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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ on: March 02, 2015 11:08:40 AM
Thanks, gozer!
2  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R4! (SU CLOSED;SO March 2/15) on: March 02, 2015 11:07:39 AM
Today is the send out day! Just a reminder that if you won't be sending today, just shoot me a PM so I know you'll be late Smiley
3  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: 15 hats in 2015 on: March 01, 2015 04:41:37 PM
They both came out great, even if the first one is bigger than you expected! And, I never thought about upcycling an afghan! I always feel bad when I see crocheted afghans at the thrift store being sold for way too little, so it's neat to see them given a new lease on life Smiley  Do you just make a cut in the yarn and start frogging away?

And, I finally have a picture of my Peaked Cap, but I am pooped, so I think I'll post it later Smiley
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: March 01, 2015 10:51:50 AM
I just checked out the prompts, and was able to match each prompt up with an item from my lengthy "To Make" list! And, because almost everything is a carryover from an earlier round of the games, my shopping is minimal. I just need a smidgen of fabric!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: February 28, 2015 05:15:00 PM
I've been horribly absent this season, but I can do Team Textbook again.

Thanks for volunteering, Smeddley! And, Team Textbook definitely took a hit this round, didn't it? Smiley I don't know what happened to January, and the past two weeks didn't work like I had planned. My list of projects was not overly challenging, but I just couldn't get things done when I wanted to! But, at least I have plenty of projects to choose from for the next round Smiley 
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ on: February 28, 2015 05:05:21 PM
Oh, wow! There have been so many amazing things posted while I've been away (and crazy busy). I really want to comment on all of them, but it would take me hours to go back through them all (this has been a tough round, time wise!).

And, I have to laugh about the microwave potholders- I had never seen them before, but my mom gave me one for Christmas. I immediately bought, and cut, apple fabric (for the Cold as Ice challenge to represent Regina from Once Upon a Time), and then didn't have time to stitch any of them up. And now, I see them popping up everywhere! Smiley Hopefully, I can fit them in for another prompt!

I've got a few projects to post, far fewer than I expected, but at least it's something for poor Team Textbook!

Prompt:  February Battle- Fabric vs Paper (FABRIC)
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  UFO (I bought the fabric for this a year ago!)
Project Name: English Paper Pieced Hexagon Dresser Pad
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Last year, my mom had a visitor who used the top of the dresser as a luggage rack, and the dresser got scratched. So, I offered to make a pad for it, and we bought some fabric. Instead of making it with some basic blocks of fabric, I decided to get fancy and learn how to do English paper piece work. I knew I didn't want to learn on 1" hexies, so I enlarged the template (the hexies are about 5" across). My original goal was to have it done by Thanksgiving, but it didn't happen. Then, when I visited my mom for Christmas, I thought I'd finish it while I was there. Barely touched it! Finally, over February break, I had a "pajama day" and pretty much spent the whole day stitching the last 5 columns of hexagons together. I was able to put the backing on the night before I was supposed to fly home. Technically, it should be quilted, but I've never really done much machine quilting, and I didn't want to wreck it. So, I might practice, and if I get the hang of it, I'll quilt it when I visit again in December!

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Prompt:  February Flash Mob:  Craft an item in your favorite medium using all stash supplies.
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  Giver
Project Name: Crocheted Peaked Hat
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I made this as part of the 15 Hats in 2015 CAL. Crochet is one of my favorite things to do (tied with sewing). I used yarn leftover from a blanket I made and found a pair of buttons in the button jar that complement the stitch pattern (although, they might be a little big). This hat will be going in the "closet" at school where some of the needy kids can "shop" for clothing items. (STASH)

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Prompt:  February: Stamp the Yard
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Valentine Thank You Cards
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I got a few sweet little gifts from some of my students, so I needed to send Thank You cards. I dug out the heart stamp (I have had it for a VERY long time and have never used it) and the sentiment, and had ink pads in magenta and black. I have a ready supply of cards and envelopes, too (whenever I have a coupon burning a hole in my pocket, I either buy packs of blank cards/envelopes or tape runner refills). I made them one evening while I was on vacation and got them sent off before the end of vacation. (STASH)

