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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Setting up the Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term - DO NOT POST HERE on: January 18, 2018 07:56:16 AM
SETTING UP THE OSTARA TERM.  PLEASE DO NOT POST HERE UNLESS ASKED TO DO SO BY MISTRESS JENNIE OR NOODLE-BUG!



~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Ostara Term 2018*~

~*Begins February 1st, 2018*~
~*Ends May 31st, 2018*~



Welcome to Hogwarts!
The Harry Potter Craftalong (HPC) is not your typical craftalong; we are gathered here to celebrate our love of crafting and the Wonderful World of Harry Potter.  In the HPC you will be completing classes and challenges with your skills in crafty magic.  These classes and challenges all have HP centered themes, but your crafts do not have to be Harry Potter."  Your mission, as a student at Hogwarts, is to complete at least one class or challenge during this semester.  You may join any time during the semester.  I hope you join us; the HPC is a great way to stretch your crafty muscles, meet HP crafters, and have fun!


~*HPC PROJECTS*~
---The HPC is here to help us each finish projects and to explore new challenges as we better our crafting skills.  Prompts and guidelines are there to help stimulate creativity and growth; the size and complexity of the project submitted should reflect a level of personal growth and challenge over the time you spend in the HPC.
---Projects for the HPC should represent your best crafty skills.  Take pride in your work.  Classes and challenges should take a minimum of 30 minutes to make.  
---A project can only be submitted for one class/challenge (the same project cannot be entered in multiple categories) unless noted in prompt (it will be CLEARLY noted if allowed).
---Projects must be turned in within the timeframe designated by the type of assignment or challenge.
---For a project to be counted, it must have a picture or picture link included AT THE TIME OF POSTING.  If your item is a private piece, or is being kept secret for a Craft Swap, you are more than welcome to post a link for the Headmistress to view.  EDIT 4/17/15: As of today, I will no longer be posting reminders to folks about pictures.  I simply do not have the time to chase folks down for pictures.  If you post your project without a photo or photo link, it will simply not be counted when I tally House Points.
---For any cooking/food project, in addition to a photo, you must post a complete recipe, or link to the complete recipe you used.  No recipe = no points.  [EDIT due to questions: *For our purposes, a "complete recipe" means it includes a full set of ingredients that includes amounts, and step-by-step instructions that another HPC member could replicate themselves at home.  Think of writing your recipe with a beginner cook in mind, who needs full instructions.
---There is SO MUCH to do in the HPC.  Do not feel like you have to craft everything.  Think of the HPC as a "Choose Your Own Adventure".  Craft what inspires you, but don't try to do everything and get burned out.  Keep in mind these wise words , "It does not do to dwell on lists and forget to craft."  


~*HOW TO TURN IN A PROJECT*~
For each assignment/challenge, use this header:
Class/Challenge/House Pride:
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
House:
Project Name:
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture: (REQUIRED! NO PICTURE (or link) = NO HOUSE POINTS)


-Feel free to also include your house and any storycrafting you've created for your project.
---You can add more than one project to your post, but a header must be used for each project.
-When posting your projects, you are more than welcome to post more than one at a time. But if you do so, then please attempt to post your projects in alphabetical order by SUBJECT.  Floo Powder Challenges, Detention Prompts, and Headmistress Challenges should be posted under B, D, & H respectively.  For more information, see this post.



~*HPC FAQs*~
---How long is a semester?  Semesters are as follows: YULE- October, November, December, January; SPRING-February, March, April, May; MIDSUMMER-June, July, August, September
---When can I join?  You can join anytime in the semester.
---Do I have to sign-up to join this craftalong? No, all you have to do is post in the thread a "hi" or a completed project post.
---How do I complete a semester/earn my year? To complete a semester/year, you only have to complete one class or challenge during the semester.
---What timezone do we use?  We use the Headmistress' Time Zone,  Mistress Jennie is in Central Standard Time.
---Do you sort me?  NO, you will decide which house you belong to, but you can only choose one.
---I have a problem or question; who can I ask?  You can send a Personal Message (PM) to Headmistress Mistress Jennie, or Deputy Headmistress noodle-bug.  You can also ask specific questions to HPC staff.  And you can post your question in the thread; our students are very helpful!
---Can I turn in something I did earlier? With a very few exceptions the answer is NO!  You must complete your project during the current semester. Exceptions are Detention and OWLs; look for details about these projects in their information posts below.  If you started a project, for example a quilt, a day or two before the semester started, but then did the bulk of the work and finishing (a good 90%) during the semester, you can submit it.
---Are we swapping? No, this is not an organized swap.  We are just encouraging crafting with a HP twist.  But if you enjoy swapping, keep an eye out for HP themed swap info in our thread.  Also, we occasionally do things like Valentine or Christmas Card Exchanges.  These are completely voluntary, and are NOT required, and are not organized swaps.
---Do I have to craft all the classes and challenges? NO!  Smiley Just pick what you inspires you.  There is tons to choose from so choose your own HP Craft Adventure through the castle.
---What kind of projects are allowed for classes/challenges? If Craftster has a category for it, then it is a viable HPC project.  And since Craftster has a board for almost everything, your choices are vast.
---Does my craft project have to be Harry Potter themed? NO, if your item fulfills the class/challenge prompt, then it can be posted in the HPC.  Above all, we are here to encourage crafting.


