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1  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by Ant Bee on: July 19, 2016 07:54:42 PM
Loving all the projects- such inspiration!

I finally finished another one. It's been as hot as the sparkly end of a Skrewt around here and I had to keep putting down the yarn to breathe! But, finally, it is complete and ends woven it:

Class: DADA
House: Slytherin
Project: A murky water throw
Description: A friend at work has bought her first house and I wanted to honor the occasion in the best possible way... with yarn! lol  This blanket fits the prompt in that it reminds me of the murky waters one might need to avoid in order to keep away from the aggressive little Grindylows. The striping is varried- more frequent at one end than the other- which makes me think of what it is like when you dive down into the water. There's long stretches of just gray and then layers of plant life and silt, etc. Watch your toes!

And here's the package all put together:
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2  Re: Harry Potter - I Want to Live in the Burrow Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Ant Bee on: July 18, 2016 05:38:39 PM
My package arrived today from Noodle-Bug! (I hope that means she will get mine very soon, too! We did send them out on the same day.)

Her presentation was so sweet- three pretty packages tied up in raffia:

One contained some extras from Hagrid's recent trip to London, complete with postcard. A second contained some owl themed crafty bits and a note from Molly, and the third a letter from Molly with a hand knitted (the stitches are tiny! the needles must've been so skinny!) table runner. I love it!

I ran around the house placing it everywhere and for now it has found a home here:

Thank you so much, Noodle! I love it all and hope you like yours just as much!
(Seriously, what size needles did you use for that runner? Those stitches are teeny!)
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3  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by Ant Bee on: June 18, 2016 03:10:21 PM
Whistlefish- I can't believe how big Luna is! I remember your first pics of her as a teeny tiny thing! Wow! And I also love those coasters. Smiley

I have 2 projects to post!

Class: Alchemy
House: Slytherin for the win!
Project: cord cozy
I don't know if it's the crazy-cold levels my husband likes to keep the A/c set at or what, But I've been crocheting crazy cozies for lots of things in the house- I made 16 chair socks for the diningroom and this little wrap for my phone cord. *(Added benefit: I know if he's absconded with it!)

And the chair socks:
Class: Apparrition
House: Slytherin
Project: Chair socks
"Two or more things that go together." I knitted up 16 chair socks to help protect my (rented) dining room floor from damage from scraping chair legs.

I hope everyone is having a great start to summer!
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4  Re: Back to Hogwarts Round 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Ant Bee on: December 26, 2015 09:19:48 AM
MoriarT finally received her package! I suspect that her home may have been unplottable there for a while because that package first went from the Boston area of Massachusetts in the U.S. and made it all the way to her street but was returned when the number of the house was incorrect. (rookie mistake! I was so mad with myself!). So then, after a rest, the owl set off for Australia again only to make a wrong turn in some fog and ended up in Germany for a few days first. It returned to the U.S. and after a brief stay in Hawai'i it crossed the ocean and was back in the land down under. Finally, on Christmas eve, the poor flyer finally found MoriarT's homestead and the package was delivered!

She has asked me to put up some pictures as the Muggle technology in her house has been affected by a curse that she is working on breaking. So here they are: A wolfsbane potion ornament (her favorite potion), an Herbology Journal into which to brainstorm her potions recipes, and a Potions Pillow that can be displayed in her home even if Muggles stop by as they cannot see the pattern. Only Wizards and Witches can.

I hope she likes them after having to wait so long for their arrival!

    And some extras,  Smiley

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5  Re: Back to Hogwarts Round 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Ant Bee on: November 12, 2015 06:41:06 PM

I received from MoriarT and look at that stitching!

So detailed! So tiny! (The stitches, I mean. The hoop itself is, what, 8", MoriarT? It's a good size, for sure...)

It must've taken forever!!

It's really well done and you should be very proud of it!

I can see the care that you put into the bookmarks, too.  I don't think I'd've had the patience to make such crafts. Thanks!
(She also included some chocolate... but... dementors, ya know? So, yeah... already gone.

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6  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Ant Bee on: August 08, 2015 03:49:12 PM
Class: Potions
House: Slytherin
Project: Egg "Muffins"
How it fits: The muffins need to cool on a rack before you can move them.

I am looking for more low carb breakfast options and after falling down the rabbit-hole that is pinterest I came upon these. The recipe link is here: https://betterwithwine.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/breakfast-egg-muffins/ but the "rules" are pretty loose. I made 6 of them as a test. My test is below, the original recipe is on the page found through the link above.

The Test:
6 "Muffins"

Preheat oven to 375. Prepare a muffin tin to your liking (muffin cups, spray, etc.) I used muffin liners and sprayed them with cooking spray as suggested by the original author (see link).
6 eggs
1/2 cup of chopped green peppers
1/2 cup of chopped white onion.
12 pinches of shredded cheese (I used parmesan cuz that's what was in the fridge.)

Cook the veg in a skillet until soft. distribute evenly between the muffin tin spaces.
Toss a pinch of cheese on each.

