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1  Re: Harry Potter Holiday Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by FiberAlchemist on: December 05, 2016 10:19:59 AM
I received packaged from andilites and blushingbluegrass last week, here is what they sent.

andilites sent a fantastic winged key ornament, with a bottle of polyjuice potion hanging from the key.

she also sent along some chocolates and candy canes, which my DH promptly ate, and a Mischief Managed pin back button.

and blushingbluegrass sent an amazing Sorting Hat ornament.  His face is so cute!


Thank you so much ladies!
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2  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by FiberAlchemist on: November 30, 2016 05:02:09 PM
Flyby posting to turn in Iron Hogwarts before the deadline.  I have more homework to turn in but I'm waiting on swap partners to receive their goodies!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms - Iron Hogwarts Cranberry
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Cranberry Pie
Brief Description: This pie has a deep red filling that will be sure to impress Professor Flitwick.  The recipe for this sweet and tart pie can be found at Smitten Kitchen.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Display Risers for Funko Pops
Brief Description: Over the past few years I have amassed a collection of Funko Pops (a Muggle toy) and was in need of a way to better display them.  I needed to utilize both a firm hand (to cut the foam core) and precise calculations (to make sure everything fit together) to complete this project.  I used this site as a guide and adapted the risers to fit in the space I had.  I'm quite pleased with how they turned out.
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3  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by FiberAlchemist on: October 31, 2016 06:52:25 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress Challenge October - Wand Challenge & Iron Hogwarts - Beer
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Beer Brownies
Brief Description: Last weekend while the husband and I were pursing the local big bog liquor store I came across a bottle of Elysian Punkuccino beer; and this beer chose me.  It needed to be made into something and that something was beer brownies!  I used this recipe from desserts for two; who's cast iron skillet brownies I make at least twice a month.  The punkuccino was perfect in this recipe.  You get hints of mocha and cinnamon with deep dark chocolate.  Delish!
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4  Ravenclaw Tower in Craftalongs by FiberAlchemist on: September 19, 2016 01:51:27 PM
Welcome Back for Yule Term!

This time every year we gear up for the season of holidays.  Beginning with Halloween and going through the new year there is always a lot to celebrate.  But what about some lesser known holidays?  This semester we over in Ravenclaw Tower are going to see if we can rival the celebrations of the Hufflepuff Party Room by celebrating some lesser known holidays!


October
1st - National Homemade Cookies Day
2nd - National Name your Car Day - maybe we can name our broomsticks instead!
4th - National Taco Day - really the most important day of the year.
8th - Canadian Thanksgiving - In the late 1950s, the Canadian government declared the second Monday in every October Thanksgiving day.
12th - International Moment of Frustration Scream Day - after all those History of Magic scrolls Professor Binns assigned we could all use a good scream.
15th - Global Handwashing Day
18th - National No-Beard Day
24th - National Bologna Day

30th - Mischief Night - this is every night for Peeves!

November
3rd - Sandwich Day
6th - National Saxophone Day

8th - Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day - maybe we should keep this a secret from the house elves.
15th - National Bundt Day
18th - National Married to a Scorpio Day
23rd - National Fibonacci Day
24th - Celebrate your Unique Talent Day

25th - Shopping Reminder Day - only one month until Christmas
27th - National Flossing Day - Hermiones parents favorite holiday!
28th - National Aura Awareness Day - maybe we should all avoid Professer Trelawney today.

December
5th - Repeal Day - celebrating the end of Prohibition! -Lets have a Butterbeer!
7th - National Cotton Candy Day
12th - Poinsettia Day

21st - Forefathers Day - first celebrated in 1769 in honor of the pilgrims, who landed on Plymouth Rock in 1620
21st - National Flashlight Day
23rd - Festivus - lets air our grievances and perform many feats of strength

January
3rd - Fruitcake Toss Day
9th - National Static Electricity Day

14th - National Dress Up Like your Pet Day - time to dust off that old owl costume
18th - Thesaurus Day
20th - Penguin Awareness Day

22nd - National Answer Your Cats Questions Day - meow?
24th - Butter Beer Can Appreciation Day
28th - National Kazoo Day

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5  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by FiberAlchemist on: September 11, 2016 09:36:33 PM
THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE MINI 13 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN SWAP!  KAREN IF YOU HAPPEN TO WANDER IN HERE, DON'T PEEK!

