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1  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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2  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
Project Link:
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
Bonus Points:
Project Name: more pattern weights
Project Link:
Brief Description: Another pair of useful, if rather frustrating to make, pattern weights.
Project Picture:


And now I have crafted all the things!
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3  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
Bonus Points:
Project Name: hamburger + fixings
Project Link:
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.
Project Picture:



*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
Project Link:
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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4  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
Project Link:
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
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Zucchini bread for the future
Project Link:
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.
Project Picture:
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5  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
Project Link:
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.
Project Picture:


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.
Project Picture:
back shot:


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!
Project Picture:
side shot:

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6  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
Project Link:
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
Bonus Points:
Project Name: frozen whipped cream
Project Link:
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.
Project Picture:



Love the silhouette and Jack-o'-lantern!
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7  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
Project Link:
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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8  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2017: June 1 - August 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: June 25, 2017 09:56:45 AM
I am in love with that hoop!


Prompt: June Rippit Pond
Team: Creators
Bonus Points: Brain Power
Project Name: overalls
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I wanted some loose, capri-length overalls for gardening, so I sketched out a quick pattern and used a sheet someone had scrapped by sending it to a thrift store where it was salvaged and eventually turned into said overalls.
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Prompt: June Enchanted Spork-in-the-Road
Team: Creators
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Shortcake batch #1
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I made a batch of shortcake for my birthday treat yesterday. I could have eaten the resulting strawberry shortcake with a spork.
Project Picture: See below.

Prompt: June Handspun Meadow
Team: Creators
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Shortcake batch #2
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I needed 2 more batches to make enough strawberry shortcakes for my extended family today for an unrelated gathering. I wasn't sure how well the recipe would double or triple, so I made 3 separate batches.
Project Picture: Keep going.

Prompt: June Crossed Roads
Team: Creators
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Shortcake batch #3
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: If my aunts, uncles, and cousins don't eat a lot at the gathering, I may send some shortcakes on the road with them.
Project Picture: Here they are:


Prompt: June Battle Royale - young boy
Team: Creators
Bonus Points: Brain Power
Project Name: whipped cream
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I tried making stabilized whipped cream for the first time for the strawberry shortcakes. I used gelatin. The recipe said the cream sets up more once refrigerated, which it does, but not as much as I thought it would. However, the cream didn't separate or flatten at all after 24 hours! I will use my combo recipe again, but whip it more next time.
Project Picture:



Note: Thanks again for my avatar, b1k! Not only did you nail my themes, but, little did you know, I love old-fashioned street lamps and have dreamed of dying my hair like that for quite a while.
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9  Re: Spring Nerd Battles: March 1 - May 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: May 20, 2017 08:21:22 AM
Prompt: March Fahrenheit 451
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: Engineering, Community
Project Name: French Toast Casserole
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452421
Brief Description: An oven is hot like a fire. This was baked in an oven. I made another batch of oven French toast with the adjustments I thought of after last time's. Here's the recipe:

6 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
9-12 slices of bread (I used white sandwich bread. Stale slices soak up more; fresh slices soak up less.)
Butter

Preheat oven to 350F.
Grease a pie dish or similar with the butter.
Beat everything else except the bread together.
Cut the bread into quarters.
Dip the little slices into the egg mix to soak it up.
Layer the slices in the dish.
Place in oven for 20-25 minutes, then cover with aluminum foil and continue baking for 10-15 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in the center reads 165F.



You could definitely double, triple, or quadruple this recipe and bake it all at once in 2 large casserole dishes (as I'd do for my extended family).
I think chopped apples would be a delicious addition. I'm sure there're tons of things you could add to change it up.
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10  French Toast Casserole in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Calabaza on: May 20, 2017 08:12:56 AM
Oven French toast recipes + French toast casserole recipes - some things in those recipes = a French Toast casserole recipe I really like!

I think it may replace oven French toast for the extended family's annual Easter gathering.

6 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
9-12 slices of bread (I used white sandwich bread. Stale slices soak up more; fresh slices soak up less.)
Butter

Preheat oven to 350F.
Grease a pie dish or similar with the butter.
Beat everything else except the bread together.
Cut the bread into quarters.
Dip the little slices into the egg mix to soak it up.
Layer the slices in the dish.
Place in oven for 20-25 minutes, then cover with aluminum foil and continue baking for 10-15 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in the center reads 165F.









You could definitely double, triple, or quadruple this recipe and bake it all at once in 2 large casserole dishes (as I'd do for my extended family).
I think chopped apples would be a delicious addition. I'm sure there're tons of things you could add to change it up.
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