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House Bikini

August 23, 2011, 07:33 AM

House Bikini © Josée LeblancSuppliesBikini in main house color (in this case, navy blue)MactacPrinter or Sharpie and tapeExacto knifeSparkle paint in secondary house (in this case, bronze, as per book canon)Stenciling brush or spongeStencils Bikini TopGryffindor's Lion, by MakaniHufflepuff's Badger, by MakaniRavenclaw's Eagle, by MakaniSlytherin's Snake, by Makani Bikini BottomGryffindor Crest, by Jennifer Ofenstein (a.k.a. ofenjen)Hufflepuff Crest, by Jennifer Ofenstein (a.k.a. ofenjen)Ravenclaw...

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The Path to True Craftiness

February 14, 2011, 08:08 AM

I haven’t always been as crafty as I am now. I learnt to knit when I was young but because my mum wasn’t a great knitter I could only do basic things. I taught myself (through trial and error!) how to do cabling on a jumper. For several years I didn’t do any knitting as I was just too busy raising my family and working part time.Then came my first PC that could be connected up to the internet. It opened up a whole new world for me. Over several years I found my way to sites where I could...

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Mission : Organization

February 03, 2011, 11:13 AM

One of the idea behind that *wonderful* New Year resolution of mine (/sarcasm) was to allow myself to finish WIPs and UFOs I have, and to get my supplies organized by getting rid of the old and welcoming the new. Though this month I haven’t been very productive on the first front (I made one pillow and almost finished my Ravenclaw Bikini), I have gotten started on the second front by unmounting my stamp collection.   I have lots and lots of stamps, and yet I always seem to want to buy...

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H is for Hufflepuff

January 20, 2011, 07:43 AM

H is for Hufflepuff© SuperJennSupplies1 skein Caron Simply Soft in Sunshine1 skein Caron Simply Soft in Black1 set of US5 (3.75mm) DPNsYarn needle3 stitch markersWaste yarnGauge5 stitches and 6 rows per inch (2.54cm)ChartInstructionsCast on 40 stitches using the long-tail method, place a stitch marker and join in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches.Work 6 rounds in (k2, p2) ribbing in Sunshine.Knit 10 rounds in Sunshine (MC).Knit 2 rounds in Black (CC).Knit...

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Challenging Your Crafty Self

January 20, 2011, 06:57 AM

The New Year has come and gone, and with it my ambition to start anything new.  This is not to say I will NOT start anything new.  As a matter of fact, I absolutely plan to start something new.  Just as soon as I finish all those projects I started...oh, about this time LAST year.  Let's see...I managed to finish the sweater for my mother's 2009 Christmas present...in MAY.  Subsequently, I finished TWO brand new ideas (and by brand new, I mean projects started in the...

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Mirror of Erised

January 18, 2011, 07:21 AM

The Mirror of Erised© Camryn DarraghSuppliesAluminum foilGold claySculpting toolsOvenHot glue gunInstructionsSculpt the gold clay into an oval frame. Using the tools, embellish the frame with engravings. Put the frame in the oven and bake according to the package directions.Allow the finished clay to cool.Using the hot glue gun, attach a wrinkle-free, crease-free piece of aluminum foil to the back of the frame.CreditCamryn Darragh's tutorial was used with permission.Please note that...

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Honeydukes' Sugar Quill Ornaments

January 18, 2011, 07:04 AM

Honeydukes' Sugar Quill Ornaments© SuperJennSupplies1 package of large white feathersPVA glueA little waterFoam brushRibbonSmall pearl beadsUltra-fine glitter in lavenderHot glue gunGlue stickNewspaperInstructionsSpread the newspaper out on your table and lay the feathers you wish to turn into sugar quills on it.Thin down the glue with a little water until it is milk-like in consistency, mixing with the foam brush.Carefully brush the watered down glue on the feathers, making sure to follow the...

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What Was I Thinking Of?!?

