Nerd Games - Spring 2020

After getting myself on track, I have fallen behind again!

@appledainty, what a clever way to use the lilies on the headband, and the butterflies are beautiful! I also love the clutch purse! I never think to make one, but I never have one when I need one for something like a wedding. Tucking that idea into my brain. The obidome is stunning (actually, both of them are!) and I love the combination of materials. The resin technique for your butterfly wings is gorgeous! Your kanzashi set is so lovely- I was a bit put off by how trendy they were a little bit ago, but after seeing yours, I might have to give them a try. Also, your dragonfly brooch is just wow! The eyes are just the perfect touch! And, I’ve been following the progress of your Ho-Ou fascinator, so it’s nice to see the final product- as expected, it’s amazing.

@gozer, your felt stuffies are just great, and I’m impressed that they’re your first one! And, your mushroom drawing is gorgeous- the yellow and gray combo again- so totally works! And, again, I love the fabrics you use for your masks. And, it was nice of you too break form and use a solid grey for the guys :slight_smile: Your “The Child” ATCs are amazing- I was behind the curve in watching the series, but once I did, I understood why so many were in love with him!

@GMPNQ, once I get myself back home and settled, I would consider a trade for a penguin imprint or two! It’ll be at least a month, though. Thanks for thinking of me!

@megwell, I think I commented over in the Blitz #4 thread, but I like your metallic/masterboard ATCs. And, with an abundance of cake mixes at home, I have a feeling I’ll be checking out your cake mix muffins. And, I don’t think I commented on the Blitz #5 thread, but you were very clever in your incorporation of lyrics from the song “Under the Sea” as your overall theme!

@storerboughtcreation, your Tortoro biscornu is a.ma.zing!! I don’t think I ever saw the movie. but it’s a character that always brings a smile to my face whenever I see a crafty representation. Same with Hello Kitty! So cute, and the coordinating button is the perfect touch! And, while I’m not a Seahawks fan, I love how you incorporated the logo with the skyline and the state outline. It’s just fantastic. When you do get it to work for a biscornu, I’m sure it’ll be fabulous.

@QueenHobo, your Bartleby cat is so cute- I love the large, cartoon eyes! And, how sweet of you to make a unicorn buddy for your newphew’s unicorn! It’s so great when you have the skills to fulfill a special request. But, chocolate coffee cardamom cake? Sounds (and looks) delicious! It’s not a combination I would have thought to try.

@roler, nice job on the surgical masks! I haven’t made the pleated versions because the pleats seemed too fussy, but yours look nice and even! I love the fabrics you used on the other style. When I get home, I’ll be digging into my stash to find some fun ones. I have a feeling masks will be necessary for a while. And, I “heart” the sheep brooch! When I was in middle school, my very curly hair earned me the somewhat dubious nickname “sheephead” so I developed a fondness for them. You did a great job on the big toe drawing. Fingers and toes are not easy to draw, but you did a very accurate representation! Cabbage soup and cabbage pie? I’m not a huge fan of cabbage, but they both look delicious, as does your quiche. Right before I had to travel to FL for a family emergency, I made a fritatta that I never even got to try because I had to pop it into the freezer (I had a marathon cooking session to use up as much of the food in my fridge as I could). And rice pudding… I’m craving it right now, and love the idea of putting it in a parfait!

@kwyltaholic, I love wreaths with a bit of interest, and the natural theme of this one just checks all of the boxes for me. It’s beautiful! Welcom aboard, too!

@Bunny1kenobi, great job on the curtains! I could use something like that in my house. My neighbors have a SUPER bright motion sensor light in their driveway, and a lined curtain would most definitely help to block that out. And, I really do love your mermaid ATCs. It was a great theme to carry through all of your Blitz cards! And, wrapping your charging cord is a great way to extend the life of it, while making it pretty at the same time! Your monster greeting cards are so fun. I love how the monsters pop against the backgrounds, and they’re just so cute! But not as cute as your “wee one” in her newest little headband! I swear that pictures of my friends’ kids and pets are helping me through this social isolation. And, I forgot to mention that “Chewbarka” is also a favorite.

