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1  Re: HP - I Want to Live in the Burrow Swap - Round 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by FiberAlchemist on: July 17, 2017 07:13:22 PM
I received a parcel today from noodle-bug. It arrived much faster than I was expecting, which may explain why the little owl that dropped it off looked so ragged. After I got the owl all squared away with food and drink I set off to open the package.

Molly "noodle-bug" Weasley sent along a handmade hexie tablet/kindle/paperback sleeve. It is absolutely gorgeous! I love the bright prints edged in tones of grey, with contrasting colored blanket stitching. Hermione and Rose sent me a copy of The Politics of Harry Potter and two bookmarks made from pages of an old copy of Tales of Beetle the Bard. And Remus sent a stack of Chrunchie Bars (choc covered honeycomb) in case of dementor attack and an enamel pin of the Hogwarts crest.

Noodle thank you so much for such and kind and thoughtful package, the things you make with hexies always blow me away. Thanks for being such a great partner and thank you to Mistress Jennie for organizing!
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2  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by FiberAlchemist on: July 16, 2017 06:03:36 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder - Denmark
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Maple Bacon Rice Crispy Treats
Brief Description: Seeing as bacon is far more popular in my household than The Little Mermaid, I chose to focus on it during my time in Denmark. I mixed bacon with another popular breakfast flavor, maple, for a delicious sweet and salty treat.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Unity
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Cool(ing) House Ties
Brief Description: I wanted to bring something to my fellow HPCers to use while we were in Florida. I decided on cooling neck wraps (since it was going to be HOT); but in our house colors. I ordered fabric that looked like the striped house ties from Spoonflower and whipped up two Ravenclaw (for edelC and myself) and three Gryffindor (for Mistress Jennie, Abbeeroad and edelC's daughter). They are filled with those little water balls you can find in the floral section of the craft store, so when you soak them in water they puff up, stay wet and help keep you cool.
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Here we are wearing them in front of the knight bus...
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3  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by FiberAlchemist on: July 13, 2017 12:07:23 PM
Completed projects that aren't being turned in at the last minute?! Who am I even?!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: My Little Bowtruckle
Brief Description: This term I chose to focus on the green colored flecks I observed in the asteroids. This little is most decidedly green, two different shades of green. I created him by fashioning an armature out of wire, then wrapping it in green yarn and embroidery thread. I added two silk leaves and some safety eyes (with the back posts clipped off) to complete my bow truckle buddy.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: The Lucy Backpack
Brief Description: I used the Lucy Backpack pattern from Swoon Patterns to create a backpack to keep my belongings safe from nifflers and thieving fingers while I was on vacation in Florida. The backpack has a zippered compartment on the back and the main section is secured by a drawstring and a flap with a buckle. I can confirm that it was a good deterrent as none of my things were pilfered.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Iron Hogwarts - Rhubarb
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Salmon with Rhubarb Sweet Chili Sauce
Brief Description: I wanted to step outside of the box when it came to using rhubarb this month and try something savory rather than sweet. I came across this recipe at Whisk it Real Gud and thought it sounded interesting. I already make a sweet chili salmon that is a favorite in our house and this was also a hit. It's a bit fruity and a bit spicy and quite tasty. I served it along with a brown rice and quinoa blend and some green beans.
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4  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by FiberAlchemist on: June 28, 2017 11:38:18 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Iron Hogwarts - Lentils
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Lentil Tacos
Brief Description: My husband does not like lentils, despite the fact that he knows they are good for him, so making anything with them to feed us both is a challenge.  I came across a recipe for lentil tacos and thought they might be spiced enough to mask the taste and since there texture is supposed to mimic ground meat it might be a win.  It was!! If you want to try them the recipe I used is here Ancho Lentil Tacos.
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*Sorry if my photo is sideways, any photo from my phone is doing this lately, despite rotating them after uploading to Craftster.  Angry
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5  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by FiberAlchemist on: May 29, 2017 10:41:32 AM
My end of term project dump is here...

