Golden Snitch Giveaway, 2 winners!

This is a joint giveaway between Living Peacefully with Children and Novel Obsession. You may enter from one site.

My family, like so many other families, has been entranced by the Harry Potter series. From magic wands to golden snitches, our home is filled with the magical wonder of Harry Potter and imagination. To share that with you, I am offering hand knitted golden snitches. Each snitch is handmade by me, made of durable acrylic yarn, and naturally weighted. Two winners will be chosen (sorry, US and Canada only). All you have to do is follow the easy rafflecopter to enter before November 25, 2012. Winners will be e-mailed within 48 hours. If you would like to make your own knitted snitches, check out the great pattern at Knitted Toy Box.

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Invisibility Cloaks

A great addition to any Harry Potter fan’s dress up trunk is an invisibility cloak. One of the deathly hallows, the invisibility cloak, by definition, renders the wearer invisible – a handy thing to have when battling evil forces, sneaking around Hogwarts, or playing make believe.

Traditionally, my children have grabbed whatever was handy to use as an invisibility cloak – blankets or play silks have been the most popular items. However, they have a distinct disadvantage in that they are opague, leaving the wearer essentially blind and bumping into things. When stealth is your objective, muttering “Ouch!” is contradictive.

I had a couple of 5 yd. pieces of sheer fabric in our declutter pile aournd the time that I was thinking of easy gifts my 4 year old might like to make for his siblings. When I asked him if he would lik eto make invisibility cloaks, he eyes lit up and giggles erupted. All he had to do was cut each piece in half, and we were suddenly the proud owners of four insivibility cloaks.

The kids were all thrilled to receive them. It is understood that if someone is wearing one, no one else can see that person. It gets rather comical when someone wearing an invisbility cloak begins speaking and none of the other people can see him or her. The cloaks have received quite a bit of use to date and are proving to be a popular dress up item for the older (by which I mean ages 8+) kids who come over.

Stick Firebolt

When my older son saw the stick horse and stick unicorn I made for his brother and sister, he felt like he wanted one to. However, he has never really been into horses and as he was nearing eight at the time, I knew he would really prefer a different birthday gift and that his desire for a stick horse was more of a feeling of being included. I wanted to honor his desire while coming up with something that he would enjoy more.

When I suggested a broomstick, his face lit up and he gave me a cry of exclamation. We spoke about what it would look like, and I showed him the leftover wide wale orange corduroy I had. Halfway through sewing the broom, he came to me and asked if I could make it look more like a firebolt from the Harry Potter books. I ended up adding some brown ribbon to give the impression of the metal work on Harry’s Firebolt. I also woodburned the word Firebolt onto the handle along with a tiny snitch. He couldn’t have been more thrilled. The broomstick has seen quite a bit of action since his birthday last November. All of the kids love it.

I Spy Items – Harry Potter

The Harry Potter set of I spy items was actually my first set to make out of clay. The actual items varied a bit from my original list, which was altared as my family stood around, calling out items they wanted to see.

This set includes:

  • cauldron with oozing an oozing green potion
  • magic wand
  • snitch
  • Tom Riddle’s diary
  • rememberall
  • radish (much to my husband’s disdain)
  • broom
  • quill
  • spider
  • frog
  • pumpkin
  • dragon egg
  • time turner
  • Crookshanks
  • snake
  • Scabbers
  • sorting hat
  • Errol the Owl
  • gold galleon
  • Dobby’s/Harry’s sock

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Fairies, dragons, magic, and more. Childhood is a fascinating time, filled magic around every corner. Check out what Families Create! participants created in April:

Aunalise at My Sweet Potatoes shares with us the photographic tourshe went on with her children though the enchanted gardens in Photographic Tour Though the Enchanted Gardens and how her family made their very own Fairy Gardens.

A submarine toothbrush holder was inspiration at Living Peacefully with Children. Mandy’s children fantasized about what it would be like under the sea which she then put together with watercolors and framed for this Under the Sea Bathroom.

Brenna at Almost All The Truth shares how her family made Where the Wild Things Are come to life by letting her little wild things make masks and star in their own A Wild Things Masked Rumpus!

Amy at Anktangle created something very special to aide in imaginative fantasy play: a fierce but friendly Amigurumi Dragon!

While Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children doesn’t have her fantasy kitchen, she is making her simple kitchen work better. Check out her unused coat closet turned new Small Appliance Closet. Kitchen Shelves finally give a place to house some of the produce her family goes through. Homemade Chalkboards help keep her family organized while giving a place for children to explore their creativity.

Galit Breen blogged about the magic of the tooth fairy and shared some ideas to use when it’s time for your child’s tooth fairy to make an appearance in What Do You Do When The Tooth Fairy Comes?

Learn how to make some of the Gnome Homes for Rent that Auna at My Sweet Potatoes made for your own backyard and maybe you will soon have a village of Gnomes. Then read as she shares how to make Fairy Butter , a great snack for all the fairies/gnomes in your life.

No set would be complete at Living Peacefully with Children without a Harry Potter themed I-Spy set.

Broom Harry Potter Ornament

A set of Harry Potter ornaments would not be complete without a broom. They play a paramount role throughout the books, beginning with the time Harry receives his first Nimbus 2000. I frequently have little people playing quidditch or traveling by broom in my home.

Dobby’s Sock Harry Potter Ornament

This month we are reading and watching Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets for the Harry potter book and movie challenges. I decided to make Dobby’s sock as this month’s Harry Potter ornament.

It’s often been said that you can tell a lot about a person, not by how they treat those society deems as his/her equals, but by the person’s treatment of those society views as inferior.

Even small acts can make a very large difference in another person’s life.

Flying Key Harry Potter Ornament

Every year we buy special ornaments for our Yule tree – one for us and one for each of our children. The intent is that when the kids are grown, they will have some holiday decorations to take with them. A few years ago, I realized that in a short span of time some years down the road, our tree would go from having a lot of these special ornaments to very few, as our children head out on their own. That was the year I began making ornaments.

This year (well, 2010), after participating in our local attachment parenting ornament swap, I thought it would be fun to do themed ornaments. Our family always has fun with Harry Potter themed ideas, so I thought I would begin there. It is my intent to make at least 12 Harry Potter themed ornaments throughout the year. When we signed up for the Harry Potter book and movie challenges, I decided to combine my ornament challenge with them.

So, January’s official ornament is a flying key. I found a free knitting pattern and decided to make it – modified, of course. I think a real skeleton key with added wings would be fabulous, if only I had a real skeleton key. Looking online, they have gotten to be quite expensive in their novelty instead of the numerous keys homes used to have lying about.



Visit Code Name: Mama and Living Peacefully with Children to find out how you can participate in the next Families, Create! Carnival.

Our February theme is “Heroes and Heroines” – what can your family create this month to celebrate the heroes and heroines in your lives?

Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:

  • What’s the perfect way to snuggle up on a cold winter night? Acacia at Fingerpaint & Superheroes knows the answer: make the perfect soup!
  • The ArtsyMama teaches us how to create a no sew fleece throw inspired by your favorite snuggle time book.
  • Movies made from books are often pretty poor representations, but this family-made movie from Dionna at Code Name: Mama is monster-ific!
  • Aunalise at My Sweet Potatoes created a cozy for her Kindle, to protect it from little hands that think they need to cuddle with it.
  • What better way to cuddle and get cozy than in new jammies made by Mama G @ Z everyday things?
  • Inspired by her family’s love of the Harry Potter series, Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children decided to make a series of ornaments based on the theme.
  • Laura at Nestled Under Rainbows shared a reflection on and a celebration of snuggies, lovies, cuddlies and specials.
  • Little Hedgehog got a wonderful idea when his red hat from Father Christmas didn’t fit, and Megan at Purple Dancing Dahlias got a wonderful idea to knit a sweet hedgehog!
  • Monster-inspired artwork by a monster-clad kid. Despite the growling, he really is cuddly! Monster love courtesy of Dionna at Code Name: Mama.
  • Arpita at Up, Down & Natural shares a quick tutorial on how to make your very own Pippalily inspire pouch sling, with zippered pocket & key ring, and a matching nursing cover to boot!
  • Amy at Anktangle finally completed something cuddly and warm for her son Daniel: his very own afghan, crocheted with love by Momma.
  • Who’d want to cuddle with a cuttlefish? Aunalise at My Sweet Potatoes thinks you might want to cuddle up with this sweet plush cuttlefish!

Join us in February to create something with (or for) your own family. Visit Code Name: Mama and Living Peacefully with Children to find out more about February’s “Heroes and Heroines” theme.