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11  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Gather Ye Rosebuds Halloween Wreath (from dollar store supplies!) on: October 07, 2016 01:29:41 PM
In May of this year my husband and I bought our first house.  For the last several months we've been getting settled in, decorating our new space bit by bit.  We've mostly worked on the interior, since summer in the South is too brutal to take on outdoor projects.  Now with the weather finally cooling down, I've been able to enjoy regular morning walks around the neighborhood with the puppy.  On our walks I've loved seeing people out in their yards, decorating for fall.  There are pumpkins and mums on every front porch, and one house covered in caution tape and spiderwebbing.  All of it has made me want to decorate our house too.  So where to start?  How about at the front door, with a creepy Halloween wreath to welcome visitors into our home?


I looked around at some of the wreaths for sale in the regular craft and home decor stores, but they were all either incredibly expensive or very poor quality.  So I decided to make one myself, to keep the cost down by the quality high.  This is the result!  I'm calling it my Gather Ye Rosebuds Wreath, and it makes me very happy hanging on my front door.  Best of all, it only cost $16.50 to put together!  Want to make one yourself?  Well then let me show you how...



You'll need:
18" burlap wrapped straw wreath base, like this one at Joann's (which I bought with a 50% off coupon)
3-4 packages of 'creepy cloth' from Dollar Tree
4 stems of black roses from Dollar Tree
2-3 stems of purple roses from Dollar Tree
Small skull from Dollar Tree
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Black marker
1 yard black satin ribbon (optional)
Indoor/Outdoor Command Hook (optional)




Use your marker to draw lines dividing your wreath base into quarters.  This will help you keep track of how much creepy cloth you are using to wrap around the base.  Next, open your packages of creepy cloth, and completely unfold them.  Mine were 30"x72", which sounds like a lot of cloth until you remember just how thin it is.  Gather the cloth roughly at an angle near one end.  By holding it at an angle, you will taper out one piece, while you overlay the next piece, allowing you to get good coverage, without lumps where one piece ends and the next begins.  Use a line of hot glue to attach the cloth along the back of the wreath.  Now wrap the cloth, stopping to adjust so that you don't have bare patches peeking through.  As you come to the end of the first piece, add a line of glue, and simply start wrapping the next piece over the end of the last one.



I bought 4 piece of creepy cloth, but only ended up using 3 to cover my wreath.  (I guess that 4th one will decorate my mantle!)  Don't worry if there are some ragged bits or stray strings here and there.  It just adds to the death shroud texture that we're aiming for.  Now it's time to start laying in the roses.  Remove the roses, leaves and any other bits from the flower stems.  (Mine came with a glitter covered spider or bat on each bunch.)  You'll want to remove the plastic pieces from the leaves, but not from the roses, or those will fall apart.  Decide where you would like your skull to be.  I wanted mine centered at the bottom of the wreath, with roses running up along the sides.  Give yourself a mark for the placement of the skull, but don't attach it yet.  Instead glue a black rose on each side of where the skull will be, crowding them in closer than you think you'll want them.  Add two more black roses beneath those so that the center feels full.  Now go ahead and glue in your skull, taking care to nestle it between the flowers, so it seems to be emerging from beneath them.



Now that you have your skull in place, it's time to lay in some leaves.  Use more hot glue to lay some of them flat, hanging just off the edge in either direction, partway up each side of the wreath.  This will help fill in any gaps between the roses with additional texture.  Now let's add in a purple rose on each side, between the black roses already there.  Continue layering in more roses in black with the occasional purple one thrown in to break up the color.



My roses also came with little feathery bits of plastic on the ends of the stems.  Cut these apart, and add a blob of glue to the ends, tucking them between the flowers and leaves, and place them around the wreath.  I added mine feathering off the top edges of the roses on the sides, behind where I wanted my skull, and along the bottom edge of the wreath.  Now take a look at your skull.  Mine had some paint on it, darkening the eye sockets but it wasn't very dark.  Use your magic marker to add some definition between the teeth, and along any cracks in the skull.