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: June BuJo Setup
Brief Description: I have tried in the past to use a traditional planner.  While in school they worked well enough to track classes and assignments; but once I graduated the no longer suited my needs well.  Over the years I have tried many different planners, and calendars with varying degrees of success.  Then about a year ago I started hearing things about bullet journals.  I was skeptical and thought that it would require so much extra work because it didnt come pre-printed.  Well I finally took the plunge this past March and Im loving it!  Yes there is more prep time and work involved but its serving me well and I like that everyday is a fresh start. Here is my set up for June and the first weekly pages (I'm still learning on what works best from me layout wise, there are a couple of spreads that I'm using from Boho Berry, because they are working well for me at the moment).
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Prancing Pony Sign
Brief Description: Businesses need signs to communicate to passers by what is inside.  Even fictional businesses.  My partner in the latest Middle Earth Swap wanted a sign like the one hanging outside the Prancing Pony Inn.  I re-created this sign using some scrap wood.  I distressed it using a dremmel and sander, then painted the image. Hopefully if she hangs it outside she wont have to many wayward hobbits stopping by looking for a nice ale and lodgings for the night.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Three Geeky Notebooks
Brief Description: This spring I participated in the Undercover Fandom Swap.  My partner mentioned that she would like some office supplies so I decided to make her three hand bound mini notebooks representing some of her favorite fandoms. I used comic book backers for the covers and colored them with varying shades of distress inks. I then added the pages and bound the books using a saddle stitch. I then pressed the books and when I took them out some of the inks had changed giving them a more distresses look.  I used my Cricut to cut vinyl logos from Orphan Black, Arrow, and Gilmore Girls and affixed them to the fronts of the journals.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Blackout Curtains
Brief Description: My house has two large skylights in the living room, in the winter its great to have the extra light in the house; but during the summer it can be a bit much. I created two curtains to fill the opening at the bottom of the skylight using blackout fabric and some home decor weight linen.  I inserted tension rods and hung them up. So far they are working well to keep the living room cooler and keeping the sun from beating down on you while you sit on the sofa.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Yellow Coconut Chicken Curry
Brief Description: I made this slow cooked dish back for Iron Hogwarts Curry, but then ran out of time to submit it. The curry itself slow cooks for 4-5 hours; but just to make things take longer I made my own yellow curry paste and let that sit in the refrigerator for a couple of days to let the flavors develop.  You can find the recipe for the curry here and for the curry paste here
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention (February)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Valentines
Brief Description: I made these little hedgehug valentines to send out for the Slytherin Valentine swap.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Paneer
Brief Description: Something I have always wanted to try but never had was cheese making. I love paneer; but it often expensive when you can find it; so I decided to make some. I used the recipe from Claudia Luceros book, One-hour Cheese.

1/2 c. lime juice (plus 2 extra tablespoons to adjust for varying acidity)
1 gallon whole cows milk (not ultra-paturized)
1 Tbsp curry powder
2 Tbsp flake salt or to taste

1/2 cup
1 Tbsp
Large colander or mesh strainer
Fine cheesecloth
Large heat-resistant bowl
5-quart stockpot
Large whisk
Cooking thermometer
Large mixing spoon
Small flat plate
Milk gallon jug filled with water, for pressing cheese

1. Measure 1/2 c lime juice and set aside.
2. Line your colander with cheesecloth. Place a bowl underneath is you want to collect the whey, otherwise, place the lined colander in you clean sink.
3. Pour the milk into the pot. Set aside the empty gallon to use later as a press weight.
4. Add the curry powder to the milk and whisk to stir thoroughly.
5. Heat the milk, on ,medium, to 200F. Stay close and monitor the heat, stirring every few minuted to prevent a skin from forming on the surface of the milk and to check for sticking milk at the bottom.
6. Add the lime juice then you reach 200F, and stir well.
7. Coagulation should happen within seconds - and it is dramatic, so if you do not see it right away, confirm the temperature and add more lime juice, a tablespoon at a time, until you see coagulation.
8. When coagulation has occurred, lower the heat and gently stir the curds for 2 minutes.
9. Gently spoon or pour the curds into the cheesecloth and let them drain for 3 to 5 minutes or until they resemble scrambled eggs.
10. Add the salt and stir throughly but quickly.
11. Gather the cheesecloth corners and twist them to create a tight bundle, then squeeze to release ore whey.
12. Press the curd bag into the colander and firly place a small, flat plate or lid on top.
13. Fill the empty milk jug with water and ice it as a weight on top of the plate. Press the paneer for at least 15 minutes. The longer it presses and cools, the firmer the paneer will be.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Plush Kuchi Kopi Nightlight
Brief Description: Many cartoons are absurd. Bobs Burgers is one of them. My partner in the Undercover Fandom Swap listed it as one of her favorite shows. I decided to make her a plush version of Louises Kuchi Kopi Nightlight. Because, why not?
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Green Leaf Pouch
Brief Description: Leaves turning green is a sure fire way to tell then spring is on the way.  I made this leaf pouch for the Middle Earth Swap. I used some green canvas to cut out two leaf shapes. I then used a very close zig zag stitch to add the veining on the leaf. I then added a lining and a zipper.
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6  The North Tower in Craftalongs by FiberAlchemist on: May 23, 2017 11:14:14 AM
Together we shall cast ourselves into the future!
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7  Ravenclaw Tower in Craftalongs by FiberAlchemist on: May 17, 2017 11:11:34 AM
*art by deviant artist corned-beeff

