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1  Cake Walk Boards in Party Planning by patty_o_furniture on: February 09, 2018 06:33:35 PM
I've been making lots of games for carnivals and parties lately and here is the latest.  I had a cupcake walk with laminated pictures that were taped to the floor, but in two carnivals they were toast.  So made a tough one.  12 inch square boards of 3/4 inch wood, painted and numbered in cute cupcakes!



Hand painted and tossed in some Harry Potter colors in there as well, because everything I do has to have a nod to HP.




Printed the cupcake images so those can be pieces to pick the winning number.


Goodbye tiny tape-y cupcakes!


Edit to add: a cake walk is a school carnival/fete game where kids walk around the steps to music. When the music quits, kids stop on a number tile. Adult host picks a number and whoever is standing on that number tile gets a whole cake (or we just did cupcakes).
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2  Chocolate Box "Wreath" in Valentine's Day by patty_o_furniture on: February 08, 2018 08:43:54 PM
Saw this idea online and knew it had to be done!



Needs a standard Valentines heart box or you can make one out of cardboard.  I bought a bunch of boxes last year on clearance, put the chocolates in the freezer for later and kept the boxes for crafties. 

Chocolate Heart Box
Styrofoam
Air dry clay
paint - chocolate browns and creamy white
3D puffy paint - white pink and/or black (I used black instead of brown because I didn't want to buy a new brown)
cupcake liners
hot glue
ribbons for hanging and edging

I cut styrofoam into chocolatey shapes and then painted them, as the idea I saw online, but I used a more open styrofoam and hated the way it looked.  Not realistic enough for me.  So I used those as a base and rolled air dry clay out super thin to cover. 



Smooth it as best you can, and then let it dry.  After it was dry, I even sanded them down a bit to smooth it out even more.
Arrange in your box to make sure you have enough and a layout you like.



Paint with your chocolatey colors.


Then use your puffy paint to make designs on the top.


Dry and then hot glue inside cupcake liners in your box.  Use your ribbon to ruffle some edges on if you'd like and make a hanger.



Mmmm.... yummy....ish.
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3  Laundry Room Redo in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by patty_o_furniture on: January 11, 2018 03:34:46 PM


As I understand it, three owners of our newish house have left up this laundry room:  Quilt like stripes painted on the walls and foam sheets cut into tshirts hanging on clothes pins, and random miniature sink, long mirror.  But it just wasn't our style.  Previous owners had ten kids, so I can imagine another sink would be welcome, but we don't need a baby sink.  Maybe if it was a deep utility sink it would be different, but it had to go.  In its place we put our new mudroom!  ....only a year in the works.  Embarrassed





We started with demo of the old sink and working the pipes back into the wall.


Took out the old cabinets that wouldn't let us have the pedestals for our washer and dryer.


Mirror and shelves came down.  Primed and painted.  Granite Gray.


Found some cabinets that would fit better with our pedestals, but I wanted white.


Started a build in place bench, so it would fit perfectly to the sink size already cut into the floor.  That's all DH, I'm just the painter.


Starting the back wall.


Finished!





and with everything in my house, a little Harry Potter flair.


I love it!
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4  Fantastic Beasts Occamy Meme in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by patty_o_furniture on: January 11, 2018 03:20:20 PM
There's a fun meme that has cats of all sizes trying to fit into things called "if I fits I sits".  We've got cats and we end up saying it all the time when our weirdos try to get into tight shapes.  Well I took this and flipped it for an occamy.  Occamys are known to be choranaptyxic, meaning they grow or shrink in order to fit available space.  In Fantastic Beasts we see one fill a whole attic and then shrink down to fit in a teapot.  Thus, if they sit they will fit hehe.

Made this pic with my new blending pens and vinyl cut words, about a 5X7.  First time I've used the pens, so I'll do better with practice, but a fun trial run.





randomly googled cute meme
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5  Gingerbread House VS T-Rex in CHALLENGE 122 ENTRIES by patty_o_furniture on: January 04, 2018 08:22:14 PM




This gingerbread house, while cute, makes me remember why I usually buy kits.  You spend all this time making and cooling the house, just to then have to spend hours decorating.  My 11yo gave up on hers at the 30 minute mark and by the end of the second hour I was pleading with my candy to be bigger so I wouldnt have to decorate anymore, lol. 