That's it!  You now have a chic new Halloween wreath.  Very Martha Stewart.  If Martha decided to move to a Mockingbird Lane.   I had planned to hang mine from a metal over-the-door wreath hanger, but couldn't find it in the holiday decorations.  Since none of the stores in town seemed to have them yet either, I grabbed an outdoor Command Hook from Big Lot's, and hung the wreath from a loop of black satin ribbon.



Now I clearly need something more fun and festive for the welcome mat.  Wonder what I can come up with for that...
12  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Bananas Foster Butter (canning recipe for fruit butter) on: September 27, 2016 01:18:49 PM
Bananas Foster is a fantastic dessert.  One that sadly, I can't enjoy anymore since it's normally served with ice cream and I'm lactose intolerant.  But I've found a way to have my bananas and eat them too!  The recipe came from a 1 off magazine from BH&G called Canning, Preserving + Freezing + Drying which came out in 2014, and doesn't seem to be available anymore.  

Update: While the magazine seems to be out-of-print, some digging around on Amazon turned up a new book that BH&G put out last year.  It's called Better Homes and Gardens Complete Canning Guide: Freezing, Preserving, Drying.  In the amazon preview, you can read the index, which lists Banana's Foster recipe.  You might be able to see if a local library has it!

I actually made 2 batches of this, which produced 10 jars and a little extra.  Since originally posting this, so many friends have asked for some, that I had to make more!  I've now made 3 batches, (15 jars) and for my third go I decided to tinker with the recipe a bit.  I personally like cinnamon, but I hate when it's overused, so I've reduced the amount called for to let the banana and brown sugar flavors shine through.  If you can't get enough cinnamon, I've also seen the recipe posted on a blog in which that person doubled the cinnamon with good results.  And while I like nutmeg, I generally prefer allspice, which has a bit of clove flavor to it without being quite as strong as ground cloves.  I've posted my new version below, which was adapted from the original.  It tastes amazing, and even better it's very cheap to make.  The bananas came to all of $4 for 2 batches, and the rest of the ingredients were all things I had around the house.  

If you've never tried home canning before, this would be a great recipe to learn with.  The directions are simple, and you won't have to spend hours chopping produce like you would for salsa.  Be sure to read up on all the basics first though!  FreshPreserving.com has lots of help for beginners.



Bananas Foster Butter
adapted from the original BH&G recipe

8 ripe, firm large bananas
1 c granulated sugar
1 c packed brown sugar
1/3 c lemon juice
3 T rum
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground allspice

1. Place peeled bananas in a wide 5 qt heavy pot.  Using a potato masher, mash bananas until smooth.  Stir in granulated sugar, brown sugar, lemon juice, rum, cinnamon, and allspice.  Bring to boiling; reduce heat.  Simmer uncovered, about 20 minutes, or until thickened, stirring frequently.

2. Ladle hot banana butter into hot sterilized half pint canning jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace.  Wipe jar rims; adjust lids and screw on bands to fingertip tight.

3. Process filled jars in a boiling water canner for 10 mins (starting timing when water returns to boiling).  Turn off heat.  Wait 5 minutes.  Remove jars from canner; cool on a towel.  (Leaving the jars in the canner for those 5 minutes without heat, allows them to cool more slowly, and helps avoid the rare possibility of a jar 'spurting' when removed and placed on a cooler surface.  Spurting is when the contents of the jar bubble up and out, making a mess and possibly causing burns to nearby humans.  It's only happened to me once, but it wasn't fun.)  Leave jars undisturbed, and away from any draughts for 24 hours.  

4. After 24 hours check lids to make sure they've sealed.  Then be double sure by removing bands and lifting the jars gently by the edge of the lids, about an inch off the table.  Any unsealed jars should be used right away. Store the jars *without* bands, for up to a year.  Leaving the bands on can result in them rusting onto the jars in the presence of any ambient moisture.  Just remember to put a band back on the jar when you give them away as gifts.



