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21  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by DragonChilde on: January 31, 2014 08:36:39 PM
Getting this in just under the wire  Wink I've been sick today so bear with me if the description doesn't make a lot of sense (actually, if it doesn't make much sense let me know I will fix it as soon as I have the brain capacity)
Class/Challenge/House Pride: New Year Resolution
Quidditch: Bludger against Hufflepuff (snow globes=snowy weather)
Project Name: Snow globes
Project Page Link (if available): None
Brief Description: My resolution this year is to be less self-critical and more positive. After I cast these little figures, I had to paint them and they didn't turn out the way I was hoping. I (like I think a lot of people do) couldn't stop myself from looking at them and seeing all the little mistakes but then I showed them to my mom and the first thing she said was "Oh those are so cute". It took me a second to see it but then I realized that she was right, they are cute and I love them (flaws and all). They have been sitting on my desk for a few days and every time I look at them I remind myself that I don't have to be so self-critical. I can choose to be positive.
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22  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by DragonChilde on: January 30, 2014 10:16:02 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
Project Name: Triple Goddess Shrine
Project Page Link: Yup
Brief Description: I made this shrine for my partner in a recent swap. The shrine features both the number three and four. The front of the shrine features a triple panel and I painted three moons on the sides and top of the shine (waxing crescent, full, waning crescent). The image on the back of the shrine features the four stages of life (babe, maiden, mother, crone), and there are four flowers on the top of the shrine to represent the four elements. Both three and four represent stability and I am particularly fond of both. (for more pictures and a more detailed description follow the link through to the project page)
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: DADA
Project Name: Mother Mary Shrine
Project Page Link: Yup
Brief Description: I made this shrine for a swap as well, it went to my partner's boss. I looped wire through some holes in the back of the tin so that it can hang on a wall. I wrote the verse myself, and found the picture online. The green paper came from my stash. (for more pictures and a more detailed description follow the link through to the project page)
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23  Re: WWP Round 47 Gallery - Goddess Shrine Swap (Sendout 1/26/2014) in The Swap Gallery by DragonChilde on: January 30, 2014 09:56:42 AM
Before I post pictures of the magical goodness I received, some comments:
emilywilde - I adore the shrine you made. You sent along such goodies as well!
hawkeyes_girl - I'm really glad you like both shrines I sent. I wasn't sure about the polka-dots on the one for Mother Mary but it just felt right to put them on there. I did make the Triple Goddess shrine out of a tea tin. If you want more information about what I did to make them/the descriptions of the tarot cards I used, you can find more details here
Ludi - You made a lovely shrine. It is beautiful.
monnie - I love the earth goddess shrine. It was a wonderful idea to make it lie flat like that. The moon goddess shrine is wonderful as well.

I got a shrine to Artemis.
The lid is decorated on both sides, like so:
The inside is very lovely. It is full of moons and images of Artemis. There is a lithe banner of bead at the tom. The charm says 'follow your heart'.

There are all sorts of lovely little details, like these crystal chips for balance and some bay? leaves that represent the forest (or at least thats what they made me think of)
As hawkeyes_girl mentioned, we agreed to an extra. I asked for something to remind me to stay positive and remember the good things in life. She made this bracelet for me. There are three pentacle charms, two that say 'follow your heart', and a faerie.  She also wrote me this lovely little chant 'Mother of Darkness/Mother of Light/Guide me though/The Day and Night/Lead me to be still and kind/Guide me to treasures/I may daily find'

Thanks so much hawkeyes_girl! I love both the shrine and my bracelet. I might alter it a bit, so that it can wrap around my wrist twice. I have some rose quartz and snowflake obsidian chips that I have been meaning to use. Also, great first shrine! I adore it.
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24  Triple Goddess and Mother Mary Shrines in Completed Projects by DragonChilde on: January 30, 2014 09:40:10 AM
I made these shrines for the most recent WWP swap. My partner requested a shrine to the Tripe Goddess (Maiden, Mother, Crone) and then we also agreed to do an extra. She asked for a shrine to the Mother Mary for her boss.

