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151  Re: Prayer Flag Swap Rd. 2 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Abbeeroad on: January 07, 2013 03:31:47 PM
I just received THE. MOST. BEAUTIFUL. FLAG. from PerfectlyBohemian. She is amazing, she is.

I love everything about it and the more I look, the more I see. Thank you so, so, so much, PerfectlyBohemian. I love it!!!!
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152  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: January 02, 2013 11:08:49 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Personalized Cross Stitches
Project Page Link (if available): N/A
Brief Description: I don't find cross stitch particularly confusing, but creating the patterns for the people on graphing paper did prove a bit trickier than first imagined. I used Martha Stewart's tutorial and templates. The kids in particular were difficult and I still think making a three-year-old is impossible. No matter what, the kids came out too tall or all looking the same age. My one attempt at downsizing really just made the kid look skinnier (which he actually is, so it turned out ok). Anyway, the recipients of these two stitched families were very happy with the outcomes, and my son keeps asking when I'm going to make him. I think I know what I'm doing for family X-mas ornaments next year. I think I'll start now!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Hanging Towels
Project Page Link (if available): N/A
Brief Description: Both my mom and my grandmother received these towels for X-mas this year. I got the pattern free online here.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Holiday Recipe Challenge
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Stuffed Artichokes Cartisano
Project Page Link (if available): N/A
Brief Description: These remind me of my mom, which remind her of her grandmother. My mom and I both made them this year, and since we weren't together for the holidays, it helped us feel a little closer to both be making the same family recipe.
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2 cups plain breadcrumbs
1/2 cup parsley
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon minced onion
1-2 cloves garlic
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
4 large artichokes
4 tablespoons olive oil

Mix breadcrumbs, parsley, cheese, onion, salt, and pepper. Clean and prepare artichokes. Spoon mixture into opened artichoke leaves. Place in saucepan and sprinkle with oil. Add 1-2 inches of water and garlic cloves. Cover and cook on low 2-4 hours until leaves fall off. (This is actually more detail than my mom's written recipe, which is based on memories of her grandmother making them. I still had a million questions while making them!).
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153  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: January 02, 2013 10:26:11 AM
January Extra Credit

Introducing the Gryffindor Lionalong!

*Gryffindor Students Only Please*

Through the month of January, Gryffindor students who incorporate a lion in any way into their coursework will be awarded one Gryffindor Ruby. This "lionalong" should not disrupt students from completing their regular coursework, but rather should serve as a source of added inspiration. Students may incorporate as many lions as they wish into their coursework all through January. There is no limit to the number of rubies a student may achieve. If students incorporate more than one lion into one course, they will receive one ruby for each lion created/crafted. For example, if you create three lions for Arithmancy, you will receive course credit and THREE rubies. Lions created outside regular coursework will still receive ruby recognition, but will not be eligible for course credit or house points. As Head of Gryffindor House, I will be magically tracking the number of rubies achieved by each individual Gryffindor student during the month of January only to determine the next Gryffindor of the Month. Good luck and happy lion-ing.

**Special thanks to pinkleo for this month's Extra Credit idea**
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154  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: January 02, 2013 08:16:40 AM
Congratulations Gryffindor(s) of the Month!

pinkleo and MamanTattoo tied for the most rubies in December, so they are BOTH awarded Gryffindor of the Month!! Congratulations!

Click the thumbnail on the Gryffindor Bulletin Board to claim your badge!
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155  Re: Harry Potter Holiday ~ Beware Nargles in Your Mistletoe! in The Swap Gallery by Abbeeroad on: December 24, 2012 01:20:18 PM
I received today from misskohaku!! What an adorable little Christmas present!!

It's super tiny. Here's a pic with my crazy kid for size reference.

He's running on pretty much sugar and excitement at this point Wink

Thank you misskohaku! Happy Harry Potter Holiday!
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156  Re: Harry Potter Holiday ~ Beware Nargles in Your Mistletoe! in The Swap Gallery by Abbeeroad on: December 18, 2012 01:08:43 PM
I received today from MadHatteh!! She sent me an adorable little HP Christmas tree with all my favorite things on it!

