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241  A Little Screwy in CHALLENGE 100 ENTRIES by pottermouth on: July 07, 2014 01:25:58 PM
This project came directly from my husband's pants. Or at least his pants pockets. There is a bin next to our washer that is full of whatever I pull from his pockets after work, like screws, magnets, key fob stickers, contact thingies, circuit do-dads...well I don't know what any of that's for, but it looked like a fun project. There are 100 screws (who knew 100 screws together took up so little space?) attached to a board and then gessoed. I went a little Georges Seurat and attempted a pointillism selfie, and a colour explosion of sorts. And then there's the funny PANIC sticker on my noggin.



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242  Make Yer Own Hippogriff tute with too many pics in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by pottermouth on: June 26, 2014 07:42:01 PM
A bit ago I whipped up a tute for a little hippogriff, and thought I'd share it here, too. It's super simple, and they make great ornaments for all those Harry Potter trees out there.



EDIT: CUT 4 FEET!
Materials:

Dark Grey wool felt for body and feathers
Light Grey wool felt for feathers
Golden wool felt for beak and front feet
Embroidery Floss in matching grey and gold
Small black seed beads for eyes
Wool yarn for tail
Wool for stuffing

Trace patterns pieces onto coordinating felt, reversing pieces for opposite side. Place dashed lines of leg pieces on fold of felt.

1. Sew beak to body piece. Repeat for other body piece.
 


2. Fold ear to right side then fold ear slot over, aligning the piece. Sew along straight edge. Repeat on other body piece. This will be the only sewing done on the inside. Forgot to take that pic but you can see here how it's sewn.
 


3. Align body pieces wrong sides together and sew around, leaving an inch open at bottom to stuff. Stuff body firmly (this is where you'll be glad it is wool felt) and sew opening closed.
 


4. Fold rear leg piece in half along fold and beginning at hock, sew around, leaving hoof open. Stuff firmly. Place hoof on bottom of leg opening and sew around. Repeat for other rear leg.
 




5. For front legs you have two options. I chose to cut off a bit of the front leg and sew on a piece of gold felt to replicate the hippogriff's eagle legs. Or you can skip this part and have grey legs. Fold leg in half, sew around, leaving bottom open. Stuff firmly. Sew two foot pieces together. Place foot at bottom of leg opening and sew around. Repeat for other front leg.
 




6.  To sew joints together, thread three strands of embroidery floss (or use button thread) through a needle, so the thread is doubled, and make a knot at end. Take a small stitch on inside of rear leg, catching a bit of stuffing, then pass needle back through knotted thread and pull tight. Pass needle through body. take a small stitch on other rear leg then pass needle back through body. Pinch legs together and pull tight. make a loop around joint of first leg and pass needle through thread, making a knot. Loop and knot a second time. Repeat for front legs.
 










7. To make feathers, cut several feather shapes from your scraps (wool is expensive!) in both dark and light grey. Sew or glue feathers beginning at bottom of neck, and move up toward head. Put 'em wherever you want 'em. Glue ears back, unless you like the way they stick out.
 




8. For wings, I trace the top portion of the wing and cut out a thin band to act as the "wing bone" and glue in place. Cover wings with feathers, using longer feathers at wing tips. Sew wings in place.
 

 


9. Almost there! Wind wool yarn around a credit card, or whatever you have that is the same length as the tail you'd like. Tie a knot around center of wool and cut the other end. Sew tail to body. Sew bead eyes to head, add whatever other features you'd like, then voila! A little hippogriff! Enjoy.

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243  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by pottermouth on: June 26, 2014 11:42:33 AM
Okay, I'm gonna try this again and hopefully I won't send another hour's worth of completed assignments off into cyber oblivion.  Tongue

Dearest Headmistress, I've forgotten if we include a class with our SPEW work or if it separate...please make corrections as needed.

Class: Herbology
SPEW: Bitty Beanies for PRR
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Bevy of Beanies
Project Page Link (if available): Friends of Pine Ridge
Brief Description: I've been spending lots of time in a Muggle vehicle (so odd!) lately and thought I'd utilize the time by making colourful stash hats for baby heads.



Class: Divination
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Fairy Hill
Brief Description: This was created for Killam Creative in the Altered Spool Swap that's going on; I'd encourage everyone to look at the gallery because there's some spectacular art happening over there! Killam Creative posted pics of the completed Fairy Hill, but here's an in-progress photo.



