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1  Re: One Awesome Harry Potter Thing (OAHPT) - Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by elliot_anne on: July 17, 2015 08:54:29 PM
Oh my goodness this has been a BUSY week for us, so I'm only just now getting around to posting pictures, even though I received on Wednesday. I am out of town right now, and accidentally left my phone at home (lucky for me I had the forethought to email myself the pictures ahead of time!).

First, I'd like to say HOLY WOW! This gallery is AMAZING! I mean, I guess that was the point, but yea...

seeuudee Love that Potions set! And omg the monster books of Post Its is awesome! I totally want one for my Post Its now!

noodle-bug That cowl looks absolutely yummy! And Im a sucker for a pretty journal, haha. The hidden constellations in them is such a cool idea, too! I never would have thought of that.

audania1 I love that elegant take on the Teesha Moore style bag. Super cute! Geeky, but not in-your-face geeky. I think the Whomping Willow is my favorite patch.

inselaeffchen Ooh! I love the paper pieced bag! I have been having a lot of fun making paper pieced hexagons, and Id love to try my hand at something more complex like this soon. And omg that pattern on the back! Did you come up with that pattern or did you find it somewhere? I absolutely love it!

fiberalchemist Um, WHAT?! That Weasley blanket is absolutely to DIE FOR! I just want to snuggle up under it and read all the books again!

And now, for my awesome item from jillybeans!! A HERMIONE STUFFIE FOR BLUEBERRY! Hermione is my absolute favorite (I love her as a role model for girls, plus I identify with her on many different levels. I was totally the goody-two-shoes in school...), and I am so excited for Blueberry to have a Hermione stuffie to play with. I really hope that she embodies some of those amazing character traits of Hermione's.

Anyway, ON TO THE PICTURES!



She's huge! Her skirt and scarf are removable. I didn't get a picture of it, but she has a little 3D collar coming out of the top of her sweater, and on the bottom of the sweater, jillybeans sewed two bands of ribbon in red and gold. It's super cute!

Blueberry was sleeping when I first opened the package, so I had to wait for her to wake up to take some pictures.





When Blueberry went to sleep that night, I cleaned up and put Hermione away with all of the other stuffed animals she has (most of which she doesn't have much interest in). But first thing in the morning, she came out, went to the stuffies, and pulled Hermione out. She brought her over to me and was just kissing her and hugging her. I think it's safe to say she likes her! She even wanted to take her with us when we were going to the museum yesterday!







Thank you so much jillybeans! I think Hermione is Blueberry's favorite stuffie ever!! (And it's certainly mine!)
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2  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by elliot_anne on: July 12, 2015 11:06:37 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures
SPEW:
Scavenger Hunt: 6. Finder's Keepers
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Seashell Chunky Anklet
Project Page Link:
Brief Description: I was totally inspired by all of Mistress Jennie's chunky bracelets, and wanted to make one of my own. I collected a bunch of seashells on my trips to dog beach with my pup and Blueberry. I already had the charms, abalone shell beads, and the blue and white seed beads. I have such skinny wrists, it's actually an anklet on me... (Also, woohoo! That's all 15 scavenger hunt items!!)
Project Picture:


I accidentally missed posting this one last night/early this morning when I was posting all the ones from jillybeans' swap package. So... don't look at this one, jillybeans.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Defense Against the Dark Arts
SPEW:
Scavenger Hunt:
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Mommy and Me Patronus Headbands
Project Page Link:
Brief Description: I made these mommy and me headbands for jillybeans and her baby bean for the OAHPT Swap. They fit the prompt because they are two nearly identical items - the only difference is the size. The fabric was inspired by one of jillybeans' favorite spells - the Patronus Charm.
Project Picture:
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/212296_12Jul15_Patronus_Headbands_2.png

