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1  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2018*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by tiamatfire on: April 30, 2018 02:37:40 PM
Annnd project dump to squeak past the Unicornicopia deadline.

Challenge: Unicornicopia - Unicorn
House: Ravenclaw
Name: Floral bead frogger

I decided to make a few more frogging needles, which make it easier to pull out cross stitches.  They are thicker and more blunt so they don't bend or split the stitches, and the weight of the beads (and the size) means that if the tension flips the needle out of your fingers it's a lot easier to find!

This is a unicorn piece because I never use these kind of painted beads, but I LOVE them.  I got it in a bead soup packet from a local beading store when I lived in Edmonton many years ago, purely for this bead.

Yup it totally took me 45 minutes to complete though.  Picking up fine beads on slick beading threadwith stiff wrists is a sloooooow process (much easier doing beading on cross stitch because I have them on a little bead nabber on my finger!).

Challenge: Unicornicopia - Glitter
House: Ravenclaw
Name: Crystal bead frogger

At first glance this might not seem glittery until you take a closer look. It has several metallic beads, two optical beads (the kinds that look like they have a kind of 3D depth?), and lastly a fire-polished teardrop crystal to finish.

Also took me a whole episode of Lt. Kenda: Homicide Hunter to finish Tongue

Challenge: Unicornicopia - Mermaid
House: Ravenclaw
Name: Pride Girl pendant

I was gifted this little gingerbread style girl pendant from the lady I buy my needleminders from.  She sat for a LONG time as I couldn't figure out what to do with her, since the holes were too big to allow for Christmas detailing.  I finally settled on making her a rainbow figure.  I might still try and incorporate it into a wild necklace for my LGBTQ+ friend who lives in Toronto and gets to attend the best darn Pride Parade that I think has ever existed.  

I took the completely separate elements of my threads (actually pulled from the chromatic temperature gauge for my Daily Temp Chart!) and the wooden cut out, and turned them into a brightly coloured pendant.

Challenge: Unicornicopia - ADVANCED Rainbow
House: Ravenclaw
Name: Floral Pendant

I also have a bunch of these teardrop pendants, and a recent cross-stitch magazine had a number of pretty patterns meant to be stitched onto wooden pendants, tags, phone covers, etc.  I thought I'd try this particular floral one.  It has a gradient of 3 different pinks from light to dark, with just a little corner of yellow marking the centre of the flower.

Challenge: Unicornicopia - Unicornicopia
House: Ravenclaw
Name: Spring SAL - Clue 4

Thanks wonderfully to the new ability of being able to use sections of SAL for crafting submissions, I'm submitting the 4th wedge of the Satsuma Street Spring SAL as my Unicornicopia!  It has colour gradations in the bottom flower section (light pinks into brighter orangey pinks), an adorably sweet snail, has a white background AND white stitching, and contains more than 5 colours (even in just this wedge).  I love this SAL, and need to start working on Clue 5 which we just got last Friday (we get them every 2 weeks).

Before starting the wedge I'm submitting:

Finished wedge:

Whole thing so far:

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2  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2018*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by tiamatfire on: April 29, 2018 01:44:24 PM
OK more stuff to throw in!

Challenge: Unicorn - Rainbow
House: Ravenclaw
Name: Butterfly Wreath

You might remember I made all these butterflies awhile ago, but hadn't done a thing with them.  I decided I wanted to turn them into a wreath, and so I crocheted a circle with a scalloped edge as a backing, then carefully glued them down in prismatic order around the wreath.  It might still need a bow at some point, but I'm happy with how it looks right now.

Challenge: Unicorn - Cupcake
House: Ravenclaw
Name: Blueberry Jamaican corn porridge

I actually first had a version of this in the hospital, believe it or not.  Instead of cream of wheat, I was given corn porridge.  I enjoyed it as a change from my usual either cold cereal or oatmeal, and went looking for a recipe at home.  I found something called Jamaican Corn porridge, which cooks the cornmeal in a mix of water, milk, and condensed milk.  I prefer to make it this way.

