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241  Re: Hoopla A-Long in Needlework: Stitchalongs by pottermouth on: October 28, 2013 04:21:12 PM
Here's the beast, in an itty-bitty space:

The image is 61 stitches by 61 stitches and measures 1.9" by 1.9". Yeah, I'm completely blind now. And see that wonky e? We're gonna call that "the late night with cocktail incident", okay?
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242  Edward Gorey Part Deux in Dessert by pottermouth on: October 27, 2013 10:25:31 AM
Decided to decorate the "back-up" cake for Talon. Maybe this could be his smash cake. Off to party!

(Here's Talon's First Birthday cake)

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243  Simple Edward Gorey Cake in Dessert by pottermouth on: October 27, 2013 08:57:21 AM
I was asked to make an Edward Gorey inspired cake for a friend who's son turns one today and got pretty excited about it. The frosting was not as thick as usual because I didn't have enough sugar to stiffen it (how does one run out of confectioner's sugar?!) so I had to revamp the design. Luckily he is only a year old and can't quite critique it.

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244  Best Falafel Ever in Vegetarian / Vegan by pottermouth on: October 22, 2013 07:20:26 PM
This recipe was posted in the HP Craftalong but it's too good not to share. After finding the recipe in the College Vegetarian Cooking book, I threw away all my other falafel recipes. Here is the link to the actual recipe, but if it should be included in the post, let me know and I'll type it out.
Falafel Pita with Cucumber Sauce

Here's the process for making them at my house:
The tzatziki, which really should be made first and refrigerated while you're finishing the falafel:

It is sour cream, cucumbers, onions, garlic, salt, and pepper.

I don't have a potato masher to squish the chick peas to smithereens so I use a pastry blender. Do not use an electric blender because it may catch on fire.  Roll Eyes When you are done your chick peas will look like this and you will have Iron Man arms:

Then you make them into little balls and flatten them. I use a bitty scoop:

And when you assemble it all, it will stop husbands in their tracks. Make sure you double the recipe!

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245  Harry Potter Marionettes in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by pottermouth on: October 21, 2013 07:47:40 PM
Have you ever thought of a great craft, but had no idea how to execute it? That's pretty much how this began and this is the end result. These were crafted for the amazing patty_o_furniture (or patty_OH!, because that's what I say every time I see her projects) mainly because she has the cutest kids and toys are fun to make. The theatre is mostly masonite, and was impossible to paint over. Probably because I had no idea what I was doing...but I also watercoloured the house crests and a Potions class background on paper, then adhered it to the board. The curtain can be lifted with a string and when you're all done playing, the panels can be stored in the base.

The final puppets were made after a few trial and error runs, and I think they came out kind of cute. I like the look of vintage puppets carved from wood but I know my limits. Plus, I like my fingers. So polymer clay it was for the head, hands, feet and partial legs. Polymer clay scares the bejesus out of me, but less so than the woodcarving tools. The body is constructed with a wooden bead and wooden cup thingy, elastic, wire, and glue. Some drilling was involved, but not too much. Add some wool hair, suede cloth clothes, a wire hanger and string, and (eventually) viola! Puppets!

Front of the theatre

Left side:

Right side:

I lost the blurry picture of the trio in class  Huh Oh well. You get the idea.

I fixed the pictures without asking for help from the boy. Last time I did that, he renamed all of my files butt1, butt2, butt3...
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246  Punk Rock Gruel (or Nutritional Yeast Gravy Meal) in Vegetarian / Vegan by pottermouth on: October 17, 2013 06:34:41 PM
This is my most favourite recipe of all time. It's practically a staple in our house and it is nutritionally complete when eaten with brown rice, legumes, and something green. (Well isn't everything?) Really budget friendly, so you can frugally feed a bunch of people, and super easy to do. Yay super easy!

4 cups full-flavored vegetable STOCK, not broth!
1 whole head garlic, unpeeled
1 carrot, halved (don't bother peeling it)
1 onion, coarsely chopped
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon coarsely cracked black peppercorns
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 teaspoon paprika
2 tablespoons butter or margarine or olive oil (I use Land O' Lakes unsalted butter)
2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Brown rice
Black eyed peas, the edible kind

1.    Combine the stock, garlic, carrot, onion, bay leaf, and cracked peppercorns in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce the heat to a low simmer, and simmer, partially covered, for 45 minutes. While stock is simmering, make brown rice and begin cooking black eyed peas. At the end of 45 minutes, poke your garlic with a skewer or knife to see that is soft. Or, if you have one around, you can ask a teenage boy to squeeze it for you because it won't dawn on him that it's really hot and then you can get mom points for teaching a life lesson about touching hot stuff.

