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1  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by DragonChilde on: April 24, 2015 02:21:10 PM
I'm finally ready to turn in my first assignment. Biology and chemistry are turning out to be rather difficult this week.

Class: Herbology
SPEW: N/A
House: SLYTHERIN
Project Name: Strawberry Cheesecake
Project Page Link: Here's a link to the original recipe that I modified: LINK
Brief Description: Since my grandma died, I've become the default dessert maker for family gatherings. Usually I make pies but this year the hostess requested that I bring a cheesecake to Easter dinner. Easter is in and of itself a holiday that is about rebirth and the recipe also requires eggs which have also been considered symbols of rebirth.

The recipe was originally for a raspberry swirl cheesecake but I was told that someone else was bringing a raspberry cheesecake, so I use strawberries instead. I used farm fresh eggs and they yielded a really soft cheesecake so next time I think I'll bake it a bit longer and resign myself to covering up a cracked top. I made a strawberry and blueberry topping for it as well.

The Recipes - Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake

for the crust:
1 c. finely ground graham crackers
2 T. unsalted butter, melted
2 T.  sugar

for the strawberry puree:
6 oz. strawberries
2 T. sugar
red food coloring

for the cream cheese filling:
32 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
1-1/2 c. sugar
pinch of salt
1 tsp. vanilla
4 large eggs, at room temperature

also needed:
boiling water for the hot water bath

Preheat oven to 350. Wrap the exterior of a 9″ springform pan, including the base, with a double layer of foil. Set aside.

For the crust, stir together cracker crumbs, melted butter, and 2 tablespoons sugar in a medium bowl. Press crumb mixture firmly onto bottom of pan. Bake until set, about 10 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack. Reduce oven temperature to 325.

Heat water for the hot water bath (to prevent cracking). Set a medium pot of water on the stove to boil.

Prepare the strawberry puree by processing strawberries in a food processor until smooth, about 30 seconds. Pass puree through a fine sieve into a small bowl, to remove most of the seeds. Discard the solids. Whisk in the 2 tablespoons sugar and a few drops of food coloring, set aside.


Berry Topping

Strawberries
Blueberries
Sugar

Cut your strawberries into bite-sized pieces. Toss with blueberries and sprinkle with sugar (to taste, I don't use very much). Refrigerate overnight, shake topping before using.
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2  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by DragonChilde on: February 25, 2015 03:36:59 PM
Wow, this term has been really lacking on crafts... I'm embarrassed to say this is the first assignment I am turning in.

(On a side note, I ordered a Ravenclaw Pride bracelet from our Headmistress Mistress Jennie for my little sister this past Christmas and she loves it! I do have to say that I was awed by her work up close. The charms have held up really well despite the fact that she wears it almost every day.)

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
SPEW: n/a
House:Slytherin
Project Name: TBR Stars in a Jar
Project Page Link (if available): None
Brief Description: On long journeys, I like to pass the time reading. Only, I have a hard time picking the next book off the enormous list of things I want to read. So I made a TBR jar. Each of the stars in the cup is made from a strip of paper with the author and title of a bunch of books on my TBR list. The idea is that I can shake up the cup and draw out a star to pick my next book. Here's instructions on how to make the little stars: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-Japanese-Lucky-Stars/?ALLSTEPS. I used strips of paper that were 11 in X 1/2 in. The cup contains 65 stars at the moment. Some of the stars are books I have on my nook, some are books on my bookshelf at home, and some are books I don't own (the ones I don't own are on suspend holds at the library, hopefully by the time I draw out the title I'll be first in line). The contents of the jar will be ever changing, as I add more stars and read more books. There is a pair of small clear vases at home that will probably end up being the permanent homes for the stars but since I'm at school, they're in this cup.
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Don't mind the poor quality of the picture, my little sister broke my camera and so I had to use my computer to take it.
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3  Re: Back to Hogwarts 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by DragonChilde on: October 21, 2014 10:22:13 AM
You guys have already seen the package I got from dinkime but as she mentioned, the fairy potion kit broke en route and so I had to recreate it. I had a lot of fun with it! The jar belonged to my great-great-grandmother and the clear faceted stones are my own addition. The clear stones belonged to my grandma and I added them because my jar is larger than the jar dinkime originally used.









Also, I don't think dinkime mentioned this but the Morsmodre hoop was her first try at embroidery. I think she did a fantastic job! I adore it! It is already hanging above my desk at home.
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4  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by DragonChilde on: September 22, 2014 11:14:23 PM
Finally getting a chance to post with some projects. I'm doing a bit better now. I've moved into my dorm room and so had there have only been two issues (but no roommate issues, thank Merlin). The Slytherin common room and Astronomy Tower should be updated soon (I think I finally figured out a good spreadsheet format for the Slytherin house points) but I'm too tired to deal with that now.

