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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: December 08, 2019 03:55:03 PM
Made an account and I think I joined the event, but the second link (to join the group) doesn't seem to work, nor does searching groups for "Crafty Nerds".
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: December 04, 2019 08:09:25 PM
Oh its so good to see you LovelyMiss!! I absolutely recognize those feelings you describe, including the guilt and shame of not being able to handle online things that are meant to be fun, but you are do correct that we will always welcome you back with open arms, and while we were worried, we are so not at all upset at you!!!!  Im still waiting to see what the mods come up with for the future of the site but Im sure well make things work somehow!!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: December 02, 2019 12:42:29 PM
Oh no, that is terribly sad!!!  I am all for continuing the nerd games somewhere else if possible, although I am not a fan of reddit.

I actually would be willing to pay for and host a site for the nerd games if people are interested! We could use pretty much the same format! I can post more details again once Ive wrapped my head around this a bit more.

But where will I go for swaps now?! ToT No other system Ive tried has had anything like the organization and vetting system of craftster swaps. This is all so sad!
4  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Re: First Weaving Experience - Placemat on: December 02, 2019 07:21:01 AM
Thanks so much for the feature and the nice comments!

My parents are indeed awesome; I had so much fun trying new crafts with them! XD

mullerslanefarm - I actually don't know anything at all about looms except the steps our teacher taught us; are these Rigid Heddle looms?

Belladune That is so awesome!!!  I hope I can find one near me when I eventually move to Seattle! (I'm moving back to WA this month but it may be a bit before I get up to Seattle proper)  I'm looking forward to seeing your project when you do go! XD
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: December 01, 2019 09:49:25 AM
An example off the top of my head of a shorter, simpler rules post.  I honestly think just ONE quick rules post on the first page, short as possible while still being clear, will make it easiest for new people to join!  This is totally just a quick rough draft, using a lot of the rule page's original wording. If people wanna use any of this as a starting point, I'm just getting it out there!

Welcome to the Nerd Games!
This is a craftalong where nerdy crafters all over the world can share our projects and give each other encouragement - that's really all there is to it!  If you feel you might be a nerd, or enjoy some nerdy things of any kind, or if you're just nerdy about crafting, you're more than welcome here!

Simply make any craft, take photos of it, and post them in THIS THREAD with the following header, which will be explained below:

Prompt: (Write the name of the prompt you are entering your craft for here)
Team: (Choose one of five, listed below)
Project Name: (Name your craft anything you like; fanciful titles or simple labels/descriptions are all fine)
Project Link: (if you happen to post your project elsewhere on the site - totally optional - post the link here)
Brief Description: (Tell us anything you'd like to about the craft, such as how you made it, and why it fits the prompt.)
Project Photo(s): (Post photos of your awesome craft here, so we can ooh and aah over it!)

Prompts will be posted on a monthly basis in the post below.  Please choose a prompt (or "Zap" or "Big Time" - see THE POINTS section below) for each of your crafts.  You can craft specifically to fit the prompts, or you can craft first and then find a prompt to fit it into.  We're pretty lax about slightly stretched interpretations of the prompts; just explain in your description how it fits! 

There are five teams to choose from, and no requirements for joining any of them; simply choose one that speaks to you, put the team name in your first project header, and presto - you're a member!
Team Textbook: Geekdom of Logic, Knowledge, Science, and Math;
Team Multimedia: Geekdom of Movies, TV, Music, and Gamers;
Team Wordy: Geekdom of Readers, Books, and Wondrous Words;
Team Fandom: Geekdom of Fanfics, Conventions, Midnight Openings, and Beacons of the Nerdyverse;
Team Randomizer: Geekdom of OOAKs, Oddballs, and Marchers to Different Drummers.

This competition is just for fun and the points are for nothing more than motivation and bragging rights, but go ahead and rack up points by posting projects for you team!  You'll get 1 point for Zaps (any craft that takes less than 30 minutes, up to 5/month allowed), 3 points for Prompt Projects (one project allowed for each prompt, must take at least 30 minutes of crafting time), and 5 points for Big Time projects (anything that takes over 3 hours, up to 2/month allowed).

--Players must craft to the best of their abilities and have a minimum of 30 minutes of crafting time per submission, unless otherwise noted. 
--A project can only be submitted for one prompt or crafting opportunity.
--A project does NOT have to be "nerdy, it only has to fulfill the prompt as you see it.
--Submitted projects must be started and completed during the current season, unless otherwise noted.
--There is SO MUCH to do in the 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 clean-ish (PG-13). 
--We will follow all Craftster guidelines, this includes staying on-topic (serious OT goes in FOC OT boards). 
--Never hesitate in contacting the Gamemakers with your questions, concerns, or ideas.

