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241  Re: Side Show Swap: Send Out: 8/8/2013 (Sign Up CLOSED) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by pottermouth on: July 23, 2013 07:22:29 PM
One more hurdle and then it'll be finished. Not going to post a teaser but I will say that making it involved (in no particular order) wool, shrinky plastic, ribbon, brads, thread, paper, foam board, ink, vintage sequins, glue, paper, and something from this pile o' stuff:

And no, it's not a hoopla.  Cheesy
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242  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by pottermouth on: July 21, 2013 08:36:19 AM
Dang! I forgot to post my Blackberry Bean! (A yummy veggie dish of broccoli and pasta,  Sad) Well, maybe I can get the new bean done and posted before I forget.

Here's my casserole anyway:

So excited for Quidditch  Grin
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243  Re: Hoopla A-Long in Needlework: Stitchalongs by pottermouth on: July 18, 2013 07:59:37 PM
The Tick! Awesome! SPOOOOON!

I am almost finished too.

I was so close in stitching "Gravity...is a harsh mistress". Instead, I worked up this lovely lady with a quote that is just as true:

What great hoop, silentblaire!!!! Your stitches are fantastic!
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244  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by pottermouth on: July 16, 2013 03:17:02 PM
Challenge: July Quidditch/Portkey
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Hagrid Cork-key (ring)
Brief Description: It finally quit raining on us so we took the opportunity to run about and place our portkey.
First, we went downtown and considered the Lucas Theatre, but realized Mary Poppins was showing and couldn't risk our cork-key being discovered by the Julie Andrews fans.

Tried River Street next, but got bumped by some Muggle tourists and had to go down two flights of uber steep stairs to retrieve cork-key. Hmmm.

Saw some promise at The Olde Pink House Restaurant but then noticed that their special of the day was Shrimp and Grits and knew there would be a swarm there, so...

Carriage tour?

Phone box?

Old live oak?

I know, I know! Bonaventure Cemetery! Kinda spooky there...

How about an old Victorian?

By this point, we realized that we ran into this same problem last year and decided again to chuck the cork-key in the backyard. If it works, don't fix it. (But I had fun sharing our city!)
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245  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by pottermouth on: July 09, 2013 02:59:03 PM
Class: Transfiguration
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Dragon Scale Amulet Bag
Project Page Link (if available):Crocodile Stitch instructions
Brief Description: Before practicing the Draconifors spell, I thought I'd brush up on my dragon knowledge by rereading Dragon Species of Great Britain and Ireland and the classic Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Once I had a specific dragon in mind, the Chinese Fireball, I aimed my wand at a skein of wool and said the spell. I must have messed up somewhere because I ended up with just the coloring of a dragon and not the actual thing. Poo. Also, instead of the fiery red colour of the Fireball, I ended up with a mottled red, yellow, and orange. Pretty sure this happened because I briefly thought of the Yellow Reaper and a hybridization of the two came together in the wool. Oh wellit was still pretty and I made an amulet bag out of it.

Class: Charms
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Ancient Runes Set
Brief Description: The Defodio charm came in handy while making a set of runes (see above picture). You know, that trek to the Ravenclaw Tower is a long one. I usually crack a book at the foot of the stairs and by the time I've reached the top, I'm pretty absorbed in the book and am oblivious to my surroundings. Today I reached the stair's landing just as I was at the end of a book, only to look around to see the extra credit announcement. Total facepalm moment. So, I am turning in this assignment with the hopes of getting the Ravenclaw Extra Credit since I mastered the Confundus charm by successfully using Sculpey for the first time. At least I hope it was successful!

Class: Muggle Studies
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: What a Catch!
Brief Description: Muggle camping to me means fishing for sure, and since we are studying Muggles I thought I'd add their idea of what a mermaid looks like. Silly Muggles.

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246  Re: OTHPT4 Gallery of Tiny Wonders in The Swap Gallery by pottermouth on: July 07, 2013 08:11:13 PM
My partner received on Friday, and since the gallery is coming to a close ( Embarrassed), I thought I'd post a pic of what I sent my partner. She mentioned liking phoenixes so I thought I'd make an amulet bag out of the yarn I had dyed in the crock pot a bit ago. The colours are red, orange, and yellow so that seemed phoenix feather-y to me...plus I got to learn a new crochet stitch in the process! After making the bag, it seemed a bit empty so why not some runes? Sure. Never played with Sculpey before, so why not give it a go. There was also a mini Rune chart but I forgot to take the picture of that. (That's why I got the Remembrall!)

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247  Re: OTHPT4 Gallery of Tiny Wonders in The Swap Gallery by pottermouth on: July 06, 2013 01:55:36 PM
Nice hand carved stamps! I need some of those.

Love the Burrow wind chimes. That's pretty creative!

