Monday, November 29, 2010

my kit came!

I recieved my kit today from Emma Scrimgeour. She made me a very nice cowl with a cute pin on it. There is some nice purple self striping sock yarn, a pattern for ankle socks, stitch markers and a whole lot of great smelling coffee. Thanks Emma!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

final project coming together nicely

I have been getting together all the last little pieces of my kit together. The yarn I ordered is really nice, I may have to order some for myself after the holidays are over. I am working on the handmade object and I am really happy with the color choices I made. I should have that wrapped up this weekend then I can just focus on wrapping everything up and getting some treats crammed into the box as well.

Friday, October 29, 2010

evil is in the air

Things are starting to look very creepy around the neighborhood as everyone gets ready for halloween. I am doing one more trip into diagon alley for goodies for my spoiler then I should be all set.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

halfway there

I can't believe this term is already half over. Although I am really enjoying the theme of this swap and the way the swap is working out, I do miss quidditch. I doubt I would have time for it even if we were playing this term. I have been continuing to work late nights/early mornings at the ministry. I think I have finally decided on an alternate handmade item for Cassie's kit. I am still not sure about it,but time is a wasting, I am going to try and get over to my fav yarn shop in diagon alley this weekend so I can get started.
I got a. New owl that comes with me to the ministry which I hope will help me communicate for the rest of this term.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Home WORK!!!!

wow this week is hard! I think they shouldn't let the Ravenclaws assign the homework anymore! I haven't read this book as much as the others mostly because it is too dang sad. I am going to have to use my Slytherin skills to get the answers for some of these (i.e. cheat off someone else)

Why does Harry accuse Remus Lupin of being a coward?
He wants to leave Tonks who is pregnant at her parents to go off with Harry

Who is R.A.B.?
Sirus' brother

According to legend, what would a person become if he could assemble the Deathly Hallows?
a bad ass

What is Ariana Dumbledore rumored to be?
a squib

What is written on Harry’s parents’ gravestone?

Why does Krum want to fight Xenophilius Lovegood?
He is wearing the symbol of grindlewald

Why does Voldemort seek the Elder Wand?
he can't defeat Harry with his current wand and the elder wand is the strongest wand there is

Where did Dumbledore’s family live?
Godric's hallow

Whose eye does Harry see in his magic mirror shard?
aberforth dumbledor albus dumbledor's brother

What item does Harry steal from Gringotts?
Hufflepuff's cup

Where does Rita Skeeter get her information about Dumbledore?
Bathilda bagshot

What is inside the Snitch that Dumbledore leaves Harry?
The stone

Why does Dumbledore leave Ron a Deluminator?
so he can find his way back to his friends ( I never really understood this one)

Why has Hermione not read The Tales of Beedle the Bard?
she was muggle born

What is Dumbledore’s greatest regret?
death of his sister

Whose mail did Snape open?

What form does Snape’s Patronus take?

Why can the Sword of Gryffindor destroy H
it was infused with baslik blood

What name is given to wizards who help Mudbloods?
blood traitors

How do Harry and his friends enter the Ministry of Magic?
polyjuice potion

Who made Harry’s wand?

Friday, October 1, 2010

word association

I am liking this weeks homework. After all the late hours I have been putting in at the Ministry, I can use a no brainer :)

1.Pumpkin- pie
2.Owl -hedwig
3.Leaf -blower
4.Weasley- wizard wheezes
5.Quaffle -sccccooooooooooooore!
6.Hallow- ween
8.Dragon-Durfle (Old D&D story)
10.Trees--robin hood
16.Ministry-of magic
17.Magic-8 ball
18.Sirius-satelite radio ( I just renewed my subscription )
20.Juice-food shopping
21.Candle-white barn
28.Umbridge- toad
30.Prophet-Pennsic Independent

Friday, September 17, 2010

be very very quiet...I am hunting for horcruxes..

I love the theme of this term at hogwarts. We are sending horcrux kits! I have so many fun ideas, and some rather creepy ones! I need to get some measurements from Cassandra and start working on the handmade item. It is very ambitious and I hope I can get it to turn out right. I am rather nervous after my last homemade item disaster (which I still have to finish the replacement for). So much to do, I think I need to see if I can get a time turner.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Let the games begin!!!

I got my super excellent kit yesterday when I came home from work for my dinner break. What a fabulous games kit. The first thing I saw when I opened the box was the cutest little crochet fox, made to look like my patronus.Battleship was a favorite game of mine as a kid and we will definately play it in the car this weekend when we go over the (Delaware)River and through the woods to granma's house. My son can't wait to play go fish and crazy eights and his old bedroom was decorated with Cars, so good call. The mini playing card set is sooo cute and they will fit nicely in my purse :) The yarn, THE YARN is so beatiful. I have the hardest time finding good purple sock yarn and this is self striping too, my favorite. My husband keeps laughing at me everytime I pass the yarn I have to pet it. There are no pictures of the coffee or the dove chocolates. I have already started drinking the organic coffee (which is yummy) and my husband took the chocolates with him to work. My son immediately went to work on the bertie bots but he stopped after he hit a cheese flavored bean!
Now I know the stickers were meant for scrapbooking, but I found a much better use for them, and this way I can see them everyday. I put them on the dashboard of my Beetle. The pictures are below but please ignore how badly my car needs to be cleaned!

