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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 on: February 22, 2016 11:24:37 AM

~Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Spring Semester 2015/2016~

~*Begins March 1st, 2016*~
~*Ends May 31st, 2016*~

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 AT THE TIME OF POSTING.  If your item is a private piece, or is being kept secret for a Craft Swap, you are more than welcome to post a link for the Headmistress to view.  EDIT 4/17/15: As of today, I will no longer be posting reminders to folks about pictures.  I simply do not have the time to chase folks down for pictures.  If you post your project without a photo or photo link, it will simply not be counted when I tally House Points.
---For any cooking/food project, in addition to a photo, you must post a complete recipe, or link to the complete recipe you used.  No recipe = no points.  [EDIT due to questions: *For our purposes, a "complete recipe" means it includes a full set of ingredients that includes amounts, and step-by-step instructions that another HPC member could replicate themselves at home.  Think of writing your recipe with a beginner cook in mind, who needs full instructions.
---There is SO MUCH to do in the HPC.  Do not feel like you have to craft everything.  Think of the HPC as a "Choose Your Own Adventure".  Craft what inspires you, but don't try to do everything and get burned out.  Keep in mind these wise words , "It does not do to dwell on lists and forget to craft."  


~*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: (REQUIRED! NO PICTURE (or link) = NO HOUSE POINTS)


-Feel free to also include your house and any storycrafting you've created for your project.
---You can add more than one project to your post, but a header must be used for each project.
-When posting your projects, you are more than welcome to post more than one at a time. But if you do so, then please attempt to post your projects in alphabetical order by SUBJECT.  Bertie Bott's Beans, Detention Prompts, and Headmistress Challenges should be posted under B, D, & H respectively.  For more information, see this post.



~*HPC FAQs*~
---How long is a semester?  Semesters are as follows: 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!)[/color]


~*HPC Portkeys*~
Headmistress Tower (Headmistress Challenges)
Badge Station
Deputy Headmistress' Office (Floo Powder Challenge Series!)
Diagon Alley
Magician of the Month
Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean Grab Bag (Challenge Series is OVER!)
Wizard & Witch Career Placement Agency
Pinterest Pixie's Projects Page
Hogwarts Kitchens
S.P.E.W.
HPC Facebook Group

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



Professors' Classrooms
Detention in the Dungeons
Alchemy
Apparition
Arithmancy
Astronomy
Care of Magical Creatures
Charms
Defense Against the Dark Arts
Divination
Flying
Herbology
History of Magic
Muggle Studies
Potions Dungeon
Study of Ancient Runes
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.

~*HPC on Facebook*~
The HPC is now on Facebook!  This is a way to share links, photos, or videos with your friends here in the HPC, that you cannot post on Craftster.  Please feel free to use the page to ask questions, share craft related or Harry Potter related links, pictures of your kids dressing up like Hogwarts students, or anything else that might be of interest to the group.  This group is Closed, so folks must message me with BOTH their Craftster username, and a way to locate you on Facebook, in order to be added. This is to keep it to just folks within the Craftalong, rather than a general HP forum, and anyone who participates here is welcome there as well.  If you send me a message via FB, PLEASE include your Craftster username.  We've been getting lots of requests to join, from faux accounts who just want to spam us with porn, so I've become *extra* cautious about adding folks.
  
~*Spring HPC Staff*~
Headmistress Mistress Jennie
Deputy Headmistress noodle-bug

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

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

Kitchen Elf Abbeeroad
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 Spring 2015, Summer 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2015/2016

~*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: Gryffindor
Spring 2015: Gryffindor
Summer 2015: Gryffindor
Fall 2015: Gryffindor
Winter 2015/2016:
12  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Harry Potter Small Flat Rate Box Swap Gallery on: February 15, 2016 11:46:20 AM
Harry Potter Small Flat Rate Box Swap


