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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Hogwarts Letter PJ's with Heat Transfer Vinyl on: June 25, 2017 10:45:22 AM

As part of my preparation for a Wizarding World adventure next week, I've been making new things to wear.  I picked up the most adorable pair of pj pants from Torrid, that have tiny owls on them.  They were several inches too long, so I went ahead an hemmed them.  Afterwards I decided that I clearly I needed to make a top to match!  I made a Hogwarts Letter tee, with silver glitter htv, and deep red flocked htv.  Getting the flocked material and the glitter vinyl to work together was a minor trick.  I cut the envelope from silver glitter htv, and the seal from dark red flocked htv.  Then I cut a space in the backing plastic so I could nestle the seal into the letter, and iron them both at the same time. The flocked material seems to need longer with the iron, but all seemed to work out with a little extra effort. 

I'm pretty excited with how adorable it is!  
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / HP Wizengamot Shirt with Heat Transfer Vinyl on: June 25, 2017 10:40:27 AM
Next week I'm heading off to Wizarding World of Harry Potter with the amazing Abbeeroad, the fantastic FiberAlchemist, and the every lovely edelC.  Clearly, this means that I need fun new clothes to wear on my adventure.  So this is my Wizengamot shirt.  The image was from a google image search, imported into Silhouette Design Studio.  It came out even better than I imagined it could!

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Wonder Woman Necklace & Earrings on: June 04, 2017 02:37:17 PM
Yesterday I whipped up a Wonder Woman tee shirt to wear to the movie.  After finishing it, I remembered that I had some WW charms in my stash, and promptly set about making a necklace and earrings to match.  The earrings contain Siam swarovski crystal beads, and the gold toned charms on gunmetal hooks.  I would have liked to do something more fun with the necklace, but was pressed for time to get to the theatre.  I have to say I was proud of my outfit, down to the jeans with white stars, and my Wonder Woman underoos beneath it all! Wink

4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Wonder Woman Tee with Heat Transfer Vinyl on: June 04, 2017 02:36:54 PM
Yesterday was a pretty epic day.  My husband and I celebrated our 10th Anniversary by taking a hot air balloon ride in the morning, and going to see Wonder Woman in the afternoon.  (Takeout sushi on the couch capped this unbeatable Saturday.)  I had wanted to see the movie for months, but hadn't though ahead to making something to wear to the screening.  But I did have some gold metallic heat transfer vinyl and a plain black tee in my stash, so I whipped one up between events yesterday!  The design was cut on my Silhouette Cameo.  I pulled the image from a google search, and turned it into a cut file in the Design Studio software.  After the machine cut it, it was just the work of a few minutes to weed the design, and iron it on.  I think it might be my new favorite shirt.

5  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / HP - I Want to Live in the Burrow Swap - Round 2(CLOSED; SENDOUTS 7/10) on: May 24, 2017 11:55:50 AM
Harry Potter - I Want to Live in the Burrow Swap: Round 2!

"I think it's brilliant." - Harry
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Swap name: Harry Potter - I Want to Live in the Burrow Swap - Round 2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Mistress Jennie
Sign-up date range: May 24th - June 5th, 2017
Date to send item by: July 10th, 2017

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of this totally awesome swap:

What Harry Potter fan wouldn't love to live in the Burrow?  A house filled with magic and love, plus a whole lot of gingers!  Harry, who has grown up in his Aunt Petunia's very tidy, very boring, and very non-magical home, falls in love with the Burrow on his first trip there, after being rescued from Little Winging by Fred, George and Ron.  There he finds an overgrown garden full of real gnomes, stacks of dishes washing themselves in the sink, endless home cooking from Molly Weasley, and rooms stacked one on top of another, seemingly by magic.  For this swap we will be crafting 1 Medium to Large, Harry Potter inspired houseware item for your partner.  The object can be any size in physical dimensions, but should take a minimum of 2-3 hours, (or more!) of crafting time.

