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Counting Down To Harry, Monday

Counting Down To Harry, Monday

Leaky Cauldron tee, purchased  2006

Today is a super special day for me. Not only am I counting down to Deathly Hallows on Friday, but today just happens to be my 17th wedding anniversary! Seventeen amazing years with my soul mate, Eli.  For almost two decades, he has loved me, supported me, and most of all, put up with me and all my craziness. Quite obviously, he’s a keeper!

Eli & Jen 1994
Eli & Jen, 1994, hiking in Big Bend, Texas 

White Sands
Eli & Jen, 2008, White Sands, New Mexico

So…The Leaky Cauldron (representing the website, not the pub!)….

This is one of two t-shirts I purchased to wear at Lumos in 2006. My order did not make it to my house before the conference, so the t-shirts never made it to Vegas.

I’ve had a love/hate relationship with this shirt for years. I love the design. I love the color. When I got it, late (grrr!), it was too big for me, huge, in fact.

I immediately reconstructed it to size it down. I don’t usually mess with the length of the tee when I she-shirt them, but this one was so long, that I did.  Unfortunately, I messed up and ended up with a shirt that was shorter than I wanted .

So, I tried again. This time, I added insets in the sides and extended the length with some white fabric from another tee. That worked for a while…and then I lost weight, and it was once again too big. SO, I resized it a third (and final!) time, making the side insets a bit smaller and, finally, have the shirt you see here.

This tee has also been retired to my some-day-when-I-can-bear-to-cut-them-up-quilt pile.

Countdown To Harry, Sunday

Countdown To Harry, Saturday

Countdown To Harry, Friday

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Counting Down To Harry, Sunday

Counting Down To Harry, Sunday

Honeydukes tee, painted, stenciled and reconstructed, 2006

This lovely (hot!!) summer Sunday, I continue my personal countdown to the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 by wearing a different HP tee leading up to the movie release. I counted this morning, I found 19…and I think there are more floating around somewhere. And those are just the shirts that I can claim as my own…

Once upon a time, I went to Las Vegas. The year was 2006. Harry Potter canon was a year away from being closed. It was my first con. I was a fairly new moderator over at Harry Potter Crafts on Yahoo!. I did not yet volunteer for the Leaky Cauldron (2006-2007). My Harry Potter quilt was started, but not complete. There was no Harry Potter paper piecing and I had very few fandom friends.

Lumos was the con that changed all that. I met tons of new friends, both crafty and those that worked for The Leaky Cauldron. I realized fully how many crafters, costumes and creative people were part of  our fandom. My fandom.

In the build up to Lumos, I created t-shirts for every day of the conference. I wore this one to the opening feast.  Honeydukes has always been one of my favorite places in my mind. Magical candy, what more could you want in a shop? This tee was reconstructed using directions from Generation T, a combination of “Outer Lace” (tee 16) and “Ties to Die For” (tee 18). The stars (left shoulder) were stenciled. I wanted the Honeydukes name to look like a sign, so it was created by taping off a rectangle, stenciling that in and then free-hand writing on top of that with fabric paint.

This shirt feels a bit, hmmm, young, for me now, but it brings back memories and reminds me of online friends that I haven’t seen with my own eyes in many years.  I brought Honeydukes out of retirement just for today.

And yeah, that’s a white streak in my hair. It’s au naturale.

Countdown To Harry, Saturday

Countdown To Harry, Friday

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Counting Down To Harry, Saturday

HP T-Shirt Countdown

It’s Saturday and it’s day two of my Harry Potter t-shirt wearing marathon as I count down to the release of Deathly Hallows, part 2.

Today, I wore my Ravenclaw tee. This is a stenciled tee made from a stencil I created and cut from freezer paper . Good Ravenclaw tees are hard to come by and I wanted to represent my house! See those spiffy earrings? Gifts from hp5freak!

Not only did I get to wear my Ravenclaw t-shirt today, but I wore it to Anime Overload here in Austin, a local anime and pop culture convention. I did not run into any HP characters, but we did see the 11th Doctor, Agent Washington and a number of other favorite characters.

Free stencils on the craft page.

How long do we have to wait until the movie is released? Click to find out

Me with my quilt

 

Wearing my tee at Phoenix Rising, New Orleans, Louisiana, May 2007

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Counting Down To Harry

Counting Down to Harry Potter DH2

I’m wearing an HP shirt every day leading up to the release of the last Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows part 2.

Why yes, I am that big of a dork fangirl.

How long do we have to wait until the movie is released? Click to find out

Today’s shirt is a Hogwarts Crest tee that I got from Hot Topic ages ago. It’s one of three (or is it four?!) crest tees that I own. You can’t really see  it, but I’m also wearing owl earrings, too.

I always count down to Harry, whether online or in real life. For my Half-Blood Prince count down, I talked about (free!) stencils!

Tomorrow, I’ll be sporting one of my own stenciled tees. In all honesty, I could probably have worn HP tees for a month without repeating, but some of my old favorites have been retired and are being saved for a some-day-when-I-can-bear-to-cut-them-up-quilt.

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