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11  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: October 20, 2016 03:22:46 AM
I'm posting this seperatly because it's kind of a judgement call if it should count as a submission. I know that previously we have encouraged people to submit the making of craft kits as spew projects (e.g. Kits of beads, string & instructions for hospitalized children to make braclets) - - I felt like this was similar, giving out cooking kits basically! What do you guys think?

Class: herbology
Spew: refugees
House: racehorse
Project: dry food packs
I spent 2 days in the dry foods area putting together bags of groceries to deliver to camp.
A team goes into camp very early in the morning (while everyone is in bed still, so that they know how many people actually live and sleep in each tent) to tally what is needed and give out tickets redeemable for grocery bags.
Back in the warehouse, the grocery bags are assembled so that each group gets the same per-person.
First, take huge industrial sacks of flour, lentils, sugar ect and rebag them to smaller amounts. Then form a production line with sturdy bags being sent down the middle, and one person per food-type making sure the same of each goes into the bag as it passes.
For example, a 4 man bag gets : 2kg flour, 1kg sugar, 25 tea bags, 3 tins of fish (e.g. Tuna), 4 litres milk, 2 litres oil, 3 tins of tomatoes, 3 tins beans (e.g. Kidney beans), 1kg onions, a spice pack (teaspoon salt, teaspoon cumin, chunk of ginger, clove of garlic, veg stock cube) which is to last a week (!!!!)
I moved around during the day a bit, since it's quite monotonous otherwise (the like you to move around after each meal break to avoid RSI too) so I rebagged flour into smaller amounts, I rebagged boxes of teabags into smaller amounts, and I did oil and fish on the production line.

Over 6 days groceries are delivered to 6 different areas of the camp. An average day delivers to 2000 people but some areas are more heavily populated, so one day we delivered to 3750!
On the 7th day, the warehouse sorts stock (a big job. Most donations are from individuals who've sent a bag of shopping - so sorting all those bags out into the warehouse, putting like with like and keeping track of what's available) to see what it can deliver the next week - it's important to have enough if something to give everyone the same. So, for example, when I was there we realised that we actually had been donated enough cereal bars to go around, and could add one per person to the packs that week. They think that soon enough tins of fruit will have been donated to  give those out too.

The picture is someone unloading donated shopping for us to sort (someone crazy judging by his shorts in october attire!). I couldn't get a shot of the production line because I couldn't break the chain to take one! I hope my explication makes sense!
Pinterest fairy, please don't share this pic - I did check before i took it but as I don't know them it's maybe best not to spread it around unnessecarily
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12  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: October 20, 2016 02:19:47 AM
Oh my gosh you've all been busy! Edel that hat is going to be gorgeous Smiley

A couple of submissions, sorry that the photos are rubbish!

Class: DADA
Spew: refugees
House: ravenclaw
Project: first aid bags
I butchered a few worn out hi vis jackets to make identifying patches to go on these first aid bags. Because of the light reflective part they'll be easy to spot in the back of a full van and quickly grab, and also using the kit around camp it will be obvious to everyone what you're doing.
All the bags themselves are from those donated, so they are all different, but I tried to keep any helpful features (like the front pocket here) useable. I made about 14 bags

Challenge: Heads challenge October
Spew: refugees
House: ravenclaw
Project: tent and suitcase repairs
This project very much choose me! On the afternoon of my last day I just happened to walk past tentworld (area of the voulteer warehouse where tents are checked and sorted) and overheard someone bemoaning that no one knew how to use the sewing machine...
Well, I do! They were very happy when I chippired up, and I spent the rest of my time sewing - putting patches on tent outers and fixing rips in the netted parts like doors mostly. Once people saw that I was sewing, I was given more to do - fixing suitcases and rucksacks (mostly handles that had come away or patching inside pockets) .
It was interesting because, although the sewing itself was simple, getting a tent into a domestic sewing machine is not...  never mind a big suitcase with fixed frame parts!!

