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121  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: October 07, 2014 07:28:53 PM
I think I like your photoshop version, Ludi.

Pattern and muslin (cheap-o thrift store sheet in this case) have been made for my research project. It's a simple, simple design, but I don't have enough outer fabric for redos.

Hmm, I could be well on my way to a Cinderella costume with that sheet. Well, if I get rejected from the circus...
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122  Re: IYP 26: So you think you can craft! Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: October 07, 2014 08:02:54 AM
...and better!
Here's what wendiek sent me!

A puffy, pumpkin-colored pouch:

I'm thinking of all sorts of uses for it.

In the background are four crocheted african violet (right, wendiek?) things. I will turn them into something. The colors are great!

And what's this?

A posable flamingo! Flamingos are one of my favorite animals. This one has joined my collection on my flamingo shelf. He's fitting in well with his flock.

Thank you, wendiek! I love what you sent- including the striped bag! Thanks for asking me to swap!
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123  Scrappy Batik Bunting in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Calabaza on: September 28, 2014 09:30:46 AM

To make this bunting I took two batik cottons (one bright, jewel-toned rainbow; the other one in blues/greens/purple/roses) and tore them into 2-3" rectangles.

Next I arranged them on woven fusible stabilizer and ironed them in place.

I took my newly ironed fabric, folded and sewed it in half the hot dog way, flipped it out so the batik showed on both sides and sewed around the edges of the little rectangles on both sides using a variety of threads. Then I cut out my pretty-front-and-back triangles.

(truly terrible couch picture)

The final step was to trim off the rainbow netting from some yarn I had laying around, fold it over the tops (to keep both sides looking all right) and sew it in place using invisible thread. I used the chenille part of the yarn as the hanging string.

It was actually a pretty fun project! My least favorite part was machine sewing back and forth, catching all those rectangle edges, but the rest was entertaining!
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124  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: September 28, 2014 08:41:03 AM
Prompt:  September battle (board games)
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Snaps and sugar!
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435817.0#axzz3EclVhwMW
Brief Description: I thought I was done with these, but then I thought about making the flaps removable. Earlier this month I got my seam ripper out, added snaps then closed up the purse body and flaps separately. Now the flaps can be changed out or left off entirely!
Snaps and sugar has become my go-to family-friendly exclamation and is sometimes uttered in the heat of a board game Smiley
Project Picture:

BTW, the post has some info on ironing fabrics into a new fabric.

Prompt:  September flash mob
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points:
Project Name: dress straps
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I picked up some dresses for work at a super price, but they didn't have straps. One mistake and... So, I wardrobe malfunction-proofed them. I sewed on small, plastic curtain rings to loop the straps through, making them adjustable.
Project Picture:

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125  Re: IYP 26: So you think you can craft! Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: September 23, 2014 05:15:46 PM
Yep, the flap is huck woven. I couldn't find a good fabric at the store, so I had to make my own. Here's a better picture:

The version I made for me is in there too Smiley I went on a bit of a spree.
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126  Snappy Purses (removable flaps!) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Calabaza on: September 23, 2014 05:03:57 PM
I got on a purse kick.

This one is mine

I tore 2-3 inch rectangles of two different batik-y fabrics, arranged them on woven fusible stabilizer, ironed them then sewed around the edges using various colors.

And this one is now my bud, Stickers:

I used huck fabric and craft thread to make a Mexican-blanket-inspired design then carefully cut and sewed around the edges to keep the threads from getting wonky (when you embroider huck, the threads dont show through to the wrong side.)

I thought I was done with them when an idea popped into my head: make the flaps changeable!

So, whenever I get a little bored, I can make up just a new flap and snap it on! Snap on, snap off Smiley
I tried out the idea on mine first, to make sure the snaps wouldnt make it too heavy. It seemed all right to me so I redid the other too!

The bottoms are wider than the tops.

Theyve got zippers for extra security (and for going flapless.)

Mine (mixed fabrics.)

Sticker's. I found some slightly textured material for the lining and pockets.

Both have two big outside pockets each hiding two small pockets. Inside the zippered part there are four small pockets.

I widened by an inch the pattern I made and used for this purse and this one

Thanks for looking!
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127  Re: IYP 26: So you think you can craft! Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: September 22, 2014 07:34:10 AM
I have been thoroughly enjoying this gallery, although I've fallen miserably behind on commenting. Such wonderful projects!

