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501  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: February 01, 2013 04:06:38 PM
~*Advanced Studies Friday*~
NEWT Update: I have completed row 31 on my afghan, and am in the middle of row 32.  Only 3 more to go after this one!  Of course that 3.5 row means another 2000 stitches!  According to my estimate I am about 70% complete.  Here's a progress shot:

Now off to dinner, then a whole night of crocheting on the couch with some Netflix while DH is out.  Wink
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502  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: February 01, 2013 06:45:14 AM
Note from the Deputy Headmistress...
Our February Detention Challenge has been posted!  

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 December or January challenges in February.
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503  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: January 27, 2013 11:50:29 AM
Note from the Deputy Headmistress....

The new Witch of the Week has been posted!  Be sure to check the Witch of the Week Board to find out who it is!!!

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504  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: January 26, 2013 02:25:56 PM
Class: Muggle Studies
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Game Night Bracelet

Brief Description: I've been meaning to put this project together for a while now.  I collected all the pieces a few weeks ago, but have just been working on so many other things that I didn't get to it until this afternoon.  The Muggle games of dominoes, chess, and Scrabble are represented.  (I admit to being a bit mischievous in my placement of the Scrabble tiles.  Wink)  There are also some fun tokens thrown in, that say Moments, Excellence, Journey.

Challenge: Bertie Bott's - Earwax
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Acorn Earrings

Brief Description: I knew that with this challenge I wanted to make myself some new earrings.  I had some lovely copper acorn top bead caps in my stash for a while, so I started with those.  The beads are topaz colored crystal, and the leaves are Czech glass.  I think I'll wear it with my Remember Who You Are Bracelet from Summer Term.  Smiley
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505  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: January 24, 2013 07:33:00 AM
Well I'm glad to hear I didn't alienate everyone.  Smiley  Thank you all who signed! (and all those who will when they next read the thread.)  I think my favorite part of their new campaign is the video I posted from Lauren Fairweather.  She loves and adores chocolate, but hates how it's produced, so she tried to stop eating anything that wasn't Fair Trade.  And she failed.  And she felt guilty.  And the she realized she didn't have to be perfect about her chocolate indulgences, she just had to do what she *could* to help, whenever she could.  I like her description of an "imperfect activist".   

Also, thought I should mention that the HPA actually sells Fair Trade Chocolate Frogs in order to raise money for their charity.  As well as other fun things like Wizard Wrock CDs, Potter Puppet Pals tee shirts, buttons, etcs.  The frogs are 3 for $10.  And considering Warner Brothers charges about $9 for 2 of their not fancy packaged, NOT Fair Trade frogs in bookstores and coffee shops, it's kind of a better deal to buy from the HPA.  (Actually, the super fancy packaged ones available from the Universal Orlando Website are 4 for $50! No, that's not a typo. 4 for $50! Yikes!)

And so, as promised, here's a new CFC for those of you who took a moment to help!
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506  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: January 22, 2013 03:46:19 PM
I love my students, and they are so amazing.  Every day that make me thrilled with what I do.  One time we found a giant snake puppet in costume storage from a play called Children of Eden.  It's about 30' long, and almost a foot thick.  The kids promptly named it Nagini and decided that it's the shop Horcrux.  Therefore the costume shop can never die.   Cheesy

When we painted some murals to liven the place up 2 years ago, my friend Grace hid a lightning bolt in one for her love of HP.  We also painted a huge skull wearing a crown, with a crossed needle & seam ripper behind them on one wall. For those that wish they could go to school here, I'll give you a mini-tour.  Click on the thumbnails to see bigger versions.

This is a series of signs, drawn freehand by craftster Ex_Gratia.  There's one for our Fitting Room, Dye Room, my office, and one that warns people not to eat in the shop.

Ex_Gratia also head up our mural project.  The first three pictures are in the main shop, above the sewing machines.  The skull is right as you walk in the door.   (And yes, those are gnome hats on the coat rack.  We had a gnome themed dress up day at work one afternoon.)

And finally, we dressed up the wall in my office.  Gave it a coat of teal paint, and covered it in dorky HP & DW posters, hung a weird jeweled cape from the ceiling, and the students and I built ourselves a quilt to keep on the couch for afternoon naps.  (No, we don't nap at work, but the shop workers often come in on their off time to eat lunch there, or use the computer, or just lay on the couch.)
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507  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: January 20, 2013 05:50:31 PM
~*Congratulations, FreakyGeeky!*~
~*You are the first to earn the Bertie Bott's Earwax Badge!*~

To claim your badge, right click and save to your computer.  Then, you can do whatever you wish with it.  Ideas on how to show-off your badges: use it as an avatar, put it in your profile under Brief Bio, or create a pinterest board for all your badges.

*Once revealed, Bertie Bott's badges can be found in the Deputy Headmistresses Office.*
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508  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: January 20, 2013 03:24:25 PM
Class: Astronomy
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Woman's Best Friend Charm Bracelet
Brief Description: Did you know that the star we see in the sky, known as Sirius, is actually a pair of stars?  The binary star system is made up of Sirius A and Sirius B, and together they are part of the constellation Canis Major.  This idea of two separate objects being part of the same whole, reminded me of a friend and her two beloved dogs, Fiona & Kaedo.  Together they form a whole and loving family, just as all the stars together form a constellation.  This charm bracelet represents their family.  It is made up of pewter & Tibetan silver charms, and features glass, Czech glass, and stone beads in shades of pink, black, smokey grey, and clear.   
Project Picture:

NEWT Update

I have now completed the first 22 rounds on my afghan!  Which sounds like a whole heck of a lot, but according to my calculations, I'm only about 35% of the way done.  Managed to do about 10% while spending yesterday curled up watching Doctor Who with a friend.  I'm guessing that's the last large chunk of time I will be able to spend on it for a while.  I'll probably just get small bits in here and there over the next few weeks.
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509  Doctor Who TARDIS Keychain in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: January 20, 2013 12:23:48 PM
A male friend of mine has complained that he likes my charm bracelets, but that he can't really get away with wearing one.  It got me thinking about what kind of accessories I could make for him, and the rest of the fandom boys I know.  I finally realized that guys can get away with carrying charms around, as long as they are on something manly like a keychain.  Smiley

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510  Doctor Who TARDIS Pendant in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: January 20, 2013 12:18:59 PM
I've been on a jewelry making spree again today.  Trying to get some stuff done before the semester starts back up tomorrow.  As part of luxuriating in the very last bit of winter break, I spent all of yesterday watching Doctor Who.  Now I've clearly got Who on the brain.  And so I give you Police Box Pendants on faux-leather woven cords.  Now what else can I do with the charms on my desk....

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