Think beyond House Scarves or wands and into the realm of objects to cozy-up your partner's home.  These can be subtle nods to the HP books and movies, or more overtly HP-specific creations.  If you're going for subtle, how about a scrappy rag rug like Molly might make out of worn clothes?  If your partner is trying to cozy-up their living space, you could whip up a set of HP Throw Pillows!  Or a Weasely Clock for your partner to keep track of their family.  If you want to bring a little extra light into your partners home you could create a Sirius Black Quote Lamp.  If your partner's kitchen feels a bit drab, you could make them a set of CheeriOwls Breakfast Bowls or a set of HP dishcloths to warm it up.  

Other ideas include:
Cross Stitched Wall Art
Crocheted House Unity Afghan
Hogwarts House Coasters
Deathly Hallows Quilt
Tale of the Three Brothers Plaque
HP Felt Coasters
Ravenclaw Baby Quilt
HP Embroidered Cloth Napkins
Philosopher's Stone Reliquary
Owl Post Hoopla
HP Paper Pieced Quilted Wall Hanging
Slug & Jiggers Shrine
HP Love Tea Towels by sheepBlue
Biscuit Cutter Wind Chimes
Jelly Bowl Chandeliers
Patchwork Curtains
Free Motion Embroidery Owl Portrait
Stenciled Owl Pillow
Dumbledore Dream Catcher
Weasley Christmas Tree Skirt

I will allow people to IYP (Invite Your Partner) for this swap if they wish, but it is certainly not required.  If you wish to partner someone specific you must ask them, and then BOTH of you must send a PM expressing that wish.  Please remember that not everyone is able to swap when asked, or might not have the time/funds/desire to participate this round.  If they say no, please accept that 'no' gracefully.  You and your partner should discuss whether you want to stay on the Medium end of the crafting minimum, or if you both want to "go big" and craft something in the realm of a Large.

Please remember that communication is vital to a good swap experience! So in addition to talking with your partner, please keep in touch and let us know how you are doing within the swap thread! Per Craftster rules, you MUST post in the Swap Thread at least once, or risk being dropped from the swap.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap: Harry Potter - I Want to Live in the Burrow Swap

Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
If necessary, would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)

What are you favorite crafts to make?
What kind of crafts do you like to receive?
Any special wishes? (no guarantees)
Anything you really DON'T want to receive? (i.e. animal products, religious, adult", HP items you already have)

Do you prefer blatant nods to HP, or more subtle creations for your home?
Is there an area in your home you'd especially like something for?  (Your kitchen, a nursery, etc.)
If so, please describe the room(s) for your partner:
Is there something your home is specifically in need of?  (For example, you desperately need dishtowels)
What house do you belong to/support?

Who/What is your favorite HP...
Magical Creature?
Magical Shop?
Magical Item?

Do you or anyone in your home smoke?
Do you have pets?
Are you allergic to anything?
Do you have any food/treat allergies?




Anything else to tell your partner? (A great place to list your blog, Facebook, pinterest, sizes, etc.)


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

1. Mistress Jennie   Kiss
2. Abbeeroad Kiss
3. jellybean89 Kiss
4. flyraeven
5. FiberAlchemist  Kiss
6. Ant Bee
7. noodle-bug   Cool Kiss
8. sheepBlue
9. pottermouth  Kiss
10. patty_o_furniture Kiss
11. Inselaeffchen  Cool Kiss
12. WaveLight23478
13. jenleahlynn
14. teag
15. Kiurious
16. rockingbearranch

 Cool = International Swapper
Kiss = IYPed

1. FiberAlchemist <---> noodle-bug
2. Mistress Jennie <---> pottermouth
3. jellybean89 <---> patty_o_furniture
4. Abbeeroad <---> Inselaeffchen
5. Ant Bee <---> sheepBlue
6. flyraeven <---> jenleahlynn
7. teag <---> Kiurious
8. WaveLight23478 <---> rockingbearranch
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: May 09, 2017 07:46:58 AM

~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Midsummer Term 2017*~

~*Begins June 1st, 2017*~
~*Ends September 30th, 2017*~

Welcome to Hogwarts!
The Harry Potter Craftalong (HPC) is not your typical craftalong; we are gathered here to celebrate our love of crafting and the Wonderful World of Harry Potter.  In the HPC you will be completing classes and challenges with your skills in crafty magic.  These classes and challenges all have HP centered themes, but your crafts do not have to be Harry Potter."  Your mission, as a student at Hogwarts, is to complete at least one class or challenge during this semester.  You may join any time during the semester.  I hope you join us; the HPC is a great way to stretch your crafty muscles, meet HP crafters, and have fun!

