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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Carnival Games on: September 11, 2017 08:06:54 AM
It's getting to be Fall carnival season again!  Time to add two new games to our carnival lineup:  Splat the Rat and Pig Racers.

Splat the Rat
Push a stuffed rat down the sewer pipe and try to splat him on the other side.  This is a lot harder than you'd think!




In play


Piggy Racers, or Bacon Race'n haven't been 100% on a name yet
Walking Oinking pigs race down the alley way and the first to knock over their finish board wins.


In action.
Decided it was too white and painted some yellow strips down the alleys after.


Doh, this is the best pic of the finishing gates.  There is checkerboard vinyl at the end and also a rubber stopper to keep the boards from falling down too hard.  Each board has a checkered flag decal.



...if you want to see our games from other years
Giant Operation: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441430.0
Hamster Hazards: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450628.msg5416137#msg5416137


Thanks for looking!  Smiley
2  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.



Wands


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!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NlXVe2C6BI

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?!
3  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.



Finished!



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
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Harry Potter Starry Night Music Box 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
https://youtu.be/01IKjBeqKUU

5  COOKING / Dessert / Blackberry Cobbler & Chantilly Cream 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.
6  COOKING / Dessert / Indoor Smores Bars on: July 20, 2017 07:47:39 PM
These are some of my favorite treats to bring when the audience is going to be teen boys.  They always get fabulous reviews, even from adults, but I usually like to take fancier treats to bigger kids lol.  I had a mom once call me and sheepishly asked "My son wants your bars for his treat at his eagle scout night... tonight.  Could you maybe...."  Needless to say I did make them and I always keep the ingredients on hand now! 

This batch in particular was made for a church's youth conference.  Three batches, made in big squares. 



Indoor Smores

8 cups Golden Grahams cereal
5 cups miniature marshmallows
1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup light corn syrup
5 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 extra cups miniature marshmallows, if desired


Measure cereal into large bowl. Butter rectangular pan, 13x9x2 inches. Heat butter in a large pot until melted.  Add 5 cups marshmallows and corn syrup until melted and smooth when stirred.  Add chocolate chips and mix until melted through. Stir in vanilla. Pour over cereal in bowl; quickly toss until completely coated. Stir in 1 cup marshmallows, saving 1 cup for the top. Press mixture evenly in pan, using buttered back of spoon. Let stand uncovered at least 1 hour, or refrigerate for a firmer bar. Cut into 2-inch squares. Store loosely covered at room temperature up to 2 days.

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Playhouse to Harry Potter Mural on: June 10, 2017 04:21:27 PM
Moved last year and there's a cute playhouse under the stairs.  Well, my girls are older and haven't been interested in using it so it's just been storage.  It's in the plan that this whole area will be bookshelves and become a hidden room (like our last one! https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430351.0 ) but with all the other projects to get done and a year on the list already I finally got tired enough of the playhouse to bring it down.  And what better way to replace than a HP mural!  Although, again it will be covered up in whatever amount of time, so I didn't want to make it too fancy.  Saw the idea for silhouettes on youtube by ML Stein, and thought "brilliant!" So chopped the playhouse down and put up my silhouettes.  


Hagrid and pumpkins are by his hut.  Ron, Hermione, Harry, and Dobby at the right.  My girls are mad that Harry is in the trio and on the broomstick at the top.  Told them on the broom must be Oliver Wood, lol.  



Sweet little house.
 

In progress.
Tree in the back will be repainted.  Was going to repaint as the whomping willow, but now I've already got one, so I don't know what he'll be yet.  Probably a whole diagon alley back there.



I love it!  
DH loves it so much, he's already started to take pictures off the wall in other areas so we can repaint the entire movie room.  So maybe in a few weeks I'll show off the whole HP room.  The family room has been movie themed from before we moved, but I think we are all turning into such Potterheads that we are flipping into total HP.  My 13 year old just bought herself a $50 handturned wand!  So we are all crazies.

Thanks for looking Smiley
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Chicken Sign on: May 28, 2017 02:16:17 PM
Started raising chickens this year and they eat like vicious raptors.  So funny to watch, I started calling them the dinos.  DH suggested I make a beware sign for them and I laughed and took the challenge.  Made the stencil with my vinyl cutter and painted it on an olden wood board.  Wanted to go for a fresh off the Jurassic Park truck feel lol.  



9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 118 ENTRIES / CheeriOwls Breakfast Pack on: April 08, 2017 08:14:04 AM
Swap and Share!

*pic used with permission from FiberAlchemist*

For this challenge Im presenting the package that I sent back in the 2016 I want to live in the Burrow Harry Potter swap.  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=448585.msg5399089#msg5399089


Im pretty sure my inspiration started with the bowls.  I found the bowls at the dollar store and I think they had red, green, and blue.  I had been playing around with sharpie-paint mugs and went ooh! I can make these into HP house bowls! But. They didnt have yellow.  I bought what I could and went home and searched the website.  They had yellow!  I happy danced. Until I saw they only shipped in packs of 40.  I went a little bonkers on that.  I didnt need 40 yellow bowls lol.  So I proceeded to check every dollar store on a one hundred mile long path.  The store that finally had one was 80 miles away from me lol.  Now -that- was a happy dance.  

Got all the bowls home and went about paint pen-ing them and then I saw in one of the movie scenes a real cereal box and jaw dropped.  I must make!

 
I took a couple days to create the box in photoshop to look as much like the original box that I could.  I even made a date and price and ingredients.  (CheeriOwls is about $4.50 muggle money)  Was fun!  Modge podged it on a cereal box.


And packages are all about the details!  A local store sells cereal marshmallows, so I made a matching label and added that.  And made up a cute fast pygmy puff to rummage around in the bottom for crumbs.

*FiberAlchemists picture ~cropped*

Quick tute for paint mugs.  Make sure to use sharpie PAINT pens, not regular sharpies.  I have a vinyl cutting machine, so I used that for stickers.  But you could freehand anything you wanted.




Thanks to Fiber for swapping and Jennie for hosting that swap!
And Thanks for looking!
10  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Mantel Decorating on: January 18, 2017 06:13:32 AM
How about decorating your mantel for a holiday other than Christmas--Easter/Valentines/Thanksgiving....?  One piece (or more) of the display has to be completely homemade, but the overall look is judged. 
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