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Arts and Charms Class Week 3: Crochet House Bracelet

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

In Week 3 of Arts and Charms Class we are crocheting a house bracelet. Since we had an appointment to get the oil changed in our car and do the 50,000 mile required service, this was a good time to begin the house bracelet in Hufflepuff yellow and black.

Supplies and directions are ready to go!

Children's area at the car dealership

Settled in the waiting area, supplies out, and here I am beginning the Huffllepuff House Bracelet.

Time to change colors! I watched the tutorial several times to make sure I remembered how to do this! The color change went smoothly. emoticon

Making progress

By the time we left the car dealership, I had most of the bracelet completed. I will finish later and post photos when I do.

Tuesday night is NCIS, NCIS LA, and Person of Interest; a perfect time to finish the House Bracelet AND walk during commercials! (Amazing how those steps add up!)

When I wear the Hufflepuff House Bracelet, I prefer to fold it over so it's not as wide. If I make this again in the future, I need to adjust the pattern as I have small wrists. Changing colors 5 times would make this way too big; changing colors four times gives me a huge span of yellow.

This was a fun project. I think I may look for a scarf pattern in the future. Portable projects are great to have on hand.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

HERMIEME 3/26/2014 9:35AM

    Wow, what Hufflepuff Pride! Great to see a picture of you HoH Dona Mary Lynne! I can't see the purple streak in your hair, though. Looking good! Your bracelet is gorgeous and so creative to fold it over - you always think of something hip!

All best wishes,

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KRZYKAT3 3/20/2014 7:45PM

    Did you ever crochet before?

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MOM2ACAT 3/20/2014 5:32PM

    I love to crochet also, you did great!

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POPSY190 3/20/2014 1:31AM

    A great effort! As I said before, you do Hufflepuff proud in so many ways!

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JFROGSPYDER 3/19/2014 2:59PM

    Very nice!!!!

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MINNESOTATT 3/19/2014 10:52AM

    Yay for portable projects!

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DISPATCH91 3/18/2014 10:54PM

    you go girl!

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Acting Thread Week 2 Option 2

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Rosa Lee Teabag - Teahouse located in both Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade

Rosie Lee is Cockney rhyme for tea

Some typical English High Tea Menu Items

Buttered crumpets, similar but different from English muffins

English Shepherd's Pie is made with lamb, the version made with beef is called Cottage Pie

Some typical English desserts

Treacle Tart with Clotted Cream



Acting Thread Week 1 Option 2 RP 2 at HV and PR 3 at DA

Friday, March 07, 2014

Hogsmeade Village

Professor Minerva McGonagall who experiences difficulty with her glasses during Role=Play 2 Unfortunately, she continues to have problems with them through the Spring Sorting.

Albus Dumbledore, former Head Master of Hogwarts
Now travels between portraits
Some say this could include chocolate frog card portraits of him! Due to the popularity and large number of these cards in existence, Dumbledore could travel almost anywhere he wishes!

Cream tea

Clotted cream

Role-Play 3 in Diagon Alley at Scribbulus Writing Implements

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

HERMIEME 3/8/2014 2:23AM

    Excellent *photoplay* about your *play!* Great research! I hope you enjoyed this project - you went the extra mile. I certainly thank you for sharing!


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POPSY190 3/8/2014 12:48AM

    Enjoyed this!

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1MIN17SECB412PM 3/8/2014 12:26AM

    LOL!! I sooo enjoyed your role-play with the Prof's eyes giving her trouble and our Prof D popping in to warn us about our new Slytherin!! Interesting 'study' on the cream tea and clotted cream. Thanks for sharing!!

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-COURT- 3/7/2014 9:58PM

    emoticon blog, really goes along with the story.

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Acting Thread Week 1 Photos for Option 2 DA

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Weasley'z Wizard Wheezes Shop - Original Building
Exterior and interior now painted with Caribbean color palette
More levels have been added due to increased popularity and stock

Caribbean Color Palette

Melina's overalls except hers are a bright green
Melina often adds her own twist to current fashion and is often a bit ahead of current trends

Marauder's Map t-shirt Melina wears in role-play 1
Hers is a lighter green than her overalls
Green is her current favorite color!

Her hairstyle, ponytail doodad is a shade of green

Melina's bag, also in green and with the initial M

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POPSY190 3/7/2014 1:48PM

    I must say I like the green theme here! emoticon

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HERMIEME 3/7/2014 7:29AM

    Oh, this is just emoticon emoticon emoticon !!!!
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You've made me emoticon ! Great detail and creativity!

You can be very proud of yourself!

Emmy emoticon

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-COURT- 3/6/2014 11:12PM

    emoticon blog!

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1MIN17SECB412PM 3/6/2014 11:05PM

    Oh, what a CUTE character!! Gr8 costume/outfit, Mary Lynne!!

