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1  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Yule Term 2019/2020*~ in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: December 18, 2019 05:29:38 PM
Class/Challenge: Arithmancy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Itty Bitty Doll Dress
Brief Description: It doesn't really show up in photographs, but the background for this fabric is actually gray.

Class/Challenge: CoMC
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Itty Bitty Doll Dress
Brief Description: Definitely tiny.  Definitely under 5 inches.

Class/Challenge: Hagrid's Christmas Tree - Angel
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Christmas Dress
Brief Description: This dress is a present for katiebread, who puts up with me constantly dithering at her about pointless things.

Class/Challenge: Hagrid's Christmas Tree - Bauble
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Doll Dress
Brief Description: Red, white, and blue in a non-patriotic way is pretty much my favorite combo, so this fabric made me really happy.

Class/Challenge: Hagrid's Christmas Tree - Bells
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
Brief Description: I used my usual chocolate cookie recipe (with a little less butter than it calls for) and dumped in some Andes peppermint chips in place of peanut butter.  Probably the best cookies I've made in years - they smelled and tasted delicious.

Class/Challenge: Hagrid's Christmas Tree - Star
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Blue Stars
Brief Description: I'm pretty good at turning scraps into doll dresses

Class/Challenge: Hagrid's Christmas Tree - Tinsel
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Silver Stars
Brief Description: Itty Bitty and Sparkly

Class/Challenge: House Unity
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Snowflakes
Brief Description: Combining Ravenclaw Blue and Silver/Gray for a rather fun winter dress

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2  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Yule Term 2019/2020*~ in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: December 18, 2019 05:09:27 PM
Slipping in a project or two under the wire...

Class/Challenge: Flying
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Brownie Socks
Brief Description: Socks don't really fit the impractical part of the prompt, but when you think about it knitting really is just a bunch of little loops together.

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3  Re: 2019 Annual DeStashAlong! in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: December 04, 2019 07:35:54 AM
December Themes

Sewing Tools by Nedra, on Flickr

Color: Silver
Pattern: Folk-Art
For: Your Home
Challenge 1: Congrats! You've been DeStashing for a year.  Take a look back and see how much you've accomplished.
Challenge 2: Help come up with ideas that will make next year's DeStashAlong better.
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4  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Yule Term 2019/2020*~ in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: November 26, 2019 08:26:12 AM
Class/Challenge: DADA
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Holly Dots Doll Dress
Brief Description: The best part of the holiday season is getting to indulge my love of Christmas Carols, especially those on the obscure end of the spectrum.  One that frequently gets stuck in my head is the Sans Day Carol, which seems to be the Cornish version of The Holly and the Ivy, except with a jaunty tune.  The fourth verse's lyrics are "Now the holly bears a berry, as blood is it red, / Then trust we our Saviour, who rose from the dead: [Chorus]."  Since this means in my brain anything with holly now has an association with blood, here's an incongruously cheerful holly-print dress.    

Class/Challenge: Floo - Coral Reef
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Aqua Dots Doll Dress
Brief Description: I made some doll dresses using leftover border material from my OWL quilt earlier in the semester that reminded me very much of sea foam.  Yay for creative re-use of scraps.

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5  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Yule Term 2019/2020*~ in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: November 21, 2019 07:35:46 AM
Class/Challenge: History of Magic
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: 90s Textbook Doll Dress
Brief Description: I can't quite put my finger on why, but this fabric is giving me really strong elementary school vibes - that kind of liminal mid 90s space after we'd moved away from neon but everything still had lots of geometric shapes.

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6  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Yule Term 2019/2020*~ in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: November 19, 2019 12:52:06 PM
Back after several weeks traveling!  Now to see if anything I've made recently fits a prompt...

Class/Challenge: Herbology
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Green Starbursts Doll Dress
Brief Description: Well, it's certainly green.  I like using really dark shades of this color for winter, even if the print is a bit more summery (it kind of looks like fireworks or dandelions). 

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7  Re: 2019 Annual DeStashAlong! in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: November 19, 2019 12:38:50 PM
November Themes

Citron by amazing_podgirl, on Flickr

Color: Brown
Pattern: Tartan, Plaid, or Checks
For: Transportation - your car, bike, water-buffalo, however you get around.
Challenge 1: In our family we have a saying "all done but the pressing" quoting a great-grandmother who was great at starting projects but not so great at the final details needed to make them usable.  Put the finishing touches on any languishing almost-finished projects.
Challenge 2: Make things in bulk.  Those multiples may come in handy next month.
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8  Re: 2019 Annual DeStashAlong! in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: October 28, 2019 01:57:22 PM
My stash has been putting me through an emotional roller coaster recently.  My great-aunt passed away earlier this year and trying to incorporate even a small portion of her rather sizeable fabric stash into my own kind of pushed me over the edge of being able to know what I have and keep things organized.  But something happened with a recent project that demonstrated how wonderful having a large stash of material on hand is.

I was sewing a quilt and it turned out that there wasn't enough binding fabric in my initial pull - a combination of fabric shrinking in the wash and some wonky cutting when I bought it.  Of course I discover this after all the shops had closed and when I was leaving to visit the friends whose baby I was making the quilt for the next day.  I was panicking and pulling apart my stash not finding anything that would work, and then I remembered I had a bin full of cotton from Aunt Gloria, and wouldn't you know it she had squirreled away several yards of the perfect pink and white calico that worked even better than the fabric I had originally chosen. 

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9  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Yule Term 2019/2020*~ in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: October 28, 2019 01:46:59 PM
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Transfiguration OWL - Dragon Quilt
Brief Description: Using Obsessively Stitchings' 1st Quilt Ever Tutorial I transformed some plain fabric squares into nine-patch quilt blocks, and from there into a scrappy looking disappearing nine-patch quilt.

Apologies for the picture quality - my camera would not correct its white balance settings for love nor money the day I was taking photos.

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10  Re: 2019 Annual DeStashAlong! in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: October 01, 2019 01:07:52 PM
October Themes

knit cowl progress by Zulema Ortiz, on Flickr

Color: Black
Pattern: Lace
For: Your workplace
Challenge 1: If you have a super special item that you've been saving for a perfect project there's no time like the present to use it.
Challenge 2: Make some small, portable projects.
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