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1  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: August 27, 2014 02:24:27 PM
NEWT Subject: Transfiguration
House: Gryffindor
Project Name & Page Link: My New Craft Studio
Brief Description: I can't believe that I proposed this NEWT 8 months ago!  Seriously, how did it take me so long!?!?!  Oh wait, I commuted several hours a day for 5 months of it, and have been working non-stop since!  Anyways, I've finally finished my new craft studio.  There are tons of pics in the main post, which you can find the link above.  Here's a teaser pic of my main desk area.
Project Picture:
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2  My New Craft Studio in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Mistress Jennie on: August 27, 2014 02:17:21 PM
In the last 8 months, I've had a lot of life changes.  My husband got an amazing new job, which brought us to Nashville.  In doing so I gave up my job teaching costuming at a university and am now focusing on my Etsy shop full time.  Since I've been working in busy costumes shops for my entire adult life, with lots of other noisy happy artists, I knew that the switch to solitary work days would be big for me.  I was worried about getting a bit depressed being on my own all day, so I decided that my new studio had to be a fantastically welcoming place, where I would enjoy being all day.  This is the result!

First a teaser pic...



And now, lets start at the beginning...  View from the door, including my happy rainbow rug, and my giant squashy armchair.  You can see the dreamcatcher FiberAlchemist made just above the chair.


Beside the chair is my newly finished gallery wall!  Lots of treasures there, but two of my favorites are shadowboxes.  An Outlander inspired one by Knickertwist and Gryffindor one by pinkleo.  The giant safety pin came from T.J. Maxx, and I made the wooden button out of a wood charger from the craft store. The black and white mandala piece was done by a former student.


On the opposite wall is my main work area and supplies storage.  The left side bookcases, full of craft supplies like paint, brushes, markers, glitter, colored pencils, hand sewing supplies, etc.


Main desk area, with most often used tools, and all my jewelry supplies.  Beads, charms, findings, etc. 


Crowning my desk is a shelf full of many of my favorite treasures.  Mostly items made by my Craftster crushes. 
(Left to right Fashion Matchbox by spidermom, wooden TARDIS box by lanikins, Dream Shrine by pinkleo, Steampunk Fairy Shrine by rackycoo, Alter Moon Spool by jillybeans, Sewing Shrine by pinkleo, Slug & Jiggers Apothecary Storefront by Knickertwist, the king & queen we used as cake toppers on our wedding cake, Gryffindor Pencil Cup by endymion, and Theatre Matchbox from cackle.)


Right side bookshelves, full of a few more treasures, all of my completed jewelry, and shipping supplies.  Currently my computer is on a small rolling desk, so it can be moved around to my armchair, or out to the living room.


And I actually have closet space!  DH and I built some cubbies from Target, and I spent two days organizing the rest of my stash into them.  The 3x3 cubby contains scrap fabrics in bins, and yardage folded below.


Beside that is a 4x4 cubbie, full of yarn, wood & glass crafts, paper crafting bits and bobs. 




Ironing board, large scale artwork from grad school, and filling bins for sewing patterns and my shop paperwork.


I'm such a lucky girl!
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3  ~*Diagon Alley*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: August 25, 2014 05:39:01 PM

~*Diagon Alley*~
"Did he say diagonally?"
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4  ~*Detention in the Dungeons*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: August 25, 2014 05:37:27 PM
~*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 September or October challenges in November.)

September Challenge:



October Challenge:



November Challenge:




~*Challenge Badges*~
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5  ~*Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: August 25, 2014 05:34:42 PM
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...




~*Challenge Badges*~
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6  ~*Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: August 25, 2014 05:32:00 PM
~*HOW TO COMPLETE A NEWT*~
IMPORTANT: To be eligible to take your NEWT, you must have completed one OWL.  If you have not completed an OWL, you cannot propose a NEWT.
1. Select which subject you would like to complete for your NEWT.  You may only do one NEWT at a time so select carefully.
2. Propose what you plan on doing for your NEWT project.  You may do this by PM to your NEWT Examiners or by posting in the HPC thread.  When making an NEWT Proposal, please use the header below, and make sure you give details such as methods using, materials using, plan of action, timeline.  These details will help us cheer you on and inspire future NEWTs.
3. Begin work on your NEWT project.  Feel free to add progress pics in the HPC thread.
4. Once your project is complete, post a picture of your project in the HPC; make sure to use the NEWT Header provided below.  Once you post a completed NEWT, your NEWT Examiner will notify the Headmistress, and you will earn your NEWT Badge for that subject.
GOOD LUCK!!


