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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Wool Dryer Balls on: December 02, 2017 08:34:03 AM
I was trying to come up with ideas for my holiday gift buffet that would be fairly simple to make.  I decided on wool dryer balls.  These weren't exactly fast, but they didn't take much mental energy. Smiley



Dryer balls help shorten drying time, and can replace chemical fabric softeners.



I found a great deal (from knitpicks) on wool yarn that felted really well.  I made 40 in total, and they were packaged as 10 sets of 4.



I was going to package them in boxes with clear lids, but I decided in the end to go with drawstring bags.  I thought the bags would be more user friendly if people wanted to store them between laundry days.





Instructions:
--Roll a skein of wool yarn into a ball.  It needs to be 100% wool to work properly.  Mine shrunk about 1/3 in size when felted.

--Lose end strand in the ball.  I used a yarn needle on some, and just tucked it in under a few layers with my fingers on others.

--Place balls into the legs of a nylon/pantyhose, knotting the nylon between each ball.  I bought $1 pantyhose at Dollar Tree and just cut the legs off.  I saw some tutorials suggest tying off with yarn/ribbon/twine between the balls, but I found that the pantyhose kind of stuck to the felted balls, so there was really no salvaging them after the fact.

--Put the balls (which are now knotted inside of the nylons) into the washing machine.  Complete one spin/rinse cycle on hot.  Soap is optional.  I tried it with and without and didn't notice a difference.

--Put the balls (still inside of the nylons) into the dryer, and complete two dry cycles on the highest temperature.

--Check your balls.  If they seem felted enough, you can stop here.  I ended up doing one more cycle in the washer, and three more in the dryer to get them how I wanted them.

--Cut the balls out of the nylons, and you have your felted wool dryer balls.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Winter Nerd Battles 2017-2018: December 1, 2017 - February 28, 2018 on: November 27, 2017 08:29:06 PM



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

The Nerd Games 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 (feel free to get creative).
--Players must craft to the best of their abilities and have a minimum of 30 minutes of crafting time per submission, unless otherwise noted.  
--A project can only be submitted for one prompt or crafting opportunity.
--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 clean-ish (PG-13).  
--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 Games--
It is easy to join in the Nerd Games craftalong!  Simply craft an item that fits one of the posted prompts and take photos of your finished project.  Post your project photos in the official Nerd Games 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.  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 project you submit. Research Projects have a special header, which can be found in the Research Project Lab.

Prompt:  (please include month & category)
Team:
Bonus Points: (include which bonus points you think you've earned, e.g., Giver, Engineering, Community, WIP It, Swaptastic, Brain Power, EPIC!)
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.



---Point System---
Challenges, Battles, UFOs, and Red Alerts will earn 20 points unless otherwise denoted.  Challenges, Battles, UFOs, and Red Alerts are eligible for additional Bonus Points.  All projects submitted under these prompts must meet the 30 minute crafting time requirement.

Brownie Points Projects will earn 20 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.  Brownie Points Projects must meet the 30 minute crafting time requirement.  There is no limit on the number of Brownie Points projects you may submit during a season.  Be sure to claim Giver Bonus Points on any Projects (including Brownie Points) you complete!

Random Acts projects will earn 25 points, and ARE eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Random Acts projects can be anything that you don't turn in under another prompt that would be considered a random act of kindness/craftiness.  This might be things like abandoned art or public art/crafting.  You must submit photos of both the completed project AND an "action" shot of the act being conducted.  Random Acts projects must involve at least a two hour time commitment (crafting+action combined).  You may submit up to TWO Random Acts projects per season.  

Free-Range Crafting projects will earn 20 points, and ARE eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Free-Range Crafting projects can be anything that you don't turn in under another prompt.  Free-Range projects must meet the 30 minute crafting time requirement.  You may submit up to two Free-Range Crafting projects per season.  

Big Time projects will earn 50 points, and ARE  eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Big Time projects are anything that takes at least five hours of crafting time, and that you do not turn in under another prompt or crafting opportunity.  You may turn in up to three Big Time projects per season.

Zaps will earn 5 points, and ARE  eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Zaps are any projects that take fewer than 30 minutes to complete.  You may turn in up to five Zaps per season.

