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1  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2017: September 1 - November 20, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: October 07, 2017 01:08:18 PM
Prompt: Big Time
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: Community, WIP It
Project Name: A Working Dress
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=453332
Brief Description: I've been working on this dress off-and-on between my research project and other things since last round. I wanted one that's a little nicer than my mostly jersey knit closet to wear in the next stage of my career in education. Just about a year and a quarter left until I get my teaching certificate!
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It has pockets!

Prompt: October battle - mashup
Team: Randomizer
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Project Name: Pasta Mashup
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Brief Description: I mashed up three recipes: The proven winner Noodle Thing and a couple of recipes for garlic/olive oil noodles. Mashup cosplays are cool, but these noodles were just okay. Sometimes you just shouldn't mess with a good thing.
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Prompt: September Harry Potter
Team: Randomizer
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Project Name: more zucchini bread
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Brief Description: This zucchini bread was made from yet another zuc my garden gave. Hufflepuff's common room is near the kitchens. This bread was made in my kitchen.
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2  A Working Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Calabaza on: October 07, 2017 12:50:33 PM
I needed a dress to wear to work (in a school) that was a little nicer than the mostly jersey knit articles of clothing in my closet. I wanted one that:
-Was made out of woven material
-Did not have a separate bodice and skirt, but was fitted
-Didn’t need anything under it to make it suitable to wear to work
-Had pockets

For me, this list meant some sewing was in order.

This is the end result:


Yayyyy, pockets!


Having your picture taken can feel so awkward!







Step 1 was piecing together the bodice and skirt pieces of a pattern I’d already drafted for myself:



Those pieces were traced, altered a bit, and turned into this:



Yeah, necklines aren’t my favorite thing to do. I think I’m pretty happy with what I ended up with, though. At least it’s finished, doesn’t gap, and doesn’t require a cami for work.


Thanks for looking!
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3  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2017: September 1 - November 20, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: September 26, 2017 04:28:19 PM
Prompt: September Battle - classics
Team: Randomizer
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Project Name: Favorite Book Display Contribution
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Brief Description: At work we decorated a bulletin board with favorite books of staff and students. One of my favorites as a kid was this book, which is much better than my drawing. The author mentioned that one of his favorite books was 20000 Leagues Under the Sea, so I read it too, and loved it, but might not have tried it if not for this book. Yes, I was a weird kid. There's a giant squid in 20000 and the movie version of it that acts in a classic movie monster way.
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Prompt: September Anime
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: engineering
Project Name: Enchiladas
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Frozen meals are handy, especially if you label them with a Sharpie so you remember what they are  Roll Eyes I like to make bigger-than-necessary batches of things so I have something to turn to in times of laziness. I've found covering them this way keeps freezer burn out for at least a year:
Cover with plastic wrap. Place it right on top of the food itself and tuck in lightly around the edges.
If your pans are like mine, 2 sides will be less sealed than the sides the cut edges of the plastic wrap go over because of the width of the plastic. You don't need to cut another piece of wrap.
Cover the plastic layer with foil, placing it right on top of the plastic wrap, pressing it against the edges, with the long, cut edges over the shorter, uncut edges of the plastic wrap. Now every side is sealed! Pinch the foil around the lip of the pan.
Don't forget to label your dish before you pop it in the freezer!
 
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Prompt: September Doctor Who
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: Brain Power
Project Name: Zucchini Mounds
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Brief Description: I tried out this recipe for zucchini tots, but shaped them as mounds instead. I used zucchini planted in my garden this spring, croutons purchased even longer ago that I crushed into bread crumbs, and other ingredients acquired more recently. Tasty!
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4  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: September 02, 2017 07:59:44 AM
SBC, I'm glad you found a bright side to tracking last round! Thanks for doing all that work!  Shocked

Great idea to add thanking to the Comment Challenge!


I've been working on my research project. Here's a mockup that needs some adjusting (that's the dress form, who was quite helpful, blurred out):

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5  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2017: June 1 - August 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: August 30, 2017 02:01:18 PM
Prompt: July Threadneedle Guild
Team: Creators
Bonus Points: Brain Power
Project Name: pattern weights
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Brief Description: I used this tutorial to sew pattern weights, except I thought I'd want them a tad smaller, so I shaved off 1/2" from the measurements. I do not recommend it. If you don't think 2 of these should take 30 mins, you're probably right. If I had just followed the directions, I think I'd be posting them all together.
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Prompt: July Guild of the Boring and Unnoticed
Team: Creators
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Project Name: more pattern weights
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Brief Description: Another pair of useful, if rather frustrating to make, pattern weights.
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And now I have crafted all the things!
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6  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2017: June 1 - August 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: August 29, 2017 04:43:07 PM
Love the park bracelet and its story! The lemon earrings are adorable too.

