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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: May 15, 2017 07:48:21 AM
Sorry I disapeared again.  I wore myself out on a fence and swung low again so I've been sitting and staring at walls all drooly.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Coraline top whorl drop spindle
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Brief Description: Coraline went through the wall because her parents didn't listen and she felt alone.  There was a definite lack of communication in that household.  It's easy to get caught up with our busy lives and not be as present as we'd like to be.  There's always something happening to take up your attention.  When I saw the big wooden buttons I knew I had to use one to make a drop spindle.  ALL the rich spinners have a huge collection of drop spindles and it's easy to be envious.  I want pretty spindles too.  I painted the button black like the buttons the other mother makes children sew over their eyes, and painted the spindle shaft blue like Coraline's hair.  I used nail polish because it's an enamel and will leave a strong finish.  The blue is actually iridescent.  Seeing it reminds me to put down what I'm doing to listen to the family, because listening is an important part of communication.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder: Volcano
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: The niddy niddy that's not blue.
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Brief Description: I have lost my bobbins.  I have only two left.  I can't spin any of the luxurious fiber that comes in my boxes with only two full bobbins.  The yarn has to come off the bobbins.  For many years I've gotten yarn off bobbins in a variety of ways that isn't a nice, simple, standard niddy noddy.  I've always meant to make one, I even started to make one once, but it was a project that was never fruitful.  Well screw that.  I sorted through my left over pieces and found two bits of end table leg connected by a cross piece.  I cut the pieces to length, sanded the old finish off, stained it federal blue, sanded where I wanted wood to show through the finish, and polyed it.  Turned out dark brown.  NOT how I expected it, or wanted it to.  Now I have a very functional, boring, ugly brown niddy noddy.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress Challenge: May
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Drop spindles for the monsters
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Brief Description: Any time I try to spin the kids beg for time on my wheel.  I'll take my bobbin off, put theirs on, they'll sit for a minute and then be off.  I feel bad if I don't aqueous, but it takes forever to change bobbins and then they don't spin for long (not to mention they don't want to spin while I'm NOT spinning).  This has actually led to me not spinning, and avoiding spinning to avoid the situation altogether.  That won't do.  We visited the house of a local spinner and Angora goat farmer this week to pick up a water trough.  It became clear I needed to start spinning again.  But what to do about the monsters?  I made a trip to hobby lobby for supplies, sat down in my chair, and made them each their own drop spindle, to decorate as they pleased, to use instead of my wheel.  They have each come to me in turn suggesting in would probably be easier to spin on the wheel..... back to the drawing board.
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ERIN!!!!!  I haven't forgotten about you, I'm mulling an awesome idea over in my head!!!! Cheesy
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: April 18, 2017 09:05:45 PM

Class/Challenge/House Pride: April Fools Challenge
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Floating Garden that didn't float
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Brief Description: I've been researching and studying floating gardens.  For my first attempt I used zip ties to attach pool floats to 4 laundry baskets from the dollar store, attached them to each other, stuffed them with old hay, put dirt right in the center of the hay, and planted one Big Boy tomato plant in each basket.  We took it out to a small tank with almost nothing in it and launched it.... and it sank.  Roflmbo.  I pulled it back close enough to the bank that it's sitting in the water, but not under the water, then tied it to a piece of rebar I pounded into the bank so it wouldn't go any further out and sink again.  We laughed our butts off when it sank.  There were air bubbles and everything.  LOL. *facepalm*
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Foo Power: 221 B Baker Street
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Brooder Refab
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Brief Description:  I found a used, prefab, chicken ark for sale.  I knew, when I picked it up, that the floor needed replacing.  When I got it home the draw bridge fell part.  A little of this, a little of that, the addition of solar lights in the brooder, and a chick swing in the run.  It's a wonderful brooder with a smart new rebuild, and because it was a rebuild I had to take it step by step with no instructions. Modeling the new improved chick ark are AnnoyingBigSister's Delaware chicks.  Smiley
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3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: March 31, 2017 09:25:32 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder: Bus Stop
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Brooder Rack
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Brief Description: One day I'll have a nice outbuilding for our brooders, but until that happens I'd rather they not be in the bathroom anymore, so while I wait for that day to come I built a nice rack for them in the washouse. 
