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571  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: May 07, 2013 06:32:53 AM
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572  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: May 05, 2013 07:41:16 AM
Class: Alchemy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: French Potato Salad (Non-Dairy & Vegan)


Brief Description: At the end of every school year the Scene Shop Manager & I put on an "All Shops Party" for the employees of the Costume, Scenic & Electrics Shops.  Ours was yesterday, and David asked if I could make a non-dairy, Jennie-friendly potato salad.  Since I've missed potato salad since becoming lactose intolerant, I was excited to take on the challenge, but didn't want to simply rely on a ton of veganized versions of things like mayo, which I don't care for anyways.  I knew there were mustard based versions out there, so I went in search of recipes.  This is a combination of a few different recipes I found from Martha Stewart, and it was delicious!  Please note the potatoes were steamed, causing a physical change, and the vinegar used in the recipe is an ingredient used by alchemists for centuries. Wink

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French Potato Salad
2.5 lbs small waxy potatoes, like fingerling, honey gold, ruby sensation, etc.  (See notes*)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 T stone ground mustard (See notes**)
2 T golden balsamic vinegar (or sherry or champagne vinegar, something NOT red)
1 small shallot, minced
2 green onions, sliced on the bias
3-4 T. fresh chopped parsley
1-2 tsp. dried chives
kosher salt
fresh ground pepper

Slice your potatoes into evenly sized pieces.  To cook you may either boil them in a pot of generously salted water for 15 minutes (until they are tender), or do what I did and steam them in the microwave.  I use the Ziplock steamer bags, which get the potatoes tender, but not mushy or water-logged.  One full bag takes 7 minutes in the microwave.  I did this in two batches, reusing the same bag.

In a small bowl or glass measuring cup, whisk together the olive oil, mustard, vinegar, shallots, green onions, parsley & chives.  Season with kosher or sea salt, and freshly ground pepper.  Pour some dressing over the  potatoes, and toss to coat.  Chill for an hour or so, and add more dressing if needed.  (Potatoes will absorb some.)

Notes: For the potatoes I mixed Golden Fingerling & Ruby Sensation.  Go for something good here as it's the backbone of the recipe.  You need waxy, not starchy potatoes in this recipe.

For the mustard, go for something good here as it's the flavor-heart of the recipe.  This doesn't have to mean expensive.  I bought a jar of Kroger "Private Selections" brand fancy stone ground mustard for about $2.  The flavor is amazing. 

For the dressing: I didn't use quite all of my dressing at once, as I didn't want the potatoes drowned in it.  After an hour or two of chilling, check it.  The potatoes will have absorbed some, and you may need to pour on a pinch more.  If you have extra, it is amazing with French bread dipped in it.


Class: Herbology
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: My Magical Corset


Brief Description: I had intended to post this *after* posting my History of Magic project, but alas, that one is still 2 steps away from being completed, even though it was started a month beforehand.  This is a 19th Century corset that I constructed during the workshop I taught last weekend.  Corsets, and you either know, or imagine, take a great deal of care to make well.  I have made many corsets over the years, and they are always an in-depth, nearly week-long process.  I learned this new "1 Day Corset" technique, developed by costumer Jeff Lieder, at a master class in March.  He takes the Laughing Moon Merchantile corset pattern, which normally takes me about 3 days to complete, and cuts down the build time to 1 - 1.5 days.  I did nearly all of this in 8 hours, while teaching 7 undergrad students at the same time.  I did spend a few hours the next day finishing it, with the help of Craftster Ex_Gratia, who did the fitting for me, since you can't fit a corset on yourself.  Wink It is made of coutil, a special fabric used in corsetry, with a batik fashion-fabric over it.  There is a busk for letting yourself out of it quickly.  It is about 1" too tall for me, but fits well anyways. I'll try to get a picture of me in it soon!

