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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: January 26, 2016 07:54:46 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Peanut Butter Balls

These Required a stage of turn the liquid butter and peanut butter back into a solid, as well as dipping the candy into liquid chocolate which then was left to cool and become solid again.

Here's the recipe (It's super easy)
1 Cup peanut butter
1/2 cup butter
1tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Chocolate for dip and drizzle

Melt Butter and Peanut butter in bowl together in microwave (about a minute) add vanilla and begin adding powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time until it is easily handled and rolled into balls. Melt chocolate, dip balls and place on wax paper until set. Drizzle tops with remaining chocolate.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Super Bright Greeting Card

This hand drawn card is very bright with all of it's colors

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Defense Against The Dark Arts
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Tiger Gram Hand Drawn greeting card

This greeting card is taking care of someone in need because it is to send inspiration and strength to a friend of mine who is in a fledgling punk band. If you pay attention at all to the music industry you know how hard it is to make a music project go at all let a lone actually make a living. So many people give up now days. This card has a tiger as a symbol of strength and tenacity as well as some inspiring words on the inside.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Cupcake New Year's Greeting Card

Nothing better than a Madame Puddifoot's cupcake so this card reminded me of Hosmeade

Class/Challenge/House Pride: December Detention
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Valentine's Day Penguin

This Valentine's Day penguin was fun to paint and is very wintery!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: January Detention
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Egyptian Necklace

I had a beaded section of this done but it wasn't usable so I made it into a bib necklace.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Coconut Bean
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Skin Cell Abstraction Painting #2

I turned one of these in earlier and it looked really similar to this one but they ARE different if you look at the other pic you can easily tell the difference. It fits the bean because the coral and aqua colors are very tropical feeling.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress Challenge: Always
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Framed Scrapbook Page Wedding Gift

What brings people together more than a wedding! This particular gift is also a craft preserving memories of a wedding shower and Memories and wedding showers also bring people together.

22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: January 12, 2016 07:14:43 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Pride
House: Sytherin
Project Name: Hand Drawn Christmas Card

This hand drawn card fits house pride because it is Green and would be a great greeting for a fellow Slytherin!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Unity
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Puzzle Piece Group Art Piece

What better way to encourage unity among the houses than a group art project to display in the great hall for he holidays? Each person painted some puzzle pieces without being able to look at everone else's work until they were ready to assemble. The result is beautiful and eclectic just like the houses of Hogwarts! First I'll post the picture then I will identify the ones that I painted.


Stocking: Upper corner with yellow background, Star: lower corner aqua background, Ornament: Upper corner with striped pink background and lower corner with orange background.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Hand Drawn Christmas Card

    Muggles may receive things through the post office and wizards by owls but both groups are always happy to open up delightful surprises and greetings sent to them by someone far away.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
Project Name: Hand Drawn Christmas Card

     In drawing all of those lines, patterns, and tiny little circles I had to turn this card around and around and around to get the right angle.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Study of Ancient Runes
Project Name:Peacock Drawing

      This drawing is in preparation for a large piece of art that I am planning to do for my cousin for his wedding gift. This sets something right in my life because in my family I have kind of been "the weird cousin" and I have been shy and distant so lately I have made an effort to be more open and share more of who I am with them. Making my cousin who has expressed a love of art a painting definitely sets something right in my life. The painting itself will be a huge NEWT level project but the drawings that I make during the decision making process are part of the setting things right journey and they are pieces of art on their own.

23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: January 12, 2016 06:44:10 PM
Hey there everyone! It's been a while since I have actually been around the castle. I have been looking over ErinAquaheart's shoulder most of the time and helping her out here and there. I have spent the past several terms trying to focus my energy on a music project that I have been trying yo realize for many years, but I am ready to jump back in! I am also the Transfiguration and Study of Ancient Runes professor. Before I address my classes, I will make some project posts, I have been a very busy Slytherin!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care Of Magical Creatures
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Starry Backed Stoat Water Color Painting

Lately I have been doing a lot of research for my studies in Scandinavia, I have been very interested in the magic infused in fabrics unique to various cultures through patterns and prints. I have also been interested in different climates that host various cultures and wildlife. I have decided to do a series of paintings based on the magical menagerie of the frozen north that not only illustrates the wonderful creatures that exist in this beautiful and endangered tundra but also incorporates the folk patterns of the people that live there. Stoats are very much like ferrets, but suited to the arctic weather. They are very common in colder climates. The one I found however is not very common at all, maybe the vast number of his nonmagical bretheren is the reason why he has yet gone undetected by the wizarding community. What makes this one magical is his special star markings. If you are able to show him kindness and care he will be your companion and use his unique magical qualities to aid in your navigation so that you may never be lost. The stars on his back illuminate showing you the way in the dark and pointing to constellations that will allow you to orient yourself. They are not dangerous, but if you are to hasty in trying to make friends they can bite. They need special protection status as they are quite small and very rare.

