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1  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Yule Term 2018/19*~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: December 14, 2018 06:41:14 AM
Challenge: 12 Trees Challenge - Baubles
House:  Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Reading Bookmark

Brief Description: This bookmark was made for my partner calluna in the Winter Book Swap.  It reflects my personal style of crystal beads, and happy sparkly rainbows worked in wherever possible when crafting.
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Challenge: 12 Trees Challenge - Ribbon
House:  Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Scarf for Dad

Brief Description:  When I saw this yarn, I knew I had to make something with it for my dad.  He's rather warm-blooded, so he doesn't usually wear a winter coat.  Usually just a thick denim shirt or a hoodie.  Hopefully this will tie his look together, as it goes with a previously made hat, and the blues go with the denim, while the mustards go with another favorite color in his wardrobe.
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Challenge: 12 Trees Challenge - Star
House:  Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Scrappy Dishcloth Set #1

Brief Description: Over the last few years I've started to crochet more and more.  It's definitely a medium I think I excel at, even though these aren't a very difficult item to make.  Especially since I have the pattern memorized.  I whipped out 14 dishcloths over the last 12 days, many of which are destined to be holiday gifts or stocking stuffers.  These recently went into a swap package, partially to keep everything from rattling around in the box rather than use tissue paper.
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Challenge: 12 Trees Challenge - Tree Skirt
House:  Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Scrappy Dishcloth Set #2

Brief Description:  More dishcloths!  These are both functional & decorative, and can help make the kitchen a little cheerier while doing such a boring chore.  Plus they will last for years and years of use!
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Class: Divination
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Scrappy Dishcloth Set #3

Brief Description:  And yes, the dishcloth madness continues.  These are both flat and round, and will also go towards holiday gifts.
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Class: Herbology
House:  Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Scrappy Dishcloth Set #4

Brief Description:  Set #4 was for my mom.  While looking around on Etsy I saw a vintage dish towel with an ocean scene that I knew my mom would like.  (She grew up on the ocean in Massachusetts.)  This was one of my more 'matchy-matchy' scrap sets.  I've made her dishcloths before, but she's never used them until she came to visit last week, and discovered there are no scrubby sponges in my house, just a drawer full of handmade dishcloths.  After 2 days she declared she loved them and wanted some for herself.  Good thing these were already under the tree.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration
House:  Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Scrappy Dishcloth Set #5

Brief Description:  Last set of dishcloths today, I promise!  These are used with soap and water to make glasses crystal clear!
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2  14 Scrap Busting Dishcloths in 12 Days in Crochet: Completed Projects by Mistress Jennie on: December 14, 2018 06:10:16 AM
My parents came to visit for 8 days last week.  Since I was trying to keep the house neat and clean with guests, I decided to crochet something tiny, that wouldn't be in the way, and would hopefully help me use up some yarn.  Answer: dishcloths!  

I managed to make 14 of them in 12 days, and hope to get 2 more done tonight.  Bonus, they make great stocking stuffers and gift basket fillers. They were all made from the Fire Blossom Dishcloth pattern, which is free on Ravelry.

A few super-scrappy ones, that were made up with the tail ends of various yarns that were all in a zip loc bag.  My dad claimed most of these.  I missed getting a pic of my favorite green & blue one before my mom made off with it.








A few more matchy-matchy pairs, made from bigger half-skeins.  These will go to a few neighbors & friends.






A set for my mom, made to match a vintage tea towel I bought her.  This was one of my more 'matchy-matchy' scrap sets.  I've made her dishcloths before, but she's never used them until she came to visit last week, and discovered there are no scrubby sponges in my house, just a drawer full of handmade dishcloths.  After 2 days she declared she loved them and wanted some for herself.  Good thing these were already under the tree.






Best part, I basically emptied my entire cotton yarn drawer!



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3  Re: HP Holiday Ornament & Stocking Stuffer Swap - Round 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Mistress Jennie on: December 14, 2018 05:43:35 AM
I received a lovely package from lindyv321! 

Check out the stunning stitching on the felt Hogwarts letter she made:


Here it is up on the tree:


She also included a beautiful flying Hedwig, who can hold the letter.


