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21  Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: April 03, 2016 07:47:22 AM
April Themes

Chinese Pincushion by Theen Moy, on Flickr

Color: Pink
For: The Bedroom
Pattern: Paisley
Inspiration: Nature
Challenge 1: Have some supplies that you love but aren't quite sure what to make with them?  Share a picture here and see ideas your fellow DeStashers might have.
Challenge 2: Actually make something using the million and a half tutorials and patterns you've been hoarding on Pinterest.
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22  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: March 22, 2016 08:01:12 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms
Slytherin Scavenger Hunt: Action 4, apple(blossoms) heart
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Three Pastel Pukifee Dresses
Brief Description: Celebrating spring and all the fruit trees blossoming around town, I made up three pastel dresses in similar colors out of scraps from my stash.  I wish I had more of the green floral - I might be able to squeeze a skirt out of the leftovers, but I'll be sad to see them go.

79/365 Wee Three by Trillian, on Flickr
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23  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: March 20, 2016 11:17:10 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition
Slytherin Scavenger Hunt: Bluebell
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Bonnie Blue Dress
Brief Description: This dress is made from a scrap left over from a quilt I made my Aunt.  I always try to make sure to have a few dresses made from fabric she either gave me or from things I've made her.  She stocks my etsy shop religiously and is always excited to see fabric she recognizes.

72/365 Popping by to say "Hi" by Trillian, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder
Slytherin Scavenger Hunt: Desk
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Groovy Easter Dresses
Brief Description: The plovercrest is a bright purple and green hummingbird found in parts of Argentina and Brazil.  These dresses are as close as I could come to it's wild coloration.  (The green is the second dress I've made using the same fabric as I did for my CoMC assignment).

77/365 Looks like we're having a groovy Easter this year by Trillian, on Flickr
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24  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: March 09, 2016 07:38:10 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean - Vomit
Slytherin Scavenger Hunt: Action 1, bubble, purple
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Purple Seas Dress
Brief Description: Carthage was founded in 814 BC by Phoenicians from Tyre.  Phoenicians were a sea trading people who were known for the purple dye made from murex shells.  As Rome grew beyond its seven hills and it came into conflict with Carthage and its dependents in the western part of the Mediterranean.  Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures
Slytherin Scavenger Hunt: Action 5, green
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Green Tulip Dress
Brief Description: Little and green, my friends!

65/365 Peace! by Trillian, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress' Challenge - Shades of March
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Spring Green Dress
Brief Description: My mother got a subscription to Ancestry.com this year and I've been having fun poking around in the primordial ooze.  The most interesting bit I've found so far (besides an ancient picture of some great-great-grand-dude who looks just like my uncle) is that the branch of the family I'd always assumed was French was in fact Irish, and had something to do with flax way back in the deep dark past where all the men are John, all the women are Mary, and all the records are really dubious.  Flax flowers are blue, so this fabric seemed vaguely appropriate.

Green & Blue by Trillian, on Flickr

OWL Subject & Option: Muggle Studies
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Woodland Quilt
Brief Description: While researching muggle fairy tales I came across one called The Bear which featured a princess transformed into a bear by putting on a bear skin and traveling in a magic wheelbarrow.  Blankets have transformative powers for little kids as well, offering protection and fuel for imagination.  I'm making a baby quilt for my mothers' neighbors and hope it will get plenty of use for story times, forts, and capes.  The fabric mom chose has bears and other woodland animals on it, so it should be really cute.  I hope to have this done by the end of March so I can take it up with me when I visit in April.
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25  Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: March 02, 2016 07:19:07 AM
March Themes

Spools of vintage thread: greens by Wendi Dunlap, on Flickr

Color: Green
For: A significant other or loved one
Pattern: Pinstripes
Inspiration: Games
Challenge #1: Finish off the oldest WIP you can find in your stash
Challenge #2: Go green in the other sense - craft something with recycled materials or that can substitute for a disposable product.
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26  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: March 01, 2016 07:53:50 AM
Flying Classroom

Buttons by Sharon Drummond, on Flickr

Muggles seem to think that flying involves buttons.  The first hot air balloon created by the Montgolfier brothers in 1783 was made using 1,800 buttons.  Even today you will find an intimidating number of buttons in the cockpit of muggle aeroplanes.*  Their fascination with buttons in flight is somewhat bizarre to those of us who fly by other means, but in the spirit of cross cultural understanding, let us embrace the button!  Please craft something that uses buttons in its design or construction, or is inspired by buttons in some other way.

*My Muggle born colleagues inform me that these aren't the same kind of buttons.  This just adds to the confusion!

Completed Work
Moonflame's Spring Hat for Pippa
ErinAquaheart's Penelope the Sock Monster
calliemae's Toddler Purse
TechnicolorAquahearts' Sock Monster
tiamatfire's Button Booties
jennleahlynn's Mother's Day Card
midkiffsjoy's Town Dress
gaudiknight's Purple Sweater
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27  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2016 in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: February 29, 2016 07:47:21 PM
OWL Subject & Option: Alchemy, Option 2
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Alchemy (Odd) Socks
Project Page Link: Tracks by OzKnitter
Brief Description: These socks are made with a yarn composed of three strands of self-striping yarn plied together.  Although they are made from the same dye-lot the two socks don't really look much alike because of how the strands came together.  There's a lot of fire and air in one sock, while the other is a little bit more earth/water.  I finished them up last night and wore them today since I had no other clean socks.

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28  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2016 in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: February 29, 2016 05:28:08 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean - Pear
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Vintage Dress
Brief Description: Made out of an (off)white scrap with pink flowers and yellow butterflies.  (I hope this is all right to include, I actually finished it a little while ago but couldn't find a prompt to use it with.)

