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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Hippocampus on: November 18, 2018 06:36:38 PM
This is a gorgeous piece!  I love the vibrant colors, and the changing patterns, and the gloss that makes it look like it just jumped out of the water.  Fantastic work!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Rain Bow Ties on: September 24, 2018 01:48:36 PM
How very dapper!  You did a great job, both bow ties look really professional.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: September 11, 2017 08:58:49 PM
I've got some just-before-the-whistle Quidditch prompts to turn in...

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch Match #1: Sweetwater All-Stars
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Rainbow Chainmail Bracelet
Brief Description: I made this for my girlfriend and walked her through making an identical one for me.  It has 5 sets of rainbow stripes.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch Match #3: Vratsa Vultures
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Fishtail Braid Bracelet
Project Page Link: Tutorial here
Brief Description: This is a type of friendship bracelet that I had never attempted before.  I used thick twine and black and red embroidery floss.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch Match #4: Wigtown Wanderers
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Mini Frittatas
Project Page Link: Recipe here
Brief Description: I used fresh spinach rather than frozen, and put roasted tomatoes in half of them.  You can keep them in the freezer, then microwave for about a minute for a great quick breakfast.  I made these for my girlfriend, who's trying a low-carb diet.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch Match #5: Barnton Quidditch
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Zipper Bracelet (& bonus Twist Bracelet)
Project Page Link: Tutorial here
Brief Description: I used leftover embroidery floss for this bracelet (the bottom one) and it's barely big enough to fit around my (tiny) wrist.  The twist bracelet is also quite small, at just 6.25".
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch Match #6: Kenmare Kestrels
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Leaves Bracelet
Project Page Link: Tutorial Here (it's on YouTube)
Brief Description: Many shades of green!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch Match #8: Woollongong Warriors
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Rainbow ZigZag Bracelet
Project Page Link: Tutorial Here
Brief Description: You can tell which bracelets are my favorites by which ones have nice finished ends.  Smiley
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch Match #10: Chudley Cannons
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Peruvian Wave Rainbow Bracelet
Project Page Link: Tutorial Here (YouTube)
Brief Description: Bright rainbow colors!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch Match #11: Karasjok Kites
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Kim's Butterflies
Brief Description: Drawing on my girlfriend again.  So many wings!
Project Picture: (cut for naked lady back)
https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/314344_11Sep17_IMG_20170820_242204932.jpg

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch Match #13: Tutshill Tornados
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Roasted Tomatoes
Brief Description: We had a lot of cherry tomatoes from the garden this year, then my girlfriend went and bought a big container of grape tomatoes for her sister and never delivered them, so we ended up roasting a LOT of tomatoes.  Despite the rather excessive amount of tomatoes, this was a really quick recipe, so I'm including two batches to meet the 30 minute minimum time.  The picture shows two pans' worth (stacked on top of each other) next to part of the previous batch (in the container to the left).
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Recipe

Ingredients:
2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes
2 tbsp olive oil
salt
pepper

Preheat oven to 350*F.  Slice tomatoes and lay cut-side-up on a foil-lined baking sheet.  Sprinkle with olive oil, salt, and pepper.  Roast for 15-20 minutes or until soft.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch Match #14: Grodzisk Goblins
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Rainbow Arrowhead Bracelet
Project Page Link: Tutorial Here (YouTube)
Brief Description: This is my favorite bracelet that I've made.  In addition to being quite complex, it required extra focus because I used six colors (for the full rainbow) rather than the five used in the tutorial, so I had to work out where all the strings had to go without being able to copy the tutorial exactly.  I had to do a lot of untying and re-tying, but it was worth it in the end!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch Match #15: Quiberon Quafflepunchers
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Rainbow Pancakes!
Brief Description: OMG these made me so happy.  I mixed up some Bisquick pancake batter and divided it into six bowls, using food coloring to make each one a different color, then made rainbow pancakes!  For most of them, I tried doing patterns - stripes or spirals or flowers - but for the last two I put all the colors into one bowl and poured my pancakes from there.  That's what made the tie-dye-looking one in the first picture.  I would say these were shockingly colored, for pancakes!
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4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Dragon on: July 28, 2017 10:25:27 PM
Oh my gosh that is absolutely stunning!  Fantastic work!  I love how the skin under the scales fades between colors, like the lava is cooling.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: July 24, 2017 08:12:53 PM
That cardigan is beautiful, gaudiknight!  I love the design and you chose a great color.

