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Title: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ CLOSED!
Post by: Mistress Jennie on September 14, 2016 12:56:31 PM
The HPC Yule 2016/2017 Term is now CLOSED!  
But never fear, crafty magic will always be found at Hogwarts by those who seek it.  Please check the Craftalongs board to find our current semester.



~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Yule Term 2016/2017*~

~*Begins October 1st, 2016*~
~*Ends January 31st, 2017*~

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.  Floo Powder Challenges, Detention Prompts, and Headmistress Challenges should be posted under B, D, & H respectively.  For more information, see this post (http://tinyurl.com/mt4vuqx).



~*HPC FAQs*~
---How long is a semester?  Semesters are as follows: YULE- October, November, December, January; SPRING-February, March, April, May; MIDSUMMER-June, July, August, September
---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 a 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 the Headmistress' Time Zone,  Mistress Jennie is in Central Standard 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, or Deputy Headmistress noodle-bug.  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 below.  If you started a project, for example a quilt, a day or two before the semester started, but then did the bulk of the work and finishing (a good 90%) during the semester, you can submit it.
---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.  Also, we occasionally do things like Valentine or Christmas Card Exchanges.  These are completely voluntary, and are NOT required, and are not organized swaps.
---Do I have to craft all the classes and challenges? NO!  :) Just 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 & Floo Powder Challenge, 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 a legitimate 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.  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 Slytherin Scavenger Hunt 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 (http://tinyurl.com/hklnlqb) (Headmistress Challenges)
Deputy Headmistress's Office - S.P.E.W. Headquarters (http://tinyurl.com/hzegbal)
Badge Station (http://tinyurl.com/hklnlqb)
Floo Powder Challenge Series (http://tinyurl.com/jpjaouc)
Diagon Alley (http://tinyurl.com/hpjzu6o)
Magician of the Month (http://tinyurl.com/zjps9zm)
Wizard & Witch Career Placement Agency (http://tinyurl.com/qzm3tz2)
Pinterest Pixie's Projects Page (https://uk.pinterest.com/ginico/harry-potter-craftalong-~-yule-semester-20162017/)
Hogwarts Kitchens (http://tinyurl.com/jnfu8sg)
HPC Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1510145372585717/)

House Keys
7th Floor Gryffindor (http://tinyurl.com/h2rxfew)
Hufflepuff PARTY Common Room (http://tinyurl.com/zaglh9g)
Ravenclaw Tower (http://tinyurl.com/j3dlqvq/)
Slytherin Dungeon (http://tinyurl.com/gvaxv7c)



Professors' Classrooms
Detention in the Dungeons (http://tinyurl.com/zob5j3r)
Alchemy (http://tinyurl.com/jbxyg39)
Apparition (http://tinyurl.com/zjhjqfp)
Arithmancy
Astronomy (http://tinyurl.com/hlqcaot)
Care of Magical Creatures (http://tinyurl.com/gw24lam)
Charms (http://tinyurl.com/zv9pxm2)
[ur=http://tinyurl.com/jvb4nq9l]Defense Against the Dark Arts[/url]
Divination (http://tinyurl.com/hcovms5)
Flying (http://tinyurl.com/gwx5r92)
Herbology (http://tinyurl.com/jcvpvky)
History of Magic (http://tinyurl.com/hc5z4kv)
Muggle Studies (http://tinyurl.com/hg9fomk)
Potions Dungeon (http://tinyurl.com/zddytan)
Study of Ancient Runes (http://tinyurl.com/jrracza)
Transfiguration (http://tinyurl.com/zfuk7f2)
Ordinary Wizarding Levels (http://tinyurl.com/howguso)
Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests (http://tinyurl.com/j2vfaff)


~*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 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=408993.msg4827058#msg4827058).  Thank you for keeping the HPC within Craftster guidelines.

~*HPC on Facebook*~
The HPC is now on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1510145372585717/)!  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.

~*Yule Term 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 TechnicolorAquahearts
Apparition edelC
Arithmancy Professor noodle-bug
Astronomy Professor Inselaeffchen
Care of Magical Creatures ErinAquaheart
Charms Professor edelC
Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor Magpirate
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 ErinAquaheart

Kitchen Elf Abbeeroad
Pinterest Pixie seeuudee


~*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: Slytherin
Spring 2016: Slytherin
Midsummer 2016: Hufflepuff
Yule 2016/2017: Gryffindor


Title: ~*Class & Challenge Prompts*~
Post by: Mistress Jennie on September 18, 2016 05:08:21 AM
~*Current Challenges*~
Headmistress Challenge - October (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.msg5409362#msg5409362) (ends Oct 31)
Put a Pumpkin on it! Mini Challenge (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.msg5415911#msg5415911) (ends Nov 11)

~*House Pride & House Unity*~
These are projects inspired by one of the Hogwarts Houses.  House Pride would be projects representing your house, and House Unity would be projects representing the other houses or a combination of houses.  They can be inspired by house colors, mascots, founders, heads, past members, house ghosts, etc.  Note you can get House Points on 1 House Pride and 1 House Unity project per semester.


~*Yule Term Classes*~
---Alchemy: The study and practice of alchemy ranges through many different human cultures. Chinese alchemy lead to what is now practiced as Chinese alternative medicine. Central to the early practices of Chinese alchemy is the substance cinnabar. To the Chinese the red color of cinnabar symbolized the height of life and things like royalty, fire, and the sun. For this assignment you have three option.  Craft something that either reflects on a memory of a moment where you felt like you were at the height of your life, such as creating scrapbook pages of your wedding day. Craft something inspired by fire, or that will 'put a fire in your belly', (ie inspire you to work harder at something).  This could include making your own candles, or if you're trying to change your eating habits, create a pretty journal to log your meals. Finally, you can craft something that helps you shine like the sun, such as a homemade beauty product, or a craft you are exceptionally good at.

---Apparition:  Witches and wizards who are adept at apparition make it look easy. They appear and reappear at will. For this class please craft something from a technique that is easy for you AND Share a tip so that we can all learn from your work. Alternatively make a simple and easy dish and share the recipe with us.  

---Arithmancy: Over the coming terms, we will be looking at the Arithmantic meanings linked to individual numbers. So, let's start at the very beginning (rumor says it's a very good place to start) with number 1. One is the number of the sun, linked to action and ambition. Your assignment this term is to represent an ambition of yours; depict an ambition to help you (and us) visualize it. For example, if you aim to travel, you could decoupage a globe. Alternatively, you may make a piece which will help you in achieving your ambition.  For example, if your ambition is to get top grades you could craft yourself a study organizer.

---Astronomy:  During the Yule Term there will be 6 Meteor Showers! We'll have the Draconids, Orionids, Taurids, Leonids, Geminids and the Ursids Meteor Shower.  A meteor shower is a celestial event in which a number of meteors are observed to radiate, or originate, from one point in the night sky. These meteors are caused by streams of cosmic debris called meteoroids entering Earth's atmosphere at extremely high speeds on parallel trajectories.

For homework I would like you to study the different Meteor Showers and craft something in multiples, incorporates the number 6 or something that springs out at you when studying the origins (name/place in space etc) of the meteor showers above. (If choosing the last option, please state which meteor shower you studied and what did spring out at you during your studies).

---Care of Magical Creatures (CoMC): This term we will be studying the life of the amazing Newton "Newt" Artemis Fido Scamander, the accomplished Hufflepuff who is the author of our most used textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Among his many contributions to the magical community are almost solely creating the Werewolf Register in 1947, and he was key in the passing of the Ban on Experimental Breeding in 1965. He was awarded the Order of Merlin, Second Class for his services to the study of Magizoology in 1979. During his time as a ministry employee in the Dragon Research and Restraint Bureau he used his travels to gather information for Fantastic Beasts.

This term you have two options; either create something inspired by (or with) a banned object, such as a banned book or something like a kinder egg (which are banned in the USA). Or you may create with something you have gathered from recent travels! A scrapbook page with postcards, a necklace with found seashells, or a pillowcase from fabric you picked up during your journey.

---Charms:   We continue our study of charms with an examination of Bond of Blood charms. These are extremely powerful and ancient charms, which are formed when a person sacrifices himself or herself for a family member, out of deep and pure love. The sacrifice creates a lingering protection in the blood of the person who was saved. For homework please create something that relates to blood or the color red. You could make a pouch to hold sanitary products, a first aid kit, homemade black pudding, or make something where the dominant color is red, such as knitting a red cowl. Alternatively since the charm relates to family and sacrifice, you can also fulfill the requirement by making something for a family member or making an item for charity.

---Defense Against the Dark Arts (DADA): This term we will be studying the Dark creation known as the Inferius.  Inferi are corpses, reanimated by Dark magic to serve the wizard who creates them.  Since they are not alive, they cannot be physically harmed, so many defensive spells that would be effective against a human opponent will be useless against Inferi.  The best way to combat such creatures is to repel them with fire, as they are averse to light and heat.  Practice your flame-summoning charms by either crafting something that brings or uses light (such as a lamp or suncatcher) or something that requires the application of heat.

---Divination:  There are many simple ways to use a set of runes to read the future. This term we will be focusing on a three rune reading method. Starting with a complete set of runes, close your eyes, mix your runes, and focus on a question about your near future (for example: 'Will I be able to complete my NEWT this term?'). With eyes still shut choose three runes, one at a time. The first rune is your recent past telling you what may have been hindering you from your question. The second rune is your present guiding you to what is currently happening with your question. The third and last rune is focused on the near future, hopefully giving insight into the answer to your question.

After you have given yourself a reading I want you to focus crafting something from your past. For this please choose either to complete a WIP or to use a material from your stash. Take this item and craft using an activity that gives you joy, moves you forward, or that will improve your future.  Example: I have several blank cards and old scrapbook paper in my stash. I find paper crafting fun and stress relieving. So I will take my stash paper and create some handmade cards and boxes to use for my annual Advent calendar. This will make Christmas more fun and better for me. Be sure to tell us where your past item came from, what you find positive about the craft you chose to do, and how the completed project improves your future.  

---Flying: This semester students, let us examine the tool that allows us to take to the sky: the broom.  Over the years we have transformed this common household necessity into a highly sophisticated magical item, like the high performance brooms such as Nimbus 2000's and Firebolts.  But it is important not to loose sight of it's humble beginnings as a cleaning implement.  

For your assignment, please return your broom to its original purpose and undertake a major cleaning or organizing effort.  This must be something out of the ordinary, not simply putting your commons room to rights after a rowdy evening (don't give me that look, Weasleys). Perhaps tackling an "invisible corner" that seems to fill with every bit of junk you don't know what to do with, a space that will be changing purposes like a spare bedroom into a new craft room, or some other large project that you have been pushing to the bottom of your to-do list.  In order for full credit to be awarded you will need to share before and after pictures.

---Herbology:  The weather can turn quite a bit at Hogwarts! It's getting colder, wetter, and stormier up north. So during the Yule Trimester we'll be looking into the magical components of tea. I'd like you to select one type of plant that can be used to brew tea. It may be the traditional tea (Camellia sinensis) plant used for white, black, and green tea, or any plants that can be made into an herbal tea. These include mint, chamomile, rooibos, rose hips, lemon peel, or any other plant material that may be brewed into a tea or tisane.

Please look at your plant and then craft something that represents the characteristics of the plant (leaves, color, berries, flowers etc.). Or you could craft something that you associate with tea, the tea ceremony or the uses of tea (think outside the box!).  

---History of Magic (HoM):  This semester we will be studying the Werewolf Code of Conduct of 1637. It was a set of rules outlining the responsibilities of werewolves during their monthly transformations. It was a complete failure because no one was willing to come forward and identify himself or herself as a werewolf, preferring instead to live in secret for their own protection.

For your assignment, we will focus on transformations. It could be a personal transformation, such as a costume for Halloween, or new party look for a New Year’s Eve event. You could also create a project with a hidden element, an opening, or a secret message.

---Muggle Studies: Wizards have many proverbs and sayings which you may be familiar with, such as "Don't count your owls before they're delivered" and "May-born witches marry Muggles."  Muggles have their own set of axioms, as well.  Research Muggle sayings and make a craft inspired by one or more of them.  For example, inspired by "A stitch in time saves nine," you could repair a pile of clothes that are starting to wear out; or you could choose "Waste not, want not" and make something useful out of materials that would otherwise go to waste.  

---Potions: Potions is cancelled this term, due to the presence of a boggart in the store cupboard!
Practice your Riddikulus charms by crafting something that shows what your boggart will turn into, either in its original scary form, or the laughter inducing shape you'll force it into. Don't forget to tell us what your boggart would be, and how you'd make it funny!  For example, Neville may choose to paint a portrait of Professor Shape, or he could choose to sew clothing similar to his grandmother's!

Study of Ancient Runes (SoAR): For this semester we will be focusing on the rune Thurisaz. This rune symbolizes self-discipline, meditation, and study. For this assignment craft something that requires a great deal of thought on your part. This could be something related to a favorite topic that you have read a lot about, or a personal feeling that you have a long time thinking about or meditating on.  Alternatively you may craft something that took a lot of discipline to make, such as a particularly difficult knitting pattern.  

---Transfiguration: Mr. Weasley! Will you Please, SIT DOWN! There has been entirely too much frivolity in this classroom!
Now that I have your attention... Transfiguration requires firm and decisive wand movements and much concentration. To be successful one must take into account several factors such as the weight and density of what one wants to transfigure, as well as wand power and level of concentration. There is even a mathematical formula to help you find the correct power needed from your wand movements. The Yule term will be spent practicing decisive, firm wand movements.

Craft something that requires a firm hand during the creation process (such as a wood project that must be clamped or held down firmly in order to complete) or create something that requires precise calculations to execute. (For example: enlarging a dress pattern, doubling a recipe, or creating to scale doll furniture)
Like the muggle saying: "Measure twice, cut once" Transfiguration requires you to Check Your Math BEFORE you attempt to transfigure!