Class/Challenge/House Pride:Flying
Project Name: Skin Cells Abstract Painting

Sometimes I need to let go and embrace my abstract side. The idea hit me that when you look at biological tissues under a microscope they have amazing patterns and visual rhythms. They form a unique landscape of the living thing they make up. So, to explore this idea I decided to use the inspiration of a microscopic view of skin cells as a departure point to express my own visual rhythm and personal landscape. One of the first results of this experiment is this painting. It definitely took me in an unexpected direction!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress Challenge Free The House Elves (1)
Project Name: Christmas Cookie Decorating

Something I look forward to every year is making Christmas treats with ErinAquaheart. Her Gingerbread cookies are amazing! We made some for my mom's students, Erin baked them and I decorated them. 36 total.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress Challenge Free The House Elves (2)
Project Name: Hand Drawn Christmas Cards

These Christmas cards were very fun to make they ended up being more labor intensive than I thought they would be, but they are hand painted and drawn. I used this opportunity to experiment with abstraction, I loved seeing how many variations of the idea that I could come up with. Here's one variation:

Class/Challenge/House Pride:Headmistress Challenge Free The House Elves (3)
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Hand Drawn Christmas Cards

Here are two more of the cards I made and another variation of the design elements.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress Challenge Free The House Elves (4)
House: Slytherin
Project Name: More Hand Made Christmas Cards!

Here are two more hand drawn Christmas cards. It was really fun sending these to some of you and to my friends! Also yet another variation of the design ideas.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress Challenge Free The House Elves (5)
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Even Another Hand Drawn Christmas Card

   Now, I am going to post a few more of these but from here on out they are going to be single cards as a project because these particular ones were more labor intensive and time consuming than the ones I posted as pairs. Even those took plenty of time and labor to individually qualify for a class but I didn't want to take up to many classes with them.

24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: August 21, 2014 07:48:02 PM

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch, Chaser
House: Slytherin
Project Name: DIY friend

I recently got a smashbook to try and this was one of the pages in it. It works like a Flat Stanley.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch, Keeper
House: Slytherin
Project Name:Damask Flower Doodle

When I doodle I try and practice things that I am going to use in my other art and I have been meaning to hash out some damask pattern for future work with fabrics and back grounds and stuff. This fits the class because of the repeating damask pattern.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch, Seeker
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Patterned Panda Doodle

I love zen doodles in general because of all of their detail a truly masterful piece of zen doodle will reveal something new every time you look at it. In this one I hid some details on the Panda.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch, Bumphing
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Peanut Butter Cookies To make the game more enjoyable

Recipe here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/peanut-butter-cookies-recipe.html

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch, Cobbing
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Excessively fudgey chocolate cookies

recipe here:


ours turned out a little different than the picture. We don't know why, but they were still awesome.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch, SnitchNip
House: Slytherin
Project Name Public Self Portrait Drawing

We went to the Dallas Museum Of Art where there was an activity that challenged you to draw a self portrait while only looking at the mirror they provided. Mine isn't up to the quality of drawing I am usually capable of but I was pretty pleased with myself for coming up with what I did. The reason why this was outside of my comfort zone was because I don't like to look at myself, like ever. So doing a self portrait was a big deal for me and then add that it was in public and it makes it particularly daring of me on a personal level. Not to mention that I don't always like revealing the sloppy or sketchy aspects of my process to the world, so the fact that the nature of this exercise required me to look at a "sloppy" drawing in a different way, is a whole other comfort zone to be out of Smiley

25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: July 12, 2014 05:43:38 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: BEAN: Dog Food
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Cookies

