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1  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Fall Semester Sept 1-November 30, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by FiberAlchemist on: November 14, 2015 11:34:30 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Philosophers Stone 9 - Mirror Mire
House: Ravenclaw
Team Name: The Witches of East Hogsmede (Mistress Jennie & Abbeeroad)
Project Name: Colored Pencil Carousel   
Brief Description: I looked into the mirror and it revealed my desire to have a way to store and organize my colored pencils/markers/pens.  I scoured the muggle internet for inspiration and came across this idea - a carousel!  It is made using an eleven inch lazy susan (I found mine at Goodwill), 20 1 1/4 inch PVC couplers, 1 1 1/2 inch PVC coupler and a couple foam circles as risers.  As you can tell I haven't filled it properly but I believe this has filled my desires.
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2  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Fall Semester Sept 1-November 30, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by FiberAlchemist on: November 02, 2015 09:42:30 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: A Ravenclaw Quilt for Teag
Brief Description:  As I do so often I procrastinated in crafting for the Back to Hogwarts swap this year and I had chosen to make a quilt as the large.  When I was working on the quilt it was all I worked on and I was on a deadline to get it done.  And I did with two days to spare. Pattern by Pieces by Polly.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Tiny Plush Hedwig
Brief Description:  This project includes both curved sections and caused my head to ache.  There were so many concave to convex seams that were tiny and add minky fabric into the mix and it was a headache.  Fortunately it was worth it because baby Hedwig turned out adorable.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: P is for Pouch
Brief Description:  I also made this for Teag in the B2H swap.  I found some cool potions fabric and made a lined, zippered pouch. 
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Unity
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Prize Pillow
Brief Description: Last semester Mistress Jennie won a house pillow from me during the end of term feast raffle.  I made her a pillow with an appliqud Hogwarts Crest on one side and the other featured Gryffindor colors.  Pattern by Pieces by Polly.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Philosophers Stone 7 - Potion Problems
House: Ravenclaw
Team Name: The Witches of East Hogsmede (Mistress Jennie & Abbeeroad)
Project Name: Practicing Pizzelles
Brief Description: While in college I had a friend who always made pizzelles for all of his friends.  It was a treat I looked forward to every year.  In the years that have passed since we all graduated there has been a pizzelle shaped hole in my holidays.  This year I decided I was going to by and iron and make my own.  This attempt was defiantly good practice.  Making the batter was the easy part; figuring out how much batter to use, where to place the batter blobs in the iron, and how long to cook them were the hard part.  I think in the end I ended up with 4-6 nearly perfect cookies and a bunch of too small, too large, too brown or not brown enough cookies.  Recipe link above.
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3  Re: Back to Hogwarts Round 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by FiberAlchemist on: October 03, 2015 02:51:30 PM
Okay get ready to pin!  Yesterday I received a package from Teag and I am beyond blown away with all of the awesomeness inside.  And outside, I mean look at this packaging!

The first thing I found was a wand from Olivander's.  It's a Eucalyptus wand with a Unicorn core.  It has amazing vine detail on the hand grip and the box is gorgeous too!  I love that she even included a little scroll with the wand lore for my specific wand!

Second I came across this little guy.

and inside I found these...

baby polymer clay owl charms!

And lastly there was my very own spell book.

And on the inside I discovered it was actually a Polyjuice Potion Kit!

I mean look at the detail...  

Thank you Teag!!  I am so impressed with your amazing crafty skills!  I love everything!  So many exclamation points!
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4  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Fall Semester Sept 1-November 30, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by FiberAlchemist on: September 22, 2015 12:07:36 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Botts - Mashed Potato (Iron Hogwarts - Mushroom)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Turkey and Mushroom Bolognese
Brief Description:  Whenever I want something comforting to eat I ofter turn to pasta.  This time I made a quick bolognese with ground turkey, zucchini and mushrooms.  Delicious and comforting.
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1 c. prechopped onion
1 c. diced zucchini
4 oz. sliced mushrooms
5 cloves garlic, minced
12 oz. lean ground turkey
1 c. chicken stock
1/2 c. thinly sliced fresh basil, divided
1 (14 oz) box chopped tomatoes
2 Tbsp. light whipping cream
2 tsp. unsalted butter
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
6 oz. multigrain spaghetti
1 oz. grated Parmesan cheese

