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391  Re: CLOSED-HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: September 07, 2013 12:05:04 PM
Note from the Deputy Headmistress...
Next 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 two prize winners were pulled out of the Sorting Hat, from among ALL of the people who participated in this semesters magic.  They are...

Ms. Penguin Soup of Ravenclaw House,
who has won a Steampunk Necklace & Earrings from Mistress Jennie's Jewelry on Etsy!

AND... Ms. SiakelA of Ravenclaw House,
who has won a Medium Flat Rate Box of full of Crafting Supplies from the extremely generous WhistleFish!

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

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. Audania1 of Ravenclaw House,
who has won a handspun skein of Ravenclaw Blue Yarn donated by the very generous pottermouth!

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

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...

Ms. pinkleo of Gryffindor House,
who has won a yarn bowl donated by My Wyld Child on Etsy!

AND... Ms. lelyonna of Slytherin House,
who has won a crocheted Market Bag from Headmistress pinkleo!

*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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392  Re: CLOSED-HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: September 07, 2013 11:58:34 AM
Note from the Deputy Headmistress....

Another semester, gone!  And a delightful one it has been for us all.  Please let me offer my sincere congratulations to each and every one of you on this truly magical semester!  You have all crafted brilliantly, and while doing so, you inspired others to craft a little magic in their own life too.  Well done my Friends!

I would now like to take a moment to honor those members of the HPC who "gave their craftiest" here in the HPC.  Those ladies went above and beyond the idea of participation, and have become legends in the realm of crafting.  The awards for Most Crafty Witch are given to those who have completed at least 20 Classes & Challenges during the semester.  (Much like a Muggle MVP award.)

The winners of this honor are as follows...

From Slytherin House... ErinAquaheart and lelyonna!

From Ravenclaw House... Audania1, netchez and noodle-bug!

From Hufflepuff House... midkiffsjoy, Moonflame, and patty_o_furniture!

And from Gryffindor House...  pinkleo & jennieingram!

Please be sure to take and wear your badges proudly!
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393  Re: HPC Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: September 05, 2013 02:13:04 PM
Class: Study of Ancient Runes
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Wine & Cheer Charm Bracelet

Project Page Link:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=427224.0#axzz2e3Nrhqwm
Brief Description: "Jera is the rune of harvest and reward for right actions in a naturally ordered process.  It is the rune of peace on the land and in the heart... It contains many more profound secrets than does our common involvement with linear time, calendar dates, and the clock."  You know what else symbolizes the harvest, and a reward for right actions?  What else brings peace to the heart, and unlocks profound secrets? A glass of wine at the end of the day.  Cheesy  There is something so very *right* about a quiet night, a book, and a glass of cabernet savignon.  This is my ode to both Jera, and the humble glass of wine.  The The charms include grapes, champagne bottles, wine cask, wedge of cheese, bottle with grapes, cork screw, bottle, pear, case of wine, food & wine basket, goblet, caviar, and pair of champagne flutes.  The beads are a mix of glass, crystal and semi precious stone in shades of grape, burgundy, rose, and champagne gold.

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394  Wine & Cheer Charm Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: September 05, 2013 02:12:15 PM
Summer is winding down, but not yet over.  This is my favorite time of year to relax on the porch with a book and a glass of wine.  With that in mind, I put together a new charm bracelet as an ode to my love of wine!  I enjoy red and white, grape and other fruit wines.  My favorites usually come from local vineyards, and are often other fruit wines like peach or berry, so I tried to include that in the design.  The The charms include grapes, champagne bottles, wine cask, wedge of cheese, bottle with grapes, cork screw, bottle, pear, case of wine, food & wine basket, goblet, caviar, and pair of champagne flutes.  The beads are a mix of glass, crystal and semi precious stone in shades of grape, burgundy, rose, and champagne gold.

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395  ~*Diagon Alley*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: August 31, 2013 03:20:55 PM

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

The Blushing Lion
The lovely pinkleo has offered up three fab prizes! 

#1. Set of Star Dishcloths!

#2. Custom Pair of Slippers!

#3. A Crafty Surprise Grab Bag!

*Ships within US*

Mistress Jennie's Handmade Jewelry
MistressJennie on Etsy has donated a beautiful "Dream" Bookmark.

Secondly, 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 bound & decorated HP Notebook!

