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41  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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42  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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43  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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44  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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45  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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46  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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47  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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48  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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49  Re: Box of Sunshine Gallery (SO Feb 17) in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: February 26, 2014 02:43:27 PM
Finally (sorry for the delay ChameleonHound!), I am posting a picture of my fabulous box of sunshine! It was sitting in the PO while I was on vacation (in the Sunshine State!), and I finally have a moment (and a charged camera battery) to post.

I had a picture of the box with everything all wrapped up in bright yellow tissue (and a piece of fabric) and ribbons, but it seems like I deleted it. But, let me just say, ChameleonHound is a master packer! The box was like a clown car- the items just kept spilling out Smiley

I took a bunch of pics because I couldn't get a great shot of all of it together...

First, a knit scarf that represents the layers of the earth and the atmosphere! We have:
Inner core: white/gray
Outer core: pale yellow
Lower mantle: yellow
Upper mantle: bright yellow
Lithosphere/Crust: brown
Biosphere: green
Troposhpere: Light teal
Stratosphere: Light blue
Mesosphere: Aqua
Thermosphere: Dark teal
Exosphere: Plum

I teach 6th grade science (Earth & Space) so that scarf, and the next item were right up my alley!

A strip of jersey knit fabric painted with a space/galaxy theme! I think I'm going to use this as a scarf, too!

Then, because I just LOVE frogs, I got a reusable sandwich bag and snack bag set (with cool leaf/acorn/maple seed/ladybug fabric and appliqued frogs!). And, a fabulous hand drawn mug (there's a sunflower on the opposite side).

I also got a fabulous hoopla (I think the hooplas have been my favorite item in this swap... I love them all!), and some soaps (wrapped in sunny yellow fabric).

I got some yarn, too! That bright yellow ball is an acrylic/mohair blend- it is so soft! There's also a cute little polymer clay frog (and another soap!).

And, to wrap things up, here are some wood shapes to craft with, orange zinger tea, lavender soap (I do love soap!), a key ring, Play-doh, orange jellies, a hummingbird, a candle (which I just noticed got cut out of the photo), and a beach in a box {paper beach balls, fish stickers, a paper umbrella, a butterfly}, and some maple candies!

Thank you so much ChameleonHound! Coming home to a box of sunshine was a fantastic way to end my vacation, and it made me feel a whole lot better about coming back to the cold and snow Smiley
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50  Re: Winter Nerd Battles --December 5, 2013 - February 28, 2014 - Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: February 20, 2014 08:46:07 AM
Battle/Challenge:  January UFO (orange)
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Sun Paper Doll
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: In the summer of 2012, I went to a meetup of folks from ATCs for All (I think that's the site) with my sister. I was new to ATCs, but had made a few paper dolls for swaps from the site. One of the gals (ETA: It turns out that she's dina54 on Craftster- Thanks, Dina!) had a template for a mermaid (with modifications for legs) that would fold up to fit into an ATC sleeve. She let me have a copy, and I stashed it in my "ATC Supply Bin," where it has languished ever since. Once the summer ended, I was too busy to sit and make ATCs or paper dolls, but I just participated in the Box of Sunshine Swap, and new I needed to make a Sun-themed paper doll (I know it looks a bit like a lion...). I used a combination of orange and yellow Sharpies on yellow cardstock, and used orange mini brads to join it. It was fun to make, and I'm glad I finally dug out the template to make one. Now I want to make a bunch more!
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Battle/Challenge:  January- Craftin' New Year
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Sunshine Scarf
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: About a year ago, I was given a Cricket loom, but never sat down to figure out how to use it. In December, I saw an article in the local paper about classes being offered on how to weave on the Cricket loom, so I signed up for the January class. In the 3 weeks, we were supposed to make two scarves, but I was only able to finish one (the second one is ready to go... as soon as I have time!). I picked out the yellow colors knowing that I'd be making it for the swap. It's yellow cotton and yellow bamboo yarn. One thing I learned is that bamboo yarn is very slippery, so when I adjusted the tension, the scarf went a bit wonky in places. I tried to fix it as best as I could, but it's far from perfect. But, for my first ever woven scarf (it's about 70" long), it's not bad!

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Battle/Challenge:  January- Put a Bird on It
Team: Textboom
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Bird Applique Zipper Pouch
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: I made this for my partner in the Sunshine Swap, and it was my first time doing any applique, and I did a bird on each side of the pouch. I stitched the legs and wing with my machine (and made a goof in the same spot each time, so it looks like I did it on purpose). I figured I'd keep it simple for my first effort. Next time, I might try a bird that's a little more complex! Because, now I need a pouch... and you can never have too many pouches! I think I need one for my embroidery supplies, because a plastic zipper bag isn't quite cutting it Smiley

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