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1  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Fall Semester Sept 1-November 30, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by ErinAquaheart on: October 09, 2015 08:51:53 PM
*I believe most of you that participated and won prizes from last semesters Scavenger Hunt have received your packages by now!  If you have not, follow the links for these projects at your own risk! SPOILERS!*

Class: Charms
House: Slytherin
Project Name: ATC for Slytherin Scavenger Hunt
Project Description: I made ATCs for people who earned a prize.  This one is a hummingbird ATC
picture here

Class: Detention--October
Iron Chef Hogwarts--Peanuts
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies (vegan)
Project Description: Peanut Butter oatmeal cookies that ended up being chewy and awesome! Great with a cup of Earl Grey.  Cheesy  And used peanut butter which is great for the Iron Chef Hogwarts challenge too!  Win win! 
I used this recipe  Next time I'm going to use more peanut butter though...I love my cookies extra peanutty!

Class: Detention--Sept
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Slytherin Scavenger hunt carved stamp
Project Description: I carved up my own stamp for some prizes for the Slytherin Scavenger Hunt last semester.  I meant to get it done much sooner...before last semester endedbut... I didn't start it until the beginning of September!  Oops!
see it here...

Class: History of Magic
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Old painting into ATCs
Project Description: I've been holding onto this awful watercolor forever.  i hated it, it was great practice, but a failure as a painting, but couldn't bring myself to throw it out.  So I cut it up and repurposed it as ATCs.  I am really happy with how they turned out.  THESE ARE ALSO SCAVENGER HUNT PRIZES. CLICK AT OWN RISK!
before it became atcs

and the ATCs
ATC 1 and 2
ATC 3 and 4
ATC 5 and 6

CLass: House Unity
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Slytherin SCavenger hunt badges
Project Description: Those that received prizes also received one of these! EAch house is represented because this was aho use unifying activity.
individual badge
all of them together

House: Slytherin
Project Name: Purple Monster finger-puppets
Project Description: I made a dozen one-eyed, one-horned flying purple people eater monster finger-puppets to give out to the kiddos on Halloween! So of course, that's the song in my head...to combat his bad breathe and to provide my peppermint to alleviate the singing...i gave him a peppermint tongue! (It's red...like a peppermint!)
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2  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Fall Semester Sept 1-November 30, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by ErinAquaheart on: October 03, 2015 08:59:53 PM
 quick homework drop!!!!

Class: Astronomy
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Witchy finger-puppets
Project Description: a "witches dozen" (13) finger-puppets for Halloween.  And of course, Puppets starts with P!

Class: Flying
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Bat Finger-puppets
Project Description: A dozen bats! 12 little bats to fly through the night!  Watch out for them! They are avoiding the smoke too and are terribly hard to see....don't want to end up with bats clinging to your robes and hair!  Yikes!

Class: Herbology
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Robot Love
Project Description: MORE finger-puppets for halloween! I have a dozen made here.  Robots giving some love with their little red hearts....hugs please?

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3  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Fall Semester Sept 1-November 30, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by ErinAquaheart on: September 26, 2015 12:13:17 PM
Good Luck on that NEWT, Whistlefish!  I look forward to seeing it all finished.  I've always wanted to do an advent calendar but it never seems to make the top of the priority list..... Grin

I've been a busy little Slytherin! I have crafted so much this month...and I have so much more planned!

Class: Apparition
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Frankenstein Monster Fingerpuppets
Project Description: I love giving non-candy items to kids for Halloween.  This year one of those things I will be giving away is homemade fingerpuppets.  I started with Frankenstein monster heads! Halloween is definitely just around the corner so I had to get this project started. Pronto!  I started with 12.  (8 are pictured here)

Class: Arithmancy
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Ghost fingerpuppets
Project Description: More fingerpuppets for Halloween.  Another dozen (they look like a ghostly choir. lol)  These have both curved heads and gave me a headache.  If I didn't run these through the sewing machine with a slow enough curve I ended up with pointy headed little ghosts...and lets just say that they looked like white pointy hats...not a good thing...in the end they are adorable!

