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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 on: April 03, 2016 07:56:06 AM
~*COMPLETED OWL HEADER*~
OWL Subject & Option: Muggle Studies
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Woodland Quilt
Project Page Link (if available): Obsessively Stitching's First Quilt Ever Tutorial
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.  This quilt is for my mother's neighbors first baby - and may not have turned out as gender neutral as we hoped.  But it is still really cute!  Although this is about my 10th quilt, it was my first time using a quarter inch piecing foot and a walking foot for the actual quilting, and I've got to say it made things much easier.  Finished on March 31st, in time for my self imposed deadline, but couldn't take pictures until yesterday.


Quilt by Trillian, on Flickr

22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along 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.
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 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
24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 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
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 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 PROPOSAL HEADER*~
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.
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 on: March 03, 2016 10:58:35 AM
Random Question is Random, but does anyone have an example of an OWL for Study of Ancient Runes (options 2 or 3) that's been done in the past?  I need to submit one for my chosen career path and I can't quite wrap my mind around those prompts.
27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along on: March 02, 2016 07:44:53 AM
A few thoughts for organizing odds and ends like that:
-a multidrawer organizer like the ones you find in the hardware store.
-Some shallow plastic bins that you could subdivide with cardboard scraps
-Put each supply in an appropriate sized zip-lock baggy and then throw all those in a bigger bin.  You still have to do a bit of rummaging but everything's more or less separate.
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along 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.
29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 on: March 01, 2016 11:52:52 AM
Woohoo new semester!

I don't know how everyone else keeps track of assignments, but I've been really struggling since I switched from my composition notebook "planner" to my pocket moleskine.  I tried Google Keep last semester but that didn't go so well.  Apparently I'm a pen & paper person at heart.

With that in mind, I typed up all the Assignment and Challenge prompts.  In Word I can get almost everything on one sheet of paper printed front and back (narrow margins, landscape orientation, two columns), which I can then fold up into the back of my notebook and scribble on at will.  I uploaded the no-frills version into a google doc in case anyone else would like a copy to format for their own planners.

The document can be found HERE.  I'll continue to update it with new beans and challenges as they appear throughout the semester.  If you've got any suggestions for improvements or corrections, feel free to leave a comment.
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 on: March 01, 2016 07:53:50 AM
Flying Classroom


Buttons by Sharon Drummond, on Flickr

Assignment:
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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