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1  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Magpirate on: June 14, 2014 08:34:46 AM
rockmygypsysoul, your paintings are beautiful!  Don't beat yourself up over the Michelle & Ben portrait because A) people are hard, and B) it looks great!  I love the softness of it, and I think you captured the moment perfectly.  Your Venice painting looks wonderful, too, and I love the clouds and the texture of the ocean in your sunset painting.

Wow, teag, fantastic job on the Diagon Alley posters!  I love that they're all so different, but they still coordinate enough to look like they belong together.  I'm impressed by the amount of detail you put into each one.  The wood grain on the Beater's bat, the shine on the crystal ball stand, the tongue hanging out of the Monster Book of Monsters, the feather texture on the owl - all of it looks amazing.

Great inchies, calliemae!  The stitching gives them a neat texture, and I love the different colors in the dodo.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic class
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Mini Dresser Bandsaw Box
Project Page Link: Yes.
Brief Description: All the woodworking I know, I learned from my dad.  This is what I made in our last woodcarving class (although there wasn't actually any carving involved, just cutting and sanding).  It's a mini dresser cut from a piece of mahogany using a bandsaw.
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Also, an OWL proposal!

OWL Subject & Option(if available): Astronomy, option 3
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Geeky Altered Puzzle
Brief Description: I have recently become interested in the altered puzzle phenomenon, where you take a jigsaw puzzle and decorate each piece individually, then put it all together to make a single piece of artwork.  I like the idea of a puzzle that looks random and chaotic from afar, but when you look closer you can see how each piece relates to the overall theme.  I propose to alter a 24-piece puzzle to showcase some of my geeky obsessions, including Doctor Who, Firefly/Serenity, and of course Harry Potter.  If I complete an average of one piece per day I should be able to finish in just over three weeks.
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2  Wooden Mini Dresser in Completed Projects by Magpirate on: June 14, 2014 07:17:18 AM
At carving class with my dad this week we made bandsaw boxes.  Bandsaw boxes are, as the name implies, boxes that you cut out with a bandsaw.  They're generally made from a single piece of wood, with bits cut off and then glued back together so the grain matches up.  I came up with a slightly wonky two-drawer dresser design for mine.

Bandsaw boxes aren't technically difficult to make, but you have to do all the steps in the correct order - which, as it happens, I didn't.  I forgot the bit where you cut off the back and I went straight into cutting out the middle, which meant I had to make a new back out of a different piece of wood.  I used a thin bit of cedar planking.

The main wood I used is mahogany, which I think is an absolutely gorgeous material, although it doesn't look like much before you finish it.  The only in-progress picture I have of my box shows what a difference a little mineral oil makes.

I am not very good at making straight cuts with a band saw so the drawers turned out kind of slanty.  I was going for a whimsical look, though, so I'm all right with it.  Smiley

The box is about 5" by 2.5" by 2.25" and the top and bottom drawers are 1" and 1.5" deep, respectively.  I used bits cut from the drawer interiors to make the drawer pulls.

It took me a little over four hours to make this.  I wanted to finish it all in one go, while I was at my parents' house with bandsaw and belt sander and clamps at my disposal.  I ended up getting home around midnight but it was worth it.  Smiley

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3  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Magpirate on: June 11, 2014 06:42:00 AM
Calliemae, those spanakopitas look delicious!  The recipe doesn't seem too difficult, I might have to give those a try.

Noodle-bug, I love the elephant quilt!  I especially like fact that the elements are proportional.  SCIENCE!

Inselaeffchen, it's great that you're preserving all those memories!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration class
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Tiny Books
Brief Description:  I made one of these little books last night and it was simple and fun so I made another.  I used typing paper and scraps of leather from a thrift-store skirt, and bound them together with pamphlet stitch.  I left the ends of the thread long so you can tie them closed since they don't like to sit flat on their own.  These were fun to make, but I'm not really sure what to do with them now that I've made them...
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4  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Magpirate on: June 07, 2014 02:44:00 PM
This semester's off to a great start!  I love the crochet booties, origami flowers, and knot badges in particular.  Smiley

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy class
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Gallifreyan Planets
Project Page Link: link
Brief Description: Circular Gallifreyan is my new favorite thing - it combines my recently acquired love of Doctor Who with my longstanding love of cryptography and fantasy alphabets.  I drew this picture of planets and stars with a hidden message from the Doctor.
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This is the Gallifreyan on which I based my design.  It translates to something the Doctor says in nearly every episode: "Run!"  Grin

Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Unity
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Gallifreyan Serenity Shirt
Project Page Link: another link
Brief Description: More Gallifreyan!  This one's a Doctor Who/Serenity crossover with my favorite Jayne quote in Hufflepuff yellow and black.  It says "Let's be bad guys."
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5  Space! (with a secret message) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Magpirate on: June 07, 2014 01:51:21 PM
I've been playing around with Circular Gallifreyan recently and I thought it would be neat to try and incorporate a word or phrase written in the Gallifreyan alphabet into a picture of planets and stars and things.  Since this was my first go at it I used a simple design just to see how it would turn out.  What do you think?

