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501  Re: OTHPT3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mistress Jennie on: July 07, 2012 12:02:23 PM
I received my second OTHPT!  the_essence signed up for the swap after sign-ups had closed and our fearless leader was already in the partnering phases, so I agreed to take on an extra partner as a sort of personal side-swap so she could still participate.  Here's what the lovely lady made for me...

A school trunk, full of objects from my days at Hogwarts.  Shrunk down into charms for easy transport.  Here's the tiny trunk:

And all its contents laid out:

They include (clockwise from top: crystal ball, snitch, Remembrall, bottle of Amortentia, Hogwarts letter, House tie, Basilisk fang, Floo powder, wand, Skele-grow, Veritiaserum, Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, and the Sorting Hat.

Here are some detail shots of the charms...
Basilisk fang, House tie, and Hogwarts acceptance letter:

Bottle of Amortentia:

The Sorting Hat:

And my favorite, the bottle of Skelle-Grow:

Thank you the_essence!  What a lovely and thoughtful OTT!
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502  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Join Anytime in the Semester!* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: July 06, 2012 06:27:53 AM
Class: Reducio Challenge!
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Miniature Potions Bottles (part of the project: Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone Pendant & Through the Trap Door Bracelet)
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=411030.0
Brief Description: For the One Tiny Harry Potter Thing 3 Swap I created what I call a "concepty OTT".  It was the Sorcerer's Stone, surrounded by the obstacles & enchantments used to protect it in the book.  I used charms to represent most of the obstacles, but I wasn't happy with the glass bottles I had for Snape's logic puzzle potions lineup.  So, I made them!  The bottles are made of beads, bead caps & spacers.  Since the beads on the bracelet are in shades of black and grey, I tried to keep the potion bottles in bright jewel tones to make them stand out from the stones, but not be so flashy that they appear out of place.

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503  Re: OTHPT3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mistress Jennie on: July 05, 2012 04:15:50 PM
Here's a couple of pictures of my OTT for chughes!  The rest can be seen on my project post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=411030.0  (There's also a great deal of explanation there as to the thought behind the OTT & it's creation.)

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504  Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone Pendant & Through the Trap Door Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: July 05, 2012 04:10:51 PM
I've just completed the OTHPT3 Swap (One Tiny Harry Potter Thing 3 Swap), and had a wonderful time.  I loved the chance to think outside the box, so to speak, by thinking INSIDE the 4"x4"x4" size limit.  Since my lovely partner chughes225 had a Sorcerer's Stone pendant on her Pinterest, I decided to let that be my inspiration, but take it to the next level.  So I've created for her the Sorcerer's Stone, AND the magical obstacles created by the Hogwarts faculty to protect the stone.

Here's the outside of the box that I sent to chughes225...  

As well as detail shots of the runes on the side of the box, and how the items were packaged.  The runes on the side of the box spell out 3 messages: "Where your treasure is, your heart will be also", "The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death" and "Jennie & Cristen 2012"

The enclosed letter from Dumbledore explained that Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters believe the stone to have been destroyed, and asks Cristen, as a loyal member of the Order of the Phoenix and a very brave Gryffindor, to protect the stone. He even used a Reducio! spell to miniaturize the original obstacles and enchantments used protect the Sorcerer's Stone in the novel.  And they were packaged to literally surround the stone pendant.  

The Sorcerer's Stone Pendant

The stone on this is huge.  39mm x 24mm or 1 5/8" x 1"

And now for the bracelet...

The charms comprise all of the obstacles and spells that appear in the novel.  They include:

Lion Shield for Neville, who attempts to stop the trio from sneaking out
Fluffy the three headed dog
The Trap Door that Fluffy guarded

Devils Snare plant vines
Winged Key

Chess Knight for the Wizard's Chess game Ron won
Bat for the Mountain Troll
The Mirror of Erised
And sprinkled throughout, 7 potion bottles made from beads, for Snape's logic puzzle

The beads are comprised mainly of natural stone to represent the stones Hogwarts & its dungeons are built of. Finally, the clasp is a lock and key.

And here are some closeups of the potion bottles made from beads:

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505  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Join Anytime in the Semester!* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: July 01, 2012 04:06:55 PM
Class: Muggle Studies
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Mrs. Weasley's Charmed Bracelet
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=410833.0

Brief Description: This bracelet was inspired by the now infamous "Mrs. Weasley Sweater", designed by costume designer Jany Temime for Julie Walters in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

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506  Mrs. Weasley's Charmed Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: July 01, 2012 04:06:25 PM
While I may hate the heat of summer in the South, I do love that hiding from my arch nemesis, the Sun, means lots more crafting time for me.  I've been working on lots of new charm bracelets, and this one just might be my favorite.  

