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1  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by midkiffsjoy on: September 28, 2014 07:48:15 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Pomegranate Bertie Bott
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Haunted House Pin Art Picture
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Brief Description: When I was a child in elementary school, we did an art project.  For this project we laid a pattern, a print out, over a piece of construction paper and poked holes through the pattern and construction paper.  This allowed light to pass through and form a picture when the construction paper was placed in front of a light source.  I wanted it to take more than 30 minutes so I picked, what I thought was, a slightly advanced pattern.  The pattern is a free coloring page I googled and printed off the web.  It actually took about 8 hours to poke holes through both layers 1/8" apart.  I first tried using a quilting pin.  I bent about 6 of those.  Regular sewing pins are better, because they are shorter they don't bend..... as easily.  I finally bought T pins to use.  By that time I actually had deep tissue bruising from pushing the pin through.  It's been 5 days and my index finger is STILL numb.  O.O  Who would have thought it.  I emphatically recommend STARTING with T pins and not messing with sewing pins. 
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2  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by midkiffsjoy on: August 21, 2014 07:46:53 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Haversacking Quidditch Challenge
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Batts and Boards
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Brief Description: When I was in 6th grade my father, a master electrician, decided to build a "playhouse" in the West Pasture.  What he built was a 16' X 16' Cabin, on a concrete foundation, fully wired, fully plumbed, with a sleeping loft.  But he never finished it.  He died 10 years ago.  I love finishing his WIPs.  Last week we realized that Dad never finished putting the batts on the front of the cabin under the porch roof.  o.O  What the heck???  So for my Haversacking project I finished my Dad's WIPs.  I finished putting the batts on the house.  Cheesy  I've never done that before so I'm really proud of it.  Smiley  The batts I installed are the 6 light colored ones around the door.  I cut them from 12' cedar 1x4s.  Pumpkin loves sleeping on the door's pie shelf. Cheesy
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3  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by midkiffsjoy on: August 21, 2014 07:18:05 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Cobbing Quidditch Challenge
House: Huffepuff
Project Name: Cabin Interior Walls or I love Coffee
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Brief Description: For cobbing it had to be a project that was excessive in some way.  I have painted the walls of The Cabin as my project.  They are painted in a two color adobe faux finish.  I smear on one color in several sections of a 2' X 2' section of wall, then smear the other color in the blank sections of wall, then smear the two colors together and pat them with a bit of fake sheep skin.  Make sure you apply paint to the sheep skin before you pat the walls or it'll pull the paint off the walls, and maybe the plaster too.  Only paint a little at a time.  Overlap sections as you go.  Use two colors on the same color strip two or three colors apart.  The two colors I used were coffee and cream.  Smeared together my walls now look like a mocha latte.  It could fill the bill by how excessively exhausted I am, or how excessively ugly the kids think it's is.  It could fill the requirements by being excessively awesome, or how excessively thirsty I became once I realized they looked like a latte, or even how excessively HAPPY I am that the walls are finally painted!!!  Cheesy  I'm sorry the room is so dark.  I was losing the light. 
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4  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by midkiffsjoy on: August 19, 2014 10:18:44 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: August Detention Challenge
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Hair Sticks for the Little Girls
Project Page Link (if available): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw1zWspQrnA
Brief Description: As it becomes more and more clear that we live in a magical house where hair pins vanish, no doubt coveted booty of fairies, the need for a method of pinning our hair up without pins has become evident.  A gazillion years ago I wore a hair fork in my hair.  While googling such a contraption I came upon a tutorial for making hair sticks.   I have often used chopsticks to hold up my hair, but found them too long.  They often caught on things as I turned my head.  I really liked the idea of making them shorter, so I sat down to work making these 3 sets of plain hair sticks.  I cut chopsticks saved from eating at Asian buffets to 6, and sanded them smooth around the top.  They are just perfect for pinning the girls' hair up without using pins. 
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott Marshmallow Challenge
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Black and White Tiny Hair Sticks
Project Page Link (if available): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw1zWspQrnA
Brief Description: I was so excited by making the girls' hair sticks that I tried making a pair of tiny bun sticks.  I cut them 4 long, carved tiny holes in the top with a seam ripper (which by the way HURTS if it slips and buries itself in the meat of your index finger).  I made a jig out of coat hanger wire and mounted the two mini bun sticks onto the wire ends with a dab of hot glue.  I held the jig while I spray painted them black and then hung them on a cup hook to dry.  I put two coats of paint on the sticks.  While the sticks were drying I glued glass beads together and held them in place while they dried.  Once the sticks had dried, I glued the beads on top of them and held them in place while they dried. 
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Pride
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Hufflepuff Hair Sticks
Project Page Link (if available): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw1zWspQrnA
Brief Description: Once I got making hair sticks, I just couldnt stop.  I made this pair 5 long.  I painted the sticks with gloss black spray paint, and used yellow and black glass beads on the ends. 
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Unity
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Ravenclaw Hair Sticks
Project Page Link (if available): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw1zWspQrnA
Brief Description: Once I got going making hair sticks, I had so much fun I couldnt stop.  I made this pair 5 long.  I spray painted the sticks hammered copper and used blue glass beads on the ends to make a set of Ravenclaw hair sticks.  Cheesy  It was raining while I made these and the super glue wouldnt glue the beads onto the sticks so I had to use a dab of hot glue to hold them in place while the super glue dried.  o.O 
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Beater Quidditch Challenge
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Hair Sticks for Coffee
Project Page Link (if available): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw1zWspQrnA
Brief Description: I was meeting a friend for coffee when I decided I needed a snazzy new pair of hair sticks!!!  I cut the chopsticks 6 long.  I drilled holes in the top of the sticks with my seam ripper, and mounted them onto my wire jig with a tiny dab of hot glue.  I painted them with gloss black spray paint.  While the sticks dried I glued the findings and beads together.  I think they look AWESOME!!  Cheesy  *VERY* snazzy.  Smiley
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5  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by midkiffsjoy on: August 19, 2014 08:44:42 PM
I've been working on The Cabin for the last week or so, but I have some projects to post.  I'm having a really hard time posting them, so forgive me.  


