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1  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
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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!
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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!
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2  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: August 13, 2014 12:22:04 PM
Note from the Deputy Headmistress...
~*Calling for Donations in the HPC's very own Diagon Alley!*~ 

What exactly is Diagon Alley you may ask?  It is a way for you to support the HPC, and advertise your crafty business at the same time.  Your Headmistress is asking for donations of prizes that will be awarded during the End of Term Feast in the first week of September.  I will do prize drawings for completion of OWLS & NEWTS, Detention Projects, Quidditch, and Class Participation.  Anyone who donates an item will have a picture of it displayed in the Diagon Alley post on page 2 of the thread, as well as a link to their Etsy or Artfire shop for the rest of the semester.  You may donate a finished crafted item, a new craft book, or a Complete Craft Kit.

Please note that I am not accepting boxes of miscellaneous craft supplies at this time, as we have had so many of them over the last two semesters.

Once the winner of that prize drawing is announced, you will be responsible for shipping it off to the winner.

If you are interested in donating a prize to the HPC, please send an Owl/Private Message to Mistress Jennie listing what you are offering, and where you are willing to ship that item to.  You must include a picture or a link to a picture that we can use here in the thread, and the name of your shop & a link to it so that we may mention it in the post.  PLEASE DO NOT JUST POST THIS IN THE THREAD!


Also please know that we do not expect everyone to participate in this call for prizes.  All of us have different things going on in our lives and all of us have different financial circumstances.   No one will be judged for not being involved, and you may always participate later if you wish.
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3  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: August 13, 2014 11:59:53 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 Deputy Headmistresses Office 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.  Neither of the Headmistresses 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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4  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: August 10, 2014 09:01:20 AM
Challenge: Bertie Botts Bean - Casserole
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Zucchini, Pork & Caramelized Onion Quiche

Project Page Link:
Brief Description: I don't like anything to go to waste, and therefore created this recipe to use up some leftover ground pork, zucchini and sliced onions I had in the fridge.  This recipe is specifically for the quiche, but here are some helpful tips on making caramelized onions from Bon Appetite Magazine.
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1 pre-made pie crust, thawed per package directions
5 eggs
cup coconut milk (or regular milk)
1 medium zucchini, sliced into rounds
cup caramelized onions (make these in advance!)
cup cooked ground pork (or use sausage, chopped ham, bacon, turkey, etc.)
cup shredded Cabot cheddar cheese (its naturally lactose-free)
1-2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsely
1-2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
1 Tablespoon olive oil
salt & pepper to taste
pinch of ground mustard powder (optional)

Preheat your oven to 375. In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium heat.  Saute the zucchini, seasoned lightly with salt and pepper, until softened, but not mushy.

Sprinkle a small amount of cheese into the bottom of the pie crust.  Top with ⅓ of the zucchini slices and caramelized onions.  Add a layer of half of the ground pork (or other meat), and another sprinkling of cheese.  Repeat with another ⅓ of the zucchini and onions, the rest of the meat, some cheese, and the final ⅓ of the zucchini and onions.

Whisk together the eggs, coconut milk, chopped fresh parsley and thyme, salt, pepper, and pinch of mustard powder.  Pour over the ingredients in the pie crust, and add a final light sprinkling of cheddar cheese.  (You have now used the full cup.)

Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the quiche is set and the top and crust are golden brown. I recommend serving with a side of roasted baby potatoes.  Cheesy

Class: DADA
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Dairy Free Bubble Tea

Brief Description: The full recipe and tutorial can be found with the link above.
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Challenge: Detention - August
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Snape & Lily "Always" Bookmarks

Brief Description:   For August's Detention, we must make multiples of the same object.  So, I've made 6 of these little bookmarks!  They were inspired by everyone's favorite Potion's Master, Prof. Snape, and Lily Evans.
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Challenge: Quidditch - Stooging
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Teeny Tiny Bookmarks for bunny1kenobi

Brief Description: I'm co-organizing the IYP 26 Swap, and while posting in the thread about a craftastrophe that I just had, I challeneged the members of the swap to guess what material I was working with.  bunny1kenobi guessed correctly, so I sent her a tiny prize package of two small bookmarks and some socks.  Here are the bookmarks...
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Challenge: Quidditch - Beater
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Divination Earrings & Amethyst Earrings

Project Description: Earrings definitely work as a pair!  I stared off by creating some Divination inspired earrings with these awesome little palmistry hand charms.  I am quite pleased with how they came out.  But since they didn't fill the full 30 minutes of required crafting time for the HPC, I also made a second set, out of amethyst stone beads.  I  have a beautiful wrap bracelet full of amethyst that I received in a swap here on Craftster, but didn't have any earrings to match.  Now I do!  Cheesy
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Challenge: Quidditch - Chaser
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: TARDIS earrings & pendant

Brief Description: This was a quick-for-me craft that took just over 30 minutes to put together.  Adorable little TARDIS earrings and a matching pendant!
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5  Dairy Free Bubble Tea (Can be Vegan-friendly!) in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Mistress Jennie on: August 10, 2014 08:33:03 AM
I have loved bubble tea since my husband introduced me to it 10 years ago.  Sadly, in that time, I've also become highly lactose intolerant, making it hard to go out for bubble tea in restaurants, since most use various mixes to make the milk tea, some of which contain dairy, and some of which don't.  Since he language barrier can be a problem at some Asian restaurants in my area, I've switched to making bubble tea at home, which is really rather easy, and you get to control what goes in it!  Also, since most tapioca pearls are vegan (made of starch rather than gelatin), by swapping out the honey for agave, you can easily make it vegan friendly.

