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21  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: October 27, 2016 07:45:44 AM
Class: Apparition AND Iron Chef Hogwarts: BEER
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & LINK: Chicken with Honey Beer Sauce
Brief Description: My brother-in-law came over for dinner the other night and I had no idea what I was going to make. He is a pescatarian, and I only had chicken in my house. A quick trip to the food store on my way home and I was able to whip up shrimp and chicken versions of this dish. Both came out great. The recipe is super easy and delicious. I used Miller Light because it's been sitting in my fridge forever, and the sauce came out sticky and carmelized and super yummy. The Parmesan sweet potato fries I made for a side were more work!
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Class: Arithmancy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Suggestion Box for the Office
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: My work ambitions are not to climb the corporate ladder or to make a ton of money, but rather to maintain a positive work-life balance and to enjoy the time I spend in the office. To help spread a positive work environment, our office manager implemented a suggestion box and asked me to make one for her. I cut, primed, and painted a little box to fit the bill. I hope it helps bring my career ambitions a little bit closer!
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Class: Charms
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Red Hat for DJ
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: My kiddo is being Ash Ketchum for Halloween. After searching for a red/white trucker style hat and coming up with nil, we went the DIY route! I picked up a plain white hat at the store and pulled out my red dye. I did get some dye bleeding onto the front portion of the hat, so I painted that section white and voila! This project is both red and for a family member - bonus! I added the green swoosh to the hat after this pic was taken.
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Challenge: Headmistress Challenge: WAND (Oct)
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Pokemon Trunk or Treat Decorations/Candy "Bowl"
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: The material that called to me for this project is a bit unconventional. I was perusing Michaels with no real purpose but to get ideas for this years' trunk or treat. The store was in the middle of transitioning inventory from fall to winter (i.e. Halloween to Xmas), and there were lots of empty shelves and merchandise in the aisles. In one center aisle, I came across a bin full of empty cardboard boxes. I immediately had an image of the boxes covered in wrapping paper and decorated with Pokemon scenes that could be stacked in the back of my car. I asked a friendly employee who said I could take as many boxes as I wanted for free! Score! My idea transformed a bit into making make-shift Pokemon cards with the wrapped boxes when I went to implement it. The pokeball "bowl" was made from similarly inspired materials I found in the trash pile at the office. when I found the round piece on the bottom, I had no idea how I was going to incorporate it into my project, but brought it home anyway, feeling like it was too unique of a piece to let go. It ended up being perfect for holding up my lopsided cardboard pokeball!
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Class: Muggle Studies
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Ash Ketchum Jacket
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: I searched the Internet for a good pattern to use to make my son his Ash Ketchum jacket for Halloween, but nothing seemed to fit exactly. I finally decided to draft my own pattern using one of kiddo's shirts, because "If you want something done right, do it yourself." It came out better than I thought it would!
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22  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: October 10, 2016 10:20:56 AM
Abbeeroad, I love the improvised stitching piece!  Are you going to incorporate it into a finished project or just leave it as-is?

Good question - I have no idea what I'm going to do with it, haha.

Love your Tonks and Luna chocolate frog card costumes!! Awesome.

Class: Flying
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Organized craft table
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: My crafting table was in such dire need of organizing, I didn't even have the space to actually craft on it! With so many projects on my to-do list, I was getting paralyzed by my serious disorganization. I got a burst of energy yesterday to finally clean it all up (and out). One big trash can and at least one new organizing bin later...I've got my craft table back! And then some. I never had this much room to actually work on it before.
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BEFORE (how embarrassing):


Now I can actually get something done!
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23  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: October 06, 2016 07:23:59 AM
Love the celtic drawing, Magpirate! You make it seem like something I can actually do.

