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31  Final class submissions in Craftalongs by DragonChilde on: November 30, 2013 03:26:23 PM
Class: Frog Choir
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Glasses frog
Brief Description: This charming purple and yellow frog will be my singing partner for Frog Choir. When the Choir is not in session, he has kindly offered to hold my glasses.
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Class: Alchemy
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Scrying bowl
Brief Description: I painted this bowl at a ceramic painting studio. The bowl part of the bowl is black so that I can fill it with water and scry with it. The bottom is decorated with galaxies to remind us how insignificant we are in the grand scheme of things and how interconnected life is. I painted an Ouroboros on the very bottom of the bowl to serve as a reminder that in every end there is a beginning. The piece was fired at such a temperature that I will be able to kindle a small fire in it for scrying as well which is why the rim of the bowl is decorated with flames.
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I was not able to work on my NEWT this week. I should be working on it again next week.
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32  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* in Craftalongs by DragonChilde on: November 22, 2013 03:01:36 PM
Moonflame ~ I love working with my quill and the ink well is very inspiring, it puts me in the perfect witchy mood!
vincentvanbuck ~ Your fabric house ornament is fantastic! I have the same difficulty with drawing I really love your ATCs
MamanTattoo ~ I love that the Hogwarts uniform you made! That hand tree is a wonderful idea! Congratulations on completing your NEWT, I love how it turned out and the little label in the corner is adorable!
jellybean89 ~ I really like the bright colors you used to make cat toys! I love the colors of the rug made form old bed sheets! Congratulations on finishing the blanket!
Acadian Driftwood ~ That Chai concentrate recipe looks great! Your rosemary wreath is wonderful, I bet is smells fantastic!
Nicajeanie ~ The colors of (in?) the granny squares are perfect! I really like the almond and green colored hat!
netchez ~  Your hats are fantastic! I love the ornaments!
Magpirate ~ Your penguin is so cute! I want to hug it! I really like the snowflake cards, the swirly blue coloring is fantastic! the picture frame you decorated is beautiful in is simplicity. The Santa that you carved is amazing
BadWolf314 ~ What a clever use of Magic cards, I love how colorful the ornaments turned out! I really like the Ravenclaw shirt and the house pride pants as well. PJs are a bit of a holiday tradition in my family as well, although we open them on Christmas day.
WhistleFish ~ What a wonderful way to remember to be thankful! I love the colors you used. I really like the little poem you wrote on the card.
tiamatfire ~ Those hedgehog cookies look delicious! I love the green sweater! The Christmas cards and tags that you made are fantastic! They add the perfect personal touch.
coulsenl ~ Diaper cake I don't know what to say. I love the paw print bookmarks you made. The baby quilts you made are fantastic!
noodle-bug ~ It is super exciting that someone asked you to knit something for them! That cowl looks very warm indeed. I'm no whovian but I like the altered book you made!
FiberAlchemist ~ I love love love the tree skirt you made! I really like the green you used for your frog choir hat. Fantastic flying whale! The Hogwarts bookmark is positively perfect! I really like the pattern of stripes on the duct tape clutch. That throat soother sounds fantastic and I love the idea of the shower smoothie. I too learned that it is a very bad idea to name any animal you hope to transfigure, Martin sure is a cute hedgehog! That Gryffindor quilt is beautiful! I love the pattern on the blue hat you made.
Ant Bee ~ I will miss your S.P.E.W. bulletins next year, though congratulations on the job!
Inselaeffchen ~ I really like the coffee mug rug!Your little Dalek is very cute! I really like the style e you chose for the bunting.

The best of wishes to you Erin.

