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1  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by Ant Bee on: January 22, 2015 01:35:59 PM
Everybody has been doing such great stuff!  I'm finally out of the holiday daze that retail management can induce and am getting back to my personal routine. Today is my birthday and I took the day off to refocus my daily schedule and lay a plan for living the life I want to live this year. And of course that means regular visits to the HPC and craft time to unwind after a long day at the mall!

Here are some things I have been working on this semester between bouts of retail ... delights:

Class/Challenge/House Pride: December Detention
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Weasely sweater ornaments (Approx 3 1/2" long)
Brief Description: These are knitted sweater ornaments for my boss's family Christmas tree. I also made the tiny hangers from jewelry wire.
Project Picture:

Class: Flying
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Reducio Sweaters
Description: During my weekly stichnbitch with Molly and Hagrid I was working up some matching sweaters for the inventory team of my store (Cuz if inventory ain't happy ain't nobody happy!) Molly suggested that 3 unrelated grown witches and wizards probably don't want to dress alike at the office and convinced me to reducio them into tiny sweater ornaments. They also had hangers (not shown in the pic.)

They were shipped via Owl and Muggle Post from Boston to Chicago. Here the are ready to fly:

Class: SoAR
House: Slytherin
Project: Turkey Sausage and Kale Soup
Description: To help keep us healthy during the New England Winter We turn to Soup. This soup I found as a pin on Pinterest and is my first attempt at making soup from (nearly) scratch. I did buy the broth but a more experienced Kitchen Witch could make her own. As I'm not sure of copyright issues here is the link to the recipe:
It's simple: Sausage, Kale, beans, broth and a smidge of seasoning. Despite my near garlic catastrophe (a garlicastrophe, if you will) (Siri- quick! The meat is nearly browned- What is a CLOVE of garlic?!? Is it one lumpy part or the whole thing? WHICH IS IT, SIRI!!) it was actually a success!

On the stove:

Ready to serve:

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2  Re: Back to Hogwarts 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Ant Bee on: October 24, 2014 08:36:10 PM
Such fabulousness! I love it all!

And now, with apologies to Chughes225 for the delay here is the wonderful package she sent to me. I was delayed in receiving and posting due to RL shenanigans involving boring things like work and moving- oh what I wouldn't give for a time turner and the Locomotor charm right about now!

I received such an excellent package!

A tote from the leaky cauldron (stenciled so well it could be sold at the shops in universal!),Mrs. Weasely's sweater knitting needles, a slytherin crochet hook, and a faux stained glass Slytherin crest!

It's all beautiful!

And then there were extras! Slythee color yarns (me LOVES yarn!!!) (That's my cookie monster version of myself... haha... I am SO tired!) and CANDY!! There were jelly slugs and a chocolate frog- I got a HAGRID card!!!

Enough talk... Look!

Thank you!!!
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3  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by Ant Bee on: September 07, 2014 06:00:41 PM
Here's my first one of the season...

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
SPEW: not yet... but I will!
House:  Slytherin
Project Name: Li'l Punkin
Brief Description: Some may remember that I like to make silly hats for new babies and the babies born Sept 1st- Thanksgiving (U.S.) get a pumpkin hat. A friend is due in the first week of September and so I knew what I had to do. Have tea with Hagrid of course!

After rock cakes and hot tea Hagrid let me reducio one of the pumpkins that was resisting his "help" in becoming big enough for the feast. I brought down to size and then transfigured it into a wee hat in time for a baby shower coming up at the end of this month. Smiley
Project Picture:

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4  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Ant Bee on: August 31, 2014 08:13:19 PM
I actually managed to finish something!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration
SPEW: Not this time, and really, I need to get on that...
Project Name: Cunning Leg Warmers
Brief Description: I had the one and Geminio'd up the other...
Project Picture:

They also have knitted I-cord ending in pompoms on them now, but I don't have time to take a new pic...

Great work, everyone! And a big thanks to the Headmistress for all her hard work keeping track of it all- this is a really fun club and I appreciate all the work she, and the other staff and cheer-leaders, do to keep it fun. THANK YOU!!!
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5  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Ant Bee on: March 21, 2014 08:16:29 PM
Thanks, Rockmygypsysoul! I am very hopeful that I will (finally) be successful!

And here's the latest...

Class/Challenge/House Pride: SOaR: Berkano, "New Beginnings"
Quidditch: Hit another Bludger!
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Little Amelia Aviator Hat
Brief Description: I chose to focus on Berkano's "New Beginnings" attributes. This little hat, pattern found here: http://www.littlestickyfingers.com/patterns/2013/6/22/newborn-aviator-hat is for a baby due any day now. It is supposed to be 0-3 mos sized, but I think it worked up a bit big. Probably a good thing, seeing as (one hopes) Spring is here and they shouldn't be needing the hat for much longer this season. The yarn is left-over from the Coverlet of the Seven Fandoms I did in September.
Project Picture:

... back to the stash!
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6  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Ant Bee on: March 18, 2014 08:00:57 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic/Quidditch: Hit a Bludger
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Blackberry Soap Saver
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.) The Blackberry symbolizes Healing, protection and money.  I chose the Blackberry stitch for this little scrap-buster for the user to use to help visualize healing energy as they scrub-a-dub-dub their aches away in the tub. 

