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11  Make Yer Own Hippogriff in Craftalongs by pottermouth on: March 13, 2014 02:03:10 PM
Class: Flying
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Make Yer Own Hippogriff
Brief Description: I made another hippogriff to send to a friend and to prove it isn't the same one, I decided to write up a little tutorial and include the pattern so you can make one too. Ignore all of the crafty disaster that's going on in the background...art is messy!



Dark Grey wool felt for body and feathers
Light Grey wool felt for feathers
Golden wool felt for beak and front feet
Embroidery Floss in matching grey and gold
Small black seed beads for eyes
Wool yarn for tail
Wool for stuffing

Trace patterns pieces onto coordinating felt, reversing pieces for opposite side. Place dashed lines of leg pieces on fold of felt.

1. Sew beak to body piece. Repeat for other body piece.

2. Fold ear to right side then fold ear slot over, aligning the piece. Sew along straight edge. Repeat on other body piece. This will be the only sewing done on the inside. Forgot to take that pic but you can see here how it's sewn.

3. Align body pieces wrong sides together and sew around, leaving an inch open at bottom to stuff. Stuff body firmly (this is where you'll be glad it is wool felt) and sew opening closed.

4. Fold rear leg piece in half along fold and beginning at hock, sew around, leaving hoof open. Stuff firmly. Place hoof on bottom of leg opening and sew around. Repeat for other rear leg.

5. For front legs you have two options. I chose to cut off a bit of the front leg and sew on a piece of gold felt to replicate the hippogriff's eagle legs. Or you can skip this part and have grey legs. Fold leg in half, sew around, leaving bottom open. Stuff firmly. Sew two foot pieces together. Place foot at bottom of leg opening and sew around. Repeat for other front leg.

6.  To sew joints together, thread three strands of embroidery floss (or use button thread) through a needle and make a knot at end. Take a small stitch on inside of rear leg, catching a bit of stuffing, then pass needle back through knotted thread and pull tight. Pass needle through body. take a small stitch on other rear leg then pass needle back through body. Pinch legs together and pull tight. make a loop around joint of first leg and pass needle through thread, making a knot. Loop and knot a second time. Repeat for front legs.

7. To make feathers, cut several feather shapes from your scraps (wool is expensive!) in both dark and light grey. Sew or glue feathers beginning at bottom of neck, and move up toward head. Put 'em wherever you want 'em. Glue ears back, unless you like the way they stick out.

8. For wings, I trace the top portion of the wing and cut out a thin band to act as the "wing bone" and glue in place. Cover wings with feathers, using longer feathers at wing tips. Sew wings in place.

9. Almost there! Wind wool yarn around a credit card, or whatever you have that is the same length as the tail you'd like. Tie a knot around center of wool and cut the other end. Sew tail to body. Sew bead eyes to head, add whatever other features you'd like, then voila! A little hippogriff!
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12  Re: CLOSED: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ in Craftalongs by pottermouth on: March 11, 2014 08:00:32 PM
I knew I loved the End of Term Feast colour scheme for a reason...RAH, RAH RAVENCLAW! Congrats to all students for their hard work and stupendous projects; it was an awesome semester!

Sit back and enjoy some pudding of Luna's and when that's all gone, go make your own.

Luna Lovegood's Pudding recipe
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13  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by pottermouth on: March 04, 2014 07:35:12 PM
The beginning of a new term is always so exciting because, like the end of term, everyone is conjuring up so many magical projects. Love that!

Headmistress pinkleo: I knew your first project would be for S.P.E.W.! Keep channeling your inner Hermione; the world needs you!

Audania: THAT will be one impressive NEWT. Can't wait to see the end result!

BadWolf:  Shocked! Amazing Lego Quilt! And your next O.W.L.? I'm going to steal it.

gaudiknight: You shall be sorely missed in the Ravenclaw Tower, but never feel bad about having waffled between the Houses because waffles are delicious. Good luck on your quilt, it looks lovely!

Ant Bee:  What a gas!  Cheesy (that's punny!) Cute subject for your equally cute helm.

noodle-bug: yay for Team Dobby! Your Pi stripes hat is wonderful...love the colours.

Acadian Driftwood: such a pretty bird purse! I like the birdie on the clasp.

Nicajeanie: your granny square is so shimmery looking!

margaron: giant.crocheted.snu ggie. Best thing ever.

cousenl: cute twitterpated piece! I suspect it is for a loved one?

Magpirate: Holy colourful butt pad, Batman! That's gorgeous!

rockmygypsysoul: cannot even tell you how much I want to see your female form study. What a brilliant idea.

ErinAquaheart: DapperApple is just so fantastic. Glad to see more!

Class: Arithmancy  (there are 8 ingredients)
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Super Secret Ingredient French Toast
Brief Description: My assignment began last week when kid2 asked me to show him how to make French toast. This was an odd request, because he's never shown an interest in cooking. Whatever, I'll take the bonding time. Turns out, he presented the recipe to his school, which was having a breakfast food contest, and he won! Tomorrow he gets to prepare his "Secret Ingredient French Toast" for the breakfasting high schoolers and will be on the news. Tonight he prepped for his first public culinary experience by making the recipe for his sisters (even though the grocery was out of the intended bread). Here's my secret recipe sssshhhhhh....it's a secret!

