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1  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 119 ENTRIES / Re: Gladiator Flip Flops on: July 18, 2017 09:47:12 AM
Thank you all!  It's been a hard summer - my Grandmother died unexpectedly, and we just found out last week my husband's Grandma is suddenly palliative as well.  I've also been struggling with a moderately severe chronic illness we haven't been able to treat yet, so crafting is the rock I cling to.  I've worn them in the house quite a bit!
2  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 119 ENTRIES / Gladiator Flip Flops on: July 10, 2017 07:25:18 PM
As we were travelling to my hometown for a little vacation at the beginning of June, my Grandmother unexpectedly became seriously ill and died.  I didn't have any crafting materials with me, and I was feeling upset and wanting desperately to do something with my hands.  I'd saved the Short Gladiator Flippies on Ravelry, and they presented a perfect opportunity for me!  My Grandmother crocheted regularly, and there was something cathartic in steadily crocheting while watching old home videos of her with my family.

I used a pair of size 6 flip-flops from the local Walmart, and a skein of Bernat Handicrafter cotton from my mom's stash.  They went together fairly quickly, though I had to redo some of the rows several times (due in part to the fact I have less experience with crochet than knitting) and crochet the last round a lot tighter than expected.  However, they are soft and comfortable, and actually stay on my very narrow feet, unlike regular flip flops!

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: July 05, 2017 06:45:38 PM
Also dear Headmistresses - I noticed my projects were added in to Gryffindor.  I'm sure force of habit, especially with my icon lol!  I should change that.  Could they be added to Ravenclaw?

Oh man, I am really not with it at the minute! I'm so sorry! I can't believe I nearly did Ravenclaw out of all those house points, too!!! I'll fix it now

Thank you muchly lady! Cheesy <3
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: July 05, 2017 01:20:36 PM
Great projects guys!  Loving all the cooking, particularly the Rice Krispies Turkey, and the prayer flags as well!

Also dear Headmistresses - I noticed my projects were added in to Gryffindor.  I'm sure force of habit, especially with my icon lol!  I should change that.  Could they be added to Ravenclaw?

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Pattern Weights
Brief Description:

My (nearly) SIL and I both love to sew garments, and I decided to make her a set of pattern weights for her birthday.  I used scraps left from making my son a baby quilt (which...um...still isn't quilted.  It's pieced but not quilted.  He's 3.5).  They're a little smaller than most because the scraps I used were 2.5" x 10", cut into halves.  You fold the 2.5" x 5" square in half, and sew two of the three open sides.  Turn right side out, fill with sand (I filled as full as a could while leaving just enough room to pinch the top together), and turn in the seam allowance.  Sew the last seam at right angles with the opposite seam, to make a tetrahedron, using a ladder (stuffie) stitch.  I have a full set ready to be filled for myself too.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Mini "Belle" dress
Brief Description:

I wanted to make a Sewaholic Cambie dress out of this wonderful yellow seersucker, but after cutting it out I realised the fabric was 60" and not 45", which left me enough to make a matching dress for my daughter!  It fits the prompt because I wanted it took look a lot like mine, so I used the pattern from her Canada Day Sundress as a base, then altered the shape of the bodice, added waist ties, and made gathered shoulders/sleeves like mine by shrinking by drafting, guessing, and frustration!  She calls them our "Belle" dresses because they are a sunny yellow colour.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: First Day of School Chalkboard
Brief Description:

My daughter starts kindergarten this year, and I've seen so many of these first day of school signs!  I wanted to make a reusable one, and I wanted to combine elements I'd seen across Pinterest and elsewhere.  I sprayed a 12" x 14" hardboard canvas with 3 coats of Chalkboard spray paint and let it cure several days.  Then I browsed until I decided on different styles I liked.  I pieced some paper together in the shape of the canvas, and finalized the set up for the areas.  I traced different fonts off my computer, coloured the back of the paper with pencil (I don't have carbon paper) and traced the lettering down.  I then filled them all in with an oil-based Sharpie paint pen, using 3 layers to get enough opacity.

In the top section it will have the child's name written above, then their Grade, and underneath the date.  The other areas will be appropriately filled in, and the empty bottom right box is for their school and teacher's name.  I'll do all that in chalk.  Then she (and eventually my son) will hold it when taking their first day of school picture!  I'm now tempted to do a LAST day of school board too........

