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241  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: September 22, 2012 03:55:42 PM
I love those shoes!  They look adorable.

Class: Flying
House: Gryffindor
Name: Winter overalls

I scored this fantastic narrow-wale corduroy at Value Village a few years ago, and have been saving it to make baby overalls.  Well, I finally did! 

The seams are nearly all flat-felled (I couldn't do the inner leg seam that way because of the construction), and the bib is lined with pink gingham as I ran out of corduroy to do a self-fabric lining.  It was a search to find the right size overall buckles, I tell you.

No baby in them because they're a 9 month size, and she's barely into 6 month!
242  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: September 20, 2012 10:17:31 AM
*blush*  Grin  thanks guys!  It's a free pattern on Ravelry: the Sheep Yoke Cardigan.  I know at least one person on there has made an adult sized one!

If you make a matching hat though, don't make the same mistake I did!  Use a TOP-DOWN hat pattern so the fair-isle and duplicate stitch come out right, since the chart is designed to work with the top-down cardigan *facepalm*

Oh and progress has gone on very slowly on the OWL - I've now finished Mrs. Tiggywinkle, Jemima Puddleduck, Squirrel Nutkin, and have just started Tom Kitten's sister's ear.
243  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: September 19, 2012 09:49:06 AM
OK I'm bankrupt (behind in commenting and posting) but everything looks fantastic!  If I can squeeze some more time out of today I'm going to try and add some more comments Cheesy

I've got two more projects:

Class: Arithmancy
Name: Monster Wreath!

I've had the supplies for this for several years but had never put it together - no more!  It's a furry knit, ping pong balls, and stuffed with plastic bags.  It's based off this project: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=53867.0  It'll be going up around October 1st, or whenever I can get a wreath hanger!

Class: Muggle Studies
Name: Sheepish!  Hat

I made my daughter a little sheep sweater (I even made the buttons with shrinky dinks), and had enough yarn left over to make a soft, cozy hat!  I haven't yet decided if it needs pompoms - any suggestions?  It is done though, pompoms would be only for decoration, lol.

244  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: September 05, 2012 02:55:02 PM
So many OWLs coming up!  I so wish I could sign up for one more...baby girl is going to need a sweater, and while I can knit around her hanging out with me or nursing, I can't cross-stitch that way...I also need to work on her stocking, which is one of those felt kits.  I decorate for Christmas at the beginning of December so it needs to be done by then, lol.

Those cupcakes are soooo cute, they look absolutely delicious!

I've got another little project to add:

Class: Herbology
House: Gryffindor
Name: Instant Mojito

So we were able to have a teeny patio garden this year, and included in the plants were spearmint and orange mint.  I love mojitos (virgin since I'm nursing) and was inspired to make a citrus-mint simple syrup so that I don't need to go through the bother of muddling and such.

Mojito Syrup:

1 c. water
1 c. sugar
small handful of mint leaves
1 key lime (zested then juiced)
1 tbsp lemon juice

Put water and sugar together in a small pot, and heat on medium.  Bruise the mint leaves with your fingers, and add in the lime zest, juice, and lemon juice.  Bring the pot to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes.  Allow to cool, then strain into a mason jar.  Yields about 1.5 cups.  Chill the syrup, then add to club soda for an instant virgin mojito!

245  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: September 03, 2012 04:00:50 PM
That's beautiful madcrafter!  It'd make a wonderful brooch!  Does it have a button built into it somewhere?  It needs one I think to be for transfiguration.

So Daddy-daughter day did in fact yield crafty time! 

Class: Transfiguration
House: Gryffindor
Project name: Berry bow

I made baby girl another headband (poor little bald girl keeps getting called a boy), and I have these great red buttons with strawberries on them.  It turned out pretty cute, but it's a bit tight so I may have to cut the bow off and attach it to a longer elastic.

I also have a sneak peek of my sampler - hello Jemima and Mrs. Tiggywinkle!

They don't have their outline stitch yet though.
246  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: September 02, 2012 03:23:29 PM
Woohoo, project #1!

Class: Alchemy
House: Gryffindor
Project: Craft protector and thread collector

We are starting to have a collection of baby wipe containers around the house - we buy the huge 9x refill box, but it always comes with a set of wipes in a new box as well.  Once I started her birth sampler, I realised that the kitties would be prone to playing with the threads, and could also mark or stain the aida cloth.  I'm also only using bits of thread at a time, so I wanted a way to save the rest neatly.  Hence the scrabook paper +  modpodge box, with little cardboard thread holders!

That's just a small selection of the threads, as I've only just started the sampler.  I'm hoping to post some in-progress pictures of the sampler in a bit!  Tomorrow my husband is taking her for a daddy-daughter day (aka Mommy's Sanity Saver Day) so I should be able to knock out some more work on it.
247  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: September 01, 2012 03:22:00 PM
YAYYYYYYY fall semester!  Grin

OWL Subject: Study of Ancient Runes
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Beatrix Potter Birth Announcement
Brief Description:

As the summer HPCers know, I have a baby girl!  Her nursery is largely decorated with Beatrix Potter pieces, including a full set of the books.  I was able to borrow a book on interlibrary loan that contained a beautiful Beatrix Potter birth sampler:

I'm going to make this sampler for her.  It includes a chart AND uses wayyyy more than 7 symbols, lol.  I'm going to fill up the  middle some more by including her middle name and birth weight, as well as possibly using the long form date.

So O.W.L. mistresses, will this be an acceptable project?  I'll be working on 28-count aida, so it's very fine work and quite slow going (especially as there's extensive outline stitching).  I'm thinking it'll take at least all this semester.
248  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Ends August 31, 2012* on: August 29, 2012 12:32:26 PM
Wow Jennie, great bracelets!  I especially love the Kaylee one (once upon a time I was briefly a penpal to Jewel Staite!)
249  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Ends August 31, 2012* on: August 24, 2012 10:21:16 AM
Lightninglisa, that is a wonderful idea!  I'll have to see if I can find digitzed files for my grandmothers too.  Two years ago I gave my mom a Chateleine magazine from the month and year she was born, which was a pretty big hit.
250  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Ends August 31, 2012* on: August 23, 2012 08:08:59 PM
Great drawings and hat!  It's awesome to see everyone pulling out all the stops before the end of semester!
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