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21  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / ruffled baby bloomers on: June 08, 2012 08:12:28 AM
I made this for my daughter's first birthday.  I took fabric squares from a defunct WIP and sewed them into ruffles.  I then attached the ruffles to a pair of bloomers.  I only had red and black thread in the house, so I had to do some creative sewing to hide the ugly colors.  

Here are the bloomers I used for the base.

Action shot of the birthday girl.
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *twist trial* on: June 07, 2012 07:35:25 PM
I love the unicorn coffee mug and the Slytherin p.j.'s made me giggle.  The dream catcher is also very nice.  Dream catchers are on my sons' summer to-make list. 
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *twist trial* on: June 07, 2012 07:14:49 PM
It's been a busy week in this wizard home!  I spent a couple hours in detention finishing my transfiguration homework.  Then I took my little wizards and my baby witch to Diagon Alley for some shopping and a birthday celebration.

Class: Transfiguration
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Patchwork pillows
Brief Description: I bought several quilt top pieces off of ebay and had to find something to do with them!  I posted a patchwork pillow a few pages back and finally got around to making five more.  I know it's a lot, but I bought several Christmas throw pillows at a yard sale and wanted to use them year round.  
Project Picture: I forgot to take a pic  I will post one tomorrow.

Class: Care of Magical Creatures
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Pygmy Puff bracelets
Brief Description: I found a jewelry stall and just had to have these bracelets made of Pygmy Puff fur!
Project Picture:

Class: Herbology
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Wands
Brief Description: My boys are heading to Hogwarts in the fall, so we stopped at Ollivander's to get them each a wand.  Made of the finest ash trees, paper mache, and spray paint money can buy.  Smiley
Project Picture:

Class: Muggle Studies
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Dancing With the Stars skirt
Brief Description: We stopped by Madam Malkin's to pick up a new skirt for my baby witch's birthday.  We found this cute, flouncy little thing that looks very much like a skirt from the muggle show Dancing With the Stars.  It is actually a pair of bloomers with several rows of ruffles attached.
Project Picture:

Class: House Unity
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Chocolate Ice Cream Cake
Brief Description: We ended our trip with a chocolate ice cream cake from Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream shop, complete with a birthday candle for the little one.  We chose chocolate, just in case we met up with a dementor.
Project Picture:

24  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: OTHPT3 aka One Tiny Harry Potter Thing Round 3 ~SUs Closed~SOs June 30~ on: June 01, 2012 09:37:22 AM
I'm in!  Hooorrraaaayyyy!!
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2012~ *twist trial* on: May 26, 2012 05:48:12 PM

Class: Transfiguration
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Patchwork pillow
Brief Description: A few months ago I bought unfinished quilt top pieces from a Muggle store called eBay.  You can buy anything Muggle there!  It is truly fascinating!  Anyway, I took my favorite piece and made a pillowcase today.  It was just enough fabric.  Smiley  I think Mrs. Weasley would like such a pillow in her home.  I also did another, less exciting transfiguration project today.  I cut and hemmed five pairs of my son's jeans into shorts today.  I wish I knew  mending spell because almost all of them had holes in the knees!
26  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Spinning Rope...on purpose! on: May 23, 2012 12:44:47 PM
Oooh!  A blacksmith!  My dad and brother started a 4-H blacksmithing club/project in their county.  Wish we had it when I was a kid!  Dad taught my 8 yr old to blacksmith last fall.  It's so cool!

I assume that you're going for the standard 3 or 4 ply rope.

Considering the materials you're working with I'd suggest a power drill, tree, jute twine, and some time. I've made rope before using just those things. I worked in 20-30 foot segments, twisting one segment at a time and staking it in the ground. Rather than a fancy tool to keep the strands separated I used sticks hammered in the ground. Took awhile and some time to get the knack for it, but it can be done.

Oh, and if you're after the low tech/traditional method you can make yourself a club.
Take a look here.
27  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Spinning Rope...on purpose! on: May 17, 2012 07:23:53 PM
Yes, it's a Jersey, but it isn't my cow.  I just found it online and fell in love with the picture.  I grew up in dairy country and miss my twice daily visits with "the ladies".  Smiley

I found this demo on Youtube that demonstrates the technique:

flower, is that the nose of a Jersey??  I can never get a close photo of my Jersey because their nose are such camera hogs!!

Perhaps the device in the 2nd post of your link would be the ticket for nykohchyn??

I saw one of these at the last fiber festival I was at but didn't have a clue how to operate it...  Can he make a video real quick??
28  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: OTT Criminal Minds Swap Gallery on: May 17, 2012 04:28:37 PM
Wow!  Everyone has such great packages.  As usual, nmcakemom07 spoiled both me and my kiddos!  First, she sent matching Garcia-inspired headbands for me and my daughter.  I couldn't get a decent picture of myself wearing it, but you all just want to see the cute baby, anyway.  



She also sent a set of dino finger puppets for my boys.  They love them, especially the little guy.  I tried for ten minutes to get a good picture of him, but every one of them was blurry.  He was roaring and "attacking" with his fearsome carnivores.   Cheesy

29  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Spinning Rope...on purpose! on: May 17, 2012 03:14:22 PM
What a beautiful ropemaker!  I come from a family of ropemakers.  They do all kinds of demos at county fairs, etc.  If you live in Oklahoma or Indiana I could set you up with one of my ropemaking kin.  Smiley

My husband did a ropemaking activity with his students using an electric hand drill.  Here is a tutorial:


The problem is the drill doesn't allow for thicker ropes.  The old fashioned ropemakers can make something thicker and stronger.
30  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: OTT Criminal Minds Swap Gallery on: May 16, 2012 01:44:48 PM
I'm so glad it made it and wasn't stuck somewhere in postal purgatory!
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