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91  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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92  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
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
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
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
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93  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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94  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.
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95  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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96  Fabric Paper (Popcorn) Bag Bag Tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Calabaza on: November 04, 2014 05:37:01 PM
I’ve always wanted a bag based off a paper bag. I really like paper bags. They’re such a good size for so many things! I also really like popcorn. This Halloween I wanted to join the circus, so I got off my duff and made this:

(More on the whole outfit is here.)

It was fun to make once I stopped making things more complicated than they needed to be Tongue It’s a habit I’m trying to break.

I used:
A paper lunch bag
Fabric for the outside (and fabric paint to paint the stripes on the muslin. Masking tape and a sponge brush were also involved)
Lining fabric (Cut 2 pieces as long as the top edge of your bag + 1/2” seam allowance and as tall as 1/2 of the finished bag width + 2” seam allowance so it can close in the middle.)
Drawstring closure fabric (I used unpainted muslin)
Interfacing (I used some cheap, light-weight stuff to give it a lunch bag personality)
General sewing supplies like scissors, sewing machine, pins, etc.

After settling on a plan of action, I snagged a paper bag from the pantry and cut it open like this to use as my pattern:

Next time, I will square it up before cutting Roll Eyes

I just added 1/2” for the seam allowance by measuring that far away all around the bag except for the top (I wanted mine a smidgen shorter, so I didn’t add any on the straight parts there.) Draw where you want the seam allowance to be for the curved cut-outs at the top of the bag. Cut like this for the outside and lining.

Make and attach pockets if desired. (I just had one inside to hold my ID and such. Don’t forget to allow for the gusset and top seam when positioning.)

Take outer body piece and fold in half right-sides together so the edges of the small rectangles meet and the long edges are even. Sew. Repeat with other side. Repeat with lining, leaving an opening to turn bag through (or not. As long as the stitch length isn’t on teeny-tiny, the seam ripper is my friend. And it sure helps with pressing to sew it all closed)

Press open side seams. Trim to 1/4” if you want.

Take 1 body piece and open out a small rectangle so that the edges meet in 1 line, with the side-seam in the center of 1 side. Sew right-sides together with your seam allowance. Repeat with the other side and with the lining.

Iron in folds (like a paper bag!)

Sew closure pieces right sides together along short sides. Press open seams. Fold seam allowances under so the edges meet the seam like this…

…and iron.
Sew seam allowances down close to the edge, like hems.


Press top edge of closure under 1/4”. Press under another 3/4”. Sew close to the edge.

With seam ripper open the side seams sewn into the hem. Slipstitch the inside side and the bottom 1/4” or so of the outside closed so the opening is only on the outside and the 1/4” raw edge inside is covered. These will be the openings for the drawstrings.

Time to put it all together!

Slip closure piece on the outside piece, aligning edges and side seams, right side facing right side of outer. Slip lining piece on, right side facing wrong side of closure, aligning edges and side seams. Sew around top edge using your seam allowance. Turn through lining and press, poking the rounds (and everything else) into shape!

Top stitch around top edge 3/4” away from the top edge with the closure tucked down inside.

Slipstitch lining opening closed.

Insert string for 1 side of drawstring in and out through 1 side. Knot. Repeat, going in and out through other side.

Your fabric paper bag bag is complete! Yay!

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97  Circus: On the tightrope is... in Halloween Costumes by Calabaza on: November 04, 2014 05:33:48 PM
This year I decided I'd join the circus for Halloween!

I made the dress...

...from my own pattern and lined it:

I love how the lining looks old and gauzy. I was fortunate to find it and the dress fabric at the thrift store.

At first, I wore a store-bought black cardigan underneath the dress...

...but after the outing to the zoo on costume weekend, I snipped some fishnet, tape-style yarn apart and sewed the netting together to make "sleeves":

I must remember this for future projects. I totally recommend it!

Of course, I had to make a popcorn bag to go with it all:

(A tutorial on this is coming here.)
I love popcorn!

Thank you so much for looking!
I had so much fun with the circus.

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98  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: October 28, 2014 08:37:07 PM
Another busy day! Love the monster, Smeddley!
Gozer, thanks so much for the info!

Prompt:  October Mob
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: Engineering
Project Name: Ice Planet Popcorn Balls
Project Link: (if available): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436435.0
Brief Description: These tasty and problematic treats were made for a Halloween girls' night. The idea came from a blog and the popcorn ball recipe came from one I tweaked from my grandmother's cookbook. (recipe and a link to the blog are in the link!)
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Prompt:  October Battle: Halloween!
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: caramelized onions and pasta
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Also for the get-together the other night. The secondary theme was make-your-own-theme-party, so this easy-peasy dish (cook the onions, boil the pasta and toss them together with olive oil, salt and pepper) were marketed as gala-inspired: bow ties and cummerbunds.
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Prompt:  Graveyard Shift
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: Lemon Chicken
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Dinner is useful for nighttime! This recipe is adapted from this one. I didn't do the veggies (I didn't like the veggie part of this recipe when I did them before) so I halved the olive oil, ditched the salt and pepper and just used one lemon (the juice only.)
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99  Popcorn Balls (or Ice Planets!) in Dessert by Calabaza on: October 28, 2014 08:18:42 PM

I saw the idea for popcorn ice planets on this blog, and knew I had to make some for a girls Halloween night where the secondary theme was choose-your-own-theme. I used my old (very old! Mostly from my grandma’s cookbook with a little tweaking) recipe for popcorn balls.

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/3 cup corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
32 cups of popped popcorn (takes a bit over 2 batches for me to get enough from my air popper. I get it popping while the syrup is cooking.)

Cook the first 3 ingredients in a small pot over medium to medium-high heat. I stir occasionally most of the time, but, really, I’m a ditz and I haven’t figured out a way to screw this recipe up yet.

Put the popped popcorn into lightly greased, shallow containers (don’t include unpopped kernels if you can. They’re no fun.) I use 2 disposable aluminum roasting pans from the grocery store (but I wash ‘em and keep ‘em instead of disposing of ‘em Smiley)

When the syrup reaches softball stage- use a candy thermometer or the ice water trick to tell -quickly stir in the vanilla and salt then pour over the kernels. Stir to coat.

When it’s cool enough for you, grease your hands (butter is tasty!) and get to forming the sweet, corny goodness into balls. If you want to make them into ice planets, form each around a strand of baker’s twine long enough to tie to a bbq skewer or whatever later.

Let cool all the way. If they haven’t been devoured after that, wrap in plastic to keep fresh and/or hold together better (soft ball stage is soft!)

Don’t fear candy making! Popcorn balls are delicious and easy! Ice planets are too, if problematic to eat Wink

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100  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: October 15, 2014 04:23:03 PM
Congrats, indeed!

Thanks, LM!

Prompt:  October Pumpkin
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: Bitty Pumpkin Box
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436229.0
Brief Description: A little box decorated with a little pumpkin (a floss-wrapped bead) and other things Smiley
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