Basic of house as they come. Prettier color than the store bought houses though.  The deep molasses color shows much better.  Store bought seems like its almost sugar cookie dough compared to homemade.  I used royal frosting for the roof, but it was thicker than I hoped so my sprinkles weren't sticking.  I ended up getting handfuls of sprinkles and basically throw/punch-ing the sprinkles into the icing.  Well, one throw/punch I missed and showered my 13 year old and kitchen with sprinkles.  That was fun times! 
The rest of the house goodies are stuck on with candy wafer chocolate.  I thought it would taste yummy/look better against the dark color/dry faster.  It worked pretty well.  Though I never did try to eat the house..... which is good....
Because.......reasons to come later.





Well, after the season I went to toss the houses and 11 year old daughter shouts that she knows what to do with them instead.  She had just gotten an inflatable T-Rex costume for Christmas!  Begin Massacre.... 


And this is what I think of you Mr. Take forever decorating house!






Gingerbread House Massacre



For the whole gruesome T-Rex Movie:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2JtXdQs4lQ&t=6s

Thanks!
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6  Re: Show Off Your Christmas Tree 2017 in Winter Holidays by patty_o_furniture on: December 29, 2017 08:44:50 PM
We found a 12 foot tree at the second hand shop for $20! So we went big this year. Im still undecided on the height but its fun to have anyone that comes by go whoa!  

Harry Potter Christmas tree. Includes a ton of handmade ornaments from craftsters here, and a sixty foot long crocheted house scarf for our garlandthanks grandma! One fun thing we did this year is to get wrapping paper in house colors. Since all four of us are in different houses, our name tag is our house color!









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7  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Yule Term 2017/18*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by patty_o_furniture on: December 28, 2017 09:07:05 PM
Class: DADA
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Bath Bombs
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: Made my Slytherin girl some bath bombs for a fun homemade gift.  Hopefully it will be nice and soothing to the skin.  Shes already made me buy ten times the ingredients so she can make more of her own.
Baking Soda 1/2 cup
Citric Acid 1/4 cup
Cornstarch 1/4 cup
Epsom Salt 1/4 cup
Sweet Almond Oil 3 tsp
Essential Oil 1 tsp
Soap or Food Coloring
Water 1 tbs +/-
Mix gently and press into molds. 

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Class: Headmistress 7 ~2nd
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name:  Jennie Ornaments
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: So I took this prompt a little wide, because the moment I thought of someone who I have never met, instead of imagining what I could make the local shelter, I immediately thought of making Mistress Jennie a surprise.  Shes been such a great headmistress for us!  Ornaments are vinyl ilvermorny pics on a blue or cranberry background.  Sent these to her for Christmas.  -plus they are so fun, I made a set for myself to match.
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Class: Headmistress 7 ~3rd
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Pickett
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: Made this little bowtruckle as a christmas ornament to guard my tree.  Made of wire, hot glue, and florist tape.  Great addition to my winter holiday, Harry Potter Christmas Tree.
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Class: Headmistress 7 ~4th
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Frog Boxes
Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=453917.msg5472166#msg5472166
Brief Description: For my neighbor Christmas gifts this year we went huge and over the top.  I made almost 200 chocolate frogs, different flavors and stored in fun boxes.
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Class: Headmistress 7 ~5th
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Lupin Peg Doll
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: My 13 year old Gryffindor has been asking for a Lupin peg doll to go along with her Tonks peg for ages.  She was given Tonks clear back for her 8th bday  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=419866.0 so it may have been a while, LOL.  She gets very annoyed when she plays with the neighbors or babysitting kids and they want to make peg Harry Potter and Tonks snog. So I surprised her with a small Lupin peg for Christmas! 
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Class: Headmistress 7 ~6th
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Christmas layer jellos
Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=453972.0
Brief Description: Made some fun jellos to help celebrate for our Christmas eve dinner.  My grandmother used to make it for Christmas every year, so its a nod to her tradition. 
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Class: Headmistress 7 ~7th
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Hot Chocolate Bins
Project Page Link:
Brief Description:  One of the mediums Im best known for is my sweets and baking!  Heres some fun gift boxes for Grandmas and Grandpas for Christmas.  Has Vanilla Spiced Nuts, Hot chocolate stirrers (melted compound chocolate on wooden spoons) and Homemade Marshmallows.  And I threw a green wrapped chocolate frog in there for fun.
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Class: History of Magic
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Lava Cakes
Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=453971.0
Brief Description: For Sir Nicholass party I made a chocolate lava cake.  Nice dark chocolate, almost black, but none the less a sweet treat for all the living attendees. Makes a great addition to a Christmas dinner too!  ...Still using up the 10 pound chocolate bar I got for my birthday!
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Class: Iron Chef Dec - Garlic
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Garlic Prime Rib
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: Made a super garlic-isized prime rib roast for our fancy Christmas Eve dinner.  Set off the smoke alarm 8 times in 15 minutes, so that was fun.  Also, the cooking time seemed way off, mine took a lot longer to hit 135, but then when I pulled it out it wasnt beautifully pink.  Looked well done.  Doh.  Try again next year.
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/56352/garlic-prime-rib/?internalSource=rotd&referringId=1012&referringContentType=recipe%20hub
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**OWL proposal**
OWL Subject & Option(if available): Charms
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name:  Cholloshoo Cake walk
Brief Description: Colloshoo is also known as the stickfast hex and it adheres the victims shoes to the ground with an adhesive ectoplasm.  Its helpful in duals to trip up your opponent.  Im going to practice it for use in a cake walk game.  I will make 12 wooden tiles all painted with cupcakes and numbers.  Kids are going to walk tile to tile until the music stops when Ill place the hex.  Kids will then be stuck to their cupcake tile to announce the winning number. 
Ive had a paper cake walk game for carnivals past, but even with laminating the stop images are beat up after only two games.  Going to get the inch wood scraps from the garage and make them into stand-able squares.  Then sand, prime, and paint, and seal! all the tiles and get the game ready for play.  The pictures I used were cupcakes and I like that idea so Im keeping it, just going to paint them on the tiles instead.  Ill probably just do laminated cards for the host unless I have a better brainstorm before then.  Should take me a month.


