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1  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2017: September 1 - November 20, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: September 18, 2017 06:09:35 PM


bunny1kenobi-
* Nice job on the surprise for Smiley! Did you do that freehand, or use a stencil?
*And, I love the yarn colors you used for your scarves! Its hard to believe that winter weather is going to be here in a couple of months!



Thank you! It was a stencil, actually. I'm not that artistically gifted.  Grin

Don't sell yourself short Smiley

And, here are my little zipper bags! I hope it's not too late! After work tomorrow, I'll be boxing them up with some lotions (I have way too many bottles of lotion... I get them as gifts, and almost never use them because I have sensitive skin. I pulled out the ones that hadn't been used, of course Grin ) and hitting the post office. Today, a friend was checking for me about how to properly package up liquids and she'll tell me tomorrow.


Prompt:  Brownie Points #1
Team: Maker
Bonus Points: Giver
Project Name: Zipper Pouches for bunny1kenobi
Project Link: bunny1kenobi's tutorial link is here
Brief Description: I'm sending these along to bunny1kenobi for her women's shelter project!
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I finally got the fabric cut out late last night, and stitched them up while I was doing the laundry. Now, I have to dig out a shirt (because I know I have one somewhere) that I can wear to work tomorrow for Talk Like a Pirate Day!
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2  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2017: June 1 - August 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: August 31, 2017 06:41:31 PM
Prompt: June #5- Crossed Roads (Young Boy)
Team: Clan of the Makers
Bonus Points: WIP It
Project Name: Change Your Color Hoopla
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I bought this kit a couple of years ago, and twice I have taken it with me on a trip, but was never able to do it. So, at the beginning of the summer, I stitched it up, and at the end of the summer,instead of using the little cardboard frame the kit came with, I turned it into a hoop for my craft room!

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Prompt:  July #4- Glitter Glen (Young Boy- Stay & Negotiate)
Team: Clan of the Makers
Bonus Points: WIP It, Brain Power
Project Name: Blinged Out Silhouette Cover
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description:  At least a year ago, I bought a cover for my Silhouette. I bought the plain one so I could embellish it, using my Silhouette, of course! Only, I ended up not using the Silhouette at all. I cut the fabric circles using my Big Shot and used my Silhouette rhinestone setter to add the rhinestones (and Id never used it before, so I had to figure out how to use it- turns out it was easy...and kind of fun...).

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And, I can't quite believe that I was able to do it, but I'm pretty sure that I have now CRAFTED ALL THE THINGS!!


And, I will even make my goal of going to bed by 10 pm!
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3  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2017: June 1 - August 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: August 31, 2017 03:39:52 PM
Prompt:  June #1- Enchanted Spork-In-The-Road (Young Boy)
Team: Clan of the Makers
Bonus Points: Swaptastic
Project Name: Fire Fountain Volcano TM Patch for JoyfulClover
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: This patch is made using more than one medium: embroidery and painting (with fabric paint)

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Prompt:  June #4- Toothpick Bridge (Young Boy)
Team: Clan of the Makers
Bonus Points:  Swaptastic
Project Name: Beaded Snail TM Patch for craftylittlemonkey
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: This patch has a lot of little tiny beads. These little pieces were a challenge to put on the patch, at times.

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Prompt:  August Battle- (Young Boy- Stay & Negotiate- Ask the Fairies)
Team: Clan of the Makers
Bonus Points:  Swaptastic
Project Name: Dinosaur TM Patch for JoyfulClover
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: The topic of this patch is all about Nature and how fierce it can be!

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Prompt:  August #1- Tissue Paper Tree (Young Boy-Stay & Negotiate- Ask the Fairies)
Team: Clan of the Makers
Bonus Points: Swaptastic
Project Name: God's Eye TM Patch for craftylittlemonkey
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: A part of this patch is meant to represent sticks, and sticks come from trees!

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Prompt:  August #4- Altered Altar (Young Boy- Stay & Negotiate- Ask the Fairies)
Team: Clan of the Makers
Bonus Points: WIP It
Project Name: Hex Nut Pendant and Earrings
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Several years ago, I bought some hardware supplies for making jewelry (I think it was for a craft challenge), but I never got to do it (I think I was going to make a bracelet). I ended up making a pendant by gluing some beads into the holes on the nuts, then I glued the nuts together, and added the bail. I had a lot of trouble with this because my tube of glue was old, and nothing was holding together. And, my initial idea to use a washer for the bail just didn't work. I found some small glue-on bails in my bead box, and they were the perfect size (I needed to add a jump ring to the pendant). The earrings, made as an afterthought, were quick! And, while it shouldn't have taken more than 30 minutes, with all of the redoing, it definitely did!