Once the outers were patched, I ran over the stitches with silicon glue to make them waterproof

Class: SOAR
Spew: refugees
House: ravenclaw
Project: hot food kitchens
I don't have a recipe I can share since I didn't get to do any of the actual cooking... But I spent a day working in the hot food kitchen (mostly chopping veg and salad, and peeling garlic), and then helped serve hot evening meals in camp.
Believe you me, chopping enough onions to make 2000 portions requires discipline!!! We made chickpea curry, spiced rice and salad - I tried a spoonful and it was tasty, but I'm afraid after a day chopping veg I opted for pizza for dinner!!

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13  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: October 08, 2016 04:40:57 PM
Edel - I love your printed fabrics!

Magpirate - What a great costume idea!

(Does anyone else find the autocorrect suggestions for usernames just too funny sometimes? Magpirate, it wants me to call you 'amputate'!!)

Now, ravenclaw me is getting fretted at being behind already so early in the term! But here's a little hand in to calm myself!

Challenge: Floo ankh-morpork
Spew: refugees
House: ravenclaw
Project: hi vis hat
Using up some of my left over 'reflections' yarn - I did the decreases 'wrong' on this hat to give it a smoother, rounder top compared to the pattern

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14  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: September 22, 2016 09:10:11 AM
Challenge: detention - August
Spew: Beanstalk (primary school reading assistants)
House: Ravenclaw
Project: story cards
I made the mistake of letting one of the kids I raff with see the game that I play with another (story cubes) - of course, he wanted to play it too... Fine, except I used that game to target areas that this kid doesn't need to work on (story comprehension)! So, I repaired that by making this, secondary version that had the same gameplay aspects but also focuses on some phonics  Cheesy in cut up a zillion cards, wrote phonics words on them and decorated the box - we pick 5 and use those words to make up a story. He seems to like it... But he's still asking about the dice game so I might have to come up with something else too!!

Challenge: detention September
Spew: beanstalk
House: ravenclaw
Project: Voices game

So, I thought of this last term and tried a few ad-hoc ideas around the concept - I've been meaning all summer to make it up properly and of course ended up doing it the night before my first session! 
It's a flip book - I cut all the pages of a notebook in half, wrote fry phrases (phrases made up of phonetic and sight words) in half, character names on the other half - you pick a character then read the phrase in that voice Smiley

Oh my word, you try coming up with 200 characters a 6 year old will know at midnight!! ARRRGH!!

Challenge: head's challenge sept
Spew: refugees
House: ravenclaw
Project: entralac hat
I've knitted entralac before, but doing it in the round required a whole new level of organisation!!

Challenge: house unity
Spew: refugees
House: ravenclaw
Project: stripy beanie
Uniting ravenclaw blue with slytherin green!
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15  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: September 21, 2016 04:18:31 PM
Gorgeous work everyone! Loving the reused wall hanging ABS! IssikkahJai - please add a recipe to the chilli, either a link or in the post, we can't accept food submissions without!!

Challenge: Floo cast courts
House: ravenclaw
Project: Kitchen Sink Crumbles
Tom is working away at the minute - and it's his birthday! I sent a box of goodies (bubbles, some toys, a couple of cards from me and the family, lots of sweets!) Including, of course, birthday cake... Except actually they are biscuits, because I'm doing over time at work and had to bake them on Monday for a Friday birthday, and I thought biscuits would survive both the time lag and the postal service better!

Thing is, I'm experimenting with a vegan diet at the moment (I'm into animal rights and have issues with the dairy industry) I've promised Tom that is he sources eggs / milk from known places I'll eat them - but for the time being I was baking biscuits that I couldn't try as I went along! They could be very surreal indeed!!

