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61  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by TechnicolorAquahearts on: February 05, 2014 07:48:14 PM
Wow! Thank you so much Pinkleo for pointing out that Erin and I were both in the Craftster best of 2013! What an amazing surprise to log on and find that!

I have a tone of assignments in the works as usual for me at the end of a term but for right now I just have this project:

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Dumbledore's Army: Sign The Parchment
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Hot colors for cold nights scarf

It was hard for me to pick a signature craft because I do so many with equal frequency, but I am usually always crocheting if I have to wait somewhere or when I am watching TV, and I always make stuff for other people. Well, lately I have gotten a new vocal coach and she caught me out while it was below freezing outside without a scarf which is terrible for your voice, so it was time to make myself something with my crochet. So here it is my neon, voice protector scarf. I made it extra wide and extra long so I can wrap it around twice if I have to in order to keep those chords warm and comfy.

Here is a progress pic where the colors are more accurate:

And the finished project modeled by the lovely ErinAquaheart

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62  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by TechnicolorAquahearts on: January 11, 2014 08:33:15 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
Project Name:Green Lion Drawing

This drawing was really fun. I have been trying to make myself do art everyday even if I dont't know what to draw. So, when I started doodling and this lion emerged I just knew I had to decorate him in green and use him for his alchemical potential. He reminds me of something that would live on the Island of Misfit Toys.

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63  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by TechnicolorAquahearts on: January 10, 2014 08:39:27 PM
Thank you everyone for all the wonderful comments on my previously posted projects! Someone asked what I used to make the leopard painting: Its a combination of watercolor, pencil, and ink.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Comforting Chicken Rice For a Cold Night
Brief Description: As many of you are aware the Eastern and Southern U.S. was subject to a "Polar Vortex" or in less dramatic terms: It got really freakin cold! So I pulled out my muggle stew pot and made this simple, hearty, and warm recipe for my family to sup on and warm their bellies. It is really simple I used a 16 oz bag of white rice and followed the directions on the package for the amount of liquid to add. I used chicken stock instead of water to give it a richer flavor, First I melted some butter in the bottom of the pan and toasted the rice until some of it was a very light golden brown, then I added the liquid, celery, carrots, and two cans of chicken. I brought it to a boil over medium heat and then covered it and let it simmer on low stirring occasionally until the excess liquid was gone and the rice was fluffy. We seasoned it with a little salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning. The poultry seasoning really makes it go from plain to pow!

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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Unicorn Painting

Brief Description: One of my new years resolutions was to make some art every day in order to build my skill and body of work. I chose a unicorn on this day because I knew that the porportions would be challenging and that I would have to exercise my watercolor layering skills to get it painted and shaded. It isn't perfect, but I think it has a lot of personality.

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Advanced Studies Friday:

I am a 5th year and I am ashamed to report that I have never completed an owl. I have planned man of them and proposed a couple of them, but not finished either of them. Well, this semester that is going to change! Here is the work I did this week on my currently proposed Muggle Studies OWL. I devised a project where I made a set of custom art toys inspired by muggle fairy tales. I took a broad definition of fairy tale and went with any fantastical fiction. So far I have ideas for The Wizard of Oz, Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, James and The Giant Peach, and The Chronicles of Narnia. Here are a few pics of the process that I am using to create the toys:

Above are the vinyl blanks that I am using for some of the toys, I will also be making some cloth dolls with stencils.

Here are some pics of the design work that I have done so far:

A flying monkey from The Wizard of Oz:

Willy Wonka:

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64  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by TechnicolorAquahearts on: January 06, 2014 03:18:19 PM
Wow! What an amazingly strong semester we have going here! I am so impressed by the variety of awesome projects I have seen. I don't have time to comment on everyone of them but they all deserve all the kudos that can be given! I am arriving at the castle late this semester because of the various medical issues Erin and I have had to stay at St. Mungos for. Even though I am arriving late I do have some homework to turn in so I am not totally behind.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: DA: Drink at Hogshead and Quidditch (gift: Bludger to Gryffindor)
House: Slytherin
Project Name: gingerbreadmen
Brief Description: Erin and I made these together (I promise that both of us put in plenty of time and labor on these to be able to count them individually) She has the best gingerbread recipe. I did the decorating of the five in the picture. I brought them to our favorite coffee shop and gave them to the staff. They were quickly gobbled up. Cheesy

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Read more: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=429362.0#ixzz2pepI6au2

Here is the recipe:

1 stick of butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg
2 cups flour
1tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2tsp ginger
2tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
if you are an experienced baker you will notice the liberal amount of spices, that is because when we make our gingerbread we double what the average recipe calls for because we like them extra rich and extra fragrant. Erin has been asked many many times what her secret is to making the best gingerbread cookies ever, and the answer to that is the double spices and the use of all molasses and brown sugar instead of regular white sugar.