Portkey Back to the Original Thread

Partners
Mistress Jennie ---> AugustBell
AugustBell ---> Mistress Jennie


patty_o_furniture ---> teag
teag ---> patty_o_furniture


Lindyv321 ---> chrmisha
chrmisha (sent 2/22) ---> Lindyv321

Wavelight23478 (sent 2/23) ---> DaphadillyArt
DaphadillyArt (sent 2/22) ---> Wavelight23478


Camezzo ---> FiberAlchemist
FiberAlchemist ---> Camezzo


Abbeeroad ---> IsikkahJai
IsikkahJai ---> Abbeeroad

Whistley ---> Treemoon (pics posted by Whistley  Kiss)
Treemoon*** ---> Whistley
***(delivery 1/2 package in person, unknown when rest of package will be completed)

dinkime (sent 2/22) ---> PromisedHeartbrk
PromisedHeartbrk (sent 2/22) ---> dinkime


rockingbearranch ---> pottermouth
pottermouth ---> rockingbearranch


Inselaeffchen (sent 2/22) ---> NathanielM93
NathanielM93 (est send 2/24) ---> Inselaeffchen


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

RECEIVING:
Blue = Received (but haven't POSTED pictures yet)
Purple = Received & Posted Pictures
Pink = Received Partial Package & Posted Pictures

Strikethrough = Feedback Given
GLOWING RED=NEGATIVE FEEDBACK
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Scrappy Psychadelic Star Rug on: January 25, 2016 02:54:31 PM
Despite planning for it, I always seem to underestimate just how much time I need to spend crafting to fill my shop for the holidays.  Even though I had put aside time in my schedule for personal crafting, it all once again got commandeered for the cause.   So this weekend, with winter storm Jonas terrorizing the East Coast, I decided to finish a project that had been previously put on hold.  The result is my new Scrappy Star Rug!  I began this one as practice for making my Burrow-inspired Scrappy Rag Rug for noodle-bug in the One Awesome Harry Potter Thing Swap last June.  Unfortunately, with only 1 round left to go, I had to put it on hold in order to make noodle's rug.  The pattern is also from ATERGcrochet on Etsy, and is much smaller, with only 11 Rounds, rather than the 32 called for in the round rug pattern.  Finished, mine measures 30" across.  I decided to use only upcycled tee shirt yarn when making this one and learned quickly that I prefer the un-seamed yarn available commercially.  The seams always want to pop up where you least want them, and make feeding the yarn a bit of a pain.



Yesterday morning I sat down and finished the last round, and was very proud of myself for completing a work in progress.  Then I looked down at what was supposed to be a happy little rug, and decided I was dissatisfied with it.  The body is mainly emerald green, with a round of charcoal and a round of black at the outside edge.  Overall, it was simply too dark, and frankly too boring.  So, while binge watching That 70's Show on Netflix all afternoon, I added some of the looped rows called for in the round rug pattern, which had done so much to brighten up noodle's rug too. I dug through my stash and found a few balls of teal, turquoise, purple and red yarn that I made from some of my Old Navy tees that had become worn out.  Old Navy jersey makes for a very soft and stretchy yarn, which would not have worked well for the body of the rug, but is perfect for the rows of contrasting loops.  Now I can finally say that I'm not only finished with the project, but happy with it too.  Finished it measures 30" across, and is a good size for an entryway, or in front of your favorite rocker.  And now it's off to a new home with a friend.  So long little rug!

14  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Harry Potter Small Flat Rate Box Swap (Signups CLOSED; Sendouts Feb 20, 2016 on: January 13, 2016 01:30:16 PM
Harry Potter Small Flat Rate Box Swap



Swap name: Harry Potter Small Flat Rate Box Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Mistress Jennie
Sign-up date range: January 13-30th, 2016
Date to send item by: February 20th, 2016

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

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



Details of this totally awesome swap:
Do any of these things apply to you?:
- You're swapping budget is a bit tight and you don't want to spend too much in shipping.
- You're looking for an simple first swap to get your feet wet.
- You love surprises.
- You love the challenge of seeing how much stuff you can get away with sticking into those Priority Mail Boxes.
-You love HP Swaps in all forms.

