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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! on: September 02, 2013 06:42:59 AM
*Skids to a stop, breathing heavily, with an armload of craft - pretends to act casual.* "Oh, hey guys, long time no see!"

Challenge: July Multimedia (Companionship)
Team: Nerdy Ladies
Project Geekdom: Harry Potter
Bonus Points: Nerdy +Super Nerdy (Rowena Ravenclaw is the original nerdy lady!)
Project Name:Ravenclaw Mitts
Brief Description: A solitary mitt would be lonely without it's companion! These mitts are crocheted in bronze and blue (though I wish I had chosen my blue a little more wisely looking back) the colours of the Hogwarts house founded by Rowena Ravenclaw.

Challenge:July Randomizer (Our Ancestors)
Team: Nerdy Ladies
Project Geekdom: None
Bonus Points: None
Project Name: I wear your grandma's clothes - I look incredible.
Brief Description: I used a 'Retro Butterick' pattern to make this 50's jacket. It's gorgeously cosie like a Snuggy, but with actual style.

Challenge:June Randomizer (Zombies ate my brains)
Team: Nerdy Ladies
Project Geekdom: None
Bonus Points: None
Project Name: Not bad for a man in his jim-jams
Brief Description: I did a diploma in clothing production and work in clothing alterations so pattern making and sewing are pretty second nature at this point! I whipped up these sets of PJ pants with fabric from my stash... I'm really not sure why I would have camouflage print flannelette in my stash to start with (perhaps for night maneuvers?) but it definitely came in handy!

Challenge: May Wordy (Haiku)
Team: Nerdy Ladies
Project Geekdom: Pacific Rim
Bonus Points: Nerdy + Super Nerdy (Mako Mori)
Project Name: Mako Mori Cameo
Brief Description: A felt and calico hoopla featuring Mako Mori from Pacific Rim. Now, on with the Haiku!

Lost in the ruins
Caught between metal and beast
Found myself drifting

Challenge: August Randomizer (Alternate Reality)
Team: Nerdy Ladies
Project Geekdom: X-Men
Bonus Points: Nerdy + Super Nerdy (Rogue)
Project Name: Rogue Cameo
Brief Description: A felt and calico hoopla featuring Rogue from X-Men. I've seen (and enjoyed) most of the X-Men movies and even read a couple of issues, but there are just SO MANY different series and several decades worth of material to get straight so it's a fandom I've never really gotten too involved in!

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! on: July 20, 2013 01:15:53 AM
Challenge: May - Fandom
Team: Nerdy Ladies
Project Geekdom: Math
Bonus Points: Discovery (Circular corchet) and Nerdy (Mathematics)
Project Name: Infinite Pi Rug
Brief Description: I started this project for the HP Craftalong Fall 2012 semester. The Arithmancy challenge was Pi, so I decided to express it's numerical value in the striped pattern of this circular floor rug, a central circle of thirty rows, a ring of one in the next colour, four in the one after that, and so on until it was big enough to cover the floor space in my sewing room (a finished diameter of 1.8 metres).
This is my first completed crochet project, and the first time I've attempted a circular design so I was clearly insane to think I could start and finish it in the space of one craftalong. Nonetheless I'm very pleased with how it eventually turned out!

Challenge: May - Textbook
Team: Nerdy Ladies
Project Geekdom: None
Bonus Points: None
Project Name:Pillow Slips
Brief Description: For the prime numbers challenge I've made this matching pair of pillow slips.
My mum made an amazing patchwork quilt as a gift to my brother and his partner (Sshh, don't ruin the surprise!), and asked me to make some piped pillow cases from the leftover backing and binding fabrics to go with it.
Tah dah! Pretty basic but there you go.

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! on: July 06, 2013 01:46:28 AM
Challenge: June - Wordy
Team: Nerdy Ladies
Project Geekdom: Books - Famous Five
Bonus Points: Nerdy, and Super Nerdy (For George (Don't ever call me Georgina) Kirrin)
Project Name: George Kirrin
Brief Description: The Famous Five was the first series of books I ever read, I loved their adventures. And of course as a young tomboy myself, George was my favourite character, of course George isn't complete without Timmy close by.
I copied one of Eileen Soper's illustrations from 'Five on Kirrin Island again' and reproduced it (fairly closely) in backstitch. I love the sketchy, raw, quality of her pictures and tried to keep as much of that look as possible.

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! on: June 30, 2013 02:09:09 AM
Battle: June Battle Royale, Horror!
Team: Nerdy Ladies
Project Geekdom: TV, Teen Wolf
Bonus Points: Nerdy
Project Name: Derek Hale
Brief Description: I decided to break up my string of ongoing craft projects with a little art, thus I give to you (in Graphite on Watercolour paper) Derek Hale from Teen Wolf.
Derek is an alpha werewolf whose life is basically a horror story, his first attempt at romance ended in arson and the murder of his family and since then things haven't exactly picked up for him.

