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241  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* on: June 22, 2013 07:02:54 PM
So much great stuff guys!  I envy all the crafty goodness!

I have a few more projects to post:

Class: Herbology
House: Gryffindor
Name: Cherry-Almond salad

A very simple salad, just spinach, halved cherries, and almonds.  The dressing is rice vinegar with a smidge of olive oil, and sprinkled with cracked pepper and Mrs. Dash.  Turned out amazing actually!  I've never put cherries on a salad before.

Class: History of Magic
House: Gryffindor
Name: Honey-lime strawberries

Up in the north, strawberries are definitely a mid-summer treat.  Wild ones haven't even quite come out yet this year, but well-nurtured domestics might be starting.  Strawberries SAY summer to me, but I was looking for something new to try with them.  The box was from Dole, that said "Have you tried Honey Lime fruit toss?".  I looked it up and it's fabulous!

It's just sliced strawberries with a dressing made from honey and lime juice, in whatever percentages you like.  I made it reasonably tart.  They were amazing, and I'm looking forward to trying it with more fruits.  I think you could use it on a fruit salad that has banana, as the lime juice should help keep them from browning as quickly.

Challenge: Bertie Botts Onion
House: Gryffindor
Name: Dragonfly door decoration


I needed another door decoration now that spring was over.  While at the dollar store I noticed this giant wooden dragonfly.  I bought some paint and glitter, then spray painted it black.  I drew the wing segments and painted them in colour just in case the glitter didn't cover enough.  After that I spread glue, section by section, and poured glitter over each part.  I'm really thrilled with it!  I think it needs a coat of varnish though, but I'm trying to figure out which one to use so that it won't make the body shiny but won't dull the glitter.
242  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* on: June 17, 2013 02:37:29 PM
Bravo Maman, c'est incroyable!  Il est si mignon  Kiss  Quelle petit chou.  Flicitations!

(Well done Maman, it's incredible!  He's so cute!  What a little cutie pie/sweetie.  Congratulations!)

I swear I took 10 years of French Immersion....I think it's all left me!
243  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* on: June 15, 2013 01:26:19 PM
WhistleFish, the salsa looks delicious!  I did send you a quick PM though about canning, as it sounds like you're new to it Cheesy  You need to make sure the acidity is high enough to prevent the growth of botulism, if your recipe isn't specially designed for hot water bath canning.  If you're not comfortable testing it using litmus paper or something similar, it will still be delicious kept in the refrigerator or in the freezer!

Also loved both astronomy mug rugs, and those onions are crazy!  I'd have been crying everywhere!

On to a couple of my projects!

Class: Arithmancy
House: Gryffindor
Name: GF Licorice

So I decided to tackle the GF cherry licorice on Gluten-Free on a Shoestring. Definitely hazardous as it involves cooking sugar with a candy thermometer and everything!  It turned out OK, but I don't like the flavour of the cherry oil (which was deadly expensive), and I only had purple gel colouring so it's all purple.  Plus it's really sticky so I cut it in lozenges and dusted with powdered sugar.  I really don't like it though.  I may try again using a completely different flavour like root beer, just to get a chewy candy instead.

Challenge: Chudley Cannons Orange
House: Gryffindor
Name: Orange Vinegar!

I've made orange vinegar before for cleaning, but I didn't like the results as I didn't have a good ratio of orange peels to vinegar.  Now I've made a jar with the peels of 3 oranges, covered it with vinegar, and will steep it for 2 weeks before straining the vinegar off.  Dilute 1:1 in a spray bottle for a great kitchen spray!

244  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* on: June 14, 2013 07:45:20 PM
Happy Advanced Studies Friday!

No NEWT info.  I'm putting it on hold - Headmistress Pinkleo, could you put it on hold for me?  I'm going to be starting a quilt soon that will be a better NEWT.

My OWL hasn't been worked on since last Monday, but all it needs is sleeves knit and then finishing (seams, weaving in ends).

That hood was a #$%* to graft, to make the cables continuous.  I picked it apart 3 times, having gotten halfway across each time.  I think I'm happy with it now.
245  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* on: June 11, 2013 07:39:06 PM
Okay, 3 projects!

Class: Alchemy
House: Gryffindor - extra credit for using a "Crochet Hook" for C
Name: Snazzy booties

I know lots of people having boys or unknowns, so I'm making either boy or generic booties!  My coworker and his wife are having a baby who's been camera shy, so we have no idea what it is.  Thing is, he's a very snazzy dresser - lots of intensely coloured shirts with very sharp ties.  He's not prissy or haughty like a peacock, but he sure dresses like one!  These booties are a rich deep purple, so should serve well either way.

Class: Care of Magical Creatures
House: Gryffindor
Name: Cowboy booties

For my friend due in November with a boy, I made these blue booties, just like a jobberknoll!  I mucked with a standard boot pattern a bit to make them into (originally) wellies, but they looked more like cowboy boots to me so I added little star buttons!

Class: Transfiguration
House: Gryffindor
Name: Common Welsh Green booties

These booties are a nice rich medium green, just like the hide of a Common Welsh Green dragon!  This is the same pattern as the purple booties above, but I followed the pattern exactly (when I didn't like the fit of these as much, I adjusted it for the purple ones).

