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171  Tree Stump Storage Bin (pic heavy!) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Abbeeroad on: March 21, 2013 08:14:45 AM
I made this for MamanTattoo for the One Awesome Harry Potter Thing Swap. She had something similar pinned, and I knew I wanted to give it a try. I "Potterized" it by making it a Whomping Willow Stump for the swap. I'm ridiculously proud of the end result, and really want to make another one for myself!

First, the finished product:

With the lid off:


Lid close up and some of the "Potterization." Since the Whomping Willow is a magical tree, I thought it would record events in its rings. So these are some Hogwarts events over the years from the tree's perspective:

Some of the events:

"Remus Lupin transforms into werewolf"
"James, Sirius, and Pettigrew discover the secret passage"
"Ford Anglia crashes into branches"
"Harry, Ron, and Hermione discover the secret passage"
"Battle of Hogwarts"

During quiet times, the tree marks the year with a simple "grow."

The stump includes the knot for the secret passage to The Shrieking Shack:

And here's some in progress shots. It's constructed from one of those water cooler bottles that my husband brought home from work and cut into two pieces. I had to "patch" the handle side to give it a completely round shape:

Top view:

The "bark" is fuzzy felt purchased on JoAnn's cut into 3-inch strips and sewn together with the seams right-side out. Here's a pre-attachment shot (sorry, I thought this was a better pic than it is!):

I cut the "roots" from some of the excess bark and fit another piece of felt for the bottom:

Yay! It's finally starting to look like a stump!

For the lining, I simply laid some fabric inside the stump and sewed it in:

Here are some pics of the top construction. It's all just cardboard, some duct tape, fabric, and glue!

Close up of the "seal":

And that's it! I'm definitely going to level off the top next time, or even try making the lid from scratch! This was a super fun project and I really enjoyed making it.

Critiques and comments welcome! Thanks for looking! Smiley
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172  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: March 18, 2013 04:30:23 PM
Snape is looking mighty handsome, FreakieGeekie!

After a struggle with my Internet connection this afternoon, I present the Seeker badge!

Great practice, pinkleo! Keep it up Gryffindors!
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173  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: March 18, 2013 10:14:41 AM
TechnicolorAquahearts - your quiche looks sooo delicious. It reminds me of the ones you get from Panera, which I keep saying I'm going to make at home, but never do! Thanks for sharing your recipe! And your OWL is looking amazing!!!

Awesome SPEW work as usual, pinkleo, and yay Seeker!!

pottermouth, your bunnies and chicks scream SPRING!

Yay for new Bean and Hogsmeade Challenge! How exciting!

Now for some Horcrux Hunting:

Challenge: Horcrux Hunt: Marvolo Gaunt's Ring
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Dumbledore Quote Prayer Flag
Link: Prayer Flag Round 3 GALLERY
Brief Description: I made this for the recent round of the prayer flag swap. As soon as I saw Dumbledore's quote on her questionnaire, I knew I had to use it!
Project Picture:

Challenge: Horcrux Hunt: Rowena Ravenclaw's Diadem
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Raven feather prayer flag
Link: Prayer Flag Round 3 GALLERY
Brief Description: I made this for my other partner in the prayer flag swap. I think both the feather and the quote are appropriate for Rowena Ravenclaw.
Project Picture:

Challenge: Horcrux Hunt: Hegla Hufflepuff's Cup
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: JR tooth pillow
Brief Description: My good friend's daughter just tuned 7 - prime tooth-loosing age! Inspired by Hermione, whose parents were dentists, and always encouraged proper tooth care!
Project Picture:

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174  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: March 16, 2013 10:34:59 AM
Your OWLs are looking great tia and jen!

jennie - I love all your projects. You are a master with that Vintaj machine. I never even heard of it, but I am loving your jewelry.  Have fun at your conference! It sounds awesome!!

SiakelA - Your bento looks delicious and I love your mug cozy!!

The castle is happy to have you back, pinkleo! Smiley

jenleahlynn - sorry it's a little late, here's your badge for completing the Beater Quidditch Challenge!

Remember, to make the team, you have to complete all four Quidditch Challenges. And everyone can achieve all badges to make the team!!
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175  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: March 12, 2013 07:59:37 AM
So many awesome projects to catch up on and I love all the badge reveals! My house needs some updating, but first...

Yay pinkleo for Extra Credit AND Quidditch! Your EC has been duly noted, and on behalf of our Quidditch Captain, here's your well-deserved Chaser Badge! One step closer to making the team!

To claim your badge, right click and save to your computer.  Then, you can do whatever you wish with it.  Ideas on how to show-off your badges: use it as an avatar, put it in your profile under Brief Bio, or create a pinterest board for all your badges.  

Quidditch badges can be found on the Gryffindor Bulletin Board or the Quidditch Pitch!

For pinkleo and jenleahlynn for their AMAZING SPEW work, here's a little something from your HoH!

And to MamanTattoo, for being a wonderful Quidditch Captain:

Go Gryffindor! Smiley
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176  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: March 06, 2013 08:06:09 AM
So, I freaked out a bit when I saw that we only have the spring to kick horcrux butt. I don't want to be stuck with active horcruxes in my house! I tracked down these two, hoping to get at least a few more soon!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Horcrux Hunter: Tom Riddle's Diary
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Diary Page Prayer Flag
Project Page Link: Inspired by this pillow and quote (slightly modified to fit on flag)
Brief Description: I imagined this flag to look like a page ripped from a diary (it's a JOURNAL! sorry...AVPSY reference...), with the reminder to be present and the poem quote as ways to do so.
Project Picture:

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Horcrux Hunter: Nagini
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Monster Tooth Pillow
Project Page Link: Inspiration
Brief Description: My son is far from loosing his teeth, but very interested in the concept. I told him I'd make him a tooth pillow for when he started loosing his little teeth, but of course he wanted it now. It's a monster pillow, not a snake, but the fabric is very snake-like, and Nagini is very monster-like. So, yeah.
Project Picture:

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177  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: March 04, 2013 06:42:10 AM
SO much catching up to do already, I love it!

patty, that bread looks AMAZING!

Cute mini flying carpet, sammylouise40!

pottermouth - looks delish, but now I'm curious about these pumpkin wontons...

Congrats on your completed OWL, tiamatfire! Here's a CFC card for your hard work!!

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178  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *CLOSED* in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: March 04, 2013 06:33:20 AM
Sorry, late to the party, but CONGRATS everyone!! So much fun end of term announcements! Everyone worked so hard, all awards are well-deserved.

Thanks to our wonderful headmistresses for such an awesome semester!!

One more announcement to add to the list, not as exciting now, but...February's Gryffindors of the Month were...

MamanTattoo and tiamatfire!

Hope to see you all in the Spring!
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179  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: March 01, 2013 03:09:47 PM

Check out the Gryffindor Bulletin Board for this semester's Extra Credit Options.

Don't forget Quidditch!
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180  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: March 01, 2013 08:26:30 AM
Congratulations WotW!  Amazing Crafty Magic!
And jennie, that badge is STUNNING!

Both of these sentiments are my thoughts EXACTLY!

Yay for Spring Semester!! Welcome Gryffindor Students! I'll get some Gryffindor Extra Credit up soon and I know Maman has some fun planned for Quidditch!

Thanks for the CFC headmistress! Starting Spring right! Smiley In that spirit, here's a special CFC for all Gryffindor's returning students! Thanks for making Gryffindor a great house to head!

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