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401  Retirement Charm Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: May 29, 2014 11:18:17 AM
Final bracelet post of the day!  Smiley  This was created at the request of my mother-in-law to give to a friend who is retiring from her job as the school librarian.  The charms include books, heart, cat, "Well behaved women rarely make history", cross, school house, P for Patricia, angel, pen nib, newspaper, giraffe, and Lincoln, since she took the children to the Lincoln Library in Springfield IL every year.

I think this one has inspired me to make a general Librarian themed charm bracelet too!  Cheesy
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402  We're Off to See the Wizard Charm Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: May 29, 2014 11:12:52 AM
This charm bracelet has been in the works for ages.  I gathered the charms over a period of months, before putting it on hold to move to a new state.  Now that I'm settled in, I was finally able to finish it.  It contains 17 Tibetan silver and pewter charms from the Wonderful Wizard of Oz book by L. Frank Baum, and the 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film.  The charms include: Toto, the Witch's hourglass, Glinda's wand, the Wicked Witch of the West on her broom, the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Woodsman, a rainbow, Glinda the Witch of the North, the ruby slippers, Dorothy Gale, hot air balloon, Scarecrow, apple from the orchard, the Wizard, the Emerald City, courage, heart. The charms are surrounded by a mix of Czech glass beads in Technicolor sky blue, brick road yellow and emerald green.

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403  Ride 'Em Cowgirl Charm Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: May 29, 2014 11:12:36 AM
This bracelet was inspired by my trip to Fort Worth, TX this spring, where I was fortunate enough to visit the National Cowgirl Museum.  Whatever your background or home, you cannot help but be inspired and empowered when visiting this wonderful museum.  If you ever have the chance, I urge you go to.  Regardless of gender or interests, it is a fantastic place.  So here's my ode to those fearless ladies.  The charms include a steer skull, saddled horse, cowgirl boots, pickup truck, buffalo, rose, guitar, cowgirl hats, cowgirl pinup, pistol, horse, sadlde, spur, bull, rope.  The beads are a a mix of beautiful Czech glass, polished stone, rustic river shell flowers, handmade ceramic and cut crystal beads in shades of petal pink, deep magenta, and saddle brown.

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404  First Time Making a Dreamcatcher in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: May 28, 2014 03:51:32 PM
I recently stumbled across a Swap Interest thread proposing the idea of a Dreamcatcher Swap.  It had been kicking around for a while, but had never gotten off the ground.  I had never tried my hand at making a Dreamcatcher, and clearly I must MAKE ALL THE CRAFTS.  So, I started by organizing the Dreamcatcher Swap, which is currently in Sign Ups.  But in the mean time I was feeling all creative and I couldn't wait the few weeks until partnering happens, so I made a practice one this weekend.  All in all, I'm pretty darn happy with how it came out.

Here's a detail shot of the drops in the center.  An amethyst for pleasant dreams and a swarovski crystal heart.  The beads in the net are 4mm fire-polished Czech glass.

Here's a detail shot of the feather drops.  The beads are stone, ceramic, Czech glass, and metal.  The blue glass leaves were sent to me in a bead swap here on Craftster, and the dark purple stones are slices of agate.

The bright turquoise looks great against the plum purple wall of my studio, but I think it might bet moved to the guest bathroom right next door, which has a turquoise, grey and purple color scheme and a rather peaceful vibe going on.

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405  ~*Diagon Alley*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: May 27, 2014 12:54:54 PM

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

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

MistressJennie has also donated an Always Bookmark!

Finally MistressJennie 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*

Knotty Gurl Designs
Knotty Gurl Designs on Etsy has donated a Hogwarts House Friendship Bracelet in the winners House colors!  Check out the beautiful example of a Slytherin House bracelet below!

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Knotty Gurl Designs on Etsy has also donated a CUSTOM friendship bracelet with up to 25 strings!  Winner can discuss specific ideas with margaron, but the beautiful Dark Mark bracelet below gives an idea of what kinds of magic she can weave.

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Naantje's Needlery
Naantje has kindly donated a a crocheted charger pocket in the recipient's house colors or two other colors of their choosing. Custom-made to the size of their mobile phone.

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406  ~*Quidditch World Cup 2014*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: May 27, 2014 08:54:43 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.

