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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ on: September 22, 2016 08:19:38 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
SPEW: -
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Frozen Pegs
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Brief Description: One of my favorite crafts right now is painting, and what better to paint than pegs.  Love bringing them to life!  But on pegs I always end up critiquing every little stroke I do and repainting the entire thing.  Each peg usually costs me an hour of painting.  This one I wish I would have put some more detail into Anna's dress to match Elsa's a bit better.  And I wish I would have had a better pink for her cape but I learned early on that it's better to buy another kind of paint than mix colors for projects like this. 
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: August Challenge
SPEW: -
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Peg Family
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Brief Description: Crafted this for the home of my brother in law and his family.  They are finally blending their family together for eternity, so I painted pegs to match one of their family photos.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying
SPEW: -
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Molenator
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Brief Description: This very small peg guy is a super hero tooth fairy.  The base opens up to put your tooth in and the Molenator can fly in just like a hummingbird and drop in his quarters. 
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
SPEW: -
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: No bake Cheesecake
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Brief Description: I was teaching a class on how to use food storage like powdered milk and freeze dried fruits and had some cheesecakes to taste test.  Lemon is the key ingredient because without it, the cheesecake won't set up.  Pictured with peach syrup from my trees because the freeze dried strawberry sauce I made was scraped clean.  Super easy to make the cheesecake with a blender, but for the time amount I did make three, only he made it to picture time.
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Sweetened Condensed Milk

cup hot water
1 cup powdered milk
1 cup sugar
1 TBSP butter

Combine ingredient and mix thoroughly in blender.  Use immediately or store in refrigerator.

No Bake Cheesecake

1 Recipe of sweetened condensed milk
1 package (8oz) cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 pre-made 9 graham cracker piecrust

In blender, mix sweetened condensed milk with cream cheese and vanilla until well blended.  Pour in lemon juice and blend until mix is smooth and creamy, stopping to scrape down sides once or twice.  Pour into prepared crust and chill 2 hours. 
Top with fruit pie filling or chocolate syrup and serve.






Class/Challenge/House Pride: June Challenge
SPEW: -
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Balloon Animals
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Brief Description: I spent over an hour making balloon animals for a party and wouldn't you know I forgot to take a picture.  Doh.  Oh well, this light and airy Balloon guy will have to take the sack of animals place.  I made a baby rattle balloon for a neighbors baby shower and ever since have been asked to make them for other baby showers.  I made this one but then the time wasn't fullfilled for a house project so I made a twisted bunny to go with it and filled some more helium balloons and curling ribbon to just scrape by.  I could have made it much faster if it was line work, but I was trying to take my time with the details.
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Also, story time.  I spent all that time making my Nativity OWL for my ladies craft night and was so excited to see what they thought of it.  After all that, my nativity was cut from the list.  $10 is too expensive for a kit and painting faces is still too much effort.  *Grouchy grumble -- Angry  Cry*
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ on: September 12, 2016 06:42:09 PM
Just found my peg nativity tampered with.  Some Potter Pegs have magically appeared.  My girl's just giggled when I asked.

rofl, I don't think Voldemort likes the sheep... and what has Dobby done with baby Jesus??
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ on: September 11, 2016 08:56:31 PM
OWL Subject & Option (if available): Astronomy 3
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Nativity Wood Peg Wraps
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Brief Description: I have a women's craft night coming up and wanted to be in charge of painting pegs, but then saw a cool idea online of making wraps so you can save some time.  So I drew up all the little faces and bodies and fitted them to the size of large pegs.  You just paint the faces and then modge podge on the body wrap.  Thought that would be great for the ladies who aren't craftster quality crafters.  Then they too can look like they have fun regular pegs, but with all the little details to see when looking closer just like when you look out at the sky to all the stars, but then look closer to one constellation.  I thought this was going to be a sad OWL for me and that I'd have to make a ton of pegs to equal out the time, but it tricked me.  This project was harder than I thought getting everything colored right and well sized!  But I did end up making faces for some sheep and a camel too.  Thought it needed that bit extra.  Can't wait to see what the craft ladies think!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Keeper
SPEW: -
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Step By Step Drawings
Project Page Link (if available): -
Brief Description: These many pages kept me sitting in one place for a long time.  I had to draw step by steps for the art club at the local elementary.  I was very happy to be done. 
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Snitchnip
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House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Peach Pie
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Brief Description: My dad was over and casually mentioned how our new peach tree would make the best peach pies.  I've been nervous about making scratch pie crust so usually buy but couldn't head to the store, so onward to google for a peach pie recipe.  Turned out very good!  http://www.joyofbaking.com/PeachPie.html
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Stooging
SPEW: -
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Candy Bouquet
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Brief Description: Mom brought me a cup her mother had found that was broken.  Wanted me to fix it so she could give it to a friend of hers that needed some uplifting.  I couldn't fix the mug too well, just painted the broken portions, so wanted to go the extra mile and made a candy bouquet.  These are super easy for me.  Just tape a skewer to the back and stab it into a foam block.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Try Outs
SPEW: -
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Painted Peg
Project Page Link (if available): -
Brief Description: Painting pegs is probably my favorite craft project right now.  I love bringing a peg person to life through paint.  Tried to make this sweet little tooth fairy come to life using my best paint strokes.  The little drum she is standing on opens up so you can put your tooth in there and she can exchange it with her quarters.
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4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ on: September 09, 2016 11:00:45 AM
Finished my frog card and was proud of my hand drawn picture.  My artist girl says "Uh, you look weird mom" ...
Then she cried because she made me feel bad.  Roll Eyes
I guess back to photoshop for me!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ on: August 25, 2016 06:28:22 PM
ooh ooh! A friend just brought me a theme park chocolate frog yesterday!
If you want to be exact, from corner to corner across is 4 1/4 inches and sides are about 2 5/8.  That size is too big for a basic envelope though. It's bigger than I expected.
(I got Helga Hufflepuff  Grin )
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ on: August 20, 2016 10:38:39 AM
Brilliant Fiber!  I was so on the fence about the trading card swap, but chocolatey card goodness with all my potter people would totally push me over.  Swap must start immediately!

