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41  Re: Spring Nerd Battles: March 1 - May 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: May 01, 2017 06:33:48 PM
Prompt: April- Quote #4
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Robot Tile #1
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: "With regard to robots, in the early days of robots people said, 'Oh, let's build a robot' and what's the first thought? You make a robot look like a human and do human things. That's so 1950s. We are so past that. --Neil deGrasse Tyson"
Back at the beginning of March, my sister and I took a glass fusing class (it was my Christmas present), and we were supposed to make St. Patrick's Day coasters. But, when the instructor said we could make something else if we wanted, I had to make robots! I have another one from a few years ago, but I don't know where I stashed it.

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Prompt: May- Gasconading
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Robot Tile #2
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I made a second robot tile, because we had a plenty of time, and I used some very tiny glass rods as part of the design when I made these. For the tile on the right, it was especially tricky to place them. I was worried that they would shift when the instructor put them into the kiln. When I went to pick the tiles up, I was the first one in the class to do so, and I was pretty impressed with how great my tiles looked (especially compared to some of the others). Even my very talented artist sister said that mine came out the best (I took pictures so she could see them all).

Project Photo: See photo above


Prompt: May- Fugacious
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Canning Day #2 of 2017
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Saturday, I canned with my canning buddy up in NH. We made rhubarb quick pickles (less than 15 minutes to make), rhubarb vinegar (which will be ready to strain and bottle on Thursday), pickled asparagus, asparagus relish (which used up the ends of the asparagus that we trimmed off so the stalks would fit into the jar). All of these will be consumed!

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Prompt: April- Quote #1
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Engineering
Project Name: Dollhouse Fabric Bolts (in the Craft Hutch)
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: "Creativity is contagious- pass it on. -- Albert Einstein"
Anybody who knows me knows that I am a crafty gal, and I'm happy to share what I've learned and learn from others. When my mom and I decided to start decorating my childhood dollhouse (made by my uncle, but left in my mom's attic for about 35 years), I knew the attic space would be perfect for a craft room (with and adjoining library). The craft hutch is the first thing we made for the room. It's a purchased hutch that was unfinished, so we painted it white. Then, I loaded it up with little fabric bolts (I really wanted the post to be just the bolts, but I forgot to photograph them before I left FL, and my mom photographed them for me, and I didn't specify that I just wanted the fabric bolts). I cut little bits of cardboard (about 3/4" tall by about 1/2" wide) and then cut strips of fabric (about 1/2" wide and 2 1/2" long). I glued down one end of the fabric strip, wrapped the rest around the "bolt," and glued the end down with just a dab of glue.

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Prompt: April- Quote #2
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Brain Power
Project Name: FitNice T-shirt
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself. --Muhammad Ali

My aunt came across this pattern designing class about the FitNice design system, and when the class got cancelled, my mom bought the DVD and pattern. The idea is that you create a master pattern, that is fitted to you, and then you can alter it to make over 100 different tops (when you buy more DVDs). While I was in FL (visiting my mom, and my aunt came down later in the week), we decided to give it a try. Since I was leaving first, I got to be the guinea pig. We had a lot of trouble getting the sleeve area to fit properly (I think I stitched it at least 3 different ways), and I had to redo the neck band because I measured the pattern, and not the shirt, so the band was initially too big. When we were struggling with the armhole area, I wanted to throw in the towel, and even though we finally got that right, when the neck band didn't fit right, I had just about had it. But, after a good night's sleep, I redid the neck band, and quickly hemmed it.  I finished it about an hour before I was due to head to the airport. I'm already planning to make another one, now that I have a perfect fit pattern!

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Prompt: May- Enantiodromia
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Dollhouse Bedding Update
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: When we pulled out all of the furniture we had for the dollhouse, the bedding for the canopy bed looked a little yellowed from 35 years of sitting in the attic. I decided to make a little quilt for it, and wanted a simple patchwork design. But, I knew I didn't want to stitch a bunch of tiny squares. I had a pattern saved that had a clever method for creating the patchwork by sewing, cutting, unsewing in a select location, and sewing strips. It made it pretty easy! If you look closely, you can see that the seams don't match up perfectly in a few spots, but overall it came out pretty nice! And, it transformed the look of the bed!

