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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Back to Hogwarts 5 Gallery 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.
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Back to Hogwarts 5 - CLOSED; SENDOUTS OCT 10 on: October 05, 2014 03:19:57 PM
I was just about ready to finish my large but then I noticed that I made a mistake with the way that ___ _______ __ ________ _____ _______ which led to an error when _____ ________ it  Shocked. I should take care of that on Tuesday. I should finish the small today, though.
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Back to Hogwarts 5 - CLOSED; SENDOUTS OCT 10 on: October 01, 2014 10:00:34 PM
Starting to feel down to the wire. Rushed _____ today and ended up messing it up. I'll have to go and get a replacement ________ tomorrow. The part that I didn't completely mess up looks a little imperfect but imperfections make handmade things more valuable... right? I really hope that the end result is liked by the receiving party.
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Back to Hogwarts 5 - CLOSED; SENDOUTS OCT 10 on: September 30, 2014 11:21:59 AM
I had a dream... well it was more of a nightmare... last night... I dreamed that I had to send out late because I tried to go to ________ to get _______ _______ and they said they could but it didn't work so I had to scrap the project and start over.

I'm still working away but I might actually have to send out a few days late, it turns out that panic attacks and PTSD flare-ups aren't conducive to getting things done... Really excited to hear about everyone else's progress.
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Back to Hogwarts 5 - CLOSED; SENDOUTS OCT 10 on: September 24, 2014 06:42:11 PM
I should be crafting again this weekend (I still need to get the supplies for the swap to my dorm room). It's so exciting to hear how things are coming along for people!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* 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.
Project Picture:






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.)
Project Picture:

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.
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Back to Hogwarts 5 - CLOSED; SENDOUTS OCT 10 on: September 20, 2014 04:20:36 PM
I'm going to take a small break from crafting for now. I'm still on schedule but I just (as in a few hours ago) moved into my dorm room and have a week full of 'welcome week' activities that I'll be caught up in.
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Back to Hogwarts 5 - CLOSED; SENDOUTS OCT 10 on: September 17, 2014 08:13:24 PM
I got an old ________ for my large today. I was kind of sad because it is _______ edition and I am going to have to ______ it but ah well. I've already started work and I got _______ for an unrelated project.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* on: September 17, 2014 09:50:21 AM
Just stopping by to say hi and that everything looks great. I'm in a bit of a bad headspace right now but I'll update everything and even submit some assignments when things are better. I am happy to share with you all that I got a job at my local library!
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Back to Hogwarts 5 - CLOSED; SENDOUTS OCT 10 on: September 03, 2014 10:41:41 AM
Still planning. I know what I want to do but I don't know if I can do it in a timely manner
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