Thank You Poppy so much for this really awsome games kit!!!!

by the way...ewww I just had a pizza flavored jelly bean. Ick

Sunday, August 15, 2010

ooops behind on posting

Things have been busy over here. The ministry has switched me over to 2nd shift and my days and nights are all confused. The blocking stage of my handmade project did not come out as I had hoped and some of the felting was also not as desired. I am not trying to fix and redesign in order to get my owl out the door with the kit tomorrow. I have the whole day to work on it, I just hope I can get it to something I am happy with giving to Poppy. I think this project might have been a bit over ambitious for a 5 week swap, but then that is how I roll :)

Monday, July 26, 2010


My super secret mission has been a success. I have aquired the item in question that I was so worried I couldn't find. This should help make Poppy's kit extra special. I am having so much fun at summer camp. These kits are so much fun.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Wingo infor for you all

I do spin my own yarn I especially love to spin wool from my bunnies
I have seen all the movies in theaters, own them all on disc, read all books and have them all on audio cd
My patronus is a fox
live in Lopatcong NJ USA
have been in 3 other HSKS and have played quidditch in all of them
I have dyed my own yarn but only a couple of times
I have a collection of Pez dispensers
I used to muggle camp all the time with girlscouts and I have always camped at least once a year since then both muggle and medieval camping. I do a 2 week medieval camping trip almost every year.
I have been on the train from NJ to Orlando and also from NJ to New Orleans. I also rode the train from college to home a lot.
fav candy is dove dark chocolate
I play guitar but not very well
I was born in April
I do make stitch markers but the have only been posted on my ETSY shop

Hope this helps :)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Kit is in the works

I am definately feeling the pressure of a shorter timeling for this summer camp, however I have so many ideas for Poppy's kit. I think I have all the handmade items planned out. I need to go shopping and see what I can find in hogsmeade for the rest. There is one item I know I am going to need, but I think it is going to be difficult. Luckily I enjoy a challenge and it will be my mission to try and procure this item! I won't tell you what it is, but I will update you on my progress.

My biggest worry about summer camp is that HSKS 12 will need to be a weight loss camp after all the s'mores and butter beers :) Life is good in the bungalow.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Summer fun

I just signed up for Hogwarts summer camp. I had so much fun last term I just couldn't help myself. I have settled into the Black Lake Bungalow and have been haveing a great time drinking butterbeers and watching my bungelow mates play scrabble. The official start of camp is next week and I am looking forward to finding out who my spoilee is. My last spoiler showed me how fabulous a kit could be, so I definately need to step up my game.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

end of term

I can hardly believe this is the last week of term. I am looking forward to a nice relaxing summer break, but I also can't wait till next term, whenever that may be. I love seeing all the great kits that my fellow classmates sent out. I have gotten a lot of good ideas for future swaps. Quidditch was super fun and I am so relieved I didn't have to play seeker!
I have lots of projects from my kit to keep me busy for a good long time. I stil haven't put anything away as I just like to admire my kit the way it is :)
Well until next term, happy summer!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Quidditch downer

The quidditch game was over too quickly today :( I only knit 3 rows before it was all over. Well maybe I will go play with some of the cool yarn in my kit :) I am sorry to see this term coming to an end. It has been soooo much fun. Can't wait for next sememster.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Sunday morining surprise!

So the family was running around like mad trying to get out the door by 7:30 am to get to Gromptons dueling competition today and as we were about to get in the car we found a very large box with a sleeping owl next to it! We must have not heard him tapping on the window poor thing. He was not very happy about the situation, but MY KIT HAS ARRIVED. Let me tell you "spoiled" does not even begin to describe this kit. Meladia went above and beyond on this kit, and she put in so many special thoughtful touches. If we are still doing "best Kit" this term, her name should definately be in for it.
She chose for my main character Molly Weasley but put in a little something from my other character pics Dumbledor and Snape.
She is currently in Italy and as she knew I was Catholic (she really did her homework) she bought me a beautiful rosary while she was visiting the Vatican!
My favorite thing has to be the AUTOGRAPHED copy of Guildaroy Lockharts "Magical Me".
I feel so spoiled, and so do my dogs that went right for the 2 dog bones in there for them. We all laughed here that Molly probably kept dog bones around for Sirius :)
Thank you so much Meladia!!

Friday, June 4, 2010

a very eventful week

I sent my owl on her way yesterday to Penelope. Hopefully she will arrive sometime next week. Hopefully she won't get lost on the way.
Tomorrow I am going to put on a Hufflepuff sweater and play keeper for their team. I am really hoping that tomorrow is the game that I finally block a goal!!! Well I need to be up bright and early for quidditch so I better get some good rest!

Friday, May 28, 2010

coolest homework evar!