Class: Bertie Botts Bean--Mashed Potatoes
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Chinese Five Spice Tofu Sushi
Project Description: Technicolor and I love sushi and we were having a pretty down time about a week ago.  So I made our favorite sushi to pick us up a bit. 

Ingredients: 1 cup sushi rice
                 1/4 cup rice vinegar
                 1 tbsp sugar
                 1 tsp salt
                 4 sushi nori wraps
                 1/2 cucumber sliced in thin strips
                 1/4 cup carrot strings
                 1/4 package of extra firm tofu, drained
                 1 tbsp vegetable oil
                 1/2 tsp Chinese five spice (more if you need it)
                 soy sauce and wasabi paste for dipping!
Prepare Sushi rice according to directions on package or rice cooker (for me it ends up being 1 cup rice with 1 1/2 cup water.)  Be sure to rinse your rice well, until the water runs clear.  If you don't rinse it enough you end up with paste-y rice. Yucky!  Cool rice to room temperature.  While its cooling, prepare your rice vinegar.  Microwave vinegar, sugar, and salt together, in 30 second increments, until the sugar is dissolved.  Let it cool.  Spoon vinegar over cooled sushi rice and mix.  Carefully fold the rice with a wooden spoon.  You want to crush as few of the rice grains as possible. 

To make tofu, slice tofu into strips, about a 1/4 inch thick, and coat each strip in Chinese five spice.  Heat a skillet on med-high heat with the vegetable oil to coat the bottom of the pan.  Cook the strips for 3-5 minutes per side, or until the spice starts to brown. (it is really hard to over cook these...the longer the chewier your tofu will be) 

To assemble, place your sushi wrap on a rolling mat or plastic cutting board.  Using wet fingers, press your sushi rice into a thin layer over all but a 1/2in at one end of your wrap.  Lay out our fillings into a row at the end farthest from the empty 1/2in.  Fold the wrap around your filling and wrapping as tightly as you can, roll up your sushi until its all rolled.  Use a wet finger to seal any of the 1/2 in that might still be dry at this point. Slice into 6 to 8 pieces.  Use wasabi and soy sauce to taste.

Class: Divination
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Character Portrait ATCs
Project Description: The Sun card represents so many things but the child holding the banner in its left hand represents something in your life that has become second nature.  One of the things that has become second nature to me over the past year has been drawing my little characters.  So I made a set of "portraits" of six of my characters. I have the Ram God, The Golden Hind, The Witch of the Woods, The Wise Old Bunnycorn, The Pangolin Dragon, and Sir Teddy Cuddlestuff.

Class: SoAR
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Jack-o-Lantern Finger-puppets
Project Description:  Another dozen puppets. These are jack-o-lanterns! It was quite fun to cut out their smiles...not so much fun to glue them down.  Making these for the trick-or-treaters is doing several things for my neighborhood.  The kids in our area are very low income.  They don't really get handmade things very often.  The kiddos always love the Halloween stuff at our house!

Class: Transfiguration
HOuse: Slytherin
Project name: Boo! plaque
PRoject Description:  Lots of stash vanishment here! I've had the wooden plaque hanging around for over two years! And I got the ribbon from a friend when she moved.  Used the rest of the spool on that.  Also finished off a black, blue, and green paint! WOoHoo!

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4  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Fall Semester Sept 1-November 30, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by ErinAquaheart on: September 10, 2015 07:54:46 PM
The new semester seems to be off to a great start!  I know mine is! It has been six weeks sincemy surgery and I can now lift and clean and reorganize!  so I have spent the day cleaning off my art desk. 

And I finished my NEWT during my recovery period!

Completed NEWT--arithmancy
HOUSe; SLytherin
Project name: Snow White cross stitch
Project Description:  So much counting!  And so many french knots!  I finally completed all of this 5x7 cross stitch pattern during my recovery from my surgery!  I am so happy with how it turned out and how pretty it is.  I also really love the flowers...all french knots! 