Title: Completed Classes
Post by: noodle-bug on September 18, 2016 01:46:06 PM
~*Completed Classes & Challenges*~

Gryffindor
Abbeeroad, Alumni; Alchemy, Apparition, Arithmancy, Astronomy, CoMC, Charms, DADA, DET-October, Divination, Floo - Tattoine,  HEAD-October, HEAD-Dec, Herbology, HoM, MS, Pumpkin On It, SoAR, Transfiguration, TREES-Star, TREES-Garland, TREE-angel, TREE-lights, TREE-icicles, TREE-snow, TREE-candles, TREE-baubles, TREE-bells,  
IsikkahJai; Astro, Arith, App, Alch, Charms, HoM, HEAD-October, MS, Trans,  
jenleahlynn, alumni: Charms, DET-October, DET-December, Floo-New Zealand, HoM, MS, pumpkin
Mistress Jennie, alumni: Alchemy, Apparition, Arithmancy, Astronomy, CoMC, Charms, DADA, DET-October, DET-November_SPEW, DET-December, DET-January+SPEW, Divination, Floo - prague, Floo-Empire State, Flying, HEAD-October, Herbology, HoM, House Pride, House Unity, MS, Potions, Pumpkin, SoAR, TREES-Baubles, TREES-Star, TREES-Ribbon, TREES-Lights, TREES-Tinsel, TREES-Skirt, Trees-Angel, TREES-icicles, TREE-bells, TREE-snow, TREES-Garland+SPEW, TREE-Candles, Transfiguration
Whistlefish,:


Hufflepuff
AnnoyingBigSister, Alumni: DET-October, Floo-Empire State, Floo-Tree House, HEAD-Nov, Potions, TREES-star, TREE-lights,
fatewineroses, 2nd year; Divination, TREES-Star, TREES-Candles, TREES-Skirt, Transfiguration,
gaudiknight, Alumni: Alch, app, Arithmancy, Astro, COMC, Charms, DET-October, DET-November, DET-December, DET-January, div, Floo-Prague, Floo-Tree House, Flying, HEAD-Dec, Herbology, HoM, Magical Me, MS, SoAR, TREE-Angel, TREE-Baubles, TREE-icicles, TREE-Star, TREE-Tinsel,
Jillybeans,; Alchemy, dada, div, hom, TREE-star,
J_Kieviet, Alumni:
midkiffsjoy, Alumni: Alchemy, Apparition, Arithmancy, Astronomy, Charms, CoMC, DET-October, DET-November, Div Floo-Tattooine, Floo-Bridge, Floo-Empire State, Floo-treehouse, Flying, head-dec, Herbology, MS, Potions, SoAR, TREE-Bells, TREES-Candles, TREES-fake snow, TREES-Garland, TREES-Skirt,
Moonflame,: Alchemy, Apparition, Arithmancy, Astronomy, CoMC, Charms, DADA, Divination, Herbology, HoM, MS, Potions, SoAR, Transfiguration, TREES-Bells, TREES-Candles, TREES-Garland, TREES-Lights, TREES-Ribbon, TREES-Star, TREES-Tinsel, TREES-Skirt,
patty_o_furniture, 7th Year: astro, alch, arith, charms, det-oct, flying, herb, MS, pumpkin, SoAR, Transfiguration, TREES-Star, TREES-Angel, TREES-Icicles, TREES-Snow, TREES-Baubles, TREES-Skirt, TREES-Ribbon,
PlaidPineapple, 4th year: Divination,
seeuudee, Alumni: Arithmancy, DET-October, Divination, Herbology, HEAD-October, HoM, MS, pumpkin, TREES-Baubles, TREES-Candles, TREES-Icicles, TREES-Lights, TREES-Star, TREES-Tinsel, TREES-Angel, TREES-Bells, TREES-Snow, TREES-Garland, TREES-Ribbon, TREE-Skirt,


Ravenclaw
Antidigger, 1st Year: Alch, Apparition, Astronomy, CoMC, Charms, DADA, Divination, Herb, H.pride, H.unity,  MS, pumpkin, SoAR, TREES-Star,
Audania1, Apparition, Charms, DADA, Herbology, HoM, MS,
edelC, 5th Year: Alch, App, Arith, Astro, COMC, Charms, DADA, DET-October, Divination, Fly, Herb, HoM, House Unity, MS, SoAR, Transfiguration, TREES- star, TREES- snow, TREES - candle, TREES - bauble, TREES - angel, TREES-Ribbon, TREES-Tinsel, TREES-Lights, TREES-Garland, TREES-Skirt, TREES-Icicles, TREES-Bells,  
FiberAlchemist: App, astro, Charms+IronChefCranberry, dada,div, HEAD-October, HEAD-dec, Transfiguration, TREE-star, TREE-garland, TREE-bells  
jellybean89, Alumni: Alchemy+SPEW, Apparition+SPEW, Astronomy+SPEW, Arithmancy, CoMC+SPEW, Charms+SPEW, DET-November, DET-Dec+SPEW, Divination+SPEW, Herbology+SPEW, House Unity+SPEW, MS+SPEW, SPEWx6,
lulu42, 2nd Year;
Magpirate, Alumni: Apparition, Astronomy, Charms, DADA,  DET-October, Floo-New Zealand, FLOO - tattoine,  Floo - prague, HEAD-October, HEAD-November, HOM,  House Unity, MS, potions, pumpkin, SoAR,  TREES - icicles, TREES - bells,
nerdplusneedle, 1st Year: SoAR
Netchez, ;
noodle-bug, Alumni: Alchemy, Apparition, Atith, Astronomy, CoMC, Charms, DADA+SPEW, det- oct,  DET-November, Div, Floo-Ankh Morpork, Floo-New Zealand, FLOO - tattoine, FLOO - prague, Floo-Empire State, Floo-Tree House, Flying, Floo-Corner Shop, HEAD-October+SPEW, Head - nov,  HEAD-Dec, HEAD-January, Herbology+SPEW, h.pride, HoM, Magical Me, MS,  pumpkin, Potions, SoAR+SPEW, Transfiguration. TREES - angel, TREES - ribbon, TREES - icicles, TREES - bells, TREES - candle, TREES- skirt, TREES-Lights, TREES-Star, TREES-Garland, TREES-Baubles, TREES-Fake Snow, TREES-Tinsel,  


Slytherin
Audio, 2ndt Year:
Ant Bee, Alumni: Apparition, Astronomy, CoMC, Charms, Divination, Flying, Herbology, HoM, House Pride, MS, pumpkin, SoAR, Transfiguration, TREES-Snow, TREES-Star, TREES-Ribbon, TREES-Icicles,
ErinAquaheart, Alumni: Alchemy, Apparition+IronChef Cranberry, Arithmancy, Astronomy, CoMC, Charms, DADA+SPEW, Divination, DET-Oct, DET-Nov, DET-Dec, DET-Jan+SPEW,  Floo-Ankh Morpork, head-dec, Herbology, HoM, House Pride, House Unity, MS, Potions, SoAR, SPEWx5, Transfiguration, TREES-Lights, TREES-Ribbon, TREES-Garland, TREES-Tinsel, TREES-Snow, TREES-Candles, TREES-Baubles, TREES-Bells, TREES-Skirt, TREES-Angel, TREES-Icicles, TREES-Star,
Inselaeffchen, Alumni: Apparition, Astronomy, Charms, DADA, HEAD-January, h.pride, h.unity, MS, pumpkin, TREES-Angel, TREES-Star, TREES-Lights, TREES-Icicles, TREES-Tinsel, TREES-Skirt, TREES-Candles, TREES-Baubles, Trees-Bells,
TechnicolorAquahearts,; Alchemy, Apparition+SPEW, Arithmancy, Astronomy, CoMC,  Charms, DADA, DET-October, Det- nov, DET-December, DET-January, Divination, Floo-Ankh Morpork, Floo-New Zealand, Floo-Tree House, Floo-Corner Store, Flying, head-dec, Headmistress-Jan, HoM, Herbology, House Unity, House Pride, Magical Me, MS, Potions, SoAR, SPEWx7, Trans, TREES-Star, TREES-Angel, TREES-Lights, TREES-Ribbon, TREES-Garland, TREES-Tinsel, TREES-Fake Snow, TREES-Candles, TREES-Baubles,    



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


Gryffindor: 4 student, 2020 points
Hufflepuff: 9 students, 2385 points
Ravenclaw: 8 students, 2765 points
Slytherin: 4 students, 1800 points




Title: ~*Ordinary Wizarding Levels*~
Post by: noodle-bug on September 18, 2016 01:48:23 PM
NOTE: Once you propose, please go forth on your Advanced Studies projects.  Your Examiners will PM if they have any inquiries.

~Everything O.W.L.s and N.E.W.T.s~
---Ordinary Wizarding Levels, OWLs, and Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests, NEWTs, are advanced crafting projects.  OWLs and NEWTs are supposed to be more complex and challenging projects.
---OWLs and NEWTs are more time-consuming than HPC classes and challenges.  There is no hard and fast rule on how many hours a project should take, because speed and difficulty levels are too subjective.  What we are really looking for is a project that will be a personal challenge to you.
---OWLs should take 3-4 weeks to complete.
---NEWTs should take more than a month to complete. (Please see post below for more on NEWTs.)
---Projects that do not take the allotted time of crafting will not be counted as complete; keep that in mind when you post your completed OWLs and NEWTs.  If you finish your OWL or NEWT earlier than expected, then craft an additional item(s) that correspond with your subject.  Add notes on how you finished earlier than expected and details about your additional crafting in your Completed Project post.
---You must propose your OWL or NEWT before starting so that we may be your cheerleaders and help encourage you during this more challenging craft adventure.
---You may only do 1 OWL & 1 NEWT at one time.  (Don’t want you to be stuck with a ton of OWL & NEWT WIPs!)
---You may propose an OWL or NEWT any time during the semester.
---OWLs and NEWTs can carry over to the next semester.
---If you decide to abandon an OWL or NEWT project, notify your OWL Examiners, and they will erase that log from their records.  Once you have submitted to have an OWL or NEWT erased, you can propose a new one.

~*HOW TO COMPLETE AN OWL*~
1. Select which OWL you would like to complete.  You may only do one OWL at a time so select carefully.
2. Propose what you plan on doing for your OWL project.  You may do this by PM to your OWL Examiners or by posting in the HPC thread.  When making an OWL 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 OWLs.
3. Begin work on your OWL 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 OWL Header provided below.  Once you post a completed OWL, your OWL Examiner will notify the Headmistress, and you will earn your OWL Badge for that subject.
GOOD LUCK!!

~*OWL PROPOSAL HEADER*~
OWL Subject & Option(if available):
House:
Project Name:
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques used, materials using, plan of action, expected timeline, etc.)

~*COMPLETED OWL HEADER*~
OWL Subject & Option (if available):
House:
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.

~*OWL EXAMS*~
--Alchemy:  Option 1-Alchemists have, through their mystical quests, made significant contributions to our world.  These include metalworking, production of inks, dyes and cosmetics, ceramics and glass manufacture, preparation of extracts and liqueurs and the invention of gunpowder.  Honor the work of these alchemists by creating something from one or more of these contributions.  Option 2-The Four Elements of alchemy are Fire, Earth, Air and Water.  Craft a project that represents all four of these elements.
--Arithmancy: Bridget Wenlock was a famous thirteenth-century Arithmancer, and the first to establish the magical properties of the number seven.  Your OWL quest is to turn in something that involves the number seven.
--Astronomy: Option 1-Craft a star chart.  Option 2-Interpret the solar system into a craft.  Option 3-It is believed that we can only see 5% of the universe, the rest is made up of Dark Matter and Dark Energy which is invisible to us. Create something where at first glance you can only see a small portion, but when you look closer you can find the rest of the details.
--Care of Magical Creatures:  Option 1-Even in the muggle world, we are surrounded by fascinating and breathtaking creatures.  Craft something inspired by an everyday animal you find magical.  Option 2-Dragons are terrifying yet awe-inspiring; craft something inspired by these magical creatures.
--Charms: Research the different charms and show your mastery of a particular charm by crafting something inspired by it.  For example, Alohomora is an opening charm; craft something that open or has an opening.  Another example, Confundus is a confusion charm; craft something you find a bit confusing.
--Defence Against the Dark Arts: Option 1-The patronus is an effective charm against dementors and to call for help when in need, though difficult to master. Craft something using or inspired by your patronus animal.  Option 2-Craft something inspired by one of the DADA professors.
--Divination: Option 1-Create at least 4 items you need for a successful reading.  Option 2-Create a dream item.  Option 3-Create something inspired by the zodiac.
--Herbology:  Research magical and mundane plants, and show your knowledge by creating something inspired by one or more plants that could be found in a wizard’s or witches’ garden.
--History of Magic: Option 1-Create 4 different items, one item for each house, these items should reflect your interpretation of the characteristics of each house.  Option 2-Craft 3 items which represent 3 characters with Harry Potter.   Option 3-Craft something using a vintage pattern, material, or technique.
--Muggle Studies: We all know the Tales of Beetle Bard, but did you know that muggles have a vast array of fantastical stories?  The most fascinating are known to muggles as fairy tales.  Study these tales and craft something inspired by them.
--Potions: Option 1- Show off your ability to work with many ingredients by showcasing at least 3 different colors/pattern/textures.  Colors can be monochromatic.  A variegated yarn or one fabric swatch with various colors within it count as one color.  Option 2-Research different potions and show your mastery by crafting something inspired by it.
--Study of Ancient Runes: Option 1-Use an intricate charted design; you may create your own design for this project.  Option 2-Create something that contains 7 or more letters/symbols.  Option 3-Create a set of runes; these can be presented in one or more pieces.
--Transfiguration: Option 1-Practice your vanishing and conjuring spells by taking a large amount of supply and crafting one piece.  Option 2-Craft something with a dual purpose.  Option 3-Craft your Animagus.


