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541  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: October 08, 2013 06:56:26 PM
Class: Astronomy
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Starry Night Charm Bracelet

Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=428059.0#axzz2hBHOdlsF
Brief Description:  This bracelet idea has been floating around in my head for a while now, but after some prompting from our dear Headmistress pinkleo, I finally got around to putting it together.  It is inspired by van Gogh's Starry Night.  The bracelet contains 17 charms, including 4 golden Celestial Crystal stars, and 13 pewter and Tibetan silver stars, suns,  planets, and of course, the moon.
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Challenge: Bertie Bott's - Apple
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: I Love NY Charm Bracelet

Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=428060.0#axzz2hBHOdlsF
Brief Description: This project was inspired by an apple.  The Big Apple that is! After I found a charm of the Flatiron Building, I just knew I had to do it.  (Seriously.  It's a teeny tiny pewter copy of the Flatiron Building!)  The charms include a Hot Dog, Taxi, the Flatiron Building, I <3 NY, the Chrysler Building, NYC Subway Token, Camera, Statue of Liberty, Horse & Buggy from Central Park, Post Card, Newspaper, Apple, Ballet Dancer, New York, the Empire State Building, Double Decker Tour Bus, and Chinese Takeout.  The beads are glass in shades of red for the Big Apple, black, smokey grey, and yellow for the famous yellow taxis.
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Challenge: Detention - September
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Baking Bracelet

Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=428062.0#axzz2hBHOdlsF
Brief Description: This bracelet has been in the works for ages.  I've been collecting charms for months, but just never got around to putting it all together.  So finally, here it is!  The 17 charms include Sugar, Strawberry, Measuring Cup, Baking Chocolate, Rolling Pin, Cupcake, Stand Mixer, Cake, Bundt Pan, Cookie Jar with dangling Cookie, Spatula, Slice of Pie, Spoon, Croissant, Carton of Milk, Teapot & Cup, & Muffin Pan.  The beads are a mix of glass, Czech glass, and ceramic beads in shades reminiscent of baked goods including golden brown, caramel, toasty tan, strawberry cream, and just a sprinkle of blue.
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Challenge: Detention - October
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Autumn Fairies Bracelet

Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=428061.0#axzz2hBHOdlsF
Brief Description: This bracelet was inspired by two things... the colors of falling leaves, AND by Craftster's very own Knickertwist!  I love her fairy inspired art, and it got me thinking about creating my own ode to the fey.  It contains 17 Tibetan silver and pewter charms, including an Acorn, Floating Fairy, Mushroom, Butterfly Fairy, Pumpkin, Fairy Riding a Snail, Oak Leaf, Flower Fairy, Tree, Sprite, Leaf Fairy, Apple, Flying Fairy, Leaf, Fairy on the Crescent Moon, and a Tiny Pumpkin.  The beads are a mix of glass, Czech glass and crystal in shades of amber, gold, orange, scarlet and olive green.
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Challenge: DA - Fear of a Name
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Vegan Caramels

Project Page Link:  http://www.herbivoredinosaur.com/2010/02/vegan-caramels-with-chocolate.html
Brief Description: Ok, so here's a bit of a tale.  It may sound familiar, as pinkleo already posted her DA project, and we were inspired by one another.  A few years ago now, I found out I was lactose intolerant.  And it sucks.  I get really sick by foods that I've eaten for years.  One of my favorite things on the planet (besides cheese), is caramel.  Specifically my MIL's soft caramels that she makes every Christmas.  And this past year I tried *just one* to see if my tummy could handle it.  It could not.  Sad  Not at all.   Angry

So I turned mostly to the world of vegan cooking and baking, in an effort to avoid dairy.  But I missed caramel.  And while I'd had a few commercially produced vegan candies that tasted good, I was nervous about making homemade soft caramels.  Because, if I didn't try them, then they were a distant HOPE.  A hope that I could have caramel again.  But if I did make them, and they were awful, that hope would be dashed.  Sad  So, I finally got over my fear and tried making these this weekend.  And you know what?  They were freaking delicious.  (Notice the nearly empty plate.  Lots had already been eaten.)  The recipe was easy, and is linked above.  I should also note that I made one minor modification.  I used about 1/8 cup maple syrup to replace the same amount of brown rice syrup.  I love the very mild maple flavor they added.  In an effort to push myself to try a few options, I left some plain, and wrapped them in wax paper.  Sprinkled some with sea salt.  And then coated some in dairy-free chocolate.  They were definitely as good as the commercially produced vegan candies that I liked.
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Class: DADA
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Ballet Bracelet

Project Page Link:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=428065.0#axzz2hBHOdlsF
Brief Description: One of the hardest things for me to do is craft outside my comfort zone.  And one of the things I'm not comfortable with is crafting girly items, or things that are pink in any way.  I just dislike pink.  A lot.  So, I worked to get over that this weekend with this.  A very girly, very pink, Ballet Charm Bracelet.  And you know what?  I'm pretty happy with it. Cheesy
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542  Live to Dance Charm Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: October 08, 2013 06:32:33 PM
The last bracelet I'll be posting tonight was inspired by some of the students I work with every day.  My full time job is running the costume shop for a university Theatre & Dance program.  We build the costumes for all main stage plays, musicals, operas and dance concerts that the department produces.  While I'm inspired by all of my students, the hard working, quiet, and dedicated dancers never cease to astound me.  Currently I'm designing the costumes for our production of the ballet, Cinderella, and get to work with these wonderful women and men each day.  They dance in class all day, and then dance all evening too, working in homework and a social life whenever possible.  So, here's my ode to them. 

