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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ 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

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ on: June 14, 2016 10:51:57 PM
Oh Whistlefish!!!!  Those are LOVELY!!!!!!  What kind of sewing machine do you HAVE?Huh  Cheesy
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ 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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4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ on: June 13, 2016 05:03:50 PM
Abbeeroad-  Thank you!!!  Smiley

ErinAquaheart- I know what you mean.  So often it's holes in the seat.  And yet I saw an example where someone very ingeniously mended just such a spot, so I'I'll try that next.  I put out the call for jeans that need mending and AnnoyingLittleBrother handed me a pair that just......  I'm just not sure how it hasn't fallen apart yet so it'll be an interesting project.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ 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.

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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6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ 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*
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ 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


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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8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ 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
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 on: June 01, 2016 11:58:47 AM
Oh gosh, yes.  I share that seniment.  It feels like I *blinked* and all my elders were gone, and the kids can't grasp the enormity on the stories I pass down.  I'd do anything for them to have met my elders.  All stories seem to end with, "oh they'd have LOVED you!!!"  My kids have just Netchez.  One elder.  I had GOBS of family growin' up.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 on: June 01, 2016 10:24:03 AM
Lilacsinflight- She really really is.  I wish my grandma had seen her.  Syble was a large woman, and she felt ugly all her life because of it.  I always thought she'd been a debutant when she was young because she was so beautiful.  Plus, when she hugged me as a kid I remember it felt like being hugged by a feather tick mattress because she was so soft.  She gave the BEST hugs.  Smiley  Hilda is AWESOME!!!!

And it was SO FUNNY coming up with a top I could jump around in and do chores in and not fall out of.  Roflmbo
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