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1  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2018: September 1 - November 30, 2018 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: November 30, 2018 05:19:40 PM
Prompt:  September- Kiki's Delivery Service
Team: textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Cleaning Corner Labels
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Having never seen the movie, I had to rely on an online description. When I read that Kiki uses a broom to make her deliveries, I knew I finally had to make labels for the cleaning corner in my room. Last year, I didn't have enough hooks, and the dustpans and brooms were often on the floor. This year, I added more hooks, but the kids wouldn't always put things back properly. So, I'm really hoping the labels will work (anyone make a guess as to when the first letter gets picked off by a 6th grader?).

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Prompt:  UFO Sighting
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: WIP
Project Name: Spooky Eyes for the Halloween Dance
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Somewhere (maybe even here on Craftster), I saw an idea to cut eyes out of cardboard tubes and stick glow sticks inside to hang in the bushes. At night, they look like creepy eyes watching you. For our school dances, the cafeteria tables get folded up and placed along one side of the room. I thought it would be fun to do, and gathered the supplies over the summer. But, this summer was not very craft-friendly, so I ended up not finishing them in time for the dance. I have them bagged up ready to go (and ready to glow...) for next year. I tried to get an "action" shot, but the glow sticks (actually glow bracelets), were old and wouldn't glow Sad

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There are only 4 pictured, but I have 15 in the bag, all set for next Halloween.


Sadly, that's it for me in this round. I have 2 other projects almost finished (Zaps in the next round, I think), and one that has the first step completed. Another has the last step left to do (since February...), and the rest of the planned projects will get bumped to the next round. My plans for a busy-bee (with no pressure to actually get anything done), are out the window for tomorrow, most likely, unless I can find a nearby place to park my car (leaf collection/street sweeping from 7-5 so cars can't be parked on the street). I might have to go and hang out somewhere with free wifi so I can at least get some computer work finished.
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2  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2018: September 1 - November 30, 2018 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: November 16, 2018 06:25:36 PM
Prompt: November- King Ghidorah
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Eclipse Models
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: In my 6th grade science class, I teach about eclipses and models can be helpful. A few years ago, I had my students make these models to use, and they were more challenging than most of them could handle. The next time I planned to use them, I was lucky enough to have a classroom aide and she made 4 of them for me. My classes are larger now, so I thought Id make a few more. I only had enough lighter colors of card stock to make 3... which was fortunate. Even with my SIL helping with the cutting and folding, they still took 3+ hours to make.

This fits the prompt because I made 3 (3-headed monster), but they also show mini models of the moon and earth.

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3  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2018: September 1 - November 30, 2018 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: November 12, 2018 04:58:56 PM
Prompt:  October- Masaharu Morimoto (silver and fusion)
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Lavender Plum Jam
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: This jam fuses the flavors of lavender (it starts by grinding lavender and mixing it with sugar...after it sits for 24+ hours, the sugar is used in the jam) with plums. The result is an amazingly fragrant and delicious jam. And, it also fits the prompts because the jar rings are silver in color.

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Prompt:  November- Gigan (allegory)
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Cranberry Sauce
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: In order to tackle this prompt correctly, I decided to look up examples of allegories, and I discovered that Pilgrim's Progress is an excellent example (and that most people misuse the term allegory). So, in honor of the Pilgrims who came to America, I made cranberry sauce!

