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1  Re: Harry Potter Holiday Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Ant Bee on: December 08, 2016 11:28:12 AM
I have to say, that store-front ornie is genius! I must not tell lies: I will totally be stealing that idea in the near future. Imitation is flattery, right? right?

As for me, I went out to the mailbox today and guess wha-aat?

(Starts singing loudly and off-key. A suit of armor joins in...)

"Christmas, Christmas time is here!
Time for owls and Butterbeers!"

The package from the Headmistress has arrived! Weee!

Here is a shot of the whole shebang:

Candy that actually made it in the shot (only bc I made myself take pics immediately. It may be gone now, I can neither confirm nor deny...), some ribbon and twine, a little tin shaped like a Tudor house with fab little rooms painted on the interior (I am in love with it, tbh.) Some hand made buttons, little craft supplies of owls and a potion bottle, a wee cloth gift bag that I'm totally not gifting to anyone but myself and a paper chain kit in Slytherin colors- I've never seen such a kit and I love it!  And those are just the extras! How generous!!  Then, there in the middle of all that gloriousness, is a set of Misstress Jennie originals: an adorable scrappy owl with Slytherin scarf and a really neat glittery edged Malfoy Manor ornament with dangling gem. You can read the text from the book on the back, too. They are fabulous!

Here's the Owl:                                           And Malfoy Manor:
(How cute is he? So cute.)                                        Love it!

Thanks so much for being my partner for this swap, Mistress! I love the package!

Happy Crafting to all and to all a good knight!
(As she runs off to make her paper chain and name her owl the suit of armor continues to make up new words to Christmas songs... not all of them appropriate for all ears...)
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2  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Ant Bee on: November 01, 2016 10:26:47 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Put a Pumpkin on it!
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Halloween party prep
Brief Description: We hosted a "Heroes and Villains" themed Halloween party the other night. Among all the other food and my costume I made a Captain America shield fruit and cheese plate, a Smaug cake, and the capper was a punch with Pumpkin candy garnish.
Project Picture:

Guests were encouraged to come as a hero or villain. What was I, you ask? I was a villain: The Enemy of Procrastination! The Nemesis to Productivity....I was..... Netflix! Wink
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3  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Ant Bee on: November 01, 2016 09:11:13 AM
Congrats Naantje!
Love the costume, Abbee!

Here's my latest:

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Breakfast Porch
Brief Description: I have an enclosed porch that faces east and gets really nice sun in the morning. It, unfortunately, is also where we enter and exit the house (read: dumping ground) and gets filled up with everything coming out of the cars after events, trips, etc. I decided that I wanted to make a coffee corner where I could work on my knitting and crochet, have a friend for coffee, or simply have a nice breakfast space that was bright and sunny and not cluttered with my husband's airsoft/LARP/FireFighting gear. everywhere. I went to Salvation Army to find a second chair to put out there that was comfortable enough for a guest to crochet with me sometimes.(the new chair is the one in the corner with the wooden arms- it was less than $30!!) Then I took everything out, pulled out the rug and played RL tetris for two full days changing things, switching tables/furniture with other parts of the house and bringing out the space heater that looks like a wood burning stove for when it's too chilly. (Bonus: my husband is a gamer and the porch, having an exterior wall, is the only space in the house where I can't fully hear his hollerin' "&%$ campers/snipers/hackers/lag!!" so I can stay out there with my old-timey cd player/radio thing with Jim Dale reading me my HP Stories (to drown out what I can still hear) until well past sundown!
Project Picture:

Things you can't see from here (and I didn't want to get too pic heavy) are the runner Noodlebug made me in the Burrow swap (still over the stove like the original pic I shared on the gallery) and the quilted hufflepuff and slytherin coasters made by Inselaeffchen in a Back to Hogwarts swap last year are displayed on the small child's old-fashioned school desk that I used as a table between the 2 chairs.

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4  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Ant Bee on: October 16, 2016 12:02:48 PM
Looking good, Head Mistress! I can't wait to see the final product!

I juste wanted to drop by and say hi! I'm currently making a HP board game and it made me miss all you guysso much! Happy to see it's still going! I will try to come back and craft some stuff. I just got back and read my NEWT proposal and after 2 years I'm still working on that project! It's crazy!

