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1  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by midkiffsjoy on: August 18, 2017 04:07:38 PM
OMG MOONFLAME.  Your dangly charm IS SO SPARKLY!!!!!!!


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Happy little bobbins
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Brief Description: I started and then got really excited and couldn't stop making bobbins.  "Lively, busy, fun" meant using the rectangle pieces out of the assorted bag, and painting them yellow.  Smiley
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Oil table lamp stand
Brief Description: When I was growing up our farm regularly lost power.  We still do occasionally.  Everytime we do we fire up the oil lamps, but we put them on tables which isn't very efficient.  Everytime we use an oil lamp I think about how much further the light would go if it was up higher, like a table lamp, or a lampstand.  So why don't they make oil lamp stands?  Did they?  I don't know.  I've seen hanging oil lamps but never a lamp stand.  I ordered a replacement oil lamp bracket bowl, and bought a used table lamp.  I dismantled the table lamp.  I had to drill out the bowl's bolt hole using oil so the bowl, which is cast iron, wouldn't crack.  I managed to use the all thread rod that came with the lamp to bolt the bowl to the top of that lamp.  IT WORKS.  My theory is sound.  Now to run with it......  
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2  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by midkiffsjoy on: July 31, 2017 09:40:11 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle worthy Excuse Office Floo Power (Denmark)
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Halloween Town doll dress
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Brief Description: I picked Denmark for my past Project that I didn't turn in.  I wanted to but I've not been well so I didn't have the energy.  I thought about it the whole second week.  I sat and thought about it all the last day.  I tried to work on it, but I just didn't have the energy so I just gave up.  The project itself is a Halloween dress for a vintage 60's Horsman doll I found in a thrift store that needs lots of clothes, inspired by St. Helen's, Oregon, where Halloween Town was filmed.  They annually reassume the identity of Halloween Town, the location of the story Halloween Town which is one of our favorite Halloween movies.  The waistline is too low and the skirt is too long, but not bad for a first try of a pattern I had to resize just for her.  I even need to take up the sides so I added a sash in the back.  I need to start taking notes on my patterns. 
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3  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by midkiffsjoy on: July 03, 2017 09:48:02 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder:New Mexico
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Redwork Panel in Yellow
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Brief Description: Redwork is a particular style of monochrome embroidery done in Turkey Red embroidery floss that came available only in the early part of the 20th century.  It was all the rage at the time.  My piece of Redwork is done COMPLETELY in pansy yellow.  Bwahahahaha
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4  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by midkiffsjoy on: June 30, 2017 09:33:08 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress Challenge: June/Invisibility Cloak
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Jumper
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Brief Description: It turns out AnnoyingBabySister has gone 7" since I started sewing the girls dresses 2 years ago.  Those are barely shirts now.  In fact, while going through their wardrobe in preparation for Summer programs we discovered they've outgrown over HALF of their clothes.  So, I need to sew some more.  First out of the tub was a grey men's shirt of cotton/linen content.  I intended to make a skirt but AnnoyingLittleSister saw a jumper on Pintrest so I tried to make it.  Not too horrible for my first try *cross fingers*.  If nothing else a very usuful item of play clothes. 
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5  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by midkiffsjoy on: June 19, 2017 01:16:15 PM
I couldn't figure out what to do for Muggle Studies, but then I had an idea.....

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Cream Filled Cupcakes
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Brief Description:  For my hidden element I made cupcakes with whipping cream piped into the center. 

Yellow Cupcakes
1 box of Pillsbury Yellow cake mix, 1c water, 1/2 butter, 3 eggs

Set oven for 350f.  Spray cupcake pans.  Beat water, butter, eggs, and cake mix together.  Spoon batter into pans.  Bake at 350f until they pass the toothpick test.  Refer to chart on box for approximate time.  LET COOL.

Whipping cream
3c whipping cream.  1 1/2c sugar.  1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Pour chilled whipping cream into mixing bowl.  Mix vanilla into whipping cream on low and then add sugar slowly.  Mix on low for several minutes.  Mix on high until the whipping cream becomes whipped cream. 

Assembly
Place cooled cupcakes on a plate.  Use a piping bag to pipe whipped cream into cupcakes.  Top cupcakes with whipped cream.  Add toppings if you wish.  In this case I sprinkled crushed buterfingers on top.

