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31  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Moon Shrine on: June 28, 2013 01:48:52 PM
I made this shrine for jennieingram during the Shrine Swap.  I was inspired by a pin of jennie's, the wondrous Smiling Moons of Knickertwist.

~*We ran as if to meet the moon.*~

This Moon Shrine is to celebrate the simple wonders around us, such as the glorious moon.  I created this with a variety of items I reused...a repurposed frame, twigs scavenged from my yard, a bit of ivy my mom was throwing out, and a sad bit of leftover clay I found in my art closet....in fact, I bought nothing to create this shrine....which was pretty amazing....I wonder what else I can find?

32  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Dream Shrine on: June 28, 2013 01:38:16 PM
I made this small shrine for jennieingram during the Shrine Swap.  It was a crafty adventure that I just adored! Grin  And this was my warmup shrine, a little one before I dove into bigger ones.

~*For in dreams, we enter a world that is entirely our own.*~

This Dream Shrine is to celebrate one's imagination and reminds one to dream.  Some of the components are: paper mache birdhouse (with front cut open), small white ceramic deer which I painted (I found it in my stash...think it was for Xmas because I found tiny Santas and Mrs. Clauses in the mix), metal wings I received in past swap, paint, crackle medium, small bird nest (from craft store, not my back yard), feathers, E6000 glue (my fave) and a bit of glitter (dreams are sparkly, right? Wink)

side details...pic by jennie...thank you jennie, my side pic was bleh
33  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / House Unity Ghan ~*Harry Potter*~ with free pattern links on: June 26, 2013 09:57:16 AM
I created this afghan for patty_o_furniture in the OAHPT swap (aka One Awesome Harry Potter Swap).  I loved working it up and exploring some of the free 12" squares out there on the web.  (12" squares are fab because with a just a few you can create a nice size ghan)

Project Name: House Unity Ghan
Free 12" Square Patterns Used: Lion's Mane, On the Huh, Nordic Star, & Winter Dream
Hook Used: H hook
Yarns Used: Caron One Pound-Midnight Blue, Claret, & Sunflower; I Love This Yarn-Graymist; Red Heart Soft-Toast; Red Heart Super Saver-Black, Hunter Green, & Gold

Project Pictures:

Thanks for peeking! Grin

pinned to Craftster's Harry Potter Crafts Pinterest Board
34  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Craftster's 10th Anniversary Cross Category Challenge! Crochet Winner Announced! on: June 25, 2013 09:47:20 AM
Craftster's 10th Anniversary Cross-Category Challenge

Craftster is turning 10!! That's right, August marks 10 years of running with scissors all over the internet! In honor of this momentous time, we're hosting a cross-category challenge! Every category will have the same challenge with the same entry times. The 10 category winners with the most votes will be put head-to-head-to-head-to... you get it.... for a GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE!!!

The theme for this challenge is "What Craftster means to me." Now, don't be scared of this theme! Craftster is made by YOU, Craftster can mean different things to different people so whatever it means to you, that's great!! Still unsure it's as easy as I say? Here's some examples that are just the tip of the iceberg!

  • "To me, Craftster means trying new things! Here's a project featuring a technique I've never tried before!"
  • "To me, Craftster means tutorials! Here's a project I made from a tutorial I found on the boards."
  • "To me, Craftster means swapping! Here's a project I'm sending in a swap."
  • "To me, Craftster means a community where I can show off my geekiness! Here's a project that relates to this thing I'm interested in!"

See? Not so bad, eh? Seriously, as long as you can describe why you feel your project reflects something Craftster represents to you, then you're good!

Rules and Suggestions:
  • You may enter in as many categories as you like, but you may only enter a project once. So if you wanted to enter in three categories, you would need to have made three projects!
  • Your project must have been made between June 24th and the time of posting. Your entry should not have been posted on Craftster previously (ie not something you made and posted years ago!)
  • If using a pattern or tutorial, please let us know.
  • You can begin crafting at any time but remember to post your thread in this board from August 7th through August 13th at 11:59:59 PDT. Voting for each category will be open August 14th to August 21st.
  • Although there will be 20 category winners, only the 10 winners with the most votes will go on to a grand prize round! Voting for this will be August 23rd to August 30th, with the grand prize winner being formally announced September 3rd!

The winner in each category will receive a Craftster pin, and a Craftster USB card.

