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21  Fortuna Major! in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: August 28, 2015 06:50:47 PM

"A crackling fire was warming the circular common room, which was full of squashy armchairs and tables."

Welcome to the Fall Semester! There's lots to do around Hogwarts in the fall. Click around for an activity you like, or kick up your feet and enjoy a hot mug of spiced butterbeer.

Gryffindor Closet

Looking to display your Gryffindor pride? Madam Malkin donated these unique robes to the Gryffindor House - click and save to wear with pride!

Trophy Case

Keep checking back for updates! If you have a cool Fall Internet find to share, PM it to me - you might see it in the Common Room!
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22  Tickle the Pear! in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: August 28, 2015 06:49:16 PM

Exciting news students!! Hogwarts has been chosen 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 this wood-burned deathly hallows spoon! A must-have for any magical kitchen:

EDIT: 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)

And The Secret Ingredient For October Is....


Try making your own peanut butter! Or toss together some BBQ peanuts to watch football with friends. Or go a little crazy with this black rice salad with mango and peanuts recipe!

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!

Iron Chefs: PEANUT


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23  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: August 27, 2015 01:53:18 PM
Class: Arithmancy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Tie-dyed onesies
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: I used many, many rubber bands - the resist from each contributed to the final design of these tie-dyed onsies, made for two co-workers baby showers.
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The many rubber bands:

And the result:

Class: History of Magic
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Quote TM Patch
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: In working on my TM patch sewing machine cover (been working on and off on this for WAY too long), I whipped up this little patch with the quote "Do you gather me begonia?" from the book The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. It's a great read - if you haven't, I highly recommend it!

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Class: Potions
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Ice Dye
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: I had a plethora of white fabric scraps lying around, so I put them to good use! I covered them with ice and some powdered dye and had to let them sit for 12 hours - no touching! 
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The "no touching" phase:

The outcome (one of them anyway):

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24  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: August 20, 2015 07:54:33 AM
The Witches of East Hogsmeade?

Kinda love this one...and we would definitely need a logo....open to interpretation of course. Collaboration is key!  Cheesy

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25  Time Turner and Hermione's Bottomless Bag in CHALLENGE 109 ENTRIES by Abbeeroad on: August 11, 2015 06:30:27 AM
I'm going to start this post with a disclaimer - I cannot take all of the credit for this craft. My husband, Mr. Road and craftster persona de6w6it, did MUCH of the work on the time turner. I only offered moral support and the occasional directional nudge.  Grin

This project was created for the One Awesome Harry Potter Thing swap. I was partnered (by request) with the fabulous FiberAlchemist and immediately had swap anxiety about what to make her. I think I went back and forth between at least four ideas 50 times. At least. Nothing felt up to the caliber of her crafting and the "Awesome" swap requirements. Eventually I realized that Mr. Road and I could combine our powers to attempt a time turner necklace. (If you're not familiar with Harry Potter, here's a reference image.) Once I got Mr. Road's (cautious) buy-in, we got to work.

The rings of the turner were made from pieces of copper piping that were cut and flattened, then cut "roughly" to three circumferences (there was some finagling come assembly time). The center circle as cut from a flat piece of copper with the time turner center brazed into place.

Here's a pre-assembly pic:

At this point, I got out my stamping supplies and went to work. The center piece was adorned with stars and the outer piece with the quote, "I mark the hours, every one, Nor have I yet outrun the Sun. My use and value, unto you, Are gauged by what you have to do."

From here, things got a little frustrating and finicky, so I lost track of the progress pics, but eventually, it all came together to make this:

Some different views that show the stamped quote:

Each ring moves independently. Here's what it looks like when laid flat:

Obviously the final piece became a bit too large to wear as a necklace, so we decided it was more of a decorative piece and used the appropriate hanging attachment.

Additionally (mostly because I felt that I had not contributed sufficiently to the project at this point), I made a bag to protect the time turner inspired by Hermione's bottomless bag (reference image), but using my own dyed fabric and stash.

Safely tucked away, so it can only be used with the utmost need and care:

Ultimately, we were pretty happy with the outcome, and hope that it found a place in FiberAlchemist's home and heart. Thanks for looking all!
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26  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: July 29, 2015 01:51:43 PM
Everyone is so busy this summer I'm feeling left behind!! Time to catch-up! Smiley