13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: September 14, 2016 12:56:31 PM


~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Yule Term 2016/2017*~

~*Begins October 1st, 2016*~
~*Ends January 31st, 2017*~



Welcome to Hogwarts!
The Harry Potter Craftalong (HPC) is not your typical craftalong; we are gathered here to celebrate our love of crafting and the Wonderful World of Harry Potter.  In the HPC you will be completing classes and challenges with your skills in crafty magic.  These classes and challenges all have HP centered themes, but your crafts do not have to be Harry Potter."  Your mission, as a student at Hogwarts, is to complete at least one class or challenge during this semester.  You may join any time during the semester.  I hope you join us; the HPC is a great way to stretch your crafty muscles, meet HP crafters, and have fun!


~*HPC PROJECTS*~
---The HPC is here to help us each finish projects and to explore new challenges as we better our crafting skills.  Prompts and guidelines are there to help stimulate creativity and growth; the size and complexity of the project submitted should reflect a level of personal growth and challenge over the time you spend in the HPC.
---Projects for the HPC should represent your best crafty skills.  Take pride in your work.  Classes and challenges should take a minimum of 30 minutes to make.  
---A project can only be submitted for one class/challenge (the same project cannot be entered in multiple categories) unless noted in prompt (it will be CLEARLY noted if allowed).
---Projects must be turned in within the timeframe designated by the type of assignment or challenge.
---For a project to be counted, it must have a picture or picture link included AT THE TIME OF POSTING.  If your item is a private piece, or is being kept secret for a Craft Swap, you are more than welcome to post a link for the Headmistress to view.  EDIT 4/17/15: As of today, I will no longer be posting reminders to folks about pictures.  I simply do not have the time to chase folks down for pictures.  If you post your project without a photo or photo link, it will simply not be counted when I tally House Points.
---For any cooking/food project, in addition to a photo, you must post a complete recipe, or link to the complete recipe you used.  No recipe = no points.  [EDIT due to questions: *For our purposes, a "complete recipe" means it includes a full set of ingredients that includes amounts, and step-by-step instructions that another HPC member could replicate themselves at home.  Think of writing your recipe with a beginner cook in mind, who needs full instructions.
---There is SO MUCH to do in the HPC.  Do not feel like you have to craft everything.  Think of the HPC as a "Choose Your Own Adventure".  Craft what inspires you, but don't try to do everything and get burned out.  Keep in mind these wise words , "It does not do to dwell on lists and forget to craft."  


~*HOW TO TURN IN A PROJECT*~
For each assignment/challenge, use this header:
Class/Challenge/House Pride:
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
House:
Project Name:
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture: (REQUIRED! NO PICTURE (or link) = NO HOUSE POINTS)


-Feel free to also include your house and any storycrafting you've created for your project.
---You can add more than one project to your post, but a header must be used for each project.
-When posting your projects, you are more than welcome to post more than one at a time. But if you do so, then please attempt to post your projects in alphabetical order by SUBJECT.  Floo Powder Challenges, Detention Prompts, and Headmistress Challenges should be posted under B, D, & H respectively.  For more information, see this post.