Class: Alchemy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Peruvian Chicken with Green Sauce
Project Page Link: Recipe
Brief Description: In the early days of my marriage, when it was just me and Mr. Road, we met friends in the city one night to try a new Peruvian restaurant called Pio Pio. It was small and narrow and packed. We waited at least an hour for a table, standing by the entrance while delivery guys shuffled in and out through the door. Once we sat down, all the frustration of the wait was forgotten as we ate rotisserie Peruvian chicken, papas fritas with hot dogs, sweet plantains, and rice and beans, all absolutely smothered in a spicy green sauce and washed down with fruit-laden sangria. It is still one of our favorite memories of our early trips into NYC, and a gastric experience of a lifetime. We've gone back to Pio Pio several times since (they now have a MUCH larger space on Amsterdam Ave), but there was something magic about that first visit. In honor of that memory, I attempted to recreate at least the flavor of the experience at home with this dish. I added a couple jalapenos to the green sauce recipe to give it extra heat (it certainly put a fire in our bellies, too!). While the dish was very good, it was not as amazing as a real trip to Pio Pio, which I think we'll have to visit again very soon!
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Class: Astronomy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Chocolate Frog Cards
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: For the Ravenclaw-hosted Chocolate Frog Card Swap, I made multiple copies of my very own chocolate frog card! I struggled with what to write on the back, and in the end noticed a typo as a result of a misplace line break, but I was too far along to restart when I noticed it. It will just add to the value of the card eventually, right? Wink Hopefully these are mostly received and I'm not ruining any surprises...I just sent them Monday, so avert your eyes if you don't want spoilers. Smiley This pic is before I did a final trimming of the edges and signed my name on each card (because I forgot to type it in!).
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Challenge: Detention: October
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Slow Cloth Practice Piece
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: I'm participating in the Slow Cloth/Boro Stitch swap (and partnered with the fabulous noodle-bug, woohoo!) here on Craftster, and I wanted to get in some practice with my newly-purchased sashiko thread and needles before making a piece for the actual swap. I'm glad I practiced, because the piece for noodle is coming out much better. There was absolutely no planning for this improvised piece, it just kind of emerged as I went along. I tacked down each piece first, and then just stitched over the whole thing. It is very meditative and fun, and I can't wait to play more with this technique.
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24  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: October 02, 2016 09:04:09 AM
Hogwarts will continue to host "Iron Chef Hogwarts" this semester! Each month a new secret ingredient will be revealed. All Hogwarts students who prepare a dish containing the secret ingredient will earn the secret ingredient badge displayed below and be entered into the Ion Chef Hogwarts giveaway at semester's end to win a yet-to-be-announced prize!

If you make a dish with the secret ingredient each month, your name will be entered into the drawing at the end of the semester THREE times for THREE chances to win!

Be sure to add the header Iron Chef Hogwarts: SECRET INGREDIENT (e.g. MUSHROOM) to your entry. And double up with existing classes/challenges to claim house points (Iron Chef Hogwarts entries that do not fit a class/challenge prompt will not count for house points)

The secret ingredient for October is....


Make one of my all-time favorites: beer butt chicken! Warm up with this spicy beer chili. Get sweet with this chocolate stout cake

Head to The Kitchens for more info!
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25  Iron Chef Hogwarts: WINNER! in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: October 02, 2016 08:18:47 AM
Thanks to netchez, seeuudee, and Inselaeffchen for their Apple Iron Chef Hogwarts entries for September! And a BIG thank you to all who contributed to the Iron Chef Hogwarts challenges this semester.

By random number selection, the WINNER of Iron Chef Hogwarts for the Midsummer term is....


You've won a deathly hallows wood-burned spoon! I'll be reaching out to you shortly to discuss details and shipping info! Congrats!

See you all next term!
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26  Hogwarts Kitchens: Home of Iron Chef Hogwarts in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: September 20, 2016 07:21:36 AM
Hogwarts will continue to host "Iron Chef Hogwarts" this semester! Each month a new secret ingredient will be revealed. All Hogwarts students who prepare a dish containing the secret ingredient will earn the secret ingredient badge displayed below and be entered into the Ion Chef Hogwarts giveaway at semester's end to win a yet-to-be-announced prize!

