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381  CLOSED! HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: November 26, 2014 09:12:06 AM


~Harry Potter Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014~

~*Begins December 1, 2014*~
~*Ends February 28, 2015*~

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!


~*HPC PROJECTS*~
---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.  If your item is a private piece, you may submit a picture link to one of the headmistresses.
---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, and step-by-step instructions that another HPC member could replicate themselves at home.
---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."  


~*HOW TO TURN IN A PROJECT*~
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.)
House:
Project Name:
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture:
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.


~*HPC FAQs*~
---How long is a semester?  Semesters are as follows: WINTER- December, January, February; SPRING-March, April, May; SUMMER-June, July, August; FALL-September, October, November.
---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 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 Headmistress pinkleo's Central Timezone (Texas 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.  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.
---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.
---Do I have to craft all the classes and challenges? NO, you 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 & Geminio, 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 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.  I suggest adding it to your header.  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 Gryffindor Lion-along 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 & Badge Station
Diagon Alley
Magician of the Month (Replaces Witch of the Week)
Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean Grab Bag
Wizard & Witch Career Placement Agency
Pinterest Pixie's Projects Page - Coming Soon!
Hogwarts Kitchens
HPC Facebook Group

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



Professors' Classrooms
Detention in the Dungeons
Arithmancy
Care of Magical Creatures
Charms
Defense Against the Dark Arts
Divination
Herbology
History of Magic
Muggle Studies
Potions Dungeon
Study of Ancient Runes
Classroom 1B: Transfiguration
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.  


~*Winter HPC Staff*~
Headmistress Mistress Jennie

Gryffindor Head of House WhistleFish
Hufflepuff Head of House Moonflame
Ravenclaw Head of House FiberAlchemist
Slytherin Head of House Naantje

Alchemy Professor calliemae
Apparition POSITION OPEN
Arithmancy Professor noodle-bug
Astronomy Professor POSITION OPEN
Care of Magical Creatures & Divination Professor ErinAquaheart
Charms Professor tiamatfire
Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor tiamatfire
Flying Professor POSITION OPEN
Herbology Professor Inselaeffchen
History of Magic & Muggle Studies Professor WhistleFish
Potions Professor noodle-bug
Study of Ancient Runes Inselaeffchen
Transfiguration Professor calliemae

Kitchen Elf FiberAlchemist

Badge Baronesses FiberAlchemist, Mistress Jennie, WhistleFish, jillybeans!
Pinterest Pixie Inselaeffchen
Spreadsheet Sorceress & Math Magician Mistress Jennie


~*Past HPC Semesters*~
Summer 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2012/2013, Spring 2013, Summer 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2013/2014, Spring 2014, Summer 2014, Fall 2014

~*Previous Winner of House Cup*~
Winter 2012/2013: Gryffindor
Spring 2013: Gryffindor
Summer 2013: Gryffindor
Fall 2013: Gryffindor
Winter 2013/2014: Ravenclaw
Spring 2014: Ravenclaw
Summer 2014: Ravenclaw
Fall 2014: Gryffindor
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382  Harry Potter Holiday Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mistress Jennie on: November 21, 2014 04:51:47 AM

ornament by lyndseynicole

Harry Potter Holiday Swap Round 3 Gallery!

Portkey back to the original Swap Thread


Partners:
Mistress Jennie ---> MissingWillow
Mistress Jennie ---> luckdragon
Mistress Jennie ---> dinkime


Abbeeroad ---> pottermouth
Abbeeroad ---> MissingWillow


AugustBell ---> jillybeans
AugustBell ---> pottermouth


charlieandwillow ---> jenleahlynn
charlieandwillow ---> felicitybaby
charlieandwillow ---> chrmisha


chrmisha ---> charlieandwillow
chrmisha ---> jenleahlynn


dinkime (shipped 12/11) ---> Inselaeffchen (pics posted by partner  Kiss)
dinkime (shipped 12/11)  ---> Mistress Jennie


felicitybaby ---> charlieandwillow
felicitybaby ---> jenleahlynn
felicitybaby ---> FiberAlchemist


FiberAlchemist ---> noodle-bug
FiberAlchemist ---> felicitybaby
FiberAlchemist ---> luckdragon