Jennie, all your feminist crafts are fantastic!  I adore the tote bag especially, and kittykill's necklace is amazing.  Great job on the HP shirts!  Gorgeous suncatchers, and that jam looks tasty.

OMG Moonflame, that giraffe plushie is just ADORABLE.  I love all the little hats, especially the first one - the colors are lovely!

patty_o, I LOVE the vinyl decals!  All your edibles look scrumptious (particularly that blackberry cobbler, yum!) and your HP thank-you cards are super cute!  Great job on the Hogwarts music box, it turned out beautifully.  It's fantastic that you were able to find HP music for it!

seeuudee, nice work on the pocket letters, they're both really pretty!  All your baked good are making me hungry, I want to reach through the screen and snag those brownies!


I've been in a mental funk for the past several months, I keep starting projects and not finishing them (or planning them and then never starting) because nothing seems worth the effort.  In an attempt to snap myself out of it, I started making friendship bracelets and have just kept making them for the past week and a half because I didn't want to go back to making nothing...so yeah.  Here they are.  Sorry if it gets a bit repetitive.  (If any bracelets took less than 30 minutes, I posted them together.)

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy class
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Four-Strand Round Braid Bracelet
Project Page Link: Tutorial Here
Brief Description: Mostly green, but with a single strand of blue for contrast.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms class
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Rainbow Bracelets
Project Page Link: Fingerweaving Tutorial Here
Brief Description: The top one is a simple twist bracelet (twist several strands together, then fold in the middle, hold the ends together, and let go of the middle so it twists up on its own) and the bottom two are fingerweaving (the middle bracelet is three loops, each made of two colors tied together, and the bottom one is six loops of a single color each).  They're all lively and busy with all the colors of the rainbow, and they were fun to make!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Defense Against the Dark Arts class
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Five-Strand Braids
Brief Description: A five-strand braid is just like a standard three-strand braid, except you cross over two strands in the middle instead of one.  They're quick and simple to make, and the repetitive motions are soothing.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination class
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Flame Bracelet
Project Page Link: Tutorial Here
Brief Description: Simple zigzag pattern inspired by fire.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying class
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Purple Mountain Majesty Braelet
Project Page Link: Tutorial Here
Brief Description: It was hard to get a good photo because this one's so dark, but it's rows of purple diamonds or Xs on a maroon field.  I thought it looked like mountain ranges rising behind each other.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology class
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Rainbow Spiral Bracelet
Project Page Link: Tutorial Here
Brief Description: Something that incorporates knots?  This bracelet is nothing BUT knots!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Unity
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff Fingerweaving
Brief Description: Ravenclaw for me and Hufflepuff for my girlfriend!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration class
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Colorful Fingerweaving
Brief Description: These bracelets have bright and unusual colors like those found on the pink and yellow flea beetle and the iridescent flower beetle.
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6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: SETTING UP ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ on: May 29, 2017 06:13:42 AM
Muggle Studies



The International Statute of Secrecy, officially established in 1692, was enacted to prevent the persecution of the wizarding community by hiding them completely from the Muggle world.  In order to uphold the Statute, it is sometimes necessary to cast muggle repelling charms, concealment charms, or disillusionment charms on magical places or creatures.  These charms either hide the magical entity entirely, or change its appearance to Muggle eyes.  Show your mastery of such charms by making a craft that disguises its true nature (perhaps a hollow book safe or transforming toy) or has a hidden element or component.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: SETTING UP ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ on: May 29, 2017 06:04:05 AM
Defense Against the Dark Arts



