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41  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: May 06, 2016 12:55:40 PM
Class: Care of Magical Creatures
Challenge: Iron Chef Hogwarts: KALE
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Kale Smoothie
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: I've been making smoothies every morning for the past few weeks in an attempt to healthify my morning routine. This one is by far my favorite - and such a pretty green!


1 cup kale
1.5 cup frozen mango
1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
1 cup water

Blend and enjoy!

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BONUS - because this doesn't take me 30 minutes to make, I've included a bonus smoothie, though this one is not quite as green in color:


1 cup kale
1 cup blueberries (fresh)
1 banana
1 cup almond milk
1 T chia seeds

Blend and enjoy!


Challenge: Headmistress Challenge: MAY
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Mother's Day Cards
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: Made to honor my mom and grandma, I stamped some of my dyed scrap fabric and sewed it to a blank card. Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms!
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Class: Transfiguration
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Branch Brooches
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=447740.new#new
Brief Description: Made from driftwood found on the Jersey Shore, a branch picked up during a local hike, and odds and ends found in my husband's grandpa's jeweler's workbench, I made these brooches from found materials for my mom and grandma for Mother's Day. I hope they like them! 
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42  Branch Brooches in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Abbeeroad on: May 06, 2016 12:07:51 PM
I made these brooches for my mom and grandma as mother's day gifts. They are made with wood pieces that I've picked up on the beach or on the hiking trail, and other odds and ends I have collected over the years. Some elements came from my husband's grandfather, who was a jeweler.

This one was for my mom. It's made with a little piece of driftwood from the Jersey shore, some copper wire wrapping, gear charms from the local craft store, and some pearls from the grandpa stash. My mom loves the ocean and I think this will be a perfect fit for her.

The other one is for my grandma. It's made from a piece of wood picked up while hiking with my family. I wood-burned a flower design around a central knot and affixed a little garnet bead to the center. Garnet is my grandma's and my shared birthstone, so I think it will be special for her.

Here's a photo of the backs:

And an action shot:

Thanks for looking! Cheesy
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43  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: May 03, 2016 01:34:14 PM
Class: Charms
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Flower necklace charms
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: I free-handed these wood-burned flowers on some wooden dowels cut and drilled to become necklace pendants some day. I haven't decided if I'm going to add any color or dangly charms to them yet.
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Challenge: Detention - April
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Metal stamped bracelet
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: I made this for bunny1kenobi in the undercover fandom swap - it's apparently from Warehouse 13, but I'm not sure the exact reference. I started with a flat, rounded piece of aluminum, stamped and tinted the letters, then shaped the bracelet using my bracelet bending bar.
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Class: Herbology
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Chicken Pot Pie
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: Chicken pot pie is somewhat of an inside joke between Mr. Road and myself. An old college roommate of ours used to make it back in the very beginning of our "cooking on our own" careers. This roommate's chicken pot pie involved cans of Veg-All, canned chicken, cream of chicken soup, and frozen pie crusts. I shudder at the memory, but it tasted great at the time! Gradually, we replaced the components of this so-called chicken pot pie recipe into one made out of real food. This time, with the help of my Kitchen-Aid, I even made a pie crust that beat the frozen kind (past attempts were not as successful). This pie put a smile on our faces, both in remembrance of our college days, and in the yummy present.
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Class: History of Magic
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Infinity Prayer Flag
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: Combining representations of infinity, both a spiral and pi, this flag will hopefully make my work space more exciting!
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Class: Potions
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Clockwork angel pendant
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: Again made for the undercover fandom swap, this clockwork angel comes from the Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. The base of the wings was made with fabric, stumpwork-style sewn to metal wire and embellished with tons of tiny gears. Two materials - metal and fabric - come together in this homage to an awesome fandom.
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Class: Study of Ancient Runes
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Macrame Wall Hanging
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=447718.new#new
Brief Description: This macrame wall hanging contains a subtle flower of life design. This sacred geometry symbol contains an infinitely repeating pattern that speaks to the interconnectedness of all living things (and perhaps non-living things as well). While I like to think that the symbol of my soul would be unique, the far more likely scenario is that it is connected and dependent upon many, many other souls, and thus likely reflects those souls as much as my own. I like the idea that, together, we would make a pattern in the language of the universe - a mathematical, physical, spiritual language embodied by a symbol such as the flower of life.
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44  Macrame Wall Hanging in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Abbeeroad on: May 03, 2016 01:07:16 PM
I've been really digging all the macrame wall hangings taking over pinterest and instagram these days, so I decided to try my hand at making my own. I used to rock hemp necklaces and bracelets in college - how different can it be?