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress Challenge: March
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Last semester I was inspired to build a brooder from a plastic storage tub http://www.freecycleusa.com/easy-chicken-coop-plans/.  It took me a week because I used a drimel cutting blade which melted the plastic, which led to sanding.... so much sanding.  To attach the hardware wire I drilled holes and used bolts.  It was not ideal.  And then..... this week I saw a similar brooder on Pintrest http://www.littleredfarmstead.com which used zip ties to attach the hardware wire.  Using exacto knives (I broke 3) I was able to make 3 in half a day, which is a huge improvement.  Smiley  Throughout growing up Netchez struggled with chick brooding.  We used a commercial metal brooder that they quickly outgrew and wasn't snake proof, wire cages which turned out not to be cat proof, big cattle troughs which were too heavy to move, and aquariums which were hard to clean.  These tub brooders are so lightweight, snake proof, cat proof, and it takes minutes to hose out.  I love them!!!! Cheesy
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I'm so sorry it took so long for me to post the pictures to this project so I'm resubmitting it with it's pictures.  I appoligize for the mess the guinea made of it.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Garden Boxes
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Brief Description: I believe that everyone can and should grow their own food.  Maybe not all of it, but some.  Food is extremely important and less than 50 years ago gardens were common.  Most households had one.  Even apartments can habeas herbs in the windows.  To support this I built two new garden boxes for our family garden.
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4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: March 05, 2017 05:05:18 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Easter Earrings
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Brief Description: I took a pair of dangle earrings that I bought, took the bottom egg off, cut and sanded the hooks off and glued 2g plugs to the bottom eggs.  Now AnnoyingBigSister and I BOTH have matching Easter earrings!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Block Basket weave Stamp
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Brief Description: Growing up on the family ranch I was surrounded by elders who impressed upon me the virtue of Make Do or Do Without.  It was nothing for family members to walk out to the barn, or to the sewing machine or work basket and whip something up.  Whenever there was a need there was a way.  For a long time I piddled but didn't have much confidence in my own abilities.  This changed abruptly when my exhusband disapeared on me.  Suddenly if something was going to get done, it was going to be done by me.  The first project was a goat shed built from angle iron from old bed rails, and cattle panels.  In hindsight it was an easy project, but at the time I was crying as I worked, terrified I was going to screw it up.  So when I saw a square basket weave stamp that's not locally available I pulled out a fence spike and got to work making it myself.  It turned out lovely.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Garden Boxes
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Brief Description: I believe that everyone can and should grow their own food.  Maybe not all of it, but some.  Food is extremely important and less than 50 years ago gardens were common.  Most households had one.  Even apartments can habeas herbs in the windows.  To support this I built two new garden boxes for our family garden.
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(Omg. I can't find the pic.  I'll retake it as soon as there's light out in the morning and add it.  I'm so sorry!)

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Wicker Basket weave Stamp
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Brief Description: Okay, THIS IS a silly stamp.  Most leather working stamps tend to be very geometric and perfect.  This stamp looks like wicker or besom.  I love how it turned out.  I made it from a fence spike.  I absolutely love it.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Study of Ancient Runes Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Leatherworking Stamp
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Brief Description: I don't have a name for this kind of stamp.  I just saw one and made it.  It's not as nice as the stamp like it that I could have ordered.  It's not perfect, but it works and it has character.   William Wooderson came to Texas and built our ranch in 1834, two years before fighting in the Battle of San Jacinto to free Texas from Mexico.  People, him included, needed lumber so he built the first lumber mill in Walker co.  My family has a long history of making something if they need or want it.  I wanted this stamp, so I made it.  It runs in my family.  It's something I was born to do.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Potted roses
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Brief Description: For Valentine's day, Fred bought me a bouquet of roses.  I love roses.  We used to have rose bushes down the fenceline.  I miss that.  So to celebrate Spring I planted the roses Fred gave me to make roses bushes, and they are already putting out new leaves.  Now we'll have rose bushes down the fenceline again.  Cheesy
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I just saw your post Erin!!!!  Pming you!!!!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: March 05, 2017 04:40:48 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Tool hook
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Brief Description: I have a new old spinning wheel on it's way and I learned from Ms. Darlene's wheel last semester that antique wheels tend to have smaller orifices than modern wheels, so I decided that I need a new orifice hook.  I picked up a silver plated serving hook from a thrift store and spent all morning cutting, grinding, shaping, sanding, and polishing the basic shape.  Then I tried to bend the hook, and it broke.  I tried again, and it broke.  I tried all the way up to the stem and the whole thing just kept breaking off.  I realized this spoon was not going to be an orifice hook.  I cut off the broken end, grinded, shaped, sanded, and polished again, and then bent the shaft wide and made a hook that I can use next to my desk for tools, or down in the barn for halters. 
