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on: September 20, 2011 10:11:41 AM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by pinkleo
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Okay get your pinning & wisting fingers ready!!!!  I present to you my wondrous package from chughes225.  (Click on smaller pics for larger view, and purple text is from chughes' fab package notes.)

  Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.

"Dear pinkleo, I was so sad to hear, even though I already knew the inner eye can be such a burden, that you wouldn't be attending Hogwarts this semester.  I didn't want you to get behind in Divination so I've sent along a Dream Diary and teacup.  One of the blue patterned ones.  You know I'm ever so fond of pink.  This way you can practice reading the tea leaves.  Beware of the Grim.  ~May Happy Fortunes be yours, Professor Trelawney"

  Oh NO!  The GRIM!!!

  Dream Diary

"Dear pinkleo,  Here at Honeydukes we pride ourselves on quality sweets.  We heard that you have become quite an accomplished baker and sweets maker so we thought we would send some goodies to help.  Included is one of our Honeydukes Sweet Shop aprons, a chocolate frog decoration, one of our wonderful suckers, and our secret sugar cookie recipe with broom cutter.  We hope you enjoy and that they help you make magical sweets.  ~Mr. & Mrs. Honeyduke"

My divination classes have helped me see broom cookies in my future.

  Honeydukes Sweets Shop Apron


  Why yes, I am a famous wizard.

"To: Pinkleo  While cleaning out the Gryffindor quidditch locker room, we found Harry Potter's old quidditch bag.  We heard, we house elves hear everything, that you were a big fan of Mr. Potter when he was a seeker at Hogwarts.  We thought you would put the bag to good use.  ~Sincerely, Hogwarts House Elves"

Did you say Gryffindor quidditch bag?...my son runs to grab it out of my hands!  Luckily I have Hamlet to protect it! *Note: Halmet was a gift from jennie.*



And for the times when my car is not flying, everyone will see how awesome I truly am.

Kiss THANK YOU CHUGHES! Kiss  You are such an amazing crafter and wonderful swap partner!
on: September 23, 2011 11:26:53 AM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by pinkleo
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Okay, I hope your pinning & wisting fingers are ready!  Here is the amazing package I received from erica_tattoos.  (Click on smaller pics for larger view.)

  To show off my gryffindor pride, a Gryffindor Wall Quilt

  For when I'm sipping tea & crocheting, Madame Puddifoot Stitch Markers

Okay...get ready for a ton of pics....
my new AMAZING Potions Cabinet!!!!

tons of smaller pics so I don't overwhelm the gallery...
NOTE: These does not compare to the real thing!!  There is an wondrous amount of details the pics don't capture....like all the vials filled with potion ingredients or the shelves that erica has given me tons of detail of....it is just flat out AMAZING, and I can spend hours just peek at all the treasures!!!  LET'S HAVE FUN AND PLAY "I SPY IN THE POTIONS CABINET"!

From Weasley's Wizard Wheezes, Mini Love Potion and Box of Chocolate, which now live on my Potions Cabinet

Extras: from Eeylops an owl sign to embellish, for Herbology a macrame plant hanger kit, and pages of HP to craft with....my crafty heart is happy!

Kiss THANK YOU ERICA!!!! Kiss  You are such a wondrous crafter and very thoughtful swapper!
on: October 12, 2011 08:16:05 PM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by Mistress Jennie
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I hope you are all rested and ready for a rather strenuous Wisting Workout.  The amazing Knickertwist outdid herself this round, and I'm completely overwhelmed with awesomeness.  I had mentioned that I loved the idea of getting a "Back to School" package aimed at a Hogwarts Professor, since I teach at a university myself.  (And I teach Theatre, which is like Magic, don't you think?)  Dear Knicker took the idea and ran with it.  She ended up sending a "Welcome Package" to Hogwart's newest professor.

Before I dive into all the detail shots, check out how adorably everything was wrapped. 

Next, all my goodies together:

Now, let's delve deeper into the pile of goodies...
My new staff ID card:

A lovely pile of candy from Honeyduke's, along with a card for 10% off all my future purchases!

A new quill from Scrivenshaft's!

A beautiful needle-felted owl from Eeylop's Owl Emporium. 

A Gryffindor Friendship bracelet to wear to Quidditch matches and a Gryffindor Needle Case for storing Needle to Match Transfiguration supplies! (All modeled by Hootles, my owl friend from Andromeda007 in the Deathly Hallows Swap.)

