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371  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Join Anytime in the Semester!* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: August 04, 2012 09:52:45 AM
Quidditch Challenge: Keeper
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Crocheted Squares for Knit-a-Square.com

Since I've had my yarn and crochet hooks out, I decided to make a donation to Knit-a-Square.com to fulfill my Keeper project.  They are a charity that accepts knitted and crocheted squares which they then seem together to make blankets for AIDS orphans in Africa.  Here are my 3 squares!




Quidditch Challenge: Broomstick Crafts
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Fly Nimbus 2000 Necklaces

For my Broomstick craft, I decided to try out some new tools and supplies that pinkleo sent to me for Christmas. Specifically, a new set of letters & a bench block for making stamped jewelry.  I ended up making 2 necklaces while I was playing around last night.  Both feature copper and bronze stamping blanks, copper chain, and amethyst AB fire-polished bead accents.



Detail of pendant:







And with that I have now completed something for every project in the Quidditch Challenge!  Woot!  Now it's time to cheer on my fellow Gryffindors.  And in order to do that, I've decided that I'm going to send one of my Broomstick necklaces to the next Gryffindor who completes a Keeper project!  Come on Gryffindors!  Let's show off those chivalrous hearts for a good cause!!!

The other necklace will be going to Eiseldora for her hard work cheering on ALL the Quidditch teams!  Eiseldora, PM me your mailing address, and it will go out with my next batch of Etsy orders!
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372  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Join Anytime in the Semester!* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: August 04, 2012 04:29:13 AM
Quidditch Challenge: Cheering/Spirit
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Gryffindor House Pride Earrings
Project Post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=412386.0

For my cheering/spirit project I knew I wanted to make something wearable, and jewelry is my favorite medium, so I created a pair of House Pride earrings!


The beads are red Czech glass and amber glass teardrops. The charms are Tibetan silver.

I was so pleased with how cute the Gryffindor ones came out, I kept on crafting and created a pair for each house!
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373  Hogwarts House Pride Earrings - Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff & Slytherin! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: August 04, 2012 04:27:06 AM
I've been crafting like mad over the last few weeks, trying to get in as much stuff done before the Fall semester starts here as possible.  I've been turning out Christmas presents and jewelry left and right.  And part of it has been thanks to pinkleo's Harry Potter Craftalong.  We're currently in the midst of the Quidditch House Cup Challenge, where every crafter has the chance to earn up to 150 points for her team.  One of the challenges called for us to make Cheering/Spirit projects for our Houses & Teams.  I decided to make some Gryffindor Earrings!


After the Gryffindor pair so cute, I decided to make a set for each house!
 







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374  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Join Anytime in the Semester!* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: July 31, 2012 09:01:43 AM
Class: Herbology
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Gryffindor Trinket Box for pinkleo

My Herbology project for this term is a small and simple one, but I was really pleased with how well it turned out, especially since it was part of pinkleo's birthday present.  I created a Gryffindor themed trinket box to hold a necklace and earrings for her.  The box was from Michael's.  I stained it with golden maple and brilliant cherry wood stain markers.  The lion is a brass stamping that I bought from an Etsy seller.  Enjoy!


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375  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Join Anytime in the Semester!* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: July 31, 2012 08:01:48 AM
Quidditch: Seeker
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Snitch Ornament

I've had these beautiful victorian wings sitting on my craft desk, awaiting a project.  When the Quidditch challenge was announced, I suddenly realized they were waiting to become a Snitch ornament for my tree this year!  The body is made of two different metal pieces that were layered to create depth, and were sponged with antique gold craft paint.  (They were originally antique copper.)

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376  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Join Anytime in the Semester!* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: July 30, 2012 07:55:09 AM
Quidditch: Chaser
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Red Dishcloth

Quidditch has been a great inspiration/excuse to craft several things I have been planning for ages.  This year I'm attempting to craft my Christmas presents over the course of the summer, so that I won't have anything to make in December.  I'm crafting lots of *useful* homemade items in bulk, like liqueurs, spice blends, soup & bread mixes, and crocheted dishcloths.  I have to say I was inspired to try making dishcloths by pinkleo, who sent me 7 of them two Christmases ago, and a few bonus ones last year. While I was initially afraid to use them because they were so pretty, I've found I absolutely adore them, and love not having to buy tons of sponges each month that just have to be thrown away.  

So, in order to "get my eye in" a bit as Ron might say, I curled up on the couch on most of Saturday and Sunday, and re-taught myself some basic crochet.  The first result was my Chaser project.  A super simple, bright red dishcloth.  I even braved how to change colors, so I could do a contrast border.  (Though I'm sure the second I wash it, the ivory will turn pink. Wink)  I also have to say a big thank pinkleo for sending me the yarn and pattern book for 99 dishcloths!



