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41  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / ~*Completed Classes & Challenges*~ on: August 25, 2014 05:28:15 PM
~Completed Classes and Challenges~
Looking for links to projects?  What to see everyone's crafty magic this term?  
Then head over to our hosted by our Pinterest Pixie Inselaeffchen


Gryffindor


Hufflepuff


Ravenclaw


Slytherin


~House Points~
*Reminder: Class/Challenge 15 pts , OWL 100 pts, NEWT 150 pts , SPEW 10 pts extra*
*Cup Winner, average from points per house & number of members per house*


Gryffindor: ...points
Hufflepuff: ...points
Ravenclaw: ...points
Slytherin: ...points
42  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / ~*Class & Challenge Prompts *~ on: August 25, 2014 05:25:34 PM
~*Current Challenges*~



~*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.


~*Fall Classes*~
---Alchemy:  We continue with studying the Alchemical Elements, with copper.  Copper is a reddish-coloured metal, with a high electrical and thermal conductivity (among pure metals at room temperature, only silver has a higher electrical conductivity). Copper may well be the oldest metal in use, as copper artifacts dating to 8700 BC have been found Copper was associated with the goddess Aphrodite/Venus in mythology and alchemy, owing to its lustrous beauty, its ancient use in producing mirrors, and its association with Cyprus, which was sacred to the goddess. The elemental alchemy symbol for copper is also the planetary symbol for Venus. As such, this symbol embodies such characteristics as love, balance, feminine beauty, and artistic creativity.  Study the information above and craft something using copper (or copper colored) or something that is linked with/reminds you of the goddess Aphrodite/Venus.

---Apparition: Apparition instructor Wilkie Twycross stresses remembering the 3 Ds of Apparition; destination, determination, deliberation.  For this semester we will focus on his three-pronged approach.  You must craft something involving 3 related materials.  Three colors of fabric or yarn, 3 types of embroidery stitches, 3 ingredient recipes, or create a craft in 3 parts, such as a triptych of hooplas.

---Arithmancy: The 'imaginary number' i does not exist, but is nevertheless a useful tool for working arithmancers (and Muggle mathematicians!). In honour of i, we will be imagining things that would be useful, but don't currently exist; for this class you must create a project that doesn't have a pattern or design guide.

---Astronomy:  I was lucky enough to procure an old Muggle astronomy book and this is where our assignment for the semester comes from.  What we study in Astronomy consists of things that we know. The truth my dear students, is that there is still so much we DON'T know about the night sky. We know more now than we ever have before but there is still so much to learn. This term you must tackle something unknown. Whether this means learning a new craft technique or researching some aspect of the night sky you don't know and making something inspired by it or tackle the unknown in some other way I leave up to you. Just make sure that you explain how you tackled the unknown when you turn in your assignment.

---Care of Magical Creatures (CoMC):  For the fall semester we will be studying the beautiful but deadly Chimaera! The Chimaera is a vicious, bloodthirsty creature with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a dragon's tail. Some depictions of Chimaeras have the beasts with three heads, a lion's, goat's and a dragon's on a bull like body with a snake for a tail (making a fourth "head").  A chimaera is literally a "hodge-podge" of several creatures. While the classical Chimaera is part lion, goat, and dragon, a true Chimaera is simply any two or more of anything. The Chimaera is also very difficult to slay!  The only wizard known to accomplish this feat died soon after by falling from his winged horse.  Study the chimaera carefully and then create an object that combines two or more "unusual" things together, or craft something that has been difficult for you to make.

---Charms: Reparo is the mending or repairing charm.  It is used to seamlessly repair a broken object. It is intended only to be used on non-magical inanimate objects, and can cause severe scarring if used on living beings.  If used on a broken magical object, the item in question will be repaired in shape only, but its magical ability will not be mended. This semester you will study this important charm by repairing a broken object, or adapting an existing object so that it works more properly for you.  Some ideas for are altering a garment to fit, upcycling a piece of furniture, or transforming a broken mirror into a cork board.

