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Title: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: pinkleo on August 16, 2013 12:02:23 PM


Where we can chat about the games & battles, show off progress pics, ask questions, grrrrrr about our crafty woes.  Wayward posts will be moved to appropriate threads when necessary.  Thanks for your help in keeping the Nerd Battles in order!

Fall Nerd Games will run September 3, 2013 through November 30, 2013
Winter Nerd Battles will run December 1, 2013 through February 28, 2014
Spring Nerd Battles will run March 1, 2014 through May 31, 2013
Summer Nerd Games will return June 1, 2014 through August 31, 2014


Title: --Current Nerd Battles News--
Post by: pinkleo on August 16, 2013 12:19:09 PM
Home of Current Nerd Battles News

--New Fall Teams & Their Descriptions: so you can start thinking which you are going to join--

Team Textbook: Geekdom of Logic, Knowledge, Science, and Math

Team Multimedia: Geekdom of Movies, TV, Music, and Gamers

Team Wordy: Geekdom of Readers, Books, and Wondrous Words

Team Fandom: Geekdom of Fanfics, Cosplay, Conventions, Midnight Openings, and Beacons of the Nerdyverse

Team Randomizer: Geekdom of OOAKs, Oddballs, and Marchers to Different Drummers

--Make sure to check new (but locked) Fall Nerd Battles (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426696.0#axzz2cCAKtaJn) thread for more updates & info--


Title: FAQs & Hopefully Helpful Example
Post by: pinkleo on August 16, 2013 01:09:30 PM
FAQS

---Does my project have to be "nerdy"? You can craft anything !  Your submissions do not have to be "nerdy."  They can be anything you feel fits the prompt.
---Can stuff 'count for more than one craftalong? YES!  Special note to those participating the Nerd Battles/Games and the HPC:  You can submit a project in both the HPC & Nerd Battles/Games, as long as it fits a prompt.
---Can Nerd Battles/Games Staff participate in the challenges?  YES! Staff members can participate in all that the Nerd Battles/Games have to offer.
---I can't decide which Team to join? From the descriptions, you may feel like you fit in every team.  Pick the one that draws you the most....or if worse comes to worse, do a random draw.  No matter what, I know you will love your teammates and enjoy the challenges ahead.



Example Challenge Prompt
Here is an example of a Challenge Prompt, which was derived by jennieingram. A big thank you to jennieingram!

CHALLENGE: --In Starfleet, officer jobs are traditionally denoted by the colors the officers wear.  Uniforms are red for command, gold for engineering, and blue for science & medical.  Craft something red, gold, or blue in color. 

To fulfill the prompt you could do many things.  You could crochet a red afghan.  You could mod podge together a gold paper crown for your friend's birthday party, that is a replica of a crown in your favorite fantasy novel.  Or you could make a blue pixilated quilt of R2D2.

Let's say you made the red afghan.  It would get you the base amount of 20 points for a project.

If you donated your afghan to Project Linus, then you would earn the Giver Bonus for a charity project and earn 10 bonus/additional points.

If you created your own pattern and then posted it on Craftster in the Crochet Boards, you would earn the Engineering Bonus and earn 10 bonus/additional points.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: pinkleo on August 16, 2013 02:01:23 PM
reserved just in case


Title: --Nerd Battles will be here before you know it!--
Post by: pinkleo on August 16, 2013 02:07:38 PM
Okay, unlocking Nerd Battles Discussion.

This is for Nerd Battles discussion.  Please post Summer Nerd Games questions and chatter over on the Summer Nerd Games Discussion Thread (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=422232.0#axzz2cAVMBBVt).  I will use my magical mod skills to move posts if neccessary to avoid confusion and clutter.

Alrighty, I'm ready to hear you questions, ideas, and squeeeeeeing! ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on August 16, 2013 03:19:27 PM
Squeeeeeeee!

I really did nothing to help with the Summer Nerd Games, so if you need someone, I'm willing to help out!  Really!  :D

And thank you so much for doing this!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on August 16, 2013 03:29:14 PM
Hooray!  I'm so glad the nerd-along will continue, it's changed my life.  :)



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on August 16, 2013 04:02:06 PM
Awesome! I can still do all of my projects in a science & math-related geekdom! Although, I did think about the "Wordy" one... but only for a millisecond :)

And, I am determined to get my RP from the Summer Games finished! And, I'm hoping to re-establish my original RP once I can crochet again.


Title: (( Virtual Hugs for Everyone! ))
Post by: pinkleo on August 16, 2013 06:04:43 PM
YAY!  So happy that everyone is cool with my tweaks for the nerd battles. ;D  I think we will have the same feel and fun, and I am thrilled to continue on this craftalong with all you fabulous & brilliant crafty nerds! :-*

Squeeeeeeee!
I really did nothing to help with the Summer Nerd Games, so if you need someone, I'm willing to help out!  Really!  :D

And thank you so much for doing this!
:-* thank you and you are more than welcome!  I am trying to plan out ways of delegating.  So far I think so that I don't feel like I'm neglecting peeps, I would like Team Captain(s).  Team Captain(s) would mainly be cheerleaders and welcomers for their teams.  And would be fabulous if they could field questions or direct peeps to where they could get help.

And I'm open to any and all ideas, PM them too many.  I have a PM folder just for Nerd Games/Battles.  For the Nerd Battles, I'm thinking still Monthly Battles, WIP Alerts, and Fun, Random Challenges. 

Also, I'm thinking of hosting a small swap for holidays if we have interest.  A small item and card.

Hooray!  I'm so glad the nerd-along will continue, it's changed my life.  :)
I never thought it would be life-changing, but it is nice to have a place where you can chat, share loves, and explore strange new crafts, to seek out new techniques and new materials, to boldly go where no crafter has gone before!  ...sorry...I never tire of that 8)

Awesome! I can still do all of my projects in a science & math-related geekdom! Although, I did think about the "Wordy" one... but only for a millisecond :)

And, I am determined to get my RP from the Summer Games finished! And, I'm hoping to re-establish my original RP once I can crochet again.
I thought that the categories encompassed most everyone's geekdoms and loves.  Right now I'm trying to decide which to join....I love them all!!! I'm leaning towards Wordy...maybe Randomizer (I definitely and proudly fit into the oddball category)....then again I do like to think of myself as a beacon of nerdiness.....hmmmmmmm

Good luck on your RP!!!! ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: mama24boyz on August 16, 2013 06:26:01 PM
Yay!! And ya, I think I'm going to have to be team multimedia, stick with the gaming. If you have no other takers I the next week or so I would volunteer to be team captain if you need me  ;D. I'm so excited and promise to be more involved this time around, but still, off to see what I can get done on my own research project!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on August 16, 2013 07:28:24 PM
Yay!  Thank you, pinkleo!  Great idea with the teams...so excited!  I'm willing to be a captain (or co-captain), too, if needed! 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on August 16, 2013 08:00:58 PM
oh yay!!!  I'm so happy to see this happening.  :D

and yes, I'll have to be on the multimedia team too.  I love my video games, but I like being able to expand into music, TV and movies.  I did video games as my geekdom for the SNG because that way I could make all of my video game items and get all super nerdy bonus points.  :P  but now I'm more free to do other items I have in mind.  ;D  ;D  ;D  ;D  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: vincentvanbuck on August 16, 2013 09:02:10 PM
Yay!! And ya, I think I'm going to have to be team multimedia, stick with the gaming. If you have no other takers I the next week or so I would volunteer to be team captain if you need me  ;D. I'm so excited and promise to be more involved this time around, but still, off to see what I can get done on my own research project!

Yeah mama!  I am thinking Team Multimedia as well.  This whole thing sounds AMAZING.  Doing a Research Project sounds like the perfect reason to try a Teesha Moore bag for the first time... the one you did inspired me so much :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on August 17, 2013 06:28:51 AM
I'm also torn about which team to join.  Most of my Nerd Games projects were inspired by literature, so I might go with Wordy.  But on the other hand I'm a huge nerd about my geekdoms, so I might have to go with Fandom....nope, can't decide yet......


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: 2leftfeet on August 17, 2013 11:22:37 AM
So glad that the Nerd Games are becoming a year-round thing! I hope to do Team Wordy proud; I've got a few little crafts and the inklings of a Research Project already in mind...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Abbeeroad on August 18, 2013 05:33:33 AM
Yay! Love the new teams. Thinking Wordy is the team for me...

Oh, and I can help out however needed, if needed!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on August 18, 2013 06:14:13 AM
Team Wordy is it for me!  Oh, yeah! 

Very clever, how you organized the teams, pinkleo!  Love it!  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: SenatorOrgana on August 19, 2013 06:58:37 AM
Wow I can't wait for this to start!! Still need to think about teams... probably will come down to deciding between Randomizer and Fandom... hmmm!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: PrettyPenguin on August 19, 2013 01:31:25 PM
Yay!! And ya, I think I'm going to have to be team multimedia, stick with the gaming. If you have no other takers I the next week or so I would volunteer to be team captain if you need me  ;D. I'm so excited and promise to be more involved this time around, but still, off to see what I can get done on my own research project!

Yeah mama!  I am thinking Team Multimedia as well.  This whole thing sounds AMAZING.  Doing a Research Project sounds like the perfect reason to try a Teesha Moore bag for the first time... the one you did inspired me so much :D

Woooo! Also thinking I will join Team Multimedia, covers video games AND movies? Yes, please. :D I'll try to be more active than I was this summer...my crafty productivity is way down with all of the workouts I have. :'( I need to get it in gear so I can get some of my own things done!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: stefaniegk on August 20, 2013 07:36:31 PM
I'm in, Team Multimedia for me! I think it would be great if the first two rounds had fewer challenges due to the holidays coming. A bonus for only using items from your stash would be awesome and an huge incentive for me. The donation bonus would be great if it was charity and gifts (again with Christmas upcoming.) I would love to help out however you need me, just let me know.

These games are a blast!

Thanks


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: StickerChic87 on August 20, 2013 08:24:06 PM
I'm thinking either Wordy or Randomizer...although still contemplating what randomizer would include... :-\


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on August 21, 2013 08:05:58 AM
I'm thinking either Wordy or Randomizer...although still contemplating what randomizer would include... :-\
Might it include general monsters, spookiness, history, gardening, languages, etc?

I'm leaning toward Randomizer or Multimedia myself. Wordy is very inviting but I think I'd be crafting more in those areas.
Oh, hey, are extra points awarded for projects related to our team? Like the nerdy super bonus in the summer games?


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: StickerChic87 on August 21, 2013 08:28:25 AM
I'm thinking either Wordy or Randomizer...although still contemplating what randomizer would include... :-\
Might it include general monsters, spookiness, history, gardening, languages, etc?
 
Oh, hey, are extra points awarded for projects related to our team? Like the nerdy super bonus in the summer games?

Maybe. Maybe it would include random topics we nerd out to...like tiny houses... ;D

I was also wondering that too, about the extra points.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on August 21, 2013 08:58:07 AM
I'm thinking either Wordy or Randomizer...although still contemplating what randomizer would include... :-\
Might it include general monsters, spookiness, history, gardening, languages, etc?
 
Oh, hey, are extra points awarded for projects related to our team? Like the nerdy super bonus in the summer games?

Maybe. Maybe it would include random topics we nerd out to...like tiny houses... ;D

I was also wondering that too, about the extra points.
And mail  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: StickerChic87 on August 21, 2013 09:07:59 AM
I'm thinking either Wordy or Randomizer...although still contemplating what randomizer would include... :-\
Might it include general monsters, spookiness, history, gardening, languages, etc?
 
Oh, hey, are extra points awarded for projects related to our team? Like the nerdy super bonus in the summer games?

Maybe. Maybe it would include random topics we nerd out to...like tiny houses... ;D

I was also wondering that too, about the extra points.
And mail  ;D

Haha YES!


Title: --I say we start with dessert and go backwards--
Post by: pinkleo on August 21, 2013 10:40:17 AM
Has everyone popped over and read the Fall Nerd Battles (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426696.0#axzz2cCAKtaJn) info?

....you will notice that there is NO Nerdy/Super Nerdy Bonuses.  So when joining a fall team, think which draws you personally, not so much which you could craft for nerdy bonuses. :)



Title: Re: --I say we start with dessert and go backwards--
Post by: Calabaza on August 21, 2013 03:11:47 PM
Has everyone popped over and read the Fall Nerd Battles (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426696.0#axzz2cCAKtaJn) info?

....you will notice that there is NO Nerdy/Super Nerdy Bonuses.  So when joining a fall team, think which draws you personally, not so much which you could craft for nerdy bonuses. :)



Ah, yep, I did read it but wasn't sure if I was missing something. Thanks for clearing that up!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: rockmygypsysoul on August 21, 2013 05:56:46 PM
Okay, so I'm giving some thought to joining up for this semester but am having to consider Christmas crafting and whatnot as well.  To that end, I have a question - I know research projects aren't required but one gift I'm making will definitely fall into nerdville and definitely will take me forever to finish.  That said, it wouldn't be within MY team.  Is that permissible or does a research project need to be within your own realm, so to speak?  Thanks!!  :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: pinkleo on August 21, 2013 09:01:48 PM
Okay, so I'm giving some thought to joining up for this semester but am having to consider Christmas crafting and whatnot as well.  To that end, I have a question - I know research projects aren't required but one gift I'm making will definitely fall into nerdville and definitely will take me forever to finish.  That said, it wouldn't be within MY team.  Is that permissible or does a research project need to be within your own realm, so to speak?  Thanks!!  :)
Hi rockmygypsysoul! ;D Research Projects can be anything, nerdy or not.  They are there to encourage us to tackle some of those longer projects (ones that take us 3 weeks or more to complete). 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: stefaniegk on August 22, 2013 02:18:53 PM
Okay, so I'm giving some thought to joining up for this semester but am having to consider Christmas crafting and whatnot as well.  To that end, I have a question - I know research projects aren't required but one gift I'm making will definitely fall into nerdville and definitely will take me forever to finish.  That said, it wouldn't be within MY team.  Is that permissible or does a research project need to be within your own realm, so to speak?  Thanks!!  :)
Hi rockmygypsysoul! ;D Research Projects can be anything, nerdy or not.  They are there to encourage us to tackle some of those longer projects (ones that take us 3 weeks or more to complete). 

I have quite a few big WIPs could I submit them for research projects? If not maybe a challenge or two that pertain to WIPs would be awesome!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bookstorebabe on August 22, 2013 02:45:03 PM
Fascinating,Captain.
I'm torn between Wordy and Randomizer. Hmm...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: pinkleo on August 22, 2013 03:29:10 PM
I have quite a few big WIPs could I submit them for research projects? If not maybe a challenge or two that pertain to WIPs would be awesome!
Hi stefaniegk! ;D  If your WIP has over 3 weeks worth of work left, then yes you can submit it for a Research Project (RP).  For a WIP RP, you need to post a before picture in your proposal.

Also, for the Nerd Battle, we are having monthly WIP challenges aka UFO Sightings! 8)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: rockmygypsysoul on August 22, 2013 05:17:05 PM
I am so in for this.  I geek out over many, many things but while words are my favorite, as an auditory learner song lyrics win out even over books.  Which is like heresy.  I'm a professional writer for heaven's sake.  So Team Multimedia, here I come!  ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Eiseldora on August 22, 2013 05:39:28 PM
Sign me up for team multimedia

I also want to tackle the research project of knit socks


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: dichotomy on August 23, 2013 10:26:01 AM
I want to join! The Summer Nerd Games were pretty much over by the time I discovered them, so I'm glad it's going to be an ongoing thing! Team Wordy for me!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: fancybutch on August 23, 2013 02:08:06 PM
Oooh look it's a whole section of Craftster I've never explored ... the nerd battles!  Looks cool, I think I want to try the Fall games.  Just a couple questions.  1. how do you join the games and join a team?  will there be a time to message the organizer or just declare it on a board?  2.  am I right in understanding that if you do a craft and post it to a board somewhere else on craftster (including a swap item) you can also use it in the games?  3. challenges go up in certain months and entries have to be posted within that month?

thanks, it seems like a lot of info but that could just be my Friday night brain. :)

I'm thinking Textbook ...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on August 24, 2013 02:11:31 PM
I've only registered with the forum, not sure if this Craftalong is open to newbies, pinkleo

Question for experienced "Craftalongers" and "Battlers": Is it very time-consuming? From what I can see you can submit projects over the full time (or is it by month)?

IF Newbies are allowed to take part, then I think my team would be Multimedia. :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: docnessie on August 25, 2013 04:36:46 AM
Ohh, team wordy for me, for sure.  Very excited about this one!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on August 25, 2013 09:58:20 AM
Picking a team is easy... Team Textbook, all the way!

I think I'll be able to use my summer research project for this one, since there's no way I'm going to get another 200 granny squares done and put together in the next two weeks.  :/


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Eiseldora on August 25, 2013 11:26:10 AM
I've only registered with the forum, not sure if this Craftalong is open to newbies, pinkleo

Question for experienced "Craftalongers" and "Battlers": Is it very time-consuming? From what I can see you can submit projects over the full time (or is it by month)?

IF Newbies are allowed to take part, then I think my team would be Multimedia. :)

Newbies are welcome.

Most battles are allowed to be turned in until the end of the semester.  Special ones like battles are only available for the month. 

Depending on the challenge it doesn't take longer to meet the requirements if you often craft.  Challenges are designed to inspire and motivate. If you just complete one challenge that is all you need to do each semester which can last about 4 months


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: leather and lace on August 25, 2013 12:34:56 PM
Well, seeing as I've totally failed with the summer nerd games and haven't done anything yet, I think I'll just start over with fall! My summer got really hectic just about the same time I signed up, and it's finally beginning to settle down a bit now that school is in full swing.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on August 27, 2013 09:48:16 AM
I'm glad WIPs are going to be allowed, because there is no way I'm going to be able to finish my final Summer Nerd project....  :P 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on August 27, 2013 12:09:10 PM
I've only registered with the forum, not sure if this Craftalong is open to newbies, pinkleo

Question for experienced "Craftalongers" and "Battlers": Is it very time-consuming? From what I can see you can submit projects over the full time (or is it by month)?

IF Newbies are allowed to take part, then I think my team would be Multimedia. :)

Newbies are welcome.

Most battles are allowed to be turned in until the end of the semester.  Special ones like battles are only available for the month. 

Depending on the challenge it doesn't take longer to meet the requirements if you often craft.  Challenges are designed to inspire and motivate. If you just complete one challenge that is all you need to do each semester which can last about 4 months

Thanks for the info,Eiseldora! :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: silentblair on August 27, 2013 02:41:06 PM
Sign me up for team Multimedia. This is very exciting.
I don't know how much I'll be able to do with the Holidays coming up, but I'm gonna love every minute of it.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: lozzieozzie on August 29, 2013 06:09:23 AM
OK, I've read up on the other games, and I'm in!  ;D

I used to be on Craftster quite a bit, but last year I got quite poorly, and it's completely knocked my crafting confidence, so this might be just the spur I need to get myself back into it, and re-find my crafting mojo.

Plus, since moving in with my bf, I now have a fantastical craft room that I really want to use more!

It was a tough choice,  but I think I'll go with Team Wordy, hopefully it will help inspire me a bit more than I am at the moment!

Yay, getting quite excited, and have some ideas bombing around my tiny mind...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on August 29, 2013 06:38:54 AM
I will try to get my Summer research project completed by Saturday...  ::) 

How does one go about transferring a research project to the Fall games?


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on August 29, 2013 09:06:04 AM

I used to be on Craftster quite a bit, but last year I got quite poorly, and it's completely knocked my crafting confidence, so this might be just the spur I need to get myself back into it, and re-find my crafting mojo.

It worked for me!  I had been so ill I could barely make anything, and I would go into my workroom and just cry.  The nerdalong really saved me!  :)

I've decided to officially join Team Wordy for the Fall Nerd Battles.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: lozzieozzie on August 29, 2013 10:23:43 AM
Thanks Ludi, sometimes it's good to know it's not just you!

One of the benefits of officially losing my marbles was discovering I could paint (a bit!), so I'm going to try and build some of that into my crafting - maybe try some new crafts?


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: rockmygypsysoul on August 29, 2013 10:40:03 AM
i have a problem with new crafts.  i can't stop doing them.  i want to try everything.  this causes problems because once i do something, i throw myself in it and then when i'm done i move on which means i have an apartment FULL of stuff and a husband going "why do you have _____ on your wishlist?  i thought you were learning ____.".  then i do that over and over until i burn out on crafting altogether.  hoping this will keep me utilizing enough different crafts and techniques to avoid the burnout since crafting is what keeps me sane (or as sane as i can be).


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: wwrich on August 29, 2013 11:03:31 AM
i have a problem with new crafts.  i can't stop doing them.  i want to try everything.

I do that too.  My husband just sighs and asks something like "what now?" 



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on August 29, 2013 12:25:46 PM
i have a problem with new crafts.  i can't stop doing them.  i want to try everything.

I do that too.  My husband just sighs and asks something like "what now?" 


Ditto!  My crafting helps keep me...adjusted, but drives my s/o batty a lot of the time.  I'm loud (because I'm clumsy and vent my frustrations verbally), messy, and tend to get the urge to make stuff at the drop of a hat...at all hours.  I blame it on being a Gemini.  :P


I used to be on Craftster quite a bit, but last year I got quite poorly, and it's completely knocked my crafting confidence, so this might be just the spur I need to get myself back into it, and re-find my crafting mojo.

It worked for me!  I had been so ill I could barely make anything, and I would go into my workroom and just cry.  The nerdalong really saved me!  :)

I've decided to officially join Team Wordy for the Fall Nerd Battles.

Yep, it worked for me, too!  It has really helped me practice mindfulness more consistently (which helps me manage my brain), and also helped relieve some of my guilt, as I have/had a hard time making things for "no reason" and was consistently immobilized from shoulding on myself (like the cycle of:  I should be doing something else, but I don't want to do that either, so I'll just do nothing and feel double sad).  The Nerd Games became the perfect reason, and I always work better with a deadline...even if it's imaginary.  ;D

I can't decide on a team.  The obvious choice is multimedia, since my current team is TV, but I'm leaning more toward textbook or maybe fandom or randomizer...I dunno, I suppose I'll leave it until the last minute, like most things. 


Title: --Come to the Nerd Side. We have pi!--
Post by: pinkleo on August 29, 2013 03:36:09 PM
I've only registered with the forum, not sure if this Craftalong is open to newbies, pinkleo

Question for experienced "Craftalongers" and "Battlers": Is it very time-consuming? From what I can see you can submit projects over the full time (or is it by month)?

IF Newbies are allowed to take part, then I think my team would be Multimedia. :)

Newbies are welcome.

Most battles are allowed to be turned in until the end of the semester.  Special ones like battles are only available for the month. 

Depending on the challenge it doesn't take longer to meet the requirements if you often craft.  Challenges are designed to inspire and motivate. If you just complete one challenge that is all you need to do each semester which can last about 4 months
:-* Thank you Eiseldora! :-*

How does one go about transferring a research project to the Fall games?
I will just copy & paste the list to the Fall RP post. 8)


I used to be on Craftster quite a bit, but last year I got quite poorly, and it's completely knocked my crafting confidence, so this might be just the spur I need to get myself back into it, and re-find my crafting mojo.
The nerdalong really saved me!  :)
This makes my heart smile! ;D

i have a problem with new crafts.  i can't stop doing them.  i want to try everything.

I do that too.  My husband just sighs and asks something like "what now?" 
Me too!!!

I can't decide on a team.  The obvious choice is multimedia, since my current team is TV, but I'm leaning more toward textbook or maybe fandom or randomizer...I dunno, I suppose I'll leave it until the last minute, like most things. 
It is a hard choice, but you have until your first turn-in to decide. 8)  And it's not a permanent decision, you can travel to other teams each season (Fall, Winter, Spring).


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: lozzieozzie on August 29, 2013 03:51:51 PM
Wow Lovelymiss - why did I never think of crafting to practice my mindfulness homework?! So much more exciting than 'observe my hand' blahblahblah.

ah- the dreaded 'should' - it's banned at our group. It's so hard not 'shoulding' isn't it?

Ok - personal goal - to use the nerd games to do something nice for myself, and practice my mindfulness (and erm, possibly some new crafts  ::) )

I'm super excited, off to a quilting and stitching show tomorrow - wooooohooooo!!! Will keep a look out for all things nerd!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: fancybutch on August 29, 2013 08:54:12 PM
ah so glad to see that others find crafting as therapeutic and good for mind and soul as I do.  (although my ex would tell you this is a good excuse to avoid returning to a therapist lol)  The rest of my life is all up in my head and overthinking, so I find crafting helps me slow down, use my hands, and be visual, and most importantly playful.  My one rule is to just have fun.  It is for no other purpose.  Except gifts sometimes :)

I love trying new crafts and have found swaps great for that, "hey here's a swap for tiny paper houses maybe I should try that" and off I go.  I have just finished organizing supplies and wow, I have gone insane dabbling in everything.  And while I love that swaps inspire me and make me do new things, and think about other peoples tastes too, and have deadlines, I think it's time to just make some things for me, and so nerd games!!  can't wait.

Go team textbook!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Abbeeroad on August 30, 2013 06:16:00 AM
Loving the sentiment of crafting as mindful practice. Couldn't agree more!

Crafting is totally zen. :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: WeeFreeRhie on August 30, 2013 11:03:28 AM
I just signed up for Craftster and stumbled on this. It looks like great fun! Team Wordy for me! :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on August 30, 2013 11:44:04 AM
Hooray!   :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: silentblair on August 31, 2013 07:43:09 AM
Guilty of the Gemini crafty therapy gene here too!  ;D
I've found out I'm a bit like Monica from Friends in the messy dept.
The house is pretty uncluttered...except the crafty cave. It's my Monica closet!
My little messy secret, shhhh don't tell.
 :D :D :D



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: rockmygypsysoul on August 31, 2013 08:48:03 AM
Guilty of the Gemini crafty therapy gene here too!  ;D
I've found out I'm a bit like Monica from Friends in the messy dept.
The house is pretty uncluttered...except the crafty cave. It's my Monica closet!
My little messy secret, shhhh don't tell.
 :D :D :D



I wish! Or, more accurately, my husband wishes.  Since there are no kids and I have some chronic illnesses which often require me to craft on the couch or bed (as well as the kitchen table and my craft room) so I have stuff everywhere.  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: WeeFreeRhie on August 31, 2013 01:07:01 PM
Guilty of the Gemini crafty therapy gene here too!  ;D
I've found out I'm a bit like Monica from Friends in the messy dept.
The house is pretty uncluttered...except the crafty cave. It's my Monica closet!
My little messy secret, shhhh don't tell.
 :D :D :D



Heh, I can relate! I'm not a Gemini (Taurus/Aries here!) but definitely have the craft cave. The rest of the house is pretty neat most of the time...except for that nook!

I am so glad to see other people who find crafting healing and relaxing. It's what is going to keep me sane when school starts, I know it. :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: rockmygypsysoul on August 31, 2013 03:21:11 PM

Heh, I can relate! I'm not a Gemini (Taurus/Aries here!) but definitely have the craft cave. The rest of the house is pretty neat most of the time...except for that nook!

I am so glad to see other people who find crafting healing and relaxing. It's what is going to keep me sane when school starts, I know it. :)

I don't feel zen when crafting (so wish I did - I'm jealous!!) but it is extremely healing for me emotionally and mentally.  With my chronic illnesses, I am pretty effectively disabled.  I'm able to work as a freelance writer (thank God!) from home and I love what I do since I work with non-profits to write grants to raise money.  But it's tough emotionally and mentally to be alone so much, have no social life, and have a lot of insomnia.  My husband's awesome but he has Asperger's and has to spend a lot of downtime when he's home to process his work day.

Point being that for me, crafting is soul food.  Especially swapping - I feel like I can do something for someone else, something that will make them happy (hopefully!), so when I feel useless and worthless, it's just amazingly helpful to have something to work towards and have a purpose or even just go through the process to make it through to a less painful day!  :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: pinkleo on September 01, 2013 10:20:00 AM
Big THANK YOU to BadWolf314 for volunteering to be our Battle Badge Creator and a Team Captain :-*


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on September 01, 2013 12:22:42 PM
Wooo!  :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Tanath on September 01, 2013 02:05:13 PM
Do you need someone to keep track of submitted projects? like in a Google worksheet or something?
I know I'm not very active, but I read the games threads almost daily and I'm pretty good at keeping lists :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: pinkleo on September 01, 2013 07:09:49 PM
Do you need someone to keep track of submitted projects? like in a Google worksheet or something?
I know I'm not very active, but I read the games threads almost daily and I'm pretty good at keeping lists :)
Oh my gosh, that would be beyond AWESOME


Title: --Searching for Nerd Battles Pinner--
Post by: pinkleo on September 01, 2013 07:13:20 PM
Nerd Battles Job Opening: I'm looking for someone who would like to be the Pinterest Peep.  Your job would be to create a Nerd Battles pinterest board and pin all the completed project submissions.  So if you're a pinterest fanatic and addicted to pinning, look no further because this is the job for you! 8)

PM or post if interested. ;D


Title: Re: --Searching for Nerd Battles Pinner--
Post by: Calabaza on September 01, 2013 07:17:24 PM
Nerd Battles Job Opening: I'm looking for someone who would like to be the Pinterest Peep.  Your job would be to create a Nerd Battles pinterest board and pin all the completed project submissions.  So if you're a pinterest fanatic and addicted to pinning, look no further because this is the job for you! 8)

PM or post if interested. ;D
*hand shoots up* I volunteer! I'm on here every day and pinterest at least twice as often. It's one way I gear up for and wind down after work. Craftalong pinning is right up my alley.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Eclectic Dreamer on September 02, 2013 01:56:49 AM
haha Calabaza volunteered fast (or it looked fast to me!) I'm on Pinterest all the time too... bad habit.

I'm so excited you're doing this again and it's going to keep happening!!

I have just decided on a research project. Now to figure out my team.... November is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and I'm participating and also organizing a craft swap for it. So "Wordy" would make sense. But Season 8 of Supernatural comes out soon... AAAAAAAAND I just bought the collectors edition of Star Trek Next Generation at a yard sale (6 boxes full of VHS tapes... $20). I will be doing lots of watching in the near future so Multimedia is tempting too.

Sigh. I've got 1 more day to decide :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: BadWolf314 on September 02, 2013 09:03:24 AM
Can it be tomorrow already!?!?!??!?!?! I'm super excited to start my nerdy crafting juices flowing!!!


Title: --Pinterest Peep Calabaza, You ROCK!--
Post by: pinkleo on September 02, 2013 09:18:37 AM
Nerd Battles Job Opening: I'm looking for someone who would like to be the Pinterest Peep.  Your job would be to create a Nerd Battles pinterest board and pin all the completed project submissions.  So if you're a pinterest fanatic and addicted to pinning, look no further because this is the job for you! 8)

PM or post if interested. ;D
*hand shoots up* I volunteer! I'm on here every day and pinterest at least twice as often. It's one way I gear up for and wind down after work. Craftalong pinning is right up my alley.
:D  I immediately pictured Katniss 8)

Congratulations Calabaza!  You are now the Official Nerd Battles Pinterest Pinster. (you completely have the freedom to rename your title).  Once you setup your page, share in this thread, and I'll link it to the first posts of the Nerd Battles!  THANK YOU! :-*


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: WeeFreeRhie on September 02, 2013 11:46:27 AM
rockygypsysoul  (great name, btw!), I can relate, at least a little. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia a few years ago. I honestly don't think I could even think about going back to school or anything else without crafting.

I am so happy to see that other people understand this. I mean, I am not at all happy that you or I or anyone else knows what it means to live with chronic illness. But I am glad that we can all find help in something as awesome as making things :)

What team do you think you will join? I am usually all about the geeky media so I wanted to step out of that into books and words. I love that just as much, but never seem to craft about it. I think it will be fun to explore that more.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bookstorebabe on September 02, 2013 11:56:32 AM
I'm going to go for Team Wordy. Next time I might try Random,that was very tempting!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on September 02, 2013 01:42:41 PM
Nerd Battles Job Opening: I'm looking for someone who would like to be the Pinterest Peep.  Your job would be to create a Nerd Battles pinterest board and pin all the completed project submissions.  So if you're a pinterest fanatic and addicted to pinning, look no further because this is the job for you! 8)

PM or post if interested. ;D
*hand shoots up* I volunteer! I'm on here every day and pinterest at least twice as often. It's one way I gear up for and wind down after work. Craftalong pinning is right up my alley.
:D  I immediately pictured Katniss 8)

Congratulations Calabaza!  You are now the Official Nerd Battles Pinterest Pinster. (you completely have the freedom to rename your title).  Once you setup your page, share in this thread, and I'll link it to the first posts of the Nerd Battles!  THANK YOU! :-*
Coolness! I'm so glad I can help in some small way. The summer games were (are, still, I guess) so much fun!
Here's the board for the fall battles: http://pinterest.com/ccalabaza/nerd-battles-craftalong-fall/ Let me know if I need to change/add/subtract anything.  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: silentblair on September 02, 2013 02:13:36 PM
Way to go Calabaza!
I bet your "Followers" numbers shoot through the roof! I'm diggin' your "wall art" and "imagery" boards.



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on September 02, 2013 02:41:21 PM
Way to go Calabaza!
I bet your "Followers" numbers shoot through the roof! I'm diggin' your "wall art" and "imagery" boards.
I am proud of my pins  ;) Heehee.

In a bid to preemptively answer any questions...For those who don't know, you can just follow the nerd battles board. For those sans pinterest, you can bookmark the board to get to it without having to hop over to where pinkleo puts it and finding the link. :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on September 02, 2013 02:42:51 PM
Good Team Wordy!   :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: vincentvanbuck on September 02, 2013 02:54:35 PM
Can it be tomorrow already!?!?!??!?!?! I'm super excited to start my nerdy crafting juices flowing!!!

My thoughts exactly, BadWolf314!  I am itchin' for some stitchin' (and other general craftiness).


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: pinkleo on September 02, 2013 04:05:32 PM
Players, please note that I will post new Fall Battles & Challenges in the morning after I have a cup of coffee.  I don't want y'all staying up late, wearing out your F5 button. 8)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: rockmygypsysoul on September 02, 2013 05:41:31 PM
rockygypsysoul  (great name, btw!), I can relate, at least a little. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia a few years ago. I honestly don't think I could even think about going back to school or anything else without crafting.

I am so happy to see that other people understand this. I mean, I am not at all happy that you or I or anyone else knows what it means to live with chronic illness. But I am glad that we can all find help in something as awesome as making things :)

What team do you think you will join? I am usually all about the geeky media so I wanted to step out of that into books and words. I love that just as much, but never seem to craft about it. I think it will be fun to explore that more.

Yup, fibro and a whole bunch of the other stuff that tends to go with it  :D  I actually ended up dropping out of grad school after I got sick since I was working full-time then as well.  Later on, once we figured out that my working from home as a freelancer was (relatively) successful, then I just decided not to go back since this was the end goal anyway.  Which is both sad and good.  Finances are definitely still tough but we make it work and I know how lucky I am to be able to do that.

In fact, my mom just told me today that she thought that was one of the elements of 'grace' (as she puts it) that came with my fibro and everything - that my artistry is growing in a way it wouldn't be able to if I were still working outside of the home.  Not that it's worth all that comes with it but at least there's a touch of silver lining  ;)

I think I'm going with Multimedia though Wordy is so tempting.  I know for Multi that while I have many tv shows and movies I love, for me it comes down to music.  It's just a little ironic since it's the lyrics I love best so to me it's all wordy but such is the breakdown.  It's a little funny right now actually since I've had a Simon and Garfunkel cd in the car for a week and every time I listen to it I'm like "This is why I'm going with Multimedia" and then it plays 'The Dangling Conversation' or 'Richard Corey' and then I'm all "I so love Robert Frost, I should be Team Wordy."   :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on September 02, 2013 09:24:23 PM
Players, please note that I will post new Fall Battles & Challenges in the morning after I have a cup of coffee.  I don't want y'all staying up late, wearing out your F5 button. 8)

*sigh*  I don't even know what F5 does.  I don't know what ANY of those buttons do!  (except control Windows Media Player and stuff)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on September 03, 2013 04:00:35 AM
Players, please note that I will post new Fall Battles & Challenges in the morning after I have a cup of coffee.  I don't want y'all staying up late, wearing out your F5 button. 8)

*sigh*  I don't even know what F5 does.  I don't know what ANY of those buttons do!  (except control Windows Media Player and stuff)

F5 refreshes whatever page you are on...basically like hitting the reload button on your browser!  My other favorite shortcut is using CTRL+C to copy highlighted text or images and CTRL+V to paste them.  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on September 03, 2013 04:37:17 AM
Players, please note that I will post new Fall Battles & Challenges in the morning after I have a cup of coffee.  I don't want y'all staying up late, wearing out your F5 button. 8)

*sigh*  I don't even know what F5 does.  I don't know what ANY of those buttons do!  (except control Windows Media Player and stuff)

F5 refreshes whatever page you are on...basically like hitting the reload button on your browser!  My other favorite shortcut is using CTRL+C to copy highlighted text or images and CTRL+V to paste them.  ;D

oh I know a bunch of CTRL+ shortcuts.  I just never knew what the F buttons did.  so thanks for telling me!  I don't feel quite so much in the dark anymore!  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: pinkleo on September 03, 2013 05:27:41 AM
Players, please note that I will post new Fall Battles & Challenges in the morning after I have a cup of coffee.  I don't want y'all staying up late, wearing out your F5 button. 8)

*sigh*  I don't even know what F5 does.  I don't know what ANY of those buttons do!  (except control Windows Media Player and stuff)

F5 refreshes whatever page you are on...basically like hitting the reload button on your browser!  My other favorite shortcut is using CTRL+C to copy highlighted text or images and CTRL+V to paste them.  ;D

My favorite CTRL function is CTRL+Shift+T to open closed tab...because I am ALWAYS accidentally shutting down a tab! 8)

Okay, back to final edits... 8)


Title: --Fun Fall for All!--
Post by: pinkleo on September 03, 2013 06:10:46 AM
And we are LIVE (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426696.0#axzz2dpoVwxiw).  I'm still working on challenge prompts, but Battle & UFO/WIP prompts are up.  Have fun and stay tuned for more challenges coming soon! ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on September 03, 2013 06:15:57 AM
Hooray!   :D


Title: --Sept. Challenges are UP--
Post by: pinkleo on September 03, 2013 06:46:57 AM
And challenges are up (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426696.msg5081927#msg5081927). Hope they get your crafty muses singing. ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: 2leftfeet on September 03, 2013 07:05:16 AM
My favorite CTRL function is CTRL+Shift+T to open closed tab...because I am ALWAYS accidentally shutting down a tab! 8)
Doesn't work with a Lenovo without tweaking a few settings, which was so startling the first time lol. I close tabs and then want to kick myself because I always change my mind about needing them.

Yay! And nooooo--I have the perfect green project for the September UFO sighting. I've avoided crafty things for the last month because it haunts me so. Now I'll have to finish it!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: pinkleo on September 03, 2013 07:17:04 AM
My favorite CTRL function is CTRL+Shift+T to open closed tab...because I am ALWAYS accidentally shutting down a tab! 8)
Doesn't work with a Lenovo without tweaking a few settings, which was so startling the first time lol. I close tabs and then want to kick myself because I always change my mind about needing them.

Yay! And nooooo--I have the perfect green project for the September UFO sighting. I've avoided crafty things for the last month because it haunts me so. Now I'll have to finish it!
Oh I would die without Ctrl+Shift+T!  (I always have tons of tabs open, especially when updating my craftalongs.)  And YAY for sighting your UFO; good luck capturing it (aka finishing it). 8)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: BadWolf314 on September 03, 2013 08:18:32 AM
As much as the Multimedia side is grabbing my hand and whispering "RUN!", my love for programming is responding with a simple "if (loveLogic && loveKnowledge && loveSciene && loveMath){Team="Textbook";}". So please excuse all my Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Star Trek and Wars, Pokemon, and other video game related crafts but as Spock says, "It is only logical" for me to join TEAM TEXTBOOK!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Tanath on September 03, 2013 09:16:45 AM
Yay, new round!
I spent some time yesterday "crafting" a worksheet to keep track of projects, teams and scores, so bring on the projects!
Awesome prompts, pinkleo, just  quickly reading through them flooded me with idea. I can't wait to see what everyone does.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: dichotomy on September 03, 2013 10:37:07 AM
OH MAN I just came up with a project for the monster challenge that I am REALLY excited about! I am ordering yarn as we speak!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: rockmygypsysoul on September 03, 2013 11:00:52 AM
I was totally bumming because nothing was speaking to me and I was like 'maybe this isn't the craftalong for me' (since this is my first nerd battles).  But then lightning struck!  And I don't know where I'm going to find the time but I am totally going to make this project happen  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on September 03, 2013 01:34:20 PM
Whoo-hoo! I'm so psyched about the start of the next batch of the Games! I'm still stoked about how many projects I was able to check off of my list via the Games. Usually, I end up crafting for gifts and swaps, and almost never for myself, so it was truly fun (okay... and selfish :) ). I'm heading to check out the categories to see if I can find something that will fit with my garlic pickling (starting as soon as I empty out the sink... which will happen as soon as I empty the dishwasher...)!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: pinkleo on September 03, 2013 03:40:20 PM
As much as the Multimedia side is grabbing my hand and whispering "RUN!", my love for programming is responding with a simple "if (loveLogic && loveKnowledge && loveSciene && loveMath){Team="Textbook";}". So please excuse all my Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Star Trek and Wars, Pokemon, and other video game related crafts but as Spock says, "It is only logical" for me to join TEAM TEXTBOOK!
YAY!! And ((HUGS)) for the Cap! ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: pinkleo on September 03, 2013 03:49:00 PM
Yay, new round!
I spent some time yesterday "crafting" a worksheet to keep track of projects, teams and scores, so bring on the projects!
Awesome prompts, pinkleo, just  quickly reading through them flooded me with idea. I can't wait to see what everyone does.
Tanath, I am deeming you the Nerd Battles Project Tracker!  Honestly, if you were here, I would Tackle HUG you!  You can PM me a link (or tell me what you need from me).  Also, let me know if you need anything!

And I'm so excited to hear your crafty muses are singing! ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Eclectic Dreamer on September 03, 2013 04:24:58 PM
I have just decided on a research project.

Sigh.... false alarm! I have now forgotten said research project. That's what happens when you don't write brilliant ideas down.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on September 03, 2013 04:41:47 PM
I was totally bumming because nothing was speaking to me and I was like 'maybe this isn't the craftalong for me' (since this is my first nerd battles).  But then lightning struck!  And I don't know where I'm going to find the time but I am totally going to make this project happen  :D

Once you start seeing the things other people are doing it really sparks creativity, too!  I keep a list of all of the projects I want to try (plus a pinterest board of even more stuff) and then usually skim that as I start to think about the monthly challenges.  Sometimes I make things specifically for the challenges, but more often than not I just make what I want to make and then work a little to make it fit into the prompts.  :D  I can't wait to see your project!

I just updated my Summer Games spreadsheet for Fall and am excited to try out some ideas.  :D  And I finally decided I am joining Team Randomizer!

I have just decided on a research project.

Sigh.... false alarm! I have now forgotten said research project. That's what happens when you don't write brilliant ideas down.

Oh no!  Maybe it will come back to you randomly when you're thinking about something else.  That's what always happens to me, to which I usually respond, "Thanks, brain."  :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on September 03, 2013 04:44:20 PM
I already have my idea for the Battle Royale, but have too many projects going right now to start it!   :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: vincentvanbuck on September 03, 2013 07:33:54 PM
Hooray!  I'm so excited.  :D The Monster challenge is PERFECT, I just bought some Halloween fabric this weekend to make monsters!

I am excited to get started on my research project too -- I'll be making a Teesha Moore-style patch wall hanging.  This is definitely going to be pushing me into new realms (I've never embroidered before!), so if anybody has any suggestions/tips/resources for a newbie TM patch maker, I would greatly appreciate it  (I've already started watching TM's official videos on Youtube, but I will take all the help I can get!)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on September 03, 2013 09:26:26 PM
confused already!

one post on the Fall Nerd Battles page says to make team declarations here in the discussion thread, and another post further down from that says to make your declaration in your first finished project on the Fall Nerd Battles page.  so which is it?


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: BadWolf314 on September 03, 2013 09:57:37 PM
confused already!

one post on the Fall Nerd Battles page says to make team declarations here in the discussion thread, and another post further down from that says to make your declaration in your first finished project on the Fall Nerd Battles page.  so which is it?

You can declare your team on this board at any time but it won't be "official" until you've posted your first finished project on the Battles page. Some of us just got really excited and couldn't wait until we had finished a project to pick a Team!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: pinkleo on September 04, 2013 06:39:24 AM
confused already!

one post on the Fall Nerd Battles page says to make team declarations here in the discussion thread, and another post further down from that says to make your declaration in your first finished project on the Fall Nerd Battles page.  so which is it?
Sorry, the woes of copy and paste...thought I modified all the bits to Fall....I'll go back and double check.  Your declaration of team is made in your first project post....it's for my sanity.  Thanks! ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on September 04, 2013 09:54:01 AM
I have a question: I am hard at work on my research project from the summer games.  How does that work to put in the Fall Games?  Do I have to put in another 3 weeks, or is the time I have invested thus far sufficient to safisfy that requirement (since it has been about 6 weeks or so  ::))?  I would really like to transfer my project under Team Wordy but not sure how to accomplish that.  Thanks!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: pinkleo on September 04, 2013 11:48:21 AM
I have a question: I am hard at work on my research project from the summer games.  How does that work to put in the Fall Games?  Do I have to put in another 3 weeks, or is the time I have invested thus far sufficient to safisfy that requirement (since it has been about 6 weeks or so  ::))?  I would really like to transfer my project under Team Wordy but not sure how to accomplish that.  Thanks!
The time guidelines are connected to when you started it, no matter what season/term.  So submit away.  When you turn-in your RP, use the new RP header; in it you would list your new team choice.  I'll take it from there.  Hope that was helpful! ;D

RP Header for ease..
Research Project Name:
Team:
Bonus Points: include which bonus points you think you've earned
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture:


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on September 04, 2013 12:07:25 PM
I have a question: I am hard at work on my research project from the summer games.  How does that work to put in the Fall Games?  Do I have to put in another 3 weeks, or is the time I have invested thus far sufficient to safisfy that requirement (since it has been about 6 weeks or so  ::))?  I would really like to transfer my project under Team Wordy but not sure how to accomplish that.  Thanks!
The time guidelines are connected to when you started it, no matter what season/term.  So submit away.  When you turn-in your RP, use the new RP header; in it you would list your new team choice.  I'll take it from there.  Hope that was helpful! ;D

RP Header for ease..
Research Project Name:
Team:
Bonus Points: include which bonus points you think you've earned
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture:

Thank you!!  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: WeeFreeRhie on September 05, 2013 01:22:19 PM
@pinkleo - Thanks for the Ctrl+Shift+T info! that's incredibly handy!



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: WeeFreeRhie on September 05, 2013 01:27:38 PM
rockygypsysoul  (great name, btw!), I can relate, at least a little. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia a few years ago. I honestly don't think I could even think about going back to school or anything else without crafting.

I am so happy to see that other people understand this. I mean, I am not at all happy that you or I or anyone else knows what it means to live with chronic illness. But I am glad that we can all find help in something as awesome as making things :)

What team do you think you will join? I am usually all about the geeky media so I wanted to step out of that into books and words. I love that just as much, but never seem to craft about it. I think it will be fun to explore that more.

Yup, fibro and a whole bunch of the other stuff that tends to go with it  :D  I actually ended up dropping out of grad school after I got sick since I was working full-time then as well.  Later on, once we figured out that my working from home as a freelancer was (relatively) successful, then I just decided not to go back since this was the end goal anyway.  Which is both sad and good.  Finances are definitely still tough but we make it work and I know how lucky I am to be able to do that.

In fact, my mom just told me today that she thought that was one of the elements of 'grace' (as she puts it) that came with my fibro and everything - that my artistry is growing in a way it wouldn't be able to if I were still working outside of the home.  Not that it's worth all that comes with it but at least there's a touch of silver lining  ;)

I think I'm going with Multimedia though Wordy is so tempting.  I know for Multi that while I have many tv shows and movies I love, for me it comes down to music.  It's just a little ironic since it's the lyrics I love best so to me it's all wordy but such is the breakdown.  It's a little funny right now actually since I've had a Simon and Garfunkel cd in the car for a week and every time I listen to it I'm like "This is why I'm going with Multimedia" and then it plays 'The Dangling Conversation' or 'Richard Corey' and then I'm all "I so love Robert Frost, I should be Team Wordy."   :D

Oooh love Robert Frost! And I was thinking about Team Multimedia myself for a lot of the same reasons. I love geek media. But, I also love books and haven't crafted in that way. So I think Team Wordy for me will be a fun way to stretch my skillz.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Mamaneedles on September 05, 2013 09:42:43 PM
I had to google for "march to a different drummer".to get the idea of the expression...  It doesn't really have an equivalent in French. I love it!
I was hesitating between team multi and wordy but I'm taking random! :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on September 06, 2013 03:55:58 PM
I had to google for "march to a different drummer".to get the idea of the expression...  It doesn't really have an equivalent in French. I love it!

LOL! Takes me back to my high school French classes! My teacher had French versions of many proverbs hanging on the walls around the room. Some of the translations back into English were a little awkward. :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on September 08, 2013 11:09:46 AM
SUPER inspired by this month's Battle Royale, which fits right into a body of work I'm trying to develop.  Can't wait to get started on my project, but have to finish a couple other things first.  :)




Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on September 08, 2013 12:38:21 PM
Ludi, I can't wait to see it!

I'm stumped for this battle...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on September 08, 2013 01:15:02 PM
Which team are you on, craftADDchick?


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on September 13, 2013 03:15:50 PM
Which team are you on, craftADDchick?

I can't remember the exact name, but it's the logic/knowledge.science/math-y one :)

And, I think I came up with an idea, and I might work on it right now (because I am tired and want to go to sleep... but must make it at least another 3 hours... or I'll be awake at 2 in the morning...). Or, I might watch part of the last season of Six Feet Under...or maybe I can do both... :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on September 13, 2013 03:56:21 PM
Oh good about the idea.  I asked about your team because I forgot we don't get nerdy points anymore and I thought I might be able to figure out a team-related project for you.    :P  But my mind is blank right now anyway....


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on September 13, 2013 06:39:56 PM
Thanks, Ludi! It's funny... in some ways, not having the Nerdy Points makes it easier to make things, but sometimes, aiming for those Nerdy points (especially in Science & Math) made it easier for me to make projects to keep for myself!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on September 14, 2013 05:56:07 AM
Yeah, I'm probably still going to mostly stick to my nerdisms of spooky and wordy.  Why have a nerdalong if one isn't going to craft nerdy?  Although I'm nerding out in the swaps also....Once a nerd, always a nerd, I guess!   :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on September 14, 2013 06:53:27 AM
Yeah, I'm probably still going to mostly stick to my nerdisms of spooky and wordy.  Why have a nerdalong if one isn't going to craft nerdy?  Although I'm nerding out in the swaps also....Once a nerd, always a nerd, I guess!   :D

LOL! Exactly! Although, with some of my items, I may have to get a little more creative in how they fit my team category... especially this month's battle. But, I think I have a way...



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on September 14, 2013 06:24:48 PM
Tremendously productive crafting day, but everything is for a swap, so nothing I can show.....   :P

Oh, I did get a slight start on the Battle Royale.  :)



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on September 14, 2013 06:56:06 PM
Can't wait to see what you made, Ludi!

For the Battle, I just plotted out a paper cut... And, while I'm still cheating and using a digital cutter, I did just spend about 2 hours working on it. I'll cut it out tomorrow and then I can post it.

Then, I need to take a look at the rest of the challenges and see what I can make. I may have a crafting weekend coming up in mid-October, so I'll be thinking about what I can craft while I'm there, and what I should craft at home. I think I have my basic ideas down, but I just have to decide what supplies would be easy to transport (and what I'll be able to craft in the place we're staying at).


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on September 15, 2013 02:28:16 PM
Actually starting my Battle Royale.  :)



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: rockmygypsysoul on September 15, 2013 03:05:56 PM
Do our Battle Royale projects have to be more involved or time consuming than regular projects?  I have an idea in mind but am worried it's a bit too simple and straightforward even though I really want it  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on September 15, 2013 03:26:37 PM
No, but they do have to be completed during the month of the Battle, whereas the Challenges can be completed any time before the end of the Games.  :) 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: rockmygypsysoul on September 15, 2013 04:17:42 PM
Awesome; thanks!!  Now I don't have to make a new something AND make the something I already wanted to make  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on September 15, 2013 04:41:42 PM
I'm managing to shoehorn something I REALLY REALLY want to make into the Battle Royale.   :D  At least, I hope so! 


Title: ...tackle ((HUGS))...
Post by: pinkleo on September 16, 2013 04:00:12 PM
Hi everyone!  I'm ALIVE!  I'm finally getting back to my normzl crazy schedule...thank goodness!  My step-father is doing tons better; he's only having a bit of trouble sleeping...but other than that he is doing amazing!  And I spent the whole weekend celebrating my son's 17th bday!  Where does the time go?!?!?!?  Anywho, I'm back to my regular schedule of teaching, crafting, and most of all hanging out with my crafty peeps! (can I tell you how much I missed y'all....definitely had Craftster's withdrawal!!)  ((HUGS)) to everyone & :-* to everyone for helping out and staying crafty...YOU ROCK! 8) ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on September 16, 2013 04:45:44 PM
I'm happy about your good news, pinkleo!   :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on September 16, 2013 06:08:10 PM
Welcome back, pinkleo! We missed you! And, I'm glad that your step-dad is doing better- that is fantastic news.

And Ludi, if you need help figuring out how to squeeze something into the Battle Royale category, I can be pretty good at coming up with ways to justify things (nothing illegal of course, but just about every book I buy at Barnes & Noble is for my classroom in some way :) ).


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on September 17, 2013 03:12:09 PM
Thanks!  I think I'll be able to spin a good enough yarn for this one!   :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on September 17, 2013 04:20:52 PM
Thanks!  I think I'll be able to spin a good enough yarn for this one!   :D
Yarn like story or yarn like yarn? I'm interested either way!  ;)

I've been quiet but crafting and pinning away. Let me know if I missed any projects for pinterest!

Good to hear you're among the living again, pinkleo! It is an excellent place to be  :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on September 17, 2013 05:39:46 PM
Thanks!  I think I'll be able to spin a good enough yarn for this one!   :D
Yarn like story or yarn like yarn? I'm interested either way!  ;)


LOL! I was just about to reply with something very similar...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on September 18, 2013 06:21:59 AM
 :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Tanath on September 18, 2013 01:42:25 PM

*Tanath wanders in with a random looking pile of papers in one hand, an abacus in the other hand, a pencil tucked behind her ear*

Right, so here we go. The fall nerd battles started with a bang, and while most of us were still reading through the prompts and trying to pick a team, docnessie, of team Wordy, was already posting a completed project.
Teams Wordy, Multimedia and Textbook were quick to fill up with submissions, while the first entries from team Fandom and team Randomizer came in just today.
People have also jumped right in with research proposals, so expect some exciting posts in the coming weeks.

Wondering what the points look like at this point?
just take a look at the scoreboard (colored in with crayons):
Wordy - 100 points, 3 active members
Multimedia - 200 points, 5 active members
Textbook - 130 points, 2 active members
Randomizer - 60 points, 1 active member
Fandom - 30 points, 1 active member


The only crafting I completed lately are the banner for this post and the Google spreadsheet (a bit more organized than a pile of papers and an abacus) to track the games, but I hope to contribute some actual projects to the game soon.



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: pinkleo on September 18, 2013 01:51:52 PM
tackle ((HUGS))!
Tanath, I LOVE YOU! :-*


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Tanath on September 18, 2013 02:00:58 PM
EEP! *is tackle-hugged*
It's my pleasure, pinkleo, it's just one of those things I like doing (did you get the link I sent you? You probably have a gazillion PMs to go through).
Even though I haven't completed a single prompt yet, I've already learned a lot in the last 2 weeks.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: pinkleo on September 18, 2013 02:25:15 PM
EEP! *is tackle-hugged*
It's my pleasure, pinkleo, it's just one of those things I like doing (did you get the link I sent you? You probably have a gazillion PMs to go through).
;D YES!  :-*  It's a masterpiece!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on September 18, 2013 04:21:01 PM
Wow, Tanath!  Thanks for doing that!  So easy for us non-mathy nerds to grasp!  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on September 18, 2013 04:44:26 PM
Almost done with my Battle Royale.  Go Team Wordy!  :)



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on September 20, 2013 02:31:21 PM
And, just when I thought I'd have the whole day for crafting tomorrow, someone dropped off tickets to the Red Sox game tomorrow night...Field Box Seats, First Base... I'll just have to get up early tomorrow so I can at least tackle the one thing I have all set to go. Or maybe, I can do it right now, and shop for a sweatshirt tomorrow... Or maybe do both... If I get off of the computer, I can do both...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on September 27, 2013 05:02:00 PM
Every nerdy thing I'm making is for a swap, so I have nothing to show.....   :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on September 27, 2013 05:39:08 PM
I have been crazy busy with work...I thought things would slow down after a bit, but next week doesn't look any better.

pinkleo, I have a question about the UFO Challenge... Does this month's challenge have to be completed in this month (bonus for making something green)? I have a project and I can do it one way this weekend, but if I have more time, I can do it a different way... I know the regular challenges can be completed at any time during the games, but I wasn't sure about that one...


Title: --UFO Hotline--
Post by: pinkleo on September 27, 2013 06:35:33 PM
pinkleo, I have a question about the UFO Challenge... Does this month's challenge have to be completed in this month (bonus for making something green)? I have a project and I can do it one way this weekend, but if I have more time, I can do it a different way... I know the regular challenges can be completed at any time during the games, but I wasn't sure about that one...
UFOs can be done anytime during the season. ;D
At the moment, only the Battles have a in-season deadline.

additional quote to help clarify, just in case...
UFO Sightings
All UFO projects may be turned in anytime during the Nerd Battles, regardless of what the newest Challenge is, up until the semester ends on November 30th.  (For example, you may turn in September or October challenges in November.)


Title: --YAY/NAY to October Spoilers--
Post by: pinkleo on September 27, 2013 06:38:01 PM
I have October's Battle & Challenges all ready to go. ;D  Thinking about posting them a few days early so everyone can start planning. 8)  What do y'all think?


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: BadWolf314 on September 27, 2013 06:49:11 PM
I have October's Battle & Challenges all ready to go. ;D  Thinking about posting them a few days early so everyone can start planning. 8)  What do y'all think?

POST THEM!!!! This cold weather I've been getting has slowed my brain's thinking speed... I need a couple of planning and thinking days. ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on September 28, 2013 11:00:18 AM
D'oh! Thanks, pinkleo! I didn't even think to go back and check the original post- I had copied and pasted the challenge info into a file, and must have deleted that bit...

Thanks for that!

And, yes to early posting of the October challenges! In the busy month ahead, it'll definitely help with the planning :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: pinkleo on September 28, 2013 12:12:00 PM
I have some cleaning to tackle, but I'll post October Challenges later today (or tonight) 8)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: pinkleo on September 29, 2013 09:15:20 AM
My hubby lured me into watching a movie last night with popcorn, a Heath Bar and Princess Bride ....how could I resist...

But I have now posted October's Preview (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426696.msg5081927#msg5081927).  Please wait until October 1st to turn-in any October projects.  Thanks & ENJOY! ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on September 29, 2013 09:46:08 AM
My hubby lured me into watching a movie last night with popcorn, a Heath Bar and Princess Bride ....how could I resist...

One of my favorite movies!

And, I'm excited about the October challenges! Although, I need to take my September Monster challenge idea and use it for the October Battle, I think. So now, I have to think of a new monster for September...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on September 29, 2013 03:03:56 PM
Oh wow, October's challenges are fabulous!  I'm nerding out right now!   :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on September 29, 2013 05:41:25 PM
There's a particular fictional character I've been wanting to craft for, my second favorite fictional character.  There's an ambitious embroidery project I've had in mind for months, but I'm not able to shoehorn this character into just one archetype.  She is both The Innocent and The Lover.  I guess I have to pick one!  I'd have to call her a Romantic.   :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on September 30, 2013 06:34:49 AM
Scrambling to finish my Sept battle project!  I hope I can get it done today...  ::)

And now I'm off to check out what's up for October! Woot!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on October 01, 2013 02:23:06 PM
After some disappointing research, I have decided that I will just be putting down a big rug instead of carpet tiles for my room re-do research project.  I don't know if we are supposed to update or report those types of changes, but there it is anyway!  I guess I can't be too sad with the money it will save in the end.

