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21  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: May 25, 2015 08:06:17 AM
Challenge: April Detention
House; ravenclaw
Project;
Tom is on as Herbie in Gypsy this week (he is normally in the ensemble with a couple of small parts, but he understudies Herbie) so I made him these sweet smelling herb jars (well, I didn't make the jars, just the little stand and labels and card) to wish him luck (he'll need it - Imelda Staunton pays mana rose so he'll be kissing umbridge all week!!)
 
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22  Animal hoods (mouse, bear, Fox, rabbit...) lots of pictures :-) in Knitting: Completed Projects by noodle-bug on: May 20, 2015 06:18:55 PM

So, I saw these animal hoods a few times in Pinterest and decided to get stuck in. I use a super chunky yarn, so they knit up super fast, and they are really simple.
Bibi, above, wearing a mouse hood, later stolen by Nannie Gail...

Joined by me wearing a brown bear, and Otto wearing Fox.

Here's a better shot of mine; this was the first one, you can see by comparing to above that side then I started grafting the top, and I now also often add a couple of stripes to the bottom of the cowl bit


They often get stolen by parents/grandfolk - here's Gene's mummy wearing his grey bear, with Edie as a rabbit


And a black bear (suitable to go with school uniform)


Polar bears are also popular, but I can't seem to find any photos!
 I'm thinking next I might try a frog, like with bulgy eyes instead of ears? What do you think? Any other animal suggestions gratefully received - I get asked to do these all the time and am bored of repeating the same ones....

Gratuitious extra photo of them being unwrapped (bibi's mouse, otto's Fox, Roman's cat) - how darn cute are my nephews and niece!!
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23  Re: SETTING UP FOR: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester - DO NOT POST HERE in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: May 20, 2015 05:39:35 AM
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...
welcome to
Diagon Alley

Prizes donated for the end of term feast are...

Mistress Jennie's Handmade Jewelry
MistressJennie on Etsy has donated two prizes...
A glow in the dark Expecto Patronum Bracelet, customised with the winners choice of patronus

and either a bookmark or scissor fob (winner's choice) customised to their preferred HP theme, such as the Whomping Willow one pictured
*ships worldwide*

Tiamatfire's Yarntastic Tails
Tiamatfire has donated 2 Weasley jumper ornaments, customised with the winner's choice of initial
*ships worldwide / USA*

Noodle's Notion Nest
Noodle-bug has donated a custom mini-hoopla in the winner's choice of HP theme (for example, featuring a favourite character, quote, or item... such as the Neville hoop shown made for a previous winner)
*ships worldwide*

The Alchemist's Fabrications
FibreAlchemist has donated a patchwork throw pillow customized to the winner's choice of house colour
*ships worldwide*

Kat's Geek Crafts
Lnselaeffchen has donated a reusable bag with the winner's choice of logo


Whistlefish's Wonder Emporium
Whistlefish has donated a Hogwarts Honor Student vinyl decal

The Knight's Castle
Trillian & Company on Etsy (ran by our very own Gaudiknight) has donated a take-along craft project bag (also good for carrying lunches!) customisable with the winner's choice of fabric

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...

a few guidelines on what make a suitable Prize donation:
We're looking for handmade items, HP themed items, crafty gift cards/gift certificates, or complete craft kits.
- The handmade items should be either 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!). Alternatly, handmade items useful to a crafter are also great, such a handmade 'ideas' notebook or hand printed fabric.
- Non handmade items that are HP themed are great to;  For example, if you wanted to offer a bundle of HP postcards or other merch.
- Etsy gift cards from folks who have Etsy shops, or a donation of a craft store gift card would be lovely - but please do be aware that we are a global community, so a 'big brand' store would be much better than your local independent.... and better yet would be an online craft store (especially if it's your fab local store who we can all support online!) Smiley
- Craft kits are also a lovely donation, which should include all the materials and the directions to make a new craft. The kit doesn't have to include fancy/expensive tools, or tools that are "general supplies", such as scissors.
- However, please, no boxes of general craft supplies... although these are well meant, we find that most craftsters already have enough general stash without an assortment of odds and ends to add to it!