Class/Challenge/House Pride:Alchemy
SPEW: N/A
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Rose and pistachio shortbread
Project Page Link: None
Brief Description: Both Venus and Aphrodite are associated with love, as are rose petals and pistachios. I made some (delicious) shortbread that contains both of these ingredients and charmed the snacks for self love. They went to a friend in a swap that I organized on Tumblr.
Recipe: (The recipe comes from the book Cooking with Flowers by Miche Bacher which is a fantastic book, I can't wait to own a copy)
Ingredients
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flower
1/2 cup rice flower
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (two sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons finely ground pistachios
1 tablespoon rose water
1/4 cup rose petals

Procedure
1) Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a 9-inch square pan with foil and place a square of parchment over the bottom of the pan. Lining the pan with foil and parchment makes it easy to remove the shortbread form the pan while it's still hot.
2) Sift flours and salt together three times.
3) With a mire on medium-high speed, cream butter for 2 minutes or until smooth. Slowly beat in sugar until it is fully integrated. Mix in half the flour. Add pistachios, rose water, and rose petals. Turn mixer to low speed and beat in the remaining flour, being careful not to over mix.
4) Press dough into prepared pan, again very gently. Bake for about 50 minutes, until lightly golden brown on top. Remove shortbread form pan and cut it into 1 1/2 inch squares. Spread shortbread squares on a packing sheet and bake them for about 5 minutes more until the edges are a little golden. This shortbread can be stored for up to 10 days in a tin or foil-lined container.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures
SPEW: N/A
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Herb flower shortbread
Project Page Link: None
Brief Description: This is another shortbread that I made for my friend on Tumblr. This one contains the unusual combination of savory and sweet and is also very delicious. My little brother loved it (he was very sad that I was going to ship out most of it).
Recipe: (This recipe also comes from the book Cooking with Flowers by Miche Bacher)
Ingredients
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flower
1/2 cup rice flower
1 cup (two sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon flaky sea salt
1 tablespoon lemon zest
4 tablespoon herb flowers (whatever you have on hand. I used borage, calendula, sage, and mint)
Procedure
1) Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a 9-inch square pan with foil and put a square of parchment on the bottom. It might seem redundant to use both foil and parchment to line the pan, but for this recipe it makes good sense if you want to 'double-bake' it in step 4.
2) Sift flours together twice. Beat butter with a mixer on medium speed for at least 3 minutes, until light and creamy. Slowly add sugar with the mixture on low speed. Scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure it's all in.
3) Stir salt, lemon zest, and herb flowers into flour mixture. Gently work into flour mixture, being careful not to over mix. (This ensures a light, buttery shortbread.)
4) Press batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 50 minutes, or until the top is golden brown. At this point you can let it cool, slice it, and serve. Or, for a crisp, crunchy shortbread, let it cool for about 10 minutes, slice it into 1 1/2 by 2 inch rectangles (which leaves a little left over for the chef to nibble on), spread it out on a foil-lined baking sheet, and put it back in the oven for 10 minutes to brown the edges. (I chose to cut this shortbread into triangles.)
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This shortbread turned out to be a little flaky (probably because I didn't mix it well enough) but it was still very good.


