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1  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Magpirate on: July 06, 2015 09:28:44 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Set Your Portkey
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Rainbow Ring
Brief Description: My Portkey is a rather bright and flashy ring (made with tubular peyote stitch and a rainbow of seed beads), so I hid it in a flowerbed in the backyard in the hopes that any passing Muggles who catch sight of it will think it's just another flower.
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2  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Magpirate on: July 06, 2015 06:50:09 AM
greybird, the journal looks fabulous!  I love all the different types of paper.

Great projects, samash90!  The black & white album is so neatly done, especially for something so small.  The other album is lovely, too, and your PL pages look great.  Fantastic job on the altered book, it looks like something straight out of the Restricted Section!

Did the jagua tattoo got darker with time?

Nope, it just sort of faded away.  Sad  I think it was too old to work properly, my friend had had it for over a year and never used it, which is why she was giving it away...

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's - Ketchup
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Accent Wall!
Slytherin Scavenger Hunt: 1 - Buddy System - My girlfriend helped a lot with this project.
Brief Description: My girlfriend and I bought a bucket of paint sometime last year, intending to paint a wall in our living room, and this past weekend we finally did.  I love it SO MUCH.  We bought the house back in October of 2013 and it's only just now starting to feel like a place that we own, rather than just a place where we happen to live.

I'm turning this in for the "project you're behind on" aspect of the Ketchup bean (catch-up bean? ha ha), but if that doesn't work since we hadn't actually started the project, it does fulfill the "something smooth" requirement since we gave the wall a nice smooth finish (including sanding down rough patches and filling in tiny holes before painting).
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Before: (I didn't take an official "before" picture, so here's one from spring semester of last year that has the same wall in it.)

After: (the couch & lamp are against the same wall as before)
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3  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Magpirate on: June 28, 2015 07:21:35 PM
greybird, the little books are lovely!  Great job on the stamps, and the rainbow ATC makes me really happy.  Smiley  Those tiny artworks are super cute!

Wow, noodle-bug, that looks like an epic project!  Nice work!

Mistress Jennie, the dreamcatcher is absolutely gorgeous!  I love the colors and textures.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's - Curry
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Jagua Tattoo
Slytherin Scavenger Hunt: 8 - Liquid Luck - The design I made has seven points; 14 - Potion Perfect - I thought it would be a lot harder to paint onto my own arm, but it was actually pretty easy with the transferred design to follow.
Brief Description: A friend of mine gave me a temporary tattoo kit that has ink made from jagua fruit, which can be found in Central and South America.  (According to the book that came with it, the ink in my kit was made from fruit grown in Columbia.)  It's similar to henna except it turns your skin black instead of brown.  I came up with a design and drew it out on paper, then traced it onto tracing paper using the transfer pencil from the kit, then transferred it to my arm with warm water, and finally painted over the transfer pencil lines with the jagua ink.  The book claims that it's supposed to darken to black (or possibly dark gray) over the next 12 to 48 hours, but I'm not sure I believe it...
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures class
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Seashell Necklace
Slytherin Scavenger Hunt: 6 - Finders Keepers - I used shells I found at the beach.
Brief Description: Inspired by the ocean and the creatures that live in it, I made a necklace that a mermaid might wear.  (I attached the shells through holes that were there when I found them, which is why they don't hang symmetrically.)
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4  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Magpirate on: June 27, 2015 05:58:04 PM
*Professor's note: To anyone who tried to solve the Muggle Studies extra-credit crossword puzzle, it was not actually possible because I spelled one of the words wrong.  Sad  I'm sorry!  But I've fixed it now.  Many thanks to greybird for catching my mistake!

seeuudee, that's a great drawing, and I think it would make an amazing clock!

I love the Snitch, jellybean89!

Those are great bags, gaudiknight, the prints are fab.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Defense Against the Dark Arts class
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Zucchini Bread
Project Page Link: Recipe
Slytherin Scavenger Hunt: 4 - Snape Says - I opted to add the optional nuts (I used chopped pecans), I hope that still counts as following the recipe exactly... Also 7 - Vanishing Cabinets - ingredients disappeared and bread appeared!
Brief Description: I don't typically think of vegetables as things that belong in bread (unless we're talking about a sandwich), but we grew a lovely zucchini in our garden and I decided to try something new.  It turned out really tasty!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Library Challenge - June (Celebration)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name & Page Link: Rainbow Taco Salad
Brief Description: Something happened yesterday that I felt was worthy of celebration.  I won't get into what it was since I don't think this is the proper forum for such things, but I hope no one minds if I post the festively-colored taco salad I made to mark the occasion.  Smiley

