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1  Re: 2019 Annual DeStashAlong! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: February 19, 2019 08:01:44 AM
Made 3 dragon egg dice bags completely from stash!

Then I ended up buying some more scales to make more of the bags. ::face palm::  On the upside, I then used nearly all the new scales that I bought, so I definitely have less now than what I started out with, plus they are very tiny, and all fit into a bead box I already had to house them, so they aren't taking up any more space now than before.  And I was able to stash bust yarn & beads for the other 6 I made.  I did buy some more leather lacing for the next 6, but it was all on the clearance rack for 87 cents per pack.  And I managed to do so, without leaving the craft store with anything else besides the lacing. 
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2  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ OSTARA Term 2019*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: February 18, 2019 05:38:14 PM
Class: Arithmancy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Turquoise Dragon Egg Dice Bag

Brief Description: What could be more inspired by spring than an egg, symbol of creation and rebirth?  Especially in such bright and cheerful colors.  All details on pattern and materials for all the ensuing dragon egg dice bags is under the link.
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Class: Astronomy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Brown & Bronze Dragon Egg Bag

Brief Description: I have made this pattern before, as a swap gift for patty_o_furniture, back in 2017.  Definitely more than six months ago.   
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Challenge: Detention - February
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Green & Copper Dragon Egg Bag

Brief Description: This dragon egg bag was made completely from stash! 
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Class: Divination
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Golden Dragon Egg Dice Bag

Brief Description: This bag was made in the golden shades of a candle flame. 
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Challenge: Floo - Thornfield Hall
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Jims Improved Blue Dragon Egg Dice Bag

Brief Description: This dragon egg dice bag was created for my beloved husband.  Twice actually.  I made the first, then tweaked the pattern in subsequent version, and then went back and remade it, so his would be as nice as the others.   
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Class: History of Magic
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Ultraviolet Dragon Egg Bag

Brief Description: Crochet definitely is a craft that comes easily to you.  Enough so that I was able to tinker with the pattern and rewrite it so that it the bag was a better egg shape, and so that the scales didn't drag out of place while sitting on a table.
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Challenge: House Pride
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Red Dragon Egg Bag

Brief Description: Gryffindor pride forever! 
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Challenge: House Unity
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Green & Silver Dragon Egg Dice Bag

Brief Description:  This bag was inspired by my friend Zoe, who plays D&D and is possibly the nicest person in the world, and somehow insists that she's a Slytherin.  Wink
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Class: Muggle Studies
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Deep Purple Dragon Egg Dice Bag

Brief Description: This craft involves twisting yarn into an egg shape!
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3  Dragon Egg Dice Bags in Crochet: Completed Projects by Mistress Jennie on: February 18, 2019 05:35:53 PM

I have a confession....  I never seem to craft for my husband.  I craft for so many friends and family members, but I rarely make things for him.  This is partly because he doesn't care much for gifts or clutter, and because if there's something he wants in the world, he buys it for himself, leaving me little to do.  Over the course of our 15 years together, I've managed to make him 1 quilt, 1 laptop sleeve, and 1 cozy for his French press coffee maker.  But when I saw https://www.etsy.com/listing/240668087/dragon-egg-dice-bag-pattern]this pattern a while back, I knew I'd have to make one for him.  It's been sitting on the back burner for ages, but now that he's gearing up to go to Gary Con in March (a D&D Convention in WI, home of creator Gary Gygax), the time was right to bust out my scales, and get to work.

So I stitched up a bag in some of his favorite colors.  Blue, black and grey.  All the items were in my stash, including leftover yarn, scales from The Ring Lord, leather lacing, and glass crow beads.  Gift completed, easy peasy.

(Lion Brand Wool Ease yarn in charcoal with aluminum scales in black, carbon, and blue.)

Only problem?  I had so many more scales left.  And tons more yarn.  And I felt like the pattern could use a bit of tweaking.  So I clearly had to make a second one to tweak the pattern.

(Caron Simply Soft yarn in garnet with red & orange aluminum, and copper scales.)

The second bag came out well, but the pattern could still use more work, so I tried a third with a few more alterations.

(Caron Simply Soft yarn in deep sage, with black & green aluminum, and copper scales.)

By now I had settled on how I wanted to alter the pattern.  So it only made sense to make another, with the new, improved shape.  But I was finally running low on scales.  Or at least colors that went well with one another.  So I ordered a few more colors.  The result was possibly my personal favorite.  It's not like I have a collection of dice to carry around, since I don't play D&D, but if I did, this one would be all mine.

(Lion Brand Wool Ease yarn in charcoal with black & carbon aluminum, and violet titanium scales.)

I loved the deep purple titanium scales, and found they went well with the warm sand and deep steel blue, so another bag happened.

(Caron Simply Soft yarn in plum perfect with sand aluminum and purple & dark blue titanium scales.)

