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1  Re: Necklace Swap 2017 GALLERY (Sendouts Aug. 14) in The Swap Gallery by patty_o_furniture on: Today at 03:21:39 PM
I received from la chapa. A Pokmon go egg incubator right off my Pinterest! I took this picture before showing my youngest and as I imagined it was stolen right away. "Pokmon! Mine! MINE!" lol.

Cute little egg floating in a potion bottle. Love it! Thank you!

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2  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by patty_o_furniture on: August 15, 2017 05:43:43 PM
Cool star afghan!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Honeydukes
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Honeydukes Candy Cabinet
Project Page Link (if available): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452918.0
Brief Description: This typical cabinet hides a secret.  It's filled with Honeydukes candy!  This basic desk cabinet is transformed to be a candy filled paradise for our new movie room..... It should have been an owl in itself so he's getting his own homework spot instead of just lumping into my newt.  all new woodworking, new paint, lit, jars, fridge, candy tags, new hardware....
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NEWT Subject: Transfiguration
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: HP Movie Room
Project Page Link (if available): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452931.0
Brief Description: Tranfigured a whole family room from lots of fandoms down to one!  Too much coolness for one brief description.  posters, footprints, Marauder's Map, house crests, display cases, quote wall, honeydukes, potion cabinet! 
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How it used to be-- autograph wall
and Planning stage

Now!  Cheesy

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3  Re: Necklace Swap 2017 GALLERY (Sendouts Aug. 14) in The Swap Gallery by patty_o_furniture on: August 14, 2017 07:13:02 PM
Gozer made me this lovely necklace. Vial of purple flowers with some charm dangles. I love it Smiley

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4  Harry Potter Movie Room in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by patty_o_furniture on: August 11, 2017 06:26:26 PM
Our family room was filled with lots of movie memorabilia.  Everything from Star Trek, Hunger Games, Twilight, Tron, Green Lantern, Harry Potter and beyond.  We ended up moving to this house last year and have been meaning to do another secret room [https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430351.0] so when there was a sweet playhouse in the family room I wasn't too worried about it.  Flash forward a year and we didn't look like we would be getting to it in another year so I broke it down and turned it into a fun Hogwarts scene [https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452570.0]

Well, DH loved it so much that he wanted to make the room total Harry Potter.  When DH suggested it I kind of laughed it off like he's the Star Trek guru, there's no way he'd get rid of his precious memorabilia.  He kept talking about it and decided we should do it before we had a family party at our house ...the very next month.  I was shocked when he started taking down pictures off the wall in preparation.  I thought "oh great, here we go!" I wasn't expecting to do the whole room when I painted the side wall!  .....and a month later.  Boom.  Here we are.

Hogwarts as a silhouette looks so much more at home now!

Display cabinets and I love the metal house crests above the tv.  Bought online.

Copied from a cool vinyl idea off pinterest.  Got all the vinyl to do it and went....eh, that's too much work for all that vinyl and painted it by hand, lol.  Took me four hours still but imagining digging out all those extra vinyl pieces seemed too much.  Now too, if we end up not wanting it it can just be painted over instead of a thousand stickers peeled off.  ..... If you remember from the silhoettes wall this area is going to be covered up by bookshelves and hidden rooms ...eventually... so too much work to be covered eventually but oh well.  Awesome in the meantime.  

Hand painted Marauders Map.  The tiny words of the whomping willow and black lake were done in one three hour sitting and I actually gave myself nerve damage in the tip of my painting finger!  It was numb for three days!  ... Dumb one PattyO.  Take breaks.

Room is supposed to be painted like a giant Marauders Map.  Little tiny feet prints and name banners are around.  We did paint the room, but the color is so close to the original color it's hard to tell.  It went from a solid tan to a treasure map tone faux finish.


Snape's Potion cabinet

Before and Progress

If you want a more in depth walk through, head to youtube.  It's fun to see how many swap items are on display too!  Lots of you guys helped make this room!

And don't forget the Honeyduke's Candy Cabinet!  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452918.0

Man!  Even with thirty pictures, I don't feel like it's done justice to how cool I think this room is.  Oh well.
But now I'm dying to host a Harry Potter movie night!  Who's coming?!
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5  Honeyduke's Candy Cabinet in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by patty_o_furniture on: August 09, 2017 09:37:50 PM
Our Harry Potter movie room needs some candy goodness!  Honeyduke's Candy Cabinet to the rescue.

