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1  Harry Potter Halloween/Book release robes Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff in Halloween Costumes by Sinamint on: July 15, 2008 07:26:55 AM
Some old Hogwarts robes I made for my best friend and I.

Since we wanted a set of school robes for the book and movie movie release I got busy with my magic wand, needle and thread! I looked for patterns that were like the school robes but did not find any commercial patterns that were quite right.

I got a basic set of instructions from a geocities site, but it seems to have been taken down.  Huh On the site she explained how to draft the pattern. I went to work, taping newspapers together to get the size before cutting my fabric. I was impressed with the end results, and surprisingly warm in the overly cold movie theatre.

The robes did double duty, and were great halloween costumes! I got so many compliments and many people thought we looked authentic. Smiley I ordered the coordinating patches and ties straight form Hogwarts (ok, ok, Ebay Wink )

My friend's action shot (oh that is Butterbeer in the picture with him!)

Making of the robes...

(errm... yeah, I LOVE Butterbeer!)

My Hufflepuff robe

Hope this is the right place to put this!
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2  Home sweet... SOLD!!~ Window Treatments **Fat with picture goodness* in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Sinamint on: July 11, 2008 08:59:17 PM
My first own crafty post! Wink

So my boyfriend and I worked like mad fools to give our home that we put up for sale as appealing to the buyers as possible! Since our agent knew I had a capability of sewing she set me to the task of creating new window treatments for our very tired looking windows. Sadly I do not have a before picture. Please imagine some horrid looking vertical blinds Wink Since this was my boyfriend's home I felt intimidated putting my thumbprint on it. Funny how when put to task it has really come to reflect some of my personal tastes!  Cheesy

Since the house has been sold, I am happy with the finla results, (also my boyfriend's mother who helped with these! Wink )

Here they are for your viewing pleasure!
The main entry...



Next, to welcome you is the kitchen!
This one took three attempts before I got the exact vision! Here it is in all it's glory, exactly like I wanted it.

More detail

...and closer now! See the stitching detail!! Wink

The frame for the window treatment was made by my boyfriend. I stapled the fabric parts to that they can be washed or changed by the next owners.

Next room to welcome you is the living room/ dining room. These two rooms share the same wall so the window treatments had to be the same in my mind. The fabric was chosen by my boyfriend. I am not particularly partial to florals... but it does work for this room.... (sorry no picture of the wall with both window treatments)

Patio door/dining room window

Living room window

Moving on to the Fun rooms! The master bedroom!!!
It was soooo hard to find something to go with these mustard coloured walls. I walked many a fabric store before I found the prefect fabric match. A valance up to the ceiling, as suggested by my boyfriend's mom would give a stately look and long sheer like drapes one the side. This would give a male and female look for a master bedroom... or so I believe Grin

in detail...

Closed drapes (looks more elegant at night!)

The result was to continue with the same look, yet with a difference for the ensuite with a cafe rod look with pleats at hte bottom and a valance the same at the top.

Last to welcome you, the two additional rooms. (Both rooms are the same) These window treatments are near to my heart for some reason. I fussed over them more than the others and am really proud of them. I additionally added to the structure of these with a 1/4" doweling at the top so that the fabric would not flop down.

In detail...

Whew!!! All done!! One Week after the house was on the market it was SOLD!!! My boyfriend's mother claims is the great sewing work! Wink

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