The charms include the word Dance, Hearts, Ballet Bodice & Tutu, Music Notes, Dance Costumes, Ballet Slippers, I <3 Ballet Heart, Ballerinas, Foot on Pointe, Dance Ring, Cassette Tape, and a Music Clef.  The beads are a mix of glass and crystal beads in shades of ballet pink and clear.








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543  Baking Charm Bracelet - Time to Bake the... Everything! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: October 08, 2013 06:24:06 PM
Another bracelet inspired by a crafty person on the internet...  This bracelet is inspired by the lovely blog, Bakingdom.  I'm fairly certain if we met, Darla and I would be fast friends, considering our love of the magical, and the adorkable.  Her blog inspires me every day to try making new things for the people I love.  And I'm rather grateful that she offers some dairy-free and gluten-free alternatives in her recipes.  (Becoming lactose intolerant is just awful, and makes finding recipes rather hard.)  The 17 charms include Sugar, Strawberry, Measuring Cup, Baking Chocolate, Rolling Pin, Cupcake, Stand Mixer, Cake, Bundt Pan, Cookie Jar with dangling Cookie, Spatula, Slice of Pie, Spoon, Croissant, Carton of Milk, Teapot & Cup, & Muffin Pan.  The beads are a mix of glass, Czech glass, and ceramic beads in shades reminiscent of baked goods including golden brown, caramel, toasty tan, strawberry cream, and just a sprinkle of blue.





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544  Autumn Fairies Charm Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: October 08, 2013 06:14:21 PM
This bracelet was inspired by someone who inspires me with her creativity every day.  Our very own Knickertwist!  I love her tiny fairy houses and her other whimsical fairy-inspired artwork.  So, in honor of the lovely Craftster among us, I give you my Autumn Fairies Bracelet!  It contains 17 Tibetan silver and pewter charms, including an Acorn, Floating Fairy, Mushroom, Butterfly Fairy, Pumpkin, Fairy Riding a Snail, Oak Leaf, Flower Fairy, Tree, Sprite, Leaf Fairy, Apple, Flying Fairy, Leaf, Fairy on the Crescent Moon, and a Tiny Pumpkin.  The beads are a mix of glass, Czech glass and crystal in shades of amber, gold, orange, scarlet and olive green.







Thank you for being an inspiration Knickertwist!
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545  I Love New York Charm Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: October 08, 2013 06:10:21 PM
Another new bracelet design!  I was thinking about this one for a while, because one of my students wants to move to NYC to work for the NYC Ballet.  After I found a charm of the Flatiron Building, I just knew I had to do it.  (Seriously.  It's a teeny tiny pewter copy of the Flatiron Building!)  The charms include a Hot Dog, Taxi, the Flatiron Building, I <3 NY, the Chrysler Building, NYC Subway Token, Camera, Statue of Liberty, Horse & Buggy from Central Park, Post Card, Newspaper, Apple, Ballet Dancer, New York, the Empire State Building, Double Decker Tour Bus, and Chinese Takeout.  The beads are glass in shades of red for the Big Apple, black, smokey grey, and yellow for the famous yellow taxis.









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546  Starry Night Inspired Charm Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: October 08, 2013 06:06:33 PM
I've been crafting charm bracelets like mad over the last few weeks, and I finally got around to putting together some new designs that I've been dreaming & scheming for months now.  The first is possibly my favorites.  Starry Night!  I had a vague idea of this a while back, but my crafty BFF pinkleo suggested it, and after her prompting, it just seemed to fall into place.  It contains 17 charms, including 4 golden Celestial Crystal stars, and 13 pewter and Tibetan silver moons, stars, suns and planets. The beads are Czech glass in shades of black, cobalt blue, slate, and amber.  Enjoy!











*Please ignore the drastic change in color temperature in the photos.  The first one was taken in the evening near sunset, and the others were early morning, just before the sun was fully up!
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547  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: October 05, 2013 11:13:20 AM
Note from the Deputy Headmistress....

Our newest Witch of the Week for the semester has been posted!  Be sure to check the Witch of the Week Board to find out who it is!!!

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548  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: October 04, 2013 12:20:08 PM
@pinkleo:  Your OWL & NEWT sound divine! 

~*Advanced Studies Friday Update*~
This week has seen a lot more setting up & starting of bracelets, but not as much completing.  I've be-charmed 14 new ones in the last two days.  There's a picture of some of the newly begun ones below.  Hope to be beading these all afternoon and evening.  And probably most of tomorrow.  I hope to have at least 10 of them completed by Sunday night.   Roll Eyes



57 days and 44+ bracelets to go.
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549  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: October 03, 2013 12:31:48 PM
Note from the Deputy Headmistress...

The new Detention Challenges for October been posted!
Be sure to check the Detention in the Dungeons Post to see what it is....




Remember, you can do any, all, or none of the Detention Challenges as they come up each month.  The goal here is always to be excited about our crafting!  Also please remember that you can submit ANY of the Detention Challenges at ANY time during the semester.  For example, you may turn in the September or October challenges in November.  Smiley
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550  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: September 29, 2013 02:39:22 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 Deputy Headmistresses Office to find out!
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