@Mortuum, welcome to the games! A cross stitched rat is a good way to commemorate the sighting of the wild rat, yet use it for your pet ones! I love your crocheted crab, too! The eyestalks are the perfect touch!

@Tanath, I love how fun your curly hair thingies are! We have crazy hat and hair day at school at least once a year, and I think I need some of those to clip in. Or, maybe I’ll make a hat with them all over it!

@BatsAndBrownies, your Textually Active is fantastic! And, so appropriate for your jobs both past and present!

@bluebird, great set of potion bottle ATCs. I’m always impressed when people can convey the look of glass so well! I love the softness of your moon and stars card, too.

@Smeddley, great mask, and it’s a fun way to photograph it! It’s funny, though, that just knowing your frog is called Mr. Creepy Frog automatically makes me detect a sinister look to his eyes!

@geekgirl, I love the fabrics that you used on your cloth napkins and how well they coordinate. It’s great to have different fabrics so everyone knows which one is theirs. I really like the stitch pattern on your towel.I’m heading over to the post to check it out more!

@Lynx2Lancer, I loveyour pocket letter set- the black borders really make them pop, and I love the quote that you used. And, another excellent use for your fabric twine! I like how the color changes as you go up the jar. And, I love cinnamon rolls, but I never make them because I would eat them all in one day! But now, my mouth is watering…

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I’ve been really enjoying your huge variety of biscornu patterns. Whether you use a single image or a repeating pattern, they all fit the shape perfectly and are so cheerful! Awesome job!

I adore the colors of these mushrooms! The gradation is beautiful, and they look almost carmelized!

Your wreath definitely screams spring! :slight_smile: I especially like the tiny bird nest and eggs.

Those are goooorgeous kanzashi, and will definitely be a special part of your friend’s wedding! The obidome is beautiful as well. I adore the way the light picks up the colors of the dragonfly wings on your brooch as it shines through!

Hee hee, I love your title, and way to go making curtains! Dark curtains can be so nice when you need a midday nap or even just to regulate temperature so I sure hope the kiddo approves! :slight_smile:
I really love your mermaids, and the use of capital letters for certain words reminds me of comic strip style writing! That wrapped charging cord looks really cool! And yeah, those things can wear out way too fast; it’s great that you found a way to extend its life expectancy!

Ahh, I wish I could make coffee muffins; they look decadent! But sadly coffee no longer agrees with my stomach lining. ToT I like the different textures on your ATCs, especially the greener seaweed one! :slight_smile: Now I have Sebastian singing in my head. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

Was it you who predicted this season would be Nerd Games - Mask Edition? Sure looks like you were right! I’m having fun seeing the big variety of masks everyone’s making, and I always look forward to seeing your fabrics!

Cute rat!! Please show us the treat box when you’re done; I’d love to see it! I used to have a pet rat when I was in junior high school, and up until last year I had three pet degus. I love little rodent friends!

I reiterate my wish that I could still eat/drink coffee! That cake looks AMAZING! Do you think it would work without coffee? Love the fun family pics too!

“Hair thingies” is a long-cherished and highly functional phrase; I approve! And that is SUCH a fun interpretation of the telephone prompt! I used to use an old rotary phone with a cord like that too when I was a kid. It confused my friends; they never knew how to dial! They sure make darling hair thingies too!

Nice cross-stitch! I love it when people make personal motifs out of their own lives and interests!

Yay, glad to have you here again! :slight_smile: Those potion cards are so pretty!! I love the diamond stopper on the sleeping draught. The backgrounds are really pretty too. And your use of metallics on the moon and stars is perfect!

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I think the basic idea will work with about any flavor of mix, though not all flavors will mask the taste of the pumpkin. I once semi-successfully used unsweetened applesauce with a confetti cake mix. The applesauce was wetter than the pumpkin would’ve been; I used less water to try to compensate but didn’t get the adjustment quite right. The muffins tasted fine – they just looked a little sad because the batter had been too wet.

