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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: August 06, 2015 06:40:15 PM
Oh I'm a MoM!  Thank you!  Cheesy  It was a rough go - I finally figured out the best stranding method by the last few rows of the last sheep lol.

Also FANTASTIC wiring work noodle-bug, and Erinaquaheart I'm glad surgery went well!  Lovely the tiny sweaters (tiny knitters unite!) gaudiknight, midkiffsjoy those are SERIOUSLY creepy, Whistlefish the party looks so cute!, and what a time turner Abbeeroad!

Some more homework from me.

Class: Detention (June)
House: Gryffindor
Name: In-law Pasta Smiley

So this is a pasta my MIL makes all the time that I love.  The recipe below is more of a formula, but I promise it's delicious!

1 each zucchini, mushrooms, onion, bell pepper chopped roughly (you can add in or substitute veggies you like)
At least 2 cups spinach or kale
1/2 - 3/4 c. Dry white wine
1/2 c. chicken broth
3 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
up to 1/4 c. Parmesan
1/2 - 1 c. crumbled Feta


Stir fry the veggies and garlic in olive oil and butter until slightly softened, then add wine and chicken broth and the greens and put the lid on for a few minutes to steam it down.  Take the lid off to reduce the liquid some (3-5 minutes at least), then put it in a bowl and toss it with cheese.  Serve over your favourite pasta!

Class: DADA
House: Gryffindor
Name: LEMON alfredo sauce!

This contains an unexpected ingredient - lemon zest!  I learned the trick from Giada DiLaurentis a long time ago.  Just make a standard alfredo sauce (you could try this one: http://www.copykat.com/2014/09/23/creamy-alfredo-sauce/) but add the zest from one lemon.  It brightens up the sauce and lifts the richness slightly.  I put it on top of this very fun GF farfalle from the Italian Centre shop.

Class: SoAR
House: Gryffindor
Name: Sun fun!

We've had some hoooooot and sunny days here so I planned some things to make good use of it!  We made oobleck with water, cornstarch, baking soda, and food colouring to play in our fingers, then walk out onto the hot and sunny driveway to leave bright footprints.  We added vinegar to make them foam!  Then we made frozen sidewalk chalk with the same ingredients but MUCH less water, then put them in the hot sunny driveway to melt and make neat patterns and puddles.  Vinegar made these melt and spread in beautiful pictures too.

Challenge: Quidditch Half-time
House: Gryffindor
Name: Sprinkler

Yet another way to beat the heat, this sprinkler is definitely refreshing.  We made one last year with a different pool noodle but it wasn't reuseable since we taped it onto the hose.  This time I went out and bought a hose coupler, then used MUCH duct tape to get it firmly into the pool noodle.  I taped off the other end, and drilled some holes at random into the top half (width wise) of the noodle.  Ghetto sprinkler for $6!  Not including duct tape costs.

12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: July 27, 2015 06:00:25 PM
Fun socks noodle-bug!

Challenge: Catch the Snitch!
House: Gryffindor
Name: tiny sweater@

I made this tiny sweater as the first of two Diagon Alley prizes for the end-of-term feast!  Once names are pulled I'll add the initial of choice!  I also need to figure out how to make a hanger so it can be hung as an ornament Smiley

13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: July 16, 2015 11:31:09 AM
Tiamatfire: you have chosen two classes/challenges to stand for your Dueling Wizard find in the scavenger hunt.  You may only find each item once.  Will you please tell me if you would like to change one of your finds for another scavenger hunt prompt?  Thank you!  Cheesy

Eeep sorry!  It was typo - I meant to use 14, because my Astronomy chalk was simple and meditative to do!
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: July 13, 2015 06:31:02 PM
Hokay epic post!  Sorry for being AWOL.  We were on vacation, and Im dealing with health problems but I see a specialist in a month, yay!  So many lovely projects, and I'm hoping to figure out an extra-credit project for one of my classes!

Class: Appartion
House: Gryffindor
Name: Sheepy sweater
Scavenger hunt: 13

My son needed a sweater, and I fell totally in love with the Welcome to the Flock pattern on ravelry after seeing the Yarn Harlot make one.  This sweater definitely takes extra care, as youre not only working fair-isle back and forth (its usually worked in the round) and also has several lines with three colours worked at once (again, usually only two are worked).  Its very soft and comfortable, and I think hes pretty darned cute in it!

Class: Arithmancy
House: Gryffindor
Name: Tetris Fathers Day Card
Scavenger hunt: 15 (it seriously took almost 4 hours!)

Well this certainly uses many (many many) small things to make one!  The squares are approximately 1/8, and are assembled on strips to make them easier to place.   Not only is my husband a big Nintendo fan, he had the original Gameboy which of course came packaged with Tetris!  The Dad even slots in nicely.  He first comment though?  Well somebody screwed up playing this! because of all the gaps left in the lines Cheesy

Class: Astronomy
House: Gryffindor
Name: Chalk fun
Scavenger hunt: 15 (I got so absorbed it was like meditation)
On vacation we needed something to do outside that wasnt strenuous because its both VERY hot in western Canada and very smokey due to the severe wildfire activity.  Ive always been good at bubble letters, and the daycare kids used to ask me to write their names so they could colour them.  I idly drew mine and my kids names, then my daughter requested I do everyone elses.  So I did!  It took about 45 minutes all told.

