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1  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by midkiffsjoy on: June 16, 2016 03:26:45 PM
Thank you, edelC.  I LOVE your pocket letters!!!!! Cheesy

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Kitchen Apron
Project Page Link (if available): monmonmori.tumblr.com/post/23374214665
Brief Description: So I have this banging new work apron to protect my new house dresses, which I USED when I painted my new wool washing table, but I can't wear my work apron in the kitchen.  I needed a kitchen apron to wear over my house dresses in the kitchen.  I sewed this apron without a pattern, only an inspiration picture, modeled roughly after the sundresses I've sewn the girls.  I sewed it from a sheet, using the sheet header as the apron bib, and the sheet hems as the apron ties. It ties behind my neck and behind my back, and completely covers my new house dresses to protect them from flour and other substances in the kitchen.  It did a great job protecting my dress while I baked my Peanut butter Chocolate Cookies.  Smiley  
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention in the Dungeon: June
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: A Caftan
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: I used to have a caftan.  It was very comfortable, but everytime I saw it I was reminded of some horrible *$\!#( memories of time I went through while I owned it.  So I finally donated it so someone could make could memories in it and be able to appreciate it instead of hate it, through no fault of its own.  But then I didn't have a caftan.  Or a house coat for that matter, and one can not be without one or the other.  
While scrolling through Pinterest one day, as all good crafting stories begin, I spied a picture.  A picture of a woman.  A woman wearing a sheet.  Not even a sheet sewn into a dress.  Just a sheet with a hole in it, dyed rust.  Well *I* could sew that!!!  And then I'd have something to wear in the living room after I take my shower!!!  So I went digging through my supply of sheets...... which turns out to be getting dangerously low.  But I found curtains.  Two curtains.  COTTON curtains.  Say wha....  okay.  I can work with this.  Honestly, I can't be sure if these curtains were made by an inexperienced home sewer who didn't care, or a really low rent manufacturer.  The two curtains, while the light print on the fabric match, the thread colors didn't.  There is no rhyme or reason behind them.  The hems were not done well.  Just...... no.  So I pulled out my seam ripper and went to work pulling out loose seams.  I ironed and resewed the bottom hem, put a collar in the top, and sewed up the sides.  Then, for good measure, I dyed it with Denium Blue Rit Dye, which REALLY brings out the fabric's pattern.  Yay!!!!!  New caftan!!!! And OH so light and airy!!!  *doing the Happy Happy Joy Joy dance*  Smiley
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic (HoM) & Iron Chef Hogworts: Chocolate
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Peanut butter Chocolate Cookies
Brief Description: I thought and thought about what project would convay my basic Hufflepuffness.  And then I looked at my profile pic.  It's so true.  The Hufflepuff drug of choice is cookies.  I'm loyal.  I'm hardworking.  And I'm a push over for sweets.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

1 1/4c flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2c butter
7 Hersey chocolate minis (or all the chocolate in the house)
1/2c crunchy peanut butter
1/2c granulated sugar
1/2c packed brown sugar
4 quail eggs
1/4 tsp vanilla

Stir together flour, soda, and salt.  In a mixer bowl beat butter for 30 seconds.  Add peanut butter, and sugars.  (Do NOT add your chocolate here or people will have a hard time seeing it in the finished cookie.  *headesk*)  Beat until fluffy.  Add egg and vanilla.  Beat well.  Add dry ingredients and chopped chocolate bars.  Beat until well combinee.  Shape dough into 1 inch balls.  Place on ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake in a 375* oven for 10 minutes.  Cool about 1 minute before removing to wire rack.  Makes 48.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Fiber Washing Table
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.tengoodsheep.com/tutorial
Brief Description: Last year I bought a job lot of surplus school tables at auction for the farm.  A bunch of them went into the greenhouse to be used as plant start tables.  One went down to the wash house.  One went into the garage to be used as a work table.  And one was pulled into many pieces so I could mount a sink into the table top so Fred could have a place to clean fish (still unfinished).  After a few semesters I needed somewhere to put my bee boxes while I was painting them, so I put the table base back together instead of build something from scratch.  Why build something from raw lumber when I have this dismantled table base laying around?  Mend and make do.  SO I reassembled the table base, added a center bracer board, covered it with cardboard and happily worked on bee boxes.  
But then someone mentioned Tour de Fleece, something I've ALWAYS wanted to take part in, and I started making dolls, the best stuffing for which is cotton and wool.  I haven't gotten around to growing cotton yet, but I have wool.  Plenty of wool, and more wool that needs to come off of sheep (if the darn rain will let up for three days).  But I need a place to CLEAN said wool.  I tried to clean a Jacob fleece last year and the kids pigs drug the fleece through the mud and grass.  The kids bagged it up once it was dry.  And it sat.  How to clean this filthy wool.....
And then, on Pintrest, I found this article on cleaning wool.  I liked their method way more than the class I'd taken, but I needed a table.  A table with no top on it so I could put cage floor wire on it.  A table.....  WAIT!!!!  I have a table with no top on it!!!!!  So AnnoyingLittleSister and I found the table, pulled it out (there was an unfinished hive on it), and proceeded to paint it to protect the already heavily abused wood from the water that it'll soon be covered with.  After several coats of paint (scrounged from the garage floor where it leaked out of my yearly can of paint after the goats knocked it over when they broke into the garage.  Jerks.) we cut a piece of reclaimed floor wire and stapled it to the top.  Now I have a, albeit small, wool washing table!!!!  I can't wait to try it out!!!!  Cheesy
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It's been a while since I've crocheted baby hats for the Walker County Pregnancy Center, a baby pantry for needy parents.  So I thought I'd crochet some for them.  It's a nice little busy work project to do while resting at the end of the day with the family.  (Although this time I got hyper focused and crocheted until 3am, completely unable to put the hook down.)