And thanks to all for the kind ATC comments. I’m still relatively new to them; that blue masterboard was my first experience using drywall tape.

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Prompt: Spring Quarantine - free range (1)
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: Mother’s Day T-shirt
Brief Description: My inaugural post for Nerd Games, I’m so excited!!!

A friend of my reached out to see if I could make her a t-shirt for her mom for Mother’s day. This was my first “big” cricut project. She gave me the phrase but I put together the design. I don’t hate how it turned out!!!

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You did a wonderful job! Welcome to the Games!

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Here’a project dump… I’ve done more crafting than I realized!

Prompt: May Battle- Jedi
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Masks for Jim
Project Link: Masks for Jim

Brief Description: My stepdad, Jim, recently passed away. He was in the hospital for treatment for lymphoma, and contracted the virus. My sister, sister-in-law, and I flew down to FL to be with my mom. When we decided to make masks, we wanted pre-washed fabrics, and my SIL realized that Jim’s shirts would be ideal. We made 10 using a pattern my SIL had used before, and I tried out @Magpie’s pattern. My mom has cut up several more shirts to make more, because a bunch of Jim’s friends and family said they’d love to have one. It fits the prompt because the Jedi were protectors, and masks offer protection, too.

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@Magpie’s pattern

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Prompt: Spring Quarantine Bonus- Crying In the Rain
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Homemade Pizza
Project Link: Homemade Pizza

Brief Description: Like many others, my sister has gotten into bread baking during the quarantine. While we were all together at my mom’s she made bread and bagels. We had had doctored frozen pizza one night for dinner, and it was quite tasty, but we figured that since we had all of the ingredients to make pizza dough, we might as well try it. We made two kinds- mushroom, pepper, & onion and garlic, tomato & artichoke. We pre-baked the crust partially so we could then bake it right on top of the over racks to get a crispy crust. They were delicious, and it was an easy recipe to make, too! It fits the prompt because you need water to proof the yeast!

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Prompt: Spring Quarantine Bonus- Outside in the Sun
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Mermaid ATC
Project Link: Weekend ATC Blitz Challenge #5! And catch-up thread!

Brief Description: I just made this to catch up on the Weekend ATC Blitz #5. The mermaid is sitting on the rock in the sunshine!

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Prompt: Spring Quarantine Bonus- Verily, Is That a Funnel Cloud?
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Floating Pangea Model
Project Link: Floating Pangea Model

Brief Description: I needed to make an “examplar” for my students, and I left it to the last minute. I had a few challenges to overcome, and cuttiing out the pieces (3 times… once to laminate them, once after they were laminated, and once after I realized I cut them too close and had to laminate them again), plus the sticky Sulky Solvy made a bit of a mess (I was surprised that the Solvy didn’t fully dissolve in the boiling water, but it started to dissolve when I applied it with wet fingers… friction must be key). I used pieces of cut pool noodle to make them float… I was mostly successful, but I needed to use my backup plan because I timed it wrong.

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I posted a video link on the actual project thread above.

Prompt: Spring Quarantine Bonus- Dreary Foggy Day
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Easy Dishcloth
Project Link: Easy Dishcloth

Brief Description: I made a dishcloth using the same pattern @geekgirl used for her Half Bath Hand Towel. It’s a quick pattern, and I love the texture! And, it fits the prompt because it’s grey!

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Prompt: May- Yoda
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Tulle Dish Scrubbies
Project Link: Tulle Dish Scrubbies (with basic tutorial)

Brief Description: I love making these scrubbies (even though they’re plastic) because they do a really good job, but I can still use them on my non-stick pan. I made a bunch at Christmas, but my mom’s cousin wanted another one, so I made another green one last week. I might make myself one to take home, since I green is my favorite color, and I don’t have green tulle at home.

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Prompt: May- JarJar Binks
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Clownfish & Anemone ATC
Project Link: Weekend ATC Blitz Challenge #5! And catch-up thread!