When I was putting away the yarns I had used thusfar, I bumped into a partial skein of deep brown Heartland, and realized it would go beautifully with the dark brown scales that had been in my stash, so why not make one more.

(Lion Brand Heartland yarn in sequoia, with brushed brown, brushed sand, and brushed champagne aluminum scales.)

After that some of the other titanium scales were calling to me, with their siren song.  "Jennie, come play with us!  We look like mermaid scales!"  This probably ties for my favorite.

(Lion Brand Heartland yarn in pinnacles with purple, light blue, and green titanium scales.)

And I had so many of the gold and champagne scales, it only made sense to create something lighter and brighter.

(Lion Brand Heartland yarn in sand dunes with bronze & champagne aluminum and bronze scales.

And finally, as I was wrapping up the last of my yarn balls, I had a bit of the charcoal left over, and the green scales were just demanding that I create a Slytherin theme, inspired by my dear friend Zoe, who plays D&D, and somehow thinks she's a Slytherin.

(Lion Brand Wool Ease in charcoal with aluminum scales in green, carbon and brushed silver.)

After finishing my ninth bag, I went back and actually remade my first two.  After all, what's the point of improving the pattern, then giving my DH a less than perfect version?  In this picture you can see a comparison of the two versions.  The original is on the left, and my version on the right.  The alterations created a better overall egg shape, and kept the bottom row of scales from twisting out of place as it sits on a table.  

And now, I really need to stop making these!  Wish me luck in moving on to another project for a while.  Cheesy
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4  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ OSTARA Term 2019*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: February 18, 2019 02:21:18 PM
A new Floo Challenge has been posted....

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5  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ OSTARA Term 2019*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: February 11, 2019 02:12:08 PM

Love TO DO List Challenge - 2019
As crafters we all have so many things we want to make, that sometimes our crafty To Do lists can spiral out of control.  We become inspired, go and gather the supplies for many projects, and often we aren't able to finish them (let alone start them!) before other things come along that we also "have to" make, such as when we put aside an ongoing project to whip up a baby quilt for a co-worker who just announced she's expecting.  

This year-long challenge aims to help you prioritize the projects you really want to get to, by providing a bit of extra incentive.  To participate please start by making a list of 10-14 projects that you would really love to make in 2019.  Post it here in the thread, and tell us a snippet about the things on your list.  Work hard throughout the year to get through all the projects youve set out for yourself.  Throughout the year you may submit those individual projects as regular HPC submissions whenever you complete them.  In your posts, mention that in addition to fulfilling a prompt, it is also part of your Love To Do List, and perhaps let us know how many youve accomplished so far, so we can cheer on your success.  If you finish your list by the end of the year, you will post a finished project header, with links to all your completed items on the list, and thereby earn an extra 100 House Points at the time of submission.  You may include up to 3 Works-in-Progress in your list, but the others should be things youve been thinking of making, but havent gotten around to yet, and fear that you might not get to without this extra incentive.  

Over the course of the year, you may add items to your list, but your final list may not go beyond 14 items, and it must contain at least 10 items to start.  Please consider the items you add to your list carefully, and choose things you can really sink your teeth into.  (That's my way of saying, don't just assign yourself the task of making 10 ATCs, and have them done by the end of the week just to claim the bonus points.)

Since life can throw you unexpected curve balls, you can, over the course of the challenge, swap out one item on your list.  

You do not have to make & post your list right away.  You may do so between now and November 1st.  Please note that you can't add items retroactively to a list.  So if you make your list on November 1st, you can't include items you've already completed between now and then.  The clock starts from the time you post your list.    

This challenge will run through December 31, 2019, giving you about 10.5 months total crafting time, as of the creation of the challenge.  Let's see what you can do!  
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6  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Yule Term 2018/19*~ CLOSED in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: February 01, 2019 11:07:31 AM
~*Awarding the House Cup for Yule 2018/19 Term*~

As mentioned earlier in our feast, the HPC students submitted an impressive number of wondrous projects.  Congratulations to all the students for the amazing crafty magic!  The results from the House Points Spell are:

Slytherin with 4 students and 750 points,
an average of 187.5 points per student

Hufflepuff with 9 students and 2140 points,
an average of 237.7 points per student

Ravenclaw with 6 students and 1925 points,
an average of 320 points per student

Gryffindor with 4 students and 1465 points,
an average of 366.25 points per student

The Yule House Cup is awarded to GRYFFINDOR!!


Here's a special badge just for Gryffindor House members...

To determine House Cup Winner, an average from the points accumulated per house and the number of members per house.  If there is a tie, then more than one house will win the cup.  Note, a House Member/student is someone who has turned in at least 1 project.  To learn more about House Points check the first page, first post of HPC thread.  The House Cup competition begins anew each semester.
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7  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Yule Term 2018/19*~ CLOSED in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: February 01, 2019 11:05:55 AM
~*End of Term Awards*~
There are a few honors to bestow.  Each term we give special awards to those who have proven their mastery of crafty magic by giving out the Hermione Award and announcing the newest members of the Slug Club.  

