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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: September 01, 2017 06:23:48 PM
It's been a long time since I've been to Hogwarts (Summer 2015 as a matter of fact). It's good to be back! I got really busy with school and I missed my HPC family. I have two assignments to turn in today

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Flamingo Shawl
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.ravelry.com/projects/DragonChilde/ideal-flamingo
Brief Description: this shawl was a test knit for a local pattern designer. I knit a lot of this shawl in public, I even had people laugh at me when I was knitting it while waiting for my city's Pride Parade to start (I was knitting a shawl in 100 degree F weather, to the general confusion of non knitters
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Gatsby Socks
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.ravelry.com/projects/DragonChilde/grape-gatsby
Brief Description: This pair of socks was knit from yarns that I got on two separate holidays. The main color came from a kit that I got years ago when we took a family trip and the dark toes are yarns that I bought at the beginning of the summer in Paris.
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2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Back to Hogwarts Round 6 Gallery on: October 07, 2015 07:12:22 PM
dinkime I forgot to add in my note that my little sister embroidered the crown! She saw what I was doing and wanted to pitch in.

Also, I received a couple of days ago but just now am getting the chance to post pictures so here goes, my package from dinkime!
The first thing I saw when I opened the box was this cute card

Next I saw my large. This lovely shirt. It's a little large but I love it, it's great for wearing while I work on homework

Then I discovered this cute little fairy jar wrapped in the shirt. I know just where to put it.

And my medium! Gosh. A set of small constellation hoops. It looks like Triangulum, Cassiopeia, Orion and Draco

I also got two extras. Some super cute owl post cards and a pair of Slytherin socks (that I put on right away)

3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Back to Hogwarts 6 - (Signups: CLOSED; Sendouts: Oct 3, 2015) on: September 16, 2015 11:52:50 AM
I have to make a run to the craft store, I should be able to finish up my large and medium this week but I'm a tad stuck on the small.
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Back to Hogwarts 6 - (Signups: Aug 8-22, 2015 Sendouts: Oct 3, 2015) on: August 21, 2015 06:43:00 PM
Almost missed this one. I'll be sending in my questionnaire shortly. Super excited!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: June 10, 2015 03:31:08 PM
Mistress Jennie You seem to have used the same picture for your Take Me Out to the Ball Game and Chef Bracelets. As always your bracelets are amazing.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: June 06, 2015 08:04:24 AM
Super excited for the scavenger hunt! I have finals this week but after that I hope to plunge back into crafting. I really miss making things. It's been hard to craft anything living on campus, all my supplies are at home and I can't search through my stash for the proper items to flush out the random inspirations.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: April 24, 2015 02:21:10 PM
I'm finally ready to turn in my first assignment. Biology and chemistry are turning out to be rather difficult this week.

Class: Herbology
Project Name: Strawberry Cheesecake
Project Page Link: Here's a link to the original recipe that I modified: LINK
Brief Description: Since my grandma died, I've become the default dessert maker for family gatherings. Usually I make pies but this year the hostess requested that I bring a cheesecake to Easter dinner. Easter is in and of itself a holiday that is about rebirth and the recipe also requires eggs which have also been considered symbols of rebirth.

The recipe was originally for a raspberry swirl cheesecake but I was told that someone else was bringing a raspberry cheesecake, so I use strawberries instead. I used farm fresh eggs and they yielded a really soft cheesecake so next time I think I'll bake it a bit longer and resign myself to covering up a cracked top. I made a strawberry and blueberry topping for it as well.

The Recipes - Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake

for the crust:
1 c. finely ground graham crackers
2 T. unsalted butter, melted
2 T.  sugar

for the strawberry puree:
6 oz. strawberries
2 T. sugar
red food coloring

for the cream cheese filling:
32 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
1-1/2 c. sugar
pinch of salt
1 tsp. vanilla
4 large eggs, at room temperature

also needed:
boiling water for the hot water bath

Preheat oven to 350. Wrap the exterior of a 9″ springform pan, including the base, with a double layer of foil. Set aside.

For the crust, stir together cracker crumbs, melted butter, and 2 tablespoons sugar in a medium bowl. Press crumb mixture firmly onto bottom of pan. Bake until set, about 10 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack. Reduce oven temperature to 325.

Heat water for the hot water bath (to prevent cracking). Set a medium pot of water on the stove to boil.

Prepare the strawberry puree by processing strawberries in a food processor until smooth, about 30 seconds. Pass puree through a fine sieve into a small bowl, to remove most of the seeds. Discard the solids. Whisk in the 2 tablespoons sugar and a few drops of food coloring, set aside.

Berry Topping


Cut your strawberries into bite-sized pieces. Toss with blueberries and sprinkle with sugar (to taste, I don't use very much). Refrigerate overnight, shake topping before using.
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8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HPCraftalong - Careers Record Office on: March 15, 2015 10:26:11 AM
DragonChilde's Resume
Noodle-bug and I came up with the folowing carreer path for becoming a Creature Healer
7comc, 6 herbology, 2 charms, 2 potions, 3 projects inspired by specific magical creatures, 3 projects inspired by healing methods, 3 projects inspired by plants, 1 SPEW project, herbology owl, comc newt

CoMC (7)
Herbology (6)
Charms (2)
Potions (2)
projects inspired by specific magical creatures (3)
projects inspired by healing methods (3)
projects inspired by plants (3)
SPEW project (1)
Herbology OWL (1)
Employability Challenges (7)
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: March 06, 2015 09:15:08 PM
@Naantje I am very sorry for your loss. I hope that the funeral offers a measure of closure and isn't overshadowed by other familial difficulties.

A few thoughts on what it means to be a Slytherin. We are known for our ambition and cunning and to a certain extent, a willingness to do whatever it takes to get what we want. While these things are true our other qualities are oft forgotten. We protect our own. It might take some time to gain our trust but Merlin protect those that cross the ones we consider 'ours'. Slytherin means doing your best while also taking care of yourself. If that means skiving off charms every once in a while, that's fine. You're housemates will cover for you. Slytherin means knowing silence. Knowing yourself. Sometimes we can seem a little sarcastic or cold but once you get to know us, you'll see when we want to put the effort into a relationship, we do.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: February 25, 2015 03:36:59 PM
Wow, this term has been really lacking on crafts... I'm embarrassed to say this is the first assignment I am turning in.

(On a side note, I ordered a Ravenclaw Pride bracelet from our Headmistress Mistress Jennie for my little sister this past Christmas and she loves it! I do have to say that I was awed by her work up close. The charms have held up really well despite the fact that she wears it almost every day.)

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
SPEW: n/a
Project Name: TBR Stars in a Jar
Project Page Link (if available): None
Brief Description: On long journeys, I like to pass the time reading. Only, I have a hard time picking the next book off the enormous list of things I want to read. So I made a TBR jar. Each of the stars in the cup is made from a strip of paper with the author and title of a bunch of books on my TBR list. The idea is that I can shake up the cup and draw out a star to pick my next book. Here's instructions on how to make the little stars: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-Japanese-Lucky-Stars/?ALLSTEPS. I used strips of paper that were 11 in X 1/2 in. The cup contains 65 stars at the moment. Some of the stars are books I have on my nook, some are books on my bookshelf at home, and some are books I don't own (the ones I don't own are on suspend holds at the library, hopefully by the time I draw out the title I'll be first in line). The contents of the jar will be ever changing, as I add more stars and read more books. There is a pair of small clear vases at home that will probably end up being the permanent homes for the stars but since I'm at school, they're in this cup.
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Don't mind the poor quality of the picture, my little sister broke my camera and so I had to use my computer to take it.
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