.... Just realized my Craftster ten year anniversary was this week! Whoa.
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Spinach Powder, for smoothies on: August 17, 2016 08:53:10 PM
If you have a grinder, or as long as your blender is powerful enough, you can do that.  I've done it with pumpkin puree.  It's been a few years since I did it, but I'm pretty sure I just did the whole puree around the fruit roll sheet, dried it as close to brittle as I could and then tore it into pieces for the blender.  Then blended it until it was dust. 
Spray the trays with vegetable spray.  I broke one just today trying to get my fruit roll off. -blast-
Let me know if it works out for you!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ on: August 16, 2016 11:41:37 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: DADA
SPEW: -
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Sushi
Project Page Link (if available): -
Brief Description: One of the grindylows favorite places to hide before they jump out and eat you are seaweed fields.  I tried to take some of their cover away and used the extra seaweed to try to make some sushi.
No real big recipe, just sushi rice, with krab, avacado, and cucumber slices, all rolled in seaweed strips.  Was pretty good for my first try at least!
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***NEWT PROPOSAL***
Subject: Divination
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Hamster Hazards
Brief Description: Creating a new game for the PTA Halloween carnival that I'm in charge of this year.  Hamster toys in balls roll all over the board and last one not in a pothole wins.  DH has already finished the wooden base for me and I need to finish painting it.  I want to paint each pothole a different hazard the hamster will fall into which means eight detailed paintings.  This needs to be done by Halloween and I'm dreading it.  Hope this will give me the push to finish.  This will help with divination because I will consult the magic crystal hamster balls before the game to see which one will win.




OWL Subject & Option(if available): Astronomy 3
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Nativity wood peg wraps
Brief Description: Saw a cute idea of wrapping decorated paper around pegs and modge podging them on vs painting each detail.  Thought it would be great for a ladies craft night in october where not everyone likes to spend the time on painting pegs that I do.  I will create strips of paper clothes in nativity forms so I can print them out for the other ladies.  This is a great OWL to help me with astronomy because it will be fun to see the nativity as a whole, but then as you look closer, you'll be able to see all the individual details on each piece.


Class/Challenge/House Pride: SOAR & Iron Chef ~ Spinach
SPEW: -
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Spinach Powder
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=449936.msg5403875#msg5403875
Brief Description: JERA the rune for harvest and KENAZ the symbol of learning mix to make this prompt.  Using the fruit harvest I had from my garden, I'm teaching how to make a great breakfast smoothie with powdered spinach.  Just follow the link.
Recipe was thrown together, but if I had to guess 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 1 peach, 1 cup frozen blackberries & raspberries & strawberries, 2 tablespoons chia, 1 tablespoon spinach powder (about two handfuls of fresh), 1 banana, 2 cups milk (to taste thinness liking), handful of ice
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9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Spinach Powder, for smoothies on: August 15, 2016 05:29:38 PM
Spinach powder.  We use it for smoothies, but you could add it to anything you want.  Muffins... breads... soups....

My girls really enjoy spinach smoothies.  .... I think it is more to freak their friends out... but adding spinach to smoothies does nothing to the flavor, but it does up the nutrition.  Their favorites are chocolate smoothies with spinach.  My picky youngest would rather eat this than a milkshake.

While it's awesome for smoothies, store bags of spinach often get bad fast.  So this is the solution!  Dehydrating it!  Then powdering and it takes up so much less space too.  Plus it is shelf stable, no taking up precious fridge room.

I can fit about 2 large bags of spinach on my dehydrator.  I just pack it on by the handful.  These will get much smaller after drying.  I dry at 135* for about 12 hours.  Probably could go less, but that works for my schedule best.

After drying.  This tray was packed full of fresh. [when I dry spinach again, I'll take a before pic of how full I get it]


Take the dried spinach off the trays and put right into a blender.  Just keep squishing until it all fits in.


Blend until thoroughly powdered.  If your blender has an open top like mine does, squish a cloth or paper towel at the top to stop powder from being thrown around your room.


Let it set a few minutes so that the dust settles in the blender.  Then pour into your container to keep it in.  This is a washed out spaghetti sauce jar (reuse!).  This amount is about 36 cups of spinach.


I didn't even clean it before I blended some blackberries for jam.


Just add a spoonful on your smoothie ingredients.  I usually add a teaspoon per serving.


Breakfast with vegetables.  Scary!



Love having this around!
Thanks for looking.
10  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Practice Makes Perfect on: August 15, 2016 07:34:35 AM
Take one of your earliest craftster images and remake the craft now.  Let's see how much you've grown.  If you're a craftster newbie, then post a picture of one of your earliest crafts and remake it.
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