I think that, plus a Prompt Palace are all that are completely necessary, with possibly also a Teams post (just listing members) and a tracking post.  Nice and short could be much more approachable!   (Details like numbers, exactly what types of projects we'll go with, etc., I just kinda filled in as place holders; I'm not saying they should definitely be this way!)  What do people think? Is this cutting it down too much?  Does it look doable with some tweaks?  It would be really fun if a simpler rule page could help us get some new blood on the site and in the games!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: December 01, 2019 09:13:55 AM
gozer - I completely agree.  I have also invited many people to join and unfortunately almost everyone has been intimidated by the long list of rules.  Actually, I don't think the games themselves are really too complicated; it's just the rule page that's TOO thorough (thanks to our nerdy tendencies, I'm sure)!!  I think if we just make a nice, short, streamlined front page, and then maybe have a link to the extra nitty-gritty bits we can refer to when questions come up, it'll look a lot more welcoming!!  If we needed to cut anything, I think bonus points could probably be eliminated without changing much.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: November 30, 2019 06:21:21 PM
I definitely want to continue and appreciate your volunteering!! I personally prefer the seasonal ones instead of a whole year, and I like having teams, but Im cool with whatever format!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2019 Nerd Battles: January 1 - December 31, 2019 ~*Join Anytime!*~ on: November 25, 2019 08:39:13 AM
Back to my commenting catch-up!

LovelyMiss - I really hope to see you on here again sometime, hopefully when things are feeling less stressful for you!  All of your notebook covers look so neat and professionally made, and of course as usual I adore your fabric choices! The soaps look fun! I'm impressed with the wide scope of your different crafting types! Your rice bags look so useful and helpful, and of course the lovely fabrics just make them that much nicer! The junk journals look SO fun and whimsical!!  I'd have trouble ever actually using them because I wouldn't want to ruin them!  Really pretty soft colors for those scarves, and the buttons you chose complement them perfectly. I LOVE plastic bag holders! They are super useful, and yes, I always like to get a few more uses out of my plastic bags before they're thrown away, so those are perfect! Eeeek, the fabrics for your pillows!!  Beautiful, and a great way to showcase a large print! Do you mind sharing the pattern you use for the envelope-style pillow holders, if it's an easy one? I've never really made pillow cases before but I want to try. I like the scents you chose for your candles; tea tree has always been a favorite of mine. 18 hand towels, on top of all that?! You are SO productive!!

appledainty - Fantastic way to renovate that piece! It sounds like you made it really useful for your home, and it looks great!  I'm so sorry there were so many hiccups along the way to making that kitchen island, but it looks FANTASTIC!!  I love the pattern of wallpaper you chose and it looks so pretty with the apple themed items on top!

madcrafter - What a fun scorpion! It really makes an impact, and the green beads you chose are beautiful! I hope the recipient of the goodie basket loved it! Oh my goodness, your cut paper art is so delicate and gorgeous!!  I'm amazed at how neat all the lines are, and how detailed!!  

SBC - Your first amigurumi!!  What a historic item! XD Glad to hear Frankie appreciates such a special thing! Smiley I still love those hippos, especially the light blue one.  Its nostrils crack me up! Too cute!  I remember seeing so many of these animals when you first made them; do you still have any of them, or did you give them away as gifts?  Also, even though I know what a speed demon you are, it is still astonishing to me that you made that whole chevron blanket in just eight hours!  Amazing!!  It looks really great too!  Also, in response to a question you asked me in January (lol!), I think the mother-of-pearl style keychain I made at the Korean airport would probably be easy enough to make at home, but you'd need to buy whatever you were using for the base pendant or whatever, mother-of-pearl chips (that's the part I'd have no idea where to get), toothpicks, and clear nail polish. I'll be flying through that airport again next month, so hopefully I can make another fun craft!  Your Red Baron Snoopy is PERFECT!!  It could seriously be official Peanuts goods!  So cute!!  I forgot about that Tasmanian devil ornament!  It is ADORABLE!!  Those are the perfect buttons for the eyes; they give it such personality! Aww, now I wanna make ornaments together!

