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21  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: June 19, 2017 06:16:36 AM
Challenge: ironchef June
House: ravenclaw
Project: greek-ish salad
Tom is rather pleased that iron chef is now official because he knows it's an extra invective for me to actually make dinner occasionally!! (I have little personal challenge where every term I try to do as many hpc projects as I can Smiley a bit like sports people trying to beat their personal bests!)
Put a packet of puy lentils in to simmer for 45 mins. While they're cooking
- roughly chop an iceburg lettuce
- de-stone and halve a jar of black olives
- halve a punnet of baby plum tomatoes
- halve a bag of sugar snap peas
- slice a few stalks of celery
- dice a cucumber
Mix everything then split into two bowls
Into bowl 'Tom' and half a diced red onion, some diced feta and some grated parmesa. Mix balsamic vinegar and olive oil, with a pinch of rosemary, to dress.
Into bowl 'Vikki' add some 'vegan salad cheese' and some nutritional yeast flakes. (No dressing because it's gross)

Once lentils are cooked, drain them and rinse in cold water until cool. Add a couple of handfuls to each bowl. Mix!

Squeeze a quarter of a lime over each bowl

Put remaining lentils in fridge for going in salads all week, nom nom nom
Picture is of bowl 'vikki' Cheesy

Class: potions
House: ravenclaw
Project: vegan choc-orange brownies
Being a vegan, if you get a craving for brownies really the only solution is to make em yourself!
I used this recipe, replacing the egg and butter with vegan substitutes. Good quality dark chocolate is usually vegan, so that wasnt a problem but finding a dark chocolate orange with no milk was a challenge! I ended up asking my flatmate to pick some up on her way home from work, since she passes a fancy chocolate shop! I also added a layer of hazelnuts on top, because it's tasty!
I'm not sure if it was the vegan substitutions, or the hazelnuts, but I had to cook this for almost twice the time to get it to cook through, and after that is was rather more very moist cake than gooey-brownie, but it still tasted good!

FiberAlchemist - I've been working on my summer bucket list! Here are my first few items ticked off!
Making Popsicles! (Well, kind of...)
I don't actually have a popsicle mould, and since when I move (in the next couple of months) we won't have a freezer I'm reluctant to buy one... So I hope you'll except my frozen fruit quarters instead - I made frozen orange quarters (these were always my favorite treat, my grandad used to make for me when I was little because we couldn't really afford store brought icepops), and I now have some melon slices in the freezer for when I get home from work tonight!
Play Frisbee -
I was unexpectedly on standby for our matinee show on Saturday, so I managed to get done all the dissertation reading I had brought to do between shows - which meant that instead I could go to the park with my colleagues in the break. We ate 'Tesco picnic' (everyone goes to the shop and buys ready to eat stuff to share) and played frisbee Smiley you have no idea how much I loved being able to chill out in my break instead of doing stoopid university work!
Go for a bike ride
Well since I cycle to work each day that could be easy to tick off, but I felt that that want really in the spirit of the challenge. Instead, Tom and I cycled to the tourist attraction we were visiting yesterday (some 4000 year old man made caves,, the druids carved them as an underground maze), we found a nice route mostly through the parks, about 3.5 miles each way, with some good hills and nice weather Smiley

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22  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: June 12, 2017 05:22:09 AM
My First projects of the term!
Tom has been starting with my parents for a couple of weeks now, as his show is on tour to their town. So, after my exam, I headed up to visit them all for a few days  Grin

Challenge: anniversary '13 kitchen
House: ravenclaw
Project: fruit salad
Tom and I were rather tried and hungover on Friday, (following the election party!) - we cycled to the local greengrocer to pick up the makings of fruit salad and recuperates in the sun!
Fruit salad:
Chop and de-stone:
- a pound of cherries
- a punnet of strawberries
- 3 white nectarines
- 2 apples
- 2 oranges
- 2 pears
- A bunch of grapes
Squeeze the juice of a lime over it all to stop browning, and mix
Serve with yougurt to taste

We actually made this same fruit salad twice, since it was so good we went back to the greengrocer to make the same thing for everyone's supper!

Challenge: anniversary '15 celebrate library
House: ravenclaw
Project: origami flowers
Book recommendation: the graduate by Charles Webb
Some friends and I went to see Tom's current production, The Graduate - then we threw a party afterwards to celebrate the show and seeing each other again Smiley
I always make Tom paper flowers when I go to see his shows

Challenge: anniversary '16 mirror of erised
House: ravenclaw
Project: tee shirt refit
I wanted to wear my Corbyn tee shirt for the election party I was going to (basically a room of lefties staying up all night watching the results role in) - since it was the size of a tent on me, I took it in. I'm not that confident in a sewing machine, especially with stretchy fabric, so I actually first brought a cheap tee to practice on! I'm glad I did, because I also planned on braiding the neckline but hated how that looked on the practice tee! So I just cut the neck too make it off the shoulder, which is what I do with pretty much all men's cut tees.

