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3291  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Part II GALLERY! on: July 06, 2011 11:01:32 AM
Hmm...  I wonder if we can create a Harry Potter recipes thread....
3292  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Part II GALLERY! on: July 06, 2011 10:08:52 AM
Thanks minithia!  Working in theatre is certainly a big help.  I've needed to learn so many new crafts to complete a costume, that all come in handy later.  Well that, and every time I see a new craft I'm all like "ooohhhhh, I could learn that!"  Seriously, you should never take me to a craft store.  Ask Ex_Gratia.  We'd get lost in the Joann's ETC for HOURS on the rare occasion we let ourselves go.
3293  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Part II GALLERY! on: July 06, 2011 07:47:14 AM
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.  Wink

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.
3294  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Part II GALLERY! on: July 06, 2011 04:29:35 AM
I'm so glad you like your package amor!  I'll try to post pictures for you later today.  Cheesy
3295  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Part II (Signups CLOSED; Sendouts 7/1) on: July 05, 2011 07:33:14 AM
I check teefury.com every day, and I *nearly* forgot today.  Thanks sarabunny.  Totally just ordered that one.  Sadly, they don't make my size in women's, but thanks to a fun new toy we have at work called a cover-stitch machine, I'm able to hem the sleeves and bottom of the men's XL to fit me like a woman's tee, but still make it around "the girls".  I love working in a costume shop!  Cheesy
3296  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Browncoat Bracelet (Firefly themed charm bracelet) on: July 04, 2011 06:45:16 AM
Awww, thanks windswept!
3297  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Part II GALLERY! on: July 02, 2011 02:45:14 PM
What beautiful packages from everyone!
3298  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Part II (Signups CLOSED; Sendouts 7/1) on: July 01, 2011 04:33:31 AM
Attention Students: 

~* * TODAY IS SENDOUTS! * *~
 
*** Remember to PM your professor & partner when you send and receive. 
(Thank you to everyone who has done this already, including all 11 of my Transfiguration class! )

*** If you are going to be late, PM your partner & professor asap. 
In this PM, you must include an estimated sending date.
3299  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Part II (Signups CLOSED; Sendouts 7/1) on: July 01, 2011 04:30:04 AM
Can I be a goatopus? They do have the same pupil shapes.


I snorted when I read this.  And I'm both fascinated and terrified to know what a goatopus looks like... 
3300  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Part II (Signups CLOSED; Sendouts 7/1) on: July 01, 2011 04:27:20 AM
I know I finished, but it doesn't feel like I finished. I feel more like "But couldn't I also make this and this and this...?"
But I'm packing it up now, and it'll be at the post office this afternoon.

Isn't that always the way with HP swaps?  Wink
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