Beat butter with sugar and molasses. Mix in egg. Sift dry ingredients into and mix into wet mixture. Chill in refrigerator 2 hours or until firm enough to roll. Heat oven to 350. Roll to 1/4 thick (sometimes we make ours a little thicker) on floured board. cut with cookie cutters and place on greased baking sheets. bake 8-10 minutes. cool on cooling rack before icing.

The icing is Erin's own thing I don't even know how to write it down she just does it without a recipe but it is basic butter cream icing made with powdered sugar, butter, milk, and vanilla or almond flavoring.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: December Detention
Project Name: Monogram hoopla
Brief Description: I really enjoy making hooplas a few semesters ago I made my first one and I mentioned how I could get addicted to them. Well, this one was just as fun to make and circular too so it fits the detention assignment.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: BEAN: Gravy Quidditch (gift to my aunt: Bludger to Gryffindor)
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Lotus and Koi small watercolor painting
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Defense Against The Dark Arts Quidditch (gift to my cousin: Goal for Ravenclaw)
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Mixed Media Leopard Painting
Brief Description: This meets the requirements of this class because I made it for my cousin to hang on her boring wall and she hung it up in her room immediately after opening it Smiley
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology + SPEW Quidditch: (gift for person at cancer center: Goal for Ravenclaw)
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Hand Stitched Christmas Tree Ornament
Brief Description: This is a simple pattern that I made a while ago and laminated and I have made many of these just like this they are great to keep a few in my bag during the holidays to give to people. Erin and I have been hanging around a cancer center for her treatments, we are usually there for 12 or 16 hours, so I have made lots of these and just given them to people at the cancer center I wind up talking to. It fits the class because it is green and red (I'm counting the dk pink as red) and I guess since I used it as a gift of goodwill at the cancer center it counts as SPEW too.

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65  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* in Craftalongs by TechnicolorAquahearts on: September 29, 2013 05:43:21 PM
First of all for those of you keeping up with ErinAquaheart's situation: We found out that her cancer has spread to her liver and that her initial diagnosis of stage three was wrong she is actually in stage four. This was devastating news, and we have had to dive head first into an aggressive treatment regimen. Her family came to be with her during the first few days of this new reality and that is why we have been M.I.A. around here lately. All of your thoughts, prayers, and spew projects have meant the world to us. Thank you all so much for your kindness and support.

Slytherin House: Don't worry I haven't forgotten about you! I am so proud of all of your amazing projects and I am so happy to see us getting a few new members! I even have my eye on a prefect, could it be you? Stay tuned because I am still planning a really fun extra credit surprise.

Now for some of my homework:

Class/Challenge/House Pride: September Detention
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Sock Monster

This sock monster was laying around my house in pieces. Occasionally I have come across the body ready to be stuffed or the ears ready to be stitched and I meant to get around to finishing him. So, finally after a few YEARS I decided to assemble him.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bean- Lobster
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Remembering Christmas the way it was

This is kind of sad but when I thought about something from my past that I miss and wish I could go back to, what hit me the hardest was Christmas. I grew up in Salt Lake City, so Christmas time was always cold and Crisp. Snow was in the mountains and we had a fire in the fireplace. My dad loved holidays so much and he had a talent for making everything magical. Both my parents were big advocates of handcrafted everything so we spent a lot of time either making projects of our own or being the customers of people who handmade all kinds of wonderful things. It wasn't until my parents divorced and we moved away that I even had jam and bread from a store rather than handmade from a farmers market or a friend. Holidays were truly special because of these values. But time went on, my parents divorced, I grew up and became cynical, and my dad passed away. With all of that the holidays kind of fall flat for me. ErinAquaheart and I spend each holiday season that we have together trying to make it magical in new ways. So I made this little felt hand stitched ornament to remember the more innocent magical holiday seasons of my youth.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
House: Slytherin
Project Name:Kitty Paw Arm warmers

Cat's are always so graceful and nimble on their feet so for this class I studied their paws and made these arm warmers to show what I learned.

