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571  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: June 02, 2014 08:43:46 AM
A new Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean Mini-Challenge has been posted!  

What's this week's bean!?!?  Take the Portkey to the Deputy Headmistresses Office to find out!

Please note you are welcome to do any, all or none of these challenges as they come up throughout the semester.  They are not intended to cause stress, but are instead intended to get your crafty Muses singing.  Neither the Headmistress or I will complete ALL the classes and challenges posted this semester.  So relax, and craft what you love.
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572  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: June 01, 2014 08:42:58 AM
~*Congratulations Mamaneedles*~
~*You are the first to earn the Divination Badge*~

To claim your badge, right click and save to your computer.  Ideas on how to show-off your badges: use it as an avatar, put it in your profile under Brief Bio, or create a pinterest board for all your badges.  

*Once revealed, a class badge can be found in the Badge Station.*

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573  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: May 30, 2014 01:05:30 PM
Class: Herbology
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name:  Tea Time Mug Rug

Brief Description: Now that I'm mostly settled into my new house, I seem to have distributed all my mug rugs to various areas of the house.  Somehow, for reasons I cannot begin to imagine, I didn't have one that fit in well with my new studio.  So, I pulled out some more of the awesome teacup printed fabric that sheepBlue sent me in a previous swap, and made myself one.  (I made a similar one before for a swap.  Perhaps for noodle-bug?  Can't remember at the moment.)  Anyways, the mustard, plum and teal fits in beautifully in my studio, and having a cup of tea beside me helps me craft my best. Cheesy
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House Pride: House Unity
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Project Link: Dragonfly Dreams Charm Bracelet

Brief Description: A charm bracelet I whipped up today, that just happens to include Slytherin Green, Ravenclaw Blue and Hufflepuff yellow.  As well as iridescent teal, sap green, turquoise, and purple.  Wink
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574  Dragonfly Dreams Charm Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: May 30, 2014 12:54:19 PM
Now that I've finally settled into my new home, I've been on a bracelet making kick.  This is one I had been dreaming of for a little while, and finally had time to put it together.  It's filled with 17 Tibetan silver dragonfly charms in four different designs. The beads are a plethora of Czech glass in shades of iridescent teal, turquoise, sap green, gold, magenta, violet and rose.

Detail of the dragonfly charms.

Detail of the bright colors of the iridescent glass beads.
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575  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: May 29, 2014 12:29:05 PM
Class: Care of Magical Creatures
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: My First Dreamcatcher

Brief Description:  I recently started organizing the Dreamcatacher Swap.  Only problem?  I've never made one before!  So I took out my wand and gave this a shot.  It contains one pattern, and 4 colors (turquoise, teal, purple and grey).
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Class: Charms
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: DIY Button Wall Art

Brief Description:  I recently saw some adorable wooden button wall art, and knew I needed some for my new studio.  But the colors weren't really my style, nor was shelling out $30 for something I could make for a fraction of that cost.  So I picked up an 12" unfinished wooden charger for $4.80 with a coupon, and set to work.  First I drilled holes for the button, using a 1/2" drill bit.  Then I did some paint work.  Did an under coat of black along the inside edge, the outer rib, and near in/around the holes.  I went over that with some watered down gray paint, in order to give the button depth and texture.  A final coat of sealer, mixed with a tiny bit of shimmer dust and I have a grey mother-of-pearl button for my wall!  I can't wait to hang it next to the giant wooden safety pin I found at TJ Maxx last week.  (Seriously guys, I bought a 30" long wooden safety pin, that really opens and closes, for $20 at TJ Maxx!  You should all be jealous.)
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Challenge: March Detention
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Wizard of Oz Charm Bracelets

Brief Description:  This bracelet has been sitting on my desk half-finished for about 4 months now.   Embarrassed  Finally finished it up yesterday.  Check out the link for a full description.
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Challenge: May Detention
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Cowgirl Charm Bracelets

Brief Description:  Another WIP that has been lingering for months.  Three months to be exact!  Time to get that homework DONE.  Again, there are further details in the linked thread.
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House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Kolsch Mustard

Recipe Link: http://www.freshpreserving.com/recipe.aspx?r=57
Brief Description:  My husband enjoys kolsch style beer, especially in the summer, but it isn't always easy to find.  In fact, the last time I found it readily available in various locations, I was in Koln, Germany back in high school!  Much like real champagne coming only from that specific region in France, technically only that style of beer, made in Koln, Germany are "real" kolschs, though there are now a *few* American microbreweries making kolsch-style beers.  Meanwhile, since moving down to TN, we've found lots of great stores for wine and liquor, but very few good beer options for DH.  So last week, while wandering through World Market over in Nashville, I came across Stoudts Karnival Kolsch.  I knew I had to pick some up for DH, but claimed one for myself to make a lighter, more summery version of a beer mustard that I made last year.  I swapped out the brown mustard seeds for yellow, and ended up with a lighter, but still flavorful and pungent mustard.
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Class: Transfiguration
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Librarian Retirement Bracelet

Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=433730.msg5201305#msg5201305
Brief Description:  Oh no!  My avifors spell doesn't seem to be going well.  I managed to conjur up a flock of bats, but they were all very tiny!  The size of the tip of my pinky finger!  They kept fluttering around my room though, so I transfigured them into tiny fluttery bead pins for a new bracelet. Wink  My MIL asked me to create this bracelet for a friend who is retiring.  She's been the school librarian for years, and it includes library themed charms, as well as other things she happens to love.
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576  Retirement Charm Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: May 29, 2014 11:18:17 AM
Final bracelet post of the day!  Smiley  This was created at the request of my mother-in-law to give to a friend who is retiring from her job as the school librarian.  The charms include books, heart, cat, "Well behaved women rarely make history", cross, school house, P for Patricia, angel, pen nib, newspaper, giraffe, and Lincoln, since she took the children to the Lincoln Library in Springfield IL every year.

I think this one has inspired me to make a general Librarian themed charm bracelet too!  Cheesy
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577  We're Off to See the Wizard Charm Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: May 29, 2014 11:12:52 AM
This charm bracelet has been in the works for ages.  I gathered the charms over a period of months, before putting it on hold to move to a new state.  Now that I'm settled in, I was finally able to finish it.  It contains 17 Tibetan silver and pewter charms from the Wonderful Wizard of Oz book by L. Frank Baum, and the 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film.  The charms include: Toto, the Witch's hourglass, Glinda's wand, the Wicked Witch of the West on her broom, the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Woodsman, a rainbow, Glinda the Witch of the North, the ruby slippers, Dorothy Gale, hot air balloon, Scarecrow, apple from the orchard, the Wizard, the Emerald City, courage, heart. The charms are surrounded by a mix of Czech glass beads in Technicolor sky blue, brick road yellow and emerald green.

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578  Ride 'Em Cowgirl Charm Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: May 29, 2014 11:12:36 AM
This bracelet was inspired by my trip to Fort Worth, TX this spring, where I was fortunate enough to visit the National Cowgirl Museum.  Whatever your background or home, you cannot help but be inspired and empowered when visiting this wonderful museum.  If you ever have the chance, I urge you go to.  Regardless of gender or interests, it is a fantastic place.  So here's my ode to those fearless ladies.  The charms include a steer skull, saddled horse, cowgirl boots, pickup truck, buffalo, rose, guitar, cowgirl hats, cowgirl pinup, pistol, horse, sadlde, spur, bull, rope.  The beads are a a mix of beautiful Czech glass, polished stone, rustic river shell flowers, handmade ceramic and cut crystal beads in shades of petal pink, deep magenta, and saddle brown.

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579  First Time Making a Dreamcatcher in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: May 28, 2014 03:51:32 PM
I recently stumbled across a Swap Interest thread proposing the idea of a Dreamcatcher Swap.  It had been kicking around for a while, but had never gotten off the ground.  I had never tried my hand at making a Dreamcatcher, and clearly I must MAKE ALL THE CRAFTS.  So, I started by organizing the Dreamcatcher Swap, which is currently in Sign Ups.  But in the mean time I was feeling all creative and I couldn't wait the few weeks until partnering happens, so I made a practice one this weekend.  All in all, I'm pretty darn happy with how it came out.

Here's a detail shot of the drops in the center.  An amethyst for pleasant dreams and a swarovski crystal heart.  The beads in the net are 4mm fire-polished Czech glass.

Here's a detail shot of the feather drops.  The beads are stone, ceramic, Czech glass, and metal.  The blue glass leaves were sent to me in a bead swap here on Craftster, and the dark purple stones are slices of agate.

The bright turquoise looks great against the plum purple wall of my studio, but I think it might bet moved to the guest bathroom right next door, which has a turquoise, grey and purple color scheme and a rather peaceful vibe going on.

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580  ~*Diagon Alley*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: May 27, 2014 12:54:54 PM

~*Diagon Alley*~
"Did he say diagonally?"

Mistress Jennie's Handmade Jewelry
MistressJennie on Etsy has donated a HP Bookmark!

MistressJennie has also donated an Always Bookmark!

Finally MistressJennie has donated a Create Your Own Charm Bracelet Kit!  Winner gets to choose the theme, and Mistress Jennie will pull appropriate beads and charms from her stash to suit you!

Mermaid Themed Bracelet Shown as Example Only
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Noodle's Notions Nest
The utterly fantastic noodle-bug has kindly offered a *custom* mini-hoop (4"-5"), based on the winner's favorite HP character, magical item, or quote!  Check out this example of her mad stitching skills!

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Knotty Gurl Designs
Knotty Gurl Designs on Etsy has donated a Hogwarts House Friendship Bracelet in the winners House colors!  Check out the beautiful example of a Slytherin House bracelet below!

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Knotty Gurl Designs on Etsy has also donated a CUSTOM friendship bracelet with up to 25 strings!  Winner can discuss specific ideas with margaron, but the beautiful Dark Mark bracelet below gives an idea of what kinds of magic she can weave.

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Naantje's Needlery
Naantje has kindly donated a a crocheted charger pocket in the recipient's house colors or two other colors of their choosing. Custom-made to the size of their mobile phone.

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