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3301  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: January 20, 2013 07:43:25 AM
Thanks noodle-bug!

And thank you to everyone for the kinds words about my stitch markers.  Cheesy
3302  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: January 20, 2013 06:24:51 AM
::taps throat with wand and whispers Sonorous::
Announcement from the Deputy Headmistress...

Your brilliant Headmistresses have devised an epic new *series* of Mini-Challenges for you!

"You want to be careful with these. When they say every flavor, they mean every flavor - you know you get all the ordinary ones like chocolate and peppermint and marmalade, but then you can get spinach and liver and tripe. George reckons he had a bogey-flavored one once." - Ron Weasley

Its no secret that Hogwarts students love sweets.  And teachers, Headmasters & Headmistresses have been known to enjoy their share of treats too.  Every two weeks we will pull a new bean out of the bag.  Each bean will be the inspiration for a mini-challenge.  Students may complete and post a craft based on that theme to earn extra House Points, and a Badge for that challenge.  Once a new challenge is posted, the old one is gone and cannot be entered.  As with all things in the HPC, you are welcome to do any, all, or none of these challenges.  They are just a way to inspire your own magical crafting adventures.

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.
3303  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: January 19, 2013 05:24:54 AM
It's really coming along Erin!
3304  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: January 18, 2013 06:37:38 PM
Class: Herbology
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Expecto Patronum Stitch Markers
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: The idea of crafting something that could be used as protection has been ticking away in my brain over the last few weeks.  I finally figured out what I wanted to do with it when the lovely AugustBell and I agreed to do a small personal swap.  When I created some stitch markers for her, I included a few Patronus ones.  After that I decided to go back to the idea and create a whole set.  I give you my Expecto Patronum Stitch Markers!  Left to right, top to bottom they include: a stag for Harry, horse for Ginny, wolf for Tonks, hare for Luna, doe for Snape, otter for Hermoine, cat for Prof. McGonagall, and a phoenix for Dumbledore.
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3305  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Two Sided Painted Owl Jar on: January 18, 2013 06:22:57 PM
Came out nice audio!  I can't decide which is my favorite.  Each time I think I've decided, I change my mind.  Smiley
3306  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: January 18, 2013 08:32:20 AM
New challenge? I haven't gotten a single horcrux yet! I better get my butt in gear!!

You guys are awesome.  Grin

This reply is for everyone, not just the lovely Ms. Abbee...

Remember, the Horcrux Hunt will go on for several semesters, so you have *plenty* of time for it.  Smiley 
And the new challenge will also be an ongoing one, with several different ways & times to participate, as works for your individual schedules.  Wink

And of course, always keep in mind that you are welcome to do any, all, or none of our extra challenges, as you see fit darlings.  They are not here to make anyone feel guilty or pressured.  They are simply there to get those synapses firing and creative crafty juices flowing!
  Viva la HPC!!!
3307  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: January 18, 2013 08:25:00 AM
Class: Defense Against the Dark Arts
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Grownup Ramen

Brief Description:
Kappas are Japanese water demons, and to quote a certain famous wizard, "Devilishly tricky little creatures".  Currently there is a Kappa living in the small pond near my house, and he is constantly thwarting my efforts to plant a new crop of Gillyweed.  Despite this annoyance, he has been extremely good at keeping the Grindylows in check.  Therefore rather than defeat him, I decided I would try to make friends with him in the hopes that he would let me plant on one side of the pond, and I would leave the other side for him.  In an effort to "bridge the gap", pun intended, I invited him in for a Japanese dinner last night.  I made a more traditional Ramen noodle soup for him, instead of the awful, cheap, sodium-filled noodles that college students so adore.  

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Last year my friend Kana, who is from Japan, and I spent some time teaching one another about the cooking of our respective countries.  One of the most important techniques used in Japanese cooking is to prepare each of the ingredients separately, then bring them all together at the end.  For this dish I cooked up some leftover teriyaki pork, sugar snap peas, orange bell peppers, spinach, corn, and green onions.  I then placed the noodles in bowls, topped them with some vegetable broth & soy sauce, then laid the various veggies and meat around the edge of the bowl. Normally, I would post an exact recipe, but this is one that uses whatever you have on hand.  For some great ideas on ramen, check out these two blog posts.  
Ramen Hacks on Serious Eats
Shoyu Ramen on LOL Foodie

Here is what I can tell you for specifics about this dish. Each vegetable cooks *very* quickly.  I sauteed the snap peas with garlic and 2-3 drops of sesame oil.  The spinach was wilted with garlic, a few drops of soy, and some rice vinegar.  The corn & bell pepper were both sauteed with a few drops of soy sauce & garlic.  The noodles were found in the Asian foods section of Kroger, and were very good.  They were on the bottom shelf with some fancy soba and udon noodles.  The pork was a prepared pork loin from Aldi that we had leftovers from.  The broth was organic vegetable with a little soy sauce added, as per package directions on the noodles.  I usually use wakame in my Ramen, which is dried seaweed, and is quite tasty, but I needed to use up some spinach, so feel free to try either one.  If you've never had grown up ramen, I recommend trying it out.  Check out those two blog posts and see what you have already in your kitchen!

~*Advanced Studies Friday!*~
NEWT Progress Update

I have completed the first 15 rows of my Potterwatch Afghan!  As you can see in my picture I've gotten through one band of each of the three colors, and have just started on the second teal band.  I'm feeling good because this is going a bit faster than I had anticipated.  By my calculations I'm about 20% done!  I got about 12-13% done yesterday, but that was because I spent all afternoon and evening sitting in my favorite chair, watching Netflix while working on it.

I do know however that I will be slowed down on my progress, as we start classes again soon.  Getting to spend much of yesterday on it was a rare luxury during break and I fully admit I took advantage of it.  But hey, I did get up early, eat a super healthy breakfast, go to a grueling "Gentle" yoga class, take a walk, get a flu shot, and reward myself with some anti-oxidant filled calorie-free oolong tea.  That has to count for something, right?

I am behind on a few custom orders for my shop, so I'll probably spend the afternoon working on those, and might get in a little time on my NEWT after dinner.  I'm hoping to complete 2 rows tonight.  Wish me luck! Cheesy
3308  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: January 17, 2013 07:26:47 PM
Your mischief-loving Headmistresses have a new challenge brewing....  Be on the lookout for more information....   Wink
3309  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: OAHPT aka One Awesome Harry Potter Thing on: January 17, 2013 05:54:29 AM
You two are totally AWESOME.



It's true, we're pretty great.  Wink
3310  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: January 16, 2013 02:35:05 PM
Love the mixer cover pottermouth!
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