If you make a dish with the secret ingredient each month, your name will be entered into the drawing at the end of the semester THREE times for THREE chances to win!

Be sure to add the header Iron Chef Hogwarts: SECRET INGREDIENT (e.g. MUSHROOM) to your entry. And double up with existing classes/challenges to claim house points (Iron Chef Hogwarts entries that do not fit a class/challenge prompt will not count for house points)

The secret ingredient for January is....


Celebrate the new year with a Vanilla Sparkling Wine Pound Cake, or cheers it up with this Sparkling Pomegranate Punch, or even sparkle up dinner with Chicken with Fresh Peas and Sparkling Wine!*

*Sparkling grape juice, cider, or any other "sparkling" drink can be substituted. Grin

Previous Iron Chef Challenges

October - Beer

November - Cranberries

December - Coffee

NOTE: All secret ingredients are chosen at random from a list of ingredients that have been actual Iron Chef secret ingredients on the US muggle television show. That being said, if you are allergic to any ingredient posted, you may still enter and earn your badge IF you choose a recipe that is traditionally made with the secret ingredient but substitute that single ingredient with an allergy-safe version. Please call out any substitutions in your post. Only substitutions based on allergy or other health-related dietary restrictions will be accepted. Thank you for your cooperation!
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27  Gryffindor Common Room in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: September 19, 2016 01:25:24 PM

Welcome to the Yule Term of the Harry Potter Craftalong! I hope that you will all carry the excellent crafty momentum from last term into this one! This term, we will be exploring the Gryffindor Tower and the Gryffindors within it! We'll start in the common room, where work, play, and students mingle. Explore and enjoy!

Test your HP knowledge: Harry Potter Emoji Quiz

Keep good company: Famous Gryffindors


Who's that Gryffindor?

Ever find yourself wandering the halls of Hogwarts, spotting other students with a gold and red scarf, and thinking to yourself, "who is that Gryffindor?" Well, wonder no more! The common room is a place for all Gryffindor students to mingle and get to know each other! If you are a little shy or intimidated, I'll introduce you to some. Wink

Allow me to introduce Gryffindor student (and our esteemed Headmistress), Mistress Jennie!

You may recognize Mistress Jennie by her beautiful face:

Or by her beautiful personality! Read on to learn a little bit more about your fellow Gryffindor.

What do you feel makes you a Gryffindor?
That is an excellent question, especially since I'm not sure many who meet me would call me bold or daring.  I always had fantastic grades and was an overachiever in school, like my Ravenclaw friends.  I worked very hard to get a full scholarship to graduate school, and my fierce ambition paid off, like it often does for our Slytherin members. When I taught college, my goal was to make sure all my students were included, like any loyal Hufflepuff.  But when the Sorting Hat asked who I wanted to be, I knew in my heart it was Gryffindor. Gryffindor House represents everything I want to be, and try hard to hold myself to being.  To me being a Gryffindor means standing up and speaking up when you see wrongs or injustices happening.  It means risking death (or worse, expulsion!), to make sure evil doesn't take root.  It means that you keep going, even when things seem darkest, because in the end that's the right thing to do.

Which Gryffindor student do you think you most resemble?

If I were to name which Gryffindor student I am most like, I'd have say a mix of Hermione and Neville.  I might not be the first one to decide to go on a quest, worrying over the possible consequences, and sometimes I need to dig deep to find my courage.  But that didn't stop either of them from fighting for what was right, and it won't stop me either.

What drew you to the Harry Potter Craftalong?
Our former Headmistress pinkleo, asked me to join during the first semester.  I had seen her post the Craftalong, but at first I didn't want to get involved, because I felt so busy with work.  But since we are Crafster BFF's, I decided to stop in and say hello in an effort to support her new endeavor.  Since we usually co-organized for one another's swaps, it was natural to offer to help her when the Craftalong started to grow.  Soon, I was her Deputy Headmistress, and the rest as they say, is history!

