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 on: August 31, 2014 07:45:11 PM 
Started by gala_apples - Last post by gala_apples
blupaisian, I love that hot air balloon one!

 on: August 31, 2014 07:40:36 PM 
Started by kosmicgirl - Last post by plucky1_08
I have received a couple cards.  First from Kosmicgirl who chose my "blue" theme. 

A Night Fairy....

I love her she is gorgeous.  Thank you.

And from cmarion3 who chose my perpetual calendar. 

August and she sent an extra card the #1 for my calendar.

Thank you sooo much. 

 on: August 31, 2014 07:38:59 PM 
Started by Mistress Jennie - Last post by Moonflame

Cute bunting, Moonflame!  And that tank top is awesome!  Not for credit, though?  I thought OWLs and NEWTs carried over from past semesters..?   Huh

Thanks!  They do, but I actually finished this before this semester started, and should have posted it for points in Spring.  Since I failed to do that, I'm assuming I can't claim credit.

 on: August 31, 2014 07:35:51 PM 
Started by alwaysinmyroom - Last post by waggonswest
I think I am about 100 pages behind.  I won't catch up anytime soon.  I'm sure there is amazing crafting going on to fill so many pages.  I'll start updating my list soon but here is one that I managed to post.

 on: August 31, 2014 07:29:45 PM 
Started by Mistress Jennie - Last post by Magpirate
jenleahlynn, I love those Divergent patches, the "We have cake" one made me grin.  Smiley  Cute glasses case, and the card and ATC are lovely!

Mistress Jennie, that zucchini bread looks scrumptious.  I love the rug, too, it's beautiful!

Cute bunting, Moonflame!  And that tank top is awesome!  Not for credit, though?  I thought OWLs and NEWTs carried over from past semesters..?   Huh

tiamatfire, that jacket looks amazing!

Fantastic work on the collage, ErinAquaheart!  It turned out really well!

Acadian Driftwood, your garden looks absolutely wonderful!  I especially love that you planted things inside the cinder block holes.  Smiley

gaudiknight, those pillowcases are really cute!  I love the little bunnies, and the doll dress is adorable!

Now for some last-minute projects of my own...

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy class
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Banana-Oatmeal Cookies, Nine Variations
Brief Description:
When I think of the number 9, I think of Christopher Eccleston's Doctor, because I am more than a little obsessed and he's my favorite.  I decided to make a banana-based dish in his honor.  Since "Bananas are good" is kind of a tenuous connection to the number 9, I used a total of 9 different ingredients to make 9 varieties of banana-oatmeal cookie, both to fit the prompt better and to make sure it took me the required 30 minutes of crafting time (since this is approximately the simplest recipe ever).

Banana-Oatmeal Cookies!

Basic ingredients:
2 ripe bananas, mashed
2 cups quick oats (you're supposed to use regular rolled oats and turn them into flour consistency in a food processor, but I don't have a food processor and I did have one-minute oats, so that's what I used)

Chocolate hazlenut spread (like Nutella)
Peanut butter
Dried cranberries
Vanilla extract
Chopped pecans

Basic recipe:
Pre-heat oven to 350*.  Mix oats and bananas in a bowl.  Add in your favorite add-in. (The recipe I found suggests using 1/2 cup of whatever you choose, but if you pick vanilla extract I would recommend not using quite that much.)  Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or spray with non-stick spray, form cookies into cookie shapes on your baking sheet, and bake for 9-12 minutes or until cookies are set.  Cool and eat.

These are the different varieties I made, with the amount of stuff I put into each 1/9 of the dough.  The diagram on the piece of paper in the back shows which type of cookie went where (I made two of each).

1. 1 tbsp raisins
1 tsp cinnamon

2. no add-ins

3. 1/2 tbsp Nutella
1/2 tbsp peanut butter

4. 1 tbsp Nutella

5. 1 tbsp dried cranberries

6. 1/4 tsp vanilla

7. 1 tbsp pecans

8. 1 tbsp Nutella
1/4 tsp vanilla

9. 1 tsp cinnamon

I liked the ones with Nutella best, all the others seemed kind of dry...

