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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: August 06, 2014 11:03:42 AM
I liiiiiiiiive!  Grin  Colicky baby who then turned out to have reflux (thankfully gaining weight now) and a toddler with severe salmonella poisoning (on holiday no less) means I've been AWOL, but I do have a few small projects to share!

Class: Transfiguration
House: Gryffindor
Name: Flappie hat

I loved the little earflap hat my daughter's great-aunt made for her, and decided to replicate it exactly with blue and green baby yarn I was gifted for my son!  The only difference between them is that I added a pompom to my son's whereas hers had a little i-cord loop on top.

Class: HoM
House: Gryffindor
Name: Superhero plaque

For Father's Day I made this plaque for my husband.  He's a nerd, and it seemed the perfect type of thing for him!  He really has taught me that Daddies (and Mummys) are superheroes to their children.

Class: SoAR
House: Gryffindor
Name: Colour and shape practice

Since I had to take a long plane trip with both kids by myself, I tried to think up some little activities that could keep my busy preg_replace('/(.{19})/', '$1 ', 'toddler...well...busy')!  I made this match the colour/number sheet with a self-adhesive laminating envelope and clothespins.

Class: Apparition
House: Gryffindor
Name: Change pad

Well, hopefully it's not too gross a reference, but parents know that a diaper change pad definitely references the human body! Wink  Our old one got melted in the dryer (yikes!) so I had to make a new one.  I was given this cute PUL fabric, and I just backed it with polar fleece to help with the water-resistance and make it a little softer to lie on.

Class: Alchemy
House: Gryffindor
Name: Frozen Erupting Sidewalk Chalk!

Well THIS was a hit all around.  We've had an unusually hot summer, and our un-air-conditioned townhouse faces SW so it's extra hot!  This is homemade sidewalk chalk paint, using one part water, 0.5 parts baking sodda, and 0.5 parts cornstarch mixed together with food colouring and frozen.  You then draw with the chalky ice cubes, letting them run and melt together, then squirt with a bottle full of vinegar to make colourful eruptions!

Finally I also have some NEWT progress!  I finished graphing the cross-stitch chart for the birth announcement sampler, chose the floss colours, and have started stitching!

Things will probably remain drive-by for me for awhile, but I do check the thread often and marvel at the things posted Smiley
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: June 09, 2014 09:08:07 PM
AHAHAHAHA noodle-bug I love it!  Is that from "Here Comes Science"?  My favourite songs on there are "I'm a Palaeontologist" and "What is a Shooting Star?" 

Mostly though I'm addicted to "Here Come the 123's" (which Siri pronounces as "the one hundred twenty-three's").
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: June 08, 2014 10:15:36 AM
Congratulations to Ravenclaw, and to all the winners so far!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: May 31, 2014 09:04:01 AM
jenleahlyn I'm so sorry to hear about your health - I hope everything goes well!

I have another hexie project in this bunch, and I forget who it was (noodle-bug maybe?) who suggested a fabric swap but I'm all for that!  Fabric swaps can generally be done for just over the price of a standard letter, so they're a lot of fun!  Maybe we could even make it a full swap? 

Here's my final few projects for the semester:

Challenge: DA - Department of Mysteries
SPEW: Not sure - it isn't a charity, though it's a friend in need!
House: Gryffindor
Name: Tutu 2!

Our friends have a few months of financial difficulty ahead, due to her in-laws (for whom she works) not having a contract at the moment and not being able to pay her unexpectedly.  Their daughter of course just went through a growth spurt, AND summer finally arrived.  This means she has no shorts!  I had enough yarn left from the first tutu to make a second, so I made this and will include a pair of shorts to go underneath for a fun little summer outfit. Her daughter adores fru-fru outfits so it'll definitely go over well, and our daughters will match as well!

Class: Alchemy
House: Gryffindor
Name: Hexie bookmark

I made this hexie  bookmark for my mom for her birthday, using scrap pieces - so it's basically fabric that was going to be thrown away, rebirthed into a useful bookmark!  I hope she likes it - she quilts too so I thought it was perfect for her.  It's actually ten 0.75" hexies sewn into two lines of 5, then stitched back-to-back.