As for my book recommendation, I think everyone should read Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan.  It's a young adult LGBT novel that manages to avoid a lot of the clichs that make most young adult LGBT novels feel (at least to me) like repeats of the same story.  Plus it's just a great read, heartwarming and heartfelt and occasionally hilarious.
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5  Rainbow Taco Salad! in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Magpirate on: June 27, 2015 04:23:06 PM
Yesterday was a good day.  Smiley  I celebrated last night with this brightly-colored taco salad!

Red salsa, orange shredded cheddar cheese, yellow onions (enhanced with food coloring), green chopped lettuce, blue canned chicken (more food coloring), and purple(ish) refried beans (the food coloring was less effective on the brown beans than it was on the other things, but I did my best).  Served up in proper rainbow order with a pile of chips to eat it with.

I had a go at some artsy photos.

Also, I made a rainborrito.  Smiley

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6  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Magpirate on: June 25, 2015 09:58:35 PM
Last-minute project!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Preseason Studies
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Madam Modesty Rabnott Saves the Snidget
Brief Description: I enjoyed the story in Quidditch Through the Ages about how Madam Modesty Rabnott rescued the first Snidget to be released in an early Quidditch game, so I illustrated it.
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7  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Magpirate on: June 14, 2015 08:17:18 PM
Extra credit badges are available for Apparition and Muggle Studies!  The extra credit assignments are not particularly crafty, but I hope they're fun.  Smiley

noodle-bug, that hat is really cute!

Great TM patch, jenleahlynn, I bet all the embroidery took forever.  It looks great!

It's really sweet of you to share your recipes, ErinAquaheart!  And congrats on completing your OWL!  Speaking of owls, your lamp is fantastic.  I love the shiny rhino, too, and you've made excellent progress on your NEWT!

FiberAlchemist, I LOVE the sandwich wrap!  What a great alternative to disposable plastic bags.

The poncho is adorable, jellybean89!  I love the colors.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition class
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Labyrinth Maze
Slytherin Scavenger Hunt: 15 - Dueling Wizards - I had a tough time completing this, I scrapped everything and started over twice trying to make it look the way I wanted.  Tongue
Brief Description: I made this maze for the Apparition extra credit opportunity.  I wanted it to resemble the labyrinths that are used in meditation, and I also wanted it to be a proper maze with just one path from start to finish and no loops.  It required deliberation to make sure it fulfilled those requirements and still looked pretty.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's - Earthworm
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: All the Awesome
Slytherin Scavenger Hunt: 9 - Enemies Beware - Dinosaurs and sharks and ninjas and fire are all dangerous.  Also water, if you can't swim.
Brief Description: I like to doodle at work when I'm waiting for things.  One day I decided to draw the most awesome thing I could think of, which turned out to be a ninja riding on a shark jumping through a flaming hoop being held by a tyrannosaurus.  I replicated that drawing in my sketchbook and made it colorful.
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8  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Magpirate on: June 07, 2015 10:03:27 PM
Great start to the semester, everybody!  Moonflame, I love all the tiny foods, they look scrumptious.  That's a great shirt, tiamatfire!  jenleahlynn, good idea for the behavior chart, and I love the fandom magnets!

Here are my first two projects of the semester:

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - June
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Fire Juggling Fuel Can
Slytherin Scavenger Hunt: 13 - That is NOT our color - Hufflepuff yellow and Gryffindor red
Brief Description: I've been using an old soup can to hold the kerosene I dip my torches in for fire juggling, and I decided it needed sprucing up.  I sprayed it with yellow spray paint that's supposed to stick to metal, then I painted the flames with acrylic.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions class
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Oatmeal Cookies!
Brief Description: I had to avoid touching (and eating!) these cookies until they were cool, which was quite hard as they smelled delicious.
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1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 375*F.  Cream butter and sugars until smooth; beat in eggs and  vanilla.  Mix flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl, then beat into creamed mixture.  Stir in oats, nuts, and raisins.  Drop by spoonfuls onto greased baking sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.

Also, I would like to propose a NEWT!

