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1  Time Turner Necklace and Ravenclaw Bangle in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by caroleella on: October 16, 2011 07:34:34 AM
For the latest HP swap, I made my partner two jewelry items.  First, I made this Time Turner decorative necklace.  She already had one based off the real Time Turner, but I wanted to make one that was a bit more discreet and more prudent to wear in an every day situation.  I'm also going to be making one for myself haha.  The pieces do spin, but not in different directions like the real one.

My partner's house was Ravenclaw, so I also made her a bracelet based off this tutorial.  I've actually used this technique tons of times since I found it last Christmas and I think the bracelets look really cool, though I prefer them for decoration than for actual wearing since they tend to bang around on the wrist a bit.

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2  Re: Back to Hogwarts Gallery in The Swap Gallery by caroleella on: October 15, 2011 11:38:46 AM
I received the most AMAZING package from Indigo_Roses yesterday!!  You guys, I was completely blown away when I opened it and so much awesomeness tumbled out.

Yesterday it was absolutely POURING out, so I was a little distressed to know that my package would arrive and have to sit in the rain.  Fortunately, the package was completely ensconced in packing tape and pictures from the movies!

The speech bubbles say, "Die Umbridge!" "Thanks Dumbles" "Crap! Harry!"

Here is a group shot of all the wonderful things I was sent (pretend there's lemon drops in this picture):

First we have some HP stickers:

Indigo_Roses sent me one of her transfiguration attempts: turning a mouse into a snuffbox.  She's almost got it!  Look's like there's a little Gryffindor action going on with it (did I mention Pottermore sorted me into Gryffindor?)

Then a ton of stuff from Honeydukes!  Three chocolate frogs in the new Christmas-themed packaging, some every-flavor-beans, cockroach clusters, lemon drops from Dumbledore, and licorice wands Redvines (what the hell can't they do???)

She also sent me not one, not two, but HALF A DOZEN pygmy puffs!!  I'm so excited to have my own puffs <3

Now we start getting seriously serious.  A beautiful Ravenclaw scarf, book colors, that I can't wait to wear all winter long

And the pièce de résistance, A BEAUXBATONS AFGHAN.  Since I transferred from Hogwarts to Beauxbatons, after all.  It is so beautiful.  I can't handle it.  I cannot articulate how wonderful it is.  First picture for detail, second picture is true colors, third picture shows detail of the whole blanket.

I cannot express thoroughly enough to the lovely Indigo_Roses how much I love what she sent me.  She was a wonderful partner and she a truly talented crafter!
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3  Green Themed Bento Lunch in Recipes and Cooking Tips by caroleella on: August 02, 2011 08:13:35 PM
During my - very brief - stint as a camp counselor, I took the opportunity to make myself bento lunches.  I had to pack a lunch since we were in the middle of the woods, and who doesn't want a cute lunch??  I decided to match my lunch to the theme of the week and this bento is from "going green" week.

Top left: mini spanakopitas made from wonton wrappers; spinach pasta (there's a sauce container with pesto beneath the pasta)
Top right: unshelled "tea egg" that isn't tea flavored; kinpira made with "rainbow slaw" which I think was cabbage, broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower; mustard in the sauce container and the green-wrapper cheese wedge (garlic herb I think) for the egg
Bottom left: pesto chicken mushroom salad, I just packed it with the spinach and pesto on top
Bottom right: green grapes and a kiwi
On the side: "mojito" pudding - vanilla lime pudding with mint leaves

A picture of a shelled "tea egg".  I hard boiled the egg then cracked the shell all around.  Soak in tea - or in this case, water with green food coloring - and let sit overnight.  I've never actually had a real tea egg haha
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4  Placemats in Weaving: Completed Projects by caroleella on: July 30, 2011 09:38:47 AM
So these placemats were my final weaving project at school (Spring '10).  I had wanted to make placemats the whole year I took weaving, but I could never finagle a project's requirements into a placemat.  I'm not much into the "art" aspect of weaving.  I am much more enamored with the idea of creating a textile, a usable piece of cloth, when cloth is such a basic element of everyday life.  To me, creating cloth is like creating wood or water.  It's totally magical.

I don't even remember what the assignment was... I think it was something general like "use techniques from this semester."  I think I may have just said to my professor, "I really want to make placemats.  So I'm going to."

I also don't really remember the details of weaving this.  I wove on a four harness jack loom.  I think it's cotton?  It looks similar to the yarn I bought a couple weeks ago, which is 8/4 cotton carpet warp.  I got the pattern from The Handweaver's Pattern Directory, which is probably my favorite weaving resource.  The whole thing took about 20 hours from warp board to cutting off, but when I finally got weaving, each placemat only took about 45 minutes.  I wove four of them and had enough warp for at least two more, but by then it was 3AM the night before the final, and I wasn't staying haha.  Very glad I wasn't paying for that yarn!

Fake action shot #1

Fake action shot #2

Close up of the pattern.  You can also just barely see that my warp and weft yellows are very slightly different.  I ran out of the warp yellow and had to improvise.

Another shot of the pattern.  My favorite part is actually the red on red block.

Outdoor shot for a more accurate look at the color.  I never realized how wonky my edges are!
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