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1  Make Your Elf a Tutu in Winter Holidays by pottermouth on: December 15, 2017 07:28:46 PM
Is your Elf on the Shelf in need of a ballerina tutu? If so, this is the pattern for you. Our elf, Alton, requests one new article of clothing every year and this year it was "a shimmery skirt for frolicking". I don't ask. I just crochet the darned things.



Materials needed (if you can't tell your elf no):

Super Fine yarn in main color and contrasting color (I actually used size 10 crochet thread for the skirt but it all works out)
2.25 mm size B crochet hook
Demanding Elf

We will work from the waist up, then add on the bottom portion, and finally the skirt.

Row 1: With main color, chain 27. DC in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 1, turn. (25 sts)
Rows 2-4: sc in each st across, ch 1 and turn.
Row 5: (inc, sc in next st) 12 times, inc in last st, ch 1, turn. (38 sts)
Rows 6-13: sc across, ch 1, turn.
Row 14: sc across then finish off.

Straps:

Chain 27 and with right side of front facing, sc in 17th sc of row 14, sc in next 2 sc, ch 27, finish off.

Bottoms:

with wrong side facing, join main color in first ch of waist, ch 1, sc in free loop of each ch across, ch 2, turn. (25 sts)
Round 1: in back loop only, 2 hdc in each sc across, join to first hdc, and do not turn. The skirt will be attached here later. (50 sts)
Rounds 2-4: ch 2, working in both loops now, hdc in each hdc around, join.
Round 5 (leg): ch 2, hdc in first 25 sts, join to first hdc.
Round 6: Sl st in each hdc around leg, join to first st, finish off.
Second leg: with right side facing, join yarn in 25th st and last st, ch 2, hdc in each hdc around leg. Finish the same as first leg.

Frilly Skirt:

Round 1: Turn work around and working in front loops of waist, join contrasting yarn in first st of round 1, ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each front loop around, join in first dc. Do not turn. (50 sts)
Rounds 2-4: ch 3, 2 dc in each dc around, join. Finish off.

To finish back with a tie:  ch 24 and with right side facing, attach at top right of back opening and sc around the opening to end, ch 24 for second tie, finish off.

To finish with snaps: sc around entire back opening, finish off. Sew a snap at top and waist of opening.

That elf better be happy.

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2  Re: Show Off Your Christmas Tree 2017 in Winter Holidays by pottermouth on: December 15, 2017 05:58:43 PM
We have only decorated two trees this year; the Handmade Plus Weird Vintage Wooden Toy Ornament tree and the Harry Potter tree.



I have a mild obsession for those quirky ornaments:



And the HP tree (sans lights because the pic was horrid) where so many Craftster friends have contributed to its beauty!

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3  Re: Kid Christmas Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by pottermouth on: December 13, 2017 10:35:30 AM
Emma received her package and wow! was she spoiled! There were three beautiful ornaments, two bracelets with paper beads, and a snack cake (no pic of that  Cheesy)! The kitten ornament is so cute! That one is her favorite, but she was excited about all of them. I personally love the scrappy fabric tree with its button ornaments. Adorable! She has been wearing the bracelets non-stop and was happy to see her name in her favorite colors on one. Thank you so very much, snowyangel and Co.! Your little guy made her smile from ear to ear!







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4  Chaircat Mao Celebrates the Season in Crochet: Completed Projects by pottermouth on: December 10, 2017 03:03:21 PM
Chair tried on her new holiday hat today. It was a hit.



Hey, Chair, you want to build a sn....



Oh well. Hope your holidays are merry!
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5  Miniature Potions and Herbology Bookcase in Completed Projects by pottermouth on: December 07, 2017 01:00:09 PM
Here's a 4" x 4" bookcase filled with potions, plants, books, and oddments that I made for sheepBlue in the Harry Potter Holiday Ornament and Stocking Stuffer Swap. There's so much stuffed crammed in there it's ridiculous.





I used various sizes of glass bottles, filled them with things like flower parts, glitter, foliage, etc. and added labels to them. Some of them are dollhouse plastic bottles so all they needed were labels. There are spills on the shelves made from fine glitter, acrylic paint, and embossing powders.



