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371  Expecto Patronum Bracelet - Glows in the dark! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: September 27, 2014 07:46:23 AM
I've been making variations on this Expecto Patronum bracelet for a year or two now, but this one just might be my favorite.  Each bracelet has been different, each created for a specific person, and carrying a charm of their Patronus animal.  Most have been made of moonstone or sea opal beads, but this one was a new variation.  It's made with some fantastic Czech glass beads that actually glow in the dark!  I found them on Fire Mountain Gems.  The charm is a pewter gnome.  Cheesy



And here it is glowing!
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372  Sorcerer's Companion Charm Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: September 27, 2014 07:41:45 AM
This bracelet was created for pottermouth in the Back to Hogwarts Swap, Round 5.  In our back and fourth discussions she mentioned that she loves the book the Sorcerer's Companion, which somehow I had never heard of.  Rather than a guide to the world of HP, it is a reference book, which gives background on many of the magical creatures and practices that Harry runs into.  As soon as she explained, I instantly looked it up and bought a copy on Amazon.  After reading it cover to cover, I would highly recommend it to any fan!  This bracelet was inspired by many of the subjects covered in the book including potions, gryffins, gnomes, owls, runes, phoenixes, palmistry, mermaids, wands, cats, fairies, spell books, unicorns, broomsticks, dragons, and cauldrons.  The beads are a mix of Czech glass, crystal, and stone in shades of black, purple, violet and grey.









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373  Back to Hogwarts 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mistress Jennie on: September 24, 2014 04:01:42 AM


11/10/14 - Note:  Angel Package for mandymo13 has been SENT!

Transfiguration Class: Professor Mistress Jennie
Mistress Jennie --> pottermouth
pottermouth --> Mistress Jennie

amc- --> Dra
Dra --> amc-


Knickertwist (postal error; resent 10/22) Smiley --> felicitybaby
felicitybaby --> Knickertwist


NathanielM93 --> AnniFromBerlin
AnniFromBerlin (sent 10/11) --> NathanielM93


Elameno --> SheridanLA
SheridanLA --> Elameno


dinkime (sent 10/14) --> DragonChilde
DragonChilde (sent 10/17) --> CabinArts
CabinArts --> dinkime


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374  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: September 22, 2014 02:56:26 PM
Class: Bertie Botts Bean - Pomegranate
SPEW: N/A
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: HP Holiday Bracelet Kit

Brief Description:  I just finished putting this bracelet kit together for WhistleFish, who won it in the Summer End of Term Feast Prize Drawing.  It contains all the beads, charms, chain, and bead PINS she'll need to create her own charm bracelet.
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Class: Flying
SPEW: N/A
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Snarky Wine Magnets

Project Page Link:
Brief Description: These sassy little lassies were created for cackle in the Snarky Housewife Swap.  They are made of 2.5" squares of wood, painted, decoupaged, and decorated with ribbon, buttons, glitter and lots of snark.  They read, from top left "It's wine o'clock bitches. Time to dance!", "Wine doesn't solve problems. But then again neither does milk.", "Let's get drunk and judge people!", and "Fuck cooking. There's ice cream and wine in the fridge!"
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Class: Headmistress Challenge - September
SPEW: N/A
House: Gryffindor
Project Name & Recipe Link: Apple Cider Jelly

Brief Description: For this challenge, I created a batch of apple cider jelly.  I tried out a new pectin too.  Pomona's pectin doesn't need sugar to gel, so it can be great for diabetics like my dad.  The recipe is linked above.  Scroll down to the second page, and you'll find the recipe at the bottom of the green box.
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Class: Potions
SPEW: N/A
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: "Let's Get Married" Chicken & Dumplings

Brief Description: I met my husband when I moved across the country to go to graduate school. At the time I was living on the $800 a month that the school paid me to work in the costume shop. $600 went to rent, leaving the other $200 for everything else, including my phone bill.  One of the ways I coped with being low on funds, was to cook everything from scratch. My roommates couldn't cook, and would often buy extra groceries for me, if I'd feed them what I made. This was a favorite recipe because it is so cheap to make, it's pretty healthy and can feed a lot of people if you double the broth and frozen veggies. One night, about 2 months after we had met, my then boyfriend asked, "Hey, if we ever get married, could you make this once a week?"  When I laughed and said yes, he quickly replied with, "Ok. Wanna get married?"  Ten years later and he still loves this recipe.
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Recipe:
3 tablespoons butter
1 medium onion, diced
1 bag of frozen mixed vegetables
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 cup (spooned and leveled) all-purpose flour
2 cans (14.5 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, or 3/4 teaspoon dried dill weed
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk

Heat the oven to 350.  Place chicken breast in a pan and bake for 40 minutes, or until cooked through.

Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven (or a 5- to 6-quart heavy pot with a tight-fitting lid), heat butter over medium. Add onion, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft, about 5 minutes.

Add 1/4 cup flour and cook, stirring, 30 seconds. Add 1 can of broth and bring to a boil, stirring constantly; season with salt and pepper. Add the frozen veggies and bring back up to a simmer.  Add the second can of broth if it is too thick.

Meanwhile, make dumplings: In a medium bowl, whisk together remaining 3/4 cup flour, dill, baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. With a fork, gradually stir in 1/2 cup milk to form a moist and soft batter. It should be just a little thicker than pancake batter and should easily drop from the tip of a spoon. (Add additional 2 tablespoons milk if too thick.) Set aside.

Drop batter in simmering liquid in 10 heaping tablespoonfuls, keeping them spaced apart (dumplings will swell as they cook). Cover, and simmer until  dumplings are firm, about 20 minutes.
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375  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: September 18, 2014 06:46:13 AM
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376  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: September 14, 2014 01:12:26 PM
A new Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean Mini-Challenge has been posted!  



What's this week's bean!?!?  Take the Portkey to the Bertie Bott's Bag to find out!


Please note you are welcome to do any, all or none of these challenges as they come up throughout the semester.  They are not intended to cause stress, but are instead intended to get your crafty Muses singing.  Neither of the Headmistresses or the HPC staff will complete ALL the classes and challenges posted this semester.  So relax, and craft what you love.  Also, please be aware that posts for the previous bean will be accepted until midnight tonight.
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377  Re: The Snarky Housewives Swap GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Mistress Jennie on: September 11, 2014 03:11:58 PM
I received the most awesome snarky package from cackle today!   Shocked



How adorably naughty is that?  I had trouble getting it to stand up, so I couldn't get a picture of the pretty teal paper on the edges, or the depth of the piece.  The base is about 3/8" thick, and the snarky card playing lady hovers above the background another 1/8".  I adore the light aging, the brightness of the bottle, and the layering!  I can't wait to pull out my drill and hang it in my studio tomorrow.  (Can't do it tonight, because I just poured myself a gin daisy, and am now going to go sit around doing a glorious amount of NOTHING!)



Thank you so much cackle!  I absolutely adore all the snarky goodness!  You are such a doll.   Kiss
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378  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: September 08, 2014 06:55:53 AM
I like Avesethel & NathanielM93's suggestion of an Arithmancy text book as a prop.  But perhaps you could turn the prop book into a purse, so you'd have some place to carry your things all day.  Maybe something like this one on Modcloth.   

And how about adding some embroidered numbers and magical symbols onto your robes?  If you don't want to actually embroider the robes themselves, you could embroider onto cotton broadcloth, stiffened with some interfacing, cut it into strips and use it as trim, which could be added & removed from the robes as needed.  That's what I did when I created the magical robes for a magician in an opera a few years back.  I started with an old academic robe from stock (which you can find at goodwill or on ebay cheap), then added wide bands of teal velveteen around the collar, hem and cuffs.  I had my students embroider alchemical symbols onto the robe itself with satin machine embroidery thread, using black interfacing behind it, and placed heat set rhinestones at the points of each of the symbols.

Here's the magician alone, with his magical book that was created by the Props department:


This one gives a slightly better view of the embroidery around his wrists and hem.


And this is what he looked like in relation to the other two characters in the show.  A shepherd and shepherdess.  (The opera is Bastien & Bastianna, written by Mozart when he was 12 years old.)


Incidentally all of this was done from items in our stash, and the only thing we paid for on the whole costume was the purple brocade for the turban, and the two rings he's wearing, because we didn't have cocktail rings big enough to fit him.
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379  Beaded Mobile in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: September 06, 2014 10:08:39 AM
I recently completed this beaded mobile for Abbeeroad in the Invite Your Partner Round 26 Swap.  The beads are strung onto bead wire, with large focal beads at the end of each strand and secured with crimp beads and crimp covers.  They are all attached to a 7" metal ring, which I wrapped with electric blue craft wire to keep the strands from sliding around.  It is supported by gunmetal chains, and has a large glass peace sign hanging from the center, as Abbee describes herself as a "tie-dyed hippy".  Wink

Picture is courtesy of Abbeeroad!


