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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Steampunk Sloth on: Today at 03:56:06 AM
This is really cute and creative!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Rainbow Lion Cross Stitch on: Today at 03:54:49 AM
This really is incredible!!  So much loving hard work and SO beautifully done!  It's just stunning!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: June 11, 2018 12:45:03 PM
Thanks everyone! It was such a great day! And happy birthday to bunny too!!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: June 06, 2018 06:53:57 AM
For my Level 1 Wordy post, I'm trying my hand at a sonnet (Shakespearean rhyme scheme, of course)!

A cheerful soul at heart, nevertheless,
At times I find it difficult to cope.
I feel weighed down under a load of stress
That robs me of my joy and of my hope.

Yet on those days, one thing can lift my mood,
When all else fails to make the gloom abate,
If I can but resist the urge to brood,
And force my hands to move, and to create.

For when I make a thing where once was none,
I feel I haven't spent my time in vain.
And soon I realize I'm having fun,
Instead of wallowing in my own pain.

To let myself despair would just be daft,
When all I need to do to heal is craft.
5  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: You can now upload images directly into your post! on: June 05, 2018 11:06:16 PM
Whoops, didn't see this until after I submitted a help ticket.  Hope I didn't annoy anybody!  On the other hand, I'm a little relieved to see it's not just me!  I'm not that great at solving technical difficulties on my end... ^^;

Hope it's fixed soon! I'm finally motivated to get crafting again and need my craftster buddies' support to keep it up! XD
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Summer Nerd Games 2018: June 1 - August 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ on: June 05, 2018 10:53:56 PM
Prompt: June- Refusal of the Call
Team: Heroes!
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Scarf for Kimutako
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description:
I actually learned to knit years before I started making felties and my other crafts, but never really learned anything more than how to make squares or rectangles of simple knit stitch.  I once tried to make a hat with circular needles but gave up when the purl stitch totally frustrated me.  On more than one occasion I have lost my knitting needles for years at a time because I never seem to keep it up for long at a time.  But I'm trying to teach myself new tricks this time!  I've got a project involving purling in the works as well too!  In the meantime, I'm trying to regain muscle memory in my fingers by knitting some super simple stuff, like this scarf for my plush octopus Kimutako.
Project Picture:
(I am having technical difficulties and it won't let me upload the photo!! I'll fix the post ASAP!)
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: June 01, 2018 02:40:01 AM
Hi all!

I'm so sorry I've been gone for so long.  I'll try to catch up a BIT but for the most part I find catch-up super overwhelming so I'm pretty much just jumping in front whatever's in front of me now. ;P  It does look like there were AMAZING projects while I was gone so I will at least go through and look at everything!

The new Level Up thing looks really really fun and motivating!!

And speaking of fun and motivating, I wanted to thank LovelyMiss again for the scavenger hunt idea from this last round.  Despite my not being around for most of the season, I thought and still think that it was a fantastic idea!!  I'd been trying to think of suggestions myself that encouraged teamwork without requiring people to be physically together or mail things, and this was a perfect way to do it!  Our team actually discussed things separately to work out who might try what, and it felt so great to be really communicating and working as a team!  Also, I would never have finished those last few projects I squeezed in at the end if I weren't trying to finish up my share of the scavenger hunt for my team.  So here's just one vote to please do that again some time!  Maybe like every other season, the ones without raffles, or something?

In the mean time, I'm already trying to make plans for the new prompts and level ups!  Let's finally get motivated and back in the game, roler!!!!

(Also, I am totally going for Team Hero!  Almost ALL of my D&D characters are Neutral Good, and the only times I stray from that I'm Lawful Good [difficult to play] or True Neutral [also difficult for other reasons], but I have never ever played Chaotic or Evil and just don't think I would know what to do with it! ;P)
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2018: March 1 - May 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ 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!
Project Photos:
Before -

After -

And here's the front all lit up!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2018: March 1 - May 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ 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!
Project Picture:

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!
Project Picture:

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!
Project Picture:

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.
Project Picture:
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles 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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