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Cheering/Spirit Quidditch Challenge
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: A National Team Hat
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Brief Description: The French National Quidditch Teams team color is blue.  Naturally Simones favorite quidditch team, other than Beauxbatons, is the French National Team.  So it was high time she had a team hat.  The hat is inspired from a pattern I found in The Mary Frances Knitting and Crochet Book by Jane Eayre Fryer.  The pattern in the book is done in the round.  I dislike crocheting in the round, so I crocheted it flat and stitched it together afterwards.  It turns out like a mailing envelop with an open end.  You roll up the open end, turn down and sew the corners, and then sew pompoms at the turned down corners.  And yes the pattern called for the pompoms to be that big.  
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Blatching Quidditch Challenge
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: An End Table for the Cabins Parlor
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Brief Description: The Parlor in The Cabin is quite small, just enough room for a wing back chair and a rocking chair.  But it really needed an end table between the two to hold a lamp and drink glasses. No table I had was small enough.  In the 70s smoking furniture was very popular.  My father had an ashtray table.  It was the height of an end table, but not half as wide.  The ashtray long since broken and gone.  I cut off the handle and the cigarette holder, so it was only a support for a table top and a bottom shelf.  I cut both from a piece of birch paneling, painted the frame, glued the birch to the frame and painted them too.  I then shellacked the entire table.  It fits perfectly between the two chairs.  
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bumphing Quidditch Challenge
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: A Lantern to Lead the Girls Back to Camp
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Brief Description: All the lights at The Cabin are solar or dynamo.  The only lamp the girls had was a little battery powered lamp that kept running out of energy.  They needed their own solar lamp.  One day an old tea candle lamp I camped with many years ago appeared on my work desk one morning.  The bail was missing and the top bit damaged.  I scrubbed it, drilled holes in the new lid, and replaced the bail.  I then dismantled a dollar store solar sidewalk lamp and installed it in the top of the old lamp housing.  It already came with a built in switch making it easy for them to charge the lamp and conserve the light power for when they need it most.  It comes to good use walking back to camp from watching the Quidditch games all day.  
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: A New Old Kitchen Lamp
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Brief Description: Electricity did not come to rural east Texas until the 1950s, and the earliest lamps where made to look like the oil lamps that they were replacing.  Installed in a parsons house, moved to the ranch, thats now over 100 years old, this lamp finally stopped working.  I took it down in order to replace it with a ceiling fan.  But what to do with the amazing old lamp?  Being as it was made to resemble a hanging oil lamp it would fit in *perfectly* with The Cabins dcor.  But the Cabin only uses solar light.  Ponder. I kept the old cloth covered wire and used it as a rope to hang the lamp from.  I bent the end of it over and through a quick link and clamped it with a wire clamp.  This way I will be able to easily attach it to whatever I decide to hang it from the ceiling with.  I dissembled the lamp and scrubbed it.  I was amazed to find years of broken light bulbs inside.  I found the lid of a tin that fit perfectly over the lamp globe.  I cut the lid to fit around the pipe frame.  I took a 10 lumin solar sidewalk lamp I brought at Walmart and proceeded to *alter* it.  I took off the stem.  I shaved off the stem attachment.  I took the panel off the lamp.  I cut the tin lid to hold the lamp and drilled it to hold the panel.  I slipped everything together like a complicated puzzle.  It took so much longer to figure it out and do it than explain it.  Lol  But now we have a wonderful vintage lamp, converted to solar, for The Cabin.  Smiley  
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6  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by midkiffsjoy on: August 02, 2014 09:15:53 PM
Erin- OMG!!!!  I LOVE YOUR RAINBOW BRIGHT EARRINGS!!!!  *SQUEE*  Cheesy
Guadiknight- I always love your doll clothes!  Cheesy
Pottermouth- It was in the hunting camp (an old long bus) when I was a kid.  AnnoyingLittleBrother and I want to build an inline oven to go above it so I can bake and cook at the same time.  Its a blast!!! Cheesy

