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21  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ CLOSED! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: February 01, 2017 02:52:09 PM
~*End of Term Awards*~
Finally, there are a few more last minute honors to bestow.  Each term we give special awards to those who have proven their mastery of crafty magic by giving out the Hermione Award and announcing the newest members of the Slug Club. 

*Hermione Award*
The first is the Hermione Award, which is given to all of those who engage in charity crafting on behalf of S.P.E.W. 
Congratulations to Mistress Jennie, jellybean89, noodle-bug, ErinAquaheart, & TechnicolorAquahearts!

*Slug Club*
Next we honor those who made it into the Slug Club this term by crafting 29 or more projects! 
Congratulations to Abbeeroad, Mistress Jennie, gaudiknight, midkiffsjoy, Moonflame, patty_o_furniture, suueeddee, edelC, noodle-bug, ErinAquaheart, &  TechnicolorAquahearts!

(If you belong on this list and were accidentally left off, please PM Mistress Jennie so she may rectify the situation.)
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22  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ CLOSED! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: February 01, 2017 01:33:51 PM
~*Awarding the House Cup for Yule 2016/2017 Term*~

As mentioned earlier in our feast, the HPC students submitted an impressive number of wondrous projects.  Congratulations to all the students for the amazing crafty magic!  The results from the House Points Spell are:

Ravenclaw with 8 students and 2765 points,
an average of 345 points per student

Hufflepuff with 9 students and 2385 points,
an average of 350 points per student

Slytherin with 4 students and 1800 points,
an average of 450 points per student

Gryffindor with 4 students and 2020 points,
an average of 505 points per student

The Yule House Cup is awarded to GRYFFINDOR!


Here's a special badge just for Gryffindor House members...

Display & Wear it with pride!

To determine House Cup Winner, an average from the points accumulated per house and the number of members per house.  If there is a tie, then more than one house will win the cup.  Note, a House Member/student is someone who has turned in at least 1 project.  To learn more about House Points check the first page, first post of HPC thread.  The House Cup competition begins anew each semester.

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23  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ CLOSED! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: February 01, 2017 08:24:50 AM

Welcome to the Yule 2016/2017 End of Term Feast!
For the next few days, we will celebrate the Yule Term accomplishments of HPCers.
A few of the awards to be announced are: Slug Club Members, S.P.E.W. Awards, House Cup, & Diagon Alley Prizes.
HoHs, Professors, & Staff, please feel free to recognize and award your housemates & students.
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24  Re: I Love Valentine's Day Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mistress Jennie on: January 30, 2017 05:34:29 PM
I received a lovely package today from gigglygirl!

First I found a beautiful little pillow.  It's so cute, and it's on our bed already. 

Next came a lovely journal cover.

It's got little pockets inside for tea!

For treats, she sent some of my absolute favorites!  Twinings tea and Haribo gummy bears.  Cheesy

And last but not least, a sweet card, and some awesome valentines with pins.  Smiley

Thank you so much gigglygirl!  I loved crafting for you, and I hope you enjoy your package half as much as I enjoyed mine.  Lots of love to you!
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25  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: January 25, 2017 01:03:27 PM
Challenge: Floo - Grimauld Place
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Chunky Pussyhat for S.

Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451376.0
Brief Description: One of my former students requested a pussyhat for the March this past weekend.  Here's the one I hooked up for her!  Here's the secret hidden element....  It's a messy bun version, with a hole in the top for your ponytail or bun.  In order to keep the hole from stretching out over multiple wearings, it has a hair elastic band crocheted into it, with the yarn covering it to help blend in.  You can find the pattern HERE. The yarn is actually 2 yarns crocheted together, Yarn Bee Soft Secret in Rosey, and Red Heart Unforgettable in Petunia.
Project Picture:

Challenge: Flying
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Organizing for the Future!

Brief Description: For my homework I decided to undertake a HUGE project....  Organizing myself to attend the Women's March on Washington this past weekend!  I didn't know that I would have the opportunity to attend until just 6 days before, when a friend-of-a-friend offered Audrey & I a place to stay just a mile from the Capital.  It was amazing just how much work went into me getting ready to drive 700 miles and attend an all day March.  I didn't even own an appropriate coat to wear!  Let alone footwear, food, maps, signs, etc.  (Thankfully Amazon Prime came through in finding me a coat when no one in town carried one in my size!)  I printed out pocket guides to knowing your rights while protesting, maps of the area we'd be in, and lists of safe spaces to stop during the March.  I researched places to stop between Nashville and DC.  I packed on-the-go snacks that could be shared with friends and strangers alike.  I contacted friends who would also be there, but who I wouldn't be with, in order to exchange contact information in the off chance one of us found ourselves arrested or in need of other help.  And finally, I crafted protest signs!   
Project Picture:

It was an insanely amazing weekend, and quite possibly one of the best and most rewarding things I've ever done in my life.  My only regret was that with the tough travel schedule, I wasn't able to meet up with multiple friends who were also there that day, including our own Magpirate!
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26  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: January 17, 2017 02:00:51 PM
Challenge: Headmistress - January
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Pussyhat for Audrey

Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451376.0
Brief Description:  On January 21st, history will be made when hundreds of thousands of women will march on Washington DC, in support of women's rights.  As part of my quest for immortality, I am attending the march with a close friend.  Audrey has told me that while she doesn't personally want to have children, she wants to be able to tell the child of every friend she knows, that she marched for their rights, and for a better world for them.  What better legacy can there be, than one of a brighter future?  In addition to the march, there is a project called the Pussyhat Project, which seeks to have women wear pink cat hats, as a sign of solidarity with one another in the march.  It's also a way for crafters who aren't able to attend, to have their work represent them there.  This hat is for Audrey to wear as we march together!  The pattern is the Crocheted Pussyhat pattern by Brittany Harrell.  The yarn is Yarn Bee Soft Secret in colorway Rosey.
Project Picture:

Challenge: Magical Me!
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Pussyhat for Me!

Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451376.0
Brief Description:  So, of course I crafted for someone else....  but what about ME?  Obviously I needed a hat too!  Part of the pussyhat project is that the hats are supposed to be pink.  I know some women love pink, but I really loathe the color.  (And the implication that I'm somehow supposed to like it just because of my gender.)  So instead of a plain pink yarn, I went with a variegated yarn that held a good deal of pink, mixed with purples, blues, and teals.  The pattern is the Seamless Pussyhat by Joyful Darkness.  It's made from Yarn Bee Aspyn, in the colorway Mountain Bluebird.  
Project Picture:

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27  Crocheted Cat Hats for Pussyhat Project in Crochet: Completed Projects by Mistress Jennie on: January 17, 2017 01:43:37 PM
I am very excited to be attending the Women's March on Washington this weekend.  I am going with a close friend, and feel so fortunate that we are able to go together to stand up for women's rights.  I had not thought I would be able to attend, but Sunday night a happy set of circumstances came together to make it possible, so I immediately started crocheting us each a pussyhat to wear as part of the Pussyhat Project.  

This is mine.  I personally hate the color pink, and even though I know it's intended as part of the solidarity of the project, I couldn't bring myself to wear a solid pink hat.  Tongue  So instead I went with a variegated yarn that held a good deal of pink, mixed with purples and blues.  The pattern is the Seamless Pussyhat by Joyful Darkness.  It's made from Yarn Bee Aspyn, in the colorway Mountain Bluebird.

This one I made is for my friend Audrey, and is made from the Crocheted Pussyhat pattern by Brittany Harrell.  The yarn is Yarn Bee Soft Secret in colorway Rosey.  

After finishing the third one below, I felt this one was too plain, so I went back and added two contrasting stripes and a heart applique.  

As I was writing up this post, one of my former students, who will also be attending informed me that she needs a hat too.  So, here's the third one I hooked up for her!  It's a messy bun version.  You can find the pattern HERE. The yarn is actually 2 yarns held together, Yarn Bee Soft Secret in Rosey, and Red Heart Unforgettable in Petunia.

And finally, here is Audrey & I in our hats, standing in the Ellipse, with the Washington Monument behind us.  

Edit: February 11, 2017

Two of our fantastic Mods mentioned wanting hats of their own, so I made up a few more!  For both I used the Crocheted Pussyhat that I used for Audrey's hat, but tweaked the pattern a bit by stitching the ears to give them more definition from the hat, like in the Messy Bun Cat Hat

kittykill's is made from Caron Simply Soft Party, in fuchsia.  

MissingWillow's is made from Caron Simply Soft in blackberry.  

Edit: March 20, 2017

After making hats for the kittykill & Missing Willow, I hooked up a few more for my mom, Abbeeroad & CraftyLittleMonkey.
This one is for my mom, made from Lion Brand Landscapes in Bordeaux.

Abbeeroad's is made from Lion Brand Landscapes in Rose.

CraftyLittleMonkey's Hat, made from Loops & Threads Facets, in Ruby:

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28  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: January 16, 2017 10:04:11 AM
~*Magical ME Challenge!*~
January 16th - 31st

My dearest fans,
The month of January marks an event I'm sure you've all been awaiting with bated breath, my birthday!  And as a special treat to all of you, I am extending an exclusive invitation!  Please do your very best to craft a little something for Yours Truly, and I will graciously accept the gift. 

And if you include just 10 Galleons, I'll send you back an autographed copy of Magical Me along with one of my signed portraits! 

