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1  Re: Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Midsummer Term 2018 ~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by patty_o_furniture on: July 15, 2018 01:39:01 PM
Class: Quidditch #1 ~ Caerphilly Catapults
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: BOO
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: This BOO sign hangs up on your door for Halloween.  One for me and one for W in our last swap!  The colors start out strong with a bright green capitol B.
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Class:  Quidditch #4 ~ Wimborne Wasps
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Khao Neeo Mamuang - Sticky Rice and Mango
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: A yummy Thai dessert!  Sweetened sticky rice with a beautiful yellow mango!  ข้าวเหนียวมะม่วง
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Khao Neeo Mamuang
2 cups of sweet or glutinous rice
1 can of coconut milk
1/2 cup sugar (add more if you want it sweeter)
2 pinches of salt
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 ripe mangoes, sliced on diagonal
Sesame seeds, for garnish

Rinse and drain rice, 3 times. Soak rice for at least 1 hour. It is best to leave overnight if you want it to cook faster. Boil water in a sticky rice steamer basket, pour rice into basket and cover with a pot lid. [Alternatively, boil water in a regular pot with a steamer basket, and pour rice inside of cheesecloth and place in steamer covered]. Check after 15 minutes to see if the grains are tender. If not, cook longer and taste again. It should be chewy but not hard in the middle of the grain. Transfer to a bowl and let cool.
Meanwhile, combine coconut milk, sugar, and salt in a pot and bring to a slight boil. Pour half of coconut creme sauce into rice, stir well, and let it cool and soak for about 10 minutes.
In a small bowl, make a cornstarch slurry by combining the cornstarch and 1 tablespoon cold water. Stir into the rest of the sauce, and heat on low until thickened.
Peel mango, slice around pit, and slice on a diagonal. Serve mango slices along rice, sprinkle sesame seeds, and ladle additional sauce on rice and mangoes.

Class: Quidditch #5 ~ Puddlemere United
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Flag Jellos
Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439864.0
Brief Description: Made some fun flag jello jigglers for our 4th celebrations.  Red and white stripes all around a dark blue magic corner that no one could figure out how got there!
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Class: Quidditch #6 ~ Monstrose Magpies
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Marshmallow Cake
Project Page Link: http://handmadehousewife.blogspot.com/2018/06/marshmallow-cake.html
Brief Description: Slytherin doesn't really like cake, so she made a side comment one day about wishing she could just have marshmallow for a birthday cake.  That instantly put a round cake of marshmallow in my head and I had to make it.  MMM bright white marshmallow, and a dark black ganache chocolate, held together with a crunchy graham crust.  Turned out so fun!
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Class: Quidditch #8 ~ Pride of Portree
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Grim Grinning Ghosts
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: This painting of grim grinners is a fun door wreath/wall hanging and is a bright amethyst purple a fave color of W.  Hope she enjoys these cute ghosties!  The spooky teeth and eyes glow in the dark. ....side note: I sang this song around the house for a week as it got finished.  
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ps this is me trying to link pics from pinterest.  If it doesn't work, take a look https://www.pinterest.com/pattyofurniture/craftster-photos/
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2  Re: Halloween in June Swap 2018 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by patty_o_furniture on: July 02, 2018 02:55:36 PM
I received from Whistley!  Such a fun package!

One of my top 3 (or maybe it was 30) ideas was a mandrake pot.  And she did awesome!  I also suggested putting your own spin on things and not just stepbystep copying from pinterest, so this was her interpretation and I love it.  You can plant it and pull it!  Already have the screamer on the side table of my movie room.

She also sent some lovely vinyl items.  A chalkboard with a countdown and a cutie bat notebook.  And look at that sweet spider--please don't squish him!

All the fun extras: Pumpkin head full of candy bars, box of Sour Patch, buttons, stickers, battery lights, keychain, Boo notes, grow monster, and cookie cutter!

All these things were wrapped up in tissue paper and my 11 year old was there with me.  Opening went like this:
*unwrap 1*
11: Cute!  That's mine. *swipe from PattyO's hand*
*unwrap 2*
11: Whoa!  That's mine. *swipe*
*unwrap 3*
11:  I love it! That's mine. *swipe*
11: *backs away with arms full*
PattyO: I need those back for pictures at least!
~~~My girls have done some kid swaps in past summers, but she decided she didn't want to craft this year so I never suggested one for the idea board, but after getting all these treats within an hour she was collecting items for a craft swap with her sister. lol

Thanks Whistley!  Been fangtastic crafting with you!

ps this is me trying to link pics from pinterest, if it doesn't work go here!