I still have another pair of booties to make, which will be a SoAR project.  I also have a Chudley Cannons and an Arithmancy project on the go.
246  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* on: June 09, 2013 11:51:58 AM
@Augustbell: Cute towels!  I'll have to sew some up for my daughter!
@travelgirl: Love the portable roads!  Another great idea for my daughter, lol. Gorgeous bookmark too!
@Antbee: Those are all great squares!  Do you mind if I possibly do the same thing?  Once I've cleared a few of my WIPs I'd love to start up an afghan, and squares are definitely a way of keeping the level of crazy down Wink
@SiakelA: That retaining wall looks just great, and is a fun way to add some flowers
@Audania1: awwwwwwwwww tie onesie!  If our next one (not pregnant yet but will be trying soon) is a boy I'm making some!  Great father's day present too.  I wonder if I can sneak our little one out next weekend to make Daddy a work mug at the pottery place...
@Patty_o_furniture: woohoo a solar oven!  If I had an actual yard and room to store it I'd like to make one as well
@noodle-bug: those are some pretty awesome retro-looking buttons Wink
@Whistlefish: What a lovely, cheerful afghan!  The colours are so happy!
@jenleahlynn: That page looks great!  The house shot reminds me of my boarding school - the girls were housed in the old mansion on the property and it had an almost identical staircase!
@Moonflame: I ADORE the bunting!  I'm inspired to make one for us for Canada Day, although we'll be away then.
@Pinkleo: great bags, and that afghan is going to be awesome Wink
@pottermouth: mmmm that chickpea salad looks great!  I'm going to try it sometime, as I think chickpeas are high in iron right?  And my wee one is slightly anaemic (though we found out she's not coeliac like mum, woohoo!)
@Erinaquaheart: I like your potion earrings, very pretty!
@Craftylady_MJ: That is a very fun interpretation of the jar theme!

I'm sorry I didn't get to comment on every single project, though I think I hit everyone who's made something so far!  I'm so sorry I don't get to comment much, but between work and a toddler I have just so little time Sad  

Class: Apparition
House: Gryffindor - extra credit too
Project: Tiny Pants

Another photo prop project for my photographer friend (I knit/crochet and she takes our photos)!  They are so cute, we're thinking I'll knit up some suspenders she can add on with buttons as well Smiley  This is leftover yarn from making her a little gnome hat, so definitely stash material.  The ends are woven in now, just not in this photo!  There's definite determination and deliberation in this piece, as I had to check gauge twice, and then rip back a few times to ensure I was coming up to the right length to match the legs.  Being out a row when you're using chunky yarn is very noticeable!

Challenge: Bertie Botts - Marmalade
House: Gryffindor
Project: Mint simple syrup

I threw together some mint simple syrup to sweeten our iced tea and mojitos this summer!  It's made from 1 cup each water and sugar, with bruised mint leaves from my little herb garden.  I simmered them together for about 10 minutes, then poured off into a jar (without straining, so I could extract some extra flavour).  I also added a dash of natural peppermint extract, to up the mint flavour a bit.

247  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* on: June 01, 2013 06:58:51 PM
Way to go Moonflame!

And GREAT prompts, I totally agree.  Something I'll be working on next week will fit in I know!

I missed yesterday's Advanced Studies Friday, but as usual no work on my NEWT (I think I'm going to put that on hold again, is that OK Headmistress?  It's just NOT working for me at the moment, and honestly I probably won't start on it again until I have another baby and am back on Mat Leave Tongue). 

I had nearly finished the hood of my OWL sweater when I realised that the combination of extra cabling and back-and-forth work instead of in-the-round work had upped my gauge by a row/inch.  This meant the hood was huge, and I had to rip the whole. thing. back.  This was a ton of work because of the heavy cabling.  Back up over halfway through it again though.

Can't wait to start out this new semester!
248  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* on: May 26, 2013 01:30:14 PM
Sorry guys a drive-by posting again.  Been busy with the munchkin having pneumonia Sad and adjusting to full time work.  I have a bean though and wanted to post it before it changes!

Challenge: Bertie Botts - Baked Bean
House: Gryffindor
Name:  Po de queijo

These little Brazilian cheese buns are naturally gluten-free!  I made them last night using cheddar, which I think I prefer to parmesan.  I changed it up a bit, by make the batter a little thinner with a bit more milk, and then putting it into a mini-muffin tin.  As long as your pan is non-stick, you won't even need to grease it for these little babies to pop right out.

Recipe here: http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/pao-de-queijo-boxed-mix-copycat-recipe/

And picture here:  

I missed Advance Studies Friday, but basically I still haven't touched my NEWT and the OWL sweater has been neglected for a week.  I'm working on it right now, and am over halfway done the hood.  Then it's just sleeves and I'm done.
249  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* on: May 10, 2013 09:02:22 PM
Happy advanced studies Friday!

I've finished the body of my OWL sweater and am now working on the hood.  Then the sleeves (which I think I'll knit in the round instead), sewing them in, and I'm done!
250  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* on: May 03, 2013 06:30:12 PM
Still nothing on my NEWT, but I've made a ton of progress on my OWL!  I'm getting close to the armpits on the body.  The hood takes a long time though because the cabling is so complex. 

The colour isn't accurate here: it's a jewel-toned blue-green heather in real life.
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