Heat a large skillet over med-high heat.  Coat pan with cooking spray.  Add onion and next three ingredients (through garlic) to pan; cook 4 minutes, stirring frequently.  Push vegetables to sides of pan; coat center with cooking spray.  Add turkey; cook 3 minuted stirring to crumble.  Add stock, 1/4 cup basil, sugar, and tomatoes to pan, stirring to combine with turkey and vegetables.  Simmer 3 minutes,  Stir in cream, butter, salt, and red pepper; simmer 1 minute.
While sauce cooks, cook pasta according to package directions; drain.  Divide needles evenly among four shallow bowls.  Top evenly with sauce; sprinkle evenly with remaining  basil and cheese.
Recipe from October 2015 Cooking Light Magazine

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Philosopher's Stone #2 - Facing Fluffy
House: Ravenclaw
Team Name: The Witches of East Hogsmede
Project Name: Caramel Apple Cheesecake Pie
Brief Description:  This cheesecake pie has three distinct layers that all are prepared separately and then combined.
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Yield - 1 6inch pie
   1 c. all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
   2 tsp. granulated sugar
   1/4 tsp salt
   1/4 cold unsalted butter, diced
   1/2 tsp. cider vinegar
   3 to 5 Tbsp. ice water
Crumb Topping
   1/4 c. all-purpose flour
   2 tsp. granulated sugar
   1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
   Pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
   1/8 tsp. ground ginger
   3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
   1 small apple
   1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
   1 tsp all-purpose flour
   Pinch of salt
   Pinch of orange zest
   6 oz. cream cheese, softened
   1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
   1 large egg, at room temperature
   1/4 granulated sugar
   2 tsp. cornstarch

To make the crust.  In a medium sized bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and salt.  Add the butter and work it into the flour mixture with your fingertips or a paistry cutter.  The butter should be evenly distributed and flecked throughout the flour.  Stir the vinegar into 3Tbsp. ice water, and then add it into the flour mixture.  Stir with a fork to combine.  If needed, add up to 2 additional Tbsp of water until the dough comes together but isnt overly wet.  Wrap in plastic wrap and let rest in fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375* F

To make the topping.  Combine all the ingredients, except the butter, in a small bowl.  Mix well.  Then, add the butter and mix until well incorporated.  Set aside.

To make the filling.  Peel, core, and dice your apple into 1/4-inch chunks.  You should end up with about 1 c. of diced apple.  Place the apple in a medium-size bowl and toss with the cinnamon, flour, salt, and orange zest.

In another bowl, beat together the cream cheese, vanilla, egg, sugar, and cornstarch.  Set aside while you prepare the piecrust.

Roll out the dough on a floured surface until it is a few inches wider than the 6-inch pi pan.  Place the dough in the pie pan, fold under the edges, and crimp them decoratively.

Transfer the pie to a small baking sheet and bake in the oven for 10 minutes.

Remove from the oven.  If the crust has puffed up, gently push it back down before pouring the cream cheese mixture on top.  Add the apple mixture on top, followed by the crumb topping.  Bake for 30 to 40 minutes.  If the crumbs arent brown enough, broil for a few minutes.
Recipe from Dessert for Two by Christina Lane
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5  Ravenclaw Tower in Craftalongs by FiberAlchemist on: August 29, 2015 05:40:32 AM
Welcome to Ravenclaw Tower!

The Door Knocker's Riddle - Many have heard me, but no one has seen me, and I will not speak back until spoken to.

~Ravenclaw House Points - 1520~
*Reminder: Class/Challenge 15 pts , OWL 100 pts, NEWT 150 pts , SPEW 10 pts extra*

Alchemy - edelC, noodle-bug
Apparition - edelC, FiberAlchemist, noodle-bug
Arithmancy - edelC, FiberAlchemist, Magpirate, noodle-bug
Astronomy - edelC, FiberAlchemist, Magpirate, noodle-bug, Threadlingz
Care of Magical Creatures - edelC, Magpirate, noodle-bug
Charms - edelC
Defense Against the Dark Arts - edelC, noodle-bug, Threadlingz
Divination - edelC, Magpirate, noodle-bug
Flying - edelC, noodle-bug
Herbology - edelC, Magpirate, noodle-bug
History of Magic - edelC, Magpirate, noodle-bug, Threadlingz
House Pride/Unity - FiberAlchemist, Magpirate, noodle-bug
Muggle Studies - edelC, noodle-bug
Potions - edelC, noodle-bug
Study of Ancient Runes - edelC, Magpirate, noodle-bug
Transfiguration - edelC, Magpirate, noodle-bug, Threadlingz

