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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Steampunk Birdhouse In Your Soul ATB on: February 04, 2014 07:00:59 AM
I recently participated in the Artist Trading Block Swap.  For those of you who are wondering, an ATB, is basically a 3-D version of an ATC (Artist Trading Card).  A small work of art, to be given away and shared.  While stalking my partner's Pinterest I noticed she had pinned an altered art tag, which had the lyric "Make a little birdhouse in your soul" on it.  If you are unfamiliar with this brilliant song by The Might Be Giants, you can watch the video on Youtube.  A brief explanation is that the song tells the story of a nightlight, which watches over it's owner while they sleep.  The night light tells the listener to make a birdhouse (being a safe place for something small and vulnerable) for the light it creates in their mind and soul.

And after seeing noodle-bug's amazing hand stitched Birdhouse for Your Soul, I knew I had to completely steal ahem, take inspiration from her example and create a Steampunk Birdhouse for amaryllisroze's Soul. 

The front contains an antiqued blue bird in a frame, as a reference to the lyric "Bluebird of friendliness", and a set of antiqued chipboard letters.


The first narrow side includes a window looking onto an Edwardian lady, and a metal bee, as a reference to the lyric "Say I'm the only bee in your bonnet."


The back contains a 3-D metal birdcage with a delicate Swarovski crystal heart dangling from it, in reference to the vulnerable parts of ourselves which we try to sheild.


The final side contains a bit of ruler, with a tiny hinged tin box that says "passion", and a light bulb full of glitter which is a reference to the fact that the song is told from the point of view of a nightlight.  Below that is a "Cherish" token, a clock, and the symbol for infinity, which references the line "My story's infinite".  While I was working on it, I searched high and low for a picture or embellishment with a lighthouse on it for this side, but seemed to be thwarted at every turn.  Of course I found the perfect one 2 days after shipping it.   Tongue


And finally, the whole thing is topped with a small bird's nest, which contains the Ace of Hearts, a gear, watch hand, a button, and freshwater pearl "eggs".  I had a devil of a time getting the nest to stay on top, so I ended up using a Vintaj brass embellishment, bent up into the shape of a bowl to support the nest.


I hope you enjoy it!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Shakespeare Charm Bracelet on: January 27, 2014 03:18:56 PM
This bracelet has been in the works for ages.  It was inspired by the lovely pinkleo, who gave me the option in a list of possible bracelet ideas during one of our many previous IYP/12 Days of Christmas/Personal/Holiday Swaps.  I've been trying to find time to work on it since then, but always seemed to have such a rough time finding a charm of Shakespeare himself that was under $20. Tongue

I finally found a suitable charm for the Bard, and everything else just seemed to fall into place after that. 



The charms include...
Cauldron - Macbeth: Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble."
Entwined Hearts - Romeo & Juliet: "For never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo."
Skull - Hamlet: Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow of infinite jest
Ink & Quill
Comedy Mask
Bear - The Winter's Tale: Exit, pursued by a bear.
Fairy - A Midsummer Night's Dream: "The iron tongue of midnight hath told twelve; Lovers, to bed; 'tis almost fairy time."



Horse - Richard III: A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!
Bust of Shakespeare
Pie - Titus Andronicus



Cloud & Lightning Bolt - The Tempest: "On a ship at sea: a tempestuous noise of thunder and lightning heard"
Snake - Antony & Cleopatra: "Give me my robe. Put on my crown. I have Immortal longings in me."
Tragedy Mask
Dagger - Julius Caesar: "Et tu, Brute!"
Stein - Henry IV, Part 1: "The better part of valour is discretion" - Falstaff
Crown - King Lear: "Thou hadst little wit in thy bald crown when thou gavest thy golden one away."
Music Note - Twelfth Night: If music be the food of love, play on; give me excess of it.



The beads are a mix of freshwater pearls, river shell, Czech glass, and ceramic beads in shades of black ink, worn parchment and dramatic blood red.

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Doctor Who Charm Necklace on: January 11, 2014 07:36:12 AM
I've been toying with the idea for this project for a while, and finally put one together.  It's a necklace version of one of my charm bracelets.  I was worried about the chain turning around while wearing it, and the charms therefore getting turned around and tangled.  Using the heavier and wider curb chain seems to have helped a lot, as did keeping the charms centered on the front, and not too far up the sides of the necklace.



