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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Fall Semester Sept 1-November 30, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: Today at 03:34:32 PM
Challenge: Detention - September
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Project Jennie Calendar

Brief Description: This project was inspired by another calendar that was posted this semester, but I can't seem to remember who made it!  I want to say it was one of our lovely Hufflepuffs, but I can't remember, and the cough syrup I'm on is making me very foggy.  Anyways, the Work In Progress is ME.  I joined the YMCA back in April.  (It's across the street, so pretty darn convenient to get to!)  Since then I've lost some weight, and lost about 8 percent of my body fat.  Whoo!  I go over every morning for cardio & strength training, and really, I don't have any trouble being motivated to go over first thing in the morning.  What I AM having trouble with is going back over later for some of the other group wellness classes that I'm trying to take.  Mainly Water Aerobics, Restorative Yoga, & Yoga Sculpt.  Once I come back home, I just don't seem to want to go back later in the day.  So, I'm bribing myself.  I created a list of various sized rewards, such as an afternoon off to watch a movie, a piece of vegan chocolate, or a cute new top.  I earn a reward for 6 cardio workouts, 6 strength training sessions, and 3 extra classes, of any variety.  I made up pretty calendars for the next 13 months, with check boxes for workouts, and drinking all my water for the day.  The small stars mark when I went back for a class, and the large ones when I reach a reward.  So far, I'm keeping up with it every day.  Cheesy
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Challenge: Detention - November
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Order of the Phoenix Ornaments

Brief Description: These phoenix pendants sat on my table for about 2 months, before I finally figured out exactly what I wanted to do with them.  I kept trying different configurations, but was never happy with them.  Finally I hit upon the combination of Swarovski crystal heart & stars, in yellow, amber & scarlet.  Now I'm thrilled with them, and clearly need to make more for everyone I know.
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Challenge: Sorcerer's Stone #10
Team: The Witches of East Hogsmeade! (Mistress Jennie, Abbeeroad & FiberAlchemist)
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Everything Happens for a Reason Bookmark for Mom

Brief Description: My mom is a firm believer that everything happens for a reason.  She has said it over and over, as long as I can remember.  While I'm not sure that I espouse the same philosophy, when I saw the pendant with that phrase on it, I knew I had to make her something with it.  She spends all summer in her garden, but now that winter is setting in, she asked for some books to keep her busy this season, so I decided to make her a bookmark to go with them.  The Angel is made of Swarovski crystals and silver findings, with a large Aquamarine crystal for the angel's robe (mom's birthstone).  My parents are actually coming to visit for a week starting tomorrow, and we're going to do a Thanksgiving & Christmas hybrid while they're here, so I'll even get to see her open it.   Happy Thanks-mas to me & mom!
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2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Harry Potter Holiday Swap Round 4 Gallery on: Today at 12:24:55 PM
You are very welcome darling! 

I'm a bit of a wuss with spicy things, so your Cajun seasoning is highly seasoned, but shouldn't be very hot.  It does contain a little cayenne, but not too much.  If you like things hotter feel free to add a pinch more.  I recommend it on french fries, and in turkey or veggie burgers for a little extra kick!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Fall Semester Sept 1-November 30, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: Today at 10:18:58 AM
Note from the Headmistress...

Reminder: This semester of the Harry Potter Craftalong ends TONIGHT at midnight, Headmistress Time (Central Standard Time - Google it!).  No submissions made after that time will be counted, so please plan accordingly.

Please also note that your Headmistress is rather under the weather.  Undecided  There may be a delay in closing this semester & opening the Winter semester in the morning. Your patience will be greatly appreciated. Your Headmistress is actually feeling so poorly in fact, that she isn't even up to crafting!   Shocked  So instead she is laying on the couch with a cozy afghan and an HP movie marathon.  Cool

4  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Harry Potter Holiday 4 (Sign Ups: CLOSED; Sendouts Dec 9) on: November 29, 2015 04:22:00 PM
I sent yesterday!
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Steampunk Victorian Dress on: November 29, 2015 11:32:07 AM
Beautifully done!  And you seem to have found the perfect shade of blue for it too.  It's a hard one to pin down, being slightly tealy-blue, but still not teal.  Smiley
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Fall Semester Sept 1-November 30, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! on: November 28, 2015 06:42:03 PM
Note from the Headmistress...

I am in search of a few good magicians!  The end of semester is approaching fast, and we have several positions open for the upcoming semester.  If you are interested in taking any of these on, please send me a PM by the end of he day TOMORROW, Sunday, November 29th.

Professors help in the HPC in many ways.  The biggest way is by creating prompts for their classes each semester.  They also answer questions posed by HPCers about their class prompts, and can choose to do other things if they wish, such as offering "extra credit", contests, etc.  The only thing that they cannot do is award extra House Points, as this duty lies with the Headmistress for organizational purposes.  And again, no two professors must do exactly the same things.

Alchemy Professor
Study of Ancient Runes Professor
Transfiguration Professor

Now, some more run-of-the-Muggle announcements.  Please remember that this semester of the Harry Potter Craftalong closes on Monday, at midnight Headmistress time.  (Central Standard Time) No project submissions made after that time will be counted for House Points.  

The Winter Semester will begin Tuesday morning.  I will post a notice once it has officially opened.  Probably around 10:00 am, Headmistress Time/CST.  Please be so kind as to not post there until that time.  As soon as it is open, I will post a link in this thread for you.

Finally, the End of Term Feast will start on Tuesday as well, and run for a few days, during which there will be announcements of achievements, the House Cup will be awarded, along with prize drawings, etc.  

TO BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN A PRIZE, you MUST list the country you live in, in your Craftster profile.  I know that privacy on the internet is an issue, and I do not ask you to list your specific location.  Locations of "Hogwarts", "Narnia", "the TARDIS", etc, might be funny, but they are not acceptable for the prize drawing.  The reason for this is that each of the folks who kindly donate prizes in the drawings have limits on where then can afford ship to.  Noodle-bug and I cannot make decisions about those prizes, if I don't know where the recipient is.  There are a few folks in the Craftalong that have been passed over for prizes several semesters in a row, because they didn't bother to comply with this rule.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Mermaids hoop on: November 28, 2015 04:31:15 PM
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Victorian Advent Calendar on: November 28, 2015 04:30:42 PM
Stunning my dear!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Spiders on: November 28, 2015 04:30:03 PM
Beautifully done!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Kindling Bundle: the Perfect Man Gift on: November 28, 2015 04:29:34 PM
Adorable idea.  Smiley
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