This semester we will be studying the Dark force known as an Obscurus.  An Obsucurs is a powerful, malevolent force that arises from a magical child's willful supression of their powers due to physical or psychological abuse.  It can manifest as a dark cloud that attacks the child's tormenters and causes destruction in its wake.  While the Obscurus itself cannot be reasoned with, it is possible for the host (known as an Obscurial) to be calmed by someone they know and trust, until they can gain control of the Obscurus.  For your assignment, either make something calming, or craft for someone going through a difficult time to let them know you're there for them.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: January 31, 2017 09:02:13 PM
Reserved for Muggle Studies
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: January 31, 2017 09:01:40 PM
Reserved for Defense Against the Dark Arts
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: January 28, 2017 09:09:36 AM
Audania1, your shawl is beautiful, I love the delicate edging.  Also I'm super jealous of all your apples!  I bet that apple butter is delicious!

Those cookies look tasty, gaudiknight!  Wonderful job on all of those doll dresses, that's quite an achievement!

My goodness, noodle-bug!  Good luck with those oversized needles!  I'm sure your sister will be very pleased with her blanket, that yarn looks really soft.


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy class
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Kim's Galaxy
Brief Description: We were watching a DVD about the Hubble telescope, and my girlfriend asked me to draw on her.  Inspired by the fires of space I drew a galaxy on her back.
Project Picture:
(cut for naked lady back)
https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/314344_28Jan17_IMG_2483.JPG

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures class
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Brenda's Snack Box
Brief Description: During the 1920s and early '30s, the production, importaion, and distribution of alcoholic beverages was banned in the USA.  Also I'm pretty sure you're not supposed to take alcohol into my work...  This is a gift I made for my boss for Christmas.  She's hard to shop for, but she does like cheap beer, Heath bars, and Burger King.  I asked her daughter for other snacky suggestions and put it all together into a tasty bouquet.  The small "flowers" are red Reese's cups and the big ones are mini Heath bars with gold Reese's centers, all of which I attached to green-painted skewers with excessive amounts of hot glue.  I wrapped a shallow cardboard box in festive paper for the container (per my girlfriend's suggestion I cut off two of the flaps and taped the other two upright for a nice two-level effect).  The skewers are stuck into styrofoam covered with green tissue paper.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - December
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Matt's WoW Banners
Brief Description: I had the great good fortune to draw my BFF Matt's name this year in the office Secret Santa program.  (We do gifts every day for a week, with a $5 limit on Monday-Thursday and a $10 limit on the final Friday gift.  I tried to make my gifts generic but by Tuesday he knew it was me...)  For his last gift I gave him a selection of nerdy items, including a mini K-9 from Doctor Who, an embroidered patch from Game of Thrones, and these two banners I made with the Horde and Alliance symbols from World of Warcraft (he's got multiple characters in both factions).  I got the images from the internet, tweaked colors and made the banner shapes in GIMP, then printed them directly onto white cotton cloth using the freezer paper method.  Once I cut them out I set the edges using super glue (they were way too small for hemming to be practical), made hangers from a dowel and embroidery thread, and sewed them on.

WoW, while not being a traditional story, certainly has storylines that center around magic-users both good and evil.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress's Challenge - Magical Me!
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Pink Pussyhat
Brief Description: I'm not much of a crocheter and I can't knit for sh*t but I'm decent at hand sewing, so I whipped up this hat to wear at the Women's March on Washington last week.  The ears gave me trouble, I thought I could get away with just a single layer of fabric but they were so floppy that (especially with the obnoxious pink color) it said "pig" a lot more than "cat."  I fiddled with them for a while before finding a solution - I made smaller ear-insides which, when sewed straight across the bottom and attached to the ear-outsides that were sewn with the bottoms slightly curved, made the ears stand up straight.
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This is the best picture I was able to get with the crowd in the background.  There were SO MANY PEOPLE.


Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Pride
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Ryder's Blue Truck
Brief Description: My girlfriend bought a pair of chalkboard-front boxes for her young nephews, and Asa's had a train painted on it, but she couldn't find a truck one for Ryder.  She got him a blank one instead and asked me to paint him a truck, and personalize them both with the boys' names.  I chose a nice cheery Ravenclaw blue and tried to mimic the style of the train.
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