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3  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2018*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by patty_o_furniture on: May 30, 2018 04:10:40 PM
Oooh Cherry Bakewell looks divine seeuudee!

Class:  Detention - April
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name:  Sourdough English Muffins
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description:  Trying other foods with my sourdough start, this time English Muffins!  They turned out so yummy.  Ravenclaw came home from work and said "Mmm... house smells good."  Doesn't fresh baked bread make a home smell so inviting?  Makes guests really want to stick around.

Sourdough English Muffins
4 cups water (non-chlorinated is best)
4 tsp sea salt
cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup sourdough starter
8-10ish cups all-purpose flour

Mix water with salt, sugar, and eggs in electric mixer.  Pour in starter and stir.  Use kneading hook and mix in 8 to 10 cups of flour until the mixture comes together in a sticky dough.  Place in a covered large bowl and let it rest for 12-15 hours. 

Punch dough down and roll out to inch thick.  Cut with circle cookie cutter and move to a tray sprinkled with cornmeal.  Sprinkle more cornmeal on top and then cover with clean dish towel.  Let rest for 2-3 more hours. 

Heat griddle to 350*F.  Move muffins onto griddle and let bake for 7 minutes on each side.  Let cool on drying rack.

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Class:  Headmistress - MAY
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name:  Wands
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description:  After all my wands got swiped from the teacher week (not that I'm that upset about it) my poor wand holder was looking sad.  So I made some wands just for me!  They are just silly chopsticks with hot glue and painted!
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Class: Muggle Studies
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Wizard Hit the Spot
Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=455066.msg5491988#msg5491988
Brief Description: This new wizard game tells you what your blood status is.  If you mooove the rods well enough you might even be the chosen one!
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4  Hit the Spot Game -- Wizard style in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by patty_o_furniture on: May 28, 2018 06:47:14 PM
Found an old hit the spot game at the second hand store and thought it needed to be a remake.  It's been in my re-purpose inventory for a few months when I thought I better make it a new game for the Harry Potter room.  
So introducing Wizard Hit the Spot!
"How much Wizard are you?"

Started with a basic Gravity Ball Game

Primed, and painted to be old parchment and added some Marauder's Map footprints to match my walls.  At this point I don't want to add the map front image because of how insanely long it took to paint on my wall.  Maybe I'll want to do it later.

It slants upwards, so you have to push the ball uphill!  Harder than it looks.

"Points" goes Muggle - Squib - Muggle Born - Half Blood - Pure Blood - Chosen One.... Ravenclaw Hubs asked me why I was perpetuating the belief that Pure Blood's are better than Muggle Borns.  oops lol

Start the ball at the top and open the rods trying to get the back to you as far as you can.

Will be fun to just keep on the Potter room coffee table.  
Thanks for looking!  Cheesy  
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5  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2018*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by patty_o_furniture on: May 21, 2018 04:09:17 PM
Class: Alchemy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Balloon Bouquet
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: This out of this world balloon bouquet was made from only balloons!  Flowers, alien, even a planet- all just bits of rubber.  This went to a local school to sit on the front desk for teacher appreciation week.  Their theme was out of this world.... though they didn't do a tenth of the fun I did.  Wink
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Class: DADA
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Quail House
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: Shhh!  My secret is that we just got quail.  While it's not technically in the city books as a no no, it's not a yes either.  So for now it's our secret.  Raising them for meat and eggs.  My little Slytherin girl thought it was hilarious to say she had a dozen eggs for a snack today.
Fixed up two rabbit cages to be quail homes: new wood box, covers, lifted bottom, painted etc.  And hmm maybe quail are my new patronis!
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Class: Detention February
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes
Project Page Link: http://www.yourcupofcake.com/2015/05/strawberry-lemonade-cupcakes.html
Brief Description: Ah me.  Yes me.  I feel as though anything I'd like to do I will learn to do, but I must say is one of my best is cupcakes.  I'm known around these parts with some great cupcake talent.  I love overdoing it on cupcakes.  Just makes me happy!  Anyone can make a vanilla cupcake with store frosting knived on top.  Piping homemade is where it's at for me!  Here's some magical me strawberry lemonade cupcakes.
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Class: Divination
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Chocolate cupcakes
Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426750.0
Brief Description: These black and white, or chocolate and vanilla, cupcakes were made for the nephews birthday!  Basic devils food cake mix, vanilla buttercream frosting, chocolate ganache, sprinkles, cherry!
