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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: May 21, 2015 07:40:08 PM
BAD professor.  I have been MIA most of this semester.  Between my son being ill/in hospital, then moving (only across the city, but the previous tenants left the place so disgusting we had to clean for 2 days before anything could even start to be put together or away), then myself being in hospital, then us all getting influenza, life got out of hand!

I have two little projects to submit.

Class: CoMC
House: Gryffindor
Name: Enchanted Forest page

My family gave me an Indigo gift card for mother's day, and I had a few others saved up, so I bought myself a few books.  One of them was the Enchanted Forest colouring book!  I also got a new set of pencil crayons, and spent almost 3 hours colouring in the bookplate.  I love this book, and it's clearly full of gardens like the prompt!

Class: SoAR
House: Gryffindor
Name: Name Plaques

When my daughter was born, I took a spin off an idea I saw on etsy and spelled her name out with wooden plaques, using scrapbook paper for the backgrounds and dimensional stickers for decoration.  Michaels doesn't seem to carry the same decorative plaques any more, but they had these laser-cut wooden rectangles that were perfect to make my son the same thing!  Not only will the name plaques remind him of his mum (me) since I made them, the stickers were picked to match with the camping-themed quilt his grandma finished for him just a few weeks ago - so another mum!

The pieces of background paper I had that were left from making his birthday signs weren't large enough for the full background, but I did have enough of the dark brown textured paper from the letters to add top and bottom borders.  I actually love the finished look!

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: April 08, 2015 05:55:24 PM
Oooh, I love the tree garland here!

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: April 08, 2015 03:51:55 PM
I'd like to propose another OWL, since my current one is on hold! 

OWL Subject: Herbology
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Strawberry Shortcake Quilt

I actually started this on the Easter weekend, and I'm hoping I can date it back to then for the start Smiley 

We are going to be moving to a MUCH bigger place for May, and I want to celebrate this by making my daughter's Strawberry Shortcake quilt for her bed!  I'm pretty sure the little anthropomorphic berrykins count as something you'd find in a witch's garden!  It's made of vintage Strawberry Shortcake flannel (erm, new flannel but the prints are of the original Strawberry not the various reboots), two printed flannels, and I think I'm going to make it as a batted quilt (I often just use fleece as the backing for quilts without batting in between).

I'd like to have it finished for May so that I can put it in her new room!  Hopefully the top at least will be done by then.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: April 07, 2015 09:18:52 PM
I haven't had time to review, but I have a few crafts to post and an update about my little buddy!

We spent a week in the children's hospital, with tons of blood works and tests (general anaesthesia is supah-skerry on wee ones!) and IVs and NG tubes and we finally found out he has celiac disease (just like mommy!).  So he's on a GF diet, we're weaning him off purees and back on to textures (he stopped eating table food as he got sicker, I think because it hurt him), high calorie supplements, and is back to walking and playing and crawling again!  He had stopped growing, playing, even crawling before we finally took him to the ER instead of our non-listening pediatrician.  I'm so glad for temper tantrums again lol!


Class: Astronomy
House: Gryffindor
Name: Supah-hido capes (aka Superhero capes)

My daughters birthday was just a day after we got out of the hospital, and we had a superhero birthday!  I made personalized capes for her and her two little friends (who are the kids of our very good friends).  They're made out of an adult XL t-shirt, cut into a cape shape while saving the neckband and back hem.  You cut the neckband apart and attach velcro so it can fit properly (and isn't a choking hazard), then decorate with freezer paper stencils!  I designed the logos myself.  Obviously these slide right on over regular clothes, making ordinary toddlers into SUPAHIDOS!  As my daughter says Smiley

Class: Herbology
House: Gryffindor
Name: Easter eggs

Eggs always symbolize rebirth and new life to me, and I know it's a reason they're part of the easter celebration.  We are a secular household, but we still love to dye eggs!  We made two batches, one with friends and one at home.  We dyed them with food colouring and vinegar, then put temporary tattoos on them for designs.  The more expensive Frozen tattoos worked pretty well, but the cheap MLP ones were harder to do.  I also think they might have been easier to put on undyed eggs, as they didn't want to adhere to the dyed surfaces.

Class: HoM
House: Gryffindor
Name: The chicken or the egg?

My friend gets a kick out of that saying, and when I mentioned I had a pattern to knit tiny chickens and eggs she nearly exploded.  So I complied Smiley

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: March 22, 2015 02:29:34 PM
I'm sorry guys, I haven't done any updating and won't get to for awhile.  My son is in the children's hospital (he's not growing properly) and I'm not sure how long he'll be there or need care at home.  If you have some good thoughts to spare I could use them, and keep crafting!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! 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.

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: March 06, 2015 08:01:55 AM
It's mercerized cotton.  I'm not sure what else to do with mercerized cotton, because it doesn't seem very absorbent, so I don't think it would be a great dishcloth yarn. 

Nice case Moonflame!  I had that problem with Mercerized cotton too, and I actually made a few apple protectors with it Smiley  They're a little case to put apples into so they don't get bruised in your lunch bag!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: March 05, 2015 12:41:05 PM
Naantje, I hope the funeral ends up being a comforting place to say goodbye to your grandmother.  I'm so sorry for your loss.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! 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!

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: February 27, 2015 02:34:57 PM
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