Inselaeffchen (shipped 12/11) ---> NathanielM93
Inselaeffchen ---> dinkime


jenleahlynn (pkg mis-sent; re-sent 12/13/14) ---> charlieandwillow
jenleahlynn ---> felicitybaby
jenleahlynn ---> chrmisha


jillybeans ---> pottermouth
jillybeans ---> AugustBell
jillybeans ---> MissingWillow


luckdragon ---> Mistress Jennie
luckdragon ---> FiberAlchemist


mariak ---> NathanielM93

MissingWillow ---> Mistress Jennie
MissingWillow ---> jillybeans
MissingWillow ---> Abbeeroad


NathanielM93 ---> Inselaeffchen
NathanielM93 ---> noodle-bug
NathanielM93 ---> mariak


noodle-bug ---> FiberAlchemist
noodle-bug ---> NathanielM93


pottermouth ---> jillybeans
pottermouth ---> Abbeeroad
pottermouth ---> AugustBell


Status Colors
SENDING:

Green = Sent
Orange = Sending Late with Communication
Red = LATE, NO COMMUNICATION, CONTACT ME IMMEDIATELY!

RECEIVING:
Blue = Received (but haven't POSTED pictures yet)
Purple = Received & Posted Pictures

Strikethrough = Feedback Given
GLOWING RED=NEGATIVE FEEDBACK  
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383  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: November 16, 2014 12:12:14 PM
Class: Arithmancy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Night Owl Charm Bracelet

Brief Description: This charm bracelet was inspired oddly enough, by a male friend who doesn't wear charm bracelets.  He's a bit of a night owl, and whenever I picture him, I always imagine it's night and he's curled up in the dark with a good book and a glass of wine. This bracelet was made without any pattern or guide.  Wink
Project Picture:



Challenge: Bertie Bott's Bean - Peach
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Overnight Oatmeal Recipe (Ginger Peach)

Brief Description: I've always liked oatmeal, but the instant variety is loaded with sugar and artificial flavors, and making it in a pot each morning dirties extra dishes and takes too much time.  Plus the instant variety leaves me feeling hungry around 10:30, well before lunch.  (This is because each packet is half a serving size of oats.)  So after seeing Overnight Oatmeal making the rounds on Pinterest and food/nutrition blogs, I decided to give it a try.  I got hooked.  Now I make 5-6 jars on a Sunday afternoon, so I'll have it all week.  The best part is you can control the sugar, and mix up your favorite flavors.  Below I'll post the basic recipe, and my favorite variation.  This recipe helps lead to good health, is made with peaches, and protects the heart.  Cheesy

Project Picture:


Overnight Oatmeal
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
pinch of salt
1 tsp. chia seeds (for added fiber & heart healthy oils)
1 tsp. brown sugar
1/2 cup almond milk (or skim milk)

Place the oats, salt, chia seeds, and brown sugar in your jars.  The night before you wish to eat the oatmeal, stir in the almond milk and place in the refrigerator. In the morning pour into a bowl and heat in the microwave for 45 seconds.  Stir, and heat another 45 seconds.  Serve.
 
Ginger Peach Overnight Oatmeal
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
pinch of salt
1 tsp. chia seeds
1 tsp. brown sugar
dash of ginger
dash of allspice
dash of cloves
2 pcs crystallized ginger, minced
1/2 cup almond milk
4-5 slices frozen peaches, chopped
4-5 pecan halves, chopped

As before, place all of the dry ingredients (except the nuts!) in jars.  The night before serving, add the almond milk and chopped frozen peaches.  In the morning pour into a bowl and heat in the microwave for 45 seconds.  Stir, and heat another 45 seconds.  Top with chopped pecan pieces, and if desired a light drizzle of maple syrup to serve.  

My Ginger Peach version: 329 calories, 10 grams fiber, 19 grams sugar, 335 mg sodium
2 packets of Quaker Instant: 320 calories, 6 grams fiber, 24 grams sugar, 520 mg sodium




Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Fixing all the pants!

Brief Description: I'm short.  Really short.  4' 11.5" tall.  I have to hem my pants, but rarely bother.  This time I hemmed my new workout pants, AND repaired a hole in the amazing Astronomy PJ's that Fiber Alchemist made me.  All three of these pants now work much better for me.
Project Picture:



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - October
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Creamsicle Syrup (Orange Vanilla Syrup)

