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1  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: August 18, 2016 08:47:49 AM
Challenge: Quidditch - Beater
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Craftster Trading Cards

Brief Description: I recently participated in the Craftster Card Swap, which has been so much fun.  Each participant made up trading cards about themselves, kind of like Baseball cards, and traded them with everyone else in the group.  Mine went out Saturday, so most folks in the US should have them by now.  I'm not thrilled with how they came out, as I had some alternate plans for them, but c'est la vie.  In the photograph I used, I was dressed up as a sort of punk rock fairy for Halloween.  (Last minute plan left me with a platinum, pink & purple wig, and some bright pink wings.) 
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Challenge: Quidditch - Cobbing
SPEW: Calais Refugee Camp
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Orchard Cowl

Brief Description: Another project for noodle-bug's Calais trip.  This project was excessively fast to make (just an afternoon really), and the yarn itself is excessively colorful.  It's lion brand landscapes in the colorway apple orchard.  It took exactly one skein of yarn.  The pattern is the Gelato Infinity Scarf from fiber flux.  (I made mine shorter, as a cowl to accommodate the amount of yarn I had.)
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Challenge: Quidditch - Blurting
SPEW: Calais Refugee Camp
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Ocean Net Scarf

Brief Description: I'm hoping that new hats and scarves will help the Syrian refugees as their lives take a new direction so far from their homeland.  Sometimes change happens to all of us, and we just have to go with it.  But having something made with love to keep you warm can go a long way to making the world seem less scary as you do.  The yarn is lion brand Homespun in the colorway Tourmaline, and the pattern is the crochet scarf archived, by Beth Coye.
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Challenge: Quidditch - Flacking
SPEW: Calais Refugee Camp
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Tealberry Infinity Scarf

Brief Description: Another infinity scarf for noodle's hoard.  This one was made in the same pattern as the stained glass version above.  1 skein of Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable in the colorway Tealberry.   
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2  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: August 15, 2016 09:31:55 AM
Class: CoMC
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Kay's Magical Lotion

Brief Description: Two years ago my mother in law gave me a jar of the most awesome lotion.  I have very sensitive skin, and even things labeled for sensitive skin came irritate me.  This stuff is phenomenal as a body lotion just out of the shower, a balm for dry cracked hands or feet, and is the only thing that soothe's a stubborn patch of dry skin on my chest, that my bra loves to rub up against and irritate.  Sadly, last week I was literally scrapping the bottom of the jar to get the last little bits.  Finally, I had to call her and ask how to make it.  You will need just FIVE items: baby lotion, vitamin e cream, coconut oil, essential oils (if desired) and some empty jars.  With a hand mixer, or stand mixer, mix 2 parts baby lotion, with 1 part vitamin e cream, and 1 part coconut oil, and 20-30 drops essential oil (if desired).  I used 8 ounces of baby lotion, and 4 ounces each of the vitamin e and coconut oil.  Be aware that baby lotion can come scented or unscented.  I forgot that the 'pink' version from Johnsons has a distinct 'baby' smell that I don't care for.  I used a lavender oil to cover it a bit, but next time I will probably just pick up an unscented or a lavender scented version of the baby lotion.  I did have a bit of trouble finding the vitamin e cream, and eventually had to go to Walmart for it after Kroger, Publix, Target & Walgreen's all did not carry it.  You can however, easily pick it up on amazon for about $6.50 for 2 4oz jars.  Next time, I will, since it took 25 mins to checkout with 8 items at Walmart!  Wink
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Challenge: Floo Powder #5 - Zambia
SPEW: Calais Refugee Camp
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Stained Glass Infinity Scarf

Brief Description: My project was inspired by TWO HPCers.  First by noodle-bug's Calais Refugee Challenge, AND by Abbeeroad's beautiful and incredibly colorful tie dye projects.  I created an infinity scarf to add to noodle's stash of handmade items.  Link to pattern & yarn info in the project link.
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Challenge: Quidditch - CHASER
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Recipe Link: Seared Pork Chops, Warm Farro Kale & Corn Salad, and Plum Salsa