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Prompt:  Zap #2
Team: Clan of the Makers
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Hats 4 the Lone Star State
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Tomorrow at school, we're having a Hats for Texas day at school to raise money for the Hurricane Harvey relief fund. If students and staff donate at least a dollar, they can wear a hat all day during school. In order to show prove that they have made a donation, they need a hand stamp. I carved this today during my planning period and even though I messed up the first attempt, it still took me less than a half an hour. It's not a spectacular job (and I slightly cut off the tip on one of the points on the star), but it'll work just fine!

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Whew! Only 2 more projects to go!

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4  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2017: June 1 - August 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: August 27, 2017 05:16:48 PM
Prompt:  August #2- Folly Fields (Young Boy- Stay & Negotiate- Ask the Fairies)
Team: Clan of the Makers
Bonus Points: WIP It, Brain Power
Project Name: The "Good Thing It Was Practice" Dopp Kit
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Back before Christmas, I came across a blog posting that mentioned some waxed canvas Dopp Kits at Red Rabbit Mercantile.The blog post made them seem easy enough, so I ordered 4 kits to make for the family men for Christmas. I also bought some supplies to make a practice version, because I'd never made a bag like this before (and I'd never put in purse feet before).

It did not go well...

First, while cutting the fabric for the practice bag, I cut the fabric wrong... twice. Then, in order to give the bag some body, I used some extra-thick stabilizer, which turned out to be too thick to do one of the steps. Although, because I misunderstood one of the steps, I probably could have used the thick stabilizer because I shouldn't have been sewing through as many layers as I was. So, I chucked it aside, and gave everyone an IOU for Christmas...

Without the holiday deadline, I was able to take my time, read the directions carefully, and finally get the bag made correctly! Now I just have 4 more to make...

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Prompt:  July #1- Glass Bead Lake (Young Boy- Stay & Negotiate)
Team: Clan of the Makers
Bonus Points: WIP It
Project Name: Fused Glass Pendant w/Matching Earrings
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Back in March, when I took a glass fusing class with my sister, I made a small piece using clear glass and colored frit. I had intended to turn it into a pendant, and I finally got it done. The roadblock was the fact that the piece of glass had a bunch of little spiky bits sticking out from the sides from melting in the kiln. I had the time to grind them down this summer. Then, I ordered a large pendant bail, but for some reason, it didn't stick the first time I glued it on, so I had to clean it up and do it again. And, since I had one more pair of silver French hooks, I figured I'd make a matching pair of earrings!

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And, I might get one more project posted tonight... but it might have to wait until tomorrow, at this point...
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5  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2017: June 1 - August 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: August 27, 2017 12:41:58 PM
So, I have a bunch of projects that have been in progress. I'm slowly finishing them up, and crafting my butt off before I head back to school tomorrow!

Prompt:  June #2- Handspun Meadow (Young Boy)
Team: Clan of the Makers
Bonus Points: Community, Engineering
Project Name: String Bag Makeover with Quilted Panel
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=453029.0
Brief Description: This summer, I got a free string bag at an AARP-sponsored shredding event. I don't usually like to be a walking advertisement, so I wanted to cover the logo up. I created a quilted panel and stitched it onto the string bag. I used scraps from other projects to make the panel, so the entire project was free!

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6  String Bag Makeover with Quilted Panel in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by craftADDchick on: August 27, 2017 12:35:34 PM

So, it seems that I am now of the age where the AARP is trying to recruit me as a member   Grin This summer, I went to a free AARP-sponsored shredding event, and they gave me a coffee thermos and a string bag. I gave the thermos to my stepdad, but kept the string bag. Since I don't often like to wear things or carry things with a logo, I wanted to cover the logo up.

First, I measured the area that I wanted to cover up, then I cut a piece of fabric, some batting, and a piece of backing fabric.



Next, I did some FMQ practice to quilt the panel (I definitely need more practice!), and cut some strips to make binding. I stitched the binding on (I just folded it over and machine stitched it) to make the completed panel.