They are so comfortable! I love wearing them. I can't wait until it gets colder outside!
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66  Re: HPC Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* in Craftalongs by TechnicolorAquahearts on: September 14, 2013 08:46:42 PM
What are these whispers about a scavenger hunt I have been hearing in the Slytherin common room?
Hmmm... Something is definitely brewing for Slytherin house, and it's bound to be exciting! Stay tuned for an opportunity for extra credit that will help you on your way to greatness!

Now for some of my own school work:

With all the tests and the latest troubling news with ErinAquaheart I haven't had much time to craft but I did get these two classes done. We will hear once and for all about whether her cancer has spread to her liver on Monday. This has been the. longest. few. days. EVARRR.  Embarrassed

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Frog Choir
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Kawaii Froggy Coffee Sleeve

When I was a teen I loved loved LOVED anything sanrio and definitely in my top three two favorites was Kerropi and you don't see that character anymore. I had a mini backpack with kerropi on it that I never parted with Smiley I STILL love me some sanrio. So in tribute to my teenhood which I like to pretend that I still am in  Grin I made this coffee sleeve.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Fairy Door Made From Whomping Willow Bark

Fairies have a powerful magic that is not yet totally understood but we do know that inviting them into your home will bring their blessings and magic to your life. Since we need all the blessings we can get right now I made this fairy door and since the whomping willow is a powerful defensive magical plant and I was lucky enough to obtain a sample of it's bark I made the fairy door with it, so that maybe the blessings that the fairies bring will be as rare, powerful, and defensive as the whomping willow.

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67  Hand Stitched Felt Halloween Ghost Brooches in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by TechnicolorAquahearts on: September 04, 2013 07:23:52 PM
I made these while waiting in a waiting room. They were really fun and all the supplies fit in a little plastic bag making them a very portable craft Smiley

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68  Abstract Fish Ink Drawing Notecards in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by TechnicolorAquahearts on: September 04, 2013 07:14:27 PM
I have been in kind of a rut artistically lately so I decided to try something outside of the box for me. Here's what I came up with: Some abstract ink drawings of fish and a Narwhal. I abstracted them by taking the color and pattern of their markings beyond the forms of the animals and on to the rest of the art surface. I am pretty pleased with how they turned out and I am interested in exploring this kind of thing more.

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69  Re: HPC Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* in Craftalongs by TechnicolorAquahearts on: September 04, 2013 06:55:15 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bean- Cinnamon
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Halloween Decoration

One thing that makes my home feel warm and cozy is decorating for holidays and occasions. So I made this little ghost ornament to decorate for Halloween. He goes with the one I made last semester. I may even make a third one before Halloween.

Class/Challenge/House Pride:Flying
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Flying Ghost Brooches

When flying, one thing you may come across is a ghost, when encountering a ghost while flying you have to be careful because they can fly right through you which can give you a chill and cause you to shudder and loose your balance on your broom.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Double chocolate mug cake preparations

These mug cakes fill the prescription for this class because the warm chocolate serves the perfect antidote to soul sucking dementor attacks. chocolate is also well known to combat stress and give much needed comfort in many situations.

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70  Slytherin Common Room in Craftalongs by TechnicolorAquahearts on: September 01, 2013 09:46:59 AM

Welcome Back Slytherins!!

Dear Fellow Slytherins,
       Welcome back to Hogwarts for the fall semester of crafty exploration. If you are returning it is wonderful to have you back. Slytherins have a long tradition of greatness and you all have definitely added much to that greatness. To our brand new first years: Congratulations on being sorted into Slytherin! The sorting hat said it best when he said: "You could be great you know, and Slytherin can help you on your way to greatness!!" (never mind that the boy to whom this was said still insisted on being in another house, you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink, anyway, I digress, and besides we are to look at our fellow houses with positive and friendly partnership, but a little healthy competition never hurt anyone, right?  Wink )
       I, TechnicolorAquahearts, will be your Head of House this semester and I can't tell you how excited I am to cheer you on and provide all kinds of opportunities for you to show your Slythie pride! Keep checking back here for more development of the common room and other house activities!

Slytherin Extra Credit Scavenger Hunt:

coming soon....
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