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1  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: May 22, 2015 01:06:31 PM
Challenge: Bertie Bott's Bean - Mustard
House: Gryffindor
Project Name & Project Page Link: Rainbow Mobile
Brief Description: I made this mobile for my mom for Mother's Day.  It contains 10 nice bright rainbow colors of teardrop beads.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Tee Shirt Yarn
Brief Description: I recently cleaned out my drawers and found a few tee shirts with tiny holes in them.  So, I chopped them up to make tee shirt yarn!  If slicing and dicing shirts isn't permanent, I don't know what is.  A few more shirts, and I'll have enough to make a small star rug for my studio.
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Challenge: Detention - May
House: Gryffindor
Project Name & Project Page Link: Mystical Magical, Crafty Lady, & Doctor Who Wine Charms
Brief Description: Each of these three sets of wine charms sat on my desk in a state of progress for ages.  I had pulled out charms and dumped them each in tiny dishes, along with some of the bead colors I wanted to use, but with each set I was missing either beads or charms that I needed, and they sat around unmade for about 2 months.
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Challenge: Headmistress Challenge - May
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Gillywater
Brief Description: One of the things that I find most interesting and intriguing in the HP books are food & drink that are only mentioned in passing, and are not fully described.  This can lead to a great many ideas about just what those foods are.  For example, when we see Fred & George testing Canary Creams on Neville, I'm sure many Americans like myself imagined cream filled chocolates, but our British friends probably envisioned cookies (biscuits) like the Custard Creams that are popular in the UK. These little differences in culture & food fascinate me.  Especially since aside from Cadbury chocolate, not a lot of British foods are available here.  (Though the grocery chain Publix does stock 1 small shelf of British favorites, in the International aisle.  Compared to 6 of Mexican food, and 5 of Asian foods.)  

Harry overhears the Professors talking in the Three Broomsticks, and Prof. McGonnagall orders a Gillywater.  Since I'm also interested in historical recipes and old fashioned beverages (yeah, I'm *THAT* freakin' dorky), I decided to do a little experimentation.  One thing that came to mind is old fashioned barley water (water from boiling barley, that is strained, and mixed with lemon & sugar to make a summer beverage). Meanwhile I know from my background as a Medieval Studies minor in college (try not to laugh *too* hard) that gillyflowers are a type of carnation, which were sometimes used to make or scent wine.  So I clearly needed a slightly sweetened drink that would be floral scented. In the books gillyweed is mentioned as an aquatic plant, that was rubbery like worms, and I wanted to add a nod to this, so I included the use of a spa water/infused water, which I wanted to have a cool taste.  So, armed with all this I went to my herb garden and my tea cupboard ready to explore.  

I did quite a bit of experimentation to get my final recipes, messing with the herbs used in the infused water, and the type of tea used in the syrup, but in the end I think I came up with a pleasant floral & herb concoction that just about anyone would like on a summer day.  The mint lends a cool fresh taste to the water, and the lemon balm a very slight citrus note.  The floral syrup is dominated by the flavors of rose & chamomile which lends an old fashioned air to the drink, and the slight sweetness is balanced by the mild fizz of the seltzer. The sprigs of thyme are not essential, but they do look like weeds in the bottom of your glass, and you basically can't taste the thyme at all.  If you don't have thyme, you could try a slice or spiral of cucumber as a garnish.

You will need to make the infused water, and the floral syrup the day before you plan to serve the Gillywater.  I have included recipes for each of these, as well as a general recipe for the Gillywater and an adults-only version, which adds another quinessential British ingredient: gin.  (Also, I just finished reading a book on the history of gin, so it seemed like the right thing to do. I mentioned I'm dorky, right?)

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Herb Infused Water
3 large sprigs mint (8-10" long)
3 large sprigs lemon balm (6" long)
2 quarts filtered water

Rinse the herbs under cool water to remove any dirt.  Place in a pitcher, and cover with cool filtered water.  Allow to steep in the fridge overnight.  In the morning, remove the herbs.



Herb Infused Simple Syrup
Boiling water
1 chamomile & rose teabag (Tazo Calm)
1 cup sugar

Bring water to a boil, and pour a little over 1 cup onto a chamomile & rose teabag.  Allow to steep 10 minutes.  Remove tea bag and place 1 cup of tea and 1 cup of sugar in a pan.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.  Store in an airtight jar in the fridge.



