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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / ~*Quidditch Pitch*~ on: May 10, 2016 05:00:40 PM
Quidditch Pitch

22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / ~*Headmistress Tower*~ on: May 10, 2016 04:58:15 PM
~Headmistress Tower & Badge Station~
:::password: Cauldron Cakes!:::

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

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.

~June Challenge~

~Badge Station~
To claim your badge, just left click the image; it will open another window with a larger image, which you can right click and save to your computer or you can Pin it with Pinterest Button in your browser. Ideas on how to use your badges: as an avatar, put it in your profile under Brief Bio, or create a pinterest board for all your badges.

Class Badges

House Unity & House Pride Badges

Challenge Badges

23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: SETTING UP: HP Craftalong - Summer Semester 2016 on: May 10, 2016 04:52:32 PM
IMPORTANT: To be eligible to take your NEWT, you must have completed one OWL.  If you have not completed an OWL, you cannot propose a NEWT.
1. Select which subject you would like to complete for your NEWT.  You may only do one NEWT at a time so select carefully.
2. Propose what you plan on doing for your NEWT project.  You may do this by posting in the HPC thread or if you'd like to keep the project a secret for a swap you can propose it by sending a PM to Mistress Jennie & noodle-bug.  When making an NEWT 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 NEWTs.
3. Begin work on your NEWT 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 NEWT Header provided below.  Once you post a completed NEWT, your NEWT Examiner will notify the Headmistress, and you will earn your NEWT Badge for that subject.

Project Name:
Brief Description: (explain how your project relates to your subject, pattern/techniques used, materials using, plan of action, expected timeline, etc.)

NEWT Subject:
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.

So, whats a NEWT?! A NEWT is impressive! A NEWT is just enough crazy that youre not totally sure you can make it to end, but not so crazy that youll land in the padded wagon on your way to the finish line.  A NEWT is much like a thesis.  You are to choose the course of study you wish to take in a particular subject.  Research your desired subject, find a facet of that subject that you wish focus your advanced studies.  Form a plan of action, and make your proposal.  Remember your NEWT should be detailed and should be a craft endeavor that take you 1 month or more to finish.  This is Advanced Studies so make sure to stretch yourself and your crafty magic.  You may take NEWTs in the following subjects:
--Alchemy: Students are expected to show extensive knowledge of basic elements, as well as the transmutation of substances.
--Arithmancy: Students display their mastery of all things magical and mathematical.
--Astronomy: Students should demonstrate knowledge of the celestial heavens.
--Care of Magical Creatures: Students should demonstrate extensive knowledge of magical creatures and their proper care and handling.
--Charms: Students are expected to have total mastery over charms.
--Defence Against the Dark Arts: Students must demonstrate the ability to defend themselves in magical combat.
--Divination: Students should have a sound knowledge of a variety of techniques of foretelling the future.
--Herbology: Students should have a vast knowledge of magical plants and be able to easily manipulate complex organic creations.
--History of Magic: Students must produce evidence that they did not sleep through all of Prof. Binns lectures.
--Muggle Studies: Students should demonstrate their knowledge of all things muggle and have the ability to blend into muggle society with ease
--Potions: Students should exhibit full knowledge of all potions and a mastery at mixing complex potions.
--Study of Ancient Runes: Students are expected to decipher obscure markings with ease.
--Transfiguration: Students will demonstrate the ability to transfigure and vanish.


~*Completed NEWTs*~

~*NEWT Certificates*~

24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / ~*Ordinary Wizarding Levels*~ on: May 10, 2016 04:49:46 PM
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.  (Dont 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 wizards 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.


Completed Owls

~*OWL Certificates*~

25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 on: May 10, 2016 11:28:26 AM
@midkiffsjoy: I'm so impressed with all the critters you keep safe and happy!  In future though, please try to organize posts of multiple projects in alphabetical order.  You huge pile of awesome projects had me flipping back and forth all over the House Points mega-spreadsheet.

