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1  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2018: March 1 - May 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by roler on: May 31, 2018 08:13:44 PM
I don't think I'll ever manage to catch up on ALL the projects I've missed in here, but the ones I've seen so far look amazing and I do want to come back at some point and give a few comments!

For now, I'm sliding one more hunt item in under the deadline!

Prompt: Zap #3
Team:  Multimedia
Bonus Points:  N/A
Project Name: Uchiwa Upgrade
Project Link:  
Brief Description:
When I made this light-up uchiwa last time, I used what I had handy to cover up the back of the thing - some yellow contact paper left over from a previous project.  Unfortunately, it was too light, and the EL wire would shine visibly through it, and it also wasn't as sticky as I'd hoped, and kept threatening to peel off, and letting bits of cord stick out.  So I decided something had to be done!  I got some thick black construction paper, cut it to size, and after rearranging the wires a bit, I taped it all around the edges with thick black electrical tape.  This should keep everything in place securely, and as you can see, the wire no longer shows through the back!  This is my HUNT item for a thing that lights up!
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Before -

After -

And here's the front all lit up!
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2  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2018: March 1 - May 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by roler on: May 30, 2018 06:54:18 AM
Eeeek, SBC just reminded me that we have very little time left to finish up the season and our scavenger hunt!!  Sorry I've been absent again for so long; stupid brain chemistry is kicking my butt, but I definitely want to help Team Multimedia try to finish our scavenger hunt, so here goes!!

Prompt: March - Knitting
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: String Bling
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I haven't knitted anything in AGES, but was inspired by some of my other plushie blogging friends to make another scarf for Katsuyuki Moray!  Technically I still need to tuck in the ends and add a fringe, but I don't have a crochet needle and need to pick one up, so this is mostly done for now!  Since it's summer now, Katsuyuki doesn't really need a scarf for the cold - it's just fashion... hence, String Bling! This is my HUNT item for a thing that rhymes!
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Prompt: April - Wordy
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Flower TM Patch
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: The flower on this patch looks like it would be at home on the costume of a fantasy elf.  This is also the HUNT item for something involving flowers!  (The flower itself came off of a belt I had that fell apart a few years ago; I saved the pieces that looked reusable, and finally got around to doing something with this!
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Prompt: Zap #1
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Artichoke pasta
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I've been trying to use up more of my pantry items before going to the grocery for more food lately, and threw this together with things from my shelves.  The sauce is two small chopped up onions sauteed in the seasoned oil from a Costco jar of artichoke hearts, about half that jar of the hearts themselves, a can of tomatoes, and a bunch of dry spices.  I think it would be better with some parmesan cheese, but I didn't have any.  It was still pretty tasty!  And this is my HUNT item for something made with fire, since my gas stove definitely uses a flame!
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Prompt: Zap #2
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Rice Pudding
Project Link: referred to this recipe: https://www.thespruceeats.com/leftover-rice-pudding-recipe-3376751
Brief Description: I found myself with rather a lot of leftover rice the other day, and decided to make it into a dessert.  In the past I've always baked my rice pudding, but this time I just made it on the stove top and skipped the final baking step.  It was definitely a bit looser than the baked version, but gooey and delicious, either by itself or with a big dollop of jam!  This is my HUNT item for something sticky.
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3  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by roler on: April 08, 2018 12:40:15 AM
Oh wow, I haven't been getting notifications for this thread for a while!  I'll try to remember to do just one project per post!

Meanwhile, here are some research project updates.

This is for the new one I just proposed, the Twin Adders banner.  Here's the actual crest I'm going for (from the online game Final Fantasy XIV):


And here's what I've got so far after about 2.5 hours of crafting (thanks SBC for Skyping with me and keeping me on task!):


