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1  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: December 04, 2016 06:11:18 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Nature Angels
Brief Description: My mother and her friends vacation in the next county over every year, and spend their week taking long walks and collecting interesting bits of nature along the way.  This year I was able to join them for an afternoon spent with glue guns and their finds making Christmas decorations.  I made a couple of these angels before I was roped into making wire stars for pine cone Christmas trees.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Carol's Chest
Brief Description:  I painted a chest of drawers for a family friend who was moving from her sister's house into a group home.  Carol had very specific ideas of what she wanted it to look like, and promises were made before actually consulting me on what my painting skills were, but I made it work after much frustration and learning lots of new skills.  She chose the text, and I added Goofy to the bottom drawer because she is absolutely obsessed with him.  It's kind of hideous, but exactly what she wanted!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Pukifee Brown Dot Dress
Brief Description: While the leaves of the Camellia sinensis are used to make tea, the seeds are actually small round balls.  So we've got the dark brown background of a good cup of black tea, and the round dots for the seeds.  Or something like that...

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2  Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: December 04, 2016 04:16:19 PM
December Themes

Done sewing by Steve Braund, on Flickr

Color: Holiday Colors (whatever that means to you)
For: Gifts
Pattern: Snowflakes
Inspiration: Books
Challenge 1: Work on all that holiday crafting that you meant to start earlier, but somehow time got away from you.
Challenge 2: We all have some projects lying around that are all done except for some tiny little details - snaps, clipping threads, a final blocking, etc.  Try your best to get those taken care of so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor in the new year.

P.S.  I haven't been able to devote much attention to the DeStash-Along this year.  I'm happy to keep going for next year, but if there's someone else more involved who would like to take over that would also be fine.  Let me know if you're interested!
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3  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: November 16, 2016 04:30:56 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Dotty Dress
Brief Description: The fabric for this dress features metallic gold accents that shine like the sun.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Asian Autumn Dress
Brief Description: I am all about that stash!  I have been saving this scrap of fabric for the past ten years in hope of finding a good project for it, and just decided to finally go for it.  I was very surprised that the water is what is most noticeable once sewn up.  Flat the leaves definitely popped more.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Happy Trees Dress
Brief Description: At first glance this fabric just looks like sponge painting, but if you look closely you'll see it's actually a forest of Bob Ross trees.

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4  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: November 06, 2016 02:28:22 PM
@jennleahlynn - What a strange mix-up!  Does this mean there's someone else out there with your cover on their book?  I hope you can get it fixed with the printer.

Somehow pictures turned out much larger than normal... still trying to figure out the best way to go about all this.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Acorns Galore
Brief Description:  When I first started making smallish doll clothes I ran into a lot of difficulty with attaching the skirt as instructed: one or two rows of gathering stitches on the skirt, lining up the raw edges of skirt and bodice with right sides together and sewing with a quarter inch seam allowance.  When I flipped the skirt right side out it always poofed alarmingly, the gathers never lay flat, and there was generally too much bulk at the waist.  I've since learned to sew all the way around the bodice and lining, just leaving a small gap at the bottom front so that you can flip it inside out like a pillowcase and then iron the heck out of it.  After sewing the side seams, I sew three rows of gathering stitches on the skirt, line up the finished edge of the bodice with the second row of gathering stitches and top-stitch on the bodice to attach the skirt, and then trim the extra seam allowance.  There's the same number of layers of fabric as before, but somehow between the extra ironing and top-stitching, everything just sits flatter.  Plus the extra rows of gathering stitches and larger seam allowance on the skirts helps keep the gathers even rather than crossing or folding as they often did before.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Shooting Star Dress
Brief Description: This fabric seemed perfect for a project inspired by meteor showers

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder: Prague
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Autumn Stripes
Brief Description: The fabric of the skirts reminds me of the deep colors and mix of patterns that goes along with bohemian style.

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5  Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: October 03, 2016 07:05:52 AM
October Themes

Thread by Jeremy Stratton, on Flickr

Color: Orange
Pattern: Sparkles
Inspiration: Music
Challenge #1:  Halloween is really the best holiday, because it's all about creativity and candy.  Use your stash and your creativity to create a costume or some holiday decorations.
Challenge  #2:   10 is such a nice round number.  Make something inspired by ten - using 10 things, something that uses 10 pieces of your stash, whatever works for you

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6  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: September 30, 2016 09:06:10 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: CoMC
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Littlefee Halloween Dress
Brief Description: Snap closure in the back and 5 pointed stars on the skirt. 

Class/Challenge/House Pride: DADA
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Shirt Scrap Realfee Dress
Brief Description: Blue like the natural habitat of the Grindylow. 

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention July
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Candy Corn Dress
Brief Description: Work in Progress dress #1.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - September
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Pukifee Flame Dress
Brief Description: Another work in progress finished

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Jack-o-Lantern Dress
Brief Description: Inspired by the muggle sport of Pumpkin Chunkin.  One event I went to threw used jack-o-lanterns.  Another used very scientific, specially grown perfectly spheroid pumpkins.  You can guess which one was more entertaining.