2 c. milk (we use homo, aka 3.25%)
1/2 c. fine cornmeal (polenta cornmeal works)
sprinkle of salt
brown sugar to taste
1/2 c. frozen (or fresh!) blueberries

Put the milk on the stove, add a sprinkle of salt if desired, and bring to a simmer over low heat.  Slowly sprinkle the cornmeal in, a bit at a time, stirring constantly.  Once I have 1/4 c. in I usually let it simmer and I stir for a few minutes to let the cornmeal hydrate.  Then I add the rest in the same manner, sprinkling in and stirring constantly.  Continue to let it simmer while stirring frequently until it hits a texture just a little bit runnier than you'd like for porridge.  Take off the heat, and pour some into a heat-proof bowl.  Top with some of the berries and brown sugar, to your taste.  Enjoy!

This also turns into quite a rich polenta with chilling in the fridge, and you can serve it as a base grain in a meal with meat and sauce, or sauteed mushrooms.  You could stir in some parmesan when making it if you'd like to do that instead!

And also....a NEWT finish!

Class: NEWT - SOAR
House: Ravenclaw
Name: The Dragon Trainer

I finally finished The Dragon Trainer!  I love, love love this so much.  I didn't alter the pattern at all, except to use a hand-dyed aida for fabric, and gold metallic DMC perle for the crown.  My girl is clearly a very powerful princess witch, able to tame a Common Welsh Green into skipping right after her (I think the bunny is just tagging along for fun).

Complete, before backstitching and french knots:

And totally done:

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3  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2018*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by tiamatfire on: April 20, 2018 03:45:59 PM
I'm sorry I haven't been on much.  I was away at my parents for a bit, and then haven't felt well.  I felt so guilty that I haven't even been reading the page!  I'm going to catch up soon, but I wanted to put up a couple more items.

Class: Astronomy - in threes
House: Ravenclaw
Name: Fishing lure hoop

I made this for my dad's birthday, and it clearly has 3 parts!  It's just from an old free pattern from DMC with some other colours swapped in.  DMC thread on handpainted 28 ct. evenweave.

Class: Detention - March - WIP
House: Ravenclaw
Name: Sugar Skull Stormtrooper

My god this was my EVEREST.  I started this in either October or November last year, and it took me this long to finish it.  It's pretty huge (I'll need at least an 8x10" frame for it), but it even went to the premiere of SW: The Last Jedi with me, where I stitched on it in line to get in.  It's just waiting a press, and to be stretched, and then I'll sort out framing it.  It's for the husband, but he's seen it lots Smiley

Challenge: Floo - Panem - hometown industry
House: Ravenclaw
Name: Chickadee Hoop

My hometown is in northern Ontario, and the industry there is forestry - softwood pulp and paper.  The chickadees love to sing in the pine and spruce trees, and we all love them.  They are very brave little birds, and will hop right up onto any bird feeder you put up.  I made this hoop for my mom for her birthday, since we both love chickadees.  Picture is above beside Dad's hoop.  Pattern is from Cross Stitch Gold magazine, just a small section of a large piece called "Fence Friends".  Branch was freehanded.
(Note to Mistress Jennie & Noodle-bug: Picture of Chickadee hoop is above, beside the Fishing Lures hoop.)

Challenge: Headmistress - April - from stash
House: Ravenclaw
Name: Wee Bee

I made this tiny bee fridge magnet for my Grandma for her birthday.  She lives in an assisted living home, so it's very tiny and with no room on the walls.  I'd already made the heart magnet for my daughter in February by stitching 1x1 on 28 ct. evenweave, but I thought I'd try 1x1 on 36 ct. evenweave instead!  This let me make a more complex design since I had more "Space" to work with.  The bee is from Cross Stitcher magazine. Thread is a mix of my stash and my Grandma's, which she gave me on my last visit home because she can't stitch any more  Cry, fabric is a hand dyed sample from stash, and so is the vintage covered button kit.

Class: Potions - moving parts
House: Ravenclaw
Name: Pin the Horn on the Unicorn

I'm not entirely sure if this will qualify as having moving parts, though the horns certainly moved around a lot during the game!

My daughter had a unicorn themed birthday and I wanted a couple planned activities.  So we made glittery pink slime (not pictured) and played Pin the Horn on the Unicorn!

I looked up some images of unicorn faces on Pinterest, and this design is really popular.  I sketched out the eyes on paper, then traced onto shimmery black scrapbook paper and cut them out.  I then cut out 12 horns from holographic paper, and we decorated the forehead area with flowers leftover from making the unicorn headbands.

