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1  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by tiamatfire on: March 07, 2015 03:30:38 PM
OK, I have some submissions to make!  And a few that hopefully I'll get to make tonight and post tonight or tomorrow Smiley

Class: Arithmancy
House: Gryffindor
Name: Wee suspenders

I made suspenders for my son's cake smash photos, and believe me I had no idea what the outcome would be!  I was pretty stressed out, and had to change the angle of the attachment at the back several times to get it set in the right place.  I'll post a picture of the smash once I get them back too Wink

Class: Potions
House: Gryffindor
Name:  Bacon-wrapped hot dogs

These required reasonably precise timing and attention to detail, as I had to turn them several times to get the bacon to brown evenly!  It was really easy: I cut a deep slit down the hot dogs, put in slivers of cheddar, then wrapped bacon around them held with toothpicks.  Roasted at 400F for about 30 minutes all told, turning every 10 minutes.  Next time I'd skip the cheese, and just add it right and the end grated instead.  Most of it leaked out over the roasting period.  I suppose the caramelized onions you can see took a lot of time too! Wink

Class: Transfiguration
House: Gryffindor
Name: Birthday Banner

This banner has Happy Birthday written on it!  I made one for my daughter's 1st birthday, so I had to make one for him too Smiley  Her's is very sweet but fairly girly, so I wanted him to have his own.  Sorry for the blurry picture!  It's all cut from a pack of coordinated cardstock.  I printed out the letters backwards, cut them out, then traced them on the back of the cardstock and cut them out, then pasted to squares of more cardstock.

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2  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by tiamatfire on: February 28, 2015 03:25:20 PM
A couple more projects to slip under the wire!

Class: Detention - January
House: Gryffindor
Name: Jelly beans down in my belly bean

I've had this yarn for forever - as in, since right before I went off maternity leave the FIRST time!  I've swatched it a few times, and picked out patterns a few times, and ripped it out a few times.  I finally sat down and knit a basic raglan sweater, from scratch without a pattern.  The fun yoke yarn is Jelli Beanz, so I named the sweater after one of our favourite songs from our moms group.

Class: Flying
House: Gryffindor
Name: Balloon card

My sister's birthday is coming up, and I decided to make her a card!  I found a tutorial online for this cute card that features balloon pop-ups inside.  I cut out the balloons freehand (I don't have a cutting machine), used acetate from a box for baby slippers, and stamps for the lettering and the front.  It's now in the post on it's way to the East Coast!

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3  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by tiamatfire on: February 19, 2015 04:52:48 PM
Love that TARDIS art!  It'd make a great wall poster.

Challenge: Bean - Pepper
House: Gryffindor
Name: Rainbow blankie

This is the other lot of yarn I and my kids were given as Christmas presents (the first was to make that little bear hood).  She gave me a pattern for a garter stitch blanket, but I haaaaaaaaaate doing acres of garter so I decided to try a granny stripe instead!  The black is what edges the border, to make the rainbow stand out more - just like how a bit of pepper brings out the flavour in a meal!

Class: Divination
House: Gryffindor
Name: Just for me

I suffered from PPD after the birth of my son, and didn't even realise it at the time.  I've been coming to terms with it, and dealing with it.  One of the things I had to do was create something special just for me, and when my mom gifted me with the beautiful dark yarn here I knew I had to make mittens.  The pattern is "Perianth" from Twist Collective, and the yarn is a delicious hand-dye from a local yarn store called "Adam & Eve" - dyed by Handmaiden.

The mittens took awhile to get right.  First I couldn't decide on a contrast, and when I did it just didn't work - the darkest tone in the contrast was too close to the lightest in the background.  Then I had to rip out my work and reknit when I realised that one end of the ball had more light patches than the other and I needed the darkest yarn for contrast.  With trial-and-error, I finally wound up with beautiful mittens.

The journey with my son has been similar.  He was beautiful but suffered from severe colic and reflux, and still isn't growing correctly.  But through trial and error we persevere, and I love him with all my heart.

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4  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by tiamatfire on: February 18, 2015 07:25:52 PM
Moonflame, I really like those dishcloths!  I think I've seen that pattern in an afghan as well.  Gaudiknight the dresses are, as always, amazing.

I was able to get the bow tie on my little buddy this afternoon, so I thought I'd drop a cute bebe pick on you!

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5  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by tiamatfire on: February 17, 2015 09:12:50 PM
More great projects!  Love the watercolour, the inchies, and the suncatchers!  That body butter looks luscious as well.

Class: Transfiguration
House: Gryffindor
Name: Baby bow-ties

The only matches we use at home are the large box of strike-anywheres....hopefully they still count as a match box!  They're still not all that large.  At any rate, both these bows would fit in one!  I made them for my boy's 1st birthday and cake smash sessions.

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6  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by tiamatfire on: February 06, 2015 11:40:48 AM
Drive-by post, and a thank you for the honorable MoM mention! Smiley

Class: DADA
House: Gryffindor
Name: Bear hood

My kids Christmas presents from their Great-Aunt and Uncle were the yarn for me to make them a hood and blanket (she knows I like to knit, so it's sort of a present for me too).  This is the Burton Bear cowl, which I think someone else makes on here too!  I knit her the size 12-18 months so it'd be more close-fitting since it's quite cold where we live, and we just got through a blizzard.  It fits the prompt because the yarn is 50% wool, making it extra soft and warm.  It's also fuzzy (albeit not white!).

