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1  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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2  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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3  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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4  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by ErinAquaheart on: June 24, 2015 12:56:35 PM
Challenge: Quidditch Pre-season Studies
House: Slytherin
Project Name:  Customized HP Craftalong Journal
Project Description: For several semesters now I have kept up with my Professor Class Prompts, class prompts, and other HPC challenges in various spiral notebooks that I have had drifting around my house.  All of them have been partially used for other things. Grocery lists, to-do lists, vacation lists, bucket lists...all kinds of things end up in those spiral notebooks.  But this semester I found that I had official run out of random notebooks!  So I started to poke around...and found that I have a stash of ugly, and never before used, journals!  Oh, the happiness! Oh, the joy! To have a journal just for my craftalong get-a-longs!  So I picked one.  It's smallish, lined, and had a very blech cover.  I don't know how a goldenrod yellow, pea green, and black striped journal ended up in my possession, but there it was.  So I painted the fabric cover with some craft paint to make it like a bit of folded parchment and then stamped and free-handed (with acrylic craft paint) the most awesome and devilish of phrases, "I solemnly swear that I am up to no good."  (it wasn't until I just now...as I post the picture...that I realized that I misspelled solemnly...I'll have to fix that with a little brush...) 

This journal is a nod to Gertie Keddle, who quite accidentally, recorded the first versions of the game of Quidditch in her journal in 1050!  It's amazing that it survived! Just goes to show that journaling can be an excellent way to keep track of things that may seem mundane at the time...but turn out to be "game changers"  Grin
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5  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by ErinAquaheart on: June 18, 2015 03:35:21 PM
Class: Muggle Studies
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Custom Lamp Shade
Project Description: After I was done with my owl lamp I had to alter a lamp shade to match!  And muggles are always putting shades on their lamps...So I painted my lamp shade.  Its got stars, clouds, and fringe. Perfect for a bedside table.  Now I'm going to curl up with a snuggly blanket, an overstuffed pillow, and Atlas Shrugged (My newest classic to tackle.)  Cheesy  

Class: Potions
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Perfect Vegan Banana Bread
Project Description:  I have finally perfected my banana bread recipe.  It's the perfect amount of delicious banana, dense cake-iness, and candylike crust!  It must be noted that you MUST let this bread cool completely before you cut it!  It just doesn't keep the same texture if you cut it while still warm...believe me...I've made that mistake!

2 Flax eggs--- 2Tbsp ground flaxseed meal
                    4 Tbsp almond milk
1/2 cup vegan butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup very ripe bananas (about 3 medium bananas) mashed
1/2 cup vegan sour cream (I used tofutti brand)
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder

*I don't like nuts but if you do, add 1 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350oF

In a small bowl whisk together the flaxseed meal and almond milk.  Set aside and let sit for about 5 minutes. (This is your egg replacement!)

In a large bowl, mix together your butter, sugars, and vanilla.  Add your flax egg mixture (it should have become kind of jelly like, as the flax absorbed most of the milk and made a gelatinous substance.) Mix in the mashed bananas and sour cream until smooth. Stir in the baking soda, baking powder, salt, and flour until everything is moistened. Stir in nuts, if using.

Grease a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan.  (I used vegetable oil, but anything will work) Pour batter into loaf pan. Place in center of oven for 1 and a quarter hour. Or until toothpick inserted into center of bread comes out clean.  Cool for 15 minutes. Loosen bread from sides of pan (i always have to use a knife) and place on cooling rack, top up, and let cool completely before enjoying!

My favorite way to enjoy a slice is lightly toasted with a little strawberry jam!
(I made two loaves! But by the time I went to take a picture one loaf had mysteriously disappeared...THAT good!)
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6  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by ErinAquaheart on: June 14, 2015 07:31:55 PM
Class: Bertie Bott's Bean-- Earthworm
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Customized Owl Lamp
Project Description: I have been wanting a cute lamp for my room for a while and finally found this adorable white owl lamp at walmart that was perfect for customizing...since finding something premade seemed to be impossible! 

So I used acrylic craft paint and some metallic paint for the gold. And made me my own cute owl lamp. It matches my rooms color scheme (mostly Sailor Moon...and Barbie....) And it fits the bean by being both very brightly colored and lights up!!!


It doesn't have a shade yet...that is my next project!  Already bought one to work from!

Class: Astronomy
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Golden Rhino "god"
Project Description: Somehow I imagine a futuristic dystopian society where the Rhino has been extinct for so long that it has become an animal of mythical proportions.  It is commonly used as a household god in this world.  I made one for my imaginary family alter in this future.  A bejeweled golden rhino to protect and give strength to my household.  This was a plastic toy that I painted gold and then glued SO MANY plastic cabochons onto it.  It is almost identical on both sides (some color variations...but the pattern is the same)
one side--


Advanced studies progress report
NEWT--so I haven't kept up very well with my 150-200 stitches a day...I've missed a few days. But I still am really happy with my progress so far.
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7  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by ErinAquaheart on: June 13, 2015 08:41:31 PM
OWL Subject & Option(if available): CHarms
House: Slytherin
Project Name:  Hot Air Balloon Painting
Brief Description:  (Hot-Air Charm)

    Description: Causes wand to emit hot air.