Research Projects will earn 200 points.  Research Projects are projects that take at least three weeks OR 20 hours to complete.  You must submit a proposal for a Research Project to count.  Research Projects are separate from the normal Challenge/Battle/UFO/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/UFO/Alert prompt, or as a Non-Prompt Crafting Opportunity.  Research Projects are eligible for additional Bonus Points.
Visit the Research Project Lab for more information on completing a Research Project.




You can earn 10 Bonus Points for...
--Engineering: Turning in a project that includes a new tutorial, pattern, or recipe;
--Giver:  Crafting a project for charity;
--Community:  Creating a post for your project on the appropriate Craftster board and including at least three photos in your post, one of which must be a progress/process shot;
--WIP It:  Completing a WIP/UFO (Work-In-Progress/Unfinished Object);
--Brain Power: Completing a project that required you to learn a new skill or technique;
--Swaptastic: Completing a project for a swap, or that will be donated to the Nerd Games Raffle;
--EPIC!:  Completing an item that takes more than 45 hours of crafting time, and posting at least one progress shot during the course of project (post progress shot in the Discussion Thread);
--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
--Project Tracker: storerboughtcreations
--Badge Creator: bunny1kenobi
--Pinterest Pinner: rockingbearranch
--Nerdy News Newt: Smeddley


Team Captains


Official Nerd Games Pinterest Board


Have feedback or ideas for the Nerd Games?
Click here for the ongoing Nerd Games suggestion collector.
Note: Submissions using the above link are anonymous unless you submit your username with the survey.


Previous seasons:
Summer 2013
Fall 2013
Winter 2013-2014
Spring 2014
Summer 2014
Fall 2014
Winter 2014-2015
Spring 2015
Summer 2015
Fall 2015
Winter 2015-2016
Spring 2016
Summer 2016
Fall 2016
Winter 2016-2017
Spring 2017
Summer 2017
Fall 2017



---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.  Posts will be moved to appropriate location when necessary.  Thanks for your help in keeping the Nerd Games tidy.---
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Fall Nerd Battles 2017: September 1 - November 30, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ on: August 30, 2017 06:11:01 AM



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

The Nerd Games 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 (feel free to get creative).
--Players must craft to the best of their abilities and have a minimum of 30 minutes of crafting time per submission, unless otherwise noted.  
--A project can only be submitted for one prompt or crafting opportunity.
--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 clean-ish (PG-13).  
--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 Games--
It is easy to join in the Nerd Games craftalong!  Simply craft an item that fits one of the posted prompts and take photos of your finished project.  Post your project photos in the official Nerd Games 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.  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 project you submit. Research Projects have a special header, which can be found in the Research Project Lab.

Prompt:  (please include month & category)
Team:
Bonus Points: (include which bonus points you think you've earned, e.g., Giver, Engineering, Community, WIP It, Swaptastic, Brain Power, EPIC!)
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.



---Point System---
Challenges, Battles, UFOs, and Red Alerts will earn 20 points unless otherwise denoted.  Challenges, Battles, UFOs, and Red Alerts are eligible for additional Bonus Points.  All projects submitted under these prompts must meet the 30 minute crafting time requirement.

Brownie Points Projects will earn 20 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.  Brownie Points Projects must meet the 30 minute crafting time requirement.  There is no limit on the number of Brownie Points projects you may submit during a season.  Be sure to claim Giver Bonus Points on any Projects (including Brownie Points) you complete!

Random Acts projects will earn 25 points, and ARE eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Random Acts projects can be anything that you don't turn in under another prompt that would be considered a random act of kindness/craftiness.  This might be things like abandoned art or public art/crafting.  You must submit photos of both the completed project AND an "action" shot of the act being conducted.  Random Acts projects must involve at least a two hour time commitment (crafting+action combined).  You may submit up to TWO Random Acts projects per season.  

Free-Range Crafting projects will earn 20 points, and ARE eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Free-Range Crafting projects can be anything that you don't turn in under another prompt.  Free-Range projects must meet the 30 minute crafting time requirement.  You may submit up to two Free-Range Crafting projects per season.  

Big Time projects will earn 50 points, and ARE  eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Big Time projects are anything that takes at least five hours of crafting time, and that you do not turn in under another prompt or crafting opportunity.  You may turn in up to three Big Time projects per season.