Edit: I forgot to add that I have made some progress on my NEWT lately (I got all the way through writing out the Major Arcana of the tarot section). My NEWT is crossed out on the front page and I was wondering if that meant anything... Also, I would like to cancel my current transfiguration OWL. While I liked the idea at first, the project I proposed turned out not to be possible.
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5  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by DragonChilde on: August 28, 2014 11:43:29 AM
Finally getting a chance to turn in some assignments. Sorry for being so lame this term.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
SPEW: N/A
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Meditation on the ocean
Project Page Link: none
Brief Description: My class work for Alchemy this term has two pieces. The first is a meditation bottle and the second is a portable ocean. The Meditation bottle is made of colored water, glue, and glitter and the portable ocean is a mixture of oil and water.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Appiration
SPEW: N/A
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Flower necklace
Project Page Link: none
Brief Description: This necklace doesnt look like any specific part of the human body but when worn it hangs lightly asymmetrically reminding us that humans arent perfectly symmetrical, only passably so.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
SPEW: N/A
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Planets
Project Page Link: none
Brief Description: The number nine. Once the muggles considered there to be nine planets in our solar system but that is no longer the case. Some of us still remember all nine of the planets. This glow-in-the-dark mobile pays tribute to all nine celestial objects.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronmy
SPEW: N/A
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Graduation Cap
Project Page Link: none
Brief Description: So I graduated (from High School) at the beginning of this summer and I decided to decorate my cap. As you can see, the cap is covered in glow-in-the-dark stars and small LED lights (I had the only light up cap). Not only does the cap depict a section of the night sky, it also references one of my favorite quotes; He looked at his own Soul with a telescope. What seemed all irregular, he saw and showed to be beautiful constellations, and he added to the consciousness hidden worlds within worlds. -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Notebooks
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: CoMC
SPEW: N/A
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Felt Fox
Project Page Link: none
Brief Description: This project represents none other than a red fox.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Unity
SPEW: N/A
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Altered tin
Project Page Link: none
Brief Description: I made this tin for my partner in the altered tin swap. The sparkles on the top of the tin shift from silver to gold in sunlight. When the sparkles are gold, the tin is red and gold (Gryffindor colors) and the shift from silver (a Slytherin color) to gold (Gryffindor) reminds us that we might be in different houses but we really are quite similar.
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I hope all these descriptions make sense.
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6  Astronomy Tower in Craftalongs by DragonChilde on: August 28, 2014 08:16:35 AM
Hello and welcome to Astronomy, this term we will be taking a step back from focusing on specific aspects of the night sky. It is a pleasure to have you all here and I can't wait to see what crafty magic the Heavens inspire in you.

Completed Coursework: I was lucky enough to procure an old Muggle astronomy book and this is where our assignment for the semester comes from.  What we study in Astronomy consists of things that we know. The truth my dear students, is that there is still so much we DON'T know about the night sky. We know more now than we ever have before but there is still so much to learn. This term you must tackle something unknown. Whether this means learning a new craft technique or researching some aspect of the night sky you don't know and making something inspired by it or tackle the unknown in some other way I leave up to you. Just make sure that you explain how you tackled the unknown when you turn in your assignment.

Gryffindor



Hufflepuff



Ravenclaw


Slytherin



Advanced Studies *Note that only advanced study projects completed during the current term will be displayed under the completed OWL and NEWT headers*
Proposed OWLs: Option 1-Craft a star chart.  Option 2-Interpret the solar system into a craft.  Option 3-It is believed that we can only see 5% of the universe, the rest is made up of Dark Matter and Dark Energy which is invisible to us. Create something where at first glance you can only see a small portion, but when you look closer you can find the rest of the details.

Hufflepuff
BringMeKnitting8 ~ June 11, 2014

Ravenclaw
Magpirate ~ June 14, 2014

Slytherin
lighthighlisa teaandcraft ~ Sept 3, 2012

Completed OWLs

Proposed NEWTs: Students should demonstrate knowledge of the celestial heavens.
Gryffindor
MamanTattoo ~ Proposed: April 7, 2014

Completed NEWTs
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7  Re: Mini Altered Tin Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by DragonChilde on: July 06, 2014 10:37:29 AM
I received from Ramona Q the other day and prepare to be jealous.
The outside of the tin is covered in birch bark and moss






And the inside has a butterfly, a besom, a little jar of lavender, two birch bark covered books, and a little mushroom on a pin

The besom, jar, books, and mushroom are all removable

Thanks so much Ramona Q! I love it. (I can't wait to get a mini easel to display it)
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8  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by DragonChilde on: May 31, 2014 08:56:59 PM
I also have a few last minute projects to turn in.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: From Electrial supplies to craft supplies
Project Page Link: none
Brief Description: Like the phoenix, electrical wire was rebirthed into copper wire for crafting and then rebirthed again into jump rings and various connectors for chains.
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From this -

To this -

To this -


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Wonderful Pomegranate
Project Page Link: none
Brief Description: We took a road trip to a nursery where I got to pick out my very own pomegranate tree. The trip should have taken around four hours but instead it took 10! In those ten hours we looked at a three-teated goat, were left high and dry by our navigation system (thank the gods for good signage), and got to be first responders to a motorcycle accident (the cyclists walked away and was, mostly, fine). This pomegranate will remind me of this wacky adventure with people I love for years to come
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: CoMC
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Mjolnir
Project Page Link: none
Brief Description: This is this first piece of jewelry that I have sold to someone Im not related to! Hooray!  The piece has four colors (copper, silver, purple, and black) and two patterns (the crescent moon and the stars)
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: March Detention (AND CoMC May Extra Credit)
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Bracelet repairs
Project Page Link: none
Brief Description: When I first taught myself how to weave chainmaille, everyone got maille bracelets for Christmas. Since it was my first time with this technique, some of the bracelets came apart in places. That was um over four years ago. I finally found the bracelets again (yay for cleaning my room) and fixed them. I have found chainmaille to be an extremely relaxing and peaceful pastime (though at times it will drive me insane)
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Before -

