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1  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: October 18, 2014 02:02:09 PM
Advanced Studies Friday Saturday Update

I've made good progress on my Transfiguration OWL.  I have completed 19 rows on my afghan.  I was worried that the colors weren't going to work together.  (I knew the russet & green would work, but was worried about the brown.)  But they seem much more harmonious now that I've worked on it a bit.  In fact, I think I'm going to pull the afghan back out and try to get in two more rounds before the night is out.  Cheesy

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2  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: October 13, 2014 08:32:23 AM
A new Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean Mini-Challenge has been posted!  



What's this week's bean!?!?  Take the Portkey to the Bertie Bott's Bean Bag to find out!


Please note you are welcome to do any, all or none of these challenges as they come up throughout the semester.  They are not intended to cause stress, but are instead intended to get your crafty Muses singing.  None of the HPC staff will complete ALL the classes and challenges posted this semester.  So relax, and craft what you love.  Also, please be aware that posts for the previous bean will be accepted until midnight tonight.
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3  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: October 12, 2014 11:53:17 AM
Class: Apparition
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name:  Trio of Earrings
Brief Description: This project was quick, but not quite as quick as it might seem.  I made a few pairs of each one of this trio of earrings!  Halloween inspired "Nevermore" Earrings, Gothic Skeleton Key Earrings, and Nutcracker Earrings for the holidays!
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Challenge: Bertie Bott's Bean - Shrimp
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Happy Holidays Charm Bracelet
Brief Description: This charm bracelet was inspired by the kit that I made for WhistleFish, but is a general holiday theme rather than an HP Holiday theme.  It is certainly smaller than 4"x4"x4"!
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4  Harry Potter Holiday Swap Round 3 in New Swap Theme Ideas by Mistress Jennie on: October 10, 2014 09:31:04 AM

ornament by lyndseynicole

Hello folks!  I am planning to do a Round 3 of the Harry Potter Holiday Swap this year and wanted to get the word out early to those who might be interested.

Here are the details I am planning on...

Sign Ups: November 1st-11th
Send Outs: December 9th  (That's 4 weeks of crafting time.)

Requirements: 1 Small crafted item (1-2 hours crafting time), themed around HP and the holidays.  
Please note that while many folks in the swap will celebrate Christmas, this swap is open to EVERYONE and swappers are welcome to ask for Yule, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year's other other holiday themes if they prefer.  

Partners:  Swappers may choose to have up to 3 partners, but first time swappers will be limited to 1 partner.
You may also Invite Your Partner (IYP) for this swap!  This is a great way to swap with someone you have a Craftster-Crush on.  But please be aware that I will only accept partnerings where both sides agree.  If you ask someone, and they say they are not interested, please don't take it personally.  They may already have a partner in mind they are asking, or may wish to limit themselves in their swaps at the holiday season.
  

Here is a link to Harry Potter Holiday Swap Round 2

If you are interested, leave a comment in this thread and I will be sure to leave a reminder message when the swap signups open.  Cheesy
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5  Re: Back to Hogwarts 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mistress Jennie on: October 10, 2014 03:07:28 AM
I received an absolutely stunning package from pottermouth yesterday!  Please excuse the delay in posting pictures.  On Tuesday DH & I also adopted a dog, and while the last two days have been great, we've had a bit of a rough time making our night-time schedules mesh with hers.  She likes to go to bed when we do, but then likes to get up around 2:00 and run around and try to jump on us.  Sad  So here I am, at 4:30 am, sitting in my studio with the dog snoring next to me.  Might as well post now!  Wink

First, the sweetest, teeniest, tiniest little Herbology Greenhouse!  The base is just about 2" square.  It is TINY!  Please click on the thumbnails to see more of the exquisite detail.




Next up, my very first hoopla!  While some might say it's a Halloween decoration, I think it's going to grace my sudio year round!


And here's a detail shot.  I was trying to show all those tiny little French knots!


The next item I opened was this amazing free-motion embroidery piece of an owl!  My husband and I are debating where to put it.  It would look great in my gallery wall in my studio, but as he likes it too, we're considering other areas of the house that we both share.