~*House Points*~
~*Your triumphs will earn you points*~
Points System
15 points for a Class Assignment & Challenge*
100 points for OWLs
150 points for NEWTs
10 points extra for SPEW aka Charity Items

House Points Guidelines
--- *You cannot double dip for Class & Challenge points.  For example, if you turn-in a project for Herbology & Floo Powder Challenge, then you would get 2 badges but only 15 points for the project.
---You cannot get credit for a class or challenge twice.  For example, if you turn in 2 Alchemy projects, then you will only get points for the first one.
--- SPEW points are extra credit.  You can earn SPEW points for each project you turn in if it goes to a legitimate charity.  You do not have to give the charity's name, just that you are donating to a certain cause.  (I happen to know that some Battered Women's Shelters don't like their names/locations posted.) SPEW projects must be clearly marked with SPEW to earn extra points.  Also, SPEW project can be turned in as stand-alone projects; they will earn 10 points.  Unlike most projects, you can turn in more than one SPEW project for points.
---HPC Challenge Points do not include House Challenges.  For Example, a Slytherin Scavenger Hunt project would not count for points unless it also fulfills a HPC Class or HPC Challenge.
--- To determine House Cup Winner, an average from the points accumulated per house and the number of members per house.  If there is a tie, then more than one house will win the cup.  Note, a House Member is someone who has turned in at least 1 project.
--- Don't stress over House Points, but do craft your personal best. (This varies from person to person.  And I'm not really worried about "crafting your best" bit because HPCers are amazing crafters!)


~*HPC Portkeys*~
Headmistress Tower - Headmistress Challenges & Badge Station
Deputy Headmistress's Office & S.P.E.W. Headquarters
Floo Powder Challenge Series
Diagon Alley
Witch Weekly Office
Wizard & Witch Career Placement Agency
Pinterest Pixie's Projects Page
Hogwarts Kitchens
HPC Facebook Group

Common Rooms
Gryffindor Tower
Hufflepuff Common Room
Ravenclaw Tower
Slytherin Dungeon


Professors' Classrooms
Detention in the Dungeons
Alchemy
Astronomy
Care of Magical Creatures
Charms
Defense Against the Dark Arts
Divination
Flying
Herbology
History of Magic
Potions Dungeon
Study of Ancient Runes
Transfiguration
Ordinary Wizarding Levels
Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests


~*The Great Hall OT Chat*~
Craftster craftalongs are for crafting and crafting encouragement.  If you would like to talk off-topic, such as in-depth Harry Potter discussions, then please visit The Great Hall.  Thank you for keeping the HPC within Craftster guidelines.

~*HPC on Facebook*~
The HPC is now on Facebook!  This is a way to share links, photos, or videos with your friends here in the HPC, that you cannot post on Craftster.  Please feel free to use the page to ask questions, share craft related or Harry Potter related links, pictures of your kids dressing up like Hogwarts students, or anything else that might be of interest to the group.  This group is Closed, so folks must message me with BOTH their Craftster username, and a way to locate you on Facebook, in order to be added. This is to keep it to just folks within the Craftalong, rather than a general HP forum, and anyone who participates here is welcome there as well.  If you send me a message via FB, PLEASE include your Craftster username.  We've been getting lots of requests to join, from faux accounts who just want to spam us with porn, so I've become *extra* cautious about adding folks.