~*HPC FAQs*~
---How long is a semester?  Semesters are as follows: YULE- October, November, December, January; SPRING-February, March, April, May; MIDSUMMER-June, July, August, September
---When can I join?  You can join anytime in the semester.
---Do I have to sign-up to join this craftalong? No, all you have to do is post in the thread a "hi" or a completed project post.
---How do I complete a semester/earn my year? To complete a semester/year, you only have to complete one class or challenge during the semester.
---What timezone do we use?  We use the Headmistress' Time Zone,  Mistress Jennie is in Central Standard Time.
---Do you sort me?  NO, you will decide which house you belong to, but you can only choose one.
---I have a problem or question; who can I ask?  You can send a Personal Message (PM) to Headmistress Mistress Jennie, or Deputy Headmistress noodle-bug.  You can also ask specific questions to HPC staff.  And you can post your question in the thread; our students are very helpful!
---Can I turn in something I did earlier? With a very few exceptions the answer is NO!  You must complete your project during the current semester. Exceptions are Detention and OWLs; look for details about these projects in their information posts below.  If you started a project, for example a quilt, a day or two before the semester started, but then did the bulk of the work and finishing (a good 90%) during the semester, you can submit it.
---Are we swapping? No, this is not an organized swap.  We are just encouraging crafting with a HP twist.  But if you enjoy swapping, keep an eye out for HP themed swap info in our thread.  Also, we occasionally do things like Valentine or Christmas Card Exchanges.  These are completely voluntary, and are NOT required, and are not organized swaps.
---Do I have to craft all the classes and challenges? NO!  Smiley Just pick what you inspires you.  There is tons to choose from so choose your own HP Craft Adventure through the castle.
---What kind of projects are allowed for classes/challenges? If Craftster has a category for it, then it is a viable HPC project.  And since Craftster has a board for almost everything, your choices are vast.
---Does my craft project have to be Harry Potter themed? NO, if your item fulfills the class/challenge prompt, then it can be posted in the HPC.  Above all, we are here to encourage crafting.


~*House Points*~
~*Your triumphs will earn you points*~
Points System
15 points for a Class Assignment & Challenge*
100 points for OWLs
150 points for NEWTs
10 points extra for SPEW aka Charity Items

House Points Guidelines
--- *You cannot double dip for Class & Challenge points.  For example, if you turn-in a project for Herbology & Floo Powder Challenge, then you would get 2 badges but only 15 points for the project.
---You cannot get credit for a class or challenge twice.  For example, if you turn in 2 Alchemy projects, then you will only get points for the first one.
--- SPEW points are extra credit.  You can earn SPEW points for each project you turn in if it goes to a legitimate charity.  You do not have to give the charity's name, just that you are donating to a certain cause.  (I happen to know that some Battered Women's Shelters don't like their names/locations posted.) SPEW projects must be clearly marked with SPEW to earn extra points.  Also, SPEW project can be turned in as stand-alone projects; they will earn 10 points.  Unlike most projects, you can turn in more than one SPEW project for points.
---HPC Challenge Points do not include House Challenges.  For Example, a Slytherin Scavenger Hunt project would not count for points unless it also fulfills a HPC Class or HPC Challenge.
--- To determine House Cup Winner, an average from the points accumulated per house and the number of members per house.  If there is a tie, then more than one house will win the cup.  Note, a House Member is someone who has turned in at least 1 project.
--- Don't stress over House Points, but do craft your personal best. (This varies from person to person.  And I'm not really worried about "crafting your best" bit because HPCers are amazing crafters!)


~*HPC Portkeys*~
Headmistress Tower (Headmistress Challenges)
Deputy Headmistress's Office - S.P.E.W. Headquarters
Badge Station
Floo Powder Challenge Series
Diagon Alley
Magician of the Month
Wizard & Witch Career Placement Agency
Pinterest Pixie's Projects Page
Hogwarts Kitchens
HPC Facebook Group

House Keys
7th Floor Gryffindor
Hufflepuff PARTY Common Room
Ravenclaw Tower
Slytherin Dungeon



Professors' Classrooms
Detention in the Dungeons
Alchemy
Apparition
Arithmancy
Astronomy
Care of Magical Creatures
Charms
[ur=http://tinyurl.com/jvb4nq9l]Defense Against the Dark Arts[/url]
Divination
Flying
Herbology
History of Magic
Muggle Studies
Potions Dungeon
Study of Ancient Runes
Transfiguration
Ordinary Wizarding Levels
Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests


~*The Great Hall OT Chat*~

Craftster craftalongs are for crafting and crafting encouragement.  If you would like to talk off-topic, such as in-depth Harry Potter discussions, then please visit The Great Hall.  Thank you for keeping the HPC within Craftster guidelines.

