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241  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: October 27, 2012 03:57:35 PM
OK prepare for cuteness (if I do say so myself)...

Class: DADA
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Funshine Bear

As all of us who grew up in the 80's know, Care Bears can take on ANY baddies.  Funshine is particularly adept against things like a Lethifold because not only does she have Care Bear Stare power, she's perfectly sunny and lights up a room!

It's made entirely from scratch, and entirely with stash materials, right down to the thread and pattern!  I used an old sleeper pattern for the body, the hat is a free pattern online, and I just made up the belly as I went along.
242  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: October 20, 2012 08:44:05 PM
Wow!  That's a massive afghan - well done!  And I absolutely adore the charm bracelet.  You make such beautiful pieces!  Do you still take commisions? Wink
243  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: October 20, 2012 05:02:54 PM
I'm BACK! Cheesy  I've been on vacation with my inlaws (a 28-hour car drive round-trip  Shocked) but it went really well!  Baby girl cried a total of maybe 35-40 minutes the entire car trip, which is miraculous considering we had to take the Coquihalla highway, which is incredibly mountainous.  I was ready to cry myself with the ear pain!
Challenge: Hallowe'en
House: Gryffindor
Name: Pumpkin band

So it's her first Hallowe'en, and our little jaunt down into the States for a few hours netted me a cute little "My First Hallowe'en" onesie at good ol' Tar-jay (Can't wait until they start building ours!).  It's a bit boyish looking as it's grey and black, so I thought I'd make a little headband to go with it!  I used Microjivvy's clipart from the "Hot New Topics" page as the basis for the pumpkin.

244  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: October 04, 2012 12:52:22 PM
Challenge: Vote!

I've voted in every provincial and federal election since I was eligible, which twice has involved a LOT of rigamarole because I was out of my riding so I had to vote in advance.  In Canada, as long as you have proof you are a legal resident and are over 18 you may vote - if you're voting at your own polling station as dictated by your address you just need photo ID with your current address, photo ID with an old address and an official piece of mail (like a bill) with your current address, or a notarized piece of paper vouching for you and your address.

If you're voting outside (as I had to) you need to go to an advance polling station with any of the above options, and they will register you there and you vote early instead.

Our elections are different in that they are not necessarily called regularly.  An election must be called here at least every 4 years, but an election may also triggered when the Governor-General dissolves parliament.  THAT is either done at their own purview or when it is recommended by the Prime Minister, which might occur if a vote of non-confidence in the government passes in the house, or if the PM him- or herself simply chooses to do so.   It's possible though that the GG will ask the official opposition if they can command the confidence of the house, either alone or as a coalition with one or more of the other parties and avoid an election.

It sounds complicated, but it does at least mean that our election run-up (and therefore ads, debates, etc.) is wayyyyy shorter than our neighbours to the south!  Sorry guys, but man alive am I tired of seeing all your ads, lol!  Because we have so many American channels here we are subject to them constantly too.  I'm betting though that you are all just as tired of them as we are!
245  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: October 01, 2012 10:04:21 AM
Aww such cute booties!  I am NOT good enough at crochet to make those darling boots (though yeah jennieingram...I think my girl needs a pair in red to go with that TARDIS onesie...)

And the bento looks scrumptious!
246  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: September 30, 2012 12:30:39 PM
Thanks guys!  I made the TARDIS onesie too - it's just a plain navy onesie with the TARDIS stencilled in white. 

Congrats Abbeeroad on being the WotW Wink  It really is a great project! 
247  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: September 29, 2012 10:13:19 AM
AWESOME planetarium!  I wish oatmeal came in containers like that up here!  Maybe I could do up a hot chocolate can, and save lids to do different constellations?  A little LED puck push-light would fit in there...

So I just finished something that wasn't even going to be an HPC project, but let me tell you, it definitely fits!

My daughter needs warm hats, as it's already fall here (though someone forgot to inform the weather) and it will be getting cold soon.  It's already cold at night and in the morning, if the afternoons are hot!  I made her the sheepish hat, but I wanted to make a few more so we have options.  I tried out a few things that failed miserably, when I decided to reproduce the pigtail hat I made for my little cousin 8 years ago.

BEHOLD, THE PIGTAIL HAT (AKA Cabbage Patch hat, as coined by my husband):

Class: Charms
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Pigtail Hat, AKA Cabbage Patch

As soon as we pulled it on her head, we laughed out loud at how it looked!  Literally, ridiculously cute.  I put the picture up on facebook, and it got a crazy number of likes, and everyone thinks it's hilarious.  Definitely a cheering charm!

In fact, it got so many likes I'm wondering if I should write up the pattern to sell for a couple bucks on etsy.  It's dead simple, but there are an awful lot of dead simple patterns for sale, and I'd hate to deny anyone the chance to knit this crazy hat!  Definitely only for 2-3 bucks though.
248  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: September 23, 2012 04:39:00 PM
Oooh, I'm definitely going to have to think up some good recipes.  Lactose intolerance really sucks though pinkleo - I'm celiac so I have to be gluten free, and I know what it's like having to check ingredients and alter recipes! *EDIT: and Happy Birthday!  I know I missed another birthday upthread so Happy Belated there too!*

Class: Care of Magical Creatures
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: 99 Luftheadbands

OK, so there aren't really 99 headbands, and only two of them are red (and aren't actually included in the picture below) but I sort of went on a headband frenzy!  As you can see by the picture, baby girl looks bald, although it's actually that her hair is see through white blonde like her mommy's used to be.  This means that when she's not wearing pink (or even when she is sometimes) she gets called a boy.  Headbands to the rescue!  I made a button one earlier for transfiguration, but there's definitely a few shinies in this lot!  I'm going to give at least one to my cousin who's expecting a girl in November (and lost her first baby on Hallowe'en last year, so I want to really let her celebrate this little one), and I'm considering opening an etsy shop to sell some.  Not sure yet though.  I might see if any facebook friends are interested, or something.

This one is definitely niffler bait - the elastic is shiny, glittery silver and the bow is a satin grosgrain.

Just some of the rest!  There's more of the silver elastic, and some flowers have rhinestones or pearl buttons in the centre.  I think this might be a sickness...
249  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: September 23, 2012 09:23:47 AM
I actually let out a real live "squee"!  I've always loved crafting for kids and babies, but having my own gives me a place to channel all that crazy crafty energy Wink

Those are some great niffler projects everyone!  I've got some I made last night that I'm going to post later today (or soon, at least!).
250  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: September 22, 2012 03:55:42 PM
I love those shoes!  They look adorable.

Class: Flying
House: Gryffindor
Name: Winter overalls

I scored this fantastic narrow-wale corduroy at Value Village a few years ago, and have been saving it to make baby overalls.  Well, I finally did! 

The seams are nearly all flat-felled (I couldn't do the inner leg seam that way because of the construction), and the bib is lined with pink gingham as I ran out of corduroy to do a self-fabric lining.  It was a search to find the right size overall buckles, I tell you.

No baby in them because they're a 9 month size, and she's barely into 6 month!
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