---The HPC is here to help us each finish projects and to explore new challenges as we better our crafting skills.  Prompts and guidelines are there to help stimulate creativity and growth; the size and complexity of the project submitted should reflect a level of personal growth and challenge over the time you spend in the HPC.
---Projects for the HPC should represent your best crafty skills.  Take pride in your work.  Classes and challenges should take a minimum of 30 minutes to make.  
---A project can only be submitted for one class/challenge (the same project cannot be entered in multiple categories) unless noted in prompt (it will be CLEARLY noted if allowed).
---Projects must be turned in within the timeframe designated by the type of assignment or challenge.
---For a project to be counted, it must have a picture or picture link included AT THE TIME OF POSTING.  If your item is a private piece, or is being kept secret for a Craft Swap, you are more than welcome to post a link for the Headmistress to view.  EDIT 4/17/15: As of today, I will no longer be posting reminders to folks about pictures.  I simply do not have the time to chase folks down for pictures.  If you post your project without a photo or photo link, it will simply not be counted when I tally House Points.
---For any cooking/food project, in addition to a photo, you must post a complete recipe, or link to the complete recipe you used.  No recipe = no points.  [EDIT due to questions: *For our purposes, a "complete recipe" means it includes a full set of ingredients that includes amounts, and step-by-step instructions that another HPC member could replicate themselves at home.  Think of writing your recipe with a beginner cook in mind, who needs full instructions.
---There is SO MUCH to do in the HPC.  Do not feel like you have to craft everything.  Think of the HPC as a "Choose Your Own Adventure".  Craft what inspires you, but don't try to do everything and get burned out.  Keep in mind these wise words , "It does not do to dwell on lists and forget to craft."  

For each assignment/challenge, use this header:
Class/Challenge/House Pride:
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
Project Name:
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture: (REQUIRED! NO PICTURE (or link) = NO HOUSE POINTS)

-Feel free to also include your house and any storycrafting you've created for your project.
---You can add more than one project to your post, but a header must be used for each project.
-When posting your projects, you are more than welcome to post more than one at a time. But if you do so, then please attempt to post your projects in alphabetical order by SUBJECT.  Floo Powder Challenges, Detention Prompts, and Headmistress Challenges should be posted under B, D, & H respectively.  For more information, see this post.

~*HPC FAQs*~
---How long is a semester?  Semesters are as follows: YULE- October, November, December, January; SPRING-February, March, April, May; MIDSUMMER-June, July, August, September
---When can I join?  You can join anytime in the semester.
---Do I have to sign-up to join this craftalong? No, all you have to do is post in the thread a "hi" or a completed project post.
---How do I complete a semester/earn my year? To complete a semester/year, you only have to complete one class or challenge during the semester.
---What timezone do we use?  We use the Headmistress' Time Zone,  Mistress Jennie is in Central Standard Time.
---Do you sort me?  NO, you will decide which house you belong to, but you can only choose one.
---I have a problem or question; who can I ask?  You can send a Personal Message (PM) to Headmistress Mistress Jennie, or Deputy Headmistress noodle-bug.  You can also ask specific questions to HPC staff.  And you can post your question in the thread; our students are very helpful!
---Can I turn in something I did earlier? With a very few exceptions the answer is NO!  You must complete your project during the current semester. Exceptions are Detention and OWLs; look for details about these projects in their information posts below.  If you started a project, for example a quilt, a day or two before the semester started, but then did the bulk of the work and finishing (a good 90%) during the semester, you can submit it.
---Are we swapping? No, this is not an organized swap.  We are just encouraging crafting with a HP twist.  But if you enjoy swapping, keep an eye out for HP themed swap info in our thread.  Also, we occasionally do things like Valentine or Christmas Card Exchanges.  These are completely voluntary, and are NOT required, and are not organized swaps.
---Do I have to craft all the classes and challenges? NO!  Smiley Just pick what you inspires you.  There is tons to choose from so choose your own HP Craft Adventure through the castle.
---What kind of projects are allowed for classes/challenges? If Craftster has a category for it, then it is a viable HPC project.  And since Craftster has a board for almost everything, your choices are vast.
---Does my craft project have to be Harry Potter themed? NO, if your item fulfills the class/challenge prompt, then it can be posted in the HPC.  Above all, we are here to encourage crafting.

