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31  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: New (Tiny) Art Journal on: January 14, 2017 05:41:28 PM
Beautifully done Friend Wulf!
32  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / ~*Class & Challenge Prompts*~ on: January 14, 2017 05:10:03 PM
~*Class & Challenge Prompts*~

~*Current Challenges*~

~*House Pride & House Unity*~
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 can get House Points on 1 House Pride and 1 House Unity project per semester.

~*Yule Term Classes*~




---Care of Magical Creatures (CoMC)


---Defense Against the Dark Arts (DADA):




---History of Magic (HoM)

---Muggle Studies


Study of Ancient Runes (SoAR):  


33  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Thundercake Slouchy Hat & Mitts for a Friend on: January 14, 2017 04:52:11 PM
Thank you all for the kind words .  This is what I truly love about Craftster, how supportive this community is.  Smiley
34  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / SETTING UP: HP Spring Term DO NOT POST HERE on: January 14, 2017 04:48:56 PM

~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Ostara Term 2017*~

~*Begins February 1st, 2017*~
~*Ends May 31st, 2017*~


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.  Floo Powder Challenges, 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: YULE- October, November, December, January; SPRING-February, March, April, May; MIDSUMMER-June, July, August, September
---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 a 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 the Headmistress' Time Zone,  Mistress Jennie is in Central Standard 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, or Deputy Headmistress noodle-bug.  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 below.  If you started a project, for example a quilt, a day or two before the semester started, but then did the bulk of the work and finishing (a good 90%) during the semester, you can submit it.
---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.  Also, we occasionally do things like Valentine or Christmas Card Exchanges.  These are completely voluntary, and are NOT required, and are not organized swaps.
---Do I have to craft all the classes and challenges? NO!  Smiley Just 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 & Floo Powder Challenge, 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 a legitimate 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.  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 Slytherin Scavenger Hunt 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 (Headmistress Challenges)
Deputy Headmistress's Office - S.P.E.W. Headquarters
Badge Station
Floo Powder Challenge Series
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
[ur=]Defense Against the Dark Arts[/url]
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.

~*Ostara Term HPC Staff*~
Headmistress Mistress Jennie
Deputy Headmistress noodle-bug

Gryffindor Head of House
Hufflepuff Head of House
Ravenclaw Head of House
Slytherin Head of House

Alchemy Professor  
Arithmancy Professor  
Astronomy Professor  
Care of Magical Creatures
Charms Professor
Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor
Divination Professor  
Flying Professor
Herbology Professor  
History of Magic
Muggle Studies Professor
Potions Professor
Study of Ancient Runes
Transfiguration Professor  

Kitchen Elf
Pinterest Pixie seeuudee
35  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: January 14, 2017 01:46:23 PM
Reminder: Deadline for posting Hagrid's 12 Christmas Tree projects is TOMORROW, at MIDNIGHT, Headmistress Time!  (Central Standard Time)
36  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: January 13, 2017 02:35:25 PM
Plaidpineapple, your American Girl set is PHENOMENAL! 
37  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: January 13, 2017 10:54:24 AM
Challenge: Trees - Candles
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Thundercake Mitts
Brief Description:  I created a set of mitts to match the Thundercake Hat for my friend B.  The pattern is Quick Wristers from Crochetology by Fatima.  They are my first ever pair of mitts, and I'm quite proud of them.  I only had to rip apart one completed mitt and start over again with a bigger hook, to get them to fit right.
Project Picture:

38  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Thundercake Slouchy Hat & Mitts for a Friend on: January 13, 2017 10:52:22 AM
A bit of a story....  I spent 6 years teaching theatrical costuming at the college level, and in that time I had many students who taught me many things.  One of those students was a young woman named B.  She wasn't a theatre major, but rather an art major who specialized in weaving.  She was always dreaming up and working on something.  She had great sewing skills, so I hired her to work in my costume shop.  B. was always bright and joyful, happy and funny both in and out of work.  She approached everything she did with an open heart and a smile on her face.  She adored cupcakes and bright colors, fairy tales and Chewbacca.  She was the first person to volunteer to help, and the last person to go home at night.  When we needed someone to design the costumes for a children's theatre production of Cinderella, we knew B. would be perfect.  Children's theatre shows didn't get help from the costume shop staff, just the work of the student who designed it.  A week before the show, B. broke her arm.  She didn't ask for help, she just tried to assure us all that she could certainly sew one handed.  Two days later, she sprained her other wrist, and still she smiled and sang and worked and asked for nothing.  (Yes, I promise we did help B. even though she assured us she could do it all herself.)  

I asked all the students who worked in the shop to name their own imaginary Hogwarts House, and she named hers the Thundercakes. She even made a brightly colored House banner complete with cupcake and lightning bolt. She made me laugh every time I saw her.  B is 29 years old now, and lives up in the cold of Michigan, where she is a Jill of all Trades, one of which is hosting ceramics parties in local pubs, much like Paint Nights.  

And B. has just been diagnosed with cancer.  I can't fix it for her.  I can't even be there for her.  So I did the only thing I could, I crafted for her.  I made her a cuddly new hat and warm cozy mitts in all her favorite shades of happy Thundercake color to keep her warm and cozy.  I'm sending them along with an afghan I made over the summer, for her to snuggle with.  I know that this is just a part of B's story.

The hat pattern is the Unforgettable Hat from Crochet in Color, and the mitts are the Quick Wristers from Crochetology by Fatima.  Both are made with Yarn Bee Aurora Borealis yarn, in the shade Sandrock Mountain.

*Special thanks to crochet goddess pinkleo for the suggestion on the mitts pattern!
39  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 117 ENTRIES / Re: Gingerbread Judith Slays Holofernes on: January 13, 2017 10:32:16 AM
Seriously freakin' brilliant!  Love, love, love!
40  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: I Love Valentine's Day Swap (SU to Jan 13;SO Jan 30) on: January 13, 2017 08:21:04 AM
We currently have an uneven number of swappers if need be would anyone be okay with one round robin group? If not I'll just craft for myself rather than a partner!

I'd be okay with a round robin.  Smiley
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