I have always wanted to make some home baked treats for my puppy, so I took this bean as the perfect opportunity. It was well worth the effort as my puppy loved them lots, I could tell that she liked them tons better than store bought biscuits. Pic then recipe:


1 cup of water
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 Tablespoons of honey
1 cup of peanut butter
2.5 cups of flour

Mix ingredients in a large mixing bowl until they form a stiff non sticky dough. Roll onto a floured surface and cut with desired cookie cutters. Bake on a cookie sheet for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. No need to chill the dough before rolling, and please allow cookies to cool before feeding them to your dog.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch: Portkey Challenge
SPEW: YES: This project was left at a cancer treatment center for someone to take home
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Random act of art for the cancer center

This is an 8x10 painting/collage on canvas that says "Where love and joy are planted they bloom." Placing a portkey at the cancer center made sense to us because we are there most of our time lately, we would hate to be late to the world cup because we had a doctors appointment and then had to find a portkey somewhere else.

26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: July 09, 2014 06:34:36 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Soft Pretzels to munch on the trail.

These homemade soft pretzels make a hearty snack to satisfy grumbles in the tummy from an afternoon of nature walking.

Pics, then recipe:

This recipe is actually pretty easy. I'm always afraid I'm am going to mess up the yeast when I make any kind of homemade bread, but this recipe was pretty fool proof. There is no taking any temperatures or waiting for the dough to rise, its all pretty much mix and bake.

1 and 1/2 cups lukewarm water
1 packet of active yeast (2 and 1/4 teaspoons)
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
3 and 3/4 to 4 and 1/4 cups of all purpose flour (optionally you can put half whole wheat flour which will increase the fiber content and make them heavier, I went with all all purpose white flour)
9 cups of water brought to a boil
3/4 cup baking soda
1 beaten egg
coarse salt

Place lukewarm water and yeast into a large mixing bowl ad stir until yeast is dissolved and liquid is a milky color. Add salt and sugar.

Begin adding the flour one cup at a time until mixture has thickened into a uniform dough, add flour until dough can be kneaded by hand with minimum stickiness.

preheat oven to 425
Boil 9 cups of water in a pot and add baking soda Stir until baking soda is completely dissolved.

Divide dough into several small balls 6 to 8 of them and roll each ball into a long rope in order to twist pretzels into desired shape. Once pretzel is in the shape you want carefully drop it into the boiling baking soda solution for 30 seconds. This is crucial if you want your pretzels to have the nice brown crust and pretzel texture. Shake off any extra water and place them on a greased baking sheet.

Once all pretzels are boiled and placed on the baking sheet give them an egg wash and sprinkle the coarse salt on the wet egg coating.

Bake at 425 for 10-15 minutes until golden brown (time will vary based on how big you made your pretzels)

Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Chinese Dragon Drawing

This project fits the assignment because my mother always taught me the value of preserving diverse cultures in the world. So I have always had a love of exploring new places and different ways of life.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Unity
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Fever Fudge

Even though Fred and George Weasley are Gryffindor's nothing brought all four houses together more like their skiving snack boxes at exam time. So in the spirit of house cooperation I made some fever fudge. The weasely's never make anything boring so I made sure to make it look very colorful and magical.

This fudge is as simple as can be! It's 24 oz. or three cups of chocolate ships, one 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk, 1/8 teaspoon of salt, 1 tablespoon of vanilla, and whatever sprinkles or candies you want to add to the top. Combine all of the ingredients accept toppings in a saucepan and heat on low until mixture is melted and uniform. Transfer soft fudge into greased square pan and sprinkle and press in toppings on the top of fudge. Cool in the refrigerator until hard. Cut and serve. You can store it on the counter once it initially hardens.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Stop and Smell The Cupcakes Drawing

This whimsical drawing is an idea for another piece of art but it makes a nice project on its own, it fits the potions assignment because the cupcake on this plant are clearly growing in a group of three.