THANK YOU to all our donors - You're part of what makes the HPC the great community it is!
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24  Re: SETTING UP FOR: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester - DO NOT POST HERE in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: May 20, 2015 05:38:34 AM
celebrating badass crafting one month at a time
Magician of the Month

Magician of the Month is where we recognise outstanding HPC contributions; it may be awarded for any thing that embodies the spirit of the HPC, for example
~ excellence in crafting and a stellar finished item
~ improved skill in a particular craft type displayed by a member who has documented their learning progress over a number of projects
~ crafting in the face of adversity by continuing and developing a project in the face of crafting disaster
~ any other reason that raises it's head as we go along!
If you feel that a person or project is particularly deserving of being considered for Magician of the Month, please do PM noodle-bug to let her know why you think that  Cheesy

Congratulations to the current Magician of the Month
StaciRose
for her pastel goth birthday cake

can you believe this is her first time using proper decorating tools, and doing a multi layer cake?
Such a fun design and a great execution! plus the chocolate and sour cherry flavours sound great. Thanks for sharing it with us, and welcome to the HPC!


Please help yourself to the Magician of the Month badge
All of this terms winners are welcome to take the MotM badge to display proudly. Your contributions are what make the HPC the great place it is.


Other winners so far this term are...


Previous term's winners are...
Toralune for her cosplay outfit
Erinaquaheart for her zodiac drawings
gaudiknight for her Owl quilt
seeuudee for her Hunger games hoop
FibreAlchemist for her Mermaid cross stitch
Jellybean889 for her rainbow nesting bowls
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25  Re: SETTING UP FOR: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester - DO NOT POST HERE in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: May 20, 2015 05:05:36 AM
Deputy Headmistress' Office
Please feel free to PM me if you are lacking inspiration for completing a prompt, (or for finding a prompt that fits your project!)

Summer Term Library Challenges!
During the summer term there will be no monthly Head Mistress Challenges because Mistress Jennie will be running Quidditch instead... In there place will be a series of challenges designed to channel my favourite aspect of childhood summer Holidays - the reading challenges that the Lindsay used to run! For each challenge, you need to hand in both a craft project AND a book recommendation that fit the theme. I will keep a list of all the books recommended so we can all take a little inspiration from each other, and maybe find authors or genres we may not have tried before.
Each challenge will be a month long, and your interpretation needs to be submitted before the end of the last day of the month. Badges will be awarded (to be revealed later), and house points are up for grabs!

July Library Challenge!
Travel!

In most western cultures, the summer is a time when people travel more than usual; this may be going far away on holiday, or simply travelling around your own city enjoying the good weather. You should craft an item related to the idea of travel; this may a practical travel accessory, or maybe an art piece inspired by somewhere have been (or wish to go).  Be sure to explain how your craft fits the prompt.
Remember, you must also submit a recommended book, which can be on the theme of travel, or in some other way themed to the craft project you submit. It doesn't have to be a recent read, you could recommend an old favourite.


These gorgeous Library Challenge badges have been made for us by Gaudiknight - thank you!



Our Library - books recommended by HPCers this Summer semester
Celebration theme:
 - The Art of Happiness by Howard Cutler M.D. and Dalai Lama (recommended by Abbeeroad)
 - The Wrong Boy by Willy Russell (noodle-bug)
 - Rules of the Wild by Francesca Marcino (Samash90)
 - Rings of Change by Jane Fletcher (Gaudiknight)
 - Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor (Mistress Jennie)
 - Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen (Moonflame)
 - Will Greyson Will Greyson by John Green & David Levithan (Magpirate)
 - The Long Winter by Laura Wilder (greybird)
 - You & Me Forever by Francis Chan (Jenleahlynn)
 - The Earl's Mistletoe Bride by Joanna Maitland (midkiffsjoy)
Travel theme:
 - Green Rider by Kristen Britan (Jennie)
 - Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel (noodle-bug)
 - Secrets of the Mountains by Brian O'Malley (elliot_anne)  
 - The Ranger's Apprentice by John Flanagan (jenleahlynn)