Started out with a very beat up cabinet desk.  Ripped out the interior and backing, painted white and then pink stripes

Created all the woodworking from scratch (go DH!) a spot for a minifridge, cabinet and drawer.  Started working on shelves and even have it lit!  Lights turn on automatically from each shelf as you open the doors.


Major amounts of candies stocked

Use the scale to see how much candy you can have

Even have a miniature Three Broomsticks fridge, stocked with all the necessary wizard themed drinks. Fridge is painted with chalkboard paint, so we can write what drinks are inside.

That's it!  We're so excited to have it done.  Now time to gain some weight.

Thanks for looking  Grin
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6  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by patty_o_furniture on: August 05, 2017 09:35:19 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic
SPEW: --
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Butterbeer Bears
Project Page Link: --
Brief Description: Wanted to play with my gummy bear mold again and what better way to use it than a butterbeer class assignment.
Butterbeer Gummies
1 bottle butterbeer (or rootbeer/coke/sprite)
2 TBSP sugar (or sweetened to taste.  Other sodas may not need extra sweetness, this particular butterbeer needs it)
cup water
4 TBSP gelatin (or 4 packets of Knox)
Pour butterbeer into a medium bowl and whisk to bring out some of the carbonation.  Add sugar and whisk again.  In a small bowl add water and gelatin and let gelatin moisten.  Put butterbeer mixture into the microwave for 2 minutes.  Take out of the microwave and add gelatin mix.  Whisk until gelatin is dissolved.  If it wont dissolve completely you can put it back into the microwave for 1 minute.  Spoon into gummy mold.

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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Iron Chef --August/Tea
SPEW: --
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Apple Cinnamon Tea Lollis
Project Page Link: --
Brief Description: I'm not a big tea drinker but I do have apple cinnamon herbals in the house for when I'm feeling sick.  Was trying to figure out how to use it in something when I thought about making throat lozenges.  That led to throat lolli's but I've never made suckers with honey before so I figured I'll make sure tea works with regular sugar before I waste my good honey.  It foamed like crazy so if you do it, use a big pot!  Otherwise it worked just the same.  
Tea Suckers:
4 teabags steeped in 1 cup water
2 cups sugar
2/3 cup corn syrup
up to 1/2 tsp flavoring oil if wanted
food coloring if wanted (I didn't use, this is the color from the apple tea!)

Bring tea water, sugar, and corn syrup to a boil and cook until hard crack stage.  Remove from heat and add coloring.  Stir for two minutes.  Stir in any flavoring oils.  Pour into candy safe molds and let harden.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride:  Quidditch -- Sweetwater All-Stars 1
SPEW: --
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Balloon Flower Centerpieces
Project Page Link: --
Brief Description: Because everyone knows that I'm the craft-go-to-gal (side note someone dropped off a free Cricut Cutting machine at my house this week because of it! what!??) anyway I had to make centerpieces for a cow themed luau in two days with nothing but my own supplies.  (I was more excited about the challenge than annoyed at the no bought supplies.)  So this is what I came up with.  Painted white balloons with cow prints and then made them into 5 petal'ed "luau" flowers.  Ended up being cute!  Made six of them, though only two pictured.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch -- Tarapoto Tree-Skimmers 2
SPEW: --
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Thai Sticky Rice and Mango
Project Page Link: --
Brief Description: A yummy Thai dessert!  Sticky Rice and Mango.
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.

