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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: January 11, 2016 11:12:15 AM
Challenge: Free the House Elves #1
House: Gryffindor
Name: I want adventure in the great wide somewhere

My BILs girlfriend and close friend of mine LOVES Belle, and looks a lot like her.  Two years ago she made a movie-accurate costume of Belle in her blue dress from the beginning of the movie.  I made her this for Christmas.  I altered a few of the princess amigurumis from my e-book to end up with the right shape, invented an apron, and used the Belle wig cap from the Belle pattern without the little top bun.  She loved it!



Challenge: Free the House Elves #2
House: Gryffindor
Name: Sugar cookies
We made a huge batch of sugar cookies for Christmas, with frosting.  My daughter helped me decorate them!  The icing is a standard buttercream recipe, and the sugar cookies are the soft-frosted from Gluten Free on a Shoestring.



Challenge: Free the House Elves #3
House: Gryffindor
Name: Elsa

My daughter loved the Elsa I made for a friend this fall, so I just had to make her another one for her stocking (she knows Mommy made it and not Santa).  Its the same pattern from the Jana Whitley e-book on Ravelry, with glass floral gems to weigh the bottom down.



Challenge: Free the House Elves #4
House: Gryffindor
Name: Anna

To go with Elsa in the stocking Smiley  I didnt embroider this one so it would be done in time for Christmas, but she didnt seem to mind or notice!



Challenge: Free the House Elves #5
House: Gryffindor
Name: Ariel
SPEW:  Possibly? 

I made this Ariel for my friend.  She acted as a surrogate for a friend of hers, and although she had an uneventful pregnancy the week before delivery was fraught with complications.  The baby girl was born healthy and beautiful, but she was sick for quite a while after with a kidney infection, then retained placenta, and PPD and mastitis.  I found out her favourite princess, and made her a little figure to remind her of the little princess she gave to someone else.

22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: January 11, 2016 09:31:32 AM
Dearest Headmistresses - is it too late to submit to the Headmistress's challenge?  All 5 of my crafts were completed before Jan 7 but we had some serious life problems happen on Thursday-Friday and I wasn't able to submit them.

It's OK if not, but I wanted to check!

You have until Jan 12th to submit the Free the House Elves Challenges.  Smiley

Thank you!  Seriously - in 4 days we had a major medical diagnosis (me), and major job change (husband), and a surgery date scheduled (son).  I'll put them up tonight!
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: January 10, 2016 03:31:26 PM
Dearest Headmistresses - is it too late to submit to the Headmistress's challenge?  All 5 of my crafts were completed before Jan 7 but we had some serious life problems happen on Thursday-Friday and I wasn't able to submit them.

It's OK if not, but I wanted to check!
24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: December 29, 2015 12:40:44 PM
I'm sorry I've been AWOL ladies!  I didn't get holidays this year (except Christmas day and Boxing day off).  It's SO lovely of you to offer to help!  A bunch of my friends and I though amassed plenty of squares for him to make a large afghan, and he thankfully had insurance so will be able to replace all the things he needs eventually.  You are all TOO wonderful!

I have projects to submit but they'll have to wait for the weekend.  Lovely work so far everyone!
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: December 14, 2015 10:17:46 AM
Oh my lord that is so terrible!  I'm so sorry to hear that Sad  Well there are 4 more winging their way towards you as well!  Hopefully they get there before Christmas Eve.
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: December 08, 2015 07:02:19 PM
Another submission!

Class: Muggle Studies
House: Gryffindor
Name: Tacky Christmas sweater

So it turns out Muggles have a tradition of doing Christmas exchanges and parties while wearing ugly or tacky sweaters!  I found the base sweater at a Value Village quite cheap (it was even knit in two different dyelots so the shoulders are darker than the sleeves!) then decided to embellish it.  I cut the tree out of green felt, then rather laboriously stitched on sequins by hand for ornaments.  I cut out and sequined a star, then sewed them both to the sweater.  I think it came out pretty well!  I plan to add to it each year - maybe plastic lights or a "Merry Christmas" sign.



