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1  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: January 08, 2017 06:59:51 PM
Prompt:  December- EDM
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Crocheted Makeup Remover Rounds Redux
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: A while ago, I made a set of reusable makeup remover pads using 1 round of double crochet and some organic white cotton yarn. My friend has been using them regularly, but requested a new set made "one round bigger." I couldn't find the rest of the white yarn, and it has been discontinued, so I used a ball of brown that was in my stash. Since I wouldn't be able to use the yarn for much else, I used just about the whole ball to make a set of 18 rounds. And, the brown yarn is actually better because it won't show the makeup stains!

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Prompt:  January-Zelda
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: WIP It!
Project Name: Queen Anne's Lace Scarf
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Back in 2010 (I still have the receipt), I stopped in to a little yarn shop in NH, and while most of the items on display were knitted, there was a crocheted scarf made out of Noro Silk Garden yarn. It was beautiful, and I thought it would make a great gift for my scarf-wearing friend. But, my crochet skills at the time were not up to the task (I even went back for help the following year) and the project got tucked away. I came across it this summer, and put it in a prominent location so I would remember to work on it. When my flight was delayed on Sunday, I took it out of my busy bag, and couldn't figure out where I was in the pattern (I had done about 8 motifs), so I frogged it and started over. Now that my skills are improved, I found the pattern to be pretty simple! I got through the first ball of yarn on Sunday, and the second one on Monday. I didn't block it before I gave it to her but when I said I would take it back to do it, she said she liked it just fine the way it was! Whew! One project off of the WIP list!

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Prompt:  January- Pac Man
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Community, Engineering (for the modifications to the recipe)
Project Name: Cooking with Bella
Project Link:http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451301.0

Brief Description: Yesterday, after a brunch at the home of friends, I didn't want to drive home in the snowstorm, so I stayed over. The parents had a neighborhood party to attend, so I hung out with their daughters. We had been challenged to make something using the extra pie crust (and even some thawed puff pastry), so their daughter Bella and I searched for ideas. First, inspired by this recipe for Irish Potato Pie, we came up with a slightly modified version. We used the pre-baked pie crust instead of the puff pastry it called for, red onion instead of yellow, several smaller potatoes, and only 6 slices of bacon. Plus, we didn't have any dill, so we substituted rosemary. We had to bake it a lot longer than it called for, but it was quite tasty, and I'll make it again. Then, for dessert, we came up with a peanut butter, chocolate chip, and marshmallow filling for the puff pastry, which Bella assembled.

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2  Irish Potato Pie...Sort of... in Recipes and Cooking Tips by craftADDchick on: January 08, 2017 06:58:16 PM
Yesterday, after a brunch at the home of friends, I didn't want to drive home in the snowstorm, so I stayed over. The parents had a neighborhood party to attend, so I hung out with their daughters. We had been challenged to make something using the extra pie crust (and even some thawed puff pastry), so their daughter Bella and I searched for ideas. Inspired by this recipe for Irish Potato Pie, we came up with a slightly modified version. Because of the storm, we were limited to what was on hand. We used the pre-baked pie crust instead of the puff pastry it called for, red onion instead of yellow, several smaller potatoes, and only 6 slices of bacon. Plus, we didn't have any dill, so we substituted rosemary. We had to bake it a lot longer than it called for, but it was quite tasty, and I'll make it again.

Baking:



Finished!


Then, for dessert, we came up with a peanut butter, chocolate chip, and marshmallow filling for the puff pastry, which Bella assembled.





I forgot to take a picture of it finished, but it was delicious!
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3  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: January 02, 2017 07:13:24 PM
Prompt:  December- Show Tunes
Team: Texybook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Bendy Bags!
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I just LOVE zippered pouches. In fact, they may just be one of my "Favorite Things" (cue the song from the Sound of Music). And so, when I saw the Bendy Bag, I knew I had to up my zipper pouch game. I made one once before (and helped a friend make a couple), but when a friend commented how much she liked mine and would love for me to make her one, I just had to do it. And then, since I was at my mom's, I made one for her, one for my step-aunt, and 2 more for me! My mom helped with the pressing, pinning, and thread trimming, but I did all of the cutting and sewing.

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I used a piece of the lining fabric on the outside of each bag:




And, so you can see the main fabric for each bag, here are the thumbnails!

   

The one for my friend is the owl print, my step-aunt got the floral print, my mom got the wine bottle print, and the bicycle print and triangle print bags are mine! My mom noticed that I didn't catch a smidgen of fabric on the bicycle print bag, so I need to go in and tack that bit down with a few hand-sewn stitches.


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4  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: December 28, 2016 04:23:57 PM
I figured I'd better post this before I lost track of the month!

Prompt:  December Battle- Rock
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Gravity Hoops
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Our new state science standards place heavy emphasis on students developing their own experiments and writing good science explanations. I needed to do an activity using different sized spheres (cause you just can't say the word "balls" in middle school...trust me) where they placed a sphere in the center of a hoop covered in stretch fabric and then rolled another sphere past it in order to show how gravity works. So, $100 later, I had figured out how to cover 5 hula hoops with swimsuit lining fabric. They're not pretty, but they worked! How does it fit the category? John Mayer (he fits into the genre of Rock, apparently) has a song called "Gravity."

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5  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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6  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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7  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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8  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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9  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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10  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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