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MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / SETTING UP FOR: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 by Mistress Jennie
Date started: November 16, 2015 08:10:20 AM, Replies: 19
SETTING UP FOR THE HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015


~Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Winter Semester 2015/2016~

~*Begins December 1, 2015*~
~*Ends February 28th, 2016*~

Welcome to Hogwarts!
The Harry Potter Craftalong (HPC) is not your typical craftalong; we are gathered here to celebrate our love of crafting and the Wonderful World of Harry Potter.  In the HPC you will be completing classes and challenges with your skills in crafty magic.  These classes and challenges all have HP centered themes, but your crafts do not have to be Harry Potter."  Your mission, as a student at Hogwarts, is to complete at least one class or challenge during this semester.  You may join any time during the semester.  I hope you join us; the HPC is a great way to stretch your crafty muscles, meet HP crafters, and have fun!

---The HPC is here to help us each finish projects and to explore new challenges as we better our crafting skills.  Prompts and guidelines are there to help stimulate creativity and growth; the size and complexity of the project submitted should reflect a level of personal growth and challenge over the time you spend in the HPC.
---Projects for the HPC should represent your best crafty skills.  Take pride in your work.  Classes and challenges should take a minimum of 30 minutes to make.  
---A project can only be submitted for one class/challenge (the same project cannot be entered in multiple categories) unless noted in prompt (it will be CLEARLY noted if allowed).
---Projects must be turned in within the timeframe designated by the type of assignment or challenge.
---For a project to be counted, it must have a picture or picture link included AT THE TIME OF POSTING.  If your item is a private piece, or is being kept secret for a Craft Swap, you are more than welcome to post a link for the Headmistress to view.  EDIT 4/17/15: As of today, I will no longer be posting reminders to folks about pictures.  I simply do not have the time to chase folks down for pictures.  If you post your project without a photo or photo link, it will simply not be counted when I tally House Points.
---For any cooking/food project, in addition to a photo, you must post a complete recipe, or link to the complete recipe you used.  No recipe = no points.  [EDIT due to questions: *For our purposes, a "complete recipe" means it includes a full set of ingredients that includes amounts, and step-by-step instructions that another HPC member could replicate themselves at home.  Think of writing your recipe with a beginner cook in mind, who needs full instructions.
---There is SO MUCH to do in the HPC.  Do not feel like you have to craft everything.  Think of the HPC as a "Choose Your Own Adventure".  Craft what inspires you, but don't try to do everything and get burned out.  Keep in mind these wise words , "It does not do to dwell on lists and forget to craft."  

For each assignment/challenge, use this header:
Class/Challenge/House Pride:
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
Project Name:
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture: (REQUIRED! NO PICTURE (or link) = NO HOUSE POINTS)

-Feel free to also include your house and any storycrafting you've created for your project.
---You can add more than one project to your post, but a header must be used for each project.
-When posting your projects, you are more than welcome to post more than one at a time. But if you do so, then please attempt to post your projects in alphabetical order by SUBJECT.  Bertie Bott's Beans, Detention Prompts, and Headmistress Challenges should be posted under B, D, & H respectively.  For more information, see this post.

~*HPC FAQs*~
---How long is a semester?  Semesters are as follows: WINTER- December, January, February; SPRING-March, April, May; SUMMER-June, July, August; FALL-September, October, November.
---When can I join?  You can join anytime in the semester.
---Do I have to sign-up to join this craftalong? No, all you have to do is post in the thread a hi or completed project post.
---How do I complete a semester/earn my year? To complete a semester/year, you only have to complete one class or challenge during the semester.
---What timezone do we use?  We use Headmistress Mistress Jennie's Central Timezone (Tennessee time).
---Do you sort me?  NO, you will decide which house you belong to, but you can only choose one.
---I have a problem or question; who can I ask?  You can send a Personal Message (PM) to Headmistress Mistress Jennie.  You can also ask specific questions to HPC staff.  And you can post your question in the thread; our students are very helpful!
---Can I turn in something I did earlier? With a very few exceptions the answer is NO!  You must complete your project during the current semester. Exceptions are Detention and OWLs; look for details about these projects in their information posts.
---Are we swapping? No, this is not an organized swap.  We are just encouraging crafting with a HP twist.  But if you enjoy swapping, keep an eye out for HP themed swap info in our thread.
---Do I have to craft all the classes and challenges? NO, you pick what you inspires you.  There is tons to choose from so choose your own HP Craft Adventure through the castle.
---What kind of projects are allowed for classes/challenges? If Craftster has a category for it, then it is a viable HPC project.  And since Craftster has a board for almost everything, your choices are vast.
---Does my craft project have to be Harry Potter themed? NO, if your item fulfills the class/challenge prompt, then it can be posted in the HPC.  Above all, we are here to encourage crafting.