The Incomparable,
Gilderoy Lockheart
Order of Merlin, Third Class
Honorary Member of the Dark Forces Defense League
Five Time Winner of Witch Weekly's Most Charming Smile Award

Oh dear!  Professor Lockheart is back, and he's giving out extra work.  For this mini-challenge, please craft something for yourself, because let's face it, you totally deserve it!  You may use any medium, and create anything that strikes your fancy, provided there is a place for that item on Craftster's boards.  This challenge closes with the rest of the Yule Term on January 31st.

*Special thanks to Hufflepuff HoH, Moonflame for the suggestion of this mini-challenge.*
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29  Detention in the Dungeons in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: January 15, 2017 09:53:41 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 May 31st.  (For example, you may turn in February, March, or April challenges in May.)

February Challenge:
Professor Lockheart overheard Malfoy teasing you about being famous, and has given YOU detention instead of Malfoy!  You are to spend yet another night helping him answer his fan mail.  (Privately you are certain that Lockheart is just feeling overwhelmed by his correspondence and you are paying the price!)  For this challenge Please create a Valentine for someone special, or a paper crafting project.

March Challenge:
A fight with Malfoy in the pumpkin patch has landed you & Ron in trouble with Hagrid.  He's set Malfoy to de-slugging the pumpkins tomorrow night, while you serve your Detention tonight.  Turns out Hagrid just wants to hear all about how Norberta is doing in Romania.  So while Ron talks, you get to pet Fang by the fire, and enjoy a nice cuppa.  For this challenge, please complete a WIP.

April Challenge:

May Challenge:
Please complete a WIP.

~*Detention Badges*~
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30  ~*Headmistress Tower*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: January 15, 2017 09:52:16 AM
~*Headmistress Tower & Badge Station*~
:::password: Liquorice Wands!:::

~*Headmistress Challenges*~
This semester I will be offering extra Challenges.  Each Headmistress Challenge will last approximately 1 month, and will earn 15 House Points just like Classes.  So what's up next?

Slytherin's Locket Challenge
March 1st - 31st

Salazar Slytherin's Locket became an heirloom of his family, that was eventually inherited by the Gaunts.  It was treasured by Marvolo Gaunt as proof of his pure-blood heritage.  While pregnant and alone, his daughter Merope Gaunt, sold it Borgin & Burkes for ten Galleons.  It was purchased by noted collector Hepzibah Smith, before being stolen by Tom Riddle and turned into one of his Horcruxes.  Years later young Regulus Black, along with the help of his House Elf, Kreacher, stole it in order to destroy it, with Regulus dying in the effort, and making his elf promise to finish the job.  Kreacher attempted to do his master's bidding, but was unable to destroy such a powerful magical object.  It was stolen from 12 Grimmauld Place by thief Mundungus Fletcher, along with many other Black family heirlooms, shortly after the death of Sirius Black.  When Fletcher tried to sell it in Diagon Alley, it was taken from him under threat, by none other than Dolores Umbridge.  Umbridge used it as false evidence of her connection to the pureblood Selwyn family.  When Harry, Hermione & Ron were hunting Horcruxes, they infiltrated the Ministry of Magic to steal it yet again, in order to finally destroy it, and the piece of Voldemorte's soul that it contained.  To conceal their intent, Hermione performed the Gemino Charm, to create a copy of the locket that she left with Umbridge.

For this challenge you have 3 options:
~Craft with a supply that has been passed on to you from someone.  Many times when friends know you are a crafter, they offer supplies they have and cannot use.  Or, we inherit items that are not a traditional craft supply, that can be repurposed, such as using shirts to create a memory quilt. Please create something with them, and tell us who gifted you the supply.

~Create something with an item you collect, such as using sea shells you gather to make a wreath

~Recreate a craft project you've seen and admired here on Craftster or Pinterest.  You MUST give credit to the person who created it for your inspiration. (And it should go without saying that you should not attempt to sell or profit from someone else's work!)

Dragon Heartstring Challenge
Dragon heartstring is a magical material that can be used in the core of a wand.  As a rule, dragon heartstrings produce wands with the most power, and which are capable of the most flamboyant spells. These wands tend to learn more quickly than other types. While they can change allegiance if won from their original master, they always bond strongly with the current owner. The dragon wand tends to be easiest to turn to the Dark Arts, though it will not incline that way of its own accord. It is also the most prone of the three cores to accidents, being somewhat temperamental.  

For this challenge, you must create something from your heart.  This may be in any medium you wish.  Alternately, you can create something for someone you love, or someone who has your allegiance.  As a final option, you may craft something with a medium you find temperamental, but please be sure to explain this in your project submission.

~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

House Unity & House Pride Badges

Headmistress Challenge Badges

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