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Triangle Leather Stamp
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Brief Description: For Astronomy Class I made a triangle leather stamp from an old rusted fence spike.  I cleaned the spike, then used a drimel to cut the shape, cut the grooves, and sand it.  I used a circular saw with a metal cutting blade to cut the end off the spike.  This is a border tool.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Orifice Hooks
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Brief Description: Even though my first try broke, I still needed an orifice hook, so I dug through my STAINLESS STEEL silverware and found two I thought may be thin enough to make hooks that would fit.  I cut, grinded, shaped, sanded, and polished them and then bent the hooks on their ends.  After I bent the hooks, I did a little more sanding and polishing to clean up the tools marks and now I have two new orifice hooks that I hope will work with my new spinning wheel when it gets here.  While they are not technically silver they are crafted to fit my chosen space.  Smiley
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Defense Against the Dark Arts Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Stamp Block
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Brief Description: When I'm working on a leather stamping project I often use several different stamps.  They get misplaced while I'm working very easily.  I saw a stamp stand on Pintrest that someone made from an old knife block so I picked up a knife block from a thrift store and made one.  There's 3/4" between the holes, which are 5/16".  I drilled piolet holes and then stepped up the hole 3 sizes before drilling the finished size to try to keep from damaging the wood, which still split on me because it's a veneer.  There are holes for 55 stamps, which is more than I currently own.  I expect that using this stand will make it much easier for me to stay alert and aware of my tools where abouts. 
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Block Stamp Coaster
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Brief Description: I made this coaster using the new block basket weave tool I made from a fence spike.  It has a repeating pattern that's geometric.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder: Jamaica
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Basket weave Coaster
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Brief Description: I stamped this coaster using the very last basket weave tool available for local purchase.  It's an extremely easy tool to line up perfectly.  It was a very relaxing project to practice on.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Wicker Stamp Coaster
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Brief Description: I used the Wicker Basket weave stamp that I just made to make this coaster.  I love how it reminds me of besom in that it looks like a bundle of sticks or straw. 
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6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: March 01, 2017 09:51:13 AM
EdelC- Not at all.  I just haven't gotten the hang of this particular stamp yet.  Everytime I use it in have to look the instructions back up and relearn how how to use it.  The instructions include "line it up best you can".  Rofl. It's a guessing game.The one thing I've noticed about leather stamping is that there's not really any way to make it not an expensive craft.  Used stamps seem to be more expensive than new ones.  I'm using my 40% hobby lobby coupon a LOT.  I'm about to start trying to make my own stamps.  The hearts coaster, I just couldn't have done if I hadn't accidently ordered a bevel that was WAY smaller than it looked in the catalog.  I really bit of more than I could chew with that one.  Smiley  Our nearest Tandy is 2 hours away, but if you have one close to you they have CLASSES.  *drool*  I look up what classes they're having every so often just to torture myself.  Rofl

Abbeeroad- You have no idea how much I appreciate that, cause I have no idea what I'm doing.  The masters make it look so easy in the videos and then I sit at my desk and my mind goes blank.  Rofl. On the plus side, I cleaned my desk!!!!  LOL. Cheesy
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: February 28, 2017 08:34:55 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention in the Dungeon: February
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Valentine Coaster for Netchez
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Brief Description: I made a special Valentine's coaster for Netchez.  I drafted my design from a pattern by Charlie Davenport, sized to fit a coaster.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress Challenge: Dragon Heartstrings
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Birthday Present for AnnoyingBigSister
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Brief Description: When I read "create something for someone you love" I knew I had to make AnnoyingBigSister's birthday present.  It's a pocket knife and flashlight belt sheath.  I worked it with my I beam tool.  Everytime I use that tool I have to relearn how to use it.  It's very tricky to get right, and very easy to mess up.  I think it turned out okay.  Smiley
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8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: January 31, 2017 07:58:34 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: 6 mends
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Brief Description: To incorporate the number 6 into this project I mended pants 6 times through this semester.
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9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: January 17, 2017 04:45:53 PM
I hope you have a very happy birthday, Abbeeroad!!!!


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Magical ME Challenge
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: A knife case for me
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Brief Description: I wanted to try making something else that was more than a coaster.  I'm always borrowing Netchez or Fred's pocket knife.  I had a knife case kit so I decided to make it for me to help me remember to carry my pocket knife.  I didn't like the patterns that came with the kit so I took this pattern from a comb case kit I downloaded online. It turned out I didn't have the right stamps for the pattern, but I was able to improvise with what I had.  I like how it turned out.  I think I did pretty well considering this is only the second time I've done leather carving.  Smiley
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10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: January 16, 2017 01:52:31 PM
Many semesters ago Noodle bug said to someone else, "Do whatever craft you're going to do anyway and then find a project to turn it in for." End misquote.  That has often rang in my mind.  Rofl
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