Next, a baby mandrake!  Rest assured, I got him into a new pot right after this picture was taken, before he could knock out the Husband or neighbors.

Next, Mrs. Weasley apparently doesn't have enough children and friends to knit for, so she kindly knits a new pair of  slippers for all new staff members! These ones happen to be an awesome elf-shaped striped set in Gryffindor red & gold.

(Note:  I've been wearing these every moment I've been home since they arrived.  I'd wear them to work, but I'm pretty sure OSHA would sue my ass for improper footwear in a theatrical shop.  Plus it'd set a bad example for my students, who I force to wear responsible footwear.  But if I ever break a toe or something, I'm freakin' wearing them to work.)

At the insistence of Professor Trelawney, a Tassography kit!  (I can't even tell you how long I've wanted one of these!  Seriously.  Forever.  And I was all set to be a Gryffindor student for Halloween this year, but now I'm seriously contemplating having a go at Prof. Trelawney, just so I can read students fortunes in my cup!)

And now, I hope you are all seated, because this next item is going to knock you on your butt!  Knickertwist went nuts making the most stunning little Potions Cupboard from Slug & Jigger's Apothecary!  How freakin' adorable is that?!?!?!?!  It's so beautifully detailed, down to the posters on the back.  I can't even decide where to keep it.  I keep moving it around the house, from the living room, where my HP books are, back to my craft room, so I can have it with me at all times.  (My life is full of tough decisions, isn't it?)

Detail shots of the inside and the back:

Sweet Knickertwist, you've completely outdone your already awesome self.  I just don't know what to say.  I'm so entranced by each and every tiny detail.  If you like my package half as much I love yours, you'll be over the moon.  Now I've just got to photograph my items, pack them up carefully, and ship them out tomorrow night!  I promise to get your goodies to you asap!   Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss to you!
on: October 15, 2011 11:38:46 AM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by caroleella
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I received the most AMAZING package from Indigo_Roses yesterday!!  You guys, I was completely blown away when I opened it and so much awesomeness tumbled out.

Yesterday it was absolutely POURING out, so I was a little distressed to know that my package would arrive and have to sit in the rain.  Fortunately, the package was completely ensconced in packing tape and pictures from the movies!

The speech bubbles say, "Die Umbridge!" "Thanks Dumbles" "Crap! Harry!"

Here is a group shot of all the wonderful things I was sent (pretend there's lemon drops in this picture):

First we have some HP stickers:

Indigo_Roses sent me one of her transfiguration attempts: turning a mouse into a snuffbox.  She's almost got it!  Look's like there's a little Gryffindor action going on with it (did I mention Pottermore sorted me into Gryffindor?)

Then a ton of stuff from Honeydukes!  Three chocolate frogs in the new Christmas-themed packaging, some every-flavor-beans, cockroach clusters, lemon drops from Dumbledore, and licorice wands Redvines (what the hell can't they do???)

She also sent me not one, not two, but HALF A DOZEN pygmy puffs!!  I'm so excited to have my own puffs <3

Now we start getting seriously serious.  A beautiful Ravenclaw scarf, book colors, that I can't wait to wear all winter long

And the pièce de résistance, A BEAUXBATONS AFGHAN.  Since I transferred from Hogwarts to Beauxbatons, after all.  It is so beautiful.  I can't handle it.  I cannot articulate how wonderful it is.  First picture for detail, second picture is true colors, third picture shows detail of the whole blanket.

I cannot express thoroughly enough to the lovely Indigo_Roses how much I love what she sent me.  She was a wonderful partner and she a truly talented crafter!
on: October 26, 2011 07:27:03 PM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by Pixiefirefly
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Very excited to angel. i had so much fun crafting for Phrixy!

Now to show you what Phrixy made for me. Warning, VERY pic heavy. It is so awesome I wanted you to see it all! I am using mostly small pics so it doesn't over load you.
Group shot

Monster Book of Monsters

All the hand painted pages!

The kitties are based on my cats and the white one REALLY looks like Pixie! The grey one is a Vampire Peter! lol
The earrings are really cool too and she made this jacket that instantly came out of the box and was put on. I wore it all weekend! Even to work on Monday so I could show everyone.

