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1  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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2  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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3  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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4  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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5  Re: Christmas Stocking round 13 Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by roler on: February 08, 2018 06:41:37 AM
Helllooooo!!!  I am insanely late here but I figure better late than never!

I am SO sorry I was so absent for most of this round, and I can't believe I never posted the pictures of my incredible stocking from Joyful Clover!  I see she posted pics of the things she sent, but I'd like to post my photos of them as well because you guys, these gifts are just too wonderful!!

The stocking itself was ENORMOUS because she actually made it big enough to put ALL of her generous gifts inside!!!  Love it!


Inside was this great Santa sack, which my dad can now use when he dresses up as Santa for the little cousins (he's got the white beard and belly without props now! ;P):


And inside THAT was this stunning poncho!!  Look at the detail on that!  And I LOVE the rich purples!!  It fits great and is so warm and soft and this alone is such a huge gift I am just bowled over by her generosity!




Pouches and boxes are always useful for a crafter!!  The adorable gnome box (seriously I love it so much!) is already in use holding some notions, and I plan to sort a bunch of my embroidery thread and craft cord and put some in those cheerful pouches!



Here's the back of the gnome box, and a couple of the handmade accessories included.  The dragon bracelet is SO up my alley and the detail on this owl brooch is just amazing!!  So perfectly tailored to my tastes; thank you again!


Here are some of the purchased gifts she mentioned; the fortune-telling die cracks me up!!  XD


Oh my goodness you guys; I have wanted a book pouch for so long and the fact that it's made out of a Harry Potter book (with appropriate owl/witch lining!) just makes it THAT MUCH BETTER!!  And the fountain pen nib jewelry is SO GREAT and a wonderful way to show off my love of writing and words!!



Joyful Clover, you were the most wonderful partner someone could ask for; thank you SO much!!  My deepest apologies once more for falling off the face of the planet for a while, but I'm trying to power through my guilt right now and get back into the swing of things! Hope to see everyone around more!
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6  Re: Felt Twinchie Swap Round 3 - Sign up until 31st August Send out 30th September in The Swap Gallery by roler on: January 16, 2018 02:51:08 AM
Hello!

I'm coming out of hiding because I have FINALLY mailed off my shamefully late twinchies to bec99, although it may take a while for them to cross the ocean to her.  I had a very rough end of last year, and am finally starting to come up for air and try to get back in the swing of things.  I just looked through the rest of this gallery and just LOVE what I saw here; it's so cool to see the drastically different styles people are coming up with!!  I need to stay on a break from swaps for a little bit longer until I'm feeling more on top of things again, but I do hope to do these again at some point because I just adore the creativity of the collections everyone's getting!

Anywhere here is my super duper late photo of the lovely twinches bec99 sent me aaaaages ago! 



She chose a couple of my favorite themes, cute animals and music!  And just look at that little tail sticking off the side!  Such a sweet touch!! Smiley  The cassette tape really takes me back; I remember wearing out the tape on some of my favorite albums!  Thank you so much for these super cute and personal twinchies, bec99, and also for hosting, and also also for being so kind and patient despite my totally disappearing for so long!  My most abject apologies, once again, and I look forward to seeing everyone around again!
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7  Re: Mug Rug Round 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by roler on: January 16, 2018 02:42:27 AM
Helloooooo, everyone!  I am coming out of guilty hiding from the last several months, now that I am finally feeling ready to start catching up on craftster!  So sorry I disappeared for a long time!!  I just looked through this gallery and just love the variety of all the beautiful mug rugs!!  And don't worry, Joyful Clover, my wonderful mug rug from you is OBVIOUSLY a robot; in fact I think it's definitely a cyberman from Doctor Who, which is perfect!  It can hang out on my wall with some other DW art! Smiley  Here's my photo of it!



I really love it!  I've always really liked tile/mosaic looks too, which I didn't even mention, so great job figuring that out!! Smiley
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8  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2017: September 1 - November 20, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by roler on: September 12, 2017 02:16:39 AM
Prompt: September - Harry Potter
Team: Multimedia
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Project Name: Kitty Magnet
Brief Description:
I made this prize for the second of two winners in Katsuyuki Moray's first ever Instagram giveaway.  The winner of this prize has a grey kitty with a blue scarf, so I designed the kitty around those colors... which also happen to be Ravenclaw colors (movie version)!  Every single time I've taken a house quiz, I've gotten an almost even split between Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw.  To be honest if I had to choose I'd probably go Hufflepuff, but I feel very close to Ravenclaw too! Smiley
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9  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2017: September 1 - November 20, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by roler on: September 02, 2017 10:53:29 PM
Thanks for the kind words bunny1kenobi, JoyfulClover, greybird, and craftADDchick!

Here are the steps I used to make the uchiwa:
1) Designed kanji look (making thicker with rounded edges to make the wire work) and cut out a paper template.
2) Traced template onto blue contact paper, cut out, and applied to plain black uchiwa (stiff paper fan), making sure to keep it a bit high on the fan because the plastic "spokes" of the fan near the bottom are too densely packed to poke holes through.
3) Poked holes all around the edges  of the contact paper with a heavy safety pin.
4) Made a particularly big hole at the base of the kanji, and pulled the EL wire through from the back, leaving just the connecting cord in the back with the battery pack.
5) Sewed the EL wire down along the edges of the kanji with a needle and clear thread, using the holes I'd pre-punched, and carefully adjusting the position of the wire as I went.
6) Poked bigger holes and pushed the wire back and forth from the front and back of the uchiwa as necessary whenever I finished a line.
7) Covered the back of the uchiwa and extra length of EL wire with black electrician's tape so that it doesn't glow messily from behind.


This takes FOREVER, but it works! XD
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10  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2017: September 1 - November 20, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by roler on: September 02, 2017 08:12:04 AM
Argh, I came SO close to crafting All the Things last season, but was short by two projects!  Gonna try again this season, and also to stay caught up on my commenting! ;P

QueenHobo - I love that shark blanket!!  That's actually something I'd totally love too, come wintertime!  So darn cute and fun! I'd probably need a bigger one though, as I am not kid-sized. ;P  Good job working out how to tweak the pattern!  The super sloth is really cute too, and I bet SBC loves her!!

SBC - That Halloween sweater turned out soooooo cute!! The Jackolantern face is just perfect.  I hope it fits, and that you're allowed to share pics of it on the model!  

I'm gonna start this round off with a Big Time project!!  And goooooo, Team Multimedia! Look at us taking off running! XD

Prompt: Big Time #1
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: Engineering (see post below)
Project Name: Light-Up Uchiwa for Maakun
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I made this to take to a V6 concert next week, to show my love for my favorite member, Maakun.  It's the first kanji of his first name (thank goodness it's such an easy one!), made with EL wire and a battery pack, so it shines quite brightly in the dark.  The show will be at Osaka Jo Hall, which seats approximately 10,000 people, but we've used light-up uchiwa there before for other groups and gotten a lot of attention from our favorite members, so I have hope that there's a chance Maakun will see this!  This is the fourth light-up uchiwa I've made, but it still took over five hours.
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And then turn off the lights...
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