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41  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: January 02, 2017 09:07:44 AM
I have some post-holiday (and holiday break) crafts to post!!! Woohoo!

Challenge: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees: Angel
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Dad's Sign
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: I made this sign for my dad, who I definitely consider my personal "guardian angel." He liked it! Cheesy
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Challenge: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees: Lights
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Homemade Limoncello
Project Page Link: I used this recipe.
Brief Description: Inspired by Mistress Jennie's awesome limoncello xmas gifts, I decided to make a batch of my own for all the Aunts and Uncles on my list. Everyone I gave a bottle to certainly "lit" up with joy. Smiley
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Challenge: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees: Icicles
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Rolled Holiday Sugar Cookies
Project Page Link: Recipe
Brief Description: Every year at xmas time, kiddo and I make sugar cookies. This year, I tried a new recipe, and they came out great! The kitchen aid sure got a lot of use this past December!
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Challenge: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees: Fake Snow
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Mandala Tote Bags
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: For these bags, I started with purchased bags from the craft store. On each one, I drew a different Mandala with a fabric marker.
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Challenge: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees: Candles
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Kiddo Ornaments
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: Each year, I make tree ornaments that feature my son in some way. Each grandparent receives one and always say how much they love seeing what the year's ornament will be. They always have a happy glow when they open it. This year's ornament featured kiddo's pink hair and love of Pokemon.
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Challenge: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees: Baubles
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Tea-dyed and painted coil rope bowl
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: Made for one of my favorite aunts, this bowl is cotton clothesline stitched into a bowl, tea-dyed and then painted mandala style. Inspired by Alisa Burke's online fabric bowl class, this craft reflects my own likes and developing style, but was given away with love. Smiley
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Challenge: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees: Bells
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Fabric wrapped coil rope bowls
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: Using some pretty awesome fabrics from my stash, I made several smaller rope bowls as gifts as well. The fabric makes these bowls fun to look at, and the stitching and coils make them fun to touch and feel. There is a second tea-dyed bowl thrown in this pic as well - bonus, the cotton clothesline in the tea-dyed bowls smelled like a big, warm sweater. Wink
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AND...dun, dun, dun......FINALLY, I present my completed NEWT:

****COMPLETED NEWT****
NEWT Subject: Arithmancy
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Quilting by Numbers
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: The final dimensions for this quilt are (roughly) 72" x 42". Not quite by originally proposed calculations, but it will do. I also altered the 9-patch pattern to something that suited my available material, current quilting ability, and patience level. I went with a "strip" design, alternating t-shirt squares and navy blue fabric. Lots of measuring and calculating ensured that even though I changed the plan as I went, the project still came out (relatively) quilt-shaped. A yellow binding around the whole thing finished it off.
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Close up just because:



Kiddo loves it.

Now to contemplate my next NEWT....and work on that darn OWL!
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42  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: January 02, 2017 08:02:05 AM
Happy New Year all!!  Cheesy

Sorry for the delay in posting, but the December Iron Chef Hogwarts Challenge is CLOSED. Thanks to FiberAlchemist for her COFFEE entry! Since I seem to miss someone every month lately, PLEASE let me know if I overlooked your entry!!

The secret ingredient for January is....


SPARKLING WINE!

Celebrate the new year with a Vanilla Sparkling Wine Pound Cake, or cheers it up with this Sparkling Pomegranate Punch, or even sparkle up dinner with Chicken with Fresh Peas and Sparkling Wine!*

*Sparkling grape juice, cider, or any other "sparkling" drink can be substituted. Grin
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43  Re: Harry Potter Holiday Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Abbeeroad on: December 15, 2016 09:35:56 AM
Yay! I'm so glad you like your package, fatewineroses!

And...I received a bonus little package from you, woohoo!!

It's a burrow snow globe!!!







I tried to get pictures from different angles, but I'm not sure I'm doing the real thing justice. It's all clay inside and there's glittery water that swirls around when shaken. So cool and clever!

Thank you so much for swapping with me, fatewineroses!!!