SPEW: Walker County Pregnancy Center Baby Hat
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Just Spew #1
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.micahmakes.com/blog/free-pattern-versatile-earflap-hat-pattern
Brief Description: This is a 0z3m sz crochet baby hat.  I don't remember them being this small.
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SPEW: Walker County Pregnancy Center Baby Hat
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Just Spew #2
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.micahmakes.com/blog/free-pattern-versatile-earflap-hat-pattern
Brief Description: This is a 3-6m size crocheted baby hat.
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SPEW: Walker County Pregnancy Center Baby Hat
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Just Spew #3
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.micahmakes.com/blog/free-pattern-versatile-earflap-hat-pattern
Brief Description: This is a 6-12m sz crochet baby hat.
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SPEW: Walker County Pregnancy Center Baby Hat
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Just Spew #4
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.micahmakes.com/blog/free-pattern-versatile-earflap-hat-pattern
Brief Description: This is a toddler sz crocheted baby hat.
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All four baby hats together.  Smiley

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2  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by midkiffsjoy on: June 14, 2016 06:38:16 AM
Joyfulclover- You'd be attacking AnnoyingBigSister.  She's the one who wears those pants.  Rofl.  I'm actually fairly excited about the idea of using different color crochet thread to mend pictures.  Or house colors.  The options really are limitless.  My only pout is that I mended too close to the edge so you can't see the underlying fabric too well on that one leg.  I'll know better next time.  Smiley

Moonflame-  No no.  Completely my fault.  I read it, then took a day to decide on an answer and got hyper focused on trying to finish these dresses, then was side tracked when the water heater exploded.  I'll go do that asap. 

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Another house dress
Project Page Link (if available): http://dottieangel.blogspot.de/2013/02/dancing-once-again-with-dottie-angel.html
Brief Description: I liked the house dress I sewed last semester.  It's painfully plain but oh so comfortable.  Fred likes it too.  Who knew?  So, with all this rain, it has become very clear that I do not have NEARLY enough house dresses to putter around the house in.  One does not putter in work clothes.  Something had to be done.  I was searching through my fabric totes for more white sheets and I found a striped sheet.  *squee*  And then I found a corrdinating tan sheet!!!  Completely forgotten and, to date, unloved crafts supplies, check.  I cut into the striped sheet and proceeded to sew myself a new house dress, but it wasn't long before the plain stripe pattern had me down.  "I wish I'd combined the two sheets to make the dress a little less plain.  Well, why not?  I still can." I thought to myself.  The lady who sewed the inspiration dress makes two fabric dresses.  I can too. There are probably much easier ways to do this, but I cut out and sewed the dress to the point where I would sew the front to the back and then hem the bottom and arms when I laid it out, drew a line with my trusty paint department 97 cent yard stick and CUT THE DRESS IN HALF.  *gasp*.  I sewed the bottom of the brown dress to the top of the stripe dress and volia.  Kinda looks a little 20s to me, but I'm super excited to have another house dress.  I put ties on both the front and the back like my inspiration picture, to try something new, and redrafted the neckline so it's not so gapy, but still fits over my head.  And I made bigger pockets this time so my hand almost completely fits inside now.  Smiley
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Study of Ancient Runes (SoAR)
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: A third house dress
Project Page Link (if available): http://dottieangel.blogspot.de/2013/02/dancing-once-again-with-dottie-angel.html
Brief Description:  By making one slash and sew dress, I wound up making two.  As I tell the kids often, "This is NOT a problem."  I felt this was a perfect example of the runes Reversed Wunjo, and Jera.  While Wunjo, meaning Joy, hope, harmony has always been my favorite rune, our year has sucked as far as being bestowed abundance from the universe.  No matter.  I put up stores during the abundant years, very indicative of country folk, so even though we happen to be going through a Reverse Wunjo stretch, we still manage to have Jera (plenty).  It's all good.  Smiley
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3  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by midkiffsjoy on: June 13, 2016 01:05:36 PM
Sorry I've been MIA.  I'm working on projects that are taking WAY longer than I expected.  And then the house flooded.  Darn flaky weather.