I must not have uploaded the picture of the front but you can see it in the group shot. She did a GREAT job!
We also got some chocolates which Alijah ran off with and a gummy rat which I hid.
I love love love everything. That book is for sure my favorite. You did an AWESOME job Phrixy. Everyone who saw it at work was amazed and in awe! Thank you thank you thank you!!
on: September 19, 2011 08:44:32 PM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by InvisibleCastle
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I've received from my amazing partner, Lilak Tygress! Warning! Picture obese post!

Even the box looked good:

Letter from Professor Snape, Potions Master:

The token group shot:

I also got a beautiful Hogwarts chest/ jewelry box...

With Horcrux stitch markers inside!

Isn't Harry adorable?

In the first, group picture, the bright yellow thing in the corner is an amazing jacket!
Here's a picture of the back. It's so comfy!

Also, from Hufflepuff House, is an amazing smelling candle and plate. I've been so spoiled!

I picked transfiguration as the class I wanted to take the most, and Lilak Tygress sent this:

What I want to know is--did she make this book herself--because it looks fan-FREAKING-tastic!

And the back side:

The shop I picked was Scrivenshaft's Quill Shop of Hogsmeade, and Lilak Tygress made me my very own quill!

Ohmygosh! Everything is so amazing! Thank you Lilak Tygress!
on: October 10, 2011 10:01:21 AM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by WeasleyIsMyKing
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Finally! I get around to posting pictures!
I received my package last Friday, before I went out of town, and it was AMAZING!
This was the box:

I was excited just by looking at that!

Then, I opened it up and pulled this out first:

I continued to dig and then for my favourite shop, Flourish and Blotts, I pulled this out,

The things that came in there:
Two wonderful bookmarks,

and an awesome keychain, front and back:

For my favourite class, DADA:

For my house, GRYFFINDOR!:

I took the bag with me on my trip as a purse. (-:
Then I found a letter in the way bottom of the box. It was from Hermione!

It says,
Dear Hailey,
     I can't wait to see you back at Hogwarts this term. I was at Flourish & Blotts and I had to buy you this book. It's supposed to look like a regular Muggle book, but it has a magic enchantment to hid little treasures. I put some bookmarks i there and a little surprise. I am sure you will figure how the book works. I also thought you could use a new bookbag this year. I got you something in red and gold to show your Gryffindor spirit.
     This is going to be an amazing school year. I am so excited about all the courses we are going to take. Harry says to make sure you know our D.A. meetings are still in the Room of Requirement. Just check your galleon to let you know when. You have such a talent for Defense Against Dark Arts; it will be fun to see you there.
     Write back soon!
                    Yours truly,
PS: Ron says, "Hello!"

I loved the box!
on: October 15, 2011 05:50:02 PM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by indigo_roses
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I received from caroleella on Tuesday, and my computer/internet have finally decided to play nice long enough for me to get my pics uploaded! She sent me a big box full of goodies!

An *almost* group shot...

This item was for one of my favorite classes - charms! It's not in the group shot, because I hung it up before I took the pictures.  Cheesy I wanted it on my wall right away, I was so excited! My first hoopla!

And a close up of the hoop

Next we have the item from my favorite shop. I had two, Flourish and Blotts as well as Scrivenshafts. Hermione sent me her first copy of Hogwarts, a History in which all of the pages had fallen out. However, she filled it with a stationary set from Scrivenshafts! There's 20 pages of parchment, two quills ready for sharpening, ribbon for tying scrolls, and 3 stamps - books, a quill, and an owl. Also included was a guide to Hermione's handwriting.

For my house she sent me this lovely Ravenclaw bracelet. Unfortunately I inherited my dad's bone structure and have huge hands, so it won't fit over my hand.  Sad But it's still pretty sitting in my Harry Potter corner! The colors are darker in real life, but this is the only picture I took that wasn't blurry.

Lots of extras! We have...
a sign from Platform 9 3/4 (I need to get something to screw onto the back so I can hang it up!)

The member list of Dumbledore's Army (love all the different handwritings!)

An essay Hermione wrote on Love Potions, as well as the letter from Hermione (aka caroleella - and she did it all in Hermione's handwriting! WOW!)

The page missing from a library book that happened to disappear sometime during the gang's 2nd year...

And a  time-turner necklace...

Thank you sooooo much for all the goodies, caroleella! You've continued my streak of receiving Harry Potter packages from awesome partners!
on: October 24, 2011 03:21:31 PM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by eeyore_witch
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I got my Package!!!  Thank you so much Dra!!

Here's the whole lot...

Notice the "keep Calm..." poster?  That's so going in my craft room when I get it cleaned out.