Class: SoAR - Turn
House: Ravenclaw
Name: Unicorn party favours

As stated above, we had a unicorn birthday party, my daughter's first birthday party with friends she invited herself (instead of just our friends and their kids).  Budget is TIGHT, so I got the brilliant idea to make unicorn headbands for all the little girls.  Then my 4 yo son wanted one, but not with flowers, so we decided on Spiderman Unicorn instead.  Anyway.  These involved a lot of turning, because the horn is made by gluing a felt cone together inside out, then flipping it over, stuffing it, and winding a heavy sewing thread around it (turning all the while) to make the spiral.

Headbands made with felt horns, felt ears, and dollar store flowers.  I don't have a picture of either of my kids alone in them because I got seriously distracted, and I don't want to share pictures of the other girls without permission.  So you get me. Tongue

Aaand finally a few more pictures.  First, the solar system charms came in and are stitched on!

Finally, March's temperatures are stitched in.  It was BLOODY COLD for March (lousy Smarch weather!) though I was tickled that the "maximum" temperatures largely fell within the green spectrum, what with St. Patrick's Day and all. We also had a big blizzard in the first few days (that first yellow day) where we got I think it was 27 cm of snow.  The first few weeks of April were nasty too.  I'll share once I'm finished!

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4  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2018*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by tiamatfire on: March 16, 2018 12:20:36 PM
New Owl Proposal!

OWL: SoAR - uses a complicated chart
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Passport to Adventure!
Brief Description:

I will be making Frosted Pumpkin's The Pumpkin Passport cross-stitch, which most definitely has a large and complicated chart!  It was a originally a year-long SAL.  I've already got a big piece of hand-dyed evenweave, that was dyed just for me in the colour of the sky with some whispy light and white patches to emulate clouds. The threads are all bobbinated (as seen in my CoMC class above).  Now I can start gridding, using threads only because the hand-dyed fabric is sensitive to too much water.

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5  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2018*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by tiamatfire on: March 16, 2018 12:13:44 PM
Hello again lovely ladies!

I'm sorry I've been absent.  My body decided to SMASH ALL THE THINGS and stopped working around Feb 1st.  Rusty joints are not conducive to crafting at any appreciable rate!  But I have great doctors, and we tried some different things, and hopefully the better drugs are here to stay (please warn me if my projects start to look.....psychedelic....ok?  Cheesy)

I have rather a project dump to lay down, so lets get at 'er!

Class/Challenge:  Alchemy - with single pure material
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: 'inja Turtles

So my son turned 4 (WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN, HE WAS BORN 2 YEARS AFTER WE STARTED HPC) and he loves who he calls the 'inja Turtles.  No we don't correct that on purpose because it's so dang cute.  I hated every second of this cross stitch because I feel so terrible through it, and had to drag through every stitch, besides which all that green and largely shades I don't like!  It's dang cute though, and he's going to get it hopefully tomorrow (his birthday was a week ago) at the big family bash, likely in a lime green hoop.  Oh and it's 100% cotton, thread and aida, as long as we don't count the fabric starch 100% aida comes dipped in.

Class/Challenge: Apparition - grab at last minute
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Cross stitch pendant

When I ordered some needle minders from a Canadian mom, she sent me this empty wooden cross stitch pendant as a surprise!  I promise it took me over an hour to make it, because first I researched patterns, then I drew a bunch on grid paper, then ripped apart my floss boxes coming up with different colour combos before finally settling on this one.  It's something I can grab easily going out the door, as I can wear it as a pendant, or toss it on my purse as a purse toggle!

Class/Challenge: Arithmancy - new or out of comfort zone
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Tiny Valentine's SAL

The same person (Armada Designs) who did the Tiny Christmas SAL I did last term made a tiny Valentine's one, which although wasn't free was a minimal charge and all profit went to charity!  I decided to stitch this on evenweave, which is both new to me and out of my comfort zone.  I now LOVE evenweave, though I like aida for lots of things too, and it is much easier for me to use than evenweave is when my hands are sore or dodgy.

I swapped out a few things.  The cupcakes were originally one large one, and the XOXO was Sweethearts (the candy).  Oh and I tweaked the rosebud in vase to be more like a bud.  The original looked more like a candle to me, and i lengthened the glasses so they looked more like champagne flutes.

Class/Challenge: CoMC - to use for future crafting
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Bobbinating!

