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21  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by pottermouth on: June 08, 2014 07:58:12 PM
I finally had the opportunity to do more than scan everyone's new assignments, and read nine pages of awesome creativeness! Took notes for future reference too.  Grin

To noodlebug, thanks so much for developing the career paths page for alumni! Is Professorship an option for a career?

Now, because I spent 3/4 of last semester in the library instead of paying attention to the assignments I turned in, it appears I neglected to take credit for the HoM N.E.W.T. I proposed in March. So all House points are null and void.  Tongue Here's a picture of the completed project, as well as the completed NEWT I proposed in January (which I thankfully turned in!). If both of these can be removed from the Proposal List, I'd much appreciate it!

Completed NEWT (Posted Feb. 28th)

I love the end of a semester because everyone is wildly posting all their assignments. Rah, Rah Ravenclaw!!!!

~*COMPLETED NEWT HEADER*~
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.

Pic won't load...see page 83 Winter Semester.

Completed NEWT (Proposed March, completed, never turned in.  Sad)


On to this semester!
Class: Divination
SPEW:  n/a.
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Make Your Own Parliament of Owls...or just one, whatever.
Brief Description: Alrighty, so here's a mini tute on how to make pretty cute pom pom owls.



Materials List:


Wool or acrylic in whatever colours you choose
Plastic Pom Pom maker or cardboard pom pom maker The cardboard or plastic snap together kind work best
Scissors, tacky glue, small amount of felt for beak, beads or felt for eyes, and paper covered floral wire for feet.

Make 2 pom poms, one for head and one for body. You can get creative here and pattern your owl depending on how you wrap the yarn. Or use variegated yarn and make an owlet!




Now for the fun part! Trim head pom pom in a roundish ball (if you're making the barn owl) Make sure you leave the long strings you used to tie the pom pom because they will be used to attach head to body later on. For the body, separate two sections of yarn on either side for the wings and one section at the bottom for the tail. Trim top, front, back, and under wings of body piece.


Thread the leftover long string from head onto a needle and carry it under the body's string (it's the one that holds the pom pom together) and tie the two pieces together. Or trim the top of the body and the bottom of the head flat, and glue the pieces together.



Take the floral wire and bend in a U shape. Measure how long you want the legs, then bend into a foot-like shape, then wrap remainder of wire up leg. Cut off excess.

Attach legs with gobs of glue, or better yet, tie them on with a long string that you can bury in the pom pom. I've since begun attaching the legs with the long tie strings before trimming the pom pom. They stand better that way.

Trim some more, shape shape shape, add a beak and eyes...aww...it's an owl.



A special thanks to noodlebug for sending all of those buttons, which made perfect eyes for these wee cuties!
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22  Re: Twinches Needlework Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by pottermouth on: June 06, 2014 11:29:49 AM
Hang on to your needles, my twinchie from sheepBlue arrived today! It is a wee Irish square of perfection:



Those French knots are ridiculously tiny. I'd have gone blind.



Amazing. Thank you, sheepBlue, you're a gem!
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23  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by pottermouth on: May 31, 2014 06:27:07 PM
Still squeaking in those final assignments!

Challenge: Bertie Bott's Strawberry
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Alton Brown's Angel Food Cake with added Summer Berries
Project Page Link (if available): Recipe Here
Brief Description: I love Alton Brown. It only made sense to make his delicate Angel Food cake to go with macerated summer berries.



Ingredients
1 3/4 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup cake flour, sifted
12 egg whites (the closer to room temperature the better)
1/3 cup warm water
1 teaspoon orange extract, or extract of your choice
1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a food processor spin sugar about 2 minutes until it is superfine. Sift half of the sugar with the salt the cake flour, setting the remaining sugar aside.

In a large bowl, use a balloon whisk to thoroughly combine egg whites, water, orange extract, and cream of tartar. After 2 minutes, switch to a hand mixer. Slowly sift the reserved sugar, beating continuously at medium speed. Once you have achieved medium peaks, sift enough of the flour mixture in to dust the top of the foam. Using a spatula fold in gently. Continue until all of the flour mixture is incorporated.

Carefully spoon mixture into an ungreased tube pan. Bake for 35 minutes before checking for doneness with a wooden skewer. (When inserted halfway between the inner and outer wall, the skewer should come out dry).

