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11  Gryffindor Common Room in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: February 24, 2016 07:01:17 AM

Welcome to the Spring Semester Hogwarts Students!

This spring, explore the world of Harry Potter "Easter eggs". Some are listed in the links below - if you find or know of any more, pass them on and they will be added to the list below!






Keep checking back for more!
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12  Re: Harry Potter Small Flat Rate Box Swap Gallery in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Abbeeroad on: February 22, 2016 12:27:48 PM
Awesome packages guys! Super jealous of the car decals and that cat brooch totally rocks!

I received an awesome package from IsikkahJai today!!

Here's a group shot:



I can't believe she fit all that into a small flat rate!

Close up of my FAVORITE item, a purse from Mrs. Weasley!! It's so scrappy and wonderful - I just love it.



She also sent a super cute Ron themed hoop:



Two AWESOME Teesha Moore Patches - I LOVE the specrespecs!!



And a BUNCH of extras - fabric and floss:



Charms and doo-dads (mostly owls [love]):



Thank you so much IsikkahJai! I love it all!!!!
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13  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: February 18, 2016 06:49:20 AM
Class: Care of Magical Creatures
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Scaled Salamander Tie-Dye
Project Page Link: http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Salamander
Brief Description: In the Wizarding World, salamanders are small fire dwelling lizards that feed on flames. I discovered a variation of this species with scaly red/orange/yellow firey skin as depicted in this scale tie-dye fat quarter. The little bugger made friends with our pet gecko, and was living in our furnace! Wink
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Class: Flying
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Unexpected Slush Dye
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: The thing about dyeing, especially snow/ice/LWI methods, is that you never know what the outcome will be. Each dye is an adventure into the unknown! We got some wintery mix weather this past Tuesday, and the resulting snow/ice/slush served as the medium for this dye project. I wasn't sure what to expect from the slush, but I like how it came out!
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Class: Study of Ancient Runes
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Mandala Tie Dye
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: I tried my hand at the tie-dye mandala technique for this project. I've used this fold technique before, but like to revisit it from time to time in an attempt to get crisper lines. I think I need to keep working on balancing my dye and maybe tying a bit tighter. Traditionally, mandalas offer balancing visual elements, symbolizing unity and harmony. This one could be a bit more balanced, but I like to think of balance as a goal one is always reaching for - like the ultimate WIP. Cheesy
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14  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: February 16, 2016 02:51:18 PM
Class: Herbology
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Wood-burned Needle Minder
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: I've been loving all the needle minders that I've been seeing around Craftster and the interwebs and knew that I needed one of my own. (I have a nasty habit of sticking needles in couch arms/cushions where they are found by family members and guests caught unawares!) I used a small wooden disk to wood-burn an image I liked, then painted and sealed it before affixing a magnet to the back. Viola! A perfectly minded needle.
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Class: History of Magic
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Heart dyed fat quarters
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description: Inspired by Madam Puddifoot's all decked out for Valentine's Day, I tied up some fat quarters in heart shapes and then dyed with the snow dye method. I didn't get as nice colors on these ones, but the heart design came out ok!
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Class: Muggle Studies
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Leaf-inspired Necklace
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description: The muggle world and the wizarding world both share the cultivation and utilization of plant life. While the plants that the two worlds utilize may be different, there is no denying that the plants muggles use have a magic of their own. Inspired by the crossover of plant love between the two worlds, I made a small leaf pendant using my wood burner and some paint, then strung it on a necklace so that I can carry my love of plants with me wherever I go.
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15  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: February 08, 2016 09:09:12 AM
I've got some projects to turn in thanks to the TWO new beans (and one class)!! Woohoo!!

Class: Astronomy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Snow Dye Fat Quarter
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: I got some pretty bright colors on a recent snow dye project! After a couple failures that resulted in washed out colors - I re-worked some of the parameters in an attempt to get better saturation and thus, brighter colors! The trick was reapplying the dye when the snow was about halfway melted. I'm pretty happy with the outcome.
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Challenge: Bertie Bott's Bean: SPROUTS
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Home-made Pasta
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: If getting a kitchen-aid for xmas wasn't amazing enough, I also got a pasta maker attachment for my birthday - SCORE! To try it out we had my in-laws over for dinner and treated them with some home-made pasta. Kiddo helped with the cutting. While this pasta was pretty awesome, it was even better paired with Mr. Road's home-made sauce with meatballs and ricotta. YUM! 
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Challenge: Bertie Bott's Bean: TOAST
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Wood-burned Pendants
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: My go-to crafting tool these days is the wood-burner. I made these pendants as gifts for my two favorite aunts.
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16  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: February 01, 2016 07:09:25 AM

Happy February All!

