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1  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by jenleahlynn on: April 15, 2014 11:59:59 AM
OWL Subject & Option(if available):potions/ spew
Project Name:hope atc collage
Brief Description:i had a previous owl started for arithimancy that i would like to postpone, as i've basicallly misplaced it, and have started another project that is turning from a class into an owl. i'm hoping that i can still get approval even though i'm a week into the project. i could submit it as several smaller projects instead.

i was on the planning commity for our churches ladies overnighter. it's lots of fun crafts and community. we came up with a theme of 'spring into action'. we wanted to use the activeties as more than just fun, but as ways to use our hobbies to serve and encourage others. i wanted to create a piece of artwork to hang in a bathroom that has recently been repainted. the idea i settled on was to collect atc cards with the theme of hope, and then frame them as a collage.

these are  a few cards i made ahead of time as samples.the overnighter was last weekend, and i had precut cards (2 1/2 by 3 1/2) in various colors. i also had patterned paper, stickers, cutouts for people who wanted to make a collage. i also demonstrated stamping with stazone ink, and watercolor pencils.  the ladies had fun, and each card is unique. now i'm planning to some of the kids create cards during sunday school to add the the collection, and then arrange them all to be framed.

i also posted flyers encourgaging people who hadn't attended the program to contribute, but i didn't recieve any. i think it was hard to understand the project without an example. so instead of having it finished by easter, i'm putting them in a binder to show people. i think having our church contribute makes it more personal, i just asking people to do something. hopefully by showing what's been started, and including the kids, we will have more cards within a few weeks, then i can create the collage.
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2  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by jenleahlynn on: April 15, 2014 11:12:01 AM
class-study of ancient runes/spew
project-lives change at your library bookmark

my local library had a contest for a bookmark design for natioal library week. the theme was "lives change at the library" . i think the idea of growth and change fits with berkano. my image was a sunflower growing out of the book, and  added various programs onto the leaves. i love that there are a wide variety of programs to encourage readers of all ages.

i was really happy with how it turned out, and i actually won the contest for the adult age group! they are taking my design and printing it as bookmarks to be distributed at the library!
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3  harry potter/hunger games image in the wrong medium in More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions by jenleahlynn on: March 09, 2014 12:30:56 PM
I came up with this image of a flaming snitch, a harry potter, hunger games cross over, and i like it but not in watercolor. that day i had ink pen, and watercolor pencils with me so i experimented with it, but i think it would be stronger in colored pencil, or paint, maybe a stencil? not sure what the end product will

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4  cat in colored pencil in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by jenleahlynn on: March 09, 2014 12:23:48 PM
i've been working on projects in other areas, so it was nice to return to my colored pencils to create this for a freind.

her cat is a light peach color, so i started with a cream colored paper, and focused on the shadows to create the image. they appear black in the photo, but it's actually layers of purples and deep green. what i love most about working in pencil is layering and blending color.
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5  back to hogwarts messenger bag in CHALLENGE 96 ENTRIES by jenleahlynn on: March 09, 2014 12:08:36 PM
My partner for the back to hogwarts swap wanted a bag she could carry her laptop in, so i decided to customize a sturdy messenger bag. This was a really fun project, and i used a variety of techniques.

for the background, i created a stencil of the castle. I drew it on freezer paper so i could iron it onto the blue fabric and paint over with grey paint.

afterward, i went back and added details with black and silver sharpie markers. the fabric was then fused to the flap of the bag and stitched down around the edges. I created a second stencil of "hogwarts alumni" directly onto the bag.

i also created several badges to decorate the bag. these were pinned on so she decide whether to have one or all on display at a time.

The gryffindor-her house- patch is crosstitched onto a fabric with a fine count. it's small but with the small stitches it took longer than i expected. it was one of my favorite parts though.