*Hermione Award*
The first is the Hermione Award, which is given to all of those who engage in charity crafting on behalf of S.P.E.W.  
Congratulations to gaudiknight, katiebread, Moonflame, patty_o_furniture, PlaidPineapple, edelC & jellybean89!

*Slug Club*
Next we honor those who made it into the Slug Club this term by crafting 25 or more projects!  
Congratulations to jenleahlynn, gaudiknight, Moonflame, patty_o_furniture, Audania1, edelC, ElliotAnne, jellybean89, ErinAquaheart, TechnicolorAquahearts, & Mistress Jennie.

(If you belong on this list and were accidentally left off, please PM Mistress Jennie so she may rectify the situation.)
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8  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Yule Term 2018/19*~ CLOSED in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: February 01, 2019 10:43:38 AM

Welcome to the Yule 2018/2019 End of Term Feast!
A few of the awards to be announced are: Slug Club Members, S.P.E.W. Awards, & House Cup.

~*Yule 2018/19 Crafty Magic Stats*~
The Term lasted 123 days.
23 Students were enrolled at Hogwarts.
326 Projects were Posted!!!

That is an amazing average of around 3 projects a day and 14.2 projects per student! Shocked

Some students also took up the challenge of OWLs and NEWTs.  5 OWLs and 5 NEWT were completed during the Midsummer Term.
To those who completed their Advanced Studies, Congratulations & Well Done.
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9  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Yule Term 2018/19*~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: January 27, 2019 11:46:46 AM
Challenge:  Detention - December
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name:  Repainted Frame

Brief Description: While working on my Enchanted Staircases challenge below, I bought a framed butterfly as a piece of art in our bathroom.  The butterflies come from a sanctuary in Peru, where they are able to live out their lives free from danger.  After they die naturally at the end of their life cycle, the sanctuary mounts them in frames, and they are sold to raise funds to keep the sanctuaries open.  I wanted one in a white or silver frame to go with the vibe of the room, but I also wanted to make sure the one I bought came from a reputable source.  So I bought one from a local store, from a woman I trust, who only had them in black frames.  No problem, I have paint!  A quick coat of silver paint on the frame, and I inserted a piece of white card stock in the back of the frame, so the bright blue of the butterfly is more visible, than it would be against my light blue walls.  The card stock just pops in and out, so you can still view the butterfly from the other side if you wish.  (It has a beautiful pattern like eyes on the back!)
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Challenge: Headmistress - January Enchanted Staircases
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Powder Room Renovation

Brief Description: We bought our house 2.5 years ago, and I love it.  When we looked at it we joked that we wouldn't even have to paint it, since we loved all the paint colors the previous owner had chosen.  I loved it all, except...  the powder room.  It was built under the staircase, with no natural light, and she had painted it a dark brick red, paired with a cream & burgundy toile wallpaper.  First of all, the red paint and the red in the wallpaper were no where near the same color red.  One was orange-red and one was a purple-red.  Second it was SO DARK a color, in such a small space.  Third, there was absolutely NO storage in the room at all.  Not even a spot for a spare roll of toilet paper.  I knew I wanted a small cupboard for the room, and that I wanted to paint the walls a brighter shade, but that I would have to re-paper the back wall, since it's so hard to strip old wallpaper and paint the wall after.  I found the new paper on Spoonflower.  After that, the other things started falling into place.  I found the cupboard on Overstock.com.  We painted the walls a happy turquoise, and repainted the white trim that had gotten all grubby.  Scraped 2 previous paint colors off the base of the sink and tile.  I found a new mirror at Lowe's.  The old glass shades on the light fixture were so super-wide that only a flat builder's-grade mirror would fit, so I swapped those out for a narrower set so the new mirror would fit.  Added new daylight-white bulbs instead of the 'soft white' that was reading as yellow in there.  Picked up some hand towels and a soap dispenser at TJ Maxx, and finally I swapped out the nasty old tp holder and the yellowing plastic switch plates for new brushed nickel ones.  Now I just need to add a bit of art in there.  I'm hoping to make a small art quilt since I bought a yard of fabric that's identical to the wallpaper from Spoonflower as well. 
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Here are some extra pics from when we toured the house before buying it.  The baskets and rack belonged to the previous owner and went with her when she left.
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10  Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) in Crochetalongs by Mistress Jennie on: January 27, 2019 11:10:06 AM
I like the Spill pattern very much but the edge looks unfinished to me. Will you leave it like that or add an edge stitch?

Well, it's nowhere near done, so he edge will change a bit.  There's over 100 rows in the pattern, and as of that last picture, I was only though 30 rows.  The 'center' in the picture, will actually end up being one of the 'sides' rather than the center-back.  

Here's a pic of the original.  See where her center blob of red is?  That will be where my purple blob is now.


Here's an updated pic of the Spill.  I'm through the first 56 rows now. 
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