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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ on: Today at 08:53:04 AM
Note from the Headmistress...

This semester I will be offering extra Challenges.  Each Headmistress Challenge will last approximately 1 month, and will earn 15 House Points just like Classes.  So what's up next?

Mirror of Erised Challenge
July 1-31st 2016

"It shows us nothing more or less than the deepest, most desperate desire of our hearts. - Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone

When Harry looked into the Mirror of Erised he saw himself surrounded by the family he never knew, and desperately desired to be a part of.  As crafters we frequently find ourselves making things for others in our lives, including family, friends, church & civic functions.  For this midsummer month, take time to make something that is solely for yourself.  Craft something youve always wanted, just for you.  Dessert to share with your family does NOT count!  Take the chance to be selfish and craft something entirely your own.

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.  None of the HPC staff will complete ALL the classes and challenges posted this semester.  So relax, and craft what you eat.

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ on: Today at 08:28:49 AM
Note from the Headmistress...

The second Quidditch Challenge of the Midsummer Term has been posted!  We will have a few challenges in the lead up to the Big Game, which will run 7 weeks longs this year.  (Huzzah for longer terms!)  The Big Game itself will run from July 24th through September 11th.  Please note that the challenges leading up to the Game will each have a start and END date.  You may not post them after that date.  Quidditch challenges within the 7 week game may be posted in any order, at any time within those 7 weeks.  So what's up first?

Quidditch Captain!
July 1-15

(Badge Designs by dreaminpng on Deviant Art)

Blimey!  Youve been made Quidditch Captain!  At first you cant believe its true.  Once youve gotten over that, youre dead chuffed.  But soon you realize just how much work it is to plan tryouts and training sessions, mediate between argumentative players, and even put up with the cheers and jeers of members of your own House!  Not to mention still get your homework done so you wont land in Detention. Youve actually taken to using Hermiones homework planner in an effort to keep up!  For this challenge you must create something that takes a good deal of planning or organization.  Please explain how you went about planning for the project when posting it.  Did you sketch yourself a diagram, and keep it by your elbow while working?  Did you load the pattern onto your smartphone so you could review it on the train to work?  Did you create a spreadsheet?  Inquiring crafters want to know!

Please note that this challenge can also be found listed on the Quidditch Pitch.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ on: Today at 07:46:43 AM
I read that roasting your fruit before hand can make the lemons sweeter, resulting in less added sugar.

What's the verdict FiberAlchemist?  How were the roasted lemons compared to fresh lemons?
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ on: June 30, 2016 03:15:12 PM
Love that bookmark, & crochet owl.  I hope to finish my owl post after work, will it still count if posted by midnight mountain time today?

The challenge ends at midnight Headmistress time, which is Central Time.  Smiley
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ on: June 30, 2016 02:17:12 PM
Challenge: Quidditch - Owl Post
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Owl Post Bookmarks

Brief Description: I whipped up a batch of owl post bookmarks to add to my stash of random gifts & swap extras.  (And let's face it, nearly all my swaps are HP related, so the theme seems perfect to me.)  Swarovski crystals in blue, indigo, and jet black, with a big antiqued brass moon, and silver owl & envelope charms. 
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6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ on: June 30, 2016 01:11:02 PM
Jennie both of those meals look delish!  I've been thinking of trying Blue Apron or one of the many other services to get out of a cooking rut, just like you!  I've never gone ahead and pulled the trigger in it because I always felt silly doing it as I'm not a busy working mom (I feel like that's who these boxes are targeted at); but I think you've inspired me to give it a go.

I've got coupon codes for them if you'd like!  I'll send one to you.  Gimme a sec...
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ on: June 30, 2016 12:31:31 PM
Class: Herbology
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Recipe Link: Lemon Butter Salmon with Pearled Barley & Zucchini Salad

Brief Description: I really love to cook, but sometimes I get stuck in a rut of making the same recipes over and over.  When I'm feeling particularly uninspired I sometimes order from BlueApron.com, where I get all the ingredients to make 3 meals.  They are always things that are well outside my wheelhouse, and get me trying new flavors.  While I don't do it all the time, I've been thrilled with all by one recipe I've made from them.  (Go figure that I hated the recipe that won the last season of Top Chef that they featured a few weeks ago!)  Both components of this recipe, the salmon, and the barley salad are flavored heavily with lemon, making it perfect for summer.  Some folks might think the idea of a warm barley salad is strange, and if you're in that camp then try thinking of it as a creamy lemon rice dish, made with barley instead.  Somehow warm+barley+salad=strange sounding to me, but it was truly heavenly, and I realized that it was just the name that had me on the fence about this recipe.  If it had been labeled as a 'creamy lemon barley risotto', I wouldn't have thought twice.  So seriously, try this recipe soon!  (And for those of you who can't/don't eat dairy, I've made it with tofutti 'better than sour cream', and it was great.
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Class: History of Magic
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Recipe Link: Beef & Lamb Tagine with Lemon-Garlic Couscous & Labneh

Brief Description: As mentioned above, I sometimes get stuck making the same old recipes.  My mom is NOT adventurous about new foods. And even though my dad is adventurous with food, since mom did most of the cooking and taught me to cook, I tend to fall back on the things she liked and taught me.  But being a very bold and daring Gryffindor, I decided to branch further out and try new things.  Hence the Beef & Lamb Tagine, which is a north African stew, served over couscous.  I'm so glad I let my Gryffindor spirit lead me to trying this.  The recipe was fantastic.  Warm, flavorful, and completely unexpected in terms of flavor.
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Challenge: Headmistress June - Time Turner
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Wine & Yarn Charms

Brief Description: I went all the way back to Care of Magical Creatures in Fall 2012 for this one!  The challenge was to create something a Niffler would love.  I had a special request to make 35 wine charms, themed around both wine and yarn, in colors ranging from wine red, grape, and deep indigo.  So this was the result.  I did 5 of each of the 7 different charm.  Smiley
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8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ on: June 29, 2016 09:14:42 AM
For those of you who might not have seen the FB post in the HPC FB page, there has been some interest in a possible Craftster meetup in Orlando, and our dear edelC & her daughter will be there in late June/early July 2017.  I've often thought about asking you guys if anyone wanted to do a larger meetup (more than the 2-3 of us that happen to casually meet while out and about the world), and this was as good an excuse as any to get me working on it.  Since Orlando is of course home to the Wizarding World of HP and Disney, there's the possibility of a trip to one or both parks, and lots of folks willing to share rooms.  While I'm sure everyone in this thread would want to do WWoHP, I'm sure some would also like Disney, and that there are Craftsters outside the HPC who would want to join us.

So I've started an official thread for it.  Orlando Meetup - July 2017?

It's on the Friends of Craftster Off Topic Chit-Chat board, so if you're not a FOC you won't be able to see it.  But I'll be sure to post updates in the HPC FB page, and if neither of those work for you, then let me know and I'll find a way to get info out to you too somehow.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ on: June 29, 2016 09:03:54 AM
edelC: I LOVE it!  It looks like the snitches are fly through the sky past a whispy cloud tail!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Rainbow Zebra! on: June 28, 2016 09:34:31 AM
Absolutely BEAUTIFULLY done!  I love the gradation of color and his hair is A-FREAKIN'-MAZING!  Totally Rocking this project.
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