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81  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 86 ENTRIES / Harry Potter Potions Cabinet on: May 01, 2013 03:21:50 PM
Harry Potter inspired Snape's Potion Cabinet

This project was made for chughes225 in the invite your partner swap https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=419473.msg4993162#msg4993162  Its a Snapes potion cabinet from Harry Potter in miniature form.  
I found this wood piece at the second hand store and knew it needed to be for potions.  It actually had legs, but they were so unstable that it wiggled terribly.  It was obvious it would never stand straight.  I tried a few different wood bases to glue on, but in the end left everything off and just called it good.  It got a fresh coat of black paint, but I liked the worn look of the original so I sanded it down similarly.
82  COOKING / Dessert / Decorated Rolled Cake on: April 20, 2013 05:14:23 PM
You guys gotta try this!  It's a rolled cake, but the outside has been decorated.  Mine's not the best, but the design is supposed to be flawless into the cake.  Either way, it's really neat.  

I took this dessert to my neighborhood craft party and everyone loved it.  They kept asking me how to make it.  Something funny is that everyone knew I had brought it even before I said anything... I guess I go overboard with my desserts all the time, LOL.  

I follow a blog called the breadgeek and she introduced me to the decorated cakes.  Knew I had to try!  
http://thebreadgeek.blogspot.com/2013/04/simple-decorated-roll-cake.html You basically color a tiny bit of the batter and pipe it into a design before spreading the rest of the batter.  I'm having a hard time with her specific cooking time-I've always needed a lot more time, but see what works for you.

83  COOKING / Dessert / Homemade Sprinkles? - Aint nobody got time for that! on: April 03, 2013 06:28:19 PM
Homemade Sprinkles? -Aint nobody got time for that!

Ever consider making homemade sprinkles?  Well you can!  But youre probably thinking, aint nobody got time for that! and, you may be right.  They do take a bit of time, but for homemade it can be worth it.  

*For those people that are trying to be more health conscious with watching preservatives or fake colorings, these are great!  No hard to pronounce ingredients.  (The sprinkles in my pantry have 18 different ingredients!)  
*Perhaps you need to make them specifically gluten free or whatever you may need for allergens.  
*You can make them in any color; maybe to match a holiday, or the colors of an event you would be hosting when sprinkles in that specific color may be hard to find.  
*Plus its fun to say, these cupcakes are completely homemade, even the sprinkles!
*And they are cheap!  No more $4 mini bottles, do these for under fifty cents.

Interested? Then maybe we should move on.  I found this recipe from pinterest and have been using it for a while now.  Its made from just a basic royal frosting, like youd use to decorate a gingerbread house.  There are lots of different recipes, so just google if this recipe doesnt seem to work for you.

Homemade Sprinkles

1 cup of powdered sugar
teaspoon Wilton Meringue Powder or dehydrated egg whites
1 Tablespoon hot water, have extra 1 cup ready
teaspoon or more flavoring

Mixing bowl and smaller bowl or cup
Silicone baking liner or wax paper
Wisk or electric mixer
Food coloring, paste gives a brighter color but liquid can be used
Pastry bag with small round tip
Measuring cups and spoons
Rubber spatula
Long knife
Container for sprinkles after


1.   In small bowl mix teaspoon meringue powder with 1 tablespoon hot water and flavoring. Meringue will not fully dissolve, but mix your best. ~  If using liquid coloring you can add in now if youd like or wait until later and divide the batch for more than one color.  

2.   Sift powdered sugar into larger bowl then pour contents of smaller bowl over it.  

3.   Mix well with your electric mixer or wisk.  Add teaspoons of water until you end up with a thick, but shiny and soft frosting.  Texture should be like that of whipped cream frosting.  Needs to be thick to hold its shape later, but still should be soft enough to pipe. You will not use the whole one cup of water.

4.   If you havent added food coloring yet, add now until desired color is achieved.
5.   Fold the piping bag over your hand.  ~Your hand cups around the inside about half way up, then fold the rest of the bag down around your wrist.