Zaps will earn 5 points, and ARE  eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Zaps are any projects that take fewer than 30 minutes to complete.  You may turn in up to five Zaps per season.

Research Projects will earn 200 points.  Research Projects are projects that take at least three weeks OR 20 hours to complete.  You must submit a proposal for a Research Project to count.  Research Projects are separate from the normal Challenge/Battle/UFO/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/UFO/Alert prompt, or as a Non-Prompt Crafting Opportunity.  Research Projects are eligible for additional Bonus Points.
Visit the Research Project Lab for more information on completing a Research Project.




You can earn 10 Bonus Points for...
--Engineering: Turning in a project that includes a new tutorial, pattern, or recipe;
--Giver:  Crafting a project for charity;
--Community:  Creating a post for your project on the appropriate Craftster board and including at least three photos in your post, one of which must be a progress/process shot;
--WIP It:  Completing a WIP/UFO (Work-In-Progress/Unfinished Object);
--Brain Power: Completing a project that required you to learn a new skill or technique;
--Swaptastic: Completing a project for a swap, or that will be donated to the Nerd Games Raffle;
--EPIC!:  Completing an item that takes more than 45 hours of crafting time, and posting at least one progress shot during the course of project (post progress shot in the Discussion Thread);
--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
--Project Tracker: storerboughtcreations
--Badge Creator: bunny1kenobi
--Pinterest Pinner: rockingbearranch
--Nerdy News Newt: Smeddley


Team Captains


Official Nerd Games Pinterest Board


Have feedback or ideas for the Nerd Games?
Click here for the ongoing Nerd Games suggestion collector.
Note: Submissions using the above link are anonymous unless you submit your username with the survey.


Previous seasons:
Summer 2013
Fall 2013
Winter 2013-2014
Spring 2014
Summer 2014
Fall 2014
Winter 2014-2015
Spring 2015
Summer 2015
Fall 2015
Winter 2015-2016
Spring 2016
Summer 2016
Fall 2016
Winter 2016-2017
Spring 2017
Summer 2017



---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.  Posts will be moved to appropriate location when necessary.  Thanks for your help in keeping the Nerd Games tidy.---
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Recycled Office Paper Wedding Dress on: August 14, 2017 03:55:04 PM
So GISHWHES just ended, and one of the prompts this year was to create a wedding dress out of recycled office paper. 



It was constructed right on the body so it would actually fit.



Some close ups:











This was the front piece after taking it off, just to show some of the internal construction.



It was crazy and fun to make!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Junk Journal (VERY IMAGE HEAVY) on: May 25, 2017 09:21:48 PM
Strap in for a ton of photos!

I was paired with stellato_escuro in the Junk Journal Swap, and this is what I made.



The cover was a white hardback blank cover that I painted teal-ish, and then dry brushed with a dark mustard yellow color.  I wanted it to kind of look like a worn painted piece of furniture.  I scraped and dented it a little to give it an even more distressed look.  The closure is an elastic band that I sewed (and glued) the rose bead/gem onto.







I did a hidden pamphlet stitch binding, which I really like, using some vintage crochet thread.  I pulled a couple of the binding tails up and over the edge to attach the charms.



stellato_escuro mentioned a few things she might like, including fold outs, envelopes/pockets/tuck spots, and vintage ephemera.  I definitely tried to oblige.  Grin  She is also an artist, so I took a little more of a minimalist approach to page and cover decoration, leaving a lot of open spaces for her to work her own magic.  I mostly just tried to embellish with even more ephemera.  Cheesy



















































I did some stitching on some of the pages, but it was in white thread and is kind of hard to see in the photos (along the edge of the sheet music below).

























I added fibers and scrap ribbon pieces to lots of paper clips in order to hold extra cards and papers in place.  I like that it tells you something is there to pay attention to, and gives you a way to pull things out of the pockets easily.





















































All of the envelopes and pockets have more paper, "journal" cards, or ephemera inside.  I figured we didn't need more photos in this post, though, so you can just peep the edges. Tongue

















The little composition book below is actually its own notebook with many sheets of graph/lined paper inside.





