Wow, Technicolor, those koi are lovely! Freakie, congrats to your parents - I'm sure they'll love their snowflake! And the_essence, I'm definitely going to try those pancakes.
Class/Challenge: Potions House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Mini Weasley Sweater Brief Description: I used the pattern in the book Charmed Knits, by Alison Hansel. This is in Knit Picks Palette yarn with size 0 needles. If I measure on the diagonal (or if you were actually wearing it, so the arms aren't sticking out straight) it comes in under four inches square!
Class/Challenge: Study of Ancient Runes House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Snowflakes for Sandy Hook Project Link: Here's the link with the address for where to send snowflakes: http://www.ctpta.org/About-CT-PTA/SANDY-HOOK-FUND.html . I used snowflake patterns I found here: http://www.papersnowflakes.com/ . If you are interested in sending some, they would like the snowflakes by January 12. Brief Description: The Connecticut PTA asked the people at Sandy Hook Elementary how they could help, and they decided to collect paper snowflakes to decorate the new school that children will be returning to after Christmas vacation. I hope that getting snowflakes from all over the country will be a way to commemorate the strength and courage of the kids and their community.
Such wonderful stuff! I love the time turner! And the teeny felted dog! And, well, everything.
Is there a Hufflepuff Quidditch team? I would love to try out, if there is one!
Class/Challenge: Herbology House: Hufflepuff Project: Felt Totoro Project Link: http://nutellaenchanted.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/diy-my-neighbor-totoro-ornament/ Description: In the great animated film "My Neighbor Totoro," Totoro is a spirit of the forest who lives in the hollow of a giant camphor tree. He not only protects the forest, but also watches over the main characters Mei and Satsuke. I made this felt Totoro as a gift for my Secret Santa at work, who's a big Totoro fan.
Class/Challenge: Gemenio House: Hufflepuff Project: Felt cocoa cups Project Link: http://www.flamingotoes.com/2011/11/felt-hot-cocoa-ornament/ Description: I made six of these stuffed felt cocoa cups for the six members of my staff at work. They're getting them with Starbucks Peppermint Mocha VIA. I hope they like them!
(Only one marshmallow per cup, because, you know, it's *how* long till Christmas?)
SO much cool stuff! Patty_O, I love the clock, and abbeeroad, you're lucky to have an apprentice to help you with your dyeing!
Class/Challenge: Alchemy House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Browncoat bracelet Brief Description: We used to do friendship-bracelet making as an activity at the library, but the kids have a hard time holding the different strings and finding a place to attach the knot at the start (so they end up standing around a table with the knots masking-taped to the table top). I tried this way of making bracelets with a homemade cardboard loom and it's much easier, since the loom holds the strings. This bracelet has red, white, and black plus brown (for the Browncoats) and sky blue (cause you can't take the sky from them!). I started it while watching the Firefly pilot and finished it during The Train Job.
Welcome to Hufflepuff, TheBrokenButterfly! And Pottermouth, ZEEEEERO! That is so cute I can barely stand it!
AntBee, one of my teachers was a quilter, and at the end of our internship, he gave each of us interns a piece of fabric that made him think of us for some reason. I treasure it! And it's not even a whole quilt. Whatever you end up doing, I know it'll be appreciated.
Class/Challenge: Flying House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Bright-Eyed Bento Lunch Project Description: Bento is a fun Japanese lunch/art form that emphasizes small servings of foods that are different colors, textures, and flavors (something sweet, something sour, etc.). To help promote good vision for Quidditch practice after dark, my bento has foods packed with lutein and vitamin A! (Probably vitamin A is not really that great for vision, but during World War II the British started the rumor that their pilots were able to shoot down German planes at night because they ate lots of carrots. Really the British had cracked the Nazis' Enigma code and so they knew where the planes would be - but the carrot story was necessary to keep the Nazis from realizing what had happened and changing their code.)
From left to right: Garbanzo beans with red wine vinegar and lemon, roasted broccoli with sesame seeds, mashed sweet potatoes, and cornbread.
@pottermouth, I love the soot sprites! Are they circles of fake fur with gathered edges, or did you sew them in pieces like a baseball, or...
@Abbeeroad, I think the pair of socks should count for the Gemenio Challenge...
@pinkleo, those hats are adorable and amazingly numerous! My husband used to take donations to Pine Ridge every winter. He loved the beautiful country and getting to know the people. I know they will really appreciate the hats.