Then this swap is for you!

The challenge of this swap is to fill one of the Small Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes from the US Postal Service to the brim with Harry Potter goodies. How much can you send for $5.95? Whatever fits in the box! At least two items need to be crafted, the point value for the swap is 2 points*, and the entire box must be themed around the world of Harry Potter.  If you and your partner agree to craft more items, that is fine, but it must still fit within the Small Flat Rate Box.

*Reminder of point sizes:
 Large - 3 points: 3 hours or more; $30 or more in supply value, shawl, shirt, project tote, apron, set of pillowcases, set of tea towels, large stuffie
 Medium - 2 points: 2 hours but no more than 3 hours to complete, $15-$30 in supply value, necklace, belt, bracelet, scarf, deluxe pincushion
 Small - 1 point: at least 1 hour but no more than 2 hours to complete, $5-$15 in supply value, fabric pouch, embellishments, earrings, beaded or stitched bookmark

But Mistress Jennie, what kinds of crafts can I fit in a box that small?  
Lots of things!  Bookmarks, jewelry, note cards, ATCs, mug rugs or coasters, hand carved rubber stamps, pincushions, wallets or pouches, soaps or lip balm, mini hooplas, the list goes on and on!

Ok Mistress Jennie, what kinds of non-crafted items can I add to my box?
Craft supplies: Flat items like stickers and scrapbook papers, buttons, beads, embellishments, dollhouse style miniatures like potion bottles, pumpkins, brooms, etc, small rubber stamps and ink pads, fabric fat quarters in magical prints, mini hoops and embroidery thread, wood blanks or chipboard blanks
Treats: Candy of just about any sort that your partner likes. (Consider 'rebranding' regular candy, such as calling plain chocolate coins, Chocolate Galleons.) Individually wrapped tea bags or sample sized bags of coffee.
Misc:  Pens or sharpies (in their House colors?), blank notecards, fridge magnets, fun socks, notepads, or craft Kit (example: print out a mini cross stitch pattern from the web, and include the colors of embroidery floss, and a tiny hoop)

But Mistress Jennie, I dont live in the US and we dont have Small Flat Rate Boxes in my country!  
No worries my international Friends!  You are still welcome to play with us.  You can use a box of similar size or volume to participate. The sizes of a small Flat Rate Box are listed below, along with conversion to centimeters and a volume for each.  (I don't expect you to find a box exactly 1366.2 cubic centimeters!  That's just what the math works out to.  Just find a box of pretty similar dimensions.  The US Flat Rate Boxes fit a VHS tape, with just a pinch of wiggle room.)  

Exterior Dimensions: 8 11/16" x 5 7/16" x 1 3/4" OR 22cm x 13.8cm x 4.5cm = 1366.2 cubic centimeters
Interior Dimensions: 8 5/8" x 5 3/8" x 1 ⅝  OR 22cm x 13.7cm x 4.1cm = 1235.7 cubic centimeters

Please note that I will be attempting to partner US based swappers together, and international swappers together for this swap, in order to keep postage costs down.  (Part of the point of a Flat Rate Box Swap is for low postage costs.)  If you have questions about this, please send me a PM.

Please remember that communication is vital to a good swap experience! So please keep in touch and let us know how you are doing in the main thread! Per Craftster rules, you MUST post in the Swap Thread at least once, or risk being dropped from the swap.

Also note that this is a variation on the previous Harry Potter Box Swap, from 2014, and which had a different size box requirement.  There have been several other Small Flat Rate Box Swaps on Craftster in the past, including a Stuff a Small Flat Rate Box for the Winter Holidays Swap and a Stuff a Small Flat Rate Box for Halloween Swap.  Be sure to check out their galleries to get ideas about all the things that can fit into a Small Flat Rate Box!