I made the Triple Goddess Shrine out of an old Jasmine Tea tin. First I cut out the front panel with some snips and then I spray painted the outside black and the inside silver. The front of the shrine is a triple panel made out of cards from The Tarot of the Princesses. The panel on the left is the Knight of Cups card, the center panel is the 10 of Pentacles is XIV Temperance. The image on the back is X The Wheel from the same deck.
I painted moons on the top and sides of the shrine. A full moon on the top and waxing and waning crescents on the side. The top also has four pressed flowers to represent the four elements (white for air, red for fire, blue for water, and the fern for earth)

Here are the descriptions of the tarot cards I used from the little book that came with the deck:
Knight of Cups: The Maiden and the Unicorn (from a legend) The unicorn represent purity. The knight indicates a person with refined manners and an impulsive character who tends to get lost in daydreams.
10 of Pentacles: Rixa and Luidgarda The Princess Rixa followed the suggestions of the deceased Queen Luidgarda, who appeared to her in the form of a butterfly, thereby saving the life of her son. The ten indicates a person who has reached maturity and wisdom, but also indicates the home and family.
XIV, Temperance: from "Fairy Tales' by Perrault The Arcana indicates the balance of natural forces, from and alchemic point of view it symbolizes the purification of metals.
X, The Wheel: Allegory of Life The eternal flow of like in its carouse phases to gain self-relicastion and regenerate oneself. THe aArcana is related to the concept represented my the alchemical figure of the serpent Ouroboros.

This is the shrine I made to the Mother Mary. The box was originally for a watch and as such it had some holes in the back. The first thing I did was to paint the entire box grey. I found the picture on a website for wallpapers with images of Mother Mary on them. The green paper came from my stash and the little verse/prayer is something I wrote because I couldn't find anything suitable online.
I covered the outside edge of the shrine with pink and green polka-dots. I also used wire and the holes already in the box to make it so the shrine could hang on a wall, but I forgot to take a picture of the back before I sent it off.
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25  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by DragonChilde on: January 17, 2014 04:47:26 PM
blupaisan ~ I love how the cupboard turned out. It looks so cheerful. Lovely earrings. I really like how oddball they are. I positively love your bone earrings! I really like the red accents.
ErinAquaheart~ I really like all the paintings you have been doing. Your owl and lion are positively gorgeous and the shrooms are quite cute. What a lovely unicorn. It is so wonderful when mythological treasures show up! What delicious looking cookies.
TechnicolorAquahearts~ That chicken rice looks great. It sounds like a wonderful comfort food. What a lovely unicorn paining. I really like the emotions that the face evokes. I can't wait to see more pictures of your OWL. What and adorable green lion. I want to hug it.
Avesthel~ What lovely rings. I adore the necklace as well.
Magpirate~I love your Mbius ball jewelry, it has an elegant and and simple look. It looks like you had a lot of fun in the snow! Those granola bars look yummy. Your knotwork woodcarving is beautiful!
Mistress Jennie~ As always, your jewelry amazes me.Those frozen burritos sound fantastic! THose slippers are very cute. They look nice and cozy. That chocolate pie sounds very yummy.
Naantje~ Great action shots. Your goddaughter looks great in her new sweater. What a cute cat mat. I adore the action shots. That grabbing ball is wonderful. Looks like Sputnik lose it. How much cord will your bracelet hold? That looks like a fantastic way to mobilize your survival kit.
Inseaeffchen~ Your new OWL sounds fantastic.
tiamatfire~ That is an impressive cross-stitch!
Linakins~ Really? I would love a badge from you! I'll PM you shortly and we can figure something out. That is such an adorable poppet. I also call my Gryffindor brother a Gryffindork.
vincentvanbuckk~ I really like your your fire hoopla looks. That Mack 'n Cheese sounds amazing! I bet it will be fantastic with mushrooms as well.
netchez~ What a lovely blanket, it looks really warm.
