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391  Re: OTHPT3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mistress Jennie on: June 17, 2012 01:14:18 PM
Ok folks, get your Wisting/Pinning fingers ready for the most glorious start to our gallery!  Chuges225 has done a stunning job with this first OTT of the round.  I mentioned that I really prefer useful objects, so she started there.  After digging through my Pinterest, she created a truly one-of-a-kind item... Hogwarts Castle in a Bubbling Cauldron!  And that cauldron just happens to be a pin cushion, full of decorated straight pins which blend seamlessly (pardon the pun) into the potion.

The castle and cauldron are both made of polyclay, and hand painted.  Here is the a full view of the front of the castle in its cauldron.

Detail shot of the front of the castle

Here is Hogwarts from behind, where you can see the courtyard. Cheesy

Detail shot of the back of the castle

Detail shot of the pins!  For scale reference, the star beads are about 3mm across!

Thank you so much chughes!  I adore having my own private Hogwarts.  It's an absolutely wonderful little treasure, that is now living on my crafting table, where I can see it and smile everyday!   Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss to you!!!
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392  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Join Anytime in the Semester!* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: June 17, 2012 01:06:01 PM
Class: Transfiguration AND Challenge: Riding the Knight Bus
House: Gryffindor
Project Names: Rustic Roasted Beet Tart AND Transfigured Cashew Ricotta

Since I planned to spend time staking out nefarious activities on the Knight Bus, I decided to create a snack to take with me.  There's nothing worse than rumbly tumblies when you're trying to be inconspicuous!  What kinds of foods are naturally purple though?  The answer is of course, fresh summer beets!

Short back story: In the last year I've finally figured out that I'm lactose-intolerant.  (After years of thinking I had problems with tomatoes, or spices, or was getting food poisoning too often!)  This was honestly heartbreaking for me, as I really, REALLY, love cheese in all it's many and varied forms.  Since I've cut out dairy though, I've felt a million times better, and haven't been sick once!  But... I've also been having a lot of trouble with finding dairy-free recipes that work well for parties and crowds.  All too often party foods and appetizers are full of milk, cream or cheese.  Or if you do find a dairy-free recipe, many people get scared away if they know the item is vegan.  But I was thrilled when I ran into this  recipe on Vegenista for a Rustic Beet Tart with Cashew Ricotta Cheese.  

Now I must admit that I was dubious about transfiguing cashews into cheese, but the recipe was wonderful.  The addition of the garlic and fresh herbs really transforms the dish, into something magical.  The texture is a dead ringer for ricotta, and I can't wait to try it again in a lasagna or stuffed shells.  I honestly urge anyone to give it a try, whatever your dietary needs.  The ricotta browned in the oven, and held together beautifully.  I tested it out on some carnivore/dairy-loving friends, and they all enjoyed it as much as I did.  It also includes simple, wholesome ingredients that you might even already have on hand!  But, for those of you who are not lactose intolerant, or might be afraid to try a vegan cheese substitute, you can also try this recipe on Desserts for Breakfast for a version that includes blue cheese & goat cheese.  
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393  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Join Anytime in the Semester!* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: June 13, 2012 08:23:44 AM
Class: House Unity
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Elder Wand Pendants in House Colors!
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=382528.msg4840456#msg4840456

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394  Re: Elder Wand Pendants in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: June 13, 2012 08:20:40 AM
In honor of the Harry Potter Craftalong, I whipped up a new batch of my wand pendants.  I like this batch better, the colors and shapes of the beads being different from one another seems more appropriate for the different houses.




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395  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Join Anytime in the Semester!* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: June 13, 2012 08:15:02 AM
Challenge: Follow the Spiders
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Spider Earrings
Brief Description: A fun little set of earrings in memory of Hagrid's favorite scary friend, Aragog.
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396  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Join Anytime in the Semester!* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: June 13, 2012 08:11:24 AM
Class: Potions
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Remember Who You Are Charm Bracelet
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=409986.0
Brief Description: One of the only pieces of jewelry I've ever made myself!  A charm bracelet in a mix of antiqued gold, silver and copper, that spells out my first name and middle initial.  The idea is to help me remember my maternal great grandmother and paternal grandmother, who I am named for.

