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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Harry Potter Baby Onesies (+ bonus Crocheted Hats!) on: November 17, 2017 10:39:07 AM
More goodies for babies!  After making the Beatles All You Need is Love Onesies for Abbeeroad, I knew I wanted to make her a set of Harry Potter ones as well.  The color schemes for these, and their subsequent design was inspired by the baby quilts I was also working on, that you can see HERE.  I used the classic Potter font, and set up the text in the Silhouette software, then cut them from glitter heat transfer vinyl.  I've played with several types of htv, and the glitter seems to adhere the best, and wear well over repeated washings and dryings.  The hats were each made by stash-busting yarn scraps.  I can't remember the pattern I used, or I'd link it.

2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Two Harry Potter Baby Quilts on: November 17, 2017 10:38:44 AM
Our very own Abbeeroad has welcomed twins into her family, and I had a wonderful time crafting for them.  Since I was making two of everything, I admit that I took a bit of a shortcut on the quilts.  They aren't traditionally pieced quilts, but rather whole cloth printed to look like it has been pieced.  The fabrics are literally called "Potter Cheater Quilt", and came from kritterstitches on Spoonflower.  They feature the Deathly Hallows symbol, tiny cauldrons, brooms, owls, Sorting hats, and lots more.  She has it in a few colorways, but seems to have since removed the coral & yellow print from her shop.)  The backings and binding came from a local quilt shop, where the ladies were quite excited to help me pick some matches.  I think I made their day!   Cheesy

This is the first, in shades of purple and turquoise.  I made onesies and hats to match, so each little lady got her own set.  You can check out the onesies here: HP Onesies

My neighbor has a small business doing embroidered baby clothes on her embroidery machine, and she took on the task of making me custom quilt labels to match each quilt.  Of course, it's just making me want an embroidery machine all the more...

And the second one in shades of coral, yellow, and turquoise.

3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Beatles Baby Onesies on: November 17, 2017 10:27:44 AM
I like making things for friends.  I like making things for babies.  And I really like making things for the babies of good friends.  These were made for the new babies of our very own Abbeeroad, who just welcomed twin girls into the world.  I wanted to do something that would coordinate, but not depend on the other to be wearing the matching outfit.  So if one little lady spits up all over hers, her sister still looks stylin' in hers.  I found a retro font in my library, and set up the text in the Silhouette software, then cut them from glitter heat transfer vinyl.  I've played with several types of htv, and the glitter seems to adhere the best, and wear well over repeated washings and dryings.

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Corner Lot Wedding Quilt on: November 15, 2017 12:00:08 PM

I finished a new quilt!  And *just in time* for the wedding it was intended for.  I started it with 3 weeks to craft, and thought I'd have plenty of time, but each step took longer than anticipated.  Oh well, I love the result.  The pattern is called Corner Lot, and is available to buy on Craftsy, either just as the pattern, or for a kit in several color options.  I went with the kit option, with the "Modern Hand Drawn" fabrics by Lily & Loom.  It came with 2 layer cakes of 10" precut squares, a yard of binding, and 4 yards of backing.  While I LOVE the finished quilt, I wasn't impressed with the pattern writing.  The fabrics were good quality, but the backing fabric arrived stained.   Embarrassed  Thankfully I was able to work around the staining.  The binding they sent was a stripe, and I improvised and cut it on the cross grain, so I could show the stripes to their best advantage.  If I had more time, I would have tried to do them on the bias, but time was of the essence.

Because some of the squares are white, and some are very pale pink & mint, I went with a white batting.  The only white that Joann's had in stock with a 1/16" thickness, so it's a fairly thin quilt, but being all cotton it should hold up to washing and drying on high heat. As I said above, I finished it just in the nick of time.  I actually had to leave TN for the wedding in NH with the binding sewn on the front, but not flipped over and stitched down on the back.  I did that part while staying at my parents house the day before the wedding.  I finished it Saturday morning, for a Saturday afternoon ceremony!  

I've since heard from the bride that when they got back to their apartment in Brooklyn, the heat was out, and it's only 64 degrees in there.  They've spent their 'honeymoon' as it is, snuggled under the new quilt.  Mission accomplished!

