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1  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Yule Term 2019/2020*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: November 06, 2019 04:44:55 PM
Challenge: Iron Chef - Sriracha
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: California Roll Sushi Bowls

Brief Description:  As soon as Abbeeroad posted recipe ideas for this month's Iron Chef, I was doomed.  Sushi Bowls?!?!  How did I not know that was a thing?  I had been craving sushi the last week or so, and had everything except the Calrose rice on hand, so I picked that up and was all set.  Jim announced he'd be working late on Tuesday, so I decided that would be the perfect night to make it.  Set the rice cooker up in the morning, and prepped the toppings.  Then when Jim got home, just tossed everything into a bowl and we were good to go in all of 5 minutes.  Smiley  This recipe was so damned easy!  I think it's going to be a summer favorite, since there's virtually no cooking to heat up the kitchen.  Thank you for the inspiration Abbeeroad!
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2  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Yule Term 2019/2020*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: November 01, 2019 08:59:27 AM
Advanced Studies Friday Update: I have completed the Dragonfly (blueish) portion of my afghan, and started the first row of the band of Petunia (pinkish) that will complete it.  I have part of a skein of Dragonfly left, but I'm not sure it's enough to do a full band, and I don't want to play yarn chicken and lose, then have to frog a bunch of really long rows.  Plus since it was started as a stash buster, I don't want to buy any additional yarn for it.  So moving on to Petunia it is!  This means it has taken me 3 weeks to do the 2 new bands of Dragonfly, slightly slower than I might wish, but what'cha gonna do?  Hoping to finish this band of Petunia, and therefore the project, by next Friday!

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3  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Yule Term 2019/2020*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: November 01, 2019 08:09:36 AM

Note from the Headmistress...  I'm pulling out the Time Turner, and giving us all a few more days to post finished projects for Hagrid's Giant Pumpkins Challenge and the Hallowe'en Challenge. Since Halloween is the last day of the month, many folks are crafting till the last minute, and might not have a chance to post a finished costume, or their epic Halloween decorations after a night of busy trick or treating.  You now have until November 5th to post these projects!
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4  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Yule Term 2019/2020*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: October 27, 2019 05:50:43 PM
Challenge: Detention - Stash
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link:  Silk Fingerless Gloves for Apple Watch

Brief Description:  I decided to bust some more stash by making a pair of fingerless gloves to match my new slippers.  I started with the Easy Peasy Quick Mitts Pattern.  I did the right mitt as written, but I altered the left mitt to have a little window for my Apple Watch.
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Challenge: Holiday Hallowe'en Challenge
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Maple Pecan Blondies

Brief Description: I decided to bake up a tray of treats to celebrate the flavors of fall just in time for Halloween.  This may be my favorite new baking recipe.  They were freakin' amazing.
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5  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Yule Term 2019/2020*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: October 26, 2019 09:14:11 AM
Class: Flying
House: Gryfifndor
Project Name & Page Link: Cozy Silk Slippers

Brief Description: These cute little slippers feature many, many loops!  In fact, since they are crocheted, they are created entirely of loops pulled through other loops!  I love how soft, and utterly cosy they are.  The silk feels decadent on the skin, and I don't want to take them off.
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6  Cozy Silk Slippers & Mitts to fit with Apple Watch in Crochet: Completed Projects by Mistress Jennie on: October 26, 2019 09:12:58 AM

Been feeling a little under the weather lately, and a friend pointed out that I should try to be good to myself, and rest up.  So I put aside my monster afghan crochet project, and whipped up a cuddly pair of silk slippers just for me.  The pattern is called Silk Mer-Slippers by Miranda Nippert.  It was originally designed for Darn Good Yarn's Silk Roving Worsted Yarn in a colorway reminiscent of mermaids, and utilizes a shell stitch, hence the name Mer-Slippers.  I used the same yarn in Crimson Fire instead, because I had 5 skeins of it on hand.  This project busted nearly 2 skeins of it from my stash!  The pattern is very quick; I did the first slipper Thursday night while watching tv, and the second on Friday afternoon, while curled up with some GBBO on Netflix.  Since I'm still feeling tired, I plan to spend the afternoon on the couch again, and might make a pair of fingerless gloves to match it.  Or I might nap.   Cheesy

I just finished up a pair of mitts to match my new slippers!  I love fingerless gloves and mitts, but they are always problematic with my Apple watch.  I created a little window in the left mitt, so I can still access my watch screen while I wear them. 
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7  HP Holiday Ornament & Stocking Stuffer Swap - Round 3 (SU CLOSED;Send 12/2) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by Mistress Jennie on: October 20, 2019 01:21:57 PM
Harry Potter Holiday Ornament & Stocking Stuffer Swap - Round 3

ornament by lyndseynicole

Swap name: Harry Potter Holiday Ornament & Stocking Stuffer Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Mistress Jennie
Craftster member who is co-organizing this swap: jillybeans
Sign-up date range: October 20th - November 3rd, 2019
Date to send item by: December 2nd, 2019

Limited to a certain number of people? no
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? no

Swap Organizer 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

How are you spending the holidays?  Perhaps you will be cozied up at The Burrow, wandering the halls of Hogwarts, or having a good old-fashioned Muggle gathering... but really what better way is there to celebrate than with a little Harry Potter Holiday crafting!  For this swap we will be exchanging 1 Small Harry Potter holiday ornament or a stocking stuffer such as mini-hooplas, jewelry for the Yule Ball, etc.

