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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: January 13, 2015 01:30:46 AM
Where did you find the pattern for that sweater tiamatfire? I'd love to make one too, for my goddaughter!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: January 09, 2015 03:52:10 PM
Wow, you guys sure have been active in the last nine days! :O I'm taking (and studying for) my final exams, so not much crafting yet on this side. Still, I wanted to claim a spot for my 2015 list, because last year, this craftalong helped me reach over 50. (Still need to upload a couple of pictures even!)

I think the very earliest craft projects I can remember actively working on were these:
Ecoline blow paintings in kindergarten. (Yep, definitely remember blowing on a straw and making something spacey at age 4!)
Two projects I can remember from first grade (when I was 6):
- covering an entire sheet of paper in patches of differently coloured wax crayons, which the teacher then covered in Chinese ink. After that dried, we used toothpicks to draw by scratching of the ink. You got really nice multi-coloured lines.
- an embroidered pencil case. Though we really just used large AIDA fabric and coloured yarn to sample many styles of stitches, and then our teacher backed that fabric with a lining and made an envelope style pencil case that closed with button snaps. Still, I do remember the embroidery!

But I'm sure I did lots more from an even younger age, either in school or at home. My grandfather was an artist who was actually (eventually) able to make a living off his paintings, and my grandmother sewed practically all children's clothes herself. My two nieces and me really cherished the faux-fur winter coats she made us when we were 7, 5 and 3. My mom took after both of them, painting and sewing lots (she was top of her class when she took creative design in weekend art classes) and my father really got into ceramics. Our house was covered in art and crafts! I did stick to writing for a long time to focus my creativity, because I was quite good at that and also because my angsty teenage brain was afraid I wouldn't be able to live up to my heritage. Mainly I made mental pictures and then very intricately told my mum what to make. Tongue I do think my crafting can hold its own now, and I get many compliments on my knitting, so I'm quite pleased. I've realised that it's not a competition, I do it just for fun.

Naantje's list of 2015 Projects
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3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: January 01, 2015 07:57:26 AM
Note from the Headmistress...

Reminder:  The deadline for the December Headmistress Challenges is tonight, at midnight Headmistress time.  (Central Standard Time.)  There will be a new challenge posted tomorrow.  Have a safe & happy New Year!

Oh drat, I totally forgot! Had two projects lined up no less... Good thing I can reassign them!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Unity - Gryffindor
House: Slytherin
Project Name: House colour charger pocket
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437456
Brief Description:
Since Abbeeroad sent me a confirmation of receiving her HPC participant prize of last semester, I can post the charger pocket I crocheted her. I've been knitting so much lately that I had to get used to the hook again! How's that for Christmas spirit / House Unity, the Slytherin HoH sending gifts to Gryffindor students?
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: DADA
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Customized T-shirt for my toddler goddaughter
Brief Description:
This holiday season, it was absolutely time to spoil my goddaughter. Thing is: with two older siblings (a brother and sister), loving parents and ready-to-spoil grandparents, the 18m.o. toddler has pretty much everything her heart could desire. At my wits end, I asked my SIL what my little darling might want or need, and she desperately needed size 86 long sleeved T-shirts. Her older sister wore that size in summer, so what they had on hand didn't do in this weather. While out shopping, I got really rather sad: the muggle stores around here seem to only carry highly gendered toddler clothes, with girl clothes in all shades off pink, covered in drawing of purses and captioned "I love my bags", or with a nice drawing but "I adore fashion" or "Pretty little me" or whatever. Now, the girl is pretty, but I have higher hopes for her than brainless pink barbie doll (I did adore barbies myself, but where are the OTHER options?!) I picked out a couple gender neutral T-shirts, but because there were so few, I also picked up a yeti-white tee to customise with icy flowers. Girly and elegant without being super-stereotypical. (Again: no hate on hot pink. When the girl can make her will known and she begs for hot pink everything, I will get the girl the hot pink everything she wants. But I like to offer variety.)
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4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Gryffindor charger pocket on: January 01, 2015 07:34:06 AM
Dear Abbeeroad won a participant prize in the Harry Potter craftalong, so I crocheted her a charger pocket in her house colours. Since it has arrived, it's safe to post now Smiley The red yarn is boucle linnen, and the gold is two strands of lurex yarn. I don't particularly like working with lurex, because it's a bit prickly, but I do like the look. Smiley

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: December 24, 2014 01:26:19 AM
Sent Abbeeroad's participant prize for last semester out, and finally writing my Christmas cards. Where did the time go?!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: You know you're a Craftster when... (part THREE!) on: December 17, 2014 02:13:07 AM
YKYACW you've emptied a can of hair spray even though you've probably didn't even use it five times to style your own hair. It's so great to use when using glitter or setting drawings.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: December 10, 2014 01:08:47 AM
The tiny knitting needles are made from toothpicks and beads. Smiley
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: December 09, 2014 02:21:20 PM
@youpidou: wow, I wish I could paint like that! I can't though. I bought 2 booklets with 10 card designs each (for only 0.39 per booklet!) and simply cut out those designs.
@kbrison: I'll look into those swaps! Cheesy And yes, the knitting needles are made from toothpicks, with beads.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: December 09, 2014 07:14:08 AM
 Hello my fellow countryman! Thanks for the compliments. Smiley There aren't a lot of us on craftster, but there is some Flemish and Dutch representation on the forums!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: December 09, 2014 06:36:20 AM
I love all these Christmas decorations. I absolutely adore the handprint ornaments! How very, very cute.

@Jillybeans: Those cat in the hat shoes are incredible. That is one lucky, lucky boy!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying
House: Slytherin
Project Name: 3D Christmas cards
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436996.0
Brief Description:
During the holiday season, it's custom to send friends and loved ones themed greeting cards. My granny used to make these for the extended family every year. Now that she's gone, I felt drawn to the same craft, to keep the tradition going. These cards will be mailed to friends/relatives soon.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Glittery 3D Christmas cards
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436996.0
Brief Description:
I've been making 3D cards for a while now, but they still weren't quite like the ones my nan used to make: she'd make liberal use of coloured sands and glitter. I decided these designs could really do with some glitter, or the card would be too plain. As you can see, in the first card I didn't quite have the technique down yet, but I've gotten a lot better, even graduating to more complicated shapes like ovals.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: December Detention
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Knitting Ornaments
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437093.0
Brief Description:
I've had yarn ball ornaments on my crafting list for over two years now. I bought a very cheap set of ugly Christmas balls just before moving back from the Netherlands to Belgium for this exact project, but they've been stuck in storage all that time. No more! Another part of my personality going in our tree. (We have a VERY ecclectic Christmas tree, with pixies and teapots and stray earrings and a pocket watch and tiny perfume bottles and miniature clogs and ... and I love it!)
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bean: Mint
House: Slytherin
Project Name: More 3D Christmas cards
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436996.0
Brief Description:
For this bean, I used some mintgreen cardstock as the base for another couple of 3D Christmas cards.
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Depending on the intricacies of the design, these cards take me anything from 20 minutes to a couple of hours apiece to make. It would have been to far of a stretch to divide them over more prompts though, so that's why I have a whopping 5 cards for the Flying prompt.
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