Please don't pin the linked images, the others are okay. Smiley

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Fabric Pumpkins
Brief Description:  My favorite method to craft is sewing.  I love it because the options seem limitless, you can make clothes, quilts, stuffed creatures, craft items and things for your home.  Its also faster than knitting and crocheting.  I wish I had been able to get the thread that creates the pumpkins segments tighter to create a more defined pumpkin.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Double-sided Skele-pillow
Brief Description: I used two large fabric panels, cut down to 17 square to make a two sided 16 finished pillow.  I also sewed a zipper into the bottom.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Chicken Saag Dumplings
Brief Description: Not only are these dumplings small; but they also require speed (so your wrappers dont dry out) and precision (you cannot overfill them).  They really are quite a bit of work to make; but they make so many you can freeze the extras and have dumplings for days.
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 Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Try Outs
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Spider Web Table Runner
Brief Description: I thought for this try out I would show off my best crafting skills by making this quilted table runner for the Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Seeker
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Zaatar Gyro Meatballs
Brief Description: I made the meatball portion of the above recipe and it contains Zaatar, a Lebanese spice, that I found quite difficult to find. I ended up having to order it from a spice shop online.  I served the meatballs on a pita bread, with shredded lettuce and a dollop of teatziki.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Beater
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Dice Box
Brief Description: I stained a wooden box and lined it with green felt to create a box to catch dice when you are playing games.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Haversacking
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Purpley Quilt Top
Brief Description: This has been a massive WIP for me.  I had the fabric in my stash for at least a year before I started making blocks LAST summer!  I completed the individual blocks and then they sat in my sewing room for another year until I finally complete the top earlier this semester.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Quaffle-pocking
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: T-shirt Sergery
Brief Description:  I had three t-shirts in my closet with very close fitting necks (like they were seriously chocking me), so I removed the collar, rolled over the edge half an inch and added clear elastic to stabilize the edge.  Then I zigzagged to hold it all down.  I now have three cute shirts that no longer choke me.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Snitchnip
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Victorian Crow
Brief Description: As someone whos primary crafts are sewing, knitting and embroidery I was very intimidated when making this project for the 13 Days of Halloween Swap. 
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Stooging
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Halloween Bunting
Brief Description:  Another craft in my wheelhouse.  I found this Halloween bunting fabric panel in the clearance section of my local quilt shop and knew that it would be perfect for my Halloween swap partner.  While a tad time consuming it was a simple and easy project whip up.
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6  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by FiberAlchemist on: August 25, 2016 01:40:39 PM
In the spirit of House Unity, Ravenclaw House will be hosting a Chocolate Frog Card Exchange! Inspired by Gryffindor and Slytherins Holiday and Valentine card exchanges and Mistress Jennies recent Craftster Trading Card Post; I thought it would be a fun way to get to know each other even better and who doesnt love getting something fun in the mail.

"I've got Morgana again and I've got about six of her ... do you want it? You can start collecting."
     -- Ron Weasley

General Guidelines

     - You DO NOT have to be a Ravenclaw to participate.  This exchange is open to ALL house members.
     - Each card does not have to be hand made. While you are welcome to hand make each frog card you could also create a file in Photoshop and have them printed at your favorite local print shop.
     - This is open to international participates as well! [Please note that not everyone will send you a card if you are international, nor do we expect you to ship to everyone (unless you want to!). International shipping (even on just a card) can get really expensive. Participate as much or as little as you wish!]
     - This is not an actual swap. Nothing will be done if someone flakes.  Im not keeping track if people send or not.  This is just a friendly, non-stressful exchange with our fellow HPC-ers in real life.

Chocolate Frog Card Guidelines

     - You only need to send the card.  You do not need to create actual chocolate frogs, unless that is something your heart desires you to do.
     - Size of Card I could not find exact measurements of the cards sold at the theme parks and studio tour; but they appear to be about 3 across at the widest point and about 3.5 - 4 long at the longest point.  Here are links to a couple of templates that may be useful. Link 1  Link 2
     - Front side Your face goes here! Your image can be done as a photo, drawing, painting, digitally altered, completely up to you! Also include your Crafster name.
     - Back side Show off your magical accomplishments!  This can include your interests, your real name, address, etc. ..whatever you are comfortable with; you can even write a poem.