I have one more project that's for the strawberry bean, but it needs a photo first!  It's My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic related though Wink
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: May 08, 2014 09:24:28 PM
More projects!

Class: Potions
House: Gryffindor
Name: Butterfly tutu

I'm not sure why I called it the butterfly tutu, maybe because the colours of the yarn are similar to a lace colourway I've used called Papillon?  At any rate, for me this falls under the "luxury" part of the prompt, because ruffle scarf yarns are normally too expensive for me.  I was able to get this one really on sale though, and the DK yarn it's knitted with is leftover from the sheepie sweater I knit wayyyy back in Summer 2012 for the very first semester of the craftalong!  There's even enough yarn left to make another one.

Class: HoM
House: Gryffindor
Name: Hexie cushion

My mom gave me this English paper-pieced kit, and I LOVED making it.  The hexies are all pieced by hand, then appliqued down by hand as well.  I found the work of making the hexies and setting them up very "zen" and relaxing, and I can do it while the baby is asleep on the nursing pillow in my lap Wink

Class: Ancient Runes
House: Gryffindor
Name: Spring dress

I found this very sweet pillowcase set at the thrift store, and knew it would make a beautiful spring dress.  I added the lace, then stitched it up the sides and at the neckline.  My daughter plays pretty rough-and-tumble so I didn't think the drawstring shoulders you usually see on dresses would work very well for her, since they'd threaten to come untied all the time.  Luckily the dollar store had the perfect shade of grosgrain as well!

Challenge: May detention
House: Gryffindor
Name: Chunky knit pants

More photo prop knits for my friend.  They're made out of chunky wool so are actually quite heavy.  I started the pink pair back before Sam was born, but only had one ball each of yarn and that wasn't enough!  I finally finished them a few days ago.

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: April 22, 2014 05:16:37 PM
Great stuff guys!  I'm sorry I haven't the time to comment on it all (baby boy, while smiley a lot of the time, has also developed mild colic) but I check and admire every day.

Class: CoMC
House: Gryffindor
Name: Rainbow Eggs

We coloured eggs for the first time this year, and decided to try a version that made a "tea egg" look.  I boiled the eggs, my daughter and I cracked them with the backs of spoons, then we let them sit in coloured water tinted with gel colours for several hours in the fridge.  Some colours worked better than others as you can see, partially because a two year-old is a little over-enthusiastic with the cracking Tongue  They also didn't peel very well, I always have issues with the membranes sticking to the whites.

Challenge: Dumbledore's Army
House: Gryffindor
SPEW: Women's shelter
Name: A little luxury

I can't imagine how difficult it must be to have to go to a shelter, and how much suffering must have happened to get there as well.  I'm hoping this crocheted wash cloth and luxury soap will bring at least a little moment of happiness to someone who's really struggling.  I'm hoping to make more as well!

Class: Herbology
House: Gryffindor
Name: Ring sling

Well I wouldn't be able to get ANYTHING done, never mind crafting, without a baby carrier!  Little man needs a LOT of holding, way more than his sister ever did, and with a toddler all by myself 2 days a week (she's still in daycare 3 days to keep her place for when I go back) I wanted a carrier that was faster to put on and adjust than my Maman Kangaroo wrap.  This fits the bill, although it's not his favourite carrier (he prefers the wrap).

Challenge: Detention
House: Gryffindor
Name: Ladybug sweater

This project was banished to the UFO pile months ago, and I finally picked it up again so I could justify doing a few NEW projects instead.  Sadly, even though the wool was superwash and it said specifically to wash it in the machine, it felted slightly after these pictures were taken so I need to make sure it still fits!

Oh, and an extra photo of little man in one of the sweaters I submitted as a project last term!

7  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
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: April 13, 2014 02:43:23 PM
Class: Apparition
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
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
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.
9  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.
10  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
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!

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