Also, when I was visiting family over Christmas, I actually made quite a bit of progress on my coffee cover research project.  I decided it'll be perfectly pretty with mostly plain TM patches (as in no applique, embroidery; the fabric itself is not plain!), although I may include a few more special patches when I put them all together.  Here are the patches I've made so far, and I'll probably get back to work on it again next Christmas when I'm back at my parents' place again!
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4  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2018: March 1 - May 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by roler on: April 06, 2018 04:54:24 AM
Prompt: Red Alert - Happy Birthday Nerd Games
Team: Multimedia
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Project Name: Easter Eggs
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description:
I dyed some festive Easter eggs!!  I haven't dyed eggs in a long while, since it's not really done in Japan, but I was planning a big picnic on th day before Easter with a bunch of my plushie eel's friends (yup, more Instagram plushies and their human photographers), and decided some colorful eggs would be a great and photogenic addition to the event.  I found some old dye tablets that my mom had sent me years ago from the states and used those.  These took FOREVER to dye; each of these eggs was in the dye for over 90 minutes, and only the pink really got very dark at all!  At first I thought it was because the dye was so old... but I realized later that I'd accidentally used cooking sake instead of vinegar!!  Ooops!!  At least they still turned out cute!
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Prompt: January - COOKING vs Baking
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: Engineering
Project Name: Egg recipes
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description:
I've actually done more baking than cooking lately, but these are the dishes I felt like sharing. Smiley
This Easter season I've made a couple of different egg recipes.  Neither took quite half an hour on their own (unless you count boiling time, which I don't), but together they did, so here are both as one!  First are some pretty standard deviled eggs.  After we took some photos with the Easter eggs at the aforementioned picnic, I whipped out the mayo and mustard, etc. that I'd brought along with me and turned them into deviled eggs, which were also new to all the other picnickers.  Happily everyone seemed to enjoy them.
Yesterday I made an Okinawan inspired dish called "ninjin shirishiri".  I've eaten it in restaurants and even made it myself from a recipe before, but I didn't really like how the recipe came out so this time I just winged it and really liked it, so here's what I came up with:
3 carrots, peeled and grated
3 eggs
1 can tuna
1 package of atsuage (deep-fried tofu), chopped
a few tablespoons each (to taste) of soy sauce, cooking sake, and mirin
salt and pepper to taste

Basically, just fry that all up together!  I used the oil from the tuna cans in place of any other oil to keep it from sticking to the pan, and used just a tiny bit of mirin (traditionally the dish calls for some sugar or other sweetener, but I think carrots are already almost sweet enough).
If you like, serve it over rice, but I just ate it plain.  This makes a big batch, especially if it's a side dish, so you can serve a few people.
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5  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2018: March 1 - May 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by roler on: March 22, 2018 01:01:22 AM
Prompt: March - Sewing
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: -0-
Project Name: Little Piggy
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description:
Tiny pink piggy!  This is about the closest to a "small" I ever make, and it took over an hour.  I am such a slow crafter.  But I like how he turned out, even though he's so simple!
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6  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2018: March 1 - May 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by roler on: March 09, 2018 10:37:17 PM
SBC - Very appropriate that your large sized project is a dinosaur! XD Love the color! And your super colorful bookmark is beautiful!!

Ezri_B - The F bomb cracks me up!  Super fun!  And that dark mark sleeve is SO much cooler than just a cut sock!  Way to go, and hope your arm feels better soon!  Gorgeous origami box!  I probably wouldn't have the patience to do it even once. ;P  The banana cupcakes and jerky both look scrumptious!

appledainty - Love the multiple shiny effects you have on your t-shirts!  And oooh, a giveaway for my blog is exactly the type of personal "swap" I'm about to post! ;P

Smeddley - Aww, your adorable model looks so happy about the dog toy... less so about that terrifying face hugger!! lol


Prompt: March Battle -  Personal Swaps
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Chick Magnet (ha!)
Project Link:
Brief Description: I finally finished making the five grand prizes for my "sunny yellow" contest giveaway on Katsuyuki Moray's Instagram blog.  Participants put up photos of their plushies with a theme of sunny yellow, and I couldn't narrow it down any further than five main winners because there were so many cute ones!  I made each winner a little feltie based on their plushie, so this one's a little chick.
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Prompt: March - Embroidery
Team: Multimedia
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Project Name: Eeyore Magnet
Project Link:
Brief Description: Another from the sunny yellow set.  I embroidered just a little on his face.
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I'm also using this for the "a thing with eyes" scavenger hunt item!