Cute book!


For Hero/Story Bonus Points: I will be going back to work next week, so I plan to help some students there.

Prompt: July Accountant Sea Guild
Team: creators
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Project Name: hamburger + fixings
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Brief Description: I cooked up some hamburger, then, because I wanted to and to reach the 30 minutes requirement, I also grilled onions and made garlic aioli.
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*Please don't pin the project below.*
Prompt: Side Quest: UFO Sighting
Team: Creators
Bonus Points: Brain Power, WIP It
Project Name: personalized dress form
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Brief Description: I finally got a dress form and a padding system. Then I finally got around to using the pads to make the dress form more like my unique self. It was more work than I'd anticipated, but it turned out pretty well, hence the crazed, tired smile! I'll leave most of the project to your imagination, however  Cool
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7  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2017: June 1 - August 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: August 26, 2017 08:19:58 AM
Prompt: June Toothpick Bridge
Team: Creators
Bonus Points: Brain Power
Project Name: Garlic zucchini noodles
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Brief Description: This recipe was made from garlic, olive oil, red pepper flakes, and a zucchini freshly picked from my garden. I wanted to try zucchini noodles, so I found a recipe and directions for using a plain-old grater to shave noodles from a zucchini. The grating worked great; the recipe did not. It was oddly bland and flavorful at the same time. Weird. 
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Prompt: August Sea Serpent Scales
Team: Creators
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Project Name: Zucchini bread for the future
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Brief Description: The garden produced another zucchini, so I made zucchini bread batter, which makes 2 loaves.  One I baked to eat now and the rest of the batter was frozen for future company, gatherings, and/or cravings.
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8  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2017: June 1 - August 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: August 19, 2017 09:27:39 AM
Prompt: July Guild of Learned Bookbinders and Librarians
Team: Creators
Bonus Points: WIP It
Project Name: Galaxy Dress
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Brief Description: I finally finished this dress and others I've been meaning to complete for months. It's my own pattern that can be worn to work without a cardigan or other covering over the top because it has sleeves!
The material is a thrifted galaxy print knit sheet. A library holds books which can take you anywhere in the galaxy.
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Prompt: July Loaves You Guild
Team: Creators
Bonus Points: WIP It
Project Name: Green Dress
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: This dress is green, a different shade than "poisonous green", but still in the same broad color category.
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Prompt: August battle - wizard
Team: Creators
Bonus Points: WIP It
Project Name: Black Dress
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Black clothing is associated with magicians.
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Prompt: August Perfect Grain of Sand
Team: Creators
Bonus Points: Brain Power
Project Name: Hat
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I modified a pattern from here to replace a beloved hat I lost. It has a round crown (that fits great!)
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Prompt: Red Alert Side Quest
Team: Creators
Bonus Points: WIP It
Project Name: Yellow Dress
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I'm always learning on my crafting journey! I learned that the hand of this material wasn't quite right for this pattern. It's okay, but not great. Oh, well! At least I have the hat!
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9  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2017: June 1 - August 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: August 12, 2017 10:20:47 AM
I chose to study with the wiz(z)ard.

Prompt: August Giant Eagle Feather
Team: Creators
Bonus Points: Brain Power
Project Name: pajama shorts
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I modified my overalls pattern into PJ shorts and used the rest of the material to make them. They are light and airy. I was being an airhead and tried to pretend to yawn sleepily when taking the picture below.
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Prompt: August Kraken's Tentacles
Team: Creators
Bonus Points: Brain Power
Project Name: pajama capris
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Brief Description: I modified the pattern again into pj capris and added a separate waistband. The material is blue, like water, which giant squid live in.
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Prompt: August mermaid tears
Team: Creators
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Project Name: frozen whipped cream
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Brief Description:
I read that frozen whipped cream is palatable. Boy, is it! I made a batch, froze dollops of it, then tried one in an Italian soda. I would let it sit out for several more minutes next time if I wanted to make sure it thawed, but it was delicious eating it frozen. It was like hard, rich ice cream. It would be killer frozen between cookies or on popsicle sticks.

Whipped cream is kind of frothy like the ocean which is where mermaids are reported to live.
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Love the silhouette and Jack-o'-lantern!
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10  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2017: June 1 - August 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: July 30, 2017 06:59:04 PM
Prompt: July Battle - Go back to Craftopia
Team: Creators
Bonus Points: Brain Power
Project Name: 2/3 dinner
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Brief Description: I baked Korean sweet potatoes! First time I've done that. Turns out it's even simpler than baking an Idaho spud. I also made the noodle thing again. I didn't cook the meat that went along with these 2 dishes to make up dinner, though. A good meal will keep me from getting hangry during future diplomatic negations.
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