~*OWL PROPOSALS*~
Gryffindor
Abbeeroad: Transfiguration (http://tinyurl.com/oa3okbs), Sept. 6, 2013
butterflyangel: Potions, Option 1 (http://tinyurl.com/l9soajr) July 23, 2014
dwfan10: Arithmancy (http://tinyurl.com/cp2youy), Apr. 30, 2013
IsikkahJai: Herbology (http://tinyurl.com/c3fsgrk), Sept. 6, 2012
Melissaurus: Divination (http://tinyurl.com/9w8ty4o), Jan. 28, 2013
Mistress Jennie: History of Magic (Option 3) (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=429362.msg5159233#msg5159233), Feb 11, 2014 (On HOLD)
Mistress Jennie : CoCM option 1 (http://tinyurl.com/jv8mskr), Nov 12th 2016
pinkleo: Muggle Studies (http://tinyurl.com/ldkboed), Dec. 23, 2013
rockmygypsysoul: Transfiguration (http://tinyurl.com/m568aej), Dec. 5, 2013
sakuracat23: Transfiguration (http://tinyurl.com/bzl8pj5), Jan. 22, 2013
spikefan: Transfiguration (http://tinyurl.com/cha3ep8), Sept. 4, 2012
The Mad Quilter: Transfiguration (http://tinyurl.com/ody5se3), Sept. 3, 2013
tiamatfire: Herbology (http://tinyurl.com/ne66htf), April 08, 2015
ttsaria: Study of Ancient Runes (PM Proposal), Sept.15, 2012
whenindoubtsew: Care of Magical Creatures (http://tinyurl.com/9dgbb9w), Sept. 23, 2012
whistlefish;  Astronomy option 3 (http://tinyurl.com/j2pshm2), July 29th 2016

Hufflepuff
Acadian Driftwood: Transfiguration, Option 1 (http://tinyurl.com/nppd2fj), September 05, 2014
BringMeKnitting8: Astronomy, Option 2 (http://tinyurl.com/oxzfoej), June 11, 2014
blupaisan: Arithmancy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=429362.msg5151312#msg5151312), Jan. 27 2014
CraftLadyMJ: Potions, Option1 (PM Proposal), Mar. 25 2013
fatewineroses;  SoAR (http://tinyurl.com/jomzdkv), June 29th 2016
gaudiknight: DADA option2 (http://tinyurl.com/jxvbjzl). 25th Jan 2017
jillybeans: Transfiguration (http://tinyurl.com/cqohaxu), Mar. 27, 2013
J_Kieviet: Transfiguration – Option 1 (http://tinyurl.com/jrh4b85), October 24, 2016
Kit the Brave: Arithmancy (http://tinyurl.com/btj72n2), Dec. 1, 2012
midkiffsjoy: Divination (http://tinyurl.com/mm43wfu), June 4, 2013
patty_o_furniture: Defense Against the Dark Arts (http://tinyurl.com/jmrcr3p), December 09, 2016
seeuudee: Charms (http://tinyurl.com/pp9qb5d), June 20, 2014

Ravenclaw
Audania1: Arithmancy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431803.msg5167500#msg5167500), March 01, 2014
AugustBell: Transfiguration (http://tinyurl.com/b37wd4d), Jan.16, 2013
BadWolf314: Potions, Option 1 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431803.msg5167785#msg5167785), March 02, 2014
bluejanuary: CoMC Option 1 (http://tinyurl.com/jktjnjc), Feb 22nd 2016
consultingcorsair: History of Magic (http://tinyurl.com/a8n6qll), Jan. 9, 2013
Flip-floP: Charms (http://tinyurl.com/cyzbpa2), Apr. 10, 2013
krashromance: Potions (http://tinyurl.com/a5ygufq), Mar. 19, 2013
kstaron: Charms (http://tinyurl.com/caw73eb), Sept. 6, 2012
Listessa: Potions (http://tinyurl.com/lvtja5d), June 17, 2013
Magpirate: Astronomy, Option 3 (http://tinyurl.com/l8bkacw), June 14, 2014
Natasjadreams: Study of Ancient Runes (http://tinyurl.com/d72xxbo), 2012
nerdplusneedle: Charms (http://tinyurl.com/jamdda4), October 03, 2016
noodle-bug: Potions option 2 (http://tinyurl.com/hdhzeau), 27th Jan 2017
PenguinSoup: Care of Magical Creatures (http://tinyurl.com/b37bnl7), Jan. 18, 2013
SenatorOrgana: Tranfiguration (http://tinyurl.com/mcwnsgf), Oct. 20, 2013
ShardaeDobby: Muggle Studies (http://tinyurl.com/8nsl8u3), Sept. 11, 2012
SiakelA: Alchemy (http://tinyurl.com/b4bpewz), Jan. 5, 2013
Swimswamswum: Transfiguration (PM Proposal), Sept. 2, 2013
the_essence: Charms (http://tinyurl.com/aszsnlt), Dec. 9, 2012
Treemoon: Charms (http://preview.tinyurl.com/hx9wcp6), December 19th 2015
vincentvanbuck: Alchemy (http://tinyurl.com/m59beh6), Dec. 3, 2013 (ON HOLD)
vincentvanbuck: Arithmancy (http://tinyurl.com/ncttf8z), December 24, 2014

Slytherin
Ant Bee: Transfiguration (http://tinyurl.com/9komdcl), Sept. 8, 2012
audio: Arithmancy (http://tinyurl.com/jju5xfr), June 11th 2016
bookie0013: Charms (http://tinyurl.com/poeratn), Sept. 1, 2013
calliemae: Care of Magical Creatures, Option 1 (http://tinyurl.com/qybvxen), August 24, 2014
coulsenl: Potions (http://tinyurl.com/manrk3b), Dec. 2, 2013
DragonChilde: Transfiguration, Option 1 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431803.msg5179833#msg5179833) April 01, 2014
ErinAquaheart: Study of Ancient Runes, Option 3 (http://tinyurl.com/har9ond), October 03, 2016
FreakieGeekie: History of Magic (http://tinyurl.com/d6d57w3), Apr. 26, 2013
Inselaeffchen: Charms (http://tinyurl.com/p49rcaj), July 02, 2014
Ladychris2010: Potions, option1 (http://tinyurl.com/z8p9qsj) Jan 01 2016
lightninglisa: Astronomy (http://tinyurl.com/dynhspe), Sept. 3, 2012
Naantje: History of Magic (http://tinyurl.com/kh6vfqd), June 4, 2013
Samash90: Alchemy option 1 (http://tinyurl.com/qjhqof2), Jult 1st 2015
SKooKum: Potions (http://tinyurl.com/cuamy93), Apr. 2, 2013
travelgirl: Arithmancy (http://tinyurl.com/kbcs7o2), July 23, 2013
TechnicolorAquahearts: Transfiguration (http://tinyurl.com/jrmmgu3), September 09, 2016



Completed Owls
Noodle-bug: DADA option 1 (http://tinyurl.com/h5u95wp)
patty_o_furniture: Potions, Option 2 (http://tinyurl.com/jmrcr3p)
jenleahlynn: Transfiguration (http://tinyurl.com/juogyfu)
gaudiknight: Potions (http://tinyurl.com/h6rxotg)
Moonflame:  Transfiguration option 1 (http://tinyurl.com/zltjb5g)
jellybean89: Defence Against the Dark Arts (http://tinyurl.com/jze7b99), Option 1


~*OWL Certificates*~
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=576524) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=567210) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=569224) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=553538) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=575922)   (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=561363) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=586033) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=552346) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=577769)   (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=577173)   (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=565233) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=555680) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=562157)




Title: ~*Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests*~
Post by: noodle-bug on September 18, 2016 01:54:26 PM
~*HOW TO COMPLETE A NEWT*~
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.
GOOD LUCK!!

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

~*COMPLETED NEWT HEADER*~
NEWT Subject:
House:
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.

~*NEWT EXAMS*~
So, what’s a NEWT?! A NEWT is impressive! A NEWT is just enough crazy that you’re not totally sure you can make it to end, but not so crazy that you’ll 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.


~*NEWT PROPOSALS*~

Gryffindor
jenleahlynn: Arithmancy (http://tinyurl.com/qg3dqld), March 6, 2015 ON HOLD
Jenleahlynn: DADA (http://tinyurl.com/ojkrrd7), October 27, 2015
MamanTattoo: Astronomy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431803.msg5181956#msg5181956) April 07, 2014
Melissaurus: DADA (http://tinyurl.com/cobegc2), Feb. 9, 2013
Mistress Jennie: Potions (http://tinyurl.com/jv8mskr), Nov 12th 2016
pinkleo: HoM (http://tinyurl.com/ldkboed), Dec. 23, 2013
rockmygypsysoul: Care of Magical Creatures (http://tinyurl.com/pxxvuz2), July 03, 2014
whistlefish: Charms (http://tinyurl.com/pkg9az7), 25th Sept 2015

Hufflepuff
Acadian Driftwood: CoMC (http://tinyurl.com/pnpqk4r), March 7, 2014
CraftyLadyMJ: Transfiguration, July 10, 2013 (PM Proposal)
gaudiknight: COMC (http://tinyurl.com/hnt6vlu) april 8th 2016
J_Kieviet: Arithmancy (http://tinyurl.com/jrh4b85), October 24, 2016

Ravenclaw
Audania1; MS (http://tinyurl.com/jympl3s), 22nd Jan 2017
BadWolf314: Alchemy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431803.msg5167785#msg5167785), March 02, 2014
Elliot-Anne; Arithmancy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439360.msg5317649#msg5317649), June 9th 2015
FiberAlchemist:  Transfiguration  (http://tinyurl.com/go6wp57) June 10th 2016
indigo_roses: Ancient Runes (http://tinyurl.com/d85uoym), Mar. 4, 2013
jellybean89: Potions (http://tinyurl.com/zby25h5), Option 1, October 05, 2016
magpirate; COMC (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439360.msg5317206#msg5317206), June 7th 2015
netchez: CoMC (http://tinyurl.com/m98yc3y), Sept. 1, 2013
noodle-bug: Muggle Studies (http://tinyurl.com/zwluaeq), January 10, 2017
PenguinSoup: Ancient Runes (http://tinyurl.com/bzxdcm7), Jan. 17, 2013
pottermouth: Arithmancy (http://tinyurl.com/krzlq5t),  June 30, 2014

Slytherin
DragonChilde: Divination (http://tinyurl.com/letze6u), Oct. 12, 2013
ErinAquaheart: CoMC (http://tinyurl.com/zjbj4as), March 4th 2016
margaron: Potions (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=433608.msg5232819#msg5232819), August 17, 2014
TechnicolorAquahearts;  Alchemy (http://tinyurl.com/hkwupg7) June 4th 2016


~*Completed NEWTs*~
Mistress Jennie: Astronomy (http://tinyurl.com/z4xd8gw)
edelC: SoAR (http://tinyurl.com/hmkuh6b)
patty_o_furniture: Divination (http://tinyurl.com/h4f5js3)
Mistress Jennie: SoAR (http://tinyurl.com/hd5jteq)
Noodle-bug: SoAR (http://tinyurl.com/zt68vud)
Abbeeroad: Arithmancy (http://tinyurl.com/jan59ne)
Plaidpineapple: Potions (http://tinyurl.com/gvm3v3d)
patty_o_furniture; Arithmancy (http://tinyurl.com/jlkyvrx)

~*NEWT Certificates*~
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=602286) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=602211) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=590814) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=602212) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=588887) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=602290) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=602287) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=602288) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=602289) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=574554) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=579145) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=572386) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=602285)



Title: ~*Headmistress Tower*~
Post by: Mistress Jennie on September 18, 2016 02:13:20 PM
~*Headmistress Tower & Badge Station*~
:::password: Pumpkin Pasties!:::

~*Magical ME Challenge!*~
January 16th - 31st


My dearest fans,
The month of January marks an event I'm sure you've all been awaiting with bated breath, my birthday!  And as a special treat to all of you, I am extending an exclusive invitation!  Please do your very best to craft a little something for Yours Truly, and I will graciously accept the gift. 

And if you include just 10 Galleons, I'll send you back an autographed copy of Magical Me along with one of my signed portraits! 

The Incomparable,
Gilderoy Lockheart
Order of Merlin, Third Class
Honorary Member of the Dark Forces Defense League
Five Time Winner of Witch Weekly's Most Charming Smile Award


Oh dear!  Professor Lockheart is back, and he's giving out extra work.  For this mini-challenge, please craft something for yourself, because let's face it, you totally deserve it!  You may use any medium, and create anything that strikes your fancy, provided there is a place for that item on Craftster's boards.  This challenge closes with the rest of the Yule Term on January 31st.



~*Headmistress Challenges*~
This semester I will be offering extra Challenges.  Each Headmistress Challenge will last approximately 1 month, and will earn 15 House Points just like Classes.  So what's up next?

Philosopher's Stone Challenge
January 1st - 31st


The philosopher's stone (lapis philosophorum) is a legendary alchemical substance capable of turning base metals such as mercury into gold or silver. It is also used to create the elixir of life, useful for rejuvenation and for achieving immortality; for many centuries, it was the most sought-after goal in alchemy. The philosopher's stone was the central symbol of the mystical terminology of alchemy, symbolizing perfection at its finest, enlightenment, and heavenly bliss. Efforts to discover the philosopher's stone were known as the Magnum Opus.  For this challenge you have several options:

-Craft something in which a major component of the materials is stone.
-Craft something made of metal, such as a jewelry project.
-Craft something that is primarily gold or silver in color.
-Craft something that will enable your immortality, such as a scrapbook for future generations to peruse.
-Craft something to help you find enlightenment in 2017, such as a yoga mat bag or mindfulness journal.
-Craft something very grand in scale that takes more than 8 hours in crafting time OR is larger than 3'x3' in size.  



Post Owl Challenge
December - CLOSED!

Post owls carry letters and packages, everywhere in the known Wizarding World, without needing directions!  For this challenge you have a few options:  
Craft stationary or notecards to mail to friends & family
Craft a gift that something that you will pack up and mail to someone else (cannot be delivered in person)
Craft something simple, that doesn't require you to follow any directions


Broomstick Challenge
November - CLOSED!
Many Hogwarts classes take place outdoors, yet none require good physical fitness as much as flying does.  Strength, flexibility, and concentration are all needed to be an excellent flier.  To excel in this class, you will need to keep your body in good health. Please present a project which will help you to achieve this.  Some good examples include:
~a healthy meal to keep you nourished
~a new gym bag or yoga mat carrier to encourage your visits
~painted/decorated walking shoes to encourage you to walk more
~an illustrated bullet journal page to track your progress
~homemade candles encourage meditation and mindfulness


Wand Challenge
October - CLOSED!

"The wand chooses the wizard... it's not always clear why." - Garrick Ollivander
Wandlore tells us that ‘the wand chooses the wizard’, though no one is quite sure how or why this happens.  As crafters we are all sometimes ‘chosen’ by a particular craft supply, one that speaks to us, begs to be taken home and crafted with.  A fantastic handspun yarn at the craft fair, a gorgeous designer quilting fabric, a bushel of shiny apples from the farmer's market.  For this challenge you must create something with a supply that chose you.  When you post your projects, please be sure to tell us what about that particular item drew your eye.



~*Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees Challenge Series*~

November 2nd - January 15th, 2017

Each year Hagrid brings 12 trees to the castle to decorate the Great Hall for the Christmas holidays.  This year we will be taking inspiration from items typically used to decorate Christmas trees, for a mini-series of challenges.  Each challenge is worth 15 points, and each may be done once.  Deputy Headmistress noodle-bug & I have tried to keep the prompts very broad, so that you can fit them to any number of autumn & winter holiday projects. Please note that while the theme for this challenge series is based on Christmas, you are welcome to fulfill these prompts for any holidays, or gift giving reasons, including for Thanksgiving, St. Nicholas’ Day (Dec 6), Winter Solstice (Dec 12), Yule (Dec 22), Chanukah (Dec 24-Jan 1), Christmas (Dec 25), Kwanzaa (Dec 26), New Year, birthdays, anniversaries, or any other events you may celebrate!  (I’ve tried to hit all the major holidays in my list, but feel free to message me with any I may have missed!)

