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1  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2017: September 1 - November 30, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: November 29, 2017 06:23:20 PM
Here's one more! I had a 3 hour round trip to go to a wake (I was there less than an hour), so I only had time to finish one project tonight. Hopefully, I can finish the last one I have partially done in between events tomorrow.

Prompt:  September- Star Wars
Team: Team Textbook!
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Adventure Banner
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I stitched the banner (plus a few more) out of white muslin (for light) and used black HTV (for dark). However, it also has a bit of brown, because when I pressed it using kraft paper, as per the instructions, the paper stuck to the surface of the vinyl and to the fabric. I soaked it today, and sacrificed a toothbrush to give it a scrub, so I was able to rescue it!

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2  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2017: September 1 - November 30, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: November 28, 2017 09:49:42 AM
Since I'm stuck at home while my oil tank gets replaced, I have time to post (and hopefully finish) a few more projects!

Prompt:  October- Outfit
Team: Team Textbook!
Bonus Points: Engineering, Community
Project Name: Science T-Shirts Become Classroom Inspiration Art
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=453794.0
Brief Description:I repurposed some t-shirts into science-themed art for my classroom!

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Prompt:  October- Shoes
Team: Team Textbook!
Bonus Points: Engineering, Community
Project Name: These Boots Were Made for Standing Upright! (AKA Boot Inserts from Pool Noodles)
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=453795.0
Brief Description: Han Solo is one of my favorite characters, and he wears boots! So, I made boot inserts to keep them looking nice.

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Prompt:  September- Harry Potter
Team: Team Textbook!
Bonus Points: Brain Power
Project Name: Dried Apples & Cranberries
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: During my last canning session, we decided to try using the dehydrator. We decided to try a mix of apples & cranberries. The apples were easy, but I had to search to find directions for the cranberries. I found a recipe that used honey and orange juice, but we didn't want to try that (most recipes drowned them in sugar). Instead, we used maple syrup. I thought we'd have to slice the cranberries in half, but they actually got boiled for a little bit until they popped. The cranberries took about 21 hours to dry, but fortunately, once we got the dehydrator going, the only hands on time was rotating the trays. And, they made a tasty fruit mix that just happen to be in Gryffindor house colors!

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Prompt:  October- Hair
Team: Team Textbook!
Bonus Points: Brain Power
Project Name: Crocheted Magic Potholder
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: When I was at my annual Craft Weekend, my friend had been given a set of crocheted potholders (her aunt makes them when she watches football so she doesn't get stressed Smiley ). One of my crafty pals, who also crochets, and I tried to figure out how they were made. Later, I did a little searching and, when I found a YouTube video, we realized that we had it pretty well figured out. Today, while I was stuck at home with oil tank replacement job, I grabbed some handy cotton yarn, and gave it a try. I'm not thrilled with the joining method, but overall, it's not bad. I'll be keeping it in my lunch bag so I don't burn myself taking things out of the microwave at work.

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Prompt:  October- Makeup
Team: Team Textbook!
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Hulk T-Shirt
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: We had a superhero day at school and I wanted to make a Hulk shirt (sadly, I just finished it, so I'll have to save it until next year). I found an image of his face, and converted it to a cut file for my Silhouette. Then, I put my favorite Hulk quote on the back (said by Bill Bixby in the TV show "The Incredible Hulk"). I wish I had used a comic book style font, but if I ever have to remake it (I had some trouble with this brand of vinyl), I can seek out a better font.

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And, it's not crooked, but I was trying to avoid casting a shadow on it as I was taking the picture.


I have one more project to post, but right now, it's a temporary (I hope) fail. I'm hoping that if I wash it (have to wait 24 hours), the problem will be eliminated. I also have another one that I have to take to work tomorrow (I need a glue stick, and I can't find one at home). I was going to attempt to make one more, and start another one to finish tomorrow night, but now that I've sat down to post these, I realize that I'm pretty tired. So, it seems like I'll only get two more projects posted.
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3  These Boots Were Made for Standing Upright! (AKA Boot Inserts from Pool Noodles) in Shoes: Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: November 28, 2017 09:24:48 AM
I have a pair of boots that I don't wear often, and I hated that they were flopping over in the closet. So, I made myself a pair of boot inserts to keep them upright.


Here's how I made them...

Materials:

A pool noodle (I bought 2, but I ended up using about 3/4 of one)
Duct tape
Scissors (kitchen scissors worked really well)
Fabric (shoe or boot themed, even!)
Thread

Step 1:



Stick the pool noodle into a boot to measure the height that the inserts need to be.