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42  Re: Spring Nerd Battles: March 1 - May 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: April 27, 2017 04:42:34 PM
Prompt:  April Battle Royale- Observational
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points:  Swaptastic, Brain Power
Project Name: Michigan TM Patch
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: "Home is where the heart is" - Pliny the Elder
I made this patch for curiousfae in the Yet Another TM Patch Swap R8. She lives in Michigan, and I stitched the heart right in her area. I made the state outline/applique using my mom's embroidery machine. I appliqued it right onto the background. Neither one of us had ever tried something like it before on the embroidery machine, and it took me 3 tries to get it right!
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Prompt:  March- Fahrenheit 451
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Swaptastic!
Project Name: Beltane TM Patch
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: This is another TM patch that I made for curiousfae. It represents the Maypole dance during the Beltane festival. I believe that Beltane is considered a "fire festival."
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Prompt:  March- 1984
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Blood Orange Marmalade & Lemon Cranberry Chutney
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: This represents the first batch of canning this year. Both of these needed to be watched during the cooking to make sure that they didn't boil over or scorch.
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43  Re: Craftster Trading Card Swap - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: April 23, 2017 06:26:05 AM
I sent my cards on: May 20, 2017


I have received from you!
You have received from me!
I have received from you AND you have received from me!

1. Smmarrt
2. craftylittlemonkey
3. BigBangMomma
4. calluna
5. alwaysinmyroom
6. noooitaremybirthday
7. mandykaye
8. roler
9. jellybean89
10. bec99
11. Abbeeroad
12. emilywilde
13. Sharalee
14. underthemountain
15. curiousfae
16. fluffypants
17. LovelyMiss
18. phoenixfiredesigns
19. Onyxnox
20. seeuudee
21. alteredmommy

My card technique was less artistic than most of you, but it still reflects some of the crafts I enjoy. For the background of the card front and back, I scanned in a crocheted granny square and a piece of fabric.



Then, I found a picture of me from when I was in dancing school (I think I was about 5 or 6 in this photo). The song we danced to was "Apple on a Stick." Strange that I remember that.... I scanned it in and cropped it down to fit the front, and imported the images into Pubisher. Then I added my name using word art.



For the back, I used Publisher to import the image and then typed my text right over the image.



After getting the copies made, I cut them apart, and glued the fronts and backs onto card stock pieces (I forgot to ask for glossy photo paper, so the paper was a little flimsy). I had a bit of trouble with excess glue around the edges, so I dusted them with some body powder (it was all I had) before I sent them off.

And, just a note about my "Royal Penguin" nickname... I took a workshop with 2 colleagues and one of the activities that we had to do was run a short distance and time each other. One of the guys made the observation that I run like a penguin, and so I earned the nickname "Penguin," which recently got upgraded to "Royal Penguin" on National Penguin Day Smiley
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44  Re: 2017 QuiltAlong in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by craftADDchick on: April 08, 2017 02:50:52 PM
Challenge #1:

I only completed one quilt last year. I finished one on New Year's Eve in 2015 (finished 12/31/15), and I've made 2 this year with my mom (matching baby quilts).

So, here's my total 2016 production, with the 2 from this year:

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45  Re: Spring Nerd Battles: March 1 - May 31, 2017 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: March 29, 2017 06:33:23 PM
Before I forget and miss the March Battle...

Prompt: March Battle Royale- Lord of the Flies
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Decoy Wasp Nest
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: My mom has a wasp problem at her camper up north, and read that a decoy nest will prevent wasps from building an actual nest. She found a pattern on Etsy, and I stitched it up. It wasn't looking as "ridgey" as the pattern picture, so I did a little tweaking g (not enough to get Brain Power points, however). Right now, it's not stuffed, so my mom can do that before she hangs it. I hope it works!  And...flies are insects and wasps are insects! I'm sure I could go deeper with the false idols and stuff, but my brain is craving simple Smiley
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46  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: March 20, 2017 03:10:22 PM
My patches from curiousfae are here! Hooray!

First, is a patch made out of felt that depicts the water cycle. I love how the mountain stream flows into the ocean, and that she was able to represent all 3 phases of water (solid- snow on the mountain; liquid- stream, ocean, precipitation; gas- squiggly lines to represent ocean water turning into water vapor).




Next, some impeccable stitching for a Neil deGrasse Tyson quote (she stitched his name in the tiniest of stitches, yet it's still completely legible- amazing!). I was really hoping to get another cool quote patch (I think it's my 4th one, and I have one in progress) Smiley




I am very, very happy! Excellent additions to my collection! Thanks, curiousfae!

