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1  Re: Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Midsummer Term 2018 ~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: September 17, 2018 08:33:18 AM

Your Headmistress intended to post a reminder yesterday, that our final Quidditch round of the season is scheduled to end tonight at midnight.   Then of course the Whomping Bradford Pear happened, and it slipped my mind.  So, I am extending the end of this last match till tomorrow night, at midnight, Headmistress time!  All goals must be scored by then, so get to it and help your favorite team win!
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2  Life is Berry Sweet - Strawberry Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mistress Jennie on: September 13, 2018 08:33:56 AM

~*~Life is Berry Sweet - Strawberry Swap Gallery ~*~

~*~Berry Sweet Swap Partners ~*~

Mistress Jennie (est send 9/25) ---> kittykill
kittykill ---> Mistress Jennie

jemimah ---> gala_apples
gala_apples ---> jemimah

craftADDchick (est send 10/1)---> bethntim
bethntim ---> craftADDchick

thanate ---> craftylittlemonkey
craftylittlemonkey ---> thanate

Acadian Driftwood (est send 9/28) ---> SonjaBoo
SonjaBoo (est send 9/28) ---> Acadian Driftwood

Status Colors
Green = Sent
Orange = Sending Late with Communication

Magenta = Missing Package
Blue = Received (but haven't POSTED pictures yet)
Purple = Received & Posted Pictures

Strikethrough = Feedback Given
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3  Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) in Crochetalongs by Mistress Jennie on: September 10, 2018 01:59:23 PM
Not much to report on lately.  I'm mostly working on a graphghan, but I've gotten a bit done on a Secret Paths Shawl.  I'm trying out that Lion Brand Wrap Star yarn.  Not really sure what I think of it.  It's weird.

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4  Re: Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Midsummer Term 2018 ~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: September 09, 2018 10:36:41 AM
Challenge: Headmistress - Sept
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Garage Cleanout!

Brief Description: From the ages of 16-24, I always had a car of my own.  Then as I headed to grad school, it died spectacularly, and I couldn't afford to replace it.  Shortly after that, I met DH, and his parents gave the two of us a car to share.  For the entire 14 years we've been together, we have been a 1 car family.  Somehow this always has worked out.  For 6 years I lived in walking distance to work, and he took the car to his job.  Later he went back to school where I taught and we went too and from campus together.  Now I work from home, and he takes the car to his job.  For a while it was great as we were able to keep our bills down, and save for a house and pay off student loans.  But in the last year it has started to get annoying.  Especially since our sweet pup always seems to have a medical issue going on, and to take her to the vet, I had to bring Jim to work across town, go home, go back across town with the dog, take the dog home, and go back again for Jim.  On an average vet appointment day, I can spent 3 hours just driving around our small town.  So earlier this year we resolved to finally get a second car. 

After a rough week of researching everything under the sun, reading reviews and blogs and consumer reports, and pricing things all across the country, we finally settled on a little Fiat 500e, as in Electric, which we bought on Carvana on Tuesday, and which we received Friday.  Meanwhile, we live in a pretty little suburban neighborhood, with a 1.5 car garage.  Our neighbors all have 2-4 cars, most of which are giant trucks and SUVs that don't fit inside the garages at all, and are therefore parked in every square inch of street in the neighborhood.  Since our 1st car is a tiny Prius C, and the Fiat is basically a rollerskate that plugs into the wall, we figured that with some cleaning, we could fit both cars in the garage.  So yesterday we went to Target and bought some steel shelving units, put them together, and loaded them up with the stuff that had been along the side walls of the garage.  Then we got rid of some larger recycle items at the recycle center, dusted all the paint cans and gardening supplies in there, swept & shop vacced the whole space, and put everything back together.  (This was helped by the fact that we don't have a ton of crap in there.)  And since Jim was basically getting the new car to take to and from work (where his company has put in charging stations), I also cleaned out our car so it would feel new to me.  I wiped down and armoralled the inside, vaccumed the floors, reorganized the reusable bags, cleaned the glove box, and added a girly Yankee Candle car jar.  Here are some before pics, and after pics of the garage clean out.  I forgot to take true before pics, so these were taken about 1/3 of the way into the process.
Project Picture:

AFTER, note the lack of crap along the side walls!

And both tiny cars side by side, in a space intended for 1. 

Now I'm working on a few things to make the car a bit more 'mine'.  Starting with crocheting a steering wheel cover and beading a rear view mirror charm.  Cheesy
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5  Re: Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Midsummer Term 2018 ~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: September 02, 2018 03:41:40 PM
Challenge: Quidditch #14 Pride of Portree
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Be the Change Necklace

Brief Description: This afternoon, while I was supposed to be working on my graphghan, I had an overwhelming urge to break out of the confines of that project, and do something completely different.  I've had this Be the Change pendant for ages, and have been meaning to create a chunky art necklace with it, but never gotten around to it.  Today I finally let myself go and created something wild and free.   Cheesy
Project Picture:
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6  Re: Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Midsummer Term 2018 ~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: September 01, 2018 12:59:23 PM
A new Headmistress Challenge has been posted!

