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Title: CLOSED: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015
Post by: LovelyMiss on November 23, 2014 04:51:55 PM



Welcome to the Winter Nerd Battles Arena!
I, LovelyMiss, shall be your host and Head Gamemaker.

The Nerd Battles welcome all players from the Nerdyverse to join! The games are to inspire, encourage, and motivate your crafting adventure.  Players can join anytime during the season.

Are you wondering if you are part of the Nerdyverse?  John Green describes it quite well...
“…Nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff…  Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it.  ...When people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘you like stuff.’  Which is just not a good insult at all.  Like, ‘You are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness’.”


Rules of Engagement
--There is a list of prompts for you to complete.
--You complete a prompt with a crafty item you think fulfills it; you can use your description to make it clear on how the craft fits the prompt.
--Players must craft to the best of their abilities and have a minimum of 30 minutes of crafting time per submission.  
--A project can only be submitted for one Challenge/Flash Mob/Battle Royale/Alert prompt.
--A project does NOT have to be "nerdy,” it only has to fulfill the prompt as you see it.
--Submitted projects must be started and completed during the current season, unless otherwise noted.
--There is SO MUCH to do in the Nerd Games.  Do not feel like you have to craft everything.  Do what inspires you.
--We welcome all players from the Nerdyverse, no matter their Geekdom.  
--We are never mean.  
--We never exclude someone.
--We will keep it cleanish (PG-PG13).  
--We will follow all Craftster guidelines, this includes staying on-topic (serious OT goes in FOC OT boards).  
--You will be asked to join a team.
--Never hesitate in contacting the Head Gamemaker with your questions, concerns, or ideas.



--How to Join the Nerd Battles--
It is easy to join in the Nerd Battles craftalong!  Simply craft an item that fits one of the posted prompts (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5266598#msg5266598) and take photos of your finished project.  Post your project photos in the official Nerd Battles thread (that's where you are now!).  Make sure to include the Completed Project Header (see “How to turn in a project”) with each project you post.  In the Header of your first completed project you will declare your team. (You do not need to choose a team before you post your first project.)  You officially join a team when your first project is submitted.

About Teams
There are five teams:
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, Conventions, Midnight Openings, and Beacons of the Nerdyverse;
Team Randomizer: Geekdom of OOAKs, Oddballs, and Marchers to Different Drummers.

--Teams are where like-minded players join to work together.
--There is no limit to the number of people in a team.
--Though you may feel at home on more than one team, pick the one that draws you the most.
--You may choose a new team at the beginning of each season, but you cannot change teams during a season.



---How To Turn in a Project---
Spend at least 30 minutes crafting a project that fits the requirements of a posted prompt (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5266598#msg5266598).  Take a photo of your finished project.  Post your project photo(s), along with the Completed Project Header, in this thread.

--COMPLETED PROJECT HEADER--
Use this header for each Challenge/Battle Royale/Flash Mob/Alert prompt you submit.

Prompt:  (please include month & category)
Team:
Bonus Points: (include which bonus points you think you've earned, e.g., Giver, Engineering, UFO)
Project Name:
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture:

You may add more than one project to your post, but a Completed Project Header must be used for each project you submit.

For the Research Project Proposal and Submission Headers, visit the Research Project Lab (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5266599#msg5266599).



---Point System---
Challenges, Battles, Flash Mobs, and Alerts will earn 20 points unless otherwise denoted.  Challenges, Battles, Flash Mobs, and Alerts are eligible for additional Bonus Points.

Brownie Points Projects will earn 10 points, and ARE eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Brownie Points Projects are items crafted for charity during the season that are NOT turned in as a prompt or Research Project.  Be sure to claim Giver Bonus Points on any Projects (including Brownie Points) you complete!

Research Projects will earn 100 points.  Research Projects are projects that take three or more weeks to complete.  You must submit a proposal for a Research Project to count.  Research Projects are separate from the normal Challenge/Battle/Flash Mob/Alert prompts.  In most cases it is not permissible to "double dip" on individual Research Project elements, so anything included in a Research Project cannot also be turned in for a Nerd Games Challenge/Battle/Flash Mob/Alert prompt.  Research Projects are eligible for additional Bonus Points.
Visit the Research Project Lab (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5266599#msg5266599) for more information on completing a Research Project.

Completed Bounties will earn 20 points, and ARE NOT eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Visit the Bounty Bulletin (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5266602#msg5266602) for more information on completing a Bounty.

You can earn 10 Bonus Points for...
--Engineering: Turning in a project that includes a new tutorial, pattern, or recipe posted on Craftster boards (link must be given);
--Giver:  Crafting a project for charity;
--UFO Sighting:  Completing a UFO (Un-Finished Object/Work-In-Progress);
--Prompt specific:  Some prompts may include the opportunity for special bonus points.  This information will be included in the text for the prompt.
You may earn more than one set of bonus points for your project.




At the End Game, there will be Winners (but really no losers)
--Team Winners: average taken from number of players & point scored
--Special Awards: given by gamemakers
Winnings will include bragging rights, badges, and possible prizes.



Nerd Battles Staff
--Head Gamemaker: LovelyMiss
--Gamemaker Emeritus: pinkleo
--Project Tracker: Tanath
--Battle Badge Creator: LovelyMiss
--Pinterest Pinster: Calabaza
--Special Projects: Smeddley

Team Captains
--Textbook: Smeddley
--Multimedia: roler
--Wordy: bunny1kenobi
--Fandom: FreakieGeekie
--Randomizer: Calabaza

Official Nerd Battles Pinterest Board (http://www.pinterest.com/nerdalong/)



---This is the home for Completed Projects, Research Project Declarations, and "Oooos & Ahhhs."  For discussions, chatting, and progress pics, head over to the Nerd Discussion thread (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426697.0;topicseen).  Posts will be moved to appropriate location when necessary.  Thanks for your help in keeping the Nerd Games in order!---


Title: --Information Center--
Post by: LovelyMiss on November 23, 2014 04:53:01 PM
---Winter Nerd Battles Information Center---




Nerd Games Navigation

Welcome to the Nerd Battles (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5266595#msg5266595): Information on joining the craftalong, turning in projects, and points.

Prompt Palace (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5266598#msg5266598):  View all current Nerd Battles crafting prompts.

Research Project Lab (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5266599#msg5266599):  Learn about Research Projects, and see current proposed and completed projects.

Badge Center (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5266600#msg5266600):  View and claim available badges.

Bounty Bulletin (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5266602#msg5266602):  Learn about Bounties and see available Bounty opportunities.

Nerd of the Week (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5266606#msg5266606):  View current and past Nerd of the Week projects and recipients.

G3:  Geeky Giver Gang (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5266608#msg5266608):  Learn about crafting for charity during the Nerd Battles, and view players and projects that have be inducted into G3.

Raffle Roundup (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5266609#msg5266609):  See the line up of Raffle prizes and learn how to earn Raffle tickets.

Team Registry (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5266601#msg5266601):  View Team rosters, and find link to the current Tracking Report.


Portals to Team Headquarters
--Team Textbook (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5267100#msg5267100)--
--Team Multimedia (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5267481#msg5267481)--
--Team Wordy-- (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5267077#msg5267077)
--Team Fandom (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5267179#msg5267179)--
--Team Randomizer (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5267807#msg5267807)--

Pinterest Board (http://www.pinterest.com/nerdalong/):  Visit the official Nerdalong Pinterest board.



Nerd Battles FAQ

DATES & TIMES
What is the Nerd Battles time zone?
The Nerd Battles uses central time.  For month specific prompts (like Flash Mobs and Battle Royales), have your projects posted by 11:59 p.m. central time on the last day of the month.  The Nerd Battles close at 11:59 p.m. central time on the last day of the season.  

When do the seasons run?
Spring is March - May, Summer is June - August, Fall is September - November, and Winter is December - February.

When can I join?
You can join the Nerd Battles at any time during the season.

When are prompts posted?
New Challenge, Battle Royale, and Flash Mob prompts are posted each month.  They are usually available by noon on the first day of the month.  Alert prompts are usually posted once or twice a season at unspecific times.


TEAMS
How do I join a team?
You officially join a team and will be added to the roster when you post your first project.

Can I switch teams?
You can choose a new team at the start of each season (or whenever you start playing).  Changing teams during the season is not allowed.


PROJECTS
Do projects have to be nerdy?
No.  As long as you describe how your item fits the prompt, it can be anything that takes at least 30 minutes to craft for Challenges, Battles, Flash Mobs, and Alerts, or three weeks or more for Research Projects.

Do the projects I turn in have to be crafted during a certain time period?
Any projects you turn in should be crafted during the current season of the Nerd Battles/Games.  One exception is for works-in-progress.  In the case of WIPs you may have completed a majority of the work prior to the season starting, but as long as you put in at least 30 minutes of crafting time during the current season to finish the project, it is acceptable to turn it in for a prompt.  Be sure to identify projects as WIPs when you post them, and don't forget to claim UFO Bonus Points for any WIPs you complete.  Prompts you submit do not need to be crafted during the month they are issued, just anytime during the current season.

When are projects due?
Battle Royale and Flash Mob prompts are due by the end of their respective months.  Challenge prompts may be turned in any time during the season, regardless of the month in which they are issued.  For example, June Challenges may be turned in during August.  Any special Alert prompts will indicate their specific due date.

I want to claim UFO Bonus Points.  What types of projects are considered WIPs/UFOs?
WIPs/UFOs are projects that you have already started but put aside for some reason or another.  Maybe you lost steam or got distracted, or maybe you ran out of an item you needed.  WIPs/UFOs might also be projects that you specifically bought supplies for, but never got around to making.  Simply using up a supply you've had for a while is not a WIP/UFO, unless that supply was bought specifically for that project.  If a project takes a week or more of steady effort, it might also be considered a WIP/UFO.  Please make sure your project fits one of the outlined conditions when you claim UFO Sighting Bonus Points.  If you need help determining whether or not your project is a WIP/UFO, post a description of your item/situation in the Discussion thread (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426697.0).

I want to claim Giver Bonus Points.  What is considered a "charity?"
Giver Bonus Points may be claimed for projects that are made for organized charities, nonprofits, or groups that assist others in need (items made for fundraisers are acceptable).  Making something for someone specifically in need is definitely in the Giver spirit and eligible for bonus points, but just doing something nice for someone you know, or making something for a friend does not meet the Giver criteria (though those are great reasons to craft, too!).  Please let us know the organization/cause your projects are made for when you post and claim Giver Bonus Points.

I want to claim Engineering Bonus Points.  What do I have to do?
Engineering Bonus Points can be claimed for a project when you provide a new related recipe, pattern, or tutorial on Craftster.  In most cases you should create a post for your project containing photos and your recipe/pattern/tutorial on the appropriate Craftster Board (and provide a link to that post when you submit your project in this thread).  This will allow more members of the community, outside of the Craftalong, to benefit from your work.  Each recipe, pattern, or tutorial you provide may only be submitted for Engineering Bonus Points one time.

If I craft multiples of the same item, can each one be turned in under a separate prompt?
It's up to you how you turn in projects.  Some players post each item under a different prompt, or some players turn like items in as a set under the same prompt.  Both are acceptable, as long at it meets the crafting time requirements.  (To post them as separate prompts, each iteration will need to take at least 30 minutes of crafting time.)

Can a project "count" for more than one Craftalong?
Yes, definitely, as long as it fits the respective prompts or rules for each Craftalong.  For example, a project may be turned in for a Challenge prompt in the Nerd Battles, and the same project may also be turned in for a Class in the HPC.

Is there a minimum number of projects I need to post?  Do I have to keep up in the thread and comment on every project posted?
No. Though some players like to comment on all of the projects, or turn in many projects, it's all just for fun.  Pop in when you can, comment when you're inspired, post projects when you want to, and don't worry when life gets in the way!  There is no need to ever feel guilty about your level of participation in the Nerd Games.

I finished a project, but it's for a swap, so I just want to post a link to the photo(s).  How do I create a link to a photo?
Upload the photo as normal, and choose the "Copy and paste this into your Craftster post" link.  In that link change [ img ] to [ url ] and [ / img ] to [ / url ] (without the spaces).  Once your secret project is received, you may want to edit your post so the images appear.  When you do, be sure to send the link of your edited post to our Pinterest Princess, Calabaza, so your projects can be pinned to our official Nerd Games  Pinterest Board (http://www.pinterest.com/nerdalong/).

What if I need to modify a post to add Bonus Points after the fact?
If you ever go back and modify an entry to add Bonus Points, please make it known in this thread by posting a link to your modified post and describing what you did, OR PM the info to Tanath and LovelyMiss to make sure you are credited with the proper points.


OTHER
Do I have to sign-up to play?
No.  The only thing you have to do is start posting projects!  See the "How to join the Nerd Battles" section in the post above for more information.

What are medals?
Medals are extra awards that are available during the Summer round of the Nerdalong only.

What are Raffles, and how do I earn tickets?
Raffles are drawings that will take place at the end of the Winter 2014-2015 round of the Nerd Battles.  You can earn Raffle tickets by completing prompts or Research Projects.  You will earn ONE ticket for every FIVE projects you submit.  Each completed Research Project will also earn ONE ticket.  At the end of the season you will be awarded your tickets and have the chance to enter them into the prize drawings of your choosing.  

How do I earn the Golden, Diamond, and Platinum Nerd Awards?
Golden, Diamond, and Platinum Nerd Awards are awarded based on the total number of projects submitted to all rounds of the Nerd Games/Battles, starting with the inaugural round in Summer 2013.  Each of the awards is only presented to players one time, during the season when they reach the landmark number of projects (50, 75, 100, respectively).

How do I get the badge images to show up in my Craftster profile?
Just upload the badge image 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 paste it under the "Brief Bio" section on your profile.  That's it!

I've heard Nerd Battles and Nerd Games.  Are they different?
In short, no.  Technically the Nerd Games happen during the Summer, and Nerd Battles in Fall, Winter, and Spring, but they all fall under the Nerd Games umbrella and are used interchangeably.

What if I have a problem or questions?
If you have an issue or question feel free to contact the Head Gamemaker, LovelyMiss.  If you have a general question about the Nerd Games, you might want to head over the the Discussion Board (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426697.0).  We have wonderfully friendly and helpful players who would love to share their wisdom!



---Nerd News Updates---
Updates are issued periodically to announce new features, or provide players with information about the Nerd Battles/Games.  All updates issued during the current season can be found below.




January 2, 2015 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426697.msg5275961#msg5275961)
January 29, 2015 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426697.msg5284192#msg5284192)
February 23, 2015 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426697.msg5291669#msg5291669)
February 25, 2015 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426697.msg5292048#msg5292048)
March 6, 2015 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426697.msg5294700#msg5294700) (Raffle update)


Title: --Prompt Palace--
Post by: LovelyMiss on November 23, 2014 04:57:31 PM
---Prompt Palace---
You are welcome to craft for any, all, or none of these prompts.  Remember, they are just here to help get your crafty juices flowing!

All prompts listed in this post are eligible to receive 10 Giver Bonus Points (if the project is for charity), 10 Engineering Bonus points (if the project includes a new tutorial, pattern, or recipe), and 10 UFO Sighting Bonus Points (if the project is a work-in-progress/un-finished object).  More than one set of Bonus Points may be claimed if the project meets the necessary requirements of each.  Certain prompts may also have their own unique Bonus Point opportunities, which are in addition to Giver, Engineering, and UFO Sighting Bonus Points.

Battle Royale
Choose a side and craft a project to represent your choice.  Must be completed within the month of issue.  Players may only submit one project per month/Battle.  Battle Royale prompts are worth 20 points each.

CLOSED: December:  North vs. East vs. South vs. West

CLOSED: January:  Warm vs. Cold

CLOSED: February:  Fabric vs. Paper



Flash Mob
A flash mob is when many people suddenly come together to participate in the same act, usually something fun or unusual, and then disperse.  Our flash mobs involve synchronized crafting, so gather your stash, set your glue gun to "awesome," and prepare for the countdown...

Flash Mobs are quick and easy challenges that must be completed within the month they are issued.  Each Flash Mob prompt may only be submitted one time.  Flash Mob prompts are worth 20 points each.

CLOSED: December:  Craft an item inspired by your home country or cultural roots.

CLOSED: January:  Craft an item inspired by something that gives you the chills.

CLOSED: February:  Craft an item in your favorite medium using all stash supplies.



Challenges
You may complete challenges at any time during the season (for example, September prompts may be submitted in October or November), but you may only submit each prompt one time.  Challenge prompts are worth 20 points each.

--December: Around the World--
New Zealand.  Channel your inner Kiwi and craft an item inspired by the farms or landscapes of New Zealand.
Japan.  That's so kawaii!  Craft an item that is soooo cute you just can't take it.
India.  Craft an item that incorporates or is inspired by beautiful sari fabrics.
Galápagos Islands.  Craft something inspired by Charles Darwin, evolution, or the Galápagos Islands.
Egypt.  Craft an item inspired by the ancient history or architecture of Egypt.

--January: Baby, It's Cold Outside--
Brrr.  Craft something cold, or useful for the cold.
Freezing point.  Craft something involving or inspired by the number zero or 32.
C.O.L.D.  Craft something that begins with one of the letters in cold.  10 BONUS POINTS if your item uses all four letters (e.g., Cute Old Lace Doily).
You're as cold as ice.  Craft an item inspired by a character known for having a cold personality.
Frozen tundra.  Craft something inspired by a cold place, or using a material, technique, or design from a cold place.

--February: Stashtacular--
Edward Scissorhands.  Craft an item that requires copious cutting.
Stamp the yard.  Craft an item inspired by or utilizing any type of stamp.
Basket case.  Craft an item inspired by baskets or other woven goods.
Dye me a river.  Craft an item that incorporates dyes or inks.
Paint the town.  Craft an item that involves paint, or that is inspired by a town or city.
NOTE: For every February prompt you complete using solely stash supplies you will earn ONE extra Raffle ticket!  Prompts include the February Challenges, Flash Mob, and Battle Royale.  You must clearly mark your entry STASH ONLY in the project description in order to earn your extra ticket.



RED ALERT!
From time to time a special alert prompt may be issued and must be completed in the time frame indicated.  Each alert prompt may only be submitted one time.  Alert prompts are worth 20 points each.

Holiday Spirit.  Submit an item you crafted for the holiday season, either as a gift or decoration.  Due by the end of the Battles on February 28, 2015.

New Year's Resolution.  Craft an item using a technique or supply you have wanted to try, but haven't yet to this point.  Due by the end of the Battles on February 28, 2015.

National Hobby Month.  Did you know January is National Hobby Month?  Craft an item inspired by one of your favorite hobbies.  (Is crafting one of them? :D)  Due by the end of the Battles on February 28, 2015.

Love is in the Air.  Craft a Valentine's Day inspired item, or an item inspired by something you love.  Due by the end of the Battles on February 28, 2015


Title: --Research Project Lab--
Post by: LovelyMiss on November 23, 2014 04:58:01 PM
---Research Project Lab---
Research Projects are self-directed projects, similar to independent study.  They are more time-consuming than normal prompts, and are meant to be a personal challenge to the player.  Research Projects must take a minimum of three weeks to complete.

Research Projects are worth 100 points, and are eligible for 10 Giver Bonus Points (if the project is for charity), and 10 Engineering Bonus Points (if the project includes a new tutorial, pattern, or recipe).  More than one set of Bonus Points may be claimed if the project meets the necessary requirements of each.  Research Projects are NOT eligible to claim UFO Sighting Bonus Points.




---RESEARCH PROJECT QUICK GUIDE ---
1. Select what project you would like to complete.  You may only do one Research Project at a time so select carefully.
2. Propose what you plan on doing for your Research Project.  Using the Research Project Proposal Header below, post your proposal in this thread, or PM it to the Head Gamemaker, LovelyMiss.
3. Begin your project.  Feel free to add progress pics in the Discussion thread (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426697.750) as you work on your item(s).
4. Once your project is complete, use the Research Project Submission Header below, and post a picture of your project in this thread.
---GOOD LUCK!---



--RESEARCH PROJECT PROPOSAL HEADER--
Use this header when proposing a Research Project.

Research Project Name:
Team:
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques used, materials, plan of action, expected timeline, etc.)


--RESEARCH PROJECT SUBMISSION HEADER--
Use this header when turning in a completed Research Project.

Research Project Name:
Team:
Bonus Points: (include which Bonus Points you think you've earned - Giver, Engineering, or N/A)
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture:



---RESEARCH PROJECT FAQ---
How do I do a Research Project?
Research Projects must be proposed before you begin so Gamemakers can keep track of your progress and offer encouragement along the way.   Use the Research Project Proposal Header, available below, to propose your project in this thread.  If your project is a surprise, such as a swap item, you may PM your proposal to the Head Gamemaker, LovelyMiss.  Include relevant information in your proposal, such as materials, plan of action, and a timeline of how your project will fulfill the three week crafting requirement.  You may post progress photos in the Discussion thread (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426697.750), but it is not a requirement.

Once your Research Project is complete, you will turn it in using the Research Project Submission Header, available below.  Give details and provide at least one photo of your completed Research Project in your post.  Research Projects should be submitted in this thread.

How long do Research Projects have to take?
Speed and difficulty are very subjective and unique to each individual.  There is no set number of hours that you must put into a Research Project, but it needs to be “in the works” for at least three weeks, and be a personal challenge to you.

Your crafting time begins when you submit your proposal.  Three weeks from that date is the earliest you would be able to turn in your Research Project.  Research Projects can take longer than three weeks.  Any unfinished Research Projects at the end of the season will carry over to the next round of the Nerd Battles/Games.

What if I finish early?
Research Projects that do not take the allotted three week time limit will not be counted as complete.  If you finish earlier than expected, craft an additional item(s) that corresponds to your Research Project.  Add a note when you turn in your project that you finished early, and include details about your additional crafting.

How do I choose a Research Project?
A Research Project can be anything that will be a personal challenge to you and that takes at least three weeks of crafting time.  Choose carefully, as you may only have one Research Project going at a time.  If you decide to change or abandon your Research Project, notify the Head Gamemaker, LovelyMiss, and your proposal will be deleted from the records.  Once a Research Project is completed or deleted, you may propose another.

Can I propose a work-in-progress as a Research Project?
Yes, as long as you have at least three weeks of crafting time left to go on the project before it is finished.  You should include WIP status and timeline information when you fill out the Research Project Proposal Header to demonstrate that your project requires at least three more weeks of work to be complete.

Can I have multiple Research Projects?  
You may only have one Research Project going at a time.  If you decide to change or abandon your Research Project, notify the Head Gamemaker, LovelyMiss, and your proposal will be deleted from the records.  Once a Research Project is completed or deleted, you may propose another.

When can I propose a Research Project?  When are Research Projects due?
You may propose a Research Project at any time during the season. Your crafting time begins when you submit your proposal.  Three weeks from that date is the earliest you would be able to turn in your Research Project.  Research Projects can take longer than three weeks.  As soon as you finish a Research Project, you may submit another Research Project Proposal.  Any unfinished Research Projects at the end of the season will carry over to the next round of the Nerd Battles/Games.
 
How many points are Research Projects worth?
Reseach Projects will earn 100 points.  Research Projects are also eligible to earn Engineering and Giver Bonus Points.  Research Projects are NOT eligible for UFO Bonus Points.  Research Projects are separate from the normal Challenge/Battle/Flash Mob/Alert prompts.  In most cases it is not permissible to "double dip" on individual Research Project elements, so anything included in a Research Project cannot also be turned in for a Nerd Games Challenge/Battle/Flash Mob/Alert prompt.




---RESEARCH PROJECT PROPOSALS---
---2leftfeet: Cthulhu Felted Pillow (http://tinyurl.com/of2pgt9), September 5, 2013
---Abbeeroad: Teesha Moore Patch Sewing Machine Cover (http://tinyurl.com/be3rage), May 14, 2013
---alwaysinmyroom: Crochet Shrug/Sweater (http://tinyurl.com/qjtxoyt), May 24, 2013
---Ankhored: Dolls House Display Shelf (http://tinyurl.com/mklmbvb), September 4, 2014
---BadWolf314: Creeper Throw (http://tinyurl.com/q5rhvks), October 6, 2014
---Calabaza: purse and pattern (http://tinyurl.com/n4edd3w), January 9, 2015
---calliemae:  Eagle Rug (http://tinyurl.com/phhc2dk), August 23, 2014
---coulsenl: Picnic Basket Play Set (http://tinyurl.com/la5lxde), December 8, 2013
---craftADDchick: Grandmother's Cutting Garden Quilt (http://tinyurl.com/oo9vfwj), November 9, 2014
---docnessie: Renaissance Festival Clothing (http://tinyurl.com/m759upm), September 5, 2013
---elliot_anne: "I Love You" Book (http://tinyurl.com/ok3c6yu), May 22, 2013
---Ezri_B: dude lapghan (http://tinyurl.com/qedxezl), September 3, 2014
---FiberAlchemist: Do you know the way? (http://tinyurl.com/mtqylen), July 30, 2013
---FreakieGeekie: Black/Red Mana Blanket (http://tinyurl.com/o2f5kd7), February 14, 2015
---Ffrogg526: 9 Patch Musical Quilt (http://tinyurl.com/mgh55fw), July 13, 2013
---gozer: 5 scrappy scarves (http://tinyurl.com/osnl8lp), January 28, 2015
---Inselaeffchen: Stitch-cation (http://tinyurl.com/oq829uf), July 2, 2014
---jennieingram: 3 Baby Quilts (http://tinyurl.com/k76f7gp), June 5, 2013
---Krafty_Karasu: Maryilyn Manson cross stitch (http://tinyurl.com/mzwkzw4), June 8, 2014
---lozzieozzie: De-‘man’ning our new home; part one of many (http://tinyurl.com/k27vvzb), September 10, 2013
---Ludi: Leaf and flower motif (http://tinyurl.com/pxlndf5), January 15, 2015
---mama24boyz: Zelda (maybe Mario too) Teesha Moore bag (http://tinyurl.com/mmq9xhw), June 2, 2013
---misskohaku: Nerdy Lolita (http://tinyurl.com/pbnen8g), August 13, 2013
---ohiodiygirl: Clint Eastwood comic art print (http://tinyurl.com/mtsc5rl), June 29, 2013
---pinkleo: Capturing Hearts Comfort Ghan (http://tinyurl.com/q73q73g), August 18, 2013
---pishaw13: Knitted "Forest" Blanket (http://tinyurl.com/pqoj66w), August 3, 2014
---roler: KanJani8 Concert Bag (http://tinyurl.com/pl2q9sr), August 19, 2014
---Ruby Copperhead: Crochet summer dress (http://tinyurl.com/amsto77), May 15, 2013
---samash90: Altered Book (http://tinyurl.com/o5nh9a4), March 20, 2014
---Smeddley: B is for Belly, D is for Dance book (and doll?) (http://tinyurl.com/pkbmb9o), October 5, 2014
---smileyyogini: Teesha Moore Patch Tote/Purse (http://tinyurl.com/qarxt7t), June 20, 2013
---stefaniegk: Rainbow Brite and Twink Costumes (http://tinyurl.com/ppt6hg2), September 3, 2013
---StickerChic87: Dress Recreation (http://tinyurl.com/lfupc2n), June 2, 2013
---storerboughtcreations: Grocery food play set (http://tinyurl.com/qe48cvn), February 6, 2015
---Tanath: Build a Time Machine (http://tinyurl.com/k7u7rje), March 8, 2014
---vincentvanbuck: Stockings for Friends (http://tinyurl.com/pxlkxw4), December 24, 2014
---Wyked: Exterminate Skirt (http://tinyurl.com/pd8totw), May 20, 2013


---COMPLETED RESEARCH PROJECTS---
---artsycandice: Christmas Bag (http://tinyurl.com/ljhehom), December 10, 2014
---gozer: Quilt for Dad (http://tinyurl.com/pzqqngw), December 29, 2014
---Ludi: Masquerade (http://tinyurl.com/nra98k5), January 15, 2015
---rockingbearranch: Bookshelves (http://tinyurl.com/on9r35r), February 26, 2015
---LovelyMiss: Days for Girls shields (http://tinyurl.com/onrqtba), February 27, 2015


Title: --Badge Center--
Post by: LovelyMiss on November 23, 2014 04:59:18 PM
---Badge Center---
You may claim your badges when you submit completed projects for the corresponding prompts.

--Battle Royales--
--December--
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=660159)   (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=660158)

--January--
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=661784)   (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=661783)

--February--
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=664656)  (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=664657)



--Challenges--
--December: Around the World--
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=657655)   (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=657657)   (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=657653)   (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=657652)   (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=657651)

--January: Baby, It's Cold Outside--
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=660166)   (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=660813)   (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=660812)   (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=660169)   (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=660168)

--February: Stashtacular--
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=661876)   (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=661877)   (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=661874)   (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=661875)   (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=662452)



--Flash Mobs--
--December--
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=657658)

--January--
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=660165)

--February--
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=661936)



--Special--
--Alert--
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=660163)   (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=660164)   (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=660167)   (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=661937)




Title: --Team Registry--
Post by: LovelyMiss on November 23, 2014 04:59:42 PM
---Team Registry---
*Last updated on January 29, 2015*

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

Players:
craftADDchick
Smeddley


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

Players:
hesperornis
Inselaeffchen
jillybeans
mistress_batty
oddacity
roler
storerboughtcreations
vincentvanbuck


Team Wordy: Geekdom of Readers, Books, and Wondrous Words
Team Captain bunny1kenobi

Players:
bunny1kenobi
calliemae
elliot_anne
gozer
Ludi
rockingbearranch



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

Players:
FreakieGeekie
Mountains and Clouds
Tanath



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

Players:
Amaranth_in_oz
artsycandice
Calabaza
crazyda79
kwality570
LovelyMiss



Current Project Tracker Report (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426697.msg5276676#msg5276676)
by Master Project Tracker, Tanath


Title: --Bounty Bulletin--
Post by: LovelyMiss on November 23, 2014 05:04:37 PM
---Bounty Bulletin---


Bounties are not separate craft prompts, but just a way to spread some nerd love around the boards, and get more involved in the Craftster community.

In order to complete a Bounty, you must PM the Head Gamemaker, LovelyMiss, with a completed Bounty Claim Form.  (You may include multiple claims in a PM, but please use a Bounty Claim Form for each one.)   Each bounty you complete is worth 20 points.  Bounties are not eligible for any bonus points.  Each Bounty may only be claimed one time per player.  You may complete a Bounty at anytime during the season.

--Bounty Claim Form--
Use this form for each Bounty Claim you submit.

Bounty:
Team:
Link(s) to post(s) that fulfill the Bounty:


--Available Bounties--
Chatterbox: Comment on five different projects/posts unrelated to the Nerd Battles.  

How pinteresting: Follow the official Nerdalong (http://www.pinterest.com/nerdalong/) and Craftster (http://www.pinterest.com/craftsterorg/) accounts on pinterest. (Just add a link to your pinterest page when you submit the bounty claim.)

Swaptastic: Join an organized Craftster swap (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=75.0) sometime during the Winter season. (Just link to the main swap thread when you submit your claim form.)



---CLAIMED BOUNTIES---

Team Textbook:

craftADDchick - How pinteresting, Chatterbox, Swaptastic

Smeddley - How pinteresting, Swaptastic

Total points: 100



Team Multimedia:

Inselaeffchen - How pinteresting, Swaptastic

oddacity - How pinteresting

storerboughtcreations - How pinteresting

roler - How pinteresting, Chatterbox, Swaptastic


Total points: 140



Team Wordy:

bunny1kenobi - How pinteresting, Chatterbox, Swaptastic

gozer - How pinteresting, Chatterbox, Swaptastic

Ludi - How pinteresting, Chatterbox, Swaptastic

rockingbearranch - Chatterbox, How pinteresting, Swaptastic


Total points: 240



Team Fandom:




Team Randomizer:

artsycandice - How pinteresting, Swaptastic

Calabaza - How pinteresting, Chatterbox, Swaptastic

crazyda79 - How pinteresting, Chatterbox, Swaptastic

LovelyMiss - How pinteresting, Chatterbox, Swaptastic

Total points: 220


Title: --Nerd of the Week--
Post by: LovelyMiss on November 23, 2014 05:07:19 PM
---Nerd of the Week---
As a way to recognize our fellow nerds who demonstrate exceptional crafty prowess through their posted projects, the Gamemakers will award a special badge to selected players every few weeks during the season.

Current Nerd of the Week:
(In alphabetical order)

kwality570 for her ravishing Ripple Stitch Crochet Blanket. (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5281981#msg5281981)



Ludi for her magnificent Masquerade. (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5280013#msg5280013)



rockingbearranch for her marvelous My favorite hobby and yours book stack. (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5281495#msg5281495)



Smeddley for her consummate Crafted Organized List Digest. (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5282336#msg5282336)




Congratulations!  You have earned the Nerd of the Week badge.



To claim your badge, right click and save to your computer.  Then, you can do whatever you wish with it.  Ideas on how to show-off your badges: use it as an avatar, put it in your profile under Brief Bio, or create a pinterest board for all your badges.  



Nerd Shout-Outs
These are players who have already earned the Nerd of the Week badge, but who have posted exceptional projects in the past two weeks that were nominated for Nerd of the Week recognition.

member text text. (http://link)






Previous Nerd of the Week Recipients:

December 18, 2014
artsycandice for her perfect Puppets. (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5270199#msg5270199)
jillybeans for her terrific  The Cat in the Hat Shoes. (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5268479#msg5268479)
oddacity for her splendid  Sunset Grey Gardens. (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5271735#msg5271735)
storerboughtcreations for her fantastic Blue footed boobie ornament. (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5270738#msg5270738)

January 8, 2015
craftADDchick for her outstanding Owl Man. (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5276352#msg5276352)
gozer for her grand Quilt for Dad. (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5274744#msg5274744)
Tanath for her striking Stars. (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5275479#msg5275479)



Nerd Shout-outs
Member text text. (http://link)




If there is a project or player you would like to nominate for Nerd of the Week, please PM the Head Gamemaker, LovelyMiss.  
Players are not eligible to nominate themselves or their own projects, but if there are projects you're particularly proud of, let it be known in your submission posts!


Title: --G3: Geeky Giver Gang--
Post by: LovelyMiss on November 23, 2014 05:08:50 PM
---G3: Geeky Giver Gang---
The Nerd Battles encourage crafting for causes that speak to you!  
Anyone who crafts a project for charity during the season will be inducted into the Geeky Giver Gang.

Congratulations, members, you have earned the G3 badge!


To claim your badge, right click and save to your computer.  Then, you can do whatever you wish with it.  Ideas on how to show-off your badges: use it as an avatar, put it in your profile under Brief Bio, or create a pinterest board for all your badges.  

--Members--
craftADDchick for her Crocheted Beret (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5278670#msg5278670).
LovelyMiss for her Days for Girls drawstrings (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5284333#msg5284333).



--REMEMBER--
--If you submit a prompt or Research Project for charity, you are eligible to claim Giver Bonus Points!
--If you craft a project for charity that is NOT for a prompt or Research Project, submit it as a Brownie Points Project and claim Giver Bonus Points for it, too!


Looking for places that can use your crafty skills for good?
--pinkleo put together an awesome list on the HPC S.P.E.W. thread  (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=412546.msg4874652#msg4874652)of charities that can use your crafty donations!
--Check out Craftster's Crafting for Good and Not Evil category! (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=364.0)


Title: --Raffle Roundup--
Post by: LovelyMiss on November 23, 2014 05:09:08 PM
---Raffle Roundup---
"Raffle" prize drawings will be held at the end of the Winter season.  Earn tickets by submitting projects to the craftalong.
"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 Stats--
For all Raffle drawings combined, 14 players entered a total of 93 tickets!  There were 19 players eligible for the Free Raffle drawing.


--RAFFLE WINNERS LIST--

A Trio of Felties donated by roler
WINNER:  gozer

Button Necklace donated by bunny1kenobi
WINNER:  crazyda79

Doctor Who TARDIS Scarf donated by gozer
WINNER:  Inselaeffchen

Radiation Symbol Macaroon Coin Purse donated by Calabaza
WINNER:  bunny1kenobi

Sparkling Button Necklace donated by bunny1kenobi
WINNER:  roler

Teesha Moore/Patchwork Super Kit donated by LovelyMiss
WINNER:  artsycandice

Vintage Style Necklace donated by bunny1kenobi
WINNER:  storerboughtcreations


--FREE RAFFLE WINNERS--

$10 Amazon Gift Card donated by LovelyMiss
WINNER:  FreakieGeekie

$10 Amazon Gift Card donated by LovelyMiss
WINNER:  Ludi



Instructions to claim your prize: Contact the member who donated your prize via PM by Sunday, March 15, 2015.  If you do not contact the player who donated your prize by that date, your prize may be forfeited.  

Those who donated prizes: You will arrange shipping (and customization of the prize where applicable) when the winner contacts you.  If you do not hear from the listed winner of the prize(s) you donated by Sunday, March 15, 2015, please PM LovelyMiss.  You may decide if you would like another winner to be drawn, or if you would like to keep or make other arrangements for the item.

**NOTE:  Please notify LovelyMiss when you send and receive prizes.**



The Raffle entry period is March 2nd - March 5th, 2015.

--Ticket Table--
This is the final count of Raffle tickets awarded to each player.  If a player did not earn any Raffle tickets, their name will not appear on the list. Players earned ONE Raffle ticket for every FIVE projects submitted.  Players also earned ONE Raffle ticket for each Research Project they completed.  Additionally, players earned ONE Raffle ticket for each February prompt (Challenges, Battle Roayle, Flash Mob) they submitted with the note of STASH ONLY.  There was some confusion about the RED ALERT issued in February (Love is in the Air), so an additional ticket was also awarded to each player who completed that prompt, whether or not it was labeled with STASH ONLY.



***IF YOU THINK THERE IS AN ERROR IN YOUR FINAL TICKET COUNT, PLEASE PM LovelyMiss IMMEDIATELY!***



--Spend Your Tickets--
--Using the form below, PM your Raffle entries to LovelyMiss by 11:59 pm central time on March 5, 2015.

--You may enter up to FIVE Raffle tickets into each prize drawing.  If you enter more than FIVE tickets into the same drawing, any entries above five will be disregarded, and you will not have the chance to enter them into other drawings.

--Raffle drawings will take place on March 6, 2015, and winners will be announced the same day.

--Prizes will be sent directly from the player that donated them.  WINNERS must contact the person that donated their prize in order to provide shipping and other necessary information.  If you do not claim your prize by contacting the person who donated it by March 15, 2015 your prize may be forfeited.



RAFFLE ENTRY FORM
Indicate the number of tickets you wish to enter into each Raffle drawing.

A Trio of Felties (Number of Entries = _____ )
Button Necklace (Number of Entries = _____ )
Doctor Who TARDIS Scarf (Number of Entries = _____ )
Radiation Symbol Macaroon Coin Purse (Number of Entries = _____ )
Sparkling Button Necklace (Number of Entries = _____ )
Teesha Moore/Patchwork Super Kit (Number of Entries = _____ )
Vintage Style Necklace (Number of Entries = _____ )



--Raffle Prizes--

A Trio of Felties
Donated by roler

Description:  Cute up your space with a set of three custom made felt animals magnets!  Choose any combination of owls and cats.  Since this prize will be tailor made to your color and design requests (and will be sent internationally), shipping/delivery time will be delayed.  The photos are examples of possible designs.





WINNER: gozer



Button Necklace
Donated by bunny1kenobi

Description:  Show off your unique style with this beautiful necklace featuring an assortment of vintage style buttons.



WINNER: crazyda79



Doctor Who TARDIS Scarf
Donated by gozer

Description:  Stay warm and fashionable during all of your adventures through space and time with this fantastic scrappy scarf!





WINNER: Inselaeffchen



Radiation Symbol Macaroon Coin Purse
Donated by Calabaza

Description:  You could use your rad, 1.5" accessory to tuck a map sketched on a scrap of paper showing how to get back to the fallout shelter after scavenging, but, hopefully, you'll carry such things as mints, coins and pony elastics in it instead.



WINNER: bunny1kenobi



Sparkling Button Necklace
Donated by bunny1kenobi

Description:  This pretty necklace sparkles with a variety of vintage and bejeweled buttons.



WINNER: roler



Teesha Moore/Patchwork Super Kit
Donated by LovelyMiss

Description: More than 50 unique fabrics in a wide variety of sizes (not all photographed), plus floss and embellishments for all of your Teesha Moore or other scrappy projects!  The kit also comes with one completed TM patch featuring a cute little owl.





WINNER: artsycandice



Vintage Style Necklace
Donated by bunny1kenobi

Description:  A beautiful vintage style medallion necklace, featuring the image of a sweet little blue bird, and delightful asymmetrically beaded chain.





WINNER: storerboughtcreations



--Free Raffle Prize--

Two $10 Amazon Gift Cards
Donated by LovelyMiss

Description:  Every player who earns at least one Raffle ticket will be entered into the drawing for one of two $10 Amazon gift cards.  They will be delivered electronically via email.  You do not need to spend Raffle tickets to be entered into this drawing; entry is automatic if you earned at least one Raffle ticket during the Winter 2014-2015 season.




WINNER: FreakieGeekie
WINNER: Ludi






--Earn Tickets--
--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.  
--Ticket Special: For every February prompt you complete using solely stash supplies you will earn ONE extra Raffle ticket!  Prompts include the February Challenges, Flash Mob, and Battle Royale.  You must clearly mark your entry STASH ONLY in the project description in order to earn your extra ticket.




--Spend Your Tickets--
--By March 2, 2015 a list of players and the number of Raffle ticket entries they have earned will be posted.
--Using the form below, PM your Raffle entries to LovelyMiss by 11:59 pm central time on March 5, 2015.
--You may enter up to FIVE Raffle tickets into each prize drawing.  If you enter more than FIVE tickets into the same drawing, any entries above five will be disregarded, and you will not have the chance to enter them into other drawings.
--Raffle drawings will take place on March 6, 2015, and winners will be announced the same day.
--Prizes will be sent directly from the player that donated them.  WINNERS must contact the person that donated their prize in order to provide shipping and other necessary information.  If you do not claim your prize by contacting the person who donated it by March 15, 2015 your prize will be forfeited.




RAFFLE ENTRY FORM
Indicate the number of tickets you wish to enter into each Raffle drawing.

A Trio of Felties (Number of Entries = _____ )
Button Necklace (Number of Entries = _____ )
Doctor Who TARDIS Scarf (Number of Entries = _____ )
Radiation Symbol Macaroon Coin Purse (Number of Entries = _____ )
Sparkling Button Necklace (Number of Entries = _____ )
Teesha Moore/Patchwork Super Kit (Number of Entries = _____ )
Vintage Style Necklace (Number of Entries = _____ )



--Donate a Prize--
Anyone is free to donate a prize for the end of season Raffle.
--Prize items should have a minimum value of about $7-10.
--Prize items may need to be shipped internationally, so take that into consideration when choosing or crafting your prize items.
--Prizes may be crafted items, supplies, or other craft related goods.
--Submit a photo (link) and description of your prize donation to LovelyMiss via PM by the end of the day on February 21, 2015.


Title: Re: DO NOT POST! Setting Up: Winter Nerd Battles 2014-2015
Post by: bunny1kenobi on November 25, 2014 01:39:49 PM

~Team Wordy Points - 2580 pts~

“Winter was made for warm blankets and LARGE BOOKS.”


*Reminder: Challenges/Battles 20 pts, Research Projects 100 pts, Engineering/Giver/UFO 10 pts Extra*


Team Roster
   Bunny1kenobi
   Gozer
   Ludi
   Rockingbearranch
   Calliemae  
   Elliot_anne
  

Completed Challenges
   December:
Bunny1kenobi - India, Egypt, New Zealand, Japan, Galapagos
Gozer - Galapagos, Egypt, New Zealand, Japan, India
Rockingbearranch - New Zealand, Egypt, Japan, Galapagos, India
Ludi - Egypt, Galapagos, India, New Zealand, Japan
Calliemae - Galapagos
Elliot_anne - New Zealand
  
   January:
Rockingbearranch - Brr, Cold *bonus, Frozen Tundra
Ludi - Brr, Cold as Ice, Cold *bonus, Frozen Tundra, Freezing Point
Bunny1kenobi- Frozen Tundra *UFO, Cold *bonus, Freezing Point
Gozer - Freezing Point, Cold *bonus, Brr, Frozen Tundra, Cold As Ice
Elliot_anne - Frozen Tundra


   February:
Bunny1kenobi - Edward Scissorhands, Basket Case, Dye Me a River, Paint the Town, Stamp the Yard
Rockingbearranch - Paint the Town *UFO, Basket Case, Edward Scissorhands, Dye Me a River, Stamp the Yard
Gozer - Edward Scissorhands, Stamp the Yard, Basket Case, Paint the Town, Dye Me a River
Ludi - Edward Scissorhands, Basket Case, Stamp the Yard, Dye Me a River, Paint the Town



Completed Battles
Bunny1kenobi - December North, January Warm, February Paper
Gozer - December North, January Warm, February Paper
Ludi - December South, January Warm, February Fabric
Rockingbearranch - December North, February Paper
Elliot_anne - January Warm
  
Completed Flash Mobs
Bunny1kenobi - December *UFO, February
Gozer - December, January, February
Ludi - December, January, February
Rockingbearranch - December, January, February
Elliot_anne - January


Bounties
Gozer - How Pinteresting, Chatterbox, Swaptastic
Ludi - How Pinteresting, Chatterbox, Swaptastic
Rockingbearranch - How Pinteresting, Chatterbox, Swaptastic
Bunny1kenobi - How Pinteresting, Chatterbox, Swaptastic


Red Alert
Rockingbearranch - New Year's Resolution, National Hobby Month *UFO, Holiday Spirit, Love is In the Air
Bunny1kenobi - Holiday Spirit, National Hobby Month, New Year's Resolution, Love Is In The Air
Elliot_anne - New Year's Resolution
Gozer - Holiday Spirit *UFO, New Year's Resolution, Love Is In The Air, National Hobby Month
Ludi - Holiday Spirit, New Year's Resolution, National Hobby Month, Love Is In The Air

Geeky Giver Gang


Proposed Research Projects
Calliemae - Eagle Rug
Gozer - 5 scrappy scarves
Ludi - Leaf & Flower motif
  
Completed Research Projects
Gozer - lap quilt
Ludi - Masquerade
Rockingbearranch - Bookshelves


*Completed Challenge + Charity/Engineering/Bonus


Title: Re: DO NOT POST! Setting Up: Winter Nerd Battles 2014-2015
Post by: Smeddley on November 25, 2014 02:59:48 PM


Team Textbook - 910 pts

The optimist says the glass is half-full.
The pessimist says the glass is half-empty.
The engineer says the glass is twice as big as it needs to be...



*Reminder: Challenges/Battles 20 pts, Research Projects 100 pts, Engineering/Giver/UFO 10 pts Extra*


Team Roster
   Smeddley
   craftADDchick
  

Completed Challenges
December:
New Zealand - Smeddley (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5274516#msg5274516)
Japan - Smeddley (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5272994#msg5272994)
India - Smeddley (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5272994#msg5272994)
Galápagos Islands -
Egypt - craftADDchick (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5275535#msg5275535), Smeddley (+UFO) (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5293193#msg5293193)
  
January:
Brrr -craftADDchick (+GIV) (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5278670#msg5278670), Smeddley (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5292503#msg5292503)
Freezing point - Smeddley (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5293193#msg5293193)
C.O.L.D. - Smeddley (+10) (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5282336#msg5282336)
You're as cold as ice - Smeddley (+UFO) (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5293193#msg5293193)
Frozen tundra -

February:
Edward Scissorhands - Smeddley (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5292503#msg5292503)
Stamp the yard - Smeddley (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5292503#msg5292503), craftADDchick (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5293182#msg5293182)
Basket case - craftADDchick (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5293182#msg5293182), Smeddley (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5293193#msg5293193)
Dye me a river - Smeddley (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5293193#msg5293193)
Paint the town -  Smeddley (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5292503#msg5292503)


Completed Battles:
December:  North vs. East vs. South vs. West
Smeddley - North (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5274516#msg5274516), craftADDchick - North (+UFO) (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5275535#msg5275535)

January:  Warm vs. Cold
Smeddley - Cold (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5284647#msg5284647), craftADDchick - Warm (+UFO) (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5284847#msg5284847)

February: Fabric Vs Paper
Smeddley (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5292503#msg5292503), craftADDchick (+UFO) (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5293182#msg5293182)

  
Completed Flash Mobs:
December:  Craft an item inspired by your home country or cultural roots.
Smeddley (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5272994#msg5272994), craftADDchick (+UFO) (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5275535#msg5275535)

January:  Craft an item inspired by something that gives you the chills.
craftADDchick (+ENG) (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5276352#msg5276352), Smeddley (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5284647#msg5284647)

February: Craft an item in your favorite medium using all stash supplies.
Smeddley (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5292503#msg5292503), craftADDchick (+GIV) (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5293182#msg5293182)


Red Alert:
Holiday Spirit - Smeddley (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5280822#msg5280822)

New Year's Resolution - craftADDchick (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5280386#msg5280386), Smeddley (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5280822#msg5280822)

National Hobby Month -   Smeddley (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5292503#msg5292503), craftADDchick (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5293182#msg5293182)

Love is in the Air - craftADDchick (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5293182#msg5293182), Smeddley (+UFO) (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5293193#msg5293193)


Geeky Giver Gang:


--Available Bounties--
Chatterbox: craftADDchick

How pinteresting: craftADDchick, smeddley

Swaptastic: smeddley


Proposed Research Projects:

  
Completed Research Projects:



*Completed Challenge + Charity/Engineering/Bonus



Title: TEAM FANDOM HQ
Post by: RedheadWithThread on November 25, 2014 11:19:59 PM


"Fandom can keep something alive, and fandom can take it down." -Christopher Hayerdahl

Hello, hello! If you're a lover of fanfics, cons, midnight releases/openings, and/or just love to show support for your fandoms, this is the team for you! If you have any questions, drop me, FreakieGeekie, a PM or hop on over to the discussion thread where some of your fellow nerds will be more than happy to help!

