Nerd Games - Spring 2020

Prompt: May Theme - Jar Jar Binks
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Watercolor Hydrangea Hairclip
Project Link: Dahlia & Hydrangea Hairclips
Brief Description: I used a special technique to create the gradiated ‘watercolor’ effect on the petals silk I used to make the petals for this hydrangea. :smiley: After adding spots of dye, I rinsed the silk with room temperature water to make the colors blend.
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Prompt: June Theme - Zebra Turkeyfish
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Dahlia Hairclip
Project Link: Dahlia & Hydrangea Hairclips
Brief Description: This has a bit of a gradient/stripe effect to it with two different shades of pink. It’s also a dahlia, which is kind of a frilly, layered flower.
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Prompt: June Theme - Angelfish
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Bunny of the Moon Hairpin
Project Link: Bunny of the Moon Hairpin
Brief Description: Bunnies are pretty sweet. Some mochi is savory, but I usually have it sweet - and I imagine the bunny of the moon makes sweet mochi.
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All of your pieces are lovely, but the bunny is my favorite! :heart_eyes:

@appledainty, that rabbit hairclip is my favorite thing you have ever done! And you have done some amazing pieces. I Love it. It’s so beautiful, like a piece of art. It is a piece of art!!!

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They’re not bad. I had a bit of the dough leftover that I’d scooped out to freeze, so I put it back in the bowl and mixed in some oats :laughing:. If they bake up okay, this batch will probably end up in the freezer.

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Prompt: June Battle - Fresh Water
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Goldfish & Uchiwa Kanzashi Hair Pin
Project Link: Goldfish & Uchiwa Kanzashi Hair Pin
Brief Description: Goldfish are definitely fresh water, right? XD This piece took forever to finish. I am super proud of it.
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Prompt:June Battle- Fresh Water
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Tulle Dish Scrubbies
Project Link: Tulle Dish Scrubbies (with basic tutorial) (but, I’ve posted here before, so not eligible for bonus, I think)

Brief Description: These are great for washing the dishes (which I always do using fresh water). I can make one in just over a half an hour.

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Prompt: June- Squid
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Easy Dishcloth
Project Link: Easy Dishcloth (I’ve posted here before, too, so again, no bonus points)

Brief Description: I made this gray dishcloth while I was still down in FL. I made it smaller than the previous one I posted.

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Prompt: June- Zebra Turkeyfish
Team: Bits and Bobs
Project Name: Easy Dishcloth
Project Link: Easy Dishcloth (I’ve posted here before, too, so again, no bonus points)

Brief Description: This one is the same size as the one above, and I used a variegated yarn to make the stripes.

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And, @roler, here’s my raffle prize- A Kitchen Helper Set! It’s a jar opener, a dishcloth, and 2 tulle dish scrubbies.

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Oooh. I need to win the kitchen helper set! These are awesome

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Thanks for another great donation!!

Meanwhile, if anyone still wants to donate, I’m gonna let you sneak stuff in until the veerrrry end of the month (Pacific time)! :slight_smile:

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Prompt: June – Fresh Water
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: Sunny with Pumpkins
Project Link: -0-
Brief Description: I wanted to get some cuter pictures of my felties, but that means I need some more props. The dog pattern came with a pumpkin pattern so I figured I would try it out.
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Prompt: June – Clownfish
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: Whimsical Circus ATC
Project Link: -0-
Brief Description: The ATC is of a circus act and clowns are at the circus!
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Prompt: June – Anglefish
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: Dancing Bird ATC
Project Link: -0-
Brief Description: The ATC is for someone else, and one of the birds is yellow.
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Prompt: May – Wicket
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: Monster Bath ATC
Project Link: -0-
Brief Description: The ATC is of a cute monster. There are lots of sparkles. I tried to capture that but it didn’t really show up.
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Hello, Sunny! :wave: You sure look cute with that pumpkin!

Those ATCs are awesome! I love the adorable little guy in the bath.

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Sneaking my swap ATCs in under the wire. crafty-becky, if you’re reading this, skip this post if you don’t want possible spoilers!