It contains 39 charms and 12 bead pins.  The charms include: Hope disk, Dinosaur, Stetson, Caduceus for Martha Jones, Gas Mask, Fob Watch, Paint Palette for Vincent van Gogh, The Impossible Astronaut, Handy Spare Hand, Sword for Rory the Roman, Teabag, Leaf for Clara, the Bad Wolf, Rose for Rose Tyler, Big Ben, Union Jack, River Song's Diary, Banana, Weeping Angel, Police Box, Dalek, Key to the TARDIS, Two Hearts, Red Converse Sneaker, Stethoscope, Planet for Raxacoricofallapato rius, Clockwork Lady, an odd Ood, Bow Tie, Fish for Fish Fingers and Custard, Coat: for Captain Jack Harkness, Wedding Dress for Donna Noble, Giant Wasp, the Earth, Television for Mr. Magpie, the Sun, Amy's engagement ring, Egg for Margret the Slitheen, and of course a Sonic Screwdriver.





4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Opa House Slippers for DH on: January 11, 2014 07:26:21 AM
The weather has been extremely cold here in Kentucky, as it has in much of the nation.  For the past few years we've had very mild winters, but it looks like this one is going to be worse than usual.  Add to that a very poorly insulated house, and you end up with freezing cold floors.  My poor husband has taken to putting his feet directly in front of the space heater to keep his toes warm.  So I finally got around to making him a nice warm pair of slippers to hopefully help keep him warm.  

The pattern is the Opa House Slipper Pattern from Mamachee on Etsy.  They yarn is Vanna's Choice in Black and Brick.



Also, I have to give a big huge shout out and THANK YOU to pinkleo, who helped me with these from afar.  I was having a great deal of trouble getting the soles to work out, based on reading the pattern, so she hooked up a pair too, and created a photo tutorial for me over on ravelry.  THANK YOU SO MUCH for helping me dear!!!   Kiss Kiss Kiss
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Bead Soup Swap: Round 7 on: January 04, 2014 10:03:29 AM

Partners
(Sender to Receiver)

Mistress Jennie ---> onecrazymom
Mistress Jennie ---> Artmomto5


sheepBlue ---> Abbeeroad
sheepBlue ---> hgddm


Artmomto5 ---> Ratfinkz
Artmomto5 ---> Abbeeroad


Ratfinkz (Sent 1/10) ---> anna.wahnsinn
Ratfinkz (Sent 1/10) ---> Mistress Jennie


hgddm ---> Artmomto5

Abbeeroad (RESENT 2/5) ---> anna.wahnsinn
Abbeeroad ---> sheepBlue


onecrazymom ---> sheepBlue

anna.wahnsinn ---> Mistress Jennie
anna.wahnsinn ---> Ratfinkz



Status Colors
SENDING:

Green = Sent
Orange = Sending Late with Communication
Red = LATE, NO COMMUNICATION, CONTACT ME IMMEDIATELY!

RECEIVING:
Blue = Received (but haven't POSTED yet)
Purple = Received & Posted

Strikethrough = Feedback Given
GLOWING RED=NEGATIVE FEEDBACK  (I don't really think this group will need this category!    Kiss)
6  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Bead Soup Swap: Round 7 - CLOSED; Sendouts Jan 8th on: December 15, 2013 06:44:42 AM

Swap name: Bead Soup Swap - Round 7
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Mistress Jennie
Sign-up date range: 12/15/13-12/29/13
Date to send item by: 1/8/14

Limited to a certain number of people: 20

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Additional Age requirement? NO

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

This swap is designed to be very fast, very simple, and flake free.  As such, I reserve the right to refuse anyone. If you have feedback that shows a history of incomplete packages, late sending, ill-communication, lack of DC #'s, etc. I will refuse you.

For those of you who haven't seen one before, the Bead Soup Swap is a way for you to pass on some quality beads that you have, but might not have a use for, to someone who can use them, and a way for you to get some new goodies for your stash at the same time.

The specifics:

~This round is "nearly-seedless & acrylic-free".  This is because almost no one actually asks for seed beads or acrylic beads, but people always want to get rid of them.  I am allowing people to mention that they have them, but in order to sign up, you MUST be WILLING and ABLE to send your partner 1 cup of beads they will like, WITHOUT including plastic or seed beads.  If you cannot do this, please do not sign up.  It is unfair to dump unwanted beads on someone else, and expect great stuff in return.
~This swap requires you to send your partner 1 cup of bead & 1 small/medium handcrafted item that appeals to their interests
~This round is open to international swappers
~This round you may choose to have either 1 or 2 parters.  (First time swappers are limited to 1 partner.)