MamanTattoo~ What beautiful dolls. I really like the way you used some of your son's artwork in your own. SUch a cute hat. Your moon lady is very pretty.
rockmygyosysoul~ I love your paintings! I especially like the mountain and aurora borealis ones. What a beautiful collage.
noodle-bug~ Cute hexies! I adore your knitting needle holder decoration thing-y. I like the stripes on your new cowl.
Moonflame~ I really must object to your treatment of our prefect. Those snowballs look fantastic. What a fantastic flower. I love the color! I really like the Europa moonflower one as well.
coulsenl~ I love the memory journal.
jenleahlynnn~ That applesauce sounds fantastic!
butterflyangel~ That dessert sounds amazing. Your valentine's day card is really cute.
pottermouth~ Great progress shot of your NEWT. I can't wait to see the finished product!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Copper Unicorn
Project Page Link: none (yet)
Brief Description: I spotted a unicorn on my latest jaunt into the forbidden forest and decided to capture its majesty. The silhouette has been sawn out of copper, sanded and filed, and finally polished until it had a mirrored finish. The surface has some scratches on it but I am very happy with how it turned out. When I cast the polishing charm, I misspoke and the creature came to life and took a good chunk out of my thumb before I de-animated it. Thankfully, Madam Pomfrey patched me up. The surface is really reflective and my camera was unable to capture it well, though of course it captured the small scratches perfectly.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic
Quidditch: Catch the SNITCH for SLYTHERIN- Practice can leave your feeling sore and the number of times qudditch players have visited Madam Pomfrey is pretty ridiculous. (Is this clear enough?)
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Sore Muscle Salve
Project Page Link: None
Brief Description: This salve is a recipe I got from a friend of mine. Her late mother used to make it for her and she thought that I might be able to make use of the recipe. It is a salve made with 2 cups Balm of Gilead oil and 1 cup St. John's Wort oil and 2.5 (ish) ounces of beeswax. This salve will help me save money by eliminating pain relievers from my shopping list.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride:Potions
Quidditch:Catch the SNITCH for SLYTHERIN (Yet more medicine for our injured quidditch players)
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Medicine Balls
Project Page Link: Molly's Herbals
Brief Description: It took a lot of careful measuring to make these medicine balls for our farm animals. I made some herbal wormer, joint and arthritis help, and some mo'milk. To make the dosage balls, you mix 1/4C slippery elm bark with 1/2C of the medicine and then run it through a food processor with 1/4C molasses. THen you break it into 16 pieces (the hardest part) and roll the pieces into balls. Roll the balls in slippery elm powder.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: DA Sign the Parchment
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Maille Dish scrubber
Project Page Link: none (yet)
Brief Description: I don't really have a signature craft here on Craftster, but my friends and family seem to consider chainmaille my signature craft (I did spend over a year making myself a chainmaille skirt {I still need to finish soldering the darn thing}, so they have reason). A while ago, my uncle commissioned a maille pot scrubber from me (the first time someone has asked me to make them something and offered to pay me for it!!). I told him I would and last month I got rings to make it. At first I wanted to work the scrubber in the dragonscale weave but the ring sizes are less than ideal so I ended up making a simple rectangle of Euro 4-1, reinforcing the edges with small rings to add a tiny bit of rigidity to it. Finish dimensions: 4X3 in.
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Also, I can't submit this as a class because it didn't take me 30 minutes but I found a great butterbeer recipe! You make a toffee syrup recipe found [urlhttp://figtestkitchen.com/2011/07/butterbeer/]here[/url], I didn't like using it in the manner suggested to make butterbeer. Instead I mixed a large spoonful of syrup with a glass of warm/hot milk which I then topped it off with a little sparkling water.

