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1  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by Magpirate on: December 16, 2014 09:45:06 PM
Congrats on the OWL, noodle-bug!  All the hoods look great!  I love the book ornaments, too, and your cowls look lovely and warm.

J_Kieviet, those PJ pants look cozy.  Nice job!

jenleahlynn, your charms turned out wonderfully.  I love the frosted look of the shrink film, it makes the images look ethereal.

Oh my gosh, jillybeans, that monster pillow is fantastic!  Your cowls look great, and that's a neat idea for the board book!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's - Mint
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Outdoor Ornaments
Brief Description: I used cheap plastic pony beads and pipe cleaners to make a variety of festive ornaments, including some minty candy canes.  These will be going on the little evergreen tree in my front yard, where they may get ruined by the elements, but that doesn't matter since they're made out of cheap plastic pony beads and pipe cleaners.  Smiley
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - December
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Spruced-up Wreath
Brief Description: I started with a plain grapevine wreath and added fake evergreen branches (they came with our artificial tree, I think we were supposed to wrap them around the trunk or something...) and small glass ornaments to turn it into a Christmas wreath.  I used beading wire to hold everything on.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress's Challenge #2 - December
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Snowman Scroll Saw Ornament
Project Page Link: Link!
Brief Description: I made this at carving class with my dad last week.  I used this pattern and cut it out with a scroll saw.  I gave him to my girlfriend, and she was thrilled.  Smiley
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2  Wooden Snowman Ornament in Winter Holidays by Magpirate on: December 16, 2014 09:09:20 PM

I made this cheerful little guy last week, using my dad's scroll saw and this pattern.  He's about 4" tall and made out of 1/4" thick poplar wood.

I was hesitant to attempt this pattern since it looks so complicated and I'm still a novice with the scroll saw, but it turned out to be easier than I expected.  The whole process (transferring the pattern to the wood, drilling all the starter holes, cutting out, sanding, and finishing) took about four hours.

He's finished with a mix of boiled linseed oil and mineral spirits.  He makes me happy.  Smiley
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3  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by Magpirate on: November 30, 2014 09:13:59 PM
Last-minute project post...

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's - Peach
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Tagasaurus Stuffie
Brief Description: My brother and sister-in-law had a baby recently (on Harry Potter's birthday, actually), and I got to meet my new nephew for the first time over Thanksgiving.  I made him a fuzzy dino stuffie using this pattern as a nice-to-meet-you gift.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms class
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Unicorn Shirt Repair
Brief Description: When I was in high school, my brother went to Thailand and brought me back this unicorn T-shirt.  It's over a decade old and the paint was cracking and flaking off, so I carefully painted over it with white acrylic mixed with fabric medium.
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I took a "before" photo and an "after" photo, but this in-progress pic does a better job of showing repainted vs. not-repainted:
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4  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by Magpirate on: November 14, 2014 08:39:08 PM
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
House: Ravenclaw
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!  Grin  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.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - October
House: Ravenclaw
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
House: Ravenclaw
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.  Smiley
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology class
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Green Man Carved Pumpkin
Project Page Link: Challenge Entry Page
Brief Description: This reminds me of a pumpkin, somehow...  Wink  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.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic class
House: Ravenclaw
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
House: Ravenclaw
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.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
House: Ravenclaw
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.
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And links to my favorites: one, two, three.

Whew!  I think I just doubled my project output for this semester.  Rah rah Ravenclaw!
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5  Green Man Carved Pumpkin in Occasions and Holidays: Challenge Entries by Magpirate on: November 02, 2014 06:23:30 PM
I carved this Green Man pumpkin a few weeks ago at carving class with my dad.  I used a picture from the book Extreme Pumpkin Carving by Vic Hood and Jack A. Williams as my inspiration, and I carved it with woodcarving gouges and knives.

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6  Re: Lexophiles Unite! swap gallery in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Magpirate on: November 01, 2014 11:12:49 PM
Not to worry, whenindoubtsew, my package arrived safe and sound!  Everything in it is WONDERFUL.  We agreed to send each other extras, and boy did my partner spoil me rotten!

First off, we have a lovely printed shirt with a dozen words that all mean "nonsense" in one form or another.

This is great, I love words that are fun to say and all of these certainly fit the bill!

Next, whenindoubtsew made me a super cute felt badge featuring one of my favorite made-up words - pansnogs!  My girlfriend invented it to describe pancake-wrapped sausages.  Smiley

And finally, she made me this absolutely gorgeous messenger bag with lots of polysyllabic words and their definitions on the front!  I love this thing so, so much.  Everything about it makes me happy, from the rainbow strap to the obscure words to the brightly-colored zippers and the multitude of pockets.

The words are embroidered - here's a close-up of my favorite, "eellogofusciouhipoppokunurious," which means, simply, "good."  Smiley

The bag itself is amazing and very well-made.  The main compartment zips closed and there are two zipper pockets on the front, a pocket on the side, and two more pockets on the back.

It has an inset zipper pocket and a key clip inside and it's lined in my favorite shade of blue!

I can't get over this bag, you guys.  The craftsmanship is incredible and I am in awe of whenindoubtsew's skill.  Thank you so much for such a great swap package, I adore everything!
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7  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by Magpirate on: October 22, 2014 05:10:35 AM
The afghan is looking good, Mistress Jennie!

