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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: May 31, 2017 08:38:27 PM
Sliding in under the wire for the traditional end of the semester project dump!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: JerryBerry to Pukifee Dresses
Brief Description: I had a couple leftover long doll dresses in a size I no longer use, but was able to shorten the skirts to fit my tiny girls.  Only managed to get a picture of one, though...

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Purple Flowers Dress
Brief Description: This dress incorporated the triangular number three because the print is made up of three different types of flower shapes.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: CoMC
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Pretty Boxes
Brief Description: I needed something to fill the visual gap between my dresser and nightstand in order to hide an outlet and cords.  Having just moved house and lined a million shelves with contact paper, I had a lot of scraps that I didn't want to throw out, but also wasn't sure how to use.  After staring at the mismatched shoe boxes I use to store my doll clothes, an idea was born.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Ugly Sock #2
Brief Description: And then there were two...  It always takes me forever to finish a pair of socks, mostly because I knit in stolen moments on the go.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flyings
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Realfee Knit Dress
Brief Description: The most prominent color in this variegated yarn was the bright yellow (at least when it was in the ball - it looks a little up) the same color as a broom blossom.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress' Challenge - Hufflepuff's Cup
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Ritz Rolo Combo
Brief Description: Trillian's go-to, no effort pot-luck dish (seriously it only just clocks in at 30min).  I make these a lot, but I usually don't care enough about mid-week pot-lucks to put in a ton of effort and these are a crowd pleaser.  Also the picture just looks like a cracker, but trust me there's chocolate/caramel goodness in there.
Step one - unwrap a bag full of rolos. 
Step 2 - place a bunch of ritz crackers face down on a baking sheet with a lip around the edge (very important or everything can go sliding off when you put it in the oven). 
Step 3 - put a rolo on each cracker and stick the sheet in a warm oven.  I went about 250 degrees for however long it takes for things to get melty (very scientific). 
Step 4 - remove from oven and smash the rolos with a second ritz cracker.  If you have to push to get the rolo to flatten, you may want to give it more time to melt in the oven.   

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Carol's Cake
Brief Description: A family friend was turning 50 this year and somehow I got volunteered to bake the cake.  Carol insists on having the exact same cake every year made with a recipe from her mother.  I'd never made a cake from scratch before, and hopefully never have to again. 

Peppermint Cake

2 c. cake flour
2 c. sugar
1/2 c. crisco, or butter, or margarine
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp soda
3 sq melted chocolate
3/4 c. milk

Blend thoroughly by hand or with mixer, medium speed, for 2 minutes
Stir in 1/2 tsp baking powder
Add 1/2 c. milk, and 3 eggs, and 1/4 tsp peppermint extract

Blend by hand or mixer another 2 minutes.
Pour into 2 nine inch layer pans, greased & lined w. wax paper.

Bake 350 for 35-40 min.

Chocolate Icing:
I usually double the recipe.
No pasta this year because of Carol's diverticulitis.

2 tbs butter or crisco
2 sq melted chocolate
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 c. sifted confectioners sugar
1/4 c. milk

Blend butter, chocolate, salt, & add vanilla
Add sugar and milk alternatively. Beat until creamy.

And the hideous results - At least it tasted good.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
SPEW: http://caseforsmiles.org/
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Circus Dots Pillowcase
Brief Description: Even little things can brighten someone's day...

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Stripes & Bubbles
Brief Description: For this prompt I went with a nautical dress suitable for a seaside stroll with a Walrus and Carpenter.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: SoAR
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Realfee Cherry Dress
Brief Description: My Great-grandmother and my grandfather always made the best jelly.  That particular talent has passed me by but I can make doll dresses out of fabric scraps I found in their jelly-making supply cupboard for decorating the jars when we were cleaning out the grandparents' house.

12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: SETTING UP ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ on: May 23, 2017 12:20:54 PM
Flying Classroom

Many students struggle with Acrophobia as they start using their brooms for flight.  Acrophobia is the fear of heights, coming from the Greek words ACRON - meaning peak, summit or edge - and PHOBOS - meaning fear.  For this semester's prompt, please craft something that helps you overcome one of your fears or is inspired by mountains
13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: May 22, 2017 07:03:25 PM
I'm back!  Haven't been doing much crafting these past few months and unlikely to be doing much more in the near future, but let's see if I can add a few more before the semester ends...

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - February
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Photo Backdrops / Roomboxes
Brief Description: My friend has been wanting better photo backdrops or roomboxes for her dolls for a while.  After experimenting with cereal boxes and other schemes we'd found online I finally settled on the simple trifold "science fair" boards.  Cut in half we could get two backdrops out of a single board.  It takes six sheets of scrapbook paper to cover and then you can use some extra "wood" scrapbook paper on the board not in use to do double duty as a floor.  Simple but effective!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - March
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Purple Lati Green Dress
Brief Description: Just a doll dress that had been sitting around waiting for snaps...

