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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2019 Nerd Battles: January 1 - December 31, 2019 ~*Join Anytime!*~ on: November 05, 2019 09:45:46 AM
Prompt:  November Battle - Desserts

Team: Randomizer

Bonus Points: Timely, Brain Power

Project Name: Miniature Pavlovas

Brief Description: It's a dessert! Smiley I made the meringue shells and the whipped cream from scratch. First attempt at pavlovas. Some of them sank a bit in the middle, but I'm happy with them overall.

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2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2019 Nerd Battles: January 1 - December 31, 2019 ~*Join Anytime!*~ on: September 29, 2019 04:39:29 PM
Prompt: September Battle - Fantasy

Team: Randomizer

Bonus Points: Timely

Project Name: Hobbit Meals Splashguard

Brief Description: I made this Tolkien/Hobbit themed art to serve as a splash guard for my kitchen. It has the seven hobbit meals from the movies (there are only 6 listed in the books).

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3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Re: Plant Station & Traveling Chest on: September 13, 2019 07:29:28 AM
Awesome chest andI love the way you did the orchids. They are the only plants besides a cactus that I cant kill.

Where did you get the big glass jar?

I got it from a home decorating/gift type store in Savannah, GA when I was in college. So, 2007-2009? Somewhere in there. I've seen some similar ones in Michael's recently, though.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2019 Nerd Battles: January 1 - December 31, 2019 ~*Join Anytime!*~ on: September 12, 2019 11:54:13 AM
Prompt: September Challenge - Magical Creatures

Team: Randomizer

Bonus Points: Community, Timely

Project Name: Traveling Chest

Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=459389.0

Brief Description: This chest features Discworld stickers and stickers from our travels. My husband stripped and sanded the old, battered stain, and I gave it a white wash and applied the stickers. It is inpired by the sapient pearwood Luggage from Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.

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5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2019 Nerd Battles: January 1 - December 31, 2019 ~*Join Anytime!*~ on: September 12, 2019 11:35:53 AM
Research Project Name: Moon Princess Bomber Jacket

Team: Randomizer

Bonus Points: Community, WIP It!

Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=459382.0

Brief Description: I finished the back of the jacket last year, but it turned out that the patches did not stay on very well with just the iron on adhesive. I was lazy about finishing them, but I found another patch I wanted to add to the shoulder in May and I have a convention this weekend so I thought maybe it was time to finish it up. I didn't want to keep accumulating things to add to the jacket if I wasn't going to finish it. XD

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6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Plant Station & Traveling Chest on: September 12, 2019 10:37:05 AM
My Mom gave me this old wooden chest that she got for $10 in Alaska sometime in the 1970s. It used to be a stained a brown color, but the stain had worn off in a lot of spots and was generally pretty dodgy. My husband stripped and sanded the old stain, and we discovered that the chest was made of different kinds of woods for different parts of the chest. So, instead of staining it a different color, I just put a white wash over it.



I wanted it to be a kind of tribute to Terry Pratchett's discworld books, as a reference to The Luggage. It doesn't have lots of tiny feet and isn't sapient, but we put some Discworld stickers on it and whenever we visit someplace new we add more stickers to it. Once it's sufficiently covered in stickers I'll probably put a coat of sealer over the top.



It also serves as a plant station. I seem to kill most plants I encounter, except for orchids. I keep my orchids in a glass house and apothecary jar, water them when they're dry, give them plant food every so often, and they seem to be doing well. In the winter, I'll replace the bulb in the lamp with a grow bulb so they stay warm and get some extra sun, since the days are really short here in the winter. The lamp itself is an eBay find; I found similar ones in the local stay and on Wayfair, but they were outside my budget.



And a bonus picture of my cat with the plants and windows.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Moon Princess Bomber Jacket on: September 12, 2019 08:41:06 AM
I wanted a custom fall jacket with a Sailor Moon theme. I didn't make the jacket myself; it's from H&M. But, I designed, cut the design from different colors of iron on vinyl using my Silhouette Curio, and hand embroidered around each element of the design myself. Smiley I also added up various patches, buttons, decorative flowers and rhinestones, and used phone charms and keychains for my zipper pulls.