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Seeker Quidditch Challenge
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Solar Candlesticks
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Brief Description: Camping in the cabin, its FULL of light during the DAY.  As a tiny house, sun streams in through the windows constantly.  But the moment the sun goes down, and in Texas it goes down in seconds, its pitch dark.  While my dad ran electricity to the cabin, and Im still wiring up the plugs and fixtures, I see no reason not to utilize solar in such a small space.  The technology is so far advanced past what we even dreamed of when I was a kid.  I was tooling around on Pinterest, looking at solar lights for the cabin, and chandeliers for my cousin when I got the idea to put solar lights into my mothers candlesticks.  These candlesticks were on the mantle from before I can remember (and I remember having my diaper changed at 1yo).  I LOVE these candlesticks.  They are *home*.  I had two pipes that had gone to some solar lights Id played with last year.  The kids shattered those lights, but I keep parts *just in case*.  I cut the bottom four directions up an inch from the bottom and pinched them smaller with channel locks.  I hammered them into the candlesticks and super glued them in.  Then I stared at it for a week trying to figure out how to attach the top.  I wound up doing it by cutting a bit of dowel 3 long, and after trial and error, I wrapped the bottom of the dowel with electrical tape to tight fit it into the pipe.  I drilled a hole in the top of the dowel to fit the solar lights stem.  I forced the top of the dowel up through the lamp shades brace and then, after cutting the top of the shades bracing out with my dremel, placed the solar light into the shade, shoving the stem down into the hole I drilled.   I hope this isnt as confusing as it sounds.  Lol  I used the solar lights that I did, because these lights have switches.  I can turn them on and shut them off as needed.  Other solar lights charge during the day and then turn on when its shady and can run out of electricity before were done needing them.  They fit the project criteria by not looking like solar lights.  They just look like lamps.  Its very easy to miss that they are actually solar unless you are really observant. Smiley
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Chaser Quidditch Challenge
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: A Beauxbaton Scarf for Simone
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Brief Description: I recently got a book titled The Mary Frances Knitting and Crocheting Book.  Its a book that tells the story of a little girl learning how to crochet and knit by making different pieces of clothing for her doll, while teaching knitting and crocheting with patterns for the same pieces of doll clothing that the little girl is making for HER doll.  Smiley  I am making all the projects while I read the book, working up to knitting.  The first project was a scarf.  It was very monotonous.  Im unused to crocheting with such small hooks.  It barely fit the 2 hour project limit, but I got it done. 
Dolls Crocheted Scarf Pattern:
Crochet hook #5
1.   Chain 7 stitches.  Turn.
2.   Skip 1 chain stitch.  Make 6 sc stitches. Chain 1.  Turn.
3.   Make 62 rows of sc stitches. 
4.   Finish off and lace end through stitches with a yarn needle. 
To make fringe
1.   Cut two strands of yarn, 3 long. 
2.   Put hook through the first stitch on one end of scarf.
3.   Catch the 2 strands of yarn in the middle.  Carefully pull part way through the stitch.
4.   Throw the 4 ends over the hook and pull them all the way through the loop.
5.   Grab the ends and gentle pull them tight. 
6.   Continue making fringe across the scarf.