   
This is how you participate
     - PM me (FiberAlchemist) your address by August 31
     - I will PM everyone the complete list of addresses the next day on September 1
     - As soon as you receive the addresses, you can send your cards out.
     - You do not have to send right on the 1st or anything. There is no set send-out date, just at your earliest convenience. Im hoping that everyone can get their cards made and sent by the end of the term on September 30
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7  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by FiberAlchemist on: July 25, 2016 11:00:46 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Harry Potter Quote Pillows
Brief Description:  This year for the I Want to Live in the Burrow Swap I was partnered with the amazing patty_o_furnature.  One thing she had on her wish list was a set of throw pillows for her movie room.  I decided to sew up two white pillow covers with zippers in the bottom; so she could was them if needed.  Then I took two favorite quotes from her questionnaire and found neat images of them in pinterest.  I took those images and imported them into Cricut Design Studio and cut them out in iron on vinyl.  I ironed the images onto the completed pillow covers and voila! a set of Harry Potter pillows!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Hogwarts Crest Pillow
Brief Description:  I also sent patty_o a patchwork Hogwarts crest pillow.  I first sewed a 16 pillow cover with a patchwork back in Hufflepuff colors.  Then for the front I used the Hogwarts Crest template from Pieced by Pollys quilt pattern, reducing the size to 40%. I then harnessed the power of the suns heat, actually my iron to use fusible web to hold the pieces together until I could add some stitching.  Once all the pieces were in place I used heat again to add some fusible bias tape to hide the cut edges of the appliqu pieces.  Once the bias table was adhered I added a line of top stitching for extra security.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Barbecue Pork Sandwiches
Brief Description:  These barbecue sandwiches may look typical but they so indeed contain an unusual ingredient.  Jackfruit!  These sandwiches are actually vegan. I used a recipe from Minimalist Baker.  It is quite surprising how much this looks and tastes like real pulled pork when its all done.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Tea & Toast (Iron Hogwarts - Balsamic)
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Crockpot Maple Dijon Chicken
Brief Description:  I made this delicious and simple chicken dish with the hopes of getting Ron to come down to the Great Hall and have something to eat.  The recipe is from SkinnyTaste and I used boneless skinless chicken thighs instead of drumsticks because thats what I had in the freezer and I think I actually liked it better that way.
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8  Re: Harry Potter - I Want to Live in the Burrow Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by FiberAlchemist on: July 19, 2016 11:55:41 AM
Yesterday my package from patty_o_furnature arrived!  Just like Molly, patty_o made sure that I was going to start my day off with a balanced breakfast.

First she sent me a set of house bowls!  They are the perfect size for a bowl of cereal or porridge.


Then to make sure I would have something to eat she included a box of CheeriOwls!  And to make sure I had some breakfast fun there was also a box of cereal marshmallows!


Here is a group shot of everything including a little pigmy puff I found foraging for crumbs in the bottom of the box.  Grin


Thank you so much for being a great partner patty_o! 
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9  Re: Mini 13 Days of Halloween Rnd 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by FiberAlchemist on: July 08, 2016 12:39:50 PM
All the lovely things KarenLouiseM sent...

Day 1
Some yummy fall inspired treats!  A mini pumpkin bread and pumpkin spice chocolate truffles.  There was also a small book to keep recipes (the pumpkin bread one was already inside!) and the card is from the outside of the package.


Day 2
It's a calendar for the month of October.  All of the tags from the packages are the first 13 days to use on the calendar! Clever Girl!! And when you open the back days 14 - 31 are inside!


Day 3
A teeny tiny candy corn under glass. So freakin' cute!
*quarter for scale

Day 4
A quartet of goodies to "deck my halls".  Two buntings, that I hung my kitchen, a door hanger and a decorated spool!  My house is starting to feel spooky.


Day 5
Today I opened this amazing haunted house picture.  It is a glittery house with little three dimensional pumpkins and a spider.  I love the details of cats and bats in the windows and the whole scene is under a clear dome.  So cool!


Day 6
A little skeleton holding a halloween bunting. He even has a little lacy collar and a golden crown.  He came with a little placard that reads "Once Upon an Eerie Tale" adorned with owls and spiders.


Day 7
Today blew me away!  Karen sent a beautiful Halloween shrine! Each of the cubbies contains different little bottles, pumpkins, books (that actually open!), and general vintage goodness. Thank you so much, this is a work of art!