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5  Re: HP Craftalong - Setting up Fall Semester - DO NOT POST HERE in Craftalongs by ErinAquaheart on: August 31, 2015 09:44:51 PM

The Sun Card

Please take out your tarot card decks and make yourselves comfortable.  This semester we are focusing our attention on the Major Arcana, which consists of 21 cards, each representing different aspects of human nature and experience.  The Major Arcana starts and ends with The Fool. In between are cards like The Emperor, The Lovers, and Death.  Each card has a picture that is filled with symbolism.  Each card also has a divine meaning and a reverse (upside down) meaning.  The Sun card is depicted as a naked child riding a white horse. The child is carrying a banner in its left hand.  There is a walled garden behind it that has four sunflowers looking toward the child instead of the sun that looks down from above.  The banner in the left hand stands for a passing of control from our conscious to our subconscious.  (meaning that something has become natural, or second-nature.)  The Sun card has meanings that include material happiness, success, and attainment. And achievements in the arts, sciences, and agriculture.  Reversed it can mean a clouded future or a possible loss of job or home. Craft something inspired by The Sun card.  This could include a craft that has become second-nature to you, or creating something for a child in your life. You could try making a meal completely with stuffs grown from your own garden (representing an agricultural achievement), or craft something to catch the sunlight.

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6  Re: HP Craftalong - Setting up Fall Semester - DO NOT POST HERE in Craftalongs by ErinAquaheart on: August 31, 2015 09:44:03 PM
The Nundu

Due to the dangerous nature of the creature we are studying this semester we will not have a hands on experience.   The Ministry of Magic has given the Nundu a beast classification of XXXXX. The most a creature can have, equal to the Acromantula!  The Nundu is a gigantic East African leopard that moves silently despite its large size.  Its breathe causes disease so virulent that they can wipe out entire villages, and it has never been subdued by fewer than a hundred skilled wizards working together.  For your assignment this semester craft something very large (a big painting, a quilt, or a very long scarf), something to combat disease during the coming cool months (soup or other comfort food, a cuddle buddy, or a tea wallet for on the go), or you can craft something that requires extra hands to complete your project (baking for a bake sale, or building a new patio, or organizing your yarn stash.)  ***Students curious about the low growling noise coming from behind Hagrid's cottage are warned to not go looking for trouble***

I know some of you have started to feel a little down.  That is how I KNOW that you have been sneaking around Hagrid's!  The Nundu that we are NOT working with hands-on this semester is NOT in a cage in the Forbidden Forest behind Hargid's! So stop snooping....and no...I don't have a runny nose...
    craft something "forbidden" (use a color you never use, go someplace you never go and make a scrapbook page, or make a treat that you normally wouldn't let yourself have)

This semester you have to ability to earn a handmade set of Christmas cat ornaments by completing the extra credit challenges that are presented for the rest of the semester.  These can stand alone or be turned in with other classes.  This is not for house points.  Each challenge will be available until the end of the semester. To earn the set of ornaments complete at least one of the challenges.  This will enter you into a drawing to win!  Every person that completes a challenge will also receive an Artist Trading Card!  So don't forget to include a challenge when turning in your classes.
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7  SLYTHERIN COMMON ROOM in Craftalongs by ErinAquaheart on: August 29, 2015 08:36:06 PM

Slytherin House cordially invites the school to the
Slytherin Soiree Autumn Masquerade Ball!!

To attend the ball please just complete any of the following prompts! 
This is open to the whole school.
Any of the prompts can be turned in with classes.
As usual, these are not for house points.
The Ball will be going on until the end of semester

Those that participate (just one prompt turned in will be considered participating) will be entered into TWO drawings at the end of the semester!

The first drawing will be for--a full set of "spooky" finger-puppets!

The second drawing will be for--a beading loom (gently uesd...only tried it once...not my thing)

Autumn Masquerade Ball Prompts

1) Make Your Costume: You can't go to a masquerade without a costume! So, either, literally create a         costume for yourself, or craft something that uses fabric or textile in some way.  This can be making a fabric bow to wear, crochet or sew some doll clothes or a hat, upholster a chair, dye some fabric, or paint a canvas!