I received some wonderful projects myself! The sweet and talented StickerChic87 sent...

A calabaza calabaza! Look closely and you will see the Spanish word for pumpkin- and my username -incorporated in this embroidery she designed herself! Wow! Soooo neat! This is going up on the wall today.

Oh, and look at this item!

Vintage travel-y! Gorgeous and beautifully made!

Is there something inside?

Tons of somethings!

And the ones from my favorite slot...

But is that all? Goodness, no! Sticker also made...

Stamps! Stamps, a pretty storage box and an inspiration card! I'm definitely inspired. Isn't it all so cute?

Thank you so much, Sticker! I love everything you sent.
I hope my package to you is all right.
Thanks for swapping with me again!
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128  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2014 Swap in The Swap Gallery by Calabaza on: September 17, 2014 03:19:59 PM
I got my box of goodies from craftADDchick yesterday! Here's what she sent:

A dino mug (our agreed upon extra), a beautiful card and 2 paint-your-own matryoshka sets with gesso! Yes!

And the cutest crafted item in the whole world:

Guinea pigs are the cutest animals in the whole, wide world and she crocheted me one! Isn't it adorable?

Thank you so much, craftADDchick!
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129  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: August 29, 2014 07:45:20 AM

I love the faux slides, Smeddley! Fun and clever!

bunny1kenobi, I know some people who would gladly abscond with that mat.

My other IYPartner just received so, before I forget, here's war I sent her:

Prompt: August stash
Team: randomizer
Event: Craftology
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: robin macaroon coin purse
Project Link: not yet
Brief Description: I have a large stash Smiley I doodled the bird which is most like the color in the 1st square.
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Prompt: red alert
Team: randomizer
Event: Paperology
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: exploding needlebox
Project Link: not yet
Brief Description: She said she liked the beach, so I used ocean-y colors. The linen-y fabric reminds me of sand, which is tiny rocks Smiley The fabric is wrapped around chipboard, which is paper.
Project Picture:

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130  Re: DO NOT POST! Setting up the Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: August 28, 2014 12:44:47 PM

~ Geekdom of OOAKs, Oddballs, and Marchers to Different Drummers ~
To better understand this team...
          -Our motto could be "It's all good."
                    -Kind of like Hufflepuff

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 - 2105 (+ 140 in bounties)~
Reminders: Challenges/Battles 20 pts, Research Projects 100 pts
Engineering/Giver/UFO/Prompt Specific 5-10 pts Extra
See the Bounty Bulletin for more point opportunities

Completed Challenges
Scrabble - Ankhored*, crazyda79, Calabaza, artsycandice, LovelyMiss
Hide and Seek - artsycandice, crazyda79, Calabaza, LovelyMiss
Pong - crazyda79, Ankhored, Calabaza, artsycandice, LovelyMiss
Solitaire - artsycandice, Ankhored, Calabaza, crazyda79, LovelyMiss*
Yahtzee - crazyda79, Calabaza, artsycandice, LovelyMiss
No Bones about It - crazyda79, artsycandice, Calabaza, LovelyMiss
Hocus Pocus - Calabaza, crazyda79, LovelyMiss
Graveyard Shift - crazyda79, Calabaza, LovelyMiss
Pumpkin Patch - Calabaza, artsycandice, crazyda79, LovelyMiss,
Haunted House - crazyda79, Calabaza*, LovelyMiss
Fantasy - crazyda79, artsycandice, Calabaza, LovelyMiss
Mystery - artsycandice, crazyda79, Calabaza, LovelyMiss
Science Fiction - crazyda79, Calabaza, LovelyMiss
Romance - crazyda79, artsycandice, LovelyMiss
Humor - crazyda79*, artsycandice, Calabaza*, LovelyMiss*

Completed Battles
September - LovelyMiss, crazyda79, Ankhored*, Calabaza
October - crazyda79*, artsycandice, Calabaza, LovelyMiss
November - crazyda79, Calabaza, LovelyMiss

Completed Mobs
September - Ankhored*, LovelyMiss*, Calabaza, crazyda79
October - crazyda79, Calabaza*, LovelyMiss
November - crazyda79, Calabaza, LovelyMiss

Completed Red Alerts
Thanksgiving - artsycandice, crazyda79, Calabaza, LovelyMiss

Completed Brownie Points

Completed Research Projects
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