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1  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2017: September 1 - November 20, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Acadian Driftwood on: September 21, 2017 01:50:42 PM
Prompt: September Superheroes
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: Community
Project Name: Blown glass wavy vase
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=453203.0
Brief Description: I was brave like a superhero in trying this new crafty medium, because it was intimidating to work with the molten hot glass and ovens. Also because I was learning it in front of a lot of other people, which is the worst for me!
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Prompt: September Anime
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: Freshgrass sketch
Project Link: -
Brief Description: While waiting for a band to come on at the freshgrass festival, I sketched some buildings and trees in pen. I need the practice!
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Prompt: September Harry Potter
Team: Wordy
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: Owl tea wallet
Project Link:
Brief Description: A tea wallet for my friend ChameleonHound's birthday, in Hufflepuff (my house) colors.
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2  Mug Rug Round 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Acadian Driftwood on: September 20, 2017 06:46:34 PM

Mug rug by SusansPassion

Swap thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=453018.0

Sent = blue
Red = received
Purple = send and received
Green = sending late
Strikethrough = complete

dfabbric - curiousfae
fatewineroses - Homerof2
Bugaboo1 - JS
Acadian Driftwood - noooitaremybirthday
noooitaremybirthday - kbrison
kbrison - cabaute
cabaute - alwaysinmyroom
alwaysinmyroom - JoyfulClover
JoyfulClover - roler
EdelC - Thimbles71
Thimbles71 - rscowtown
rscowtown - EdelC
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3  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2017: September 1 - November 20, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Acadian Driftwood on: September 19, 2017 07:06:31 PM
Throwback #1

Dotee for 2015's March MDS - Paul in Sgt. Pepper regalia.



Throwback #2

Dotee for 2015's June MDS - Yemaya the ocean goddess.



Throwback #3

Dotee for 2015's July MDS - a mother and child of the Maasai tribe.

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4  Blown glass wavy vase in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by Acadian Driftwood on: September 19, 2017 06:39:40 PM
My first time working with glass produced this nice, solid vase in green and purple.







Shout out to Manchester Hot Glass in Southern Vermont for an awesome lesson and helping me make this piece! They were so great and I'd love to go back for another class.



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5  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2017: June 1 - August 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Acadian Driftwood on: August 31, 2017 03:52:56 PM
Prompt: August Battle Royale - Speak to the Fairy (via Old Crone & Back to Craftopia)
Team: Makers
Bonus Points: Giver
Project Name: Woodland zipper pouches
Project Link: -
Brief Description: More small bags for b1k, this time inspired by a prime fairy habitat - the woods!
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Prompt: August #4 - Altered Altar
Team: Makers
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: Bee shrine
Project Link: -
Brief Description: While casting around my craft room last night looking for inspiration for this specific prompt, I found a small round tin in my stash. Along with some other stash bits and bobs, I created this tiny shrine to a bee that I am actually rather pleased with. A removable magnet sticks to the back of the tin and holds it to a nail or screw in the wall for this picture.
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Prompt: August #5 - Wishing You Well
Team: Makers
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: Kasey sketch
Project Link: -
Brief Description: Gift for a friend - her dog Kasey drawn in black and white.
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And with this post, I believe I have crafted ALL THE THINGS! It was a challenge for me, with regards to both time and inspiration. Thank you gamemakers for the great prompts that stretched my creativity! You are so kind to bring together this group in such a fun and supportive way.
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6  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2017: June 1 - August 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Acadian Driftwood on: August 28, 2017 05:24:35 PM
Prompt: UFO Sighting
Team: Makers
Bonus Points: WIP It, +10 color variety bonus
Project Name: Park bracelet
Project Link: -
Brief Description: In July 2016, I was walking a dog in my local rec park and found the remains of a kid's camp or party in the pavilion. I scoured the ground and picnic tables to come up with a small handful of lost beads, which I stuck in my bag because I'm a magpie. I finally got around to stringing them all together (only left out 2 that were too narrow and 1 that was too big), and now I have what I call my park bracelet.
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Prompt: Red Alert!
Team: Makers
Bonus Points: Giver
Project Name: Zipper pouches
Project Link: -
Brief Description: Inspired by b1k, these small bags will be sent to her for a women's shelter. Generosity is a heroic quality that can also help others on their own journeys. Thanks for the tutorial b1k! I'm going to make a few more, then PM you for a shipping address.
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Prompt: June #5 - Climbing Scrap Mountain
Team: Makers
Bonus Points: WIP It
Project Name: Christmas card ornament
Project Link: -
Brief Description: Instead of tossing old holiday cards, I've made a tradition out of using them to make an ornament. This year I procrastinated very heavily and they've been sitting on my desk for 8 months. It wasn't the most imaginative of designs, but it will do.
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Prompt: August #2 - Folly Fields
Team: Makers
Bonus Points:-
Project Name: Traditional corn relish
Project Link: -
Brief Description: Two years ago I tried preserving corn by freezing it, but that turned into a giant lump that was very difficult to use. Last year, I tried this corn relish recipe that was ok, but much too sweet. This year I think I've got them both under control - I halved the sugar in the relish, and froze my extra corn on a cookie sheet so it won't stick together when I transfer it to the bag.
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Prompt: August #3 - Cutout Clearing
Team: Makers
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: Lemon slice earrings
Project Link: -
Brief Description: Using two cutout felt circles, I stitched these earrings inspired by cut lemon slices.
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7  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2017: June 1 - August 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Acadian Driftwood on: August 27, 2017 08:17:44 PM
A post with a few odds and ends! I have a vast reserve of throwbacks as I only joined the Nerd Games in 2016, but have been on craftster since 2008. Cheesy