   

Day 8
Two fossils, a bat and a spider, mounted on chunky canvases. I'm not going to lie, the spider kind of gives me the creeps.


Day 9
Day nine brings a miniature graveyard scene in a little coffin box.  There's so much detail from the skeleton to the little headstones perched on top of the coffin.


Day 10
One of my favorite things is Harry Potter. Karen made two baby mandrake roots in tiny pots. I think Professor Sprout would approve. Smiley


Day 11
Today is three faux candles.  The outsides are decorated with different patterned burlap, rick rack, ribbon and trim with the little pompoms.  They each have a cool vintage style paper label on the front. The center of each one lifts out so you can turn on a batter operated candle.  Vey cool.


Day 12
A Burtonesque wreath! The body of the wreath is covered in black feathers with bits of white and silver sparkle mixed in.  There is a Christmas ball painted to look like Jack Skellington! And the black and white tube ribbon reminds me of the sandworms from Beetlejuice.


Day 13
So far I have been so impressed by everything Karen has sent; but today she blew me away! She sent an amazing miniature apothecary cabinet inspired by my love of Harry Potter. The amount she included and the detail of every object is impeccable; from the potion bottles, to the little cauldrons to the Olivander's box complete with a tiny wand. 




Karen, thank you so much for being such a wonderful and generous partner!
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10  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by FiberAlchemist on: June 30, 2016 03:36:52 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress Challenge - June - Time Turner (Iron Hogwarts - Chocolate)
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Peanut Butter Ups
Brief Description:  I used my time turner to travel back and complete the Headmistress Challenge from November 2014.  It was to make a family recipe.  This is a recipe my mom found when my brother and I were kids.  It quickly became a favorite around our house and would often get taken to potlucks and picnics.  Since leaving home I have continued making this recipe.

Ingredients
1 cup butter
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup finely chopped peanuts (optional)
2 cups powdered sugar
2 cups chocolate chips
2 Tbsp shortening

Combine the butter and peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl and microwave 1.5 - 2.5 minutes or until the butter is melted and the peanut butter is softened.
Mix the graham crackers and the powdered sugar into the peanut butter mixture.  If using peanuts add them too.
Press firmly into a 9 x13 inch pan.
Combine the chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave safe bowl and place in the microwave.  Microwave for 1 minuted then stir.  Microwave additionally in 30 second increments until the chips and melted.
Pour the melted chocolate over the peanut butter layer and smooth with the back of a spoon.
Refrigerate at least 45 minutes for the cookies to set up.

This time I made a half batch and used a 8 x 8 inch pan.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Oven Roasted lemonade
Brief Description:  I love lemonade, especially in the summer and am always looking for a new spin on it.  I read that roasting your fruit before hand can make the lemons sweeter, resulting in less added sugar.

I cut about 8 - 10 lemons in half and placed them cut side down on a baking sheet and roasted them in a 400*F oven for 20 minutes.  While the lemons were roasting I made a simple syrup, combining 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar in a sauce pan and heating until the sugar was dissolved.  I then removed the syrup from the heat and let stand to cool.  After 20 minutes I removed the lemons from the oven flipped them over and allowed them to cool.  Once the lemons and syrup were cooled, I juiced the lemons until I had 1 cup of juice.  I combined the juice with 4 cups of water and the simple syrup to taste (I used about 1/2 cup of the syrup, which is about half as much as I use normally).  Chill before serving.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Owl Post
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: A Foxy Birthday Card
Brief Description:  I have been developing an interest in card making for the past year or so.  The cards at the store never seem to express the sentiment that I want and sometimes I just plain forget to pick one up at the store.  My sister-in-laws birthday is in a couple of weeks so I thought I would attempt making her a card.
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 Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Closet Redo
Brief Description:  Since we moved into our home last year I have been wanting to redo the bedroom closets.  The closets were original, just a wooden bar with a wooden shelf above it.  Over the 35 year the house has been here the shelf had become so saggy that you really couldnt use the middle section in the hanging bar.  One weekend when it was too hot to do anything outside I decided to take action.  I chose a closet kit from Lowes and my husband and I worked together to pull out the old stuff, patch the walls, and install all the new rails, bars and shelves.  We have so much more room now!
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