And Day 7 and 8 advent calendar:



27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: December 07, 2015 03:35:40 PM

Class: CoMC
House: Gryffindor
Name: Frost pixie snowflakes

My daughter and I decided to make family Christmas cards using snowflakes.  I used a muggle tool known as a hot glue gun to draw snowflakes, and we painted over the cards with blue and turquoise water colours, then set them to dry.  When we came back later, mysterious patterns had appeared!  I investigated more thoroughly, and can announce I have discovered a new species of pixie the frost pixie!
Known to muggles as Jack Frost, frost pixies are similar to Cornish pixies but are instead pale sparkling blue, with sharp ends on the fingers and toes.  This allows them to draw fine details, and they are particularly drawn to cold areas Im assuming they decorated our cards because of the snowflake pictures on them!
-   I actually added a sprinkling of fine table salt to each piece while it was still wet, which causes the paint paint to diffuse and set in exciting ways.  It also adds a bit of shine!



Class: DADA
House: Gryffindor
SPEW: Eligible!
Name: Patronus Afghan

My friends FIL lost the house he built by hand to a fire this fall, and although he has insurance it cant of course replace the sentimental value of his things.  Shes planning on replacing his afghan and all of us who can knit or crochet are donating squares.
This square is part of that afghan that will keep him warm and hopefully bring him some happiness (protective and a necessary emotion to make a patronus).  I get bored knitting garter or stockinette so I decided to mix it up with some stripes (it's the first one in the picture).



Class: Herbology
House: Gryffindor
SPEW: Eligible!
Name: Spiky Zig-Zag square

Another afghan square, and another garter pattern this time zigzags!  Knitting clearly uses needles, and the pointy pattern is spiky too.  (Last square in the picture)



Class: Potions
House: Gryffindor
Name: Converse Slippers

Another friend asked me to make some slippers for her to give to another one of our friends, and this friend ADORES Converse sneakers!  This pattern has been making the rounds on facebook, so it was a no-brainer to choose.  Due to some problems in translation (the pattern wasnt originally written in English) it was a difficult crochet (Im only moderately experienced) and involved MUCH turning back and forth, ripping, redoing, and working in the round (as you work around the sole).  Hopefully that fulfills the prompt!



AAAAAND Advent calendar Days 4, 5, and 6!

Present


Candy Cane


Holly
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: December 04, 2015 02:32:47 PM
Sorry I got behind on advent ornaments!  I've developed shingles around my right eye so spent the night at a walk-in, where they couldn't work for an hour because the internet network they used went down all over Canada!

Day 2:  BB-8!



Day 3: Cah (my son's word for Car)

29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: December 02, 2015 11:14:44 AM
Not a project submission!  Just a little Holiday Happiness for you all Smiley  If it's OK, I'm going to post each day which ornament my kids choose to hang on the Advent calendar I made as last semester's NEWT.  You can comment if you want, but it's just to bring you a happy note through the season!   Cheesy  I'm extra excited because my daughter is almost 4, and finally understands Christmas, and how the love and excitement in leading up to it.

My kiddos crazy excited over decorations:


The first ornament: the star on top of the tree!

30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Fall Semester Sept 1-November 30, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: November 30, 2015 09:53:22 PM
Last minute post sliding in under the wire!!!

Class: NEWT
House: Gryffindor
Name: Advent Calendar

Well, I finally managed to make an Advent calendar like I had been longing for since I was a kid!  A tree, with ornaments to hang for every day.  Most of the ornaments are hand-sewn felt, with a few knitted ones in there as well.  The tree is felt, and the background (aren't those stars lovely?  It's a piece I've had since 2003-4!) is quilting cottons. 



I appliqued the snow down, then sewed around the tree, sewed on the buttons (they are ALL different!) and then attached a red corduroy back.

The pockets were a pain in the arse, because I needed them to be loose since many of the ornaments are thick or stuffed.  It's why they have a funny pucker in the centre, which was actually a wee pleat.



I'm SUPER proud of it, and styled the ornaments to be both Christmassy and to fit our family.  I was thinking of posting a picture every day of each ornament as my kids choose one to hang?  That way we can see them all in detail through December!  I'll post two pictures here though so you can verify they ARE in fact done now Smiley



Phew. 

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