Hello Harper! by Trillian, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Ritz Rolo Combo
Brief Description: If I'm going to drink tea, then I need something sweet to go with it.  One of the quickest and easiest sweets you can make are Ritz Rolo Combos.  Basically you line a cookie sheet* with ritz crackers, put an unwrapped rolo on each, and stick it in a warm oven for three or four minutes until the rolo starts to melt.  Then you can take the pan out of the oven and pop another ritz cracker on top.  With my dinky little oven the whole process takes me about 35 minutes for a batch, and clean-up is minimal to non-existant.  The ones pictured here are double stuffed - I actually prefer the crackers to the rolos and made the mistake of snacking while the second sheet was melting in the oven.  I ran out of lids!

*be sure it's a lipped cookie sheet not one with flat sides... Ask me how I learned this.

50/365 Ritz Rolo Combo by Trillian, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Defense Against Dark Arts
SPEW: Ryan's Case for Smiles
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Snowmen Pillowcase
Project Page Link: Case for Smiles
Brief Description: I found a bunch of old Christmas fabric in my stash.  As with all novelty fabric that I don't know what to do with, I turned it into a pillowcase.  I may have to wait a few months to donate it given the seasonal theme, but it turned out really cute.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - January
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Teagan's Sweater
Project Page Link: Wovenflame's Minifee Pullover
Brief Description: Sweater for a new-to-me doll made with leftover sock yarn.  I absolutely love how it turned out.

Sweater Weather by Trillian, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - February
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Dandelion Dress
Brief Description: My friend KT is my cheerleader whenever I'm sewing dresses.  We tend to hang out on gchat most evenings, and she is always throwing out suggestions of what colors I should use next.  Usually it's something I don't have on hand in the quantity needed (my stash doesn't have much in the way of aqua or orange or most of her favorite colors) but for once I had the color she wanted - Yellow!  She then proceeded to distract me with links to sloths and interesting lizards for the rest of the night as I tried to sew Smiley

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Pink Coat
Project Page Link: link to pattern
Brief Description: When one is trying a new pattern one often does a "rough draft" round in muslin or scraps before cutting into the good fabric.  I was sizing up a much smaller pattern to make my doll a winter coat, so I wanted to see what it would look like before I invested too much in materials.  Now I know that when I make the final version (which at this point will probably be for next winter) I need to lengthen the sleeves and re-draft the front corners so they aren't quite so pointy.

20/365 Pink by Trillian, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Study of Ancient Runes
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Scrap Boxes
Brief Description: As part of re-organizing my fabric stash (here's a before picture) I separated all my scraps that were smaller than a FQ, sorted them by color, and stored them in some plastic shoe boxes I had liberated from someone else's downsizing project.  Now when I'm making a batch of doll dresses it is easy to see what I have in a particular color and I also know where to put left-overs from larger pieces of fabric.  Before the scraps were put back into the same bin/box/pile their parent fabric had come from and it made finding usable pieces rather hard.  Top to bottom left to right we have white/brown/purple (actually "other" might be a better name for this box), muslin for linings, pink/red, and blue/green.

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29  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: February 19, 2016 12:35:55 PM
That sweater is too cute! Button holes are a PITA but the loops look like they were meant to be there.  It's nice to have that extra bit of peach.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Blue Shrug
Brief Description: I love how delightfully skwishy garter stitch is.  This little doll sweater uses a few rows of garter stitch as edging - not much, but still enough to squeeze.

Blue by Trillian, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean - Toast
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Folk Art Hearts
Brief Description: When I visited my good friend Kathleen in Ohio she dragged me along to a vintage clothing shop and helped me raid their scrap bin for bits and pieces that could be used for doll clothes.  I'm pretty sure this fabric used to be part of a shirt - you could see the shape of the arm scythe and there were still a few stubborn threads hanging on where they'd picked apart the seams.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Pink Spots
Brief Description: If there are pink panthers it stands to reason there are probably pink leopards too.  They are quite elusive and are definitely magical to remain so well hidden.  I was quite surprised to find a fabric based on their markings in a Muggle shop, given that there have been no reported sightings in the Wizard World for nearly a century.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Goodie Bags
Brief Description: Muggle and Wizard children typically give each other small treats at Valentines Day and I wanted to give a little something to my student workers.  My budget wouldn't stretch to buy enough chocolate to make a regular sized paper bag seem reasonable or to buy small favor bags, so I made my own out of scrapbook paper and washi tape.  There were 20 all told, but I don't have a picture of the full batch.

41/365 Valentines Treats by Trillian, on Flickr

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30  Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: February 18, 2016 01:10:40 PM
ErinAquaheart - I love the riot of colors going on in your Valentines!  Scrappy DeStashing at its best!

As I was going through my finished projects for the past few months trying to figure out how to squeeze in some class prompts for the Harry Potter CraftAlong out of them, I realized I had never posted any of them here.  So prepare yourself for a massive DeStash Dump of Doom!

(Warning - there be massive amounts of doll clothes ahead)


Cute as a Button! by Trillian, on Flickr
Natural & Navy by Trillian, on Flickr

Reworked this dress to add lace at the hem:

Twirling by Trillian, on Flickr

Tiny Doll Sized Shrug:

14 Something Small by Trillian, on Flickr

Fussy cut the heck out of this fabric to avoid the giant poodles and Eiffel Towers:

20/365 Pink by Trillian, on Flickr

36" Square Lapghan:

Black & White by Trillian, on Flickr


Sweater Weather by Trillian, on Flickr
Angles by Trillian, on Flickr
Stripes by Trillian, on Flickr

All but two projects this year have been from stash (well, all but one if you consider the one I made using my mother's stash).  I did have a moment of weakness/forgetfulness and added a yard worth of remnants to the stash back in January.  Whoops!
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