THROWBACK #1

Made in the Monthly Dotee Swap January round, a booby for the theme of fauna.



THROWBACK #2

Made in the MDS February round, a peace rose for the theme of flora.



THROWBACK #3

Made in the MDS March round, a Taurus constellation for the theme of celestial.



HERO'S STORY BONUS POINTS

[edited - I responded to the wrong prompt at first]
This weekend, I'm helping two folks I haven't met yet by giving them a place to stay. They are friends of my sister and visiting the area.
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8  Mug Rug Round 7 - SU closed, SO 10/2 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by Acadian Driftwood on: August 25, 2017 10:56:10 AM

Mug rug by SusansPassion

Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=453211.0

Swap name: Mug Rug Swap Round 7
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Acadian Driftwood
Sign-up date range: Aug 25 - Sept 7, 2017
Date to send item by: Oct 2, 2017

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):  No
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
If so, which country?  N/A
Additional Age requirement?  No

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three potatoes right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES




DETAILS OF SWAP:

Let's swap mug rugs!

  • Mug rugs can vary in size and shape but should have enough space for a cup and a snack.
  • Any techniques can be usedpatchwork, embroidered, knit, etc. but keep in mind that the rug should be able to absorb a bit of moisture, protect surfaces from warm drinks, and be easily washable.
  • Extras are optional, but please discuss this with your swap partner so that no one feels bad for not sending "enough".
  • You can chose to have 1 or 2 partners.
  • Crafting time is a little over 3 weeks.
  • Please remember to send messages to me and your partner when sending and receiving; a forum post may not be noticed.
  • Have fun!!

Galleries from past rounds:

If you want to participate, Please send the below Questionnaire to me (Acadian Driftwood) in a private message.




QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:

Name of swap: Mug Rug Swap Round 7
Craftster username:  
Email address:  
Your real name:  
Mailing address including the country (in proper post service format):  

Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?

Confirm that you are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)

Allergens in your home? (pets, smoke, etc.?)

Allergies pertaining to this swap? (scents, pets, other?)

Are you able to post pictures of what you receive in this swap?

Type of rug you are planning on making (sewn, knitted, crocheted):

Type of rug you would like to receive (sewn, knitted, crocheted, any):

What styles do you like (vintage, kawaii, spooky, shabby chic, etc)?

Are there any styles that you really dont like?

Favorite colors/color combinations?

Least favorite colors?

Links to Pinterest or other sites?

Any other info that you'd like your partners to know?

Would you like to have one partner or two?* (See notes below for more info.)