Here's another detail shot:


The next goody I opened is definitely staying in my studio though!  A beautiful round pillow!  One side has a stenciled owl.  The other has the most amazing fabric of witch silhouettes/cameos!  (pottermouth, where did you get this fabric?!?!?)  The stitching she did is phenomenal.  The piping is so beautifully done.  Seriously.


And the back, which I currently have displayed as the front:


The next delight to be pulled out of the box was an extra.  An antique brass lion!  He's going to guard receipts on my desk now.


Now this tiny wonder almost got missed!  Pottermouth had packed it so cleverly in a tea box, that I at first thought it was just a box of tea sent as an "extra".  Nope!  It is in fact a magician's desk!  Full of the clutter of wizarding-life, like copies of the Prophet, maps, text books, etc.  To give you some visual reference, the desktop is just about the size of a deck of cards.


The mouse is not attached, so he can be moved around.  Currently I have him on top of the pile of books, sniffing the air for something tasty.


Here's a detail shot of the itty-bitty mouse:


And some more thumbnails, full of fantastically tiny details.


And as if all that wasn't already crazy-pants enough, there was still the large item!  My very own Weasley Christmas Tree Skirt!  This thing is enourmous.  (Seriously I think that pottermouth went overboard with her engorgement spell on this monster after her reducto charm on that mouse.)  For reference, the skirt is laying on the entirety of my dining room floor.  While we do have a 6' tall Christmas tree, it's pretty skinny, and I'm fairly sure it will not even reach the edges of the inside of the skirt! But that's fine since I have been waiting to get a bigger tree anyways.  Not for this year, but probably for next year since we'll be looking to buy a house then.


Here's an extra detail shot, as I wanted to show off the happy colors of the yarn.  They are so bright an cheery and I can totally see Mrs. Weasley making this for herself after she finished knitting all the kids sweaters one year.


Thank you so very much pottermouth!  I had a truly wonderful time crafting for you, and I am completely humbled by the treasure trove you sent me.  I can't wait till Thanksgiving day so I can pull out my Christmas tree and decorate!  New puppy Astrid keeps trying to sleep on the pillow, so apparently it has her seal of approval.  (I keep taking it away.)  And I'm sure the owl embroidery will go up on the walls at some point today!  Please know that each and every item is loved and adored.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
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6  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: October 01, 2014 10:04:08 AM
A new Detention Challenge has been posted!
Be sure to check the Detention in the Dungeons Post to see what it is....



Remember, you can do any, all, or none of the Detention Challenges as they come up each month.  The goal here is always to be excited about our crafting!  Also please remember that you can submit ANY of the Detention Challenges at ANY time during the semester.  For example, you may turn in the September or October challenges in November.  Smiley
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7  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: October 01, 2014 10:01:48 AM
Note from the Headmistress...
This semester I will be offering 3 extra Challenges.  Each Headmistress Challenge will be themed to the season, and will earn 15 House Points just like Classes.  So what's next?



Headmistress Challenge - October
October 1 - November 7

October 31 marks Halloween, a holiday with Celtic origins now celebrated around the world.  Traditional activities can include decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted house attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.  The most beloved tradition associated with Halloween though, is dressing up in costumes.  Historically, costumes were modeled after supernatural figures such as vampires, monsters, ghosts, skeletons, witches, and devils. Over time, in the United States the costume selection extended to include popular characters from fiction, celebrities, and generic archetypes such as ninjas and princesses. 

For this Headmistress Challenge, you must craft a complete Halloween costume.  It may be for yourself or for another person.  Please note that the deadline for posting is November 7th; giving you 1 month to create your costume, and 1 additional week after Halloween in order to post your finished costume.  Submissions will not be accepted after November 7th.

Please note you are welcome to do any, all or none of these challenges as they come up throughout the semester.  They are not intended to cause stress, but are instead intended to get your crafty Muses singing.  None of the HPC staff will complete ALL the classes and challenges posted this semester.  So relax, and craft what you love.
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8  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: September 29, 2014 08:35:42 AM
A new Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean Mini-Challenge has been posted!  



