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501  ~*Ordinary Wizarding Levels*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: May 22, 2014 08:16:33 AM
NOTE: Once you propose, please go forth on your Advanced Studies projects.  Your Examiners will PM if they have any inquiries.

~Everything O.W.L.s and N.E.W.T.s~
---Ordinary Wizarding Levels, OWLs, and Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests, NEWTs, are advanced crafting projects.  OWLs and NEWTs are supposed to be more complex and challenging projects.
---OWLs and NEWTs are more time-consuming than HPC classes and challenges.  There is no hard and fast rule on how many hours a project should take, because speed and difficulty levels are too subjective.  What we are really looking for is a project that will be a personal challenge to you.
---OWLs should take 3-4 weeks to complete.
---NEWTs should take more than a month to complete. (Please see post below for more on NEWTs.)
---Projects that do not take the allotted time of crafting will not be counted as complete; keep that in mind when you post your completed OWLs and NEWTs.  If you finish your OWL or NEWT earlier than expected, then craft an additional item(s) that correspond with your subject.  Add notes on how you finished earlier than expected and details about your additional crafting in your Completed Project post.
---You must propose your OWL or NEWT before starting so that we may be your cheerleaders and help encourage you during this more challenging craft adventure.
---You may only do 1 OWL & 1 NEWT at one time.  (Don’t want you to be stuck with a ton of OWL & NEWT WIPs!)
---You may propose an OWL or NEWT any time during the semester.
---OWLs and NEWTs can carry over to the next semester.
---If you decide to abandon an OWL or NEWT project, notify your OWL Examiners, and they will erase that log from their records.  Once you have submitted to have an OWL or NEWT erased, you can propose a new one.

1. Select which OWL you would like to complete.  You may only do one OWL at a time so select carefully.
2. Propose what you plan on doing for your OWL project.  You may do this by PM to your OWL Examiners or by posting in the HPC thread.  When making an OWL Proposal, please use the header below, and make sure you give details such as methods using, materials using, plan of action, timeline.  These details will help us cheer you on and inspire future OWLs.
3. Begin work on your OWL project.  Feel free to add progress pics in the HPC thread.
4. Once your project is complete, post a picture of your project in the HPC; make sure to use the OWL Header provided below.  Once you post a completed OWL, your OWL Examiner will notify the Headmistress, and you will earn your OWL Badge for that subject.

OWL Subject & Option(if available):
Project Name:
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques used, materials using, plan of action, expected timeline, etc.)

OWL Subject & Option (if available):
Project Name:
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture:
Feel free to also include your house and any storycrafting you've created for your project.

--Alchemy:  Option 1-Alchemists have, through their mystical quests, made significant contributions to our world.  These include metalworking, production of inks, dyes and cosmetics, ceramics and glass manufacture, preparation of extracts and liqueurs and the invention of gunpowder.  Honor the work of these alchemists by creating something from one or more of these contributions.  Option 2-The Four Elements of alchemy are Fire, Earth, Air and Water.  Craft a project that represents all four of these elements.
--Arithmancy: Bridget Wenlock was a famous thirteenth-century Arithmancer, and the first to establish the magical properties of the number seven.  Your OWL quest is to turn in something that involves the number seven.
--Astronomy: Option 1-Craft a star chart.  Option 2-Interpret the solar system into a craft.  Option 3-It is believed that we can only see 5% of the universe, the rest is made up of Dark Matter and Dark Energy which is invisible to us. Create something where at first glance you can only see a small portion, but when you look closer you can find the rest of the details.
--Care of Magical Creatures:  Option 1-Even in the muggle world, we are surrounded by fascinating and breathtaking creatures.  Craft something inspired by an everyday animal you find magical.  Option 2-Dragons are terrifying yet awe-inspiring; craft something inspired by these magical creatures.
--Charms: Research the different charms and show your mastery of a particular charm by crafting something inspired by it.  For example, Alohomora is an opening charm; craft something that open or has an opening.  Another example, Confundus is a confusion charm; craft something you find a bit confusing.
--Defence Against the Dark Arts: Option 1-The patronus is an effective charm against dementors and to call for help when in need, though difficult to master. Craft something using or inspired by your patronus animal.  Option 2-Craft something inspired by one of the DADA professors.
--Divination: Option 1-Create at least 4 items you need for a successful reading.  Option 2-Create a dream item.  Option 3-Create something inspired by the zodiac.
--Herbology:  Research magical and mundane plants, and show your knowledge by creating something inspired by one or more plants that could be found in a wizard’s or witches’ garden.
--History of Magic: Option 1-Create 4 different items, one item for each house, these items should reflect your interpretation of the characteristics of each house.  Option 2-Craft 3 items which represent 3 characters with Harry Potter.   Option 3-Craft something using a vintage pattern, material, or technique.
--Muggle Studies: We all know the Tales of Beetle Bard, but did you know that muggles have a vast array of fantastical stories?  The most fascinating are known to muggles as fairy tales.  Study these tales and craft something inspired by them.
--Potions: Option 1- Show off your ability to work with many ingredients by showcasing at least 3 different colors/pattern/textures.  Colors can be monochromatic.  A variegated yarn or one fabric swatch with various colors within it count as one color.  Option 2-Research different potions and show your mastery by crafting something inspired by it.
--Study of Ancient Runes: Option 1-Use an intricate charted design; you may create your own design for this project.  Option 2-Create something that contains 7 or more letters/symbols.  Option 3-Create a set of runes; these can be presented in one or more pieces.
--Transfiguration: Option 1-Practice your vanishing and conjuring spells by taking a large amount of supply and crafting one piece.  Option 2-Craft something with a dual purpose.  Option 3-Craft your Animagus.