I've had this kit ever since Sock Summit 2011 and I finally finished it! I didn't do the edging because I liked the look of the curling stockinette edges (and I wasn't sure about the effect of all that orange!), so I also have a small skein of the orange left to use for something else.
WELCOME TO HUFFLEPUFF, andCuriouser! It's always good to meet another OUaT fan, and that dagger is amazing!
OWL: Alchemy, option 1 House: Hufflepuff Project: Steampunk Tinkerbell costume Description: I started with a long-sleeved, ankle-length dress. I hemmed it shorter and made cap sleeves. I made the wings with green plastic coated wire and sewed white tulle onto it. Then I sewed patterns into the tulle with silver embroidery thread. I crocheted the corset/belt thing and added bronze tulle to it. I made white shoe floofs for my shoes.
Here's the shoe floofs.
At the library we had Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Tiger Lily, Michael Darling, and a bunch of pirates. Here's a picture of me at the Help Desk, which we decorated like a pirate ship. You can see the shoulder of the person dressed as Peter Pan, who would probably kill me if I posted her actual picture dressed as Peter Pan.
The wings were extremely sturdy, which made me happy. I'm not sure the "steampunk" part came through exactly, and two people called me a butterfly, but it was fun. As a bonus, I really like the modded dress and I can wear it later!
Oh, my gosh, I'm out for a bit and I come back to an adorable Funshine Bear and some truly amazing crafts!
Almost done with my Alchemy OWL (thank goodness, seeing as how, you know, it's a Halloween costume... but in the meantime, here is my pumpkin challenge from the Hogwarts Halloween Feast we did at my library this weekend.
Challenge: Pumpkin Challenge House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Glitter pumpkins and "floating" jack-o-lanterns Brief Description: We had to turn a gym into the Great Hall, and I wanted both some pumpkins around the place and the floating jack-o-lanterns from the movie. I made glitter pumpkins by painting pumpkins with Mod Podge and covering them with polyester glitter. For the floating jack-o-lanterns, I got orange paper lanterns, intending to draw jack-o-lantern faces on them. Well, I managed to have time to draw *one* face on *one* lantern, and then I farmed them out to the middle-school kids in the after-school program. They did a great job, although I had to remind them several times not to make the pumpkins too scary. We hung them up with fishing line.
Here's a picture of one of the glitter pumpkins, at the foot of the professors' table in the Great Hall.
This is a really bad picture of the Great Hall, in which you can just see one of the floating jack-o-lanterns (I have no idea if it is actually the one I did or not). I'm sorry for the bad pictures! It's a lot better than last year, when I didn't have time to take pictures at all. Next year I will have to get someone to take pictures instead of me!
This recipe is dairy-free and vegan! It comes from the awesome book Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. The cookbook version includes a "caramel" topping made with brown rice syrup, but brown rice syrup isn't available anywhere around me, so I skipped that step.
Despite the coconut milk these cupcakes don't taste a lot like coconut to me. They make a great basic vegan cupcake!
(Not elegant, but yummy!)
Preheat oven to 350.
1 1/4 c all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 c. granulated sugar 1/4 c. brown sugar, packed 1/3 c. oil 1/2 c. soy milk (I used Very Vanilla Silk) 1/2 c. coconut milk 2 teaspoons vanilla 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
Sift the first four ingredients together; mix in the sugars. Whisk the rest of the ingredients together; make a well in the dry ingredients, pour in the wet ingredients, and mix until fairly smooth. (The batter will look a bit runny and not like cake batter since there are no eggs - don't worry!) Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake for 22-25 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
The best thing about vegan cupcake recipes? You can lick the bowl! Haven't done that since I was ten...
Class: Charms House: Hufflepuff Project Name: Super Seniors Owl Charms
We have three Junior FIRST LEGO League teams at my library, and the two ladies who help me coach are absolutely fantastic. Each year Jr. FLL has a theme that they base their project around, and this year the theme is "Super Seniors." The logo is an adorable pair of owls - a senior owl and a little kid owl. (You can see it here: http://juniorfirstlegoleague.org/2012-super-seniors-challenge.html) So I made some charms of the little owl out of Sculpey. I baked a ring into the back so they can hang up (you can just barely see it peeking from behind one of the little guys' feathers). I hope it'll make the coaches happy as well as cheering on their teams for this season!