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1  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: July 08, 2014 04:26:36 AM
Class: MS
House: ravenclaw
Project: Lettering signs
Muggle photos don't move? So... they take lots of them and put them in order to tell a story? But how do they know what order they go in? To help me keep things clear, I made some signs to hold in our muggle photos of the colour run. Since you start out the run clean, I left the 'before' signs blank... but everyone finished the run covered in colourful paint, so I asked the kids in my family who were running to help me by colouring in the 'after' signs

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2  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: June 27, 2014 05:56:18 AM
Jennie, your work is always beautiful - the care you take seeing pieces to go together is astounding

Pottermouth - love the bag, and the altered spool :-)

Class; potions
House; 'clawesome
Black is colourless; it is the absence of colour in light. This sampler is my first attempt at blackwork, just playing with some of the traditional diapers, and some shading techniques. Came out ok, i think, though other doesn't really show off the shapes very well it let me get some practice in
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3  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: June 25, 2014 05:50:50 AM
I can't believe your landlord did that, how awful! Completely inconsiderate of him, not to tell you first. the ill-manners of people sometimes, really astounds me! I hope he's re-compensated you for your ruined items (not that such a thing is really possible, but at least he could pay for supplies to make more)?

Class: Astronomy
House; 'clawsome
project: recipe book
from the chaos of a million pieces of scrap paper and magazine rip outs stuffed in drawers, to a hand bound and decorated recipe book...
Lots more pictures and process description in the project link Smiley

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4  Recipie Book in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by noodle-bug on: June 25, 2014 05:40:24 AM
I did a class a few months ago, and this was my first go at reproducing the decorating techniques we covered there at home; of course, I had forgot a lot, and didn't have the range of supplies that our teacher had brought so I improvised along the way... but I'm pretty pleased with the results. My friend had asked me for a recipe book to write all his recipes in, rather than having them all laying around on scraps of paper

I took cardstock, and covered it unevenly in gesso, which I stamped into for texture. Once dry I used distress inks... then a layer of matt varnish to seal, and some permanent ink detail stamped on top. Once dry, I covered the back in smooshed up tissue paper (then varnished) to line it (kinda). this was folded into the cover
i used left over cover bits to make a pocket to keep magazine cutting etc in, which became the back 'signature'
While making the cover, I had used the gesso stamp offs to decorate my signature wraps - so I added distress inks to them, cut to shape to use as dividers and labelled them. Folding all the papers for pages was a good use of drying time Smiley

I bound the whole thing in the 'kiss' style because I like the crosses than produces on the spine, and I added a length of ribbon sewn through the cover at various points, to secure the warp-over front

it didn't really come out how I had planned... but i was pleased with it none-the-less

the only really major problem I had was that the distress inks I used on the cover were very difficult to work with on top of the gesso; they kept washing out, and obviously they ran when I applied the varnish. I think I need a non-water soluble, slow drying ink to work with... any recommendations?

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5  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: June 23, 2014 05:17:21 PM
A post in which Noodle doesn't eat pizza (for once!)

Challenge; Quidditch: team USA
House: 'clawsome
This broccoli coleslaw is a recipe that my Dad made up after trying a similar dish when on holiday in the states (boy, you guys like coleslaw A LOT)

It's simple:
finely chop half a broccoli
shred a carrot
add a small handful each of sunflower seeds, toasted pine nuts (let them cool first), pumpkin seeds, cooked & cooled chick peas, & raisins.
mix in a tablespoon of white wine vinegar
mix in enough mayonnaise to just cover everything without drowning it
let it sit for an hour or so in the fridge before nomming (with roast sweet potatoes, for my preference)

Class: DADA
House: 'clawsome
project Summer salad
this salad is easy to make Smiley

Cook, and let cool, 2 corn on the cob, and a small tin each of green lentils, kidney beans & butter beans. fry up half a block of hallomi with some cumin, cut finely - let that cool too
chop up 2 avocado, a generous double handful of cherry tomatoes, a couple of sticks of celery, a block of feta, half a block of hard goats cheese, a couple of spring onions, and a red pepper.
slice the corn off the cob into the mix, and stir in the other 'hot' ingredients once they're not hot anymore Smiley
serve with a couple of lime wedges and a dressing as follows:

juice of 3 limes, splash of chipotle tabassco sauce, splash of olive oil, pinch of cumin; all whisked