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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures class
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Harry vs. Horntail
Brief Description: The animal I chose to study for this assignment is the Hungarian Horntail.  I have drawn the Horntail that Harry went up against during the first task of the Triwizard Tournament.  It's on a Post-It because I started it as a throwaway, time-wasting sketch at work while waiting for my girlfriend, and I got a lot more involved with it than I was planning.  I ended up taking it home to finish and ink it.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology class
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Walking-Stick Wizard
Brief Description: A walking stick is certainly useful on Herbology walks, for fending off Venomous Tentaculas or just helping you up a long hill.  I carved a wizard's head into this one.  The walking stick is about 4' 9" long and I have no idea what kind of wood it is, I just found it on the side of the road.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: August detention
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Minecraft Storage Cube
Brief Description: I've been playing an awful lot of Minecraft lately.  Like I do with most of my obsessions, I took it into the real world via crafting.  I made this storage cube out of MDF and covered it with photo paper printed with the texture of a grass-covered dirt block from the world of Minecraft.  The actual construction of the cube wasn't that tedious, but gluing on all the paper sure was - the cube is 12" wide so I couldn't use just one sheet of paper per side, I had to piece together four 6" squares, and every time I glued a piece on I had to weigh it down and let it dry for 30 minutes (the paper kept trying to curl up) before gluing down the next piece.  I like the way it turned out, though, and it's the perfect size for storing all my yarn.
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 on: August 31, 2014 07:23:04 PM 
Started by Mistress Jennie - Last post by gaudiknight
Here are my contributions to the end of the semester project dump!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration
SPEW: ConKerr Cancer Pillowcases
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: And then there were two...
Project Page Link: ConKerr Pillowcase Pattern.
Brief Description:  I made a pillowcase for the Broomstick challenge in the Quidditch World Cup.  Since I still had more of the fabric in my stash and no real idea of what to use it for, I made a nearly exact duplicate of the previous case.  I think the only real difference is the color of bobbin thread. Pictured here with its identical twin.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Bonnie Blue Dress
Project Page Link: Made using this pattern
Brief Description: Surprising no-one, I have made more doll clothes.  This one fulfills the blue requirement, and is flowered patterns.  Given how much water my flowers need at this time of the year it seemed fitting.

Bonnie Blue Dress by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Bunny Blobs
Project Page Link: Tiny Baby Bunnies Pattern
Brief Description: I love bunnies more than is probably reasonable, so when I found a mochimochi pattern that combined my love for rabbits and itty bitty things, I knew I had to try it.  Yes, they may look more like lumps with antennae, but they amuse me.  Couldn't stop at just one (they are rabbits after all) but now I have to keep them from multiplying.

243 Bunny Blobs by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

Bonus Action Shot:

IMG_5284 by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

So that's it for the summer semester.  Looking forward to the new challenges for Fall.

 on: August 31, 2014 07:21:17 PM 
Started by pinkleo - Last post by LovelyMiss
The Summer Nerd Games are CLOSED!  (Starting at 11:59 pm central time tonight.) 
Watch for the Summer Nerd Games Award Ceremony in the coming weeks! 

The Fall Nerd Battles are OPEN!  (Starting at midnight tonight.)
Please take notice of a few things for the Fall season: 

--Each month of the Fall Battles will have a theme to the crafting prompts.  This is just for fun.  September's theme is GAMES.
Special thanks to bunny1kenobi for suggesting the theme for September, and providing some of the prompts!

--Boutnies are a new way to earn extra points and badges this season.  See the Bounty Bulletin for more information, and for available Bounty opportunities.

--Medaling and Team Spirit Prompts will return next Summer.  UFO Bonus Points are remaining for Fall.

--Even if you are a seasoned player, it might be useful to visit the Fall Nerd Battles Information Center for handy links and answers to frequently asked questions. 

--If at anytime you have ideas or suggestions that might improve the Nerd Games experience, please don't hesitate to contact LovelyMiss.

 on: August 31, 2014 07:14:46 PM 
Started by LovelyMiss - Last post by LovelyMiss
I almost forgot to post my last few prompts because my camera died the other day when I was taking photos, and I have been so sick I haven't even thought to charge it, or apparently bother posting these projects.  Anyway, sorry for the terrible camera phone photos.  Our house isn't set up with nice lighting yet.  

Prompt:  June - Onomatopoeia
Team:  Randomizer
Event:  Yarnology
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Photo frame
Brief Description:  I had a cheapy dollar wood frame and painted it black, then Mod Podged pretty cut out paper, and covered with glitter to 1) hide imperfections, and 2) glittery.  And a cute little sparkly yarn hanger.  The onomatopoeia I chose is snap, because that's the sound the camera makes when you take a picture.  Again, sorry for the embarassingly bad photos.

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Prompt:  July - Photogenic
Team:  Randomizer
Event:  Fabricology
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Christmas clips
Brief Description:  I cleaned out my Christmas stash and found some cute buttons.  I made them not buttons by removing the pin, and attached them instead to some hair clips for some cute Christmas fashion.  I covered the backs in felt because I don't like metal touching my skin.  Yuk.

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Prompt:  Team Spirit - Wordy
Team:  Randomizer
Event:  Yarnology
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Tree inchie
Brief Description:  I've only made a couple inchies before, but I had a single tree that needed a few mates.  One fell on the floor when it was still wet and got ruined, and the other is kind of wonky.  I saw a little clip about string painting with kids and thought I could try it on a small scale with some scrap sock yarn.  It was too thick still, so I only did the roots that way.  Oh well...it was an experiment.  Quote:   Art is the tree of life.  Science is the tree of death.  (William Blake.)  I don't really agree with it, but it has taken up space in my head for many years.

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I didn't finish most of what I wanted this Summer!  I'm glad Fall is coming with a fresh start.

 on: August 31, 2014 07:09:13 PM 
Started by kosmicgirl - Last post by plucky1_08
Here is the card I received from CDEeeek.  It's from my True Blood theme...Pam.  This is the front and back.

Thank you so much. 

 on: August 31, 2014 07:01:03 PM 
Started by LovelyMiss - Last post by craftADDchick
Okay... here's a few more!

