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Topic: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *CLOSED*  (Read 185843 times)
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« Reply #810 on: January 17, 2013 03:13:43 PM »

I was also just informed that I lost a blue one too.
Hmm, I think I'll do that: buy enough to spread about the house.
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« Reply #811 on: January 17, 2013 06:03:11 PM »

::Sticks face out of fireplace grate::

Hey gang!

I'm so excited, I'm packing up my trunk for a jaunt southward to visit the fine village of Hogsmeade (FLA)!  By this time tomorrow I will have hopefully tasted my first JKR approved Butterbeer. Smiley 

I'm hoping I will be greatly inspired while there and will come back to craft my little heart out!

Have a great weekend!

::eyeballs the Draught of Peace mug hug and then rushes off to see which yarns can fit as stow aways for the trip::
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« Reply #812 on: January 17, 2013 06:53:26 PM »

@Abbeeroad: Thank you! As for Mario, I'm making myself commit to one hour a week, so it'll be done in a couple years I've decided. Haha.

@AugustBell: How wonderfully cozy your mug hug looks! Green is my favorite color.

@PenguinSoup: Good luck on your sweater! As a non-knitter, both look terribly confusing to me. I must work on my knitting spells.

@noodle-bug: Cute buttons! Gotta love foam!

@tiamatfire: So cute!!!! Go ahead and share the cute without shame! She's adorable. I told my baby girl she can wait to start walking. Haha. I don't know if she'll listen or not. I think I got a couple more months for sure though. She still hasn't crawled. Smiley

@Ant Bee: So jealous!! I hope you have a blast! I'm hoping to go in the next year or two. My grandparents-in-law just bought a winter home around there and they said we could stay there whenever we wanted. Only an hour away from Harry Potterland! I hope you have tons and tons of fun. Enjoy your butterbeer!
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« Reply #813 on: January 17, 2013 07:26:47 PM »

Your mischief-loving Headmistresses have a new challenge brewing....  Be on the lookout for more information....   Wink
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« Reply #814 on: January 18, 2013 06:29:02 AM »

AugustBell - LOVE the Mug Cozy!! Colors, patch, embroidery, buttons. Love it all!

tiamatfire - ADORABLE! Loved that sweater last semester. What a great shot!

Ant Bee - HAVE FUN!!! AH, so jealous!

New challenge? I haven't gotten a single horcrux yet! I better get my butt in gear!!

You guys are awesome.  Grin
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« Reply #815 on: January 18, 2013 07:34:15 AM »

~*It's Advanced Studies Friday!*~
Show off your OWL/NEWT WIPs, declare an OWL/ NEWT, or cheer on those taking their exams.


...be back in a bit to update, chat, and post OWL & NEWT WIP pics. Cool
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« Reply #816 on: January 18, 2013 08:22:44 AM »

~*OWL PROPOSAL*~
OWL Subject & Option(if available):Care of Magical Creatures option 2
House: Rah rah Ravenclaw
Project Name: Norberta Shawl
Brief Description:
I've already started the Clarus shawl by Laura Nelkin. This is a lace work piece in fingering weight yarn.
The edging reminds me of dragons wings and the colour is a green tonal which is reminiscent of dragon scales. I might have to rename this my Norberta Shawl!
I have quite a bit left to go and it's bottom up so there's more and more stitches as I go and I plan on making the biggest size. This should take me until about the end of the semester (I'm actually going to have to try really hard to get it finished by then)

I hope this is an acceptable owl since I've already started. If not, I'll come up with something else.
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« Reply #817 on: January 18, 2013 08:25:00 AM »

Class: Defense Against the Dark Arts
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Grownup Ramen

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Kappas are Japanese water demons, and to quote a certain famous wizard, "Devilishly tricky little creatures".  Currently there is a Kappa living in the small pond near my house, and he is constantly thwarting my efforts to plant a new crop of Gillyweed.  Despite this annoyance, he has been extremely good at keeping the Grindylows in check.  Therefore rather than defeat him, I decided I would try to make friends with him in the hopes that he would let me plant on one side of the pond, and I would leave the other side for him.  In an effort to "bridge the gap", pun intended, I invited him in for a Japanese dinner last night.  I made a more traditional Ramen noodle soup for him, instead of the awful, cheap, sodium-filled noodles that college students so adore.  