Ingredients: Makes about 10-12 slices

sliced White Mountain bread
5 eggs
splash of orange juice, from zested orange
splash of milk
about 1/4 cup (secret ingredient) International Delight Vanilla Coffee Creamer
zest of 1/2 an orange, or to taste
cinnamon/sugar mixture
whole nutmeg or a pinch of ground nutmeg

Preheat griddle to 350.
Crack eggs a la Alton Brown (NOT on the edge of the dish, but on the counter!) into shallow dish and beat til combined. Add a splash of milk, splash of OJ, and coffee creamer, whisk til uniform in colour. It'll be pale buttery yellow. Add orange rind, and sprinkle cinnamon/sugar mix on top. Grate a bit of nutmeg with a microplane (or sprinkle ground) over mixture. Not too much! Dip slice of white mountain bread into mixture, turn over, then add to hot griddle. Repeat until bread, or mixture, is gone. I usually add more cinnamon/sugar to the mixture after every third bread slice. Also, it is best to lay your bread out the night before or use day old bread. Unless you like floppy French toast, and that's okay too. Here's kid2's toast tonight, using white Italian bread, which I don't recommend because it's just wrong.

NOOOOO!!!! My picture won't upload!!!!! I'll be back in a minute.
 Got it! Kid2 kept slapping me when I attempted to "garnish" his toast. I gotta learn to let them grow up and do things themselves.  Sad
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14  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by pottermouth on: February 28, 2014 06:12:12 PM
I love the end of a semester because everyone is wildly posting all their assignments. Rah, Rah Ravenclaw!!!!

NEWT Subject: Charms
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Waldorf Doll for Theo
Brief Description: Theo's baby now has a daytime outfit to go with his jammies.

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15  Cheep! Panorama Egg in Easter by pottermouth on: February 27, 2014 06:52:04 PM
A bit ago I scored three vintage Walco panorama egg kits at a thrift shop and sat down to do something with one. I decided to go all 70's and gaudy, with the lace and bead trim, and a big tissue paper flower, but I kept thinking "there really should be an odd bird in here" (been seeing lots of beautiful odd birds here). Mine's not beautiful, but he is kooky with his basket as a hat.  Tongue

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16  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by pottermouth on: February 27, 2014 06:27:43 PM
Class: Flying
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Cheep! Panoramic Egg
Brief Description: Sometimes you strike gold when you are thrifting and I happened to get lucky when I found three vintage panoramic eggs. And they were marked $1! So cheep! (see what I did there?) I covered one with tissue paper and gel medium and used some really vintage lace and bead trim for that 70's look, coated the entire inside with glitter, added a tissue paper flower on the outside, and finally placed a kooky chick in the middle with a basket on his head. It just seemed right. One of his bunny "peeps" came over to keep him company.

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17  Re: Little Mousy Pincushion in Completed Projects by pottermouth on: February 20, 2014 08:12:44 AM
Thank you for all of the sweet comments. She is made with cotton fabric, poly-fil stuffing, faux fur, lace trim, and craft felt. Originally, her feet, hands, and tail were wool felt but turning those skinny pieces proved impossible, even using the two dowel method of turning!

And never fear, Stllatthetop, she has a chenille stem armature and big, poofy pantaloons that provide excellent stability. I use an earth magnet for finding rogue pins and when that misses one, I usually find it in my foot.

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18  Little Mousy Pincushion in Completed Projects by pottermouth on: February 19, 2014 02:51:32 PM
A cute little mouse that's going on the craft table to collect all those stray pins (hopefully). The pins will be in the mushroom so I won't have to stick her.

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19  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by pottermouth on: February 19, 2014 02:41:21 PM
ErinA: love the snazzy suncatchers! They'll surely brighten your room. Again, hurrah on the amazing news!!!!

gaudiknight: Welcome to the Castle! Don't forget to visit the Ravenclaw Tower on page two and explore all of the extra credit, but you're a Ravenclaw so you probably knew that already.  Wink Your shawl is GORGEOUS and that colour! Nice!

Acadian Driftwood: oh, how I want to try snow tie dyeing but alas, no snow here ever. Your shirts are really cool and if I squint I see a face, and it's kinda spooky.

blupaisan: Best Present Ever. You win. The Scarry quotes are hilarious and  Oscar's footprints? That's great! Thanks for sharing your pictures.

BadWolf: I wants your Quidditch shirt!! Did I read somewhere that you have a Silhouette? If you do, would you mind if I pick your brain about it?

Ant Bee: you, madam, are a gem and we are lucky to have you at Hogwarts.

rockmygypsysoul: those are really pretty cards! The first one is divine.

Inselaeffchen: hee...love the mug rug! And the 221B mug rug look just like them! do you have a Silhouette too?

Moonflame: all of your hexipuffs are fantastic! Can't wait to see your finished chair cushion. Sorry about your wine. You obviously aren't Irish because the picture would've had a straw and a much smaller puddle!  Cheesy (I can say that because I'm Irish!)

midkiffsjoy: thank you for sharing your stationery box story. It's sweet that you spritzed it with your perfume and the finished project is beautiful.

netchez: Yay scarfy goodness! Love the striped one especially.

Thanks to everyone for posting their assignments for all to see. Such a crafty bunch!

Class: Astronomy
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravencalw
Project Name: Mousy Pincushion
Brief Description: Whipped up a little mousy pincushion to collect all those stray pins...

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20  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by pottermouth on: February 12, 2014 12:14:16 PM
Class: Astronomy
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: The Kidnapping of Europa
Brief Description: Zeus, disguised as the mighty bull, has charmed Europa with his gentle eyes and lured her onto his back, only to swim off with her to Crete. Her family saw her last, gripping the horn of a bull, her Phoenician tunic flapping.

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