~*Ostara Term HPC Staff*~
Headmistress Mistress Jennie
Deputy Headmistress noodle-bug

Gryffindor Head of House Abbeeroad
Hufflepuff Head of House Moonflame
Ravenclaw Head of House FiberAlchemist
Slytherin Head of House ErinAquaheart

Alchemy Professor POSITION OPEN
Apparition Frog Choir Director  
Arithmancy Professor  noodle-bug
Astronomy Professor Inselaeffchen
Care of Magical Creatures  ErinAquaheart
Charms Professor Inselaeffchen
Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor  
Divination Professor  FiberAlchemist
Flying Professor  gaudiknight
Herbology Professor  Inselaeffchen
History of Magic  
Muggle Studies Professor  noodle-bug
Potions Professor  noodle-bug
Study of Ancient Runes  
Transfiguration Professor  ErinAquaheart

Kitchen Elf Abbeeroad
Pinterest Pixie seeuudee



~*Past HPC Semesters*~
Summer 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2012/2013, Spring 2013, Summer 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2013/2014, Spring 2014, Summer 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2014/2015 Spring 2015, Summer 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2015/2016, Spring 2016, Midsummer 2016, Yule 2016/2017, Ostara 2017, Midsummer 2017


~*Previous Winner of House Cup*~
Winter 2012/2013: Gryffindor
Spring 2013: Gryffindor
Summer 2013: Gryffindor
Fall 2013: Gryffindor
Winter 2013/2014: Ravenclaw
Spring 2014: Ravenclaw
Summer 2014: Ravenclaw
Fall 2014: Gryffindor
Winter 2014/2015: Gryffindor
Spring 2015: Gryffindor
Summer 2015: Gryffindor
Fall 2015: Gryffindor
Winter 2015/2016: Slytherin
Spring 2016: Slytherin
Midsummer 2016: Hufflepuff
Yule 2016/2017: Gryffindor
Ostara 2017: Slytherin
Midsummer 2017:
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Stash Busting Placemats with Tim Holtz Fabrics on: January 10, 2018 10:36:30 AM
I have had the same set of placemats on our table, since my husband and I got married 10 years ago.  They were a gift from my mom, whom I later found out, had stolen them from my brother!  Sort of.  Turns out he left some stuff at her house when he moved, and she decided he wouldn't want them anymore, and gave them to me.  I moved halfway across the country with them, only to get an angry call from my brother later.  ...I never bothered to mail them back.   Roll Eyes  But 10 years later, and the wooden beads they are composed of, are starting to fall off, and it's getting annoying.



In thinking about it, I realized how ridiculous it is that I've never bothered to MAKE myself a set, and it was time to rectify that.  Inspired by TheMistressT's  Humongous Stash-busting, Scrappy, Place Mat Project, I dug through my stash, and came up with a layer cake of 12" squares of Tim Holtz fabrics that I found on clearance at Joann's last year.  I sliced and diced them to various widths, mixed up the strips, and sewed them all back together.  Then I cross cut the large panels, laying in perpendicular stripes of black, before backing and quilting them.  The backing was cut 1" larger all the way around, and folded over to become a self binding.  



The backing and batting both came out of stash as well, so it was a good project for using up extra fabric, as well as those narrow bits of batting I always have left over from making quilts.  I'm pretty pleased with how they came out, and kinda can't wait to have friends over for dinner now.  I even have some chunks of the strip panels left over, and I think I might make some mug rugs and coasters to match, since the dining area and living room are one big open room.  Smiley

3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Hookers Only Swap - Round 2 (SIGNUP 1/7/18-1/21/18; SENDOUTS 2/12/18) on: January 07, 2018 06:03:43 AM

Swap name: Hookers Only Swap - Round 2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Mistress Jennie
Sign-up date range: 1/7/18-1/21/18
Date to send item by: 2/12/18

Limited to a certain number of people? NO

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Additional Age requirement? NO

Swap Organizer himself/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

Details of Swap:  We will be swapping 1 Medium crafted item for your partner to use while crocheting (which DOES NOT need to be a crocheted item); 1 Small crocheted item to make your partner smile, and 3 non-crafted crochet extras in the small-medium category.  Details and ideas for these are listed below.  Please note that the 3 non-crafted items must be crochet accessories, and that things like candy or other treats do NOT count towards this.

Swap Requirements:
-1 Medium crafted item for your partner to use while crocheting like:
     stitch markers & decorated crochet hook
     hook roll
     Zippered Pouch for hooks
     WIP bag/project tote
     hand dyed yarn
     crochet geek shirt
     survival skill shirt, etc.

-1 Small crocheted item, such as:
     dishcloth
     key chain
     apple cozy
     brooch
     coffee sleeve
     set of facial cleansing pads
     headband, etc.

