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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ on: July 14, 2016 06:39:29 AM
Yeah, and I've been tweaking it for AGES, and I'm ready to just get it out the door so I can work on some of the other ones brewing in my head. Tongue  I've found the publisher I want to submit to (DAW), written my cover letter, and have been going a little nutso trying to make sure that my manuscript is formatted in industry standard, but also matches any little differences required by the publisher.

Embarrassing admission: I started writing so long ago that my entire manuscript has double spaces after the periods.  Also, you used to underline words that are to be italicized, but now you just italicize them. They say the spaces aren't a make it or break it thing, but I'm going through the whole thing on a final pass and taking out the extra spaces (hence the eye strain, LOL!), making sure my indents are tabbed (they weren't, originally), italicizing the underlines, and checking for any other little things.

TBH some houses don't want tabbed indents (digitally), but I'm writing in LibreOffice, and they take a hard copy at DAW, so it's OK.  If I have to convert to Word later and un-tab, I'll throw myself off that bridge when I come to it. ^_^  At least at that point it will have been accepted and I won't have to stress so much.

I'm so paranoid that some little thing I do wrong in formatting or in the cover letter will make the editor not even read the manuscript, but I've reached the point where it's do or die.

Another embarrassing admission: I do have some stories published as "Everica May", but this is one a real book, not smut.

Sorry for the OT!  Back to the regularly scheduled crafting! Cheesy
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ on: July 13, 2016 07:55:09 PM
Great dye projects, Abbeeroad!  I'll have to try those S'mores-cones, it looks like they'd be a lot less messy to eat than the traditional kind!

Moonflame, I love the little grimoire, and the Frozen play set is super cute!  Did you use styrofoam pellets for the snow?

Pretty much - it's actually the dollar store's version of "floam", so you can actually build with it! Smiley

OMG, that Loki is AWESOME, @fatewineroses Cheesy

I'm in awe of all your projects, guys!

My eyes are not working well enough for detailed comments, because I've been getting my novel manuscript (yes, I wrote a book!) into final proper format for submission to an editor.  I'm stressing out, but also really happy to be closing this chapter (ha) of a long project.  I'll let you guys know if when it gets accepted. ^_^
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ on: July 11, 2016 09:56:06 AM
OK, here's a flyby HUGE project dump, guys.  Sorry.  I hope to have time to comment more later!  

House: Hufflepuff
S.P.E.W.: N/A
Project Name:Bed for Cu-Poche
Project Description:While studying the sun, I learned that the temperature at the centre reaches about 27,000,000 Fahrenheit (15,000,000 Celsius)  While working with my hot glue gun is a bit hazardous, and can burn my fingers, fortunately, it's nowhere near that hot.  I utilised my hot glue gun quite a lot while making this.  My first attempt was too large, and I didn't like the gold-paper covered foam board head and footboards, so I disassembled it and used most of the pieces to make this.
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House: Hufflepuff
S.P.E.W.: N/A
Project Name:Bedding for Cu-Poche
Project Description:In studying boundaries for charms, I decided to make a contrasting outline stitch on the sheet for this bedding.  I also learned a bit more about boundaries while making the pillowcase to contain the pillow.
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House: Hufflepuff
Class:Detention in the Dungeons -- June
S.P.E.W.: N/A
Project Name:Dress for Cu-Poche
Project Description:I made this light and airy dress for my Cu-Poche girl.  The top is crocheted from mohair and I added some light lace to the bottom.
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House: Hufflepuff
Class:Detention in the Dungeons -- July
S.P.E.W.: N/A
Project Name:Dolly Grimoire
Project Description: I hand stitched some signatures from parchment and then stitched a cover to hold them.  I had to wait to get the pentacle charms from China, though, so I finally got to finish this when my packet arrived.
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House: Hufflepuff
S.P.E.W.: N/A
Project Name:Frozen Playset
Project Description:When I cast my runes, the first one I pulled was Isa, the Ice Rune.  This can symbolise stagnation, but the good news is that with perseverance, this can be overcome.  When I finished this, Anna's cloak caused the lid to stay open and I was at an impasse.  But then I came up with the solution of using an elastic band to close it, and securing a snowflake badge (which I also made) to make it cuter.
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House: Hufflepuff
Class:History of Magic
S.P.E.W.: N/A
Project Name: Patient 'Puff Snacks
Project Description:Patient is NOT something that describes me as a Hufflepuff, but I would like it to be, so I've been working on it.  Crafting has really helped me with this!  This project required a LOT of patience because I had to wait for the cupcakes to dry before I could work on the frosting, and I had to be very patient, indeed, to sculpt the frosting, working and reworking it, and also when placing the tiny microbead sprinkles.
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House: Hufflepuff
Class:Muggle Studies
S.P.E.W.: N/A
Project Name: After-sports Snacks
Project Description: When learning about Muggle children's Soccer/Football, I found that many teams like to have someone bring a snack for the kids after they play.  With that in mind, I crafted these tiny cupcakes and muffins.
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House: Hufflepuff
Class:Study of Ancient Runes
S.P.E.W.: N/A
Project Name:Dollar Store Furniture Hack
Project Description:For this class, I focused on the rune Laguz, which has been described as the "ultimate feminine rune."  I started with a plain, unfinished piece of dollhouse furniture (first pic shows another piece I got in the same style.)  I sanded and cut away lumpy glue spots and rough edges and used pliers to pull out the wooden knobs.  Then I mixed a shade of pale pink paint and painted the piece itself, as well as some wooden popsicle sticks which I then cut and placed over the less-than-even drawer fronts. Finally, I threaded crystal beads onto gold headpins, cut off the excess pin, and glued the new "knobs" to the drawers.
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4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ on: June 29, 2016 12:50:00 PM

