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1  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: July 31, 2017 02:56:10 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: July Headmistress' Challenge - Harry Potter
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Baby Blanket for Irene
Project Page Link (if available): Leafy Baby Blanket
Brief Description: An over-the-top gift for a college friend's new baby who was born on Thursday.  The most over-the-top part is the shipping from the US to the UK (which is why she got a knitted blanket and not my usual quilt gift).  I  had to speed-knit this thing and got it done in just under three weeks.  Whew!

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2  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: July 19, 2017 10:39:18 AM
Super excited about Quidditch starting back up!  Also really loving the hexie kindle cozy.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder - Muggle Worthy Excuses Office
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Cardigan
Project Page Link: Test Knit of this pattern
Brief Description: I started this project with the intention of turning it in for the June Headmistress' Challenge.  But instead of finishing it in the last week of June I cast off in the first week of July. Tongue

185 Finished! by Trillian, on Flickr
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3  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: July 16, 2017 04:44:50 PM
Finally popping in after being absent since the beginning of the semester.  It's actually been a very productive time as far as crafting goes, but now I just have to figure out if I managed to complete any assignments with the things I've been making.  But I'm going to try to pay more attention going forward.  I know I've missed a ton of Floo Powder prompts, but hopefully not much else.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Pride
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Huffleplaid
Brief Description:  There are a lot of Hufflepuff colors going on here.  If I recall correctly the fabric was supposed to be for Halloween, but I think it will work well beyond the holiday. 

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4  Re: 2017 DeStash Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: June 01, 2017 06:27:15 AM
June Themes

Paint Brushes. by Barb Watson, on Flickr

For: Your Pet
Color: Your Favorite
Pattern: Chevrons & Zig-Zags
Inspiration: Technology
Challenge #1: The Three Rs.  Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle by making something upcycled materials.
Challenge #2: Halfway There!  We've been DeStashing together for 6 months now.  Look back at the goals you made at the beginning of the year.  How are you doing?
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5  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: May 31, 2017 08:38:27 PM
Sliding in under the wire for the traditional end of the semester project dump!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: JerryBerry to Pukifee Dresses
Brief Description: I had a couple leftover long doll dresses in a size I no longer use, but was able to shorten the skirts to fit my tiny girls.  Only managed to get a picture of one, though...

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Purple Flowers Dress
Brief Description: This dress incorporated the triangular number three because the print is made up of three different types of flower shapes.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: CoMC
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Pretty Boxes
Brief Description: I needed something to fill the visual gap between my dresser and nightstand in order to hide an outlet and cords.  Having just moved house and lined a million shelves with contact paper, I had a lot of scraps that I didn't want to throw out, but also wasn't sure how to use.  After staring at the mismatched shoe boxes I use to store my doll clothes, an idea was born.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Ugly Sock #2
Brief Description: And then there were two...  It always takes me forever to finish a pair of socks, mostly because I knit in stolen moments on the go.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flyings
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Realfee Knit Dress
Brief Description: The most prominent color in this variegated yarn was the bright yellow (at least when it was in the ball - it looks a little up) the same color as a broom blossom.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress' Challenge - Hufflepuff's Cup
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Ritz Rolo Combo
Brief Description: Trillian's go-to, no effort pot-luck dish (seriously it only just clocks in at 30min).  I make these a lot, but I usually don't care enough about mid-week pot-lucks to put in a ton of effort and these are a crowd pleaser.  Also the picture just looks like a cracker, but trust me there's chocolate/caramel goodness in there.
Step one - unwrap a bag full of rolos. 
Step 2 - place a bunch of ritz crackers face down on a baking sheet with a lip around the edge (very important or everything can go sliding off when you put it in the oven). 
Step 3 - put a rolo on each cracker and stick the sheet in a warm oven.  I went about 250 degrees for however long it takes for things to get melty (very scientific). 
Step 4 - remove from oven and smash the rolos with a second ritz cracker.  If you have to push to get the rolo to flatten, you may want to give it more time to melt in the oven.   

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Carol's Cake
Brief Description: A family friend was turning 50 this year and somehow I got volunteered to bake the cake.  Carol insists on having the exact same cake every year made with a recipe from her mother.  I'd never made a cake from scratch before, and hopefully never have to again. 

Peppermint Cake

2 c. cake flour
2 c. sugar
1/2 c. crisco, or butter, or margarine
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp soda
3 sq melted chocolate
3/4 c. milk

Blend thoroughly by hand or with mixer, medium speed, for 2 minutes
Stir in 1/2 tsp baking powder
Add 1/2 c. milk, and 3 eggs, and 1/4 tsp peppermint extract

Blend by hand or mixer another 2 minutes.
Pour into 2 nine inch layer pans, greased & lined w. wax paper.