Doesn't it look delicious?
1 cup dark brown sugar plus 4 tablespoons
2/3 cup water plus 1 tablespoon
1 stick butter
1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1. Mix 4 tablespoons brown sugar with 1 tablespoon water and microwave for 30 seconds-1 minute until a syrup is formed.
2. In a medium-small saucepan, combine 1 cup dark brown sugar with butter and syrup. Heat over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and the mixture bubbles a bit.
3. Add 2/3 cup water and vanilla extract. Gently boil for about 10 minutes, until mixture begins to thicken and gets syrupy.
4. Remove from heat. This is also awesome on vanilla ice cream, just for the record.

Eeeeeep! I forgot my Advanced Studies Friday update. I started working on my NEWT again and made a little bit of progress with the runes this week. I also ordered a mini tarot deck to decorate the inside of the book.
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26  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by DragonChilde on: January 07, 2014 08:49:04 AM
Two weeks have gone by since I last posted. I don't have time for comments now but I will try to do some commenting later. I will say that I love everything that I have seen so far and it is great to see the Aquahearts again! Also, the Slytherin dungeon is updated with the most current point info. If I missed anything let me know.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
Project Name: Europa Jar
Project Page Link (if available): None
Brief Description: When I think of Europa and the cold, I picture different icy blue almost, but not quite swirling together. When I took a brief break from studying Europa, I came up with this mason jar covered with polymer clay.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition
Quidditch: Bludger against Ravenclaw
Project Name: Gnome
Project Page Link (if available): none
Brief Description: I traveled to the northern edge of the Forbidden Forest and found a family of gnomes. As soon as I found my way back to the castle (you can't apparate in the castle grounds, you know. Its a good thing the very edge of the forest isn't officially a part of Hogwarts ground…) I made this little gnome for my mother who adores gnomes and had never seen any 'wild' ones before.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying
Project Name: Floo Powder Jar
Project Page Link (if available): none
Brief Description: This jar will hold my family's supply of flop powder. The clay on the outside is green to represent the emerald green flames, white and glittery to represent the flop powder itself, and blue to reinforce the enchantment that prevents the floo powder flames from burning.
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27  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by DragonChilde on: December 26, 2013 04:47:16 PM
vincentvanbuck ~ Those cookies sound delicious.
nicanjeanie ~ I really life your miniature gingerbread cottage. It is adorable. Your crochet Santa hat is fantastic! I like all the cross variations in your necklace, they are very interesting to look at.
Linakins ~ That Pozole Blanco sounds wonderful! I will be sharing the Miel recipe shortly, I used it in a caramel recipe and it added a delicious molasses-y flavor.
Inselaeffchen ~ I really like your mug rug, Loki's helmet looks fantastic.
Mistress Jennie ~ That mustard sounds great! Is it very spicy? I like your junk Drawer Bracelet, it has a nice charming aura about it. I love your Europa bookmark. Cranberry pear jam sounds delicious. The snowman and snowflake bookmarks are cute. I love the colors of the jade in your pear nymph bracelet. I love love love your skull bookmark. I especially like the iridescent rose. The Dilly beans sound delicious. Your Christmas and Gymnastics bracelets are fantastic, as your bracelets always are. I like how your Cranberry Mustard looks.
Avesthel ~ Your Christmas mitts look wonderfully warm.
Moonflame ~ The little treasure pouches you made are fantastic. They look very soft. Your snitch looks fantastic! What a cute kitty! I love all your hexipuffs, especially the flop powder infused one.
WistleFish ~ The different colors on the dream catcher weren't that difficult to do, I made the moon part first and then wrapped the dream catcher portion. I love your history boxes.
Magpirate ~ That pizza looks fantastic! I like your bouncy cat toy, I also didn't know that ripe cranberries bounce.
rockmygypsysoul ~ I like the napkins and wine glasses. What a thoughtful gift.
butterflyangel ~ I like the colors in your coil bowl, and the handles of your mugs are very clever.
noodle-bug ~ Your photo album is a fantastic gift idea. I like the glittery pages. SOCKS! I love socks(santa left me sock yarn and knitting needles this year)! They are so wonderfully mismatched and look wonderfully warm.
BadWolf314 ~ I like your snitch headphone ball, it looks spectacular.  The mini stockings your made are very cute! Your sesame chicken looks great. I really like the triangle shaped book, especially the the off-kilter look it has. I also like the spoilers note book. The house rings are adorable, I really like how they are wrapped in different patterns. Soap crayons sound like a fantastic idea, too bad they don't work the greatest. Congratulations on cleaning up your craft room! I really like both the hat and headbands you made. (Also, it is my understanding that to mark a goal or send a bludger that your craft has to be a gift to someone, is this correct MamanTattoo?)
Acadian Driftwood ~ Your pincushion is cute. I love the story behind it. I really like the color of your curtain. Those Spanakopita triangles look delicious. I like the fabrics you chose for your wallet.
jellybean89 ~ I like your companion cube (and so did my brother when he looked over my shoulder). You chose a fantastic color for your headband. That scarf looks fantastic, I love the color.
pottermouth ~ Your Grandma Love cross stitch is cute. I love all the ornaments you made, I bet they look fantastic on a Christmas tree.
Audania1 ~ The make your own Christmas Tree kits are a wonderful idea. I like the fabric you used for the pincushion and I love the embroidery on your needle book. Those owls are very very cute. I want to hug them. I love the colors of your fingerless gloves.
Naantje ~ The art display turned out fantastic! I really like the art you chose.
pinkleo~ I love the colors in your Cranberry cloths. The tree ornaments are adorable. How did the Peanut Butter Brittle turn out? It looks tasty. I love the sprinkles on your candy cane bark, they make it look super festive.
Nicajeanie ~ What a fantastic door! I can see why you won 1st place.
tiamatfire ~ Your Christmas blanket and pillows are fantastic! those cherry peak cookies look yummy. Homemade instant oatmeal is a great idea! That peppermint bark looks delicious as well! I love your Christmas tree cookies as well. That white chocolate marshmallow treat sounds tasty. The nightgown you made for the Cabbage Doll is fantastic. That crown is adorable! I really like the sound of your OWL.
coulsonl ~ That shepherds pie looks delicious. Don't forget to add the recipe so that it will count for house points.
MamanTattoo ~ Do you know what the current Quidditch score is or do you wait until the end to tally points?)