***NEWT PROPOSAL***
Subject: History of Magic
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Harry Potter Wreck this Journal
Brief Description:  I want to use my extensive knowledge of all things wizarding to make a Wreck this Journal as entirely Harry Potter themed.  Each page has a prompt and I will use a different drawing/cut out/etc for the wizarding world to fulfill it.  Some pages will be easy write one word over and over again some Im going to have to delve deeper into Mr. Binns lecture notes to figure out. find a way to wear this journal?  Im going to use pencil, crayon, marker, colored pencils, water color, oil pastels, stamps, printed pages. any kinds of mediums I can think of to be different page by page.  I plan to have some pages take hours, and others be simple scribbles or a glued in page.  Theres about 100 pages so if I do 1-2 a day, itll take me 3 months.  I dont know that I can always finish two a day, but its a goal to work towards.  I hope to be done by next Christmas at least!


....and for fun.  A mall an hour away from me set up a Harry Potter village for Christmas time!  We waited in line for 30 mins to see it.  Some who went opening weekend waited two hours!  Shocked  Lots of fun stuff to see, Honeydukes, Ollivanders, Quidditch game, niffler in a jewelry window...etc. 
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8  Christmas Layer Jellos in Dessert by patty_o_furniture on: December 28, 2017 08:39:08 PM
My grandmother used to always make this for Christmas.  I may not remember the gifts I got for Christmas when I was a kid, but I remember this jello!  When my dad came for Christmas eve dinner, I decided to make it for him and as a pretty bit of color for our table.  I made these in individual cups, but grandma always just did a 9X13, so make it how you like.  Individual cups are sweet for the table, but more of a pain to fill.   You could also play with the jello colors for other holidays, red white and blue for example. 


Layered Christmas Jello Salad
 
1 large box or 2 small boxes Lime Jello
1 large box or 2 small boxes Cranberry Jello (or other red)
1 small box lemon Jello
1 cup mini marshmallows
⅓ cup vanilla yogurt
1 cup crushed pineapple
1 8 ounce package whipped topping (cool whip)

Prepare lime Jello as directed on box. Use ice water where it calls for cold water so it will set up faster.  Pour it into dish of your choice, if you are doing individual dishes remember to only fill ⅓ of the way.  Let set in fridge until firm.

Prepare middle layer by boiling one cup of water and adding it to the lemon jello mix.  While still hot add marshmallows and stir until they dissolve.  Whisk in yogurt, half of the 8 ounce cool whip and the cup of crushed pineapple (make sure you strain and squeeze any excess juice from the pineapple).  Finish by adding a cup of very cold water to the mixture.(you can use the strained pineapple juice to make up part of the 1 cup of water if you want to).  Pour on top of lime layer and return to fridge until firmly set.