Star - Stars shine the brightest in the darkness. For this challenge please craft something that lets one of your talents shine.  This can be any craft or medium you excel at.
 
Angel - Each of us has someone in our lives we’d consider our real-life ‘Guardian Angel’, be it a parent, partner, spouse, grandparent, care-giver, or best friend. Craft something for the Angel in your own life.

Lights - What would a Christmas tree be without lights?  Without these twinkling little wonders, we would be hard pressed to see the lovely ornaments decorating the boughs.  For this challenge please craft something that will light up the holiday (or heart) of the recipient.

Ribbon - Ribbon is such a handy craft supply, great for literally tying everything together, or putting a finishing touch on a project.  Create something that ties other items together.  This could be literally connecting different components in a gift, such as decorating a basket you plan to fill with baked goods for your neighbor, or more figuratively uniting things, such as making a meal or special recipe that draws your family  and friends together.

Garland - Traditionally garlands are made from leaves and flowers.  During winter evergreen boughs and holly are used to bring color into the home. Craft something inspired by the wintery natural world local to you, and tell us about what in your area sparked your imagination.

Icicles - Craft something that needs to be kept at just the right temperature for at least for some portion of the time.  This could include a snowman, frozen margaritas, baked cookies, or crisply ironed fabric.

Tinsel -  All that glitters is not gold... But it probably is pretty awesome! Craft with glitter, or another sparkling medium, as exuberantly as you please!  (Other sparkling items could include AB finished beads, sequins, glass or prisms, or even sparkling wine!)

Fake Snow - Fake it till you make it!  For this challenge please craft something simple with a purchased supply to give as gifts. You must still take min 30 mins for the project! Some ideas including making some oreo truffles (http://www.snackworks.com/recipe/easy-oreo-truffles-95085.aspx) or Faux Turtle Candies (http://www.hersheys.com/rolo/recipes.aspx?id=8631) for your co-workers, or you could create hand stamped & painted envelopes to present purchased gift cards in.

Candles - Candles give our homes a soft warm glow during the short days and long dark nights of winter. Please craft something that will give the recipient a warm & happy glow.

Baubles - Baubles can be simple glass spheres or intricate blown glass creations, depending on the style you are aiming for. During a season where we are often crafting so much to please others, it’s also important to please ourselves too, lest we lose our joy in the season.  For this challenge please craft something that reflects your personal style, even if you aren’t able to keep it for yourself.

Bells - Bells are visually beautiful, but they also please the ears by tinkling any time you brush past the tree. Craft something that appeals to two senses at once: this could be a meal that looks as good as it tastes, beautiful and scented bath products, or a sewing project that combines a pattern that is pleasing to the eye with luxuriously textured fabric.

Tree Skirt - Tree skirts are used to make a functional object (the base or pot of a tree) look good, and creates a welcome surface to place gifts on. For this challenge please craft something that is both functional and decorative, OR that welcomes folks into your home!



~Badge Station~
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Class Badges
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House Unity & House Pride Badges
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Headmistress Challenge Badges
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Title: Detention in the Dungeons
Post by: Mistress Jennie on September 18, 2016 02:14:25 PM
~*Detention in the Dungeons*~


This semester there will be three Detention Challenges, one for each month.  You are welcome to do any, all, or none of these challenges.  (Remember, they are just here to help get your crafty juices flowing!)  All Detention projects are worth 15 House Points and may be turned in anytime during the semester, regardless of what the newest Challenge is, up until the semester ends on January 31st.  (For example, you may turn in June or July challenges in August.)

October Challenge:
Professor Moody noticed someone talking during his lecture, and has given the whole class detention in order to drive home his mantra of "Constant vigilange!" He went on to make clear that one of the hardest things we battle in fighting the dark arts is the unknown. Often, we will not be in a position to prepare ourselves, or anticipate that which we seek to defend against.  For Detention you must enter into the unknown and embrace it. Please produce an improvised project; no planning, no deciding before hand what it will be - simply pick up your tools and sew, knit, draw, paint, construct or otherwise craft. All medium or combinations of medium are acceptable!

November Challenge:
Madam Pince got annoyed with you for whispering too loudly in the library and has given you detention!  After she put you and Ron at opposite ends of the library, she set you the task of reading Hogwarts: a History, in its entirety. But the joke's on her!  After propping the giant tome up in front of you, she can't see that you're really looking through Magical Mayhem; A Tragic History of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes in order to make up predictions for Prof. Trelawney's homework. For this challenge you must complete a Work In Progress (WIP).

December Challenge:
Prof. Burbage caught you & Ron playing a game of Exploding Snap in an empty classroom during a rainy break.  Thanks to Ron making a flippant remark over the sanity of Muggles, she has given you both detention.  According to the lecture she gave you, thanks to the International Statute of Secrecy, Muggles do not know of the existence of the Wizarding World. Yet a number of Muggle stories feature witch and wizard characters. Choose one of these stories and craft a project based on it. The story you choose could be a fictionalized account of a real witch or wizard (such as Merlin), a traditional Muggle fairy tale (note: these stories do not always feature fairies!) containing a stereotyped 'wicked' witch or wizard, or a modern Muggle book or film (those in the 'fantasy' section often have witch and wizard characters). Please explain how your craft reflects the story you choose.


January Challenge:
Prof. Dumbledore has summoned you to his office to ask what progress you've made getting the real memory from Prof. Slughorn.  One look in his tired old eyes, and you feel awful for not having worked on the problem at all.  You promise to redouble your efforts and finish the task he set you.  For this challenge, complete a Work In Progress!


~*Detention Badges*~
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Title: Magician of the Month
Post by: Mistress Jennie on September 18, 2016 02:15:12 PM
Magician of the Month


Title: Floo! Where are Jennie & Noodle?
Post 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, don’t fidget, don’t panic, and take care to get out at the right grate
This week we are in...
A Corner Shop!
Corner shops are so useful for picking up little bits on your way home, or just nipping out to grab whatever you forgot - they let you have your creature comforts without being too much of a diversion! For this project, craft something to make free time at home more enjoyable!

Previous Floo challenge badges this semester;
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Title: SPEW
Post by: noodle-bug on September 18, 2016 02:54:23 PM
SPEW
The good you can do

SPEW crafting is as a great way to help out AND earn yourself extra house points!

SPEW is crafting for a charity. This could mean making items that you can send to the charity for them to use directly (such as the hats which Midkiffsjoy has recently been making, donated to keep refugee children cozy) - or alternatively it could be making items which will be sold to raise money for the charity (such as through a craft fair or bake sale)

SPEW projects earn 10 extra house points each - which means that if you can combine SPEW with a class or challenge your project will earn 25 house points.
SPEW projects can also be submitted even if not combined with a class, and will still earn you the extra 10 points  Grin

Please note, crafting of gifts for friends is very lovely, but is not a charity action so is not SPEW :P

When submitting a SPEW project, please include a line in your project header to let us know where it is going;
In some cases it may not be sensible to give too many details (don't post the address of that women's shelter.... ) but you can use broad terms if necessary.


Some ideas for SPEW crafting...
These lists are not exhaustive! If you have ideas, please share them in the thread and I'll add them here

In your local community lots of places may be happy to receive donations of crafted items (I recommend that you contact a local resource before you start to make, to double check what they need and if they have any specific requirements about material used / size / etc);
- homeless shelters; hats, scarves, gloves, blankets or other warm items  for people sleeping on the streets
- maternity wards at hospitals; very small hats/ etc blankets to fit premature babies
- care homes: blankets, cushions and slippers to cheer up lonely folks and keep them warm.
- women's shelters: women's clothing / accessories, children's toys, bath and beauty products, housewares (blankets / cushions, etc)
- many areas now have collection centres for donations to refugees, accepting clothing and children's toys
- Animal shelters always need blankets, animal beds and toys
- In the UK, many NHS trusts ask for donations of knitted 'Twiddlemuffs' which are used as therapeutic care for Dementia patients (details and pattern here (http://www.rdehospital.nhs.uk/docs/trust/pr/2015/Twiddlemuffs_Instructions_24-01-15.pdf))
- neonatal units often need small knitted squares to exchange between a baby in an incubator and a mother, to help her to express milk by letting her have the babies pheromones about her - this also helps with bonding

Of course, lots of these items could simply be brought in a store - but please remember that to people undergoing a hardship of some kind, often just knowing that a stranger is out there caring hard enough to hand make them something can be a huge emotional support!

Use crafting to raise some money for your chosen charity or community resource
- through a bake sale or craft fair stall
- craft and donate prizes for fundraiser raffles or similar events.
- have a sponsored crafting event with some friends, such as a quilt-a-thon!
- Run a stall at a local fair making 'on the spot' personalised crafts, or teaching a simple craft; or run a game, such as 'How Many Meters of Yarn in the Blanket' (a variation on guess the sweets in the jar)

Specific charities who ask for crafted donations
Thanks to Pinkleo, LittleMiss and LesliesHappyHeart for many of these suggestions
Please let me know if you have a charity to add!

- Knit for Peace (http://www.knitforpeace.org.uk/) (UK based): knit assorted items to be given around the world, largely clothes for refugees or homeless people
- UK Hand Knitting Association Charity List (http://www.ukhandknitting.com/knitting_for_charity.php) (UK) database of various charities needing crafty donations
 - Innocent Big Knit (http://www.thebigknit.co.uk/) (UK) accept tiny 'hats' to fit on innocent smoothie bottles, then sold to raise money for Age UK (helping the elderly). donations accepted from mid-autumn until end of Jan annually
- Wrap Pyjama Fairies (http://www.http://wrappyjamafairies.co.uk/) (UK based) sew pyjamas for hospitalised children, using a special design allowing doctors to open the PJs to examine the child without waking them up - patterns and tutorials on their site
- Project Linus-UK (http://projectlinusuk.org.uk/index.php) (UK) blankets, quilts and comforters to seriously ill and traumatized children


 - Knit4Charities (http://www.knit4charities.org/):  database of charities requesting knit items across Australia.
 - Uthando Project (http://uthandoproject.org/):  (Australia) Create dolls for the vulnerable children of Kwazulu-Natal
- Wildlife Victoria (https://www.wildlifevictoria.org.au/projects-a-activities) (Australia) yarn or fabric pouches which they use to 'home' kangaroo/koala/other marsupial babies who have lost their mum (pattern ideas on site)
 - Knitting for Brisbrane’s Needy (http://www.knittingforbrisbanesneedy.com.au/) (Queensland) Knit and crochet items for people who need assistance



- Blankets for Canada (http://www.blankets4canada.ca/) (Canada) crocheted, knitted, sewn blankets to Canadians who need warmth
 - Angel Hugs (http://www.angelhugs.ca/) (Canada)  Craft a wide variety of clothing and blankets for those in need .


