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101  Re: Winter Nerd Battles 2014-2015 Swap in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: February 13, 2015 07:20:04 AM
Aw, thanks! Smeddley, I am so happy you're happy with your things! I'm thrilled with mine!

After snapping some pics while the sun was still peeking out and wrangling technology into submission, here's what Smeddley was wonderful enough to send me:



A red hood! I love hats that cover my ears and this one incorporates my folk and fairy tale theme. *Thumbs up* I hadn't noticed, but I pinned this pattern multiple times. Figures. It's super! (Nevermind my stupid expression.)
You can see a bit more here:




For the supply portion she sent me a bagful- literally -of trims!



I love trims. Like I told her, though, I'm too cheap to buy bunches so I wander away sadly after ogling them in the store. But these are mine now. Mine! YAY!


Thank you so much, Smeddley! You are a fab partner. Anytime.
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102  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: January 30, 2015 09:40:24 AM
Thank you!

Great projects, LM! I love the colors in the yarn you used for those scarves.

The rose is lovely, FG!

Thanks for posting the link, rbr. It made it nice and easy to find!



Prompt:  January mob
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points: UFO
Project Name: radioactive macaron
Project Link: not yet
Brief Description: This is another one that finally got made. A nuclear winter would be chilly.
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Prompt: red alert holiday spirit
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: exploding etui
Project Link: 
Brief Description: This was made for a friend for Christmas. I am really, really slow on the whole uploading photos thing  Roll Eyes
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103  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: January 24, 2015 09:19:47 AM
Thanks, guys!

Roler, thanks for the info! The recipe was different from a lot of pancake recipes I've used because it didn't call for oil or melted butter and a bunch of sugar went in. I'm not complaining  Smiley

Neat idea with the goal book! I am also in love with the bunny ATC. The afghan is lovely! The little horse looks so cuddly. The orange diary is fantastic! I love orange.


Prompt:  January battle - cold
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points: UFO
Project Name: Magic 8 macaron
Project Link: not yet
Brief Description: This was another one that had to wait a while to get made after I did the fabric up.
My answer to that old conversation starter question- Would you rather be too hot or too cold -has always been too cold. I don't like it, but I don't like being too hot more. That being said, I can't wait for summer! This macaron has a metal zipper and, like all the other macarons, is built on metal buttons. Metal is cold to the touch.
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104  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: January 16, 2015 04:51:58 PM
Love the alphabet hoops idea!

Prompt:  December India
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: UFO
Project Name: POW-erful Macaron Coin Purse
Project Link: not yet
Brief Description: It's bright! I did up the design and had it printed by Spoonflower, but didn't get around to making a 'caron out of it until Christmas. I'm not sure if I love using printed fabric or doodling by hand more. They each have their place, I guess. I love macarons!
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Prompt: January Cold As Ice
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: Hottokeki
Project Link: I found the recipe here. It says they're Japanese pancakes. I don't know if that's true (Roler? Can you confirm or deny?) Either way they were good!
Brief Description:
Watch me connect them up:
cold characters=frequently villain=not villain, just misunderstood=if someone just sat down and talked to them, maybe over a plate of pancakes, theyd be nice=riiiight Grin
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105  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: January 10, 2015 03:00:15 PM
Time to post some stuff:

Prompt:  January freezing
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: brittle recipe gets a 0
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: The project name says it all. I'm still not over it.
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Prompt: January COLD
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points:  cold
Project Name: Circle On Lid of Doodad holder
Project Link:
Brief Description: I made this as a gift. The mason jar "doodad holder" is filled with 100+ little rectangles fused with wonder-under for fabric stamps. I tried glueing the circle on lid to the rim, but it didn't take. I kinda like that it can pop in and out and maybe go on more pincushion-y adventures while keeping its shape, thanks to the, apparently, not-for-metal glue.
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Prompt:  red alert new year's
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: The Noodle Thing
Project Link: 
Brief Description: I think I've mentioned this before, but my Aunt D makes this delicious, scrumptious, perfect dish we call The Noodle Thing. She's one of those cooks who rarely measures anything and I am nowhere near that level. I managed to come up with something similar from what she'd told me, but it wasn't The Noodle Thing. This Christmas she gave me an actual recipe for The Noodle Thing along with the ingredients! It was The Noodle Thing!
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Prompt:  December Egypt
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: pancakes
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Ancient Egytptian art can look very 2-dimensional, like these flat pancakes.
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106  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: December 22, 2014 02:20:22 PM
I'm here too! Just busy with Christmas stuff. But, look! I have some pics ready  Smiley

Prompt:  December Battle - EAST!
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: plain macaron coin purse
Project Link: -
Brief Description: One of my favorites places is Eastern Washington, that is, east of the mountains that divide Washington State (Hello to all you other PNW'ers!)
When I went over there as a kid, my Auntie would make sugar cookies (a dessert like macarons) and my older cousins would help me and my little sis frost them while we were eating the frosting Grin Best times!
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Prompt: December Mob
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: popcorn baubles
Project Link: -
Brief Description: Corn has an interesting history. It may have originated in Mexico which is where one side of my family is from- the side with the ancient cookbook I tweaked the recipe from even! It was my mom's side of the family that got me hooked on popcorn balls to begin with, but, hey, these still fit the prompt!
I wrapped them up and tied them for co-worker gifts.
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107  Re: DO NOT POST! Setting Up: Winter Nerd Battles 2014-2015 in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: November 29, 2014 02:14:31 PM


~ Geekdom of OOAKs, Oddballs, and Marchers to Different Drummers ~

Welcome, welcome!
If you have any questions, go ahead and pop off a PM to me, Calabaza,
or mosey on over to the Discussion Thread.