Quidditch: Beater
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: ROUND Dishcloths

Ok, so obviously in the above post I mentioned that I had to re-teach myself some basic crochet.  Here's a secret though....  I *never* managed to learn to work in rounds before.  Actually, the only crochet I ever really managed to do was making long winter scarves, with just the double crochet stitch, out of knobbly yarn, that could hide my mistakes.  Every time I tried to teach myself to make something round, it would turn into a big cone shaped mess.  It seemed that working in the round would always defeat me....  Undecided

This weekend I was determined to change that!  So, here is the result.  Not just one, but TWO round dishcloths!  I was pretty impressed with myself over the teal one.  It has spaces and bobbles!  



Well, they might not be impressive to everyone else, but I'm overjoyed with myself for focusing on something and working hard until I got it right.  Thanks pinkleo for making us push ourselves to new heights of crafting!!!
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377  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Join Anytime in the Semester!* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: July 24, 2012 06:37:43 AM
Challenge: Portkey
House:Gryffindor
Project Name: London Calling Charm Bracelet
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=411886.0
Brief Description: Between the talk of the summer Olympics, and all the BBC shows (ie. tons of Doctor Who) I watch, I've been longing for a trip to London.  Wait, this is the perfect reason to enchant a portkey!

Project Picture...  What, can't find the portkey? 


Oh, here it is!  Draped around a wing of the Paper Crane sculpture on the WKU campus!  The Muggles will never notice, but the other witches and wizards traveling to the Quidditch World Cup should all be able to find the location easily!  (Plus, isn't this just a lovely work of art?)


The portkey is my latest charm bracelet, which I've affectionately named my "London Calling" bracelet.  The charms are a mix of Tibetan silver, pewter, and enamel and include a crown, postcard, 3 enamel Union Jacks, an enamel double decker bus, a teacup & kettle, royal mail stamp, Underground sign, suitcase, pewter bus, red phone booth and a rose.


The beads are a mix of Czech glass, crystal, acrylic, and jade beads in shades of blue, white and red.  (The acrylic ones are flocked velvet from Ms. pinkleo!)
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378  London Calling Charm Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: July 24, 2012 06:30:21 AM
Between the talk of the summer Olympics, and all the BBC shows I watch, I've been longing for a trip to London.  Since that's not in the cards at the moment, I decided to turn that longing into a craft project.  This is my latest charm bracelet, which I've affectionately named my "London Calling" bracelet.



The charms are a mix of Tibetan silver, pewter, and enamel and include a crown, postcard, 3 enamel Union Jacks, an enamel double decker bus, a teacup & kettle, royal mail stamp, Underground sign, suitcase, pewter bus, red phone booth and a rose.


The beads are a mix of Czech glass, crystal, and jade beads in shades of blue, white and red.




And as part of the Harry Potter Craftalong, I'm submitting my bracelet as a "Portkey", which requires photos taken on a field trip away from your home.  Hence my bracelet on the paper crane sculpture on the WKU campus.  Enjoy!




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379  Coffee Lovers Charm Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: July 17, 2012 06:44:55 AM
I have a deep, dark confession to make to you all...  I don't like coffee.  While I find the smell divine when my husband grinds the beans and brews a hot French press full on weekend mornings, I just don't enjoy the taste of a cup of coffee.  (It might also have something to do with the fact that coffee makes me hugely jittery, and I tend to feel like my heart might explode when I drink any.)  Despite this lack of coffee enthusiasm, I fell in love with so many cute little coffee themed charms I saw when shopping for supplies.  Eventually I broke down and bought some.  This bracelet was the result.


The beads are an assortment of glass, quartz, freshwater pearl, and crystal, in shades of black, mocha, cream and caramel.


The charms include 2 lattes, an espresso tag, coffee beans, mocha mug, quart of milk, pie, java mug, bag of coffee beans, "Love" heart, percolator, coffee grinder, slice of pie, mug, spoon and sugar packet.


I also have to admit partial inspiration from my dear friend pinkleo and her adoration of coffee and other hot beverages.  It seems I'm always happier when crafting is inspired by a friend.



Enjoy!
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380  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Join Anytime in the Semester!* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: July 13, 2012 10:02:27 AM
Class: Care of Magical Creatures
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Care of Magical Creatures Charm Bracelet
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=411370.0

Brief Description:  This bracelet is my ode to one of classes I would most like to take at Hogwarts, Care of Magical Creatures. It includes 15 pewter and Tibetan silver charms depicting some of the world's most famous magical creatures, including: a thestral, veela, fairy, acromantula, mermaid, dragon, basilisk, sphinx, giant squid, cat, phoenix, griffin, gnome, owl, & unicorn.  The beads are a rainbow mix of glass, shell, stone, and crystal beads.

Project Picture:

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