The mortar and pestle got a paint job and iridescent microbeads glued inside. There's also a 1:24 scale metal creamer with something green inside. Ew.





I added a little plant in a metal urn on the bottom and filled the rest with books and bits.



And now I am off to steal sheepBlue's photo for size reference... Here's her photo so you can get an idea of the size (thanks, sheepBlue!):

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6  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2017 in The Swap Gallery by pottermouth on: December 03, 2017 09:22:16 PM
The amazing patty_o_furniture made not one, but THREE spectacular Harry Potter ornaments for me. How lucky is that? The first is a glittery bauble of the Trio's patronuses (or is it Patroni?)that is just so lovely:



Then came a riotous garden gnome with his pink tutu and wings! He's atop the tree now where he belongs.



And lastly, this beautiful gift wrapped Occamy. How lovely is she?!



Thank you dearly, patty_oh! Not only for the wonderful ornaments but also for the fruitcake drawing...I was terribly excited to see that too.  Cheesy Happy Harry Holidays to you!
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7  Miniature Baking Tray in Completed Projects by pottermouth on: November 29, 2017 07:14:17 PM
I started my holiday baking early with a festive gingerbread cake...in mini.





There is an icing bag, frosting spatula, jars of candies, cookies, a bowl of candy canes, frosting, and even a tree on this tray. It is about the size of an Altoids tin, so pretty small, yet all of that fit with room left over.



I made a couple other cakes but liked the gingerbread one the best.



There is a mini tute on how I made the cakes and frosting on my blog, if you're interested.



Happy mini holiday baking!
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8  Re: Harry Potter Holiday Ornament & Stocking Stuffer Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by pottermouth on: November 29, 2017 05:37:46 PM
I also received from the super talented sheepBlue. Feast your eyes on these lovelies!!!



The engraving on the teaspoon says "Ron's emotional range". Hahaha! And the fancy butterbeer cap is lovely.



Merlin's beard, that is one epic ornament!!!!



Oh my, I am a huge fan of this guy. He is creepy cool in the most spectacular of ways.  He has stolen my heart! sheepBlue has posted more photos HERE and you should go check 'em out. Thank you, thank you! I am lucky to have these beauties on my tree!

And for a private swap, long time Craftster Crush of mine, tapestrymlp, sent me a sweet niffler and a demiguise hoop that I love love love! You need to check those out too! I'm so lucky to have both of these hanging on the tree, and glad that my daughter has already gone home so there's no chance of her snatching them for herself. I thank you!
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9  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2017 in The Swap Gallery by pottermouth on: November 29, 2017 05:27:59 PM
Those are awesome ornaments! I also received two riddikulus-ly amazing ornaments from the great tapestrymlp, a super cute niffler (that face is simply the best!) and a beautiful demiguise hoop:





They are wonderful additions to the HP tree. Thank you for the treasures, tapestry!  Kiss

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10  Miniature Autumn Harvest Buffet w Flower Tute in Completed Projects by pottermouth on: November 22, 2017 04:02:57 PM
I find that miniatures can either take me a tiny amount of time or a ridiculous amount of time, but nothing really in between. This particular project fit into the former category, mostly due to having a pre-made hutch that only required staining. The only things I made were the polymer clay squash, the paper banner, a cornucopia, and some crepe paper flowers.





The drawers actually open. That's exciting.



I found a tutorial for weaving a miniature cornucopia and even though it came out wonky, it worked fine. The flowers are much simpler to make. All you need is thin green wire, crepe paper in green and another color, and glue. Cut a long, thin strip from the flower color crepe paper, then make small snips along one long edge. Dip the end of the wire in glue and wrap the crepe paper around and around, adding glue as needed.





Cut a small circle from the green crepe paper and poke a hole in the center. Add a bit of glue to underside of flower and slide the circle up the wire to cover the glue. Roll it around.







Using a toothpick or your fingers, spread out the petals of the flower. Ta-da!



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