Project Page Link: http://foodinjars.com/2010/03/orange-jelly-recipe/
Brief Description: I am teaching a friend to can, and her husband requested Creamsicle Jelly, after I'd listed some jelly recipes I'd found online.  It is basically an orange and vanilla bean jelly.  The recipe is from the Food in Jars blog, which if you followed my canning adventures last summer, you might remember that I DON'T recommend.  Her Creamsicle Jelly recipe had so many bad reviews for it not setting, that I decided to go another route.  I used her Orange Jelly recipe, which had good reviews, and which utilized twice the pectin, and simply added the vanilla bean.  Alas, I should have learned my lesson to never follow any of her recipes, and just found something else in the Ball book.  It never fully set, so instead of jelly it is a syrup.  But I'm quite certain it will be delicious on ice cream or pound cake.
Project Picture:



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - November
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Photography Light Box

Brief Description: Most of you know that my full time job now is running my Etsy shop.  As it was originally a side business intended to help make ends meet, I didn't invest in much in the way of setup for photography.  I simply took pictures on an off-white table, on my covered porch, during midday, when there was lots of natural but indirect light.  But as it is now my full time job, I decided it was time to get more professional with my pictures.  This is my first attempt at a light box.  It was created from a cardboard box, and white muslin.  I looked for the larger 120 watt clip lamps at Home Depot, but they were out, and I ended up with 60 watt.  They aren't quite bright enough, so I'm currently using it up against my large window, when the light is pouring in, during the morning.  I'm hoping to get 2 more small lamps for the back, or to eventually create another one from PVC and a few desk lamps.  
Project Picture:


For comparison, here's two pics of the same bracelet.  One taken outdoors on a wooden table, and the other with my new light box.



Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Pride
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Recipe Link: Cranberry Mustard

Brief Description: This past week I did a round of a canning with a friend who wishes to learn more about it.  This batch of Cranberry Mustard comes from the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving, but can also be found at the link above on the Freshpreserving.com website.  It is both bold, and red, like Gryffindor House!
Project Picture:



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Recipe Link: Smuttynose Vunderbar Pilsner Mustard

Brief Description:  Final canning project from this past week.  I used the Oktoberfest Beer Mustard recipe from the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving, replacing the Oktoberfest with Smuttynose Vunderbar Pilsner.  (I'm a fan of Smuttynose beers, as they are made in my home state of New Hampshire!)  The complete recipe can also be found at the link above on the Freshpreserving.com website. This project combines mustard two different things, mustard and beer!  
Project Picture:
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384  Night Owl Charm Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: November 16, 2014 11:07:47 AM
This charm bracelet was inspired oddly enough, by a male friend who doesn't wear charm bracelets.  He's a bit of a night owl, and whenever I picture him, I always imagine it's night and he's curled up in the dark with a good book and a glass of wine. 



The charms are a mix of pewter and Tibetan silver, and include shining stars, full and crescent silver moons, gentle clouds, and a motley collection of wise old owls. The surrounding beads are a mix of fire-polished Czech glass in shades of dusky blue, deep purple, smokey grey and midnight black.







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385  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: November 16, 2014 08:57:11 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 Bertie Bott's Bean Bag 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.  None of the HPC staff will complete ALL the classes and challenges posted this semester.  So relax, and craft what you love.  Also, please be aware that posts for the previous bean will be accepted until midnight tonight.
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386  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: November 07, 2014 09:34:23 AM
Challenge: Headmistress Challenge - October
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Wonder Woman Dresses for the Season

Brief Description: This year DH & I were invited to a friend's Halloween party.  She loves Halloween and demanded everyone come in costume, but DH doesn't really like dressing up.  I decided to come up with a costume that would feel like his regular clothing, but everyone else would see as an actual costume.  DH is 6'3", and has black hair and wears glasses.  He's also my superhero.  Hence, I made him Clark Kent.  Superman shirt worn under a half unbuttoned white shirt.  Done.  But what to make myself?  Since I'm clearly a superhero in my own right, I decided to go as Wonder Woman!  But as it's cold, even in TN, on Halloween, I wanted warmer clothes than a corset and booty shorts.  I picked up a 3/4 sleeve red shirt at Target, and added an awesome Wonder Woman Rhinestone Iron-on Transfer from Etsy.  The transfer went on like a dream.  I also bought the Wonder Woman Tiara from an Etsy seller.  It was pretty great quality, adjustable, super comfortable to wear all night, and only $6!  The bracelets were made from toilet paper rolls, covered in gold duct tape.  For the Lasso I took some silver trim that I had laying around, and painted it gold with craft paint.  Finally, I spent 4 hours painstakingly drawing out stars on a denim skirt, then bleach stenciling them.  Sadly, after all those hours of work, nothing happened.  The bleach gel pen I used had somehow "gone bad" or gone dead more like.  The paste came out of the pen, but when I rinsed the skirt after letting it soak for 2 hours, there was absolutely no change in the color.  I didn't have time to restencil before the party. Sad  Oh well.  We were a hit anyway, and we were both very comfortable.  Everyone thought DH looked dashing, and they all wanted to try on my tiara.  Sadly we didn't get any pictures at the party, so you'll have to forgive my awful selfie.  (Also, this may be the first selfie I've ever taken.) 
Project Picture:


Bonus:  I now have a Wonder Woman tee shirt to wear all the time.  Wink
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387  Harry Potter Holiday 3 (CLOSED; Sendout Dec. 9) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Mistress Jennie on: November 01, 2014 01:43:05 PM
GALLERY OF HP GOODIES!


ornament by lyndseynicole

Swap name: Harry Potter Holiday Swap Round 3
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Mistress Jennie
Craftster member who is co-organizing this swap:
Sign-up date range: November 1 - November 11
Date to send item by: December 9th


Limited to a certain number of people? no
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? no


Swap Organizer herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES


I reserve the right to refuse anyone.  If you have feedback that shows a history of very late sending, ill-communication, incomplete packages, lack of DC#'s, etc. I may refuse you. I want this to be a flake-free swap that is a joy for the holiday season.


How are you spending the holidays?  Perhaps you are spending the holidays cozied up at The Burrow, wandering the halls of Hogwarts, or having a good old-fashioned Muggle gathering...but really what better way is there to celebrate than with a little Harry Potter Holiday crafting!  For this swap we will be exchanging Harry Potter holiday items like HP ornaments, mini-hooplas, jewelry for the Yule Ball, or a small HP present for your partner.


~*This swap is for 1 small item (1-2 hours crafting time) in the theme of HP Holiday.
***Please note that while many folks in the swap will celebrate Christmas, this swap is open to EVERYONE and swappers are welcome to ask for Yule, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year's other other holiday themes if they prefer.***

~*You can have up to 3 partners.  EXCEPTION: First-time swappers will be limited to 1 partner.  This is to help ease you into the swap process.

~*You can Invite Your Own Partners!  If you obtain an Invite Your Partner (IYP), PM your organizer, Mistress Jennie, after both sides agree.  Questionnaires will not be sent out until signups closing, but you are ore than welcome to start sharing your questionnaire and crafting for your IYP as soon as you are approved for the swap.  REMEMBER: You must be approved for the swap before announcing IYPs.



IMPORTANT NOTES  
~* Since this is a holiday swap, if you have not sent by 3 days past sendouts, you will get temporary negative.  I don't mean to be harsh, but it is sad to not to receive your holiday parcel during holiday time.  This temporary negative will be reversed when your partner receives.  
~* If you do not have IYP and I am pairing, that will be done by random draw (with appropriate attention to allergies and shipping given).
~* You may agree with your partner to send extras, but remember that is not regulated through me and not part of my feedback.

~*BE SURE TO READ THIS ENTIRE POST.  There is a secret pass phrase within this post, to help ensure that you read all of the information.  You must include this pass phrase in your questionnaire in order to join the swap.


If you want to participate, fill out the below questionnaire and send to organizer.
(Remember to send your info to the organizer via Private Message (PM) and not to reply with it here)

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Harry Potter Holiday 3
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country
(as it should appear for shipping please):
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? (Please note that NO ONE would be expected to ship 3 packages international. If you are willing, I would only give you up to 1 international partner.)
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval (yes/no):

*Confirm that you understand if you do not send by 3 days past Sendout Deadline, then you will receive a temporary negative. (yes/no):

*Confirm that you understand that tracking numbers are required for packages within the US, and a photograph of the receipt from mailing is required for all international packages. (yes/no):

How many partners do you wish to have...1, 2, or 3?  (Note, this is for random draw pairing; if you are IYPing, then you just can't go over 3.)

What holiday, or holidays, do you celebrate within your home? (Christmas, Yule, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year's, etc.)

Is there a holiday you would prefer your partner craft for?  (ie, perhaps you celebrate both Christmas and New Year's, but would prefer a Christmas themed item.)

Are you comfortable crafting for holidays you don't celebrate?  (For example, if you celebrate Christmas, are you comfortable crafting for someone who celebrates Yule.)


What are you favorite crafts to make?
What kind of crafts would you like to receive?
Do you want ornaments, other holiday items, small HP present, etc.?

Any special wishes? (no guarantees)
Anything you really DON'T want to receive? (i.e. animal products, religious, adult", HP items you already have)
 
What house do you belong to/support?