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44  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: December 14, 2016 12:42:07 PM
Everyone is rocking the holiday crafts - Hogwarts is so festive! Cheesy


Challenge: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees Challenge: STAR
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Embroidered Phoenix Ornament
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: I'm not sure that I'd say I "excel" at embroidery, but I'm definitely getting better at it, and it is one of my crafts of choice these days. For the Harry Potter Holiday Swap, I made this embroidered Phoenix ornament for fatewineroses - I think it is pretty "shiny." Wink
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Challenge: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees Challenge: GARLAND
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Bowtruckle Ornament
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: I stitched this little guy up for teag in the most recent Harry Potter Holiday Swap. Inspired by all the bare (or nearly bare) branches in my yard that signal winter, I imagined my own version of this magical HP creature.
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Challenge: Headmistress Challenge: December
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Xmas Cards
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: These are my holiday cards this year. The background is made from dye and a dry baby wipe, then I "stamped" a piece of our xmas tree onto each card. Now to get them in the mail....
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45  Re: Harry Potter Holiday Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Abbeeroad on: December 10, 2016 08:51:15 AM
Yay! I'm glad you like your bowtruckle, teag!! He was so fun to make and he looks right at home. Smiley

I received an awesome ornament from fatewineroses as well!



It's Mr. Weasley's Ford Anglia bringing home the xmas tree! Love it and it's already on my tree.

Thank you! Cheesy
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46  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: December 09, 2016 12:12:43 PM
Those M&M cupcakes are SOOO COOOL, patty_o!!

Swap items are being received, so I can finally post some of my projects...

Class: Care of Magical Creatures
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Woven Scrap Metal
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: The metal part of this piece is a gathered item from...somewhere. Neither Mr. Road or I can remember exactly where this piece came from, we've had it for that long. It may have been picked up at a swap meet, or it might have been an "extra" car piece from one of Mr. Road's projects. It may have been randomly picked up from the roadside a la alteredmommy. All we know is that it was gathered from somewhere, and then I used it in this craft. Woven sashiko thread gives it a whole new life. Inspired by Trekky's rusty weaving experiment and sent to sheepBlue.



Class: Divination
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Fabric Scrap Necklace
Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451008.0
Brief Description: This piece is a combination of several items from my stash, including the purple dyed piece that was from a large sheet I dyed a long time ago with my son. In this reincarnation of past pieces, I have reflected newer crafting techniques while preserving the old - crafting in to the future without forgetting where I came from.
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Class: Herbology
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Rust and Tea Dyed Scarf
Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451007.0
Brief Description: For herbology this term, I literally used tea to dye a scarf. I first dyed it with rust, then over dyed it in a tea bath made from 40 teabags steeped in boiling water for 15 minutes.
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Class: Study of Ancient Runes
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Mandala Burned Spoon
Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451009.0
Brief Description: The mandala represents the universe in Hindu and Buddhist symbolism. In dreams, it symbolizes the dreamer's search for completeness and self-unity. I have given a great deal of thought to these concepts, and continue to search for my own sense of truth, completeness, and place in the universe through reading, lectures, meditation, yoga, crafting, and general self-exploration. It is a lifelong pursuit.
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Class: Transfiguration
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Shibori Rust Dyed Scarf
Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451007.0
Brief Description: This scarf was made using the shibori dye technique of wrapping and scrunching fabric around a cylindrical tool. The scarf is firmly secured and wrapped to create the signature "waves" when dyed. It takes a firm hand to scrunch the tied fabric and to ensure it is wrapped well enough to create a strong resist pattern.
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47  Burned Wooden Spoon in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Abbeeroad on: December 09, 2016 11:24:33 AM
Made for sheepBlue in a recent personal swap, I drew a mandala on the back of a wooden spoon and then traced over it with a wood-burning pen. I added a few polka-dots to the spoon stem as well.



I did do a better job of erasing my pencil lines before sending!