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Prompt:  February: Basket Case
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Fabric Woven Heart Baskets
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I've seen these woven heart baskets before (and even in this round of the games!), but in my entire crafty life, I've never made one. I decided that the time had arrived to give it a go, but I wanted to make them with fabric. I found the template and directions online (for making with paper), but used fabric instead. I fused the two fabrics together using Wonder Under and then cut them out (I reduced the template by 50% because I was using scrap fabric). The first one (purple/green) took me a bit longer because I had to get the technique down, but the second one was quicker. I think, for next year, I might make a whole bunch more and make a cute heart garland! (STASH)

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Prompt:  Red Alert- National Hobby Month
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Road Trip Dishcloth
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: While waiting for my brother and my SIL to arrive at my mom's (NY to FL by car), it got pretty late, but I needed to keep myself busy, so I started working on this. I used my own Road Trip Dishcloth pattern, and some leftover yarn from an earlier dishcloth project.

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Prompt:  Red Alert- Love is in the Air
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Tulle Dish Scrubbies
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: A while ago, I made my mom a dish scrubbie out of some purple tulle. My step dad loved it, and when I was visiting over February vacation, he asked for another one, and I knew I couldn't refuse (he had bought me some chocolates for Valentine's Day, plus he is just super and sweet!). My mom had a roll of red tulle in the craft closet, so I made the double-sided scrubby for him. My SIL put in a request for one that was only 1 layer, but slightly larger. I made them both in the car while heading up to visit family (crocheting keeps me from getting carsick). (STASH)

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7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R4 Gallery! on: February 28, 2015 03:57:47 PM
Sharalee, excellent patches from Ludi! I love the trees (I want to try couching, now) and the butterfly (it looks ready to fly right off of the patch)! Nice peace sign, too. The elephant is adorable, and the matroyshka doll is pretty cute and I really, really like how it can open to reveal another one nested inside! And, I'm glad you were able to get kits Smiley

roler, fantastic patches from crazyda79! I love the details on all of them, but I am very partial to giraffes, so that one has to be my favorite Smiley

Ludi, that twisted wire bird patch (on great background fabric) is spectacular! The owl patch is very cute, and the stitching on the cat patch is just great!

meowari, I love the triangular Celtic knot patch, and the steampunk kitty is so clever! And, I agree, the hat is fantastic!

And now, I have to get going on my patches! I carried my supplies on vacation, and didn't make much of a dent. I did do some "research" in the form of watching a video, and prepped one patch, but no stitching took place...
8  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R4! (SU CLOSED;SO March 2/15) on: February 28, 2015 03:42:00 PM
I am glad you guys have been busily stitching, sending, and receiving! I have had a crazy busy past 2 weeks. And, my flight home ended up getting cancelled due to weather, so I got home at 1:30 am on Tuesday (FL to Chicago, to Providence, RI...very long day!). I made it through a crazy day at work on Tuesday, went to bed early Tuesday night, worked on grades Wednesday, and was out for both Thursday and Friday evenings. Today, I had a class (9-3 but it was almost an hour away), so I am FINALLY free to A) Check out the gallery and B) Update status! Whew! It's good to be back!
9  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R4! (SU CLOSED;SO March 2/15) on: February 22, 2015 07:27:33 AM
Just popping in to say I've been away on vacation, and have barely touched my computer. My flight home was cancelled, and I have a long layover tomorrow on my new flight, so I think I can update status tomorrow!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: February 13, 2015 05:52:45 PM
Don't feel bad, Ludi! I've had 5 snow days and pretty much wasted all of them, craft-wise!

I do have a few projects that I'm taking on vacation that will count, but my list of projects is probably going to remain incomplete. I'm hoping that I may be able to get 4 projects done over the next week, but it depends on the schedule of events (mostly out of my control). And, I'm pretty sure I can get at least one or two more done when I get home (unless my car is totally buried and I have to shovel it out). Then, I'll have to see what I can squeeze in during the week. I think I have one completely free night and I have a couple of smaller projects I might be able to make.
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