-3 Non-crafted crochet related items: such new hooks, new yarn, yarn needles, small scissors, stitch markers, a pattern or pattern book, etc.  Things in the $3-8 range, with a suggested value of about $15 total.  (Organizer Note: Places like Tuesday Morning are a great source for fancy yarn or pattern books at discounted prices!)


Optional Trading Supplies:
This is between the individual swappers and is in no way required!  It also does NOT count towards the requirements above.  Let's say your aunt gave you 3 skeins of fantastic hand dyed sock yarn when she learned you had taken up crochet, but you don't make socks so it's just been sitting in your stash, going to waste.  You might check to see if your partner could use it.  Perhaps they have a set of your favorite hooks, that they aren't using, and you decide to swap them.  Happiness all around!  But, just like any other swap extras (treats, tea/coffee, etc), you must discuss this with your partner, and cannot expect the other person to 'spoil' as much as you do for them.  Open communication on this subject is key to a happy swap experience.




If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap:
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)

Is there anything you are especially in need of?  (roll/container for hooks, desperately need a project tote, etc.)

Is there anything you would NOT like to receive?  (already have several WIP bags, etc.)

Would you enjoy wearable items to show your hooker pride, like a tee shirt, jewelry, etc.?  
If so, what is your tee shirt size:
Any jewelry preferences: (metal allergies, bracelet/necklace lengths, color preferences, etc.)

What are your favorite items to crochet?  (Do you make hats & scarves galore, or nothing but dishcloths?)

What are your favorite type of hooks?

Any type of hooks you avoid for any reason?

Any hook sizes you are in need of, or that you use constantly and could always use a spare of?

What are your favorite yarns or fibers to work with?  (Brands & styles you buy and use often are helpful!)

Do you have a Ravelry account, and is it up to date on your stash/hooks/books/patterns?

What are some of your non-crochet hobbies?  

What are some of your other interests?  (fandoms, clubs, activities, etc)

Favorite colors:
Favorite motifs or designs:

Least favorite colors & motifs:

Do you, or anyone in your household smoke?
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens, like pets, in your home?

Pinterest link:

Anything else you would like to tell the organizer?



IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Warlock Virus Shawl on: January 03, 2018 05:47:18 AM
I have a friend who could really use a big ol' hug right about now, but unfortunately she's quite far away.  Since I can't give her that hug in person, I decided to whip up a shawl to hug her for me.  Smiley  



The pattern is the Virus Shawl, that has made its way around the internet in the last few years.  I had initially been afraid to try it, but conquered my fear when I made myself my Prism Virus Shawl last fall.  There is no written pattern for this one, but there is a chart and lots of Youtube videos to get you started.  Once you do the repeat of the same 4 rows a few times, you can coast along on autopilot and ignore the chart.  

The yarn is Lion Brand Mandala, in the colorway Warlock, and was $4.97 a 'cake' at Walmart.  I wish I had gotten a better picture that more accurately shows off the colors in natural light, but the link above gives a pretty good view of the colors.  It's rated a 3 weight, but I'd swear I've used 4's that are the same thickness.  (It's definitely thicker than Lion Brand's Shawl-in-a-Ball, which is listed as a 4.)  It's 100% acrylic, and not as soft as something like Caron Simply Soft, but it was not scratchy on my skin as I worked. I liked working with a slightly thicker (but not chunky) yarn, since the project worked up so fast.  I actually managed to finish it in just 1 week, so I could ship it out before leaving town for Christmas with the family.



More about the yarn: It's a beautiful set of colors, but they don't blend into one another gradually.  They just jump from 1 color to the next.  I had read that in an online review, so I bought 2 skeins, afraid that the jumps would be in lousy places when I was working, and that I might want some room to spare.  I'm *really* glad I did that.  (Especially at $4.97 a piece, they were a good deal.)  I unwound the first part of my first cake, which was a deep purple, because I wanted to start with the creamy tan color.  



I got the first 5 repeats out of the tan and taupe, and could tell the color would jump in the middle of the next row, so I cut out the remaining taupe and moved on to the next color, mustard.  I did the same thing again with the green and teal, and when I was working I could tell that I would run out of the first skeins total length of teal before I would be done as much as I wanted to do, so I jumped over to the second skein (which just happened to start with teal), and continued.  I ended up doing the same with the deep brown, rust, deep purple and light purple, jumping back and forth between skeins to get enough yarn of each color.  



