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11  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: August 01, 2017 08:07:53 AM
Tom Riddles Diary
August 1st-31st

Tom Riddles Diary was one he kept during his sixth year at Hogwarts, and which he later turned into his first Horcrux.  Riddle used the diary to capture a piece of himself, at a moment of time.  When it later came into the hands of Ginny Weasley, a piece of the 16 year old Riddle was able to communicate with her, and even force her to reopen the Chamber of Secrets.  For this challenge, please capture your own moment of time.  You can create a scrapbook page featuring your familys summer adventures, craft a picture frame to hold a special photo, bake a cake to celebrate a special event such as a birthday or anniversary.
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12  Calhoun Peach & Sweet Basil Jam in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Mistress Jennie on: August 01, 2017 08:05:15 AM
This past weekend my husband and I headed up to his parents home in southern Illinois to visit friends and family.  Each summer when we go up, we pass roadside stands selling Calhoun peaches.  When I inquired about the signs a few years ago, my husband told me that the peaches grown in Calhoun county are famous for being extra sweet and delicious.  Apparently the area they are grown in is between two rivers, the Illinois and the Mississippi, where moisture from the waters and the limestone bluffs seeps into the soil to make the peaches much more flavorful.  So on our way out of town on Sunday we stopped at a roadside stand so I could get some peaches to can.  This was the result!  The clean herbal flavor of the basil balances the bright sweetness of the peaches.  It made 7 half pint jars, plus 1.5 freezer jars leftover for me.  I enjoyed it equally on toast this morning, and on vanilla ice cream last night.  Wink

Calhoun Peach & Sweet Basil Jam

7 cups sugar
4 cups finely chopped, peeled Calhoun peaches (or whatever peaches you have locally)
1/4 cup bottled lemon juice
1 pouch liquid pectin (3 oz)
3/4 cup finely snipped fresh sweet basil (I like to roll it up and snip it with kitchen sheers)

Prepare a hot water bath canner & 7 half-pint jars.  

In a 6-8 qt pot combine the sugar, peaches and lemon juice.  Bring the mixture to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved.  

Quickly stir in the pectin.  Return to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly.  Boil for 1 minute.  

Remove from heat.  Skim foam from the top with a metal spoon, and stir in the basil.

Ladle the hot jam into hot sterilized half-pint canning jars, leaving 1/4" head space.  Wipe the jar rims, adjust lids, and apply screw bands until fingertip tight.

Process filled jars in the water bath for 5 minutes.  (Start timing once the water returns to boiling.)  Turn off heat and remove lid from canner, leaving jars in the water an additional 5 minutes.  Remove the jars to a folded kitchen towel, and allow to rest away from drafts for 24 hours.
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13  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: July 25, 2017 12:12:32 PM
Challenge: Quidditch #4. Wigtown Wanderers
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Star Trek Sandwich Wraps

Brief Description: I created these sandwich wraps for my husband, to go with his new (to him) Star Trek TNG lunchbox.  Because I'm a totally awesome wife.  Also, I created a tutorial for anyone who wants to make their own, visible through the link above.
Project Picture:  This one shows the wrap being used as a placemat.

And here's one of the sandwich all wrapped up.

Challenge: Quidditch #10. Falmouth Falcons
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: SMASH the Patriarchy Tote 2.0

Brief Description: After making my SMASH the Patriarchy tote for kittykill, a friend who saw it on Instagram asked if I could make another one, for one of his students who is about to graduate.  I was confident that I could remake the project without any problems, and I did. 
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14  Sandwich Wrap Tutorial with Fusible Vinyl in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: July 25, 2017 11:57:20 AM
While watching Star Trek TNG on Netflix the other night, my husband sighed and said, "I kinda want a Star Trek lunch box to take to work.  I would be all about that."  Since he's a software developer, working at a somewhat eccentric software company, this would fit right in.  So, being an awesome wife, I pulled up eBay, and flipped around until I found a brand new, never-been-used Star Trek TNG lunch box from 1988.  Sold!  Best part, since it's brand new, the thermos doesn't even smell like old milk.   Wink  

All this got me thinking.  I already pack him a healthy lunch every day, consisting of a sandwich, cup of fruit, and bell pepper strips.  I put it in a reusable snap top plastic box rather than paper bags, and put the fruit in a silicone muffin cup which can be run through the dishwasher.  In the last few years I've been getting away from products that are bought simply to be thrown away, such as paper napkins, but I've still been wrapping his sandwiches in plastic wrap to keep them dry.  When I saw fabric sandwich wraps popping up all over Pinterest a few years ago, I thought I should make some for Jim, but never got around to it.  Ordering the lunch box was the push I needed to finally make some.  The fun part about this project is that the wraps can be made with any printed cotton fabric you like, so you can make them tailored to each family members interest.  They wipe clean, can be thrown in the washing machine, will last for ages, will keep plastic wrap out of landfills, and will save you money since you won't be buying a product that you're just going to throw out!  

