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371  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: June 24, 2014 09:05:44 AM
Challenge: Bertie Bott's Bean - Pink Grapefruit
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Re-built Herb Garden

Brief Description: Many of you will remember that last semester I built a little herb garden on my patio.  Sadly, about a week ago our landlords had our building power washed.  With bleach.  And didn't warn us ahead of time.  The bleach killed all of my plants, destroyed the rug on the floor and even ruined the shirt I happened to be wearing that day as I left the house. Sad  So I've had to toss all my herbs and replant everything.  Thankfully the new plants seem to be doing well and are already growing.
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Class: History of Magic
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Dutch Apple Pie

Original Recipe Link: Dutch Apple Pie
Brief Description: Sadly, I never knew my paternal grandmother, and my maternal grandmother was not exactly a crafty woman.  Most of what I learned about crafting, sewing and the DIY spirit came from my mom.  Mom is a Jill-of-Many-Crafts, but not serious about any one of them.  What she is quite good at though, is *improvising*.  Mom had me help her cook and bake when I was a kid and I picked up her habit of substituting ingredients and altering recipes to suit whatever was on hand.  In her spirit I baked a Dutch Apple Pie in honor of my sister in law, niece and nephew visiting yesterday.  This recipe shows my revisions, including mom's trick of using Minute Tapioca instead of flour or cornstarch in a pie filling, and almond flour for a slight nuttiness.
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Ingredients:
1 (9 inch) pie shell
5-6 cups apples - peeled, cored and sliced
2 tablespoons Minute Tapioca
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
2 tablespoons butter
cup all-purpose flour
cup almond meal
teaspoon ground cinnamon
packed brown sugar
cup rolled oats
cup butter

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Fit pastry shell into pie pan and place in freezer.

2. To Make Apple Filling: Place apples in a large bowl. In a separate bowl combine 2 tablespoons Minute Tapioca, white sugar, teaspoon cinnamon, teaspoon allspice, and teaspoon ginger. Mix well, then add to apples. Toss until apples are evenly coated.

3. Remove pie shell from freezer. Place apple mixture in pie shell and dot with 2 tablespoons butter or margarine. Lay a sheet of aluminum foil lightly on top of filling, but do not seal.

4. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.

5. While filling is baking, make Streusel Topping: In a medium bowl combine cup flour, cup almond meal, teaspoon cinnamon, brown sugar, and oats. Mix thoroughly, then cut in 1/2 cup butter or margarine until mixture is crumbly. Remove pie from oven and sprinkle streusel on top.

6. Reduce heat to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Bake an additional 30 to 40 minutes, until streusel is browned and apples are tender. Cover loosely with aluminum foil to prevent excess browning.

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372  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: June 17, 2014 11:26:34 AM
~*Congratulations rockmygypsysoul*~
~*You are the first to earn the Muggle Studies Badge!*~





~*Congratulations ME*~
~*I am the first to earn the Flying Badge*~





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373  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: June 15, 2014 10:52:36 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 the Headmistress or I will complete ALL the classes and challenges posted this semester.  So relax, and craft what you love.
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374  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: June 15, 2014 10:46:08 AM
Challenge: Bertie Botts - Belly Button Lint
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Vintage Style Flower Earrings

Brief Description: When I got up yesterday morning, I decided to wear a new blue dress.  Sadly, I didn't have any earrings that went well with it.  So, time to make new earrings!  I made the blue pair for myself, and the pink pair to mail to a friend.
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Class: Charms
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Lisa's Dreamcatcher

Project Page Link: Coming soon...
Brief Description: Over the last few months, I did a lot of commuting to finish up my old job, and several friends were kind enough to let me stay over with them during that time.  I'm working on gifts for each of them, but this is the first one.  A dreamcatcher to say "Thank you" to my friend Lisa.  It is a soft butter yellow deerskin wrapped hoop, with sage green weaving, and amethyst beads.  Amethyst is thought to bring good dreams. 
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Class: Flying
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Creepy Halloween Spool

Project Page Link: Coming soon...
Brief Description: I recently participated in the Altered Spool Swap, where I had the joy of crafting for Jillybeans. One of her themes was "Spooky", so I took it and ran with it.  The spool is vintage, colored black with wood markers, and decorated with silver sharpie, metal clock face & gears, and scrapbooking paper.  The jeweled spider came from a package of Halloween goodies pinkleo sent me, and the skull bead came from one of the many rounds of Bead Soup Swaps.  The bottom is finished with some black silk flowers, and tassels made of crazy yarns, ric-rac, embroidery floss, ribbon, beads, black glass heart shaped Hamsas, and a vintage skeleton key.
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Class: Study of Ancient Runes
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: No Cash Value Spool

Brief Description: I recently signed up for the Altered Spool Swap, and was lucky enough to be partnered with jillybeans.  I wasn't sure which way to go with her spool, so I made this one first, as a sort of practice spool.  It represents my love of learning a new craft or medium, even when intimidated by the stunning work of the amazing papercrafting gang here on Craftster, and my philosophy that even when something doesn't seem to have a monetary value, it can be created and exist for its own sake.  The spool is vintage, from my great-grandmother Jennie's collection, and the lace is from Brussels and was sent to me in a personal swap by Lilibet.
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375  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: June 13, 2014 09:07:57 AM

~*2014 Quidditch World Cup*~

June Challenge: Choose Your Champions!
June 13th-30th
Excitement over the 2014 Quidditch World Cup is seriously heating up.  With only 4 teams left in the Semifinals, it's anyone's game.  Bulgaria is set to play Japan, and Brazil soon faces off with the USA.  It's time for you to declare your support for your favorite team.  For this challenge you must craft an item inspired by your favorite team in the Semifinals.  You craft can be inspired by a location within their country, the team colors or emblem, team mascot, national flag, native cuisine, etc.  Please be sure to state in your post exactly how your craft is inspired by your team.