~*NEWT PROPOSAL HEADER*~
NEWT Subject:
House:
Project Name:
Brief Description: (explain how your project relates to your subject, pattern/techniques used, materials using, plan of action, expected timeline, etc.)

~*COMPLETED NEWT HEADER*~
NEWT Subject:
House:
Project Name:
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture:
Feel free to also include your house and any storycrafting you've created for your project.


~*NEWT EXAMS*~
So, whats a NEWT?! A NEWT is impressive! A NEWT is just enough crazy that youre not totally sure you can make it to end, but not so crazy that youll land in the padded wagon on your way to the finish line.  A NEWT is much like a thesis.  You are to choose the course of study you wish to take in a particular subject.  Research your desired subject, find a facet of that subject that you wish focus your advanced studies.  Form a plan of action, and make your proposal.  Remember your NEWT should be detailed and should be a craft endeavor that take you 1 month or more to finish.  This is Advanced Studies so make sure to stretch yourself and your crafty magic.  You may take NEWTs in the following subjects:
--Alchemy: Students are expected to show extensive knowledge of basic elements, as well as the transmutation of substances.
--Arithmancy: Students display their mastery of all things magical and mathematical.
--Astronomy: Students should demonstrate knowledge of the celestial heavens.
--Care of Magical Creatures: Students should demonstrate extensive knowledge of magical creatures and their proper care and handling.
--Charms: Students are expected to have total mastery over charms.
--Defence Against the Dark Arts: Students must demonstrate the ability to defend themselves in magical combat.
--Divination: Students should have a sound knowledge of a variety of techniques of foretelling the future.
--Herbology: Students should have a vast knowledge of magical plants and be able to easily manipulate complex organic creations.
--History of Magic: Students must produce evidence that they did not sleep through all of Prof. Binns lectures.
--Muggle Studies: Students should demonstrate their knowledge of all things muggle and have the ability to blend into muggle society with ease
--Potions: Students should exhibit full knowledge of all potions and a mastery at mixing complex potions.
--Study of Ancient Runes: Students are expected to decipher obscure markings with ease.
--Transfiguration: Students will demonstrate the ability to transfigure and vanish.


~*Students Eligible to Take NEWTs*~
Abbeeroad, Acadian Driftwood, Audania1, CraftLadyMJ, DragonChilde, Eiseldora, ErinAquaheart, FiberAlchemist, indigo_roses, jenleahlynn, jennieingram, jillybeans, Kit the Brave, lelyonna, Magpirate, MamanTattoo, Melissaurus, Moonflame, Naantje, netchez, Nicajeanie, noodle-bug, patty_o_furniture, PenguinSoup, pinkleo, pottermouth, rockmygypsysoul, Supermutts, tiamatfire, travelgirl, and WhistleFish

~*NEWT PROPOSALS*~




~*NEWT Certificates*~
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7  ~*Ordinary Wizarding Levels*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: August 25, 2014 05:30:13 PM
NOTE: Once you propose, please go forth on your Advanced Studies projects.  Your Examiners will PM if they have any inquiries.

~Everything O.W.L.s and N.E.W.T.s~
---Ordinary Wizarding Levels, OWLs, and Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests, NEWTs, are advanced crafting projects.  OWLs and NEWTs are supposed to be more complex and challenging projects.
---OWLs and NEWTs are more time-consuming than HPC classes and challenges.  There is no hard and fast rule on how many hours a project should take, because speed and difficulty levels are too subjective.  What we are really looking for is a project that will be a personal challenge to you.
---OWLs should take 3-4 weeks to complete.
---NEWTs should take more than a month to complete. (Please see post below for more on NEWTs.)
---Projects that do not take the allotted time of crafting will not be counted as complete; keep that in mind when you post your completed OWLs and NEWTs.  If you finish your OWL or NEWT earlier than expected, then craft an additional item(s) that correspond with your subject.  Add notes on how you finished earlier than expected and details about your additional crafting in your Completed Project post.
---You must propose your OWL or NEWT before starting so that we may be your cheerleaders and help encourage you during this more challenging craft adventure.
---You may only do 1 OWL & 1 NEWT at one time.  (Dont want you to be stuck with a ton of OWL & NEWT WIPs!)
---You may propose an OWL or NEWT any time during the semester.
---OWLs and NEWTs can carry over to the next semester.
---If you decide to abandon an OWL or NEWT project, notify your OWL Examiners, and they will erase that log from their records.  Once you have submitted to have an OWL or NEWT erased, you can propose a new one.