Step 2:



Cut 3 pieces of pool noodle the same length. Then, cut one of the pieces in half lengthwise.


Step 3:



Duct tape one of the half pieces along the length of one of the other cut pieces of pool noodle. Repeat for the other pieces. Check to make sure that they fit into your boots.


Step 4:



Measure the length of the pool noodle from the hole in one end, to the hole on the other end. I included the holes in my measurement to make sure I had a long enough piece, and then I added 1" for seam allowance on each end (I did 1/2" seams).

Measure the circumference of the pool noodle, and add 1" for seam allowance. Note, make sure to measure at the widest part, and check both noodles. I only measure one noodle in a random spot, and one of the inserts was a snug fit. Fortunately, pool noodles are squishy.


Step 5:



Cut out 2 pieces of fabric that fit your dimensions (mine were 10" X 17").


Step 6:



Fold each piece in half the long way, right sides together, and stitch down the long side, and across one short end. Trim the corners and turn right side out.


Step 7:



Slip (or carefully wiggle the fabric over) the noodle into the fabric tube.


Step 8:



Fold the raw edges over and pin to hold in place. I folded mine like I was wrapping a present. Hand stitch the folded ends in place.

Stick them inside your boots and admire how upstanding your boots are!

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4  Science T-Shirts Become Classroom Inspiration Art w/tutorial in Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: November 28, 2017 08:58:25 AM
This isn't really "art," it's a craft, but I couldn't find a proper category, so I'm putting it here...for now Smiley


Back in September, one of my 6th grade students came into school wearing the shirt on the right in the picture above, and I knew I wanted to make something out of it. When I hunted down the shirt, I found a couple of other ones that I liked, so I decided to turn them into some inspirational art for my science classroom.

Here's what I used:



T-shirts (these are youth shirts, so I bought the largest size available)
Staple Gun
10" X 10" canvases
Scissors (not pictured)

Step 1:



Put the canvas inside of the t-shirt and position the shirt design on the canvas.


Step 2:



Carefully turn the shirt & canvas over, making sure that you don't shift the design. Anchor the shirt in position by stapling it in place (I just did one on each side to hold it in place before the next step).


Step 3:



Trim away the excess t-shirt (save the scraps for another project!), making sure that you leave enough at the corners to staple down.

Step 4:



Staple the corners down, and then staple the rest of the way around to securely anchor the shirt in place (no picture of that bit, but I put about 7 or 8 staples on a side...that shirt is not falling off Smiley ).

Flip it over and admire your new art! Repeat as many times as you'd like to cover your walls with fabulous t-shirt art!

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5  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2017: September 1 - November 30, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: November 27, 2017 07:42:31 PM
So here is my project dump, Part 1. I'll have at least 4 more projects to post tomorrow!

Prompt:  November Battle- Sci-Fi Convention
Team: Team Textbook!
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: The Endless Universe Pouch
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Most science fiction stories, films, and TV shows take place in space, or have a space element to them, so I decided to make a zipper pouch to represent the universe. I chose fabrics that remind me of galaxy clusters (the loop pattern and the smaller patterns on the outside fabric), and gravitational waves (or ripples in the space/time continuum).

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Prompt:  September- Anime
Team: Team Textbook!
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Happiness ATC
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I made this ATC for gozer, and I used acrylic paints and a Micron pen.

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Prompt:  September- Dr. Who
Team: Team Textbook!
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Blast from the Past Chili
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: When I was a kid, and we got a microwave, it came with a cookbook, Richard Deacon's Microwave Oven Cookbook, which came out in 1974. I was in charge of a lot of the cooking as a kid, and one of the first things I learned to make was Chili Con Carne (I think that's the name of the recipe), and I've been making it ever since. I don't use the same exact measurements anymore, but the ingredients are pretty much identical. I also don't cook it in the microwave anymore (I mostly use the stove, but occasionally, I'l use a Crockpot). It's one of my favorite meals to make on my annual Craft Weekend, but I also make up a batch for myself and freeze it.

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Prompt:  October- Props
Team: Team Textbook!
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Stairway "Nook" Runner
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: My house was built in 1920, and it has some interesting features. In my front entryway, tucked beside the staircase, is a cabinet. The top of the cabinet is flat, and it's right next to the staircase railing. It's an odd little area, and it's mostly been a place for me to pile a random assortment of stuff. But, I've decided that it should be the place where I put my holiday decorations (because, right now, I can't manage to decorate the whole house). I wanted to make a fabric panel to act as a runner (like a dresser scarf type of thing), and decided to make it double sided. Then, I decided that I needed to make two of them, to mostly encompass the 4 seasons. Each panel is just under 27" X 36" and I may eventually make a Halloween/Valentine's Day one, as well.

