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41  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: January 31, 2015 07:44:57 PM
Nothing like down to the wire! I almost thought I'd have to go with my back-up plan Smiley

Prompt:  January Battle- Warm vs Cold (WARM!!!)
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  UFO (Engineering coming soon!)
Project Name: Hot Water Bottle Cozy
Project Link: n/a (coming soon)
Brief Description: After seeing a bunch of cute crocheted hot water bottle cozies around the internet, I had a compulsion to make one. I actually started this for a Games prompt a while ago (caregiver, maybe?) and have tried to make it for each round since, but it always got shuffled for something else. Now that it's cold here, and my muscles are aching from snow shoveling, I knew I really needed to finish it! It's made with 3 colors (green, royal blue and teal). If I make another one, I'll change the flap design at the bottom (I didn't want to use buttons) to make it a little neater looking. When I had it all finished, I figured out a better way to do it Smiley

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42  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: January 16, 2015 05:02:06 PM
I'll be back tomorrow to comment on the latest postings, since I am still recovering from a bad cold. But, I did have a project to post from tonight!

Prompt: Red Alert! New Year's Resolution
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Snow Falling on Trees
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I often say that I'm not an "artist," because I tend to think of art as painting, drawing and sculpture. I do know that art is much more and that the lines between art and "craft" are getting more blurred as time goes on. However, I still don't consider myself to be skilled at painting, drawing and sculpture. So, when our holiday party was scheduled to happen at "Art on the Rocks," a BYOB and learn how to make a painting place, I signed up when I saw what we'd be painting. It was a lot of fun, and it was very nice to follow along as the instructor showed us what to do. It was also really neat to see all of the variety in the paintings that everyone did. And, while it's far from great, I still bought a frame because then I'd be more likely to hang it on the wall. If you're intimidated by a blank white canvas, I'd recommend giving a painting party a go!

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43  Yet Another TM Patch Swap R4! (SU CLOSED;SO March 2/15) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by craftADDchick on: January 11, 2015 12:29:14 PM

Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437989.0

Swap Name: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R4
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: craftADDchick
Sign-up date range: January 11, 2015- January 31, 2015
Date to send item by: Monday, March 2, 2015

 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=436180.0 (Yet Another TM Patch Swap R3!)

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!)




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 R4!
 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. crazyda79
3. DaphadillyArt
4. milkeway
5. roler
6. goatgoddess
7. Sharalee
8. calluna
9. Craftsunderground
10. Watsonc7
11. meowari
12. Ludi

calluna: craftADDchick
craftADDchick: Watsonc7, calluna
Craftsunderground: roler
crazyda79: goatgoddess, roler
DaphadillyArt: milkeway, goatgoddess
goatgoddess: crazyda79, DaphadillyArt
Ludi: Sharalee
milkeway: DaphadillyArt, Watsonc7
meowari: Sharalee
roler: Craftsunderground, crazyda79
Sharalee: meowari, Ludi
Watsonc7: craftADDchick, milkeway
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44  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: January 11, 2015 12:14:48 PM
Prompt:  January- Brrrr!
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  Giver
Project Name: Crochet Beret
Project Link: Posted in 15 hats in 2015
Brief Description: I made this as part of the 15 hats in 2015 crochetalong. I've tried to complete this CAL for the last 2 years and have failed miserably, so I'm hoping to actually make it through my list this year. Most of the hats will be donated to the "closet" at school where low income/homeless kids can "shop" for new clothes. We're in the middle of a pretty big cold snap right now, so hats can come in very handy!

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45  Re: 15 hats in 2015 in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: January 11, 2015 11:52:47 AM
I made this last Sunday, while watching football. I needed something easy, without a lot of counting.

This is #18 on my list, a basic beret that's done in a granny square stitch with a single crochet band. It's RHSS in Dark Orchid (from my stash).

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46  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: January 04, 2015 10:54:13 AM
Prompt:  January- Flash Mob
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Engineering
Project Name: Owl Man Exists!
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437501.0
Brief Description: I made this for artsycandice in the Cryptid Swap. The images I used as a reference were pretty creepy, and once Owl Man was finished, I had him on the dresser in the bedroom. When I turned out the lights to go to sleep, I could feel him watching me, so I had to get back up and put him in the other room for the night! Even now, thinking about it, I get chills up and down my spine!
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47  Owl Man Exists! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: January 04, 2015 10:39:46 AM

This is probably one of the most complicated things I've ever made and I made if for artsycandice in the Cryptid Swap. When I signed up for the swap, I declared that I wanted to step outside of my comfort zone of crocheted, sewn, or stenciled items. This project definitely fit the bill!

One of the things artsycandice listed in her swap questionnaire was Owl Man, a cryptid spotted in England, and equated to Moth Man here in the US. It's possible that Owl Man is a hoax or a very large owl that was mistaken for the Owl Man.

I had originally intended to make him on a much smaller scale using some action figures procured from the thrift store. But, when someone at work left a pile of free stuff in the lunch room, and I saw the marionette (Joey Fatone from NSync), I knew I had to use it make Owl Man.

The first challenge was in untangling the strings. After a bit of research, I found a picture of a complete set of marionettes that showed pretty clearly how they were supposed to look. So, after checking out how they were attached to the doll, I cut them off (all but the one on the lower back). I also cut off his boots (and later his hands) so that I could attach the clawed feet and hands.

I started on the wings by sketching a template and cutting them out of plastic canvas. I covered them up with a "skin" of grey t-shirt material and then glued on a whole lot of feathers.

