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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: CLOSED! - HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ on: December 12, 2014 08:33:10 PM
No worries!  We're crafters - we know that holidays are crunchtime!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: December 10, 2014 08:29:36 PM
Naantje - great cards!
jenleahlynn - HA!  Love that little mandrake
pottermouth - those elves are freaking creepy! Wink  Cute outfits
seeuudee - OK I need to make a crown like that!  I have the fabric to make my daughter an Elsa dress!
jillybeans - I know what toddler crafting is like  Roll Eyes  And the cross-stitch made me giggle.  Plus those SHOES!!!!
Acadian Driftwood - that's beautiful satin stitch!

Now onto a big project post.

Finally found an opportunity to post some classes!

Class: Apparition
House: Gryffindor
Name: The GF deliciousness swap

So some friends and I decided to make a holiday treat swap, which was extra fun because most of them were able to make GF treats so I could have them too!  There were 7 of us, so we all made 7 dozen of our treat (1 for everyone plus 1 for home).  I made coconut macaroons, half with lemon zest and half plain.

The recipe is here: http://siliconemoulds.blogspot.ca/2012/04/coconut-macaroons-not-macarons-cookie.html

Challenge: BEAN - Mint
House: Gryffindor
Name: Peppermint bath salts

I wanted to do something nice for the ladies at my daughter's daycare, as she loves them and loves going there.  So we decided to make some bath salts, as she can help me mix them up!  This is new to me as I've never worked with extracts or oils before (besides baking) and I've also never made bath and body products.  We bought epsom salts at the dollar store, as well as cute little glass containiers.  We poured out the salts and talked about how pretty and shiny they were ("look mommy, snow!") and then added peppermint extract to both and red food dye to half.  We mixed them up well with spoons, then layered them into the jars.  I hope they like them!

Class: Charms
House: Gryffindor
Name: Very posh pyjamas

We have a new tradition we started when our daughter was born - everyone gets to open a new pair of pyjamas Christmas Eve, and we wear them while we snack and watch a Christmas movie (either The Santa Clause or Muppet Christmas Carol).  This is my son's jammies, and I just couldn't resist the fabric!  I made the pants and stenciled the shirt.

Hubby gets matching jammy pants, and a "Keep Calm and Carry On" shirt.  Mine and DD's are going to show up later on.

Class: Headmistress Challenge #1
House: Gryffindor
Name: Tiny elephant and tree

My sister not only has to be away from family this Christmas for the first time, she also (out of the blue, at 24) recently suffered a stroke in her left eye that has left her partially permanently blind.  I can't stand the thought of it, being 3600 km away.  Because she may be moving shortly for work she also can't buy any Christmas decorations, since she'd have nowhere to store them.  So I made her this tiny elephant to make her feel better, and a tiny tree to decorate her house

Class: Potions
House: Gryffindor
Name: Fingerpainted snowflakes

I wanted something the kids could make for their grandparents, but that would be able to be used for years and still look good (because let's face it, 2 year old crafts have a lot of love in them but might not stand the test of time).  I found a pin to make snowflake canvases, and I thought it'd work well done with fingerpaints instead of brushes!

It took preparation because I had to make masking tape snowflakes on the canvas before the kids could start, and it took quite awhile since I tried to do it very neatly and evenly.  Then we fingerpainted on royal blue, white, and sky blue finger paint, and peeled off the tape.  Magic!  I'll be putting the kids' names underneath along with the year.

Lastly, my OWL is going pretty well, with just under half the decorations completed on my house.

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: December 03, 2014 05:47:32 PM

OWL Subject: Charms - Reducio
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Gluten-free gingerbread house
Brief Description:

Last semester I completed the base for my "gluten-free" knitted gingerbread house.  This month I will be decorating it, one day at a time until the 24th!  Even if I don't include the first three days I did (Dec. 1-3) I still have exactly 3 weeks worth of work, as only one decoration pattern is released per day.  I'd like to put aside my current OWL and pick this one up until December 4!

This perfectly fits the Reducio charm as everything is done in miniature - it's smaller than most gingerbread houses for sure.

PS Jennie I'd TOTALLY count at least some of those badges for house points.  It's a lot of work!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: December 02, 2014 02:32:00 PM
Welcome to a new semester!  I'm crazy busy but will definitely have a few things to put up soon.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: CLOSED! - HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ on: December 02, 2014 12:27:08 PM
Merlin's beard!  Way to go Gryffindor!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* on: November 30, 2014 08:51:59 PM
Finished it!  One last project!

Challenge: Detention - October
House: Gryffindor
Name: Gluten-free Gingerbread House

I saw this knitted gingerbread house on FB and I just loved it!  Since I'm not necessarily a fan of gingerbread in the first place, and GF cookies are notorious for collapsing into crumbs.  It's reinforced with plastic canvas, which definitely took a LOT of attention because even though my stockinette gauge matched the pattern, my moss stitch didn't!  When it came time to connect the pieces and put in the plastic canvas, I had to recut all the canvas to fit correctly!

This will hopefully be part and parcel of some of my classes next semester, as the decorations are released as free patterns daily through December.

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* on: November 30, 2014 07:24:38 PM
I have at least one more project to squeak in - my Charms NEWT!

Class: Charms NEWT
House: Gryffindor
Name: Samuel's Stocking

I've made stockings for my whole family, and this is Samuel's first Christmas!  (Crazy to think that my daughter's 1st Christmas occurred during the first winter semester of the HPC!)

All the beads and sequins remind me of Flitwick's spells to decorate the Christmas trees in the great hall.  I'd say it took me at least 40-50 hours, probably more.  All worked by hand, from a printed felt kit - I got it from my husband's grandmother, and judging by the copyright she got it in 1994.

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / <<->> Defence Against the Dark Arts <<->> on: November 29, 2014 02:15:40 PM
This is DADA

With all the snow outside, we will be starting to study the Yeti.  The yeti is a dangerous creature who lives in the Himalayas.  Not much is known and the creature may have magical potential - the first wizard to be able to approach one could be famous!  To prepare for such an eventuality we will need to become familiar with the country of Nepal and the creature itself.  Please craft something associated with Nepal (ex. prayer flag), something made with a traditional Nepalese craft medium (wool, felt, silk, cotton, silver, bone, stone, leather, bamboo), or something based on a property of the Yeti (something fuzzy or white).




9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / ~*~ Charms Classroom ~*~ on: November 29, 2014 02:11:40 PM
Welcome to Charms!

Brrr, it's getting cold at Hogwarts!  The classrooms are so cold and drafty that you shall all need to practice creating flames that are safe to carry around in a jam jar, made famous by our own Hermione Granger.  For your homework please make something that can keep you warm, utilizes a jar (mason, ball, jam, etc.) or is bright bluebell in color.




10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* on: November 14, 2014 07:37:21 PM
This wayward professor has also updated the DADA classroom, finally!  If anyone has done one and it's missing just let me know!

Love everything everyone did for Hallowe'en, although very sad that Mistress Jennie's skirt, didn't work (still a great costume) and Inselaeffchen's first Supergirl shirt washed out!

I want those Star Wars shoes Jillybeans, my daughter would love them!  I should get my husband to paint her a pair for daycare - she needs the next size up soon.

I don't have anything to post right now, but my NEWT is coming along.  The stocking should be done in time to hang on Dec. 1!  I'm also building a knitted gingerbread house (hey, it's gluten-free!) that will be the base for a lot of crafting come December - the house pattern is out right now, but you don't get the instructions for the decorations until December and I'm hoping some will fit into the winter class prompts. Cheesy

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