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1  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2018*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: Today at 07:37:36 AM
Class: Divination
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Galaxy Hogwarts Painting, aka 'A Study in Sangria'

Brief Description: This craft project was only possible due to the liberal application of wine.  Cheesy  I had the fun of going to a wine & paint & HP TRIVIA night with my friend Zoe & her sister.  We kicked butt on trivia, had some lovely wine, and had a fantastic time painting together.  I wasn't thrilled with the pre-drawn silhouette of Hogwarts castle, and tried my best to fix it, but in some places the marker was showing through, and I had to go with their version.  Sadly, I didn't think to remove my apple watch beforehand, and was unprepared when she asked us to splatter our canvases to make the stars in the sky.  I managed to scrape the paint off the watch face, but the band will forever be splatter painted.  But it still makes me very happy, and is hanging in my new studio.
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2  Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) in Crochetalongs by Mistress Jennie on: April 16, 2018 12:43:36 PM
Progress on my impromptu project. This is 1 skein.

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3  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2018*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: April 12, 2018 12:16:59 PM
Class:  Charms
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Blue Apron Recipe Organization

Brief Description: I've been getting boxes from Blue Apron for a few years now, and have amassed quite a collection of their recipe cards.  Whenever I've gotten something I didn't care for and won't make again, I've recycled the card, but this has only been a handful of recipes over the years.  Leaving me with a large stack, just sitting in my kitchen bookcase, sandwiched between cookbooks, and pretty much lacking in organization, and making it difficult to find the ones I want to remake.  Time to change that!  I divided my recipes by main ingredient (chicken, pork, beef, fish, & vegetarian), then into styles of cooking.  I bought five 2" binders at Target, as well as a case of 250 heavy duty sheet protectors, and 8 sets of plastic tabbed dividers from Amazon.  Then I spent longer than I'd like to admit with Photoshop, making pretty covers, and spines for the binders.  I printed them onto heavy cardstock, and now my kitchen is looking a lot cuter.  Cheesy  
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(In case they're hard to see, each cover has pots, pans, spice jars, spoons, spatulas, etc. on them.)
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4  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2018*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: April 10, 2018 12:37:08 PM
Challenge: Headmistress April - Vanishing Cabinet
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Rainbow Beanie

Brief Description: This project allowed me to use up he last of a beloved yarn in my stash, that I had been looking for just the right use for. 
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Challenge: Unicornicopia - Unicorn
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link:  Rainbow Silk Scarf

Brief Description: This project was made with a rare-for-me material, silk.  The yarn is made from silk waste that would otherwise be tossed into a landfill, and is spun and dyed by women in India & Nepal.  Their co-ops are fair trade allowing them to support their families while working from home!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride:  Unicornicopia - Rainbow
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Rainbow to Follow the Rain Wall Hanging 

Brief Description: This project definitely contains at least 5 hues.  In fact, it has 12 different colors of yarn!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride:  Unicornicopia - Glitter
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Unicorn Tote Bag

Brief Description: This project was so much fun.  The rainbow holographic HTV I used sparkles and shines from every direction.
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Challenge: Unicornicopia - Cupcake
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Unicorn Smoothie 

Brief Description:  This project is definitely sweet and delicious!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride:  Unicornicopia - Mermaid
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Mermaid & Unicorn Cookies in a Jar 

Brief Description: Mermaids are lovely magical creatures who inhabit the seas, and sometimes certain inland locations like the Black Lake on Hogwarts grounds.  I studied them by creating cookie in a jar mixes inspired by their blue & green scales.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride:  Unicornicopia - Unicornicopia
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Unicorn & Cupcake Tees 

Brief Description: This project is for my beautiful nieces, Ari & Mia.  Each tiny tee just makes you want to gush 'Aww.... Sweet!'  The rainbow holographic HTV contains 7 hues!
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5  Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) in Crochetalongs by Mistress Jennie on: April 08, 2018 05:17:40 AM
That's a really pretty pattern Jennie! Do you have some yarn in mind for it?

Not sure.  I actually don't have a huge stash of yarn to dig through and choose from.  I try really hard not to buy yarn unless I have a specific project for it.  I do have 2 full skeins of Lion Brand Heartland staring at me.  I bought a ball of turquoise (pinnacles) for a rug that I'm making for our kitchen, but I haven't gotten to that point in the rug yet, and to be honest, I'm not sure if I like how the rug is turning out, so it wouldn't make or break anything if I stole it for another project.  (I was trying to adapt a pattern, but I'm not sure it's working the way I want it to, so I might need to frog it and rethink.)  And I have a skein of dark brown (sequoia), that I picked up in the clearance bin from Hobby Lobby for $1.43, when I was in the middle of making a ton of hats for noodle-bug to bring to the refugee camp.  I think the deep brown and bright turquoise would look nice together, but it won't be enough yarn, so I'll need to supplement. 