She also sent a lovely red & gold glitter ball, but the picture I took came out fuzzy, so I'll take another pic later today.  Smiley  Thank you Lindy!
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4  Re: Winter Book Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mistress Jennie on: December 12, 2018 09:31:54 AM
I received a lovely package from calluna!

For books she sent The Ocean at the End of the Lane and a guide to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J. R. Ward.  She also included one of my favorite chocolates ever, Ritter Sport's dark chocolate filled with marzipan.  Goodness I love marzipan....  ::sigh::  And a beautiful hand painted bookmark, with a picture of what I believe is my own dog, Astrid Marzipan Pugglesworth-Ingram, (who chose to hyphenate when she joined our family, and whose middle name is an ode to one of my aforementioned favorite sweet treats).


Here's a detail of the bookmark.  The book she's reading is The Lovely Bones, and on the side it says "With each passing page she became more convinced that she had not in fact found a cookbook and that there would be no pictures."  


She also included some lovely extras.  Vintage Strawberry Shortcake doll friends, Blueberry Muffin and Raspberry Torte, and some clothes for what I'm guessing are Huckleberry Pie and Lemon Chiffon?


And a fold-up reusable shopping bag and some sea glass.  Everything came wrapped up in fun sparkly fabrics, but I forgot to get a pic before unwrapping everything.


Thank you calluna!
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5  HP Holiday Ornament & Stocking Stuffer Swap - Round 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Mistress Jennie on: December 06, 2018 08:51:15 AM
Harry Potter Holiday Ornament & Stocking Stuffer Swap - Round 2

ornament by lyndseynicole


Partners:
Mistress Jennie  ---> Lindyv321
Lindyv321 ---> Mistress Jennie

teag ---> tapestrymlp  
tapestrymlp ---> teag  

Audania1  ---> PhoenixWolf
PhoenixWolf (sent 12/15/18) ---> Audania1

Ashes7727  ---> Elenorasweet
Elenorasweet ---> Ashes7727

Inselaeffchen ---> edelC
edelC ---> Inselaeffchen

jillybeans ---> jenleahlynn
jenleahlynn ---> jillybeans

mariak ---> patty_o_furniture
patty_o_furniture ---> mariak


Status Colors
SENDING:
Green = Sent
Orange = Sending Late with Communication
Red = LATE, NO COMMUNICATION, CONTACT ME IMMEDIATELY!

RECEIVING:
Blue = Received (but haven't POSTED pictures yet)
Purple = Received & Posted Pictures

Strikethrough = Feedback Given
GLOWING RED=NEGATIVE FEEDBACK GIVEN
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6  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Yule Term 2018/19*~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: December 01, 2018 07:05:48 AM
A new Headmistress Challenge has been posted!


~*Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees Challenge Series* ~ *REDUX*~

December 1, 2018- January 15th, 2019

Each year Hagrid brings 12 trees to the castle to decorate the Great Hall for the Christmas holidays.  This year we will - again- be taking inspiration from items typically used to decorate Christmas trees, for a mini-series of Headmistress challenges.  Each challenge is worth 15 points, and each may be done once. We have tried to keep the prompts very broad, so that you can fit them to any number of winter holiday projects. Please note that while the theme for this challenge series is based on Christmas, you are welcome to fulfill these prompts for ANY holidays, or gift giving reasons, including for St. Nicholas Day (Dec 6), Winter Solstice (Dec 12), Yule (Dec 22), Chanukah (Dec 24-Jan 1), Christmas (Dec 25), Kwanzaa (Dec 26), New Year, birthdays, anniversaries, or any other events you may celebrate!  (Ive tried to hit all the major holidays in my list, but feel free to message me with any I may have missed!)

Star - Stars shine the brightest in the darkness. For this challenge please craft something that lets one of your talents shine.  This can be any craft or medium you excel at.
 
Angel - Each of us has someone in our lives wed consider our real-life Guardian Angel, be it a parent, partner, spouse, grandparent, care-giver, or best friend. Craft something for the Angel in your own life.

Lights - What would a Christmas tree be without lights?  Without these twinkling little wonders, we would be hard pressed to see the lovely ornaments decorating the boughs.  For this challenge please craft something that will light up the holiday (or heart) of the recipient.