OMG We need to have an Owl Floo Powder Challenge now so we all have an excuse to make owls!!!!  Smiley  *plotting* (There are a LOT of owl stuffie patterns on Pintrest.)

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder: Emerald City
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: AnnoyingBigSister ' s Jeans
Project Page Link (if available): http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/43/99/be/4399be8e630288a1c31fcb05494e5009.jpg  http://honestlywtf.com/diy/diy-sashiko-boro-denim-repair/  https://onagono.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/the-art-of-sashiko/

I was REALLY inspired by THIS article.
 http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/may/19/the-rise-of-mending-how-britain-learned-to-repair-clothes-again

Brief Description: The kids GO through jeans.  I used to patch them religiously, but have not recently had the time, nor did anyone like the patching I do.  I'm of the post war, post depression generation where I was influenced greatly by what my family had to do to get through it, but I didn't actually have to go through it.  One thing my grandparents made sure of was that I had enough clothes.  Patching was not acceptable, and when any mending had to be done, Granny was a MASTER of the invisible mend.  That woman ASTONISHED me with her awesomeness.  A skill that was never passed down to me.  So I patch.  I cut a square of spare denium, hem the edges, and sew it over the hole.  Not pretty, and not particularly long lasting.  (Also VERY looked down on in our community) Anyway....  scrolling through Pintrest I've been seeing a LOT about "visible mending" lately.  It started with a wonderful meme that had a vintage sewing machine and said, "Make do and mend".  As that happens to be my personal philosophy around the farm, and in life, I made it my wallpaper.  Then I starting seeing articles about decorative stitching over a patch to make it a feature of the clothing.  A new concept for me.  I started by trying the "weave the hole back in" technique.  I'm not really sure I did that right.  I had to go back and fill it in a bit, but it turned out interesting.  Next I found two scraps of blue fabric, backed them with thick, white, cotton sheet.  Turned and top stiched the patches.  Stuck them over the hole to be mended from the inside with spray adhesive, and went to basting them on.  Sewing the edge, through the extra thicknesses of both the jeans and the edge of the turned patch was a nightmare, but once that was done the rest went rather smoothly.  The straight lines went the quickest.  The flowers took forever.  I kept thinking, "It would have been done SO MUCH FASTER if I'd just patched them," But I can see now that this is a much stronger mend that will probably extend the life of these jeans much longer.  I can say, I don't like stretchy jeans.  They're a pill to mend.  They "snag".  Denium shouldn't "snag".  They've got some "runs" I may need to patch before too long, but for now they're cherry, and AnnoyingBigSister loves them, so now I've got to start doing the same to everyone else's jeans. 
I need a THICK thimble.  Lol
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4  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by midkiffsjoy on: June 05, 2016 10:55:23 PM
Hey Guys!  Pottermore put me in Hufflepuff.  Twice.  I was disappointed at first, but the more I thought about it, and time went by, I realized that I VERY much am a Hufflepuff.  Sure, I charge in, but only when one of my family is in danger.  Then Heaven help ya.  nod.  That's the definition of loyalty.  

Thanks Seeuudee!!! I was gonna turn in another of her with her legs fixed (already finished and everything), but I've decided to work on a different pattern instead.  I'm beside myself with excitement.  At least I'm finding a way to be "productive" while trapped inside from all this rain.  *cabin fever*

Moonflame- GO FOR IT!!!!!  Those canvas shoes AnnoyingBigSister painted have been sitting in my closet for a year.  I picked them up at Hobby Lobby for about $5.  Not bad for a project.  Smiley  I'm super ecstatic how her shoes turned out.  Cheesy  GO ANNOYINGBIGSISTER!!!!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Work Apron
Brief Description: I KNOW this project fits the class description because even *I'M* surprised by it!!!!!  Yesterday I was picking the vm out of a Jacob fleece that the pigs drug through the mud last Summer.  Fun.  I discovered very quickly that it made a mess all over my comfy house dress.  That morning I'd been mixing up a batch of paper pulp and had a similar experience.  This would NOT do.  I needed an apron, and not a cute cotton house apron, oh no, a WORK apron.  nod.  So, while I was going through a tub of cotton sheets for fabric to make another house dress, I came across a big wad of tan cotton canvas.  I took one look at it and realized it was a CHAIR COVER, one of those formal dillies, that I'd bought to butcher for the fabric at the Rita B. Huff garage sale, but the way the thing was made....  it was already a tube.  A WEIRD tube with wings and weirdness....  I cut off the extra across the "bottom", put a collar in the "top", slit it up the back, hemmed the back with a narrow hem, slit the "sides" until I could fit it over my dress comfortably, hemmed the arm holes (a pain in the butt), used the ties it already came with to make the waist ties (I undid the hemming, ironed it, and then sewed them into tubes to make strong, two layer ties.)used the old hem from the part I cut off to make the neck ties, hemmed the new bottom and WALLAH.  I have a new heavy duty work apron, out of a (**&^%^ CHAIR COVER!!!!  Who'd have ever thought it?Huh  Not me.  I'm as shocked as the rest of you.  Sucker took me ten full hours to do (HOW???) but I can now pick fleece to my heart's content.  Smiley  
BTW, YES I had enough left over to add pockets.  My ENTIRE family has asked (independently from one another) WHY there are no pockets on it.  I thought about it and chose NOT to add even ONE pocket because if I'm wearing THIS apron I'm working with stuff I do NOT want falling into my pockets.  Yuppers.  *thumbs up*
Oh!!!!  That seam across the front is NOT a waistline!!!!  I worked with what I had and would up with a seam at about the spot a gathered skirt would have been attached in the TWENTIES!!!  Kinda rad, huh?
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Seriously!!!!  Sunday morning ^THIS^ was a chair cover!!!!  *mind blown*
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5  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by midkiffsjoy on: June 05, 2016 10:19:31 AM
Moonflame-  OMG!!!  WHERE did you find flour that comes in an ACTUAL cotton flour sack!!!!!  That's ADORABLE!!!!  I LOVE your lemon sack!!!!


