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1  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2018*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: February 21, 2018 02:04:36 PM
Class: Alchemy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Star Light, Star Bright Dishcloths

Brief Description:  These happy little dishcloths are made with 100% pure cotton yarn!  Pattern link in the project post. 
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Class: Apparition
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link:  Blueberry Vanilla Oatmeal Muffins

Brief Description: These muffins are a great go-to recipe for gloomy mornings, or when you're headed out on an adventure.  They are delicious, relatively healthy, and easy to pack.  Cheesy
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Class: Arithmancy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Scrappy Quilt-As-You-Go Basket

Brief Description: This project was a definite crafty adventure for me!  It was actually my 4th attempt at a basket.  First I tried a crocheted version, with tee shirt yarn, but the yarns didn't want to play well together.  Then I tried a different sewn basket tutorial with special super stiff interfacing, that was an utter craft fail.  I had to throw it out. Then I found the pattern I settled on, but I was so thrown off by the first two fails, that I made a practice one for myself, to 'work the bugs out'.  Finally I put this one together.  Details on technique and pattern on the project post. 
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Challenge: Detention - February
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Hookers Helper Necklace

Brief Description: Jewelry is one of my best crafts, so when I was recently in the Hookers Only Swap, I decided to create a piece that a crocheter could wear out and about, but that would also be useful.  Each of the individual charms on the necklace is actually a crochet stitch marker, that can be removed and reattached via the lever-back earring hooks.  The large pendant at the bottom is actually a yarn cutter.  Perfect for taking on an airplane ride, or just not losing your small scissors in the couch cushions yet again.  Wink
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Class: Flying
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Scrappy Scissor Sheath

Brief Description: I can definitely sew faster than the average crafter!  This little scissor sheath was whipped up with some scrap from my scrappy basket above.  It took about 10 mins to cut, fold, and stitch.  With another 5 minutes thrown in for finding and sewing on the cute button accent. 
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2  Star Light, Star Bright Dishcloths in Crochet: Completed Projects by Mistress Jennie on: February 21, 2018 01:42:49 PM

These were made for StudioANF in the Hookers Only Swap.  I had originally intended to make her another project entirely, but we're having some work done on our house, and when contractors suddenly changed dates on us, we were forced to empty my studio with just a day's notice.  Every single craft supply I own was unceremoniously shoved into the guest room, where it is currently piled to the rafters.  All I had outside that room was the yarn for an afghan I'm making my husband, and 4 skeins of dishcloth yarn.  Fortunately they were bright happy colors, and I decided to just go with it.    

The pattern is free, and can be found HERE.  The yarns are all I Love This Cotton in vintage teal, banana, mulberry, and brights (the rainbow multi color).

Hopefully they will make the boring task of doing the dishes just a bit more cheerful.  

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3  Hookers Helper Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: February 21, 2018 01:34:02 PM

This was made for StudioANF in the Hookers Only Swap. Each charm hanging from the pendant is actually a crochet stitch marker that can be removed and replaced via a lever-back earring hook. The large disk is a yarn cutter, perfect for NOT losing your scissors in the couch cushions.

Here are each of the stitch markers laid out individually.  They include Vintaj charms, Czech glass beads, and freshwater pearls. The color scheme was chosen to match the scrappy quilted basket I made her to keep yarn in.

And the pendant, when the stitch markers are removed.
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4  Scrappy Quilt-As-You-Go Basket & Bonus Scissor Sheath in Quilting: Completed Projects by Mistress Jennie on: February 21, 2018 01:32:45 PM

This was made for StudioANF in the Hookers Only Swap.  She requested a rectangular basket for keeping a few skeins of yarn in.  My first attempt, using a different pattern and extra stiff interfacing did NOT work out, and got chucked in the bin.  This one was made with this pattern from the Bernina Blog.  But instead of making the fabric sandwiches, then quilting, I did 2 large quilt-as-you-go panels, then cut the basket pieces out of them.

The basket holds about 4 skeins of average yarn, in this case Caron Simply Soft.  The color scheme came out of one of her Pinterest boards, which was filled with fabrics she liked.  I noticed that most of them were turquoise or teal, with bits of flamingo pink thrown in.  So I dug through my stash for anything that fit. 