I have been swamped lately (I decided to stay in grad school after graduation!  What was I thinking?!), but I hope I will get some solid internet time in the coming weeks to comment on everyone's fantastic projects, and post the few I've managed to complete this past month. 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on October 03, 2013 08:17:30 AM
I suddenly got a lot of paying work with deadlines, so I'm worried I might not be able to nerdalong much.   :'(  Don't want to let down the team!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on October 03, 2013 09:44:59 AM
No worries, Ludi!  We all know that taking care of yourself and your family comes first!   :)  We also know that you'll be back as often as possible!  ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Eclectic Dreamer on October 03, 2013 05:54:49 PM
"---October Battle: Werewolves vs. Vampires--- Our first 3-Way Battle!"

That line has baffled me immensely for a couple days.... but I finally figured it out lol. The '3-way battle' was originally attached to September. lol.

Feels kinda like the "How do you entertain ...? Flip card over" being written on both sides of a card moment.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: pinkleo on October 04, 2013 09:16:03 AM
"---October Battle: Werewolves vs. Vampires--- Our first 3-Way Battle!"
DOH! I fixed it (the curse of copy & paste).  Sorry for any confusion.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Tanath on October 04, 2013 01:19:59 PM

I was keeping such a close eye on the Battles thread that my calendar has just wandered off and lost September somewhere. Add to that the fact that this month has been full of holidays (the Jewish new year, Yom Kippur and Sukkot), which means visiting family and friends and other fun stuff, and I consider myself lucky for remembering my name or what day of the week it is.

Anyway, here's what we have so far:
The first October prompt project, posted by Ludi of team Wordy, also marks 50 projects completed and submitted for the games.
The most submitted prompts, other than the September Battle, were Starfleet Uniforms and Monster Madness, with 8 projects each.
We've also seen the first research project come in during September, submitted by LovelyMiss of team Randomizer. This project racked the maximal amount of points possible for a single project (I think), as it is not only a research project, but also one created for charity, and LovelyMiss was even kind enough to create a tutorial to go with it.
Yes, yes, you all say, but are the totals?
Well, here you go:
Wordy - 280 points, 5 active members
Multimedia - 420 points, 6 active members
Textbook - 190 points, 4 active members
Randomizer - 270 points, 3 active member
Fandom - 70 points, 2 active member


Keep it up everyone :)

p.s. is this a good place for the tracking updates, or would you guys rather see them in the Fall Nerd Battles thread?


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on October 07, 2013 07:14:02 AM
No preference from me, Tanath. I'm subscribed to both threads, and check them daily. :)

@Pinkleo - just wondering, my entry for "Monsters" (September) is not on the front page?

Recovering from being violently sick yesterday, but doing some crafting tonight when the Hobbits are in bed.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Tanath on October 08, 2013 02:15:13 PM
Thanks, Inselaeffchen, I check both threads daily too, I just keep them open in my browser most of the time.
Don't worry about your entry not showing up on the front page, I think Pinkleo hasn't had a chance to update it since my first report, so it's a bit behind. Your project is listed in the tracking sheet, and I see that Calabaza added it to the pinterest board, so I'm sure Pinkleo will have it listed the next time she updates the post.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: pinkleo on October 09, 2013 05:56:12 PM
Thanks, Inselaeffchen, I check both threads daily too, I just keep them open in my browser most of the time.
Don't worry about your entry not showing up on the front page, I think Pinkleo hasn't had a chance to update it since my first report, so it's a bit behind. Your project is listed in the tracking sheet, and I see that Calabaza added it to the pinterest board, so I'm sure Pinkleo will have it listed the next time she updates the post.
Yuppers...that is it! Thank you Tanath! :-*


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on October 10, 2013 09:52:27 AM
Thanks for clarifying that, Pinkleo & Tanath. Sorry for "chasing" the update  ;) , I was just a bit worried I was off the mark for the Challenge description.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: pinkleo on October 11, 2013 05:46:49 PM
Thanks for clarifying that, Pinkleo & Tanath. Sorry for "chasing" the update  ;) , I was just a bit worried I was off the mark for the Challenge description.
No worries! :-*  I haven't been online or on Craftster as much as I wish...my life has been hectic, with the main free-time sucker being my son's marching band activities and competitions.  Thank goodness that that will really wind down by the end of October.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: vincentvanbuck on October 12, 2013 07:55:53 AM
Well, I finished a swap item last night that I will be using for the "Seeing from a Different Angle" challenge, and got it mailed today!  But since it is going to Australia, it will be a LOOOOOOOONG time until my partner gets it... last time I sent a swap package to Australia, it took four weeks to arrive.

I did get some inspiration for September's "Palindrome" challenge, however, so I'm hoping to work on that tonight.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on October 13, 2013 03:53:35 PM
I have fallen a bit behind, here! I do have a quick craft I might tackle tonight or tomorrow afternoon for my green UFO.

I spent a couple of hours on Friday night creating some bead mixes from some seed beads that I've had sitting in a box for about a year, so I may have to take a peek to see if I can use that for any of the challenges :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on October 13, 2013 05:51:43 PM
I'm WAY behind!  Lettin' down the team.   :P  I have some ideas for projects relating to the prompts, but have not started them....I keep getting side-tracked by other ideas.......


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on October 13, 2013 06:17:47 PM
I keep getting side-tracked by work- 3 extra late nights this past week,and a late day on Friday. I was busy for most of yesterday, and today was supposed to be another productive day. But, realizing how crazy my week was, added to the fact that I'll be spending the holiday in an all day workshop, I decided to give myself the day off. I actually had to say it out loud to convince myself I deserved it!

I do have a crafting weekend coming up at the end of the month (Friday night, all day on Saturday, and most of the day on Sunday), and it's away from home, so there will be no other distractions!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: vincentvanbuck on October 13, 2013 06:50:03 PM
I do have a crafting weekend coming up at the end of the month (Friday night, all day on Saturday, and most of the day on Sunday), and it's away from home, so there will be no other distractions!

Those are the best!  My friends and I take turns hosting "Craft Day" at each other's houses one day a month -- 12 hours straight of crafting.  It's the only way I manage to get through my larger swap projects!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on October 13, 2013 08:02:14 PM
My group of crafty friends and I used to have a few craft days a few times a year. But, the busy schedules of active teenagers made them harder and harder to plan around. This year, it was touch-and-go with the annual weekend, but it seems like it'll actually happen. I've already started on my list... keeping the challenge categories in mind while I'm at it!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on October 13, 2013 10:48:31 PM
OMGosh!!  A craft day once a month sounds awesome!  And a whole weekend?!?!?!?  *swoon*


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on October 14, 2013 12:49:40 PM
OMGosh!!  A craft day once a month sounds awesome!  And a whole weekend?!?!?!?  *swoon*

The weekend is the best, I do admit!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: rockmygypsysoul on October 15, 2013 08:24:02 AM
I'm just in awe of anyone who crafts AND has a normal life they have to lead as well.  I work from home and yes, that means I actually definitely spend my time working, but it does allow for *some* flexibility.  But we don't have kids and the husband has Asperger's so he basically shifts into downtime evenings and weekends so I can craft about as much as I want (or as my body will allow since I have several chronic illnesses).  Right now we're "babysitting" two teenage girls for a friend of mine for ten days (that's right - 10 FREAKING DAYS) and there's a lot of stuff happening in their family so it is high drama, non-stop running around town, plus trying to get my work done, all of which means no time or energy left to craft.

I don't know how you guys with kids do it, holy hell.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on October 15, 2013 06:08:53 PM
Believe it or not, gypsy, it's easier when they are yours because you love them and it doesn't seem like as much of a trial.    And you're used to it, so you learn how to cope and to work around their schedules.   ;)  That being said.... Good luck!  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on October 20, 2013 03:40:34 PM
I can't believe how behind I am on projects!   :P  I have ideas for a lot of them, but not getting them done! 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on October 20, 2013 05:39:25 PM
I can't believe how behind I am on projects!   :P  I have ideas for a lot of them, but not getting them done! 

I can't believe how behind I am on projects...and commenting, and posting the projects I've actually completed.  I have at least six or so that need to be posted.  I even have the photos.  I should probably just do it now, but I'll probably go make dinner instead.   ::)  But I did just finish up an absolutely massive school project that was taking all of my time and brain power, so hopefully I will get caught up on everything Nerdy quite soon.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on October 20, 2013 05:41:37 PM
Lately I've been making a lot of elaborate things for swaps that don't match any of the nerd prompts.  So I'm making stuff, just not stuff that's nerdy in the right way!   :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on October 20, 2013 06:55:18 PM
I don't know if it's because my brain is preoccupied with work and the added responsibilities I have this year, but I'm having much more trouble coming up with ideas for the challenges for this round of the games. I'm hoping to tackle a chunk this weekend, but that means I have to A) know what I want to make for each challenge and B) have all of the materials ready and packed up. I also want to make sure I'm making stuff that uses supplies I already have (with minimal supplemental purchases only if absolutely necessary). I have an idea for one item, but I need to print a design on a piece of fabric, and I'm not sure if my color printer is working, so I have to look into that in the next couple of days...or think of a different idea...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: pinkleo on October 23, 2013 02:55:16 PM
Joining to Behind Club!....October has kicked my butt!!! :(

Then to top it off I got a nasty stomach virus. (my daughter shared it with me after I took care of her while she had it).  I'm still worn-down, but I'm feeling more myself...though still need more R&R.  Just wanted to keep everyone updated to my whereabouts (in case you were missing me).  Alright, taking myself back to bed for a nap.  Wishing everyone bright blessings!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on October 23, 2013 05:30:41 PM
Best wishes for your recovery, pinkleo! 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on October 24, 2013 06:09:38 AM
Feel better, pinkleo!

I'm kicking myself in the pants....I made a loaded charm bracelet for a friend and was going to use it for October's UFO... then forgot to take a pic of it! D'oh!!  :-[  And of course, I've already given it to her....  ::)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on October 25, 2013 05:27:38 PM
I'm so annoyed!  I have all these nerdy ideas but paying work is being a thorn in my side!  Deadlines!  Panic!  Indecision!  More panic!  Argh!   :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on October 27, 2013 02:45:01 AM
HA HA!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don't know if one was posted (especially since I didn't see one in the original post), I have found a website that lists odd (and official) holidays!

check it out! (http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm)  I wish Native American Day was this month.  :(  I just made a Native American necklace.  but it was last month.  :(  though there is a Candy Corn Day, and I do have an idea for that.  I've had it since BEFORE I saw the challenge.  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Tanath on October 27, 2013 11:44:51 AM
Krafty_Karasu, I think the prompt doesn't limit to holidays happening in October, and we want to see the necklace :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: BadWolf314 on October 27, 2013 12:40:00 PM
I wish Native American Day was this month.  :(  I just made a Native American necklace.  but it was last month.  :(  though there is a Candy Corn Day, and I do have an idea for that.  I've had it since BEFORE I saw the challenge.  ;D

As Tanath said, the unusual holidays don't have to be in October, they just have to be an odd holiday. As long as you made the necklace after the prompt was posted, you can use it for the prompt. And if you choose not to, post a pic in this thread because I want to see it too!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on October 27, 2013 12:58:50 PM
Unless the rules have changed, the only challenge which has to be completed during the month is the Battle Royale.



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: BadWolf314 on October 27, 2013 02:06:15 PM
Ludi's right. Bad wording on my part.  :-\ I'll go back and fix it.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on October 27, 2013 04:33:32 PM
my bad then!  I read it wrong!!  :D  oh yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I'm going to use it then.  ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on October 27, 2013 04:53:40 PM
go check it out!!!!!!  ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on October 28, 2013 06:33:49 PM
Thanks for the link to the odd holidays! While I already have my holiday picked out, I think I may have to incorporate some of those days into my life :)

And, at my annual craft weekend, I was not nearly as productive, Nerd Games-wise, as I had hoped. I think I only made one item for the games. I did make some items for my classroom, but they don't fit any of the prompts... I will post a picture of my item soon. Looking ahead, I don't know how many more challenges I'll get done. I really need my life to slow down. I sort of took a break tonight, and I REALLY shouldn't have. I really do need to learn how to say no to some things...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on October 28, 2013 06:50:04 PM
Thanks for the link to the odd holidays! While I already have my holiday picked out, I think I may have to incorporate some of those days into my life :)

no problem!  I needed to find one since I didn't know of too many odd holidays myself.  then I figured I'd share it with everyone!  ;D  there's some pretty interesting ones in there.  I need to look at the link again to see what ones are in my birth month.  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on November 01, 2013 05:50:44 PM
Paying work is calming down a little, so I hope to be able to nerd-along a little more this month!  So many ideas!   :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on November 02, 2013 05:27:59 PM
Getting extremely nerdy with an embroidery for myself which will fit one of the October prompts.  Hope I can do the subject justice!   ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on November 02, 2013 08:25:45 PM
I have to spend tomorrow working on end of term grades, but then I think I may have some crafting time Tuesday afternoon. This fall, my schedule is kicking me hard...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: vincentvanbuck on November 04, 2013 07:43:59 PM
Will we be getting new challenge prompts for November?


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on November 04, 2013 08:00:21 PM
Will we be getting new challenge prompts for November?

I meant to check them at least three times today but kept getting distracted by stuff. Now, I'll have to remember again tomorrow :) Not that I had time to craft today... But tomorrow I might ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: BadWolf314 on November 04, 2013 08:51:16 PM
Will we be getting new challenge prompts for November?

My guess is the Head Gamemaker was on her way to post the new prompts when she tripped and fell into a wardrobe into Narnia... I'm sure she'll be posting them as soon as she gets back from her quest! :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: pinkleo on November 06, 2013 05:22:22 PM
Will we be getting new challenge prompts for November?

My guess is the Head Gamemaker was on her way to post the new prompts when she tripped and fell into a wardrobe into Narnia... I'm sure she'll be posting them as soon as she gets back from her quest! :D
Thank you!  And I'm back!

Sorry everyone, I had a total brain blurp. :P  I've been here.  I've had prompts ready since August, in doc.  But I honestly didn't even remember to post them.  ....I'm such an idiot.   Give me a mo to copy and paste......


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: pinkleo on November 06, 2013 05:57:56 PM
And up! (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426696.msg5081927#msg5081927)

Here they are so you don't have to click over. :)

---November Battle: Heroes vs. Villains--- (can be ANY hero or villain...use your description to explain how your project represent a hero or villain, and remember to add HERO or VILLAIN, especially if it is not evident at first glance)

---November UFO Sighting: August 12, 1953, Ellsworth UFO sighting: A UFO appearing as a red glowing light is witnessed by 45 people. The sighting takes place for two nights.  10 extra bonus points for turning in a UFO that is "red".

--November--
--- Welcome our new overlords! Craft something representing your idea of our new overlords…robots, aliens, altered humans, new evolutionary skills or craft something to give your new overlords.

---The Scientific Method: Ask a Question, Form a Hypothesis, Conduct an Experiment, Collect Data, Analyze your Data & Draw a Conclusion… Come up with a question and hypothesis for your craft, work it up and discover the results!  Submissions that follow a lab report type of format (i.e. main steps clearly stated and represented) will earn 10 extra points.

---British Invasion: Home of Shakespeare, Joyce, Guinness drinkers, tea drinkers, and some Doctor guy…I forget his name. Use you crafting to represent how you are inspired or influenced by the British Invasion.

---Myths: A  myth is a traditional story, especially one concerning the early history of a people or explaining some natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events.  Your challenge is craft something that illustrates or is inspired by a myth.  A link or title of myth reference should be included with turn-in.

---Newbies & Noobs:  Contrary to the belief of many, a noob/n00b and a newbie/newb are not the same thing. Newbies are those who are new to some task; they are willing to learn and fix their errors to move out of that stage.  Noobs, on the other hand, know little and have no will to learn any more.  Everyone has been in the shoes of at least one of these.  Your challenge is to  research a newbie or noob.  Those researching newbies should attempt a new-to-you craft.  Those researching noobs should attempt a project that you have attempted before and gave up on.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on November 07, 2013 05:32:23 AM
Hooray!  Thank you, pinkleo!   :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on November 07, 2013 10:33:00 AM
Wow! November's challenges are awesome!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on November 07, 2013 10:38:53 AM
Aren't they?  Oh man, I've got to get caught up somehow!   :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Tanath on November 07, 2013 11:25:03 AM

* Tanath wanders in, munching some chocolate *
Hi everyone, have you recovered from the fun candy and costumes holiday called Halloween? We don't celebrate it here, but I think I'm trying to catch up on it anyway, have been raiding the kitchen for sweet stuff all week.
This month just flew by, like a witch on her broom, headed for mischief.
We've hit and passed the 100 projects mark. seen a second research project submitted (Calabaza's carrier pigeon), watched vampires and werewolves go head to head (I think it's a tie), and were generally inspired by the awesomeness of this group.
The most popular prompts so far are Conventions, Starfleet Uniforms and the Periodic Table, which could mean we are all elemental con-going trekkies (or just wish we were).

And where are our treats?
Here's what we have in the goody bag today (I think the count is off by a few points, I have a team of tribbles checking my notes):
Wordy - 570 points, 6 active members
Multimedia - 780 points, 7 active members
Textbook - 400 points, 4 active members
Randomizer - 620 points, 3 active member
Fandom - 130 points, 3 active member


Keep it up everyone :)

Now, where did those gummy bears go?


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on November 08, 2013 05:38:15 AM
Holy cow, Mulitmedia!  You guys are rocking it!

Ludi, you are so correct... we do have some catching up to do!  Ah, but I have faith in our ability to give Multimedia a run for their money!  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on November 08, 2013 09:25:39 AM
I've gotten so addicted to swapping it's taking up most of my crafting time, and I'm not good at fitting my swap projects to the prompts.... ??? :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on November 08, 2013 10:12:35 AM
Well, I'm not partnered with you in any swaps, I'd be happy to see if I can help if you'd like!  PM me if you think I could help!  ;D 

A craft is a terrible thing to "waste"! LOL!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on November 09, 2013 05:29:03 PM
Thanks, bunny, for helping me see my swap crafts from a new point of view!   :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on November 13, 2013 05:02:48 AM
Thanks, bunny, for helping me see my swap crafts from a new point of view!   :D

No problem! Go team Wordy!  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on November 15, 2013 09:07:49 AM
I feel like a dope for not submitting as a Research Project a swap item it's taking me weeks to make.....d'oh!   ::)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on November 16, 2013 04:57:51 PM
I know who I want as my Villain for the Battle Royale - Julian Karswell - but I'm having a heck of a time figuring out what to craft for him that won't be an epic.  I need to do some small, relatively easy things, as I am already working on some epics.....   :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on November 17, 2013 04:14:22 PM
Okay, the first term of school and my excessively full calendar really kicked my butt for this round of the games. I have to shift into Christmas gift mode and see if I can make any gifts that I'll be making fit into the challenges... and then see if I can make them before the end of November... I definitely think I can knock out at least 2 more challenges, but since most of the other items I had planned to work on were for me, I can't do them now. So, I'm going to copy the challenge prompts, add them to my list and then study the list to see how many challenges I might be able to squeeze in by month's end...

ETA: So, in reviewing the challenges, I realized that I have done two of November's challenges already, and that I had done a September prompt and didn't even realize it! I just posted them, and it makes me happy... because I've felt like a huge slacker... Now, if I could locate my hot water bottle, I could work on another challenge while I was watching TV...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on November 18, 2013 06:07:43 AM
I hear ya, it's been a busy few months.  :p 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bookstorebabe on November 18, 2013 06:49:17 AM
I hear ya, it's been a busy few months.  :p 
Tell me about it! I was so excited about this,then never did that first thing. Ah,well, I can start with the Winter Nerd Battle.  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on November 22, 2013 06:51:54 AM
Finished a batch of things for swaps but I probably won't want to submit them to the nerdalong until after my partners receive, so I might not slip in under the wire.   :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on November 22, 2013 02:05:20 PM
I wish we could extend the ending date so we could sneak in some more time to craft! My day after Thanksgiving time is getting absorbed by a drive to the airport to drop off my mom... and the day after that I may have to spend the time bagging up a HUGE pile of leaves my lawn guy piled in the street (not realizing that the city had already done the fall collection in my neighborhood). After loading up bags of leaves, I'll be done in for the rest of the weekend...


Title: ~*A Letter to Everyone*~
Post by: pinkleo on November 25, 2013 08:59:09 PM
Dear Nerd Crafters,

As you may have noticed, I have been away for many days & weeks.  I do so apologize for this absence.  I did not mean to distress anyone.  If you have sent me a PM about my absence, please note that I will not be answering them individually; there are just too many.  Let me say that I was away due to a very personal matter.  I could not muster the joy to write, update, and spend time with you.  Though my craftster activities were on my mind and I did fret many times for not posting, I really was not in a state to jump in.  This autumn has not been kind to me, but I hope that I can return to this one place that I do so deeply love and cherish.  I hate to think that I have deterred anyone from joining this group, caused someone to stray from this group due to my absence, or worried anyone.  That was never my intention, and to those who wrote to me that I caused distress, worry, or upsetness, I truly apologize.  I am not one to air my feelings to many, especially those of sadness.  But I felt you deserved some explanation of my absence.  Know I just couldn't bring myself to be here when I was so low; it is because I feel very close to this craftster community.

I am determined not to let my struggles prevent me from enjoying your company any longer.  I am determined to put on a smile and think upon new crafty adventures.  For the Nerd Battles, I will say that I would love someone to take up the reigns of this fantastic craftalong.  I feel like I neglect you too much, that I am always behind, and this weighs on me deeply.  I will be a helping hand to anyone who wish to take up this craftalong, and I shall help anyway you wish.  PM me if you wish to lead this great group.  If someone can do this for just one season, I would be forever grateful!

If no one comes up, then I shall be extending the deadline for this season so that I may properly prepare for the next round.

Thank you for reading.  And I beg that you please grant me a bit more of your patience as I update during this week.  For those who have proposed Research Projectss, please do not wait on me to craft; go forth & craft!  Remember we are here to inspire each other and to get crafting. 

Let us look forward to a very happy winter!

Blessed Be,
Melissa aka pinkleo


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bookstorebabe on November 26, 2013 04:41:01 AM
pinkleo,you were one of my first swap partners; the Shakespeare swap back in 2008. Your kindness and encouragement  meant a lot to a newbie! I've only been reading along with the Nerd games,because I've just been too busy right now to participate. I hope that things get better for you.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on November 26, 2013 08:02:04 AM
Sending you best wishes and strength, pinkleo.   :-*


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on November 26, 2013 08:33:20 AM
Pinkleo, you are among friends.  :) ((((hugs)))) 

Sorry to hear that you have been struggling.  I was looking thru my stash of greeting cards today (coz I needed to send out some thank you cards) and found one that I'd crafted at a scrap group a while back. The sentiment read:  It will be alright in the end - if it's not alright, it's not the end.  I found it a comforting reminder in the crush of stress I'm experiencing at the moment. Perhaps it will make you feel better, too.

Keep your chin up, we're all pulling for you!  :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on November 26, 2013 09:58:51 AM
Hi Pinkleo,

hope you're better soon - I'm sure we all agree that you should take as much time as you need before you come back.



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on November 26, 2013 03:57:47 PM
pinkleo, I am sending you a big giant hug. And, I'm not one who usually hugs, so that means it's extra special :) ;D Here's hoping that things can be back to happy for you soon!

And, as much as I'd love to take up the reins right now, because I want the games to continue, my schedule is too crazy to commit to it. Maybe we could extend the deadline until after the holidays (without adding any new challenges), and then re-visit the timing of the next round after that?

Maybe, after the madness of the holidays (and my required class for work is finished near the end of January, I can set the next round up (especially if I can get some of the awesome assistants you rounded up for this round!).


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on November 26, 2013 04:37:41 PM
I think I'm going to have to give up on the competitive aspect of the Games and just enjoy it as a craft-along, because I can't keep up and I feel like I have totally let down my team this go-around.  :'( I think I'll just nerd-along, but not compete, in the future, if that's possible. 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on November 27, 2013 06:01:35 AM
I know how you feel, Ludi!  The holidays are a crazy time for everyone, ESPECIALLY crafters! 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on November 30, 2013 07:25:04 AM
The last day of the nerd-along!  I had so many ideas, and completed so few of them.  :P In any case, once again, thank you Pinkleo and team for being so inspiring!  Even if the crafts don't get made, it's a great exercise to come up with ideas based on the prompts.  Maybe some of my list of projects will suit future nerdly opportunities.  :)



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on November 30, 2013 02:57:21 PM
I had grand pans for today, but they did get derailed by 4 hours of shoveling (wet, frozen) leaves into 19 bags, then hauling the rest into the back yard on a tarp (about 10 trips), followed by 4 trips to the yard waste drop off (I could only fit 5 bags at a time in my car). My arms and back are aching right now! I do have some themed items I could cook... if I can get off of the sofa... I did really enjoy the games (although this round was much more of a challenge- partly because of work, but also because of the challenges themselves- there were some tough ones!), and I will still work my way through most of my list of items (and make slight modifications to the other ideas... so I don't have to hand print fabric with infinity symbols to meet a challenge, I can just use fabric from the stash!  ;D )

Hopefully, we can have another round in the spring (and I can help out with the organizing for the next round), because it sure is fun!

pinkleo, thanks so much for all of your efforts in getting this started (and thanks to the lovely folks who stepped up and helped with some of the responsibilities for this round)!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on November 30, 2013 04:45:26 PM
Thanks for another inspiring round, everyone!  pinkleo, thank you for all your effort and creativity in putting these craftalongs together.  They have really kept me crafting and become and important part of my motivation and process.  I've offered up my help for a winter round, so perhaps the nerdiness will get to continue!  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on December 01, 2013 09:17:38 AM
I'm so sorry you're having a hard time, pinkleo. You take care, okay?

I can help with a winter round as well, more than pinning (which has been quite fun!) Badges, prompts, whatever. Maybe if we extend the dates of this one into December (fall isn't officially over for a few more weeks, anyway) and add a few more prompts? Since it sounds like people have ideas for the current ones but are simply busy?


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on December 01, 2013 10:31:34 AM
UPDATE:

I talked to pinkleo and it has been decided that the Nerd Battles will continue, and I will run the Winter round.  I plan to have it up within the week, and I think the Fall Battles can stay open until then!

I'm so sorry you're having a hard time, pinkleo. You take care, okay?

I can help with a winter round as well, more than pinning (which has been quite fun!) Badges, prompts, whatever. Maybe if we extend the dates of this one into December (fall isn't officially over for a few more weeks, anyway) and add a few more prompts? Since it sounds like people have ideas for the current ones but are simply busy?

The Winter Nerd Battles are hiring!  Calabaza, if you would like to remain the official Pinster that would be great.  I think having a project tracker and badge maker would also be helpful.  If our current peeps would like to continue in those roles, just let me know, otherwise anyone who is interested can volunteer here in this thread.

We also need team captains.  The duties of the team captains are to act as an ambassador for the Nerdalong (in whatever ways they'd like), and encourage and provide feedback to their team members and other players.  If anyone is interested, volunteer here.  The teams will remain the same for Winter:  Textbook, Media, Wordy, Fandom, Randomizer.

I'm looking forward to another awesome Nerdy round!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on December 01, 2013 10:47:47 AM
You're a hero, LovelyMiss!   :-*


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on December 01, 2013 10:50:08 AM
You're a hero, LovelyMiss!   :-*
Ditto!
YAY!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on December 01, 2013 11:26:32 AM
First of all: Thanks so much, Pinkleo (and teams) for my first Craftalongs (Nerd Battle & HP). LOVED everything, and I'm definitely hooked now!! :)

And now another YAY to LovelyMiss for taking on the Nerd Battles for Winter. GREAT! I would offer my services, but the only thing I could try to do is the Tracker (timing wise with my twins), if Tanath is not going to keep on going.

Definitely looking forward to keep on crafting! :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on December 01, 2013 02:49:20 PM
Hooray! Thanks, LovelyMiss! I'm so glad the fun will be continuing! I can't help out until the end of January, but I'm happy to pitch in once that rolls around.

And, the extra week means I can "officially" post the granola I made, along with the brownies I am about to make. Woot! If I could only find a way to make my adventures in leaf bagging yesterday fit one of the challenges... :D Kidding!  Sort of ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on December 02, 2013 08:46:34 AM
You're a hero, LovelyMiss!   :-*

AMEN!  BIG thanks and hugs to everyone who has kept this ball rolling and who contributes such awesome inspiration!   ;D ;D ;D ;D

I had stuff I wanted to post but ran out of time before Thanksgiving!  So I'm also grateful for the little extra time I'll have to add a couple of goodies to the mx!  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Tanath on December 02, 2013 12:31:30 PM
I can keep tracking :)
Got a cold as a birthday present 2 weeks ago, and my brain is only now starting to feel like a brain and not like cotton candy. I have been keeping up with the game and everything is logged, but that's almost the only "crafty" thing I managed to lately. I hope to do way better in the winter round (can someone send me some winter?).


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on December 02, 2013 04:01:29 PM
LovelyMiss, you have been an amazing cheerleader to all of us, I know you'll be a great organizer - thank you so much for stepping up to the plate!

Tanath, you can have our winter... it's supposed to get here (again*) on Wed/Thurs, and we still have leaves in the yard...  I wouldn't mind having one more pleasant weekend to try to get some stuff done!


* We usually have 2-3 false starts on "winter", where it gets close to single digits and then rebounds into the 50s-60s, I'm hoping this is just a blip?  But probably not, it might be here to stay.  Oh, well, it doesn't really feel like Christmas until it gets cold, anyway - the two years I lived just about on the equator were weird... swimming on Christmas...  usually sounds good about February here when the wind chill dips below zero, though!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on December 02, 2013 04:19:11 PM
Thanks for the encouragement and excitement, everyone!

Thank you, Tanath, for volunteering to continue as project tracker!  You did a great job with the Fall Battles.  I loved how your summarized all the happenings in your updates!  I hope you're feeling better soon, and I'd love to send you some winter.  We just had giant flakes of snow flying outside...hopefully not enough to warrant shoveling. :D 

Big thank you to BadWolf314, too, who has agreed to continue as our badge maker and textbook team captain! 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Tanath on December 03, 2013 12:20:06 PM
Hey, thanks for the winter everybody! Such a great group, all I had to do was ask :)
(you'll probably laugh at what we call winter around here)
When are we ending the fall games and starting the winter round? I'll make a nice big summary with lots of numbers for those of us who like such things. But don't worry, I'll try to keep it colorful, for the crayon lovers among us.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on December 03, 2013 02:57:50 PM
Hey, thanks for the winter everybody! Such a great group, all I had to do was ask :)
(you'll probably laugh at what we call winter around here)
When are we ending the fall games and starting the winter round? I'll make a nice big summary with lots of numbers for those of us who like such things. But don't worry, I'll try to keep it colorful, for the crayon lovers among us.

I'm about to set up the thread for the Winter round now.  The prompts will go up on Thursday morning (December 5th).  If anyone has more projects they would like to submit for Fall, make sure to post them by tomorrow at midnight (central time)!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on December 03, 2013 03:20:16 PM
Thanks for the heads up!  I'm sure I'm not the only one who has appreciated the little extra time we've had to post up Fall projects.  Who knows... maybe during the winter session, I'll be able finish the research project I started during the summer games... ::)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on December 03, 2013 03:36:44 PM
Thanks for the heads up!  I'm sure I'm not the only one who has appreciated the little extra time we've had to post up Fall projects.  Who knows... maybe during the winter session, I'll be able finish the research project I started during the summer games... ::)

Yeah, me too... I have done a little work on it, but... not much.  *sigh*  I think next year I need to make a rule about three finishes to every start... yeah, I'm sure that will work... ::)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on December 03, 2013 04:30:34 PM
Maybe this next time I'll have the sense to submit my big projects as Research Projects.   :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on December 04, 2013 06:04:00 AM
Maybe this next time I'll have the sense to submit my big projects as Research Projects.   :P

Wait....does that mean you have small projects?  ;D  Everything you do looks like a research project to me....  ::)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on December 04, 2013 06:35:11 AM
Maybe this next time I'll have the sense to submit my big projects as Research Projects.   :P

Wait....does that mean you have small projects?  ;D  Everything you do looks like a research project to me....  ::)

Yes, what she said.  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on December 04, 2013 06:38:34 AM
 :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on December 04, 2013 07:02:01 AM

Thanks for the encouragement and excitement, everyone!

Thank you, Tanath, for volunteering to continue as project tracker!  You did a great job with the Fall Battles.  I loved how your summarized all the happenings in your updates!  I hope you're feeling better soon, and I'd love to send you some winter.  We just had giant flakes of snow flying outside...hopefully not enough to warrant shoveling. :D 

Big thank you to BadWolf314, too, who has agreed to continue as our badge maker and textbook team captain! 
Agreed! Tanath, your summaries are so entertaining and your badges, BadWolf314, are the coolest!

If no one else wants to or has already stepped forward and I just missed the memo, I can captain team randomizer...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on December 04, 2013 07:34:19 AM

Thanks for the encouragement and excitement, everyone!

Thank you, Tanath, for volunteering to continue as project tracker!  You did a great job with the Fall Battles.  I loved how your summarized all the happenings in your updates!  I hope you're feeling better soon, and I'd love to send you some winter.  We just had giant flakes of snow flying outside...hopefully not enough to warrant shoveling. :D 

Big thank you to BadWolf314, too, who has agreed to continue as our badge maker and textbook team captain! 
Agreed! Tanath, your summaries are so entertaining and your badges, BadWolf314, are the coolest!

If no one else wants to or has already stepped forward and I just missed the memo, I can captain team randomizer...


Awesome!  You are now the captain of Team Randomizer!  If you would like, you may reserve a spot in the official Winter thread for Team Randomizer headquarters.  (You have permission to ignore the big red scary letters at the top saying not to post until tomorrow.  :D)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LillaTusen on December 04, 2013 08:19:51 AM
Hi all,

Thought I'd give it a try and join one of these craftalongs! Seems fun! Havent really decided which team yet, but there still some time.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on December 04, 2013 09:07:29 AM
Welcome, Lilla!   :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: BadWolf314 on December 04, 2013 09:51:03 AM
Welcome LillaTusen!!! Good luck on deciding which team. I'd give a suggestion but I think we're all partial to a particular team. ;) But if you have any questions or need anything feel free to just ask! We're all happy to help!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on December 04, 2013 07:23:13 PM

Thanks for the encouragement and excitement, everyone!

Thank you, Tanath, for volunteering to continue as project tracker!  You did a great job with the Fall Battles.  I loved how your summarized all the happenings in your updates!  I hope you're feeling better soon, and I'd love to send you some winter.  We just had giant flakes of snow flying outside...hopefully not enough to warrant shoveling. :D 

Big thank you to BadWolf314, too, who has agreed to continue as our badge maker and textbook team captain! 
Agreed! Tanath, your summaries are so entertaining and your badges, BadWolf314, are the coolest!

If no one else wants to or has already stepped forward and I just missed the memo, I can captain team randomizer...


Awesome!  You are now the captain of Team Randomizer!  If you would like, you may reserve a spot in the official Winter thread for Team Randomizer headquarters.  (You have permission to ignore the big red scary letters at the top saying not to post until tomorrow.  :D)

Sweet! I just finished...partially...for now  :) BadWolf314, I basically copied yours. Hope that's okay! It just looked so nice.

And hi, LT! Always good to have a new battler here  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on December 04, 2013 10:12:19 PM
Welcome to the fun, LillaTusen! 

If anyone is interested, we still have captain positions open for Team Multimedia, Team Wordy, and Team Fandom!

Since it's technically December 5 (at least for me :D), check out the Winter Nerd Battles (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=429436) thread for December prompts!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on December 05, 2013 02:30:33 AM
Hi all :D
Finally returning to the Nerd Battles. I haven't been feeling crafty lately but with the holidays here, I'm in full swing!
Is it okay that I ask here for my Steampunk costume to be removed as a project? I haven't the funds to complete it, which is why it was never turned in.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on December 05, 2013 05:44:54 AM
Aww, Freakie, sorry you can't finish it.  :(  But I understand, costuming is such an expensive hobby.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on December 05, 2013 12:02:03 PM
Hi all :D
Finally returning to the Nerd Battles. I haven't been feeling crafty lately but with the holidays here, I'm in full swing!
Is it okay that I ask here for my Steampunk costume to be removed as a project? I haven't the funds to complete it, which is why it was never turned in.

No problem, I'll get that taken off, and then you can submit a different research project whenever you like.  I've had to give up a few big projects due to funds, too.  :(  Keep your progress, though!  I've been able to finish a couple with random supplies from family members, and those handy (but rare-ish) 60% off a regular priced item coupons from the craft stores.  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on December 06, 2013 01:02:45 AM
I have an aunt who gets all sorts of craft coupons from JoAnn's and the like. She said she'd save a 50% or more coupon for me, whenever she gets one.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: coulsenl on December 08, 2013 06:09:22 PM
I am in for the nerd battles this season. Trying to decide on my team right now. I have an awesome idea for a research project that I can't wait to start.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on December 08, 2013 07:01:06 PM
I am in for the nerd battles this season. Trying to decide on my team right now. I have an awesome idea for a research project that I can't wait to start.

Welcome, coulsenl!  I look forward to your research project!  And you don't need to pick a team until you turn in your first project...I know it's a tough choice!  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: amymarie78 on December 09, 2013 06:12:18 AM
I would love to get in on this... i've been very crafty lately!  So what is the first thing I need to do?  Pick a team?  Then what?


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on December 09, 2013 07:04:57 AM
Welcome, amymarie!  You declare your team when you post your first project.  Challenges are in this thread:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=429436  and you post your finished projects in that thread.  :)



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: amymarie78 on December 09, 2013 08:27:10 AM
Okay great!  I'm starting today!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on December 09, 2013 08:55:42 AM
Glad you're joining, amymarie78!  Thanks for being awesome AND informative, Ludi!  ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on December 09, 2013 09:00:32 AM
Yay for more nerds! ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: BadWolf314 on December 09, 2013 09:53:38 AM
Welcome amymarie78!!! The more the merrier!!! Can't wait to see what you craft up!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on December 10, 2013 05:21:22 PM
I just silkscreened a bunch of shirts for the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot at my school (yes, they are late). Sadly, Thanksgiving is a Fall holiday... although, it was about 21 degrees outside on the day they ran! And, we did have snow on the ground for Thanksgiving... :D

And, our Secret Santa at school got cancelled due to a lack of interest... so I will have to find someone else to be the recipient of my "winter care" stocking. Perhaps my SIL? I have no gift ideas for her at the moment...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on December 11, 2013 08:28:37 AM
I hate that your SS got cancelled craftADDchick :(
My other coworkers are a bit grumpy because they've learned I'm crafting for the coworker whose name I drew. She adores pantas and I'm going to attempt crocheting a couple for her. If that doesn't work, I'll still crochet something for her.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on December 11, 2013 11:00:04 AM
I agree, that's too bad about your Secret Santa, craftADDchick.  :(  It might be a good gift for your SIL, though!  My (future) in-laws are so hard to figure out...they're crafty, too, so that makes it more intimidating to make things for them.

I can't wait to see your crochet, FreakieGeekie!  I'm hoping for a crochet starter kit for Christmas.  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on December 12, 2013 10:29:04 PM
Hmm, I don't know what the thing is she's wanting me to crochet. She called it a panta but I don't know if that's right. It's some sort of earwarmer thingy with a flower for decoration. ???
She showed me a picture and I'm making it up as I go along but I'd like to know what it's called. Anyone here know?


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on December 13, 2013 10:25:52 AM
Argh, having a tough time on my Research Project, which I'm worried will turn into the Embroidery Project from Hell, which is why I've kept putting it off.  But I must work out my composition, and the relative size of the elements, and the total size of the complete work.  And try to make it large enough to get some detail, but small enough so it doesn't take over my life.... :P   


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on December 13, 2013 11:32:46 AM
Hmm, I don't know what the thing is she's wanting me to crochet. She called it a panta but I don't know if that's right. It's some sort of earwarmer thingy with a flower for decoration. ???
She showed me a picture and I'm making it up as I go along but I'd like to know what it's called. Anyone here know?

I think it's probably called a panta.  They are just knitted/crocheted headbands.  :)  Wide enough ones would probably make great ear warmers! 

Argh, having a tough time on my Research Project, which I'm worried will turn into the Embroidery Project from Hell, which is why I've kept putting it off.  But I must work out my composition, and the relative size of the elements, and the total size of the complete work.  And try to make it large enough to get some detail, but small enough so it doesn't take over my life.... :P   

Sounds like good goals, Ludi!  :D  I'm about to give up my current room swap research project...I got about half way and am now in a standstill.  I've been wanting to make a poppet, so I might switch to that...not that I have space to set up my sewing machine at the moment. :D



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on December 13, 2013 05:14:53 PM
FreakieGeekie, a panta it is! And, that's something I learned here on Craftster, so you could probably find a ton of pattern info here in case things don't work out like you planned.

And, I have mixed feelings about the SS being cancelled. On the one hand, I had to shelve some of the ideas I had for gifts, but on the other hand, I didn't have to pretend to be nice to someone at work I'm not fond of, in case I got matched with her (or she got matched with me). I'm not usually like that but, long story short... she deserves it after what she did to me... the end...

But, I definitely can use them for SIL!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on December 13, 2013 05:19:30 PM
Glad someone knows. I Googled it and got something completely different. I will just stick to wearing hats ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Tanath on December 14, 2013 07:03:03 AM

Fall Nerd Battles 2013 Final Roundup

Ok, Fall is definitely over, so here’s a sum up of all we had during this wonderful round.
During this round of the game the thread never rested, we’ve seen 178 entries, from 23 crafty nerds.
The players with the most projects completed are Eiseldora of team Multimedia and LovelyMiss of team Randomizer, with 22 projects each. They both completed all the prompts including the labor intensive Research project (is there a badge for that? That’s certainly something to brag about). They are closely followed by BadWolf314 of team Textbook, with 21 projects (all the regular prompts). LovelyMiss is also the player who managed to gather the highest number of points, 570. That’s a whole lot of points.
But, no matter how many projects or points any of us got this round, I think we are all winners :)

Some more numbers and statistics below.

The most popular prompt was the Starfleet Uniforms, with 17 uniforms submitted, enough for a small crew (now we just need a spaceship).
Tied for second place are the Periodic Table and Conventions prompts, with 13 projects each.
I’m glad to note that no prompt was neglected and people posted awesome things for all of them.

PromptEntries
- Starfleet Uniforms17
- Periodic Table13
- Conventions13
- Monster Madness12
- September UFO Sighting11
- Bottom's up10
- Let's Celebrate10
- September Battle9
- Archetype9
- Palindrome8
- October UFO sighting8
- Seeing from a Different Angle8
- Myths8
- Newbies & Noobs7
- October Battle6
- Welcome our new overlords!5
- British Invasion5
- Twilight Zone4
- November Battle4
- The Scientific Method4
- Research3
- November UFO sighting3

Team Score Board
TeamPointsPlayers
Wordy7606
Multimedia13107
Textbook9204
Randomizer10003
Fandom1303

Team Wordy
Abbeeroad - 3 projects, 60 points
bunny1kenobi - 10 projects, 210 points
dichotomy - 2 projects, 50 points
docnessie - 5 projects, 100 points
gozer - 3 projects, 60 points
Ludi - 13 projects, 280 points

Team Multimedia
Eiseldora - 22 projects - 550
Ezri_B - 10 projects, 230 points
Inselaeffchen - 10 projects, 210 points
Krafty_Karasu - 2 projects, 50 points
rockmygypsysoul - 1 project, 20 points
stefaniegk - 1 project, 20 points
vincentvanbuck - 11 projects, 230 points

Team Textbook
BadWolf314 - 21 projects, 480 points
craftADDchick - 8 projects, 160 points
fancybutch - 1 project, 20 points
Smeddley - 12 projects, 260 points

Team Randomizer
Calabaza - 11 projects, 320 points
LovelyMiss - 22 projects, 570 points
pinkleo - 4 projects, 110 points

Team Fandom
leather and lace - 3 projects, 60 points
SenatorOrgana - 2 projects, 50 points
Tanath - 1 project, 20 points

Wow, that turned out long, I hope I didn't overwhelm anybody.
Let me know if I missed anything, or if there is any special random fact you want to know :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on December 14, 2013 12:07:56 PM
Wow, great report, Tanath!  Very interesting which prompts had the most entries!  There will be special, end-of-season badges awarded to players soon.

I'm also hoping to get the Summer Nerd Games wrapped up soon, too!  I have complied lots of statistics, and am just waiting on the final go ahead to hold the "award ceremony!"  A little late, but it will still be fun!  ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on December 14, 2013 01:14:41 PM
Wow, interesting stats, Tanath! :) A very good read (and agree with LovelyMiss about reading the most "popular" prompts.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: vincentvanbuck on December 14, 2013 03:05:21 PM
Wow, great report, Tanath!  Very interesting which prompts had the most entries!  There will be special, end-of-season badges awarded to players soon.

Yay!  Thanks for everyone's hard work in closing out the Nerd Battles.

The most popular prompt was the Starfleet Uniforms, with 17 uniforms submitted, enough for a small crew (now we just need a spaceship).

OOOOHHH... design a spaceship.  That sounds like a GREAT prompt for a future Battle Challenge.  ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on December 15, 2013 12:44:11 AM
I'm still alive, just haven't been feeling very well.  this happens to me like once a month or something (no, not my "gift".  something completely different).  I'm still not 100%, but I'm definitely much better than I was and kinda itching to craft again.  kinda.  I'm in a bit of a slump again, but hopefully that will change soon.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on December 15, 2013 02:37:03 PM
Arrrghh... still trying to figure out how best place my 2 items ... given it's a swap anyway, and my recipient won't get it until Christmas I have a bit longer to figure out what challenges I can use for them, I think! Onto the next one on Tuesday, I believe!! :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on December 15, 2013 02:44:00 PM
Loved the statistics! Wish I'd made a better showing to help my team out, but it has been a crazy few months... I never even claimed all of my badges! I'll have to remedy that soon...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on December 15, 2013 08:55:31 PM
End-of-season badges for both the SUMMER NERD GAMES (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=423319.msg5133586#msg5133586) and FALL NERD BATTLES (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426696.msg5133598#msg5133598) have been posted! 

Big thank you to all Nerdy players and staff that have helped make the past few seasons awesome!  A special big thank you to BadWolf314 for her fast turn around time on all the Fall Nerd Battle badges!  (I snuck a special one in at the end as a surpirse for you.  :D )


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on December 16, 2013 05:24:34 PM
Thank you to all the nerdy staff!   :-*

I finally settled on the composition for my Research Project and have made some patterns.  I could begin cutting and stitching as soon as tomorrow.  Nervous about this work because of my emotional attachment to the subject.....   :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on December 20, 2013 04:22:28 PM
Beginning to cut out and stitch 25 stumpwork sunflower petals.....   :o


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on December 21, 2013 06:10:01 AM
Go, Ludi! I can't wait to see what you create this time!  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on December 21, 2013 06:50:22 AM
Thanks, bunny, neither can I!  :D  I think this is going to take more than the minimum 3 weeks.  I have to remind myself it doesn't have to be a masterpiece; it is an experiment.   :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on December 23, 2013 05:48:34 AM
Ha!  Yeah, I've been working on my research project since June.... ::)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on December 25, 2013 09:37:07 AM
Progress!



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Tanath on December 25, 2013 12:26:56 PM

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate! Happy random week day for anyone who doesn't :)
This it Tanath, with a special edition of Project Tracks, coming to you live from the holy land!

The first month of the winter round of the games is almost over, and what a month it was so far!
It took less than three days for the first project to be posted, a lovely stencilled shirt by bunny1kenobiof team Wordy. Projects started flowing in and the count currently stands at 43 projects, representing 4 teams (team Fandom, where are you? Wait, I'm on team Fandom, better get moving).

I think it isn't much of a surprise that the most popular prompts in this month that leads to Christmas were the December Flash Mob prompt (with 10 projects) and Festivus (with 8 projects), followed by the Glitter prompt (with 6 projects so far, but I'm sure we'll see more, because once the glitter is out, it just sticks to everything).

We have 12 already active players, with 43 projects between them, and I'm sure there are more of us who are still working on their projects. So, keep an eye on the game threads for more action, or hop over to the Pinterest board (http://www.pinterest.com/ccalabaza/nerd-battles-craftalong/) to get an overdose of eye candy.

And most important, stay safe and warm. I know I've asked you guys to send me some winter, but the storm we had a week ago was super crazy, like we haven't had in ages, and I hear a lot of places have crazy weather as well.
Keep on crafting everyone :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on December 26, 2013 04:59:35 PM
I'm definitely going to need more than the 3 weeks for my Research Project....I've only finished one element of the composition (the sunflower) and have two other major elements plus background to go.  So I'm guessing at least two more weeks....  :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on December 27, 2013 05:34:21 AM
OMGosh, Ludi -- it's gonna be EPIC!  :o


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on December 27, 2013 03:50:08 PM
Ah, thanks!  I'm trying so many things in one piece, I hope it doesn't end up looking like hash!  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on December 30, 2013 08:28:20 AM
Well, your progress shot looks pretty good, I must say. So, good start, regardless....


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on December 30, 2013 09:50:19 AM
Thank you!  I knew this would be hard, and yes, it is being quite challenging.  Composition is difficult for me and I have lots of artistic angst and doubt over this piece.  I'm starting the "portrait" element and getting all choked up with nerves.  :o :P :'( ::) 







Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on December 30, 2013 11:30:16 AM
you can do it, Ludi!  It's gonna be awesome!  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on December 30, 2013 12:25:45 PM
Don't be nervous, Ludi, just go with your instincts and I'm sure it will be fantastic!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on December 30, 2013 01:19:50 PM
Thank you both for being so encouraging.   :-*


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on December 31, 2013 06:47:54 AM
It's the last day to post December BATTLE ROYALE and FLASH MOB projects!  

I'll have the January prompts up tomorrow morning.  Happy New Year's Eve everyone!

you can do it, Ludi!  It's gonna be awesome!  ;D

And yes, Ludi, you can do it!  Trust your talent!  ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on December 31, 2013 08:20:51 AM
D'oh! I'd better get crafting!  I have something in progress for the Flash Mob, but it isn't coming out like I want... fortunately, I have a craft store run in a bit... I have supplies (somewhere) to make a Battle item, but may have to re-think that because I'm not sure if I can find them in time. I may have to rely on my two fallback crafts (crochet, and a t-shirt!).

ETA: I found one of the things I needed for the Battle item, and it was the more difficult one to replace. Bringing it with me when I run to the store so I can make sure the other part is the proper size. Then, I just have to figure out the best way to put it all together.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on January 01, 2014 06:20:25 AM
January prompts are posted! (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=429436.msg5128730#msg5128730)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on January 01, 2014 08:59:19 AM
Woo!  These are a little tougher than last month's, but I have ideas for most of them! 

Still have two December crafts to finish...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on January 01, 2014 12:46:51 PM
I think I have 2 December crafts to tackle, as well (but I despise glitter, so the sparkly one is a big challenge). A couple of ideas popped into my head for this month's challenges (one is taken care of with the class I'm starting on Saturday), but I neglected to write them down. I'll think of them eventually, I guess :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on January 01, 2014 11:46:57 PM
I have most of my December projects to post still, too.  I don't like the photos I took, and I gave most of the items away as gifts!

Woo!  These are a little tougher than last month's, but I have ideas for most of them!  

Still have two December crafts to finish...

Don't over think them!  :D  Like for the theme song one, I really like the Big Bang Theory opener, so I might make a space related item.  Or the 20-sided die...I might choose to craft a set of 10 note cards, or pair of slippers if I "role" a 2.

I think I have 2 December crafts to tackle, as well (but I despise glitter, so the sparkly one is a big challenge). A couple of ideas popped into my head for this month's challenges (one is taken care of with the class I'm starting on Saturday), but I neglected to write them down. I'll think of them eventually, I guess :D

Glitter doesn't have to be glitter, just sparkly.  :D  Could be jewelry, could be shimmer card stock...the prompts are just for inspiration, so loose associations, connections, and interpretations are great if you let us know how you got there in your project post.  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on January 02, 2014 07:06:45 AM
Thanks, LovelyMiss! I did pick up a piece of glitter cardstock the other day, but I'm happy to leave it in the bag (the gal at the store kindly offered to bag it separately :) ), and donate it to the bin of craft supplies in my co-worker's classroom. If I can find my beading tools, I have an item that is itching to be made... perfectly suited for a snow day and all of the glittering snow that is falling!

Of course, I still have to slog through a big stack of papers first. Or maybe a smaller part of the stack... and then I can craft for a bit :) Because if the storm is as bad as predicted, we'll have a snow day tomorrow, too!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on January 02, 2014 04:46:39 PM
Ripped out everything I did today on my Research Project.   >:(  I think I need to take a little break from it and do something small and relatively quick.



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on January 02, 2014 04:56:40 PM
Ripped out everything I did today on my Research Project.   >:( 

NOOOOOOOO!!!!  I'm so sorry... I hate when that happens!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on January 02, 2014 05:24:54 PM
Ripped out everything I did today on my Research Project.   >:(  I think I need to take a little break from it and do something small and relatively quick.

Oh no!  But better to cut your losses now if you're not going to be happy with it, and chalk it up to a learning experience.  Yes, cleanse your crafting palate with a quick and easy project (or two) and then your interest might rekindle!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on January 03, 2014 07:14:26 AM
I think I see my way forward, it's just figuring out how to get there without more botching....  :P  I have to remember there's no big looming deadline for this, and I can take all the time I want.



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ezri_B on January 05, 2014 07:54:05 AM
I have a question. I am making (hoping to make) a quilt for my husband this year. I was wondering if I could submit each "square"/panel as a potential project without it being a finished quilt if they fit the criteria? Each panel will easily take me well over 30 minutes to complete and quite likely to fit into the prompts, but the whole quilt will take a very long time to make.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on January 05, 2014 08:32:26 AM
Personally I think each square could count as a separate project if it fits the prompts.   But then the whole quilt couldn't count as a research project, since we can't submit any project more than once.  :)



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: BadWolf314 on January 05, 2014 09:18:17 AM
I have a question. I am making (hoping to make) a quilt for my husband this year. I was wondering if I could submit each "square"/panel as a potential project without it being a finished quilt if they fit the criteria? Each panel will easily take me well over 30 minutes to complete and quite likely to fit into the prompts, but the whole quilt will take a very long time to make.

Exactly what Ludi said. You can submit each square as a project, but then you couldn't submit the quilt as a research project. Just depends on how you want to do it.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ezri_B on January 05, 2014 09:47:57 AM
Thanks, that's pretty much what I thought, but I wanted to be sure.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on January 06, 2014 01:41:48 AM
Drew up the first costume concept for my doll last night:


I traced over a doll base I printed from deviantart to make it a little easier.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on January 06, 2014 06:31:11 AM
Thanks for being so helpful Ludi and BadWolf314!   :-*

I'm very excited to see your doll, FreakieGeekie!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on January 06, 2014 10:28:57 PM
Another concept:


If I go with the facial markings here, I'll mirror them.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: crazyda79 on January 07, 2014 12:04:21 AM
I kinda want to jump in on this but not sure I have what it takes.  I'm thinking about it though!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on January 07, 2014 04:15:01 AM
I kinda want to jump in on this but not sure I have what it takes.  I'm thinking about it though!

Jump on in, crazyda79!  It's all for fun, inspiration, and some nerdiness...I'm sure you definitely have what it takes!  :D  All you have to do to join is start posting projects.  Just put the name of your chosen team (Textbook, Multimedia, Wordy, Fandom, Randomizer) in the project header of your first project post and it will be official! 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: BadWolf314 on January 07, 2014 09:20:07 AM
crazyda79, We love having new people join!!! Like LovelyMiss said, it's all for fun and inspiration and sometimes we throw some nerdiness in there.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on January 07, 2014 09:30:42 AM
Come on in, crazyda!   :D

Making slow progress on my Research Project.  I'm doing much more embroidery than I initially planned; I thought I would mostly use applique, with embroidery as an accent here and there, but I'm ending up  embroidering over most of the fabric and putting in a lot more detail...   :P  So it's kind of nuts....


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: crazyda79 on January 07, 2014 10:59:25 PM
Thanks for the words of encouragement.  I jumped in!  How fun is this? !? I have a few more projects to put up too :-D Christmas crafting helped ;-)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on January 07, 2014 11:53:24 PM
Two more concepts today:


I think I'm good for clothes ideas. Now I'll start on ideas for her face up.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on January 09, 2014 06:39:48 PM
I can't decide on her outfit yet and I'm drawing a blank for face ideas but I wanted to do something so I made her some equipment:




Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on January 10, 2014 06:11:20 AM
Great start, FreakieGeekie!  I love the equipment!  Such cute little arrows.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on January 10, 2014 06:09:03 PM
Thanks :D
The bow actually shoots them, just not very far because the felt is too heavy for the thin plastic.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on January 11, 2014 09:29:23 PM
Great work so far, FreakieGeekie!



Randomizer Teammates:
We have a team badge!
Sorry for the wait, but it's ready now.
You can find it on/in our bulletin board/headquarters (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=429436.msg5129252#msg5129252)!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on January 12, 2014 08:49:07 AM
Heading into the home stretch on my Research Project!  Just a little more background to do, a couple more small details, and adding a large piece of stumpwork, then mount on a backing.  Hmm, that looks like a lot....   :P 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on January 12, 2014 01:39:29 PM
Go Ludi, go! ;D I can't wait to see what awesome thing you have crafted :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on January 12, 2014 03:14:55 PM
Thanks Freakie!  I really wanted to finish it today, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen...maybe a couple more days....   :o


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on January 12, 2014 07:43:54 PM
Heading into the home stretch on my Research Project!  Just a little more background to do, a couple more small details, and adding a large piece of stumpwork, then mount on a backing.  Hmm, that looks like a lot....   :P 

Yay, Ludi!  I'm excited to see your project when it's finished!

Randomizer Teammates:
We have a team badge!
Sorry for the wait, but it's ready now.
You can find it on/in our bulletin board/headquarters (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=429436.msg5129252#msg5129252)!

Weeee!  How fun!  I love it!


If other players would like TEAM badges, just put the word out in this thread, or make one for your team!  Any one can volunteer to make one...it doesn't have to be a team captain (or even someone on the same team, really!). 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on January 14, 2014 03:27:02 PM
Thank you for the encouragement.   :-*  I hope to post it tomorrow.



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on January 17, 2014 12:28:36 AM
Since her clothes are frustrating me, I started rooting her head. Here's a progress shot:


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: stillatthetop on January 17, 2014 12:41:00 AM
What is frustrating you about the clothes? PM me. Maybe I can help. I have been sewing and patterning for 40+ years. I don't know it all, but I know quite a bit. The hair looks pretty. And I like the face. Are you planning to paint her? I pick a mid pink for her lips  ;D It goes well with us brunettes. And hazel eyes. She will look just like me!

~T


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on January 17, 2014 02:45:01 AM
Tiny clothes always annoy me. I mess up the seams and have to pull out the stitches.
Her hair is actually "midnight black" doll hair. I think the brown tint comes from the desk behind her head.
Her eyes will be red since she's going to be a Dunmer. Her lips will have a deep grey tone since I think it would be silly for an assassin to wear make-up. She will have war paint though, if I can ever decide on what I want.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on January 17, 2014 04:52:50 PM
Wow, she looks amazing so far, FG!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on January 17, 2014 11:45:12 PM
Thanks. I should have worked on her today but instead I was playing Skyrim  ::)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on January 18, 2014 09:14:17 AM
Submitted another Research Project proposal, but it's for a swap so I can't tell you what it is!   :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: coulsenl on January 18, 2014 10:22:17 AM
I've been steadily working on my research project. The picnic blanket is finished aside from figuring out how to attach a ribbon border to the knit. I've also finished the bread for the sandwich, the chip packet and the chips to go inside it. Next is the sandwich fillings and then onto figuring out how the heck to make a juice box with insertable straw that will be safe for a 1 year old to play with.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on January 18, 2014 10:46:29 AM
That sounds very ambitious, coulsen; I'm looking forward to seeing them!  :)



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: coulsenl on January 18, 2014 11:30:59 AM
My aim is to make a picnic basket out of felt too. I'm excited to see how everything turns out, I love what I have so far. My main problem/challenge is doing everything I want with materials suitable for a 1 year old but not so babyish that she can keep it for a while,  I would like for her not to outgrow it before her second birthday.

