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1  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2017: September 1 - November 20, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Ezri_B on: October 06, 2017 08:50:48 AM
I thought it was quite quiet in here as well. I figured it was because everyone is off crafting huge amounts of awesomeness!

Prompt: October Props
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: None
Project Name: Needle Minders
Brief Description: I have some really bad habits when it comes to my pins and needles and it drives my husband nuts (and is a danger to everyone) So to try to help with my bad habits and make our living space better I made a couple of needle minders to keep my needles in one place (I have a very long story of how I tucked one into my shirt then forgot it was there, went to make some bulk cooking for the week and lost the needle and had to sift fingers through everything and was ready to throw over $100 dollars worth of food away because I couldn't find it. Did eventually find it, but lesson learned!)
The owl one actually also ended up enhancing my outfit as I had it on my shirt and wore it out for a bit.
They are magnetic, held on by another magnet that I covered in felt. The hedgehog one is about 3 inches (for multiple needles & pins) and the owl one is just over 1".
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2  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2017: September 1 - November 20, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Ezri_B on: September 29, 2017 09:50:54 AM
Prompt: September Battle Royale- TNBC
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: Brain Power
Project Name: Oogie Boogie Pillow
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I am gearing up for a big project, and tried my hand at needle turn applique. I need a lot more practice, but it can't be too bad my middle son stopped by while I was out, and it was gone when I got back. He sent me a text saying thanks. Kids  Roll Eyes
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3  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2017: June 1 - August 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Ezri_B on: August 04, 2017 12:38:48 PM
Prompt:  August battle Speak to the Magician
Team: Clan of Creator
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Project Name: Yard Jenga Tower
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Brief Description: All I could think of with Magician/Wizard was towers, raising and destroying towers. So logically I went to Jenga. I made a yard Jenga for a family reunion (it also happens to be my middle one's favorite game.) It took longer than it should have because I didn't have access to a planer. If I had to do it again, I'd probably buy one  Roll Eyes
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4  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2017: June 1 - August 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Ezri_B on: July 31, 2017 02:05:19 PM
Prompt:  July Battle Royale Back to Craftopia (via Crone)
Team: Clan of the Creator
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Rainbow Tote
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Brief Description: I made a bag to tote around projects as I work on them for future battles. I winged the pattern after an old tote that I have. It is lined with ripstop nylon and has an inside zipper pocket.
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Prompt: Big Time #1
Team: Clan of the Creator
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Name: Recycled Rag Quilt
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Brief Description: I had many pairs of old jeans, flannel shirts, flannel pajama pants, corduroy, etc. so I cut them into bits, sewed them together all higilty pigilty, and made a sturdy rag quilt to keep in the car for picnics and such. It turned out far better than I had hoped.

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5  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2017: June 1 - August 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Ezri_B on: June 13, 2017 09:57:32 AM
Prompt:  June Kitchen Witch
Team: Clan of the Creator
Bonus Points: Giver, Engineering & Brain Power
Project Name: Donut Holes
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Brief Description: Last night our little village got hammered by storms. They closed the village and no one could get in or out until this morning. Power was out for most of the village all night, some still haven't gotten any. Lots of flooding, power lines down, but mostly it's trees. Trees through roofs, windows, cars, etc.. It's a mess. We have a few big branches down on our yard, but nothing else. We had power all night, but then at 6:30, they shut it off to fix some of the lines and cut trees by lines. I sent my boy to one of the neighboring towns that weren't affected and had him pick up bananas, oranges, waters, & coffee while I made donut holes by flashlight. Thank goodness for gas stoves  Smiley I've never really fried anything before, so that was new to me. They were good but tasted a bit like pancake balls more than donuts. Next time I will maybe add a chunk of sausage for the boys.
The pictures aren't great because of the weird darkness and flashlight. It was well received and kept me busy since I couldn't do any of my normal work without power. It's raining again and we expect storms tonight again, so most cleanup is on hold for now.
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6  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2017: June 1 - August 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Ezri_B on: June 09, 2017 08:38:19 AM
So craftylittlemonkey suggested I make a community post for the fan, so I did. I updated my post, but I thought I'd post it here as well. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452559.0 in case someone else was interested.