Class: Transfiguration
SPEW:
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Gunter x 2
Project Page Link (if available): Gunter Pattern
Brief Description: A snippet of what happened yesterday:
Twin 2: "Mommy, will you make Gunter for me?"
Me: "Yeah, sure." prints off first free pattern on the interwebs, gathers materials, cuts, sews
Twin 2: "I like Gunter without feet and he needs a bowtie."
Me: "Okay." pushes already stitched feet aside and cuts out bowtie. presents finished Gunter to kid
Twin 2: "AWWWW! He's so cute! Thanks, Mommy!" runs off to immediately introduce Gunter to rest of stuffie crew
Me: puts materials away, covers machine, sweeps up thread and fabric bits
Twin 1: "Mommy, will you make a Gunter for me?"
Me: "Yes, of course...."



Challenge: Bertie Bott's Pink Grapefruit
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Retro Curtain Remnant Bag
Brief Description: I've had these Star Wars curtains for eons. After we moved, they no longer fit any windows so I made a bag from them and then hoarded the bits of leftover fabric. That was a few years ago, and my bag looks as pretty as a Gamorrean Guard nowadays. The stashed remnants were pulled out along with some corduroy, and now I've got a new bag. (the old one is still better.)



Glad to be back from the Muggle world so I can catch up on schoolwork and admire pages of students' assignments. Looks as if everyone has been busy making awesome things, keep it up!
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244  Re: Altered Spool Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by pottermouth on: June 14, 2014 10:34:17 AM
Here it is in all its splendid glory! I have no idea how Killam Creative knew nearly all of my loves and then combined them into a perfect work of art.



Halloween is my favourite holiday, which I may have mentioned in the questionnaire, but then she has a raven, Scrabble tiles, orange, a banner, and bats that sproing!



Lookit this retro spool!



Check out the skeleton! He's shiny and textured, which is really cool. Too bad I couldn't get a worthy picture. KC added a spooky wire tree, black netting, tulle, all on a perfectly trimmed base.


I love this. So much. Thank you, Killam Creative! My Spooky Spool art makes me happy.
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245  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by pottermouth on: June 11, 2014 05:21:05 PM
Thanks for the run down, noodlebug. Originally, I was most interested in the HoM Professorship but then I realized Arithmancy was without a teacher. The requirements are fantastic and I think I'll give it a go. You're working my brain, ya know!

Class: Runes
SPEW:  n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Stitched Inchie
Project Page Link (if available): Swap Gallery Here
Brief Description: I recently participated in the Twinchie Swap, which is basically an embroidered inchie. The requirements were simple: nothing over 2". After stalking my partner, I decided on a textural embroidery that resembles the striations/patterns of rocks and minerals, then try my hand at stumpwork overtop the background. This involved a trip to the library where I borrowed a book on rocks and minerals, one entitled The Bugopedia, and several on embroidery techniques. Because I had no idea what I was doing. After a trial run, I ended up with this. 1.5" inches square of single threaded art. So tiny, but incredibly fun to do.

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246  Make Your Own Pom Pom Owl (with semi vague tute) in Completed Projects by pottermouth on: June 08, 2014 08:37:11 PM
Today was dark and rainy, and once the power went out, I figured housework was through and I'd sit and make pom pom owls.



Materials List:


Wool or acrylic in whatever colours you choose
Plastic pom pom maker from the 70's/plastic snap together pom pom maker/or trusty ol' cardboard pom pom maker
Scissors, tacky glue, small amount of felt for beak, beads or buttons or felt for eyes, and paper covered floral wire for feet.

Make 2 pom poms, one for head and one for body. You can get creative here and pattern your owl depending on how you wrap the yarn. Or use variegated yarn and make an owlet!





Now for the fun part! Trim head pom pom in a roundish ball (if you're making the barn owl) Make sure you leave the long strings you used to tie the pom pom because they will be used to attach head to body later on. For the body, separate two sections of yarn on either side for the wings and one section at the bottom for the tail. Trim top, front, back, and under wings of body piece.



Thread the leftover long string from head onto a needle and carry it under the body's string (it's the one that holds the pom pom together) and tie the two pieces together. Or trim the top of the body and the bottom of the head flat, and glue the pieces together.



Take the floral wire and bend in a U shape. Measure how long you want the legs, then bend into a foot-like shape, then wrap remainder of wire up leg. Cut off excess.



Attach legs with gobs of glue, or better yet, tie them on with a long string that you can bury in the pom pom. I've since begun attaching the legs with the long tie strings before trimming the pom pom. They stand better that way. Trim some more, shape shape shape, add a beak and eyes...aww...it's an owl.






A special thanks to noodlebug for sending all of those buttons, which made perfect eyes for these wee cuties!
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247  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by pottermouth on: June 08, 2014 07:58:12 PM
I finally had the opportunity to do more than scan everyone's new assignments, and read nine pages of awesome creativeness! Took notes for future reference too.  Grin

To noodlebug, thanks so much for developing the career paths page for alumni! Is Professorship an option for a career?