You can see an owl, lumos, and gryffindor garland in this pic. There's also a gryffindor crest.

The other side. You can see McGonagall, bloody hell, and a transfiguration lesson plan!

She also sent me a bracelet, a note, and some chocolate! Here's a group shot:

Thank you, MadHatteh! I love it!!!
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157  Child Drawing Ornament Tutorial in Winter Holidays by Abbeeroad on: December 18, 2012 07:36:57 AM
If you're a last minute gift maker like me, here's a quick, easy, and personalized way to turn your kid's drawings into ornaments!

Materials Needed:

See-through top fabric (I used muslin)
Backing fabric
Fabric marker
~8 inches of ribbon
Kiddo's drawing

First, cut both your top fabric and backing fabric to about 4 in x 4 in:

Next, place the top fabric on top of the drawing and trace the image onto the fabric using a fabric pen:

Easy, peasy.

Next, layer the fabric pieces right sides together with the ribbon sandwiched in the middle. Make sure the ends of the ribbon are at the top of the drawing so it hangs right side up after sewing.

Sew around the edge, leaving about 2 inches open at the bottom for turning right side out:

Turn right side out:

Stuff with polyfill and hand sew the opening at the bottom:

You can personalize it by adding names, dates, drawing titles, whatever!

I'm sure there's a million things you could do with the drawing once you got it on fabric. I hope this inspires you this holiday season!!

Thanks for looking Smiley
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158  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: December 13, 2012 11:06:40 AM
Abbeeroad...you makes me want to try tie-dye so hard... but I'm scared of the messyness with my kids!

haha...I am almost always dyeing something. It's kind of a problem around here...

In the summer I let DJ play with my dyes. Here's a pic of him squirting some dye on a sheet I turned into a wrap skirt.

It's tough in the winter, especially here at my in-laws house (they are a bit neater than I usually am), but in the summer I just stick him in some old clothes and let him have at it! It's probably easier with only one kiddo, though Wink

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159  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: December 13, 2012 06:50:57 AM
FiberAlchemist - wow! so many awesome projects! And thanks for the stenciling tips! Mine have not been coming out as clean either lately. Not sure why. I'm also having trouble with some pieces (like the center of an "A" for example) coming up when I paint over the stencil. I'm not working in an ideal environment at the moment, maybe it's because I'm using a towel on the table to iron on instead of a board? Anyway, everything came out great. I love the fox scarf.

pottermouth - I love that owl pattern. Great ear protection!

WhistleFish - excellent arithmancy! I really like the finished product. It has a nice "manly" feel to it, something I struggle with sometimes!

SKooKuM - cool crayon art! I'm intimidated by it, myself!

FreakieGeekie - Super cute kitty!! The black thread does contrast nicely!!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Another Tie-Dye
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: Just another tie-dye for the BIL. This time I did two rounds. One ice, one LWI. It's a little eclectic looking, but I think he'll dig it. It's got the blackening and the reddening covered.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch/Scavenger Hunt
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Weasley Tee
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: My quidditch-inspired item, that also has red/gold incorporated! I went with Weasley on the back because really, who doesn't want to be a member of the Weasley fam? Think I'll snag the keeper spot Wink
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Action shot attempt:

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160  Re: Harry Potter Holiday ~ Beware Nargles in Your Mistletoe! in The Swap Gallery by Abbeeroad on: December 11, 2012 01:09:49 PM
Love that radish hoop!

I received this batch of wonderful HP Holiday goodies from mariak today!!!

I got my very own Weasley sweater ornament!!

A lumos/nox ornament that I really love!!

And a Weasley clock ornament!

She also sent some yummy chocolates and wrapped everything up in holiday wrapping paper! It felt like Christmas!

Thanks so much for a great swap, mariak! I hope you get your package soon!
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