My first attempt humbled me a bit. I had some cotton cord I'd picked up at the thrift store a while ago, and the weight was just not right and the knots were more complicated than they seemed. So, I backed up a bit, picked up some macrame cord at  the store and tried again. This time with better results!

It's just a simple square not spaced out enough to give a subtle flower pattern. I'm really happy with how it came out and am glad to add a hand-made decoration to my home. Cheesy
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45  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: May 02, 2016 06:32:07 AM
The Iron Chef Hogwarts challenge for April is now CLOSED

The secret ingredient for MAY is....


Get crispy with baked kale chips, go straightforward with this kale salad with apples and cheddar, or get smooth with a kale and banana smoothie!
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46  Re: Prayer Flag Swap Round 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Abbeeroad on: April 30, 2016 05:38:38 PM
This gallery is so beautiful!

I love the flag from loves to experiment! A pocket?!? Genius.

cmarion3 - absolutely lovely work as usual!

Acadian Driftwood's relax is simply perfect. Love the edge.

Love the scrappyness of your cheer flag, always!

The seahorse on Renstar's "wonder" flag is so intricate!

roscowtown - your luck of the Irish flag is so professionally made! Not a rough edge in sight!

The felted flag from Perfectly Bohemian is gorgeous!!!

AND...I've got more beauty to add to this gallery, because I received from alwaysinmyroom, and she's outdone herself! I think I say that every time I get something from her...but I always mean it!

Check out VAST!

How beautiful is that?!?! You can try new techniques for me anytime, AIMR!

She also sent a lovely card made from cut up coloring pages:

Thank you, always!!! You really are always a wonderful partner. Smiley
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47  Re: Prayer Flag Swap Round 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Abbeeroad on: April 27, 2016 06:23:44 AM
Here's the flag I made for myself! Mr. Road picked the word "infinite" from my list. He is an engineer and ruled by logic and math, so I put pi in my flag as a nod to his pick. For me, infinite speaks more to the expanses of space and beginningless time, so I added a spiral, which is probably the closest way I can represent that concept symbolically, ha. The driftwood on top is just to fill in space.  Tongue

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48  Re: Undercover Fandom Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Abbeeroad on: April 27, 2016 06:18:15 AM
Aaaand...I've received the most awesome package from bunny1kenobi!

Here's a group shot:

The AWESOMEST item, a leaky cauldron sign!! This is wonderful and I can't wait to put it up in my kitchen. She sent chain and a hanger as well, so it will look just like it's hanging in Diagon Alley  Cheesy

Next, a note pad from Tosche Station - totally LOVE this. Even Mr. Road laughed when he saw it.

From the Jasmine Dragon (!!), this awesome to go mug for my tea:

And last, but not least, a white lotus necklace (I'm now officially a member Wink ) and Shadowhunter chapstick!

Thank you so much, bunny! You totally rock. Grin
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49  Re: Prayer Flag Swap Round 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Abbeeroad on: April 26, 2016 06:23:07 AM
Love the mason jar, the scrappy flag, and passion! This gallery always makes me happy.

Speaking of happy, I received from quaggy yesterday! She chose the word "WILD" and embodied the word beautifully in this piece:

I LOVE the way she did the leaves, the border, and the fringe. Of course, the frog is wonderful and has special meaning for her.

Thank you so much, quaggy! I'm honored to have been the recipient of one of your first prayer flags. Smiley
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50  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: April 04, 2016 12:49:50 PM
Wonderful news - congrats, Erin!!!

AH! Love seeing your faces ladies!!! So jealous of your meet up.  Cheesy

And, apologies lovely HPCers, I got a little caught up in the April Foolery. The Iron Chef Hogwarts secret ingredient for April is NOT SPAM, I just couldn't resist when the theme fit so nicely into the challenge.  Grin

So....the REAL Secret Ingredient For April Is....


Get fancy with these cucumber feta rolls, be refreshed with this cucumber mint lemonade, or channel summer with this mango, cucumber, and watermelon salad.
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