The winner in the Crochet Category will also receive everything needed to make a lovely cowl courtesy of Red Heart!! That includes the Cowl a la Mode pattern, 2 skeins of Boutique Changes yarn in Aquamarine, and a 5mm Susan Bates Bamboo Handle Crochet Hook!

35  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / OTHPT4 Gallery of Tiny Wonders on: June 22, 2013 07:47:17 AM
OTHPT4: They may be tiny, but they are enormously awesome!

REMEMBER: When you send, label message as "SENT: OTHPT swap". (don't forget to include your DC#).  Send this message to your team leader and your partner.  When you receive, label message as "RECEIVED: OTHPT swap".  Send this message to your team leader and your partner.

Please only post your ONE Tiny Harry Potter Thing in the gallery.  Let's keep the OTT spirit alive for future OTT swaps.  If you and your partner decide to partake in extras as a personal swap, please post those items in the Personal/Private Swap Gallery 2013THANK YOU for your understanding and cooperation in this matter!

pinkleo ---> Ant Bee
*Ant Bee ---> pinkleo

*jennieingram ---> noodle-bug
*noodle-bug ---> jennieingram

*chrmisha ---> Alatarial
*Alatarial ---> chrmisha

*Abbeeroad ---> hayleylujah (by tracking#)
hayleylujah ---> Abbeeroad

pottermouth ---> Crying Goddess Kiss
Crying Goddess ---> pottermouth

*patty_o_furniture ---> felicitybaby
*felicitybaby  ---> patty_o_furniture

SiakelA ---> tamalama (by tracking #) Kiss
tamalama ---> SiakelA

*dinkime ---> SilentMynerva
SilentMynerva ---> dinkime Kiss

*teag ---> jenleahlynn
*jenleahlynn ---> teag

*mariak ---> Breegy
*Breegy ---> mariak

*mariak ---> margaron
margaron ---> mariak

*nostephot ---> natasjadreams
*Natasjadreams ---> nostephot

*sammylouise40 ---> mandymo13
mandymo13 ---> sammylouise40

rjannelle ---> Missgoguen91 (by tracking #, but still lost in transit Cry ...sent PM 7/25 to see if ever received) Kiss
Missgoguen91 ---> rjannelle

ANGEL margaron ---> Missgoguen91

Status Color Codes
Green = Sent
* = Sent Early
Orange = Sending Late with Communication
Maroon = No Communication, Howlers will be sent!

Purple = Received & Pictures Posted
Blue = Received & Pictures NOT Posted
Kiss = Picture Posted by Sender (THANK YOU!)

Strikeout = Feedback Given
Temporary Negative= 2 weeks since sendouts & no package sent
GLOWING RED=NEGATIVE FEEDBACK (please, oh please, no glowy red peeps)

~* Portkey to OTHPT4 Discussion Thread *~
36  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / CLOSED-HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ on: May 27, 2013 07:47:35 PM
Harry Potter Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~

~*Began June 1, 2013*~
~*Ended August 31, 2013*~

Summer Semester lasted 92 days
38 Students were enrolled at Hogwarts
775 Projects were Posted!!

That is an amazing average of around
8 projects a day and 20 projects per student!

Welcome to Hogwarts!
The Harry Potter Craftalong (HPC) is not your typical craftalong; we are gathered here to celebrate our love of crafting and the Wonderful World of Harry Potter.  In the HPC you will be completing classes and challenges with your skills in crafty magic.  These classes and challenges all have HP centered themes, but your crafts do not have to be “Harry Potter."  Your mission, as a student at Hogwarts, is to complete at least one class or challenge during this semester.  You may join any time during the semester.  I hope you join us; the HPC is a great way to stretch your crafty muscles, meet HP crafters, and have fun!

---The HPC is here to help us each finish projects and to explore new challenges as we better our crafting skills.  Prompts and guidelines are there to help stimulate creativity and growth; the size and complexity of the project submitted should reflect a level of personal growth and challenge over the time you spend in the HPC.
---Projects for the HPC should represent your best crafty skills.  Take pride in your work.  Classes and challenges should take a minimum of 30 minutes to make. 
---A project can only be submitted for one class/challenge (the same project cannot be entered in multiple categories) unless noted in prompt (it will be CLEARLY noted if allowed).
---Projects must be turned in within the timeframe designated by the type of assignment or challenge.
---For a project to be counted, it must have a picture or picture link included.  If your item is a private piece, you may submit a picture link to one of the headmistresses.
---There is SO MUCH to do in the HPC.  Do not feel like you have to craft everything.  Think of the HPC as a "Choose Your Own Adventure".  Craft what inspires you, but don't try to do everything and get burned out.  Keep in mind the wise words of Deputy Headmistress jennieingram, "It does not do to dwell on lists and forget to craft." 

