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1  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by FiberAlchemist on: February 27, 2015 03:49:14 PM
I finished up one last project yesterday.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition
SPEW:n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Yarn Cakes
Brief Description: This was a project I would have loved to have the house elves help me with.  Over the years I have created many many half skeins on yarn (which are unruly floppy beasts to store) that needed to be wound into balls.  I finally broke down and purchased a hand crank ball winder (if the elves have magic, I can surely use tools) and set to making yarn cakes.  In all there are about 20 or so, and while it was a long and tedious task the cakes all fit neatly into a storage bin now.
Project Picture:  (here they are piled up on my sofa prior to going in the bin)

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2  Ravenclaw Tower in Craftalongs by FiberAlchemist on: February 25, 2015 12:02:34 PM




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


COMPLETED CLASSES
Alchemy - Magpirate, noodle-bug
Apparition - Magpirate, noodle-bug
Arithmancy - elliot_anne, jellybean89, Magpirate, netchez, noodle-bug
Astronomy - elliot_anne, Magpirate
Care of Magical Creatures - elliot_anne, Magpirate, netchez
Charms - Magpirate, noodle-bug
Defense Against the Dark Arts - elliot_anne, Magpirate
Divination - elliot_anne, Magpirate
Flying - elliot_anne
Herbology - elliot_anne, Magpirate, noodle-bug, pottermouth
History of Magic - bluejanuary, elliot_anne, Magpirate, noodle-bug
House Pride/Unity - bluejanuary, Magpirate, noodle-bug
Muggle Studies - elliot_anne, noodle-bug
Potions - AugustBell, elliot_anne, Magpirate, natchez, toralune
Study of Ancient Runes - elliot_anne, netchez, noodle-bug
SPEW -
Transfiguration - elliot_anne, noodle-bug


COMPLETED CHALLENGES
March Detention - bluejanuary, jellybean89, noodle-bug
April Detention - elliot_anne, Magpirate
May Detention

Headmistress's Challenge - March - Magpirate, noodle-bug
Headmistress's Challenge - April - elliot_anne, jellybean89, Magpirate
Headmistress's Challenge - May -

Bertie's Bean Vanilla - bluejanuary, Magpirate, noodle-bug
Bertie's Bean Cherry - bluejanuary, Magpirate, netchez
Bertie's Bean Red Apple - elliot_anne, Magpirate, netchez
Bertie's Bean Mushroon - elliot_anne, Magpirate, netchez
Bertie's Bean Olive - Magpirate
Bertie's Bean Mustard - elliot_anne


COMPLETED OWLS & NEWTS
noodle-bug - Completed OWL in Astronomy - Quilt Flimsy
noodle-bug - Completed OWL in Herbology - Super Secret Swap Project
noodle-bug - Completed OWL in Transfiguration, Option 1 - 9 Patch Squares
noodle-bug - Completed NEWT in Divination - A Simple Stocking Stitch Blanket




* Completed Class + SPEW Project
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3  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by FiberAlchemist on: February 24, 2015 03:44:53 PM
Oh my gosh!   Shocked  I finally have projects to post and really most of them were made in December and I've just been that rubbish at posting them.  So project dump ahead!! Shocked

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Five Ingredient Fudge

Brief Description: This past holiday season I did a lot of baking and one of the things I made was a quick and easy 5 ingredient fudge.  After the fudge was set in a square pan, I cut it into even smaller squares.

Ingredients
3 cups  sugar
3/4 cup  butter or margarine
1 small  can (5 oz.) evaporated milk
3 pkg.  (4 oz. each) BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, chopped
1 jar  (7 oz.) JET-PUFFED Marshmallow Creme

LINE 9-inch square pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides. Bring sugar, butter and evaporated milk to full rolling boil in 3-qt. saucepan on medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook 4 min. or until candy thermometer reaches 234F, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
ADD chocolate and marshmallow creme; stir until melted.
POUR into prepared pan; spread to cover bottom of pan. Cool completely. Use foil handles to lift fudge from pan before cutting into squares.