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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Keeper Quidditch Challenge
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: A Beauxbaton shawl for Simone
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Brief Description: I recently got a book titled The Mary Frances Knitting and Crocheting Book.  Its a book that tells the story of a little girl learning how to crochet and knit by making different pieces of clothing for her doll, while teaching knitting and crocheting with patterns for the same pieces of doll clothing that the little girl is making for HER doll.    I am making all the projects while I read the book, working up to knitting.  The second project in the book is a shawl.  If you think the scarf was monotonous, the shawl will melt your brain.  It is *extremely* repetitive.  The pattern was originally two colors, but I made it with one to stay on the Beauxbaton theme. 
Dolls Crocheted Shawl
Crochet hook #3
1.   Make 23 chain stitches.
2.   Skip 1 cs.  Make 22 sc stitches.  Chain 1 and turn.
3.   Make 58 rows.
4.   Finish off and lace end through stitches with a yarn needle. 
5.   Trim shawl with fringe in every other stitch.   

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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Stooging Quidditch Challenge
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: A Beauxbaton petticoat for Simone
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: I recently got a book titled The Mary Frances Knitting and Crocheting Book.  Its a book that tells the story of a little girl learning how to crochet and knit by making different pieces of clothing for her doll, while teaching knitting and crocheting with patterns for the same pieces of doll clothing that the little girl is making for HER doll.  Smiley  I am making all the projects while I read the book, working up to knitting.  The third project I did in the book is a crocheted petticoat.  Im not gonna lie, Ive *never* crocheted ANYTHING like this.  (And I'm not super impressed with this patter) But crochet *is* one of my go to craft powers.  Smiley 
Dolls Crocheted Petticoat
Crochet hook #3
1.   Make 48 chain stitches.
2.   Join the last stitch to the first cs with a slip stitch.
3.   Make 3 cs.
4.   Row #1 - Put 1 dc stitch into each cs.  Join the last stitch with the first stitch with a slip stitch. 
5.   Row #2 - Repeat row #1
6.   Row #3 - Same as Row #2 but increase by putting 2 dc in every 6th stitch.
7.   Row #4 Same as Row#3
8.   Row #5 Same as Row#3
9.   Row #6 Row #11 Same as Row #2.  No increasing.
10.    Row#12 Same as Row#3
11.   Trim bottom of petticoat with scallop trim
To Make Scallops
1.   Put 1 sc in the 1st dc made on the 12th row
2.   * Make 2 cs
3.   Put 3 dc in the same stitch where the sc went.
4.   Skip 2 dc in the 12th row and put 1 sc into the 3rd stitch. 
5.   Repeat *
Fasten at waist with runner.
1.   Cut a piece of yarn 3 yards long. 
2.   Fold in half and make a loop at end.
3.   Crochet a long chain of chain stitches. 
Lace runner through the top row of dc on petticoat. 
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7  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by midkiffsjoy on: July 28, 2014 07:16:02 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Broomstick Quidditch Challenge
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Candlewicked Pillow for Simone
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Brief Description: This is my first candlewicking project.  It's a nice pillow for Simone's doll bed.  It will match the quilt I'm working on for her.  I've learned that in the future not to make the design so big that it wraps around the pillow edge, distorting the design.  The back is a pieced quilt square.  Smiley
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Blagging Quidditch Challenge
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Bluework Kitten Pillow for Simone
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Brief Description: After I sewed the candlewicking pillow I thought, "I'll try something a little more complicated.  I should be able to shrink a design.  It'll be really easy."  Wow.  I was mistaken.  AnnoyingLittleSister picked out the kitten design.  I loved that it had candewicked flowers.  I learned that you can't shrink candlewicking.  Colonial knots are the same size no matter what the size of the design.  The kitten was done in running stitch and backstitch.  It was the first time I tried using running stitch for embroidery.  The pillow back is a pieced quilt square that matches the quilt I'm making Simone's doll bed.  I didn't like it at first, but I don't think it looks too bad.  I think it turned out much better than I thought it was going to while I was making it.  Smiley  Believe it or not, it DID take over 3 hours to do this project. 
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8  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by midkiffsjoy on: July 27, 2014 08:43:09 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott Bean Casserole
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name:Cheesy Chicken Casserole without Chicken .... Or an oven. Smiley
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Brief Description: When AnnoyingBigSister was a brand new AnnoyingOnlyChild I bought a can of spaghetti sauce with a recipe for a Chicken casserole printed in the label. That recipe was magnetted to my fridge for many years, but was lost in a move.
Today we have been down, working on the cabin, so dinner had to be made on the wood stove on the porch, which I am still very new at. I lined the Dutch oven with tin foil so I didn't have to deal with trying to clean up cheese and, dug through the box of groceries.  
First I emptied a box of whole wheat elbow macaroni into the Dutch oven. There was just over 3 cups. There was no chicken, but there was a big, family sized can of Wolf Brand Chili.  Okay, there's our meat. I poured it and a can of water into the pot over the macaroni.  I had just put 5 more sticks of wood on the fire, in the 3" across range, 10 minutes before so when I put the Dutch oven, with lid on, on the wood stove it started bubbling pretty quick.  Too quick.
I set the timer for 30 minutes but after only 10 I had to put the Dutch oven on a trivet to turn down the heat. I spent the next 20 minutes adding water and stirring. When it looked like the macaroni was almost done I cracked the lid to let the excess water steam out. When the liquid/food ratio was correct I added a thick layer of shredded cheese and put the lid back on. It took a very short time, surprisingly so, for the cheese to melt. It was done in about 8 minutes. The casserole is a FAR cry from the one that was stuck to my fridge for so many years, but the wheat pasta was filing, the chili and cheese was tasty, and there was left overs for breakfast. It wasn't as easy as throwing it all in a glass casserole dish in an oven but it worked. Smiley And it was FUN to cook from what I had on hand. Cheesy