Close up of the beads.
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380  Crocheted Cotton Rag Rug with Pattern - inspired by Olino Hobby Rugs in Crochet: Completed Projects by Mistress Jennie on: September 06, 2014 10:01:03 AM
I just finished this crocheted rag rug for Abbeeroad in the Invite Your Partner Round 26 Swap.  I was inspired by this beautiful rug from the blog Olino Hobby, which uses worsted weight yarn, crocheted over tee-shirt yarn. Unfortunately, the blog is in Russian. Though I translated it with Google, the tutorial was not understandable in translation, and the tutorial did not give any sort of numbers of stitches per row, or how much to increase each succeeding row.



After attempting to wing it, and ripping it all back out, I searched for another round crocheted rug pattern, and found one on K & J Dolls Blog. The K & J pattern did not include crocheting over tee shirt yarn, but it did use single crochet stitches and gave regular increases.  I used the K & J pattern, but crocheted each stitch over the tee shirt yarn, per the photos in the Olino tutorial.



By the time I got to the end of K & J Dolls pattern, my rug was not large enough, so I expanded the pattern in case other English-speaking hookers want to make one.  I stopped crocheting at 40 across which was done with 47 rounds, but Ive included instructions so you can go up to 60 rounds.



It is made with 3 balls of black tee shirt yarn, 1 ball of turquoise tee shirt yarn, 1 ball of teal tee shirt yarn, and 1 skein each of I Love This Cotton! in black, dark purple, grey, and ombre teal/turquoise/grey.



Pattern translated & expanded upon by Mistress Jennie, with all design inspiration from Olino Hobby and pattern inspiration from K & J Dolls.

