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31  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: June 27, 2016 10:00:03 AM
Class: Alchemy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: CDJ Cover for Mr. Road
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: I made this cover to wrap precisely around my husband's CDJ to protect it from dust and other incidents. It even has a cool skull patch!
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Class: Care of Magical Creatures
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Cousin Wedding Cross-stitch
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: My cousin just got married in Rochester, NY, so the whole family took a trip up there to celebrate together. There have been a lot of family tensions over the past few years among my cousins, and for some of them, this was the first time they've spoken in three years. Shocked I did my best to play peacemaker during the visit and offered my own brand of good will by making the bride this personalized cross stitch to commemorate her special day. While the event was not drama-free, I think my gift was well received as a step toward mending family relations.
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Class: Charms
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Love and Decay Hoop
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: I made this hoop for gozer in the recent "My Favorite Book Swap." The quote is from one of her favorite books, Love and Decay by Rachel Higginson. The hoop creates a clear boundary for this craft!
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Challenge: Detention: June
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Raven Tote Bag
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: Also made for gozer and based on her favorite book, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, this tote bag features stamped feathers. Interesting side note: This fabric was stamped by fellow HPC-er edelC and acquired by me during the STS!
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Challenge: Headmistress Challenge: June
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Indigo Dye
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: For this challenge, I went back to the Alchemy class prompt from the Summer 2014 semester of the HPC. As a reminder, the class prompt was to "Craft something that reminds you of Water, includes Water, is blue or resembles/represents the metal "tin"." I went with the "blue" requirement of this prompt and dyed several pieces of fabric in an indigo dye bath using traditional shibori tying techniques.

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Class: History of Magic
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Weaving Experiment
Project Page Link: Coming soon... http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=448211.0
Brief Description: This semester, HoM asked us to consider what aspect of being a Gryffindor was most defining for us personally. I think that for me, it is a sense of adventure. Not only daring, larger than life, out in the world adventure, but also smaller, quieter, more personal adventures. Weaving is not a craft that I excel at or do often, so engaging in this project was a bit of a crafty adventure for me. In addition, I made this for the white elephant swap as part of the Craftster Canada Meet Up this past weekend, which was certainly an adventure in its own right. Smiley
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32  Re: My Favorite Book Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Abbeeroad on: June 27, 2016 07:15:21 AM
Yay! I'm so glad you like it all!! I have enjoyed sharing our favorite books and authors, and I can't wait to continue to chat with you as we read each other's picks.

AND, I received from gozer as well!! It is an amazingly epic package that puts what I sent her to shame.

I'm going to start with the best first...this. bag.  Shocked I was seriously blown away when I saw it. The quote is from The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which is one of my favorite books (beautifully written). The colors and free stitching are so incredibly awesome. I seriously could not love this more.



Close up of the texture from the stitching:



The bag is really sturdy and wonderfully made. gozer - did you use interfacing in it? I should start doing that to give my bags/totes some stability.

And really, I would have been satisfied with this, but of course gozer sent more. This awesome shadowbox inspired by The Raven Boys:



Even though this was carefully wrapped when packed, the candles popped off the base of the box, but it's an easy fix!

But wait...it gets better:



It lights up! How freaking cool is that?

From Love and Decay (a mutual fave Smiley ), gozer sent me this awesome undercover shirt perfectly stenciled:



She also sent a blah blah blah purse (what everyone sounds like when you're reading, lol!), bee earrings and bobby pins (from Raven Boys), The Raven Boys book (which I can't wait to start reading!), and a gift card to buy more Love and Decay (woohoo!!).



I cannot say thank you enough, gozer. This package is seriously awesome. I think I owe you some follow-up items to balance our packages!
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33  Re: Fabric Art Journals Page Swap #5 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Abbeeroad on: June 08, 2016 05:39:49 PM
I received from cmarion3 today as well!! Check out NYC:



I love every detail of this page. The splatters on the wall, the underlying graffiti, the stitched bricks, the trash-like piles on the bottom, the city-scape in the background with bead lighted windows...yeah. It's PERFECT. Thank you so much, cmarion3!!!

And of course, Keep it W3ird is wonderful as well!!!
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34  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: June 06, 2016 02:02:32 PM
A new semester means a new Iron Chef Hogwarts Challenge! Check out the kitchens for the latest info.

The secret ingredient for JUNE is....


CHOCOLATE!

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35  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: June 06, 2016 01:48:16 PM
Sorry for the delay, folks! Iron Chef Hogwarts had its busiest semester yet!!! Thanks to FiberAlchemist, jenleahlynn, Mistress Jennie, Abbeeroad, and noodlebug for their kale entries!!

By random drawing drawing, the winner of this semester's Iron Chef Hogwarts Challenge is....

Mistress Jennie!


I'll be sending you your very own Deathly Hallows wooden spoon shortly! I haven't made it yet, Jennie, so you'll have to bear with me a little bit, my owl is a little slow these days!

Congratulations, and thanks to all who participated - hope to see lots of great recipes in the midsummer term!!

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36  Re: Fabric Art Journals Page Swap #5 in The Swap Gallery by Abbeeroad on: May 25, 2016 04:59:52 PM
I received this awesome page from audio today!! She chose my theme of "love" and I think it's the coolest that it's her interpretation.



My themes were a bit different this round as Mr. Road and I are celebrating our 10 year anniversary in June, and I thought having pages to commemorate this event would be fitting (I didn't want anything hokey, though, so I didn't mention that in my questionnaire). The themes were an attempt to incorporate my husband's personality into my journal a bit. I really think audio captured a little bit of us both is this page. It's perfect!

And how funny we both did a skull moon!  Cheesy

Thank you so much audio!!!!
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37  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: May 18, 2016 08:01:17 AM
Class: Divination
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Minecraft Sword Party Favors
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: My son just turned 7 and we had a Minecraft party to celebrate. As party favors, we made perler bead Minecraft swords!
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Class: Muggle Studies
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Creeper Cupcake Cake
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=447852.0
Brief Description: Did you know that Minecraft is going to be made into a MOVIE?!?! While anxiously anticipating the release of this epic cinematic event (2018 is the current projected release), I arranged these cupcakes to look like a Creeper!

Cupcake Recipe: http://cakewhiz.com/my-favorite-vanilla-cupcakes/

Buttercream frosting recipe: http://wonkywonderful.com/buttercream-frosting-recipe/

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38  Creeper Cupcake Cake in Dessert by Abbeeroad on: May 18, 2016 07:47:52 AM
I made this cupcake "cake" for my son's 7th birthday party, which was video game and Minecraft themed:



Desserts from scratch are not my strong point - why is the box ALWAYS better?!?! But I keep trying...

For these cupcakes I used this cupcake recipe and for the frosting, I used this buttercream frosting recipe. Kiddo said the frosting was "too buttery," which I thought was pretty funny coming from a kid who will eat straight butter!

The face was cut from edible paper and just stuck to the frosting. I think the kids had more fun trying the paper than the cupcakes!

Thanks for looking. Smiley
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39  The kitchens in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: May 16, 2016 06:07:15 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 SEPTEMBER is....


APPLE!

Check out these apple pie variations! Shake up the traditional with this apple pie in a jar drink, put a twist on a pie crust with these baked apple pie roll ups, or think outside the shell with these apple pie tacos!

Previous Iron Chef Challenges

August - Spinach


July - Balsamic Vinegar



June - Chocolate




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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40  Gryffindor Common Room in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: May 12, 2016 06:30:37 AM
Welcome to the Gryffindor Common Room!

this post is brought to you by DJ

fun games to play over the summer




Miscellaneous aka cool stuff



YouTube!

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