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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: September 03, 2017 11:04:55 AM
Three more Quidditch squeaking in!  I will be providing the recipes later in the day, I can't get my hands back on the book I used until tonight or tomorrow.



Class: Quidditch #2 Tarapoto Tree Skimmers - another culture
House: Ravenclaw
Project: Honey peach Lord Grey preserves

Well I am Canadian, not British, but my family adores Earl Grey tea!  So this is me exploring British tea culture Smiley I had seen this recipe online before, but also loved the honey peach bourbon preserves in my book (the recipe, I hadn't made them yet!).  I thought the honey would go well with earl grey, and so I eliminated the bourbon and added the contents of 3 tea bags to the preserves instead.  They are AMAZING and I only ended up with 2.5 pints....so my husband brought home another box of Ontario peaches yesterday lol.  I also didn't skin the peaches because skins don't bother me.

Peach Jam with Bourbon and Honey - from Preservation Society

1.1 kg peaches
250 g granulated sugar
250 g honey
3 tbsp bottled lemon juice
2 tbsp bourbon (optional) *I used 3 opened Twinings Earl Grey tea bag contents

Chop peaches into small pieces, with or without skins.  Combine peaches, sugar, honey and lemon juice and allow to macerate at least 30 min.  Bring to boil over medium-high heat, stirring often, until setting point is reached *I ended up needing to add a packet of pectin to get it to gel before it got bitter from the tea*.  Remove from heat and let rest 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add bourbon if using.  Ladle into hot sterilized jars, wipe rims.  Put on lids and screw rings to fingertip-tight.  Process in boiling water canner for 10 minutes from time canner returns to rolling boil.




Class: Quidditch #3 Vratsa Vultures - unknown medium
House: Ravenclaw
Project: Bananas Foster Jam

I've never made jam using bananas before, so definitely an unknown medium to me!  There's about 3/4 of a pint of it.  I made it refrigerator version because I didn't have butter extract so stirred in real butter.  It'll need to be eaten in a month or so and stored in the refrigerator.

Bananas Foster Jam from Preservation Society

2.7 kg bananas
500 g brown sugar
200 g jam sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2/3 cup bottled lemon juice
1/4 cup dark rum, divided (optional) *I didn't use
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped (optional) *I didn't use
1/4 tsp butter extract (optional) *I used 1 tbsp actual butter

Peel and dice bananas, measure out 1.9 kg.  Combine bananas, sugars, cinnamon, lemon juice, half the rum and vanilla bean.  Bring to boil over medium-high heat, stirring often, until setting point is reached.  Remove from heat and let rest 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add remaining rum and butter extract, remove vanilla bean.

IF you used butter extract, you can then can it using hot sterilized jars, and processing 10 minutes in a boiling water bath.  I used real butter so put it into the fridge.




Class: Quidditch #6 Kenmare Kestrels - green
House: Ravenclaw
Project: Dill pickles

I was able to go to the Farmer's Market on Thursday, and picked up some kirby cucumbers and heads of dill.  They were starting to wilt, so Friday I made dill pickles!  These are very clearly green, though the batch I made that I didn't heat process to store in the fridge are even greener!  Dill pickles are always a favourite around here.

Dill Pickles from Preservation Society

Kirby cucumbers, as many as you want

Brine (per 1L/Quart jar)
1 cup white vinegar (5% acetic acid minimum)
1 cup water

Per 1L/Quart Jar
2-3 dill heads
2 peeled garlic cloves
1-2 hot chile peppers (optional) *I didn't use
1 3-inch piece of dill root (optional) *I didn't use as couldn't find any, substituted with 1/2 tsp dill seed per pint
1 tbsp kosher or pickling salt
2 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp whole black peppercorns
1/4 tsp calcium chloride (Pickle Crisp)

Trim blossom ends off cucumbers, cut if desired.  Bring bring to a boil. 

Meanwhile, add spice/salt component to each hot jar, then pack in cucumbers as tightly as possible, leaving 1/2 inch headspace.  Pour over hot brine to within 1/2 inch of rim.  Place lids on jars and tighten rings to fingertip tight.  Process in boiling water canner for 15 minutes.

22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: August 31, 2017 07:00:31 PM
I'd like permission to put my current OWL on hold, as the quilt top has been finished since last year but it will be quite awhile before I can afford the batting and backing required to finish the quilt.

Done!

I'd like to propose a new OWL in the meantime:

OWL Subject & Option(if available): Muggle Studies
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Advent Calendar (2)
Brief Description:

I will be making my sister a felt Christmas tree Advent Calendar.  In reading many Muggle Christmas books, and looking at Muggle Christmas displays and crafting books, it appears that Advent Calendars are very popular.  I propose to make a calendar for my sister consisting of homemade felt ornaments, both magical and non, as well as creating the hanging on which to place the ornaments.  It will likely take a few months, judging by how long it took me to create my own family's two years ago - pictured below.