2) Potluck Snack:  Please don't come to the party empty handed.  All these people are going to want to snack!  Help Slytherin house feed the hungry students!  Make a recipe that will feed more than 6 people.

3) Don your Mask:  Time to hide your identity for a while!  A good masquerade requires a little mystery and a dash of secrecy.  Craft something that hides something by covering it or obscuring it somehow. (A card that has a pop-up feature, a flap in a scrapbook, or a hidden pocket.)  Or you could make a real mask!

4) Dance the night Away:  What good is a ball without dancing! And all other kinds of revelry!  Create something that reminds you of dancing. (For example--swirls in a painting for the movement of the people, or use a fabric (like tulle) that you see while people are dancing)  Craft something that represents your favorite "party song" or favorite "famous" party scene (such as, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, or even the Yule Ball!)

5)Champagne Reveal!:  At the end of the night we will be having a big "Masks-off" reveal and some bubbly to celebrate an evening well spent!  Create something that utilizes bubbles somehow (make soap, or do a bubble painting, or perfect your own bubbly beverage!) or craft something that makes you or someone else feel really happy!

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8  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by ErinAquaheart on: July 14, 2015 03:57:13 PM
I always seem to miss Advanced Study Fridays...  Undecided

I haven't done a lot of other crafts lately.  I've been really tired and the heat of the summer is murder to me right now.  Seriously....hot flashes and the summer...together...Not. Fun.

So I am a little behind on my OWL and didn't actually start it until a week and a half after I proposed it.  So I hope to finish it by the end of the month now.  I have the water color background done and I penciled in all the image that I wanted and gessoed all of that.  I have started on the landscape on the bottom of the painting.  I like where this is going so far.  I am impatient to start the balloon stuff but I know that I'll be bummed if I leave the ground for last...so save my favorite for last... *sigh*

And whenever I sit down for even a few minutes I stitch a little on this.  I love it so much that I got a bigger one to work on later!  (14x12...I think I may be insane... Cheesy)  I would like to have all the solid stuff done by the end of July so that I can have all of August to work in the outlines and the bazillion french knot flowers!

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9  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by ErinAquaheart on: July 06, 2015 09:39:52 PM
Class: Quidditch---Place Portkey
         July Library Challenge
House: Slytherin
Project Name: The Circle Of Magic FanArt
Project Description: For my Portkey I made a watercolor of some of my favorite literary characters.  (The quartet of books by Tamora Pierce called The Circle of Magic is what I picked for the "Travel" theme.  In the book the characters have to travel to a new home and learn about themselves as Mages of very unusual magics.  Their adventures and discoveries are so interesting.  There is also another quartet of books called The Circle Opens that follows these four characters out into the world to make their own unique contribution to the Magic society.  Lots of travel!)  I placed this little painting in the local IHOP....mostly because it's where I could finish it on time... Tongue  At least I know that I'll get a good breakfast before I have to travel to all of the festivities of the Quidditch World Cup!!!!  Grin

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10  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by ErinAquaheart on: June 24, 2015 01:36:20 PM
Class: Care of Magical Creatures
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Mermaid-icorns?
Project Description: I was having fun making these chubby little mermaids with a unicorn horn and then coloring them with crayons!  Just a fun activity...but now I want to do more!  And better. And bigger.  So what would you call them. Unimaids? Mermacorns? Mermaidicorns? And would they be dark creatures...I mean mermaids traditionally drown sailors...or would they be more healers? Could they detect poison? I would think that the mermaids have their own distinct lore and fantastical creatures to tell their young at bed time. Would these be terrifying or awe-inspiring?  I can just imagine little young merchildren playing in the kelp pretending to be one of these with a bit of waterlogged driftwood tied around their head...

Class: House Unity
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Handmade Cards
Project Description: I made some little handmade cards with some yellow paper (Hufflepuff) and some really pretty origami paper that I had that was red (Gryffindor) with green and blue details...leaves and fans...on it (Slytherin and Ravenclaw.)  The image is turned...they are more long than tall...
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