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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: July 15, 2014 11:54:05 PM
That signpost is real pretty! I found myself thinking: "Wow, all these magical places must be really close to home. At 1562 meters, you can just walk to Hogsmeade!" Then I realised it was supposed to be miles. Woops XD
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: July 14, 2014 12:25:37 PM
Sorry for your loss Jennie!

I can't craft much at the moment, I've got crafter's elbow (well, tennis elbow, but the last time I even touched a tennis racket is over half my life ago!)
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* 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

Project Picture:
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: July 10, 2014 07:17:46 AM
And woops, I forgot one! I also made cherry jam this week. It first ended up way to runny, so I tried to fix it with a bag of pectin powder. It's still on the runny side, but definitely a jam-like consistency now. So tasty! Smiley

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: July 10, 2014 06:52:31 AM
I've been so bad in keeping up with this thread! People just make so many amazing things, it goes to fast for me!  Lips sealed I've even been lagging behind in sharing my own projects, so warning: project dump ahead!

Wire wrapping

Rainbow tree of life

Blossoming tree of life


Iridescent tree of life in a triangle

Peas in a pod pendant


New ties for my wrap cardigan

Suit-apron (for my brother in law)

Our couch was in need of some cosy throw cushions, and we found the perfect cases in the store. Those were already rather pricey though, so the pillow inserts had to be found on the cheap. I sewed three pillows from an old duvet cover, and filled them by cutting up the batting from an old, lumpy comforter and pulling the fluff back into it. Perfect in their cases and so much more comfortable on our couch Smiley


Portrait of a painful uterus

Quick-release paracord bracelets (safety measure for our hiking holiday)
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Peas in a pod pendant on: July 10, 2014 06:18:47 AM

Last week, we (=my husband, sister, mother and I)  were invited for a picnic by my best friend, and here mum would be cooking. She always makes such great food, she goes all out! I wanted to make a nice thank-you gift. I made this pea pod pendant to represent her two girls (on top) and one boy (on the bottom). Unfortunately, I didn't have beads that were the same size, but in reality, they're pretty close. The pendant is about 1,25" big. We had a delicious picnic and an amazing get together Smiley
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Tree of life in a triangle on: July 10, 2014 06:09:46 AM

I made this pendant for my best friend Anna (she was my maid of honour at my wedding). Like me, she loves things just a bit quirky. I decided to go off the beaten track and try out a triangular setting for this tree, and go with iridescent beads. Good call: she admitted to not generally being a fan of tree-jewellery, but really liking this one because it's different. And well, probably helps that it's hand made by a good friend Smiley
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Apron-mod on: July 05, 2014 03:26:51 PM

We celebrated my brother-in-law's 26th birthday today, and my husband and I were stumped for a gift. The guy always buys whatever it is he wants or needs... We still had to get my sister in law a belated birthday gift too, and we bought her this apron:


We thought it would be nice to get BIL a fancy apron too. Alas, only stupid boring aprons were available... What's a girl to do, but craft the appropriate item herself? I bought a plain one, as well as a white dish towel and I took scissors, buttons and needle and thread to hand for this custom apron. It scored high marks Smiley

Also: there are four white buttons on the "shirt", but the third one didn't quite capture the light.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: July 01, 2014 03:51:11 PM
Warning: project dump ahead! And I'm feeling like a winner today, one of my projects made it to featured project (so honoured!) and my teeny tiny country won from the huge, giant USA in the FIFA world cup.  Grin

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Quick-release emergency paracord bracelet for me
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434306
Brief Description:
My husband an I are leaving for a hiking holiday soon (hurray!) and I'm preparing a lightweight survival kit, just in case. I made each of us a quick release paracord bracelet using this tutorial. Because having the rope around your arm is a whole lot more practical than toting around a few feet of loose rope! I hope we won't need to unravel and use them. I made this blue one for myself.
Project Picture:

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Quick-release emergency paracord bracelet for my husband
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434306
Brief Description:
Just like the blue band above, this white band was made especially for our upcoming hiking holiday. Multi-purpose in case of emergencies along the road. Tie a splint, fix a backpack strap, help each other up a steep hill, ... I's 3 meters or ~10 feet of paracord. Again, I hope we won't need it, but best to be prepared!
Project Picture:

Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Blossoming tree of life
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434308
Brief Description:
One of the things I have definitely learned from my elders is that in our family, we care for our own, especially when times are though. My cousin's daughter is going through a rough patch right now, I strongly suspect that she might be clinically depressed. Her relationship with both of her parents is pretty much screwed up, and she doesn't feel very comfortable in the home of her boyfriend's family. I really wanted her to know that she is not alone, that she is still loved, and that depression is a lying [insert your favourite insult here]. (4cm diameter)
Project Picture:

Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Pride - Slytherin
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Wire wrapped leaf pendant
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434309
Brief Description:
Made as a surprise for a friend (I still need to give it to her, as she's currently on holiday) because I noticed a similar design on her pinterest page. I didn't have the same colour wire nor the pearly beads, so I went for a nice Slytherin colour scheme of green and silver. (Also, you're probably seeing it a lot bigger than it really is. It's 3,5cm, not including the pendant bale.)
Project Picture:
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Wire wrapped leaf pendant on: July 01, 2014 03:38:52 PM

A friend of mine pinned this wire wrapped pendant design on her wish list, and I decided to see if I could make something similar. I've been wrapping a bunch of trees of life lately, and I wanted a change. I hope my friend will like it!
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