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11  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by Naantje on: February 21, 2015 03:01:15 PM
Wowie, those mittens are sublime! :O I have loved many of the other projects too, I have for some reason just been drained of crafty juices myself in 2015. I am sure they will return. Yesterday I made the project below because I had gotten so fed up with empty hangers.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Hanger Storage
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438199
Brief Description:
This semester's Divination prompt is all about welcoming desired changes in your life, and one change I greatly desire is keeping on top of the pile of laundry & ironing. I often joke that I have half of my clothes in my closet, half in the hamper, and half in my ironing basket. (I love buying new dresses, and I hate throwing out old clothes...) Honestly, I am getting better: I've currently got three nearly full loads of laundry (I wash darks, pales and reddish colours separately) and only one basket of ironing. I keep most of my clothes on hangers, which inevitably saddles me with lots of empty hangers as I empty out my closet and fill up the hamper. When it's time to iron, I have to raffle through all my clothes to find the empty hangers, and then toss all of them into a basket, so I have hangers with me when doing the ironing. It's tedious, and the basket always turns into a tangled mess of hanger spaghetti. No more! Years back I saw a hanger organiser used in a clothing retailer (I've only ever seen it in that one shop, though when researching this week, I also found them on amazon) and I figured it couldn't be that hard to replicate. I don't know why I waited all these years, because I've just had the thing two days now and my life is already better! Yesterday I ironed and I didn't have to deal with tangled hangers, and afterwards I placed it beside my closet, so that each time I empty a hanger, I can feed it into this organiser, which I already did this morning. The thing is easily picked up and moved around too (which is of course essential for it to work!). Smiley
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(Also: storage solutions make me happy. I guess that officially makes me an adult now?)
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12  Hanger Storage in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Naantje on: February 21, 2015 02:38:33 PM
I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one with this problem: empty hangers clutter up closets, and when ironing time comes around, you have to gather them in one central spot to hang the new clothes. Typically a basket, because for whatever reason: whenever I put them on the clothes rack, I constantly drop them on the floor. The basket isn't exactly a solution though: that very quickly turns into a hanger spaghetti! I remembered a solution a saw several years back in a retail clothes store, but I've never found anything similar available for purchase in the stores. I did find some on amazon this week when trying to remember how it worked, but why pay for something new, if you've got stuff lying around in the basement that begs to be repurposed? I honestly believe this thing will spare me many headaches. It's currently located next to my closet, and I feed it empty hangers whenever I take something off the hanger, and come ironing time, I just pick it up by one of the legs and tote it along to the living room (I iron while watching movies!) so I've got it available. I don't get why I waited this long to make one!

(Also, I wasn't sure if this was the right board to put it in. It's made from a piece of MDF that put our previous couch a bit higher off the ground, and the legs of my old sewing table, from when I still had a dedicated craft room in our previous rental place.)
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13  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by Naantje on: January 01, 2015 07:57:26 AM
Note from the Headmistress...

Reminder:  The deadline for the December Headmistress Challenges is tonight, at midnight Headmistress time.  (Central Standard Time.)  There will be a new challenge posted tomorrow.  Have a safe & happy New Year!

Oh drat, I totally forgot! Had two projects lined up no less... Good thing I can reassign them!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Unity - Gryffindor
House: Slytherin
Project Name: House colour charger pocket
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437456
Brief Description:
Since Abbeeroad sent me a confirmation of receiving her HPC participant prize of last semester, I can post the charger pocket I crocheted her. I've been knitting so much lately that I had to get used to the hook again! How's that for Christmas spirit / House Unity, the Slytherin HoH sending gifts to Gryffindor students?
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: DADA
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Customized T-shirt for my toddler goddaughter
Brief Description:
This holiday season, it was absolutely time to spoil my goddaughter. Thing is: with two older siblings (a brother and sister), loving parents and ready-to-spoil grandparents, the 18m.o. toddler has pretty much everything her heart could desire. At my wits end, I asked my SIL what my little darling might want or need, and she desperately needed size 86 long sleeved T-shirts. Her older sister wore that size in summer, so what they had on hand didn't do in this weather. While out shopping, I got really rather sad: the muggle stores around here seem to only carry highly gendered toddler clothes, with girl clothes in all shades off pink, covered in drawing of purses and captioned "I love my bags", or with a nice drawing but "I adore fashion" or "Pretty little me" or whatever. Now, the girl is pretty, but I have higher hopes for her than brainless pink barbie doll (I did adore barbies myself, but where are the OTHER options?!) I picked out a couple gender neutral T-shirts, but because there were so few, I also picked up a yeti-white tee to customise with icy flowers. Girly and elegant without being super-stereotypical. (Again: no hate on hot pink. When the girl can make her will known and she begs for hot pink everything, I will get the girl the hot pink everything she wants. But I like to offer variety.)
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14  Gryffindor charger pocket in Crochet: Completed Projects by Naantje on: January 01, 2015 07:34:06 AM
Dear Abbeeroad won a participant prize in the Harry Potter craftalong, so I crocheted her a charger pocket in her house colours. Since it has arrived, it's safe to post now Smiley The red yarn is boucle linnen, and the gold is two strands of lurex yarn. I don't particularly like working with lurex, because it's a bit prickly, but I do like the look. Smiley

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15  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by Naantje on: December 09, 2014 06:36:20 AM
I love all these Christmas decorations. I absolutely adore the handprint ornaments! How very, very cute.