The owl patch is made from pieces of cream felt, then embroidered with floss.

her favorite character is ron weasley, so i made a felt crown patch, and altered a teaspoon to include his face on the handle, as "ron has the emotional range of a teaspoon."

i really enjoyed including so many of her favorites into one project. sometime i would like to create a personalized bag for myself.
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6  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by jenleahlynn on: February 11, 2014 10:48:51 AM
project- cinderella chandelier

my daughter wanted a chandelier for her bedroom. the sparkle of ice crystals on europa inspired this elegant decoration. the beaded trim reminds me of icicles. there is already a recessed can light in the ceiling above her bed, so we didn't need to add wiring. this is hanging directly below it from ribbons to catch the light.

it started as a lamp shade with a great shape. we pealed the fabric off, and wrapped it in strings of pearls, and beaded trim with white satin ribbon. the large crystals are christmas decorations. hung from the bottom with wire

i finished it just in time for the new year/new purpose challenge. her sisters want one as well, but with more color
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7  cinderella chandelier in CHALLENGE 95 ENTRIES by jenleahlynn on: February 10, 2014 07:49:43 PM
My 11 year old daughter is taking her little girl room and trying to make it more grown up. we gotten new pillows and blankets, and she asked for a chandelier  something with crystals and sparkle.....

we started with a garage sale lampshade, plain and a little dirty, but with a great shape. we loved how it flared out at the bottom ...

we stripped the fabric off, it basically shredded when i tugged on it. on a project like this, it's important to choose a shade with wire connecting the top and bottom rims. once it was down to bare wire, we flipped it upside down, and wrapped it with plastic pearls i purchased on a roll at a garage sale. i just kept wrapping until the roll was gone.

to finish it off, i sewed on white satin ribbon with beading that i had in my sewing stash. i had enough to go around the top, bottom, and strips on the sides. The larger crystals are christmas ornaments hanging on wire from the bottom of the frame. i looped more ribbon from the top to hang from the ceiling in her room near the existing can light. from it's humble beginings, it has become an elegant show piece. this lampshade is the belle of the ball!

the widest dimension is about 12 inches, so it is small enough to hang above her bed, and since she shares with her sisters, they are collecting beads and things to create chandeliers of their own.
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8  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by jenleahlynn on: January 25, 2014 07:13:01 PM
project-snow cream

somehow, i have lived through a lifetime of indiana winters without ever trying this. but as we have been getting dumped on the past couple of weeks, all my freinds have been posting their recipes on facebook, so we gave it a try and it's yummy!


4cups fresh snow
1 cup half and half or milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla

when snow starts falling, set out a large bowl to gather fresh clean snow. combine milk, sugar and vanilla stirring till disolved. pour liquid over snow and mix. scoop into dishes and serve immediately. my kids like it with chocolate syrup. it's softer than icecream, soft of a vanilla slush.....

class/ challenge-divination
project-woven web bracelet

i know few people with young daughters who did not recieve a rainbow loom, or some variation of, for christmas. with 3 daughters, we ended up with 5. the girls have quickly caught on to doing the basic patterns, so i decided to give one of the more complicated ones a try. i wanted one all in black so it would look a bit more grownup, and the intricate pattern reminds me of a spiders web. the book refered to it as chainmail.

i couldn't get a decent picture of it on my own wrist. it's about 3/4 of an inch wide. the first time i took it off the loom it came apart in the center, but after a bit of trial and error, i think i could do another one much more quickly.

class/ challenge-january detention/ team dobby
project- fuzzy fingerless gloves

i've had this thick black yarn for awhile leftover from another project, without any particular purpose. here in indiana we are having a particularly cold and snowy winter, so i got it out to play with. it's super soft and warm. i started trying to make an infinity scarf but i didn't have enough, so i decided to make myself a set of fingerless gloves. i tried following a pattern, but it didn't work with the thickness of this yarn so i had to make it up as i went along. then i ran out of yarn before the second glove was finished. i ended up unraveleling a couple inches from the first glove, but still didn't have enough to close the side. it's hard to see because they are solid black, but the the side is laced like a shoe lace instead of a row of double chain stitches. not perfect, but stiff warm and cozy.

my daughters thought they were cute, so i whipped up 2 sets gloves for them that reach just to the wrist. they picked out the yarn so they are very colorful. one more set to go, and pictures to come.