Prompt:  Team Spirit- Multimedia: Entertainment Center
Team: Textbook
Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: Engineering
Project Name: Carl's Pudding Pops
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I love watching TV, and one of my students got me hooked on The Walking Dead. This past season, there was an episode where Carl finds a huge can of pudding and eats the whole thing. I had 2 huge cans leftover from a failed science demonstration, and one of them contributed to the making of these pudding pops. I couldn't find a recipe for pudding pops that used already cooked pudding (plenty of recipes for instant), so I sort of winged it. It barely made a dent in the can (I used 2 1/2 cups), so maybe tomorrow, I'll make a trifle to bring to a party...

Cooked pudding in flavor of your choice
Cool Whip (I used regular, but you could try the other varieties!)
Popsicle mold or paper cups
Popsicle sticks (if needed... some popsicle molds come with the "stick" part attached)

1. Mix the pudding and Cool Whip in a 2:1 ratio (pudding to Cool Whip)- actual measurments will depend on the size of your popsicle molds, but I used 2 1/2 cups pudding to 1 1/2 cups Cool Whip (not quite 2:1, but I was too lazy to do the math).
2. Pour mixture into molds (I actually put it in a gallon ziploc bag, cut one corner off and "piped" it into the molds), insert sticks (depending on your mold, you may need to prop the sticks up somehow- I've seen masking tape and rubber bands used) and freeze for several hours.
3. To remove pops from molds, quickly dip the bottom of the mold into warm water.
4. Place in treat bags (or wrap in plastic wrap) and store in the freezer (or just eat them!).

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(note: taking longer to freeze than I expected... maybe I used too much Cool Whip?)

Prompt:  August- Taste the Rainbow! (Green= Zucchini and Blue/Purple {& Red}= Mixed berries)
Team: Textbook
Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: Engineering (for recipe modifications)
Project Name: Zucchini Berry Muffins
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: My favorite colors are green, blue and purple. I used this recipe for the muffins, but I modified it quite a bit.
1) I used my own homemade spiced applesauce in place of the oil
2) I used Greek yogurt in place of the milk
3) I used frozen mixed berries in place of the blueberries
4) I eliminated the nuts (and tossed in a few more berries) because of my allergy

They came out a little dark because I was in the middle of something when the timer went off. But, they still taste great! The ones in the picture are frozen so I can eat them for breakfast in the coming weeks.

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Prompt:  August- Secret Stash
Team: Textbook
Event: Foodology (because it uses up food scraps!)
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Bucket O'Worms Compost Bin
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: After signing up for a summer CSA, I knew I'd have plenty of food scraps. I had a worm compost bin in my kitchen, but it took up a little too much room. So, I gave it to my sister. This one is made from two 5-gallon buckets from Home Depot, and I really did have them in my stash! I bought one, along with a bucket tool caddy, to make my sister a gardening tool bucket, and I bought the other one to make a mouse trap. I never made either because my sister basically uses a wheelbarrow and large garden tools (pitchfork and a hoe), and she made me feel bad about the mousetrap (because they wouldn't die instantly). I used this tutorial to make the bin. I did buy one more bucket to add a new layer, but I haven't used it yet. I bought 200 red wigglers to start and then added another 200 more a couple of weeks later. It's impressive how quickly they can turn the food into compost, and I'll definitely have to make sure I eat plenty of produce this winter to keep them (and me!) well fed.

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Prompt:  June- Where's Waldo
Team: Textbook
Event: Craftology
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Tea Box
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: My coffee/tea station is on top of my clothes dryer, which is in my kitchen, and the tea boxes, which were stacked along the back edge of the dryer, frequently fell off. So, I used a shallow plastic bin and the cardboard dividers from a canning jar box to make myself a tea box. I had to cut the cardboard dividers down because they were a bit too tall for the plastic bin, and I had to trim a wee bit from the sides, too. Because I used not-so-sharp scissors, it left the top edge all raggedy. I have a sizable stash of washi tape (I buy it, but never use it!), so I picked out some orange striped tape (which matches the "lovely" orange in my kitchen) and edged the top of the dividers with the tape (it also helps to keep it a little more squared in the bin).

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Prompt:  June- The Best Things in Life
Team: Textbook
Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: "Summer Sky" Mini Mandala
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I recently purchased a gadget that cuts off the top of a K-cup so the bottom can be recycled (and the grounds/paper filter can be composted!). In some of the K-cups, there is also a plastic "screen" tucked into the bottom of the K-cup. I started to save them, knowing that I'd eventually be able to make something out of them. Inspiration finally hit (today!) and I made a mini mandala out of one, using embroidery floss (I think I'll turn it into a pendant). For most of it, I stitched though the holes, but I also wove the floss under (and on the edge, over and under) the stitching to fill in gaps. I think I used 6 colors of floss (4 blue, white, grey).

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I think that leaves me 3 more prompts to finish! But, I think I just hit the wall... I'm pretty sure I was able to get a gold medal in every event except paperology (and I didn't medal in that at all!). Not bad, considering I had 16 prompts to fill the other day! Good thing I was able to use my swap projects Smiley

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