Challenge: Bertie Bott's BANANA
House: Gryffindor
Name: Cheery top and bloomers

My daughter has also been in a dress-loving phase lately, but I wanted to make her bloomers to go under them because she's still pretty rough-and-tumble!  This vintage pattern (from the late 60's early 70's) also came with a really cute reversible swing top, which looks pretty dress-like.  I sewed it up over a few hours the night before last.  She liked it, although as a fickle toddler she wouldn't be it on again yet!

Challenge: Headmistress FEBRUARY
House: Gryffindor
Name: Ooh-la-la!  Des fruits!

I've had this pinned for AGES, and this was a perfect opportunity to try it out (especially since I found a stack of prepared canvases from the art store stored away!).  I followed the tutorial pretty carefully, but didn't do a crackle finish, wrote the names out in marker instead of using scrapbook paper, and invented my own "orange" as well.  I'm pretty happy with them, but they're not mounted yet because we'll likely be moving shortly and I don't want to just take them down again right away!  EDIT: I forgot the link to the tutorial!  http://craftsbyamanda.com/2010/10/french-fruit-wall-art.html

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7  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by tiamatfire on: January 30, 2015 04:03:38 PM
elliot_anne: great hooplas!  Your stitching is beautiful.
noodle-bug: It's a Where's Waldo hat!!!!  Also love the Star Wars costumes - though I'm guessing you know that already due to my Hallowe'en pieces lol!
AugustBell: that's quite the nifty idea for a needle minder, I could have use it with those announcements I did!
vincentvanbuck: I totally bought myself some perler beads to make minecraft coasters, and these are fantastic!
Moonflame: those are neat for air fresheners!  I'm worried my kids would try to eat them, lol!
netchez: next toque I make for my son is gonna be that one I think!
Acadian Driftwood: I like the watercolours in particular!  I'm so envious of people that can use them well
jellybean89: I like the blanket - I always end up with funny corners in those kinds of blankets, I think I'm doing something wrong!  You did a great job of it.
gaudiknight: as always such beautiful craftsmanship
Magpirate: your little monster is just so CUTE!
jenleahlynn: WAY TO GO!  The colours are gorgeous!
Mistress Jennie: your bracelet makes me want to go do Yoga Smiley  And Totoro.  There are no more words.
ant bee: EEEE teeny sweaters!  Love!
midkiffsjoy: HA!


Class: SoAR
House: Gryffindor
Name: ROAR hat!

There was so much of the blue and lime yarn left from the epic sweater that I decided to make a matching hat!  It will definitely ward off the cold, since it has a doubled brim.

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8  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by tiamatfire on: January 13, 2015 12:45:07 PM
Oh yes intarsia work was quite the fashion statement then!  I had one of the classic Mary Maxim sweaters with a kitty knitted into the back.  And you seriously won't believe the next intarsia piece I'm going to make...

It's an X-Wing jacket.  No, really.  A bulky knit jacket with an x-wing knit into the back. 
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9  The gluten-free gingerbread house in CHALLENGE 106 ENTRIES by tiamatfire on: January 12, 2015 09:34:50 AM
I hope this is an acceptable entry!  I have celiac disease so I can't bake regular gingerbread any more, and I haven't really had any success making GF gingerbread with enough structural integrity for a house.  When I saw this pattern for a gingerbread house, I really couldn't resist!

I worked on it every day, as she originally released a new decoration each day in December for 1-21, then 3 days of cookie patterns to store inside it.  Here is my epic project.

The front of the house, with a little porch.  We have two candy canes, a cute little wreath, and of course the snow edging!  I'd still like to add a little sconce-style dollhouse light above the door if I can find one I like, in the right scale.

A little snowman, window (one of three) with what I imagine to be purple velvet curtains, and heart flowers.
The roof has pink and white marshmallows, wrapped sweets, a peppermint (the pattern calls for dolly mixture pieces but I hate dolly mixture, and felt that all gingerbread houses need peppermints), and smarties (of the chocolate variety).  It also features the chimney, which was quite difficult! 

My favourite side, with another wreath with working jingle bells, a post box, and a shiny Christmas tree!

The last side, with a chocolate button tree, Swedish Berry bush (it was supposed to be an allsorts bush, but I don't like liquorice), and side door and more roof sweets.

I'm so happy with it!  It just needs a Santa/Father Christmas!
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10  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by tiamatfire on: January 12, 2015 08:27:35 AM
Eeek!  Thank you so much for the gingerbread love - I did in fact make it it's own project post as well now: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437640.0 

Also thanks so much for the MotM award!  It was definitely a lot of work and I'm very proud of it. 

vincentvanbuck - that's a great stocking, I love the bold colours!
jillybeans - I love the idea of growing stepping stones!  I wonder if my parents would like it out at the cabin...  Also awesome cannot BEGIN to describe the shoes, and that GARTER.  I want it!
midkiffsjoy - LOL to your hoopla!  It's one of the lower movies in my list for HP but that's my favourite line!
gaudiknight - the sweater is so perfect!  Great yarn too.

And another project to submit!

Class: Alchemy
House: Gryffindor
Name:  I a dinosaur!  Roar!

My daughter LOVES dinosaurs, and is always coming up to me saying "I a dinosaur!  Roar!" so when I remembered I had this great pattern booklet from my Grandma, I had to make her a sweater!  The sweater is made up of 5 pieces: front, back, two sleeves, and neckband.  It was my first time working intarsia, and my first time working embroidery on knit pieces.  It was a lot of work and intarsia could also be defined as "OMG LOOK AT ALL THE ENDS" but I'm thrilled with it, and so is she!

I made it in colours her brother can wear too when he grows into it, and there's enough of the dinosaur colours left to make a matching hat (with spikes of course) and possibly even a pair of mittens.  First I have two other things to finish though!
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