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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: April 15, 2014 09:03:51 PM
The macaron recipe was from here!  http://notsohumblepie.blogspot.ca/2010/04/macarons-101-french-meringue.html

We made chai, lemon, vanilla, and chocolate buttercream to fill them Cheesy
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: April 13, 2014 02:43:23 PM
Class: Apparition
SPEW: N/A
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Dreaming of Paris
While my sister was visiting to meet her new nephew, we decided to make macarons.  Ive never been to Paris, but biting into a true French macaron is a wonderful experience.  They werent too difficult, and considering I didnt bother sifting my ingredients OR aging my egg whites they went together surprisingly well!
Class: Charms
SPEW: N/A
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Puppy Cake
It was my daughters second birthday a few weeks ago, and although were not a dog family (Im both allergic and afraid of them) she has something of an obsession with dogs (which she calls puppies).  Despite the adorable plans I had for rainbow birthday I caved and themed it with puppies instead.  The picture is based off a design on one of her favourite shirts.  Definitely uses two techniques and mediums cake/icing, and standard/star tip decorating!
Class: DADA
SPEW: N/A
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Sams Shadowbox
I made my daughter a shadow box with some of the items from her birth in it, and since we knew we wanted another baby at some point I bought a second one at the same time.  I was able to put Sams together a few days ago.  It has my hospital bracelet and one of his, as well as the card that was on his bassinette.  I would have put his little hat in but our hospital uses donated hand-knit hats and it was absolutely huge.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: March 20, 2014 07:44:56 PM
Hi everyone!  I'm sorry I haven't been on, but I have a good excuse...



This is our newest addition, his name is Sam!  I will put up a picture of him in a few of the projects I made soon.  I'm hoping to be back crafting shortly!  He was born on March 9th so I haven't had any real opportunity yet.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: February 25, 2014 07:12:33 PM
I'm so sorry I've been remiss as a professor lately everyone Sad  Real life has just gotten completely out of hand, I haven't even really been crafting! Between the 3 weeks and counting of prodromal labour with baby, and trying to finish work, and get the house ready, it's just gotten away from me.  If I've missed putting your craft into the classroom post and you'd like it listed there, please PM me and let me know!  The points are still counted by the lovely headmistresses.

I'll still be here next semester doing a bit of crafting, but taking a professorship leave of absence.  I hope to be back in Summer semester once we've adjusted to being a family of 4!

I have one single craft to submit before the end of term:

Challenge: Bertie Botts' Tomato Bean
SPEW: N/A
House: Gryffindor
Name: Little Boy Blue

This is another sweater to surround the new baby with love and snuggles.  It's heavily modified from a ravelry sweater I liked, done in greyish-blue baby yarn.  I had to rip it back once, when it was complete past the raglan increases, so it took a lot longer than expected!

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: February 15, 2014 08:28:52 AM
I don't have any crafts to post, but wanted to say Congratulatins Erin!  I'm so glad to hear things are going well!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: January 31, 2014 09:05:05 PM
Congratulations to all the new WotWs, and especially to Ant Bee for getting engaged!  I've caught up the Charms and Herbology classrooms as well.  Pinkleo, shingles SUCKS!  I had it on my right sciatic nerve at 24, and my husband had it on his chest two years ago.  Feel better!

Third trimester continues to suck the life out of me, with very frequent contractions.  I'm now 35 weeks so it's ok if he comes early, but I have a project I really want to finish at work (and a training course on the 11th and 12th).  So buddy you either need to decide to just arrive, or stop pretending to and let Mummy get some sleep Wink

Advanced Studies Friday:

I haven't worked on my OWL in awhile, as it's not a priority with all the baby stuff I'm trying to finish.  My cross-stitch birth announcement NEWT has made progress though!  I've got the pattern graphed out in Excel, including the colours but without the little "stats" section at the bottom which includes two little butterflies.  I've also matched the potential colours using my laptop and the PDF version of the DMC colour chart, but I need to see if they'll work once I'm at Michaels to pick up the floss.

I have one item to turn in!

Challenge: DA - Reductor Curse
House: Gryffindor
Name: Wee stitch markers

I needed stitch markers I could use on large knitting needles, and were also light.  I was tired of my heavy key-fob style glass beaded ones weighing on my wrists and getting caught up in the yarn.  Once I had my awesome plier set to make my charm bracelet, I knew I could do it!



Each stitch marker is well under 3", and I used the reductor charm to shrink down flowers and stars tiny enough to add as decoration!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: January 22, 2014 07:10:10 PM
Hey guys!  I'm sorry this is a drive-by post.  We all went down like dominoes with a really bad stomach flu (yet another full day in the hospital for mummy but thankfully they stopped the contractions) and then my parents came to visit.

I've seen most of the projects and they're all wonderful!  I'll be updating the classrooms soon again.

I have a NEWT proposal:

Class: SoAR
Name: Classic Pooh Birth Sampler

I'll be making this baby a cross-stitch sampler as well.  The project itself would be NEWT in length anyway, but there's the added bonus I need to reconstruct the pattern based on photos I found online, as the only kit I liked is discontinued.  I'll be graphing it in Excel, matching colours as best as possible with the DMC chart, then stitching.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: January 11, 2014 08:50:16 PM
OK peeps who have been with us the whole 7 "years", prepare yourself for something I'm sure you never thought you'd see again...

BEHOLD!  I have finished the birth announcement of epicness!

Class: January Detention
House: Gryffindor
Name: Beatrix Potter birth announcement

For those who didn't start way back in 2012, I proposed a NEWT of a cross-stitched birth announcement for my daughter.  It proved to be much more epic in scale than I expected, and I put it on hold twice before finally setting it aside in discouragement.  Well a little while ago I had no inspiring crochet or knitting to do, so I picked it back up and finished it!

