Archive for September, 2008

More Harry Potter items – a Golden Snitch and Devil Mints

Here are a few more items that I’ve made over the past couple of years. The Golden Snitch came out quite well, especially after I figured out how to attach the tie-tack backing. Since the snitch is crocheted, I sewed a button to the back of it. That made a firm surface to glue on the tie tack. The wings were from a clearance sale—10 cents a pair!

A tiny pin to wear to your next Quidditch match

A tiny pin to wear to your next Quidditch match

The “Devil Mints” container and candies were made for the “summer of Harry Potter” 2007. I went to two Wizard Rock concerts, saw a “live podcast” of “Pottercast” from the Leaky Cauldron & was hired to entertain at the movie opening of “Order of the Phoenix” and for the book release of “Deathly Hallows.” No wonder this summer seemed bland!

I carried the Devil Mints in a small cauldron (that I also used as purse) and gave the candies away. I warned people that they had no effect on muggles but if you were a witch or a wizard,  they would cause you to sprout horns! This seems like something that the Weasley twins would carry in their shop.

If you are a witch or wizard, they cause you to sprout horns!

If you are a witch or wizard, they cause you to sprout horns!

The candies are red & white striped mints, the labels designed in MS Word and printed on address labels, and the container is a french fry box template.

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Travel-size Skelegro Bottle

I made this for a Harry Potter swap a few years ago. It started life as a large vanilla extract bottle. I added clip art from Dover and a plastic skull ring. I keep it on an old spice cabinet in my kitchen, along with vintage spice bottles. Later versions of the bottle had a slightly smaller label.

vanilla extract bottle, Dover clip art, plastic skull ring

Travel-size Skelegro front: vanilla extract bottle, Dover clip art, plastic skull ring

Travel-size Skelegro back

Travel-size Skelegro back

A “witchy” sign for your Halloween kitchen

This is another Harry Potter idea. (Madam Pomfrey is the school nurse.) I keep this one posted year-round inside a kitchen cupboard door, near the sink and cleaning supplies.

The Hogwarts school nurse reminds you to wash your cauldron.

The Hogwarts school nurse reminds you to wash your cauldron.

The Nightmare before Christmas and a floppy disk

Here’s what I did with a layered picture that a friend sent. (Thanks again, Tami!) It was fun to make and I even made another for a friend. I’m sorry that the picture is not as clear as I would like. The layers on Jack really don’t show up. My camera died and I’m using a loaner.

I used an old floppy disk (1989!) floppy disk as the frame and this will go well in my computer lab next month. The students love my paper craft, even if they don’t recognize the floppy disk!
Layered on an old floppy

Layered on an old floppy

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Traditional Books: What I’m reading

  • "Elegant Enigmas:the art of Edward Gorey" by Karen Wilkin
  • "Around the Border: Crochet Borders" by Edie Eckman
  • "Crochet Master Class" by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss
  • Audiobooks: I’m listening to these

    "The Graveyard Book" by Neil Gaiman
  • "For Us, The Living" by Robert Heinlein
  • eBooks: What’s in my digital readers

  • "Page" by Tamora Pierce
  • "Alice's Adventures Underground" by Lewis Carroll (his original manuscript)
  • Music: This week’s playlist

  • "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" Soundtrack by Alexandre Desplat
  • "Pure Cajun" collection by "various artists"
  • "Duets: An American Classic" by Tony Bennett
  • "The Fantasticks" Original Cast Album (with Jerry Orbach!)