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1  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2017: June 1 - August 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by ActsofCraftiness on: June 30, 2017 02:00:37 PM
Prompt: June Battle - Young Boy
Team: Clan of the Makers
Bonus Points: WIP It
Project Name: Pink Calavera
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Brief Description: Ive had the full set of Mill Hill Calavera kits for a long time, but I had never stitched with beads before, so I had been avoiding starting them. I finally decided to give it a try, and I LOVE beading! Ive already stitched two more of the set of six.
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Prompt: June - Enchanted Spork in the Road
Team: Clan of the Makers
Bonus Points: Engineering
Project Name: Instant Pot Apple Sauce
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Brief Description: You could definitely eat this apple sauce with a spork! I took my sisters recipe for apple sauce and adapted it for the Instant Pot. It turned out really well, and Ill definitely make it again.
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Instant Pot Apple Sauce

Ingredients
About 4 lbs of apples (8 large) - peeled, cored and roughly chopped (I wasnt picky about the kind of apples. I just used what we already ahd.)
1 cup water
1 teaspoon lemon zest
teaspoon ground cinnamon
teaspoon kosher salt

Directions
In the bowl of the Instant Pot, combine all of the ingredients and toss to mix. Close your Instant Pot, and cook using high pressure for 8 minutes. Once the Instant Pot has completed cooking, use the quick pressure release. Transfer the applesauce to a bowl and let cool completely. Stir to combine.

You can stop here if you like chunky applesauce. I like mine smooth, so I blended it up in a food processor.

Serve or store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.


Prompt: June - Toothpick Bridge
Team: Clan of the Makers
Bonus Points: WIP It
Project Name: Purple Calavera
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Brief Description: This project is made from many different pieces of thread and beads. I finally used this kit, which has been in my stash for a long time, so Im counting it as a WIP.
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Prompt: June - Crossed Roads
Team: Clan of the Makers
Bonus Points: WIP It
Project Name: Blue Calavera
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Brief Description: This project is almost exclusively cross stitch, and I did all the stitching and beading by hand. I finally used this kit, which has been in my stash for a long time, so Im counting it as a WIP.
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Prompt: Zap #1
Team: Clan of the Makers
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Project Name: Fathers Day Stein
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Brief Description: I updated my husbands DAD stein with the birth date of kiddo #3.
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Prompt: Zap #2
Team: Clan of the Makers
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Project Name: Fathers Day / Birthday Greetings
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Brief Description: I helped the kids make cards for Papa, Grandpa, and Daddy.
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2  Re: Hoopla A-Long 2013-until the END OF TIME in Needlework: Stitchalongs by ActsofCraftiness on: June 01, 2017 04:10:57 PM
Congrats, rockingbearranch!

It's been a while, but I'm hoping to participate this month. The theme is a good one. Smiley

Also, I figured I'd share what I'm using my Etsy gift card on. I've been using it to purchase the pattern pieces for a charity stitch along designed by Emma Congdon of Stitchrovia on Etsy. She just released part 6 of 9 today. https://www.etsy.com/listing/505309597/charity-sal-for-mind-release-1-of-9?ga_search_query=mind+sal&ref=shop_items_search_6

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3  Re: Spring Nerd Battles: March 1 - May 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by ActsofCraftiness on: May 31, 2017 09:53:32 PM
*I added a WIP bonus to my Research Project.

Prompt: Red Alert - Geek Pride
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Useable
Project Name: Dyed Fabric - Under the Sea
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Brief Description: The Little Mermaid is one of my fandoms/geeky things I love, and I dyed some fabric for a new Little Mermaid cross stitch project.
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Prompt: March - Fahrenheit 451
Team: Textbook
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Project Name: Tooth Fairy Money
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Brief Description: My son lost his first tooth, and I wanted to make it special for him. The Tooth Fairy leaves a little sparkle wherever she goes, so of course the paper money she leaves will covered in glitter!
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Prompt: April - Quote #2
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Engineering
Project Name: Black Bean and Mango Salsa
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Brief Description: I love making this salsa to go along with grilled chicken, but cutting up fresh mango has always been a challenge for me because of the giant seed. I know this is probably cheating, but I have overcome this challenge by allowing myself to spend a little more for mango that has already been cut up. 😉

My quote doesnt really fit my project, but it is one that I come back to when I struggle with real life.