For each assignment/challenge, use this header:
Class/Challenge/House Pride:
Project Name:
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture:
Feel free to also include your house and any storycrafting you've created for your project.
---You can add more than one project to your post, but a header must be used for each project.

~*HPC FAQs*~
---How long is a semester?  Semesters are as follows: FALL-September, October, November; WINTER- December, January, February; SPRING-March, April, May; SUMMER-June, July, August
---When can I join?  You can join anytime in the semester.
---Do I have to sign-up to join this craftalong? No, all you have to do is post in the thread a hi or completed project post.
---How do I complete a semester/earn my year? To complete a semester/year, you only have to complete one class or challenge during the semester.
---What timezone do we use?  We use Headmistress pinkleo's Central Timezone (Texas time).
---Do you sort me?  NO, you will decide which house you belong to, but you can only choose one.
---I have a problem or question; who can I ask?  You can send a Personal Message (PM) to Headmistress pinkleo.  You can also ask specific questions to HPC staff.  And you can post your question in the thread; our students are very helpful!
---Can I turn in something I did earlier? With a very few exceptions the answer is NO!  You must complete your project during the current semester. Exceptions are Detention and OWLs; look for details about these projects in their information posts.
---Are we swapping? No, this is not an organized swap.  We are just encouraging crafting with a HP twist.  But if you enjoy swapping, keep an eye out for HP themed swap info in our thread.
---Do I have to craft all the classes and challenges? NO, you pick what you inspires you.  There is tons to choose from so choose your own HP Craft Adventure through the castle.
---What kind of projects are allowed for classes/challenges? If Craftster has a category for it, then it is a viable HPC project.  And since Craftster has a board for almost everything, your choices are vast.
---Does my craft project have to be Harry Potter themed? NO, if your item fulfills the class/challenge prompt, then it can be posted in the HPC.  Above all, we are here to encourage crafting.
---What is the Magic Quill?  Ah, you must have heard about that from your headmistress.  She is referring to updating the completed project list by using the tinyurl website.

~*House Points*~
~*Your triumphs will earn you points*~
Points System
15 points for a Class Assignment & Challenge*
100 points for OWLs
150 points for NEWTs
10 points extra for SPEW aka Charity Items

House Points Guidelines
--- *You cannot double dip for Class & Challenge points.  For example, if you turn-in a project for Herbology & Geminio, then you would get 2 badges but only 15 points for the project.
---You cannot get credit for a class or challenge twice.  For example, if you turn in 2 Alchemy projects, then you will only get points for the first one.
--- SPEW points are extra credit.  You can earn SPEW points for each project you turn in if it goes to charity.  You do not have to give the charity's name, just that you are donating to a certain cause.  (I happen to know that some Battered Women's Shelters don't like their names/locations posted.) SPEW projects must be clearly marked with SPEW to earn extra points.  I suggest adding it to your header.  Also, SPEW project can be turned in as stand-alone projects; they will earn 10 points.  Unlike most projects, you can turn in more than one SPEW project for points.
---HPC Challenge Points do not include House Challenges.  For Example, a Gryffindor Lion-along project would not count for points unless it also fulfills a HPC Class or HPC Challenge.
--- To determine House Cup Winner, an average from the points accumulated per house and the number of members per house.  If there is a tie, then more than one house will win the cup.  Note, a House Member is someone who has turned in at least 1 project.
--- Don't stress over House Points, but do craft your personal best. (This varies from person to person.  And I'm not really worried about "crafting your best" bit because HPCers are amazing crafters!)

