I always seem to be making charm bracelets themed around books, movies and tv shows that I love. This weekend, while staring at my craft desk, and the boxes and boxes of beads and charms stacked on it, I decided to do something completely different with theme and color. To try to make something that isn't really me even. I dug through all my boxes till I came up with enough goodies to make up a fairy tale themed bracelet. And even though it isn't my personal style, I'm very happy with how it turned out.
The charms include: a pumpkin for Cinderella's coach, the Frog Prince, a Fairy, spinning wheel for Sleeping Beauty, a crown, a heart for your true love, Fairy God Mother, a key, a royal coach, a rose for Belle, a Princess, a French coin, a gnome for Rumpelstiltskin, a castle, a dragon, Cinderella's slipper, an apple for Snow White.
The beads are a mix of AB cut glass, Swarovski crystal, AB pressed glass leaves and stars, and pearls in shades of violet, plum, rose, lemon and gold.
While trying to find good recipes for a party before the premier of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, I was really disappointed in the selection of Pumpkin Juice recipes online. Since I was going to have a house full of people all day long, I didn't want to be trapped in the kitchen roasting a whole pumpkin. (Let alone squeezing all the pulp!) Orange juice, canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices didn't sound like a great plan either, because the ratios of the recipes online would have made it too thick to sip. After all, it's not called Pumpkin Smoothie. It's Pumpkin JUICE!
So I did some creative thinking.... I remembered that Jello makes a Pumpkin Spice pudding, and thought that Jello might have some sort of beverage recipes online. (Jello Recipes) I found one for "Creamy Orange Citrus Breeze", which called for Vanilla Pudding, orange juice, and Cool Whip. I simply substituted the juices & pudding flavors for a more autumnal themed beverage.
Pour 3-4 cups of cider into the blender, along with about 1/4 of the pudding mix, and a few spoonfuls of cool whip. Blend till creamy. Taste. If you would like a more pumpkiney flavor, add more of the pudding mix and re-blend. I like to start off with a little, and see how it goes, as everyone's tastes are different. If you would like it icy, add 4-6 ice cubes into the blender.
This really tastes like Autumn in a glass. Creamy dreamy good. And before you all freak out that I've given you a recipe, that you can't possibly make in the middle of summer (since Pumpkin Spice Pudding only comes out in the fall), I'll let you know that while I was in Walmart last month I found a huge amount of Pumpkin Spice Pudding mix. Granted it was in that weird aisle of mixed-up things that are on clearance, but still. They had tons. I bought 2 extra boxes while I was there.
Hello Harry Potter fans! While organizing the Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Swap Part II, I realized that there is no thread of Harry Potter recipes here on Craftster!
If you have an HP themed recipe you want added to the list, you can do one of two things. If it already has it's own thread, please send me a link to it via PM. If you have not written up your own posting of it and do not plan to, you can post it as a reply here. I will provide a link directly to it in this first post.
So c'mon friends! Send me your best Butterbeer, or your most wonderful Fizzing Whizbees. Favorite Fever Fudge and most luscious Licorice Wands. We want them all!
My dear partner amor_fati asked me to post pictures of the package I sent her, so here goes...
Edibles: amor is a vegetarian and prefers store bought foods, so I sent some of Honeyduke's very best Vegan certified chocolate, and some Puking Pastilles from Weasley's Wizard Wheezes (Panda brand vegan licorice bites).
Wearable: amor really wanted a charm bracelet that represented each of the characters who have died throughout the series. I thought that if I was making a memorial to them, that I'd prefer it to be serious, but not sad, so I went with black, silver, white and clear beads, with tiny touches of red, yellow, blue and green for each of the Houses, since all of them lost members in the Battle of Hogwarts. I also tried to have the charms commemorate the best and happiest parts of each of the characters we lost.
The charms include: a full moon for Lupin, wolf for Tonks' patronus, the Hallows symbol, owl for Hedwig, vial of Snape's memories, Hogwarts castle, wizard for Dumbledore (how Harry always saw him, venerable and old in magical robes), courageous token for the trio's journey, socks for Dobby, cemetery gates for Godric's Hollow, glass eye for Mad Eye Moody, stag for James and a doe for Lilly, Claddagh (symbol of Love, Loyalty & Friendship) for favorite Hufflepuff Cederic, motorcycle for Sirius, and a mischief managed charm for Fred.
To go with the bracelet, a pair of Phoenix Tears earrings:
And to hold her jewelry, a woodburned Order of the Phoenix box:
The pattern was transferred with clear markers, then wood burned. Stained it in birch and brilliant cherry with wood stain markers, and sealed it with poly. Accessory: For the accessory, amor requested a messenger bag to take with her when she goes out bringing her jewelry to shops and boutiques. She has a very steampunk vibe, so I wanted the bag to represent that, but also look like something that could have fallen out of the Potterverse. She mostly wears black and brown, so I used black canvas duck for the body, and brown faux-leather for the flap. It's lined in an antiqued gold, and has burgundy zippers. The findings are antiqued gold, including the snap on the side cell phone pocket. All the zippers have charms or tokens attached to the pulls, and the front has a clockwork owl on it, made from various metal bits and bobs. Front of the bag:
6 pockets on the front of the body:
Detail on zipper pulls, including a Courageous token and a brass lion.
