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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: December 31, 2012 08:06:45 PM
Pottermouth: On the shelf of my bedroom closet, next to my pjs - because after book 3, they're too big to fit under my pillow!

Patty_o: I'm totally going to make that for our LEGO team! An easy recipe with no nuts, red food coloring or high-fructose corn syrup? I'm there!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: December 29, 2012 05:52:42 PM
Welcome, MommaAquaheart! Now you have "de-lurked." Cheesy I love the mini-hoopla!

Gr33nT3a, I love the bento, especially the nori cut-out kappa!

Noodle_bug, I want to try that recipe! I'll have to see if our grocery store has any panettone left.

Technicolor, the cupake is adorable. And ErinA, I love the house crest ornaments! I'm tucking that idea away for our Hogwarts Halloween Feast next year!

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: December 26, 2012 08:16:38 PM
Consultingcorsair, congrats on the full-sized Weasley sweater! I still haven't made one, but I'm feeling more confident now that I've made the tiny one!

Eiseldora, I'm going to try that bread, and best wishes to your MiL. I know having soft footwear can really help.

Welcome, Solitary Cricket! I'm in awe of all those French knots!

Hufflepuff Quidditch Tryouts

Patty_O has kindly offered me the job of Hufflepuff Quidditch Captain. Please join the team if you're so inclined! It's a little-known fact that Professor Sprout is a great tactician (and she always treats us to butterbeer after practice).

Hufflepuff Quidditch Challenge: Our house is known for fair play. Create an item that represents good sportsmanship - a thank-you card for your child's coach, encouragement for your favorite athlete, or anything else that brings out the best in the world of sports, magical or Muggle. When you post, tell me what position you would like to play!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: December 23, 2012 02:05:29 PM
Wow, Technicolor, those koi are lovely! Freakie, congrats to your parents - I'm sure they'll love their snowflake! And the_essence, I'm definitely going to try those pancakes.

Class/Challenge: Potions
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Mini Weasley Sweater
Brief Description: I used the pattern in the book Charmed Knits, by Alison Hansel. This is in Knit Picks Palette yarn with size 0 needles. If I measure on the diagonal (or if you were actually wearing it, so the arms aren't sticking out straight) it comes in under four inches square!

Class/Challenge: Study of Ancient Runes
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Snowflakes for Sandy Hook
Project Link: Here's the link with the address for where to send snowflakes: http://www.ctpta.org/About-CT-PTA/SANDY-HOOK-FUND.html . I used snowflake patterns I found here: http://www.papersnowflakes.com/ . If you are interested in sending some, they would like the snowflakes by January 12.
Brief Description: The Connecticut PTA asked the people at Sandy Hook Elementary how they could help, and they decided to collect paper snowflakes to decorate the new school that children will be returning to after Christmas vacation. I hope that getting snowflakes from all over the country will be a way to commemorate the strength and courage of the kids and their community.

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: December 21, 2012 09:10:17 PM
Freakie, I like your snowflakes! Isn't it fun to do crafts that you did as a kid? Too many people give up on kid crafts as adults!

noodle-bug, your boxes are impressive! I can never get the lids to fit on the bottoms. Smiley And what a smart way to get a kappa to spill its water! Who could resist those socks?

pottermouth, the Grinch jar is my favorite - especially the seasick crocodile!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: December 21, 2012 05:38:54 PM
Such wonderful stuff! I love the time turner! And the teeny felted dog! And, well, everything.

Is there a Hufflepuff  Quidditch team? I would love to try out, if there is one!

Class/Challenge: Herbology
House: Hufflepuff
Project: Felt Totoro
Project Link: http://nutellaenchanted.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/diy-my-neighbor-totoro-ornament/
Description: In the great animated film "My Neighbor Totoro," Totoro is a spirit of the forest who lives in the hollow of a giant camphor tree. He not only protects the forest, but also watches over the main characters Mei and Satsuke. I made this felt Totoro as a gift for my Secret Santa at work, who's a big Totoro fan.

Class/Challenge: Gemenio
House: Hufflepuff
Project: Felt cocoa cups
Project Link: http://www.flamingotoes.com/2011/11/felt-hot-cocoa-ornament/
Description: I made six of these stuffed felt cocoa cups for the six members of my staff at work. They're getting them with Starbucks Peppermint Mocha VIA. I hope they like them!

(Only one marshmallow per cup, because, you know, it's *how* long till Christmas?) Smiley
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: December 14, 2012 05:39:37 PM
Oh, pinkleo, those ornaments are fantastic! I like the sweaters best... no, the owl posts... no, the sweaters...

Whistlefish, you must have had the most non-ugly sweater at the party! I can totally picture someone from Gryffindor decorating a tree by the Quidditch pitch - although if it was Fred and George, the tree would probably explode later or something. Smiley
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: December 13, 2012 10:23:17 PM
SO much cool stuff! Patty_O, I love the clock, and abbeeroad, you're lucky to have an apprentice to help you with your dyeing!

Class/Challenge: Alchemy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Browncoat bracelet
Brief Description: We used to do friendship-bracelet making as an activity at the library, but the kids have a hard time holding the different strings and finding a place to attach the knot at the start (so they end up standing around a table with the knots masking-taped to the table top). I tried this way of making bracelets with a homemade cardboard loom and it's much easier, since the loom holds the strings. This bracelet has red, white, and black plus brown (for the Browncoats) and sky blue (cause you can't take the sky from them!). I started it while watching the Firefly pilot and finished it during The Train Job. Cheesy

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9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: December 05, 2012 08:16:38 PM
Thanks, everyone, for the bento comments! I wish I could send bento through the Interwebs.

Melissaurus, good heavens, what an awesome map! I love the way you used the brown craft paper in combination with the pastels. And I'd totally read that series!

Penguinsoup, I love the pattern on those socks! And aren't handmade socks wonderful? I only have one pair of my own and they feel nothing like machine made ones!

Abbee, that method of dying looks so cool (and I'm guessing is a bit less messy than traditional tie-dye? Cause I am always looking for kid projects that won't make the rest of the staff fear for the carpet). Thanks for the links!

Naantje, you are making tremendous progress on your scarf, and it looks great! I barely saw your mistake even when you told us just where it was. And Elizabeth Zimmerman, the godmother of knitting, says that there's no actual mistakes in knitting - just techniques that you didn't necessarily mean to use in that particular spot. Smiley
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: December 04, 2012 09:06:10 PM
Welcome to Hufflepuff, TheBrokenButterfly! And Pottermouth, ZEEEEERO! That is so cute I can barely stand it!

AntBee, one of my teachers was a quilter, and at the end of our internship, he gave each of us interns a piece of fabric that made him think of us for some reason. I treasure it! And it's not even a whole quilt. Whatever you end up doing, I know it'll be appreciated.

Class/Challenge: Flying
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Bright-Eyed Bento Lunch
Project Description: Bento is a fun Japanese lunch/art form that emphasizes small servings of foods that are different colors, textures, and flavors (something sweet, something sour, etc.). To help promote good vision for Quidditch practice after dark, my bento has foods packed with lutein and vitamin A! (Probably vitamin A is not really that great for vision, but during World War II the British started the rumor that their pilots were able to shoot down German planes at night because they ate lots of carrots. Really the British had cracked the Nazis' Enigma code and so they knew where the planes would be - but the carrot story was necessary to keep the Nazis from realizing what had happened and changing their code.)

From left to right: Garbanzo beans with red wine vinegar and lemon, roasted broccoli with sesame seeds, mashed sweet potatoes, and cornbread.
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