~*House Points*~
~*Your triumphs will earn you points*~
Points System
15 points for a Class Assignment & Challenge*
100 points for OWLs
150 points for NEWTs
10 points extra for SPEW aka Charity Items

House Points Guidelines
--- *You cannot double dip for Class & Challenge points.  For example, if you turn-in a project for Herbology & Geminio, then you would get 2 badges but only 15 points for the project.
---You cannot get credit for a class or challenge twice.  For example, if you turn in 2 Alchemy projects, then you will only get points for the first one.
--- SPEW points are extra credit.  You can earn SPEW points for each project you turn in if it goes to charity.  You do not have to give the charity's name, just that you are donating to a certain cause.  (I happen to know that some Battered Women's Shelters don't like their names/locations posted.) SPEW projects must be clearly marked with SPEW to earn extra points.  I suggest adding it to your header.  Also, SPEW project can be turned in as stand-alone projects; they will earn 10 points.  Unlike most projects, you can turn in more than one SPEW project for points.
---HPC Challenge Points do not include House Challenges.  For Example, a Gryffindor Lion-along project would not count for points unless it also fulfills a HPC Class or HPC Challenge.
--- To determine House Cup Winner, an average from the points accumulated per house and the number of members per house.  If there is a tie, then more than one house will win the cup.  Note, a House Member is someone who has turned in at least 1 project.
--- Don't stress over House Points, but do craft your personal best. (This varies from person to person.  And I'm not really worried about "crafting your best" bit because HPCers are amazing crafters!)

~*HPC Portkeys*~
Headmistress Tower & Badge Station
Deputy Headmistress' Office
Diagon Alley
Magician of the Month
Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean Grab Bag
Wizard & Witch Career Placement Agency
Pinterest Pixie's Projects Page
Hogwarts Kitchens
HPC Facebook Group

House Keys
7th Floor Gryffindor
Hufflepuff PARTY Common Room
Ravenclaw Tower
Slytherin Dungeon

Professors' Classrooms
Detention in the Dungeons
Care of Magical Creatures
Defense Against the Dark Arts
History of Magic
Muggle Studies
Potions Dungeon
Study of Ancient Runes
Ordinary Wizarding Levels
Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests

~*The Great Hall OT Chat*~

Craftster craftalongs are for crafting and crafting encouragement.  If you would like to talk off-topic, such as in-depth Harry Potter discussions, then please visit The Great Hall.  Thank you for keeping the HPC within Craftster guidelines.

~*HPC on Facebook*~
The HPC is now on Facebook!  This is a way to share links, photos, or videos with your friends here in the HPC, that you cannot post on Craftster.  Please feel free to use the page to ask questions, share craft related or Harry Potter related links, pictures of your kids dressing up like Hogwarts students, or anything else that might be of interest to the group.  This group is Closed, so folks must message me with BOTH their Craftster username, and a way to locate you on Facebook, in order to be added. This is to keep it to just folks within the Craftalong, rather than a general HP forum, and anyone who participates here is welcome there as well.  If you send me a message via FB, PLEASE include your Craftster username.  We've been getting lots of requests to join, from faux accounts who just want to spam us with porn, so I've become *extra* cautious about adding folks.
~*Fall HPC Staff*~
Headmistress Mistress Jennie
Deputy Headmistress noodle-bug

Gryffindor Head of House Abbeeroad
Hufflepuff Head of House Moonflame
Ravenclaw Head of House FiberAlchemist
Slytherin Head of House ErinAquaheart

Alchemy Professor POSITION OPEN
Apparition Magpirate (Will do own badge)
Arithmancy Professor noodle-bug (Needs badges made)
Astronomy Professor Inselaeffchen (Will do own badge)
Care of Magical Creatures ErinAquaheart (Needs badge made)
Charms Professor tiamatfire (Will do own badge)
Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor tiamatfire (Will do own badge)
Divination Professor ErinAquaheart (Needs badge made)
Flying Professor gaudiknight (Will do own badge)
Herbology Professor Inselaeffchen (Will do own badge)
History of Magic jenleahlynn (Will do own badge)
Muggle Studies Professor Magpirate (Will do own badge)
Potions Professor noodle-bug* (Needs badges made)
Study of Ancient Runes POSITION OPEN
Transfiguration Professor POSITION OPEN