*Selecting Two Partners
If you opt for having two partners then you will be paired up twice. This will require that you communicate, craft for and send a mug rug to two different partners. See the example below...

Participants
Person A - 2 partners
Person B - 1 partner
Person C - 1 partner
Person D - 1 partner
Person E - 1 partner

Partners
Person A <> Person B
Person A <> Person C
Person D <> Person E



Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.


Swappers:

1.  Acadian Driftwood (USA) (1 or 2)
2.  Homerof2 (CAN) (1)
3.  noooitaremybirthday (USA) (2)
4.  curiousfae (USA) (1)
5.  alwaysinmyroom (USA) (2)
6.  JS (USA) (1)
7.  rscowtown (USA) (2)
8.  JoyfulClover (USA) (2)
9.  Bugaboo1 (USA) (1)
10.  EdelC (Ireland) (2)
11.  roler (Japan) (1)
12.  fatewineroses (USA) (1)
13.  Thimbles71 (USA) (2)
14.  cabaute (USA) (2)
15.  dfabbric (CAN) (1 or 2)
16.  kbrison (USA) (2)



Partners!

dfabbric - curiousfae
fatewineroses - Homerof2
Bugaboo1 - JS
Acadian Driftwood - noooitaremybirthday
noooitaremybirthday - kbrison
kbrison - cabaute
cabaute - alwaysinmyroom
alwaysinmyroom - JoyfulClover
JoyfulClover - roler
EdelC - Thimbles71
Thimbles71 - rscowtown
rscowtown - EdelC
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9  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2017: June 1 - August 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Acadian Driftwood on: August 19, 2017 03:21:43 PM
I'm on track to be a fairy!

Prompt: June #4 - Valley of the Nearly Royal Personage
Team: Makers
Bonus Points: Community
Project Name: Flower pounded handkerchiefs
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452974.0
Brief Description: I used flowers to print two handkerchiefs - how-to in the main post!
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Prompt: July # 4 - The Guild of Learned Bookbinders and Librarians
Team: Makers
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: Salad experiements
Project Link: -
Brief Description: Books are good inspiration when I'm stuck in a rut. This wasn't a library book, but it did inspire me to try two new recipes: Very Much Marinated Potatoes, and Spinach Strawberry Salad with Goat Cheese. The buttermilk and balsamic vinegar dressing on the spinach salad was delicious; that bit's going in my rotation.
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Prompt: August #1 - Tissue Paper Tree
Team: Makers
Bonus Points: Engineering
Project Name: Refrigerator pickled cucumbers 3 ways
Project Links: http://www.foodiecrush.com/sweet-and-sour-asian-pickled-cucumbers/#
https://www.favfamilyrecipes.com/vinegar-marinated-cucumbers/
Brief Description: Thinly sliced cucumbers and onions combine into tastiness. I tried out two internet recipes and invented one of my own:
Garlic Dill Slices
Combine in a large bowl:
2 large cucumbers, thinly sliced
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons sugar
3 chopped garlic scapes or 2 cloves garlic
handful of chopped fresh dill
a few grinds of fresh pepper and salt

Pack the slices tightly into a quart mason jar, and fill with the liquid in your bowl. Refrigerate overnight and eat over the next few weeks.

That one and the Asian pickled cukes were my favorites of the three recipes.

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10  Flower pounding in Dyeing: Completed Projects by Acadian Driftwood on: August 19, 2017 10:55:45 AM


I tried the flower pounding technique on two cotton handkerchiefs with decent results! It's pretty easy and fun. First collect some flowers and petals (you can also use ferns and other leaves):



Lay them out on your fabric, then tape them down to keep them in place:





If you've got sections of flower uncovered by tape, cover it with a piece of paper or a few sheets of paper towel so you don't transfer the bits with your hammer. And then smash! Try to get as much even coverage as you can over each flower.



Then peel the tape up and gently scrape off leftover bits. Iron the cloth to heat-set the dye.



My first piece was much more subtle, but the pink color didn't transfer well.





I imagine silk or other natural fibers would work well with this technique. I still haven't tried washing them, so I hope they hold up to that. If you try this, I'd love to see your results!
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