I'm actually in the UP! A group I follow on Facebook posted that Metro Detroit Share could use donations. Smiley

Oh, da UP, eh?  OK, so we're in the same state, but about as far apart as it's possible to get, LOL!  It sure is pretty up there!  We came through there on the way home from WI last year because there was terrible construction in Chicago and we wanted to try something different.  It was our first time going over the bridge. Smiley 
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ on: June 27, 2016 07:52:28 PM
Oh, wow, @jellybean89, I'm in the Detroit Metro area, too!

Class: SoAR
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Cu-poche dress
Project Description: This term, I studied WUNJO--Joy, hope, & harmony. It wards off woe and sorrow so that the abundant gifts of the multiverse have no trouble bestowing themselves upon you.  I ordered a Cu-Poche Anne doll with my b-day $ from hubby, and have been SO excited waiting for her.  I crafted most of this while waiting for her with great hopes, then finished it with much joy when she arrived today.  It's hard to tell from this pic, but the top is crocheted, and the bottom is fabric and lace.  It closes in back with velcro and a ribbon tie.
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6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ on: June 25, 2016 09:31:32 AM
Hey guys!  So much awesome stuff. Cheesy  HUFFLES, I'm waiting on one more addy, but I'm going to go ahead and mail the rest on Monday whether I have the addy yet or not.  I will get addresses and info to the other prize mailers this weekend.

OWL Subject & Option : Potions, Option 1 - Show off your ability to work with many ingredients by showcasing at least 3 different colors/pattern/textures.
Project Name: Dolly Duds
Brief Description: I used a variety of materials and techniques to create some clothes for my BJDs.  
Project Picture: Here's a collage, though I made even more items not pictured or counted (not happy with them.) My proposal was to create 12 items. Here you see: Skirt and shawl, a circular shawl and crazy tights, pleated skirt, shawl and socks, undies, dress, sweater, knitted shrug and sweater (I think this dress may have been used for another project, so I'm not counting it just in case), another sweater and a sweater-dress.

Whew!  It took me much longer than anticipated.  I think next time I embark on a project like that, it will be a NEWT proposal!

Challenge: Floo Powder
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Happy Planner Accessories
Project Description: After ogling Happy Planners for quite some time, I finally took a coupon to Hobby Lobby and got one!  I scored the ONLY peony one in the store. Grin  Then I set to work playing with it.  I made a fun Alice-in-Wonderland themed charm for it, which I love!  I also took some laminated cards I'd tried out for another planner and gave them a makeover and punched and cut "mushroom" holes so they'd pop in and out of my planner.  The Little Twin Stars sticker is one I've had since I was about 8 years old.  It has precious memories for me, so I decided to laminate it to some cardstock so it couldn't get hurt.  I found some GREAT washi tape in my stash that goes with the sticker border really well, and added some little diary stickers (clouds, sun, "fly high") and made this so I can use it as a bookmark that holds a few Hello Kitty sticky notes for easy use.
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Class: Flying
House: Huffelpuff
Project Name: Tiny Star Dolly Plush
Project Description: I adore tiny hummingbirds, and decided to go with the size option for this class.  This star is 2.5" x 2.5" and was super fun to make.  I cut a star shape from a magic eraser (I got 50 for I think under $5 at Aliexpress) and then I needle-felted wool roving around/into it.  So.  Much.  Fun. Smiley  If you want to watch a fun, related tute, Maqaroon does a bunch.
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7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ on: June 20, 2016 10:09:43 PM
@moonflame: I love your sushi charm, it's so adorable! I'm zooming in on the picture to see how is made and I can't figure it out. Is it yarn?

Thank you!  It's felt that you make a lot of snips in.  There's a tutorial here,(the sushi starts at 28 seconds) and I just made a smaller one. Smiley

OMG that pouch is adorable!!!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ on: June 16, 2016 04:36:08 PM
Class: DADA
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Charming Sushi Clip
Project Description: In studying the aquatic environment of the Grindylow, I bunnytrailed onto underwater plants, and from there to seaweed and its many uses.  My fave use of seaweed to date is SUSHI!!!  I crafted this sushi planner charm on a clip in the course of my DADA studies.
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9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ on: June 14, 2016 05:05:24 AM
GREAT picture, @AnnoyingBigSister! Cheesy 

@Midkiffsjoy, I love that visible mending.  Cool!

I tried to PM both of you, but I may have failed.  Can you check and see if it came through?
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ on: June 11, 2016 06:44:08 PM
EEEeeeeee!  Now I need a cute, dressable owl! XD
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