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3451  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Harry Potter Holiday ~ Beware Nargles in Your Mistletoe! on: December 02, 2012 06:05:10 AM
Note from your fearless leaders...

Reminder: Send Outs are next Saturday, December 8th!  As in 6 days from now.  Please plan accordingly.  

And since this is a holiday swap, if you have not sent by 3 days past send outs, you will get temporary negative feedback until you send.  (This temporary negative will be reversed when your partner receives.)  As always in swapping, communication is KEY!  If you think for any reason you might be late, contact your partners AND organizers as soon as possible.


Secondly, in this swap pinkleo & I are tracking 86 packages between just the two of us. This is a difficult task to say the least, and it is being made harder by the fact that several swappers have not been in communication.  Posting in the thread that you received from your partner is NOT enough.  You MUST PM both pinkleo & myself whenever you send and receive.  Also in your PM you must note WHO you sent to/received from.  I will absolutely be noting poor communication in feedback, and I will not be afraid to send Howlers to people who have not messaged to say they received.


All that being said, the gallery is looking gorgeous and I am in love with each and every lovely little ornament and goody being sent and received.  We have such talented HP swappers!
3452  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Harry Potter Holiday Round 2 ~SENDOUTS Dec. 8~ on: December 02, 2012 06:04:16 AM
Note from your fearless leaders...

Reminder: Send Outs are next Saturday, December 8th!  As in 6 days from now.  Please plan accordingly. 

And since this is a holiday swap, if you have not sent by 3 days past send outs, you will get temporary negative feedback until you send.  (This temporary negative will be reversed when your partner receives.)  As always in swapping, communication is KEY!  If you think for any reason you might be late, contact your partners AND organizers as soon as possible.


Secondly, in this swap pinkleo & I are tracking 86 packages between just the two of us. This is a difficult task to say the least, and it is being made harder by the fact that several swappers have not been in communication.  Posting in the thread that you received from your partner is NOT enough.  You MUST PM both pinkleo & myself whenever you send and receive.  Also in your PM you must note WHO you sent to/received from.  I will absolutely be noting poor communication in feedback, and I will not be afraid to send Howlers to people who have not messaged to say they received.


All that being said, the gallery is looking gorgeous and I am in love with each and every lovely little ornament and goody being sent and received.  We have such talented HP swappers!
3453  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Cheapest/Easiest Last min gift ever-Chocolate Toffee Pieces; "Christmas Crack!" on: December 02, 2012 05:48:49 AM
Well, if the oven wasn't hot enough to melt your chocolate, than it certainly wouldn't have been hot enough to boil your toffee.  As with all candy making, the toffee has to get to a specific temperature in order to harden.  I would get an oven thermometer and turn your oven on to see if it's actually heating to the temperature on the dials.
3454  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: December 01, 2012 05:00:43 PM
STUNNING OWL PenguinSoup!!!
3455  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: November 30, 2012 07:12:29 AM
Challenge: November Quidditch Challenge
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Craft Kits for Caitlin's Smiles
Brief Description: These are some of the 50 Pony Bead Craft Kits I made for Caitlin's Smiles, a charity that sends care packages to seriously ill children in hospitals.  Each care package contains journals, art supplies, cards, and 2 craft kits, so the children have something to keep them busy and keep their minds off their illnesses.  (I also made a set of 50 Friendship Bracelet Kits, that I haven't had a chance to add the directions to yet.  I guess I'll submit those at another time!)  The Pony Bead Kits each contain the beads, gimp, split ring, and directions to make a pony bead animal keychain.  I made penguins, butterflies, dragonflies, frogs, parrots and smiley faces.  Most of the beads came from a huge tub that a friend gave me.  The gimp & zip top baggies came from Dollar Tree, and the split rings were from Michaels.  I also bought two extra bags of beads in colors I needed more of.  All in all I spent $11 to make 50 kits.  That works out to about .22 cents per kit to brighten a sick child's day!