Challenge: floo moon
House: ravenclaw
Project: channa saag
I'm reflecting the light of my favorite vegan recipe source: Isa Chandra, and one of my favorite of her dishes is get channa saag. Normally Tom does our cooking but I had a few days off work so I made dinner for once! Everyone - even my mum and dad who were target skeptical of the vegan food - enjoyed it

Challenge: Head June
House: ravenclaw
Project: sparkly converse
I painted my new red converse with red glitter! Yay! its actually leather paint, so I don't think it will last that long as the canvas bends more than leather would and i think the paint will crack
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23  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: June 05, 2017 07:11:52 AM
Challenge: floo Kyoto
House: ravenclaw
Project: kintsugi mug
The Japanese tradition of kintsugi is to repair objects with gold, based on the idea that things are made more beautiful by having been broken. I truly believe this, for people as well as objects!
My favorite mug got smashed, so I repaired it with gold paint along the edges of the shards - and used it to rehome this little succulent Smiley
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24  Re: Did he say diagonally? in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: June 01, 2017 04:02:52 PM
We've had a couple of fantastic new donations to Diagon Alley!

Welcome to...
Diagon Alley

The Octopus's Garden
The wondrous Abbeeroad has donated
A gorgeous hand stamped mandala scarf

Patty's Palace
The wonderful Patty_o_furniture has donated
A pair of these epic Harry Lego earrings

*ships internationally*

Thank you so much to all our wonderful contributors Smiley

I will be doing draws and sortying out prozes over the next few hours - please remember if you don't have location details listed on your profile (just a country is fine!) I can't include you - we are international, but some of our prize givers cannot post internationally, so I cannot include you if I don't know where abouts you are. Thanks guys!
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25  Hexie Rainbow Rug in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by noodle-bug on: May 31, 2017 10:07:34 AM

This rug was a labour of love! fortunately, I really enjoyed doing it, I've been working on it on and if for a couple of years now; first making all the hexies, then sorting them into colours and sewing up. And it's finally finished!! I adore it, it makes me happy every time I see it, and as you see even my cat approves  Grin

It's made of 769 1-inch hexies, most of which were from leftover fabrics (or friend's leftovers, since I raided a few scrap boxes too). One if this things I love about EPP is that it lets you make use of what world otherwise be wasted; for example all my templates were made out of old homework sheets!

The back is just plain wool felt, and I sewed (is sewed a word??) a row of hexies all around the edge of the reverse of the top piece to give a nice edge.

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26  Re: Did he say diagonally? in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: May 24, 2017 03:51:55 AM
Speaking of the end of term, we've had more amazing prizes donated for the feast!

Quote from: noodle-bug l :)ink=topic=451352.msg5426280#msg5426280 date=1484511601

Noodle's Notion Nest
Noodle-bug has donated...

A skein of fingering weight yarn, hand dyed in a gorgeous gradient by independent dyer Little Boo Yarns

Noodle-bug has also donated a Japanese Komebukuro bag kit, with all you need to make yourself a reversible bag in traditional style - including original kimono fabrics, drawstring, wadding and (of course) full instructions

*ships worldwide*

The Alchemist's Crucible
The Fabulous FibreAlchemist has donated
A cute-as-pie baby pheonix plushie

(Your Fawkes won't be wearing a Santa hat, since it's June y'all.)

THANK YOU to all our donors - You're part of what makes the HPC the great community it is!
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27  Potions dungeon in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: May 23, 2017 04:37:00 PM
Potions Dungeon

Severus Snape Appreciation Society

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28  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: May 22, 2017 04:21:59 PM
Class: transfiguration
House: ravenclaw
Project: garter stitch stripes blanket square
I love how squishy, soft and bouncy garter stitch is, like a bunny!
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29  Floo da ba de da ba dah in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: May 16, 2017 04:03:57 PM
He took a deep breath, scattered the powder into the flames, and stepped forward; the fire felt like a warm breeze; he opened his mouth and immediately swallowed a lot of hot ash.
Mistress Jennie & Deputy Headmistress Noodle-bug are trying to get to Honeydukes, but something has gone wrong.... Where are they?

A Pinch of Floo Powder
Every 2 weeks (usually on a monday) A new challenge will be posted, taking us to explore a different place
Students may complete and post a craft based on that theme to earn 15 House Points, and a badge.  Once a new challenge is posted, you have until midnight Central time that day to finish posting the "old" challenge.
As with all things HPC, you are welcome to do any, all, or none of these challenges. They are just a way to inspire your own magical crafting adventures!

keep your elbows tucked in, shut your eyes, don’t fidget, don’t panic, and take care to get out at the right grate
This week we are in...
Moroccan design is sumptuous, and contains many distinctive elements; key amongst these is the use of repetitive geometric patterns, often silhouetted in dark colours against bright backgrounds. Please craft something which features rather a repeated geometric pattern, or silhouette elements.

Previous Floo challenge badges this semester;
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30  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: May 15, 2017 03:25:49 PM
Love the drop spindles!

Challenge: head's challenge - may
House: ravenclaw
Project: 3rd 4-square
It's the third quarter starter for my blanket - and it's consists of 3 squares, plus an extra just in case Wink

Challenge: House Pride
House: ravenclaw
Project: 4th 4-square
Including a lovely ravenclaw blue square!

Class: MS
House: ravenclaw
Project: moss stitch blanket square
One of the things I believe is that we should make full use of things, repair, recycle, or find uses for the leftovers - to avoid waste. My blanket squares all use left overs from other knitting projects. This is some noro remaining from knitting bedsocks Smiley
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