Bulgaria Team Colors: Red & Black
Emblem: Black and scarlet Snitch and star.
Flag: White, green and red horizontal stripes.
Facts: The Bulgarian Quidditch Stadium is set in a dark foggy castle in the mountains. Their team mascot is the Veela.  Seeker Victor Krum, well known for the Wronski Feint, has come out of retirement to play for the Bulgarian team this year. At 38 he is considered old for a Quidditch player, but has enormous fan support.  Bulgarian cuisine shares characteristics with other Balkans countries and includes salads, wines and rakia, filo dough based pastries, grilled meats including pork, lamb and sausage, and a high per capita consumption of yogurt.

Japan Team Colors: Blue & White
Emblem: White circle with a green outer rim containing a red dragon with it's claw upon a Quaffle.
Flag: Red circle on a white field.
Facts: The Japanese Stadium is built in the shadow of a Sengoku-era castle, and is surrounded by pink cherry-blossom trees, kept magically blooming year-round. Instead of a normal qudditch pitch, the matches are held over an immense koi pond, which is bisected by an elegantly carved wooden bridge. Their Team Special Move is known as The Tsunami, and involves a lot of spinning, seemingly inspired by martial arts. Japanese cuisine includes rice, noodles, miso soup, fresh fish, pickled vegetables, sake, soy and tofu, and sweets known as wagashi.

USA Team Colors: Red, White & Blue
Emblem: Blue band with three white stars above a shield of vertical stripes of red and white, with a black eagle with a Beater's bat in each claw.
Flag: 13 red & white horizontal stripes with a blue field of 50 white stars in the upper left corner.
Facts: The American team's national stadium is a New England style Victorian, and boasts a year-round Hallowe'en theme. It is covered with pumpkins and its sky is always black. Their signature move is the Harlem Shuffle.  American cuisine varies greatly across the country and due to its immigrant past, it consists of dishes with Irish, Italian, English, German, French, French-Canadian, and Mexican roots, to name just a few.

Brazil Team Colors: Yellow & Green
Emblem: A blue shield with yellow hoops and green stars.
Flag: Blue disc of starry sky spanned by a curved band inscribed with the national motto, within a yellow rhombus, on a green field.
Facts: Shortly before the opening games in April, manager Jos Barboza called the Welsh Chasers "talentless hags". After Welsh manager Gwenog Jones threatened to "curse his face off", Barboza insisted his original remark had been taken out of context. The Brazilian team mascot is the Curupira. Brazilian cuisine has European and African influences. It varies greatly by region, reflecting the country's mix of native and immigrant populations.  Root vegetables, cheese buns, rice & beans, fruits like mango, papaya and guava are popular and coffee is the national beverage.

July Quidditch Challenge: Set Your Portkey!
July 1st-16th at 5:00pm CST
The Summer Quidditch Cup Competition has been scheduled for July 16-August 20, 2014.  Many of us will be traveling to this event in July.  Since numerous brooms taking the skies will most certainly be noticed by Muggles and apparition is not allowed due to the guards in place around the venue, we must use portkeys to travel.
Your job is to craft yourself a portkey; it can be anything you desire.  However, you must submit a picture of your portkey in a location near your home so that it can be registered for the event. (This location must be no more than 50 miles away and must NOT be inside your home.)

Quidditch World Cup
July 17th-August 21st
--Keep in mind that the Quidditch Cup Deadlines will be strictly enforced.  All enchantments and protections spells will end precisely on August 21, 2014 at 11:59pm CST.

--All HPC rules apply for Quidditch events!  Please refresh yourself of these guidelines; they are located first page, first post.

--Remember projects for the HPC should represent your best crafty skills.  Take pride in your work.

--Submissions should take a minimum of 30 minutes to make.

--Incomplete or partial projects will not be accepted.

--No WIPs are allowed for the Quidditch Cup.  (unless specifically denoted in prompt)

--All submissions need to be created during the game, from July 17 to August 21. (unless denoted in prompt)

--Each Hogwarts House has been randomly paired with a World Cup Semifinalist team.  Your House will represent that National Team in the World Cup by crafting.  You cannot change teams, any more than you could change Houses mid-semester.  (Remember guys, even if you don't "like" the team you were assigned, this is all just for imaginary fun.)  

*Randomly Assigned Team Pairings*
Gryffindor will be playing as Japan
Hufflepuff will be playing as Brazil
Ravenclaw will be playing as USA
Slytherin will be playing as Bulgaria

--Events & Penalty Shots=15 points
--SPEW Bonus=10 points

Let's have a fair and fun game!  Once you have complete EVERY event, you may go back and do them one more time. Grin

--Seeker: the Seeker finds the snitch, which sounds simple, but some snitches have a tendency to hide. Demonstrate your affinity for finding hidey-holes by creating a project that includes a hidden detail which only the observant will find.