Kitchen Elf Abbeeroad
Pinterest Pixie Inselaeffchen

~*Past HPC Semesters*~
Summer 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2012/2013, Spring 2013, Summer 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2013/2014, Spring 2014, Summer 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2014/2015
Spring 2015, Summer 2015

~*Previous Winner of House Cup*~
Winter 2012/2013: Gryffindor
Spring 2013: Gryffindor
Summer 2013: Gryffindor
Fall 2013: Gryffindor
Winter 2013/2014: Ravenclaw
Spring 2014: Ravenclaw
Summer 2014: Ravenclaw
Fall 2014: Gryffindor
Winter 2014/2015: Gryffindor
Spring 2015: Gryffindor
Summer 2015: Gryffindor

ORGANIZED SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Does this swap exist? by hayatiggs
Date started: November 10, 2015 04:47:18 PM, Replies: 18
In an old forum we had a swap and you had the same partner for a whole year (Jan-Dec) and sent each other four packages within the year. One in Feb, one in May, one in September and one at the first week of December. Has anyone ever hosted a swap like that here? It requires constant checking in both with your partner and in the chat thread. But it's rewarding because you really get to know your partner during that year.

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Marilyn Manson cross stitch by Krafty_Karasu
Date started: November 24, 2015 11:31:52 PM, Replies: 18
hello everyone!  it's been a long, long time.  hope you're all doing well!  and for those of you who don't know me, check out my profile and stuff if you want to get to know me.   Grin

anyway, why we're here; about 2 years ago - perhaps 3.  I'd have to go through my posts to figure out the correct amount of time - I started working on a rather large cross stitch project of Marilyn Manson.  yes, I am this obsessed with him.  anyway, the pattern came out larger than I had hoped, so stitching it on 14 count Aida cloth would have been too much for me...at least without the use of a stitching frame (I really need to get one of those things).  plus, framing it would have been crazy.  so, I decided the best thing to do would be to stitch this on 28 count Evenweave.  I now have a deep hatred for 28 count Evenweave, but I know I'll get over it eventually.  I always do.  so, without further ado, I present the most insane cross stitch project I have EVER done in my life...

size: 10in x 10in
colors: 7
stitches: 89,102

next pattern!   Grin  Grin  Grin

ORGANIZED SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Spell My Name Round 12 Gallery by kayrun
Date started: November 07, 2015 11:35:53 AM, Replies: 38
post your lovely swap pkgs here!

ORGANIZED SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Little Visitor Round 22 Gallery by Wildfyre
Date started: November 10, 2015 08:08:07 AM, Replies: 64
Woo hoo! Round 22 has started!

Original sign up thread - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441297.0

ORGANIZED SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / mini 12 Days of Christmas 2015 GALLERY send outs 11-23-2015 by Audania1
Date started: November 21, 2015 10:26:16 AM, Replies: 37

The Gallery is OPEN!!!

Here is the original thread:

Audania1 - Thimbles71
CabinArts - FiberAlchemist
gozer - kwality570
gotgrey - Artsycandace
cchughes225 - geekgirl1000100
lindyv321 - rantyhippie
fluffypants - stellato_escuro
yzzilnoaj - calixta
EdelC - Ratfinkz
Bunny1kenobi - Onyxnox
Whistley - Camezzo
Sammylouise40 - StudioANF
sweety28303 - jellybean89
TAOJ - gala_apples

OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Stars and snow... by Onyxnox
Date started: November 12, 2015 11:06:53 AM, Replies: 22

I made a small batch of these recently, decoupaged star ornaments.  I quite like how they looked, but they looked too barren to me as just stars.  Then, as I was making a bunch of cards/tags for the holiday tag and card swap, I got the idea of combining them with die cut, painted, and glittered snowflakes.  I love how they turned out.

More about it on my blog if anyone is interested, with some more pics.

ORGANIZED SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Harry Potter Holiday Swap Round 4 Gallery by Mistress Jennie
Date started: November 19, 2015 08:26:45 AM, Replies: 18

ornament by lyndseynicole

Harry Potter Holiday Swap Round 4 Gallery!