Abbeeroad: Transfiguration, Sept. 6, 2013
butterflyangel: Potions, Option 1 July 23, 2014
dwfan10: Arithmancy, Apr. 30, 2013
IsikkahJai: Herbology, Sept. 6, 2012
Melissaurus: Divination, Jan. 28, 2013
Mistress Jennie: History of Magic (Option 3), Feb 11, 2014
pinkleo: Muggle Studies, Dec. 23, 2013
rockmygypsysoul: Transfiguration, Dec. 5, 2013
sakuracat23: Transfiguration, Jan. 22, 2013
spikefan: Transfiguration, Sept. 4, 2012
The Mad Quilter: Transfiguration, Sept. 3, 2013
tiamatfire: Herbology, December 25, 2013
ttsaria: Study of Ancient Runes (PM Proposal), Sept.15, 2012
whenindoubtsew: Care of Magical Creatures, Sept. 23, 2012

BringMeKnitting8: Astronomy, Option 2, June 11, 2014
blupaisan: Arithmancy, Jan. 27 2014
CraftLadyMJ: Potions, Option1 (PM Proposal), Mar. 25 2013
jillybeans: Transfiguration, Mar. 27, 2013
Kit the Brave: Arithmancy, Dec. 1, 2012
midkiffsjoy: Divination, June 4, 2013
patty_o_furniture: CoMC, Aug. 18, 2013
seeuudee: Charms, June 20, 2014

Audania1: Arithmancy, March 01, 2014
AugustBell: Transfiguration, Jan.16, 2013
BadWolf314: Potions, Option 1, March 02, 2014
consultingcorsair: History of Magic, Jan. 9, 2013
FiberAlchemist: SoAR, Option 1 April 07, 2014
Flip-floP: Charms, Apr. 10, 2013
krashromance: Potions, Mar. 19, 2013
kstaron: Charms, Sept. 6, 2012
Listessa: Potions, June 17, 2013
Magpirate: Astronomy, Option 3, June 14, 2014
Natasjadreams: Study of Ancient Runes, Sept. 7, 2012
PenguinSoup: Care of Magical Creatures, Jan. 18, 2013
SenatorOrgana: Tranfiguration, Oct. 20, 2013
ShardaeDobby: Muggle Studies, Sept. 11, 2012
SiakelA: Alchemy, Jan. 5, 2013
Swimswamswum: Transfiguration (PM Proposal), Sept. 2, 2013
the_essence: Charms, Dec. 9, 2012
vincentvanbuck: Alchemy, Dec. 3, 2013

Ant Bee: Transfiguration, Sept. 8, 2012
audio: Transfiguration, Jan. 27, 2013
bookie0013: Charms, Sept. 1, 2013
calliemae: Care of Magical Creatures, Option 1, August 24, 2014
coulsenl: Potions, Dec. 2, 2013
DragonChilde: Transfiguration, Option 1 April 01, 2014
FreakieGeekie: History of Magic, Apr. 26, 2013
Inselaeffchen: Charms, July 02, 2014
lightninglisa: Astronomy, Sept. 3, 2012
Naantje: History of Magic, June 4, 2013
samash90: Transfiguration, Option 1 & 2 March 18, 2014
SKooKum: Potions, Apr. 2, 2013
TechnicolorAquahearts: MS, June 16, 2013
travelgirl: Arithmancy, July 23, 2013

jenleahlynn: Charms
WhistleFish: Transfiguration (Option 1)