~*HPC on Facebook*~
The HPC is now on Facebook!  This is a way to share links, photos, or videos with your friends here in the HPC, that you cannot post on Craftster.  Please feel free to use the page to ask questions, share craft related or Harry Potter related links, pictures of your kids dressing up like Hogwarts students, or anything else that might be of interest to the group.  This group is Closed, so folks must message me with BOTH their Craftster username, and a way to locate you on Facebook, in order to be added. This is to keep it to just folks within the Craftalong, rather than a general HP forum, and anyone who participates here is welcome there as well.  If you send me a message via FB, PLEASE include your Craftster username.  We've been getting lots of requests to join, from faux accounts who just want to spam us with porn, so I've become *extra* cautious about adding folks.

~*Yule Term HPC Staff*~
Headmistress Mistress Jennie
Deputy Headmistress noodle-bug

Gryffindor Head of House Abbeeroad
Hufflepuff Head of House Moonflame
Ravenclaw Head of House FiberAlchemist
Slytherin Head of House ErinAquaheart

Alchemy Professor TechnicolorAquahearts
Apparition edelC
Arithmancy Professor noodle-bug
Astronomy Professor Inselaeffchen
Care of Magical Creatures ErinAquaheart
Charms Professor edelC
Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor Magpirate
Divination Professor ErinAquaheart
Flying Professor gaudiknight
Herbology Professor Inselaeffchen
History of Magic jenleahlynn
Muggle Studies Professor Magpirate
Potions Professor noodle-bug
Study of Ancient Runes TechnicolorAquahearts
Transfiguration Professor ErinAquaheart

Kitchen Elf Abbeeroad
Pinterest Pixie seeuudee
14  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Nebula Afghan on: September 01, 2016 05:47:10 PM
A few months ago I created a Mrs. Weasley inspired Burrow Afghan for sheepBlue in the I Want to Live in the Burrow Swap.  That project helped me use up a great deal of my stash of Homespun yarn, but I still had so many skeins left over.  So I decided to use up some more of them by creating a new afghan for myself.



The pattern is the Kew Gardens Afghan from Lion Brand yarn.  Just like in the previous afghan, I created this one by holding 2 strands of yarn together, changing out one strand of color at a time in order to blend the colors from black, through grey, purple, blue, teal, and aqua.



All told it took about of 20 skeins of yarn, and it weighs a TON!  Hopefully it will live at the foot of our new bed, whenever we manage to get it.  Cheesy





And finally, one more shot with my pup, looking completely unimpressed.
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Stained Glass Infinity Scarf on: August 15, 2016 09:23:36 AM
For anyone not participating in the awesomeness that is the Harry Potter Craftalong, you may not know that our very own noodle-bug is headed to Calais, France at the beginning of October, to work in the Syrian refugee camp there.  She asked if anyone in the HP Craftalong would be willing to donate handmade hats, gloves, scarves, etc, to help keep folks in the camp warm this winter, and help them know that there are people around the world thinking about them in their time of difficulty and uncertainty.  I've been working through my stash of extra yarn (and buying a bit of extra yarn Wink) to make some items for her to take with her.  This is my first ever infinity scarf. 

The pattern is the Double V-Stitch Infinity Scarf from Alyssa over on Undeniable Glitter.  The yarn is Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable, in the colorway Stained Glass.  I absolutely loved the yarns colors and how light and airy it feels in your hands.  I might have to make myself something out of it after I finish my stack of goodies for the refugees.

16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Dreamcatcher Swap - Round 2? on: July 19, 2016 12:22:01 PM
I organized a Dreamcatcher Swap in 2014, and it was lots of fun.  The first round was for 1 Medium crafted item (either a traditional Dreamcatcher or, an alternate crafted item with a Dreamcatcher as the central theme), and 1 Small crafted or purchased item based on the partner's interests.  

At that time I had no idea how to make one, and used the swap as an excuse to learn.  Thankfully there are tons of tutorials, and so many styles out there for inspiration.  I ended up making several, and falling in love with the process.  I just made another one as an extra in a recent swap, and now I want to do some more.  Anyone else interested in a Round 2?