What's this week's bean!?!?  Take the Portkey to the Bertie Bott's Bean Bag to find out!


Please note you are welcome to do any, all or none of these challenges as they come up throughout the semester.  They are not intended to cause stress, but are instead intended to get your crafty Muses singing.  None of the HPC staff will complete ALL the classes and challenges posted this semester.  So relax, and craft what you love.  Also, please be aware that posts for the previous bean will be accepted until midnight tonight.
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9  Re: IYP 26: So you think you can craft! Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mistress Jennie on: September 27, 2014 05:19:22 PM
I received the most AMAZING package from Abbeeroad this morning.  It is truly stunning and I am still overwhelmed thinking about it.  Get ready for an exceptionally long post, as Abbeeroad completely outdid herself spoiling me.

Short backstory: I had asked Abbee for a favor, dyeing a tee shirt I had bought that was neat, but a little boring.  It was light grey, and the nail heads forming the skull and needles just didn't stand out.  She did a killer job giving it an ombre dye job, from purple to black.  I LOVE how deep and rich she managed to get the colors!  This is so getting worn tomorrow.


Next, Abbee's husband is an amateur blacksmith.  He made this totally kick-ass bottle opener out of an old railroad spike!  She even made a sweet little cozy for it.  DH has just tested it out for us.  Purely for testing reasons, not because he wanted another beer or anything.  Cheesy


Next I uncovered some amazing stamped fabrics!  I can't decide what I'm going to make with them yet, because I have way too many ideas!  I love hand stamped fabrics.  Maybe a HP quilt someday...


Next, it looks like Abbee and I were channeling one another because she sent a beautiful set of linen napkins too!  These ones are stamped with strawberries!  I love strawberry themed things (as a little redheaded girl I grew up with Strawberry Shortcake).  Abbee stamped each of them with spray fabric dyes, and each one has a single strawberry in the opposite color.


Next up, an awesome pair of ceramic coasters that Abbee found at a craft fair.  These have already found a home in my bedroom, to keep candles up off our dresser.  She also created an absolutely lovely little magnet of embroidered sushi!  It's just about 2" square.  Sushi is my all time favorite food, and I could eat it daily.  Now I can at least dream about it every time I open the fridge.  


Here's a detail shot of the sushi!


I mentioned in one of our PMs that I miss maple sugar candy from home in New England.  So Abbee sent a giant maple sugar leaf, AND maple syrup AND a maple lollypop!


Three sweet little pairs of earrings!  I'm currently wearing the skulls.  I love al things skulls.  Cheesy


This nearly stopped my heart...  Mrs. Weasley's clock!  Look at the beautiful detail on this!  I plan to be Mrs. Weasley when I grow up...  aka when I have kids.  So now I'm well on my way.  This is going to be hung in my studio first thing tomorrow.




This is the other thing I'm wearing right now: a stamped scarf!  I've had my eye on a similar one on scout mob, but this one totally beats it.  In the center, the scissors reverse direction, so they are both facing down when you wear it!  It's very lightweight (perfect for me since I'm currently living in the south), and it's incredibly soft.


One extra pic to show how beautifully sheer it is.


And now for the super-mega-awesome-large...  I mentioned that I was thinking about decorating my bathroom with an art nouveau theme and Abbee took it and RAN!  She and her husband worked together to create these beautiful wall hooks, with hand forged hooks, stunning Mucha girls free motion embroidered and then hand painted with water colors and embellished with buttons and embroidery floss!  


Here's detail shots of each one...








And I just realized that I forgot to snap a pic of the adorable Accio TARDIS keychain Abbeeroad made.  Probably because it went right on my keyring when I opened it.  I'll get a pic of that tomorrow.