I've been trying to figure out what to do for Herbology that I actually crafted that project in my dreams last night.  Now if only I could remember what I made!!!  *facepalm*

AnnoyingBabySister (now 4)- Momma.  What are you doing?  Me- Making a doll.  ABS- I don't like that doll.  I don't want that doll.  Me- That's alright, Baby.  It's not for you.  ABS- *pause*  Momma, I don't like that doll.  I don't WANT that doll.  Me- That's *perfectly* ALRIGHT, Sweetheart.  THIS doll is not for YOU. ABS- *stares as if she's thinking, "WHY are you wasting your time sewing something that ISN'T for ME?"*  (Gotta love babies.  rofl)

*next day*

ABS- *runs in*  Did you finish the doll.  Me- Yup.  She's as finished as she's gonna get.  ABS- *grabs doll and begins playing with her*  Me- Wait.  That doll isn't for you, remember?  You didn't WANT that doll.  ABS- I was wrong.  I DO want this doll.  Me- She's STILL not for you.  *rofl*  Go play with YOUR doll.  ABS- *goes and gets *her* doll, brings her in and starts playing with my doll again*  She needed to visit.  They're playing together now.  Me- LOL

Today

ABS- *runs in*  *looks around*  Where are your dolls...............Huh  Me- I'm not working on them right now.  ABS- *starts searching*  rofl

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Practice Doll #1
Project Page Link: http://www.northdixiedesigns.com/2007/08/free-izannah-walker-inspired-body.html
Brief Description: I belong to an antique inspired doll making group, but I almost never have time to make dolls.  I feel like a total poser surrounded by incredible professionals, so I've decided to work on my doll making as much as possible this semester.  I made this doll using Dixie Redmond's free Izannah Walker doll inspired pattern.  It's just a basic pattern to get you going.  A real Izannah Walker doll has a second skin, a separate thumb, and a cloth pressed head (although many very nice Izannah Walker inspired dolls are made using paperclay and cotton knit over it), this one is just a working practice doll.  It's not a bad little doll, I love my tiny whip stitches, BUT I over stuffed her legs and, as you can see, her knees don't bend.  *headesk*  In the future I will stop stuffing limbs 1/2" before the joint to allow free movement of the joint.  It was a bonehead mistake.  Lesson learned.  *heakdesk*headesk*headesk*
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6  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by midkiffsjoy on: June 01, 2016 02:03:08 PM
To start off the semester on a high note.  Look what I made with the incubator I built last semester!!!!  We had 13 quail hatch out and haven't lost a one!!!! Cheesy
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7  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 in Craftalongs by midkiffsjoy on: May 31, 2016 09:03:07 PM
Gaudiknight, I just have to tell you how much I adore your dolls!!!  You must have so much fun with them!!! Cheesy  That's so awesome that you made a dress from your Great Aunt's stash.  That makes it extra special.  Smiley

NoShowJr- Fred is wrong about peas TOO!!!!  lol

Holy Moly.  I'm trying to go back and see what all I missed.  Dang Noodle-bug!!!  *ALL THE HUGS*  Baby wipes are such a fast, easy sew up.  I'd have told her I just KNOW she'd do a GREAT job making them HERSELF.  And just IMAGINE the *cute* prints she could pick out at the shop to make them out of!!! Wink  rofl.  smh.  Some people.  Reminds me of every SIL I've ever had.  smh.  Dang Mistress Jennie.  *cringe*  smh.  You're nicer than me.  I'd have told him to begin with I'm sorry but I don't know how to make paracord necklaces.  My dad died of of colon cancer, and even he didn't pull that.  And he was a JERK!!!!  (which is the nicest word I could think to substitute for the real word I'm thinking).  To quote Myrtle "Why people be so cray cray?"  btw I'm so sorry I posted all those classes out of order.  I was grouping them by similar project.  I'll remember to post them alphabetically in the future.  You work really hard to give us a fun craftalong.  I don't want to make it harder on you.

plaidpineapple- OMG I LOVE your Barbie hats!!!!  I'm hoping to make more for my Bleuette manikin next semester.  Your hats are inspiring.   