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6  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by midkiffsjoy on: June 19, 2017 08:19:33 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures Class (CoMC)
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Dormant Box
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Brief Description: When your mushroom block has had a few flushes and you want to get a few more you put your block in a safe, dark space (like an empty cabinet) for a week before soaking it in water.  I don't have an empty cabinet.  I don't know anyone who DOES have an empty cabinet.  So I built a dormant box for my mushroom blocks.  I used a clear plastic tub that I already had.  I tried to cut the vent hole with my box cutter but the tub walls are much thicker than the lid and it went bad quickly.  I wound up using a drimel cutting blade and then using the box cutter to clean up the melted edges.  I drilled holes and bolted on a vent cover with window screening so nothing can get inside to damage my mushroom blocks.  Lastly I painted the outside of the box, the lid, and the box latches black so no light can get through.  It's a safe, ventilated, dark place for my mushroom blocks to go dormant.  COMPLETELY safe from Nifflers.  
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder: The Moon
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Hackle
Project Page Link (if available):https://yarnzombie.wordpress.com
Brief Description: I've wanted to build a hackle for a long time but I couldn't find nails long enough.  Then I found a lady on Pintrest who used hair picks!!!!  The only hair picks I could find were orange so I painted my hackle's bar green so they look like orange tulips.  Smiley
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Spinning Wheel Bobbins
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Brief Description: Decades ago I wanted to learn how to spin, but had no idea how to access how.  Then I met people who knew how to drop spindle, and I was was afraid to learn.  Then I learned how to drop spindle and I was afraid to learn how to use a spinning wheel.  Then Netchez got me an Ashford Traditional and I built it the maidens and flyer it was missing.
But I was still very much afraid to build bobbins.  And I NEED bobbins.  Somehow, during the move up to the big farm, I lost 3 of my 5 bobbins.  We stopped by the weaving store and they don't carry any bobbins that would work for an Ashford Traditional.  I looked online and their price had gone up (though not as outrageous as the bobbins for some *other* wheels).  So I gave up and tried to make bobbins.  These four are made from wooden pieces that came in an assorted bag.  I cut, and drilled the dowels myself. I glued them all together, painted them blue, because mountians always make me think of blue, and then tried painting mountians on them. Now I'm ready for Tour de Fleece.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Pride
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Whoopie Pies
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Brief Description: I've been in the mood for whoopie pies so I made some.  

Whoopie Pies

Cake
1 Betty Crocker Devils Food Cake Mix
3 tbsp water
1/2c butter
2 eggs

Heat oven as directed in chart on box.  Grease cupcake pan.  Stir ingredients.  Spread in cupcake  pan.  Bake as directed in chart or until cup cakes pass the toothpick test.  

Whipped Cream
2c Heavy whipping cream
1c sugar
Food dye

Pour heavy whipping cream into mixer bowl.  Add food coloring to suit.  Mix on low.  Slowly add sugar.  Mix on low for several minutes.  Mix on high until it becomes whipped cream.