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Class: Flying
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Honeydukes Unit
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: To lift up the teachers at my kid's school for teacher appreciation week, I made this candy shop!  Metal unit I found on craigslist for $5, painted it.  Bought a bunch more jars than were already in my Honeydukes inventory, made new tags and filled with candy.  Teachers spirits soared!
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Class: Potions
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Frog and Sign
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: For the top of Honeydukes we needed some fun decor.  A chocolate frog painted up from an old planter I found at a second hand store (is there such a thing as a chocolate frog prince?  Maybe I should kiss it and find out).  And a fun Honeydukes sign I created in photoshop and then glued to some heavy poster board.
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Class: Transfiguration
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name:  Snitch chocolates
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: Transfigured ordinary chocolate truffles into snitches!  Just needed some wings and hot glue, trying not to get too much of the hot glue heat next to meltable chocolate.  Made 100!
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And whoot whoot!  Teacher Appreciation week with a HP theme was a success!  Teacher adored it.  Kept having to say "stop saying thank you to me, this is a thank you to you!"  Plus they want a candy buffet in the teacher lounge every day lol.  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=455006.0

Now anyone up for a butterbeer?
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6  Harry Potter Themed Teacher Appreciation Week in Party Planning by patty_o_furniture on: May 21, 2018 11:07:27 AM
I got put in charge of our PTA's teacher appreciation week for our middle school.  I knew I wanted to make chocolate frogs for the teachers, so I suggested a book week theme with treats from different books.  But the president goes "chocolate frogs only one day?!  Why not a whole Harry Potter week??"  That was all the convincing I needed.  If anyone has seen me filling up this website with HP crafts you'll know the whole family of mine are quite HP fanatics, and with a complete basement of HP memorabilia. I figured a week would be a cinch.

Thus HP Teacher Appreciation Week was born.  Now because it was HP I went more into it than I think I would have but the teachers ab..so...lute...ly LOVED it.  I had soooo many comments about how exited the teachers were to come in to see the new products and get a treat.  I even had a few suggest this should be next years theme as well.  ....with all the praise I felt like I should have done more than just hang a few banners!  They really needed the pick me up.

Better view of the sign

Made them scratch off cards to see what house they were in.  Had a few teachers say they kept at it until they got a good house lol

Made about 100 chocolate frogs.  Thanks for making the year unfroggetable!


Made about 25ish wands for a fun decoration and not one came home with me.  I didn't exactly mean for them to go, but more for the reason I didn't want to make 100 vs I didn't want teachers to have any.  I gave a few people an okay to grab one and I'm guessing the empty holes caused a frenzy!  I'm happy that teachers thought my wands were that cool to want one.  Maybe next year I will try to make a hundred.

Door to faculty room.  The coolest paper I found at a second hand shop many months ago waiting for a perfect HP time to use it.

Honeydukes!!  Bottom was filled with regular sized candybars.  Those went fast.
Found an old kitchen unit on craigslist for $5.  Painted it and added all the jars I could find.  Even put bags through the printer with a honeydukes logo.

Guess I've got to get some new ideas if I have to do it again next year!
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7  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2018*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by patty_o_furniture on: April 29, 2018 09:14:46 PM
Class: Headmistress - April
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name:  Teacher Banner
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description:  For teacher appreciation week next month I'm doing a whole themed week.  And of course, what better theme than Potter?  In the lounge area I'm going to post this thank you banner, made entirely out of stash paper and yarn.  I would have liked a different colored paper than neon yellow for the letters, but you can't do much on a PTA budget.  And black yarn makes a good last minute ribbon for hanging!  ..... Keep an eye out for a fun Potter week post!
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Class:  Unicornicopia - Unicorn
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name:  Unicorn Balloons!
Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454667.msg5485016#msg5485016
Brief Description:  The magestic unicorn, made out of balloons!
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Class: Unicornicopia - Glitter
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Sorting Scratch Cards
Project Page Link: -https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454841.msg5488404#msg5488404
Brief Description: These scratch cards have a glittery metallic gold button of paint on them that when scratched away you can see what house the sorting hat will put you in!
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Class: Unicornicopia - Cupcake
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Chocolate Pudding Cake
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: This super sweet cake features its own frosting in the form of hot fudge it creates by magic!  Tastes lovely with a dollup of whipped cream too.  https://www.sixsistersstuff.com/recipe/gooey-chocolate-pudding-cake/
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Class: Unicornicopia - Unicornicopia
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Chocolate Frogs
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: These chocolate frogs use prompts of sweet cupcakes and metallic glitter!  You peel away the green shiny wrapper to find a tempered dark chocolate frog.  Eventually these chocolate frog ranks will reach 100 strong.  30 more to go.
