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21  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 106 ENTRIES / Re: Home Sweet, Very Sweet Home....Dessert Included on: January 12, 2015 12:46:11 PM
It's very homey looking, quite cute! Smiley  I love the woods especially.
22  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 106 ENTRIES / The gluten-free gingerbread house on: January 12, 2015 09:34:50 AM
I hope this is an acceptable entry!  I have celiac disease so I can't bake regular gingerbread any more, and I haven't really had any success making GF gingerbread with enough structural integrity for a house.  When I saw this pattern for a gingerbread house, I really couldn't resist!

I worked on it every day, as she originally released a new decoration each day in December for 1-21, then 3 days of cookie patterns to store inside it.  Here is my epic project.


The front of the house, with a little porch.  We have two candy canes, a cute little wreath, and of course the snow edging!  I'd still like to add a little sconce-style dollhouse light above the door if I can find one I like, in the right scale.


A little snowman, window (one of three) with what I imagine to be purple velvet curtains, and heart flowers.
The roof has pink and white marshmallows, wrapped sweets, a peppermint (the pattern calls for dolly mixture pieces but I hate dolly mixture, and felt that all gingerbread houses need peppermints), and smarties (of the chocolate variety).  It also features the chimney, which was quite difficult! 


My favourite side, with another wreath with working jingle bells, a post box, and a shiny Christmas tree!


The last side, with a chocolate button tree, Swedish Berry bush (it was supposed to be an allsorts bush, but I don't like liquorice), and side door and more roof sweets.

I'm so happy with it!  It just needs a Santa/Father Christmas!
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: January 12, 2015 08:37:17 AM
NEWT proposal!

NEWT Subject: Arithmancy
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Mitten Advent Calendar
Brief Description:

So I want to make my Mom something epic and knitted for Christmas next year, and I found this mitten advent calendar: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/julevotter-adventscalendar  It's going to take a LOT of work, but my Mom is a knitter and she'll appreciate it.  I can also get my Dad to make a wooden display tree (if you have Ravelry, it's the project by ElizabethiNorge, I can't link it though since it's a link only available to Ravelers).  I'm going to use stash, and try to complete at least three mittens a month to have it done by November.  It's going to be a little harder as I'm going back to work after Maternity Leave in March!
24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: January 12, 2015 08:27:35 AM
Eeek!  Thank you so much for the gingerbread love - I did in fact make it it's own project post as well now: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437640.0 

Also thanks so much for the MotM award!  It was definitely a lot of work and I'm very proud of it. 

vincentvanbuck - that's a great stocking, I love the bold colours!
jillybeans - I love the idea of growing stepping stones!  I wonder if my parents would like it out at the cabin...  Also awesome cannot BEGIN to describe the shoes, and that GARTER.  I want it!
midkiffsjoy - LOL to your hoopla!  It's one of the lower movies in my list for HP but that's my favourite line!
gaudiknight - the sweater is so perfect!  Great yarn too.

And another project to submit!

Class: Alchemy
House: Gryffindor
Name:  I a dinosaur!  Roar!

My daughter LOVES dinosaurs, and is always coming up to me saying "I a dinosaur!  Roar!" so when I remembered I had this great pattern booklet from my Grandma, I had to make her a sweater!  The sweater is made up of 5 pieces: front, back, two sleeves, and neckband.  It was my first time working intarsia, and my first time working embroidery on knit pieces.  It was a lot of work and intarsia could also be defined as "OMG LOOK AT ALL THE ENDS" but I'm thrilled with it, and so is she!




I made it in colours her brother can wear too when he grows into it, and there's enough of the dinosaur colours left to make a matching hat (with spikes of course) and possibly even a pair of mittens.  First I have two other things to finish though!
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / The gluten-free gingerbread house - now with celebrity endorsement! on: January 12, 2015 07:27:51 AM
So I am part of the Harry Potter Craftalong, and decided to do an epic project.  When I saw this fantastic pattern on ravelry I knew I had to make it.

I completed the house just before the end of November, but even though I thought I had gauge I guess my knitting had some stretch as I had to recut the plastic canvas larger (I suppose I can make a dollhouse with the smaller pieces?) in order to get the base ready.  The base is just the four walls and the roof, things like the chimney and stuff are added later.

I then worked on it every day, as she originally released a new decoration each day in December for 1-21, then 3 days of cookie patterns to store inside it.  Here is my epic project.


The front of the house, with a little porch.  We have two candy canes, a cute little wreath, and of course the snow edging!  I'd still like to add a little sconce-style dollhouse light above the door if I can find one I like, in the right scale.


A little snowman, window (one of three) with what I imagine to be purple velvet curtains, and heart flowers.
The roof has pink and white marshmallows, wrapped sweets, a peppermint (the pattern calls for dolly mixture pieces but I hate dolly mixture, and felt that all gingerbread houses need peppermints), and smarties (of the chocolate variety).  It also features the chimney, which was quite difficult! 


My favourite side, with another wreath with working jingle bells, a post box, and a shiny Christmas tree!


The last side, with a chocolate button tree, Swedish Berry bush (it was supposed to be an allsorts bush, but I don't like liquorice), and side door and more roof sweets.

I'm so happy with it!  It just needs a Santa/Father Christmas!  Now for the celebrity connection...

I follow Anne and Wil Wheaton on Twitter, and she happened to tweet about how she felt old for going to bed very early.  I replied, jokingly, "I'm knitting a gingerbread house! #partylikeits1875" and she actually responded, asking to see it when it was done!  I did, and, well...