January 13, 2011, 07:40 PM

As you may have seen (and if you haven’t, well now you know!) this month’s craft-along is about Taking Crafty Resolutions… And Keeping Them! It should be fun to see what people have resolved to doing in 2011, and encourage them to keep those resolutions although the year! That is… it will be fun for me to help them do that… as for my own resolution, well…The odds are it won’t be fun to keep it. In fact, scratch “the odds”… it won’t and I know it! You see, my resolution is...

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January 2011 Craft-Along: Taking Crafty Resolutions… And Keeping Them!

January 13, 2011, 03:12 PM

January 2011 Craft-Along Taking Crafty Resolutions… And Keeping Them! The beginning of a new year typically brings with it a will to improve our life and change things that you don’t like. For a lot of us, crafts are no exceptions. So we challenge you to make a crafty resolution in 2011… and keep it! And to make sure you do, well we’ll keep this craft-along going throughout the year and award incrementing MyLeaky points to reward your efforts! All you have to do is let us know at least...

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January 2011 Craft-Along: Motivation Concoction

January 13, 2011, 03:02 PM

January 2011 Craft-Along Motivation ConctionMost motivational experts agree that if you want your goals to actually work and happen, there are certain things you can do: Endeavor to take S.M.A.R.T. goals, which means goals that are: Ø      S – Specific (“I will knit a PoA style scarf”) Ø      M – Measurable (“I will finish sewing 1 Harry Potter costume”) Ø      A – Achievable (As much as you’d like to...

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Refresh, Renew, Resolve

January 09, 2011, 08:52 PM

Refresh, Renew,  Resolve A new year is upon us. 2011. The year of the release of the LAST Harry Potter Film. This brings with it a deep sadness for me, and also a resolution.This year I resolve to fall in love with this series all over again. I vow to read all of the books again, in order. I will watch each movie and pore over every minute detail. I will find new or, perhaps, forgotten items to craft.In doing this I will, I’m sure, also rediscover the magic in normal, everyday things...just...

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Luna's Necklace

January 07, 2011, 02:40 PM

Luna's Necklace© Tricia L. RichardsonSuppliesSmall amount of Red Heart Sport in linenBlack embroidery flossSmall amount of Red Heart Lustersheen in bluetteShank buttonYarn needleEmbroidery needlePolyfillE/4 (3.50 mm) hookInstructionsCorkRound 1: With linen, work 6 sc in magic ring, join with sl st to the first sc. (6 sc)Author's Note: Do not pull magic ring too tight.Round 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in ea sc, join with sl st in the back loop of the first sc. (12 sc)Round 3: Ch 1, sc into...

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House Unity Scarf

January 05, 2011, 10:59 PM

House Unity Scarf© LJ RobertsSuppliesKnit Picks Wool of the Andes in the following colors:2 skeins Cranberry - 23425, or any red worsted weight yarn 2 skeins Caution - 24650, or any yellow worsted weight yarn 2 skeins Grass - 23439, or any green worsted weight yarn 3 skeins Winter Night - 23422, or any blue worsted weight yarn 11 skeins Coal - 23420, or any black worsted weight yarn Tunisian I (8.80 mm) hook10" (25.40 cm) piece of cardboardScissorsYarn needleAbbreviationsCH - ChainTSS -...

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Weasley Faces Vases

January 04, 2011, 07:46 PM

Weasley Faces Vases© EdenZSuppliesContainer to customize (i.e., a pot, box, or jam jar)Transparent liquid glueHarry Potter themed paper or imagesA paint brushInstructionsFrom the Harry Potter themed paper, cut out the images you want to use on your container.Use the brush to apply glue to the container where you want to place your image.Place your image, and use the brush to apply additional glue over the image. Let the container dry completely, following the glue manufacturer's guidelines.Final...

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Pygmy Puff Heat Sock

January 04, 2011, 07:28 PM

Pygmy Puff Heat Sock© ashleyepSupplies1 large pink or purple wool sock1 cup of rice Measuring cupForkLiquid candle scentsInstructionsPlace the rice in the measuring cup, and add the scent of your choice, stirring with the fork.Pull the top of the sock over the cup and dump the rice into the sock.Tie the sock right where the rice level ends.Shake or knead the sock to make sure the scent is absorbed into the sock and the rice.Heat the sock in the microwave for 10-40 seconds, depending on...

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