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391  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: May 15, 2014 01:29:06 PM
 Class: Muggle Studies
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: The Great Porch Cleaning & Makeover

Brief Description: As you all know, I've recently moved.  Two weekends ago we threw a Housewarming Party, and I worked for days to get the place ready, both inside and out.  I started by cleaning our small porch.  I wanted to make it a useful space, and welcoming for both myself and guests.  Since we don't have funds to travel as much as I might like, I also wanted it to be like a small vacation.  So I created a little Moroccan Garden!  First I swept and wiped down the walls, which were covered with dirt and dead bugs.  (Shots of that are thumbnails below.)  Then I added some chairs ($25 each), rug ($20) and a table ($30) from Tuesday Morning, a strand of lights from Target ($12), and hung some mercury glass lanterns from Pier 1 ($10 & $15).  This brought the total for my patio area redecoration to $137!  Now I've just got to try to get a shot of everything lit up at night.
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Dirty Walls & Clean Walls



Class: Alchemy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Rebirth of an Ugly Table

Brief Description: When working on creating my Moroccan Garden, I knew I wanted a cute table, and so shopped around places like Target & Pier1 Imports, but their prices were just too high for furniture I would only use occasionally.  (About $100+ for a table!)  So I found an inexpensive but hideous little tin table for $30 at Tuesday Morning, that none-the-less had nice lines to it.  I took it home, and painted it! Gave the top a few coats of black paint, then sponged some metallic dusky purple paint over that, before using a clingy stencil to create the gold medallion pattern on top with Rub'n'Buff.  I wanted to keep the slightly aged/rough feeling, so I wiped the gold onto the legs and rim haphazardly, trying to let some of the faux-rust finish show through too.  I'm thrilled with how it came out.  Now I have tea out there, while reading in the mornings.
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Class: Study of Ancient Runes
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Container Herb Garden

Brief Description:  Of course I also needed some growing things in my Moroccan Garden, so I created a container herb garden.  The plant stands came from Big Lots ($20 each), and the purple metallic pots came from Tuesday Morning ($4 each).  I drilled holes for drainage in each one, then planted herbs from Home Depot ($3 each).  All in all, my garden area of the patio came to $99.  The whole porch together was a grand total of $236.  Cheesy
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Class: Arithmancy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: 8 Ingredient Summer Berry Sangria

Brief Description: I made tons of food for my Housewarming, but the sangria might have been my favorite part of the night.  And the favorite part of everyone else's night too, considering we finished ALL of it!  This recipe uses 8 ingredients, and can be altered to suit your tastes.  (This picture was taken when we had already drank half of it!)
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Recipe:
6 cups pom juice
6 bottles red wine (I used zinfindel)
1 pint raspberries
2 pints strawberries
1 pint blackberries
1.5 cups sugar
3 cups homemade berry or pomegranate liqueur
seltzer, as needed

Place 1.5 cups of pom juice, and the sugar in a sauce pan on medium heat.  Stir until the sugar has completely disolved.  Let cool.  While waiting, wash the berries, and slice the strawberries if needed.  Place the berries in the beverage dispenser with the rest of the pom juice the wine, and homemade berry liqueur.  When the syrup is cool, add it to the container and stir gently.  Allow to sit for a few hours for the flavors to mingle.  Serve over ice with a splash of seltzer.


Class: Defense Against the Dark Arts
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Berry Syrup

Brief Description:  One of the best parts of the Housewarming that we threw, was getting to welcome new folks into both of our lives.  I had invited some friends who have recently been married, but whose spouses I don't know well yet, and DH invited some co-workers that I hadn't met yet.  Since I wasn't sure who among our new friends drinks, and who does not, I wanted to have some nice non-alcoholic options, that would feel like a treat for folks who don't imbibe.  I created a few flavored syrups to mix with seltzer to make homemade sodas. I have included the link to the recipe below, though I admit to using half blackberries & half raspberries for a more complex flavor. (Again, picture taken halfway through party.)
Recipe Link: http://www.chow.com/recipes/10875-blackberry-syrup
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Class: History of Magic
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Mint Syrup

Recipe Link: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Minted-Simple-Syrup-15243
Brief Description: This is the second of the homemade syrups that I made for the party.  Did you know that for centuries mint has been used in magic to promote energy, communication and vitality?  What more could you ask for at a party than some magical energy, good communication, and vital friends.
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Challenge: Join the D.A.! - Department of Mysteries
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Graduation Sewing Kits