@edelC: You too dear!  Wink  It is a huge help to me, I swear.

@J_Kieviet: I have placed your OWL in Muggle Studies.  In future, if you're unsure of where an item might fit best, please send a PM to either Deputy Headmistress noodle-bug, or myself, to ask.  Also, your NEWT proposal seems a big vague.  I'm not sure what a knook is, and you don't even mention what medium you will be using to create your blanket.  Knit? Crochet? Quilting? Please revise your description to give us more information.  In the mean time, it has been added to the NEWT listings.  

Finally, have you put your previous OWL & NEWT on hold?  I already have a proposed OWL & NEWT for you listed in each section.  Please note that you can only have one OWL and one NEWT going at a time.  This is to encourage people to finish their large-scale crafting projects, rather than ending up with lots of WIP's!  Smiley

OWL Subject & Option(if available): Herbology or Muggle studies (not quite sure which it will fit best)
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Mary Mary Quite Contrary Costume
Brief Description: The theme for this years PRD is Mother Goose, so I have 4 weeks left to create my costume, and I have decided to go as Mary, Mary, Quite contrary, so Ill be researching flowers to add to the costume, but it is also based on a very common muggle fairy tale/nursery rhyme) so Ill let the powers that be decide what subject it belongs in.

Subject: Alchemy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Blanket with the knook
Brief Description: I am just learning how to use the knook, and would like to make a blanket measuring 60X80 or 80X80, plan is to finish by fall.
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 on: May 10, 2016 11:27:28 AM
~*Headmistress Jennie casts the homunculus charm - we are here!*~
27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 on: May 10, 2016 10:02:50 AM
Note from the Headmistress....

Our newest Magicians of the Month have been posted!  Be sure to check the Magician of the Month Board to find out who it is!!!

28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / ~*Class & Challenge Prompts *~ on: May 10, 2016 08:36:45 AM
~*House Pride & House Unity*~
You can turn in as many House Pride or House Unity projects as you wish.  These are projects inspired by one of the Hogwarts Houses.  House Pride would be projects representing your house, and House Unity would be projects representing the other houses or a combination of houses.  They can be inspired by house colors, mascots, founders, heads, past members, house ghosts, etc.  Note you will get House Points on only 1 House Pride and 1 House Unity project per semester.

~*Midsummer Classes*~
---Alchemy: This term we will be studying the process of lutation sealing. Lutation sealing is a process used in alchemy to seal vessels so that important vapors do not escape while going through temperature changes. Lutation sealing also refers to the use of lutation substances (lute) to coat a vessel to protect it from cracking and make it stronger so it can withstand extreme heat and pressure. For this assignment craft something that will help you or someone else not crack under pressure. Alternatively you may craft something that wraps around something else to protect it or keep it comfortable, for example: a shrug, an apple sweater, a phone or tablet case.

---Apparition: As all student know, apparition is age restricted by the ministry of magic. Some students will have the experience of side along apparition with a parent, when they were underage. Side along apparition can be used to bring along more than one person, it is generally used only in extreme cases, other forms of transportation are preferred, such as floo powder and brooms. For this challenge please create two or more things that go together. The items should be linked or connected in some way. This could be a main course with a side. A necklace with matching earrings. A set of ATCs, a set of greeting cards. Matching pictures, A pair of pillowcases

---Arithmancy: Arithmancy was the favorite subject of alumni Hermione Granger; her enthusiasm is part of why she was so successful. This term we will be investigating the link between keenness and triumph; please craft an item using your favorite method or material and explain what you like about it so much, as well as critiquing your work by telling us how you could be even more successful if you were to do a similar project in future.

---Astronomy:  With my current field trip to Florida I decided we refresh our knowledge of the SUN again. It's by far the most important source of energy for life on earth. It is a nearly perfect sphere of hot plasma, which has a powerful magnetic field. These are just a few facts about the sun.  This semester I would like you to look into the "powers" of the sun (light, heat, magnetic) and use this for your studies. You could craft something that either uses heat (iron, cooking, etc), Light (create something that has a light source or you need light/sunshine to finish your class assignment) or magnetism (make a magnet or uses a magnet).

