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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: April 30, 2015 08:56:36 PM
elliot_anne, the guinea pig picture made me giggle.  Smiley

I nearly forgot it was the last day to turn this project in...

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress's Challenge - April
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Strawberry Patch Cover
Brief Description:  Inspired by our growing strawberries (and the desire to make sure they keep growing long enough to get ripe without being eaten by birds), I made this (hopefully) bird-proof cover to go over them.  I was also inspired by the  PVC pipe garden box cover that Netchez made, but instead of using pipe fittings to put together short pieces, I used three long pipes fitted over rebar stakes to make a half-cylinder cover.  I put 1/2" bird netting over the top and secured it with twist ties so we can pull it back when it's harvest time.
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Sorry it's so dark, hopefully you can tell what's going on.  I need to do some weeding...

In this one you can actually see the netting:
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: April 29, 2015 09:05:18 PM
Fantastic projects lately, everybody!  The baby Groot is so adorable, and those Strawberry Shortcake shoes turned out great!  I love all the tie-dye, too, and the Hunger Games hoop is really neat!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's - Mushroom
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Rosalee Portrait
Brief Description:  The TV show Grimm is based in part on German fairy tales collected by the Brothers Grimm.  My girlfriend requested a drawing of one of the characters, Rosalee, a fox-type creature called a Fuchsbau.
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I drew it on my girlfriend's back, so if the sight of a woman's bare back offends you, don't click here...

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - April
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Butterscotch Chip Cookies
Project Page Link: Recipe
Brief Description: One of my good friends from work recently got a new job, and I wanted to do something nice for her on her last day so I baked cookies.  I used the recipe linked above, except we only had half a bag of chocolate chips so I divided the dough and made a half-batch of chocolate chip and a half-batch of butterscotch chip cookies.  I baked the chocolate chip ones in the morning (and forgot to take a picture of those...) then came home at lunch and baked the butterscotch ones, so our house smelled wonderful all day long!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Unity
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Eggplant Parmesan
Project Page Link: Recipe
Brief Description: I've made this recipe before, but this time I made my own sauce too.  (Well, kind of - I started with raw tomatoes, but I cheated and used a packet of sauce mix instead of making it from scratch.)  It turned out a lovely shade of Gryffindor red, and the cheese baked up Gryffindor gold!
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3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Cross Stitched Plaid on: April 16, 2015 05:24:19 PM
Wow, that turned out really cool-looking!  I admire your patience.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: April 14, 2015 09:26:23 PM
Ooh, noodle-bug, the socks you made look gorgeous!  I love how they complement each other without being identical.  Lovely books, too!

Cute bee tin, pottermouth!  It's so bright and fun.  Smiley

Great job on the Hufflepuff scarf, Ant Bee!  Your husband sure looks like he's enjoying it!

Beautiful doll dresses, gaudiknight!  That space fabric is fantastic!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's - Red Apple
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Wolf Maze
Brief Description: For this Bean, I made a maze in honor of that classic fairy tale villain, the Big Bad Wolf.
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5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fake Swap Craftalong for Swap Junkies!!! 2015 on: April 12, 2015 10:23:46 AM
Fantastic costumes, Inselaeffchen!  They look great!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Wooden Chain *Tutorial added! Carve your own!* on: April 08, 2015 05:14:23 PM
Aww, thanks everybody!

what sort of tool do you use for carving?

I used a variety of tools for this project, mostly woodcarving knives (the two I own are both Flexcut brand, the Cutting Knife and the Detail knife; I also used several of my dad's carving knives that have smaller blades than mine do, at least one of which my dad made himself) and V-shaped carving gouges (pfeil brand palm tools are good).  If you're interested in taking up woodcarving, I recommend getting a knife that's made for carving rather than trying to use a pocketknife or craft knife.  Carving knives have short blades in proportion to the handle so you have a lot of control over where the blade goes, and they're generally sharp on the straight edge rather than on the curved edge.  Also the point of a carving knife won't break off as easily as the tip of an X-Acto blade.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: The Awesome Star Chandelier on: April 05, 2015 08:27:06 PM
Wow, Jennie, that is gorgeous!  I love the color scheme and the variety of shapes and styles of charms.  You have such a flair for making disparate elements work together.  Great job!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: March 30, 2015 05:27:25 PM
I finished my NEWT!  Yay!

