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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Fall Semester Sept 1-November 30, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: September 23, 2015 03:28:08 PM
OK, now I have time to properly reply, LOL!

Samash90 All your pillows look so plump and lovely!  Nice work!!'

Magpirate  It sounds like you had a wonderful time!  Your packages are awesome!! You're going to make some people VERY happy. ^_^

Gaudiknight That project bag is so bright and happy!  I love it.  And those dresses are just darling. Smiley

Abbeeroad  I love all the corks you made!  Cool idea!  Did you find it hard to do a design on teh curved spoon?  It sure turne dout great!  ANd I love the necklace, too!

Fiberalchemist OMG that all looks so scrummy!

Elinorasweet  Your toofless is adorable!  Nice work! Smiley

And now I shall add to the projects!

Class: Bertie Botts - Mashed Potatoes
House: Houfflepouffe
S.P.E.W.: N/A
Project Description: These cosy boot toppers were made with love for my daughters to share. Smiley  They should help give a nice warm feeling during the upcoming cold winter months.
Project Pic:

Class: Defence Against the Dark Arts
House: Houfflepouffe
S.P.E.W.: N/A
Project Name: Chipotle Turkey Cannonballs
Project Description: We often refer to meatballs as cannonballs (a Swallows and Amazons thing) and today I made up this recipe.  They are tasty!!  I'm usually veg, but I ate one, too.

1 Package ground turkey (1 lb)
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
1 can chilpotle peppers in adobo sauce
1 egg
1 clove garlic, crushed
2-3 T chicken taco seasoning
a couple of handfuls of mashed potato flakes (this was because I didn't have oatmeal - worked great!)
2-3 smoke flavoured string cheese sticks cut into about 5 pieces each
olive oil for frying

Turn oven to 400
Chop 3 of the chilpotle peppers into little pieces and add to the turkey, along with the egg, taco seasoning and mashed potato flakes.
Squish it all up with your hands.  Cover the bottom of a frying pan with olive oil and set it to med high to get hot while you form the meat into balls with a chunk of string cheese inside each one. Pop the garlic into the oil and fry the meatballs with it for about 2 mins or until browned, then transfer to a glass baking dish.  Pour most of the adobo sauce into the tomato sauce and stir it up, then pour over the meatballs.  Leviosa the dish into the oven and bake for 10 mins.  DONE!

** This is spicy, so if you want to turn down the burn, you can use fewer peppers and less (or no) adobo sauce.**

Project Pic:
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Fall Semester Sept 1-November 30, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: September 23, 2015 09:54:25 AM
Oh wow!!  So much eye candy!  I'm just doing a flyby to post an O.W.L. change. Hopefully I'll pop back in later with updates. Smiley

I'm changing my previous  O.W.L. just slightly.  I started off making some fun things for my Sashas, but right now I'm really into crafting for my BJDs.  The Sashas will have to wait for the rest of their wardrobes.

OWL Subject & Option: Potions, Option 1 - Show off your ability to work with many ingredients by showcasing at least 3 different colors/pattern/textures.
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name:  Dolly Duds
Brief Description: After seeing all the lovely doll's clothes people have been making, I've been inspired to make some for the 3 Sasha dolls 2 BJDs I have.  I will be knitting, crocheting - and perhaps sewing if I find some great patts - 12 items of clothing and/or accessories for the dolls.  If I can crank out 3 items per week, I'll finish in 4 weeks, but realistically, it will probably take me longer than that.  I will be using a variety of materials, colours, and stitches, so I believe this fits the prompt nicely.

Read more: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438196.msg5294137#msg5294137#ixzz3ma75FciQ
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Fall Semester Sept 1-November 30, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: September 20, 2015 10:42:15 AM
Wow, MistressJennie!  ALl your beaded creations are so lovely!  I really like the idea of a scissors fob, too!  I'm always losing my wee scissors in my knitting bag, even though I made them a case (it's small, too, LOL!)  And that pie looks and sounds amazing! Oh, and STAR shaped keyrings!!  Awesome!  Love it all!

Elenorasweet  Eeeeeee!  Your Queen Elinore/bear is adorable!!  And that watercolour!  Wow!  You are talented!  I've always admired people who can do faces and expressions well.  That's amazing. Smiley  Your badger is HUFFLICIOUS! Too cute!!

Noodlebug  I love your excellent quilt blocks!  They're sooooooo cool! Smiley  And your hats are great!  They look super cozy, and I love how bright you're making them.  I bet they are going to be a big hit at the day centre amongst the other drab things! Cheesy

Class: History of Magic
House: Houfflepouffe
S.P.E.W. : N/A
Project Name: Sock it to me
Project Description:
We buy thin knee socks from the dollar store so we can hack off the feet and then my daughter and I use the leg part to put under our shinguards for soccer (otherwise the shinguards tend to make us rashy no matter how much we wash them.)  I thought that rather than throwing away the perfectly nice feet, I'd serge a rolled hem on the top to make ankle socks.  Alas.  I had my settings messed up and it just wasn't working as I'd envisioned.  However, my poor dolly (STILL waiting for the right name) had a sweater but no top, so I decided to make a "muslin" from the failed sock experiment.  I think I will still tweak the neck and hem for the next one, but overall I'm pleased with what I learned and how it worked out.  I lettuced the sleeve edges with a pink rolled hem, and added elastic (dollar store hair elastics with the metal cut off makes for great dolly-sewing elastic!)  Now she can wear something under her sweater, poor girl!
Project Pic:

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Fall Semester Sept 1-November 30, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: September 19, 2015 07:35:50 AM
I just remembered that I have an entry, LOL!

