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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ on: February 09, 2016 06:42:50 PM
KK, frequent color changes is one of the reasons I don't cross stitch often. I don't know the best way to do it! Do you work in one color and leave spaces for the other colors, or do you swap out colors as you go (and leave the floss dangling to be picked up later)?

LOL!  I'm a dangler!  Don't do as much x-stitch as I used to, but that's definitely my MO.  Wink  Even though you didn't ask me, I'm nosey like that and thought I'd barge into your conversation....  Tongue And I'm also curious to hear how KK does it- she is the x-stitch QUEEN!!  Cheesy

Wink Wink I will take any advice I can get Smiley
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: No Kitchen Is An Island, But Now Mine Has One. on: February 09, 2016 06:40:22 PM
What a great idea for an island! I have a kitchen cart as my "island" right now, but it's not ideal. I've seen the ones made from old dressers, but finding the right one hasn't happened. I'm thinking I might have to hit the local Re-store to see if I can find some components so I can assemble an island of my own.  A couple of cabinets and a section of counter top, and I could be in business. I won't be able to get all fancy with outlets and a USB port, but at least it would be better than what I have now. Thanks for the inspiration!

Good luck! It's a fun adventure of a project when you're in the searching phase and since you have a decent solution now, you can take your time. Had we lived closer to our ReStores and other used building material store and I could've checked in more often, we very well may have been able to find something there.

I just have to clear out some space in the kitchen. I'd love to get more storage (I have almost no cabinets- 3 plus under the sink), so it's a great motivator!
3  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: crochet hats of 2016, the list on: February 09, 2016 06:37:48 PM
Thanks, alwaysinmyroom! In the video, she twists together crocheted chains, but I didn't love it, so I went rogue! Smiley
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ on: February 08, 2016 06:13:21 PM
KK, frequent color changes is one of the reasons I don't cross stitch often. I don't know the best way to do it! Do you work in one color and leave spaces for the other colors, or do you swap out colors as you go (and leave the floss dangling to be picked up later)?
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: No Kitchen Is An Island, But Now Mine Has One. on: February 08, 2016 03:22:30 PM
What a great idea for an island! I have a kitchen cart as my "island" right now, but it's not ideal. I've seen the ones made from old dressers, but finding the right one hasn't happened. I'm thinking I might have to hit the local Re-store to see if I can find some components so I can assemble an island of my own.  A couple of cabinets and a section of counter top, and I could be in business. I won't be able to get all fancy with outlets and a USB port, but at least it would be better than what I have now. Thanks for the inspiration!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ on: February 08, 2016 12:31:18 PM
Snow day today! Instead of doing any actual crafting, I figured I'd get caught up on some things like laundry and comments! I'm also going to set up an area that I can use to craft over vacation (it was where the clean laundry was piling up until Sunday morning). I want to set up my sewing machine so I can leave it out for a while. Right now, I have to put it away so I can use the table to eat. My project list is ambitious, and I might change a few things depending on my available time, but I plan to make a dent in the list over February break next week.

puzzled-penguin,  your knit pirate and clown stuffies are cute! When you say you "just sewed them up" did you mean you made them out of something like knit gloves or socks? That would save a lot of work! Your Barren Fields and Darryl Dixon cross stitch projects are fantastic! And, every time I read the Good Witch cross stitch, I mis-read the word "witch" and substitute it with a word that rhymes Grin  That wolf tail is really cool (thanks for the tutorial link), and it's given me an idea for a theme for one of our spirit week days at school!

pishaw13, the fabric on your simple skirt is pretty cool looking, and the skirt looks great with that belt! I like your jumpsuit, too (and I think it's funny that they are back in style!). Your cross stitch projects are so neatly done, and I like the sweetness of the borders in contrast with the sentiments. I like your PJ shorts, especially the fabric! I love PJs, but haven't made myself a pair in ages, but now I'll have to dig out my pattern Smiley Your 3-tiered dress is beautiful! It's so great that you get to take advantage of fabric deals like that.

rockingbearranch, I like the new paint job on the gnome (red is more gnome-like Smiley ), and quick projects like that are so rewarding!  The little duck ATC is pretty cute, and it's nice that you gave the recipient the option to use it for something (it would look cute as an embellishment on a towel). Your laughing owl box is adorable, and you're right, I do laugh every time I see it online! Your dino stuffies remind me of a friend from college- he had a purple paisley dino, and my friend and I kidnapped it one summer. I like your Finger Twister game- very clever! That looks like it would be fun, yet challenging! Your Leia hoop is excellent, and I love that you chose an image that portrays her warrior side! Very cool goldfish ATC- I love paper engineering!

gozer, how kind of you to provide a shelter for wandering cats! Hopefully, the cats made use of it! And, I like the new draft stopper and love that you used cat fabric. Your cat doesn't look very happy, however... The monkey fabric on the other draft stopper is adorable. Draft stoppers are good items to use random fabrics on! Good job getting the curtains made! I've been in my house for almost 14 years, and while I have mini-blinds, I don't have a single curtain made! Also, I always love your cross-body purses, but I just adore the Swoon Bubble Purse- fabulous fabric! I like your book cover, too , and using a snap for the closure is a great idea (I can use my new snap pliers for something similar), plus that batik fabric is very, very cool looking! I love the shape of the card holder, and the fabric on the cat purse is a riot- very irritated-looking cat! And, on the subject of cats, your typography work is excellent, and I love how you made the cat into the letter G- very clever! I really want to try typography, but know it will take me a long time to get good at it, so I always push it aside. Maybe I'll start small and see how it goes Smiley Very cute lip balms! Did you make the lip balm or just recover existing tubes? I don't use lip balm anymore, but used to use it all the time, so I have a stash of them (new) and I might try this idea!