~Team Fandom Points - 390pts~

*Reminder: Challenges/Battles 20 pts, Research Projects 100 pts, Engineering/Giver 10 pts Extra*

Team Players:
FreakieGeekie
Tanath
Mountains and Clouds


Completed Challenges:
   December:
New Zealand - FreakieGeekie (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5274552#msg5274552) +10 UFO, Mountains and Clouds (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5280665#msg5280665)
Japan - FreakieGeekie (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5268195#msg5268195), Mountains and Clouds (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5278525#msg5278525)
India - FreakieGeekie (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5271354#msg5271354)
Galapagos Islands - FreakieGeekie (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5279580#msg5279580)
Egypt -

   January:
Brr - Mountains and Clouds (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5280665#msg5280665)
Freezing Point - Mountains and Clouds (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5280665#msg5280665), Tanath (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5284794#msg5284794)
Frozen Tundra - Mountains and Clouds (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5280671#msg5280671)
C.O.L.D. - Mountains and Clouds (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5281236#msg5281236)

   February:


Completed Battles:
   December: FreakieGeekie- South (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5271645#msg5271645), Tanath- North (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5275479#msg5275479)

   January:
Mountains and Clouds- Warm (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5278525#msg5278525), FreakieGeekie- Warm (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5284251#msg5284251)
Tanath- Warm (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5284794#msg5284794)

   February:


 
Completed Flash Mobs:
   December: FreakieGeekie (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5271978#msg5271978)

   January: Mountains and Clouds (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5280665#msg5280665)

   February:


Red Alert:
National Hobby Month - Moutains and Clouds (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5282960#msg5282960)

Geeky Giver Gang:
 

Proposed Research Projects:
FreakieGeekie- Allons-y! (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435243.msg5260646#msg5260646)
 
Completed Research Projects:



Title: Re: DO NOT POST! Setting Up: Winter Nerd Battles 2014-2015
Post by: roler on November 27, 2014 06:14:08 AM


~Team Multimedia Points - 1330 pts~

“Winter is coming.”

*Reminder: Challenges/Battles 20 pts, Research Projects 100 pts, Engineering/Giver/UFO 10 pts Extra*


Team Roster
   roler
   storerboughtcreations
   jillybeans
   oddacity
   hesperornis
   Inselaeffchen
   vincentvanbuck

Completed Challenges
   December:

     New Zealand: oddacity* (UFO), storerboughtcreations, jillybeans, vincentvanbuck, Inselaeffchen
     Japan: storerboughtcreations, jillybeans
      India: storerboughtcreations, jillybeans
     Galapagos Islands: roler, storerboughtcreations, jillybeans, vincentvanbuck
      Egypt: storerboughtcreations, roler, jillybeans, vincentvanbuck

   January:
     Brr: vincentvanbuck, storerboughtcreations, Inselaeffchen
     Freezing Point: storerboughtcreations
      C.O.L.D.: vincentvanbuck* (C.O.L.D.), storerboughtcreations* (C.O.L.D.), Inselaeffchen* (C.O.L.D.)
     You're Cold as Ice: storerboughtcreations
      Frozen Tundra: vincentvanbuck, storerboughtcreations, Inselaeffchen, roler

   February:
     Edward Scissorhands: Inselaeffchen
     Stamp the Yard: storerboughtcreations, Inselaeffchen
      Basket Case: storerboughtcreations, Inselaeffchen
     Dye Me a River: Inselaeffchen
      Paint the Town: Inselaeffchen

Completed Battles
   December - North vs. South vs. East vs. West: storerboughtcreations (West), oddacity (West), Inselaeffchen (West), vincentvanbuck (North), roler (West)
    January - Warm vs. Cold: storerboughtcreations (Cold), roler (Cold)
  
Completed Flash Mobs
   December - Country or Cultural Roots: storerboughtcreations* (UFO), roler, oddacity, hesperornis, Inselaeffchen, vincentvanbuck
   January - The Chills: storerboughtcreations, roler


Bounties
   How Pinteresting:  roler, oddacity, storerboughtcreations
   Chatterbox: roler
   Swaptastic: roler

Red Alert
   Holiday Spirit: roler, vincentvanbuck, storerboughtcreations, Inselaeffchen
   New Year's Resolution: vincentvanbuck, storerboughtcreations, Inselaeffchen
   National Hobby Month: storerboughtcreations

Geeky Giver Gang

Proposed Research Projects
   roler - KanJani8 Concert Bag
   storerboughtcreations - Grocery Play Food Set
   vincentvanbuck - Stockings for Friends

Completed Research Projects


*Completed Challenge + Charity/Engineering/Bonus


Title: Re: DO NOT POST! Setting Up: Winter Nerd Battles 2014-2015
Post by: Calabaza on November 29, 2014 02:14:31 PM


~ Geekdom of OOAKs, Oddballs, and Marchers to Different Drummers ~

Welcome, welcome!
If you have any questions, go ahead and pop off a PM to me, Calabaza,
or mosey on over to the Discussion Thread (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426697.0).

~Team Randomizer Points - 2170 (+ 220 in bounties)~
Reminders: Challenges/Battles 20 pts, Research Projects 100 pts
Engineering/Giver/UFO/Prompt Specific 10 pts Extra
See the Bounty Bulletin (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435243.msg5234771#msg5234771) for more point opportunities


Completed Challenges
   December
New Zealand - artsycandice (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5271760#msg5271760), crazyda79 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5275290#msg5275290), LovelyMiss (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5276865#msg5276865), Calabaza (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5289129#msg5289129)
Japan - artsycandice (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5270958#msg5270958), crazyda79 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5275290#msg5275290), kwality570 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5276585#msg5276585), LovelyMiss (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5292891#msg5292891), Calabaza (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5293155#msg5293155)
India - artsycandice (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5273068#msg5273068), crazyda79 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5275290#msg5275290), Calabaza (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5280381#msg5280381)*, LovelyMiss (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5292891#msg5292891)
Galapagos Islands - artsycandice (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5270199#msg5270199), crazyda79 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5275290#msg5275290), LovelyMiss (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5276865#msg5276865), Calabaza (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5289129#msg5289129)*
Egypt - artsycandice (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5270199#msg5270199), crazyda79 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5275290#msg5275290), LovelyMiss (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5276865#msg5276865), Calabaza (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5278414#msg5278414)
   January
Brr - LovelyMiss (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5276865#msg5276865), crazyda79 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5285174#msg5285174), artsycandice
Freezing Point - LovelyMiss (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5276865#msg5276865), Calabaza (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5278414#msg5278414), crazyda79 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5285174#msg5285174)
C.O.L.D. - Calabaza (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5278414#msg5278414)*, crazyda79 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5285174#msg5285174)*, LovelyMiss (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5292891#msg5292891)*
Cold as Ice - Calabaza (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5280381#msg5280381), crazyda79 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5285174#msg5285174), artsycandice, LovelyMiss (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5292891#msg5292891)
Frozen Tundra - LovelyMiss (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5284333#msg5284333), crazyda79 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5285174#msg5285174), artsycandice (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5276247#msg5276247)
   February
Edward Scissorhands - crazyda79 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5290411#msg5290411), artsycandice, LovelyMiss (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5292891#msg5292891)
Stamp the Yard - artsycandice (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5285301#msg5285301), crazyda79 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5290411#msg5290411), LovelyMiss (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5292891#msg5292891)
Basket Case - crazyda79 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5290411#msg5290411), LovelyMiss (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5292891#msg5292891)
Dye Me a River - artsycandice (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5285301#msg5285301), Calabaza (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5289129#msg5289129), crazyda79 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5290411#msg5290411), LovelyMiss (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5292891#msg5292891)
Paint the Town - LovelyMiss (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5292891#msg5292891), Calabaza (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5293155#msg5293155), crazyda79 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5293216#msg5293216)

Completed Battles
December - artsycandice (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5273068#msg5273068), Calabaza (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5273746#msg5273746), crazyda79 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5275290#msg5275290), LovelyMiss (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5275480#msg5275480)
January - artsycandice (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5276717#msg5276717), kwality570 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5281981#msg5281981)*, Calabaza (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5282703#msg5282703)*, LovelyMiss (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5284333#msg5284333), crazyda79 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5284724#msg5284724)
February - artsycandice (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5285301#msg5285301), crazyda79 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5290411#msg5290411), LovelyMiss (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5292891#msg5292891), Calabaza (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5293155#msg5293155)

Completed Mobs
December - artsycandice (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5270958#msg5270958), Calabaza (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5273746#msg5273746), crazyda79 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5275290#msg5275290), Amaranth_in_oz (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5274720#msg5274720), LovelyMiss (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5275480#msg5275480)
January - Amaranth_in_oz (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5275779#msg5275779), LovelyMiss (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5284333#msg5284333), Calabaza (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5284418#msg5284418)*, crazyda79 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5284724#msg5284724), artsycandice (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5276247#msg5276247)
February - crazyda79 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5290411#msg5290411), LovelyMiss (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5292891#msg5292891), Calabaza (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5293155#msg5293155)

Completed Red Alerts
Holiday Spirit - crazyda79 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5275290#msg5275290), Amaranth_in_oz (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5274720#msg5274720), LovelyMiss (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5276865#msg5276865), Calabaza (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5284418#msg5284418), artsycandice (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5276247#msg5276247)
New Year's Resolutions - crazyda79 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5275290#msg5275290), artsycandice (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5276425#msg5276425)*, LovelyMiss (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5276865#msg5276865), Calabaza (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5278414#msg5278414)
National Hobby Month - LovelyMiss (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5284333#msg5284333)*, artsycandice (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5276247#msg5276247), crazyda79 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5290411#msg5290411)
Love is in the Air - crazyda79 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5290411#msg5290411), artsycandice, LovelyMiss (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5292891#msg5292891)

Completed Brownie Points

Completed Research Projects
artsycandice (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5270958#msg5270958)
LovelyMiss (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5292891#msg5292891)


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: RedheadWithThread on December 01, 2014 10:27:28 AM
Prompt: Japan
Team: Fandom
Project Name: Little stockings
In Japan, small things are considered to be "kawaii". And since it's the holiday season, I've been making lots of these cute little stockings (counting these I've made seven). I just made these earlier today. They only take about 45 minutes to make (probably less if I'd stop watching TV while I was making them) and are from a modified mini-stocking pattern I found on Pinterest.


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: laurenb1992 on December 01, 2014 02:16:49 PM
Bounty:
Team:
Link(s) to post(s) that fulfill the Bounty: http://www.pinterest.com/trebleclef1992/ (http://www.pinterest.com/trebleclef1992/)


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: LovelyMiss on December 01, 2014 03:07:11 PM
Bounty:
Team:
Link(s) to post(s) that fulfill the Bounty: http://www.pinterest.com/trebleclef1992/ (http://www.pinterest.com/trebleclef1992/)

Hi shadowromeo!  Thanks for following the pinterest accounts!  If you would like to play along in the Nerd Battles, just choose a prompt (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5266598#msg5266598) and craft an item that fits the guidelines.  Then post photos of your completed project in this thread, along with a Completed Project Header (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5266595#msg5266595).  When you submit your first project, you will officially join the Team of your choice.  Once you have joined a Team, your Bounty claims or any other points will be added to the Team total.

As a note for everyone:  Be sure to PM me your Bounty claims (instead of posting them here) so I can keep track of everything in one place and make sure the totals are accurate.  Thanks!


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: roler on December 01, 2014 11:38:45 PM
FreakieGeekie - Those stockings are definitely kawaii!!  XD  They look like perfect tree ornaments. :)  

Hooray for the winter games, and for such a fun prompt theme!  Right now I am scrambling to finish two different swaps, that got pushed back a bit for me because of my huge move, but I'm making progress on them, and thought I'd jump right in and share one here!  

This is also only the second thing I have ever made with my brand new sewing machine, and since I've never done machine sewing before and am basically teaching myself from youtube videos, I'm pretty proud of this. :)

Prompt: December - Galapagos Islands
Team: Team Multimedia
Bonus Points:
N/A
Project Name: Doctor Who Swap Medium
Project Link: Pinspiration: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/504121752013507310/
Brief Description: This is part of my Doctor Who Swap for Allons-y.  It has to do with evolution, because this particular creature used to be basically humanoid, but evolved (with some engineered help) into the creatures they are now, which require the armored transport machines!
Edited to add Picture:



Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: storerboughtcreations on December 02, 2014 01:32:40 AM
Prompt:  December - Japan
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Red-crowned crane
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: These birds live in Japan and are super cute! The first photo is my knitted project. The second photo is of a cork scene sandwiched in some glass with a wood frame and stand (No idea what this style of artwork is called) that my FIL got while in Okinawa years ago and gave to my hubby. I instantly thought of the cranes when I saw the prompt.
Project Picture:




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Post by: RedheadWithThread on December 02, 2014 03:52:32 AM
roler, that THING is amazing! :o I'd have never thought it was a first time machine sewing project because it's fab! :D

storeboughtcreations, I love your crane! Those birds are so pretty!


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Post by: roler on December 02, 2014 05:39:38 AM
Thanks so much!  I still hand-sewed all the little details on, because I don't trust myself to do little curvy bits and things on the machine yet, but the main structure of the thing was all done on the machine. :) 

storerboughtcreations - That crane is gorgeous! XD  Reminds me of one (although this one's a different kind) that I saw in Kyoto last week while taking pictures with my Little Visitor!


Now I really need to get back to work on another swap project, but it's so cold I don't want to leave this blanket on the couch!


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Post by: Calabaza on December 02, 2014 07:02:46 AM
Love the stockings! The crane is  :o


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Post by: jillybeans on December 02, 2014 09:45:23 AM
Hey all!  Happy new quarter!  I'm gonna jump back into the multimedia team, again.  ^_^

Prompt:  Japan
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: None
Project Name: The Cat in the Hat Shoes
Project Link: coming soon!
Brief Description: I'm in a mom's group for my baby on Facebook and we are doing a present swap.  I, of course, have to do homemade gifts, and this is the first that I've made so far for little recipient.  He loves Cat in the Hat, so he definitely needed some shoes!  (random side note, I can't believe he is almost in a toddler size 7!) I painted these babies up yesterday with Tulip fabric paint.  It took a few layers to get it as bright I wanted.  I, personally, think they are so stinking cute and I love how they turned out!  I put his name on the side of them, just for a personalized touch.
Project Picture:
(http://smg.photobucket.com/user/alienzufo1/media/Craftster/rev004_zpse30825d5.jpg.html)

(http://smg.photobucket.com/user/alienzufo1/media/Craftster/rev008_zps06877f10.jpg.html)

I've got a lot more things to get done, so I better get back to it!


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Post by: gozer on December 02, 2014 09:56:48 AM
 FreakieGeekie - Very cute stockings. What are you making so many for? You should add a little piece of candy in them!
 roler - I have a friend who would go bonkers for that! Great job with the machine!
 storerboughtcreations - cool crane. I like his long legs!
 Jillybeans - Those shoes are absolutely adorable. And the fact that you got the white so crisp and bright on the black canvas shows you took your time and did it right. Fantastic shoes. I am sure they will be treasured. If I had a kid they would only get to wear those for pictures! LOL!
 


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Post by: bunny1kenobi on December 02, 2014 10:03:07 AM
O.M.Goodness. Those shoes are amazing!  "So stinking cute" does not begin to cover them. Beautiful job, jillybeans!

Storeboughtcreations, the crane is fantastic, too!

And your surprise for Allons-y is so well done, roler!  I'm sure it will be treasured!


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Post by: RedheadWithThread on December 02, 2014 10:19:47 AM
jillybeans, those shoes are amazing! :D

gozer, I'm just making them to make them, honestly. They make up in a little less than an hour and are fun to make. I was thinking of selling some but I've just been giving them away instead :)


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Post by: Smeddley on December 02, 2014 06:42:25 PM
FreakieGeekie - I do adore those little stockings!  I have a thing for miniature, and those are adorable!

roler
- Oooooooh, Ahhhhhhhhh!  I don't want to say much more, as it's a swap item, but awesome!  Also, I've had a sewing machine for ages and still prefer to sew small fiddly bits by hand.  I've never felt hugely comfortable sewing small bits, even with my new machine with a turtle-speed limiter (won't go fast no matter how far you press the pedal down) and the stitch set as short as possible...  it's simply a talent I don't posses, along with mastering buttonholes...  ;)

storerboughtcreations
- Adorable knitted crane!  Nice stitching job, I know how fiddly the small projects can be!

jillybeans
- Love the painted shoes!  Amazing job painting them... I love the way painted shoes look, but am scared to try to draw around curves!


I have two submissions done (a record for me!  I don't think I've ever had a bunch of vacation right at the start of a prompt before, plus I just lucked out - something I was making for a swap on Monday just happened to fit a theme, so it worked out well that I already had all the supplies and plans and everything!) but I have to wait for the one to get to my swap partner.  I don't know what I'm going to do with the Battle... I know something I want to do, but there's no way I'd pull it off with all the other things I have to do!


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Post by: oddacity on December 02, 2014 07:43:50 PM
Prompt:  December - New Zealand
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: UFO
Project Name: Silver Fern Merit Badge
Brief Description: My boyfriend's family has a strong personal connection with New Zealand. I don't know all of the specifics, but I know that they lived there for a year, visited at least once aside from that, and my bf's brother is going to study abroad there this upcoming semester. After seeing all the merit badges I was making, BF's dad commissioned me to do a few as stocking stuffers for the family, and this one is of a silver fern, which is a symbol for New Zealand. I started it a few weeks ago but stopped halfway through because I wasn't feeling well and was caught off-track by other crafts. I finally sat down today to finish making it.
Project Picture:



Cool projects so far, everyone! This is my first time joining the Nerd Battles so I'm pretty excited :3 I meant to join in the Fall but I let myself get overwhelmed by preparing for a craft show. I've chilled out a bit now and am starting to get back into some of my favorite crafts I've been neglecting for a while, so I'm super excited to join all of you!


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Post by: BadWolf314 on December 02, 2014 08:37:54 PM
Already such awesome projects!!!! I'm just hoping I can find more time for crafting this time, because the prompts are so awesome!!! :D


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Post by: roler on December 02, 2014 09:12:18 PM
Thanks, everyone!  I'm going to try to make another craft with the machine today, also for a swap.  Hopefully with all this practice I'll improve fast! :)

jillybeans - Glad to have you back!  And those shoes are incredible!  I can't believe how clear and crisp and vibrant you got it all!  Now I'm craving a pair of shoes like the striped one.  Too cute!!

oddacity - Welcome to the Nerd Battles and to Team Multimedia!  Looks like we're shaping up to have another large team this season!  And I loooove your merit badges.  So glad you're sharing some here!  The silver and black look super cool together with that fern. :)


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Post by: storerboughtcreations on December 03, 2014 03:05:23 AM
Prompt:  December - Flash Mob
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: UFO
Project Name: Jean-Luc the Frog
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: This is a frog I free handed about a year ago, but never quite finished. I finally finished it yesterday. It fits the prompt because growing up, I was an air force brat. Every base I ever lived on and every city there after has always had frogs. I used to catch bullfrogs all the time, and little grass peepers. We have a frog that lives in our front yard currently. I've never seen him, but he's there every evening croaking away. I love listening to him! Frogs have always been a constant in my life. :)
Project Picture:


And here he is hanging by a hook on the wall to see how long he is. I just measured him. He's 32 inches from head to foot. 33 inches if you include his eyes.



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Post by: storerboughtcreations on December 03, 2014 06:07:30 AM
And another project done! At least insomnia is good for crafting time!

Prompt:  December - Battle - West
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Scotty the Moose
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Living in the state of WA, we don't see a ton of moose (I saw a lot more when I lived in Alaska. They were always in our yard), but they are here. I just had to pick west since I live on the west coast.
Project Picture:



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Post by: bunny1kenobi on December 03, 2014 07:38:27 AM
What an adorable frog and moose!  And the badge turned out great - how perfect that we had a New Zealand prompt!

Prompt:  December Flash Mob
Team: WORDY!!
Bonus Points: UFO
Project Name: Christmas wreath
Project Link:
Brief Description: For years I've been using a willow wreath with holly, ivy, evergreen, and white poinsettias on it. In addition, there was a little creche with tiny peg people- Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus - in it.  Well, baby Jesus has been missing for about 5 years or more, so it's pretty pathetic, and the whole thing is looking pretty darned sad.  Well, about a month ago, I found a ribbon wreath at a yard sale and bought it with the intention of jazzing it up with bright ornaments.  Which I finally did last night. I'm originally from Canada, where there's lots of ice and snow especially at this time of year, and my wreath reminds me of that.  I occasionally miss the snow this time of year, but then I remember shoveling, and black ice and blizzards and I'm thankful I live in Arizona!
Project Picture:


The ribbon on the right side is poufier and makes it look lopsided so I think I will put that extra poufy part at the top, do a little adjusting.  I didn't really notice until I took the pic!  :P


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Post by: gozer on December 03, 2014 07:47:16 AM
 I think it looks great but isn't it funny how things look different in a photo? I always take pics of my sketches so I can see all the really obvious follies. I love the colors of the wreath though. Very pretty!


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Post by: bunny1kenobi on December 03, 2014 10:59:36 AM
Thanks, gozer!  ;D


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Post by: artsycandice on December 03, 2014 09:16:47 PM
I think it looks great but isn't it funny how things look different in a photo? I always take pics of my sketches so I can see all the really obvious follies. I love the colors of the wreath though. Very pretty!

Ooh, another good technique for checking a drawing... look at it in a mirror, and even upside down. Seeing it this way can make trouble areas really glaring.

Love the frog, love the moose, love the patch, love the wreath!! Squee!! I love the Christmas season.


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Post by: storerboughtcreations on December 03, 2014 11:17:29 PM
I love that wreath! It's so festive!

Prompt:  December - Egypt
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Eye of Ra
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I free handed this onto plastic canvas. It looks a little sleepy, but it's super hard to make a curve on plastic canvas, so I did the best I could!
Project Picture:


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Post by: Ludi on December 04, 2014 06:34:35 AM
Excellent giant long frog.  And that moose is great!  :D



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Post by: bunny1kenobi on December 04, 2014 08:39:11 AM
I was busy last night working on some Christmas gifts so I have a mini project dump:

Prompt:  December Battle - North
Team: WORDY!
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Frozen Dress
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: A friend of mine was having a hard time finding Frozen stuff for her 2 yr old and I offered to stencil this little dress she bought.  She's loving it!  And I figured: North=ice & snow=Frozen.
Project Picture:



Prompt:  December India
Team: WORDY!
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Bacon!!
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I honestly don't know if they eat a lot of pork in India... are pigs as sacred as cows?  But -- Red is a color that is often found in sari silks, so I'm going with that.  I made this for my son for Christmas; he is on that bacon kick that seems to be so popular currently.
Project Picture:



Prompt:  December Egypt
Team: WORDY!
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Egyptian god
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Ok, if the Egyptians had any notion of Iron Man, you KNOW he'd be in their pantheon. Like so:

(Just to be clear: I DID NOT MAKE THIS ^^^ but I wish I had coz it's awesome!)

So I made this in his honor!
Project Picture:





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Post by: artsycandice on December 04, 2014 09:15:43 AM
Wow, great projects bunny! I will add that Hindus do not eat pork, or beef, or any meat for that matter. Most of them are vegetarian, but red works. Go with that. ;D


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Post by: gozer on December 04, 2014 12:50:33 PM
oddacity - Very cool badge. I can't wait to see what else you make. I love seeing embroidered things!
storerboughtcreations - Love that frog. He looks like he would be fun to pose around the house doing things. Your moose is adorable. He reminds me of Domo dressed up! And cool Eye of Ra. Silly but I never realize the Eye of Ra and the Eye of Horus were the same!
Bunny1Kenobi - A+ for creative interpretations of the prompts.  ;) Adorable frozen shirt. The profiles are very cute. LOVE the bacon shirt. I normally prefer my bacon chewy but those lines are so crisp I may change my mind.  :D And I love how the Stark shirt looks metallic! Bravo!


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Post by: gozer on December 04, 2014 05:42:34 PM
Hello my friends and Welcome to another installment of "Creative Prompt Interpretations".
 In this installment I will tackle three prompts.  ;)
Prompt:  December - Battle Royal - North
Team: Wordy!!
Bonus Points: -0-
Project Name: Snowflake dress
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Since it's Winter, I will get behind the North Pole. North. This dress is snowflakes to show how cold it is there. The following dresses are for my niece in law. She loves when I make her doll clothes. All the dresses are fully lined too.
Project Picture:


Prompt:  December - Galápagos Islands
Team: Wordy!!
Bonus Points: -0-
Project Name: Crocodile
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: This dress was made in a Crocodile print. Crocodiles have changed little since the time of the dinosaurs. This one did. It became rainbow colored. With a lot of glitter to boot. ;)
Project Picture:


Prompt:  December - Egypt
Team: Wordy!!
Bonus Points: -0-
Project Name: Pink Cheetah Dress
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Egypt is one of my favorite of the ancient cultures. Not only could women own property there, they worshipped cats! Who could argue with that? If there was a time machine I would sign up for ancient Egypt! Amazing culture even if they did get help from aliens with the pyramids.  ;) Anyhoo, this dress celebrates the worship of cats in ancient Egypt.
Project Picture:






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Post by: storerboughtcreations on December 04, 2014 11:07:40 PM
Prompt:  December - India
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Dinosaur Sign
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Saris are bright colors, and this is certainly bright and cheerful! In case you didn't notice (from my color changing avatar that is so bright and pretty), I LOVE dinosaurs. Purple, teal, green, and pinks are included in many saris.
Project Picture:


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Post by: roler on December 05, 2014 04:58:30 AM
storerboughtcreations - I know I told you before, but I LOVE THAT FROG!!  Like, seriously. A lot.  He is SO CUTE!!!  I love that you can pose him so cutely, that he is huge, that he looks so soft and squishy, and his long green bean torso. He's the best! XD  The moose is a total cutie too, and gozer, I totally see how he kinda looks like Domo-kun! Haha!  Your Egyptian eye looks like a totally awesome magnet. :)  And eep!  The dino is precious!  I still can't believe how quickly you can crank out such absolutely adorable things!

bunny1kenobi - I really love the blue and white aesthetic for Christmas (I like red and green too, but blue and white looks somehow way more elegant)!  Your wreath looks beautiful, cheerful, and welcoming!  And I love that you make so many hand-stenciled gifts for people; it's so nice to get something unique made just for you! The frozen dress looks cute as can be, and the bacon shirt cracks me up (I went to school in Walla Walla, and a local store sold a shirt with a similar design for a while until I think they were forced to stop... but I still have mine!).   And hahaha, that is the perfect way to link Iron Man with Egypt! XD  Love the silver shine!

gozer - Gorgeous dress!!  The cut is so simple and elegant, and really spiced up with those wild colorful fabrics! Love 'em!!  And I think we're all getting pretty good at the ridiculous stretches for the prompts lately, hee hee.  That's a big part of the fun! XD  I already know what supply I want to use for India, by the way, but no clue yet WHAT to do with it...

Meanwhile, I finally finished the next part of my Doctor Who swap for Allons-y!  I am already REALLY glad I bought this sewing machine, despite years of being terrified of them. ;P  I'm so happy with how this turned out!

Prompt:  December Flash Mob
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:
n/a
Project Name: Doctor Who Large
Project Link: Pinspiration: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/504121752013189285/
Brief Description: While I am not from the country this came from, I am from the culture - Nerd culture!!  Honestly, between the websites I frequent, the activities I participate in, the friends I hang out with, and even the things my family does together, I definitely feel that nerdy pop culture is a huge part of who I am!  So here's a part of it!
Edited to add Pictures:

And a close-up:


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Post by: bunny1kenobi on December 05, 2014 12:09:53 PM
Adorable dresses, Gozer!  And very creative ways to fit them into the prompts! Well done!  (my next stab at creativity is below...  ::))

Such a cute little dino SBC, and roler you certainly seem to have that sewing machine figured out!  Great job!

Prompt:  December - New Zealand
Team: WORDY!
Bonus Points: na
Project Name: Awesome!
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: With the prompt being about New Zealand landscapes, I had to go take a look at some pics.  And then I had to say:
Project Picture:



PS. The blue paint glows in the dark.  I think my nephew will enjoy that.


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Post by: Ludi on December 05, 2014 03:29:05 PM
You all are so creative with the prompts!  My mind is blank for this month's nerding.... :P



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Post by: roler on December 05, 2014 03:57:59 PM
Thanks!  XD  

bunny1kenobi - Another great shirt!  I might even say... awesome! XD  I like that even in the light, the word "awesome" is extra shiny.

Whew, I finally finished the last piece of my Doctor Who swap, so I can get it in the mail!!

Prompt:  December - Egypt
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:
n/a
Project Name: Doctor Who Small
Project Link: Pinspiration: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/504121752013507264/
Brief Description: Another swap item for Allons-y. One of this fellow's iconic accessories is found much more often in Egypt than it is in his own country.
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Post by: storerboughtcreations on December 05, 2014 04:05:34 PM
Roller, I'm so jealous of Allons-y. That's my favorite of all the... Well, idk how much I can say without revealing anything. But I love it!


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Post by: bunny1kenobi on December 07, 2014 12:08:49 PM
Roler, your Latest project is so cute! And great creativity on the prompt!


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Post by: oddacity on December 07, 2014 05:26:50 PM
Prompt:  December Flash Mob
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Serious Stash Busting
Brief Description: I consider myself a textile/fiber artist, which is something I came into doing because of this lovely forum, but to be fair, it's in my blood! Like many Americans my heritage is all over the place, but my most recent immigrant ancestors were from Bradford, England, and they were involved in the textile industry there. I get a lot of satisfaction from carrying on this craft which is a part not only of my heritage, but integral to civilization itself! :p Also, I just want to share that this fiber has been in my stash for almost SIX YEARS. O___O It's a merino/silk blend that I impulse bought in early 2009 right after I first started spinning. Back then I spindle-spun some sock yarn (3 ply sock yarn on a spindle...yes I was crazy...) with a different colorway of the same fiber I bought from the same Etsy shop, but I never figured out what I wanted to do with this one. I'm glad I finally got around to doing something with it! It's about 10 wpi and I think I'm going to make a Grey Gardens (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEss13/KSPATTgreygardens.php) with it.
Project Picture:



(please excuse my utter lightbox fail)


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Post by: hesperornis on December 07, 2014 07:52:22 PM
This is a simple one just to get back in the games....

Prompt:  December Flash Mob
Team:  Multimedia
Bonus Points: NA
Project Name:  Grandpa’s Tortillas

Project Link: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/405886985141732637/

Brief Description:  Many years ago, my grandpa showed my sister and me how to make tortillas while we were visiting.  Some time later, I called and asked for the recipe for a school project.  He had to measure out handfuls of flour into cups so I could replicate it accurately, but I wrote the recipe down, and it eventually made it into the recipe binder I got when I got married. 

Flash forward to August of this year, when my grandpa passed away.  I dug out the recipe and determined to make some tortillas in his honor.  Then life intervened… but I finally got around to them tonight.  They turned out slightly misshapen but very tasty!

This applies to the December Flash Mob prompt because it speaks to my Mexican/New Mexican heritage (one of several branches of my family tree, but the one that has the tastiest food IMHO!)

Project Picture:  In the link.

OK, back in!  I promise my next post will be an actual craft instead of cookery....  :-) 


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Post by: roler on December 08, 2014 01:58:44 AM
Thanks very much!  Apparently my dad almost bought one of those accessories for me when he and my mom went to Turkey earlier this year, but wasn't sure if it would survive in his suitcase, and didn't want to wear it back. ;P

Beautiful yarn, oddacity!!  And I agree that it's a really cool and useful craft to have! :)  Awesome that it's part of your roots!

Welcome back, hesperornis! XD  Those tortillas look delicious!  I wanna try some!!  What did you eat them with?


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Post by: storerboughtcreations on December 08, 2014 03:08:47 AM
Prompt: December - New Zealand
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Girl Elf
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I decided to make an elf to go with a Santa doll I made last year. When I think of New Zealand, I think of LOTR, and when I think of LOTR, I think of Legolas the elf. This is an elf, so therefore New Zealand. A bit of a stretch, I know. But Roler assured me that several of you enjoy to see how far a prompt can be stretched. So I hope this counts!
Project Picture:
Here she is solo:


And here she is with Santa:


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Post by: hesperornis on December 08, 2014 06:49:07 AM
Oooooh, oddacity, what gorgeous yarn! A Silk/Merino blend sounds kind of like the softest, most luxurious thing ever. 

roler, I made the tortillas to accompany hummus, actually (as an alternative to pita), but I miiiight have eaten a few straight off the griddle with a little butter.  Mmmmm.  :-)


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Post by: LovelyMiss on December 08, 2014 07:54:46 AM
Congratulations to Ludi and Smeddley for their Featured Projects (https://www.craftster.org/blog/december-3-2014-featured-projects/)!



On a side note:  Sorry I am behind on everything! I had a lot to do finishing up the semester at school, but I will get caught up by the end of this week with comments, badges, and general organizing.  ;D  Great going so far, everyone!


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Post by: artsycandice on December 08, 2014 08:18:24 AM
Oh yes, congrats to Ludi and Smeddley! You two are awesome!!

Now, onto my loose challenge interpretations:

Prompt: December - Galapagos Islands
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: Black Bird Puppet
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: One of the many things that Charles Darwin is famous for are his observations on the finches of the Galapagos Islands. I will let you look it up on your own if you are interested, it is interesting stuff, called Darwin's Finches. Well, this puppet isn't a finch, and isn't a resident of the Galapagos Islands but, it is a bird. So there.
Project Picture:


Prompt:  December - Eqypt
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: Leopard Puppet
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: The Egyptians were really into cats. I mean, I'm pretty sure they worshiped them. ;) So, here is a cat puppet that I made recently.
Project Picture:




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Post by: bunny1kenobi on December 08, 2014 08:21:21 AM
HOORAY FOR LUDI & SMEDDLEY!!

Artsycandice, you make the cutest puppets ever!  I really like the bird one (but I'm still a big fan of the little monsters you posted a while back)!

What an adorable elf!  (And yes, prompt-stretching is part of the fun around here!  ;D)

That yarn looks great!  Spinning is one of the many skills I'd love to learn!

And homemade tortillas are THE BEST, hands down!  My hubby lived in Mexico for a time and so he loves authentic Mexican food.  Thank goodness he's an excellent cook - and that we have a tortilla press!   ;)

I have a little something of my own to add today:

Prompt:  December - Japan
Team: WORDY
Bonus Points: na
Project Name: Minion shirt
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I think we can all agree that minions fall into the "cute" category!  And when Gozer and I were in Vegas we saw these t-shirts that said, "One in a Minion" on them, but they were all pink and girly. No boyish ones at all.  So I had to create my own version for my little guy for Christmas.
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Post by: gozer on December 08, 2014 09:57:29 AM
Storerboughtcreations - Adorable Dino Sign and I love that Elf. She is the perfect companion for your Santa!
roler - You are really rolling along with that sewing machine! Pun intended, but seriously great job. I love that "small" too. Looks like you made an amazing package.
Bunny1kenobi - Your Awesome shirt is just that. I love that it glows. Extra Awesome points for that. I love the way the One in a Minion turned out too. It is so cute and so boy! ;)
oddacity - the yarn is beautiful and it sounds so soft!
hesperornis - sorry to hear about your Grandpa but it's amazing that you have something of his to pass along.
ArtsyCandice - The bird is adorable and that cat has so much personality. I could see myself driving someone crazy with a puppet like that! LOL!
 
 Congrats to Ludi and Smeddley! Much deserved on your Featured Projects. They are both phenomenal! 


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Post by: roler on December 08, 2014 11:19:09 AM
Awesome featured projects, guys!!  You two seem to have a ton of those under your belt!  So awesome!

SBC - So, seeing as I just totally asked you to make an elf for my parents for Christmas after seeing that, you probably already know that I think your elf is adorable!!!  She looks so great with your Santa, and will look fantastic next to my mom's enormous Santa collection as well!!  Hooray!!

hesperornis - I would probably have eaten them ALL right as they finished, so I'm impressed they lasted long enough to get hummus on them!  It's like when Mom used to send me outside to pick raspberries... somehow she had the strange expectation that this would result in me bringing some back inside with me...?

artsycandice - Squeeee I can't tell you how much I love that blackbird!!  His eye is so expressive, and he's just so. darn. CUTE!!  The cat is super cute too but I just fell in love with that bird, lol!

bunny1kenobi - Love the minion shirt!  I like his cheeky grin, like he's congratulating himself for his clever joke of becoming the "o" in the word!! XD  Fits their personalities just perfectly!  (And even as a girl, I would always have preferred your design to "pink and girly" anyway!!)

gozer - Thanks!  And puns are always appreciated, at least by me!! ;P  I sure hope Allons-y likes the package as much as I liked mine from GrindHouseHussy19!!  We had a three-way swap, and I was absolutely blown away by hers, so the hurdle is set high!!


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Post by: Calabaza on December 08, 2014 06:28:11 PM
Congratulations, you two!

Excellent puppets, artsycandice!


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Post by: gozer on December 08, 2014 06:55:04 PM
Prompt:  December - New Zealand
Team: Wordy!!
Bonus Points: -0-
Project Name: Unicorn Outfit
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I also think of LotR's when I think of New Zealand. The beautiful landscape makes one think a unicorn would be there if it were anywhere.  ;) The skirt and top are both glittery.
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Prompt: December - Japan
Team: Wordy!!
Bonus Points: -0-
Project Name: Cute doll skirts
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I thought these skirts where cute. Just finished up sewing these outfits for my nieces dolls for Christmas. I think she will like them. I hope! the top is the same, I like to have a couple options when I give her doll outfits.
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Post by: bunny1kenobi on December 09, 2014 10:05:41 AM
Your niece will be thrilled!  Such cute little outfits!  Almost makes me want to buy a doll just so I can make cute outfits for it and dress it up... yeah I need a granddaughter...  ;D


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Post by: LovelyMiss on December 09, 2014 08:26:43 PM
~*Congratulations, FreakieGeekie!*~
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Post by: LovelyMiss on December 09, 2014 08:26:55 PM
~*Congratulations, oddacity!*~
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Post by: LovelyMiss on December 09, 2014 08:27:16 PM
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Post by: LovelyMiss on December 09, 2014 08:27:26 PM
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Post by: LovelyMiss on December 09, 2014 08:27:34 PM
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Post by: LovelyMiss on December 09, 2014 08:27:42 PM
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Post by: roler on December 10, 2014 01:35:12 AM
Hahaha, I've totally been planning on making something LotR-related for New Zealand as well!  I'd say I feel sorry for the country because so many people just think of a fantasy franchise when they hear the name, but seeing as New Zealand's airline even had flight safety videos themed about the Hobbit, I don't think they mind!

I agree with bunny, gozer - I almost want to get a doll, just to make clothes!  I also have the added incentive of wanting to learn how to make clothes in the first place!  The only ones I've ever made have been extremely trial and error and ameteur, so starting with doll sizes might be a better (and cheaper!) way for me to learn how to follow patterns and make clothes at all!  But mostly I'm just super impressed by how cute the doll clothes I keep seeing in the Nerd Battles are!  I'm sure your niece will love them!!

Awesome badges, LovelyMiss!  Thanks as always for organizing the games! XD


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Post by: storerboughtcreations on December 10, 2014 04:56:11 AM
With this post, I've now finished all the prompts for this month. Hurry up and get here, January! :)

Prompt:  December - Galapagos
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Blue footed boobie ornament
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Blue footed boobies live in the Galapagos. They are weird birds with their blue feet, but that just makes them super awesome! I didn't think of writing my pattern down as I worked this. I wish I had not only for the bonus points, but so I could make another one!
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Post by: Ludi on December 10, 2014 06:02:54 AM
I can't believe you've already done all the prompts!   :o  I haven't done even one yet...  :P


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Post by: Calabaza on December 10, 2014 07:06:09 AM
What Ludi said. Way to go, storerboughtcreations!

Lovely badges, LovelyMiss!


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Post by: gozer on December 10, 2014 07:16:36 AM
 Adorable blue footed boobie storerboughtcreations! He looks right at home in that tree.
 I only have two more but one of them is the Flash, which I can't make up next month. Gotta get rolling on that one but I am drowning in my Research project right now.  :P
 And yes, THANK YOU so much LovelyMiss! You do an excellent job entertaining us all with the Games. I would be kind of lost and lazy without this.   ;D


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Post by: bunny1kenobi on December 10, 2014 07:39:56 AM
Nice work, SBC!!  Your booby is really cute! (Wow, that sounded a bit scandalous, didn't it?  ::))

And gozer, you will get that research project done soon.  You are closer to finished than you think!

Ludi, I'm sure you have projects you've done that would fit the prompts.  I know your hands are always busy!  If you need help trying to fit them into the prompts, pm me, I'd be glad to help if I can!

I was going to submit my niece's Christmas gift (WIP) as my evolution project, but I just realized that my nephew's gift will work just as well! That wraps up all the December prompts for me, too!  :D

 Prompt:  December Galapagos
Team:WORDY!!
Bonus Points: na
Project Name: Bigfoot tee
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: The elusive Bigfoot is thought to maybe be the missing evolutionary link between modern and prehistoric man.
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Post by: artsycandice on December 10, 2014 07:57:07 AM
Ooh, love the booby!


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Post by: gozer on December 10, 2014 10:09:59 AM
 Ah, that is PERFECT Bunny1! Love the Bigfoot tee. Awesome stencil.  ;D


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Post by: LovelyMiss on December 10, 2014 10:47:53 AM
Way to go finishing up the prompts already, ladies!  Thanks for the kind words, too...I'm glad everyone has fun around here!  :D  Time to catch up on comments.  (And just FYI:  I think the Fall Award Ceremony is on deck for late next week.)

FreakieGeekie - Those little stockings are so cute.

roler - Holy moly, Allons-y is one lucky duck!

storerboughtcreations - What an awesome crane!  Jean-Luc is quite dapper as well, that that little moose is so cute!  I love the Eye of Ra, too!  It makes me think of Stargate (hmm, maybe I just figured out my Egypt project.  :D  )  Your dino is adorable, too!  And your little girl elf...how darling!  I love the feet on your booby! 

jillybeans - Your Cat in the Hate shoes are amazing!

oddacity - Welcome!  Neat badge!  What a fun project.  Absolutely beautiful yarn, too!

bunny1kenobi - Ooo, I love the colors on that wreath!  It is very pretty!  Great stenciling, too, of course!

gozer - Oh I'm so jealous you have a kid in your life to make all those doll clothes for...they all turned out super cute! 

artsycandice - Awesome puppets!  I really love the bird, his face is just so expressive! 


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Post by: LovelyMiss on December 10, 2014 11:02:10 AM
Research Project Proposal

Research Project Name:  Scarves for Scholars
Team:  Randomizer
Brief Description:  Well, I think I've abandoned as many Research Projects as I've finished now!  I ended up getting a little four foot Christmas tree from my family, so I don't really need to make my alternative wood tree now.  I might still do it, but the materials I wanted to use were more expensive than I planned, and it's already almost Christmas, so maybe next year.  :D  Anyway, my new project is going to be gifts for my school friends.  A couple of them commented on a scarf I made for myself, and so I thought I might like to put together something for each of them for when we return to school next month.  I am going to knit a scarf for each of them, and then maybe do a sewn scarf for each of them, too, if I can find a pattern I have the patience to sew.  If don't do the sewn scarves, I will do some other type of item instead.  So in the end it will be 12 total items (6 people x 2 items each).  Hopefully this will be one I actually finish.  ::)


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Post by: roler on December 10, 2014 12:49:09 PM
SBC - That blue-footed booby is SO CUTE!!  His little feet are just adorable!  And I love the photo of him in the lit-up tree. :)  That's so cool that you were able to just make him up!

bunny1kenobi - Hahaha, so many of your t-shirts make me laugh! XD  Very cute and funny!

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's research projects!  Mine's been on hold for ages, but I'll get back to it eventually, probably after the holidays.


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Post by: Ludi on December 10, 2014 03:03:15 PM
Thank you, bunny!  :-*  But I've only been working on my Research Project, and doing a ton of biographical research that doesn't qualify as a craft.....  ::)  I have some ideas of things I can make to fit the prompts, I just have to actually do them..... :o


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Post by: artsycandice on December 10, 2014 03:51:29 PM
I just noticed the Bigfoot shirt. I love it! Funny.


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Post by: artsycandice on December 10, 2014 07:45:44 PM

Research Project Name:
Christmas Bag
Team: Randomizer
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: My partner has not received this yet but since it's been finished for awhile I figured it was time to turn it in. This is for P_E_S_T in the stocking swap but she asked for a bag. She likes the colors in sari's (darn research submision! ;) ). This is what I came up with.
Project Picture:

DO NOT PEAK P_E_S_T!!!
https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/310421_10Dec14_DSCN8984.JPG (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/310421_10Dec14_DSCN8984.JPG)


Prompt:  December - Japan
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: Goldfish Stuffie
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: My children love goldfish crackers. The design seemed simple enough. Isn't it cute?! :D
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Action shot:


Prompt:  December - Flash Mob
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: Idaho Potato costume
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: My son was assigned Idaho in his grade's states parade. Before I knew how the thing would assembled I bought cheap nylons and made a pile of potatoes. It wasn't until the night before that I bothered to cut out the state from cardboard. Then in a last-minute stroke of creative genius (ha!) I cut out a rectangle of fleece, cut a hole in the top and hot-glued the potatoes down. Instant costume! Oh, I'm not from Idaho but my ancestors are Scandinavian, which is likely where I got my own love of potatoes from. ;)
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Post by: Ludi on December 11, 2014 06:03:17 AM
Super Spuds!   :D



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Post by: bunny1kenobi on December 11, 2014 07:45:29 AM
Love the Christmas bag. Is that for the India prompt?  It doesn't say, but from your comment about P_E_S_T's love of sari colors, I'm guessing...

And the spuds!  Your boy looks like he is wearing a bandolier for a potato fight! Ha!

The goldfish is adorable, but not nearly as cute as the child holding it. So which one is the REAL submission?  ;)


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Post by: artsycandice on December 11, 2014 07:53:46 AM
Love the Christmas bag. Is that for the India prompt?  It doesn't say, but from your comment about P_E_S_T's love of sari colors, I'm guessing...

And the spuds!  Your boy looks like he is wearing a bandolier for a potato fight! Ha!

The goldfish is adorable, but not nearly as cute as the child holding it. So which one is the REAL submission?  ;)

Thank you!
The Christmas Bag is a research project I finally got around to finishing and sharing. That's why I cursed the challenge prompt, it would have fit perfectly there.


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Post by: bunny1kenobi on December 11, 2014 08:26:22 AM
Ok, that makes WAAAAY more sense.  I'm slow but I eventually arrive.  Especially if somebody holds my hand and shows me where to put my feet.  ::)


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Post by: Calabaza on December 12, 2014 06:46:08 AM
GOLDFISH! The snack that smiles back! Or, in this case, the stuffie that smiles back. Love him!


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Post by: RedheadWithThread on December 12, 2014 03:28:00 PM
Prompt: December- India
Team: Fandom
Project Name: Christmas stocking
When I think of sarees, I think of bright, beautiful colors which I used as inspiration for my stocking. You can't really tell from this photo, but the purple in my stocking is a really bright purple (Red Heart SS Amethyst). I used the black as the contrast in an attempt to tone down the purple. In the photo, it seems to work but it's still very bright in person!


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Post by: artsycandice on December 12, 2014 03:40:57 PM
Cool stocking Freakie! I really like the shape.


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Post by: RedheadWithThread on December 12, 2014 03:49:03 PM
artsycandice, I find myself wanting to craft potatoes now. I've no idea what I'd do with them but I want to make them! :D
The stocking nearly fits my foot/leg for a sock! I may have to modify the pattern a bit and make myself some knees socks!