5  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Harry Potter Holiday Ornament & Stocking Stuffer Swap (SU CLOSED; Send 12/5) on: November 01, 2017 10:55:29 AM

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:
Sign-up date range: Nov 1st - November 7th, 2017
Date to send item by: December 5th, 2017

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

I reserve the right to refuse anyone.  If you have feedback that shows a history of late sending, ill-communication, incomplete packages, lack of DC#'s, etc. I may refuse you. I want this to be a flake-free swap that is a joy for all participants during the holiday season.

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 small Harry Potter holiday ornaments or stocking stuffers like 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, New Year's other other holiday themes if they prefer.***

~*You can have up to 3 partners.  EXCEPTION: First-time swappers will be limited to 1 partner.  This is to help ease you into the swap process.

~*You can Invite Your Own Partners!  If you obtain an Invite Your Partner (IYP), PM your organizer, Mistress Jennie, after both sides agree.  Questionnaires will not be sent out until signups closing, but you are more than welcome to start sharing your questionnaire and crafting for your IYP as soon as you are approved for the swap.  REMEMBER: You must be approved for the swap before announcing IYPs, and BOTH parties must agree.

~* Since this is a holiday swap, if you have not sent by 3 days past Sendouts, you will get temporary negative.  I don't mean to be harsh, but 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).
~* You may agree with your partner to send extras, but remember that is not regulated through me and not part of feedback.

~*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.

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
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? (Please note that NO ONE would be expected to ship 3 packages international. If you are willing, I would only give you up to 1 international partner. Please consider doing 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):

How many partners do you wish to have...1, 2, or 3?

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.

Note about Personal Messages (PMs) to Organizer: Please label PMs to organizer with title of "HP Holiday".

Note about Communication: For a wonderful swap experience, communication is the key.  Please keep in touch with your partner.  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.  (You can stop in for a quick hello.....or if on holiday or will be without internet access or anything of the such, just post a message....it gives your partner and organizer warm fuzzy feelings to know you are still around).

Notes about Sending, Receiving, and Feedback
  • SENDING: Take pictures of your items before you send.  When sending, you must use a DC# (or for overseas keep that receipt). Keep your receipt until your partner receives.  PM organizer and partner when you send.
  • RECEIVING: PM organizer and partner when you receive.  Take pictures of received items. (Please take quality pictures, like ones you would take of your work.)  Post pictures in gallery in a timely manner.
  • FEEDBACK: Given when a package is received (verified through PM or DC#) Detailed feedback will be given.  Examples: Sent Early or Lack of Communication; No PMs of Sending/Receiving.

---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; I will not give negative feedback for sending something other than an ornament.  Believe it or not, some peeps 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: 'don't step on the dirigible plums'

---A small item should take 1-2 hours of crafting time.  YES, you may send a set of related extra-smalls that equal that crafting time if you wish.  (And yes, you can go over that time; I probably will.)

1. Mistress Jennie
2. jillybeans (3)
3. tiamatfire (2)
4. ilovesnails (1-2)
5. smileyyogini (3)
6. sheepBlue (2)
7. MissingWillow (3)
8. chrmisha (3)
9. WaveLight23478 (3)
10. Monty (3)
11. jenleahlynn (3)
12. dinkime (2)
13. patty_o_furniture (3)
14. tapestrymlp (3)
15. Inselaeffchen (2-3)
16. edelC (3)
17. FiberAlchemist (3)
18. craftylittlemonkey (1)
19. teag (3)
20. pottermouth (1)
21. Nodsu (2)
22. Ant Bee (1-3)

Ant Bee ---> Nodsu
Ant Bee ---> jillybeans

chrmisha ---> teag
chrmisha ---> jenleahlynn
chrmisha ---> smileyyogini

craftylittlemonkey ---> Inselaeffchen

dinkime ---> jillybeans
dinkime ---> Inselaeffchen

edelC ---> Mistress Jennie
edelC ---> patty_o_furniture
edelC ---> FiberAlchemist

FiberAlchemist ---> MissingWillow
FiberAlchemist ---> edelC
FiberAlchemist ---> tapestrymlp

ilovesnails ---> Monty
ilovesnails ---> tiamatfire

Inselaeffchen ---> dinkime
Inselaeffchen ---> craftylittlemonkey

jenleahlynn ---> teag
jenleahlynn ---> chrmisha
jenleahlynn ---> smileyyogini

jillybeans ---> Ant Bee
jillybeans ---> dinkime
jillybeans ---> Monty

MissingWillow ---> FiberAlchemist
MissingWillow ---> tapestrymlp
MissingWillow ---> sheepBlue