roler, that curry sounds delicious and it's yet another reminder that I should make better use of my crock pot! I can't use the stove when I'm doing laundry (like today). but I could absolutely use the slow cooker! Great Ryo vest! I think it's so neat that you get so decked out when you go to concerts! I really like the mug rugs you made- great fabrics, as always! Very cute elephant magnet, and the addition of the flower button is just perfect!

storerboughtcreations, beautiful job on the Care Bear cross stitch! Such patience!

bunny1kenobi, nice button necklaces! I have a friend who is a button fanatic and she would totally love them! Your cross body purse came out great, and that embroidered-looking fabric is very pretty, even if it was a bear to work with! I like what you made for gozer, and I bet she will, too! I love the fabric combo you used on the Blizzard of Flowers purse. It's such a fun  pattern for fabric play!

KK, excellent Zelda Ugly Sweater cross stitch! Stitching on green cloth makes it even more sweater-like! And, it must have been nice to make the Juniper Tree project (much smaller and faster), after the completion of such a large one! I really like the earrings you made. I used to wear earrings every day, but I've fallen out of the habit, so I think I need to make myself a pair to motivate me to start wearing them again (thanks for the inspiration!).

ActsofCraftiness, your newlywed sign is such a nice gift idea, and I love the addition of the year. The shirt for your daughter is sweet, too, as is her birthday cake (and I love that everyone helped)! I like the paper flowers for the teacher! That's much nicer than real flowers that will die! And, your baby gift sets are fantastic! I love how coordinated each set is, too. What a thoughtful set of gifts!

Calabaza, I was just watching Agent Carter the other night and totally thought of you! Plenty of costume inspiration in this season, too! Your new dress is great! And, I never would have thought to try making hot chocolate using white chocolate chips. I've made it from a mix packet, but it's a great (if time-consuming, although maybe not so much if the burner works properly Smiley ) idea to make it from scratch. I sometimes get gifts of white chocolate, and this is a good way to use it up! That chow mein sounds delicious! I'm going to have to seek out an Asian grocery store around here (we must have one somewhere in this city), and see if I can find those noodles. I'm intrigued!


And, thanks for the comments on my latest hat! We took 30 kids to the game, so it would have been  impossible for me to make them each a hat, but that would have made for a fabulous group photo! The Celtics won this year, unlike the last 2 years I've gone (they were ahead for the entire time we were there this year... must have been my hat giving them luck). I don't normally wear hats, so I figured if I was going to wear a silly one, a sporting event would be the perfect place for it Smiley
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: February 07, 2016 05:33:08 PM
I agree that the points are not my main motivator, and it can be hard to judge how long an item takes. The hat I recently posted took me about 3 hours to make, but someone who crochets faster could probably make it in an hour. I know I've submitted projects for prompts that could have been Big Time projects, but I really love the challenge of figuring out how to fit a project to a prompt! 

As for Research Projects, I like that we have to declare them in advance, knowing that it's a project that has multiple steps or components, and that we can put them on hold, if needed. I try to choose a project where I'm actually learning something new, not just a project that will take a long time. For me personally, it's the distinguishing factor for a Research Project. My Fireworks Blanket Research Project, for example, requires me to learn how to do a join-as-you-go technique I've never tried. I'm also working on a poncho, which will take me just as long, but I'm not learning anything new, so I'll eventually submit it as a Big Time project. I don't know if that was the original intent of a Research Project, but it's how my science (and teacher) brain interpreted it- doing some bit of research to learn something new.

Maybe we could add in the option of a few more Big Time project submissions, and be a bit "stricter" about the definition of what a Research Project is, if that makes sense. So, a Big Time project could be based on number of hours, but a Research Project should be something with a timeline (minimum hours/weeks), multiple steps, and some kind of new skill/knowledge gained.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ on: February 06, 2016 06:59:40 PM
Prompt:  February- Snow Fort
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Tassel Hat for the Celtics Game
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Tomorrow, I'm chaperoning a school trip to a Boston Celtics game. Winter weather has finally arrived, and it can be cold on the bus and when we have to stand outside to wait for the bus after the game, so I figured I'd make myself a hat in Celitcs colors. I used the instructions from this video on YouTube. I had to add an extra set of stripes, plus a few extra stitches in the starting chain (because I crochet tightly, not because I have a fat head Smiley ). I also changed the style of the tassels. And the best part? IT WAS ON CLEARANCE!
Project Picture:

9  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: crochet hats of 2016, the list on: February 06, 2016 06:54:02 PM
I finished my hat for tomorrow! It's the "Hat with Tassels" and I had to add an extra repeat (plus a few extra stitches in the starting chain) because I crochet pretty tightly (or I have a big head Smiley ). I also changed how I made my tassels- I twisted  2 strands of yarn together and then folded them in half to create the thicker twist, and then I tied the end into a knot. I trimmed that end for a bit of fringe and, at the other end, I put a piece of yarn through the loop and used that to attach it to the hat. I like how it looks!



I just noticed that the hat is on backwards in the photo. And, somehow, my join gave me a diagonal seam, and I don't know why... But, no matter! I have a hat for the game!
10  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: crochet hats of 2016, the list on: February 06, 2016 01:40:41 PM
wendiek, that shark hat is fantastic! Thanks for posting the link! I'm going to add it to my list Smiley

And, I'm going to a Boston Celtics game tomorrow, so I might try to knock out a hat tonight so I can wear it to the game. I have to leave here at 10 am, so I'd better get crackin'!
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