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21  ~*Headmistress Tower*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: September 18, 2016 02:13:20 PM
~*Headmistress Tower & Badge Station*~
:::password: Pumpkin Pasties!:::

~*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?

Wand Challenge
October 1 - 31st

"The wand chooses the wizard... it's not always clear why." - Garrick Ollivander

Wandlore tells us that the wand chooses the wizard, though no one is quite sure how or why this happens.  As crafters we are all sometimes chosen by a particular craft supply, one that speaks to us, begs to be taken home and crafted with.  A fantastic handspun yarn at the craft fair, a gorgeous designer quilting fabric, a bushel of shiny apples from the farmer's market.  For this challenge you must create something with a supply that chose you.  When you post your projects, please be sure to tell us what about that particular item drew your eye.

~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

Challenge Badges

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22  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
Project Picture:

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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23  ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: September 14, 2016 12:56:31 PM

~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Yule Term 2016/2017*~

~*Begins October 1st, 2016*~
~*Ends January 31st, 2017*~

Welcome to Hogwarts!
The Harry Potter Craftalong (HPC) is not your typical craftalong; we are gathered here to celebrate our love of crafting and the Wonderful World of Harry Potter.  In the HPC you will be completing classes and challenges with your skills in crafty magic.  These classes and challenges all have HP centered themes, but your crafts do not have to be Harry Potter."  Your mission, as a student at Hogwarts, is to complete at least one class or challenge during this semester.  You may join any time during the semester.  I hope you join us; the HPC is a great way to stretch your crafty muscles, meet HP crafters, and have fun!

---The HPC is here to help us each finish projects and to explore new challenges as we better our crafting skills.  Prompts and guidelines are there to help stimulate creativity and growth; the size and complexity of the project submitted should reflect a level of personal growth and challenge over the time you spend in the HPC.
---Projects for the HPC should represent your best crafty skills.  Take pride in your work.  Classes and challenges should take a minimum of 30 minutes to make.  
---A project can only be submitted for one class/challenge (the same project cannot be entered in multiple categories) unless noted in prompt (it will be CLEARLY noted if allowed).
---Projects must be turned in within the timeframe designated by the type of assignment or challenge.
---For a project to be counted, it must have a picture or picture link included AT THE TIME OF POSTING.  If your item is a private piece, or is being kept secret for a Craft Swap, you are more than welcome to post a link for the Headmistress to view.  EDIT 4/17/15: As of today, I will no longer be posting reminders to folks about pictures.  I simply do not have the time to chase folks down for pictures.  If you post your project without a photo or photo link, it will simply not be counted when I tally House Points.
---For any cooking/food project, in addition to a photo, you must post a complete recipe, or link to the complete recipe you used.  No recipe = no points.  [EDIT due to questions: *For our purposes, a "complete recipe" means it includes a full set of ingredients that includes amounts, and step-by-step instructions that another HPC member could replicate themselves at home.  Think of writing your recipe with a beginner cook in mind, who needs full instructions.
---There is SO MUCH to do in the HPC.  Do not feel like you have to craft everything.  Think of the HPC as a "Choose Your Own Adventure".  Craft what inspires you, but don't try to do everything and get burned out.  Keep in mind these wise words , "It does not do to dwell on lists and forget to craft."  

For each assignment/challenge, use this header:
Class/Challenge/House Pride:
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
Project Name:
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture: (REQUIRED! NO PICTURE (or link) = NO HOUSE POINTS)

-Feel free to also include your house and any storycrafting you've created for your project.
---You can add more than one project to your post, but a header must be used for each project.
-When posting your projects, you are more than welcome to post more than one at a time. But if you do so, then please attempt to post your projects in alphabetical order by SUBJECT.  Floo Powder Challenges, Detention Prompts, and Headmistress Challenges should be posted under B, D, & H respectively.  For more information, see this post.

~*HPC FAQs*~
---How long is a semester?  Semesters are as follows: YULE- October, November, December, January; SPRING-February, March, April, May; MIDSUMMER-June, July, August, September
---When can I join?  You can join anytime in the semester.
---Do I have to sign-up to join this craftalong? No, all you have to do is post in the thread a "hi" or a completed project post.
---How do I complete a semester/earn my year? To complete a semester/year, you only have to complete one class or challenge during the semester.
---What timezone do we use?  We use the Headmistress' Time Zone,  Mistress Jennie is in Central Standard Time.
---Do you sort me?  NO, you will decide which house you belong to, but you can only choose one.
---I have a problem or question; who can I ask?  You can send a Personal Message (PM) to Headmistress Mistress Jennie, or Deputy Headmistress noodle-bug.  You can also ask specific questions to HPC staff.  And you can post your question in the thread; our students are very helpful!
---Can I turn in something I did earlier? With a very few exceptions the answer is NO!  You must complete your project during the current semester. Exceptions are Detention and OWLs; look for details about these projects in their information posts below.  If you started a project, for example a quilt, a day or two before the semester started, but then did the bulk of the work and finishing (a good 90%) during the semester, you can submit it.
---Are we swapping? No, this is not an organized swap.  We are just encouraging crafting with a HP twist.  But if you enjoy swapping, keep an eye out for HP themed swap info in our thread.  Also, we occasionally do things like Valentine or Christmas Card Exchanges.  These are completely voluntary, and are NOT required, and are not organized swaps.
---Do I have to craft all the classes and challenges? NO!  Smiley Just pick what you inspires you.  There is tons to choose from so choose your own HP Craft Adventure through the castle.
---What kind of projects are allowed for classes/challenges? If Craftster has a category for it, then it is a viable HPC project.  And since Craftster has a board for almost everything, your choices are vast.
---Does my craft project have to be Harry Potter themed? NO, if your item fulfills the class/challenge prompt, then it can be posted in the HPC.  Above all, we are here to encourage crafting.