--Beater: Beaters have to work as a pair to defend all the players on their team from being hit by the Bludgers.  Craft two objects that go together, and do not work without their partner.  (For example, a pair of earrings.)

--Chaser: Chasers have to move and react with speed. Demonstrate your skill by making a quick-craft project; You must work for the HPC minimum of 30 minutes, however to demonstrate your rapidity the project must not take more than 2 hours to complete (time limits refer to active crafting time only; does not including drying/baking/etc. time)

--Keeper:  Keepers must spend hours and hours practicing catching the Quaffle in order to defend their hoops.  Show your willingness to practice your craft skills by making a project which requires repetitive techniques; for example includes a repeating pattern, or many repetitions of an action (such as knitting).

--Broomstick: Wizarding brooms contain a cushioning spell in order to make them more comfortable for the rider.  For this challenge you must create an object to cushion or comfort something or someone.  This could include a pillow, cushion, blanket, throw, neck pillow, tea cozy, laptop sleeve, tablet case, furniture reupholstery, etc.

--Cheering/Spirit: Cheer on your house or favorite quidditch team by crafting something that shows your house/team pride.  (This can be your House  quidditch team, your assigned National Team, or any other quidditch team you support, such as the Hollyhead Harpies or Wimbourn Wasps.  You can literally support anyone here.)

Quidditch is a rough game!  Time for you to take your penalty shot.  You can choose up to 7 shots to complete.  You may NOT repeat a shot once you've completed it.

--Blagging: Seizing the opponent's broom tail to slow or hinder. Craft something that takes a long time. (For this challenge, the crafted object must take OVER 3 hours to complete.)

--Blatching: Flying with the intent to collide.  Create a craft that uses two or more different crafting techniques. This could be something that is both carved and painted.  Knit and felted.  Or even a mixed media piece.

--Blurting: Locking broom handles with the intent to steer an opponent off course.  Craft something that locks or closes.

--Bumphing:  Watch out!  Bludgers hit towards spectators.  Craft something to make watching the match at the World Cup more enjoyable.  This could be a comfy stadium cushion to sit on, a delicious snack to share with friends, a jar light to guide you back to your tent when the game ends.  Just remember that the item must be something you could easily pack and take outside with you.  (ie, Don't craft something that must be kept cold like ice cream, or should be served hot out of the oven like pizza.)

--Cobbing: Excessive use of elbows towards opponents.  Craft something that is *excessive* in some way.  (ie. Excessively sparkly, excessively large, excessively time consuming, excessively detailed.)

--Flacking: Pushing any portion of anatomy through the goal hoop in an attempt to push the Quaffle out. Craft something based on a portion of the human anatomy or that is worn on a portion of the body. (ie. Hat, gloves, bracelets, etc.)

--Haversacking: Chaser is still holding to or touching the Quaffle as it goes through the goal hoop. Finish WIP youve been holding onto. (This is the ONLY exception to quidditch crafting timeline.)  

--Quaffle-pocking: Tampering with the Quaffle somehow like poking holes in it so that it will fall faster. Adapting the quaffle to alter its behaviour is not allowed; instead, you must adapt a pre-existing item to better fit its use, or to change the way it is used to better fit your needs. This could include taking in a dress thats too big or hemming an old set of curtains to fit new windows.

--Snitchnip: Any player other than the Seeker touching or catching the Golden Snitch. Craft something outside your comfort zone.  (ie. Something new to you or difficult for you.)

--Stooging: When two of a team's Chasers knock the opposing team's Keeper out of the way so that their third Chaser can score a goal easily. Craft something that is easy for YOU to make.  (ie. Your signature, go-to craft)

Gryffindor as Japan
Mistress Jennie, alumni: Quidditch-JUNE, Quidditch-JULY, Q-Chaser, Q-Beater, Q-Chaser, Q-Keeper, Q-Blatching, Q-Blagging, Q-Bumphing, Q-Flacking, Q-Quafflepocking, Q-Stooging
rockmygypsysoul, 4th Year: Quidditch-JUNE
165 points, 2 players = 82.5 points average