~Team Randomizer Points - 2170 (+ 220 in bounties)~
Reminders: Challenges/Battles 20 pts, Research Projects 100 pts
Engineering/Giver/UFO/Prompt Specific 10 pts Extra
See the Bounty Bulletin for more point opportunities


Completed Challenges
   December
New Zealand - artsycandice, crazyda79, LovelyMiss, Calabaza
Japan - artsycandice, crazyda79, kwality570, LovelyMiss, Calabaza
India - artsycandice, crazyda79, Calabaza*, LovelyMiss
Galapagos Islands - artsycandice, crazyda79, LovelyMiss, Calabaza*
Egypt - artsycandice, crazyda79, LovelyMiss, Calabaza
   January
Brr - LovelyMiss, crazyda79, artsycandice
Freezing Point - LovelyMiss, Calabaza, crazyda79
C.O.L.D. - Calabaza*, crazyda79*, LovelyMiss*
Cold as Ice - Calabaza, crazyda79, artsycandice, LovelyMiss
Frozen Tundra - LovelyMiss, crazyda79, artsycandice
   February
Edward Scissorhands - crazyda79, artsycandice, LovelyMiss
Stamp the Yard - artsycandice, crazyda79, LovelyMiss
Basket Case - crazyda79, LovelyMiss
Dye Me a River - artsycandice, Calabaza, crazyda79, LovelyMiss
Paint the Town - LovelyMiss, Calabaza, crazyda79

Completed Battles
December - artsycandice, Calabaza, crazyda79, LovelyMiss
January - artsycandice, kwality570*, Calabaza*, LovelyMiss, crazyda79
February - artsycandice, crazyda79, LovelyMiss, Calabaza

Completed Mobs
December - artsycandice, Calabaza, crazyda79, Amaranth_in_oz, LovelyMiss
January - Amaranth_in_oz, LovelyMiss, Calabaza*, crazyda79, artsycandice
February - crazyda79, LovelyMiss, Calabaza

Completed Red Alerts
Holiday Spirit - crazyda79, Amaranth_in_oz, LovelyMiss, Calabaza, artsycandice
New Year's Resolutions - crazyda79, artsycandice*, LovelyMiss, Calabaza
National Hobby Month - LovelyMiss*, artsycandice, crazyda79
Love is in the Air - crazyda79, artsycandice, LovelyMiss

Completed Brownie Points

Completed Research Projects
artsycandice
LovelyMiss
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108  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: November 29, 2014 12:38:09 PM
I know some peeps who would gladly appropriate that piano patch, roler.

Prompt: October no bones
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: blank macaroon
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I love macaroon coin purses and jump into making them without hesitation Smiley
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Prompt: November Fantasy
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: sweet mashed sweet potatoes
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Sweet potatoes originated in either Central or South America. Both are kinda far from where I live. This picture was taken after the family and I had at them on Thanksgiving so...yeah.
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Prompt: November Mystery
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: triangle square book
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: A book is different on the outside than the inside! Especially a good book covered in horrible cover art  Angry I'd been wanting to make a triangle notebook for a while and now have finally done so! This was for a swap, however, so I may have to make one for me now.
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Prompt: November sci-fi
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: computer-aided orange macaroon
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I learned how to design images and upload them to Spoonflower to be printed out macaroon-sized! It's better in real life. I took these after the ones of the project below.
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Prompt: November romance
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: Captain America macaroon (note to self: DO NOT PIN UNTIL AFTER CHRISTMAS)
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Not in a romantic way, of course, but I love my mom. This will be one of her Christmas gifts. I'll try and get better pictures. I had to take these in a poorly lit area to keep her from seeing. Shh!
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Prompt: November humor
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 5 for the joke
Project Name: jeans repair
Project Link:
Brief Description: Pants tearing humor. It's so old.
I patched these ones up.

And now for a completely unrelated joke:
What do alpine donkeys say?     Yodel-a-hee-haw!

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Prompt: November battle (non-fiction)
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: Snow Much Fun!
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: It snowed! It snowed for real! I made car eyes on the front and back windows. I made a little snowman with leaf arms by the stairs. And I made a baker's dozen of tiny snowmen for my flamingos! (Just let me know if this doesn't count Smiley)
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Prompt: November mob
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 0
Project Name: coat repair
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description:
Along both side seams
This coat was ripped.
How did that happen?
I don't get it.

But now it's fixed
You can't even tell
What went wrong 'cause
I do a slip stitch well!

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And that'll do it for me until December!
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109  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: November 23, 2014 09:11:36 AM
Love, love, love the okapi!

Prompt: October Haunted House
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points: UFO
Project Name: Classified Intel
Project Link: -
Brief Description: This has been in the works on and off for months! I like fun spy shows and far-less-fun Cold War history. Hiding places work there, but haunted houses have them too  Grin
I got the cool magnets in a swap. Painting the canvas, mounting metal sheeting inside, covering the sheeting with cork board and hanging it all on the wall was my doing.
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Prompt: November red alert
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: exploding needlebox sewing kit
Project Link: -
Brief Description: One of the ladies at work got a new job. To thank her for all she's done and give her a proper send-off, I made her this exploding box and filled it with little things she might find useful for doing quick, small repairs at the cons she goes to.
Project Picture:
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110  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: November 04, 2014 05:54:10 PM
It's from something? Man, I am out of it. Anyway, it's a riot!

Research Project Name: Circus Costume
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: Engineering for this tutorial on the bag: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436591
Project Link: (if available): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436590.0
Brief Description: This took >3 weeks to pull together! I used thrifted fabric for the dress body and lining, sewn-together yarn for the sleeves and painted plain muslin for the popcorn bag. I got the dress fabrics ages ago and was saving them for the right projects. I was so nervous, but I think everything turned out all right! I had fun making and wearing it too Smiley
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