And Done! I also moved you from Gryffindor to Ravenclaw! Cheesy Can't wait to see your advent calendar. The first one you made was awesome!

Thanks Abbee!  She will have some different ornaments too, to fit it to her personality and likes Cheesy
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: August 31, 2017 06:59:09 PM
Challenge: Detention - August whoops it's the Headmistress challenge for August!
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Baked Oatmeal

It was the last week of summer daycare this week, meaning the kids got to have a special event every day instead of just on Friday's!  I used this recipe and added chocolate chips for an extra celebratory treat. It tastes pretty good, though I could have added more oats and halved the baking soda.

24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HPCraftalong - Careers Record Office on: August 30, 2017 02:26:01 PM
I finally completed my career path!  I can officially be a Charms professor!  I suppose I should pick another Career now lol.

*oops*  I need to finish the Employability Challenges first!
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: August 30, 2017 12:36:26 PM
I'd like permission to put my current OWL on hold, as the quilt top has been finished since last year but it will be quite awhile before I can afford the batting and backing required to finish the quilt.

I'd like to propose a new OWL in the meantime:

OWL Subject & Option(if available): Muggle Studies
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Advent Calendar (2)
Brief Description:

I will be making my sister a felt Christmas tree Advent Calendar.  In reading many Muggle Christmas books, and looking at Muggle Christmas displays and crafting books, it appears that Advent Calendars are very popular.  I propose to make a calendar for my sister consisting of homemade felt ornaments, both magical and non, as well as creating the hanging on which to place the ornaments.  It will likely take a few months, judging by how long it took me to create my own family's two years ago - pictured below.

26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: August 30, 2017 12:27:33 PM
Class: Iron Chef - Tea
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Chocolate Chili Chai sauce
Brief Description:

I had a craving for chocolate sauce, and after searching I found a recipe that used water!  I decided to replace the water with very strongly brewed Chocolate Chili Chai from David's Tea, and let me tell you it is delicious.




Class: Quidditch #10 Chudley Cannons - bright colour
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Sorted Perler Beads
Brief Description:

I'm not 100% sure this can count or not, because it's not strictly a craft, but it is needed in order to DO a craft.  I got a bin of 11,000 mixed Perler beads on sale, and since May I've been sorting them.  It takes hours, and hours and hours.  I don't even know how many hours, but I did 1/2 hour this morning and 2 hours over the day yesterday with less than 1/8th of the jar left.  If  so, I think they fit the prompt of bright colour!  There's 30 different colours all together, and I sorted them by picking them up with a small DPN.  Very good physio for my hand, and I had to keep stopping because my hand would start shaking!




Class: Quidditch #14 Wimbourne Wasps - loud colours
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Rainbow Butterflies
Brief Description:

I crocheted these butterflies a bit at at a time, using up scraps.  I'm not sure if I want them to become a mobile/windcatcher, or use them to adorn things, or yarn bomb with them yet!

27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: August 27, 2017 12:33:46 PM
Challenge: Quidditch - #4 Wigtown Wanderers - Family
House: Ravenclaw
Project: Kitty Costumes

My kids have been playing kitties a lot lately, so I promised them some costumes to go with it.  Felt ears and felt paw pads on socks and we were done!  They've worn them out a few times already, as well as in the house!  It took about an hour to make both, all told.




Challenge: Quidditch - #9 Appleby Arrows - Piercing
House: Ravenclaw
Project: Flower dress

I love the Cambie pattern so much I had to make another dress, this time in a floral quilting cotton I got in the discount area of our local massive fabric store.  It really is local, there's one here, one in Edmonton, and possibly one in Calgary or Saskatchewan somewhere - we have a very large Anabaptist population in the prairies, both Mennonites and Hutterites.  Because of all the sewing they do we have absolutely marvelous fabric options, at least in quilting cottons, broadcloths and denims/canvases.

Anyway, lots of piercing in this one, both by the machine and by my hand (boy is hemming by hand SLOW when your dominant hand doesn't work correctly).  I'm especially happy with the lace hem, it's my second as I did one on the first Cambie as well.  I need to buy an invisible zipper foot though because none of my zippers are actually invisible, despite following all the guides online I could find.  They are neat, and even, but definitely visible clearly!




Challenge: Quidditch - #11 Moosejaw Meteorites - Sparkly
House: Ravenclaw
Project: Troll headband

There's a massive and awesome city park here, which houses the zoo, conservatory, art gallery, cricket pitches, nature walks and playground, etc. etc.  They also have a stage where they play movies on Fridays through August, and this Friday was the last movie - Trolls!  I knew my daughter would really enjoy a troll headband I'd seen elsewhere.  It's supposed to take 15 minutes, but it's about double time for me because of the hand.  The tulle was VERY sparkly and shed sparkles all over my pants, the floor, the couch.....