Brief Description: As you all have heard over the last few months, I've quit my job and moved.  But I continued to commute to finish the semester at the university I taught at.  Partly because I didn't want to leave my co-workers high and dry, but also because I wanted to end the year with two of my students who I'm close to, who were graduating.  Both of them are going out into the world to pursue costuming jobs, and had mentioned at the beginning of the year that they don't have "grown up" sewing tools, and rely on the ones in the costume shop.  I remember how hard it was beginning my career, in need of tools and being just dead broke, so I decided to build them their own "grown up" sewing kits. I worked hard to shop sales, and discount stores, but still find them lots of useful and good quality tools.  (Found the bags and may of the hand tools on sale for half price!)  Since I wanted to make each one special and personal, I decorated them based on the girls interests.  Becca got red rosettes, because red is her favorite color and she always makes a rosette from the scraps of whatever fabric she's been using in the shop.  Adrienne got a mixed collection of vintage and rhinestone purple buttons, reflecting her love of sparkles and all things purple.  Each kit contained the items below, as well as point turners, seam rippers, and snip scissors.
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392  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: April 14, 2014 01:12:20 PM
Class: Apparition
SPEW: Warren County Public Library Raffle
House: Gryffindor!

Project Name: Doctor Who TARDIS Bookmark
Brief Description: While I would love to travel this beautiful world of ours, the place I'd MOST like to travel, is among the stars.  Therefore I crafted something I might run into there, the TARDIS.  Smiley  This bookmark is being donated to the Warren County Public Library Raffle on Doctor Who Day later this month.
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Class: Astronomy
SPEW: Caitlin's Smiles
House: Gryffindor!

Project Name: Craft Foam Bookmark Kits
Brief Description: Caitlin's Smiles is a wonderful charity that sends craft kits to children in hospitals.  Often seriously ill children cannot get out of their beds and have very little to keep their mind off of sickness and pain.  Caitlin's Smiles aims to change that by giving the kids something creative to work on.  And is there a better way to turn a negative into a positive than using creativity and imagination to fight off fear and pain? Each of these 30 kits contains a craft foam bookmark, and lots of self-stick foam shapes, in various themes including music, dinosaurs, birds, etc.
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Class: Divination
SPEW: Warren County Public Library Raffle
House: Gryffindor!

Project Name: Doctor Who TARDIS keychain & necklace
Brief Description: When I looked up into the sky this past weekend I was shocked to see a fluffy white version of a very famous "blue box".  This keychain and necklace are being donated to the Warren County Public Library Raffle on Doctor Who Day later this month.
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Class: Flying
House: Gryffindor!

Project Name: Quilted Laptop Case
Brief Description: When studying creatures who fly, I looked into two different creatures; moths and bees.  This lovely quilted laptop case is the result!  It is made with the Flora & Fauna line of fabrics from Michael Miller.  Luna Moth in mustard for the outside and Bee Hive in mustard for the lining.  I used two layers of batting, and the inside is free-motion quilted, while the outside is treated like a "lining" and is smooth.  I used this tutorial as a starting point, but heavily altered the directions, as it calls for the case to open along the short side, and I wanted it to open along the top like an envelope.
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Challenge: D.A. - Patronus Charm
SPEW: Caitlin's Smiles
House: Gryffindor!

Project Name: Friendship Bracelet Kits
Brief Description: Another project for Caitlin's Smiles!  This is 25 friendship bracelet kits, with a charm, to keep kids busy while hospitalized.
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House Pride: Gryffindor
SPEW: Wildlife Rescue Nests
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Crocheted Bird Nest
Brief Description: This bird nest is being donated to Wildlife Rescue Nests.  When injured animals are brought into Wildlife Rescue facilities, they often lack places to put tiny creatures who need to stay warm.  Hence, reusable yarn nests!  They are used for birds, bunnies, cats, and other critters to need to be kept warm and safe without their mothers.  This one is Gryffindor red & gold to give the little creatures courage to face the big wide world ahead of them when they heal.  Cheesy
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393  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: April 03, 2014 11:50:47 AM
Note from the Deputy Headmistress...

The new Detention Challenges for April 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 March or April challenges in May.  Smiley
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394  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: March 24, 2014 09:08:33 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 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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395  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: March 17, 2014 03:04:38 PM
Note from the Deputy Headmistress....  It's time for a new Join the D.A. Challenge!





~*Mastering the Patronus Charm*~
March 17 - April 7, 2014

"This ancient and mysterious charm conjures a magical guardian, a projection of all your most positive feelings. The Patronus Charm is difficult, and many witches and wizards are unable to produce a full, corporeal Patronus, a guardian which generally takes the shape of the animal with whom they share the deepest affinity. You may suspect, but you will never truly know what form your Patronus will take until you succeed in conjuring it."

