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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: December 30, 2016 12:25:21 PM
I've been wanting to join back up for a while, but the Chrismtas season has kept me far too busy, as well as my toddler and 6 month old.  But, I finally have a spare moment to join in on the fun!  So, please excuse the project dump that is about to happen!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
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House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Lavendar Sugar Scrubs
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Brief Description:  I made a bunch of lavendar sugar scrubs as presents for family memeber's this year for Christmas.  They are a great little beauty item and makes your skin so soft and smooth after you use it in the shower.  Plus, they are so easy to make!  Just throw all the ingredients into a bow and stir!  Boom!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Defence Against the Dark Arts
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House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Beef Jerky
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Brief Description:  I made SO MUCH jerky this year for Christmas presents.  So much!  But they are such fun and yummy gifts, and guy friendly, too!  To make, you thinly slice your meat (I like to use London Broils because its lean and the perfect size for slicing, I think).  It also helps if your meat is partially frozen when you cut it into strips.  Then you marinate your meat overnight.  I did two kinds of jerky.  One that was my normal recipe and another that was low sodium and gluten free.  I like the low sodium and gluten free batch the best, myself, and I think I will just be making only that kind in the future.  After you marinate, you put onto your dehydrator for 5ish hours, turning once in between.  I sealed mine in 14oz portions into seal-a-meal bags after they were completely cool so they would last longer. 
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic
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House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Mermaid Babies!
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Brief Description:  This year I transformed my toddler and baby into mermaids (with some help from my mom, who did a little surging for me).  Toddler bean's costume consisted of a felt sea-shell bra, a skirt mermaid tail, and some starfish hairclips.  Baby bean's costume was leggings, an appliqued shirt, and headband.  I think they looked pretty cute!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrids 12 Trees Challenge - Star
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House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Paw Patrol Shoes
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Brief Description:  So I think that one of the crafts I exceed at the most is painting shoes.  I did this pair for a mom friend for her son's Christmas present.  Paw Patrol is definitely popular amongst the toddlers!
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More to come a little later!  Smiley
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Beer Potholders on: December 05, 2016 06:33:59 AM
Those are super cool! Great work!
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Chaircat Mao and a Giant Ball of Yarn on: November 11, 2016 11:57:14 AM
Aw! They look great! Such a cute idea for a costume pair! Love how it turned out!
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Captain Marvel - Pic Heavy on: November 11, 2016 11:55:00 AM
Wow! That jacket turned out so awesome!!! Awesome work!!
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Baby Owl on: November 11, 2016 11:49:43 AM
Cutest little owl!!! Love it!!
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Baba Yaga and her House on Chicken Legs - Where will she go next - Pic heavy on: November 11, 2016 11:48:14 AM
That is awesome!!! Great work, cmarion!!!
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: "In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming." on: November 11, 2016 11:46:59 AM
I love that he wanted to be Cthulhu! That is such an awesome crocheted mask! Love it!
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: My Little Mermaid Daughters on: November 05, 2016 07:02:52 AM
GORGEOUS mermaids!  So well done and I love your hubs as a shark!

Aw thanks! I made hubby's costume, too. Smiley I made a matching shirt for myself and glittered some shoes to match my leggings.
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / My Little Mermaid Daughters on: November 04, 2016 11:24:22 AM
I asked my 3 year old what she wanted to dress up as this year for Halloween, and she said she wanted to be a mermaid!  So, I decided to make both the girls (and myself) mermaids. 

I think they turned out pretty cute!   Smiley

For my toddler's outfit, I made my own pattern and design.  I used a pair of her leggings as a sizing guide and cut around them and ended them a little after her knees.  My mom helped me with the surging, since I haven't quite mastered surging.  We added a yoga-style type band to the top.  For the bottom fin area I cut two layers of stiffer sheer material.  I ironed and hemmed the bottom, sewed the seams together.  I then did a gather stitch on the two layers together, gathered it up, and then sewed it onto the bottom of the stretchy mermaid top.  For her seashell bra, I sewed together some stretchy headband material that would fit around her torso.  I then embroidered a double layer of pink felt together and then tacked it onto the headband material.  I made some starfish bobby pins for her hair, but they were so delicate that they broke really easily, so I don't have nice pictures of them in her hair.  I found a cool mermaid-scale stencil set at the store, and used that for her make-up.

My baby's outfit was inspired by a pin I found on pinterest.  It was just too cute.  Her leggings were made from the same material as her big sister's shirt.  I used a pair of her leggings as a guide for cutting them out and my mom helped my the surging.  We added a yoga-style band to the top of her leggings to her's, too.  For her seashell top, I cut out some seashells on a piece of card stock and used it as a guide for cutting out on some thick sparkly material and some heat-n-bond.  I also made her a stretchy, shiny pink headband to match.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN and thanks for looking!  Smiley
10  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: Will there be another craftster best of? on: October 25, 2016 09:06:35 AM
Let them know we all still want it A LOT (even if it's almost 2017)!  Cheesy  Outside of the crafting world it seems like crafters don't get a lot of recognition, so it's fun to have something "official," and to give a virtual high five to those who make this site so awesome.  Plus I think the "I'm a Best of" winner badges that people can pin and put on their blogs is a great way to get some free Craftster advertising around the web.

I agree, whole heartedly!
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