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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: Christmas cards, snowmen on: December 05, 2016 03:35:54 PM
Oh they are lovely! Everyone will be thrilled to receive this art from you!

ppffst. most of the people that I know will think, handmade? meh...these are going to fellow crafty folk..
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Harry Potter Holiday Swap Round 5 Gallery on: December 04, 2016 03:51:36 PM
Oh.my.god. that honeydukes card is out of this world. I am so jealous!.


other things, Missing willows clock, is amazing. I also love the feltie owls and the sorting hat. Such cool stuff.
3  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Round 12 (signups thru Oct. 24; sendout Dec.6) on: December 04, 2016 03:45:27 PM
I received the most awesome stocking from Acadian Driftwood. I am saving it to open on christmas eve...if I can, it is so tantalising. The stocking is gorgeous. Pix to follow.
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: Christmas cards, snowmen on: December 04, 2016 03:43:14 PM
aw gee, thanks guys. That means a lot coming from some amazingly talented people.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: December 02, 2016 04:36:46 AM
continuing my project dump

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Trees ribbon
SPEW: n/a.
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: mug rug
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Brief Description: literally and figuratively this is ribbon, it is a little mug rug that I have made for my latest random act of craftiness, it should be dropping on the mat of the unsuspecting recipient soon. This is a gift for someone (not in this craftalong) who organised a lot of swaps this year and so tied a lot of people together.



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Trees tinsel
SPEW: n/a.
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Alternative advent wreath
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Brief Description: I love advent wreaths and normally make them all traditional with green and red and white or red candles. This year, inspired by my ongoing flamingo obsession, I give you the flamingo wreath. All glitz and sparkle, with extra LEDS along with the candles, here it is with one candle lit.



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Trees Fake snow
SPEW: n/a.
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Christmas cards
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450938.0
Brief Description: These are a combination of stamped directly onto card blanks (purchased supply) and onto scrapbooking paper that is glued onto the blanks. I have been planning on making christmas cards for years, this time I finally got around to cutting this stamp.



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Trees -Lights
SPEW: n/a.
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: pouch
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Brief Description: this is a quick and simple pouch that I hope will delight the heart of the recipient.


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Trees -garland
SPEW: n/a.
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: ornament
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Brief Description: Now that my partner has received, I can post the HP ornament, inspired by nature, this was an assemblage, although i did have to paint the deer. I added 'Always' to the bottom as I liked how it all came together.




Class/Challenge/House Pride: Trees -treeskirt
SPEW: n/a.
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: cushions
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Brief Description: these are a pair of cushions from some tie dyed fabric. Soft and welcoming.




Class/Challenge/House Pride: Trees -icicles
SPEW: n/a.
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: two kinds of banana bread, with regular and with gluten free flour
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Brief Description: Interesting the difference in size, the only difference was the flour. I used this recipe

http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/banana_bread/



and my last Trees project. this completes these too


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Trees -Bells
SPEW: n/a.
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Super yummy stir fry
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Brief Description: This looks as good as it tastes.

I stirfried one chicken breast in a teaspoon of oil with 1 crushed clove of garlic, chopped half a fresh chilli and 1/2 inch ginger.

When they are close to being done I added loads of chopped veggies (about 2-3 cups total in what ever combination you like), courgette cut into batons, sugarsnap peas, chopped onion, tenderstem brocolli, asparagus, mushroom etc. and continued to stir fry for another few minutes. I like my veggies crunchy.

When done I add about a table spoon of soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of sesame oil

and enjoy. Simple, tasty, really filling and super health.
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Christmas cards, snowmen on: December 02, 2016 04:22:03 AM
It has been a long time coming, I have planned to make christmas cards for years, finally this year I did. I still don't have the patience for fine detail and for making this a really complex image. I like to work too fast for that, however I am pretty happy with these. It was a challenge printing on card for a change, I used regular acrylics and they did dry up too fast.

Once printed (on both scrapbooking papers and directly onto card) I finished with a bit of colour on a paintbrush on the leaves and heart. and a bit on the snow on the plain cards. And a quick border. They are very happy looking so I hope the recipients like them


7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: December 02, 2016 04:08:40 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: COMC
SPEW: n/a.
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Prayer flag
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Brief Description: I collected some of the trim for this on a recent trip to the UK. and some of the fabric came from Australia from about 14 years ago! I have been inspired to make prayer flags from seeing some of the lovely ones on here. 




Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic
SPEW: n/a.
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Dalek pillowcases
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Brief Description: So I hate Daleks, I think they are really rubbish villians and my heart sinks when they are in an episode that I am watching, but my BF loves them, so I printed some dalek fabric and used some of it to transform these pillowcases.



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
SPEW: n/a.
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Matching stockings
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Brief Description: Daleks are defintely boggarts for those young enough to have watched the original series of Doctor Who at the time. Matching christmas stockings


and that is officially all my homework for this semester-apt as I finish lecturing for the semester in the muggle world
8  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Round 12 (signups thru Oct. 24; sendout Dec.6) on: December 02, 2016 01:51:50 AM
Most memorable stocking stuffer, actually nothing stands out, I just love the whole experience of unpacking a stocking. I really loved the fabric that Roler sent me last year.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ on: November 30, 2016 01:41:19 AM

EdelC - I know that many people make pie crust with just butter, but I've never tried it myself. I've heard that you have to be more careful with temperatures when you're working with butter though, and I've never been particularly good at that. I may have to try it some time though to save some cash! Any tips? Smiley Glad to see you back around here, btw!


OK so what I do when i make pastry (which is not often enough) is use 50:50 lard:butter, the lard gives flakiness, the butter flavour. But you can make it with all butter, the trick is to keep everything cold,
A quick tip is to freeze the butter and then grate it into your flour, work it with your fingertips to rub it into the flour (it really doesn't need to be homogenous, a few streaks of butter are fine) and add just enough cold water to bring it together.
Basically handle it as little as possible.
Bring it into a ball and wrap in some kind of saran wrap and put it in the fridge for about half an hour-although it will be fine if you leave it overnight- then roll it out and use as normal.

You are trying to avoid these things
-melting the butter with the heat of your hands by faffing with it too much.
-overworking the butter+flour+ water because you don't want to develop the gluten in the flour.
-the resting step is apparently essential to making tender pastry, you want it to be relaxed!
-a chilled bottle of wine makes a really good rolling pin substitute!
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Molly Weasley embroidered clock on: November 30, 2016 01:34:24 AM
this rocks, I mostly forget to hit the 'rocks' button, but this totally gets it. !
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