Whoa! Loaded charm bracelet! Is that a bone for Sirius there?  Cheesy

Came home this afternoon to see a package in my mail!
The lovely Crying Goddess sent a tiny Remembrall, which fits nicely on my keyring. I wish I had it BEFORE I went out, because I forgot the one thing that I needed. Of course.

Thank you Crying Goddess!
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248  Harry Potter Shrine in Completed Projects by pottermouth on: July 02, 2013 07:03:33 PM
For the Shrine Swap, my partner listed Harry Potter as one of her themes of shrines she'd like to receive. I was pretty stoked about that, and eventually came up with a hexagonal shaped shrine with bitty inchies attached to the inside. And because my photography skills are as wonderful as my quilting skills, my partner, teag graciously agreed to me using her pics instead.

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249  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by pottermouth on: June 29, 2013 08:41:48 AM
pinkleo, yay baby hats! The Slythie one is my fave. Lovely bath mat, too. You crochet like the wind!  All of your shrines are divine! The SEW one! Ah!
Midkiffsjoy, your moon pads are beautiful!
Moonflame, pretty centaur map and if you made any mistakes, they most certainly are invisible.
DragonChilde, luscious Lemon Syrup is perfect for summer. I bet it's delicious.
jennie, exquisite shrines! You and pinkleo are a perfect match anyway, but I think the Shrine Swap gave everyone else a peek at how much you two care for one another.
Abbee, great idea with the shell bag. I need some of those.
BadWolf, Ra Ra Ravenclaw! Wow, awesome addition!
lelyonna, Thumbs up to hardcore camping; a true Slytherin! I think a Ravenclaw's idea of camping is sitting outside the bookstore, with a book, while you wait for the release of a book you really want to read.
patty_oh!, great Charms book and I saw the bracelet
netchez, cute phone cover! I like the placement of the lettering.
Listessa, ooh, pretty CC earrings! Whenever I have attempted making jewelry I feel as if I've been conked with a bludger, so I stopped trying.
AnnoyingLB, fantastic job on the turtle toy! Never would have guessed it was your first try at sewing. Too cute!
Alright, my kids have barely let me get this much writtenwill return with projects later.

And finally, welcome all new students!!! Happy to see you around the castle!

Challenge: Root for the Cannons! June Challenge
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: CC Cosmetic Bag, or toiletry bag but it didn't sound as nice.
Brief Description: Just a quicky bag to show some Chudley Cannon spirit!

Class: CoMC
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Seersucker Summer Dress and Brooch
Brief Description: Dug through the stash again and found some pretty blue seersucker fabric to make a pillowcase dress for a DD. There is rick rac around the waist but she wasn't interested in pictures, so I'm lucky to have this one. Also crocheted a speedy flower brooch and had DD sew on a button that she chose.

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250  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by pottermouth on: June 24, 2013 07:55:49 PM
Class: Flying
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Retro Waves Pillow Cover
Brief Description: In my stash of vintage craft magazines I found a Woman's Day Knit & Stitch from 1972, which had a super easy pillow pattern in it. I used the yarn I had dyed earlier and pulled some white wool from the stash (there's a funny story there, trust me...) and knocked out a new pillow cover.

Worsted weight yarn: 210 yds in blue, 210 yds in white
Crochet hook size: 4.25 mm/ size G

Chain 62. Row 1: DC in 3rd ch from hook, work dec over next 2 ch, dc in next ch, dec over next 2 ch, dc in next ch, * 5 dc in next ch, dc in next ch, dec over next 2 ch, dc in next ch, dec over next 2 ch, dc in each of next 2 ch, dec over next 2 ch, dc in next ch, dec over next 2 ch, dc in next ch, repeat from * twice, end 5 dc in next ch, dc in next ch, dec over next 2 ch, dc in last ch, ch 2, turn.

Row 2: Dc in first st, dec over next 2 sts, dc in next st, dec over next 2 sts, dc in next st, * 5 dc in next st, dc in next st, dec over next 2 sts, dc in next st, dec over next 2 sts, dc in each of next 2 sts, dec over next 2 sts, dc in next st, dec over next 2 sts, dc in next st, repeat from * twice, end 5 dc in next st, dc in next st, dec over next 2 sts, dc in last st. Repeat row 2 for 27". Fasten off.

Finishing: Fold piece in half, right sides out. Sew the two end parts, insert pillow form, sew opening closed.

I had to simplify the instructions of row 2 until I memorized it:

Beginning (row 2): 1 dc, dec, 1 dc, dec, 1 dc
Repeat twice: *5 dc, 1 dc, dec, 1 dc, dec, 2 dc, dec, 1 dc, dec, 1 dc
End: 5 dc, 1 dc, dec, 1 dc.
This helped a ton and I had the pattern down in a flash. After that, it is a speedy project and would look great in rainbow, too!

In progress:

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