Acadian Driftwood: Care of Magical Creatures, Option 1
Moonflame: Charms

noodle-bug: Alchemy, Option 1
noodle-bug: DADA, Option 2
teag: Potions, Option 1

calliemae: DADA, Option 2
calliemae: Transfiguration, Option 1
ErinAquaheart: Potions, Option 1

~*OWL Certificates*~
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502  CLOSED-HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: May 22, 2014 08:05:30 AM

~Harry Potter Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~

~*BEGAN June 1, 2014*~
~*ENDED August 31, 2014*~

~*Summer 2014 Crafty Magic Stats*~
The Summer Semester lasted 92 days.
38 Students were enrolled at Hogwarts.
464 Projects were Posted!!

That is an amazing average of around 5 projects a day and 12 projects per student!

Welcome to Hogwarts!
The Harry Potter Craftalong (HPC) is not your typical craftalong; we are gathered here to celebrate our love of crafting and the Wonderful World of Harry Potter.  In the HPC you will be completing classes and challenges with your skills in crafty magic.  These classes and challenges all have HP centered themes, but your crafts do not have to be “Harry Potter."  Your mission, as a student at Hogwarts, is to complete at least one class or challenge during this semester.  You may join any time during the semester.  I hope you join us; the HPC is a great way to stretch your crafty muscles, meet HP crafters, and have fun!

---The HPC is here to help us each finish projects and to explore new challenges as we better our crafting skills.  Prompts and guidelines are there to help stimulate creativity and growth; the size and complexity of the project submitted should reflect a level of personal growth and challenge over the time you spend in the HPC.
---Projects for the HPC should represent your best crafty skills.  Take pride in your work.  Classes and challenges should take a minimum of 30 minutes to make.  
---A project can only be submitted for one class/challenge (the same project cannot be entered in multiple categories) unless noted in prompt (it will be CLEARLY noted if allowed).
---Projects must be turned in within the timeframe designated by the type of assignment or challenge.
---For a project to be counted, it must have a picture or picture link included.  If your item is a private piece, you may submit a picture link to one of the headmistresses.
---For any cooking/food project, in addition to a photo, you must post a complete recipe, or link to the complete recipe you used.  No recipe = no points.  [EDIT due to questions: *For our purposes, a "complete recipe" means it includes a full set of ingredients, and step-by-step instructions that another HPC member could replicate themselves at home.
---There is SO MUCH to do in the HPC.  Do not feel like you have to craft everything.  Think of the HPC as a "Choose Your Own Adventure".  Craft what inspires you, but don't try to do everything and get burned out.  Keep in mind these wise words , "It does not do to dwell on lists and forget to craft."  

For each assignment/challenge, use this header:
Class/Challenge/House Pride:
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
Project Name:
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture:
Feel free to also include your house and any storycrafting you've created for your project.
---You can add more than one project to your post, but a header must be used for each project.

~*HPC FAQs*~
---How long is a semester?  Semesters are as follows: WINTER- December, January, February; SPRING-March, April, May; SUMMER-June, July, August; FALL-September, October, November.
---When can I join?  You can join anytime in the semester.
---Do I have to sign-up to join this craftalong? No, all you have to do is post in the thread a hi or completed project post.
---How do I complete a semester/earn my year? To complete a semester/year, you only have to complete one class or challenge during the semester.
---What timezone do we use?  We use Headmistress pinkleo's Central Timezone (Texas time).
---Do you sort me?  NO, you will decide which house you belong to, but you can only choose one.
---I have a problem or question; who can I ask?  You can send a Personal Message (PM) to Headmistresses Mistress Jennie AND pinkleo.  You can also ask specific questions to HPC staff.  And you can post your question in the thread; our students are very helpful!
---Can I turn in something I did earlier? With a very few exceptions the answer is NO!  You must complete your project during the current semester. Exceptions are Detention and OWLs; look for details about these projects in their information posts.
---Are we swapping? No, this is not an organized swap.  We are just encouraging crafting with a HP twist.  But if you enjoy swapping, keep an eye out for HP themed swap info in our thread.
---Do I have to craft all the classes and challenges? NO, you pick what you inspires you.  There is tons to choose from so choose your own HP Craft Adventure through the castle.
---What kind of projects are allowed for classes/challenges? If Craftster has a category for it, then it is a viable HPC project.  And since Craftster has a board for almost everything, your choices are vast.
---Does my craft project have to be Harry Potter themed? NO, if your item fulfills the class/challenge prompt, then it can be posted in the HPC.  Above all, we are here to encourage crafting.

