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31  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: August 31, 2015 07:24:26 PM
Welcome Nora!

Erinaquaheart - I TOTALLY forgot to put a scavenger hunt find on my barrettes - they're #2, glittery for that gold and white lace!

I also have one last craft to slide in and complete my class schedule!

Class: CoMC
House: Gryffindor
Name: Geocache trinkets

We've started geocaching as a family, and needed trinkets to leave in the caches.  These are wooden stars painted white and then drawn on with permanent pens.  The aquatic culture comes in in two ways - first, my daughter demanded I attempt Ariel and Flounder (HA!) on two of them.  Second, the merpeople of the lake at Hogwarts are people I could see loving geocaching, what with their help during the Triwizard Tournament creating puzzles and guarding a cache of people.  Our initials are on the reverse.

32  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / ~~~DADA~~~ on: August 31, 2015 08:15:14 AM
33  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / ~~~~Charms Classroom~~~~ on: August 31, 2015 08:14:41 AM
Swish and Flick!
34  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: August 26, 2015 04:05:51 PM
Congratulations to Hufflepuff!  I totally forgot that the end date for Quidditch was before the end of the semester, d'oh!

The team thing sounds interesting!  I'm not sure I'd make a good team member only because life with two wee ones and a full-time job means my crafting is sporadic at best!

Speaking of which I have four more crafts to submit - I should really try and do something mermaid-related as then I'll have completed every class this semester Smiley

Class: Alchemy
House: Gryffindor
Name: Little crochet dolly #2

I finished the matching crochet dolly for my daughter!  The hair took FOREVER to root, as I hooked each strand through a stitch on the scalp.  I also redid the eyes because the first try looked odd.  As you can see, she's brown-eyed like my daughter is!  The dolly has WAY more hair though. Smiley  This doll is definitely the epitome of love as the symbol of the white swan - it was finicky and exasperating but my daughter does love it!

Challenge: BEAN - Bouillabaisse
House: Gryffindor
Name: Barrettes

My daughter loves to look "pwetty" with barrettes and bows in her hair.  These are made from some alligator clips and ribbon I had around, as well as some bows from her ponytail holders where the elastic had snapped.

Class:  Divination
House: Gryffindor
Name: Tiny sweater #2

This sweater was finished in preparation for the End-of-Term Feast!  It's pictured with it's mate just so you know there are two Smiley  They'll be duplicate-stitched once we have the winners!

Class: Flying
House: Gryffindor
Name: Apple Pie Jam

This was an epic undertaking!  It took me two hours to peel, core, and chop the apples for this because they were small, local apples (the weather is too harsh here for larger apple varieties).  It's from a caramel apple jam recipe, but at the end it tasted a lot more like apple pie to me - YUM!  http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/caramel-apple-jam

Not only would bees love the sweetness of this jam, but more critically the jam wouldn't exist without them!  Bees are one of the most important pollinators particularly in fruit crops, so I'm very grateful to them for my delicious apples!

35  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: August 16, 2015 08:00:18 PM
I sometimes do crafts inspired by the prompts, but more often look for prompts that fit a craft I already need or want to make Smiley

Challenge: Bean - Horseradish
House: Gryffindor
Name: Crochet dolly (#1)
Scavenger Hunt: Clue  8 -the number 7 (there are 7 pieces: head, scalp, torso, two legs and two arms)

I found the cutest ever pattern book called "My Crochet Doll" and new I had to make both my kids dolls and wardrobes as Christmas presents!  I wanted to start right away, so I made my son his doll first.  The yarn is Patons Astra, and since my kids are pale pale pale I used a creamy colour called Aran for the skin.  My kitties are helping me show him off.

36  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: August 08, 2015 07:35:51 AM
All fixed in the original post Mistress Jennie!
37  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: August 07, 2015 08:22:57 AM
No problem at all!  I'll try and provide correct amounts later today as I'm at work now Smiley
38  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: August 06, 2015 06:40:15 PM
Oh I'm a MoM!  Thank you!  Cheesy  It was a rough go - I finally figured out the best stranding method by the last few rows of the last sheep lol.

Also FANTASTIC wiring work noodle-bug, and Erinaquaheart I'm glad surgery went well!  Lovely the tiny sweaters (tiny knitters unite!) gaudiknight, midkiffsjoy those are SERIOUSLY creepy, Whistlefish the party looks so cute!, and what a time turner Abbeeroad!

Some more homework from me.

Class: Detention (June)
House: Gryffindor
Name: In-law Pasta Smiley

So this is a pasta my MIL makes all the time that I love.  The recipe below is more of a formula, but I promise it's delicious!

1 each zucchini, mushrooms, onion, bell pepper chopped roughly (you can add in or substitute veggies you like)
At least 2 cups spinach or kale
1/2 - 3/4 c. Dry white wine
1/2 c. chicken broth
3 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
up to 1/4 c. Parmesan
1/2 - 1 c. crumbled Feta


Stir fry the veggies and garlic in olive oil and butter until slightly softened, then add wine and chicken broth and the greens and put the lid on for a few minutes to steam it down.  Take the lid off to reduce the liquid some (3-5 minutes at least), then put it in a bowl and toss it with cheese.  Serve over your favourite pasta!

Class: DADA
House: Gryffindor
Name: LEMON alfredo sauce!

This contains an unexpected ingredient - lemon zest!  I learned the trick from Giada DiLaurentis a long time ago.  Just make a standard alfredo sauce (you could try this one: http://www.copykat.com/2014/09/23/creamy-alfredo-sauce/) but add the zest from one lemon.  It brightens up the sauce and lifts the richness slightly.  I put it on top of this very fun GF farfalle from the Italian Centre shop.

Class: SoAR
House: Gryffindor
Name: Sun fun!

We've had some hoooooot and sunny days here so I planned some things to make good use of it!  We made oobleck with water, cornstarch, baking soda, and food colouring to play in our fingers, then walk out onto the hot and sunny driveway to leave bright footprints.  We added vinegar to make them foam!  Then we made frozen sidewalk chalk with the same ingredients but MUCH less water, then put them in the hot sunny driveway to melt and make neat patterns and puddles.  Vinegar made these melt and spread in beautiful pictures too.

Challenge: Quidditch Half-time
House: Gryffindor
Name: Sprinkler

Yet another way to beat the heat, this sprinkler is definitely refreshing.  We made one last year with a different pool noodle but it wasn't reuseable since we taped it onto the hose.  This time I went out and bought a hose coupler, then used MUCH duct tape to get it firmly into the pool noodle.  I taped off the other end, and drilled some holes at random into the top half (width wise) of the noodle.  Ghetto sprinkler for $6!  Not including duct tape costs.

39  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: July 27, 2015 06:00:25 PM
Fun socks noodle-bug!

Challenge: Catch the Snitch!
House: Gryffindor
Name: tiny sweater@

I made this tiny sweater as the first of two Diagon Alley prizes for the end-of-term feast!  Once names are pulled I'll add the initial of choice!  I also need to figure out how to make a hanger so it can be hung as an ornament Smiley

40  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: July 16, 2015 11:31:09 AM
Tiamatfire: you have chosen two classes/challenges to stand for your Dueling Wizard find in the scavenger hunt.  You may only find each item once.  Will you please tell me if you would like to change one of your finds for another scavenger hunt prompt?  Thank you!  Cheesy

Eeep sorry!  It was typo - I meant to use 14, because my Astronomy chalk was simple and meditative to do!
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