I'm excited for the picnic basket, it will all be experimentation. I have ideas I want to incorporate if I can figure out how. I would like a picnic basket that has the flap on each side at the top. One side I would like to have some kind of fastening (something a little challenging for her), and the other side will be immediately liftable. I would like to have some 'surprises' hiding in the closed part for her to find when she can open it.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on January 18, 2014 02:35:44 PM
I am waaaaaay behind on my research project. I think I might have to kick it to the next round. I am finishing up a class for work (school) and I am a bit behind in my homework posting, so the bulk of my free time this weekend needs to go towards that... and I signed up for a swap because, sometimes, my brain just does not work very well. So, tonight, instead of reading like I had planned, I will be working on one item for the swap. But, the good news is, it can count as one of the challenges (the January Battle, I think!). And, my other swap item (which needs a bit of finishing work) which was made in a class-for-fun that I finished today also fits one of the challenges (I forget the exact one).

But, I just realized that I have a question... since one might be for the Battle, how do I post it if my partner hasn't received? Can I upload the photo to my Craftster Picture Hosting and then just put the link until she receives? I might need to do that for the other one, too...  And, I just realized that a third item might qualify, as well!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on January 18, 2014 02:44:24 PM
Can I upload the photo to my Craftster Picture Hosting and then just put the link until she receives?

That's what I would probably do, also pm the Games Mistress to make sure you get credit for the project.  :)



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on January 18, 2014 03:05:09 PM
Can I upload the photo to my Craftster Picture Hosting and then just put the link until she receives?

Yep!  Others have just posted links to photos in the past for that reason, and it worked out fine!  I think a lot of us are swappers...we get it.  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on January 18, 2014 05:57:48 PM
Can I upload the photo to my Craftster Picture Hosting and then just put the link until she receives?

Yep!  Others have just posted links to photos in the past for that reason, and it worked out fine!  I think a lot of us are swappers...we get it.  :D
I was in this spot too!
I recommend including a note about who it's for in your redacted post as well. That way your swap partner can keep their eyes shielded from the forbidden knowledge (you know, not click the link thinking it's not for them and then, whoa, spoilers! :) )


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on January 18, 2014 06:08:59 PM
Can I upload the photo to my Craftster Picture Hosting and then just put the link until she receives?

That's what I would probably do, also pm the Games Mistress to make sure you get credit for the project.  :)

Yep!  Others have just posted links to photos in the past for that reason, and it worked out fine!  I think a lot of us are swappers...we get it.  :D

I recommend including a note about who it's for in your redacted post as well. That way your swap partner can keep their eyes shielded from the forbidden knowledge (you know, not click the link thinking it's not for them and then, whoa, spoilers! :) )

Thanks a bunch!  I just finished one of the items, so I'll wait until I can take it under better lighting conditions tomorrow and then upload the photo. I don't think my partner is participating in this round of the Games, but better safe than sorry!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on January 22, 2014 01:37:56 PM
Ack!  I'm already behind on my next Research Project!  We're due for a little ice storm tomorrow, so maybe I can work on it then....   :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on January 22, 2014 03:16:15 PM
Ack!  I'm already behind on my next Research Project!  We're due for a little ice storm tomorrow, so maybe I can work on it then....   :P

When I read your post I read it as, "We're due for an ice cream storm tomorrow..."  I had to go back and read it again because I thought...if I was in an ice cream storm, my first priority would probably not be crafting.  :D  Guess that tells you where my mind is at the moment.  :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on January 22, 2014 11:03:49 PM
I'm behind, too. I'm so sloow ;^;


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on January 23, 2014 01:21:55 PM
 I haven't been on this board yet. Silly me. I guess I am just not paying attention.
 I love the reroot FreakieGeekie and I cannot wait to see your doll! I collect them. I have a room full of them and they are all over the floor. I need to either put up shelves or stop buying them.  ::) I keep saying I am going to make a custom but is SO much work. Just getting the face clean like you did takes a bunch of time! I don't think people realize it. And rerooting. Ugh. Hours!!! I did it once and the seem for the part split and I quit.  :'(
 I am really excited to see what you come up with!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on January 23, 2014 08:58:29 PM
Actually, if you use pure acetone and cotton swabs, the face comes off really fast. Just don't rub/smear it. You have to carefully swipe/dab. If it tries to run, catch it with a cotton ball. That's another thing: use 100% cotton balls and swabs, not the poly/cotton blends because the cotton absorbs it better.
There's a tool you can get that helps with rerooting. I just use a long doll needle and do the knot technique because it's what I have. I'll probably eventually get a rerooting tool or find a tutorial for making my own :D

I collect them, too, but I don't have as many as you! Right now I'm debating whether or not I want to mod my Jackson Jekyll doll and turn him into Farkas from Skyrim to go along with my Dunmer. To geek or not to geek: that is the question! ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on January 24, 2014 07:57:41 AM
If you use acetone, please do it outside or with really good ventilation!



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on January 24, 2014 01:46:24 PM
Yes, I went outside. So glad I got it done before it got too cold!
Oh! And remember to wash the area with baking soda and warm water to neutralize the acetone! I've been told acetone can warp the dolls' faces. Never soak a head in acetone, either, as I've been told it will shrink the head! Though I suppose if you had just some heads floating around you could shrink them for interesting props.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on January 29, 2014 09:21:06 AM
I'm caught up on my Research Project.  Unlike my previous one, this looks like it will be finished in three weeks!  :)



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on January 29, 2014 03:24:36 PM
Hooray, Ludi!

Sadly, my Research Project remains untouched...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on January 29, 2014 10:11:06 PM
Still slowly poking away on my doll. I could probably make her a shirt easily but I'm trying to get her pants out of the way first. These dolls are cute but they've got odd bodies! :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on January 30, 2014 03:34:04 AM
empty pen body coated inside and out with ink + acetone nail polish remover + about an hour long soak = ruined pen.  so yes, it could very well melt the doll's head/face.  >_<  I'm just glad I found a second pen exactly like the one I ruined.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on January 30, 2014 08:06:14 PM
It won't melt the doll's face, just distort it. Acetone makes vinyl shrink up if left on too long. But the plastic body, on the other hand, WILL melt if put in contact with it. I grabbed the acetone polish remover instead of the non-acetone to wipe the yin-yang tattoo off Jackson's back and it melted the plastic a little.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on January 30, 2014 11:16:28 PM
oh that's true.  I didn't think of them being made of two different materials.  ::)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on January 31, 2014 05:11:40 PM
Finishing up some swap projects which may or may not work as nerd-along projects.  I hope to nerd-along more in February if I can quell my swap addiction and work on some personal projects.  Can't wait for the February prompts!   :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on January 31, 2014 05:17:12 PM
I don't think the swap items I've made could count for the Nerd-along. But they were fun to make :D

On the subject of shrunken doll heads: I've done a bit of research and learned that acetone shrunken heads become brittle and near impossible to reroot. But, as I said, they could make fun props.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on January 31, 2014 11:29:46 PM
---February prompts have been posted!--- (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=429436.msg5128730#msg5128730)


~*SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE CURRENT AND PREVIOUS NERD GAMES PLAYERS WHO EARNED CRAFTSTER BEST OF 2013 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=best-of-2013#axzz2s11ivfGx) RECOGNITION!*~



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: coulsenl on February 01, 2014 12:17:49 AM
Loving the new prompts! I already have a ton of ideas.

I am so close to finishing my research project. I have a finished picnic blanket, felt sandwich with ham, cheese and lettuce fillings, chip bag with chips, banana, strawberries, and the basket is close to being done, just need to decide how I am doing the handle. Then just onto deciding on what other felt food I want to include.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on February 01, 2014 06:09:30 AM
Oh great prompts for February!   :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on February 01, 2014 03:40:49 PM
I am crafting as soon as I get off the computer! Two crafts for a swap, but I can count them for the Games, as well!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on February 01, 2014 10:58:54 PM
I have a lot of ideas for the February prompts, too! ;D
I've got a LOT more hair in my doll's head now that I have my little tool :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on February 03, 2014 05:19:01 PM
Now she has a full head of rooted and styled hair:




Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on February 03, 2014 05:22:37 PM
Wow, that looks fantastic, Freakie!!  It reminds me of punching hair into various monsters and critters back in my monster-making days in Hollyweird.  We used to make punching needles by cutting the end off the eye of a needle, and using the remaining tiny prongs to push small tufts of hair into foam latex or latex and polyfoam.



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on February 03, 2014 05:44:42 PM
Thanks Ludi. And that's actually how I made my tool: cut the eye of a needle to make prongs to root the hair.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on February 04, 2014 09:44:32 AM
Hoping for lots of inspiration in the next week or so ... for the next Semester most likely.... I ordered a Silhouette Cameo!! :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: BadWolf314 on February 04, 2014 10:18:47 AM
Hoping for lots of inspiration in the next week or so ... for the next Semester most likely.... I ordered a Silhouette Cameo!! :D

Wahoo!!! I love mine so much!!! There's so much you can do with it!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on February 04, 2014 11:19:38 AM
Ooooh... any suggestions for websites etc, BadWolf314? First thought I just justify the purchase for scrapping / card making, but found out that making stencils and heat transfer for Tshirts etc is on the list too!! :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: BadWolf314 on February 04, 2014 11:38:25 AM
Ooooh... any suggestions for websites etc, BadWolf314? First thought I just justify the purchase for scrapping / card making, but found out that making stencils and heat transfer for Tshirts etc is on the list too!! :D

I love this website: http://doodlecraft.blogspot.com/ (http://doodlecraft.blogspot.com/). She does a lot of Doctor Who/Star Wars/My Little Pony/Lego things. And she has a lot of step by step tutorials that even I was able to follow.

Honestly though if you can get the pattern/stencil in jpeg or picture form, you can use the software and cut out a pattern with it.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on February 04, 2014 11:42:11 AM
Hoping for lots of inspiration in the next week or so ... for the next Semester most likely.... I ordered a Silhouette Cameo!! :D

Wahoo!!! I love mine so much!!! There's so much you can do with it!

Awesome!  I recently updated from the SD to the Cameo!  Yay for 12x12 paper.  :D  I'd say they have been one of the best crafty investments I've ever made.

Ooooh... any suggestions for websites etc, BadWolf314? First thought I just justify the purchase for scrapping / card making, but found out that making stencils and heat transfer for Tshirts etc is on the list too!! :D

The official Silhouette blog (http://blog.silhouetteamerica.com/) is actually pretty good, and then from there you can get to their pinterest and other sites.  And I agree with BadWolf314, look for stencil images.  They are so easy to cut with the included software.  I've done tons of nerdy projects with that method!  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on February 04, 2014 11:47:03 AM
I'd thought I'd mention, too, for anyone who has a Silhouette...Amazon has the replacement blades as a Subscribe and Save item  (http://www.amazon.com/Silhouette-SILH-BLADE-3-3T-Replacement-Blade/dp/B005S2O61E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391543182&sr=8-1&keywords=silhouette+blades)right now! 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on February 04, 2014 11:47:34 AM
Silhouette Cameo is on my wish list....*sigh*... someday....  :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on February 04, 2014 06:29:56 PM
man...I'm thinking I need to get one for myself at some point.  :(  I love my Cricut, but there is just so much more you can do with the Silhouette.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on February 05, 2014 08:45:13 AM
Can not say enough about how much I love my Silhouette! I have only scratched the surface of what it can do! Once I get my craft room cleaned up, I can set up a dedicated spot for it and go to town whenever the urge strikes. It's expensive, but worth it.

And, LovelyMiss, thanks for the Subscribe and Save tip! If I start cutting fabric, I'll need to get blades more often!



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on February 07, 2014 09:05:02 AM
Hello there! I am new and have been following links all over trying to decipher how exactly to participate in this. I went through the challenge prompts and feel inspired by the "talk nerdy to me". Okay, so I don't over-look something important, how exactly do I do this? Do I have to pick a team first then tell them what challenge prompt I would like to complete?? Thanks everyone!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: BadWolf314 on February 07, 2014 09:18:58 AM
Hello there! I am new and have been following links all over trying to decipher how exactly to participate in this. I went through the challenge prompts and feel inspired by the "talk nerdy to me". Okay, so I don't over-look something important, how exactly do I do this? Do I have to pick a team first then tell them what challenge prompt I would like to complete?? Thanks everyone!

You don't have to pick a team until you've posted your first finished project. All you have to do to participate is craft up your ideas and then post the final project with the header from the first post. You don't have to let us know ahead of time which prompt you are doing. Just jump in and go for it!

I can't wait to see what ideas you have!!!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on February 07, 2014 09:23:20 AM
Awesome. Thanks so much!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on February 07, 2014 09:46:39 AM
Hooray, another player!  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on February 07, 2014 12:03:31 PM
Hello there! I am new and have been following links all over trying to decipher how exactly to participate in this. I went through the challenge prompts and feel inspired by the "talk nerdy to me". Okay, so I don't over-look something important, how exactly do I do this? Do I have to pick a team first then tell them what challenge prompt I would like to complete?? Thanks everyone!

You don't have to pick a team until you've posted your first finished project. All you have to do to participate is craft up your ideas and then post the final project with the header from the first post. You don't have to let us know ahead of time which prompt you are doing. Just jump in and go for it!

I can't wait to see what ideas you have!!!

I love our friendly and helpful players.  :D  :-* 

Welcome!  Glad you're playing along, artsycandice!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on February 07, 2014 12:48:15 PM
Thanks for all the tips/links for the Silhouette Cameo, LovelyMiss and BadWolf314... She ARRIVED!!! :) And has been installed. Now I'm too scared to cut anything...  :D ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on February 07, 2014 05:09:25 PM
Thanks for all the tips/links for the Silhouette Cameo, LovelyMiss and BadWolf314... She ARRIVED!!! :) And has been installed. Now I'm too scared to cut anything...  :D ;D

Don't be scared! Jump right in! I'd recommend you start with card stock to get the feel of things, but then go crazy! There are a ton of tutorials on YouTube ('m a big fan of 1 gal in particular... I'll have to look her up and get you her name) to help you move beyond the basics. Can't wait to see your nerdy projects!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on February 09, 2014 11:30:48 AM
Last night, I put together a list of crafts to make to meet the challenges. I don't know if I'll get them all done, but I'm heading to the store to get supplies for three of them (I have half the supplies for the first one... for the January Twenty Sided Die challenge... Using Random.org, I got the number 2... and actually struggled with what to make! Then, this morning, I had a flash of inspiration). I just made something for a swap that could be counted as "orange," and I have another item drying, plus one more to start when I get home from the store. And, I have to set up the sewing machine to tackle my "bird" item. And, I could possibly fix an item I made earlier, and since the supplies will be out, I can knock out another item!

So, by tomorrow, I might actually have the following:
Craftin' New Year
Theme Song
Old School
Twenty Sided Die
Put a Bird on It
December UFO
January UFO

Off to the store I go!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on February 09, 2014 04:21:38 PM
not to toot my own horn or anything but...

in case you didn't know, I was recently featured on Mr X Stitch's site as Craftster pick of the week.  YAY!  well, as I said in my comment there, it was just the push I needed to get back into crafting.  so now I'm working away on a new project for the games.  I have ideas for many of the prompts for this month, so that means I have a lot of work to do in just a couple of weeks!  but I know I can do it!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on February 09, 2014 04:53:05 PM
Congrats, Krafty_Karasu! Keep up the great work!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on February 09, 2014 05:18:52 PM
Yay Krafty!   :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on February 09, 2014 05:33:25 PM
I'm going to try to cram in as many nerdy crafts as I can this month, though I will be surprised if I can do them all.  I don't have any paying work right now, so my time is mostly my own.  Probably going to be concentrating on embroidery, but who knows, something else might come to me.  I just need to try to keep the projects small, and not get too epic, though my idea for the Superfan challenge is rather - uh - challenging.....  Might have to save it for another Research Project....


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: coulsenl on February 09, 2014 06:35:37 PM
I have ideas for 5 more prompts, 6 if I decide to brace the cold to get the supplies. Research project just needs a few more felt food items, just trying to decide what to make with the sheets of felt i have left.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on February 09, 2014 06:42:20 PM
thanks guys.  it feels good to be finally working on something again.  I just hope I can get this first item done by the end of the month.  that didn't happen with the last one...which was actually the item that was featured.  lol.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on February 09, 2014 09:45:08 PM
C'mon KK! Woo! :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on February 09, 2014 09:51:36 PM
 ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on February 09, 2014 11:52:56 PM
Yay, Krafty_Karasu!  That is so awesome!  Your work definitely deserves the recognition!

I'm hoping I can get my research project done by the end of the season, but I've had less time to work on it lately because I'm in a particularly intense class for school right now that's taking a lot of energy and hours.  I actually do have a few challenge projects done that I've managed to sneak in, I just need to take some photos.  February is too short!  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on February 10, 2014 01:12:34 AM
I was going to post up a photo of my doll's pants but I've got to fix them: they didn't fit properly in the crotch :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on February 11, 2014 10:06:07 AM
I hope this is the correct thread to post WIP images. To hold myself accountable to my research project I need to do what I promised and post a WIP. So, here is this weekend's work. I have kids, so it's not as far along as I would like, but it keeps me on my toes. On the right is a mock-up of the final book with loose thumbnails. The pictures on the left are pencil sketches of some of the final images for this book. I still haven't decided if I will use watercolor or just leave them black and white with some micron work. *shrug* We'll see how I feel later this week.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on February 11, 2014 11:17:49 AM
Good going!  I'm looking forward to the development of those birdie pictures.

(<<<<<  loves birdies and birdie art  :) )


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on February 11, 2014 10:50:31 PM
That's a lovely book so far! I can't wait to see the finished product!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on February 13, 2014 02:44:46 PM
I was going to do something really ambitious for the Superfan challenge, but decided to wimp out and do something simpler.  This way I'll be able to do MORE THINGS!  :D  I'm determined to do all the things this nerd time around.   


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on February 13, 2014 04:31:28 PM
Ludi, your simple things are way more involved than some of my complicated things! Said with great admiration, of course :)



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on February 13, 2014 04:53:02 PM
Aw, thanks!   :-*


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on February 14, 2014 02:02:14 AM
I'm with craftADDchick, Ludi. Your simple is more complex than some of my complicated stuff.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on February 14, 2014 05:43:46 AM
I think I may just take an extreme step.

I was trying to use only colors of floss that I own to do my current project.  it's not working out.  I may just end up going to Jo-Ann's and not only getting what I need, but one of all of the other colors (I'm taking my dad because he can get me 20% off for being a Vet).  but at least I was able to start on this.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on February 14, 2014 05:58:05 AM
I am tackling a cross stitch project for one of my items. I'm supposed to be flying to FL tomorrow, but more snow is on the way so I'll either be working on it while stuck at the airport, or working on it while sulking on my sofa...

It's been a while since I did any cross stitch... should I use a hoop?


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on February 14, 2014 06:18:00 AM
Would definitely use a hoop, craftADDchick, specially when being in not the most comfy situations (stuck in Airport).


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on February 14, 2014 06:26:02 AM
Thanks, Inselaeffchen! It's not a big piece, but I don't want to make it harder on myself. I think I have a couple of hoop sizes to choose from. I can't remember the last time I did any cross stitch!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on February 14, 2014 06:37:51 AM
Cross stitch boggles my mind. :o


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on February 14, 2014 06:38:08 AM
I always use a hoop - easier on the hands and for tension. :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on February 14, 2014 07:28:41 AM
Cross stitch boggles my mind. :o

Considering all the amazing stuff you do, Ludi, that statement coming from you boggles MY mind!   ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on February 14, 2014 09:12:05 AM
Cross stitch requires attention to detail, counting, and repetitive movements.  My embroidery is much more haphazard and painterly...   :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on February 14, 2014 09:16:31 AM
Cross stitch boggles my mind. :o

Considering all the amazing stuff you do, Ludi, that statement coming from you boggles MY mind!   ;D

Ditto to that! In cross stitch, everything is neatly charted out... Blending shades of floss to come up with what you do Ludi, that boggles my mind! :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on February 14, 2014 10:55:21 AM
Cross stitch boggles my mind. :o

Considering all the amazing stuff you do, Ludi, that statement coming from you boggles MY mind!   ;D

Ditto to that! In cross stitch, everything is neatly charted out... Blending shades of floss to come up with what you do Ludi, that boggles my mind! :)

Yes.  That.  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on February 14, 2014 04:40:14 PM
My secret is simple: use a number of shades of each color.  If something is red, use two or three shades of red, instead of just one.  That's all there is to it!   ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on February 14, 2014 10:20:18 PM
I only use a hoop if my item is going to be staying in a hoop.  besides, what I'm working on is too big to go in a hoop.  at least, I haven't found one this large.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on February 15, 2014 12:13:35 AM
Cross stitch confuses me too ???
I mean, I can do simple stuff with plastic canvas but cloth? Nope!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Tanath on February 15, 2014 03:21:05 PM

*** Ding Ding Ding ***
Did you hear that? We've just hit 200 projects!
Project number 200 belongs to gozer, who is now well prepared for the apocalypse by honing her shirt making skills (just don't ask her for socks yet).

By the way, what would the plural of apocalypse be?

what an active season we are having, so much creativity, and such great ideas.
All the February prompts are already represented, and the older prompts keep racking in numbers.
I guess we are a festive bunch, as the most crafted prompt is Festivus, with 17 projects so far, followed by the now closed December Flash Mob prompt, with 15 projects.
We have a few members who seem to be close to running out of prompts before we run out of days these month, among them Ludi of team Wordy and BadWold314 of team Textbook. Do you girls ever sleep?

The current totals are as follows:
Team Score Board
TeamPointsPlayers
Wordy16406
Multimedia7004
Textbook10104
Randomizer8703
Fandom201

A funny thing happened. As I was busy tracking the projects, I got totally lost, can you help me find myself?
(the image is all active players, sized according to the number of projects the entered. I just found it funny that when I first generated this image, I couldn't find my name. I guess I should get back to crafting)


Keep the awesome crafts rolling :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: stillatthetop on February 15, 2014 03:26:28 PM
Plural: apocalypses. Yup. I am a nerd.
~T


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on February 15, 2014 03:39:59 PM
Cool graphic, Tanath! 

Go Team Wordy!   ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Tanath on February 15, 2014 04:33:42 PM
Thanks,stillatthetop, I was hoping for a more exotic form, but I suppose one apocalypse at a time is enough.
Ludi - the names graphic was generated by Wordle (at wordle.net). I recommend using caution when browsing there, it has a heavy script that sometimes freezes my browser. But it does generate some cool graphics. There are a few sites that can generate pretty word clouds like that, another cool one (that might be a bit less heavy) is tagxedo.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on February 15, 2014 04:40:34 PM
Thanks,stillatthetop, I was hoping for a more exotic form, but I suppose one apocalypse at a time is enough.
Ludi - the names graphic was generated by Wordle (at wordle.net). I recommend using caution when browsing there, it has a heavy script that sometimes freezes my browser. But it does generate some cool graphics. There are a few sites that can generate pretty word clouds like that, another cool one (that might be a bit less heavy) is tagxedo.

You rock, Tanath!

Tagxedo is what I used for my team's badge. What I really liked about it was the ease of customization (colors, font, shape.) My computer didn't really like it and I almost had a heart attack when the file wouldn't save, but though patience with the browser and taking a screen shot instead of saving directly we got there in the end.  :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on February 15, 2014 06:33:18 PM
I had to remake my doll's pants because a certain bad little dog decided to shred them. I had them in my jacket pocket, getting ready to get a pic of them, but my pocket had a hole in it and he found the pants before I did.
At least I already had a pattern though! :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on February 16, 2014 09:00:34 AM
Awesome update, Tanath! 

I had to remake my doll's pants because a certain bad little dog decided to shred them. I had them in my jacket pocket, getting ready to get a pic of them, but my pocket had a hole in it and he found the pants before I did.
At least I already had a pattern though! :D

Oh no!  At least they're doll pants so not too much fabric, and hopefully not too much time spent, to give the doggie a few minutes of joy.  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on February 16, 2014 01:39:58 PM
I absolutely love the wordle update! What a fun way to do it!

I have 3 items in a swap package that should be delivered on Tuesday that I'm waiting to post. And, while on vacation, I'm working on one other. I think I can knock out a couple more next weekend. I had an item for Valentine's Day, but since it was a snow day at school, I'm scrapping it (especially since most of it would end up in the trash), and returning the supplies I bought to make it, saving myself 12 bucks (to spend on other supplies, of course!).


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on February 16, 2014 03:37:05 PM
Awesome update, Tanath! 

I had to remake my doll's pants because a certain bad little dog decided to shred them. I had them in my jacket pocket, getting ready to get a pic of them, but my pocket had a hole in it and he found the pants before I did.
At least I already had a pattern though! :D

Oh no!  At least they're doll pants so not too much fabric, and hopefully not too much time spent, to give the doggie a few minutes of joy.  :D

Thankfully I have 1/4 yard of it.
I keep telling him if he wasn't so cute we'd give him away.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on February 17, 2014 03:46:02 PM
It's been a week since I posted an update, so here is the current progress so the research Gods know that something is happening. :D
I have started to paint some of the drawings and will hopefully have them all finished before this weekend gets here at which point I will scan them (for future, printed, editions) and start designing the book structure and cover.
Yay!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on February 17, 2014 04:03:10 PM
Beautiful, candice!  :)

I'm working on my final nerdcraft for this session of the Games.  I still have to place my Public Art in a public space and photograph it, and I have to wait until a swap partner receives before I can post one thing.  But I'm almost done with All The Things!   :D  Then I'll have the rest of the month to concentrate on personal and swap projects....



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on February 18, 2014 07:14:49 AM
I would love to be able to get to All The Things.... I have a little guy having a bday party this weekend, so that MAY not happen....Maybe I can get some hyper crafting done next week.  BUT it will be the last week of my parents' visit, so I'm sure we will pack it full of activities.  ::)

I did, however, finish my free art, which I now must scan, copy and leave to be found. (I stole the idea from gozer.  Without her, I would not have been able to finish the prompt!) VERY excited about this!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on February 18, 2014 10:49:55 AM
Mmmmh... got two items (well.. one, double sided...) here and have NO inkling where to place them for Challenges... Don't like it when that happens...  :o ???


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on February 18, 2014 05:49:32 PM
I finally figured out my serger and have been working on my research project...I hope I can finish by the end of the month!  I've been working on a couple other projects here and there, too, but I'm not so sure I will finish ALL the things!  And I made a supply that I will use in other things, but I can't decide if I should really count it as a project, although I've certainly worked on it for much more than 30 minutes...

Mmmmh... got two items (well.. one, double sided...) here and have NO inkling where to place them for Challenges... Don't like it when that happens...  :o ???

I don't like when that happens, either!  Remember loose associations are fine if you link it back to the challenge!  It just another way to show off your creativity in the craftalong!  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: vincentvanbuck on February 18, 2014 08:00:47 PM
Mmmmh... got two items (well.. one, double sided...) here and have NO inkling where to place them for Challenges... Don't like it when that happens...  :o ???
I don't like when that happens, either!  Remember loose associations are fine if you link it back to the challenge!  It just another way to show off your creativity in the craftalong!  :D

That's why I'm so happy we have UFOs in the Nerd Battles.  Nothing *ever* gets crafted when I actually buy the supplies for it, so pretty much everything I make is a UFO, heheh.  If I'm really struggling to match something with a prompt, that's my go-to.   ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on February 19, 2014 01:56:06 AM
RAWR! I'm mad  >:(
I can't get the doll's pants right now! I really wish our bad little pup hadn't chewed up the others.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on February 19, 2014 06:03:17 AM
Oh no!  :o   :'(


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: crazyda79 on February 21, 2014 12:23:00 AM
I have two more prompts to go then I will have done all I can do.  I missed December so no Flash Mob or Battle for me but everything else has been accomplished.  I love this idea, it has helped me to be more crafty for friends and family and not just for swaps.  I am also destashing a lot so that is fun in itself!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on February 21, 2014 01:51:11 PM
I have two more prompts to go then I will have done all I can do.  I missed December so no Flash Mob or Battle for me but everything else has been accomplished.  I love this idea, it has helped me to be more crafty for friends and family and not just for swaps.  I am also destashing a lot so that is fun in itself!

Way to go!  I'm glad you jumped in and joined the fun!  I'm trying to do more destashing.  I actually went to the craft store the other day and didn't buy anything.  I don't know if that has ever happened before!  :D

FreakieGeekie - I hope your pants come together!  What a bummer.

We have been in a blizzard since yesterday so I haven't been able to do much.  I baked some bread, did some laundry...and finished my research project!  I'm so excited.  I didn't think I would find the time to finish before the end of the month.  Hopefully I'll get it posted tomorrow along with a couple of other items.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on February 21, 2014 01:59:37 PM
There is ONE WEEK left of the Winter Nerd Battles!

Plenty of time to finish up any lingering projects! 
Don't forget, any projects that are made for charity, or that include a new tutorial or recipe, are eligible for 10 extra bonus points!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on February 21, 2014 10:40:30 PM
I swear I'm at my wit's end. Why did I have to choose to mod a MH doll? And why didn't I make another pattern after I modified the first one? **sigh**
I'm just going to put the doll aside for now before I go crazy.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on February 22, 2014 09:55:20 AM
Oh, man, FG, that really whomps. I hate it when stuff like that happens! Sometimes it is best to just walk away for a breather at least.

...
We have been in a blizzard since yesterday so I haven't been able to do much.  I baked some bread, did some laundry...and finished my research project!  I'm so excited.  I didn't think I would find the time to finish before the end of the month.  Hopefully I'll get it posted tomorrow along with a couple of other items.
Wow! Congratulations! I've put mine on the "eventually" list  :P You have been so productive! Go Randomizers!

I have two more prompts to go then I will have done all I can do.  I missed December so no Flash Mob or Battle for me but everything else has been accomplished.  I love this idea, it has helped me to be more crafty for friends and family and not just for swaps.  I am also destashing a lot so that is fun in itself!
Yay! I know these games/battles have helped me branch out and destash too. It's been so much fun! I'm finishing up a few prompts for this round and am already looking forward to the next!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on February 22, 2014 10:21:36 AM
Since the Winter Nerd Battles are coming to a close, it's time to gear up for the Spring round!

The Spring Nerd Battles are hiring!  We have three positions: Official Pinster, Project Tracker, and Badge Maker.  If our current peeps would like to continue in those roles, just declare it in this thread!  (If any current staff decide not to continue, I will open up the position for volunteers.)

We also need TEAM CAPTAINS.  The duties of the team captains are to encourage and provide feedback to their teams, welcome new players, and be helpful ambassadors for the Nerd Games (in whatever ways work for them).  If anyone is interested, volunteer in this thread!  The teams will remain the same for Spring:  Textbook, Multimedia, Wordy, Fandom, and Randomizer.

There have also been some great suggestions for future Nerd Games prompts.  If you have ideas for Challenges/Flash Mobs/UFOs/Battles that you would like to see, or any other ideas that might improve the Nerd Game experience, please feel free to PM me!  Please have any suggestions to me before Wednesday, February 26, 2014 if you would like me to consider them for the Spring round of the Nerd Battles.  Thanks!

I'm looking forward to another wonderfully nerdy adventure with all of you!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: BadWolf314 on February 22, 2014 10:33:06 AM
Since the Winter Nerd Battles are coming to a close, it's time to gear up for the Spring round!

The Spring Nerd Battles are hiring!  We have three positions: Official Pinster, Project Tracker, and Badge Maker.  If our current peeps would like to continue in those roles, just declare it in this thread!  (If any current staff decide not to continue, I will open up the position for volunteers.)

We also need TEAM CAPTAINS.  The duties of the team captains are to encourage and provide feedback to their teams, welcome new players, and be helpful ambassadors for the Nerd Games (in whatever ways work for them).  If anyone is interested, volunteer in this thread!  The teams will remain the same for Spring:  Textbook, Multimedia, Wordy, Fandom, and Randomizer.

There have also been some great suggestions for future Nerd Games prompts.  If you have ideas for Challenges/Flash Mobs/UFOs/Battles that you would like to see, or any other ideas that might improve the Nerd Game experience, please feel free to PM me!  Please have any suggestions to me before Wednesday, February 26, 2014 if you would like me to consider them for the Spring round of the Nerd Battles.  Thanks!

I'm looking forward to another wonderfully nerdy adventure with all of you!


I'd like to be Team Captain for Textbook again! Also if no one else wants to I'll be more than willing to do Badge Maker again.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on February 22, 2014 10:34:22 AM
Woo hoo!   :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: coulsenl on February 22, 2014 10:47:18 AM
Since the Winter Nerd Battles are coming to a close, it's time to gear up for the Spring round!

The Spring Nerd Battles are hiring!  We have three positions: Official Pinster, Project Tracker, and Badge Maker.  If our current peeps would like to continue in those roles, just declare it in this thread!  (If any current staff decide not to continue, I will open up the position for volunteers.)

We also need TEAM CAPTAINS.  The duties of the team captains are to encourage and provide feedback to their teams, welcome new players, and be helpful ambassadors for the Nerd Games (in whatever ways work for them).  If anyone is interested, volunteer in this thread!  The teams will remain the same for Spring:  Textbook, Multimedia, Wordy, Fandom, and Randomizer.

There have also been some great suggestions for future Nerd Games prompts.  If you have ideas for Challenges/Flash Mobs/UFOs/Battles that you would like to see, or any other ideas that might improve the Nerd Game experience, please feel free to PM me!  Please have any suggestions to me before Wednesday, February 26, 2014 if you would like me to consider them for the Spring round of the Nerd Battles.  Thanks!

I'm looking forward to another wonderfully nerdy adventure with all of you!


I could be team captain for Team Wordy if that is okay with everyone  :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on February 22, 2014 12:31:40 PM
That would be super, coulsenl!   :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on February 22, 2014 12:37:31 PM
I could be team captain for Team Wordy if that is okay with everyone  :)
Yay! Another team captain!


If it's all right, I'd be happy to continue pinning and captaining Team Randomizer.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Tanath on February 22, 2014 02:14:06 PM
Project tracker reporting for duty :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on February 22, 2014 02:15:45 PM
Yay!  Thanks to all of our volunteers so far...!

Badge Maker:  BadWolf314
Official Pinster:  Calabaza
Project Tracker:  Tanath

Team Captains
Textbook:  BadWolf314
Multimedia: open
Wordy:  coulsenl
Fandom: open
Randomizer:  Calabaza


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on February 22, 2014 02:53:48 PM
Whoo-hoo! Another round! Thanks, LovelyMiss and all who volunteered to help out to make the next round as amazing as this one!

I am hoping to get a few more projects done in the next few days, and while it won't be as many as I hoped, I'm still pretty pleased with how many things I did get done. That's one of my favorite things about these Games- they really get me going on crafts I want to try!

Tonight, after a day of traveling, my to-do list is pretty much limited to cleaning off the DVR... but maybe I can sneak in a bit of craft planning for tomorrow... I have 2 relatively quick items I can do, and one that will be easy, but time consuming... And, I have one project I did before I left for vacation that I think I can count for the Zombie Apocalypse challenge...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: vincentvanbuck on February 22, 2014 03:12:23 PM
Thank you to all the volunteers who make the Nerd Games possible!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on February 23, 2014 12:22:10 AM
My dad's advice for my frustration with the doll: "Hide the body and no one will know." ::)

Since she's "dead to me" for now, I've been looking for references for a plush doll I want to make :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on February 23, 2014 06:38:59 AM
My dad's advice for my frustration with the doll: "Hide the body and no one will know." ::)

Since she's "dead to me" for now, I've been looking for references for a plush doll I want to make :D

LOL! Good advice! But, eventually, I'm guessing you'll dig her out again to finish her.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on February 23, 2014 07:11:49 AM
Absolutely fab - another round! :) Loving Nerd Battles! :)

LovelyMiss, if you need more volunteers, I'm happy to take over the helm for Team Multimedia! :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on February 23, 2014 09:18:19 AM
Absolutely fab - another round! :) Loving Nerd Battles! :)

LovelyMiss, if you need more volunteers, I'm happy to take over the helm for Team Multimedia! :)

Awesome!  You are now captain of Team Multimedia!

One spot left for captain of Team Fandom! 

Badge Maker:  BadWolf314
Official Pinster:  Calabaza
Project Tracker:  Tanath

Team Captains
Textbook:  BadWolf314
Multimedia:  Inselaeffchen
Wordy:  coulsenl
Fandom: open
Randomizer:  Calabaza


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on February 23, 2014 06:12:58 PM
I have an item for the glitter/glam challenge! I just got back from a card making group, and one of the cards had some little pearls on it... but there where rhinestones available, so I used those. Hooray!

I am compiling a document with my items so I can just do one last post later in the week...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on February 26, 2014 02:40:16 PM
Team captains can head over to the Spring Nerd Battles thread (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431825.0) and claim a spot for their team headquarters.  Please do not make any other posts in that thread until the season opens on March 1st!

There is still a position open for Team Fandom captain!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on February 26, 2014 02:53:51 PM
Can't wait for the Spring!

This afternoon, I was reminded that I have an event on Friday night, so I've lost an evening of crafting. I have 2 projects in progress right now (paint drying, and then one will be done, and the other almost done), 2 that are waiting for the second step (of three), and one that I need to dig out materials for so I can get a supply tomorrow so I can finish it tomorrow night. And, at least 2 that need photos.

One item went with me on vacation, but didn't get completed (so it was planned for Friday night :( ). There were about 3 or 4 others that I just didn't get to (although I had everything lined up to go!).


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on February 26, 2014 03:01:30 PM
So excited for the Spring Games!  Woo hoo!

I have one item I'm hoping to get finished up tonight, and then one more that I'm hoping to complete before the deadline on Friday.... fingers crossed  make it under the wire!  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on February 26, 2014 03:32:05 PM
So excited for the Spring Games!  Woo hoo!

I have one item I'm hoping to get finished up tonight, and then one more that I'm hoping to complete before the deadline on Friday.... fingers crossed  make it under the wire!  ;D

Ugh, me too! I went over there hoping to get an early look at the challenges but was disappointed to not see them yet. Of course that is probably for the better as I have a research project to finish by Friday and a decent swap project to wrap up too. *sigh* Soon... soon we will know the topics that will occupy our art tables for the next few months. ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on February 26, 2014 04:24:40 PM
So excited for the Spring Games!  Woo hoo!

I have one item I'm hoping to get finished up tonight, and then one more that I'm hoping to complete before the deadline on Friday.... fingers crossed  make it under the wire!  ;D

Ugh, me too! I went over there hoping to get an early look at the challenges but was disappointed to not see them yet. Of course that is probably for the better as I have a research project to finish by Friday and a decent swap project to wrap up too. *sigh* Soon... soon we will know the topics that will occupy our art tables for the next few months. ;)

;D  The challenges are posted on a rolling basis, so new ones are revealed each month!  I'll post the ones for March on Friday night/Saturday morning.

The Winter round will be closing at 11:59 p.m. Central Time on Friday.  (Okay, really midnight, but then that would technically make it Saturday :D). 

Now I'm off to finish up my last few projects, too, and hopefully sneak them in under the wire!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: crazyda79 on February 26, 2014 05:06:19 PM
I still have my last two projects planned and hope to get them done tonight.  We will see how it goes.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Tanath on February 27, 2014 03:06:54 PM
I had such great plans for this round, and the prompts gave me some great ideas. Then I went and rolled a 20 in the beginning of this week for the D20 prompt, which overwhelmed me. I think overwhelmed is what can describe my current situation. That with my easy going laziness combined really let me down on the projects front. Having no door to the bathroom for the last week and half doesn't help either (renovations, so yay!).
At least I'm the only one on team Fandom, so I didn't let down any other team mates :D
I hope to do much much better on the next round, I even already have an idea for a research project.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on February 27, 2014 03:48:42 PM
eeek, I remembered a couple more I did for swaps but forgot to submit to the nerdalong.  Sure hope I can locate photos.... 



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on February 27, 2014 05:11:20 PM
I had such great plans for this round, and the prompts gave me some great ideas. Then I went and rolled a 20 in the beginning of this week for the D20 prompt, which overwhelmed me. I think overwhelmed is what can describe my current situation. That with my easy going laziness combined really let me down on the projects front. Having no door to the bathroom for the last week and half doesn't help either (renovations, so yay!).
At least I'm the only one on team Fandom, so I didn't let down any other team mates :D
I hope to do much much better on the next round, I even already have an idea for a research project.

I'm trying to decide what my research project should be for the next round!  I bought everything to make a poppet...but do I dare?!  If it's a research project I can't just as easily keep ignoring the bag of supplies!  :D

eeek, I remembered a couple more I did for swaps but forgot to submit to the nerdalong.  Sure hope I can locate photos.... 

I'm glad you remembered!  You should claim Engineering Bonus Points for your Jurassic Park dino project, too, since you showed all of us how to nicely finish a hoop!  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on February 27, 2014 06:46:41 PM
Poppets! I have one I started in the "One for You, One for Me" swap. I finished one for my partner, and mine is all sewn together, but I got stuck with putting on the hair. I really need to finish that bit and make her outfit. And then get started on all of the others that I bought (a ton of) fabric for. :)

However, I have a few other projects to get out of the way first. Maybe in the Spring Games I can actually work on my Research Project!



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on February 27, 2014 08:29:38 PM
I made my doll some pants. They fit, too! But I have no idea where I put them! ::) I moved around a lot of stuff on my desk and lost them in the process.  :-[


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on February 27, 2014 08:52:31 PM
I made my doll some pants. They fit, too! But I have no idea where I put them! ::) I moved around a lot of stuff on my desk and lost them in the process.  :-[

If it's not one thing, it's the other. I'm sorry these pants have been giving you such a headache! Hang in there.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on February 27, 2014 09:42:11 PM
I can't believe my research project will be finished on time! I have one more little thing to attach this evening then it is pictures and posting tomorrow. Woo! I am so ready for the infusion of spring's challenges and ideas. Good luck in your final day everyone!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on February 28, 2014 12:13:55 AM
Well, before it was the doll's odd proportions that I had trouble with because it made pattern making harder. But at least I have a pattern when I start on some of my other customs ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on February 28, 2014 01:26:40 AM
The Winter round will be closing at 11:59 p.m. Central Time on Friday.  (Okay, really midnight, but then that would technically make it Saturday :D).

oh ewww...I have to have it in by 10:59 then.  can't wait for daylight savings on the 8th.  it'll put me TWO hours behind and everything will have to be in by 9:59.  stupid Arizona...

hey Lovely?  could you throw this info in on the first post for the next season?  pretty please?


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on February 28, 2014 08:12:40 AM
The Winter round will be closing at 11:59 p.m. Central Time on Friday.  (Okay, really midnight, but then that would technically make it Saturday :D).

I didn't get my supplies packed up to take with me this morning but, I may still be able to sneak that last project when I get home tonight!



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on February 28, 2014 11:18:56 AM
The Winter round will be closing at 11:59 p.m. Central Time on Friday.  (Okay, really midnight, but then that would technically make it Saturday :D).

oh ewww...I have to have it in by 10:59 then.  can't wait for daylight savings on the 8th.  it'll put me TWO hours behind and everything will have to be in by 9:59.  stupid Arizona...

hey Lovely?  could you throw this info in on the first post for the next season?  pretty please?

Yep, I'll definitely add that info!  I've been working on a FAQ for the next season so I'll move that to the top of the list!  ;)  I hate day-light savings time, too.  :( 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on February 28, 2014 02:32:48 PM
Whew, I think I got All The Things finished and submitted!   :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Tanath on February 28, 2014 02:42:25 PM
Ludi - indeed you have, I actually had to add an extra entry in the prompts tracking called research2, because having 2 research projects was throwing off the calculations. Way to go!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on February 28, 2014 03:02:29 PM
Yay me!   :D

*cough*

Yay Team Wordy!  :D



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on February 28, 2014 06:00:47 PM
The Winter round will be closing at 11:59 p.m. Central Time on Friday.  (Okay, really midnight, but then that would technically make it Saturday :D).

oh ewww...I have to have it in by 10:59 then.  can't wait for daylight savings on the 8th.  it'll put me TWO hours behind and everything will have to be in by 9:59.  stupid Arizona...

hey Lovely?  could you throw this info in on the first post for the next season?  pretty please?

Yep, I'll definitely add that info!  I've been working on a FAQ for the next season so I'll move that to the top of the list!  ;)  I hate day-light savings time, too.  :( 

thanks.  it was easier when (if?  is pink on the east coast?) I was in the same time zone.  it'd be better if I was the one ahead of the gamemaker.  ;D

well, my original project will not be done in 3 hours.  :(  so I'm going to work on my backup.  that shouldn't take me 3 hours, but it will take at least 30 minutes.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on February 28, 2014 07:21:45 PM
I get to sit here now and hold things together while the glue dries.  I can't use my clamps because they would leave marks.   :(  my hand is already falling asleep...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on February 28, 2014 08:01:28 PM
Krafty_Karasu, you have my sympathy! But also my encouragement! You can get that last project finished!
:)

And, Ludi, you really are amazing... :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on February 28, 2014 08:27:56 PM
thanks, but I'm about to rage quit.  it's not fitting together like it's supposed to.  I don't know what went wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(

I figured it out.  but now the glue doesn't have long enough to dry.  I'm so mad.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on February 28, 2014 10:21:53 PM
Nerd Battles News Update

The Spring Nerd Battles (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431825.0) are officially open!  Head over to the thread to check out the March prompts (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431825.msg5165947#msg5165947)!

The Spring Nerd Battles have some new features!

--Brownie Points Projects.  Brownie Points Projects are items crafted for charity during the season that are NOT turned in as a prompt or Research Project.  Brownie Points Projects will earn 10 points, and are not eligible for Bonus Points.  When submitting your Brownie Points project, simply list "Brownie Points" in the Challenge/Battle section of the header.

--Nerd of the Week. (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431825.msg5165964#msg5165964)  To recognize outstanding crafting in the Nerd Battles, the Gamemakers will award a special badge to chosen players every other week.  If there is a player or project you would like to nominate, PM the Head Gamemaker, LovelyMiss.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on February 28, 2014 10:23:31 PM
thanks, but I'm about to rage quit.  it's not fitting together like it's supposed to.  I don't know what went wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(

I figured it out.  but now the glue doesn't have long enough to dry.  I'm so mad.

How frustrating!  But just think, you have a head start on the Spring season! They can be UFOs if nothing else!  ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: crazyda79 on March 01, 2014 12:09:00 AM
YAY for the new battle!  I am so excited!  I actually made an item tonight because I have been wanting to be creative but wanted to see what the prompts were first so I could do something for them LOL.  A bit obsessed?  Eh, it's all in fun!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on March 01, 2014 01:27:30 AM
thanks, but I'm about to rage quit.  it's not fitting together like it's supposed to.  I don't know what went wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(

I figured it out.  but now the glue doesn't have long enough to dry.  I'm so mad.

How frustrating!  But just think, you have a head start on the Spring season! They can be UFOs if nothing else!  ;)

didn't happen.  I'll be remaking them now.  I royally screwed up and had to toss them.  and my original project as well as my back up were supposed to give one more point to the anime side in the battle!!!   :'(

time to go check out the new season.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on March 01, 2014 06:13:02 AM
Just want to alert my fellow teammates, I might not be as strong a player this session, as I actually have some paying work to do (yay, money!).   Best of luck to all of TEAM WORDY!   :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on March 01, 2014 06:29:04 AM
Krafty_Karasu...I'll trade you some tiny spray-painted snakes for some ruined doll pants :)

Ludi, congratulations!! Money is always a good thing... it allows us to buy more craft supplies ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on March 01, 2014 06:52:22 AM
Woo hoo for money! I love it when that happens. Good luck!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on March 01, 2014 10:39:59 AM
I have a question... I know that we can only do each challenge prompt once, but, is there a limit to the number of UFO's we can finish?? Thanks!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on March 01, 2014 02:24:09 PM
I have a question... I know that we can only do each challenge prompt once, but, is there a limit to the number of UFO's we can finish?? Thanks!

There is one UFO-specific prompt each month.  If you have a project in progress that requires at least 30 more minutes of work, though, it is fine to use that for one of the non-UFO prompts. 

I hope that made sense!  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on March 01, 2014 02:39:17 PM
I have a question... I know that we can only do each challenge prompt once, but, is there a limit to the number of UFO's we can finish?? Thanks!

There is one UFO-specific prompt each month.  If you have a project in progress that requires at least 30 more minutes of work, though, it is fine to use that for one of the non-UFO prompts. 

I hope that made sense!  :D

I just wanted to be certain. Thanks!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Linakins on March 01, 2014 03:40:07 PM
I think I would like to play this for this semester but I don't know what team to join  :(


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on March 01, 2014 04:30:52 PM
Join Team Wordy, Linakins!    ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on March 01, 2014 05:44:59 PM
I think I would like to play this for this semester but I don't know what team to join  :(
We'd love to have you! Pick a team you're drawn to. Yeah, it's hard. If you're like me, you're drawn in some way to all of them! Remember you aren't locked in forever once you make a choice. You can always switch next season if you want to.  :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on March 01, 2014 06:01:45 PM
I think I would like to play this for this semester but I don't know what team to join  :(

And... you don't have to decide until you submit your first project. So, let the creative juices flow and commit later. ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on March 02, 2014 10:57:05 AM
I just looked at all of the challenge prompts and put together a list of ideas. I have something for everything except for the UFO (although, if I can get my mom to mail me something from FL, I can finish that... and it's yellow, too!), and the idiom (I just have to think about which idiom will fit the best).

I have a "Craft Day" coming up on the 15th (my friends and I are getting together for a whole day of crafting, eating, and chit-chat), so I can hopefully get a couple of items done on that day. I have 2 items that will need to happen before that. I think I can get at least one of them done this week!

ETA: I just talked to my mom and she said she'd mail the project up to me!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: vincentvanbuck on March 02, 2014 02:34:17 PM
I have a "Craft Day" coming up on the 15th (my friends and I are getting together for a whole day of crafting, eating, and chit-chat), so I can hopefully get a couple of items done on that day. I have 2 items that will need to happen before that. I think I can get at least one of them done this week!

Awesome!  Craft Day with friends is the best.  In fact, my friends and I have our monthly Craft Day coming up on the 15th, too!  Looks like we will all be sharing crafty vibes across the Nerdyverse that day  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on March 02, 2014 02:57:26 PM
I have a "Craft Day" coming up on the 15th (my friends and I are getting together for a whole day of crafting, eating, and chit-chat), so I can hopefully get a couple of items done on that day. I have 2 items that will need to happen before that. I think I can get at least one of them done this week!

Awesome!  Craft Day with friends is the best.  In fact, my friends and I have our monthly Craft Day coming up on the 15th, too!  Looks like we will all be sharing crafty vibes across the Nerdyverse that day  :D

LOL! Excellent! Can't wait to see what you make for the games :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on March 03, 2014 10:35:11 AM
Congratulations to LovelyMiss!!!

You are completely Craftster Crush-worthy, fearless organizer!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: BadWolf314 on March 03, 2014 12:00:16 PM
Congratulations to LovelyMiss!!!

You are completely Craftster Crush-worthy, fearless organizer!

You totally deserve it! Congrats!!!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on March 03, 2014 12:44:36 PM
Congratulations to LovelyMiss!!!

You are completely Craftster Crush-worthy, fearless organizer!

Yaaayyyyy!  I agree, you absolutely deserve it!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on March 03, 2014 02:35:30 PM
Congratulations to LovelyMiss!!!

You are completely Craftster Crush-worthy, fearless organizer!

Congrats! Great organizer!! :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on March 03, 2014 02:45:36 PM
Congratulations to LovelyMiss!!!

You are completely Craftster Crush-worthy, fearless organizer!

I just loaded up Craftster for the first time today a few minutes ago...I can't believe it!  What a surprise!  Thanks for the kind words..you all are really my crushes.  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Tanath on March 03, 2014 03:42:03 PM

Winter Nerd Battles 2013-2014 Final Roundup

Final report for the winter round!

We had 19 active players who submitted a total of 266 projects!
56 pages of projects, comments and general friendliness.
Last round we had 23 players, and 178 entries, so less people this time, but much more crafting.

I think the uber-crafter award goes to Ludi who submitted 27 projects, out of 25 prompts, that's pretty crafty.
LovelyMiss, our ever-active game leader, totalled 26 projects, hitting each and every prompt and still managing to also complete a research project.
BadWolf314 hit the mark with 25 projects.
With 24 projects, bunny1kenobi is also a top contributer to the games. I guess it was a bit cloudy the day the orange UFO flew by, so it was easy to miss.


The most popular prompt remains Festivus, as there is always a reason to party, but each and every prompt has gotten some attention in this round. Starting with 4 completed research projects (half of them by Ludi), 6 entries for the February battle over our TV (Anime vs. Classic Cartoon, a tough one indeed) and 7 each for the February UFO sightings and the Zombie apocalypse.


PromptEntries
- Festivus17
- December Flash Mob15
- Marching to your own Drum14
- Bag of Holding13
- Glitter13
- January Flash Mob13
- Twenty Sided Die13
- January Battle12
- Craftin' New Year12
- February Flash Mob12
- December UFO sighting11
- Put a Bird on it11
- Theme Song10
- December Battle9
- Archaeology9
- Talk Nerdy to Me9
- Superfan9
- January UFO Sighting8
- Old School8
- Free Art8
- Welcome to Jurassic Park8
- Winter Olympiad8
- February UFO Sighting7
- Zombie Apocalypse7
- February Battle6
- Research4

Team Score Board
TeamPointsPlayers
Wordy20806
Multimedia8504
Textbook15105
Randomizer14803
Fandom201

Team Wordy
Ludi - 27 projects, 720 points
bunny1kenobi - 24 projects, 500 points
gozer - 18 projects, 370 points
coulsenl - 10 projects, 200 points
amymarie78 - 8 projects, 180 points
lindyv321 - 5 projects, 110 points

Team Multimedia
vincentvanbuck - 16 projects, 330 points
Ezri_B - 14 projects, 300 points
Inselaeffchen - 7 projects, 140 points
FreakieGeekie - 4 projects, 80 points

Team Textbook
BadWolf314 - 25 projects, 530 points
craftADDchick - 18 projects, 390 points
Smeddley - 13 projects, 270 points
artsycandice - 4 projects, 160 points
BriannaB03 - 8 projects, 160 points

Team Randomizer
LovelyMiss - 26 projects, 660 points
crazyda79 - 23 projects, 490 points
Calabaza - 15 projects, 330 points

Team Fandom
Tanath - 1 project, 20 points

Let me know if I missed anything, or if there is any special random fact you want to know :)
If anyone wants to see the glamorous tracking worksheet to grab random facts by yourselves, just let me know and I'll send you a link.

Onwards to Spring!!!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on March 03, 2014 04:08:55 PM
Woo hoo! Those are some awesome numbers! It's neat to see everything listed out like that (This was my first time participating in the battles.) Go team everyone!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on March 03, 2014 04:15:51 PM
Congratulations, Lovely Miss!

Yay Teams and Players!

and thank you Tanath for being such a Diligent Tracker!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on March 03, 2014 04:26:14 PM
Congratulations to LovelyMiss!!!

You are completely Craftster Crush-worthy, fearless organizer!

Ditto to that!



And, Tanath, thanks for tracking and posting the stats! It's so fun to see them all laid out like that. What an impressive bunch, especially those who completed 25 or more projects! Amazing!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on March 03, 2014 05:32:36 PM
Wonderful report, Tanath!  Thank you for all of your hard work on that throughout the season!

On that note,

The Winter Nerd Battles Award Ceremony and badges are posted!   (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=429436.msg5168335#msg5168335)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on March 03, 2014 07:32:33 PM
Wow! Awards already!?!  :o Thank you, Tanath, LM, and our badge makers!


Way to go, Team Randomizer!!!
I have awesome teammates!
And hey, would you look at that? I did the math right! My team tracking matches Tanath's! (There is a reason I am not on Team Textbook :) )


Thanks, everyone, for another excellent round! What a great time!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: crazyda79 on March 03, 2014 08:23:27 PM
YAY! Team Randomizer, way to go!  Way to go to everyone for their awesome winnings and most importantly for participating and making such awesome items to look at during this season!  I had so much fun! Thanks to LovelyMiss for her amazing organizing of all this, to Tanath for her wonderful project tracking and to everyone else who had a part in keeping the Nerd Battles organized and running smoothly!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: BadWolf314 on March 04, 2014 07:13:41 AM
Congrats to Team Randomizer!!! And a big thank you to LovelyMiss for working so hard to host such awesome games! And thank you Tanath for keeping track of everything! You guys rock!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on March 04, 2014 07:35:22 AM
The Nerd Battles keep me sane!  Muchas gracias to all the folks who make this such a pleasure! 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on March 04, 2014 04:21:50 PM
Congrats to Team Randomizer! And hooray for another amazing round of the games! :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on March 06, 2014 11:47:48 AM
I've made some progress on my poppet!  I got the body parts sewn and stuffed.  It really wasn't as terrible as I expected!  I only had to remake the head and torso pieces once!  :D  I have to be in school all weekend, so I probably won't get to work on it again until next week.  That's okay though, I want to find some different color safety eyes, and maybe buy some different yarn for the hair.  The clothing is the part I'm really worried about and expect will take the longest.  I'm planning to do a few different detailed outfits...I'll probably need some specific fabric I don't have for those, too.  Better save up my coupons!  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on March 06, 2014 06:01:12 PM
Go LovelyMiss! And, now I'm going to have to hope for a challenge prompt that fits my poppet so I can drag her out and finish her! :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on March 06, 2014 09:10:27 PM
I found the pants! :D
They were under a stack of yarn skeins. How they got there, I don't know because the yarn was not on my desk ???
Oh well! At least I have them now! ;D
Now to find the shirt pattern lol :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: BadWolf314 on March 07, 2014 08:18:24 AM
Yay for finding the pants!!!

I cut out all the pieces for one side of my bean bag chair and it's going to be big!



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on March 07, 2014 08:37:12 AM
That looks great already, BadWolf!   :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on March 07, 2014 12:46:20 PM
Congratulations, BadWolf314 and Ludi!  You are the Nerds of the Week (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431825.msg5165964#msg5165964)!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on March 07, 2014 01:21:48 PM
Sweet!  You deserve it!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on March 07, 2014 02:04:26 PM
Wow!  Thanks!   :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on March 07, 2014 03:12:56 PM
Congrats BadWolf and Ludi! You both seriously deserve it!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: BadWolf314 on March 07, 2014 09:35:49 PM
Wow. I know Ludi definitely deserves it! Thank you, I'm honored!  :-*


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on March 08, 2014 12:40:58 AM
Congrats, Ludi & BadWolf314! Fab crafty work from you two as always! :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on March 08, 2014 12:56:05 AM
Yes, congrats, you two rock!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on March 08, 2014 03:16:56 AM
Congrats Ludi and Badwolf314! By the way, I love how you use your foot for a size reference, Badwolf! ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on March 12, 2014 08:54:30 AM
Thanks you all!   :-*

I'm about a week behind on my Research Project because I've been trying to decide on the scale of it.  This is being a difficult design process.   ???


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on March 12, 2014 06:48:49 PM
I'm procrastinating on my midterm for school, so instead I've been crafting.  I should have a couple of things to post later this week, and I made some progress on my poppet Research Project.  I got her eyes...installed?...and limbs attached.  I started cutting yarn for the hair, too.  Originally I was thinking of doing a crochet wig cap, but now I might just attach it right to her head...I can't decide.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on March 13, 2014 01:20:22 AM
LovelyMiss, that reminds me: I have a naked Jareth the Goblin King poppet who has been that way for a while now. I just have to FIND him. ;D That's why I'm doing some overdue spring cleaning!
For him, I attached his hair directly to his head. If you want to style your poppet's hair in pigtails or such, a wig cap might be a good idea.

