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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: June 05, 2018 11:11:18 AM
So I have my Level 1 item dump. I have intentionally not read everyone else's yet because I didn't want to be influenced. I look forward to going back now and reading everyone else's.

Textbook Level 1
-Macrame owl  necklace http://ecocrafta.blogspot.com/2014/08/small-owl-macrame-necklace.html

-Waterproof makeup tutorial http://cosplayingwhileblack.tumblr.com/post/49510490772/bandits-at-sea-todays-tutorial-is-on

-My favorite tutorial to Applique circles- http://buttontreelane.blogspot.com/2013/04/tutorial-how-to-applique-perfect-circles.html

-This is on my dream list... I will do this one day https://deliastonesstudio.wordpress.com/2011/01/02/free-metal-etching-tutorial-happy-new-year/

- My favorite Half square triangle tutorial https://www.coralandco.com/blog/2017/5/half-square-triangle-tutorial-method-ii-make-4-at-once.html

Multimedia Level 1-
I tend to have shows and movies on while I craft so I'll list those. It was hard to limit. I have watched all of these series more than once usually binge-style. I listed how I watch it, I'm sure there are other ways as well.

-Shameless (UK AmazonPrime & US Hulu/Netflix) Both are about Frank Gallagher, a low-income man who loves to indulge in his vices, and his family, as they live their lives which end up crazy and over the top.

-Call the Midwife (Netflix) This show is centered on midwives in a low-income part of England. It covers a few decades and is really interesting to see the changes in mothering and childbirth.

-Vikings (Hulu & AmazonPrime) Ragnar and his family, living the Viking life; sickness, betrayal, conquest, diplomacy, etc.

-Eureka (SyFy AmazonPrime) A Marshal takes the job of a sheriff in a somewhat secret town full of geniuses. Where there are that many experiments taking place there are bound to be problems.

-Warehouse 13 (By SyFy Not sure where to find it anymore.) A team works towards collecting and containing artifacts that are magical, mystical, etc. Similar to: the Librarians (HULU)

-Defiance (SyFy AmazonPrime) Aliens came to Earth to save themselves. Earth went to war, this is after that, a world closer to the Wild West with different types of aliens living together.

-Almighty Johnsons (Netflix) A family in New Zealand that on their 21st birthday are imbued with a Norse God. The same people, they just have some godly characteristics. They have a destiny to fulfill or they all get wiped out.

-The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (AmazonPrime) A 1950s socialite has everything, then her husband leaves her and she redefines herself as a comedian.

-Saving Grace (HULU) A detective in Oklahoma City likes to drink and party hard. In comes Earl her "last chance angel" who wears fun t-shirts and chews tobacco.

-Bomb Girls (just taken off Netflix) Canada has entered WWII and everyone must do there part. Women took over the making of the bombs for their boys overseas Also: Land Girls (Netflix)

-Lark Rise to Candleford (BBC Amazon) about a hamlet called Lark Rise and a town called Candleford and how they interact. It is about very progressive women for the time as well.

-Vicar of Dibley (BBC BritBox) I love this so much we purchased it (Immaculate Collection) after Netflix took it off. Dawn French in anything I love. A small Hamlet gets a new Vicar and it's a boisterous outspoken woman.

Wordy Level 1
As a child, I was "creative" or a "dreamer". I didn't grow up in a very crafty household. My great-grandma sewed (because how else do you get clothes,) and taught a bit to my grandmother. My great-grandma let me use her sewing machine when I visited her during the summer and my dolls were the most styling dolls you ever did see, but more than that she always taught me to do for others before yourself. When I became a mom, my husband and I really wanted to have our children at home until school. So I was a stay at home mom with very little income. I had hands, and I had the internet (which was kind of new when I started having kids) so I learned and I created. My sewing machine, that I got on my 18th birthday which I used, then on bedrest with baby number 2 I taught myself to crochet. I always wanted to help good causes, but I never had the disposable income. I have donated my hair every year from 12-38 (now too much grey and it doesn't grow as quickly,) I have donated at least 2 quilts a year to project linus since 1999. I've made numerous other donations like menstrual pads, hats, port covers, shoes, etc as well as items for raffles. Craftster if anything has helped me start taking pictures of my crafts for documentation. Raising my boys (and niece,) to think of others as well as to work with their hands has been my primary parenting goal.