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On the left is the Fall/Winter panel, and Spring/Summer is on the right.




Prompt:  November- Panels
Team: Team Textbook!
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Late Fall Canning 2017
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Canning definitely uses a plethora of supplies and objects to get the job done! For this session, we have marinara sauce, gingery pickled beets, and citrus ginger pear butter (plus another item to be named later for another prompt Smiley ).

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Prompt:  November- Q&As
Team: Team Textbook!
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Microwave Bowl Potholders
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: While I had helped my mom to cut out a bunch of these last year, I had never actually made any on my own. I didn't remember how big to cut the fabric squares (10"), and I didn't know how to measure the dart. I ended up doing a Google search, and settled on a tutorial by Wild Olive (Mollie Johansson). I made a set of 4- one for a friend I made through Craftster, two for my sister and her then boyfriend (now her husband... they eloped!), and one for me!

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Prompt:  November- Photo Ops
Team: Team Textbook!
Bonus Points: WIP It!
Project Name: Tie-Dye Baby Sets
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: A couple of years ago, I dog sat when my sister took a trip to Spain. I knew that I needed to keep myself busy, so I brought a bunch of craft projects. I tie-dyed some embroidery floss (and posted that a while ago), and, even though I made the baby hats and tie-dyed the sets, I never actually finished them by washing them to set the dye. Since our male guidance counselor is expecting his first child (the male teachers in the building planned a guy version of a baby shower at a local bar Smiley ), and one of our aides greeted the arrival of his first child at the start of school, I knew that the tie-dye sets would be perfect for them. So, I finally got around to washing them in Synthrapol. And, because I was worried about dye coming into contact with the babies, I did the Synthrapol wash twice. And then, I washed them in some Seventh Generation, dye/scent/etc. free detergent. And, I also finally tied the little knots on the hats! I gave the guys the two green/blue sets on the right. I only had 5 onesies to dye, but 6 pairs of socks, so I made an extra hat to go with the socks. I just need to wait for more babies to be born at work... probably won't have to wait long... And, I know it's not the best photo ever, but it's the best I can do in the conditions I have Tongue I did try to arrange the sets nicely Cheesy

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6  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2017: September 1 - November 20, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: October 31, 2017 07:33:23 PM
Prompt: October Battle- Mashup
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Engineering, Community
Project Name: Comfort Food Mashup- Kale Soup Shepherd's Pie
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=453613.0
Brief Description: In classic mashup fashion, I took the ingredients for a favorite soup (Kale Soup) and cooked them together in the style of another childhood favorite, Shepherd's Pie. And, I also mashed the potatoes Smiley

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7  Comfort Food Mashup- Kale Soup Shepherd's Pie in Recipes and Cooking Tips by craftADDchick on: October 31, 2017 07:29:14 PM
Growing up, once I hit about age 11, I was in charge of a lot of the cooking at home. One of my favorite meals to make was Shepherd's Pie, and because we lived in an area that had a lot of Portuguese immigrants, Kale Soup soon became another favorite. After my mom gave me some ground linguica, I thought it might be interesting to blend these two recipes together... sort of...



Kale Soup Shepherd's Pie

Ingredients:
1 lb. ground linguica
1 can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
3-4 potatoes
1 bunch of kale
1 medium onion, diced
Small amount of milk (and butter, if desired) for making mashed potatoes

Directions:
Peel and cut the potatoes, and put them in a pot of water to boil. While the potatoes are cooking, cook the ground linguica and onions in a skillet until the onions are translucent. Dump the meat/onion mixture into a 13" X  9" baking dish. Rinse and chop the kale and spread it on top of the meat mixture. Layer the kidney beans on top. Drain and mash the potatoes with a bit of milk (and butter), and spread the mashed potatoes on top. Dot with additional butter, if desired. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes until the top of the potatoes are lightly browned and the dish is heated through.