Mistress Jennie ---> edelC
Mistress Jennie ---> sheepBlue
Mistress Jennie ---> patty_o_furniture

Monty ---> jillybeans
Monty ---> ilovesnails
Monty ---> tiamatfire

Nodsu ---> Ant Bee
Nodsu ---> WaveLight23478

patty_o_furniture ---> edelC
patty_o_furniture ---> tapestrymlp
patty_o_furniture ---> Mistress Jennie

pottermouth ---> sheepBlue

sheepBlue ---> Mistress Jennie
sheepBlue ---> MissingWillow
sheepBlue ---> pottermouth

smileyyogini ---> WaveLight23478
smileyyogini ---> chrmisha
smileyyogini ---> jenleahlynn

tapestrymlp ---> FiberAlchemist
tapestrymlp ---> patty_o_furniture
tapestrymlp ---> MissingWillow

teag ---> jenleahlynn
teag ---> chrmisha
teag ---> WaveLight23478

tiamatfire ---> Monty
tiamatfire ---> ilovesnails

WaveLight23478 ---> Nodsu
WaveLight23478 ---> teag
WaveLight23478 ---> smileyyogini

6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Hookers Only Swap - Round 2? on: October 26, 2017 12:04:28 PM

Would anyone be interested in a round 2 of the Hookers Only Swap that happened back in 2008?  It looks like the previous organizer hasn't been on Craftster in a few years, but I'd be willing to organize.  The idea is to create items for crocheters (rather than crocheted items), and maybe include some extras like hooks, patterns, pattern books, yarn, etc.

Ideas for Non-Crocheted Items:
Hook Rolls
Stitch Markers
WIP tote bags or baskets
crochet themed tee shirt

The original was for 1 Medium crafted item, and 5-10 Smalls that could be a combination of crafted or purchased.  I'm open to either trying that as a base, or to altering that requirement based on interest from participants.  

Currently thinking doing this right after the holidays, as a gift to ourselves.  We all craft so much for friends and family, especially during the holidays, that sometimes it's nice afterward to work on something for us!
7  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Back to Hogwarts Swap - 1 Replacement Partner FOUND on: October 24, 2017 08:34:40 AM
seeuudee has agreed to be a replacement partner for Inselaeffchen!

***Please note that I am searching for 1 Replacement Partner and 1 Swap Angel.  This thread is in search of a Replacement Partner for Inselaeffchen.  You will receive a Harry Potter swap package in return, but NOT FOC status.  If you would prefer to be a Swap Angel, please see my other thread for Abbeeroad.***

Name of Swap: Back to Hogwarts - Round 7
Swap Gallery: ack to Hogwarts Round 7 Gallery

Requirements: Craft 1 Medium & 2 small items based on your partners favorite Hogwarts House, favorite magical shop, favorite class at Hogwarts, favorite spell, favorite character or magical creature, or favorite quote or magical object.

(She has crafted a package, but not sent, at my request as it seemed her partner might flake. She will send you a package in return.)
Location: Scotland - UK
House: Slytherin (or Slytherclaw; with Ravenclaw, Gryffindor & Hufflepuff family members)
Pets: None
Allergies:  Smoke (can't accept that at all, very sensitive, sorry) and pet hair (can accept items from a household with pets if items are either kept away from them or being thoroughly cleaned before sent to me).
8  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Back to Hogwarts Swap - 1 Angel FOUND on: October 24, 2017 08:34:27 AM
LadybugsAndBumblebees has offered to be an Angel for Abbeeroad!

***Please note that I am searching for 1 Swap Angel and 1 Replacement Partner.  This thread is in search of a Swap Angel for Abbeeroad.  You will not get a swap package in return, but you will receive FOC status for your good deed.  If you would prefer to be a Replacement Partner, please see my other thread for Inselaeffchen***

Name of Swap: Back to Hogwarts - Round 7
Swap Gallery: ack to Hogwarts Round 7 Gallery

Requirements: Craft 1 Medium & 2 small items based on your partners favorite Hogwarts House, favorite magical shop, favorite class at Hogwarts, favorite spell, favorite character or magical creature, or favorite quote or magical object.

