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31  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: May 08, 2017 12:50:38 PM
Class: Apparition
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Equality Tote

Brief Description: This weekend I went to a BBQ for the friend I went to the Women's March with.  We were celebrating her getting tenure this year, and of course I had to make presents.  After finishing Audrey's, I knew I had to make something for her husband too.  He's a professor who travels 1.5 hours each way to teach everyday, and can always use an extra book tote, so that's what he got.  I cut the text out of white flocked heat transfer vinyl.  I liked working with the flocked stuff a bit better than the smooth stuff, as it's slightly thicker and less delicate.  Steve LOVED his new feminist tote. 
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Challenge: Detention - May
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Nevertheless She Persisted Tee

Brief Description: And of course Audrey's tenure present!  I actually cut the text for this out when my Silhouette arrived a few months ago.  It's been sitting around, waiting for me to pick up a new tee shirt.  Since Audrey's party was Saturday afternoon, I ran out Saturday morning to grab a tee from Target, to finally put this project together.  She seems pretty excited
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32  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / HTV Feminist Tee & Tote on: May 08, 2017 12:44:05 PM
Back in January I had the opportunity to attend the Women's March in DC, with my dear friend Audrey.  I had already made her a pussyhat for the March itself, and since then we've both been gathering and putting aside bits and bobs for each other in commemoration.  I bought some pins from an Etsy artist, bought a few books of images from the March, the profits of which went to Planned Parenthood, and put aside some of my Women's March bookmarks for her.  Meanwhile, I had also gotten a new Silhouette Cameo and planned on making her a shirt.  After Mitch McConnell's iconic words criticizing Senator Elizabeth Warren, I knew it would have to be a "Nevertheless, She Persisted" shirt.  So I printed my first heat transfer vinyl!  Which sat around for weeks, waiting for me to pick up a blank tee shirt.   Roll Eyes

This past weekend, she had a BBQ to celebrate getting tenure this year, and of course I had to bring all the presents.  I grabbed a tee at Target and had my first adventures with ironing on heat transfer vinyl.  It was cut from a shiny pink vinyl.  It definitely took longer to apply than the 45-60 seconds indicated on the package.  More like 2 minutes.  (If you're having trouble getting yours to stick, I recommend doing it longer, THEN letting the project cool for a few minutes, before removing the clear plastic.)  

After making Audrey's shirt, I felt like her awesome feminist husband needed a present too, so I took a stroll through my stash, and came up with a blank blue tote bag.  He's also a professor, and travels 1.5 hours each way to work everyday, so I figured he can always use another book tote!  This one was cut from white flocked heat transfer vinyl, and so I went with a retro 70's font.  I have no idea where the tote originally came from.  It's been in my stash for quite a while.  

Edit: In case anyone is curious about the book titles, I picked up Why I March: Images from the Women's March from Around the World and Why We March: Signs of Protest and Hope--Voices from the Women's March.

33  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Zip-To-It Tattoo Bag on: May 08, 2017 11:24:58 AM
Beautifully done!
34  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Upcycled Blue Bottle Cheese Boards on: May 08, 2017 11:23:55 AM
Bright and beautiful! 
35  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Woodland Rabbit Hoop on: May 08, 2017 11:22:36 AM
Love this!
36  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Dichroic and Puddle Pendants / Cabachons on: May 08, 2017 11:22:07 AM
Beautifully done!
37  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Dandelion Art Quilt on: May 07, 2017 05:11:43 AM
Thanks friends!
38  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: May 06, 2017 10:10:23 AM
Challenge:  Detention - April
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Dandelion Art Quilt

Brief Description:  I'm going to be honest.  I was really confused as to what to do for this art quilt.  I read my partners questionnaire, and seriously had no clue what direction to go it.  I normally start in on the project for a craft swap right away, but this was a few weeks of pondering and head scratching.  When I finally decided to go with dandelions as a theme, I sketched my idea out on a sheet of scrapbook paper, to get a feel for the size I wanted to do, and started digging through my stash.  After quilting the 'spokes' of the flowers, I knotted some white pearled cotton embroidery thread to create the fluff.  When the strands were separated out, it fluffed beautifully!  Sadly, because it was white on a white background, you couldn't see any of it from a few feet away.  So even though I had spent hours doing it, I took out all the white thread, and started over in black.  The results are not exactly what I planned, and the whole project was confusing as hell, but I'm pretty happy with how it came out.  
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House Pride: Headmistress Challenge: May - Hufflepuff's Cup
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Hufflepuff Spiced Rum Banana Breads

Brief Description:  I feel like banana bread is the food embodiment of the Hufflepuff spirit.  It takes something leftover but still quite good and useful, and puts it to a whole new purpose.  The scent makes any house seem more cheerful, and if you use medium loaf pans, you can make two loaves, so you can share one with a loyal friend.  
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Spiced Banana Breads Recipe
1 C AP flour
1/2 C whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp cloves
1/8 tsp ginger
1 egg, beaten
4 mashed bananas
1/4 C granulated sugar
1/2 C brown sugar
1/4 C cooking oil
1/2 C chopped pecans
1 tsp rum extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Combine the ingredients according to the Muffin Method.  Pour batter into two small-medium loaf pans, or one large loaf pan, and bake for 45-55 minutes, or until golden brown and set in the center.  

@Abbeeroad:  I made my chickpea & potato stew with swiss chard, and I FORGOT to take a photo of it to post for Iron Chef Hogwarts.  I'm so mad at myself!  But I bought a second can of chickpeas at the same time, so I'll just have to come up with another recipe to use them in.  Wink
39  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Dandelion Art Quilt on: May 06, 2017 09:51:17 AM
This was made for Thimbles71 in the most recent incarnation of the Mini Art Quilt Swap (Round Cool.  Thimbles mentioned liking black & white color palettes, and listed "flowers, poppies, dandelions, etc" as one of her themes.  The quilt measures 12.5" x 12.5".  The background is a fat quarter I found at my local quilt shop, with grey text & equations written out on it.  The stems are made from ribbon, and the leaves are appliqued from scraps of previous quilts.  I used free motion quilting to stipple the background, and to do the stalks between the seeds and the fluff, before adding seed beads for the seeds, and tied bits of embroidery floss for the fluff.  The phrase, "Some see a weed, others a wish" was made of charms from my stash, mostly letters, with a magic wand standing in for the I in wish.  I forgot to get a shot of the back, but it is a bright green modern plaid that I just couldn't resist, and a rod pocket made of the yellow binding fabric, for a pop of color.

40  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Mini Art Quilt Swap 8 Gallery on: May 06, 2017 09:33:52 AM
I received a lovely quilt from Thimbles71! 

Here it is on its own.  I had lots of rainbow mini quilts Pinned on my board, and this one fits right in with those.  The black tree is appliqued on, and I'm not sure if you can tell from the picture, but there is a row of decorative leaf-shaped stitches around it.

I have it hanging in my studio, beside my desk where the bright colors can inspire me as I work.  Smiley

Thank you Thimbles!  I will treasure my quilt.  Cheesy
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