For the final layer, prepare the cranberry jello according to package directions, and use ice water where it calls for cold water again, you do not want to put hot or warm jello on top of the middle layer it will melt it and give your jello a milky color.  Return jello to the fridge and let it set until firm and you are ready to serve.

When you are ready to serve use remaining cool whip to put dollops on individual serving dishes or to spread on top of Jello if you made it in a 913 dish.

Made ten of these cuties.  With plastic cups for the littlests, though they just licked the whipped cream off the top anyway.


What was leftover after my mini cups, I just put in a bowl.
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9  Chocolate Lava Cakes in Dessert by patty_o_furniture on: December 28, 2017 08:26:21 PM
For my birthday this year I got a ten pound block of chocolate so I've been trying to figure out ways to use it up!  Chocolate lava cakes to the rescue.  Was a delicious fancy type dessert for our Christmas dinner.  Best of all, the batter can be made up ahead of time and then throw in the oven for 20 minutes when you're ready for a warm oozy molten cake.  Mine I made in jumbo muffin cup pans, but these babies are so so rich that the regular sized muffin pan is plenty.


Chocolate Lava Cakes

 
2 tablespoons of butter, melted
2 tablespoons of cocoa

3/4 cup of butter
12 ounce of chocolate chips (I used a kitchen scale and chopped semisweet chocolate)
1/2 cup of heavy cream
5 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup of flour
 
 
Prepare cupcake pans by coating the inside of each with melted butter by swirling it around. Then sprinkle the insides with cocoa, coating completely.  Tap the pan upside down once, to let any excess fall.

To make the batter, place chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl, then top it with butter and cream. Microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until the chocolate is smooth and butter is melted. When chocolate has cooled slightly, stir in eggs, sugar and flour. Pour into prepared cupcake pans. Refrigerate for 1 hour (at least) and up to a couple of days.

Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes for regular 12/cupcake pan size, and 15-18 for jumbo 6/cupcake pan size, just until the outsides and most of the top have set, and the centers are still slightly runny. You can insert the tip of a knife to test. You just want a bit of the very center to be a thick pudding like texture. Let them cool for 5 minutes, then place a sheet pan on top of the muffin pan and invert them.

Serve with whipped cream, ice cream and/or dusted with powdered sugar or cinnamon.

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10  Homemade Marshmallows in Dessert by patty_o_furniture on: December 27, 2017 09:19:53 PM
"Money can't buy happiness buy it can buy marshmallows which are kinda the same thing."

I have that as a sign hanging in my kitchen, so you can imagine I do have a thing for marshmallows.  I collect all the shapes and colors, lol.  So, making homemade was just another step.  I've now been making them for years and I love to.  It is a process, but the taste and texture of a homemade marshmallow are so soft and sweet!

Homemade Marshmallows

1/2 cup cold water
3 - 1/4 ounce envelopes unflavored gelatin

2 cups granulated white sugar
1/2 cup cold water
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
3-4 cups powdered sugar, sifted

Spray a 9X13 pan with release spray, then sift a layer of powdered sugar over the whole pan bottom and sides so the marshmallow can release.  Soften gelatin with cup cool water in bowl of stand mixer.

In a medium saucepan put 2 cups sugar, cup water, 1 cup corn syrup, and tsp salt.  Bring to a boil at medium to medium high, stirring.  When boiling, place saucepan lid on top for two minutes to let condensation wash down the sides.  Remove lid after two minutes and clip in candy thermometer.  Allow to reach 240* without stirring this time.

Start mixer on low speed, slowly pour in hot syrup into softened gelatin.  Gradually increase speed to high, beating for 8-12 minutes until bowl is softly warm to the touch and mixture is white, shiny, and thick.

Stop mixer and add 2 tsp vanilla.  Beat again until vanilla is mixed, about 10 seconds.  Spatula out sticky mixture into prepared 9X13 pan.  Try to smooth top as best you can.  Sift a generous amount of powdered sugar over all top.  Let set for 8 hours or over night.

Loosen marshmallow from sides of pan with knife.  Sift powdered sugar over counter or cutting board, then pull marshmallow sheet from pan and place on top.  Using kitchen scissors or knife, cut pieces apart and press edges into more powdered sugar.   Place pieces in a sifter and tap all excess sugar off marshmallow pieces.  Eat as is or drizzle on melted chocolate.  Keep in a covered container.

*make sure your candy thermometer is calibrated for your altitude. 
*try adding a tsp of other flavorings like peppermint, and/or add a little food coloring.



Great wrapped up for gifts!
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