September Detention - edelC, noodle-bug
October Detention - edelC, Magpirate, noodle-bug
November Detention -

Bertie's Bean Spaghetti - Magpirate
Bertie's Bean Mashed Potatoes - edelC, FiberAlchemist, Magpirate, noodle-bug
Bertie's Bean Liver & Tripe - Magpirate, noodle-bug
Bertie's Bean Pumpkin Spice - Magpirate, natchez
Bertie's Bean Roast Beef - edelC. Magpirate
Bertie's Bean Leftovers -

edelC - Completed OWL in Transfiguration - Purpley Goodness Quilt
noodle-bug - Completed OWL in History of Magic - Entralac Turban

* Completed Class + SPEW Project
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6  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by FiberAlchemist on: August 22, 2015 07:00:56 PM

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Angel Food Cupcakes

Brief Description:  Fluffy white cupcakes topped with creamy white frosting inspired by swans.

Yield - 6 cupcakes
For the cupcakes
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
1/8 tsp salt
3 large egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tarter
5 tbsp granulated sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
For the Cloud Frosting
1/3 cup cold heavy whipping cream
1 Tbsp powdered sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

To make the cupcakes:  Preheat the oven to 350*F and place cupcake liners in six cups of a muffin pan.

In a medium-size bowl, fist together the flower, cornstarch and salt.  In another medium-size bowl, using an electric mixer on high-speed, beat the egg whites until just foamy.  Add the cream of tartar and continue to beat until soft peaks form.  Slowly stream in the sugar 1 Tbsp at a time, while beating continuously.  beat in the vanilla extract.

Finally, add the flour mixture in three parts, folding it in gently with a spatula.  Repeat until well combined

Divide the mixture mont the prepared muffin cups.  Bake for 16 -18 minuted, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.  Let cook near oven

To make the frosting:  When the cupcakes are cool, beat the cream until soft peaks form.  Add the powdered sugar and vanilla dn beat until incorporated.

Frost the cupcakes.

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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Ron Weasley Afghan

Brief Description: This year for the One Awesome Harry Potter Thing Swap I made the awesome Abbeeroad a Ron Weasley Afghan.  This was something on her special request list and I was crazy and decided LETs DO THIS!  The afghan is made up of 80 different 7 inch squares that are all stitched together the made one awesome blanket.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Brief Description:  This semester I mastered my freezing charms to create delicious vanilla ice cream.  The recipe can be found by following the link above.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - July
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Pretty Little Tokyo

Brief Description: I started this cross stitch last semester and set aside while I was working on Rons Afghan and I finally got around to finishing it up last week.  The pattern is by Satsuma Street.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: A Calming Bedroom

Brief Description: This summer we have been painting the rooms in our house.  I find the colors of the ocean very calming and soothing.  For our master bedroom I chose a dark jewel toned teal color.  Mixed with the other jewel tones in the room I find it quite relaxing.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Chain Maille Bracelet

Brief Description: Last month I took a chain mail class from my locally owned quilt/craft shop.  This is the bracelet I completed for that class.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Snidget vs. Snitch Maker
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Paining Again

Brief Description: I had to wear gloves while painting this outside fence to keep the paint off of my hands as it is latex based and I am allergic.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Pride - Quidditch - Team Practice
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: A Mini Sketch Book

Brief Description: Ive wanted to try my had at book binding for a while and after watching many YouTube tutorials I decided to give it a try.  I used an old sketch book whose from cover was being held on with duct tape.  I used the back cardboard as the new cover and used a coptic stitch for the binding.  Its not perfect; but its not too bad for a first try.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Pride - Quidditch - Warm-Up
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: An Art Smock

Brief Description: I quilt and craft sew often, but I rarely make garments; especially ones when the pattern doesnt come in my size (and that happens more often than not).  I stretch my skills by sizing the pattern up and making the smock reversible.  Its not a perfect fit, but I learned what worked and what didnt and I think I will have more luck in the future.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Pride - Quidditch - Time Out
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: A Space Just for Me

Brief Description: Please pardon my mess as I am in the middle of a few projects.  This is my new sewing/crafting space.  The room has a similar layout as it did in my old house; but I decided to go with a lighter and more green color and I now have room for my book cases and a comfy chair for reading.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Pride - Quidditch - Catch the Snitch
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: A Chain Maille Rose

Brief Description: After my class Ive been wanting to try making more chain maille projects.  I came across this one on Pinterest and made a rose shaped pendant thats a little under an inch big.
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7  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by FiberAlchemist on: August 20, 2015 12:27:19 PM
I'm a big fan of Witches of East Hogsmeade too!  I love what you did with the logo Abbeeroad!  But just for funs I decided to make a logo option too.  The east made me think of the Wicked Witch of the East's stripy stockings (from Oz, of course) so I kind of played with that.

