pincushioned

Imagine Hogwarts after the Battle, after the War, sure

But imagine Hogwarts’ students, after their year with the Carrows and Snape.

Imagine a tiny little first-year whose porcupine pincushions still have quills, but to whom Fiendfyre comes easily. The second-year who tried to go back, to fight; whose bravado got Professor Sinistra killed, as she pushed him out of the way of a Killing Curse. The third-year who perfectly brewed poisons, hands shaking, wishing for the courage to spike the Carrows’ cups. The fourth-year who throws away all of their teacups, their palmistry guidebooks, because what use is Divination if it didn’t see this coming? The fifth-year who can barely remember what O.W.L.S. are, let alone that she was supposed to take them. The sixth-year who can’t manage Lumos to save their life, but whose proficiency with the Cruciatus Curse rivals Bellatrix’s.

Imagine the seventh-year who laughs until he cries, thinking about the first-years who will fall asleep in History of Magic while their story is told.

Imagine the Muggleborn first-years left alive, if there are any: imagine what they think of the magical world, when their introduction to it was Death Eaters and being tortured by their classmates for having been born.

Imagine the students who went home to their parents (or guardians, or wards, or orphanages) and showed them what they’d learned: Dark curses, hexes, Unforgiveables; that Muggles are filth, animals, lesser. Who, yes, still can’t transfigure a match into a needle but Mum, there’s a hex that can make you feel as though you’re being stabbed with thousands. (Don’t ask them how they know.)

Imagine the students who will never be able to see Hogwarts as home.

Imagine the students Hogwarts has left, when it starts up again the lack of Muggleborns, blood-traitors, half-bloods, dead and gone the lack of purebloods; the Ministry would have chucked everyone of age (and possibly just below) in Azkaban for Unforgiveables, wouldn’t they?

Imagine how few students there are left to teach; imagine how few teachers are left to teach them.

Imagine the students who can’t walk past a particular classroom, who can’t walk through a hallway, who can’t walk into the Great Hall without having a panic attack or breaking down. Imagine the school-wide discovery that the carriages aren’t horseless after all; that everyone, from the firsties to the teachers, can see Thestrals.

Imagine the memorials, the heaps of flowers and mementoes in every other corner, hallway, classroom; every other step you take on the grounds.

Imagine the ghosts.

Imagine the students destroying Snape’s portrait, using the curses, hexes, even Fiendfyre they’ve been taught how to wield it has to be restored nearly every week; Snape stays with Phineas Nigellus semi-permanently. (None of the other portraits will welcome him. His reasons do not excuse his conduct.)

Imagine the students unable to trust each other everyone informed on everyone, your best friend might turn you in.

Imagine the guilt that everyone carries (it should have been me, it’s my fault s/he’s dead, I told on them, it’s all my fault), the students incapable of meeting each other’s eyes because it’s my fault your best friend, your sibling, your Housemate, your boy/girlfriend is dead.

Imagine the memorials piled high with the wands of the dead. Imagine the memorials piled high with the self-snapped wands of the living.

Imagine the students who are never able to produce a Patronus.

Imagine Boggarts being removed from the curriculum because Riddikulus is near impossible to grasp, even for the sixth- and seventh-years. Because their friends and families dead will never, ever be funny.

Imagine the students for whom magic feels tainted.

Imagine the students who leave the wixen world hell, the students who leave Britain entirely, because there’s nothing left for them there.

Imagine the students who never use magic again.

(Image source.)

(From the mind of the wonderful lavenderpatil, a keen look at how students might be after war.)

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On rare years when the conditions are right in the arid landscape of the Badlands, in the American West, wildflowers burst into a display of colour for just a few days.
The vegetation in the region has adapted to the climate, with just a small amount of moisture the desert can become coloured with sweeping fields of Scorpion Weed, Beeplant and the flowers of the Pincushion Cacti. These blooms can be very short-lived to conserve moisture.

Photographs by Guy Tal

From here

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- No gift is better than revenge!!!

431-KNITTY [Knitting-Kitty]
-Dark/Normal
-The Yarn pokemon
-Ability: Fluffy - Magic Bounce(HA)
-Dex: “Its long fur is tangled around its body making long threads of vibrant color, often used for knitting. it likes to sleep rolled up in a yarn ball, wich may atract other cat-like pokemons, yet, if they try to play with it, somehow they end up hurting themselves.”
-Moveset:
    -Payback
    -Rollout
    -Fury Swipes
    -Hone Claws

–>Evolves with a Dusk Stone<–

432-FABRICAT [Fabric-Cat/Bobcat]
-Dark/Steel
-The Pincushion Pokemon
-Ability:  Iron Barbs - Magic Bounce(HA)
-Dex: “Legends say this pokemon was sewn by a witch to put a curse on a man, and since then it has been able to transfer its pain to others. This pokemon furr is made of fine metal hair that sometimes will tangle up and make quils as hard as needles that can be used for both offense and defense. ”
-Sig. Move: Iron Needles “The user throws a barrage of needles to the its foe, after the attack has landed, needles will be left scattered on the floor, digging into any opponent who switches into battle”
   Type: Steel
   PP: 10 (max 16)
   Power: 80
   Accuracy: 100%
    -Counter
    -Punishment
    -Grudge

DIY Pincushion RIng Tutorial from I Always Pick the Thimble. Do you know anyone who sews? This is a “stick and glue” DIY - meaning it’s really easy to make. For more ”stick and glue” DIYs go here: truebluemeandyou.tumblr.com/tagged/stick-and-glue

Or you can try this DIY Felted Ring from Dans le Townhouse here.

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DIY Cactus Pincushion Tutorial from Sewing Lab. The construction of this cactus is so much easier than it looks and the tutorial is very easy to understand. For many more cactus DIYs go here: truebluemeandyou.tumblr.com/tagged/cactus

Here’s a mini roundup of cactus DIYs. The top felt pincushion can be found here and the roundup #1-5 can be found here

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DIY Up the Movie Inspired Craft Tutorials. 

What caught my eye is that Disney has made public a 3D UP house PDF that you can print out on any material you want. 

If you want the UP House PDF, I’d download is ASAP before it disappears from Disney’s site. Find the house here.