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1  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 in Craftalongs by ErinAquaheart on: February 09, 2016 07:11:32 PM
Challenge: Bean-- Toast
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Banana Sugar Cookies
Iron Chef Hogwarts: Banana!
Project Description: I veganized a sugar cookie recipe! And it turned out super good!  I started with the wilton Roll out cookie recipe (here)  I then replaced the egg with one medium sized mashed banana. I used earth balance butter.  And then, to get the right consistency to roll it out, I added extra flour.  So I used 3 1/2 cups of flour.  They turned out really good. 

The glaze I made was really just eyeballed but was about:
3 TBSP earth balance butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup almond milk
and about 2 cups of powdered sugar
(though the powdered sugar could be a little more or less. If you end up with a too thick add I tiny bit of milk, or too thin add a bit more sugar)
food coloring for color

To glaze
put glaze in a plastic sandwich baggy and snip a TINY corner off of the bottom.  Outline the outside of the cookie with they glaze and let it set up.  Then take the glaze and fill in the center.  Use a toothpick to help you spread it to the edge of your outline!  Let it set up!  YUM!

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2  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 in Craftalongs by ErinAquaheart on: February 09, 2016 06:56:14 PM
I started a project at the end of January and quickly realized that this project was actually NEWT level work.  After talking to our wonderful headmistress, she has agreed that I can pursue this new project as a NEWT!  I have to have these pieces done by March 1st.  So I will have put the 4 weeks worth of work into them by the time I'm done.

NEWT Proposal: Muggle Studies
House: Slytherin
Project Name: CityScape into Night
Project Description: I am studying Muggle cities.  Wizards have always had to live in small villages or covertly among muggles.  So we don't have our own cities.  We must blend into large cities like London, Paris, and New York.  So I started to look at how muggle cities look, how they live in, and how they sit in the countryside.  I found that (while flying on my broom) muggle cities are very beautiful during sunset.  As the sun disappears and the city lights come on there is a magicalness to the electricity that they use.  Muggles really are very fascinating!

I am going to be using several panels of 8x10 mat board of various colors to show a muggle city as night falls. And the countryside around it.  So far I have three panels planned.  If I finish them more quickly than the 4 week time period (by end of February) than I will be adding extra panels.  Up to six!  So that I will have two triptychs!  Super excited for this project!  I'm going to be entering these into an art exhibit!

These pictures are really horrible because the pencil outline just doesn't show up very well.  When I add paint they are really going to pop!

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3  Horrible Spinach Squash Pie! in Stitch And BOTCH by ErinAquaheart on: February 04, 2016 07:27:46 AM
I've been trying to make new vegan recipes to expand on my meal plan.  Especially things that can be more than one meal.  So when I came across a yellow squash pie recipe I was excited.  But after I made the filling I knew that it was going to be awful!   Cry The spinach was just all wrong with the rest of the flavors!  Gross gross gross gross!  I did love the sauteed yellow squash and onion before I put it in the pie though...so maybe it wasn't a complete loss.  But I will not be trying to "fix" this recipe!  Tongue

It was so pretty when it came out of the oven.  The zucchini strips made it so cute!
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4  Re: 2016 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by ErinAquaheart on: January 31, 2016 02:58:02 PM
I've spent the week packing up packages of crafty things and supplies that I am sending to people after I get money.  The massive mailing should clear up a tiny square of floor.  I started going through NON craft stuff to see if I can pare down on things there.  I ended up FINDING more stuffs that I want to craft with! *headesk* There is no hope for me!  I found a jar full of glass marbles and rocks! ROCKS! (I was obsessed with collecting pretty rocks as a kid. So I have a lot of random rocks) The larger ones I set out in the garden to look pretty and help mark plants in the spring.  The tiny ones I went through and decided on a few other crafts.  I am going to wire wrap a few of the polished ones into pendents for my mom and me.  A handful of them will seemed perfect for a mobile.  And the rest, if they had any kind of flat side, I decided would get embedded into some paving stones for the garden.  The marbles will go to the same fate.

I'm not going to be doing anything bird related...so no stash busting there.
And the closest I got to stripes was some swirly fabric that I am using on a small wall hanging for my sister. 
I did the first block yesterday!

Sorry if you've seen it on another board already. I'm just super happy with how it turned out.
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5  my 1st square ever! in Quilting: Completed Projects by ErinAquaheart on: January 31, 2016 01:40:12 PM
okay.  so it's not a completed quilt but I'm pretty proud of myself with this little block and can't wait to make a full project with it!

I got the pattern from FandominStitches

I'm going to do some more simple blocks and then make a nine block hanging for my sister!  Super excited!

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6  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 in Craftalongs by ErinAquaheart on: January 30, 2016 08:52:07 PM
Class: Charms
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Unicorn Cup Sleeve
Project Description: I had a blank blue cup sleeve that I got from a craft grab bag a few years ago and never crafted with...I just couldn't settle on an idea.  I finally got up the guts to try freezer paper stenciling.  I designed my unicorn and then applied the stencil in three different layers. The white body, the hair, and finally the horn and eye.  I had to go back over the edges of the white with some blue paint because I didn't iron down the paper enough and it bled a little in places.  After it was all dry I added some glitter glaze. I will definitely be doing more stenciling like this in the future!