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Candles for Simone
Brief Description: I actually tried several different projects for this class, but they kept catching on fire.  When we were kids candles in seashells were all the rage, so when I found a tub of seashells left on my work table I sorted through them and picked out small ones so Simone could have some seashell candles too.  I melted an old, scrap candle, and some extra paraffin in an empty veggie can.  Turns out veggie cans now come with a liner that catches fire at the drop of a hat.  I stopped counting when it caught on fire for the seventh time, but Fred estimates it was around fifteen times.  I cut the old wick into small wicks, dipped them and set them into the shells and then poured the wax.  After they cooled I cleaned up the shells and trimmed the wax around the edge of the candles.  
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: 6 of Cups
Project Page Link: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/216454325819127690/  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/216454325819126647/
Brief Description: During my research on the Suits of the Tarot I learned that the house of Cups is for your emotions, relationships, and creativity.  The 6 of Cups, among other things, denotes memories, innocence, nostalgia, and childhood.  I have always been very nostalgic about my childhood.  My family has been on this farm since 1834, and my fondest memories are those of my early childhood spending time with my greatgrandfather, greataunts and uncles, and my grandparents.  My parents had children later in life than most of their generation so I got to grow up hearing stories of training oxen, flour sack bloomers, and the such.  Electricity in our area was still a new thing when I was a child, and I was well versed in the use of an outhouse.  One thing I remember is the style of dress all of the older women wore.  And all of these women baked.  I have a very strong connection between pies and vintage house dresses in my mind, so when I was flipping through Pintrest and saw people sewing vintage style house dresses I just had to make one.  
All of my pretty fabric stash is ear marked of the girls or for dolls, so I used a vintage cotton sheet for my dress.  I altered Simplicity 4213 (I'm the Roman) to get the general shape of the house dress.  I added pockets, ties, tie covers, and added an inch to the front of the pattern to make it even more roomy.  It's just the right length.  I'd rather the pockets be a little higher.  The neckline will be different if I make another one, though it does just pull on over my head it's just too wide.  And it is SO COMFORTABLE!!!!!  I can not stress that enough.  My only real problem with it is that it's plain white.  We live close to Huntsville, Tx and plain white just looks too much like a trustee suit to me, or a hospital gown, so I'm thinking about trying to dye it.  Maybe play with fabric paints to make it look like flour sack cloth.  Smiley
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Town Dresses for AnnoyingLittleSister, and AnnoyingBabySister
Brief Description: Netchez was cleaning out her closet and brought me a sack full of shirts that didn't have any wear to them, asking if I could make them into dresses for the girls.  They have such fun Summer embroidery on them, it would have been a shame not to try.  I cut the dress bibs for the blue and white dresses from the original shirts' sleeves so they have the sleeves' notches in them.  The red checked dress, I cut the dress bib from the shirt collar, so it has the embroidery that came on the shirt collar.  They turned out so adorable, with their little buttons down the front, that I even pulled a shirt from my stash that's I'd bought to make a dolls dress from to try.  I'm very happy with how they turned out and the girls love them.  Smiley  
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress Challenge: May Days
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: My subversive bikini
Project Page Link: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/216454325819129083/  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/500603314801501548/