Who/What is your favorite HP...
Character?
Class?
Magical Creature?
Spell/Charm/Curse/Potion?
Magical Shop?
Magical Item?
Book?
Movie?
Actor?
Quote?

What is the secret pass phrase?

Do you or anyone in your home smoke?
Do you have pets?
Are you allergic to anything?

LIKES:
Colors:
Patterns/Symbols/Motifs:
Materials:

DISLIKES
Colors:
Patterns/Symbols/Motifs:
Materials:

Anything else to tell your partner?
(A great place to list your blog, Facebook, pinterest, sizes, etc.)


Remember to read the Swap Info Guide and Swap FAQs before participating in a swap.

Note about Personal Messages (PMs) to Organizer: Please label PMs to organizer with title of "HP Holiday" or "HPH".

Note about Communication: For a wonderful swap experience, communication is the key.  Please keep in touch with your partner.  Please note that per Craftster rules, you MUST post in this thread at least once a week to let us know you are still around.  (You can stop in for a quick hello.....or if on holiday or will be without internet access or anything of the such, just post a message....it gives your partner and organizer warm fuzzy feelings to know you are still around).

Notes about Sending, Receiving, and Feedback
  • SENDING: Take pictures of your items before you send.  When sending, you must use a DC# (or for overseas keep that receipt). Keep your receipt until your partner receives.  PM organizer and partner when you send.
  • RECEIVING: PM organizer and partner when you receive.  Take pictures of received items. (Please take quality pictures, like ones you would take of your work.)  Post pictures in gallery in a timely manner.
  • FEEDBACK: Given when a package is received (verified through PM or DC#) Detailed feedback will be given.  Examples: Sent Early or Lack of Communication: No PMs of Sending/Receiving.
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HPH3 FAQs
---NO, you do not have to send extras.  Do not fret about if you are only sending 1 small item; that is all that is required for this swap.  Yes, some of us will send more, but don't underestimate the glory of 1 fabulous small HP craft.

---NO, your HPH3 item does NOT have to be an ornament; I will not give negative feedback for sending something other than an ornament.  Believe it or not, some peeps don't want ornaments.  Here communication is key!  Find out what your partner wants; first place to check, their questionnaire.  Wink

---The secret pass phrase is: Have a very Harry holiday!

---A small item should take 1-2 hours of crafting time.  YES, you may send a set of related extra-smalls that equal that crafting time if you wish.  (And yes, you can go over that time; I probably will.)
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388  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: November 01, 2014 11:49:00 AM
Note from the Headmistress...
This semester I will be offering 3 extra Challenges.  Each Headmistress Challenge will be themed to the season, and will earn 15 House Points just like Classes.  So what's next?



Headmistress Challenge - November
November 1 - November 30

In the United States Thanksgiving is the second event in what is considered the "holiday season" that takes place between the end of October and January.  While all holidays gain their own rich traditions and beloved family recipes, Thanksgiving, is one where family recipes are truly treasured and passed on.  Meals are considered incomplete without a serving of Nana's Stuffing, mom's Green Bean Casserole, or Aunt Fran's Pumpkin Pie.   

For this Headmistress Challenge, you must share a beloved family recipe from a previous generation.  The recipe cannot be something you found on Pinterest and started making 2 years ago.  It must be something that you love, that you have enjoyed for years, and has been made annually by someone older in your family.  So dig deep, and share the love with your Craftster family.  Maybe your Great-Aunt Beverley's  Cranberry Bread will become a favorite in another's family too.

Please remember that all recipes posted must include a complete recipe, written in recipe format, and must include a photograph of the finished project.

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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389  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: November 01, 2014 11:01:05 AM
A new Detention Challenge has been posted!
Be sure to check the Detention in the Dungeons Post to see what it is....



Remember, you can do any, all, or none of the Detention Challenges as they come up each month.  The goal here is always to be excited about our crafting!  Also please remember that you can submit ANY of the Detention Challenges at ANY time during the semester.  For example, you may turn in the September or October challenges in November.  Smiley
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390  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: October 27, 2014 12:34:59 PM
A new Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean Mini-Challenge has been posted!  



What's this week's bean!?!?  Take the Portkey to the Bertie Bott's Bean Bag 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.  None of the HPC staff will complete ALL the classes and challenges posted this semester.  So relax, and craft what you love.  Also, please be aware that posts for the previous bean will be accepted until midnight tonight.
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