My swap partner has received and my girlfriend has returned from vacation with our camera, so I have a ton of projects to post!
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's - Pizza
Project Name: Snowflake Ornament
Brief Description: I know a joke about pizza! Q: Why did Mr. Smith ask for his pizza to be cut into six slices instead of eight? A: Because he wasn't hungry enough to eat eight slices!
In honor of Mr. Smith and his six-slice pizza, I present this six-sided snowflake ornament with each side reminiscent of a wedge-shaped slice of pizza. I cut it out of cedar planking using a scroll saw (and a drill press for the holes), and I used a free pattern from scrollsawworkshop.blogspot.com
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - October
Project Name: Mini Book Pendant, With Puns!
Project Page Link: Swap gallery post by whenindoubtsew
(her photos are better than mine)
Brief Description: I made this for whenindoubtsew in the Lexophiles Unite swap. She had a similar pendant on her Pinterest and she mentioned that she liked puns, so I scoured the internet for the best of the best and compiled them into a tiny book which I bound in black leather. I typed the puns into MS Word and arranged them in grids so that when I printed them out, each little page would be double-sided. Many of the puns came in two parts, so I had to pay close attention to where each part fell in my template so that everything would line up properly once the book was assembled.
Project Picture: I apologize for the terrible quality, I had to use my old crappy camera.
- a mock-up of the pages showing my favorite two-part pun
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying class
Project Name: Shelf for Small Treasures
Brief Description: I have loads of little crafts, collectibles, and miscellaneous items that I want to keep and display, but I don't have a whole lot of room for them. I installed this wooden shelf in my craft room as a place to show off my little treasures. I used two six-foot 1x4s which I cut to size, painted a gorgeous blue, and attached just under the ceiling with L-brackets. The shelf spans the width of the room and has enough space to display all the things I wanted to put on it, plus a little extra for when I acquire more.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology class
Project Name: Green Man Carved Pumpkin
Project Page Link: Challenge Entry Page
Brief Description: This reminds me of a pumpkin, somehow...
I carved it for the annual pumpkin carving charity at my work - we decorate pumpkins and donate them to nursing homes - but the person who was supposed to deliver them never did so everyone just took theirs home. I made this with my dad's woodcarving tools, and it was inspired by a picture in the book Extreme Pumpkin Carving
by Vic Hood and Jack A. Williams.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic class
Project Name: Gaelic "Red" Words Embroidery
Project Page Link: Swap gallery post
Brief Description: This was another project for whenindoubtsew in the Lexophiles Unite swap. She sent me a list of Gaelic words, phrases, and names she'd collected that have to do with the color red, and I embroidered them in a traditional Celtic triple spiral symbol. It certainly required lots of patience and hard work, first to create the design, then to embroider all of it. I made the design using GIMP
(the GNU Image Manipulation Program, which is fantastic and free). I ironed freezer paper onto a piece of white fabric, printed the design onto it with my computer printer, and embroidered over the lines. The words are in backstitch and the outline of the spiral is in split stitch.
Project Picture: I actually mounted the embroidery onto a circle of stiff cardboard with batting over it, like in Ludi's tutorial
, but I didn't have my camera when it was finished so here it is still on the hoop:
And a few detail shots:
Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Unity
Project Name: Spells TM Patch
Project Page Link: Swap gallery post
Brief Description: One more thing for the Lexophiles Unite swap. I made the design in Word based on a shirt on whenindoubtsew's Pinterest and printed it onto white fabric using the freezer paper method. I used Gryffindor red for the backing fabric and sewed it together with Gryffindor gold thread. I also sewed a few gold sparkles randomly among the words.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
Project Name: Caring via Cartoons
Brief Description: My girlfriend recently went to England for two weeks to visit her sister. Since it was going to be the longest we'd been apart since we started seeing each other, I drew her some little cartoons showing things I love about her so that she would know I was thinking about her while she was away. I made a total of twelve, one for each day we'd be apart.
And links to my favorites: one
Whew! I think I just doubled my project output for this semester. Rah rah Ravenclaw!