Plus I got to pull the "I worked hard over a hot stove for this dinner" line. My face was soot tinged and everything. Lol. I'll get better at wood stove cooking eventually. Smiley


*CASSEROLE RECIPE*

Equipment needed.

1 wood stove with roaring fire
2 cast iron trivets
1 cast iron dutch oven with lid
1 well insulated hot mitt
1 wooden spoon
kettle
tin foil

Ingredients List

1 13.25oz box of Great Value Whole Wheat Elbow macaroni (or approximate equivalent)
1 24oz family size can of Wolf Brand Chili (or approximate equivalent)
Shredded Cheese (amount varies by size of your dutch oven)
water

Recipe Directions

1. Place water filled kettle on wood stove.
2. Line dutch oven with tin foil.
3. Empty box of elbow macaroni into dutch oven.
4. Empty can of chili into dutch oven.
5. Fill empty chili can with water and pour into dutch oven over the chili.  Do not disturb the macaroni.
6. Using wooden spoon, gently mix the chili and water, being careful not to disturb the macaroni.  Spread chili/water mixture evenly over the macaroni.
7. Place dutch oven lid on dutch oven.
8. Place dutch oven on wood stove.
9. When your water begins to rolling boil, panic and add trivet under your dutch oven.  Do not remove your dutch oven from the wood stove.
10. As your dutch oven runs out of water, replace it by adding water to your dutch oven, from your kettle.  Adding hot water allows the macaroni to continue cooking without pause.
11. Stir water throughout macaroni to prevent the macaroni from drying out and sticking to the bottom of your dutch oven. 
12. Continue watching and adding water as needed until your macaroni is almost done. 
13. Lay your dutch oven lid in such a manner that the lid "is cracked" allowing excess water to escape by means of steam. 
14. When the continents of your dutch oven resembles a casserole and not soup, remove the dutch oven lid and add handfuls of shredded cheese to the top of your macaroni until you have accomplished an even layer of shredded cheese.  *Alternatively it is possible to substitute cheese slices for the same effect*
15. Allow cheese to melt to your individual satisfaction.
16. Take off wood stove.  Be sure to place dutch oven on COOL trivet to avoid burning your table surface. 
17. Eat. 

I am confident that even a novice cook could replicate this amazing, adventurous, filling, delicious meal, providing they follow the recipe to the letter, and use the equipment listed.  Cheesy 