~*HOW TO COMPLETE AN OWL*~
1. Select which OWL you would like to complete.  You may only do one OWL at a time so select carefully.
2. Propose what you plan on doing for your OWL project.  You may do this by PM to your OWL Examiners or by posting in the HPC thread.  When making an OWL Proposal, please use the header below, and make sure you give details such as methods using, materials using, plan of action, timeline.  These details will help us cheer you on and inspire future OWLs.
3. Begin work on your OWL project.  Feel free to add progress pics in the HPC thread.
4. Once your project is complete, post a picture of your project in the HPC; make sure to use the OWL Header provided below.  Once you post a completed OWL, your OWL Examiner will notify the Headmistress, and you will earn your OWL Badge for that subject.
GOOD LUCK!!


~*OWL PROPOSAL HEADER*~
OWL Subject & Option(if available):
House:
Project Name:
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques used, materials using, plan of action, expected timeline, etc.)

~*COMPLETED OWL HEADER*~
OWL Subject & Option (if available):
House:
Project Name:
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture:
Feel free to also include your house and any storycrafting you've created for your project.


~*OWL EXAMS*~
--Alchemy:  Option 1-Alchemists have, through their mystical quests, made significant contributions to our world.  These include metalworking, production of inks, dyes and cosmetics, ceramics and glass manufacture, preparation of extracts and liqueurs and the invention of gunpowder.  Honor the work of these alchemists by creating something from one or more of these contributions.  Option 2-The Four Elements of alchemy are Fire, Earth, Air and Water.  Craft a project that represents all four of these elements.
--Arithmancy: Bridget Wenlock was a famous thirteenth-century Arithmancer, and the first to establish the magical properties of the number seven.  Your OWL quest is to turn in something that involves the number seven.
--Astronomy: Option 1-Craft a star chart.  Option 2-Interpret the solar system into a craft.  Option 3-It is believed that we can only see 5% of the universe, the rest is made up of Dark Matter and Dark Energy which is invisible to us. Create something where at first glance you can only see a small portion, but when you look closer you can find the rest of the details.
--Care of Magical Creatures:  Option 1-Even in the muggle world, we are surrounded by fascinating and breathtaking creatures.  Craft something inspired by an everyday animal you find magical.  Option 2-Dragons are terrifying yet awe-inspiring; craft something inspired by these magical creatures.
--Charms: Research the different charms and show your mastery of a particular charm by crafting something inspired by it.  For example, Alohomora is an opening charm; craft something that open or has an opening.  Another example, Confundus is a confusion charm; craft something you find a bit confusing.
--Defence Against the Dark Arts: Option 1-The patronus is an effective charm against dementors and to call for help when in need, though difficult to master. Craft something using or inspired by your patronus animal.  Option 2-Craft something inspired by one of the DADA professors.
--Divination: Option 1-Create at least 4 items you need for a successful reading.  Option 2-Create a dream item.  Option 3-Create something inspired by the zodiac.
--Herbology:  Research magical and mundane plants, and show your knowledge by creating something inspired by one or more plants that could be found in a wizards or witches garden.
--History of Magic: Option 1-Create 4 different items, one item for each house, these items should reflect your interpretation of the characteristics of each house.  Option 2-Craft 3 items which represent 3 characters with Harry Potter.   Option 3-Craft something using a vintage pattern, material, or technique.
--Muggle Studies: We all know the Tales of Beetle Bard, but did you know that muggles have a vast array of fantastical stories?  The most fascinating are known to muggles as fairy tales.  Study these tales and craft something inspired by them.
--Potions: Option 1- Show off your ability to work with many ingredients by showcasing at least 3 different colors/pattern/textures.  Colors can be monochromatic.  A variegated yarn or one fabric swatch with various colors within it count as one color.  Option 2-Research different potions and show your mastery by crafting something inspired by it.
--Study of Ancient Runes: Option 1-Use an intricate charted design; you may create your own design for this project.  Option 2-Create something that contains 7 or more letters/symbols.  Option 3-Create a set of runes; these can be presented in one or more pieces.
--Transfiguration: Option 1-Practice your vanishing and conjuring spells by taking a large amount of supply and crafting one piece.  Option 2-Craft something with a dual purpose.  Option 3-Craft your Animagus.



~*OWL PROPOSALS*~




~*OWL Certificates*~
     
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8  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: August 23, 2014 10:09:44 AM
In Fourth Place
Gryffindor playing as Japan
Players: Mistress Jennie, rockmygypsysoul
165 points, 2 players = 82.5 points average

In Third Place
Ravenclaw playing as USA
Players: FiberAlchemist, Magpirate, netchez, noodle-bug, pottermouth, teag, vincentvanbuck
600 points, 7 players = 85.7 points average

In Second Place
Hufflepuff playing as Brazil
Players: Acadian Driftwood, AnnoyingBigSister, gaudiknight, midkiffsjoy, Moonflame
450 points, 5 players = 90 points average

And finally...
Slytherin playing as Bulgaria wins the Quidditch World Cup 2014!!!
Players: calliemae, ErinAquaheart, Inselaeffchen, margaron, Naantje, TechnicolorAquahearts
680 points, 6 players = 113 points average


And while each player battled valiantly, we have some final honors to bestow.  MVP's for each team are as follows...

