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51  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: November 22, 2016 08:57:50 PM
Ok, mini project offload...
Challenge: 12 trees - lights
House: ravenclaw
Project: Andy's arrow hat
The guy who runs our archery club gave me my own bow! He's a friend of Tom's, and it's a second hand one, so it's not completely random, but still very thoughtful and generous Smiley I decided to  whip him up a thank you hat - since he light up my day I wanted to light up his!

Challenge: 12 trees - star
House: ravenclaw
Project: declan's arrow hat
The second in command at archery club (he's just a kid really, the club is actually a student club at the local university that we gatecrash...) got all jealous of andy's hat, he was stealing it and running around - so I whipped him up one of his own. But, being as he's not in charge, he didn't get a pompom!
These days, knitting is my go-to craft. It's weird, since I think of myself as more of an embroiderer still, but actually these days I knit far more, since it's easier to carry around with me and do at work!

Challenge: 12 trees - garland
House: ravenclaw
Project: wrapped advent boxes, take 2
All re wrapped and varnished individually. Re-starting is the worst!
I'm opting for an outstandingly original 'red & green' (plus tan/gold as neutrals. I can call gold a neutral, Caitlin Moran says so.). This was populised by the Victorians, along with so many Christmas 'traditions' that are no where near as old as we think they are (eg decorated Christmas trees, Christmas cards - all things that we think of as traditional but have only been around for about 150 years or so). Anyway, red and green were originally inspired by English winter foliage - evergreen boughs, a lot of which would have white or red berries, plus poinsettias.

Challenge: 12 trees - baubles
House: ravenclaw
Project: Luke's mug hug
This is for the gilmore girls swap, and I did that classic thing if making something then going 'well, gee, I want that for me...'
It's a mug hug "from" Luke's (the diner/coffee shop in the series) - I love in-universe type fan stuff

Class: MS
House: ravenclaw
Project: coffee coffee coffee
Another item for the gilmore swap - this one had a quote from Lorelei... She's fallen out with Like, so goes to a different coffee shop then had to explain that, even though she begged for 'coffee coffee coffee' she didn't want 3 coffees, but that's just her saying, an expression, a 'bit'...
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52  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: November 15, 2016 04:39:14 AM
You could maybe try a rich red wine? Or brandy? I'm not actually much of a cook so maybe not the person to ask!

Owl submission!!
Subject: DADA option 1
House: ravenclaw
Project: mermaid tail!
I'm really pleased with how this came out, even you though the photo doesn't really do it justice- once Boo sends me a picture wearing it I'll share so you can see the full effect!

Newt Proposal
Subject: SOAR
House: ravenclaw
Project: mum's crocodile stitch mitts
So, I mentioned a while ago that my mum, for the first time ever, requested a crafted thing from me! The only problem is, she wants a pair of crochet mitts, and I can't crochet! I've done some research and found a knitted version of crocodile stitch, so for this project I'm going too translate a set of crochet tuned into knitting runes, then knit them!
I'm expecting each mitt will take 3 weeks: one just to do the plain arm section, then 2 weeks to do 7 layers of crocodile stitch. Double that to make 2 mitts... And I just hope they'll be done by Christmas!!
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53  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: November 15, 2016 03:50:10 AM
Abbee, I love my patches! Thank you Smiley

Ok, quick project offload...

Challenge: 12 trees angel
House: rectangles
Project: wrapped advent boxes

Ok, I made a pretty basic and stupid mistake here. I wrapped all the advent boxes, fixed them together, then varnished them. Which had meant that pays of the varnish stuck to itself and ripped the paper (you can see that on some of the door flaps) and generally because it was a fiddly shape I didn't do a great job of getting an even later of varnish. I'm really disappointed in myself, I can definitely do better - and my angel niece deserves better! So I think I will take this wrapping off and start again... Sad

But, on the plus side, I can see that once it's done nicely,, the design should work!

Challenge: 12 trees ribbon
House: ravenclaw
Project: vegan stuffing balls
Since I'm still trying to stay to a vegan diet (though frankly the lack of camembert is starting to get to me...) We are trying to make as much of Christmas dinner vegan-friendly so that we can all eat mostly the same thing. These stuffing balls will tie the family together because everyone can eat them,, and since they are yummy,, no one will miss the meat!

Challenge: 12-trees candles
House: ravenclaw
Project: red cabbage take two!
This recipe was much nicer than the last one - lovely and warming with cinnamon and orange!