Brief Description: Here’s another ATC for the Weekend Blitz #5 (I used a fish theme for this set). I wasn’t able to make them on the actual weekend, but I’m slowly getting caught up. This one has a clownfish in an anemone, which are somewhat floppy, definitely water loving, and can be annoying to other fish because they have stinging cells.

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Prompt: May- Wicket
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Fishy Food Web
Project Link: Weekend ATC Blitz Challenge #5! And catch-up thread!

Brief Description: This is my third card for the Weekend ATC Blitz #5. I used brown for the big fish!

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Great ATCs! I really like how you added dimension to the clownfish card by having him among the anemone. :slight_smile: :fish: And I really love that grey dishcloth! :slight_smile:

Thank you! It was easy to tuck the fish in amongst the tentacles. And, I love the dishcloth, too! I made it for my mom, but I might need to make another one for myself :slight_smile:

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Prompt: May Battle-Jedi vs Sith
Team: RWS
Project Name: parents stuff
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Brief Description: I made these for my mom and dad and for my MIL for Mother’s Day (and sent Fathers Day at the same time coz I saw no reason to pay for postage twice. Yes, I’m a cheapskate :wink:). I made cards for the moms, along with several matching notecards. (It was a free printable I found online that was too cute to resist!) I also made a floral embellishment on canva.com and put it on an envelope template for the notecards. I made 2 cards for my dad (also on canva.com) because I couldn’t pick which one I liked better! And they all got bookmarks with a long note on the back about how much I love them!

Parents have selfless love as their super power, kind of like Jedi. :smile:
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Prompt: Zap #3
Team: RWS
Project Name: quick earrings
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Brief Description: I made these for the quarantine challenge chain. It took a while to figure out what pieces I would use to put these together but once that was done, they were a snap.
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Prompt: May Challenge Theme - Rancor
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Batty Bat Pillbox Hat
Project Link: Batty Bat Pillbox Hat
Brief Description: I like bats, but people always associate them with dark magic and vampires. I feel they are a little misunderstood. They are very useful creatures. :3
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Prompt: May Battle - Jedi
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: DIY Kintsugi Repairs
Brief Description: I repaired a few pieces of broken ceramics using a combination of gorilla glue and gold tinted resin. :smiley: I think it’s more jedi-like than sith-like, to repair broken things instead of just tossing them. I also repaired a measuring spoon, and I still need to repair some bowls - but these were my first few test pieces.
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Sorry. I got behind on commenting. Here goes:
@megwell – The chocolate chip muffins look scrumptious. The textures on your ATCs are really cool, especially the first one with the wire looking grid.

@Mortuum – Cool rat! It’s awesome that you have them as pets. They are such smart creatures.

@QueenHobo – The cake looks scrumptious and Happy Birthday @storerboughtcreation, fun pics!

@bunny1kenobi – The wrapped phone chord looks pretty and like it was a lot of work!

@appledainty – The wings on your dragonfly are stunning. I love that you got the light shining through them in your photo. The crane fascinator is absolutely beautiful. It’s incredible! The bat pillbox hat is neat. I love all the textures on it. Great fix on the mug too!

@tanath – Your picture is cute. You look thrilled. Ha! I hope you make those sea creatures too!

@BatsandBrownies – Funny saying and neatly done cross stitch.

@bluebird - Pretty ATCs, Ilove the touch of metallics on them. The stars and the first, all gold, bottle are my favorites.

@smeddley – Nice masks. I kept forgetting to take pics of mine too. Those things get snatched up quick!

@geekgirl – Wonderful cloth napkins. I like your fabrics and how they coordinate without being too matchy-matchy. Pretty hand towel. I like the colors.

@Bunny1Kenobi – love the monster cards! That was a sweet thing to do for your youth group. The purple one is my favorite. Your granddaughter is adorable. They headbands are so cute on her. I love your May the Fourth ATCs! So clever and funny. Great backgrounds too. Very pretty cards you made for your parents. The ones for your Dad made me laugh! The bookmarks are super cool. Pretty earrings.