Then, I pinned it to the bag, and stitched right around the edge to finish it off! Since everything was from my stash (I even pieced together 2 scraps of batting to make the piece I needed), this was a totally free project, and I really like how it looks Smiley Win-win!


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7  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2017: June 1 - August 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: August 27, 2017 10:19:05 AM
Prompt: July #2- Junque Yard (Young boy- Stay & Negotiate)
Team: Clan of the Makers
Bonus Points: Community, Engineering
Project Name: From the Junk Mail Pile to the Wastebasket=Biodegradable Wastebasket Liners!
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=453028.0
Brief Description: I tried to reduce my disposable plastic usage this summer, but because I use plastic bags to line the little wastebaskets all around my house, I wasn't very good at saying "No!" to plastic bags. But I came up with a solution that works for me! I turned the weekly sales flyer bundle into a stack of biodegradable wastebasket liners! I cut them to size, sewed up the sides and bottom, and now I have some free bags!

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8  Re: We want to see!!!! Completed Projects Links! in REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING by craftADDchick on: August 27, 2017 10:12:21 AM
I turned the weekly sales flyers into biodegradable wastebasket liners!



I posted a tutorial here:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=453028.0


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9  From the Junk Mail Pile to the Wastebasket=Biodegradable Wastebasket Liners! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by craftADDchick on: August 27, 2017 10:09:51 AM
This summer, I took part in Plastic Free July (http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/), and while I was able to reduce some of my plastic usage, an area that I totally failed at was in reducing my plastic bag "habit." While I have a whole bunch of reusable shopping bags, I almost never use them for shopping. Besides forgetting to put them in the car (and remembering to bring them into the store), I often fill them with other things in the house (craft projects, for example). But, one of my main reasons for collecting plastic bags is to use them as wastebasket liners throughout the house (bedrooms, laundry room, bathroom).

One of the hints that the Plastic Free July site suggested was to line the bin with newspaper. But, I know that when I go to take the newspaper bundle out, I'll dump half of the stuff on the floor. I know that I could just skip the bag altogether but I don't want to do that because we have to put our city trash on the street in special bags, not trash bins, and sometimes the bags rip, and trash spills...using a second bag makes some of the trash a bit less likely to fly into the neighbor's yard.

So...I have a solution that works for me Smiley And, it's free, to boot!

Every week in the mail, we get a bundle of sales flyers. I almost never look at them, and usually just add them to the recycling. But now, they're my new wastebasket liners!



Here's how I made them:

First, measure the distance around the wastebasket.



Next, measure the height of the wastebasket. I didn't add any extra for the width of the wastebasket bottom, but you could always add a few inches if you wanted.



Now, if the flyers are long enough, you can cut a piece that is same dimension as the distance around the wastebasket. Mine were note quite long enough, so I cut two pieces that were half the distance. Trim the pieces to the correct height.



Pair up two pieces for each liner.



Then stitch the sides and bottom together, leaving an opening at the top. I used a large stitch length because I didn't want to have the seams rip. Also, I didn't use cotton thread for these because I didn't have any (so not 100% biodegradable, right now). But, if they work out fine, I'll pick up a spool of cotton thread for the future!



Stuff one into the wastebasket, and you're good to go!

I think they'll hold up pretty well. I don't usually put a lot of heavy, wet items in these wastebaskets, so I'm not worried about them tearing from that.

Now, I just need to remember to start using my reusable bags when I do the shopping!


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10  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2017: June 1 - August 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: August 26, 2017 04:03:16 PM
Chipping away at my list...

Prompt:  July #3- Tangled Skein Farm (Young Boy- Negotiate)
Team: Clan of the Makers
Bonus Points: WIP It!, Brain Power
Project Name: Zentangle Tile
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Last summer (see the date on the back of the tile in the scond image below), I took a Zentangle class where I learned a few new things- a new tangle (Marasu) and how to do different techniques (using new materials, too!) on a Zentangle Renaissance tile. We started the tile, but then we moved on to something else (it was a short class), and I never finished it. Today, I finally finished it! I also used a smidgen of a Tipple variation (another tangle). I don't usually go to the edge of the tile, but I couldn't figure out how to end the spiral...

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Tile close-up:


And what it looked like before I finished it:



I actually had to swipe some cobwebs off of my Zentangle tote! I always forget how much I enjoy doing Zentangle work, but I never make the time to do it, as the cobwebs can attest!
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