So. I made this little drawing waaaaay back in June 2014.  I meant to come back to the idea much sooner but just didn't get to it.

I am going to show my knowledge of the Hot-air Charm by focusing my attention on painting a multimedia painting with watercolors and acrylic paint that reflects the idea of a hot-air balloon race from Teddy Cuddlestuff and his friends in my imaginary world.  It will be an 18x24 inch painting.  I want to do a watercolor wash for the background on watercolor paper and then gesso out the sections that I want to have acrylic.  After that I will paint with acrylics the details to my painting. I've never used this technique before, but I have heard it described so it may be harder than I think it will be.  I will have to study and perfect my hot-air balloons as well as the desert/canyon landscape that I want to include.  I think that it will take me about a week to get the idea down on paper the way I want it.  Then I'll spend a couple of weeks working out all the painting.  I really don't know how long this will take me.  If it works up faster than expected I will paint a few smaller "vignette" paintings showing various creatures with their balloons and how they interact with Teddy.  Regardless, they will all have Hot-Air balloons in them.  Cheesy

I would like to have this finished by July 4th (three weeks from today)
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8  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by ErinAquaheart on: June 13, 2015 08:08:49 PM
I finished my OWL yesterday!!!!!

OWL Subject & Option (if available):  Herbology
Project Name: Mug Recipe Birthday Gift
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques used, any fun tips, etc.) So I got a book from the library called "250 Best Meals in a Mug"  MommaAquaheart really loves easy to make meals and I just knew that she could really use the recipes if I took out the ones I knew she would like and make sure they were extra yummy.  So I wrote out about 100 of the recipes in the book and hoped that they would all work and taste amazing.  I was challenged even more by having to redo MOST of the recipes to have NO meats and, as often as possible, make them vegan.  I tried them all.  Some, sadly, just couldn't make the conversion (nixing egg from a recipe that small...and in the microwave...just wouldn't translate)  I finalized a total of 78 recipes.  (I saved many of the ones I thought wouldn't work for the end...I had to throw out a total of 18 recipes  Cry)  I wrote them out again onto index cards, organized them into types, made dividers, and then placed them into an index card holder.  I made a few extra dividers so that MommaAquaheart can add more recipes in the future! AND if I come across any more recipes I think she may like I can add them to the box!  I wanted to customize an index card holder for her...but sadly, I couldn't find a blank box to work from. But she loves the see-through box.  I love the fact that it has room to expand her collection.  Grin
Project Picture: I wanted to take pictures of her making some recipes...but she keeps making them when I'm not looking!! Undecided Cheesy So I'll have to keep trying!

The completed box of recipes

All 78 recipes and the divider cards

Another view of the recipe cards...

All the work was in the over and over again to perfect the recipes...in the end all the recipes from the book were altered in some way.  Only, I think, four ended up not being vegan...only vegetarian.

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9  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by ErinAquaheart on: June 09, 2015 07:46:00 PM
Tiamatfire: super okay that you did that for the hunt! Thanks for letting me know.

For the Slytherin scavenger hunt: I will be updating the Slytherin common room to reflect who is participating and a list of which items they each person has found! So if you are on the competitive side Wink you can keep track of your competition.

Advanced studies update:

I have been pushing hard on this project. I have made and eaten so many mug recipes! I only have 12 more to test!!!! Giving me, so far, a total of 84 recipes. All vegan. And all delicious. I've got to spend the next few days making the card holder for all the recipes. And I'm hoping that I'll be finished by the end of the week!!! Smiley Smiley Smiley

I started my cross stitch this past weekend. I figured out that I should shoot for about 200 stitches a day Cool if I want to be done by the end of the semester. So I spent the weekend going over time to make up for the lost 5 days. I made a thread card out of a 12x12 scrapbook paper. And then found, as I took inventory, that I only had half of one of the colors!!!! So I dug through my floss stash and was lucky to find an almost match. Phew! Enjoying myself so far! Smiley

And then I did this!

Class: DADA
House: Slytherin
Project Name: custom dinosaur--- Candysaurus
Project description: I bought a plastic dinosaur for a dollar at the grocery store. He was grey with red plates and just a regular stegosaur just begging for a makeover. A few coats of white and some pastel colors later he is now a cotton candy colored Candysaurus! I don't usually work with pastels and the layering that I did was really different for me. I think I shall call him Carl. Smiley
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10  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by ErinAquaheart on: May 30, 2015 02:01:17 PM
I have my OWL. But I'd like to propose a NEWT to work on as well.


Subject: Arithmancy
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Snow White crossstitch
Project Description: I bought this cross stitch a while ago and then felt the task of doing it daunting while I was always so tired during my chemo. So I put it aside. Pulled it out yesterday and decided that I would just work on it a little everyday. No real time constraint or anything. Just a project that I could pull out when watching tv or waiting for doctor appointments. It seems like it would take me a couple of months because I've never worked on something this "big" before! Lol.

So I hope to have this done by the end of the summer semester. It's 5x7 so I think that I can manage it in that amount of time.
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