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Challenge: Detention - March
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Supernatural Charm Bracelet


Brief Description: This bracelet has been in the works for ages.  It's a custom request from a client who wanted a bracelet based on the show Supernatural.  I have only seen the first 3 episodes, so I had to work off a list of charm ideas from her.  It's been in the planning stages since February, and has been worked on, off and on, since March.  I'm thrilled to have it done and off my table!  The charms include a pistol, teddy bear, Impala, slice of pie, moose, cassette tape, skull, angel wing, pentagram, shovel, bee, computer, hell hound, police badge, Ouija board, book, and cell phone.

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Challenge: Detention - April
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: "Sisters" Study of Ancient Runes Bracelet


Brief Description: Last autumn I made a Study of Ancient Runes Bracelet for pinkleo in the Back to Hogwarts Swap.  I used semi precious stone beads on it, and included both her favorite colors and favorite stones.  What I didn't tell her at the time, was that I had started two bracelets, and always intended them to be "sisters".  Similar, but not identical, versions of the same idea.  Something to connect us to one another across a few thousand miles when we aren't on the internet.  Something to let her know I'm there, even when I can't be. 

It has been sitting on my work table for over 6 months now, and I finally got around to putting the beads on it!  It includes the same rune charms for Happiness, Humanity, Inner Peace, Courage, Victory, Knowledge, Lifeforce, Luck, Strength, and Success. The beads however are a mix of jade to guard against accidents and misfortune, aventurine to fortify individuality and increase enthusiasm, turquoise for friendship, banded agate for strength and protection from stress, imperial jasper for grounding one to the earth, amethyst for healing and to bring sweet dreams, and dyed river shell for enhancing intuition and sensitivity and promoting cooperation within groups.  So there you are pinks, now we both have a version!

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Challenge: Detention - May
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Horror Movie Charm Bracelet


Brief Description: This bracelet is a graduation gift for one of my students.  Kasey is the sweetest of sweethearts.  She is kind, funny, loving, and thoughtful.  She also just so happens to be cute as cute can be, with lovely blonde hair and big blue eyes and a warm smile.  Oddly enough though, this sweet girl wants to make Horror movies for a living.  She's a Theatre major in my department, with a Film minor, and just loves bloody gorey movies.  In fact, her first movie that she bought was It, was she was 4.  She also hunts ghosts in old houses, and bought herself some ghost hunting gear.  I just know that once she breaks into the film industry, she'll be the director who shows up on set with 4 dozen brownies for the cast & crew, as well as a few extra buckets of stage blood, "just in case".  So, for Kasey I've made a Horror Film Director Bracelet.  The charms include a film clap board, deamons, cemetery gate, film reel, creepy child's handprint, crossbow, movie ticket, zombie foot, human heart, wicker man, kitchen knife, directors chair, and words like "paranormal investigator", "I <3 Horror", "Zombie Hunter", and "Redrum".  I can't wait to give it to her at our department banquet on Tuesday night!

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And just so everyone can tell that there really were to *separate* red/black/grey bracelets, here's a thumbnail of all of the bracelets on my little table.
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573  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: May 02, 2013 09:28:02 AM
Note from the Deputy Headmistress...

The new Detention Challenge for May has been posted!

Portkey to Detention

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 March or April challenges in May.  Smiley
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574  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: April 30, 2013 06:17:52 PM
Note from the Deputy Headmistress....

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!  And while you're there be sure to check out the inspiration projects from all around Craftster.
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575  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: April 30, 2013 06:03:28 PM
Challenge: Bertie Bott's Mini Challenge - Dirt
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Strawberry Tart Necklace

Brief Description: While at the Farmer's Market this weekend, I bumped into a quart of tiny red strawberries.  Hidden right there, among the green piles of kale and asian mustard greens, there were these bright red little berries, full of juicy promise.  They reminded me of a jewelry piece I had purchased a while back, and never used.  A spoon pendant that says "Tart".  So, after my corset workshop on Saturday, I put them together!   You all have my apologies for the poor picture.  It was late at night when I took it, so I had to do it indoors.  I'll replace it with a better one soon.
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576  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: April 27, 2013 05:26:14 AM
Yesterday, with the help of Ex_Gratia, and 2 of my students, we got all the fashion fabric cut for the 9 corsets, bindings picked & cut, busks & straight steel bones assigned by size, and about half of the spring steel bones cut.  (We'll do the rest throughout the day.)  Now I've just got to pack up my blender and some tropical fruit for smoothies and we'll be ready to start class at 9:00.  Cheesy  Think good thoughts for me ladies!  I've taught plenty of classes before, but always with notes and a clear lesson plan.  Today, we're just diving into teaching 7 undergrads everything I know about corsetry!  (P.S.  All this will become relevant when I post my History of Magic project... Wink)