Maybe we can come up with a way to combine the two.  Not sure what you two think.

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8  Re: One Awesome Harry Potter Thing (OAHPT) - Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by FiberAlchemist on: July 18, 2015 01:42:34 PM
Yesterday I received an awesome package from Abbeeraod!  She made me something so original, I have never received anything like it in a swap before and I love it!!

She sent me my very own time turner!!  The outer two rings are hand stamped with the inscription, "I mark the hours, every one, Nor have I yet outrun the Sun. My use and value, unto you, Are gauged by what you have to do." And the center disk is stamped with stars.  All of the rings move independently of each other and it is just awesome-sauce! 

She sent is protected in Hermione's bottomless bag. 

Thank you so much Abbie (and Mr. Road) for such an amazing package!!  Kiss
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9  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by FiberAlchemist on: July 06, 2015 05:26:24 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Ive Been Framed
Brief Description: Last semester I stitched up two designs by Satsuma Street and this semester I got around to framing them.  I purchased two silver tone frames from IKEA, broke out my ruler and measured and aligned so they would be centered in the frame.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Staining the Deck
Brief Description: Mr. Alchemist and I bought our first home earlier this year and we have slowly been tackling projects.  Last week when we were on vacation we decided to tackle staining the deck.  There are many stages where you cannot touch the deck, after cleaning it, while waiting for the stain to cure between and after coats.  I was so glad when we were able to walk on it again and didnt have to go around the house to get in and out of the back yard.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Portkey
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Kaylees Shindig Fob
Brief Description:  Last semester I won a prize from Mistress Jennie in the End of Term Feast Raffle, and she sent me one of her lovely scissor fobs.  It was in fact so lovely that my other scissors were getting jealous, so I decided to make one for my sewing sheers.  It is inspired by Kaylees dress from the the Shindig episode of Firefly and is complete with a strawberry charm.  I took it down to the little creek in a park near my house and nestled it on some mossy rocks and blackberry brambles.  I believe the brambles will keep the muggles away.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Study of Ancient Runes
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Key Lime Pie
Brief Description: Something every summer day or night needs in my opinion is a cold dessert.  For a picnic I was asked to bring something and I knew I wanted to make something light, cool and refreshing and I didnt want to have my oven on for too long.  I decided the solution was key lime pie.  The perfect summer dessert cold, creamy and the perfect balance between sweet and tart.

Graham cracker crust
  - 1 cups ground graham crackers
  - ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  - 6 tbsp butter, melted
Key Lime Filling
  - 2 14 oz cans sweetened condensed milk
  - cup light sour cream
  - cup lime juice OR key lime juice
  - zest from 2 regular limes or 4 key limes

Graham cracker crust
  - Preheat oven to 375F.
  - Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter in a small bowl. Press the crumb mixture into an 8" - 9.5" pie pan. Bake for 7 minutes. Cool for at least 30 minutes.
Key Lime Filling
  - Preheat oven to 350F
  - Whisk together sweetened condensed milk, sour cream, lime juice, and lime zest in a medium bowl. Pour into prepared graham cracker crust and bake for 10 minutes.
  - Let pie cool slightly before chilling. Chill for at least 3 hours.

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10  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by FiberAlchemist on: June 14, 2015 05:02:00 PM
Turning in my first assignment of the semester just before the deadline.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Berties Bean - Earthworm
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: The Force is Strong with this Sandwich
Brief Description: For about six months my husband has been asking me to make him a new sandwich wrap, to replace the one he had been using.  His old one was several years old and time, daily use and one too many trips through the washer had made it faded, thin and just kind of wonky.  I used a 12in square of Star Wars themed fabric from my stash and some fusible vinyl to make it water (and mayo) proof.  Then used bias tape to finish the edge and added a velcro closure.  I do think this replacement wrap is much nicer than the old one (even when it was new).
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