A new month means it's time for a new secret ingredient! Since I was so late in getting January's secret ingredient up, however, this announcement comes with a twist. Wink The February secret ingredient announcement won't change, but all participants will have extra time for the January secret ingredient (Potato Chips!) AND have an additional opportunity to win the Iron Chef Hogwarts prize. Any dish that COMBINES the January and February secret ingredients in ONE dish will be entered TWICE into the giveaway at semester's end. I'll be posting the giveaway prize later this week, so stay tuned! And now, without further ado, the secret ingredient for February is...

BANANA!


Which means...you can be entered into the giveaway TWICE more by making a dish that combines potato chips and bananas!


Happy Cooking!
Cheesy
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17  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: January 27, 2016 07:30:02 AM
I'm FINALLY turning in some projects! Yay!!!

Class: Alchemy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Lino Cut Yule Cards
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: I made a lino cut for my holiday cards this year! The ink starts out wet and sticky, but solidifies as it dries!
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Challenge: Always Challenge
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Peg DJO Ornaments
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=442243.0
Brief Description: Each year, I craft an ornament for the grandparents and great grandparents that embody my son in some way. This year, I made peg versions of the person who will always carry my heart: my son.
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Class: Apparition
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Hogwarts Ornaments
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: I made these for the Harry Potter Holiday Swap - who DOESN'T want to visit Hogwarts?!?!?!
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Class: Arithmancy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Ugly Holiday Sweater
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: I made this for Averia in the the Ugly Sweater Swap. The fuzzy sweater, soft felt, and tingly pom-poms make this piece a wonderful tactile experience when worn.
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Class: Charms
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Spicy Margaritas
Project Page Link: http://www.loveandlemons.com/2013/09/14/jalapeno-margaritas/
Brief Description: Mr. Road and I LOVE all things spicy. Infusing the tequila for this drink takes a bit of patience, but the payoff is so worth it. The extra jalapeno slices are the prefect finishing touch!
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Challenge: Headmistress Challenge: New Year, New Skill
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Yoda Terrarium
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: I made this for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Swap. I've never done much clay work before, but when I couldn't find the perfect tiny Yoda for this project, I knew I had to make him. I used air-dry clay to craft a tiny Yoda and then painted him! Not only did I use new skills for this craft, but this was also my first time organizing a swap!
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Class: Potions
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Cinnamon Rolls!
Project Page Link: http://mylivingcookbook.blogspot.com/2012/11/cinnamon-rolls-cuisine-at-home-magazine.html
Brief Description: I got a kitchen aid for xmas this year (YAY!!). I've had this Cuisine at Home Cinnamon Roll recipe on my "someday" list forever - but the recipe specifically states you need a stand mixer to make it. Before this holiday, I didn't even have a hand mixer! Spoons and whisks were my go-to tools. But now, a whole new world has opened up! The dough for these babies has to be turned in a stand mixer - perfect for potions!
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18  Iron Chef Hogwarts: January Challenge! in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: January 20, 2016 05:25:21 PM

First of all, I'd like to apologize for my absence so far this month! January is always the busiest time for me work-wise. So far this year, I've been in San Francisco, San Diego, and Miami for three separate programs and still have two virtual programs (one tonight!) before the month is over. I love January, but I'll be glad when this one is over!

All that being said, I am here to announce that the December Iron Chef Hogwarts challenge is officially CLOSED. Congrats to ErinAquaheart and midkiffsjoy for their cherry submissions! You each have been entered once into the giveaway at semester's end!

For the remainder of January, the new secret ingredient will be....

POTATO CHIPS!



Since we have such a short amount of time for this challenge left, I will be extending and combining it with the secret ingredient for February - Stay tuned!

PS - I'm so rusty I totally posted this in the wrong spot! Sorry for any confusion caused by anyone who saw it in the wrong location!
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19  Personalized Peg Doll Ornament in Winter Holidays by Abbeeroad on: December 22, 2015 07:42:31 AM
Each year, I make an ornament for the grandparents that feature my kiddo in some way. This year, we did a personalized peg doll!

Here are the painted dolls before I attached the string:



They feature kiddo's love for Minecraft, his favorite colors (pink and green), his long-standing mohawk, and his lovely brown eyes. Smiley

Due to the holiday time crunch (seriously, how does this happen every year?), I attached a loop with hot glue to the back of each ornament:



On the tree!



And a couple pics with the real-life inspiration, in order to achieve full appreciation of the personalization. Smiley

Dressed like his likeness!



And his "it looks just like me!" face:



Thanks for looking! Crafty holidays! Cheesy
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20  Re: Harry Potter Holiday Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Abbeeroad on: December 15, 2015 06:36:45 AM
Awesome stuff! I love the winged key, the nargle mistletoe, and the fat rat cross stitch!

I received an awesome package from FiberAlchemist as well!!

Group Shot:



I'm SO EXCITED to have a vera verto rat goblet!! It's fluffy and nobby and perfect!!



And a super cute cross stitch mini hoopla!



Both look right at home on our tree, and the butterscotch candy cane won't make it to Xmas! Cheesy

Thank you Fiber!! I love everything. Cheesy
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