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Post by: Ludi on December 12, 2014 03:49:43 PM
And I like the colors!   :)



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Post by: Smeddley on December 12, 2014 05:21:06 PM
I am behind on my commenting!  I've been working like mad on a swap project... while watching Xena... would that count for the New Zealand prompt?  Okay, a stretch too far, perhaps...  ;)

oddacity - nice fern badge, I adore silver and black, and the stitching is lovely!  And I am super-jealous of anyone who can spin.  I have a drop spindle but am rubbish with it (I put the "drop" in it, that's for sure...).

storerboughtcreations
- I was an army brat, I feel you on the moving around, I'm having a hard time with the "hometown" prompt!  Nice frog, he looks so cuddly!  And the moose is cute!  I also was thinking Eye of Horace for Egypt, I think yours looks great even with the limitations of plastic canvas!  The dino sign is adorable, and your girl elf is cute, and the blue-footed booby... well, I have to admit it makes me snicker to say, because I'm still 12 years old a heart, apparently... Congrats on finishing all the prompts!  That's amazing!

bunny1kenobi
- I like the wreath!  It's not that lopsided, and I really like the white and blue.  And, of course, everything you stencil is amazing!

gozer - I don't know how you work on doll clothes, they're small and fiddly, but those dresses are adorable!

artsycandice - Awwww, the bird and leopard puppets!  So cute!  And I want to make potatoes now, too, though I have no idea what I'd do with them...

FreakieGeekie - I like the purple stocking, though I understand about the brightness factor.  Looks amazing in the picture, though!


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Post by: storerboughtcreations on December 12, 2014 07:04:50 PM
I love the potatoes, too! And I have I love fishes 'cause they're so delicious... In my head! :)

Smeddley, I used to struggle with what to call my hometown. Since Facebook and other sites ask for hometown and don't give Air Force brat, military child, or "the world" as an option, I just started listing Olympia, WA as mine. It's where we moved when I was 15 and my dad retired, it's where I lived the longest, where I met Roler, and where I met and married my husband. But I often wondered when I was younger if it should be where I was born (Okinawa), where I was currently living, if I should list my favorite base, or if nowhere could be an option.


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Post by: artsycandice on December 13, 2014 07:42:59 PM
artsycandice, I find myself wanting to craft potatoes now. I've no idea what I'd do with them but I want to make them! :D
The stocking nearly fits my foot/leg for a sock! I may have to modify the pattern a bit and make myself some knees socks!

Pantyhose potatoes are the best. :D


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Post by: RedheadWithThread on December 14, 2014 01:19:50 PM
Prompt: December Battle Royale- North vs East vs South vs West
Team: Fandom
Project Name: Crocheted winter hat
One of my coworkers, who is a sweet kid, asked me if I could make him a purple and black striped hat until he saw that I could twist the strands together to make an interesting effect. I chose South because here in Louisiana, most people really appreciate hats like this since most of us don't really like the cold.



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Post by: oddacity on December 14, 2014 07:51:07 PM
Prompt:  December Battle Royale
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: Sunset Grey Gardens
Brief Description: When I looked at the colors in this yarn, it reminded me of a sunset. Since the sun sets in the west, that's the side I'm picking for this prompt. :) I bought this fiber at my local yarn store, and the fiber is prepared by a local woman who owns her own farm. ^_^ I spun a 3-ply yarn (chain plied) at about 11 wpi (so more or less worsted weight). The twist for the singles was fairly low so I had some problems with my yarn breaking while I plied it, however the result was a super soft, fluffy yarn! Then I knit it into a Grey Gardens (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEss13/KSPATTgreygardens.php) (my yarn I submitted for my last prompt didn't work out because it was too thick). I think it turned out super pretty! The color repeats were pretty much perfect for this project. Sadly despite checking my gauge and the length being exactly what the pattern said it would be, it came out about 2 inches too wide and is a little hard to wear. I'm thinking about taking it out and doing it on smaller needles. I'm not sure! It's staying for now, anyway.
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Post by: artsycandice on December 14, 2014 10:13:18 PM
Prompt:  December - New Zealand
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: Sheep Puppet
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: New Zealand is beautiful. They have farms, those are beautiful. They farm sheep, amongst other animals. ;)
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Post by: RedheadWithThread on December 14, 2014 10:26:35 PM
oddacity, that's a pretty headwrap :D It looks cute on you, too!
artsycandice, I love that little sheep puppet! So adorable!


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Post by: Ludi on December 15, 2014 06:02:44 AM
What a cute sheep!  I've been loving your puppets!  :)



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Post by: gozer on December 15, 2014 06:46:28 AM
Prompt:  December - Flash Mob
Team: Wordy!!
Bonus Points: -0-
Project Name: Tacky Light Shirt
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I am like a lot of people on here. I don't really have a "hometown". I grew up partially in Germany where I was born but we moved around a lot. Sometimes I consider Bitburg my home town because I was born there, sometimes Pittsburg because that's where I went to school and was on my own for the first time. Other times I consider Richmond, where my Dad retired and I have lived the longest. I decided to go with Richmond. We have a long tradition of super tacky lights here. We are on a couple shows for it and have tours and a bunch of hoopla surrounding it. Last weekend I participated in the Tacky Light Run and decorated up a shirt for it. Next year I will do more. Some people where insane. It was a lot of fun. I had on some tacky head gear too.  :P

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Post by: bunny1kenobi on December 15, 2014 08:39:14 AM
Take the weekend off, and I come back to see all this bounteous goodness!  Adorable sheep (love the bow tie), lovely colors in that headwrap- and it sounds like you really put a lot of work into it!  The hat is pretty too. I never thought of actually TWISTING yarn as I knit.  It's a great effect!  And Gozer, your shirt looks so festive!


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Post by: RedheadWithThread on December 15, 2014 12:08:55 PM
That's a tacky shirt, gozer! ;D But cute at the same time. Cute enough to wear but not all the time.
I only thought of twisting it because I like purple/black and have never seen purple/black self-striping yarn.


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Post by: gozer on December 15, 2014 12:23:37 PM
 ArtsyCandice - Adore that Goldfish stuffie. Your Research Project is very vibrant and rich! Love your sons expression. Dangerous State, couldn't give that to a girl ( ;)) You made quite the fetching vest for him. The potatoes are awesome. The sheep has so much character too! Great job on it all!
 FreakieGeekie - I want to wear that stocking. It looks so warm and cozy. It would make a great set with the matching hat!
 Oddacity - I LOVE the colors that you chose. The gray and pinks and yellows all flow so wonderfully together. Beautiful. I love the way you weaved it together too.


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Post by: RedheadWithThread on December 15, 2014 12:45:38 PM
Prompt: December- Flash Mob
Team: Fandom
Project Name: Nerd culture avie
Like roler, I feel that nerd culture is a big part of who I am. I like making references to my fandoms to see who can pick up on them and am sometimes pleasantly surprised. In honor of my love for nerd culture, I made myself a new avatar for here and DeviantArt. The Deadpool sprite came from here (http://cx-asuka.deviantart.com/art/Poke-Deadpool-sprites-171781161) courtesy of dA user cx-asuka (http://cx-asuka.deviantart.com). The "me" sprite was made by carefully referencing two Pokemon Trainer sprites from Spriter's Resource (http://www.spriters-resource.com/ds/pokemonheartgoldsoulsilver/sheet/26955/) and making a pixeled version of myself wearing red like Deadpool I then animated it via Photoshop Elements 7.0 and made it look as if I'm tagging along behind him. The two images on the right are the trainer sprites I used for outfit and hair references.

The images were zoomed in, print-screen copied, then pasted/cropped so you don't have to strain your eyes to see where I referenced. Tip: if you want to do this, borrow someone's digital art tablet because doing this with a mouse will make your hand/wrist hurt.


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Post by: gozer on December 15, 2014 01:22:09 PM
FreakieGeekie - You are breaking Darryl Dixons heart and making him jealous by following Deadpool around like that.  ;)  Cute new avatar.


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: bunny1kenobi on December 15, 2014 03:12:55 PM
Your avatar is really cute.

Even tho I have no idea what "sprites" are unless you are referring to classical mythology, or the soda.  ;)


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: artsycandice on December 15, 2014 08:16:03 PM
Thanks everyone!

I really love that headwrap, not sure if I could pull that look off but you are rocking it!

What a neat technique on the knitted cap too.


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: RedheadWithThread on December 15, 2014 09:41:13 PM
FreakieGeekie - You are breaking Darryl Dixons heart and making him jealous by following Deadpool around like that.  ;)  Cute new avatar.

I was going to make a pixel sprite of Daryl but couldn't figure out how I'd do it and make him recognizable on that small of a scale. ??? So I went with Deadpool because someone was awesome enough to make him and offer him for use :)
I only learned they're called "sprites" because a friend led me to Spriter's Resource, telling me the little pixelated people would be good for cross-stitch or crochet patterns.
Ah, the cap is crochet. I can't knit. I've tried and failed several times before. Maybe one day though! :D



Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: artsycandice on December 15, 2014 10:40:17 PM

Ah, the cap is crochet. I can't knit. I've tried and failed several times before. Maybe one day though! :D


And look at that, it even says "crocheted" in the project name. *headsmack*. Apparently I am tired and distracted. ;D


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: roler on December 17, 2014 09:53:08 AM
Eep, it's been a while since I've posted here!  Everyone's projects are awesome, as usual. :)  I've finally finished up a bunch of crazy stuff going on and have some time to catch up!

artsycandice - That bag for the stocking swap is REALLY cool!!  The colors are gorgeous, and I love all the embellishments! :)  P_E_S_T is really lucky!  The stocking I made for that swap doesn't really fit any of this month's prompts, so maybe I'll turn it in for something else after vincentvanbuck receives it. ;P  That goldfish stuff is TOTALLY kawaii, and the only reason I wouldn't want one of my own is that it'd be constantly making me hungry, lol.  I want cheesy crackers now!  And wow!  Those potatoes totally look real!  I bet they were a lot more comfortable to wear than real ones, though!  Also, omg, I can't get over your puppets. They have the CUTEST faces!!  That sheep looks so darn HAPPY!

FreakieGeekie - Nothing wrong with bright!  That's a great stocking!  I love the contrast between its colors and the bright red Christmas decorations around it too.  So colorful and festive! :)  Plus, even though it's not really to wear on your feet, it looks so warm I feel comfier just looking at it. :)  Same goes for the hat, except that it really will keep someone warmer!  I agree that hats are awesome in the cold; my ears take cold the worst, and knit caps are often a must!!  And oh my gosh, your sprite is SO cute.  My brother makes sprites sometimes; now you're making me want to ask him to make me one too!!

oddacity - That is a BEAUTIFUL head wrap, and I'm still so impressed that you make your own yarn!  The colors are so gorgeous, and it looks so soft, and as I said above, it's important to keep your ears warm so it looks amazingly comfy too!  Sorry about the size problem, but I think it still looks great!

gozer - Hahaha, I love the tacky light shirt!  It sounds like a really fun event you wore it too as well! 


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: RedheadWithThread on December 17, 2014 01:15:44 PM
Do it! :D If he'll make you one that'd be awesome because pixel sprites can also be used for quilt, cross stitch, knitting and crochet charts.


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: LovelyMiss on December 17, 2014 11:05:51 PM
Congratulations to artsycandice, jillybeans, oddacity, and storerboughtcreations!  You are the Nerds of the Week (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5266606#msg5266606).

Remember, if there is a project or player you would like to nominate for Nerd of the Week, just PM LovelyMiss.


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Post by: storerboughtcreations on December 17, 2014 11:25:08 PM
Wow! Thank you for the Nerd of the Week, and congrats to my fellow nerds that also claimed this weeks title!

I'm so happy with how my ornament came out. It took me a lot of hemming and hawing to decide what to make for the Galapagos prompt, and I finally settled on the boobie. So glad I did. My husband immediately put it on the tree. Our cat, Frankenstein, loves to stare at it. I think he thinks it's a bird he must catch, and he must make sure it doesn't move or he'll pounce. I'm sure it would be claimed by him as a toy if it was lower on the tree! I've already caught him trying to climb the tree on several occasions. :) Thank you to everyone that liked it as much as I do!


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Post by: artsycandice on December 18, 2014 08:09:38 AM
Awwww, thank you! And congrats to the other nerds-of-the-week. I LOVE that booby!!


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Post by: jillybeans on December 18, 2014 06:27:59 PM
Aw nerd of the week? Thanks! <3 I have many more projects to post when I can figure out which prompts they fit into. :)


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: Calabaza on December 19, 2014 05:11:26 AM
Congratulations, you guys!


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: bunny1kenobi on December 19, 2014 05:19:14 AM
HOORAY for NERDS!

Congratulations, guys!  ;D


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: gozer on December 19, 2014 06:29:54 AM
Aw nerd of the week? Thanks! <3 I have many more projects to post when I can figure out which prompts they fit into. :)

 That where the "game" part of The Games comes into play. LOL!

 And congrats to you all!!!!!


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Post by: Smeddley on December 19, 2014 08:58:21 AM
Congratulations to the Nerds of the Week!  You totally rocked it!

I finally have some projects to post!

Prompt:  December Flash Mob
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Rainbow Hoop
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437228.0
Brief Description:  As much as I dislike The Wizard of Oz, it's one of the first things people think about when they hear "Kansas", which is where I seem to have settled down after a childhood of being an Army Brat.  I've lived in 5 different cities in Kansas, with a brief stint in Missouri, since ... 1986?!  So, yeah, I've been here awhile.  I always kinda wanted to move back to Washington State, a place I enjoyed, but then... I suppose the Wizard of Oz reference would still be valid, considering the whole Emerald City/Seattle thing...  Anyway, rainbows. Kansas.  Oz.  Project!  It was for Kwality570 in the IYP swap, based on a quote from her pinterest.
Project Picture:



Prompt:  December: Japan
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name: Samurai Jack Needlebook
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description:  For suereal in the "I miss that SO much" swap, a cute (but deadly!) recreation of Samurai Jack in felt!  Cute AND Japan, I'd say!
Project Picture:



Prompt:  December: India
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Sari Bracelet
Project Link:  N/A
Brief Description:  My friend and I split a large lot of Sari yarn awhile back, and I haven't done a thing with mine.  I also bought a Kumihimo disk awhile back and... hadn't done anything with it!  This prompt was the perfect blend of the two, I started off with a simple bracelet.  A bit of trial and error later, I think I have the theory down, but I still need a LOT of practice.  It is deceptively time-consuming...



Now, off to work on a few more of the prompts!  Maybe I'll even have more to post tonight, fingers crossed...  :D


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Post by: Ludi on December 19, 2014 01:01:40 PM
Prompt:  December Flash Mob
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points:  none
Project Name:  English Roses Coaster
Project Link:
Brief Description:  Teesha Moore style coaster with rose fabric.  My family is originally from England, famous for her roses.
Project Picture: 






Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: bunny1kenobi on December 19, 2014 01:42:25 PM
And Ludi jumps into the ring!! Lovely entry, those roses are beautiful!  ;D


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: artsycandice on December 19, 2014 02:51:54 PM
Prompt:  December - Battle: WEST
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points:  none
Project Name:  Sea Dragon Ornament
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: I made these ornaments using illustrations I drew for a coloring book. Pressed for time, I colorized them in Photoshop. I then printed these onto iron-on material, ironed to white muslin and backed with patterned fabric. Voila! Oh yes, sea dragons are an ocean critter and I grew up new the Pacific Ocean so my vote is for WEST!
Project Picture:

The finished ornament:


The digital image I made:




Prompt:  December - India
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points:  none
Project Name:  Fairy Ornament
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: I made these ornaments using illustrations I drew for a coloring book. Pressed for time, I colorized them in Photoshop. I then printed these onto iron-on material, ironed to white muslin and backed with patterned fabric. Voila! Aren't their dresses pretty? Like saris. ;)
Project Picture:

The finished ornament:


The digital file I made:


That wraps up December's prompts for me!


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Post by: Ludi on December 20, 2014 11:13:03 AM
Those are all so cute, artsycandice!   :D

Prompt:  December Battle Royale - South
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points:  none
Project Name:  Armadillo Coaster
Project Link:
Brief Description:  Teesha Moore style coaster with printed fabric.  Armadillos live in the South.
Project Picture:






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Post by: RedheadWithThread on December 20, 2014 12:20:47 PM
Lovely patch and coaster, Ludi! I can attest that armadillos live in the south. I stepped out my back door last night and nearly stepped on one! It scared the bejeezus out of me!

Artsycandice, those little ornaments are adorable! <3


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Post by: bunny1kenobi on December 22, 2014 05:55:09 AM
I think I may need a copy of your coloring book, Freakie!  Very cute!

Your armadillo patch is lovely, Ludi.  I love those vintage looking images like that.


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Post by: gozer on December 22, 2014 06:34:47 AM
Smeddley - Gotta love the wisdom of that bear! Beautiful hoop! The Samurai Jack is awesome! and the bracelet is very pretty too.
Ludi - Beautiful TM patches/coasters. I love the colors of the rose one. Did you print the armadillo on the other one? If so how?
ArtsyCandice - That Sea Dragon is just adorable! so is the fairy. Very, very cute! I would love to see all your drawings for that coloring book!


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Post by: Ludi on December 22, 2014 09:17:15 AM
Thanks, gozer!  I used printable fabric from Joann, called PhotoFabric.

Prompt:  December - Japan
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points:  none
Project Name:  Nyanko Sensei Coaster
Project Link:
Brief Description:  Teesha Moore style coaster with printed fabric.  This anime character is kawaii!  Gift for my husband, who is super into anime these days.
Project Picture:





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Post by: artsycandice on December 22, 2014 09:20:50 AM
I love all the little TM-inspired patches (er... coasters) you've been making lately. Isn't it a rush to finish something so quickly? It can be very satisfying, especially for those who tend to spend more time, rather than less, on work. Keep em coming!

Also... where is the rest of Team Randomizer?? When I check our "wall" to note what I've got left, all I hear are crickets over there! Where are m'peeps!


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Post by: LovelyMiss on December 22, 2014 09:46:56 AM
Also... where is the rest of Team Randomizer?? When I check our "wall" to note what I've got left, all I hear are crickets over there! Where are m'peeps!

;D  I've noticed a bit of a lull, too!  I am working my fingers off to try and finish some Christmas presents by Wednesday, like a lot of us, I'm sure!  As usual, I started in March and still don't have much of anything done.  Argh!  :D  I'm hoping to catch up on comments and post my projects at the end of this week.  I picked up the supplies for my Research Project last week, so I can start working on that soon, too!


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Post by: crazyda79 on December 22, 2014 11:03:00 AM
Those TM coasters are great!  Never thought of making them coasters.  Hmmmm maybe some quick little presents shall be created now.

I am still around, lurking, not really crafting, I should be crafting but mainly just sitting LOL.  Hope to get my prompts done by the end of the month. We'll see how that goes though.


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Post by: Calabaza on December 22, 2014 02:20:22 PM
I'm here too! Just busy with Christmas stuff. But, look! I have some pics ready  :)

Prompt:  December Battle - EAST!
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: plain macaron coin purse
Project Link: -
Brief Description: One of my favorites places is Eastern Washington, that is, east of the mountains that divide Washington State (Hello to all you other PNW'ers!)
When I went over there as a kid, my Auntie would make sugar cookies (a dessert like macarons) and my older cousins would help me and my little sis frost them while we were eating the frosting ;D Best times!
Project Picture:


Prompt: December Mob
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: popcorn baubles
Project Link: -
Brief Description: Corn has an interesting history. It may have originated in Mexico which is where one side of my family is from- the side with the ancient cookbook I tweaked the recipe from even! It was my mom's side of the family that got me hooked on popcorn balls to begin with, but, hey, these still fit the prompt!
I wrapped them up and tied them for co-worker gifts.
Project Picture:



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Post by: storerboughtcreations on December 22, 2014 02:59:49 PM
I'm loving all the TM patches. I might have to start making some :)

Those popcorn balls look delicious! And Eastern WA is awesome. I actually live on the Palouse currently. It's so pretty here.


Title: COMPLETED PROJECT - Madonna Matchbox
Post by: rockingbearranch on December 22, 2014 03:35:11 PM
This is my first Battle! Let me know if I forget something.

Prompt:  December Flash Mob
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Madonna Matchbox
Project Link:
Brief Description: This is a leftover box from my projects for the recent matchbox swap. The central image is from a Canadian stamp. I am part Canadian which is how it fits the prompt. Most of the papers are reused from junk mail. I wish the beads turned out a little better.
Project Picture:


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Post by: Calabaza on December 22, 2014 08:28:56 PM
Those popcorn balls look delicious! And Eastern WA is awesome. I actually live on the Palouse currently. It's so pretty here.
Thanks and EEEEE! The Palouse is my absolute favorite! It is so beautiful.


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: LovelyMiss on December 23, 2014 02:38:42 AM
Congratulations to artsycandice, jilllybeans, and Ludi on their Featured Projects (https://www.craftster.org/blog/december-19-2014-featured-projects/)!


Title: RESEARCH PROJECT PROPOSAL--Bookshelves
Post by: rockingbearranch on December 23, 2014 12:35:08 PM
Research Project Name: Bookshelves
Team: Wordy
Brief Description: I have some of the wood left from my last bookshelf project sitting in my living room. There is always something quicker that needs done, or something that takes up the space to create them. I am going to use this as motivation to complete my shelves and get my books safely put away. There are piles of books everywhere and I hope this will be close to the space I need for them. As you can see this area is quickly becoming a catch-all which is not good for the wood. My goal is to replicate the finished one you see here. I will need to make two so they will fill the entire wall. I will have to shorten the width since the room is not standard. I will paint them with the same oil paint which takes about 3-5 weeks to cure before you can place anything on them.





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Post by: Ludi on December 23, 2014 01:42:51 PM
That's an ambitious project, rockingbear!   :o 


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Post by: roler on December 24, 2014 01:57:50 AM
Hi there, and Merry Christmas to those that celebrate it! XD

I am having a super busy year-end right now and don't really have time to comment yet (although I've seen all the awesome projects), but I just wanted to squeeze my battle entry in before the end of the month, since I'm not sure I'll have much time to post between now and New Year's.

Prompt:  December Battle - West
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: Batman Stocking
Project Link: -
Brief Description: I made this for vincentvanbuck in the the stocking swap, and since he's received it, I can post it here now!  Despite living here in Japan, I am still very influenced by western pop culture, as is evidenced by this western comic reference.  That's not to say that I don't appreciate Japanese pop culture as well (I most certainly do!), but I'm also from the west coast of the US, and Osaka is sort of the western capital of Japan as well, so... West!!
Project Picture:


Title: COMPLETED PROJECT -- Llama Farm
Post by: rockingbearranch on December 24, 2014 12:29:13 PM
Prompt:  December Challenge - New Zealand
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Llama and Alpaca
Project Link:
Brief Description: These are artist trading cards that express my love of all things fluffy and farmy. There is a Bed and Breakfast in New Zealand that is a working llama farm that I would love to visit. This is from a series I am still doing but I've lost all of the pictures after these two fellas and I've already mailed them. :(
Project Picture:


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Post by: Ludi on December 24, 2014 01:09:16 PM
Cute!  I especially like the alpaca!   :D


Title: COMPLETED PROJECT -- Dog toys
Post by: rockingbearranch on December 24, 2014 01:13:00 PM
Prompt: December Challenge - Egypt
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Scrap dog toys
Project Link:
Brief Description: Inspired by the prompt, I tried to think of everything I knew about Egypt and it seems my knowledge comes entirely from walking through the pyramid shaped hotel in Vegas. I made a handful of these simple pyramid dog toys with scrap material from a recent project. The last toys from Schmall-mart were immediately destroyed. Sometimes Mr T does that or sometimes the toys are his precious babies that he carries around forever. I put a mini dog quality tennis ball inside to give it some heft. I didn't use stuffing because I don't want to pick it out of the lawn. I didn't use a plastic water bottle to make a crunchy toy because the plastic shards can cut the dog's mouth. I like how quickly these go compared to the bone shape I normally make. The next batch will be bigger since I have large dogs but I wanted to use up that scrap.
Project Picture:


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Post by: vincentvanbuck on December 24, 2014 08:38:36 PM
I hope everyone is enjoying a very Merry Christmas right now!  I have really missed participating in the Nerdalong the last couple of months.  Some unexpected life events occurred, and I was forced to more or less give up Craftster for a while.  Things are calming down, and I'm looking forward to joining in the fun again!

As I finish up my (extremely late :'() package for roler in the Stocking Swap, I have really improved my sewing skills, and I'm feeling really ambitious.  Also, my best friend just got married this weekend, and is on her honeymoon now, so our group of friends all agreed to "postpone Christmas" by one month and exchange gifts the weekend of January 24th/25th this year.  I would like to use the next month to craft stockings for my friends, and so I think I'll put my current Research Project on hold to work on this one.  (Perhaps having a deadline will actually help me get this one done!)

Research Project Name: Stockings for Friends
Team: Multimedia
Brief Description: roler, don't click the link unless you want to see the pattern I used for your stocking!
I'll be using the Falling Flakes stocking pattern (http://imaginegnats.com/the-falling-flakes-stocking-tutorial/) from imaginegnats.com to create stockings for my friends.  I am going to shoot for a minimum of three stockings (four would be better) by the end of next month, so I will give myself a timeline of one stocking per week.

By the way, everyone's stuff looks AMAZING!  We're leaving for Midnight Mass in a few minutes, so I'm sorry I don't have time to go comment on individual projects, but keep up the great work everyone!


Title: COMPLETED PROJECT -- Challenge Japan
Post by: rockingbearranch on December 26, 2014 09:07:04 AM
Prompt: December Challenge Japan
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Fortune cookie & outfit
Project Link:
Brief Description: This is an outfit and accessory cookie I am making for the ninni swap. I made the frog button closure which was wiggly to sew down since it is on the small size. I made the cookie from material left over from a quilt lining. The fortunes are altered from real fortunes to be crafty.  
Project Picture:




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Post by: bunny1kenobi on December 26, 2014 09:48:25 AM
Welcome, Rockingbearranch, and welcome especially to Team Wordy! Looks like you are off to a great start!  ;D


Title: COMPLETED PROJECT --Battle Royale
Post by: rockingbearranch on December 26, 2014 05:01:12 PM
Prompt:  December - Battle Royale - North
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Snowman Ornament
Project Link:
Brief Description: Since it is that time of year I chose North. I made this cutesy snowman ornament for my partner in the quicky stocking stuffer swap. I had made Santa themed items but my partner doesn't use him in their holiday time so I did something similarly styled to the snowpeople she had on her pinterest. His 'snow' is left over from a fleece scarf. This is in continuation of my use it, organize it, give it, or pitch it campaign.
Project Picture:


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Post by: Ludi on December 27, 2014 12:18:02 PM
Prompt:  December - Egypt
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points:  none
Project Name:  Ancient Cat Sweater
Project Link:
Brief Description:  The ancient Egyptians revered cats.  I made this sweater for my ancient cat Hermione.  She isn’t sure yet if she likes it or not...

Project Picture: 


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Post by: gozer on December 27, 2014 01:35:05 PM
 LOVE your kitty Ludi! I have three kitties but I have always wanted a calico. Jealous! And that sweater is so cute.


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Post by: Smeddley on December 27, 2014 04:51:09 PM
Two more in before the end of the year!  I can't wait to see the new prompts... I'm a little stuck on the ones I have left this month, maybe a new angle will get me thinking!

Prompt:  December Battle: NORTH!
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Here be Dragons
Project Link:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437391.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437391.0)
Brief Description:  Writing up the description of this led me to two interesting sources: an article on a news site about the legend of "here be dragons" on maps (http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/12/no-old-maps-actually-say-here-be-dragons/282267/#disqus_thread) and a rebuttal by a historian (http://mammothtales.blogspot.com/2013/12/here-be-dragons-and-here-and-here.html).  Interesting reading, both, and led me to think I should change my initial battle stance, since the phrase "HC SVNT DRACONES." appears just *south* of the equator.  And you could argue that dragons hold a special place in the east, with the Chinese variant of the dragon being very well-known.  Instead, in my head, dragons are more associated with the north and Norse mythology, and I like the North, so we're going with that!  

This wee little dragon (he fits in the palm of your hand) was made from a pattern my coworker bought and asked me to make for her.  It a combination of both knit and crochet, and it's a lot of little pieces and a little frustrating, but certainly doable.  My coworker was thrilled with him, and I'm just happy to be done with him!

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Prompt:  December: New Zealand
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name:  Hobbit door
Project Link:
Brief Description:  Since everyone else is hopping on the Lord of the Rings bandwagon (thank you so very much for that idea, everyone!  My only other idea was to crochet a little kiwi!), I went that way too!  It helped that my IYP partner had a very hobbit-like fairy door on her Pinterest...

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Post by: Ludi on December 27, 2014 05:31:34 PM
Thanks gozer!   :)

Smeddley, that fairy/hobbit door is fantastic!  :D


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Post by: BadWolf314 on December 27, 2014 08:11:57 PM
So many awesome projects!!!! Smeddley that dragon is adorable!!!!

I'm hoping I'll get something posted before the end of the year at least! I've been doing a lot of crafts and hopefully I can fit them into the prompts!


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Post by: RedheadWithThread on December 27, 2014 10:46:51 PM
Prompt: New Zealand
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: UFO (I started this in October and it was supposed to be a Xmas gift. OOPS!)
Project Name: It's dangerous to go alone! Take this!
When I think of New Zealand, I think of elves because of the Lord of the Rings movies. But when I think of elves, I'm more likely to think of Link from Legend of Zelda. Though it is never explicitly said that he or any of the others of his kind are elves, they look rather elfish to me. The amazing smileyyogini made me a Link slouchie beanie in the videogames swap last year. My sister is also a fan of LoZ and asked me to make one for her so I did this. It's not a slouchie but she likes it so I guess that's all that counts :P


Title: COMPLETED PROJECT -- Challenge Galápagos Islands
Post by: rockingbearranch on December 28, 2014 07:53:36 AM
Prompt:  December Challenge Galápagos Islands
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Finch
Project Link:
Brief Description: This is an artist trading card with a finch drawn from a photo. Darwin studied the birds there. I'm not a fan of the guy due to his views on women so I went with a bird. I don't have a purpose for it but I will probably give it out in a swap later.
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Post by: Calabaza on December 28, 2014 08:43:05 AM
I love your little dragon, Smeddley!


Title: COMPLETED PROJECT --Challenge India
Post by: rockingbearranch on December 28, 2014 02:01:23 PM
Prompt:  December Challenge India
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: UFO
Project Name: India inspired mermaid
Project Link:
Brief Description: I had started this 5x7 canvas for the 4x6 swap which I didn't use because, well, I can't measure and most people aren't big fans of pink. It was just a generic mottled background. The tail is a scrap paper from a set of henna tattoo patterns. I printed the facial medallion in ink pigments which really didn't want to lay over the acrylic but I sealed the heck out of it and it worked. I have a hot pink office chair so I am going to put it on my desk wall. I might go over the lines one more time because the bumpiness of the canvas is bugging me.
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Post by: Ludi on December 28, 2014 03:36:15 PM
Well I like pink and I love that mermaid!   :)



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Post by: RedheadWithThread on December 28, 2014 09:30:08 PM
That's a nice shade of pink :)


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Post by: Amaranth_in_oz on December 29, 2014 12:34:59 AM
It's been a long time since I've been here. I was off doing other stuff, some swaps, some general life stuff, but I'm back. Well maybe until baby comes mid-February...

Prompt: December Flash Mob
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Sandman ATC
Brief Description: I was supposed to make a snowman ATC for a swap I was in but being in Australia and hardly ever seeing snow, it was tricky. So for a bit of an Aussie twist I turned him into a sandman complete with cork hat!
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Prompt: Red Alert - Holiday Spirit
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Santa ATCs
Brief Description: Some Santa ATCs for a couple of holiday themed swaps.
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Post by: Calabaza on December 29, 2014 06:46:32 AM
Welcome back, Amaranth_in_oz!


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Post by: gozer on December 29, 2014 07:20:52 AM
Ludi – thanks for the tip on that printable fabric! I am going to have to try it out. The kitty coaster is adorable! And once again, I want your cat. She is so cute! Did she end up liking the sweater?

Calabaza – Cute macaron and the popcorn balls look delicious!

Rockingbearranch – Beautiful Madonna matchbox. I love the rich colors. Good luck with the bookshelf Research Project. Looks like it will be a very rewarding project. Adorable Lama. I like the alpaca best though. He is fuzzier. LOL! Awe, and you didn’t forget your fur babies for Christmas and made them toys! Awesome. I like the idea of the ball inside for weight. Wonderful swap items for Alwaysinmyroom. She will like those! And adorable snowmen. They are super cute. Great use of scraps/stash items. Very pretty bird ATC too! I love the mermaid art you did. I for one am a fan of pink. I think you did an amazing job! And welcome to TEAM WORDY!! ;D
 
Roler – Cool stocking!

Smeddley – fantastic dragon. The background is clever! He is so cute! Love the fairy/hobbit door! I have a couple of these in my house and I think they are so fun. They add so much charm to a room.

FreakieGeekie – Fun elf hat. I too believe Link is an elf.

Amaranth_in_oz – those ATC’s are FANTASTIC. I love how vibrant and fun they are! You added so much detail into such a small space without making it look crowded or messy, which is NOT easy.


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Post by: gozer on December 29, 2014 07:36:59 AM
Research Project Name: Quilt for Dad  :D
Team: Wordy!!
Bonus Points: -0-
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I decided, very impulsively, that I was going to make my Dad a quilt for Christmas. He is always saying he is cold and sweating my Mom out of the house. I wanted to make him a quilt that would fit his beloved recliner. I wanted it to be long enough to fold up under his feet and wide enough to tuck into the recliner without hanging out over it too much.
 My idea was to make it sentimental so that he HAD use it.  ;) I made squares for people in the family including me, my Mom, my sister & her husband, my Dad's dog (she got two squares), Dad's cat (again 2 squares) and his mother who passed away and used to make quilts all the time.
 This ended up being a WAY bigger experience than I was ready for. I ended up custom painting many of the squares. You have no idea how hard it is to find non cartoon fabric of Bigfoot or UFO's (he loves both). Then I ended up custom painting the cat, dog, and my sisters dog and some Fox News squares cas he watches that ALL the time. I used flannel for the back to make it even warmer too.
 I found out my machine, which is a knock off brand that is about 12 years old, could not handle the binding so I fought with that for days and finally did some of it by hand.  ::) By the end of this project I wanted to rip it to shreds and set it on fire, but I think it was worth it. My Dad really liked it. Here is a pic of him with it, the dog jumped on him while I was taking the picture and it is nearly impossible to get a shot of him without the dog so I didn't fight it.  :P
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 Whew! My first Research Project!!!! ;D


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Post by: rockingbearranch on December 29, 2014 08:20:19 AM
Congrats on finishing the quilt. It looks great! I feel your pain. I love making squares and tops but not finishing the quilting part of it.


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Post by: Ludi on December 29, 2014 08:47:34 AM
Oh my goodness that is fantastic, gozer!  Your Dad looks so cozy!   :D

Hermione ended up not liking the sweater very much, because it would partially come off, ending up around her waist, when she went through the cat door.   :(  Not sure what to do about keeping her warm, I guess I'll make her some kind of enclosed cat bed.  Our house is only heated with wood, so it can get pretty cold at night.


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Post by: artsycandice on December 29, 2014 09:01:51 AM
I love the Sandy Snowman ATC and that quilt turned out great Gozer!! What a neat idea. Although my dad doesn't hang out in a recliner I bet he would love a quilt. And, I've never made a full-sized one. I'm adding it to next years 50 projects thread!! :D


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Post by: gozer on December 29, 2014 10:32:56 AM
 I really hope I did not inspire you to make a quilt ArtsyCandice. I would feel awful! LOL! I am with rockingbearranch, the top was fun to make, the actual quilting SUCKED! But best of luck with yours. I am sure it will be stellar (but remember I warned you  ;))


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Post by: rockingbearranch on December 29, 2014 11:23:27 AM
Ludi, you could use pvc and a hack saw to make a simple canopy bed frame for Hermione then cover it in fabric. That way its washable. Maybe $10 plus material. You can drill through and zip tie them together or buy the 3 way corner connectors. fyi, there are central Home Bleepo's for each region that have a bigger selection of connectors than most of the other stores. The employees don't usually know that or tell you. I have a stack of the stuff under the ranch house that I don't know what to do with.


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Post by: RedheadWithThread on December 29, 2014 12:00:30 PM
Loving that quilt, gozer! :o


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Post by: gozer on December 29, 2014 01:13:02 PM
 THANKS GUYS!! ;D


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Post by: Inselaeffchen on December 29, 2014 01:59:40 PM
Prompt: December - Battle Royale - WEST
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:N/a
Project Name: Jags Coasters & Place mats
Project Link:
Brief Description: My hubby, brother-in-law and myself are football fans (the American kind ... not "soccer" or "Fussball" despite being Scottish and German respectively!). So we do look WEST when it comes to our favourite sport. :)

I've been learning to use vinyl with the silhouette, and the result on those coasters & place mats for BIL are quite good, if I do so myself. :)
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Prompt: December - Flash Mob
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:N/a
Project Name: Golden Snitch Ornament for the HP Holiday Swap
Project Link:http://spicypinecone.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/more-party-prep.html]]http://spicypinecone.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/more-party-prep.html (http://)
Brief Description:
It seems that Germany is the home country of Christmas. ;) Lots of decorations and traditions have originated there. I decided to make a Golden Snitch ornament for Dinkime for the HP Holiday Swap.
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Post by: Calabaza on December 29, 2014 05:43:35 PM
Thanks, gozer. Excellent quilt! How cool that a lot of the squares are one-of-a-kinds. I think I'd like doing that, but otherwise I loathe all parts of quilting except the finished product- the very few little quilting projects I've done that've actually turned out, anyway ::) Kudos to you for finishing and finishing so well! Yay!


Love the snitch, Inselaeffchen!


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Post by: bunny1kenobi on December 30, 2014 06:06:46 AM
Wow, look at you guys cranking out the craftiness!  Awesome!!  I really like the dragon and hobbit door, the sandman, the kitty sweater and the QUILT!  OMGoodness, that quilt, Gozer!  Great job! 

PS. So that's what your dad looks like without a ball cap on!  ;D

I know there's more to comment on, but you guys tend to overwhelm me...  in a good way!  :D


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Post by: Ludi on December 30, 2014 01:33:08 PM
Prompt:  December - Galapagos Islands
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points:  none
Project Name: Charlie in the Box Ninni
Project Link:
Brief Description:   The Galapagos are islands where strange animals dwell.  The Island of Misfit Toys is an island where strange toys dwell.  For cabaute in the Winter Ninni Swap.
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Post by: bunny1kenobi on December 30, 2014 03:59:46 PM
Ludi, everything you make is so well done.  Charlie is certainly no exception!


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Post by: Smeddley on December 30, 2014 04:34:11 PM
Awww, the island of misfit toys!  I loved those toys as a kid, especially the polka-dot elephant - I never saw anything wrong with him! 

And that Sandy Snowman is adorable!  Love it!

Oooh, ideas for the Cameo... while I can't say I like the *team* choice... ;) ... the coasters and the boards are great!  I need to get some of the nifty add-ons to my Cameo soon!


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Post by: crazyda79 on December 31, 2014 12:54:04 AM
WOW!  Such awesome projects everyone!  What a great job!  Love that quilt gozer!  It turned out awesome even after all the challenges it gave you.  That sandman atc is genius!  Love the misfit toys!  So cute!

Now finally at the end of the month, I have a tiny bit of time and a major project dump coming!

Prompt:  December- Battle Royale- West
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Nightmare Before Christmas Ornaments
Project Link:
Brief Description: Every year at work we do a Festival of the Trees with every classroom.  We have to pick a theme then make ornaments based on that theme.  This year our theme was Nightmare before Christmas.  I made these character ornaments (Jack face, Sally face, Jack shirt, Sally dress and the spiral hill for a tree topper) for the kids to create.  Tim Burton was born in California so that is why I picked the west for this battle.
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Prompt:  December Flash Mob
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Schmetterling!
Project Link:
Brief Description: Every year my grief friendship group does an ornament swap.  I always do something with butterflies as that is what I use as my symbol for my babies.  This year I drew a butterfly onto the ornament, then filled it with 7 pink/blue pompoms for my babies.  I am of German heritage and the word for butterfly in German is schmetterling ;)
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Prompt:  December- New Zealand
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: travel tissue holder
Project Link:
Brief Description: New Zealand has a lot of farms.  Those farms have sheep.  Sheep produce wool.  Felt is often made from wool.  This travel tissue holder is made out of felt.  I didn't have a pattern, just saw one and created from there.  Made these for my two partners in the Quick Stocking Stuffer Swap.
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Prompt:  December- Japan
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Snowman ornament
Project Link:
Brief Description: This little snowman is made out of wooden beads and pompoms.  I just think he is too cute.
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Prompt:  December- India
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Cow picture frame
Project Link:
Brief Description: My maiden name begins with "cow" so my mom has collected cow items since she got married.  I made this picture frame for my parents for Christmas with a picture of their grandchildren ;)  Grandchildren are precious as are cows in India ;)
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Prompt:  December- Galapagos Island
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: I do science
Project Link:
Brief Description: This "I do science" hoop was made for BriannaB03 in the Quick Stocking Stuffer Swap.  Darwin also did science.
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Prompt:  December- Egypt
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Homemade Gesso
Project Link:
Brief Description: For my research project, I needed gesso but didn't want to spend the money on it since I will probably need quite a bit of it.  I looked up how to make it, found a tutorial on youtube and went for it.  It turned out pretty good.  I have not tried it on the project yet but it does resemble the store bought gesso so I am guessing it will be the same.  Gesso was found in the tombs of ancient Egypt as paintings on the panels and sarcophagus.
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Prompt:  Red Alert- Holiday Spirit
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Medal Holder
Project Link:
Brief Description: My daughter runs cross country and track and has been earning lots of medals.  I decided to make her a medal holder so she is able to display her winnings and be proud of them instead of just piling them on her dresser.  I included a Bible verse about running onto the top.  She said she liked it and that's good enough for me!
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Prompt:  Red Alert- New Year's Resolution
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Winter Beanie
Project Link:
Brief Description: I have seen these little hats in the past and always wondered how they were made.  I recently saw a tutorial on Facebook and decided it was easy enough to try.  They are very easy to make and now that I did one, I know how to tweak it in the future to make it fuller.  They are nice and small, I am thinking of making one for each of my babies and put them in their memory boxes.
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Post by: Calabaza on December 31, 2014 08:06:54 AM
Yay! Hello, again, crazyda79!
I'd love to know how your homemade gesso works out and if it has less fumes than the real stuff.


Title: COMPLETED PROJECT --New Year's Resolution
Post by: rockingbearranch on December 31, 2014 10:32:55 AM
Prompt:  December Red Alert- New Year's Resolution
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: Engineering
Project Name: Cowboy Coffee Recipe
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437410.0
Brief Description: Here is a recipe I made for cowboy coffee. It is a longstanding tradition out in the country. You can find it at cowboy church, cowboy breakfast, rodeos and even at some restaurants. I have to make some hard choices on the appliances I can fit onto the new kitchen counters so I have given up the fancy coffee maker. It is kind of nice because I won't be spending a huge chunk of time trying to find the perfect replacement espresso machine at 75% off nor the time to break down the machine for cleaning every day. I also feel a little guilty for all those machines out there in the landfill when so often the machine is fine but a small thing breaks like a seal or the non-replaceable carafe.
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Post by: artsycandice on December 31, 2014 11:05:43 AM
It could be because I am from the Pacific Northwest, but, I've never heard of cowboy coffee. What is it?


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Post by: rockingbearranch on December 31, 2014 12:11:30 PM
Literally what it sounds like. How cowboys made 'mud' when they were driving cattle. They didn't use the microwave. They cooked it over an open campfire in an enamel kettle or whatever cast iron pot they had.


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Post by: bunny1kenobi on December 31, 2014 01:36:12 PM
Prompt:  RED ALERT! Holiday Spirit
Team: Wordy!!
Bonus Points: na
Project Name: Frozen hat
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I made this as a Christmas gift for my friend's little girl.  What do you know, it's NOT a t-shirt! LOL!  I've been promised an action shot, and I'll be delighted to share, when I receive it!  :D
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Post by: Tanath on December 31, 2014 02:32:10 PM
Ok, who keeps pressing the fast-forward button? A whole year just disappeared here.
I did actually get some stuff done this month (and a tracking report will be posted this weekend).

Prompt: December Battle Royal - North
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Stars
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description:
I made these for a friend for her Christmas tree. One in pink for her pink-crazy princess daughter, and one in blue for her 3-months old son. This project fits the prompt in more ways than one - first, there's the whole Christmas - North Pole thing, but that's not why I chose North. My friend is Norwegian, which is definitely north of here. But also, she live about 200 meters due north of where I live, which I found is an amusing interpretation for the prompt. I only have a picture of the blue star, because the pink one has been hand delivered (from my daughter to my friend's daughter) and is on their tree. I'll try to get a pic of both when I go visit her again.
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Post by: LovelyMiss on December 31, 2014 02:34:02 PM
Prompt:  December Battle Royale - North
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Birdhouse
Brief Description:  I made a couple of these bird houses for my family and my future MIL.  I chose North, because cabins make me think of the North.  I also included a little bag of scraps (ribbon, threads, fabric) to hang out for the birdies to use as nesting material.

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Prompt:  December Flash Mob
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Birdhouse
Brief Description:  Same as above!  The houses have a USA sign, which is where I was born and live.

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Post by: LovelyMiss on December 31, 2014 03:46:13 PM
hesperornis - Those tortillas look delicious!  How cool to learn that from your grandpa.

artsycandice - Your Research Project is so cool and pretty!  Way to go finishing that project!  Such a cute goldfish, too!  And the potato costume is great!  Fantastic puppets!  I love the sheep.  And your sea dragon and fairy ornaments are so cute!  What a great idea!

FreakieGeekie - What a cool stocking!  I saw that yarn in the store...it is super bright in person.  :D  Great hat, too!  That is a neat effect.  Your animated sprites turned out awesome!  And the Link hat is fantastic!

oddacity - That is such a lovely wrap!  I love the colors so much!

gozer - The tacky light tradition sounds fun, and so does the run!  Great shirt to match!  Fantabulous quilt!  Way to go finishing that monster project!  Congrats!

Smeddley - Your rainbow hoop is awesome!  I love the texture and buttons!  The needlebook is also perfect!  And your sari bracelet is very pretty!  I have some sari yarn, too, that I got recently.  I've been trying to figure out a project.  And Kumihimo is fun, but definitely deceptively time consuming!  :D  The dragon and hobbit door are both so cute, too!

Ludi - Nice TM coasters!  The roses are so pretty, and the armadillo is awesome!  But the anime kitty takes the cake for me.  :D  What a sweet little sweater for Hermoine...even if she hasn't really taken to it!  And your Ninni!  So great!

Calabaza - I love the color of that coin purse!  The popcorn looks super yummy, too!

rockingbearranch - Welcome to the Battles!  I'm glad you're playing along this season.  Your Madonna matchbox is beautiful!  Good luck on your Research Project!  Your ATCs are super adorable, too!  Great use of scraps for the dog toys, and your secret project for aimr is really cute!  That's a sweet little snowman, too!  And that sounds like a great campaign...I could benefit from that approach!  Great salvage project on that canvas!  It is so pretty!

roler - Fantastic stocking!

vincentvanbuck - I'm glad you're back on Craftster and joining in another round of the Nerd Battles!  I look forward to seeing your Research Project!  Good luck!

Amaranth_in_oz - Welcome back!  Those are such great ATCs!  I really love the sandman, too!

Inselaeffchen - Great idea for the vinyl cut outs!  That snitch is super cool, too!

crazyda79 - What awesome ornaments!  The tree looks great!  The tissue holder is a handy idea, and picture frame is so fun!  I love the science hoop, and the homemade gesso is genius!  Great idea for the medal holder...what a nice gift!  That little hat is adorable!

bunny1kenobi - That Frozen hat is so great! 

Tanath - What a lovely star!


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Post by: vincentvanbuck on December 31, 2014 04:06:09 PM
bunny1kenobi, that Frozen hat is just too adorable!  So clever.

Prompt: December Battle Royale - North
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: roler's stocking
Project Link: http://imaginegnats.com/the-falling-flakes-stocking-tutorial/ (http://imaginegnats.com/the-falling-flakes-stocking-tutorial/)
Brief Description: I made this stocking for roler in this year's Stocking Swap.  Next year, Santa will b able to fly down from the North Pole and fill it with goodies for her!
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This is the first time I ever attempted any kind of quilting.  I did bands of alternating width on the front side:



And I loved this fabric so much, so I figured I'd save it for the stocking back:



My favorite part of the stocking is actually the lining.  Oh my gosh, I was never so scared to mess up a craft in my life -- after spending 2 days on the stocking exterior, I had to sew it shut into the lining!  I thought I was going to mess it up for sure, but it came out just like it was supposed to.



Prompt: December Flash Mob
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: TARDIS Deck Holder
Project Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ioahNLPyrg (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ioahNLPyrg)
Brief Description: My ancestors on my mother's side came from what is now the UK.  This TARDIS also clearly originates from the UK.
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This TARDIS canvas box is "supposed" to be a Magic: The Gathering deck holder, but I'm sure roler can find any number of nerdy treasures to store inside. ;)





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Post by: craftADDchick on December 31, 2014 06:38:17 PM
December was a tough month, but between yesterday and today, I managed to get three projects done!