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7  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: September 11, 2016 08:34:07 PM
Squeezing in with some extra Quidditch points...

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Beater
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Itty Bitty Books
Brief Description: Muggles of old, unable to stow their luggage magically, used to create miniature libraries in order to be able to take their books on the road with them.  Later miniature books became novelties and children's toys.  These are blank, but the sentiment is much the same. {Inspired by Muggle Books}

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Bumphing
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Blue Shrug
Brief Description: I don't sit still very well, so it is better for me and those who I'm sharing a couch with for me to have a small knitting project to work on while I'm watching TV.  This is the final result of a fairly short Stargate marathon.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Blurting
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Career Advisory
Brief Description: While I have my resume builder in the Hogwarts Career Office thread, I usually only remember to check it after the semester has ended.  I made myself a checklist/worksheet to go in my planner after my usual semester pages so I can be more pro-active in choosing projects that will fulfill both requirements.  Washi tape helps disguise ink-bleed through and false starts when writing everything out longhand.  It's now up to date through the Spring Semester, but I still need to go through and enter everything for the Summer Semester.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Cobbing
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Butterfly Dress
Brief Description: The sparkles may not show up in this poorly lit late-night picture, but I think anything that incorporates glitter is by its very nature excessive.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Flacking
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: 2016 Batch of Citrus Swirl Dresses
Brief Description: Dresses are worn on the body, although the bodies in this instance are 6 inches tall and made of resin and elastic rather than flesh and blood.  (I realize this might be stretching things a little bit.  Let me know if  the powers that be think this should be re-assigned.)

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8  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: September 10, 2016 06:03:20 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Red Retro Dress
Brief Description: This dress is made of a poly fabric from my great-aunt's stash.  I had to be a little careful with the iron to make sure nothing melted.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Gingham Dress
Brief Description: These started out as identical dresses, but then my friend and I had a little bit of fun in the embellishment box with one of them.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Commentator
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Rose Dress
Brief Description: Rather on the traditional side...

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Haversacking
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Jelly Jar Dress
Brief Description: Actually, I feel like this needs something extra to be really finished.  Any suggestions for trims/embellishments are welcome!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Referee
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Halloween Dress
Brief Description: Have you run across fabrics that are supposed to be quilting cottons seem to have an almost plasticy feel to them?  I don't know if it's the dye or the sizing or what, but it doesn't wash out so I tend to avoid them.  But sometimes the prints are just too perfect and needs must.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Stooging
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Realfee Dress
Brief Description: I make a lot of these, obviously, so it's getting pretty easy to whip one up.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Study of Ancient Runes
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Red Calico Dress
Brief Description: To be honest, this prompt really confused me so I went with the example rune of dagaz

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9  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: August 28, 2016 08:12:49 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy *** Correction : Arithmancy ***
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Petite Fours Dress for Pukifee
Brief Description: Scraps from my great-aunts' stash must be my favorite material given how much of it I use. Tongue

Petit Fours Dress by Trillian, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder - Zambia
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: One Single Sock
Project Page Link: Tracks
Brief Description: I'm always amazed when noodle-bug turns in socks for regular old assignments, so I thought I'd give it a shot.  A month later I remembered why I always use them for OWL assignments, so I figured I should turn in the one single sock I have done.  This was originally started for the Little Whinging Floo Powder challenge.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress' Challenge - August
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Cookies
Brief Description: Classes started last week, so I made my student workers a batch of cookies as sort of a consolation prize for the end of summer.  A poll among the kids last year proved that you can't go wrong with good old chocolate chip cookies.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Oddball Dress for Pukifee
Brief Description: I found a really pretty scrap of recycled vintage fabric that I thought would make a really pretty dress.  But when I started clipping the seams it basically started to disintegrate.   After dousing the whole thing with fray-check before and after turning the bodice it turned out okay, if a little bit crunchy.

207/365 Harper by Trillian, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Try-Outs
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Summer Vines Dress for Littlefee
Brief Description:  Doll Dress - 'nuff said...

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Chaser
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Blue Dresses
Brief Description: Honestly, my notes just say 3 items together.  Hope this counts.

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10  Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: August 01, 2016 01:42:19 PM
August Themes

Thread by Nedra, on Flickr

Color: Metallic
For: Exterior of your house or your yard
Pattern: Lace
Inspiration: Sea Life
Challenge #1:  The name of the game is nostalgia.  Make a craft from a different time - maybe using a vintage pattern, or a craft that your grandmother taught you to make, or simply a technique you don't see very often these days.
Challenge #2:  If you're like me, you pick up craft supplies as souvenirs on your journeys.  This month work on using up some of those supplies to bring back the memories of places you've visited.
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