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1  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Yule Term 2017/18*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by jenleahlynn on: October 30, 2017 06:37:48 AM
Abbeeroad - love the dustin patches, the starwars fabric is a nice touch

class/challenge- Alchemy
project- trunks and treasure

Each year our church does Trunks and Treasure the sunday before Halloween. Everyone parks their decorated car in the parking lot, and the kids trick or treat from car to car. we also have a carnival in the gym. We went with a 'fisher of men' theme using lots of color and simple elements. I was inspired by several examples on pinterest.  I found an under the sea table cloth to use as a backdrop inside the van. I also had blue blankets for the floor, but it was cold, and our candy passerouters needed them. It was also windy, so it took lots of ducktape to hang the crepepaper sea weed, and blue balloon water drops. We used colored balloons with drawn on faces, as well as blowup fish from vbs a couple years ago. I also borrowed a light from my son's room with moving fish on it. It was a really fun project. The family with the winning car though brough a live donkey and a goat, how can you compete with that?
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2  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Yule Term 2017/18*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by jenleahlynn on: October 26, 2017 07:06:02 AM

class/challenge- flying
project-leaf luminary

Love my library. they have craft projects a couple times a month. To welcome in fall, this time we were making Luminaries to bring some of those beautiful fall colors inside. We used hot glue guns to attach artificial leaves to a mason jar. it worked best if you started layering at the top and worked your way around and down.

class/challenge- floo powder water park
project-gourdgous zentangle

Our library also has a zentangle class every couple months. this time the paper was tinted with ink, then we drew patterns on top inspired by nature, more curves and  less straight lines. the main one is refered to as 'gourdgous' and the curving lines resemble a gourd.

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3  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Yule Term 2017/18*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by jenleahlynn on: October 26, 2017 07:01:06 AM
tiamafire- love the zebra and your hopeful attitude. I also have a rare illness, and I found a facebook group for people with the same type to be very helpful.

class/challenge- COMC
project -apple sauce

this recipie is easy, and leaves tons of leftovers. I have a container in the fridge, and a couple more in the freezer. I'm still working that way through the box of apples i bought.

Apple Sauce in big batches

roughly quarter apples to fill your largest pot, for me this was about 4 quarts.
add 2 cups of water, or apple juice.
bring to a boil, then simmer stirring occasionally until apples are soft. roughly 1/2 hour.
let apples cool before straining.

I have a saucemaker with a crank, so I don't have to peel or core the apples. the strainer makes a very smooth sauce. I put it into containers to freeze, but it can also be canned.

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4  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Yule Term 2017/18*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by jenleahlynn on: October 17, 2017 08:01:01 AM
edelC -sound like you made good use of your time. the needle felted angel is adorable

update on my knitting owl. after a week, i showed my progress to the freind who was teaching me, and she suggested I switch to a longer needle, I didn't know they came in diffrent diameters as well as lengths. I had to start over, but it wasn't slipping off the ends as much, and it's looking better. there is also still tearing out as I go, but i'm feeling good about the progress I've made. It's just over halfway done. when it's done I'll fold it over and sew up the edges to make a pillow.

class/challenge- head mistress/ pumpkin juice
project- poisoned pumpkin

Our library had a program last night painting small pumpkins. I decided to go with the poisoned apple from snow white. my son wanted to know if we baked it, would that make a poisoned pumpkin pie?
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5  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Yule Term 2017/18*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by jenleahlynn on: October 16, 2017 12:37:25 PM
class/challenge- floo powder/ eye of the storm
project-apple crisp

fall is so hectic, kids going back to school, and activity schedules feeling up. It was nice to spend the afternoon at a church carry in. This one was specifically to let our staff know how much they are appreciated. It's apple season, so when I saw a good deal I couldn't pass up a bushel of them. That's 40 lbs, so I started with this apple crisp, but there will be lots of apple recipies to come.

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6  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by jenleahlynn on: September 30, 2017 05:05:36 PM
class/challenge- detention- August
project- pg 394 book mark

This book mark started as heavy white paper, that was drawn with ink and colored pencils, then laminated to make it more durable. I wouldn't want the colors rubbing off onto a book!

class/ project-detention june
project- tardis pillowcase

My son recieved this in a Doctor Who swap a few years ago. It's such a cute design, but after several washings, the ironed on details began to peel off. I took the time to repair it by embroidering around each dot with a blanket stitch. Now it's ready to go back onto his bed.

class/project- detention July
project- galaxy tardis

This started with a canvas that i experimented on, trying to paint a galaxy. It sat around a bit, and I later decopaged it with a tardis done in colored pencil on paper. The two work together really well!

class/challenge- Floo powder- Moracco
project- Snape Silhoutte lantern

I've been waiting for my partner in the back to hogwarts swap to recieve it so I can post. I started this with a kit with paperlanterns with punch out patterns. I trimmed a lot of it out, leaving the branches, and then drew the images onto the translucent paper with sharpies.

 once it's folded up, you can tuck a battery powered candle inside.

class/challenge- flying
house- gryffindor
project- strawberry cupcakes

My daughters overcame their fear of performing on stage, and performed in their first show choir competition. They've been working really hard all summer learning the songs and dances. They are freshman in high school, so joining a new group was a big step for them. Seeing her girls in sequins, heels, big hair and makeup was a big change for this mom as well. The parents were making cupcakes for afterwards. I used a strawberry mix to save time, but I found a recipe in the Cake Doctor cookbook for a fresh strawberry frosting. It's a bit soft but it tastes really good.

