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231  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: December 15, 2012 09:57:41 AM
Class: Muggle Studies OWL (carry-over from Fall)
House: Gryffindor
Name: Evelyn's Stocking

So for my Muggle Studies OWL I made a stocking for my daughter's first Christmas.  Although witches and wizards celebrate Christmas too, muggles seem to get extra excited - possibly because it's one of the few times a year they experience what they think is magic!  I can imagine Mrs. Weasley stitching up extra-special stockings like these for Ron and Ginny's children, since they both married people raised in the muggle world.  How better to make a magical stocking than cover it with sparkling beads and sequins!

This took me almost two months, all squeezed into little crafting sessions where the baby was napping, on "daddy-daughter time" (where my husband takes her out for special time on Sundays), and late at night.  Overall hours it probably ran well over 100, since it's 100% hand-stitched and hand-cut.  All the little toys are whole, but are tacked into a pocket at the top.

232  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: December 12, 2012 04:13:47 PM
Fibre, how do you get such wonderfully clean edges on your stencils?  My freezer paper stencils always seem to seep most awfully.  I'm wondering if it's that I'm not using good enough fabric medium...
233  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: December 10, 2012 04:51:25 PM
The cookies are pretty easy!  They are from here: http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/chocolate-thumbprint-cookies-2/

I had to make my own mock Better Batter flour mix because you can't buy it in Canada (and I'm blasted if I'm going to pay $40 just in shipping to get it) using another recipe on the site, and it worked pretty well!  It would be even better though with real Better Batter OR with the mock flour using superfine rice flours (which I also can't buy here, bah!).  They are slightly gritty just because I had to use rice flours that were a standard grind.
234  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: December 10, 2012 11:04:58 AM
Wow, my parents come to visit and I get like 20 pages behind AND miss start of term!  Such great stuff so far guys!  I only have one project to add, mostly because some of my current things just can't be squeezed into the class definitions.  I should hopefully have an OWL soon though...

Class: Alchemy
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Peppermint Stripe cookies

These are gluten-free chocolate thumbprints with these fantastic red-and-white striped Candy Cane Kisses.  I hate the milk chocolate Hershey's Kisses but love the candy cane ones!  I put the kisses on as soon as the cookies came out of the oven so they'd melt down a bit.  I think the red and white stripes definitely fit the two-colour alchemy requirement!

235  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Loon Felt Christmas Ornament on: November 25, 2012 08:09:27 AM
I love both the ornament and the entire tree, what a great way to display them!
236  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Winter Twilight wreath on: November 21, 2012 07:02:23 PM
Thanks!  And yup, Canuck here Smiley  Best part is because that tube was 100 baubles I still have some left over for the tree!  It's a pretty easy project, and I only had to remove a couple baubles to make the balance work.  I found it effective to hold a ball in place without stringing it on to see if I needed a small one or a large one as the next.
237  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: November 21, 2012 08:30:37 AM
Wow, congratulations on the finished OWLs guys!  I'm not sure if mine will be done by my self-imposed date of Dec. 1, although my parents are coming for a visit so they can help baby watch while I craft  Cheesy  That quilt is great, and I'm so impressed by the dyeing attempt!  The patches are cute too.

I just realised that the Christmas wreath I made is PERFECT for the Gemino challenge!

Challenge: Gemino
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Winter Twilight wreath
Link:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=417130.0

I made this using the tutorial here: http://www.eddieross.com/eddie_ross/2008/12/no-wire-hangers-well-maybe-just-one.html that's been pinned all over Pinterest, including by me.  It's at least 2/3 of a tube of 100 baubles, on a wire hanger.  I'm awfully proud of it, and it only took a couple hours (mostly because I'm finicky about colour and shape placement).

238  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Winter Twilight wreath on: November 21, 2012 08:27:26 AM
I've seen this Christmas bauble wreath everywhere, and pinned the tutorial myself on pinterest.  I knew it would make a great, simple and classy decoration for our front door (I am so excited to have a front door, it's the first time since I went to University in 2001!)

The tutorial is here: http://www.eddieross.com/eddie_ross/2008/12/no-wire-hangers-well-maybe-just-one.html

I followed it pretty nearly exactly, using an old wire hanger.  I did hot glue the first couple baubles in place so that they would slide as I worked other ones on.  I also didn't include a bow on it, though if I find a nice silver bow I will!  It's made with at least 2/3 of a big tube of 100 shatterproof ornaments from Superstore, which included two different sizes.



We do have lots of snow here!  You just can't see it in the cropped picture.  I'm looking forward to decorating the windows with lights too (need to do it indoors, as we don't have outdoor outlets).
239  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: November 16, 2012 09:48:40 AM
So much great stuff guys!  I've been crazy busy, what with Hallowe'en and then I had to travel for a week so baby girl could meet her godparents and some of DH's family.  I only just got back!  I have so much crafty craziness to do in the next two weeks: finish baby's stocking so I can decorate on the 1st, make my NaKniSweMo sweater, make some more photo props for a friend, and hopefully make a Christmas wreath!
240  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: October 28, 2012 11:57:38 AM
Thanks guys!  That shawl is gorgeous Eiseldora, you did a great job of it.

And congratulations Pinkleo, I am so jealous of that jewellery chest!
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