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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: January 31, 2017 09:02:13 PM
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2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: January 31, 2017 09:01:40 PM
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3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: January 28, 2017 09:09:36 AM
Audania1, your shawl is beautiful, I love the delicate edging.  Also I'm super jealous of all your apples!  I bet that apple butter is delicious!

Those cookies look tasty, gaudiknight!  Wonderful job on all of those doll dresses, that's quite an achievement!

My goodness, noodle-bug!  Good luck with those oversized needles!  I'm sure your sister will be very pleased with her blanket, that yarn looks really soft.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy class
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Kim's Galaxy
Brief Description: We were watching a DVD about the Hubble telescope, and my girlfriend asked me to draw on her.  Inspired by the fires of space I drew a galaxy on her back.
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(cut for naked lady back)

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures class
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Brenda's Snack Box
Brief Description: During the 1920s and early '30s, the production, importaion, and distribution of alcoholic beverages was banned in the USA.  Also I'm pretty sure you're not supposed to take alcohol into my work...  This is a gift I made for my boss for Christmas.  She's hard to shop for, but she does like cheap beer, Heath bars, and Burger King.  I asked her daughter for other snacky suggestions and put it all together into a tasty bouquet.  The small "flowers" are red Reese's cups and the big ones are mini Heath bars with gold Reese's centers, all of which I attached to green-painted skewers with excessive amounts of hot glue.  I wrapped a shallow cardboard box in festive paper for the container (per my girlfriend's suggestion I cut off two of the flaps and taped the other two upright for a nice two-level effect).  The skewers are stuck into styrofoam covered with green tissue paper.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - December
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Matt's WoW Banners
Brief Description: I had the great good fortune to draw my BFF Matt's name this year in the office Secret Santa program.  (We do gifts every day for a week, with a $5 limit on Monday-Thursday and a $10 limit on the final Friday gift.  I tried to make my gifts generic but by Tuesday he knew it was me...)  For his last gift I gave him a selection of nerdy items, including a mini K-9 from Doctor Who, an embroidered patch from Game of Thrones, and these two banners I made with the Horde and Alliance symbols from World of Warcraft (he's got multiple characters in both factions).  I got the images from the internet, tweaked colors and made the banner shapes in GIMP, then printed them directly onto white cotton cloth using the freezer paper method.  Once I cut them out I set the edges using super glue (they were way too small for hemming to be practical), made hangers from a dowel and embroidery thread, and sewed them on.

WoW, while not being a traditional story, certainly has storylines that center around magic-users both good and evil.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress's Challenge - Magical Me!
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Pink Pussyhat
Brief Description: I'm not much of a crocheter and I can't knit for sh*t but I'm decent at hand sewing, so I whipped up this hat to wear at the Women's March on Washington last week.  The ears gave me trouble, I thought I could get away with just a single layer of fabric but they were so floppy that (especially with the obnoxious pink color) it said "pig" a lot more than "cat."  I fiddled with them for a while before finding a solution - I made smaller ear-insides which, when sewed straight across the bottom and attached to the ear-outsides that were sewn with the bottoms slightly curved, made the ears stand up straight.
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This is the best picture I was able to get with the crowd in the background.  There were SO MANY PEOPLE.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Pride
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Ryder's Blue Truck
Brief Description: My girlfriend bought a pair of chalkboard-front boxes for her young nephews, and Asa's had a train painted on it, but she couldn't find a truck one for Ryder.  She got him a blank one instead and asked me to paint him a truck, and personalize them both with the boys' names.  I chose a nice cheery Ravenclaw blue and tried to mimic the style of the train.
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4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: January 17, 2017 10:09:15 PM
Your leather tooling is beautiful, midkiffsjoy!  I especially love the knife case with the leaves.  That leather ball you made is really cool, too!  Great job on the socks!

The hoods you made are fantastic, noodle-bug!  The little ears are SO cute, and I love the pattern around the bottom of the fox one.

Jennie, I adore those hats!  I hadn't heard of the Pussyhat Project, but I like the idea.  I also really like your take on the required pink, it looks gorgeous!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress's Challenge - Philosopher's Stone
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Thank-You Sugar Cookies
Project Page Link: Recipe from here
Brief Description: Yesterday was a pretty crappy day for me, the worst bit of which was the moment I realized that the $100 bill my girlfriend had given me that morning (from her mother for Christmas) was no longer in my pocket.  I lost it at work, or more likely outside of work when I took a walk at break.  I was pretty upset when I realized it was gone, and I searched everywhere with no luck.  Then today I received an anonymous card that said "Random act of kindness from your work family" with $100 inside!  Someone had taken up a collection for me.  Smiley  I was really touched and I wanted to do something to say thanks, so I baked cookies.

I used the recipe linked above, except I only had 1 1/2 cups of flour so I used Bisquick for the rest and left out the salt and baking powder.  (I made the peanut butter cookies from a mix, so I'm not turning those in for points...)  They are primarily gold - well, golden brown, which I hope is close enough to count for the prompt.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology class
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Chocolate Chip Thank-You Cookies
Project Page Link: Recipe from here
Brief Description: More cookies!  (Appropriate for eating with tea!)  These ones started out as a mix, but I accidentally used twice the necessary amount of butter so I added in a half batch of the recipe linked above (substituting 1 tbsp of oil for the half of an egg I was supposed to use).  They turned out kind of flat but they taste good anyway.
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5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: November 30, 2016 10:04:44 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress Challenge - Broomstick
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Journal
Brief Description: I've been a weird combination of stressed out and apathetic lately, and I've heard that writing down your feelings can help to process them and promote useful action.  I made this journal as a place to do just that.  I'm hoping that getting my thoughts down on paper will get them out of my head so I can sleep better and be less anxious...