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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: HP Ornament Swap

Brief Description: I swapped with three different partners in December during the Harry Potter Ornament Swap (even though the swap began in the Fall semester I solemnly swear I did all my crafting in December - after the Winter semester began). This is the package I sent to Luckdragon.  A Bertie Botts ornament, an Expecto Patronum ornament and a McGonagall silhouette bookmark.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Mischief managed Ornament

Brief Description: This ornament was made for felicity baby in the HP Ornament Swap.  To make it I glittered the inside of a glass ball (who knew floor polish was the secret) and added mischief managed and some footprints to the front in vinyl.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Salted Oatmeal Cookies

Brief Description: Something that you must have to care for flying horses is food.  Now Im not actually sure if horses (flying or otherwise) should eat oats, but every muggle television show and book has lead me to believe that they do.  So for my homework I made a batch of Butterscotch Salty Oat Cookies.  If you like a salty/sweet combination do yourself a favor and make these! Recipe from SeriousEats.com

Ingredients
3 1/4 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
16 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large egg
11 ounces butterscotch chips
Fleur de sel

In a medium bowl whisk together oatmeal, flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.   

In the bowl of an electric stand mixer beat butter until smooth. Add sugars and beat until fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Beat in vanilla extract. Beat in egg until thoroughly combined. Add flour mixture and beat until just combined. Stir in butterscotch chips.


Cover bowl with the dough with plastic wrap. Chill dough in refrigerator at least two hours and up to overnight.

Move oven rack to the center position and preheat oven to 375 F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll a heaping tablespoon of dough into a ball and dip it into a shallow bowl of Fleur de sel or Kosher salt, so the coarse salt sits atop the ball. Place on cookie sheet, salty side up, leaving a couple of inches of space between the dough balls. Repeat with remaining dough. Bake until the edges of the cookies are golden brown, about 12 to 14 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. Can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Mulligatawny Soup

Brief Description: There is nothing better to warm you up on a cold winter night than a bowl of soup.  I was watching an old muggle television show called Seinfeld and one of the characters ordered mulligatawny soup and bam I knew what I was making for dinner. Recipe by The Pioneer Woman

Ingredients
1 whole Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, Cut Into Bite-Sized Pieces
Salt And Black Pepper To Taste
4 Tablespoons Butter
1 whole Medium Onion
3 cloves Garlic, Minced Finely
1/4 cup All-purpose Flour
1 Tablespoon Curry Powder
32 ounces, fluid Chicken Broth
2 cups Half-and-half
1 whole Granny Smith Apple, Peeled And Diced
1 Tablespoon Sugar More Or Less To Taste
2 teaspoons Salt, More To Taste
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Cayenne Pepper (optional, For Spice)

Season diced chicken with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden. Remove chicken to a plate. Set aside.
In the same pot, add butter and reduce heat to medium. Add diced onion and garlic and stir to cook. Onions should be starting to brown.
Sprinkle flour over onions. Stir to combine, then stir in curry powder. Cook mixture over medium heat for one minute, stirring constantly.
Pour in chicken broth. Stir to combine, then cook for five minutes. Add half and half, salt, pepper, and sugar, then cook for another five minutes.
Add chicken and diced apple and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes. Turn off and allow to stand 5 or 10 minutes before serving. Taste for seasonings before serving.

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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Defense Against the Dark Arts
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Weasley House Embroidery

Brief Description: During my research of traditional Nepalese crafts I learned they did a lot of work with textiles.  Both weaving them and embellishing them.  I chose to embellish another fabric with hand embroidery.  This hoop was created for Mistress Jennie and her love of the Weasleys.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - December
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Three Broomsticks Ornament

Brief Description: This holiday ornament was made for noodle-bug during the HP Ornament Swap.  Each broom stick was made by hand from small dowels and cutting the bristles (is that the right word) from a whisk broom.  They were then adhered to a wooden disk to create an ornament inspired by the sign hanging in front of the Three Broomsticks.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - January
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: HP Bracelet Re-Do