BE SURE TO STOP BY THE QUIDDITCH PITCH FOR INSPIRATION & DETAILS ON ALL THE TEAMS!
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376  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: June 09, 2014 11:46:15 AM
Note from the Deputy Headmistress...
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 pulled out of the Sorting Hat, from among ALL of the people who participated in this semesters magic.  

Ms. midkiffsjoy of Hufflepuff House,  who has won Hogwarts Care Package consisting of a Golden Snitch Necklace, handmade wand, notebook and YOUR CHOICE of House Scarf from the fantastic BadWolf314!



Detention Drawing
Next, the award for the student who has reformed their behavior best in Detention.  This semester's winner (randomly drawn from all those who posted a Detention project) is...

Ms. ErinAquaheart of Slytherin House,
who has won a who has won a *custom* designed HP mini-hoop from noodle-bug!



Award for Special Services to the School
Each semester we draw a prize from among those who attained their OWLs and NEWTs.  This semester's winner is...

Ms. noodle-bug, of Ravenclaw House, who has won a Create Your Own Charm Bracelet Kit!  Winner gets to choose the theme, and Mistress Jennie will pull appropriate beads and charms from her stash to suit you!



*Normally so everyone knows this was done fairly, I post thumbnails of all the student lists and random number generator numbers.  Sadly I am having Photoshop issues at the moment, so I am going to have to ask all of you to trust me this round.*


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.***
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377  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: June 09, 2014 09:21:41 AM
~*Congratulations midkiffsjoy*~
~*You are the first to earn the Study of Herbology & Defense Against the Dark Arts Badges!*~







~*Congratulations Nicajeanie*~
~*You are the first to earn the Transfiguration Badge*~





~*Congratulations vincentvanbuck*~
~*You are the first to earn the Astronomy Badge*~





~*Congratulations Magpirate*~
~*You are the first to earn the House Unity Badge Badge*~





~*Congratulations calliemae*~
~*You are the first to earn the Alchemy Badge*~





~*Congratulations samash90*~
~*You are the first to earn the Care of Magical Creatures Badge*~






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378  Re: Altered Spool Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mistress Jennie on: June 06, 2014 11:26:43 AM
I received the most delightful little spool from jillybeans!  I went out for my walk at 5:30 this morning, and there it was, waiting in my mailbox.  Between that and the fog, it was quite a magical morning around here.  Cheesy

Here is the spool, as I believe it is supposed to look.


Sadly, the crown did not make it through shipping, and I only found it after reading jillybeans' PM, where she mentioned it.  Before that, it was hopelessly tangled in the shredded paper she used to pack it.  So this is how I first saw it....


And just to show it off to it's best advantage, here's a few detail shots.  The first is a close up on the moon which is about the size of a quarter.


And a detail of the spool area, with it's adorable lace, which came from jilly's grandmother. Cheesy


Thank you SO MUCH jillybeans!  I hope you like the spool I've been working on for you, as much as I love mine.  Just a little more work this weekend, and it should go out early next week.   Kiss
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379  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: June 05, 2014 12:19:57 PM
~*Congratulations Naantje*~
~*You are the first to earn the Study of Ancient Runes Badge*~





~*Congratulations noodle-bug*~
~*You are the first to earn the Charms Badge*~





~*Congratulations Nicajeanie*~
~*You are the first to earn the History of Magic Badge*~





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380  ~*Most Crafty Witch Awards*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: June 04, 2014 07:15:51 AM
Note from Headmistress Jennie....

First, let me offer my sincere congratulations to each and every one of you on another magical semester here in the HPC!  You have all crafted valiantly, and while doing so, you inspired others to new heights of crafting magic.  Well done Crafters. Well done indeed!

Secondly, I would like to take a moment to honor those members of the HPC who gave their craftiest, as it were.  Those who went above and beyond the idea of participation, and into the land of crafty-witch legend.  Therefore I have selected a few MCW's (Most Crafty Witch's) from each House.  These people have each upheld the honor of their respective Houses by crafting the most projects in each each House.  (Much like a Muggle MVP award.)

The winners of this honor are as follows...

From Slytherin House... ErinAquahearts, DragonChilde & TechnicolorAquahearts



From Ravenclaw House...  BadWolf314, noodle-bug & pottermouth


From Hufflepuff House...
Acadian Driftwood, gaudiknight & Moonflame


And from Gryffindor House...  
Mamaneedles, Mistress Jennie & rockmygypsysoul


Please be sure to take and wear your badges proudly!
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