Project Picture: {see above photo... the cranberry sauce is on the left}
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4  Embroidered Strawberry on a Tea Towel in Needlework: Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: November 03, 2018 06:46:57 PM
This isn't the most exciting project, but after I ditched my plans to carve a strawberry stamp and use it to decorate the tea towel, I figured embroidery was the next best thing. I made it for the Life is Berry Sweet Swap, and I drew the strawberry freehand. I wish I had a picture of the back because it was the very first time I was successful in making the back look as neat as the front... until I added the seed beads for the seeds Smiley



This was a fun little project to stitch and it has reminded me that I need to make more time for embroidery!
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5  Strawberry Bendy Bag with Bonus Bendy Bits Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by craftADDchick on: November 03, 2018 06:41:19 PM
I participated in the Life is Berry Sweet Swap, and decided to make a Bendy Bag that looked like a strawberry. I had originally planned on using strawberry print fabric, but couldn't find any, so then I decided to use red fabric for the outside and applique the green leaves around the zipper. But, because of the bend, I didn't think I could make it look right. Instead, I hit upon the idea of using large ric-rac to mimic the green leafy bits at the top of a strawberry.



 To make the Bendy Bag, you have to cut out some rather large triangular pieces to create the "bend," and it can be rather wasteful. Someone came up with a pattern to use the triangle pieces (the leftover "bits" from the Bendy Bag) to make a small zipper pouch. I added this into my swap package for the Life is Berry Sweet Swap.
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6  Pretty Bobbins All In a Row in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by craftADDchick on: November 03, 2018 06:36:58 PM
This may be old information, but I was very happy to run across it... I recently came across a tutorial (on another site) that showed how to cut rubber tubing (I used cutters designed for cutting tubing... but scissors would work) in lengths slightly under 1/4" and cut each ring open on one side. The split rings of tubing can then be used to wrap around a bobbin to keep the thread ends corralled.

You cannot know how happy this makes me... or maybe you can if, like me, the sight of the many tangled bobbin ends drives you crazy!

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7  Mini Bargello TM Patch in Needlework: Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: November 03, 2018 06:29:39 PM
 I made this mini patch (the stitched area is around 1" square) using shades of brown, white, and a pop of bright green. I've never done Bargello before, but thought it would be fun to try it on a small square. I didn't have the right fabric, and after two attempts, I finally bought some (28 ct!) even-weave fabric. I used 2 strands of floss, and once I got the pattern going, the hardest part was seeing the where to put the needle in such fine fabric! I probably shouldn't have tried to learn the technique on such a small scale but it came out pretty neat looking!

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8  Ants at a Picnic TM Patch in Needlework: Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: November 03, 2018 06:26:06 PM
This is another patch that I made for Wulf in the last round of the Yet Another TM Patch Swap. Because it was the 10th round, we were supposed to incorporate the number 10 in some way, so I decided on 10 ants. I made the bodies with 3 seed beads each, and stitched the legs. They looked weird, so I kept adding details. Next I added their mandibles, then added some crumbs (French knots) for them to carry (with additional food bits on the patch). I still didn't love the way the ants looked. I realized that they needed antennae, but didn't know how to make them stick out properly. I did some searching and found a tutorial for whiskers, and used the same idea. I coated the ends of several single strands of embroidery floss with glue and let them dry on a piece of wax paper. Then, I stitched each single antenna onto the first bead of the ant body. Repeat 19 more times, then trim them down to size. Only then was I happy with the little ants!

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9  Maple Seed TM Patch in Needlework: Completed Projects by craftADDchick on: November 03, 2018 06:18:01 PM
I made this patch for Wulf in the last round of the Yet Another TM Patch Swap. It's about 1 1/2 inches long, and it's a little bit smaller than an actual maple seed. I was inspired by all of Ludi's beautiful pieces and I wanted to try my hand at doing some "coloring" with thread. For a first attempt, I'm pretty happy with it Wink


 
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10  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2018: September 1 - November 30, 2018 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: October 25, 2018 06:47:00 PM
So, I have not been on Craftster much because September was a blur, and October, while not as much of a blur, has still been busier than expected. I didn't even get a craft completed in time for the September Battle! Tsk, tsk...

But, I did manage to get some crafting done...