Brief Description:  This dinner was composed of 3 different recipes, that all worked together beautifully to create a fantastic summer dinner.  The warm farro, kale and corn salad was both comforting and hearty, the seared pork chop was savory and delicious, and the plum salsa gave everything a burst of tangy summer flavor.
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Challenge: Quidditch - Stooging
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Kaylee Charm Bracelet

Brief Description:  I had a request to remake a bracelet I had made before, with a few changes to make the piece a bit more one-of-a-kind.  It was easy to whip up a newer version of my own previous design. 
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3  Stained Glass Infinity Scarf in Crochet: Completed Projects by Mistress Jennie on: August 15, 2016 09:23:36 AM
For anyone not participating in the awesomeness that is the Harry Potter Craftalong, you may not know that our very own noodle-bug is headed to Calais, France at the beginning of October, to work in the Syrian refugee camp there.  She asked if anyone in the HP Craftalong would be willing to donate handmade hats, gloves, scarves, etc, to help keep folks in the camp warm this winter, and help them know that there are people around the world thinking about them in their time of difficulty and uncertainty.  I've been working through my stash of extra yarn (and buying a bit of extra yarn Wink) to make some items for her to take with her.  This is my first ever infinity scarf. 

The pattern is the Double V-Stitch Infinity Scarf from Alyssa over on Undeniable Glitter.  The yarn is Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable, in the colorway Stained Glass.  I absolutely loved the yarns colors and how light and airy it feels in your hands.  I might have to make myself something out of it after I finish my stack of goodies for the refugees.

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4  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: August 09, 2016 09:23:40 AM
D'oh!  I forgot to post this one yesterday when I did a big project dump.  Thank goodness we all have until midnight to post the OLD Floo Powder Challenge.

Challenge:  Floo - Little Whinging
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Nap Mat

Brief Description: One of the unexpected benefits of our new house, is that we actually have friends living just 2 doors down!  Our neighbors are DH's co-worker Jena, and her husband and young son.  Jena does machine embroidery, but doesn't know much about sewing.  Yet somehow when a friend asked her to sew a sleep mat for her son to take to preschool, Jena said yes.  Then called and asked me to come help her!  I spent 2 days at their house, helping Jena cut, sew, rip apart, and resew the mat made from this tutorial. It's basically a padded mat with a built in pillow and minky blanket that all rolls up.  I wish we'd gotten a better picture of it, but if you take a look at the tutorial link, you'll get an idea of what it looks like compared to our picture.
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5  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: August 08, 2016 05:04:42 PM
Class: Alchemy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Mocha Banana Bread

Brief Description: I'm working on being more careful about what I eat, and trying to get down to a more healthy weight.  The lovely edelC has been a fantastic support buddy via the My Fitness Pal app, and I'm working hard to remember to track what I eat each day with the app.  But sometimes, no matter how committed you are to losing weight, you need a treat so you don't crack under the pressure.  A delicious chocolaty treat... Mmmm....  I made this recipe a bit healthier, but removing 1/4 cup of sugar, removing the chocolate chips, and replacing 1 cup of all purpose flour with whole wheat instead.  It was a lovely chocolate indulgence, without so much guilt as cake.  Wink
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Challenge: Quidditch - TRY OUTS
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Travel Bracelet

Brief Description: Let's face it, when it comes down to try outs, I have to go with my old standby: charm bracelets.  This was for a neighbor as a gift to her niece and has charms to represent all the places around the country and around the world that her niece has traveled to so far.
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Challenge: Quidditch - COMMENTATOR
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Pattern Link: Traditional Beret
(and on ravelry)
Brief Description: I'm working on some hats and scarves for noodle-bug to take with her to the refugee camp this fall.  For my second ever attempt at a hat, I went with a very traditional design, a beret!  Too bad I hated this pattern....  Actually, the pattern itself was fine. But the nobbly texture of the Homespun yarn made it very hard to see where stitches needed to go, so there was lots of ripping out and restitching.  I'm thrilled to have it done, and hope to never ever see that pattern again!
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Challenge: Quidditch - Bumphing
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Whole Wheat Strawberry Muffins

Brief Description: More healthy treats to share.  Whole wheat muffins full of fresh summer strawberries.  These will certainly make watching the Quidditch match more enjoyable!
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Class: Study of Ancient Runes
House: Gryffindor!