And here's the whole set including the ones I made last season!
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7  Re: Winter Nerd Battles 2017-2018: December 1, 2017 - February 28, 2018 in Craftalongs by roler on: February 13, 2018 09:21:20 AM
Yay, Inselaeffchen!!  I've also been absent for the last two rounds, so let's catch up together!!  Goooo, Team Multimedia!  ;P

Prompt:  February - Perception
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Pig Magnet
Project Link:
Brief Description: Here's another prize for the plushie color quest.  All of these little pill-shaped animals are vaguely based on some cats I saw on Instagram years ago.  I've actually made many of the cats in pretty much the exact style I copied, and these are just evolving from that basic shape.
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Prompt:  February Battle - You
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Frog Magnet
Project Link:
Brief Description: Here's another prize for the plushie color quest.  In the past I've made a giveaway prize that was a mini felt Katsuyuki, my own plushie, but this time I'm making a feltie that looks like the winner's plushie.  So instead of crafting me, I'm crafting YOU!
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8  Re: Winter Nerd Battles 2017-2018: December 1, 2017 - February 28, 2018 in Craftalongs by roler on: February 08, 2018 10:20:52 AM
Ezri_B - That's a gorgeous blanket, and a really kind thing to do in your sister's memory as well! 

OK, here are a few more things I've done while I've been gone.

Prompt:  December - But That's None of My Business
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: Swap
Project Name: Sweater Pillow
Project Link:
Brief Description: I made this for Joyful Clover in the Christmas stocking swap.  I've been saving old sweaters to make stuff out of before, but had never really gotten around to actually working with them!  I thought it would be much harder to sew than it was, so I was pleasantly surprised!
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Prompt:  February - Introverted
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: Swap
Project Name: Japanese Mug Rug 1
Project Link:
Brief Description: I made this for Joyful Clover in the mug rug swap.
Mug rugs are the perfect size for single serving snacks for you to enjoy on your own!
Project Picture: (fronts and backs of Mug Rugs 1 and 2)



Prompt:  February - Feeling
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: Swap
Project Name: Japanese Mug Rug 2
Project Link:
Brief Description: I made this for Joyful Clover in the mug rug swap.
I feel good about these mug rugs.  They're simple, but I love the fabric combinations, and I'm getting a little better at edging.
Project Picture: (See above)

Prompt:  December - Rick Roll
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: Swap
Project Name: Candy-striped Owl
Project Link:
Brief Description: I made this for Joyful Clover in the Christmas stocking swap.
I have made many owls like this, to the point where I can now make one in only 2 to 3 hours, and I absolutely love this style and will keep making them!
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Prompt:  December - LOLcat
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: Swap
Project Name: Paper Clip Ice Skates
Project Link:
Brief Description: I made this for Joyful Clover in the Christmas stocking swap.
I based this design off of some old homemade Christmas ornaments my parents had received as a gift years ago.  The paperclips and pompoms feel very light-hearted and whimsical to me.
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Prompt:  February - Intuition
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Sunny Bear
Project Link:
Brief Description: My plushie Katsuyuki Moray got to host the #plushiecolourquest on Instagram recently, choosing a theme for the week for many other plushie blogs to take pictures for, and then choosing winners to give prizes to.  It was SO hard to choose winners from among the many fantastic entries, so I'll be making six different prizes!  The theme was "sunny yellow", and one of the winners was a teddy bear, so here's a sunny yellow bear magnet.  It looks a bit like a mouse, which is probably a result of my starting this with no specific plan in mind. ;P  I also plan to make a frog, a donkey, a pig, and a chick for the other prizes.
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9  Re: Winter Nerd Battles 2017-2018: December 1, 2017 - February 28, 2018 in Craftalongs by roler on: February 08, 2018 07:05:06 AM
Hi everybody!!!  I'm back!!  It's way too daunting to think about catching up in the thread here so before I spook myself away again I'm just gonna jump right in!  I've missed you all!

Prompt:  December - All Your Base Are Belong to Us
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: Swap, Community
Project Name: VelvetStocking
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454213.0
Brief Description: I made this for Joyful Clover in the Christmas stocking swap.
(Also, the All Your Base meme always cracks me up because translating video games into English is literally what I do for a living!  I'm always worried I'll accidentally have some sort of "All Your Base" moment someday! ^^;)
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10  Velvet Stocking in Needlework: Completed Projects by roler on: February 08, 2018 06:53:58 AM
Here's the stocking I made back in December for Joyful Clover.  It was my first time making something with such soft velvet, and took some getting used to, but I really like how it came out!



Apparently the only "progress" photos I took this time were of my plushies "helping" me. ;P  (I have a photo blog featuring Katsuyuki Moray and his sea creature friends, and sometimes they participate in #plushiediysaturday !)




Kimutako the octopus wants to make sure you can see how the velvet shines when the light hits it from different angles!


The stocking isn't huge so it won't fit any big presents in there, but I love how it looks, and oddly, how soft it is!  Seriously, just reaching your arm down into it is a smooth, silky treat! ;P
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