Challenge: 12 trees tree skirt
House: ravenclaw
Project: "burnt" sprouts
I picked this recipe because I thought it was a bit different from the norm, and the picture looked really good with green sprouts, crispy brown bits and pops of pomegranate red. Having tried it out. I'm happy to report that it's as functional (aka yummy) as it is decorative!
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54  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: November 09, 2016 05:30:03 PM
Challenge: floo - tattooine
House: ravenclaw
Project: advent box blanks
This is one of those projects that seems to be taking much longer than expected!
Boo (my niece) asked for a TsumTsum advent calender, but they are ridiculously expensive - so I'm making her one instead (It's much cheaper to buy 24 figures than too buy the advent calender, I'm furious with Disney for blatant profiteering! The calander is 70 and doesn't even have a figure every day (just accessories some days), whereas I brought 3 packs of 10 for 12 each... )
Anyway... Lots of little boxes folded from bookboard, ready to decorate and fill Cheesy hopefully she'll be able to use the same calender for a couple of years once it's done, too

Challenge: 12 trees - icicles
House: ravenclaw
Project: pecan pie
The oven was too cold,, so we turned it up half a turn... And then it for a bit burnt (only a bit on top, still tasty!)

Recipes: (definilty not vegan - we planned till make a vegan one but ran out of time!)
Pie filling

Challenge: 12 trees - bells
House: ravenclaw
Project: festive cabbage
I want to make red cabbage to go with Christmas dinner, since it's a family favorite, plus the beautiful purple color brightens up the table
I halved delia's festive red cabbage recipe to practice it, but tbh I want that blown away by the taste - fine, but nothing special, so I'll see if I can find another to try

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55  Re: Slow cloth/boro embroidery patches - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by noodle-bug on: November 09, 2016 04:54:58 PM
I received my amazing parcel from Abbeeroad! 2 stunning indigo patches

I love the strong colour scheme, and the strength of the line - I keep noticing little details like this section that's almost like cross hatching

And... Crafted extras!

A fat quarter of abbee's iconic dyed fabric - and a beautiful wood burned fridge magnet

Thank you Abbee!!
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56  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: November 02, 2016 05:13:58 PM
Abbee, don't peek at these next two projects, ok? They're for our boro patch swap!
(Pinterest fairy, don't share either in case she spots them!)

Challenge: detention October
House: ravenclaw
Project: improvised patch

Challenge: Floo Prague
House: Ravenclaw
Project: bohemian patch

Challenge: head November
House: ravenclaw
Project: French onion soup
Tom & I are in charge of Christmas dinner this year (eeep!), so you'll be seeing a lot of practice cooking g from me. Starter is French onion soup, which is pretty healthy (right until you pile the cheese onto it - vegan me won't have the cheese so I'm good!), plus I think soup is soul-warming in winter Smiley

We used this recipe, swapping out the beef stock for veggie stock, and frying the onion in all olive oil (instead of olive oil / butter mix). That was a bit heavy so we're looking into what might work better next time

Challenge: put a pumpkin on it!
House: ravenclaw
Project: best bread ever!
This is the bread we made to go with the soup. Oh my word it's the easiest recipe and the bread is AMAZING. We couldn't get poppy seeds so we added extra pumpkin seeds Cheesy

In the interest of relationship harmony, I should explain that Tom did a lot if the work for the cooking - he's much better than I am. He's a hufflepuff, and got grumpy that the badgers wouldn't get any points for our shared project! I said he should join the HPC and claim them himself!
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57  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: October 25, 2016 05:20:52 PM
Challenge: Floo New Zealand
House: ravenclaw
Project; massive stuffed Beehive tea cozy
A spirally birthday present Smiley

Class: flying
House: ravenclaw
Project: big fridge sort out

I find some big 'fridge magnet memo' sheets made from white board type material - so I replaced the scrappy paper that was our cleaning rota, monthly bills info and important phone number sheets. I also sorted out the fridge magnets (moved the ones I don't like to the side of the fridge, where we use them to hold take out menus) and cleaned inside... But I'm making one if my housemates defrost the freezer!

Class: HoM
House: ravenclaw
Project: coat transformation!
I brought a new coat - but, as with all my clothes, I have to but a couple of sizes up too for over my big boobs! I usually don't bother adjusting stuff to fit, since for seperates it doesn't matter, and the few dresses I wear are stretchy fabric - but a coat really needs to fit - especially since I really love this coat!
I didn't want to properly take it in, since my weight fluctuates and I'm worried that I'll adjust it, then in a couple of months it won't fit - so I just shifted the lower buttons and added belt loops so I can shim the waist in. That's resulted in a kind I'd diagonal button arrangement but I've decided that it's a design feature Wink

Class: transfiguration
House: ravenclaw
Project: bag strap fix
The straps on my bag broke! They tore right through, so I used leather cut from an old bag (the colour doesn't match but actually I like that, shabby chic) riveted on with 4 rivets per strap so it should hold firm! (The strap is guided back on itself do each one has 2 rivets underneath that you can't see in the pic)
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58  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: October 20, 2016 03:22:46 AM
I'm posting this seperatly because it's kind of a judgement call if it should count as a submission. I know that previously we have encouraged people to submit the making of craft kits as spew projects (e.g. Kits of beads, string & instructions for hospitalized children to make braclets) - - I felt like this was similar, giving out cooking kits basically! What do you guys think?

