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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 on: April 13, 2016 02:07:01 PM
I'm sorry I disappeared again my lovelies - I spent most of it in St. Mungo's for reasons we still haven't completely solved (though apparently cortisol is a really important hormone, and your body rebels when it doesn't get enough - WHO KNEW?).  I haven't been able to do much as I've been too ill to even knit or colour, though my magical steroid pills are making it so I can at least sit up for longer periods of time and attempt things! 

I have some colouring pages to submit - I think we agreed these were OK as long as they were long projects right?  These pages take me at least 3-4 hours and sometimes longer to finish - longer than my crochet stuff sometimes! 

Class: Apparition
House: Gryffindor
Name: Rainbow Butterfly

I was finally feeling well enough in the last couple of days of hospitalization to colour again, so I spent quite a few hours filling in this butterly.  It was a super nice present from my supervisor, and I find colouring so satisfying.  Something is very soothing about filling in shapes precisely, blending colours to create a beautiful picture.

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 on: March 30, 2016 11:28:25 AM
Finally a project posting!  Life has been getting away from me!  We have 3 birthdays in March and I have a body that is NOT cooperating with me!

Class: Astronomy
House: Gryffindor
Name:  Eggses!

With Easter last weekend, we decided to dye eggs!  First we coloured them (my 4 yo did the ones that are very well scribbled, I did the neater ones, and my 2 yo decided crayons werent fun lol) with crayons, then we did dip dyeing in food colouring, hot water, and vinegar.  A few we tried doing multiple dips but it didnt work that great as the second dip washed off the first colour set down so no gradients!

Class: CoMC
House: Gryffindor
Name: Green car hat

My son needed a birthday present, and is OBSESSED with cars.  I had this great slime green from making a dinosaur sweater for my daughter a year ago, and its been used for a few projects since.  The red cars are because his favourite thing right now is the Cars movie, so its just like Lightning McQueen.

Class: Flying
House: Gryffindor
Name: Button booties

Well these wee booties have the cutest daisy buttons ever on them.  Crocheted for my friend who finally got a girl after 3 boys!

Class: Headmistress challenge March
House: Gryffindor
Name: Baked oatmeal

This is not only delicious it goes pretty far, and is great for sending as breakfast to daycare (we need to provide my sons meals since hes celiac).  I used GF oats, added frozen blueberries instead of cranberries, and cut the sugar in half.  http://allrecipes.com/recipe/51013/baked-oatmeal-ii/

Class: Potions
House: Gryffindor
Name: Cherry dress card

For my beautiful sister, a birthday card.  It uses a few different materials and techniques: the dress is origami, the stripes are papercut, and the sash is velvet ribbon.  I think it turned out pretty awesome!

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2016 on: March 02, 2016 11:31:23 AM
Congratulations to Slytherin, and runner-up Hufflepuff!  Well deserved win Cheesy

And congrats to the prize winners so far!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2016 on: February 28, 2016 08:52:20 PM
Midkiffsjoy I'm so sorry to hear that. Sad  Losing a baby is very, very hard, and not spoken about enough.  I wish for you to find what peace you can <3
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2016 on: February 25, 2016 05:21:53 PM
OK some comments for all of you because I'm sorely behind in lavishing compliments.

Jenleahlynn - I love your work with watercolours!  I've wanted to learn how to work with them better but they scare me lol.

Erinaquaheart - that is a great quilt square!  Once we move somewhere with more room to sew I'd like to learn paper piecing.  Is it hard?  I've been amassing blue and white snowflake themed fabric to make particular quilt with paper pieced snowflakes.

noodle-bug - I can see from the flash how high vis that hat is.  Way cool yarn!  Where did you get it? And that wee sweater!  Squee!

plaidpineapple - those teeny books are SUPER cute, and the chocolate frog case looks great.

Moonflame - that squishy blanket has a cute stitch!  What is it?

Abbeeroad - that fabric...drooooool...

Jennie - the soaps and starfish are darling!

J_Kieviet - OWLS!!!!!!!!!!!!

gaudiknight - as always, love the dolly stuff.  Love.  Where do you get your BJDs?  Do you assemble them yourself?

bluejanuary - I might need to steal that alphabet beanbag idea, that's so cool!

seeuudee - what a great job with the journal!

edelC - I am NOT looking forward to menopause, I had hot flashes with pregnancy and as a side effect of my autoimmune disease when it wasn't controlled.  Ewwwwwwwww.

satsukirebel - what a beautiful card!  I'm always impressed by the people with such great papercraft skills.

magpirate - what a great job with the busy book!  So much work - I abandoned my daughter's... Tongue

Technicoloraquaheart - Oooooo peanut butter balls.  WANT!