(She has crafted and sent, but her partner has not sent and has stopped responding. If you choose to Angel you will receive FOC status for 1 year.)
Location: United States
House: Gryffindor
Pets: Crested gecko
Allergies: nothing that prohibits swapping
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Dragon Egg Bag on: October 11, 2017 08:09:22 AM

I recently made this for the Back to Hogwarts Swap with patty_o_furniture.  I was inspired by her awesome Harry Potter themed family movie room, and all the geeky little handmade HP goodies she has decorated the room with.  I just happened to have a bunch of scale maile supplies in my jewelry stash, that I bought last year to experiment with, so I dug through my yarn stash and found a good color match of yarn.  I finished it with some leather drawstrings, and handmade glass pony beads leftover from making some dreamcatchers.  The pattern came from Etsy.  The yarn is Caron Simply Soft in garnet, and the scales are a pattern of dark red, light red, copper, gold, and black, and came from a combination of the Ring Lord and Fire Mountain Gems.  The pattern was easy to follow, and I would totally recommend it.  Just be sure to keep your stitches tight so nothing falls out of the bag!  Cheesy
10  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Creamy Spinach & Potato Baked Eggs (for two) - Vegetarian on: October 11, 2017 07:47:21 AM
I've been getting Blue Apron boxes for a while, and I like that I'm able to mix vegetarian and carnivore recipes now.  But sometimes a tasty sounding recipe comes up for the 4 person plan, that I can't order because my husband and I are on the 2 person plan.  The other problem for me is that a lot of the vegetarian recipes contain tons of dairy that I'm not able to eat because I'm lactose intolerant.  So when a recipe for creamy spinach and potato baked eggs came up, I stared at it longingly, and decided I needed to find a way to alter and adapt the recipe for myself.  I started by replacing the softer (full of lactose) cheeses with hard aged cheeses (that are naturally lactose-free!), and the milk with a dairy-free alternative.  Then since I have a big strapping Midwestern husband, I upped the egg content to 2 per person, and served it with a loaf of crusty bread.  DH, who gladly eats whatever I put in front of him, but doesn't always *love* all my vegetarian creations, actually demolished his portion, sopping up every bit of creamy goodness with his bread, and then finished mine when I was too stuffed to eat anymore!  When I make it again, I might use a few less tiny potatoes, and just one egg for me.  It was warm and creamy and delicious, and perfect for a fall evening.  The texture of the spinach, onions, and sauce over the bread reminded me a lot of spinach and artichoke dip, something else I'm not able to eat anymore due to the presence of evil lactose in it. 

Creamy Spinach & Potato Baked Eggs

2-4 eggs (1-2 per person, depending on how hungry you are!)
1/3 cup shredded white cheddar
3 oz. milk of choice (I used cashew, but you can use soy, almond or dairy too)
1 tsp minced garlic
8 oz fresh spinach
1 sweet yellow onion, halved, then sliced thin
1/2 lb gold peewee or fingerling potatoes, sliced into 1/4" rounds
1.5 Tablespoons flour
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
fresh thyme and chives (optional)
olive oil
salt & pepper

Preheat the oven to 450.

In a high sided pan or short stock pot, saut the spinach with a little olive oil, over medium heat, until wilted.  Transfer the cooked spinach to a mesh strainer and press out as much liquid as possible with the back of a wooden spoon.  Transfer to a cutting board and allow to cool slightly.

Rinse the pan, then add 1 Tablespoon of olive oil. Add the potatoes, and season with salt and pepper.  Cook them 5 to 6 minutes, until lightly browned.  Add the sliced onion, and cook 3-4 more minutes, until the onion is softened.  Add the minced garlic, and fresh thyme. 

Sprinkle on the flour, and 1/2-1 Tablespoon of olive oil.  Cook stirring frequently, for a few minutes, until the flour is lightly browned.

Add the milk and 1/2 cup water.  Cook 2 or 3 minutes, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan, until the liquid is slightly thickened.  Add in the shredded cheddar, and the chopped spinach, stirring until everything is well combined.  Season with salt and pepper to taste. 

Pour the filling into a baking dish.  (A pie plate or 8"-9" square baking pan will do fine.)  Use a spoon, or 1/3 cup measuring cup to create wells for the eggs to bake in.  Carefully crack the eggs, and pour them into the wells.  Season the eggs lightly with salt and pepper, then sprinkle the parmesan on top, sticking mainly to the filling, with just a little on the whites of the eggs.  Bake 13-15 minutes, until the whites are set and the yolks are cooked to your desired degree of doneness.

Serve with slices of crusty bread. 
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