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11  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: July 25, 2016 07:20:11 AM
Class: Astronomy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Swirly Wood-burned Spoon
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: I used heat to burn a deathly hallows spoon for last terms Iron Chef Hogwarts winner (Mistress Jennie).
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Class: Divination
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Reusable Paper Towels
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: These towels are made from dyed terry cloth and hand stamped fabric. Not only can they be reversed so that both sides can be used to clean, they were also turned inside out as part of the sewing process!
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Class: Muggle Studies
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Minecraft YouTuber Canvases
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: I made these paintings of DanTDM and StampyCat with my son for the Big and Little Swap. I drew out a grid on the canvas, and he did the color coding and painting. I also did a little bit of touch up painting at the end. Smiley
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Challenge: Quidditch Tea & Toast
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Protein Balls
Project Page Link: http://chefsavvy.com/recipes/5-ingredient-peanut-butter-energy-bites/
Brief Description: Kiddo needs to eat more protein, so we whipped up these protein balls - full of lots of yummy edible stuff including peanut butter and chocolate chips!
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12  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: July 11, 2016 07:40:29 AM
Class: Arithmancy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Dyed Fat Quarters
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: Without a doubt, dyeing is my favorite crafting method. I just love playing with different colors on fabric and always being surprised by the outcome. I can always fit this method into my busy schedule, and I love the challenge of trying new techniques, even with familiar materials. Also - I really like that even when I do the exact same thing, the final product is always unique. These FQs were made with a bit of experimentation with my dye and just random placement on the fabric. The top two are actually made from placing spiral tied t-shirts on fabric to absorb the excess dye. I sandwiched everything together while curing to create even more saturation and randomness. I really like the effect, but if I were to do it again, I would probably try to be a bit more strategic in my dye placement, and try to keep non-complimentary colors from touching (something I constantly have to remind myself to do!).
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Class: DADA
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Aquatic Tee
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: Inspired by the blue-green waters that grindylows call home, this t-shirt was dyed using the scrunch method, making it look like random reflections off watery waves.
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Class: Herbology
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Lemon-infused water and tea
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: Hydration in the hot summer months is important. To help spruce up our drinks, I infused our water with lemon, lime, and mint, and added some lemon slices to our sun tea!

Recipe - Water:

Juice 1 lemon and 3 limes into a pitcher, fill with water and garnish with mint leaves and citrus slices. Allow to infuse and chill for at least 30 minutes before drinking.

Sun Tea:

Fill a glass pitcher with water. Add 10-16 tea bags and place in direct sunlight for 30 minutes-2 hours. The strength of you tea will depend on the number of bags and the amount of time spent in the sun. I basically just wing it. Smiley Add some lemon rounds to the pitcher after the tea has brewed to infuse with lemon flavor. 

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Class: Potions
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: S'mores in a Cone
Project Page Link: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/232173/campfire-smores-in-a-cone/
Brief Description: Not what you think of when you think "S'mores"! We took all the ingredients of s'mores and put them in an ice cream cone. We added some whipped cream and sprinkles to the top to complete the illusion!
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13  Re: Big & Little Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Abbeeroad on: July 06, 2016 06:45:02 AM
We received an awesome package from bunny and her son yesterday!!

They made us an epic checker/chess set that's Mario and Minecraft!!!! We of course had to play it right away.

Here's a pic of kiddo ooo-ing and ahh-ing over each piece:

All set up for checkers:

The opposite side has images of characters from each game - you flip them to king them in checkers and each image corresponds with a certain chess piece for chess!

Here's a pic that shows some of the images:

The pieces are perler beads sandwiched between two pieces of tough stock paper (I think), and the images are so perfectly cut out and applied.

Here's a peak at the checker vs chess rules:

So creative!

And the outcome of our checkers game (I lost):

Super fun!

In addition, I received an awesome shirt (so me!):

Close up of the painting, because it's just so cool:

And a necklace with a super awesome pendant! Is this a spoon, bunny?? It's lovely!!

Thank you so much to both of you!! We absolutely love our items!! We hope to have yours on the way to you shortly!
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14  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: July 05, 2016 08:10:31 AM
Class: Flying
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Graduation Cross-stitch
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: Made for my cousin's graduation from high school, this little cross-stitch is small (frame is 4x4), red (the color of Massena Central HS!), and required both speed (due to my own business and procrastination - I started this Friday afternoon and had to leave for upstate NY by 7:30 the next day) and precision (because it's cross-stitch and I think I'm a little cross-eyed as a result!).
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Challenge: Headmistress Challenge: JULY
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Mandala Doodle Apron
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: My office had a pizza making happy hour and provided aprons for everyone to decorate with fabric markers. I doodled this happy mandala on mine and I'm not sharing it with anyone else!!!! Grin
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15  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: July 01, 2016 08:17:17 AM
I read that roasting your fruit before hand can make the lemons sweeter, resulting in less added sugar.

What's the verdict FiberAlchemist?  How were the roasted lemons compared to fresh lemons?

Yes - do tell!

And the Iron Chef Hogwarts Challenge for June is now CLOSED. Thanks to midkiffsjoy and FiberAlchemist for their entries!!

