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31  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* on: November 18, 2013 09:13:07 AM
Thanks Stillatthetop, I might give that a shot!

Headmistresses, I too would like to take a leave of absence from my NEWT.  The Harry Potter book is about half done, but I've realised it's just not quite right age-wise for my daughter.  I will likely pick it up gain before next Christmas, but right now she's just too active and rough and will wreck the book.  I'd rather put my energies into something else if that's OK!

I do have a new NEWT proposal if you accept my resignation from the current one.

Class: Arithmancy NEWT
Name: Christmas Quilt

One of the things on my list of New Year's Resolutions was to complete one of my Christmas quilts, as I have fabric for a few.  This NEWT will require math because I'm not using a pattern, but am instead making it rather on the fly!  It will use a printed panel for the centre and I will be strip piecing the border from fat quarters.  I'm hoping to have it done before Christmas!
32  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* on: November 17, 2013 07:40:23 PM
Great quilt FibreAlchemist!  I love bold geometrics.  

I'm sorry I don't get to comment on more things!  My life is just insane right now Sad  Once I'm back on Mat Leave in spring semester I'll comment more I promise!  It's all wonderful though, so much crafty inspiration.

I have a submission heavy post as well!  The last 3 posts are from an epic paper crafting session today, we were at it for 5-6 hours at least.

Challenge: Sign the parchment
House: Gryffindor
Name: Apple-cheeked

My daugher was a very apple-cheeked baby (still is) and I'm betting her brother will be too!  I knit this sweater in what I think will be a 0-3 month size, and the bright green yarn went wonderfully with these adorable apple buttons I've been saving.  I still have enough to make another sweater too, for next fall!

Class: Arithmancy
House: Gryffindor
Name: Snowy village cards

I made 4 of these cards in our epic paper session today.  The village is embossed on a pre-made card, I then hand-painted glue onto all the areas with piled snow and glittered them with extra-fine white glitter, and finally tinted the windows on the church with yellow to make them look like they were glowing.  The words on the bottom were stamped with a silver pad.  Unfortunately as you can see I had to cut the bottom off one, as it got badly smudged.  It has the Happy Holidays inside instead.  I'm hoping they'll lose their warp once I've put them in the envelopes with our Christmas picture!

Class: Herbology
House: Gryffindor
Name: Tree cards

Well, I'm hoping the connection isn't too tenuous!  The whomping willow is definitely a tree, as are the lovely conifers on my cards!  I embossed the green papers with an ornament print, then cut out the triangles.  I also embossed the brown with a wood-like pattern for the trunks.  I felt like all the pictures need a punch of red, and after not liking the stamp as much I put the square of paper in behind the others instead.  And what better than a shiny topper!

Challenge: Dirty Sock bean
House: Gryffindor
Name: Gift tags

These will definitely all be given away, as they are gift tags for Christmas!  I'm hoping to find a way to make them reusable - maybe I'll only put the recipient's name on them?  They're going to people we won't be spending Christmas with (we live 1800 km from our families, and they aren't able to come out to us or us to them) so I can't take them back to reuse Wink  The snowmen are diecuts, the peppermint is a stamp, and the trees are more of the paper I embossed.  The little packages were a way to use up scraps Wink

33  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* on: November 16, 2013 08:02:20 AM
Advanced studies Friday Saturday!

I have worked more on my NEWT, but I was sick last weekend and didn't get to do as much as I'd like!  I'm probably more than half done it now, and I also have a working sewing machine again so I should be able to start up some of the pages that were waiting for it!

I have a new OWL proposal as well!

Class: Transfiguration OWL
House: Gryffindor
Name: Snowflakes afghan

I'm making another photo prop for my photographer friend, and although the pattern is called something along the lines of spiderwebs, I think it looks more snowflake-y!  Especially because we woke up to a good 15cm of snow on the ground today - looks like the system they thought would just skim the city decided to stick around instead.  I've never crocheted an afghan before, so I'm not sure how long it will take!  Headmistress, if it takes me less than the required time can I end up submitting it as a class project (as long as there is one that fits) instead of an OWL?  I can't really make anything else to make up the time, at least for my friend.  I might be able to do a little hat or something with the leftover yarn.

34  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* on: November 12, 2013 07:50:36 PM
Class: Transfiguration
House: Gryffindor
Name: Hedgie Cookies

While trying to transfigure my hedgehogs into pincushions, they became sugar cookies by mistake!  Not only that they were gluten-free and had lovely teal buttercream quills.  We definitely couldn't let them go to waste Wink

The recipe is the Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies from glutenfreeonashoest ring.com, but I made the frosting without meringue powder.  They are fabulous, though I wish I'd remembered to add some nutmeg (my secret sugar cookie ingredient).

35  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* on: November 08, 2013 08:52:39 AM
I love this challenge Jennie!  My signature craft is definitely knitting, and it's also NaKniSweMo this month.  I haven't started a sweater yet as I wasn't sure I would, but I think now I will. It will be a toddler or baby sweater though Wink  I noticed it has a start date of Monday, Nov. 11.  Are we not allowed to start until then?