Gryffindor playing as Japan
Player: Mistress Jennie


Ravenclaw playing as USA
Player: noodle-bug!


Hufflepuff playing as Brazil
Player: midkiffsjoy!


Slytherin playing as Bulgaria
Player: ErinAquaheart!
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9  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: August 23, 2014 09:43:08 AM
Whew!  The Quidditch World Cup is over and it was an action packed match! 

Here are some stats from the match:
10 were SPEW projects were created!
20 players participated!
36 days of non-stop play!
92.8 was the average points per player!
125 projects were created!
1895 points were earned!

And now for Badges!  If you completed a category, you have earned the badge for it below:
Seeker


Beater


Chaser


Keeper


Broomstick


Cheering


Penalty Shots


Next up...  the Winners & MVPs!
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10  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: August 15, 2014 02:06:36 PM
Beware: Massive project post!

Also, please note that several of the projects I'm turning in are for a swap with darling Abbeeroad.  Since she has not received them yet, I'm posting links to the pictures.

Challenge: Bertie Bott's - Toasted Marshmallow
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name:  Doodle Boxes

Brief Description: These were inspired by the work of one of Abbee's favorite crafters, and as you can see are a combination of black and white.  Cheesy
Project Picture:
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=645168&ppuser=153888#axzz3AUfCgXkB


Challenge: House Pride
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Bold of Heart Bracelet

Brief Description: Inspired by the bold hearts of my fellow Gryffindors.  This bracelet was created with garnet beads, and a pewter heart charm.
Project Picture:
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=645170&ppuser=153888#axzz3AUfCgXkB


Challenge: House Unity
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Wise Old Ravenclaw Tee Shirt Yarn

Brief Description: Wise Ravenclaws know that we must reduce, reuse and recycle to protect our precious planet.  I've followed their example by recycling tee shirts into balls of yarn to use in an upcoming project!
Project Picture:



Class: Potions
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Expecto Patronum Bracelet

Brief Description: Inspired by Abbee's patronus.  It is made of moonstone beads and a pewter charm.
Project Picture:
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=645169&ppuser=153888#axzz3AUfCgXkB


Challenge: Quidditch - Keeper
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Marvelous Mobile

Brief Description: This project required two repetitive techniques, wire wrapping and bead stringing!  It is also for Ms. Abbeeroad.
Project Picture:
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=645172&ppuser=153888#axzz3AUfCgXkB
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=645174&ppuser=153888#axzz3AUfCgXkB
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=645175&ppuser=153888#axzz3AUfCgXkB



Challenge: Quidditch - Blatching
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Linen Napkins

Brief Description: Abbeeroad prefers reusable items, rather than disposable ones, and in an effort to support that I created a set of linen napkins for her.  This set is on the smaller side, about 12" square each, and is intended for lunches, snacks, or dessert.
Project Picture:
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=645171&ppuser=153888#axzz3AUfCgXkB


Challenge: Quidditch - Blagging
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Periodic Table of Elements Baby Quilt

Brief Description: Quilts always take a long time, even whole cloth quilts like this one.  I spent an hour pinning, 4 hours doing the actual quilting, and 2 hours prepping and stitching the binding.  It is headed off to my friend, who just had her first baby.  Her husband is a Chemistry teacher, so I couldn't resist creating baby's first Periodic Table as his baby quilt.
Project Picture:





Challenge: Quidditch - Bumphing
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name AND Link: Lemon Zucchini Loaf

Brief Description: To make the World Cup more fun to watch, I made snacks!  This lovely Lemon & Zucchini Loaf is somewhere between a quick bread and a cake.  Not overly sweet, and very moist due to the zucchini.  Perfect to share on a summer afternoon with friends in the stands!
Project Picture:



Challenge: Quidditch - Quaffle-pocking
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Tee Shirt Yarn - Teal
Brief Description: Since these shirts have holes in them, I can't wear them out anymore.  Good thing I can put them to new use by turning them into yarn!
Project Picture:



Class: Transfiguration
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Tee Shirt Yarn - Black

Brief Description: Two matching objects!  Two lovely balls of tee shirt yarn, made from tee shirts I received at a conference this year, but never wear.  Yay for upcycling!
Project Picture:
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