Prompt: Horse Mackerel (June)
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: Swap ATC 1 Woodland Pals
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: Made for my partner in the ATC Trio swap. It has blue in it.
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Prompt: Clownfish (June)
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: Swap ATC 2 Sew Crafty
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: Same swap. This one has a pun.
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Prompt: Angelfish (June)
Team: Running with Scissors
Project Name: Swap ATC 3 Mystery Loves Company
Project Link: N/A.
Brief Description: Same swap. This one has yellow in it.
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Perfect use of an that background item (trying for s sneaky comment) in the last card!! I love it!

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Prompt: April - Facebook
Team: Palettable Art
Project Name: Crochet Crow
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: This Crow’s Face was quite a bit of work, but I think the expression makes it worth it!
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Prompt: April - Instagram
Team: Palettable Art
Project Name: Dog Toys
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: Half of these are pink and purple!
Project Photo(s): (see below)

Prompt: June Squid
Team: Palettable Art
Project Name: Dog Toys
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: …and half of these have grey!
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Dog Toys

Prompt: April - Lettuce Craft
Team: Palettable Art
Project Name: All Mad Here Cross Stitch
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: Green!
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Prompt: Covid - Cring in the Rain
Team: Palettable Art
Project Name: Breadsticks
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: Why on earth I decided to HAND-KNEAD bread dough is beyond me, and it’s a skill that probably will remain beyond me. They didn’t turn out too badly, but for the amount of effort (seriously, like 40 solid minutes of kneading!). These breadsticks did use some water and they were enjoyed indoors…
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Prompt: Covid - Outside in the Sun
Team: Palettable Art
Project Name: Turtle Badge Art
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: I made this for my friend who saves turtles on her bike ride, and was upset there was no Garmin Badge for that!
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Turtle Badge

Prompt: Covid - Verily, Is That a Funnel Cloud?
Team: Palettable Art
Project Name: Window Art (take 1)
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: A friend moved into a house with a big sliding glass door that faces a walking path, and asked me to paint it for her. Sadly, it only lasted a week because 1) we used Tempera Paint for part of it and 2) there was a monsoon. But before we could paint we had to remove what was there previously and, oh, the mess it made!
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Window Art 1

Prompt: Covid - Dreary, Foggy Day
Team: Palettable Art
Project Name: Window Art (take 2)
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: So of course I went back over and re-did it, adding some birds and not using any Tempera paint, and putting on multiple layers (though a lot of it is still translucent!). Enough of it stayed that even after we cleaned off the loose bits I Was able to make it look about the same! So I know it looks like it didn’t change but that was another 2+ hours out in the sun… :smiley:
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Window Art 2

Prompt: May - Yoda
Team: Palettable Art
Project Name: Wallet
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: I made a wallet years ago, and it was getting pretty beaten up, so it was time to remake it! I picked out some green and blue fabric, though I kind of regret my choice because as pretty as it is, it’s dark and hard to see in my purse… might have to make Wallet 3.0 some day… Old wallet on top, new wallet on the bottom. I do like most of the tweaks I made to the design, though!
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Wallet

Prompt: May - JarJar
Team: Palettable Art
Project Name: Small Dog Toys
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: Waste not, want not, I used the leftover ends (one piece of fabric always pulls more) from my big dog toys to make some mini dog toys! I’m going to donate these to a local rescue, though, because they are way to small for my dog! And super floppy… like JarJar’s ears! Or, if you prefer as justification, for high-energy little dogs!!!
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Small Dog Toys

Prompt: May - Wicket
Team: Palettable Art
Project Name: Crochet Cow
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: He’s brown, and kinda fuzzy?
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Prompt: May - R2D2
Team: Palettable Art
Project Name: Knitted Dishcloth
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: Definitely Utilitarian!
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Knitted Dishcloth

Prompt: May - Rancor
Team: Palettable Art
Project Name: Sinister Cross-Stitch
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: I started this when I was on my horror movie craft kick, and finally decided to finish it! It’s… not the prettiest thing, though I suppose that’s the point of evil portents! I don’t actually know what I’m going to do with it now…
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Prompt: June - Clownfish
Team: Palettable Art
Project Name: Sleep Mask repair
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: I live with a person who stays up very late watching TV, and my sleep mask keeps me from being too sleep deprived and from losing my marbles. So when it started to come apart, I was upset. It’s one of those with the molded bubbled-up eyes and it’s comfortable… so I hand-sewed some binding all around the outside edge to hold the front and back fabric together over the foam core… it’s kinda orange and I think most people look a little funny in sleep masks, especially the bubbly kind! This first photo shows it falling apart from the back side, the second is the binding stitched on.
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Mask Falling Apart
Mask Fixed