Portkey back to the original Swap Thread

TEAM: Mistress Jennie
Abbeeroad ---> Mistress Jennie
Abbeeroad ---> FiberAlchemist
Abbeeroad ---> edelC

abuckshort ---> patty_o_furniture
abuckshort ---> chughes225

Acadian Driftwood ---> MissingWillow

AugustBell ---> pottermouth
AugustBell ---> jillybeans
AugustBell ---> chughes225

chughes225 ---> AugustBell
chughes225 ---> edelC
chughes225 ---> abuckshort

edelC ---> Abberoad
edelC ---> pottermouth
edelC ---> chughes225

FiberAlchemist ---> Mistress Jennie
FiberAlchemist ---> Abbeeroad

ilovesnails ---> WaveLight23478

jenleahlynn ---> WaveLight23478
jenleahlynn ---> RanaeAiken
jenleahlynn ---> Muahahahaha

jillybeans ---> AugustBell
jillybeans ---> MissingWillow
jillybeans ---> teag

MissingWillow ---> patty_o_furniture
MissingWillow ---> Acadian Driftwood
MissingWillow ---> jillybeans

Mistress Jennie ---> Abbeeroad
Mistress Jennie ---> pottermouth
Mistress Jennie ---> FiberAlchemist

mkmusicmaniac ---> teag

Muahahahaha ---> RanaeAiken
Muahahahaha ---> Treemoon
Muahahahaha ---> jenleahlynn

patty_o_furniture ---> MissingWillow
patty_o_furniture ---> WaveLight23478
patty_o_furniture ---> abuckshort

pottermouth ---> Mistress Jennie
pottermouth ---> edelC
pottermouth ---> AugustBell

RanaeAiken ---> Muahahahaha
RanaeAiken ---> jenleahlynn
RanaeAiken ---> Treemoon

teag ---> Treemoon
teag ---> mkmusicmaniac
teag ---> jillybeans

Treemoon ---> RanaeAiken
Treemoon ---> Muahahahaha
Treemoon ---> teag

WaveLight23478 ---> patty_o_furniture
WaveLight23478 ---> jenleahlynn
WaveLight23478 ---> ilovesnails

Status Colors
Green = Sent
Orange = Sending Late with Communication

Blue = Received (but haven't POSTED pictures yet)
Purple = Received & Posted Pictures

Strikethrough = Feedback Given

PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Bionic Gear Bag by craftADDchick
Date started: November 21, 2015 11:09:35 AM, Replies: 16
My aunt has been finding projects to make on crafting days with my mom and I. She came across the Bionic Gear Bag pattern (I bought it on Craftsy, but it might be available elsewhere), and we gave it a shot. It took all day for me to make mine, but I did stop to help my mom and aunt multiple times. The pattern also comes with instructions for a snap-in zipper pouch/dish, but I haven't made it yet (and I didn't put the magnetic snap into the main bag, so mine won't snap in).

Here's the bag opened up. The front of the bag opens all the way so you can use it as a little platform to hold supplies (as soon as I locate my magnetic pin dish, it'll take the place of the pin box, and as soon as I make the little zipper dish, it'll go on the right).

It has 4 zippered pouches (I lined each pouch with a fabric that matches the zipper color), and 4 pockets created by the spaces between the zippered pouches. This bag holds a lot (there is a video online posted by the creator that shows all of the stuff that she packs into her bag- it's like a clown car- she just keeps taking more stuff out!), and it easily held the contents of my little box of sewing supplies. I need to organize it properly, my aunt's granddaughter (my cousin's daughter), who is 6 or 7, couldn't wait to see one finished (she stayed up way past her bedtime), so I let her load it up and stuff is in random places.

The bag zips up with one long zipper, which also forms the handles, and doesn't take up much space once it's closed (which is amazing considering how much stuff is tucked inside). The outside layer is quilted (I just used straight lines) to give the whole thing a bit of padding.

I was able to make the entire thing with supplies I had in my stash. I was surprised (and a wee bit impressed... or maybe I should say embarrassed Smiley ) that I had zippers in the right sizes and in colors that went with my fabrics. The only piece I didn't use from my stash was the yellow lining for the zipper pouch with the yellow zipper. I thought the green zipper was going to go inside and the yellow zipper was going to outside, but I mixed up the sizes. I didn't realize until I was at my mom's, an hour and a half from my own stash, but mom had some scrap yellow in her stash, so I was able to use some.

While it took a long time to make, I think it'd go faster the next time. It'd make a great travel make-up/toiletry bag!

