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261  Turquoise songbird purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Acadian Driftwood on: March 03, 2014 02:02:43 PM


I'm very happy with how this bag turned out - I made it for lindyv321 in the Box of Color swap.



I used a heavy weight iron-on interfacing to give it some sturdiness, which is why it looks a little stiff - that should soften up the first time it's washed.



Two pockets on the inside lining:



I used the Jordy tutorial to guide me, but changed some things. It was tough pulling the whole big bag through the little side hole in the lining! I may do something different next time.



Thanks for looking!
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262  Sweet roasted carrot "hummus" in Vegetarian / Vegan by Acadian Driftwood on: March 03, 2014 11:33:06 AM


This tasty spread isn't really a hummus, since it doesn't have chickpeas. It does have tahini, which balances the sweetness of the carrots and honey. It's super delicious!

The original recipe is here. My alterations were: using ground cumin and coriander instead of seeds (and not toasting it), and using lime instead of lemon juice. I also didn't really measure any thing, but I know I used less olive oil than the recipe called for.

I peeled the carrots first, because I like to use the peels in veggie stock. I'll probably use more garlic next time, but I'm a garlic fiend.



Serving suggestion: toasty bread and melty cheese!

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263  Doctor Who twirly t-shirt dress (BBC Swap) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Acadian Driftwood on: March 03, 2014 11:08:10 AM
I was super excited to craft for ChameleonHound in the BBC Swap last summer. We met at college in 2006, before either of us joined craftster! I knew I had to make something epic.



I already had the base shirt for this dress in my stash, and given CH's fondness for mixing themes, knew she would love it.



These are pictures of me in the dress before I sent it - I made it for CH's measurements, and it fit me pretty well too!



It was all constructed with a mixture of serging and hand sewing (also accidentally cutting through things I wanted and being consoled by my partner).

Dresses with pockets FTW.



The rest of the materials are thrift store t-shirts, in TARDIS-y colors. Twirly!



And here is ChameleonHound's picture from the gallery:



She said I got the fit just right!
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264  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Acadian Driftwood on: February 28, 2014 03:58:34 PM
vvb, I adore your mutant, especially the button suckers and the pine cone bits. Cheesy

Magpirate, your pi bracelet is super clever! What a great idea.

Moonflame, I've been loving your hexies with tiny pictures on them. Smiley The goal hoops are great, you've rocked at Quidditch this term!

Last post for the term, and while I haven't overachieved on the noodle-bug level, I did finish every class! *applauds self, goes for a snack*


Class: Care of Magical Creatures
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Quidditch: Catch the snitch for Hufflepuff!
Project Name: Golden Snitch fleece hat
Brief Description: The Snitch and the baby unicorn: both very elusive! Golden things are often highly sought after. This hat reflects the colors of the unicorn - gold at birth, with gold feet throughout its life, and pure white in adulthood. The wings are felt, and held on with white buttons! They can either stand out from the hat, or be pressed flat and stick to the fleece (which I salvaged from a thrift store scarf  Wink).





Challenge: DA: Protean Charm
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Loyal Mutant
Brief Description: I made this doll for the Mutant Swap, but she hasn't been received yet! I wanted to get the challenge in for this term though, because it brings me up to my required 5 lessons. She has 7 themes, some of which are hidden, and would only be obvious to my partner.

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265  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Acadian Driftwood on: February 25, 2014 07:52:01 PM
LOVE that Eddie Izzard mug! Cheesy

Challenge: DA - Room of Requirement
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff **QUIDDITCH GOAL**
Project Name: Insulating cowl
Brief Description: I've had the same nice fleece cowl since I was little, and this winter it as been in high demand at my house. Last week, my partner and I both wanted to claim it for outdoor activities, so one of us had to go with a less toasty and wind-proof option. I decided another cowl was in great need! I sewed this one up from scraps, looking at my original for construction tips.





Class: Divination
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff **QUIDDITCH GOAL**
Project Name: Goodbye token
Brief Description: I've been studying my spider's webs for the whole term, and I've only just now realized what they were predicting! Last weekend, a friend I've known since elementary school moved on very short notice across the country. I tried to capture the strange patterns I'd been seeing in the web in this knot bracelet that I gave her before she left.

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266  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Acadian Driftwood on: February 16, 2014 05:14:26 PM
Gorgeous, gaudiknight! I love it!

Class: Astronomy
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Snow/Ice dye experiments
Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431614.0
Brief Description: Europa's covered in ice - well so am I! Well, I mean we currently have 18" of snow in the yard. Just look at it as a free craft supply - I used the ice/snow dye technique to make these fabulous shirts, one of which went to blupaisan as a Valentine's Day gift (many more pictures in the main post):



Challenge: Quidditch: Catch the Snitch for Hufflepuff!
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Snitch Valentine ATC
Brief Description: I zentangle doodled this snitch ATC for blupaisan for Valentine's Day!

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267  First Try: Snow Dye (No Lie) in Dyeing: Completed Projects by Acadian Driftwood on: February 16, 2014 04:59:45 PM


This is a project that has been lingering in the back of my mind for at least three years - since I saw it here on craftster! So when I went to visit ChameleonHound a few weeks back, we decided to finally try it. I based my dyeing on this tutorial, which uses powdered dyes instead of liquid.

Here's what I started with, courtesy of Goodwill:



Soak in soda ash solution, and arrange on draining racks:



Cover with snow, and sprinkle on powdered dyes:







And then let them sit and melt for 24 hours! Hand wash until the water runs clear.



Then wash in hot water, and leave to dry (this is the step where you start being rather impressed by yourself, because the things look so cool!):



Everything here was dyed with only three colors - purple, darkish blue, and yellow. Here are my finished products:









ChameleonHound's final shirts: she scrunched them up more, so the dye didn't soak in as much as mine did. I love both ways, and wanna try this one for my next experiments.





For anyone thinking about trying this: I highly recommend it! The method is super fun, and the results are awesome! Love all around!
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268  Re: Inchie My Theme Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Acadian Driftwood on: February 15, 2014 02:34:26 PM
Yesterday, in the middle of a snowstorm, I received this lovely set of inchies from SonjaBoo! Thank you, intrepid mailman, and thank you SonjaBoo. She used my themes of sea life, hand drawn flowers, and music to make these pretty and glittery art works for me.  Cheesy



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269  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Acadian Driftwood on: February 13, 2014 07:09:28 PM
Challenge: Detention: February
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff *bludger to Slytherin*
Project Name: Black eats the rainbow
Project Page Link: http://friendship-bracelets.net/pattern.php?id=38099 (not my pattern)
Brief Description: Did you know, that when we see the color black, it's because that pigment is absorbing all the other colors in the visible light spectrum, leaving nothing to bounce back to our eyes? To represent that, I made this knot bracelet that features black surrounding the rainbow spectrum. (pinkleo and Mistress Jennie, please let me know if this doesn't fit the prompt enough, and I can re-submit for a different challenge.)



Challenge: Valentine Tea Party
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff *quidditch goal*
Project Name: Wear you heart on your sleeve
Project Page Link: http://friendship-bracelets.net/pattern.php?id=23684 (not my pattern)
Brief Description: I made this little heart friendship bracelet to wear to the tea party (and to make sure I could manage the switch-back kind of knot before I try a more complicated pattern).

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270  Re: Inchie My Theme Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Acadian Driftwood on: February 11, 2014 08:13:56 AM
Oh gosh those Klimt inchies are beautiful! I also love the Hogwarts crest set!

Here's the set I sent to SonjaBoo that I don't think has been posted (birds, mixed media, and gardening): 



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