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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Honeydukes Altered Tin on: October 29, 2014 07:57:08 PM
I made this altered tin for a Harry Potter swap a while ago.  Its a mini-Honeydukes!

Here is the outside of the tin


Close-up of the candy shelves:

Rainbow lollipops


Bertie Botts Beans of Every Flavor


And Cotton Candy (Candy Floss)


I planned on making a version for myself, but we'll see if I ever get to it  Grin
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Marauder's map Clutch purse on: October 29, 2014 07:47:30 PM

I made this for a Harry Potter swap a while ago and am now just getting around to posting it!
This is a Marauder's map clutch purse.  The opening is made with strips of a metal roll-up measuring tape so it snaps open and closed. 

I printed my own fabric with images of the Marauder's map I found online. 
I tried to use a brass zipper opening and it would have looked nicer but I ruined it and had to start over (zippers are hard!)
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Book of Dragons on: October 29, 2014 07:32:48 PM

I made this book cover for a Harry Potter swap.  It is a blank sketch book but I'm pretending it is a text book for Hogwarts Magical Creatures class.  I found this cool scaly paper at the thrift store, I'm not sure what it was for--it is thick like wallpaper.  There was a whole bunch but I only got a little because I wasn't sure what I would do with it (and I was trying not to be a hoarder!)  Now I am kicking myself because it is really one of a kind and I will use it up too soon! 

I traced the title after printing it from my computer with lovely gold paint pen and framed it with a scrap of decorative braid.
(Thank you for the photos Knickertwist--I forgot to take some before I sent it off)
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Mrs. Weasley's Burrow Pillow on: October 29, 2014 07:23:31 PM
I made this pillow to go with a quilt I made in a Harry Potter swap.  This is a pillow Mrs. Weasley might have made for her couch, it says "Burrow Sweet Burrow" instead of "Home Sweet Home".  The house was originally a haunted house but I left out the spooky stuff.  I thought it resembles the Burrow quite well  Cheesy


Here is a link to the quilt:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436454.0
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Diagon Alley Harry Potter Embroidered Quilt on: October 29, 2014 07:18:39 PM
I made this quilt for a Harry Potter swap.  Each square is embroidered with a shop from Diagon alley.  I tried to make it look like the sign that would be hanging outside the shop door.
(image borrowed from knickertwist because her picture came out better!)


Here are close-ups of the individual square (I am so proud of all those tiny stitches!)











6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Sideshow Mermaid on: July 02, 2014 08:50:19 PM
I made this for the mini altered tin swap.  My partner had lots of circus/sideshow pins on her pinterest so I came up with the idea of making the "Fiji Mermaid":

I used the tiny altoid tin to hold the "mermaid" that I made from a little plastic christmas angel--I cut her in half, made a fish tail out of clay then painted her all brown.  I sprinkled coffee grounds on her for texture and some wool for the hair.  Some of the "mermaid" images I found had white eyes painted on--I like the creepiness of that so I gave her white eyes (hard to see in this picture):

An altered Barbie is the the creepy circus man enticing you to come inside the tent for more sideshow freaks!  I painted her eyes and new eyebrows, yellow teeth, wicked facial hair and dirtied up her cheeks.

I made the hat from card stock and clothes from felt and ribbons.  It was the most time-consuming part, making the clothes, but at least I could just glue them on. 

I decided to cut her legs short since it was such a small scene with the mini-tin and I glued her to a wood base that I decorated and distressed with scrapbook paper and brown chalk.  I decided to glue a poster to the back advertising the show.  I thought it might distract from her short little legs!

I thought it was a little extravagant for a "Mini tin" swap but my other ideas were even more grand, so much that I was thinking, "I can't even tell there is a tin in there".  But I'm happy that it turned out mostly how I pictured it in my head, a lot of times things don't and I was pretty worried that it would look cheesy in the end, so I am relieved that my partner likes it!
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Harry Potter Teesha Moore Style Pouch on: May 05, 2014 09:16:27 PM
I made this little zipper pouch for my partner in the IYP 25 swap.  It is kind of big, like pencil pouch size.  One side has a drawing of voldemort by my daughter, a golden snitch and the deathly hallows symbol

The other side has bertie boots logo, weasley wizard wheezes logo, a flying key and "the wand chooses you"

I had the hardest time putting the zipper in and I was finishing it at the last minute so that made it even more stressful!  Hopefully it works ok!
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Hermoine Granger doll with her school trunk on: May 05, 2014 09:09:16 PM
I made a Hermoine doll for my partner in the IYP 25 swap.  Here she is in her school robe and Gryffindor scarf:

Hermoine is made of peach felt with a painted face and bushy yarn hair, she has button-jointed arms and legs so they can move.

Her little shoes:

under her robe, she is wearing a pretty pink dress:

Hermoine is all ready for the Hogwarts express to take her to school  Here is her trunk with Gryffindor shield (made from a little trunk-shaped jewelry box that I painted):

This spacious trunk even has room for a cauldron:

And all the supplies she will need for the upcoming year,
books (of course!), daily prophets and a quilt her grandmother made (sticking out from the trunk):

bag of runes, parchment scrolls with quills, her wand and some candy
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Harry Potter Candyland on: May 05, 2014 08:45:18 PM
I made this Harry Potter Version of Candyland for the IYP 25 swap.  My partner and I both love Harry Potter so I decided to turn Candyland into "Potterland--Deathly Hallows Edition".  My daughter is an amazing artist (I can't draw) so I commissioned her to draw the game out for me and I would color it (she hates coloring things in).

The game follows along the events from the Deathly Hallows book starting with leaving #4 Privet drive on broomstick all the way to Harry's battle with Voldemort.  My daughter like to be funny in her art so she drew in cute/funny details throughout the game (like the look on Ron and Hermoine's face when Harry is wearing the Diadem)  I used watercolors, my first time, and I loved how it turned out.


I made the cards using a square stamp made from an eraser for the plain square cards and an "H" shield stamp made for me in another swap for the card backs.

The playing pieces are laminated drawings with a binder clip to make them stand up
Here is Hermoine:

Ron:

and Harry:

The game in action:

I decorated the outside of the box to look like a package from the owl post:


It was hard to send this game away!  I told my daughter she should make me one for my birthday!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Doctor Who shadow box on: April 27, 2014 07:38:51 PM
I made this shadow box for the Favorite Doctor swap.

Its a scene from the Vashta Nerada episode.  I carved and painted the book shelves and all the books on the back wall from balsa wood.  I painted the floor to look like the library floor in the episode including the "shadows"!  I even added a light to the ceiling that actually works (its a tea light that is velcro-ed on)  Some detail shots:

(the doctor didn't want to be photographed that day!)




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