I used this basic recipe

But only half as much coconut - then I added in a half handful each of:
- crushed pecans
- dried cranberry
- mini marshmallow
- flaked almonds
Plus 4 tablespoons of melted crunchy peanut butter Cheesy
I then did end up putting in an extra spoon of syrup to help bind the mix

One baked and cooled, I melted up some milk chocolate, dipped both ends and let set. I road tested a couple on my housemates and they say they're good!
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16  Welcome to the dungeons... in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: September 20, 2016 11:47:15 AM
Potions classroom
Severus Snape Appreciation Society
Meets every Wednesday at 8. All Welcome. Bring memes

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17  A Parade of Hats, to take to the Calais Refugee Camp (picture huge!) in Knitting: Completed Projects by noodle-bug on: September 19, 2016 02:31:38 PM
My partner and I are off to volunteer in the Calais Refugee Camp in October, and I decided to take a bunch of hats to keep folks warm.

Previous volunteers let me know that some of the ladies wear hijab, so I contacted a local mosque and spoke to that women there: apparently with a hijab extra woolen layers are still essential to keep warm - but there's no particular style that is prefered as most often they just wear the hat over the hijab (quite a fashion statement they told me!!)

My mum donated a HUGE pile of yarn to the effort (she's the best, huh?) so I stuck right in with this Rico Designs Creative Chunky. I love the variegated colours, and this yarn was a real pleasure to work with

These two I knitted with 2 stands, fading the colours one strand at a time a la Mistress Jennie's recent crocheted throws.

No pattern for these beanies - just winged it with some twisted rib stitch! The set of 3 should for a baby, taking it from newborn, 3-6 months, to 6-9 months

earflap hat

Mum also gave me a heap of Hayfield Bonus Chunky (thanks mum - love you!). It's a great yarn - definitely the nicest acrylic chunky I've used Smiley
It's important to me that each hat is unique - that the refugees have a choice, can demonstrate their personal tastes, and are so acknowledged (by me) as individual human beings. So I am trying to make as many of the hats as I can different in some way... Where I used a pattern, I've linked it beneath the picture

My first mock cables!

Spiral slouch

My first smocking! I used these as an excuse to try new techniques Smiley

Cables Smiley this is only my second try at cables - the first was a hot water bottle cozy so fit wasn't an issue, but I found with this that the cable rows make the hat really tight. When I tried to reknit looser, I ended up with holes by my cross overs. Any advice anyone?

Waffle hat

Gridlock hat

Eyelet slouch hat (left-overs: hence stripes!!)

Scrap-using beanies Cheesy

2 colour cables -- no pattern but this is the tutorial I watched

I picked up some Colinette Caligraphy from the scrap bin at a local yarn fair - it's so expensive by the skein, but oh my word it's beautiful!

Moss stitch slouch hat

I received this yarn, unlabeled, in a fibre swap - it's similar to a noro silk blend but not actually Noro, I think, since the colour pattern repeats.

Jelly beanie!

Slouch swirl - I love the eyelet pattern at the bottom. I'm looking for the pattern to share!

Snail hat
The child size is really a baby size - and even then only if you add extra length with the brim , I picked up, added some length, then did a turn row and put in a fold back to hide the join since my pick ups always suck!

2 beanies from bits of Rowan Tumble left in my stash!

Stash Scrap busting!

2 totally random beanies from assorted bits of tiny scrap in my stash! Finally validating my habit of keeping hold of every single yard if left overs!!

These are made from Lion Brand thick n quick, more left overs from my stash!

Animal ears kids hats (when worn the corners stick up like cat/fox ears!)

Foxy Beanies!

Adult beanie and matching kids earwarming head band (didn't have enough yarn for a final hat!)

My aim is to finish using up all the aran & chunky weight yarn in my stash before we go, so there should hopefully be more to add in the next couple of weeks!

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18  ~*Diagon Alley*~ in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: September 18, 2016 02:55:32 PM
Welcome to...
Diagon Alley

"Did he say diagonally?"

"Harry wished he had eight more eyes... There were shops selling robes, shops selling telescopes and strange silver instruments Harry had never seen before, windows stacked with barrels of bat spleens and eels' eyes, tottering piles of spell books, quills, and rolls of parchment, potion bottles, globes of the moon...