Strawberry Buttercream

3/4 cup fresh strawberries
1 stick butter softened
3 3/4 cup confectioners sugar

cut the green caps off of the strawberries, and puree them in a food processor. blend butter with a mixer until fluffy (30 sec) add sugar and strawberry puree. blend on low to combine, then increase speed and beat until fluffy. add mild if too thick, or increase sugar if too thin. 

craft/challenge- herbology
project- hair sticks

Also for the back to Hogwarts swap, my partner meantioned that she likes to wear her hair up in a bun with hairsticks. I started with chopsticks, cut them down to the right size and then turned them into a matching pair of wands that double as hairsticks.

craft/challenge- muggle studies
project- carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

My daughter loves carrot cake, but it's a lot of work peeling and grating all those carrots. I used a Duncan Heinz mix for the cake part, but using homemade frosting really improves it and no one knows its not completely done from scratch.

Cream cheese frosting

1 -8oz block cream cheese softened
1 stick butter softened
1 tsp vanilla
3 3/4 cups powdered sugar.

blend butter and cream cheese in a mixer. add vanilla and combine. once that is all blended with no lumps , add in sugar and mix well. this was enough for a 2 layer cake.

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7  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by jenleahlynn on: September 30, 2017 08:55:12 AM
project- doctors scarf bracelet

It's been awhile since I made a freindship bracelet, but it was pretty easy to clip it to a book and take it with me to work on during some down time at work. no tools needed! I did use a picture of the 4th doctors scarf so I could get the colors right.

class/challenge- charms
project- zentangle

This tile may be drawn in black and white, but the variety of zentangle patterns makes it lively, busy and fun to draw. I was so proud of it, I hung it on the fridge!

house- gryffindor
project-diadem bookmark

I made this for a swap in a facebook group. My partner is a ravenclaw, so I drew this sparkly diadem bookmark.
 it's not the real thing but it might still attract a nifler.

class/challenge- DADA
project- Moana card

I find the process of drawing zentangles to be calming. I started this one with the stone from Moana in the center, and filled the background in with wave patterns. The quote from the movie is also encouraging.


class/challenge- divination
project- wand

the handle of this wand is made from hot glue. It oozes from the gun, liquid and hot, but quickly cools and solidifies so it can be painted.

class/challenge- HOM
project- pumpkin spice body scrub

This scrub has that lovely golden color of butterbeer, even though it smells more spicy. Our library had a workshop this morning, getting ready for dry weather and chapped hands. It has sugar, coconut oil, vanilla and pumpkin spice in it.

class/ challenge-transfiguration
project-button bracelet

I experimented with buttons in diffrent sizes and colors, and ended up with a bracelet using these flat red and black buttons. simple and modern. it fastens by slipping the loop over the first button on the other end.

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8  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by jenleahlynn on: September 29, 2017 11:43:53 AM
class/challenge-house pride
project- fall wreath

Everyone seems to be getting their house ready for fall! I don't usually work with flowers, but our library was having a workshop, basically here's a wreath and a bunch of other fall stuff so have fun! after a bit of experimenting, I used the deep red ribbon along with flowers in red, gold, and a little orange and created this to welcome people to my house this fall.

class/challenge- potions
house -gryffindor
project-potions cutouts

I actually bought these wood cutouts on an end of the season sale last fall, and tucked them away. When I saw my partners list for the back to hogwarts I thought personalizing them with her favorite potions would be a great project. But where did I put them?! after a lot of searching in my craftroom I found them tucked away. I painted them with metallic paints, and added potions labels.

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9  Re: Back to Hogwarts - Round 7 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by jenleahlynn on: September 23, 2017 05:00:31 PM
I recieved from silentblair a couple days ago, but it's been so chaotic with kids activeties, I haven't been able to post until now. check out all my goodies! 

for my favorite spell, she made this "alohamora" sign. she also sent hooks so I can hang the car keys I am always losing along the bottom.

 This striped fabric with the honeydukes logo may have been one of hagrids hankies, but the colors look great in my yellow kitchen.

this stationary set, with a quill and scrolls is just waiting for my next owl post. even the box is cute

this hoop is tiny, but a sweet reminder of dobby. it will be right at home with my miniatures.

Thanks so much for the thoughtful package!
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10  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by jenleahlynn on: September 06, 2017 08:27:32 AM
class/challenge- quidditch #3 Vratsa Vultures
project- woodburn with watercolor

I recently bought a woodburner and I'm having a lot of fun experimenting with it. I bought and inexpensive package of wood tiles to play with. straight lines are easier for me than curved lines with the woodburning tips. I laid out a geometric shape and traced it with the tool, then used watercolors to fill in the sections.

class/ challenge-SOAR
project- flower on wood tile
 One of the tips it came with is a petal shape, so that was the perfect tool for creating this flower. i drew guidelines in pencil first so I could accuratly place the petals.

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