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11  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2015 --March 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Tanath on: May 31, 2015 02:35:09 PM
End of Month! End of Round! It keeps happening and it's surprising every time Smiley
Managed just a few more this round (way less than the ideas in my head).

Prompt: Tea time
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: Yogurt Cake
Project Link:
Brief Description:
My daughter is learning letters, so we're doing Letter of the Week. We take one letter every week and do stuff that is related to words that begin with that letter. I only get to spend some of my afternoons with her, so we're not doing as many fun activities as I would like, but when the letter corresponds with the word cake (in Hebrew), we have to bake a cake. I had in my bookmarks a super easy recipe, which uses the yogurt cup as the measure. I translated the ingredient list into pictures and let her do most of the "reading" and mixing (a small happy dance and some squealing might have occurred when she couldn't figure out one ingredient by the picture and figured it out when she looked closer at the letters, you're guess as to who did the dancing).
We put the mixture into a bunch of mini cake pans we happened to buy a few days before and they turned out yummy.
(in the thumbnail you can see the letter "board" I did for that week)

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Prompt:  The Beatles
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points:
Project Name: All you need is love (on your ankle)
Project Link:
Brief Description:
Just a cute hearts design ankle bracelet for the summer.

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Prompt:  Union Jack
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Tiny bracelet
Project Link:
Brief Description:
Friendship bracelets was my main craft as a teenager. I could often be seen with a safety pin with a bunch of strings attached to my jeans. It's my fallback when I'm feeling crafty but don't know what to do. I've found this wonderful website with tons of patterns (http://friendship-bracelets.net/), and I browse it once in a while. I was looking for something simple, and found this little design. In the chart it looks like little hearts, but they turned out more like tiny triangles in my bracelet. I think I'll wear it with a few other thin bracelets for a fun look.

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12  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by Tanath on: May 03, 2015 01:15:57 PM

Hey everyone, sorry for being totally absent so far in this round. The minions got into the tracking machine and taught it to sing the banana song. It took two months to get it to stop marking the prompts with fruit instead of points  Shocked.
Anyway, we're having an awesome round so far, with more people joining all the time (welcome Algeera Smiley). We currently have 21 players, representing all 5 teams.

As in previous rounds, no prompt has been neglected, with projects submitted for all of the prompts for March and April (and we already have some for May too).

March had us dancing through the decades, and saw many of us make things for our homes and families, prompted by the 40s homemaker (16 projects). And then chillin' with the 60s flower child (15 projects).
When asked to choose between the past and the future, many of us looked back at yesteryear and the battle was decided 12 to 3 for the past.

April took us to the British kingdom for some tea and biscuits. Apparently there is much to be inspired by there, as 15 items were crafted for a favorite British something or someone.
2 distinct British favorite someones were the subject of April's battle, making for some hard decisions. It looks like the chance for traveling through space and time in a blue box won, as the battle was decided 9 to 5 for the Doctor.

How about some individual numbers, you say? Well, here goes...

Topping the chart with 17 projects is Ludi for Team Wordy, who also managed to make the machine spit cogs again, but submitting 2 research projects already (don't worry, we fixed it).
We have a whole bunch of people with 15 projects each: rockingbearranch, bunny1kenobi and gozer of Team Wordy and crazyda79 of Team Randomizer.

So far 194 projects have been submitted this round, and there's still a month to go (and it can go far, by car, train, boat, hot air balloon or unicycle).

And a lovely table for the furniture admirers:

Want a link to the machine? Have some silly numbers question? Wondering about the banana song? Just send your request my way and it will be taken care of Smiley

Keep on being awesome.
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13  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2015 --March 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Tanath on: March 31, 2015 04:17:26 PM
Glad to see you, craftADDchick, I was starting to get worried about team Textbook. Thought they might have been locked in the library or just started reading something and forgot to stop (I do that a lot, and then wonder why I can't wake up in the morning).
I'm sure we'll be seeing a few more players pop in in the next few hours, as it is the end of the month.

I managed to complete a few projects, I'll post the 2 time-sensitive ones today and the rest will follow later.

Prompt: March Flash Mob
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: flower ponytail holders
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description:
I was born in the 70s, and crochet was very popular at the time. I found a tutorial for crocheting a simple flower, so I made myself one attached to a hair elastic. Along came miss "what are you making for me?", who is always interested in what I am making, and usually assumes it's for her. At 4 years old, it makes sense, as she's the center of her universe. I told her this one is for me, so she requested one in purple.
The tutorial can be found here:
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Prompt: March Battle Royal - Future
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: UFO
Project Name: watermelon bracelet
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description:
Watermelons always remind me of summer, so this project could go either way, past or future. I chose to go with future, as I plan to wear this bracelet in the near future, as summer approaches. It makes me think of all the fun stuff we are going to do this summer - beach, hiking, visiting friends, soap bubbles splashing in the back yard, and I'm sure we're going to have plenty of watermelons and other yummy summer fruit.
Project Pictures:
It might be to tell but the white part is actually a very light pink and a very light minty green.
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14  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by Tanath on: February 02, 2015 12:50:52 PM

Happy February everyone!
This is your trackless tracker, reporting live from deep within cyberspace (or from her computer chair, but cyberspace sounds way more exciting, maybe I'll rename my chair).