- Lion Brand's Charity Connection (http://www.lionbrand.com/charityConnection.html) (Largely USA) database of charities that accept knitted and crocheted items
- Afghans for Afghans (http://www.afghansforafghans.org/index.html) (USA based) blankets, sweaters, vests, hats, mittens, and socks for the people of Afghanistan
 - Little Dresses for Africa (http://www.littledressesforafrica.org/blog/) (USA) pillow-case dresses for girls in Africa
 - Wrap Them in Love (http://www.wraptheminlove.com/) (USA)  Create quilts for children around the world.
 - The Red Scarf Project (http://www.fc2success.org/how-you-can-help/red-scarf-project/) (USA) gives out red scarves to foster children; accepts donations between September 1 and December 15 annually
 - Knit a Square (http://www.knit-a-square.com/) (USA) Crochet and knit items for vulnerable and orphaned children.
 - Teddies for Tragedies (http://www.teddiesfortragedies.org/) (USA) Knit or crochet bears, or sew bags for children who experience tragedy.
 - Firehouse Quilts (http://www.firehousequilts.org/) (Colorado)  Sew snuggle quilts for firefighters to distribute to children who have been in an accident, house fire, or experienced domestic violence
 - Heavenly Angels in Need (http://www.heavenlyangelsinneed.com/) (USA) give baby cloths and memorial boxes to help families who have lost a baby, and children who have experienced trauma.
 -  Infants Remembered in Silence (http://www.irisremembers.com/supportiris/wishlist.cfm) (USA) baby blankets, caps, and prayer shawls for bereaved parents. Also accept scrapbooking supplies for parents to create their own memorial pages.
 - Bundles of Love (http://www.bundlesoflove.org/): (Minnesota) handmade baby clothing, bedding, and care items for newborns in families who need assistance
 - Care Wear (http://www.carewear.org/): (USA) Knit, crochet, or sew baby items for hospitals to distrubute
 - The Preemie Project (http://www.thepreemieproject.com/) (Iowa) Make items for critically ill infants and their families around Iowa.
- The Magic Yarn Project (http://http://www.themagicyarnproject.com/) (USA) distribute fantasy yarn wigs to children who've lost hair through illness - they accept yarn, crocheted beanies (which they'll use as a wig base), assorted knitted and crocheted accessories, and of course wigs - patterns etc on their site
- Binky Patrol Comforting Covers for Kids (http://www.binkypatrol.org/index.cfm) (USA) distributes blankets to children born with chronic & terminal illnesses or drug addictions
 - Blankie Depot (http://www.blankiedepo.org/) (New Jersey)  Handcraft blankets, hats, caps, toys, pillowcases, gloves, scarves, etc. for ill or tramautised children
 - Cards for Hospitalized Kids (http://www.cardsforhospitalizedkids.com/) (USA)  Create hand made cards for kids in hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses across the U.S.
 - Case for Smiles (http://caseforsmiles.org/) (USA) Sew pillow cases for hospitalized children.
 - Quilts for Kids (http://www.quiltsforkids.org/) (USA) Create quilts for ill and abused children.
 - Caitlin's Smiles (http://www.caitlins-smiles.org/kits.php) (USA) distributes arts and crafts kits & activities to hospitalised children
 - Ryan's Case for Smiles (http://www.conkerrcancer.org/) (USA) gives out bright cheery pillowcases to to seriously ill child in North America.
 - Mother Bear Project (http://www.motherbearproject.org/) (USA) gives hand-knit and crocheted bears to ill children
 - Project Linus-US (http://www.projectlinus.org/) (USA) gives handmade blankets, quilts and comforters to seriously ill and traumatized children
 - Quilt for Kids (http://www.quiltsforkids.org/) (USA) distributes cotton quilts for children in hospitals, who have life threatening illnesses
 - Knots of Love (https://www.knotsoflove.org/) (USA) distributes caps for chemo patients and blankets for incubated babies
 - Head Huggers (http://www.headhuggers.org/) (USA)  Knit, crochet, or sew caps for those who have lost hair due to illnesses or injuries.
 - Knitting Pals by the Bay (http://www.knittingpals.org/) (North California)  Knit caps for cancer patients
 - knitted knockers (http://knittedknockersusa.com/) (USA) distributes knitted prosthetics for women who have had mastectomies
- Days for Girls (http://www.daysforgirls.org/) (USA based): accept reusable sanitary items, given to women in the developing world to allow them to continue going to school & work all month long
- The Pink Slipper Project (http://thepinkslipperproject.blogspot.com/) (USA) gives out  handmade slippers to women and children that are living in shelters for victims of domestic violence
 - Handmade Especially For You (http://www.handmadeespecially.org/) distributes scarfs to women's shelters. accepts donations of scarfs labelled with a message from the crafter to the recipiant, or yarn
- Threads of Compassion (http://www.threadsofcompassion.org/) (USA) gives out handmade scarves to hospitalised victims of sexual abuse
- Enchanted Makeovers (http://www.enchantedmakeovers.org/) (USA) distribute homewares and toys to women's and homeless shelters
 - Hats for the Homeless (http://www.hats4thehomeless.org/index.html) (New York)  Knit or crochet hats, scarves, and gloves for homeless individuals in New York City.
 - Warm Up America (http://www.warmupamerica.org/) (USA) Crochet or knit afghans, hats, scarves, baby clothing, or blanket squares for people in need
 - HalfKnits (http://www.halfknits.com/) (USA)  Knit and crochet hats and blankets for those in need.
 - Shawl Ministry (http://www.shawlministry.com/) (USA) Weave, knit, crochet, or quilt shawls for individuals who need comfort and peace.
- Knit Your Bit (http://www.nationalww2museum.org/learn/knit-your-bit/) (USA) honors WWII veterans by giving a cozy, scarves
- Partnering With Heroes (http://opgrat.wordpress.com/2012/03/31/partnering-with-heroes-to-support-heroes/#) (USA) gives out paracord braclets to service troops (instructions for making on site)
- Soldiers' Angels (http://soldiersangels.org/teams-programs.html)[/b] (USA) organises many programs to send care packages / handmade blankets to military personal
- The Ships Project (http://www.theshipsproject.com/Home.htm) (USA) sends handmade hats, slippers, and Cool-Ties to deployed military service-people
- Project 40 (http://www.ravelry.com/groups/project-40) (USA - requires Ravelry account)takes knit / crochet blanket strips to be assembled into lapghans for nursing home residents
DOROT (http://www.dorotusa.org/site/PageServer?pagename=vol_cards_D#.V8DRYE0rKUn):  Craft a card for an isolated senior.
- San Rafael (http://www.wildcarebayarea.org/site/PageServer?pagename=babybirdnest_homepage) (USA) accepts knitted bird 'bowls' as homes for rescued baby birds 
- Comfort for Critters (http://comfortforcritters.org/) (USA) accept fleece / yarn pet blankets for use in animal shelters, and donations of yarn/fleece which thye distribute to old folks homes / commiunity projects for people there to turn into pet blankets
- Snuggles (http://www.snugglesproject.org) (USA) distribute blankets to animal shelters, knit / crochet / sew / no-sew patterns on site


Title: ~*Diagon Alley*~
Post 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 (https://www.etsy.com/shop/MistressJennie) 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.
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*ships worldwide*


Noodle's Notions Nest
The utterly fantastic noodle-bug has donated...
A watercolour set, with paints and brushes in handy kit that doubles as a water reservoir and mixing palate, then folds away to pocket size when you're done, and a pad of watercolour paper  

Noodle has also donated a Hogwarts yearbook, full of activities and fun stuffs for kiddos of all ages!

*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!
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*ships within North America*

The Octopus's Garden
The wonderous Abbeeroad has donated a delectable deathly hallows wood-burned necklace!

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 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=427092.msg5112944#msg5112944) (full details through link)


THANK YOU to all our donors - You're part of what makes the HPC the great community it is!


Title: Gryffindor Common Room
Post by: Abbeeroad on September 19, 2016 01:25:24 PM

Welcome to the Yule Term of the Harry Potter Craftalong! I hope that you will all carry the excellent crafty momentum from last term into this one! This term, we will be exploring the Gryffindor Tower and the Gryffindors within it! We'll start in the common room, where work, play, and students mingle. Explore and enjoy!

Test your HP knowledge: Harry Potter Emoji Quiz (https://www.buzzfeed.com/jarrylee/do-you-know-who?utm_term=.clbJ03l2Z#.yfAx2ZbK3)

Keep good company: Famous Gryffindors (https://www.pottermore.com/features/famous-gryffindors-through-the-ages)

Cross your stars: THE UNOFFICIAL, SIXTH YEAR HOGWARTS SCHOLAR'S GUIDE TO WIZARDLY SUN SIGNS (http://www.spenecial.com/birdsofafeather/astrology.htm)


Who's that Gryffindor?

Ever find yourself wandering the halls of Hogwarts, spotting other students with a gold and red scarf, and thinking to yourself, "who is that Gryffindor?" Well, wonder no more! The common room is a place for all Gryffindor students to mingle and get to know each other! If you are a little shy or intimidated, I'll introduce you to some. ;)

Allow me to introduce Gryffindor student (and our esteemed Headmistress), Mistress Jennie!

You may recognize Mistress Jennie by her beautiful face:


Or by her beautiful personality! Read on to learn a little bit more about your fellow Gryffindor.

What do you feel makes you a Gryffindor?
That is an excellent question, especially since I'm not sure many who meet me would call me bold or daring.  I always had fantastic grades and was an overachiever in school, like my Ravenclaw friends.  I worked very hard to get a full scholarship to graduate school, and my fierce ambition paid off, like it often does for our Slytherin members. When I taught college, my goal was to make sure all my students were included, like any loyal Hufflepuff.  But when the Sorting Hat asked who I wanted to be, I knew in my heart it was Gryffindor. Gryffindor House represents everything I want to be, and try hard to hold myself to being.  To me being a Gryffindor means standing up and speaking up when you see wrongs or injustices happening.  It means risking death (or worse, expulsion!), to make sure evil doesn't take root.  It means that you keep going, even when things seem darkest, because in the end that's the right thing to do.

Which Gryffindor student do you think you most resemble?

If I were to name which Gryffindor student I am most like, I'd have say a mix of Hermione and Neville.  I might not be the first one to decide to go on a quest, worrying over the possible consequences, and sometimes I need to dig deep to find my courage.  But that didn't stop either of them from fighting for what was right, and it won't stop me either.

What drew you to the Harry Potter Craftalong?
Our former Headmistress pinkleo, asked me to join during the first semester.  I had seen her post the Craftalong, but at first I didn't want to get involved, because I felt so busy with work.  But since we are Crafster BFF's, I decided to stop in and say hello in an effort to support her new endeavor.  Since we usually co-organized for one another's swaps, it was natural to offer to help her when the Craftalong started to grow.  Soon, I was her Deputy Headmistress, and the rest as they say, is history!

What is your favorite project you've ever submitted as part of the Craftalong?
I keep a Pinterest Board with everything I've submitted to the HPC, and in thinking about this question I scrolled through it.  It seems I've submitted 500 projects since the HPC began, so it was hard to narrow it down.  I'd say my top three are the Gryffin-ghan (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=415769.0) that I made for pinkleo, because it was the first large scale crochet project that I took on. The inspiration from folks who were making large scale projects here really gave me the confidence to try something so big. 


Next was my Muggle Studies NEWT (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426879.0), a home canning extravaganza in which I taught myself about canning by making 20 different preserved food recipes, resulting in 105 jars of food in just 36 days!  I think this was my first NEWT, and the incentive to complete a large scale project to earn lots of House Points was a great inducement to try something I was initially frightened of.


But my absolute favorite project that I've submitted here was my Shrine to the Goddess of Crafty Inspiration (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=424808.0), which was also made for pinkleo.  While it is physically small, about 7" square, it took a full week of painting, crackling, sanding, distressing, stamping, gathering bits and bobs, and gluing items in layer by layer.  I used lots of items I had been hoarding for years including antique buttons, wooden spools, and tins, found objects like the burnt out headlight from my car, broken jewelry, and a licorice root from Knickertwist's garden.  I think the ongoing nature of the project, in which only a bit could be done at a time, is a great parallel to the HPC, where we are each sharing a bit of our crafting with one another each and every day.



What is your favorite Harry Potter-themed craft (can be yours of someone else's)?
I think my favorite HP craft that I've created is my Silver Doe Shrine Ornaments (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437136.0) for the HP Holiday Swap in 2014. It was one of those rare instances of a 'Eureka! Moment' of inspiration, coupled with the fact that they came out even better than I had imagined them. 


As for HP crafts from other folks, I've long been in love with ofenjen's Harry Potter Quilt (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=175580.0).  It's my Everest.  The thing I'd most like to conquer some day.


How has the Harry Potter Craftalong influenced your life (inside or outside of crafting)?
The HPC has had a huge influence in my life.  I came to know several members who I consider close friends out in the Muggle world, and have even had a chance to meet a few including Abbeeroad & Magpirate.  (And I'm looking forward to meeting edelC this summer!)  It has also taught me to look for inspiration everyday.  Since I'm the one planning so many of the challenge & class prompts, I keep a running list of ideas, so that hopefully the craftalong never feels stale.  I want everyone to continue to be inspired here, which in turn, inspires me.

Anything you'd like to say to your fellow HPC Hogwarts Students?
Thank you for inspiring me!  Each time I see someone excitedly propose an OWL, proudly post their completed NEWT, or even just commenting on someone else's work, it gives me a warm glow in my heart.  Craftster is such a magical place of sharing and creativity, but the HPC is even more special to me because it combines that creative spark with a deep and abiding love of story, helping to keep the magic of that story alive in our hearts every day.

Thanks for taking the time to introduce yourself to your fellow students, Mistress Jennie!


Title: Ravenclaw Tower
Post by: FiberAlchemist on September 19, 2016 01:51:27 PM
Welcome Back for Yule Term!

This time every year we gear up for the “season of holidays”.  Beginning with Halloween and going through the new year there is always a lot to celebrate.  But what about some lesser known holidays?  This semester we over in Ravenclaw Tower are going to see if we can rival the celebrations of the Hufflepuff “Party” Room by celebrating some lesser known holidays!


October
1st - National Homemade Cookies Day
2nd - National Name your Car Day - maybe we can name our broomsticks instead!
4th - National Taco Day - really the most important day of the year.
8th - Canadian Thanksgiving - In the late 1950s, the Canadian government declared the second Monday in every October Thanksgiving day.
12th - International Moment of Frustration Scream Day - after all those History of Magic scrolls Professor Binns assigned we could all use a good scream.
15th - Global Handwashing Day
18th - National No-Beard Day
24th - National Bologna Day

30th - Mischief Night - this is every night for Peeves!

November
3rd - Sandwich Day
6th - National Saxophone Day

8th - Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day - maybe we should keep this a secret from the house elves.
15th - National Bundt Day
18th - National Married to a Scorpio Day
23rd - National Fibonacci Day
24th - Celebrate your Unique Talent Day

25th - Shopping Reminder Day - only one month until Christmas
27th - National Flossing Day - Hermione’s parents favorite holiday!
28th - National Aura Awareness Day - maybe we should all avoid Professer Trelawney today.

December
5th - Repeal Day - celebrating the end of Prohibition! -Let’s have a Butterbeer!
7th - National Cotton Candy Day
12th - Poinsettia Day

21st - Forefathers’ Day - first celebrated in 1769 in honor of the pilgrims, who landed on Plymouth Rock in 1620
21st - National Flashlight Day
23rd - Festivus - let’s “air our grievances” and perform many “feats of strength”

January
3rd - Fruitcake Toss Day
9th - National Static Electricity Day

14th - National Dress Up Like your Pet Day - time to dust off that old owl costume
18th - Thesaurus Day
20th - Penguin Awareness Day

22nd - National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day - meow?
24th - “Butter” Beer Can Appreciation Day
28th - National Kazoo Day



Title: Re: SETTING UP HARRY POTTER CRAFTALONG WINTER TERM
Post by: ErinAquaheart on September 19, 2016 03:33:34 PM
Slytherin's ONLY!!!!


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Title: Re: SETTING UP HARRY POTTER CRAFTALONG WINTER TERM
Post by: Moonflame on September 19, 2016 04:22:46 PM
Welcome to the Hufflepuff Common Room!!



Let us take a moment month to celebrate the Glorious Birth of Gilderoy Lockhart!


Surround Yourself with the Party Atmosphere! (http://harry-potter-sounds.ambient-mixer.com/gilderoy-lockhart-s-party) (opens in new window.)