---Care of Magical Creatures (CoMC):
The Legend of The Hairy MacBoon: Long ago, on the Isle of Drear, lived two rival wizarding families.  The magically-inept MacBoons and the proud and magically gifted McCliverts.  One day Dugald McClivert and Quintius MacBoon, heads of the two clans, while very drunk, had a wizard's duel that ended in the death of poor Dugald.  In retribution the McClivert Clan transfigured ALL of the MacBoon Clan into monstrous five-legged beasts! The transfigured MacBoons were infinitely more dangerous in this new form, and realizing their mistake too late, the McCliverts tried to untransfigure the MacBoons but were soon wiped out by the Transfigured MacBoon's.

The Hairy MacBoon, more well-known as The Quintaped, is the subject of this trimester. The Quintaped is only found on the Isle of Drear, which the Ministry has made Unplottable. The hairy Quintaped has five legs, each end with a clubbed foot.  They are very dangerous, holding a XXXXX danger rating. Whether the legend is true or not will never be known.  The isle only has Quintapeds on it, and there are no more McCliverts to ask.  If the Quintapeds are Transfigured MacBoons they have resisted any effort to Untransfigure them.  So it must be assumed that if they are MacBoons than they are happy to stay as they are. The results of feuds and duels are often disastrous.  Please make something that helps you find closure from a difficult or unhappy relationship, or mends a friendship or relationship.  Alternatively you could craft something that has five points, such as a crocheted star, a paper pinwheel, or even a recipe with five ingredients.

---Charms: Repello Inimicum is a charm that, when cast in combination with Protego Maxima and Fianto Duri, conjures up an almost impregnable magical protection barrier around the place the caster is trying to protect. Protection barriers are necessary when facing foes. But having good boundaries are also important to stop people making excessive demands on you. Please make something that helps you work towards, or think about, setting good boundaries with other people. Alternatively create something with a defined boundary. This could be a mini-quilt with border, ATCs with a contrasting colour edge. Or perhaps a line of contrasting colour on something made with yarn or fabric, or a decorative edge.

---Defense Against the Dark Arts (DADA): A Grindylow is a horned, pale green water demon, found in lakes throughout Britain and Ireland.  They have long, brittle fingers that exert a powerful grip.  While they are not large, Grindylows are aggressive toward humans and have been known to kill and eat people.  However, merpeople are able to domesticate them and sometimes keep them as pets.  For your assignment this term, make a craft inspired by these fascinating creatures or by the aquatic environment in which they live.

---Divination: This summer we will be looking at the art of focusing our subconscious to do Runecasting. Runecasting is the use of a set of runes to read our current life events as well as our futures. There are several ways to do Runecasting. All must begin with a set of Runes and a pouch to contain them. A set of Runes can be carved into wood, bone, or stone. When beginning your Runecasting it is important to find a calm place that you will not be disturbed. Focus your energy and thought on the question that you want answered and focus that question onto your Rune set. Now you are ready to do your casting. There are two types of reading we are looking at right now. One is a nine draw Runecasting. This is done by drawing out nine Runes from your Rune Pouch blindly. Do not pick and choose. These runes should be placed down in the order you drew them. The meaning of each rune contributes to the meaning of the query you are divining. The second casting is done by spilling all of your runes onto your surface that you are casting. How they land and where will help you divine meaning. Face down runes should be ignored. Runes that are reversed from you are the opposite of their true meaning. Runes that are touching are related. Your assignment this term is to do a Runecasting and then show the class something you learned from your casting. Do this by crafting something that reverses, such as a pillow or a pendant with two different sides. Or you could show us two runes that were related by making two things that are similar and related, but different from one another, like a lock and key, or puzzle pieces.

