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SeeksDeatheater
« Reply #330 on: September 27, 2012 08:15:56 PM »

 Grin  My first post after several years of never really feeling quite brave enough to post anything. This all just looked too fun to resist.  

Class: Alchemy
House:Gryffindor
Project Name:Witch Weekly Necklace

Those old copies of Witch Weekly do pile up, and seeing that the challenge was to work with recycled materials I thought I might as well try to turn them to gold.  My initial attempts to transfigure the magazines directly to golden coins had little success - the first time nothing happened, and the second time the tablecloth caught fire, hence the bare wood you'll see in the second frozen picture.  I did a little more research and realized the problem was largely due to a lack of integration of mystical geometry.  I modified my plan and decided to make golden beads -- I cut pages of the magazines into triangles, and then wrapped the triangles around thin dowels - yielding small spirals around central circles. From there it was a simple matter of following the instructions laid out in Boyle's letters to Newton, as summarized in in the textbook.  I hope this is an acceptable project for the Alchemy Class assignment.  (even though I may need to add another coat of varnish to the beads before it's technically wearable without being scratchy)

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« Reply #331 on: September 27, 2012 08:46:52 PM »

Hi, Seeksdeatheater! I love the beads -I have the same issue with my Witch Weekly back issues and will try your spell as soon as possible!

patty_o_furniture, I can't even imagine my closet looking that organized (and pretty! the ribbons are gorgeous!)

skatergirl, we make that at Thanksgiving with the leftover pie crust and I think it's more popular than the pie. Smiley

Ant Bee, feel better soon! My husband still talks about the famous Fridge Velcro conversation I had when I was taking cough medicine. (Apparently I thought it would be a great idea to line the inside of the freezer with Velcro, stick corresponding Velcro to our leftovers, and nothing would ever fall to the back of the freezer and get lost. I sort of still think this makes sense, but I don't think I would ever have thought of it if it weren't for the cough medicine... Cheesy)
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« Reply #332 on: September 27, 2012 08:48:09 PM »

Alright HPCers.....I'm baaaaaaaaccccckkkkk kkkk!!!!! YAY! Internet is UP and as soon as I can I'll be posting my detention project and the progress of my OWL Wink
  
   I'll read through the 24 pages I've missed tomorrow when my mind isn't gogled but for now I want to say WELCOME NEW HPCers and any new Gryffindors I've missed!
 I hope all is well for you wonderful crafters adn that the awesome projects keep getting posted!  Kiss Grin
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« Reply #333 on: September 28, 2012 06:05:54 AM »

OWL Progress:
Slowly but surely my OWL is coming along. I have sketched on the canvas, collected and resized many pictures, and am nearly ready to begin the mosaic process. Fingers crossed!

   
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« Reply #334 on: September 28, 2012 06:53:57 AM »

Congrats to tiamatfire!! Loved that sweater & hat!

lightninglisa - LOVE that Pi hoop! Another great hoop!

patty_o_furniture - great organization! Your craft space looks awesome!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies and Cauldron Treat
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Mac and Cheese Soup
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Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.)

I apologize in advance for the blatant use of lactose in this recipe!

I've read about how muggles refer to certain foods as "comfort foods" (though I prefer a nice calming draught myself) and decided to try my hand at a combination of macaroni and cheese and soup. Putting two comfort foods together has got to have additive comforting powers, right?

Recipe (adapted from the Mac n' Cheese Soup recipe found in Cuisine at Home magazine):

Ingredients:
6 oz elbow macaroni
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 onion, chopped small
2-3 celery stalks, chopped small
2 T butter
1/3 c flour
2 c vegetable broth
1 t ground mustard
pinch of nutmeg
1/4 t cayenne pepper (or less to taste)
2 c milk
4 c shredded cheddar
1 T lemon juice
Salt/pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Cook the macaroni and set aside
2. Saute garlic, onion, and celery together with the butter until soft (~5 mins)
3. Stir in flour until coated
4. Deglaze with ~1 T vegetable broth
5. Add remaining broth, mustard, nutmeg, and cayenne pepper - whisk together to combine and remove flour lumps
6. Whisk in milk and heat through - do not boil!
7. Whisk in cheddar 1 cup at a time until combined
8. Stir in macaroni, lemon juice, salt, and pepper
9. Enjoy!

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« Reply #335 on: September 28, 2012 09:27:28 AM »

Thanks, Kit!
I think you might be on to something with the velcro... genius!  Grin

I made the mistake of taking cold medicine and then watching "Just one episode" of Doctor Who before bed...

...six episodes later I had exhausting "save the universe" dreams all night!
Now, if only I could divert such energies to my intimidating O.W.L. project I'd be golden.

*Raises mug of Butterbeer* Here's to a brave and productive weekend, everyone!
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« Reply #336 on: September 28, 2012 10:38:55 AM »

0My owl is progressing slowly. I am still working on removing the back. I got 3 seams out an just working on getting the diamond stictes taken out.

I bought the backing fabric.

I have been pinning the filling to the top as i go so it is taking forever! Smiley
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« Reply #337 on: September 28, 2012 11:53:30 AM »

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Bedroom Planetarium
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I saw this project on pinterest and thought it would be perfect to try with my little dude:

http://www.education.com/activity/article/bedroom_planetarium_first/

We modified the directions a bit to use what we had available, mainly a coffee can for an oatmeal container. I punched a couple holes in the bottom of the can with a hammer and nail to shine the light through and cut out the center of the coffee can lid so the constellation papers wouldn't have to be tapped on, but instead placed inside the rim of the modified lid. It works pretty good!

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Close ups of the constellations...

Taurus:


Camis major (big dog):


Orion:


Ursa major (big dipper):


Here's a pic of it in use:



And a very poor pic of the big dipper projected through our planetarium! Though I can't rotate it for some reason...

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« Reply #338 on: September 28, 2012 12:49:57 PM »

The Bedroom Planetarium is pretty cool...going to have to look into that.
Had a rare moment today and spent it on O.W.L.


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« Reply #339 on: September 29, 2012 04:26:43 AM »

I love the planetarium idea - that is genius!

The canvas is starting to look really good pottermouth!
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