Bake 350 for 35-40 min.

Chocolate Icing:
I usually double the recipe.
No pasta this year because of Carol's diverticulitis.

2 tbs butter or crisco
2 sq melted chocolate
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 c. sifted confectioners sugar
1/4 c. milk

Blend butter, chocolate, salt, & add vanilla
Add sugar and milk alternatively. Beat until creamy.

And the hideous results - At least it tasted good.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
SPEW: http://caseforsmiles.org/
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Circus Dots Pillowcase
Brief Description: Even little things can brighten someone's day...

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Stripes & Bubbles
Brief Description: For this prompt I went with a nautical dress suitable for a seaside stroll with a Walrus and Carpenter.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: SoAR
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Realfee Cherry Dress
Brief Description: My Great-grandmother and my grandfather always made the best jelly.  That particular talent has passed me by but I can make doll dresses out of fabric scraps I found in their jelly-making supply cupboard for decorating the jars when we were cleaning out the grandparents' house.

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6  Re: SETTING UP ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: May 23, 2017 12:20:54 PM
Flying Classroom

Many students struggle with Acrophobia as they start using their brooms for flight.  Acrophobia is the fear of heights, coming from the Greek words ACRON - meaning peak, summit or edge - and PHOBOS - meaning fear.  For this semester's prompt, please craft something that helps you overcome one of your fears or is inspired by mountains
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7  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: May 22, 2017 07:03:25 PM
I'm back!  Haven't been doing much crafting these past few months and unlikely to be doing much more in the near future, but let's see if I can add a few more before the semester ends...

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - February
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Photo Backdrops / Roomboxes
Brief Description: My friend has been wanting better photo backdrops or roomboxes for her dolls for a while.  After experimenting with cereal boxes and other schemes we'd found online I finally settled on the simple trifold "science fair" boards.  Cut in half we could get two backdrops out of a single board.  It takes six sheets of scrapbook paper to cover and then you can use some extra "wood" scrapbook paper on the board not in use to do double duty as a floor.  Simple but effective!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - March
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Purple Lati Green Dress
Brief Description: Just a doll dress that had been sitting around waiting for snaps...

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Littlefee Posy Dress
Brief Description: This one took a while to finish up because I was searching for the perfect ribbon. 

098 Budding Photographer by Trillian, on Flickr
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8  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: March 30, 2017 01:02:07 PM
@moonflame - So many dolly projects!  Good job on the math for enlarging patterns!  I never find it as easy as I think it will be at the beginning.

@jellybean89 - I love all the flowers.  They're so bright and cheery!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder - Bus Stop
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Ugly Sock # 1
Project Page Link): A Nice Ribbed Sock Pattern
Brief Description: I used to do most of my knitting in front of the television, but then I got rid of that device for a couple months and my knitting had be relegated to the in-between times when I'm waiting for other things to happen.  (My TV is back now but I haven't plugged it in, therefore knitting progress will continue to be slow).

080 Sock by Trillian, on Flickr
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9  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: March 17, 2017 07:40:20 AM
I am having such a hard time shoe-horning my usual crafts into this semester's prompts, but I think I got a few figured out now.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Patchwork Littlefee Dress
Brief Description: Quilts are physically comforting, feature repeating geometric patterns, and are often passed down within families.  The cheater print this dress is made from came from my great-aunt's stash.

Patchwork by Trillian, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder - Jamaica
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Realfee Dresses
Brief Description: I find fabric a very relaxing medium to work with.  Maybe not as relaxing as yarn, but I could spend hours going through my stash of cottons looking for the perfect print to suit my mood.

035 Three in a Row by Trillian, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress' Challenge - Slytherin's Locket
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Minty Scrap Dress for Lati Yellow
Brief Description: For the past year whenever I visit my 93 year old great-aunt she always gave me a fistful of fabric scraps to take with me.  On my last visit she took me up to her craft room (which I had never been in before) and told me to take what I wanted.  I took some yardage home with me, but my favorite finds are still the scraps.  I can only imagine what she made with some of the original fabrics.

069 Ellie and Friend by Trillian, on Flickr
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10  Re: 2017 DeStash Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: February 28, 2017 07:47:10 PM
March Themes

Green by Jamie Matthews, on Flickr

For: A Child
Color: Green
Pattern: Argyle
Inspiration: The Weather
Challenge #1: Itsy Bitsy.  Make something teeny-tiny from your stash.  Every little bit helps.
Challenge #2: Playing Favorites.  Make something  using your favorite technique, pattern, or material.
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