Class: herbology
Spew: refugees
House: racehorse
Project: dry food packs
I spent 2 days in the dry foods area putting together bags of groceries to deliver to camp.
A team goes into camp very early in the morning (while everyone is in bed still, so that they know how many people actually live and sleep in each tent) to tally what is needed and give out tickets redeemable for grocery bags.
Back in the warehouse, the grocery bags are assembled so that each group gets the same per-person.
First, take huge industrial sacks of flour, lentils, sugar ect and rebag them to smaller amounts. Then form a production line with sturdy bags being sent down the middle, and one person per food-type making sure the same of each goes into the bag as it passes.
For example, a 4 man bag gets : 2kg flour, 1kg sugar, 25 tea bags, 3 tins of fish (e.g. Tuna), 4 litres milk, 2 litres oil, 3 tins of tomatoes, 3 tins beans (e.g. Kidney beans), 1kg onions, a spice pack (teaspoon salt, teaspoon cumin, chunk of ginger, clove of garlic, veg stock cube) which is to last a week (!!!!)
I moved around during the day a bit, since it's quite monotonous otherwise (the like you to move around after each meal break to avoid RSI too) so I rebagged flour into smaller amounts, I rebagged boxes of teabags into smaller amounts, and I did oil and fish on the production line.

Over 6 days groceries are delivered to 6 different areas of the camp. An average day delivers to 2000 people but some areas are more heavily populated, so one day we delivered to 3750!
On the 7th day, the warehouse sorts stock (a big job. Most donations are from individuals who've sent a bag of shopping - so sorting all those bags out into the warehouse, putting like with like and keeping track of what's available) to see what it can deliver the next week - it's important to have enough if something to give everyone the same. So, for example, when I was there we realised that we actually had been donated enough cereal bars to go around, and could add one per person to the packs that week. They think that soon enough tins of fruit will have been donated to  give those out too.

The picture is someone unloading donated shopping for us to sort (someone crazy judging by his shorts in october attire!). I couldn't get a shot of the production line because I couldn't break the chain to take one! I hope my explication makes sense!
Pinterest fairy, please don't share this pic - I did check before i took it but as I don't know them it's maybe best not to spread it around unnessecarily
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59  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: October 20, 2016 02:19:47 AM
Oh my gosh you've all been busy! Edel that hat is going to be gorgeous Smiley

A couple of submissions, sorry that the photos are rubbish!

Class: DADA
Spew: refugees
House: ravenclaw
Project: first aid bags
I butchered a few worn out hi vis jackets to make identifying patches to go on these first aid bags. Because of the light reflective part they'll be easy to spot in the back of a full van and quickly grab, and also using the kit around camp it will be obvious to everyone what you're doing.
All the bags themselves are from those donated, so they are all different, but I tried to keep any helpful features (like the front pocket here) useable. I made about 14 bags

Challenge: Heads challenge October
Spew: refugees
House: ravenclaw
Project: tent and suitcase repairs
This project very much choose me! On the afternoon of my last day I just happened to walk past tentworld (area of the voulteer warehouse where tents are checked and sorted) and overheard someone bemoaning that no one knew how to use the sewing machine...
Well, I do! They were very happy when I chippired up, and I spent the rest of my time sewing - putting patches on tent outers and fixing rips in the netted parts like doors mostly. Once people saw that I was sewing, I was given more to do - fixing suitcases and rucksacks (mostly handles that had come away or patching inside pockets) .
It was interesting because, although the sewing itself was simple, getting a tent into a domestic sewing machine is not...  never mind a big suitcase with fixed frame parts!!

Once the outers were patched, I ran over the stitches with silicon glue to make them waterproof

Class: SOAR
Spew: refugees
House: ravenclaw
Project: hot food kitchens
I don't have a recipe I can share since I didn't get to do any of the actual cooking... But I spent a day working in the hot food kitchen (mostly chopping veg and salad, and peeling garlic), and then helped serve hot evening meals in camp.
Believe you me, chopping enough onions to make 2000 portions requires discipline!!! We made chickpea curry, spiced rice and salad - I tried a spoonful and it was tasty, but I'm afraid after a day chopping veg I opted for pizza for dinner!!

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60  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: October 08, 2016 04:40:57 PM
Edel - I love your printed fabrics!

Magpirate - What a great costume idea!

(Does anyone else find the autocorrect suggestions for usernames just too funny sometimes? Magpirate, it wants me to call you 'amputate'!!)

Now, ravenclaw me is getting fretted at being behind already so early in the term! But here's a little hand in to calm myself!

Challenge: Floo ankh-morpork
Spew: refugees
House: ravenclaw
Project: hi vis hat
Using up some of my left over 'reflections' yarn - I did the decreases 'wrong' on this hat to give it a smoother, rounder top compared to the pattern

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