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397  Remember Who You Are Charm Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: June 13, 2012 08:08:37 AM
After the hundreds of charm bracelets I've made for other people, I finally made one just for me!  I bought the letter charms for it about a year ago, when I bumped into them at a Ben Franklin Craft Store while visiting my parents in New Hampshire.  I loved the vintage look of them, and the mixed up appearance of the silver and antique gold.

The actual push to get me to pull them out and make it was pinkleo's Harry Potter Craftalong.  I decided that the Potions assignment, to create "something to help you remember", would be a wonderful excuse to finally put it together.  The thing that I wanted to remember was who I am, and where I come from.

My first and middle names both come from family members.  Jennie was my maternal great grandmother, and Phyllis was my paternal grandmother.

The rest of the charms are items of personal significance.  The crowned heart is sterling silver, and for my Scottish husband.  The lobster from where I grew up in New England.  The black disk is an art nouveau lady, for my interest in art and costume.
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398  Re: Quilts for Kids Quilt-along (Charity for Kids) in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: June 07, 2012 11:01:34 AM
I had almost forgotten to post these!  They were completed ages ago, but I've only just been able to pack them up and send them off.  They were each made with scrap fabrics from my costume shop.  Some of my students even helped out with them when they had the time.  Each one is sized for the NICUnit, based on the pattern on the QfK website.

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399  Team Edward Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: June 06, 2012 08:12:42 AM
Another charm bracelet I've completed, and forgotten to post!  This was made by special request, for someone who wanted a Team Edward bracelet.  (And after all the Twilight charm bracelets I've made over the years, I somehow had never made one in quite that theme before. Go figure!)  She requested the color scheme as well.  The beads are a mix of clear AB glass hearts, clear and purple cut glass beads, purple Swarovski crystals, Czech glass beads, and a plethora of pewter and Bali silver charms. 

Charms include:
Chess Pawn - Bella at the beginning of the Saga
Apple - Forbidden Fruit
"Edward" heart
Leaf - Forests of Washington State
Baseball Glove - the Cullen Family's favorite sport
Fork - Forks, WA
Moon & Star - the Heavens
Piano - Edward's love of music

Truck - for Bella's trusty vehicle
Swan - Bella Swan
Crystal Heart - Cold, hard and throws rainbows in the sun
Lion - Edward
Key - to Bella & Edward's cottage
Wolf - Jacob Black

Feather - Jacob's Quillute family
Celtic Knot - endless love
Motorcycle - Jacob's friendship with Bella
Crystal Ball - Alice Cullen
Chess Queen - Bella at the end of the Saga

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400  Outlander Series Charm Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: June 06, 2012 08:03:16 AM
I can't believe how behind I am on posting things!  This is another gift I made for pinkleo for our private 12 Days of Christmas Swap.  It is based on Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series of novels, which are favorites of both pinkleo and myself.  (And now that I'm thinking about it, I totally want to reread it...) 
It is made with a mix of glass, wood, semi-precious stone beads, and freshwater pearls, all in shades reminiscent of the Fraser hunting tartan. Warm earthy browns, soft heather-greens, deep forests, clear sky blues, creamy pearls, and burnished coppers.

Charms include:
Goblet - for cousin Jared's wine business
Snowflake - A Breath of Snow and Ashes
Letter - Written by Jamie to Brianna in the future
Nurse Cap - for Claire at the beginning of the series
Anchor - for Jamie & Claire's trip in Voyager
Highland Stag
French Coin - for the Frenchman's Gold

Celtic Cross
Ladies Fan - for Claire's time in court in France
Jaime's Sword
Celtic Heart
Dragonfly - for Dragonfly in Amber
Scottish Thistle
Horse - for all the horses Jamie loved & cared for

Tree - family tree from the Drums of Autumn
Kilt - traditional Scottish dress outlawed by the English
Teapot - for Claire's unending love affair with tea
Strawberry from Clan Fraser's Crest
Hourglass - for the time Claire & Jamie have together

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