Cool upside down on cooling rack for at least an hour before removing from pan.

Serve with summer berries and whipped cream. Yumstastic.
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24  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by pottermouth on: May 30, 2014 02:48:36 PM
House Pride: Hufflepuff Love
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: A Badger of Honor for the great felicitybaby in the IYP swap.

Photo is property of felicitybaby, because I neglected to pay attention to my Remembrall before sending.



Class: Apparition
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: TARDIS Mitts
Description: I wonder if a knitted TARDIS would carry me to Missing Willow Farm?
Photo also felicitybaby's.



Class: Divination
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Owlet Pincushion
Description: While doing my best Luna impression, a little owl cloud drifted by...



Now to go gather the S.P.E.W. hats I've made.
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25  Re: Hoopla A-Long 2013-2014 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by pottermouth on: May 30, 2014 08:00:13 AM
Great hoops this month! The happy giardia is too funny.

For my hoop I knew I'd do Harry Potter, which I did (it is in the IYP swap gallery), but then DH began playing some old records and I remembered how much I loved The Dead Milkmen.  Tongue



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26  Tattoo Flash Marilyn in Needlework Challenge Entries by pottermouth on: May 29, 2014 05:15:56 PM
Challenge? Yes, it was. This project began so smoothly, with an idea that happened immediately, and then all went to pot! The design was drawn on my fabric in a disappearing ink pen (no problem) and I got to work. About 1/4 in to the embroidery, I had to set it aside for a while, and that's when I learned the devastating effects of humidity. The flipping pattern disappeared. Poof. But I powered on, because poor Marilyn was headless and that was just unacceptable. Here's the result, complete with a supposed tattoo gun.

My immediate thought on the pattern was that it looked like tattoo flash and so I ran with it.





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27  Re: IYP (invite your partner) 25 - Silver Jubilee Gallery in The Swap Gallery by pottermouth on: May 27, 2014 09:00:56 PM
Oh, I forgot. The one thing I managed to take a pic of was a butt shot for racky.



And a view from the front, in case it wasn't clear who's butt it was.

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28  Re: Altered Spool Swap (MAIL BY 6/18/14) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by pottermouth on: May 27, 2014 08:28:24 AM
My spool shopping was a bust, other than this:



School is over, house guests have left, laundry is down to one manageable basket...time to get creative!
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29  Doubtful Guest Cake in Dessert by pottermouth on: May 04, 2014 11:25:34 AM
Another Edward Gorey cake...I think this will be an ongoing theme for these particular friends. The Doubtful Guest is gumpaste, something that should be an easy thing to work with, but I had issues. It went from sticky to rock hard in a nanosecond. Maybe next time I'll read the directions!

The birthday girl's name will be written on the bottom, but black frosting bleeds everywhere so it'll have to wait til we arrive at the party.





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30  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by pottermouth on: April 29, 2014 02:40:56 PM
Fly by post with broom tail on fire!

Class: MS
SPEW: n/a Still working up baby hats.
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Please Don't Fall On Me and Squash Me Dead When I Open You
Brief Description: MS was the kick in the cauldron that I needed to tackle our school closet. Or Closet of Doom, whatever.

Before. Oh my, this is embarrassing.


After. Three trash bags and two donation boxes later.


And while the closet of doom preoccupied me for 2 hours, Natural Disaster #1 joined forces with Natural Disaster #2 and annihilated their room. The ability to do this in a speck of time still perplexes me.

Before. Hold on to something.


After. One trash bag and several donation boxes later. But we had fun constructing a Lincoln Log Fortress before bed.


Class: Astronomy
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Mini Circus Art Cards
Brief Description: At one point in my life I drew and painted daily, and even if the results were less-than-pleasing, I was never uncomfortable with my art. The pen, pencil, and paints have taken a backseat along with my confidence, so I chose to make matchbox sized mini cards in hopes of feeling more secure with my art. The tiny cards were cut from watercolour or black ATC paper and I went nuts with acrylics, pens, pencils, markers, inks, etc. Of course I had to incorporate paper images in there somewhere, but at least I felt good about the aspects that I did draw.





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