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June 16, 2010

The Quibbler Welcome to Leaky's interactive on-line version of the Quibbler: The Magical World's premier source for news that no-one else will publish. The paper is brought to you monthly right on your computer screen! Sit back and relax and enjoy the fun!Just released: Get the July Issue here.You can also download a zipped version of the  issue here.Click here for our archives How to submit articles! Read all about it here We hope you enjoy The Quibbler!

From tlccraftywitches

June 09, 2010

Recently, a few friends of mine have asked me to make them Hogwarts house robes. Normally I refuse these kinds of requests, or make a joke and laugh them off, knowing that the person doesn’t wholeheartedly want the item and that I don’t really want to make it for nothing. But being Harry Potter related, and after some serious discussion with my ‘clients’ (haha), I will do it! Yay, spreading the Harry love! I have made robes for myself, and they are one of the most fun HP...

From tlccraftywitches

June 01, 2010

As I write these lines, Leaky Crafts is turning a whooping 4 years old!! I really feel like I own a time-turner that keeps spinning forward! Where has the time gone?!? When I think that this all started from an afternoon of boredom!! Here I was, one afternoon in July 2005, doing all I could to avoid Half-Blood Prince spoilers while anxiously waiting for the book to finally come out five days later. Not so long before, I had made myself a Padded Photo Album. That got me thinking...

From tlccraftywitches

May 26, 2010

Until recently, I have never considered myself a *crafter*.  At the age of five, I was a young first grader.  And who would have thought that I would have picked up a skill, a crafting skill, at that age, that would stick with me for life.  Now, almost thirty-five years later, I am still knitting and crocheting.  And, I think that I don't knit and crochet for the finished product.  Sure, I like to finish creations, but I have come to the realization that I knit and crochet...

From tlccraftywitches

May 12, 2010

Organizations of any kind thrive on volunteers.  I know this because not only do I volunteer for some, like The Leaky Cauldron, I also have worked and currently work for non-profits where volunteers are involved daily.  I've watched many different kinds of volunteers and the one thing I have seen consistently over the years is that the best ones are the ones who accept the fact that being a volunteer requires the same effort and diligence required of paid staff/employees.  It doesn't...

From tlccraftywitches

May 07, 2010

I haven't knit anything in the last two months. Why? Because I am having a baby and didn't want to start knitting anything until I knew the gender. I've done the "gender-neutral" thing before, and I'm over it. I've also done lots of blue... ;) I just wanted this baby to have all pink. That's all. After a boy, a girl, and then two more boys, I was ready for pink. Unfortunately, I had no idea what I was having. Until this last week, that is!pinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpinkpink!As...

From tlccraftywitches

April 22, 2010

If you can copy, you can be creative! “I’m not crafty!” “Wow! That’s awesome! I could never be crafty like that!” If someone had given me a dollar each time I’ve heard either of these sentences, I’d well be on my way to becoming a millionaire by now! However, my answers are always the same… YES, you are, and YES, you can!! Does that mean you’ll be able to try your hands at the most complicated stencil in the Fabric Embellishments section of Leaky...

From tlccraftywitches

April 15, 2010

If it ain't in progress......don't start it.  Ok.  So I paraphrased here.  The point is...I have an incredibly BAD habit of starting new projects.  I start them, all gung-ho...ready to go and then...They sit.Current works in progress:  1.  A Cardigan for Arwen.  This was to be my masterpiece.  I selected a wonderful Malabrigo worsted in a color called Marron Oscuro.  It's like a rich chocolate color.  Beautiful.  I couldn't wait to wear it....

From Doris

April 11, 2010

Warning - this has nothing to do with Harry Potter.   Well, actually it does.This weekend I walked 39 miles.  I am crazy, I knew that long before this weekend!See, here is the deal.  If I were a wizard, I'd find a magical cure for breast cancer.  I'd make sure all my loved ones (that means you) were protected and best of all,  I'd make sure every person in the world was safe from this disease.I'm not a wizard.  Unfortunately, the muggle in me can not find a...

From tlccraftywitches

April 07, 2010

*checks her non-watch**heads over to a comfy chair and puts down her shopping* I’ve had one of those days.  You know…those days where you are looking for something…but can’t seem to find it, but find a million and a half of other things you forgot you needed? Yeah, one of those. And yet, I’m not disappointed.  In fact, it’s the kind of thing I almost thrive on! Whether it’s finding that perfect embellishment for a scrapbook page….getting the exact shade...

From tlccraftywitches

April 01, 2010

As a crafter I can't tell you how many times I hear the phrase "I'd love to learn that, but I'm just not crafty!" in a month.  It seems to be a mantra for people, a way to protect themselves from the inevitable failure of a failed art project. Well, folks, I'm here to tell you that everyone IS crafty.  That's right, you are...even if the only thing you've ever made is a lopsided paper chain in kindergarten you are crafty.You see, craftiness is really nothing more than a physical manifestation...

From tlccraftywitches

March 25, 2010

As we have just found out, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be opening on June 18, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. This is a very, VERY exciting thing! We have known about this attraction for years now, and it is finally almost open to the public! It has been a long time since we've really had anything this huge to anticipate. I know that there is a movie coming out in November, but as far as I'm concerned, the last time I was this excited about something was when Deathly Hallows the...

From tlccraftywitches

March 11, 2010

Common threads run through many fiber items.  Spun yarn, woven fabric, crafty ideas.  The common theme or idea that ties it all together.  So what would crafting and living ecologically green have as a common thread?  Creativity.Both require some creative thinking and adapting so that we can either create something from basic items or develop habits that help our planet last longer and be cleaner.  Yes, this does sound a lot like the last blog I wrote for the Crafty...

From tlccraftywitches

March 03, 2010

Just like any crafter, I have very vivid memories that relate to time I spent crafting or learning new crafts when I was a kid and a teen. I remember, and very vividly coloring countless picture book images with my aunts and trying to do like them by outlining the image then shading the inside without going passed those black line (I swear they were moving! I could never manage it!). I can recall as though it was yesterday the day I learned to make friendship bracelets on a beach at a day camp...

From tlccraftywitches

February 24, 2010

The Olympics are a time of friendly competition, forging new friendships, overcoming personal challenges, reaching personal bests.   In the deep, dark recesses of the internet, out where everyone can see, we find which is a knit and crochet community, for anyone who is not familiar with it.  And thanks to Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, who started the Knitting Olympics in 2006, we now have the Ravelympics.  (Stephanie’s Knitting Olympics still takes place, as a...

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