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21  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: March 19, 2016 07:09:49 AM
You're the luckiest Craftster in Tennessee apart from me, you mean.  Smiley  It was great to see you again, Jennie, and Abbeeroad, it was lovely meeting you!

We had a fantastic time last night in downtown Nashville.  Wish you all could have been there!

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22  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: March 17, 2016 12:43:55 PM
Challenge: Pinch of Floo Powder - Argentina
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Mad Eye Moody Dishcloth

Brief Description: Constant vigilance! When out in the wild, wary Witches & Wizards should always be aware of both magical and non magical creatures.  One of the non magical creatures to be especially wary of while visiting Argentina, is the puma.  I created this Mad Eye dishcloth is based on the colors of a puma, while chomping at the bit, waiting for AugustBell's new dishcloth swap.   
Project Picture:
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23  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: March 08, 2016 08:07:02 AM
Good idea!  Let's go, quick before Filch notices and asks to come along.

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24  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: March 08, 2016 08:01:55 AM
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

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.

And this weeks bean is.... 
Oh no!  The bag is EMPTY.  We've eaten all the Beans!  Deputy Headmistress Noodle-bug, what will we do?

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25  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2016 in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: March 07, 2016 03:09:13 PM
~*End of Term Awards*~

Finally, there are a few more last minute honors to bestow.  Some of your fellow Craftsters have donated their time and prodigious skill to create PRIZES for you students.

HPC Participant Prize
Our first prize winner was chosen from among ALL of the people who participated in this semesters magical crafting.

Ms. Moonflame of Hufflepuff House, who has won a skein of hand dyed merino super 8 DK yarn from independent dyer Jo.Sew.Knit, in colourway Hummingbird.

SPEW Crafter Drawing
Our next prize was drawn from among all those who participated in S.P.E.W. by crafting for charity this term.
Ms. Calliemae of Slytherin House, who has won a jewellery craft kit from ErinAquaheart!

Slug Club Drawing
Our next prize was drawn from among all those who made it into the Slug Club this term.

Ms. Magpirate of Ravenclaw House, who has won a Night Owl Bookmark from Mistress Jennie on Etsy!


Detention Drawing
Next, the award for the student who has reformed their behavior best in Detention.  

Ms. Seeuudee of Hufflepuff House, who has won an HP coloring book from noodle-bug!

Award for Special Services to the School
Finally, each semester we draw prizes from among those who attained their OWLs and NEWTs.

Ms. ErinAquaheart of Slytherin House, who has won an Owl Messenger Bag from Rising International, donated by Mistress Jennie.

Congratulations to each and every one of you on your hard work this semester!
***For each of you who have won a prize, please PM your mailing address to me, so I can have the correct prize sent on to you.***

For anyone who is curious about how prize drawings are done, please check out this post.
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26  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: March 01, 2016 12:46:52 PM
I don't know how everyone else keeps track of assignments, but I've been really struggling since I switched from my composition notebook "planner" to my pocket moleskine.  I tried Google Keep last semester but that didn't go so well.  Apparently I'm a pen & paper person at heart.

I keep a google document going, and continually update it.  At the beginning of the semester I cut & paste all the prompts into it, under the heading "Subjects Left to Study".  When I have a plan for a prompt I remove it from that list and move it to the next heading up, "Planned Projects".  When I've completed AND posted an item in the thread, I move it up to the top heading which is "Completed". 

Admittedly, I also use this same document to track things for the HPC, such as ideas for future Detention prompts, ideas for Bertie Bott's Beans (as well as a list of Bean flavors we've already done), and a list of any random crafts I wanted to make that don't currently fit a prompt, in case they fit a future one.  So while the top of the document changes each semester, the bottom doesn't , and I check it every few days at the *least*, while doing stuff around the HPC.

Here's a pic:

(Obviously I filled in examples in the top two headings, since the semester just started, so my slate was blank!)
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27  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2016 in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: March 01, 2016 09:54:12 AM
~*Awarding the House Cup for Winter 2015/2016 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:

Gryffindor with 5 students and 1260 points,
an average of 252 points per student

Ravenclaw with 7 students and 1845 points,
an average of 263.5 points per student

Hufflepuff with 7 students and 1855 points,
an average of 265 points per student

Slytherin with 4 students and 1470 points,
an average of 367.5 points per student

The Winter House Cup is awarded to SLYTHERIN!!


Here's a special badge just for Slytherin 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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28  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2016 in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: March 01, 2016 09:28:44 AM
~*Announcing New Slug Club Members*~

I am proud to announce the new members of the Slug Club.  These students have gone above and beyond for the Fall Semester with each completing an impressive 16 or more Class, Advanced Studies, SPEW, and/or Challenge projects!!

Our new Slug Club Members are: Abbeeroad, Mistress Jennie, tiamatfire, gaudiknight, midkiffsjoy, seeuudee, EdelC, Magpirate, noodle-bug, calliemae, ErinAquaheart, & TechnicolorAquahearts !

Congratulations Slug Club!
Here's your special badge for making it in...

Display & Wear it with pride!

If you think your name was left off in error, PM Headmistress Mistress Jennie.  New members of Slug Club will be announced at the end of the Fall Semester.  Qualifications for entry changes each term to reflect those students who go above and beyond in their HPC crafting.  The Slug Club Committee uses number of completed projects, amazing crafty magic, and adherence to HPC guidelines as determination factors.
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29  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2016 in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: March 01, 2016 07:06:57 AM

Welcome to the Winter 2015/2016 End of Term Feast!
For the next few days, we will celebrate the Winter accomplishments of HPCers.
A few of the awards to be announced are: Slug Club Members, House Cup, & Diagon Alley Prizes.

Heads of Houses, Professors, & Staff, please feel free to recognize and award your housemates & students for their accomplishments.
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30  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: February 29, 2016 11:10:14 AM

Note from the Headmistress...

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 first?

Headmistress Challenges
Shades of March
March 1st - March 31st

March is the third month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. It is one of seven months that are 31 days long. The name of March comes from Latin Martius, the first month of the earliest Roman calendar. It was named for Mars, the Roman god of war who was also regarded as a guardian of agriculture and an ancestor of the Roman people through his sons Romulus and Remus. In addition to being the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, March also has numerous holidays and observances which take place around the world, including Junonalia, a Roman festival honoring Juno, goddess of marital bonds; Saint Patricks Day, the Feast Day of the patron saint of Ireland and a day to celebrate Irish culture and heritage around the world; International Happiness Day which was established by the United Nations to recognize the pursuit of happiness as a human right and a fundamental human goal.", and Womens History Month

For this challenge you have several options.
-Since March is named for the God of War, create something to bring peace to yourself or others.
-Celebrate Junonalia by crafting something for your spouse.
-If you are Irish, or of Irish heritage, crafting something to enjoy during your own St. Pats celebration, or something inspired by your family history.
-Help spread the word about World Happiness Day by creating something to bring happiness and joy to a friend or family member.
-Celebrate the work of women throughout history, by creating something in a medium that has traditionally be done by women, such as needlepoint, quilting, and cooking.

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 love.
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