Before I turn in some projects I have some exciting RL news. I got accepted to both of the Universities that I applied to as well as merit scholarships from both! I am crazy excited about it.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Unity
Quidditch: Catch the snitch for Gryffindor
House: Slytherin
Project Name: House Point hourglasses
Project Page Link: none
Brief Description: This year I made house point hourglass necklaces for my siblings and my mother. I also made one for myself. It is hard to tell but the one on the far left is filled with blue beads for my Ravenclaw sister. This relates directly to Quidditch because the points earned in Quidditch matches add points to the hourglasses in the great hall (MamanTattoo if this is not a direct enough connection to Quidditch, I would like to hit a bludger against Ravenclaw instead.)
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: DA- Have a Drink in the Hog's Head
Quidditch: Hit a bludger against Ravenclaw
House: Slytheirn
Project Name: Apple Cider Caramels
Project Page Link: I modified this recipe
Brief Description: I made the caramels to give to my friends and family for the holidays. They turned out soft, though still chewy enough to stick in your teeth, and are a 'light' caramel. My little sister and brother helped me wrap the caramels because well individually wrapping caramels is a major pain.
Apple Cider Caramels
2 cups apple cider
1 cup heavy cream or whipping cream, divided
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup real butter, cubed
2 mulling spice tea bags

- Pour cider into a medium saucepan and boil on high the cider is reduced to 1/3 c, once the cider is boiling, add the mulling spice tea bags and steep for at least 5 minutes before removing the spices. I kept pouring the cider into a measuring cup and then back into the pot to boil until I had just a little more than 1/3 c. Set aside to cool.
- Line an 8" square pan with parchment paper, making sure to leave about 1" hanging over the edges for easy removal. Coat with butter and set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine 2/3 c. cream, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and reduced apple cider. Set aside.
- In a large, heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, 1/3 c. whipping cream + enough water to reach the 1/2 c. line on the measuring cup, and honey. Cook over low heat until the sugar dissolves. Insert the candy thermometer and simmer until the syrup reaches 112 C.
- Remove from heat and slowly whisk in the cream mixture. Add the cubed butter and stir until the cream and butter are fully incorporated. Return the pan to heat and re-insert the candy thermometer. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until the temperature reaches 120 C.
- Remove from heat and pour the caramel into the prepared pan. Let the mixture cool completely at room temperature or in the refrigerator. I covered the top of the pan loosely with saran wrap and left it out overnight. Cut the caramels into 1/2" squares and wrap each caramel in wax paper.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
Quidditch: Bludger against Ravenclaw
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Apple Cider Caramels with Chai Miel
Project Page Link (if available):I modified this recipe
Brief Description: I made the caramels the muggle way, I even wrapped them without magic (with some help form my little sister). They were also given to friends and family with the other caramels, my sister's peppermint bark, and my mother's fudge. I modified the same recipe in the above project adding some Chai Miel instead of mulling spice and the result was a darker more molasses-y flavor. These caramels also got a little hotter than 120 C which makes them chewier and a little more stick in your teeth gooey. I don't have a picture of both batches of caramels together but you can tell that these are wrapped differently than the ones pictured above.
Apple Cider Caramels
2 cups apple cider
1 cup heavy cream or whipping cream, divided
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup honey
chai miel
1/2 cup real butter, cubed

- Pour cider into a medium saucepan and boil on high the cider is reduced to 1/3 c. I kept pouring the cider into a measuring cup and then back into the pot to boil until I had just a little more than 1/3 c. Set aside to cool.
- Line an 8" square pan with parchment paper, making sure to leave about 1" hanging over the edges for easy removal. Coat with butter and set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine 2/3 c. cream, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and reduced apple cider. Set aside.
- In a large, heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, 1/3 c. whipping cream + enough water to reach the 1/2 c. line on the measuring cup, and a heaping spoonful of miel + enough honey to reach the 1/3 c line on the measuring cup. Cook over low heat until the sugar dissolves. Insert the candy thermometer and simmer until the syrup reaches 112 C.
- Remove from heat and slowly whisk in the cream mixture. Add the cubed butter and stir until the cream and butter are fully incorporated. Return the pan to heat and re-insert the candy thermometer. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until the temperature reaches 120 C.
- Remove from heat and pour the caramel into the prepared pan. Let the mixture cool completely at room temperature or in the refrigerator. I covered the top of the pan loosely with saran wrap and left it out overnight. Cut the caramels into 1/2" squares and wrap each caramel in wax paper.

