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11  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by SiakelA on: June 04, 2013 12:51:51 PM
@WhistleFish I love your throw and pillow!! I think it's really cool how the pillow matches, but not exactly on the pattern. Very nice!

@Naantje My sympathies for your loss. I lost my grandma last week and since we've been living with her for the past 6 years, it has been a very turbulent time for us. It sounds like you were very close, and I hope this therapeutic crafting will offer some comfort and a chance to reflect on the positive times you shared with her.

I have a little something to turn in too!

Completed Assignment: Marmalade Bean Challenge!
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Lunch in a jar
Brief Description:

Did you know that you can unscrew the bottom of your blender? Of course you did. BUT did you know that it fits PERFECTLY onto a mason jar?! That's right, perfectly. And then you can make single servings of whatever you want, and eat them, and be very very happy about the reduced amount of dishes.

I knew you would be as thrilled as I am.

In progress - I used a banana, a mango, and plain greek yogurt.

Ready to eat!
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12  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by SiakelA on: June 02, 2013 08:38:16 PM
Class: Charms
Ravenclaw Extra Credit: Alchemy (Can I do extra credit by combining classes?)
House: Ravenclaw
Project: Retaining Wall

I spent the day helping my friend build a retaining wall in his backyard. He bought this house last summer, and I told him I would help with setting up the garden. I did not know what I was getting myself into!!  Roll Eyes

It took the two of us six hours and two trips to the hardware store, but we got it built!! We dug out the ground, leveled it, laid the bricks, filled in the back with soil, then planted marigolds and dusty miller. I ended up spacing the plants a little too close together, but hopefully they will look nice when they grow in. It looks realllly good from the road, since it's a hill and you can't see behind the flowers.

Last weekend we put some similar bricks around two trees that are on flat ground. We didn't level the ground first though, and you can tell. We also filled in the area between the bricks and the trees with white rocks, which looks great against the grey retaining stones. I also planted flowers in two pots by his front door. All said and done, I think his house looks much nicer now! Sorry no pictures from last weekend. Smiley

from the road

side view showing the plants close together

Edit: lol, all that dirt on the ground!! We were so tired and dirty at the end of the today. I just want to sleep now!
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13  Astronomy Tower in Craftalongs by SiakelA on: May 31, 2013 08:03:48 PM
Clear your mind and open your eyes to take in this wonderful expanse before.... Malfoy! This is not the time to be going to sleep! You need to stay awake for this class, just like any of your others. 10 points from Slytherin!


Today is the Summer Solstice. This marks the longest day of the year (for the Northern Hemisphere). But it also marks that the nights will begin to get longer and the days shorter as the Earth tilts back away from the Sun. For this challenge reflect on the time since the Winter Solstice. Create something that is inspired by something you've seen in the past past six months that reminded you of the beauty in the world around you. You have until the end of the semester to complete this challenge.

Completed Projects

Gryffindor - jennieingram
Ravenclaw - pottermouth, teag
Hufflepuff -
Slytherin - travelgirl
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14  Charms Classroom in Craftalongs by SiakelA on: May 31, 2013 07:59:20 PM
Please, come right up these stairs to your new Charms Classroom...

Completed Projects

Gryffindor -
Ravenclaw - SiakelA
Hufflepuff -
Slytherin - ErinAquaheart
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15  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by SiakelA on: March 15, 2013 07:34:55 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: DADA
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Pigeon Protest
Brief Description: My class discovered a travesty in the hallway! The Pigeon from Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! was pinned by his wing to the wall! Together, we all cast the Patronus charm to get rid of the locked cabinet and get him down!*
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We also got in trouble....but not too much trouble. Wink

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Stars on a string
Brief Description: After reading Ursa's sad story, I knew I had to bring her down from the sky. I charmed the stars into these buttons, and am wearing them on my wrist until I am able to turn her back into her beautiful self.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Bento for Spring!
Brief Description: I live in the Midwest, and we have VERY crazy weather here. In January, we went from below freezing one day to over 70 degrees the next day. It has been similarly up and down this month. So I created a bento with a cooling salad and warm pasta, so that no matter what the weather is I will be able to enjoy my lunch. Cheesy
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Mug Warmer
Brief Description: My favorite smells are coffee and tea. Cheesy I was inspired to make this mug warmer, that even has the yummy smells stitched on. I did it in Slytherin colors to promote house unity. <3
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Also I have updated the Charms and Astronomy room post to give credit to our completed projects! Great job students!! Wink
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16  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by SiakelA on: January 16, 2013 08:26:39 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride:Holiday recipe challenge
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: best cookies ever!
I meant to post this right after christmas, but I am sans computer right now. I made these for everyone for christmas....but no pics. So I made them again....but my husband ate them before I could get a picture! Did I mention its the best recipe EVER? Luckily I squirreled away some of the cookie dough for myself so I was able to take a (not very fancy) photo of these.