When I was running out of yarn in light purple, I switched back to the creamy tan, and did a row of single crochet around the whole thing, to give it a finished look.  I would have liked to do another whole round of the repeat in tan, but I would have needed another 1-2 cakes to get that much tan, and would have had all the rest leftover.  As it is, I have a quart ziplock bag full of mini balls of the remaining bits of color!  Maybe I can turn them into a hat?   Wink  It measures 30" from the center back, down to the point; 60" across the top; and 42" along each 'side'.  (Thank you for measuring darling!!!)

If you're interested in making your own version of the virus shawl (or a virus blanket, virus poncho, etc), then come on over and check out the Virus Shawl Crochet-Along here on Craftster.  

5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas Candy Platter for my MIL on: December 27, 2017 12:55:27 PM
I met my husband in August of 2004, and have been going to his family's home for Christmas nearly every year since then.  As soon as we walk in the door, we inevitably find ourselves in the kitchen, where my MIL gestures to a giant platter of homemade caramels, peanut clusters, and other goodies, and says "I made too much candy this year."  Every year for 14 Christmases she's said this, and yet every year she makes the same boatload of candy!   Cheesy  While she gives much of it away to family in town, there's always still a ton of it left when we arrive, and more shows up when her sisters drop off the candy THEY made to share.  After the 5th or 6th year that she said she'd made too much, I started teasing her that she *always* says that, and still always makes a ton of candy.  She just shrugs and says, "Well, yeah..."  So for this year I made a special Christmas candy platter just for her. 



The plate I started with is a plain white Corelle platter that I picked up at Macy's, about 12" wide x 10" tall.  I think the hardest part of the whole project may have been just finding a plain platter without designs, or bumps, or flourishes anywhere.  I had tried all over town, and even amazon, before bumping into this one while Christmas shopping for other people.  I used a dark red vinyl and a green glitter vinyl, and cut all the pieces on my Silhouette.  I used a tutorial on the Silhouette School Blog to do the lettering for a curved surface, but the ovals created in the software were a bit pointy, whereas my platter was more of a rounded rectangle, meaning that the text was too tightly curved to be applied exactly as cut.  I ended up marking the center points, then cutting & applying the words individually, just eyeballing it to keep it straight.  One word is slightly crooked, but all in all I'm thrilled with how cute it turned out.  I gave it to her on Christmas Eve, so she'd be able to have it out on Christmas day when the rest of the family was over.  Cheesy
6  COOKING / Dessert / Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars on: December 21, 2017 01:45:32 PM

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars

This is an adaptation of an older recipe I've been making for years.  I used chocolate chunks because that's what I had on hand, but I think in future I might switch to mini chocolate chips, so that they fall down into the cracks between the cereal better, allowing them to melt and adhere better.  Many of the chunks fell right off when I cut them.  They were still delicious.  Cheesy

6 cups Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios
2 Tbsp. butter
1/3 cup peanut butter
10 ounce bag marshmallows
1 cup chocolate chips or chunks

Lightly butter a 9"x13" baking pan.

In a large pot over medium heat, melt the butter & peanut butter together, being careful not to burn or scorch it.  Add the marshmallows and melt, stirring well until everything is completely incorporated. 

Turn off the heat and add in the Cheerios.  Stir to combine evenly. 

Press into a the prepared pan, and sprinkle on the chocolate chips right away, so they partially melt  & adhere to the bars.  Allow to cool completely, then cut into individual bars.
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Wooden 3-D Patronus Ornaments on: December 19, 2017 02:30:55 PM
These ornaments almost didn't happen!  I bought the wooden blanks on clearance after Christmas last year at Joann's.  They are laser cut wood ornament that come flat, and have slots to slide them together to create the 3-D hearts.  Being a Harry Potter nut, the first thing I thought when I saw the stags standing above hearts was 'OMG, look at the Patronus ornaments!'  So I picked them up for less than $1 each, and put them away in my wood crafting stash to await this year's holiday crafting.  And completely forgot about them!  I bumped into them by accident when I went to pull out popsicle sticks to use in a candle making adventure, and knew I had to put them together.  They are colored with Tim Holtz distress crayons, which have the feel of oil pastels, but unlike pastels, they don't smear all over the place.  You can smudge them if you do so on purpose, but on their own they don't smudge.  I colored them lightly with the crayons, then used wet Q-tips to blend the crayons into a watercolor effect.  I actually made 4, but someone only have pictures of the 3 below. I'll try to figure out where the pic for the other went, since each one was different from one another. 
 




