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171  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: May 07, 2013 08:19:31 AM
Sorry for the delay in this announcement. May has completely snuck up on me!

This month's Gryffindor of the Month has been a long time coming. She is an amazing crafter, advocate, and teacher, and she never fails to encourage the entire HPC with her creative contributions! April's GotM is...jennieingram!!

Congratulations deputy headmistress! Wear it with pride!

psst...look familiar?  Wink
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172  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: May 03, 2013 09:11:32 AM
So excited for the battle of hogwarts challenge! Awesome.

I'm ashamed to say I had to google Baba Yaga and her house. After some research, I'm thinking I'll need some sort of shrine or wall art depicting her house once all is said and done. This has definitely been a major trial on my spiritual path! Though I haven't overcome it just yet.

And I actually have some progress to report on this Advanced Studies Friday!! Yay!!

I returned to the quilt (new deadline is hubby's 30th birthday June 26), and picked up the last of the interfacing:

And dyed a sheet for either the border or the back. I'm leaning toward back as I'm thinking plain black for the borders. Which puts me stalled once again until I can pick up a black sheet on the cheap!

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173  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: May 02, 2013 08:14:13 AM
Love the spoon necklace, jennie! It makes me want to play around with spoons, a hammer, and my metal stamps!

pinkleo - beautiful non-crochet work! And your DADA extra credit puts you at PREFECT status!! Congrats! Grab your badge from the Gryffindor Bulletin Board!

And at the risk of being totally off topic, here's an updated pic of the house! In case you can't tell, ours is the one that looks like it's about to walk away!

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174  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: April 30, 2013 08:31:11 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Skateboard Sling
Project Page Link: http://kojo-designs.com/2011/11/gfg-guest-tutorial-skateboard-sling-by-the-boy-trifecta-2/
Brief Description: I made this for my friend's son's birthday (he's 11!). When not in use, it kind of looks like a flying carpet (shape), and it helps magically carry and transport skateboards, items that can be notoriously difficult to hold when not in use, leaving your hands free for other things!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Dirt
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: House Elevation Project - Day 1!!
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: I totally understand if this doesn't count, as I didn't actually craft anything for this, but I wanted to share the news, and the challenge just lined up too perfectly, haha. Due to flooding from Hurricane Irene, our house is being elevated four feet, and construction FINALLY began yesterday (we've only been waiting for over 1.5 years...). Here is a pic of just one of the HUGE piles of dirt being dug out around our house (we are getting a whole new foundation!) and another one just because I have it. By the end of today, it should be up on cribbing 9 ft in the air (no pic yet)! Wild.
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175  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: April 26, 2013 05:26:13 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition
Gryffindor Extra Credit Option: Apparition - Destination - Zelda!
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Double Links
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: I made these for mama24boyz in the Zelda swap. She has twin boys, so of course, twin Links were necessary. When placed side by side, they work together to encourage cooperation among siblings! They invoke the destination "d" of apparition by transporting the carrier to the mysterious and magical lands of the Zelda Universe, with a little imagination of course. Wink
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
Gryffindor Extra Credit Option: Arithmancy - Social Number = 3
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Zelda Plushie
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: Also made for mama24boyz for the Zelda Swap. The body of this plushie is separate from her clothes and head piece. They don't look very special until you put them together and Zelda emerges! My social number in the arithmancy calculator came out 3, which is represented here by the triforce image on Zelda's dress.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
Gryffindor Extra Credit Option: Divination
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Family Cross Stitch
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: This is my little family depicted in stitches. We perfectly represent the three face cards: King, Queen, and Jack (male, female, youth). This picture represents our present and our future, as we will continue to grow together as a family for years to come. It just needs the perfect frame.
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176  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: April 24, 2013 01:42:02 PM
Yep, she's done it, folks! MamanTattoo is the first to achieve Gryffindor Head Girl!!!

What are you going to do now?!?!  Shocked  lol!

Congratulations Maman! Here's your badge!

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177  Re: DIY Squirt Bottle Tie-Dye in Dyeing: Completed Projects by Abbeeroad on: April 23, 2013 11:48:33 AM
Thanks guys!!

Awesome, I Sew Cute! My dye stash is always in flux. Sometimes I get away with a $0 dye project!