In this swap each participant is required to send a minimum of 1 full cup of "average sized" (about 5-8mm) beads to their partner, as well as one Small-Medium crafted item inspired by your partners interests. Sending more beads is allowed if you wish, but only after checking with your partner, so no one accidentally feels slighted.  It is left to partners to decide the fairness/quantity on swapping other sized beads, like super tiny or giant over-sized ones, or including items like findings, charms and buttons, so you can work out a fair "trade" for everyone involved.

The Small-Medium sized crafted item should be a gift for your partner like a simple bracelet, a beaded bookmark, or 1-2 pairs of earrings. These crafted components should be kept small so that you have enough time to craft, as well as pack and send out, in a short period of time.  

Additionally, this swap is slightly different in its setup than most others.  After filling out your questionnaire, I will match givers up to receivers.  This means that I will try to find a good home for the types of beads you HAVE, and I will try to find someone who has the kinds of beads YOU would like to use.  Often, this means you are not sending to and receiving from the same person.  Because of that, I tend to be strict on how questionnaires are filled out.  Incomplete questionnaires will be sent back until they are filled out properly.   Tongue  Trust me, after running 6 rounds of this swap, it's best this way because everyone is more likely to end up with a package they love!   Cheesy

I must stress that this swap is NOT a way to dump bags of plastic pony beads on someone else, and receive Swarovski crystal and semi-precious stone in return.  Believe me, NO ONE signs up for these swaps asking for plastic/acrylic beads.  You must be willing to share nice beads with your partners, that they will enjoy, if you hope to get nice things in return.  Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  

For a wonderful swap experience, communication is always the key.  Please keep in touch with your partners.  Stop into the thread at least once a week for a quick hello, or if youre going away or will be without internet access or anything of the sort, just post a message.  And in case you didn't know, or had forgotten, it is actually a Craftster Rule that you must post in the swap thread at least once.  Failure to do so could result in being dropped from the swap. I recommend doing so just before sending in your completed questionnaire. Also, if your partner goes missing at any time, please let the swap organizer know as soon as possible!  The sooner I know, the sooner I can fix the situation!

Once partners have been assigned, you may pick beads, craft your items, and send as early as you wish.  This swap, like all others on Craftster, requires the use of Delivery Confirmation/Tracking #s.  As soon as you ship, YOU MUST PM the organizer and your partner to tell them, as well as provide DC/Tracking #s.  Please label your PM "SENT: Bead Soup Rd. 7".  When you receive, you MUST PM again your partner and organizer again, please label this one "RECEIVED: Bead Soup Swap".

Finally a note about questionnaires. You MUST include DETAILED information about what kinds of beads you wish to share in your questionnaire so that I can match you up with the best possible partner, and to help your partner to design something for you.  I do not expect you to tell me you have "exactly 478 4mm sky blue round glass beads, 15 flower charms ranging from 14-25mm, and 32 1" dark green glass leaves and 14 1/2" light green glass leaves".  Instead say something like "I have lots of small light blue glass beads.  A few pewter flower charms, and some really pretty glass leaves."  

In your preferences, writing things like Oh, I like everything, is NOT HELPFUL.  I will send back questionnaires that are poorly filled out.  Be sure to include a link to your Pinterest if you have one!

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Bead Soup Swap Round 7
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:

Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? (Please consider this option as it will be a VERY small package you are sending!)

Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)
Confirm that you understand that a Delivery Confirmation/Tracking number is REQUIRED  for this swap: (yes/no)

Would you like to have one partner, or two? (First time swappers are limited to 1 partner.)

REMEMBER WHEN FILLING THIS OUT, FOR THE BEST PARTNERING YOU MUST BE SPECIFIC IN WHAT YOU HAVE AND WHAT YOU WANT.


What is/are your favorite color(s)?
What are your favorite colors to use in beading? (You might love purple tees, but have no use for purple beads!)
Favorite metallics or spacer beads? (gold, silver, gunmetal, copper, antiqued gold/bronze, etc.)
What kinds of beads to do you wish to receive? (Glass, crystal, stone, seed, wood, plastic, polymer clay, etc.)