Ribbon - Ribbon is such a handy craft supply, great for literally tying everything together, or putting a finishing touch on a project.  Create something that ties other items together.  This could be literally connecting different components in a gift, such as decorating a basket you plan to fill with baked goods for your neighbor, or more figuratively uniting things, such as making a meal or special recipe that draws your family  and friends together.

Garland - Traditionally garlands are made from leaves and flowers.  During winter evergreen boughs and holly are used to bring color and nature into the home. Craft something inspired by the wintery natural world local to you, and tell us about what in your area sparked your imagination.

Icicles - Craft something that needs to be kept at just the right temperature for at least for some portion of the time.  This could include a snowman, frozen margaritas, baked cookies, or crisply ironed fabric.

Tinsel -  All that glitters is not gold... But it probably is pretty awesome! Craft with glitter, or another sparkling medium, as exuberantly as you please!  (Other sparkling items could include AB finished beads, sequins, glass or prisms, or even sparkling wine!)

Fake Snow - Fake it till you make it!  For this challenge please craft something simple with a purchased supply to give as gifts. You must still take min 30 mins for the project! Some ideas including making some oreo truffles or Faux Turtle Candies for your co-workers, or you could create hand stamped & painted envelopes to present purchased gift cards in.

Candles - Candles give our homes a soft warm glow during the short days and long dark nights of winter. Please craft something that will give the recipient a warm & happy glow.

Baubles - Baubles can be simple glass spheres or intricate blown glass creations, depending on the style you are aiming for. During a season where we are often crafting so much to please others, its also important to please ourselves too, lest we lose our joy in the season.  For this challenge please craft something that reflects your personal style, even if you arent able to keep it for yourself.

Bells - Bells are visually beautiful, but they also please the ears by tinkling any time you brush past the tree. Craft something that appeals to two senses at once: this could be a meal that looks as good as it tastes, beautifully colored and scented bath products, or a sewing project that combines a pattern that is pleasing to the eye with luxuriously textured fabric.

Tree Skirt - Tree skirts are used to make a functional object (the base or pot of a tree) look good, and creates a welcome surface to place gifts on. For this challenge please craft something that is both functional and decorative, OR that welcomes folks into your home!
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7  Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) in Crochetalongs by Mistress Jennie on: December 01, 2018 04:04:22 AM
Announcement from the Organizer....
The Shawl for All Seasons Challenge has officially ended!  We had 4 participants, who created 5 shawls between them.  Way to go my friends!  

Our winner for the Autumn Challenge is: kbrison!


(Note: In order to choose a winner I used Google's random number generator to pick between entries #1-5, which were listed in order of submission to the challenge.)

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8  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Yule Term 2018/19*~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: November 24, 2018 03:03:17 PM
Class: Potions
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Autumn Kaleidoscope Shawl

Brief Description:  This project will certainly keep someone warm!  The only question, is who?  I made this shawl in an effort to stash bust some yarn, in an effort to keep my studio neat and tidy.  I love how it worked up, but I have no idea who it's going to.  Perhaps my SIL Jennifer for Christmas?  Only problem is that other SIL, Heather, will be jealous, since I've also made one for their mom, but not for her.  Decisions, decisions...
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9  Autumn Kaleidoscope Shawl in Crochet: Completed Projects by Mistress Jennie on: November 24, 2018 02:56:04 PM
I have been trying to stash bust in an effort to keep my studio neat and tidy, and to avoid accumulating too much yarn.  The pattern is the Kaleidoscope Shawl, and it's free on Red Heart's website.  When I saw this simple pattern, I knew it would be great with the skeins of Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable that I bought on clearance a few months back.  It's basically 5 rows of granny, then 5 rows of 'every other' double crochet net, with a picot shell border.  It works up really quick and easy, and I love how it shows off the colors in the yarn.  Now to figure out who this one is going to...

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10  Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) in Crochetalongs by Mistress Jennie on: November 24, 2018 02:50:33 PM
Done!  Now if I could only finish off my Secret Paths shawl, my Feathers & Fans afghan, Solar System Afghan (which might get frogged) and my Virus Afghan by the end of January...

Crochet Shawl-Along Challenge Entry: Autumn Kaleidoscope Shawl
Pattern Used: Kaleidoscope Shawl - Free Pattern
Yarn Used: Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable in Polo
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