36  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* on: November 03, 2013 01:51:21 PM
3 projects to hand in!

Class: Arithmancy
House: Gryffindor
Name: Crochet Slippers

These slippers definitely use the number 4, as you need to make 4 soles for them!  Each slipper has two soles, making them extra strong and squishy.  These were made for a co-worker - after seeing the slippers I gave to my supervisor she asked me to make her a pair as well!  For some reason the pink and brown together remind me of chocolates, possibly because I had quilting fabric awhile ago that had a pink background with fancy chocolates printed on it.

Challenge: Hog's Head Drinks
House: Gryffindor
Name: Mom's mulled punch

This recipe for punch is from an old version of the Betty Crocker cookbook.  It's actually meant to be a cold punch, but my mom tried mulling it many years ago and it's a big hit!

Mulled Soft Apple-Cranberry Punch

6 cups water
4 cups cranberry juice (use 100% juice blends, not a cocktail with added sugar.  We like cran-raspberry or cran-pomengranate)
2 cups apple or soft cider
2/3 cup sugar (can cut it back)
1 cup strongly brewed black tea
1 can lemonade concentrate
1 cup orange juice

10-15 whole cloves
3-5 cinnamon sticks
15-20 whole allspice

Mix all these ingredients together in a large pot.  Mull over medium low heat for at least an hour, but the longer the better!  It's absolutely delicious.  Everyone thinks it will be strange but ends up loving it.

Class: CoMC OWL
House: Gryffindor
Name: Owlies Layette

I wanted to make a newborn set for this baby, and didn't have the extra money for a bunch of yarn.  I've had this brown DK weight for forever intending to make myself a vest, but just haven't gotten around to it.  Since sweater vests haven't been as popular the last few years, I thought it would make a great baby boy set!

I added some owls to a plain hat and sweater, since my favourite animal is the owl (also, cable patterns for squirrels don't exist, which is my husband's favourite).  After finishing those I had more time, so I made booties.  Still had lots of time, so I crocheted him a blanket!  I ran out of yarn to finish completely in brown, but I love the cream edging I added instead.

I'll try to remember to post pictures in March once he's wearing it Wink
37  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* on: October 29, 2013 09:49:19 AM
I adore that costume Whistlefish, it's adorable!
38  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* on: October 28, 2013 05:55:22 PM

Challenge: Pumpkin Bean
House: Gryffindor
Name: Owl Pumpkin

Well, a real pumpkin is definitely a fall colour!  I carved this pumpkin for Hallowe'en, and it was a hellish experience.  The flesh of the pumpkin came off in thick strings, which meant it made a mess as I tried to keep the inside neat, and there's no substance to hold the carved pieces together - I had to use toothpicks to put the inner section of the owl back on.  There's no denying it's kind of cute, but I can't imagine it's going to last very well until Hallowe'en!  Oh well, at least there's the pumpkin my daughter painted.

39  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* on: October 25, 2013 05:23:51 PM
Advanced Studies Friday! 

Still no progress on my NEWT.  Once I get more baby stuff out of my system and my sewing machine back, I'll be working on it again.

My OWL though has been going swimmingly!  I've finished a sweater, hat, and booties, so now I've started a blankie in order to fill up the remaining time.

It's 6-8lb newborn sized, as Evie was only 6lb 8oz at birth, so I can't imagine I'd have a baby bigger than 8lb!  I'm saving the booties and hat to take a picture with the blankie, so this is only a teaser Wink
40  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* on: October 22, 2013 05:33:41 PM
Great continuing craftiness everyone!

For my Fear of a Name challenge, the lovely headmistresses asked me to try and make something out of my terribly failed slippers.  So after some hemming and hawing I realised the sole of one slipper was salvageable.  I carefully cut off the top, poked a hole in the middle (the soles are doubled), and filled it with rice.  Then I salvaged some of the semi-felted yarn from the top and sewed the hole shut!  Now I have a nice rice bag for my back (I have a displaced, hypermobile sacroiliac joint from the pregnancy).  So at least I got a small silver lining!

Challenge: Fear of a Name
House: Gryffindor
Name: Silver lining rice bag

Class: SoAR
House: Gryffindor
Name: Hallowe'en Bean

One of the meanings of Jera is fertility - although it usually means fertiility of the land, I'm stretching it a bit to people too.  It can also mean the change in life, and a baby brother for our daughter is definitely a change!  No, I'm not submitting the baby as my class Smiley  But I do need something to wear for a Hallowe'en party this weekend, as well as on Hallowe'en day at work.  I didn't want to make an all-out costume I'd only wear once, and none of my other costumes will fit over my becoming-substantial baby bump, so I thought I'd stencil a little baby skeleton on a black shirt.  It took quite awhile to cut out all those wee pieces, and even then I had to fix up where the paint had bled underneath.  But here we go!

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