6.   Use your spatula to scrape out the frosting into your piping bag.  

7.   Use your fingers to slide the frosting to the tip.

8.   Twist the top, and then hold it closed with one hand and steady with the other.

9.   Begin piping on your silicone sheet or wax paper.  Use long lines, as straight as you can, but wiggles wont be a problem later on.  ~ if your mix is too hard to pipe at this point, you can unfold the bag and scoop it out adding more water, but try to make it workable first off, scooping out of the bag is much harder.  

10.   Make more and more lines until your frosting is out or your hand hurts too much to go on.

11.   Wait a full 24 hours to dry.  ~Important. You want these to be completely dry.  Any moisture inside will make these sticky when trying to cut.
12.    Begin cutting.  Use your knife and press down to make small pieces. ~ This part gets messy and pieces can go flying.  Make sure you are somewhere you can vacuum or sweep up afterward.  

13.   You are done.  Place sprinkles into container, or use them to decorate.


Feeling adventurous?  Try a
Homemade waffle cone, with homemade honey vanilla ice cream, topped with homemade sprinkles.

Or maybe a completely scratch peach jam poptart!

Wow! Delicious!  

They taste great, none of the chemical after taste of store bought sprinkles.

Good luck and enjoy your sprinkles!

redheadedblonde had a great idea to use Wilton 134 tip and do five lines at once!
84  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Choose Wisely ~ A Harry Potter Game on: March 29, 2013 09:06:57 PM
Introducing Choose Wisely ~ A harry Potter, Bertie Botts Beans game.

I made this for Pinkleo in the OAHPT swap and adore it.  It all started out with the idea to make a dice that looks like a little jelly bean and the game grew and grew and grew from there.  

Opening the box to see all the treasures.  My DH custom made the insert for me to fit.  Loves him. (Plus he got to buy a new special tool to make it, so that made this game very exciting to create for him too!)

Closed Box, hand stained, hand painted design.  I love the little Weasley's logo at the bottom too.

I wanted the rules to be like their own version of the Marauders Map with folds coming out all sides, so that sparked these.

In the game, sometimes you have to eat a jelly bean, where half the beans are terrible flavors, half are good but they look the same color.  These coins tell which color you have to eat.  Next to a mini rule card, just to mention flavors.  The four double colored pieces are "House" coins that you have to eat two jelly beans!  So choose wisely!  hehe.  

Coins come in this velvety bag.  I actually created a stamp and used it for the velvet.  I was so dang excited when it turned out too.

Container of the every flavor beans.  Even etched bertie botts on it.

Some making of pics.  DH even used his computer program to model out the box before we made it, lol.  Told you he was into it too!

I'm so happy Pinks loves it and I'm already planning on making myself one!  However I know my DH won't play with me, lol.

Thanks for looking everyone!  Have a great day.  Grin

85  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Marauders Map Harry Potter Card on: March 29, 2013 08:49:17 PM
Made this Marauders Map Harry Potter card for Pinkleo in the OAHPT swap.  It's so fun.  It opens and opens and then opens back to the first page.  It's all hand drawn.  Most of the classes and offices are based on craftsters Harry Potter craftalong.  So come craft with us to see all the different class ideas!

First page

first layer with my office

second layer with Pinkleo's and Jennie's offices, plus a secret passage between them!

third layer

or how it opens again and again

I hid words in some of the walls, lol.  Fun!

Thanks for looking! 
86  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / #10 Can Stove on: February 21, 2013 12:45:25 PM
I've been into a big emergency preparedness kick lately and thought maybe I'd make myself a hobo stove.  I found the tutorial here: http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2011/06/13/10-can-stove-gift-idea/

Gather Supplies:
#10 can, like from coffee or dehydrated food
smaller metal can, I used one with a lid, but doesn't necessarily need one, even a corn can would work
fire starter, I used instafire and charcoal or whatever I found around my yard
can opener
wire cutter
wires from a coat hanger or roll

Set right off to make a fire.  I had to test it out!

After it got cookin'

An awesome experiment and learning experience even comes with hot chocolate at the end

Was a great stove.  Took me a bit to get the fire rolling even with the instafire, so that's good to know.  If you cut slits at the top and put a grate on you could even put a pot or skillet on it, but be warned things will get black!  I have other methods of cooking in an emergency situation and I'm sure those would be my top choice, but I do like the compactness of this one.  It fits all in the big can.  Might be a good one to carry in an emergency pack in your car--but I'd have to look up what fuels are best for leaving in a car.  I'm thinking charcoal should be okay, but do your own research first.