Prompt:  December Battle- North
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: UFO (I started this back in an IYP Swap, and then broke my wrist)
Project Name: Reindeer Hat
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Reindeer are essentially caribou, an animal common in the northern regions. The hat pattern also could be called a moose, which are also more common in the north.
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Prompt:  December Flash Mob-Cultural Roots: Ireland
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: UFO (the shamrock is a shirt remnant I've been saving for a project)
Project Name: Irish Zipper Pouch
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: My grandfather was a first generation Irish American, so my mom is 1/2 Irish, which makes me 1/4. We took a family trip to Ireland about 20 years ago to look up the family history. My grandfather on my father's side came from Maine, and the pouch also represents some genuine Yankee frugality. Not only is the zipper salvaged, the canvas is a remnant from a canvas dropcloth from another project, and the shamrock bit is from the sleeve of a shirt I used for another project. Because the canvas had a tendency to fray, I used bias binding, instead of a lining, to finish the seams.
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Prompt:  December- Egypt
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Pyramid Bags
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: When I think of Egypt, I naturally think of the pyramids. I stitched up both of these bags this afternoon, and they were put into use immediately to carry the winnings from a lively game of Michigan Rummy. Not my winnings, however :) I used the Pyramid Bag Tutorial here on Craftster (this post, in particular (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=22428.msg1533258;topicseen#msg1533258)) and made both bags fully lined.
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I also got these finished a little bit before Christmas!

Prompt:  December- Japan
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Amigurumi Guinea Pigs
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: When I think of Japan, I think of cute crafts, especially amigurumi. And, these Guinea pigs are exactly that! I made them for my friend after she saw the picture of the first one I made not too long ago. This duo is destined for a pair of sweet little girls!
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Post by: Smeddley on December 31, 2014 06:47:45 PM
Yay, I'm not alone on my team anymore!  Way to go, craftADDchick!  I love it all, but I really want some of those pyramid bags!  :D


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Post by: craftADDchick on December 31, 2014 06:59:09 PM
Smeddley, I had that other project to finish before I could craft anything else :) But, once I finished it, 3 projects got completed!


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Post by: Smeddley on December 31, 2014 07:08:15 PM
I did notice you did get the time-sensitive ones done, that's what's important!  :D


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Post by: craftADDchick on December 31, 2014 07:11:36 PM
I did notice you did get the time-sensitive ones done, that's what's important!  :D

Last night and this afternoon :) I planned ahead and packed what I needed. My suitcase will have a bit more room in it when I head home. :)


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Post by: Calabaza on December 31, 2014 09:52:28 PM
More guinea pigs! Aw, they make me happy just looking at them, craftADDchick. Time to get mine out again  :)

Thanks, LM! You are certainly on a roll with those birdhouses. I love your colorful bags of scraps!

Tanath, that star is beautiful!


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Post by: RedheadWithThread on January 01, 2015 01:17:41 AM
You know, I was going to write something complimentary on everything here then I saw the Guinea Pigs and my mind went blank due to all the cute! <3


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Post by: roler on January 01, 2015 07:16:14 AM
Hooray I've got some time to catch up on everybody's fantastic projects!  I've been glancing at the thread now and then on my phone when I've had time recently but this is my first chance to really get a good look at a lot of the projects and I'm loving them! :)  Crazy how much busier I am back here in Osaka than I was back in WA.

Smeddley - LOVE the hoop!  I adore all the bright colors, and the quote really makes me smile. XD  My house guest has actually been helping me go through and organize boxes of old stuff in my apartment, and we've definitely been making exciting discoveries amongst the mess!  (Oh, and glad to hear you like WA!! ;D)  Hee hee, the Samurai Jack is very cute, and so appropriate!  Gorgeous yarn bracelet!  The colors are lovely.  Oh my goodness! I don't do much knitting or crochet at all so I can only guess at the work that went into that dragon, but he sure is beautiful!  I can see why your coworker is so happy with him!!  Fantastic hobbit door!!  All the different textures on it are just perfect!

Ludi - I never thought of using the TM technique for coasters - what a great idea!  Wonderful stitching too; I love the perfect neat corners.  Super cute armadillo too!!  I think if I had that coaster I'd have to give him (or her?) a name. :)  Adorable cat too, and I LOVE the contrast with the border fabric you picked on that one!!  Awww, Hermione is super cute in that sweater, even if she's a bit skeptical.  Sorry to hear it didn't stay on her quite right.  Eeep, the island of misfit toys used to scare the pants off me when I was little, but that Ninni is charming!!  Love his little bells and crinkly hat!

artsycandice - Wow, those drawings are PERFECT for coloring books, and so cute!  And they make lovely ornaments!  And hooray for Pacific Ocean. XD  Both of my homes are near it!

Calabaza - As always, I love your macaron purses!  I'm impressed by how perfectly round and even you always get them!!  And although I'm a Western Washingtonian, I do have a lot of great memories from East of the mountains as well, having gone to college in Walla Walla.  So glad to see all these people representing a great state!! XD  Yay for popcorn balls!  Such a pretty - and edible! - Christmas tradition!

storerboughtcreations - Yes, yes, make TM patches!  Then we can swap 'em! ;P

rockingbearranch - Welcome!! And sorry I'm so late to welcome you! I see you really hit the ground running here - so much stuff already! XD  Your matchbox is very cool, and I really like that you used papers from junk mail to make it!  That's an excellent idea.  Good luck with the research project!  Looks like a lot of work, but also like it'll be something you're so glad to have once it's finished!  Your llama and alpaca are adorable!!  Great use of scraps for the dog toy too - I'm sure your dogs will enjoy it!  And that cookie accessory is so awesome!!  Great snowman too; he looks like a nice design for almost anyone. :)  The finch's little eye seems to be looking back out at the viewer - I like it! XD  I like the India inspired mermaid too - very eye-catching design.  Mmm, coffee. Nice to have another way to make it! :)

vincentvanbuck - So glad to see you back!  And I understand about getting swamped and having to put things on hold!  Your plans with friends sound like a lot of fun!  And I'm resisting clicking your links, even though it's so tempting! ;P

FreakieGeekie - Great Link hat!  It looks so soft and warm...

Amaranth_in_oz - Hello! I joined the swaps for the first time this summer, so I'm happy to meet another veteran Nerd Gamer!  All of your ATC's are so beautiful (I love the bold lines and bright coloring), but I especially love the Sandman!!

gozer - Wow, your quilt turned out GREAT!!  I know you went through some frustrating spots with that project, but it really looks absolutely wonderful!  I hope it keeps your dad warm enough that he won't turn the heat up too high anymore! XD  And all the personalized patches are so sweet. XD

Inselaeffchen - Those coasters and placemats are so cool!  I'm sure any fan of the team would love them!!  The snitch ornament is totally cute, too. XD

crazyda79 - I love your classroom crafts!  I was a teacher for seven years, so I love seeing what you prepare for your students! XD  They look like tons of fun to work on together with the kids.  The butterfly ornament is so cute, and now I have Bluemchen's "Schmetterlinge" stuck in my head. ;P  The tissue holder looks super handy!  Always nice to have something to keep those pesty tissues from worming their way out of the plastic and depositing paper fibers all throughout the purse!!  I agree that the snowman ornament is super cute - love the big earmuffs!!  I'm sure your mother will treasure that picture frame, as well as the photo inside!  Haha, that i do science hoopla is great.  Short and to the point. :)  I had to google Gesso, and now I know something new!  Hooray for learning new things!  Hope your gesso project turns out great!  Nice medal board! Definitely a nicer display than a pile on a dresser. :)  The tiny beanie is SO CUTE!!

bunny1kenobi - Awww, what a cute hat!  Can't wait to see the action shot!

Tanath - I agree; the last couple of months especially have really flown by!!  Very pretty star!  I can't quite tell - is it flat or kind of puffy in the middle?  Either way, great ornament!

LovelyMiss - Such lovely birdhouses!  And I'd love to see the nests they make with such pretty nesting materials. :)

craftADDchick - Oh my gosh!  The reindeer hat is TOO cute!! XD Very class Irish pouch.  The pyramid pouches are really cool!!  I like the fabrics too.  And I love, love, LOVE the guinea pigs!  They are WONDERFUL!  If you ever feel like making one of those little guys for a private swap, I'd jump at the chance... just putting that out there. ;P 

Whew, I think that's it!  What a productive group this is! XD  I'm hoping to get crafting again in a week or so after my house guest goes home - I'd hate to pay more attention to my sewing machine than to her while she's here. ;P  But I've just updated Team Multimedia's HQ, and am up to date on the reading (and oohing and ahhing, often out loud to myself ;P), so I feel much better for now!


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Post by: Amaranth_in_oz on January 01, 2015 07:36:53 PM
Thanks everyone!

I don't think I'll be able to keep up and comment on all the wonderful projects, but I'll try to comment on some at least. Firstly, I love those little beaded stars, Tanath! My Christmas tree is full of handmade ornaments and I love it.

Prompt: January Flash Mob
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Trapped ATC
Brief Description: Something that gives me chills is all the stories of abductions and kidnappings. I made this ATC for a swap with a caged theme.
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Title: COMPLETED PROJECT --January Challenge Brr
Post by: rockingbearranch on January 02, 2015 06:54:39 AM
Prompt:  January Challenge- Baby, It's Cold Outside-Brrr.
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Vanilla Ice Cream
Project Link:
Brief Description: This is an experiment with my new ice cream maker. I used to have the old fashioned wood bucket type. This is a modern version. I have heard people have problems with the new machines but I was happy to find this one works well. I substituted a few things in the recipe. I had a whole vanilla bean that was getting old so I used that instead of vanilla extract. You kind of have to spit out the large barky pieces that weren't ground fine enough but it is still tasty.  :P I was in a hurry because I was afraid the bucket was going to warm up too much to freeze the cream properly. Next time I will prep the ingredients before I start.
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Post by: rockingbearranch on January 02, 2015 06:55:49 AM
Super creepy Amaranth! The butterfly makes you stop and think.


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Post by: Ludi on January 02, 2015 07:27:24 AM
That is an amazing picture, amaranth.



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Post by: roler on January 02, 2015 07:52:59 AM
I agree; that's a fantastic picture, and the butterfly really is the touch that makes it that much more interesting.

And I love anything that has a whole vanilla bean in it!! XD

I think I'm going to make a list of what I'm going to do for all the prompts this time; I haven't before, just kind of played it by ear, but maybe the list will help motivate me to get started on projects sooner, even if I end up changing my ideas later!


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Post by: roler on January 02, 2015 08:21:02 AM
Prompt: Red Alert - Holiday Spirit
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:
N/A
Project Name: Japanese stocking
Brief Description: This is the other stocking I made for vincentvanbuck in the stocking exchange.  I heard he has a Japan-themed Christmas tree, and thought this stocking might look nice with it.
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Also, just a heads-up to Calabaza about the nerd games pinterest - I just added photos to my Doctor Who posts, since my partner has received the package. :)  There is one post on page 1, and two on page 5. :)


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Post by: bunny1kenobi on January 02, 2015 11:46:21 AM
That is one creepy card, Amaranth!  But I was consoled by ice cream. After seeing RBR's, I had to go get some! It probably wasn't as tasty as her homemade version.  ::)


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Post by: Calabaza on January 02, 2015 03:03:34 PM
Neat ATC!

Oooo, vanilla bean ice cream! One of my favorites!

Thanks, roler! Heh, it took a lot of trial and error on the 'crons. One of the big helps was figuring out to make the zipper just a hair under 5" finished.
Love the sashiko-y stocking.
And thanks for the pinteresting heads-up!


~Pinterest-y Reminder~

If you have posted "secret" projects (ones with the photos hidden or marked "do not pin" to keep them out of the sight of swap recipients or such) you can reveal the images once it's safe. Then pm me or post here or in the discussion thread letting me know where to find your beauties so that they can get added to the appropriate pin board(s).
Like roler did, please mark which projects are the ones that've been freshly revealed. It helps a ton!
Thanks!


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Post by: LovelyMiss on January 02, 2015 03:06:52 PM
Nerd News Update (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426697.msg5275961#msg5275961).


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Post by: calliemae on January 02, 2015 09:32:19 PM
Prompt : dec - galapagos islands
Team : Wordy
Bonus Points : n / a
Project name :frog
brief description : when tree frogs began breeding on the galapagos islands they upset the natural balance of the island as they ate large quantities of native insects. To reset the balance the frog population was reduced by raising the salt water levels and poisoning the frogs with caffeine. This needle felted frog is part of a now much smaller frog population on the galapagos islands.



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Post by: LovelyMiss on January 03, 2015 03:18:53 PM
vincentvanbuck - Great secret projects!  I bet roler is going to love them!

craftADDchick - Such a cute hat!  Great reusing on the zipper pouch, and the pyramid bags awesome!  And those guinea pigs!  Eep!  So cute!

Amaranth_in_oz - Super creepy ATC!

rockingbearranch - Yum!  I love homemade ice cream!

roler - I love the fabric on that stocking!  So festive!

calliemae - Cute froggie!  I have yet to try needle felting, but it's on my list to hopefully try this year! 


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Post by: artsycandice on January 03, 2015 10:20:30 PM
Prompt: Red Alert! Holiday Spirit
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: Fabric Christmas Trees
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: I made these trees for P_E_S_T in the stocking swap. She hasn't received them yet, there's apparently some craziness happening at the post office.
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Prompt: January - Flash Mob
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: Chick collage
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: This fits the prompt because I used some silkscreened chicks that I made for a class. The project was meant to represent the number of male chicks culled in the egg industry each year. The number is staggering, and would give anyone the chills. I was at odds with the instructor on this project and it ended up leaving a bitter taste in my mouth. I had to rip up one of the prints and collage them onto an old painting of mine to try to redeem the emotion. It's not a stellar piece, but it helped me work through some stuff. The text is from a damaged dictionary that I found for free.
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Prompt:  Red Alert! - National Hobby Month
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: Cute Portraits
Project Link: Cute Animal Portraits (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437461.msg5275712#msg5275712)
Brief Description: I made this illustration for kwality in the most recent IYP swap. I have been drawing these characters for more than a decade. As much as I daydream about them being a more regular feature in my life, they are just a hobby, still
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Prompt:  January - Frozen Tundra
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: Winter Solstice ATC
Project Link: 0
Brief Description: I made this winter-inspired ATC for December's swap.
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Post by: rockingbearranch on January 04, 2015 06:08:54 AM
Warning....political/animal talk....


Thank you for sharing your chick print even though it is painful to you. I am wondering what your art instructors thoughts were. You are correct that many males are processed (killed). Culled is to remove them from the flock which can also be re-homed. That is also why I feed my dogs real people food rather than giving them the processed parts in cheap dog food. Just like humans, chickens bear roughly half males and half females. Even in nature the males will have to rebalance a flock to about one male for every 3-10 females by fighting until death or driving them out. Males without a flock are going to be taken by a predator.


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Post by: craftADDchick on January 04, 2015 08:50:43 AM
Thanks for the Guinea pig love! I still have one more to make for my co-worker's daughter, and then I might make one for myself. It isn't often that I make multiples of things, but the cute factor certainly helps! And, every time I add the face, I love how cute they are. And then, when the ears get added, it makes it so hard to mail them away!

So, after a rather rapid and very stressful month of December, I finally had a chance to check out all of the projects. So much great stuff! If I double-commented or missed something, I apologize ;)

FreakieGeekie, what adorable little stockings! I bet a bunch of them would make a really cute garland or bunting. And, your Christmas stocking is great- I love the purple and black! And, what an excellent idea to twist the purple and black yarns together to make the hat. Cute avatar, too- I love how you were able to personalize it! Great Link hat, too!

roler, I love your Dr. Who stocking! Your tardis scarf is outstanding! You are rockin' your new sewing machine! The Batman stocking came out great, too, as did your Japan-themed stocking (I love that it looks like perler beads)! And, while I don't watch Dr. Who (the shame!), I love your tiny Dr. Who! And, once I recover from December and get caught up on some things, I'll think about a Guinea pig for you!

storerboughtcreations, I love that red-crowned crane! And, your frog is great, too, but I am a little partial to frogs :) And, Scotty the Moose is adorable (and gives me an idea for something... hmmm...). Love your elf, too! I hope she's a sweet one and not naughty like that other elf...The Eye of Ra is pretty neat, and the dino (Rawr!) is cute- I haven't done plastic canvas, but my mom had a set of coasters made like this, and now I want to try it. I think the blue-footed boobie is my favorite, though! I them with their perpetually cold-looking feet.

jillybeans, those Cat in the Hat shoes are amazing and I'd totally wear them! I wish I had painting skills!

oddacity, your silver fern merit badge is fantastic. I love how it looks so much like the ones I had when I was in Girl Scouts. And, that yarn is gorgeous and even though it didn't get used for the Grey Gardens (which came out so nice- I need to work on  my knitting so I can try that technique), it'll be gorgeous when you use it.

bunny1kenobi, what a pretty Christmas wreath. I love how you could leave it up all winter as a little reminder of the wintry weather up North :)  Your Frozen dress is super cute- I love how you captured their braids! But, your Bacon shirt is the BEST! I love how you made it look vintage, too (I have a Coca-Cola  shirt that is very similar). Great Iron Man shirt, too (I always love your stencil work!). I think I need to steal your "Awesome" shirt idea (the theme for our team this year is "Be More Awesome"). And your Minion shirt, I think I need one of those, too :) And, Bigfoot... yes...  I finally saw almost all of Frozen (the first time the borrowed disc was so badly scratched, I missed half of the movie, but for the latest viewing, it was only mildly scratched so I only missed one spot), and loved it, and while I wouldn't wear an Elsa hat, you did a great job on it and I know plenty of little girls who would love it!

gozer, I'd wear that snowflake dress in a heartbeat! It would just need to be bigger :) And the crocodile and cheetah print ones are excellent, too! The little skirt and shirt sets are also adorable. Great Tacky Light shirt- tinsel garland just ups the tacky factor, doesn't it? Amazing job on the quilt (and good for you for powering through the challenges!). It looks like it will keep him plenty warm!

hesperornis, I love that you preserved your Grandfather's tortilla recipe and that he helped you to convert it into cups. What a great memory!

artsycandice, I love how you worked out the Galapagos prompt and made such a cute puppet! And the leopard cat puppet is super cute, too! But, I think the sheep is my favorite! Your Christmas bag is so fun and your Goldfish stuffie looks just like the crackers! Great job on the Idaho potato costume- very realistic-looking potatoes, too! And, adorable sea dragon and fairy ornaments- thanks for sharing how you made them! I love the fabric Christmas trees (great fabrics!). For your chick collage, I'm glad it helped you work through some of those emotions, and it makes me glad that the chicken in my freezer is from a small, local farm. And, your cute animal portraits are adorable (I love the hedgehog)! Your winter solstice ATC is very soothing to me! For some people, the beach is a calming influence (hot, sandy, potential for drowning? no thanks!), but I love forest scenes, and snow-covered forest scenes, especially!

Smeddley, I love your rainbow hoop and the sentiment on it! Your Samurai Jack needlebook is fan-tastic! I love your sari bracelet, too- I have a kumihimo disc somewhere and one of these days, I'll try it out. I love how you used sari yarn (which I've never seen). And, I love your little dragon! Your Hobbit door is fantastic!

Ludi, love the TM-style coasters! I'd be worried that I'd ruin them if I used them as coasters. And, you cat sweater- I love it! And, your Charlie-in-the-Box is fantastic (and a clever interpretation of the theme)!

Calabaza, I always love your macaron coin purses! And, I haven't had a popcorn ball in forever, but now, I have a craving for them!

rockingbearranch,  what a great Madonna matchbox! The llama and alpaca ATCs  are fantastic- you captured their expressions so well! I love the finch, too (the quintessential Galapagos bird). And, great use of scraps to make dog toys! No sense spending a ton of money when the toys will only get ripped apart. Cute fortune cookie and snowman ornament, too! Your India-inspired mermaid is pretty cool! I love all of the texture and I really like the background- it looks more like watercolor than acrylic. And, after reading about your cowboy coffee, I am intrigued and wonder what the egg does that improves the coffee. I might have to do some research! :) And, while it's a bit chilly for me to eat ice cream, that vanilla sure looks delicious!

Amaranth_in_oz, I love your  Sandman ATC, especially his shell buttons and sunglasses! Your Santa ATCs came out great, too. Your Trapped ATC is excellent, but I have to scroll past it quickly now because it give me the chills, too! Very effective image!

Inselaeffchen, your Jags coasters and placemats came out amazing! Did you seal them with something so the vinyl doesn't peel off? I'd hate to see them get ruined! And, I love that Golden Snitch ornament- very clever!

crazyda79, great ornaments! I don't have a tree, but seeing fun ornaments always makes me want to get one! Nice job on the tissue holder- I never would have thought to make one out of felt, so now I might have to try it! Great cow picture frame- one of my college friends used to collect cow stuff, and she would have loved this! And the science hoop, simply fabulous! And, I never knew you could make homemade gesso! I'll have to look into that! And, nice job on the medal holder and it's great that it's daughter-approved! And, that little winter beanie is super sweet and would make a great remembrance item!

Tanath, nice job on the star! I've never done beadwork like that before, but the star wants me to give it a go. It's so tiny and cute! Is it double-sided?

LovelyMiss, great job on the bird houses, and clever idea to include a bag of nesting materials! Well done!

vincentvanbuck], nice job on the stocking! And, the supersecretitem came out great, too!

calliemae, while the story of the frogs made me sad for many reasons (upset of the ecosystem and eventual destruction of the frogs), the needle-felted frog is super cute!


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Post by: Calabaza on January 04, 2015 09:26:42 AM
Thank you!

artsycandice, the wintery ATC is lovely and the animals are adorable!


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Post by: craftADDchick on January 04, 2015 10:54:13 AM
Prompt:  January- Flash Mob
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Engineering
Project Name: Owl Man Exists!
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437501.0
Brief Description: I made this for artsycandice in the Cryptid Swap. The images I used as a reference were pretty creepy, and once Owl Man was finished, I had him on the dresser in the bedroom. When I turned out the lights to go to sleep, I could feel him watching me, so I had to get back up and put him in the other room for the night! Even now, thinking about it, I get chills up and down my spine!
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Post by: artsycandice on January 04, 2015 04:12:10 PM
Prompt:  Red Alert - New Year's Resolution
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: Engineering
Project Name: Fabric Origami Cicada
Project Link: Fabric Origami Cicada (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437506.new)
Brief Description: I have wanted to make something interesting in origami for years but it wasn't until I saw the cicada instructions that I was motivated to give it a try, and in fabric! Enjoy the tutorial!!
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Post by: Calabaza on January 04, 2015 05:45:47 PM
Ooo, fabric origami! I looked into that a few years back but never did much of anything. I think you might have inspired me to take another peek.


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Post by: Ludi on January 04, 2015 06:22:49 PM
Cool fabric origami!   :)

Prompt:  January - Brr!
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points:  none
Project Name: Cat Igloo
Project Link:
Brief Description:  My old cat Hermione didn’t really enjoy wearing her sweater, so I made her this padded igloo to sleep in on cold nights.  She seems to like it!
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Post by: artsycandice on January 04, 2015 08:22:33 PM
Ooo, fabric origami! I looked into that a few years back but never did much of anything. I think you might have inspired me to take another peek.

Woo hoo!!

Awesome at igloo Ludi. That looks so cozy. Could you make one people-sized and ship it up here, pretty please? ;D


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Post by: cmarion3 on January 05, 2015 07:09:12 AM
Did you use a pattern (and if you did...can you share the info) or dream it up from your own fertile mind. My kitties would probably love this..or not. You know how cats are, but I do have an older one who is getting creaky. Poor thing.


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Post by: Ludi on January 05, 2015 07:13:02 AM
Thanks!  I made the pattern up; it's just a pyramid with rounded sides.  The base is 18 inches square.  There are three layers of fabric - the inner is shearling, middle layer is an old mattress pad, and the outside is some old upholstery fabric.  This is all made from stash.  :)


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Post by: bunny1kenobi on January 05, 2015 07:17:06 AM
Hi, calliemae!  Haven't seen you for a while!

Everybody is coming up with such fantastic stuff!

The cat bed is awesome (obviously, since the cat seems to like it), cute frog, awesome art, creepy Owl Man.... look at how much fun we are having!! ;D


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Post by: rockingbearranch on January 05, 2015 07:47:33 AM
My partner received their ninni so I added pics of my Japan entry on page 15.

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5274277#msg5274277


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Post by: artsycandice on January 05, 2015 08:00:55 AM
My partner received their ninni so I added pics of my Japan entry on page 15.

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5274277#msg5274277

He is very cute. I love his little outfit and the fortunes are wonderful!


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Post by: Calabaza on January 05, 2015 08:09:53 AM
My partner received their ninni so I added pics of my Japan entry on page 15.

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5274277#msg5274277
Got it!


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Post by: kwality570 on January 05, 2015 09:41:56 AM
Prompt:  December - Around the World - Japan
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Cute Narwhal
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I made this cute Narwhal for a friend for her birthday.  Her birthday was in November, but I didn't make this until December.  All of my friends know that I'm always late with crafted gifts. :)  I used my Inktense pencils for the narwhal and a combination of paint and old gelli prints for the background. The narwhal is mounted on some cardboard and then attached to the background with foam mounting squares to create a little depth.


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Post by: gozer on January 05, 2015 10:22:51 AM
 It's been a while since I commented so here it goes...
Inselaeffchen – The coasters and placemats are wonderful! You did a great job on them. Love the Snitch.
Ludi – Insane Ninni. :o That guy is absolutely amazing! And Yay for a warm bed for Hermione! I am making a bed for my neighbor’s cat tonight. It’s going to get cold this week and she needs a warm place outside to sleep. If she were indoor I would attempt one like yours. It looks cozy!
Crazyda79 – As a huge fan of Jack (he’s tattooed on my foot) I love the tree you did with your kids! They did a great job on the ornament as well! Very sweet butterfly ornament. Cute snowman ornament too. I like his earmuffs. How did the gesso turn out? Looks very interesting! Adorable little stocking cap too! And again, very sweet for you babies memory boxes.
Rockingbearranch – interesting coffee recipe. You kind of lost me with the egg though. LOL! Guess I am just a city girl. Now your ice cream I could get with though! LOL! Looks so yummy.
Bunny1kenobi – Adorable hat! And yes, I want to see that action shot.
Tanath – My year flew by before my eyes too! I love that little star you made. It is very pretty and looks so intricate.
LovelyMiss – Wonderful birdhouses. I like the idea of the scraps to help the birds make nests.
vincentvanbuck – I am sure roler loved both items. They are very cool.
CraftADDchick- That reindeer hat is absolutely adorable! Love his nostrils (now how often do you get to say that?). The bags are wonderful as well. Like that butterfly fabric. But the guinea pigs take the cake. So cute. And the fact that they are a pair make them even cuter! The owl man turned out amazing! I love that he is a marionette! Too cool. And thanks again fro helping me with my Christmas!
Amaranth_in_oz – amazing ATC’s. Love the use of the dark background. The butterfly is such a fantastic thing to add.
Roler – Very pretty stocking. Love that red fabric.
Calliemae – Cute frogs, sad story. Who new caffeine could be used that way?
Artsycandice – Very festive and pretty Christmas trees. And what a sad story with the male chicks! I do like what you ended up with though. Adorable illustration for Kwality570. I am sure she loved that. It is right up her alley. I like the little green monster in the upper left corner best. Great fox too! Beautiful ATC as well. I always love to see new ways to use up scraps. Your cicada’s are awesome.
Kwality570 – LOVE that narwhale! It is amazing. The background turned out cool too. I just got a pack of the Inktense pencils for Christmas but I haven’t opened them yet. I need too! Did you use them on cardstock or water color paper? Love the look!


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Post by: rockingbearranch on January 05, 2015 10:41:59 AM
It's so cool that the narwal still has your signature facial look, kwality.

The egg shells in coffee help the grounds settle, add calcium, and soften the bitter taste while pulling out the deeper notes of the coffee flavor. Here's a tourist blog with a good pic of real cowboy coffee. I don't know the blogger so I'm not sure if she's ok with the share, but here...
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-cTYlzVmqgcE/Um2IkyBxznI/AAAAAAAABLg/qkbWlMb3pdU/s1600/IMG_8785.JPG
This is the center of downtown where volunteers from the western museum do displays on the weekend. Most of the locals you see in cowboy garb are actually just wearing their everyday clothes.


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Post by: storerboughtcreations on January 05, 2015 01:16:49 PM
Prompt:  January - You're as cold as ice
Team:  Multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Money Magnets
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I made these magnets for my mom for Christmas. She works in a bank, and she needed some magnets for her work area. I got an order from one of her coworkers for the same set, and they're ready to be mailed. There is a plus, minus, mulitipy, divide, equal, and dollar sign, plus a money bag and piggy bank magnet, and a money tree paper weight. This set reminds me of Scrooge, who definitely has a cold personality at the beginning of the story. Sorry the photo isn't that great.
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Post by: Tanath on January 05, 2015 02:25:23 PM
hey everyone, I posted a small tracking report over on the discussion thread, if numbers are your thing.

Thanks for the feedback about my star, I got some pictures of it in action with it's pink twin.
roler - the star is puffy in the middle, it's a bit 3D, I think the new pictures show it a bit better.
craftADDchick - it is double sided. Making it is a bit fiddly, you make 5 similar sections and then put them together, and it sometimes looks a bit wonky while in progress, but it all works out to a star in the end. It doesn't take too long either, so it's not annoying for long and then you have a cute star to stare at (or keep having to rescue from your kids).
This is the tutorial I used, if anyone wants to give it a go (used with Google translate):
http://cluclu.ru/blog/biser/337.html
It's not the clearest to follow, I think I had to fiddle with it a bit to understand how to connect the sections.



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Post by: artsycandice on January 05, 2015 04:04:40 PM
Prompt:  January - Battle Royale: COLD!
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: Cousin Eddie Ninni and RV
Project Link: Cousin Eddie Ninni and RV (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437521.msg5276712#msg5276712)
Brief Description: I made this for MommytheMaid in the Winter Ninni swap. My vote is for "cold" because this is from A Christmas Vacation and there's lots of snow in that movie! Follow the link for, perhaps the first ever, Ninni-hiney!! ;D
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Post by: Calabaza on January 05, 2015 05:38:12 PM
I am also in love with the narwhal.

Welcome, kwality570! You made an excellent team choice  ;D


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Post by: LovelyMiss on January 06, 2015 06:57:23 AM
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Post by: rockingbearranch on January 06, 2015 07:08:10 AM
What went wrong with your cinnamon sticks? They sound like crepes, yum!


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Post by: LovelyMiss on January 06, 2015 07:12:12 AM
What went wrong with your cinnamon sticks? They sound like crepes, yum!

They were kind of sour, and the cinnamon and sugar didn't seem to balance it out much.  I love cream cheese, so it must have just been the way it meshed with the dough or something.


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Post by: rockingbearranch on January 06, 2015 07:31:57 AM
Maybe cut it with a blop of honey in the sour cream. My crepe recipe calls for honey or some other sweet added.


Prompt:  January Challenge - COLD
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: 10 for using all four letters
Project Name: Craft Of Lebowski, the Dude
Project Link:
Brief Description: I made this hoopla for my craft room. I'm having difficulty sticking with a color scheme so this is in honor of my waffling. I penciled marks to keep the font straight but freehanded the rest.
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Post by: bunny1kenobi on January 06, 2015 08:39:31 AM
Oh, my word.... so much busy-ness!!

Artsycandice, that ninni is awesome! And his little tushi is adorable!

I haven't yet graduated to the whole reusable paper towels thing.  But I like the concept, and yours look both cute and absorbent, LovelyMiss.  I need to make some rice bags, too, and the sleighs are so cute!  I bet they were well-received!  ;)

Free handing embroidery terrifies me, RBR, but your hoopla turned out very nicely!

And a warm, happy hello to Kwality!  YAY! PS. your narwhal is sooooo cute!


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Post by: artsycandice on January 06, 2015 10:27:12 AM
Thanks bunny! (Do you want a Ninni? Do ya? Huh, huh?) ;D

I love The Big Lebowski!! That hoop is wonderful!


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Post by: rockingbearranch on January 06, 2015 11:38:47 AM
Heehee. I'm thinking about doing a nihilist or Mr Lebowski for another prompt.

I will not abide another toe, sir!


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Post by: craftADDchick on January 06, 2015 03:10:27 PM
artsycandice- I love the fabric origami idea. I am definitely going to try it (and if we have a "weather day" on Thursday, it could happen!).And, your Ninni heini is adorable! And the Winniebago is the perfect touch!

Ludi, what a great cat igloo? I agree with artsycandice- I'd love to curl up in a bigger version, myself!

rockingbearranch, I love Ninnies! And, yours is adorable! And, thanks for the added info about the cowboy coffee! I love your Lebowski hoopla and I'm impressed with your stitching.

kwality570, Adorable narwhal! I saw it in the "recent with pics" and knew it was yours right away!

storerboughtcreations- cute magnets! I just got some new whiteboard space in the front of my classroom, and they are magnetic, so I think I need some new magnets, myself :)

Tanath, thanks for the info and tutorial link about the stars. I think I might try it with some larger beads to get the hang of it before I go small scale :)

gozer, LOL on the nostrils! And, finding the right buttons was one of the things that held me up with the finishing. And, anytime I can help out a fellow book junkie, I'm happy to do it ;D

LovelyMiss, you've been productive! I really like the idea of non-paper towels, but I'm worried I'd have to make a ton of them because I wouldn't get the laundry done often enough :) Adorable candy sleighs, especially the clever Santa! Rice packs are something that would come in handy around here. I have some brown rice that I could use... because I can never cook it correctly. And, the cinnamon sticks do sound delicious, so it's too bad they weren't. I think of birds when I think of the Galapagos, too and your ornament is excellent- I like the fabric placement! And, the owl is excellent!


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Post by: Ludi on January 06, 2015 03:48:38 PM
Super rug hoop, rockingbear!   :)


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Post by: Calabaza on January 06, 2015 07:23:25 PM
Beautiful not paper towels and rice packs, LM! Your candy sleighs are very cute too.


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Post by: vincentvanbuck on January 06, 2015 08:18:49 PM
LovelyMiss - do you have any words of wisdom for those of us planning on making our own reusable kitchen towels?  They've been on my to-do list for a long time, and one of my crafty resolutions this year is to do a lot of fabric stash busting.  (Would you happen to have a pattern to share?  Or for the rice packs?)


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Post by: LovelyMiss on January 07, 2015 09:37:13 AM
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Post by: gozer on January 07, 2015 10:07:57 AM
 Storerboughtcreations – Those magnets are fantastic. I especially like how you made them themed to the bank. The Money tree is awesome.
 Tanath – Those stars are great. I love pink so I am glad we got to see that one.
 Artsycandice – that is one of my all time favorite ninnis. You and Ludi are taking them to a whole new level! Absolutely adorable!
 LovelyMiss  – the reusable paper towels are great. Every time I see them I feel guilty for not making a set. The candy sleighs are adorable. You found the perfect candy of Santa for the front. And I love the rice packs. I am a rice pack fiend. I especially LOVE that fabric on top in the first picture. Who makes that fabric? I might NEED some!!! NEED! I have a bunch of rice packs and they are fantastic. I have one at work I keep in my lap on super cold days and a couple at home that I heat up and my cats will lay on if they get chilled. Ooh. Love that pink and gray fabric on the top and bottom of the second picture too. Very pretty fabric choices. Sorry your dessert didn’t turn out. It looks yummy. And I think those bird ornaments are fantastic! I love the way you did the edges! I may have to try that for next year.
 Rockingbearranch  – Hilarious hoopla! Can’t believe you free handed that! Great job!!!


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Post by: LovelyMiss on January 07, 2015 11:28:48 AM
LovelyMiss  – And I love the rice packs. I am a rice pack fiend. I especially LOVE that fabric on top in the first picture. Who makes that fabric? I might NEED some!!! NEED!

I bought a lot of my fabric as remnants, so I don't always know who makes them.  I checked the paisley one and all the selvage says is "Exclusively for Hancock Fabrics," but my section doesn't have the designer/manufacturer.  :(  The other one doesn't have any info, but was also purchased at Hancock.  Sorry I can't be more help!


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Post by: artsycandice on January 07, 2015 11:34:20 AM
LovelyMiss - do you have any words of wisdom for those of us planning on making our own reusable kitchen towels?  They've been on my to-do list for a long time, and one of my crafty resolutions this year is to do a lot of fabric stash busting.  (Would you happen to have a pattern to share?  Or for the rice packs?)

Ooh, I have some advice too! Don't forget to pre-wash all the fabrics you'll be using! I used an old towel for some. Cut it up into nice little rectangles then stitched it to some sections of cotton fabric I had in my stash. I thought the cotton had been washed already. Nope. First time through the laundry and the little towels had warped. The cotton side shrunk. They still work but now are all wonky and don't fold well. I've been considering cutting the edges off and re-stitching them because it drives me nuts when I fold the laundry! Learn from my mistake. ;D


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Post by: artsycandice on January 07, 2015 11:36:15 AM

 Artsycandice – that is one of my all time favorite ninnis. You and Ludi are taking them to a whole new level! Absolutely adorable!


Thank you! I was inspired by what Ludi was doing. I'd never made them before and probably would not have thought to have put so much into them if I hadn't seen her and others just run with it!


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Post by: LovelyMiss on January 07, 2015 11:38:08 AM
LovelyMiss - do you have any words of wisdom for those of us planning on making our own reusable kitchen towels?  They've been on my to-do list for a long time, and one of my crafty resolutions this year is to do a lot of fabric stash busting.  (Would you happen to have a pattern to share?  Or for the rice packs?)

Ooh, I have some advice too! Don't forget to pre-wash all the fabrics you'll be using! I used an old towel for some. Cut it up into nice little rectangles then stitched it to some sections of cotton fabric I had in my stash. I thought the cotton had been washed already. Nope. First time through the laundry and the little towels had warped. The cotton side shrunk. They still work but now are all wonky and don't fold well. I've been considering cutting the edges off and re-stitching them because it drives me nuts when I fold the laundry! Learn from my mistake. ;D

OH YES!  I meant to say that, too!  I pretty much started washing all of my fabric as soon as I get home, so it's not on the forefront of my mind.  :D


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Post by: stillatthetop on January 07, 2015 12:19:04 PM
For the rice bags? Deer corn is said to be a better stuffing. It does not burn as quickly, and costs less than rice. They sell it at WalMart in the gun aisle. Or at other similar stores for hunters. I got this info from a nurse wishing to use it for her patients. The rice carries bacteria, where the deer corn won't. That is where she got permission to use them at the hospital. I wish I could find her website link. She studied it full force. They would not let her use rice.

Just another idea. Those heat bags are nice. I went to a spa that had hand mittens, as well as the neck roll pillow. Sweeeet  ;D The mittens are nothing more than an oven mitt pattern, with the goodies inside the lining where the padding goes for warming. Just trace your hand, or your man's hand to make it a bit larger. Oversized is OK. Line it and stuff  ;D

happy spa days  ::)

~T


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Post by: rockingbearranch on January 07, 2015 12:50:40 PM
I've not used deer corn for my rice packs but I wouldn't get anything other than organic. They use some pretty heavy pesticides on it. At the farm if you get some of the 'safe' chemicals on your hands they can cause numbness that lingers. Scary.

I make my cold/hot packs a little smaller than an iPad. I make a washable cover or use a light towel to keep oils off of it.


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Post by: vincentvanbuck on January 07, 2015 07:11:53 PM
LovelyMiss, you're amazing! :D And thanks everyone for the suggestions and advice about the rice bags.


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Post by: gozer on January 08, 2015 11:03:33 AM
Research Project Name: 5 purses
Team: Wordy!!
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques used, materials, plan of action, expected timeline, etc.)
I am going to sew up five purses to sell later in the year in an Etsy shop. At least three will be cross body style with the final two for me to decide as I go (in case I get bored). I want to use stash fabric only buying liner fabric and interfacing.
 Week 1 - make a cross body bag pattern and pick out viable stash fabrics.
 Week 2 - start cutting out all the fabric and interfacing. Gather all hardware (slides, magnetic snaps, zippers, etc.).
 Week 3 - sew purses together.
 Week 4 - still sewing purses and cleaning up lose threads.
 This project will take me longer than three weeks with my limited crafting time and inability to move when it gets cold.  ;)


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Post by: bunny1kenobi on January 08, 2015 11:06:13 AM
Woot!

Go Gozer!  And go, Team Wordy!!


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Post by: LovelyMiss on January 08, 2015 01:00:08 PM
Congratulations to craftADDchick, gozer, and Tanath!  You are the Nerds of the Week (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5266606#msg5266606).

Remember, if there is a project or player you would like to nominate for Nerd of the Week, just PM LovelyMiss.


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Post by: bunny1kenobi on January 08, 2015 02:29:46 PM
Congrats, Nerds!  Awesome work!  ;D


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Post by: Ludi on January 08, 2015 03:49:38 PM
Woo Nerds!  Go, go gozer!  (I can relate to the incapacitated by cold thing  :-X )


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Post by: oddacity on January 08, 2015 05:25:38 PM
Ack, I've been seriously slacking on my Nerd Battles crafting! I've actually been doing quite a bit of stuff lately, but I have yet to figure a way that they can fit into prompts. I've got some stuff with deadlines coming up soon, but after that hopefully I'll be posting more.

I love everyone's crafts so far! I'm so glad I decided to participate in the Nerd Battles this time around, it's been so fun seeing everyone working hard! :D


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Post by: bunny1kenobi on January 08, 2015 06:14:55 PM
Woo Nerds!  Go, go gozer!  (I can relate to the incapacitated by cold thing  :-X )

I keep telling Gozer that she needs to move to Arizona. So far she hasn't taken my advice.   :D  Ludi, you are welcome to come, too!  ;)

Prompt:  January - Frozen Tundra
Team:  WORDY!!
Bonus Points: UFO
Project Name: Gift tags
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I bought these stickers at a yard sale about 2 years ago, with the intention of making gift tags with them, but never got around to it.  In fact, I waited so long that the glue on the stickers was completely degraded and I had to break out my glue gun to make the tags! I made 12 of them. The gift tags are for next year's Christmas, and everyone knows that Santa lives at the North Pole, where it's really cold....
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Prompt:  January - COLD
Team: Wordy!!
Bonus Points: Cold bonus
Project Name: Cool Old Looking Decorations
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Been wanting to try these embellished keys for a while!  Thanks to a box of goodies my honey bought me, and some swap delights (thanks, Jexxican), I finally felt that I had some things that were suitable!
Project Picture:

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Post by: LovelyMiss on January 08, 2015 10:35:00 PM
artsycandice - Those trees are great!  I love the simplicity and style.  Your chick collage is definitely full of emotion.  Those cute animals are just that, so cute!  The winter ATC and your fabric origami cicadas are very pretty!  And, HA!  That ninni and the RV are so fantastic!

craftADDchick - Wow, Owl Man is so cool!  Way to get out of your comfort zone and make such a huge transformation!  I also love that you used a Joey Fatone doll, and made it a marionette.  Anyone else flash back to the Bye Bye Bye video?  :P

Ludi - Ooo, awesome igloo!  She looks so cozy!  I bet my mom's little Frenchie would love something like that.  I don't know that I have those mad sewing skills yet, though.  :D

kwality570 - Welcome to the Battles and the team!  I love your style so much.  I can't help but smile at the narwhal...he just looks so happy!

storerboughtcreations - Fun magnet set!  Perfect for a bank setting!  Cool you got an order for another set, too!

rockingbearranch - That hoop fabulous! 

gozer - Good luck on your Research Project!  You find the best fabrics, so I can't wait to see the finished bags!

bunny1kenobi - Those are lovely tags!  And the embellsihed keys are so pretty! 


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: Ludi on January 09, 2015 06:35:26 AM
That's Lovely Miss!  No mad skills required for that project, it's a very simple design.  :)



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Post by: Calabaza on January 09, 2015 08:07:05 AM
Good luck on your research project, gozer!


Not intentionally, but mine is also purse-related. I've been musing about it for some time.

Research Project Name: purse and pattern
Team: randomizer
Brief Description: I will endeavor to make an actual, working, exact pattern for purses like those ones I made with removable flaps. Gone will be the need to tweak what I have now (sew up to about here-ish, use that piece from that other project for this part, lop off the extra bit, etc.) It will be a challenge for me because I don't ordinarily like fine-tuning things.
It will take me at least 3 weeks to decide on what features I want to include, choose fabric for my test (but I'm thinking yellow), get whatever else supplies I need and actually get the project done.


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Post by: Ludi on January 09, 2015 09:15:37 AM
Prompt:  January - You’re as cold as ice
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points:  none
Project Name: “It’s my only weakness” fridge magnet
Project Link:
Brief Description:  My obsession with Ernest Thesiger continues unabated, so here’s a little tribute to a recurring bit from his ice-cold mad baddie, Dr Pretorius, in Bride of Frankenstein.
Project Picture:



Enjoy some slithering and menacing:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ8PoAkZnew (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ8PoAkZnew)




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Post by: bunny1kenobi on January 09, 2015 09:48:19 AM
Calabaza - any chance that your pattern will be something that you'd be willing to sell later on, to - say, a fellow craftster?  ::)

Ludi, your Theisiger obsession appears to be a permanent fixture!   ;D  Just one of the many reasons we love you!  :D


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: LovelyMiss on January 09, 2015 10:44:27 AM
Congratulations to craftADDchick and Smeddley on their Featured Projects (https://www.craftster.org/blog/january-7-2015-featured-projects/)!


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Post by: vincentvanbuck on January 09, 2015 08:00:42 PM
I am very pleased to be able to present the first completed stocking of my current Research Project:



I am pretty in love with the red/white/black color combination, even though it was a lot more challenging to pick out coordinating fabrics at Joann than I expected.  I think I'm ready to graduate to buying fabric at quilting stores ;D. I had originally planned for some of the fabrics to have a slightly more Christmas-y vibe, but again, I ended up going with what I could find.

The first stocking I quilted using this pattern just had randomly crossing quilted lines on the stocking back, like in the pictures I saw on the tutorial, but I wasn't crazy about the effect. This time, I went with all parallel segments of various widths, and I liked it a lot better.



At first, I was going to use a pretty red and white snowflake fabric for the lining, but after seeing how much red was in the stocking exterior, I changed my mind and went for a black lining to break everything up.



I absolutely love how both the stark black color and the geometric pattern contrast with the exterior fabrics.



Friendsmas is two weeks from tomorrow, so I will need to complete at least 1 stocking a week until then!  (I'd really like to get 3 more done total, but we'll see how it goes.)


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: Calabaza on January 10, 2015 09:55:56 AM
It might indeed be, bunny.


Kudos, craftADDchick and Smeddley!

I thought your stocking's fabrics look modern, classy and somehow still seasonal even before I saw the poinsettia on the back, vincentvanbuck. Very nice!


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: Calabaza on January 10, 2015 03:00:15 PM
Time to post some stuff:

Prompt:  January freezing
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: brittle recipe gets a 0
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: The project name says it all. I'm still not over it.
Project Picture:



Prompt: January COLD
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points:  cold
Project Name: Circle On Lid of Doodad holder
Project Link:
Brief Description: I made this as a gift. The mason jar "doodad holder" is filled with 100+ little rectangles fused with wonder-under for fabric stamps. I tried glueing the circle on lid to the rim, but it didn't take. I kinda like that it can pop in and out and maybe go on more pincushion-y adventures while keeping its shape, thanks to the, apparently, not-for-metal glue.
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Prompt:  red alert new year's
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: The Noodle Thing
Project Link: 
Brief Description: I think I've mentioned this before, but my Aunt D makes this delicious, scrumptious, perfect dish we call The Noodle Thing. She's one of those cooks who rarely measures anything and I am nowhere near that level. I managed to come up with something similar from what she'd told me, but it wasn't The Noodle Thing. This Christmas she gave me an actual recipe for The Noodle Thing along with the ingredients! It was The Noodle Thing!
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Prompt:  December Egypt
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: pancakes
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Ancient Egytptian art can look very 2-dimensional, like these flat pancakes.
Project Picture:


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Post by: bunny1kenobi on January 10, 2015 06:20:28 PM
Prompt:  Red Alert - National Hobby Month
Team: WORDY!
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Red Riding Hood Shoes
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Crafting is my favorite thing to do, followed by reading as a close second.  I made these shoes for Gozer for a New Year's gift (we decided to exchange gifts for New Year rather than Christmas - too much holiday stress!)
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Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: Mountains and Clouds on January 10, 2015 08:29:29 PM
(Oh boy, I hope I'm doing this right!)

Prompt: January Battle Royale- Warm vs. Cold
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: Hawai'ian Mu'u mu'u for Dolls
Project Link:
Brief Description: I figured "Cold" might have a leg up on "warm" for this challenge (as everyone is in the wintery spirit), so I figured I would represent my cold climate and start working on a pattern for mu'u mu'u for my Blythe dolls (it still needs some mods, but it's getting there).  I have two finished dresses.  I love to see everyone's cold snowy pictures, but I am glad I don't live in it!  Go WARM!