And, the images probably need rotating, so I'll do that when I get on a PC- can't do it from my iPad Tongue
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47  Yet Another TM Patch Swap R8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: March 15, 2017 06:28:26 PM

Patch made by craftADDchick

Swap Post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451632.0

Status:
Sent
Received
Received & Posted Pics
Feedback Given
Sending Late w/Communication
Contact Organizer


Abbeeroad: craftylittlemonkey, Sharalee, also sent an Angel Package!
alwaysinmyroom: noooitaremybirthday, JoyfulClover
Audania1: gala_apples, meowari
audio: noooitaremybirthday, roler
craftADDchick: curiousfae
crafty-becky: jenleahlynn
craftylittlemonkey: Abbeeroad, RovingAnarchist
curiousfae: Inselaeffchen, craftADDchick
fatewineroses: Sharalee
gala_apples: Audania1, JoyfulClover
Inselaeffchen: curiousfae, Wulf
jenleahlynn: crafty-becky, roler
JoyfulClover: gala_apples, alwaysinmyroom
meowari: Audania1
noooitaremybirthday: audio, alwaysinmyroom
roler: jenleahlynn, audio
RovingAnarchist: craftylittlemonkey
Sharalee: Abbeeroad, fatewineroses
Wulf: Inselaeffchen


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48  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: February 23, 2017 04:31:12 PM
Prompt:  January- Warcraft
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: WIP
Project Name: Water Cycle Game
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: I teach 6th grade science, and with the recent adoption of some revised state standards, I have to teach the water cycle again. The last time I taught it (about 10 years ago), I found a game that sent students through various stages of the water cycle. I designed a set of blocks (9 blocks- 1 for each stage) and made a set of oak tag cubes. When I switched schools, the oak tag cubes got mangled, and I wanted to make a more durable set. So, I re-sized the images and used Mod-Podge to adhere them to some 2" wooden cubes. I also made a set of signs for each station, as well as sheets that showed the side of each cube (I laminated the signs and the sheets). This fits the theme because one of my personality traits is that I am a big science geek, another is that I am crafty, and a third is that I like to find fun ways to teach the standards!

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Prompt:  Red Alert!- Romance
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Community, Engineering
Project Name: Valentine's Day Dance Discount Decorations
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451690.0
Brief Description: In a pinch, I found some clearance items at Target to make some more decorations for our Valentine's Day Dance at school. It was held 2 days after the actual day, so the items were 50% off, so I made the decorations for under $5 Smiley I made a heart garland and some hanging X and O thingies Cheesy

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Prompt:  February Battle- Comedy
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Brain Power
Project Name: Waterfall Album Sample Pages
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: About 2 weeks ago, my aunt texted me: "Are you up for a challenge?" and sent me the link to a video for a rather involved set of scrapbook pages (it's called the Waterfall Album). She had tried it on her own, and couldn't make sense of the directions. I watched the almost 2 hour video and figured I could definitely help her out. So, I spent a day at her house this week, and we put together a "sample" set of pages (we also had to make each page base, plus the album cover) so she would know how to make one on her own. There were 5 different layouts (6 if you count the layout that is the reverse of one of them), and we worked on it all day. It fits the theme of comedy because we always have a lot of laughs whenever we craft together (especially when we make silly mistakes!).

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49  Valentine's Day Dance Discount Decorations in Valentine's Day by craftADDchick on: February 23, 2017 03:57:35 PM
I help to run our student council at my school, and every year, we try to add to our stockpile of decorations. This year, our dance was held 2 days after Valentine's Day, and I forgot to get prizes for the dance-off and the limbo contest, so I headed to Target in the hope that I would find some stuff on clearance. Not only did I get enough prizes, I also bought a bunch of themed items to turn into some decorations-50% off!

A variety of felt hearts, plus some chipboard X's and O's (I had the yarn in my classroom already).




I grabbed a glue gun from the cabinet and borrowed some glue sticks, and got to work...

I stretched out a piece of yarn, applied a line of glue to the back of each item, and stretched the yarn out in the glue.




We used them to decorate the columns in the cafeteria. They look a little plain because we didn't have enough crepe paper streamers to wrap around the poles (next year!).




Then, one of my student council kids popped in to see if I needed help with anything, so I had her help me out with the heart garland. She set up the hearts the way she liked, and I glued them to the yarn. Some of them are double layered hearts, which I also glued together.



The kids strung the garland up along the stacked up cafeteria tables. Next year, I think we'll add some twinkle lights to brighten it up a little!