Thanks for looking!
87  COOKING / Dessert / Valentine's Day Chocolates on: February 15, 2013 07:37:46 AM

Got a chocolate melter set with a few molds a couple years back and have just never had the chance to use them aka "meh, not today, maybe another holiday" lol.  Decided that another year wasn't going to pass me by and so made some chocolates!
I used my melter pot and just put in dark chocolate chips.  I did try to get as pure as I could at the local store, I figured they'd be average but the taste was superb.  I'm not a milk chocolate fan at all, but I adored the dark.  Anyway, just melted it and then put them in the molds, swirling it up the sides.  Let those set and then filled them with a peanut butter like filling.  I didn't measure anything, just added a pat or two of butter then a scoop of peanut butter and poured in powdered sugar until I liked the consistency and the flavor.

Filled them the rest of the way up and then let them harden! Oh they were so good.  DH even took some to work and by 8am I had a call that all his friends had swiped some and loved them.  I had the wrappers from other projects and thought they'd be perfect for that authentic look.

I also had some old Valentine's boxes stuffed in my craftroom from last year I was trying to think of something to craft with them.  They came out and made fancy Valentine's!  Looks direct from a store, but for less than $4 for them all and dark chocolate too!

I still had chocolate left over, so what to do?  Lick it out of the bowl?  Naw, chocolate strawberries!  These were $1.50 each at the local store made in milk chocolate.  No thank you.

That's it!  Was a very delicious Valentine's Day!
Thanks for looking  Cheesy
88  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Hogwarts Castle Dollhouse and Harry Potter Friends! on: February 02, 2013 07:36:54 AM
Back when this Hogwarts was posted I knew it was a must to make my Potter girl it.  I bought the castle base from Micheals in December and have been working on it just about all of January.  Using the stickers would have been easier but each picture is individually hand painted, as I wanted it to have an olden feel.  My original idea was to paint each room specifically but after Snape's office looked so universal I decided I couldn't stifle her creativity by forcing her to make each room what it was painted for.

So onward! I'm very proud to show this baby off.  Hogwarts!  The Dollhouse with lots of peg people friends.  I want to guess it took me about 50 hours in all as I'm such a perfectionist on all the colors and details in each painting. Oops.  A sane person probably would have spent less than half that, LOL.

She LOVED it!  Played with it all night, and only stopped to blow the candles on her cake out.  She seriously did not even eat a slice!  

She must love this because I found her this morning with a toothbrush in her mouth before school, playing with it in her room.  So happy she loves it!  She's going to paint some more on it herself as she's told me.  I cringed and nodded my head "It's yours to do with what you like."

89  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Lotion Bars on: January 25, 2013 09:53:57 AM

Saw a post on homemade lotion bars and really liked the idea.  I had everything to make it and the HP craftalong challenge to use wax pushed me over the edge to try.

Supplies: beeswax, coconut oil, sunflower oil infused with calendula flower petals, cocoa butter, essential oils, containers, measuring cups, stirring sticks, warmer

warmed the oils and wax then added essential oils.  Used bergamont and litsea cubeba to give it a very citrusy refreshing smell.  Mmmm love that smell.

poured into molds I bought from my local thrift store a while ago

set up

wrapped up!  Maybe mother's day presents?  I sure can't use them all.

They feel awesome and smell even better.  A little oily to begin with but rubs into your skin well and makes your hands so soft.  I had to work quick wrapping them up, they already wanted to start softening in my hands, so I assume it wouldn't take too many rubs to get the design out.

Thanks for looking!
90  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / B&B Challenge 3: Autumn Nails on: November 23, 2012 08:32:37 PM
When I think of Autumn, I think of browns, golds, yellows, reds, and all the colors of falling leaves and plant life starting to sleep.  So I brought in the deep reddish brown on the diagonal as my tips and then covered it with gold glitter and black stripes like branches.  Then I added black dots down the sides for the leaves falling from them.

If you wanted to recreate this look...

You could also recreate this look with any colors you wanted.  This could be a beautiful holly design with red and green, or Valentines with shades of pink.  Use your imagination.

Thanks for looking!
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