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21  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: April 14, 2014 02:46:14 PM
Nice patches! Dr. Who stuff is always fun, and as a big fan of science and nature themes, I love the birds, too!

And, here are my fantastic, perfect-for-me, science-themed patches from artsycandice. I absolutely love them, and she did an amazing job with the stitching!

It may be hard to see in the photo, but the surface of the earth even has some continents stitched on it. And, the background fabric of that same patch has little tiny blue stitches on it, too. Spectacular job!

Thank you so much, Candice!

Now, I want to spend my vacation making more science-themed patches so I can make my classroom wall hanging by the end of the year! Probably won't happen, but I can dream Smiley
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22  Yet Another TM Patch Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: April 08, 2014 06:30:18 PM

Swap Post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432227.0#axzz2yLdl5NVO

Show off all of your amazing patches here!

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Abbeeroad: CraftyMamaBee, Sharalee
Alexampersandra: goatgoddess
angielou1: DaphadillyArt, Sharalee
artsycandice: craftADDchick, gamemom42
cindibee: noodle-bug, quaggy
craftADDchick: artsycandice
CraftyMamaBee: Abbeeroad
crazyda79: goatgoddess, quaggy
DaphadillyArt: angielou1
gamemom42: GoldenSunshine, artsycandice
goatgoddess:Alexampersandra, crazyda79
GoldenSunshine: noodle_bug, gamemom42
noodle-bug: GoldenSunshine, cindibee
quaggy: cindibee, crazyda79
Sharalee: angielou1, Abbeeroad

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23  Re: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014-- Join anytime! in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: March 31, 2014 05:46:01 PM
Okay, I am just jumping on here to post, and then I'm heading to bed, since I'm not feeling well. I'll go back and look at what everyone posted tomorrow when I get home!

Battle/Challenge:  March UFO
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: +10 Yellow
Project Name: Yellow Crocheted "Bed Scarf"
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: In February of 2013, I visited m mom in FL and was working on a baby blanket in linen stitch. My mom really liked it, and decided she needed a "scarf" to lay across the end of the bed in her guest room. She bought a skein of yellow yarn and I started her off. She continued working on it after I left, and when she was almost out of yarn, discovered that the color had been discontinued, and it was nowhere near big enough. So, when I visited at Christmas, I bought her 4 skeins of a similar color and said I'd make her a new one. I visited again this past February, and spent a good chunk of the week working on a strip in the new color. It took way longer than I expected, so I decided (with mom's approval) to finish the skein, and then finish up what she had left from last year. Then, I exchanged a skein of yellow for a skein of white and made a third, smaller strip. Once they were all completed, I stitched them together and then put a border on it (she mailed it up to me because I left it in FL). Now, all I have to do is mail it back!
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Battle/Challenge:  March Battle- Color vs Black & White (Black & White!)
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Zentangle Venetian Mask
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: My friend has 2 masks from Venice, and they remind me of Zentangles. So, when this Battle was announced, I knew what I had to make! I may add some feathers or fancy trim to it (depends how much I'll be wearing it), but for now, it's finished!
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Battle/Challenge:  March Flash Mob- Spring!
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Daisies in the Grass Wreath
Project Page Link (if available): I saw this wreath on Pinterest a while ago, and while I don't ordinarily love wreaths, this one was too cute to ignore! I used yellow pins instead of pink, and ric-rac instead of ribbon, but otherwise, it's pretty much the same (although I left off her little sign). I'll add in the inspiration link as soon as I find it.
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.)
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Battle/Challenge:  Brownie Points!
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Boston Marathon Scarves
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: As a way to honor those who are running the Boston Marathon this year, and those who were injured last year, as well as all of the volunteers, a church near the Marathon finish line is hoping to hand out scarves to them. A teacher at school is running it again (she was less than a mile from the finish line last year when the bombs went off), and another teacher organized a group of students who were working on scarves. These are the two that I was able to finish (one is linen stitch and the other is Maria Merloni's Woven and Crocheted Houndstooth Check pattern).I think the school group had at least 10 scarves altogether (including mine).
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24  Re: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014-- Join anytime! in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: March 22, 2014 05:21:07 PM
Battle/Challenge:  March- Idioms: A Drop in the Bucket
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Star Stuff Teesha Moore-style patch
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: In the immensity of the universe, we are, indeed, very tiny drops in a very large bucket. This quote is one that reminds me that even though we are so small, we truly are part of the universe, just as all of those tiny drops of water are part of the water in the bucket! This is my first ever TM patch, and since I am organizing the latest TM Patch Swap, I figured I'd better learn how to make them before I got my partners Smiley

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25  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap: SU March 16-31, 2014; SO April 22, 2014 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by craftADDchick on: March 22, 2014 05:13:27 PM
I agree! These patches are perfect for stash busting! I just spent the afternoon (and early evening) at my friend's house and I we each made our first patches!