The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places. - Ernest Hemingway

Black Bean & Mango Salsa
1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed well
1 ripe mango, peeled and finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped red onion
2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
1/2 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped (optional)
Juice of one lime

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Prompt: April - Quote 4
Team: Textbook
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Project Name: Birthday Cake
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Brief Description: My son turned 6 last week, and he wanted to bake his cake with me. We used a canned frosting because he really wanted the confetti variety, but we made the cake itself from scratch. I cant believe how quickly he is growing up!

Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional. - Walt Disney

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Prompt: May - Coruscant
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Engineering
Project Name: Puffy Slime
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Brief Description: I made homemade puffy slime with my kids. It kept them entertained much longer than I thought it would. This might be a summer lifesaver! Both kids added a ton of glitter, so there is a lot of sparkle in this project.

Directions:
* 2-2/3 cups Elmers White School Glue (you can also use clear glue)
* 2/3 cup liquid starch (use Sta-Flo starch)
* 2 cups shaving cream
Mix everything together. You can add in food coloring or glitter to make it extra fun. Smiley

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Prompt: May - Enantiodromia
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Engineering
Project Name: Almond Citrus Biscotti
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Brief Description: I was inspired to learn to make biscotti after watching far too many episodes of The Great British Bake Off while my dad was visiting me. I love the way biscotti is baked twice to give it a very dry, crumbly texture, but then you dip it in your coffee or tea to make is wet and soft - the complete opposite. These biscotti are easy to make and super delicious. I make them whenever we have company now, and I get nothing but big compliments.

Ingredients
* 1/2 cup butter, softened
* 1-1/2 cups sugar
* 4 eggs
* 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
* 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* Dash salt
* 2 tablespoons coarsely ground almonds

Directions
1. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add 3 eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Beat in lemon peel, orange peel and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Divide dough into four portions; shape each into an 8-in. x 2-in. rectangle on ungreased baking sheets.
2. In a small bowl, lightly beat remaining egg; brush evenly over dough. Sprinkle with almonds.
3. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for 5 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board; cut diagonally with a serrated knife into 3/4-in. slices. Place cut side down on ungreased baking sheets.
4. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown, turning once. Cool on wire racks. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 4 dozen.

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Prompt: May - Fugacious
Team: Textbook
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Project Name: Celestial Brownies   
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Brief Description: My son wanted to bring a treat to school to share with his classmates to celebrate his birthday. Instead of the traditional cupcakes, he wanted to make frosted brownies. We jazzed them up with edible gold stars. Im pretty sure his class had a good time completely consuming the entire pan of brownies.
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Prompt: May - Ostentiferous
Team: Textbook
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Project Name: Dyed Fabric - Spooky
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Brief Description: I dyed this fabric with the hopes that it would be good for a Halloween project. I think the colors look a little spooky.
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Prompt: May - Gasconading
Team: Textbook
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Project Name: Dyed Fabric - Fairy Dust
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Brief Description: I feel like I have gotten pretty good at dyeing fabric. During my last fabric dyeing session, while dyeing this piece, I recorded my process so I could share it with others. I still need to edit my tutorial video. Sad
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Prompt: March - Brave New World
Team: Textbook
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Project Name: Starbucks Cup
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Brief Description: Our society is obsessed with Starbucks!
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4  Re: Spring Nerd Battles: March 1 - May 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by ActsofCraftiness on: May 31, 2017 04:36:32 PM
It's done! I'm so glad this research project is done. <3

