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31  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: History of Magic Whole Cloth Quilt (aka Deathly Hallows Quilt) on: September 29, 2014 04:46:06 PM
Oh I have totally quilted on a domestic machine - both stitch-in-the-ditch and a simple free-motion border pattern.  I just don't have the table space right now for stippling and I can't seem to bunch enough of the quilt under the arm of the machine to get to the middle of larger quilts Cheesy

I am inspired though - maybe once both kids are a little older and we have a house where I can spread out more I'll try it!
32  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* on: September 27, 2014 10:06:33 PM
Oh my!  Thank you Whistlefish!  And those are some ADORABLE bunny slippers - are they the ones from The Happy Hooker?  If so I think I might need to make some!

I'm so excited to make some creepy cross-stitches Cheesy
33  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* on: September 27, 2014 09:48:42 AM
@Mistress Jennie - No worries!  I just thought I'd ask Smiley  Maybe I can hit up some Michaels sales and start amassing supplies for my own Smiley  I sure wish shipping to Canada was cheaper, so many online craft stores wind up prohibitively expensive at the end, especially if wind up charged duty as well.  Also, I cannot state enough  Shocked Shocked Shocked at the quilt and lovely jewellery.  I bow to your crafty awesomeness.

@noodle-bug - I'll PM you shortly (and if I forget with the craziness of baby-toddler brain, feel free to PM me to remind me!) with my info!  And that hoopla is great - Potter Puppet Pals is so much fun.

@VincentVanBuck - That's a fun TM patch!  I love the ideas of those - I should try one out.
@J_Kievet - Such a pretty wreath!  I need to make a fall one myself.
@DragonChilde - I'm glad you're feeling better Wink  Those look like very yummy shortbreads.
@Abbeeroad - wow that might be a way I'd ACTUALLY eat green beans, lol!

Class: Alchemy
House: Gryffindor
Name: Poofy tutu

Michaels had a 2-for-1 deal on for their 6" tulle this past week, so I decided to make my girl a poofy tutu.  It's a little big as I designed it to be just right for Valentine's day!  After all, Aphrodite is the goddess of love (and mother of Cupid)!  It's pink and ivory tulle, cut into around 16" strips, and with 3 pieces of tulle in each slip knot.

Class: Divination
House: Gryffindor
Name: Ewok

I looked into the future, and was again reminded that Hallowe'en was coming up!  I need to make my son a costume!  I had originally been wanting to turn him into C-3PO to go with R2-tutu, but then I thought of how cute an Ewok would be and, well...

*as an aside, I have no idea how to fix all my sideways photos.  They were taken in the right aspect, show up correctly on my computer, and post sideways here.  If I rotate them so they're SIDEWAYS on my computer but would be correct in Craftster, they end up overrotated and either upside-down or sideways the other way on here!!!
34  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: History of Magic Whole Cloth Quilt on: September 27, 2014 09:30:09 AM
Jenny, this is postitively awe-inspiring!  I wish I had a big enough machine (and the skill) to free-motion quilt!  It's such a gorgeous way to make a whole-cloth quilt, especially with the deathly hallows applique.
35  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Superheroes crochet set on: September 24, 2014 09:09:48 PM
I LOVE these!  Do you have a pattern for them, or something you based them off of?  A friend of mine is having a baby boy in February, and her husband is comic obsessed - what a great baby shower gift this could be!
36  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* on: September 22, 2014 06:21:52 PM
@Avesthel - cute little stockings, they're so sweet!
@jenleahlynn - what a great gift for your niece!
@Whistlefish - HA!  I love that onesie.  So appropriate.
@MistressJennie - how I LOVE your kits.  Off-topic, can kits be purchased from you as well?  I loved making mine so much a few semesters ago I'm thinking of treating myself once Christmas rolls around! Cheesy

@noodle-bug: I'm up for that!  Should we include a little info section about what might be helpful colours or sizes?

I have another project to submit - I finished it a few days ago but TOTALLY forgot about the headmistress prompt!

Challenge: Headmistress Challenge - September
House: Gryffindor
Name: More apple sauce!

I had to cook up the rest of the apples that were given to me, but I decided this time I would sweeten it more (crabapples are very tart) and also sieve it to make it extra smooth.

6 lb of crab apples
2 cups of sugar
enough water to come up to the top level of the apples

Remove the stems and cut off the blossom ends of all the apples.  No need to core or peel them, in fact the gorgeous colours come from the skins!  