There's probably well over 100 hours of work in here, including graphing out the stats and completely seam ripping to (finished!) characters and redoing them when I realised they were misplaced.  It's done on 28-count aida, so it was very small and finicky.  I altered some of the backstitch slightly because even one strand was thick on the 28-count, so a few little details got modified or left out (like I had to move some of Mrs. Tiggy-winkle's prickles, and adjust some of the fingers on the mice, etc.).  Overall I'm really pleased!



Now I'm just in time to rest before starting one for her brother... Roll Eyes Tongue  I'd like to do Classic Pooh, but the one I found and loved is a kit that is no longer available.  I'm seriously trying to pick a pattern out by using photos I've found online and graphing it in excel.  Anyone seen any Classic Pooh cross-stitches around?
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: January 05, 2014 12:26:28 PM
Those marshmallows all look wonderful!  Do the eggs get cooked up by the heat of the sugar syrup?  I'd love to try to make marshmallows but I'm wondering if I should wait until I deliver.

I love the swanky rat cage as well, and the various hats and mittens!  It's COLD up here in most of Canada, and it sounds like a good portion of the US is about to get blasted too.

I have a few more projects to turn in, all of which I totally love (I'm a perfectionist so I'm not always 100% happy with my crafts).

Class: Arithmancy NEWT
House: Gryffindor
Name: Snowflake Afghan

This afghan was something entirely new for me, I've never made a whole afghan, and I've never crocheted anything larger than a little baby blanket before!  It went pretty well, though when I was in the hospital in December I ended up having to rip out nearly as much as I crocheted, because I kept making mistakes - I blame the medication Wink  It's quite large, though I wish it was wider.  I used up a full ball of Lion Brand's "Pound of Love" in white.  I have woven in the ends, but have not cut them yet as I had to use less than a meter of another white acrylic to finish the very last row of the last repeat.  It's not very visible in person, but because it's a photo prop I'm not sure if it'll stand out there from the studio lights.  Just in case, I want to know where the ends are so I can rip out the last repeat if need be.



Challenge: DA Shield Charm
House: Gryffindor
Name: Squish cowl

My aunt gave me some crazy soft yarn called Cascade Eco Duo, and I was looking for a reasonably fast project.  It's very drapey as it's 80% baby alpaca/20% baby merino, and with our temperatures into the -30C's with windchill I thought one of those big cowls you can double over would be perfect!  It's just a long chain joined in the round, worked in HDC.  It's so very, very buttery and soft, and incredibly warm from the alpaca.  I love it!  I have two balls left, which is enough I think for mittens AND a slouchy beret too.



Challenge: Protean Charm
House: Gryffindor
Name: "My Favourite Things" charm bracelet

The wonderful Mistress Jennie donated a prize last semester, and I was lucky enough to win a personalized loaded charm bracelet kit!  I gave her a big list of all the things I love, colours, I like, etc. and she built me an amazing kit!  I had SO much fun making the bracelet, and am now addicted.  It's OK, I have a huge stash for everything else so I can move some of my "allowance" into beads and charms Cheesy

It's perfect for the Protean charm because although it's a pretty bracelet to look at, some of the charms have hidden meanings.



There are flower and star beads because I love both things, and they are all in my favourite colours.  The charms are:

tea set, safety pin, book, measuring tape, kitty, squirrel, music, owl, fish, lightning bolt, sweater, scissors, and stand mixer.

Most you could probably guess from looking at them that they are something I like to eat, drink, or do, but a few are hidden: my husband's favourite animal is a squirrel, and I'm sure it would be his patronus.  Fish USED to be my daughter's favourite animal, but now she's completely abandoned them!  I'm going to be swapping it for a dragon, to represent Smaug.  The music is because I have my Grade 10 RCM piano certificate, and took voice in University as well as belonging to the Unversity's Mixed Chorus.  The safety pin isn't for sewing, but because I have one (soon to be two) child(ren).

Challenge: DA Fred and George Fight Back
House: Gryffindor
Name: Pecan Apple Spice muffins

Muffins wouldn't normally be a big project for me, but at 7 months pregnant, with a toddler, and needing to cook up one of the stir-ins before I even make the muffins it starts to get that way!  Plus, the first batch was so delicious I ended up cooking another batch of the apples up so I could cook another batch of muffins, so it ended up being a pretty epic project.

For one batch I cut up one granny smith apple, diced it finely, and cooked it over medium-low heat in a skillet with butter, cinnamon, ground allspice, ginger, nutmeg, and some maple syrup.  Once they apple were just starting to soften I took them off the heat.  Then I chopped up a handful of pecans, somewhere between a rough and fine chop.  I stirred these into my muffin batter, and then added in more of the same spices and baked!


10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: December 27, 2013 06:18:51 PM
My husband would love all that Gravity Falls stuff, he's a big fan of the show!  Those hourglass pendants are gorgeous as well.

Advanced Studies Friday: Still chugging away on my NEWT afghan, I've got around 12 sets done, and am going to go until I run out of yarn as it's narrower than I expected.  I'm hoping more length will make up for it to let her use it better as a prop for family photos.

I cast on my OWL scarf yesterday, and found some leftover bright ruby red beads to go with it.  They're from some really nice Christmas socks I made years and years ago.  It's going to be a loooooooooong project and a long scarf, because I have 600m to work with and I intend to use up all of it in the scarf!  I added some width with an extra repeat in hopes it won't wind up a Doctor Who length scarf.
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