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

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Harry Potter Small Flat Rate Box Swap

Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
If necessary, would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)

What are you favorite crafts to make?
What kind of crafts do you like to receive?
Any special wishes? (no guarantees)
Anything you really DON'T want to receive? (i.e. animal products, religious, adult", HP items you already have)
 
What house do you belong to/support?

Who/What is your favorite HP...
Character?
Class?
Magical Creature?
Spell/Charm/Curse/Potion?
Magical Shop?
Magical Item?
Book?
Movie?
Actor?
Quote?

Do you or anyone in your home smoke?
Do you have pets?
Are you allergic to anything?
Do you have any food/treat allergies?

LIKES
Colors:
Patterns/Symbols/Motifs:
Materials:
Flavors:

DISLIKES

Patterns/Symbols/Motifs:
Materials:
Flavors:

Anything else to tell your partner? (A great place to list your blog, Facebook, pinterest, sizes, etc.)



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.
15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Harry Potter 'Hogwarts Portrait' Ornaments on: January 01, 2016 02:17:21 PM
I recently organized Round 4 of the Harry Potter Holiday Swap, where I had a fantastic time crafting for Abbeeroad, FiberAlchemist, pottermouth, and edelC.  I had originally intended to go in a completely different direction, but when I bumped into the 18th Century witch collage sheets on Alpha Stamps, I knew I just had to abandon the original plan and switch to making Hogwarts Portraits.  (I used the the 18th Century Witches and Saucy Witches sheets.)

Since I don't currently have a color printer, so I had them printed at FexEx Office.  I loved how beautiful the images were, but I was worried about what to do to make them "move", since of course only Muggle portraits sit still. I was originally just going to put them in frames, but they seemed too plain, so I finally decided that 3-D elements would be how the pictures would come to life.  I pulled out all the little tiny bits and bobs I could find, beads, charms, yarn, ribbon, doll house furniture, etc., and just played around until I had things that fit well in each of their hands.  Let's meet each of these formidable witches....

Phoebe Delphinium Trellani

Phoebe Trellani was a noted Seer from Venice.  Though devoted to all the arts of Divination, she was most accomplished in the art of Pyromancy.  Sadly, after an accident involving the Doge's favorite bonnet, she fled Venice and relocated in Wiltshire where she met her husband, Erasmus Kettleburn.  She is the Great-Great-Great Grandmother of Cassandra Trelawney.


Phoebe's details include ribbon on her hat, jewels on her hat and gown, metallic highlights, a skull bead in her hand, an All-Seeing Eye on her frame, and strands of iridescent red and green ribbons.


Flora Skye McGonnagall

Flora McGonnagall was a gifted witch from Aberdeen, known for her skills in Transfiguration and her love of shortbread.  After a Cobbing incident during the Quidditch World Cup for 1773, numerous Quidditch Hooligans stormed the field in pursuit of the referee.  Flora, desperate to stop the situation before it became worse, pulled her own hat from her head and began shaking it at the hooligans, only to have the Sword of Gryffindor fall out at her feet!  Brandishing the sword, she ordered all spectators back to their seats and demanded the referee be allowed to resume the game at his discretion.


Flora's details include the Sword of Gryffindor, held in her hand, jeweled choker, ribbon on her hat, brass filigree and a ruby red jewel on her frame, and red velvet ribbon. 


Dilys Derwent

Dilys Derwent was a Healer at St. Mungos Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries, as well as a celebrated Headmistress at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry from 1741 to 1768.  One of her most famous contributions to Wizardkind, is the Draught of Peace, which she first developed to help OWL students suffering from stress during their examinations.


Dilys' details include jewels on her gown, metallic highlights, roses and "feathers" in her hat, a bottle of her famous 'Draught of Peace', and a brass plaque reading "57" on her frame.