I'm working on a project for the FIM prompt; it's a swap item and is going to be so pretty. Or at least it will be if I don't botch it! Lol


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on March 13, 2014 03:13:25 PM
LovelyMiss, I was working on attaching the hair directly. Someone suggested laying out bunches of yarn on a strip of Scotch tape, then sandwiching it with another strip before stitching over it. Then, you peel off the tape and hand stitch it on. What slowed me down was that I was only using one layer of yarn on each strip, and I knew it was going to take forever, so I put it aside. Then, another person told me I could do a few layers of yarn at a time. I haven't done it yet, but I'll get to it... as soon as I find where I stashed her!

And, I'll also have a few projects by the end of the weekend, I think. Definitely one, and depending how quickly that goes, hopefully at least 2 more!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on March 13, 2014 11:00:46 PM
Thanks for the tips!  I ended up just sewing bunches of hair right to the head.  If I was giving it to a child or someone else, or if it was going to be played with a lot, I probably wouldn't do that, but since it's just for me, I figured I could manage to not pull it out on accident.  :D  I ran into a different problem, though, since I used an entire skein of yarn, her head is kind of floppy.  I meant to put a support in her neck, but I was too excited and just stitched it right up before I remembered.  I'll probably have to go back and add one.

For fun, here is a progress shot...though the colors aren't quite right.  I still need to stitch her head on (once I do some reinforcement), and I couldn't find the eyes I wanted, so I just ended up using plain black.  She also has long eyelashes, but you can't really see them in the photo.  Now she needs clothes!



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on March 14, 2014 01:06:46 AM
Ooh, she's a cutie! :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on March 14, 2014 06:11:59 AM
Adorable poppet! 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on March 14, 2014 07:25:08 AM
She looks wonderful!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on March 14, 2014 08:09:37 AM
Awwww! Adorable!! I can't wait to see her clothed. I mean, only if she wants to be. I don't mind if she chooses to run free and naked through the woods.  ;D But clothes would be cute too. hehe


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on March 14, 2014 03:10:23 PM
Finishing the second week of my Research Project, and have caught up.  It's possible I'll finish early; if so, I'll do an additional piece for the same swap partner.  :)



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on March 14, 2014 05:50:11 PM
LovelyMiss, she looks great! And, I love her big black eyes (and I can just make out the eyelashes)- her eyelids make her eyes more alluring :) I can't wait to see what you dress her in!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on March 21, 2014 12:33:02 PM
Congratulations to bunny1kenobi and FreakieGeekie!  You are the Nerds of the Week (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431825.msg5165964#msg5165964)!

REMEMBER:  If there is a project or player you would like to nominate for Nerd of the Week, just PM the Head Gamemaker, LovelyMiss!  


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on March 21, 2014 05:43:36 PM
Hoping to get my March Battle started this weekend! And, I have my March Mob almost finished (less than 15 minutes worth of work on it). My yellow UFO is completed, so I'll have a couple of projects to post (and maybe an item made from scraps, too!).


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on March 21, 2014 10:40:34 PM
Congratulations to bunny1kenobi and FreakieGeekie!  You are the Nerds of the Week (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431825.msg5165964#msg5165964)!

REMEMBER:  If there is a project or player you would like to nominate for Nerd of the Week, just PM the Head Gamemaker, LovelyMiss!  

Wow! :o Such an honor ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on March 22, 2014 03:38:17 PM
Congratulations to bunny1kenobi and FreakieGeekie!  You are the Nerds of the Week (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431825.msg5165964#msg5165964)!

REMEMBER:  If there is a project or player you would like to nominate for Nerd of the Week, just PM the Head Gamemaker, LovelyMiss!  

Wow! :o Such an honor ;D

My thoughts exactly!  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: crazyda79 on March 22, 2014 08:36:09 PM
Congrats to the weekly nerds!  I have a few things I need to post.  A few things I need to finish as well.  Just got done with over half of my idiom prompt (it took over five hours just to do that much LOL).  Since the idiom prompt was using a new technique (and I actually made one of the supplies), I practiced with it first and I am pretty sure that completed my battle entry ;)  My mob entry has been received so it will be posted soon.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on March 23, 2014 05:37:46 PM
Been crafting along like mad and biting off more than I can chew.  :P  I'm nearly done with my Research Project; should finish tomorrow.  Almost everything in progress right now is for swaps.....


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: coulsenl on March 23, 2014 05:49:47 PM
I'm working on a few things, should be ready to post in a few days.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on March 23, 2014 07:20:08 PM
my gods.  it's almost the end of the month and I'm STILL not done with my UFO, which was supposed to be an entry into last month's battle!  I don't have too much more to do, so hopefully it won't be next month's UFO.  XD


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on March 27, 2014 12:35:38 PM
I've been neglecting my Research Project, but I have finished up a couple items recently.  They are for a swap, so I'm waiting to post them until my partner receives...hopefully tomorrow or Saturday.

I was working on another project last night when my hot glue gun literally burst into flames!  It was just resting on its stand feet on top of some cardboard (to catch the drips), when all of a sudden it was on fire!  It was scary, and made worse because I was crafting on my bed.  But luckily it went out as quickly as it started and nothing was burned or ruined...except the glue gun!  Now I have to get a replacement, though, before I can finish up that item.  I think this time I'll get a fancy-schmancy one with a safety fuse!  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on March 27, 2014 04:13:55 PM
Yikes!! Glad that nothing was burnt / went up in flames and you're ok, LovelyMiss!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on March 27, 2014 09:44:40 PM
poo!  there were other things I wanted to make for this month, but the project I just posted took way longer than I expected.  maybe if I can find something small I can get it done by Monday.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on March 27, 2014 10:33:49 PM
poo!  there were other things I wanted to make for this month, but the project I just posted took way longer than I expected.  maybe if I can find something small I can get it done by Monday.

Only the Battles and Flash Mobs need to be done the same month (and the special Pi Day Alert this month), so you still have plenty of time for the normal monthly Challenge prompts if you want to make stuff for them (all the way until the season ends on May 31st)!  :D  If you're doing a lot of intense, huge projects (like all of your cross stitches seem to be!), you could always propose and submit them as Research Projects (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431825.msg5165955#msg5165955), instead of turning them in under normal prompts!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on March 27, 2014 10:53:07 PM
poo!  there were other things I wanted to make for this month, but the project I just posted took way longer than I expected.  maybe if I can find something small I can get it done by Monday.

Only the Battles and Flash Mobs need to be done the same month (and the special Pi Day Alert this month), so you still have plenty of time for the normal monthly Challenge prompts if you want to make stuff for them (all the way until the season ends on May 31st)!  :D  If you're doing a lot of intense, huge projects (like all of your cross stitches seem to be!), you could always propose and submit them as Research Projects (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431825.msg5165955#msg5165955), instead of turning them in under normal prompts!

I know.  I just wanted more credit for this month.  :D

and that is true.  the next x-stitch project I want to do may take even longer than the one I just finished.  so it would fit the requirements for a research project...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on March 28, 2014 07:57:44 AM
I'll definitely not be doing All The Things this nerdalong.  Last time was a glorious joining of craftiness and unemployment.  :D 



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on March 28, 2014 05:26:31 PM
LovelyMiss, scary! And, I'm glad it wasn't a serious situation. Definitely time for a glue gun upgrade!

And. Ludi, hopefully, it means the unemployment is gone, and not the craftiness! ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on March 28, 2014 06:55:11 PM
I'll definitely not be doing All The Things this nerdalong.  Last time was a glorious joining of craftiness and unemployment.  :D 



Oh I love craftiness and unemployment! :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: samash90 on March 29, 2014 05:55:02 PM
I'm unsure if what i posted in the other thread was what i was meant to do , but i got it up anyway


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on March 30, 2014 11:39:59 PM
Today (MONDAY) is the last day to turn in March Battle Royale, Flash Mob, and RED ALERT: Pi Day projects!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on March 31, 2014 05:47:36 PM
Today (MONDAY) is the last day to turn in March Battle Royale, Flash Mob, and RED ALERT: Pi Day projects!

Whew! Thanks for the reminder- I almost forgot about the Flash Mob!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on March 31, 2014 08:45:45 PM
just waiting on April's prompts because it turns out I didn't have anything small I could turn in by the end of the month (though I still may do one from this month later on).  plus, I wanted to turn in a project for the Craftster challenge, but I don't have an item I REALLY need and can't get it until tomorrow, which is the day it's due.  SO...it'll just be another project for another time.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on March 31, 2014 10:57:05 PM
April prompts are posted! (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431825.msg5165947#msg5165947)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on March 31, 2014 11:01:25 PM
April prompts are posted! (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431825.msg5165947#msg5165947)

Yay! I'm looking over them right now. ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on April 01, 2014 09:10:18 AM
Curses!  So many fabulous prompts and my time throughout April is going to be clogged with paying work!   >:(

Maybe I can sew, sew like the wind!   :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: crazyda79 on April 01, 2014 09:20:50 AM
YAY for April's prompts!  I love them. I am on Spring Break this week so I am planning on crafting away!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on April 01, 2014 02:12:32 PM
Nerd News Update

The Summer Nerd Games are still a couple of months away, but they are already in the works, and are sure to be super fun!  But the Nerd Games need your help!

The Battle Royales are starting early!  From now until Monday, April 7, 2014, please PM the Head Gamemaker, LovelyMiss, or post in this thread, with your Battle Royale pairing ideas.  Then, later in the month, all Nerdy players will be asked to vote for their three favorite Battle Royale prompts!  The winning prompts will be revealed each month throughout the Summer Nerd Games.  Remember, Battle Royales are in the format of ____ vs. ____.

I'd also like some feedback about what people think of the team situation for Summer.  Did you like it last year (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=423319.0) when there were an indefinite number of player created teams based on individual geekdoms (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=423319.msg5030830#msg5030830)?  Or do you like the current five team system?  (Even if we do an open call for teams for the Summer Nerd Games, the five team system will return for the Battle rounds.)  Respond in this thread (or drop me a PM) with your ideas and feedback!  Even if you're a new player, I want to hear what you think!  If you have other ideas or suggestions for the Summer Nerd Games, feel free to post or PM me about those, too!


(I know it's early to be thinking about Summer, but we need time to gather ideas, take the Battle Royale vote, make badges, and make sure everything is in working order before the Games start on June 1st!  It all adds up...so hello, April!  :D )


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on April 01, 2014 03:11:19 PM
For a Battle Royale, how about a Less vs More theme? Take an item and either remove pieces of it to craft it into something new, or add pieces to it to craft it into something new.

And, I kind of like the 5 team system now, but I did really enjoy being on Team S & M over the summer! I also found that I made my items with more of a science/math theme overall, which was fun (mostly because I had time to do it over the summer). But, I also find the Autumn/Winter/Spring rounds a bit more free in terms of what I can make (and this may be just because of how I chose to interpret things in the summer vs now).


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Tanath on April 01, 2014 03:34:05 PM

Hello to all players, new and old, and welcome to a special crunchy edition of project tracks.

The Spring 2014 round has been exciting so far.
22 players, from all five teams. And just today we broke the 100 project barrier, craftADD's last post whooshed the count right over the mark. The current count is 101 (but that could change by the time this is posted).
As always, no prompt has been neglected, with the highest submission count going to the "by the end of the month" prompts.
March's Flash Mob had 17 players showing their love of spring, and March's Battle had 16 players picking sides, 10 went for color and 6 for black and white. (I sat that one out, how can I choose between them? Both are awesome, as evident by the projects submitted).

We've had 2 research projects completed this month. BadWolf314 made an awesome Lego Quilt, and Ludi submitted a very intricate looking Mystery Fish.

Good thing we ran out of month, because some of our members were pretty close to running out of prompts. Leading the way with the most projects are artsycandice from team Textbook, and crazyda79 and LovelyMiss from team Randomizer, each with 8 projects.


Keep on crafting (I hear a jar of peanut butter calling my name).


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on April 01, 2014 05:04:01 PM
Whoo-hoo! I love updates with stats and stuff :)

And go team Textbook! :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on April 01, 2014 06:00:45 PM
For a Battle Royale, how about a Less vs More theme? Take an item and either remove pieces of it to craft it into something new, or add pieces to it to craft it into something new.

Sounds fun!  I'll add it to the list! 

Keep the ideas coming, everyone!  ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on April 02, 2014 08:38:38 AM
 Just did a little brain storming...
Fabric vs. Paper
Fire vs. Water
Summer vs. Winter
Kitchy vs. Sophisticated
and my favorite: Nature vs. Machine (or Natural vs. Mechanical)

 I really enjoyed being on Team Monster, and at first I was disappointed that the teams set ups were different, but I found I like it better. I vote keep it this way! 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on April 02, 2014 08:54:03 AM
Ooh, I really like some of those gozer.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on April 02, 2014 09:17:14 AM
at first I was disappointed that the teams set ups were different, but I found I like it better. I vote keep it this way! 

Ditto!

Comedy vs. Tragedy
Dr Who vs. Sherlock
light vs. dark
angels vs. demons
Halloween vs. Christmas




Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on April 02, 2014 10:02:57 AM
 Ooh! bunny1kenobi! Those are great!
 I like the light vs. dark; angels vs. demons; and Halloween vs. Christmas best.
Halloween vs. Christmas is my favorite. I bet that would be an awesome one!!!!



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on April 02, 2014 10:41:03 AM
What about a four-way battle?

Spring vs Summer vs Fall vs Winter!

Other ideas:

Hot vs Cold
Dry vs Wet
Fluffy vs Sleek (I was going to say soft vs hard but that sounded... off, but I was thinking along the lines of plush vs metallic/stone/etc)
Soda vs Pop (okay, that is technically the same, but... it's a widely argued topic!)
Did we do something like Rock vs Paper vs Scissors?

Noooooo... Five-way battle!
Rock vs Scissors vs Paper vs Lizard vs Spock!

(I shouldn't be posting, obviously the cold medication is still messing with me...)

Animal vs Vegetable vs Mineral


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on April 02, 2014 11:01:28 AM
 Oh my! Rock vs Paper vs Scissors? Or Rock vs Scissors vs Paper vs Lizard vs Spock. Too funny. Love that one.

Future vs. The Past
CATS vs dogs

 Or something more abstract... Truth vs Lie


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on April 02, 2014 11:09:52 AM
Wow!  Look at the creative juices flowing!!

Future vs. Past...  I like it!  Or maybe modern vs. vintage

Fact vs. Fiction might be another way to interpret truth vs. lie.

And I love the rock/scissors/paper/lizard/spock.... hysterical!

I considered Walking Dead vs. Big Bang Theory, but then I realized that comedy vs tragedy would encompass that one. 

How about sea monsters vs. bigfoot vs. aliens?


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: BadWolf314 on April 02, 2014 11:21:11 AM
So many fantastic ideas!

I'm in LOVE with rock/paper/scissors/lizard/spock!!! Bazinga!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on April 02, 2014 11:31:27 AM
 sea monsters vs. bigfoot vs. aliens?
I couldn't chose! I love all of those! LOL!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on April 02, 2014 11:48:14 AM
sea monsters vs. bigfoot vs. aliens?
I couldn't chose! I love all of those! LOL!

Yeah, I knew that would be a stalemate for you! Or should I say a cryptozoologic standoff! LOL!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on April 02, 2014 12:39:18 PM
Eeep, so many awesome ideas!

I couldn't choose between cryptids!  That would be a cruel choice.  Cats vs dogs, now, that's an easy one!  Woof! ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on April 02, 2014 12:48:55 PM
flora vs. fauna
small vs. large (miniature vs. huge)
numbers vs. letters
fantasy vs. reality
cute vs. scary
2D vs. 3D
...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: samash90 on April 02, 2014 12:53:52 PM
I don't know what you have done in past battles ( as I'm fairly new), but I loved reading your ideas :) then I thought of these.
Ideal vs reality
Historic vs futuristic
Rich vs poor
Up vs down
Small vs large
New vs recycled


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on April 02, 2014 12:56:17 PM
I don't know if I could choose between small vs large! I love them both!

When I was in college we taped a sign on the floor or our dorm room, it had a fantasy/reality line on it!  We'd hop back and forth... we were silly. :D

Planes vs. Trains vs. Automobiles?

You're going to have more ideas than you know what to do with!  And there's no way I'll be able to vote and decide between these ideas... though cat vs dog is pretty high up on my list...  


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on April 02, 2014 01:23:28 PM
You guys are on a roll!  I think many of these might be making an appearance in future rounds, even if they don't "win" the vote for Summer!  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on April 02, 2014 01:57:31 PM
 ArtsyCandice, I love the idea of fantasy vs. reality. I was trying to think of a way to sneak a unicorn in there somehow. LOL!
 Samash90, I think that Historical vs. Futuristic could get some really interesting results. Kind of like Future vs Past or Vintage vs Modern.
 The idea for small vs. large is a good one too. I know Bunny1kenobi would be all about miniatures but I think I would attempt something large.

 Oh, and Smeddley....meow. LOL!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on April 02, 2014 02:10:19 PM
I know Bunny1kenobi would be all about miniatures but I think I would attempt something large.


Ah, but I wonder what Ludi would do?  She makes amazing miniatures, but rocks the big stuff, too!  Regardless, go Team Wordy! Ha!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on April 02, 2014 02:48:21 PM
Oh, wow! What a fantastic bunch of ideas! Voting will definitely be tough because, while I have some favorites already, they number more than 3...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Tanath on April 02, 2014 03:03:33 PM
Did we do something like Rock vs Paper vs Scissors?

Noooooo... Five-way battle!
Rock vs Scissors vs Paper vs Lizard vs Spock!

(I shouldn't be posting, obviously the cold medication is still messing with me...)

At least you have the cold medication to blame, what's my excuse for seeing this one coming as you started the post?


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on April 02, 2014 06:14:12 PM
I love all these ideas!  Thanks, bunny; I would love to make some REALLY LARGE art, but it would probably take me ridiculous amounts of time.....   :o


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: samash90 on April 02, 2014 11:51:52 PM
! love bouncing ideas of everyone here , i could work with most of these prompts, which is so awesome. I also thought of
- create vs destroy (as sometimes to create you need to destroy)
- hero vs villain
- power vs knowledge
- plan vs spontaneous (most of my crafts spontaneous)
- ordinary vs extraordinary (because both can be beautiful)



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on April 03, 2014 07:32:20 AM
I'm here and will get to pinning this weekend! I'm so looking forward to it! I thought work would let up this week but the answer to that turned out to be no. I didn't even get on here for April foolery!  :o

Next week, though, is spring break! I aim to be featured on Girls Gone Crafting ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on April 03, 2014 08:32:34 AM
! love bouncing ideas of everyone here , i could work with most of these prompts, which is so awesome. I also thought of
- create vs destroy (as sometimes to create you need to destroy)
- hero vs villain
- power vs knowledge
- plan vs spontaneous (most of my crafts spontaneous)
- ordinary vs extraordinary (because both can be beautiful)



ooooh, I like hero vs villain and create vs. destroy... lots of things coming to mind for those!!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: calliemae on April 04, 2014 06:54:49 AM
I love rock paper scissors lizard spock, that one would be awesome.

How about
earth vs air vs fire vs water as a 4 way split


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on April 04, 2014 07:09:55 AM
 I like Heroes vs Villians and the elements.
 Instead of Paper vs. Fabric how about Paper vs. Fabric vs. Yarn? We have a lot of yarnies.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on April 04, 2014 09:26:18 AM
Wow, look at us go!  So much creativity on this thread! Dontcha just love it!?  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on April 04, 2014 11:51:45 AM
Congratulations to calliemae, craftADDchick, and Krafty_Karasu!  You are the Nerds of the Week (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431825.msg5165964#msg5165964)!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on April 04, 2014 01:20:26 PM
Woot! Thanks so much! That puts a smile on face ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on April 04, 2014 01:25:30 PM
Congratulations to the weekly nerds!! ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on April 04, 2014 01:36:16 PM
Congratulations!  Go, nerds!   :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: coulsenl on April 04, 2014 03:09:59 PM
Congrats Nerds!

For battles for the summer, how about something like dystopian vs utopian?

I've only participated in the nerd battles as part of team wordy, though I've looked over the previous summer one and I think I prefer the current way of doing the teams.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: samash90 on April 04, 2014 04:17:23 PM
congrats to the nerds of the week :)

Congrats Nerds!

For battles for the summer, how about something like dystopian vs utopian?

i love the dystopian vs utopian idea Coulsenl, i already have an awesome idea :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on April 04, 2014 09:15:30 PM
I'M A NERD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  THANK YOU SOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Amaranth_in_oz on April 04, 2014 10:50:07 PM
Congrats to the nerds!

Some more versus ideas:

Beauty vs beast
Home vs holiday
Male vs female or masculine vs feminine
Chaos vs order
Warm vs cool (colours)
Diamonds vs coal
Clean vs dirty or Appropriate vs inappropriate, LOL!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on April 04, 2014 11:34:43 PM
Ooh, I kind of like beauty vs. beast.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on April 05, 2014 12:19:25 AM
I'm working on a new mod. He's not taking as long as the other because a) the boy MH dolls' bodies are pretty normal and b) I've modified some patterns I found for free online to suit my purpose.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on April 05, 2014 05:37:07 PM
Ooh, I kind of like beauty vs. beast.

Ditto.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on April 06, 2014 07:02:41 AM
Realized what I want to make for this month's Battle, but wondering if I'll be able to squeeze it in...if I work on it five or ten minutes a day, I bet I can!  Too excited about this idea because it brings together a few ideas I've been having for months..... :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on April 06, 2014 07:09:43 AM
Realized what I want to make for this month's Battle, but wondering if I'll be able to squeeze it in...if I work on it five or ten minutes a day, I bet I can!  Too excited about this idea because it brings together a few ideas I've been having for months..... :D

Oh Ludi, you go and say things like this and I feel like a kid at Christmas sitting in front of the tree and just staring at all the beautifully wrapped gifts but not being allowed to open them yet! ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on April 06, 2014 09:07:27 AM
Awww!   :-*


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: calliemae on April 06, 2014 12:38:39 PM
I'm excited to be a nerd, thank you so much!

I have a few other prompts to post but I'm going to wait until I have a bunch finished.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: crazyda79 on April 06, 2014 01:47:31 PM
I have a few things done and ready to post but my phone and computer don't seem to be talking to each other today :(  When they do, I will get things posted. 

Congrats to the nerds of the week!  Way to go!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on April 07, 2014 12:33:26 AM
We have 58 prompts so far for the Battle Royale vote!  Today (Monday) is the last day to submit your ideas!  Please post or PM them to me by the end of the day.

Don't know what I'm talking about?  Check out the recent Nerd News Update (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426697.msg5179727#msg5179727).


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: samash90 on April 07, 2014 03:46:38 AM
Congrats to the nerds!

Some more versus ideas:

Beauty vs beast
Home vs holiday
Male vs female or masculine vs feminine
Chaos vs order
Warm vs cool (colours)
Diamonds vs coal
Clean vs dirty or Appropriate vs inappropriate, LOL!

ohhhhhh I love CHAOS :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on April 07, 2014 06:08:20 AM
58 prompt ideas?!  And we're expected to pick favorites?! Man, that's gonna be hard... I think I've been able to think of a project for each set of prompts posted, sometimes more than one, and sometimes for both sides!  I guess I'll have to vote based on what I'm most likely to get done... :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on April 07, 2014 07:13:55 AM
Master vs. Apprentice (Sensai vs. grasshopper)
- you make something you are awesome at... or... you try something you've never done before to learn a new skill.



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on April 07, 2014 04:04:52 PM
Oh my.  Do we get to vote more than once?  :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on April 07, 2014 05:48:26 PM
Oh my.  Do we get to vote more than once?  :P

I know!  It's going to be such a hard choice...there have been so many awesome ideas!  But don't be sad if your favorites don't "win," since many of these great prompts will make appearances in future rounds.  ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on April 07, 2014 06:48:50 PM
future rounds. 

There's a future!   :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on April 08, 2014 05:37:44 AM
oooh, like the Master vs. Apprentice (Sensai vs. grasshopper) one. Cool idea ArtsyCandice!
 If I only got to vote for one it would have to be Halloween vs Christmas. I just love that one!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on April 08, 2014 11:27:09 AM
If I only got to vote for one it would have to be Halloween vs Christmas. I just love that one!

And I know which one you'd craft for, too!  ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on April 08, 2014 02:16:53 PM
Nerd News Update

Just so I don't accidentally miss any votes, I set up a one question survey over at SurveyMonkey, so everyone can anonymously vote for their favorite Battle Royale pairing ideas!  Please be sure to vote by Friday, April 18, 2014!

Cast Your Battle Royale Vote! (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JB23SPM)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on April 08, 2014 03:26:04 PM
Voted! But, seriously, we don't get to know until they're unveiled?!  We have to wait all summer?! Waaaaahhhh! ;p


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on April 08, 2014 03:35:09 PM
Voted! But, seriously, we don't get to know until they're unveiled?!  We have to wait all summer?! Waaaaahhhh! ;p

I was thinking I might reveal the winners, but not say which month they will be featured.  :D 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on April 08, 2014 03:46:27 PM
Voted ... but had to really cut out some preferences ... not that easy to just pick 3!! :o  FAB list!! :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on April 08, 2014 06:49:18 PM
That list was HUGE! I had to make some tough choices, and while there are a couple I don't know if I could craft for (at least nothing came to mind right away), I could come up with several ideas for either option for most of the themes!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on April 08, 2014 07:03:30 PM
Ooh. That was hard! I put my vote in though. ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on April 09, 2014 06:12:07 AM
That was a tough choice!   :P

I've realized my idea for this month's Battle Royale is probably too ambitious for me to accomplish this month, so I might need to fall back on something easier.  Fortunately I've thought of something!   :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on April 09, 2014 08:03:41 AM
Ooh. That was hard! I put my vote in though. ;D

SOOOOOO hard! 

I'm guessing our lovely gamemaster won't have any trouble coming up with battle ideas for a while.  ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on April 10, 2014 05:09:55 PM
Question about a prompt:  "Now We're Cooking" - does it have to be real food?


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on April 11, 2014 04:54:12 AM
Question about a prompt:  "Now We're Cooking" - does it have to be real food?

Nope, if your inspiration takes you to fake food have at it!  ;D  Loose interpretations are all good around here, especially if it allows you to follow your creativity!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on April 11, 2014 06:30:49 AM
Hurray!  Thank you!  :-*


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: calliemae on April 11, 2014 09:08:59 AM
Voted! That was hard


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on April 11, 2014 10:02:02 AM
Question about a prompt:  "Now We're Cooking" - does it have to be real food?

OooOoh, I can't wait to see what Ludi's about to serve up!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on April 11, 2014 05:48:30 PM
Thanks, bunny!   :D  It'll probably be a couple weeks before I can show anything, but I'm going to try to make some artificial confections for my sister, who needs fancy food for a LARP but doesn't want to buy real food and have it potentially go to waste if there aren't enough people to eat it.  So I will be trying to make some artificial cakes and other sweets such as macarons.   :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on April 12, 2014 09:16:51 AM
...So I will be trying to make some artificial cakes and other sweets such as macarons.   :)

Macaron coin purses?  ;D

Come to the round side! We have zippers!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on April 14, 2014 05:45:19 PM
 :)

I'm a little behind on my research project because of not having big chunks of time and energy to sit down and embroider, but I am making incremental progress.  Been having fun with miniatures because I can work on them for five minutes, walk away to let them dry and go do some paying work, and come back later to do another five minutes.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on April 15, 2014 01:23:18 PM
I forgot to take photos of my "Now We're Cooking" before we had it for dinner yesterday!  It's unfortunate because I actually spent a couple hours making everything.  Oops!  I suppose it's an excuse to make something else...or maybe I'll try to make the left overs look pretty...I'm doubtful of that happening, though!  :D

Come to the round side! We have zippers!

 :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on April 15, 2014 04:38:35 PM
:)

I'm a little behind on my research project because of not having big chunks of time and energy to sit down and embroider, but I am making incremental progress.  Been having fun with miniatures because I can work on them for five minutes, walk away to let them dry and go do some paying work, and come back later to do another five minutes.

Don't feel bad, Ludi....  I've had my research project on "the books" since last June.  :P  One of these days I'll surprise myself and finish the thing!!  LOL!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on April 16, 2014 01:28:40 AM
Don't feel bad, Ludi. Instead of searching for the bits for my mod's clothes, I've started another  ::)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on April 16, 2014 02:36:06 AM
Don't feel bad, Ludi. Instead of searching for the bits for my mod's clothes, I've started another  ::)

I haven't touched my research project lately either.  Time is flying...but I'm stymied by the poppet clothing.  I'm trying to make kind of replica costumes, which is extra hard when I decide to be unnecessarily obsessive about all the exact details that are "supposed" to be there.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on April 16, 2014 02:50:37 AM
I haven't even started my Research project yet. :o Just so much I have to do first, and specially with 2 swaps... ;) Ah well, I'll get there eventually...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on April 16, 2014 09:30:43 PM
I haven't even started my Research project yet. :o Just so much I have to do first, and specially with 2 swaps... ;) Ah well, I'll get there eventually...

I'm working on items for the IYP swap so that's also kept me from my Research Project and new mod.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on April 18, 2014 07:51:12 AM
Congratulations to artsycandice and Amaranth_in_oz!  You are the Nerds of the Week (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431825.msg5165964#msg5165964)!

There are also two Nerd Shout-Outs this week for BadWolf314 and Ludi!  See the Nerd of the Week post for more info.

Remember, if you want to nominate a player or project for Nerd of the Week, just PM the Head Gamemaker, LovelyMiss.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on April 18, 2014 07:56:08 AM
Today is the last day to vote (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JB23SPM) for your favorite Battle Royale pairings!  The three winning match-ups will be featured during the Summer Nerd Games.  Please have your votes in tonight by 11:59 p.m. central time.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on April 18, 2014 07:07:45 PM
:)

I'm a little behind on my research project because of not having big chunks of time and energy to sit down and embroider, but I am making incremental progress.  Been having fun with miniatures because I can work on them for five minutes, walk away to let them dry and go do some paying work, and come back later to do another five minutes.

Don't feel bad, Ludi....  I've had my research project on "the books" since last June.  :P  One of these days I'll surprise myself and finish the thing!!  LOL!

Ditto to that... ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on April 18, 2014 07:47:48 PM
:)

I'm a little behind on my research project because of not having big chunks of time and energy to sit down and embroider, but I am making incremental progress.  Been having fun with miniatures because I can work on them for five minutes, walk away to let them dry and go do some paying work, and come back later to do another five minutes.

Don't feel bad, Ludi....  I've had my research project on "the books" since last June.  :P  One of these days I'll surprise myself and finish the thing!!  LOL!

Ditto to that... ;D

Can I get in line for not making progress on my research project? ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on April 19, 2014 04:11:26 PM
Ha!  Got finished with paying work early today so I've been able to make progress on my Research Project.  I plan to finish by the end of this coming week.  :)



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on April 20, 2014 04:36:03 PM
It's taken me most of today to not quite finish one small component of my Research Project.  I've decided I can't spend my entire life on this, so I have reduced my composition somewhat.  I think I can tell the story in a smaller space...  :)



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on April 20, 2014 06:22:04 PM
It's taken me most of today to not quite finish one small component of my Research Project.  I've decided I can't spend my entire life on this, so I have reduced my composition somewhat.  I think I can tell the story in a smaller space...  :)



I am very curious about this "story" that you will be telling. I can't wait!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on April 22, 2014 07:45:35 AM
Nerd News Update

The votes are in, and the three winning Battle Royale prompts are:

Cats vs. Dogs
submitted by gozer

Earth vs. Air vs. Fire vs. Water
submitted by calliemae

Rock vs. Paper vs. Scissors vs. Lizard vs. Spock
submitted by Smeddley

Runners up:  Halloween vs. Christmas (submitted by bunny1kenobi) and Paper vs. Fabric (submitted by gozer)! 
Look for those and other submitted Battle Royale pairings in future rounds of the Nerd Battles/Games!

Thanks to everyone who participated by submitting ideas and voting!  The three winning match-ups will be featured during the Summer Nerd Games, which will run from June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on April 22, 2014 08:30:13 AM
 Yay! One of mine got chosen!! But my bestie (bunny1kenobi) and I will most definitely be on opposing sides. LOL!
 I hope you use the Halloween vs Christmas for another battle somewhere. That was my personal fave.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on April 22, 2014 08:42:39 AM
Yay! One of mine got chosen!! But my bestie (bunny1kenobi) and I will most definitely be on opposing sides. LOL!
 

Oh yeah, it's ON!!  ;D  LOL!

Yeah, I liked the Halloween vs. Christmas one, as well.  But it would probably be better to do that one in the fall sometime, like maybe October.  ::)

I gotta be honest, tho, I'm looking forward to all of them!  In fact, I believe I voted for most of 'em!   :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on April 22, 2014 09:46:39 AM
I hope you use the Halloween vs Christmas for another battle somewhere. That was my personal fave.

Yeah, I liked the Halloween vs. Christmas one, as well.  But it would probably be better to do that one in the fall sometime, like maybe October.  ::)

;D  It's already on the books for the Fall Battles!  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on April 22, 2014 11:07:59 AM
 YAY!!!!!!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on April 22, 2014 11:11:07 AM

I hope you use the Halloween vs Christmas for another battle somewhere. That was my personal fave.

Yeah, I liked the Halloween vs. Christmas one, as well.  But it would probably be better to do that one in the fall sometime, like maybe October.  ::)

;D  It's already on the books for the Fall Battles!  :D

YAY!!!!!!

Ditto!!  ;D ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on April 22, 2014 01:01:27 PM
Whoo-hoo! Now, I have to start thinking of ideas... since I've already picked my side in 2 out of the 3 battles :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on April 22, 2014 02:03:20 PM
Ooh! I already know what I want to do for the rock/paper/scissors/lizard/Spock one! I love it when a prompt fits a project I've wanted to do but never got around to.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: samash90 on April 22, 2014 02:45:17 PM
I never did get the lizard vs Spock reference , I have a feeling that I am completely out of the loop


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on April 22, 2014 03:04:59 PM
I never did get the lizard vs Spock reference , I have a feeling that I am completely out of the loop

It's from the TV show The Big Bang Theory.  ;)  Super funny and perfectly nerdy, if you get a chance to check it out sometime!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on April 22, 2014 03:48:11 PM
I'm bailing on my Research Project, as I won't be able to complete the ambitious idea I had and have to reduce it to the point it doesn't qualify as a Research Project to my satisfaction.

Oh well, sometimes things are too difficult!   :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on April 22, 2014 05:53:21 PM
Awww, Ludi, are you going to at least tell us what it was?!  I'm sure it was still great, we're all our own worst critics.

Ooooh, battles!  The only one I KNOW what side I am DEFINITELY on is Cats vs Dogs (one of my favorites, so happy it won!).  The others.... I have ideas for more than one side.  Earth, Air, Fire, Water.... I want to do water because I could revisit Sharktopus and Cuttlefish, or Octopodes or Fish... or even just Wendy the Water Drop.  But Dragons could be Air (or Fire, depending on the dragon) and I have some dragon cross-stitch I wanted to do... Birds could be air, too, and there was a hoop I did for a swap I wanted to make another of...  Too many crafts, too little time!

Rock Paper Lizard Scissor Spock... that's another tough one!  I'm leaning lizard, but scissors are in the running, and I'd think a nice, chunky beaded project could be rock... and of course anything paper... 

Ahhhhhhh!  Head exploding with ideas...  (and those are just the battles, nevermind we'll have other prompts... I foresee another heavy crafting summer...)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on April 23, 2014 05:26:36 AM
NERD NEWS UPDATE

This update is all about the Summer Nerd Games.

TEAMS are going to stay the same for Summer:  Textbook, Multimedia, Wordy, Fandom, Randomizer.  If you plan to play along, you are welcome to stay on your current team, or choose a different team at the start of the new season.

UFO SIGHTING monthly prompts are going to go away.  But, UFO Bonus Points are going to be introduced.  Any project you submit that is an un-finished object (UFO) (a.k.a. work-in-progress/WIP) will be eligible for 10 Bonus Points.  UFO Sighting Bonus Points can apply to any prompt, but not to Research Projects (consider the UFO Bonus Points already built into Research Projects! ;D ).

TEAM SPIRIT PROMPTS are going to be introduced, which will help to fill the gap left by the UFO Sightings going away.  Team Spirit Prompts will be a throwback to the inaugural Summer Nerd Games season (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=423319.msg5030827#msg5030827), where each Challenge prompt was related to one of the team categories.  This time around, each team will have one “Team Spirit Prompt” that will be available for everyone to craft the entire season.  Players who complete the Team Spirit Prompt for their own team will earn an extra 10 Bonus Points on that project.

If anyone has ideas for their team's Team Spirit Prompt, please post them in this thread (or PM me)!  The only requirement is that the prompt is related in some way to the team category (Textbook, Multimedia, Wordy, Fandom, Randomizer).  Take a look back at the 2013 Summer Nerd Games Challenges (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=423319.msg5030828#msg5030828) for an idea of what I mean.  If you have an idea for your team prompt, speak up and post it!  This is your chance to write your own custom prompt, tailored perfectly to your own special kind of nerdiness!  I will need all ideas by the end of the day on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.  Team Spirit Prompts will be revealed on the first day of the Summer Nerd Games.  (If you have a great prompt idea for a different team, feel free to post that as well.)

If you made it this far, thanks for reading!  :D  Stay tuned for more special Summer Nerd Games info to be revealed in the coming weeks!

 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on April 23, 2014 06:00:56 AM
 Hmmmm. I am Team Wordy all the way but the only thing I can think of is based on one of your favorite books and you have to name the book. I am assuming all on the team would be readers and have many great books to chose from and in turn recommend to the rest of the team. I will keep thinking... Putting my creative cap on...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on April 23, 2014 06:34:25 AM
For Team Wordy, all that's coming to mind at the moment is doing something with book pages or to alter a book in some way. 

How about something wearable based on your favorite book or character?


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on April 23, 2014 06:49:03 AM
 Using actual books or parts of books for your project is a good idea Bunny1. Even though sometime I have a hard time destroying them they do look awesome in art work.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on April 23, 2014 07:14:49 AM
What about genres? Make something related to a favorite literary genre? Or something to do with language...


Oh, the ideas for randomizer prompts! So many...Maybe Time Machine (make something inspired by the past or future), Tis the Season (fave season), Adventure Is out There! (for or related to the outdoors)...


I just mailed a swap package so I should be submitting my first projects for this game soon!  :o I feel like such a slacker this round.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on April 23, 2014 07:24:17 AM
I think a more challenging (yet book-friendly) activity for team wordy would be to craft something book-related without using any actual books... or words...

Okay, I am so far behind on everything I want to make for this round of the games that I shouldn't even be thinking about the next one! ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on April 23, 2014 08:26:21 AM
Quick ideas, not sure if they are any good or if this is they type of thing you are looking for. If not sorry to lead the thread astray. Here goes....
 Textbook – 1) Based on a Mathematical or Scientific theory. 2) Include the definition.
 Multimedia – 1) Based on your favorite Movie. 2) Include a form of technology (ie, circuits, lights, etc) 3) Your favorite form of technology.
 Wordy – 1) Inspired by your Favorite Book. 2) Based on your Favorite Character. 3) Rewrite your favorite book, inspire the craft to the new ending. 4) Quote it!
 Fandom – 1) Item you would take to a convention or premiere. 2) Inspired by your favorite character/creature/species.  
 Randomizer – 1) Do something random and try a new medium. 2) Take two things completely unrelated and include them into one crafted item.


 Oh, and to make it a little more challenging you have to declare what your favorite is at the beginning. You can't switch books, movies, characters, theories, etc. You have to stick with your fave for the entire Summer.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on April 23, 2014 08:40:30 AM
Hmmmm.... I've never been through summer battles, this could be very interesting.

Some ideas for team Textbook:
- Craft inspired by a specific climate (desert, arctic, tropical, temperate, etc.)
- craft inspired by the microscopic realm (single-celled organisms, things viewable only through a microscope, things you can't see with the naked eye) example: a plush paramecium!

You can tell that I am much more natural-science inclined rather than mathematically... ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on April 23, 2014 09:40:08 AM
Wow, some great prompt ideas!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on April 23, 2014 09:44:01 AM
Wow, I'm liking all the ideas!   :D

Lovely Miss has convinced me that my Research Project still qualifies because of the time I've spent on it, even though it doesn't adhere to the original conception, so I'm going to keep it and get those points for my team.   :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: BadWolf314 on April 23, 2014 09:51:30 AM
This Summer battles is going to be awesome!

And Ludi I can't wait to see what you've been working on!!!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on April 23, 2014 11:10:21 AM
Yay Ludi!

Go Team Wordy!!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on April 23, 2014 01:44:09 PM
Thank you for the encouragement!   :-*


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on April 23, 2014 06:28:47 PM
Hmmmm.... I've never been through summer battles, this could be very interesting.

Some ideas for team Textbook:
- Craft inspired by a specific climate (desert, arctic, tropical, temperate, etc.)
- craft inspired by the microscopic realm (single-celled organisms, things viewable only through a microscope, things you can't see with the naked eye) example: a plush paramecium!

You can tell that I am much more natural-science inclined rather than mathematically... ;)

I like these ideas... Although, I may have to make a plush two-headed flatworm (Planaria, anyone?)... And even if it's not a challenge, I might have to make one anyway... I think I might still have some brown fuzzy fabric around, too :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on April 23, 2014 06:33:18 PM
Hmmmm.... I've never been through summer battles, this could be very interesting.

Some ideas for team Textbook:
- Craft inspired by a specific climate (desert, arctic, tropical, temperate, etc.)
- craft inspired by the microscopic realm (single-celled organisms, things viewable only through a microscope, things you can't see with the naked eye) example: a plush paramecium!

You can tell that I am much more natural-science inclined rather than mathematically... ;)

I like these ideas... Although, I may have to make a plush two-headed flatworm (Planaria, anyone?)... And even if it's not a challenge, I might have to make one anyway... I think I might still have some brown fuzzy fabric around, too :)


Ooh, I like that idea too! You know, having several over-sized microscopic critters as throw pillows could be a lot of fun! And a great conversation starter. ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on April 23, 2014 07:11:51 PM
I really wish I had swapped Research Projects. Now I have a doll I've worked on all month and my team will have nothing to show for it. :-[


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on April 24, 2014 08:48:35 AM
 Don't fret. You still have a month and even if you don't finish by then lot of people have carried their projects over into the next Games.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on April 24, 2014 10:30:05 AM
Yeah... my research deadline has come and gone. I considered removing the project but decided that I would hang on through the spring games, just in case.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on April 24, 2014 10:46:25 AM
My first research project was put aside in favor of a second one... which has not even been started... I think I only proposed two... In any case, it's been carried over for every round since :) I'll get to it eventually...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on April 24, 2014 11:05:27 AM
Don't fret. You still have a month and even if you don't finish by then lot of people have carried their projects over into the next Games.

And some of us have carried them over multiple games already...  O.o


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on April 24, 2014 05:15:41 PM
Randomizer ... 2) Take two things completely unrelated and include them into one crafted item.

I love this idea!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on April 25, 2014 10:14:29 PM
What I mean is I have a doll that I've worked on a month that could have been a research project. It's a totally different one that the research doll.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on April 26, 2014 02:10:08 PM
I picked up 6 skeins of the Blacklight yarn the other day. Now, I just have to decide what to make. I don't really want to make a blanket, so I'm a little tempted to draft my own hoodie pattern... although I'm not a big fan of hoods... so I might base the design off of a fleece pullover I have... I definitely have more yarn than I need for the hoodie, but I wanted to keep my options open :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on April 27, 2014 05:24:43 PM
Finished my very reduced version of my Research Project.   :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on April 28, 2014 03:00:42 PM
Oy! My grand plans to do about 10 crafts over vacation just didn't happen (I did do some paint-your-own pottery, but I'm not sure if it fits any prompts). In between finishing up my last patch for the TM Patch Swap, I'm trying to sneak in two projects... Fingers crossed I can get it all done!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on April 28, 2014 08:42:10 PM
Soon I will be finished with my mod. Soon May will be here and I can post it. Soon...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on April 28, 2014 08:57:25 PM
Finished my very reduced version of my Research Project.   :P

I am anxious to see what you have been up to Ludi. ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on April 28, 2014 09:20:36 PM
Finished my very reduced version of my Research Project.   :P

I am anxious to see what you have been up to Ludi. ;)

I missed that somehow. I'm also eager to see what Ludi has done! She is amazing! :o


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on April 29, 2014 04:58:35 AM
Thanks!  It is so different from my original conception...which was ridiculously complicated... :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Tanath on April 29, 2014 04:57:03 PM
So much activity! Current games, summer games, even people already talking about fall.
I tried to work on my research project, and boarded what I thought was a time machine. Turns out it was just an airplane, as I found myself in Germany :)
2 weeks vacation, but no crafting (other than a tiny swatch of very wonky crochet, as the little one requested wrist warmers like mine).
Come back to 10 pages on this thread and 10 in the Spring thread.
I'll updating the tracking sheet tomorrow and hopefully have a report by the end of the week. Who knows, I might have some projects as well.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on April 29, 2014 07:04:34 PM
Okay, I'm sure there is a "help" feature staring me in the face, but for whatever reason I cannot see it right now. So... I want to post a project for the April flash mob, but it is an ATC that I haven't mailed yet. How do I post the picture with just a link so the recipient can't see it on scrolling through?


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on April 29, 2014 07:06:52 PM
replace the "img" in the brackets with "url"

So it will look like:

[ url ] (address) [ /url ]

(without the spaces)

As such:

https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/221575_29Apr14_Shadow.jpg (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/221575_29Apr14_Shadow.jpg)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on April 30, 2014 06:56:47 AM
Wonderful. Thank you Smeddley!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on April 30, 2014 07:50:24 AM
Today is the last day to turn in Battle Royale and Flash Mob prompts for April!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on April 30, 2014 08:04:18 AM
Today is the last day to turn in Battle Royale and Flash Mob prompts for April!

I noticed that yesterday (where the heck did the month go???) and got something in just under the wire. Whew!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on April 30, 2014 10:14:38 AM
I'm still struggling to turn something in this semester, but that's mostly due to timing issues (the wee Hobbits are happy to play but constantly asking me to help something/put them into dress up costumes/read a story etc etc etc...

... AND I'VE GOT blimming issues with colour changes in amigurumi crochet! And after using the "magic circle" I've currently a pattern that goes with cs and then sl... what a change! Hopefully will get some time tonight when the girls are finally asleep... and definitely plan on doing something this weekend (provided the item I ordered arrived - I have to get stuff done for 2 swaps!!).


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on April 30, 2014 06:45:06 PM
Tomorrow, tomorrow, there's new prompts, tomorrow...
...you're only a day away!

Can't wait to see what May holds!

Oh my goodness, it's almost MAY already!  Where has the year gone?!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on April 30, 2014 07:03:43 PM
Tomorrow, tomorrow, there's new prompts, tomorrow...
...you're only a day away!

Can't wait to see what May holds!

Oh my goodness, it's almost MAY already!  Where has the year gone?!

YAY for MAY!!! ... and new prompts!!! ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on April 30, 2014 10:51:47 PM
I accidentally stayed up too late, so I decided to stay up a little longer.  MAY PROMPTS ARE POSTED! (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431825.msg5165947#msg5165947)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on May 01, 2014 06:11:17 AM
Yay new prompts, and they are awesome.

Yay LovelyMiss for all the hard work you do!

...but how do I choose between coffee and tea? I love them both so!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: pishaw13 on May 01, 2014 07:56:15 AM
Hey y'all!
I'm excited about all these new prompts!

I have a couple questions about this craftalong (This is my first one so I'm still uncertain about some things).
  • If I have a project that I have been working on for longer than the beginning of the craftalong, can I still post it?
  • If I make multiples of the came project can I post them for different prompts? (I am building up my apron inventory so I have made several in the past day or two, but they are all different)
  • If I have a project that is already started, but it will definitely take three more weeks to complete, can I propose that as a research project?
  • Does anyone know how to put a badge under the "Brief Bio" description of your profile? 

Thanks for your patience with me, I promise I will get the hang of this soon and I'll be ready to go for the summer session! ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on May 01, 2014 08:05:31 AM
Hey y'all!
I'm excited about all these new prompts!

I have a couple questions about this craftalong (This is my first one so I'm still uncertain about some things).
  • If I have a project that I have been working on for longer than the beginning of the craftalong, can I still post it?
  • If I make multiples of the came project can I post them for different prompts? (I am building up my apron inventory so I have made several in the past day or two, but they are all different)
  • If I have a project that is already started, but it will definitely take three more weeks to complete, can I propose that as a research project?
  • Does anyone know how to put a badge under the "Brief Bio" description of your profile?  

Thanks for your patience with me, I promise I will get the hang of this soon and I'll be ready to go for the summer session! ;D

I'll go in order.  ;)

--Yes, you can post your projects, as long as you put in at least 30 minutes of crafting time during the current season.  Such projects are considered WIPS, or works-in-progress!
--Yes, you can post them as separate projects for different prompts, or you can post them together as a set under the same prompt.  It is up to you.  Players do both regularly!  
--Yes, you can propose it as a Research Project, as long as you have at least three weeks of crafting time left before it is finished!  
--Just upload the badge under My Picture Hosting. (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/uploadphoto.php?cat=500)  Once it's uploaded, you will have two options, "Copy and paste this into your Craftster post," or "To show a small linked thumbnail instead, copy and paste this."  Copy the thumbnail link and post it under the "Brief Bio" section!  That's it!  

Thanks for asking great questions!  I'll update the FAQ so this info will be available to new players in the future!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on May 01, 2014 08:53:35 AM
I accidentally stayed up too late, so I decided to stay up a little longer.  MAY PROMPTS ARE POSTED! (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431825.msg5165947#msg5165947)

Yay!! Now I can move forward with my day! ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on May 01, 2014 11:48:02 AM
Ahhh, new prompts!  My favorite time of month!  :P

*Ideas brewing....*



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: pishaw13 on May 01, 2014 12:51:41 PM
Hi!
I'd like to propose a research project.

Research Project Name: Bobble Stitch Jumper
Team: Multimedia
Project Site: http://zilredloh.com/2012/06/08/stitchcraft-freebie-bobble-stitch-jumper/
Brief Description:
I have been working on this sweater for a few weeks now, but it could easily take at least three more weeks to complete. I have loved this pattern since I saw it on pinterest months ago. I finally got to the point where I was project-less and decided to start this. The big issue with this pattern is that it uses size 2 needles, which is the smallest size I have ever used. All was going well until I had to add two more patterns width for the cap sleeves. Now, after having to change to longer needles, it takes almost ten minute per row! I only manage to do at most 5 rows per day because the size of the needles hurts my hand after a prolonged time.

Anyway, I expect to finish the front by next Thursday because I only have about forty rows left. Then I will have to make the back, but I am not intending to follow the pattern because I don't want bobbles on the back and I want to use bigger needles so the back doesn't take me five weeks. I am expecting this will take me over a week to come up with a plan to make the back look cohesive with the front and then actually knit the back. Then I will make the neckband and hand stitch it on. Then I will have to piece and block the sweater which will take another day or two.

This is how it is looking so far.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on May 01, 2014 12:53:47 PM
Yikes that looks difficult pishaw13!   :o


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on May 01, 2014 01:17:39 PM
Nerd News Update

Summer Nerd Games Edition

NEW BADGE OPPORTUNITIES
The Summer Nerd Games will introduce some new ways to earn badges!  This update will cover Medaling.

MEDALING
The main new feature for Summer will be Medaling.  Five events will be available in which you can medal:  

Fabricology = any project that incorporates fabric;
Paperology = any project that incorporates paper;
Yarnology = any project that incorporates yarn;
Foodology = any project that is edible or food-inspired;
Craftology = any jewelry, clay, or wood projects, miscellaneous projects, or projects that do not fit into the other events.

These are not additional prompts, but just categories under which you can submit any of your projects.  An “Event” section will be added to the header so medal progress can be tracked.

Bronze medal = Three projects submitted for same event;
Silver medal = Four projects submitted for same event;
Gold medal = Five projects submitted for same event.

The “events” do not need to be the main focus of the project, but just utilized in some way.  For example, an obvious choice for Yarnology might be a crochet project, but it might also be a project where yarn was used as doll hair, or as part of a bracelet.  Or Fabricology might be a hoopla embroidered on fabric.  Of course, many projects could fit into multiple Event categories, but you will only be able to choose one Event for each project.  It is not necessary to choose an Event category for your project, it is just for extra fun.  Medals will be given out during the end of season Award Ceremony.

Stay tuned for more Summer Nerd Games info to be revealed in the coming weeks!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on May 01, 2014 02:49:15 PM
Yay!   :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: pishaw13 on May 01, 2014 03:45:29 PM
Yay! I'm super excited for the Summer games since I will be able to participate in the whole session. Also, this is likely to be the only way I will ever medal in something since my athletic ability is at about zero!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on May 01, 2014 04:16:32 PM
Hooray for the Summer Nerd Games!! 

Thank you, Lovely Miss, for all the hard work you do to keep this so fun for us!   ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on May 01, 2014 04:21:01 PM
Medals!  Yay!  Just when you think it can't get any better, the Nerd Games come out with something more!  :D

*starts planning*


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on May 01, 2014 04:23:28 PM
I'm trying to decide if I can commit  to a "wee house" project as my next Research Project.  I'm worried it will take much longer than three weeks..  :P  But I don't have any other big projects in mind right now, in fact, I'm trying to mostly avoid big projects for awhile as I have so many other things to do - gardening, shearing sheep, cleaning the entire house, going places with a Little Visitor, doing real paying work... :o


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on May 01, 2014 04:46:54 PM
LM, you have the best ideas!

Thanks so much for all you do!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on May 02, 2014 07:10:39 AM
 Ooh. The medals idea sounds so cool. I love it!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on May 02, 2014 02:34:12 PM
Love the medals! Can't wait for summer!!!

I don't know how many of my Spring Games projects will be completed. I completely forgot progress reports were coming up, so I have to work on them this weekend. But, I may try to sneak in a little crafting. I'm going to check my list and see what I might be able to work on. Even if I don't finish something this weekend, I might be able to make a dent!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on May 02, 2014 03:20:39 PM
Thanks!  I'm just a crazy person with a brain that won't shut up...you all are what actually makes the fun!  :D

Ludi - I'd love to see a wee house made by you!  I can't even comprehend the awesomeness potential!  It does seem like a big project, though!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on May 02, 2014 04:11:57 PM
It's an extra-large Nerd of the Week update!

Congratulations to Calabaza, gozer, pishaw13, and Smeddley!  You are the Nerds of the Week (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431825.msg5165964#msg5165964)!

There is also a Nerd Shout-Out this week for artsycandice!  See the Nerd of the Week post for more info.

Remember, if you want to nominate a player or project for Nerd of the Week, just PM the Head Gamemaker, LovelyMiss.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on May 02, 2014 04:24:12 PM
Thank you, Lovely Miss!

Congratulations, nerds!!  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on May 02, 2014 05:46:43 PM
Yay for nerds!!!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: vincentvanbuck on May 05, 2014 08:06:44 PM
Oh, mercy!  I contracted a bad case of Swap-Induced Craft Exhaustion in April, and have been keeping a low profile on the boards for the past month.  Finally built up the courage to start catching up on the pages and pages (... and pages...) of unread forum posts from the past several weeks.  But I am getting very excited for the Summer Games!  (Oh yeah, guess I better get around to posting some prompts for this season's Battles pretty soon.)

.... 22 days of teaching left..... 22 days.... I can make it to the Crafty Promised Land.... 22 days...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on May 06, 2014 11:40:18 AM
Wow!  Look at all the Nerds!

Way to go everyone!  ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on May 06, 2014 12:06:03 PM
 yay and thanks. I am honored to be included with such a talented group this week!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on May 06, 2014 02:35:48 PM
.... 22 days of teaching left..... 22 days.... I can make it to the Crafty Promised Land.... 22 days...

LOL! I have a few more days than you (June 24th is the day when freedom rings), but I know what you're going through :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on May 06, 2014 04:58:36 PM
I'm not in this, but I'm a teacher too, and I just needed to chime in.  ;D Due to having to make up days because if all the snow days this winter, I work till June 30th!  Sadness. :'(


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on May 06, 2014 07:08:47 PM
Ouch! Last year we went to the 28th which was the last possible day. I did manage to make up for it with plenty of summer crafty time, however! I did almost every challenge prompt, I think, and with a wrist in a cast, too :)


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Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on May 07, 2014 06:09:58 AM
I want a summer break!  :(

My husband teaches, and while he usually takes on classes in the summer (he teaches at a community college), last year he had the whole summer off.  There was much jealousy in the household...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on May 07, 2014 10:06:28 AM
I'm not in this, but I'm a teacher too, and I just needed to chime in.  ;D Due to having to make up days because if all the snow days this winter, I work till June 30th!  Sadness. :'(

What do you mean, you're not in this?!?!?  You darn well should be, you make so much fun stuff!  Come on in, the water's fine!  ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on May 07, 2014 12:43:46 PM
Nerd News Update

Summer Nerd Games Edition

The Summer Nerd Games are hiring!  The Games have the following positions:  Pinterest Pinster, Project Tracker, and Badge Maker.  If our current staff would like to continue in their roles, please declare it here or PM me.  If anyone decides not to continue, I will put out a call for the openings. 

Summer Staff
Pinterest Pinster:  Calabaza
Project Tracker:  Tanath
Badge Maker:  BadWolf314 (confirmed)


We need Team Captains!  Team Captains are responsible for welcoming new teammates, encouraging players, and acting as ambassadors for the Nerd Games in whatever ways work for them.  The teams are remaining the same for Summer: Textbook, Multimedia, Wordy, Fandom, Randomizer.  If you are interested in being a Team Captain for Summer, volunteer in this thread! 

Textbook Captain:  BadWolf314
Multimedia Captain:  open
Wordy Captain:  open
Fandom Captain:  open
Randomizer Captain:  open


Nerd Games Swap
I’m thinking of hosting a small Nerd Games swap sometime during the Summer round.  It would be in the OTT vein.  You would send one tiny nerdy thing (based on your partner's interests), a card, and one of your favorite craft supplies.  Would anyone be interested in participating?  This is just for feedback purposes; if you say yes now, it’s not a commitment to sign up later!  If there is not enough interest for Summer, we can shelve it for a later season!

Stay tuned for more Summer Nerd Games info to be revealed in the coming weeks!



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on May 07, 2014 01:22:48 PM
I could be interested in a Summer Nerd Games swap...


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Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on May 07, 2014 02:48:27 PM
I'm happy to continue to be Team Leader for Multimedia (if you have me that is)

Also would be up for a Nerdy Swap during Nerd Summer Games!! ;)



On a totally unrelated note ... has anyone got any suggestions how to avoid cramps in your "hook hand"? Don't think I've been crocheting THAT much ... :o


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on May 07, 2014 03:39:30 PM

On a totally unrelated note ... has anyone got any suggestions how to avoid cramps in your "hook hand"? Don't think I've been crocheting THAT much ... :o

doTerra Deep Blue essential oil blend.  Amazing for both muscle and joint pain! PM me if you want more info....

I would be very interested in a Nerd Games Summer swap!  That would be a hoot!  I really like the terms of the swap that have been laid out, but I also think that a raffle swap would be really fun, too, like the FOC's did this winter.  Just a thought.  Maybe we could do 2 swaps.  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on May 07, 2014 03:40:50 PM
Would anyone be interested in participating?

Yes!   :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on May 07, 2014 05:09:10 PM
Making real progress on my Research Project; I might have something to show by the end of the weekend.  To hint at the construction challenges I'm facing, here's one of my inspiration pics:  http://s0.geograph.org.uk/geophotos/01/97/19/1971905_8d9d9b26.jpg



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on May 07, 2014 06:08:04 PM
I would totally participate in a OTNT (One Tiny Nerdy Thing) swap, provided I'm in good standing, have an open space, and the swap organizer likes me enough to let me in!

Inselaeffchen, a lot of people get the bigger rubber grips for their crochet hooks, and that can help!  There are also the compression gloves, and I like to make sure my hands stay warm (as possible, my hands are always between chilly and downright icy, people think I'm a zombie) when crocheting.  Sometimes I have a heating pad nearby!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on May 07, 2014 07:49:51 PM
I'm happy to continue to be Team Leader for Multimedia (if you have me that is)

You got it! 

