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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: January 31, 2017 07:58:34 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: 6 mends
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Brief Description: To incorporate the number 6 into this project I mended pants 6 times through this semester.
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2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: January 17, 2017 04:45:53 PM
I hope you have a very happy birthday, Abbeeroad!!!!


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Magical ME Challenge
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: A knife case for me
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Brief Description: I wanted to try making something else that was more than a coaster.  I'm always borrowing Netchez or Fred's pocket knife.  I had a knife case kit so I decided to make it for me to help me remember to carry my pocket knife.  I didn't like the patterns that came with the kit so I took this pattern from a comb case kit I downloaded online. It turned out I didn't have the right stamps for the pattern, but I was able to improvise with what I had.  I like how it turned out.  I think I did pretty well considering this is only the second time I've done leather carving.  Smiley
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3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: January 16, 2017 01:52:31 PM
Many semesters ago Noodle bug said to someone else, "Do whatever craft you're going to do anyway and then find a project to turn it in for." End misquote.  That has often rang in my mind.  Rofl
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: January 16, 2017 01:49:04 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Defense Against the Dark Arts (DADA)
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Red Christmas Skirts for the Girls
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Brief Description: I made skirts for the little girls for Christmas.  Their red ones took tons of ironing due to the ruffle/color band.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention in the Dungeon: December
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: A Ball for the Kids
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Brief Description: In the tale of The Princess and the Frog a spoiled princess accidently drops the golden ball she's been playing with down a well and has to make a deal with an enchanted prince, in the guise of a slimy frog, to go get it.  This weekend we went to Barrington Living History Farm and the kids and I had so much fun playing with the period toys that I made them this leather ball, just like the one in the story.  It's stuffed with waste wool from our own sheep.  Smiley
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention in the Dungeon: January
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Blue Christmas Skirts for the Girls
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Brief Description: The girls each picked out two fabrics for their Christmas skirts.  I didn't finish these until January.  Oops.  They were a wip.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder: Grimmauld Place
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: A Valentine Coaster
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Brief Description: I got a new stamp and had to try it out, so after some practice I stamped this coaster.  These coaster blanks are new from a different source and they seem to dry out after being cased awfully fast and are slick.  I had a harder time controlling my stamp than I have on other leather.  After stamping the coaster and leaving it overnight to dry, I colored it red and put a coat of spray glitter on it to make it sparkle. Bet you didn't notice the stamp is shaped like an I beam, not a heart.  Smiley
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic (HoM)
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: A Case for AnnoyingLittleBrother
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Brief Description: AnnoyingLittleBrother always carries a flashlight, and he's old enough to have his own pocket knife and stop borrowing his Nanna's, so I made him this case with stamps he picked out.  The secret mean being, "Stop losing your flashlight, and stop borrowing other people's pocket knife."
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Philosopher's Stone Challenge
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Socks for Fred
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Brief Description: All my life I've always wanted to knit my family socks.  Because of Fred's prodding I learned how to knit tube socks in the round.  I finally knitted him a pair of jewel tone socks, but he wanted knee socks, almost stockings, and they took FOREVER to knit.  So much longer than 8 hours.  And they're HUGE.  So much bigger than 3x3.  Knitting socks will attain me a kind of short term immortality because it's something that my family will remember about me and will be included in the stories my grandchildren tell their children.  I know this because I let my children play with the doll blanket my Granny knit me and proudly remind them, "GRANNY made this!!!!"
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5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: January 15, 2017 10:01:18 PM
I want to apologize to my house.  I finally got the last Christmas project done and couldn't get them all posted with 2 minutes to spare.  I am so sorry. 
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: January 05, 2017 08:25:19 PM
I am having HELL posting this tonight.  Let's try again.....  *headesk*