Completed Classes

HOUSE PRIDE: Seeuudee (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.550)


HOUSE UNITY: Moonflame (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.510)

Alchemy: Patty_o_furniture (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.240), Gaudiknight (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.290), Midkiffsjoy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.340), Jillybeans (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.420), Moonflame (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.500), Seeuudee (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.550)

Apparition:Gaudiknight (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.230), Midkiffsjoy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.340), Jillybeans (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.420), Moonflame (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.500), Seeuudee (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.550)

Arithmancy: Seeuudee (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.140),  Patty_o_furniture (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.240), Midkiffsjoy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.340), GaudiKnight (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.410), Jillybeans (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.420), Moonflame (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.500),  Patty_o_furniture (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.560)


Astronomy: Gaudiknight (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.230),  Patty_o_furniture (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.240), Jillybeans (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.420), Moonflame (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.500), Plaidpineapple (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.560), Seeuudee (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.570), Midkiffsjoy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.610)


Care of Magical Creatures: Gaudiknight (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.340), Midkiffsjoy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.430), Jillybeans (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.420), Moonflame (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.500), Seeuudee (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.570)

Charms:  Patty_o_furniture (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.240), Gaudiknight (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.340), Midkiffsjoy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.380), Jillybeans (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.420), Moonflame (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.500), Seeuudee (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.570)

  

Defence Against the Dark Arts: Jillybeans (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.420), Jillybeans (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.420), Moonflame (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.500), Midkiffsjoy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.520), Gaudiknight (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.560)

Divination: Seeuudee (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.110), Patty_o_furniture (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.180), Gaudiknight (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.290), FateWineRoses (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.320), Midkiffsjoy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.430),  Plaidpineapple (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.480), Jillybeans (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.420), Moonflame (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.500)

Flying: Patty_o_furniture (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.250), Midkiffsjoy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.380), Gaudiknight (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.600)


Herbology:  Patty_o_furniture (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.240), Gaudiknight (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.340), Midkiffsjoy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.380), Jillybeans (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.420), Moonflame (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.500), Seeuudee (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.600)



History of Magic: Gaudiknight (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.290), Jillybeans (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.420), Jillybeans (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.420), Moonflame (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.500), Midkiffsjoy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.520), Midkiffsjoy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.520), Plaidpineapple (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.560), Seeuudee (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.600)

Muggle Studies: Midkiffsjoy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.380), Patty_o_furniture (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.380), Jillybeans (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.420), Moonflame (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.500), Seeuudee (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.600), Gaudiknight (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.600)



Potions: AnnoyingBigSister (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.380), Midkiffsjoy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.380), Jillybeans (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.420), Moonflame (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.500)


Study of Ancient Runes: Midkiffsjoy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.380), Patty_o_furniture (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.380), Jillybeans (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.420), Moonflame (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.500), Seeuudee (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.570), Gaudiknight (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.600)


Transfiguration:  FateWineRoses (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.320), Patty_o_furniture (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.350), Jillybeans (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.420), Moonflame (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.500)



Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans



Detention in the Dungeons


October: AnnoyingBigSister (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.30) **FIRST SUBMISSION OF THE TERM!!** :),  Seeuudee (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.110),  Patty_o_furniture (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.240), Midkiffsjoy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.380), GaudiKnight (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.410)



November: Midkiffsjoy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.380), GaudiKnight (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.410), Seeuudee (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.550), Moonflame (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.580)


December: GaudiKnight (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.410), Midkiffsjoy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.520), Moonflame (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.580)

January: Midkiffsjoy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.520), Moonflame (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.580)

Headmistress's Challenge:

October -  WAND : Seeuudee (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.80)

Mini Challenge - Put a Pumpkin on it: Seeuudee (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.200),  Patty_o_furniture (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.240)

November - BROOM:  AnnoyingBigSister (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.240)

Dec - Post Owl: GaudiKnight (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.410), Midkiffsjoy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.420)





A Pinch of Floo Powder

Prague: Gaudiknight (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.230)

Tattooine: Midkiffsjoy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.310)

A Bridge: Midkiffsjoy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.340)

Empire State Building: AnnoyingBigSister (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.380), Midkiffsjoy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.380)

Tree House: AnnoyingBigSister (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.410), GaudiKnight (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.410), Midkiffsjoy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.430)

Grimmauld Place: Jillybeans (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.420), Moonflame (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.500), Midkiffsjoy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.520)

~*Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees Challenge Series*~

Angel: Patty_o_furniture (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.350), Gaudiknight (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.480), Seeuudee (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.510)

Baubles: Seeuudee (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.310), Patty_o_furniture (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.350), Gaudiknight (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.480)

Bells: Midkiffsjoy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.450), Jillybeans (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.420), Moonflame (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.500), Seeuudee (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.510), Gaudiknight (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.510;)

Candles: Seeuudee (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.310), FateWineRoses (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.320), Midkiffsjoy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.450), Jillybeans (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.420), Moonflame (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.500)

Fake Snow: Patty_o_furniture (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.350), Midkiffsjoy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.450), Seeuudee (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.510), Seeuudee (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.510), Gaudiknight (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.510;)

Garland: Midkiffsjoy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.450), Jillybeans (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.420), Moonflame (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.500), Seeuudee (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.510), Seeuudee (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.510), Gaudiknight (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.510;)

Icicles: Seeuudee (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.310), Patty_o_furniture (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.350), Gaudiknight (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.480)

Lights: Seeuudee (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.310), AnnoyingBigSister (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.430), Jillybeans (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.420), Moonflame (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.500)

Ribbons: Patty_o_furniture (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.380), Jillybeans (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.420), Moonflame (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.500), Seeuudee (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.510)

Star: AnnoyingBigSister (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.280), Seeuudee (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.310), FateWineRoses (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.320), Patty_o_furniture (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.350), Jillybeans (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.420), Gaudiknight (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.480), Jillybeans (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.420), Moonflame (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.500)

Tinsel: Seeuudee (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.310), Patty_o_furniture (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.350), Gaudiknight (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.480), Jillybeans (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.420), Moonflame (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.500)

Tree Skirt: FateWineRoses (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.320), Midkiffsjoy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.450), Jillybeans (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.420), Moonflame (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.500), Seeuudee (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.510)


Magical ME Challenge


 Midkiffsjoy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.530), Seeuudee (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.550), Moonflame (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.580), Gaudiknight (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.600)

Philosopher's Stone Challenge

 Midkiffsjoy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.520), Seeuudee (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.550), Midkiffsjoy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.520), Gaudiknight (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.560)

O.W.L.s and N.E.W.T.s


Proposed O.W.L.s:

J_Kieviet - Transfiguration, Option 1 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.140)

Gaudiknigt - Potions (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.160) completed



Moonflame - Potions, Option 1 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440461.msg5340522#msg5340522)

Seeuudee - Charms (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=433608.msg5209820#msg5209820)

Patty_o_furniture - Defence Against the Dark Arts, Option 1 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.350)






Completed O.W.L.s:

Patty_o_furniture (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.350)

Gaudiknight (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.470)

Moonflame, - Potion, Option 1 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.490)





Proposed N.E.W.T.s

J_Kieviet - Arithmancy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.140)

Patty_o_furniture - Arithmancy (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.250)

 Plaidpineapple - Potions (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.480)



Title: Hogwarts Kitchens: Home of Iron Chef Hogwarts
Post by: Abbeeroad on September 20, 2016 07:21:36 AM
Hogwarts will continue to host "Iron Chef Hogwarts" this semester! Each month a new secret ingredient will be revealed. All Hogwarts students who prepare a dish containing the secret ingredient will earn the secret ingredient badge displayed below and be entered into the Ion Chef Hogwarts giveaway at semester's end to win a yet-to-be-announced prize!

If you make a dish with the secret ingredient each month, your name will be entered into the drawing at the end of the semester THREE times for THREE chances to win!

Be sure to add the header Iron Chef Hogwarts: SECRET INGREDIENT (e.g. MUSHROOM) to your entry. And double up with existing classes/challenges to claim house points (Iron Chef Hogwarts entries that do not fit a class/challenge prompt will not count for house points)


The secret ingredient for January is....


SPARKLING WINE!

Celebrate the new year with a Vanilla Sparkling Wine Pound Cake (http://www.bhg.com/recipe/pound-cakes/vanilla-sparkling-wine-pound-cake/), or cheers it up with this  Sparkling Pomegranate Punch (http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/sparkling-pomegranate-punch), or even sparkle up dinner with Chicken with Fresh Peas and Sparkling Wine (http://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/recipes/a1675/chicken-fresh-peas-sparkling-wine-3789/)!*

*Sparkling grape juice, cider, or any other "sparkling" drink can be substituted. ;D


Previous Iron Chef Challenges

October - Beer

FiberAlchemist - Beer Brownies (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.msg5416280#msg5416280)
Mistress Jennie - Pumpkin Beer Bread (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.msg5415973#msg5415973)
Abbeeroad - Chicken with Honey Beer Sauce (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.msg5415758#msg5415758)

November - Cranberries

Mistress Jennie - Pork Meatballs with Cranberry & Beet Agrodolce, over Creamy Farro & Kale (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.msg5418629#msg5418629)
FiberAlchemist - Cranberry Pie (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.msg5419991#msg5419991)
ErinAquaheart - Applesauce Loaf Cake with Dried Cranberries (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.msg5420010#msg5420010)

December - Coffee

FiberAlchemist - Mocha Chip Cookies (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.msg5423529#msg5423529)




NOTE: All secret ingredients are chosen at random from a list of ingredients that have been actual Iron Chef secret ingredients on the US muggle television show. That being said, if you are allergic to any ingredient posted, you may still enter and earn your badge IF you choose a recipe that is traditionally made with the secret ingredient but substitute that single ingredient with an allergy-safe version. Please call out any substitutions in your post. Only substitutions based on allergy or other health-related dietary restrictions will be accepted. Thank you for your cooperation!


Title: Welcome to the dungeons...
Post 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




Title: Astronomy Tower
Post by: Inselaeffchen on September 20, 2016 12:24:31 PM


During the Yule Term there will be 6 Meteor Showers! We'll have the Draconids, Orionids, Taurids, Leonids, Geminids and the Ursids Meteor Shower.  A meteor shower is a celestial event in which a number of meteors are observed to radiate, or originate, from one point in the night sky. These meteors are caused by streams of cosmic debris called meteoroids entering Earth's atmosphere at extremely high speeds on parallel trajectories.

For homework I would like you to study the different Meteor Showers and craft something in multiples, incorporates the number 6 or something that springs out at you when studying the origins (name/place in space etc) of the meteor showers above. (If choosing the last option, please state which meteor shower you studied and what did spring out at you during your studies).


Title: Herbology Greenhouse
Post by: Inselaeffchen on September 20, 2016 12:25:09 PM


The weather can turn quite a bit at Hogwarts! It's getting colder, wetter, and stormier up north. So during the Yule Trimester we'll be looking into the magical components of tea. I'd like you to select one type of plant that can be used to brew tea. It may be the traditional tea (Camellia sinensis) plant used for white, black, and green tea, or any plants that can be made into an herbal tea. These include mint, chamomile, rooibos, rose hips, lemon peel, or any other plant material that may be brewed into a tea or tisane.

Please look at your plant and then craft something that represents the characteristics of the plant (leaves, color, berries, flowers etc.). Or you could craft something that you associate with tea, the tea ceremony or the uses of tea (think outside the box!).


Title: Re: SETTING UP HARRY POTTER CRAFTALONG WINTER TERM
Post by: ErinAquaheart on September 20, 2016 12:43:04 PM
Care if Magical Creatures




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Title: Re: SETTING UP HARRY POTTER CRAFTALONG WINTER TERM
Post by: ErinAquaheart on September 20, 2016 12:43:11 PM
Divination


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Title: Re: SETTING UP HARRY POTTER CRAFTALONG WINTER TERM
Post by: ErinAquaheart on September 20, 2016 12:43:20 PM
Transfiguration


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Title: Re: SETTING UP HARRY POTTER CRAFTALONG WINTER TERM
Post by: jenleahlynn on September 20, 2016 06:10:11 PM


History of Magic (HoM)

 This semester we will be studying the Werewolf Code of Conduct of 1637. It was a set of rules outlining the responsibilities of werewolves during their monthly transformations. It was a complete failure because no one was willing to come forward and identify himself or herself as a werewolf, preferring instead to live in secret for their own protection.

For your assignment, we will focus on transformations. It could be a personal transformation, such as a costume for Halloween, or new party look for a New Year’s Eve event. You could also create a project with a hidden element, an opening, or a secret message.



Title: ~*Apparition Classroom*~
Post by: edelC on September 24, 2016 07:36:13 AM


Apparition

Witches and wizards who are adept at apparition make it look easy. They appear and reappear at will. For this class please craft something from a technique that is easy for you AND Share a tip so that we can all learn from your work. Alternatively make a simple and easy dish and share the recipe with us.


Title: ~*Charms Classroom*~
Post by: edelC on September 24, 2016 07:36:42 AM



Charms
We continue our study of charms with an examination of Bond of Blood charms. These are extremely powerful and ancient charms, which are formed when a person sacrifices himself or herself for a family member, out of deep and pure love. The sacrifice creates a lingering protection in the blood of the person who was saved. For homework please create something that relates to blood or the color red. You could make a pouch to hold sanitary products, a first aid kit, homemade black pudding, or make something where the dominant color is red, such as knitting a red cowl. Alternatively since the charm relates to family and sacrifice, you can also fulfill the requirement by making something for a family member or making an item for charity.


Title: Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime!
Post by: gaudiknight on September 30, 2016 02:04:06 PM
Flying around!


Title: Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime!
Post by: Magpirate on September 30, 2016 08:20:35 PM
Defense Against the Dark Arts

This term we will be studying the Dark creation known as the Inferius.  Inferi are corpses, reanimated by Dark magic to serve the wizard who creates them.  Since they are not alive, they cannot be physically harmed, so many defensive spells that would be effective against a human opponent will be useless against Inferi.  The best way to combat such creatures is to repel them with fire, as they are averse to light and heat.  Practice your flame-summoning charms by either crafting something that brings or uses light (such as a lamp or suncatcher) or something that requires the application of heat.


Many wizards and witches, when first learning about Inferi, assume that "Inferius" is simply another word for "zombie."  While both types of creatures are reanimated corpses, there are several important differences in their phisiology.  For example, as evidenced by this free printable game (http://www.stormthecastle.com/paper-games/zombie-apocalypse.htm), zombies can be destroyed using nonmagical means (such as the Muggle weapon known as a "pistol") whereas Inferi are impervious to most forms of physical harm.  Additionally, as in this (significantly more complicated) free printable game (http://www.witchmastercreations.com/dawn-of-the-dead-boardgame/), a zombie cannot be controlled and will attack and consume any living humans in its immediate area.  In contrast, Inferi are merely puppets, possessing no will or motivation of their own and able only to carry out the tasks which they have been enchanted to perform (which can include physical labor or guard duty).


Title: Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime!
Post by: Magpirate on September 30, 2016 08:20:59 PM
Muggle Studies Class

Wizards have many proverbs and sayings which you may be familiar with, such as "Don't count your owls before they're delivered" and "May-born witches marry Muggles."  Muggles have their own set of axioms, as well.  Research Muggle sayings and make a craft inspired by one or more of them.  For example, inspired by "A stitch in time saves nine," you could repair a pile of clothes that are starting to wear out; or you could choose "Waste not, want not" and make something useful out of materials that would otherwise go to waste.


If you're having trouble coming up with a saying to use, fear not!  Here is a list of proverbial phrases (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_proverbial_phrases) to help inspire you.

And just for fun, here are some new proverbs created by schoolchildren who were given the first half of well-known sayings and asked to fill in the rest.  This list was originally published in a "Dear Ann Landers" article, which can be found here (http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1998-11-11/features/9811110199_1_dear-ann-landers-readers-lives).