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7  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by patty_o_furniture on: July 23, 2017 06:53:01 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
SPEW: --
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Vinyl Fun
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: I saw a cute idea like this pinned and knew my mundane laundry room needed something to turn it Potter Precious.  And because creating something for the cutting machine is usually quick, I also added a touch of Snape to my mixer.  My Gryffindor says I should now name the mixer Snape. 
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Class/Challenge/House Pride:  Apparition
SPEW: --
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Trading Cards
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: I have a whole stack of these Potter trading cards.  I keep them in my church bag to color during meetings.  Shh!  At least coloring is better than falling asleep!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
SPEW: --
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Potter Thank You Cards
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: These thank you cards feature the Harry Potter golden trio.  It features two skills of hand drawing and computer coloring.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
SPEW: --
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Strawberry and Raspberry Jam
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: The berries are doing great this year.  Needed some bright jam!  I kept all the seeds in this time.  They look like cute little astroids hanging out in the galaxy of red jam. The recipe is the basic one that comes with the pectin box. 
1 box pectin
5 cups pureed berries
1/2 tsp butter
7 cups of sugar
Add pectin, berries, and butter to a pot and bring to a boil.  Stir in sugar and boil again for 1 minute.  Spoon into prepared jars and use water bath canner for 10+ minutes.  ~read up on canning and follow the pectin recipe for more precise instructions. 
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divinations
SPEW: -- given to a church, but sadly not for them to sell.
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Smores Bars
Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452800.msg5453434#msg5453434 - Recipe on Link
Brief Description: Mmm... my favorite bars.  These transform from a gooey marshmallowy-chocolatey liquid goo, to a crunchy sweet solid. These indoor smores bars were made for a youth conference.  I've had teen boys tell their mothers "would you ask [pattyo] to make those for my scout night?" LOL, so when I got asked to make some treats, knew these were what I was going to do.  And because it's a four day campout, the treats needed to be big!  This is three batches.  I needed to make 2 doz, but the box was bigger, so I made a 3rd batch, so it fit better. 
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo -- Muggle Excuses
2013- Kitchen Duty Anniversary Challenge
SPEW: --
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: SunOven Cobbler
Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452801.0  Recipe on Link
Brief Description: Sorry about the late work Professor!  I procrastinated long enough that by the time I wanted to do this project, a large thunderbird was hanging around.  I couldnt use my sunoven with him blocking the sun every day.  However his lovely work has made my garden flourish and my blackberry patch look great!  So I wasnt trying to be mean and shoo him away.  In honor of the great thunderbird that stuck around the last of prompt time, I made a blackberry cobbler with nothing but the suns rays for heat.  This is a new recipe and whoa is it yum.  Even my hubs who hates cooked fruit had two servings and kept saying how great it was.  I've made it twice in the last week.  And it is as basic of a recipe as they come!  Thanks thunderbird for the inspiration, hope I wont get too much detention for the lateness.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride:  Muggle Studies
SPEW: --
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Healthy Gummies
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: These gummies have a secret!  They look like deliciously sugary gummy bears and worms, but that's a disguise.  Its true nature is pretty healthy, uses no calorie sweetener and pure fruit! Dont tell the little wizards, because these are still just as jiggly and fun to eat. 
Natural Gummy Bears
 1 C. Fruit Juice
2 C. Fresh Mixed Berries (Raspberries, Strawberries, Blackberries.)
1 TBSP Natural Sweetener or to taste (I'll add more next time)
5 Tbsp. (5 Pkgs.) Unflavored Gelatin
Combine juice and berries in a pot and boil for 5 minutes or until soft enough to break with a spoon.  Put in a blender and mix until smooth.  Pour through a strainer and press to get out all the juice.  Put back in blender with gelatin and mix until smooth.  Spoon into molds and refrigerate until set.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
SPEW: --
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: HP Music Box
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: For the latest HP swap I made my partner a music box.  Basic box, stained and then painted a starry night Hogwarts on top.  To the side is the real magic though!  I bought music box workings that play dear Hedwig's Theme.  Love it.  Was a bit hard to source though.  Had to come clear from China.  Worth it still.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch -- Pride of Portree 6
SPEW: --
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Blackberry Syrup & Lemonade
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: More blackberries!  What to do this time?  A pretty purple simple blackberry syrup.  It's super easy, so I made some lemonade to use it in to eat up my whole 30 minutes as a project.  Yum!
Blackberry Simple Syrup
1 1/4 cup water
3/4 cups raw sugar
1 cup fresh blackberries

Heat the sugar, blackberries, and water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
Simmer for 10 minutes, reducing heat if mixture starts to boil.
Remove from heat and smash blackberries with a potato masher.
Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then pour through a mesh strainer into a bowl or cup.
Use a large spoon to push as much liquid through the strainer as possible.
Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

1 3/4 cups white sugar
8 cups water
 1 1/2 cups lemon juice
In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until chilled.
Remove seeds from lemon juice, but leave pulp. In pitcher, stir together chilled syrup, lemon juice and remaining 7 cups water.

I did a little less sugar in the lemonade and put the syrup in its place, but I like super sweet lemonade so I think I could have made the lemonade full blast and still added some blackberry syrup.