Class/Challenge/House Pride: June Detention
SPEW:
Scavenger Hunt:
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Almond Flour
Project Page Link:
Brief Description: So I made almond milk (see my Potions submission), and at the end of the almond milk recipe, it tells how to make almond flour out of the almond pulp remains. I decided to try it out, because (1) why the hell not, and (2) almond flour is EXPENSIVE! So I did it. Basically you take the pulp from straining the almond milk, put it on a cookie sheet and toast it on a low temp until it dries out and then throw it back in the blender and pulse the heck out of it. OMG toasting it took FOREVER, which tells me I probably didn't strain enough of the almond milk out first. Lesson learned, and I'll do better next time. Anyway, here's what it looks like next to a jar of commercial almond flour. On the left is the homemade almond flour, and on the right is the commercial almond flour.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
SPEW:
Scavenger Hunt:
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Almond Milk
Project Page Link:
Brief Description: I drink almond milk instead of regular milk, and finally decided to try my hand at making my own. I started with this recipe http://wellnessmama.com/366/organic-almond-milk/ but made some tweaks to it. I forgot to add the salt to the water when soaking the almonds, I did not add any sweetener (it doesn't need it, honestly), and I used 8 cups of water instead of 4. The almond milk isn't as thick that way, but seeing as I'm used to the conventional almond milk (which is somewhere in the neighborhood of 2% almonds), I was more concerned about making the almond milk go a little further. The soaking step involved leaving the almonds alone for 12+ hours. We already drank some of the almond milk, which is why the pitcher isn't full in the photo... It was delicious...
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3  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2015 --June 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015-- ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by elliot_anne on: July 12, 2015 10:18:17 PM
Prompt:  In Orbit
Team: Wordy
Event: Foodology
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Almond Milk
Project Link:
Brief Description: I drink almond milk instead of regular milk, and finally decided to try my hand at making my own. I started with this recipe http://wellnessmama.com/366/organic-almond-milk/ but made some tweaks to it. I forgot to add the salt to the water when soaking the almonds, I did not add any sweetener (it doesn't need it, honestly), and I used 8 cups of water instead of 4. The almond milk isn't as thick that way, but seeing as I'm used to the conventional almond milk (which is somewhere in the neighborhood of 2% almonds), I was more concerned about making the almond milk go a little further. The add-on/extra item for this prompt is actually that the pulp from making the almond milk can be used to make almond flour instead of thrown away. Totally awesome extra in my book, because almond flour is so expensive! (We already drank some of the almond milk, which is why the pitcher isn't full in the photo... It was delicious...)
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Prompt:  Dark Matter
Team: Wordy
Event: Foodology
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Almond Flour
Project Link:
Brief Description: So I made almond milk (see my In Orbit submission), and at the end of the almond milk recipe, it tells how to make almond flour out of the almond pulp remains. I decided to try it out, because (1) why the hell not, and (2) almond flour is EXPENSIVE! So I did it. Basically you take the pulp from straining the almond milk, put it on a cookie sheet and toast it on a low temp until it dries out and then throw it back in the blender and pulse the heck out of it. OMG toasting it took FOREVER, which tells me I probably didn't strain enough of the almond milk out first. Lesson learned, and I'll do better next time. Anyway, here's what it looks like next to a jar of commercial almond flour. On the left is the homemade almond flour, and on the right is the commercial almond flour. The "hidden component" of this is the almond milk. I couldn't have made the flour without making the almond milk first. I love stuff like this - when even the "remnants" can be used to make something else, so nothing goes to waste.
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Prompt:  Team Randomizer
Team: Wordy
Event: Craftology
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Seashell Chunky Anklet
Project Link:
Brief Description: Seeing all of Mistress Jennie's amazing chunky bracelets, I wanted to try making one of my own! I have been collecting seashells with holes in them when I take Blueberry to the beach. I already had a handful of ocean charms (seahorse, dolphin, starfish, 2 seashells, 2 fish), some abalone shell beads, and blue and white seed beads. I have really skinny wrists though, so it's actually an anklet on me...
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4  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by elliot_anne on: July 12, 2015 01:58:03 AM
Sorry I haven't been on much lately. I've been focusing so much on my package to send out to jillybeans that I knew I had to stay away from craftster until I was done (for fear of seeing awesome things and changing my mind 100 more times about what I wanted to make... which is a real thing! I swear!).