Here's mine:

I had a different plan in mind when I started (which is why the last 2 letters {the first ones I stitched} curve upwards), but I changed it at least twice as I went along. But, I really like how it came out, even though it took a lot longer than I expected Smiley

Here is the one my friend made (she's not on Craftster, yet!):

It's made using pieces of cashmere sweaters, and is super soft!

If I have time, I might try another one this week Grin
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26  Yet Another TM Patch Swap:SO April 29, 2014- New SO date! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by craftADDchick on: March 16, 2014 11:03:25 AM

Patch created by Watsonc7

Swap Name: Yet Another TM Patch Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: craftADDchick
 Sign-up date range: March 16, 2014-March 31, 2014
 Date to send item by: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 (new send-out date!)

 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:



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.

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

 Name of swap: Yet Another TM Patch Swap!
 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?


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


1. craftADDchick
2. Alexampersandra
3. angielou1
4. Abbeeroad
5. Sharalee
6. goatgoddess
7. noodle-bug
8. gamemom42
9. GoldenSunshine
10. artsycandice
11. cindibee
12. quaggy
13. DaphadillyArt
14. CraftyMamaBee
15. crazyda79

Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432695.#axzz2yLfpYtaO
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27  Re: Spring Nerd Battles --March 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014-- Join anytime! in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: March 12, 2014 02:36:36 PM
Tanath, it's bad enough that I fold everything with a Flip-N-Fold. Don't give me any ideas (how funny would it be to fold my t-shirts like a gum wrapper chain!)! Cheesy

I am heading to the store to buy some dinner ingredients, and by the end of the night, I should have my Pi Day item finished... And a picture will be posted (after I eat Smiley ).

Here it is! Although, I haven't had dinner, yet (I had a late lunch).

Battle/Challenge:  Red Alert! March- Pi Day
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Cheater Chicken Pot Pi
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: In honor of Pi Day, I made a half dozen chicken pot pies to stash in the freezer. They are "cheater" pies, because I only cooked the potatoes. For the rest, I used the meat from a rotisserie chicken, a bag of mixed veggies (corn, carrots, green beans), 2 jars of chicken gravy, and the "unroll and bake" pie crusts. I mixed it all together, and then scooped it into some mini pie tins, topped them with the pie crust (only 3 are pictured, because the others are pieced together from the scraps). All I have to do is pop them in the oven for about an hour (since they'll be frozen), and dinner is served!

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28  Re: Winter Nerd Battles --December 5, 2013 - February 28, 2014 - Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: February 28, 2014 07:57:54 PM
I used to watch Dr. Who as a kid, but then never watched another episode until a few months ago (I was visiting someone and they were watching... and I got sucked right in...). I think I need to go back as far as I can and then get myself all caught up again Smiley

And, here is my final project for this round!

Battle/Challenge:  January- Old School (Ferris Beuller's Day Off- 1986)
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Nighthawks Notebook
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: As a kid, I had the game "Masterpiece" and one of the paintings was Edward Hopper's Nighthawks. I would always bid on it (and eventually, everyone figured that they should always make it the "forgery," because I'd buy it, no matter what!). One of my favorite movies from the 80's is Ferris Beuller's Day Off, and one of my favorite scenes is when they visit the Art Institute of Chicago. One of the paintings they look at is Nighthawks.  At a thrift store, I found a "Masterpiece" game, and the painting was still part of the set, so I knew I had to make myself a notebook. I used my Zutter Bind-It-All (and fixed my day 2014 planner while I was at it). I made 2 others for my friend and her daughter (they were with me when I found the game at the thrift store and they each picked out a painting). I used scrap paper from school (diagrams of volcanic landforms on one side... I ran off too many) for the pages and cereal box cardboard for the back cover. I realized that I punched mine on the wrong side (I'm not a lefty), but I can just turn it sideways to use it.

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29  Re: Winter Nerd Battles --December 5, 2013 - February 28, 2014 - Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: February 27, 2014 06:35:33 PM
Battle/Challenge:  February- Welcome to Juarassic Park
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Dinosaur Desk Supplies
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: The stegosaurus is one of my favorite dinosaurs, so I made sure to include one as part of my desk supply jars. I glued the plastic dinosaur toys to the tops of the jar lids and then spray painted them. I added a bit of washi tape to cover up the edges a bit where the spray paint didn't quite cover. I will fill them with tacks (so I don't keep jabbing myself every time I dig through my desk drawer), paper clips (because I never seem to have enough on hand), and rubber bands (because I need a place to put them when I take them away from my students).