Summer Team Captains
Textbook Captain:  BadWolf314
Multimedia Captain:  Inselaeffchen
Wordy Captain:  open
Fandom Captain:  open
Randomizer Captain:  open



Ludi, that picture alone is awesome, I can't wait to see how you incorporate it in tiny form!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on May 08, 2014 06:04:07 AM
Making real progress on my Research Project; I might have something to show by the end of the weekend.  To hint at the construction challenges I'm facing, here's one of my inspiration pics:  http://s0.geograph.org.uk/geophotos/01/97/19/1971905_8d9d9b26.jpg



Oh my! That does look daunting!  But if anyone can pull it off, Ludi, it's you!  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on May 08, 2014 06:08:34 AM
Aw, thanks!   :-*   This project will definitely exceed three+ weeks....


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on May 08, 2014 08:29:34 AM
Making real progress on my Research Project; I might have something to show by the end of the weekend.  To hint at the construction challenges I'm facing, here's one of my inspiration pics:  http://s0.geograph.org.uk/geophotos/01/97/19/1971905_8d9d9b26.jpg



I love that image! It makes me want to sit down and create a dimensional piece too. Good luck! I second bunny1kenobi, if anyone can pull it off, it's you! ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on May 08, 2014 04:34:33 PM
I can keep pinning and captaining Team Randomizer if that's cool with everyone.


FYI, I will be out of town until Tues. While I will have internet access, I'll most likely be to busy/tired to be on it much.  :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on May 08, 2014 07:36:01 PM
I can keep pinning and captaining Team Randomizer if that's cool with everyone.

We would love it!  ;D

Summer Staff
Pinterest Pinster:  Calabaza (confirmed)
Project Tracker:  Tanath
Badge Maker:  BadWolf314 (confirmed)


Summer Team Captains
Textbook Captain:  BadWolf314
Multimedia Captain:  Inselaeffchen
Wordy Captain:  open
Fandom Captain:  open
Randomizer Captain:  Calabaza


Team Captain positions for Team Wordy and Team Fandom are still available!  Anyone is free to volunteer (though you should plan to be on the respective team for Summer  :D )! 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on May 09, 2014 04:49:11 AM
I'm still alive.  I've just been overwhelmed by an insane cross stitch project I decided to work on.  every time I pick it up, I ask myself, "why did I do this?"

hmmm...I can do this as a research project!  it's going to take me longer than 3 MONTHS I'm sure...   :D

no I can't.  :'(  I've already started it.  but it's only been about a week.  I started it on April 30th.  wow.  ok so it's been 2 weeks (and that's all I have done?!  gods I hate 28 count cloth!!!!!!!!!!!).
think that maybe since I have a definite start date, I can be added?  I know that's my exact start date because I had an important worker's comp appointment that day and I told myself I wasn't starting the project till I had all the floss I needed, which I ended up picking up that day.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on May 09, 2014 05:32:17 AM
I'm pretty sure you can do a WIP as a research project as long as you have 3 more weeks of work to do in it!

You have Mr interested in what this insane project is! I just started trying to work with sine 28 ct, and I can't work on it for very long in one sitting or I go all cross-eyed...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on May 09, 2014 12:36:26 PM
I'm pretty sure you can do a WIP as a research project as long as you have 3 more weeks of work to do in it!

Yep, Krafty_Karasu, you can still propose it as a Research Project!  Just like Smeddley said, as long as you have at least three weeks left to go before it's finished!  So go ahead and propose it over in the Spring thread!  It will carry over to Summer. 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on May 09, 2014 08:44:03 PM
I'm pretty sure you can do a WIP as a research project as long as you have 3 more weeks of work to do in it!

Yep, Krafty_Karasu, you can still propose it as a Research Project!  Just like Smeddley said, as long as you have at least three weeks left to go before it's finished!  So go ahead and propose it over in the Spring thread!  It will carry over to Summer. 

cool beans.  thank you both!  I wasn't sure when I read the info on research projects, so I'm glad I could get some clarification.  :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on May 11, 2014 05:55:55 PM
Today, I spent a chunk of time (more than I realized) working on my "best" craft. It has several parts to it and will need to be assembled, which is my least favorite part. And, because it comes as a matching pair, I have twice as much to do. But, because it is for someone at work, I will make sure I finish it soon...

And, I started the prep work for my "royal" craft. I don't know how much else I'll be getting done... maybe two additional prompts... maybe...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on May 11, 2014 06:43:19 PM
I'm not coming up with ideas to match the prompts very well.... ???


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Tanath on May 12, 2014 01:28:10 PM

*** Tanath steps out of what appears to be a washing machine connected to a bicycle, with strange wires and pipes sticking out all over ***
I think my time machine is glitching, how did I get to the middle of May? Also, why are there piles of laundry next to the laundry basket?

Anyway, a long overdue tracking report, coming right at you.
As of the writing of this post, we have 231 projects, from 24 players.

It seems we are a friendly bunch, as the most popular prompt at this point is Friendship is Magic, with 19 submissions (and I'm sure we would have seen a lot more, if we could do more than one project per prompt, what with all the swap items flying around the world).
Ludi has again thrown off the calculations in the tracking machine, filling the lab with sparks and purple smoke, as she has already completed 2 research projects, and is researching on (don't worry, I fixed it, and it was special purple smoke, not harmful).
Besides researching everything, Ludi is also the one with the most prompts completed at the moment, with 18 projects.
Following closely after are crazyda79, bunny1kenobi, gozer and LovelyMiss with 17 projects each, and artsycandice with 16 projects.

The current totals are as follows:
Team Score Board
TeamPointsPlayers
Wordy16907
Multimedia8206
Textbook11604
Randomizer12805
Fandom2002

Till next time, keep crafting!

*** Tanath puts on her googles and bravely climbs into her time machine ***


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on May 12, 2014 02:35:40 PM
Great report, Tanath!  Thanks for the fun facts!  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on May 12, 2014 03:19:09 PM
Posted a Research Project update in the Wee House-along; looks pretty embarrassing at this stage  :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on May 12, 2014 03:40:17 PM
I'm not coming up with ideas to match the prompts very well.... ???

I'm struggling with this round of the games, too! I keep changing my plans because of time limitations, and I've made a few things that don't fit any of the prompts (and I can usually come up with a way to make things fit). But, I think I'll manage to squeeze in a few more points for Team Textbook!

Thanks for the stats, Tanath. It's always fun to read what you've compiled :)


Title: Re:
Post by: artsycandice on May 12, 2014 03:47:15 PM
Awesome. That was fun to read. Way to go Ludi! I am also struggling with the prompts but I am determined to finish them all! I guess that I should stop tying and start crafting! Keep it up needs!!!

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Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on May 13, 2014 12:02:36 PM
 Go Team Wordy!!! And all the other teams too cas I like to see what you made.  ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: pishaw13 on May 13, 2014 03:06:54 PM
Okay so I've got some questions abour the Summer Nerd Battles and Research projects.

I'm going to be moving to a new house on May 31, and it's a real fixer-upper. Since this is just in time for the start of the Summer Games I want to propose some of my renovations as research projects. My question is, should I propose each room that I am renovating as a seperate research project, or how should I do that? Is each project a different research project (I.e. painting all the rooms being one, refinishing all the floors being another, etc.) Is the whole house one project? I worry that I will have no idea what "done" is for a project like this. I'm hoping I will still be able to get some crafting stuff finished to, but once I leave the house I'm in now I'm expecting it will take me several weeks before my craft room is set up.

Ps- If anyone has any great organization ideas for a craft room holler, because I'm looking all over pinterest for the perfect set up!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on May 13, 2014 03:51:19 PM
Okay so I've got some questions abour the Summer Nerd Battles and Research projects.

I'm going to be moving to a new house on May 31, and it's a real fixer-upper. Since this is just in time for the start of the Summer Games I want to propose some of my renovations as research projects. My question is, should I propose each room that I am renovating as a seperate research project, or how should I do that? Is each project a different research project (I.e. painting all the rooms being one, refinishing all the floors being another, etc.) Is the whole house one project? I worry that I will have no idea what "done" is for a project like this. I'm hoping I will still be able to get some crafting stuff finished to, but once I leave the house I'm in now I'm expecting it will take me several weeks before my craft room is set up.

Ps- If anyone has any great organization ideas for a craft room holler, because I'm looking all over pinterest for the perfect set up!

Congrats on moving!  I am going to be moving this summer too, and was thinking about Research Projects.  I think any of the ways you suggested would be fine (except maybe doing the whole house as one project :D ).  I tend to focus on one room at a time, so for me I would probably do one room as a project.  But it also makes sense to me that refinishing all of the floors could be a huge Research Project.  It is however you want to divide the work to get it to the three week minimum for Research Projects.  And as far as knowing when something is "done" just decide when you propose your project.  So if I was doing a room I would say I want it painted, floors done, and furniture moved in and assembled.  For another room it might just be painting and decorating.  Or whatever.  You get the gist I'm sure...since you can only have one Reserach Project going at a time, just set out some arbitrary guidelines so you know when you're done and can propose the next one.  :D


Title: Happy Birthday Annual Report
Post by: LovelyMiss on May 15, 2014 08:59:16 AM

It has been 12 months since the Summer Nerd Games kicked off this crafty adventure on May 15, 2013.  Let's take a look back at the accomplishments during the year.

Annual Report*

76 players have participated throughout the year.
1,207 projects have been submitted for the craftalong.
That's an average of nearly 101 projects per month!
38 projects have been crafted for charity.
45 new tutorials and recipes have been posted to Craftster as part of the Nerd Games.
24 Research Projects have been completed.
134 badges have been awarded.


*These totals represent May 15, 2013-May 14, 2014.


Battle Royale Flashback

Summer 2013
May:  Pirates vs. Ninjas - Pirates win!
June:  Horror vs. Romance - Romance wins!
July:  DC vs. Marvel - Marvel wins!  
August:  Star Trek vs. Star Wars - Star Trek wins!

Fall 2013
September:  Bard Battle: Shakespeare vs. Dickens vs. Austen - Shakespeare wins!
October:  Werewolves vs. Vampires - Tie!
November:   Heroes vs. Villains - Heroes win!

Winter 2013-2014
December:  Harry Potter vs. Twilight vs. The Hunger Games - The Hunger Games win!
January:  Space vs. The Sea - The Sea wins!
February:  Anime vs. Classic Cartoons - Anime wins!

Spring 2014
March: Color vs. Black & White - Color wins!
April:  Comic Books vs. Regular Books - Regular Books win!
May:  Tea vs. Coffee - TBD

Winners of the Battle Royale vote for Summer 2014
Look for these Battle Royale match-ups this Summer!
Cats vs. Dogs
Earth vs. Air vs. Fire vs. Water
Rock vs. Paper vs. Scissors vs. Lizard vs. Spock


Several new features will be unveiled during the 2014 Summer Nerd Games, such as Team Spirit prompts, medaling, and new opportunities for Bonus Points.  Flash Mobs were added during the Winter 2013 Nerd Battles.  UFO Sighting prompts were introduced in the Fall 2013 Nerd Battles, but will be phased out this Summer in favor of UFO Bonus Points!

If you have suggestions that would improve the Nerd Battles/Games experience, please feel free to PM the Head Gamemaker, LovelyMiss.  If there are prompts or themes you would like to see in upcoming rounds, send those ideas, too!

Thanks for an awesome year, everyone!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on May 15, 2014 09:03:15 AM
Yay, nerd games!

And a big Thank You to the staff that keeps the games running smoothly!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on May 15, 2014 09:06:34 AM
Wow! That's a lot of crafting happening!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on May 15, 2014 09:19:26 AM
 A big heap of thank-you hugs for everyone who has made this crafty adventure so much fun!!  I've loved being inspired and awed by all the amazing projects everyone has made, and I'm especially grateful for all the time and energy devoted by the staff!  A couple of standouts:  Lovely Miss, you have been fantastic!  You are always coming up with new ways for us to enjoy being nerds!  And Tanath's point tabulations are always so entertaining!

Yay for nerds!   ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: BadWolf314 on May 15, 2014 09:36:50 AM
A big heap of thank-you hugs for everyone who has made this crafty adventure so much fun!!  I've loved being inspired and awed by all the amazing projects everyone has made, and I'm especially grateful for all the time and energy devoted by the staff!  A couple of standouts:  Lovely Miss, you have been fantastic!  You are always coming up with new ways for us to enjoy being nerds!  And Tanath's point tabulations are always so entertaining!

Yay for nerds!   ;D

Yes! Lovely Miss you are awesome! Thank you for all you do!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on May 15, 2014 08:11:41 PM
You all are so sweet! ;D

Summer Staff
Pinterest Pinster:  Calabaza (confirmed)
Project Tracker:  Tanath (confirmed)
Badge Maker:  BadWolf314 (confirmed)


Summer Team Captains
Textbook Captain:  BadWolf314
Multimedia Captain:  Inselaeffchen
Wordy Captain:  open
Fandom Captain:  open
Randomizer Captain:  Calabaza


Team Captain positions for Team Wordy and Team Fandom are still available! 
Volunteer in this thread if you are interested! 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on May 16, 2014 10:57:32 AM
 Amazing job and a huge thank you to those of you who keep this going. I know it takes a lot of time and effort and we love you for it!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on May 16, 2014 12:26:04 PM
Thank you Nerdalong Team!   :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on May 16, 2014 04:56:15 PM
Congratulations to crazyda79 and LovleyMiss.  You are the Nerds of the Week (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431825.msg5165964#msg5165964).

Nerd Shout-Outs this week for bunny1kenobi and pishaw13!  

See the Nerd of the Week link for more info.

Remember, if there is a player or project you would like to nominate for Nerd of the Week, just PM the Head Gamemaker, LovelyMiss!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on May 16, 2014 05:23:25 PM
Research Project update in the Wee Housealong... :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on May 16, 2014 05:44:39 PM
Research Project update in the Wee Housealong... :)

Holy cow, Ludi, that already looks super awesome!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on May 16, 2014 06:04:32 PM
LovelyMiss, thank you so much for keeping the Nerd Games alive (and thanks to pinkleo for starting them, too)!

This has been so much fun, and so inspiring, too! And, it has helped me to tackle a few projects I've been meaning to make, but just never got around to. I'm excited about the new changes and am looking forward to to seeing what the summer brings!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on May 17, 2014 04:49:45 PM
Thank you, Lovely Miss!

I'm making stuff, but I can't shoehorn it into the prompts!  Oh well, I guess I'll just keep working on my Research Project...  :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on May 17, 2014 05:49:36 PM
I'm almost done with my "Mail Art" item, and am in the process of working on my "Best at" item, which is a bit fussier than I expected... I'm making something tomorrow morning, but I don't think it fits any of the prompts...although, now that I look at them, I think I can make it fit into one of them!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on May 17, 2014 06:07:44 PM
I just wanted to let you all know that have a busy month ahead, so I am going to begin preparing the Summer Nerd Games thread now so it doesn't sneak up on me in a couple weeks.  Please do not post in the thread until the Games open on June 1.  Team Captains may reserve a space in the thread for their Team Headquarters starting on May 23rd.  

We still need Team Captains for TEAM WORDY and TEAM FANDOM!  
It's not hard, and takes minimal work to be a Captain, so go ahead and volunteer! :D  


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on May 18, 2014 04:49:33 AM
Thank you, Tanath! And thanks to LM and everyone else who makes these games possible and fun!

And yay for Team Randomizer! Way to go, crazyda and LM!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on May 18, 2014 08:14:12 AM
Just checked out the Summer Games thread!!

Lovely Miss, you are AMAZING!!  So well -organized and wonderful!!  I don't know about the rest of y'all, but I'm so pumped for the Summer Games!!  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: pishaw13 on May 18, 2014 10:27:46 AM
I just peaked at the Summer Games thread. Ooooooohhhhh I'm so excited!!!!!! I love seeing the new prompts and I can't wait to win a medal!!!!!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: smileyyogini on May 18, 2014 06:32:45 PM
YES! Summer Games! I had the best time last year. I am SO in again this year.



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on May 19, 2014 04:12:31 PM
I'll volunteer to be Team Wordy Captain.  I'm on here constantly anyway!  :D


Title: Re:
Post by: pishaw13 on May 19, 2014 05:09:33 PM
Question- If I were to finish my current research project this weekend, would I be able to propose another one right after so I could get started? Or do I have to wait until the start of the summer games?

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Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on May 19, 2014 06:10:55 PM
I'll volunteer to be Team Wordy Captain.  I'm on here constantly anyway!  :D

Woohoo! 

Summer Team Captains
Textbook Captain:  BadWolf314
Multimedia Captain:  Inselaeffchen
Wordy Captain:  bunny1kenobi
Fandom Captain:  open
Randomizer Captain:  Calabaza


A Team Captain position for Team Fandom is still available!


Question- If I were to finish my current research project this weekend, would I be able to propose another one right after so I could get started? Or do I have to wait until the start of the summer games?

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You can propose a new one right away and then it will just carry over to Summer.  A lot of people propose their next Research Project in the same post that they turn in their finished Research Project...just paste the Research Project Proposal Header under your Submission information.  No gaps in crafting necessary!  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on May 19, 2014 06:30:52 PM
Hooray bunny!  Excellent team captain!   :D



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on May 20, 2014 11:19:55 AM
Hooray bunny!  Excellent team captain!   :D



Aww, you're so sweet!  :-*

PS. Go Team Wordy!!  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on May 21, 2014 10:19:10 AM
 Yay Bunny1!!!  You will be an excellent captain! Thank you so much for volunteering.  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: calliemae on May 22, 2014 05:21:26 PM
I'm hoping I can be a bit more of an active participant in the summer games. I've been knitting plenty but nothing that fits the prompts. I've got some ideas I hope to start and finish before the end of the month. My pink blanket is making slow progress but I promise I've been working on it in between requests and work.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on May 23, 2014 06:55:29 AM
Yay Bunny1!!!  You will be an excellent captain! Thank you so much for volunteering.  ;D

Thanks, gozer!  :-*

See, even if I'm a mediocre team captain, I have such awesome team members that we'll STILL rock it!!  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on May 23, 2014 10:29:33 AM
Beginning today, Team Captains may head over to the Summer Nerd Games (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=433539.0) thread to reserve a spot for their Team HQ!  Please do not make any other posts in that thread until the Games open on June 1st.  Thanks!

We still need a Captain for Team Fandom!  Volunteer in this thread if you are interested.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on May 23, 2014 09:41:17 PM
Well, I'm on Team Multimedia but I can swap to Team Fandom so there will be a team captain :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on May 24, 2014 07:25:31 AM
Well, I'm on Team Multimedia but I can swap to Team Fandom so there will be a team captain :)

LOL! I always think of you as being on Team Fandom already!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on May 24, 2014 07:45:35 AM
Well, I'm on Team Multimedia but I can swap to Team Fandom so there will be a team captain :)

Fun!  You've got the job!  ;D  Head over to the Summer thread (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=433539) and claim your spot for Team Fandom!

Summer Team Captains
Textbook Captain:  BadWolf314
Multimedia Captain:  Inselaeffchen
Wordy Captain:  bunny1kenobi
Fandom Captain:  FreakieGeekie
Randomizer Captain:  Calabaza


Thanks to everyone who has volunteered! 

REMINDER:  There is exactly one week left of the Spring Nerd Battles!  Make sure to have all projects posted by 11:59 pm central time on Saturday, May 31, 2014.  


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on May 24, 2014 08:50:38 AM
I might not finish my Research Project for this session of the nerdalong, and have to carry it over to the Summer Games.  Can't work on it this weekend because my workroom is infested by a guest....


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on May 24, 2014 12:05:49 PM
Mmmmh... not able to post my crafts in time for the end of the Spring Nerd Battles. Is it ok to carry them to the Summer Games if I can find challenges etc that suit?

Currently on family visit and have only sporadically access to the internet (and photos are on the laptop at home...)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on May 24, 2014 04:21:16 PM
I might not finish my Research Project for this session of the nerdalong, and have to carry it over to the Summer Games.  Can't work on it this weekend because my workroom is infested by a guest....

I don't know if I should laugh, but I did...I hate those pesky guests.  And I don't think you need to feel to bad about your Research Project status.  You've already finished two this season, and you can start next season off with a bang by turning in this one!  :D


Mmmmh... not able to post my crafts in time for the end of the Spring Nerd Battles. Is it ok to carry them to the Summer Games if I can find challenges etc that suit?

Currently on family visit and have only sporadically access to the internet (and photos are on the laptop at home...)

Technically the things you turn in should be crafted during the current season, because the idea is that the craftalong keeps you crafting along during the specified time period.  If you put in a little work on your projects during the Summer round before you post them, though, you'd be good to go...and be able to claim the new UFO Bonus Points because they'd be WIPs!  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on May 25, 2014 01:46:15 AM
Thanks for that. I might be able to post a couple afterall ... hoping that the photos are either in DropBox or on the SD card which is currently in my camera...  :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: pishaw13 on May 26, 2014 02:51:10 PM
FreakieGreekie, I think I may change teams right along with you! I was on the fence this past battle, but I think fandom fits my personal style a little better :)

Update about my research project: I am so close to the end(!) but since i'm moving this week it's not getting much love and attention. I'm still going to try and get it done by the 31st though, so wish me luck!

LovelyMiss, were you the other craftster who is moving now? If it is you, I hope it's all going smoothy! (If you aren't moving.... wel I still hope things are going smoothly, just in a different way.)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on May 26, 2014 09:08:22 PM
I'm glad Team Fandom is getting some love for Summer!  :D  Yeah, I'm the one moving.  It's going smoothly, expect for my procrastination and contempt for packing.  :D  I hope your transition is going smoothly, too!  Good luck this week! 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on May 27, 2014 06:36:14 PM
Aaaarrrrggghhh! I am the point in my "best at" project where I hate it... I'm hoping that if I can push through to finish it (soon... please!!!) that it will come out better than I think it will. I worked on it for about a half an hour tonight before I decided I needed to try out a new way to make egg salad...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on May 27, 2014 06:40:18 PM
I won't manage to get any more crafts in for this session of the nerd-along.  Oh well, better luck in the Summer Games!   :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: calliemae on May 28, 2014 09:42:17 AM
I'm hoping to get a couple of items finished before the end. I'm half way through my entry for star signs, and I'm hoping to get that finished at least.

It doesn't look like I'm going to get my research project finished in the next couple of days though. I'm so mad at myself, I had most of the blanket squares finished and was just about to start joining them and I cannot find them anywhere. A whole bag with 90 blanket squares. Note to self, always move knitted items away from where roommates can find them.  >:(


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on May 28, 2014 09:59:23 AM
I'm hoping to squeeze a few more in before the end...

Already looking forward to the Summer Games!  I really need to ditch my Research Project and pick a new one, I'm not at all inspired to work on that afghan right now.  I probably will change it for the Summer Games, I have a dance bra that I need to cover and decorate.  Those take an age to do properly, I'd think that would qualify, if not, I can do a whole outfit as the project....  I have a few of those that need to be done, too!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Monty on May 29, 2014 07:21:10 AM
I am also looking forward to the summer nerd games! I had a fun time last time I was able to get in on the battles.  Since moving my supplies are all still stuffed in various boxes around the house. The games will be a good way to get my butt in gear to clean, organize and get crafting.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on May 29, 2014 04:46:08 PM
I have a couple of items I'm hoping to get in under the wire (as usual!), but I'll have to see how things go. One is driving me crazy (and I'm too tired to work on it now...).


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on May 30, 2014 03:30:06 AM
Tomorrow (Saturday) is the last day to turn in prompts or projects for the Spring Nerd Battles!  There is still enough time to finish up those last few items!  :D  Please have all posts completed by 11:59 p.m. (central time) tomorrow night.  

The Summer Nerd Games will begin bright and early Sunday morning!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on May 30, 2014 12:00:07 PM
 I had a hectic May and the one project I did manage to finish for the games was a dud and needs to be redone. I pan to be more active in the Summer Games. I can't wait to see the prompts!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on May 30, 2014 01:24:09 PM
  I can't wait to see the prompts!

Me, too!!

PS. Dogs are gonna win the Battle Royale...  ;D but it'll be soooo close!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on May 30, 2014 01:45:08 PM
  I can't wait to see the prompts!

Me, too!!

PS. Dogs are gonna win the Battle Royale...  ;D but it'll be soooo close!

I like this prediction! Go go puppy power!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on May 30, 2014 02:53:52 PM
I won't be able to craft as much as I was planning tomorrow :( It's my college reunion weekend, and while I'm not officially attending, I'm meeting a group of college friends for dinner. It's in the city where I live, but it'll still cut my day right in half...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on May 30, 2014 04:22:02 PM
  I can't wait to see the prompts!

Me, too!!

PS. Dogs are gonna win the Battle Royale...  ;D but it'll be soooo close!

I like this prediction! Go go puppy power!

Gozer, my crafster bestie, is very pro-kitty and I am very pro-puppy.  So my comment was merely made to taunt her.  :P  But I still think the pups are gonna win the day!  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: samash90 on May 30, 2014 04:46:30 PM
It may just be me , but I feel we need a team technology, or is this covered by multimedia?


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on May 30, 2014 04:52:20 PM
Team Textbook is all science-y, and if you put tech in the field of science, Team Textbook may be what you're looking for.  :)



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: samash90 on May 30, 2014 04:57:20 PM
I guess you have a point , I don't seam to think of it in that kind of capacity anymore :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on May 30, 2014 05:23:01 PM
Back at the beginning of the Nerd Games, we had a bunch of teams, but they have reduced down to the number we have now.  I actually prefer it the way it is now, even though I was probably most inspired by the old days, when I was on Team Spooky.  It was hard for me to commit to one of these few teams, but since the nerddom I'm most dedicated to is Wordy (in the extreme) that's the team I chose, even though I was tempted to join Team Fandom because of my extreme fannishness.... Some of the old teams had just a couple people in them; I prefer the fewer larger teams of today.  :)



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on May 30, 2014 05:41:24 PM
Team Textbook is all science-y, and if you put tech in the field of science, Team Textbook may be what you're looking for.  :)



That's why I picked team Textbook was for the science, given my obsession with birds. Otherwise I'm not interested in math or tech-y stuff. But they are in there too. ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: samash90 on May 30, 2014 05:45:28 PM
Fair enough :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on May 30, 2014 06:30:02 PM
And also, team Textbook is just plain awesome... :)

So, we had a big thunderstorm earlier and it brought a hailstorm with it. Once I checked that there wasn't a tornado threat, I went back to my project (which will sort of fall under the "home decorating" theme). If the stores were still open, I'd finish it tonight. Instead, I'll have to tackle it some more tomorrow... and then maybe finish up that other pesky project...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: BadWolf314 on May 30, 2014 10:36:35 PM
And also, team Textbook is just plain awesome... :)

So, we had a big thunderstorm earlier and it brought a hailstorm with it. Once I checked that there wasn't a tornado threat, I went back to my project (which will sort of fall under the "home decorating" theme). If the stores were still open, I'd finish it tonight. Instead, I'll have to tackle it some more tomorrow... and then maybe finish up that other pesky project...

Yes we kinda are. And I joined because it is the closest to techy out of all of them and as a computer programmer, it's kinda a big part of me. :D

I miss a good thunderstorm, I don't get them any more where I live. :(


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on May 30, 2014 11:56:29 PM
I was going to be crafty all evening yesterday. It was a lovely day: Not too hot, not too cold, slight breeze. And then, in the midst of the pleasantness, the power went out! Seriously odd.

There's no way I'm going to be able to finish much- if anything -in time but I will get to pinning for sure. I'm looking forward to seeing what else has been posted!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on May 31, 2014 05:19:52 AM
I am awake early (for a Saturday) and so I'm going to work a bit on that dreaded project- I hope I can finish it!. Then, I will hit the recycling center and the store to finish the project I worked on last night. I have one project all finished that I need to post, but I think that might end up being it... which is too bad, because I have another project or two all lined up, but dinner puts a kink in my crafty plans. Maybe I can fit them into a new theme starting tomorrow! :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on May 31, 2014 06:06:18 AM
I'm hoping to squeeze a couple more projects in under the wire sometime today... fingers crossed!!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on May 31, 2014 07:41:05 AM
Is it a bad thing that I've decided to put off a trip to the recycling center until next weekend? I'm working on finishing up that dreaded project, and now that I've gone a step further, I think I'm past the "I hate it" stage and on to the "I think I might actually like it" stage... I am currently in the assembly phase, and it's finally starting to look like something :)

So, I might actually get 3 projects posted today! Sadly, I have many more projects and supplies stacked up (what's my sign, royalty, for example), but they're just not going to happen in this round. For the Summer Games, I expect to be much more productive; I did pretty well last summer, considering I had a broken wrist, so if all goes well, I should be in good shape to do all of the challenges!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: calliemae on May 31, 2014 08:47:16 AM
I'm hoping to be a lot more productive during the summer. Between college, working and roommate ridiculousness I don't have a lot of leftover time to knit. However, I have a new job (babysitting my nieces!) which means no more evenings, night shift and all weekends off for the whole summer, and I'm moving in with my sister later this afternoon so my life should get a lot less hectic. Now just to stop procrastinating and finish packing.

Go Team Wordy!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on May 31, 2014 05:40:41 PM
I guess I'm glad I'm not the only one who goes through the "I hate it" phase of projects.  Most of mine pass through that phase.  Fortunately most of them escape this phase....

I'm really hoping to be extremely active in the Summer Games, but gainful employment seems to be getting in the way of most plans except paying bills....  ::)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on May 31, 2014 11:28:58 PM
The Spring Nerd Battles are CLOSED!

The Summer Nerd Games are OPEN!
Check out the June prompts. (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=433539.msg5196956#msg5196956)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on June 01, 2014 07:11:07 AM
The June prompts are very inspiring. Thanks! I already have a couple of projects I've been wanting to do that fall into some of those prompts. Hey, looks like I might actually finish them after all. :D Thank you nerd games for helping me to be motivated to finish my crafty projects.


Title: Re: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Tanath on June 01, 2014 07:28:04 AM
Yay, new round. The promts look like fun. Can't think of anything specific, but I can see how they match into my favorote crafts and stuff, so I am sure I will figure them out :)

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Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: vincentvanbuck on June 01, 2014 07:40:55 AM
Happy Summer Games, everybody!

The new prompts look great.  I love all the new elements with the medaling, team spirit prompts, etc.  With only one week left of school left, and a whole new season of craftalongs beginning, I am feeling very inspired to be more active this season.  Can't wait to get started! (But, alas, I will have to --- MANY papers left to grade.)

Thank you, LovelyMiss and other Games staff members, for all your hard work putting these opportunities for us together!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on June 01, 2014 08:19:22 AM
vincentvanbuck, I know the feeling! I am trying to stay on top of things (a quiz to grade today, and 3 assignments to grade tomorrow afternoon). I always let things stack up until the end of the term and hate myself for doing it. I'm really hoping that I can have everything done so that when it's time to post the grades, I just need to calculate final year averages and then enter comments. And then, I'll have most of my summer free to craft!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on June 01, 2014 05:33:15 PM
Hooray for the Summer Nerd Games!!

Loving the prompts, Lovely Miss!

I do have a quick question regarding the Team Spirit prompts - maybe probably, I'm overlooking something, but if we do a project for another team's team spirit prompt, is it still worth 20 points (and then 10 bonus if it's for our team's prompt, right)?


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on June 02, 2014 01:42:03 AM
I do have a quick question regarding the Team Spirit prompts - maybe probably, I'm overlooking something, but if we do a project for another team's team spirit prompt, is it still worth 20 points (and then 10 bonus if it's for our team's prompt, right)?

Yep, that's right!  All Team Spirit prompts are worth 20 points.  If you complete the Team Spirit prompt for your own team it will be 20 points + 10 Bonus Points.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on June 02, 2014 04:05:30 AM
NERD NEWS UPDATE

The Spring Nerd Battles ended with a BANG, with 38 new projects posted on the last day alone!  Thank you to everyone for making it such a great season!

~*Special thanks to our amazing badge maker, BadWolf314, our masterful project tracker, Tanath, and our Pinterest princess, Calabaza!*~

---Watch for the final badges and the Spring Award Ceremony in the coming days.  Feel free to continue giving love to all of the fantastic projects in the Spring thread (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431825.0)!---


As you know, the Summer Nerd Games (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=433539.msg5196952#msg5196952) have begun!

Remember:
--Be sure to fill out the new Event section on the Completed Project Header if you would like your projects to go toward your Medal (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=433539.msg5196964#msg5196964) count!

--UFO Sighting prompts have gone away, but now you can claim UFO Bonus Points on any WIP project you complete!  All prompts qualify for UFO Bonus Points (but Research Projects are not eligible for UFO Bonus Points).

--Everyone can complete all of the new Team Spirit prompts, regardless of team.  BUT you will get 10 extra Bonus Points if you complete the Team Spirit prompt for your own team! 


Stay tuned for more information throughout the Summer!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Tanath on June 02, 2014 01:03:40 PM
Thank you, LovelyMiss, for explaining all the new stuff, in a way that my half asleep brain understands :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on June 02, 2014 02:55:46 PM
Thank you, LovelyMiss, for explaining all the new stuff, in a way that my half asleep brain understands :)


Glad it's helpful!  ;D  Sometimes I don't know if I'm just repeating myself or actually saying something useful.  :D

FYI for everyone, I added more details about points to the Prompt Palace (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=433539.0), so hopefully it can help clear up any potential lingering confusion about prompt and Bonus Point values. 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Tanath on June 03, 2014 11:49:03 AM

Spring Nerd Battles 2014 Final Roundup

Final report for the spring round!

We had 24 active players who submitted a total of 334 projects!
(that's 68 more projects than last round)

The uber-crafter award of this season goes to LovelyMiss who completed all 27 prompts, including brownie points and a research project.
she is followed closely by BadWolf314, with 26 completed prompts, meaning everything but brownie points.
Third in the number of prompts is crazyda79, with 25, which is all the prompts, excluding brownie points and research.
bunny1kenobi and Smeddley also contributed many projects, with 24 each.

The most crafted prompts were Friendship is Magic and Luck of the Irish, with 20 projects each, showing we might all just be a bunch of carebears :)
The next in line are Idioms and You're the best around, at 18 each.

There is not one single prompt that didn't get some attention (but you already know that if you've been following along, since we have players who completed all the prompts).
We have 4 completed research projects, half of which were completed by Ludi.

March battle - Color VS. Black and White - color won 10 to 6.
April battle - Regular Books VS. Comic Books - Regular Books won 12 to 2.
May battle - Coffee VS. Tea - it's a tie, with 3 points each.

So, this makes us people who like lots of color, but prefer the black on white of a regular book, and any warm drink that comes in a mug (so we can put it on a mug rug?).

Here's a rundown of the prompts:

PromptEntries
- Friendship is Magin20
- Luck of the Irish20
- Idioms18
- You're the best around18
- March flash mob17
- Clone Wars17
- March Battle16
- March Sighting16
- Exterminate16
- Honey, you should see me in a crown15
- April Battle14
- Now we're cooking13
- April Flash Mob12
- April Sighting12
- Shrines12
- Going Postal12
- Pi Day11
- Book Arts11
- Department of the Interior10
- What's your Sign?9
- Right in the feels9
- May Flash Mob8
- May Sighting8
- It's actually pretty easy being green8
- May Battle6
- Research4
- Brownie Points2

Team Score Board
TeamPointsPlayers
Wordy21207
Multimedia14306
Textbook18604
Randomizer16605
Fandom2902

Team Wordy
ActsofCraftiness - 6 projects, 120 points
bunny1kenobi - 24 projects, 510 points
calliemae - 15 projects, 320 points
coulsenl - 3 projects, 60 points
gozer - 18 projects, 380 points
Ludi - 19 projects, 560 points
Ratfinkz - 8 projects, 170 points

Team Multimedia
FreakieGeekie - 6 projects, 140 points
Inselaeffchen - 14 projects, 280 points
Krafty_Karasu - 1 project, 20 points
pishaw13 - 18 projects, 380 points
sammylouise40 - 12 projects, 250 points
vincentvanbuck - 18 projects, 360 points

Team Textbook
artsycandice - 20 projects, 410 points
BadWolf314 - 26 projects, 660 points
craftADDchick - 14 projects, 290 points
Smeddley - 24 projects, 500 points

Team Randomizer
Amaranth_in_oz - 12 projects, 240 points
Calabaza - 9 projects, 200 points
crazyda79 - 25 projects, 530 points
Linakins - 1 project, 20 points
LovelyMiss - 27 projects, 670 points

Team Fandom
samash90 - 7 projects, 140 points
Tanath - 7 project, 150 points

Let me know if I missed anything, or if there is any special random fact you want to know :)
If anyone wants to see the glamorous tracking worksheet to grab random facts by yourselves, just let me know and I'll send you a link.

The machine is being upgraded to withstand the summer heat (and we're adding a sunroof and ice-cream dispenser to it). Let me know if you want a link to the tracking sheet (wrote tracking sheep, wonder what that is). Team captains - this might be useful for you , but anyone is welcome to it if they want.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on June 03, 2014 12:25:16 PM
Wow, thanks Tanath! 

And I'd love a link to your tracking sheep.  :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on June 03, 2014 04:54:07 PM
A most excellent job, Tanath! And congrats to all of the teams!

My favorite statistic:

We have 4 completed research projects, half of which were completed by Ludi.

Go Ludi! :)




Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on June 03, 2014 05:06:27 PM
Aww, thank you!   :-*


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on June 04, 2014 10:27:34 AM
Ludi ROCKS.

The end.

 ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on June 04, 2014 11:36:16 AM
Ludi ROCKS.

The end.

 ;D

I am "liking" this. ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on June 04, 2014 12:34:45 PM
Aw!  *blush*   :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on June 05, 2014 01:31:57 PM
Check out the Spring Nerd Battles Award Ceremony (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431825.msg5203820#msg5203820)!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on June 06, 2014 04:09:11 PM
*sigh* I wanted to craft something tonight for the games, but all of my ideas are too involved to tackle with my current brain capacity  :D I think I'll start mucking around with the design of an item I have in mind. There's a tricky part I have to consider, and may decide to modify. Now, I just need to find some scrap paper! And maybe, eat some dinner...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on June 06, 2014 05:20:19 PM
Just finished my Battle Royale, which I hope to post tomorrow!   :D

craftADDchick - eating dinner is recommended!   ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: calliemae on June 06, 2014 06:29:13 PM
I've finished something for the battle, just no idea what to put it under.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on June 06, 2014 07:03:07 PM
Just finished my Battle Royale, which I hope to post tomorrow!   :D

craftADDchick - eating dinner is recommended!   ;)

Can't wait to see it, Ludi! And, dinner has been eaten :) 

But, I didn't get any actual written  planning done on my item... I'm still working it out in my head... putting it together, finding the flaws, and re-designing... I should have thought about it a bit on the way home from work! My brain has a way of sorting out the details while I'm driving (and it's all in the "background" so I'm not even really aware what my brain is doing... because I'm concentrating on driving, of course :) ).


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: mama24boyz on June 06, 2014 07:03:41 PM
I'm coming back to the games! I have a couple of projects nearly finished and know just where to put them. Yay! I can't wait to play over the summer!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: vincentvanbuck on June 06, 2014 09:57:26 PM
I'm coming back to the games! I have a couple of projects nearly finished and know just where to put them. Yay! I can't wait to play over the summer!

::waves:: Hi mama24boyz!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on June 07, 2014 11:38:34 PM
I had to trash my original research project.  :'(  :'(  :'(  :'(  :'(  :'(  :'(  :'(  :'(

but, I came up with another one that I've posted in the summer battle.  it's about the same size, but it's only 7 colors rather than 18.  so hopefully I can't screw it up like the last one...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on June 08, 2014 04:59:04 AM
Oh, bummer, Krafty_Karasu! Can you use any part of it? Or use it for something else?


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on June 08, 2014 05:48:28 AM
Aw, Krafty!   :'(


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on June 08, 2014 05:51:03 AM
I wish I would have thought of that before I threw it away.  the corner where I started could have made a neat abstract patch, but it's gone now, so it's not happening.  that's part of my problem; I have anger issues, so I sometimes act irrationally.  I used to be able to draw.  it was nothing fantastic, and people were in no way on my list of things I could draw, but at least I could draw animals.  years later, I tried to draw again, and nothing went right.  so I ripped the page out of my book, crumpled it up, and threw it across the room.  it's worse now; if the first line doesn't look right it gets thrown across the room.  and because of this, I don't draw anymore, unless it's just some sketch thingy that doesn't need to look good.  I just need to know a rough idea of what something should look like so I can use stuff to bring it to life.  a good example is a shadowbox I want to make.  all I had to do was get a layout of what I wanted to do so that when I go to make it, I know what should go where.  basically I use it as a way to remember how I want to make something without having to actually remember (since I am so forgetful).  my drawing is not meant for people to see, so this mess I made on paper will be tossed once I make the shadowbox.  if things don't go well with this project, I'll be tempted to do the same.  but I will try my hardest to not throw it away and see if I can make it into something else.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on June 08, 2014 06:28:14 AM
I can identify with the drawing thing, Krafty.  I never try to draw for a finished work, just little rough stick figures to plan things, though I used to be pretty good 100 years ago in art college...can't draw worth a darn now....   :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on June 08, 2014 04:41:20 PM
I can not and could not draw  ::)

I'm so excited I have projects to post...after my swap partner gets her package that I'll send out this week :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: calliemae on June 08, 2014 05:35:00 PM
I've started on my entry for the flash mob. I'm alternating between that and my research project. I'm giving myself the deadline of next Sunday for both.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on June 08, 2014 07:00:55 PM
My students all think I draw very well, but my drawings are very basic (and forget about any proper perspective). My sister is an artist, and she is very good, so I compare myself to her. One of my students recently complimented me on a diagram I had drawn for class, and I said it wasn't very good compared to my sister. And she replied, "You can compare yourself to someone who is good, but that doesn't mean you're not good!" Pretty astute for a 12 year old!

So, sometimes we are our own worst critics...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on June 09, 2014 06:58:42 AM
 As the sister who can draw I will say, everyone can draw. You just aren't mastering the style you want to draw in yet. LOL! My Mom can draw too. She was an Art teacher for many years. She doesn't like the style she draws in still. I love it. She is sketchy and I have a hard time being sketchy.
 Embrace your style! Picasso did.  ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on June 09, 2014 07:25:49 AM
Yep, and everyone can sculpt, embroider, paint, etc etc....  ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on June 09, 2014 07:31:30 AM
I'm not a fan of my drawing style either.  I always find myself trying to achieve life-like because I admire it so.  But I need to aim for simple.  Or maybe just someplace in between that.

That said, I'm improving, so that's a plus.  ;)  Keep moving forward!  Loved "Meet the Robinsons!"  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on June 10, 2014 04:49:43 PM
Yep, and everyone can sculpt, embroider, paint, etc etc....  ;)

:)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on June 13, 2014 08:44:28 AM
Lately most of my projects are for swaps, so I'm holding off on posting them, but this weekend I plan to work on my Flash Mob, which is for me and is both nerdy and wordy!   :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on June 13, 2014 02:47:39 PM
I have a small pile of projects to grade (I was smart and had them do them in groups :) ) and my goal is to knock them out tonight. I have a mid-day commitment tomorrow, but then, I am free to craft for the rest of the day. Heading to a baseball game with a group of students on Sunday, so no crafting is going to happen. :(


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on June 15, 2014 12:57:29 PM
Mmmmh... after I received the gorgeous Harry Potter bag in the HP Box Swap, I'm getting more into Teesha Moore patches ... just not sure where to start? Soo many things are out there ... any suggestions where/how to start? It's all so overwhelming...  ;D

Really hoping to get some crafting done on Tuesday, things were just a bit hectic here since we got back from Germany...  :o


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on June 15, 2014 01:52:47 PM
Mmmmh... after I received the gorgeous Harry Potter bag in the HP Box Swap, I'm getting more into Teesha Moore patches ... just not sure where to start? Soo many things are out there ... any suggestions where/how to start? It's all so overwhelming...  ;D

Really hoping to get some crafting done on Tuesday, things were just a bit hectic here since we got back from Germany...  :o

Well, you could keep an eye out for the next TM swap. Follow the previous swap for news. I think it is due to happen soon.
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432227.0#axzz34k8fZvV1


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on June 15, 2014 01:55:16 PM
Thanks for that, artsycandice ... I'll do that! :)


Title: Re: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: crazyda79 on June 15, 2014 06:20:21 PM
Progress on my research project.  Got the parts all cut out for the doll  just need to get stitching on him and then on to the accessories 

Sent from my SPH-L710 using Tapatalk


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: calliemae on June 15, 2014 07:01:56 PM
The doll looks great, can't wait to see the accessories you make for him.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on June 15, 2014 07:02:04 PM
Mmmmh... after I received the gorgeous Harry Potter bag in the HP Box Swap, I'm getting more into Teesha Moore patches ... just not sure where to start? Soo many things are out there ... any suggestions where/how to start? It's all so overwhelming...  ;D

Really hoping to get some crafting done on Tuesday, things were just a bit hectic here since we got back from Germany...  :o

Before I started my bag many years ago, I searched through the Craftster archives, and through Flickr to get inspiration for my patches.  I didn't really copy them, I just looked for cool stitches or ideas...like using iron-ons, fabric cut outs, and charms.  Then I matched up my fabric scraps and cut them together at the same time so they would line up nicely...but I'm a little OCD like that.  :D

Progress on my research project.  Got the parts all cut out for the doll  just need to get stitching on him and then on to the accessories

Sent from my SPH-L710 using Tapatalk

He looks so great already!  I can't wait to see it as you make more progress!


I have been working on moving, but not really crafting...just cleaning and packing!  I'll have a few things to post soon, though.  I have been keeping up the thread and trying to stay as up-to-date as possible with badges and things, even though I'm not posting so much at the moment.  Things will settle down in the next two weeks, so then I can get back to obsessively checking Craftster 12 times a day.  :D

I thought my fellow Who nerds might appreciate the cupcakes my mom and grandma made me for my birthday.  They sure made my day!   ;D  





Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on June 15, 2014 11:00:13 PM
LovelyMiss those are some awesome cupcakes! They look so tasty :d

crazyda, that's going to be so cute when it's finished!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: stillatthetop on June 16, 2014 04:39:56 AM
I have not tried an official TM patch...I have done similar hippy stuff before I ever even heard of her, though.
It is my take that most anything goes. No size restrictions...no special colors...theme is up to participants in what they like for swapping. Lots of hand embroidery, or maybe by machine. Beads are a nice add on. Not required. Other little quiltey do-dads go well, too. {Like silk flower petals, or some other topping}

For your own darn self, make them how you like. For swapping...just ask what your partner likes. Colors, textures, theme...that sort of thing. I can't wait to "bomb" into these. My mind is racing, but I can't think where I would use them just yet. I am not fond of switching out purses...so maybe a Holiday bunting style banner? Mind is still boiling with ideas. I don't think they have to be square/rectangle. I would probably request some triangles. ;D Later date. I am swamped in some swaps at the moment.

If anyone is interested in fabric trades...I have a ton. And my own iSpy thread on here in the quilting board. That is what I am wishing at the moment. But I can swap out to you for other fabrics that you can add for your TM patches. ;D The left overs from my iSpy will go into some TMs, I am sure. Feel free to PM me. We can discuss details there.

~T


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on June 18, 2014 07:59:45 AM
I haven't worked on my Research Project in weeks.   :-[  I had my doubts about this one, and I'll probably end up bailing on it and starting another.  I have a large swap project coming up that will probably be a better Research Project, at least one that I'll actually finish!   :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: calliemae on June 18, 2014 08:10:42 AM
Mine is almost finished, I just need to seam all the squares together. I just keep getting distracted by other projects that I need/want to do. I'm going to sit down this weekend and start getting the pieces together. I already have the next research project planned out that I'm really excited about so I'll finish this one as soon as possible now.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on June 18, 2014 08:29:44 AM
Research project???? What's that????  ;D

I haven't even started yet, but planning on taking the wool and needles with me on the week away, hopefully can make some inroads then. ;) Tempted to give another one actually... ho hummm....


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on June 18, 2014 11:58:18 AM
My research project is LONG overdue. I really need to finish her clothes and do the repaint on her boots and paint her face.

Nearly finished with my ami! He just needs his head now. He will be my onomatopoeia submission.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on June 19, 2014 08:55:58 PM
Speaking of research projects mine looks like it will be done on time. Woo hoo! I have the weekend to finish it up. Stay-tuned!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on June 19, 2014 09:00:17 PM
it's so fun to see what everyone comes up with!


Title: Re:
Post by: crazyda79 on June 20, 2014 09:38:32 AM
My research perfect is coming along.  He is all stitched up.  Now working on all his accessories!

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Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on June 20, 2014 11:12:12 AM
I'm working on my project's head. And he still won't be finished: I must CLOTHE him! Unless I want to send him out to my friend's son in the buff.  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: crazyda79 on June 21, 2014 10:23:52 AM
I have been having so much fun with my Pete doll, I have already decided on another research project, possibly two more ;)  Summer break gives me lots of free time that I want to utilize!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on June 21, 2014 08:29:12 PM
Can't wait to see them FreakieGeekie and crazyda79!

I just found out that my evening  craft workshop for tomorrow night was cancelled, so I'll have to come up with another idea for the RPSLS battle...


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Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Tanath on June 22, 2014 01:21:18 PM

At 91 projects and 3 weeks into the round, I think it's high time to get a report out there.
So, have at it:

As mentioned about, we got 91 projects already submitted (might be more by the time this is posted).
We have 18 active players. and all teams are represented.
I was a bit worried that Team Textbook might have gotten locked in the library or something, but I guess they were just busy piling up the goods to post, as last week Smeddley and BadWolf314 swooped in and posted a total of 12 projects.
Looks like Team Fandom is mostly busy being adoring fans, as we've only seen projects from pishaw13 so far, but I'm sure that by the end of the month we'll have more players showing up.
I wonder what calliemae will do for the rest of the month, as she's out of prompts for this month (and has the badges to prove it too).

TeamPointsPlayersProjects
Wordy:580628
Multimedia:690632
Textbook:250212
Randomizer:260312
Fandom:22017

I'm sending a link to the tracking sheet to all team captains, if anyone else wants a link, just let me know.
And if there is any interesting random statistic you're just dying to know, post a comment in the thread. I'll throw some numbers in the tracking machine and see what comes out (I hope it won't be purple smoke).


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on June 22, 2014 02:14:27 PM
Thanks, Tanath!   :)



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on June 22, 2014 03:06:25 PM
Thanks for the update, Tanath! And, I laughed when you expressed your concern for Team Textbook :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on June 22, 2014 04:06:44 PM
I have a bunch of projects finished, but all for swaps.  Still have to fill in a couple of the Team Spirit prompts and finish my Flash Mob...

I'm going to try to Craft All The Things this nerdalong....


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on June 22, 2014 04:34:46 PM
Me too! I think if I can get my June Flash Mob finished then I can get everything else done over the course of the summer (in between my 2 weeks of classes). I have a bunch of ideas listed for the prompts, but I just need to have time to start them! School ends on Tuesday, and once my classroom is all packed up, I'll have the rest of the night free to craft! I have a class starting on Wednesday, but I don't think we'll have much homework, so I can craft when I get home! Prepare for the onslaught! :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: vincentvanbuck on June 22, 2014 05:29:29 PM

TeamPointsPlayersProjects
Wordy:580628
Multimedia:690632
Textbook:250212
Randomizer:260312
Fandom:22017


Woot woot, Team Multimedia has the most points so far!  Way to go Team!  :D

(Of course, we use an "average score" system in the Nerd Battles, so that means Team Fandom is actually way in the lead... meh, I choose to look at the glass half-full.  ;))


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on June 22, 2014 05:31:37 PM
I'll be taking a vacation from my primary employment, though I'll still be working at my secondary job, but I should have lots of time for crafting during July.  Looking forward to finishing a major sculpting project and at least starting another, which I hope to share.  :)  I wish I weren't The World's Slowest Sculptor.   ::)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on June 22, 2014 09:38:32 PM
NEVER AGAIN will I crochet a Pyramid Head ami! His head is giving me fits! **pulls hair out**
And my tablet died (again!) so I can't digitally color my other project, so I guess I'll just submit the lineart because I've lost my colored pencils, too. It's embarrassing how easily I lose things!  :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Tanath on June 23, 2014 10:56:46 AM
craftADDchick - I just know the power of books, it's only some sort of GPS or timer in my head that saves me from missing my station (or the fact that the train is arriving when I wait for it) when I'm reading.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: BadWolf314 on June 23, 2014 11:23:42 AM
I was a bit worried that Team Textbook might have gotten locked in the library or something, but I guess they were just busy piling up the goods to post, as last week Smeddley and BadWolf314 swooped in and posted a total of 12 projects.

Not locked... more of lost track of time and before I knew it June was almost over!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on June 23, 2014 05:39:28 PM
craftADDchick - I just know the power of books, it's only some sort of GPS or timer in my head that saves me from missing my station (or the fact that the train is arriving when I wait for it) when I'm reading.

My room was never clean when I was a kid because I always found a book whenever I was sent up to clean it, and then, the cleaning would stop... Until my mom asked if it was clean, and then I would shove everything under the bed and go back to reading...


And, I will be adding some points to Team Textbook soon! Finishing a Father's Day and making birthday gifts for my siblings should help!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on June 24, 2014 12:26:03 AM
craftADDchick - I just know the power of books, it's only some sort of GPS or timer in my head that saves me from missing my station (or the fact that the train is arriving when I wait for it) when I'm reading.

My room was never clean when I was a kid because I always found a book whenever I was sent up to clean it, and then, the cleaning would stop... Until my mom asked if it was clean, and then I would shove everything under the bed and go back to reading...

That sounds very familiar...  ;D


Title: Re:
Post by: crazyda79 on June 24, 2014 09:14:56 AM
I did the same thing back in the day with cleaning and still do it sometimes now lol

In crafty news, Pete the Cat, my research project should be finished this evening!  Yay for being exactly on time!  That was my goal to finish at the three week mark and I've almost done it!  Yay!  Pics tonight hopefully ;)

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Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on June 24, 2014 09:27:03 AM
Yay for Pete!

My research project is also finished on time. I have to wait for my partner to receive it before posting though. *sigh*


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: calliemae on June 24, 2014 04:51:50 PM
Can't wait to see the finished Pete.

I found a couple more skeins of pink yarn in my stash, so I've decided to add a few squares to my blanket. If I don't use it in this project it won't get used and I need to get it used up. My room is starting to resemble the stock room at Michaels.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on June 24, 2014 05:30:35 PM
I applaud those who are finishing their Research Projects!  Looking forward to seeing them.  :)



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on June 24, 2014 07:04:33 PM
I applaud those who are finishing their Research Projects!  Looking forward to seeing them.  :)



Ditto! Because I can't even remember what Research Project I had...

Tonight, I did pick up supplies for a small project, but I am too tired to work on it tonight. It was the last day of school (hooray!), but I have a class for the next week and a half (boo!) and then on the Monday after the 4th, I have to go back and finish packing up my classroom (boo!), because the custodians said I didn't have to get it all done today (hooray!).

So, when I get home tomorrow afternoon, I have two (and maybe three) household tasks I need to tackle, and then I can work on my project... I think it might fit into the Fandom Team Spirit challenge.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on June 25, 2014 07:56:28 AM
I am officially withdrawing my Ruined Tower Research Project and submitting a new Research Project Proposal which I can't say anything about because it is for a swap!   ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on June 25, 2014 08:27:44 AM
I am officially withdrawing my Ruined Tower Research Project and submitting a new Research Project Proposal which I can't say anything about because it is for a swap!   ;)

Oh no! I loved seeing the progress on the ruined tower! I hope you finish it eventually.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on June 25, 2014 09:33:57 AM
I am officially withdrawing my Ruined Tower Research Project and submitting a new Research Project Proposal which I can't say anything about because it is for a swap!   ;)

Oh no! I loved seeing the progress on the ruined tower! I hope you finish it eventually.

Ditto!!! 

I am working on my research project (FINALLY!) and hope to be finished this week.  Then I will also be submitting a secret project - gotta keep BadWolf in the dark.... :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: BadWolf314 on June 25, 2014 10:14:24 AM
I am officially withdrawing my Ruined Tower Research Project and submitting a new Research Project Proposal which I can't say anything about because it is for a swap!   ;)

Oh no! I loved seeing the progress on the ruined tower! I hope you finish it eventually.

Ditto!!! 

I am working on my research project (FINALLY!) and hope to be finished this week.  Then I will also be submitting a secret project - gotta keep BadWolf in the dark.... :P

I cannot wait!!!! :D :D :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on June 25, 2014 12:41:49 PM
Aw, thanks!  Aspects of the tower may surface in smaller projects....


Title: Re:
Post by: pishaw13 on June 26, 2014 03:11:24 PM
Risk about y'all, but I'm getting really excited for the new prompts!?!!!

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Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on June 26, 2014 03:54:11 PM
Risk about y'all, but I'm getting really excited for the new prompts!?!!!

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The end of the month is always nail biting because I know that someone knows what the new prompts are but they won't share until the first. Think of all the crafting I could be doing instead of all the crafting that I should be doing! ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on June 26, 2014 04:31:29 PM
I still have four to finish for this month!   :o  I'll be lucky if I can finish the Flash Mob in time; I'm doing a particularly fussy bit of embroidery.... :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: BadWolf314 on June 26, 2014 05:49:25 PM
I still have four to finish for this month!   :o  I'll be lucky if I can finish the Flash Mob in time; I'm doing a particularly fussy bit of embroidery.... :P

And it's going the end up simply gorgeous and everyone will be gawking at it! :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on June 26, 2014 06:46:52 PM
 :D  Thanks!  It's pretty nerdily obscure, so mostly people will probably say "huh?"   :D



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on June 27, 2014 05:46:01 AM
:D  Thanks!  It's pretty nerdily obscure, so mostly people will probably say "huh?"   :D



And now we're all even *more* curious! :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on June 27, 2014 10:05:24 AM
Oh my! I need to get my Battle project crafted!  What if I can't decide between lizard and spock?

Making great progress on my research project, but my projection of week's end may have been a bit ambitious...  ::)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on June 27, 2014 05:04:17 PM
*whispers* "Lizard"


Title: Re:
Post by: pishaw13 on June 27, 2014 05:44:25 PM
Cough cough. I think what Ludi meant to say was Spock:)


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Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on June 27, 2014 06:57:59 PM
leeeezerd.  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on June 28, 2014 08:01:15 AM
I think you should go with scissors... that way you don't have to choose between favorites ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Tanath on June 28, 2014 11:54:17 AM
Do a lizard with Spock ears, just to confuse everyone :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: calliemae on June 28, 2014 11:56:49 AM
I would love too see a lizard with Spock ears!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: mama24boyz on June 28, 2014 12:31:21 PM
I am so excited to see Julys prompts!!!

I didn't do a battle yet either. Hmmm........


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on June 28, 2014 02:05:37 PM
Or a lizard doing the "Live Long and Prosper" handsign....


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on June 28, 2014 02:21:47 PM
LOL! I'd love to see any of those! But, she'd still have to choose between the 2 categories :) So I still think she should go with scissors...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: calliemae on June 28, 2014 02:39:59 PM
I'm sad I'm going to miss the July prompts. I'm going to Manitoba (13 hour drive) for a family reunion so leaving crazy early on the 1st and won't be back until late on the 8th. Don't know that I'll be able to last the week!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on June 29, 2014 12:23:53 AM
My little assassin has changed jobs. Or at least, her uniform. Instead of finishing up the black one and trying to repaint a pair of MH boots, I'm making her outfit based on the Thieves' Guild armor. I decided to do this because I have some brown fabric that matches the brown of Cerise Hood's boots; MH and EAH dolls' shoes are interchangeable. Plus, Cerise has this awesome belt that looks a bit like the one on the Thieves' armor.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on June 30, 2014 01:23:10 PM
you guys are so freaking awesome!  I agree with artsycandice -- I think it would just rock if we could have an annual craftster convention and it was really cheap so we could all afford to go, no matter where in the world we lived, so we could all hang out and craft and eat and drink and visit and make each other laugh.  For, like, two weeks.  ;)

Some of my favorite parts of the day have everything to do with you guys.  ;D

And I've decided what my battle project is - rock. Sorry to disappoint everyone!  I actually would have preferred lizard or spock, but I'm doing a swap project and rock is the only category it can (VERY LOOSELY  ;)) fit into.  Will post pics tonite!  But no peeking for gozer.  8)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: mama24boyz on June 30, 2014 01:40:47 PM
you guys are so freaking awesome!  I agree with artsycandice -- I think it would just rock if we could have an annual craftster convention and it was really cheap so we could all afford to go, no matter where in the world we lived, so we could all hang out and craft and eat and drink and visit and make each other laugh.  For, like, two weeks.  ;)

And child care too!!  :D


Title: Re: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: pishaw13 on June 30, 2014 02:06:39 PM
I would be Sooooo into craftcon. Could we also dress up? I mean, were all nerds here after all!