Prompt: June - Clownfish
Team: Palettable Art
Project Name: Blue Bear
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: A gift for a friend! First time trying to do a movable joint anigurumi, and other than the trial of finding matching buttons, I love it!
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Prompt: Free Range 1
Team: Palettable Art
Project Name: Shopping Bags
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: These were going to be a gift, but I haven’t given them yet because it’s not like most places will let you use cloth shopping bags right now…
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Shopping Bags

Prompt: Free Range 2
Team: Palettable Art
Project Name: Sunflower Coaster
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: I started this eons ago and got frustrated with the petals, but finally knuckled down and finished it!
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Prompt: Research Project
Team: Palettable Art
Project Name: Tetris Afghan 2.0
Project Link: Tetris Afghan 2.0
Brief Description: From September 2008 to May of 2020… it’s FINALLY done!!!
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Prompt: Big Time
Team: Knotty by Nature
Project Name: Seahawk wall hanging
Project Link:
Brief Description: This took me more than five hours to crochet. I used the bobble stitch. It’s a little longer than 3 feet wide. I need to figure out how to make it firm enough to lay flat on the wall. Any ideas?
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Thank you everyone for such a fantastic season! This spring was certainly a departure from normal. A tracking update can be found over in the discussion thread.

I hope to see you in the Summer Games!

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Oh, wow! This is amazing! That’s a lot of bobbles, but it is so cool looking! Can you stitch a piece of plastic canvas to the back (or several pieces)? Or, get a piece of firm iron on stabilizer and iron it on (unless it’ll melt the yarn… but I don’t think it would because the iron wouldn’t touch the yarn)?

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The stabilizer may work. It’s over three feet wide. Not sure how tall. I’d have to measure. Plastic canvas would possibly work, but may lose its integrity on such a large piece? I’ll have to experiment!

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RAFFLE INFO!!

Hi all, and congratulations for making it through the first half of this truly unusual year! Now that the spring season is over, it’s time for the raffle!! Due to the number of prizes donated and my own tardiness at setting up this post, I’m going to tweak the rules a bit; namely, you can enter up to 15 tickets per prize, and also, you have until 11:59PM CT, July 11th to turn in your entry forms.

First of all, here’s a list, compiled by the ever-industrious @storerboughtcreation , of all the tickets everyone earned these first two seasons:

Player Winter Raffle Spring Raffle Total Raffle Tickets
AcadianDriftwood 23 23
appledainty 10 21 31
BatsAndBrownies 1 1 2
bluebird 11 11
bunny1kenobi 21 23 44
craftADDchick 18 17 35
ezrib 4 17 21
FrizzyTyger 4 4
geekgirl 13 23 36
GMPNQ 7 3 10
gozer 10 28 38
Imnatari 1 1
Inselaeffchen 1 4 5
jillybeans 4 4
kwyltaholic 1 1
Lynx2Lancer 23 22 45
megwell 16 16
Mortuum 3 3
Mountains_and_Clouds 3 3
QueenHobo 2 4 6
Raury 3 3
roler 29 22 51
Smeddley 27 19 46
smileyyogini 1 1
storerboughtcreation 18 11 29
Tanath 12 1 13
Tanyia 1 1

Y’all, that is a LOT of tickets! Awesome job! Now, here’s the entry form. Please copy and paste it into a mail to ME, and use the headline “Nerd Raffle Entry - (your user name)”. Put the number of tickets you’d like to bid next to each prize. You can see photos and details about each prize in the raffle post near the top of this thread. Please note that thanks to our generous donors, ALL prizes this season are available internationally! :slight_smile:


Raffle Entry Form
Username:
Total tickets earned:

Bids
Lemonade Tin:
Bird Notecards:
Totoro Biscornu:
Set of 3 Crochet-Covered Hangers:
Lettuce Kiss Clasp Coin Purse:
Kitchen Helper Set:
Set of 6 Gelli Print Cards:

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