Prompt:  October Battle: What You Eat
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Figs in Honey Syrup
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: My friend and I did a long day of canning in mid-September (the 16th) and we made 3 items: Orange Tomato Ketchup (that refers to the color of the tomatoes... not an orange flavor Smiley ), Bread & Butter Jalapeno Pickles, and Figs in Honey Syrup. I'm hoping to start eating better by bringing my lunches to school instead of picking them up at the local convenience store. I plan on using the figs to add some delightful flavor to some boring yogurt.

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Prompt:  September- My Neighbor Tortoro
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Swaptastic, Community
Project Name: Maple Seed TM Patch
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=456436.0
Brief Description: While I haven't seen the film, I read that Totoro lives in a tree. Maple seeds come from trees! I made this patch for Wulf in the last round of the Yet Another TM Patch Swap. It's about 1 1/2 inches long, and it's a little bit smaller than an actual maple seed.

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Prompt:  September- Princess Mononoke
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Swaptastic, Community
Project Name: Picnic Ants TM Patch
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=456438.0
Brief Description: This patch was a real struggle for me to make. I was dealing with some life issues, and I just didn't love how the patch was coming along. I kept adding details, and still I didn't like it very much. It wasn't until I added some "3D" antennae to the ants that I finally liked it.

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Prompt:  September- The Wind Rises
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  Community
Project Name: Bobbin Organizing
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=456440.0
Brief Description: Something that I want to be is more organized... and neat. While I can sustain the neatness in short bursts, and my organizational strategy is mainly "How long ago did I place it in the pile?" (which works surprisingly well for me), I wish I was visibly better at both. So, I decided to start small... It always bugs me how my bobbin threads are loose and tangly in the case (I even have a bobbin ring, and it still happens). So, I bought some clear tubing (and a tubing cutter), and snipped a bunch of short (about 1/4") lengths. Then, I cut the ring open and slipped it over each bobbin. Words cannot express how happy it makes me to look into my sewing tote and see my bobbins so neatly organized!

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Prompt:  October- Hiroyuki Sakai
Team:
Bonus Points: Swaptastic, Community
Project Name: "Strawberry" Bendy Bag
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=456441.0
Brief Description: I participated in the Life is Berry Sweet Swap, and decided to make a Bendy Bag that looked like a strawberry. I had originally planned on using strawberry print fabric, but couldn't find any, so then I decided to use red fabric for the outside and applique the green leaves around the zipper. But, because of the bend, I didn't think I could make it look right. Instead, I hit upon the idea of using large ric-rac to mimic the green leafy bits at the top of a strawberry.

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Prompt:  Free Range Crafting #1
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Swaptastic
Project Name: Bendy Bits Bag
Project Link: {I posted it with the Bendy Bag above}
Brief Description: To make the Bendy Bag, you have to cut out some rather large triangular pieces to create the "bend," and it can be rather wasteful. Someone came up with a pattern to use the triangle pieces (the leftover "bits" from the Bendy Bag) to make a small zipper pouch. I added this into my swap package for the Life is Berry Sweet Swap.

Project Picture: {See above photo... it's the smaller bag on the right)


Prompt:  Free Range Crafting #2
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Swaptastic, Community
Project Name: Embroidered Strawberry Tea Towel
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=456442.0
Brief Description: I decided to embroider a tea towel with a strawberry for the Life is Berry Sweet Swap, after I decided that my original plan to carve a stamp and stamp the strawberries wasn't going to work as well as I wanted. I free-handed the strawberry image, and used backstitch to stitch it. Then, I used some black seed beads to make the seeds.

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Prompt: October- Masahiko Kobe
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Swaptastic, Community
Project Name: Bargello Mini TM Patch
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=456439.0
Brief Description: I made this mini patch (the stitched area is around 1" square) using shades of brown, white, and a pop of bright green. I've never done Bargello before, but thought it would be fun to try it on a small square. I didn't have the right fabric, and after two attempts, I finally bought some (28 ct!) even-weave fabric. I used 2 strands of floss, and once I got the pattern going, the hardest part was seeing the where to put the needle in such fine fabric!

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