Today is Advanced Studies Friday and I am happy to report that I have been making progress on my NEWT. I have finished with the second aett of the elder futhark and even found some rhymes for scrying. I also wrote out two more tarot card descriptions, the emperor and the hierophant.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Hazel the Hedgehog
Brief Description: I, like FiberAlchemist, learned that it is a bad idea to name any animals that you are supposed to use in Transfiguration class. I can't bear to turn this little guy into a pincushion now, so I am giving him to my little brother.
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33  Comments and Advanced Studies Friday in Craftalongs by DragonChilde on: November 08, 2013 09:52:23 AM
Naantje~ I love the colors you have been knitting hats with. Your mittens look very cozy!
CraftyLadyMJ~ The pet ties are adorable! I want a baby Hippogriff! It is so well awkwardly cute! I am very impressed with your lion tote bag, further proof that I need to learn how to knit and crochet.
pottermouth ~ That Wonder Woman costume is fantastic! I can't believe you were able to make it with so little advanced notice! Your gravy sounds delicious!
Inselaeffchen ~ Your Tardis pumpkin is fantastic! I think I may have to start watching Doctor Who now that it is on Hulu Your hats for Big Knit are really adorable. Those Christmas tags are fantastic
noodle-bug ~ Four Edwina Sissorhands costume is fantastic! Those crunchy nut chocolate cakes sound delicious. I love the paper flower you made! They look so wonderfully unique (in a very good way)
coulsenl ~ Peppermint Caramel Cocoa sounds very soothing indeed. I love your blanket of invisibility.
jenleahlynn ~ That caramel dip sounds wonderful! I bet it would make a good sauce for ice cream. Your 7 minute frosting looks wonderful. I usually go for a cream cheese frosting when I am baking
tiamatfire ~ Those slippers look wonderful! I love the colors. That mulled punch sounds fantastic! The newborn set you made is adorable. The cream edging finishes the blanket very nicely
moonflame ~ Those trinket boxes and mirrors are fantastic! At first I thought they were edible. I love the mug sweaters! Those flowers are positively charming! I love the magnets you made as well! They are adorable. I love that you are doing S.P.E.W. for the Boy Scouts. Those cookies look fantastic!
pinkleo ~ I love all the squares you have been showing us. That scarf looks very cozy! Those Chickpeas sound wonderful.
WhistleFish ~ Those pumpkin seeds sound delicious! I love that you made so many varieties.
Audania1 ~ Mmmmm pumpkin pie. My sister usually makes a crustless pumpkin pie for the holidays and it is amazing. It looks like we use similar crust recipes in our pie making.
BadWolf314 ~ Those dinner rolls look wonderful. I have one relative who always brings homemade rolls to Thanksgiving and Easter meals.
Nicajeanie ~ I love the colors you chose for the dog coat! That apple cake looks delicious.
FiberAlchemist ~ Spiced Peach Butter? Sounds fantastic! When I first saw your post I thought you had made Spiced Peanut Butter in a crock pot and I was very curious Peach Butter makes so much more sense.
Mistress Jennie ~ That chili looks wonderful! Chili at my house is usually a hit or miss because we never use a recipe, I think we may have found one now.
rockmygypsysoul~ That fondant looks fantastic! and I love how you decorated the cupcakes.

And now its time for Advanced Studies Friday
My NEWT is going well, I am now researching the second aett. When I got bored with research this week I aged some paper using tea and started writing out the information on the tarot cards with my quill. I got four done (from The Fool to The Empress) and learned that it would have been smarter for me to do the writing first and age the paper later oh well. I am using walnut ink and I have noticed that it looks a tad like dried blood when it is completely dry I thought I took a picture of the stack of aged paper but apparently not.This picture shows some of my work so far but does not show all four completed pieces of information.
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34  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* in Craftalongs by DragonChilde on: October 31, 2013 08:56:58 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying
House: Slytherin
Project Name: vampire bat
Project Page Link: none
Brief Description: If you are out flying at night, you may spot a bat if you are paying close attention. Muggle bats will not fly into you unless there is something severely wrong with them but the magical vampire bat will. You must be very careful not to allow it to catch you, for if it does all kinds of nasty things can happen. I carved the likeness a magical vampire bat onto a Samhain pumpkin to remind everyone to be careful. (I learned if you draft your design using a dry-erase marker, then you can wipe it away and redraw until you are satisfied)
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35  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* in Craftalongs by DragonChilde on: October 16, 2013 04:53:08 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Unity
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Ravenclaw Shawl
Project Page Link (if available): None
Brief Description: I made this Ravenclaw shawl for my partner in the B2H swap. It was made using a single piece of fabric (and it was the first time using our sewing machine by myself). I embroidered the edge with bronze swirls. It is modeled here by my sister who is a Ravenclaw herself as well.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Monster Book of Monsters
Project Page Link (if available):  more pictures and info on how I made it here
Brief Description: I made this Monster Book of Monsters box out of an old nursing textbook for my partner in the B2H swap. Hopefully, this box will help my partner keep track a few things. (This was the hardest item to send off, I think I will be making myself one using an old dictionary as the base). The book came with a story: A copy of the Monster Book of Monsters found its way to an American muggle university (specifically the College of Nursing). The magical government in America contacted the MoM thinking that the book had originally come from Britain, and sure enough the book was traced back to Flourish and Blotts. The proprietor of the store claimed no knowledge of how the book fell into muggle hands but agreed to have the copy transfigured into a box. The muggles at the university had their memories modified and the box was given to a former Hogwarts student.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Maple and Unicorn wand
Project Page Link (if available): none
Brief Description: I made this wand for my partner in the B2H swap. The wood is maple and the core is a unicorn hair. The wand should enable my partner to protect herself from the dangerous Whomping Willow. 
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36  Monster Book of Monsters (pic heavy) in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by DragonChilde on: October 16, 2013 04:24:44 PM
This book started its life as a nursing textbook. I cut out the inside and covered it with pages from a paperback copy of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I made the teeth out of homemade salt dough, and then painted them with watercolors. I printed the title on a piece of scrapbooking paper and glued it down after covering the outside of the book with parchment paper. Once it was all prepped, I glued the scraps of fur down, fitting them together as best I could.
I found the belt and belt buckle at a thrift store (I had to punch new holes in the belt)
The finished product got sent to my partner in the Back to Hogwarts 4 swap.