~*House Points*~
~*Your triumphs will earn you points*~
Points System
15 points for a Class Assignment & Challenge*
100 points for OWLs
150 points for NEWTs
10 points extra for SPEW aka Charity Items

House Points Guidelines
--- *You cannot double dip for Class & Challenge points.  For example, if you turn-in a project for Herbology & Floo Powder Challenge, then you would get 2 badges but only 15 points for the project.
---You cannot get credit for a class or challenge twice.  For example, if you turn in 2 Alchemy projects, then you will only get points for the first one.
--- SPEW points are extra credit.  You can earn SPEW points for each project you turn in if it goes to a legitimate charity.  You do not have to give the charity's name, just that you are donating to a certain cause.  (I happen to know that some Battered Women's Shelters don't like their names/locations posted.) SPEW projects must be clearly marked with SPEW to earn extra points.  Also, SPEW project can be turned in as stand-alone projects; they will earn 10 points.  Unlike most projects, you can turn in more than one SPEW project for points.
---HPC Challenge Points do not include House Challenges.  For Example, a Slytherin Scavenger Hunt project would not count for points unless it also fulfills a HPC Class or HPC Challenge.
--- 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 is someone who has turned in at least 1 project.
--- Don't stress over House Points, but do craft your personal best. (This varies from person to person.  And I'm not really worried about "crafting your best" bit because HPCers are amazing crafters!)

~*HPC Portkeys*~
Headmistress Tower (Headmistress Challenges)
Deputy Headmistress's Office - S.P.E.W. Headquarters
Badge Station
Floo Powder Challenge Series
Diagon Alley
Magician of the Month
Wizard & Witch Career Placement Agency
Pinterest Pixie's Projects Page
Hogwarts Kitchens
HPC Facebook Group

House Keys
7th Floor Gryffindor
Hufflepuff PARTY Common Room
Ravenclaw Tower
Slytherin Dungeon

Professors' Classrooms
Detention in the Dungeons
Care of Magical Creatures
[ur=http://tinyurl.com/jvb4nq9l]Defense Against the Dark Arts[/url]
History of Magic
Muggle Studies
Potions Dungeon
Study of Ancient Runes
Ordinary Wizarding Levels
Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests

~*The Great Hall OT Chat*~

Craftster craftalongs are for crafting and crafting encouragement.  If you would like to talk off-topic, such as in-depth Harry Potter discussions, then please visit The Great Hall.  Thank you for keeping the HPC within Craftster guidelines.

~*HPC on Facebook*~
The HPC is now on Facebook!  This is a way to share links, photos, or videos with your friends here in the HPC, that you cannot post on Craftster.  Please feel free to use the page to ask questions, share craft related or Harry Potter related links, pictures of your kids dressing up like Hogwarts students, or anything else that might be of interest to the group.  This group is Closed, so folks must message me with BOTH their Craftster username, and a way to locate you on Facebook, in order to be added. This is to keep it to just folks within the Craftalong, rather than a general HP forum, and anyone who participates here is welcome there as well.  If you send me a message via FB, PLEASE include your Craftster username.  We've been getting lots of requests to join, from faux accounts who just want to spam us with porn, so I've become *extra* cautious about adding folks.

~*Yule Term HPC Staff*~
Headmistress Mistress Jennie
Deputy Headmistress noodle-bug

Gryffindor Head of House Abbeeroad
Hufflepuff Head of House Moonflame
Ravenclaw Head of House FiberAlchemist
Slytherin Head of House ErinAquaheart

Alchemy Professor TechnicolorAquahearts
Apparition edelC
Arithmancy Professor noodle-bug
Astronomy Professor Inselaeffchen
Care of Magical Creatures ErinAquaheart
Charms Professor edelC
Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor Magpirate
Divination Professor ErinAquaheart
Flying Professor gaudiknight
Herbology Professor Inselaeffchen
History of Magic jenleahlynn
Muggle Studies Professor Magpirate
Potions Professor noodle-bug
Study of Ancient Runes TechnicolorAquahearts
Transfiguration Professor ErinAquaheart

Kitchen Elf Abbeeroad
Pinterest Pixie seeuudee
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24  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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25  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: September 12, 2016 02:56:48 PM
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26  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
Project Picture:

And here's the before pic....
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27  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!
Project Picture:

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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28  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

Project Page Link:
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.
Project Picture:
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29  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.
Project Picture:

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! 
Project Picture:

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.
Project Picture:

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30  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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