Rnd 1: With mint green color, ch 2, 6 sc in second chain from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12)
Rnd 3: (2 sc in next st, sc in next st) around, changing to green colorin last 2 loops of last st. (18)
Rnd 4: (Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st) around. (24)
Rnd 5: (Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st) around. (30)
Rnd 6: Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, (sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st) 5 times, sc in next 2 sts. (36)
Rnd 7: (Sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st) around, changing to blue color in last 2 loops of last st. (42)
Rnd 8: Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, (sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st) 5 times, sc in next 3 sts. (48)
Rnd 9: (Sc in next 7 sts, 2 sc in next st) around. (54)
Rnd 10: Sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st, (sc in next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st) 5 times, sc in next 4 sts, changing to pink color in last 2 loops of last st . (60)
Rnd 11: (Sc in next 9 sts, 2 sc in next st) around. (66)
Rnd 12: Sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st, (sc in next 10 sts, 2 sc in next st) 5 times, sc in next 5 sts. (72)Rnd 13: (Sc in next 11 sts, 2 sc in next st) around. (78)
Rnd 14: Sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st, (sc in next 12 sts, 2 sc in next st) 5 times, sc in next 6 sts. (84)
Rnd 15: (Sc in next 13 sts, 2 sc in next st) around. (90)
Rnd 16: Sc in next 7 sts, 2 sc in next st, (sc in next 14 sts, 2 sc in next st) 5 times, sc in next 7 sts, changing to dark pink color in last 2 loops of last st. (96)
Rnd 17: (Sc in next 15 sts, 2 sc in next st) around. (102)
Rnd 18: Sc in next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st, (sc in next 16 sts, 2 sc in next st) 5 times, sc in next 8 sts. (108)
Rnd 19: (Sc in next 17 sts, 2 sc in next st) around. (114)
Rnd 20: Sc in next 9 sts, 2 sc in next st, (sc in next 18 sts, 2 sc in next st) 5 times, sc in next 9 sts. (120)
Rnd 21: (Sc in next 19 sts, 2 sc in next st) around. (126)
Rnd 22: Sc in next 10 sts, 2 sc in next st, (sc in next 20 sts, 2 sc in next st) 5 times, sc in next 10 sts. (132)
Rnd 23: (Sc in next 21 sts, 2 sc in next st) around, changing to red color in last 2 loops of last st. (138)
Rnd 24: Sc in next 11 sts, 2 sc in next st, (sc in next 22 sts, 2 sc in next st) 5 times, sc in next 11 sts. (144)
Rnd 25: (Sc in next 23 sts, 2 sc in next st) around. (150)
Rnd 26: Sc in next 12 sts, 2 sc in next st, (sc in next 24 sts, 2 sc in next st) 5 times, sc in next 12 sts. (156)
Rnd 27: (Sc in next 25 sts, 2 sc in next st) around. (162)
Rnd 28: Sc in next 13 sts, 2 sc in next st, (sc in next 26 sts, 2 sc in next st) 5 times, sc in next 13 sts. (168)
Rnd 29: (Sc in next 27 sts, 2 sc in next st) around. (174)
Rnd 30: Sc in next 14 sts, 2 sc in next st, (sc in next 28 sts, 2 sc in next st) 5 times, sc in next 14 sts. (180)
Rnd 31: (Sc in next 29 sts, 2 sc in next st) around. (186)
Rnd 32: Sc in next 15 sts, 2 sc in next st, (sc in next 30 sts, 2 sc in next st) 5 times, sc in next 15 sts. (192)
Rnd 33: (Sc in next 31 sts, 2 sc in next st) around. (198)
Rnd 34: Sc in next 16 sts, 2 sc in next st, (sc in next 32 sts, 2 sc in next st) 5 times, sc in next 16 sts. (204)
Rnd 35: (Sc in next 33 sts, 2 sc in next st) around. (210)
Rnd 36: Sc in next 17 sts, 2 sc in next st, (sc in next 34 sts, 2 sc in next st) 5 times, sc in next 17 sts. (216)
Rnd 37: (Sc in next 35 sts, 2 sc in next st) around. (222)
Rnd 38: Sc in next 18 sts, 2 sc in next st, (sc in next 36 sts, 2 sc in next st) 5 times, sc in next 18 sts. (228)
Rnd 39: (Sc in next 37 sts, 2 sc in next st) around. (234)
Rnd 40: Sc in next 19 sts, 2 sc in next st, (sc in next 38 sts, 2 sc in next st) 5 times, sc in next 19 sts. (240)
Rnd 41: (Sc in next 39 sts, 2 sc in next st) around. (246)
Rnd 42: Sc in next 20 sts, 2 sc in next st, (sc in next 40 sts, 2 sc in next st) 5 times, sc in next 20 sts. (252)
Rnd 43: (Sc in next 41 sts, 2 sc in next st) around. (258)
Rnd 44: Sc in next 21 sts, 2 sc in next st, (sc in next 42 sts, 2 sc in next st) 5 times, sc in next 21 sts. (264)
Rnd 45: (Sc in next 43 sts, 2 sc in next st) around. (270)
Rnd 46: Sc in next 22 sts, 2 sc in next st, (sc in next 44 sts, 2 sc in next st) 5 times, sc in next 22 sts. (276)
Rnd 47: (Sc in next 45 sts, 2 sc in next st) around. (282)
Rnd 48: Sc in next 23 sts, 2 sc in next st, (sc in next 46 sts, 2 sc in next st) 5 times, sc in next 23 sts. (288)
Rnd 49: (Sc in next 47 sts, 2 sc in next st) around. (294)
Rnd 50: Sc in next 24 sts, 2 sc in next st, (sc in next 48 sts, 2 sc in next st) 5 times, sc in next 24 sts. (300)
Rnd 51: (Sc in next 49 sts, 2 sc in next st) around. (306)
Rnd 52: Sc in next 25 sts, 2 sc in next st, (sc in next 50 sts, 2 sc in next st) 5 times, sc in next 25 sts. (212)
Rnd 53: (Sc in next 51 sts, 2 sc in next st) around. (318)
Rnd 54: Sc in next 26 sts, 2 sc in next st, (sc in next 52 sts, 2 sc in next st) 5 times, sc in next 26 sts. (324)
Rnd 55: (Sc in next 53 sts, 2 sc in next st) around. (330)
Rnd 56: Sc in next 27 sts, 2 sc in next st, (sc in next 54 sts, 2 sc in next st) 5 times, sc in next 27 sts. (336)
Rnd 57: (Sc in next 55 sts, 2 sc in next st) around. (342)
Rnd 58: Sc in next 28 sts, 2 sc in next st, (sc in next 56 sts, 2 sc in next st) 5 times, sc in next 28 sts. (348)
Rnd 59: (Sc in next 57 sts, 2 sc in next st) around. (354)
Rnd 60: Sc in next 29 sts, 2 sc in next st, (sc in next 58 sts, 2 sc in next st) 5 times, sc in next 29 sts. (360)
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