Hufflepuff as Brazil
Acadian Driftwood, 4th Year: Quidditch-July, Q-Snitchnip, Q-Haversacking, Q-Blurting  
AnnoyingBigSister, 4th Year: Quidditch-JUNE, Quidditch-JULY,
gaudiknight, 3rd Year: Q-Seeker, Q-Chaser, Q-Keeper, Q-Broomstick, Q-Cheering, Q-Blurting, Q-Bumphing, Q-Blagging,
midkiffsjoy, 5th Year: Quidditch-JUNE, Quidditch-JULY, Q-Seeker, Q-Chaser, Q-Keeper, Q-Beater, Q-Broomstick, Q-Cheering, Q-Blatching, Q-Bumphing, Q-Blagging, Q-Cobbing, Q-Haversacking, Q-Stooging,
Moonflame, 7th Year: Q-Keeper, Q-Chaser, Q-Blagging
450 points, 5 players = 90 points average

Ravenclaw as USA
FiberAlchemist, alumni: Quidditch-JUNE, Quidditch-JULY, Q-Beater, Q-Chaser, Q-Keeper, Q-Blagging, Q-Bumphing
Magpirate, 4th Year: Q-Chaser, Q-Cobbing, Q-Flacking
netchez, 5th Year:  Quidditch-JUNE, Quidditch-JULY, Q-Beater, Q-Chaser, Q-Seeker, Q-Cheering, Q-Broomstick, Q-Keeper, Q-Flacking, Q-Blurting
noodle-bug, alumni: Quidditch-JUNE, Q-Keeper, Q-Chaser, Q-Beater, Q-Broomstick, Q-Haversacking, Q-Snitchnip, Q-Blurting, Q-Flacking, Q-Bumphing, Q-Stooging, Q-Blatching
pottermouth, alumni: Quidditch-JULY
teag, 6th Year: Quidditch-JUNE
vincentvanbuck, 4th Year:  Quidditch-JUNE, Q-Beater, Q-Chaser, Q-Keeper, Q-Cheering, Q-Blagging, Q-Blatching, Q-Cobbing, Q-Snitchnip, Q-Stooging
600 points, 7 players = 85.7 points average

Slytherin as Bulgaria
calliemae, 2nd Year: Q-Keeper+SPEW, Q-Chaser, Q-Cheering
ErinAquaheart, 7th Year: Quidditch-JUNE, Quidditch-July+SPEW, Q-Beater, Q-Beater+SPEW, Q-Keeper+SPEW x 2, Q-Seeker, Q-Seeker+SPEW, Q-Chaser x 2, Q-Cobbing, Q-Team Pride, Q-Team Pride+SPEW, Q-Broomstick, Q-Broomstick+SPEW, Q-Blagging, Q-Flacking+SPEW, Q-Bumping, Q-Haversacking, Q-Quafflepocking, Q-Stooging
Inselaeffchen, 4th Year: Q-Beater, Q-Chaser, Q-Stooging
margaron, 2nd Year: Q-Chaser, Q-Blagging,
Naantje, alumni: Q-Broomstick  
TechnicolorAquahearts, 7th Year: Quidditch-JUNE, Quidditch-JULY+SPEW, Q-Chaser, Q-Keeper, Q-Seeker, Q-Bumphing, Q-Cobbing, Q-Snitchnip
680 points, 6 players = 113 points average

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407  ~*Detention in the Dungeons*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: May 27, 2014 08:13:35 AM
~*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 are worth 15 House Points and may be turned in anytime during the semester, regardless of what the newest Challenge is, up until the semester ends on February 28th.  (For example, you may turn in June or July challenges in August.)

June Challenge:
Help with Headless Hunt!  Nearly Headless Nick, still trying to join the Hunt, has asked for your help impressing the other ghosts as one of his party guests.  The only problem is that you'll be surrounded by ghosts who seem to like to glide right through you.  The touch of a ghost feels like a dip in icy cold water, which is normally rather unpleasant.  But since it is already turning into a hot summer, this has become somewhat refreshing.  This month craft an item that you could use when you visit any icy ocean, cold river, or cool summer lake to refresh yourself from the heat.

July Challenge:
When Madam Hooch left the class running braking drills while she ran up to the castle, you got into yet another fight with Malfoy.  When Madam Hooch inevitably caught you at it, she gave you detention.  You will be trimming the grass of the Quidditch pitch, one blade at a time, without magic. For this challenge you must complete a Work in Progress.

August Challenge:
Madam Pince has caught you & Ron practicing the Jelly-Brain Jinx on First Year's in the library, has assigned you the tedious task of 1,000 lines of "I will not perform jinxes on classmates."  For this challenge you must craft multiples of the same item or craft something very tedious.