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Battle/Challenge:  January- Twenty-Sided Die (I used Random.org and got the number 2)
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Water Tracking Bottles
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: I don't drink nearly enough water during the day (partly because I can't just dash to the bathroom with a room full of 6th graders). Knowing that water keeps me from getting a headache from dehydration and that water is essential  for the various chemical reactions in the body, I need to start drinking more. After seeing this idea posted by a former colleague who is now a fitness coach, I knew I needed to make something like it. It marks the time of day when I should have that amount of water consumed. I did a double set of times (8 am, 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm coupled with 4 pm, 6 pm, 8 pm, 10 pm) so that I could grab either bottle. Her version was made with Sharpie on a Nalgene bottle, but I opted for a couple of smooth-sided quart Mason jars, and some glass etching cream. I cut the stencils out with my Silhouette, and now I have the perfect reminder of how much water I need to drink during the day! I made 2 jars so I can fill them up before I leave for work (the water in the town I teach in is pretty gross tasting). I have a Cuppow! lid (BPA free) with a stainless steel straw.  Now, fingers crossed my body adjusts to the increased water intake and the limited times I can go to the bathroom!

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I have 1 more project I might be able to get done tomorrow (after work, before my evening event), so I'll bring the supplies with me (it's pretty much just the final assembly). Two others I thought I'd get done tonight didn't happen. One is a gift, so I didn't want to mess it up, and the other involved some little rubber snakes that I spray-painted bronze, but then I couldn't figure out what to do with them (They were just a smidgen too big for earrings and I didn't want to make something just to make it).
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30  Re: Winter Nerd Battles --December 5, 2013 - February 28, 2014 - Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: February 26, 2014 05:34:15 PM
Just because I'm worried that time will get by me and I won't get my last few projects posted (or finished), here are the three that are done.

Battle/Challenge:  February- Zombie Apocalypse
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Smoothie Stash
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: One of the things that always gets me when I'm watching The Walking Dead is how they are always scrounging for food. Since I didn't do any canning recently, I did a different version of food preservation (note to self: buy a generator to make sure you have a freezer for a while after the zombie apocalypse hits). I made up a bunch of smoothie stash packs and put them in the freezer (note to self: figure out how to hook up the blender to a bicycle generator, since you need to save the generator fuel to run the freezer for as long as possible). I have 7 packs of what I call my "Sunshine Smoothie," which contains grated carrots, pumpkin puree, peaches and pineapple. I'll add some juice before blending. The other one is a green smoothie base of kale, spinach and lime juice, with a a few chunks of Granny Smith apple thrown in (because that's all I had for green stuff on hand). I'm trying to eat better, and my biggest problem is that I tend to buy a bunch of fresh produce, then I'm not home for dinner for several days, and everything turns to mush. Now, I have another option! And, it makes me happy that I can eat a different color of the rainbow every day of the week (or I will, once I do some more shopping Smiley ).

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Battle/Challenge:  February Flash Mob- Valentine's Day
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Just "Write" Pencils
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: Due to a ban on handing out candy & baked goods at school, it's necessary to take a different, more scholarly route for the holidays. So, I tend to stock up on the holiday-themed pencils when I hit the dollar store. This year, I had grand plans to make each pencil into an arrow, with a heart for the point of the arrow. But, when I decided to make them for the entire team (and make enough extras so that every student had their choice in pencil pattern), I realized that, even with the Silhouette doing the cutting, it would be a ton of work for something that would only get tossed into the recycle bin. So, when I ran across a printable online (sorry, I can't remember the source!), I was able to print them out on the color printer at school (Monday... because we had snow days on the 13th and 14th, and then a week of vacation). I didn't fussy cut the hearts (recycle bin fodder, after all), I just taped them onto the pencils (120 of them), dividing them into bags of 30 for each homeroom on the team. Kids always need pencils... Smiley

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Battle/Challenge:  December- Throw a Little Glitter On It
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Rhinestone Note Cards
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: Sunday, I went to a card making workshop with some friends, and one of the cards was supposed to have little pearl accents on it. But, tucked in with the pearls was a sheet of rhinestones, so I used them on 2 of my cards. The cards were supposed to be sympathy cards, but I'll use the blinged out versions for something else and add the sympathy sentiment to the pearl one, should I need it.

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