Subject: Care of Magical Creatures
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Ocean Animals Alphabet Book
Brief Description: I get to go visit my tiny nephew in July (he lives in Oregon and I live in Tennessee, so I don't see him very often).  He'll be turning one (on Harry Potter's birthday!) and I want to make him something special to mark the occasion.  I'll be making a fabric alphabet book with an ocean creatures theme.
Week 1: Come up with an ocean creature for each letter of the alphabet.  Gather materials and draft patterns.
Week 2: Cut out all the bits and start piecing pages together.  I suspect I'll be doing a lot of applique and embroidery.
Week 3: Finish piecing and sewing each page.  Include the letter, animal name, and if I get really ambitious, a short fact about each animal.
Week 4: Assemble the completed pages.
Hopefully I can get it all finished by the time we leave, which is July 18th.
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9  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by Magpirate on: May 28, 2015 08:52:29 PM
Great projects, everybody!  ErinAquaheart, I LOVE the painting!  Congrats on the OWL, FiberAlchemist, it turned out really cute!  The pirate ship is adorable too, and those pen holders are brilliant.  Great job on all the fandom crafts, seeuudee, I'm sure your partner was thrilled!

I have a couple more class assignments of my own to turn in...

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - March
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name & Link: Wizard's Bookshelf Pendant
Brief Description: Early last year I was in the Geeky Swap, and one of the things I made my partner was a bookshelf necklace.  The one I sent was actually a second attempt, my first try came out wonky when I glued the shelves together.  I kept the wonky one and carved bits off the shelves to make them a little straighter, intending to make a bookshelf necklace for myself some day, and about a week ago I finally got around to doing that.  It's Ravenclaw themed.  Smiley
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Study of Ancient Runes class
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Strawberry Granola
Brief Description: My mom always stressed the importance of a good breakfast, and she would never buy sugary cereals.  I think she would approve of my homemade granola.
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3 cups oatmeal (old fashioned rolled oats, not the instant kind)
1/3 cup honey
2 tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt (optional)
1/2 cup almonds, chopped
1/2 cup dried strawberries (I dried my own - slice 1/4" thick, put on parchment-paper-lined baking sheet, bake at 200*F with oven door cracked for at least 2 hours, flip every hour until dry)

Preheat oven to 300*F.  Mix oatmeal, honey, butter, vanilla, and salt in a bowl until the oatmeal is evenly coated.  If you're using raw almonds, mix them in too - the kind I had were already roasted, so I put them in after the granola was cooked.  Spread the mixture in an even layer on a baking sheet, bake for 15 minutes, stir, then bake for another 10-15 minutes (you want it toasted but not burnt).  Let cool to room temperature and mix in your dried strawberries (and almonds, if they're not already in there).  Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Also, I have some OWL progress to report!  Not a lot, but some!  Two more pieces for my nerdy altered puzzle.  The first is based on Tamora Pierce's Tortall novels - there's a recurring character, a cat with purple eyes who is only seen when the constellation called "The Cat" does not appear in the sky.  The second is the Hogwarts crest.  I drew both of them and colored them with colored pencil (although technically the crest is a printout of a scan of my drawing - I had to resize it to fit better on the puzzle piece).

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10  Wizard's Bookshelf Pendant in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Magpirate on: May 28, 2015 07:30:52 PM

I've seen tiny bookshelf pendants like this on Pinterest and loved them, and I finally got around to making myself one.  Mine is Harry Potter themed, with scrolls and potion bottles on it as well as books, and an owl and a Ravenclaw scarf on top.

I carved the owl from a 1/4" square basswood dowel.  I left him attached to the stick while I painted him, since he would've been impossible to work on otherwise.  His coloring is modeled after a barred owl.

The bookcase itself is made from 1/16" thick basswood strips which I carved and sanded thinner so the shelves wouldn't look so chunky.  The top shelf has an inkwell (made from two seed beads), a quill pen (thick paper), and several rolls of parchment (thin paper tied with thread).  The middle shelf has books (bits of card stock wrapped with colored paper), a crystal ball (a silica gel bead from a desiccant packet [you know, the stuff that comes in little pouches marked "DO NOT EAT" when you buy new shoes], dipped in a blob of gold paint), and a magic wand (carved from a toothpick and painted).  The bottom shelf has more books and two potion bottles (the blue one was a mutant seed bead that was extra long and the green one is two seed beads stacked on top of each other, both with toothpick corks).

The whole thing is approximately this big:

I hope it doesn't fall apart when I wear it.  I'm a little nervous.  Undecided
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