What is your favorite project you've ever submitted as part of the Craftalong?
I keep a Pinterest Board with everything I've submitted to the HPC, and in thinking about this question I scrolled through it.  It seems I've submitted 500 projects since the HPC began, so it was hard to narrow it down.  I'd say my top three are the Gryffin-ghan that I made for pinkleo, because it was the first large scale crochet project that I took on. The inspiration from folks who were making large scale projects here really gave me the confidence to try something so big. 

Next was my Muggle Studies NEWT, a home canning extravaganza in which I taught myself about canning by making 20 different preserved food recipes, resulting in 105 jars of food in just 36 days!  I think this was my first NEWT, and the incentive to complete a large scale project to earn lots of House Points was a great inducement to try something I was initially frightened of.

But my absolute favorite project that I've submitted here was my Shrine to the Goddess of Crafty Inspiration, which was also made for pinkleo.  While it is physically small, about 7" square, it took a full week of painting, crackling, sanding, distressing, stamping, gathering bits and bobs, and gluing items in layer by layer.  I used lots of items I had been hoarding for years including antique buttons, wooden spools, and tins, found objects like the burnt out headlight from my car, broken jewelry, and a licorice root from Knickertwist's garden.  I think the ongoing nature of the project, in which only a bit could be done at a time, is a great parallel to the HPC, where we are each sharing a bit of our crafting with one another each and every day.

What is your favorite Harry Potter-themed craft (can be yours of someone else's)?
I think my favorite HP craft that I've created is my Silver Doe Shrine Ornaments for the HP Holiday Swap in 2014. It was one of those rare instances of a 'Eureka! Moment' of inspiration, coupled with the fact that they came out even better than I had imagined them. 

As for HP crafts from other folks, I've long been in love with ofenjen's Harry Potter Quilt.  It's my Everest.  The thing I'd most like to conquer some day.

How has the Harry Potter Craftalong influenced your life (inside or outside of crafting)?
The HPC has had a huge influence in my life.  I came to know several members who I consider close friends out in the Muggle world, and have even had a chance to meet a few including Abbeeroad & Magpirate.  (And I'm looking forward to meeting edelC this summer!)  It has also taught me to look for inspiration everyday.  Since I'm the one planning so many of the challenge & class prompts, I keep a running list of ideas, so that hopefully the craftalong never feels stale.  I want everyone to continue to be inspired here, which in turn, inspires me.

Anything you'd like to say to your fellow HPC Hogwarts Students?
Thank you for inspiring me!  Each time I see someone excitedly propose an OWL, proudly post their completed NEWT, or even just commenting on someone else's work, it gives me a warm glow in my heart.  Craftster is such a magical place of sharing and creativity, but the HPC is even more special to me because it combines that creative spark with a deep and abiding love of story, helping to keep the magic of that story alive in our hearts every day.

Thanks for taking the time to introduce yourself to your fellow students, Mistress Jennie!
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28  Re: Happy Mail Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Abbeeroad on: September 10, 2016 02:52:47 PM
Wow - these packages are amazing!!! Such cool little details.

I also received an awesome package from curiousfae!

First,the packaging. Front:

Totally spaced on the fact that addresses were displayed, so I removed this pic - curiousfae's lettering was pretty awesome though!!  Smiley

And back:

The awesomely wrapped insides:

Loved the way the note was folded, it made me feel like I was in high school again.

She sent an "all about me" page with some awesome tid bits. I loved seeing what we had in common. (Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas?!?! We had two VHS tapes full of holiday shows and we watched this one every year!) So great.