8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Glitter Potion Ornaments on: December 19, 2017 02:23:39 PM
Another creation for the Harry Potter Holiday Swap!  I created the Amortentia ornament for patty_o_furniture, but was nervous about doing a new technique and possibly messing up her ornament, so I did a practice Felix Felicias one first.  Instead of using polycrylic like lindyv321 did in her awesome glitter ornament tutorial recently, I made these a few days before she posted hers, following a different tutorial online that utilized alcohol inks, which I happened to have on hand.  I really wish I had known about lindyv's technique before that, as I would have gone with her method.  The alcohol inks certainly works, but not quite as well.  There were some patches where the glitter didn't adhere as thickly as in others.  The words were cut out on my Silhouette Cameo, and the tops were decorated with a chain maile collar of rings, and charms in corresponding colors, with hearts for the Amortentia love potion, and shamrocks and celtic knots for the liquid luck potion.

Felix Felicias


Amortentia
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Harry Potter Book Page Snowflake Banner/Bunting on: December 19, 2017 02:12:24 PM
This was created for edelC in the Harry Potter Holiday Swap. In her questionnaire she requested some sort of banner or garland, so I created one out of book pages from an old copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  (Not my own copy that I waited in line for, but rather one that I got from the 'free books' shelf at the YMCA.  The spine is broken, and it's not holding together well, so I took it to craft with last year, and am slowly working my way through the hundreds of pages!)  The 3 part design was bought from the Silhouette store online, and the paper pieces were all cut on my Silhouette, before being assembled with twine & sparkle yarn, as well as some large hole glass beads between each snowflake.  I was in a rush to post the package, so I didn't get a picture of it hung up on a wall.  There are 20 snowflakes all together on the strand, and I included a few extra of the cut pages and backing, without the light blue snowflake on them.  Each snowflake & frame is about 4" across, and the whole thing is a few yards long.



Here's a closeup, showing the text of some of the pages.  I think this is the chapter "A Place to Hide", after the Trio escape the Deatheaters who are crashing Bill & Fleur's wedding.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Potion Ingredient Bottles on: December 19, 2017 02:05:47 PM
These were created for sheepBlue in the Harry Potter Holiday swap.  Since she doesn't decorate much for Christmas, she requested something for her Cabinet of Curiosities, and that reminded me that I had some glass bottles in my stash that were just *begging* to be turned into potion ingredient bottles.  I picked up the glass gillyweed bottle at a junk shop in Bowling Green several years ago, while in the middle of building a giant potions cupboard for Knickertwist in a previous Harry Potter Swap.  There were several junk shops within 1-2 blocks of our house, so I wandered around all of them and picked up a ton of tiny old things that could fit into the cupboard, most of which actually made it in.  I thought that bottle would fit, but when I got home it was about 1/4" too tall, so it went into my stash of glass crafty bits. Then over the last few years I've collected interesting bottles from craft stores that are supposed to be used for altered art crafts, and put them into the same collection of glass supplies, always thinking "I'm totally going to go home and make some sort of fun potion bottles!"  Then I get home and end up working on all the other stuff I have to do.    Tongue



The Runespoor bottle was clear originally.  It was dyed on the inside with alcohol inks. I was trying for a cool marbled effect that I saw in a tutorial, but it didn't work the way she said it would!.  But I like the overall effect it created anyways.  The gillyweed was a bit of leaf trim that I just hit the edges of with a darker green marker to give it some added definition.  I had previously used ugly lumpy brown potato shaped freshwater pearls as doxy eggs in Knickertwist's cabinet, and remembered that I had several strings of pearls that have holes wayyyyy too tiny to string onto anything I have in my stash.  At first I just added the white ones, but I wanted there to be more visual interest in the bottle, so I dug around till I found some royal blue, magenta, pink, and even silver pearls too.  I've decided that since no one really knows what Runespoor Eggs look like, that perhaps they are different colors depending on the age of the Runespoor that laid them, or the time of year or day they were collected!



The text was cut out on my Silhouette Cameo, and the rest of the decorations came from my stash.  Some black tipped brown flowers, a wooden dragon charm that I colored with some Tim Holtz distress crayons, ragged black cheese cloth leftover from a Halloween wreath, number charms I had in my jewelry stash, a Swarovski crystal ring, twine, mermaid charm, skull bead, glass Hamsa charm, etc.  I love digging through all my really random bits and bobs to find things to decorate the bottles with, and hope to do some more in future.
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