Chocolate Frog Card Challenge
September 1-30

"Oh, of course, you wouldn't know Chocolate Frogs have cards inside of them, you know, to collect famous witches and wizards. I've got about five hundred, but I haven't got Agrippa or Ptolemy." -Ron Weasley

Chocolate Frogs are a popular sweet within the Wizarding World.  They are made of the finest chocolate, and 70% Croaka, to give them that realistic hop.  But most importantly, Chocolate Frogs come with Chocolate Frog CARDS!  Collectible cards with a famous witch or wizard on it.  Hogwarts students enjoy trading these cards with their friends, thereby giving the sweet a double factor of fun.  For this challenge you have a few options.  You may craft something that goes along with something else, such as a pair of mittens to match a hat you previously made; something that is fun to share with a friend, like a delicious meal or a board game to play together; or something that pairs well with chocolate, like a batch of vanilla ice cream to go with your dark chocolate cauldron cakes!    
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7  Re: Beyond the Basics of Crochet- You Can Do It! in Crochetalongs by Mistress Jennie on: August 31, 2018 02:42:22 PM
Progress!  I'm on row 28, out of 185.  The chart is laid out on a standard size kitchen/dining table, 36" across, 60" long, to give you an idea of size of the chart alone. 

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8  Re: Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Midsummer Term 2018 ~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: August 31, 2018 02:39:19 PM
Advanced Studies Friday Update
I'm on row 28, out of 185.  Need to get some serious work done this weekend in order to catch up to where I'd like to be to get this done by the 22nd.  But I'm pretty happy with how it's going so far.  Smiley

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9  'Life is Berry Sweet' Strawberry Swap (Signup CLOSED; Sendouts 9/24/18) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by Mistress Jennie on: August 25, 2018 02:36:07 PM

~*~Life is Berry Sweet - Strawberry Swap ~*~

Swap Gallery

Swap name: Life is Berry Sweet - Strawberry Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Mistress Jennie
Sign-up date range: August 25-31, 2018
Date to send item by: September 24, 2018

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Additional Age requirement? No

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

~*~Details of Swap~*~
Life in 2018 can be frantic and hectic, but as Strawberry Shortcake so often reminded us in the 80's, life can be 'Berry Sweet' too.  This happy little swap will consist of 1 medium & 1 small crafted item, along with 1 purchased extra, all themed around the ever bright and cheerful little strawberry.  You may craft in any medium(s) you wish, taking your partners preferences into account.

~*~Wondering what you might make?~*~  
There are tons of strawberry crafts out and about on the web, but here's a few of my favorites right here on Craftster: pottermouth's Berry Gathering Apron , lindyv321's Tiny Stitched Strawberry, Acadian Driftwood's Strawberry Jam & Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate, smittenheart's Strawberry Soap, derscroot's Stenciled Strawberry Shoes, or my Summery Strawberry Dishcloths.  And because it's too cute not to share, how about the cute zippered pouch and the strawberry pillow from this post over on sewdelicious.com.au, or the adorable strawberry mini quilt she received in return?  

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:


Name of swap: Life is Berry Sweet - Strawberry Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:

Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)

What are your favorite crafts to make?
What are your favorite crafts to receive?
What are your favorite hobbies outside of crafting?

What is your style? (Hippy, Shabby Chic, Boho, Modern, etc.)

Do you have any favorite berries besides strawberries?

Are you a fan of Strawberry Shortcake?  (the character)

Are you a fan of puns?  (Things like 'Life is berry sweet')

Is there anything you are especially in need of or would really love?  

Is there anything you would NOT like to receive?

Tee shirt size?

Do you wear jewelry?

Do you enjoy scented items, such as candles, soaps, etc.?

Do you like strawberry flavored things?

Since this swap is inspired by an edible item, any food allergies or intolerances?



Do you or anyone in your home smoke?
Do you have any pets or allergens in your home?
Do you have any allergies?

Do you have a Pinterest?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.
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10  Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) in Crochetalongs by Mistress Jennie on: August 24, 2018 12:11:36 PM
Crochet Shawl-Along Challenge Entry:  Mountain Stream Shawl
Pattern Used: Simple Crocheted Shawl
Yarn Used: Tahki Yarns Navajo in colorway Mountain Stream

My darling pottermouth tempted me into a yarn sale, where I picked up 4 skeins of Tahki Yarns Navajo, in Mountain Stream.  I had seen this pattern on their site, and liked it's simplicity.  It only called for 3 skeins, but I ordered 4 to be on the safe side.  As I started working on it, I realized how much it reminds me of November in IL, where we go see my in laws for Thanksgiving every year.  Brown earth where the corn fields have been harvested, and endless dark blue sky, with a slightly overcast feeling.  I decided it would be a nice gift for my MIL for Christmas.  She's quite tall (well, much taller than me) at 5'8"-5'9", and broad in the shoulders.  When I got to the end of 3 skeins, it was NO WHERE NEAR big enough for me, let alone her, so I kept going.  The 4th skein still left it barely big enough for me, so I ordered 2 more skeins, and this is the result.  The pattern called for 33 rows, but I ended up doing 50 rows, using 5.5+ skeins, ending on a granny row, rather than the plain dc row called for, and then did a row of picot along the outer edge, and a row of sc along the top edge to reinforce it.  It's now a nice big cozy wrap for my MIL to snuggle in while reading her kindle during the cold winters in IL.  Plus, I have a present done 4 months early!  
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