The end of the second month of the round has come, and we're at 193 complete projects.
We have 25 members playing this round, representing all 5 teams.

As always, no prompt went uncrafted, and we even have 3 completed research projects in this round.
Topping the charts is December's Flash Mob, with 18 projects representing our various home countries or cultural roots.
Following right behind are the battles, with 17 projects each. After North winning the last battle, people have had enough of the cold, and Warm won this round, with 12 cuddly, snuggly or otherwise sunny projects.

storeboughtcreations of team Multimedia has been keeping up with the prompts and managed to complete them all so far (excluding Research), for a total of 17 projects. gozer of team Wordy, with the same number of completions, is missing just one prompt, but has a Research project to show for it. In case you're wondering, the missing prompt is "You're as Cold as Ice", so gozer can still complete all the projects.
but remember, 1 project or 20, it doesn't matter, the point is to have fun Smiley

And here are the numbers, for anyone who was wondering:

And remember, any time is craft time.
For example, a birthday party:

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15  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Tanath on: January 31, 2015 04:43:12 PM
Oh boy, we are at 109 projects already, and each one is awesome Smiley

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 Smiley

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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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16  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs 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):
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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17  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by Tanath on: January 05, 2015 01:58:54 PM

Hey hey, long time no report!
So here's a fresh one, fresh of the machine, that was updated just minutes ago.

This round is rocking and rolling around the world, with new players still popping up, welcome everyone Smiley
Currently we have 22 players, representing all teams, with 99 completed projects.
Last month's theme took us around the world (come to think of it, we are around the world, I think we have people from all over the globe playing).
None of the December prompts were neglected, and 5 days into January, we're seeing lots of action for the new prompts already.

Leading in number of projects are the time sensitive prompts, December Flash Mob with 18 completed projects and December Battle Royal with 17 projects. The winner of the December Battle is the queen of the season, North, with 8 projects inspired by it. West got 6, east got 2 and south got 1 (see? we try to never neglect anyone).

Leading the way and giving us lots to ooh and awe about is artsycandice of team Randomizer with 13 completed projects, followed by rockingbearranch of team Wordy and crazyda79 of team Randomizer, with 9 projects each.

Want more numbers? More random statistics in pretty colors?
Are you a team leader and I forgot to send you a link to the tracking machine? Just let me know and we will make it happen.

Keep crafting everyone!
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18  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs 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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19  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Tanath on: November 30, 2014 02:14:28 PM
And it's the last day of the round. I had such great plans for last week, wrote down all sorts of ideas and dug for supplies. Then I woke up with an itchy throat last Sunday. Strep, antibiotics, slept all week. Not much of a birthday present (a much better gift is the new niece I just got, who was born on my birthday).
I did manage to start a couple of things, so I might have UFOs for the next round Smiley
And, I finally completed the one thing I have managed to work on during this round.

Prompt: September Pong
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: Moshiko necklace
Project Link:
Brief Description:
My daughter has a McDonald's minion toy she got from somewhere (pretty sure she didn't get it when we actually went there). She loves it and named it Moshiko. She hasn't seen the Despicable Me movies yet (a bit too young), but she likes the minions, and can sing their banana song.
I found this minion chart while surfing about and decided I want to make it for her. I added the back side to it and made it into a tiny pouch, and added the necklace so she can wear it.
The chart can be found here: http://kandipatterns.com/patterns/characters/minion-2-12329

Project Picture:

and one showing the back side, the recipient and the original Moshiko:
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20  Morning and Evening Task Checklist in Completed Projects by Tanath on: November 24, 2014 07:00:07 AM
My daughter is a very easy kid, but like every 3 year old, she can be difficult, especially when getting ready to leave the house in the morning. So, I worked with her to build two checklists, so we can keep track of her morning and evening tasks. This way, she's excited about getting these things done. I've seen similar things online, but wanted to make one that fits us exactly. I started this in August, to be ready for the new school year that started in September here. Had the first draft hanging on the fridge for a while, and completed the colored and revised version a few days ago. My mom made us the smiley face magnets (she has also witnessed our mornings and was happy to help).

Here's a quick how-to if you want to create your own:
First, sit down with your kid and brainstorm the tasks they need to complete. I believe that doing this, getting the kid involved in the project, can help when it comes to actually doing the tasks.
Once you have a list, make a sketch of your page. The layout depends on how many tasks are on your list, and probably your kid's reading level. Mine doesn't read yet, but the words are there as she's starting to recognize letters.

At this point I used Word to create the grid and spent a ridiculous amount of time on Google Images to find just the right images for the tasks.
Some needed to be resized, or flipped over, to fit in the grid the way I wanted them.
Since most of the stuff I found was black and white, I added some details with colored pencils.
For the magnets, you can use any small magnets you might have. My mom got some wooden smiley beads and cut up some pizza delivery magnets to glue them on.
We've had this up for almost 3 months now, and although mornings are still not fairytale like, with bluebirds dressing my little girl, it does help things a bit.
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