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! on: June 04, 2013 01:38:40 AM
Challenge: May Randomizer
Team: Nerdy Ladies!
Project Geekdom (if any): Literature - Alice in Wonderland
Bonus Points: Discovery, Engineering, Nerdy & Super Nerdy (For Alice who shall forever be kickarse)
Project Name: Tea Party Windchimes
Project Page Link: (Who's for a tutorial?) https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=424263.0

This Windchime is themed around Alice's journey through Wonderland, with the White Rabbit's pocket watch, bottles of mysterious liquids that scream 'Drink Me', and tableware stolen from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

With the exception of a bit of chain and a few R-Clips, this project is entirely recycled and stash! I used cutlery from my late grandmother, bottles from my dad's collection, a broken faux-vintage fob watch case that I never got around to throwing out, and an old tea cup, saucer and plate set that I picked up second hand some time ago.
The new technique I tried out was drilling with ceramics, I was incredibly nervous about breaking this tea-cup set (as bad quality and damaged as it is, it is also very pretty!) but it came out perfectly in the end, huzzah!

Though I tossed up whether to add a few more elements, a playing card, a little Sculpey toadstool etcetera, I am very pleased with how it came out, and it sounds surprisingly pretty for what it's made from!

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Tea party windchime (Tutorial) on: June 04, 2013 01:34:07 AM
I've been wanting to make something to hang in my courtyard for forever, so this weekend I pulled together some pretty bits and pieces from my stash and made this windchime.

You'll need:
Electric drill
Glass and Tile drill bits (I used 5mm and 8mm)
1 tea cup, saucer and plate set
8 R-Clips (I used 3/16''x1/4'')
Short length of chain (50 cm should be sufficient) that will fit through an 8mm hole.
Jute or Hemp twine
A circular piece of plastic or metal which will fit snuggly into your tea cup when sitting an inch or so below the top lip.
Whatever knick knacks you would like to hang for your 'chimes' (I used a couple of small bottles corked and half filled with food colouring, half a dozen keys in various sizes, dessert forks, teaspoons, a small cheese(?) knife, and a faux vintage fob watch case.)

What to do:
On the underside of your tea cup, saucer and plate mark the direct centre. On the plate, mark a further six (evenly spaced) points five or so centimetres out from the centre.

Use your 8mm bit to drill the central hole in each piece, and the 5mm bit for the six additional holes in your plate.

Each hole may take a couple of minutes to drill (Tea cups are surprisingly tough!). Drip water onto the drill hole as you go and take your time to avoid cracking your crockery.

Cut seven lengths of twine at approx. 50 cm, and knot the end of each one to a separate R-Clip.

Slide six of these twine/R-Clip combos through the 5mm holes around the edge of the plate so the twine hangs from the underside.

Now you'll need to punch an 8mm hole through the centre of the circular piece of plastic or metal you've chosen. This piece is used to help keep the teacup set hanging level.
Without it I found the whole set would overbalance and sit tipped to one side (which could be a cool look, but wasn't what I was after).
I found the plastic seal from the lid of a Moccona coffee jar worked perfectly for this part!

Once that's done, take your chain and thread it through your circular piece, tea cup, saucer, and plate in that order.

Take the last twine/R-Clip combo and clip it to the last link of the chain so you've got seven lengths of twine hanging from the underside and the chain is anchored.

From the top, pull any slack out of the chain, and put a final R-Clip through the link closest to the circular piece. In this way all of your crockery should be held firmly together and stay nicely balanced.

All that's left to do is tie off your little knick knacks at various levels down the twine, and it's ready to hang!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! on: May 31, 2013 08:29:02 AM
Battle Royale: Pirates vs. Ninjas
Team: Nerdy Ladies
Project Geekdom: TV, Adventure Time
Bonus Points: Nerdy
Project Name: Pirate Time
Brief Description: The polished skills of the Ninja, have nothing against the swashbuckling, drunken, unpredictability of a Pirate in battle! This little pirate lady hoop in Adventure Time style was appliqued together using a stem stitch to give an outlined cartoon look. My favourite part is definitely the scroll work, which typically, was also the quickest part to do!

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! on: May 20, 2013 03:16:43 AM
Challenge: May- Multimedia (Red)
Team: Nerdy Ladies
Project Geekdom: Sci-Fi, Star Trek
Bonus Points: Nerdy & Nerdy super bonus!
Project Name: Uhura Papercut
Project Link: Based on this amazing felt creation: http://lisapenney.blogspot.ca/2012/04/post-number-thirty-five.html by Lisa Penney, I loved it so much I had to make my own!
Brief Description: This papercut craft features Lieutenant Uhura in her iconic little red dress from Star Trek the Original Series. This piece was made from scrapbooking card with double sided foam tape used to add dimension, and was framed in a pine shadow box.

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Preparing for the Summer Nerd Games (discussion thread) on: May 15, 2013 03:23:16 AM
@lightninglisa my liege, I offer my crafting skills in service of team 'Nerdy Ladies'.
Let's get crafting! Cheesy
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: November 11, 2012 04:49:35 AM
Class: Muggle Studies
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Codename Bluebell Flames
Brief Description: Here in the magical world there are plenty of spells to protect from the scary monsters in the dark, even in the Muggle world you might find yourself lucky enough to have a Winchester brother or two at hand. For the rest of us the best defence and greatest comfort against the dark, is a little light!
Using assorted jars, I've made these neat candles, partly inspired by Hermione Granger's own fire in a jar trick!



Class: Transfiguration
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Beettons, Buttles?
Brief Description: I am just too good at Transfiguration it seems, or maybe I got super bored in detention and decided to re-purpose Snape's precious beetles, either way I have way more buttons than I know what to do with!
This wrap-around bracelet is made from braided twine and a mess of pretty buttons!

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