The Patronus Charm (Expecto Patronum) is an immensely complicated spell that evokes a partially-tangible positive energy force known as a Patronus, or spirit guardian. The charm was primarily designed for defense against Dementors and Lethifolds.  Dementors as you know, feed on human happiness, draining it from their victims until all they can feel is depression and despair.  While Witches & Wizards are able to defend themselves with this charm, Muggles have no such luxury, and there are many living in depression and despair every day.  A successfully cast corporeal Patronus is able to shield not only its caster, but also other human beings around them.  In this way a single Witch or Wizard can defend their families, friends, neighbors, and even strangers.  

For this Challenge you must craft an item for a CHARITY, that will help bring hope to someone in despair.  Please check out the SPEW Craftalong for a wonderful list of organizations that accept handmade items.  Many of these charities even have guidelines, tutorials and patterns available to help you in your crafting.  Your crafted item will earn you 15 House Points, and cannot be combined with any other class.  

However, in effort to promote the spread of joy and love in the world, your Headmistress is also giving you a chance to earn extra House Points on all charity items crafted within this Challenge's timeline.  For each additional SPEW item you craft, you will earn an additional 5 House Points, on top of the normal 10 points. These SPEW points CAN be combined with Class prompts.  For example, you could create a daffodil yellow quilt for Quilts for Kids to complete your History of Magic homework.  This would earn you 15 House Points for History of Magic, + your normal 10 SPEW points, + 5 Bonus SPEW points = 30 House Points!
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396  Re: CLOSED: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: March 16, 2014 05:50:32 PM
Note from the Deputy Headmistress...
Finally, there are a few more last minute honors to bestow.  Many of your fellow Craftsters have donated their time and prodigious skill to create PRIZES for you students.  


HPC Participant Prize
Our first THREE prize winners were pulled out of the Sorting Hat, from among ALL of the people who participated in this semesters magic.  They are...

Ms. Maman Tattoo of Gryffindor House, who has won a set of HP Finger Puppets from pottermouth!


AND... Ms. BadWolf314, of Ravenclaw House, who has won a surprise box of craft supplies from Coulsenl!


AND... Ms. gaudiknight, of Ravenclaw House, who has won a Small Flat Rate Surprise Box from the lovely Whistlefish!




Detention Drawing
Next, the award for the students who have reformed their behavior best in Detention.  This semester's winners (randomly drawn from all those who posted a Detention project) are...

Ms. Acadian Driftwood, of Hufflepuff House,
who has won a Small Cuddle Waldorf Doll Craft Kit from MamamTattoo!


AND Mr. vincentvanbuck of Ravenclaw House,
who has won a Create an ATB Kit from MistressJennie on Etsy!




SPEW Award
This award is given to one of the students who completed at least one SPEW project during the semester.
Ms. pinkleo, of Gryffindor House, who has won a Smashbook Craft Kit from Whistlefish!



7th Year's Graduation Award
This award goes to a member of the HPC who has reached their 7th Year, aka their 7th semester in the HPC!
Ms. Naantje, of Slytherin House, 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 they are...

OWL WINNER
Ms. Audania1 of Ravenclaw House,
who has won lovely handmade doll from MamanTattoo!



NEWT WINNER
AND... Ms. pottermouth of Ravenclaw House,
who has won a small surprise package of HP themed goodies & crafting supplies from noodle-bug!





*And so everyone knows this was done fairly, there are thumbnails of all the student lists and random number generator numbers.*




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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397  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: March 06, 2014 02:18:16 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 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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398  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: March 06, 2014 11:54:16 AM
Note from the Deputy Headmistress...

The new Detention Challenges for March 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 March or April challenges in May.  Smiley
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399  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: February 28, 2014 07:39:14 AM
Class: Arithmancy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Seven Secret Veggies Spanish Rice

Brief Description:
Since Im about to move in a week, Im trying to use up lots of foods in the house, so I dont have to move more stuff.  The cupboards are looking pretty bare right now, and so Im having to get really creative with what I make myself for dinner while DH is away.  In an effort to use up lots of bits of veggies, I altered my normal Spanish Rice recipe to use extra veggies.  I made a huge batch, and used it in some more Freezer Burritos and had leftovers for lunch all week.  This project also allowed me to explore the magical number 7, since I used 7 veggies and 7 spices to make it!



cup chopped onion (1 medium)
cup chopped green sweet pepper
cup chopped red bell pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1 sweet potato, diced fine
cup frozen corn, thawed
1 28 ounce can tomatoes, cut up
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 cup water
cup uncooked long grain rice
teaspoon salt
⅛ teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
t teaspoon Mexican Oregano
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
1 teaspoon Cumin
1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
Several dashes bottled hot pepper sauce (optional)

In a large skillet cook onion, sweet peppers, sweet potato and garlic in hot oil until tender. Add chili powder; cook 1 minute more. Stir in undrained tomatoes, water, rice, salt, pepper, remaining spices and, if desired, several dashes hot pepper sauce. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, about 20 minutes or until rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed.