---Flying: During the course of this semester we will be working on our hovering skills.  As part of these exercises we will be studying the hummingbird, an animal which excels at flying in one spot.  While practicing your hovering, please create a project that is very small (3"-5" inches, like most hummingbirds), is red (a color that attracts hummingbirds), or something that requires both speed and precision during its creation.

---Herbology: "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!" is a muggle proverb, and I come to use it fairly often in life.  We also know that our esteemed Professor Dumbledore is very fond of Lemon Sherbets.  For this semester I would like you to either concentrate on the lemon as a fruit as a MAIN ingredient in cooking/baking, as a scent in a bath and beauty product, use the acidity in some way (when I was a little witch I learned to use lemon juice to write invisible messages!) or focus on the proverb itself.  You could incorporate an unloved and forgotten craft material to create something you or someone else will love.

---History of Magic (HoM):  
The founders of Hogwarts went beyond color and mascot to define their houses. They started with character, and passed that down to the sorting hat...
You might belong in Gryffindor, where dwell the brave at heart. Their daring, nerve, and chivalry set Gryffindors apart;
You might belong in Hufflepuff, where they are just and loyal. Those patient Hufflepuffs are true, and unafraid of toil;
Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw, if you've a ready mind, where those of wit and learning, Will always find their kind;
or perhaps in Slytherin, You'll make your real Friends, Those cunning folks use any means to achieve their ends.

What was the sorting hat thinking when it sorted you? Which characteristic most strongly connects you to your house? How would you like to be remembered by future generations of Hogwarts students? For this project I would like you to express that characteristic either in the construction or use of your project. when you submit your project, let us know what makes you who you are!

---Muggle Studies: With the weather getting warmer as summer begins, we're going to head outside to learn about Muggle sports!  Of course Muggles can't play Quidditch, but they have come up with a wide variety of sports that don't involve flying.  They have team sports and individual sports, sports that require specialized equipment and sports that require no equipment at all.  From American football to real football to polo to synchronized swimming to competitive dance, the list is virtually endless.  Pick a Muggle sport to research and make a craft inspired by something you've learned about it, or practice your teamwork by creating a project with the help of at least one other person.

---Potions: Instant Darkness Powder is an example of a non-liquid potion; most potions are liquid, but this is the exception to the rule! Investigate this quality of instant darkness powder by making something that is 'out of the norm' in some way. This could be a foodstuff that you have dyed an unusual color (blue bread, anyone?), a piece that you have made using unusual material (knitting with electrical wire, a skirt sewn from coffee filter paper) or any other item that surprises us and is not what anyone expects!

---Study of Ancient Runes (SoAR):

---Transfiguration: We are all aware of human transfiguration, such as transfiguring oneself into an animal. However, Animagi are not the only type of human transfiguration. There is also the human transfiguration of turning another person into an animal. (Draco Malfoy had the unfortunate experience of once being a ferret, albeit briefly.) Human transfiguration is a very difficult branch of magic to learn and is only taught at NEWT level. It is very dangerous, and if done improperly can have disastrous results! An improperly executed human transfiguration can result in only a half transfiguration,or worse, the subject can become permanently stuck in the animal form.  (Hagrid's attempt to turn Dudley into a pig resulted in a permanent tail that had to be removed surgically at a Muggle hospital.) And the legend of the quintaped is another startling example of human transfiguration gone wrong.  This term it is your assignment to successfully transfigure the craft material of your choice into an animal. Try your hand at felting a teddy bear, make a sock monkey, or stitch a dragon quilt block. Magical and non-magical animals are acceptable.
29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / SETTING UP: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ on: May 10, 2016 07:59:56 AM
This thread is being set up for the Summer Semester of the HP Craftalong.  Please do NOT post here unless asked to do so by Mistress Jennie!

