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471  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: January 04, 2015 06:38:06 AM
Crickey, you only have til midnight today to finish the blueberry pie bean then! Do you grow anything in your garden (or maybe a neighbour does?) that you could cook with? Or some local factory that makes something, even if it's not a traditional craft material, maybe you could incorporate it?

I just finished up this which is perfect for the new bean  :-D
Challenge; bean, satsuma
House; Ravenclaw
Project ; soap scrubby
the traditional craft of knitting, and even some new-to-me traditional stitches (picot edging and yarn overs), to make this soap scrubby, to hold the lovely soap i got for Christmas. The yarn is leftovers, and probably wildly unsuitable but i don't usually use hard soap (i prefer liquid) so i think it will be up to the job for as long as i need!
472  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / punk art doll pin cushion on: January 03, 2015 12:40:49 PM

At a hack festival, a friend challenged me to make a birthday gift for his pal's upcoming party. i had taken my then-current project, so had a sewing kit and a few scraps of fabric to use, but everything had to be scrounged/found ... Someone donated a beaded earring to deconstruct, the kitchens gave us some wire wool to stuff her with (making a pin cushion, since the recipient is a textile artist)... She's far from perfect, but given the circumstances i thought she came out ok!
473  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Portkey Hoop on: January 03, 2015 12:12:16 PM

Simple stem stitch hoop, fangirl theme Grin
474  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / festival banners on: January 03, 2015 11:25:49 AM

My friend and i painted the entrance way banners for a festival we helped organise. I did the upwards hand and the top, she did the initial design and the downwards hand. She drew out the images on a4 paper, then we scaled them up just by eye using the grid method, sketched out in pen then went over in paint with brushes & rollers. I think they came our pretty good, though i wish we had known that the road sign would be there!
475  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: lentil & tomato salad on: January 02, 2015 08:45:57 AM
No, I'm not really into dressings on salads since if rather use good core ingredients and taste them. I suppose a sprinkle of salt might highlight the tomatoes if you're into that  Smiley
476  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / lentil & tomato salad on: January 02, 2015 06:34:54 AM

This is a super simple salad of cooked then cooled puy lentils, baby plum tomatoes, and celery. Couldn't be easier, but so tasty!
477  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / 3D hoops & light up hoops on: January 02, 2015 06:17:45 AM
Some classic hoop in hoop action to depic the logo for a festival i worked at...

These hung in the entrance tent, but were all stolen by the end if the first day so i didn't get an action shot, but i was pretty pleased with them. They're just felt applique, a little embroidery, and some plastic mesh work but i think they came out quite striking

These hoops also hung in the entrance tent, i incorporated done electrics into them so they have flashy blue lights too  :-D they're just stitched onto felt
478  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: January 02, 2015 05:36:56 AM
Challenge; detention, January
House; Ravenclaw
I've had these knitting needles for a while, they are doubles of sizes i already own but were inherited from my nan so i didn't want to get rid of them. My friends got a new table for Christmas, and i nabbed the thick metal leg of her old one to use as a former to make these bangles like i had seen on pinterest  :-) the needles are aluminium, but the thicker 7mm needles were still really difficult to bend smoothly (i think i will ask the crew at work if they can even out the kinks for me)

Class; divination
House; Ravenclaw
I suffer from occasional bouts of depression, which are sometimes worse in the winter months. To help combat that and transform thouse months into something better, i decided to derate for Christmas this year for the first time (since i am away for Christmas say itself, and work lots of extra hours in the weeks around it, i have never bothered before).
I also wanted to help myself remember good times, to help my tenancy to focus on bad memories, so i collected all (3! Christmas with friends, Christmas with family, and my birthday) the champagne corks i popped this festive season and turned them into tree decorations to go up every year. I added a hand stained tag to say what the occasion was and who i celebrated with to each cork, along with a hanging loop, cut a slit to insert a coin (a tradition here for good luck, usually at weddings, but i figured what the hell, i don't need to get married to claim a bit of luck for myself!)
I intend on contributing to do this with every champage cork i pop in years to come too
479  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: I Love Harry Potter - OTHPT/OAHPT/Winter or Valentines Swap? on: December 31, 2014 08:30:54 AM
I'm likely to be tempted! Either 1a or 2b for preference as I'm not really into Valentine's stuff.
If i can find the right partner I'd definitely be up for taking on an awesome big project...
480  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: December 29, 2014 10:00:59 AM

NEWT Subject: SoAR
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Knitting & Embroidery Pattern Books
Brief Description:
Both knitting and embroidery (particularly cross stitch) use complex charts, which can even be handed through generations of crafters. I will be making books to house my own charts as well as those I have inherited from my grandma & nan.

I will make two books (one each for knitting and embroidery) which in fact will be more like folders, as they will contain plastic wallets so that patterns can be removed easily. I will be using the japanese stab stitch binding method as this allows extra 'pages' (plastic wallets) to be added after the book is finished to allow my pattern collections to expand.

For each book, I will be making:
- Decorated Hard Front Cover
- Decorated Hard Back Cover
- A number of decorated dividers to allow different pattern types to be easily located
as well as sorting patterns into useful groups, collating all the wallets and binding everything together.

Once I have decided on groupings, i will post a list here of what dividers are needed to keep track of my progress

This is a craft that will be difficult to do 'on the go' (which is how I do most of may crafting) but will require longer dedicated time slots at a craft table!
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