All the yummy sugary treats....

Here's a close up of the bag....

The Potions Book...

and inside...

Look at what was inside....

A Cornish Pixie.....he he he...cute

Here the inside of the Marauder's map.....too kewl.

Thank you so much Dra....everything is perfect and I love it all.

on: October 27, 2011 01:26:56 PM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by Knickertwist
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I received the best package in the whole entire muggle and wizarding universes combined from fantastic jennieingram! I'm fairly certain that she is, in fact, a wizard.

Packages pretty as can be waiting for me to tear into them!

Honeydukes?!?! I'll be cracking open this one first then...

Magnificent packaging

Drop dead scrummy! I dived right in.

Every flavour beans to boot!

Striped witch socks. I adore striped socks and wear them whenever possible.

Sweet earrings and necklace. And I do believe that is a de-luminator. Must be one of the new models that also open beers. Fantastical!

A fresh batch of Floo Powder which is going to sit on my mantle.

Last but not least... a huge wizarding cupboard crammed with crazy goodness!

Just look at the details...

There's loads of things inside, candles, a snitch necklace, rune dice... every bit of it amazing Smiley

Thanks jennieingram! You're the bestest!!!!! I LOVE YOU  Kiss
on: September 24, 2011 02:17:33 PM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by Lilak Tygress
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I received from invsiblecastle!!

What a lucky little 'Puff I am!  Here's the group shot:

Look at this crest! That's done in pencil my friends.  yow!

I got lots of Hufflepuff swag Wink Necklaces and bracelets and an awesomely beautiful headband!

Oh, I also got a badge reel which will come in handy in nursing school!! But I can't upload the photo right now, it's super cute though!!

And... the very clever girl got me a Portable Swamp from Weasley's Wizarding Wheezes.  Isn't that gator cute?

Best of all I got my very own, very first, most adorable NIFFLER!! 

It's a coin purse to use during Care of Magical Creatures class to hold my coins! 

She's very hard to photograph, but it was fun trying. (She likes snuggling with my dogs and playing on my orchid)

And an action shot of the headband:  I'm going to have to make some more of these babies!

Thanks for a great swap!! It's been supermegafoxyawesomehotFUN!!
on: October 05, 2011 05:04:09 AM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by mandymo13
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Here are the items I sent to Zombrination Smiley She has been super busy so she hasn't had time to post. Some of the pics I took were before the porject was completed, hopefully she will add to them  Smiley

Here is a cross-stich of the House crest. I painted the frame and cut out the mat for is too  Smiley

t-shirt displaying house pride

Her favorite store was Eeylops, so I had to make an owl treat jar. The owls are polymer and I attached them to the lid.

A craft book that I recovered for her herbology class

I found these on her wist and had to make them. Lego snape earring and a tin I decorated to match

This was my first swap!! I can't wait to do more!!!
on: October 08, 2011 11:08:22 AM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by MizzKodak
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My partner received more than a week ago so she says its ok to post pics.

If I am missing anything please let me know, I think I sent more, but its been a while so I dont really remember, I hope she like what I made her.
on: October 09, 2011 02:15:42 PM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by Baloo
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Here are the amazing things Vikki sent me.
Here they are all wrapped up.

All together unwrapped.

First, this fab hufflepuff scarf, I love the little badger pawprint.

Next is this awesome book, "How to write invisibly"

I love this key charm with stitched spells on them.

Plus this awesome Mug rug as an extra!

I absolutely love everything! Thank you Vikki! Grin
on: October 12, 2011 11:18:35 AM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by spikefan
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I received my package from yzag today and it is awesome!

First thing I saw when I opened my package was this fantastic Hogwarts bag. I absolutely love it and it is so me! It has all the house colors and is lined with a pretty velvety fabric.


Next we have an awesome keychain like one I had pinned. Love it! Already added it to my other keychains.

She also made me a really cool wand. I have made a few for swaps and my daughter but never for myself so I am excited to have my first wand.

An invisible ink quill pen and a pumpkin juice goblet. So cool!

And yes there's more, chocolate wands from Honeydukes and extra halloween stuff, buttons, candy, glass bottles, stickers.

And our daughters made each other a little something as well. Her daughter sent a cute decorated trunk box filled with lots of goodies that my daughter absolutely loved. Gummy spiders, stickers, and a cute witches hat that I am going to add a hairclip to so she can wear it.

Thanks so much for the fun and wonderful package yzag! I love everything! Grin

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