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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Midsummer Term 2019*~ Join ANYTIME! on: June 29, 2019 07:00:35 AM
So many amazing things! I definitely feel like I fell off the crafty bandwagon a bit D:

I don't know why I'm always surprised at how busy summer is. The muggle summer challenge is perfect! We have plans almost every weekend, and this is the first (and last) in a while that we're free! I might even try to work on some projects.

Here is my current Love To Do list:

1) Nursery rug
2) Nursery bench cushions
3) Scrap Baby Cubes (I have some really lofty ideas in mind, so this might end up becoming an OWL proposal...)
4) Gold Star Pillow
5) Rope Bin
6) Baby Busy Board
7) Baby Room Mirror
8.) DIY Espadrilles
9) Finish a WIP shirt dress (I have 2 currently staring at me from my craft closet)
10) Silicone baby teethers (technically WIP since I already ordered a bunch of supplies in sleep-deprived delirium?)
11) Drawstring playmat
12) Reusable produce bags
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Midsummer Term 2019*~ Join ANYTIME! on: June 24, 2019 07:00:34 AM
That garland is darling! And I really need to look into getting a cricket after seeing all the amazing projects people are posting here...  Grin

Class/Challenge: Floo Powder - The Night Circus
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Baklava Cake (based on Hungry Rabbit recipe)
Brief Description: What's dreamier than a cake made of baklava? I'd had the Hungry Rabbit cake pinned for AGES and finally had an opportunity to make it. I don't bake often so this was lots of fun! Smiley The recipe for the pistachio cake layers was really different than anything I've done before, so to balance that I used my usual recipe for the baklava layers, made into 2 round cake pans. (I was worried about getting the baklava out, but flipping them over and taking a blowtorch to the back of the pans made it super easy!)
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3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Moe of Change Parasol on: June 21, 2019 05:03:11 AM
Love that this got its own thread, it's so lovely!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Steampunk Clutch on: June 21, 2019 04:58:12 AM
You are all too sweet! Thank you Smiley
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Golden Snitch Collapsible Tote Bag on: June 21, 2019 04:57:42 AM
Thank you for all the lovely comments, and for the feature! Cheesy

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Midsummer Term 2019*~ Join ANYTIME! on: June 19, 2019 01:00:38 PM
Class/Challenge: Care of Magical Creatures
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name & Page Link: Steampunk Clutch
Brief Description: A slightly-steampunk-slightly-hufflepuff clutch made for the Make a Friend Swap! This took quite a bit of care and lots of piercing with a special leather needle. Wink
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Class/Challenge: Alchemy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name & Page Link: Golden Snitch Collapsible Tote Bag
Brief Description: Two bandanas became a collapsible golden snitch tote bag for the same swap!
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7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Steampunk Clutch on: June 18, 2019 06:34:35 PM
This was one of the items I crafted for seeuudee in the Make-a-Friend swap. I had the basic idea to do a small bag for my fellow bag-obsessed partner and tried to include elements from a few of her likes. The result is a little bit steampunk, a little bit Newt Scamander/Hufflepuff, but hopefully still versatile enough to not stand out too much! I think my favorite thing besides the monogram (loosely based on Newt's with her initials overlapping) is the belt loops on the back  - which I've been seeing on more bags lately and thought was fun and steampunk utility-belt friendly. Wink All of the fabric and thread was in my stash; the only things I had to buy were some of the findings and leather needles for my machine.

using the belt loops!

And thank you PerfectlyBohemian for some almost-finished progress photos that actually show all the angles Wink:

Thanks for looking!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Golden Snitch Collapsible Tote Bag on: June 18, 2019 11:22:03 AM
Made for the Make-a-Friend swap and inspired by those collapsible grocery bags - I had this stretchy gold fabric in my stash and thought a little snitch keychain bag would be fun! Fortunately/unfortunately, I found these amazing Marauder's Map bandanas that I really wanted to use, so this ended up a bit larger than originally intended  Cheesy The wings are satin fused to white glitter felt for a bit of stability.

Thanks for looking!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: 2019 Make-A-Friend Revival: Miniature Version Gallery! on: June 13, 2019 05:39:27 PM
I received from seeuudee last night! My baby and I tore into it (baby slightly more literally, tearing paper is a favorite) and oh. my. goodness. I cannot believe how wonderful everything is!

The wrapped goods! Plus a lovely card, a sturdy but pretty bookmark, and yummy squishy candy that smells like childhood (the front flavor is bubblegum and lives up perfectly!)

First up, because the baby was tearing at this package as I was reading the card, is the amazing thing made for her:

A busy blanket with every conceivable bauble and trim and fabric texture, with lots of buttons and snaps an overall clip and zipper (with cute tiny shapes hidden inside!). The sheer amount of detail in this is just astounding. It's already well loved and there was a mild struggle to pull it out of the chubby hands for a quick picture, and this will definitely grow with her! (chubby hands for scale)

As if that wasn't already well and above, the next package was this stunning gem:

Love. Love. Love. Tiny meticulous quilting, butterfly, corduroy (with details from the actual pair of corduroys used!), and absolutely perfect colors. Oh, and did I mention it's a perfect sized storage cube? (cue staging with the closest things, which of course are baby toys and books these days):

But wait. There's yet.another! This one has handles, and eyelet lace detail in the quilting:

And side pockets, and beautiful stitching on every surface inside and out.

And because this package wasn't already super over the top, some fun extras!

I am in awe. Thank you, thank you, thank you. It was definitely intimidating in this swap to be crafting for a master, and while I still don't feel worthy I am so thrilled to have these wonderful pieces to aspire to Smiley
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Midsummer Term 2019*~ Join ANYTIME! on: June 07, 2019 04:18:25 PM
Class/Challenge: Floo Powder Challenge - Kowalski's Bakery
SPEW: made for hungry programmers at spouse's work if that counts Wink
House: Ravenclaw
Brief Description: My go-to banana bread! I don't bake very often, but when I do this is one of my favorites just because of how good the house smells. This was a double-batch after having bought way too many bananas for a picnic a couple of weeks ago. This is the recipe I use.
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Class/Challenge: Arthmancy
House: Ravenclaw
Brief Description: Just another dinner recipe that's been on my list to try - "gyoza meatballs" are supposed to be like potstickers without all the work or extra calories of wrappers Wink I left out the bamboo shoots and used the modification of 1lb of ground meat vs. half of ground meat and shrimp. The result...the spouse asked if I made meatballs from my chicken salad (which is pretty plain and definitely not asian-inspired). So not quite what I was hoping for, but good enough with some cauliflower fried rice and plenty of coconut aminos and chili garlic sauce Smiley
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