I used fancy resume paper, leather, and long stitch binding.
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6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Zipper Critters...with tut. Very pic heavy on: November 11, 2016 11:58:52 AM
Aww, they're super cute!  Thanks for the tutorial!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: November 10, 2016 09:49:53 PM
Nice job on the shoes, AnnoyingBigSister, they look fantastic!

LOVE the Dalek fabric, edelC!  Beautiful work on the stamp.  The shirt made me giggle.  Smiley  Also I adore the little robot, and that quilt is just gorgeous.

Holy cow, patty_o_furniture, the craft room clean looks like it was quite the undertaking!  Great job!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo - Tattoine
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Love, Peace, and Fishies Cupcakes
Brief Description: Baking is one of the things that helps me when I'm stressed or upset, and I have been a lot of both this week.  So I made a lot of cupcakes.
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8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: November 08, 2016 05:39:46 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees - Icicles
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Election Day Snacks
Brief Description: So today is Election Day here in the USA, and I'm SUPER nervous about the outcome.  My girlfriend and I agreed that we wouldn't follow the progress of the presidential election (there will be plenty of time to stress about it after it's all over!) but I couldn't help making a few goodies in honor of the occasion.  I made Jell-o stars and patriotic shots, both of which required boiling for some time - you mix boiling water with the Jell-o powder, and I made my own version of grenadine by boiling a 1-to-1 mixture of cranberry juice and sugar until the sugar dissolved.  (The other two layers of the shot are blue curacao and white rum.)
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9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: November 07, 2016 06:17:38 AM
I'm sorry to hear about your scrapbook misprint, jenleahlynn!  Sad  Hopefully they'll get it fixed for you soon.

Adorable doll clothes, as always, gaudiknight!  I love the last one in particular, it's very autum-y.

Nice re-purpose of the sweater, Antidigger!  I'm sure your insoles will keep your toes cosy.  I really like the notice boards, too!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Defense Against the Dark Arts class
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Makeshift Chicken Pot Pie
Brief Description: It occurred to me after I made this that most people don't bother with the bottom crust and just put a top crust on their pot pies...

refrigerated pie crust (just one)
chicken breast
1 can mixed veggies
1 can chicken broth
1/2 small onion, chopped
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder

Set your pie crust out to warm to room temperature.  Preheat oven to 450*F.  Boil a chicken breast until it's done (usually 15 to 20 minutes).  Drain the mixed veggies and put them in a bowl with the can of chicken broth, onion, and spices and mix it all together.  When the chicken is done, shred it into the bowl.  Mix in a tablespoon of water from the chicken pot at a time until it's the consistency you want.  Unroll the pie crust and line an 8"x10" baking dish with it.  Cut off and save the excess.  Pour in the chicken mixture and piece together the crust bits on top.  Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees - Bells
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Calzone-ish
Brief Description: This was a "let's see what I can make with whatever odds and ends we've got because I don't want to go shopping" kind of dish.  I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but as soon as my girlfriend walked in the door she went "It smells amazing in here!"  It ended up being delicious, too, appealing to both smell and taste.

2/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
5 sticks of string cheese, chopped into small bits (or you could use shredded mozzarella)
1 large bratwurst, chicken/spinach/feta flavor, also chopped into small bits
1 tablespoon Highlands Italian Cheese Sprinkle spice mix from Savory Spice in Franklin (optional, but OMG that stuff's tasty)
1 refrigerated pie crust

Set out your pie crust to warm to room temperature.  Preheat oven to 450*F.  Mix all your ingredients (except the pie crust) together.  Lay out the pie crust on a pizza stone and pile the cheese mixture onto half of it.  (I actually got nervous and took part of the mixture out because I wasn't sure if it would fit, but once it baked it all fell down flat so I think it would've worked out if I'd squished everything in a bit.)  Fold the other half over the top and pinch the edges together.  Flatten with a fork to make it pretty.  Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Dipping Sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon parsley
1 can tomato sauce

Heat the olive oil and spices in a pan over low heat for 2-3 minutes.  Add the tomato sauce and cook, stirring occasionally, until your calzone comes out of the oven (or until warm).

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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies class
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Painted Pennies
Brief Description: Inspired by the Muggle saying "It's better to give than to receive," I painted these pennies to leave in small Geocaches that don't have any trade items in them.  It's always more exciting to find caches with goodies in than ones with just a log book to sign, so we like to add a penny to log-only caches when we can.

I used acrylic paint and painted each one white before adding the stripes, since not all of my colors are completely opaque.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Study of Ancient Runes class
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Minecraft Cake
Brief Description: My girlfriend's nephew runs our Minecraft server, and it was his birthday last week so Kim wanted to do something special for him.  She came up with the idea of a virtual cake with a maze inside, and I came up with the design.  We both helped build it.  It took a LOT of thought and concentration first to come up with a maze design that would work in Minecraft (since I had to consider the fact that the walls as well as the passageways were a block wide) and then to translate that 2-D maze into the 3-D world of the game.  At the end of the maze I made a room that plays the Happy Birthday song (on redstone-powered note blocks) when you walk in, and a chest containing a cake (a food item in Minecraft) and a card that I made using a book & quill.  Also when he flipped the lever to open the door to go out, it started a fireworks show.
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In progress

Finished product (the sign on the wall where the slice is cut out says "Hope your birthday is a-MAZE-ing!")
10  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Halloween cookies on: November 01, 2016 05:31:11 PM
Those are lovely!  I especially like the spiderweb ones, and the mummies are so cute.  Great job!
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