It's late now but I will be back to take a look at everything and giving some love on your project. If you want of me, that is! Missed you! xx

I was just thinking about you, Maman! I have your little Waldorf Ron Weasely doll from a swap a while ago pinned on my Pinterest page and I love him so much still. Smiley So talented!  Drop by anytime! And don't feel weird about the NEWT- my OWL proposal is 4 years old! gah! (Clearly I should have planned something smaller and less frightening for my first OWL!)

In the meantime, I have this little guy to turn in:

Class/Challenge/House Pride: CoMC
House:  Slytherin
Project Name: Sweater Ornament
Brief Description: For this assignment I used the "Something gathered from recent travels" prompt. Last weekend Uncle Bee and I went on a day trip date to Old Sturbridge Village here in Massachusetts. It is a replica village and living museum of New England in the 1830s. The weather was beastly- pouring rain and a bit chilly- but perfect for keeping the crowds at bay. We felt like we had the village nearly to ourselves!  After we wandered through the exhibits and chatted with the villagers we made our way through the gift shop (my favorite part of any excursion! haha!) and looked for something to take home to commemorate our getting out of the house and actually doing something fun instead of chores or TV watching trip. I personally like to buy souvenirs that are actually made in the place I am visiting, when I can, and we were looking at ornaments (I did admit that I'm Christmas Crazy, right?)- except what we found were made in china and kind of expensive ($35!). (Not that there's anything wrong with that, it just wasn't what I wanted.)

Then I found something awesome: The shop sold hanks of wool that are dyed on the premises by the "villagers" using recipes from the time. How fun! So I bought 50 yards in an Autumnal burnt pumpkin color (It was dyed with "Madder Root" to get the shade) for less than $4 and knitted up a little sweater to mark our visit. Uncle Bee chose the sweater pattern bc we visited in the fall- sweater weather season around here! (I have saved the yarn label and am going to try to do something with it to add to the ornament to keep it's meaning obvious through the years.)
Project Picture:

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5  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Ant Bee on: October 15, 2016 02:18:34 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Christmas Stocking
Brief Description: This stocking is very exciting to me because I've wanted to knit one for years but always chickened out because of the heel procedures.  For this assignment I finally did it! I used green yarn from my stash (It's both Christmassy and Slytherin-y!) that I've had for years and could not decide what to do with it. It is a positive experience for me because I love Christmas decorating. My sister always says that Christmas "throws up in [my] house every year" and I'm not too proud to say she is correct! haha.  The project improves my future because I have always wanted to knit socks and now that I have turned one heel and been successful I feel confident that I could do it again. (Like Harry seeing himself cast his corporeal patronus at the side of the lake in Book 3 lent him the confidence to do it again and save them all.)
Project Picture:

The "leg" is just over 10 inches long and the whole thing is about a foot. (tee hee, c'monnn, that's funny.)

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6  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by Ant Bee on: September 07, 2016 04:57:58 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: SOAR
SPEW: Calais Challenge
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Knitted cap
Brief Description: Combining the runes of Elhaz ("Protection... to shelter oneself or others...") and Wunjo (... Joy, hope and harmony. It wards off woe and sorrow...") I have knitted a cap to send with Noodle on her trip to spread caring and comfort.
Project Picture:

(PS- Abbee, don't feel bad- my Transfiguration OWL (also a quilt) was proposed in September of 2012! It's still languishing in the WiP bin!)
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7  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by Ant Bee on: July 30, 2016 09:19:05 PM
Such fun stuff!
Erin, I was thinking about going to the party at the B&N near my work, but I couldn't decide if I felt too old to go to a HP book party (I know they really have no age limits, but... you know...) or just too old to stay out all the way to midnight lol! (It's an hour away from my house- that's 1am! gasp!) As you can see, I ended up playing with yarn and getting home at a reasonable hour instead. Smiley

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
House: Sleepy Slytherin
Project Name: Baby Jester Set
Brief Description: A friend had a second baby recently and I wanted to make her something fun for the little man. For her first born I made her the baby legwarmers and pumpkin hat set so for her second kid I wanted to do a blanket set. I found a cute Jester hat pattern on yarnspirations and, since the little bugger was born in midsummer I made it larger so it will hopefully fit him in the cooler weather to come. My friend and I used to work a Renn Faire together so the Jester theme represents that time and where our friendship originated. This set fits the prompt as they are "... two things that are similar and related, but different from one another..."  The hat and blanket are both made from the same Gumdrop yarn and have tassels (I think these are my first tassels ever...) and go together to keep the little guy adorably warm, but are different things- a knit hat and a crocheted blanket.

Project Picture:

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8  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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9  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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10  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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