NEWT Subject: Alchemy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Art Journal
Project Page Link: Yay again!
Brief Description: For my Alchemy NEWT, I used inks, paints, and dyes to transmute a variety of regular papers into art journal pages, which I bound together using single-sheet Coptic stitch and covered with outer-space fabric.
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9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: March 29, 2015 08:30:13 PM
Wow, Mistress Jennie, your weekender bag turned out great!  I love all the different fabrics.  The lavender sachet is cute and I bet it smells lovely.  It's sweet that your neighbor likes to give his wife jewelry, I'm sure she'll love the pendant, it's beautiful!

bluejanuary, the photo book is precious!  That little goat is just too adorable.  The Mario garland looks great, and I love the Hufflepuff banner!

Holy doughnuts, netchez!  Those look delicious!  I bet the fried things were tasty, too - if that makes you feel any better about the fact that they got eaten while you were cleaning...

midkiffsjoy, your mini pizzas look scrumptious.

AnnoyingBigSister, your cheesecake sounds wonderful!

AnnoyingLittleBrother, those ice-cream-covered brownies look so decadent.  It sounds like your family had quite a feast!

AugustBell, it looks like the Doctor Who lantern was worth all the waiting!  It turned out really well.

Ooh, pretty shiny shoes, J_Kieviet!  The glued-shut savings box is a great idea, I wish I could put a Permanent Sticking Charm on my bank account sometimes...  Your tiny elephant looks so pleased to be balanced on his egg!

I've got a bit of a project backlog...

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy Class
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Pi Bracelet
Brief Description: This beaded bracelet has a hidden meaning - the number of beads of each color correspond to the first twenty-five digits of pi: three red beads, then a black bead to represent the decimal point, then one orange bead, four yellow beads, etc.  (I couldn't find the pi-inspired friendship bracelet I made in a previous semester, and I needed something to wear to commemorate Ultimate Pi Day this year, so I made this one...)
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's - Cherry
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Pecan Brittle
Project Page Link: Recipe for Microwave Peanut Brittle
Brief Description: Pecan brittle is a nice, portable dessert that you can munch on while admiring the beauty of the cherry blossoms.  I used the peanut brittle recipe linked above and just substituted pecans for the peanuts, since that's what we had on hand.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures class
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Shepherd's Pie
Brief Description: Gnomes, with their lumpy bald heads, make me think of potatoes, so for my CoMC assignment I made a potato-based dish.
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1 lb. ground beef
1/2 medium onion
1 1/2 cup frozen peas
10-12 baby carrots
3 small potatoes
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 packet shepherd's pie filling mix
butter (optional, for the mashed potatoes)

Pre-heat oven to 400*F.  Peel and chop your potatoes and put them on the stove to boil.  Mince the onion and chop the carrots.  Brown your ground beef with the onion.  Drain off any excess fat and add the garlic powder, filling mix, and 1/4 cup of water.  Bring that to a boil, add the peas and carrots, and simmer for about five minutes.  While that's going on, drain your potatoes and mash them (with some butter if you feel like it).  Pour the beef mixture into a casserole dish and spread the mashed potatoes on top.  Bake for 25 minutes, pull it out and sprinkle the cheese on top, and bake for another 5 minutes.  Eat!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination Class
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Daisies Etched Charm
Project Page Link: Etching Tutorial
Brief Description: I was born in April, so my birth flower is the daisy.  I made an etched metal charm in honor of this cheerful flower.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress's Challenge - March
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Discworld
Brief Description: Terry Pratchett's Discworld is a flat planet balanced on the backs of four giant elephants, which are in turn balanced on the back of an enormous turtle who swims through space.  I made this model of Discworld out of craft foam.
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10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fake Swap Craftalong for Swap Junkies!!! 2015 on: March 29, 2015 07:41:26 AM
Bushbaby, that shawl is absolutely gorgeous!  You did a great job!

I haven't been a very good partner to myself, I've had my swap item for days and I'm only just now getting around to posting pictures...  Here's the art journal I made for me for the Be Awesome (Redux) Swap.

It's full of different kinds of fun paper - the page on the left is two sheets of handmade paper I received in a swap many many years ago, and the one on the right is a background page I prepared with watercolor.

I also added pages for storing things - here's an envelope page and a card holder sheet for ATCs.

I took so many pictures of this journal it's a little ridiculous.  Have some more!

Now that that fake swap is over, I'd like to fake-join another one!

My name is Magpirate
I am joining the Craft My Fandom Swap
I will make one small, one medium, and one large item (most likely for the fandoms of Doctor Who, Harry Potter, and Discworld)
They are due by April 22, 2015
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