Research Project Name: National Parks Cross Stitch
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Epic, WIP
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Brief Description: This was an epic project that took so very many hours of stitching to complete. This will be a gift for my mom, and I modified the design in a few places to fit her, including changing the tent in the top right from a plain looking tent to one that matched the tent she actually uses when she backpacks. The pattern is National Park Birthday Club by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery.
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5  Re: Spring Nerd Battles: March 1 - May 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by ActsofCraftiness on: May 01, 2017 12:55:10 AM
Prompt: April Battle - Observational (I think  Undecided)
Team: Textbook
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Project Name: Love Cross Stitch
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Brief Description: Love liberates. It doesnt bind. - Maya Angelou
Ive been trying to make more seasonal decorations for our home, and I came upon this freebie pattern from Hands On Design and knew I had to stitch it up. I finished it too late for Valentines Day, but I plan to display it in August for our anniversary.
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6  Re: Spring Nerd Battles: March 1 - May 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by ActsofCraftiness on: April 23, 2017 11:34:10 PM
So many awesome projects! I am very behind this season, with commenting and posting. I've been crafting, but life has been keeping me busy. I'm hoping to get a project dump up soon. For now . . .

I need to replace my ABC Quilt Research Project with this one:

Research Project Name: National Parks Cross Stitch
Team: Textbook
Brief Description: This is a large cross stitch project that I am about half done stitching. I would really like to finish it in time to give my mother as a graduation gift. I have a little over three weeks to finish it, and it will definitely take me more than 20 hours to finish stitching it. I'm planning to make this a focus project so I can finish in time. Here is my current progress:

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7  Re: Spring Nerd Battles: March 1 - May 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by ActsofCraftiness on: March 31, 2017 10:38:12 PM
Prompt: March Battle - Catcher in the Rye
Team: Textbook
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Project Name: Leprechaun Trap
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Brief Description: My son and I designed and created this leprechaun trap. It didnt work, but it was fun to make. This fits the prompt because we were attempting to be catchers of leprechauns.
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8  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by ActsofCraftiness on: February 28, 2017 08:19:36 PM
Prompt: Free Range #1
Team: Textbook
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Project Name: Personalized Starbucks Cups Set 1
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Prompt: Free Range #2
Team: Textbook
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Project Name: Personalized Starbucks Cups Set 2
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Brief Description: More personalized Starbucks cups. These are so much fun to make! Smiley
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Prompt: Zap #2
Team: Textbook
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Project Name: Personalized Starbucks Cups Set 3
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Brief Description: More personalized Starbucks cups. These are so much fun to make! Smiley
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Prompt: Zap #3
Team: Textbook
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Project Name: Personalized Starbucks Cups Set 4
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Brief Description: More personalized Starbucks cups. These are so much fun to make! Smiley
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Prompt: Zap #4
Team: Textbook
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Project Name: Personalized Starbucks Cups Set 5
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Brief Description: More personalized Starbucks cups. These are so much fun to make! Smiley
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Prompt: Zap #5
Team: Textbook
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Project Name: Personalized Starbucks Cups Set 6
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Brief Description: More personalized Starbucks cups. These are so much fun to make! Smiley
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9  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by ActsofCraftiness on: February 28, 2017 06:22:05 PM
Prompt: Big Time #3
Team: Textbook
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Project Name: Decorated Canvas Tote Bags
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Brief Description: I made these totes using heat transfer vinyl and a plain canvas tote bag. Weeding out all the pieces you dont want can be super tedious, but I LOVE how they turned out. I chose each design based on the interests of my sisters and my mom. I think they loved them too. Smiley
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10  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by ActsofCraftiness on: February 28, 2017 05:56:43 PM
Prompt: Big Time #2
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: WIP It
Project Name: Cadences Christmas Stocking
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Brief Description: It was Cadys first Christmas, and she needed a stocking! I started her stocking earlier in the year but had set it aside for far too long. I managed to finish her stocking Christmas Eve night. Her name is hand-embroidered, and the hanging loop is ribbon with a button accent.
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