Here's the Gallifreyan design I used (the pencil marks are just guidelines, what's in pen is the actual word).  I wanted the translation to be a quote from the Doctor so I picked the advice he seems to give most often.  It just says "Run!"  Grin

As a first try at this concept I think my drawing turned out okay, but I don't love the random shafts of light that I used to represent the lines in the Gallifreyan design.  Is there a different way I could have indicated lines that might have looked better?  Maybe comets or something?  I'd appreciate any suggestions, I want to make more of these.  Smiley
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6  Gallifreyan quote shirt (Doctor Who/Serenity crossover) in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by Magpirate on: June 07, 2014 09:37:16 AM
I hope this is the right board...tracing counts as an image reproduction technique, right?

I've been on a Circular Gallifreyan kick lately, I love codes and different alphabets and I think anything written in Gallifreyan just looks cool.  I wanted to combine my two great science fiction loves, Doctor Who and Firefly/Serenity, so I picked my favorite Jayne quote from Serenity and wrote it out in Gallifreyan on a piece of cardboard.  Then I traced it with a fabric stain pen onto a T-shirt.

The quote is "Let's be bad guys."   Cheesy
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7  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Magpirate on: May 29, 2014 09:10:36 PM

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's - Strawberry
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Gallifreyan Polo
Project Page Link: Same post for all three projects
Brief Description: I wanted geeky shirts that I could wear to work on days that aren't Casual Friday, so I embroidered subtly nerdy designs onto plain polo shirts.  This one (on a strawberry-red shirt) is circular Gallifreyan that says "Allons-y!"
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying Class
Quidditch: Catch the Snitch for Ravenclaw!
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Snitch Shirt
Brief Description: Another geeky polo, this time a be-wing'd Snitch.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Pride
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: TARDIS Shirt
Brief Description: Third and final polo, the TARDIS on a shirt in lovely Ravenclaw blue.
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8  Sneaky Geeky Polo Shirts in Needlework: Completed Projects by Magpirate on: May 29, 2014 08:52:33 PM
The dress code at my work is "business casual," which no one has ever been able to conclusively define, but one of the specific rules is that you aren't allowed to wear graphic T's except on Fridays.  Every Friday you may adorn your torso with any sort of (non-offensive) nerdy shirt your little geek heart desires, but Monday through Thursday you have to dress like a boring corporate drone.

...unless you get sneaky.

I bought some polo shirts and did little Doctor Who and Harry Potter themed embroideries on the left side, where your company logo would go if your company made polo shirts.  I used black thread and tried to come up with designs that wouldn't look like much of anything unless you were familiar with the fandom in question.

On the TARDIS-blue shirt, everyone's favorite time-travelling police box:

On the red shirt, circular Gallifreyan (the version from this website) which translates to "Allons-y!"

And on the sky-blue shirt, a stylized Snitch:

Despite their small size, each of these embroideries took me an embarrassingly long time to complete.  It was worth it, though, to be able to walk around on a Tuesday with a TARDIS on my chest without being sent home to change my shirt.
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9  Re: Random Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Magpirate on: May 29, 2014 08:08:31 PM
I got my package from gamemom42 today!  I went home for lunch and it was waiting on my front porch.  Smiley

Everything all neatly wrapped.  I love the flowery tissue paper!

I asked for decorative things for my walls, and gamemom42 made me this really neat mixed media art piece.

It's painted, collage'd with map pieces, and stamped with happy yellow butterflies!  I think there might also be some bubble wrap stamping involved..?

Also for my wall, this lovely little embroidery of overlapping multicolor spirals!  I can't believe how neat and precise the stitching is, and I love the little pops of red.

Next up, some super-cute embroidered felt goodies.  The rainbow star is actually a refrigerator magnet!  I collect fridge magnets, and I love this one to bits.  Smiley  The square might become a pincushion, or I might leave it flat and use it as a coaster - gamemom42 left it open on one end so I could choose, but I haven't decided yet.

And now, my favorite part of the entire package: RAINBOW TREE!!

This makes me so, so happy!  Every time I look at it I find new bits to love.  Flower beads!  French knot hearts!

Stars!  Butterflies!  I love how the outline of the branches was done with strands of different colors of floss held together, it makes a really cool effect.

I'm not finished yet!  Also included in my package were these two craft booklets, "Bargello Basics" and "Loom Beading Indian Style."  I enjoy learning new crafts, and these look like fun!

And finally, gamemom42 sent me some crafty supplies.  I got a wooden star to embellish, glass beads (which I can use when I learn loom beading!), and various sizes of embroidery hoops.  I was especially excited to see the hoops, because after making the doodle tree that I sent to gamemom42, I decided I like embroidery - but I had sent her my only hoop!  Cheesy

Thank you so much, gamemom42!  Everything is wonderful and I love it all!
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10  Re: Random Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Magpirate on: May 26, 2014 06:31:41 PM
Since gamemom42 is having camera issues, I'm posting what I sent her.

One of her top 5 crafted wishlist items was a book safe made from a dark-colored book.  I found this blue book in the freebie bin at my local used book store and cut out the middle for her.

Also on her wishlist was a doodle tree hoopla done only in shades of green, so did this embroidery.

(It took forever and I'm really proud of it, so I took loads of pictures.)

She collects TM patches and one of the themes she wanted was Christmas.  This is the first TM patch I've ever made.  The stocking is a little pocket and you can take out the beaded candy cane.

Her dog, Runt, wanted a bow tie so I made him one.  I used ribbon and the buckles off of my cat's old collar.

She said she admired wood-carved toys and she's collecting handmade toys for her future grandkids, so I made her these wooden farm animals.

I also sent some extras including a book of maps and old pictures for paper crafting, a piece of mushroom-print fabric I thought she'd like, some fun buttons, and a magnetic notepad.
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