Dreamcatcher Swap (Round 1)
Dreamcatcher Swap Gallery
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Time Turner Dreamcatcher on: July 16, 2016 11:46:51 AM
I was packing up my box for sheepBlue in the I Want to Live in the Burrow Swap, when I bumped into a ring I had wrapped in leather to create a giraffe dreamcatcher for a friend about a year ago.  Somehow the project never got completed, and when I bumped into the leather wrapped golden ring, I had one of those moments of inspiration, where I knew exactly what I had to do with it.  I had to turn it into a Time Turner Dreamcatcher for sheepBlue!


The ring is 6", wrapped with soft yellow leather.  The web was made black embroidery floss, and contains a row of alternating Swarovski crystals and antiqued bronze glass beads .  The fringe is a mix of golds and creams made from eyelash yarn, homespun yarn, metallic ribbon yarn, mohair yarn, and ribbon.


I had planned to use a gold Time Turner somewhere on the web, but when I was done with the stringing and the fringe, I felt like there was too much gold, and adding another gold element would only serve to "lose" the Time Turner in the mix, so I opted to use a bright silver one instead.  It's on a clasp so that sheepBlue can move it around the web to where she'd like it, or it can be removed if she wants a more subtle piece.


There are charms hidden throughout the fringe, including stars, owls, keys, a wand, and other bits and bobs.
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Stenciled Turquoise Coffee Table (for covered porch) on: July 16, 2016 11:10:53 AM
My husband and I just bought our first house at the end of May.  Smiley  We've been slowly working on setting up our space, and one of the spaces both of us have loved working on is the porch.  The previous owner had a roof put up and installed a ceiling fan to help with the southern heat, and even put up a shade on one side to battle the glare of the setting sun in the evenings.  I wanted to make the space one that we could have friends over to enjoy, but not spend too much money on it.  We got a great loveseat from Target on sale over Memorial Day, and I've been slowly picking up throw pillows and lanterns and such on sale.  But I had the hardest time finding a coffee table I liked.

With the very sedate white banister, brown deck, and brown wicker furniture, there just wasn't much color going on out there, so I looked high and low for a brighter coffee table.  The ones I liked best were all things like distressed trunks from India, for $300+.  Something I just wasn't willing to pay, especially for an item that will be exposed to the elements.  While searching I bumped into a great stenciled bench tutorial on Cut Out + Keep.  I loved her use of bright colors and the fun of the stencils.  So, I looked for a plain, unfinished pine table on Amazon for $80, with free shipping.  

Then I picked up a bright turquoise water based paint for $9, and a mandala stencil for $5, plus a sanding block and some polyurathane for $10, all from Home Depot. Here it is in its new home.


I used the whole mandala stencil in the middle, and a portion of the stencil on each side, simply taping off the areas I wished to avoid.  If anyone wants more details on how to do it, I suggest checking the tutorial I linked to above, on Cut Out + Keep.  All in all I spent about $110 on the project, including the table and all the materials, and I'm thrilled with the results.


And here's a close up of the center stencil.


Thanks for looking!
19  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Mrs. Weasley Inspired Burrow Afghan (with mini tutorial/pattern) on: July 16, 2016 11:10:27 AM
I recently organized & participated in the I Want to Live in the Burrow Swap, which was a housewares swap, inspired by the world of Harry Potter.  Participants could make HP themed houseware items, or items that felt like they could be found in the Burrow, the house the Weasley family lives in.  I had the good fortune to be partnered up with sheepBlue, one of my Craftster Crushes.  She mentioned enjoying blankets to snuggle up with in the winter, and loving Mrs. Weasley's scrappy style, so I clearly had to make her a Weasley Afghan!  