Assembly

LET CUPCAKES COOL.  This is important so your whipping cream doesn't melt.  Cup your cupcakes in half and spoon huge dollops of whipping cream between the two halves.  Serve.
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7  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by midkiffsjoy on: June 02, 2017 11:29:40 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: A Summer shirt for AnnoyingBigSister
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Brief Description: It's been a while since I sewed the play dresses for AnnoyingLittleSister and AnnoyingBabySister.  AnnoyingBabySister is especially hard on them, but will wear nothing else, so they are taking quite a beating.  I felt they could use more play dresses.  So I pulled an old adult shirt from my thrift stash and went to cutting.  I cut off the sleeves.  I cut off the collar.  I worked on my merry little way without thought to pattern.  I took half hearted measurements and made up what I was doing as I went along, not even bothering to look at any of the other play dresses I sewed them.  A mistake, I think.  I finished with a, " This doesn't really look like what I was going for", and a rousing game of, "here you try this on.  You next." insued.  The girls tried it on one by one and while AnnoyingBabySister dearly loves it, it looks like a Grecian potato sack on her.  However, on AnnoyingBigSister it looks like a boutique summer top.  Here's to three girls fighting over an item of clothing I was disappointed with.  Rofl. 
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8  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by midkiffsjoy on: May 31, 2017 09:39:54 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention in the Dungeon: March
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Skirt Repair WIP
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Brief Description: I sewed the girls a skirt from a man's dress shirt and embroidered the pockets in bluework a few semesters ago.  They LOVED it.  They wore it all the time, and everywhere.  One day a nail snagged the skirt and it ripped.  I sewed the patch and glued it on, but then I couldn't find the white crochet thread, so it got set aside.  I finally gave up and used embroidery thread.  The cotton skirt is so much easier to mend than denim jeans, but embroidery thread is horrible compared to crochet thread.  But, it's finally done. 
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention in the Dungeon: May
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Baby Dress for AnnoyingBabySister WIP
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Brief Description: I was going through boxes, and I found this little dress I started making for AnnoyingBabySister when she was just born.  I never finished it, and now she's 5 years old.  I had to turn and stitch the hemline, sew the button holes (which always scares me), and whip stitch the interfacing (I almost have the hang of it now.  Not one stich shows on the outside!!!!)  It doesn't fit her, of course, so she voted for it to be put on the childhood doll who desperately needs a new dress.
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9  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by midkiffsjoy on: May 31, 2017 08:22:54 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Chick Brooder from scratch
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Brief Description: After rehabbing the craigslist chick brooder I decided to build one for AnnoyingLittleSister's and AnnoyingBabySister's bantam chickens (chibi chickens).  It took so much longer than it should have.  I knocked the basic frame out in a day, but it took me another several weeks to manage the rest of it. It was a very SLOW project.  Now that it's finished it I love it.  It's solid as a rock, and all of the solar lights are awesome.
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10  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by midkiffsjoy on: May 15, 2017 07:48:21 AM
Sorry I disapeared again.  I wore myself out on a fence and swung low again so I've been sitting and staring at walls all drooly.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Coraline top whorl drop spindle
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Brief Description: Coraline went through the wall because her parents didn't listen and she felt alone.  There was a definite lack of communication in that household.  It's easy to get caught up with our busy lives and not be as present as we'd like to be.  There's always something happening to take up your attention.  When I saw the big wooden buttons I knew I had to use one to make a drop spindle.  ALL the rich spinners have a huge collection of drop spindles and it's easy to be envious.  I want pretty spindles too.  I painted the button black like the buttons the other mother makes children sew over their eyes, and painted the spindle shaft blue like Coraline's hair.  I used nail polish because it's an enamel and will leave a strong finish.  The blue is actually iridescent.  Seeing it reminds me to put down what I'm doing to listen to the family, because listening is an important part of communication.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder: Volcano
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: The niddy niddy that's not blue.
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Brief Description: I have lost my bobbins.  I have only two left.  I can't spin any of the luxurious fiber that comes in my boxes with only two full bobbins.  The yarn has to come off the bobbins.  For many years I've gotten yarn off bobbins in a variety of ways that isn't a nice, simple, standard niddy noddy.  I've always meant to make one, I even started to make one once, but it was a project that was never fruitful.  Well screw that.  I sorted through my left over pieces and found two bits of end table leg connected by a cross piece.  I cut the pieces to length, sanded the old finish off, stained it federal blue, sanded where I wanted wood to show through the finish, and polyed it.  Turned out dark brown.  NOT how I expected it, or wanted it to.  Now I have a very functional, boring, ugly brown niddy noddy.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress Challenge: May
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Drop spindles for the monsters
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Brief Description: Any time I try to spin the kids beg for time on my wheel.  I'll take my bobbin off, put theirs on, they'll sit for a minute and then be off.  I feel bad if I don't aqueous, but it takes forever to change bobbins and then they don't spin for long (not to mention they don't want to spin while I'm NOT spinning).  This has actually led to me not spinning, and avoiding spinning to avoid the situation altogether.  That won't do.  We visited the house of a local spinner and Angora goat farmer this week to pick up a water trough.  It became clear I needed to start spinning again.  But what to do about the monsters?  I made a trip to hobby lobby for supplies, sat down in my chair, and made them each their own drop spindle, to decorate as they pleased, to use instead of my wheel.  They have each come to me in turn suggesting in would probably be easier to spin on the wheel..... back to the drawing board.
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ERIN!!!!!  I haven't forgotten about you, I'm mulling an awesome idea over in my head!!!! Cheesy
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