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241  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by pottermouth on: January 20, 2014 05:45:10 PM
N.E.W.T. update on Theo's Waldorf Doll:  Today is Monday, I know, but who knows what will be happening on Friday. It was a productive day today and I managed to get most of the body sewn to the head, and his face is finished. Moving on to clothes.

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242  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by pottermouth on: January 17, 2014 08:50:52 AM
Advance Studies Friday update:

O.W.L.- Since I have been stumped on the base of my ATB for a while now, I have been adding loads of things to the actual block. I'd better sort out the bottom soon or it's going to be a hot mess!

N.E.W.T.- The body and arms have been sewn and stuffed (no pic of that yet) and I have the head constructed. The head looks a bit small, so I'll probably re-do it. And don't fret about the arms looking so gangly...most of that will be sewn to the "muff" of the doll!

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243  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by pottermouth on: January 04, 2014 06:01:21 PM
Egads! You guys are rockin' the HPC! I feel I am terribly behind in commenting on all the projects, but know that I've seen each and every one and am always impressed with everyone's crafty abilities. Wow!

Class: Potions
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Minty Marshmallows
Project Page Link (if available):Martha's Marshmallows and Marla's Pepermint Marshmallows
Brief Description: Homemade marshmallows most certainly need a watchful eye, and mine was right on that candy thermometer for an eternity. The actual marshmallow was Martha's recipe, but I rolled them in Marla's candy cane powdered sugar in the end. Alton helped.  Tongue

Challenge: Bertie Bott's Gravy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Arthur Rackham ATB
Brief Description: What is an ATB? That's what I asked a few days ago, and learned it is an Artist Trading Block or chunky ATC. Our lovely Headmistress Jennie knows all about them and I hope she shares hers here too! My beginner one was inspired by the beautiful art of Arthur Rackham.

You can see the rest of the block HERE
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244  Arthur Rackham ATB in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by pottermouth on: January 04, 2014 07:56:09 AM
Not to long ago I was introduced to Artist Trading Blocks, or chunky ATCs. The idea of making a 3D ATC was exciting so I got to work on my first block. It began with Arthur Rackham images and a "glue something to something" method (it's pretty liberating!). So, I water coloured some backgrounds, inked things, glued nature stuff wherever, and here it is:

The front has a tissue paper flower that I colored on, inked a bit, and then added seed beads.

And my favourite side.

Happy 2014!
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245  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by pottermouth on: December 21, 2013 04:00:32 PM
Class: Arithmancy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Grandma Love
Brief Description: For Arithmancy I decided to study the number four. Four is significant because it is the number of kids I have, as well as the number of grandchildren my mother has. I've had to make up for my sister's lack of interest in kids. For the assignment, I cross stitched my children and mother, and sewed this to some fabric triangles that I stitched together. (Three is my favorite number, so I squeaked that in there, too!) Then I framed it and now it's ready for wrapping.

Class: HoM/ Ravenclaw Scavenger Hunt
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Gifts on the Cheap
Brief Description: Because I hate Christmas shopping with a passion and I love to make stuff, my family knows they will receive handmade gifts from me. This saves me a ton of money on gas, the item, as well as the time it takes to battle through hoards of shoppers and traffic. So far, all I have made are few more ornaments. But I begin cookie baking on Monday! (The last two projects are made from paper clay and paper, so I can scratch paper products off the scavenger hunt list!

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246  Sweet and Speedy Ornaments in Winter Holidays by pottermouth on: December 21, 2013 11:31:47 AM
I'm a bit behind in my holiday crafting so I had to come up with something quick to make. The sweet gingerbread couple is in the Fa La La La Felt book, and the stocking was just thrown together.

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247  Re: Hoopla A-Long in Needlework: Stitchalongs by pottermouth on: December 21, 2013 11:21:29 AM

Here are my quickie hoops- two ornaments for presents.

Yeah, not much stitching happening there, I know. But I'm in holiday crafting overdrive. I did finish a cross stitch of my kids and their grandma, sewed it to a patchwork background, and framed it.

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248  Various Harry Potter Ornaments in Winter Holidays by pottermouth on: December 18, 2013 07:24:41 PM
Last month I was invited to participate in a private Harry Potter swap with some uber talented crafters- tapestrymlp, patty_o_furniture, and chughes225! All of these ladies have envious HP trees that are loaded with all sorts of ornaments. Thinking of what to make for each person was a little challenging, but in the end, I just made fun little toys.  Grin

Fred and George, having fun:

Posable Hippogriff to soar through the tree:

Needle felted baby dragon:

Thanks again for the great swap, tapestry!
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249  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by pottermouth on: December 12, 2013 09:16:28 PM
Moonflame: awww, Twinkles' muffler looks so cozy. How thoughtful of Bob!

Magpirate: thanks for the taco soup recipe, looks yummy!

noodle-bug: I wants all your socks. They're so lovely!

WhistleFish: Luna!!! She looks like a joy and what a precious face. You're one lucky mommy.

Acadian Driftwood: even though I root for Ravenclaw, I find your Huffleypuff brooms quite lovely and wish you luck in the next tourney!

Linakins: it is terrible to hear about baby breaking her arm  Embarrassed, and I wish a speedy recovery! At least she gets to go to school looking fab in Mom's ingenuity.

Maman: absolutely making the vegan pasta sauce. I will pay attention to the spiral-thingie...thanks!

Challenge: December Challenge
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Sand Dollar Art
Brief Description: While considering "circular" crafts, I happened upon a stash of sand dollars. Pulled out the watercolours and told the girls to paint ornaments for Grandmothers. Easy peasy. All I have to do is add a ribbon!

And just when I thought Alton had decided to be a good elf:

he disappointed me again:

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250  Snowbelle Ornament (improvised) in Winter Holidays by pottermouth on: December 10, 2013 06:16:30 PM
While rifling through craft magazines at the book store, I saw a really sweet paper clay ornament by Johanna Parker. I couldn't see spending the money on the zine, so I tried really hard to remember what the ornament looked like in hopes of making my own version of it. It has a paper clay head and cardstock body, with a jingle bell in the center. This one is bitty, about 3" tall.

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