What types of beads do you NOT wish to receive?

What kinds of beads do you have that you'd like to share?
What kinds of jewelry/crafts do you like to make? (earrings, strung bead necklaces, charm bracelets, junk jewelry, hemp necklaces, tree of life pendants, sun catchers, etc.)
Do you use charms, spacers, buttons, etc. in your beading/jewelry making?

What kind of jewelry do you wear the most?
Do you have pierced ears?
Favorite bracelet length?
Favorite necklace length?
Favorite jewelry metal? (Gold, silver, copper, etc.)
Do you have any jewelry based allergies? (Sensitive ears, etc?)

What are some of your interests other than beading?  (Other crafts, favorite books, favorite movies/music, etc.)
Do you want to include anything else, that perhaps you have too much of, in your swapping?  (For example, did you inherited a box of 5,000 clasps, and want to share some?)
Are you in desperate need of something else, like earring wires or clasps?
Do you have a Wist or Pinterest?
Is there anything else you'd like your partner to know about you?


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Bead Soup Swap - Round 7? on: December 06, 2013 06:38:45 AM
Bead Soup Swap - Round 7

Hello folks. I'm thinking of organizing another round of Bead Soup Swap.  (Yikes! I can't believe it's been a year and a half since I did the last one.)  For those of you who haven't seen one before, the Bead Soup Swap is a way for you to pass on some quality beads that you own, but might not have a use for, to someone who can use them, and a way for you to get some new goodies for your stash at the same time.  It will also include 1 small-medium crafted item.

Here are some specifics from the last round, that I would be using again in this round...
 
~This swap is "nearly-seedless & acrylic-free".  This is because no one actually asks for seed beads or acrylic beads, but people always want to get rid of them.  You MUST be WILLING and ABLE to send your partner 1 cup of beads they will like, WITHOUT including plastic or seed beads.  It is unfair to dump cheap beads on someone else, and expect great stuff in return.

~This swap requires you to send your partner 1 cup of bead & 1 small/medium handcrafted item that appeals to their interests

~This round is open to international swappers

~This round you may choose to have either 1 or 2 partners.  (First time swappers are limited to 1 partner.)

Each participant would be required to send a minimum of 1 full cup of "average sized" (about 5-10mm) beads to their partner. Sending more beads is allowed, but only after checking with your partner, so no one accidentally feels slighted.  It is left to partners to decide the fairness/quantity on swapping other sized beads, like super tiny or giant over-sized ones, or including items like findings, charms and buttons, so you can work out a fair "trade" for everyone involved.

The "Crafting" time on this swap is generally shorter than other swaps.  Usually 10 days.  This is because you would only be crafting a small item, and packing up supplies.  Right now I'm thinking of having Sign-Ups December 13th to December 27th.  Send-Outs on January 6th.


Additionally, this swap is slightly different in its setup than most others.  After filling out your questionnaire, I will match givers up to receiversThis means that I will try to find a good home for the types of beads you HAVE, and I will try to find someone who has the kinds of beads YOU would like to use.  Often, this means you are not sending to and receiving from the same person.  Trust me, after running 5 rounds of this swap, it's best this way because everyone is more likely to end up with a package they love!    Cheesy

I must stress that this swap is NOT a way to dump bags of plastic pony beads on someone else, and receive Swarovski crystal and semi-precious stone in return.  Believe me, NO ONE signs up for these swaps asking for plastic/acrylic beads.  You must be willing to share nice beads with your partners, that they will enjoy, if you hope to get nice things in return. 

Here are links to some of the past rounds...

Bead Soup Swap
Bead Soup Swap - Round 2
Bead Soup Swap - Round 3
Bead Soup Swap - Round 4
Bead Soup Swap - Round 6


Thoughts?  Questions?
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / CLOSED: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ on: November 30, 2013 12:19:56 PM
~Harry Potter Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~

~*Began December 1, 2013*~
~*Ended February 28, 2014*~

The Winter Semester lasted 90 days.
34 Students were enrolled at Hogwarts.
634 Projects were Posted!!
That is an amazing average of around 7 projects a day and 18 projects per student!