Brief Description: While pursuing Pinterest for more pictures of vintage house dresses I came upon a pinup of Hilda, a plus sized pinup girl.  She's funny, beautiful, country, and has a habit pf running around in a bikini to do her chores.  A flour sack bikini.  When I saw that skimpy cloth, barely covering her bottom, with the words FLOUR written across it I knew I'd found my project.  You couldn't even MENTION the word flour sack around my Grandmother Syble Wooderson without her cringing and launching into a tirade about HOW MUCH SHE HATED flour sack fabric.  You see, in the early days the ink didn't wash out, and when her bloomers were hanging on the line anyone walking by could see the word FLOUR on the bum of her britches.  I love that story so, of course, Hilda in her flour sack bikini appealed to me.  But you can't get much more subversive in this country than put a fat woman in a bikini.  (I'm fat, my father was fat, his mother (Syble Wooderson) was fat, HER mother was fat.  It's a genetic marker in our family, so I'm fine with the word.)  People LOSE THEIR MINDS if a woman of weight posts a video of her doing yoga, or . you know.... existing.  So the very idea of Hilda, a large woman enjoying life in a bikini is pretty mind blowing.  So I sewed a subversive, Hilda inspired, flour sack bikini.  I used a pair of my underwear as the pattern for the bottom, and experimented (a lot) with a pattern for the top.  I sewed them from vintage sheets (the bottom from what was left of the sheet after sewing my house dress, and the top from a different sheet.  Sadly making them two different shades of old sheet).  I used speedball block printer's ink, mixed with a medium.  I free hand drew flour across the bottom.  I cut a star from a kitchen sponge and tried stamping the stars on.  I didn't like how they looked so I hand painted the stars solid over the stamps.  
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8  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 in Craftalongs by midkiffsjoy on: May 04, 2016 08:24:00 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder. Madam Malkins.
House:Hufflepuff
Project Name:Books for Simone
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Brief Description: A friend asked me to work on some spinning wheels, which led to my needing my work desk to be brought up to the farm.  This in turn nessesitated my bedroom to be rearranged to accommodate it.  While doing this, I tried to figure out how to get a doll cabinet in here.  I've been wanting a doll cabinet for my Bleuette for at least three years.  Failed.  Can't buy anything new.....  what do I already have that might work....  Me- When you come back, you're going to be shocked.  Fred- I doubt it.  Tasha- OMG!!!!  JOY!!!!  What have you done!!!??!!  (The correct bestie responce)  Me- Well....  I decided I wanted a doll cabinet more than I needed a night stand.  Tasha- That all?  Me- Nope.  Fred's night stand matches mine, so I'm going to stack his, on its side, right on top of mine.  Tasha- That works.
But then I started pulling out doll furnature.  Sad, lonely, EMPTY doll furnature.  I found a wonderful garishly painted China cabinet at a junk store years ago.  It needed things on its shelves.  It needed books.  I printed out book covers on plain printer paper, resized them, spray adhesived them onto a pizza box, cut them out and filled them with the corrigated remains of a Jame's Smoked Sausage box. I finished them with a coating of Mod Podge.  I made a total of 17 books.  They *just* fit on the shelf.  Smiley
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9  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 in Craftalongs by midkiffsjoy on: April 30, 2016 09:28:25 PM
I apologize for being MIA this semester.  The semester had such a horrible beginning.  The last week of last semester two friends past away, then the first week of this semester I was going to bring the goats in, hit an unseen mole hill and was thrown from a four wheeler and ran over (still better than rolling it on me).  I was laid up for quite a while, and then the VERY first time I'm allowed to leave the house I went for a walk around the tank (lake) with Fred and my cashmere buck waded out and drown himself right in front of me.  I've never seen an animal do that in all my life.  That being my last straw for awhile I just said stump it.  I'm moving my dresser to make space for my work desk so maybe this next semester I'll be more involved.  (And we had such AWESOME classes this semester, dang it!!!!!)

