Waynesboro’s 1st Annual Wizarding Festival (my class)

One of the exciting things about the Wizarding Festival was I was going to be teaching my first ceramics class. I’ll be teaching one class each month ages 13 and up. Because of course I love any excuse to make things that follow a theme I had to make Harry Potter treat prop boxes to go with the snacks for my class.
The students created cauldron mugs, and use alphabet noodles to create a one of a kind piece.

I made butterbeer fudge using this recipe, boy oh boy was it sweet! I had candy from Honeydukes and butterbeer to drink (our drinking butterbeer was really vanilla ice cream and cream soda with butterscotch syrup)

I can’t wait to show you the mugs again once they are glazed and fired. You can find my upcoming classes on the Ceramic Guild’s website here. My September class is doily bowls, and Oct a Halloween witch or pumpkin ring holder.

Waynesboro’s 1st Annual Wizarding Festival (decorating)

This past Friday and Saturday was my town’s first annual Wizarding Festival. A celebration of all things related to the wonderful world of Harry Potter. Before the festival there was a lot of prep that went into getting the ceramic studio ready for the weekend.
My friend Lesley printed out all the Harry Potter fliers and proclamations you see above and we spent one evening hanging them all.

I created floating candles for the front window. You can find the tutorial I followed for those here.
Lesley created a lightening bolt stencil and we used spray chalk to help the bolts lead up to our door since the studio is located about a block off of the main square downtown. This was my first time using spray chalk, and though it is messier then I imagined, it’s really amazing. I can’t wait to try it again for future events at the studio.

When we first found out about the festival we reached out to guild members and asked them to create some magical ceramics to sell in the studio during the event. I cut out gold lightening bolts from paper to hang above the display table. We used some glittery tulle fabric to cover the table and displayed all the items in the center of the room.
We had lots of fun pulling everything together, and I am already excited about the planning for next year’s event. I’ll have more photos soon from all the parts of the festival we attended.

Garden Report

I thought I would talk a little bit about the garden today and the things that I have been growing this year. Almost all of my seeds are from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. At the top are Goldman’s Italian-American Tomato-these are growing well but I haven’t been able to try any yet as they are all still green.
Next up are the little Blue Cream Berries Tomato-these have been growing really well, and work out well in salads. They are a bit harder to tell when ripe but seem to be extra delicate (one of the things I think makes them great in a salad) I always end up with a few squished when I am out picking tomatoes.
The last ones pictured have been the big star in my garden this year the Indigo Apple Tomato-The plants themselves are huge, a few are taller then me. They were the first to offer up ripe fruit, and every plant is just covered in tomatoes. Not only that but I love the flavor. From what I read this variety seems to be an early producer that keeps producing into Fall.
I also have a 4th variety growing called Solar Flare-I grew these last year and they are beautiful tomatoes, great taste and easy to grow here in South Central PA. The only thing is this year when compared to the Indigo Apple the taste just isn’t quite as delicious, so while I’ll happily continue to harvest, I’ll probably stick with the indigo apple as my standard and try a new variety instead of the solar flare next year.
I’ve been growing quite a few varieties of squash. When it comes to pumpkins the only thing that has been a real success this year is the Jack Be Little Squash-these seem to be growing easily, while my larger squash have been struggling.

I have two little varieties of watermelon. One vine called Sugar Baby Bush Watermelon-has several melons. I did get inpatient and cut one in half the other day and while it smelled so amazing there was just the tiniest bit of pink inside. So I am trying to be patient and let the others grow.
The other vine is called Moon and Stars Watermelon-and is actually from seeds I bought about 4 years ago. Even though I keep my seeds in a dry cool place I am always shocked when something a few years old sprouts. This pretty melon has speckled leaves and the watermelon itself usually has one big “moon” spot and lots of tiny “star” dots all over. This vine only has one melon so far, and no moon or stars just yet.