Fandom Level 1

- When I was a kid I obsessed about Gilda Radner. My mom heard that she'd be visiting Chicago's Second City so she brought me to Chicago (which she hates Chicago,) and I couldn't see her because I was way too young, but we hung out and eventually ran into her. She was wonderful. I had a picture taken with her, but we lost it in our fire. I was so little, yet I remember it vividly, probably the coolest thing my mom did for me.

-A couple of years ago my father, brother and I did a bucket list event and went to a Paul McCartney concert. The day before the concert we were at an ice cream parlor and he was walking down the sidewalk and stopped and said hello to all of us.

-My husband and I love Halloween, (so much so it's also our anniversary,) and we have been in the past members of Haunters groups. We have attended a few times a great Haunters Convention called Ironstock. Unfortunately, there is no longer Ironstock and we haven't done much Haunting in the last few years as well, but we have met and learned so much through those groups and at that convention as well.

Randomizer Level 1-

-The scavenger hunt was great, it brought me (a HUGE introvert,) out a bit and I actually chatted a little with my team and learned a bit more about them.

-Tell me what you're reading/Book Club- craft something that has something to do with the book you are currently reading and tell us a bit about what you are reading. (I love to get new reading ideas.) Same could be done with tv, music, and movies

-BBQ or Cocktail Party- This could be a whole theme or just a one-off. Craft things that have to do with different parts of a BBQ, Pool Party, Cocktail Party, etc. Could be a drink or food recipe could be serving ware, could be an apron, could be something linked to witty conversation

Breakfast- scones, egg-bakes, eggcups, mug rugs, sunrise,
Lunch- lunchbox, picnic blanket, pressed sandwich, soup, noon,
Supper- Oven mitts, crockpot meals, around the table game, sundown
Desserts- cupcakes, cake stand, pie, fruit patterns,
Midnight snack- midnight, moon, stars, weird food combo,
Leftovers- scraps to make something, make something new from leftover food

-Mini/Jumbo- take something you love and make a teeny tiny version or a huge version

-Stuffed- animal/doll stuffed with stuffing, turkey stuffed with stuffing, cupcake stuffed with filling, sachet stuffed by lavender

- bags- knit/crochet bag, handbag, tote bag, makeup bag, sleeping bag, bean bag, something made from bags

-yard art- something to be put in your yard, yard swing, bird house/feeder, etc, or inspired by; flamingos, gnomes, etc...

-Foraging- use something you find out in nature- bark, acorns, leaves, shells, sand, snow, dandelions, morrels, etc.

- Fav artists inspiration- Something inspired by your favorite artist
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: June 01, 2018 01:28:30 PM
*snapping fingers*

Well done gozer I'm impressed it was great!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2018: March 1 - May 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ on: April 10, 2018 09:19:05 AM
Prompt: April- Randomizer
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: Ajvar
Brief Description: My husband's newly discovered allergy of no alliums (onion, garlic, shallots, chives, etc..) has made me look at different things. He has very much been missing dips and sauces. I decided to give this a try it is roasted eggplant and red peppers. I believe it is Serbian in nature or at least that area. Usually made with garlic, but obviously left out. It is odd to us, but we've embraced it a bit. We've mixed it with cream cheese and made an awesome bagel schmear, we've mixed it with pasta, eaten it on bread...
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4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2018: March 1 - May 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ on: April 10, 2018 09:12:39 AM
Prompt:  April- Fandom
Team: multimedia
Project Name: Crochet Coin Purse
Brief Description: Granny square coin purse. The kiss clasp was very new to me, so I am quite pleased with how this turned out. The way it fits the prompt- I chose the trope beauty equates good, while ugly equates bad. This is beautiful to me and is really good
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5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2018: March 1 - May 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ on: April 10, 2018 09:06:40 AM
Prompt:  Red alert- month of geek
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: Scones for a hobbit day
Brief Description: About once a year we have a hobbit day where we binge Lord of the Rings or the Hobbit Movies and eat like hobbits that day. There is a finesse to this day. Getting all of us together with scheduling, minor decorations/mood settings, and making/planning/timing the food is a feat of its own. Our breakfast includes scones. These are my go-to scones. Love them! This year blueberry.
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Prompt: April Wordy
Team: multimedia
Project Name: Scotch Eggs
Brief Description: As mentioned above our eat like a hobbit day also included scotch eggs. Any hobbit would love to carry these on a quest or adventure so they would fit grandly in a fantasy world. These were a bit more work than normal as I had to make my own sausage because of my hubbys newly found allergy, but they turned out well. (PS I prefer mine gooey, but the men in this house want them overcooked, so that is why there is no gooey shot)
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6  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Raspberry Pavlova- Recipe on: March 27, 2018 09:07:46 AM
Thanks everyone