I dug through my stash and found that I had a lot of miscellaneous skeins of lion brand homespun yarn in a mix of colors.  And though I searched through many patterns trying to find a scrappy way to use the mixed up colors, I just couldn't find anything that worked with the varying amounts I had of each.  Many of the colors have been discontinued I couldn't buy more of them, even if I wanted to.  In the end I decided to try combining elements of a few different patterns I had seen, to try to make something work with what I had on hand.  The two main patterns I was inspired by were the Lazy Girl Crochet Blanket, which used 2 strands of super bulky yarn crocheted together in a V Stitch, and the Fast and Easy Crochet Throw, which used 4 strands of worsted weight yarn that changed out one strand color at a time to get an ombre effect.



I used 2 strands of bulky weight (not super bulky), held together and crocheted in the V Stitch.  I used approximately 14-15 skeins, 9.5 of which were from my stash.  I bought 2 brand new skeins of yarn in barley, and 4 partial skeins of various colors on ebay for about .80 cents each.  Each partial skein was somewhere between 1/2 and 7/8 of a full skein.  To create the ombre effect, you'll have to think about what colors you have, how much you have of each, and how you'd like them to progress.  I started by laying them all out and creating a "rainbow" or color wheel.  Then I made myself a vague chart, based on the number of rows I planned to do, and how I wanted the shades of color to blend.  I've included it below, but if you do this on your own, yours will vary based on what colors and amounts you have on hand.

Here's a close up of the ombre effect created by swapping out 1 strand of yarn at a time.  


If you want to try this yourself, here's the basic directions for making a V Stitch Afghan.  My "afghan" is actually big enough to cover the top of a queen sized bed!  Somewhere in the vicinity of 60"x80"   You can size yours up or down from mine, simply by increasing or decreasing your initial chain by multiples of 6.  

1. Chain 72  (You can do this with any foundation chain that is a multiple of 6)
2. 2 dc in 4th chain from hook. (This is the V-stitch).
3. Skip 1, 2 dc in next ch.
4. Repeat #3 until there are two chains left.
5. Sk 1, dc in last ch. This completes your first row of V-stitches bordered by 1 dc on either end of the row.
6. Now you're ready to start your next row, so turn the work and ch 3 for you first dc of the new row.
7. Skip 2, 2 dc in the space between the two dc that make the V from the row below.
8. Repeat Step 7 across the V-stitches of the row below.
9. Skip 1, dc in last ch.
10. Repeat #6 - #9 until the project is the length you desire. Finish off and weave in ends.

I added fringe by using the 'book' method of measuring.  You can find a good tutorial for it HERE.



Finally, in case anyone wants to know the yarns & progression I used, I've outlined them both below.
3 skeins Tumbleweed
2 skeins Light Blue?  (Cannot find the name)
1.5 skeins Russet
1 skein Wildfire
7/8 skein Prairie
1 skein Adirondack
7/8 skein Light Purple
1 skein Barrington
3/4 skein Khaki
2 skeins Barley
1/2 skein Tan?  (Cannot find the name)

Progression of Colors
Rows 1-4 Tumbleweed & light blue
Row 5 Tumbleweed & Tumbleweed
Row 6-7 Tumbleweed & Russet
Row 8-10 Tumbleweed & Wildfire
Row 11-12 Wildfire & Russet
Row 13-14 Tumbleweed & Wildfire
Row 15-16 Tumbleweed & Russet
Row 17 Tumbleweed & Tumbleweed
Row 18 Tumbleweed & light blue
Row 19-20 light blue & Prairie
Row 21 light blue & Tumbleweed
Row 22-23 light blue & Adirondack
Row 24-26 light blue & Light Purple
Row 27-28 Light Purple & Barrington
Row 29-31 Light Purple & light blue
Row 32-34 light blue & Adirondack
Row 35-36 Adirondack & Prairie
Row 37-38 Prarie & Khaki
Row 39-40 Adirondack & Khaki
Row 41 Khaki & Tumbleweed
Row 42 Tumbleweed & Barley
Row 42-43 Barley & Russet
Row 44-46 Barley & Wildfire
Row 46-49 Wildfire & Russet
Row 50-51 Barley & Wildfire
Row 52-54 Barley & Russet
Row 55-58 Barley & Light Blue
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