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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Dinosaur Bookends on: November 21, 2016 06:30:02 PM
how cute!  I could see using all kinds of toys for a similar project.

Thanks! And, you're right! You could do this with a bunch of toys! Now I want to make some with frogs!

They are amaaaziiing!!!  Shocked

Thanks! And, they are so easy! And inexpensive!


LOL! Thanks!
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Dinosaur Bookends on: November 21, 2016 11:56:04 AM
I keep a collection of "choice reading books" in my classroom for students to borrow. Right now, my bookshelves are a bit sparse, so I needed some more bookends. I already had made 2 (a T-rex and a 2-headed mythical beast), but after I got two more book cases, a few more were required!

Supplies Used:
Dinosaur toys (combination of thrift store finds and dollar store purchases)
Bricks or paving stones
Strong adhesive (E-6000 works great)
Spray paint
Fun foam
Hot glue

First, I glued the dinosaurs to the pavers:

Then, I sprayed painted them (I put them in empty paper boxes and then sprayed them in the courtyard outside of my classroom):

All sprayed! I missed a few spots, mostly on the triceratops, but I can live with it Smiley

Then, so I didn't scratch the book shelves, I cut some fun foam and hot glued it onto the bottom of each paver.

Finally, I put them in place on the shelves! Some of them were a bit tall but, fortunately, I had a few shelves that would fit them.

Now, I'll see how long it takes the kids to notice that I put them on the shelves!

23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ on: November 21, 2016 10:54:50 AM
Prompt:  November- Erik Erikson
Team: textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Late Fall Canning Session
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I first learned how to make jam in my 7th grade Home Ec class (I think it was in 1980), and I've made a batch or two since then. But, I didn't learn how to hot water bath can until I took a summer class a few years ago, and made blueberry jam. Since then, I've expanded my repertoire to included a wide variety of canned goods (and, I taught my friend how to can, too!). This is the latest batch! They are Brandied Apple Rings (tasty, but did not nearly come out like we expected, so we won't make them again... and it was a Ball recipe, too!), Cranberry Butter, and Chipotle Mustard (not water bath canned). Except for the mess of the Apple Rings, it was a very easy day of canning!

Project Picture:

Prompt:  September- Geology
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Engineering, Community
Project Name: Dinosaur Bookends
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450837.0
Brief Description: One of the things we study in my science class is the geologic time scale. I often get questions about the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods, and we study what was the likely cause of the eventual extinction of the dinosaurs. So, to honor these magnificent beasts, I made a new set of bookends for my classroom.

Project Picture:

The 6 in the front are the ones I just made (I made the 2 in the back in an earlier round of the games).

24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ on: November 21, 2016 10:41:59 AM
Way to go Nerds! Keeping the Spirit of the Fall Games alive!
25  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: crochet hats of 2016, the list on: November 17, 2016 06:47:56 PM
I tried to crochet a hat tonight, but spent too much time deciding on a pattern, so I didn't get it finished. I wanted to wear it to a hockey game tomorrow night. I'll finish it soon, and get at least one more hat posted for the year. I was a bit of a slacker in the hat department this year!
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ on: November 17, 2016 03:40:24 PM
So, I've been lurking for much of this round. I'm trying to craft, but that's been tough, and getting on to post is even tougher!

I have been admiring the projects, but time to comment on each one just isn't happening Sad

I don't know where the past 2 1/2 months have gone!
27  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: My First Cosplay: Dr. Potter's Medicine Show, The Vest on: November 05, 2016 11:55:56 AM
Nicely done! I can't wait to see the finished suit! And, congrats on the boom- how exciting!
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: November 01, 2016 01:35:49 PM
I love the latest batch of prompts! And, I might even be able to sneak in a gift or two with my crafting Smiley  But, most of the items will be for me as I work through my project pile! Maybe it's not the best time of year to craft a bunch of things for myself, but I'm thinking of supporting the "Buy Handmade" movement a bit more this Christmas. That, and gift cards for some teens Smiley
29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ on: October 31, 2016 05:41:05 PM
Sneaking in my Battle project at the last moment   Wink

Prompt:  October Battle- Abacus
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Bicycle Tracking Log
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I recently bought a recumbent stationary bike so I could exercise while I watched TV (because apparently sitting is the new smoking). In order to tally my miles cycled (and, hopefully, my weight lost), I designed a tracking sheet. I printed 100 copies, cut them apart, and used my Bind-It-All to do a hack job put it together. I decorated the front cover with an image of the opening lyrics to Queen's "Bicycle Race," and added a cut out of a stamped image of an old-fashioned bicycle. Now, as soon as I get the bike assembled, I'll be all set!

Project Picture:

30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ on: October 27, 2016 03:58:02 PM
Wow, thanks!

And congrats to my fellow Nerdlings!  Grin


And, I'm so glad we have this CAL to remind me of things I've made. I truly couldn't think what I hade made that was worthy of the honor Smiley
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