Onyxnox- I would absolutely love your recipe if you had the time. Lemon is my oldest's favorite and that sounds heavenly!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2018: March 1 - May 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ on: March 26, 2018 01:52:55 PM
Prompt:  March Cooking V Baking
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: Engineering
Project Name: Raspberry Pavlova
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454593.0)
Brief Description: I made a raspberry and cream pavlova for my son's birthday celebration. It was crispy and marshmallowy with the tartness of raspberry sauce/curd.
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8  COOKING / Dessert / Raspberry Pavlova- Recipe on: March 26, 2018 01:46:53 PM
My middle son was turning 19, and I have always made them their birthday cakes/desserts. Well, this son doesn't like pie and he just informed me he didn't want a cake. My brain was churning and I landed on a pavlova. He loves meringue and he likes raspberries.

I made 2 of these

6 egg whites, room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 tsp corn starch
1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract

Preheat the Oven to 250˚F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

1. Using the whisk attachment on your stand mixer, beat 6 egg whites and 1 1/2 cups sugar for 6 to 7 minutes on high speed, or until stiff peaks form. The mixture will be smooth and glossy.
2. Add 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice, 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract and 2 tsp corn starch and continue mixing another 15 seconds or until well blended. Transfer immediately to a large sheet of parchment paper and use spatula to form a 10″ round ring, making a deep indent in the center to accommodate the cream and curd later.
3. Bake at 250˚F for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Then turn off the oven and with door closed, let it sit inside the oven another 1 hour until cooled. Remove pavlova from oven and let cool completely to room temp then cover and let stand in a dry, room temp room up to 2 days or assemble and serve right away.

Raspberry Sauce

12 oz frozen unsweetened raspberries, thawed
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
2 heaping tablespoons cornstarch

1. Thaw raspberries.
2. With a fine wire strainer, use a spoon to press the raspberries so that the seedless pulp falls into a bowl below, (or use a few layers of cheese cloth and squeeze the heck out of it).  Strain enough pulp to get between 1/3 - 1/2 cup of pulp (I usually get close to the 3/4 cup). Add enough water to equal 3/4 cups.
3. In a small saucepan, combine raspberry juice/water, sugar, lemon juice, and cornstarch.  Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until mixture bubbles and thickens (remember it will continue to thicken as it cools).  Remove from heat, set aside.
4. Cool and place in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Whipped cream
1-1/2 c heavy whipping cream
2 Tbs sugar
2 tsp real vanilla
1/2 tsp cornstarch (optional helps to hold the cream longer)
Put all ingredients in mixer and beat until slightly stiff peaks form (over beat and you will get sweet butter)

Right before serving I layered a pavlova, the sauce, the cream then repeated and topped with fresh raspberries.
It was so good! Crunchy, marshmallowy, raspberry! We'll definitely make again. Maybe with mini ones next time.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2018: March 1 - May 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ on: March 19, 2018 01:33:22 PM
Thank you to everyone for  your concern about my burn. It's pretty gnarly looking, but isn't hurting too badly anymore.

gozer those necklaces are gorgeous! I can think of so many things that could perfectly fit in them.
And your un-paper towel, you'll see I think we thought alike a bit

Prompt: March Sewing v quilting
Team: multimedia
Project Name: Paperless paper towel
Brief Description: I sewed up these towels to use for cleaning without always relying on paper towels. They have a plastic canvas core (re-purposed) so I can hang them next to my sink in my kitchen
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10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2018: March 1 - May 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ on: March 13, 2018 06:04:18 AM
I have added the banana cream pie cupcake recipe. I have added a link on my project, but here it is as well
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