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Prompt:  December Japan
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points:
Project Name: (Reversible) Japanese Knot Bag
Project Link:
Brief Description: I have been trying to learn to sew better, now that I finally have a machine, and one of my latest projects has been working on Japanese knot bags.  I can't follow a pattern for the life of me, so I figure it out as I go.  These are reversible, and I used fun kawaii hawaiian fabric.

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Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: underthemountain on January 11, 2015 05:35:16 AM
OMG!  Love the mu'u mu'us!!


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: gozer on January 11, 2015 07:16:24 AM
 I absolutely LOVE my shoes Bunny1kenobi!!! ;D ;D ;D She knows I have a Red Riding Hood obsession and these shoes are absolutely perfect!!! I wanted to wear them today but it is supposed to rain and I don't want to mess them up.  :'( I can't wait until Monday, even though I have to admit to wearing them around the house.  ;)
 THANK YOU BUNNY1KENOBI!!!! You ROCK!!!!!


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: craftADDchick on January 11, 2015 12:14:48 PM
Prompt:  January- Brrrr!
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  Giver
Project Name: Crochet Beret
Project Link: Posted in 15 hats in 2015 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437454.msg5278659#msg5278659)
Brief Description: I made this as part of the 15 hats in 2015 crochetalong. I've tried to complete this CAL for the last 2 years and have failed miserably, so I'm hoping to actually make it through my list this year. Most of the hats will be donated to the "closet" at school where low income/homeless kids can "shop" for new clothes. We're in the middle of a pretty big cold snap right now, so hats can come in very handy!

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Post by: bunny1kenobi on January 11, 2015 07:04:31 PM
LOL!!  You are most welcome, Gozer!  I'm so glad you love them!!

those doll dresses are really cute, M&C!


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Post by: elliot_anne on January 11, 2015 09:26:10 PM
HEY! I've been gone for quite a while, but I'm glad to be back! A craftalong seems just the place for me to try to jump back into the crafting world. :)

Prompt:  New Year’s Resolution
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: None
Project Name: Happy Holidays Penguin Cards
Project Link: I actually didn't make a separate thread for this one...
Brief Description: I bought my Cricut Mini a couple of years ago, and aside from doing one or two test cuts, I never actually MADE anything with it (I know, I know, shame on me!). When I had my daughter earlier this year, I knew I wanted to send out holiday cards to all of our family with some pictures of her in them. Then I was given a TON of scrapbooking paper and cardstock (16+ bank boxes full!). With all of these free supplies to work with, I just knew I had to fire up the Cricut and make our holiday cards by hand. I made two variations - one black with a gold outline, and the other dark blue with a silver outline. I'm actually really happy with how they turned out!
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Post by: Mountains and Clouds on January 11, 2015 09:52:31 PM

those doll dresses are really cute, M&C!
OMG!  Love the mu'u mu'us!!

Thanks and thanks! (It's a good thing you guys can't see them in real life... I'm hopin to clean them up a bit.)


I love those cutout penguin cards! 


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: Calabaza on January 12, 2015 07:10:20 AM
I also love the penguin cards!


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Post by: bunny1kenobi on January 12, 2015 07:30:46 AM
Welcome to the Games, elliot_anne!  And an especially warm welcome to Team Wordy!!

Your penguin cards are adorable!


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Post by: artsycandice on January 12, 2015 11:15:48 AM
Cute penguin cards and welcome!!

Adorable little mumu's.

I love the knot bag. I need to make some of those for myself.


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Post by: jillybeans on January 12, 2015 11:24:36 AM
Hey all!  I'm back!  Time to bombard you all with my crafts!  December was a busy month of crafting for me!!!

Prompt: December - New Zealand
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: NA
Project Name: Brown Cowl
Project Link: NA
Brief Description: As you may know, there are lots of sheep in New Zealand.  Sheep make wool, wool makes yarn, and BAM, yarn makes cowl!  I whipped up a lot of cowls for christmas presents, here is a lovely brown one that shows my mastery over my loom and the pattern I found online.  My first one wasn't as nice.  The first stitch is called a garter stitch where you knit one row and then perle the next for a total of 5 rows, and then continue on with the 3 step stitch, and its very easy.  Here is a link to the tutorial I used for the 3 step stitch:  http://www.loomahat.com/three-step-stitch/#comment-60955
Project Picture:
(http://smg.photobucket.com/user/alienzufo1/media/Craftster/rev061_zpsfd1db4bb.jpg.html)

Prompt:  December - India
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: NA
Project Name: Green Cowl
Project Link: NA
Brief Description: Another cowl, this one for my mom.  The yarn I used is really soft and silky, and may actually be either a silk or bamboo blend, and has shimmer parts which is reminiscent of a sari.  I've had this yarn in my stash for a long time.  I bought it with the intention of making something for my mom, but never got around to doing so.  I'm glad I finally got to put it to use!
Project Picture:
(http://smg.photobucket.com/user/alienzufo1/media/Craftster/rev046_zps3ede3619.jpg.html)

Prompt:  December - Galapagos Islands
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: NA
Project Name: Curious George Shirt
Project Link: NA
Brief Description:  As you know, Darwin's theory is based off the evolution of monkeys into men.  So, here is Curious George!  A curious little monkey!  I participated in a christmas swap with my september mom group on Facebook.  So, I made my partner's son a shirt, since he loves Curious George.  I used freezer paper stenciling to create this, and then freehanded the lines and details using fabric paint.
Project Picture:
(http://smg.photobucket.com/user/alienzufo1/media/Craftster/rev041_zpse99a5f52.jpg.html)

Prompt:  December - Egypt
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: NA
Project Name: Multicolored Cowl
Project Link: NA
Brief Description: Yes, another cowl.  This one reminds me of Egypt, with its sparkling deserts and hidden gems.
Project Picture:
(http://smg.photobucket.com/user/alienzufo1/media/Craftster/rev060_zpsa50516e8.jpg.html)


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Post by: gozer on January 12, 2015 12:00:12 PM
 Ludi – Cool fridge magnet. You can never have enough of those.
 Vincentvanbuck – I like that the stockings are Christmassy but not overly holiday themed. I like that you took regular non-holiday fabrics instead of all snowflakes, santas and holly leaves. It looks more original. Way to think out of the box!
 Calabaza – It’s a shame the brittle didn’t turn out because it sure looks good! Perfect fabric for the doodad holder lid. What are fabric stamps though? The noodly thing and the pancakes look delectable. Yum, I just got really hungry.
 Bunny1kenobi – You know I LOVE those shoes. Absolutely love them. They are beyond awesome!!!
 Mountains and Clouds – I make clothes for Monster High dolls sometimes and sewing that small is so hard! You did an amazing job on the dresses for your Blyth dolls. I think they are close in size (tiny arms and waist) to the MH girls. Great bag too. Very fun Hawaiian fabric.
 CraftADDchick – love that vibrant shade of purple hat. Looks very comfy too.
 Elliot_anne – Welcome to the Games and Team Wordy!!! Very cute penguin cards!
 Jillybeans - The cowls look very warm and pretty. I think I like Egypt’s colors best. Very cute George shirt! Great job on the stenciling.


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Post by: bunny1kenobi on January 12, 2015 03:29:25 PM
I am fascinated by the knot bags.  So simple and smart.

Jillybeans, you have been so busy!!  Curious George is so cute!  And my fave cowl is also the Egypt one.  I'd totally wear that.  ;)


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Post by: Calabaza on January 12, 2015 04:25:22 PM
Thanks, gozer!

Yes, the brittle did turn out pretty. Unfortunately that was the only thing in its favor. Starting with the directions and ending with the taste (Ew! That was NOT brittle. And I am not picky.)
These are fabric stamps- just don't try to pay the post office with them  ;) : http://nanacompany.typepad.com/nanacompany/2013/08/-airmail.html


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Post by: gozer on January 12, 2015 04:37:27 PM
fabric stamps are adorable!!!! ;D ;D ;D


Title: COMPLETED PROJECT --Battle Royale
Post by: rockingbearranch on January 12, 2015 04:39:30 PM
Prompt:  January Battle Royal - Warm
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: (include which bonus points you think you've earned, e.g., Giver, Engineering, UFO)
Project Name: Global warming
Project Link:
Brief Description: I chose warm because the cold stinks! I did this ATC for the ongoing swap while watching a talk about global warming and evolution. The person requested a card with an animal that doesn't normally have antlers.
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Title: COMPLETED PROJECT - Challenge Cold as Ice
Post by: rockingbearranch on January 12, 2015 04:53:59 PM
Prompt:  January Challenge - You're as Cold as Ice
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Paper dolls
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=428921.msg5279115#msg5279115
The link takes you to my old tutorial on French knot paper dolls. I am assuming no bonus points since the tute is not recent.

Brief Description: This is a set of dolls I made for the paper doll swap. I was afraid they went on a trek to the Arctic but my partner finally received them. Here is Jon Snow who is named for the cold stuff though I'm told he is actually a nice guy in the show. Edward Scissorhands is literally cold since he is part machine.
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Post by: gozer on January 13, 2015 05:58:49 AM
 I really like that John Snow paper doll rockingbearranch! You did an amazing job! And I like your ATC too. I chose the same theme but different animal!  ;)

Prompt:  January - Battle WARM
Team: Wordy!!
Bonus Points: -0-
Project Name: Cat Tub
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: My neighbors cat likes me more. She hangs out at my house, looks in my windows and hangs out in the garden. I have been really worried about her being outside in the cold so before the last cold front came thru my Mom and I made her a bed for when she refuses to go back to the neighbors house. It's two plastic tubs with Styrofoam to insulate it and help it remain water proof. I also have a towel inside for warmth and an old dish towel to keep the breeze out. It doesn't look fancy but it is very practical and works! My Mom has two outside of her house and her cats love them. I would let me neighbors cat in but she isn't declawed and I have three declawed cats inside... plus a bunny.
Project Picture:

This pic shows the inside before the second tub was added. The Styrofoam  went all the way around. I filled in the gaps and added it to the top as well.

 This is the finished look. Not fancy but practical and it keeps her warm.

Prompt: January - Freezing Point
Team: Wordy!!
Bonus Points: -0-
Project Name: Franks wife necklace
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Inspired by zero, an O. This necklace is circular. The shape of a zero. Plus, Ms. Frank is probably very cold to touch since she was (is?) dead.  ;)
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Prompt: January - C.O.L.D
Team: Wordy!!
Bonus Points: +10 (COLD)
Project Name: Cute Ole Literary Device
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Bunny1kenobi, lindyv321 & I are all doing a Reading Challenge this year. I sent Bunny1 these bookmarks to help her along when she is reading actual books and not e-books.  :) They were inspired by her Pinterest board of bookmarks. These were done on marker board with Copics and covered with contact paper.
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Prompt: Red Alert - Holiday Spirit
Team: Wordy!!
Bonus Points: UFO
Project Name: The Bunny1kenobi necklace
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Bunny1 made a joke about a necklace of her name a while ago and I got the supplies and meant to have it ready way before Christmas but then I ended up having to make it in December. Best laid plans.  :P But here it is. A bunny1kenobi necklace that I sent to her for our gift exchange. It was done with Copic markers.
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Prompt: Red Alert - New Years Resolution
Team: Wordy!!
Bonus Points: -0-
Project Name: Yellow Bird
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I got a set of those Inktense Pencils that everyone is raving about and producing amazing art with. Mine, eh... not so much. I think I need to play with them more, use a different paper (maybe water color paper?) and lay them on thicker. I think I was light with them. I ended up adding some Copic markers. I think next time I will try layering too. Still learning with them but everyone else has had stellar results so I know its me. The ATC theme was unexpected animals with antlers (what a great theme!).
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Post by: Ludi on January 13, 2015 06:34:39 AM
Beautiful drawings, gozer!  I especially like the bunny.  :) 


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Post by: roler on January 13, 2015 06:36:54 AM
Hello all!  After several weeks of hosting house guests and attending holiday events, I'm finally home with my apartment to myself again!  ...with the exception of three tiny new roommates, who are all degus, and whom I have named Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup - I definitely want to craft something for my lovely new pets at some point, but I have a huuuuge list of other stuff to do first!  And right now, I just want to catch up on all the awesome projects here! XD

calliemae - super cute fuzzy frog!!  I love the cute round eyes! Maybe I should try needle-felting for my new year's red alert prompt, since I've been wanting to learn that skill for a while now... but jewelry-making is so tempting too...  

artsycandice - Your fabric Christmas trees are wonderful!  I like how the fabrics look so incredibly Christmassy together, even when separately they really aren't specifically Christmas prints at all.  Sorry to hear you had such an unpleasant experience with the chick art, but the collage turned out beautifully.  And wow - I really hope you find the time someday to do something big with those adorable animals you draw!  Beautiful winter ATC too - the lace is a lovely touch.  I really love the effect you got with those fabric cicadas, especially the blue one on the left, where the back of the fabric makes such a nice contrast!  Super cool!  Hahaha, what a cute Ninni, little toosh included!

craftADDchick - Wow, Owl Man really is super creepy!  And I can see why your own art spooked you; it really captured that unsettling atmosphere!  Very well done!  The hat is really nice.  I love tams in general, and that one is such a lovely color and design! :)

Ludi - Now that I've been spending more time at the pet store, I've seen a lot of pet igloos, but yours looks every bit as nice and quite a bit more cozy than any of the ones I've seen on the shelves!  I'm sure Hermione loves it!  Awesome youtube clip you linked there - I can absolutely see the appeal in that mad baddie!  And the magnet cracks me up; I'd be tempted to use it to attach all sorts of photos to the fridge, like coupons for ice cream - my only weakness!! (until my next "only" one gets stuck to the fridge!)

kwality570 - Hi!  People are saying they recognize your style, so I feel I must have been missing out on some major cuteness!  That narwhal is most definitely kawaii, and I love the texture and colors! Looking forward to seeing more of your stuff! :)

storerboughtcreations - Awesome that people ordered your cute magnets!  That's always a sure way to know your art is really appreciated! XD  I especially like the money tree!

Tanath - Thanks, yeah, I can totally see the depth in the newer picture - even in the first picture I kinda thought they were shaped like that, which is why I asked.  Super cute stars!

LovelyMiss - Your "Not Paper Towels" look super stylish as well as useful and eco-friendly. :)  I agree though that I'd need a billion because I make so many messes and spills, I wouldn't be able to keep up with the laundry!  Love the fabric you used!  I like that it looks like Santa is actually riding your candy sleighs, too!  Gorgeous fabrics on the rice packs; that is something I might copy from you, since I have a bunch of old rice that has probably been sitting around for a bit too long to be eaten.  And in this weather, a nice warm rice pack now and then would be great! I agree that those treats certainly look delicious; what a shame that they weren't!  All three of your bird ornaments are adorable!!  The rough edges are super charming.  My grandma always has a lot of bird ornaments on her tree, and those would fit in beautifully!  They really remind me of family Christmas. :)  Thanks for the new badges; I need to get back to work on earning some of those!

rockingbearranch - Hahaha, your Lebowski hoopla is totally cute, and I love the way you used the letters of COLD - perfect!!  And wait - do you mean you even freehanded the writing, other than lines to keep it straight?!  The font looks gorgeous!!  I like that ATC a lot too - definitely an animal that doesn't usually have antlers!  Neat paper dolls, too!

I'm looking forward to seeing the bag projects that gozer and Calabaza are working on!  

bunny1kenobi - Oh man, I have let the glue go bad on so many stickers in the past; you'd think I'd learn!  Nice to see you found a good way to use them anyway!  The keys look VERY cool, and also like a great way to tell a bunch apart!  I have spare keys to three different friends' houses, and something like that might help save me some time outside their doors! The Riding Hood shoes are very very cool - so classy looking!!

vincentvanbuck -  I absolutely LOVE the stocking you made me, and I'm sure your friends will be thrilled with theirs as well!!  I'm especially impressed with how beautifully lined it is!  Just wonderfully well done all around, and so pretty! :)

Calabaza - What a disappointment with the peanut brittle!!  I hope you have better luck with whatever sweets you make next!  The fabric stamps and pin cushion jar topper sound like a wonderful gift!!  Your Noodle Thing description made me laugh out loud - glad this recipe worked!!  So exciting to recreate a family favorite. :)    And excellent creativity with the Egypt prompt. XD

Mountains and Clouds - Yup, totally doing it right! :) I'm very jealous of your warm climate right now, or anywhere where those cute mu'u mu'us would be wearable right now! Very pretty fabric!  And that knot bag design looks wonderfully practical!  Great idea!

elliot_anne - Hooray, it's so nice to see so many people joining! :)  Welcome!  Your penguin cards are totally cute!

jillybeans - Your December busy-ness sure seems to have paid off! :) That brown cowl is SO neatly done, it's just stunning.  And the colors on the other two are just gorgeous as well.  The curious George is just adorable!!

gozer - What a sweet thing to do for your neighbor's cat! It looks really well insulated!  The Frank's Wife necklace is really pretty and striking, and eeeeeeeeek - the octopus bookmark in particular is SO CUTE!!!!  I love it!!  Same with the bunny1kenobi necklace! Absolutely adorable!  And I really like the different interpretations you and RBR had for the antler ATCs!  


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Post by: rockingbearranch on January 13, 2015 07:22:31 AM
I might make myself one of those Curious George tshirts. He is on my coffee mugs.

That's awesome that you are taking care of the cold kitty. I use those tubs for chickens too. I really like the bunny necklace. Frank's wife turned out great too.

Those of you who comment on all the projects are rock stars!


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Post by: bunny1kenobi on January 13, 2015 08:12:58 AM
Gozer, I was impressed with the tub you made for the neighbor's cat. So very thoughtful of you!

Frank's wife came out great!  (of course!)

I love my bookmarks and the necklace!  I seriously chuckled when I opened that. So funny!  That's the second bunny1kenobi you've made me!  :D

I got a kick out of the chick with antlers, and the antlered lion is cool, too.  Also a big fan of the John Snow paper doll.  Well done!

And I think I MUST have some fabric stamps.... MUST, I say...!


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Post by: artsycandice on January 13, 2015 08:47:31 AM

And I think I MUST have some fabric stamps.... MUST, I say...!

Ooh, me too! ;D Now, to make ANOTHER run to the craft store for some wonder under stuff. I've never used that, I hope that have it here.

I really like that lion ATC. Cute paper dolls. I loe the yellow bird ATC. The bunny1kenobi necklace is adorable! I like the cat box idea. My mother-in-law feeds dozens, I really mean dozens, of feral cats out in the country. They might appreciate a box or two this winter.


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Post by: LovelyMiss on January 13, 2015 11:04:07 AM
Ludi  - I love that magnet! 

vincentvanbuck - Your stockings are looking great so far!  I can't wait to see the rest!

Calabaza - Too bad about the brittle (but great interpretation of the prompt :D).  I ditto the others in loving the fabric stamps!  Another great prompt interpretation with your pancakes, that look delicious, and how nice of your aunt to set you up to make The Noodle Thing!  :D

bunny1kenobi - Those shoes are awesome! 

Mountains and Clouds - I love the fabrics you used on all of your projects!  The knot bags are so cute, and the Blythes are so stylish!

craftADDchick - That is such an adorable hat! 

elliot_anne - Welcome back!  Your cards turned out lovely! 

jillybeans - Those cowls are so pretty!  I especially love the green one with that beautiful yarn!  And I think I recognize the multicolored one...Moonlight Mohair?  I snatched up a a few skeins of each color I could get since they were discontinuing it.  And your shirt is too adorable!

rockingbearranch - That is such a neat ATC!  And those paper dolls are great!

gozer - How sweet of you to give the kitty a warm little place to hide!  Such a clever construction, too!  Your pendants both turned out great!  And the bookmarks and ATCs are wonderful!  I know I've said it before, but I love your art style.


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Post by: Ludi on January 13, 2015 11:44:58 AM
Prompt:  January - Freezing point
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points:  none
Project Name:  Thirty-two webpage designs
Project Link:
Brief Description: It’s been difficult for me to view this as a craft, because it’s all done on the computer, but it does involve manipulating images and placing text attractively on a page.  Here are 32 pages I’ve designed for the website I’m creating - ernestthesiger.org - yes, I’m that big of a nerd; it’s what I spend most of my spare time on these days.   ::) These  designs are preliminary layouts that don’t include background or additional graphics, which might be a future Nerdalong project.

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Post by: artsycandice on January 13, 2015 01:36:30 PM
That's impressive Ludi. I am glad that you are finding ways to make the prompts work for you. :)


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Post by: RedheadWithThread on January 14, 2015 12:32:24 AM
Look at all the amazing things that were made in just a week! :o You guys rock!  8)


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Post by: RedheadWithThread on January 14, 2015 01:28:07 AM
Prompt: December- Galapagos
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: UFO - I made two squares for this project in December before tossing it aside due to not being a fan of pink
Project Name: Pink and camouflage bag
Some species develop natural camouflage for survival purposes. I've always thought pink camouflage was a bit silly because, unless you're hiding in a flock of flamingos, it's rather useless. The only reason I even had pink camo was that it was in a lot-bag that I bought at Goodwill a few years ago. The pink is leftover from a project I did for free: my coworker gave me a skein of pink yarn and I made a little flower for his girlfriend (which I didn't get a pic of). Also, as a note on societal evolution (I think that's the term?), pink was once considered to be a masculine color while blue was used for girls.


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Post by: Ludi on January 14, 2015 06:47:52 AM
Thanks, artsycandice.  I have a long way to go...

Freakie, I think the pink camo might work ok with deer, since they don't see color, but not with birds, who do.....


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Post by: kwality570 on January 14, 2015 08:38:57 AM
I've always thought pink camouflage was a bit silly because, unless you're hiding in a flock of flamingos, it's rather useless.
Hahah!  I seriously pictured someone with your bag on their head sitting with a bunch of pink flamingos. :)

I'm behind on commenting on all of the projects here, so I'll start now with this page:
Ludi - I applaud your effort and patience in web design. Your interest in different people or characters makes me research them and always expands my horizons. I even won a trivia question the other day because of all of your posting about Mervyn Peake.
FreakieGeekie - Free and cheap yarn is always the best. Love that bag!


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Post by: rockingbearranch on January 14, 2015 09:02:57 AM
Ya'll need to take a trip to cowboy country. Pink camo is for formal occasions.  ;)


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Post by: elliot_anne on January 14, 2015 08:30:16 PM
Prompt: New Zealand
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Carousel Steampunk Seahorse Embroidery
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437695.0
Brief Description: The fabric is stamped with hand carved stamps I made myself. I am doing a whole series of carousel steampunk animals, so I wanted to keep them clean with just a black outline. I plan to treat all of the fabrics of the others in a similar manner, but with other stamps that match the subject of the hoop.
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Post by: artsycandice on January 14, 2015 09:48:25 PM
Nice embroidery!


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Post by: RedheadWithThread on January 15, 2015 02:42:48 AM
Freakie, I think the pink camo might work ok with deer, since they don't see color, but not with birds, who do.....

There are women in my area who go duck hunting with their hubbies that wear pink camo then can't figure out why they can't bag a duck ::) I wasn't sure about deer as the ones who are serious about hunting and not just tagging along with their spouse/boyfriend/sibling/parent wear Mossy Oak or Real Tree camo of the more traditional variety :)

Ya'll need to take a trip to cowboy country. Pink camo is for formal occasions.  ;)

I live in the Crossroads region of Louisiana.


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Post by: rockingbearranch on January 15, 2015 06:09:50 AM
Pinkmichk no peeking!

Prompt: January Challenge - Freezing point
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Hoopla for swap
Project Link:
Brief Description: This is a hoopla I made for the current swap. The wings have several "zero's" as you can see. I freehanded most of it from a photo. I needed to use transfer paper for the flower petals though. 
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Post by: Ludi on January 15, 2015 11:21:39 AM
Research Project Name:  Masquerade
Team: Wordy!
Bonus Points: none 
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437698.0

Brief Description: This sure seemed to take forever!  But I learned a lot.  I learned to interpret a design in petit point, and to stick with what is for me a difficult technique of stitchery.  The petit point is worked on black plastic window screen, with the image behind worked in my own style on cotton.  This design was inspired by the life and work of Ernest Thesiger, whose 136th birthday is today.
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Post by: bunny1kenobi on January 15, 2015 11:54:18 AM
*jumps up and down applauding and hooting*

YOU DID IT, LUDI!!!

Nicely done, too!  How fortuitous that you posted it on his birthday!

Awesome, awesome, awesome!


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Post by: Ludi on January 15, 2015 12:36:05 PM
Thank you, bunny!   :-* 


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Post by: artsycandice on January 15, 2015 01:52:53 PM
Woohoo! That looks wonderful! Happy birthday Ernest!


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Post by: gozer on January 15, 2015 01:54:07 PM
 That turned out absolutely amazing Ludi! The eyes being cutout looks phenomenal! Fantastic!!!!!


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Post by: Ludi on January 15, 2015 02:14:25 PM
Thank you!   :D



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Post by: bunny1kenobi on January 15, 2015 03:08:45 PM
elliot_anne, I neglected to comment on your embroidery, which is especially shocking since I am a huge fan of steampunk goodies!  Your seahorse looks great!

PS- GO TEAM WORDY!


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Post by: Mountains and Clouds on January 15, 2015 07:28:10 PM
Yikes! All the amazing stitchery is making me want to go get out my embroidery stuff...


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Post by: elliot_anne on January 15, 2015 09:14:08 PM
Prompt: Flash Mob: January
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Zombear Embroidery
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437704.0
Brief Description: Zombies definitely fit the bill for me! Every time I watch anything with zombies in it (even movies like Shaun of the Dead that are supposed to be funny), I have TERRIBLE nightmares for weeks afterward. However, I still wanted him kind of cute and cuddly because he is going on the wall in my baby's room, so I decided to change his brains and ribs showing to stuffing popping out instead. He does have actual stuffing coming out, and also a real button for an eye.
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Post by: Mountains and Clouds on January 15, 2015 09:31:14 PM
Super adorable! I want it in my bedroom!


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Post by: artsycandice on January 15, 2015 10:45:57 PM
Awww, cute zombie!


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Post by: kwality570 on January 16, 2015 05:37:41 AM
Love the embroidery going on here. 
Elliot_anne - Great take on the seahorse and bear.  You have a great imagination and it shows!
Ludi - If I was going to make something like that, it would take me until my 136th birthday.  Love the eeriness of those eyes.


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Post by: gozer on January 16, 2015 06:54:23 AM
 since I last commented....

 Ludi – Crazy amount of work! I will have to check out your site when you’re done. Be sure to let us know! Already commented on your Research Project but it’s worth saying again. SUPER cool!
 FreakieGeekie – Not a fan of pink? I can’t imagine. I love pink. The bag is really cute. I especially love pink with that muted green but it doesn’t read as camo to me. I see little flowers in a field.
 elliot_anne – Very cool and clean looking hoopla. Clever idea with the stamps on the background. Very cute zombear.
 rockingbearranch – intriguing…
 
 way to show some Team Wordy work this week! I should have at least two more by Monday. Just need to go get a quick supply.  ;)


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Post by: Ludi on January 16, 2015 07:24:41 AM
Thanks, guys!   :)

All the amazing stitchery is making me want to go get out my embroidery stuff...

Do i!   :D


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Post by: bunny1kenobi on January 16, 2015 09:02:19 AM
Zombear!  Love the stuffing that's poking out here and there. Perfect.


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Post by: roler on January 16, 2015 09:15:44 AM
Ludi - Having worked on websites myself in the past, I totally agree that it involves crafting, especially to make the sites visually appealing at all!  I will totally check yours out when it's ready; I've already really enjoyed your youtube links and things a lot! :)  Also, your research project is amaaaaaazing!!  Very very cool mix of techniques, and the thickness of the plastic canvas gives the eyes an extra depth that makes them even spookier!  I think it's so awesome that you were able to make that tribute to one of your heroes, learn something new, and come out with such an awesome piece of art all at once!! XD

FreakieGeekie - Super cute design for the bag! I really like the contrast between the squares.

elliot_anne - That steampunk seahorse is sooooo cool!!  Are you planning on doing anything else with the same design?  The black is very striking against your cool hand-made background, but I'd love to see it in color as well! :)  The zombear is also adorable!!  I agree with everyone that the real stuffing is a super cute touch. :) 



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Post by: elliot_anne on January 16, 2015 12:28:41 PM
Thanks everyone! I had my little girl early last year (can't believe she's almost a year already!!), so I didn't do hardly any crafting at all. I've been working on these little guys after she falls asleep at night (getting anything done with her awake is impossible because she wants to "help").

elliot_anne - That steampunk seahorse is sooooo cool!!  Are you planning on doing anything else with the same design?  The black is very striking against your cool hand-made background, but I'd love to see it in color as well! :)  The zombear is also adorable!!  I agree with everyone that the real stuffing is a super cute touch. :) 

Yea, I want to make a bunch of these with different carousel animals. Urban Threads has a ton of them, and I'd love to do a bunch. I want them all to have relevant stamped backgrounds. I debated satin stitching them in bronze and gold and silver, but I know I would get burnt out quick, seeing how many I want to do... I think I'm going to stitch them all in black thread, but the stamps might be different colors (like, the dragon might have red stamped images, and the lion might have orange).


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Post by: elliot_anne on January 16, 2015 01:05:46 PM
Prompt: Battle Royale - Warm
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: D is for Dragon Embroidery
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437708.0
Brief Description: What's warmer than a dragon? The next in my "A is for... B is for..." embroidery hoop series for my baby girl's bedroom wall. This one has some 3D elements. I didn't fully tack down the smoke coming out of his nostrils, the wing, or the spikes on his back, so that they add just a little bit of a 3D effect.
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Post by: Ludi on January 16, 2015 01:11:30 PM
Thank you roler!  :)

Cute dragon, anne! 


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Post by: bunny1kenobi on January 16, 2015 01:28:11 PM
The dragon is very sweet, and I like all the 3D effects.


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Post by: Calabaza on January 16, 2015 04:51:58 PM
Love the alphabet hoops idea!

Prompt:  December India
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: UFO
Project Name: POW-erful Macaron Coin Purse
Project Link: not yet
Brief Description: It's bright! I did up the design and had it printed by Spoonflower, but didn't get around to making a 'caron out of it until Christmas. I'm not sure if I love using printed fabric or doodling by hand more. They each have their place, I guess. I love macarons!
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Prompt: January Cold As Ice
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: Hottokeki
Project Link: I found the recipe here (http://www.tarasmulticulturaltable.com/hottokeki-japanese-hot-cake/). It says they're Japanese pancakes. I don't know if that's true (Roler? Can you confirm or deny?) Either way they were good!
Brief Description:
Watch me connect them up:
cold characters=frequently villain=not villain, just misunderstood=if someone just sat down and talked to them, maybe over a plate of pancakes, they’d be nice=riiiight ;D
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Post by: Ludi on January 16, 2015 05:00:21 PM
Oh wow!  I love the colorful Pow!   :D


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Post by: craftADDchick on January 16, 2015 05:02:06 PM
I'll be back tomorrow to comment on the latest postings, since I am still recovering from a bad cold. But, I did have a project to post from tonight!

Prompt: Red Alert! New Year's Resolution
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  n/a
Project Name: Snow Falling on Trees
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I often say that I'm not an "artist," because I tend to think of art as painting, drawing and sculpture. I do know that art is much more and that the lines between art and "craft" are getting more blurred as time goes on. However, I still don't consider myself to be skilled at painting, drawing and sculpture. So, when our holiday party was scheduled to happen at "Art on the Rocks," a BYOB and learn how to make a painting place, I signed up when I saw what we'd be painting. It was a lot of fun, and it was very nice to follow along as the instructor showed us what to do. It was also really neat to see all of the variety in the paintings that everyone did. And, while it's far from great, I still bought a frame because then I'd be more likely to hang it on the wall. If you're intimidated by a blank white canvas, I'd recommend giving a painting party a go!

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Post by: Calabaza on January 16, 2015 05:04:39 PM
Thanks, Ludi!

Great painting, craftADDchick! It looks spooky!


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Post by: Ludi on January 16, 2015 05:12:22 PM
Woo, good for you craftADDchick!   :D


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Post by: craftADDchick on January 16, 2015 05:29:44 PM
Thanks! It looks less spooky in person... I was thinking it needed a hawk flying in the sky, but now, maybe it needs a swarm of bats! But, I should probably just leave it alone so I don't screw it up :P


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Post by: Ludi on January 16, 2015 05:34:08 PM
You can always do another version with bats!  :)



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Post by: RedheadWithThread on January 17, 2015 03:50:40 AM
elliot_anne, I love that little dragon! So cute! :D
calabaza, that macaron is cute and those pancakes look so tasty! :d
craftADDchick, that's a marvelous painting! I love that green! <3


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Post by: Mountains and Clouds on January 17, 2015 08:30:28 AM
Another cute hoop, elliott_Anne! Love that awesome dragon, with his little puff of smoke!

And, Calabaza, I love your macaroons! I gotta get improving my sewing skills so I can eventually make one....

And I love that painting, craftADDchick!  I should get some painting going; our walls are really empty lately!


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Post by: vincentvanbuck on January 17, 2015 12:53:30 PM
roler received her package from me for the Stocking Swap several days ago, but I'm just now getting a chance to post everything I made for her.  Project Dump Alert! (LovelyMiss -- I sincerely apologize for how "out of order" these prompts are - I made a photo boo-boo, as you'll see down below.)

Prompt: Red Alert - Holiday Spirit
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: Upcycled Necktie Headband
Brief Description: I made this headband out of an upcycled necktie and a flower buckle as one of roler's stocking stuffers in her Swap Package this past Christmas.  Since the tie slides through the buckle, it's totally adjustable.
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Prompt: Red Alert - New Year's Resolution
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: Upcycled Necktie Headband #2
Brief Description: As I have watched my stash swell exponentially over the last couple of years (and considered how much money I've been spending on craft supplies), I've thought a great deal about how nice it would be to start stash-busting and upcycling items I already have instead of buying new materials.  roler had a ton of awesome necktie crafts on her Pinterest, and since I had several neckties I no longer wear for work, I figured that would be an excellent place to start.  Unlike the previous one, this one uses elastic for sizing purposes.  (I hope it wasn't too snug, roler!)
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Prompt: January - Brrr
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: Upcycled Necktie Cup Guard
Brief Description: I up cycled this necktie into a coffee cup guard to prevent roler's hands from heating up too much when she's drinking her hot coffee/tea in cold weather.
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Prompt: January - C.O.L.D.
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: +10 Letter Bonus
Project Name: Completely Outstanding Lady's Decoration
Brief Description: I upcycled this necktie into a decoration for one of our craftalong's Completely Outstanding Ladies - roler!  It's definitely my favorite out of the upcycled necktie crafts I did for her swap package.
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I COMPLETELY forgot to take a picture of the perler bead decorations I made for the Nerdy Element of roler's swap package, so I am borrowing the pic she posted in the swap thread.  This photo is for the next four prompts:



Prompt: December - Galápagos Islands
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: Animal Crossing perler ornament
Brief Description: The Galápagos Islands are well known for the uniqueness of their ecology.  The leaf I crafted in perler beads is also part of the unique botany of another location -- your hometown in the Animal Crossing games.
Project Picture: (see above)

Prompt: January - Frozen Tundra
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: Totoro Santa perler ornament
Brief Description: Totoro made a journey up to the very cold locale of the North Pole to help out Santa for the holidays (note his souvenir hat from the journey).
Project Picture: (see above)

Prompt: December - New Zealand
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: Hobbit perler ornament
Brief Description: Y'all have already firmly established that New Zealand = Middle Earth/the Shire.  I chose this particular design for a hobbit perler ornament because it's actually based off of a Super Mario Bros. sprite.  (Two times the neediness, huzzah!)
Project Picture: (see above)

Prompt: December - Egypt
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: Gandalf perler ornament
Brief Description: Surely the most well-known example of ancient Egyptian architecture must be the pyramids.  Gandalf's pointy hat features a similar triangle design.  (This one is again a video game cross-reference -- this time with Final Fantasy.)
Project Picture: (see above)

Lastly, I wanted to reveal the two "secret" projects I submitted back on Page 19 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5275498#msg5275498), since they were by far the 2 biggest components of roler's swap package.

Here is the stocking I made.  It was by far the most ambitious sewing project I'd ever completed to date.  (It's the same pattern I'm using for my current Research Project):



This is the first time I ever attempted any kind of quilting.  I did bands of alternating width on the front side:



And I loved this fabric so much, so I figured I'd save it for the stocking back:



My favorite part of the stocking is actually the lining.  Oh my gosh, I was never so scared to mess up a craft in my life -- after spending 2 days on the stocking exterior, I had to sew it shut into the lining!  I thought I was going to mess it up for sure, but it came out just like it was supposed to.



This TARDIS canvas box is "supposed" to be a Magic: The Gathering deck holder, but I'm sure roler can find any number of nerdy treasures to store inside. ;)





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Post by: artsycandice on January 17, 2015 01:33:57 PM
Ooh, nice projects and excellent twisting of the prompts!


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Post by: rockingbearranch on January 17, 2015 02:04:12 PM
Oooh, vvb, the Completely Outstanding Lady's Decoration is really outstanding. What a great tie collection!


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Post by: Calabaza on January 17, 2015 02:05:22 PM
Thanks, guys!

Neat projects, vincentvanbuck! I really like that necktie headband idea.
Go ahead and edit the original post for your secret projects so the images appear there (add in [ img ] at the beginning and [ /img ] at the end of each photo link, leaving out the spaces.) Give them another name for pinning if you want and I'll get them up!


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Post by: Ludi on January 17, 2015 04:17:51 PM
Excellent work, vincent!  That first tie is so beautiful, I'm glad you were able to repurpose it.

Starting a new Research Project.  I will not be intimidated by petit point!   >:(

Research Project Name:   Leaf and flower motif
Team:  Wordy
Brief Description:  Leaf and flower motif in petit point, original design.  I’m going to start with two leaves and one flower and if it goes quickly, add more flowers.  Probably going to work it on canvas.


(actually, pretty intimidated!   :o  )


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Post by: Mountains and Clouds on January 17, 2015 05:40:56 PM

Prompt:  January Flash Mob: something that gives me the chills.
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: none
Project Name: Creepy Anime Eye Chips for Blythe
Project Link:
Brief Description:
When I was a kid, I remember being pretty creeped out by things having to do with eyes.  I would be afraid of certain face images with weird eyes, but now I'm more intrigued than scared, which I think has helped contribute to my Blythe "phase."  I painted and installed a pair of anime-eye-inspired chips on two of my dolls.
Project Picture:







Prompt:  December: New Zealand
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points:none
Project Name: Kauri Tree Dotee
Project Link:
Brief Description:I finally decided to make a dotee, inspired by the kauri tree of New Zealand.  I figured the tall straight trunk lent itself well to a first dotee.
Project Picture:






Prompt: January: Brrr
Team:Fandom
Bonus Points: UFO-- I started this scarf two or three years ago, and had put it down.... then last week when it got cold, I hunkered down and finally finished it!
Project Name: Knitted Scarf!
Project Link:
Brief Description:  I have been meaning to finish this scarf for several years, and finally took the time to just do it!
Project Picture:





Prompt: January: Freezing Point
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points:  none
Project Name: Paper Crane Chain
Project Link:
Brief Description:  I wanted to start working on making my own decorations and furniture for the Blythes (again, sorry).  So I made a string of little paper cranes  (There are 32 cranes) to hang in a corner of a room.
Project Picture:






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Post by: Ludi on January 17, 2015 05:56:57 PM
Your crafts are so colorful, MountainsandClouds!  :)



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Post by: Mountains and Clouds on January 17, 2015 06:32:32 PM
Thanks, Ludi! I often think I need to work on toning it down a bit, though...


and I got one more:

Prompt:  January: Frozen Tundra
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: none
Project Name: Frozen Tundra Dammit Doll
Project Link:
Brief Description:   I grew up in Wisconsin, otherwise known as Packer country.  As you may know, they reside in the Frozen Tundra of Green Bay.  Tomorrow they take on the Seahawks, and I might need something safe to throw at the wall...

Project Photo:



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Post by: Smeddley on January 18, 2015 10:08:09 AM
So much good stuff, sorry I'm not keeping up with commenting... things have been busy here, sadly not very crafting-busy...  Two items to post:

Prompt:   Red Alert! Holiday Spirit
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: 12 Days of Birth-mas
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437731.0
Brief Description:  I got to play with my new Silhouette!  I got it in Christmas and it was just in time to make tags and boxes for the 12 Days of Birth-mas for my hubby (long story about Christmas presents that shipped late).  I designed and cut card boxes, as well as made tags.  More detailed info in the link, if'n you're curious. 

Project Picture:



(that tile is my ridiculous kitchen counter, not the floor, just so you know...)


Prompt:   Red Alert: New Year's Resolution
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Wallet
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437730.0
Brief Description:  So I *finally* made myself a wallet.  I've needed one for over a year now, and while I did a lot of shopping around, I couldn't find any I loved or that worked for the cards I had.  This one is not perfect, but I learned a lot.  Made from three fat quarters of batik fabric (lots of waste for mess-ups as I figured out how to put it together) cut on the bias to make it stretchy to accommodate the shear stupid number of cards (I really hate the loyalty/discount card craze).

Project Picture:




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Post by: bunny1kenobi on January 19, 2015 08:41:43 AM
Wow, everyone has been so busy making incredible projects!!

I'd better get crackin'!  :D


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Post by: gozer on January 19, 2015 09:58:12 AM
Prompt: December - India
Team: WORDY!!
Bonus Points: -0-
Project Name: Patchwork Scarf
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I used bright and colorful fabric scarps for this scarf, inspired by the beautiful fabrics of India.  :D
Project Picture:


Prompt: January Mob - Gives you the chills
Team: WORDY!!
Bonus Points: -0-
Project Name: 1976 Shirt
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Not much scares me or creeps me out quite like getting really, really old. My friend, who is born the same year, is having a b-day next week and I made her this shirt. I want to make myself one too. Also, the shirt is long sleeved because the cold gives me the chills too! I stenciled this shirt and instead of painting the fabric paint on I dabbed it with my finger to give it a more uneven, vintage feel.
Project Picture:

Below is my cat Dahlia that did not like that I was spending time crafting instead of petting her.


Prompt: January - Brrrr
Team: WORDY!!
Bonus Points: -0-
Project Name: 1974 Shirt
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: When the weather goes down so does the sleeve length. I always whip out my long sleeved shirts for the winter. This shirt is for my sister and is long sleeved to keep her warm. Another Brrr cold association is that it is cold to tell everyone how old she really is.  ;) Again I finger paint dabbed the paint on to make it look more vintage. I think it was more successful with the white paint.
Project Picture:

Close up of the stencil


Prompt: January - Frozen Tundra
Team:
Bonus Points: -0-
Project Name: Ghastlies Patchwork scarf
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: The roads where icy and I couldn't leave my house last Wednesday so I used my time wisely and dug thru my scraps. Everything was from my stash.  ;) I am assuming that scarves were invented somewhere very cold to keep them warm and when I think about going somewhere cold a scarf is one of the first things in my bag.
Project Picture:


I have one more but I am waiting on it to arrive....





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Post by: bunny1kenobi on January 19, 2015 10:09:20 AM
Ok, I LOVE those t-shirts!  You know my b-day's coming up in...6 months.  ::)  LOL!

And the scarves are fantastic!  I would totally wear either of those!  You do such a great job on them!


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Post by: craftADDchick on January 19, 2015 05:38:32 PM
Well, I made another hat this weekend, but it's not quite finished because I can't find my buttons. I don't know if I want to use it for a prompt, since I have all of my project ideas picked out and I want to make sure I finish them (several have been bumped off the list multiple times).

But, I can't believe how many projects have been posted in such a short time!

bunny1kenobi, great idea to make Christmas tags ahead of time. I always mean to make tags, and then I run out of time. Neat embellished keys, too. Somewhere, I have a bag of old keys, so I could definitely do something like this. What will you do with them? And, your Red Riding Hood shoes are AMAZING! I love how subtly cool they are!

Ludi, I like the "Only Weakness" magnet. I used to watch a TV show, and one of the main characters was forever proclaiming things to be her "one weakness" and I always laughed, so I might have to make myself something similar! And, kudos for the web pages! I know how much work that can be to get the details right! And, your research project came out amazing! And, now, I understand why you were afraid to cut into it, but it produced such a cool result!

vincentvanbuck, I really love your fabric combinations on your stockings! Choosing coordinating fabrics is always difficult for me, but you seem to have a knack for it. And, I love all of your necktie upcycles! I bought a bunch at the thrift store to make a skirt or something, but they've been stuffed in a box- now I have a few more ideas for them! Cute perler bead creations, too (again, I need to try my hand at them, because, of course, I have all of the supplies somewhere! :) ). Great Tardis box, too- I love how the different types of stitching produce different effects.

Calabaza, bummer about your brittle! I've only had truly good homemade brittle once or twice. I tried it once and it wasn't great (but we still ate it!). I like your mason jar pincushion and, now that I've looked up fabric stamps, I might have to start saving up appropriate scraps... such a cute idea! And, the Noodle Thing looks delicious and it's great that you finally got the recipe! And, clever interpretation for Egypt (and I love pancakes!).  And, another great macaron purse- great fabric placement! And, way to connect the pancakes to the prompt!

Mountains and Clouds, I love the Blythe mu'u mu'us. Nice job on a small scale! I completely understand the creepy eye thing, too (which is why I don't have a Blythe :) ). How big are they, because if they're the size I think they are, you did an excellent job making small scale origami cranes (cute pic of the dolls with them, BTW). And, great job on the knot bags- that pattern is on my list and I think you just helped me to move it up a notch :)  Cute tree dotee, too! Good job on finishing your scarf! I like the color combo! And, I hope your Dammit Doll didn't get too badly beat up- that was a heartbreaker of a game for the Packers fans!

elliot_anne, cute penguin cards, and good for you for finally breaking out the Cricut! I love, love, love the seahorse! What a cool design (I might have to go and check them out over on UT). Love the zombie bear, especially that you made some of his stuffing guts exposed! Cute dragon, too! I'm impressed that you're working your way through the alphabet.

jillybeans, I have a loom and might have to try a cowl, because yours look great! Your Curious George shirt is excellent- great job freehanding the details!

rockingbearranch, nice collage ATC, and wouldn't it be cool if lions really had antlers? Fun paper dolls! I love making them! And, I can't wait to see the whole hoopla!

gozer, how great are you that you made a warm place for your neighbor's cat?! So kind of you! Love the Bride necklace, too (which reminds me, I need to finish reading Frankenstein!). Nice job on the bookmarks, too, but I think the necklace for bunny1kenobi is the BEST! I love how it's not in-your-face obvious, but totally cute and clever! Great ATC, too- I love how vibrant it is! Beautiful scarves with beautiful fabrics! You must have an awesome stash! Great "vintage" shirts! I love how they look like the stenciling on a wine crate.

FreakieGeekie, love the pink camo bag (and I laughed when I read all of the follow-up comments... at lunch the other day we just had a discussion about how NH is another world in terms of hunting culture, so pink camo would probably be a big hit there!).

Smeddley, excellent job designing your own box in the Silhouette software! And hooray for learning how to use it so soon after you got it! It is my favorite crafting tool, and I still haven't used it to its full capacity! Excellent job on the wallet! I need to make one, but I basically need something for holding the stack-o-cards, so a wallet wouldn't be the best for me (I should just hole punch them and put them on a ring... hmmmm...).



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Post by: Mountains and Clouds on January 19, 2015 05:41:49 PM
Gozer, I love your scarves! And the stenciling looks great!

I'm posting one more this long weekend...


Prompt:  January: COLD
Team: Fandom
Bonus points:  Used all letters
Project Name: Cute Orange Line-less Diary
Project Link:
Brief Description: I love notebooks and journals that don have lines, but they're so hard to find and I don't like paying crazy amounts for fancy "sketchbooks," so I usually end up making my own. This one is a simple coptic-bound book, and I put orange (one of my favorite colors) on the covers.
Project Picture:



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Post by: craftADDchick on January 19, 2015 07:04:02 PM
Nice journal! I also prefer the ones without lines, but until I use the ones I have, I won't tempt myself into making more. Although, I have been known to stockpile extra copies of handouts I use in school, especially the ones with interesting stuff (maps, cool pics, etc.) on one side.


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Post by: Ludi on January 20, 2015 06:17:31 AM
Thank you, craftADDchick!  :)



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Post by: gozer on January 20, 2015 07:17:16 AM
 Elliot_anne – Very cute dinosaur! Your daughters room is going to be adorable!

 Calabaza – The macaron has a very graphic feel. That POW! Fits perfectly. And as someone who resolved to lose weight, those pancakes are killing me. They look so yummy!

 craftADDchick – striking painting. Very dramatic with the colors. The snow gives it a neat touch.

 Vincentvanbuck – clever uses for neckties! I think the first one is very pretty. And the COLD one turned out amazing! Great perler bead creations too!

 Mountains and Clouds – You painted those eyes??! They look amazing! I love them!!! Very cute dotie. It looks very happy. Love the colors of the scarf and the cranes are wonderful! Origami is something my fingers do not want to cooperate with me when I am doing so mad respect on those! They look so tiny!!! Love the expression on the dammit doll. I don’t know what Coptic bound means but I am going to have to look that up. Notebooks are something I can’t get enough of.