Project Name & Pattern Link: Wunjo & Elhaz Hat (hope & protection slouch hat)
Brief Description: Wunjo represents joy, and hope, and wards off woe and sorrow.  Elhaz represents protection, a shield to shelter oneself or others.  I combined these two runes to create a hat for the refugee camp.  I wish for it to bring hope and protection to someone in need this winter.
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6  Re: Craftster Card Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mistress Jennie on: August 05, 2016 03:21:44 PM

1. underthemountain
2. gozer
3. craftylittlemonkey
4. PromisedHeartbrk
5. edelC
6. Onyxnox
7. cmarion3
8. Sharalee
9. SonjaBoo
10. Belladune
11. Abbeeroad
12. phoenixfiredesigns
13. kbrison
14. curiousfae
15. BigBangMomma
16. Wulf
17. craftADDchick
18. alwaysinmyroom
19. bunny1kenobi
20. emilywilde
21. alteredmommy
22. Smmarrt
23. audio
24. teag
25. seeuudee
26. LovelyMiss
27. mountains and clouds

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7  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: August 03, 2016 10:12:52 AM
Note from the Headmistress....

Our newest Magicians of the Month have been posted!  Be sure to check the Magician of the Month Board to find out who it is!!!

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8  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: August 01, 2016 12:47:06 PM
A new Detention Challenge has been posted!
Be sure to check the Detention in the Dungeons Post to see what it is....

Remember, you can do any, all, or none of the Detention Challenges as they come up each month.  The goal here is always to be excited about our crafting!  Also please remember that you can submit ANY of the Detention Challenges at ANY time during the semester.  For example, you may turn in the June or July's challenges in August.  Smiley
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9  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: July 24, 2016 05:38:55 PM
Challenge: Quidditch - Tea & Toast & Potions
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Sausage, Spinach & Goat Cheese Quiche

Brief Description: To tempt Ron into eating, I made a delicious quiche for dinner! 
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Sausage, Spinach & Goat Cheese Quiche
1 refrigerated pie crust
6 eggs
3/4 cup milk of choice (I used cashew milk)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar
6-8 ounces mild Italian sausage
1/2 onion, sliced
sprinkle of brown sugar
box of baby spinach
1 log of herbed  goat cheese
dash of garlic powder
salt & pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Take the pie crust out to thaw while you prep the rest of the ingredients.

In a skillet brown the sausage over medium heat.  After the sausage is done, remove it to a bowl to cool slightly.  Add the sliced onion, and cook over low, stirring frequently for about 10-20 minutes, until golden.  If the pan gets too dry, add a tablespoon or two of water or white wine to prevent sticking.  As the onions darken, sprinkle a very light amount of brown sugar over them, to help caramelization. Once cooked, remove from pan to cool.

Add a dash of olive oil to the pan, and lightly saut the spinach over very low heat, for 2-3 minutes, until just wilted.

Crack the eggs into a bowl, and add the milk and shredded cheese.  Add salt, pepper & a dash of garlic powder, then whisk until well mixed.

By now the pie crust should be thawed.  Unroll and place it in a pie pan.  Sprinkle with the cooked sausage, then the caramelized onions, and finally the spinach.  Pour the egg mixture over it. 

Slice the goat cheese (and if you happen to have some, a few grape tomatoes!).  Place the goat cheese on top of the egg mixture in some sort of pretty pattern.  (Add the tomatoes too if you have some.)  Bake for 40 minutes, or until cooked through in the center.  Serve with some crusty bread.  Smiley
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10  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: July 24, 2016 01:08:20 PM

Check out the Events over at the Quidditch Pitch
"Now I want a nice, clean game.  From everyone."

Meanwhile the Tea & Toast & Potions Challenge closes tomorrow night, at midnight Headmistress time! (Central Standard Time.  Seriously, Google it if you don't know what that means compared to your timezone.)
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