~*House Points*~
~*Your triumphs will earn you points*~
Points System
15 points for a Class Assignment & Challenge*
100 points for OWLs
150 points for NEWTs
10 points extra for SPEW aka Charity Items

House Points Guidelines
--- *You cannot double dip for Class & Challenge points.  For example, if you turn-in a project for Herbology & Floo Powder Challenge, then you would get 2 badges but only 15 points for the project.
---You cannot get credit for a class or challenge twice.  For example, if you turn in 2 Alchemy projects, then you will only get points for the first one.
--- SPEW points are extra credit.  You can earn SPEW points for each project you turn in if it goes to a legitimate charity.  You do not have to give the charity's name, just that you are donating to a certain cause.  (I happen to know that some Battered Women's Shelters don't like their names/locations posted.) SPEW projects must be clearly marked with SPEW to earn extra points.  Also, SPEW project can be turned in as stand-alone projects; they will earn 10 points.  Unlike most projects, you can turn in more than one SPEW project for points.
---HPC Challenge Points do not include House Challenges.  For Example, a Slytherin Scavenger Hunt project would not count for points unless it also fulfills a HPC Class or HPC Challenge.
--- To determine House Cup Winner, an average from the points accumulated per house and the number of members per house.  If there is a tie, then more than one house will win the cup.  Note, a House Member is someone who has turned in at least 1 project.
--- Don't stress over House Points, but do craft your personal best. (This varies from person to person.  And I'm not really worried about "crafting your best" bit because HPCers are amazing crafters!)

~*HPC Portkeys*~
Headmistress Tower - Headmistress Challenges & Badge Station
Deputy Headmistress's Office & S.P.E.W. Headquarters
Floo Powder Challenge Series
Quidditch Pitch
Diagon Alley
Magician of the Month
Wizard & Witch Career Placement Agency
Pinterest Pixie's Projects Page
Hogwarts Kitchens
HPC Facebook Group

Common Rooms
Gryffindor Tower
Hufflepuff Common Room
Ravenclaw Tower
Slytherin Dungeon

Professors' Classrooms
Detention in the Dungeons
Care of Magical Creatures
Defense Against the Dark Arts
History of Magic
Muggle Studies
Potions Dungeon
Ordinary Wizarding Levels
Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests

~*The Great Hall OT Chat*~
Craftster craftalongs are for crafting and crafting encouragement.  If you would like to talk off-topic, such as in-depth Harry Potter discussions, then please visit The Great Hall.  Thank you for keeping the HPC within Craftster guidelines.

~*HPC on Facebook*~
The HPC is now on Facebook!  This is a way to share links, photos, or videos with your friends here in the HPC, that you cannot post on Craftster.  Please feel free to use the page to ask questions, share craft related or Harry Potter related links, pictures of your kids dressing up like Hogwarts students, or anything else that might be of interest to the group.  This group is Closed, so folks must message me with BOTH their Craftster username, and a way to locate you on Facebook, in order to be added. This is to keep it to just folks within the Craftalong, rather than a general HP forum, and anyone who participates here is welcome there as well.  If you send me a message via FB, PLEASE include your Craftster username.  We've been getting lots of requests to join, from faux accounts who just want to spam us with porn, so I've become *extra* cautious about adding folks.