It is always darkest . . . just before you flunk a test.

There is nothing new . . . under a rock.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with . . . a private jet.

A committee of three . . . gets things done when they are not fighting.

If you can't stand the heat . . . try Antarctica.

Better late than . . . absent.

A rolling stone . . . may dent the floor.

If at first you don't succeed . . . live with it.

Laugh, and the world laughs with you. Cry . . . and then blow your nose.

A bird in the hand is . . . better than a woodpecker on your head.

Early to bed, early to rise . . . and you will get the best cereal.

Two heads . . . are pretty scary.

It is better to light a candle than . . . to light a bomb.

A miss is as good as . . . a mister.

A penny saved . . . is not a lot.

Don't burn your bridges . . . or you'll fall in the lake.

Haste makes . . . sweat.


Title: Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime!
Post by: TechnicolorAquahearts on October 01, 2016 06:29:52 AM
Alchemy


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Title: Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime!
Post by: TechnicolorAquahearts on October 01, 2016 06:30:20 AM
Study of Ancient Runes


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Title: Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime!
Post by: AnnoyingBigSister on October 01, 2016 08:06:27 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride:October Detention
House:Hufflepuff
Project Name:FNaF RP drawing
Brief Description: So for this project we were to make an improvised project with no planning. It was hard!! I'd start something, but then I'd realize I was planning it and I'd have to start all over. *sigh* So I eventually put on a KawaiiYanderLee FNaF Vocaloid song, since they have so many characters I'd never be able to straight out plan a drawing with it. I ended up drawing Mangle, Marionette and SpringTrap. I thought I was done, but then I drew Balloon Boy and PlushTrap running from Toy Bonnie, who they just pranked. Then I had to draw Toy Freddy standing off to the side and then SpringBonnie and FredBear peeking in at the window! ^.^
Project Picture:



Title: Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime!
Post by: Moonflame on October 01, 2016 09:14:45 PM
Awesome job, AnnoyingBigSister! You are FIRST,  FIRST,  FIRST!!! :D I especially love how you did the shading on Mangle's skirt and top.

OMG, Noodle-bug, I'm DYING over the Potions classroom picture! ;D


Title: Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime!
Post by: Abbeeroad on October 02, 2016 07:21:01 AM
Awesome start to the semester, AnnoyingBigSister!!

I'll be working on setting things up today!


Title: Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime!
Post by: Abbeeroad on October 02, 2016 09:04:09 AM
Hogwarts will continue to host "Iron Chef Hogwarts" this semester! Each month a new secret ingredient will be revealed. All Hogwarts students who prepare a dish containing the secret ingredient will earn the secret ingredient badge displayed below and be entered into the Ion Chef Hogwarts giveaway at semester's end to win a yet-to-be-announced prize!

If you make a dish with the secret ingredient each month, your name will be entered into the drawing at the end of the semester THREE times for THREE chances to win!

Be sure to add the header Iron Chef Hogwarts: SECRET INGREDIENT (e.g. MUSHROOM) to your entry. And double up with existing classes/challenges to claim house points (Iron Chef Hogwarts entries that do not fit a class/challenge prompt will not count for house points)


The secret ingredient for October is....


BEER!

Make one of my all-time favorites: beer butt chicken! (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/214618/beer-can-chicken/) Warm up with this spicy beer chili (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/70038/franks-spicy-alabama-onion-beer-chili/). Get sweet with this chocolate stout cake (http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/chocolate-stout-cake-107105)

Head to The Kitchens (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.msg5409681#msg5409681) for more info!


Title: Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime!
Post by: Mistress Jennie on October 02, 2016 02:24:23 PM
Mmmm.... beer.   Might have to make a batch of my infamous Guinness Stew for this project!  (I used to make a Guinness ice cream, but being lactose intolerant means I don't bother anymore.)


Title: Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime!
Post by: Ant Bee on October 02, 2016 06:44:20 PM
Mmmm.... beer.   Might have to make a batch of my infamous Guinness Stew for this project!  (I used to make a Guinness ice cream, but being lactose intolerant means I don't bother anymore.)

That's funny, I also have an infamous Guinness stew! Great (New Englander) minds, I guess! Lol

I love the energy the staff has brought to the new term- thanks for all the great prompt ideas! I started a new knit last night, we'll see how she goes...

Happy crafting, everyone!


Title: Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime!
Post by: Inselaeffchen on October 03, 2016 02:12:02 AM
Decided to try and post my class assignments as I get them done instead of big project dumps .... ;) Let's see how long that good intention lasts...  ;D

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: The Curse of Short-ish legs
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: Following the "A Stitch in time saves nine" saying, I (finally!) mended my girls' PJ bottoms (2 each). They're cursed with long upper bodies (so the tops are in sizes their age) and a short lower body (so can easily wear a size smaller than their age). Of course PJs don't come in mix and match, so I had to get the hems up for them to avoid lots of tumbles. ;)
Project Picture:


Title: Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime!
Post by: noodle-bug on October 03, 2016 05:07:19 AM
I definitely find it easier to post as I go, rather than in big sets :)

The hugest of huge Thank yous to Jennie & Antbee - both your contributions for the refugees arrived today! They're gorgeous, I've had to hide them from my housemates otherwise they make it to Calais!! Thank you lovely ladies xxx


Title: Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime!
Post by: Mistress Jennie on October 03, 2016 05:33:46 AM
You are SOOOO welcome!  Thank you for the crafting inspiration, for helping me use up some stash yarn (how do I still have so much more left?), and for all you're doing to help people.  You're my hero.   :-*


Title: Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime!
Post by: IsikkahJai on October 03, 2016 08:36:08 AM
BEEEEEERRRRR!!! I haven't worked with it much but I'm excited to try! Pinterest here I come! I tried a beer jalapeno bread last month that was less that stellar but that's probably cuz I know absolutely nothing about Beer. If it's alcohol, give it to me hard  ;)

Insel, I can sympathize with your daughters frustrating body portions. I have what they call an "hourglass" figure as well as being a short sh*t so that means that my pants are always too long with that awkward gap in the back and I can never wear form-fitting shirts without.....cleavage..... *LE SIGH*  ::) One day I'll just learn to make my own clothes and then everything will be alright  :D


Title: Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime!
Post by: Abbeeroad on October 03, 2016 10:30:11 AM
Guinness stew AND ice cream? Mr. Road might just show up on your doorsteps, ladies.

Oooo...the bread sounds so good, Isi! I wonder why it didn't turn out?


Title: Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime!
Post by: IsikkahJai on October 03, 2016 11:59:08 AM
I'm kinda dying to try the stew and ice cream myself. Maybe share the recipes if they're not a family secret??! \O/ Not sure what happened with the bread. The beer probably wasn't flavorful enough. I used a pale Foster's brand because the recipe didn't specify any and it was the only beer I could find in a single (NOT ginormous) can here -3- And now I'm wondering if I shouldn't have used it flat and warm instead of fresh and cold... Me no know *shrugs* My mother-in-law will enjoy experimenting with me for the Iron Chef challenge anyhow  ;D She's very fond of ale.


Title: Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime!
Post by: Inselaeffchen on October 03, 2016 12:48:44 PM
BEEEEEERRRRR!!! I haven't worked with it much but I'm excited to try! Pinterest here I come! I tried a beer jalapeno bread last month that was less that stellar but that's probably cuz I know absolutely nothing about Beer. If it's alcohol, give it to me hard  ;)

Insel, I can sympathize with your daughters frustrating body portions. I have what they call an "hourglass" figure as well as being a short sh*t so that means that my pants are always too long with that awkward gap in the back and I can never wear form-fitting shirts without.....cleavage..... *LE SIGH*  ::) One day I'll just learn to make my own clothes and then everything will be alright  :D

Oh yes, we have that as well, Isi... I really wonder why designers think that kids their age (5) have to have HUGE waists (and I have a "back cleavage" issue with trousers!!) !! I prefer the trousers that have the adjustable elastics in them for the girls!! Doesn't help that twin #2 doesn't have any curves to speak of ... so no bum at all! :o Her sister at least has a bottom you can see (and feels more cushioned, while twin#2 constantly causes bruising with her bony bottom!! ;) ).

As for beer recipes ... I shall hunt on Pinterest, too! :D


Title: Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime!
Post by: Abbeeroad on October 03, 2016 02:26:09 PM
Hey HPCers, head on over to the  Gryffindor Common Room (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.msg5409591#msg5409591) to learn a bit more about one of our fellow students, Gryffindor IsikkahJai!

I also got very excited about National Taco Day tomorrow AND named my broomstick "Agility5000" while perusing the common rooms for some reason...


Title: Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime!
Post by: Noxika on October 03, 2016 03:10:38 PM
~*OWL PROPOSAL HEADER*~
OWL Subject & Option: Charms
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Battle of the Bag - Round 2
Brief Description: I propose to learn to make a bag with zippered pouches, cute little pockets, the whole shebang!

I tried many years ago when I first started crafting (when I had no idea 'bout different fabrics and didn't realize that stretch jersey would not be great for a structured bag. :P) and of course it was an utter failure. I was devastated and I gave up; self confidence completely knocked. I have, throughout the years since, coveted people's bag-making skills from afar but never mustered the courage to try again. ...Until now!

I recently bought the cutest little bag that has reignited the spark and given me the courage to try again. I want to see if I have (since my first attempt) gathered the skills necessary to create a similar bag from sight. I freely admit to being slightly daunted (aka, completely terrified) and worried I'll stuff it up again but... I really, really want to give it a whirl in case, just maybe, I can actually do it. I adore bags and it would be an amazing accomplishment (not to mention a lot nicer on my bank account) to be able to make my own!

So, plan of attack.
1. Draft pattern.
2. Test pattern in scrap fabric.
*2b. Possibly/probably alter pattern & test again.
3. Acquire all bits & bobs for bag.
4. Final construction using suitably nerdy fabric.
5. Celebrate (hopefully - but I won't count my mandrakes before they sprout!)

I am estimating this will take 2-3 weeks. I tend to go on crafting binges of whole days, so if all goes well it may be a little quicker. Or, honestly, if it doesn't go right and I get dejected it may take a little longer.  ::)


Title: Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime!
Post by: ErinAquaheart on October 03, 2016 04:13:37 PM
I just got finished putting all of the prompts down onto my class planner. And I'm already planning lots of magical crafting attempts! Including but definitely not limited to.....

A brand new!

OWL PROPOSAL :D

Owl subject and option: Study of Ancient Runes--option 3
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Handmade Aquaheart Rune set

Project description: I have been studying how to read and use Runes for divining and artistic purposes. And I wanted a set of Runes that would reflect me. I am going to make a complete set of runes, and include a bag to draw them from when doing a reading, a mat to dump on place them when I do a reading, and a box to store said mat, runes, and bag. I will be sculpting each rune out of polymer clay. I want to use a double baking process where I bake the disc, carve the rune, fill the negative space with a different clay, and then bake the whole piece again. I'll then make the bag out of fabric and embroider it similar to how I did my tarot card bag. I would like to make the mat out of paper and cardboard, like a game board. But I've never done that so it might end up being fabric that I paint. And then the box will be wooden with a painted exterior (celestial I think) and a fabric lined inside. I'm hoping that I can complete all of this by November 1st. (And the kicker...I'm pretty sure I'm going to do the whole thing from stash •o•)



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Title: Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime!
Post by: ErinAquaheart on October 03, 2016 04:24:15 PM
Question about Iron Chef Hogwarts: Beer

My household is absolutely no alcohol for various reasons. Can I substitute Root BEER for the secret ingredient?


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Title: Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime!
Post by: edelC on October 04, 2016 05:09:36 AM
Guinness stew AND ice cream? Mr. Road might just show up on your doorsteps, ladies.

Oooo...the bread sounds so good, Isi! I wonder why it didn't turn out?

slightly unsurprisingly you can buy guinness chips and chocolate here in ireland (both disgusting btw, imho, but then I hate guinness)


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Post by: edelC on October 04, 2016 05:31:03 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divinatiojn
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Bee fabric
Project Page Link https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450348.0
Brief Description: This fabric is from my stash. Lino cutting is a craft that I return to again and again, the actual cutting is a bit of a PITA frankly, it can be very time consuming-although these were not- but the actual printing is very therapeutic. it is calm and relaxing and joyful. Just knowing that I can make unique OOAK fabrics is a really cool thing and even better to use these fabrics in some other projects. I always tend to print small amounts so it is really low stress. The sight of a load of FQ sizes hanging up to dry makes me happy!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: SOAR
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Bee hexie mug rug
Project Page Link
Brief Description: I have never done any hexagonal patchwork before, but the bee lino cut that I made inspired this. Hexies are not inherently difficult, for some people, but for me it turns out that they require a lot of discipline. I tend to sew first and ask questions later, that doesn't work for hexies, you have to be slow and methodical. I used all of the honey type colours in my stash, tried to keep them all different, sewed them together and quilted in the ditch. Then I stamped over the top with my bees. A smaller bee stamp on the back. The red border was supposed to evoke flowers. And the green on the back, plants.


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Post by: Moonflame on October 04, 2016 05:44:25 AM
Wow, edelC! Your bee fabrics are sooooooo cool!  And the mug rug is delightful! Awesome job!


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Post by: Inselaeffchen on October 04, 2016 05:57:23 AM
Absolutely adore your fabric printing, edelC! Really have to look into that to pep up some boring fabrics!!

Those bees are just wonderful, and I love the mug rug you made!!!

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Post by: IsikkahJai on October 04, 2016 06:34:14 AM
The Bee fabric is adorable EdelC! Now I want to snazz up some fabric as well  :D


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Post by: ErinAquaheart on October 04, 2016 06:42:28 AM
Just loving those bee inspired things. All so amazing, edelC!


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Post by: Abbeeroad on October 04, 2016 07:22:01 AM
Question about Iron Chef Hogwarts: Beer

My household is absolutely no alcohol for various reasons. Can I substitute Root BEER for the secret ingredient?

Hi Erin! Yes, you can absolutely 100% substitute Root Beer for Beer and your submission will still count! ;D


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on October 04, 2016 07:49:10 AM
I'm kinda dying to try the stew and ice cream myself. Maybe share the recipes if they're not a family secret??! 