Class: Charms
House: Gryffindor
Name: Watermelon-lime popsicles
We had some watermelon at a BBQ that was that slightly mealy, soft texture so not so nice to eat by itself.  I hemmed and hawed, and had my daughter help me make popsicles!  Blend watermelon, then add some lime juice for zing, and a small amount of sugar to pop the sweetness (since freezing tends to decrease the natural sweetness of fruits).  We have these AWESOME popsicle molds not only are they rockets, but the sticks inside are little astronauts!   Between that and the fact they are red and white it feels oddly like you are eating Commander Hadfield...

Class: Muggle Studies
House: Gryffindor
Name: Copper shawl pins
Scavenger hunt: 6

My dad helped me make these great shawl pins!  My mom and I found some 14 gauge copper wire in my Grandfathers things (he passed away a month ago), and I roughly copied out a swirled shape I liked.  My Dad and I made a wood and nail jig, and wound the wire around it.  We then smoothed the sharp ends of the swirl and pin on a grinder, and I gently hammered them on an anvil to stiffen the metal and give it a nice textured look.  Im pretty happy with them!

Class: NEWT Arithmancy
House: Gryffindor
Name: Mitten Advent Calendar

I have finally finished this EPIC project!  24 tiny fair-isle mittens for my mom!  My Dad is going to create some form of display board or other way to showcase them as part of his present for her. It was a pretty great project actually, since each mitten goes fairly fast.  Weaving in the ends is a bit monotonous though.  Ill probably make another set for my MIL since she requested it repeatedly (and would also appreciate the work it takes), and possibly one for my sister (ditto).  My favourite is the little birdie one Cheesy

Class: Potions
House: Gryffindor
Name: Root beer float pie
Scavenger hunt: 4, 9 (whisking boiling milk and pop into an egg mixture!)

I saw this gluten-free pie recipe on Gluten-Free on a Shoestring, and had to try it!  Its quite complicated and finicky (although I used the cookie-crumb crust option), and never quite solidified to a firm consistency, so its more like pudding!  Yummy anyway.  It had a loooong no touching period as it cooled in the fridge.

Class: Transfiguration
House: Gryffindor
Name: Bunny hat

I love this bunny hat as baby gifts, and baby photo props.  You tie ribbons around the base of each ear in any coordinating colour you like!

And a new NEWT proposal!

Subject: Herbology
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Annas Frozen Fever Dress
Brief Description:
For Halloween my daughter asked to be a princess, so I asked if it would be OK if we all went as Frozen Fever!  Shes going to be Anna, Ill be Elsa, my husband will be Kristoff, and my son Olaf.  Im just including her outfit as the NEWT because it will be plenty epic enough on its own!  It will absolutely take the full time to complete just it, and then if I dont get to the other costumes its still a completed NEWT Wink  Maybe my dress can be another!

This is the dress here:
15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: June 07, 2015 09:22:05 PM
Erin - I hope it's OK, I added my scavenger hunt finds to my projects I already posted!  The hunt was already in session, I had just missed the post.
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: June 06, 2015 11:27:11 AM
Great projects so far guys, and I love to see all the board game love!  We are amassing quite the collection - may I suggest Takenoko?  It's a ton of fun, and while competitive because all your goals are always secret (and difficult to distinguish, unlike Ticket to Ride sometimes) there's not really an pitting against one another.  

I have two projects so far:

Class: Herbology
House: Gryffindor
Name: Baby bonnet
Scavenger Hunt: 7 and 10

My wonderful photographer friend did a cake smash session for our son in exchange for some knitted goodies.  Due to her son being hospitalized when ours was, as well life getting in the way, she only recently decided what she'd like.  This is the first piece!  A little lavendar-coloured baby bonnet.  It's knitted in fingering weight wool on US7 needles, so it's got a more delicate look.

Class: HoM
House: Gryffindor
Name: Hermia's daughter
Scavenger Hunt!: 1 and 11 (I had to add in that "be", wish could have actually time-turned that!)

I love the quote from A Midsummer Night's Dream, spoken by Helena of Hermia: "and though she be but little, she be fierce."  That describes my daughter to a T.  So what better than to make her a tee with that quotation?  It took me awhile to do, as I wanted it neat....then discovered I'd forgotten the first "be" in the quote.  So I pulled it out and added all the little purple pieces.  It's Crayola Fabric Markers I got on super clearance when Target closed out (SOB!) in Canada.

17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Defence Against the Dark Arts on: May 26, 2015 08:20:00 AM
Standing out in left field...
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / CHARMS classroom. on: May 26, 2015 08:19:07 AM
It's getting HOT outside...
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: May 25, 2015 11:13:21 AM
Jennie, that Gillywater sounds awesome - I'm so going to make some beverage concoctions for summer semester!

And noodle-bug that is SERIOUSLY cool.  I'm sure the jars will be well appreciated!
20  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!

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