Brief Description: I purchased two sets (one of three and one of two) bracelets several months ago .  The problem was the way they fastened, they were designed to be adjustable and the extra chain was nearly three inches long.  So they sat and sat until I was able to obtain a five to one bracelet clasp.  I was then able to remove the offending chain and turn them into one functional bracelet.  
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - February
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Owl Valentine

Brief Description: This owl valentine was sent to Mistress Jennie for the I Love HP Swap and was created using my Cricut Machine.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Triple Ginger Cookies

Brief Description: Even though my mom taught me how to bake she doesnt do much baking these days.  So every year I try to make a few extra batches of treats to send home to my parents.  This year one of the things I made was Triple Ginger Cookies.  They are a nice sturdy cookie that holds up well in the mail. Recipe from WillCookforFriends.com

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground allspice
1/8th tsp. ground cloves
1/8th tsp. sea salt
3/4 cup  crystallized ginger, chopped fine*
1 stick (4oz.) unsalted butter, softened (can be replaced with dairy-free margarine)
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup unsulfured molasses
2 tsp. freshly grated ginger*
1/4-1/2 cup granulated sugar, for rolling
* Crystallized ginger can be chilled in the freezer to make chopping easier. Fresh ginger can be stored in the freezer for easier peeling and grating.

1.    In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, spices, and salt. Toss in the chopped crystallized ginger, breaking up any clumps with your finger tips.
2.    In a large bowl, or the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and fresh ginger. Pour in the molasses and beat well.
3.   Mix in the dry ingredients until just combined (if necessary, remove the beaters and fold the dough with a rubber spatula instead, until all of the flour is just incorporated). The mixture should be thick and somewhat sticky. Turn the dough out onto a sheet of plastic wrap, fold the plastic over itself, and pat into a 1 inch thick disc. Wrap it up and refrigerate until firm (at least 1-2 hours, or up to a few days).
4.   Tear or break the dough into about 20 equal chunks, and roll each into a ball between your palms. Roll each ball in granulated sugar, and return to the fridge to keep cool. (Rolled cookies can be stored in the fridge, or frozen in an airtight container, for future baking).
5. Preheat oven to 325f.. Place the chilled balls of dough onto a parchment or silicone lined baking sheet, spacing them at least 1.5 inches apart. Bake on the middle rack for 10-12 minutes, or until the surface begins to crack for a crispier cookie, bake a few minutes longer. Let the cookies cool 3-4 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Once completely cool, cookies can be stored in a baggie or airtight container for several days, or frozen but trust me, they wont last that long.

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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress Challenge - February
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Flying Key Cage

Brief Description:  I was inspired by this pin of a birdcage full of flying keys.  I used a much small birdcage and instead of finding keys with wings already attached I made individual wings out of vellum.  The keys were suspended in the cage using transparent thread.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Free Range Fruit Cake

Brief Description: This project had materials that required preparation a day ahead.  I had to prepare all of the fruit and leave it to macerate overnight stirring every few hours.  The extra work payed off as this was the most delicious fruit cake I have ever eaten.  Recipe by Alton Brown

Ingredients
1 cup golden raisins
1 cup currants
1/2 cup sun dried cranberries
1/2 cup sun dried blueberries
1/2 cup sun dried cherries
1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
Zest of one lemon, chopped coarsely
Zest of one orange, chopped coarsely
1/4 cup candied ginger, chopped
1 cup gold rum
1 cup sugar
5 ounces unsalted butter (1 1/4 sticks)
1 cup unfiltered apple juice
4 whole cloves, ground
6 allspice berries, ground
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs
1/4 to 1/2 cup toasted pecans, broken
Brandy for basting and/or spritzing

Combine dried fruits, candied ginger and both zests. Add rum and macerate overnight, or microwave for 5 minutes to re-hydrate fruit.

Place fruit and liquid in a non-reactive pot with the sugar, butter, apple juice and spices. Bring mixture to a boil stirring often, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool for at least 15 minutes. (Batter can be completed up to this point, then covered and refrigerated for up to 2 days. Bring to room temperature before completing cake.)