@roler – fantastic toe! Never thought I would be saying that. Ha! YOU should draw more often! The masks look great and I love your fabrics. Your food looks yummy too, especially the rice pudding parfait.

@Lynx2Lancer – Awesome pocket letters. Great backgrounds and I love the cat silhouette. Great use of that fabric twine for the jar covering.

@storerboughtcreation – the Seattle patch is fantasic! Glad you found a good use for it even though it wasn’t your first idea.

@Mortuum – fun crab. He looks like he is trying to find some mischief to get into.

@Imnatari – Welcome to the team! Your teeshirt turned out fantastic!

@craftADDchick - So sorry to hear about your step Dad. It was such a sweet gesture to make masks out of his shirts. I am sure they will mean a lot to his friend and family. Your mermaid ATC is very pretty. I love the way you layered it. The Pangea model is cool looking. I bet it was neat to see it floating around and showing how the earth used to fit together. Nice dishcloth, you can never have enough of them. I love those scrubbies! I use them all the time. They work wonderfully. The clownfish ATC is awesome. The big fish one makes me laugh.

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Prompt: Spring Quarantine: Dreary Foggy Day
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name and Link :Root Beer Float Cupcakes
Brief Description: While root beer floats are summer time and sunshine, these are grey, so they fit the prompt by color.
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Prompt: Spring Quarantine: Crying in the Rain
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name and Link:Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes
Brief Description: When the weather doesn’t cooperate, bake cupcakes!
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(Apologies if I have posted this one already. My internet was pretty much out for a week, which messed up my Nerd Games posting and commenting mojo. I can’t remember if I meant to post this here, or if I actually did, and I’m being too lazy to look.)
Prompt: Spring Quarantine: Verily, is that a funnel cloud?
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name and Link: Masterboard atc blanks
Brief Description: Masterboards are messy. While I wasn’t making masterboards for this, I had a huge mess on my table cutting and pasting to make these blanks.
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Prompt: April Challenge - Snapchat

Team: Bits & Bobs

Project Name: Pampas Grass & Dragonfly Comb

Project Link: Pampas Grass & Dragonfly Comb

Brief Description: The see-through nature of the wings and pampas grass is kinda ghosty :smiley: It’s a pretty shiney comb. Dragonfly made from wire, holographic film & resin; pampas grass made from iridescent organza and glitterwire. The flashy green color also makes me think a little of ectoplasm LOL

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Everyone’s projects are amazing, but I especially like the ATCs, the sweets I’m trying not to let give me ideas, and the crab.

Prompt: Rancor (May)
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: Attempt at chocolate stout cupcakes
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: I broke out a cupcake mix from my pantry, and they…did not turn out. The flavor was good, but the texture was so. bad. To the extent that I almost used these for the small/wrinkly Yoda prompt. But ugly won the day, unlike my cupcakes. Luckily, they didn’t use the whole beer, so I could easily drown my sorrows.
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Prompt: Wicket (May)
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: I decided those cupcakes weren’t worth the calories, so I made some cookies. I threw a bit of cocoa powder into my Vaguely Less Bad for You Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies and scooped them a little bigger than usual. Cupcakes who?
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Heh, sweets! Yeah…gonna need to take a break from th cupcakes a bit because we have no one to share with!
That said, when said break is up, next up is maraschino cherry frosting. Should I use vanills cupcakes chocolate cupcakes, or something infused with cherry?

Also, at least you had some beer left over…and oatmeal cookie chasers. Hah

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Prompt: May - Wicket (cute)
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Studio Ghibli shrine
Project Link: Studio ghibli shrine
Brief Description: tiny shrine filled with polymer clay studio ghibli figures
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Prompt: May - Zap
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Ranch Dressing - FODMAP friendly
Project Link: Ranch Dressing
Brief Description: homemade ranch using homemade garlic infused oil
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Prompt: May - Quarantine - Crying in the rain
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Deviled Eggs
Project Link: Deviled Eggs
Brief Description: yummy deviled eggs. these are made and eaten indoors and need water to boil eggs!

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