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Littlefee Posy Dress
Brief Description: This one took a while to finish up because I was searching for the perfect ribbon. 

098 Budding Photographer by Trillian, on Flickr
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: March 30, 2017 01:02:07 PM
@moonflame - So many dolly projects!  Good job on the math for enlarging patterns!  I never find it as easy as I think it will be at the beginning.

@jellybean89 - I love all the flowers.  They're so bright and cheery!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder - Bus Stop
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Ugly Sock # 1
Project Page Link): A Nice Ribbed Sock Pattern
Brief Description: I used to do most of my knitting in front of the television, but then I got rid of that device for a couple months and my knitting had be relegated to the in-between times when I'm waiting for other things to happen.  (My TV is back now but I haven't plugged it in, therefore knitting progress will continue to be slow).

080 Sock by Trillian, on Flickr
15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: March 18, 2017 01:17:15 PM
OWL Subject & Option: History of Magic (Option 1)
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: House Clothes
Brief Description: I sew a lot of doll clothes and am definitely in a rut.  In an effort to shake things up a bit, add to my larger dolls' wardrobe, and practice some techniques I haven't used in a while, I would like to create four sets of clothes representing each House.  I'll try to give a nod to house colors, but these aren't going to be uniforms - just what a house member might wear while lounging around the common room.

16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: March 17, 2017 07:40:20 AM
I am having such a hard time shoe-horning my usual crafts into this semester's prompts, but I think I got a few figured out now.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Patchwork Littlefee Dress
Brief Description: Quilts are physically comforting, feature repeating geometric patterns, and are often passed down within families.  The cheater print this dress is made from came from my great-aunt's stash.

Patchwork by Trillian, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder - Jamaica
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Realfee Dresses
Brief Description: I find fabric a very relaxing medium to work with.  Maybe not as relaxing as yarn, but I could spend hours going through my stash of cottons looking for the perfect print to suit my mood.

035 Three in a Row by Trillian, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress' Challenge - Slytherin's Locket
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Minty Scrap Dress for Lati Yellow
Brief Description: For the past year whenever I visit my 93 year old great-aunt she always gave me a fistful of fabric scraps to take with me.  On my last visit she took me up to her craft room (which I had never been in before) and told me to take what I wanted.  I took some yardage home with me, but my favorite finds are still the scraps.  I can only imagine what she made with some of the original fabrics.

069 Ellie and Friend by Trillian, on Flickr
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2017 DeStash Along on: February 28, 2017 07:47:10 PM
March Themes

Green by Jamie Matthews, on Flickr

For: A Child
Color: Green
Pattern: Argyle
Inspiration: The Weather
Challenge #1: Itsy Bitsy.  Make something teeny-tiny from your stash.  Every little bit helps.
Challenge #2: Playing Favorites.  Make something  using your favorite technique, pattern, or material.
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: February 28, 2017 07:28:50 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress' Challenge - Dragon's Heartstrings
SPEW: Case for Smiles
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Kitty Case
Project Page Link: instructions
Brief Description: In order to make this case a little bit more special (I didn't think gray would really catch a kid's eye, but I couldn't find matching orange or mauve for the other cats on the main print) I used the decorative loop-de-loop stitches on my machine.  Remind me not to do that again.  They take forever and you have to be really careful that things don't shift around too much or you'll end up with a line of cursive "r".  But it all turned out cute in the end. {Inspired by the book Millions of Cats, a favorite book from my childhood which is slightly horrifying reading as an adult.}

19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: February 28, 2017 09:00:48 AM
OWL Subject & Option (if available): Defense Against Dark Arts (Option 2)
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Dean's Quilt
Project Page Link: Made using Obsessively Stitching's First Quilt Ever tutorial
Brief Description: Snape's patronus echoes the Potter family's in that it is a deer.  This quilt is for a quasi-cousin's new baby.  There were some health concerns for the baby at the beginning so he needed something with a little extra protection, and what better to represent it than the most famous of patronuses?  My cousin and I have fallen out of touch since high school, which made choosing fabric kind of a challenge.  I had to laugh and use the deer fabric because of an old discussion we'd had where she couldn't believe that deer season wasn't as big a deal among my college-town friends as it was in her rural Pennsylvania home.  Everything else kind of fell into place around that first choice. 

20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2017 DeStash Along on: February 01, 2017 06:59:45 AM
February Themes

pink square by mark dyer, on Flickr

For: Charity
Color: Pink
Pattern: Paisley
Inspiration: Music
Challenge #1: A Place for Everything.  Make something to help organize your stash or crafting space.
Challenge #2: Whats this good for?  If you have an item in your stash that is just too cool to pass up but youre having trouble finding a good use for, share it here so we can admire it and give you some ideas.

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