Oh and how it fits the prompt!  My neurological condition makes my hands weak and shaky, and it worsens the more I use them.  I was both afraid of making a mess of this (I nearly got my husband to do the lettering) and it felt like climbing a freakin' mountain, doing all those fine lines and waiting patiently for my hands to rest.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Thread Catcher
Brief Description:

A matching thread catcher and pin cushion for SIL!  It fits I think because I had a devil of a time finding a store that would sell me individual subway tiles, the weight used in the base that rests on the counter/table top.  Most sell them as sets for making backsplashes.  When I finally did find somewhere, they had cheap $0.32 grey tiles I wanted, but they were buried in the warehouse and I was worried I'd have to buy the fancier, more expensive tiles - after dilly-dallying I found a customer service rep, who instead of searching the warehouse offered to sell me 4 of the expensive tiles (in case I broke one/to make more) for the grey tile price.

The weight, as I said, is a subway tile.  I wrapped it in fusible fleece before inserting it into the cover, and poked the fleece into place.  Fused it and hand stitched the cover shut.  The thread catcher is just a bag shape and lining with squared corners, the additional blue deer fabric is because the scraps are layer cakes so only 10" wide.  The band/facing at the top is interfaced on both sides with medium weight interfacing, and has a strip of plastic from a milk jug inside to help it stay open.

The pincushion is made of more scraps, and has a separate bag inside filled with coarse decorative sand.  It's not tacked to the tile in any way, so that it can be moved from machine to cutting table to ironing board easily.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress - July
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: "Belle" Seersucker dress
Brief Description:

This is my dress, the Cambie dress by Sewaholic.  I feel it is outstanding - it looks really good on me (if I do say so myself!) just like all Sewaholic patterns, as they're designed for a slight to moderate pear-shaped figure - wider hips and smaller bust.  It is a fair amount of work, though well designed and explained.  The whole dress is lined so is essentially made twice, and I did either French or other finished seams through most of the dress, and top stitched everything for detail and security.  I also hemmed it by hand, using lace for the first time!

I love this dress, as does my husband lol.  I added the vintage pearls from my Grandmother, and his eyes about popped out of his head.  Definitely sewing this again!

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Best of the Harry Potter Craftalong 2016 on: June 26, 2017 08:33:06 PM
This was enough to bring me back in to crafting again!  <3  Love looking at all these amazing photos.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: June 26, 2017 08:28:10 PM
Hi all Smiley

I've been absent because just as a family vacation was starting, my Grandmother unexpectedly passed away.  She had severe dementia so it's mostly a relief to know she's at peace again, but it was (and still is) hard.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: CoMC
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Canada 150 Wreath
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description:

Another project for Canada 150!  The colourful leaf in the middle is the official symbol/logo for Canada 150.

"The logo is composed of a series of diamonds, or celebratory gems, arranged in the shape of the iconic maple leaf. The four diamonds at the base represent the four original provinces that formed Confederation in 1867: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Additional diamonds extend out from the base to create nine more pointsin total representing the 13 provinces and territories.

The Canada 150 logo is an evocative symbol and will become an enduring reminder of one of Canadas proudest moments. The maple leaf motif is recognized at home and abroad as distinctively Canadian, and it fosters feelings of pride, unity and celebration. This unique design is simple enough to be drawn by children, and versatile enough to be used in a host of applications. The possible uses of the symbol are as unlimited as the spirit and imagination of the Canadian public."

I made it from scraps of felt.  The "shiny" part comes in with the white maple leaves on the bottom half - they are covered in glitter, though it's hard to see in the picture. 

Class/Challenge/House Pride:  Charms
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Canada Day 150 Sundress
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description:

I think it easily fits the description because the fabric is a busy, bright fun red and white maple leaf pattern!  July 1st is Canada Day, the day Canada became it's own country, while still a part of the political and economic British Commonwealth.  This year is our 150th birthday, so I knew we needed extra special gear to celebrate.

I used a simple pattern, but to save on fabric I made a facing instead of lining the bodice fully.  This necessitated taking the dress to my parent's house when I went back home so I could serge the edge of the waist band so it wouldn't fray under the rough-and-tumble play of my girl!

I also whipped up a bow headband, which she sort of needs because back in October she took scissors in her hair in a bad way and we had to cut her hair down to about 1/2" long.  It's grown into a strange shag now!  Fingers crossed it grows enough to turn it into a cute bob by the time she starts Kindergarten in September...