Heat oven to 325 degrees.

Combine dry ingredients and sift into fruit mixture. Quickly bring batter together with a large wooden spoon, then stir in eggs one at a time until completely integrated, then fold in nuts. Spoon into a 10-inch non-stick loaf pan and bake for 1 hour. Check for doneness by inserting toothpick into the middle of the cake. If it comes out clean, it's done. If not, bake another 10 minutes, and check again.

Remove cake from oven and place on cooling rack or trivet. Baste or spritz top with brandy and allow to cool completely before turning out from pan.

When cake is completely cooled, seal in a tight sealing, food safe container. Every 2 to 3 days, feel the cake and if dry, spritz with brandy. The cake's flavor will enhance considerably over the next two weeks.

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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Study of Ancient Runes
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Chicken Noodle Soup

Brief Description: Chicken noodle soup is a great way to ward off the cold and it is also a great way to ward off a cold.  When ever my husband or myself are starting to feel a bit under the weather I always whip up a batch of this simple delicious chicken soup.

Ingreedients
1 Tbsp Oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 medium onion, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped (1 cup)
2 cups cubed cooked chicken
2 cups uncooked egg noodles (4 oz)
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 dried bay leaf
5 cups chicken broth

In saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic, onions and carrots; cook 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir in remaining ingredients. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover; simmer about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until carrots and noodles are tender. Remove bay leaf.

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4  Re: I Love Harry Potter - OTHPT Valentines Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by FiberAlchemist on: February 13, 2015 03:31:07 PM
So sad that the little keys broke.  It was just one of those things that no way seemed like the best way to pack it; but hopefully you can fix it.  Here are a couple of pictures I took before I shipped it.



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5  Re: I Love Harry Potter - OTHPT Valentines Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by FiberAlchemist on: February 12, 2015 03:47:24 PM
Yesterday I received my package from Mistress Jennie!  And she has once again spoiled me with a truly amazing package.  Shocked

Jennie made a matching wallet and coin purse out of the most amazing Harry Potter spell fabric.  In Ravenclaw colors none the less (the background really is blue, despite the fact that my lighting made it look purple).  The bi-fold wallet has severl card slots in the interior and fastens with a hook and loop closure.  The exterior has a see through ID slot on the front and a zippered compartment on the back.  It also has a matching wrist strap.  The coin purse is heart shaped with a zipper closure, complete with an owl charm zipper pull.



and the inside



Jennie also included an Amortentia Valentine card, a bar of chocolate, a tube of butterbeer scented lip balm (seriously, it smells good enough to eat!) and my very own personalized Ministry of Magic ID card.



Here is a group shot of the entire package.



Thank you so much Jennie!!   Kiss
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6  Re: Harry Potter Holiday Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by FiberAlchemist on: December 15, 2014 12:52:56 PM
I received two amazing packages over the last few days; and since I've been a photo posting procrastinator I am able to post them both at the same time.  Yay procrastinating!  Cool

First luckdragon sent me two lovely ornaments.  One is a little hoopla of the Weasley's Ford Anglia filling in for Santa's sleigh, dropping of gifts to Hogwarts.


The other is a tiny copy of Hogwarts a History.  And it unfolds to reveal a paper star!



The second package that was delivered is from noodle-bug.  She sent me a set of seven miniature book ornaments.  One for each of in the Harry Potter series.  The front of each book is stamped in gold with the title's abbreviation (PS for Philosopher's Stone, CS for Chamber of Secrets and so on).


And here is a picture of the inside of one... it's made of pages from the book!


THANK YOU both for sending such wonderful additions for my tree!  This year has been a Very Harry Holiday indeed!
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7  Re: Harry Potter Holiday Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by FiberAlchemist on: December 03, 2014 03:44:09 PM
Hello!  Two days ago I received a most wonderful owl from felicitybaby (I had intended on posting pictured yesterday; but time got away from me - where's a time turner when you need one?).  She sent me a trio of lovely paper crafted ornaments for my tree.