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577  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: April 25, 2013 07:59:02 AM
Class: Study of Ancient Runes
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Wheel of the Year Stitch Markers

Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=423008.0#axzz2RU5HvjHr
Brief Description: This set of stitch markers was made for Maman Tattoo, in an effort to bring joy to her day and to her crafting.  There are 9 markers.  One for each of the 8 holidays in the Wiccan Wheel of the Year; Samhain, Yule, Imbolc, Ostara, Beltane, Litha, Lammas & Mabon. The 9th is a pentagram to unite them, and as a reference to the Rule of Three, which states that the energy that a person puts out into the world will come back to them three times.  Therefore there are 3 times 3 markers.  The beads are semi-precious stones.

Here they are as a set. Starting clockwise from the top row left, they are:
~Pumpkin with a carnelian bead for Samhain; carnelian thought to lend its energy to others.
~Evergreen tree with an aventurine bead for Yule; aventurine is thought to enhance regeneration and bring luck.
~Cauldron and an obsidian bead for Imbolc; obsidian is thought to block negativity and symbolizes resilience.
~Rabbit and a blueberry quartz bead for Ostara; blue quartz calms the mind and inspires hope.
~Broom with an amethyst for Beltane; amethyst brings pleasant dreams and promotes healing.
~Bonfire and yellow agate for Litha; agate is thought to give a person the strength to carry on.
~Sheaf of wheat and a garnet for Lammas; garnet is used for protection on journeys and constancy in friendships.
~Apple and cherry quartz for Mabon; cherry quartz is thought to bring clarity.
~And at the center a pentagram and white quartz bead to complete the set of 9.  Quartz is used to aid in meditation.
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578  Wheel of the Year Stitch Markers in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: April 25, 2013 07:58:44 AM
This set of stitch markers was made for MamanTattoo.  There are 9 markers.  One for each of the 8 holidays in the Wiccan Wheel of the Year; Samhain, Yule, Imbolc, Ostara, Beltane, Litha, Lammas & Mabon. The 9th is a pentagram to unite them, and as a reference to the Rule of Three, which states that the energy that a person puts out into the world will come back to them three times.  Therefore there are 3 times 3 markers.  The beads are semi-precious stones.

Here they are as a set. Starting clockwise from the top row left, they are:
~Pumpkin with a carnelian bead for Samhain; carnelian is thought to lend its energy to others.
~Evergreen tree with an aventurine bead for Yule; aventurine is thought to enhance regeneration and bring luck.
~Cauldron and an obsidian bead for Imbolc; obsidian is thought to block negativity and symbolizes resilience.
~Rabbit and a blueberry quartz bead for Ostara; blue quartz calms the mind and inspires hope.
~Broom with an amethyst for Beltane; amethyst brings pleasant dreams and promotes healing.
~Bonfire and yellow agate for Litha; agate is thought to give a person the strength to carry on.
~Sheaf of wheat and a garnet for Lammas; garnet is used for protection on journeys and constancy in friendships.
~Apple and cherry quartz for Mabon; cherry quartz is thought to bring clarity.
~And at the center a pentagram and white quartz bead to complete the set of 9.  Quartz is used to aid in meditation.




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579  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: April 24, 2013 05:57:52 AM
Huzzah for you noodle-bug!  Congratulations on being the first person to complete the Accio Books Challenge!  Here's you're badge.  Cheesy

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580  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: April 22, 2013 06:52:31 AM
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