I have to say that I'm thrilled with how the basket came out, and I'm glad my first attempt didn't work out, because this is much cuter. 

Studio also had a pair of scissors on her wishlist, which I picked up for her.  Since I made my quilted panels pretty big, I had a little leftover, and made a matching scissor sheath to match.  It is cut out as a heart, then folded in half, with one of the globes/tops, folded down and sewn in place, with some buttons as embellishment. 

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5  Blueberry Vanilla Oatmeal Muffins in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Mistress Jennie on: February 21, 2018 01:12:23 PM
Sometimes, we need to start the day off right.  With homemade muffins.  Homemade, relatively healthy, blueberry vanilla oatmeal muffins.  These are not as sweet as muffins from the grocery store, as they have about half as much sugar, but the berries are bursting with tart sweetness, and the oatmeal gives them a bit of substance to help you stand up to a rainy morning. 

Blueberry Vanilla Oatmeal Muffins

1 cup quick (1 minute) oats
1 cup buttermilk (or milk substitute of choice +1/2 tsp lemon juice)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup brown sugar lightly packed
1 egg, beaten
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 heaping cup fresh blueberries

Preheat the oven to 400℉, and line 12 muffin cups with paper liners, or spritz with non-stick spray.

Combine the oats and buttermilk in small bowl. Let stand while preparing other ingredients.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and brown sugar. Whisk together. Set aside.

Add beaten egg, oil, & vanilla to the milk and oat mixture. Mix well.

Add oat mixture all at once to the dry ingredients. Stir just until moistened.  Gently fold in the blueberries.

Fill muffin liners 3/4 full.  Bake for 15-22 minutes or until top bounces back when lightly touched.
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6  Re: Hookers Only Swap - Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mistress Jennie on: February 15, 2018 02:29:01 PM
Meanwhile, I also received a BEAUTIFUL package from studioANF! 

First off was this beautiful gingham lapghan, which just happens to perfectly match my new studio!  Please forgive the poor yellow-ish lighting.  The light purple in the afghan is nearly the identical shade as the walls of my room.  And the teal coordinates well with the upholstery of my office chair.  I often get a bit cold when working in there, and end up stealing afghans from around the house, or wrapping my legs in a shawl, so I'm so in love with this.   

Next, I mentioned that I love strawberries as a motif, so she made two lovely strawberry trivets.  They were so cute that I wanted to show them off in an action shot, so I made myself a tea party this morning.  One of the trivets is under the plate in the background to demonstrate the size under a dish.  The plate is smaller than a dinner plate, but larger than a salad plate, if that helps.  Aren't they adorable??

(And a shout out to Abbeeroad for the strawberry napkins in the shot too!)

Finally she included an awesome book about designing your own crochet patterns, and some of my favorite hooks!  I'm really excited about the book, and have been reading a bit every moment of down time I get.  Cheesy
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7  Hookers Only Swap - Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mistress Jennie on: February 11, 2018 05:50:16 AM

Hookers Only Swap - Round 2 Gallery!

Link back to the original thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454037.0

Mistress Jennie ---> StudioANF
StudioANF ---> Mistress Jennie

Bugaboo1 ---> Inselaeffchen
Inselaeffchen (sent 2/14) ---> Bugaboo1

craftADDchick ---> geekgirl1000100
geekgirl1000100 ---> craftADDchick

curiousfae ---> sheepBlue
sheepBlue ---> curiousfae

craftylittlemonkey ---> pottermouth
pottermouth ---> craftylittlemonkey

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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8  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2018*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: February 10, 2018 07:58:11 AM
Class: CoMC
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Project Link: The Purple Chairs of My Dreams