Crystal's Amazing Chai Miel
3 Tbl Ashwaghanda (Withania somnifera) or Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceous)
2 Tbl Devil's Club (Oplopanax horridus)
1 Tbl Cardamom (Eletaria cardamomum)
1 Tbl Licorice (Glycyrrhiza galbra)
1 Tbl Orage Peel (Citrus spp.)
1 Tbl Cinnamon Chips (Cinnamomum spp.)
1 Tbl Rose Petals (Rosa spp)
2 tsp Star Anise (Illicium verum)
1 tsp Clove (Syzygium aromaticum)
1/4 tsp Ginger (Zubgiber officinale)
1/4 tsp Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)
1 Vanilla Pod (Vanilla spp.)
Dark chocolate

-Grind herbs together (a coffee grinder works great just clean it by running a handful of white rice through it before and after grinding the herbs, also you don't need to grind all the herbs separately you can grind two or three at a time). To get a fine powder, pass the powdered herb through a fine mesh strainer, using the back of a spoon to push the powder through the mesh. Herb that could not be passed through the strainer goes back into the grinder. You don't have to pass the herb through a strainer but if you don't there may be some larger chunks of herb in the miel. Mix the powdered herbs together and set aside.
-Gently 1/2-3/4 cups honey in a water bath until the honey becomes thinner (do not overheat the honey, this can destroy the good enzymes in the honey)
-Stir in the dark chocolate until the honey is a dark brown and you like the flavor
-Add the powdered herbs to the honey by the spoonful, mixing the thoroughly after each addition. Keep adding powdered herb until the honey is a think peanut butter-like consistency. If there is settling after cooling and you can see a line of honey without any herb, add more herb next time. If there is settling after cooling and you see an abundance of herb at the bottom of the jar, add less herb next time.
-Scrape the miel into a jar and store in a cool, dry place.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Gravy Bean
Quidditch: Mark a Goal for Gryffindor
House: Slytherin
Project Name: A stuffed Giraffe for Sophie
Project Page Link: I scaled down this pattern and used the accompanying tutorial
Brief Description: My oldest younger sister Sophie loves Giraffes. I made this stuffed Giraffe for her for Christmas this year. She really liked it. She carried it around all day. I didn't get a picture before I wrapped it so I snapped this picture when she way lying down on the couch because she wasn't feeling well.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms
Quidditch: Mark a goal for Gryffindor
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Tarot bag
Project Page Link: none
Brief Description: I made this reversible Tarot bag for my partner in the WWP Yule Swap. One side shows the phases of the moon, cut out of white felt and sewn on with silver thread while the other side shows a stylized Tree of Life which was attached to the bag using silver thread as well. The moon phases are white and sparkly, making it appropriate for Charms class.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Study of Ancient Runes
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Messages in a Bottle
Project Page Link: none
Brief Description: I asked earlier this term for gift ideas for my youngest sister and this is what I finally came up with. The small treasure chest is full of little bottles sitting on a bed of wool and fox fur. The fur can be removed so she can play with it or carry it around or do whatever she wants with it. One bottle contains the eye of peacock feather, one contains a small piece of fox fur, one is full of miniature vintage keys, and the remaining three are full of little notes for her. I hope that the notes will bring her joy, ward off loneliness and sorrow, and let her know that we will not ever forget about her even though we only get to see her once a month for 2 hours. The messages are; 'I love you lots n lots' 'thinking of you' 'you are made of starstuff' 'I believe in you now, always, and in all ways' 'take time, rest, relax and rejuvenate' 'you can accomplish anything you put your mind to' 'you make your own destiny, your fate is in your hands' 'life's not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain' 'when life pushes you to the edge.../Don't jump.../Take a deep breath and;/Stand your ground.' 'It is better to live your won destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else's life with perfection.' 'I love you all the way to the moon and back' 'just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly' 'A successful person is just a dreamer who believed in themselves' 'Let your/light shine./Be a source/of strength/and courage./Share your/wisdom./Radiate love.' 'Time and distance mean nothing between sisters, we are always in each other's hearts' and 'I smile because you're my sister and laugh because there's nothing you can do about it'
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I have not made any progress on my NEWT lately Cry but should be getting back to it soon (I hope).
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28  Re: WWP 46 Yule Gallery!!! in The Swap Gallery by DragonChilde on: December 19, 2013 08:09:14 AM
The snowflake garland looks gorgeous.