It is inspired by Molly Weasley, matriarch of the much loved Weasley family, and all around bad-ass crafty momma!  The beads are an eclectic mix of Czech glass, turquoise stars, jade, cherry quartz, aventurine, goldstone, river shell, ceramic, crystal, and olive wood from Jerusalem.  The color scheme was inspired by the now infamous "Mrs. Weasley Sweater", designed by costume designer Jany Temime for Julie Walters in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

The charms include:
Large Owl, for Errol
House with an orchard, for the Burrow
Quill, for work-obsessed Percy
Jester, for jokers Fred & George
Chess Knight, for Ron
Phoenix, for the Order of the Phoenix

Fireplace, for the Weasley's hearth & home
Wolf, for Bill who was attacked by a werewolf
Claddagh, for her lifelong love, Arthur Weasley
Lion, for Gryffindor House, to which she & her family all belonged
Knitting Needles & Sweater, for her favorite hobby
Broom, for Ginny who played Quidditch for the Holyhead Harpies

Clock, for her magical family clock
Dragon, for Charlie who works with them in Romania
Lightning Bolt, for her honorary son, Harry Potter
Teapot & cup, because Molly is always available for a little tea & sympathy
Little Owl, for Pigwidgeon

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507  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Join Anytime in the Semester!* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: June 28, 2012 12:18:16 PM
Challenge: Reparo!
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Director's Chair Redo

My husband found a director's chair at a yard sale some years ago, long before we met.  His mom helped him replace the fabric components, and we've moved it around to our several homes since then.  Sadly, about 2 years ago, I leaned on it with my knee, and ripped a huge hole in the seat, and bruised up my knee pretty good too! Since we never seem to have enough seating when we invite friends over, I've been meaning to repair it ever since.  But since I never do anything for myself, it has sat around for the last two years.  So, yesterday afternoon, while at work, I freaked out.  Couldn't stand to be in front of a computer any longer, so I got up from my desk, walked out to the main part of the shop, and stitched up a new back and seat!

Here's the old seat:

A detail short of the huge hole:

And a shot of the finished chair! 

I love the olive green a million times more than the blue, which never matched our living room furniture at all. 
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508  Summer Strawberries Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: June 22, 2012 09:00:55 AM

While shopping for beads online the other night, I came upon the most lovely little lampwork strawberries, and knew I had to make myself a summer strawberry bracelet. I could hardly wait for the beads to arrive in the mail, and had already pulled out all the other beads I might want to use on it.

The beads include lampwork glass strawberries, AB glass, Swarovski crystal, dyed green river shell leaves, Czech glass flowers, green turquoise stars, and faceted jade hearts. I'm very pleased with how they came out.  All in all, a subtle and more grown-up nod to my love of the Strawberry Shortcake of my childhood.  The clasp is a flower shape, to keep in with the strawberry blossom motif.

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509  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Join Anytime in the Semester!* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: June 21, 2012 07:51:37 AM
Class: Divination
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Is that a Dark Mark pillow?  No?  Oh, good!

Hmmm... what's that on my chair?  Looks like a squashy cushion...  But, wait!  Is that the Dark Mark?  Have Death Eaters attacked my desk?  Perhaps pilfered my mug rug?  Or put a curse on my computer??? 

Oh wait, that's not the Dark Mark!  It's a skull & sewing needles!  A Good Omen to be sure, when found in the Costume Shop. 

I've been meaning to make this project for ages now.  While shopping at Rugged Warehouse (a discount clothing store like TJ Maxx), I bumped into a great Marc Ecko tee shirt, from his Cut & Sew line.  (The entire line is sewing themed!)  I would have bought one for myself and for all the kids who work in my costume shop, but sadly, they only had the one, and only a men's small which would never fit me.  Still, I had to have it, even if I didn't know what I'd do with it. 

Meanwhile I got a new-to-me, but old-and-shabby desk chair from our campus recycling office.  (I'm pretty sure it came out of a Dean's office a good 15 years ago, and has been passed around since then.)  It's quite comfy, for all it's shabbiness, but it was definitely made for someone with much longer legs.  I realized that the tee shirt would be a great pillow to put behind my back while sitting at my desk.  So yesterday, I whipped it up on my lunch break. 

I think it fits in quite well in my eclectic office.  Now I think I need to do a bit of Transfiguration to improve the look of the rest of the chair.  Perhaps covering it with a Weasley Afghan and doilies on the tattered arm rests?  And yes, that is a Gryffindor scarf made by our fearless leader, pinkleo, on the hook behind my desk!  As well as a baby Adipose and TARDIS made by lanikins, a Gryffindor pencil cup made by endymion, and a wand made by Andromeda007. Can you tell that I like to decorate my office at work in all my dorky loves???
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510  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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