First is a miniature version on Harry's Hogwarts acceptance letter.


Second is howler.


And third is a tiny Marauder's Map.  If you untie the ribbon it unfolds. *squee*


Thank you so much felicitybaby for such a thoughtful package.
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8  Hogwarts Kitchen in Craftalongs by FiberAlchemist on: November 30, 2014 08:21:50 AM
"In the corridor outside, one will find a painting of a bowl of fruit; one such fruit is a pear. If one tickles the pear, it will squirm, laugh, and then transform into a green door-knob. Hence revealing the doorway, one can open the door and enter."



"He had one brief glimpse of an enormous, high-ceilinged room, large as the Great Hall above it, with mounds of glittering brass pots and pans heaped around the stone walls, and a great brick fireplace at the other end..."
The Hogwarts kitchen's appearance in 1994


Recipes from the Elves

Student Submitted Recipes
Abbeeroad - Cookies in a Jar
gaudiknight - Peppermint Chip Cookies
jenleahlynn - Broccoli Cheese Soup
jenleahlynn - Birthday Cakes Cakes Cakes
jillybeans - Turkey Quesadillas!
midkiffsjoy - Joy's Original Shortbread Cookies
midkiffsjoy - Oreo Triple Layer Mud Pie
Mistress Jennie - Espresso Pumpkin Muffins
netchez - Small Cakes
tiamatfire - Candy Cane Macarons
tiamatfire - Egg Yolk Dinner
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9  Ravenclaw Tower in Craftalongs by FiberAlchemist on: November 26, 2014 12:14:41 PM




~Ravenclaw House Points - 1700~
*Reminder: Class/Challenge 15 pts , OWL 100 pts, NEWT 150 pts , SPEW 10 pts extra*


COMPLETED CLASSES
Alchemy - bluejanuary, elliot_anne, FiberAlchemist, noodle-bug
Apparition - bluejanuary, FiberAlchemist, noodle-bug
Arithmancy - AugustBell, FiberAlchemist, Magpirate, noodle-bug, vincentvanbuck
Astronomy - FiberAlchemist, Magpirate, noodle-bug
Care of Magical Creatures - FiberAlchemist, Magpirate, noodle-bug
Charms - FiberAlchemist, noodle-bug
Defense Against the Dark Arts - AugustBell, jellybean89, FiberAlchemist, Magpirate, noodle-bug, potter mouth, vincentvanbuck
Divination - noodle-bug, vincentvanbuck
Flying - AugustBell, FiberAlchemist, Magpirate, noodle-bug, pottermouth, vincentvanbuck
Herbology - AugustBell, bluejanuary, Magpirate, noodle-bug, pottermouth, vincentvanbuck
History of Magic - Magpirate, noodle-bug, vincentvanbuck
House Pride/Unity - bluejanuary, Magpirate, noodle-bug, vincentvanbuck
Muggle Studies - Magpirate, noodle-bug
Potions - FiberAlchemist, Magpirate, noodle-bug
Study of Ancient Runes - FiberAlchemist, noodle-bug, vincentvanbuck
SPEW -
Transfiguration - AugustBell, Magpirate, noodle-bug, vincentvanbuck


COMPLETED CHALLENGES
December Detention - FiberAlchemist, Magpirate, noodle-bug, pottermouth
January Detention - FiberAlchemist, jellybean89, noodle-bug
February Detention - FiberAlchemist, Magpirate, noodle-bug

Headmistress's Challenge December (Pt 1) - Magpirate, netchez, noodle-bug, vincentvanbuck
Headmistress's Challenge December (Pt 2) - Magpirate, netchez, noodle-bug
Headmistress's Challenge January - jellybean89, Magpirate, netchez, noodle-bug
Headmistress's Challenge February - FiberAlchemist, Magpirate, noodle-bug