Class: Care of Magical Creatures
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Pad Thai
Project Link: Recipe!
Brief Description: Rice noodles look a bit like Mermaid Hair, don't they? Cheesy
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Class: Charms
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Home-made popsicles
Project Link: No recipe needed!
Brief Description: For these ice pops, I used tart cherry juice, some lemon juice, simple sugar, and blueberries. No real recipe, just kind of experimented. They were a hit with the kiddo.
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Challenge: Detention - June
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Time Turner
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: Constructed with lots of help from Mr. Road, this time turner required heat to bend the metal bands and to solder the pieces together.
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Challenge: Library Challenge - July (Travel)
Book Recommendation: On The Road by Jack Kerouac - one of my all time faves. Ultimate travelers companion.
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Travel Wine Carrier
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: For drinkers on the go! This handy-dandy wine carrier makes drinking on the go a cinch - take your wine on any trip! Please drink and travel responsibly. Smiley
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Challenge: Quidditch - Pre-Match Pep Talk
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: DJ Board Cover
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: Mr. Road is an amateur DJ (check him out on mixcloud!). He often complains that I never make anything for him - so to lift his spirits, I made him a custom cover for his DJ board!
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Challenge: Quidditch - Goal
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Bowties!
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: What's a better celebration than a wedding? Mr. Road, the kiddo, and I recently went to a wedding in Chicago. Since the groom is a known bow-tie guy, my guys had to pay homage to the humble bowtie as well. I made them each matching bowties that also matched the color of my dress. Score!
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Class: Transfiguration
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Hermione's Bag
Project Link: N/A
Brief Description: Made to hold the time turner, Hermione's bag is lined with flower fabric, and is generally inspired by the hodge-podge colorful look of a field of wildflowers.
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27  Re: One Awesome Harry Potter Thing (OAHPT) - Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Abbeeroad on: July 15, 2015 03:01:02 PM
The gallery is so awesome so far, as I knew it would be - but brace yourselves, because it's about to get a whole lot more awesome!

I had a sneaking suspicion that I knew what FiberAlchemist was making for me - it's part of the reason I had SUCH a hard time settling on what to make for her. With her talent, I knew that something this big and awesome would have to be equaled. Now that I have the actual package in my hands, I'm not sure I accomplished equality in my OAHPT to her, but there is no denying that this is better than I imagined.

Ready? She made me.....

A Ron Weasley blanket!!!!!!!

Shots....shots galore!

A couple on my couch:

I cannot say thank you enough, Fiber! I'm amazed you got this done within the time limit for this swap. I'm so not worthy of this AWESOME Harry Potter thing. Brilliant!
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28  Re: Branch Weaving in The Swap Gallery by Abbeeroad on: July 07, 2015 08:02:02 AM
Alittlemusthave sent me the most wonderful branch and extra to make up for having to bow out of the swap due to some truly understandable circumstances. I received her package yesterday and it's wonderful - behold!

Close up of the weaving:

The colors blend wonderfully with our house and the patch is ADORABLE. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.

Thanks so much, Alittlemusthave!!! All the best. Smiley
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29  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: July 01, 2015 11:57:17 AM
That wooden tray is wonderful, jenleahlynn! I can't believe it was for a swap - it's so personalized! Lovely work.

And I have been feeling slackerish myself, midkiffsjoy. You're right that summer is just such a busy time. It's hard to fit some crafting in sometimes! But yes, very important for the sanity levels! Smiley

Speaking of which, I found some time for dyeing! I'll likely be doing a bit more in coming weeks as these prompted some requests.

Class: Apparition
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Striped tie-dye tee
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: Tie-dyeing with squirt bottles takes deliberation in application in order to get the desired outcome. To illustrate this point, I present here an example of tie-dye done with and without deliberation. See if you can spot the difference!
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Class: Defense Against the Dark Arts
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Twin Tie Dyes
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: Made for two year old twins, these tees were dyes in the same spiral pattern, but in contrasting colors.
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Class: Divination
House: Gryffindo!
Project Name: Spiral Tie Dye
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: The spiral tie-dye pattern requires precise alignment of your fabric folds in order to create a spiral effect.
Project Picture:

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30  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: June 11, 2015 08:41:42 AM
Awesome OWL work samash90!

Class: Astronomy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Pasta Salad
Project Page Link: N/A
Slytherin Scavenger Hunt: 10. Wingardium Leviosa - this is a perfect "light" summer dish!
Brief Description: The base of this recipe is tri-color pasta. Add in all the veggies and you have one colorful salad!


1 lb tri-color pasta - cooked & drained
1 package grape tomatoes, washed
1 cucumber, cut
1 can black olives, drained
1 can green olives, drained
1 jar marinated artichoke hearts
Italian dressing to taste (1 cup or more)

Combine, cool for at least 1 hour in fridge and enjoy!

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Class: Flying
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Stamped thank you cards
Project Page Link: N/A
Slytherin Scavenger Hunt: 13:  That is NOT our color - While Gryffs look great in gold, yellow and black are not our colors! Wink
Brief Description: Post-birthday thank you cards made by me and written by the kiddo. Black stamping on yellow background is very bee-like dontchathink?
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Class: Herbology
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Buffalo Bills Pillow
Project Page Link: N/A
Slytherin Scavenger Hunt: 5: Pygmy Puffs - The buffalo in this pillow is some nice, furry felt!
Brief Description: What's more soothing and calming than a pillow??
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Challenge: June Library Challenge
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: T-ball Trophies
Project Page Link: N/A
Slytherin Scavenger Hunt: 1: Buddy System - Mr. Road made the bases for these trophies and I did the writing!
Brief Description: Kiddo had his last t-ball game last night. The team celebrated with juice, cupcakes, and trophies! Mr. Road and I made the whole team trophies. They were a hit!
Book Recommendation: The Art of Happiness by Howard Cutler M.D. and Dalai Lama - Celebrate Life!
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Class: Study of Ancient Runes
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Homemade Pizza Lunchable
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: In order to mimic the real thing, this project consists of 4 parts: pizza dough, pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, and cheddar cheese
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