Puzzle 1: Dobby

Puzzle 2: Harry Potter

Puzzle 3: Hogs Head

Thursday, May 20, 2010

almost there

My owl is starting to get restless now that she sees me putting the finishing touches on the kit. I found that most beautiful yarn in hogsmead last week. I am going though the same "there is not enough in the kit" syndrom I go through at the end of every swap.
I am super excited about quidditch this sunday. I have to set up some timers so I know exactly how much time I have. I am glad we have more time to block a goal. It is hard to block and keep up with what is happening in game.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Working on the Kit

My owl finally arrived with all the materials needed for my homemade portiion of the kit. I am almost done with the main part, but as usual I keep adding on things to make to go with it! I will be picking up yarn this weekend at my favorite LYS in Hogsmeade. Now all that is left is the treats and I have a few ideas about that. But I am not telling yet!!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

busy week for the snakes

I am soooooo excited about our first Quidditch match this weekend against Ravenclaw. It is a little wierd playing against my old house, but at least I know they will make it an interesting game. I have been brushing up on my Potter trivia because knowing them they have had their beaters in the library for weeks coming up with the most obscure trivia they can find :) Being Slytherins we can just rely on our mad skills and immense talent so I am not at all worried ;)
On the kit front I think I may have found a pattern book I am happy with. Still have NO IDEA what yarn to get. Maybe I will just get the book delivered by Owl and then send the poor bird out for some fantastic yarn to compliment it. Everything else is coming along fine and I am hoping to get my handmade items done by the end of next week.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

homework free!!!!

I am so excited to watch the first quidditch match of the term this weekend. I am glad we aren't playing till next weekend, gives me another week to practice my keeper skills. I am going to put my homework free status to good use and do some serious shopping in hogsmeade for my spoilee! I have the kit mostly planned out but I still have to decide on yarn, needles patterns. I have some ideas already and have some owls out gathering information for me.I only hope my spoilee loves her kit.
I am really enjoying the character theme this term. It gives me lots of great ideas. Well back to work researching pattern for yarn tranfiguration!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

care of magical creatures homework

Here are my 5 items that I feel would be very useful in the care and upkeep of magical creatures

1. a good strong heat resistant helmet. You only have one head you need to take care of it.
2. shovels rakes and implements of destruction. The bigger the magical creature is, the bigger....mess...they leave behind.
3. Respirator. Have you ever smelled a wet hippogryph? Enough said.
4. gloves. Magical creature care is a messy business and all manner of liquids are ex
5. Tongs. Some of the smaller creatures are more easily handled using tongs. They are also helpful for getting nifflers out of the ground.

part II House elves.

1. They are smallish humaniod looking creatures with big ears and big eyes. Usually around 2.5-3 feet tall. They are usually only clothed in a tea towel, pillowcase and the like.
2. Black Family
3.Knitted hats to set them free.
4. Give them clothes
5.Society for the Preservation of Elf Welfare.

Extra credit
I did the crochet design for duel club so I did the knitted version for homework!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Transfiguration homework

It has been another hectic week down in the Slytherin house. I lost my duel last night but at least it was to another Slytherin!!

Here is my homework, I intended to do more, but this one transfiguration took ALOT of time.

Picture 1 is of my originatity marker (yes she is wearing a Ravenclaw scarf, that has been rectified!)
The next series of 3 pictures is of my finished bowtruckle, The 5th picture is after my first failed attempt. I decided to add some hot glue to the transfiguration components. The last picture is of all the components used in the spell.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Homework assignement #1

My Characters
by Emma Diggory

Molly Weasley:
I, like Molly, am a very practical knitter. Most of the garments and accesories I knit are for everyday wear by my family. I also believe that the more colors you use in a project the better chance you have of at least two of them matching. I admire her as a mother and can't imagine how she finds time to do it all with all those kids!Plus when she needs to be she is a bad ass!

Prof Snape:
Well of course the number one reason is that I love his voice and he is soooo bad it is sexy, but the main reason I chose Snape is Potions. I would LOVE to be potions master at Hogwarts! My muggle job is being a chemist and is about as close as I can come to making potions. I agree with him 100% that learning potions is the most important craft a witch or wizard can learn.

Prof Dumbledor:
I share Dumbledor's love of knowledge. Although I love poitions I find all the other areas of magic almost as interesting. I admire his wisdom and his compassion. I would also love to spend a few hours in his office playing around with all the cool magic items he has in there. I LOVE gadgets!I think he is also a spiffy dresser. And of course he loves a good knitting pattern.

Monday, March 29, 2010

New Term and a New House!

Wow it has been a long time since I have been back at Hogwarts. I have been traveling around the world, mostly on vacation but also trying to find a subject for my next independant study project in the Hogwarts adult education program. After searching around the globe, I decided to go back to my first love, Potions! After talking with the headmistress about my study plan, she suggested I join the Slytherin house this term as most of the greatest potion masters have come from Slytherin. I agreed and although I will miss the late nights studying with the gals of Ravenclaw tower, I look forward to my time in the dungeon with up and comming great witches and wizards of our age. I am so excited for this term, I just hope I can live up to the Slytherin standard!