(The sequoia is a bit duller and less red, and the pinnacles isn't quite so eye-watering in person.)

I'm considering adding in a softer brown as a bridge between the two, and making it for my mom.  Probably the mammoth cave color.  Maybe a pinch of darker teal cuyahoga?  I'm afraid the acadia would be too bright, and that the grand canyon would be too dull.  Thoughts?

Other than that, I have a bunch of partial skeins of pinks & light purples of Caron Simply Soft, leftover from making pussyhats, and both mom & I hate pink, so I would be making a shawl for no one.  I hate crafting without having someone in mind as the recipient. 
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6  Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) in Crochetalongs by Mistress Jennie on: April 07, 2018 11:26:49 AM
Also, do we just post here to sign up or is there a way to do it 'officially'?

Good question!  I hadn't really thought that far ahead....  

Ok, I've gone back and edited the 'rules' in the first post.  I've added a header for you to cut & paste into your post, so I can see that it is a submission for the challenge, and not just another shawl that you happen to be working on.  You may submit your project at any time during that 4 month challenge period. You may also submit as many shawls for the challenge as you wish, and each finished post will give you 1 entry into the prize drawing.  (Not that I expect anyone do make tons, but sometimes we get on a roll and end up making a few of something in a row.)

Here's an example post:

Crochet Shawl-Along Challenge Entry:  Prism Virus Shawl
Pattern Used: Virus Shawl
Yarn Used: Lion Brand Shawl-in-a-Ball in Prism

How does that seem to all of you guys?
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7  A Rainbow to Follow the Rain in CHALLENGE 123 ENTRIES by Mistress Jennie on: April 06, 2018 03:44:08 PM
So excited to share this!  I've been working on it for a few weeks now, having made a prototype, then frogged it, then made a new prototype, and finally this version.  The rainbow is a crocheted granny spiral, and the clouds are crocheted appliques.  The rain is crystal teardrop beads and glass seed beads strung onto beading wire.  The metal hoop is 14 across, and there are 12 colors of yarn in the spiral.

The clouds were crocheted from Buttercream Luxe, in white, and the rainbow from a mix of Caron Simply Soft, Vanna's Choice, Lion Brand Heartland, Bernat Satin, Red Heart Soft Solids, and Red Heart Super Saver. The Granny Spiral pattern costs $1, and can be found HERE:  The Cloud Appliques pattern can be found HERE.

I hope everyone's spring is starting to look brighter after the long winter we've had. 
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8  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2018*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: April 06, 2018 06:27:03 AM
@edelC: So glad to hear you're feeling a bit of crafty mojo!  The hats look great.  And the flower broach if fab.  Cheesy

@Ant Bee: Your wee dress is adorable!

Advanced Studies Friday:
I've completed round 71 of my Solar System CAL.  71 down, 35 rounds to go!  I'm somewhere in the middle of 'week 4' of the pattern.  I was supposed to have done the corona of the sun by now, but the end of week 3 and beginning of week 4 are both the 'void' navy blue in one continuous loop, so I just kept going with that.
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9  Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) in Crochetalongs by Mistress Jennie on: April 04, 2018 08:04:24 AM
The Cloud waves pattern looks gorgeous! I'd be worried about the yarn bleeding on the wearer, though, if it's bleeding while you work with it  Undecided Maybe there's a way to lock in the color?

Yeah, I'll soak it with a bit of gentle detergent or synthrapol, and some vinegar, then block it.  I'm about to do the same with my rainbow infinity scarf & ripple neckwarmer today, so that they'll be ready for giving away. 

Here's a pic of the Cloud Waves Shawl so far... I just counted, and it looks like I've done 66 rows.  I'm supposed to get to 100.

Tell your mom that all the hip kids are into shawls nowadays  Cheesy At least we are!

So, my mom is a bit behind the trends...  She saw all my pussyhats that I made, and decided they were cute, and asked me to make her one....  Problem is, she's a huge Trump supporter, so I'm pretty sure she has no idea that they are a symbol of political activism that is pretty contrary to all of his ideas.  (She also HATES cats, so I'm not sure why they appealed to her at all.)  I considered making her a bright pink one, just to see what happened when she interacted with her other pro-Trump friends while wearing it, but decided not to be so devious.  (I'm also pretty freakin' sure I had explained their significance to her about a week before, so apparently she wasn't listening.) So I ended up making her one in a red-violet-burgundy color, and then made her an infinity scarf to go with it. When I went home to visit in November, she was proudly wearing her infinity scarf, looped just once around her neck, hanging to her waist.  I had to show her how to loop it up again to actually keep her neck warm.   