*Ships Worldwide*

Want to advertise your Etsy or Artfire shop, while helping out the HPC?  Donate an item to Diagon Alley!  All donated items will become prizes awarded for things like End of the Semester Feast, completion of OWLS/NEWTS, or Challenge Awards throughout the semester.  If you would like to donate a prize to the HPC, please send an Owl to jennieingram & pinkleo, listing what you are offering, and where you are willing to ship that item to.  Please include a picture or a link to a picture, and the name of your shop & a link to it so that we may mention it in the post.
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396  ~*Witch of the Week*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: August 31, 2013 03:19:17 PM
Our newest Witch of the Week is...

Fiberalchemist for two outstanding projects!  The first is her Potions OWL project, the Very Weasley Christmas Tree Skirt! You can practically hear Celestina Warbeck warbling away in the background when you see this lovely granny tree skirt.  The second is the Gryffie Pride Quilt she made for the Back to Hogwarts Swap!  It's so cold in our house right now, I could really use this to cuddle up under.  Beautifully done Fiberalchemist!

Contratulations Fiberalchemist!  You have earned the Witch of the Week Badge below.

To claim your badge, just click the image; it will open another window with a larger image, which you can right click and save to your computer.  Then, you can do whatever you wish with it.  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.[/center]

Previous Witches of the Week
Ant Bee for her the Coverlet of the Seven Fandoms!
noodle-bug for her Rainbow Quilt!
BadWolf314 for her Perfect Pergola!  

***Please note that Witch of the Week is a bi-weekly event.***
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397  ~*Detention in the Dungeons*~ (Work-In-Progress Completion Posts) in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: August 31, 2013 03:18:23 PM
~*Detention in the Dungeons*~

This semester there will be three Detention Challenges, one for each month.  You are welcome to do any, all, or none of these challenges.  (Remember, they are just here to help get your crafty juices flowing!)  All Detention projects may be turned in anytime during the semester, regardless of what the newest Challenge is, up until the semester ends on November 30th.  (For example, you may turn in September or October challenges in August.)

September Challenge:
Prof. Sinistra has caught you casting the Muffliato Charm in class!  You'll have to spend your night long detention on the Astronomy Tower, watching for meteors and portents in the stars.  Good thing Hermoine is taking copious notes.  This leaves you time to craft.  Cool To complete your Detention, you must finish a WIP (Work in Progress). WIPs can be projects that you just haven't quite finished or projects that you bought all the supplies for but never got around to actually making.  If possible, post before and after pics in the thread.  So get going!

October Challenge:
Crusty old Filch and Mrs. Norris have caught you playing with the Fanged Frisbee in the fourth floor corridor!  Now you have to spend all of Saturday raking leaves on castle grounds while everyone else gets to go to Hogsmeade.  At least you'll get to spend some time outside while the weather is nice.  For this challenge you must craft something that contains at least one of the colors seen in autumn leaves.  Burgundy, red, scarlet, orange, amber, gold and brown are all possibilities.  So start raking.  Otherwise Filch will go to the Headmistress and ask to have you chained in the Dungeons!

November Challenge:
Drat!  Professor Flitwick caught you sketching cartoons in class (of Malfoy getting hit by falling dragon dung during the upcoming Quidditch match) and has given you Detention.  Fortunately he has given you lines to write, and Fred & George taught you an incantation to get your quill to write the same thing over and over.  This gives you time to catch up on other homework.  To complete your Detention, you must finish a WIP (Work in Progress). WIPs can be projects that you just haven't quite finished or projects that you bought all the supplies for but never got around to actually making.  If possible, post before and after pics in the thread.  So get going!

~*Challenge Badges*~

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398  ~*Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: August 31, 2013 03:17:20 PM
Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans
A risk with every mouthful!

"You want to be careful with these. When they say every flavor, they mean every flavor - you know you get all the ordinary ones like chocolate and peppermint and marmalade, but then you can get spinach and liver and tripe. George reckons he had a bogey-flavored one once." - Ron Weasley

Its no secret that Hogwarts students love sweets.  And teachers, Headmasters & Headmistresses have been known to enjoy their share of treats too.  Therefore, your brilliant Headmistresses have devised an epic new *series* of Mini-Challenges for you.  