The secret ingredient for JULY is....


Make a basic balsamic vinaigrette, or add some sweetness with this honey balsamic chicken recipe, even fancy up your dessert with a balsamic ice cream drizzle.
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16  Weaving Experiment Wall Hanging in Weaving: Completed Projects by Abbeeroad on: June 27, 2016 10:08:38 AM
I made this little weaving as my offering for the Canada Meet Up White Elephant Swap. I cycled through MANY ideas before settling on this impromptu project.

The twig was picked up randomly from a recent hiking trip and Mr. Road did the hanging wire for me. My son made the small spiral copper pieces strung to the bottom.

I made it with very basic home-made cardboard loom, nothing fancy.

While I'm still not sure it was up to par with some of the other AMAZING projects that were shared at the meet up, I'm happy with this experiment and know it went to a good home. Smiley
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17  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: June 27, 2016 10:00:03 AM
Class: Alchemy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: CDJ Cover for Mr. Road
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: I made this cover to wrap precisely around my husband's CDJ to protect it from dust and other incidents. It even has a cool skull patch!
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Class: Care of Magical Creatures
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Cousin Wedding Cross-stitch
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: My cousin just got married in Rochester, NY, so the whole family took a trip up there to celebrate together. There have been a lot of family tensions over the past few years among my cousins, and for some of them, this was the first time they've spoken in three years. Shocked I did my best to play peacemaker during the visit and offered my own brand of good will by making the bride this personalized cross stitch to commemorate her special day. While the event was not drama-free, I think my gift was well received as a step toward mending family relations.
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Class: Charms
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Love and Decay Hoop
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: I made this hoop for gozer in the recent "My Favorite Book Swap." The quote is from one of her favorite books, Love and Decay by Rachel Higginson. The hoop creates a clear boundary for this craft!
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Challenge: Detention: June
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Raven Tote Bag
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: Also made for gozer and based on her favorite book, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, this tote bag features stamped feathers. Interesting side note: This fabric was stamped by fellow HPC-er edelC and acquired by me during the STS!
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Challenge: Headmistress Challenge: June
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Indigo Dye
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: For this challenge, I went back to the Alchemy class prompt from the Summer 2014 semester of the HPC. As a reminder, the class prompt was to "Craft something that reminds you of Water, includes Water, is blue or resembles/represents the metal "tin"." I went with the "blue" requirement of this prompt and dyed several pieces of fabric in an indigo dye bath using traditional shibori tying techniques.

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Class: History of Magic
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Weaving Experiment
Project Page Link: Coming soon... http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=448211.0
Brief Description: This semester, HoM asked us to consider what aspect of being a Gryffindor was most defining for us personally. I think that for me, it is a sense of adventure. Not only daring, larger than life, out in the world adventure, but also smaller, quieter, more personal adventures. Weaving is not a craft that I excel at or do often, so engaging in this project was a bit of a crafty adventure for me. In addition, I made this for the white elephant swap as part of the Craftster Canada Meet Up this past weekend, which was certainly an adventure in its own right. Smiley
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18  Re: My Favorite Book Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Abbeeroad on: June 27, 2016 07:15:21 AM
Yay! I'm so glad you like it all!! I have enjoyed sharing our favorite books and authors, and I can't wait to continue to chat with you as we read each other's picks.

AND, I received from gozer as well!! It is an amazingly epic package that puts what I sent her to shame.

I'm going to start with the best first...this. bag.  Shocked I was seriously blown away when I saw it. The quote is from The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which is one of my favorite books (beautifully written). The colors and free stitching are so incredibly awesome. I seriously could not love this more.

Close up of the texture from the stitching:

The bag is really sturdy and wonderfully made. gozer - did you use interfacing in it? I should start doing that to give my bags/totes some stability.

And really, I would have been satisfied with this, but of course gozer sent more. This awesome shadowbox inspired by The Raven Boys:

Even though this was carefully wrapped when packed, the candles popped off the base of the box, but it's an easy fix!

But wait...it gets better:

It lights up! How freaking cool is that?

From Love and Decay (a mutual fave Smiley ), gozer sent me this awesome undercover shirt perfectly stenciled:

She also sent a blah blah blah purse (what everyone sounds like when you're reading, lol!), bee earrings and bobby pins (from Raven Boys), The Raven Boys book (which I can't wait to start reading!), and a gift card to buy more Love and Decay (woohoo!!).

I cannot say thank you enough, gozer. This package is seriously awesome. I think I owe you some follow-up items to balance our packages!
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19  Re: Fabric Art Journals Page Swap #5 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Abbeeroad on: June 08, 2016 05:39:49 PM
I received from cmarion3 today as well!! Check out NYC:

I love every detail of this page. The splatters on the wall, the underlying graffiti, the stitched bricks, the trash-like piles on the bottom, the city-scape in the background with bead lighted windows...yeah. It's PERFECT. Thank you so much, cmarion3!!!

And of course, Keep it W3ird is wonderful as well!!!
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20  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: June 06, 2016 02:02:32 PM
A new semester means a new Iron Chef Hogwarts Challenge! Check out the kitchens for the latest info.

The secret ingredient for JUNE is....


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