Heliotrope Wilkins

Heliotrope Wilkins was a highly gifted Irish Witch, from County Kerry. A noted scholar on the subject of the Deathly Hallows, she wrote the definitive work on the subject, A Historie of the Hallowes Queste while serving as Hogwarts Headmistress from 1708 until her death in 1734. She was also an early proponent of the Animagus Registry and an avid supporter of the Kenmare Kestrels.


Heliotrope's details include metallic buttons, ribbon, "feathers" and a jewel on her hat, a copy of her book A Historie of the Hallowes Queste in her hands, her broom resting against her frame, purple iridescent ribbon and purple eyelash yarn.

And finally, here they are all together, ready to be hung on the walls of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  (Or, some very well dressed Christmas trees.)
16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Harry Potter Holiday Swap Round 4 Gallery on: November 19, 2015 08:26:45 AM

ornament by lyndseynicole

Harry Potter Holiday Swap Round 4 Gallery!

Portkey back to the original Swap Thread


TEAM: Mistress Jennie
Abbeeroad ---> Mistress Jennie
Abbeeroad ---> FiberAlchemist
Abbeeroad ---> edelC

abuckshort (sent 12/15) ---> patty_o_furniture
abuckshort (sent 12/15) ---> chughes225

Acadian Driftwood ---> MissingWillow

AugustBell ---> pottermouth
AugustBell ---> jillybeans
AugustBell ---> chughes225


chughes225 ---> AugustBell
chughes225 ---> edelC
chughes225 ---> abuckshort


edelC ---> Abberoad
edelC ---> pottermouth
edelC ---> chughes225

FiberAlchemist ---> Mistress Jennie
FiberAlchemist ---> Abbeeroad


ilovesnails ---> WaveLight23478

jenleahlynn (sent 12/10) ---> WaveLight23478
jenleahlynn (sent 12/10)  ---> RanaeAiken
jenleahlynn (sent 12/10)  ---> Muahahahaha


jillybeans ---> AugustBell
jillybeans ---> MissingWillow
jillybeans ---> teag


MissingWillow ---> patty_o_furniture
MissingWillow ---> Acadian Driftwood
MissingWillow ---> jillybeans

Mistress Jennie ---> Abbeeroad
Mistress Jennie ---> pottermouth
Mistress Jennie ---> FiberAlchemist


mkmusicmaniac ---> teag

Muahahahaha ---> RanaeAiken
Muahahahaha ---> Treemoon
Muahahahaha ---> jenleahlynn


patty_o_furniture ---> MissingWillow
patty_o_furniture ---> WaveLight23478
patty_o_furniture ---> abuckshort
(pics posted by partner  Kiss)

pottermouth ---> Mistress Jennie
pottermouth ---> edelC
pottermouth---> AugustBell

RanaeAiken ---> Muahahahaha
RanaeAiken ---> jenleahlynn
RanaeAiken ---> Treemoon


teag ---> Treemoon
teag ---> mkmusicmaniac
teag ---> jillybeans


Treemoon ---> RanaeAiken
Treemoon ---> Muahahahaha
Treemoon ---> teag


WaveLight23478 (sent 12/11) ---> patty_o_furniture
WaveLight23478 (sent 12/11) ---> jenleahlynn
WaveLight23478 (sent 12/11) ---> ilovesnails



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

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

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17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2016 on: November 16, 2015 08:10:20 AM
~*The HPC Winter 2015/2016 Semester is now CLOSED! 
But never fear, crafty magic will always be found at Hogwarts, by those who seek for it.  Please check the Craftalongs board to find our current semester.*~



~Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Winter Semester 2015/2016~

~*Begins December 1, 2015*~
~*Ends February 28th, 2016*~

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 AT THE TIME OF POSTING.  If your item is a private piece, or is being kept secret for a Craft Swap, you are more than welcome to post a link for the Headmistress to view.  EDIT 4/17/15: As of today, I will no longer be posting reminders to folks about pictures.  I simply do not have the time to chase folks down for pictures.  If you post your project without a photo or photo link, it will simply not be counted when I tally House Points.
---For any cooking/food project, in addition to a photo, you must post a complete recipe, or link to the complete recipe you used.  No recipe = no points.  [EDIT due to questions: *For our purposes, a "complete recipe" means it includes a full set of ingredients that includes amounts, and step-by-step instructions that another HPC member could replicate themselves at home.  Think of writing your recipe with a beginner cook in mind, who needs full instructions.
---There is SO MUCH to do in the HPC.  Do not feel like you have to craft everything.  Think of the HPC as a "Choose Your Own Adventure".  Craft what inspires you, but don't try to do everything and get burned out.  Keep in mind these wise words , "It does not do to dwell on lists and forget to craft."  


~*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: (REQUIRED! NO PICTURE (or link) = NO HOUSE POINTS)


-Feel free to also include your house and any storycrafting you've created for your project.
---You can add more than one project to your post, but a header must be used for each project.
-When posting your projects, you are more than welcome to post more than one at a time. But if you do so, then please attempt to post your projects in alphabetical order by SUBJECT.  Bertie Bott's Beans, Detention Prompts, and Headmistress Challenges should be posted under B, D, & H respectively.  For more information, see this post.



~*HPC FAQs*~
---How long is a semester?  Semesters are as follows: 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
Deputy Headmistress' Office
Diagon Alley
Magician of the Month
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
Alchemy
Apparition
Arithmancy
Astronomy
Care of Magical Creatures
Charms
Defense Against the Dark Arts
Divination
Flying
Herbology
History of Magic
Muggle Studies
Potions Dungeon
Study of Ancient Runes
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.

~*HPC on Facebook*~
The HPC is now on Facebook!  This is a way to share links, photos, or videos with your friends here in the HPC, that you cannot post on Craftster.  Please feel free to use the page to ask questions, share craft related or Harry Potter related links, pictures of your kids dressing up like Hogwarts students, or anything else that might be of interest to the group.  This group is Closed, so folks must message me with BOTH their Craftster username, and a way to locate you on Facebook, in order to be added. This is to keep it to just folks within the Craftalong, rather than a general HP forum, and anyone who participates here is welcome there as well.  If you send me a message via FB, PLEASE include your Craftster username.  We've been getting lots of requests to join, from faux accounts who just want to spam us with porn, so I've become *extra* cautious about adding folks.
  
~*Winter HPC Staff*~
Headmistress Mistress Jennie
Deputy Headmistress noodle-bug

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

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

Kitchen Elf Abbeeroad
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 Spring 2015, Summer 2015, Fall 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: Gryffindor
Spring 2015: Gryffindor
Summer 2015: Gryffindor
Fall 2015: Gryffindor
18  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Harry Potter Holiday 4 (Sign Ups: CLOSED; Sendouts Dec 9) on: November 01, 2015 04:42:26 AM
HP Holiday Swap 4 GALLERY!


ornament by lyndseynicole

Swap name: Harry Potter Holiday Swap 4
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Mistress Jennie
Craftster member who is co-organizing this swap: AugustBell
Sign-up date range: November 1 - November 11
Date to send item by: December 9th


Limited to a certain number of people? no
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? no


Swap Organizer 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


I reserve the right to refuse anyone.  If you have feedback that shows a history of very sending, ill-communication, incomplete packages, lack of DC#'s, etc. I may refuse you. I want this to be a flake-free swap that is a joy for the holiday season.


How are you spending the holidays?  Perhaps you will be cozied up at The Burrow, wandering the halls of Hogwarts, or having a good old-fashioned Muggle gathering... but really what better way is there to celebrate than with a little Harry Potter Holiday crafting!  For this swap we will be exchanging Harry Potter holiday items like HP ornaments, mini-hooplas, jewelry for the Yule Ball, or a small HP present for your partner.