Your peacock is coming along nicely, jenleahlynn!

tiamatfire, congratulations on finishing your NEWT, it looks great!  I'm really impressed that you made the pattern, too.  The Minecraft jack o' lanterns made me grin, they turned out really well.  Smiley

Moonflame, the Scout scarves look really professional, well done!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy class
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Magical Wedding Card
Brief Description: A friend of mine got married on Saturday, and she and her new husband are planning to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter for their honeymoon.  All they had on their gift registry was boring things like sheets and vacuum cleaner bags so I decided to contribute to their honeymoon fund instead.  I made them this card to hold the cash.  I believe it fits the Alchemy prompt because it displays the characteristics of love (both the love I have for my friend and the love she shares with her husband), balance (the wands and sparks form a symmetrical heart), and artistic creativity (I came up with the design on my own; I typed up the message in MS Word and printed it out, then painted the wands and glued on glitter and star sequins for the heart).
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination class
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Ghost Lollipops
Brief Description: I peered into the future and saw that Halloween is fast approaching, and I predicted that we will get a bunch of trick-or-treaters this year!  I made little lollipop ghosts to put into treat bags for them.  I hope my prediction comes true, since I've made 14 of these guys so far...  They're scraps of white fabric wrapped around Dum-Dum suckers, tied with orange or black yarn, with faces drawn on with permanent marker.
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8  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by Magpirate on: October 15, 2014 04:27:03 PM
there's a MotM on the board  Cheesy

Aww, thanks noodle-bug!  I'm honored.  Smiley

Congratulations on finishing your cowl, Moonflame!  It turned out really well.

vincentvanbuck, I LOVE the ghost lights!  All the different expressions are so cute.  Great job on the cross stitch and shrine, too!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures class
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Apple/Bacon/Cheddar Chimichangas
Project Page Link: Challenge entry page (contains full recipe)
Brief Description: I came up with these for Craftster Challenge # 103 - Foodie Frenzy.  Apples, cheddar cheese, bacon, chicken, and pecans are an unusual combination, but they sure are delicious!  I actually made these again for dinner last night.  YUM.
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9  Apple/Bacon/Cheddar Chimichangas in CHALLENGE 103 ENTRIES by Magpirate on: October 11, 2014 05:53:12 AM

I think apples and cheddar cheese make a tasty pair, and this grilled cheese sandwich recipe gave me the idea that bacon could make it even better.  This chimichanga recipe gave me the time and temperature at which to bake my creations, but the rest is my own.

Apple/Bacon/Cheddar Chimichangas (makes 4)

4 flour tortillas (I used 8-inch, but 10-inch would have been easier to keep closed)
12 slices bacon
1 medium Gala apple (you want to use a good baking apple so it doesn't turn to mush)
1 (13-oz) can cooked chicken
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 450*F.  Fully cook your bacon and chop your apple into smallish bits.  If you keep your tortillas in the fridge, microwave each one for about 5 seconds to make them easier to roll without breaking.  Put 3 slices of bacon in the middle of each tortilla, then top them with equal portions of chicken, apple pieces, pecans, and cheese.

Fold in the ends of the tortillas and roll them up.  If they're big enough to stay closed on their own, put them on a baking sheet seam-side down; if not, place them seam-side up so they don't fall apart and hold them closed with toothpicks.  Bake until tortillas are crispy, about 8-10 minutes.

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10  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by Magpirate on: September 28, 2014 09:47:17 PM
Great TM patches, vincentvanbuck!

noodle-bug, I LOVE the Snape hoopla!  That cake sounds delicious, and your drawings look great!

Mistress Jennie, the Mad-Eye washcloth cracked me up.  Cheesy  The dreamcatcher is gorgeous, and WOW that quilt is amazing!  Great bookmark and bracelets, too!

tiamatfire - cute tutu, and that Ewok costume is adorable!

Oh my gosh, WhistleFish, those bunny slippers are the cutest things EVER.

Wow, midkiffsjoy, your pin art turned out really well!  I'm sorry about your finger, though, I hope you feel better soon.  Sad

Nicely done, Magpirate!  I dream of growing my own foodstuffs some day, but I'm one of those people who could kill a silk plant, so.... maybe I'll get around to trying to grow some herbs on my patio one of these days.

Thanks!  My girlfriend and I started out growing cherry tomatoes and basil in pots on our apartment balcony, both of which are pretty forgiving.  Just try stuff out, and if it dies, plant something else!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy class
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Inlaid Cedar Box
Project Page Link: Yay!
Brief Description: At woodcarving class with my dad a few weeks ago I decided to try doing an inlay, which I had never attempted before.  My first try did not turn out very well at all - the angle of the scroll saw was off, I didn't realize that the direction you cut out the inlay mattered (you need to be consistent throughout the process - I switched from cutting it out clockwise to cutting it out counterclockwise, and the angle of the cut went from acute to obtuse), plus I was just really bad at following the pattern I'd drawn.  My second try went much more smoothly.  I ended up using that one for the lid of a simple box that I made for my girlfriend.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's - Pomegranate
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Halloween Push Pins
Brief Description: No more plain white push pins for my bulletin board!  I gave these some Halloween flair with permanent markers.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress' Challenge - September
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Apple Cheddar Muffins
Project Page Link: Recipe from here.
Brief Description: These were a bit unusual, but quite tasty.  I followed the linked recipe, except I used a full cup of cheese, and I don't know what a "cooking apple" is so I used half of a largish Red Delicious.
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