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1  S.P.E.W. badge in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by lisa_5678 on: March 21, 2012 09:32:27 AM
My friend's birthday is this week, and she's a big fan of both Hermione and of social justice, so I decided to make her a S.P.E.W. (Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare) badge! Here it is:

It's kind of hard to tell in the picture, but the gold part is iridescent. And here's a super blurry picture of the back:

I hope she likes it!
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2  Re: Back to Hogwarts Gallery in The Swap Gallery by lisa_5678 on: October 30, 2011 02:42:36 PM
Kitkat_pro received my package a little over a week ago, but she has been really sick and not had the energy to post pictures. So, here's the package I sent her!

First, the note. I didn't get a picture of it before I sent, so you'll just have to imagine it. It was on parchment-colored paper, with a Hogwarts crest at the center top, printed in a slanting script. Here's the text:

Dear Ms. ----,

While performing the annual purge of my office and Potions classroom in preparation for the upcoming Hogwarts year, I came across a few items that I believe will be of interest to you.

First, an ancient copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I am aware that you have some sort of special affinity for Care of Magical Creatures. Since I emphatically do not, I though t it best to pass the book along to you.

Second, a Ravenclaw mug. It was one of a matching four-house set that I won in one of those dreadful raffles at a staff party in Hogsmeade. Since the other three have been destroyed in various explosions caused by your friend Mr. Finnigan, and since I would not be caught dead drinking butterbeer from a Ravenclaw mug, it is yours.

Third, some gillyweed that I picked up on a recent trip to Slug and Jiggers. I understand that you will be spending some time in the Black Lake for your Care of Magical Creatures independent study this year, and you may find it to be of some help to you.

Fourth, a ridiculous needlebook in the shape of a snowy owl from the insufferable Ms. Granger. Apparently shes moved past wasting her time knitting those atrocious hats, and is now wasting my time by asking me to pass these sorts of silly things onto you.

And finally, some extra potions ingredients that I have overstocked: eyes of newt and a boomslang (the skin is good for polyjuice potion, if you are up to the task of brewing it).

I hope you had an exceptionally productive summer. I would expect no less from one of my most talented students. Now you must excuse me; Dobby is attempting to dust a shelf of glass flasks, and I must stop him before he kills us all.


Professor Snape

Here's a group shot:

The package also included a giant gummy snake (the boomslang) and a bag of chocolate eyeballs (newt eyes). My large item was an e-reader cover. I hand embroidered the Phoenix and the text.

My medium item was a glass (butter)beer stein with the Ravenclaw crest etched onto it. It was a little difficult to photograph.

My small item was a gillyweed beaded bracelet. Here is the bottle it came in:

And here is the bracelet itself:

I also made a Hedwig needle book as an extra.

I wrapped everything in brown paper packages and tied them with maroon ribbon. I had so much fun putting this together!
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3  Re: Back to Hogwarts Gallery in The Swap Gallery by lisa_5678 on: October 27, 2011 12:36:38 PM
I received from kitkat_pro yesterday! This has been such a fun swap to take part in.

Here's the group shot:

There's a draped knit vest with a Ravenclaw crest on it, Unfogging the Future by Cassandra Vablatsky (i.e. a very cool journal), two cloth bags of Bertie Bott's every flavor beans, and two cool extras: kinder eggs and Harry Potter playing cards!

Here's me in the vest:

Wit beyond measure, baby.

Here's a close up of the journal, as well as some of the decorated pages:

Here are the Bertie Bott's beans bags (b!):

I love it all! Thanks so much, kitkat_pro!
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4  Delicate Lace Shawl for Grandma's 80th Birthday! in Crochet: Completed Projects by lisa_5678 on: August 29, 2011 09:23:05 PM

For my grandma's 80th birthday, we threw a huge party with all the family. I decided to make my wonderful grandma a shawl to thank her for all that she's done for me, including teaching me to crochet.

I made it from this pattern, and used Kidsilk Haze in Blackcurrant. I've never done anything this extravagant before; usually I do amigurumi toys for my niece, nephews and cousins. Now, I think I'm in love with crocheting beautiful things!

Here it is being blocked on my bed:

I'm so lucky that my grandma lives five minutes away from me nowadays. We hang out at least twice a week. This woman has six kids, 15 grandkids, six great grandkids, and a whole lot of in-laws. She came to the USA from a little Italian village in Brazil when she was in her mid-twenties. She has traveled the world. She makes the best spaghetti and potato salad anyone's ever tasted. She makes good jokes. She's healthier at 80 than she was at 78. She crochets giant blankets for all of her grandkids. She is always happy to visit. And did I mention that she has great style?

Here's a picture of her in the 50's:

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5  Golem Plushie in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by lisa_5678 on: August 25, 2011 05:34:49 PM

When I saw this stony-textured felt in the craft store, I knew I wanted to make a little golem plushie. I made it at a plushie-making party I had with my husband, brother-in-law and brother-in-law's boyfriend. Here are the results:

Happy crafting!
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6  Vintage Book Clock in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by lisa_5678 on: August 24, 2011 05:25:30 AM

I made my literature-loving sister this clock from a vintage book, as a present for her birthday. I thrifted the book; it's a kids' adventure novel from the 60's. I cut a hole in the cover with my craft knife, and hollowed out a space in the pages for the clock innards. I used this tutorial, with a few adaptations.  I glued the clock innards to the inside cover, and I didn't use a cheap Wal-Mart clock because when I tried that, it didn't keep the right time. Instead, I got a clock kit at Joann's. It was pricier, but it works!

Here it is on my yellow stove:

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7  Paper Poppy Pin in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by lisa_5678 on: August 24, 2011 05:17:46 AM

I saw the tutorial for this paper poppy pin on my sister's pinterest (all hail alliteration!), so I decided to make it and give it to her as a birthday present. It was reasonably easy to make, and looked very pretty when she pinned it on! I used colored cardstock for the flower, a flat pin back, and hot glued everything together.

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8  Re: Back to Hogwarts ~* Signups CLOSED!* Sendouts October 7 *~ in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by lisa_5678 on: August 08, 2011 03:08:34 AM
I just sent in my questionnaire! This will be my very first swap. As per the First Year homework instructions, here are some pictures of other crafts I've done:

A Day of the Dead portrait:

A crocheted dragon:

Some felt softies:

And a dragon mask:

I'm really looking forward to this!
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9  Day of the Dead Portrait in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by lisa_5678 on: August 08, 2011 03:01:14 AM

This is a portrait of myself that I gave to my husband for his birthday last year. My first thought was to give him a portable Victorian-style portrait, but then I realized that that was what I wanted, not him. So, I tweaked the idea to be a little more his style. I printed a picture of myself on cardstock, and painted over it with acrylics. I covered a cheapy wooden frame from Joann's with some extra red silk I had and some glue, then went crazy with lace, ribbons, rosettes, and glitter. He loved it, and recognized me immediately. I'll never forget the look of shock he had on his face when he opened it!

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10  Leaf and Mushroom Stuffies in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by lisa_5678 on: August 07, 2011 03:20:43 PM
These were so fun to make! I made them for one of my nephews last Christmas. They are made of soft felt, embroidered and stitched with embroidery floss. The leaf's embroidery is chain stitched, and the eyes are satin stitched with a chain around them. The mushroom's embroidery is backstitched. I like the chain stitching better, because it is bolder. I drew the templates on paper, then cut them out from the felt. I whipstitched these around the edges, but I usually do a blanket stitch when I make stuffies nowadays.

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