I received from pollyprissypants last night. I was very excited because USPS said that it had gone out for delivery at 9 in the morning but when our mail was delivered there was no package.

Here is everything all wrapped (I was cooking dinner and opening my package at the same time, hence the butter and bread knife)

On top of everything was this lovely Yule card along with a little note

First I opened the package that was wrapped on both ends and was softer than the others. It contained this cute crochet fox that pollyprissypants made with yarn that she spun. I just about died from the cuteness (I work a lot with fox energy in my magick and the fox is my spirit or totem animal).

Next I opened the shorter of the two remaining and found this lovely jar of rosemary from pollyprissypant's garden. It smells wonderful and is vibrantly green.

Last, I opened the tallest package and found this cylindrical tin...

that contained a little Artemis. Isn't she gorgeous? She has already found a home on my altar.

Thank you so much pollyprissypants! I love everything.
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29  Comments, Divination, and House Pride in Craftalongs by DragonChilde on: December 17, 2013 02:13:17 PM
Wow I was gone for 10 days and 10 pages of projects have been posted. How wonderful!

Linakins ~ I really like your card mock ups and can't wait to see how the finished cards came out. Your Floo Pixie is positively gorgeous. I am so sorry to hear about the broken arm in your family, the arm warmers you made are such a fantastic solution to the clothing issue.
jellybean89 ~ I like your towel hanger. I love the colors in your rag rug. The coasters are cute and so is the red and gold scarf. I really like the slanted edge of the scarf.
Avesthel ~ Your rapunzel scarf is fantastic! I really like your hat as well.
MamanTattoo ~ I love the story of your play dough. Homemade play dough is a wonderful thing. That pasta sauce looks great! The soap snowmen are adorable.
BadWolf314 ~ Thanks so much for supporting the Slytherin Quidditch team! The Snitch ornaments turned out great! Your Hitchhikers ornaments are fantastic as well (those books are on my list of books I want to read)! Your nerd-flakes are wonderful as well. I like your glittery TARDIS ornaments. The headband you made is really cute and you made a fantastic face for the picture!
Nicajeanie ~ The christmas box you made is fantastic! I really like the emotion behind it. Your joy pin is very bright and such a great way to spread joy! I really like both of the necklaces you made. How does the maille one look when it is worn?
Moonflame ~ I really like your bright ornament wreath! It is really sweet that Bob is concerned about Twinkles.
pottermouth ~ I really like Alton's Slytheirn Snuggie! It is really cute. The sand dollar art is fantastic, I really like the way the watercolors look on the sand dollars.
Magpirate ~ Your festive zipper pull is very charming. That Taco Soup sounds delicious.
noodle-bug ~ I love love love your Cranberry Bean socks! The colors are wonderful and they are delightfully mismatched. I like how the image transfer turned out. Your embroidered hankies are fantastic.
Acadian Driftwood ~ Your rosemary broomsticks are adorable! I really like your patchwork ornaments, the colors are great. Your OWL sounds great. The disguised floo powder jar is cute. I like the star decorations, what a wonderful way to bring some house pride into a room.
WistleFish ~ I really like all the calendars! A few years ago we made calendars for all our family members. They were really well received. Those snickerdoodles look fantastic!
felicitybaby ~ Welcome to Hogwarts! I really like the bracelets you made. I think it is fantastic that you made your own heating pads. YOur christmas bunting is also very fantastic.
midkiffsjoy ~ I like the way the bubbles ended up changing the cameo.
netchez ~ Your pink hat is really cute.
rockmygypsysoul ~ Your NEWT sounds fantastic. I really like all the images in your inspiration board. The Gryffindor baby is very Gryffindorable.

