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1  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.
2  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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3  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.
4  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.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: January 31, 2017 09:02:13 PM
Reserved for Muggle Studies
6  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
7  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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8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: January 17, 2017 10:09:15 PM
Your leather tooling is beautiful, midkiffsjoy!  I especially love the knife case with the leaves.  That leather ball you made is really cool, too!  Great job on the socks!

The hoods you made are fantastic, noodle-bug!  The little ears are SO cute, and I love the pattern around the bottom of the fox one.

Jennie, I adore those hats!  I hadn't heard of the Pussyhat Project, but I like the idea.  I also really like your take on the required pink, it looks gorgeous!


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress's Challenge - Philosopher's Stone
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Thank-You Sugar Cookies
Project Page Link: Recipe from here
Brief Description: Yesterday was a pretty crappy day for me, the worst bit of which was the moment I realized that the $100 bill my girlfriend had given me that morning (from her mother for Christmas) was no longer in my pocket.  I lost it at work, or more likely outside of work when I took a walk at break.  I was pretty upset when I realized it was gone, and I searched everywhere with no luck.  Then today I received an anonymous card that said "Random act of kindness from your work family" with $100 inside!  Someone had taken up a collection for me.  Smiley  I was really touched and I wanted to do something to say thanks, so I baked cookies.

I used the recipe linked above, except I only had 1 1/2 cups of flour so I used Bisquick for the rest and left out the salt and baking powder.  (I made the peanut butter cookies from a mix, so I'm not turning those in for points...)  They are primarily gold - well, golden brown, which I hope is close enough to count for the prompt.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology class
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Chocolate Chip Thank-You Cookies
Project Page Link: Recipe from here
Brief Description: More cookies!  (Appropriate for eating with tea!)  These ones started out as a mix, but I accidentally used twice the necessary amount of butter so I added in a half batch of the recipe linked above (substituting 1 tbsp of oil for the half of an egg I was supposed to use).  They turned out kind of flat but they taste good anyway.
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9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: November 30, 2016 10:04:44 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress Challenge - Broomstick
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Journal
Brief Description: I've been a weird combination of stressed out and apathetic lately, and I've heard that writing down your feelings can help to process them and promote useful action.  I made this journal as a place to do just that.  I'm hoping that getting my thoughts down on paper will get them out of my head so I can sleep better and be less anxious...

I used fancy resume paper, leather, and long stitch binding.
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10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Zipper Critters...with tut. Very pic heavy on: November 11, 2016 11:58:52 AM
Aww, they're super cute!  Thanks for the tutorial!
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