Prompt: June- Fiber Foothills
Team: Clan of the Creator
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Project Name: Rose Tee
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452558.0
Brief Description: I had a tshirt I loved that got a glue spot right on the boob the first time I wore it. I could not get it off to save my life. I decided to do some reverse applique and put a pretty flower on it. Now I have a pretty flower shirt instead of a junker shirt! It has a really fun bumpy texture to it.
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7  Big Liam Fan in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Ezri_B on: June 09, 2017 08:22:50 AM
My middle son, Liam, graduated last Sunday. It is usually hot and stuffy at graduation and he's an actor and a character so I thought it would be funny to make a big fan of him for me to use. I was inspired by a photo I saw years ago online of Martin Freeman with a similar fan of Benedict Cumberbatch.

I printed out a bunch of copies of one of his senior pictures onto cardstock. I cut them all out which didn't take nearly as long as I thought it would. I then used packing tape to "laminate" them. That took much longer than I had anticipated. (Looking back I should have taken them in to get laminated.) I pressed the tape down really well with a tongue depressor to get a good seal then I cut those out again leaving a bit to keep the "lamination" seal.

For rigidity, I hot glued them to tongue depressors being careful to line it up with the other ones. I drilled a hole a bit bigger than my skewer. I hot glued a plastic bead to one end of a bamboo skewer. I laced the blades onto the skewer. Squeezed the blades together, trimmed the skewer and hot glued a bead to the other end. Once it was dry I released the blades and lined the blades how I liked them. I hot glued a piece of ribbon to the back so that it flicked open just right.

The back isn't all that pretty, but it didn't really cost me anything because I had everything to make it at home. And he laughed so hard when he saw it, it was totally worth it. We're thinking we'll maybe make some more for the whole family for his next play.
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8  Glue Spot to Rose Shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Ezri_B on: June 09, 2017 08:04:57 AM
I had a shirt I liked, the first day I wore it a little girl came up and hugged me while she was covered in gobs of permanent fabric glue.

I tried everything to remove it, but couldn't. I figured this was the perfect opportunity to try my hand at some reverse applique

I used an old blue tshirt, found a rose stencil as inspiration, redrew it on freezer paper. Cut the freezer paper design out. Ironed the negative onto my shirt. I used flour in a sieve that I shook over the freezer paper. I patted it in a bit with my hand then removed the freezer paper. I used a basting spray to hold the blue tshirt on the inside of the black shirt. I used grey dmc floss and chunky stitched around the rose designs. I carefully pulled the top tee and the bottom tee apart in the areas and snipped the top tee only and trimmed around each part.

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. The placement looks better on than it does on the hanger, but I couldn't get a decent picture of it on me.
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9  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2017: June 1 - August 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Ezri_B on: June 05, 2017 03:28:46 PM
Hi Everyone, I've been gone for quite awhile, but have missed the Nerd Games so I thought I should join in again.

Prompt: June Battle Royale- Crone
Team: Clan of the Creator
Bonus Points: Community
Project Name: Liam's Biggest Fan
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452559.0
Brief Description: My middle son, Liam, graduated from High School yesterday. I wanted something to show our support, so I made it clear that we are "Liam Fans" It made me think of the wise little old ladies at church with their fans (hence crone). He laughed so hard he nearly cried. It was totally worth it!
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Prompt:  June- Valley of the Nearly Royal Personage *
Team: Clan of the Creator
Bonus Points: Giver
Project Name: Pretty beef & mushroom pie
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Brief Description: I added some pastry flowers to my beef & mushroom pie that I made for a lady who had knee surgery's family.