I'm going to post this first prompt out of order (I'm sorry Mistress Jennie!!) because it's the only one jillybeans is allowed to see. Everything else will be in order.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
SPEW:
Scavenger Hunt:
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Mommy and Me 4th of July Headbands
Project Page Link:
Brief Description: I found this fabric in the remnants bin at Joanns and knew I wanted to make Blueberry and myself a set of matching headbands in starry/firework patterned fabric.
Project Picture:

And a picture of Blueberry running around in hers on the 4th.


Jillybeans The rest of these are components of your package, so NO PEEKING!!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
SPEW:
Scavenger Hunt: 15. Dueling Wizards 9. Enemies Beware!
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Hogwarts Grounds Background
Project Page Link:
Brief Description: This one was actually probably the hardest background to make (though the Quidditch Pitch one was definitely more time consuming). That Whomping Willow nearly did me in!! The whole background is made of many many tiny cut pieces of felt, and many many more tiny stitches to hold it all together. The Whomping Willow itself was a battle and a half, because the pieces I cut didn't fit together properly when I laid them out. I ended up cutting more pieces out to add to the originals (I don't like wasting even tiny scraps. I'm a hoarder.), and then pinned the whole thing down before stitching it (which is dangerous for me, and I can't even tell you how many times I stabbed myself!). I think that's why it ended up puckering a bit. None of the other felt creations I've made have needed to be pinned down first. I was tempted to chuck the whole thing and come up with a new design... I'm glad I stuck it out, though, because I think the Whomping Willow looks kinda cool now that it's done.
Project Picture:
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/212296_12Jul15_Hogwarts_Grounds_Background.png

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Bean - Ketchup
SPEW:
Scavenger Hunt:
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Gryffindor Coaster
Project Page Link:
Brief Description: I made a set of 4 of these for jillybeans in the OAHPT Swap, in the 4 house colors. This is the Gryffindor one, red and gold.
Project Picture:
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/212296_12Jul15_Gryffindor_Coaster.png

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying
SPEW:
Scavenger Hunt:
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Hufflepuff Coaster
Project Page Link:
Brief Description: I made a set of 4 of these in the house colors. This is Hufflepuff, and the colors totally remind me of a bumble bee!
Project Picture:
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/212296_12Jul15_Hufflepuff_Coaster.png

Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Pride
SPEW:
Scavenger Hunt: 8. Liquid Luck
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Ravenclaw Coaster
Project Page Link:
Brief Description: I made a set of 4 of these for jillybeans in the OAHPT Swap, in the 4 house colors. This is the Ravenclaw one! It also happens to be my favorite, and not just because I'm a Ravenclaw! Also, these coasters are made with 7 hexagons per side - lucky, and baby-proof!
Project Picture:
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/212296_12Jul15_Ravenclaw_Coaster.png

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Library Challenge - Travel
SPEW:
Scavenger Hunt:
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Broomsticks
Project Page Link:
Brief Description: One of the best ways to travel in the wizarding world is by broomstick! As such, I've crafted two prop broomsticks for Baby Bean to go with her felt set. For my book, I'm going to recommend The Secret Of the Mountains by Brian O'Malley. I know it's just a kids book, but I loved it growing up (and it's still in my bookshelf!). It's a story about a sherpa boy and his yak (Lopsong!) who dream of climbing Mount Everest. When they grow up, they do get to climb the mountain, and meet a mysterious creature while they're up there! Although I think broomsticks would have been a much easier/safer way to travel!
Project Picture:
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/212296_12Jul15_Quidditch_Props.png

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Summer Quidditch
SPEW:
Scavenger Hunt: 3. Parseltongue's Unite! 12. Bloody Baron
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Slytherin Coaster
Project Page Link:
Brief Description: Inspired by grass green, and by the colors of Slytherin House (who's sigil is a serpent), here is another of the Hogwarts houses coasters - Slytherin. There is also some silver, Slytherin's secondary color.
Project Picture:
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/212296_12Jul15_Slytherin_Coaster.png
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5  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by elliot_anne on: June 20, 2015 01:15:28 AM
I've been making some progress on my NEWT, and I just wanted to post some photos to show how it's coming along! I cut all the fabric and have started sewing flowers.