Thanks for looking. Smiley
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48  Scrap Fabric Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Abbeeroad on: December 09, 2016 11:21:21 AM
I made this necklace out of fabric scraps that I had in my scrap bin for sheepBlue in a recent personal swap. The main purple piece I dyed several years ago, and the metal bangles and peace sign I received in past bead soup swaps here on Craftster.



sheep likened it to a wearable prayer flag, which I thought was a great way to look at it.

Thanks for looking!
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49  Rust Dye Scarves with Picture Tutorial in Dyeing: Completed Projects by Abbeeroad on: December 09, 2016 08:21:39 AM
Mr. Road loves to play with metal. As a result, we have quite a stash of metal filings hanging around in our garage. A little while ago, Mr. Road gathered all the metal dust together in a cup so that I could play around with rust dyeing. A personal swap with sheepBlue finally gave me the push I needed to actually use it. Here are the results, and a little walk-through on what I did in case you have a bunch of metal filings of your own at home.

Here's a glimpse at the finished product:



I stared with the following supplies:



-Scarf blanks (from Dharma Trading Co), silk and cotton
-50/50 water and vinegar mixture in a squirt bottle
-Metal shavings/dust in a cup with a measuring spoon
-Metal wire (for shiboir style dyeing)
-Something round to wrap the scarf around (for shibori style dyeing)

I laid out the silk scarf and thoroughly wet it with the 50/50 vinegar and water mixture (kiddo helped with this part):



Then, I sprinkled the metal dust/filings onto the wet scarf. Because this was my first go, I was pretty liberal with the application here. Also, my kid has a heavy hand. Smiley



The whole thing was rolled up around an extra piece of metal piping we had lying around:





Wrapped up with metal wire:





and scrunched together:



I applied a bit more of the vinegar/water mixture to the wrapped up scarf at this point and let it sit for about 12 hours. Here's what it started to look like later that evening:



I was a little worried about leaving it for too long because I've read stories about the metal eating through silk and creating holes in the piece. Unwrapping was a little nerve wracking, but I quickly realized that all was well.

Once unwrapped, the whole scarf was rinsed in cold water and then submerged in a salt bath. I used about a tablespoon of salt in a sink full of water. The salt is supposed to neutralize the rusting reaction that is transferring onto the fabric. However, I have read that this reaction will continue and eventually destroy the fabric. I guess we'll see!

I let the scarf hang to dry, ironed it for a heat set (not sure if this is necessary with rust dye, but old habits die hard), and washed it in the gentle cycle with a textile detergent.

Here is another look at the finished piece. I call this one the saturated scarf. It went to my mom for her birthday.



With the second silk scarf, I tried to be a bit more sparse in my application of metal. I sprinkled "strips" of the dust on to the scarf before wrapping and scrunching just like with the first.



Hanging to dry:



Finished piece:





For the cotton scarf, I decided to try something different. I was inspired by a pin that sheepBlue had on her pinterest. I wet the scarf in the vinegar/water mixture as with the other two scarves, then folded it up and sandwiched canning jar lid inserts in between the layers. A couple clamps kept the lids in place and helped "seal" the fabric against the dye.



Because this wasn't wrapped up and scrunched like the shibori scarves, there was less contact with the fabric and the metal. I let this one set for a few days before rinsing in the salt bath.

After the rust did its thing, I put the whole thing in a tea dye bath (40 tea bags steeped in boiling hot water for 15 minutes prior to dyeing):



An hour later, I rinsed, dried, ironed, and washed the whole scarf. Here's the result:



Close up of one section and the circle resists:



I really love how this one came out, and Mr. Road said it was his favorite thing I've ever dyed. Cheesy

I have lots of metal filings left. Can't wait to play more with this technique. Thanks for looking!
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50  Re: Harry Potter Holiday Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Abbeeroad on: December 09, 2016 07:25:55 AM
I received an awesome little package from teag yesterday!

She sent me a package inspired by my house and fave characters. A Gryffindor tie, McGonagall's wand (love!), and a very cool follow the spiders ornament:



Close up of the spider (it is double sided!):



It was all wrapped up nicely in a glittery box.

Thank you, teag!! Cheesy
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