Current stock:

Definitely some projects left before I have to spend more moolah!
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178  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: April 23, 2013 08:09:33 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Unity
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: House Tie-Dyes
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=422944.0#axzz2RIaYo7Ti
Brief Description: I made some HP-house themed tie-dyes this past weekend. The colors came out a bit different than I had planned due to an unfortunate mix-up with the black, blue, and gray. Basically, I kept grabbing the blue! I just went with it. I'm probably going to add some freezer-paper stencil house mascots to the bottom right hand corner of each shirt and offer them up in Diagon Alley (if that's recurring this semester?).
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Great. Now I have "Goin Back to Hogwarts" stuck in my head.  Roll Eyes
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179  DIY Squirt Bottle Tie-Dye in Dyeing: Completed Projects by Abbeeroad on: April 23, 2013 07:56:15 AM
You know those tie-dye kits that come with "everything you need to dye" and usually cost around $20? They're great, right? I must admit that my tie-dye experience began with one of those kits. But eventually, dropping $20 every time I wanted to dye was hitting my wallet (I may or may not dye on a regular basis Wink). So, I made my own kit!

I'll admit that the initial gathering of supplies for your DIY kit might rival the store-bought kit in cost, but it will be far more cost-effective with multiple rounds of dyeing. Here's what I start with:

Squirt bottles and commercial powdered dye. I'm using RIT for this tutorial because it's cheap and easy to find. I've also used Dylon and Tulip brands (Dylon is probably a personal fave). If you use fiber reactive dyes, you'll need to add a soda-ash soaking step that I skip here.

Start by adding 1-2 T dye to your bottles. I like to do this outside with lots of fresh air so I don't breathe in the powder. Wearing a mask is also a good idea. With RIT, I've found that for lighter colors you'll need more powder in your bottles (~2 T), or the color will just wash out. Darker colors are usually ok with less (~1 T).

Once you've got the powder safely in the squirt bottles, add HOT water. The water heater in my house is set ridiculously high, so I just let the water run until it's steaming and then fill 'um up! Shake to dissolve all the powder and you're ready to go!

A note on the bottles: Store-bought dye kits tend to have "needle nose" bottles. These give you increased precision when applying dye. Generally, I'm ok with a less-precise look, but if you want more control over your dye, look for a pointier tip on your squirt bottles.

Now, for the "tie" portion of our program. I did basic spirals for this project to keep things simple, but there are TONS of resources out there for different tying techniques. I did wet my shirts prior to dyeing to help the dye penetrate the shirt. It's not necessary, as I have had success with dry shirts/fabric as well.

Lay your shirt out on a clean, flat surface (if wet, a plastic bag under the shirt will help protect whatever surface you're working on):

Pinch the center with your index finger and thumb and twist the entire shirt around that point.

Rubber band the heck out of it.

Now you're ready to dye! I like to dye on an old cooling rack placed over a bucket. The rack keeps the dye from pooling around the shirt as you dye and the bucket catches the excess.

Using your squirt bottles, apply different color dye to each "triangle" of the tied shirt. Repeat until all your material has been covered in color.

When finished, place the shirt on newspaper to soak up any excess dye.

After about 30-60 minutes, transfer the shirts to plastic bags and store in a dry, warm place for 12-24 hours. I set them near the heater in the basement.

After the agonizing wait is over, rinse out the shirts with cold/warm water until the water runs clear (or until you've had enough squeezing Wink).

you can admire your work now, but know that it will change slightly post-wash. I throw the shirts right into the washing machine without detergent in cold water. If I have something with a very different color scheme, I'll wash it separate just to keep the colors from melding in the washer. You'll notice post-washing that the excess dye does tint the white spots on the shirt with this method. If you want to keep the white white, make sure your water runs clear before washing and wash each shirt by itself. With RIT/Dylon/Tulip, you might still get some color bleed in the machine, just a heads up. You can either line dry or machine dry your shirts after they go through the washer.

Now you can enjoy your work!

Thanks for looking! Hope you try this at home!  Grin
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180  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: April 16, 2013 10:36:00 AM
Congratulations MamanTattoo!!

You've officially made the Gryffindor Quidditch Team!

Remember that making the team this semester is no guarantee you'll make it next semester, so keep working hard!
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