Here's what I did happen to do.... (I have no idea why the uploader put all my pics on their sides.  I'll fix that as soon as I get this posted.)

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration Class
House: Huffelpuff
Project Name: Rabbit tractor
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Brief Description: Netchez's American Blue, Cruella, raised 6 out of 8 kits to weaning.  Fluffy little snuggle monsters they are too.  But they needed a space to grow after they were weaned.  We've been trying to make the move to pasture tractors for all of our livestock that isn't currently pastured, but my last attempt was too large and heavy to move very well.  So I built this nice, compact size grow out tractor (4' x 8') that's just the right size for one litter of rabbits.  It has a portion where they can be put up at night to keep them super safe from predators (we had a black panther come up into the garden to steal a rabbit this semester.) and a run so they can stretch out and get to the pasture for a nibble.   Best of all it's light enough that I can easily move it so they always have fresh pasture.  The tractor is built ENTIRELY from broken pallet wood the local feed store was throwing away and reused cage and garden fence wire.  Smiley
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic (HoM)
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Emergency Swarm Bucket
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Brief Description: Create something to make my work more exciting......  *cringe* rofl.  Smh.  Okay.... here it goes.  One of the the things I'm most proud of to have gotten done this semester is having finished the fence between the orchard and the back pasture.  It gives the horses an entire 40 some odd acres to go wild on without allowing them to go running willy nilly through up the hill, around the house, and through the barnyard.  Their afternoon races were just unsafe and rude.  We got the Xs wired and the fence hung in one day, but we were not able to finish tying the fence to every post before it finally got just too dark to see, SO it had to wait until the next day...  The next day came, and while I'm focused on wrapping the fence around the end post without landing in bull nettle, again, I hear a firm and persistent call from Fred, Joy.  Joy, you need to come see this.  Joy you need to come here NOW.  So I grumpily lugged myself up and ambled down the hill where I found a very focused Fred, staring pointedly at the lawn mower trailer.  Under the trailer was a nice, medium size swarm of the loveliest bees you've ever seen.  Awwww.....  aren't they sweet.  Too bad I don't have a box ready for them, I cooed.  Fred replied, never taking his eyes off the trailer, With the garden being put in, the farm really needs those bees.  You should suit up and catch them.  But Fred, I started, I don't have a suit together anymore, and I don't have a swarm box.  But you COULD, right, Fred persisted, You SHOULD!!!  You should get that together and catch them.  Go.  GO NOW!!!  I should probably mention here that while I've caught swarms before, Fred has reactions to bee stings and is somewhat cautious of them.  I laughed and went off to the house, barking orders as I went, You there!!!!  Find my bee hood!!!  You!!!  Find duct tape for my jeans!!!!  Annoying Little Sister!!!!  Come advise me on a swarm box!!!  I settled on using a new 5 gallon tub we happened to have on hand, and Annoying Little Sister picked out a very pretty duct tape, and together (I worked, she advised) we built a swarm bucket.  I cut out a square out of the side of the bucket and used window screening to make a window.  I cut the spout out of the top and used the screening to window it off as well.  And to Fred's utter amazement, I caught a swarm.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
House: Huffelpuff
Project Name: A Coca Cola Bee Feeder
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Brief Description: At the Master Gardeners sale last month I was luck to see a top bar nuc hive at the Walker Co Beekeepers display.  The gentleman had attached a bee feeder in the back of the hive, enabling him to feed his bees without any chance of feeder robbing from other hives, or wasps.  I was impressed, so when I suddenly needed a bee box I knew I wanted to rear attach a bee feeder.  But....  My only bee feeder was old, and itchy looking.  It simply wouldn't do.  I used my old feeder to draw a pattern onto small bits of well sanded scrap lumber.  I painted the outside sections of the lumber where it wouldn't be in contact with the bees.  I cut a hole out of a bit of thin lumber and attached it to the top to space and brace the sides, and then, instead of using plain sheet metal, I linked Coca cola cans together to form a sheet and wrapped the cans around the feeder.  Smiley  It works well, and it made Netchez light up, reminding her of a purple martian house she built when I was little.  Smiley 
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Bee Hive
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Brief Description: I hate having to work fast.  It leads to sloppy, uncreative work.  So I worked through the night to build our captured bees a home they'd be happy to have.  I used 1 x 12s from an unfinished project to build a bottom super (different from typical supers which are built from 1x10s or 1x6s.) I built frames from furring strips and left them open to be filled with natural comb (different than typical thin frames that use commercial wax sheets).  I painted it, decaled it, and had it ready the next morning for them.  And as I set it up, all ready with syrup and all..... they flew over my head and down the driveway.  A goat had broken the window in and let them out.  *headesk*  But now we have a pretty bee box all set up to be discovered by a swarm in the orchard, and it's been noticed by foragers from our local wild hives, so maybe.....  Smiley
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Incubator
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Brief Description: The quail are finally laying eggs, but the styrofoam incubator we had to hatch chicks in was beaten up pretty badly.  So I built a new incubator from the same recycled birch plywood I build their apartment from.  I really didn't want to paint it white so I mixed my white exterior house paint with yellow craft paint until I had a wonder shade of Spring pastel yellow.  Smiley  I LOVE the huge window!!!!  Smiley
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: My Baby Citrus Trees
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Brief Description: My Granny (Netchez's mom) could grow anything.  ANYTHING.  I've always been amazed by her awesomeness.  This Spring I've been trying to grow all kinds of things.  One of the things I'm most proud of growing are these two tiny citrus tree sprouts.  Cheesy 
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies Class  *WARNING*  Gross out factor. 
House: Hufflepuff
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Brief Description:  Since WWII farms have gotten really not self sufficient.  We have been taught by companies to run to them for all our needs.  Knowledge our grandparents took for granted, we were never taught, so with the free flow of information we are constantly learning new things. 
Our favorite television show is The Walking Dead.  Fred randomly asks, If the Zombie Apocalypse was next week, How boned would the farm be?  It's a great way to brain storm new ways to become just that much more efficient in what we do.  Because of predators, flying and ground based, we have to pen the chickens.  They have runs, and their coops are being modified into tractors to put them on pasture, but they don't  have access to as many protein filled bugs as they would if they were free ranging.  So when my beautiful Cashmere buck decided to drown himself right in front of me (Fred dove in, drug that dumb butt out, and tried to administer CPR for 20 minutes straight) I was NOT going to let a SINGLE portion of that jerkamuffin go to waste.  Every part of him was to be used.  Now, some parts are easy to use, some not so much.  So in my determination to make that butthead earn every cent of his replacement cost, his entrails .not the easiest thing to utilize, I made into carrion buckets for the chickens.  Inside 2 5 gallon buckets are oak leaves with a center of his icky bits.  These produce worms that drop into the chicken's runs, which they snap up even before they hit the ground. 