Challenge: Quidditch - #12 Banchory Bangers - leave outside
House: Ravenclaw
Project: Mandala Rock

Yet another art/kindness rock, painted specifically to be left outside.  It's acrylic, with a black background then dots in various colours and sizes using paintbrush ends, q-tips, and snipped q-tips (so the stem in the middle could be use for finer points).  I really need to get a set of manicure dotters!  I left this on a bench in one of the formal gardens at the massive park I mentioned.  It hasn't been posted in the local rock group, but I'm wondering if it was picked up by someone who doesn't have facebook?  I just hope it's being enjoyed somewhere!




Challenge: Quidditch - #13 Tutshill Tornadoes - Quick craft
House: Ravenclaw
Project: Sunset Rock

Another kindness rock, also left in the massive park but this time in the sculpture garden.  This was surprisingly quick, because I had to work the background quickly so the quick-drying acrylics could blend.  Then some quick silhouetted trees and done!  I'd guess it took me about 35 minutes at most.




Challenge: Quidditch - #16 Ilkey Quidditch - No pattern
House: Ravenclaw
Project: Thread Catcher #2

So I did make a thread catcher earlier in the semester, but I neglected to take any measurements or make any sort of pattern for myself.  So in making this second one, I had to wing it again.  I did use a Sew Mama Sew pattern just for the bag exterior and interior, but had to wing it again with the facing because I wanted a rigilene piece inside to help keep it open.  The pincushion and tile were all free hand though.

28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: August 11, 2017 01:37:19 PM
Oh my goodness, so much nice stuff!

Plaid_pineapple I really like your shorts!
Erin_aquaheart your "E" painting is really awesome! I love the rainbow background.
Mistress Jennie oh boy, that tea jelly is something else.  I want to try it but only have tea bags in black tea!
noodle-bug  those socks are amazing!  Great work!
AnnoyingBigSister That's a really cool interpretation - we love Evies around here because it's a short form of my daughter's name Smiley
patty_o_furniture gummi bears....oh my....


Class: Transfiguration
House: Ravenclaw
Project: Granville sleeveless shirt

I just love the Granville shirt from Sewaholic.  I've made 3 long sleeve and 2 sleeveless so far, with another two sleeveless cut out and ready to go!  I made this for Canada Day, since it was our 150th anniversary.  I thought about buying more of the maple leaf fabric I used on my daughter's dress, but I wanted a shirt I could wear at other times too.

These shirts always use buttons, and I was thrilled that these strawberry ones I've been saving since 2010 fit perfectly with the fine white dotted red fabric!




Class: Detention - June
House: Ravenclaw
Project: Beach cover-up/Housedress to Beach blanket

My MIL was cleaning out her closet in preparation for her mother coming to live with us (before she unexpectedly died) and passed on this......beach cover-up?  Old-fashioned housedress? to me.  She didn't expect me to use it as is, but knew I'd love the fabric, and I did!  I had hoped to make a wrap circle skirt, but there wasn't enough fabric without a lot of seam lines.  Instead I picked off the neck facing, picked open the shoulders, then cut both edges straight across.  I then sewed them back together with a French seam to hide the raw edges and presto, an extra large beach blanket!

It was huge to begin with, probably 4 ft wide and reached to my ankles when I put it on.  I was briefly tempted to keep it as is in order to be able to change a bathing suit underneath, but decided against it.  It's probably at least 9 feet long now as a blanket!

29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: August 03, 2017 11:12:51 AM
***NEWT PROPOSAL***
Subject: SoAR
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Christmas Advent Mittens
Brief Description:

I will be making a tiny mitten advent calendar for my Mother-in-Law (I made my Mom one for Christmas 2015).  It consists of 24 tiny, thumb-sized mittens made of sock yarn in differing fair-isle patterns.  The pattern is here on Ravelry.  Although I have already completed 4 mittens, it will certainly take many many hours to complete the rest!  It takes me around 2 hours per mitten, so we are looking at at least 48 hours total.  Likely more because my hand struggle with needles this fine (size US 1).
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: August 01, 2017 06:33:53 PM
I'm so sorry about your nanna-in-law, Tiamatfire. The sheep is really cute, even if it isn't what you were expecting! But, generous as it is, I'm afraid it isn't SPEW. We tend to exclude gifts to friends/family members from SPEW because, frankly, crafters are always making stuff for people, and SPEW is about encouraging us to move a step beyond our immediate circle in that.
Oh - and I love the idea of that painted rock hiding scheme!

No problem!  That's why I wasn't sure.  It is something I wouldn't normally make (for my MIL anyway!) but I do make stuff for family all the time so that totally makes sense.
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