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1  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: September 22, 2016 02:12:59 PM
Note from the Headmistress....


Ladywitches and Gentlewizards, I'm not sure if you've noticed but Diagon Alley is filling up with fantastic new shops!  I have two I want to tell you about today.  Edel's Print Emporium has opened in between Eeylop's Owl Emporium and Pottage's Cauldron Shop.  It's a fantastic little place that I wandered into while stocking up on supplies for the upcoming school year in Diagon Alley last week.  The shop is run by edelC, who makes magic with dye and ink.  She heard about QuirkieCraft's donation to Hogwarts students, and wanted in on the action too.  The lovely lady has donated 1/2 yard of beautiful hand dyed and printed Golden Snitch fabric!

Soon after left Edel's, I stopped in at Fate's Fickle Stitches, which has just opened next to Florean Fortesque's Ice Cream Parlor. (A place I try to avoid dreaming about.)  Fate's Fickle Stitches is run by fatewineroses.  She has offered to create a custom hoopla, based on the winner's favorite things in the Wizarding World.  Check out an example of her stitch witchery.



Look for more updates about the great donated prizes we have in store for the end of the Term, coming throughout the week!
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2  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: September 19, 2016 07:35:17 AM
Note from the Headmistress....


Have you guys checked out Diagon Alley lately?  Some really brilliant new shops have opened up there recently.  Right in between Quality Quidditch Supplies and Slug & Jigger's Apothecary, is a great new shop called QuirkieCraft!  It's filled to the brim with magical stitch witchery.  The rather formidable witch sheepBlue is the proprietress.  While we were having tea last week, she mentioned being very impressed with the work going on at Hogwarts this year, and offered a prize for one of our students!  She has kindly donated an infinity scarf, which she has handprinted with the Hogwarts crest!  It will be awarded to one very lucky student during the End of term Feast!  For those of you who cannot get to London to visit her shop in Diagon Alley, or who are living among Muggles, you can also find her magical handmade items on the Muggle Interwebz.  (Am I saying that right?)  You can find her on Etsy at www.etsy.com/shop/QuirkieCraftThank you so much sheepBlue!



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3  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: September 14, 2016 05:18:21 PM
Challenge: Calais Refugee Challenge
SPEW: Refugee Challenge
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Waterfall Flower Hat

Brief Description: I just realized that out of all the hats and scarves I've made in the last few weeks, I hadn't submitted any as the Calais Challenge itself!  How did I nearly overlook the original challenge?  Time to rectify that.  The pattern is the Easy Peasy Women's Winter Hat.  This beanie was fast and fun to make, and had the benefit of using up stash yarn.  I'm not sure I didn't the flower correctly, but it came out pretty cute anyways.  The button was handmade, but I can't for the life of me remember by whom.  I do remember that I received it in a swap.  So, to whoever made it, I thank you.  It was the perfect finishing touch the hat needed.  Cheesy
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Challenge: Detention - August
SPEW: Calais Refugee Challenge
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Waterfall Infinity Scarf

Brief Description: To go along with the hat, I also created an infinity scarf.  Since the pattern just calls for the single yarn, I went ahead and added a border of the lighter yarn as a contrast.  The pattern is the Gelato Scarf Pattern, and the yarns are Lion Brand Opal (teal) and Waterfall (aqua).
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4  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: September 13, 2016 01:05:47 PM


HPC Quidditch Cup
Summer 2016

This semester saw another great battle for the Quidditch Cup!  We had 20 players participating who created 184 projects.  That's 4 more players, AND 107 MORE PROJECTS than last year's match!!!

But who won the coveted cup?  Let's look at the scoreboard....

Slytherin had 3 players, who scored 330 points, for an average of 110 points per player.

Hufflepuff had 9 players, who scored 1270 points, for an average of 141 points per player.

Ravenclaw had 6 players, who scored 960 points, for an average of 160 points per player.

Gryffindor had 2 players, who scored 440 points, for an average of 220 points per player.


 


Congratulations to Gryffindor House on their victory!
Here's your badge, wear it with pride!



And let's take a final moment to congratulate our MVC's, our Most Valuable Crafters for the game!  Each of these ladies helped lead their teams by earning the most individual points; Ms. ErinAquaheart of Slytherin House, Ms. seeuudee of Hufflepuff House, and Ms. noodle-bug of Ravenclaw House!  Here are special badges for each of you.





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5  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: September 12, 2016 02:56:48 PM
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6  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: September 11, 2016 04:41:31 PM
Challenge: Quidditch - REFEREE
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Storm Fort!