---Defence Against the Dark Arts (DADA): It's Autumn, and as well all know with autumn comes Hallowe'en!  On Hallowe'en it's often difficult to tell evil creatures apart from friends in costumes, so be prepared to look at everything closely.  For class you will need to craft something that will let you see more clearly, either literally (glasses case, spyglass prop, etc.), figuratively (contemplation journal, etc.), or even using the interpretation of "sharpened vision".

---Divination:  Crystal Gazing or Scrying is one of my favorite ways to "see."  Using a crystal ball or a very smooth reflective surface, such as a bowl of clear water or even a mirror, we can attempt to see past the thin veil that makes up our present and see the past and future.  Those of you not aligned to the unknown may find this difficult at first but please don't give up.  It takes time and concentration as well as patience.  Create something smooth on which to practice or show your ability to scry/gaze by crafting what you "see" in the beyond.

---Flying: Flying isnt possible without a broomstick.  Nearly every wizarding household has at least one or more brooms, which are kept in good working order for traveling.  This semester, we will examine what goes into making a broom by exploring one of its most important components, wood.  You must craft something which has wood for one of its primary materials.

---Herbology:  Hagrid maintains a pumpkin patch outside his hut, which produces the pumpkins used to decorate the Great Hall for the Hallowe'en feast. Although the plants aren't inherently magical, Hagrid gives them some "help" so that the pumpkins swell to the size of garden sheds by the time the feast rolls around. For this semester I would like you to look at pumpkins and their varied uses (not just decoration). Please craft something that reminds you of the pumpkin or its seeds.

---History of Magic (HoM):  During the fall months you may notice the leaves changing colors, especially the oak tree. Oak trees have had a special place in magical times for hundreds of years. The oak's acorn is a symbol of strength and power. The acorn only appears on a fully mature oak, it is often considered a symbol of the patience needed to attain goals over long periods of time. It represents perseverance and hard work. To truly understand the properties of the oak tree and acorns, please craft something that requires a lot of patience and hard work.

---Muggle Studies (MS):  Many muggle countries around the world have their own versions of Thanksgiving, but it especially popular in the United States and Canada. Traditionally Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated by Muggles in which they give thanks for the fall harvest and bountiful blessings in their lives. It is a holiday celebrated with family and friends and lots of food to symbolize the abundant crops being brought in for harvesting. To help you learn about this Muggle tradition please craft something that symbolizes the fall harvest or shows your thanks for someone else. You could craft something fall-related or make a gift for someone to show them you care.

---Potions:  In potions, the correct heating of the mixture is important; timing and amount of heat applied make a big difference. Create something that must be transformed by heat before it is complete; this could be baking in an oven, using a hot fix gun, or developing effects by applying hot air.

---Study of Ancient Runes (SoAR): DAGAZ - Daylight or Dawn.  The breaking through of your new ideas. Light is all around you.  

In the autumn the days begin to get shorter, as winter approaches.  Utilize what daylight is here, and craft something related to light, the dawn, or something created from a material you found outside such as fallen leaves, acorns, pinecones, branches, etc.


---Transfiguration: This fall we are going to learn how to transfigure owls into opera glasses. For you homework you can choose to craft either an owl, or something that can be worn on the face or an object to store your opera glasses after the spell has been completed. Some options could be masks, facial scrubs or glasses cases.
43  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* on: August 25, 2014 05:14:31 PM



~Harry Potter Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~

~*Begins September 1, 2014*~
~*Ends November 30, 2014*~

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!


~*HPC PROJECTS*~
---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, you may submit a picture link to one of 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."  


~*HOW TO TURN IN A PROJECT*~
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.)
House:
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 pinkleo's Central Timezone (Texas 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

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



Professors' Classrooms
Detention in the Dungeons
Alchemy Dungeon
Arithmancy
Astronomy Tower
Care of Magical Creatures
Defense Against the Dark Arts
Divination
Herbology
History of Magic
Muggle Studies
Dungeon 5: Potions
Classroom 1B: Transfiguration
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.


