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31  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / ~*Diagon Alley*~ on: February 21, 2015 12:46:25 PM

~*Diagon Alley*~
"Did he say diagonally?"

Mistress Jennie's Handmade Jewelry
MistressJennie on Etsy has donated a...

Noodle's Notions Nest
The utterly fantastic noodle-bug has kindly offered a...

32  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / ~*Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans*~ on: February 21, 2015 12:45:53 PM
Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans
A risk with every mouthful!

"You want to be careful with these. When they say every flavor, they mean every flavor - you know you get all the ordinary ones like chocolate and peppermint and marmalade, but then you can get spinach and liver and tripe. George reckons he had a bogey-flavored one once." - Ron Weasley

Its no secret that Hogwarts students love sweets.  And teachers, Headmasters & Headmistresses have been known to enjoy their share of treats too.  Therefore, your brilliant Headmistresses have devised an epic new *series* of Mini-Challenges for you.  

Every two weeks we will pull a new bean out of the bag.  Each bean will be the inspiration for a mini-challenge.  Students may complete and post a craft based on that theme to earn 15 House Points, and a Badge for that challenge.  Once a new challenge is posted, you have until 11:59 Central time THE SAME DAY to finish posting the "old" bean.  Items posted after that can earn Badges, but no House Points  As with all things in the HPC, you are welcome to do any, all, or none of these challenges.  They are just a way to inspire your own magical crafting adventures.

*If the Semester ends before the Bean's two week span is over, the Bean will continue into the new semester.  You may only enter your Bean project in *one* of the semesters.

And this weeks bean is...
Vanilla - is a flavor derived from orchids of the genus Vanilla. A major use of vanilla is in flavoring desserts. The most common flavor of ice cream is vanilla, and thus many people consider it to be the "default" ice cream flavor. By analogy, the term "vanilla" is sometimes used as a synonym for "plain". Although vanilla is a prized flavoring agent on its own, it is also used to enhance the flavor of other substances, to which its own flavor is often complementary, such as chocolate, custard, caramel, coffee, cakes, and others.

For this challenge, you have a few options.  You may choose to craft
~something inspired by flowers or vines
~something cold or frozen
(like ice cream, make ahead freezer meals, reusable cold pack, etc.)
~something inspired by the current extreme cold weather
~something that will complement something else
(such as mittens to match your scarf or a necklace to go with your favorite dress.)
~something that utilizes vanilla as a flavoring, ie. a recipe

~*Challenge Badges*~
33  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / ~*Headmistress Tower*~ on: February 21, 2015 12:45:26 PM
~Headmistress Tower~
:::password: licorice wands!:::

~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.  Then, you can do whatever you wish with it.  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 Pride & House Unity Badges

Challenge Badges

Detention Badges

~Chocolate Frog Cards~
These are the Chocolate Frog Cards aka CFCs offered within the HPC thread, also known as Common CFCs.  There are some Special CFCs that have been handed out by HPC Staff from their private collection that may have not been revealed yet in the thread.  You can collect CFCs by completing a CFC challenge prompt or by doing extraordinary crafty magic.
34  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / ~*Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests*~ on: February 21, 2015 12:44:49 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 & pinkleo.  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.

~*NEWT Certificates*~

35  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / ~*Ordinary Wizarding Levels*~ on: February 21, 2015 12:43:55 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.

~*OWL Certificates*~
36  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / ~*Completed Classes & Challenges*~ on: February 21, 2015 12:43:23 PM
~*Completed Classes & Challenges*~
37  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / ~*Class & Challenge Prompts *~ on: February 21, 2015 12:42:49 PM
~*Current Challenges*~
Headmistress Challenge - March (March 1st-31st)

~*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.

~*Spring Classes*~
---Alchemy: This spring we are going to be studying the alchemy symbol of the fox. Foxes are considered to be the cultivators of the elixir of life and it is believed that foxes can transform into humans in order to visit the elderly and bring them the elixir of life. For your homework I would like you to channel your inner fox and craft something that you can bring to an elderly person near you. This can also include anything that can go towards any fundraising event hosted by local senior centre's and charities, or just something nice for your grandmother or neighbor.  

---Apparition: After having mastered apparition, this semester we will be learning Side-Along Apparition! Now you can have your younger friends or siblings travel with you without having to deal with bringing brooms or floo powder. In Side-Along Apparition you must hold onto the other person while apparating. To demonstrate your knowledge of this you may craft something that holds something (like a candle holder, crochet hook case, or even a decorated clothing hanger). Be careful though, there is always a danger of splinching!