ORGANIZED SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Scrappy Trip Around the World by waterbaby
Date started: November 14, 2015 11:37:21 PM, Replies: 23
This is a fun and fairly easy 12 inch quilt block (the sewing is straightforward, attention needs to be paid to the order of opening up some seams) that is perfect for swapping:

Once you get the hang of the un-seaming process, these blocks don't take too long to make.

This would be a group swap, where you'd send one or two blocks each to X number of partners. numbers will depend on how many people sign up.

Check out the instructions here http://quiltville.com/scrappytripspf.html

Anybody wanna play?

CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cosy Stripe Blanket by photojenn
Date started: November 05, 2015 05:00:39 AM, Replies: 21
I found this pattern on Attic24's blog and fell in love with it so I had to make it Smiley.  This was only my second ever crochet project and I'm really happy with how it turned out (even if it is a slight trapezoid instead of a rectangle Smiley).  It's one of my favorite things that I've made so far Smiley

NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Monogram Pine Cone Napkins by kittykill
Date started: November 06, 2015 03:13:38 PM, Replies: 16
I have these amazing small handmade dishes that have pine cones on them. I wanted to build my Thanksgiving and Christmas table around these dishes. I found other dishes that matched and wanted to have linen napkins to complete the look. I didn't have time to make separate Christmas and Thanksgiving napkins so I stitched the napkins with a fall/winter theme.

On one corner is a monogram of my last name with a wood/pinecone theme. The pattern used for the monogram is a very old (I believe French) pattern and the other side are pine cones, again from a vintage pattern.

Close up of the monogram

Close up of pine cones

CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Spread the Crafters Love to Difference Makers for the Holidays by underthemountain
Date started: November 12, 2015 05:07:51 PM, Replies: 23
Moved from: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=196.0

We will be holding our auction on April 16th, 2016.  Please send your donations to Difference Makers by March 16th. Thank you my wonderful friends!  Smiley
Please send me your:
      company name
      business card (1 for each item since people may gift them and 1-2 extra for me to share with others that might have lost the bidding and would like to contact you) to the following address:

Difference Makers
Attn: Bryan Goehring/Craftsters
Takoma Park Middle School
7611 Piney Branch Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Please mark it Crafsters otherwise they might open it up and lose the contents and please PM me when you send to them so that I can ask Bryan to be on the lookout for it.  Thanks!  Smiley

I realize some of you might just be donating and not wanting customers, but I thought I'd just put it out there for those that might.  Not everyone is as lucky as we are to be in Craftster swaps.  Thanks! Smiley

Hi all!
Lana is a member of a wonderful non-profit, student run organization called the Difference Makers (http://www.difference-makers.org/).  Their mission is to help raise tomorrow's leaders by giving them opportunities to lead and serve the community (snow shovelling, homeless, etc).  This has grown from a middle school organization in 2009 to including several new MS and 2 high schools this year.  To date their leader has been paying for the operational costs out of his pocket; he's a middle school science teacher.  He is really the most selfless person I have ever met and I felt that I couldn't just sit there and not try to help him.  We are now working on a silent auction to help pay the increasing operational costs as these programs expand.  I am hoping that my amazing Craftsters family will be able to donate a crafted item for this auction.  The items will be put on display for 1 week during which time the students can bid on them and will end with a night event where parents can come in and bid on the items.  Please see their Facebook/youtube pages to see all the great things they've been doing and please 'like' it!  
Thanks for considering it! Smiley


NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Tiny Cross Stitch Sled by kittykill
Date started: November 11, 2015 10:25:04 AM, Replies: 17
I fell in love with cross stitch sleds last year. I found more patterns and sleds this year so I got an early start.

I plan on making a few more for my Christmas tree.

HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Painted Coil Bowl by HSG
Date started: November 09, 2015 02:02:36 PM, Replies: 18
This is a new - to - me twist, on an old favorite. If you check the tag cloud for coil, you will see loads of bowls and other coiled creations. alwaysinmyroom taught a bunch of the mods how to make these addictive projects. Smiley

This one is created using the cotton clothes line and acrylic paints. The colors were just to try out the technique. You can also use inks, and dyes.
IMG_7365 by Helen, on Flickr

IMG_7363 by Helen, on Flickr

IMG_7370 by Helen, on Flickr

The paints cannot be too thick or the needle will break. More than once. Roll Eyes I thinned mine just with water, and that was good. You can also paint after the bowl has been created. Using stencils or whatever you can imagine.

I found the idea on this blog:

Thank you for looking.  Smiley

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