~*HPC Portkeys*~
Headmistress Tower
Deputy Headmistress' Office
Diagon Alley
HPC Bingo Hall
Quidditch Pitch
Badge Station
Witch/Wizard of the Week
Daily Prophet
PatttyO's Robe Shop
Kitchen Elf Recipe Index

House Keys
Gryffindor Bulletin Board
Hufflepuff Gazette
Ravenclaw Tower
Slytherin Den

Professors' Classrooms
Astronomy Tower
Charms Classroom
Detention in the Dungeons
Dungeon 5 Potions
Wizarding Tests Exam Room

~*The Great Hall OT Chat*~
Craftster craftalongs are for crafting and crafting encouragement.  If you would like to talk off-topic, such as in-depth Harry Potter discussions, then please visit the The Great Hall.  Thank you for keeping the HPC within Craftster guidelines.

~*Summer HPC Staff*~
Headmistress pinkleo
Deputy Headmistress jennieingram

Gryffindor Head of House Abbeeroad
Hufflepuff Head of House patty_o_furniture
Ravenclaw Head of House FiberAlchemist
Slytherin Head of House Ant Bee

SPEW President Ant Bee
Kitchen Elf Audania1

Potions Professor FiberAlchemist
Charms & Astronomy Professor SiakelA

Badge Baronesses patty_o_furniture & pinkleo
Spreadsheet Sorceress jennieingram
Math Magician pinkleo

~*Members of Slug Club This Term*~
Abbeeroad, Audania1, Eiseldora, FiberAlchemist, jenleahlynn, jenneingram, MamanTattoo, Moonflame, noodle-bug, patty_o_furniture, pinkleo, pottermouth, teag, tiamatfire, and travelgirl

~*Past HPC Semesters*~
Summer 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2012, and Spring 2013

~*Previous Winner of House Cup*~
Winter 2012: Gryffindor
Spring 2013: Gryffindor

~*Previous Winner of Quidditch Cup*~
Summer 2012: Gryffindor

~*I want to express my gratitude to the HPKCHC on Ravelry which was the inspiration point for the craftalong.*~

37  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / OTHPT4 aka One Tiny Harry Potter Thing Round 4 ~Sendouts 7/2~ on: May 27, 2013 05:56:39 PM
~*OTHPT4 Gallery*~

Swap name: OTHPT4 aka One Tiny Harry Potter Thing Round 4
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: pinkleo
Craftster member who is co-organizing this swap: jennieingram
Sign-up date range: May 27-5PM CDT, June 8
Date to send item by: July 2
(changed from July 1st due to Canada Day)

Limited to a certain number of people? no
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? no

Swap Organizer herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

I reserve the right to refuse anyone. If you have feedback that shows a history of incomplete packages, very late sending, ill-communication, lack of DC #'s, etc. I may refuse you. I want this to be a flake-free swap!

Swap Details
The idea is to make one tiny craft item with a Harry Potter theme.  It should be physically small and should be something that you can craft with a high level of skill.  Even if it is a fairly simple/easy item for you to make, please embellish so that it best represents your skill.  (For example, if you wish to make a coin purse, you could embroider, add beading, or take other steps to make it a really special piece.

* You will receive only one partner.
* You may only send that partner ONE tiny Harry Potter craft - "Extras" are NOT allowed.
* All items must be 4"x4" or smaller.

How do you know if your idea is "tiny?"  Examples:  A coin purse is tiny; a clutch purse is not.  A pair of earrings/pendant is tiny.  A trinket box is tiny; a pencil box is not.  If you're not sure if your idea qualifies as "tiny," ask your organizer!

For a wonderful swap experience, communication is the key.  Please keep in touch with your partner.  Further, it would be nice if you would post in this thread at least once a week (you could just stop in for a quick hello.....or if on holiday or will be without internet access or anything of the such, just post a message....it gives your partner and organizer warm fuzzy feelings to know you are still around).

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer: (Remember to send your info to your organizer via Private Message (PM) and not to reply with it here)

Name of swap: OTHPT4
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country (as would need to appear for mailing):
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

What are you favorite crafts to make?
What kind of crafts would you like to receive?
Any special wishes? (no guarantees)
Do you have any allergies?
Do you/people in your household smoke?
Do you have pets?

Who/What is your favorite HP...
Magical Creature?
Magical Item?
Magical Shop?

Anything else you would like to add?

Please label Personal Messages (PMs) to organizer with title of "OTHPT swap".  When you send, label message as "SENT: OTHPT Swap". (don't forget to include your DC#).  Send this message to the organizer and your partner.  When you receive, label message as "RECEIVED: OTHPT swap".  Send this message to the organizer and your partner.

