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11  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: May 11, 2016 03:55:37 PM
Class: Alchemy
House: Gryffindor
Project Name & Link: Expecto Patronum Night Lights

Brief Description: Did you know that Muggles have learned to create light without using either fire or lighting their wand tips? According to my friend Arthur Weasley they use something called "eckeltricity" to illuminate their rooms.  I've spent some time this semester working with this Muggle invention in order to make some Patronus Night Lights for my Muggle friends.  (Little do they know that I've also placed simple protection spells on each one, to guard their homes from possible Death Eaters.) The second image shows how they appear when illuminated with eckeltricity. 
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12  Expecto Patronum Night Lights in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: May 11, 2016 03:55:17 PM
"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." - Albus Dumbledore

While searching for supplies from one of my regular vendors, I came across some beautiful geode slices.  As soon as I saw them, I knew I wanted to turn them into night lights.  But not your run of the mill night lights, Patronus Night Lights!  Because what could be a better comfort in the dark, than your very own Patronus standing guard?

I love how different each and every slice is, and how the light shines out from behind the pewter stags, in a cool blue glow.  The second photo shows what they look like when illuminated.






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13  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: May 11, 2016 09:23:10 AM
Class: Astronomy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: 5 pairs of vintaj earrings

Brief Description: For my astronomy homework I chose to create 5 pairs of vintage inspired earrings.  Each one uses Vintaj components, and Czech glass beads. 
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Challenge: Headmistress Challenge - May
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Crocheted Dishtowel

Brief Description: I've got exciting news... DH & I have bought a house!  Well, we're buying a house.  Won't close & move for a few weeks yet, but in the mean time I couldn't resist making something for my new home.  My dishtowel is inspired by the bright colors of the ribbons twined around a May Pole on May Day. I plan to make 2 more, with the same yarns, altering which is the main color in each.
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House Pride: House Unity
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Slytherin Emerald Earrings

Brief Description: My House Unity project is inspired by Gryffindor's favorite love-to-hate rival, Slytherin House.  And what could be more Slytherin than deep green emeralds, surrounded by hoards of burnished gold? Wink
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14  Vintage Inspired Earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: May 11, 2016 09:14:39 AM
I've been crafting a lot lately, but seem to have gotten into a rut of making the same things over and over.  In an effort to break out of my uninspired streak, I pulled out my stash of Vintaj supplies, Swarovski crystals, and Czech glass beads, and started playing around last week.  I ended up spending an afternoon happily making lots of new earrings!  And best of all, by the end of it I felt happy and inspired again.  So much so that I spent the next day making pendants from antique keys.  (To be posted shortly!)

Here's what I came up with...

Golden Stars with emerald crystals and pearls.


Emerald Chandeliers


Black Butterflies with purple Czech glass flowers


Silver Birds with purple Czech glass flowers


Black Feathers with milky blue Czech glass bird beads


Copper Chains with milky blue Czech glass flowers


Art Nouveau Ladies with purple Czech glass flowers



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15  ~*Detention in the Dungeons*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: May 10, 2016 05:03:19 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 June or July challenges in August.)

June Challenge:
Prof. Flitwick caught you talking to Ron during class, when you were supposed to be practicing the levitation charm.  You'll be spending the night in his office, trying to make a feather float without singing your eyebrows.  For this challenge, you must create something light and airy, or something involving feathers. Just remember, it's LeviOsa, not LevioSA.


July Challenge:


August Challenge:


September Challenge:


~*Detention Badges*~
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16  ~*Quidditch Pitch*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: May 10, 2016 05:00:40 PM
Quidditch Pitch


Owl Post Challenge
June 16-30th


Another thoroughly non-magical summer stuck with the Dursley's in Little Whinging.  Could there be anything worse?  It's three weeks into the summer holidays and the highpoint of your time so far was breaking into the cupboard where Uncle Vernon locked your trunk, so you could retrieve your books in order to get a start on your homework.  That's right, getting to start your homework has been the highlight of your month.  You're practically turning into Hermione. Returning to your room after another boring walk around Magnolia Crescent, you spot Errol, the Weasley's elderly owl, clutching a bit of parchment.  Nothing could be more exciting than news from the Wizarding world!  After giving Errol a few owl treats, and tucking him into Hedwig's cage to have a bit of a nap, you rip open the envelope to discover that the Weasley's have invited you to stay with them for the remainder of the summer holidays.  Since Ron, Ginny, Fred & George will all be home, youll even get some time for Quidditch practice before the season starts!  

For this challenge you must create an owl, something inspired by owls, or a craft that includes paper as a major component of the craft.  (Note: Major component of the craft means just that.  Paper should account for a significant amount of the crafted item.  Something like a decoupaged cardboard box or a scrapbook page are great ideas.  A knitted blanket, that you have pinned a paper tag to, is not.)



Challenge Badges:
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17  ~*Headmistress Tower*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: May 10, 2016 04:58:15 PM
~Headmistress Tower & Badge Station~
:::password: Cauldron Cakes!:::

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's up next?


Time Turner Challenge
June 1-30th 2016

For this challenge you must go back to a previous term of the HPC prior to Spring 2016, and choose any prompt that you liked and wish to repeat.  You can choose from class challenges, as well as previous Bertie Botts Beans, Headmistress Challenges, Detention Challenges, or Quidditch Challenges.  Please note what term & subject you are returning to in your post.

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.


~Badge Station~
To claim your badge, just left click the image; it will open another window with a larger image, which you can right click and save to your computer or you can Pin it with Pinterest Button in your browser. Ideas on how to use your badges: as an avatar, put it in your profile under Brief Bio, or create a pinterest board for all your badges.


Class Badges
COMC, DIVINATION, HOM (jenleahlynn making badge), SOAR, TRANSFIGURATION

House Unity & House Pride Badges


Challenge Badges
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18  ~*Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: May 10, 2016 04:52:32 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 posting in the HPC thread or if you'd like to keep the project a secret for a swap you can propose it by sending a PM to Mistress Jennie & noodle-bug.  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 PROPOSAL***
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.


~*NEWT PROPOSALS*~


~*Completed NEWTs*~




~*NEWT Certificates*~


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19  ~*Ordinary Wizarding Levels*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: May 10, 2016 04:49:46 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*~



Completed Owls



~*OWL Certificates*~
     

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20  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: May 10, 2016 10:02:50 AM
Note from the Headmistress....

Our newest Magicians of the Month have been posted!  Be sure to check the Magician of the Month Board to find out who it is!!!

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