~*This swap is for 1 small item (1-2 hours crafting time) in the theme of HP Holiday.
***Please note that while many folks in the swap will celebrate Christmas, this swap is open to EVERYONE and swappers are welcome to ask for Yule, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year's other other holiday themes if they prefer.***

~*You can have up to 3 partners.  EXCEPTION: First-time swappers will be limited to 1 partner.  This is to help ease you into the swap process.

~*You can Invite Your Own Partners!  If you obtain an Invite Your Partner (IYP), PM your organizer, Mistress Jennie, after both sides agree.  Questionnaires will not be sent out until signups closing, but you are more than welcome to start sharing your questionnaire and crafting for your IYP as soon as you are approved for the swap.  REMEMBER: You must be approved for the swap before announcing IYPs, and BOTH parties must agree.



IMPORTANT NOTES  
~* Since this is a holiday swap, if you have not sent by 3 days past Sendouts, you will get temporary negative.  I don't mean to be harsh, but it is sad to not to receive your holiday parcel during holiday time.  This temporary negative will be reversed when your partner receives.  
~* If you do not have IYP and I am pairing, that will be done by random draw (with appropriate attention to allergies and shipping given).
~* You may agree with your partner to send extras, but remember that is not regulated through me and not part of feedback.

~*BE SURE TO READ THIS ENTIRE POST.  There is a secret pass phrase within this post, to help ensure that you read all of the information.  You must include this pass phrase in your questionnaire in order to join the swap.


If you want to participate, fill out the below questionnaire and send to organizer.
(Remember to send your info to the organizer via Private Message (PM) and not to reply with it here)

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Harry Potter Holiday 4
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country
(as it should appear for shipping please):
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? (Please note that NO ONE would be expected to ship 3 packages international. If you are willing, I would only give you up to 1 international partner. Please consider doing this.)
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval (yes/no):

*Confirm that you understand if you do not send by 3 days past Sendout Deadline, then you will receive a temporary negative. (yes/no):

*Confirm that you understand that tracking numbers are required for packages within the US, and a photograph of the receipt from mailing is required for all international packages. (yes/no):

How many partners do you wish to have...1, 2, or 3?

What holiday, or holidays, do you celebrate within your home? (Christmas, Yule, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year's, etc.)

Is there a holiday you would prefer your partner craft for?  (ie, perhaps you celebrate both Christmas and New Year's, but would prefer a Christmas themed item.)


What are you favorite crafts to make?
What kind of crafts would you like to receive?
(Ornaments, other holiday items, small HP present, etc.?
Any special wishes? (no guarantees)
Anything you really DON'T want to receive? (i.e. animal products, religious, adult", HP items you already have)
 
What house do you belong to/support?

Who/What is your favorite HP...
Character?
Class?
Magical Creature?
Spell/Charm/Curse/Potion?
Magical Shop?
Magical Item?
Book?
Movie?
Actor?
Quote?

What is the secret pass phrase?

Do you or anyone in your home smoke?
Do you have pets?
Are you allergic to anything?

LIKES:
Colors:
Patterns/Symbols/Motifs:
Materials:

DISLIKES
Colors:
Patterns/Symbols/Motifs:
Materials:

Anything else to tell your partner?
(A great place to list your blog, Facebook, pinterest, sizes, etc.)


Remember to read the Swap Info Guide and Swap FAQs before participating in a swap.

Note about Personal Messages (PMs) to Organizer: Please label PMs to organizer with title of "HP Holiday" or "HPH".

Note about Communication: For a wonderful swap experience, communication is the key.  Please keep in touch with your partner.  Please note that per Craftster rules, you MUST post in this thread at least once a week to let us know you are still around.  (You can stop in for a quick hello.....or if on holiday or will be without internet access or anything of the such, just post a message....it gives your partner and organizer warm fuzzy feelings to know you are still around).