Incidentally, I just joined the yarn subscription from Darn Good Yarns (did I really need to do that ... yes) and plan to find some smaller projects to work with them since you only get one skein of yarn every month. We will see how that goes. I tend to hoard yarn that is too pretty to use.  Embarrassed

Yay!  And it does come with a pattern each month, designed specifically for that yarn, in that quantity.  

But be warned:  You will get your first box, then you will *PROBABLY* not get your second the next month, then it will arrive on month 3.  There's a few questions about it on the FAQ pages.  Apparently they give you time to decide if you like it, or want to cancel, before charging you for a second time.  This is because you're charged the first time on the day you sign up, and the second time on the 1st of the month, so if you sign up late in March, they don't want you to get charged on say March 25th, and again on April 1st, before your first box even arrives.  This is what happened to me.  I signed up mid February, got my first box in the first week of March, and didn't get charged for a March box.  But I just got charged on Sunday for the April box, which should ship soon.

BTW, I love this thread!

Me too!!!  Great call on opening it up to more shawl patterns.  I love how active the conversation is.  Cheesy

I also took a good look at the DGY site after Mistress Jennie posted about it, and was VERY tempted haha. But I'm trying to use up stash and only buy yarn for specific projects. *sits on hands*

What I do like about it is that it's only $10, plus $3.95 shipping, so I'm not getting hit for a huge charge on my card once a month, like some subscription boxes that are $45-60+.  I figure if I don't like the pattern they send and intend for me to make with the yarn, I really enjoy making dream catchers with unique fibers hanging in place of feathers.

Also the $5 surprise option is fun on your first box, and if you place a regular order with them.  So far I got the sari ribbon from my first box, and a skein of worsted weight silk roving in a pink-blue-purple colorway called Cupcake when I placed a regular order with them. It's the same stuff as my neckwarmer & infinity scarf.  Might have to order more of the cupcake so I have enough to make a scarf at least.

It will be fun to see what we get this month.  Curiousfae, are you afraid of spoilers?  I can keep whatever it is a surprise until I know you got yours too.  Smiley
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10  Unicorn Smoothie! Lactose-free and vegan friendly! in Vegetarian / Vegan by Mistress Jennie on: April 01, 2018 12:07:07 PM

Unicorn Smoothie!

Folks, even for the rainbow unicorn princesses among us, life is not always perfect.  In fact, it can be tough to be a unicorn, when all the foods marketed to you are full of dairy, but you are lactose intolerant!  When Starbuck's launched their Unicorn Frappuccino, I was left out in the cold, unable to partake of such a magical beverage.  Fortunately I came across a non-dairy, and much healthier version, from Brooke Lark's blog.  All credit for the invention of the recipe goes to her, but I made some tweaks to it, so I'm including my personal variation below, but be sure to check her blog post for the original version if you're interested.  Brooke used some all natural food dyes from McCormick, that according to McCormick's website were in stock at my local Walmart.  Despite an hour of careful searching I could not find them, so I substituted Wilton gel colors, and they worked just fine.  Since there was so little of them used, they didn't lend an off-flavor to the drink at all.  As for vegan folks, I know some choose to eat honey, and others do not.  If you'd prefer not to, I'd try swapping out the honey for agave, but it might be a bit more viscous when drizzling.  Smiley

2 cups of unsweetened cashew milk (or non-dairy milk of choice)
1 13 oz bag of frozen mango chunks
1/2 cup whipped honey, divided
gel food coloring in pink and blue
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lime juice (really perks up the mango which can be a bit flat flavor-wise when frozen)
Non-dairy whipped topping (I used Vivian's Live Again, generously given to me by patty_o_furniture, but So Delicious also makes a great ready-made version.)
Pearlized Rainbow Sprinkles
1/2 tsp blue sugar, (preferably leftover from making Mermaid Cookie Mix in a Jar), but any sugar sprinkles will do

Start by mixing 1/4 cup of the whipped honey with the almond extract and 1-2 drops of blue gel food coloring.  You want this somewhat thick, so that it sticks to the sides of your glass when your pour the smoothie into it.  Set aside, while you dig out your blender.

Add the mango chunks to the blender, along with the milk, remaining 1/4 cup of whipped honey, vanilla extract, lime juice, and 5 drops of magenta gel coloring.  Use the chop setting for a moment, before moving up to puree, and blend that mango goodness!!!

Check to make sure you're happy with the color, and adjust if necessary.  

If you are using a mix for the whipped topping, whip that stuff up!  Otherwise, spoon on some ready-made whipped goodness.  Top with rainbow sprinkles, and a dusting of blue sugar.  Pop in a smoothie straw, and retire to your porch to sip your beautiful beverage in the sunshine, and make your neighbors jealous.  

Then take pity on them and offer them one of their own!  Cheesy  After all, unicorns spread their magic far and wide!
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