She LOVED it.  She replied privately to me, and then my inbox EXPLODED.  She'd shared both images on twitter, and I got over 200 retweets, favourites, and a few inquiries on how I made it and asking for the pattern (which I passed on, I promise I didn't take credit for the amazing pattern!).  I took screenshots on my phone of the craziness, just to remind me that even people who don't knit can be charmed by the things we love to do.
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: January 08, 2015 04:47:15 PM
I'm back, with a new laptop!  Mine died so I couldn't easily see or post!  Prepare for a massive project dump here.  I'll also be catching up my classrooms, and hopefully from now on I'll be able to comment on everyone's projects again!

Headmistress, I noticed that I accidentally submitted my local cookie swap as an Apparition project, but it was actually meant for Arithmancy, which calls for you to do a swap!  Is it possible to make that switch?  I did make a nice big meal for my family I intended to put for Apparition.  I'll submit it on here in case that's OK.

Class/Challenge: Alchemy
House: Gryffindor
Name: Candy cane macarons

So these macarons required 5 ingredients: egg whites, powdered sugar, granulated sugar, almond meal, and gel food colouring.  I made them as a standard french meringue macaron (you don't cook a sugar syrup, just whip the granulated sugar and egg whites at room temperature), then folded in the meal and powdered sugar mixture.  The next bit was finicky - I carefully painted three stripes of gel food colouring on the inside of the piping bag, then filled it.  As I piped it out on the parchment paper (which I had traced circles onto, on the opposite side, to make even shells) it striped reasonably well!  The stripes were rather thick, which meant my first macarons were nearly all red.  I also slightly undermixed the batter so it spread more than I wanted and was a bit hollow.  But with a bit of cinnamon-nutmeg buttercream they were divine!



Class/Challenge: Apparition
House: Gryffindor
Name: Egg yolk dinner Wink

After splitting out the egg whites I needed for the macarons above, I had extra egg yolks, so I decided to make homemade alfredo, a caesar salad, and then we had macaroons (the coconut kind, leftover from some we made for my daughter's daycare) for dessert!

I used this recipe for the alfredo: http://italianchef.com/fettucine-alfredo/
This recipe for the caesar dressing: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2009/02/my-caesar-salad-part-1/
And I can't remember the one for the macaroons!  It was a basic shredded coconut, egg white, and sugar recipe though.

Here's the dinner!  It was delicious, though absolutely terrible for us.  Good thing it was still BEFORE Christmas Wink




Class/Challenge: Astronomy
House: Gryffindor
Name: 2015 goals

My friend and I got together to make goals for New Years - not so much resolutions, I'd say, as things for us to do and remember over the new year.  It took a good two hours to set it out, assign it priorities, and then think up specifics (ie. WHERE we would go for our Monthly Adventures with the kids, what my husband and I would like to do for dates, etc.)  I'm still planning on making some other things to help me plan even better, like maybe calendars.  I'm also going to use the beautiful handmade book I won last semester from noodle-bug to document our monthly adventures with the kids!




Class/Challenge: Herbology
House: Gryffindor
Name: Snowman kit

This is definitely a green project, because it uses old pencil crayons (they never really worked well) and thrifted buttons!  Our weather has been crazy here, snow then above zero so we could actually build a snowman, then -39C so it froze solid, then another 15cm of snow...anyway, since we don't always get to build a snowman in the middle of winter, and it was so warm our buttons kept falling off, I thought I'd make a kit so we could set those eyes and such into his/her head good and proper Wink  The buttons are all hot-glued on, and the nose is sculpey formed around an aluminium foil armature, then painted orange.  We're pretty proud of it. 




Class/Challenge: OWL - Charms
House: Gryffindor
Name: Epic Gluten-free Gingerbread House of Awesomeness

It's DONE!  And boy am I proud!  It was a ton of work, probably over 100 hours if you include the base, and I also reknit and redid some of the pieces I didn't like.  Not only that, I follow Anne Wheaton (Wil Wheaton, aka Wesley Crusher's wife) on twitter and had mentioned in reply to something that I was knitting a gingerbread house.  She asked to see it when it was done...and she loved it!  Loved it, retweeted it, and BAM my inbox was FLOODED with likes and retweets and comments.  I felt like a celebrity lol!

Anyway, here's pictures and some descriptions:


Candy canes, wreath, front porch.  I'd like to add a dollhouse sconced-style light over the door.


Heart-shaped flowers, window with plum satin drapes Wink, marshmallows, wrapped hard candies, peppermint candy, and smarties (the UK/Canadian chocolate kind)


Two of my favourite things on here - the wreath with tiny working bells and the Christmas tree, and post box


More roof candies!  Also a chocolate button tree, and it was supposed to be a liquorice allsorts bush but I HATE allsorts so I made it a Swedish Berry tree instead!

The chimney was pretty epic, and I need to knit a Santa Claus for it as well.  The pattery lady used a playmobil Santa in it, and we will end up with one from next year's Playmobil Advent calendar (I scored it after Christmas for 40% off!) but I think a knitted one would be best.

Hope you liked everything!

I need to think up another OWL now.  Probably one of my new year's goals, one of the knitted pieces for my family.  You guys will also LOVE the project I'm making for my Mom for Christmas next year - it's a knitted advent calendar, comprised entirely of hand-knit tiny Scandinavian mittens.   Shocked
27  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!
28  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
SPEW: N/A
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
SPEW: N/A
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.

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

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!
30  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.
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