Printed cotton fabric
Fusible Vinyl (I used Pellon Vinyl Fuse, but Heat'n Bond Iron-On Vinyl also works)
1/2" Double Fold Bias Tape in a coordinating color
Polyester Thread
Rotary Cutter or Scissors & Pencil

1. Start by cutting a 12" (30 cm) square of your fabric, and a 12" (30 cm) square of the Fusible Vinyl.  This is easy with a rotary cutter & mat, but easily can be done with a ruler, pencil & scissors if that's what you have on hand.  I didn't take a picture of this step, because if you have not learned to use a ruler to draw a square, then you aren't old enough to use a hot iron. Wink

Note: I'm going to give directions using Pellon Vinyl Fuse, but be sure to check the directions that come with whatever brand fusible vinyl that you've purchased.  Pellon also has a great video on their site showing how to use the product.  You can see it HERE.

2. Set your iron to a medium heat/wool setting.  Lay your fabric square with the printed side DOWN on your ironing board.  Remove the backing paper from your square of vinyl.  (Hang onto that paper!)  Lay the vinyl down onto the WRONG SIDE of your printed cotton, with the shiny side of the vinyl UP, and the sticky side DOWN.  

3. Place the paper on top of the vinyl, with the shiny/waxy side down against the vinyl.  Gently run your iron over the whole space quickly, to get the vinyl partially stuck, then starting at one side, place your iron down and leave it in place for 8 seconds.  Then pick up the iron and move it over to fuse the next segment, slightly overlapping your areas.  Leave for another 8 seconds, and repeat, until you've fused the whole area.  You will need to move your backing paper, in order to get every bit.  

4. Now flip the bonded fabric & vinyl over, and replace the backing paper.  Iron again from this side, holding the iron in place for 4 seconds, before moving on to the next area.  Voila!  You've successfully bonded your fabric and vinyl.  

5. Starting partway down one side, slide your bias tape over the raw edge of the cloth.  Instead of pinning through the vinyl, use quilting clips, hair clips or paper clips to hold the bias tape in place.  (Using pretty rainbow paper clips isn't necessary, but highly recommended.  Because, well... rainbows!)  If you're using scraps of bias tape, you may need to seem them together.  For tips on that check this tutorial.

6. Set the stitch length on your sewing machine to the longest possible setting.  On most machines this is a 3.5 or 4.  On my Viking that's a 6.  Stitch along the first side, stopping when you get to the end.  

7. Remove the piece from your machine, and fold the bias tape along the next side, mitering your corners as you go.  I was not able to use the paper clips to hold my corners in place, so I used a quilt pin for that area.  Start stitching again, and repeat around the remaining 3 sides.

8. When you get back to the beginning, cut your bias tape about 1" (2.5 cm) longer than where it would meet, the fold under the raw edge about 1/4" (5 mm), and sew it closed.  

9. Now it's time for velcro.  Cut a 2" piece, and separate the male and female sides.  (With velcro the 'male' half is the harsher, plastic side and the 'female' half is the softer, fuzzier side.  No, I didn't decide that.  It's a holdover from using snaps in sewing, where there is also a designated male and female side.)  Take the female side and lay it perpendicular to the corner, about 3/4"-1" (2-2.5 cm) down from the point on the RIGHT SIDE of your fabric.  Hold in place with paper clips, then stitch in place.

10.  Take the male half and lay it diagonally across the corner, on the opposite corner from your female velcro, on the WRONG SIDE of your sandwich wrap.  Hold in place with paper clips, then stitch in place.

11.  Make a delicious sandwich, and wrap it up in your awesome new reusable wrap.  Be the envy of all your friends when you go into work with a kick-ass Star Trek lunch box and matching wrap.  Accept compliments graciously.  Wink

Bonus: You can use your wrap like a placemat to enjoy your lunch on. 

A special thanks to FiberAlchemist for her help & advice on this project!   Kiss Kiss Kiss
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15  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: July 22, 2017 06:32:47 PM
Challenge: House Pride
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Red & Gold Suncatcher

Brief Description: I had a request from friend kittykill for some of my suncatchers.  She mentioned having a cheerful red & yellow kitchen, so I created a happy red and yellow color scheme to match.  It made my Gryffindor heart so very happy!  Hopefully it will make kittykill happy too.
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Challenge: Iron Chef Hogwarts
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Brief Description: With edelC & alwaysinmyroom scheduled to visit this past Tuesday night, I bought some rhubarb, in order to make a strawberry rhubarb crumble for dessert.  Sadly, we were having too much fun to have time to bake!  Wink  So today I decided to use up the rhubarb before it went bad.  I chose this specific recipe because I had everything in the house already.  I normally try to use Pomona's Pectin, which can be used without much, if any, sugar, but like I said, I had everything on hand for this recipe, so I went with the old-school 'full of sugar' jam.  It is quite tasty.  I made 6 jars, plus an extra freezer jar for myself. 
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Challenge: Quidditch #3. Montrose Magpies
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Necklace Blank