QueenHobo - Awww, that Grinchmas sweater is darling, and the photo is adorable!!  Does it still fit for her to wear this year, or will it be a hand-me-down? Smiley  Hahaha, great photo for the donut pillow as well, and it looks comfy! Awww, that bee charm is a really sweet memento.  So thoughtful, plus is just super cute! I looooooove the elf hats!!  I kinda want one too!  Any chance we can work out a trade, maybe early next year if you're able? Smiley  Oooh, fun sonic screwdriver, and looks soft and safe for kids! I'm so glad your gift for your grandpa made it to him on time. He sure looks happy with it.   Aaahhh! Aaahhh!  I cannot get over how cute that turkey dress is!!  Okay, now I kinda want an adult-sized tunic or something of that too!!  XD Very cool Tardis cowl! I bet it was happily received! Smiley  The dragon scarf is super creative and looks really neat. Oh my goodness that baby poncho is so sweet and you couldn't ask for a cuter model. Love the texture on that purple hat! And the red hat for your sister-in-law is super cute!  I'd wear that too! ;P

Whew, okay, that covers the first six pages of this craftalong! ;P

Edited to add: craftADDchick, in response to your question - after living in Japan for 15 years, I am finally moving back to the states to be near family, and as my moving date looms near (I fly out on 12/20), I am officially Freaking Out!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2019 Nerd Battles: January 1 - December 31, 2019 ~*Join Anytime!*~ on: November 25, 2019 03:59:00 AM
Prompt:  November Battle- Main Course
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: Timely, Brainpower
Project Name: Dobinmushi (Steamed Teapot Dish)
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description:
Recently a friend invited me to get a personal lesson from an absolute expert on washoku (Japanese cooking). She's a former correspondent with Gourmet magazine, among many other impressive qualifications!  This woman was positively AMAZING, and I learned more about washoku from her in one day than I have in 15 years of living here in Japan. We made three dishes, with her explaining every single step, not just how to do it but WHY we do it that way, exactly what the difference between various ingredients is, and the history of every bit of it, etc... It was such a fascinating lesson!  Her name is Elizabeth Andoh, and she's published several cookbooks; I really recommend them if you're interested in traditional Japanese cooking!  
Anyway, one of the dishes we made was called dobinmushi, which literally just means steamed teapots.  We put some raosu konbu (a type of kelp) into the bottoms of individual teapots, then stuffed them as full as we could with maitake and shimeji mushrooms.  Then we poured in some water, a little salt, and a little mirin... and that's it!  We steamed them in a big steamer over the stove for a while, and right before eating we squeezed in a tiny bit of fresh sudachi (small citrus fruit) juice, and I have to say, this was some of the most flavorful and delicious broth I have EVER had! I couldn't believe it had so few ingredients!  Just astonishing.  Anyway, this was definitely more of a savory dish than a dessert, so I'm entering it for main course.  You can also add chicken or other protein into it if you want to really make it the main course!
Project photos:
Here I am squeezing the sudachi into the teapot right at the end.  We then poured the broth into a little teacup to drink from, and ate the mushrooms right out of the individual teapots with chopsticks.

Prompt:  November Battle - Gravy
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: Timely, Brainpower
Project Name: Chirashizushi
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description:
At the same class, we also made chirashizushi.  There are tons of ways to make chirashizushi, but basically it's just a bunch of sushi fillings sprinkled over the top of a base layer of sushi rice.  In our case we mixed hijiki, carrots, and aburaage (deep-fried tofu skin) into the sushi rice along with the usual vinegar etc., and our toppings were thinly sliced omelette, two types of pickled lotus root (one with ginger and one with pickled plum and shiso), snow peas, and shiitake (I only took two little pieces of shiitake because I'm not a big fan of that type of mushroom).  We also made all the toppings ourselves.  The pickles take a couple of weeks to pickle, so we used some she'd made in advance, but we also made our own of the exact same ones, which we took home in little jars to eat once they're ready.  Again, I learned SO much while we made this dish, including how to make the super thin omelettes used in a lot of Japanese cooking, including how to flip them over perfectly using just one chopstick!
Project Photo:

Here's our whole meal, with the chirashizushi, the dobinmushi, and asparagus with sesame miso sauce (although that one didn't take anywhere near half an hour so I didn't use it as a project).  
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Re: Decoupage Foam Pumpkin on: November 21, 2019 10:22:50 AM
This is a delightful pumpkin.  Definitely my style of colors and bold pattern. I'd be sad to put it away after the fall season ends, but then it'd be something to look forward to putting out again next year. Smiley  Whatever you did with the napkins appears to have worked just fine; it looks great!
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