Well as is totally obvious by now, cross-stitch is my most reliable craft.  Doesn't require the grip or (surprisngly!) dexterity of most crochet or knitting.  So with so many projects on the horizons, already kitted up, I had to wind allllll those skeins on bobbins.  It takes about 3 minutes per bobbin, slowing to 5 after doing about 5.  These are the skeins to make the next NEWT (or is it OWL?) I'm about to start.  Details in next post once I put down my submission!  But here they are on the evenweave, before and after bobbinating.  That's my own word btw.  I just like saying it.  Bobbinating.  Bobbinating.  Bobbinating.

Class/Challenge: Flying - lifts spirits
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Unicorn cross-stitch

So my kid's birthdays are 2 weeks apart (and daughter was a wee baby during the very first HPC term, so she's 6 HOLY HANNAH).  After making the 'inja turtles, I had to make her a Unicorn one which will match her birthday party theme. 

Making this was a total joy, it definitely lifted my spirits!  It's so pretty, and happy, and I love the metallic horn and "Shine".  I'm using "Shine" here as a verb, meaning you should always shine.  Be proud, and brave and kind.  Let who you are shine through.  Pattern for unicorn and fonts found separately for free.  This will hopefully be framed in a pink hoopla.

Class/Challenge: Herbology - something red
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Pepper-up Potion kit

So jenleahlynn won a prize from me last semester, and I kitted up a cross-stitch for her!  The thread is largely red, and because I had to draw the graph by hand (3 times, because the first was drawn in Excel but I couldn't get the angles right, then twice by hand after a screw up) it definitely hit the required time limit.

I'm sorry you don't have it yet Jen, it will be mailing out to you as soon as pay day strikes at the end of the month!

Class/Challenge: HoM - Gratitude
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: a thank-you flamingo

My MIL has been really amazing help, taking me out once a week for groceries, or doctors appointments, or just to get me out of the house, because I can't go out on my own!  She loves flamingos, and I think this is just perfect.  Pattern is modified from a free Anchor one, palm fronds free-handed.

Class/Challenge: Transfiguration - difficult
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Tiny heart pin/needle minder

When making the Tiny Valentine SAL, my daughter expressed how much she liked the centrepiece heart.  I decided to make a tiny heart on scrap evenweave, and used a covered button kit and two rare earth magnets to make it a safe decorative pin (only safe if your kids don't put things in their mouths of course) or needle minder.

It's difficult because to make it so tiny I stitched it 1/1 on 28 count evenweave, instead of 2/2.  This makes it very small and fine!


Class: OWL - Astronomy
House: Ravenclaw
Name: The Solar System

I finished my Solar System!  Well technically, it still needs 9 silver star charms, but those are coming from China, and it could be months before they get there.  Since stitching them on will take all of 5 minutes, I have permission from the headmistresses to call this complete!

It was a lot of fun to make, and although it uses metallic thread it wasn't too much of a pain because it was Kreinik braid, which tends to shred and split less than some others.  The beading was really simple, because I made a homemade bead nabber.  I glued a little piece of the hook side of velcro to a thimble.  You press the velcro into a little pile of seed beads, and the velcro holds the beads fairly securely. Then you have a bunch right at the tips of your fingers!

There were a few amusing moments, like when the partially finished Jupiter looked suspiciously like a death star

 and some non-amusing ones when I realised I did a few things off vertically by one stitch.  Thankfully there's enough blank space I just left them, and adjusted a couple things around them accordingly.

I'm unsure if it's going to be a wall hanging, or framed in a shadow box.  We shall see!

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6  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Yule Term 2017/18*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by tiamatfire on: January 28, 2018 03:25:13 PM
I still am not able to machine sew for any length of time Sad  I'd like to put my current OWL and NEWTs on hold (both require using my sewing machine) and introduce new ones instead if I can!  My hips and knees just can't take holding down the pedal!

OWL Proposal

OWL Exam: Astronomy
House: Ravenclaw
Name: Solar System Cross Stitch

I'm about to embark upon a very cool cross-stitched solar system!  It fits the prompt exactly (craft using the solar system), and will be a lot of work as it uses extensive amounts of metallic thread *cries* and beading along with coloured floss, all on black aida.  It will definitely take the required amount of time! 

NEWT Proposal

NEWT Exam: Magical Creatures
House: Ravenclaw
Name: The Dragon Trainer

I'm going to be cross-stitching another large piece, which is a cute princess skipping ahead of a friendly dragon and bunny.  The picture looks SO much like my fiesty (almost) 6 year-old, and I imagine that she went out like a brave knight of a princess and trained the dragon to be her friend!  It very clearly has a magical dragon on it, though one that was clearly charmed.  It must be a Common Welsh Green that had calming and friendly charms cast on it Smiley  It will definitely take quite some time, and is going to be stitched on some gorgeous hand-dyed aida I purchased from a Canadian seller.