I have taken a brief break from my NEWT and am instead crafting like mad to get holiday gifts done.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
Project Name: Crescent Moon Dreamcatcher
Project Page Link: none
Brief Description: I made this dreamcatcher for my swap partner in the WWP Yule swap (round 46). According to some lore, the dreamcatcher is the web of grandmother spider (who is represented in the beads in the dreamcatcher) and that she captures and consumes the bad dreams. The beads in the dreamcatcher portion are snowflake obsidian and amber and the beads around the edge are rose quartz.
Project Picture: (I forgot to take a picture of the dreamcatcher before I sent it so this is the picture my partner took)

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Slytherin Pride
Project Name: Chai Miel
Project Page Link: none
Brief Description: This project is a house pride project for me in two ways, the first being more obvious than the second. the first way that I consider this project house pride is the way that I decorated the jar in Slytherin green. Inside the jar is a honey infused with a variety of dried herbs. The herbs are ground into a powder and mixed into the honey. Most of the herbs are adaptogens that are local to my area. This represents Slytherin house because adaptogens help the body cope with stress. This is relevant to Slytherin to me because based on sorting hat quizzes I have taken it seems that some people think that Slytherins don't fell like they will break under stress but I think that we just find ways to push through it even though we feel like breaking This is another item that I sent to my partner in the swap and can be added to milk to make chai or to apple juice to make a really good spiced cider or just eaten for the medicinal benefits. I feel like this description may not make much sense so if you have a hard time understanding what I am trying to say, let me know and I will try to explain better.
Project Picture: (again I forgot to take a picture before I sent so this is the picture my partner took)
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30  comments, joining the DA, and ASF in Craftalongs by DragonChilde on: December 06, 2013 03:57:15 PM
Thanks toy everyone who congratulated me on becoming Slytherin HoH, I am very excited.
WistleFish~ That hooded scarf looks cozy and warm. I really like it. Your advent calendar is fantastic! I love the colors. Fantastic paper snowflakes.
Avesthel~ I love the color you chose for the fingerless mitts.
Moonflame~  Fantastic collection of hexipuffs! I love the colors. Congrats on the HoH position! I Love your soaps. I bet they smell wonderful and they look delicious (not that I would eat them they just look so edible).I love the hanging snowflakes and am very glad that your cat feels such a strong urge to protect you, he must really like you guys Smiley
noodle-bug~ I really like your shield hat. It looks kind of like how I picture the shield charm in my head. All of the handkerchiefs you embroidered. My favorite is the dewy decimal system one. Your coffee cozy is fantastic! I love the stamp album. I really like your pastel sketchbook piece.
MamanTattoo ~ That unicorn seater is fantastic! It looks comfy and warm. I adore your mermaid watercolor, mother daughter crafts are so much fun. I love the mother daughter Yule cards. They are wonderful! The button wreath is very cute.
Nicajeanie~ Your perler bead snowflakes remind me of being a little kid. They are wonderfully charming.
coulsenl~ Good luck on your OWL. Have you started it yet? That is a fantastic looking dishcloth.
Linakins~ Your scarf is fantastic. I really hope it is received well. I am sure Hufflepuff is glad to have you. I'm a bit of a Slytherclaw myself, but when push comes to shove I chose Slytherin. Your golden box is charming I love how shiny it is.
Naantje~ What a wonderful sweater! I really like how the colors you chose go together. Your Doctor Who Mug is fantastic and I love all the string art!
vincentvanbuck~ Your alchemy OWL sounds wonderful! I can't what to see progress pics.
tiamatfie~ Those jammies are really cute.
FiberAlchemist~ That french toast looks fantastic.
rockmygypsysoul~ That OWL sounds fantastic!
pottermouth~ I love your sparkly pink tree. The unicorn ornaments are fantastic! Your Santa Tchotchke is charming. your hoopla is very festive. I like it a lot! I really like the color your chose for the Cowl/Headband.

Now to submit my first DA project I may be a little late in the game but better late than never, right?
Challenge: DA Fear of a Name
Project Name: Knitted dishcloth
Project Page Link: none
Brief Description: A long time ago, my grandmother taught me how to knit. I made one really lumpy scarf that I wasn't very happy with I have recently (think the past year or so) been wanting to learn how to knit again (my grandmother only taught me the knit stitch) but have been a little intimidated by my memories of that first project. I finally decided that I was going to learn how to knit myself socks (I love socks and have a hard time finding colorful socks that fit me 'cuz I have big feet) and so I made this little dishcloth in stockinette stitch to get started. I had to frog it multiple times and changed needle sizes twice as well but I am fairly pleased with how it turned out.
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Annnd. today is Advanced Studies Friday
I have made some progress on my NEWT this week, I have to go through my second source for the third aett and then I will be done with the rune meanings (I think)

I am thinking about a Slytherin extra credit something but I haven't completely decided on it yet so stay tuned.
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