Brief Description: After making my Bad Ass B!t@# necklace, I was contacted by MissingWillow, who wanted to make one for herself.  She wondered where to get the supplies, but most of them were bought on clearance, months or years ago, so they weren't available anymore.  I offered to remake the necklace base for her, so she could decorate it herself. 
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Challenge: Quidditch #14. Wimbourne Wasps
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Rainbow Heart Suncatcher

Brief Description: This is the second suncatcher I made for kittykill's kitchen.  Hopefully the bright colors will distract her eye during boring tasks like washing dishes!
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16  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: July 19, 2017 11:30:25 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: DADA
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Puppy Beaded Bracelet

Brief Description: Dear friend kittykill recently lost her beloved pup.  To help her deal with a difficult time, I created a bracelet for her to remember him by.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Bad Ass B!t@# Necklace

Brief Description: Every single item in my statement necklace has a hidden meaning!  Be sure to check the page post to learn about each one.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch #1. Sweetwater All-Stars
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: HP LOVE Shirts

Brief Description: I created 5 of these shirts, for our HPC Wizarding World Meetup!  My apologies for the dim lighting in the first photo.  You can see a clearer image of the text on the project page.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quiddtich #5. Barnton Quidditch
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Nevertheless She Persisted Beaded Bracelet

Brief Description: This bracelet is certainly tiny.  It was created for kittkill in the Feminism & Diversity Swap.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch #13. Tutshill Tornados
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Tea & Smash the Patriarchy Tote

Brief Description: This was a very quick project.  I purchased a digital file of the frame, then used my Silhouette design studio software to add the text in a typewriter font.  The machine cut the image, and I spent the longest amount of time weeding out the unneeded bits, then ironed it on, and viola!  Quick and easy project.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch #15. Quiberon Quafflepunchers
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: A Woman's Place is Everywhere Beaded Bracelet

Brief Description: A shocking pink bracelet for kittykill!  Not only is the color itself shocking, but it's shocking to see me make anything pink, as it's probably my least favorite color. 
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch #16. Holyhead Harpies
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Frida Kahlo Love Tee

Brief Description: This project was inspired by the amazing Frida Kahlo, for the ever amazing kittykill in the Feminism & Diversity Swap.
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17  Harry Potter LOVE Tees with Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by Mistress Jennie on: July 19, 2017 11:20:49 AM
I recently had the most amazing opportunity to meetup with 3 of my favorite Craftsters, down at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  Since I was going to be meeting and hanging out with some pretty amazing crafters, I knew I had to bring handmade gifts to share with them.  I purchased an svg file on Etsy that said LOVE, with the L & O being above the V & E to form a square image.  After a minor setback in which I lost my head and accidentally cut out the transfers backwards, I decided to go back and play with the image in Photoshop to make it one word written out straight across instead of the square placement, mostly to make the image work with the amount of silver glitter htv I had left.  I actually like my re-arranged version more, because it's clearer to read.  I apologize for this picture being a bit dimly lit.  We were in a Steampunk Chocolate Emporium, and it was the only pic I got of all of us in our matching shirts.

Left to right: FiberAlchemist, Abbeeroad, myself, edelC, & her daughter. 

And just for clarity, here's a pic of them lined up, with the text more clearly visible.

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18  Beaded Bracelets in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: July 19, 2017 10:49:43 AM
I created a few simple beaded bracelets for kittykill in the Feminism & Diversity Swap recently.  I wanted her to be able to mix and match them, wearing them as a group or individually, or with other pieces in her jewelry collection.  All were strung on beading wire, and made with Preciosa Czech glass druk beads.

A Woman's Place is Everywhere

Nevertheless, She Persisted

And finally one to represent her pup, who recently passed.  As a fellow 'puppy mom', my heart was wrenched to hear, and I knew I had to create something inspired by her fur-baby. 
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19  Frida Kahlo Love Tee with Heat Transfer Vinyl in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by Mistress Jennie on: July 19, 2017 10:43:12 AM

This tee was created for kittykill in the Feminism & Diversity Swap.  kittykill mentioned that Frida Kahlo was one of her feminist icons so I knew I had to create something inspired by Frida for her.  I started with a candy pink tee from Target, and did some google image searching to find a simple stencil or icon of Frida, and added a heart around it in my Silhouette Design Studio software.  Once I was finished it felt like it needed a little extra something....  So I added a rose on the back of the neckline.  All the images were cut out of black glitter htv.  As I've been working with my Silhouette, I think I've come to like working with the glitter htv best of all as it seems to stick the best and cut & weed well. 

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20  SMASH the Patriarchy Tote... right after this cup of tea! in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by Mistress Jennie on: July 19, 2017 10:37:29 AM
While crafting for the Feminism & Diversity Swap recently, I chatted with my partner kittykill, and she lamented we live far apart, or else we'd each love to have the other over for tea and crafting.  It inspired me to create a tote for her.  I purchased the frame image from the Silhouette Design Store, then altered the size & shape of it, before adding in the text with a typewriter font.  It was cut out of black glitter htv on my Silhouette.  I was going for the feel of captions to old silent films.  Very happy with how it came out. 

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