The right page above and left page below are attached on the two horizontal edges, but open on the outer edge, creating a pocket with more stuff inside.







There is another pocket below on the left, created from gluing together the horizontal edges on two back to back pages.  The pages are just different widths this time.































































Thank you for inspiring the journal and for swapping with me stellato_escuro!  And thank you to all of my previous swap partners who contributed to my paper stash!  I think several swap items made it into this book.  Smiley

Thanks to anyone who made it to the end of this post, too!  Cheesy
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / CLOSED: Summer Nerd Games 2017: June 1 - August 31, 2017 on: May 22, 2017 03:52:20 PM



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

The Nerd Games 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 (feel free to get creative).
--Players must craft to the best of their abilities and have a minimum of 30 minutes of crafting time per submission, unless otherwise noted.  
--A project can only be submitted for one prompt or crafting opportunity.
--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 clean-ish (PG-13).  
--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 Games--
It is easy to join in the Nerd Games craftalong!  Simply craft an item that fits one of the posted prompts and take photos of your finished project.  Post your project photos in the official Nerd Games 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 two teams for Summer:
Clan of the Makers
Clan of the Creators



--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.  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 project you submit. Research Projects have a special header, which can be found in the Research Project Lab.

Prompt:  (please include month & category)
Team:
Bonus Points: (include which bonus points you think you've earned, e.g., Giver, Engineering, Community, WIP It, Swaptastic, Brain Power, EPIC!)
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.



---Point System---
Challenges, Battles, UFOs, and Red Alerts will earn 20 points unless otherwise denoted.  Challenges, Battles, UFOs, and Red Alerts are eligible for additional Bonus Points.  All projects submitted under these prompts must meet the 30 minute crafting time requirement.

Brownie Points Projects will earn 20 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.  Brownie Points Projects must meet the 30 minute crafting time requirement.  There is no limit on the number of Brownie Points projects you may submit during a season.  Be sure to claim Giver Bonus Points on any Projects (including Brownie Points) you complete!

Random Acts projects will earn 25 points, and ARE eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Random Acts projects can be anything that you don't turn in under another prompt that would be considered a random act of kindness/craftiness.  This might be things like abandoned art or public art/crafting.  You must submit photos of both the completed project AND an "action" shot of the act being conducted.  Random Acts projects must involve at least a two hour time commitment (crafting+action combined).  You may submit up to TWO Random Acts projects per season.  

Free-Range Crafting projects will earn 20 points, and ARE eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Free-Range Crafting projects can be anything that you don't turn in under another prompt.  Free-Range projects must meet the 30 minute crafting time requirement.  You may submit up to two Free-Range Crafting projects per season.  

Big Time projects will earn 50 points, and ARE  eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Big Time projects are anything that takes at least five hours of crafting time, and that you do not turn in under another prompt or crafting opportunity.  You may turn in up to three Big Time projects per season.

Zaps will earn 5 points, and ARE  eligible for additional Bonus Points.  Zaps are any projects that take fewer than 30 minutes to complete.  You may turn in up to five Zaps per season.

Research Projects will earn 200 points.  Research Projects are projects that take at least three weeks OR 20 hours to complete.  You must submit a proposal for a Research Project to count.  Research Projects are separate from the normal Challenge/Battle/UFO/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/UFO/Alert prompt, or as a Non-Prompt Crafting Opportunity.  Research Projects are eligible for additional Bonus Points.
Visit the Research Project Lab for more information on completing a Research Project.




You can earn 10 Bonus Points for...
--Engineering: Turning in a project that includes a new tutorial, pattern, or recipe;
--Giver:  Crafting a project for charity;
--Community:  Creating a post for your project on the appropriate Craftster board and including at least three photos in your post, one of which must be a progress/process shot;
--WIP It:  Completing a WIP/UFO (Work-In-Progress/Unfinished Object);
--Brain Power: Completing a project that required you to learn a new skill or technique;
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7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Spring Nerd Battles 2017 Swap Gallery on: May 10, 2017 10:16:54 PM




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roler ----> Smeddley
Smeddley ----> roler

storerboughtcreations ----> rockingbearranch
rockingbearranch ----> storerboughtcreations

QueenHobo ----> greybird
greybird ----> QueenHobo

Inselaeffchen ----> LovelyMiss
LovelyMiss ----> Inselaeffchen
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Easter Punch Game on: April 28, 2017 01:41:44 PM
We don't really have young kids in my immediate family anymore, but we still get together and do silly, fun things.  My family has a kind of tradition of making games for us (all adults) to play on Easter.  This year I made a "punch" game (or really more of a "stab" or "poke" in this case). 