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7  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Yule Term 2017/18*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by tiamatfire on: January 28, 2018 02:35:54 PM
Fingers crossed photo upload is fixed!  If not I will try and sort something out - the Aurora piece can't be posted on ANY social media because it's a surprise for a friend!

Class: Charms - Silence
House: Ravenclaw
SPEW: I don't think so - though it's to support her through the rough time of her fiance leaving her and her starting a new career as a yarn store owner?
Name:  Yukon Aurora

So as mentioned, this is for a friend who's needed incredible strength to get through the last few years.  She struggled for years to maintain a job in Geology, because since 2008 geology has been a very volatile field, often with only fly-in/fly-out short-term contract where you even need to pay the travel.  She got a mine job in the far northern Yukon, home based in Whitehorse.  She met a great guy up there, moved in and he proposed.  The mine closed, and she decided to take on the local yarn store that was for sale.  Her fiance decided she wasn't dedicating enough time to him (?!?!?!) due to the store and broke the engagement and told her to move out by the next day.

She's been rebuilding herself, and her store, and I'm SO PROUD OF HER.  She adores living in the Yukon and has fully embraced far north life (frankly the weather is the same or sometimes better than home where I live!) with endless summer light and dark winter days.  The Aurora over the mountains is the most profound, beautiful and meaningful experiences I know she's had.  It's perfectly quiet except the tinkling of ice crystals in the air, watching the aurora sweep and dance.

This is made from an original watercolour picture I found on Etsy (already sold), and the artist gave me permission to turn it into a pattern.  I did the sky and aurora with half stitches, to echo the fact that the aurora is so ethereal.

Challenge: Floo Powder - Catbus - snuggly
House: Ravenclaw

This cowl is all for me!  It's made from a beautiful handspun skein I was gifted on my birthday, made of silk strands and glass beads.  I cast on 26 stitches provisionally, worked a 2 st. (on each side) garter border, and then used a few different openwork patterns from an old 1970's stitch dictionary in between narrow garter bands.  Stitched it together and done!

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8  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Yule Term 2017/18*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by tiamatfire on: January 02, 2018 08:04:05 PM
Thanks for the encouraging words everyone!  2017 was a year of rebuilding for my family, after 2016 beat us into a bloody pulp with job losses, severe illness, a move halfway across the country, and leaving behind some of the best friends I've ever made (only physically, we are still best of friends!).

Cross-stitching has emerged as the best way I can continue to craft in what is the new normal for my body, and I am absolutely in love with it.  In particular because supplies are really cheap and we are on a heck of a budget lol!  

The temperature chart will be a great way to see our year grow, change, and hopefully continue to move onward and upward.  And I intend to make another identical one for the daily minimum temperature, because here that can be drastically different from the high!

I don't have any prompts I can submit this to, but

Challenge: Headmistress - January
House: Ravenclaw
Name: 90's throwback toque

I just wanted to share the ridiculously awesome 90's throwback hat I knit with yarn given to me by my wonderful husband!  It's a TinCanKnits Prism toque, made with a bunch of Hedgehog Fibre mini skeins and the leftovers of my grey yarn from the Colour Affection shawl I made earlier in the year.

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9  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Yule Term 2017/18*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by tiamatfire on: December 31, 2017 12:22:46 PM
Warning - mass project dump, now the holidays are mostly done! Sorry I've been absent!  And I don't think I ever replied about the timestamped photo thing noodle-bug but that's totally fine, I understand I just didn't see the post eep!  Happy Birthday too!  Note: I included my mom's Norwegian cross-stitch as my Headmistress Challenge number 1 - for someone you love!  

Are you ready?  LOL!

Class/Challenge: DADA - bumpy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Ponytail/bun hat

This is a really neat twist on a messy bun hat.  It has buttons down the back, allowing you to modify where the hole is (or have none!) so that you can wear a high messy bun, low ponytail, or anything in between.  I made this a few months ago as a Christmas present for my soon to be SIL.  Not my colour, but definitely hers as she has gorgeous thick wavy chestnut hair.  Oh and the bumpiness is all the garter stitch around the cables!