Next, using some more of the grey t-shirt material, I stitched up a little suit and hood to cover up the doll and so I could have something to glue the feathers onto. I could have glued them directly to the doll, but I wanted to use the grey material for two reasons: 1) To make any gaps in the feathers less obvious and 2) To make it seem more like he was wearing a costume (to fit in with the possible hoax). I cut the suit along the back so I could slip it on and stitched it back up, also stitching it to the hood at the neckline. Before I stitched it up, I re-attached the strings to the body of the doll.

Then, I made a set of wire armatures from some scrap copper wire and, using black polymer clay, created the clawed hands and feet. I also fashioned a beak out of the clay (I pressed it onto his face so I could have an impression to match up with when I glued it on later).

I glued on the clawed hands and feet using E-6000, which took longer than I expected because I had to hold each piece until it set. I cut a small opening in the front of the hood to glue on the beak.

I made 2 more cuts in the hood so I could drill into the skull to attach the eyes. The drill melted the plastic a bit, so when I stuck the red safety eyes in, they held firmly without additional glue. I then stitched the wings onto the upper arms (another advantage to using the grey suit).

Finally, I spent a few hours gluing feathers onto the body before I re-attached the strings to the "sticks" of the marionette.

And, it was done! Whew!

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48  Re: 14 hat in 2014 in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: January 04, 2015 07:36:01 AM
I know it's 2015 now, but I did finish this hat in 2014 (and it was on my list), so I wanted to post it. The picture isn't the greatest (the lighting was horrible). I started this hat for one of the IYP swaps and then broke my wrist and couldn't crochet (about a year and a half ago!). I finally had the time to stitch all of the parts together (I had crocheted them after my wrist was healed).

It's the Moose/Reindeer hat!

So, my tally for 2014 was 2 hats... let's hope I can do better in 2015!

ETA: I just realized I also made the Long-tailed Elf Hat, but never posted a picture... I keep losing it and finding it and losing it again! So, if I can find it, I'll post it here Smiley  And, now, I think I need to take it off of my 2015 list...
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49  Re: 15 hats in 2015 in Crochetalongs by craftADDchick on: January 01, 2015 02:02:20 PM
Trying again for 2015! I've transferred the hats I've had on my list for 2013 & 2014 that I haven't made. I'll pick out a couple more to add to the list. My goal is to make them all from stash yarn and donate almost all of them to our school's "closet," which is a place where some of the low income or homeless kids can "shop" for clothes. The baby hats will end up being used for the never-ending string of pregnant co-workers... And the Straw Sun Hat is hopefully for me!

1. Voyages Beanie (pattern link)
2. Frog Beanie (pattern link)
3. Kaleidoscope Beret (pattern link)
4. Blackberry Salad Striped Baby Bonnet (pattern link)
5. Phannie Beret (pattern link)
6. Straw Sun Hat (pattern link)
7. Lamb Hat (pattern link)
8. Diamond Ridges (pattern link)
9. Aries Hat (pattern link)
10. Fire Whirl Hat (pattern link- not a free pattern!)
11. Gingham Beanie (pattern link- not a free pattern!)
12. Baby Earflap Hat (pattern link)
13. Urban Shells Beanie (pattern link)
14. Leaping Stripes and Blocks Beanie (pattern link)
15. Just for Men Beanie (pattern link)
16. Owl hat (pattern link)- baby and/or adult-sized

17. Women's Peaked Cap (pattern link)

18. Beret (pattern link)-

19. Candy Puffs Beanie (pattern link)
20. Crochet Pipeline Hat (pattern link)
21. 1920's Cloche (pattern link)
22. Nifty Newsboy Hat (pattern link)
23. Emily's Super Slouchy Crochet Hat (pattern link)
24. Delia Hat (pattern link)

25. Everyday People (pattern link)

26. Braided Slouchy Beret (pattern link)
27. Crystal Ice Hat (pattern link & video tutorial)
28. Sly Fox Hat (pattern link)
29. Cupcake Hat (pattern link)
30. Hat for My Mom (pattern link)
31. Earthy Crocheted Hat (pattern link)
32. Oh Boy Oh Boy Owl (pattern link)

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50  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: December 31, 2014 06:38:17 PM
December was a tough month, but between yesterday and today, I managed to get three projects done!

Prompt:  December Battle- North
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: UFO (I started this back in an IYP Swap, and then broke my wrist)
Project Name: Reindeer Hat
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Reindeer are essentially caribou, an animal common in the northern regions. The hat pattern also could be called a moose, which are also more common in the north.
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Prompt:  December Flash Mob-Cultural Roots: Ireland
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: UFO (the shamrock is a shirt remnant I've been saving for a project)
Project Name: Irish Zipper Pouch
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: My grandfather was a first generation Irish American, so my mom is 1/2 Irish, which makes me 1/4. We took a family trip to Ireland about 20 years ago to look up the family history. My grandfather on my father's side came from Maine, and the pouch also represents some genuine Yankee frugality. Not only is the zipper salvaged, the canvas is a remnant from a canvas dropcloth from another project, and the shamrock bit is from the sleeve of a shirt I used for another project. Because the canvas had a tendency to fray, I used bias binding, instead of a lining, to finish the seams.
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Prompt:  December- Egypt
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Pyramid Bags
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: When I think of Egypt, I naturally think of the pyramids. I stitched up both of these bags this afternoon, and they were put into use immediately to carry the winnings from a lively game of Michigan Rummy. Not my winnings, however Smiley I used the Pyramid Bag Tutorial here on Craftster (this post, in particular) and made both bags fully lined.
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I also got these finished a little bit before Christmas!

Prompt:  December- Japan
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Amigurumi Guinea Pigs
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: When I think of Japan, I think of cute crafts, especially amigurumi. And, these Guinea pigs are exactly that! I made them for my friend after she saw the picture of the first one I made not too long ago. This duo is destined for a pair of sweet little girls!
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