~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Midsummer Semester 2016*~

~*Begins June 1st, 2016*~
~*Ends September 30th, 2016*~

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 AT THE TIME OF POSTING.  If your item is a private piece, or is being kept secret for a Craft Swap, you are more than welcome to post a link for the Headmistress to view.  EDIT 4/17/15: As of today, I will no longer be posting reminders to folks about pictures.  I simply do not have the time to chase folks down for pictures.  If you post your project without a photo or photo link, it will simply not be counted when I tally House Points.
---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 that includes amounts, and step-by-step instructions that another HPC member could replicate themselves at home.  Think of writing your recipe with a beginner cook in mind, who needs full instructions.
---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: (REQUIRED! NO PICTURE (or link) = NO HOUSE POINTS)

-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.
-When posting your projects, you are more than welcome to post more than one at a time. But if you do so, then please attempt to post your projects in alphabetical order by SUBJECT.  Bertie Bott's Beans, Detention Prompts, and Headmistress Challenges should be posted under B, D, & H respectively.  For more information, see this post.

~*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 Mistress Jennie's Central Timezone (Tennessee 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 Headmistress Mistress Jennie.  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!)[/color]

~*HPC Portkeys*~
Headmistress Tower (Headmistress Challenges)
Deputy Headmistress's Office - S.P.E.W. Headquarters
Badge Station
Floo Powder Challenge Series
Quidditch Pitch
Diagon Alley
Magician of the Month
Wizard & Witch Career Placement Agency
Pinterest Pixie's Projects Page
Hogwarts Kitchens
HPC Facebook Group

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

Professors' Classrooms
Detention in the Dungeons
Care of Magical Creatures
Defense Against the Dark Arts
History of Magic
Muggle Studies
Potions Dungeon
Study of Ancient Runes
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.

~*HPC on Facebook*~
The HPC is now on Facebook!  This is a way to share links, photos, or videos with your friends here in the HPC, that you cannot post on Craftster.  Please feel free to use the page to ask questions, share craft related or Harry Potter related links, pictures of your kids dressing up like Hogwarts students, or anything else that might be of interest to the group.  This group is Closed, so folks must message me with BOTH their Craftster username, and a way to locate you on Facebook, in order to be added. This is to keep it to just folks within the Craftalong, rather than a general HP forum, and anyone who participates here is welcome there as well.  If you send me a message via FB, PLEASE include your Craftster username.  We've been getting lots of requests to join, from faux accounts who just want to spam us with porn, so I've become *extra* cautious about adding folks.
~*Summer HPC Staff*~
Headmistress Mistress Jennie
Deputy Headmistress noodle-bug

Gryffindor Head of House Abbeeroad
Hufflepuff Head of House Moonflame
Ravenclaw Head of House FiberAlchemist
Slytherin Head of House ErinAquaheart

Alchemy Professor TechnicolorAquahearts
Apparition edelC
Arithmancy Professor noodle-bug
Astronomy Professor Inselaeffchen
Care of Magical Creatures ErinAquaheart
Charms Professor edelC
Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor Magpirate
Divination Professor ErinAquaheart
Flying Professor gaudiknight
Herbology Professor Inselaeffchen
History of Magic jenleahlynn
Muggle Studies Professor Magpirate
Potions Professor noodle-bug
Study of Ancient Runes TechnicolorAquahearts
Transfiguration Professor ErinAquaheart

Kitchen Elf Abbeeroad
Pinterest Pixie audio

~*Past HPC Semesters*~
Summer 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2012/2013, Spring 2013, Summer 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2013/2014, Spring 2014, Summer 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2014/2015 Spring 2015, Summer 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2015/2016, Spring 2016

~*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
Summer 2014: Ravenclaw
Fall 2014: Gryffindor
Winter 2014/2015: Gryffindor
Spring 2015: Gryffindor
Summer 2015: Gryffindor
Fall 2015: Gryffindor
Winter 2015/2016: Slytherin
Spring 2016:
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 on: May 10, 2016 06:24:31 AM
Utterly fantastic job on your OWL.  Well done TechnicolorAquahearts!
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