Onto the goodies!! Paperclip goodness:


And an ATC kit!! I'm so excited about this. Cheesy

Thanks so much, curiousfae! This was the highlight of my day!
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29  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: September 07, 2016 11:51:23 AM
Who's ready for some QUIDDITCH?!?!?!?!?  Grin

Challenge: Quidditch: Beater
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Craftster Trading Card
Project Page Link: Gallery Post
Brief Description: These ATC-sized cards of my likeness are made of paper!
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Challenge: Quidditch: Blatching
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Bloom Flag
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: I made this flag from an old attempt at woodburning words. I covered up the words so you can't really see them anymore. The lotus in the center and the word "bloom" are stamped, while the rest of the piece is painted with various tools and methods. The lotus is a stamp I carved from soft lino, so multiple craft techniques were involved in its creation!
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Challenge: Quidditch: Cobbing
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Painted EPIC
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: Kiddo picked out these letters forever ago at a Michael's sale. We finally got around to decorating them. They are excessively large, so we had to get excessive in decorating. What else would you expect from the word EPIC?!?!

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Challenge: Quidditch: Flacking
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Hallows Screen Print Scarf
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: Worn around the neck, this scarf was printed with a home-made modpodge screen with the Deathly Hallows symbol. In Gryffindor colors, or course.
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Challenge: Quidditch: Haversacking
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Finally - NEWT Progress!
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: I proposed this NEWT in 2013. I wouldn't believe it was so long ago if Jennie didn't have it meticulously recorded. I made three rows of t-shirt patches probably also in 2013 and haven't touched it since. I think that counts as neglected.  Embarrassed So I picked it up yesterday and not only did I make 7 more rows of squares, I also dyed an old sheet to revamp it a bit, cut the contrasting strips, and started sewing!  Shocked Woohoo!! I'm about to have one happy kiddo (the quilt's for him!).
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BEFORE - my pathetic start and HUGE stack of squares:

AFTER - YAY for progress!

10 rows:

Contrast strips:

It's starting to look like a quilt (top):

And I STILL have a huge pile of squares....I don't think I'll ever use them all:

Challenge: Quidditch: Keeper
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Skull and Butterfly Embroidery
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450129.0
Brief Description: The wings for this project took forever! Definitely lots of sitting still while embroidering and embroidering and embroidering. But it was very fun, and I learned so much for my next stumpwork attempt! Cheesy
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Challenge: Quidditch: Snitchnip
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Gratitude Art Page
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: Drawing and painting and actual ART is just not my strong suit. I've been trying to stretch these muscles a bit with some paper crafting (also way out of my comfort zone). I made this little page as practice with different painting techniques and, of course, a doodled mandala.
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Challenge: Quidditch: Stooging
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Little Decorative Hanging
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: I hosted a craft night with my friends recently and many of them were hesitant to craft. One requested we do dreamcatcher style modern wall hangings, so I had Mr. Road whip up some metal rings for us and I compiled a bunch of materials that everyone could pick and choose from. I thought that it would be relatively easy for everyone to do. As an sample piece, I made this little hanging from a cork round I burned and painted, some copper wire, cotton yarn, and a wood-burned bead. I found the project quick and fun and easy, and thought my friends would, too!
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30  Re: IYP 29: summer swing along Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Abbeeroad on: September 06, 2016 09:46:57 AM
And I get to add more awesomeness to the gallery because I received from Lindy!!

When I originally asked her to swap with me I asked for one hoop - she sent me THREE!! Check them out:

The biggest one is machine embroidery - I just LOVE this tree!! And the purple leaves give it a magical touch. Close up:

The mandala one she made but wasn't sure how she felt about it. I'm glad she sent it to me anyway, because I adore it. One can never have too many mandalas. Cheesy

Then she added even another hoop! This little guy might be my favorite, so I'm glad she threw him in. Mountains!!!!

Aren't they all awesome??

She also sent me a bunch of extras!

The Star Wars fabric is so fun (and very me) and I love the feathers! I don't know what the little dish is supposed to be used for, but it's already found a home next to my sewing machine catching pins that don't quite make it into my pin cushion (made by AIMR!).

Thank you so much for swapping with me Lindy!!! I'm so excited to own some of your stitchery!!! Cheesy
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