 Smeddley – That packaging looks amazing! And I love your fabric choses for the wallet!


Title: COMPLETED PROJECT
Post by: rockingbearranch on January 20, 2015 01:32:55 PM
Prompt:  January Flash mob
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Curiosity
Project Link:
Brief Description: This is something I made for the Curiosity swap. Voodoo practice has always given me the chills even though I am not superstitious enough to believe it. This is a spell jar with a slightly modified voodoo image. It has rabbit fur brushed from my angora bun. You can place the jar under your bed for love or you can add two hairs to protection potions. You can also say a phrase while concentrating on the fur to transform into a rabbit. The octagon jar is from Tiger Balm. The doll is made with vintage rug yarn and vintage buttons. If you add a piece of the person you wish to cast a spell on, you can use the doll to make your target love you or take revenge when they don't.  :o
Project Picture:


Title: COMPLETED PROJECT -National Hobby Month
Post by: rockingbearranch on January 20, 2015 01:41:40 PM
Prompt:  Red Alert - National Hobby Month
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: UFO
Project Name: My favorite hobby and yours
Project Link:
Brief Description: I made these mini books for the Curiosity Swap. It is my favorite hobby and yours. I used the blank pages that I seem to make and never complete to fulfill the UFO bonus. I then made them old looking by soaking them in dilute paint and coffee. I should have started with fresh pages that weren't already sewn because the coffee bits stuck to the pages and I had to very carefully brush them out once dry. The outside covers are real vintage from a 1923 teachers magazine. I was afraid they would disintegrate so I didn't seal them like I normally would. I was impressed that they didn't fall apart from being glued. They are roughly one inch and up.
Project Picture:


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Post by: bunny1kenobi on January 20, 2015 02:39:52 PM
RBR, we'd all love to see what you are posting!  Is there any way that you could just post a link to the picture and make a note to the recipient not to look? That way those who aren't going to be on the receiving end of your efforts can show appreciation for your hard work!  :D



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Post by: rockingbearranch on January 20, 2015 03:23:41 PM
Curiosity getting ya?  ;) I'll round that all up shortly.

Ok, updated these and the one on page 31. I am not that technically gifted so I lost the pictures twice while trying to get them up somewhere.


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Post by: bunny1kenobi on January 20, 2015 06:34:41 PM
Thank you for doing that, RBR!  Smeddley is going to love her gifts!  I'm very fond of the hobby one myself!  ;D


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Post by: storerboughtcreations on January 20, 2015 10:07:00 PM
Prompt:  January Battle Royale - Cold
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: (include which bonus points you think you've earned, e.g., Giver, Engineering, UFO)
Project Name: Chevron Infinity Scarf
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: This cheerful scarf will keep you warm on a cold day.
Project Picture:





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Post by: elliot_anne on January 20, 2015 10:53:29 PM
Prompt: Frozen Tundra
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: N is for Narwhal!
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437767.0
Brief Description: N is for Narwhal is actually an inside joke in our family. When we were having a discussion about narwhals, Jeremy said they were mythical creatures. He would not believe me when I told him they were real until I showed him actual pictures of them. There's no way we COULDN'T include them on our mythical creature wall for baby Charlotte.

This fits the prompt because Narwhals live in the frigid Arctic waters of the north. :)
Project Picture:







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Post by: artsycandice on January 20, 2015 11:28:55 PM
Awww, cute narwhal!!

The scarf looks cozy too. :)


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Post by: LovelyMiss on January 21, 2015 08:11:54 AM
Congratulations to Ludi for her Featured Project (https://www.craftster.org/blog/january-21-2015-featured-projects/)!


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Post by: bunny1kenobi on January 21, 2015 08:26:46 AM
Cute scarf, great colors!

And such a cute narwhal!  Your baby's room is going to look so stylin'!  I hope you will post a pic of the room after the collection is complete!

And a big congrats to Ludi!  (As if there was ANY doubt that her project would be less than STUNNING...  :D)


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Post by: gozer on January 21, 2015 09:43:09 AM
Prompt: Red Alert - National Hobby Month
Team: Wordy!!
Bonus Points:-0-
Project Name: Curious Bunny ATC
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: My favorite hobby besides sewing would have to be drawing and I think drawing slightly beats out sewing because I can do it at my desk at work. That is where this little guy got sketched out. I sent him to rockingbearranch in the January ATC swap.
Project Picture:



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Post by: rockingbearranch on January 21, 2015 09:49:32 AM
And I love him!  :D Bunny keeping is a great hobby too.


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Post by: gozer on January 21, 2015 09:54:02 AM
 My bunny is being kept in the bathroom right now. It's a big bathroom but he is still getting stir crazy. He wants back outside but I cannot sleep with him out in the cold.


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Post by: bunny1kenobi on January 21, 2015 10:47:35 AM
Darling bunny!  I do think bunnies are adorable, but my poor honey is allergic so I'm the only bunny at our house.  :D


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Post by: Ludi on January 21, 2015 10:50:28 AM
Thank you, bunny1!   :-*

How cute that bunny is, gozer! 


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Post by: artsycandice on January 21, 2015 10:55:36 AM
Awww, cute bunny!


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Post by: elliot_anne on January 21, 2015 11:17:26 AM
Aww, the bunny is so cute! I love his little nosie! I haven't made ATC's in a long time and he's so cute it makes me wanna make some more. :)


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Post by: kwality570 on January 21, 2015 04:26:28 PM
Prompt:  January Battle Royale - Warm
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: UFO
Project Name: Ripple Stitch Crochet Blanket
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: What's a better way to keep warm than snuggling up with a fuzzy afghan?  I started this for my friend early in the year last year in hopes to give it to her for Christmas.  She had seen one on my couch that I made in a similar fashion and asked for me to will it to her.  I picked it back up in December to try to finish it and only got about half way done.  I just finished it last night and I'm soooo proud.  It's soft and fuzzy and warm.  I told my friend that after all of that work, she needed to pretend she liked it even if she doesn't. :)
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Post by: kwality570 on January 21, 2015 04:29:34 PM
elliot_anne - Great Dragon and narwhal.  Super cute!!! Your baby is going to have the cutest decorations.
Calabaza – great Macaron coin purse! I can’t imagine having the patience to work on something so small. Great job.
CraftADDchick – Love that painting. The bright green is great!
Vincentvanbuck – you’ve been busy!  Love everything you’ve made, especially the Tardis plastic canvas piece.  Reminds me of doing plastic canvas when I was younger, but the stocking is great too!
Mountains and clouds – love the scarf!  Looks so warm and cozy.  Your Blythes are adorable as well.
Smeddley – Love the boxes – aren’t Silhouette machines fun?  I haven’t used mine in a long time.  Makes me want to break it out again. ☺  LOVE love LOVE the wallet!
Gozer – You seem to be an expert scarf and shirt designer. I love them all. The bunny card is the cutest thing ever. I want to squeeze him/her!!!
Storerboughtcreations – nice scarf!


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Post by: alwaysinmyroom on January 21, 2015 06:14:13 PM
Your afghan is striking!  If your friend really does not like it, I can send you my address... ;D.

It is lovely and she is lucky to have a friend like you!


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Post by: gozer on January 21, 2015 06:51:21 PM
Ooh! That is awesome Kwality570! We have been talking to each other about our projects and we were both doing blankets (well mine was the quilt and that's a blanket to me) and encouraging each other to finish. I'm so glad to actually see it! Love the colors, especially that green stripe. It looks so warm and cozy! Love it!


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Post by: storerboughtcreations on January 21, 2015 10:25:09 PM
Prompt:  January - C.O.L.D
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: 10 for using all the letters of COLD
Project Name: Colt Of Lovely Daintiness
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: This little colt starts with the letter C.
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Post by: bunny1kenobi on January 22, 2015 05:56:44 AM
Nice work, Kwality!  Doesn't it feel great to have a big project like that done?  :D

Your colt is so cute, SBC!  Crochet continues to elude me, so I am always in awe of amigurumi...


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Post by: Ludi on January 22, 2015 06:29:14 AM
Amazing crochet creations!  :D


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Post by: artsycandice on January 22, 2015 08:09:15 AM
Awwww, cute!!


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Post by: Bigmommaj on January 22, 2015 05:27:10 PM
beautiful!!  I envy your talent!


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Post by: Smeddley on January 22, 2015 06:09:41 PM
The bunny ATC is ADORABLE, that afghan looks cozy, and that horse is so cuddly looking!  I've finally finished my mammoth beginning of the year project (why oh why didn't I turn this into a research project?) so maybe I can make some progress on these prompts!

Prompt:  January: C.O.L.D.
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: +10 for C.O.L.D.
Project Name: Crafted Organized List Digest
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437807.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437807.0)
Brief Description:  My Goal Book 2015 is finally done!  I've just typed up a ton on the project page, so go there if you want the full story, but basically it's a scrappy/arty/journally book of goals for the upcoming year

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Post by: Ludi on January 23, 2015 06:56:41 AM
Organized people impress the heck out of me.  I'm impressed, Smeddley!   :D



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Post by: kwality570 on January 23, 2015 07:36:22 AM
Adorable colt!

Hindsight is 2015 book is adorable. Cute name!!!


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Post by: bunny1kenobi on January 23, 2015 07:54:15 AM
Smeddley, I am soooooo digging your book!  It's a thing of beauty!


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Post by: artsycandice on January 23, 2015 08:14:05 AM
That book is pretty stellar.


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Post by: Mountains and Clouds on January 23, 2015 08:33:29 AM
I agree on the book!  Awesome job, Smeddley! 

Also, all you amazing crocheters, I envy your skills!


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Post by: roler on January 23, 2015 10:22:47 AM
elliot_anne - I just looked up the carousel patterns on Urban Threads you were talking about, and wow, that is an awesome set!  Can't wait to see the rest you make!  Your dragon is super cute too!  I think your whole alphabet series idea is really cute; can't wait to see the whole set eventually!  How funny that he thought narwhals weren't real!!  It sure makes an adorable hoopla, too! 

Calabaza - I think your POW! macaron is my favorite yet!  Also, hottokeeki is definitely the Japanese word for pancakes (just the Japanese pronunciation of "hotcake"), yeah.  I hadn't really thought of them as different from our pancakes, except that here they're generally considered a dessert, not a breakfast, although Eggs 'n Things just made it over here and there's kind of a pancake boom going on now.  I think sometimes the pancakes here are a little richer than back home?  Anyway, yours look delicious!

craftADDchick - Beautiful painting!  I love the bright colors in the background and the contrast with the black trees - very striking!  I've never been to a painting party, but it sounds really fun!

vincentvanbuck - I think you know how much I loooove all those projects!  I've been showing them off to my friends since I got them. :)  I'll definitely be using that stocking next year!  It's so pretty!! XD

Ludi - I think it's really cool that you're continuing with the petit point, despite the intimidation factor!  Often when I finish a scary project, I need a good long break from it before I'm willing to jump back into the same style again, but your way sounds like a much better way to cement your new skills!  Looking forward to the results of this next one too - if they're anything as cool as your last, they'll be fantastic! XD

Mountains and Clouds - Eep!  I have to admit I'm still a little creeped out by a lot of dolls (maybe heard too many possessed doll stories as a kid?), but I do like those cool modifications you added to yours!  I can definitely see the anime influence!  Very cute dotee!!  I haven't made one yet, although I was reeeally tempted to join the current fauna-themed swap!  Finally decided I shouldn't over-book myself though, as I'm doing a couple of other swaps already.  Way to finish that scarf!  I find that when I knit, I either do things all in the course of a few days, or spread out over years as I repeatedly forget the project exists. ;p  I love those cheerful colors you used!  Wow, what cute tiny paper cranes!  I'm impressed at how precisely you can fold on that small scale!!  Hahaha, I remember getting dammit dolls at craft fairs when I was a kid!  I can still remember the little poem that was always pinned to them.  Yours is really cute!! :)  And great initiative, making your own notebooks so you can get 'em just like you like 'em!!

Smeddley - Love the color scheme you used for your tag set! :)  And hahaha, I wouldn't have thought anything of it if that had been your floor; space is at such a premium in my apartment that I put things wherever I can!  The wallet is beautiful!  What gorgeous fabrics!  And I hear ya about the stupid number of cards!  I personally quite like point cards, since I do tend to patronize the same few shops over and over, but man, do they ever take up a lot of room in my wallet!  I just commented on your main thread for that goal book, but it bears repeating that that thing is fantastic!  So artistic, and it looks really motivating as well!  Great idea!!

gozer - Oooh, more of your gorgeous patchwork scarves!  That's totally on my list of things to try, since I seriously love all the ones you've showed us so far!  I especially like the colors on that first one, and I like all the floral patterns, too!  Hahaha, great idea for that shirts, and also to use your finger for the texture!  And my brother's cat Cecil does exactly the same thing; he does NOT approve of me ignoring him to work on my crafts!  (Fortunately my new pets here in Japan won't be able to stop me crafting even if they want to, since they're over in their little cage most of the time!)  Your bunny card is just as sweet as can be!!  I really like your drawing style!

RBR - I tried to look at your linked projects, but for some reasons the links didn't work for me... is it just my computer?

SBC - Awesome scarf!!  I love how much the pink pops against the grey!  And that shape of scarf is so comfy and easy to wear; you don't have to worry about the ends flying off and getting caught on things, or falling off your neck!  And your horse is just the cutest thing!!  He looks a lot snugglier than a real horse, too! ;P  Awesome that he can stand up!

kwality570 - Awesome afghan!!  That looks like such a HUGE project!  I'm impressed that you finished it at all!  I'm sure your friend will be very grateful. :)  I like the scalloped effect a lot.


I'm about to go through and update Team Multimedia's HQ; if it looks like I've forgotten any of your projects, let me know!


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Post by: rockingbearranch on January 23, 2015 10:31:07 AM
I had a real hard time trying to get my pics up without displaying them like normal. User error for sure. I'll update after my partners receive for the swap with regular pics. Sorry.  :(


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Post by: vincentvanbuck on January 24, 2015 06:56:21 AM
The colt is just adorable!


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Post by: Calabaza on January 24, 2015 09:19:47 AM
Thanks, guys!

Roler, thanks for the info! The recipe was different from a lot of pancake recipes I've used because it didn't call for oil or melted butter and a bunch of sugar went in. I'm not complaining  :)

Neat idea with the goal book! I am also in love with the bunny ATC. The afghan is lovely! The little horse looks so cuddly. The orange diary is fantastic! I love orange.


Prompt:  January battle - cold
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points: UFO
Project Name: Magic 8 macaron
Project Link: not yet
Brief Description: This was another one that had to wait a while to get made after I did the fabric up.
My answer to that old conversation starter question- Would you rather be too hot or too cold -has always been too cold. I don't like it, but I don't like being too hot more. That being said, I can't wait for summer! This macaron has a metal zipper and, like all the other macarons, is built on metal buttons. Metal is cold to the touch.
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Post by: Mountains and Clouds on January 25, 2015 11:35:13 AM
Prompt: Red Alert: Narional Hobby Month
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points:
Project Name: hand-painted eye chips
Project Link:
Brief Description: one of my other-than-craft hobbies is (as you all have seen) Blythe... I've been painting many eye chips for them lately. It's so addicting....

Project Picture:


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Post by: storerboughtcreations on January 25, 2015 08:18:42 PM
Thank you everyone for the kind words about the colt. I wasn't completely happy with him, but we are our own worst critics.

I love that Magic 8 ball macaron. I always wanted a Magic 8 ball as a kid, but never did get one. It was always the fun toy to bring out at a slumber party to ask goofy questions to and see what the answers were. :)

I've been busy making a few things, so here they are:

Prompt:  Red Alert - New Year's Resolution
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: literary mannequin head
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I have never done paper mache before. I really wanted to try it, and since I hated my plain styrofoam mannequin head, I decided to tear up an old travel book and decorate the head. I used a water and flour mixture. I'm thinking next time I'll try watered down glue. I don't like the white residue that was left behind by the flour. I put a modge podge coat over the paper to smooth it out so that my projects don't snag or have residue rub off.
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Prompt:  January - Brrr
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: taupe infinity scarf
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Scarves keep you warm in the winter. This one is made with bulky yarn that is super soft. It feels great against your cheeks. I'm using my newly decorated mannequin head for the first time to model it.
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Prompt:  January - Freezing Point
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Look-Out Monster
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I'm trying to start selling my stuff in a consignment shop, so I've been trying to build up my stock more with cute items. I decided to make a monster with 32 eyes. This monster would be great for kids that are afraid of a monster under their bed. This guy can be placed on the floor to keep a look-out for the bad monsters under the bed and keep the child safe. All those extra eyes means he won't miss a thing!
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Prompt:  Red Alert - National Hobby Month
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Crochet stitch markers
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Of all of the crafts I do, I crochet the most. Since I seem to have ADD when it comes to completing projects, I often have half finished WIPs laying around. When I go back to them, I can't remember what hook size I was using on the project. Now I have these stitch markers to attach to the WIP for later! Sorry for the blurry photo
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Post by: storerboughtcreations on January 25, 2015 10:21:18 PM
Oops. Forgot one!

Prompt:  Red Alert - Holiday Spirit
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Jingle Bell Earrings
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I made these jingle bell earrings for my mom for Christmas. She loves to wear festive earrings, so I knew she would like these. She loved them! I forgot to take a photo though, so I had to wait for my sister to take a picture and send it to me. I couldn't do it myself because I'm in WA and my mom is in AK. I hope that's okay!
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Post by: roler on January 25, 2015 10:54:14 PM
rockingbearranch - No need to apologize! I often have difficulty with pictures on craftster too.  All my vertical pictures end up sideways!  I've sometimes been able to fix it by renaming the picture in an editing program to make a new file, but it's a big pain and I don't always have the patience. ;P  I wonder what makes it do that?

Calabaza - Oooh, that POW macaron was my favorite so far but this 8-ball one is right up there with it!  I love that it has the Yes and No inside as well!  What a cute and clever idea!!

Mountains and Clouds - Wow, you're on a roll with those eyes!  I think my favorites are the second from the top.  Such a striking color!

storerboughtcreations - Oh my goodness have you ever been busy!!  I think the mannequin head looks pretty cool even with the white residue, but even if you don't care for it, at least you learned something for next time! XD  Mod podge is such an awesome thing; I'm actually planning to use it for one of my upcoming projects, if I can get out and buy the supplies in time...  The taupe scarf is just gorgeous!  Where did you get those amazing buttons?  They add so much character to the simple color.  Heeeee, the monster is adorable!!  I love that you were able to use the prompt as inspiration for something new!  I don't know enough about crochet to understand exactly what the stitch markers are for, but I think I kinda get the idea.  I like that yours are both useful and super cute!  And those jingle bell earrings are wonderfully festive! I bet your mom will wear them every year from now on!!

Meanwhile, I'm really sorry I haven't been holding up my end of the crafting, Team Multimedia.  These last few months have been a total whirlwind for me, and I still don't feel quite back into the swing of things in Japan!  I'm gonna do my best to do the Battle and Mob by the end of the month, at least, and hopefully February will clear up a bit more!  At least I've got a couple of swaps to really force me to get going. XD


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Post by: gozer on January 26, 2015 10:19:02 AM
 Storerboughtcreations – Love the colors of the gray and pink chevron scarf. Very cute horse. He looks so sweet. Neat paper mache head. I keep saying I am going to try that, thanks for the heads up about the residue. Cool scarf. I really like the buttons you used. Great idea with the monster. All those eyes remind me of the friendly monster on Monsters University. Cool beadwork too.
 Elliot_anne – The narwhale is adorable! Very soft pretty colors.
 Smeddley – Very cool journal.  Love having goals.
 Calabaza – That is a fun macaron!
 Mountains and Clouds – Very cool eye chips! They look great.


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Post by: rockingbearranch on January 26, 2015 11:48:37 AM
I love the many eyed monster. Too cute!

I updated page 36 with pictures now that my partner has their curiosities.


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Post by: gozer on January 26, 2015 12:09:57 PM
rockingbearranch - The voodoo doll is cute but those books are absolutely grand! I love them. Very cool!


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Post by: cmarion3 on January 26, 2015 01:30:47 PM
Watered down white glues works very well for paper mache. Leaves it smooth and with a bit of a gloss. I covered my dirty, stained foam head with music. It's lovely now, not creepy gross.


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Post by: storerboughtcreations on January 28, 2015 12:23:27 AM
I believe these are the last two prompts I had left for this month, so now to wait until the February prompts are posted! This month was a lot of fun!

Prompt:  January - Flash Mob
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Beaded snowflake
Project Link: http://beadwork.about.com/od/beadedearrings/tp/Beaded-Snowflake-Earrings-Pattern.01.htm
Brief Description: Snow gives me the chills. I hate it. After living in SD and AK, I've had my fill of snow for a lifetime. It's a bad 4 letter word in our house. I was originally going to make two of these and make earrings, but since the first one took me 3 hours, I decided I'd make a brooch instead. I sewed a bar pin to the back.
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Prompt:  January - Frozen Tundra
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Cozy Penguin
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Most penguins live in the coldest place on earth. And they're super cute, so I couldn't resist making one :) This pattern was interesting to follow. It was originally written in Russian, and I used Google Translate to switch it to English. I had to do my own thing for a few pieces because the translation made no sense, but it was a lot of fun.
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Post by: kwality570 on January 28, 2015 06:23:04 AM
Cutest. Penguin. Ever. 
Love the brooch too!


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Post by: Ludi on January 28, 2015 06:23:28 AM
Adorable penguin!  I want to squeeze him.  :)

Finally can turn in some things:

Prompt:  January - COLD
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points:  none
Project Name:  Cute Odd Little Dotee
Project Link:
Brief Description:  Mini-dotee sprout doll for monnie in the Imbolc Garden Dreams Swap.
Project Picture:



Prompt:  Alert - Holiday Spirit
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points:  none
Project Name:  Wheel of the Year Mug Mat
Project Link:
Brief Description:  Mug mat for monnie in the Imbolc Garden Dreams Swap.  Printed fabric.
Project Picture:





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Post by: rockingbearranch on January 28, 2015 08:08:57 AM
Prompt: January Challenge Frozen Tundra
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Winter Shades Oven Mitts
Project Link:
Brief Description: The colors of this fabric reminds me of a winter evening and the shades that reflect off the snow. I am so thankful that I will never see these wonders of nature again. I hate the cold! The base material is a set of dollar store oven mitts that were grungy and needed a refresh. I didn't quilt them because they are really too thick even for my industrial sewing machine. I broke one needle that fell into the machine and required a total service to find the shard. Don't try this at home! I added a ruffle for splash protection that the original mitts didn't have.
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Post by: bunny1kenobi on January 28, 2015 09:44:27 AM
That penguin is soooo cute!

And Ludi, your little seedling is adorable as well, and I like the TM patch as well.

RBR, those are great colors on the oven mitts!

Prompt:  January Battle - Warm
Team: WORDY!!
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name:Bachelor's Buttons
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I made this for the ATC swap, so rockmygypsysoul, if you happen to be on this thread, no peeking!!  :D  Flowers need warmth to grow.
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Prompt:  Red Alert - New Year's Resolution
Team: WORDY!!
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name:Retribution
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I made this for the ATC swap, so spikefan, if you happen to be on this thread, no peeking!!  :D  I bought some watercolor pencils a while back and this is my first project with them. I quite like the way this turned out.
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Post by: gozer on January 28, 2015 10:46:52 AM
 Storerboughtcreations -  Adorable Pengiun! Love the hat and scarf!
 Ludi – wonderful dotee. It looks so peaceful!
 RBR – wonderful idea on sprucing up the oven mitts!
 Bunny1kenobi – Love the ATC’s! The first one is very pretty and peaceful. And yay for the new medium. Looks like you have the touch with it!


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Post by: bunny1kenobi on January 28, 2015 12:06:37 PM
Thanks, Gozer!


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Post by: gozer on January 28, 2015 12:30:46 PM
I want to officially revise my Research Project. Instead of five purse (cas I have one cut out and apparently no motivation to actually sew it) I am going to switch to 5 patchwork scarves. Those take me just about the same amount of time but I am more interested in them right now.

Research Project Name: 5 scrappy scarves.
Team: Wordy
Brief Description: I will pull together all my scraps and patchwork together 5 scarves of different colors/themes.
 Week 1: Pick out color schemes and/or themes. Check thru scraps to coordinate some.
 Week 2: start patchworking.
 Week 3: Continue patchworking.
 Week 4: Patchwork and sew back of scarves.


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Post by: LovelyMiss on January 28, 2015 01:45:34 PM
Congratulations to kwality570, Ludi, rockingbearranch, Smeddley.  You are the Nerds of the Week (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5266606#msg5266606).

Remember, if there is a project or player you would like to nominate for Nerd of the Week, just PM LovelyMiss.


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Post by: Calabaza on January 28, 2015 04:25:08 PM
Thanks!

It must be getting towards the end of the month with all these projects! Storerboughtcreations, that is indeed the cutest penguin ever! Beautiful fabric, rockingbearranch. Congratulations, nerds!

Gozer, noooo! I wanted to see your purses! Well, I want to see your scarves too, so that dulls the pain I guess.  :)


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Post by: rockingbearranch on January 29, 2015 07:21:46 AM
Awesome! Go nerds!  ;D

I updated page 31 with my hoopla now that my partner has received.


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Post by: artsycandice on January 29, 2015 07:42:08 AM
I updated page 31 with my hoopla now that my partner has received.

My view must number things differently because I can never seem to find the post you edit. I tried page 30 and 32 as well. Can you share the direct link to that post please?


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Post by: rockingbearranch on January 29, 2015 07:59:45 AM
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5279869#msg5279869

I hope that is it. I am very technologically challenged.


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Post by: artsycandice on January 29, 2015 08:50:53 AM
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5279869#msg5279869

I hope that is it. I am very technologically challenged.

Ooh, that worked! Thank you!!

That is very pretty. I like the way you finished it without a hoop.


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Post by: LovelyMiss on January 29, 2015 09:44:14 AM
Okay, time to catch up on comments and overdose on exclamation points!  :D

Ludi - Awesome geneology stuff!  I hope you'll share the website with us when it's done.  And congratulations on finishing your epic Research Project...it really came together!  Good luck on your new one, too!  I have to say, I am surprised you're doing another petit point project!  Good for you!  Sweet little dotee, and I love the print on your mug mat!

FreakieGeekie - Great way to use up some of that camo!

elliot_anne - Wonderful embroidery hoops!  The steampunk seahorse is awesome, and the little zombear, narwhal, and dragon are all so cute!

rockingbearranch - The flower and bug hoop is so pretty!  Great voodoo doll, and that stack of books fantastic!  I love those colorful oven mitts!

Calabaza - I love the vibrancy of that POW purse, and of course the magic 8 ball is just so cute and clever!  Great prompt interpretation for your Hottokeki!  Yum!

craftADDchick - I specifically wanted to tell you that I had the screen open when you first posted your snow/tree painting and my fiance walked by and said, "That's so cool!  Could you do something like that?"  :D  I think it turned out great!

vincentvanbuck - You set roler up for some stylish days on the town! :D  What a great use of neckties.  Your perler projects turned out fab, and the stocking so lovely!  Awesome TARDIS box, too!

Mountains and Clouds - I LOVE those anime eyes!  I look at Blythes every few months and contemplate getting one, but I still haven't made the leap.  The tree dotee is so cute, and way to go finishing your scarf!  And all those tiny paper cranes!  Squee, so cute!  That's a sweet little dammit doll, too!  Fun that you make your own notebooks...I don't like the lined ones too much either.

Smeddley - How fun that you got a Silhouette!  Great and fun idea for your husband, and I love how your wallet turned out...such pretty colors!  And your Goal Book is so fantastic!  (I was happy to see the page where you kept all of your fruit and veggie stickers.  I've done that since I was a kid...though now they are more organized on paper and displayed on the side of the fridge, instead of random switch plate covers around the house! :D )

gozer - I love your scrappy scarves!  Good luck on your revised Research Project, too!  I'm finding that you have the right idea...make the Research Project something you actually want to do!  Nice stenciled shirts, too!  And I love the bunny's expression on that ATC!

storerboughtcreations - Ooh, I love that scarf!  The stripy pink reminds me a bit of Molly's scarf on Sherlock.  :D  Your amis are so adorable!  The mannequin head turned out awesome!  A great model for such a pretty scarf!  Cute little monster, too, and such a smart idea for the stitch markers!  Festive earrings and brooch, too!

kwality570 - What a lovely blanket!  I don't see a way that your friend could NOT love it!  :D

bunny1kenobi - Nice secret ATCs!  They turned out great!


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Post by: craftADDchick on January 29, 2015 01:16:18 PM
Thanks, LovelyMiss! And, you absolutely could do something like that! I could attempt to sketch out a little tutorial for you, if you'd like :) When it's broken down into steps, it's totally manageable!

I'm hoping to finish my January Battle project tonight! I pulled a muscle shoveling yesterday, so I'm hoping it isn't a problem. I think if I don't move my arms a lot, I should be okay :)


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Post by: RedheadWithThread on January 29, 2015 01:21:33 PM
Prompt: January Battle Royale- WARM vs Cold
Team: Fandom
Project Name:  Long stem red rose
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437898.0
I am NOT a fan of cold weather. AT ALL. I mean, yes, it's more sane to wear lots of black when it's cold out but I just love warmth/heat. (My dad says I'm part dragon.) Though I've got seasonal allergies, I love when the weather gets warm because my mom's rose bush goes into full bloom and it looks spectacular. Actually, the crazy thing blooms in the cold sometimes, too, but there are more roses on it in the warm weather. So, in the spirit of warmth, have a long stem red rose!



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Post by: Ludi on January 29, 2015 05:16:38 PM
Thank you, LovelyMiss.  :)

Oo, that rose is lovely, Freakie.

Prompt:  January Battle - Warm!
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points:  none
Project Name:  Curious Object
Project Link:
Brief Description: Object for Wulf in the Curiosity Cabinet Swap.  It comes from a tropical place.  No peeking, Wulf!
Project Picture:

https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/123133_29Jan15_curiosity2.jpg


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Post by: RedheadWithThread on January 29, 2015 09:17:29 PM
That's a lovely curiosity, Ludi. Very pretty and unique :D


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Post by: LovelyMiss on January 29, 2015 09:21:52 PM
Prompt:  January Battle Royale - Warm
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Scarf
Brief Description:  If this was hot vs. cold I would go with cold, but since it's warm vs. cold, I decided to go with warm.  Scarves help keep one nice and toasty.

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Prompt:  January - Flash Mob
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Scarf
Brief Description:  Another scarf, to fight off the chills.

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Prompt:  January - Frozen Tundra
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Fleece Swiffer Dusters
Brief Description:  We love Swiffer Dusters, but I wanted to try out a reusable option.  These are made from fleece, which is a handy material for the cold.  So far they seem to be working okay.  Haven't washed them yet, though.

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Prompt:  Red Alert - National Hobby Month
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  Giver
Project Name:  Days for Girls drawstrings
Brief Description:  I'm still chugging away on a bunch of drawstring bags and other items for Days for Girls.  Sewing and crafting is my favorite hobby, by far!  ;D

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Post by: LovelyMiss on January 29, 2015 09:42:25 PM
Research Project Proposal

Research Project Name:  Days for Girls Shields
Team:  Randomizer
Brief Description: My other project didn't pan out...I just didn't get enough time before we had to go back to school.  I finished two scarves, and shared them with two of my friends (chosen because I hadn't done much for them compared to the other members of my cohort, and because one of them commented on a similar scarf I wore last month).  Anyway, I ordered some PUL fabric and plan to give Days for Girls shields a try.  It's the one kit item I haven't attempted yet because I never thought my sewing was up to par...but I think I've made enough progress that I will give it a try and see how it goes.  I would like to finish six to 10 shields.  I am not sure how long they will take, and if I decide I can't stitch well enough yet, I don't want to over-commit.  It's a trial, and will defintely require research!  :D


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Post by: bunny1kenobi on January 30, 2015 05:53:07 AM
MMM, I love roses, and yours is a beauty (no pun intended), Freakie!

Lovely Miss, you have been very busy!  I really like the yarn you used on the scarves - so pretty!  I need to make myself some of those swifter thingies.  It's so cool that you are going to stretch your sewing muscles on such a great charity project!



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Post by: Ludi on January 30, 2015 09:06:22 AM
Prompt: January Flash - The Chills!
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points:  none
Project Name:    Terrordactyl
Project Link:
Brief Description:  Dotee for crazyda in the Dotee Fauna Swap.  

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Post by: Calabaza on January 30, 2015 09:40:24 AM
Thank you!

Great projects, LM! I love the colors in the yarn you used for those scarves.

The rose is lovely, FG!

Thanks for posting the link, rbr. It made it nice and easy to find!



Prompt:  January mob
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points: UFO
Project Name: radioactive macaron
Project Link: not yet
Brief Description: This is another one that finally got made. A nuclear winter would be chilly.
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Prompt: red alert holiday spirit
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: exploding etui
Project Link: 
Brief Description: This was made for a friend for Christmas. I am really, really slow on the whole uploading photos thing  ::)
Project Picture:


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Post by: RedheadWithThread on January 30, 2015 11:18:04 AM
Ooh LovelyMiss those scarfs are fabulous! I need to make some of those Swiffer things! They look amazing and will surely cost much, much less than the refill packs!

Calabaza, love that macaron! I love things with radioactive symbols on them. I used to draw that symbol on my folders and binders in school :D That etui is pretty cool! That's another project that I definitely need to tackle. I'm always losing my needles :P

That's what I love about this thread: I see awesome nerdy things and want to make myself at least half of the awesome stuff I see :D


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Post by: bunny1kenobi on January 30, 2015 12:53:34 PM
Wow, Ludi, crazyda is going to love that!

The macaron is so cool, calabaza!  You come up with some of the most interesting designs!  And the exploding box is great - I need a few of those myself!


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Post by: Smeddley on January 30, 2015 09:14:14 PM
Prompt:  January Battle : Cold!
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: none
Project Name: Winter painting
Project Link: none
Brief Description: While it was unseasonably warm the night we went to Vino Van Gogh, we painted a snowy landscape - and I prefer the cold!



Prompt:  January Mob
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: none
Project Name: mini Vino Van Gogh winter landscape
Project Link: none
Brief Description: What is more chilly than a cold mountain landscape?  While we were painting our big painting, my little visitor Willow painted a tiny version!



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Post by: Ludi on January 31, 2015 07:27:25 AM
Smeddley, both you and Willow look to have some painting talent!   ;)


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Post by: crazyda79 on January 31, 2015 10:14:25 AM
Oh goodness, I have not posted anything this month but I promise I have been crafting away.  I wanted to drop the two time sensitive prompts before I forget about them.

Prompt:  January Battle- Warm
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Cruise Memories
Project Link:
Brief Description: My Friend LOVES to go on cruises and does about 2 a year.  I made him and his wife this frame for Christmas.  The picture taken was one she took on one of their cruises. Even though I do not really like the warm, I had to go for it since the frame was a perfect fit for it.
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Prompt:  January Flash- chills
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Snowflake Matchbox
Project Link:
Brief Description: I made this for my partner, quaggy, in the Winterlicious Matchbox Swap.  It was my first matchbox ever.  I had fun making it.  I think snowflakes are pretty chilly and it makes me shiver to look at it.
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I'll post more later!


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Post by: roler on January 31, 2015 11:33:39 AM
Awesome stuff, everyone!  I don't have time to comment on stuff just yet, but I want to squeeze in a Battle Royale entry right at the end here!

It's part of my Box of Color swap for Renstar, so no peeking! XD

Prompt:  January Battle- Cold
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Purple Penguin
Project Link:
Brief Description:  To be honest, I vastly prefer warm to cold, but this little penguin doesn't!! 
Project Picture:
https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=661631&ppuser=336241


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Post by: roler on January 31, 2015 01:04:55 PM
Aaaaand, one more, just in under the line!  XD

Also part of my Box of Color swap for Renstar. :)

Prompt:  January Mob - The Chills
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Scary Skill
Project Link: Pinspiration - https://www.pinterest.com/pin/308074430734134903/
Brief Description:  Okay, this particular skull isn't too scary, but it reminds me of horror movies, which freak me out!  Definitely get the chills, especially the night after watching one!
Project Picture:
https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=661638&ppuser=336241

I'll update Team Multimedia's HQ in a few days when I finish my current commission!


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Post by: Tanath on January 31, 2015 04:43:12 PM
Oh boy, we are at 109 projects already, and each one is awesome :)

Here are a few more:

Prompt: January Battle - Warm vs. Cold
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: UFO
Project Name: Arm warmers, take 2
Project Link:
Brief Description:
A few years ago, I crocheted myself some arm warmers. My daughter saw them when we took a trip to Germany last spring and requested a pair. I started a few times and finally managed to complete them last month, just in time for the really cold weather we had.
I think I'll go with Warm here, as they are intended to keep my kids hands warm, and it warms my heart that she likes the stuff I make for her :)

Project Picture:
I'll try to get a picture of her actually wearing them, for now here they are held by the original pair.


Prompt: Freezing point
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Pudding cup cake
Project Link:
Brief Description:
Our fridge apparently wants to be a freezer when it grows up, so it's been randomly freezing food on different shelves. We had a couple of vanilla flavored pudding cups that froze and the unfroze, they were still good, but their texture wasn't as nice anymore. Off to Google to consult, and the result is a cake.
This fits the prompt as it was a literal result of freezing point, and also, I had to buy zero things for it, had all the ingredients at home.
(Our pudding cups are a bit different from the ones available in the US, as far as I know)

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Post by: Calabaza on January 31, 2015 04:51:32 PM
Thank you! Hmm, I didn't think anyone here would care for it. Well, I guess might have a prize to donate!

Wow on the painting skills!

That matchbox is adorable!

Tanath projects! Fridges that try to usurp the freezer are annoying, but I'm glad you got some delicious cakes.


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Post by: craftADDchick on January 31, 2015 07:44:57 PM
Nothing like down to the wire! I almost thought I'd have to go with my back-up plan :)

Prompt:  January Battle- Warm vs Cold (WARM!!!)
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  UFO (Engineering coming soon!)
Project Name: Hot Water Bottle Cozy
Project Link: n/a (coming soon)
Brief Description: After seeing a bunch of cute crocheted hot water bottle cozies around the internet, I had a compulsion to make one. I actually started this for a Games prompt a while ago (caregiver, maybe?) and have tried to make it for each round since, but it always got shuffled for something else. Now that it's cold here, and my muscles are aching from snow shoveling, I knew I really needed to finish it! It's made with 3 colors (green, royal blue and teal). If I make another one, I'll change the flap design at the bottom (I didn't want to use buttons) to make it a little neater looking. When I had it all finished, I figured out a better way to do it :)

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Post by: Ludi on February 01, 2015 06:17:21 AM
You did it!  Looks great!   :)


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Post by: craftADDchick on February 01, 2015 08:04:07 AM
Thanks, Ludi!


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Post by: bunny1kenobi on February 01, 2015 08:42:37 AM
I've had a busy weekend! And it looks like I'm not the only one! Those paintings are awesome, Smeddley!  And a hot water bottle cover- so smart!  I also like the wrist warmers, especially the purple ones.  Oh, and that matchbox is adorable, too!


Prompt:  Feb Edward Scissorhands
Team: WORDY!
Bonus Points: -0-
Project Name: Surprise for Rockingbearranch
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I made this for RBR for the Winter Battles swap (so no peeking!!  ;)) It involved a great deal of cutting, especially since I actually made several attempts before finally achieving success! This is my first Silhouette project.
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Prompt:  Feb Basket Case
Team: WORDY!
Bonus Points: -0-
Project Name: Another Surprise for Rockingbearranch
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I made this for RBR for the Winter Battles swap (so no peeking!!  ;)) This is actually inspired by Calabaza! (Thank you) It is the first time I have tried something like this and I like how it came out.  This was my second attempt - the first one didn't go nearly as well, but it was always intended as a practice run, so I wasn't too broken up about it.
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For shipping / storage
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=661684)

Prompt:  Feb Dye Me A River
Team: WORDY!
Bonus Points: -0-
Project Name: Vintage Tailor
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I made this for Allagrae in the ATC swap. The theme was Vintage Tailor, and this was made primarily with marker (lotsa ink)!  ;)  I don't think she is on this thread so I'm not going to hide this one. STASH ONLY project.
Project Picture:



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Post by: Ludi on February 01, 2015 09:30:22 AM
I like the things, bunny!  :)


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Post by: Calabaza on February 01, 2015 08:43:09 PM
I need that ATC! I must remember that theme. Must.


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Post by: artsycandice on February 01, 2015 10:27:41 PM
I am not going to comment on things individually this time because I only have a few moments without the kids in my lap, ha!
There is so much awesome here!!! Wow. You guys are all so inspiring. I'm going to go scroll through to make sure I didn't miss seeing anything. Just wow.


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Post by: crazyda79 on February 02, 2015 01:30:08 AM
Time to complete my January prompts.  I feel so behind in posting and commenting but I promise I am looking at all the projects posted and am so in awe of everything everyone has completed!  Great job everyone!

Prompt:  January- Brr it's cold
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Washi tape candles
Project Link:
Brief Description: When it's cold, fire warms you up and what best to make fire than candles?  I made these up for my coworkers for Christmas.  They are tealight candles I wrapped with washi tape.
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Prompt:  January- Freezing Point
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Puffin Hoop
Project Link:
Brief Description: Made for DaphidilyArt in the Hoopla Swap.  This puffin was so fun to create using both felt and embroidery.  I am slowly getting better at my embroidery but still not there yet.  Puffins live in temperatures from 32-64 degrees.
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Prompt:  January- C.O.L.D
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points: 10 for using all letters of COLD
Project Name: Cute Owl Looking Dapper
Project Link:
Brief Description: This is a cute owl looking dapper matchbox made for my partner in the matchbox swap.  Her themes included winter birds and winter clothing so I combined them into this.  This was my second matchbox and I had so much fun creating it.
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Prompt:  January- You're as Cold as Ice
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Sheldon Quote Hoop
Project Link:
Brief Description: I had originally made this for the hoopla-along for January but forgot to load it in time for the month.  It is a great snarky quote from one of my favorite characters from the Big Bang Theory. Sheldon can be a bit cold in his ways even though he is really quite loveable.
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Prompt:  January- Frozen Tundra
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: penguin duct tape pen
Project Link:
Brief Description: Duct tape pens are still one of my favorite go-to crafts so when I did the Quick Stocking Stuffer swap, it made sense to include a few pens.  This one is made from penguin duct tape and penguins live in one of the coldest places in the world.  Antarctica is the most frozen tundra that I can think of.
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Post by: storerboughtcreations on February 02, 2015 02:58:05 AM
I love the new prompts. I especially love the challenge of using only stash items as much as possible. I can't afford to go spend money on crafty things at the moment, so it's nice to get the extra bonus. Besides, I need to use up some of my yarn stash so that I have an excuse to buy more yarn in the future! :)

Prompt:  February - Basket Case
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Owl basket
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: STASH ONLY! I just finished this owl basket. At first I intended to make the entire basket light purple, but I didn't have enough purple to finish. Since I had to use yarn from my stash, I decided to use a light green on top. I'm glad I had to use a second color because I like how the main body is broken up. The main basket part is crocheted using two strands of worsted weight yarn at once, so my shoulder is killing me. I think the pain is worth it though. I like how the basket came out. I think I will be using it to hold the current WIP I happen to be working on. It's just big enough for a baby blanket sized project or smaller.
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Post by: bunny1kenobi on February 02, 2015 06:18:00 AM
Ooooh,  cute stuff!  I especially like the puffin and the owl basket.


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Post by: Ludi on February 02, 2015 06:21:54 AM
I especially like the penguin hoop and the owl basket!   :)


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Post by: Calabaza on February 02, 2015 07:14:19 AM
Crazyda, the puffin hoop is stellar! i love matchboxes. Washi tape intrigues me greatly.. How well does it stick to the candle wax?

Storerboughtcreations, the two-tone owl looks great! I think I like it better than if it were a single color.


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Post by: roler on February 02, 2015 07:19:49 AM
RBR - That voodoo doll is super cute!  I love its wild hair!  But I'm even more impressed with the tiny books.  I LOVE them!  Totally repinned those little guys. XD Nice remake job on the colorful oven mitts as well!  

SBC - Very cute beaded snowflake, and OMG I LOVE YOUR PENGUIN!!!  The little scarf and outfit really make him extra special and cuddly looking!  And that owl basket may be the absolute cutest basket I have ever seen!  I agree - the two colors makes it a lot nicer than the original plan.  Great use of your stash!  And it looks useful for containing more of the stash!  

Ludi - Your COLD dotee looks so sweet and peaceful. :)  It makes me wonder what it'll grow up into!  And your wheel of the year mug mat is so pretty.  I LOVE how you stitch the corners on these things.  They look so precise and nice with that perfect diagonal stitch.  Aaaah, awesome tropical thing for the Warm battle!  I can't say details since it's still hidden but it's GREAT!!  Also, I love, love, LOVE the pterodactyl!!  It's so cute, with so much personality! :)  Oh my goodness its delightful. XD

bunny1kenobi - Don't wanna say too much about your secret ATCs, but I like them, and it's cool to see the totally different styles between them! :)  Oooh, nice use of your new Sillhouette!  I think RBR is going to love your gifts!  The tailoring ATC is really elegant indeed!  Did you free-hand all that? It's beautiful!

gozer - I'm excited to hear you'll be doing more of those scrappy scarves, since I REALLY like them!  I've been pinning yours so far, so I can use them as inspiration at some point, once I get enough scraps of colors that go together!

FreakieGeekie - Great rose!  I love how full and 3-dimensional it is!!  Looks very lush. :)

LovelyMiss - The colors on those scarves are just gorgeous.  They look very calming and peaceful to me, and the scarves warm and cozy, too.  It's cool how many reusable cleaning supplies you've been making!  You must have a very clean and eco-friendly place!!  And your charity stuff is really cool too, also with beautiful fabrics!!  

Calabaza - You are really on a roll with these macarons!  I love the bold colors and interesting themes you've been going with!  Ooh, and I assumed that box was bigger until I saw it with your hand.  What a cute and convenient size!

Smeddley - I really admire your landscape... and Willow's!!  I've never had much experience with painting so I find it really intimidating, but yours look great!  The tiny one is SO cute! :)

crazyda79 - What a thoughtful personalized gift for your friends!  My parents also love putting up pictures from all their vacations!  They're both good decorations and great memories!  Cute matchbox, too!  And yes, snow definitely gives me the chills.  Brr!!  The washi tape on the candles is a really cool idea!  I just picked up some new tape yesterday; maybe I can do something similar!  Your puffin and owl are both totally adorable; I love the birds and the bright colors!  Hahaha, poor Sheldon's quote can be applied to all sorts of unfortunate situations.  And those pens are fantastic!  I'm sure people would stop stealing my darn pens if I had such easily-recognizable ones!  Hee hee!

Tanath - Really, 109?  Wow, what a productive group!  And those arm warmers look great - I often notice that even with gloves and long sleeves, a lot of chilly wind can run right up my sleeves through the wrists, so those things can be VERY helpful in the cold!  Pudding cup cake sounds lovely - where are you again?

craftADDchick - Way to get that project in just in time!  I like the nice bright colors! :)   I love that everyone's making such cozy-looking crafts.  I hate the cold, and just looking at all these warm things is helping me fight the chills!



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Post by: artsycandice on February 02, 2015 08:15:24 AM
Prompt:  February - Stamp the Yard
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: (include which bonus points you think you've earned, e.g., Giver, Engineering, UFO)
Project Name: Fabric journal page
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: I will be doing a private swap for journal pages all year with another member. I was inspired by the pages I was making for her and decided to make for myself too. Here is a page that features lots of stamping and using materials from my STASH ONLY!! Yay!! There is significantly more stamping on the back as I added words about motherhood and such. I don't have a picture of that though. :(
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Prompt:  February - Battle Royale: Fabric
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: Fabric Origami Cicada
Project Link: Fabric Origami Cicada Tutorial (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437506.msg5276422#msg5276422)
Brief Description: I was inspired by my son's origami book and took to making origami projects out of fabric. So, I vote fabric over paper. ;) STASH ONLY
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Prompt:  February - Dye Me A River
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: Bird ATCs
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: I made these using watercolors and microns. ATCs, just for me this time. STASH ONLY
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Post by: gozer on February 02, 2015 09:50:50 AM
 FreakieGeekie – Beautiful rose. Looks complicated to make.

 Ludi – That curious object is amazing! I love it. Beyond cool! The Terrordactyl is wonderful too. Reminds me of Pee Wee’s playhouse.
 
 LovleyMiss – I absolutely love the colors of the scarves you did. Did the swiffers work? If so I NEED to make some! I am constantly swifffering my fan blades. It’s kind of an obsession of mine. And the Days for Girls bags are such an amazing thing to do. They look great. Good luck with the shields.

 Calabaza – Cool radioactive macaron and that box is awesome! I am sure your friend loved it!

 Smeddley – Your picture turned out amazing and so did Willows! LOL!