Gillywater (makes a small 5 ounce cordial glass)
1/2 oz floral syrup
2 oz herb infused water
2 oz seltzer
1 small sprig thyme

Place the sprig of thyme at the bottom of the glass, and place an ice cube on top to hold it down to the bottom.  Pour on the floral syrup, then the herb infused water.  Top with seltzer, and give a light stir.
 

Professor McGonnagall's Gillywater (makes a larger 10 ounce glass)
1 oz floral syrup
1 1/2 oz gin (I used Uncle Val's Restorative Gin)
3 oz herb infused water
3 oz seltzer
1 long sprig thyme

Place the sprig of thyme at the bottom of the glass, and place 3-4 ice cubes on top to hold it down to the bottom.  Pour on the floral syrup, the gin, and then the herb infused water.  Top with seltzer, and give a light stir.  


Note: The syrup will naturally sink to the bottom, giving the glass a slightly swampy look.  (In a good way!)  But you should stir to drink, so that you don't end up drinking all the syrup or all the gin first.
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2  Rainbow Mobile in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: May 22, 2015 12:18:18 PM
I've been experimenting with creating mobiles and chandeliers lately. I made a Marvelous Mobile for Abbeeroad in the IYP Round 26 Swap, and a Star Chandelier for alteredmommy in the Be Awesome Redux Swap. After seeing them, my mom demanded one too!  So I put this together for Mother's Day.  Grin There are 10 colors of teardrop beads, with tiny seed beads between them.  Each one is about 5/8" tall, and the whole thing hangs over 30" long.  I strung the beads onto beading wire, and used crimp beads to attach them to a 10" macrame ring.  I then wrapped the macrame ring with deep blue wire to keep the strands in place.



Detail of the wire wrapped ring:


Close up of bead strands:
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3  One Awesome Harry Potter Thing - Round 2? in New Swap Theme Ideas by Mistress Jennie on: May 20, 2015 06:53:02 AM
Hello folks!  I'm considering staring another round of the One Awesome Harry Potter Thing Swap, which is a spin on the OTT Swaps out there.



Sign Ups: June 2nd - June 13th
Send Outs: July 11th  (4 weeks of crafting time)


For anyone unfamiliar with the first swap, here are some of the details...

~*This swap will be for ONE Awesome Harry Potter Thing (OAHPT).
~*OAHPTs can be ANY size in dimensions.
~*OAHPTs should be LARGE/EXTRA-LARGE in terms of crafting time/cost requirements.
~*We only send the ONE item.  No extras.
~*For this round, you are welcome to IYP (invite your partner), but are not required to.  Any folks who decide to IYP must sign up together.  If you don't have a partner, I will partner you with another single swapper.


A little about IYPs  
In this swap, you can contact anyone and ask them to be your partner. It's almost like a personal swap, but with a group, and a killer gallery! You will have to sign up with your partner. That is, you must contact your potential partner via pm and you both must mutually agree to be partnered together. Once you have a partner, each of you must pm me with your information, and after doing all the necessary double checking, I will post you both together as participants and add this swap to your "In progress" feedback.

It is a little scary to ask someone to be your partner. Some people may have someone else already in mind, or they may not have the time or funds to participate right now, or they may just not be interested. We need to remember to be nice if we feel we need to refuse someone, and to not take it personally if someone else turns us down.


So.... who's up for some summer HP lovin'?  Kiss
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4  ~*Detention in the Dungeons*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: May 20, 2015 05:29:48 AM
~*Detention in the Dungeons*~


This semester there will be three Detention Challenges, one for each month.  You are welcome to do any, all, or none of these challenges.  (Remember, they are just here to help get your crafty juices flowing!)  All Detention projects are worth 15 House Points and may be turned in anytime during the semester, regardless of what the newest Challenge is, up until the semester ends on February 28th.  (For example, you may turn in December or January challenges in February.)

June Challenge:



July Challenge:



August Challenge:



~*Challenge Badges*~
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5  ~*Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: May 20, 2015 05:28:15 AM
Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans
A risk with every mouthful!

"You want to be careful with these. When they say every flavor, they mean every flavor - you know you get all the ordinary ones like chocolate and peppermint and marmalade, but then you can get spinach and liver and tripe. George reckons he had a bogey-flavored one once." - Ron Weasley

Its no secret that Hogwarts students love sweets.  And teachers, Headmasters & Headmistresses have been known to enjoy their share of treats too.  Therefore, your brilliant Headmistresses have devised an epic new *series* of Mini-Challenges for you.  