Bertie's Bean Mint - Magpirate, netchez, noodle-bug
Bertie's Bean Blueberry Pie - jellybean89, Magpirate, noodle-bug
Bertie's Bean Satsuma - elliot_anne, jellybean89, Magpirate, netchez, noodle-bug
Bertie's Bean Cheese - elliot_anne, jellybean89, Magpirate, netchez, noodle-bug
Bertie's Bean Banana - elliot_anne, Magpirate, noodle-bug
Bertie's Bean Black Pepper - bluejanuary, noodle-bug

COMPLETED OWLS & NEWTS





* Completed Class + SPEW Project
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10  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by FiberAlchemist on: October 16, 2014 03:05:32 PM
Since swap packages have been received I now have some projects to turn in.  Woo!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Apple Cider Jelly
Brief Description:  During my research of the goddess Aphrodite I learned that one of the symbols commonly associated with her is the apple, which can represent youth, love, and beauty.  To pay homage to this aspect of Aphrodite I put up a batch of Carmel Apple Cider Jelly.  The recipe I used can be found on Serious Eats.  While I have not cracked open a jar yet what I tasted from the bottom of the pan is a delicious, not too sweet and slightly spicy jelly that would be as great on toast as it would be warmed and spooned over vanilla ice cream.


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: House Sweater Gloves (Gryffindor Edition)
Brief Description: I made these fingerless gloves for WhistleFish in the current round of the Back to Hogwarts swap.  They utilize three different colors of yarn and while making them I was able to meditate on the three Ds of Apparition.  (And the fact that I had to knit them twice because I first knit them on the wrong size needles did not hurt my studying either.)


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Cauldron Cake
Brief Description: Last month my husband and I found ourselves browsing the confections at Honeydukes and I was delighted by the cauldron cakes.  Detoured by the price of what appeared to be a cupcake adorned with some chocolate embellishments I was determined to make my own at home.  I used a half circle pan like this to bake up a box of devils food cake mix.  After they were baked, cooled, and the tops leveled I dipped the bottoms of the cakes in melted chocolate.  I used candy melts and used the remaining chocolate and a small piping bag to make the cauldron handles.  While the handles were setting up I frosted the cakes with chocolate buttercream.  I used the recipe from the Betty Crocker Cookbook; but you could use any that you liked or even store bought.  Finally I added the handles to the tops of the cakes and they were done.  They dont look exactly like the ones at Honeydukes but they are pretty close and I dont think I did too badly making them from my memory (yes I really forgot to take a picture of them).


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: New Moon Hat
Brief Description: I was inspired the the inky black of the night sky during the new moon.  I knit up a hat with yarn that is saturated black with just a few white speckles running though (they reminded me of stars).


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Raccoon Eyes Toiletry Bag
Brief Description: Sewing this bag gave me nothing but trouble.  The instructions were straight forward but for whatever reason almost every step I had some issue.  First I only cut out half of the pieces I needed; it wasnt until I had stashed my scraps that I realized this and had to cut another piece of each piece.  Things started going better until I got to the zipper.  I had to rip out and re-sew the zipper 4 times before I was able to get everything looking right.  Some of this could be due to the fact that I wanted to make the bad waterproof and used fusible vinyl on the lining.  I was never so happy to have a project completed; and despite all the trouble it gave me it is still a really great bag.


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: A Weasley Clock
Brief Description: This is another part of WhistleFishs B2H swap package.  I used a wooden plate/disk as the main base of the clock and then sketched out twelve wedges for each of the locations (I think the clock in the movie has 13 but you cant really tell time on a clock with 13 wedges).  I then painted it with acrylic paint, sealed it and added a clock mechanism.


Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Unity - Gryffindor
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Lunas Lion Hat
Brief Description: This was the last thing I sent to WhistleFish for the swap.  A hat inspired by one of her favorite characters!  I always loved that Luna despite being a Ravenclaw made an awesome lion hat to support Harry during quidditch.  I found the pattern in a book called Animal Hats and knew I had to make it.  I used a supper bulky weight yarn I found at Michaels.  Im not sure of the brand as I tossed the wrapper but I think it might be their store brand.  The loop stitch took a little while to get the hang of but once I did it was a quick knit.  I love it so much I kind of want to make one for myself.
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