 Crazyda79 – Wonderful frame for your friend. I like that the snowflakes are on pink paper instead of blue. Just looks neat. Great matchbox. Very pretty candles too. Great way to them fancy up. That puffin is too cute! Fantastic job on him!! Adorable matchbox too. True about Sheldon. LOL! Great hoopla for him. And you can never have enough pens! Especially cute one.
 
 Roler – Your items for the Box of Color swap are very cute!
 
 Tanath – Great arm warmers. Can’t get enough warm things this time of year! The pudding cup cakes look yummy too!

 CraftADDchick – The hot water bottle cozy looks like it would be nice and cozy when you use it!

 Bunny1kenobi – Awesome Edward project. I am sure she will love it. The basket case prompt is so perfect. Love the colors. Beautiful ATC. I like the design!

 Storerboughtcreations – that owl basket is absolutely adorable! I love the colors and his big eyes!

 Artsycandice – Great Stamp the Yard fabric journal page. I love the color combos and the tuffs of range fabric. Beautifully designed. Cool origami too! Fantastic bird ATC’s. I like the owls. They look so unamused. LOL!


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Post by: LovelyMiss on February 02, 2015 04:11:44 PM
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Post by: storerboughtcreations on February 02, 2015 04:52:33 PM
There are some awesome projects up. How on earth do you do so many things in one day?! That's quite a lot to finish so quickly!


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Post by: artsycandice on February 02, 2015 04:58:40 PM
There are some awesome projects up. How on earth do you do so many things in one day?! That's quite a lot to finish so quickly!

They weren't finished in one day. I wish I had that kind of time anymore! ;D I made them last month.


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Post by: Ludi on February 02, 2015 05:22:57 PM
I especially like the owl in the little top hat.  :)



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Post by: storerboughtcreations on February 02, 2015 08:03:33 PM
Ah, I see. I thought they had to be worked on in the month the prompt was given. It's just any time during the battle months?


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Post by: storerboughtcreations on February 02, 2015 11:39:22 PM
Prompt:  February - Stamp the Yard
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Ducky stationery
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Stash only! I have had this stamp for at least 11 years if not longer. I decided to make a few sheets of stationery I'll use to write a letter to one of my friends. I forgot I had it until this prompt reminded me!
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Post by: LovelyMiss on February 03, 2015 06:25:04 AM
Ah, I see. I thought they had to be worked on in the month the prompt was given. It's just any time during the battle months?

Yep, that's right!  Prompts can be crafted any time during the current season.  That way there is usually a way to fit in the things you're going to make anyway, and it's a little less stressful worrying about so many deadlines.  Not each month/week/day is equally conducive to crafting.  :D


Title: COMPLETED PROJECT - Feb Battle
Post by: rockingbearranch on February 03, 2015 04:13:35 PM
Prompt:  February Battle Royale - Paper
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: STASH ONLY
Project Name: Typing Chicas
Project Link:
Brief Description: I made this altered cigarelo tin for the Curiosity Swap. Some of the papers are from the same 1923 teachers magazine, a 1960s Workbasket, and a few modern papers. I think other than a couple of hoops and some thread, all of the things I have made for a few years have been stash only.
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Title: COMPLETED PROJECT - Paint the town
Post by: rockingbearranch on February 03, 2015 04:34:17 PM
Prompt: February Challenge Paint the Town
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: UFO, STASH ONLY
Project Name: Pin-o-flex pinhole camera
Project Link:
Brief Description: This is a project that I compiled for my sig other as a Christmas present roughly ten years ago. Needless to say, he never made it. I had to substitute a soda can from my recycle bin since I've lost the copper plate. The ring on the aperture is salvaged from a bra. It is really just a simple wooden box but I couldn't find the hack saw so used a loose blade that was set to go in the trash, sawing very carefully by hand. I don't have a huge variety of clamps so I go creative with books to hold it while the glue dried. It is roughly 1:3 scale to the box camera I have that I used for inspiration for the body style. It fits a half sheet of 5x7 photo paper. I photoshopped a camera front with my made up name, Pin-O-Flex. This was a ridiculous labor of love for what it is. Hope you like it!
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Post by: Calabaza on February 03, 2015 06:13:00 PM
Thank you!

Excellent pinhole camera!

Great batch of projects, artsycandice! I particularly like the flamingo ATC and the additional fabric origami cicadas. I noticed that you already claimed engineering points for the tutorial on your first batch of cool bugs. Does it have to be a new tutorial each time in order to get the bonus?


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Post by: LovelyMiss on February 03, 2015 08:58:49 PM
Does it have to be a new tutorial each time in order to get the bonus?

I love all the smart questions everyone is still coming up with, even in the sixth season!  Yes, a tutorial may only be submitted once for Engineering Bonus Points.  I will update the FAQ with more clear information on Bonus Points and the crafting time frame.


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Post by: LovelyMiss on February 03, 2015 10:34:05 PM
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Post by: LovelyMiss on February 03, 2015 10:34:31 PM
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Title: COMPLETED PROJECT - Steampunk Hat
Post by: rockingbearranch on February 04, 2015 07:31:28 AM
Prompt:  February Flash Mob
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: STASH ONLY
Project Name: Steampunk Hat
Project Link:
Brief Description: I made this for bunny1kenobi for the Nerd Battles Swap. She can peek since she is going to have to wait to use it due to my horrible plague-like cold. I was told the germs will die in three weeks without a host. Bear is modeling. It is a size up from a mini. I only lightly glued the flair so she can change it if needed.
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Post by: bunny1kenobi on February 04, 2015 07:46:03 AM
She said I could peek, so I did!  Holy moly, that's adorable!!!!  Thank you RBR!  Now having debilitating swap anxiety...  :P


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: artsycandice on February 04, 2015 07:58:41 AM
Thank you!

Excellent pinhole camera!

Great batch of projects, artsycandice! I particularly like the flamingo ATC and the additional fabric origami cicadas. I noticed that you already claimed engineering points for the tutorial on your first batch of cool bugs. Does it have to be a new tutorial each time in order to get the bonus?

Oh my goodness! My bad!! I need to find a way to better keep track of my submissions. Good grief. Sorry!!


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Post by: Ludi on February 04, 2015 08:28:11 AM
Excellent tiny steampunk!  :)



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Post by: gozer on February 04, 2015 09:53:15 AM
 That hat has bunny written all over it! Great job RBR!


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Post by: bunny1kenobi on February 04, 2015 11:27:57 AM
That hat has bunny written all over it! Great job RBR!

Yeah, it is TOTALLY me, isn't it?  ;D


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Post by: RedheadWithThread on February 04, 2015 01:08:32 PM
Prompt: Red Alert! - Love is in the Air
Team:Fandom
Project Name: Crochet rose bouquet
STASH ONLY! I made these for a customer who is a regular at the store where I work. She wanted light pink, dark pink, peach, and yellow. I'm not a huge fan of the darker pink because it just doesn't look that great with the others. Or maybe that's just me? ??? These are Valentine's Day gifts for her family. Nothing says "I love you" like rose.


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Post by: LovelyMiss on February 05, 2015 12:51:39 AM
Congratulations to Smeddley on her Featured Project (https://www.craftster.org/blog/february-4-2015-featured-projects/)!


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Post by: LovelyMiss on February 05, 2015 01:15:36 AM
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Post by: LovelyMiss on February 05, 2015 01:15:45 AM
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Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: storerboughtcreations on February 05, 2015 10:38:41 PM
Research Project Name: Grocery play food set
Team: Multimedia
Brief Description: I'm going to make some sacks of crocheted food with grocery lists attached, to sell as play sets for kids. I want to make a lot of food for multiple sets, so it will take a while to finish it all. I plan to first make a list of what I would like to include in each play set grocery bag, then I need to find (or create my own) patterns and test them to decide which patterns I'd like to use in the future. I plan to use this research project as a prototype of each set so that I can begin to make multiples to sell at the local farmers market or on consignment. I also need to create the grocery list tags I plan on using as well as find suitable bags to place each set in. The finished prototypes will be going to my 3 year old niece who has a ton of kitchen play set items she likes to play with, and I will get lots of cute photos of her playing with the sets to use on my website. I can't wait to get this done so I can see her playing with it!


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Post by: gozer on February 06, 2015 06:25:51 AM
Storerboughtcreations – Very cute stationary! I always feel special when I write on nice stationary. And best of luck with your research project! Sounds fun.

Rockingbearranch – That box is beautiful! Love the tone the colors set and the vintage feel. Cool camera, does it work? Can you show us a pic from it if it does? And that hat is SO bunny1kenobi. I know she is going to go crazy when she gets it.

FreakieGeekie – I think that I like the dark pink rose best. It’s one of my favorite colors.

Smeddley – Congrats! Your goals book was awesome!


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: artsycandice on February 06, 2015 07:41:45 AM
Woo hoo Smeddley! congrats!!

I am going to second that I really like the dark pink rose too. :)


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Post by: RedheadWithThread on February 06, 2015 12:51:40 PM
The dark pink rose is pretty but it just doesn't fit with the softer tones of the other roses. I should have done a pic of it by itself :P


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Post by: gozer on February 08, 2015 10:10:58 AM
 Hey guys little bit of a project dump for today. Included is my offering for the Raffle.

Prompt: January - You're as cold as ice
Team: Wordy!!
Bonus Points: -0-
Project Name: Cold ATC's
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I know how everyone on here seems to love bird, I just don't get it. They scare me to death with their pointy beaks and the way they nervously twitch around. Not to mention they can attack you from above and catch you unaware. Here is an ATC for the theme Bird Boy that I did for artsycandice. He's cold hearted, look into his eye (but not for long or he will attack). The second one is an ATC that I just did and may send out if it fits someone theme later. I was just in a drawing mood. She is an alien and we all know one day aliens will come down and destroy us all, a little cold if you ask me.
Project Picture:



Prompt: February - Edward Scissorhands
Team: Wordy!!
Bonus Points: Stash
Project Name: Dr Who Tardis Scarf
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Just take a look at all that cutting. This fits the copious cutting prompt without tweaking it, LOL! This will also be my prize for the Games. I was going to do a purse but I wasn't sure about shipping overseas right now and these would be a lot cheaper to ship. Hope at least some of you like it!
Project Picture:



Prompt: February - Stamp the yard.
Team: Wordy!!
Bonus Points: -0-
Project Name: ATC backs
Project Link:
Brief Description:  Although this project didn't utilize a stamp it is directly inspired by them. I recently rejoined the ATC swap and wanted to get a stamp for the backs. I looked and looked and nothing was what I wanted. I decided I wanted it to be more personal so I set about designing my own. It then took a sharp turn and I ended up making these.
Project Picture:


 I tested it out on the back of the card I sent Bunny1kenobi. Here is how it looks signed, titled, and dated.
 
Prompt: February - Love is in the air.
Team: Wordy!!
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Personalized ATC backs.
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: When I think of Valentines I think of cards. I don't have a Valentine this year but I am sending out a card! To my bestie Bunny1kenobi and I love that I have such an amazing and creative best friend. She painted this octopus girl for me in a swap last year (I think it was last year). I tested it out on some personalized ATC backs for her and thought they looked amazing. It was like they were made for it! I muted a couple out for different effects. These are on there way to you Bunny1. I just glue stuck (glue sticked?) them to the backs of mine.  :D I hope you like them.
Project Picture:




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Post by: Ludi on February 08, 2015 11:09:30 AM
Excellent drawings, gozer.  Alien girl looks so innocent, I can't imagine her destroying us!  :)


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Post by: gozer on February 08, 2015 11:29:03 AM
She is lulling you into a false sense of security. Lol


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Post by: bunny1kenobi on February 08, 2015 11:36:13 AM
Gozer, I SQUEED when I saw those ATC backs!  I'm so excited to get them now!!!!  I will have to make lots and lots of copies of them before I use them coz, well, they are so freaking COOL!  Thank you so much!  :-*

Of course, your atc backs are awesome as well!  It's like two art pieces in one!  So I'm hopeful that I will get one more of your little works of art someday with Alice gracing the back.  ;)

The tardis scarf turned out so well!  Excellent fabric choices, and so unique!  I'm sure lots of us nerds will be competing for that one when the raffle comes up.

And your ATC's are, as always, fantastic!  The alien girl is so pretty!  And you did a great job of making your bird boy look so sinister.


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Post by: Calabaza on February 08, 2015 01:09:40 PM
*throws raffle tickets in for the scarf*


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Post by: gozer on February 08, 2015 01:43:34 PM
I made you 12 backs but I will print you out some more tomorrow at work now that I know you like them. Lol!
 Glad you like the scarf calabaza. Good luck !  ;D


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Post by: RedheadWithThread on February 10, 2015 08:18:01 AM
I'm with Calabaza! My raffle tickets will definitely be going toward the Doctor Who scarf! :o


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Post by: bunny1kenobi on February 10, 2015 08:36:53 AM
Prompt: Red Alert - Love Is In The Air
Team:  WORDY!!
Bonus Points: -0-
Project Name: Red Riding Hood ATC
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: (NO PEEKING, GOZER!  ;)) Ok, I have had this idea rolling around in my head for some time now, and when my crafty BFF Gozer listed one of our mutual loves, Red Riding Hood, as one of her themes in the ATC swap, I just HAD to do it.  I know it's over the top for an ATC. And I've never done anything like this before, but I love the way it turned out so much that I may just have to do it again.  My 8 year old was desperate for me to keep it so I may have to make a sturdier version for him.  BTW, this has magnets on the back.  I know that Gozer likes fridge magnets. This is for the Red Alert coz I love Red Riding Hood and Gozer!   :-*  Now here's hoping it all arrives intact!  :o
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yeah, that's a dime!  I was really proud of myself...  :D




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Post by: gozer on February 10, 2015 09:22:44 AM
 You know I didn't peek, cas that just isn't me, but I think it's funny that we used each other for the "Love is in the Air" prompt. Too funny!


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: bunny1kenobi on February 10, 2015 09:44:10 AM
You know I didn't peek, cas that just isn't me, but I think it's funny that we used each other for the "Love is in the Air" prompt. Too funny!

Yeah, that wasn't lost on me, either! LOL!  We are a mutual admiration society, apparently.  :-*


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: LovelyMiss on February 10, 2015 03:08:53 PM
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Post by: elliot_anne on February 10, 2015 10:50:45 PM
Oh my gosh, bunny, that ATC IS SO COOL!!! I am super jealous, gozer!


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Post by: Inselaeffchen on February 11, 2015 06:56:31 AM
Mmmmh... posting some projects bit by bit this time instead of huge post, I think... ;) Still trying to figure out which prompts to use for some.

Prompt: RED ALERT - HOLIDAY SPIRIT
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Arm Warmers for my big sis
Project Link: (if available) http://www.crochetspot.com/crochet-pattern-beginners-wrist-warmers-with-ridges/ (http://www.crochetspot.com/crochet-pattern-beginners-wrist-warmers-with-ridges/)
Brief Description: This are the arm warmers I crocheted for my big sis' christmas present while my mum was visiting in December.
Project Picture:



Prompt: JANUARY - Brr
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Miss Martian's Bailey Cowl
Project Link: (if available) http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baylie-bear-cowl (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baylie-bear-cowl)
Brief Description: I've purchased the Bailey cowl pattern (and the Burton Bear one - knitting) last year and had some nice wool in the cupboard. First attempt on doing something bigger (and doing a hat/cowl for that) in crochet than amigurumi. Miss Martian loves it. :) 
Project Picture:


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Post by: bunny1kenobi on February 11, 2015 10:29:37 AM
Thanks, elliot_anne!

And I had to giggle at Miss Martian's pic - she is obviously delighted with her new cowl, but it appears that she also enjoyed a chocolate something-or-other!  A girl after my own heart!  ;D  And the arm warmers are lovely - such pretty yarn!


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Post by: Inselaeffchen on February 12, 2015 01:30:39 PM
bunny1kenobi - yeah... I think she might have had a choc biscuit or something before taking the photo... :o  ;)

And more projects from me!! YAY!! More points for Team Multimedia!! :D

Prompt: RED ALERT - New Year's Resolution
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: N/a
Project Name: HP Coasters
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: There was a lot of talk on the Silhouette FB group about making coasters, using vinyl. I've never used Vinyl before with the Silhouette (I made these before the Jacksonville Jaguars ones I posted for the December Battle Royale) and had to think about a non-ornament item for my swap partner in the HP Holiday swap as he didn't have a Christmas Tree. So I decided to give vinyl a go. :)
Project Picture:


Prompt: JANUARY - Frozen Tundra
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Winter Tags for Crop Swap
Project Link: N/a
Brief Description: The quarterly tag swap came up again, and I decided on a wintry scene. This is made using the Silhouette to cut the Snowglobe shape, PanPastels for the colouring and stamps. Definitely in wintry/frozen colours.
Project Picture:


Prompt: FEBRUARY - Edward Scissorhands
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Monogrammed Napkins for MIL
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: More use for Vinyl!! :) The cutting was all done by the silhouette (but weeding had to be done by myself... phew!! FIDDLY!!  
Project Picture:



Prompt:  JANUARY - New Zealand
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: HP Ornament
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I had a bit of a block for the January prompts ... so I had to go with colours. I googled "New Zealand" and there were all those fantastic photos popping up with LOTS of blue - skies, sea, lakes .. fabulous. The blue bauble used for this Ornament reminded me of those blues. The Vinyl lettering spells "Accio Christmas". ;)
Project Picture:


Prompt: FEBRUARY - Basket Case
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: N/a
Project Name: Blue Beetle Bag & Case
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: And the last bit of vinyl for this round I think... ;) In Scotland they now charge for bags at shops (yes, paper bags cost as well... EVEN THE ONES AT MCDONALDS, would you believe!!!! All bags are 5p now!), and while I have lots of cloth bags around which I frequently use, hubby thought they're too fiddly and bulky. So I came across a plain fold up shopping bag with a clip .. and given hubby's love for Blue Beetle (and you cannot get Merchandise with his logo at all!!) I just used vinyl to personalise it for him. :)
Layering non- heat transfer vinyl onto heat transfer vinyl is NOT a good idea given it has to be ironed ... so we had a little "bubblage" ;) .
Project Picture:



Prompt: FEBRUARY - Dye me a river
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Birthday Card
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: Made this card for a crafty friend of mine. Love using "silhouette" stamps, but you really need a good ink pad for the best results. STASH ONLY
Project Picture:


Prompt: FEBRUARY - Paint the Town
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Hand Print Canvases
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: We were trying to do hand prints in salt dough for the grandparents & auntie for Christmas - but somehow the salt dough was not compliant!! So I got out Canvases I had bought a couple of months ago "just in case" (as crafters do!) and some acrylic paints and let Miss Martian & Supergirl (aka the Hobbits!) loose on it ... with some guidance and helping pressing down the hands ... :)
Project Picture:
Photo includes our current Little Visitor, Huggle. ;)


Prompt: FEBRUARY - Stamp the Yard
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Christmas Cards
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: We don't do Christmas cards anymore (only online stuff nowadays) - but some people incl. neighbours are getting cards (shop bought), and then there are some selected few who WILL get home made cards - those who appreciate them. I've been doing some dry embossing with Embossing folders and then using stamps to create the picture.  STASH ONLY
Project Picture:




Prompt: January - C.O.L.D
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: 10 (at Battle Leader's discretion of course! ;) )
Project Name: Cowl On Little Dear
Project Link: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baylie-bear-cowl (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baylie-bear-cowl)
Brief Description: Second attempt of the Baylie Bear cowl - this time fully sticking to the pattern. ;) It's a COWL ... so starts with C. This is now Supergirl's cowl...
Project Picture:


and a photo of Miss Martian and Supergirl together with the Cowls...



I think that's all the points you'll get from me this term, roler - I might be able to do a few more if I can fit them to prompts.


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: bunny1kenobi on February 12, 2015 08:18:22 PM
Holy cow! lnselaeffchen, you have been BUSY!!  I just got a silhouette machine and I'm still learning how to make it play nice.  Some things are just a snap for me, but others have been more challenging.  Did you buy the designs for the coasters?  They look great!

Also a big fan of the ornament ("Accio Christmas" -perfect!) and the greeting cards.  Lovely!

Speaking of the silhouette, I made some fairly simple kitchen decor with mine:

Prompt:  Feb battle - paper
Team: WORDY!!
Bonus Points: -0-
Project Name: Kitchen wisdom
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: These were cut on my silhouette in vinyl and applied to paper.  My teenaged son hung them up for me, what a sweetie!  :D
Project Picture:



Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: gozer on February 13, 2015 06:57:56 AM
 Inselaeffchen -  I had no idea you were in Scotland. From now on I will read all your posts with an accent in my head. LOL! You have been a busy one! Oh my! All your projects are so fun and great. Love the arm warmers. With the weather we are having here in the southern US (but I don’t have an accent so no need to read my posts that way) those arm warmers would come in useful! Like the flecks of colors too. Absolutely adorable bear cowls. The yarn looks extra soft too. Both little girls are adorable. Great coasters. I am partial to Ravensclaw. Wonderful snow globe tags. The deer are very cute. Does the vinyl stay on the napkins or did you make a stencil from the vinyl? They are very regal looking either way. Awesome ornament. Very professional looking. Very cool Blue Beetle Bag. I can’t believe you have to pay for bags. As a cat owner (and you know what I am talking about if you are) we need bags! Plastic ones!! Do you even have the option of taking your food bagless at McDonalds? Or is it an automatic charge? I had no idea Silhouettes stamped. The birthday card is very pretty. Wonderful alternative to the salt dough stamps for the kids.
 Bunny1kenobi – Awesome kitchen plaques! Those are so clever and neat!!! Love them. Love the colors you chose too. Fun idea.


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: Inselaeffchen on February 13, 2015 07:09:45 AM
Gozer - teeehee, reading my posts in accent ... that's a new one. Can you read them quickly as well? ;) As far as I know Scottish is the fastest spoken version of English in the World! :o Thank you for your comments.

Bags for cats - owned them as a kid, so YES, know exactly what you mean!! You can still spend 5p per bag if you've forgotten your own. As for McDonalds - I got caught out at their Drive through as I didn't know they charge for PAPER bags, too. They DO make you aware of the charge though, and yes, you can take your meal bag-less. Bit of a mess though if you're choosing small fries to go - or even the bigger portions are always open at the top, so you may lose some of them!! :o

You can create stamps with silhouette - but in this case I meant just the type of stamp, i.e. you don't get details within the stamp.

As for the napkins - I used HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl) which is for fabrics - it stays on and can be washed ok.

Bunny - Oh... new Silhouette owner!! I classify myself as a newbie still, as it doesn't really come out of the box that much (can't do much crafting with those twins around!!). There are Harry Potter cutting files, and the House Crests are for sale as well, but I could only find it for Teachers. Hubby did the file conversion for me from a jpg. However, I believe Silhouette America does have HP Files which are NOT accessible for non US residents ... gggggrrrrr!!!


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: Calabaza on February 13, 2015 07:31:00 AM
Excellent kitchen wisdom, bunny1kenobi.

Inselaeffchen, I think you win for most projects in 1 post- and awesome projects as well!


Title: COMPLETED PROJECT - Feb Challenge Scissors
Post by: rockingbearranch on February 13, 2015 01:06:08 PM
Prompt: February Challenge - Edward Scissorhands
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: Engineering, STASH ONLY
Project Name:
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438090.msg5288880#msg5288880
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.)

I am going to get creative and post a food item here. I use scissors to cut kale. I was unfortunately dumped on with too much kale and too much grapefruit. I can't stand grapefruit so I am getting creative to use it up. The kale only had another day before wilting so it needed to be used and frozen. You can only feed so much to the bunnies before they get a poopy butt.

Project Picture:


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: Ludi on February 13, 2015 05:08:16 PM
Mmmm, kale....

Prompt: January Frozen Tundra
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: none
Project Name:  Winter Greens Soup
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Kale grows beautifully through the coldest months here, providing lots of greens for soup.
Project Picture:

Red Russian Kale in my garden:


Green Soup is green:





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Post by: roler on February 13, 2015 09:36:19 PM
Hahaha, a bit of a non-sequitor, but all this kale is making me look forward to this year's GISHWHES again! :) Also, I'm going to try to catch up on this thread and Team Multimedia's points later today.  Really!


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: roler on February 13, 2015 11:44:16 PM
Guys!  I finally made a thing!  I've been so busy lately, it's been hard to craft anything, but I'm trying hard to finish up a couple of late swaps.  So sorry for being late on the nerd one, LovelyMiss! I'm working on that one too!!

Prompt: January Frozen Tundra
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: none
Project Name:  Purple Saxifrage
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: According to wikipedia, this flower is "very common all over the high Arctic", so it does grow on the frozen tundra!  This is my third Small for the Box of Color swap, which I'm trying hard to finish soon!!  No peeking, Renstar!
Project Picture:
Received, so here it is!


And because I can't find the posts right now, here are the other two smalls I sent in that swap:


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: roler on February 14, 2015 12:18:29 AM
artsycandice - That's a lovely fabric journal page!  I'm afraid that's another of the craft names that I see all over craftster and don't really know mch about, though; do you punch holes and put all those pages together into a notebook? Is it supposed to have a theme or a narrative, or is it just kind of like ATC's but in a different medium?  Either way, I love how yours looks!  The fabric you chose for those cicadas is great!  Very bug-like, and also pretty!  Oh my gosh, I love your accessorized birds!  The owl with the little hat is my favorite.

rockingbearranch - I love your multimedia tin!  You brought all those things together in such a cool way; it has a very scrapbooky feel that I love.  Hmm... I seem to recall that I have a (replica) Sears Roebuck catalogue from about a century ago... that would be fun to cut up too!  Your camera is so charming!  I also hope to see some photos from it sometime!  The hat for bunny is SO CUTE!!  I hope she models it for us!  I like your bear model too. ;D  Mmm, kale.  Any idea what you're going to cook with it later?  Or will it be rethawed for the rabbit?

FreakieGeekie - Great roses!  I also agree that the bottom three have the nicest combination of colors together, but individually they all look great!

gozer - I love your drawings so much.  That bird boy is amazing - he could totally be a character in some quirky show or comic!  And he definitely looks pretty threatening!  The alien looks much gentler.  Your Tardis scarf is WONDERFUL, and it's motivating me to get some more projects done so I can throw some tickets that way!  I already love all your patchwork scarves, and now one with Doctor Who?! Awesome!!  Your other drawing prints are great too.

bunny1kenobi - That ATC is AMAZING! I don't think I've ever seen one so elaborate.  I'm certain that will be treasured!  Hee hee, your kitchen panels made me laugh; I adore puns!  The layout is really nice and crisp too.  Although I must have too much Doctor Who on the brain; I almost thought the cheese grater was a Dalek!  I think that says more about Daleks than it does about cheese graters... hee hee!

LovelyMiss - I really like all the badges popping up; I need to get crafting so I can earn some! XD

Inselaeffchen - WOW, you got a lot done!!  Thanks for all the points for Team Multimedia! The arm warmers look so comfy (especially right now; my hands are so cold as I type this!). I feel like I've used that yarn before.  Both of the bear cowls are just as precious as can be!  The ears are too cute, as are the models!!  Those Harry Potter coasters look super professional!  The tags are beautiful; I love how the stamp overlaps but still shows the color of the hill behind it; it's a really pretty layered effect.  The monogrammed napkins are super elegant. I love the font you used.  The Harry Potter ornament is so cute too, and the font definitely makes it much more recognizable as well!  Both my town in Washington state and my supermarkets here in Osaka now charge for disposable bags, but I don't think McDonald's does here (yet?)!  I like that you were able to make your own merchandise for a character that doesn't get enough official stuff!  Beautiful flowers on the card! Are they dandelion puffs?  I like the little open circles at the tips; so cute!  Aww, the hand prints are really cute; I know my grandparents still have handprint things we gave them when I was a tiny kid; those will be treasured for decades!  Heh heh, yeah, I remember being baffled when I was a kid and my parents sent Christmas cards to all sorts of people they pretty much had no real connection with anymore... save the cards for people who'll appreciate them!  Especially when they're as pretty as yours, and with the time and effort put into them!  The embossing looks really cool.  Way to fill so many prompts!!

Ludi - I LOVE a good hot pot of soup in the colder months.  You got an amazing color with yours! Looks wonderful thick and hearty.

Team Multimedia's points should be up to date for now; let me know if I've missed anything!


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: RedheadWithThread on February 14, 2015 02:06:38 AM
There are so many amazing things here and I'll try to comment on all of them when I get a moment :) For now, I'm just going to say that I love the Silhouette works. Those are amazing :D
And I'm changing my research project. 10 will have to wait 'til it's warm again.

Research Project Name: Black/Red Mana Blanket
Team: Fandom
Brief Description: A dear friend is a huge Magic: The Gathering fan and he geeked out more than a little bit when I showed him the mana symbol crochet charts that I had found on Pinterest. He then asked me if I could crochet him a blanket using the Swamp (black) and Mountain (red) mana symbols. So I'm going to make an attempt at making a blanket for him to use in his recliner. There's not much to map out: I just have to make a square and measure it then calculate how many squares I'll need and roughly how much yarn I'll need then get to work. For the record, he's 6' so it's not exactly going to be a small blanket and I'm really slow so it may take a little over a month :P


Title: COMPLETED PROJECT - Feb Challenge - Dye
Post by: rockingbearranch on February 14, 2015 06:24:36 AM
I'll have to try kale in soup. I think it would freeze well. My kale is lightly fried up and it's ready to go. Just heat it in the microwave. It has butter, garlic, grapefruit juice, etc.

The Purple Saxifrage item has an interesting graphic movement thing going on. Very cool.

We have the Bay City Rollers (a Scottish band) on vinyl.  ;D

COMPLETED PROJECT--
Prompt:  February Challenge - Dye me a river
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: STASH ONLY
Project Name: Harry Potter Wand Feather
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: This is an ATC for AugustBell who I've not seen around here so I am just going to post it. The feather is from one of my organic free ranged pet chickens, a Splash Silkie over Sultan mix. I used food color and vinegar to dye it. The ATC is an envelope with India ink applied with a cut feather quill. I should have redone the envelope with a new quill. It wasn't very strong and I feel like it has too many flubs. This is one of a handful of these I have done, each with their own feather type and mini story.



Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: Calabaza on February 14, 2015 09:08:07 AM
All hail kale!  :)

*feeling a bit weird posting non-kale-y things, but there is something green*

Prompt: February Dye
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Neverending Macaron
Project Link: not yet
Brief Description: For the Winter Nerd Battles Swap. It was a blast! I finally was able to swap with Smeddley (who, it turns out, does not have a cat.) I was rather intimidated. She hinted at wanting a macaron, though, so I made her one inspired by The Neverending Story.
Project Picture:



Prompt: December Galapagos
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: UFO
Project Name: Hello, My Name Is Agent
Project Link: not yet
Brief Description: Inspired by a line Avengers and it works for Carter now too. Evolution is a word that gets used often in SHIELD-land.
Project Picture:



Prompt: December New Zealand
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Exploding Box
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438106
Brief Description: Another Christmas present. The twin of the one I posted earlier. My friend E. loves NZ and LOTR, so she got green.
Project Picture:




Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: Ludi on February 14, 2015 09:23:20 AM
I covet that green box!   :)



Title: COMPLETED PROJECT - Challenge Basket
Post by: rockingbearranch on February 15, 2015 08:10:34 AM
Prompt:  February Challenge - Basket Case
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: STASH ONLY
Project Name: Woven ATC
Project Link:
Brief Description: I was inspired by the prompt to make this woven ATC. It is fashion magazine scraps over an old book page. I was thinking about the deconstruction of cities, building blocks, foundations of community, etc.
Project Picture:


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Post by: Calabaza on February 15, 2015 10:55:57 AM
Thanks, Ludi! That means a lot coming from you.

Love that idea, rockingbearranch.


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Post by: Ludi on February 15, 2015 11:38:41 AM
Prompt: December India
Team:  Wordy
Bonus Points: none
Project Name:  Peace TM Patch
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: For Sharalee in the TM Patch Swap.  Colors and concepts inspired by India.
Project Picture:



Prompt: Red Alert New Year’s Resolution
Team:  Wordy
Bonus Points: none
Project Name:  Butterfly TM Patch
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: For Sharalee in the TM Patch Swap.  I learned three new stitches for this piece on printed cotton fabric - Brick Stitch, Encroaching Satin Stitch, and Double Blanket Stitch.
Project Picture:



Prompt: Red Alert National Hobby Month
Team:  Wordy
Bonus Points: none
Project Name:  Trees TM Patch
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438119.0
Brief Description: For Sharalee in the TM Patch Swap.  Embroidery is one of my favorite hobbies!
Project Picture:






Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: LovelyMiss on February 15, 2015 06:41:38 PM
FreakieGeekie - Pretty roses!  I like all the colors!  Good luck on your Research Project!  It sounds like it is going to be awesome (and maybe quite large)!  :D

Ludi - Your curiosities for Wulf are fabulous!  And the terrordactyl dotee is great!  I've never had that kind of soup, but it sounds good...and indeed is very green!  And those patches!  Wow!  Absolutely awesome!

Calabaza - Love the radio active macaroon!  And those exploding etuis are so cool...I still have them on my to do list! :D  I love the macaroon for Smeddley, and the agent one is great, too!

Smeddley - Great paintings!  You've got talent!  I've been thinking of taking a painting class, but I haven't found one that I can fit in yet.

crazyda79 - Fun photo frame and pens!  I like the snowflake matchbox, too!  Very winterlicious!  :D  What a cute way to jazz up some tea lights!  The puffin and Sheldon hoops are great, and the owl matchbox is super cute!

roler - Great secret projects for Renstar!  They are all so cute!  No worries on the swap, it sounded like you have a lot going on with work and visitors!  :D  I look forward to some fun nerdy surprises when it arrives!

Tanath - Awesome arm warmers!  I love that yarn color.  Good idea on the pudding cake, too!  Sounds yummy!

craftADDchick - Your hot water bottle cozy turned out really cute!  That sounds nice right now...it's only 8 F here right now.  Way to go finishing that project!

bunny1kenobi - I'm sure I said it in the swap thread, but your Scooby tshirt turned out great, and I love that box!  The ATC is awesome!  And that project for gozer!  WOW!  So amazing!  Those kitchen wisdom signs are too funny!

storerboughtcreations - That owl basket is fantastic!  Good luck on your Research Project, too!  I can't wait to see all the fun food!

artsycandice - The fabric journal page is lovely!  Those ATCs are wonderful, too, and I love this set of cicadas.

rockingbearranch - That tin is awesome!  And what a fantastic pinhole camera!  I can see how large of a project that would be, but you really go creative with the supplies and tools and it turned out perfect!  The hat for bunny1 is fab, too!  Great use of scissors on the kale.  :D  The ATC with the dyed feather, and the woven on are both so cool!

gozer - Great ATCs!  The bird man is kind of creepy, and, while I await our alien overlords, it does seem kind of cold to just wipe us all out.  :D  The TARDIS scarf is absolutely awesome!  What a great idea on the ATC backs, too!

Inselaeffchen - Pretty arm warmers!  The cowls turned out great, too!  Those coasters and napkins are awesome.  And great looking ornament, tags, and cards!  I love the beetle bag!  I didn't know about the charge for bags in Scotland, but it seems like a good excuse to craft. :D  The bubbles just give it character.  :D  Sweet hand print canvases, too!  Silhouette does have HP files available in the US...such a bummer they're not available everywhere.  Must have higher licensing fees or something in Europe.


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: bunny1kenobi on February 16, 2015 08:29:42 AM
Wow!  The thread exploded over the weekend!!

Exploding boxes, TM patches (especially that tree one), macarons.... holy smokes!

I have a couple to add:

 Prompt:  Feb Paint the Town
Team: WORDY!!
Bonus Points: STASH ONLY
Project Name: Curiosity cabinet atc
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: This is for sheepblue for the ATC swap.  She should get it tomorrow, but no peeking until then... There are so many pics so that you can see all the curiosities  :D And it should be noted that I am not responsible for the curiosities themselves, just for the cabinet.  Which called for paint. And lots of glue. And I'll apologize for the sideways pics.  I edited them to be correct but evidently it didn't take.  :-\
Project Picture:





Prompt:  Feb Flash Mob
Team: WORDY!!
Bonus Points: STASH ONLY
Project Name: Glow Bug
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: This is for AugustBell in the Feb ATC swap.  I don't think she's on this thread, so I'm gonna take a chance, and post it. One of my new favorite things to do is to draw.  It's something that has always been a challenge for me but I've had a lot of help and encouragement from my bestie, Gozer (thanks, girl!) and while I will likely NEVER measure up to that girl's talent, I have come so far that some days I'm surprised! If I ever did a card like this again, there are a few things I'd do differently, but I'm quite pleased with the drawing itself.
Project Picture:

front:

back:


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: rockingbearranch on February 16, 2015 09:03:59 AM
The fairy in a jar is adorable. Great idea!


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: Patraw on February 16, 2015 09:12:58 AM
That fairy in a bottle rocks and the floral border is cool too!


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Post by: Ludi on February 16, 2015 11:25:03 AM
I love that fairy in a jar concept!   :)

Prompt: Alert:  Love is in the Air
Team:  Wordy
Bonus Points: none
Project Name: Nerd Love - 27 web pages
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: More web page layouts for http://ernestthesiger.org (http://ernestthesiger.org). 
Project Picture:



Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: bunny1kenobi on February 16, 2015 02:04:45 PM
Thanks, guys!!

And more Thesiger! Love is definitely in the air, Ludi!  ;D  I'm really impressed with your work on this site.  It's excellent, and definitely a labor of love.  I wonder what Ernest thinks of it all- and yes, I'm certain he's paying attention.  :D


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: Ludi on February 16, 2015 02:18:49 PM
 :D

Probably annoyed that there isn't an Ernest Thesiger Museum.   >:(


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: bunny1kenobi on February 17, 2015 08:33:02 AM
:D

Probably annoyed that there isn't an Ernest Thesiger Museum.   >:(

Hahahahaha!!! 


Awesome.  ;D


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: RedheadWithThread on February 18, 2015 11:17:50 AM
Prompt: February - Flash Mob
Team: Fandom
Project Name: Kitty toys
So my friend has two cats and they keep destroying the toys he gives them. Actually ONE of them destroys the toys. And they've stolen his D20s, too, so I decided to help him out by making some cat toys. Each one only took about ten minutes to make and has a little bell inside. Hopefully this will satisfy them. At least for a little while :)



Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: Ludi on February 18, 2015 12:09:13 PM
Prompt: December New Zealand
Team:  Wordy
Bonus Points: none
Project Name: Leaf
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438171.0
Brief Description: For alteredmommy in the Fiber and Mixed Media Jewelry Swap.  Lots of green leaves in New Zealand.
Project Picture:




Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: bunny1kenobi on February 18, 2015 12:15:14 PM
Wow. That is an amazing piece, Ludi!!


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: bunny1kenobi on February 18, 2015 02:58:09 PM
Prompt: Feb Stamp the Yard
Team: WORDY!!
Bonus Points: -0-
Project Name: Happy Black Friday
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I made this for the Feb ATC swap for blupaisan. I've never seen her on this thread so I'm crossing my fingers that she won't see this prematurely.  Her theme was "unlikely greeting cards".  The stamp in question is on the back.  And I made the ATC sized envelope, as well.  :)
Project Picture:






Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: crazyda79 on February 18, 2015 09:29:00 PM
Prompt:  Red Alert- National Hobby Month
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: creativity prayer flag
Project Link:
Brief Description: My favorite hobby is none other than crafting and what goes well with crafting but creativity?!  This was made for Renstar in the Prayer Flag Swap
Project Picture:


Prompt: February Battle- Fabric
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Happiness Prayer Flag
Project Link:
Brief Description: Made for artsycandince in the Prayer Flag Swap.  It is made all out of fabric.  STASH ONLY
Project Picture:


Prompt:  February Flash Mob
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Daisy Dotee
Project Link:
Brief Description: My newest favorite medium is felt and I am totally loving hand sewing and embroidery right now.  STASH ONLY
Project Picture:


Prompt:  February- Edward Scissorhands
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Serenity Prayer Flag
Project Link:
Brief Description: Made for Smmarrt in the Prayer Flag Swap. The sunset in this flag took a lot of cuts to create.  STASH ONLY
Project Picture:


Prompt:  February- Stamp the Yard
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Gratitude Prayer Flag
Project Link:
Brief Description: Made for Abbeeroad in the Prayer Flag Swap.  The word gratitude is created using letter stamps.  STASH ONLY
Project Picture:


Prompt:  February- Basketcase
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Peace Prayer Flag
Project Link:
Brief Description: Made for seeuudee in the Prayer Flag Swap.  This is made of fabric which is made of lots of woven threads ;)  STASH ONLY
Project Picture:


Prompt:  February- Dye me a River
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: TM Patch
Project Link:
Brief Description: This is a TM patch made for roler in the current round of Yet Another TM Patch Swap. The main part of the patch is made with fabric markers!  *******NO PEEKING ROLER*******  STASH ONLY
Project Picture:  https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/153540_18Feb15_20150216_210142.jpg

Prompt:  Red Alert- Love is in the Air
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Lovebirds
Project Link:
Brief Description: artsycandice and I did a personal swap for the Sweet and Easy Valentine's Swap.  I know how much she loves birds so I found an image of birds in a heart formation and made this hoop for her.
Project Picture:


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: RedheadWithThread on February 18, 2015 09:29:24 PM
Ludi, you never cease to amaze me! :o That is beautiful!


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: Ludi on February 19, 2015 06:56:54 AM
Thank you, Freakie.   :-*

Wow, super tonnage of projects, crazyda! I especially like the little lovebirds.  :)


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: bunny1kenobi on February 19, 2015 07:25:47 AM
crazyda, the sunset on the serenity prayer flag is absolutely rockin'!  And I love the sweet little TM patch, too!


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: LovelyMiss on February 19, 2015 08:29:27 AM
Congratulations to Ludi and LovelyMiss on their Featured Projects (https://www.craftster.org/blog/february-18-2015-featured-projects/)! 


(P.S., Yes, I feel very weird congratulating myself.  Please forgive the non-hubris; it just helps me keep track of stuff for end of season stats and awards.  :D )


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: RedheadWithThread on February 19, 2015 10:51:59 AM
Crazyda, those prayer flags are fabulous! And I love the little daisy dotee!


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: Ludi on February 19, 2015 01:01:29 PM
Prompt: February Edward Scissorhands
Team:  Wordy
Bonus Points: none
Project Name: Woven Spring Twinchie
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description:  Woven with thinly cut strips of fabric.  STASH ONLY
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Prompt: February Basket Case
Team:  Wordy
Bonus Points: none
Project Name: Woven Twinchie
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description:  Woven with embroidery floss and yarn.  STASH ONLY
Project Picture:





Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: gozer on February 19, 2015 01:49:52 PM
It's been crazy here and I will try to comment on everything tomorrow! Just wanted to get this in before I forget. I feel so behind this month!

Prompt: February - Battle - Paper
Team: Wordy!!
Bonus Points: Stash
Project Name: ATC's
Project Link: -
Brief Description: I love to sew and to draw so this was a toss up for me. But when times are tight or I am bored I find myself searching for some PAPER to doodle on. I did these ATCs for the ATC swap. The first is of a Highland Cow (you should look them up, they are adorable!), a plague doctor for bunny1kenobi, and a portrait of kosmicgirl.
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Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: bunny1kenobi on February 19, 2015 04:03:48 PM
Ah, Gozer -- your art does my heart good.

I'm especially fond of the plague doctor.  It's not because I'm biased or anything.  ::)

Woven twinchies! What a great idea, Ludi!  I love the colors you chose, especially the spring one.


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: gozer on February 19, 2015 05:00:36 PM
Prompt: February flash mob
Team: Wordy!!
Bonus Points: Stash!
Project Name: Action Figure Sleeping Bags
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description:  One of my best friends does these incredible Action figure play sets. Here are a couple links so you can see what he does..
http://www.yakfaceforums.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=7703&start=30
http://www.yakfaceforums.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=7262&start=75
for his birthday I made him some sleeping bags to go in the bunker house of the new addition. He gave me some blatant hints that he wanted these.
 
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Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: Calabaza on February 19, 2015 06:14:46 PM
Highland cattle! I love that breed! That's awesome! Those play sets are :o

Weaving! Love.

The creativity flag is my favorite of your plethora of projects. You've been busy!


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: bunny1kenobi on February 20, 2015 07:49:44 AM
Gozer, I remember you telling me about C's playsets but I was unprepared for the sheer magnitude of awesomeness!  Tell him from me that I'm blown away!  And he's gonna love those sleeping bags!  I bet the kids will, too!  I like how the loop on the end is also the tie to keep them rolled up.


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: artsycandice on February 20, 2015 08:40:40 AM
Prompt:  February - edward scissorhands
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: (include which bonus points you think you've earned, e.g., Giver, Engineering, UFO)
Project Name: Butterfly collection
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: STASH ONLY!! I made this for Smmarrt in the curiosity swap. For this project I cut out the butterflies from the front of an old greeting card I found in my mother-in-laws cabinet. I used real insect pins that I'd purchased a year ago for something else. The wood box I bought last year. I bought one to use for a swap then grabbed some extras for my stash because, hey, you never know. Yay!
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Prompt:  January - you're as cold as ice
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: Clockwork Bird
Project Link: Clockwork Bird (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438164.msg5290317#msg5290317)
Brief Description: I made this clockwork bird for greybird in the curiosity swap. Metal is cold. If this whole bird were really made out of metal, it would be really cold. :D
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Prompt:  January - Brrr
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: Barn Owl Brooch
Project Link: Little Barn Owl Brooch (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438168.msg5290388#msg5290388)
Brief Description: Even though this little felted brooch isn't cold, wool is pretty handy is keeping one warm. ;)
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Prompt:  Red Alert - Love is in the air
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: Valentine Ornament
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: I made this for crazyda79 in a little Valentine swap we did together. I used mod podge to put torn bits of vintage Valentine's onto the paper mache ornament.
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Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: bunny1kenobi on February 20, 2015 09:12:15 AM
Artsycandice, you make such fantastic stuff!  I love, love, love the bird!  Wow.


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: RedheadWithThread on February 20, 2015 12:20:20 PM
Prompt: Red Alert- National Hobby Month
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: STASH ONLY
Project Name: Got an eye on you
Crochet is my favorite form of crafting, hands down (at least right now!) so of course I went with it as my hobby :D My friend made the comment that the toys Icroceted for his cats looked almost like eyeballs and asked if I could make an eyeball cat toy. So I crocheted a ball, using color changes to denote the pupil, iris and sclera then used red for the optic nerve. It's stuffed with fiberfill and catnip because he requested that I not make any more belled toys.


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: gozer on February 20, 2015 12:54:13 PM
rockingbearranch – I have never had Kale but I know I dislike grapefruit. What a vibrant wand! Cool ATC. Neat inspiration.

Ludi – Congrats on such a hearty garden! Pretty peace TM patch. Pretty soft colors. The butterfly one is amazing! and the tree is stunning! So much work on your sire, what a labor of love. Very cool necklace too. Is that snake bones? Crazy woven Twinchie! I can’t believe you did it that tiny!

roler – Very pretty surprise. Love the color!

FreakieGeekie – Can’t wait to see that blanket! I always love a cat toys. They can never have enough.

Calabaza – Very cool looking macaron. Looks like something Indiana Jones would have in his pocket to me. I love those exploding boxes. Very neat.

Bunny1kenobi – You are really outdoing yourself on these ATC’s. They are incredible! Funny ATC card and great illustration!

Crazyda79 – Fantastic prayer flags! I like the bird best. Very pretty. Very cheerful dotie. Adorable heart birds too!

ArtsyCandice – beautiful shadow box. I had to laugh because I hve about 4 of them in my stash “just in case”. LOL! Beautiful butterflies! And that clockwork bird is amazing. Pinning it! Love how he has the keys in his beak. Adorable wool owl. And a pretty Valentines Day ornament.

 Eeeks. Gotta run. Five minutes until a meeting. How did I get so far behind? Oh yeah, snow.  :P


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: Calabaza on February 20, 2015 04:22:23 PM
Thanks!

AC, that is an excellent ornament!


ETA: Is anyone else having trouble with the messages? For the past day or 2 the "go to new messages" feature-thing has been glitchy (taking me to the last page. I'm sorry if I missed pinning any projects. I've been relying on my memory, which is terrifying.) And just now I clicked on AC's post to get the link to it, but it took me to the last page. Repeatedly. In 2 different browsers.

I'll try again later! (remember, remember, remember... :) )


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: Ludi on February 21, 2015 11:53:30 AM
Prompt: February Battle - Fabric!
Team:  Wordy
Bonus Points: none
Project Name: Woven and Stitched Twinchie
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description:  I wove this little piece of fabric, and then did some petit point stitching on it.  STASH ONLY
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Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: roler on February 22, 2015 05:30:08 AM
Prompt: Red Alert - New Year's Resolution
Team:  Multimedia
Bonus Points: none
Project Name: Purple Mini-Quilt for Renstar
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: This is for my super-late swap package for Renstar in the Box of Color swap. She requested purple, and so I made her a purple mini-quilt.  It was the first time I tried to make a little quilted thing on my still-new sewing machine (I hadn't used it since before Christmas, so it's still only about the 5th thing I've ever made on it).  It was a good learning experience, and while it's a bit rough around the edges, I'm really quite happy with how it turned out!  Oh, also, there's some felt (on the right side) that was actually hand-made for me in a previous swap, so I was thrilled to get to use some of it! XD
Project Picture:
I don't think Renstar's on this thread, but I'll put it behind a link just in case.  In the picture it looks really blue, but I promise it's actually purple!

