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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: November 30, 2016 10:04:44 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress Challenge - Broomstick
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Journal
Brief Description: I've been a weird combination of stressed out and apathetic lately, and I've heard that writing down your feelings can help to process them and promote useful action.  I made this journal as a place to do just that.  I'm hoping that getting my thoughts down on paper will get them out of my head so I can sleep better and be less anxious...

I used fancy resume paper, leather, and long stitch binding.
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2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Zipper Critters...with tut. Very pic heavy on: November 11, 2016 11:58:52 AM
Aww, they're super cute!  Thanks for the tutorial!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: November 10, 2016 09:49:53 PM
Nice job on the shoes, AnnoyingBigSister, they look fantastic!

LOVE the Dalek fabric, edelC!  Beautiful work on the stamp.  The shirt made me giggle.  Smiley  Also I adore the little robot, and that quilt is just gorgeous.

Holy cow, patty_o_furniture, the craft room clean looks like it was quite the undertaking!  Great job!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo - Tattoine
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Love, Peace, and Fishies Cupcakes
Brief Description: Baking is one of the things that helps me when I'm stressed or upset, and I have been a lot of both this week.  So I made a lot of cupcakes.
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4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: November 08, 2016 05:39:46 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees - Icicles
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Election Day Snacks
Brief Description: So today is Election Day here in the USA, and I'm SUPER nervous about the outcome.  My girlfriend and I agreed that we wouldn't follow the progress of the presidential election (there will be plenty of time to stress about it after it's all over!) but I couldn't help making a few goodies in honor of the occasion.  I made Jell-o stars and patriotic shots, both of which required boiling for some time - you mix boiling water with the Jell-o powder, and I made my own version of grenadine by boiling a 1-to-1 mixture of cranberry juice and sugar until the sugar dissolved.  (The other two layers of the shot are blue curacao and white rum.)
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5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: November 07, 2016 06:17:38 AM
I'm sorry to hear about your scrapbook misprint, jenleahlynn!  Sad  Hopefully they'll get it fixed for you soon.

Adorable doll clothes, as always, gaudiknight!  I love the last one in particular, it's very autum-y.

Nice re-purpose of the sweater, Antidigger!  I'm sure your insoles will keep your toes cosy.  I really like the notice boards, too!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Defense Against the Dark Arts class
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Makeshift Chicken Pot Pie
Brief Description: It occurred to me after I made this that most people don't bother with the bottom crust and just put a top crust on their pot pies...

refrigerated pie crust (just one)
chicken breast
1 can mixed veggies
1 can chicken broth
1/2 small onion, chopped
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder

Set your pie crust out to warm to room temperature.  Preheat oven to 450*F.  Boil a chicken breast until it's done (usually 15 to 20 minutes).  Drain the mixed veggies and put them in a bowl with the can of chicken broth, onion, and spices and mix it all together.  When the chicken is done, shred it into the bowl.  Mix in a tablespoon of water from the chicken pot at a time until it's the consistency you want.  Unroll the pie crust and line an 8"x10" baking dish with it.  Cut off and save the excess.  Pour in the chicken mixture and piece together the crust bits on top.  Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees - Bells
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Calzone-ish
Brief Description: This was a "let's see what I can make with whatever odds and ends we've got because I don't want to go shopping" kind of dish.  I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but as soon as my girlfriend walked in the door she went "It smells amazing in here!"  It ended up being delicious, too, appealing to both smell and taste.

2/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
5 sticks of string cheese, chopped into small bits (or you could use shredded mozzarella)
1 large bratwurst, chicken/spinach/feta flavor, also chopped into small bits
1 tablespoon Highlands Italian Cheese Sprinkle spice mix from Savory Spice in Franklin (optional, but OMG that stuff's tasty)
1 refrigerated pie crust

Set out your pie crust to warm to room temperature.  Preheat oven to 450*F.  Mix all your ingredients (except the pie crust) together.  Lay out the pie crust on a pizza stone and pile the cheese mixture onto half of it.  (I actually got nervous and took part of the mixture out because I wasn't sure if it would fit, but once it baked it all fell down flat so I think it would've worked out if I'd squished everything in a bit.)  Fold the other half over the top and pinch the edges together.  Flatten with a fork to make it pretty.  Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Dipping Sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon parsley
1 can tomato sauce

Heat the olive oil and spices in a pan over low heat for 2-3 minutes.  Add the tomato sauce and cook, stirring occasionally, until your calzone comes out of the oven (or until warm).

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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies class
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Painted Pennies
Brief Description: Inspired by the Muggle saying "It's better to give than to receive," I painted these pennies to leave in small Geocaches that don't have any trade items in them.  It's always more exciting to find caches with goodies in than ones with just a log book to sign, so we like to add a penny to log-only caches when we can.