If you look close at the chart, I'm crossing off the flowers as I make them. As you can see, I'm not very far yet... This is going to take a VERY long time...

But on the plus side, I am actually really really happy with how it's turning out so far! It's bright and colorful and fun!

Each flower takes about 1 hour to sew and attach to the quilt. Overall, I think it's going to take me somewhere in the neighborhood of 400 hours at this rate. I've done about 20 hours of work so far just on the flowers and stitching them together, and that doesn't include cutting all of the fabric squares and the hexagons out of card stock. Or creating that chart!

Has anyone else on here made hexie quilts before? I have no idea what to do with those edges on the side. The top and bottom I made straight using half-hexagon pieces, but I'm baffled about the sides of the quilt...
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6  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2015 --June 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015-- ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by elliot_anne on: June 18, 2015 03:08:37 PM
I just wanted to share this picture with everyone.

Today I got my raffle prize from smeddley from the Spring Nerd Games. I thought my little girl would love it, and I was right! I put it on her and she stood in front of the mirror for the next 10 minutes giggling and smiling at herself! She sat real still (well, "still" for a 15 month old!) when I asked her if she wanted to take a selfie.

Thank you so much smeddley! I'm sure she will love using it for dress up for years to come!!

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7  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - May 2015 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by elliot_anne on: June 16, 2015 08:56:18 PM
I love happy mail!! Today I got my last letter for this month's swap, with 2 ATCs from spikefan! Smiley

First up, the letter S for my Purple/Green Alphabet theme.



My last ATC this round is BAYMAX! I love him! He makes me so happy! Haha

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8  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2015 --June 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015-- ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by elliot_anne on: June 09, 2015 08:10:43 PM
Research Project Name: Hexie Quilt
Team: Wordy
Brief Description: I am starting my first ever quilt! After creating these quilted coasters (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439445.msg5314929#msg5314929), I am addicted to hexies. My next crazy insane thought was to go big or go home. So I am making a twin sized quilt for my toddler for when she gets her big girl bed (she is 15 months and still in her crib... when she isn't co-sleeping with us). I figure that gives me plenty of time to hand stitch all of those tiny little hexies before she needs it. Here is a picture of the graph I made to start planning (so I could figure out how much fabric I would need to buy - lots of math!). Ignore the numbers on the graph - I was originally going to make each hexie flower in the same fabric, and only use 4 fabrics per color. Once I did the math, though, I figured it would be better to get 9 fat quarters in each color and then randomize the petals around each center (4 fat quarters, and also randomized) using a random number generator.

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9  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by elliot_anne on: June 09, 2015 07:59:23 PM
***NEWT PROPOSAL***
Subject: Arithmancy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Hexie Quilt
Brief Description: I am starting my first ever quilt! After creating these quilted coasters (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439445.msg5314929#msg5314929), I am addicted to hexies. My next crazy insane thought was to go big or go home. So I am making a twin sized quilt for my toddler for when she gets her big girl bed (she is 15 months and still in her crib... when she isn't co-sleeping with us). I figure that gives me plenty of time to hand stitch all of those tiny little hexies before she needs it. Here is a picture of the graph I made to start planning (so I could figure out how much fabric I would need to buy - lots of math!). Ignore the numbers on the graph - I was originally going to make each hexie flower in the same fabric, and only use 4 fabrics per color. Once I did the math, though, I figured it would be better to get 9 fat quarters in each color and then randomize the petals around each center (4 fat quarters, and also randomized) using a random number generator.

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10  Re: Ongoing ATC swap - April 2015 - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by elliot_anne on: May 29, 2015 07:52:49 PM
OMG I FEEL SO BAD! Poor spikefan sent me this AMAZING embroidered ATC, and it only just arrived in my hands today, and it's all my fault! I moved, and it appears that it was the only piece of mail that didn't get properly forwarded to my new address! Luckily for me, we only live one building over from the old place, and the lady who lives in our old apartment was nice enough to give us a call and let us know we had some mail waiting for us.

Anyway, here it is, and it is FANTASTIC! She embroidered Serenity, the ship from the TV show Firefly and the movie Serenity. We are total browncoats over here, and my fiance is already trying to steal it from me!

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