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

Mistress Jennie has also donated a Platform 9 3/4 wallet!  Carry your galleons, sickles and knuts, as well as your Muggle currency everywhere with this fantastic scarlet trifold wallet.

*ships worldwide*

Noodle's Notions Nest
The utterly fantastic noodle-bug has donated a...
*ships worldwide*

LovelyMiss's Most Marvelous Makings
The awsome LovelyMiss has donated a reusable notebook cover with an elastic closure (composition book included).  The fabric is Deer Me in the Indigo colorway from the Moon Shine line by Tula Pink for Free Spirit!

*ships within North America*

Diagon Alley needs you!
Donations of prizes (to be drawn for in the end of term feast) are gladly received, please PM noodle-bug & Mistress Jennie if you have something to donate, or any questions about donations...

Guidelines for suitable Prize donations:
~finished handcrafted HP themed items that are good for any HP fan or customizable for the winner.  
(Ex: A Hedwig bookmark would be good for anyone and is a lovely prize, but a Slytherin bookmark wouldn't work for everyone.  Better yet would be an offer of a bookmark in the winner's choice of House colours!)
~handmade items useful to any crafter are also great, such a handmade 'ideas' notebook or hand printed fabric
~giftcard to your shop (Please note this must be enough for the recipient to receive an item at NO cost to them)
~purchased Harry Potter themed items
~Harry Potter themed craft supplies
~gift cards to online craft suppliers (Remember, we are a worldwide group, so local independent shops aren't much help to a member in another country.)
~Complete Craft Kits (full details through link)

THANK YOU to all our donors - You're part of what makes the HPC the great community it is!
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19  Floo! Where are Jennie & Noodle? in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: September 18, 2016 02:49:00 PM
He took a deep breath, scattered the powder into the flames, and stepped forward; the fire felt like a warm breeze; he opened his mouth and immediately swallowed a lot of hot ash.

Mistress Jennie & Deputy Headmistress Noodle-bug are trying to get to Honeydukes, but something has gone wrong.... Where are they?

A Pinch of Floo Powder
Every 2 weeks (usually on a tuesday) A new challenge will be posted, taking us to explore a different place
Students may complete and post a craft based on that theme to earn 15 House Points, and a badge.  Once a new challenge is posted, you have until midnight Central time that day to finish posting the "old" challenge.
As with all things HPC, you are welcome to do any, all, or none of these challenges.  They are just a way to inspire your own magical crafting adventures!

keep your elbows tucked in, shut your eyes, dont fidget, dont panic, and take care to get out at the right grate
This week we are in...
A Bridge
Bridges are very useful; they link places together, provide access, let users play pooh sticks, and are excellent  walkways for goats. One of their more overlooked functions is as a shelter (and source of income) for trolls, who are often shunned from normal wizard society and would otherwise struggle to make their way in the world.
For this challenge, you must craft something to help a person (or group of people) who is struggling - this could be a simple card to offer support and cheer, or a more functional solution to assist them. The person you help could be a close friend or family member, or a complete stranger (you might seek suggestions for this prompt in the SPEW post, for example)
Previous Floo challenge badges this semester;
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20  ~*Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests*~ in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: September 18, 2016 01:54:26 PM
IMPORTANT: To be eligible to take your NEWT, you must have completed one OWL.  If you have not completed an OWL, you cannot propose a NEWT.
1. Select which subject you would like to complete for your NEWT.  You may only do one NEWT at a time so select carefully.
2. Propose what you plan on doing for your NEWT project.  You may do this by posting in the HPC thread or if you'd like to keep the project a secret for a swap you can propose it by sending a PM to Mistress Jennie & noodle-bug.  When making an NEWT Proposal, please use the header below, and make sure you give details such as methods using, materials using, plan of action, timeline.  These details will help us cheer you on and inspire future NEWTs.
3. Begin work on your NEWT project.  Feel free to add progress pics in the HPC thread.
4. Once your project is complete, post a picture of your project in the HPC; make sure to use the NEWT Header provided below.  Once you post a completed NEWT, your NEWT Examiner will notify the Headmistress, and you will earn your NEWT Badge for that subject.