I got all of the decorations for under $5, and we used every piece we had! We've got them all saved for next year Smiley
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50  Yet Another TM Patch Swap R8-SU: CLOSED; SO: April 3, 2017 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by craftADDchick on: February 15, 2017 01:00:56 PM

Patch made by craftADDchick

Check out the gallery here!

Swap Name: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R8
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: craftADDchick
Sign-up date range: February 15, 2017-March 4, 2017
Date to send item by: Monday, April 3, 2017

 Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

 Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
 
 Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
 - Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
 - Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
 - Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
 - Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
 - Is at least 18 years old: YES

 Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
 - Has been a member for at least one month: YES
 - Has posted at least 15 times: YES
 - Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
 - Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
 - Does not have any negative feedback: YES
 - Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
 - If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
 - If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

 Details of swap:
 Do you love making Teesha Moore-style patches? Have you always admired them but haven't yet caught the TM bug? Well, this could be the swap for you!

In this round of the TM Patch Swap, you will be crafting for 1 or 2 partners (first time swappers will be limited to 1 partner) and from 1-3 patches (you and your partner should agree on the exact number).

Also, you will have the option of exchanging a TM Patch Supply kit with your partner (contents of kit may include: floss, fabric, embellishments {buttons, beads, ribbons, charms, etc}, poly-fil, etc.).

Let's keep this swap simple and limit it to the sending of patches and kits (if you love sending extra things, consider adding those as part of a kit Smiley ).

There are lots of inspirational patches from previous swaps, so check out some of the galleries here:

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=448165.0 (Round 7)

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=445370.0 (Round 6)

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439296.0 (Round 5)

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437989.0 (Round 4)

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436180.0 (Round 3)

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434712.0 (Round 2)

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432695.0 (Round 1)

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=407645.0#axzz2UxtFzswN

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=402089.0#axzz2UxtFzswN

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426480.0#axzz2bcdxNvuF

IF your are new to making patches, here are some links to Teesha Moore's own video tutorials showing you her techniques. You won't want to miss these.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Cm4RoEsgl0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yt49UgGzy6k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=246iSNnS8So
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njd3J7ttslQ

And, here's a thread right here on Craftster that has some additional tips by your fellow Craftsters!

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451936.0


 If you want to participate, information to send to organizer, craftADDchick:

 QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
 Name of swap: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R8!
 Craftster username:
 Email address:
 Your real name:
 Mailing address including the country (please put it in the proper format for mailing to your country):
 Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
 Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
 Do you want one or two partners?
How many patches would you like to make for each partner (Organizer will attempt to match partners based on this information as much as possible)?
Do you also want to exchange a kit with your partner(s), in addition to the patches?
List at least four themes to inspire your partner: (Some themes from previous swaps were the beach, peace and love, buttons, rainbows, DOTD, trees and nature, literature, stripes and polkadots, craftster's choice.)
List preferred size range, if you have one:
Preferred colors, if any:
Are there any colors or themes you really don't want to receive?
Are odd shapes desirable, such as round or triangular patches?
Do you have a Pinterest, website, or another site that your partner can peruse for inspiration?
Do you have any allergies that could be a problem?
Do you have any allergens in your home?

 IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.


PARTICIPANTS:

1. craftADDchick
2. Inselaeffchen
3. Sharalee
4. craftylittlemonkey
5. roler
6. curiousfae
7. audio
8. Abbeeroad
9. fatewineroses
10. alwaysinmyroom
11. RovingAnarchist
12. Audania1
13. crafty-becky
14. Wulf
15. JoyfulClover
16. jenleahlynn
17. noooitaremybirthday
18. gala_apples
19. meowari


Partners!


Abbeeroad: craftylittlemonkey, Sharalee
alwaysinmyroom: noooitaremybirthday, JoyfulClover
Audania1: gala_apples, meowari
audio: noooitaremybirthday, roler
craftADDchick: curiousfae
crafty-becky: jenleahlynn
craftylittlemonkey: Abbeeroad, RovingAnarchist
curiousfae: Inselaeffchen, craftADDchick
fatewineroses: Sharalee
gala_apples: Audania1, JoyfulClover
Inselaeffchen: curiousfae, Wulf
jenleahlynn: crafty-becky, roler
JoyfulClover: gala_apples, alwaysinmyroom
meowari: Audania1
noooitaremybirthday: audio, alwaysinmyroom
roler: jenleahlynn, audio
RovingAnarchist: craftylittlemonkey
Sharalee: Abbeeroad, fatewineroses
Wulf: Inselaeffchen
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