Notes about Sending, Receiving, and Feedback
  • SENDING: Take pictures of your items before you send.  When sending, you must use a DC# (or for overseas keep that receipt). Keep your receipt until your partner receives.  PM organizer and partner when you send.
  • RECEIVING: PM organizer and partner when you receive.  Take pictures of received items. (Please take quality pictures, like ones you would take of your work.)  Post pictures in gallery in a timely manner.
  • FEEDBACK: Given when a package is received (verified through PM or DC#) Detailed feedback will be given.  Examples: Sent Early or Lack of Communication: No PMs of Sending/Receiving.
.

HPH4 FAQs
---NO, you do not have to send extras.  Do not fret about if you are only sending 1 small item; that is all that is required for this swap.  Yes, some of us will send more, but don't underestimate the glory of 1 fabulous small HP craft.

---NO, your HPH3 item does NOT have to be an ornament; I will not give negative feedback for sending something other than an ornament.  Believe it or not, some peeps don't want ornaments.  Here communication is key!  Find out what your partner wants; first place to check, their questionnaire.  Wink

---The secret pass phrase is: Celestina Warbeck

---A small item should take 1-2 hours of crafting time.  YES, you may send a set of related extra-smalls that equal that crafting time if you wish.  (And yes, you can go over that time; I probably will.)
19  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Harry Potter Ornaments for my Potter-ific Tree on: October 27, 2015 01:49:01 PM
Each year I seem to make, buy and swap for more Harry Potter ornaments for my tree.  (And yes, I am planning a new round of the HP Holiday Swap soon.  We'd love to have you join us!)  A few months ago, I ordered some pendants to use in my jewelry crafting, but I wasn't too careful about reading the sizes when I ordered them.  When they arrived, I discovered that they were huge!  (Seriously, each wand is 4" long.)  Far too big to use in jewelry.  So they sat around on my desk for a few days until I had a brain wave.  Christmas ornaments!  I added extra large & sturdy jump rings, and velvet and satin ribbons.   

Harry Potter's Wand on dark red velvet ribbon.


Hermione Granger's Wand on iridescent red & violet ribbon.


Voldemorte's Wand on emerald green velvet ribbon.


Dumbledore's Wand / The Elder Wand on purple satin ribbon.


Ravenclaw's Lost Diadem on royal blue glitter velvet ribbon.


Hufflepuff's Cup on dark grey glitter velvet ribbon.


I wish you a Harry Christmas,
I wish you a Harry Christmas,
I wish you a Harry Christmas,
and a happy New Year!
20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Harry Potter Holiday - Round 4 on: October 18, 2015 11:03:48 AM

ornament by lyndseynicole

Hello folks!  I am usually so bad about remembering to put up interest threads about swaps that I run annually, so here I am to announce Round 4 of the Harry Potter Holiday Swap!

Swap name: Harry Potter Holiday Swap Round 4

Signups: October 28th - November 11th
Send Outs: December 9th (4 weeks of crafting)

~*This swap is for 1 small item (1-2 hours crafting time) in the theme of HP Holiday. It can be an ornament, hoopla, jewelry for the Yule Ball, or a small HP present for your partner.
***Please note that while many folks in the swap will celebrate Christmas, this swap is open to EVERYONE and swappers are welcome to ask for Yule, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year's other other holiday themes if they prefer.***
~*Because the swap is small, you can choose to have 1, 2 or 3 partners.  (First time swappers are limited to 1 partner.)
~*You are allowed to Invite Your Partner (IYP) for this swap.  (Both parties must agree to swap together.  Just like in life, you cannot simply "claim" a partner without their consent.)
~*If you do not wish to IYP, no problem!  I will choose partners for anyone who needs it.


Here are links to the last two galleries, which have been full of some beautiful crafts!
Round 2 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=416841.0
Round 3 Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436841.0

And here's a link to my own Harry Potter Holiday Decorations Pinterest Board, where you can find tons of inspiration, including items from previous rounds.

Any questions?  Comments?  Any pertinent info you feel I missed?   Smiley
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