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Last year my friend Kana, who is from Japan, and I spent some time teaching one another about the cooking of our respective countries.  One of the most important techniques used in Japanese cooking is to prepare each of the ingredients separately, then bring them all together at the end.  For this dish I cooked up some leftover teriyaki pork, sugar snap peas, orange bell peppers, spinach, corn, and green onions.  I then placed the noodles in bowls, topped them with some vegetable broth & soy sauce, then laid the various veggies and meat around the edge of the bowl. Normally, I would post an exact recipe, but this is one that uses whatever you have on hand.  For some great ideas on ramen, check out these two blog posts.  
Ramen Hacks on Serious Eats
Shoyu Ramen on LOL Foodie

Here is what I can tell you for specifics about this dish. Each vegetable cooks *very* quickly.  I sauteed the snap peas with garlic and 2-3 drops of sesame oil.  The spinach was wilted with garlic, a few drops of soy, and some rice vinegar.  The corn & bell pepper were both sauteed with a few drops of soy sauce & garlic.  The noodles were found in the Asian foods section of Kroger, and were very good.  They were on the bottom shelf with some fancy soba and udon noodles.  The pork was a prepared pork loin from Aldi that we had leftovers from.  The broth was organic vegetable with a little soy sauce added, as per package directions on the noodles.  I usually use wakame in my Ramen, which is dried seaweed, and is quite tasty, but I needed to use up some spinach, so feel free to try either one.  If you've never had grown up ramen, I recommend trying it out.  Check out those two blog posts and see what you have already in your kitchen!

  
~*Advanced Studies Friday!*~
NEWT Progress Update

I have completed the first 15 rows of my Potterwatch Afghan!  As you can see in my picture I've gotten through one band of each of the three colors, and have just started on the second teal band.  I'm feeling good because this is going a bit faster than I had anticipated.  By my calculations I'm about 20% done!  I got about 12-13% done yesterday, but that was because I spent all afternoon and evening sitting in my favorite chair, watching Netflix while working on it.

I do know however that I will be slowed down on my progress, as we start classes again soon.  Getting to spend much of yesterday on it was a rare luxury during break and I fully admit I took advantage of it.  But hey, I did get up early, eat a super healthy breakfast, go to a grueling "Gentle" yoga class, take a walk, get a flu shot, and reward myself with some anti-oxidant filled calorie-free oolong tea.  That has to count for something, right?



I am behind on a few custom orders for my shop, so I'll probably spend the afternoon working on those, and might get in a little time on my NEWT after dinner.  I'm hoping to complete 2 rows tonight.  Wish me luck! Cheesy
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« Reply #818 on: January 18, 2013 08:32:20 AM »

New challenge? I haven't gotten a single horcrux yet! I better get my butt in gear!!

You guys are awesome.  Grin


This reply is for everyone, not just the lovely Ms. Abbee...


Remember, the Horcrux Hunt will go on for several semesters, so you have *plenty* of time for it.  Smiley 
And the new challenge will also be an ongoing one, with several different ways & times to participate, as works for your individual schedules.  Wink

And of course, always keep in mind that you are welcome to do any, all, or none of our extra challenges, as you see fit darlings.  They are not here to make anyone feel guilty or pressured.  They are simply there to get those synapses firing and creative crafty juices flowing!
  Viva la HPC!!!
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« Reply #819 on: January 18, 2013 08:48:48 AM »

Oh, Jennie, I am SO happy that you posted this adult Ramen idea. Just this weekend I was grocery shopping and feeling sad that Ramen (guilty pleasure) is not something that fits into my new way of eating. But I can easily adapt your technique to make some for myself. It looks so yummy! And I love your presentation. Eating at home is more fun when it's nicely set up. I'm really envious of that little flower dish. Also, your blanket looks wonderful! I can't imagine how snuggly it's going to be!

PS - Thank you for all the nice comments about my mug cozy! If anyone is interested that yarn is I Love This Wool by Hobby Lobby. I'd been looking for a shade like that for ages, and was so happy to find it there!
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