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26  pigeon skeleton hoop in Needlework: Completed Projects by noodle-bug on: May 14, 2015 04:54:40 PM


Proof that birds are just little dinosaurs :-)
Stem stitch on linen, image hand drawn from an zoology text book, so it should be at least mostly accurate!
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27  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: May 12, 2015 07:18:52 PM
Challenge; house unity
House; ravenclaw
Project; jenleahlynn had requested house color patches, so I raided my stash for red, yellow, green and blue scraps to make these undecorated ones for her...


Class; transfiguration
House; ravenclaw
Project; any these decorated ones - with writing giving the ministry of magic guest entrance pass code, and a feather-winged key
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28  Beehive tea cozy in Knitting: Completed Projects by noodle-bug on: May 08, 2015 10:04:43 AM


I just love this pattern, it's a super easy knit and really cute :-) I've made 3 now!
I hate sewing up, so I make it in one piece, doing the top part on dpns. I also don't have the bottom joined under the hole for the handle, I add a big button and a loop instead - with it joined up it had to be stretched to go over the handle so I wanted to avoid that.
It's a free pattern - http://www.yarnspirations.com/patterns/beehive-tea-cozy.html



I use Debbie bliss luxury tweed Aran yarn, about a ball and a third for a regular 4 cup size teapot. I don't make the knitted bee from the pattern, I add bee shaped buttons and these fabric brooches instead :-)

 
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29  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: May 04, 2015 03:50:13 PM
OWL SUBMISSION!!
Subject; astronomy
House; ravenclaw
Project; quilt flimsy
It's super cute, right? I'm so proud of Tom! I made up about half the squares with him, but then I went on ironing & pinning duty (plus a hefty dose of advisory and showing on scrap fabrics); he planned out the details of layout and sewed all the rows then the final thing. I'm so proud that he did a great job and stuck with it!

And by my count... That's an Owl in every subject :-) :-) (yeah, I'm a nerd, big surprise!)

OWL PROPOSAL (of course!)
Subject HoM option 2
There are 3 quilt stages left, represented by 3 hp characters...
 - adding a layer of washing and baking fabric. The back is harry, of course, the backbone of the story. The wadding is Ron; he adds softness and comfort with his humor and family ties
 - adding the binding, representing Hermione, who's organisational skills give nice tidy edges, and who is often important for holding the other two characters together!
- also, unseen but vital to hold everything in place, the tieing together of the layers - the one and only j.k.rowling!

Class; apparition
House; ravenclaw
Project; another beehive tea cozy...

It holds onto the teapot, which holds onto tea :-)
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30  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by noodle-bug on: April 24, 2015 10:31:14 AM
hey, Mistress Jennie, what do you want us to about alphabetising NEWT & OWL submissions when we post them ? Because.....

NEWT submission...
subject; Divination
house: ravenclaw
a simple stocking stitch blanket, knitted (mostly) in 3 stripes then sewn up (mostly becasue there's one bit where two stripes amalgamate into one wider block of the same colour, so I knitted both stripes to that point and then joined them, then knit that last block as if they were one fat stripe)


plus, in lew of attached I-cord, a pile of unattached which I turned into a coaster to match the beehive teacozy I made my mum...


Annnnnnnnnd the now inevitable
NEWT PROPOSAL
Subject: DADA
house: ravenclaw
Project: Board Game bag
My cousin's partner love board games (as do my cousin & I, we embrace our inner nerd) , and goes off to his weekly 'meet' (aka down the pub with his friends) with a game all wrapped up in plastic bags to protect it from rain. So Cousin & I have decided that I will make him a special carry case for his birthday - to defend his games against rain & wear/tear damage, a sort of padded waterproof envelope. I'll draft a pattern & make it - I have a couple of ideas but that's the extent of it so far - and I have a month before I need to get it in the post to be with him in time!

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