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9  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by midkiffsjoy on: July 25, 2014 12:43:05 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott Bean Blue Raspberry
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: A Cross stitched Slytherin Bookmark in Hufflepuff Colors
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.pinterest.com/pin/506021708102710327/
Brief Description: I cross stitched a Slytherin bookmark for AnnoyingLittleBrother in Hufflepuff colors.  It is a bright yellow on stark black cloth.  I have no idea why the picture wouldnt show the depth of color.  The picture shows it washed out.  The yellow is actually a very deep, *perfect* Hufflepuff yellow.  Smiley  I found the pattern on pinterest.  Were all waiting to see how long it takes for his OCD to kick in, and for his brain to melt. Smiley
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Oak Charm
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Brief Description: This is actually the very first project I finished.  I finished it on the second day of the semester, but every time I went to take a picture of it to turn it in, it went on a walkabout and would be missing for a week, always to turn up when I was too busy to take its picture.  It definitely has a personality of its own. Smiley  
There is an oak tree that is on a fence line that is exactly between the old house (the homestead that was built in 1834) and the new house where we live (thats 100 years old).  Its a HUGE old oak with WIDE sweeping branches.  It has presided over the land since before we were here, and has watched over my family since the beginning.  This past Winter, with great sadness, it passed away.  I cut a branch from this tree, stripped the bark, sanded the wood, and cut a slice.  I sanded the edges, carved the rune naubiz in the face, painted the entire blank with black nail enamel, and painted naubiz with silver enamel.  It is for protection while overcoming hardships.  
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Cabinet Photo Postcards for Scott
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Brief Description: We have a solider pen pal that we have adopted.  We send him letters and care packages.  In between we send him postcards.  Lots of postcards. Smiley  He likes photography and recently asked for photos.  So for my project I went through the external hard drive and turned our favorite photos into Cabinet Photo Postcards reminiscent of the 19th century.  Smiley  There are pictures of me, pictures of the kids at all ages, and pictures of the farm and cabin.  They measure 4 X 6, and are printed on paper sack, craft, heavy cardstock.  I used Word to make the border, and Gimp to edit the pictures.  The studio section says "Lone Star Salutations", and the location section says "Bedias, Texas".  After lots of trial and error I discovered that instead of playing with effects on the pictures, that it was best to simply crop the pictures into ovals, paste them into a border, and then print them out in black and white. 
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: An Invisibility Cloak for Simone
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.pinterest.com/pin/216454325815308946/
Brief Description: I have always loved how Harry Potters cloak of invisibility shimmers like water when he wears it.  Simone didnt have a cloak, so for Alchemy class I picked up a batik dyed fat quarter that looked like water droplets, and sewed her her very own cloak of invisibility.  Cheesy  I started to use a pin that Lady Tasha sent me on Pinterest, and then just winged it.  The cloak is completely hand sewn.  No part of it touched a sewing machine.  All seams are turned under and stitched in invisible seams.  There are no raw edges at all.  
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: An Invisibility Cloak for Mr. Jack
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.pinterest.com/pin/216454325815308946/
Brief Description: Once Simone had a cloak of invisibility Mr. Jack needed one so they could go on invisible walks together.  While there are NO patterns for invisible dog cloaks on the market, I *did* use the pattern Lady Tasha sent me on Pinterest to make the hood of the cloak.  Mr. Jacks cloak was completely hand sewn, but the hood seam is blanket stitched on the inside to finish the raw edge, as opposed to turning it under.  It is made from the same water droplet inspired batik dyed fat quarter as Simones cloak.  
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A picture of Simone and Mr. Jack taking an invisible walk together.  Cheesy


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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch Pitch
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Grand Central Station Portkey
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Brief Description: My portkey is a sign post.  By touching a sign you can go whereEVER that sign leads.  I free handed the letters in Lumos font in gold oil paint.  I spent over 8 hours discovering the exact location of many different fairy tale destinations and the exact distance from my home to that destination.  I could not fit them all on the post.  lol  I am leaving this sign post in the middle of the woods as a magical experience for the kids to happen upon.  Smiley  Life is made of *moments*. Smiley
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I decided that since I had more time I would add two additional directional arrows to the Quidditch sign because I never have any idea which quidditch field in which direction we are headed too!!! Lol. I didn't have a spare finial so I cut the top of the post to a point and glued a peg doll head bead on top of it. The entire signpost is built of reused lumber and paint. This project didn't cost a cent to make. The lumber was from an old redwood rabbit hutch that we dismantled last week. I didn't paint the base because I intended to cover it with leaves so it would look like the post was set in the ground. I keep wanting to take it out into the thick woods to photograph, but it keeps raining so a persimmon grove will have to do. Smiley
The locations are Quidditch, Hogsmeade 4587 miles, Pallet Town 6638 miles, Southern Oracle  9305 miles, Bree 4778 miles, NeverWoods 10202 miles, Cair Paravel 4847 miles, and Lilliput 10559 miles. I originally had the distance down to a hundredth of a mile, and then I realized how insane that is. ROFLMBO. Smiley
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