Brief Description: Backstory: I hate rearranging things.  I like arranging things, for the first time, exactly as I want them.  But I hate tearing that apart and doing things over again.  This project is me doing that very thing, rearranging.  
Present: My poor puppy is terrified of thunderstorms and fireworks.  We've tried Thundershirts and other home remedies, but the only thing that really seems to help is to sit with her in a closet.  Sad  Sometimes if a storm starts in the middle of the night, either my husband or I will take her to the guest room, so that the other person can get some sleep.  During these nights I usually find myself sitting on the floor of a rather tiny closet for hours on end, reading my kindle and trying to keep my legs from falling asleep. After the last uncomfortable late night in the closet, I decided I needed to rearrange things in there to be more comfortable for both the dog and I.  Here's what I did!  I moved everything on the floor level up onto shelving, so that there's more useable floor space, and so there's nothing on the bottom rows of shelving, because the pup likes to knock anything on those shelves to the floor.  I added a padded folding chair for me, fun pillow and afghan to keep me warm in there, and one of the many dog beds that we have around the house. Now, when a storm strikes, all I have to do is unfold the chair, and we're good to hide from the impending apocalypse.  When I finished, Astrid actually came in and hopped right up on her bed!
Project Picture (finished):


upper half of closet


before shot


Challenge: Quidditch - Haversacking
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Work on my OWL

Brief Description: I put in some work on my long overdue OWL!  Went ahead and finished both sleeves, and even wove in the ends.  Now I just have to do some edging on the neck, finish the bottom edge, and weave in the ends.  Cheesy
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And here's the before pic....
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7  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: September 11, 2016 10:12:11 AM
Challenge: Headmistress Challenge - September: Weasley Clock
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Bringing Order to the Spice Drawer

Brief Description: I've always kept dried herbs and spices in a cupboard beside my stove.  But when we moved into our new house in June, there just wasn't the space for the same old layout.  My new kitchen, while beautiful and efficient, is also very small, with very little cupboard space.  Once I had filled the cupboards with the larger items that *had* to go in them, there just wasn't space for the tiny spice jars.  I was left with just one option, put them all in a drawer beside the stove, that only opens partway and is otherwise unusable.  But there was a problem...  All the spice jars were round, so they rolled around in the drawer, and, they were all various sizes, and some came in zip top bags from my favorite online spice merchant.  I started by ditching out all the old, out-of-date stuff.  Then I picked up some new spices at the grocery store, which were sold in square jars, perfect for not-rolling around the drawer!  I bought more of the same size square jars online, and filled them with the bagged spices, and made labels with my label printer.  The result is a very orderly drawer, with everything in easy reach!
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I forgot to get a true before pic, but here's a mid process shot, with my kitchen a wreck!  It's soooo much neater now.
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8  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: September 08, 2016 11:39:31 AM
Challenge: Quidditch - KEEPER
SPEW: Calais Refugee Camp
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Sunrise Infinity Scarf

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Brief Description: Crocheting this infinity scarf kept me sitting still for many hours!  I've been doing a few hours after dinner each night this week.
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9  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: September 06, 2016 10:08:45 AM
Challenge: Floo Powder - Jupiter
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Recipe Link: Paprika Shrimp & Cheddar Grits

Brief Description: By every definition of the word, I am a Yankee.  Born and bred in New England, I have a mild distrust for the rest of the country.  While I love to travel and meet new friends from new places, my heart is most decidedly a New Englander.  When my Midwestern husband first moved to NH with me, he noted that New England was like the Greek city states.  They fought with one another, but all banded together to dislike the rest of the world more.  I had to admit, he is right.  But then I was transplanted to the South, a place Yankees fear above the rest of the country, and found myself surrounded by new foods.  Things I was warned that I wouldn't like due their spicy flavors or unfamiliar textures and ingredients.  But I've decided to *try* to embrace them as much as possible, and that means learning to cook things like grits.  (Seriously, I am not going to let corn defeat me!)  So, here's my new favorite recipe, Shrimp & Grits.  And yes, this Yankee loved it.
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Challenge: Quidditch - SEEKER
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Recipe Link: Chilled Chicken Ramen

Brief Description: This project includes an item that is difficult to find in most American kitchens, furikake.  Furikake is a Japanese seasoning that includes dried seaweed, sesame seeds, dried fish, sugar and salt.  I LOVED this recipe from Blue Apron.  All the flavors were so bright and fresh, and the chilled chicken dressed with sesame oil was so refreshing on the very hot night that I made it! 
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Challenge: Quidditch - Blagging
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Recipe Link: Seared Cod & Summer Succotash with Fairytale Eggplant & Pickled Grapes

Brief Description: My husband has been a busy guy lately, working on finishing a piece of software he's building for his company.  Since we are seeing one another less, I decided to make a nice dinner, and actually sit at the dinner table for it, instead of camping out int he living room.  I wanted to get him to linger over dinner with me, turning an average weeknight dinner into a stay-at-home date night.  Putting on Pandora, and pouring some wine, along with dinner had us both lingering at the table.  Smiley  I liked this recipe too.  The bright colors were visually appetizing, and the bright note of the pickled grapes balanced the more subtle flavor of the seared cod.
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10  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: September 01, 2016 05:56:31 PM
NEWT Subject: Transfiguration
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Nebula Afghan
Brief Description: I have been practicing my skills in transfiguring and vanishing, with my new afghan.  I managed to vanish 20 skeins of homespun yarn in making it!  (11 of which were stash, and 9 of which were purchased to complete it.) Hopefully it will live on the foot of our new bed, whenever we manage to get one. 
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