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Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on June 30, 2014 03:38:29 PM
Craftcon!  Perfect!  And of course you could dress up - it's all about creativity, right?  :D

And childcare!  YES!  I figured I'd just leave mine with the hubby -- sometimes I forget that not everyone has that option.  ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on June 30, 2014 03:59:36 PM
CraftCon would be awesome!

I'm so excited for new prompts, I can't contain myself!  :D  Do we haaaaaaaaave to wait until tomorrow?  *whiiiiiiine*

;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on June 30, 2014 04:40:59 PM
Can we stand it?   :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on June 30, 2014 05:36:33 PM
I can't wait for the next set of prompts, either! And, I'm hoping that the Father's Day present that I just can't find the energy to make tonight will fit into a new prompt. It was a long, tiring day... and I got a $40 parking ticket, to boot :( So, I just don't have the energy/motivation to cut stencils, find the craft paint, and paint 3 shirts. Thursday, my class is only 8-11 (and the last day), so I will have time and energy to do it then. It's too bad the creation of the design can't count! :) I still have to do my homework, and then get to bed...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on June 30, 2014 05:38:10 PM
Aww, best wishes, craftADDchick!   :-*


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on June 30, 2014 05:50:45 PM
It's too bad the creation of the design can't count!

Wouldn't that be a drawing? That counts! You drew it with a man in mind. ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: mama24boyz on June 30, 2014 05:51:34 PM
Craftcon!  Perfect!  And of course you could dress up - it's all about creativity, right?  :D

And childcare!  YES!  I figured I'd just leave mine with the hubby -- sometimes I forget that not everyone has that option.  ;)

The option is there, but I just know I'd be getting a phone call demanding I come home within a couple of hours!  :D  Sometimes they claim they can do it and its so easy.......until they're right there  ;)

craftADDchick, tickets suck!!  Hope the rest of the week is better!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: mama24boyz on June 30, 2014 06:21:13 PM
OK, just a question, I am so anxious for the new prompts, lol, I'm a geek.  Soooo...I wondered, would they be out at like midnight?? Or would it be tomorrow sometime?


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on June 30, 2014 08:04:15 PM
There's about 2 more hours to get in any last minute Battle and Flash Mob entries for June! Those prompts close at 11:59 p.m. central time.

I'll stay up and post July prompts at midnight!  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: mama24boyz on June 30, 2014 08:07:39 PM
That means I have to stay up too!!  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on June 30, 2014 08:16:14 PM
Oh, man, now I want to stay up, but I know I have to get up at 6 am and that's not much sleep...  we'll see...  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on June 30, 2014 08:41:08 PM
Okay, I'll let you in on a secret...the July prompts are posted (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=433539.msg5196956#msg5196956)!  ;D  The June Flash Mob and Battle will remain open until midnight.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: calliemae on June 30, 2014 10:00:31 PM
Awesome! I've cast on my battle entry, I'm taking it with me on my trip!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: crazyda79 on June 30, 2014 10:45:43 PM
Already have a few of those prompts already fulfilled but cannot post until I mail them out and my swap partner receives them but they will get up before the end of the month!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on June 30, 2014 11:27:04 PM
Oh yay! I am pleased to see that I have several projects to do this month that will easily fall into quite a few of those. Woo hoo, two for one! ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: mama24boyz on July 01, 2014 04:47:07 AM
Woohoo!! Thanks LovelyMiss....although, when I saw you were an hour ahead of me and someone woke up calling me, I had to go to bed, but looks like I only had to wait another half hour!!  :o  But they look great, I have a couple of ideas already!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on July 01, 2014 04:52:02 AM
Question to the Yarnaholics/Fabricaholics: How to you calculate how much fabric/wool you need for your projects? Probably a very easy answer, but my brain is not cooperating with me today...  :o ??? ???


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on July 01, 2014 07:19:48 AM
Question to the Yarnaholics/Fabricaholics: How to you calculate how much fabric/wool you need for your projects? Probably a very easy answer, but my brain is not cooperating with me today...  :o ??? ???

Yarn, I never have any idea unless the pattern tells me, I usually wing it (which is why I have an octopus with only two legs, they discontinued the red ... I think it was Allure yarn?  Anyway, I haven't unraveled him yet, don't know if I even can with the fuzzy yarn... he might just have to have different color legs!).

Fabric I just lay out the pattern pieces and measure.


Yay new prompts!  I already have tentative plans for all of them!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: mama24boyz on July 01, 2014 07:47:24 AM
Question to the Yarnaholics/Fabricaholics: How to you calculate how much fabric/wool you need for your projects? Probably a very easy answer, but my brain is not cooperating with me today...  :o ??? ???

Fabric I don't know, but yarn, you could do a swatch then you gotta do the math. Unless you're making an ami, which I have no clue, I just guess, and usually run out with just a few stitches left!  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on July 01, 2014 08:08:28 AM
Whew!  I was relieved to see there wasn't a whole new set of Team Spirit prompts - I was wondering how to keep up!  How to craft All The Things!  :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on July 01, 2014 08:38:04 AM
Hooray for new prompts! Gonna be a fun month!



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on July 01, 2014 11:45:17 AM
New Prompts, yay!!! :D

But ... does anyone know about / has "Craft Procrastination"? I seem to suffer from it a lot (i.e. doing lots of housework while the twins are at the grandparents and always promise myself to do some crafting as well... but never manage to do it!!)... :o That's despite being in 3 swaps and should be starting things, and seeing a lot of inspiration and really WANTING to do them. Any suggestions for remedies?

PS: CraftCon in costumes sounds fab to me .. where can I sign a petition??? ;) We could do it as part of MegaCon or so... hubby is really looking forward to taking the twins there once they're older... and us having another holiday in Orlando ... ComiCon would be fab, too... ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on July 01, 2014 11:53:04 AM
Yay, prompts!

And I'm down for costumes for anything!

Yarn, I never have any idea unless the pattern tells me, I usually wing it (which is why I have an octopus with only two legs, they discontinued the red ... I think it was Allure yarn?  Anyway, I haven't unraveled him yet, don't know if I even can with the fuzzy yarn... he might just have to have different color legs!).
I think a multi-colored octopus would be neat-o!

Yeah, when figuring for fabric I just measure the pattern pieces too- keeping in mind standard widths of bolts, sheet sizes, plaid/print matching and other considerations.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on July 01, 2014 12:00:21 PM
Yarn, I never have any idea unless the pattern tells me, I usually wing it (which is why I have an octopus with only two legs, they discontinued the red ... I think it was Allure yarn?  Anyway, I haven't unraveled him yet, don't know if I even can with the fuzzy yarn... he might just have to have different color legs!).

Pick three other shades of red and make its legs ombre! Then it will seem intentional and no one will be the wiser, save us of course. ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on July 01, 2014 01:14:43 PM


But ... does anyone know about / has "Craft Procrastination"? I seem to suffer from it a lot (i.e. doing lots of housework while the twins are at the grandparents and always promise myself to do some crafting as well... but never manage to do it!!)... :o That's despite being in 3 swaps and should be starting things, and seeing a lot of inspiration and really WANTING to do them. Any suggestions for remedies?

I think you might not be giving yourself permission to do something "useless" or "just for you."  I think you need to try to put down the housework, pick up a project and spend 15 - 30 minutes just for you, that is non-utilitarian (no placemats, potholders, mittens, etc).  If you can let yourself have fun for just that short amount of time, you might be able to work up to enough time to finish some things FOR YOURSELF!  :)



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on July 01, 2014 01:21:28 PM
I'm not part of these "battles" but I have to put in my two cents, b/c Ludi's post struck a chord in me.  I LOVE to crochet, and do so EVERY SINGLE NIGHT after my kids have gone to bed (Unless someone wants me to play a board game, we go out, etc...).  DH and DS always have something to say about it and I'm not quite sure why.  I am a damn good mother and wife and teacher and I am taking NOTHING away from ANYONE by crafting.  I would daresay it makes me a MUCH better person than if I didn't craft at all.

I also have put off crafting, in the past, b/c I felt that my time could be "better used doing something productive", like cleaning, doing laundry, etc...  I actually hit a point where I was getting way too stressed about it and discussed it with my therapist.  Although it sounds VERY simplistic, her advice is sound:  LET IT GO!  Not necessarily completely...you can modify HOW you "let it go".  Let go of chores you can assign to someone else in the household, let go of some of your expectations that may be too high, let the chores go for a bit while you fit in some crafty YOU time, etc...

I've put this advice into action in my life for the past month since she gave it to me and it was a bit hard in the beginning, but I have to tell you...surprisingly, the world doesn't stop when you DO "let it go"  ;) and everything that has to get done, DOES get done.



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on July 01, 2014 01:22:11 PM


But ... does anyone know about / has "Craft Procrastination"? I seem to suffer from it a lot (i.e. doing lots of housework while the twins are at the grandparents and always promise myself to do some crafting as well... but never manage to do it!!)... :o That's despite being in 3 swaps and should be starting things, and seeing a lot of inspiration and really WANTING to do them. Any suggestions for remedies?


Do you have a friend you can set up a crafty girl's night with?  If you are accountable to someone besides yourself, that can help you get motivated.

And Ladybugs, I think you SHOULD be part of the Nerdiverse we've built here!  I think you would be such a fun addition to our group!  New prompts.... you know you want to..... ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on July 01, 2014 01:54:49 PM
Today was a much better day (thanks for the sympathy)! Although, the class was tiring (and frustrating this morning), the course director was able to take care of my ticket (whew!). And, after seeing the prompts, I can use my not-quite-done Father's Day gift as my July Flash Mob (yay!). So, while I won't be able to craft all[/b] of the prompts, I should be able to get almost all of them done :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on July 01, 2014 03:13:12 PM
Thanks, artsycandice, that's a good idea!

Inselaeffchen, I usually have the opposite problem, doing "hobby" things instead of the mountain of laundry or the pile of dishes, but I agree with Ludi and LadybugsAndBumblebees - you really have to let yourself do things for you, even if (in my case) sometimes that's absolutely nothing.  If you don't put you first, who will?

It's kinda like the whole oxygen mask on the airplane thing.  They say that you need to put yours on yourself before you put yours on your kid, and you can see some people uncomfortable with that idea.  But the fact is, if you pass out before you get a mask on your (squirming and frightened) child, you're both going to be in a world of hurt.  If you put yours on first, you're good to go and even if your child passes out from a momentary lull in oxygen supply, you can get the mask on them and you both with be just fine (provided the plane lands safely and is not taken up into an alien mothership where you will be used as an appetizer for the Grand Pubah's inauguration feast... How To Serve Man... It's a *cookbook*!).  Odd and rambling analogy, but I think it's a good one, since it's really that even if the housework isn't perfectly done and maybe the kids aren't always the absolute center of attention or whatever, if you're happier, everyone is happier in the end.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on July 01, 2014 03:17:22 PM
Thanks, everyone. I think it's just a phase and given I have the girls back home since after dinner time (they usually stay with the grandparents for a sleepover) due to an elderly relative needing to go to hospital overnight and the grandparents have to be there as first contact...

I've got things I want to try, and I'll try to do some yarn crafting tomorrow - hopefully the girls will be running around so I can do stuff without them constantly interrupting me doing crafts... ;)

But I agree ... I think I have to make sure I get some "me" time every day (and ... errr... use it better than being online all the time...)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on July 01, 2014 04:01:21 PM
Amen, smeddley!  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on July 01, 2014 04:11:27 PM
You know, I WOULD have fun with it, especially now that I've FINALLY figured out how to post photos to Craftster (only took 100 or so swaps to figure it out  ::) :P)....just had a thought in the middle of typing...

These battles work by my fitting in my finished projects into the prompts that are posted, right?

How do you join a team?

Hmmmmm....now you got me thinking... ::) ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on July 01, 2014 04:27:23 PM
Do itttttt!  Join us... one of us... one of us...

You just join a team by declaring yourself part of that team when you post your first project.  :D

And, yes, most of the things that are submitted are done for other things (craft swaps are great for that, have I mentioned the Whimsical Shrine Swap that's accepting sign-ups now that would be perfect for the Wee prompt?!) and just happen to fit a prompt.  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on July 01, 2014 06:25:31 PM
I think I'll do it as soon as I finish a project that's not for a swap that I can post.

To be continued..... ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on July 01, 2014 06:32:49 PM
hint:  "Team Wordy"   ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on July 01, 2014 07:40:35 PM
have I mentioned the Whimsical Shrine Swap that's accepting sign-ups now that would be perfect for the Wee prompt?!) and just happen to fit a prompt.  :D

Shameless self promotion... ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on July 01, 2014 08:14:24 PM
have I mentioned the Whimsical Shrine Swap that's accepting sign-ups now that would be perfect for the Wee prompt?!) and just happen to fit a prompt.  :D

Shameless self promotion... ;)

You betcha!  And there's more coming up!  :D  But the next one I worked a lot harder for, so I feel entitled...  ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on July 02, 2014 09:28:19 AM
I love shameless self promotion!  Nice work, smeddley!

And here's some more, Ladybugs.... *whispers in ear* Team Wordy... Team Wordy... Team Wordy...   ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: mama24boyz on July 02, 2014 10:03:40 AM
Aw, no ladybugs, don't listen to them.......multimedia is the way to go!!  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on July 02, 2014 10:12:36 AM
And here's some more, Ladybugs.... *whispers in ear* Team Wordy... Team Wordy... Team Wordy...   ;D

What?? Nah! Randomizer is the way to go. We cover all your crafty desires. No need to stay boxed into one thing, we cover it all! Muahahahahaha!

...must finish coffee...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on July 02, 2014 10:39:29 AM
Why don't you ladies explain what each team personifies?   ;)  That'll make it easier to choose.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on July 02, 2014 10:43:36 AM
Team Textbook: Geekdom of Logic, Knowledge, Science, and Math

Team Multimedia: Geekdom of Movies, TV, Music, and Gamers

Team Wordy: Geekdom of Readers, Books, and Wondrous Words

Team Fandom: Geekdom of Fanfics, Cosplay, Conventions, Midnight Openings, and Beacons of the Nerdyverse

Team Randomizer: Geekdom of OOAKs, Oddballs, and Marchers to Different Drummers



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on July 02, 2014 11:16:48 AM
 Or as I like to say Ladybug, Team Wordy - Best Team Ever! LOL!
 We would love to have you with us on Team Wordy but we would all love to have you in the Games! They are so much fun!!! ;D  Whoever gets you is lucky.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on July 02, 2014 11:49:36 AM
Or as I like to say Ladybug, Team Wordy - Best Team Ever! LOL!
 We would love to have you with us on Team Wordy but we would all love to have you in the Games! They are so much fun!!! ;D  Whoever gets you is lucky.

Well spoken, and amen to that!  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on July 02, 2014 12:28:09 PM
Awwww...you ladies brought a tear to my eye!  ;)  I have to say, based on the explanations, that I would be either team 'Wordy' or 'Randomizer'.

I would have to choose just one, right?


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on July 02, 2014 01:19:18 PM
yep, just pick one.  And don't think that everything you do has to follow the description of your team, either.  Every single one of us is all over the map, so don't stress it.  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: vincentvanbuck on July 02, 2014 01:55:42 PM
Also, you only have to stick with the same team 'til the end of the season.  So if you picked one team for Summer, and then decided that another might be a better fit (or you just can't permanently choose and want to switch back and forth), you could play for the other team during the Fall Nerd Battles.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on July 02, 2014 01:56:56 PM
Ah, I have to put the current Research project on hold. I've found something to get my mojo going (and remedy this "Craft Procrastination"!!). Will post the new one on the board now.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on July 03, 2014 01:49:06 PM
It's going to be hard to craft for the next two weeks because we're short two people at work which means only one day off per week instead of two. Yay for people quitting without giving their two weeks notice  >:(


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on July 03, 2014 03:58:04 PM
That stinks, FreakieGeekie! But, you can use the extra money for craft supplies! :)

And, I picked up my half of my CSA share today and got some sugar snap peas. They were very fibrous, and not fun to eat raw, so I decided to make a cold pea soup. Problem was, when I found a recipe, I didn't have most of the ingredients, so I sort of substituted or omitted most of the stuff. Turned out pretty tasty! But, I don't know what category I might be able to submit it under (Textbook Team Spirit, maybe?). Any suggestions?


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: vincentvanbuck on July 03, 2014 09:09:52 PM
I'm jumping on the Prompt Help Bandwagon -- I'm definitely going for a Gold Medal in at least Foodology, and I have two recipes (crockpot pulled pork, and crockpot beef & broccoli) that I have not found a prompt for yet.  My remaining (open) prompts are:

  • June - Best Things in Life
  • June - Button Up
  • July - Battle (Cat vs. Dog)
  • July - Flash Mob (UFO)
  • July - Midnight Opening

Thanks in advance, you lovely, crafty, creative people.  ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on July 03, 2014 09:58:15 PM
I'm jumping on the Prompt Help Bandwagon -- I'm definitely going for a Gold Medal in at least Foodology, and I have two recipes (crockpot pulled pork, and crockpot beef & broccoli) that I have not found a prompt for yet.  My remaining (open) prompts are:

  • June - Best Things in Life
  • June - Button Up
  • July - Battle (Cat vs. Dog)
  • July - Flash Mob (UFO)
  • July - Midnight Opening

Thanks in advance, you lovely, crafty, creative people.  ;)

Well... ask a friend to bring over one of the main ingredients for a recipe and cook dinner with them. Using a "free" item will get you into "the best things in life". Make them a thank-you card utilizing buttons. You could also make a dish and propose a familiar meat, claiming that if you were making it in another country it might be made with dog. So there, you're saving a dog by using beef. :D Okay, maybe that's a stretch. But hey, can't hurt to try! Good luck!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on July 03, 2014 10:16:51 PM
That stinks, FreakieGeekie! But, you can use the extra money for craft supplies! :)

That's the only upside because I have to make my Halloween costume and craft some geeky ornaments (I want a geeky Christmas tree).


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on July 04, 2014 05:43:05 PM
I'm jumping on the Prompt Help Bandwagon -- I'm definitely going for a Gold Medal in at least Foodology, and I have two recipes (crockpot pulled pork, and crockpot beef & broccoli) that I have not found a prompt for yet.  My remaining (open) prompts are:

  • June - Best Things in Life
  • June - Button Up
  • July - Battle (Cat vs. Dog)
  • July - Flash Mob (UFO)
  • July - Midnight Opening

Thanks in advance, you lovely, crafty, creative people.  ;)

Do you have a favorite movie where they eat those foods or use a crockpot?  Or if you want to go really loose...I'm sure your crockpot has some buttons of some sort!  I didn't specifiy in the Button Up prompt what type of buttons you have to use.  :D


I've been working on painting my shelving for my Research Project the past few days.  I'm a little underwhelmed with the outcome so far.  Perhaps they needed another coat of primer?  Or just need another coat of paint (they've already gotten two each).  I love the colors though, so hopefully I can get some better coverage.  ;D




Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on July 04, 2014 06:15:21 PM
Ooooooh! I like the colors! Is the black shelf included?


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Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on July 04, 2014 06:16:28 PM
They look great in the photos, LovelyMiss, but I know those can be misleading..


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on July 04, 2014 07:37:27 PM
I have actually been working on my research project!  *gasp*

But now I remember why I keep stopping, you can only stab yourself in the fingers so many times before you start bleeding on things...

*owie*

I'm not normally that bad at hand sewing, and it's not the sewing needle I'm stabbing myself on, it's the pins I'm using to hold my fabric in place when I sew.  Because it's a bra and curved and padded it's hard to hold onto and sew well.  :/  Ah well, I'll get back to it at some point.  I'm liking the design I came up with, at least, so that's something.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: mama24boyz on July 04, 2014 07:50:09 PM
You think those needles are bad?  I finally did my first try at needle felting just a bit ago and owwwwwwww.....those needles KILL!!!!  But...I have some things for prompts now!!  Now its just the wait for them to be received......


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on July 04, 2014 08:20:21 PM
Ooooh, yeah, those needles have all those barbs!

Can't wait to see what you made!  I've tried needle felting once, just couldn't get the hang of it.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on July 04, 2014 09:04:45 PM
Thanks, guys!  The black ones are from Ikea, but they are going in the room, too (probably).  The other color I am painting them is not in the photo...it's a bright jewel blue color.

Hey, guess what, craftADDchick?!  Thanks to you mentioning your CSA, I looked up some local farms and just signed up for one, too!  ;D  I can't wait for all the organic deliciousness!  Thanks!


Title: Re: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: pishaw13 on July 04, 2014 09:29:08 PM
As tomorrow is the day my research project is "due" I thought an update was in order. I have finished everything besides the stove and the floor. This is partly because I broke my foot a couple days ago and have been kinda (not really) resting it. But mostly because they are scary projects!
 For the floor I am going to have to saw through the existing subfloor and vinyl in order to tear it up and replace it. And to refinish the stove I bought a high heat spray paint but I'm worried it won't be glossy and will look bad (although it can't be much worse than it is now). I think this weekend I will take on the stove and as soon as my foot stops hurting I'm going for the floor.

Completely unrelated questions-
Has anyone been to a comic convention? I am thinking of going to the Grand Rapids Comic-Con.
Question 1: would it still be safe/fun if I were to go alone? I have social anxiety and I just moved, so I am really not anticipating having anyone to go with by November.
Question 2: if it's is as Friday-Sunday event, can I wear a different costume each day? Costumes are literally my favourite thing. If I could have any kind of business I would own a costume shop. I want practice making costumes and also I think if I am in costume I will feel less awkward/anxious.
If you have any Comic-Cony advice let me know. I'm kinda nervous but it looks so fun!

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Title: Re: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: pishaw13 on July 04, 2014 09:33:09 PM
Ps- Sorry about  the seemingly random nature of my posts. I am not involved in any other online communities and since we are all nerds here, I figured someone might know :)

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Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on July 05, 2014 05:20:03 AM
I haven't been to a con in decades, but as a socially anxious person, I think you can still have fun even if you go alone, especially if you're in costume!  I think wearing a different costume each day is a great idea.  If you can channel the characters, you might even be able to make some new friends.  :)

One safety note for women alone:  Lately at cons there has apparently been a bad rash of rude and grabby male behavior toward females in perceived "sexy" costumes, so, to avoid the possibility of such, you might choose less revealing options. 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on July 05, 2014 06:56:23 AM
Thanks, guys!  The black ones are from Ikea, but they are going in the room, too (probably).  The other color I am painting them is not in the photo...it's a bright jewel blue color.

Hey, guess what, craftADDchick?!  Thanks to you mentioning your CSA, I looked up some local farms and just signed up for one, too!  ;D  I can't wait for all the organic deliciousness!  Thanks!

I can't wait to see all of the colors together in the room! And, hooray on the CSA! I'm sharing a small box, but each week, when we divide things up, I'm sorry to see some things go. My brain says, "But I can make a salad, or I can pickle those!" I think that next year, I might have to have a small box all for myself :)  I wonder if there is a "recipe-along" for CSA shares? :D

pishaw13, take care of that foot! You want it to properly heal (and it's really okay if your research project takes longer ;D ).


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on July 05, 2014 03:22:32 PM
Slightly behind on my Research Project, but I should catch up in the next day or two....


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on July 05, 2014 04:01:18 PM
I am plugging away on my Research Project. Although, nobody but me would notice a difference :) I had to purchase a bunch of plastic bins (I swear I should buy stock in Sterilite) to use for storage. I am washing anything that can be washed before I store them (and washing the bins, too). I am going to have the worst case of dishpan hands by the time I'm done :) But, it'll be worth it if I can get it organized!

Tomorrow, I will be cleaning out the fridge... which means I'll be doing some cooking, too!


Title: Re: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: pishaw13 on July 07, 2014 06:18:19 PM
I finished my stove  today! And it looks pretty alright. It's not gonna win any beauty pageants, but I think it's much better than before. I need to be a real human and apply for jobs tomorrow, but maybe if I get that done in the morning I can start to tackle the floor. It should only take about two days, but I'm so nervous. I just can't wait to  you all to see the finished product! I'm feeling pretty proud  of  it so far!

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Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on July 08, 2014 08:43:08 AM
Finally making some decent progress on my Research Project.  It is being challenging to figure out the proper order of steps in construction...(that's one of my recurring bugaboos... :P)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on July 08, 2014 01:45:52 PM
Ludi and pishaw13, great job on progress with the research projects! I'm making progress, but in tiny increments. I have a big step to do (starting Friday, I think), and it'll make all of the tiny steps worth it :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on July 08, 2014 05:40:28 PM
I just realized that one of the projects I was going to do was for the 100 Objects Craftster Challenge and the deadline is today. I thought it was tomorrow...which means now I don't have to rush because I have until the end of August :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: calliemae on July 08, 2014 06:48:35 PM
I'm back from vacation! I managed to complete a couple of prompts while I was camping, and I finished a few of the houses for my research project! I have Joker, the hospital and Riddler all finished, and I've sketched out Harley Quinn and Two Face's houses. I found some old dress pants to use for the roads so I'm probably going to cut those up later, they are the perfect shade of grey.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on July 09, 2014 04:28:26 PM
I can't wait to see all of the colors together in the room! And, hooray on the CSA! I'm sharing a small box, but each week, when we divide things up, I'm sorry to see some things go. My brain says, "But I can make a salad, or I can pickle those!" I think that next year, I might have to have a small box all for myself :)  I wonder if there is a "recipe-along" for CSA shares? :D

I signed up for a small box, too.  I think that will be a good size since there are only two of us...plus the other sizes were sold out already.  :D  I get my first box next week.  I signed up for a 10 week plan, since I was a little late to the game.  I'm so excited!  I think a CSA thread would be fun, too!

My shelves on the other hand are not so exciting!  :D  I have class all weekend and a bunch of homework, but hopefully I will get them finished next week and actually start to unpack my craft room...I really want to finish that Research Project by the end of the Games...but ugh!  I hate unpacking almost as much as packing.  It's cluttering up my nice empty house.  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on July 09, 2014 06:56:50 PM
I did 2 little mini-projects for my Research Project. I think I might "prettify" one of them, and then maybe I'll post a couple of progress pics. It's been slow going...

I did use up some of my CSA produce today (because I pick up my next batch tomorrow!). I prepped some beets for pickling (cherries, too!), and I made another batch of soup with the Swiss chard. Kale chips and fennel salad tomorrow, along with grilled zucchini and summer squash (probably get more tomorrow). I'll have a look over on the "Cooking" board to see if there is a CSA thread. If not, I'll start one tomorrow!


Title: Re:
Post by: crazyda79 on July 09, 2014 09:39:34 PM
Still waiting on a package to arrive before I can post a few prompts and working on some other things too hoping to fit them into prompts as well


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on July 10, 2014 10:52:54 AM
Making nice progress on my research project.  I'd show you some progress pics, but it's a secret....  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: BadWolf314 on July 10, 2014 10:59:58 AM
Making nice progress on my research project.  I'd show you some progress pics, but it's a secret....  ;D

...even if it's not for me, just the possibility that it could be is torturous that I'm not allowed to see!!! :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on July 10, 2014 11:40:33 AM
Making nice progress on my research project.  I'd show you some progress pics, but it's a secret....  ;D

...even if it's not for me, just the possibility that it could be is torturous that I'm not allowed to see!!! :D

...oh, but it IS for you! mwahahahaha!  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on July 10, 2014 02:51:42 PM
hi all, still alive.  :)

my research project is killing me.  I'm not even half done with it (told you it would take more than 3 weeks).  I work on it every day though, so it's not like I don't have anything done.  a friend wants to see the WIP, so I'll probably pop the picture up on here too.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: BadWolf314 on July 11, 2014 09:46:17 PM
...oh, but it IS for you! mwahahahaha!  ;D

Well just to make you suffer like me, I finally put together all the pieces for your big project, just to see how it looks and now I'm a little sad to be giving it away. It looks AMAZING, if I do say so myself and it's not even finished yet.

So now just keep wondering what it's going to be ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Tanath on July 12, 2014 01:57:40 PM

I knew it was a bad idea to leave the lab just at the end of the month. With all the last minute posts for June's prompts and all the excitement about the new prompts. It took me almost 2 weeks to clean up the mess of cogs and springs that the tracking machine spewed. Had to bribe the minions with frozen banana treats to calm them down.
Once everything was clear, I managed to get the machine to give me a report. So here's what we got:

We are currently up to 193 projects, from 22 active players.
As always, there is not one single prompt that hasn't gotten at least a bit of attention.
Thea leading prompts are currently June's Battle and Flash Mob, with 18 and 17 projects.
I don't remember seeing a battle or mob ever leading in the project count, but who can resist a good game of Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock.
The most prolific players so far this round are calliemae and wincentvanbuck, with 15 projects each, followed by Ludi and sammylouise40, with 14 each. They might run out of prompts before hitting August.
We've seen a lot of food related projects, maybe due to the new Events feature of the games. Reading the posts in the middle of the night has become dangerous (night time kitchen raids usually don't end in salad).

and here are the totals so far:
TeamPointsPlayersProjects
Wordy:1270652
Multimedia:1190655
Textbook:530324
Randomizer:1200547
Fandom:420215

Keep up the awesome crafting, everyone. The games are so much fun to follow (now if I only finish something to actually post...).
Stay safe, where ever you are :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on July 12, 2014 02:20:57 PM
Great job on the tracking, Tanath!

And, Team Textbook, I am hoping to have a few more projects by the end of the weekend to show for our team. And, I might get my Research Project done on time, too (although you'd never know it if you saw the kitchen right now...).


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on July 12, 2014 04:10:33 PM
Come on, Team Wordy!  :D

 I plan to finish my Research Project by the middle of the week (just squeezing in to the 3 weeks) and will immediately start another (another big ol' swap project).  Tomorrow I'll be starting my piece for the Battle Royale and working on that alternately with the Research Projects. I have a few other prompts to fit in somehow...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: vincentvanbuck on July 12, 2014 06:54:15 PM
Most projects completed, way to go Multimedia!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on July 12, 2014 06:56:24 PM
Go Nerds!   :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on July 13, 2014 06:48:01 AM
Woohoo! Go teams! Some of those are neck and neck.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on July 15, 2014 02:27:00 PM
I'm working on my Battle Royale; it's a portrait from a very blurry photo, and it's frustrating me!   >:(


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on July 15, 2014 02:30:28 PM
I decided to modify my idea for the Battle Royale. It's a gift for my sister, and I needed to think about the practicality of what I was originally planning to make. I'll still be making the item for myself (as originally planned), but hers will be a variation on the theme. Tomorrow, I will be doing some sewing, so I'm hoping to make it then.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on July 15, 2014 07:44:06 PM
Whoo-hoo! I actually finished a project! I had about 5 planned, but only got 1 finished ( in triplicate!) and as soon as I find my new blade for my Silhouette, I can do another one in the morning. I have to do some pre- work for my class, so I have to spend time on that tomorrow, too. But, then, I can craft some more!


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Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on July 16, 2014 12:18:22 AM
Thanks for the great update, Tanath!

I was in class for 30 hours this weekend...but now I'm finally getting a chance to catch up on everything!  :D

I wanted to check in before I post it and see if there is still interest in a Summer Nerd Games swap.  If so, I'll go ahead and get the thread started on Friday.  If not, we'll wait until Fall and have something to look forward to in a few months!  ;D  Let me know!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on July 16, 2014 06:14:24 AM
Ooooh... I might be interested in a swap, but it would depend on the timing. I have 2 swaps that are due by August 12th, and I'm going to be missing all of next week (and much of the week after) for crafting time. I don't want to jam myself up (especially because it happens so easily and often :) ). Would it be over by the end of the games, or slightly after that?


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on July 16, 2014 12:22:00 PM
Ooooh... I might be interested in a swap, but it would depend on the timing. I have 2 swaps that are due by August 12th, and I'm going to be missing all of next week (and much of the week after) for crafting time. I don't want to jam myself up (especially because it happens so easily and often :) ). Would it be over by the end of the games, or slightly after that?

Send outs would be before the end of the Games, but I imagine not everyone would receive by then.  I was thinking sign ups would be July 18-23 and send outs on August 23rd.  The package would total a large split between a 5" or smaller crafted item, a crafted card/tag/note, and one purchased/usable craft supply.  So basically around 2-3 hours crafting, and $5-10 on an item...or any medium+small combination.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on July 16, 2014 01:00:16 PM
Ooooh... I might be interested in a swap, but it would depend on the timing. I have 2 swaps that are due by August 12th, and I'm going to be missing all of next week (and much of the week after) for crafting time. I don't want to jam myself up (especially because it happens so easily and often :) ). Would it be over by the end of the games, or slightly after that?

Send outs would be before the end of the Games, but I imagine not everyone would receive by then.  I was thinking sign ups would be July 18-23 and send outs on August 23rd.  The package would total a large split between a 5" or smaller crafted item, a crafted card/tag/note, and one purchased/usable craft supply.  So basically around 2-3 hours crafting, and $5-10 on an item...or any medium+small combination.

I could manage that! And, it would end right before I had to (sadly) go back to school, so... I'm in!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on July 16, 2014 03:11:17 PM
Finished my Research Project and plan to turn it in tomorrow.  :)



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on July 16, 2014 05:06:29 PM
Go Ludi! Can't wait to see it!

I've got 2 more projects done, plus I plan to do another 2 tonight (I hope). I still haven't taken out the sewing machine, and except for the Battle Royale item, the rest might have to wait until my class & vacation are finished. I am procrastinating mightily on the assignments I need to do before the class starts on Sunday... shame on me... but, at least I'm being crafty while I do it :)


Title: Re:
Post by: pishaw13 on July 16, 2014 05:51:51 PM
I need advice- Atter 3 days of sanding, scraping, and pounding, I've got my floor to "beauty base zero" The problem is, it's very damaged from the linoleum. I'm thinking about staining the whole floor, but then painting a large white diamond pattern print over the whole thing. Does anyone have any opinion on this? I'm nervous about taking a risk and having it not pay off (since I took a risk with the wall color and don't love it). My other options are- just staining the floor, painting the floor, painting and adding a stencil to the floor, or just coating the floor in polyurethane and adding an area rug. I know it's hard  to weigh in without seeing it, but if you were faced with a similar dilemma what would you do?
Keep in mind this is a starter home and I intend on renting it in a few years.

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Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on July 16, 2014 06:19:50 PM
I would probably paint it and maybe stencil it.  I hope to have a painted floor in our kitchen one day.  Now we have damaged vinyl tile and plywood.... :-X


Title: Re:
Post by: LovelyMiss on July 16, 2014 06:26:29 PM
I need advice- Atter 3 days of sanding, scraping, and pounding, I've got my floor to "beauty base zero" The problem is, it's very damaged from the linoleum. I'm thinking about staining the whole floor, but then painting a large white diamond pattern print over the whole thing. Does anyone have any opinion on this? I'm nervous about taking a risk and having it not pay off (since I took a risk with the wall color and don't love it). My other options are- just staining the floor, painting the floor, painting and adding a stencil to the floor, or just coating the floor in polyurethane and adding an area rug. I know it's hard  to weigh in without seeing it, but if you were faced with a similar dilemma what would you do?
Keep in mind this is a starter home and I intend on renting it in a few years.

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I like the sound of the staining and painted diamond pattern, but that does add lot of extra steps.  For me personally, I think it would depend on the rest of the room and how "busy" it is...if the patterned floor would be a focal point it might be nice, but if there are other eye catching things, I would probably just stain/seal and put down a rug or two.  Also, if you plan to rent it out the plain stain would be more neutral and probably a bit easier to maintain if it needs touch-ups in the future.  Lots of things to consider! 

Finished my Research Project and plan to turn it in tomorrow.  :)

Woohoo!  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on July 17, 2014 07:57:57 AM
I wanted to check in before I post it and see if there is still interest in a Summer Nerd Games swap.  If so, I'll go ahead and get the thread started on Friday.  If not, we'll wait until Fall and have something to look forward to in a few months!  ;D  Let me know!
I would definitely be up for this!


Title: Re:
Post by: gozer on July 17, 2014 12:27:34 PM
I need advice- Atter 3 days of sanding, scraping, and pounding, I've got my floor to "beauty base zero" The problem is, it's very damaged from the linoleum. I'm thinking about staining the whole floor, but then painting a large white diamond pattern print over the whole thing. Does anyone have any opinion on this? I'm nervous about taking a risk and having it not pay off (since I took a risk with the wall color and don't love it). My other options are- just staining the floor, painting the floor, painting and adding a stencil to the floor, or just coating the floor in polyurethane and adding an area rug. I know it's hard  to weigh in without seeing it, but if you were faced with a similar dilemma what would you do?
Keep in mind this is a starter home and I intend on renting it in a few years.

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This may be crazy extra work but I saw on a home improvement type show. They painted the floor (I think they use light blue) and then lightly sanded that to show the grain and stuff below and polyurethaned over it all. That way once the paint got scratched it was still a uniformed look. It was kind of rustic but really cool.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on July 18, 2014 10:38:20 AM

I wanted to check in before I post it and see if there is still interest in a Summer Nerd Games swap.  If so, I'll go ahead and get the thread started on Friday.  If not, we'll wait until Fall and have something to look forward to in a few months!  ;D  Let me know!

I'm up for it, I just need feedback on one swap so I could sign up for both this and the IYP, which I should be able to get soon (partner "received" two weeks ago but was gone, should be back soon).


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on July 18, 2014 01:20:42 PM
Summer Nerd Games Swap (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434676.0) is posted!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: BadWolf314 on July 18, 2014 01:36:58 PM
Summer Nerd Games Swap (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434676.0) is posted!

I wish I could... but I'm already in a swap and since it's my first I can only have the one. :(


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on July 18, 2014 01:56:40 PM
Summer Nerd Games Swap (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434676.0) is posted!

I wish I could... but I'm already in a swap and since it's my first I can only have the one. :(

I wish you could, too!  If it goes well we'll have another round soon, though.  ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: BadWolf314 on July 18, 2014 02:08:21 PM
Summer Nerd Games Swap (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434676.0) is posted!

I wish I could... but I'm already in a swap and since it's my first I can only have the one. :(

I wish you could, too!  If it goes well we'll have another round soon, though.  ;)

Yay! I'd be totally up for that!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on July 18, 2014 04:38:46 PM
I want to join the Nerd Swap but I'm not sure how to fit it in with all the other swaps I'm trying to do...  Dang!  Too many great swaps going on!   :o

I finished my Battle Royale and should post it tomorrow....  :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on July 18, 2014 07:29:37 PM
I did not get my Research Project finished by my established deadline, but I can still work on it when I get back from vacation :)

I spent ALL of today (from 6:30 this morning until about 10:15 pm) working on my before-the-class-starts-you-have-a-ton-of-work assignments. I got everything done except for one thing (I have to design, build and test a cotton ball launcher from a specific set of materials), which I'll do in the morning. I didn't realize that everything was supposed to be done my midnight LAST night (oops!), but at least it'll be done before the class starts.

And, since I re-scheduled my plans for tomorrow, once my cotton ball flinger is done, I can do a project (and then do some vacation prep... which means: What crafts will I be packing for the plane?). :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on July 18, 2014 10:26:15 PM
I'm having a hard time getting back on track for my research project. I have things I want to make for other people so my project keeps getting pushed to the back burner.


Title: Re:
Post by: pishaw13 on July 19, 2014 08:47:19 AM
I finished my floor! Thank you all for the suggestions. I incorporated them into an idea I think really works. In this case, the risk paid off! Now I'm just waiting for it to dry so I can move everything back to where it belongs and take some pics for you! Now I gotta think of an idea for my next research project :)

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Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on July 19, 2014 09:45:17 AM
Can't wait to see it!


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Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on July 19, 2014 09:54:28 AM
I'm having a hard time getting back on track for my research project. I have things I want to make for other people so my project keeps getting pushed to the back burner.
Me too  ::)


pishaw13, I'm really hoping it dries fast so I can see it!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on July 22, 2014 06:03:00 AM
Tomorrow is the deadline to sign up for the Summer Nerd Games Swap (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434676.0)! 

If you want to join, please be sure to have your questionnaires completed and sent by Wednesday night at 11:59 pm, central time.  (Partners will be sent out early Thursday morning!  ;D)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on July 25, 2014 08:11:20 AM
 I got inspired by all the awesome home improvements by Pishaw13 and decided to finally paint that focus wall in the bathroom this weekend. I have been procrastinating and hording the color chip since September. My bathroom is so plain. I do NOT have an eye for decorating so this is really scary and hard for me. But I am taking the plunge. If it doesn't work out I can always repaint, right?  :-[  Eeks.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on July 25, 2014 08:37:41 AM
Good for you, gozer!  I so want to do some redecorating, but first I have to finish a massive destash, dehorde and clean of our living and work spaces, and it seems to be taking forever... :P

I made real significant progress on my Research Project, finishing my sculpted elements and working out more of the design. 


Title: Re:
Post by: pishaw13 on July 25, 2014 08:44:53 AM
Go Gozer! I believe in you!


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Title: Re:
Post by: pishaw13 on July 25, 2014 08:53:36 AM
I'm getting realllllll excited about the new prompts. I've told two people irl who aren't on craftster at all how excited I am, but they just didn't get it. I think craftster needs to have some meetup groups or something, although I doubt they would have one in western Michigan even if they did. That way I don't have to bore people around  me by talking about it:)

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Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on July 25, 2014 09:26:27 AM
Gozer, I'm completely confident that your bathroom will be stunning.  I know you've been anticipating this for a loooong time and I know you are going get such a huge boost from having it done.  Make sure you take before and after pics so that we can all gasp in wonder and awe!  ;D Yes, you can always repaint, but girl, you won't need to.  You are awesome!

Lovely Miss, I'm hoping that you will post a link to the Nerd Games Swap Gallery when it opens. I'm sure I'm not the only one who will want to see what my fellow nerds came up with!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on July 26, 2014 06:27:09 AM
I'm finally able to squeeze in some non-swap nerd-crafting!  Trying to catch up on prompts from the past two months so they don't stack up too badly in the final month.  I still intend to Craft All The Things!   :D



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on July 26, 2014 06:53:23 AM
today's the day and I'm already chickening out. I am doubting my paint color choice. this always happens to me.   :'(


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on July 26, 2014 06:58:06 AM
today's the day and I'm already chickening out. I am doubting my paint color choice. this always happens to me.   :'(

It's just paint.  The absolute worst thing that might happen is that you paint over it.  No harm, no foul.  Go for it!  You'll be happy you did!

All the rooms in my house are very colorful, after years of apartment living I wanted color!  I've only really disliked what I picked once, and it wasn't a huge deal to re-do it.  Definitely worth it vs not having color!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on July 26, 2014 08:35:46 AM
today's the day and I'm already chickening out. I am doubting my paint color choice. this always happens to me.   :'(

You can do it!  Trust your instincts!  I haven't seen you go wrong with color yet,  in spite of your "disability".  Sending positive vibes your way....  go, girl!  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on July 26, 2014 12:59:07 PM
  Thanks ladies for all the encouragement and inspiration.
  I did it! I decided this morning that the color I had sitting in the drawer since September was wrong. That was why I couldn't commit. I chose another color and went for it. My Mom was laughing so hard at me while we were at Lowe's getting the paint. My stomach was in a knot. I started sweating. It was so silly. But it's done now and I am pleased as punch! Gonna post it up now!  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on July 26, 2014 02:41:42 PM
I really like the color you chose, gozer!   :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on July 27, 2014 03:12:14 PM
Working on my Research Project - it's making me a little nervous...   :-\


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on July 27, 2014 08:36:32 PM
Working on my Research Project - it's making me a little nervous...   :-\

Is the work making you nervous or the fact that you think it may not be awesome? Because everything you do is awesome, Ludi :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on July 28, 2014 06:05:53 AM
Aww, thank you! The process is making  me nervous, because I'm trying something very new to me.  But I think I got past the scary part.  :)



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on July 28, 2014 07:03:58 AM
Ludi, your track record is, like, Ludi - everything, failure - 0.
I hope you finish soon so we can seeeeee it!


Title: Re:
Post by: LovelyMiss on July 28, 2014 07:58:32 AM
I'm getting realllllll excited about the new prompts. I've told two people irl who aren't on craftster at all how excited I am, but they just didn't get it. I think craftster needs to have some meetup groups or something, although I doubt they would have one in western Michigan even if they did. That way I don't have to bore people around  me by talking about it:)

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Only a few more days!  A lot of people around me don't get my craft/Nerd Games enthusiasm either, but I've talked about it all so much that now people actually ask questions specifically about the Nerd Games.  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: BadWolf314 on July 28, 2014 09:06:35 AM
Okay I have to brag about my husband for a little bit. Our next project were working on is quite large and while I've been working on other things, he's been doing most of it. But there's a lot of stuff left and I know painting is going to take a ridiculously long amount of time (and I get to be in charge of that!) I also get to do all the signage so once it's done it'll hopefully fit into a prompt so I can show it off all finished! We're even installing looks with keys on it... So I will literally have a key to the TARDIS!!!



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on July 28, 2014 09:25:47 AM
Wow Badwolf!!!   :o  Where will you put it?

Thank you, Calabaza!   :-*


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: BadWolf314 on July 28, 2014 09:35:32 AM
It's going up in our movie room and we're going to put a soda machine and microwave (for popcorn) in it... :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on July 28, 2014 09:39:57 AM
Oh my!   :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on July 28, 2014 10:50:29 AM
Wow, BadWolf! That is an ambitious project and it is looking so good!! 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on July 28, 2014 12:15:57 PM
Squee! I'm so excited for you, BadWolf314!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on July 28, 2014 09:25:24 PM
Ohmygosh! Badwolf! That is so freakin' epic! :o
Now I want a Tardis of my own. Actually, I've been trying to convince my dad we need a Tardis shaped shelf for our movie collection. It's not working! But at least I'll get to see yours when it's finished! ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on July 29, 2014 06:31:35 PM
Tremendous progress on my Research Project today.  Maybe tomorrow I'll post some teasers.   ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on July 30, 2014 09:11:48 AM
Tremendous progress on my Research Project today.  Maybe tomorrow I'll post some teasers.   ;)

Oooh!  Oooh!  Yes, please!!!!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on July 30, 2014 11:48:10 AM
This is all I can safely show at this time:



Title: Re:
Post by: crazyda79 on July 30, 2014 12:13:09 PM
Working feverishly on my mob project.  Hope I can get it done by tomorrow.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on July 30, 2014 01:47:41 PM
oooOOOoooh, intriguing, Ludi!!  Is it a wolf?  An owl? Hmm... probably not an owl, the eye's not really round enough, is it?  Is it some fantastical creature from your stupnormous imagination? 

Can't wait to find out!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on July 30, 2014 01:54:38 PM
oooOOOoooh, intriguing, Ludi!!  Is it a wolf?  An owl? Hmm... probably not an owl, the eye's not really round enough, is it?  Is it some fantastical creature from your stupnormous imagination? 

Can't wait to find out!
It could be the angle.

Whatever it is, it looks amazing already!



Crazyda79, you can do it!


Title: Re:
Post by: crazyda79 on July 30, 2014 04:19:12 PM
Well it's taken me 4-5 total hours to untangle the yarn from my UFO and now I'm continuing on it.  I do see completion before tomorrow's deadline!  Yay!


Title: Re:
Post by: pishaw13 on July 30, 2014 06:37:06 PM
Crazyda that is some serious commitment!
I've finished a couple little projects but I'm waiting to post til the new prompts come out. They don't really fit the three team spirit prompts I have left to do.

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Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on July 30, 2014 08:23:15 PM
oooOOOoooh, intriguing, Ludi!!  Is it a wolf?  An owl? Hmm... probably not an owl, the eye's not really round enough, is it?  Is it some fantastical creature from your stupnormous imagination? 

Can't wait to find out!

I am feeling the owl vibe. Specifically, it looks like a great-horned owl. ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on July 31, 2014 05:44:05 AM
Thanks!   :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on July 31, 2014 09:46:57 AM
It doesn't look like I'll get any more of this month's prompts finished this month; I had to bail on one project because it was too time-consuming without enough reward.  :p  Looking forward to the new prompts!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on July 31, 2014 01:10:49 PM
I am off on vacation and I brought along a craft-in-the-car project. It's supposed to be a pillow cover, but I am having serious issues with it. I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong (it could be a tension issue). I think I can still use it, but it will have a different shape than it "should" have.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on July 31, 2014 09:02:56 PM
New prompts are posted (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=433539.msg5196956#msg5196956)! 
Don't miss the special RED ALERT prompt for the Perseid Meteor Shower, available to craft until the end of the August.

Any remaining Flash Mob and Battle Royale projects for July may be posted until 11:59 pm tonight.


Title: Re:
Post by: crazyda79 on July 31, 2014 09:46:52 PM
Yay for new prompts!  I have a few things that fit them too!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on August 01, 2014 05:49:31 AM
Ooooooh, new prompts! And I think my Nerd Games Swap partner's item may fit one of them perfectly!  Well, at least some of my ideas do - we'll see if what I end up making fits!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on August 01, 2014 04:02:59 PM
Eeek, only one more week on my Research Project and I don't know if what I have planned will work...there is a backup plan, however..... :o


Title: Re:
Post by: pishaw13 on August 01, 2014 06:28:08 PM
What are everyone's feelings about machine embroidery designs? I finally got my embroidery machine up and running after 6 months without it and I realized I have some really cool designs from urban threads  that I've never done anything with. I know I want to embroider onto some napkins I bought, and I also want to just have hoops of designs on my hoop wall, but would that work for the prompts since I didn't actually design anything, I just ran the machine? I don't want to be a cheater, but I do want to use  these designs!

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Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on August 01, 2014 06:43:59 PM
I've received crafts with machine embroidery on them in swaps, and I like them a lot, but they are things which are made from fabrics which have had designs embroidered on them by machine, they aren't just a piece of fabric with a machine embroidery on it.  So from my own personal point of view, a craft made from a piece of machine embroidery is a valid craft, but just a framed piece of machine embroidery borders on the lame, unless you designed the embroidery.  Does that make any sense?   ???



Title: Re:
Post by: pishaw13 on August 01, 2014 08:00:06 PM
Thanks kinda what I as thinking too. Although the napkins seem more like a real project for some reason. Maybe I'll just make all those plain design hoops when I finish all the prompts for August :)

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Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on August 01, 2014 11:15:43 PM
... a craft made from a piece of machine embroidery is a valid craft, but just a framed piece of machine embroidery borders on the lame, unless you designed the embroidery. ...

I agree.
pishaw13... so if you used your machine to embroider those awesome designs, but perhaps pieced the fabric it goes onto first or use it as a patch on a bag or blanket it might be able to better stand alone as a crafted item. Do Something with the embroidered fabric that allows you to give it your own personal creative flair. Use someone else's design, but find a way to really own it! If you copied the design onto fabric to hand-embroider it you are adding your own touch because of the time that you physical put into it. Your stitches will also be uniquely you, like your handwriting, and even if you hand-embroidered the same image again, it would not turn out the same way each time.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on August 02, 2014 11:25:09 AM
Technically machine embroidery is an acceptable project, since there is a Craftster board for it (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=383.0).  If you figure out a way for the machine projects to take 30 minutes of hands-on crafting time, they may be submitted for the Nerd Games, too.  So maybe if you sewed the napkins you were machine embroidering (as an example), or added some beading and painted the frames for the machine embroidered hoops.  I feel like the time you take to set up the project in the machine, and change out the thread colors, could be counted toward the 30 minutes if you want, just not the actual time the machine is running, since it's doing all the work. ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on August 02, 2014 01:53:48 PM
Argh, my Research Project is frustrating me!  Though theoretically a swap item is a good opportunity for research, repeated failures can be scary if time is growing short!   :o


Title: Re:
Post by: pishaw13 on August 02, 2014 08:47:53 PM
I decided to make some napkin rings to go with the napkins to make it more interesting. I swear I probably spent 30 minutes just changing threads though! Lol! But I'm happy with them! I'm hoping to post a few projects tomorrow, depending on how much I get done.

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Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on August 04, 2014 12:07:23 PM
Oh, man! July totally kicked my butt, in terms of being able to get any crafting done. While I've completed 10 projects, I've got 16 more on the list. One project is a temporary fail-I brought a crochet project with me on the trip, and it is not coming out right (note to self: don't try out a new pattern in the car) so I need to see if I can salvage it in some way by turning it in to something besides what it was originally supposed to be. Ordinarily, I would just be able to frog it, but for a change, I decided to weave in the tails as I went instead of leaving them until the end as I usually do... and with the way I weave in tails, there is no taking that thing apart! I mailed the project home in a box, so I should have it back next week... perhaps a little distance from it will help me come up with a new idea for it...

I do have several projects that are UFOs, so it will be nice to finally check those off of my list! Okay, I'd best get a move-on if I want to get any of those projects done...

And... I still need to get my research project finished... So much to do!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on August 05, 2014 01:48:24 PM
 I know how you feel craftADDchick. I was telling Bunny1kenobi today that I was freaking out because it was already the 5th and I don't have anything ready to post! Ugh. I feel so behind!! I have a couple things started though. I just need to get back to them.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on August 05, 2014 06:26:24 PM
I have a bunch of things planned, and even made a list, but today I only crossed off two items (out of 9), but I hope to finish two more before bed (one will definitely get finished). Sadly, none of these things count towards the games. But, if I don't turn off the alarm tomorrow morning, I can get at least 1 thing started before my dentist appointment!


Title: Re: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: pishaw13 on August 05, 2014 08:24:20 PM
Here's why I love being a part of the nerd games... I was bored today so I took a break and starting thinking vaguely about how I was going to fulfill the remaining prompts (since my goal Is to do them all this season) and inspiration hit me on a project that made me really happy and really excited! It's kinda silly and won't mean much to anyone else, but the quote has a lot of fond memories for me. I'm just happy that I have this craftalong to motivate me because  I know I would not have started it without the nerd games. So yay!

Also, I have 3 projects to post, but like I mentioned before I don't have a computer so I can't post pics on my kindle. Good news is that my mom is most likely giving me her old computer when she drops off her dogs at my house for their 3 week vacation in September! Haha!

I have a job interview tomorrow (so please send good vibes my way!) But hopefully I'll have  time to finish my new project tomorrow. If I get the job I'll have  less time to craft, but Lord knows I need to get out of the house and I need the money haha! But since this is the last time I will probably ever have this much free time, I want to use it making ALL THE CRAFTS! Anyway, I'm rambling. My bad! Happy crafting!)

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Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on August 05, 2014 11:27:06 PM
Could something with button eyes count for buttons? I can't post up what I've made (it's for GISHWHES) but I wanted to know if it would fit the button prompt.
I have something for string theory and secret stash, too, but they are also GISHWHES items so I have to wait 'til later to post them up.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: calliemae on August 05, 2014 11:43:26 PM
I think that would count for button up.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on August 06, 2014 11:15:11 AM
Only a few more days on my Research Project, which I plan to have completed on Friday. 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on August 06, 2014 12:17:30 PM
 I used button eyes for my Button Up prompt. It's buttons! Besides, I think half the fun is twisting the prompts to fit your item, getting out of the box. I loved the 'button' on the canning jar. True and perfect!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on August 06, 2014 03:24:27 PM
The end is finally in sight for my research project! I hope you guys are having a better time with yours.

Here's to your interview, pishaw13!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on August 06, 2014 07:17:14 PM
I think that I'll be able to get back on track with my Research Project after I get two swaps in the mail early next week. I definitely want to be finished with it before I head back to school, and the clock is ticking!!


Title: Re:
Post by: pishaw13 on August 06, 2014 08:21:42 PM
Thanks calabaza! I think it went well!

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Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on August 07, 2014 08:24:39 AM
 I had to shelve my research project for now. No time. But maybe after Christmas I will get back to it.  :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on August 07, 2014 08:55:57 AM
Aw.   :(


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on August 08, 2014 06:00:38 AM
I'm debating whether or not to try to cram one more Research Project into this session of the nerdalong.  There's just 3 weeks left, and if I don't finish it, I can work on it next session.  I want to resurrect the Tower project, with a less grandiose plan....Hmm.... On the other hand, I have a ton more prompts I need to fulfill.... ???


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: calliemae on August 08, 2014 10:08:46 AM
I spent most of yesterday baking, I am going for the gold in food now. There will be a project dump onthe next  few days. Gotta love bake sale fundraisers.


Title: Re:
Post by: pishaw13 on August 08, 2014 12:01:54 PM
Ludi I was in the same boat, so I decided to just propose the project and that way I  I have time I can get it in by the end  of the month, but if not, it will just roll over. But I always like to have one knitting project to work on while I'm doing other things so it's probably a little different for you. Your projects always look so in depth! They probably require a lot more concentration.

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Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on August 08, 2014 01:45:32 PM
The stitching projects require a lot of concentration, but the miniatures mostly require a lot of drying time; spurts of work with lots of down time...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on August 09, 2014 08:30:12 PM
You guys are killing me with the multiple Research Projects.  I haven't even completed one! But, after this week (Why did I sign up for 4 swaps? Why?!), I should be able to get back to work on mine. It would make me very happy to finish it!


Title: Re:
Post by: pishaw13 on August 09, 2014 10:19:16 PM
Ummmm guys. I'm really sorry for posting while intoxicated, but not sorry enough to not do it. I got a tattoo today based off of Starbuck's tattoo from battlestar galactica! The story is, I fell in lust with the piercer yesterday when he did my second ear holes, but when I went in today to get my tattoo, I asked and it turns out he is in no way single. Soooooo, lonely tears. But my tattoo is awesome nonetheless so I'll post a pic later in case there are any other bsg nerds on here:)

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Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on August 10, 2014 05:24:11 AM
Oh dear.....


Title: Re:
Post by: artsycandice on August 10, 2014 09:26:39 AM
Lol pishaw13.


Title: Re:
Post by: pishaw13 on August 10, 2014 11:18:12 AM
Whoops sorry bout that :/

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Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Tanath on August 10, 2014 01:37:06 PM

Sorry for disappearing for so long, things have been crazy here on so many levels. Things are still crazy, but the tracking is all updated and I got a rocking report for all us nerds and nerdettes.

We have just zoomed past the 300 project mark, with 307 projects completed so far.
The tracking machine started spitting cogs again, a symptom of multiple research projects posted by the same player. Ludi and pishaw13 have been doing overtime in their labs, it seems, and have already completed 2 research projects each.
The most popular prompt (that can still be crafted) is Take a Hike, with 18 projects (the same number as the geeky game of Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock).
An unusual occurrence here in the games is a neglected prompt, the Perseid Meteor Shower prompt has not had any submissions yet.
Leading the way in the projects count is pishaw13 with 26 projects completed, followed by calliemae with 24 and Ludi with 22.

Here's our current chart (I might have missed a few bonus points, I'll run the bonus filter on the machine towards the end of the round):

TeamPointsPlayersProjects
Wordy:2100679
Multimedia:1780682
Textbook:840337
Randomizer:1820574
Fandom:920235

Off to polish the knobs on the tracking machine, and maybe actually complete a project.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on August 10, 2014 02:00:57 PM
Thank you, Tanath!   :-*


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: calliemae on August 10, 2014 06:05:07 PM
I have been working on my Gotham car mat all day and cannot come up with a cool building for Robin.
I have poison ivy park,  cat woman's pet store,  penguins ice rink.  I also have a police station, fire station, Arkham asylum,  city hall, hospital,  joke's house and Harleys house.

any suggestions for Robin?  Throw out anything you can think of.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on August 10, 2014 06:14:54 PM
Robin's Roost Restaurant


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on August 10, 2014 06:42:58 PM
Birdhouse  ;D

Thanks, Tanath!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: crazyda79 on August 16, 2014 11:06:07 PM
Phew!  With these last projects, I am done with the prompts for these games.  I have one more brownie points project in the works and then I think I have exhausted all my projects for now.  It feels good to have accomplished all I have set out to do this time around.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on August 16, 2014 11:27:30 PM
I need to update my research project and swap for a new one. I've misplaced my mod's body yet again *headdesk*


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on August 18, 2014 06:07:54 AM
I'm a little behind on my research project, but I hope to squeeze in a little time on it this week.  I've decided to make it a wall hanging piece, because I have nowhere to put it otherwise, so I'll need to modify my design a tad. 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on August 18, 2014 08:56:24 AM
Once I get caught up on swaps, I can get back to my list of projects for the games and also tackle my research project.


