Harry Potter Craft Swap

Yet another Craftster swap, this time with a Harry Potter theme!

Here’s what I sent my partner:

Knitted Mandrake baby (it is ridiculously hard to get a good photo of its face)

Hufflepuff badger t-shirt

Luna Lovegood cross-stitch bookmark

Lots of candy from Honeydukes in Hogsmeade

My partner, Smeddley, was amazing. She kept checking with me to make sure that the things she was using to craft with were vegan-friendly. And on top of that she sent me some useful and amazing crafts!

My personal favorite, the Mandrake painting. I love that it says “Repotting Station”

A lovely green crocheted bag with stones carved with runes (ancient runes is my favorite class)

Hufflepuff bag with beaded stitch markers (which I actually needed)

And lastly, an adorable Honeydukes candy themed needle case

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Adventure Time Craft Swap

 

I am off from school now for the week, so I have time to catch up on my blogging! I have been doing many craft swaps on Craftster.org since my first one started my on-going addiction to it. I haven’t had time to write about them all, but I will keep you guys up to date on my favorite swaps. This one was extremely fun because its theme was Adventure Time! Which is one of my favorite shows ever.

Here’s what I sent my partner:

Hot Dog Princess scarf

Tree Trunks bath salts (apple scent), Jake sugar scrub (orange scent), and Wildberry Princess lip-balm (fruit punch flavored)
My partner’s “big wish” in the swap was for Adventure Time themed yarn, so I made her some!

Finn yarn and Marceline yarn

My partner sent me a ridiculously awesome package:

Adventure Time charm bracelet

 
Fiona and Cake embroidery hoop

Peppermint Butler and Lumpy Space Princess headbands
And lastly, some adorable Adventure Time paint by numbers

The End of the Craft Journal

Okay, first I must say that I absolutely hate quitting things. It is not in my nature to just give up, so this was kind of an annoying post for me to write. I am sad to say I am quitting the Daily Craft Journal project. 😦 The majority of the crafts were done during the last few weeks of winter break and then the first weeks of school, and everything was going smooth… Until homework came knocking. It’s just been hard to balance classes, homework, having a social life, and doing this project. Sure, I could continue doing mediocre crafts each day, or I could devote my time to less crafts and make the ones I do create great instead of just okay. So expect less frequent craft posts, but better quality crafts. Here are the last few projects I did from the journal:

Day 16 – the prompt was “Make a unique print by cutting up a potato or sponge and use it to stamp on a material of your choice.” I chose to use some old sponges that were just sitting around. I was inspired by some ninja cookie cutters I had stumbled upon earlier, so I cut the sponges into ninja-like shapes. I didn’t know what to stamp them onto though, so I dug through my clothes until I found a pair of old sweat pants. Using black fabric paint helped make the ninja look stealthy and blended into the navy fabric background.

Day 17- the prompt was “Make something inspired by or that goes over an eye.” I have seen many interesting knitted eye-patches, but when I was doing this prompt all I had on hand was some lime green yarn. So I knitted up a patch, attached an old GIR shoe lace, and made an Invader Zim eye patch! I must note: Despite looking like it, I was not intoxicated in this photo. It was just early in the morning.

Day 18 – the prompt was “Work with the things you find in your car.” Thankfully, I actually had some craft-related items in my car. I had three different colored sheets of foam paper and some duct tape. I cut thin strips of the foam from each sheet, braided them together, then taped the ends together with the tape, and voila! A bracelet. I was quite pleased with this and actually wear it around.

Day 19 – the prompt was “Create something that floats on water.” I don’t have very many buoyant things in my dorm room, so I had to settle with a mediocre craft today. I took a clothes pin, painted it blue, added some googly eyes, named it Willie the Whale, then threw it in a bowl of water. It floated for a bit, but eventually the wood got water-logged and it sank.

Day 20 – the prompt was “Use clay in a way you never have before.” I have never used clay as a wall decoration. So I took some Play-Doh, which was as close to clay as I could find that day, and spelled out my name with it. It stuck to my wardrobe’s door quite well and lasted for about two days.

Pasta, Totoro, and Some Fangirl Shoes

Slowly but surely, my counter tops are getting more crowded with ingredients and pots and pans for cooking, instead of more important things like textbooks and homework. But to make up for that, I have made some seriously yummy food over the past week. Midterms are over and now I actually have time to cook and not just grab something that I can microwave and grub on.

The first real meal I made was fresh veggie spaghetti (including farmer’s market tomatoes, onions, and spinach) and a salad with spinach, tomatoes, avocado, fried onion topping, and yummy thousand island dressing.

 

Another notable dish made this week was Another notable dish made this week was mac’ and weenies! The trashiest dinner ever, macaroni and cheese with sliced hot dogs mixed in, veganized! I made the cheezy macaroni with Daiya, but did it different than my usual method. Most days I’ll just mix together cheddar Daiya, plain soymilk, seasonings, and margarine and heat it until it melts. This time I went through the trouble of making a roux then slowing adding the other ingredients. It was well worth the effort because it ended up being the creamiest and richest vegan mac and cheez I’ve ever eaten. Delicious.

Also I now have more time to craft (at least until finals creep up). In the knitting area I made this adorable Totoro hat for Peter (with this pattern). And I have also started to get into upcycling clothes and accessories. So as my first project I bought these $1, slightly ugly, golden shoes from a thrift store and painted on the band AFI’s name and the cover art from their latest album, Crash Love. I now proudly strut about campus wearing my fangirl shoes.

 

Candy Time! … I Mean, Easter Time

I know, I know. This post is way over-due. It’s been over a week since Easter, and I’m just now getting around to posting about it. I’ve been a tad busy with this semester’s finals, training for my new job, not to mention recovering from the three days without power after the state-wide tornado disaster. But life goes on and I will get back into the swing of blogging again.

Easter time usually means three things (in most important order): Church, eating sugary candy, and dyeing eggs. I can easily do the first two and remain vegan, but the third poses a problem. In order to be able to join in the Easter festivities with the family, I went to the local Hobby Lobby craft store and got some vegan eggs!

There they are, pictured above both plain and painted. The “eggs” are made out of plastic, with a cardboard layer on the outside. They were only 30 cents each, and fun to paint. So this is a good option for vegans with children who want to dye eggs, or for those who simply would like to get into the Easter spirit.

For our Sunday school Bible study on Easter, I made these lemon cupcakes with the Eat, Drink, and Be Vegan recipe. I was out of soymilk that day, and I improvised by replacing the cup of soymilk with a cup of water and one TBSP of vegan sour cream. And they actually turned out more moist and fluffy than the original recipe! I am most definitely making them like this again.

I used dyed frosting and vegan jellybeans to make cute little Easter egg nests on top. I only wish I had more the time to make some mini chocolate bunnies to put alongside them.