~*This swap is for 1 small item (1-2 hours crafting time) in the theme of HP Holiday.
***Please note that while many folks in the swap will celebrate Christmas, this swap is open to EVERYONE and swappers are welcome to ask for Yule, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or other other holiday themes if they prefer.***

~*You can Invite Your Own Partners!  If you have your eye on a Craftster you'd love to swap with, you are welcome to ask if they would like to partner with you.  Please remember that people may refuse for any number of reasons, and that is totally okay.  Perhaps they already have a partner, or they have asked someone else.  If they do accept, you must BOTH send a PM to, Mistress Jennie, declaring your wish to be partners.  

-Since this is a holiday swap, if you have not sent by 3 days past Sendouts, you will get temporary negative feedback.  It is sad to not to receive your holiday parcel during holiday time.  This temporary negative will be reversed when your partner receives.  
-If you do not have an IYP partner, and I am pairing for you, that will be done by random draw (with appropriate attention to allergies and shipping given.
-BE SURE TO READ THIS ENTIRE POST.  There is a secret pass phrase within this post, to help ensure that you read all of the information.  You must include this pass phrase in your questionnaire in order to join the swap.
-Please note that per Craftster rules, you MUST post in this thread at least once a week to let us know you are still around.

If you want to participate, fill out the below questionnaire and send to organizer.
(Remember to send your info to the organizer via Private Message (PM) and not to reply with it here)

Name of swap: Harry Potter Holiday Ornament & Stocking Stuffer Swap - Round 3
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country
(as it should appear for shipping please):
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? (This is for just 1 small item, please consider being willing to do this.)
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval (yes/no):

*Confirm that you understand if you do not send by 3 days past Sendout Deadline, then you will receive a temporary negative. (yes/no):

*Confirm that you understand that tracking numbers are required for packages within the US, and a photograph of the receipt from mailing is required for all international packages. (yes/no):

What holiday, or holidays, do you celebrate within your home? (Christmas, Yule, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year's, etc.)

Is there a holiday you would prefer your partner craft for?  (ie, perhaps you celebrate both Christmas and New Year's, but would prefer a Christmas themed item.)

Would you prefer an ornament for your tree, a decoration for you home that is NOT an ornament (banner, garland, etc.) or a 'stocking stuffer'? (aka a small misc Harry Potter item)

What are you favorite crafts to make?
What kind of crafts would you like to receive?
(Ornaments, other holiday items, small HP present, etc.?
Any special wishes? (no guarantees)
Anything you really DON'T want to receive? (i.e. animal products, religious, adult", HP items you already have)
What house do you belong to/support?

Who/What is your favorite HP...
Magical Creature?
Magical Shop?
Magical Item?

What is the secret pass phrase?

Do you or anyone in your home smoke?
Do you have pets?
Are you allergic to anything?



Anything else to tell your partner?
(A great place to list your blog, Facebook, Pinterest, sizes, etc.)

Remember to read the Swap Info Guide and Swap FAQs before participating in a swap.

-NO, you do not have to send extras.  Do not fret about if you are only sending 1 small item; that is all that is required for this swap.  Yes, some of us will send more, but don't underestimate the glory of 1 fabulous small HP craft.
-NO, your item does NOT have to be an ornament; some people in the swap don't want ornaments.  Here communication is key!  Find out what your partner wants; first place to check, their questionnaire.  Wink
-The secret pass phrase is: 'God Rest Ye Merry Hippogriffs'
-A small item should take 1-2 hours of crafting time.  

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8  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Yule Term 2019/2020*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: October 18, 2019 12:54:15 PM
Advanced Studies Friday: Heres where I am on my afghan. Spending the next two hours working on it hardcore.  Smiley

Detail shot of the Gossamer band.
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9  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Yule Term 2019/2020*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: October 16, 2019 02:05:29 PM
Class: Astronomy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Sari Silk Wrapped Bangle Bracelets

Brief Description:  These bangles are both made of natural fibers and materials, and help with 'zero waste' by repurposing items that would otherwise end in landfills.  The bangles are made from wood bases, and are wrapped with cloth and yarn made from recycled saris.
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Class: Herbology
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link:  Talisman Necklace & Asymetrical Earrings

Brief Description: This necklace was made from something long & thin, and mostly green; yarn!  
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Challenge: Iron Chef - Cinnamon
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link:  Triple Berry Buckle

Brief Description: I deviated from the recipe for this one.  Instead of just blueberries, I used a mix of raspberries, blackberries & blueberries, and added a dash or cloves & allspice to the crumble mixture.
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10  Sari Silk Wrapped Bangles in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: October 16, 2019 01:42:25 PM

These were made for Powerhouseofthecell in the recent Fiber/Mixed Media Jewelry Swap.  Powerhouse mentioned liking bangle bracelets, which I've never really dabbled in before.  These were the result of some inspiration from her Pinterest, and my stash of recycled sari silk ribbon and yarn.  

The blue and the pink were each made from recycled silk cloth, and the green is from recycled silk yarn.  The cloth ones were also wrapped in wire, and have some Swarovski crystal beads sprinkled along them.  They felt a bit unfinished to me, so I called on sheepBlue & PerfectlyBohemian for advice.  The recommended a few charms to finish them off.  Incidentally, I believe the dinosaur charms actually came from sheep herself!

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