Beef & Mushroom Pie
Top and bottom pie crusts (I use this recipe http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/p-p-p-pie_crust_and_its_p-p-p-perfect/ )
1 pound roast cut into 3/4" cubes
1 pound of chopped portabella mushrooms
1 diced onion
2 chopped carrots
2 stalks celery chopped
2 potatoes baked in the microwave cooled and cubed
1/2 c frozen peas
3 T butter
3 T flour
3 sprigs fresh thyme
4 cups beef broth
Beaten egg for egg wash
extra thyme for top
Salt & Pepper to taste

Preheat Oven to 400 F
Roll out bottom crust and place into 9" pie pan
Lightly brown beef in small batches salting and peppering each batch. Reserve for later. Brown onions & mushrooms (adding oil or butter if needed). Remove and reserve for later. Soften carrots. Put all veggies minus peas back in the pan, add butter, thyme, and flour cooking and stirring until flour is evenly distributed and butter is melted. Add beef broth and bring to a boil until it thickens (salt and pepper to taste). Turn off heat, add beef and peas. Transfer to pie pan. Top with other rolled out pie dough. Trim and crimp edges. Take extra pastry edges and form little roses and leaves, decorate pie top and cut vents. Egg wash top, sprinkle top with extra thyme, salt, and pepper. Bake for an hour or until crust is baked.
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*If this doesn't qualify for this challenge let me know, I will post it as free-range

Research Project- I figure I will cancel my last one since I finished it a REALLY long time ago, and I don't even know where my pictures went, so I'll make a different one now!

Research Project Name: Witchy Quilt
Team: Clan of the Creator
Brief Description: I want to try hand quilting, so I have this fun pinup fabric I have been dying to use. I will practice my hand quilting and piecing the quilt. I am hoping with the piecing and quilting to get this done in roughly a month.
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10  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Ezri_B on: August 26, 2014 08:19:05 AM
Prompt:  AUGUST Version 2.0
Event:  Fabricology
Project Name: Waldorf Doll
Brief Description: I had made a curly haired doll for one of my nieces and her older sister then asked for one too. I had thought she'd think she was too old, but to my surprise she didn't think so. Here is her version. I made it slightly bigger (she is the bigger sister.)
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Prompt:  August String Theory
Team: Multimedia
Project Name:Crochet Doll Blanket
Brief Description: I crocheted a blanket to go along with the doll I had made. It's made out of cotton/wool with puff flowers in the center of hexagons.
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Prompt: August Secret Stash
Team: Multimedia
Event: Fabricology
Project Name: Piggy Reading Pillow
Brief Description: For my niece's birthday I made her a reading pillow. She LOVES pigs, so the embroidery had to be of a pig. There is a pocket to hold a book when not reading it and elastic to hold the book open while you're reading.
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Prompt:  July User's Manual
Team: Multimedia
Event: Foodology
Project Name: Sibling Rivalry Pretzel Bites
Brief Description: I have always been intimidated by the mixing, boiling, baking, etc... needed to make bagels and pretzels. So I knew exactly what I wanted to do when I saw this prompt. I of course decided on one of the hottest, most humid days that I should do this  Roll Eyes I made these beer pretzel bites with Sibling Rivalry Beer ( we didn't care for this beer, but it was so good in the pretzels!) Served with some queso.
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Event: Foodology
Project Name: Pretzel Dogs
Brief Description: So my wonderful husband surprised us by stopping home for lunch when I made the pretzel bites. He said the only thing that would make it better is if it had a hot dog in the middle. So after he left again for work I got to work making supper of Pretzel Dogs. He loved them and they made him VERY HAPPY!
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Prompt:  July Photogenic
Event: Craftology
Project Name: Senior Pictures
Brief Description: I don't know if photography counts, so if it doesn't please disregard. My son is a Senior this  year, and has NEVER taken a good professional picture in his life! The best pictures ever taken of him were by me, so instead of spending a fortune on pictures we decided that I would do them myself. Not being a professional I'm totally scared to do this! Here are some preview pics, I have more editing to do, and I want to get a few more locations, but I'm fairly happy with them so far.
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Prompt:  August Taste The Rainbow
Team: Multimedia
Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: Edible
Project Name:Egg Salad Boats
Brief Description: I live in Wisconsin. We basically bleed green and gold around here. To help in limiting my clothing color palette our local school's colors are also green and gold. So here we have yellow egg salad and green cucumber boats. They were delish! My son had friends over and they loved them so much they asked me to make them again for them. (That is pretty high praise from teenagers!)
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