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41  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: January 06, 2014 03:18:19 PM
Wow! What an amazingly strong semester we have going here! I am so impressed by the variety of awesome projects I have seen. I don't have time to comment on everyone of them but they all deserve all the kudos that can be given! I am arriving at the castle late this semester because of the various medical issues Erin and I have had to stay at St. Mungos for. Even though I am arriving late I do have some homework to turn in so I am not totally behind.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: DA: Drink at Hogshead and Quidditch (gift: Bludger to Gryffindor)
House: Slytherin
Project Name: gingerbreadmen
Brief Description: Erin and I made these together (I promise that both of us put in plenty of time and labor on these to be able to count them individually) She has the best gingerbread recipe. I did the decorating of the five in the picture. I brought them to our favorite coffee shop and gave them to the staff. They were quickly gobbled up. Cheesy

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Read more: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=429362.0#ixzz2pepI6au2

Here is the recipe:

1 stick of butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg
2 cups flour
1tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2tsp ginger
2tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
if you are an experienced baker you will notice the liberal amount of spices, that is because when we make our gingerbread we double what the average recipe calls for because we like them extra rich and extra fragrant. Erin has been asked many many times what her secret is to making the best gingerbread cookies ever, and the answer to that is the double spices and the use of all molasses and brown sugar instead of regular white sugar.

Beat butter with sugar and molasses. Mix in egg. Sift dry ingredients into and mix into wet mixture. Chill in refrigerator 2 hours or until firm enough to roll. Heat oven to 350. Roll to 1/4 thick (sometimes we make ours a little thicker) on floured board. cut with cookie cutters and place on greased baking sheets. bake 8-10 minutes. cool on cooling rack before icing.

The icing is Erin's own thing I don't even know how to write it down she just does it without a recipe but it is basic butter cream icing made with powdered sugar, butter, milk, and vanilla or almond flavoring.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: December Detention
Project Name: Monogram hoopla
Brief Description: I really enjoy making hooplas a few semesters ago I made my first one and I mentioned how I could get addicted to them. Well, this one was just as fun to make and circular too so it fits the detention assignment.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: BEAN: Gravy Quidditch (gift to my aunt: Bludger to Gryffindor)
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Lotus and Koi small watercolor painting
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Defense Against The Dark Arts Quidditch (gift to my cousin: Goal for Ravenclaw)
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Mixed Media Leopard Painting
Brief Description: This meets the requirements of this class because I made it for my cousin to hang on her boring wall and she hung it up in her room immediately after opening it Smiley
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology + SPEW Quidditch: (gift for person at cancer center: Goal for Ravenclaw)
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Hand Stitched Christmas Tree Ornament
Brief Description: This is a simple pattern that I made a while ago and laminated and I have made many of these just like this they are great to keep a few in my bag during the holidays to give to people. Erin and I have been hanging around a cancer center for her treatments, we are usually there for 12 or 16 hours, so I have made lots of these and just given them to people at the cancer center I wind up talking to. It fits the class because it is green and red (I'm counting the dk pink as red) and I guess since I used it as a gift of goodwill at the cancer center it counts as SPEW too.

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42  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* on: September 29, 2013 05:43:21 PM
First of all for those of you keeping up with ErinAquaheart's situation: We found out that her cancer has spread to her liver and that her initial diagnosis of stage three was wrong she is actually in stage four. This was devastating news, and we have had to dive head first into an aggressive treatment regimen. Her family came to be with her during the first few days of this new reality and that is why we have been M.I.A. around here lately. All of your thoughts, prayers, and spew projects have meant the world to us. Thank you all so much for your kindness and support.

Slytherin House: Don't worry I haven't forgotten about you! I am so proud of all of your amazing projects and I am so happy to see us getting a few new members! I even have my eye on a prefect, could it be you? Stay tuned because I am still planning a really fun extra credit surprise.