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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Study of Ancient Ruins (SoAR)
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: A Dress for the Girls
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Brief Description: At the age of 21 I was voted the person you most wanted to be stranded on a deserted island with.  It wasn't because I have ever looked good in a bikini.  One young lady was enraged when her boyfriend voted for me.  I have never forgotten his response to her, Babe!!!  I LOVE YOU!!!  But you're USELESS.  We'd DIE.  JOY would have built us a HILTON the FIRST DAY!!!!!  I then became known as Joy who can build anything out of nothing.  (Yes there's a story there)
ALS is about to turn 7, ABS has just turned 4, and yet they insist on wearing each other's clothes.  They are not the same size.  At all.  And ABS insists on wearing everything backwards, so the back and front have to match.  There aren't a lot of patterns out there that will accommodate such a range.  On top of that, things have been tight so there was no buying fabric for this project.  But they simply could not continue to wear ALB's rapidly disintegrating hand me downs.  I pulled out the ugliest collection of pillowcases the world has ever seen and started experimenting with a basic pillowcase dress.  I discovered that 22 is just the right length to make a midlength dress of ABS and a short dress for ALS.  Worn with tights, shorts, or bloomers they're perfect.  This was my message to the universe.  No matter what we need, or how tight things are, I will make it.  I will always pull a rabbit out of the hat.  I will always manage to turn a sow's ear into a silk purse.  I will always manage to make something out of nothing.  THIS dress is the second one I made them.  Smiley
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: A Dress for......  Opps a SHIRT for ABS.
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Brief Description: The first dress I made for the girls turned out to be all wrong, which is why directions off Pinterest can not be blindly trusted. While it fell off my youngest two, it fit my eldest *perfectly*, giving her a nice, cool, COMFORTABLE, shirt for the oncoming Summer.  And I felt good that my attempt didn't go to waste. Smiley
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Two Matching, but Different, Dresses.
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Brief Description: These two dresses are EXACTLY alike, BUT.....  I used different pillowcase fabric for the trim.  Smiley  The same, but different. 
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures (CoMC)
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: A Hornet Dress
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Brief Description: One of the dresses I made for the girls is a dress from a deep green pillowcase.  It is the green of our local football team, The Huntsville Hornets. 
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Class/Challenge/House Pride:  Defence Against the Dark Arts (DADA)
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Sundresses for the Girls
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Brief Description:  Let's face it, pillowcase dresses are ugly.  They're ugly.  They look like gunny sacks.  SO, improvements needed to be made.  When I was very young, about ALS's age, I had a sundress.  A simple sundress.  But still.... it was sewn with a pattern.  The great majority of my work is done without a hard copy pattern.  And I hate it.  It scares the bejebbers out of me.  I spend hours, sometimes YEARS studying pictures, reading as much as I can, etc to get it *right* when I finally do attempt it.  Sometimes I never actually get around to the doing, making me an expert on something I've never actually done myself.  Which is a pretty stupid way to live.  Anyway....  pillowcases are ugly.  Something had to be done and I was rained in for 3 days so I experimented.  Measuring, re measuring, more measuring, eyes closed, and shear dumb luck led to going from frumpy pillowcase dresses to very presentable sundresses.  And THIS time I managed to triumph over my very real, wildly debilitating, phobia of screwing up.  (and the girls have nicer dresses for it)
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10  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2016 in Craftalongs by midkiffsjoy on: February 29, 2016 08:08:35 PM
Thank y'all for the hugs and love.  I agree that it's not something that's talked about nearly enough.  I've been through Bradley Birth workshops and had 2 at farm births (like at home births, but ... you know.... on the farm.  rofl), but I had no idea that a miscarriage (which sounds so trivial) means you actually go through labor and have the same recovery time as a birth.  You just don't get a snuggly pheromone machine to snuggle with to distract you from it.  Smiley  I wish I'd known to expect that.  So I've been doing cool stuff around the garden, and the chicken issue needed to be addressed so I got this done.  Speckled Sussex day old chicks are now going for $15 each, STRAIGHT RUN, proof the world has lost it's mind.  Luckily I have a trio so I'll be able to hatch out my own Speckled Sussex babies this year. 

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention in the Dungeon: February
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name:A coop for my Speckled Sussexes.
Brief Description: These are my Speckled Sussex-es.  

I have a trio.  A roo and 2 hens. They are supposed to be gentle chickens, and the hens are, more or less, but the roo............ He likes to attack puppies.  Ears especially.  He's a jerk.  Because he's a jerk who needed to be separated for the safety of puppies, and because I want him and his girls to give me eggs from which to hatch pretty, speckled babies (and because the silkie roo was beating him up and stealing his girlfriends) a coop and run was in order.  This was a hardcore shipping crate I picked up from the local TSC.  

Their supplier wouldn't take it back, and it was going to be thrown away.  They gave it to me, and I was able to cut out two windows for ventilation, which I covered with heavy duty hardware cloth and horse panel to make it predator proof.  I cut the top of the crate at an angle to give the roof a gentle slope, and hinged a heavy 3/4" plywood roof on it so I can get in to take out the eggs, and fill the water.  I added a sliding door (Netchez's idea) that operates by pull string and is a NIGHTMARE to open without said pull string, and a roosting bar from window to window so their bums could catch a cool breeze at night when it gets warm.  It came with a solid bottom.  The run is made from two sides of lawn tractor crating to which I attached welded fence wire.  I also wrapped the fence wire around the boards to make it that much stronger.  The run is attached to the coop by way of heavy screws.  It's not as large as I like, but it's the size of the average city backyard hen house, so I'll be happy with it. AnnoyingBigSister kept me company while I built the coop, and ran go to for me.  Netchez kept me company while I built the run.  I'm trying to talk ABS to paint the sliding coop door like a AZ hive door.  Cheesy
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