For 1 serving you will need:
2 Teaspoons Strong black tea (preferably loose leaf tea)
Almond Milk, or other non-dairy milk of choice
cup Tapioca Pearls
1-2 Tablespoons Honey (or Agave if you'd like it to be vegan)
Almond or other flavored extract of your choice (optional)
2 cup glass measuring cup
Tea Ball or Tea Strainer
16-20 oz. glass
Bubble Tea or Smoothie Straw

Set the tea kettle to boil.  Place two teaspoons of tea into a large tea ball.  Pour just over 1 cup of water over the tea and allow to steep for 5 minutes.  (You want a good strong cup of tea to stand up to the milk and honey you will be adding.)  Once the tea is steeped, remove the tea ball and add enough ice to make 1 cups of tea.  (I like to do this is a 2 cup measuring cup.)  Add 1-3 drops of almond extract to the tea.  Stir.  By the time you make the tapioca pearls, the tea will be nice and cold.

Meanwhile place 3 cups of water in a medium sauce pan, and bring to a boil over high heat.  Once the water is boiling, slowly pour in the tapioca pearls and stir gently.  Allow to boil for about 5 minutes.  At this point the pearls should be very plump.

Cover the pan, and reduce heat to low.  Set the time for 5 minutes. 

Once the 5 minutes are up, use the lid of the pan to help you strain out the water.  Add the honey or agave to the tapioca pearls.  This not only sweetens your final beverage, but also helps the pearls from becoming hard or grainy.  Stir gently, and allow the pearls to soak in the honey for 2-3 minutes.

Pour the pearls and honey into a large glass.  (For reference this is a 20 ounce glass.)  Fill the glass to full of tea, and then add some almond milk.  Use your bubble tea straw to stir gently to combine the milk and tea.  Let rest 1-2 minutes, so the tapioca pearls cool slightly in the tea, and stir again.  Now go enjoy your bubble tea!  Preferably on the porch with a great book!

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6  Re: Back to Hogwarts 5 in Craft Swaps by Mistress Jennie on: August 05, 2014 08:01:22 AM

Student Roster

Cool = Has IYPed/self partnered

1. Headmistress Mistress Jennie
2. Deputy Headmistress FiberAlchemist  
3. pottermouth
4. amc-  Cool
5. NathanielM93
6. SheridanLA
7. felicitybaby  Cool
8. Dra  Cool
9. Knickertwist  Cool
10. AnniFromBerlin
11. chughes225
12. camezzo
13. blushingbluegrass
14. dinkime
15. Elameno
16. Ant Bee
17. mandymo13
18. Muahahahaha

Partner Classrooms
Report to your professor when you send, receive, or will be late.

Transfiguration Class: Professor Mistress Jennie

Charms Class: Professor FiberAlchemist
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7  Back to Hogwarts 5 - SIGNUPS END TOMORROW AUG 22; SENDOUTS OCT 10 in Craft Swaps by Mistress Jennie on: August 05, 2014 07:58:21 AM

Swap name: Back to Hogwarts Round 5
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Mistress Jennie
Craftster memeber who is co-organizing this swap: FiberAlchemist
Sign-up date range: August 5- August 22@4PM CT
Date to send item by: October 10

Limited to a certain number of people? no
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? no

Swap Organizer herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Swap Decree: All swappers MUST post at least once in the swap signup thread.  ABOUT BEING A PARTICIPANT IN A SWAP: Joining a swap: "In addition, you must post in the signup thread. The thread is a major means of communication for the organizer and the swap participants."  This is not a rule I created, it is a Craftster rule, and one that is enforced.  Thank you in advance for following this important swap guideline. Kiss

I reserve the right to refuse anyone.  If you have feedback that shows a history of very late sending, ill-communication, incomplete packages, lack of DC#'s, etc. I may refuse you. I want this to be a flake-free swap. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me.

It's that time of year again, time to go back to school.  And if you received your letter, then it is time to pack you trunk and prepare to go back to Hogwarts.  So much to do, we better get started!

In this Round of Back to Hogwarts, we will craft 1 Large, 1 Medium, and 1 Small.  If you are unclear on what constitutes various sizes, please check this post on the Swap FAQ's.

