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1  Re: Watercolor Stencil Portrait + TUTORIAL in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by pottermouth on: January 22, 2015 07:04:39 PM
It looks so difficult but it's so beautiful it must be worth it!

It is completely worth it and really simple because weighanchor has given such a great tutorial. You should try it!

It is incredibly fun to do and kind of addictive. I've painted my family, friends, and pets. Plus, it makes for an easy, treasured gift.

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2  Mechanical Iris Valentine in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by pottermouth on: January 16, 2015 03:36:51 PM
It's nearly Valentine's Day, a day to express your love and admiration for a special one...but I'm not going to do that. Mr. P makes me cocktails every weekend so I don't need Valentine's Day. I do, however, want to share my love for Alpha Stamps new paper kit for January, "Star-Crossed Lovers". It is a perfect collection of all things schmoozie (is that a word?) in a very classic, amorous way. I chose to make a Valentine card of sorts, with a movable part.

Here's a terrible shot of the entire card:

With the shutter closed:

You rotate the Dresden Heart to open the iris:

There is a slot in the top of the card so the images can be changed.

There were so many stunning images on the collage sheet, like this vintage couple.

Dang. I love this kit.

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3  Children of the Forest in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by pottermouth on: January 11, 2015 12:54:19 PM
A little tiny home for little tiny people. It began as a cigar box that got a watercolour background and after that I just kept shoving in whatever forest-y stuff was on hand. Like some cuties with funny hats! Making the tissue paper flowers took a while because I kept gluing my fingers to the paper.

I just love this acorn capped girl having fun with a friend.

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4  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by pottermouth on: January 02, 2015 06:30:35 PM
Looks as if everyone has had a crafty holiday! I'm ready to submit some assignments for Ravenclaw.

Class: DADA
House: Ravenclaw!!! (I had to sing the Ravenclaw Pride song 36 times before noodle-bug was semi-convinced I had not switched houses, and even now I spontaneously belt it out whenever I spot her!)
Project Name: Woolen Boot Cuffs
Project Page Link (if available): Lacey Boot Cuffs by Tricia Dodge on Ravelry
Brief Description: Boot cuffs were a holiday request by kid #1 and these are the toastiest things ever because they cover the entire calf. But I'm still confused as to why she asked for wool anything- she lives in Florida!

Class: Flying
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: LeviOsa Shirt
Brief Description: Freezer paper stenciled shirt to be mailed to kid #1 along with boot cuffs.

Challenge: December Holiday Decor
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw, Ravenclaw, Ravenclaw!
Project Name: Venn Diagram hoop
Brief Description: A quickie hoop that sums up how I get through the holidays.  Grin

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5  Make Your Own Mandrake Ornament in Completed Projects by pottermouth on: December 30, 2014 09:58:29 AM
Here's a longwinded tute for you to make a mini mandrake for your Harry Potter tree, or maybe just for your desk.

Polymer clay, mini terra cotta pot, tacky glue, 22 gauge brown cloth stem wire, railroad landscape material in brown, antiquing fluid or brown acrylic paint, toothpick, stylus, or any other sculpting tools, plastic leaves, small styrofoam ball, wool roving or twine (optional), and earmuffs.

Condition clay and roll into a cylinder, then twist ends in opposite directions.

Using an xacto knife, make a slit for the mouth then shape the bottom lip with a sculpting tool.

Make eyes with a stylus then add small clay snakes to form brows.

Smooth brows and add small ball of clay for nose. Add indentions for nostrils then smooth out the nose.

Twist three small clay snakes for the arms and the top of head. Smooth onto the body then add texture with the xacto and stylus. Use a toothpick to make a hole in the top of head so you can add the plant later. If you'd like, you can also make holes in the hands to add root fibers with the wool roving. Bake your clay accordingly.

Time to paint! Slather your mandrake with antiquing fluid or watered down acrylic paint, wiping off excess until you're happy with the results.

Smash the styrofoam ball until it fits inside the pot, pushing it a little ways under the edge of the pot. Glue in place. Add paint to your pot if you want a dirty kind of look. Take the stem wire and twist it around the pot, then wrap short end around long end of wire. Determine how long you need to make the hanger then twist wire around a paintbrush to make a loop. Attach remaining wire end to the other side.