Project Picture:




Challenge: Geminio Challenge
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Mrs. Weasley's Magical Soup Mixes
Brief Description:  I try to make as many of my Christmas presents as possible.  This year is no exception.  This is just half of the soup mixes that I made.  (All that could fit in the picture.)  I made a dozen of them total.  Two went to swap partners patty_o_furniture & AugustBell, and the rest will go to friends and family.  The original recipe called for twice the amount of all the ingredients, and that's the way I made them last year, but it just made too much at a single time.  Nearly everyone we know is a family of 2-4 people, and the original mix could serve about 12!  This year I tweaked it a bit to bring it down to a more manageable batch size.   

Project Picture:
3456  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / ~*Diagon Alley*~ on: November 30, 2012 05:47:45 AM

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


The Blushing Lion
Our first donated prize of the semester is a custom pair of House slippers crafted by our fearless leader, pinkleo!

*Ships within US*


Mistress Jennie's Handmade Jewelry
Our next prize is a Sorting Hat Bookmark from Mistress Jennie's Handmade Jewelry on Etsy.

*Ships US orders via First Class Mail & worldwide via parcel post*


Poupes Demilunes Dolls
Next we have a $25 gift certificate from Poupes Demilunes Dolls on Etsy from MamanTattoo.

*Ships worldwide via parcel post*


Imprinter Gifts
Patty_o_Furniture has donated an amazing unmounted Owl Stamp from her shop Imprinter Gifts on Etsy.

*Ships worldwide via parcel post*


Curlicue and T'aint
noodle-bug has generously donated two wonderful craft books!

*Ships within Europe*



Want to advertise your Etsy or Artfire shop, while helping out the HPC?  Donate an item to Diagon Alley!  All donated items will become prizes awarded for things like End of the Semester Feast, completion of OWLS/NEWTS, or Challenge Awards throughout the semester.  If you would like to donate a prize to the HPC, please send an Owl to jennieingram & pinkleo, listing what you are offering, and where you are willing to ship that item to.  Please include a picture or a link to a picture, and the name of your shop & a link to it so that we may mention it in the post.




~*Special Award for Services to the School*~
Winter 2012-2013 Nominations

Ravenclaw PenguinSoup Transfiguration OWL
Gryffindor tiamatfire: Muggle Studies OWL
Hufflepuff jillybeans: Study of Ancient Runes OWL
Ravenclaw PenguinSoup: Ancient Runes OWL
Gryffindor Melissaurus: Muggle Studies OWL
Gryffindor pinkleo: Arithmancy OWL
Ravenclaw Supermutts: Muggle Studies OWL
Hufflepuff patty_o_furniture: Potions NEWT
3457  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / ~*Witch of the Week*~ on: November 30, 2012 05:47:28 AM
~*Witch of the Week*~

Today's Witch of the Week is....  

patty_o_furniture, for her EPIC NEWT project, the Hogwarts Castle Dollhouse & Harry Potter Friends.  She spent over 50 hours on this amazing play castle, and painted over 20 characters, each instantly recognizable in their tiny details.  Congratulations patty_o_furniture!  





To claim your badge, just 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.

***Please note that Witch of the Week is a bi-weekly event.***  Wink


Previous Witches of the Week
PenguinSoup, for Outstanding Transfiguration OWL, the Perfect Spin
jillybeans, for her epic Ancient Runes OWL, Game of Thrones House Crest Sweatshirt
Foxy Sam, for her ingenious Gold Fish Into a Flower
Pinkleo for her OWL Project, Squares for Pine Ridge Reservation
MamanTattoo for her colorful Every Flavor Beans Hat and the Scales & Stars Booties




As the semester progresses, the Headmistress & I will keep an eye out for the truly extraordinary crafts you all are sure to create, and feature them here.  If you see something in the thread that you think should be recognized, send me a PM with the suggestion!
3458  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / ~*Detention in the Dungeons*~ (Work-In-Progress Completion Posts) on: November 30, 2012 05:46:33 AM
~*Detention in the Dungeons*~


This semester there will be three Detention Challenges, one for each month.  You are welcome to do any, all, or none of these challenges.  (Remember, they are just here to help get your crafty juices flowing!)  All Detention projects may be turned in anytime during the semester, regardless of what the newest Challenge is, up until the semester ends on February 28th.  (For example, you may turn in December or January challenges in February.)