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37  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* in Craftalongs by DragonChilde on: October 12, 2013 11:48:19 AM
OWL Subject & Option: Herbology
House: Slytherin
Project Name:Mandrake Hoopla
Project Page Link (if available): None (yet)
Brief Description: I made a mandrake hoopla for my partner in the Back to Hogwarts 4 swap. I made this hoop using a new technique, stumpwork embroidery. The body is made of brown split stitches, the legs were stitched on a wire frame on another pice of fabric using satin stitch, the leaves were stitched on another piece of fabric using the leaf stitch and fly stitch. I had tons of fun trying out this technique!
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NEWT Subject: Divination
House: Slytherin
Project Name: So you have chosen to study divination....
Brief Description: I would like to make myself a book detailing different methods of divination including tarot; cartomancy with a deck of plain playing cards; the elder futhark runes; the celtic ogham runes; scrying with fire using wax, flame, and smoke; scrying with water using the wax on water method, and water gazing; scrying with a mirror; scrying with crystals; scrying with tea leaves; dowsing with a wooden rod; dowsing with a pendulum; palmistry; basic astrology; numerology; basic dream interpretation (excluding a dream dictionary); and ornithomancy. Once I have finished research on all of the methods of divination I will write them out with my quill using walnut ink on small pieces of paper that will be collaged onto paper that is covered in crayon, water color, earth, and other mediums. So far I have made the covers with end papers (the last time I read the Harry Potter series I pulled out the quotes relating to divination and prophecy and wrote them on little slips of paper. So far I have finished the research for tarot and cartomancy using playing cards, and am working on the research for the futhark runes.
Pictures of progress so far:
The pictures are of the front cover, the front endpapers, the back cover, and the back endpapers.
The tarot card on the front cover is the tower.
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38  Re: Back to Hogwarts 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by DragonChilde on: October 10, 2013 06:31:03 PM
Everything is so awesome! I love the howler arm warmers and the hand of glory and and.... well everything! also I RECEIVED TODAY! *happy dance* I was so very very happy to come home and find my package waiting for me!

The first thing I saw was a hoopla

Then some awesome dishcloths (yes I took most of the pictures with the help of my typewriter)

Then I saw a cauldron perfect for mixing potions

Inside the cauldron, I found all sorts of awesome stuff
like these bottles for potions with chalkboard labels and some premixed potions, chalk and faerie dust There was also this little bird house, which I will likely expand into the Burrow or Hogwarts
and my most favorite thing: this little baby dragon The note around his neck says "I found a baby dragon on my way to the post office. I have no room in my home for him, so I hope you can take care of him for me.  Smiley" I love hime very much and ZombriNation can trust that I will care for him well. Thanks so much ZombriNation!

Merlin's Beard! I forgot to add a picture of something! This necklace is fantastic and so snake-like!

And a side note, I was telling some friends about this swap and my selection of Slytherin as my house and they thought that I wasn't a Slytherin but a Ravenclaw... and when asked why that was they said "Slytherins are bad"....