And to stretch your crafty muscles and to keep with our theme, you can choose to craft any three of the following six options...

~* an item based on your partner's House preference
~* an item based on your partner's favorite Shop
~* an item based on your partner's favorite Class
~* an item based on your partner's favorite Spell, Curse, or Potion
~* an item based on your partner's favorite Character or Magical Creature
~* an item based on your partner's favorite Quote or Magical Object[/b][/size]

Your partner's House is Ravenclaw, fave shop is Ollivanders, fave class is Potions, fave Spell is Expecto Patronum, fave Character is Luna, and fave Quote is "It does not due to dwell on dreams and forget to live".

You could make....
a LARGE Stenciled Ravenclaw Hoodie, a MEDIUM Wooden Wand, and a SMALL Pair of Luna's Raddish Earrings.  
a LARGE embroidered Expecto Patronum Hoopla, a MEDIUM Cauldron Candle, and a SMALL bookmark with Dumbledore's quote.

You can self-partner aka IYP for this swap, if both people wish to be swap partners.  If you do this, please PM your partnering to the organizer before the close of signups.

If you want to participate, fill out the below questionnaire and send to organizer.
(Remember to send your info to the organizer via Private Message (PM) and not to reply with it here)

Name of swap: Back to Hogwarts 5
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country (as it should appear for shipping please):
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval (yes/no):

What are you favorite crafts to make?
What kind of crafts would you like to receive?
Do you want useful or decorative items?
Any special wishes? (no guarantees)
Anything you really DON'T want to receive? (i.e. animal products, religious, adult", HP items you already have)
What house do you belong to/support?
What is your favorite magical shop?
What class would you be most interested in taking at Hogwarts?

Who/What is your favorite HP...

Magical Creature?

Magical Item?


Do you or anyone in your home smoke?
Do you have pets?
Are you allergic to anything?

What is your...
(answer only those you are interested in receiving)
shirt/tee size?
head measurement?
hand measurement (wrist to tip of mid finger)?
foot measurement? (shoe size & measurement in inches)
hips (where you would wear a belt):
preferred bracelet length?
preferred necklace length?
preferred bag/tote/purse size? (small, medium, large)

Are your ears pierced?



Anything else to tell your partner? (A great place to list your blog, Facebook, pinterest,  etc.)

Remember to read the Swap Info Guide and Swap FAQs before participating in a swap.

Note about Personal Messages (PMs) to Organizer: Please label PMs to organizer with title of "Back to Hogwarts" or "Hogwarts".

Note about Communication: For a wonderful swap experience, communication is the key.  Please keep in touch with your partner.  Further, it would be nice if you would post in this thread at least once a week (you could just stop in for a quick hello.....or if on holiday or will be without internet access or anything of the such, just post a message....it gives your partner and organizer warm fuzzy feelings to know you are still around).

Notes about Sending, Receiving, and Feedback
  • SENDING: Take pictures of your items before you send.  When sending, you must use a DC# (or for overseas keep that receipt). Keep your receipt until your partner receives.  PM organizer and partner when you send.
  • RECEIVING: PM organizer and partner when you receive.  Take pictures of received items. (Please take quality pictures, like ones you would take of your work.)  Post pictures in gallery in a timely manner.
  • FEEDBACK: Given when a package is received (verified through PM or DC#) Detailed feedback will be given.  Examples: Sent Early or Lack of Communication: No PMs of Sending/Receiving.

ORGANIZER NOTE:  If you have additions or changes to your questionnaire after you signup, please hold onto them and PM them to your future partner.  THANK YOU! Kiss  ~*Please do PM if you decide to change houses so I can adjust your colors on the Student Roster.*~
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8  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: August 04, 2014 01:14:36 PM
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 June or July challenges in August.  Smiley
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9  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: July 27, 2014 11:06:56 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 Deputy Headmistresses Office 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.  Neither of the Headmistresses 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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10  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: July 24, 2014 06:35:53 PM
Challenge: Bertie Bott's - Blue Raspberry
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Color Changing Mood Earrings

Brief Description: What would you call an unexpected color?  How about colors that change throughout the day?  These earrings were made with color changing "mood" beads.  Much like the mood rings of the 70's, but far prettier.  The beads can change in color from burgundy, amber, chartruse, emerald, blue, and purple, depending on body heat and the ambient temperature of the room.
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Challenge: Quidditch - Chaser
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Blue Sun Earrings

Brief Description: This project was a fun and quick one.  I painted the brass stampings with Vintaj patina paints, and sanded them to reveal the smiling sun face, then sealed them with a clear sealer, and attached them to the ear wires along with Swarovski crystals.
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Challenge: Quidditch - Flacking
House: Gryffindor
Project Name & Link:  Cinderella Charm Bracelet

Brief Description: A project worn on a portion of the anatomy, huh?  I wonder what Mistress Jennie will make?  Maybe a charm bracelet....  This one based on a classic fairy tale, Cinderella.  More info under the link...  Wink
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