February Challenge: Detention Destash Dash!
This month's Detention Challenge is with Prof. Gilderoy Lockhart, (5 time winner of Witch Weekly's Most Charming Smile Award).  Sadly, you won't have the joy of getting to answer his fan mail.  As Gilderoy isn't a fan of cold weather (or the dreadful effects it has on his hair), you'll be staying indoors this month for a Destash Dash.  In this challenge you must craft something from a supply that has been in your stash for at least 4 months.  This could be a supply that you had leftover from a previous project like scrap fabric from a quilt, or half a ball of yarn leftover from a scarf you made *last* Christmas.  Or, it could be an item you bought ages ago just because it was pretty, even though you had no plans for it, like that strand of expensive stone beads you found on clearance and just couldn't pass up.  So, dig down deep into your stash to find something that's been taking up space, and turn it into something AMAZING!  Gold stars to anyone who uses up an item they've had for a year or longer!


January Challenge: Detention with Hagrid
I hope you all brought your House Scarves and are well bundled up. Our second Detention Challenge for the semester will be in the Forbidden Forest with Rubeus Hagrid, Keeper of Keys and Grounds at Hogwarts.  While it might be cold and dark in the forest at night in January, at least you'll have a Half-Giant with you for protection from Acromantulas! To complete your Detention, you must finish a WIP (Work in Progress). WIPs can be projects that you just haven't quite finished or projects that you bought all the supplies for but never got around to actually making.  If possible, post before and after pics in the gallery.  So get going!  The sooner you start, the sooner you'll finish.  Then we can all go back to Hagrid's cabin for hot cocoa and rock cakes.


December Challenge: Detention over the Holidays!
Our first challenge for the semester is the same as it was for November in the Fall HPC.  To either get a start on, or finish all those pesky in-progress holiday gifts.  This can be making several of the same project (like writing endless lines with Umbridge), or finishing that one big gift that has you worried.  Spend a Saturday morning making 10 mason jars full of soup mixes for all your aunts & uncles, put together those gift baskets that you've already assembled the items for, or finally quilt that monster quilt top you pieced for mom back in July!  Anything that gets you ready for giving out those holiday gifts with a warm smile, rather than an exhausted grimace.


December & January Detention Badges



~Completed Detention in the Dungeons~
Gryffindor
Abbeeroad - February
jenleahlynn - February
jennieingram - December, January, February
MammanTattoo - January, February
Melissaurus - February
pinkleo - December, February
WhistleFish - December

Hufflepuff
CraftyLadyMJ - December, January
jillybeans - December
patty_o_furniture - December, February
sammylouise40 - January, February

Ravenclaw
Audania1 - December
Eiseldora - December
FiberAlchemist - December
Gr33nT3a - December
indigo_roses - December, January
noodle-bug - December, January, February
PenguinSoup - December
pottermouth - December, February
Supermutts - December, February

Slytherin
Ant Bee - December, January
ErinAquaheart - January, February
FreakieGeekie - December, January
Naantje - December
TechnicolorAquahearts - December, January, February
3459  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / ~*Deputy Headmistress' Office*~ on: November 30, 2012 05:45:55 AM
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 extra House Points, and a Badge for that challenge.  Once a new challenge is posted, the old one is gone and cannot be entered.  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.

And this weeks bean is...
GRASS!

For this challenge you must craft something green.  This can be literally something green in color, or something green, as in good for the planet!  Not sure where to start?  How about making a Green Baby Nap Quilt for an expecting friend.  Or upcycling an old computer hutch into a Play Kitchen.  If accessories are more your thing, then you might want to try your hand at an Upcycled Owl Purse.  If you don't care for harsh chemicals, how about whipping up a batch of Green Shower Cleanser.  Or, interpret the prompt quite literally and create a Stained Glass Green Man.


~*Challenge Badges*~
3460  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Harry Potter Holiday ~ Beware Nargles in Your Mistletoe! on: November 28, 2012 03:17:52 PM
That dragon ornament is AMAZING!!!
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