---Arithmancy: This term we will be studying uncertainty, which can be represented by the Greek character delta or by a combination of the plus and minus symbols.
There are two options, your submission should fit any one of these two requirements;
-a craft which represents one idea in two different ways.
-a craft where you are uncertain of the final outcome when you begin. This should be an item where you don't have a clear plan but simply follow the muses as they strike you at the moment of making.

---Astronomy: Solar Eclipse
On Friday 20th March 2015, a total solar eclipse will occur across the far Northern regions of Europe and the Artic. The longest duration of totality for this eclipse will be 2 minutes and 46 seconds as viewed off the coast of the Faroe Islands. This will mark the last total solar eclipse in Europe for over a decade. The next not being until August 12, 2026.  As seen from the Earth, a solar eclipse is a type of eclipse that occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, and the Moon fully or partially blocks ("occults") the Sun. This can happen only at new moon, when the Sun and the Moon are in conjunction as seen from Earth in an alignment referred to as syzygy. In a total eclipse, the disk of the Sun is fully obscured by the Moon. In partial and annular eclipses only part of the Sun is obscured.  For this semester I would like you to craft something where something is hidden or where something slides over something else.

---Care of Magical Creatures (CoMC): Since Spring is here it's time for gardening! I love gardening.  The earth in my fingers, the green shoots poking out of the ground, the pesky gnomes....oh wait! GNOMES!!!! GAH! Time to do a little pest control.  This semester we will be studying gnomes and helping Hagrid de-gnome the castle gardens at the same time.  Please craft something inspired by gnomes or make something that can be used in the garden.

---Charms: In the spirit of Spring, you've decided to redecorate the dormitory.  But uh-oh, you mixed up the words and use the PERMANENT sticking charm instead of the temporary one!  Hopefully Professor Flitwick can get you out of this one...good thing you're studying sticking charms again tomorrow in class!  Please make a craft that features something permanent (or at least relatively so).  Something like a painted shirt, artwork with permanent markers, re-painting furniture or walls, etc.

---Defence Against the Dark Arts (DADA): We will be reviewing the Curse of the Bogies, which causes severe congestion in the victim.  Muggles suffer something similar, which they call Hayfever.  With spring approaching, wizard and muggle alike may be suffering!  Please craft something that can help with colds or allergies.  A healing tea, a batch of Eucalyptus shower bombs , a soothing soup, a new handkerchief, etc.

---Divination: This semester we will start to explore the various aspects of Floromancy! Otherwise known as the divination of flowers. We will begin our studies by focusing on the meanings and symbolism behind birth flowers. Each month of the year has been designated a flower and a list of things for which that flower stands.  For your homework you will need to research yours or a loved ones birth flower and then create something that uses that flower or focuses on something that the flower represents.  For example, I am a March baby.  My birth flower is, therefore, the Daffodil.  It symbolizes rebirth, friendship, domestic happiness, and new beginnings.  I could craft a friendship bracelet for friendship, kitchen towels for domestic happiness, or I could paint a bouquet of daffodils, or make daffodil pens to brighten up my workspace. I look forward to seeing all the wonderful floral wizardry!

---Flying: This semester we will be studying the exploits of Alberto Santos-Dumont, an early 20th century aviation pioneer. Although a muggle, his larger-than-life personality might make one believe he escaped from the wizarding world. He moved to Paris from Brazil at 18, where he took up ballooning, popularized the wrist-watch, hosted aerial dinner parties where guests sat on extremely tall chairs or ate at tables suspended from the ceiling, and made friends when he crash landed in peoples gardens. There are two ways to earn credit for flying this semester:
-Santos-Dumont rose to international fame in 1901 when he flew a dirigible around the Eiffel Tower.  He gave a portion of the prize money he won for this feat to his employees, and donated the rest to the poor of Paris.  You are also encouraged to make a SPEW project.
-There were no air traffic laws in 1901 (even the Wright Brothers didnt take to the skies until 1903). Santos-Dumont made a small dirigible which he used to fly around Paris to visit friends and cafes.  This makes him the first muggle to use a flight for every-day transport.  To celebrate this, craft something large, over-the-top, and extravagant just for yourself.