Sorry for any typos, its hard to proofread from my phone. Smiley
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17  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by SiakelA on: December 30, 2012 02:52:44 PM
Class/Challenge: Potions
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Shrinking Solution
I tried out something I saw on pinterest - use a keyring as an embroidery hoop. Fun, but I had 2 problems. First, it was hard to keep the fabric from moving around, so my circles are kind of wonky. Second, I have no idea how to finish the back without it being waaay to thick! Any ideas let me know. Smiley

Class/Challenge: Ravenclaw Offense and Arthimancy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: So many babies!!
I have 3 new babies in the family, June, A.J. and Audrey. So I made them personalized baby blankies for Christmas. I forgot to take a picture of Audrey's blanket before I gave it to her. Sad I've asked my uncle to send me a photo and I will update with that picture as soon as I get it. (It's in Tiffany blue with black thread because she's named for Audrey Hepburn! You can imagine the cuteness!)

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18  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by SiakelA on: September 01, 2012 06:47:48 PM

I will meet the first years at the doors and lead them to the welcoming feast.

"Hello, and welcome to your first year at Hogwarts. I would like for you to get to know each other well, as you will be sharing your classes and rooms for the next 7 years. In a few moments you will come into the Great Hall and be sorted. Those in your house will be as your family for your time here, but remember that all of the students here are your friends. Please come to me or any of the staff with any questions you have, and above all else, have a good time!"
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19  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Join Anytime in the Semester!* in Craftalongs by SiakelA on: August 12, 2012 05:23:57 PM
Challenge: Quidditch Cheering
House: Ravenclaw

I painted my nails in my house colors for the game!!

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20  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *Join Anytime in the Semester!* in Craftalongs by SiakelA on: August 10, 2012 07:23:23 PM
Class (or House Pride Item): Divination
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Lightning Hockey Stick
Brief Description: Did this a little bit ago, and forgot to post!
Ceraunomancy is divination by observing lightning. Ancient Roman augurs believed that lightning bolts from the east were favorable omens, while lightning bolts from the west were bad omens. Lightning bolts from the north were the worst omens. Lightning bolts from the northwest were a sign that very bad news would arrive soon.
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Class (or House Pride Item): Keeper Challenge
House: (if desired) Ravenclaw
Project Name: Cookies!!
Brief Description: I didn't end up decorating the plate, since I couldn't find a method I liked. So, I simply made the cookies, and gave them to the fire department. (I couldn't get ahold of the police station to see if they would accept baked goods.) I think they were appreciated. Smiley
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Class (or House Pride Item): Chaser Challenge
House: (if desired) Ravenclaw
Project Name: Be someone who makes you happy hoop
Brief Description: This is the only thing I'm posting that I'm not happy with. I stitched while watching TV, and I guess I should have been paying more attention. The third line is waaay too crooked for my tastes. I elongated 2 of the letters so it was a little less noticeable, but blegh. I may even end up redoing it some day. The colors at least I'm happy with. (The other hoops in the photo have all been received in swaps Cheesy )
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Class (or House Pride Item): Detention
House: (if desired) Ravenclaw
Project Name: Date nights!
Brief Description: I pinned some lists months ago of potential date nights for when all you do is sit around with your hubby and watch TV. I used detention to spur me into finishing this off and putting it together. I chose my top 100 dates, and put an easy one on one side and a more expensive/time consuming one on the other. That way every stick should have an option that is appealing no matter what. Plus domo cup. Wink
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Class (or House Pride Item): Beater challenge
House: (if desired) Ravenclaw
Project Name: Poly clay cane
Brief Description: my first ever polymer clay cane!! Chilling it absolutely helped to make it easier to slice.
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Class (or House Pride Item): Seeker challenge
House: (if desired) Ravenclaw
Project Name: Snitch ornament
Brief Description: I made a snitch ornament using my cane! I need to add a wire hook and bake it, but otherwise it's done. It doesn't look half bad either!
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Thanks for going through my uber long post! And sorry for blurry pictures, I do my best with limited tools.  Roll Eyes
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