Please only post your ONE Tiny Harry Potter Thing in the gallery.  Let's keep the OTT spirit alive for future OTT swaps.  If you and your partner decide to partake in extras as a personal swap, please post those items in the Personal/Private Swap Gallery 2013THANK YOU for your understanding and cooperation in this matter!

Remember to read the Swap Info Guide and Swap FAQs before participating in a swap.

Kiss Big Shout Out to the Fab OTHPT Peeps from Round 1,2,&3! Kiss
OTHPT Gallery
OTHPT Discussion
OTHPT2 Gallery
OTHPT2 Discussion
OTHPT3 Gallery
OTHPT3 Discussion

Notes about Sending, Receiving, and Feedback
  • SENDING: Take pictures of your items before you send.  When sending, you must use a DC# (or for overseas keep that receipt). Keep your receipt until your partner receives.  PM organizer and partner when you send.
  • RECEIVING: PM organizer and partner when you receive.  Take pictures of received items. (Please take quality pictures, like ones you would take of your work.)  Post pictures in gallery in a timely manner.
  • FEEDBACK: Given when a package is received (verified through PM or DC#) Detailed feedback will be given.  Examples: Sent Early or Lack of Communication: No PMs of Sending/Receiving.
38  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / OTHPT4~The Return of One Tiny Harry Potter Thing~signups closed! on: May 07, 2013 03:45:55 PM
Signups are OPEN!


I am here to see if there would be any interest in OTHPT4 aka One Tiny Harry Potter Thing Round 4.
I adore OTT swaps, and I LOVE Harry Potter.  Plus, the last rounds were AMAZING!

OTHPT Gallery
OTHPT Discussion
OTHPT2 Gallery
OTHPT2 Discussion
OTHPT3 Gallery
OTHPT3 Discussion

For those who don't know about OTT swaps, in an OTT swap you craft one tiny item, and only one tiny item. Tiny refers to the actual size of the item.  All items must be within 4"x4" dimensions or smaller.  But even though it's small, it should be an item that is crafted with a high level of skill. If it's a simple/easy item for you to craft, you would try to embellish or perfect it to best represent your skills.

I'm thinking signups May 27-June 8 and sendouts July 1, though these dates are not set in stone.

Any interest?

* YES, I'm planning on organizing another fabulous round of Back to Hogwarts with signups in August and sendouts beginning of October.  It will be set up like last rounds so check out Back to Hogwarts 3 Discussion, Back to Hogwarts 3 Gallery, Back to Hogwarts 2 Discussion & Back to Hogwarts 2 Gallery. Cool
39  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / CLOSED: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- on: May 04, 2013 08:03:44 AM

Starts May, 15, 2013.
Ends September 2, 2013.

Welcome to the Summer Nerd Games Arena!
I, pinkleo, shall be your host and Head Gamemaker.

The Summer Nerd Games welcomes all players from the Nerdyverse to join!  The games are to inspire, encourage, and motivate your crafting adventure.  Players can join anytime during the games.

Are you wondering if you are part of the Nerdyverse?   I think John Green describes quite well...
“…nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff… Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it. ...when people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘you like stuff.’ Which is just not a good insult at all. Like, ‘you are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness’.”  ...I think we are all part of the Nerdyverse. Cool

Rules of Engagement
--There is a list of challenges, for you to complete.
--You complete a challenge with crafty item you think fulfills it; you can use your description to make it clear on how craft fits challenge prompt. 
--Players must craft to the best of their abilities and have a minimum of 30 minutes of crafting time per submission. 
--A project can only be submitted for one challenge (the same project cannot be entered in multiple categories).
---A project does NOT have to be "nerdy" to fit a challenge; it only has to fulfill the prompt as you see it.
--Challenges must be started & completed during the Summer Nerd Games, unless otherwise noted.
--There will be SO MUCH to do in the Summer Nerd Games.  Do not feel like you have to craft everything.  Do what inspires you.
--We welcome all players from the Nerdyverse, no matter their Geekdom. 
--We are never mean. 
--We never exclude someone.
--We will keep it cleanish (PG13). 
--We will follow all Craftster guidelines, this includes staying on-topic (serious OT goes in FOC OT boards). 
--Before playing, you must declare your Geekdom (Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Star Trek, Star Wars, zombies, etc.).  If you jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it, then that is your Geekdom. Cool
--Never hesitate in contacting Head Gamemaker pinkleo with your questions, concerns, or ideas.