Every two weeks we will pull a new bean out of the bag.  Each bean will be the inspiration for a mini-challenge.  Students may complete and post a craft based on that theme to earn extra House Points, and a Badge for that challenge.  Once a new challenge is posted, the old one is gone and cannot be entered.  As with all things in the HPC, you are welcome to do any, all, or none of these challenges.  They are just a way to inspire your own magical crafting adventures.

And this weeks bean is...
Popcorn is one of those foods that always makes me feel festive.  Between the explosive sounds it makes as it pops up all fluffy, and the fact that it is associated with fun times like going to the movies or having friends over for a party, it always brings a smile to my face.  This week we're going to focus on the "pop" aspect of popcorn.  You must craft something that involves a "pop" of your own.  It could be a pop of color, like these Elf Shoelaces by TheMistressT for your favorite sneakers, or this amazing set of Slumped Glass Bowls by speedingpullet for your dining table decor.  If color isn't your thing, try a pop of scent in the air with these lovely Rosemary Wreaths from Acadian Driftwood.  Or a pop of flavor in a delicious food, like MareMare's Zuppa Toscana.  So get poppin' folks!

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399  ~*Deputy Headmistress' Office*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: August 31, 2013 03:15:26 PM

Are you sick of Umbridge already?  Do you want to learn - properly learn - practical defensive magic?  Do you need to know what it's really like facing him?  Facing Vo... Voldemorte?   Are you ready for a brand new epic *series* of Craftalong Challenges? Do you have what it takes to join Dumbledore's Army?

Well then you are in luck my friends because your Headmistresses have dreamed up another awesome challenge for you!  This challenge series will span three HPC semesters, and cover the journey taken by our favorite Trio, and their faithful friends, as they fought to learn magic, and fought to live in a world without fear or prejudice.  Each individual challenge will have a specified time frame, much like you saw in Summer Quidditch.  This Fall Semester will contain 3 awesome challenges that will lead up to your lessons with Harry, as he teaches you defensive spells over Winter Semester.  And you can't begin to imagine what we have in store for the Spring Semester.... Wink  

So, what's our next task?*

*If you did not complete the first task in time, but would still like to participate, please scroll down to the bottom of this post for directions on how to catch-up!

~*Sign the Parchment*~
November 8th-30th

"I I think everybody should write their name down, just so we know who was here. But I also think that we all ought to agree not to shout about what we're doing. So if you sign, you're agreeing not to tell Umbridge or anybody else what we're up to." - Hermoine Grainger

This next challenge should be a real doss for everyone.  Hopefully a nice way to wind down the semester.  As easy as signing your name really.  For this challenge you will need to create something in your 'signature craft'.  The craft that you are most comfortable and familiar with.  You may create anything within that medium, no restrictions.  If you have more than one craft that is your signature, you may pick either medium.  If this is somehow still unclear, think of it this way.  If two Craftsters were to have a conversation about you, your signature craft would be how they'd identify you.  It would probably go something like this:

Abbeeroad:  Hey noodle-bug, do you know Mistress Jennie?
noodle-bug: You mean that girl who makes all the charm bracelets?

Yep, that girl who makes the charm bracelets.  So, if you were me, which you're not because you're you, but if you were me, then you'd craft a charm bracelet.  If you were pinkleo, you'd crochet something.  Etc. etc.  So get going on signing that parchment!

~*Have a Drink in the Hog's Head*~
October 10th-November 7th

"Hi," said Fred, reaching the bar first and counting his companions quickly.  "Could we have... twenty-five butterbeers, please?'
The barman glared at him for a moment, then, throwing down his rag irritably as though he had been interrupted in something very important, he started passing up dusty butterbeers from under the bar.

Sometimes darkness lies ahead.  Whether it be a long war against evil, or the long dark nights of autumn and winter.  But even when times are difficult and the road ahead of us looks impossible, there is comfort in sharing a moment of peace, some laughter, and some good food & drink with friends.  For this challenge you will take inspiration from Fred & George, and share a treat with your friends or family.  You must make a food, drink, or sweet treat to share that will serve at least 5 people.  (Not dinner for 2. The purpose of this challenge is to share with a larger group of friends.)  Further, in an effort to broaden the effects of your sharing spirit, you MUST post the complete recipe here in the HPC thread, in order to earn your Badge & House Points.  
***It should go without saying that, like all craft submissions here in the HPC, a picture must also accompany your post. No picture also = no points.***