The Door Knocker's Riddle...
Here on earth it is true, yesterday is always before today; but there is a place where yesterday always follows today. Where?

The Ultimate Muggle Summer!
I have been told that many muggle families create a summer "bucket list". A bucket list is all the things they want to do before everyone heads back to school in the fall. After an exhaustive search of muggle summer customs I have created a bucket list for us to attempt. Anyone who wants to participate is welcome to; just snap a pic of yourself (or family and friends) completing items and upload them.

This will of course not count towards house points unless you combine the bucket list task with something that would already have counted towards your homework. The point is to get out there and have some fun!

I will keep a tally and at the end of the summer whoever has had the Ultimate Muggle Summer will win a prize that is yet to be determined!

1. Make popsicles. (noodle-bug)
2. Enjoy the sunset from the front porch. (noodle-bug)
3. Run through the sprinklers.
4. Cook your entire meal on the grill.
5. Build a bonfire.
6. Have a water balloon fight.
7. Ride a ferris wheel.
8. Go swimming. (noodle-bug)
9. Wear a flower crown.
10. Build a sand castle.
11. Spend an afternoon coloring.
12. Fly a kite.
13. Eat the perfect peach.
14. Bake a pie.
15. Plant an herb garden.
16. See some fireworks.
17. Make s'mores.
18. Go to a fair.
19. Watch fireflies.
20. Go for a bike ride. (noodle-bug)
21. Visit a farmer's market.
22. Play frisbee. (noodle-bug)
23. Go to an amusement park.
24. Eat an ice cream sundae.
25. Spend some time alone to just relax.
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8  The Ron Weasley Afghan in CHALLENGE 118 ENTRIES by FiberAlchemist on: April 12, 2017 04:10:48 PM
Two summers ago Mistress Jennie hosted the One Awesome Harry Potter Thing Swap and I was lucky enough to be paired with the delightful Abbeeroad.  Abbee's "wish list item" was an afghan like Ron has in the Harry Potter movies.

Like this one...

After some hunting online I came across a tutorial on Revelry by Penguineer's Purls and used her chart as a guideline to make my own.  This project is made of 7 inch knitted squares, 80 of them, then all sewn together to create a massive 70" by 56" afghan.  If you are ever in need of a stash busting project, look no further.

Here is my version...

And at another angle...
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9  Re: Middle Earth 2017 Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by FiberAlchemist on: February 26, 2017 11:04:12 AM
Friday I received my package from Muahahahaha!

First there is a hand painted copy of There and Back Again by Bilbo; and inside is a length of Elven rope.

There is also a hand painted picture frame with Thorin's quote "If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."

She also included a couple of extras.  A glow sword and a Lego Gimli!

Thank you so much Muahahahaha for a lovely package!
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10  Re: Undercover Fandom Round 2 in The Swap Gallery by FiberAlchemist on: February 26, 2017 10:55:56 AM
Everyone's packages have been really great; and the one Kwality570 sent is no exception...

First she sent a handpainted on metal magnet of one of my favorite Tina Belcher quotes, "I'm no hero.  I put my bra on one boob at a time like everybody else."

Then there was this awesome tote bag featuring the band Drive Shaft, from LOST.

And lastly there is an amazing wood burned sign from Lord of the Rings.

Thank you so much Kwality for being such a thoughtful and generous partner!  Everything is amazing!
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