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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch -- Stonewall Stormers 7
SPEW: --
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Chocolate Frogs
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: Needed to make up a batch of chocolate frogs for our Potter room.  Used a chocolate frog mold and my favorite compound chocolate: Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Melting Wafers.  Sure, you can get Wiltons in fun colors, but what good is that if it tastes like wax?  You'll want to use a wafer or compound chocolate or you're going to have to add some steps to temper regular chocolate....  Melt the chocolate and fill the mold, cool in the fridge and pop out of the mold.  Easy!  For these one I added marshmallows inside.  One is a white chocolate (of ghirardellis) and one is rice crispies.  Hubby says next time white chocolate needs to have oreo crumbs in it.  That would be good! Stripes are caramel ... My container is not full because I keep having wizard family members sneak off with them. 
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Falmouth Falcons 10
SPEW: --
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Blackberry fruit leather
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: I feel bad choosing against Ron's Cannons, but I've got some really dark colored blackberry fruit leather I'm bringing to the game, and it has to be for the Falcons!
1 blender full of blackberries.
1 blender full of chopped nectarines
2 cans of applesauce
1/2 cup sugar (because my kids won't eat it without sugar and it's more important to eat than take the time to prepare super healthy and throw them away!)
put on dehydrator trays and dehydrate for 12-18 hours or until not sticky.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Moose Jaw Meteorites 11
SPEW: --
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Sparkly Santa Cam Ornament
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: Saw this ornament idea on pinterest and thought it would be cute for my ladies craft group to do, so made one up as an example.  So fun and sparkly!  Inside is all glittered, vinyl saying and Christmasy ribbons on top.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Caerphilly Catapults 13
SPEW: --
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Marshmallow Popcorn
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: Got a new to me popcorn maker and have been nervous to use it.  Well went ahead and tried it for this recipe and when the smoke started I was wondering if it was risky to be using it, but pressed on... after telling the rest of the wizards if the fire alarm goes off it was just me....lol.  The fire alarm never went off and I continued on making a few batches of popcorn and then into marshmallow popcorn!  And three delicious bags went out to neighbors too.

1 bag popped popcorn (I used 8 cups fresh popped)
cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 TB light corn syrup
20 Large Marshmallows
Pop corn and place in a bowl making sure there are no unpopped kernels there.
Melt butter in a medium pot on the oven.
Add brown sugar and corn syrup until well blended.
Add marshmallows and stir continuously on low heat until all melted.
Pour mixture over popcorn and mix well.
Spread popcorn on parchment paper or put in greased baking sheet and cut into squares.
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8  Re: Blackberry Cobbler & Chantilly Cream in Dessert by patty_o_furniture on: July 22, 2017 08:53:56 PM
Hubby got his way. Made it again. This time conventional oven. You can see the difference in browning. Edges were crisper this time more cookie like than cake like. I might take five or ten minutes off bake time when I make it again in a regular oven. Was still super delicious!  Gone in one sitting.

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9  Harry Potter Starry Night Music Box in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by patty_o_furniture on: July 20, 2017 08:31:50 PM
Harry Potter Starry Night Music Box

Made for my partner in the Burrow Swap.  Bought a basic wood box at Hobby, stained it and painted the top.  Bought music box workings and counter-sink drilled the side hole so the mechanism wouldn't push out too far.  Super hard to let go of!  I'm going to need my own.  ...And filled it with cards too!  

Plays Hedwigs theme of course!

mechanism in corner

Music Box

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10  Blackberry Cobbler & Chantilly Cream in Dessert by patty_o_furniture on: July 20, 2017 07:58:36 PM
Had toooo many blackberries from our bushes, so have been finding ways to use them like crazy.  Came across this cobbler recipe and whoa! Yum!  My hubby, who hates cooked fruit, gobbled it down and kept saying how great it was.  He had more than one serving and has asked for it again.  Told him go pick some more blackberries and I will.... he says "eh, maybe I don't want it that much."  LOL

Blackberry Cobbler
2 1/2 cup Fresh blackberries, washed
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Flour
2 teaspoons  Baking powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Milk
1/3 cup butter, melted

Stir together just the berries and sugar in a large bowl and let it sit for 25-30 minutes. This will bring the juices of the blackberries so that they can be sweetened up by the sugar, this process is called macerating.
Preheat the oven to 375.
Stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, and milk with a wooden spoon. Next, stir in the melted butter and hand-mix it until the ingredients are well incorporated and you have few clumps.
Use a 8"x8"x2" baking dish.   Lightly grease the pan.  Pour in the batter and smooth it out. Pour the macerated blackberries on top with all the sugar included and evenly distribute it over the batter.
Bake for 45 minutes or until golden. Let it set up for 15 minutes and then serve with ice cream or whipping cream.

Chantilly Cream (when you want to sound fancier than sweetened whipped cream)

1 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Put cream, vanilla, and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and beat until soft peaks begin to form. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

This was one hour's picking - 10 pounds!

And no need to get the house hot!  This is great baked with a SunOven.
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