~*Fear of a Name Challenge*~
September 11th-October 9th

"Harry, don't you see? This... this is exactly why we need you... We need to know what it's really like... facing him... facing V-Voldemort." - Hermione Granger

Fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself.  This is a lesson that all Potter fans take to heart; that facing your fears is the first step towards defeating them.  Hermione began to face her fears when she said Voldemorte's name for the very first time.  For this challenge you will will learn from her example, and face your crafting fears.  You must choose to craft something in a new medium that you have been afraid to try before, OR, you may craft something in a medium you are familiar with, but with a new technique that you have been afraid to try before.  For example, perhaps your a a knitter, and have made tons of knitted items, but you've always been afraid to try cables.  Then this is your chance to try knitting the heck out of those cables!  Since you will be trying new things, you have 4 weeks to complete this challenge, giving you lots of time to make mistakes and perfect your technique.

Catching Up with the D.A.

You:  Dear Headmistresses, I did not get a chance to complete the first DA task, but I would still like to participate.  What can I do?

Glad you asked my friend!  Your Headmistress and I have discussed this and come up with a solution for anyone who missed the first challenge, but still wishes to participate.  Whether you were too busy to jump in during a busy Fall Semester at your real world school, or family & personal obligations kept you from crafting as much as you'd like, you may have fallen (or may in future fall) behind with the DA Challenges.  This is not a problem, and you can still participate.  (As can folks who decide to join the HPC over Winter or Spring semesters.)  

Since learning practical defensive magic and joining the fight against Voldemorte and the Death Eaters was a journey for our characters, you will still need to complete the same journey they do in order to earn your place in the DA.  Therefore, you will still need to do all the challenges *in chronological order* to complete the task.  Therefore, if you missed the Fear of a Name Challenge, you will still need to complete it before you dive into the Drink at the Hog's Head Challenge.

But, there is a bit of fine print...  Wink

First off, each challenge will be assigned a required amount of time "Catch Up" time.  This means that you cannot post your NEXT craft until that amount of time has past.  (This amount of time will be noted with the closed challenge prompt.)  For example, the Fear of a Name Challenge has a Required Make Up Time of 2 weeks.  So if you missed that prompt but you still want to join the DA, first you must plan and craft an item that fits the Fear of a Name challenge prompt.  After posting it, you cannot post a Drink in the Hog's Head Challenge for 2 weeks.  This is not because we are mean.   Smiley  It is because we want each and every crafter to craft their best, rather than rush through a large number of poorly made crafts in a short time.  (It will also make more sense later, when there are lots more projects to get through in order to Catch Up.)

Second bit of fine print:  Each project completed DURING the official Challenge Period will receive 15 House Points.  Any project completed AFTER the official period will earn 10 House Points.  So if you complete the Fear of a Name Challenge today, you can earn 10 points.  Then you can begin crafting the Drink in the Hog's Head Challenge.  If you complete it and post it after the required 2 week Catch Up period, but before the new challenge closes, you earn 15 Points for that one, AND you will have caught up to your classmates.  Make sense? Smiley  If you still have questions, feel free to PM both ME, and pinkleo.  We will be happy to clarify.


***Please remember, you can choose to do any, all, or none of the Challenges and Challenge Series that come up.  The goal here is always to have fun and to be excited about our crafting!  None of the Challenges are intended to cause you stress or strife.  Even your Headmistresses do NOT plan to do ALL the things.  So craft on Friends, craft on.***
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400  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: August 31, 2013 03:14:14 PM
Last entry of the semester!  Where did the summer go?!?!?!

Challenge: Bertie Bott's - Honey
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Rhubarb & Rosewater Cordial
Brief Description: In the spring we were having dinner with close friends, when the other couple's husband asked "What else can you do with rhubarb, besides make strawberry-rhubarb pie or crumble?"  Well, what else can you do with it?  In this case, I made a batch of Rhurbarb & Rosewater Cordial with it.  The original recipe came from here: http://food52.com/recipes/11486-rhubarb-cordial  I added 1/4 tsp of Rosewater to the batch, after straining out the rhubarb, in order to give it a slightly more complex and floral note. This will be part of our Christmas basket to the couple. It's a beautiful blush color when held up to the light.  Cheesy

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