bicycle Tracking Log
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I recently bought a recumbent stationary bike so I could exercise while I watched TV (because apparently sitting is the new smoking). In order to tally my miles cycled (and, hopefully, my weight lost), I designed a tracking sheet. I printed 100 copies, cut them apart, and used my Bind-It-All to do a hack job put it together. I decorated the front cover with an image of the opening lyrics to Queen's "Bicycle Race," and added a cut out of a stamped image of an old-fashioned bicycle. Now, as soon as I get the bike assembled, I'll be all set!

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5  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: October 25, 2016 06:01:00 PM


Prompt:  October- Algebra
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Pouch for Reusable Straws (The Green Movement)
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Recently, my SIL posted a comment on FB about how wasteful disposable straws are. I had an extra set of stainless steel straws, so I decided to make her a pouch to carry them, along with the cleaning brush. Because of the length of the cleaning brush, the pouch is a bit wider than I anticipated, but now she has room to carry utensils too! Very eco friendly! Plus, I made it from scraps leftover from some other projects. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, FTW! Smiley

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Prompt:  October- Geometry
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: WIP It!, Community, Engineering
Project Name: Little House on the Desk
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450571.0
Brief Description: A couple of years ago, I came across a cute wooden house project, so I bought a 4 X 4 and asked a co-worker to cut it into house shapes for me. He interpreted it in a slightly different way than I expected, and I ended up with at least a dozen little house shapes. So, one night, I had a crafty evening with my friends and their daughters. With scrapbook paper and paint, the little houses were transformed! I had no idea what to do with mine initially, but then I realized that I could turn them into memo holders. And now, my computer desk at work will not have a pile of little notes everywhere.

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Prompt:  Big Time #1
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Teepee for a Toddler
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: My co-worker's husband wanted to make a little teepee for his 2-year old nephew who would be visiting for Thanksgiving.  Since they both lacked any sewing skills, I was asked to help (I need a shirt that says "Will Craft for Food"). They found a tutorial, we hit the stores, and then I showed up on Saturday, sewing machine in hand. I really thought I'd be done in just a few hours, but I left my house at 9:30 am, and got home at 9:30 pm. Subtracting travel time, time for lunch and snacks, plus some initial chit-chat, and it was about 9 hours of work in total. We hit a snag when the dowels were way too big, so we had to engineer a workaround. It came out pretty darn cute, and now I want one! Even the kitty approved!

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6  Little House on the Desk (Memo Holders) in Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: October 25, 2016 05:54:55 PM
A couple of years ago, I came across some cute wooden houses made out of a 4 X 4. I promptly made a trip to the lumber department at the local big box hardware store and asked a co-worker to cut it into house shapes for me. He interpreted it a little bit differently than I planned, so I ended up with about a dozen small houses. I used a bunch of them at a crafty evening with my friends and their daughters (with a bit of scrapbook paper and paint) and when I brought mine home, I had no idea what to do with them. I later realized that they'd make cute wire memo holders and could help me keep track of the random little slips of paper all over my computer desk at work.




I drilled a hole in the center of each roof (photo below shows them prior to drilling).



Then, because the hole was just a bit snug, I drilled them again, using a slightly larger drill bit.

I wrapped the wire around an empty thread spool, and did a little bit of shaping with some pliers.



Because the hole in the roof was a little bigger, I had to use some glue to hold the wire in place. I brought them in to work, but didn't have time to set them up. Once I put them to use, I'll add a photo.
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7  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: October 18, 2016 04:10:28 PM
Prompt:  September- Chemistry
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: WIP It!
Project Name: Phases of the Moon Models
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Last year, after teaching my unit on the phases of the moon, I decided to make some better models for my students to use. So, I bought some ping pong balls (better than the styrofoam ones I had been using), carefully taped off half of each one, and hit them with black spray paint. When I removed the tape, spray paint had seeped under the tape, leaving black drips on the white side of the ping pong ball. Since I had a whole year to fix it, I tucked them in a box and shoved it on the top of a shelf. When I realized that my upcoming lesson would need them, I pulled them off of the shelf and then dug out some white acrylic paint, and hand painted the white side of each one. Not as smooth as the spray paint, but I didn't have any drips! Then, for the individual models, I used an adhesive dot to stick each one to a long golf tee, and used adhesive dots to stick them to the poster board. The adhesive dots don't work well on the sytrofoam (which is why I switched to ping pong balls), so the sun keeps falling off of the poster board. I'll have to find something better for the sun for next year!