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8  Scratch Cards - Hogwarts Style in Completed Projects by patty_o_furniture on: April 29, 2018 09:04:07 PM
DIY Scratch Cards.  Use a penny/galleon and scratch the paint away to reveal a secret!
This one is Hogwarts style, but you could make any picture you wanted.  --chores for kids? a coupon code to your etsy? what to eat for dinner that night?

First print up your picture.  I drew a sorting hat cartoon style, then printed the words with photoshop.  Copied it to be the size of business cards, but sizing could be anything.
Then use packing tape and roll it right over where you want the paint button to be.

Eyeball 2/3 paint and 1/3 common dish soap.  Mix it well.

Paint big globs over your hidden spot.  Wait to dry and paint a second coat.  I needed three coats.

Paint and paint and paint.... I spent so much time painting buttons that day.  But it was nice to get a bunch done at once.

Then cut them up and package them how you want to!  Mine will go to a Potter Party for some local teachers.  

and don't worry if your feline Crookshanks drags her fluffly tail through the paint.  Just scratch away the messed up bits! Naughty kitty.

Thanks for looking!  Happy crafting.
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9  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2018*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by patty_o_furniture on: April 19, 2018 06:53:58 PM
Class: Apparition
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Niece Gift
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: Have a new baby niece!  Her parents and brothers are big geeks, so she needed a last minute gift of onesies and bows.
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Class: Arithmancy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Sourdough
Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454697.0
Brief Description: Got a new sourdough start and been trying it out.  It's been wonderful so far.  Waffles are great!
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Class: Charms
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Mammoth Bath Bomb
Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454702.msg5485507#msg5485507
Brief Description: Time to renew yourself in a long fizzy bathtime.  A bath bomb as big as your head!
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Class: SoAR
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Mayo Safe
Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454680.msg5485191#msg5485191
Brief Description: These mayo jars are actually a safe you can place your things!  These went to my kids lunches on April Fools-ish day and they opened up mayo jars to unexpectedly find their lunches!
 ... And funny story:  Slytherin says her first thought was "Oh no, I got -Gryffindor's- lunch!"  LOL like I normally pack my Gryiffindor a jar of mayo for lunch?? 
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10  Mammoth Sherbet Bath Bomb in CHALLENGE 123 ENTRIES by patty_o_furniture on: April 03, 2018 06:46:30 PM
Mammoth Sherbet Bath Bomb

"Mammoth?  Nah... that's exaggerating."
"You sure?  It's as big as my head!"

My springy color challenge comes to you in the form of a bath bomb.  And not just any bath bomb, but a giant mother of all bath bombs.  This one is FIVE pounds of bath bomb!  I love the colors, it looks just like a bowl of sweet sherbet or a pretty snow cone.  Beautifully scented, like a delicious vanilla cake!  This bomb is perfect to use in a relaxing long warm bath after working outside in your spring time garden.

Ack!  5 pounds!  A large sized bath bomb is 8 ounces.  If I'm researching right Lush bath bombs are about 6 ounces.

Next to a large sized bath bomb.  Makes it look like a marble!

This thing bubbled for over ten minutes.  Girl was too enthralled to actually end up in the tub with it, she just watched even after I left the room for her to bathe, lol.  One thing Ill note was in the end, after 5 times the coconut oil, it was an oily bath!  Now its amazing for dry skin, but be prepared to smell like coconut and vanilla for a while. 
She couldn't even hold it and the camera, lol

This recipe makes one batch, for a five pounder youll need to make this 5 times over.
1 cup baking soda
cup citric acid
cup cornstarch
cup Epsom salt
2 TBSP coconut oil
2 TBSP +/- water
Soap Coloring, not food coloring

Add dry ingredients, mixing until well blended.  Add melted coconut oil, scent, and water and quickly stir so not too much citric acid gets activated.  Divide into three bowls and add coloring as you like it.  Press into sides of bath bomb molds or if youre going big, cereal bowls or something that makes a round shape.  Overfill sides and then press two halves together until tight.  Leave in mold for 24 hours, then take the sides off and let rest another 24 hours to dry.  After that, package up or take with you to a nice warm fizzy bath.

note to add: This thing was a mother to get out of my metal mold.  I put it in the freezer.  I used a heat gun.  I finally just stabbed a knife down the side and pried it out.  So good luck if you try!
and I filled color on the outside and tried to get just plain white on the inside.  All colors together = Brown bath water.  Ew. So I just did outside color, but tried to make it pop.

Thanks for the challenge!

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