Now, because I spent 3/4 of last semester in the library instead of paying attention to the assignments I turned in, it appears I neglected to take credit for the HoM N.E.W.T. I proposed in March. So all House points are null and void.  Tongue Here's a picture of the completed project, as well as the completed NEWT I proposed in January (which I thankfully turned in!). If both of these can be removed from the Proposal List, I'd much appreciate it!

Completed NEWT (Posted Feb. 28th)

I love the end of a semester because everyone is wildly posting all their assignments. Rah, Rah Ravenclaw!!!!

~*COMPLETED NEWT HEADER*~
NEWT Subject: Charms
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Waldorf Doll for Theo
Brief Description: Theo's baby now has a daytime outfit to go with his jammies.

Pic won't load...see page 83 Winter Semester.

Completed NEWT (Proposed March, completed, never turned in.  Sad)


On to this semester!
Class: Divination
SPEW:  n/a.
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Make Your Own Parliament of Owls...or just one, whatever.
Brief Description: Alrighty, so here's a mini tute on how to make pretty cute pom pom owls.



Materials List:


Wool or acrylic in whatever colours you choose
Plastic Pom Pom maker or cardboard pom pom maker The cardboard or plastic snap together kind work best
Scissors, tacky glue, small amount of felt for beak, beads or felt for eyes, and paper covered floral wire for feet.

Make 2 pom poms, one for head and one for body. You can get creative here and pattern your owl depending on how you wrap the yarn. Or use variegated yarn and make an owlet!




Now for the fun part! Trim head pom pom in a roundish ball (if you're making the barn owl) Make sure you leave the long strings you used to tie the pom pom because they will be used to attach head to body later on. For the body, separate two sections of yarn on either side for the wings and one section at the bottom for the tail. Trim top, front, back, and under wings of body piece.


Thread the leftover long string from head onto a needle and carry it under the body's string (it's the one that holds the pom pom together) and tie the two pieces together. Or trim the top of the body and the bottom of the head flat, and glue the pieces together.



Take the floral wire and bend in a U shape. Measure how long you want the legs, then bend into a foot-like shape, then wrap remainder of wire up leg. Cut off excess.

Attach legs with gobs of glue, or better yet, tie them on with a long string that you can bury in the pom pom. I've since begun attaching the legs with the long tie strings before trimming the pom pom. They stand better that way.

Trim some more, shape shape shape, add a beak and eyes...aww...it's an owl.



A special thanks to noodlebug for sending all of those buttons, which made perfect eyes for these wee cuties!
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248  Re: Twinches Needlework Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by pottermouth on: June 06, 2014 11:29:49 AM
Hang on to your needles, my twinchie from sheepBlue arrived today! It is a wee Irish square of perfection:



Those French knots are ridiculously tiny. I'd have gone blind.



Amazing. Thank you, sheepBlue, you're a gem!
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249  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by pottermouth on: May 31, 2014 06:27:07 PM
Still squeaking in those final assignments!

Challenge: Bertie Bott's Strawberry
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Alton Brown's Angel Food Cake with added Summer Berries
Project Page Link (if available): Recipe Here
Brief Description: I love Alton Brown. It only made sense to make his delicate Angel Food cake to go with macerated summer berries.



Ingredients
1 3/4 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup cake flour, sifted
12 egg whites (the closer to room temperature the better)
1/3 cup warm water
1 teaspoon orange extract, or extract of your choice
1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a food processor spin sugar about 2 minutes until it is superfine. Sift half of the sugar with the salt the cake flour, setting the remaining sugar aside.

In a large bowl, use a balloon whisk to thoroughly combine egg whites, water, orange extract, and cream of tartar. After 2 minutes, switch to a hand mixer. Slowly sift the reserved sugar, beating continuously at medium speed. Once you have achieved medium peaks, sift enough of the flour mixture in to dust the top of the foam. Using a spatula fold in gently. Continue until all of the flour mixture is incorporated.

Carefully spoon mixture into an ungreased tube pan. Bake for 35 minutes before checking for doneness with a wooden skewer. (When inserted halfway between the inner and outer wall, the skewer should come out dry).

Cool upside down on cooling rack for at least an hour before removing from pan.

Serve with summer berries and whipped cream. Yumstastic.
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250  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by pottermouth on: May 30, 2014 02:48:36 PM
House Pride: Hufflepuff Love
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: A Badger of Honor for the great felicitybaby in the IYP swap.

Photo is property of felicitybaby, because I neglected to pay attention to my Remembrall before sending.



Class: Apparition
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: TARDIS Mitts
Description: I wonder if a knitted TARDIS would carry me to Missing Willow Farm?
Photo also felicitybaby's.



Class: Divination
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Owlet Pincushion
Description: While doing my best Luna impression, a little owl cloud drifted by...



Now to go gather the S.P.E.W. hats I've made.
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