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1  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: August 19, 2014 12:53:27 PM
On that note, prepare yourself for a Quidditch Project dump.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch World Cup - Chaser
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Quick Cards
Brief Description: What I know about card making wouldn't even begin to fill a thimble.  I just started stamping with no real plan or idea of what I was doing, just trying to use up some stash, and about an hour later I had these.  What I've learned?  That I need to buy a better black inkpad.  And that I will never put a dent in my supply of scrapbook paper.



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch World Cup - Broomstick
SPEW: ConKerr
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Pillowcase
Project Page Link: Pillowcase Directions
Brief Description: If you think about it, a pillowcase is basically a cozy for a cushion.  I've seen these sort of pillowcases wandering around Pinterest in collections of "10 Minute Sewing Projects," but I find that once I iron, cut, sew, and then zig-zag all the edges I've put in closer to 45 minutes.  Maybe I'm just slow.  In real life the blue border picks up the printing on the leaves, but my picture kind of mangles the colors.



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch World Cup - Spirit
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Spirit Dress
Brief Description: My family is from Pittsburgh, I did my grad-school work at the University of Iowa, and I'm currently a Hufflepuff.  Yellow and black everywhere!  The polka dot ribbon is to disguise the fact that this dress turned out a little big.  Maybe she'll grow into it?



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch World Cup - Blurting
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Zippered Pouch
Project Page Link: Skip to my Lou Tutorial
Brief Description: First attempt at a zippered pouch!  Didn't turn out too shabby, if I do say so myself.

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2  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: August 15, 2014 08:58:12 AM
There have been some really productive people recently.  I'm impressed with all the crochet!  That must be pretty hot for summer crafting, but they all look great.

A couple of my own to share - apologies since it's more doll clothes.  I'm not going to say I'm in a rut, but I'm certainly getting repetitive.

A quick muslin to test a pattern:

Muslin by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

The same pattern adjusted and tested with an old sheet

Plaid by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
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3  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: August 11, 2014 10:33:32 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch World Cup - Blagging
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Three Night Sweater
Project Page Link: Made using the One Night Sweater pattern
Brief Description: I knit this over several evenings at the "hospitality hours" at a car convention (i.e. pretzels, beer, and lots of talking about carburetors).  Since I didn't want to admit I was knitting a doll sweater, the guys had fun guessing what it actually was.  The last evening someone threw out that it was a beer cozy - so we tried it, and it fits a beer bottle better than the doll.

Blue Sweater by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
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4  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: August 02, 2014 01:42:37 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean - Casserole
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Peas & Carrots Plaid
Project Page Link: Made using this free pattern
Brief Description: Stashbusting!  My favorite!  I whipped this up last night to test some modifications I'd made to a bodice pattern.  I didn't need yet another muslin dress, so I used an old torn sheet I had destined for the rag bin.  The sash was serendipitously found in my scrapbooking stash.


Plaid by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
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5  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: August 01, 2014 02:18:06 PM
Warning: Project Dump Ahead

Class/Challenge/House Pride: June Detention Make-Up
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Quiched
Brief Description: OK, let's try to do a food post right, this time.  The backstory is one of the last times I was on a beach (actually it was more of a cliff, pretty close to the southern-most point in the US) I was enjoying a quiche my Aunt had made with the few duck eggs we'd managed to find before the mongoose (mongeese?) got to them, and whatever was leftover in the fridge.  Spinach and cheese featured prominently.  This is definitely not the same quiche, but given it was my first attempt at making one, it was passable.
Recipe: (parenthetically annotated by my mother, who then advised me to ignore most of it anyway)
12 oz can evaporated skim milk
1/3 c. Low fat cottage cheese (I know I use more )
1/4 c. Parmesan
2 eggs (again, I use 4-6)
3 egg whites (nah)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
10 oz pkg frozen chopped spinach, thawed & squeeze dry
Plain pie crust, baked, cooled

Preheat oven to 425 F
In med. bowl whisk milk, cottage cheese, Parmesan, eggs, egg whites, salt, pepper
Place pie pan on jelly roll pan, spread spinach over crust, pour in filling. (when I followed the recipe as given it overflowed. They never do give diameter of pie plate.)
Bake 15 min at 425' then reduce temp to 350 & bake til filling is set, around 20 more minutes.
Cool 10 min. Before serving.

