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1  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Back to Hogwarts 6 - (Signups: Aug 8-22, 2015 Sendouts: Oct 3, 2015) on: August 21, 2015 06:43:00 PM
Almost missed this one. I'll be sending in my questionnaire shortly. Super excited!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: June 10, 2015 03:31:08 PM
Mistress Jennie You seem to have used the same picture for your Take Me Out to the Ball Game and Chef Bracelets. As always your bracelets are amazing.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: June 06, 2015 08:04:24 AM
Super excited for the scavenger hunt! I have finals this week but after that I hope to plunge back into crafting. I really miss making things. It's been hard to craft anything living on campus, all my supplies are at home and I can't search through my stash for the proper items to flush out the random inspirations.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! 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.
Project Picture:
 
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HPCraftalong - Careers Record Office on: March 15, 2015 10:26:11 AM
DragonChilde's Resume
Noodle-bug and I came up with the folowing carreer path for becoming a Creature Healer
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7comc, 6 herbology, 2 charms, 2 potions, 3 projects inspired by specific magical creatures, 3 projects inspired by healing methods, 3 projects inspired by plants, 1 SPEW project, herbology owl, comc newt

CoMC (7)
Herbology (6)
Charms (2)
Potions (2)
projects inspired by specific magical creatures (3)
projects inspired by healing methods (3)
projects inspired by plants (3)
SPEW project (1)
Herbology OWL (1)
CoMC NEWT (1)
Employability Challenges (7)
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: March 06, 2015 09:15:08 PM
@Naantje I am very sorry for your loss. I hope that the funeral offers a measure of closure and isn't overshadowed by other familial difficulties.

A few thoughts on what it means to be a Slytherin. We are known for our ambition and cunning and to a certain extent, a willingness to do whatever it takes to get what we want. While these things are true our other qualities are oft forgotten. We protect our own. It might take some time to gain our trust but Merlin protect those that cross the ones we consider 'ours'. Slytherin means doing your best while also taking care of yourself. If that means skiving off charms every once in a while, that's fine. You're housemates will cover for you. Slytherin means knowing silence. Knowing yourself. Sometimes we can seem a little sarcastic or cold but once you get to know us, you'll see when we want to put the effort into a relationship, we do.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! 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.
Project Picture:

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.
8  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.
9  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.
10  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.
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