For the Summer Nerd Games, you can play Solo (aka Ninja Style) or as a Team. 

About Teams
---Teams are where like-minded players join to work together. 
---A team must declare their Geekdom.  A few examples are Doctor Who, Tolkien Science, Big Bang Theory, Harry Potter, Buffy, comics, zombies, musicals, Disney, medieval, Sherlock Holmes, horror, My Little Ponies, gamers, Fraggles, 80s, Hunger Games, Muppets, Monty Python, steampunks, Tim Burton, chocolate, Jane Austen, recyclers, owls, trees, cats, Stephen King, dystopia, and mystery. 
--Someone must be declared Team Captain before a team can be officially formed.  You may have more than one captain for your team.  Team Captains are needed just as a point of contact for anyone wanting to join a team, and they should be cheerleaders for there teams as well (All  teammates should be cheerleaders for their team).
--You can start building your teams now! Grin  Team Captains need to PM pinkleo when wanting to start their team so it can be listed in the Official Nerd Games Team Roster.  Once a Team Captain(s) is listed, then the Team Captain(s) can either list in the thread or PM additions to their team.
--There is no limit to the number of people in a team.
--Once a team is formed, you cannot deny entry to anyone who wants to join.

For each challenge/battle, use this header:
Challenge/Battle/Alert: for challenges please include month & category
Project Geekdom (if any): does not have to be your declared Geekdom
Bonus Points: include which bonus points you think you've earned
Project Name:
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture:
---You can add more than one project to your post, but a header must be used for each project.

---Point System---
--Challenges & Battles will earn 30 points.
--Alerts will earn the points indicated in post.

You can earn 10 Bonus Points for the following...
--Discovery: A new technique or material.
--Engineering: New Tutorial, Pattern, or Recipe posted on Craftster Boards (link must be given)
--Giver: Charity Projects
--Nerdy: Inspired by the Nerdyverse & any Geekdom within, must be clearly noted, and Nerdy Super Bonus +5pts more for project being your declared Geekdom
You may earn more than one set of bonus points for your project.

Research Projects taking 3-4weeks will earn 100 points.  Research Projects must be submitted for approval so that Gamemakers can track timeline and encourage your successful completion.  You will detail what your plan is and how it will take the allotted time to complete.  If your Research Project is a surprise, such as swap project, you may submit your Research Plan to the Head Gamemaker.

--This is the home for Completed Projects, Research Project Declarations, & Completed Project ooos & ahhhs.---  For discussions, chatting, team joining/declarations, ninja declarations, & progress pics, head over to the Nerd Games Discussion.  Posts will be moved to appropriate threads when necessary.  Thanks for your help in keeping the Nerd Games in order! Kiss

At the End Game, there will be Winners (but really no losers)
--Team Winners (average taken from number of players & point scored)
--Ninja Winners (for this section, I will be including all players, solo & team, for Ninja Awards)
--Special Awards (given by gamemakers)
Winnings will include bragging rights, badges, and possible prizes.

Official Summer Nerd Games Staff
Head Gamemaker: pinkleo
Badgemakers: dwfan10, Smeddley, SpeakGeekAndEnter
Brainstormers: Abbeeroad, bunny1kenobi, Ffrogg526, FiberAlchemist
40  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / CLOSED: May & June 2013 Monsteralong on: May 01, 2013 03:41:45 PM
All crochet monster makers welcome!
Thank You Monster Makers!  I'm closing up.  Feel free to reopen & breathe new life into your own Monsteralong

*Meet Stitches, a little monster of mine*

Hello Monster Makers!  This crochetalong is dedicated to the creation of MONSTERS!  They can be amigurumis, hats, slippers, pillows, you name it! ...as long as it is a monster! 

If you would like to send your monster to those in need, there are 2 fab charities I know that need monster love.  They are:
---600 Monsters Strong strives to bring handmade monster-friends for children affected by gun violence and other traumatic situations through the generosity of crafters worldwide.
---Recovery Buddies (Facebook Page) which uses crochet monster-y "recovery buddies" to help people through a variety of addictions and mental illnesses including eating disorders, self-injury as well as others. (Note: They are in the process of setting up new mailing address.)

Do you know of somewhere else that needs monster love?  PM me, and I'll add it to the list

So what are you waiting on? 
Grab your hook and yarn, and let's make some monsters!
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