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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: July 16, 2014 01:44:06 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Summer Skimmer Socks
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: For this project I was inspired by feet.  I decided to thank my feet for all the hard work they do by knitting them some socks.  I have a difficult time finding skimmer socks in stores, (or at least ones that are not made of pantyhose material) so these were a no brainer.  The pattern I used can be found on Ravelry.  I used about half a skien of Lion Brand Sock-ese in the colorway Rock Candy.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Nine Patch Mugrug
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: I made this mugrug for Mistress Jennie for the Dreamcatcher Swap last month and it features a nine patch block on one side and on the other there are nine stripes (only 8 are visible because of the binding, but if you took the binding off I swear it's there).  The fabric used is Sewing Box by Moda.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Set your Portkey
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Clay Owl
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description:I made a cute brown and pink polymer clay owl to be enchanted into my portkey.  Since owls are fairly common where I live, muggles should leave her be.  I placed her in a large bush near my home if anyone is still in need of transit the the World Cup.
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2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Dreamcatcher Swap on: July 10, 2014 05:07:08 PM
Jennie, I'm so glad you like everything. After receiving from you I was having some serious anxiety.  Tongue  I think the greenish beads are Jasper, or at least that's what the package says.

Most of the fabric is by Moda, the line is called "sewing box". The turquoise "starburst" print is by Michael Miller and the black print didn't have any information on the selvage.  Sad  I was walking around the fabric store and knew it would be perfect the minute I laid eyes on it.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: July 09, 2014 01:53:48 PM
~Memo from the House Elves~

Ron: "Oh c'mon, 'Er-my-knee'. Oops sorry, 'Arry You won't get the Hogwarts house-elves sick leave by starving yourself!"
Hermione: "Slave labour. That's what made this dinner. Slave labour."
Ronald: "Treacle tart, Hermione! Spotted dick, look! Chocolate gateau!"

-The Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 11

Treacle tart is Harrys favorite dessert.  He enjoys it so much that he can even smell its aroma when in the presence of the Amortentia potion.  Treacle tart is a traditional dessert prepared using a pastry shell with a filling made of light treacle (which is similar to light corn syrup), breadcrumbs and lemon.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Treacle Tart
Project Page Link: Saveurs Treacle Tart
Brief Description: I used the Gemino Curse to replicate an existing recipe found online.  I think my finished product looks nearly identical to the photo used with the original recipe.
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1 cups flour
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
tsp. kosher salt
1 cup Lyle's golden syrup or molasses
6 tbsp. bread crumbs
3 tbsp. heavy cream
1 egg, lightly beaten
Zest of 1 lemon
Whipped cream, for serving

1. Place flour, 6 tbsp. butter, and tsp. salt in a bowl; rub flour and butter together until pea-size crumbles form. Add cup ice-cold water; stir until dough forms. Transfer to a work surface; form into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic wrap; chill for 1 hour. Meanwhile, heat syrup in a 2-qt. saucepan over medium heat until loose. Remove from heat; stir in remaining butter and salt, bread crumbs, cream, egg, and zest. Set filling aside.

2. Heat oven to 375. Using a rolling pin, roll dough into an 11″ circle; transfer to a 9″ fluted tart pan with a removable bottom. Trim excess dough; chill for 30 minutes. Prick bottom with a fork; cover with a sheet of parchment paper. Fill with dried beans; bake until crust is set, about 20 minutes. Remove paper and beans; bake until light brown, about 10 minutes. Pour filling into tart shell; bake until filling is just set, about 30 minutes.
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Dreamcatcher Swap on: July 09, 2014 01:28:50 PM
Hi everyone!

I received an amazing package today from Mistress Jennie.  She spoiled me greatly this swap and everything she sent is beautiful.

She sent me two dreamcatchers.  This first is a red and turquoise dreamcatcher which matches the decor in my crafting space perfectly.

and here is a close up of the lacing

And the second is a Doctor Who themed dreamcatcher.

and a close up

I love the little star beads and the tiny police box at the center of the lacing.

She also sent a dreamcatcher bookmark, some homemade chive salt and some strawberry socks (they make me think of Kaylee from Firefly).

and here is a closeup of the bookmark

Jennie thank you so much!! I love everything!  Kiss
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: June 30, 2014 12:36:05 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: June Quidditch - Choose Your Champions!
House: Ra Ra Ravenclaw
Project Name: Sakura Pattern Weights
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: For this years quidditch semi-finals I am throwing my support behind TEAM JAPAN!  I was inspired by the beautiful, ever blooming cherry blossoms that surround the stadium.  I used white, baby pink, and dark pink to make a set of pattern weights.  They are made of 1.5 inch fender washers and I have single crocheted all the way around them.  They remind me of springtime in Tokyo!
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6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: June 30, 2014 12:34:05 PM
~Memo from the Kitchen Elves~

Harry snorted into his plate of goulash. Percy frowned, but Harry could have sworn Dumbledore had given him a very small wink.
The Goblet of Fire, Chapter 23

One of the many things the students of Hogwarts, Beauxbatons, and Durmstrang eat at the Yule Ball feast is Goulash.  Goulash is a stew of meat, vegetables, and noodle that originated in Hungry and is popular in Central and Southern Europe.  Id like to think this dish was served in honor of Viktor Krum.