Class/Challenge/House Pride:  DADA
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Gladiator Flip Flops
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description:

We were halfway through the 4 hour drive home (my kids went ahead a few days ago with my sister and mom) for a week to visit when my sister called to say my Grandmother had suddenly become critically ill - so ill they'd instituted palliative care.  For the next 4 days I was in and out keeping vigil with my Grandma, and trying to watch my kids (my husband had to return home the next day).  With my current neurological and autonomic disorders I became more and more exhausted and sick, and I desperately needed something to turn my mind to.  I grabbed a crochet hook, a new pair of flip flops from walmart, and some Bernat Handicrafter cotton in pretty emerald shade and made the Short Gladiator Flippies from Ravelry.

They're fairly comfortable, being that I don't ordinarily like flip flops - they're perfect for bumming around the house and yard in but I wouldn't walk far.  That's only because I don't like things between my toes - if you normally use flip flops they're just fine!

Well that's a project dump for now.  I'm recovering some ability in my hands again after the last couple weeks of funeral/bad cold/exhaustion so I'm hoping to finish a few more things!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: June 07, 2017 08:43:46 PM
Awww thank you so much for the warm welcome guys!  I'm glad to be back.  I do have a bunch of things on the go, so there will be a project dump in a bit!  Slow and steady wins the race against the neurological disorder, right?

Great projects so far too!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: June 01, 2017 02:50:27 PM
*tentative wave*

Hello all!  Trying to maybe return for our 5th year!  I will be changing houses however........Pottermore lost my original account information, in which I was sorted into Gryffindor.  After two re-sortings (things kept mucking up!) I got Ravenclaw, twice!  I always thought I'd likely be placed in Ravenclaw, though I frankly consider myself a Gryffinclaw (both) at heart.  I've decided to embrace the Pottermore hat and change over to the land of Wit and Wisdom!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 on: April 13, 2016 02:07:01 PM
I'm sorry I disappeared again my lovelies - I spent most of it in St. Mungo's for reasons we still haven't completely solved (though apparently cortisol is a really important hormone, and your body rebels when it doesn't get enough - WHO KNEW?).  I haven't been able to do much as I've been too ill to even knit or colour, though my magical steroid pills are making it so I can at least sit up for longer periods of time and attempt things! 

I have some colouring pages to submit - I think we agreed these were OK as long as they were long projects right?  These pages take me at least 3-4 hours and sometimes longer to finish - longer than my crochet stuff sometimes! 

Class: Apparition
House: Gryffindor
Name: Rainbow Butterfly

I was finally feeling well enough in the last couple of days of hospitalization to colour again, so I spent quite a few hours filling in this butterly.  It was a super nice present from my supervisor, and I find colouring so satisfying.  Something is very soothing about filling in shapes precisely, blending colours to create a beautiful picture.

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 on: March 30, 2016 11:28:25 AM
Finally a project posting!  Life has been getting away from me!  We have 3 birthdays in March and I have a body that is NOT cooperating with me!

Class: Astronomy
House: Gryffindor
Name:  Eggses!

With Easter last weekend, we decided to dye eggs!  First we coloured them (my 4 yo did the ones that are very well scribbled, I did the neater ones, and my 2 yo decided crayons werent fun lol) with crayons, then we did dip dyeing in food colouring, hot water, and vinegar.  A few we tried doing multiple dips but it didnt work that great as the second dip washed off the first colour set down so no gradients!

Class: CoMC
House: Gryffindor
Name: Green car hat

My son needed a birthday present, and is OBSESSED with cars.  I had this great slime green from making a dinosaur sweater for my daughter a year ago, and its been used for a few projects since.  The red cars are because his favourite thing right now is the Cars movie, so its just like Lightning McQueen.

Class: Flying
House: Gryffindor
Name: Button booties

Well these wee booties have the cutest daisy buttons ever on them.  Crocheted for my friend who finally got a girl after 3 boys!

Class: Headmistress challenge March
House: Gryffindor
Name: Baked oatmeal

This is not only delicious it goes pretty far, and is great for sending as breakfast to daycare (we need to provide my sons meals since hes celiac).  I used GF oats, added frozen blueberries instead of cranberries, and cut the sugar in half.  http://allrecipes.com/recipe/51013/baked-oatmeal-ii/

Class: Potions
House: Gryffindor
Name: Cherry dress card

For my beautiful sister, a birthday card.  It uses a few different materials and techniques: the dress is origami, the stripes are papercut, and the sash is velvet ribbon.  I think it turned out pretty awesome!

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