Class/Challenge: Detention - Dec - delights the senses
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Gluten-free Gingerbread

I needed to make some Christmas cookies (you'll see others pop up in the post) that are safe for my son and I to bring to Christmas celebrations.  These are soft and chewy gingerbread from Gluten-free on a Shoestring.  I made them exactly to form, but sprinkled with icing sugar after coming out of the oven rather than frosting because I was plain exhausted.  Next time, frosting, because they are VERY molasses flavoured and could have used some mellow buttercream on top.

Class/Challenge: Divination - bright
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Geometric Butterfly

I made this very bright geometric butterfly as one of the first projects once I got back in to cross-stitching!  I quite like it, and it's very full looking because I used three strands on 14-count aida.

Class/Challenge: Floo - Ghana - Gold colour
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: 2018 Maximum temperature graph

I hope I can submit this now, as it took probably 20-30 hours just to go to this point!  It's a grid, to fill in the maximum temperature daily through 2018.  I had to alter it from the purchased one, by expanding the temperature scale and converting to C, because where I live it gets pretty hot, VERY cold, and is in Canada!  There are several shades of yellow through gold in it, which will pop up during fall and spring!

Class/Challenge: Headmistress #2 - celebrating winter
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Snowflake ornament

This is a Mill Hill beaded ornament kit (one of 3 in this post!).  I like it in particular because once my Dad and I make an ornament stand I can leave it up all through the winter!  These kits are a ton of fun and VERY addictive, I can't wait to buy a few more that make little pictures instead of just ornaments!

Class/Challenge: Headmistress #3 - sparkle
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Dad's ornament

Kit #2!  Very sparkly, as it came with the largest assortment of beads.  Gold, pink, green, blue, purple!

Class/Challenge: Headmistress #4 - String
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Mom's ornament

Kit #3!  I think it's pretty obvious exactly how this project encompasses string lol!

Class/Challenge: Headmistress #5 - Holiday decoration
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Christmas advent stitch-along

I found a wonderful free advent stitch along this December, every day we got a bit more of the overall pattern!  I went a bit rogue with mine, swapping the church for a gingerbread house, making santa and the star more complex, adding Christmas lights to the big house, etc.  I LOVE it so much, and so did my Aunt and Mom who already requested their own next year  Cheesy

Class/Challenge: Headmistress #6 - holiday food
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Cherry Peaks

Another safe Christmas cookie, modeled after a family recipe.  It's a meltaway cookie (similar to a whipped shortbread), flavoured with imitation almond essence instead of lemon (so it's safe around my mom), dough wrapped around drained whole maraschino cherries, baked until just set, then frosted.

Class/Challenge: Headmistress #7 - warm body
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:'inja turtle  and owl hats

My son adores 'inja turtles, as he calls them.  So I whipped up this hat for him.  You need to warm the body here because over Christmas our air temperature was -33 to -39C, with windchills as cold as -44C!  Remember farenheit users, that scale meets at -40 so it was BLOODY FREAKIN' COLD!  My daughter got an owl hat!

Class/Challenge: Herbology - chocolate
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Chocolate Crinkle cookies

Cookie #3 for Christmas!   These chocolate crinkle cookies are very tasty, some have added peppermint essence to spike up the flavour a bit more.  They contain both melted chocolate and cocoa powder!

Class/Challenge: Muggle Studies - Mail
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Ornaments

Now I think one of my ornaments got counted already.....I can't remember!  So I'm going to put them BOTH up here, because both were made to be mailed away in the HP Ornament swap!  They both took long enough to make to count for a single craft anyway Wink  There's Ron for Ron lover, a Pepper-up potion for a Potions lover, two flying keys and I needed to sneak in my son's ornament because it's so darned cute and I didn't have a prompt to share it under!  All the snowflake white is stitched over with iridescent thread (so all the snow is fully stitched twice, once in white once in iridescent - blending it didn't sparkle enough).

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10  Re: Harry Potter Holiday Ornament & Stocking Stuffer Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by tiamatfire on: December 21, 2017 10:21:02 AM
I got my lovely package from ilovesnails Tuesday!  I'm so sorry I didn't post immediately but the hot glue had let go and I wanted to fix it, which I did yesterday!

I got a Ravenclaw globe filled with blue ribbon curls, and a fantastic (book colours squee!) Ravenclaw beaded ribbon attached to a silver "Always".

Thank you SO much for my pretty ornaments, they are already on the tree as you can see!
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