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Tree Challenge Series: Bells
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Basket weave Coaster
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Brief Description: I tooled a basket weave pattern onto this coaster.  I edged it with a beveled tool, and then the decorative edge with a camouflage tool, became I don't have a mule foot tool. 
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Tree Challenge Series: Candles
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Fred's Coaster
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Brief Description: On this coaster I used the initial stamps for the first time.  I also used the pear shaped shader for the first time.  I edged it with a beveler, and then did putter edge with the camouflage tool (because I was scared of trying something different and screwing it up).
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Tree Challenge Series: Fake Snow
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: AnnoyingLittleBrother's Bracelet
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Brief Description: I tooled this bracelet for AnnoyingLittleBrother using a purchased bracelet blank.  The pattern is made by offsetting a basket weave tool.  It's tricky.  There was just enough room to do an edge with a beveler.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Tree Challenge Series: Garland
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Christmas Tree Ornament
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Brief Description: This is another one of those patterns that would have been much easier if I had a mule foot tool.  Instead I used a veiner.  I used three tools for this ornament, a veiner, a seeder, and a star stamp.  It was all done free hand, except for the edge where I did draw out a border guide.  Because I cut this coaster from bulk leather, instead of using a coaster blank, I beveled the edge myself.  I need a beveler.  Rofl  It's inspired by the pine and cedar trees that are the only green in the pastures during Winter. 
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Tree Challenge Series: Tree Skirt
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Carved Leather Coaster
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Brief Description: For this project I made a carved leather coaster.  Carving leather is completely different than stamping out a pattern.  It's completely nerve wracking.  I transferred the pattern onto the leather, carved the pattern out line with a quick carve knife, then worked the pattern with all of my tools.  I need more tools.  The mule foot tool should come with the standard set.  It's called for on all the patterns.  We've ordered one, but it hasn't gotten here yet.  This coaster scared me so much I had to take recovery time and knit.  Lol
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7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: January 02, 2017 09:50:12 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures ( CoMC )
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: 2 Custom Orifice Hooks
Brief Description: The spinning wheel I've been working on has a very small orifice.  A standard orifice hook just won't fit, so I made two custom orifice hooks to use with it.  I made two because orifice hooks are one of those things fairies love to walk off with so when one gets misplaced there's a second so the lady can keep spinning.  Smiley  I made them from two vintage spoons I found on a thrift jaunt in a local town.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Spinning Wheel Brought Back to Life
Brief Description: Last January a friend asked me to take a look at a friend's spinning wheel.  I told her no, because I KNEW I would not be able to get it done in a timely manner because the farm keeps me too busy.  Then she asked again.  And again. And again and again and again and again and again until she wore me down and I said I'd look at it just to get her to stop asking me.  The nice lady the wheel belonged to said if I fixed her wheel, she had a second wheel that I could have to fix up for my friend's daughter, and since I owe my friend a huge debt I brought all the pieces home to get working on it.  Which I managed to do in small sleep deprived bursts over the past year.  Well, I finally managed to get it finished.  I'd never touched a double drive spinning wheel before.  I'm in love.  Her antique wheel, with its tiny lace orifice, makes my professionally built, single drive, spinning wheel look like a piece of garbage.  No screws to work out while spinning.  No screw to come loose and let the treddle bar flop off.  Just nice, smooth, gentle spinning with a muted, rythmic clack.  Like knitting needles, or loom heddles.  Music. 
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder: Tree House
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Project Bag
Brief Description: Project bags are AWESOME!!!!  They are perfect for throwing yarn, toys, or what not into and taking off, all independent like, into the great wide world!!!!  I sewed this project bag for a friend of a friend's daughter who likes bright colors to go along with the spinning wheel I just rebuilt for her.  It has brightly colored Llamas in hats.  It holds a TON of roving, bats, misc fiber, with an inside pocket to hold bits and bobs, and a boxed bottom so it stands up on its own.  My FIRST ever project bag!!!!! Smiley
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8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: December 31, 2016 09:40:27 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress Challenge: Post Owl Challenge
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Socks for my BFF
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.bhg.com/crafts/knitting/kidswear/two-knock-out-socks-you-can-knit/
Brief Description: I knitted these socks for my bff.  I have to mail them to her because she lives in San Antonio.  I concede that I have not been using "sock yarn", but whatever yarn we have on hand or catches our fancy.  These socks were a hateful nightmare that thwarted me at every turn.  I still finished them with no mistakes  (that I know of).
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9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: December 21, 2016 10:06:57 PM
My sheep..... cost the same as two of these hanks of yarn.  And they make me new yarn every year.  Roflmbo.  *Headesk*

I know.  I know.  I have a completely different mindset.  I do the same thing when Fred shows me a car he wants to build a rebuild, "That car costs 2 steers.".   Lol  Smiley
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: December 21, 2016 11:40:38 AM
Thank you, Noodle-bug!!!  I love using redheart for all the hats I knit because they last forever and are nice and thick, but even ribbing out of redheart doesn't stretch like it should.  I love yarn is working out great, and yet I wouldn't use it for hats.  Rofl.  Growing up the only yarn we could get was redheart so now I'm enjoying that we have more options than we did back then.  I'm also cringing because there are a LOT of self proclaimed "yarn sobs" on Facebook who wax on about how much they hate all acrylics, and then get into contests over who can spend the most for a hank of yarn.  *cringe*  It's an odd thing to see.  Woman- I was traumatized by an acrylic sweater.  Me- You use that word, but I don't think it means what you think it means.  Blah.

I stepped on an underground bumble bee hive as as 5yo.  I can still remember sitting in my mother's lap as my father drove, racing to find a doctors office open on a sunday, Mom pulling tangled bees from my hair and throwing them from the window.  Medical help being too far, a calm old timer treated me with a remedy and the stings cleared up.  Thank goodness I wasn't allergic, but it left me terrified of bees.  I would devolve into panicked sobs.  Until I studied beekeeping, a garden necessity.  I found the more I learned about bees, the less I feared them.  I've since caught three swarms.  It's been very therapeutic.  Smiley
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