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Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on August 18, 2014 10:21:46 AM
 How about Robin's Bird Sanctuary?

 I have 7 items VERY close to posting. I am thinking I should be able to drop them all on Wednesday if nothing goes too crazy this week and my hubby gets calls on Tuesday. He's on-call and that is always good for craft time.  ;)


Title: Re:
Post by: pishaw13 on August 18, 2014 05:02:53 PM
I've only got one prompt left to finish and guess what, it's the Team Fandom prompt. Which is my team! I just don't know which to pick as my favourite fandom! It  So hard to narrow down, especially since I already did a battlestar hoop and a firefly hoop this summer. Maybe I will go with Supernatural?!?

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Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on August 18, 2014 06:27:01 PM
pishaw, I vote Supernatural!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: calliemae on August 18, 2014 07:00:07 PM
I've almost finished my research project.  Just some last touches i will be finished at the end of the week.

i just have the photogenic prompt to do but I'm not yet decided what I want to make


Title: Re: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: crazyda79 on August 19, 2014 10:50:28 AM
My mom has the top of the quilt already finished with the blocks I colored. Thought I'd share :)


And here's another one with the colored pages. She made this from my friend's grandchildren's coloring


Title: Re:
Post by: pishaw13 on August 19, 2014 11:32:52 AM
Cuteeeeee!

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Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: calliemae on August 19, 2014 12:40:01 PM
The quilt is neat. Such an awesome way to make one.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on August 19, 2014 04:15:32 PM
What a wonderful technique for making quilt squares!   :)

I realized there's no way I can complete my new Research Project by the deadline; I'm not even going to be able to start it this week, too much other stuff to do.  So I guess it will probably carry over to the next session of the nerdalong... :P



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on August 19, 2014 04:41:51 PM
I should have a bunch of things to post this coming weekend...hopefully Smeddley will receive her Nerd Games package by then.  :D  And...eeep...I hope I can finish my research project.  I've made some progress, but I'm still so unmotivated...why do I hate unpacking so much?  :(


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on August 20, 2014 09:34:24 AM
My research project is moving along nicely.  In the final stages now and I'm hoping that by week's end I'll be able to share it! (with everyone but BadWolf! Ha!  ;D)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on August 22, 2014 07:02:00 AM
Nerd News Update

There are just 9 days left of the Summer Nerd Games, which means it's time to gear up for the Fall Nerd Battles!

We need Team Captains! Teams will remain the same for Fall:  Textbook, Multimedia, Wordy, Fandom, Randomizer.  Responsibilities for Team Captains include welcoming and cheering on players, setting up a Team Headquarters in the official thread (there are no requirements for the information you include in the Headquarters), and acting as an ambassador of the Nerd Battles in whatever ways you wish.  Please volunteer in this thread if you are interested in being a Team Captain!
ALL POSITIONS ARE FULL.  Thanks to all of our volunteers!

Medaling is going to be a special event for the Summer Nerd Games only.  Team Spirit prompts will also be exclusive to Summer.  However, the Fall Nerd Battles will bring with them a few new features and opportunities for crafting!  Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the start of the Fall Nerd season.


Team Captains
Textbook: BadWolf314
Multimedia: roler
Wordy: bunny1kenobi
Fandom: FreakieGeekie
Randomizer: Calabaza
 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: roler on August 22, 2014 08:38:10 AM
I'd love to be a team captain of any of those teams, but I don't want to step on any toes if there are previous captains who want to continue the job. If there are any teams that are missing a captain in a bit, though, I'd be thrilled to step in and give it a go!


Title: Re:
Post by: Inselaeffchen on August 22, 2014 09:16:34 AM
LovelyMiss, twins will start nursery soon, and I expect pandemonium all around. Given that I wasn't a good team captain over summer (I'm so sorry!!!) I'm happy to pass on that responsibility


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on August 22, 2014 01:56:06 PM
NINE DAYS?!??!?  :o  Wow, I'd better get busy!

I'd be happy to captain for Wordy again next time, if they'll have me.  But if another of my teammates would like an opportunity, I'd be willing to step aside...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on August 22, 2014 09:59:30 PM
I'll still captain fandom and hopefully I won't get behind on keeping our completed projects listed in our headquarters.
And wow! It's only nine days left? It doesn't feel like that long...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: calliemae on August 23, 2014 05:02:15 PM
Adding the final touches to my research project


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on August 23, 2014 06:40:03 PM
Thanks to the Team Captains for Summer for all of your work!  And thanks to those who have volunteered for Fall!

Fall Nerd Battles Team Captains
Textbook: BadWolf314
Multimedia: roler
Wordy: bunny1kenobi
Fandom: FreakieGeekie
Randomizer: Calabaza
 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: roler on August 23, 2014 08:29:54 PM
Yes, thanks so much to all the summer captains! :) I am still so glad I stumbled across this craftalong; it has been so fun and encouraging! And I'll do my best as a fall captain!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ankhored on August 25, 2014 03:20:41 AM
I just stumbled across this awesome new concept and will definitely be joining in on the next round !
Im looking forward to it !! :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on August 25, 2014 08:31:39 AM
Hooray!  Another nerd! :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on August 25, 2014 09:45:01 AM
I'll get Team Multimedia sorted tomorrow, promise (twins at grandparents and I have to recover from very nasty cold = not much housework and recovering time!!).


Title: Re:
Post by: pishaw13 on August 25, 2014 10:06:24 AM
Yay! Welcome ankhored! You'll love the nerd games, they're so fun!

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Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: roler on August 25, 2014 03:58:39 PM
Yes, welcome Ankhored!!  It really is lots of fun!  See you shortly over at the fall games! :)

And feel better soon, Inselaeffchen!!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on August 25, 2014 04:40:42 PM
I just stumbled across this awesome new concept and will definitely be joining in on the next round !
Im looking forward to it !! :)

Welcome to the nerdy-verse!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on August 25, 2014 06:45:31 PM
So close to being done with the prompts - I only have the Red Alert to craft, which I hope to do tomorrow, along with posting my Midnight Opening which is also a fake swap item.   :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on August 26, 2014 12:12:58 AM
I'm looking around for a new image for the Fandom portal. I'm finding some interesting mash-ups, too.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on August 26, 2014 07:07:40 AM
I got almost nothing done for August.  IYP is eating up a LOT of my crafting time.  I'm still hoping to squeeze a couple of last minute projects in.  Including my research project.  Fingers crossed....


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: BadWolf314 on August 26, 2014 07:41:52 AM
I got almost nothing done for August.  IYP is eating up a LOT of my crafting time.  I'm still hoping to squeeze a couple of last minute projects in.  Including my research project.  Fingers crossed....

Amen to that, your large is taking what seems like forever! I have a couple more projects to post for this semester but I'm really sad that I'm not going to be able to complete all the prompts... oh well, I'll have to do better next semester!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on August 26, 2014 08:13:09 AM
I got almost nothing done for August.  IYP is eating up a LOT of my crafting time.  I'm still hoping to squeeze a couple of last minute projects in.  Including my research project.  Fingers crossed....

Amen to that, your large is taking what seems like forever! I have a couple more projects to post for this semester but I'm really sad that I'm not going to be able to complete all the prompts... oh well, I'll have to do better next semester!

Me too. I've been an active observer this round. Too many swaps I guess. :) Next time, next time... ;)


Title: Re:
Post by: pishaw13 on August 26, 2014 05:25:35 PM
I've been crafting up a storm, but as I start work next week, I know this sort of crafty productivity is not sustainable. So, I'm going to save a half an hour of work on all my projects (since I have no more prompts this summer) and finish them all in September. I'm thinking ahead since I know I won't have as much time to craft this fall. Haha! Maybe it's cheating, but I just want to show you all what I've been working on!

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Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on August 26, 2014 05:29:20 PM
I also will probably not be as active a player in the Fall Nerdalong.  I have some paying work in (oh wow, actual $$!) so will not have the kind of excessive freedom I have had recently.  But I will still endeavor to be a strong player!  Though I want to produce nerdier crafts, I will probably have to concentrate on more practical objects for home improvement.  :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on August 26, 2014 06:31:48 PM
Nerdy yet practical things are possible, Ludi ;) And someone with your skills could do it ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on August 27, 2014 07:38:35 PM
I will probably have to concentrate on more practical objects for home improvement.  :P

If they beautify your living space and make you feel good, they are practical enough in my book. ;)


Title: Re: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on August 28, 2014 12:03:55 PM
Team Captains may claim their spot for their team headquarters over in the Fall Battles thread at any time. Please don't make any other posts in that thread until September 1st.  Thanks!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on August 30, 2014 05:33:15 AM
Well, I hope I Crafted All The Things and didn't forget to post any!  :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Tanath on August 30, 2014 07:23:24 AM
Ludi, according to the tracking machine you have indeed crafted all the things, and then some :)
Unless you have some brownie points project to post, you can take the weekend off to prepare for the next round ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on August 30, 2014 08:25:52 AM
Whew!   :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on August 30, 2014 05:23:47 PM
While I won't get to Craft All the Things for this round (I missed the June Mob), I'm still hoping to get the rest of the prompts finished! And, I might even medal in all of the categories!

I haven't been around here much, but I have been crafting (mostly for swaps), and as it turns out, I fulfilled many of the prompts (by accident ;D ). I just posted a bunch, and I have 3 more finished that just need photos. That leaves me with only 5 more prompts to fulfill and all day tomorrow to do it! I think I can even start one of them tonight...

I would have gotten more done today but I had a bit of a (very, very, very) minor medical procedure done yesterday and I decided to take today off to tend to my wound, even though I feel way better today than I did before I stepped into the doctor's office!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on August 30, 2014 05:41:13 PM
And, I might even medal in all of the categories!

Wow!   :o

Best wishes for the healing of your wound!   :-*


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on August 30, 2014 06:35:58 PM
And, I might even medal in all of the categories!

Wow!   :o

Best wishes for the healing of your wound!   :-*

Thanks! I can't wait until I can just use a band-aid on it... maybe tomorrow! Who knew a band-aid could make me so happy...



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on August 31, 2014 10:30:58 AM
Hi all!  Sorry I've been MIA this past week, I am super sick with a nasty bug that has just knocked me out cold.  But the Games will go on!  ;D

TODAY is the last day of the Summer Nerd Games!  Have any remaining projects posted by 11:59 pm central time tonight if you would like to receive points.

The Fall Battles will open tomorrow.  I may post things a little early today, or it might be a little later tomorrow, depending on how long I can manage to stay out of bed.  Even if I post the Fall prompts today, please don't start posting in the Fall thread until tomorrow.  Thanks!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on August 31, 2014 10:43:41 AM
Feel better soon, Lovely Miss!   :-*


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: calliemae on August 31, 2014 12:04:46 PM
Feel better Lovely Miss.

can't wait for the new prompts.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on August 31, 2014 05:27:09 PM
Take care of yourself, Lovely Miss!  (((hugs and chicken soup)))  ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on August 31, 2014 07:21:17 PM
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 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435243.msg5234766#msg5234766) 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 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435243.msg5234771#msg5234771) 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 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435243.msg5234765#msg5234765) 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.



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: roler on September 01, 2014 02:18:37 AM
I hope you feel much better quickly, LovelyMiss!

And just to confirm - this is still the discussion thread for the fall battles too, right? Or is there a new one for the new season?


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on September 01, 2014 05:33:32 AM
Love the Games theme! And, the idea of the Bounties is great! I definitely haven't been posting projects regularly on the boards, so it's a great reminder!


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Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on September 01, 2014 05:34:10 AM
I hope you feel much better quickly, LovelyMiss!

And just to confirm - this is still the discussion thread for the fall battles too, right? Or is there a new one for the new season?

Yep, it's the same discussion thread!

Thanks for the well wishes, everyone!  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: calliemae on September 01, 2014 07:30:22 AM
Yay for new prompts! 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: calliemae on September 01, 2014 02:36:32 PM
I went to the craft store and got a bunch of supplies for the new prompts.  Dinner and drinks for my brother's birthday and then I can get started!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on September 01, 2014 10:48:15 PM
I've got to clean my craft space before I do anything. I keep trying to craft but get distracted by the clutter :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ezri_B on September 02, 2014 06:38:49 AM
I unfortunately probably won't have much of a chance to make much this season, and I didn't get my last few things submitted for Summer Games either. We had a house fire in the wee hours Thursday morning, and we are now living in a hotel. I have plenty of time to craft, but no room for materials. Isn't that always the way you either have time or materials, but rarely both.  ;)

We are all safe and honestly didn't lose really anything sentimental so we feel very blessed. Long story short, my 13 year old son had a friend spend the night and they were in the living room playing video games when they heard a noise in the kitchen around 1am. They went to investigate found smoke in our pantry, woke us up. I had him wake his brothers and get out, I hit the fire with a fire extinguisher until I ran out and it got too smokey to continue. The boys had already called 911. The smoke hadn't even reached the smoke detectors before we were already out of the house. My son playing video games with his buddy quite likely saved our lives (which means how in the world will I ever be able to tell him he can't again!  :D ) Me hitting it with the extinguisher slowed it enough that the firemen were able to save the rest of the house. So we are blessed and thankful! It wasn't electrical and they honestly can't find any cause. That is probably what freaks me out the most. How can I prevent it in the future if we don't know what it was from.

I am hoping to be able to pick up some yarn and do some crocheting as that's a fairly small project and can fairly easily travel. Maybe a bit of embroidery too. We'll see, but I know I won't be able to do nearly all the great prompts there are this month. Hopefully it will be a quick recovery and I can get back to crafting soon!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on September 02, 2014 06:46:54 AM
Oh my gosh, Ezri_B!  I am so glad you and your family are safe, and that you didn't lose your whole house!  How scary.  I hope you're all doing okay.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on September 02, 2014 07:22:17 AM
I'm glad to hear it wasn't too bad, but still! Yikes! Hope everything gets back to normal quickly for you!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: calliemae on September 02, 2014 07:40:18 AM
That's pretty scary.  I'm glad you are all safe


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on September 02, 2014 08:11:17 AM
I'm so glad you're safe and the house was saved, ezri!   :o  Every time I leave home I expect to come back to find our house burned to the ground.  I guess the good thing about being paranoid is one always expects the worst so one is generally pleasantly surprised...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on September 02, 2014 08:51:03 AM
Ezri, I'm so glad to hear you all made it out ok and that your home was saved.  My parents' house burned to the ground when I was in my early 20's (electrical short).  We now have no baby pictures, my graduation photos are gone, but worst was the loss of the photos of my youngest brother who died when I was 12.  In the days before digital photography, there was no way to just save them in the cloud or something, you know?  Everything else was replaceable and nobody was hurt.  We were very grateful as well.  I hope that you'll be back in your home soon.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on September 02, 2014 09:14:08 AM
Oh my goodness Ezri_B! How scary that must have been. I've never experienced a house fire but with three small kids I can imagine the panic I'd be in. (My honey would the calm one). Way to go boys and late-night gaming! I'm glad this story had a relatively happy ending. Hang in there!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on September 02, 2014 12:14:02 PM
 That is so crazy Ezri_B! I am glad you and your family are all okay!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: roler on September 02, 2014 03:53:56 PM
Oh my goodness, Ezri_B, thank goodness you're all safe!  And it sounds like your son handled the situation very maturely and sensibly!!  I hope it isn't too terribly long before you're all able to settle back down again!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on September 03, 2014 02:38:14 AM
Oh my, Ezri_B!! Such a scary thing to happen! Thank goodness you're all safe and the house got saved, too! And well done to your son and his friend!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on September 03, 2014 06:45:11 AM
 Just had to add that having the theme be GAMES this month is SO cute. You really do keep refreshing this to keep it fun MissLovely and thank you! I am super excited to see what the themes will be for the rest of the Fall.  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: vincentvanbuck on September 03, 2014 08:11:26 PM
I agree, I'm totally in love with the games theme too!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on September 03, 2014 10:57:08 PM
Whoever knew late night gaming could help save the house? ??? Glad you all got out safely, Ezri_B!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: roler on September 03, 2014 11:58:39 PM
Yeah, despite the fact that my entries so far have had little to do with games, I LOOOOOVE this game theme!  Games (board, video, tabletop, parlor...) are some of my all-time favorite things, and these themes are super inspiring!  I've been searching pinterest and finding SO MANY fun things to do related to games, and whether or not I get to crafting them for this craftalong, I will DEFINITELY be making some of them at some point!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on September 04, 2014 11:09:34 AM
I'm working on a bunch of things, but not yet sure how to apply them to the prompts.....


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: calliemae on September 04, 2014 02:01:59 PM
I'm working on my entries for yahtzee and the battle right now.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ankhored on September 04, 2014 08:45:41 PM


I just posted my reseacrh project proposal and also my first entry : Flash Mob Game of Life

:) I havent decided what to do for any of the others yet :/


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: roler on September 04, 2014 11:42:49 PM
Research Project Progress!

This is my first research project and first TM patch project, so I'm pretty excited about it!  I've now made 11 patches for my KanJani8 concert bag: 1 each for the 7 members in their designated colors, with the infinity sign which is the symbol for the band; and 4 patches that refer to specific song titles or other references.

Today I thought I'd check and see about how much I still have to go.  I want to make a large bag, so I laid out the patches against a large-sized reusable grocery bag, expecting them to maybe cover a third or less of one side of the bag.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that I'm farther along than I thought!  I think the sides of the bag will be only about one patch wide, and the bottom will be just plain fabric, so I'm maybe... a quarter of the way there?  I still have no idea how I'm going to actually put them together into a bag - I might even just cheat and sew them onto the outside of an existing bag.  But that's a long way off; I still have many patches left to go!

Here are all the patches I've made so far:


And here they are laid out on the grocery bag:


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on September 05, 2014 06:52:16 AM
Looking really great, roler!   :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ezri_B on September 05, 2014 06:53:30 AM
roler that is looking wonderful!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on September 05, 2014 09:22:00 AM
That's really coming along well, roler! 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: mama24boyz on September 05, 2014 03:13:41 PM
I think its a great idea to sew them on a pre-existing bag!! Then you don't have to worry about a liner too!  I'm gonna keep that idea for future, considering I've had a tm bag as my research proposal since the games first started  ::)  Maybe its time to change it,  ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on September 05, 2014 06:25:56 PM
That's going to be a great bag. I like how colorful it is becoming.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: calliemae on September 05, 2014 10:58:08 PM
Research project progress

I cast on for the bottom layer of my eagle rug today.  I was knitting this while watching the first episode of game of thrones ( have I been missing out!)



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: BadWolf314 on September 06, 2014 11:59:25 AM
So I finished the TARDIS like right on the 31st so I didn't get to submit it in time for last semesters games, but I still wanted to share the finished product! :D There are more pictures here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435544.0#axzz3CYUv2l6I



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on September 06, 2014 01:31:06 PM
So amazing BadWolf!!  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on September 07, 2014 10:43:25 AM
Brilliant and fantastic! Wow!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on September 07, 2014 05:29:49 PM
This is so awesome!  What a fantastic, one of a kind piece of furniture! 


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Post by: pishaw13 on September 07, 2014 05:49:45 PM
Wow Badwolf! I am so freaking impressed!

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Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on September 07, 2014 07:10:39 PM
Ooh, shiny!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on September 08, 2014 02:59:57 PM
Check out the 2014 Summer Nerd Games Award Ceremony (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=433539.msg5240474#msg5240474)!

Thanks, again, to all of the players that made it such a great season!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: roler on September 08, 2014 09:10:16 PM
I went garage-saleing over the weekend and got some awesome game-related stuff to craft with... and now I can't decide which things to go for!  Too many ideas!

Thanks for all the compliments on my bag progress, everyone! :)  I'm really happy with how it's coming out.

calliemae - That looks like a lot of knitting for one episode! :)  I'm looking forward to seeing the finished project - at your speedy rate it might not be too long!

BadWolf314 - Oh. My. God.  That is just about the coolest crafty thing I've ever seen.  It is mind-blowing.  I would LOVE one of those in my apartment, even though it would take up about half of my tiny tatami-matted living room in Osaka... it would be worth it.  Way to go for sticking to that project even through the difficult bits and making something so AWESOME!  AND it dispenses soda!  Eek! 

Ooooh, that award ceremony is awesome!  So many cute awards, and such impressive nerds! :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on September 09, 2014 09:46:09 AM
Please pardon my crafty nerdgasm!!

Awhile ago I posted about recently learning that one of my favorite olde timey actors, Ernest Thesiger, was an embroiderer and that he had written a book about it.  Thesiger is most famous for his role as the evil Dr Pretorius in “Bride of Frankenstein.”



Being an old horror movie nerd and an embroidery nerd, I knew I MUST HAVE the book.  There were not many copies available.  I found one at the in this case aptly named Mephisto Antiquariat in Germany and instantly ordered it.  Never mind the cost. *cough cough*  So here it is, from 1941, a slim though quite high quality book for wartime, “Adventures in Embroidery” by Ernest Thesiger:







Of especial interest is the section about finding inspiration for embroidery  in other media.

Film about Thesiger and his crafts:   

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sbWO8AWp5g





Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on September 09, 2014 09:50:45 AM
Wow, Ludi!  I'm not a Thesiger fan and yet, I totally get the nerdgasm.  Totally!  I'm very very happy for you that you found something so incredibly amazing! 

So awesome!!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on September 09, 2014 10:08:34 AM
Aw, thanks bunny!   :-*  I honestly didn't expect to be able to find it.  I mean, how obscure can you get?  ::)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on September 09, 2014 10:27:25 AM
Aw, thanks bunny!   :-*  I honestly didn't expect to be able to find it.  I mean, how obscure can you get?  ::)

EXACTLY!! Which is why I am so thrilled for you!!  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on September 09, 2014 12:21:06 PM
 I  can just imagine you squealing when it came in and then very delicately checking out the book. What an amazing find!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on September 09, 2014 01:43:32 PM
That's so cool, Ludi!  What a fun and exciting find.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on September 09, 2014 03:10:30 PM
It's a fun thing to share with you all, my fellow nerds.  :D  Unfortunately there seems to be only one example of the author's own work included, although there is an uncredited design drawing which might be his - as a young man he had planned to be a professional fine artist before he decided to become an actor, and he painted and did other arts and crafts throughout his long life.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on September 10, 2014 06:19:56 PM
Oh, what an amazing gem Ludi! I love finding unique items for things that I collect, but horror AND art. Score! It reminds me a bit of Vincent Price. B-flick star, art collector and cook book author. ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: calliemae on September 10, 2014 07:47:04 PM
For the battle I am working on an item inspired by Fallout 3 and it is taking forever.  Not because it is  a particularly difficult piece, but because it makes me really want to play the game.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: roler on September 11, 2014 02:27:26 PM
Ludi - If I found a rare item that combined two of my favorite interests so neatly I would be absolutely giddy, so I can see why you're so excited!!  And it's really cool to see that such a talented person in one field still took the time to pursue other interests and talents.  That book looks fascinating (although it's too bad it doesn't have more pictures of his stuff), and I think it's so awesome that you were able to track it down!!

calliemae - I hear ya; I had to stop and read all the questions and answers on those Trivial Pursuit cards before I punched 'em!  Crafting about your own interests can get distracting!! XD

I'm still not sure what I'm going to do for Hide 'n Seek, but I have multiple ideas for Scrabble and Pong!  It's the choosing between them that's going to take some time. :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on September 11, 2014 02:52:10 PM
Thanks, artsycandice and roler!  :)  More discussion of Thesiger and embroidery:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435588.0#axzz3D2w8wcBM


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on September 13, 2014 09:30:54 AM
Well, I'm almost caught up on all of my crafty obligations! Sadly, I don't think anything I've made so far this month will fit any prompts. But that just means more crafting for myself!:)

Ezri_B, a house fire can be so devastating, so I'm glad that your son's quick thinking averted a major disaster. And, I hope you're already back in your house!

roler, your TM patches look fantastic (and so uniformly sized!), and they'll make a fantastic bag!

BadWolf, what an amazing job on the Tardis! Holy cow! I'm not even a huge fan (don't hate me... I just haven't watched it since I was a kid), but I'd love one of those if I had the right spot for it.

And, Ludi what a fabulous nerdy book score! What an excellent find!

Okay, I know I have missed out on a ton of stuff around here, and I'm not even going to try to catch up (my apologies for not publicly appreciating all of the amazing stuff posted over in the Summer Games gallery!). But, I'm hoping to get back into things with this month's prompts. I have ideas for a few of the prompts (ideas that have been carried over from earlier rounds of the games), but have to think a bit more for the others.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on September 13, 2014 04:48:32 PM
I don't know what I was thinking, but it's a done deal...

I bought a small chest freezer today. Why is that a problem? Well, I need it be brought up 2 sets of stairs, and I definitely couldn't manage that on my own. So, I have to have it delivered. I was planning to just have them leave it on the porch, but the delivery notice says that someone must be home. Which means, I can't just drag it into the house when I get home. So, I must "insure a clear path" for the delivery guys. I have a week... which boils down to tomorrow, and a couple of hours on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

So, I might end up with a bit of progress on my Research Project! It won't be finished, but right now, the metal shelf unit (which arrived back in July) is currently "in the path," so I might as well get that set up tomorrow. And then, I have to attack a pile of boxes and get stuff ready for Monday's recycling pick-up. If I get desperate, I have some empty plastic totes, and I'm just going to start throwing stuff in there...

But, with all of the cooking I've been doing, my freezer is jam-packed (I don't have room for the soup I made the other night or the lasagna I made today, or the casserole I'm making tomorrow and the casserole I'm making on Monday and the soup I'm making on Tuesday...). So, it was a necessary purchase... Oy...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on September 13, 2014 05:57:31 PM
I still haven't even started my Research Project....  :'(


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on September 13, 2014 06:43:30 PM
I still haven't even started my Research Project....  :'(

Me either! ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: roler on September 13, 2014 07:12:41 PM
craftADDchick - Haha, the last time something similar happened to me, the gas heating had stopped working in my kitchen sink, but I didn't want to let my landlord in to fix it until I'd really cleaned up the kitchen, so I was scrubbing dishes in cold water for a week or two before I finally got it presentable enough for him to come in!  It actually ended up being great motivation for me!  I hope your situation works out for you too!  Major good luck vibes in your direction, because if you're anything like me, then massive kitchen cleaning is pretty darn intimidating.  Oh, and thanks!  It's true that these patches are pretty uniformly sized, but unfortunately not a size that fits easily on the outside of any of my existing canvas bags, so I'm not sure if my lazy idea of sewing them onto an existing bag is going to work... We shall see!

Ludi and artsycandice, good luck on your research projects as well!! Crafty solidarity and encouragement vibes to all!! XD


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: vincentvanbuck on September 13, 2014 09:59:17 PM
Piggy-backing off of Ludi's nerdgasm from earlier, I also received a book from overseas this week.  It is not nearly as obscure as Ludi's find, but I was still pretty darn excited to get my mitts on it:



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: roler on September 14, 2014 02:14:05 AM
vincenvanbuck - Those are the first books I ever picked up in Japanese!!  It was fun to see how things like "muggle" were translated. :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on September 14, 2014 06:42:47 AM
roler, I think we are related! ;D Currently my dining room (which is where the freezer will go for now) is the repository for my laundry because I am in the process of emptying the bedroom so it can be painted, and the bedroom was the landing spot for all of the stuff from three other rooms while they were being painted. The other landing spot is the living room, so you're right, it's definitely a motivator! Today, in the dining room, I'm filling 3 bins (sweaters, sheets/blankets, summer clothes). Then, I'm going to get all of the yarn out of the living room and break down cardboard boxes for recycling. And pickle some beets and make a casserole. And do laundry. I've already started on the beets and laundry! Now, I have to go and get the empty bins (which are upstairs in the hallway). Baby steps! I just have to take 10,000 of them this week :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on September 14, 2014 08:20:52 AM
Very cool, roler!   :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: roler on September 15, 2014 03:56:41 PM
Thanks, Ludi!

Hey fellow Nerds, this is not for a prompt in the Nerd Battles specifically, but I figure this bunch of people may be some of the best to help me with a nerdy problem I'm having.  (Is it OK to ask for inspiration help and advice in this thread?  If not, feel free to ignore this!)

I got these awesome plastic Tetris pieces in an old game at a garage sale recently, a dollar for a big ol' set of them, determined to make some nerdy crafts out of them (quarter for size comparison):



But now I'm finding myself stumped as to what exactly to do with them!  My first thought was pendants, but as you can see they don't have a flat back for attaching a bail (the fronts and backs look exactly the same), and I don't have any tools capable of drilling a hole in them (not actually even sure what would do that).  I was thinking of various ways to decorate/embellish them too, but I don't want to hide the texture too much (with the individual square outlines), because then they wouldn't need to have been Tetris pieces in the first place; I could have used any old thing to begin with. 

Any ideas of how to keep them recognizable as Tetris pieces, but still make them into cool pendants?  How about other crafts, since I've got lots of these guys?  Any ideas at all would be super welcome!! XD


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on September 15, 2014 04:16:46 PM
Excellent nerdy yard sale find! Can you fill in one or two of the squares in the back with resin so you have something to attach the bail to? Or, can you take a really hot pin or small nail and sort of drill it through the back "lip" and attach a jump ring (or stick a head pin through it and make a loop)?


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on September 15, 2014 06:30:57 PM
Absolutely jealous over those Tetris pieces.  Great find!

Perhaps you could mount them on something that could have a bail attached? Small piece of wood or something?


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: roler on September 16, 2014 04:20:36 PM
Thanks for the ideas!  Yeah, I think I'll try sticking something to the back to stick a bail to; I'm actually not where when I'll get to it but I'll try to post the results here when I work something out! :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Tanath on September 17, 2014 01:19:33 AM
Roler, those tetris pieces are cute, great find. I think it could be simple to wire wrap them, since they have these lines between the squares. If you find a wire that fits there, it can hold in place pretty well.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on September 17, 2014 07:05:15 AM
 My idea is simple, probably too simple, but fridge magnets. I would rearrange those guys all the time on the fridge!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on September 17, 2014 10:40:14 AM
My idea is simple, probably too simple, but fridge magnets. I would rearrange those guys all the time on the fridge!

I like this idea.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on September 17, 2014 11:25:37 AM
Magnets are a great idea! And taking a fork off of Tanath's idea, you might could fit hemp or some other cording in between those little squares and create a bracelet - a cord coming from either end of the piece so it lays flat on the wrist and then a clasp on the other side...? (did that make sense to anyone but me? ::))


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: roler on September 18, 2014 10:01:56 PM
Oohh, these are all great ideas; thanks so much, guys!!  You're right; it would totally be possible to wrap wire or something around the little squares!  And how did I not think of magnets?!  I make magnets all the time, and that would be such a simple and super fun way to use some of these!!  I will DEFINITELY do that; thanks!! XD


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on September 19, 2014 04:55:52 PM
Trying to get some more nerdy projects lined up, but mostly working on swap projects, which are nerdy in their own way...Totally nerding out recently on the Needlework board - hope folks can stand it.  :-X   I expect this to eventually result in some Works of Art (or Craft)... ;)

Still not getting around to my Research Project; it was dumb of me to resubmit it, I bet I'll never work on it, too many other things to make, including a lot of sculpting for $ work....


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on September 20, 2014 08:47:52 AM
Ludi, I'm sure we'll love whatever you submit! And, my research project might get a kick in the behind this weekend... because I'm supposed to be working on grades, which means I'll be working on anything but... :)

And, I need to hurry up and get my challenge piece made! Seeing roler's Tetris game pieces has given me an idea that will be a bit easier for me to make than my original idea (which I still need to make). My time is more occupied this month than I would like. No crafting at all this week... at least not until next Saturday!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on September 20, 2014 12:09:10 PM
NERD NEWS UPDATE

The Nerd Battles is hiring for a special project position!

We are going to be transitioning to a new pinterest board/account that is specifically for the nerdalong.  We need a person (or people) who is willing to do some archival work and pin projects from previous Nerd Games/Battles seasons. 

I would like to get every project pinned to the board for the appropriate season.  Pin descriptions would state the name of the project and the player that submitted the project.  For example:  Super craft by Super Player.  Items could also be repinned from the already established Nerdalong pinterest boards, if that is more appealing!  (But it is important that the projects are credited to the players that submitted them, even if the repins don't have that data in the description already.)

If multiple people are interested in helping with this special project, we can assign different seasons to each person.  There have been over 1,700 projects submitted, so there is plenty of pinning to go around.  :D  This can be an ongoing project, but it would ideally be great to have the new boards completed by the end of the current season.

It is difficult to estimate a time commitment, but I can imagine that each season would take between 1-2 hours to pin (if doing original pins from the thread), depending on the number of projects submitted.  There are 5 previous seasons that need to be archived.  Our fabulous pinterest pinner, Calabaza, will be setting up the new board for the current Battles.

If you are interested in volunteering for this project, please PM LovelyMiss or let it be known in this thread!

Thanks!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Tanath on September 21, 2014 11:55:07 AM


Already 3 weeks into the season, we're way overdue for a report. So, here you go everybody, fresh from the tracking machine:

We've got 43 projects already submitted, from 13 awesome players.
Some extra new members, who have just now started posting on Craftster have found their way into the games, probably thanks to roler, and have been crafting up a storm. Welcome new peeps!

There is already at least one post for each prompt, so no prompt is feeling sad or neglected. Solitaire is leading the way with 10 submissions, followed by September's Flash Mob, featuring The Game of Life (it makes sense, since we're all playing it, although we don't look like blue and pink pegs, I think).

I'm still adjusting the tracking machine to handle the bounties, so no info on those yet, look for it in the next report.

Here's our current chart:

TeamPointsPlayersProjects
Wordy:290315
Multimedia:340416
Textbook:8023
Randomizer:7023
Fandom:12026

I'll be sending the tracking link to the team captains later today.

I didn't do a final report for the last round, the machine is refusing to believe I haven't crafted a thing all summer. I've shown her some crafts I did with my kid, that just weren't reported, and I think we'll get that report soon.

And just because, here's some of the stuff we did this summer (when not going to the beach or the pool):


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on September 22, 2014 08:04:45 AM
 With Christmas right around the corner I do not think I will be able to really work on my Research Project so I wanted to submit a new one that I might be able to work on this round of the Games even though I suspect it will get finished in the Winter Games.
 I am going to attempt my first quilt. It will be a lap quilt for my father for Christmas. Fingers crossed it comes out okay.  :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on September 23, 2014 12:00:31 AM
I haven't been working on my research project either :P
I really should but I'm trying to clean/organize my room, which is also my craft space, so that I can find things. Now that the weather is getting pleasant, my mom, sister and I are hoping to start cleaning out our junk room to transform into a craft space for me and my mom :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on September 23, 2014 10:35:39 AM
I have been working on my research project but am struggling with it. Ugh.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on September 24, 2014 10:14:02 AM
 Research Project Idea: Since I have never done a quilt before I did a little random, hopefully okay, figuring. I plan to do a lap quilt. I wanted it be a bit longer so my Dad can tuck it under his feet. Please correct me if any of this sounds wrong. I am going to do a block of nine 4.5" squares with a total of 35 blocks. Each block is going to consist of a solid (red) fabric and then a print. I am going to use 5 different prints. I THINK I will need about 2 1/2 yards of the solid red and 5 half yards of each print. I think. That is where my figuring came in.... it is for the front of course and I want to use a flannel sheet for the back for extra warmth.
 Estimated Time Line? Forever. Ha! Seriously, I hope to have it done for Christmas but I plan on working on it thru this season of the Games too. How long should this take normally? I have no idea what I am getting myself into.  :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on September 25, 2014 05:59:15 PM
That's an ambitious project, gozer!  I'm tempted to ditch my current Research Project and replace it with something else.   :P

I finished my project for this month's Battle Royale, which I hope to post tomorrow....


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on September 26, 2014 06:37:50 AM
 is it really that ambitious?  ??? Eeks! I guess I am about to find out.  :P I have never done anything on that scale.
 Can't wait to see what you made Ludi! I am guessing you would be more of a board game kind of girl. Lets see if I am right....


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on September 26, 2014 08:39:05 AM
is it really that ambitious?  ??? Eeks! I guess I am about to find out.  :P I have never done anything on that scale.
 Can't wait to see what you made Ludi! I am guessing you would be more of a board game kind of girl. Lets see if I am right....

It's a patchwork quilt, right, Gozer?  It's just a matter of cutting a bunch of squares the same size, sewing straight seams, quilting it (if it was me, I'd just stitch along the seams on the quilt top) and binding it.  This is all stuff you've done in the past.  Don't stress!  ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on September 26, 2014 05:20:05 PM
I'm trying to figure out how to make a remodeling project into a Nerdalong project or projects.  It's a nerdy remodel - I'm going to turn our downstairs bathroom into a Wunderkammer, a Cabinet of Curiosities.  But not sure how to break it up into project-sized chunks....

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435618.0#axzz3ETFNEDyh

Any suggestions?   ???



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: roler on September 26, 2014 07:42:07 PM
gozer - I've never made a whole quilt before, so I can't really give any advice, but I'm looking forward to seeing pics of your progress at some point!

Ludi - Wow, that looks like a huge but very cool project!!  Maybe one project could be making something to replace the poster, and one could be redoing the floor... I realize each of those could still be pretty darn big things by themselves, but at least smaller than the whole?  If you're going to paint or otherwise resurface the walls, that could be another... Have you done the Pong prompt?  Anything with tiles could probably work for that!!  Or little cubby holes if they're square and form a pattern... And of course any pieces of this project are improving your home, so they'd fit Game of Life!!  I can't wait to see how you decorate that room! :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on September 27, 2014 05:19:34 AM
Thank you for those suggestions, roler!  :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on September 28, 2014 08:51:06 AM
gozer, I agree with bunny1kenobi! You can do it! For me, the hardest part would be cutting out all of the squares!

And, Ludi, that is an amazing idea for a bathroom! I can't wait to see how you transform it! There is a local science museum (The Ecotarium) and one of their exhibits is called "The Curator's Workshop" and it's set up like a tiny office and loaded with skulls, feathers, rocks, and all kinds of interesting things to examine. It's one of my favorite places to visit in the museum, and since the "curator" is almost always a different person (I visit once a year on a field trip), I always learn something new! If I visited your house, I'd probably never leave the bathroom ;D

I made progress on my Research Project last weekend! I finally set up the second set of wire shelving (I've had it since the start of the summer) and loaded it up. I emptied two tall, narrow bookshelves that were holding food and cookware. I moved one of the bookshelves to the other side of the kitchen (not sure if it's staying there), and the other one is currently blocking half of the doorway :) I haven't decided where to put it. I got side-tracked by the need to clear the way for a freezer delivery (a chest freezer that is now sitting in the dining room... It's much bigger than I realized, but the basement is too icky (and doesn't have an outlet) for me to put it down there. Now that I've gotten that task out of the way, I can re-focus on the kitchen!

And, I don't know how it got to be the end of September already! I have to plan out my September Battle project (I know what it is, I just have to decide on the arrangement of the pieces) and then I need to remind myself of the Flash Mob so I can do that, too!


Title: Re: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: crazyda79 on September 29, 2014 11:39:01 PM
I have an in progress picture of my research project.  I really like where this is headed.  It's almost done now.  This was a few days ago.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on September 30, 2014 10:22:00 PM
October prompts (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435243.msg5234766#msg5234766) are posted!  This month's theme is:  SPOOKY!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on October 02, 2014 10:19:55 AM
Here's the very preliminary design for my Research Project.  Those who have been reading my Embroidery Nerdgasm thread will recognize this figure.  I still have to fuss with this a lot, but wanted to show some progress:






Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on October 02, 2014 12:46:33 PM
Ludi, that is so AWESOME!  I can't wait to see your finished piece. 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on October 02, 2014 03:08:14 PM
Thank you, I can't take credit for the design.  ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on October 02, 2014 10:44:53 PM
Ooh! That's Thesiger's Death costume, isn't it? Can't wait to see it! ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on October 03, 2014 05:47:32 AM
Yep!   :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: roler on October 04, 2014 07:17:45 AM
crazyda79 - Nice!  I'm looking forward to seeing the completed work!!  Judging from the shape, I have a couple of guesses as to what it could be... :)

And Ludi - I'm also looking forward to seeing your version of that awesome design! XD  Love the contrast with the bright colors.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on October 04, 2014 11:23:27 AM
OK, so this has absolutely NOTHING to do with the Games, but Gozer and I thought you might be interested to see pics from when we finally got to meet after 3 years of Craftster bestie-hood!  She and her dad made a trip to Vegas, so my hubby and her dad made sure we were able to get together (I live in Arizona).  It was so much fun!  We are already planning our next "meeting"!  ::)


(Gozer's on the L, I'm on the R-and yes, that's the Empire State Building made from chocolate!  :D)



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on October 04, 2014 12:23:38 PM
How adorable you two are!   :D



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on October 04, 2014 03:07:02 PM
oh you guys!  I love it when craftsters meet!

You two look so sweet in your matching hats!

And, oh my...those look like Hershey Reeses PB Cup light fixtures!!! (and, just throwing this out there...I live about three miles from Hershey... ;D)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on October 04, 2014 04:21:35 PM
Thanks, guys!  We really had a great time!  We saw the show, "KA" (amazing, btw) and the hats were our souvenirs.  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on October 04, 2014 04:25:32 PM
You two are so cute!  How fun!  I've never seen a Cirque show, but I've heard Ka is awesome!  (Now from you, too! :D )


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on October 04, 2014 04:43:08 PM
Awwww, "when Crafsters meet". I love it!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: roler on October 04, 2014 11:10:08 PM
Those are wonderful photos!!  Looks like you two had so much fun!!  That's so awesome that you finally got to meet. :)  Such a cool, strong community on this site!!


Title: Re:
Post by: crazyda79 on October 05, 2014 08:00:38 AM
How fun to be able to meet in person!  That's awesome!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on October 05, 2014 02:57:32 PM
Yay! Bunny1 and I actually met. It was so much fun. We just clicked instantly. Well, instantly with three years of history. Lol. Bunny is absolutely amazing and so great! I can't wait to hang out again!
 And aimr, I had to do a double take. Never even noticed the Reese's cup light fixtures. Ha! Good eye!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on October 05, 2014 03:07:06 PM
Those are wonderful photos!!  Looks like you two had so much fun!!  That's so awesome that you finally got to meet. :)  Such a cool, strong community on this site!!

Ditto! I've met a few Craftster peeps, and every single one of them has been awesome!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on October 06, 2014 07:07:12 AM
Yay! Bunny1 and I actually met. It was so much fun. We just clicked instantly. Well, instantly with three years of history. Lol. Bunny is absolutely amazing and so great! I can't wait to hang out again!
 And aimr, I had to do a double take. Never even noticed the Reese's cup light fixtures. Ha! Good eye!

It was so cool to meet Gozer!  And she is just as sweet and funny in person as she is on craftster!  I wish we lived closer - we'd hang out all the time!  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on October 06, 2014 08:08:23 AM

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I wish we lived closer - we'd hang out all the time!  ;D
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 Very, Very true!!!!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on October 07, 2014 08:17:33 AM
Fabulous to meet IRL! :) Don't think I have anyone close to me for a quick day trip... ;)

Now a question for my fellow Silhouette owners/users ...

Preferred medium for T'shirts .... Stencil & paint or iron on?

Have to whip up 2 T's for my girls for Halloween ... and have neither fabric paint nor iron on fabric in the house, i.e. will have to order ASAP!! :o


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: BadWolf314 on October 07, 2014 08:27:18 AM
Fabulous to meet IRL! :) Don't think I have anyone close to me for a quick day trip... ;)

Now a question for my fellow Silhouette owners/users ...

Preferred medium for T'shirts .... Stencil & paint or iron on?

Have to whip up 2 T's for my girls for Halloween ... and have neither fabric paint nor iron on fabric in the house, i.e. will have to order ASAP!! :o

My favorite is freezer paper and paint. I love how they turn out and I also love how inexpensive freezer paper is :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on October 07, 2014 08:31:36 AM
Preferred fabric paint, BadWolf? Think that's the easier option as well... just have to get to grips with the freezer paper ... what setting for the blade do you use for it?


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: BadWolf314 on October 07, 2014 08:41:53 AM
Preferred fabric paint, BadWolf? Think that's the easier option as well... just have to get to grips with the freezer paper ... what setting for the blade do you use for it?

I don't really have a preferred paint but for settings it's kinda iffy. Generally I use these: Speed 3, Thickness 10, Blade 2. But occasionally I have to go back and clean it up a little with an exacto knife. It could very well just be my mat not being sticky enough. You might have to play it a little bit and get it to how you like it. :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on October 07, 2014 12:05:22 PM

Preferred medium for T'shirts .... Stencil & paint or iron on?

Have to whip up 2 T's for my girls for Halloween ... and have neither fabric paint nor iron on fabric in the house, i.e. will have to order ASAP!! :o

I don't have a Silhouette (yet, fingers crossed... :P) but I do the freezer paper stencils all the time, I hand cut mine.  Much longer process, I imagine, but so far it's been working well for me.  I prefer the Tulip brand soft fabric paint.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on October 07, 2014 01:21:54 PM
I've used freezer paper and contact paper on the Silhouette (and heat transfer, but I like the look of stenciling more).  With a nice sharp blade they both seem to cut pretty well on the settings BadWolf314 mentioned, but I usually set the speed a little faster...I noticed on my machine it actually cuts a little better at faster speeds.  I rarely go below 6, unless it is chipboard or something, but then I just do the second pass anyway.  The contact paper is more fiddly because you can't just iron it down, and depending on the fabric it might not want to stick that well.  But I've had great results with it, so I'd say it's an okay alternative.  I have Speedball fabric inks that I really love...they are made for screen printing, but work just as well for stenciling.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on October 07, 2014 05:50:32 PM
Incremental progress on my Research Project; here's a pattern generated with  http://www.myphotostitch.com/

not so sure I'm thrilled with it... :P



Here's a version I did in Photoshop, but it only shows up tiny here:

:

 ???


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on October 07, 2014 07:28:53 PM
I think I like your photoshop version, Ludi.

Pattern and muslin (cheap-o thrift store sheet in this case) have been made for my research project. It's a simple, simple design, but I don't have enough outer fabric for redos.

Hmm, I could be well on my way to a Cinderella costume with that sheet. Well, if I get rejected from the circus...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on October 07, 2014 07:50:21 PM
Working on a bounty.  :D  I submitted something for the current Craftster challenge (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435644.0).  And here is a link to the entry board (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=512.0).


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: roler on October 07, 2014 07:55:43 PM
Calabaza - Oooh, costume coming along!  Looking forward to it! XD And cheap-o sheets are some of the best things! 

About half of my fabric stash is salvaged from old clothing, both from thrift stores and cast-offs from my own family.  An L-sized dress from Goodwill for $1 (during their Monday color-tag sales) gets you SO much fabric (not to mention buttons!) for SO much less than even the clearance bin at fabric stores, and since I am sadly really short on funds lately, that is my main source of fabric lately.  Also, my family is cleaning out closets and stuff recently, and I've been intercepting some stuff before it gets sent TO Goodwill - may as well cut out the middleman!  A nice run through the wash and ta-da!  More materials!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: roler on October 07, 2014 07:58:38 PM
LovelyMiss - Awesome!  I always forget to even see what the current challenges are!  Thanks for reminding us! 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on October 08, 2014 01:22:06 PM
Calabaza - Oooh, costume coming along!  Looking forward to it! XD And cheap-o sheets are some of the best things! 

About half of my fabric stash is salvaged from old clothing, both from thrift stores and cast-offs from my own family.  An L-sized dress from Goodwill for $1 (during their Monday color-tag sales) gets you SO much fabric (not to mention buttons!) for SO much less than even the clearance bin at fabric stores, and since I am sadly really short on funds lately, that is my main source of fabric lately.  Also, my family is cleaning out closets and stuff recently, and I've been intercepting some stuff before it gets sent TO Goodwill - may as well cut out the middleman!  A nice run through the wash and ta-da!  More materials!

Oh, yes, I do this, too.  I've been on a maxi skirt kick lately, and I'm making them from t-shirts from thrift stores and yard sales.  I've also gotten lots of buttons and zippers from yard sale finds.  Even if I hate the clothing item and do nothing more than cut the fasteners off, at 50¢ or a buck per item, it's a huge savings!  I've found some great purse hardware from yard sale purses too. If the purse is worn out but I can still use the hardware, it's definitely worth the 50¢ or whatever.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on October 08, 2014 06:21:08 PM
Ooo, that soup, LM! I still must try it...

Oh, yeah, the vast majority of my stash is thrifted. It's so much cheaper!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on October 08, 2014 11:42:51 PM
Yard sales are great for stash building.
I should be worried about stash busting but there's going to be a bunch of yard sales this weekend. There's going to be about 17 miles of yard sales but I'm looking to hit one woman's in particular. She has a huge storage building that she keeps stuff in and she's always getting new stuff in. She loves going to yard sales and estate sales all over the place and has a few year 'round for extra income. She's my favorite stop because she ALWAYS has craft supplies of some sort and sometimes has vintage clothing with nice buttons.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on October 09, 2014 03:09:36 AM
I'm totally jealous, Freakie!  There never seems to be any craft supplies at garage/yard sales around here, or really even the thrift stores.  I don't know if I'm just too late to the party all the time, or if everyone just has that special hoarding instinct.

A few years ago there was a garage sale of all craft supplies, but they were priced more expensively than a store.  I think the lady was a dealer of some sort, but was getting out of her business.  My grandma found out about it and called my mom and me immediately to go over there...she knows how we roll.  :D  It was kind of disappointing though. 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on October 09, 2014 08:39:21 AM
There's going to be about 17 miles of yard sales.

**drooling**


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on October 09, 2014 02:31:43 PM
LovelyMiss, there's another woman who does this annual community garage sale who ALWAYS has overpriced craft supplies. My aunt once asked her why her stuff was so high, nearly double what you pay in the stores, and she said "You're paying for the convenience." ::)
I really hope I can score some awesome craft stuff. I especially keep an eye out for embroidery threads :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: roler on October 09, 2014 02:38:21 PM
FreakieGeekie  - Haha, how is driving out to a garage sale more convenient than a craft store? ;P  Wow.

And yeah, bunny1kenobi, I totally agree that items can be more than worth it just for the buttons! I hadn't thought about hardware from bags; that's a great idea too! 

I agree with LovelyMiss, though, that I don't usually find craft SUPPLIES (other than the aforementioned reusable clothing/bag pieces) at yard sales.  But my mother has had some great success with estate sales!  I have a whole coffee can full of vintage buttons that she got at an estate sale once; the cards the buttons are attached to have prices like 10 cents, so they must be pretty darn old! ;P  Some of them are really super awesome!  She also told me that she got a whole moving box of yarn for five bucks once.  It makes me wanna go to more estate sales, but there don't seem to be too many around here.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on October 09, 2014 03:03:05 PM
Trying to learn petit point for my Research Project.  Blargh, this is difficult for me!  :P  Specifically I'm learning Continental Stitch, which puts even amounts of thread on both the front and the back of the fabric.  Using window screen as my fabric, 14 holes per inch

Front (lower left is my best effort so far)



Back (lower right is the best)



Next I need to learn how to stitch with a variety of colors.  >:(

I also realized I have to double the size of my pattern in order to get sufficient detail, so each poppy will be about an inch across (14 stitches)...





Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on October 09, 2014 04:52:23 PM
Best thing I ever got at a garage sale was a church garage sale, a perfectly good pair of Gingher pinking sheers for $2 and a pair of Gingher scissors for $1.  I've not found a lot of craft supplies as garage sales lately.

I did, however, find something that changed my idea (maybe) of my research project!  Instead of a crocheted doll (I was going to try to modify the Sheldon pattern I'd used to give it more shape), I found these:



I didn't think I could use most Barbie-style dolls because I need flexible elbows, and while the Monster High dolls have that, they body shape (the swayed back) would not work for a bellydancer (that's very much NOT the posture they teach you!).  But these should work!  If I can do a successful job of repainting and clothing them...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on October 09, 2014 05:37:51 PM
Fantastic find, Smeddley!   :D



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on October 09, 2014 06:50:31 PM
Hooray, Smeddley!  Love a great thrift store find!!!  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on October 10, 2014 12:51:19 AM
Great find, Smeddley! Those are Liv dolls (or at least they look like Livs) so if you need/want different hair colors for the dolls, you can sometimes find them on eBay. Their hair is simply a snap in wig, like the Create-A-Monster dolls from Monster High.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on October 10, 2014 11:33:23 AM
Thanks, FreakieGeekie, I had no idea what they were, I'd never seen them before (but I honestly don't spend much time in the toy aisle, so...).  The dark hair works for this project, but I was hoping to find some more for another (and I'll need at least one blonde and one blonde/red) and now I know what to search for!  :D

I haven't started work yet (zombie walk tomorrow, haven't even STARTED my costume) but I have lots of ideas in my head... how well they'll work, well, we'll see!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: suereal on October 10, 2014 02:56:45 PM
I buy those dolls when ever I see them at a thrift.  Not only are the joints nice, they have different skin tones and eye colors.  I've been wondering what they were FG, so thanks for that info.

And for 8 bucks you can have those ginghers pro sharpened.

http://www.gingher.com/pages/repair-and-maintenance/4/

I do mine every few years and they have always come back safe and sound.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on October 10, 2014 03:05:05 PM
Fabulous to meet IRL! :) Don't think I have anyone close to me for a quick day trip... ;)

Now a question for my fellow Silhouette owners/users ...

Preferred medium for T'shirts .... Stencil & paint or iron on?

Have to whip up 2 T's for my girls for Halloween ... and have neither fabric paint nor iron on fabric in the house, i.e. will have to order ASAP!! :o

My favorite is freezer paper and paint. I love how they turn out and I also love how inexpensive freezer paper is :)

I'm a little late for this, but I love the freezer paper cut with the Silhouette, and then painted with Tulip soft fabric paints. For less detailed cuts, I've also used Contact paper (I've read that you can put a cloth over it and give it a light iron to help it stick better). I've had VERY mixed results with the iron on vinyl. Sometimes, it goes on like a dream, other times, it's a very expensive nightmare!

And, I love checking out thrift store craft supplies! The only downside is that sometimes they have a funky smell :) I've made a couple of decent scores at yard sales, but nothing lately because I haven't been going!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on October 10, 2014 04:21:29 PM
Petit point poppy practice:



I gave up on patterns; I just can't work that way.  I'll just measure off my artwork and kind of wing it, I think.  And I'm not going to worry that much about the back of the piece - if I sometimes accidentally do half cross-stitch instead of continental stitch, most likely nobody will know but me.  ::)



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on October 10, 2014 04:55:41 PM
I only started frequenting the toy aisle when the Monster High dolls started coming out. I bought a Liv doll for my sister a few years ago because she wanted to use it as a drawing reference.
You're in luck, Smeddley! There are a couple different blonde wigs and at least one strawberry blonde one. I remember from looking at the extra wigs and stuff in the store back when. Also, I think my sister's came with strawberry hair. I'm not too sure though :P
Their lovely eyes are acrylic, much like the Japanese ball-jointed dolls have. But unlike the Japanese BJDs the eyes aren't removable/changeable.

That petit point is beautiful, Ludi! :o


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on October 10, 2014 07:09:43 PM
Lookin' good, Ludi!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on October 11, 2014 09:33:55 AM
Thanks.  :)  I think I'll be going with the lower right design, the one above looks too much like a rose and the other one doesn't have enough contrast in the colors.  I hope to start on the real thing this coming week.  I have a feeling this project will take a few months...  :P



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on October 13, 2014 02:04:02 PM
But, while I haven't really crafted much lately, I have made a bit of progress on my Research Project. In my habit of not working on the important things until I absolutely have to, instead of working on making the house presentable for the delivery of my freezer (which I did eventually do, but not until the night before and morning of), I worked on assembling a second metal shelving unit in my kitchen.

I emptied out two tall, narrow book shelves and part of a cabinet. Almost everything went into bins on the metal shelves, and one of the book shelves is now home to some of the cabinet contents {it holds infrequently used kitchen items- trifle bowl, apple peeler/corer/slicer, cookie cutters, shredding attachments for mixer, etc.}. I ran out of plastic bins, but I'll be emptying the rest of the cabinet to turn it into my canning cabinet.

But, here's the shelving unit, loaded up with pantry supplies and some cooking utensils and implements:



Once I sort out my kitchen cart and its contents, I might have a bit more room on the shelves (the glass jars holding coffee, flour, and sugar will go on the cart). I also have a bit more room on the top shelf. I need to see if I have more bins in the house I can repurpose (I have some, but they may be too big). I also need to start doing a bit of baking... The bin on the bottom right is full of baking mixes...I need to use them up so I can have that space for something else :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on October 13, 2014 04:41:36 PM
Is it ok to use a collaborative project as a Nerdalong craft?  With my husband I'm making a really huge monster costume, which he will wear this coming weekend in the neighbors' Haunted Hike.  I'm doing most of the sewing on the costume and would love to use it for my Battle project, but not if it doesn't qualify....

inquiring mind wants to know.... ???



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on October 13, 2014 06:25:37 PM
It think it would, Ludi. Badwolf and her hubby did a couple amazing projects together if I remember right.

Work continues on my research project. It was time to break out the paints for an accessory:


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: BadWolf314 on October 13, 2014 06:48:21 PM
Is it ok to use a collaborative project as a Nerdalong craft?  With my husband I'm making a really huge monster costume, which he will wear this coming weekend in the neighbors' Haunted Hike.  I'm doing most of the sewing on the costume and would love to use it for my Battle project, but not if it doesn't qualify....

inquiring mind wants to know.... ???

I would think as long as you spend at least 30 mins, it's good. That's the rule I've always gone by :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on October 13, 2014 11:35:46 PM
Is it ok to use a collaborative project as a Nerdalong craft?  With my husband I'm making a really huge monster costume, which he will wear this coming weekend in the neighbors' Haunted Hike.  I'm doing most of the sewing on the costume and would love to use it for my Battle project, but not if it doesn't qualify....

inquiring mind wants to know.... ???

I would think as long as you spend at least 30 mins, it's good. That's the rule I've always gone by :)

Yep!  Totally okay!  How fun!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on October 14, 2014 06:35:39 AM
Thanks!  (more like "hours and hours"!  :o )



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on October 14, 2014 11:47:18 AM
 Oooh. I can't wait to see it Ludi!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on October 14, 2014 12:06:54 PM
Oooh. I can't wait to see it Ludi!

Ditto!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on October 14, 2014 09:02:09 PM
Thanks!  (more like "hours and hours"!  :o )



I can't wait to see it either!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on October 15, 2014 09:29:25 AM
Thanks guys!  My fingers are about to fall off  :P



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on October 15, 2014 09:40:26 AM
Thanks guys!  My fingers are about to fall off  :P



* hands Ludi a roll of duct tape - just in case *

We can't have that, we're all eager for you to finish and see what it is!!!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on October 16, 2014 09:00:49 AM
Thanks guys!  My fingers are about to fall off  :P



* hands Ludi a roll of duct tape - just in case *

We can't have that, we're all eager for you to finish and see what it is!!!

Nice save, Smeddley! ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: roler on October 16, 2014 02:09:45 PM
Oh dear; I hope the duct tape isn't necessary to keep your fingers on, Ludi! ;P  Can't wait to see your collaborative costume! XD


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on October 16, 2014 03:33:40 PM
Aw, thanks!  :-*  The old fingers are much better today and we should be finished tomorrow for a test run.  It's pretty crude compared to what we usually make, but we had to make do with mostly stash supplies.  :)



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: calliemae on October 18, 2014 03:20:58 PM
I have a question! Would something inspired by one of the toys for toy story count as 'magic' for the hocus pocus prompt? Toys coming to life is a kind of magic right? On the other hand,  Disney claims to be all about magic.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on October 18, 2014 08:13:55 PM
I have a question! Would something inspired by one of the toys for toy story count as 'magic' for the hocus pocus prompt? Toys coming to life is a kind of magic right? On the other hand,  Disney claims to be all about magic.