Class: CoMC / Iron Chef Hogwarts
House: Hufflepuff
S.P.E.W.: N/A
Project Name: Comforting Crockpot Curry
Project Description: My son had a nasty head cold and he LOVES curries, so it seemed like a good time to make this Thai curry in the crockpot.  I made a HUGE batch so we'd have leftovers, but you can scale it down.  The measurements don't matter much - it should all be to your own taste, but this will be a starting point or reference. Smiley

Thai Crockpot Curry (to feed an army)

3 Cans coconut milk (I used 2 regular and 1 light - any combo is fine)
6 chicken breasts
3/4 jar Thai Kitchen red curry paste
1 package tofu, cubed (optional - we have carnivores and vegetarians at our house)
2 ea green and red peppers, sliced into strips (really any combo of any colours is fine)
2 small onions, diced
Pinch of red pepper flakes (or more, if you like more spice - we like lots!)
1 package baby bella mushrooms, halved or quartered
salt and lime juice to taste (start with about 1/8 cup for this size - I ended up adding more, but we like it tart.)

Put all but the lime juice in the crockpot on high for at least 3 hours, or on low for 5 or 6.  Longer is fine.  I added the lime juice near the end because I was worried it might curdle the coconut milk if left in for the whole time.  I think I added it with about 1/2 an hour to go and there were no problems.  It might be fine to add it at the beginning, too.  Enjoy with rice!  You can eat it like a soup, too.


5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Fall Semester Sept 1-November 30, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: September 19, 2015 07:08:27 AM
So shiny!  Must be for a Big Damn Hero! Smiley
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Fall Semester Sept 1-November 30, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: September 09, 2015 04:13:36 PM
Awesome stuff, people!! 

I have a flyby class submission.   Smiley

Class: Arithmancy
House: Hufflepuff
S.P.E.W.: N/A
Project Name: Pumpkinhead Hat
Project Description: As we are studying curved lines in Arithmancy, I decided to make this doll-sized pumpkin hat with ribs.  I made it without a pattern, but found an infant pattern I could reference for basic ideas, then began the process of working, unworking and reworking this hat.  It made my head ache a bit, but I'm happy with the result!

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Fall Semester Sept 1-November 30, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: September 08, 2015 04:57:42 AM
Wow!  Great mittens, Whistlefish!  What's the yarn?  It's really pretty!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Fall Semester Sept 1-November 30, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: September 07, 2015 06:18:15 AM
Magpirate  I really love your Weasley picture.  It's very touching.

MistressJennie I think I'm going to make those cookies right after I'm done posting, LOL!  I have some nanners that need using, and boy do those look good!

Calliemae what an adorable toddler purse!  And the hat looks so cosy.  Hard to believe we'll be needing those soon!

Go, Whistlefish!!  Awesome pages!

edelC  You're making me want to make another batch (or 4) of soap!  Hmmmmm...  ^_^  That looks amazing, and I bet your whole house smelled great after that!  And a pomander on top of it all!  Lovely!  I'm so impressed with your stencil job.  I never would have know it was a salvaged "oopsie."  It turned out great!  And then the soup!  I have a ton of thyme in my garden.  I guess I know what to do with some of it!  Grin

Wow!  The semester is off to a great start!  Time for me to get busy!!

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Fall Semester Sept 1-November 30, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: September 03, 2015 11:19:09 AM
Wow! I'm getting super excited about this semester!  And we have 2 lovely new Hufflepuffs as well!!  WELCOME NORA AND LAUREN!!11!!1Eleventyone!one!!11!

I apologize for my scarcity at the end of last semester.  My oldest was getting ready to move into her dorm (1st time away for college O_O ) and we had a LOT of prep to do.  In addition, #2 started back to school and #3 started for the first time - they're both dual-enrolled in a HS/College program at a nearby college - so I was in freakout mode just a bit, LOL!  And now I only have 1 left to teach at home.  It's really, really weird.  So we have a holiday weekend, and then reality will hit full force. O_O

I'm looking forward to lots of crafting this semester!  I'll prolly be making stuff to send my girl at college, and lots more, too.  Cheesy

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester 2015 ~ CLOSED! on: September 03, 2015 10:15:49 AM
OMG!!  What a FABULOUS way to draw the names!!  I'm blown away!  I'm keeping that picture, too. ^_^  And then the fat quarters!!  Gorgeous icing on the superawesome cake! ^_^ 
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