It is made with paper cups covered in tissue paper and hot glued to a piece of foam core.  Most of the cups had a prize inside...candy, gift card, lottery tickets, etc. 



I wanted to do a spinner, but wasn't happy with how they were spinning, so instead cut up some color coordinating papers and wrote numbers on them.  So, for instance, if you picked a pink piece of paper with the number two on it, you could punch two pink cups.  I held them all in a coordinating bag that I previously sewed and borrowed for the game. Smiley  I had to do math so the papers/numbers would line up with the number of cups available, so in that way I suppose it's better than a random spinner result. 



A lot of the things (cups, foam core, tissue paper, ribbon, a few candy items) came from the dollar store, so not a terribly expensive thing to make, either.  I didn't do any separate treats or baskets for anyone; they had to win their treats in the game, so I probably actually saved money overall. Cheesy



It was actually pretty fun to make, and play, too, according to all of the other adults at Easter.  Grin  I might do something similar again in the future.
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Midnight Tree Mini Art Quilt on: April 28, 2017 01:18:12 PM
I made this for wdicwg in the Mini Art Quilt Swap 8, to fit her Tree theme.



The background was pieced from about 12 different black fabrics.  I was inspired to use the different blacks by the abstract paintings of Ad Reinhardt.  I stitched in the ditch on a few "anchor" rows, but decided not to heavily quilt the back.  I wanted it to have some movement, and match the tree in a seemingly brisk, windy night.  I debated this quite a bit because I didn't want it to look unfinished, but I got some feedback, and tried a couple sections, and ended up picking out/deleting a bunch of stitches from a test area.  I liked it a lot better this way.  



I decided to go a little more heavy on the "art" element and made the tree using variegated yarn with a tinsel/metallic strand in darker "peacock" style colors to match my partner's room color-theme.  I twisted and placed and stitched it down in tiny, tiny sections, which ended up taking a couple of days to get right.  I cut and hand-tinted the leaves so they would be a complementary shade of green, and added some beading on each leaf to give it a little more sparkle.



The back has two tabs to hang.  I wanted a darker look overall, and a little hint of whimsy, so I was holding her other theme of "Tim Burton" in the back of my mind.  It's not a direct inspiration, but was an influence on some of my decisions, for sure. Smiley



I was really pleased with how it turned out...kind of dark from afar, but a lot going on up close.  Thanks for looking!  Hope you enjoy, wdicwg!
10   / HOME SWEET HOME / Home Sweet Home 2017 Featured Projects on: April 23, 2017 01:24:34 PM
If you're looking for inspiration for projects around your place, look no further.  Craftster members have been busy posting awesome projects on the Home Sweet Home board!  Here are a few gems from the second quarter of 2017.

These projects were selected by Craftster members like you hitting the "This Rocks" button.

In no particular order:


Hexie Rainbow Rug by noodle-bug


Sunburst Mirror by Luna1375


Playhouse to Harry Potter Mural by patty_o_furniture


A Big Improvement by MissingWillow


Felt Flower Wreath by kittykill


Ferret Fun House by Acadian Driftwood


Floating House Numbers by sweets4ever


Chicken Sign by patty_o_furniture


No Angels Were Harmed in the Making of this Cushion Cover by TheMistressT


my Table Garden by BeaG


Crescent Moon Dreamcatcher by Mistress Jennie


Congratulations!  We look forward to many more fabulous projects this year!




---FIRST QUARTER 2017 HOME SWEET HOME FEATURED PROJECTS---

In no particular order:


Little Miss Jennie Sat on Her Tuffet by Mistress Jennie


Teacup wreath by gigglygirl


Steampunk sniffle buster... by Onyxnox


Extra large wire wrapped tree of life SUNCATCHERS! by phoenixfiredesigns


Washi Tape or Jewelry Organizer by rockingbearranch


Congratulations!  

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