FiberAlchemist - spaghetti squash is such an awesome veggies isn't it?  Great job!

Phew I think that's nearly every one!  I will endeavour to be better next semester. Wink

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2016 on: February 25, 2016 11:17:42 AM
Drive-by again.  Sorry champs I need to make more effort Sad

Class: Charms
House: Gryffindor
Name: Smoothie packs

Ive started taking smoothies to work every day, but we only have a small freezer upstairs.  I decided to make five different containers that contain the frozen and flavouring ingredients, so each day I only have to toss in the fridge stuff.

Each smoothie uses . Cup greek yoghurt, c. milk or milk alternative and 1 tbsp. maple syrup from the fridge.

The packs contain c. fruit Ive been asked to try a low FODMAP diet to help with abdominal pain so this is either blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, or a mixture of the two.  Then I added a small handful of greens, either spinach or the bagged smoothie blend from Costco.  Theres a tablespoon of hemp hearts, and then some extra flavouring in some: things like lemon zest, almond or vanilla extract, cinnamon, cocoa.

Its worked fairly well so far, especially because our upstairs freezer is just a tad warmer than the deep freeze, so the berries while still frozen arent the rock hard shards of glass they are in the deep freeze lol.

Class: Divination
House: Gryffindor
Name: Wee booties
These booties are definitely for the future I finished them for a co-workers grandson right before he was born.  Theyre a simple bootie pattern from Repeat Crafter Me on Ravelry, and made with good ol Vannas Choice worsted yarn.

Class: HoM
House: Gryffindor
Name: Spring Wreath
Ive always wanted a fun spring wreath, so I decided this year to make one.  I was inspired by Michaels and its rows of inexpensive acrylic yarns.  Its inspired by one made by Repeat Crafter Me, but instead of crocheting a wreath cover I wrapped it with the yarn (honestly, not that much faster but it uses less yarn).  I then crocheted a bunch of flowers, found a bee amigurumi pattern I liked, and since it still looked a little bare I worked out a pattern for some wee ladybugs to add in as well.  Im pretty happy with it!

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / ### DADA ### on: February 25, 2016 11:03:43 AM
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / ~*~Charms~*~ on: February 25, 2016 11:03:01 AM
April showers...
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: February 11, 2016 11:13:32 AM
Oh thank you so much for the MoM!  I appreciate it, it's been hard, hard weeks here between surgeries and such.  I have done a bit more crafting, but haven't been been able to browse most people's things.

I'm going to come on tomorrow though and rave over projects, as well as posting a couple more myself.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: January 28, 2016 07:32:26 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy

House: ravenclaw
Project Name: thai sticky black rice with mango sorbet
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.) This is all about the congelation or change of state.

It is also easy and pretty impressive, I cooked dinner for some friends last night and I was able to cook this the night before and reheat the rice to serve.

You have to start with the right kind of rice, I get it in my local asian shop, it is called thai black rice. It is a whole grain but a different variety to regular rice. It is really simple to make, you simply cook the rice with a can of coconut milk in a saucepan, It takes about 45 minutes to cook, once done you stir in sugar and salt, topped with some toasted coconut shavings if you have them (I didn't) It also reheats really well in the microwave.

This was the recipe I followed. http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-coconut-black-rice-pudding-176861

it is traditionally served with mango, but ripe, nice to eat, mangos are rarer than hen's teeth in Ireland, so I used a large can of kesar mango pulp (30oz) I also got this from the asian store. Sorbets need about 20% sugar, a little more is OK. There was 5% sugar in the mango already, so I added more sugar, plus a little water to dissolve the sugar, lime juice and put it into an ice-cream maker.

can mango pulp (30oz)
5oz sugar
1/2 cup water
Juice of 2 limes.

dissolve the sugar in the water (warming it on the stove to help it dissolve if necessary)
mix in mango and lime, stir well. Put into an icecream maker.

If you don't have an icecream maker, just put it into a container into the freezer, take it out and stir it well to break up any ice crystals, after about an hour. repeat this once or twice more until it is frozen.

I managed to get a mango that was pretty ripe, so I had some fresh mango on the side.

Project Picture:

I remembered to take a photo before I had eaten all the leftovers for lunch today.

Hey, GF too!!!  I've made it with arborio before but I'd love to find black rice somewhere.
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