---Herbology: Honking Daffodil
A honking daffodil is a magical flower that presumably resembles an ordinary daffodil except for the noise that it makes. A wizard growing these in his garden may encounter a problem with Muggle neighbors hearing them, according to the radio program Toots, Shoots 'n' Roots. The daffodil is a symbol of rebirth - a sign of the new beginnings that come with spring. Daffodils are often found connected with Easter and Easter religious services because of their new birth significance. For the Spring semester I would like you to craft something you associate with rebirth or new beginnings, or something that is yellow.

---History of Magic (HoM): "In times of old, when I was new, And Hogwarts barely started, The founders of our noble school Thought never to be parted. United by a common goal, They had the selfsame yearning, To make the world's best magic school And pass along their learning. 'Together we will build and teach' The four good friends decided. And never did they dream that they Might some day be divided. For were there such friends anywhere As Slytherin and Gryffindor? Unless it was the second pair Of Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw, So how could it have gone so wrong? How could such friendships fail? Why, I was there, so I can tell The whole sad, sorry tale."
While much of History of Magic comes from Bathilda Bagshots famous textbook, history lessons can be found all around us.  The Sorting Hat reminded us all of a very important moment in Wizarding history; when best friends Godric Gryffindor & Salazar Slytherin let a matter of opinion come between them.  The result was the loss of their friendship, and Slytherin leaving Hogwarts.  The biggest lesson here?  Friendship must be nurtured if it is to survive.  For this assignment, you must craft something for a true and valued friend.  

---Muggle Studies (MS):  Ah, music!  A magic beyond all we do here! Albus Dumbledore

Although Muggles are incapable of performing magic the way witches and wizards can, they are able to do amazing things with music.  An uplifting song can work as well as a Cheering Charm, and lullabies can induce Dreamless Sleep without a potion.   This semester, we will be studying the magic of Muggle music.  Listen to different types of Muggle music and craft something inspired by what you hear you can take your inspiration from a songs lyrics, the way it makes you feel, or even a memory you associate with a particular song.  Be sure to mention your inspiration song when turning in your assignment.

---Potions: Time is an important factor in potion making; some potions must be made quickly to prevent over heating - yet others must be left for days to brew. You should craft something which has a particular time requirement; this could be something where you must work quickly to finish before a medium dries out (eg paint, mix media materials, clay etc), OR where you must leave enough time for a process to compete before proceeding (eg time for a cake to bake or cool before decorating, time for glue to dry, time for dye to soak in etc). Any other project that has a timing dependent element to the craft is also acceptable, please explain in your text how that is the case.

---Study of Ancient Runes (SoAR): Odala / Othala / Othila
This rune symbolizes inheritance and possessions. It involves spiritual inheritance and family values. A source of safety.

This semester I would like you to craft something that reminds you of your mother/mother figure, something your mother/mother figure taught you or something that makes you feel SAFE.

---Transfiguration: This spring we are going to learn how to transfigure objects into quills. To show your understanding of this assignment craft something that uses feathers, or something that features writing to show that your quill works properly.
38  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: February 21, 2015 12:25:39 PM

~Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Spring Semester 2015~

~*Begins March 1, 2015*~
~*Ends May 31, 2015*~

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, or is being kept secret for a Craft Swap, you may submit a picture link to 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 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!)

~*HPC Portkeys*~
Headmistress Tower & Badge Station
Diagon Alley
Magician of the Month (Replaces Witch of the Week)
Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean Grab Bag
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
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.  

~*Spring HPC Staff*~
Headmistress Mistress Jennie

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

Alchemy Professor calliemae
Arithmancy Professor noodle-bug
Astronomy Professor Inselaeffchen
Care of Magical Creatures & Divination Professor ErinAquaheart
Charms Professor tiamatfire
Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor tiamatfire
Flying Professor gaudiknight
Herbology Professor Inselaeffchen
History of Magic POSITION OPEN
Muggle Studies Professor Magpirate
Potions Professor noodle-bug
Study of Ancient Runes Inselaeffchen
Transfiguration Professor calliemae

Kitchen Elf Mistress Jennie
Pinterest Pixie Inselaeffchen

Badge Baronesses FiberAlchemist, Mistress Jennie, , jillybeans!
Pinterest Pixie Inselaeffchen

~*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

~*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:
39  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: I Love Harry Potter - OTHPT Valentines Swap Gallery on: February 20, 2015 07:39:46 AM
And with that....  This swap is officially over!  Thank you all for a wonderful swap.  Everyone sent lovely Valentines, and there wasn't a flaker among us. 

Huzzah for the HP Swappers!
40  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: February 19, 2015 05:26:31 PM
Way to stay positive tiamatfire! 
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