Paint top of styrofoam ball brown, then glue fake landscape material around edge of pot. Glue plant to top of mandrake and add wool roving to hands, then glue into pot. Now you've got your own Mandragora! Don't forget your earmuffs.

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6  Re: Hoopla A-Long 2013-2014 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by pottermouth on: December 29, 2014 06:28:50 PM
There was no way another month was going to slip by without me stitching something (at least something I remembered to take a photo of) so I managed to squeak in this funny hoop.

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7  Re: Harry Potter Holiday Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by pottermouth on: December 13, 2014 06:03:02 PM
Can I put in a request for ALL the things? I'm going to cut to the chase because there have been uploading issues on my end, I think. Fingers crossed.

Firstly, from Abbeeroad came the most unique flying key; her husband forged the key and she (for the first time!  Shocked) made the most delicate stumpwork wings. Her stitching is meticulous! The fragile wings paired with the hefty key make a perfect pairing. It's so cool! She also sent a super cute vintage Santa pin but in my excitement I forgot to take a pic. Plus, it's on my shirt.

And today I received from my long time buddy, AugustBell. A stunning "Always" ornament in a rich aubergine and teal stitching! The doe has a shimmery effect to it and the beaded hanger is just right. You'll have to take my word on the colors because my camera is crapola.

There was also an ornament based on my love for the Weasley's flying car that I believe she hand coloured, then decoupaged onto a book page!

Thank you both for the treasures! I'm ridiculously happy!  Kiss

pssst, AugustBell. Tell T I said thanks for whatever his curious little hands did to ornie #1 because the replacement is perfect.

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8  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by pottermouth on: December 09, 2014 04:34:10 PM
Love the yarn ball ornaments!

jenleahlynn, you've made the cutest mandrake. His face!

House Pride: Slytherin
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Slytherin Sweater for your Sneaky Elf
Brief Description: For those of you that have been around Hogwarts for a while, you may remember Alton, our Elf on the Shelf. He spends all of December wreaking havoc in our house and this year is no different. He's also quite demanding and requested a hand knitted Slytherin sweater (because I have nothing else to do but spend an hour making one.) Hrumph! Go HERE for a tutorial.

And just for s and g's I've included some of his less questionable antics this year.

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9  Make Your Own Elf Sweater in Knitting: Completed Projects by pottermouth on: December 09, 2014 02:39:59 PM
Got a shivering Elf on the Shelf in your house? Knit him or her a toasty sweater in a snap!

Gather your materials:

Worsted Weight yarn in any color
Size 5 knitting needles
Tapestry needle
Hot Toddy to drink while your elf "supervises" your handiwork.

Begin with the Front!

Cast on 18 stitches and work K2, P2 ribbing across.
Turn and P2, K2 across.

Work in Stockinette Stitch for 2.5". End on a purl row.
Change colors (optional) and knit across row.

Purl across.
Change to first color and Stockinette Stitch for 1".
Bind off three stitches at beginning of row, knit across.
Bind off 3 stitches at beginning of row, purl across.

K1, P1 ribbing for 4 rows. Bind off.
Repeat steps for back. Make another Hot Toddy and tell the elf that you're working as fast as you can. Impatient imp.

Sew shoulder seams.

Time to add a sleeve!
Pick up 14 stitches between the grey stripes.

Stockinette Stitch 4 rows in first color.
Change to 2nd color. Stockinette Stitch for 2 rows.
Change back to first color and Stockinette Stitch 10 rows.
K1, P1 ribbing for two rows. Bind off. Repeat for other sleeve.

Here's what my hot mess of a sweater looks like:

Time to seam that bad boy! Sew neck edges together. Sew up side edges and along sleeve edges. Weave in all those ridiculous yarn ends, then present finished sweater to elf, who complains that you didn't use the "good yarn." At least he has stopped whining about being cold.

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10  Re: 2014 Christmas Tree/Decorations Along in Winter Holidays by pottermouth on: December 07, 2014 06:50:00 PM
Seeing everyone's merry decorations got me motivated to crawl around in the attic and yank down the few mystery holiday boxes up there. I found the train!
Here's my 4' pink tree with a mega load of vintage ornaments

These wouldn't fit on there (and I have two more boxes of these.  Roll Eyes) Maybe a cool wreath?

Then we chose to do "Toys and Candy" on a white tree

Keep sharing those pictures!

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