(House: SLYTHERIN, Class: Potions or DADA, Shop: Slug and Jiggers Apothecary)
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39  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* in Craftalongs by DragonChilde on: September 19, 2013 09:37:53 AM
Welcome to SLYTHERIN dynamine!
noodle-bug - I adore those socks! They look so pretty and cozy. That hat looks wonderful as well. The baby quilt you made? It is positively adorable.
jennieingram - That is an ambitious NEWT! I can't wait to see all the bracelets! I love all the ones I have seen so far

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Canned Pears
Project Page Link: None
Brief Description: As urban farmers, my family is a part of the local Farm Co-op list serve and one of the things they do regularly are bulk buys. Basically, you get a chance to buy bulk organic produce straight from the farmers (in quantities like 20, 30, 35, etc. pound cases). THis time around we got a case of pears, a case of Gala apples, a case of Honeycrisp apples, and a case of Yukon Gold potatoes. THe pears are really good but they came in a 30 pound case (maybe 35 I don't exactly remember) and there was no way we would be able to eat them before the lot went bad. As a result, last night my mother and I canned pears until 11:30. We ended up with 9 jars of canned pears that sealed beautifully. The pears had to be water processed for 25 minutes and when we pulled them out of the canner, the jars seemed to glow with a soft white/yellow light which looked very similar to moonlight. The pears themselves are also a pale white color reminiscent of the moon. I opened one of the jars this morning and they were a little soft but delicious!
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We canned in a very light syrup (10.5 cups of water with 1.25 cups of sugar) that had ascorbic acid added to it as per the instructions on the bottle to prevent growing. We peeled cut and cored the pears and layered them in jars. Then we poured hot syrup over the fruit leaving headspace of 0.25 inches. Once the water canner was properly heated, we put rings and lids on the jars and processed them for 25 minutes.
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40  And I'm back again because I couldn't stay away :D in Craftalongs by DragonChilde on: September 16, 2013 09:29:49 PM
Class: History of Magic
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Pie Jars
Project Page Link: none
Brief Description: I did some research and the food at our castle is prepared by House Elves. Many of the other menial tasks around the castle are also attended to by House Elves. While this information was never published in Hogwarts, A History, Hermionie Granger petitioned to have this information added, likening the service of a house elf to slavery, the summer between her fourth and fifth years at Hogwarts (you will remember she created S.P.E.W. in her fourth year) but appears to have been unsuccessful. Much like a House Elf, I got up early the morning that we got to visit my little sister to give her Birthday presents and made pies in 4 ounce jars from scratch so that they would be fresh and warm when we got to see her. I also made some fresh whipped cream. I used the piecrust recipe that our grandmother used (she died in May), as well as her berry pie recipe, and the tayberries were the last that she had bought and frozen over the years. The pies were yummy though they did bubble over a little, ok no, a lot. Next time, maybe I will make it look like something a House Elf would be proud of. I will add the recipes for the piecrust and filling tomorrow.
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Piecrust Recipe
2.25 cups white flour (303 grams)
0.75 cups + 2 tablespoons Crisco
a dash of salt
1/3 to 2/3 cups ice cold water (the bowl that you scoop the water out of it should have ice floating in it)

Mix the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. Cut in the Crisco with a pastry blender or fork until the mixture is the texture of cornmeal. Add just enough ice cold water and mix with a fork until the mixture sticks in a ball quite easily, it might be a little slimy on the outside, that is fine. Form the dough into a two balls, each ball making either the top or bottom crust. An easy way to tell if your crust turned out that if when you are placing the crust in a pie dish and it sticks (which doesn't always happen) and it looks flaky when you peel it off of the floured surface. I use this crust for both sweet and savory pies. It took me a few times to get it to come out right but it is totally worth it when it does.

Pie Filling Recipe
*This recipe comes from an old and worn edition of a Good Housekeeping Cook Book
2/3 to 3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons flour or 1.5 tablespoons quick cooking tapioca
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 to 2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 cups berries, or sliced peeled peaches or plums (fresh or frozen)
1 tablespoon butter
Combine all ingredients except berries and butter. Place half of berries in a lined pie plate: sprinkle with half of sugar mixture. Repeat. Dot with butter. Top with a slitted pie crust (moisten the edges that will meet for a better seal). Glaze if desired. Bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 to 50 minutes, or until filling is tender and crust nicely browned.

Because I was using previously frozen berries, I thawed the berries overnight and then reduced them in a large pot. I added the spices and tapioca while the berries were reducing. If I do little pies this way again, I will bake the pie crusts empty and spoon in the already cooked filling. Also, because I was making little pies I opted to forego the top crust because I know that it would sink. The extra crust is what led to the Shepherd's pie that I turned in for SoAR.
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