Brief Description: These are BOTH something that I plan on using in the near future, AND something that was unpredictable while making.  Full story of how I tried and failed and tried again, and was terrified they would be awful, and I wouldn't want to admit I hated them to my husband, so I'd just have to live with hideous chairs forever, and then they finally turned out perfect, is in the project post.  And I predict using them every morning when I have breakfast.  Cheesy
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9  The Purple Chairs of my Dreams in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: February 10, 2018 07:53:11 AM
Just before buying our house in 2016, I bumped into an Etsy shop that made the most beautiful furniture, and promptly fell in love with all of their tables.  (Nature Inspired Crafts on Etsy.  The owner Kent is super nice, and was great to work with.)  It was an extra happy surprise that they are here in TN too!  So when we moved in, I started saving for a small table for the breakfast room, and was able to buy it last summer.  The table is made from reclaimed wood, and inset with beautiful iridescent tiles in deep purple and blue, that shimmer with hints of olive green, magenta and gold.  Only problem?  The awesome artist who made it, doesn't make chairs to go with it.  What's a crafty girl to do, besides make them her own damn self?!?! 

Originally I was going to stain whatever chairs I found a solid brown, in the same stain that the Etsy artist used, but while looking around for the chairs, I bumped into some on Target's website, that had the back and legs painted in a vibrant color (turquoise, blue, red, sage, white, etc.), with the seat in a brown stain.  Clearly I needed to add some color to the chairs, to stand up to the beautiful color in the tiles!  I searched for unfinished chairs, and finally found some that I liked the shape of, from made by International Concepts for sale on Amazon for $130.  They come in pieces, which was actually perfect for me, as I could stain them all individually before assembling them. 

I began searching for colorful stain, and discovered a company called Unicorn SPiT that makes incredibly bright gel stains.  I admit that this took me a bit of trial and error to get right.  I wanted to be able to see the woodgrain through the stain, and according to their website you can dilute the stain (which is VERY thick and goes on like tempera paint) with water. I diluted it to about 80% stain and 20% water, and used a brush to apply it.  Sadly, I didn't like the results.  It was a greyed out purple, and was very streaky.  So I sanded it all back down, and bought another bottle of the stain.  (All colors available on Amazon, a few of their colors available at Home Depot.)  This time I kept the stain undiluted and used a rag to apply it.  It took 2-3 coats to get good solid coverage, and it dried a BRIGHT poster paint purple that was kinda terrible, and had me worried.  (My husband was eying them dubiously at this point.)  After everything was dry and assembled (and sanded and buffed with steel wool several times between coats), I started in on the polyurethane coat.  They got 3 coats of an oil based finish, with a day between coats to dry.  This took the bright (kinda awful) purple into a deep rich tone that I LOVE.  Seriously, I keep going into the kitchen, and just stand there staring at my awesome new chairs.

And since they look so good, I'm thinking of sanding down the boring old wooden step stool that lives in the same room, and staining it purple to match with the leftover stain.  And of course, since the table is handmade, and the chairs are diy, I *clearly* need to make a rug to go with all of it....  So of course, that's in the works too.  #neverdone #ialwaysneedanewproject Wink 
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10  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2018*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: February 10, 2018 06:56:57 AM
Note to my fellow Advanced Studies Examiners: I am abandoning my current NEWT for the foreseeable future.  Since I never got a chance to start it, this isn't a big deal.  Sad  I still plan to do it, but it will take a while to get back to.

Subject: Astronomy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Solar System CAL from Two Hearts Crochet

Brief Description: I will be crafting an afghan of the solar system, for my husband's new study/den/home office that we are currently renovating.  The pattern is a Crochet Along, with each section being released over 12 weeks.  Currently the first 5 weeks have been released, with 7 more weeks to go, so this will certainly fill the allotted 4 weeks for a NEWT project, and then some!  I actually started the project on Thursday, and had the usual fun of frogging back all my work and starting over, in order to get the gauge right.  Currently I've completed the first 21 rows, and it seems to be going well.  Smiley  My husband is going out of town tomorrow, and will be gone till Thursday night.  Meanwhile there will be workmen in the house installing new floors in my studio and his new den, so since I can't work, I plan to hunker down on the couch and see if I can catch up to the current week while he's gone.  That would put me at round 89.  Right now it's somewhat bigger than a pot holder, but smaller than a placemat.  Wish me luck!

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