I had a serving tonight for dinner, and it was pretty good! I expect that, after a night in the fridge, it'll taste even better, as Shepherd's Pie and Kale Soup usually do Smiley
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8  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2017: September 1 - November 20, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: October 01, 2017 08:27:26 AM
Prompt:  September- Superheroes
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Late Summer Canning
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Before summer officially ended, my friend and I had another day of canning in mid-September. This time, we made Spiced Applesauce, Sweet Corn Salsa (both are things we've made in the past and loved), and a Spicy Peach Butter. Canning is a skill that we've gotten better at over time- we've become more efficient and have a better idea at how to plan our day (having said that, the peach butter took so long, I had to stay overnight so we could continue cooking it down the next day). We even had enough confidence in our skills to alter the recipe for the peach butter by pulling the spice combo from another recipe (Spicy Peach Jam) and replacing the flavors in the original peach butter recipe (Vanilla Peach Butter). The red pepper flakes in the peach butter give it a nice bit of heat (not scorching... but a tingle) after the initial sweet taste. I think it'll taste great on a sandwich (roast beef, goat cheese and spicy peach butter!). Making slight alterations to a recipe (altering just the spices is safe to do) is definitely something we wouldn't have had the confidence to try a year ago!
 
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9  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2017: September 1 - November 20, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: September 30, 2017 06:31:14 PM
I will try to come back to comment on projects tomorrow morning. I just realized that it's almost 9:30 PM and I haven't had dinner!

Prompt:  September Battle: Classic Movie Monsters
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Engineering, Community, Brain Power
Project Name: Custom Quilted Scissor Cozy
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=453269.0
Brief Description: I made my cozy using some bat fabric and some coordinating text fabric (which was supposed to be on the outside). The text fabric has the words "Dracula" and "Frankenstein's Laboratory" printed on it. I was hoping to find some Frankenstein fabric, but the selection was seriously lacking in classic monsters. And, I finally learned how to use my snap pliers! Hooray!
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10  Custom Quilted Scissor Cozy (with a tutuorial of many pictures) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by craftADDchick on: September 30, 2017 06:23:16 PM
In the front seat of my car, I keep a small bucket tote to contain the item I usually just toss on the seat (keys, sunglasses, work ID, gum, CDs, etc.) and I added a pair of scissors after realizing how handy it would be to have scissors in the car (like for when I need to wrap a gift in the car in the parking lot of the surprise party I forgot about until the last minute). I didn't love the idea of just tossing the scissors in there "naked,"(potential projectile of death if I ever get in an accident), so I decided to make them their own scissor cozy. I couldn't find a pattern that was the right size for my scissors, so I just decided to make my own.



Materials:
Outside Fabric (buy enough to fit the length of your scissors)
Lining fabric
Batting or thick stabilizer
Thread
Some sort of closure (button, velcro, snap, etc)
The scissors that the cozy is for
Paper

1. First, you need to make a pattern. I drew a triangle around my scissors.



2. Then, realizing that I couldn't draw a nice, even triangle (because I couldn't find a ruler), I folded my triangle in half and  drew a 1/4" seam allowance around the half of the triangle that looked better.



3. Next, I cut the triangle out, and checked to make sure that the scissors would still fit inside the inside triangle.



4. I traced the triangle onto another sheet of paper, and drew on a flap so I could close the cozy. I didn't need to add seam allowance because it was included on the original triangle.



5. Lay your pattern pieces on the fabric and cut the front and back pieces out of your outside fabric and your lining fabric so you have a set of each. Hopefully, you don't realize that your very directional fabric is not quite big enough... Since I had to cut it on an angle, the text fabric, which I had planned to use for the outside, was now going to be the lining Smiley



6. If you're using batting, use the pattern pieces to cut out a front and back piece, adding a little extra all the way around.



7. Lay the outside fabric on top of the batting, and quilt as desired (if desired Smiley ). I cut out a badly drawn bat and used that as a template to quilt my fabric.



My quilted (mutant) bats!



8. For the outer (now quilted) fabric, place the right sides together and stitch the side seams. Repeat for the lining fabric.



9. Trim away the excess batting to reduce the bulk on the seam allowance.



10. Turn the lining right side out (I think I may have trimmed the seam first), and tuck it into the outer piece so that the right sides are together.



11. Stitch around the edges, leaving an opening (mine was about 2 1/2" wide) for turning. Turn everything right side out, and tuck the lining inside the cozy. Topstitch around the edge of the opening and the flap.



12. Put the scissors inside to test the fit, and mark where you want your closure to be. Add your closure and you're finished! ETA: I realized that if you are using a button for a closure, you might want to add a loop of ribbon (or a piece of elastic) in the seam of the flap, or just stitch a buttonhole in the flap. If you're using Velcro, you might need to stitch the piece for the front of the cozy on before you stitch the front and back pieces together.






 
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