Every two weeks we will pull a new bean out of the bag.  Each bean will be the inspiration for a mini-challenge.  Students may complete and post a craft based on that theme to earn 15 House Points, and a Badge for that challenge.  Once a new challenge is posted, you have until 11:59 Central time THE SAME DAY to finish posting the "old" bean.  Items posted after that can earn Badges, but no House Points  As with all things in the HPC, you are welcome to do any, all, or none of these challenges.  They are just a way to inspire your own magical crafting adventures.

*If the Semester ends before the Bean's two week span is over, the Bean will continue into the new semester.  You may only enter your Bean project in *one* of the semesters.


And this weeks bean is...
....!



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6  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: May 17, 2015 01:30:59 PM
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.  
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7  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: May 03, 2015 02:55:45 PM
Class: Astronomy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Ocean & Horcrux Wine Charms
Brief Description:
Project Picture:  For my Astronomy homework I created *two* sets of wine charms, each of which slide over the stem of a glass.  Wink  An ocean themed set, and my favorite...  a Horcrux themed set!





Challenge: Bertie Botts Bean - Mushroom
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Herb Garden
Brief Description: Both the herbs and dirt for this project are generally found outdoors.  I emptied my old pots of their dead plants, set up a new plant stand, and have 9 plants going right now.  Cherry tomatoes, basil, parsley, chives, baby eggplants, lemon balm, thyme, mint and cilantro.  Cheesy
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Challenge: Bertie Botts Bean - Olive
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Music & Reading wine charms
Brief Description: A few more sets of wine charms.  A good glass of wine always makes me feel more peaceful.  As do music and reading, which are the themes of these two sets!
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Challenge: Detention - March
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Wild Animal Safari Bracelet
Brief Description: I've been working on this bracelet for well over 6 months.  I've been buying the super detailed animal charms one at a time and putting them away since at least September.  Our trip to the zoo last week pushed me into finally finishing it!
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Class: Herbology
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Beauty & the Beast Bracelet
Brief Description:  I've been working on a series of fairy tale inspired bracelets, and the newest into the mix is my Beauty & the Beast Bracelet, which includes a LOT of yellow beads.  There are actually 3 different shades of yellow in there.  Smiley
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8  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: May 03, 2015 02:17:33 PM
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.  
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9  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: May 01, 2015 11:16:37 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 March or April's challenges in May.  Smiley
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10  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: May 01, 2015 10:48:14 AM
Note from the Headmistress...

This semester I will be offering extra Challenges.  Each Headmistress Challenge will be themed to the season, will last approximately 1 month, and will earn 15 House Points just like Classes.  So what is up next?

Headmistress Challenges - MAY
Feeding the Castle!
May 1st - 31st


Food figures prominently in the Harry Potter novels. We hear new announcements from Dumbledore during the Start-of-Term Feast, and have cozy afternoon teas with Hagrid on the weekends.  There are happy family meals with the Weasleys during the summer holidays, and trips to Honeyduke's to load up on sweets during term.  Students rest and gossip over dinner in the Great Hall, teachers socialize over drinks at the Three Broomsticks, and Fred & George nick snacks from the House Elves in the Kitchens. Clearly, food is as important in the Wizarding World as it is in the Muggle World. For this challenge you must submit a complete recipe, inspired by the world of Harry Potter.  THIS DOES NOT HAVE TO BE A FOOD THE STUDENTS EAT IN ONE OF THE BOOKS!  You are quite welcome to try your hand at a familiar recipe like Mrs. Weasley's Onion Soup, or a cool refreshing batch of Pumpkin Juice.  But you can also make something inspired by a favorite scene, magical object, character, etc.  We all know that chocolate helps ease the symptoms of a Dementor attack, so how about making a Triple Chocolate Cake?  Can't get enough Quidditch?  Make up some Golden Snitch Cookies.  Love the scene in the Cave from Half-Blood Prince?  Why not make some Glowing-Green Potion Candy?  (Magpirate, why do I think this one has your name all over it?) If your favorite character is Mad-Eye Moody, why not honor his memory with some Firewhiskey Pork Chops?  

Just remember to explain your inspiration in your post if it isn't immediately clear, and be sure to post a complete recipe with a photo!



For more inspiration, be sure to check out the Harry Potter Recipe Thread here on Craftster, as well as some of the many fun HP inspired projects on Bakingdom.  And for those of you who are vegan, check out Dumbledore's Vegan Army which is full of fun recipes!

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 eat.
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