I ended up using somewhere between a half to 3/4 cups of cottage cheese and 4 eggs in the base.  I had enough eggy goop to fill two pre-made pie crusts, so I divided the spinach and put mozzarella in one and then loaded the other with cheddar cheese.  I only got pictures of the cheddar one.


191 Quiche by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Bumphing
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Kitchen Sink Cookies
Project Page Link (if available): Reese's Chewy Chocolate Cookie Recipe
Brief Description: Snacks are an important part of any gathering.  I made up a bunch of cookies in preparation for having a few friends over for games.  I instead of plain peanut butter chips I substituted a mish mash of what I had in the pantry (white chocolate chips, regular chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, M&Ms etc.) and they were delicious.


Kitchen Sink Cookies by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Seeker
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Minifee Muslin
Project Page Link (if available): Made using this pattern.
Brief Description: Doll clothes are pretty familiar territory for me by this point, but usually the insides look terrible, with exposed seams everywhere that are always fraying despite zig-zagging or pinking.  The pattern/tutorial I found for this dress finally explained how to do the inner lining in a way that actually made sense, so all those ugly unfinished edges are nicely hidden this time around.


Lining by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
New Arrival by AluminumDryad, on Flickr


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6  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: July 31, 2014 12:58:04 PM
August Themes


stars by Adriana Cecchi, on Flickr

Color: Orange
Pattern: Stars
For: Friends
Challenge 1: Trade stash with a friend - not the whole thing, obviously, but things you are tired of looking at will be shiny and new to someone else.
Challenge 2: Craft something from the theme of a swap that has caught your attention recently, whether you joined the swap or not.
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7  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: July 03, 2014 09:21:33 AM
There have been so many awesome projects lately I can't keep up with them all!

Vincentvanbuck - Your little box makes me wish October would come sooner.

Naanje - I love the paracord bracelets.  And the leaf pendant is great!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention in the Dungeon
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Cake!
Brief Description: Celebrations are hard in the summer when it is too hot for regular cake and icing.  Thankfully there's Angel-Food Cake (which I'm convinced is some kind of strange muggle magic) to refresh ourselves, fulfill our cravings for cake, and to complement whatever berries we managed to pick from near the lake (which something I imagine people do at lakes - I don't really do vacations near water).


177 Square by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
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8  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: July 01, 2014 06:17:56 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Paper Pterodactyls
Brief Description: I needed a photoprop one day and had just found a pack of itty bitty origami paper in my stash.  I decided to make some cranes, but then discovered my fingers had forgotten how to fold them.  I found instructions and proceeded to make 9 to get the process back in my muscle memory, but they turned out looking a bit more like dinosaurs than birds.  


178 Folded Flock by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
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9  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: July 01, 2014 06:09:13 AM
July Themes


Turquoise beads, Marrakech by wanderer_by_trade, on Flickr

Color: Turquoise
Pattern: Maps, charts, and letters
For: Charity
Challenge 1: Make a scrappy projects to use up odds and ends.
Challenge 2: Make a gift or two in preparation for the winter gift-giving season to cut down on the stress in December.
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10  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: June 29, 2014 04:16:57 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean - Grapefruit
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Four Frocks
Brief Description: I found four little doll dresses I had knit up two years ago but never blocked and seamed.  They were such nice citrus-y colors (mostly - there's one grape masquerading as a grapefruit) that I knew I had to get them done for this summer.  It is quite refreshing to have some long neglected WIPs out of the work-basket.


Four Frocks by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
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