It could also be used to visualize being showered with riches or for sudsy visual aids during protection spells.

For the Quidditch match: The yarn is Lily Sugar&cream left over from my Swiffer pads made ages ago.

Project Picture:

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7  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Ant Bee on: March 04, 2014 08:17:22 AM
I love how everyone is using such bright and cheery colors- it all looks great!

Here's my first (non brightly colored, but pretty cute model!) project for the semester...

Class: DADA
Spew: N/A
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Good Knight, or Sir Cadogan's Squire
Link: Purchased pattern from A Ravelry member. Will look up the contact info and add it in later.
Description: Friends had a new baby on Valentine's day and this is the little hat I worked up for them in Crochet. It is modeled on the newest squire for your baby-fix enjoyment. Smiley So cute, that wee boy!

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8  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* in Craftalongs by Ant Bee on: November 18, 2013 08:51:29 PM


By Rita Skeeter

Darlings, I'm sure you haven't heard the latest scandal in the publishing world... Ant Bee, editor of the Weekly S.P.E.W. Review, (Hermione Granger-Weasley, Founder) has been so bold as to get a job in a muggle retail estbablishment. With her new muggle *smirk* responsibilities she doesn't seem to have the time to devote to her editorial duties... It's positively revolting! What self respecting Witch would...

(... Well, you didn't hear it from me, but I heard she made some interesting dance moves in one Red-Headed gents direction at the Halloween Ball and well... *Knowing glance over bright red rims*)

The position looks like it will be open for the next semester and any interested parties should PM the powers-that-be to throw their pointy hat in the ring. It's a prestigious position encouraging the good and more fortunate crafty Witches and Wizards to use their powers for the less fortunate. This reporter, for one, looks forward to reporting on the new editor when one is named on December 1st.

In the meantime, be sure to pick up a copy of my new book for everyone on your gift-list this season. Coming out on the American Thanksgiving day is my next best-seller: Free Elf: The Unauthorised Biography of the REAL hero of Hogwarts. Find it at Flourish and Blotts, all yarn emporiums and your local S.P.E.W. Chapter meetings this month!

~Rita Skeeter is an international sensation and best-selling author. Adoring letters can be sent to her by owl at the publishing house.

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9  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* in Craftalongs by Ant Bee on: October 21, 2013 07:54:23 AM

The Weekly S.P.E.W. Review

With a flutter of wings and a screech or two,
This Weekly Report is delivered to you!
Support Caring Causes and the bringing of smiles,
Sending love out over thousands of miles!

The Weekly Review, (although it spells Spew)
Is sent to encourage and not sicken you.
So earn your house points and relax for a while,
Sharing the crafts made in your unique style!

Greetings and salutations, Good Witches and Wizards!

Here are the acknowledgements for Caring Craftiness from last week. Such kind hearts and ready hands you all have- keep up the good works!

Slytherin House: Naantje joins the Smoothie tiny hat bandwagon this week... 3 times! Good for you!

Ravenclaw House: Noodle-Bug continues her Smoothie Support with a charming purple chapeau- too cute!

Hufflepuff House: Proving its solid gold heart once again Hufflepuff provides caring crafts x 14 with Nicajeanie's prayer shawl and Midkiffsjoy's personal goal of working up ALL THE YARN! I think she's nearly there! Great work you two!

The Caring Crafts community thanks you all for sending your good thoughts and crafting hours out into the universe to bring light and love to those who need it most. You are all so.very.Fabulous.

Happy Crafting, everyone!
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10  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* in Craftalongs by Ant Bee on: October 13, 2013 08:49:21 AM

The Weekly S.P.E.W. Review

With a flutter of wings and a screech or two,
This Weekly Report is delivered to you!
Support Caring Causes and the bringing of smiles,
Sending love out over thousands of miles!

The Weekly Review, (although it spells Spew)
Is sent to encourage and not sicken you.
So earn your house points and relax for a while,
Sharing the crafts made in your unique style!

Three additions this week, although many more mentions of possible S.P.E.W.ing in the near future- Yay!

This week Ravenclaw's Crafting Collective wrangle 40 points for Noodle's baby hats and Audania's low-tech baked goods for hi-tech school supplies- nicely done, Eagles!

The third is from Slytherin. (Shocking I know.) I have completed my "things" for "someone" and need only the "address" to which to direct my "owl". (PM's going out to headmistresses shortly as direct communications have failed.)

In other news, The Harry Potter Alliance has completed it's Fall fundraiser and has been successful, I'd say. They have raised $184,738 for programs supporting world-wide equality for all. They had named a goal of $100,000 and are pleased and honored to have almost doubled that! Well done, HPA!

Happy Crafting everyone!

If you have an organization that you would like to see mentioned in The Weekly S.P.E.W. Review please PM the editors via Ant Bee's profile for consideration. We love hearing from you! (Partly because that proves we aren't just typing to ourselves. See, Mom, I told you I had invisible friends! *cough. regain composure*)
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