Abbee, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for a truly amazing swap.  I loved the inspiration I felt crafting for you, and I'm in love with each and every beautiful thing you crafted.  They have already found places in my home, and will be truly treasured.  All my love to you and your husband.  Please tell him I said thank you to him too!!!
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10  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: September 27, 2014 08:00:02 AM
Class: DADA
SPEW: N/A
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Mad Eye Moody Wash Cloth

Brief Description: What could help you see more clearly that Mad Eye Moody, whose magical eye can see through the back of his own head?!?!  This was created for pottermouth in the Back to Hogwarts Swap.  Sadly I forgot to get a picture before I sent it, so please just ignore the cookies.  They have nothing to do with this homework submission.  I found the pattern here on Ravelry.  It was pretty simple and easy to follow. 
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Class: Divination
SPEW: N/A
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Dumbledore Dreamcatcher

Brief Description: Oneiromancy, or the practice of divination through the interpretation of dreams, is one that Prof. Trelawney was sure to bring up at some point.  This piece was inspired by our favorite Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, and two of his quotes about dreaming.  For in dreams we enter a world that is entirely our own. Let them swim in the deepest ocean or glide over the highest cloud. and "It does not due to dwell on dreams and forget to live."  This is the smallest dreamcatcher I've made.  The ring is (I believe) 6", wrapped with purple leather.  The web was made with an combination of an ombre slate-azure-lilac-plum embroidery floss and 2 strands of a metallic dark silver embroidery floss, worked together.  The fringe is a mix of eyelash yarn, homespun yarn, embroidery floss, ribbon, and a silver thread with sequins worked into it.  I added a moon and two different star charms to it, to represent the robes Harry describes him wearing in one of the books.
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Class: History of Magic
SPEW: N/A
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: History of Magic Quilt

Brief Description: Pottermouth mentioned in her Back to Hogwarts Swap Questionnaire that she thought quilting was "impossible".  How could I resist such temptation?  In response I created a whole cloth quilt for her, inspired by her favorite subject, History of Magic.  Whole cloth quilts have been around for centuries and were created to either highlight a fantastic fabric, or to highlight the skill of the needlework in quilting it.  For one side I chose a piece of fabric featuring bookshelves, that was given to me by pinkleo a few years back.  The other side is a solid black Kona cotton, with the Deathly Hallows appliqued on it out of a golden yellow batik.  The whole piece was free motion quilted, and hand bound in the same matching batik.
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House Pride: House Unity
SPEW: N/A
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Ravenclaw Bookmark

Brief Description: A quick extra project for pottermouth.  A Ravenclaw House bookmark to add to her collection.
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Class: Muggle Studies
SPEW: N/A
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Firenze's Forbidden Forrest Bracelet

Brief Description: Pottermouth mentioned that her favorite magical creature is a centaur.  Since I didn't have a centaur charm on hand, I did some digging and finally found this beautiful sterling silver one on eBay.  I loved the detail so much that I just couldn't resist it.  The beads are a dark green mountain jade, with gunmetal bead caps and spacers.
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Class: Study of Ancient Runes
SPEW: N/A
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Expecto Patronum Bracelet

Brief Description: The rune dagaz represents the idea that "Light is all around you."  What could represent that more than the blazing light of a fully corporeal Patronus charm?  This bracelet was made for pottermouth in the Back to Hogwarts swap and features her patronus, a garden gnome.  The coolest part?  The beads GLOW IN THE DARK!  Hopefully this will keep her safe and remind here there is always light in the darkness, wherever her travels take her.
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Class: Transfiguration
SPEW: N/A
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Sorcerer's Companion Charm Bracelet

Brief Description: In our back and fourth discussions pottermouth mentioned that she loves the book the Sorcerer's Companion, which somehow I had never heard of.  Rather than a guide to the world of HP, it is a reference book, which gives background on many of the magical creatures and practices that Harry runs into.  As soon as she explained, I instantly looked it up and bought a copy on Amazon.  After reading it cover to cover, I would highly recommend it to any fan!  This bracelet was inspired by many of the subjects covered in the book including potions, gryffins, gnomes, owls, runes, phoenixes, palmistry, mermaids, wands, cats, fairies, spell books, unicorns, broomsticks, dragons, and cauldrons.
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