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1  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Naantje on: August 17, 2014 02:47:01 AM
@ErinAquaheart: You certainly didn't lie when you said massive post ahead. Wow! How to you get those wide brims to stay up like that? If I try that, they end up all droopy.  Undecided How did you get those macaroons so purple? Did you add purple foods to the mix, or did you use food coloring? (Also, I think you're supposed to add a recipe when posting food...) I love the Beaubattons Cloche, that is a kind of hat I would wear Smiley The candle-holder mod is really cute, this way it'll actually get used. I'd like to see the snow wait another couple months though Tongue Also: weren't you just adorable as a kid? That's quite a task you achieved with the album, well done! Cheesy

@MistressJennie: Those doodle boxes would be right up my alley too! And that mobile is very pretty Smiley Well worth the repetitive work! I love the periodic table quilt by the way, great for a budding scientist. And an unrelated question: do you know if Pinkleo is okay? I know you two are great friends, and I guess you'd let us know if something was wrong, but I just noticed she hasn't been on craftster since April. Just wondering if life is too fun and busy for her right now, or if something bad is going on. Because if she's in a bad spot, I'd like to help cheer her up somehow.

@margaron: Wow, you must be a nail polish goddess. I can't even get mine to look as tidy when just using full coats of polish, and you can do this? Very cool indeed!

@WhistleFish: Good thing for Gryffindor that you remembered it was an OWL, with the amount of work you put in, it does deserve more than the regular 15 points. I guess I shouldn't approve, being a Slytherin, but there are so few Gryffindors left that your house really depends on you. I wonder where they've all gone...

@MagPirate: Doctor Who! I bet you're counting down along with me. Another six days and the doctor returns! I'm so anxious to see if Peter is every bit as great of a Doctor as I expect him to be.

@Everybody: Thanks for all the positive feedback Cheesy I went back to make an adjustment on the harp necklace, because I was having second thoughts about the placement of the pendant, and I think it looks nicer now. What do you think?
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2  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by Naantje on: August 15, 2014 04:06:37 AM
Well spotted Freakie, they are mother of pearl Smiley Recovered from an old necklace (or perhaps bracelet). I've got a bunch of mother of pearl buttons too, thrifted from my grandmother's wardrobe after she passed away. A bunch of blouses that nobody these days would wear anymore (I think they were from the eighties, the part of that era that's not being revived.)

I've made an adjustment to the necklace after all, I wasn't entirely sure of the placement of the harp pendant, and followed the suggestions from other craftsters in its proper topic. This it what it looks like now.


I think this works better. Smiley
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3  Re: Multi-chain necklace with wire-wrapped harp in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Naantje on: August 15, 2014 03:59:21 AM
Thanks for the input ladies Cheesy I have made the suggested change, and it does work better!

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4  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by Naantje on: August 14, 2014 11:58:02 AM
Love the hobbit door! And the other pendants too Smiley I like that you added a picture for scale reference, I just have no idea how big a dollar bill really is Tongue

Congratulations AIMR for reaching 100! Wow! And what a 100th project that one is, you captured that bird so nicely Smiley

Love the tips about the anti-static, I recently had problems with that too.

I spent too much time today making this necklace in stead of taking care of the housework. Isn't it fun to be a terrible housewife? Tongue Project 33 this year.  Cheesy
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5  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Naantje on: August 14, 2014 11:46:25 AM
@ladychris2010: Swapping is fun, right? Smiley I don't quite understand what you mean with everybody having to use a specific granny square pattern, regardless of colour. I thought there was just one basic granny square?
@Inselaeffchen: You've been crafting! I especially like your wedding card, pretty Cheesy I'm sure your friends really liked it.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
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House: Slytherin
Project Name: Multi-chain necklace with wire wrapped harp pendant
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435122
Brief Description:
I started out trying to make a wire-wrapped harp pendant for a friend, and while I think I captured the instrument, I didn't find any appropriate spots to add pretty beads or such. As it turned out, it just seemed too plain, so I thought I'd try and make a full necklace to make it more special. I used nine mother-of-pearl discs to add some glam. Cheesy
Edit: I decided I wasn't 100% happy yet, so I asked some input from fellow craftsters, and changed the position of the harp. I think it's nicer this way Smiley
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6  Multi-chain necklace with wire-wrapped harp in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Naantje on: August 14, 2014 11:39:09 AM


I started out trying to make a wire-wrapped harp pendant for a friend, and while I think I captured the instrument, I didn't find any appropriate spots to add pretty beads or such. As it turned out, it just seemed too plain, so I thought I'd try and make a full necklace to make it more special. I think the results are okay, but I'm not entirely sure of the addition of the harp. Any ideas?