Challenge; June detetion
House; Caw! caw!
this tropical take on eton mess is my favourite cooling desert after a hot day in the sun

The fruit bit...
a (peeled) mango, a papaya, a nectarine, 2 sharron fruit, 2 passion fruit (not the skins). Normally a handful of lychees and/or a kiwi but I couldn't get either yesterday. all roughly chopped and smooched together

in a separate bowl, the creamy bit...
a small tub of double cream, and an equal amount of good greek yoghurt, mixed. Roughly break up 4 shop-brought meringues (it works with home made too, except it was TOO HOT yesterday to even consider using the oven) and mix into the creamy goo.

keep all in the fridge, and just before serving, put the creamy bit on top if the fruit bit (not neatly... it's got the word mess in it's name), and break another meringues on top. Squeeze the juice of one more passion fruit onto the top, and finish with a sprinkle of orange zest
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6  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: June 19, 2014 06:01:18 AM
Quickie fly by posting...

Challenge; pink grapefruit
House; 'clawesome
More hexies :-) i got some moda 'candy' charm packs (little 2.5" squares) in a swap (lush, right?!) and i loved the refreshing citrusy bright colours
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7  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: June 13, 2014 04:23:57 AM
I like the ghost letters all piled up at the top & bottom :-)

Class; Soar
House; ravenclaw
I had some left over thread and fabric from my thanks postcard, so i decided to practice my basic sashkio stitching as I'm not very good at it (on big projects i sometimes revert to just running stitch as it looks the same - but here where there's no project at stake i can play without worrying.) it came out ok (or ok enough, anyway - the stitches are still odd lengths!) so i covered another postcard
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8  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: June 11, 2014 04:54:59 PM
Of course i want to meet up naantje! That would be great :-)
Definitely get the audio-guide around the hp studios; there's loads of extra info in them, as well as maps so you don't miss anything (it's like a little handheld screen with headphones) and loads of pictures etc that are cool to look through while you que at the entrance

I don't really have a plan for the hexies yet... Well, sort of a vague one, but at the mo i've got a couple of projects on so I'm just collecting hexies without really thinking it through yet.

Class; divination
House; ravenclaw
This origami fortune tell is an omen of cool things to come; it's filled with places my friends and i want to visit around town this summer, to help overcome our indecisiveness on any given day.
Actually, i had to make 2, to fit all our planned expeditions in!

Class; HoM
House; 'Clawsome
I have a really distinct memory of my grandma teaching me to chain stitch when i was doing some lettering on a book cover (to earn my needlecraft badge at Brownies)
This fabric covered postcard features chain-stitched lettering in her memory
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9  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: June 09, 2014 04:27:50 PM
Completed OWL!
Subject: Alchemy
House: ravenclawesome
project: Elemental elephants quilt
It's done - phew!
It's all hand sewn - reverse appliqu with running stitch and a  row of invisible slip stitch, lettering in chain stitch, binding with blanket stitch
the elephant is stamped with elemental symbols of the elements found in elephants - in approximate proportions (so, lot's of carbon & oxygen, but only a tiny bit of the trace elements)

And ...
Class; transfiguration
House; go eagles!
Project: predictable, moi?
I made a batch of hexies, waved my wand, and duplicated it to give me a matching set in the same fabrics.
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10  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: June 08, 2014 03:21:04 PM
I got some of those micky head beads in a swap, that's a great way to use them! Love the cucupcake necklace(s) too

Challenge; house unity
House; ravenclaw!
This is the first block for a quilt.... My first kaleidoscope block, and my first go at foundation paper work. I'm much more comfy with hand sewing than machine but i'm trying :-) there's lots wrong with this block, but i decided not to unpick because this way i'll be able to point it out on the finished quilt and be all smug about how i improved (hopefully...)
And of course, for my first go, i choose the 4 house colours for the corner pieces :-)
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