Challenge: Join the DA - Shield Charm
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Rainbow Chainmaille Bracelet

Brief Description: I have a friend who is afraid of flying, but has to go on a trip soon.  Since shes so worried about the plane, I created a Rainbow Chainmaille Bracelet and earrings out of niobium, to shield her from her fears.  What better than a rainbow to protect you in the sky?  It's hard to see in the first picture, but the larger rings are a beautiful blend of rainbow colors.
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And a closeup shot of the rings, which are a lovely rainbow color.




Class: DADA
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Digital Collages

Brief Description: My new office in my new apartment needed some more art.  I decided to create a few digital collages in Photoshop to make the space feel more like it belongs to me.  These will be matted and framed in my room.
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Challenge: Detention - January
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: 1001 Peeps Baby Quilt

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Brief Description: This poor baby quilt was started months ago.  Over the summer actually.  I put it on hold because I didnt have anything to bind it with.  Last week I went into work early for several days and spent a bit of time each day getting the quilting done.  I ordered a small piece of fabric to be the perfect binding, and stayed a bit late after work tonight to finish it finally!
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Class: History of Magic
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Dishcloth for Work

Brief Description: I do a lot for my costume shop workers.  Because my poor college students rarely have time or money to eat regular meals, I keep bagels, cream cheese, pickles, nuts, cookies, chocolate, coffee pods, creamer, honey, 8,000 types of tea, paper plates, utensils, napkins, and tissues in stock in the shop, all out of my own money.  (Boy, are they going to be in for a rough wake up when I leave in May!)  But one of the things Im really sick of buying is sponges to wash out our teacups and mugs.  The students like to leave the sponge in the Dye Room, where it picks up toxic dyes and detergents, so I have to throw them out, and it feels like Im *always* buying them.  Im hoping by replacing them with handmade dishcloths, the kids will remember to put the cloth back in the kitchen area after washing the cup in the dye room. 
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House Unity
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Spiced Badger Bread (Banana Bread)

Brief Description: As I previously mentioned, Im trying to use up lots of foods in the house, so I dont have to move more stuff.  After making up several foods for myself for the week on Sunday, I was feeling rather hardworking.  Must have been channeling my inner-Hufflepuff side!  When I saw I had a few browning bananas, I rolled up my sleeves and dove in for just a little bit more work.  The result was breakfast all week!


2 cups all-purpose flour
teaspoons baking powder
teaspoon baking soda
teaspoon salt
teaspoon ground cinnamon
teaspoon allspice
⅛ teaspoon cloves
⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 eggs, beaten
1 cups mashed banana (5 medium)
1 cup sugar
cup cooking oil or melted butter or margarine
cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of one 9x5x3-inch or two 7-1/2x3-1/2x2-inch loaf pans; set aside. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Make a well in center of flour mixture; set aside.
In a medium bowl combine eggs, banana, sugar, and oil. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened (batter should be lumpy). Fold in nuts. Spoon batter into prepared pan(s). If desired, sprinkle Streusel Topping over batter.
Bake for 55 to 60 minutes for 9x5x3-inch pan or 40 to 45 minutes for 7-1/2x3-1/2x2-inch pans or until a wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean (if necessary, cover loosely with foil the last 15 minutes of baking to prevent overbrowning). Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool completely on a wire rack. Wrap and store overnight before slicing.
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400  ~*Diagon Alley*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: February 26, 2014 09:37:53 AM

~*Diagon Alley*~
"Did he say diagonally?"


Mistress Jennie's Handmade Jewelry
MistressJennie on Etsy has donated 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!

Mermaid Themed Bracelet Shown as Example Only
*Ships Worldwide*

Noodle's Notions Nest
The utterly fantastic noodle-bug has kindly offered a *custom* mini-hoop (4"-5"), based on the winner's favorite HP character, magical item, or quote!  Check out this example of her mad stitching skills!

*ships worldwide*


BadWolf Boutique
BadWolf314 has kindly donated a Hogwarts Care Package consisting of a Golden Snitch Necklace, handmade wand, notebook and YOUR CHOICE of House Scarf!

*Ships within US*
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