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21  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Re: 5 Ingredient Dishes! on: August 15, 2017 08:57:44 PM
Neat idea!  And I love the real food twist. 

That makes me think, there could be a 'make a food from scratch that you usually buy' challenge. --pasta, cream soup, cake mix, marshmallows, pretzels....
22  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Black Raspberry Ripple Baby Afghan on: August 15, 2017 08:49:45 PM
Beautiful!  I love the color combination.
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! 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

24  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Back to Hogwarts Round 7 on: August 14, 2017 08:55:05 PM
sent my Q,
now I think I'll go have some pudding and wait for partners list to show up. 
25  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Necklace Swap 2017 GALLERY (Sendouts Aug. 14) 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

26  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Harry Potter Movie Room 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?!
27  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Honeyduke's Candy Cabinet 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
28  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Any quick kid swaps before school? on: August 09, 2017 03:05:59 PM
My girls, 13 and 11, would play. They've been begging me to find a kids swap all summer. Oldest lives for duct tape crafts. Youngest loves Pokmon. I like the idea of a flat package. Maybe flat rate envelope kind of swap? Would need to be a quick swap, school starts soon!
29  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Necklace Swap 2017 (Signups thru July 21; Sendouts Aug. 14) on: August 06, 2017 03:43:11 PM
Pretty much done! Will send on time.
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! 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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