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Arts and Charms Class Week 1: Creative Space

Sunday, March 02, 2014

emoticon This week we have been asked to take pictures of our creative area and to write about it including information concerning what makes is special or useful.

The den in our home came with a built in Murphy bed. Since we rarely have company that stays overnight, we converted the second bedroom into a craftroom / studio for me.

This is a view looking into my craft room / studio from the door. I love the neutral wall color as I can display my creations without worrying about colors clashing with the walls. Sometimes this wall is packed with my creations, but usually I only display some of them. I love the drawers and shelves on this unit. At the far end is a table for my sewing machine. Although I now have space to leave it out, I still don't use it. The machine is an oldie but goodie Dressmaker from the 1970's.

This is the front view of the above picture. I enjoy having the radio / CD player available if I want to listen to music as I paint or plan projects. Most of the items seen here are things I have made. One of the things I love about this room is the amount of storage, drawers, shelves, and some vertical storage for canvases. The spinner is handy for holding paints being used on current project(s).

Close up of the sewing machine area I painted the right and left pictures. The middle one is a cross stitch project I made for my mother-in-law who was an excellent seamstress. I think of her often when I see this.

This is my work area The tables are covered with clear plastic to somewhat protect them. Often I add old newspapers and sometimes wax paper, depending what project is is progress. I have plenty of space to spread out and I can leave things out and simply close the door! I can work alone or have one or two friends over and we can work on projects together. The lighting is fabulous in here; a friend put in a great light source.

Photo of large storage cabinet area The unit on the far left is for paints; it's tall and not very deep. The rest has drawers, shelves, and even some vertical storage for canvases, masonite boards, etc. On top are pieces that I like, some of which I made others I purchased.

The paint storage unit opened

I painted the pictures above the closet and to the right

Close-up of painting to the right of the closet

We added shelves in the closet for genealogy materials, painting magazines, cross stitch and crochet pattern books, etc.

Different type of shelving added to the right side of the closet

My craft room / studio is a haven. I really enjoy having my materials in one room instead of having to go to various rooms to gather everything needed. Also, I can leave my project in place until completed with no worries; just close the door.

Over the years I have done many types of crafts including crochet (afghans), cross stitch, card making, and I've made different kinds of ornaments and some Zentangle. I made a fabric painted tied quilt once. Currently I mainly focus on decorative painting. This year I'm taking an online mixed media art class.

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ARTISTSBRUSH 12/5/2014 6:36PM

    I love it! You're so neat!!!!! Its calming and refreshing to see your creative space.

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MJK0430 10/29/2014 4:08PM

    My eyes are wide and my mouth agape. What a lovely studio you have and all your pictures and cross-stitching are just lovely. Looking forward to seeing more of your art at Hogwarts! I am loving the castle!!

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ANYA_ONION 3/5/2014 12:43PM

    Oh, my word, your space is so neat and organized! In my dreams, my space would look like that, but alas, I am much too messy. I loved your artwork too! Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

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HSMOM2JE 3/4/2014 1:41PM

    I died a small death looking at your space. It is gorgeous emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 3/3/2014 4:12PM

    Very nice! I am impressed with how organized you are. If I had a space that like, it would be very inspiring indeed!

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PROF_SELAWEERTH 3/3/2014 12:59PM

::puts hand to jaw to close it:: OMG, your haven is divine! All that paint, my youngest daughter would go nuts in your room! LOL!!! You are indeed one talented Artisan and I am honored you shared your space with the Arts & Charms class.
::I hope Dona Mary Lynne has remembered our conversation about the summer Art class.. emoticon jots down HoH Dona Mary Lynne Hufflepuff on notepad: Title on notepad...Future Artisans::
emoticon You have earned 300 points for your efforts this week in Art class. I hope to see you next week for the Zentangle class!
Toodles..Prof Sela

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POPSY190 3/3/2014 2:26AM

    Gosh, this is impressive! What a wonderful room and how lovely to be able to leave everything in place until you next want to do it. emoticon

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1MIN17SECB412PM 3/2/2014 10:47PM

    ::gasps:: Oh, HoH Hufflepuff Doņa Mary Lynne!! What a *happy* place!! You have a beautiful place for creations with incredible storage too!! You've left nothing to chance in your designs - so practically perfect in every way!! Oh, my, there's certainly a lot of things you can (and do) make in there!! I love your paintings!! Sooo much talent!! Have *fun* in class!! I'll be the one in the back of the room with the dunce hat on!! emoticon

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JAMBABY0 3/2/2014 10:28PM

    I wish I had a craft room! Awesome job, great pics, thanks for sharing

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DISPATCH91 3/2/2014 10:23PM

    WOW! I so love your craft room. You have made it so wonderful. I too am beginning in mixed media and so loving it. See you in the art room,

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