~*Midsummer Term HPC Staff*~
Headmistress Mistress Jennie
Deputy Headmistress noodle-bug

Gryffindor Head of House Abbeeroad
Hufflepuff Head of House Moonflame
Ravenclaw Head of House FiberAlchemist
Slytherin Head of House ErinAquaheart

Alchemy Professor
Apparition  Temp Prof noodle-bug
Arithmancy Professor  noodle-bug
Astronomy Professor  Inselaeffchen
Care of Magical Creatures  ErinAquaheart
Charms Professor
Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor  Magpirate
Divination Professor  FiberAlchemist
Flying Professor  gaudiknight
Herbology Professor  Inselaeffchen
History of Magic  jenleahlynn
Muggle Studies Professor  Magpirate
Potions Professor  noodle-bug
Study of Ancient Runes  
Transfiguration Professor  ErinAquaheart

Kitchen Elf Abbeeroad
Pinterest Pixie seeuudee

~*Past HPC Semesters*~
Summer 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2012/2013, Spring 2013, Summer 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2013/2014, Spring 2014[/b], Summer 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2014/2015 Spring 2015, Summer 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2015/2016, Spring 2016, Midsummer 2016, Yule 2016/2017, Ostara 2017

~*Previous Winner of House Cup*~
Winter 2012/2013: Gryffindor
Spring 2013: Gryffindor
Summer 2013: Gryffindor
Fall 2013: Gryffindor
Winter 2013/2014: Ravenclaw
Spring 2014: Ravenclaw
Summer 2014: Ravenclaw
Fall 2014: Gryffindor
Winter 2014/2015: Gryffindor
Spring 2015: Gryffindor
Summer 2015: Gryffindor
Fall 2015: Gryffindor
Winter 2015/2016: Slytherin
Spring 2016: Slytherin
Midsummer 2016: Hufflepuff
Yule 2016/2017: Gryffindor
Ostara 2017: Slytherin

7  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.

8  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.

9   / JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / First Quarter Featured Projects on: April 17, 2017 11:39:59 AM
By hitting the "This Rocks" button, Craftster members have chosen the Featured Jewelry Projects for the First Half of 2017! Thanks for your contributions and congratulations!

Featured Jewelry Projects
First Quarter of 2017

Loki's Paws by Onyxnox

"Key to My Heart" Beaded Key by oespiritodasartes

Amethyst Mala by Phantome

Birds & Bees Antique Key Pendant by Mistress Jennie

10  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 118 ENTRIES / Constellation Leo Art Quilt on: April 11, 2017 01:31:00 PM

I made this for pinkleo, wayyyyy back in 2010, for round 3 of the Mini Art Quilt Swap.  I would have forgotten all about it, if I hadn't just signed up for the newest round, and saw the question about who we had partnered in previous rounds.  Pinks, aka my Craftster BFF, wanted to try her hand at an art quilt, but was worried about disappointing a more experienced quilter.  Since I knew it was impossible for her to disappoint me, I begged her to be my partner.  Initially I had no idea what I wanted to do, so I looked through all my stacks of quilt books for inspiration. I came across a bargello quilt (a design named for this type of needlework), which is something I've always wanted to try but never had the nerve to do on a full sized quilt.  When I dug through my stash, I found colors that worked together, and happened to remind me of the night sky.  That's where my inspiration really came from...

Pinkleo takes her name from her favorite color, pink, and her astrological sign, Leo.  So I created the night sky, showcasing the constellation of Leo, made from pink Swarovski crystals surrounded by black star shaped bead frames made from shell.  You can see the constellation in the picture above.  The grey border is supposed to look like the opening in the top of a round domed observatory that would house a telescope.

The quilting was done free motion, with a random stippling pattern, in several steps, keeping the thread matching the color of the sky behind it.  Then I filled in some more of the sky with additional crystals, iridescent freshwater pearls, and AB glass beads.

I always meant to post this project here, and I'm thrilled this challenge rolled around again and I found a project that fit the bill.  Good luck everyone!

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