The design is inspired by a Sailor Moon chest tattoo design I found when I was googling images for inspiration.









I have room for new patches/elements as I find them, and I'm debating if I want to embroidery Love and Justice on the front pocket flaps, but I consider the jacket to basically be done. Cheesy Only took a year and a half, haha.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Re: Intoxication Station on: September 11, 2019 11:29:58 AM
Isn't it wonderful when you make something that has elements of the different people who have contributed to it? I bet it's a really important piece and addition to your home! Do you have a lot of other such pieces at home where you've incorporated contributions from friends in your builds?

Sort of? We're still fleshing out a lot of spaces in our house. We got possession last July, but only moved in in November last year and I've been doing a lot of painting and renovating since then. We're going to have a healthy mix of gifts we received, things from my previous apartments, and new pieces. My husband lived with his parents until we got married, and we stayed with them a few years until we moved into the townhouse, so a lot of my things have been in storage and we really only started going through them after I finished the majority of the painting/renovating a couple months ago.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2019 Nerd Battles: January 1 - December 31, 2019 ~*Join Anytime!*~ on: September 11, 2019 09:53:03 AM
Research Project Name: Kitchen Cabinet Revamp

Team: Randomizer

Bonus Points: Community, EPIC!

Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=459365.0

Brief Description: I repainted my kitchen cabinets, installed new hardware, and also several storage solutions.

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10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Kitchen Cabinet Revamp, Caffeination Station & Bonus Plate Rack on: September 11, 2019 09:39:15 AM
I was a busy bee the last few months working on projects in my kitchen. I wanted to at least get all of the cabinets painted before my Mom and Aunts visited last month, and I managed to finish reinstalling the last cabinet door a few hours before my Mom's flight arrived. Had her flight arrived on time, I might not have gotten it done in time, hahaha.

I started out with dingy 20 year old yellow-white melamine, and used a rustoleum paint kit made specifically for painting cabinets like mine. I ended up supplementing with additional paint and benjamin moore sealer because the sealer that came with my kit was contaminated with weird black speckles, but rustoleum refunded me for the cost of the kit which ended up covering the additional purchases of sealer. We also added new brassy door knobs, which my husband picked out because the design reminds him of shields and he likes playing a paladin in games.



I also added some extra storage conveniences. First, we converted the panel in front of our sink into a tip out drawer.





We use it for sponges. It just keeps the sink area tidy ish (when we have guests anyways; otherwise we're kind of sloppy). The instructions for installing the tip out were really awful and it took us three hours to do. I ended up gorilla gluing the handle on the front when we couldn't get the screws the handle came with the drill through the panel.

Next, I added some sliders from IKEA to my pantry



Last, we added a plate rack in my open cabinet, and a pan hanger across the top of it. I love being able to store our plates vertically.



I also cleaned, added new knobs, organized and decorated my baker's rack, turning it into a Caffeination Station. The knobs match the ones on our cabinet and island drawers. The baker's rack was originally my Mom's; she got it for $20 at a yard sale in Florida. When I moved to Canada, she gave it to me. Smiley It has rusty legs and is missing a rack, but I feel like that gives it character. I tried to remove the rust at first, but it seemed to cause more harm than good so I desisted.



The Dalek caffeinate print is from artist autogeography on Etsy. I have no connection with them, I just liked the print and through it would be nice for our caffeination station. Cheesy I've been trying to add tastefully nerdy things around the place, but I don't want to to lean to hard into nerd decor in case it becomes gaudy - at least not on the main level of the house. The basement knows no such rules. The round apple basket was a gift from my Mom, and the apple sugar bowl was a Christmas gift from an old roommate in college. I also have some cherry tea canisters that I got from Teavana and baskets we got from the dollarama.

As a bonus, my husband put together this IKEA plate rack for me and we hung it together. I bought it specifically to display our Studio Ghibli fine china that we bought during our honeymoon in Japan, although it also holds coffee mugs.

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