Detail of the clockwork owl:
And since everyone needs a bit of sparkle on their accessories, this is a little piece of purse jewelry to hang off her bag. Again with a steampunk meets Harry Potter vibe, clock, owl and key charms, red freshwater pearl, red glass heart, and a gear:
Somehow I forgot to get pictures of the tissue holder I made to go with the bag, the Quick-Quotes Quill, and set of HP Puzzels to do at the theatre, or the Hallows bottle cap magnet & Wrock the Vote pin from the HPA. But I did send similar items to Pinkleo as a thank you for being a wonderful co-organizer, so perhaps she could snap a picture of the Quill and magnet for me.
If anyone wants copies of the the puzzles I can post them. I turned them into a PDF and uploaded them to Google Docs, so they are free on the web. There are word searches, cross words and a sudoku puzzle in there.
I recently participated in the "I Really Need a Friggen Crown, or other Lofty Headwear" Swap. I was partnered up with the lovely Innaura, who has been named the Queen of Space by an old friend. Sadly, I forgot to take pictures of the crown before I sent it.
I really wanted to make something extra for Innaura, who sent me the most beautiful beaded wire crown. So I created a Queen of Space bracelet and earrings to go with her crown. Thankfully, I did manage to get pictures of them!
The beads are a mix of jet black glass, black AB, black star shaped shell bead frames, soft smoky lavender pearls, slate, and Montana blue fire-polished glass. The charms are a collection of fairy tale and celestial themes, including suns, moons, stars, key, dragon, crown, castle and fairy. The bracelet is finished with a star toggle clasp.
I'm not sure which part of Canada the swappers are in who cannot receive mail... But if by chance you're anywhere near Sarnia, I'm in Michigan less then an hour from the border and would be willing to smuggle packages across if need be. Just throwing that out there.
ANOTHER 50 points to Miss PirateColey of Hufflepuff House, for ALWAYS thinking of your fellow Craftsters, and ALWAYS offering to jump in and lend a hand. You never cease to make the job of your organizers easier, the atmosphere in swaps kinder, or my day a little brighter.
(Coley, Headmistress Jennie had been brought down by some Negative-Nancys in another thread, and your kind offer just TOTALLY restored her faith in the Craftster spirit!)
Weird note for you... I use Chrome at home, and did not have that problem at all. I just got to work though, and checked Craftster on Mozilla Firefox, and I'm having the same problem now too. The text from that banner ad between posts 1 & 2 is way down below the banner's "frame", and is covering the beginning of post 2. Here's a screen capture for you:
I received a very lovely package from amor_fati. She definitely went above and beyond on this swap!
Let's start with the edible goodies. amor sent all kinds of magical goodies, including several kinds of Pop Rocks & a Pop Rocks Expirament Kit, some Drooble's Best Blowing Gum, a bag of Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, and a creepy little gummy tarantula!
Next, let's go to the accessory. Dear amor decided to make me an accessory for my home instead of something to take to the movie. Look at my awesome new Deathly Hallows painting. I actually might take this to work to hang in my office, since the whole office is red & black, and is already heavily influenced by Harry Potter.
(Coincidentally, the little owl overlooking the painting was a gift from Andromeda007 in round 1! My husband named him Hootles.)
And now onto the absolutely jaw-dropping wearables!
amor tried to convince me that she wasn't any good with clay. I beg to differ.
And a Hedwig Cuff bracelet:
The little owl is made of silver clay. How neat is that?!?!
Here's a close up of the little guy:
Next, an awesome Gryffindor Necklace!
I'm planning my outfit for tomorrow specifically around it.
Finally, a splendid Steampunk Owl Necklace.
I think I'm going to call her Artemis.
And a close up of the pendant:
And as if that wasn't enough, amor packed all my jeweled goodies up in this box:
It's hard to tell in the picture, but the blue paint shimmers in the light.
And she included some fun extras. A CD full of Harry Potter Fonts, some Dark Mark tattoos, and some Chocolate Frog cards!
I think I'm going to use the cards as bookmarks.
Thank you for such a lovely and thoughtful package amor_fati! Now I just have to finish making yours!!!
I'm still on my Harry Potter crafting kick. I am apparently unable to stop. Though I'm a Gryffindor, I seem to most often craft for Hufflepuff & Ravenclaw friends. In an attempt to even the score I've been trying to create a few new Slytherin themed pieces. This one is sort of an ode to Miss Cissy & Miss Bella.
The bracelet is full of Druk & fire-polished Czech glass, Swarovski crystal, freshwater pearls, and hematite beads. The charms include: Evil eye for protection, textbooks and an apple, key, Celtic knot, dragon, wand, castle, snake, star, inkwell & quill, owl, shield, skull, moon & spider.