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8  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: October 16, 2016 03:45:35 PM
Prompt: September- Cosmology (spiral galaxies)
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: WIP It!
Project Name: More Rope Coil Bowls
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=448185.0
Brief Description: After I made my first rope coil bowl using some reclaimed sari fabric, I still had rope and sari fabric left (and, I still have more of each...). These bowls are made by wrapping fabric in a spiral around the rope, and then coiling the rope in a spiral and zig-zagging the coils together. The pink bowl came home with me, but the blue bowl stayed with my friend.

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Prompt:  October- Statistics
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Brain Power, WIP It!
Project Name: Bias Cut Skirts
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I wanted to make some simple drawstring skirts over the summer, but it was just too hot to clear off the big table I needed for cutting the fabric. When I had a craft weekend last weekend, I was able to use the top of my friend's ping-pong table as a nice, large cutting area. When I was trying to find a pattern, I kept running across the same image, and it took some doing to find the actual source. It's from the book Sewing Made Simple by Tessa Evelegh, and I was hesitant to buy it for just the skirt. After a search of the local library system, I was able to find it, but not my library card, so I couldn't have it delivered via inter-library loan. Instead, I took a short road trip to the library about 30 minutes away, and made a copy of the pattern (and snapped pics of the directions) because I couldn't check the book out. Then, I had to get the pattern enlarged, but the gal at the copy shop just couldn't seem to do it (I left with 2 enlarged versions, but one turned out to be too big, and the other was slightly small). I finally had time to do it myself at work, and used the large tables in my classroom to tape the pieces of the pattern together. Then, after my friend's dog chewed on the rolled up pattern (and of course he chewed the properly-sized pattern), I had to repair it. Finally, I was able to get started! I modified the pattern because the decorative trim for all of the skirts would have been crazy expensive (I did manage to find a clearance bolt of green trim at Hobby Lobby, so I used it for one skirt). The pattern originally called for trim at the hem, to conceal the turned up raw edge, and the waistline, to create the drawstring casing. For 2 of the skirts, I used a knit fabric, and learned how to add a yoga band for the waistband, using coordinating jersey knit fabric. For the hems, I zig-zagged them, stretching the fabric as I went so they have a little bit of ruffle along the hemline. For the 3rd skirt, I used the trim for the hem, according to the pattern, but added a band for the drawstring casing at the waist. Each skirt took about an hour to make, including the cutting of the fabric. I think that if I can get some more of the knit fabric, I might try adding pockets in the side seams. Because it was cut on the bias, it used a lot of fabric, and I have a lot of scrap material left. I have to figure out what I can make from it!

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9  Re: Sari Fabric Rope Coil Bowl in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by craftADDchick on: October 16, 2016 03:21:48 PM
I made 2 more bowls last weekend, and I still have a little more rope and some sari fabric (from the original skein, plus a whole skein), so I'll be making even more. Smiley

I made the pink one first, and used a contrasting thread on the outside. Then, I made the blue one for my friend.







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10  Re: EPP Hexie Fabric Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: October 11, 2016 04:12:08 PM
This past weekend, I had a "craft weekend" up in NH, and on Sunday, I spent the day prepping my EPP Hexie fabrics. Between the fabrics I had gotten from my mom, some from the stash of one of my friends, the fabrics I received in this swap, plus one of each that I sent, added to some more from the stash of another friend, I now have just over 475 hexies ready for basting!

I bundled them up in sets of 25, along with paper templates, and put together a little travel tin (scissors, thread, seam ripper, hexie needle book, clips) that is the perfect size for a bundle of hexies. The Wonder Clips and thread bobbins take up a lot of space, so I'll probably swap the Wonder Clips for paper clips, and wind the thread around a much flatter embroidery floss bobbin. AT only 3" X 5", and less than 1/2" thick, it's the perfect size for my purse! And, because I can easily carry it everywhere, I can baste a hexie or two any time I have some time to kill Smiley

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