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408  ~*Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: May 27, 2014 08:13:22 AM
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 15 House Points, and a Badge for that challenge.  Once a new challenge is posted, you have until 11:59 Central time THE SAME DAY to finish posting the "old" bean.  Items posted after that can earn Badges, but no House Points  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.

*If the Semester ends before the Bean's two week span is over, the Bean will continue into the new semester.  You may only enter your Bean project in *one* of the semesters.

And this weeks bean is...

Fluffy white marshmallows are a treat nearly everyone enjoys, especially when toasted over a campfire.  But be careful, or all too soon your gooey treat can become a blackened blob of char and ash!  For this challenge you must craft something either entirely black or white, or a combination of black and white together.

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409  ~*Dumbledore's Army - Still Recruiting!*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: May 27, 2014 08:13:02 AM
 Please note that the "official" time period for the Join the DA Challenge has ended.  If you got behind, you will have this semester in order to finish the challenge.  But please remember that projects turned in out of their appointed time frame only receive 10 House Points, not 15. (Unless they are SPEW projects, which all receive an automatic 10 Point bonus.)  

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 spans three HPC semesters, and covers the journey taken by our favorite Trio, and their faithful friends, as they learned to use 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.  The Fall Semester contained 3 awesome challenges.  Winter semester we had lessons with Harry Potter himself!  This semester we will have three more challenges, a new one each month!  Each 'on-time' project you submit will earn you 15 House Points, just like all other Class and Challenge prompts.    

So, what's our next task?*

*If you did not complete the Fall or Winter Semester's tasks in time, but would still like to participate, please scroll down to the bottom of this post for directions on how to catch-up!

~*Department of Mysteries*~
May 11 - May 31, 2014

"There is a room in the Department of Mysteries that is kept locked at all times. It contains a force that is at once more wonderful and more terrible than death, than human intelligence, than the forces of nature. It is also, perhaps, the most mysterious of the many subjects for study that reside there. It is the power held within that room that you possess in such quantities and which Voldemort has not at all." Albus Dumbledore

The Department of Mysteries is a section within the Ministry of Magic where the various mysteries of the world are studied, including space, thought, time, death, and love.  On June 18th, 1996 Lord Voldemorte planted a vision in Harry Potter's mind, of his godfather, Sirius Black, being tortured somewhere within the Department of Mysteries.  When Harry decided to rush to Sirius' aid, he was accompanied by his best friends, Hermoine Granger and Ron Weasley, as well as  Dumbledore's Army members Ginny Weasley, Luna Lovegood and Neville Longbottom.  Though many students had joined the D.A., it was only Ginny, Luna and Neville who rushed to help Harry fight the Death Eaters and rescue Sirius, without thought for themselves.  

"We were all in the D.A. together. It was all supposed to be about fighting You-Know-Who, wasn't it? And this is the first chance we've had to do something real or was that all just a game or something?" Neville Longbottom

For this challenge you will need to follow Luna & Neville's example and go out of your way to help a friend who could really use a hand.  You can create any sort of crafted item, provided the intended recipient is a good friend, and the craft is intended to help them in some way.  Be sure to explain the situation in your post.

~*Mastering the Patronus Charm*~
March 17 - April 7, April 22, 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!

~*Lessons With Harry*~
December 1st - February 28th
It's time we learned how to defend ourselves from Voldemorte and his Death Eaters.  Throughout the Winter Semester you will be learning practical defensive spells from Harry Potter in the Room of Requirement.  In order to earn the right to move on in the Join the DA Challenge, you will need to master 5 out of 8 of the following spells.  You may choose any 5 you wish, and you have until the end of the semester to post them.  However, as a good Headmistress I must remind you that leaving all your studying to the last minute will result in poor performance on your exams.  So start thinking, planning and crafting as soon as you wish!
And since I just *know* someone will ask...  If you master your 5 spells and still wish to continue crafting the others you may do so.  If you complete all 8 *within this semester* only, you will earn a bonus of 10 House Points, and an extra fancy badge.   Cheesy

