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41  Peacock Tea Party Cake in Dessert by TechnicolorAquahearts on: June 19, 2013 02:36:12 PM

I made this cake small so it would be a nice center piece for a small tea party or maybe a romantic dinner for two. The peacock is made out of fondant painted with glycerin mixed with Wilton gel colors. I made the white chocolate accent pieces by putting the melted chocolate in a squeeze bottle and drawing them out on wax paper.

Here is a pic of the blue marble effect I got with the fondant I covered the cake with:

Here's a detail shot of the feathers:

And here is the finished cake:

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42  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by TechnicolorAquahearts on: June 18, 2013 11:25:20 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
Project Name: Cherry Flavored Tremendous Taffy

Brief Description: While tinkering around with my potions cauldron, I was able to wave up a batch of Tremendous Taffies. They are little pieces of candy to keep with you when you are feeling meek and discouraged. Just chew on one of these and you will be feeling tremendous in no time. Of course they are rather bland to the taste so added some cherry extract to liven them up.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
Project Name: Peacock center piece cake
Brief Description: I love decorating cakes and seeing how many creative designs I can come up with, so when I read the Alchemy assignment I immediately pictured a fondant peacock. I made this cake small and square, so it would be a perfect center piece for an intimate tea party or a romantic dinner for two. The cake is pound cake because I thought a denser cake would support the structure of the design. Each feather was individually painted and it took forever. I used melted white chocolate in a squeeze bottle to make the accents.

Here's a pic of the blue marbled fondant that the cake is covered in:

Here is a detail of the tail feathers:

Here is the final cake:

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43  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by TechnicolorAquahearts on: June 12, 2013 05:58:11 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: June Quidditch Challenge
Project Name: Tribal Orange Flame Pendant Necklace
Brief Description:I was having trouble coming up with something orange so I started doodling on some shrinky dink and came up with this. I originally was going to make it with a lot more pieces sort of like a bib necklace but the pieces ended up a lot larger than I thought so I actually ended up with four necklaces and three pairs of earrings!

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44  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by TechnicolorAquahearts on: June 12, 2013 05:46:23 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Unity
Project Name: Ravenclaw Friendship Bracelet
I have been trying to learn some more complicated techniques for tying bracelets especially the lettered kind but after completely failing at some of the patterns I wanted to do I decided to start from the beginning and review the basic knots before I worked up to more complicated designs. So here is a basic chevron bracelet in Ravenclaw colors to show that Slytherins can be friendly with other houses.
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45  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by TechnicolorAquahearts on: June 09, 2013 03:13:32 PM
Finally, I have a couple of little projects to get in the game with!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bean Challenge: Marmalade
Project Name: A Penny Jar For MommaAquaheart
Description: I had a really hard time coming up with an idea that uses a jar So my mom told me that she needed a penny jar so I could paint her one. She picked out the colors and told me she wanted flowers and this is what I came up with:

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It was fun doing this craft, It felt like I was in camp again!

Class/Challenge/House Pride:House Pride
Project Name: Slytherin Friendship Bracelet
Brief Description: I used to make friendship bracelets when I was younger and I found the process very zen like, I need some zen so I decided to start making them again. Also it kind of fits the theme of summer camp.
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46  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by TechnicolorAquahearts on: March 17, 2013 04:51:59 AM
I wanted to post these with my previous post but the pic uploader did something weird  Undecided Anyway, I have been working on an Alchemy OWL forever now and I have floundered around trying to figure out a style for the whole collection of art work so that it would be unified. I came up with some sprite like element babies that I posted pics of last semester and I was happy with those, but then I wandered in the dark for a while coming up with some studies like this:

After doing that kind of thing I finally hit on a direction I am going to stick with stylistically for the series. Here is a peek of what I came up with:

There are many times I thought of abandoning this OWL or pausing it and doing a different OWL and then coming back to this as a NEWT because it has become so much more expansive than I thought it would be, but the whole reason why I proposed this OWL was to practice discipline in following through with projects. so I am sticking to it!

One other note, I apologize that the Professor of Alchemy and DADA has been away from her office for a while, she has been seen by Nurse Pomfrey and has had to rest but she will catch up as soon as possible.
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47  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by TechnicolorAquahearts on: March 17, 2013 04:39:15 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride:
Project Name: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean: Bacon
Brief Description: A big part of my work is with mental health and using my creativity to create therapeutic experiences. For one of these experiences I planned a tea party because the people I work with had never experienced something like that. I had a whole fancy menu planned but at the last moment before I had prepared most of the treats it got rescheduled, But what was in the oven when I got the text that we had to cancel was some homemade feta, herb, mini quiches with baby spinach.
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I actually did this on Thursday, but I have been super sick and this is the first time I have had to post anything. Hope it's not too late!
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48  Blue Heart Doodle in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by TechnicolorAquahearts on: March 08, 2013 04:43:17 AM
Lately I have been doing a lot of these because I have been trying to draw every day even if it is just a doodle. I was particularly proud of this one  Grin

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49  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by TechnicolorAquahearts on: March 07, 2013 09:54:30 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
Project Name: Pretty Little Color Wheel
Brief Description: ErinAquaheart and I are going through an exciting time where we are getting to transform a room of our house into a new studio just for our art! I always hang up little pieces of inspiration around my desk so I made this little color wheel with watercolors to pin up. It fits Arithmancy because the colors are the parts and I put them together to make this color wheel.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Horcrux: Rowena Ravenclaw's Diadem
Project Name: Ravenclaw Heart Abstract Art Piece
Brief Description: The story of Rowena Ravenclaw is that her daughter Helena ran away from her and after stealing her diadem, and she was so distraught at the loss of her daughter that it is believed that her broken heart lead to an earlier death. Despite her being broken hearted she was still very strong, intelligent, and multi-talented. I tried to portray not only the tears of sorrow that were shed at the beginning of the Ravenclaw tradition, but also the strength and diversity of talent that is present in Ravenclaw.
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50  My Very First Weaving Project (since 2nd grade): A Mug Rug in Weaving: Completed Projects by TechnicolorAquahearts on: March 02, 2013 03:56:36 AM
I have been wanting to try weaving for a while, so I decided to crack out some cardboard and make me a mug rug. My morning tea is an important ritual in my life, and I have been wanting some mug rugs to make it a more colorful experience. For a while I have been pouring over all kinds of complicated projects plans for building my own loom and weaving complicated patterns, but like I often do I was putting the cart before the horse, so I decided to start simple. It started of really well, the actual weaving part gave me no trouble at all and went a lot faster than I thought it would. Then came time to take it off the loom and all chaos broke loose. I don't even know how half of the mess ups happened but I felt like it was bleeding to death in my hands Cry BUT in the end I was able to cover up many of the mistakes and ended up with something I will be happy to use. Here are my process pics:

First the finished mug rug. The colors are actually neon blue, neon pink, and white but my camera had a hard time picking them up.

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