RECEIVED, so here it is!


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: Ludi on February 22, 2015 05:47:48 AM
Cute!  Looks purple on my monitor.  :)



Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: Ludi on February 22, 2015 09:54:02 AM
Prompt: February Stamp the Yard
Team:  Wordy
Bonus Points: none
Project Name:  Stamped, Woven, and Stitched Twinchie
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description:  Linen stamped with a random pattern of dots, with weaving and stitching.  STASH ONLY



Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: rockingbearranch on February 22, 2015 10:28:32 AM
How pretty Ludi, like sea glass.


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: Ludi on February 22, 2015 03:54:07 PM
Thank you!  These prompts are causing me to work in unfamiliar ways.   :o


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: Ludi on February 23, 2015 07:46:47 AM
Prompt: February - Dye Me a River
Team:  Wordy
Bonus Points: none
Project Name: Woven, Tie-dyed and Couched Twinchie
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description:  Cotton tie-dyed, woven, and stitched with couching.  STASH ONLY



Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: RedheadWithThread on February 23, 2015 11:38:42 AM
Love those colors together, Ludi! :o


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: artsycandice on February 23, 2015 07:42:56 PM
Ooh, Ludi, I love what you're doing over there. They remind me a little of sheepBlue's experimental woven twinchies she did last year. Excellent.  :D


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: Ludi on February 24, 2015 10:26:13 AM
Thanks!  :)

Prompt: February - Flash Mob
Team:  Wordy
Bonus Points: none
Project Name: Strawberry Dotee
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description:  For Acadian Driftwood in the February Monthly Dotee Swap.  I love stitching on felt; if I have to choose, I think it is my favorite medium.  :)  STASH ONLY



Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: bunny1kenobi on February 24, 2015 11:47:17 AM
Oh my word, Ludi!  You are doing so many fun little things!  All the twinchies and now this little strawberry gem.  So cute!


Prompt:  January Freezing Point
Team: WORDY!!
Bonus Points: -0-
Project Name: I Have Committed No Sin
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: This is for Patraw in the ongoing ATC swap -- so if you're lurking, dude - NO PEEKING!  :D Ok, this is going to be a long story to explain how this fits the prompt.  So grab a drink and get comfy.  ;)  In Egyptian mythology, when you die, you are taken by Anubis to the Scales of Ma'at, where your heart is weighed against her Feather of Truth.  If your heart weighs exactly the same as the feather, it means you have not sinned. (This is where the "zero" comes in. A balanced scale is at zero.)  You also have to repeat the "Negative Confession", which is a list of 42 sins that you say you have not committed. (So I guess, you could say you committed "zero" sins.  ;)) In fact, the first on that list is, "I have committed no sin", which is what is written in heiroglyphs in the background of the atc, going from right to left as was done when the characters are left-facing.  Also, the left-facing glyphs indicate that the person is speaking to the individual on the left, which in this case is Ma'at herself. (She is featured in "relief", which is also common in ancient Egyptian art.) If your heart weighs more than the feather, then a demoness named Ammit, who is part crocodile, lion and hippopotamus, will eat it and your afterlife will be over.  Brings a whole new meaning to "light-hearted", doesn't it?
Project Picture:

https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/272973_24Feb15_image.jpg (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/272973_24Feb15_image.jpg)


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: Ludi on February 24, 2015 05:45:29 PM
Thanks, bunny!  I like that ATC a lot.  :) excellent theme.


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: storerboughtcreations on February 24, 2015 09:38:45 PM
Prompt:  February - Red Alert - Love is in the air
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: STASH ONLY
Project Name: Nor Nor the Narwhal
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I made this narwhal for my niece, Sonora. I met her for the first time this weekend, and I fell in love with her immediately. She doesn't like others to hold her, but she was cool with me holding her from the get-go. Her nickname is Nor Nor the Narwhal, so of course I had to make one for her!
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Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: bunny1kenobi on February 25, 2015 05:42:43 AM
Thanks, Ludi!

And SBC, what a darling narwhal! 


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: Ludi on February 25, 2015 06:24:14 AM
What a wonderfully squeezable narwhal!   :D


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: gozer on February 25, 2015 10:15:03 AM
  First up, apologies. I feel like I have been neglecting this board! I will comment later today. I have been fighting with the mortgage company all day. Ugh. They swear everything is on track now. We will see. BUT I wanted to get these projects in before the end of the month and the Winter Games. And before the 4-7 inches of snow they are now predicting for me tomorrow.  :'(


Prompt: February - Paint the Town
Team: Wordy!!
Bonus Points: Stash!
Project Name: Happy Octopus
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: This was for the 4x6 Swap. I have no idea who got it but they got it today so I assume I am okay in posting up here. I used the Inktense pencils on fabric this time and these little water tube paint brush thingys to paint it into the fabric. Wanted to try something new and experiment a little. This was my first attempt to paint on fabric with them. They become permanent. I heat set it with an iron too. I frayed the edges for a fun carefree feel. It is sewn onto two pieces of cardstock to keep it sturdy. I used the inktense pencils that I got at Christmas and scrap fabric.
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Prompt: Dye me a River
Team: Wordy!!
Bonus Points: Stash!
Project Name: Seahorse
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: This was made by using the Inktense pencils on fabric again. I liked the effects on the first one better. This fabric absorbed it too much and it didn't get that water color type feel that I liked on the octopus. The intense pencils are solid ink that turn to liquid when wet - so ink! Should have put the Octopus in this category because he can actually ink. LOL!
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Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: bunny1kenobi on February 25, 2015 10:49:47 AM
The octopus is so adorable!  And I like the vivid colors of the seahorse - I think it turned out great, even tho it wasn't what you were gunning for.


Title: COMPLETED PROJECT
Post by: rockingbearranch on February 25, 2015 02:34:57 PM
I love the ink on fabric. There may be a difference in the amount of chemical/soap treatment on the fabric causing the variation in absorption. I think they call it finish in the textile world. I used to go to some of the factories as part of my work.


Prompt: February - Red Alert - Holiday Spirit
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Brownie, Oh how I love thee so
Project Link:
Brief Description: My honey has been going crazy for brownies this month so I have been making them a lot. I would have made something fancy for Valentine's Day but he's just not interested in culinary exploration. There seems to be a law of the universe that says I must eat 3/4ths of each pan no matter how frequently I make them.  :P I did this one with bread flour, part deep red cocoa, and three small organic home-raised eggs. The rest of the recipe is standard.
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Prompt: February - Red Alert - Love is in the Air
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Bear ATC
Project Link:
Brief Description: I love bears, sketching and artist trading cards. This was made for Spikefan in the Ongoing swap.
Project Picture:


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: Calabaza on February 25, 2015 04:05:28 PM
Nor Nor the Narwhal is super neat!

I must look up those inktense pencils. Great projects, gozer!


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: gozer on February 26, 2015 09:49:08 AM
 Snow Day!!! And I have actually been productive today (reading counts).

Prompt: February - Basket Case
Team: Wordy!!
Bonus Points: Stash
Project Name: Microwavable Bowl Holders
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I have seen these for a while and wanted to make them for my parents My Dad requires TWO bowls whenever he eats something hot or cold to protect his hands. It drives my Mom bonkers This should fix it! I used the 100% cotton batting I had left over from the quilt I had made him for Christmas. The fabric was found in one of my tubs I was going thru. My Mom loves batiks. They could also be used as a basket to hold anything else if they wanted.  ;)  PS. Using the quilting stuff I bought/had for the quilt also made this project really easy to do!
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 Whoo Hoo! That was my last prompt!!!!!!!



Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on February 26, 2015 09:58:29 AM
Those turned out not only practical but beautiful as well!

I have had them on my "to do" list forever...seeing them in batiks, which I love!, now pushes them further up the list...

Nice job, gozer!


Title: COMPLETED PROJECT - Stamp the yard
Post by: rockingbearranch on February 26, 2015 10:03:47 AM
Prompt:  February Challenge - Stamp the yard
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: STASH ONLY
Project Name: Bookworm Stamps
Project Link:
Brief Description: I made this book inspired duo out of craft foam from my stash. I may use these for kitchen towels, a book bag, or lampshade. I will not put them on a mounting board board until I have definite plans. I sketched the silhouette from a photo of a woman reading on the internet. This officially uses up my stamp pad stash. They are dried out to the point of being not particularly usable.
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Title: RESEARCH PROJECT SUBMISSION
Post by: rockingbearranch on February 26, 2015 10:22:18 AM
Research Project Name: Bookshelves
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points:
Project Link:
Brief Description: I have finished my bookshelves entirely. I still have a stack of books on the floor and a pile to donate. I am pleased with how they turned out but they could use a little more organizing. Sorry that the edge of the photo is cut off. There were some racy titles and imagery in the art section. :-X 

Two things I would recommend,
Oil paint that you cure at least 3-5 weeks.
Use screws with the star shaped hole, not the phillips or regular. They will strip out and slip too much.

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Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: bunny1kenobi on February 26, 2015 10:32:35 AM
Awesome stamp and even AWESOMER bookshelves!! (Yes I know, that's not a word. I'm using it anyway.)



Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: Ludi on February 26, 2015 10:44:37 AM
Ooo, I like those bowl holders, gozer!  And great bookshelves, rockingbear!  :)


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: roler on February 26, 2015 11:10:14 AM
Ever optimistic, I'm still hoping to make a couple more things in the next two days, but for now, here are some entries I want to make sure I don't forget before the end of the month.

Prompt: January - Brr
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Christmas Mac 'n Cheese
Project Link:
Brief Description: I had a house guest staying with me during the holidays, and she requested mac'n'cheese for our Christmas dinner. I'd only made stove-top white sauce mac'n'cheese before, but this time decided to try a baked casserole version.  It was tasty and had a lovely texture, although it could have used more flavor, so I'll experiment with spices/vegetable add-ins next time.  The salad, with snap peas, cucumbers, tomatoes, and strawberries along with the greens, and a yogurt/mustard dressing, was very tasty.  Oh, and warm mac'n'cheese is always welcome on cold days! Warms you right up!
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Prompt: Red Alert - Love is in the Air
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Junta Uchiwa
Project Link:
Brief Description: This was a true labor of love for a pop idol I adore, and it takes a wee bit of explaining.  At a lot of pop concerts in Japan, audience members hold uchiwa (round stiff paper fans) with pictures/names of their favorite members of the group they're seeing, to show their support, and also so that the members themselves can pick out their own fans in the audience.  "Fan service", or giving personal attention to fans in the crowd, is a pretty big deal here.  Official uchiwa with photos of the artists are usually for sale at the venues, but many fans choose to make homemade uchiwa.  My friends and I have been making more and more ambitious uchiwa over the years, using glitter, glow-in-the-dark paint, etc, and this time we really outdid ourselves for a Johnny's West concert.  

We got EL wire attached to individual battery packs, and in the colors assigned to our favorite members (many groups have taken to giving designated colors to each member as another way for fans to show their favorites; we dress up accordingly!).  

First we cut out and attached contact paper in the shape of a kanji character (I used 淳 [Jun], the first kanji in the name 淳太 [Junta] because my favorite member is Nakama Junta and he is the yellow member, which is unfortunate because I don't much like yellow and have almost no yellow clothes; accessories).  Then, we pre-poked holes in the paper of the uchiwa all around the edges, which totally bruised our fingers because the paper is really quite thick and hard.  Next we wrapped the wires all around the edges of the kanji and sewed them in place with many many stitches of clear thread like fishing wire, passing the EL wire through the uchiwa whenever we wanted it hidden.  Finally we covered the backs with dark paper to keep them from glowing from behind, and attached the battery packs with electrical tape to the uchiwa handles.  They took well over 10 hours each to make, but were so worth it because with the flick of a switch they now totally lit up, and with another flick they'd even blink on and off at two different speeds.

And let me tell you, these uchiwa WORKED!!  Our seats for the show ended up being halfway BEHIND the stage, but nevertheless all of our favorite members spotted us almost IMMEDIATELY (despite being in a venue that seats about 10,000 people), and gave us TONS of attention.  Junta spent almost the entirety of the MC section of the concert staring at us, and we think he was trying to reverse engineer our uchiwa with his eyes. XD

Project Picture:
Here's mine outside the venue after the show, with Osaka Castle lit up in the background:


And here it is again with my friends' uchiwa, all lit up in the shadows on the ground outside the venue so you can see the light-up effect:


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: Ludi on February 26, 2015 11:32:35 AM
Wow, super uchiwa, roler!  Go super nerds/fans!     :D


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: Smeddley on February 26, 2015 04:41:33 PM
Sorry I have been so absent.  We have a show on Saturday, and I'm making little Zill Dragons as fast as I can... between practicing and that I've been out of it!

Prompt:  Red Alert - National Hobby Month.
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: None
Project Name: Goal Book for a friend
Project Link:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437863.0  (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437863.0)
Brief Description:  A goal book made for my friend, because she coveted mine!

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Prompt:  January - Brrrr
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: None
Project Name: Hat!
Project Link:
Brief Description:  What's more useful against the cold than a hat?  Made for Calabaza in the Nerd Games Swap

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Prompt:  February - Stamp the Yard
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: None
Project Name: Little Bird Box
Project Link:
Brief Description:  A little box painted and stamped for the Curiosity Cabinet swap!

Project Picture:



Prompt:  February - Edward Scissorhands
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: None
Project Name: Peg Gnome
Project Link:
Brief Description:  STASH ONLY - Lots of cutting and fiddling with felt to make this little peg gnome!

Project Picture:


Prompt:  February Challenge - Paper
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: None
Project Name: Butterfly
Project Link:
Brief Description:  STASH ONLY - Layers of paper mache and paint went into the little butterfly frame!

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Prompt:  February Mob
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: None
Project Name: Knitted Bat!
Project Link:
Brief Description:  STASH ONLY - Yeah, I have just a tiny bit of yarn laying around...

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Prompt:  February - Paint the Town
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: None
Project Name: Fairy Door
Project Link:
Brief Description:  STASH ONLY - Air-dry clay that I then painted!

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I'm hoping to have a few more to work into prompts before the end (if nothing else, I have 8 zill dragons in progress, and 1 thing I just need to photograph!) but I'll be cutting it close posting...


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Post by: Ludi on February 26, 2015 04:54:09 PM
I love the bat so much!   :D


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Post by: storerboughtcreations on February 26, 2015 10:43:14 PM
Prompt: February - Edward Scissorhands
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: STASH ONLY
Project Name: Pom pom hedgehog
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Making a pom pom involves only cutting and tying. I made the bottom a little too thick, and I could barely cut through it even with my super sharp scissors. My hand definitely got a work out cutting through all that yarn tonight.
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Prompt: February - Paint the town
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: UFO
Project Name: WSU baby blanket
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: The blanket itself I made quite a while ago, but I had to fix the border. I tried several borders before deciding to keep it simple with a single round of crab stitch. I wanted the logo to be the main focus. I live in the small town that really only exists because of Washington State University, so I thought this was fitting. Go Cougs!
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Post by: gozer on February 27, 2015 06:05:00 AM
Ludi – Your weaving is very pretty. Love the colors you are choosing. The green one has a very neat texture in the middle. I agree, reminds me of beautiful sea glass too. The tie-dyed one reminds me of fireworks on a Summer night. AMAZING dotee. I love the faces that you give them. So amazing.

Roler – I like the mini-quilt. How big is it? It reminds me of Spring, which I am desperate to see. Mac and Cheese. Between that and mashed potatoes I could be set for the rest of my life. Your fan is super cool, but one silly question, don’t all those fans block the view for people around them. Oh my gosh, I just showed my age and told everyone how short I am. LOL! The fan is seriously amazing. I would have kept it to decorate my room afterwards.

Bunny1kenobi – love the ATC. You have really been rocking those! Great colors and style.
 
Storerboughtcreations – That narwhale is the cutest thing ever. For reasons like this I wish I could crochet! Awe, your hedgehog is too cute. I want to snuggle it! Very cool blanket. Looks like it took a lot of work!

Rockingbearranch – Does deep red cocoa taste different? I have never heard of it but those brownies look SO good. Majestic bear! Great job on him. He looks so natural and care free. Neat stamps! I am all about reading. Speaking of reading… Your bookshelf truly rocks. Love the color too. Awe, one can never have enough books.
 
Alwaysinmyroom – the bowls were WAY easier than I expected. Try them, they work too!

Smeddley – Love your goal books. The pic on the front is very pretty. I am sure your friend loved it and you are very sweet for making it for her. Love the hat reminds me of RRH, which I am obsessed with. And that box is very pretty. I like the colors you chose. Very sweet and romantic feel. That peg gnome is the coolest. I love his beard!!! Cool butterfly and frame. Again, that bat makes me wish I knew how to crochet. He is absolutely adorable! And a door to a whole new fairy town. I love fairy doors. I have a couple in my house. I need more. I love them so much!


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Post by: roler on February 27, 2015 07:04:01 AM
FreakieGeekie - The mana blanket sounds like it'll be awesome - a repeated design like that with the really recognizable symbols should look so cool! Can't wait to see it!  Adorable cat toys! I hope the kitties like them!  Seeing a pet really like a toy you made it is almost as satisfying (or sometimes more?) than seeing your friend love the thing you made them.  And while eyeball things usually gross me out, your eyeball cat toy is way too cute to be squicked out by. :)

rockingbearranch - Love the feather, and how cool is it that your pets provide you with crafting supplies?!  Sadly my degus are not so generous. ;P  I had a friend with pet chickens before, and I loved to play with them when I visited her.  Your woven ATC is great. I love it when prompts provide inspiration! It's fun to stretch the prompts to fit our own projects, but it's also fun to think of things just to fit the theme and come up with stuff we might never have thought of otherwise!  Oh my goodness, now you have me craving brownies. XD Pretty sugar heart on top!  Your bear looks both fluffy and powerful.  Very nice.  Neat reader stamps!  The detail on her hair is impressive!  And wow, way to go on those bookshelves!  They look great (and I'm also jealous of all your prettily bound books)!

Calabaza - More great macaron cases!  The Agent one is SO cute; great colors and great reference!!  The exploding boxes are lovely, and I'm always impressed at just how darn well-made your stuff always looks!  No tell-tale seams or threads sticking out or anything; they look so neat and tidy and expertly done!  And yes, I've been having trouble with the emails directing me to the wrong parts of threads lately.  It's strange.

Ludi - I think I commented over in the TM Patch swap gallery, but all of yours are lovely.  I really hope that someday I can add one of yours to my collection! XD  And aww, your Nerd Love really does come through in that website.  It's so thorough and so interesting; I'm really having fun learning about this guy I hadn't heard of until I saw your posts about him here!  And Oh. My. Gosh. do I ever love that leaf necklace. I can't even see the material under the embroidery at all; it's like the embroidery itself has more substance! And the snake bones are SUCH a great addition; they work so organically into the leaf but are obviously something distinct in themselves, too.  Wow.  I like that you wove fabric one way and thread/floss the other way for your woven twinchie; it never really occurs to me to weave two different media together like that, but it looks great! Very creative!  Same with the floss x thicker yarn!  And the colors for both of those are beautiful together; I love the hint of pink on the top one. I see you're getting familiar with that petit point, using it in other projects now! So cool to have a new technique in your arsenal!  The sea green woven one is just gorgeous.  What are your plans for all these twinchies, btw? Will they be magnets or something?  Oh my goodness, I love how the stitching continues the colors of the tye-dyed one!!  So cool!  Your strawberry dotee is amazing, as usual!  Your faces have SUCH personality!  

bunny1kenobi - Oh my goodness! More AMAZING ATCs!  You are really thinking out of the box with these, and in totally different ways for each one!  So cool!  And your unusual greeting cards made me laugh. :) Those would be fun to send, and surprise a friend at a time when cards aren't expected. They could definitely brighten someone's day.  Thanks for all the cool info along with the Egyptian one!  I love learning things from fellow nerds here!  I keep picking up all sorts of trivia and facts I wouldn't have even come across otherwise!  

crazyda79 - The multimedia used in the creativity flag is so fun!  The scrabble tile in particular is my favorite part.  It makes me think of so many different aspects of creativity just by itself!  The bluebird of happiness looks extra happy to have that pretty pattern on him. :) And awww, the daisy is really cute.  Isn't felt fun??  I use it all the time. So versatile and I love that you can cut quite complicated and small details into it without it falling apart.  Ah, yes, I can see it must have taken a lot of cutting for that sunset! Looks like it was worth the effort though!  I've seen that stamped technique of words on fabric like that before (in your stamp the yard project) and I always think it looks SO cool, like a scrapbooking effect, so I really ought to try it myself some day. Is it just the regular ink you use with a stamp pad on paper?  The fabric you used for the peace tree is so perfect; it looks like great wood grain! XD  And awww, what sweet lovebirds!  That fits the prompt so perfectly and straightforwardly, and they are just so cute!

gozer - I always love to see your drawings! That cow looks like he's giggling and can hardly contain his glee! Awww!  And the plague doctor is great as well; I actually especially love the background in that one; it reminds me of a Japanese wooden framed door opened to the garden in summer.  I don't know the subject of your portrait, but I'm guessing it looks a lot like her, since it certainly has a very realistic expression and feel to it! Wonderful!  And aww, the sleeping bags are really cute and cozy as well, and I love that the action figures can even hold them all rolled up for action shots!  Your cutiepie octopus looks SO carefree and happy!  The frayed edges are a very cool touch.  And I love the bright colors on the seahorse!  Oooh, I've been eyeing microwave bowl things like that on pinterest for a while now; they look very useful, and yours are so pretty, too!!  I love batiks as well. :)  

artsycandice - Wow, you certainly had the perfect things in your stash to make that butterfly box!  Such a cool and not at all cruel way to display the pretty things! I LOVE and COVET your clockwork bird!!  It's amazing!!!  What is it, btw, if not actually metal?  The barn owl brooch is just too cute.  He's the perfect shape!  And what a cool Valentine's ornament! The illustrations definitely have a distinctly vintage feel to them!  

storerboughtcreations - Nor Nor is SO CUTE.  Kimutako just might have a little crush on her. ;P  I hope you get a picture of Sonora with her narwhal sometime!  Awwww, the hedgehog is adorable, and the little gingham bow adds a lot to her overall feel.  How big is she?  Way to go finishing up the WSU blanket!  It looks like a ton of work went into it; it wouldn't look at all out of place in the official school bookstore!  

Smeddley - Lovely cover on the goal book for your friend, and man, who WOULDN'T covet yours?!  Making one of my own patterned after yours is already on my to-do list (for next year, or next season, or something). :)  Hee hee, that great red hood looks almost as cute on the bear model as it does on its lovely recipient over in the swap gallery!  I really like the pointy top! It has a great fairy tale feel to it but still stylish.  Awww, cute birdie box!  I've gotta say, one of the many things I love about crafting is that all the supplies and notions give me an actual USE for adorable boxes like that!  The peg gnome is charming!!  My grandma's family is Scandanavian, and she used to have books and things about that style of gnome all over the place.  She would LOVE that guy and his cute kinky beard!  I like the butterfly frame a lot; the texture is awesome!  Eeee!  Bat!  With little buttoned up wings!  He looks so cozy! XD  I'd never really come across fairy doors before seeing some of yours, but you're really making me like them!  They're so pretty and whimsical!  


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Post by: roler on February 27, 2015 07:08:58 AM
gozer - The mini-quilt is quite small, about the size of a mug rug.  Those buttons in the flower centers are pretty standard shirt button size.  And that is a very good question about the uchiwa!  Actually there are pretty strict rules about them.  The staff can check your bags going into the shows, and if they catch you with an uchiwa bigger than official size, they can confiscate it or make you trim them down.  Also, you're not allowed to hold them over shoulder height, and most people just keep them flat against their chests.  We're either in the tiered stands, so that level would be well above the row beneath us anyway, or in the arena, where the performers are on stages above us so we just tilt the uchiwa upward, but still in front of our chests.  As for height, my friend who made the purple uchiwa in the photo is not much over five feet, and she has no problem seeing from the stands.  If we're lucky enough to get arena seats, she just makes sure to wear really high heels (whereas at almost 5'8" I'm careful to wear flats, 'cause I don't want to be a jerk).  ;P


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Post by: gozer on February 27, 2015 07:25:56 AM
LOL. Thanks for explaining, now the uchiwa sound a lot cooler to me. I think it's really neat that each band member has a specific color too. That is neat.  :D


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Post by: rockingbearranch on February 27, 2015 07:32:15 AM
Interesting info on the uchiwa.

Deep red cocoa has more tartness, a slight fruity flavor, and much more cocoa taste. Regular cocoa is flat in comparison. I used 1/3 red and 2/3 regular because it will make the recipe too rich.


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Post by: bunny1kenobi on February 27, 2015 07:43:18 AM
So many awesome projects! 

That uchiwa is sooooo cool!  No wonder it got so much attention at the concert!  Now that you've set the uchiwa bar so high, I wonder what on earth you could possibly do to top it!!

And Smeddley- you may not have been on the thread much, but you sure have been busy!!!  The book is gorgeous, the bat is adorable, you already know how I feel about fairy doors, love the hairy little gnome and the pretty butterfly frame!

SBC your hedgehog is adorable!  And the blanket is so well done!


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Post by: Calabaza on February 27, 2015 08:05:22 AM
Thank you so much! And thanks for letting me know it wasn't just me with the tech problem, roler. :P Neat thing with the uchiwa!

Excellent, storerboughtcreations, go Cougs! Nifty hedgehog, too.

Seriously, Smeddley, you have been crafting up a storm! Like my hood! It's so great. Your others are as well, but the hood is my special favorite.


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Post by: Ludi on February 27, 2015 09:12:43 AM
Thank you gozer and roler!   :-*   I'll probably make the Twinchies into fridge magnets, at least the ones I really like.  Mostly these recent ones were just learning experiments.

Prompt: February - Paint the Town
Team:  Wordy
Bonus Points: none
Project Name: Fire Flies Twinchie
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description:  Glow paint with embroidery on linen.  STASH ONLY





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Post by: gozer on February 27, 2015 09:41:16 AM
 oooh Ludi, that twinchie is really cool AND it glows in the dark? Very cool! Fridge magnets are a great idea!


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Post by: Ludi on February 27, 2015 05:05:20 PM
Thanks!  It is both challenging and refreshing to work at this scale.  :)



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Post by: LovelyMiss on February 27, 2015 06:28:03 PM
I really intended to be better at posting my projects this season, but alas, here we are...prepare for project overload!  :D

Prompt:  December - Japan
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Kawaii fabric basket
Brief Description:  This is just a basic fabric basket made with cute fabrics.  I sent it to underthemountain in a swap.

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Prompt:  December - India
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name:  Needle book
Brief Description:  I kept finding my needles on the floor and realized that shouldn't be happening.  So I stitched up a quick needle book out of fabric scraps and felt.  I had to make it kind of large to accommodate my doll needles, but it's less easy to lose that way, too.  ;D

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Prompt:  January - C.O.L.D.
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  All 4 letters
Project Name:  Overtly Delightful Little Cross-stitch
Brief Description:  I stitched this up for roler in the Winter Nerd Battles Swap.  It's from a kit.

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Prompt:  January - You're as cold as ice
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Woodland critter fabric basket
Brief Description:  I made this fabric basket for pioneer9 in the Winter Nerd Battles Swap.  The cute little animals remind me of the Woodland Critter Christmas episode of South Park...pretty cold personalities all around.  :D

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Prompt:  February - Edward Scissorhands
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Apollo cupcake doll
Project Link:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438060.msg5288272#msg5288272 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438060.msg5288272#msg5288272)
Brief Description:  This doll was also made for pioneer9, and took so very much cutting.

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Prompt:  February - Stamp the yard
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Curiosity Shrine
Project Link:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438091.msg5288900#msg5288900 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438091.msg5288900#msg5288900)
Brief Description:  This was made for underthemountain in the Curiosity Cabinet Swap.  It has a postage stamp in the shrine, and I used a stamp pad to darken the edges of the green edge paper.  STASH ONLY.

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Prompt:  February - Basket case
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Bookish fabric basket
Brief Description:  roler likes books, so I made her a book themed fabric basket in the Winter Nerd Battles Swap.  STASH ONLY.

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Prompt:  February - Dye me a river
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Mermaid shrine
Brief Description:  This was also made for underthemountain in the Curiosity Cabinet Swap.  She suggested the mermaid theme, and provided a smiling photo of Lana.  The background was painted, then covered with a few layers of spray inks, and topped off with "Goosebumps" texture spray for a more water-y feel.  STASH ONLY.

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Prompt:  February - Paint the town
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name:  TARDIS wallet case
Brief Description:  This was also made for roler.  I printed the TARDIS on printable fabric.  The outside fabric has lots of London-inspired images.  STASH ONLY.

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Prompt:  February Battle Royale - Fabric
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Purse
Brief Description:  My purse was getting raggedy, so I bit the bullet and sewed one for myself using some cute fabrics.  STASH ONLY.

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Prompt:  February Flash Mob
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Cards
Brief Description:  Fabric is my favorite medium at the moment, but paper is my fall back crush.  I made these cards using all stash for my swap partners this season.  STASH ONLY.

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Prompt:  Red Alert - Love is in the air
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name:  Banana Bread
Brief Description:  I had some bananas taking up space in the freezer, so I made us a treat for breakfast on Valentine's Day.  I really LOVE banana bread, and my s/o really loves when I bake.  :P

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Post by: LovelyMiss on February 27, 2015 09:28:24 PM
Research Project Submission

Research Project Name:  Days for Girls shields
Team:  Randomizer
Bonus Points:  Giver
Brief Description:  I finally finished a research project!  I tested out my skills making six shields for Days for Girls (http://www.daysforgirls.org/), enough for three kits (though the matching pairs won't stay together).  It was easier and more difficult than I anticipated around every turn.  I did learn some things as I go forward:  I need a better/sturdier pattern to use for rotary cutting, and I need to make sure I'm cutting more evenly along the curves.  When the sewing machine starts to shake the table while sewing through four layers of cotton (and one of PUL), it's time to change the needle. :P  Check seams after each completed line.  And don't press so hard on the snap press...it can crack snaps (who knew I was that strong? :D ).  Going forward I also want to match body/pocket fabrics in a more appealing way.  I just used pieces of fabric that I already had smaller cuts of, so they're not the prettiest combos.  But I consider them a test run, and they will definitely hide stains, so overall, a success.

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Post by: Ludi on February 28, 2015 06:09:22 AM
I do like those fabric baskets!   :D


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Post by: Inselaeffchen on February 28, 2015 02:03:18 PM
My last attempt to get some points for team Multimedia!! :D

Prompt: February - Battle Royale - PAPER
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: N/a
Project Name: 3D box birthday card
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: We had a demonstration at our local crop last weekend on how to make 3D cards - I made a birthday card as I was going to a birthday meal the same day. :) STASH ONLY
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Prompt: January - Frozen Tundra
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: N/a
Project Name: Kale & Bacon
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Kale is thriving in the cold, and is commonly sold more during the winter months I believe. Seeing all the yummy Kale stuffs on here I decided to change our usual greens (Broccoli) to Kale for the meal ... and it was great with the Maple & Bacon sausages and the "Bratkartoffeln". YUMMMM!
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Post by: Calabaza on February 28, 2015 03:43:22 PM
Wow, LM! You officially take the prize for most projects in 1 post- I've never had all the tabs I open to pin things not fit at the top of my screen before :D I love those cards, the fabric baskets, your new purse, and the doll. He is super impressive!

Wonderful box, Inselaeffchen!



Prompt: December Japan
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Lil' Monster
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I started making this- the blue and green monster, not the dalek :) -for the little traveler swap, but it just wasn't turning out the way I wanted. My mother was ooing over him, though, so now he's hers.
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Prompt: February Battle - Fabric
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: (include which bonus points you think you've earned, e.g., Giver, Engineering, UFO)
Project Name: Lil' Traveler
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: After try #1, this guy came along. He went through several versions. I kept trying to make him fancier, but it just wasn't working. I think he's kinda cute.
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Prompt: February Mob
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: (include which bonus points you think you've earned, e.g., Giver, Engineering, UFO)
Project Name: Lil' Traveler's Tin
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: My first altoid tin decorating project, but I've had a bunch in my stash forever. I tried paper. I tried yarn. I tried beads. Then I raided my stash of my favorite supply and the one I'm most used to working with: Fabric! There's some yarn, too, that was leftover from another project. So was the glue.
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Prompt: Feb. Paint the Town
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Wockets in Pockets
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I'm not a Dr. Seuss fan. There, I said it. Nothing against him, I just don't care for his books and never have. I do, however, love Monsters, Inc. which takes place- mostly -in the city of Monstropolis. So, for Dr. Seuss day, I decorated the classroom door with construction paper and goggly eye monsters in pockets, a la There's a Wocket in My Pocket for others, but, for me, a la Monster's Inc- but not nearly as cool.
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Post by: craftADDchick on February 28, 2015 05:05:21 PM
Oh, wow! There have been so many amazing things posted while I've been away (and crazy busy). I really want to comment on all of them, but it would take me hours to go back through them all (this has been a tough round, time wise!).

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: Smeddley on February 28, 2015 05:25:01 PM
Okay, I got back from the show and it's my last-ditch attempt at some finishes!  I was working on some of this today... and some of the explanations might be... creative...

Prompt:  December - Egypt
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: UFO (started over a year ago...)
Project Name: Zill Dragon!
Brief Description:  Bellydancing tends to come in three varieties - Egyptian, Turkish, and American.  This little zill dragon is, of course, a fan of the Egyptian style...

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Prompt:  January - Freezing Point
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Sling to match a costume
Brief Description:  One of our troupe members has hurt her shoulder, so the number of moves she can do with that arm is ZERO.  To keep her from hurting it further on accident when we performed, we made her a sling.  I made the base as shown here, patterned off a sling used after rotator cuff surgery.  Another troupe member glued a LOT of bling to it so it was awesome come showtime.  Now at least I know if I ever have to have an arm immobilized, I'll be able to do it in style!

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Prompt:  January - Cold as Ice
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: UFO (started over a year ago...)
Project Name: Blue Zill Dragon
Brief Description: A Dragon certainly doesn't have a warm and cuddly personality!

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Prompt:  February - Basket Case
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Little Red and Wolf
Brief Description: STASH ONLY - she's carrying a little basket!  Sorry for the awful picture, it's the best I could do in my house after dark...

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Prompt:  February - Dye me a River
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Bookmark
Brief Description: STASH ONLY - made with INK pens, this is my submission for the library's bookmark design contest.

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Prompt:  Red Alert - Love is in the Air
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: UFO (started in October of last year...)
Project Name: Pink Zill Dragon
Brief Description: It's pink!  That's one of the colors of loooooove.  Plus, I finally figured out a way to make these with sewing in the zippers that I don't hate, so... I do love my pattern, now!

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Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: Ludi on February 28, 2015 06:15:30 PM
Hooray for all Nerds on any team who are cramming their crafts in at the last minute!  Go Nerds!   :D  You can do it! 


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: Mountains and Clouds on February 28, 2015 06:50:44 PM
Prompt: Red alert! New Years resolution

Team: Fandom

Bonus points:

Project Name: Wire pendants

Project link:

Brief Description: I have never had a chance to play around with wrapping and hammering wire, so, yay!

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Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: crazyda79 on February 28, 2015 06:52:31 PM
Prompt:  February- paint the town
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: festival of lights
Project Link: 
Brief Description: our town was voted the best light display in the nation.  My little visitor got to see it at Christmas time.  This is her scrapbook page for that event.  The lights painted the city beautifully for a few weeks!
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Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: mistress_batty on February 28, 2015 08:17:35 PM
I'm bummed that so much came up with work and getting sick and all these snow storms D: that it kept me from getting more done than I wanted. But! I'm excited with what I did finish and I'm lovin' the craft prompts. I wanna participate in the Spring round as well - lol and I'm ready for bright, warm, spring things.

Prompt:  Challenges - December: Around the World - Japan
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: poptart scarf - swap in OWS rnd 110
Project Link:
Brief Description: I love cute foods. I use to collect kawaii stationary - I loved San-x characters. I've also been a fan of Twinkie Chan and her cutesy scarves for years. So when I saw rscowtown wanting a poptart scarf, I was excited and channeled my inner Twinkie and put this together for her!
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Prompt:  Challenges - December: Around the World - India
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: spring mandala - swap in OWS rnd 110
Project Link:
Brief Description: I've been wanting spring time colors in my place because I'm so sick of winter :x lol so I went hunting for spring saris on Pinterest to see what I'd find. I started falling for this blue, green, and cream/gold color scheme.
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/210261876327049698/ (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/210261876327049698/)
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/79164905921405269/ (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/79164905921405269/)
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/2603712254724589/ (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/2603712254724589/)
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/91268329924406562/ (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/91268329924406562/)

A girlie in the OWS wanted a mandala (something I"ve been obsessed with lately - and also Indian inspired) - so I had to accept the wish and make it for her!
She wanted spring feelings for her place as well, so things just came all together!
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Prompt:  Challenges  - January: Baby, It's Cold Outside - Brrr
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: jewel-tone fingerless bow gloves
Project Link:
Brief Description: OWS rnd 111 item - made fingerless gloves for a lady so when she walks her dog, her hands are a little warmer!
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Prompt:  RED ALERT! - New Year's Resolution
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: skull square
Project Link:
Brief Description: I hadn't tried intarsia knitting in years. I did it once years ago and it was not a pretty sight. lol I'm not confident with knitty to begin with, I"m much confident with crocheting. I agreed to an exchange with a girl on Reddit...she wanted a mug cozy with a skull on it. After lots of searching for the 'perfect' skull....I fell in love with this repeating pattern. I was surprised with how much easier it was this time and I really like how it turned out. I was surprised how it was kinda tight - so I've gotta ease up on the tension.
 So this was my first try at intarsia - so I kept this square for myself. <3 lol I'm proud of what I taught myself.
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Prompt:  RED ALERT! - Love is in the Air
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: rose ring
Project Link:
Brief Description: I've never been given roses or jewelry for Valentine's (a book of stamps, mixed CDs, and stuffed animals, yes lol) -  so, this year I gave myself both in the form of this ring.
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Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: LovelyMiss on February 28, 2015 10:45:51 PM
The Winter Nerd Battles are CLOSED!
Head over to the Spring Nerd Battles thread (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438238.msg5292059#msg5292059) to continue the crafting mayhem.

Thank you to everyone who participated this round, and to our staff and Team Captains that kept things running so smoothly!

Feel free to continue commenting on all of the fantastic projects, and watch for the Winter Award Ceremony in the coming weeks.
And don't forget to periodically check in with the Discussion thread (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426697.0) to stay up-to-date on Nerd News, and chat with other players.

The Raffle entry period will begin on March 2nd!  Look for the final ticket count to be posted by Monday morning.  Check out the great line up of prizes and review the Raffle rules here (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5266609#msg5266609).
 


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: LovelyMiss on March 01, 2015 11:24:08 AM
PLEASE SEE THE RAFFLE ROUNDUP POST (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5266609#msg5266609) ASAP FOR TICKET COUNT AND ENTRY INFORMATION.
Raffle entries must be received by 11:59 pm central time on March 5, 2015.


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: gozer on March 02, 2015 09:27:43 AM
LovelyMiss – you were busy! Super cute owl basket. I love those things. They are so cute and I absolutely love it when I make something useful. The fabric on the second one is really nice too. I love foxes and those were a neat stylized design. I am coveting that book fabric. Oh how I love books! (Hence team Wordy!). The needle book, once again, useful which makes it even better. Love that fabric that you used. It’s very pretty! Cute little cross stitch.  WOW! On the Apollo Cupcake doll. He looks fantastic and like it took forever to make! Amazing Curiosity shrine. Love all the textures! And anything with an Alien has my attention. The mermaid shrine is so adorable and so personal. Awe. I am sure she loves that! Lucky Lana! Cool Tardis wallet case. Everyone needs a wristlet at some point in their lives. Great design. Love that deer fabric too. Oooh to rummage thru your stash would be a dream. You have such great fabrics! Fabric and paper are my two mediums of choice too. Great cards. Love that little smiling orange. And the banana bread looks so yummy I can almost smell it! Great project on the Days for Girls shields. It is such a great thing to do!

Inselaeffchen – HAPPY BIRTHDAY, I think. LOL! The card looks great! Never had kale but it’s so popular on here I might have to give it a try. 

Calabaza – Adorable little monsters! I am sure they are both having a blast in there new homes now! Love the little bag with the second guy. His home is very pretty too. Cute door décor as well.

CraftADDchick – Love the colors that you chose (or your Mom picked) for the dresser cover. It turned out really nice! I am sure she loves it. That is a very pretty hat too and such a sweet thing to do for the kids. Great cards! Love that stamp! Fun woven hearts and very pretty dishcloth. I would never use it for fear of ruining it. Ditto on the scrubbies. LOL!

Smeddley – Those dragon boxes are amazing. They are just too darned cute! I like the pink one best. That was so sweet of you to make the sling for your friend. I am sure she rocked it! And you are killing me with that RRH & Wolf dolls! I LOVE them. I am SO jealous. I want them so bad. I have an insurable RRH obsession. Cool bookmark. Love all the tiny details.
 
Mountains and Clouds – Very cool wire wrapping! The flower one in my favorite. It just looks so pretty.

Crazyda79 – Congrats on the Light Display award. It looks like it was a lot of fun (and very bright). Your visitor looks like he had a ball! And his star matches your border. LOL!

Mistress_batty – that scarf is so cute. Love the little bite taken out of the last one! Beautiful mandala. The colors are very pretty. Especially that pinkish color near the middle. Cute bow gloves. Very cool mug cozy! And what a great idea for a present to yourself. Awesome ring!


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: bunny1kenobi on March 02, 2015 09:30:04 AM
digging that poptart scarf!  So fun! I especially love the bite mark...  ;)


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: craftADDchick on March 02, 2015 11:08:40 AM
Thanks, gozer!


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: LovelyMiss on March 06, 2015 05:15:50 AM
~*Congratulations, Fabric!*~
You have won the February Battle Royale.



For the paper-preferers:



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*Once revealed, a badge can be found in the Badge Center (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436872.msg5266600#msg5266600).*


Title: Award Ceremony
Post by: LovelyMiss on March 06, 2015 06:50:20 AM
~*WINTER NERD BATTLES AWARD CEREMONY*~


The Winter Nerd Battles were a fantastic display of outstanding craftiness!

Here we will recognize the crafty accomplishments of 2014-2015 Winter Nerd Battles players.  Awards will be given out for different achievements throughout the season.


WINTER NERD BATTLES STATS:
The Fall Nerd Battles lasted 90 days.
During that time 24 players turned in 335 projects.
That’s nearly 4 projects per day and 14 projects per person!


Title: Craftiest Nerd Award
Post by: LovelyMiss on March 06, 2015 06:50:28 AM
~*Craftiest Nerd Award*~

During the Winter Nerd Battles a few players displayed particularly prolific crafting prowess!  The Craftiest Nerd Award is for players who completed at least 20 projects during the season.

Congratulations to:  artsycandice, bunny1kenobi, crazyda79, gozer, LovelyMiss, Ludi, rockingbearranch, Smeddley, storerboughtcreations


Claim your badge and display it with pride!

*If you feel your name was left off of this list in error, please contact LovelyMiss.


Title: Team Award
Post by: LovelyMiss on March 06, 2015 06:50:41 AM
~*Team  Award*~

The highest scoring team of the Winter Nerd Battles is TEAM WORDY.
This is based on the average number of points per player on each team.

Congratulations to:  bunny1kenobi, calliemae, elliot_anne, gozer, Ludi, rockingbearranch


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*If you feel your name was left off of this list in error, please contact LovelyMiss.


Title: Research Project Award
Post by: LovelyMiss on March 06, 2015 06:50:55 AM
~*Research Project Award*~

Five Research Projects were completed during the Winter Nerd Battles.  In honor of the achievement, anyone who completed a Research Project during the season is eligible for the Research Project Award.

Congratulations to:  artsycandice, gozer, LovelyMiss, Ludi, rockingbearranch


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*If you feel your name was left off of this list in error, please contact LovelyMiss.


Title: Giver Award
Post by: LovelyMiss on March 06, 2015 06:51:04 AM
~*Giver Award*~

The Winter Nerd Battles would like to recognize those players who chose to craft for charity during the season.  This award is for anyone who submitted projects for Giver Bonus Points.

Congratulations to:  craftADDchick, LovelyMiss


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*If you feel your name was left off of this list in error, please contact LovelyMiss.


Title: Engineering Award
Post by: LovelyMiss on March 06, 2015 06:51:17 AM
~*Engineering Award*~

The Winter Nerd Battles would like to recognize those players who contributed to the community by posting new tutorials, patterns, or recipes during the season.  This is for anyone who submitted projects for Engineering Bonus Points.

Congratulations to:  artsycandice, craftADDchick, rockingbearranch


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*If you feel your name was left off of this list in error, please contact LovelyMiss.


Title: UFO Sighting Award
Post by: LovelyMiss on March 06, 2015 06:51:24 AM
~*UFO Sighting Award*~

The Winter Nerd Battles would like to recognize those players who persevered and completed UFOs and WIPs during the season.  This award is for anyone who submitted projects for UFO Bonus Points.

Congratulations to:  bunny1kenobi, Calabaza, craftADDchick, FreakieGeekie, gozer, kwality570, Mountains and Clouds, oddacity, rockingbearranch, Smeddley, storerboughtcreations, Tanath


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*If you feel your name was left off of this list in error, please contact LovelyMiss.


Title: Bounty Hunter Award
Post by: LovelyMiss on March 06, 2015 06:51:43 AM
~*Bounty Hunter Award*~

The Winter Nerd Battles would like to recognize players who showed particular dedication to the the Games and community by completing one or more Bounties during the season.

Congratulations to:  artsycandice, bunny1kenobi, Calabaza, craftADDchick, crazyda79, gozer, Inselaeffchen, LovelyMiss, Ludi, oddacity, rockingbearranch, roler, Smeddley, storerboughtcreations


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*If you feel your name was left off of this list in error, please contact LovelyMiss.


Title: Nerdy Spotlight Award
Post by: LovelyMiss on March 06, 2015 06:51:56 AM
~*Nerdy Spotlight Award*~

The Winter Nerd Battles would like to recognize players who showed exceptional crafting skill by having one of their Nerd Games submissions chosen as a Craftster Featured Project during the season.

Congratulations to:  craftADDchick, LovelyMiss, Ludi, Smeddley


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*If you feel your name was left off of this list in error, please contact LovelyMiss.

Links to the Craftster Blog Featured Projects entries for our players:
December 3, 2014 (https://www.craftster.org/blog/december-3-2014-featured-projects/) - Ludi, Smeddley
January 7, 2015 (https://www.craftster.org/blog/january-7-2015-featured-projects/) - craftADDchick, Smeddley
January 21, 2015 (https://www.craftster.org/blog/january-21-2015-featured-projects/) - Ludi
February 4, 2015 (https://www.craftster.org/blog/february-4-2015-featured-projects/) - Smeddley
February 18, 2015 (https://www.craftster.org/blog/february-18-2015-featured-projects//) - LovelyMiss, Ludi


Title: Diamond Nerd Award
Post by: LovelyMiss on March 06, 2015 06:52:10 AM
~*Diamond Nerd Award*~

The Gamemakers would like to recognize players for their overall contribution to the Nerd Games craftalongs.  The Diamond Nerd Award is being presented to players who have submitted at least 75 projects to the Nerdalong throughout all seasons.

Congratulations to:  artsycandice


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Title: Platinum Nerd Award
Post by: LovelyMiss on March 06, 2015 06:52:22 AM
~*Platinum Nerd Award*~

The Gamemakers would like to recognize players for their overall contribution to the Nerd Games craftalongs.  The Platinum Nerd Award is being presented to players who have submitted at least 100 projects to the Nerdalong throughout all seasons.

Congratulations to:  gozer


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*If you feel your name was left off of this list in error, please contact LovelyMiss.


Title: Double Diamond Award
Post by: LovelyMiss on March 06, 2015 06:52:37 AM
~*Double Diamond Nerd Award*~

The Gamemakers would like to recognize players for their overall contribution to the Nerd Games craftalongs.  The Double Diamond Nerd Award is being presented to players who have submitted at least 150 projects to the Nerdalong throughout all seasons.

Congratulations to:  bunny1kenobi, LovelyMiss, Ludi


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Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: Ludi on March 06, 2015 09:20:45 AM
Congratulations all you wonderful Nerds!   :D



Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: bunny1kenobi on March 06, 2015 10:24:01 AM
Woooot!  Nerds ROCK!!  ;D


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: rockingbearranch on March 06, 2015 10:52:25 AM
Congrats everyone! Especially the Double Diamonds.  :o That is a lot of finger pricks and painted shirts.


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: craftADDchick on March 06, 2015 03:52:46 PM
Go Nerds! And, congrats to Team Wordy!


Title: Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~
Post by: Inselaeffchen on March 07, 2015 09:08:45 AM
Well done to all of us Nerds!! :)