Empty the apples into a large slow cooker.  Add enough water that it just reaches the top of the apples, and stir in two cups of sugar.  You can use more or less sugar as your taste prefers.  Cook on high 4-6 hours, until apples are completely soft.

Mash apples with a potato masher, then blend with a stick blender.  Force puree through a fine-meshed sieve, periodically removing the tough cores, seeds, and fibrous portions of pulp (crabapples have a stringy fibre around the cores).

The apple sauce is done!  If you wish to can it for shelf-stable storage, you will also need clean, sterilized mason jars (I found this recipe made around 4 quarts), two part sealing lids with NEW seals (never reuse the seals for canning), a canning funnel, and boiling water canner or large stockpot with enough room for 2" of water over the top of the jars.

While preparing the apple sauce bring the canner to a boil.  Place the seals in hot water to soften the glue, and ensure your bottles are clean and sterile.

While the applesauce is still hot, ladle it into the jars using the canning funnel, making sure to leave at least an inch of headspace (empty space) from the top.  That's usually to the shoulders of the jar/bottom of the neck.  Wipe the rims with a clean paper towel to ensure a good seal can form, place the seals on, then screw the rings on to fingertip tight.

Place the jars into your boiling water canner, making sure it's at a rolling boil.  Process for the recommended amount of time for your altitude as recommended by the USDA http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_02/applesauce.html.  For me this is 20 minutes.  You do not start counting the time until the canner returns to a full rolling boil.

Remove the jars carefully and place on a protected surface where they can remain undisturbed until they cool fully (can take up to 12 hours).  Once the jars have cooled, check that all the seals have popped.  If any have not, place them in the fridge to be used in the next 4 weeks or so.  Label with the date and you're done!

The colour on this applesauce is much darker and redder than the first batch, as the skin colour on the apples deepened while they sat on the counter.
37  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HPCraftalong - Careers Record Office on: September 22, 2014 02:15:21 PM
Sounds great Noodle-bug! Since careers aren't for house points, can classes (like say a Herbology project) I've submitted in an alumni term count as one of the other prompts here (say, a project inspired by a specific charm)  as long as it does in fact make sense?  Does any of that statement make sense?  LOL!

Here's my record!

Tiamatfire's Charms Professor Path

7 charms classes

1. R2-tutu skirt
2. Puppy cake

5 charm-inspired projects

1. Applesauce  I immediately thought of Ron complaning that Fred and George could charm the sprouts so they could quit peeling them themselves, and I'm sure that charm could be used to stem and cut the ends off my mountain of crabapples!

5 curse-inspired projects


4 projects inspired by charms and their effect on the world and people around you


4 projects inspired by wand movements

1.Cable-crossing tutorial  - definitely a lot of fancy movement here!

2 projects inspired by change


1 project inspired by duelling

1. This knitted gingerbread house duelled ME at every turn!  My gauge was very different between moss and stockinette, I had to reknit the pointed sides, and recut the plastic canvas for the insides.

Charms OWL

Charms NEWT

Samuel's Stocking
38  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Cabling without a cable needle - tutorial! on: September 21, 2014 07:34:05 AM
You're welcome!  I hope it can help some people Smiley
39  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* on: September 20, 2014 03:04:51 PM
Thanks so much for the badges, Headmistress!  They look great!  Cheesy

@noodle-bug:  I swear it's not nearly as hard as it looks!  And it's sooooooo much faster.  Love the present wrapping too.  Oh and hexies!  I'd definitely be interested in a fabric swap for hexies, if you'd like to!

@dragonchilde: I'm sorry life is harder right now for you - sending good thoughts!

@moonflame: that's a pretty inventive hat!  Cheesy

@ladychris2010: Ah yes, colder weather is definitely on the way.  (Speaking of which, after all the snow a couple weeks ago we're back up into the 20's C!)

@gaudiknight: lovely little sweater!  Reminds me of the ones I've seen made for the movie "Coraline"

40  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HPCraftalong - Careers Record Office on: September 20, 2014 03:04:38 PM
I'd like to become a Charms professor I think...no idea what that path might look like!  Any suggestions?  I want to make sure it's a difficult enough path to match with the others Smiley

I'm thinking charms classes (of course) with maybe some herbology, muggle studies, and CoMC so that you understand how your charms might affect plants, animals, and objects?  I'm sure some other things too!
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