1. Disarming - The word expelliarmus is derived from the Latin roots, expel, meaning 'to drive out' and arma, meaning 'weapon'. For this challenge you must remove something standing in the way of your completing a craft project.  This could include striping down a piece of furniture in order to refinish it, redyeing an object to hide a pesky stain, bleaching to remove color, or cleaning out & organizing your messy craft area in order to better utilize the space.
2. Impediment Jinx - The Impediment Jinx is used to freeze something in its current place.  For this challenge craft something that either literally freezes like homemade ice cream, or something that blocks or stops something else like a door stop.  Other ideas include a shawl to keep out the chill, a batch of Freezer Meals for busy work nights, or draft blocker for one of the doors in your house.
3. Reductor Curse -  The Reductor Curse is used to blast an object into tiny pieces.  For this challenge you have two options.  One is to break down a larger object into smaller pieces and use them in a completed craft project, such as breaking plates into small tiles to create a mosaic table top.  Your second option is to craft something tiny.  This can be anything you desire, but the maximum size is 3x3x3.  (For our friends using the Metric System, this is 7.6 cm, but you may round it up to 8 cm. Wink)  
4. Stunning Spell - The Stunning Spell, otherwise known as Stupefy, is used to render someone unconscious or to halt a moving object.  For this challenge you must create something that stuns at least one of the 5 senses.  For example, it can dazzle the eye with sparkle, dazzles the ear with sound, dazzles the taste buds with flavor, dazzles the nose with an intoxicating scent, dazzles the sense of touch with softness.  (Note: Please do not try to render anyone unconscious in your crafting! Wink)
5. Shield Charm - Shield Charm is a term applied to several varieties of charms that create a magical barrier to deflect both physical entities and spells. For this challenge you must craft something that will shield either you or another person, from an outside force. Ideas include a potholder to shield you from hot pots & pans, a hat or scarf to shield someone from the winter's cold, or a sleep mask shields tired eyes from the bright sun.
6. Protean Charm - A Protean Charm is a very advanced spell, which links multiple objects together for a common purpose.  In 1995 Hermione Grainger cast the Protean Charm on a series of fake Galleon coins in order to communicate with other members of the D.A.  A change in Harry Potter's master coin would be magically reflected on the other coins, as well as emit a heat signal, alerting group members to the next meeting date.  The genius of this method of communication is that even if a student was searched by Umbridge and the Inquisitorial Squad, they wouldn't find any sort of contraband on the person as it is perfectly legal to carry currency.  For this challenge you must craft an object that is actually something else in disguise, or that contains a hidden meaning.  Examples include a pillow quilt or "quillow", a clever tea cozy, a mask, or something more personal like noodle-bug's ingenious "Birdhouse In Your Soul" project from last semester.  
7.  Fred & George Fight Back - After the D.A. was betrayed by Marietta Edgecombe, Fred and George Weasley continued to fight back against Umbridge's hold on the school by doing what they are best at; namely causing mischief, chaos, and laughter.  They released some rather impressive enchanted fireworks to disrupt lessons, created a swamp in the corridor, and in their final act of rebellion, struck several members of the Inquisitorial Squad with jinxes, summoned their brooms from Umbridge's office and escaped the school to start their joke shop.  For this challenge, take your inspiration from Fred & George's methods.  Craft an *impressive diversion* for yourself or a group of friends.  This could mean creating a stunning display of lights & decorations around your home for the holidays.  (Think beyond hanging ornaments on the tree.)  Or how about crafting food, decorations & favors for a fabulous New Year's Eve party?  On this challenge, be sure to GO BIG.  This is for Fred & George after all.
8. Help the Room of Requirement - The Room of Requirement, otherwise known as the Come and Go Room is possibly one of the most fascinating parts of Hogwarts Castle.  The room is thought to have some degree of sentience, because it transforms itself into whatever the witch or wizard needs it to be at that moment in time.  It is also Unplottable and can only be accessed by a witch or wizard who has great need of it.  For this challenge, you will take your inspiration from the room itself and craft something for which there is *great* need.  You can decide just what is needed and how to best supply it, but you must explain this clearly in your posting.  For example, perhaps your broom closet is overflowing with plastic grocery bags and is an utter mess that you can no longer control.  You could turn those bags into a set of reusable bags.  (Thanks noodle-bug.)  Or perhaps your great aunt Muriel has been getting cold while reading in her drafty old house.  You could crochet her a new lapghan to keep her warm.  Whatever you choose, remember to explain why it is so needed.

~*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. For example, if you are joining the HPC this semester and complete the Fear of a Name challenge, you will earn 10 Points for it, because that challenge closed last semester.  You can then begin planning and crafting your Drink at the Hog's Head project and may post it 2 weeks after you Fear of a Name project.  If, in the course of catching up, you get to making some of this semester's challenges (during the semester), you will earn 15 Points for those.  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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