In a bowl whisk as many eggs as you want muffins. (I used 6.) add salt and pepper if you want (I did not.)
Evenly distribute the egg on top of each veg and cheese prepped. Mix each up a bit with a fork. Feel free to add a second pinch of cheese now. I did.

(If you are making fewer muffins that your tin can make add a little water into the unused tin spaces.)

Place in oven (rack in the middle position) for approx. 30 minutes. Mine were done in 25. You want the tops to brown up a little. 

Remove from oven and place tin on a cooling rack. When comfortable to touch pull them out and serve. They are kind of like a hand held omelette. The next day I microwaved one for 20 seconds and ate it in the car. Not bad!

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7  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Ant Bee on: July 25, 2015 06:07:33 PM
[Not sure how the Quidditch works (Sad to say, I can't remember!) Is it a challenge/class, or can it be combined... If it can be combined then this is also a "Starting Whistle" Project as it celebrates the new life situation with the creation of a family (New Baby). If not then it is just for HoM and Scavenger hunt.]

Class/Challenge/House Pride: HoM
Slytherin Scavenger Hunt: #7 Vanishing cabinets
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Florean Fortescue baby blanket
Brief Description: My boss and his wife just welcomed a new little witch into their family. I know that both parents are crafty and also are HP fans, too (they "babymooned" in Univeral lol) so I wanted to craft them something special and that referenced HP.  I really loved the part of Harry's story when he spent several weeks in Diagon Alley where he befriended Florean Fortescue who helped him with his HOM homework and supplied Ice cream at far too frequent intervals to be healthy.  I chose colors to represent ice cream flavors: Orange sherbert and Vanilla, pistachio, and coffee and chose an "Antique white" to be the "whipped cream" border. I really like how it came out. I hope they like it, too. Smiley
Project Picture:

yarns used:
Bernat Baby Sport in " Citrus Sorbet"
Bernat Softee Baby in "Little Mouse"
Bernat Softee Bbay "Antique White"
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8  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by Ant Bee on: April 21, 2015 04:53:01 AM
I learned long ago to never open craftster without snacks within arms reach! Nice work, everyone!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic (HoM)
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Hook Markers
Brief Description: M and I have been friends for many years (Usually I say, "Never do the math!" but for you I will: 20 years!) and our present relationship often involves parking our butts somewhere in the 3 broomsticks and busting out the yarn for a few hours every few weeks.  These hook markers are made with beads naming her most frequently used crochet hooks for when she takes a little break from a project. You just hook the little claw onto the yarn and you will remember what hook was used for the first half. No more guessing! (or rememberalls.)


I also embellished a little tiny altoid tin to keep them in, but I didn't like how it came out. It was my first attempt at such magics and, well, it went about as well as Ron's rat turning into a water goblet.  Better luck next time.
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9  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by Ant Bee on: April 14, 2015 04:40:00 AM

Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Unity
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Scarf o' Huffleove
Brief Description: I am a Slythee, the hubster is a Huffle. It makes for some interesting discussions.
Project Picture: First one before fringe then a second one to prove she is complete.

(I don't know why the pics are distorted, sorry about that. They look fine in the gallery... Also, it really amuses me that the woman on the TV looks like she is totally jealous, or judging, that scarf lovin' that's going on there.)
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10  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by Ant Bee on: March 23, 2015 05:58:44 PM
I hope everyone is getting a good dose of Pepper Up Potion and is on the mend!

Speaking of Potions, I have a little assignment to report:

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Luck o' the Irish bread
Brief Description: Found this recipe in a Muggle Magazine: Country Living Magazine (MArch 2015, p. 102). It's called "Clever Clover" and it was pretty tasty! I recommend it, and will definitely make it again.
Project Picture:

This recipe made 3 clovers with my slightly smaller cookie cutter.
Takes about an hour from start to finish.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit

3 Cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work station
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp fine salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
6 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter cut up (you'll want more, softened, for serving later)
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup currants
2 tsp caraway seeds
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup sour cream
1 large egg

(I had to use raisins instead of currants, and I used low-fat buttermilk with no ill effects- it was all I could find in my grocers.)

1. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.  Add butter and cut it in with 2 forks or a pastry blender, until well combined. Add raisins, currants, and caraway seeds and stir to combine.  In a separate bowl whisk together the buttermilk and sour cream. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until dry ingredients are moistened.

2.  Turn dough out onto a floured work surface and gather into a ball.  Knead until smooth, 8-10 times. Pat into a circle 1 inch thick, cut out 3 hearts using a 3 1/2 heart shaped cookie cutter. Arrange in a clover shape on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

3. Cut a strip of dough 1 inch wide by 3 1/2 inches long from scraps. Attach the stem to the base of your clover to make a stem. Whisk together the egg and 1 Tablespoon water and brush onto the tops and sides of the clover.

4. Bake until golden brown. Aprox. 26-30 minutes.

5.  Serve warm or at room temperature with softened butter.

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