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1  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.
Project Picture:


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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2  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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3  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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4  Re: Spring Nerd Battles: March 1 - May 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: May 07, 2017 09:20:20 AM
Really well-done projects, roler!
Handy bib, FG.

Prompt: March Brave New World
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: mending
Project Link:
Brief Description: Fixed garments. Societal connection: Although it may never be quite the same, things can be fixed or find new purpose.
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Prompt: May Fugacious
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: Brain Power
Project Name: French Toast Casserole
Project Link:
Brief Description: I took from several French toast casserole and oven French toast recipes to make this. It was good, but next time I will soak individual quarters of bread in egg mix before laying in the pan instead of pouring the egg mix on top.
Project Picture:
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5  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: February 07, 2017 03:31:42 PM
Oh my gosh, I want that pig!

Nice towels and scarf! Question about the towels: Does the fabric trim interfere with use? Like, does it bunch up when you use it to wipe your hands?

Prompt: big time
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: Brain Power
Project Name: tamales
Project Link: 
Brief Description: If you couldn't tell from my username, I'm proud that I'm part Mexican. While a little of the culture remains in my family, a lot of it has been lost over the subsequent generations since my great-grandparents came here, especially since my dad isn't much of a talker. However, he is known to let some things out when offered Mexican food. One of my co-workers supplied me with her recipe for chicken tamales using store-bought rotisserie chicken. Sounded like a good way to get started making tamales! Things happened, however, and, while not an utter failure, they didn't truly turn out. And I'm not talking about the fact that I used corn husks instead of banana leaves. Neither my co-worker nor I care enough to scour the area for a possible pack of banana leaves. The dough was the culprit. They are good, though! Here's one of 3 batches freshly steamed:
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Prompt: February sci-fi
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Freezer lasagna
Project Link: 
Brief Description: Stored food may help one survive an apocalyptic disaster.
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Prompt: February action
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: (include which bonus points you think you've earned, e.g., Giver, Engineering, Community, WIP It, Swaptastic, Brain Power, EPIC!)
Project Name: snow day activities
Project Link: 
Brief Description: Participating in snow day activities- like building a snowman and assembling an army of mini snowmen -require care to avoid slipping, falling, and breaking something.
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6  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: January 02, 2017 03:39:48 PM
Prompt: December show tunes
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: pumpkin pie
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Pumpkin pie for NYE! So, when I first glanced at the prompt, I thought it meant show tunes as in tunes that happened to be on a show. I made the pie with some help from condensed milk, which you must shake before opening. Farris Bueller's Day Off features the Beatle's "Twist and Shout" which opens with, "Well, shake it up."
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Prompt: January Pac-Man
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Mashed potatoes
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Also for NYE. You can eat them.
Project Picture:
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7  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: November 30, 2016 08:54:41 PM
Prompt: September biology
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Guardians of the Galaxy Macaron
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: My aunt wanted a macaron with this spoken by Rocket (a raccoon) to Groot (a houseplant/bodyguard.)
Project Picture:


Prompt: November Turing
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Pumpkin Pie
Project Link: 
Brief Description: I followed Libby's pumpkin pie recipe. Yum! Even with slightly less whipped cream than usual Smiley
Project Picture:




Skip the rest of this post, Inselaeffchen! You have been warned! Wink



Prompt: zap #5
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: Swaptastic
Project Name: crossover card
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Made for my lovely partner in the Nerd Games Swap, hosted by the lovely LovelyMiss. It's a mashup. I'm saying no more. It's a complete extra because, well, I never said I could paper craft, but hopefully she appreciates the humor.
Project Picture:
https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/220973_25Nov16_IMG_3997_1_.jpg

Research Project Name: paper piecing
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points: swaptastic
Project Link: 
Brief Description: It took a while, but I finally psyched myself into paper piecing again! I made this for my partner in the Nerd Games swap. The pattern is from fandominstitches; I just enlarged it and made it into this item.
Project Picture:
https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/220973_25Nov16_IMG_3996_1_.jpg
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8  Re: Fall Nerd Games 2016 Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: November 23, 2016 09:28:36 PM
Wow, crocheted numbers? I didn't know that was possible!

Those ears turned out fabulously! I love the notebook cover and the necklace is lovely.



I received from my partner across the pond! I really like shopping totes that fold up small (so handy!) and we both like Chuck (a TV show), so she made me ...



a shopping tote that folds up small and has the Nerd Herd logo from Chuck on it and its little bag! Cool

The tote, the tote's tote and the Hufflepuff scarf bookmark are all fantastic and loved and so well done.

Thank you so much, Inselaeffchen!
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9  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: November 05, 2016 04:24:34 PM
Ooo, leatherwork! Very cool!

Research Project Name: costume
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: Community, brainpower, epic
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450699.0
Brief Description: I went as Kaylee from Firefly this Halloween. I made the pattern for the jumpsuit, sewed it, made the patches, and painted a nylon parasol. Counting up the number of TV episodes and movies I watched while making this (and fixing mistakes), I'd say it was at least 45 hours of crafting. That's longer than all of Firefly! Cry As always, I learned a lot and became a better seamstress. For example, I learned how to sew this kind of zipper, among other things.
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Prompt: zap #4
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: 5 years of Halloween collage
Project Link:  see below
Brief Description: I set myself the challenge of making a costume a year for 5 years to help me become better at my hobby and give myself permission to sew just because I wanted to. I've always loved costumes. I started with Little Red Riding Hood, then a carrier pigeon, circus performer, Agent Carter, and, finally, Kaylee. I learned so much from each. I still have much to learn and even more to master, but I'm really glad I did this! I even made this collage. That counts as photo editing, right?
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10  Kaylee: Shiny. in Halloween Costumes by Calabaza on: November 05, 2016 03:58:03 PM
While discussing Halloween costumes with a friend, she suggested I go as Kaylee from the show Firefly. The idea also had been in the back of my mind for a bit, so I decided to give it a try.

First, I made a pattern for a jumpsuit. (Patterns rarely fit me without so much alteration that it isn't just easier to draft my own.) Then came sewing, making patches, and painting a nylon parasol.



It came together in time for the annual come-in-costume discount day at the zoo, which, it turned out, had a good backdrop for a few pictures.





The parasol doubled as a perfectly functional umbrella! It couldn't protect the bottom of the jumpsuit from a few puddles, however Smiley

It was a great start to the Halloween festivities. Plus, I got several compliments on my costume! It was kind of cool.


Herere some of the pattern pieces.


A shot of my mock-up. It and the final jumpsuit were both made from thrifted sheets.



Bear patch close-up:



A lady at my aunt's annual Halloween party wanted a picture to text to another browncoat.



I wore it on Halloween itself to get a $3 burrito at Chipotle (delicious! They do it every Halloween.)



As always, I had a lot of fun and learned a lot from my Halloween costume.

Thanks so much for looking!
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