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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 58 ENTRIES / Re: Harry Potter Hogwarts Inspired Castle 13 Images on: January 06, 2011 06:55:07 AM
Thanks kindly! 

The trees and bushes were made with a lot of different things...some were made from pretzels, some were from air fresheners that we recycled/upcycled (whatever the kids are calling being frugal these days)...and some were snatched from the Dungeons and Dragons props.......lol
for those who weren't able to zoom, I'm so sorry......I did the close ups as much as I could, but the things takes up a whole entire card table......oi...
The very last pic is the Durmstrang ship. Smiley  (which some of you already knew)  Wink   

again, thanks for looking!!!
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 58 ENTRIES / Harry Potter Hogwarts Inspired Castle 13 Images on: January 04, 2011 01:59:15 PM
When I saw the announcement for the gingerbread house contest, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  I can remember like yesterday when my two girls, who are now little women (17 and 19 years of age as of today), started reading their first Harry Potter novel at the ages of  nine and eleven.  This is actually our first attempt at a gingerbread house, next year's might be on a smaller scale as this one takes up a card table! Tongue

The gingerbread makes up most of the castle, except for the turrets, which are ....shhhh.......Ice cream cones.  The whole thing was mortared together with white icing, sprayed with a caramel coloring, and the windows and brick and turret toppings, as well as the roads and big doors were done with sugar glass and my other secret weapon.......sunflower seeds.  My other secret weapon for the great hall and the look of the columns were done with pretzles.....and of course the Yule effect was done with powdered confectioners sugar and a flour sifter. Some of the figures were molded out of a cream cheese and confectioner's sugar "paste", some are marzipan.....and some are non-edible. Smiley

I have tried to do honor and justice to the creators of this magical world, although there was MUCH "communication" about the vast creative interpretations of the castle over the last ten years.  The family  in particular loved the Yule Ball time period, so I chose to use that as the theme, and to build my own "vision" from the shoulders of the masters.   Hope you enjoy viewing it as much as I did making it.  

Also, I would like to point out that since it was a large undertaking, there are lots of hidden goodies in the pics, so if you zoom in or enlarge, you may just see a giant spider, or a dragon, or maybe even a doxie or two in your wanderings.  Happy Hunting! Smiley  

addendum:  I will try to answer questions the best I can on this forum pertaining to this project, however, my computer has met with a bad battery/cord problem, so I am sans computer right now and typing this from the most wonderful neighbor in the world's computer. Cheesy  

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Kat Von Dee Inspired Shirts on: October 11, 2010 10:24:05 PM
always loves everything you do...but I may be biased (get it....bias??  I slay me~!)
Wink Cheesy
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: husband's tie to sunglass holder on: October 11, 2010 10:15:53 PM
too cute....I could totally see this being used for a cellphone as well....
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: !MEOW! ~Kitty ears and collar on: October 11, 2010 10:14:25 PM
cute and very well done!!! I'm aghast that the felt was going to be thrown away...tsk, tsk, ...you'd think a teacher would be more ecosensitive and green that that....all that hard earned taxpayer money going into a garbage chute Sad
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Halloween-themed Necklaces on: October 11, 2010 10:10:19 PM
these are really neat.......I'm especially partial to the creative seashell unicorn horn one......
7  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Help! Ideas for Halloween/Harry Potter party for DD!!! on: October 11, 2010 03:16:31 PM
hope this helps and good luck....we love harry in our house....!!!!!

bernie bott's every flavored bean
glasses for the kids
lightening scars with black or red or purple makeup pencil
pretzel rod chocolate dipped "wands" with a variety of colored sugars and sprinkles (let the kids make their own "wand"..big hit)
green gummy frogs (and other assorted scary creepy gummy animals)
chocolate cupcakes with green and white or green and red..(or you know.....whatever) swirled on top (make one color in a spiral on top and then fill in with next color in spiral pattern)  add a mini pretzel stick for a "cauldron stirring stick"

google "mandrake pot costume"
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(incidentally, cryinggoddess made a cool felt harry potter ravenhouse plushie, and you can always check out my sugarskull link on this forum as well Wink hint, hint......lol!!!)  
8  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: sugar skulls and recipe without meringue powder and misc on: October 09, 2010 04:58:22 PM
thanks so much.....they're actually a lot easier than people think...
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Nurse mask- EPIC FAIL on: October 09, 2010 01:42:06 PM
this is what I did for the silent hill nurse mask...as you can see, I still have to paint the rest the outfit..

in addendum.....you gotta love kids with mac and cheese.....mine are grown now (19 and 17) , but man, do I remember the days of finding waffles or pop tarts or applesauce in the vcr and video game machines......lolllll..

I just used one of those paper mache face masks and covered it in red, white, grey and brown paint, then attatched an elastic band to go around my head, then covered the whole thing up with a long gauzy scarf wrapped around my head...I'm going to tuck the excess in under the scarf or into the outfit somewheres.....

10  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / sugar skulls and recipe without meringue powder and misc on: October 09, 2010 01:18:29 PM
still getting my halloween creative freak on....the pics don't do justice to the skulls, but hopefully you get the gist..I used a skull ice tray I found at the dollar tree, and candy molds from ervan guttman that I have sitting around the kitchen...

recipe for sugar sculpture (skulls and misc)
3 cups of granulated sugar
2 tablespoons water

Knead together until sugar sticks together in lumps.  Color or tint by adding a drop of color before you knead the sugar.  Pack into molds cavities and smooth off any excess.  Let stand until a crust forms and then pop out of mold..(for small and thin molds this can be done in ten minutes, but I usually wait till next day, just to be sure)

you can also use most recipes for cake fondant in molds with same time frame..though, to be sure, the sugar recipe is the best for hardness..

and here is one more with cream cheese...

3 oz. cream cheese
food coloring as desired
flavoring as desired
2 1/4 cup of confectioner sugar
Beat cream cheese until soft.  add coloring and flavoring ..gradually add sugar.  Knead until consistency is like pie dough..(for firmer mix, add sugar)..roll into marble sized balls..dip one side into granulated sugar *colored or otherwise*..place ball, sugar side down, into cavity of mold, pressing from edge to center.  unmold at once onto wax paper.  makes 24 pieces for typical mold size..

for the spider egg sac deviled eggs, I took the best of both ...martha stewarts spiderweb egg trick and the cute little olive spiders that I saw sitting on top of the deviled eggs on a bunch of halloween food websites...we also colored some of the eggs purple after peeling for variety sake....I could also see this being done with green for dragons eggs or what have you....thanks for looking!! (more pics below)

I'm going back to this weekend's craft obsession...mini hats!!!

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