C&C appreciated Smiley
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7  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Naantje on: August 13, 2014 03:31:16 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch WOrld Cup - Broomstick
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House: Slytherin
Project Name: Protective tablet-pouch
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435100
Brief Description:
Fashioned from a pair of old trousers and a damaged snuggie, this pouch should protect my father-in-law's tablet from scratches and cracks, as well as make sure he doesn't lose his stylus, charger and USB cable.
Project Picture:
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8  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by Naantje on: August 13, 2014 03:24:00 AM
@Underthemountain: I always thought roadside shrines were pretty common, at least in Catholic areas. There are so many shrines and chapels here in Flanders, mostly for the virgin Mary, but also Jesus and the Holy Heart.

It's been 34 days since I last crafted something!!! Guess that happens when you go on summer holidays. Yesterday though, I got out the sewing machine and made something once more. Project 32 of this year, 50 is starting to seem attainable!

A protective pouch for my father-in-law's tablet (+charger, stylus and USB cable)
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9  Sleeve for tablet & accessories in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Naantje on: August 13, 2014 03:10:31 AM
My father in law recently bought a tablet, and knowing that I like making stuff, he asked if I could make a pouch that could hold it and some accessories (stylus, charger, USB cable) so I set to work. The fabric was sourced from an old pair of trousers and a damaged fleece snuggie (for padding).

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10  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Naantje on: July 13, 2014 02:23:01 AM
Okay, I'm not sure if this will be accepted, but since I figure it might be useful for many, I'm going to go ahead and post anyway. Headmistresses, I will leave it up to you to decide on credit.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Defense against the dark arts
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Get rid of greasy residue with less effort
Brief Description:
Yesterday was our cleaning day, and I took care of the greasy stuff: the filters of our extractor fan were terribly greasy and grimy, and the deep fryer needed a clean and a change of oil. These are two dreaded chores, because usually regular dish soap doesn't cut it, I need special degreasing spray, and that sometimes causes migraines. I set to work on the deep fryer first (no pictures of that!), but there was some congealed fat on the outside casing that didn't want to come off, degreasing spray and scrubbing or not. Somehow, I remembered the oil cleansing method, which is actually a skin care regime that works on the principle that oil dissolves grease. Boy, am I glad that I made this mental link, because it saved me a lot of time yesterday! Picture is the before and after of the extractor hood filters.

You will need:
- stuff that's covered in greasy residue
- vegetable oil (doesn't really matter what kind of oil really, use the cheapest you have/can get)
- two sponges (with a scouring pad for really though grease)
- paper towels (you could use dish rags, but I fear they won't get clean again in the laundry)
- dish soap
- hot water on tap

How to:
- Pour some veggie oil on one of the sponges (it should feel nearly soaked), and use it to rub/scrub the greasy item. You should notice the grease dissolving. Wipe up with the back of the sponge. If it's really dirty, you might need to pour some more oil over the sponge, knead and and squeeze the grime out, and go back for seconds.
- Use some paper towels to wipe away most of the oil.
- Apply dish soap directly onto your second sponge. Wet it (with hot water) and scrub the item down. This should remove the rest of your cleaning oil and any lingering dirt.
- Rinse with very hot water. If necessary, go back in with the soap, but for most items, this should not be necessary.
- Allow to dry (either air dry / towel dry).

This worked like a charm for the deep fryer, and is the best method I've found so far for the filters of the extractor hood. With the filters, you do need to go through the entire process several times, because your sponge can't really reach the inside. You have to use really piping hot water, so that the grease build-up on the inside melts and comes to the surface (Same as usual) and then use the oily sponge to wipe away this extra, sticky crud. So yeah, it's still pretty much work, but it went a lot quicker, with less elbow grease (ha!) and most importantly: without migraine inducing products! Smiley

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