Loose interpretations of the prompts simply show creativity, in my opinion.  I say go for it!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on October 18, 2014 08:30:20 PM
I have a question! Would something inspired by one of the toys for toy story count as 'magic' for the hocus pocus prompt? Toys coming to life is a kind of magic right? On the other hand,  Disney claims to be all about magic.

Loose interpretations of the prompts simply show creativity, in my opinion.  I say go for it!
Creative interpretation should almost be considered a project in and of itself!  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on October 20, 2014 02:51:04 PM
Started my girls' halloween costumes ... have time until Friday (first "Halloween" party on Saturday), but can only work on it when they're not around ... pesky nosy touchy little 3-year olds!! ;)

Will have a go at cutting freezer paper with the cameo tomorrow ... any suggestions on two-tone stencilling on fabric??? Twin 1 is going to be Supergirl, so am planning on stencilling the Superman/Supergirl logo onto the blue T-shirt ... so red and yellow... 2 runs of the same stencil with different bits cut out safer or both at once?


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on October 20, 2014 03:55:35 PM
I've only done one two-tones stencil (the Red Dwarf logo) and I went with two stencils.  It was much easier to just sponge away with only the bits you want colored cut out, especially if they're very close together.  I once cut a stencil too close to the edge of the freezer paper and got a little on a part I didn't want painted (sadly, it was my Pi skirt, but I got a lot of it off and I don't think anyone noticed the faint blue smudge).


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on October 20, 2014 04:10:10 PM
I like to do the base color/background color over the entire stenciled area, let it thoroughly dry, and then stencil the second color on top.  That way you only need to get the edges of the whole logo lined up, instead of each little section.  So for Super Girl I would do the yellow for the entire logo shape, and then place the red stencil piece on top and do the S and outline.  I don't know if that's even a good way to do it, that's just what I've done in the past!  If the paint layers are thin enough, you can barley even tell it's layered.  Depending on the opacity of your paint though, it might not be a good option (e.g., red turning orange when painted on top of yellow).  


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on October 21, 2014 11:39:20 AM
The logo is a fairly simple stencil, I think Lovely Miss' idea might be the safest.  I might put more than one layer of the red on, just to make sure the yellow isn't showing thru.  After it's all done and dry, you may find that you'll want to outline the crest with one of those squeeze fabric paints with the little nozzle.  Sometimes doing more than one color like this results in edges where your yellow might show (along the outside edge of the red, I'm meaning).  This has happened to me, and outlining it covered that peek-a-boo color. I just used more of the paint and a toothpick coz that's what I had at the time, and you could do that, but I think the squeeze bottles might be less headache.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on October 21, 2014 01:14:39 PM
Ok... quick change in steps ... yellow doesn't cover the blue shirt well ... just turns area green (they didn't have "yellow for dark fabric" from Dylon paints in the shop I went to). Soooo... shield is going to start off red, then I try to get the yellow on top in the hope it doesn't turn orange... :o

Keep your fingers crossed for me please!!!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on October 22, 2014 01:19:16 PM
And first T' done. :) The bigger issue of logo there. Used puffy paint in the end to make sure the yellow shows ok. Looks not too bad!! :) Will be posted later as a challenge.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on October 22, 2014 04:02:01 PM
Finally starting to actually stitch my Research Project.  Ack, I feel so slow, I stitch like a cripple!   :P



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on October 22, 2014 04:50:18 PM
Finally starting to actually stitch my Research Project.  Ack, I feel so slow, I stitch like a cripple!   :P



LOL! I'm sure it's only because you're new at it...

;)

And, I'm working on putting together my supplies for my annual Craft Weekend. Most of it will be spent making TM patches, but I'm also going to make my October Battle item. I'm tempted to bring additional projects (I usually bring at least 6 different projects), but since I haven't done any grading of those pesky papers, I'll probably have to bring them along :( I guess I can work on them early in the morning, since I'm usually one of the first to wake up, and then I can craft for the rest of the day... And, when I'm tired at night, I can alphabetize them.

But, just in case I finish early, maybe I should bring one extra project... just a tiny one... ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: suereal on October 22, 2014 07:27:30 PM
Finally starting to actually stitch my Research Project.  Ack, I feel so slow, I stitch like a cripple!   :P



If you stitch like a cripple darling, than we are all doomed ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on October 23, 2014 12:04:56 AM
Finally starting to actually stitch my Research Project.  Ack, I feel so slow, I stitch like a cripple!   :P


If you stitch like a cripple darling, than we are all doomed ;D

Doomed! DOOOOOOMED!


I gave up on my research project because my dad says he doesn't need the afghan, just thought one would be nice. :P So maybe I can make it a lap blanket or a rug. Or something!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on October 23, 2014 11:15:05 AM
Freakie!  You changed your avatar!  I didn't even recognize you!  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: suereal on October 23, 2014 01:12:59 PM
Freakie!  You changed your avatar!  I didn't even recognize you!  ;D

You just thought she actually looked like Daryl Dixon in real life ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on October 23, 2014 05:30:13 PM
Freakie!  You changed your avatar!  I didn't even recognize you!  ;D

You just thought she actually looked like Daryl Dixon in real life ;D

Hey, I thought the same thing. Or at least thought she was a guy. ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on October 23, 2014 05:53:00 PM
Freakie!  You changed your avatar!  I didn't even recognize you!  ;D

You just thought she actually looked like Daryl Dixon in real life ;D

Hey, I thought the same thing. Or at least thought she was a guy. ;)

Well, I had hopes that she at least had a cross bow.  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: suereal on October 23, 2014 09:22:06 PM
Freakie!  You changed your avatar!  I didn't even recognize you!  ;D

You just thought she actually looked like Daryl Dixon in real life ;D

Hey, I thought the same thing. Or at least thought she was a guy. ;)

Well, I had hopes that she at least had a cross bow.  ;D

I wouldn't put it past her...she may! ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on October 23, 2014 11:51:56 PM
No crossbow here but my dad has a compound and has offered to teach me to shoot it ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: suereal on October 24, 2014 02:47:46 PM
I've done some bow shooting at GS camp a long time ago.  It was fun....though one of the girls almost took her ear off with the bow string, so you do have to be a tad careful...but I'd take him up on it if I were you ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on October 24, 2014 10:35:10 PM
Ouch!
I mentioned that to my dad and he said "Well, you know how to sew. You could just sew it back on." ::)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: suereal on October 25, 2014 06:59:55 PM
ROFLMEarO


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on October 26, 2014 09:29:15 AM
Progress - or rather, failure - on my Research Project.  I got a section done and realized I'll need to use at least three colors in the drapery, as this attempt looks like stripes rather than folds.  So I have to start over from scratch.  It's almost impossible to unpick the petit point continental stitch because if done right it becomes a solid block of fabric.  :P  But this is what a Research Project is all about, learning.  I have learned that I'm not OCD enough to enjoy petit point as a hobby.   ::)  But I will soldier on and try to finish this project.





Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on October 26, 2014 09:26:17 PM
Wow that's impressive! :o I hope you don't have to start over again, again.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: suereal on October 26, 2014 09:28:17 PM
Go Ludi!  Go Ludi!  Go Ludi GO!!!....I mean that in the best way...not the leave way ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on October 26, 2014 11:11:39 PM
Ugh! I feel for you Ludi. Hang in there. It is going to be so worth it in the end though. You are growing and stuff, do you feel it?  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on October 27, 2014 04:59:25 AM
Building character and all that, right?   :D



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on October 27, 2014 07:51:06 AM
Building character and all that, right?   :D



lol, that's what I remind myself every time I am in a similar boat. ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on October 27, 2014 09:45:41 AM
 I don't see the "stripes". I think what you have looks good but I will trust you Ludi.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on October 30, 2014 03:05:10 AM
I HATE PUFFY PAINTS!!!!!  >:( >:(

After a good run of Hobbit #1 wearing the new T-shirt (still have to post that one!) we had to wash it ... standard situation for 3 year toddler at parties = lots of chocolate/cake traces on T-shirts.

So ... despite the 72 hours of not washing as per instruction... this was what came out of the washing machine ....



Fortunately, the puffy paint came off in the patches used and didn't go all over clothes!!

So today I will look into my felt stash and re-do the Supergirl logo for tomorrow's guising (Scottish Trick or Treating).

Fortunately Hobbit #1 has recovered well enough from middle ear infection to go back to nursery/kindergarden...

So ... assume I can hand in 2 projects for the one T-shirt then? ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on October 30, 2014 06:17:03 AM
 :'(



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on October 30, 2014 09:58:58 AM
Oh, that is a HUGE bummer!!! 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on October 30, 2014 03:26:13 PM
So ... assume I can hand in 2 projects for the one T-shirt then? ;)

Sure!  It sounds like it's turning into two separate projects!  Total bummer, though!  :(


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on October 31, 2014 05:21:40 AM
Happy Halloween, Nerds!



Have a spooky time of it!   :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on October 31, 2014 05:41:33 AM
Everyone have fun and stay safe for Halloween!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on October 31, 2014 05:52:34 AM
Happy Halloween!

BTW, a belated congratulations to the nerds of the week!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on October 31, 2014 08:23:23 AM
Ugh, sorry about the t-shirt project! That is so disheartening!

I still need to go buy Halloween candy... I wait until the last minute, or else it all gets eaten before the trick-or-treaters show up!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on November 01, 2014 01:47:32 AM
New prompts (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435243.msg5234766#msg5234766) are posted!  November's theme is: GENRES. 
Special thanks to roler for this month's theme!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on November 01, 2014 09:15:44 AM
Yay new prompts!

*commences plotting*

(pun not intentional)

And, in the spirit of this month's games, happy NaNoWriMo to all attempting it!  I've done it many times, but have been banned because it makes me crazy (I usually "win", but at what cost?!).  I keep thinking I'm going to secretly do it, but I haven't yet.  I haven't done much writing since I've been on the latest (3 year?) crafting craze.  Next year I'm cutting back, I think I'll hit 200 projects this year and that's just ridiculous.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on November 01, 2014 09:17:50 AM
I think I'll hit 200 projects this year and that's just ridiculous.

Wow! Go you! ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on November 01, 2014 09:22:02 AM
I think I'll hit 200 projects this year and that's just ridiculous.

Wow! Go you! ;)

Ha, I'm not sure it's a good thing, except that a LOT of them are complete stash projects, so I'm using up supplies!  Gotta make room for new stuff, right? :D It also helps that I probably only spend an average of 4-5 hours on each project.  Nothing too huge (I actually want to work on that, my attention span is such that I have a hard time focusing on one project for too much longer than maybe 10-15 hours? I want it DONE, and I want it done NOW!  Most of my big big big projects stall and sit around forever.).


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on November 01, 2014 10:58:38 AM
Yay, go Smeddley!   :D





Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on November 01, 2014 12:12:00 PM
I love the new prompts! Although, I have absolutely no idea what to make for any of them... :) But, I'm sure if I let them simmer in the back of my mind, I'll come up with something!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on November 01, 2014 03:54:31 PM
Excellent new prompts!  :)



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on November 01, 2014 04:58:59 PM
I've generated a few ideas for some of the new prompts and I think I only have 1 or 2 prompts that need to have a project attached. Finding the time to make all of the projects is a different story... I'll be traveling during the holidays, which is good, but really makes it hard to get crafting done!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on November 01, 2014 05:06:57 PM
Yay! New prompts!!

Now I just have to figure out how to apply the things I've crafted since September ... ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Tanath on November 02, 2014 11:27:41 AM

/* walks out of the lab, singing to herself "let it go, let it go, the month is gone, so let it go" */

Everyone has been so busy this month, we're up to 188 projects already, with 23 active players (well, 22, as all I've actively done is stare at my computer screen).
As usual, our dedicated players have left no prompt unattended, and gave lots of attention the the monthly battle and flash mob.
October's Battle was epic, with 19 completed projects for the lovely seasons. But Fall and Halloween won over Winter and Christmas, with 13 of the projects voting for them. I'm sure we'll be seeing a lot more Christmas projects in the next month or two.
The most crafted prompt up till now in this round is October's Battle, with 19 projects, followed by September's Flash Mob and Solitaire, with 17 projects each, and October's Flash Mob, with 16 tricks or treats (If I'm not mistaken, most went with yummy treats).
The most prolific craftsters at this point are crazyda79, who completed all the prompts (14) and a research project, and gozer, vincentvanbuck and storeboughtcreations, with 14 projects each. Good thing it's a new month, so they will have something to do :)

And here are the numbers, for anyone who was wondering:
TeamPointsPlayersProjects
Wordy:920445
Multimedia:1260757
Textbook:610323
Randomizer:1070543
Fandom:420320

Keep crafting, everyone, and enjoy the fresh set of prompts :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on November 02, 2014 12:35:11 PM
Thanks for the latest set of stats, Tanath! Team Multimedia is kicking butt! But, I'm on Team Textbook, so I'd better get my own butt in gear :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: roler on November 02, 2014 04:18:55 PM
Yes, thanks for the detailed tracking!  It's fun to see all those stats!

And I think Team Multimedia is doing well because of number of team members!  In terms of projects per person, I'm not sure it's so far ahead at all!  Everyone is doing awesome!! XD

I can't wait to start the new prompts, but it looks like I'll have to... I'm flying back to Japan on Wednesday, and just now starting packing up what I could of my stash and crafting tools... we'll see how much I can fit into my luggage!! ;P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on November 02, 2014 04:37:50 PM
Come on, Team Wordy!   :D



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on November 03, 2014 07:05:11 AM
 Thanks for all the stats Tanath! And thanks LovelyMiss for new prompts! Love the theme. Bunny1 and I were making guesses as to what it would be.  :P I already have my crafting list set!  ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on November 03, 2014 09:58:47 AM
Thanks for all the stats Tanath! And thanks LovelyMiss for new prompts! Love the theme. Bunny1 and I were making guesses as to what it would be.  :P I already have my crafting list set!  ;)

Yes, this theme is perfect for we Wordy Nerds!  ;D

I'm not surprised that Gozer has her crafting list set.  It's probably color coded as well.  The queen of planning!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on November 03, 2014 10:17:40 AM
  ::) Of course it's color coded. How else would I easily reference it? Ha!
 And planning things out makes me feel less guilt for procrastinating on actually doing them.  :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on November 03, 2014 11:17:01 AM
Thanks for all the stats Tanath! And thanks LovelyMiss for new prompts! Love the theme. Bunny1 and I were making guesses as to what it would be.  :P I already have my crafting list set!  ;)

Ahem, if you guys had any fun guesses, you should send me ideas!  Same goes for everyone!  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on November 03, 2014 11:32:52 AM
 I only had two guesses but I will think of some more and send them to you! :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on November 07, 2014 04:36:47 PM
Argh, so behind on my Research Project!  >:(  I hope to work on it some tomorrow.  I have to transfer my pattern onto a new piece of screen. ...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on November 07, 2014 11:09:40 PM
Oh no! But keep going, Ludi! I just know it's going to be amazing! ;D

I've started on the Doctor's hair. I was going to do it later but I decided I'd go ahead and glue it on. Still getting clothing references. I want to be as accurate as possible. Well, except with his shoes. Monster High boy sized high-top Converse shoes (1/6 scale) are like $20 on eBay! :o But I found a lot listing of shoes for $6 that had a pair of red low quarter Converse-like shoes (I bid on them for a pair of shoes similar to Sherlock Holmes'; BBC Sherlock is on my list of customs) and my sister approved them. You won't be able to tell that they aren't high-tops unless you lift his pant leg.
Been looking over the box we have, debating on customizing it or building one of plastic canvas. Still not sure which we'll do :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: roler on November 08, 2014 04:55:00 PM
Good luck on those research projects, guys!  They sound like a lot of work but I'm sure they'll turn out awesome!!

This is just a quick post to say that I have made it back to Osaka in one piece, but am still seriously jet-lagged (or just recovering from the 37 hours I was awake on my trip here), and the internet and electricity still aren't hooked up again in my apartment (I'm currently writing from a net cafe), so I'll catch up with the battles and Team Multimedia stuff once everything's all hooked up again! :)  I've glanced briefly at the recently posted projects over there, and everything looks awesome as usual!!!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on November 12, 2014 09:03:04 AM
Finished TM swap so will post them with a link so roler can't sneak!

Just wanting to test the waters here ... after I've seen a couple of Fandom quilts, and I'm checking out Fandom in Stitches  (http://www.fandominstitches.com/) quite frequently, and with all those TM patches around ...

Would there be interest in our craftalong here for a Fandom Quilt Patch Swap?

Not before the end of the year of course, but maybe January/February?

Obviously will open up to all craftsters once I got a feel if there are enough people.



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on November 13, 2014 11:52:11 PM
So far, the Doctor has hair which I have styled so that he looks like a troll doll! XD I'll trim and style his hair after I've dressed and repainted him.
I have the patterns sort of figured out. I keep messing up and having to start again. :P I went ahead and ordered his glasses from PlasticCurves because it takes a bit of time for those to get made.
Right now I'm trying to decide if I want to make a teeny, doll-sized tie that really ties or a fakie tie.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on November 14, 2014 08:43:34 AM
Personally I'd go for fake, but I'm lazy!   :D  Can't wait to see!



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on November 14, 2014 08:51:06 PM
My sister said fake is fine but I may attempt a real one, just to see if I can do it :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on November 15, 2014 07:48:11 AM
Finished TM swap so will post them with a link so roler can't sneak!

Just wanting to test the waters here ... after I've seen a couple of Fandom quilts, and I'm checking out Fandom in Stitches  (http://www.fandominstitches.com/) quite frequently, and with all those TM patches around ...

Would there be interest in our craftalong here for a Fandom Quilt Patch Swap?

Not before the end of the year of course, but maybe January/February?

Obviously will open up to all craftsters once I got a feel if there are enough people.



Although I am seriously tempted, I don't want to start a Fandom patch collection until I've "finished" my science collection. I love the idea of book-themed patches, however, so I'm tucking it away for future reference :) And, thanks ever so much for leading me to the Fandom In Stiches page! Now, I have gift ideas for my brother bouncing around in my head!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on November 15, 2014 09:55:30 AM
Book themed ones would be fandom as well, craftADDchick!! ;)

And... errr... I hope leading you to the FiS page is a GOOD thing... not bad. ;) I found it through their Doctor Who embroidery/stitching set - yet have to start as I have to get some nice fabric for the different patches ... Maybe a Research Project for 2015 ?? :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on November 15, 2014 10:06:36 AM
Well, I'll have to think about it then, Inselaeffchen! And, leading me to the Fandom In Stitches page is definitely a good thing (I even added the blog to my reader feed!). I love that there are such an abundance of paper pieced blocks (I saw the Schoolhouse Rocks blocks, and now I think I need to make a set!!).

I just went through all of the project prompts and looked at what I have on tap (swap items!) in the days ahead. I also have 2 gifts and a necessity to make before Thanksgiving. I have one item finished (way back in October) that I never thought about posting, and something I need for work on Monday that I can split between two prompts. That gives me 10 prompts that I should have done by Thanksgiving (with half of them done by the end of this weekend). 

I have 6 other prompts that I have on the list that I might be able to get done between the end of next weekend and the end of the month if I pack some supply items when I head out to my brother's for Thanksgiving. I'll have some free time, I think. I also think I can finish one item (maybe two) in between the end of school and the start of parent conferences (Monday before Thanksgiving)- I have 4 hours, and might be able to craft for about 2 of them.

So, it might actually be possible for me to finish all of the prompts by the end of the month!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on November 15, 2014 06:06:04 PM
I think I have four prompts left. Working on one tomorrow and I have my fingers crossed I can get them all done. Good luck to you. Sounds like you are using every spare second!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on November 16, 2014 02:16:19 AM
Come on, Team Wordy!  :D

I'm certainly not going to get my Research Project done this session - after my fail I put it away and have not restarted it.  Transferring the pattern is such a pain.  :P   But I think I should be able to get all the prompts done by the end of the month....



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on November 16, 2014 03:57:10 PM
Sorry I've been so silent lately, there has been a ton going on, including a few emergencies this past week that just threw everything out of whack.  I have a bunch of projects to post, and hope to at least start catching up on comments soon!  Everyone has been posting such awesome things!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on November 19, 2014 07:09:43 AM
 I hope the emergencies were not anything bad LovelyMiss! We all greatly appreciate all the time and effort you put into the Games.

 I am still plugging away at the remainder of the prompts but it's so hard when it's cold out and all I want to do it snuggle up in a warm bed. I am working double time to get one done by Monday night. Fingers crossed!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on November 20, 2014 06:39:33 AM
Bluh.  I came down with a horrible cold, so all I can do is sit here and craft, barely.  :(



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on November 20, 2014 08:02:51 AM
Bluh.  I came down with a horrible cold, so all I can do is sit here and craft, barely.  :(



Bummer!  Feel better!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on November 20, 2014 09:18:37 AM
Thanks!   :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on November 20, 2014 03:31:23 PM
I hope everyone feels better and that life, in general, becomes less crazy!

I am currently multi-tasking: I'm waiting for an emulsion-coated silkscreen to dry so I can burn the image, and then wait for it to dry again. I probably won't get the shirts printed tonight, but definitely this weekend. And, they fit a prompt!

I am working on some TM patches that are now long overdue! But, they're good for 2 prompts when I finally finish them. And, my (also overdue) Cryptid Swap item will fit a prompt, as well. I have a birthday gift to attempt and a project I want my mom to take back to FL with her (so it needs to be finished by Thanksgiving, or at least by the Saturday after Thanksgiving). Both of these projects fit a prompt. Depending how wiped out I am (8 hours of parent conferences on Monday/Tuesday, probably some heavy duty leaf raking {and with my luck, it'll be at 9 pm on Monday}, and several hours of driving), I may not get more done than that, but I'm packing crafty supplies to take with me over Thanksgiving!

All of that, plus the 4 prompts I have ready to go will give me 10 completed prompts! Looking over my list of remaining projects, I might be able to get them done if I do some prep work in advance, but I'm not going to kill myself to do it :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on November 20, 2014 10:04:23 PM
Instead of working on the Doctor's clothes I'm working on a Secret Santa gift because I joined the Secret Santa swap on Adult Fans of Monster High. I'm also crocheting a poinsettia. Many people who asked what I was working on didn't know what a poinsettia is! Lol!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on November 20, 2014 10:15:20 PM
Bluh.  I came down with a horrible cold, so all I can do is sit here and craft, barely.  :(



I'm sorry to hear that. Take care of yourself. Pop in some old black and white movies and make some tea. ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on November 20, 2014 10:21:29 PM
I second what artsycandice said: tea and good movies!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on November 23, 2014 05:18:59 PM
Nerd News Update

The Winter Nerd Battles are hiring!
Teams are remaining the same for Winter.  We need Team Captains for all teams:  Textbook, Multimedia, Wordy, Fandom, Randomizer.  Team Captains are responsible for setting up a team HQ in the main thread, welcoming new players, and acting as an ambassador for the Nerd Battles in whatever ways they wish.
If you are interested in being a Team Captain, please volunteer in this thread or PM me.
 
We also need a badge maker for the Winter round.  If anyone is interested, please PM me.

More positions may be available as the season progresses.  I will post anytime there is an opening.

Watch for more information on the upcoming season in the next week!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on November 23, 2014 09:55:32 PM
I'll still captain Team Fandom. ;D Looking forward to it.
I need to craft more but the cold weather has my right hand hurting. It hurts to bend my fingers too much. Stupid winter! **shakes fist**


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: BadWolf314 on November 24, 2014 07:47:48 AM
Someone else feel free to step in and take over as team textbook captain next semester. I just can't, this new job and puppy are wearing me out and y'all need a good team captain.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on November 24, 2014 09:07:38 AM
Team Captains
Textbook:  Smeddley
Multimedia:
Wordy:
Fandom:  FreakieGeekie
Randomizer:  Calabaza

Staff
Badge Maker:
Pinterest Pinner:  Calabaza
Project Tracker:  Tanath
Special Projects:  Smeddley


If you are interested in any of the open positions, please volunteer in this thread or PM me!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on November 24, 2014 09:24:21 AM
Sorry, busy with doing team leadery stuff on the HP Craftalong ... so not taking on another job! ;)

Lots of playing with cameo this week ... several nerdy cards to be done, also have to figure out how to make hubby a Ted Cord zippered hoodie ... :O

Then also planning on playing with Vinyl and my cameo this week or next ... does anyone know of files of the HP House Crests by any chance??


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: crazyda79 on November 24, 2014 01:07:20 PM
I might be able to be a captain but I'll wait to see if others are interested before I try and jump in LOL


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on November 24, 2014 03:12:20 PM
I'm tempted to defect to Team Fandom, but will wait to see who remains loyal to Team Wordy...

I've been very unwordish lately (I've only been able to manage about a paragraph a night of the book I'm reading) but extremely fannish...

 ::)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on November 24, 2014 03:39:12 PM
I can Captain Team Textbook, I don't promise to be the most on top of things but I'll give it a try (but would step aside if someone more dependable wanted to take over!).


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on November 24, 2014 04:09:36 PM
I can captain Team Randomizer again.

Thanks for hosting another round, LM! And thanks to Tanath and Smeddley too!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: BadWolf314 on November 24, 2014 06:49:15 PM
I can Captain Team Textbook, I don't promise to be the most on top of things but I'll give it a try (but would step aside if someone more dependable wanted to take over!).

I don't think you could be worse than I have been this semester! :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: storerboughtcreations on November 24, 2014 07:09:31 PM


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on November 24, 2014 10:25:22 PM
storeboughtcreations, I LOVE your Christmas tree! :o <3


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: storerboughtcreations on November 24, 2014 10:45:51 PM
Thanks! My hubby loves it. Now if only I could keep Frankenstein from stealing the ornaments from the tree!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on November 25, 2014 04:04:19 AM
Thanks for volunteering!

Team Captains
Textbook:  Smeddley
Multimedia:
Wordy:  bunny1kenobi
Fandom:  FreakieGeekie
Randomizer:  Calabaza

Staff
Badge Maker:
Pinterest Pinner:  Calabaza
Project Tracker:  Tanath
Special Projects:  Smeddley


If you are interested in any of the open positions, please volunteer in this thread or PM me!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on November 25, 2014 08:36:28 AM
I can Captain Team Textbook, I don't promise to be the most on top of things but I'll give it a try (but would step aside if someone more dependable wanted to take over!).

I don't think you could be worse than I have been this semester! :)

And, the way my life seems to go, I think you are the right gal for the job, Smeddley! Go Team Textbook!

And, thanks LovelyMiss for keeping things going, and to all of the other volunteers who make it all so much fun!


I'm still gunning for multiple projects to be completed, but the impending snowstorm is throwing a wrench into the works. I need to pack up a TON of stuff tonight to escape the storm (food and craft supplies, in addition to overnight necessities). Might not get all of them finished, but I still will have a big "project dump" post on Sunday :)

Have a great Thanksgiving to all who are celebrating it on Thursday!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on November 25, 2014 09:48:48 AM
Badwolf314, I think you did just fine! You've been a great team captain and I feel like I have some big shoes to fill!

CraftADDchick, I will try, thanks for the vote of confidence!

Are there rules to this team captain thing? Am I allowed to try to bribe people into joining our team?!  ;)

(Don't think for a moment I wouldn't actually stoop to bribery to get more people, because I totally would! Not to mention the loyalty gifts to my teammates - shhhhh, they're not allowed to know about the massive yachts until they've been a member at least a full year and passed through the sports car level... ) ;p


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on November 25, 2014 12:08:42 PM
 I will still be on Team Wordy next round but I am so scatterbrained lately I don't think I would make a good captain. At least I know I wouldn't for the month of December.  :-\
 Bunny1kenobi you're our only hope.
 Ah, I have wanted to quote that for so long.... ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on November 25, 2014 12:58:00 PM

 Bunny1kenobi you're our only hope.


I am crying, I am laughing so hard!  Oh, gozer, you really know how to make my day!  ;D ;D ;D  :-*

I have no problem continuing as captain for Wordy, if you guys would like me to continue.  ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on November 25, 2014 01:04:57 PM
 Yay!!!!!!!!! Go Team Wordy!!!
 How could you leave this Ludi? LOL!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on November 25, 2014 01:28:53 PM
Yay!!!!!!!!! Go Team Wordy!!!
 How could you leave this Ludi? LOL!

She will miss the witty repartee... she'll be back...  ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on November 25, 2014 01:34:16 PM
Team Captains can head over to the Winter thread (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872) and grab a spot for their team headquarters.

We still need a Multimedia Captain and a Battle Badge Maker!



Team Captains
Textbook:  Smeddley
Multimedia:
Wordy:  bunny1kenobi
Fandom:  FreakieGeekie
Randomizer:  Calabaza

Staff
Badge Maker:
Pinterest Pinner:  Calabaza
Project Tracker:  Tanath
Special Projects:  Smeddley


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on November 25, 2014 02:37:22 PM
I think roler might not be at home at the moment - not sure if she wants to continue as Multimedia TC?


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on November 25, 2014 02:48:57 PM
I haven't left yet!   :D  I'm just feeling like I don't deserve being in Team Wordy because of my lack of involvement with literature lately... :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on November 26, 2014 05:31:47 AM
I haven't left yet!   :D  I'm just feeling like I don't deserve being in Team Wordy because of my lack of involvement with literature lately... :P

Ah, but your LOVE of literature is still alive and well....!  That's the thing about books - they aren't offended when you pick up where you left off, even if it takes a while.  ;)

Besides, Gozer and I would miss you quite desperately.   :'(

No pressure, though.   :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on November 26, 2014 05:46:31 AM
Aww, how could I leave people who love me?   :-*



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on November 26, 2014 05:48:55 AM
Aww, how could I leave people who love me?   :-*



Exactly!


PS: Hooray! *happy dance*


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on November 26, 2014 06:03:26 AM
 Of course we love you! Who wouldn't?  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on November 26, 2014 07:58:34 AM
Nerd News Update

Thanks to everyone who has volunteered so far!  We still need a Captain for Team Multimedia, and a Battle Badge Creator.  If you are interested, please volunteer in this thread or PM me.

RAFFLES
The Winter round will bring with it the opportunity to earn Raffle tickets to enter prize drawings at the end of the season!

--For every FIVE projects you submit, you will earn ONE Raffle ticket.  There will be 25 prompts during the Winter round, so you may earn up to five tickets total.
--Completed Research Projects will also earn ONE ticket each. 
--There may also be opportunities to earn bonus Raffle tickets at different points during the Winter Battles. 


"Tickets" will be given out at the end of the season, and there will be a three day window where players can choose which Raffle drawings to enter.  Raffle prizes will be revealed throughout the season.  

*If anyone would like to donate a Raffle prize, please PM me for more information.* 



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on November 26, 2014 08:36:54 AM
 I am willing to donate a prize. I am not sure what everyone would want though.
I can do the scrappy scarf in any color pretty much
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=655489),
 or stencil and shirt (but I guess this would have to be custom to get the size right)
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=654979), (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=654978), (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=654980)
 or I can make a purse. But please do not ask for the crossbody purse. I have made that one until my eyes bleed. LOL! I can easily make either of these patterns and you guys can throw out ideas on the fabrics.
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=632550), (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=589490)
or
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=481414), (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=481417)
 
 Let me know!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on November 26, 2014 09:19:59 AM
I'm also willing to do a prize.

Custom stenciled t-shirts like these examples: (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=635466) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=630893) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=623737) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=618070) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=617352) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=601508) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=599928) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=568174) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=508324) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=651491) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=653245) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=653244) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=653243) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=653242) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=653241) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=653240) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=653239) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=653238) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=653237) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=653236) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=653235) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=653234)

Or maybe a knitted cowl (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=655717)

Jewelry (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=651818) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=650812) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=639036) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=598345)

Just some ideas. Would love feedback.  :)



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on November 26, 2014 01:03:01 PM
Yay, such great choices already!  I love that second purse, gozer, with the people and red accents, and bunny, that cowl is lovely and your stenciled shirts are impeccable...I'm sure anyone would be happy to win anything!  (Not that that's particularly helpful. :D )


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on November 26, 2014 01:24:59 PM
 That purse was actually made for Bunny1kenobi.  ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on November 26, 2014 01:38:29 PM
That purse was actually made for Bunny1kenobi.  ;)

Yep and I loved it so much I literally wore it out. But she made me a new one, so it's all good.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on November 26, 2014 03:04:09 PM
Will be thinking about prizes once Saturday is over ... working overdrive for the Comic Mart hubby kinda roped my crafts into for selling... :o

Some nice geeky cards are currently being done ...

And I'm working on hubby's belated birthday present which I hope he can wear on Saturday, too ....



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on November 26, 2014 03:57:17 PM
Hmm, what could that be?

I really like the bunny's jewelry and gozer's purses and scarves!

I could do a prize too. Maybe a macaroon or a macaroon kit (with Spoonflower fabric!) or an exploding box...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Smeddley on November 26, 2014 04:25:11 PM
Exploding box! No, macaroon! No, exploding box! No... ;)

I'd craft my fingers to the bone for either! 

I could offer something, but I don't know what.  I'll have to think about it, I mean I could easily do amigurumi, but that's not as exciting as purses or awesome stenciled t-shirts or exploding boxes!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: roler on November 26, 2014 11:06:34 PM
Eeep, for some reason I stopped getting notifications for this thread, and I haven't remembered to check it for a long while!  I can be Team Multimedia captain again if that's alright; I'll try to stay more on top of it than I have this past month!

Also, I THINK I can craft a mug rug or a set of several felt magnets for a prize, as long as my schedule opens up as much as I expect it to after Christmas; they'd be kind of smaller prizes than some of the amazing things other people are offering so far, but maybe that'd be a nice option too, if people want to put their tickets toward something with less fierce competition. ;P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on November 27, 2014 04:18:06 AM
I love little things, roler! And now that I have a magnet board...

Aw, thanks, Smeddley! And I know I would craft my fingers off for some amigurumi. No doubt.
I so wish I could swap with you!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on November 27, 2014 05:30:00 AM
Mmmmh... I could offer a mug rug, too ... or something involving the Silhouette and vinyl... :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on November 27, 2014 06:08:33 AM
Woohoo, all teams are captained!  Thanks to our volunteers!

Team Captains
Textbook:  Smeddley
Multimedia:  roler
Wordy:  bunny1kenobi
Fandom:  FreakieGeekie
Randomizer:  Calabaza

Staff
Badge Maker:
Pinterest Pinner:  Calabaza
Project Tracker:  Tanath
Special Projects:  Smeddley



Thanks to everyone who is volunteering with prizes!  It sounds like it is going to be a great line up already!  

Since there is so much interest, I'll just post the few things here about donating prizes that I have been telling those who PM me:

-Minimum prize value should be about $7-10 (but may be more).
-You will need to ship your item to the winner, and that player may be international.
-Once you have decided to donate and/or completed your item, PM me with a photo link and/or description and I'll get it added to the Raffle prize listing.

Of course, if there are other questions, just post them or PM me.



Aw, thanks, Smeddley! And I know I would craft my fingers off for some amigurumi. No doubt.
I so wish I could swap with you!

Hmm, I do see a Nerd Games swap in the near future...perhaps you've already partnered yourselves. :D


HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  I hope everyone has a wonderful day.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: roler on November 27, 2014 06:17:49 AM
Awesome!  I just reserved a post for Team Multimedia!  Looking forward to more fun nerdy crafts!

And another swap?!  Ooooh!!  I'm actually scrambling to finish my current two, but one they're done, I'm SO in!! XD

And I'm thinking my prize might be made to order, like: I'll make 3-5 magnets, depending on complexity, and you can decide the theme (ex: sea creatures, Lord of the Rings, monsters, comic heroes, etc.), but I'll decide the particulars and you'll get a surprise!  Would something like that work as a prize, and the winner of the raffle can decide what they want?  Of course, they'd get it a little later as I'd need the time to craft it afterwards...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on November 27, 2014 06:28:46 AM
Wooo!  Go Nerd Teams!   :D

Thank you  LovelyMiss for all you do!   :-*



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on November 29, 2014 03:44:15 PM
I want to say I'll donate a prize, but right now, I don't want to commit to it... but once I finish a couple of crocheted guinea pigs, I can think about it!

And, I currently have 11 of the 16 projects finished! I have one more to work on tomorrow, but I'm not sure it'll be done in time. I also have a smaller project I may attempt while things are drying. So, I might have at least one more project to add to the total tomorrow. I don't have all of the pictures here (I'm at my mom's), so I'll post the completed items when I get home tomorrow morning (it will be the break I'll need after I have to shovel the snow from the pre-Thanksgiving storm that hit after I left).


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on November 29, 2014 04:32:15 PM
I've been quietly lurking.   :-\

unfortunately I don't think I'll be taking part for a while.  my craft slump is still in full swing.  the only thing I've got going on right now is the massive cross stitch project I mentioned forever ago.  I'm still working on the first color.  large chunks of solid color really suck.  this is worse than the Batman cross stitch I did.

but I shall keep an eye out for new projects posted by everyone!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: crazyda79 on November 30, 2014 02:12:14 AM
Question: If I have to make a supply for my research project BUT it has nothing to actually do with the research project, can it be used for one of the prompts (if it can be)?  I don't even know what the prompts are yet but I was just checking just in case ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on November 30, 2014 05:55:58 PM
Question: If I have to make a supply for my research project BUT it has nothing to actually do with the research project, can it be used for one of the prompts (if it can be)?  I don't even know what the prompts are yet but I was just checking just in case ;)

I think you should be okay if it is not part of your actual Research Project, but will depend on what it is and how it's involved.  For example, if you spin some yarn you could submit it for a prompt.  And then you could use that yarn to knit a huge blanket for a Research Project.  If you make a quilt, you could not submit each block as a separate piece.  But if you hand printed some fabric, that could be turned in for a prompt, and then it could be incorporated into the Research Project quilt.  It would also depend on how you conceptualize and propose the project.  In the first example, if you proposed your Research Project as spinning yarn and knitting a blanket, then obviously you couldn't turn in the hand spun yarn as a separate prompt.

I don't even know if that made sense!  You can always post or PM me with the specific of your projects if you want some more clarification!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on November 30, 2014 07:32:06 PM
The Fall round of the Nerd Battles will close tonight. 
Please have any remaining projects posted in the thread (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435243.0) by 11:59 pm, central time.
Although the thread will be closed for submissions, feel free to continue commenting on all of the wonderful projects.
Watch for the Fall Award Ceremony coming up in the next few weeks.



The Winter Nerd Battles (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.0) will open at midnight! 
The theme for December is:  Around the World.
Thanks to gozer for this month's theme inspiration!

Prompts and point opportunities will stay the same for Winter. 
Check out the Information Center (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5266597#msg5266597) for useful links and info on the Winter Battles.


I look forward to another wonderful round with all of you fabulous crafters!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on December 01, 2014 05:50:23 AM
EEEEE! Brilliant theme! I was in love with the genre one too! The other two so far were great as well!

I'm pretty sure I'll be making a macaroon for a prize. (Thanks for the excuse!) Now to decide on a theme...

~Pinteresting Note~
Everything that has been revealed (and not marked as secret) should now be on our fab Pinterest board (http://www.pinterest.com/nerdalong/fall-nerd-battles-2014/). If I missed anything or something is now okay to pin there, send me the page # and what it is so I can find it and get it right up!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: roler on December 01, 2014 08:22:34 AM
If you make a quilt, you could not submit each block as a separate piece. 

Whoops, in that case, I think my bee patch I turned in for Haunted House doesn't actually count, since it's a patch intended to go with my long-term KanJani8 project... feel free to remove those points when you're tallying!  Sorry about that!

And I also love the new prompts!!  They look super fun, and I've got just the beginnings of a few ideas burbling in the back of my brain (although right now I'm still working frantically on a couple of swaps).  Can't wait to start on them!

Thanks for keeping up the pinterest, Calabaza! XD


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on December 01, 2014 02:24:17 PM
Oh, wow! I love the new theme! But, I'm going to have trouble with a couple of the prompts, I think. I'll definitely need to think hard about my list of projects and how I can make them fit :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on December 01, 2014 06:47:24 PM
I told Bunny1 there were going to be lots of creative interpretations this month! Lol. That's kind of half the fun to me.  :P I love to see how creative everyone can be.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: crazyda79 on December 02, 2014 12:03:50 AM
Question: If I have to make a supply for my research project BUT it has nothing to actually do with the research project, can it be used for one of the prompts (if it can be)?  I don't even know what the prompts are yet but I was just checking just in case ;)

I think you should be okay if it is not part of your actual Research Project, but will depend on what it is and how it's involved.  For example, if you spin some yarn you could submit it for a prompt.  And then you could use that yarn to knit a huge blanket for a Research Project.  If you make a quilt, you could not submit each block as a separate piece.  But if you hand printed some fabric, that could be turned in for a prompt, and then it could be incorporated into the Research Project quilt.  It would also depend on how you conceptualize and propose the project.  In the first example, if you proposed your Research Project as spinning yarn and knitting a blanket, then obviously you couldn't turn in the hand spun yarn as a separate prompt.

I don't even know if that made sense!  You can always post or PM me with the specific of your projects if you want some more clarification!

Thanks!  I appreciate that.  My supply would work as it's own definitely! 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on December 02, 2014 03:27:06 AM
Guys, someone help me stop my sister. She keeps giving me ideas for custom dolls and I'm running off to look for references instead of working on the Doctor. He's only got pants right now! Lol


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on December 02, 2014 10:12:01 AM
Guys, someone help me stop my sister. She keeps giving me ideas for custom dolls and I'm running off to look for references instead of working on the Doctor. He's only got pants right now! Lol

Maybe the Doctor joined Chippendales.  I'm sure there are several women who might enjoy that.  ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on December 02, 2014 10:22:15 AM
Maybe he has, bunny, and he's giving my other dolls a show! Lol!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on December 02, 2014 11:42:41 AM
I told Bunny1 there were going to be lots of creative interpretations this month! Lol. That's kind of half the fun to me.  :P I love to see how creative everyone can be.

I actually think I came up with legitimate projects for almost every prompt (except Egypt... but I'm thinking)!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on December 02, 2014 12:45:39 PM
I'm still slugging along on my Research Project.  I was going to make it a two-part object, with one object in petit point and the other in my own style, but the petit point is taking me so long, I think I might dispense with the other part and just make the one thing. Otherwise I'll never finish.... :P



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on December 02, 2014 12:53:44 PM
 I am working away on my Research project as well. Fingers crossed it gets done my Christmas because it is a gift. I started cutting the squares. Got a bunch of fabrics and did a ton of calculating on how much, what size, and other random thing for the last couple of weeks. I feel optimistic about this for now. When I actually start quilting you can witness my decline.  :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on December 03, 2014 11:01:53 AM
I am working away on my Research project as well. Fingers crossed it gets done my Christmas because it is a gift. I started cutting the squares. Got a bunch of fabrics and did a ton of calculating on how much, what size, and other random thing for the last couple of weeks. I feel optimistic about this for now. When I actually start quilting you can witness my decline.  :P

There will be no decline, gozer.  You are so amazing with a sewing machine, I predict that you will breeze right through that and wonder what on earth you were so worried about.  :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on December 08, 2014 10:58:07 AM
So I just realized the Doctor's pants don't fit properly. Now he's nude! Lol!
I've primed his face and will try to paint it this weekend since I'm off. I'm also going to try to make him pants that fit and find the sewing pattern for his shirt. And try to finish up the item I'm making for the New Zealand prompt.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: roler on December 08, 2014 11:00:53 AM
FreakieGeekie - That reminds me of a shirt my friends and I once spotted in the men's section in a trendy Japanese clothing shop.  It said in English, "My pants are too tight... and that's OK!"
Your doll sounds like it's gonna be awesome!  Can't wait to see it!

I should be getting my last swap sent off tomorrow, so I can finally actually start working toward the prompts! :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on December 08, 2014 12:03:27 PM
 I spent the entire weekend working on my research project. I decided I didn't like my fabric selection after I started and then couldn't find anything that I did want. I ended up spending most of a day painting squares. Then I was sewing, sewing, sewing. Tonight I have to take a quick detour to finish up another Christmas gift and then back to my research project.  ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on December 08, 2014 02:45:37 PM
I spent the entire weekend working on my research project. I decided I didn't like my fabric selection after I started and then couldn't find anything that I did want. I ended up spending most of a day painting squares. Then I was sewing, sewing, sewing. Tonight I have to take a quick detour to finish up another Christmas gift and then back to my research project.  ;)


You are making excellent progress!  I can't wait to see the finished product!  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on December 09, 2014 05:28:08 AM
So I just realized the Doctor's pants don't fit properly. Now he's nude! Lol!
I've primed his face and will try to paint it this weekend since I'm off. I'm also going to try to make him pants that fit and find the sewing pattern for his shirt. And try to finish up the item I'm making for the New Zealand prompt.
I am not sure if I ever mentioned this but I am a huge fan of MH. I have a way too many of them.  :P I hate that a lot of the guys comes with shorts on so when I got my second Jackson (Skull Shores) I went to the store and bought an outfit for Ken with jeans and a sweater. I just flipped the jeans inside out and ran another seam up the legs to make them a bit smaller and they fit perfectly. The sweater was fine as it was. Just a thought. You could modify some Ken clothes easily.  ;)  Best of luck!
 I also have half a Frankie doll customized. I rerooted her hair but her scalp split in one place. It's okay, I plan on putting a hat on her and you can't really tell anyways. Next year (2015) I may add that as a project.  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on December 09, 2014 11:19:06 AM
Can't wait to see your Frankie! The boys are actually much easier to sew for. It's just I sewed the seam a bit wonky so they pucker up at the back. It won't be visible when he's displayed but I don't want it there.
FabriTac is great for split vinyl. Also, you can buy a vinyl repair kit that is meant for repairing vinyl car seats and it works like a charm, too. I've got a couple Jackson dolls half re-rooted and one's head split so I fixed it that way. I also used it to fill the piercing holes in their faces because the characters I'm turning them into don't have facial piercings :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on December 10, 2014 06:35:16 PM
I have been working and working and working on my research project. I realized today I messed up on it but was able to reconfigure the blocks to still make it work. Got a LOT done this week so far but I still feel like I have miles to go. I do think I can get it done by Christmas though if I keep up this pace.  :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on December 11, 2014 07:51:51 AM
I have been working and working and working on my research project. I realized today I messed up on it but was able to reconfigure the blocks to still make it work. Got a LOT done this week so far but I still feel like I have miles to go. I do think I can get it done by Christmas though if I keep up this pace.  :)

Piece of cake, girl!  ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on December 14, 2014 10:48:48 AM
To prove I'm not being a total slug these days, here's a progress pic of my Research Project.  I'm finally getting to the fun part!





Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on December 14, 2014 12:57:12 PM
Looking good, Ludi! :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on December 14, 2014 09:48:27 PM
Could sprite editing be considered a craft? I just spent a little over an hour editing a pixel sprite to make myself a new DeviantArt icon/Craftster avatar.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on December 15, 2014 06:01:17 AM
It's so cute!   :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on December 15, 2014 06:04:07 AM
 This weekend felt like a total bust. My sewing machine did not like quilting. It got all wonky and the thread kept breaking. I had to stop or else ruin it all. I plan on trying again tonight. I have no choice. Time is ticking away! :'(


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on December 15, 2014 06:12:23 AM
You can do it, gozer!   :o



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on December 15, 2014 08:47:32 AM
Ludi, that research project is looking SO good!  Looking forward to seeing it completed!

Gozer, just a thought- when I have breakage problems with my thread, I often find that the thread has slipped and the machine is no longer threaded correctly.  Don't know if that's your issue, or if it's a tension thing, or if you just need to try a different type of thread. I'm looking forward to seeing your quilt and your dad will LOVE it, even if you don't.  So don't stress it.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on December 15, 2014 12:27:26 PM
You can do it gozer! **shakes pompom** I'm with bunny, check for slippage. My machine does that sometimes when I'm sewing too fast for it.

My new avie is to show my love for Deadpool, who is a geek (loves Star Trek, is a Captain America fanboy, and loves pop culture references).


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on December 15, 2014 03:36:03 PM
Thank you for the encouragement, Freakie and bunny!  :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on December 15, 2014 05:38:23 PM
Yes. Thank you guys for the encouragement and allowing me to vent. Tonight I got three more rows done before it started getting wonky again, so I stepped aside and will tackle it again tomorrow.
 And I dont know what the end piece is going to look like but what you have so far looks very promising Ludi.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on December 16, 2014 05:49:23 AM
Thank you gozer!   :)



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on December 17, 2014 03:39:25 AM
Check out the Fall Nerd Battles Award Ceremony (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435243.msg5272453#msg5272453)!
Thanks again to all of our wonderful players and staff for making Fall such a great season!

And while you're at it, don't miss the November Battle Royale badges (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435243.msg5272423#msg5272423), either!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on December 17, 2014 07:03:55 AM
 Thanks for all the hard work LovelyMiss!  
 And way to go Team Wordy!!!!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on December 17, 2014 08:03:08 AM
Hooray, Team Wordy!



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: roler on December 17, 2014 08:22:39 AM
Way to go, Team Wordy!! XD  And thanks for all the fun, LovelyMiss!! XD

Ludi, your research project is looking really cool!!  It's awesome to see it really taking shape!

gozer, I'm hoping to start making quilts sometime soon-ish as well, but I also find it intimidating.  I think it's awesome that you're diving right in, and I'm looking forward to hearing more of your experiences so I can learn from them!  Good luck, and I hope the thread-breaking issues stop!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on December 17, 2014 08:39:01 AM
Woo Team Wordy!   :D

Thank you, roler!  :)



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on December 17, 2014 01:11:09 PM
The best part about the Nerd Games/Battles are the fact that even though there is always a winning team there are no real losers. ;D

Congrats to Team Wordy!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on December 19, 2014 08:52:33 AM
 Roler, the best advice I can give right now is don't use that clear thread for the top the first go around. It keep breaking on me but I am too far in to switch it. The actual quilting part isn't bad. I got a walking foot and that seems to have cured most of the issues I used to have quilting smaller things (like pot holders).
 I only have 7 more rows to quilt before I start the finishing of the edges. With only five more crafting days left I am nervous. My ex threw a huge wrench in my plans for Saturday but I get to see my step son for the entire day so the added stress will be worth it. Sunday I plan to work on the quilt until I am in tears. They can be of joy or sorrow, that is up to the quilt to decide.  ;)
 Best of luck to everyone on getting all your holiday crafting completed!!!!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on December 20, 2014 01:32:47 PM
Holy cow! This month has been kicking my butt! I have a project I need to finish that can count for the battle, but I'm not sure if I can squeeze in the December Flash Mob. Although, I could maybe count something if I'm clever...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on December 20, 2014 05:27:55 PM
I'm having trouble with this month's prompts also, though I like them, I just don't happen to be working on things that fit them!  :P 


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on December 20, 2014 06:57:21 PM
 A clever girl like you CraftADD, you can figure it out! And you just have to get a bit more creative in interpretation of the propmts Ludi.  ;) I do like that this month seemed more challenging though. Pushing me a bit more.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on December 21, 2014 06:50:55 AM
Thanks, gozer! I do have ideas for all of the prompts, it's finding the time to make them happen...


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: rockingbearranch on December 21, 2014 11:12:48 AM
I always forget to change my needle unless it breaks. When quilting it is better to use a new sharp one and make sure the tip is right for the type of material. You can save the dull ones for lighter projects.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on December 21, 2014 02:31:06 PM
MMmmh... haven't posted in the main thread yet I don't think... still trying to finish the last presents for family (hopefully tomorrow) and then will post some stuff from me. :)

Currently getting to grips with my silhouette cameo and vinyl in different forms ... :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on December 22, 2014 06:39:24 AM
 I have an off brand sewing machine that I don't think can handle quilting. I tried every setting and it was a mess yesterday. Still not done. And two of my corners landed on seams for the edging.  ::) It's WAY too thick to even attempt. BUT I am just going to say the crapping edging gives it character and a homemade touch.  ::)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on December 23, 2014 01:39:24 PM
Here's progress on my Research Project.  Not sure what to do from this point - my original conception was to trim out the eye sockets and have eyes stitched in my usual style peering through the eye-holes in this mask.  But I'm a little askeered to cut it!  What do you think I should do?   ???





Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: sheepBlue on December 23, 2014 02:47:38 PM
Ooh nice work Ludi! I'd say either iron some interfacing on it or put some of that fabric glue that will keep fabric edges from fraying (fray check?)...actually plain ol' elmers would probably work too. I've used that for some of my stumpwork pieces and none have frayed after I applied it and the glue dries clear.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on December 23, 2014 03:39:09 PM
Good idea about the fraychek!  Now I feel a little more confident.  Thanks!   :)



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: artsycandice on December 23, 2014 04:03:12 PM
Ooh, I am loving that piece Ludi. I can't wait to see it finished!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on December 23, 2014 09:59:41 PM
Ooh! Ludi that looks fabulous! :o


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on December 24, 2014 06:23:57 AM
Thank you!  :)



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on December 24, 2014 09:10:17 AM
Have a nerdy holiday!   :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IPZ9K0Yopo



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on December 25, 2014 06:00:43 AM
You do all that and then CUT it?!!!  :o You are braver than I am but if anyone can pull it off it's you Ludi. I think it looks great and I can't wait to see it finished!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on December 26, 2014 10:11:17 AM
Ludi, that is AMAZING!

Your signature eyes peering thru that mask would make it so surreal.... Wow. Just got chills.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on December 26, 2014 04:18:06 PM
Thanks!   I'm going to make a test to see when I cut through the mesh if it looks ok and doesn't fall apart...  :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on December 26, 2014 10:09:08 PM
I can't paint Tenth's face because of the cold. I tested the Mr. Super Clear on a spare head (it's got puncture marks in it) and it didn't turn out too well :P
Soo I'm working on crocheting a sweater instead.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: rockingbearranch on December 29, 2014 09:20:18 AM
Update on my research project.

Measurements for the other side of the room have caused an issue. The fish tank has to go on this wall or it will be hit with a door knob daily.

I can now just duplicate the first shelf with standard measurements. Yay! It does mean I have to cull my books or find another place for them. Poo! I've got the center shelf moved to the left spot and put the antique books on it. They aren't fully organized because I know there are more stashed all over the house that will turn up over time. I need to get some protective covers for some of them which are over 100 years old. Really bad on my part not to have done that sooner! They are placed with a generous amount of space surrounding them to allow for good ventilation. There is a curtained window in the room which is never opened for protection from the sun and blinds will arrive this week, hopefully, to fully stop any sun damage. I might hang an antique oil painting over the tank since it will be a good room to avoid light damage on my art. I'm still contemplating putting it above water which could splash during tank maintenance.

I did bolt the bookshelf to the wall into a primary support stud. I cannot emphasize the importance of this enough for tall shelves. I will probably write up a tute about walls for those who don't regularly rip them apart and look inside the bones of the house.



Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on December 29, 2014 09:38:43 AM
Ooo!  I love old books!   :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: bunny1kenobi on December 30, 2014 09:32:52 AM
Old books! *swoon*


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on December 30, 2014 10:17:06 AM
 I like how you have them set up by color.  ;)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on December 31, 2014 03:04:25 PM
Happy New Year's (Eve to those of us on this side of the world :D )! 

The January prompts (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5266598#msg5266598) are already posted! 

Thank you to roler for this month's theme!

Make sure to have any remaining December Battle Royale and Flash Mob projects posted tonight by 11:59 pm central time.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: roler on January 01, 2015 06:06:49 AM
Happy New Year, everyone!!

Wow, this has been a crazy holiday season!  I've had a house guest visiting from the states, who will actually still be here for another week or so, but she's off in Tokyo with a friend for the next day so I'm taking the chance to catch up here.  Everyone has been so busy here too, I see!!

I'd like to add my voice to the chorus in favor of old books!  They're wonderful, and yours are beautiful too, rockingbearranch!!  I actually got three very old books for Christmas last year, including one with a broken binding, so at some point I'd love to learn how to fix it, but I've got a whole bunch of other things to work on first.

Thanks as always for the new prompts, LovelyMiss!  Glad I was able to help with theme ideas! :)  And the Cold theme seems very appropriate right now - it is VERY cold in my apartment, but I'm having a great holiday anyway!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on January 01, 2015 12:40:21 PM
The new theme will definitely cause me to stretch my creative muscles! I have a couple of ideas, but am still thinking for at least 3 of them!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on January 01, 2015 01:05:19 PM
 Love the new prompts and such an appropriate theme! It sure is cold enough here to inspire me. ;)
 Hope everyone has an amazing 2015!!! ;D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Inselaeffchen on January 02, 2015 08:10:24 AM
Checked the prompts yesterday in half-sleepy mode and saw the Red Alert prompts and thought "Darn, would have loved to do those!!!" ... because I read the deadline as 28th DECEMBER!!! Just copied everything into my spreadsheet on Google Drive and saw it's the end of the semester to finish those off! YAY! Now thinking about projects to do for that... :D


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on January 02, 2015 02:45:09 PM
NERD NEWS UPDATE

We are having another Nerd Battles Swap (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437478.0)!  Sign ups run until January 12, 2015, and send outs will be on February 9, 2015.  We will be swapping for one medium nerdy item, and one supply.  I hope to see some of you there!  ;D

P.S. You can fulfill the Swaptastic Bounty (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5266602#msg5266602) by joining this or any other swap during the Winter season!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Ludi on January 02, 2015 04:55:54 PM
Dang it!  Too many swaps!   :o

I'm finding the prompts this go-round to be especially challenging.  I need to figure out how to transform my most time-consuming projects - bathroom redecoration and biographical website design, into nerdalong projects....   :P


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: LovelyMiss on January 02, 2015 07:18:41 PM
Dang it!  Too many swaps!   :o

I'm finding the prompts this go-round to be especially challenging.  I need to figure out how to transform my most time-consuming projects - bathroom redecoration and biographical website design, into nerdalong projects....   :P

Hmm, family from cold places?  That could fulfill a prompt or two. :D  I'm sure no matter what colors you use for any project, you could attribute them to some baddie for You're as Cold as Ice.

And just FYI for everyone, for the C.O.L.D. prompt, you don't need to use the c, o, l, and d in order to achieve the bonus points.  So another example of using all the letters could be "Dandy Orange Crocheted Leggings."


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: RedheadWithThread on January 02, 2015 09:58:05 PM
I'd love to join the swap but I'm taking up a huge project so I can't :P
I'm going to be making a Doctor Who quilt for myself. Not sure when I'll get started but I'll probably use it as a Research Project considering the fact that the tenth Doctor must wait 'til it's warm again before I can paint him :)


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Calabaza on January 03, 2015 09:30:24 AM
Yes! Swap! I've been waiting for it!

*off to sign up*


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: Tanath on January 05, 2015 01:58:54 PM


Hey hey, long time no report!
So here's a fresh one, fresh of the machine, that was updated just minutes ago.

This round is rocking and rolling around the world, with new players still popping up, welcome everyone :)
Currently we have 22 players, representing all teams, with 99 completed projects.
Last month's theme took us around the world (come to think of it, we are around the world, I think we have people from all over the globe playing).
None of the December prompts were neglected, and 5 days into January, we're seeing lots of action for the new prompts already.

Leading in number of projects are the time sensitive prompts, December Flash Mob with 18 completed projects and December Battle Royal with 17 projects. The winner of the December Battle is the queen of the season, North, with 8 projects inspired by it. West got 6, east got 2 and south got 1 (see? we try to never neglect anyone).

Leading the way and giving us lots to ooh and awe about is artsycandice of team Randomizer with 13 completed projects, followed by rockingbearranch of team Wordy and crazyda79 of team Randomizer, with 9 projects each.

Want more numbers? More random statistics in pretty colors?
Are you a team leader and I forgot to send you a link to the tracking machine? Just let me know and we will make it happen.

Keep crafting everyone!


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: craftADDchick on January 05, 2015 04:29:17 PM
Thanks, Tanath! I love when you crunch the numbers for us!

I've got another project done, but I can't photograph it until Thursday.


Title: Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles
Post by: gozer on January 05, 2015 07:23:20 PM
I have four projects done for this month but I plan to post them all at once and I have to wait for bunny1 to get her package before I post one of them. Hopefully I can get at least one more prompt done before that happens.

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THANK YOU TANATH!!! I love reading your reports. I know a lot of time has to go into them and we all apprecia