After -


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology (AND CoMC April Extra Credit)
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name:  Math Class Doodle
Project Page Link: none
Brief Description: Doodling really helps me focus and makes it easier to listen (studies have shown that doodles help people remember auditory information better). One day I was bored in math class and I found my mind wandering so I decided to doodle a little bit. Not only did this little doodle keep me quiet, it also made the class a better learning environment for me.
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I am sad to report that though I started cleaning my room for Muggle Studies, its not finished just yet.
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9  Astronomy Tower in Craftalongs by DragonChilde on: May 30, 2014 08:30:26 AM
Hello and welcome to Astronomy, this term we will be taking a step back from focusing on specific aspects of the night sky. It is a pleasure to have you all here and I can't wait to see what crafty magic the Heavens inspire in you.

Completed Coursework: One of the ways that we make sense of the chaos is the night sky is by finding and naming constellations. In this way order is made from chaos and meaning is found were at first there appeared to be none. Your task this summer is to either make order out of chaos (this could be imbedding a secret message in something, or organizing something, or something else) or to place a hidden meaning in one of your crafts (it doesn't have to be secret just place meaning where at first there appears to be none)

Gryffindor
Misteress Jennie - Amber's Mother's Bracelet


Hufflepuff
guadiknight - Settling In
midkiffsjoy - Not a cigar box bed for Simone
Moonflame - Keep-it-together face pads


Ravenclaw
vincentcanbuck - Order in a Chaotic Craft Room
Magpirate - Gallifreyan Planets
Badwolf314 - Wrapped Birthday Presents
noodle-bug - Recipe Book

Slytherin
ErinAquaheart - Hidden Micky Necklace and Bracelet
Inselaeffchen - Sorting History


Advanced Studies *Note that only advanced study projects completed during the current term will be displayed under the completed OWL and NEWT headers*
Proposed OWLs: Option 1-Craft a star chart.  Option 2-Interpret the solar system into a craft.  Option 3-It is believed that we can only see 5% of the universe, the rest is made up of Dark Matter and Dark Energy which is invisible to us. Create something where at first glance you can only see a small portion, but when you look closer you can find the rest of the details.

Hufflepuff
BringMeKnitting8 ~ June 11, 2014

Ravenclaw
Magpirate ~ June 14, 2014

Slytherin
lighthighlisa teaandcraft ~ Sept 3, 2012

Completed OWLs

Proposed NEWTs: Students should demonstrate knowledge of the celestial heavens.
Gryffindor
MamanTattoo ~ Proposed: April 7, 2014

Completed NEWTs
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10  Slytherin Dungeon in Craftalongs by DragonChilde on: May 28, 2014 07:49:29 AM
WELCOME TO THE SLYTHERIN DUNGEON


To our new students welcome and to our returning students welcome back. I will be your Head of House for this term. Feel free to refer any questions to me via owl (PM), I will do my best to get back to you in a timely manner.



Student Roster
AnnoyingLittleBrother 4th Year ~ CoMC
calliemae 2nd Year ~ Alchemy, Appiration, BEAN-Bellybutton Lint, BEAN-Pink Grapefruit, DADA OWL, DETENTION-July, House Pride, House Unity, HoM, SoAR
ErinAquaheart 7th Year ~ Alchemy, Apparition, Arithmancy, Astronomy, BEAN-Dog Food, CoMC, Charms+SPEW, DADA, Divination, Flying, Herbology, House Unity, HoM, Potions, SoAR, Transfiguration, QUIDDITCH-June, QUIDDITCH-July+SPEW, QUIDDITCH-Blagging
Inselaeffchen 4th Year ~ Alchemy, Arithmancy, Astronomy, BEAN-Dog Food+SPEW, Muggle Studies
margaron 2nd Year ~ Arithmancy, BEAN-Bellybutton Lint, HoM
Naantje alumni ~ Alchemy, Apparition, BEAN-Bellybutton Lint, BEAN-Pink Grapefruit, Charms, DADA, Divination, Herbology, House Pride, HoM, SoAR, Transfiguration,
samash90 2nd Year ~ CoMC,
TechnicolorAquahearts 7th Year ~ BEAN-Pink Grapefruit, BEAN-Dog Food, CoMC+SPEW, Charms, DA-Department of Mysteries+SPEW, Divination, Flying, Herbology, House Unity, HoM, Potions, SoAR+SPEW, Transfiguration, QUIDDITCH-June, QUIDDITCH-July+SPEW

House Points Tally: 1030*

*Please note: Quidditch points are not yet included in the house points tally*

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