I used acrylic paint and painted each one white before adding the stripes, since not all of my colors are completely opaque.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Study of Ancient Runes class
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Minecraft Cake
Brief Description: My girlfriend's nephew runs our Minecraft server, and it was his birthday last week so Kim wanted to do something special for him.  She came up with the idea of a virtual cake with a maze inside, and I came up with the design.  We both helped build it.  It took a LOT of thought and concentration first to come up with a maze design that would work in Minecraft (since I had to consider the fact that the walls as well as the passageways were a block wide) and then to translate that 2-D maze into the 3-D world of the game.  At the end of the maze I made a room that plays the Happy Birthday song (on redstone-powered note blocks) when you walk in, and a chest containing a cake (a food item in Minecraft) and a card that I made using a book & quill.  Also when he flipped the lever to open the door to go out, it started a fireworks show.
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In progress

Finished product (the sign on the wall where the slice is cut out says "Hope your birthday is a-MAZE-ing!")
6  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Halloween cookies on: November 01, 2016 05:31:11 PM
Those are lovely!  I especially like the spiderweb ones, and the mummies are so cute.  Great job!
7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: My first amigurumi - Pokemon on: November 01, 2016 05:26:34 PM
Aww, those guys are adorable!  You did a great job!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: November 01, 2016 04:52:07 PM
Welcome to Ravenclaw, Antidigger!  Great job on the raven diorama, and I love the little knit bags!

OMG patty_o_furniture, your hamster ball game is just too cute.  Congrats on the NEWT!

Naantje, congratulations on your pregnancy!  I have zero personal experience with making/wearing maternity clothes, but this blog looks like a pretty good resource.  They have some sewing patterns, and instructions for how to alter items from your current wardrobe.  Also here are ten free maternity patterns that are pretty cute.  Best of luck!

FiberAlchemist, those brownies look scrumptious!

Great costume, Abbeeroad, and your Pikachu pumpkin is awesome!

Ant Bee, you've really worked some magic with your breakfast porch, it looks so much more open and inviting in that last picture.  I'm sure it will be a lovely crochet space!  Also, fabulous job on the Halloween snacks!  I, too, would like to see pictures of your Netflix costume.  Smiley

Beautiful work on the coloring page, seeuudee!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder - Prague
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Flower Garden
Brief Description: I'm not 100% sure I understand what does and does not constitute Bohemian style, but a quick Google search brought up pictures of clothes that appeared to be inspired by nature, with lots of colors and patterns like leaves and flowers.  I also took inspiration from nature for this flower garden (with butterfly) that I drew on my girlfriend's back.
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[cut for naked lady back! you've been warned]

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress's Challenge - Put A Pumpkin On It!
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Bat Jack-o'-Lantern
Project Page Link: Pattern from here
Brief Description: This year I went with a cute, simple pumpkin-carving design.  Adorabat!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic class
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Black Cat Cookies
Brief Description: For my HoM assignment, I focused on transforming standard Oreo cookies into black cats for the Halloween party at my work.  I used chocolate chips for ears, M&Ms for eyes, and the white tips of candy corn for noses, and I stuck everything together with chocolate frosting and drew details with black gel icing.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions class
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Zombie Pit
Brief Description: Dead things freak me out, and I would rather die outright than become a zombie, so my Boggart would probably be a zombie coming to infect me.  I'd Riddikulus it into a cage to make it harmless, and an absurd costume to make it amusing.

The pallet I used for this project looked way too new, so I tried an aging technique I found a few places online - take a pad of steel wool and pull it apart into a bowl, then cover it with a good amount of vinegar and let it sit for a few hours or overnight (the longer you let it sit, the darker your wood will get).  Paint the vinegar onto untreated wood to give it that gray, aged patina.  It works great, as long as you don't mind the smell!
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And just for fun, here's my knight costume that I wore to work on Halloween:

My girlfriend wanted to wear the cloak with her Crypt Creature mask to scare trick-or-treaters, and the chainmail was freakin' HEAVY, so when I got home I switched careers and became a pirate instead!  Smiley
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Hamster Hazards Carnival Game on: October 31, 2016 05:47:01 PM
That's awesome!  Great job on the painting, and I love all the different hazards!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: October 31, 2016 06:39:15 AM
Quick post before work so I don't forget and miss the deadline...

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress's Challenge - Wand
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Boot Covers
Brief Description: I shop at Goodwill way more often than I shop at any other clothing stores, and sometimes I come across some real gems.  The last time I was there, I discovered a fabulous pair of pants, with a plaid front and a back made out of a leatherette PVC material.  Alas, they were far too small for me, but I knew they had potential for crafting - each PVC leg half was a long, unbroken piece of material with just a small dart at the top and no pockets.  It turned out they were perfect for boot covers to turn my anachronistic motorcycle boots into something that just might work with my knight costume.  I made the boot covers in two pieces, with lacing up the back and fold-over tops that are tied on separately.  Sorry the photos are wonky, it's hard to take pictures of your own leg...
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