~*Fall HPC Staff*~
Headmistress Mistress Jennie

Gryffindor Head of House WhistleFish
Hufflepuff Head of House Moonflame
Ravenclaw Head of House FiberAlchemist
Slytherin Head of House DragonChilde

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

Kitchen Elf FiberAlchemist

Badge Baronesses BadWolf314, FiberAlchemist, Mistress Jennie, pinkleo, WhistleFish,
Pinterest Pixie Inselaeffchen
Spreadsheet Sorceress & Math Magician Mistress Jennie
44  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: IYP 26: So you think you can craft? SU closed SO Sept 20, 2014 on: August 25, 2014 11:27:04 AM
I spent the morning with girly movies on Netflix (while DH is out of the house) and tried valiantly to finish my Large for Abbeeroad.  I was SOOOOOOOO close, but ran out of ________.  Now I gotta run out and get some more to finish that last bit.  Grrr!  On the upside, I'm REALLY happy with how it has come out.  Cheesy
45  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: IYP 26: So you think you can craft? SU closed SO Sept 20, 2014 on: August 24, 2014 01:25:06 PM
Working on Abbeeroad's large project some more.  Hoping to finish it tonight, but that's probably over optimistic.  If my calculations are correct, I'm at about 70%.  Cheesy 
46  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: August 23, 2014 10:09:44 AM
In Fourth Place
Gryffindor playing as Japan
Players: Mistress Jennie, rockmygypsysoul
165 points, 2 players = 82.5 points average

In Third Place
Ravenclaw playing as USA
Players: FiberAlchemist, Magpirate, netchez, noodle-bug, pottermouth, teag, vincentvanbuck
600 points, 7 players = 85.7 points average

In Second Place
Hufflepuff playing as Brazil
Players: Acadian Driftwood, AnnoyingBigSister, gaudiknight, midkiffsjoy, Moonflame
450 points, 5 players = 90 points average

And finally...
Slytherin playing as Bulgaria wins the Quidditch World Cup 2014!!!
Players: calliemae, ErinAquaheart, Inselaeffchen, margaron, Naantje, TechnicolorAquahearts
680 points, 6 players = 113 points average


And while each player battled valiantly, we have some final honors to bestow.  MVP's for each team are as follows...

Gryffindor playing as Japan
Player: Mistress Jennie


Ravenclaw playing as USA
Player: noodle-bug!


Hufflepuff playing as Brazil
Player: midkiffsjoy!


Slytherin playing as Bulgaria
Player: ErinAquaheart!
47  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: August 23, 2014 09:43:08 AM
Whew!  The Quidditch World Cup is over and it was an action packed match! 

Here are some stats from the match:
10 were SPEW projects were created!
20 players participated!
36 days of non-stop play!
92.8 was the average points per player!
125 projects were created!
1895 points were earned!

And now for Badges!  If you completed a category, you have earned the badge for it below:
Seeker


Beater


Chaser


Keeper


Broomstick


Cheering


Penalty Shots


Next up...  the Winners & MVPs!
48  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Snarky Housewives Swap CLOSED; SendOut 9/15 on: August 23, 2014 04:20:08 AM
I'm waiting for some supplies I ordered to arrive.  Hope to start on this project soon!
49  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Back to Hogwarts 5 - CLOSED; SENDOUTS OCT 10 on: August 23, 2014 04:18:43 AM
Well, I had pre-partnered most folks yesterday afternoon, so I just had a little adjusting/shuffling to do to finish it off.  Cheesy
50  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Back to Hogwarts 5 - CLOSED; SENDOUTS OCT 10 on: August 22, 2014 06:46:17 PM
Ok, partners have been posted and questionnaires have been sent.  Meanwhile I spent all day running around town, and I'm ready to drop.  So, off to bed I go. Smiley If there's a major problem with partnering, (ie allergy conflicts, or international shipping issues) then feel free to send me a PM.  I'll get to it early in the morning.  So for now, have fun stalking!
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