Project Name:
Brief Description: (explain how your project relates to your subject, pattern/techniques used, materials using, plan of action, expected timeline, etc.)

NEWT Subject:
Project Name:
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture:
Feel free to also include your house and any storycrafting you've created for your project.

So, whats a NEWT?! A NEWT is impressive! A NEWT is just enough crazy that youre not totally sure you can make it to end, but not so crazy that youll land in the padded wagon on your way to the finish line.  A NEWT is much like a thesis.  You are to choose the course of study you wish to take in a particular subject.  Research your desired subject, find a facet of that subject that you wish focus your advanced studies.  Form a plan of action, and make your proposal.  Remember your NEWT should be detailed and should be a craft endeavor that take you 1 month or more to finish.  This is Advanced Studies so make sure to stretch yourself and your crafty magic.  You may take NEWTs in the following subjects:
--Alchemy: Students are expected to show extensive knowledge of basic elements, as well as the transmutation of substances.
--Arithmancy: Students display their mastery of all things magical and mathematical.
--Astronomy: Students should demonstrate knowledge of the celestial heavens.
--Care of Magical Creatures: Students should demonstrate extensive knowledge of magical creatures and their proper care and handling.
--Charms: Students are expected to have total mastery over charms.
--Defence Against the Dark Arts: Students must demonstrate the ability to defend themselves in magical combat.
--Divination: Students should have a sound knowledge of a variety of techniques of foretelling the future.
--Herbology: Students should have a vast knowledge of magical plants and be able to easily manipulate complex organic creations.
--History of Magic: Students must produce evidence that they did not sleep through all of Prof. Binns lectures.
--Muggle Studies: Students should demonstrate their knowledge of all things muggle and have the ability to blend into muggle society with ease
--Potions: Students should exhibit full knowledge of all potions and a mastery at mixing complex potions.
--Study of Ancient Runes: Students are expected to decipher obscure markings with ease.
--Transfiguration: Students will demonstrate the ability to transfigure and vanish.


Abbeeroad: Arithmancy, Sept. 6, 2013
jenleahlynn: Arithmancy, March 6, 2015 ON HOLD
Jenleahlynn: DADA, October 27, 2015
MamanTattoo: Astronomy April 07, 2014
Melissaurus: DADA, Feb. 9, 2013
Mistress Jennie: Potions, Nov 12th 2016
pinkleo: HoM, Dec. 23, 2013
rockmygypsysoul: Care of Magical Creatures, July 03, 2014
whistlefish: Charms, 25th Sept 2015

Acadian Driftwood: CoMC, March 7, 2014
CraftyLadyMJ: Transfiguration, July 10, 2013 (PM Proposal)
gaudiknight: COMC april 8th 2016
J_Kieviet: Arithmancy, October 24, 2016
Plaidpineapple: Potions March 17th 2016
Patty O'Furniture: Arithmancy, Nov 10 2016

BadWolf314: Alchemy, March 02, 2014
Elliot-Anne; Arithmancy, June 9th 2015
FiberAlchemist: Transfiguration June 10th 2016
indigo_roses: Ancient Runes, Mar. 4, 2013
jellybean89: Potions, Option 1, October 05, 2016
magpirate; COMC, June 7th 2015
netchez: CoMC, Sept. 1, 2013
Noodl-bug: SoAR, Nov 15th 2016
PenguinSoup: Ancient Runes, Jan. 17, 2013
pottermouth: Arithmancy,  June 30, 2014

DragonChilde: Divination, Oct. 12, 2013
ErinAquaheart: CoMC, March 4th 2016
margaron: Potions, August 17, 2014
TechnicolorAquahearts; Alchemy June 4th 2016

~*Completed NEWTs*~
Mistress Jennie: Astronomy
edelC: SoAR
patty_o_furniture: Divination
Mistress Jennie: SoAR
~*NEWT Certificates*~

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