@Jillybeans: Those cat in the hat shoes are incredible. That is one lucky, lucky boy!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying
House: Slytherin
Project Name: 3D Christmas cards
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436996.0
Brief Description:
During the holiday season, it's custom to send friends and loved ones themed greeting cards. My granny used to make these for the extended family every year. Now that she's gone, I felt drawn to the same craft, to keep the tradition going. These cards will be mailed to friends/relatives soon.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Glittery 3D Christmas cards
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436996.0
Brief Description:
I've been making 3D cards for a while now, but they still weren't quite like the ones my nan used to make: she'd make liberal use of coloured sands and glitter. I decided these designs could really do with some glitter, or the card would be too plain. As you can see, in the first card I didn't quite have the technique down yet, but I've gotten a lot better, even graduating to more complicated shapes like ovals.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: December Detention
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Knitting Ornaments
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437093.0
Brief Description:
I've had yarn ball ornaments on my crafting list for over two years now. I bought a very cheap set of ugly Christmas balls just before moving back from the Netherlands to Belgium for this exact project, but they've been stuck in storage all that time. No more! Another part of my personality going in our tree. (We have a VERY ecclectic Christmas tree, with pixies and teapots and stray earrings and a pocket watch and tiny perfume bottles and miniature clogs and ... and I love it!)
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bean: Mint
House: Slytherin
Project Name: More 3D Christmas cards
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436996.0
Brief Description:
For this bean, I used some mintgreen cardstock as the base for another couple of 3D Christmas cards.
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Depending on the intricacies of the design, these cards take me anything from 20 minutes to a couple of hours apiece to make. It would have been to far of a stretch to divide them over more prompts though, so that's why I have a whopping 5 cards for the Flying prompt.
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16  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by Naantje on: December 09, 2014 05:54:01 AM
@Smeddley, don't feel bad about the creepy statue. You put in a great effort to transform something ugly into something great and that is a very hard feat to accomplish. Good on you for trying! Wink
@Bushbaby, I like that cuddly reindeer. So fuzzy!
@AIMR: Not sure what you mean with yarn system, but I really like the look of that cowl Smiley

I passed 50 projects! I'm at 58 right now Cheesy That means that in 2014, I achieved my goodreads challenge and my crafting challenge! :O Project 44 was a cowl I knit with 15mm needles and yarn (both received as a birthday gift). No nice pictures yet though! Today I made four knitting ornaments, two for my own tree, one for my mum and one for a friend.

I also made a set of 3D christmas cards.

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17  Knitting ornaments / yarn christmass balls in Winter Holidays by Naantje on: December 09, 2014 04:39:56 AM
Inspired by this craftster tutorial: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=211860.0 though I used toothpicks and beads instead of cocktail umbrella's. 2 for my own tree, one for my mum and one for a friend.

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18  3D Christmas cards in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Naantje on: December 03, 2014 02:56:12 AM
I recently ran across some booklets of 3D Christmas cards, and was instantly reminded of my late grandmother: she used to make all her own Christmas & birthday cards this way! I even got some of her supplies after she passed away (mainly coloured sands and cardstock)

I couldn't resist and picket up two booklets (good for 20 cards in total) and have already made two cards.  

I will need a better way to use the glittery sand, because this one came out a bit blotchy. Of well, can't be perfect from the start right?

I felt really connected with my grandma (especially since I was wearing one of her old dressing gowns when I made them) so it really means a lot to me.

Edit: More cards made!

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19  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by Naantje on: November 27, 2014 01:08:02 AM
I've put a bit of overtime in this semester: all three detentions done! Counting towards my employability challenges in the HPC Carreer office.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: November Detention
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Ripple scarf
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436887.msg5266794#msg5266794
Brief Description:
Cast aside for a while because of another bout of RSI, this scarf had been waiting for me for four weeks to pick it back up and get going again. Because it's gotten so cold lately, I had started wearing the cowl I had originally knit as a gift for a friend, so I knew I had to finish up this replacement piece for her!
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20  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by Naantje on: November 25, 2014 08:58:37 AM
Anyone else experienceing a craft-slump? My previous finished project was over 6 weeks ago! But yesterday I finished this pretty ripple scarf, project #43 for the year. Seven more projects to go! Not sure if I will get there, but once I see some people's Christmas lists, I might be inspired again? Or make some nice new ornaments for the tree? Who knows!

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