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.
---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 Headmistresses Mistress Jennie AND pinkleo.  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
Deputy Headmistress' Office
Diagon Alley
Badge Station
Witch/Wizard of the Week
Room of Requirement
Daily Prophet
Berite Bott's Every Flavour Bean Grab Bag
Hogwarts Kitchen
SPEW Bulletin Board
Seventh Years' Bulletin Board
Team Dobby Clubhouse
Pinterest Pixie's Projects Page
Quidditch Pitch

House Keys
Gryffindor Tower
Hufflepuff Den
Ravenclaw Tower
Slytherin Dungeon



Professors' Classrooms
Detention in the Dungeons
Apparition
Charms
DADA
Divination
Dungeon 5 Potions
Herbology Greenhouse
History of Magic
Muggle Studies
Study of Ancient Runes
Transfiguration
Wizarding Tests Exam Room



~*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.



~*Winter HPC Staff*~
Headmistress pinkleo
Deputy Headmistress Mistress Jennie

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

SPEW President Ant Bee
Team Dobby Captain noodle-bug

Alchemy Professor OPEN
Apparition & Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor noodle-bug
Arithmancy Professor OPEN
Astronomy Professor OPEN
Care of Magical Creatures Professor ErinAquaheart
Charms & Herbology Professor tiamatfire
Divination Professor coulsenl
Flying Professor MamanTattoo
History of Magic & Muggle Studies Professor WhistleFish
Potions Professor FiberAlchemist
Study of Ancient Runes & Transfiguration Professor BadWolf314

Kitchen Elf coulsenl

Badge Baronesses pinkleo, Mistress Jennie, FiberAlchemist
Pinterest Pixie Inselaeffchen
Spreadsheet Sorceress Mistress Jennie
Math Magician pinkleo



~*Members of Slug Club This Term*~
BadWolf314, DragonChilde, jellybean89, Magpirate, midkiffsjoy, Mistress Jennie, Moonflame, netchez, Nicajeanie, noodle-bug, pinkleo, pottermouth, rockmygypsysoul, tiamatfire, WhistleFish


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

~*Previous Winner of House Cup*~
Winter 2012/2013: Gryffindor
Spring 2013: Gryffindor
Summer 2013: Gryffindor
Fall 2013: Gryffindor

~*Previous Winner of Quidditch Cup*~
Summer 2012: Gryffindor
Summer 2013: Gryffindor


~*I want to express my gratitude to the HPKCHC on Ravelry which was the inspiration point for the craftalong.*~
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Live to Dance Charm Bracelet on: October 08, 2013 06:32:33 PM
The last bracelet I'll be posting tonight was inspired by some of the students I work with every day.  My full time job is running the costume shop for a university Theatre & Dance program.  We build the costumes for all main stage plays, musicals, operas and dance concerts that the department produces.  While I'm inspired by all of my students, the hard working, quiet, and dedicated dancers never cease to astound me.  Currently I'm designing the costumes for our production of the ballet, Cinderella, and get to work with these wonderful women and men each day.  They dance in class all day, and then dance all evening too, working in homework and a social life whenever possible.  So, here's my ode to them. 

The charms include the word Dance, Hearts, Ballet Bodice & Tutu, Music Notes, Dance Costumes, Ballet Slippers, I <3 Ballet Heart, Ballerinas, Foot on Pointe, Dance Ring, Cassette Tape, and a Music Clef.  The beads are a mix of glass and crystal beads in shades of ballet pink and clear.








10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Baking Charm Bracelet - Time to Bake the... Everything! on: October 08, 2013 06:24:06 PM
Another bracelet inspired by a crafty person on the internet...  This bracelet is inspired by the lovely blog, Bakingdom.  I'm fairly certain if we met, Darla and I would be fast friends, considering our love of the magical, and the adorkable.  Her blog inspires me every day to try making new things for the people I love.  And I'm rather grateful that she offers some dairy-free and gluten-free alternatives in her recipes.  (Becoming lactose intolerant is just awful, and makes finding recipes rather hard.)  The 17 charms include Sugar, Strawberry, Measuring Cup, Baking Chocolate, Rolling Pin, Cupcake, Stand Mixer, Cake, Bundt Pan, Cookie Jar with dangling Cookie, Spatula, Slice of Pie, Spoon, Croissant, Carton of Milk, Teapot & Cup, & Muffin Pan.  The beads are a mix of glass, Czech glass, and ceramic beads in shades reminiscent of baked goods including golden brown, caramel, toasty tan, strawberry cream, and just a sprinkle of blue.





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