27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: June 30, 2014 07:49:36 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch World Cup June Choose Your Champions Challenge
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Brigadeiros A Traditional Brazilian Candy

For my champion I chose Brazil, the culture of Brazil is so rich and vibrant I couldn't resist. In my research of the culture I came across several amazing recipes, but this one stuck out as super fun. They are sticky bonbon like balls that are sort of like really soft chocolate caramels. As I searched for more information I found out that there are confectioners that make them in all sorts of other flavors too, which I want to try making. I started with chocolate since that was the most prevalent recipe I found. They are made from just four ingredients: butter, sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder, and a coating of your choice to roll them in so they keep their shape and are easily handled (I chose sprinkles). The coating that you roll the balls in is a fun part of serving and making brigadeiros. It can be anything from your favorite cereal, honeycomb candy, nuts, or traditional sprinkles and many times people who make it will serve it in it's pre pieced puddle form with a variety of toppings so their guests can tear off a piece and roll their own with the topping of choice. I'll post the recipe after the photo:

Here's how you make them:

Combine 1 can of sweetened condensed milk, 2 tablespoons of butter, and 1/4 cup cocoa powder in a saucepan. Heat on low stirring continuously until mixture thickens significantly.

Now the above statement was all the information I got but I have a few pointers of my own after I made them myself:

It takes A WHILE for the mix to thicken enough. You want it to be thick enough to hold channels that you make with your spoon before you stop cooking it.

When you transfer the candy from the pan pour it on a bed of powdered sugar on a plate this makes it so much easier to handle when it comes time to roll it into balls.

You want to cool the mixture in the fridge for at least an hour until is completely cooled, and stiffened as much as possible. It's normal for it to be very sticky, and a little soft, but you should be able to roll it into a ball, even if the ball relaxes after you put it down, mine resemble little patties after they have been sitting and from what I can tell that's to be expected from this candy.

Grease you hands! I coated my hands with butter, not only did it make it a snap to roll it into balls it made the sprinkles stick better.

Be ready to test your will power because these little gobs of sticky goodness are addicting!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Spicy Black Bean Empanadas

For this Geminio challenge I made some spicy Black Bean Empanadas as a Latin dinner to go with my Latin candy. It fits the assignment because I made six of them, two are pictured. I garnished it with a cucumber, tomato, and cilantro salad.

Pic then recipe:


2 uncooked pie crusts from the store
1 can of black beans
1can of white meat chicken
shredded mexican blend cheese
Jamaican Jerk seasoning, or taco seasoning, or a mixture of chili powder garlic and lime,
Cooking oil

Combine Beans, chicken, and selected seasoning strategy in a bowl making sure to drain cans of extra fluid. mix it up in a way that smashes some of the beans because that will give it a great texture and the filling will hold together more during the frying process.

Cut the pie crusts into desired number of pieces and place a sprinkle of cheese and a spoon full of bean chicken mixture on one half of each piece taking care not to over fill them. Fold over the empty half of the dough and fold over the sides squishing them closed and crimp them with a fork.

Fill a large frying pan with cooking oil and heat on high, when oil is hot carefully place empanadas in the oil and watch the sides. When the sides become golden brown carefully turn each empanada. Remove from oil when they are crispy and brown and pat off with paper towels, Serve with sour cream garnished with chili powder.

Alternatively you can bake these following the instructions for temperature on the package of pie crust.

A few notes from my experience: The work better relatively small, they are easier to fry that way and they are pretty rich too. The frying method makes them extra decadent but I am sure they would be wonderful baked as well. I am sure there are other doughs to use out there we just were in a hurry so we used a ready made option.
28  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Tiger Sketch on: June 29, 2014 01:18:14 PM
I have been working on incorporating tigers into my art for a while now and so I have to practice drawing them a lot. Here is one of my sketches. It looks really docile and sweet, I want to capture a little more fire than that, but I will try again.

29  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Kitty Portraits - Soft Pastels on: June 29, 2014 01:14:35 PM
These are so beautiful! You captured such great personality in them!
30  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Bleach Pen Altered Leggings on: June 29, 2014 01:11:31 PM
One note on the bleach pen thing...leave it too long and it will eat the fabric.
Especially on spandex. Cotton it is nicer with, but it will eat that, too.
I ruined a good denim jacket this way.  Grin Got distracted and forgot all about it. Oooops. Days went by.
When I finally washed it, it came out in shreads.

My suggestion would be to do it in stages...as in, bleach...wait a bit..rinse...dry...bleach again...rinse...dry, until you are happy with things.

Rubber stamps are great for these types of projects, too. One of those spongie brushes works good to put the bleach on the stamp. Then just press your heart away  Grin


ooh! Thank you so much for the tips! I will definitely be trying your suggestions. I can't wait to see what I can do with stamps.
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