project-red quilled rose

this is my first attempt at quilling. i used some christmas money to buy a starter kit, and created this card for a freind with a red rose and green leaves.

it was fun and not as hard as i expected. i've seen some larger pieces online, and i'm thinking of doing something as an owl.
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9  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by jenleahlynn on: January 16, 2014 07:50:19 PM
it took me quite awhile to scroll through all the amazing projects that have been turned in this semester!i'm so far behind, i've been crafting, just not turning anything in.

first off, last semesters join dumbledores army assignment-

project-old school applesauce


directions-quarter, simmer and stir until soft, strain

i actually made this just before christmas. I went the orchard near our house, and asked which apples are the best for making applesauce. who knew there were so many kinds? he said golden delicous were most popular, but mutsu apples were sweet and juicy, just less well know. if the fresh apples taste good, then you can make them into sauce without adding sugar. sometimes we add a little cinnamon at the table. they also had great deal on a bushel (40lbs). that is a lot of apples! i used maybe 8lbs for this, whatever my largest pot would hold. I

 cut the apples into quarters, and set them to simmer with a cup of apple juice so they wouldn't stick. i stirred them occasionally, and after about 15 minetes they start getting soft. the time depends on how many apples you are cooking.
at this point, i take them off the heat and let them cool so i don't burn myself straining the sauce.

 for a small batch, i would take the time to peal and core them. cooking with the peals on also give it a slightly brown color.  I make large batches to can or freeze, so a food strainer comes in really handy, along with some help turning the crank. my kids also don't like chunky applesauce. straining it makes it smoother more like what you buy at the store.

the sauce goes into the funnel at the top, and the strainer lets the best part out the shute on the side, while the peals and cores go out the end. we put some the fridge to eat cold, and put the rest in the crockpot to serve warm at family christmas.
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10  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* in Craftalongs by jenleahlynn on: November 03, 2013 12:10:41 PM
challenge-da-fear of a name -catch up
project-working with sugar

i have never gotten good results with recipies that require boiling sugar. burned gritty frosting, runny fudge. i just don't get soft ball, hard ball, and soft crack.....

i decided be brave though to give it another shot though when panda bear wanted to try making carmel apples. she found a recipe that said it was safe for braces, since 3 of us have tin grins.  my mom had given me a metal whisk that has a digital thermometer in the handle and it made a huge diffrence. i could watch it carefully the entire time i was stiring.  it.

panda bear got bored and wandered off, but i stuck with it, stirring stirring stirring

the recipe had suggested cutting the apples into slices so they would be easier for people with braces to eat.

they were tasty, but the carmel was too sticky for us  to eat easily. the apples slices that were left over also didn't stay fresh very long. so a week later, i found a diffrent recipe that was more of a dip and gave it another shot. with much better results

Carmel Apple Dip

1/2 stick butter        8 oz cream cheese
3/4 c brown sugar     1 tsp vanilla

melt butter and and brown sugar until bubbling. about 240 degrees but with this recipe it doesn't matter. remove from heat, add cream cheese and vanilla beating until will blended. serve with apple slices. this will still be soft enough to dip into after it has cooled.

class-defence against the dark arts-personal challenge
project- 7 minete frosting

that fluffy white frosting on angel food cakes, is so pretty, light and sweet. everyone says its easy, but i have had so many disasters with this stuff. after the carmel turned out so well with my fancy thermometer whisk, i decided to give it another shot. we had made dark chocolate cupcakes,and the frosting would be like marshemllos in your hot choclate. it ended up taking way more than 7 minetes,and didn't have the peaks we were looking for, but it was still light fluffy and sweet, yum. i think my losing streak with sugar syrups may be over.

7 minete frosting

4 egg whites        1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp cream of tartar      1 tsp vanilla

combine egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar in metal bowl. (if it fits into the base of a standing mixer that is perfect) hold the bowl over a pan of steaming water,and whisk continuously until sugar is disolved (245 degrees)
put bowl into mixer, and beat on low, gradually increasing to high for 7 minetes total. should be shiny with stiff peaks. stir in vanilla at the end.
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