2.             Pour the stock through a strainer, reserving the stock and the whole cooked garlic. Discard the onion and bay leaf. Eat molten hot carrot because it is delicious and make sure teenage boy doesn't see you do it. At the end of this step I usually end up with about 2-3 cups of stock.

3.    When the garlic is cool enough to handle, cut the end off the garlic bulb and squeeze the soft garlic cloves out of their skins directly into the strained stock. They should be all mushy. Whisk in the nutritional yeast and paprika and reheat over low heat.

4.    Time to make a roux! Melt the butter over medium-low heat in a skillet and cook it gently for 2 to 3 minutes, or until it is bubbly. Whisk in the flour and cook, stirring almost constantly, until the flour paste browns slightly, 3 to 4 minutes. In a steady stream slowly pour in the hot strained stock, whisking constantly. Do it slowly or it'll get lumpy and funky. Sometimes you'll have more stock than needed but just eye-ball it. Simmer gently until very hot and thickened, about 12 minutes. If you want a thicker gravy, cook it just a little longer. Season with salt and pepper.

5.              Your rice and beans should be finished so pile all of it together in a bowl and enjoy! It's really good if you also add cooked collard greens or wilted spinach, but I didn't have either so asparagus tonight. Yummo!

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247  Re: OTT October Holidays Gallery in The Swap Gallery by pottermouth on: October 15, 2013 12:17:15 PM
Received the cutest Halloween journal from mariak! It's only about 3"x3" but has tons of places to write little notes.
Here's the front: The spider has wee googly-eyes.

The inside with some of the papers and pages, and the Halloween confetti images:

See all of the black paper sticking out the top and sides? They are removable pages with spider webs and super fun images on them! How wonderful is that?

Thank you very much, mariak. I love it so!  Grin
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248  Re: Tales of Horror Altered Book in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by pottermouth on: October 13, 2013 03:47:19 PM
Thanks so much friends. This project was fun to do, minus the part of driving around and looking everywhere for the perfect book and then realizing the best one was on my bookshelf  Cheesy! My in progress pics, which are few, are stinky. Can't work a camera for anything. The process is easy to do though; just make sure you have a super sharp carpet knife for the book and new Exacto blades for the images. Other than that, the rest is glue, antiquing fluid and remembering to leave a little tab on the edge of your image so you can glue it between the pages.
You can kind of see how the images are slid between the pages:

Glad I got to make it for you, MissingWillow!
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249  Magical Creatures Finger Puppets in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by pottermouth on: October 11, 2013 09:53:05 PM
Who doesn't love Hagrid and the magical creatures of Harry Potter? Well, I don't know but when my partner in the Back to Hogwarts swap listed the Magical Menagerie shop as a favourite I knew I had to make these little guys. The shop is sewn with a brick printed fabric and a drawstring was added to the top for a peaked roof. The puppets were knitted or crocheted from various patterns or made up, like the toad, owl, and kneazle. And you have to have Hagrid!

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250  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* in Craftalongs by pottermouth on: October 11, 2013 08:50:49 PM
*crawls from Ravenclaw Dormitory, stands up to stretch from a prolonged hunched position, and decides to head to the kitchen in hopes of nicking some toast and catching a glimpse of the activity that's been going on*

So much happening!  Shocked Everyone has been so busy, and I finally have something to share as well.

Class: MS
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: I Pity The Fool wallet
Project Page Link (if available): Bags- The Modern Classics
Brief Description: For the Craftster Craft Challenge 91 I whipped out a new wallet from an old A-Team pillowcase that had no purpose, other than being pretty cool. Now it is actually being used.

Class:Frog Choir
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Toadally Cute Finger Puppet
Brief Description: Tiny toad puppet made for some tiny fingers!

Completed N.E.W.T. !!!!
Subject: Arithmancy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Puppet Theatre
Brief Description: Why I thought it was a great idea to create an entire puppet theatre and marionettes is beyond me because I do not do wood or polymer clay. Ever.  All kinds of math went into the theatre construction, even in the way the curtain operates. The front piece is removable so the panels can be stored inside. I also had to solve the problem of what type of paint adheres to masonite...that was a struggle!

Curtain mechanism:

OWL Subject & Option (if available): HoM
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Harry, Ron, and Hermione Marionettes
Brief Description: The puppets are constructed with many components- polymer clay, of course, wooden beads, wooden cups, wire, elastic, suede cloth, paint, wool, and lots of glue!

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