~*House Points*~
~*Your triumphs will earn you points*~
Points System
15 points for a Class Assignment & Challenge*
100 points for OWLs
150 points for NEWTs
10 points extra for SPEW aka Charity Items

House Points Guidelines
--- *You cannot double dip for Class & Challenge points.  For example, if you turn-in a project for Herbology & Geminio, then you would get 2 badges but only 15 points for the project.
---You cannot get credit for a class or challenge twice.  For example, if you turn in 2 Alchemy projects, then you will only get points for the first one.
--- SPEW points are extra credit.  You can earn SPEW points for each project you turn in if it goes to charity.  You do not have to give the charity's name, just that you are donating to a certain cause.  (I happen to know that some Battered Women's Shelters don't like their names/locations posted.) SPEW projects must be clearly marked with SPEW to earn extra points.  I suggest adding it to your header.  Also, SPEW project can be turned in as stand-alone projects; they will earn 10 points.  Unlike most projects, you can turn in more than one SPEW project for points.
---HPC Challenge Points do not include House Challenges.  For Example, a Gryffindor Lion-along project would not count for points unless it also fulfills a HPC Class or HPC Challenge.
--- To determine House Cup Winner, an average from the points accumulated per house and the number of members per house.  If there is a tie, then more than one house will win the cup.  Note, a House Member is someone who has turned in at least 1 project.
--- Don't stress over House Points, but do craft your personal best. (This varies from person to person.  And I'm not really worried about "crafting your best" bit because HPCers are amazing crafters!)

~*HPC Portkeys*~
Headmistress Tower & Badge Station
Deputy Headmistress' Office
Diagon Alley
Witch/Wizard of the Week
Room of Requirement - Join the D.A.!
Daily Prophet
Berite Bott's Every Flavour Bean Grab Bag
Wizard & Witch Career Placement Agency
Pinterest Pixie's Projects Page
Quidditch Pitch
Hogwarts Kitchens
SPEW Headquarters

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

Professors' Classrooms
Detention in the Dungeons
Alchemy Dungeon
Astronomy Tower
Care of Magical Creatures
History of Magic
Muggle Studies
Dungeon 5: Potions
Room of Runes
Classroom 1B: Transfiguration
Ordinary Wizarding Levels
Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests

~*The Great Hall OT Chat*~

Craftster craftalongs are for crafting and crafting encouragement.  If you would like to talk off-topic, such as in-depth Harry Potter discussions, then please visit The Great Hall.  Thank you for keeping the HPC within Craftster guidelines.

~*Summer HPC Staff*~
Headmistress pinkleo
Deputy Headmistress Mistress Jennie

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

SPEW President Ant Bee

Alchemy Professor Inselaeffchen
Apparition & Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor noodle-bug
Arithmancy Professor POSITION OPEN
Astronomy Professor DragonChilde
Care of Magical Creatures & Divination Professor ErinAquaheart
Charms Professor Madame Suppléer with Spirit Division Contact noodle-bug
Flying Professor POSITION OPEN
Herbology Professor Madame Suppléer with Spirit Division Contact noodle-bug
History of Magic & Muggle Studies Professor WhistleFish
Potions Professor POSITION OPEN
Study of Ancient Runes & Transfiguration Professor BadWolf314

Kitchen Elf FiberAlchemist

Badge Baronesses BadWolf314, FiberAlchemist, Mistress Jennie, pinkleo, WhistleFish,
Pinterest Pixie Inselaeffchen
Spreadsheet Sorceress Mistress Jennie
Math Magician Mistress Jennie & pinkleo

~*Members of Slug Club This Term*~

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

~*Previous Winner of House Cup*~
Winter 2012/2013: Gryffindor
Spring 2013: Gryffindor
Summer 2013: Gryffindor
Fall 2013: Gryffindor
Winter 2013/2014: Ravenclaw
Spring 2014: Ravenclaw

~*Previous Winner of Quidditch Cup*~
Summer 2012: Gryffindor
Summer 2013: Gryffindor
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503  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: May 16, 2014 02:46:51 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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504  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.
Project Picture:

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!)
Project Picture:

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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505  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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506  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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507  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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508  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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509  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...

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

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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510  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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