Challenge: Headmistress--New Year, New You
House: Slytherin
Project Name: First Paper Pieced Quilt Square-Witch's Hat
Project Description: Thanks to this wonderful thread I was introduced to FandominStitches.com! And that lead to a very real need to try out this super awesome quilting style.  It took me a bit to figure out how to work this right but I am so hooked.  This block is 5" and is going to go with eight other blocks eventually so that I can make a wall hanging for my sister. (who happens to be a very proud Hufflepuff!)
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7  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 in Craftalongs by ErinAquaheart on: January 30, 2016 08:40:33 PM
There has been so many wonderful things going on here this semester!  Keep up the great crafty magic!  I love seeing it all!

I have a few classes to post...

Class: Care of Magical Creatures
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Rainbow Cuties
Project Description: While exploring the woodlands beyond the daffodil fields with Teddy Cuddlestuff (my universe that all my art seems to be springing from right now) I noticed some strange fairy-like creatures hovering around the myriad flowers and colorful brush.  I was going to dismiss them as a weird bug or small bird until one landed on a branch near my shoulder.  I was shocked to find that it was actually something much more interesting and unusual!  I spent the rest of the day quietly watching several of them come and go through the dappled afternoon light. 

The creatures were tiny, the size of a hummingbird, and came in a variety of colors.  Iridescent and glittery.  Their delicate wings caught the light and refracted dancing spots of light over the leaves and flowers that they hovered around.  With two thin arms that ended in little mitts with no fingers, they plucked flower petals and berries to eat and play.  When they would rest on branches they would tuck their tails under them and sit like mermaids sit on rocks to sunbathe.  The tiny creatures would sing songs to each other that sounded like how water babbles over rocks in a shallow creek.

 I didn't think they were magical until one of them flew up and promptly popped out of sight with the distinctive noise that comes from disapparating.  That made me pay more attention to what they were doing.  Instead of merely playing with the petals, like I first thought, they were transfiguring them into other objects.  I pink rose petal became a hair comb, a blue forget-me-not was morphed into a blue gemstone.  The colors that the creatures gravitated toward were and magic-ed seemed to be connected to the colored hue of the creature itself.  A little green one sat and plucked leaves from a bed of clover and left behind a trail of jade and peridot wherever it had been.  Their distinctive little chest marks would glow brightly as they worked their magic.

I covertly gathered up their discarded trinkets and some dropped tail feathers and am keeping them for further study.  I highly suspect that the stones could be used in alchemy and potions, while the feathers may make for useful wand cores (making good charming wands).  The creatures were so adorable and colorful that I dubbed them Rainbow Cuties. 

I sketched one out.  They had koala shaped heads with markings on their faces that resembled a raccoon's mask.  Their delicate wings looked like those of a dragon fly, and their mermaid like tails were covered in soft downy feathers ending in a cascade of long feathers like those of a peacock!  I fell in love!
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8  Halloween FingerPuppets for Trick or Treaters! in Halloween Decor and Parties by ErinAquaheart on: January 25, 2016 08:54:47 AM
I like to give out something nonfood oriented every Halloween. I usually give out a small candy, a juice box (most kids are thirsty but a bunch of parents don't think about bringing a drink out trick-or-treating!  It's hard work getting all those treats after all!!! So I always like to provide a drink), and some sort of toy.  One year we scored crayola crayons for 10 cents a box during back to school, so we gave out crayons and a handmade coloring book!  Another year we made a single page mini comic book (a few years later we met a mom who dug it out of the halloween bucket to keep for herself!)

This year I decided that I would make fingerpuppets that I could stick a candy in.  (we got fun dip) It was great using up all the felt that I've been hoarding!

I had ghosts, bats, cats, witches, frankenstein's monster, one-eyed one-horned flying purple monsters, jack-o-lanterns

This one was my favorite!
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9  Christmas inspired Tiny Art in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by ErinAquaheart on: January 25, 2016 07:55:43 AM
These ATC sized art works were so much fun to do.  I made them as inserts to my Christmas cards.  A little Christmas gift for my mailing list.  Most are watercolor, ink, and acrylic on watercolor paper.  Two of them are prismacolor pencil on cardstock.  I have some embellishments on a few of them.

(the colored pencil ones)
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10  Harry Potter inspired carved stamp in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by ErinAquaheart on: January 25, 2016 07:43:22 AM
For the Harry Potter craftalong I made a participation "badge" for a Slytherin Scavenger Hunt.  I carved a stamp and then colored each with prismacolor pencils and ink details!  It was so much fun.  I'm kinda addicted to it now.  I keep wanting to find more reasons to make stamps!

The Stamp block

The stamp:

I'm going to use the block again for other years so I didn't include the "15" in my design...
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