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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Yule Term 2017/18*~ Join anytime! on: January 15, 2018 02:45:59 PM
My grandma, when she still had a full kitchen, was making "jellied salad" right up until the mid 2000's.  Lime jello with shredded carrots, cabbage, celery and cottage cheese.  JUST NO GRANDMA.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Yule Term 2017/18*~ Join anytime! on: January 03, 2018 08:50:00 AM
Tiamatfire I love the hat, I was looking at that same pattern when I knitted my hat a couple of months of=r so ago (I couldn't settle on a colourway so I went a different direction but I LOVE your!) -- and it TOTALLY could icount as the Headmistress Challenge of January (resurrection stone) since your husband gave you (some of) the yarn!

Ooh I didn't think of that!  Plus the yarn is semi-resurrected, I got it from my mom back in 2014!  I did start it before January but there were like 4-5 hours worth of work still put into it on Jan 1st do it meets the time requirement  (I think?).

I'll go back and edit it!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Yule Term 2017/18*~ Join anytime! 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.

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Yule Term 2017/18*~ Join anytime! 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).

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Harry Potter Holiday Ornament & Stocking Stuffer Swap Gallery on: December 22, 2017 05:16:41 PM
Yeah I'm glad you got them! I was starting to wonder if they would ever get there. Sorry the glue let go. Thought I'd put enough there!

Oh no worries!  It's been really cold and I find hot glue lets go in cold weather.  A new dab and it was good to go again!
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Harry Potter Holiday Ornament & Stocking Stuffer Swap Gallery 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!
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Handmade Advent Calendar on: December 14, 2017 04:07:07 PM
Oh my goodness that's awesome!  I'm so honoured by the comments and the likes!  It hasnt gotten to her yet but was mailed express tosay.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Harry Potter Holiday Ornament & Stocking Stuffer Swap Gallery on: December 14, 2017 04:01:07 PM

Now I will have to look up "pepper-up" so I get the reference on that cute

Pepper Up is the potion Madam Pomfrey gives anyone who has a cold, Percy forces Ginny to take it in CoS when she's all white and drawn from the diary!  She said her favourite subject was potions so I thought it fit in!  Cheesy

So many lovely things posted, it's amazing!  Mine haven't arrived yet but Canada Post is sloooooow so I'm not worried at all!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Harry Potter Holiday Ornament & Stocking Stuffer Swap Gallery on: December 12, 2017 05:06:41 PM
I'm so happy they arrived safely!  I really love everything I made, so much I might make some for me - ha!
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Handmade Advent Calendar on: December 08, 2017 08:26:29 AM
Thank you so much!  I'm really proud of it!  I kind of want to swap out some of our ornaments for some I made for her, like the skating girl and carol music lol.  I made us a BB-8 that's slightly funny looking, though the kids love it so I don't think it can go!
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