2 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/4 lb ground sirloin
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp tomato paste
2 tsp Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1 cloves garlic, minced
1 large red onion, chopped
1 medium red pepper, chopped
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper
One 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 cups cooked whole-grain elbow macaroni
1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley, for topping

Add the olive oil to a medium Dutch oven over medium-high heat. When hot, add the ground sirloin, soy sauce, tomato paste, Italian seasoning and crushed red pepper and cook for about 4 minutes, breaking up the meat with a spoon. Add the garlic, red onions, red pepper and bay leaf and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Saute until the vegetables have softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, lower the heat to medium-low and cook, covered, for another 20 minutes.
Add the elbow macaroni and stir well. Top with parsley and serve immediately.

** I was not overly impressed with this recipe.  I found it to be lacking in flavor.  In the end I added additional salt and pepper, red pepper flakes, garlic and onion powders, Worcestershire Sauce and a glug of steak sauce before I thought it was right. **
7  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Dreamcatcher Swap (SIGNUPS CLOSED; MAIL BY 7/7/14) on: June 27, 2014 05:57:48 PM
I'm about half finished with the main item; with hopes of finishing it this weekend.  I need to take it with me to the store for color matching purposes.  I'm pretty sure I know what the small will be and that is under control at well.  Hope everyone has a wonderful and crafty weekend!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HPCraftalong - Careers Record Office on: June 18, 2014 01:01:11 PM
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9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: June 18, 2014 12:29:20 PM
~Memo from the House Elves~

He had never had any money for candy with the Dursleys, and now that he had pockets rattling with gold and silver he was ready to buy as many Mars Bars as he could carry-- but the woman didnt have Mars Bars.  What she did have were Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans, Droobles Best Blowing Gum, Chocolate Frogs, Pumpkin Pasties, Cauldron Cakes, Licorice Wands, and a number of other strange things Harry had never seen in his life.  Not wanting to miss anything, he got some of everything and paid the woman eleven silver Sickles and seven bronze Knuts.
The Sorcerers Stone, Chapter 6

These are where it all began.  Harry and Ron shared some of these treat during their first train ride to Hogwarts, and thus began a friendship that would last a lifetime.  Harry also first saw Cho Chang at the food trolly ordering pasties and this is probably where his crush began.

A pasty is a filled pastry pocket.  It is made by placing a filling on a flat pastry shape, usually a circle, and folding it to wrap the filling, and crimping the edge to form a seal.  This recipe is for a sweet pasty, though a more traditional savory pasty could be made by omitting the sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger (from the filling); and using onion, garlic and herbs, such as thyme instead.  If you were making a savory version you would also omit the glaze, unless sweet and savory is your jam.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Pumpkin Pasties
Brief Description: These little treats take the shape of the half moon.  I like the half moon because it has two meanings depending on where it is in the moons cycle.  A first quarter moon can be a good time to face challenges and make decisions. A last quarter moon is a time to let go, forgive, and move on.

Recipe found at Chew Out Loud.

For the Dough:
2 cups all purpose flour
tsp table salt
1 cup salted butter, diced and chilled
cup very cold ice water
1 egg, beaten with 2 tsp water (egg wash)
coarse sugar for sprinkling
For the Filling:
1 cup 100% pure pumpkin puree, canned or homemade
cup brown sugar, packed
2 TB granulated sugar
tsp nutmeg
tsp cinnamon
tsp cloves
tsp ginger
For the Glaze/Drizzle:
cup powder sugar
1 TB whole milk
⅛ tsp cinnamon
⅛ tsp nutmeg
⅛ tsp ginger
⅛ tsp cloves

Make the Dough:
1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour and salt.
2. Using a pastry cutter, cut in the diced cold butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs, with small chunks of butter still visible.
3. One tablespoon at a time, add ice water to mixture until it holds together. It should stick together when pinched but not feel sticky. Work dough sparingly with cold fingers or pastry cutter, but do not overwork dough.
4. Form 2 dough balls, wrap in plastic, and chill at least 1 hour.
Make the Filling:
1. Combine all filling ingredients in a bowl and whisk together until well combined.
2. Preheat oven to 400F, with rack on middle position. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
3. Roll out one of the chilled dough balls, to ⅛ inch thick, on lightly floured surface. Use a 5-6 inch diameter bowl rim to cut out circles. Re-roll dough as needed to get as many circles out of it as you can.
4. Place 2 TB pumpkin filling in center of each circle. Moisten edges with water, fold dough over, and seal tightly. Use fork to crimp edges. Cut slits on top of each one, and brush with egg wash. Sprinkle with coarse sugar. Repeat with remaining dough ball and filling.
5. Bake on parchment lined baking sheet for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
6. Let cool on wire rack.
To make Drizzle:
Combine all glaze ingredients and whisk together until smooth. Place in ziplock bag, cut tiny hole at one corner, and drizzle onto pasties.
10  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Dreamcatcher Swap (SIGNUPS CLOSED; MAIL BY 7/7/14) on: June 16, 2014 10:29:55 AM
Just checking in.  I have a pretty solid idea of what I'm going to be doing and will be picking up the rest of my supplies this week after payday.
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