Now for some of my homework:

Class/Challenge/House Pride: September Detention
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Sock Monster

This sock monster was laying around my house in pieces. Occasionally I have come across the body ready to be stuffed or the ears ready to be stitched and I meant to get around to finishing him. So, finally after a few YEARS I decided to assemble him.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bean- Lobster
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Remembering Christmas the way it was

This is kind of sad but when I thought about something from my past that I miss and wish I could go back to, what hit me the hardest was Christmas. I grew up in Salt Lake City, so Christmas time was always cold and Crisp. Snow was in the mountains and we had a fire in the fireplace. My dad loved holidays so much and he had a talent for making everything magical. Both my parents were big advocates of handcrafted everything so we spent a lot of time either making projects of our own or being the customers of people who handmade all kinds of wonderful things. It wasn't until my parents divorced and we moved away that I even had jam and bread from a store rather than handmade from a farmers market or a friend. Holidays were truly special because of these values. But time went on, my parents divorced, I grew up and became cynical, and my dad passed away. With all of that the holidays kind of fall flat for me. ErinAquaheart and I spend each holiday season that we have together trying to make it magical in new ways. So I made this little felt hand stitched ornament to remember the more innocent magical holiday seasons of my youth.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
House: Slytherin
Project Name:Kitty Paw Arm warmers

Cat's are always so graceful and nimble on their feet so for this class I studied their paws and made these arm warmers to show what I learned.

They are so comfortable! I love wearing them. I can't wait until it gets colder outside!
43  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HPC Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* on: September 14, 2013 08:46:42 PM
What are these whispers about a scavenger hunt I have been hearing in the Slytherin common room?
Hmmm... Something is definitely brewing for Slytherin house, and it's bound to be exciting! Stay tuned for an opportunity for extra credit that will help you on your way to greatness!

Now for some of my own school work:

With all the tests and the latest troubling news with ErinAquaheart I haven't had much time to craft but I did get these two classes done. We will hear once and for all about whether her cancer has spread to her liver on Monday. This has been the. longest. few. days. EVARRR.  Embarrassed

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Frog Choir
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Kawaii Froggy Coffee Sleeve

When I was a teen I loved loved LOVED anything sanrio and definitely in my top three two favorites was Kerropi and you don't see that character anymore. I had a mini backpack with kerropi on it that I never parted with Smiley I STILL love me some sanrio. So in tribute to my teenhood which I like to pretend that I still am in  Grin I made this coffee sleeve.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Fairy Door Made From Whomping Willow Bark

Fairies have a powerful magic that is not yet totally understood but we do know that inviting them into your home will bring their blessings and magic to your life. Since we need all the blessings we can get right now I made this fairy door and since the whomping willow is a powerful defensive magical plant and I was lucky enough to obtain a sample of it's bark I made the fairy door with it, so that maybe the blessings that the fairies bring will be as rare, powerful, and defensive as the whomping willow.

44  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: her kind on: September 04, 2013 07:34:43 PM
I love this so much!
45  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Hand Stitched Felt Halloween Ghost Brooches on: September 04, 2013 07:23:52 PM
I made these while waiting in a waiting room. They were really fun and all the supplies fit in a little plastic bag making them a very portable craft Smiley

46  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: City Subway Maps Canvas Art - NYC/Philly/DC on: September 04, 2013 07:17:16 PM
These are awesome! I love this idea!
47  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Abstract Fish Ink Drawing Notecards on: September 04, 2013 07:14:27 PM
I have been in kind of a rut artistically lately so I decided to try something outside of the box for me. Here's what I came up with: Some abstract ink drawings of fish and a Narwhal. I abstracted them by taking the color and pattern of their markings beyond the forms of the animals and on to the rest of the art surface. I am pretty pleased with how they turned out and I am interested in exploring this kind of thing more.

48  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Jello Painting. Cancer Art. on: September 04, 2013 07:10:38 PM
This is so awesome, Erin, that's why you inspire me every day!  Kiss
49  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Little Owl Boy & Bat Girl on: September 04, 2013 07:09:22 PM
I absolutely love these!
50  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HPC Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* on: September 04, 2013 06:55:15 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bean- Cinnamon
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Halloween Decoration

One thing that makes my home feel warm and cozy is decorating for holidays and occasions. So I made this little ghost ornament to decorate for Halloween. He goes with the one I made last semester. I may even make a third one before Halloween.

Class/Challenge/House Pride:Flying
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Flying Ghost Brooches

When flying, one thing you may come across is a ghost, when encountering a ghost while flying you have to be careful because they can fly right through you which can give you a chill and cause you to shudder and loose your balance on your broom.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Double chocolate mug cake preparations

These mug cakes fill the prescription for this class because the warm chocolate serves the perfect antidote to soul sucking dementor attacks. chocolate is also well known to combat stress and give much needed comfort in many situations.

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