One of my many years spent working in summer stock theatre (2002? or 2003?), several of us technicians who went to the same college, ganged up to buy groceries and cook together.  (We weren't making enough money to each feed ourselves, but if we all chipped in and bought in bulk, we could afford to eat a bit better.)  We jokingly called ourselves The Commune, much to the unhappiness of some of our housemates.  Everyone was responsible for something, doing dishes, setting table, cutting up veggies, and cooking the foods.  Over the course of the summer everyone ended up calling parents to get favorite family recipes for us to share.  Of course being theatre technicians, there was always alcohol around, and a few of our number were beer snobs.  At the same time, I started dating a guy who loved Guinness, so we started experimenting with cooking with alcohol.  My stew recipe was tried, tested, revisited and revised numerous times that summer, until we all liked it. 

That year for Christmas, I made everyone in The Commune a binder full of all the recipes that we cooked together.  I've been told by a few of them that they still have their binders and have kept adding to them over the years.

Since the weather is starting to cool off here, I'll try to make the stew and share the recipe at some point this month.  Meanwhile, the ice cream recipe is from Emeril Lagasse, and can be found here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/guinness-ice-cream-with-dark-chocolate-honey-sauce-recipe.html



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Post by: fatewineroses on October 04, 2016 09:32:32 AM
That bee fabric! I NEED that bee hexie mug rug!!!!!


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Post by: IsikkahJai on October 04, 2016 11:05:32 AM
Oh Mistress Jennie my mom did the same thing when she was younger  ::) Huge pots of chili and stew and enchiladas to feed an army. She was a beast, man! Could make a nickle stretch for two weeks if she needed to. I loved your story, even if the circumstances were less than stellar. As always, you seem to have made a bad situation into a fun and joyful time.

ErinAquaheart, I was browsing pinterest and found this link to dark chocolate ROOT BEER ALE cupcakes (although I'm sure you could probably just use a bottle of plain root beer). I plan on trying them soon. I can't resist.

http://www.ebay.com/gds/Root-Beer-Ale-Cupcakes-/10000000211418279/g.html?roken2=ti.pSmFtaWUgTG90aHJpZGdl


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Post by: seeuudee on October 04, 2016 12:49:29 PM
Yule semester is off to a fantastic start and the pinterest board is starting to look good already - https://uk.pinterest.com/ginico/harry-potter-craftalong-~-yule-semester-20162017/ (https://uk.pinterest.com/ginico/harry-potter-craftalong-~-yule-semester-20162017/)


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Post by: edelC on October 04, 2016 01:39:18 PM
That bee fabric! I NEED that bee hexie mug rug!!!!!

Ha! I had the same reaction to your tardis bag...
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Butterfly and bee pouch
Project Page Link (if available): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450348.0
Brief Description: So I made something tonight with the bee fabric (just a little bit of it). A craftster has inspired me to do random acts of craftiness, so this will be going in the mail tomorrow as a little suprise. It is from some of the bee fabric and a little of a butterfly fabric that I did previously. The bees were a lino cut the butterfly a potato print, but they work well together. As this is for one of my craftster family and it has red on it, I am submitting it for charms homework. 

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Post by: Moonflame on October 04, 2016 08:20:49 PM
OMG, that lucky, lucky crafter! How lovely! :)


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Post by: Magpirate on October 05, 2016 06:53:34 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition class
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Knotwork
Brief Description: I've been doing this type of Celtic-inspired knotwork drawing since I was in high school, many years ago.  It looks complicated, but when you break it down into a step-by-step process it's actually fairly simple.  Here's how I made this one:
1. Make three concentric circles.  You can use a compass if you like.  You'll want to mark the center of the circles so you can divide it up later.
2. Divide your circles into 8 equal sections by drawing lines through the middle to the edges.  Divide each of those sections in half, but don't go all the way to the center.
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=704698)
3. The places where the circles and lines cross are where your knot's strands will meet.  Connect them up using smooth lines.
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=704702) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=704699) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=704700)
4. Fill in the middle bits with loops.
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=704701)
5. "Fatten up" your line by drawing parallel lines on either side of your red line.  Pick a place where your strands cross and decide which strand will go over and which will go under, and alternate your unders and overs from there.  Ink the strands, erase your guide lines, and you're done!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - October
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Freehand Flowers
Brief Description: I'm participating in the Inktober art challenge (at least until I get bored or forget), where you're supposed to make an ink drawing every day in October.  For this one I didn't do an initial pencil sketch or plan out where anything would go, I just decided "flowers" and started drawing.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Unity
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Trundle the Badger
Brief Description: I talked my girlfriend into taking the Pottermore Sorting Hat quiz, and she got Hufflepuff!  She asked me to draw her a badger in honor of her new House.  I named him Trundle.
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Post by: Moonflame on October 05, 2016 07:26:04 AM
Magpirate Wow! You make Celtic knotwork so accessible. I could never get my head around how they went together. Thanks!

I love your Inktober sketch. I Did Inktober for all of 3 days last year. Maybe I should jump on it now! Oh, and of course I ADORE your Badger! Tell your girlfriend that Huffle House is honoured to have her, and it would be fantastic if she came to play on HPC! ;D


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Post by: jellybean89 on October 05, 2016 12:28:15 PM
~*OWL PROPOSAL*~
OWL Subject & Option: Defence Against the Dark Arts, Option 1
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Pine Marten Baby Blanket
Brief Description: For my Defence Against the Dark Arts OWL, I will use brown yarn the color of a pine marten (my patronus animal) to crochet a baby blanket. I already have the yarn, so I just need to choose a pattern. I plan on working on it a bit each day, so I can finish it by Halloween.
A picture of the inspiration: :)



~*NEWT PROPOSAL*~
Subject: Potions
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Holiday Cables Throw
Brief Description: For my Potions NEWT, I will use this pattern (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/holiday-cables-throw) to crochet a complex throw blanket that mixes five different patterns (front ridge, cable, arrow, woven stitch, celtic weave) and a lacy border. This needs to be done by Christmas, but I hope to finish it by Thanksgiving.


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Post by: fatewineroses on October 05, 2016 03:11:25 PM
edelC - I said it once, I'll say it again...lucky lucky craftster!

magpirate - Thank you for the impromptu tutorial. I love that!


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Post by: Ant Bee on October 05, 2016 03:58:20 PM
Love those bees!  :o

Great energy going on here, I love it!


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Post by: noodle-bug on October 05, 2016 05:46:03 PM
All students please note:
I CANNOT read your posts if you include cute animal photos, because it's just too distracting and arrrrr fluffy!!!!!


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Post by: Abbeeroad on October 06, 2016 07:23:59 AM
Love the celtic drawing, Magpirate! You make it seem like something I can actually do.

Class: Alchemy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Peruvian Chicken with Green Sauce
Project Page Link: Recipe (http://www.mccormick.com/recipes/main-dishes/peruvian-chicken-with-green-chile-sauce)
Brief Description: In the early days of my marriage, when it was just me and Mr. Road, we met friends in the city one night to try a new Peruvian restaurant called Pio Pio (http://www.piopio.com/). It was small and narrow and packed. We waited at least an hour for a table, standing by the entrance while delivery guys shuffled in and out through the door. Once we sat down, all the frustration of the wait was forgotten as we ate rotisserie Peruvian chicken, papas fritas with hot dogs, sweet plantains, and rice and beans, all absolutely smothered in a spicy green sauce and washed down with fruit-laden sangria. It is still one of our favorite memories of our early trips into NYC, and a gastric experience of a lifetime. We've gone back to Pio Pio several times since (they now have a MUCH larger space on Amsterdam Ave), but there was something magic about that first visit. In honor of that memory, I attempted to recreate at least the flavor of the experience at home with this dish. I added a couple jalapenos to the green sauce recipe to give it extra heat (it certainly put a fire in our bellies, too!). While the dish was very good, it was not as amazing as a real trip to Pio Pio, which I think we'll have to visit again very soon!
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Class: Astronomy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Chocolate Frog Cards
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: For the Ravenclaw-hosted Chocolate Frog Card Swap, I made multiple copies of my very own chocolate frog card! I struggled with what to write on the back, and in the end noticed a typo as a result of a misplace line break, but I was too far along to restart when I noticed it. It will just add to the value of the card eventually, right? ;) Hopefully these are mostly received and I'm not ruining any surprises...I just sent them Monday, so avert your eyes if you don't want spoilers. :) This pic is before I did a final trimming of the edges and signed my name on each card (because I forgot to type it in!).
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Challenge: Detention: October
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Slow Cloth Practice Piece
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: I'm participating in the Slow Cloth/Boro Stitch swap (and partnered with the fabulous noodle-bug, woohoo!) here on Craftster, and I wanted to get in some practice with my newly-purchased sashiko thread and needles before making a piece for the actual swap. I'm glad I practiced, because the piece for noodle is coming out much better. There was absolutely no planning for this improvised piece, it just kind of emerged as I went along. I tacked down each piece first, and then just stitched over the whole thing. It is very meditative and fun, and I can't wait to play more with this technique.
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Post by: IsikkahJai on October 06, 2016 03:27:55 PM
Score for Gryffindor!!! :D I love hole-in-the-wall places to eat. They really do have a magical quality about them. Very colorful re-creation Abbee! Good practicing with the stitches and your Chocolate Frog cards look ahhhh-dorable, typos and all <3


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Post by: FiberAlchemist on October 07, 2016 10:52:10 AM
I just got an Abbee card in the mail!!  ;D  Mine also were sent out this past Monday so they should be filtering into people's mailboxes soon.


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Post by: Abbeeroad on October 07, 2016 12:07:39 PM
Thanks, Isi! Hole-in-the-wall places really are the best. ;D

I just got an Abbee card in the mail!!  ;D  Mine also were sent out this past Monday so they should be filtering into people's mailboxes soon.

I got yours today!!

I now have 4 cards: jenleahlynn, patty_o_furniture, Inselaeffchen, and FiberAlchemist. Woohoo!! Super fun.


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on October 07, 2016 12:11:24 PM
I am so behind.  I made mine up in Photoshop they day we all got addresses, and haven't printed them yet.  :(


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on October 07, 2016 02:06:42 PM
***NEWT PROPOSAL***
Subject: Study of Ancient Runes
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Hooded Cape

Brief Description:  For my SoAR NEWT project I will be working on my deciphering skills, by carefully interpreting a large crochet pattern, into a beautiful hooded cloak.  The pattern is the Long Hooded Cloak by Maggie's Crochet (http://www.maggiescrochet.com/products/long-hooded-cape-crochet-pattern).  I will be making it from Knit Pick's Wool of the Andes yarn, in the colorway Claret Heather (http://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/Wool_of_the_Andes_Worsted_Yarn__D5420103.html).  I'm hoping to finish it while there is still time to wear it during morning dog walks, before winter coats become necessary.  Since I'm still currently walking her in just a tee shirt here in TN, that shouldn't be a stretch.  One of my goals in taking on this project, is to make a little bit of time every night to crochet for myself, even while spending so many long hours crafting to fill up my shop for the holidays.  Each fall I get so wrapped up in that, I lose the joy of crafting for fun, and I'm hoping this will be my inspiration.


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Post by: Ant Bee on October 07, 2016 02:37:10 PM
Oh, Headmistress! I've had that cloak pinned for ages. Good luck!


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Post by: Magpirate on October 07, 2016 10:01:50 PM
I forgot to mention it in my last post, but the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.msg5411396#msg5411396) and the Muggle Studies classroom (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.msg5411397#msg5411397) have been updated!


Magpirate Wow! You make Celtic knotwork so accessible. I could never get my head around how they went together. Thanks!

No worries!  You can use the same sort of technique to make rectangular knots or borders as well, just draw a grid and make your knot's strands cross where the gridlines meet.  Play around with how the strands interact - maybe instead of crossing, they pass by each other at certain points, like so:
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=704919)  Draw lightly and mess with your design until you come up with a pattern you like.  Have fun with it!  :)


Good luck with your OWL and NEWT, jellybean89!  The throw blanket is a gorgeous pattern and I'm sure both of your projects will turn out fabulously!

Abbeeroad, I love the improvised stitching piece!  Are you going to incorporate it into a finished project or just leave it as-is?

Jennie, your cloak will be fantastic!  Good choice on the color, I think it'll look lovely.


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms class
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Luna's Radish Earrings
Project Page Link: I used this tutorial (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=182000.0)
Brief Description: My girlfriend and I went to a Harry Potter event last night with our esteemed Headmistress, and I dressed as Luna Lovegood for the occasion.  I made Luna's red radish earrings for my costume.  (Since my ears aren't pierced, I couldn't just put them on ear wires - I had to unearth my one pair of clip-ons and attach the radishes to them.)
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration class
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Chocolate Frog Cards
Brief Description: Okay, technically I didn't dress as Luna Lovegood - I dressed as the Chocolate Frog card for Luna Lovegood.  My girlfriend was the Tonks card.  I made the cards from tri-fold display boards, poster board, and spray paint.  They required precise calculations to figure out the length of each side based on the height I had to work with, and to get the angles involved to make a regular pentagon.  They also required a firm hand when cutting with a craft knife against a metal ruler.  I wanted to make them a lot more detailed but I'm a terrible procrastinator and I didn't leave myself enough time to do more than this.  They were good enough to get the point across, though.
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Post by: Moonflame on October 08, 2016 08:02:58 AM
OMG Magpirate those radish earrings are AWESOME! And the chocolate frog cards are amazing! That must have been a fun event! I bet you got a lot of comments! :D


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on October 08, 2016 10:27:40 AM
People stopped them for pictures every 5 minutes!  Seriously fantastic costumes.  :D


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Post 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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Post by: midkiffsjoy on October 09, 2016 07:39:20 PM
Okay.....  Do we have a Bertie Bott to do?  I'm panicing because I can't find it and I don't want to miss the due date.  *cringe*


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Post by: Inselaeffchen on October 10, 2016 01:02:10 AM
midkiffsjoy - I think we replaced Bertie Bott's Beans with the Floo Powder.


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Post by: noodle-bug on October 10, 2016 04:25:45 AM
Yes, ours the Floo Ankh-Morpork challenge, rolled over from last term - it's due to change on Tuesday (tomorrow)


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on October 10, 2016 07:20:02 AM
Yeah.  Bertie Bott's challenges ended several months ago, to be replaced by Floo challenges.  noodle-bug announced last term that the previous Floo challenge rolled over into this semester.


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Post by: midkiffsjoy on October 10, 2016 07:28:33 AM
Lol. I know the name changed, but we still call them Bertie Bott in our house.  Roflmbo. I just wanted to be sure I hadn't missed it and was running out of time.  Rofl

I can't be the only one who still calls them Bertie Botts.  LOL


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Post by: Abbeeroad on October 10, 2016 10:20:56 AM
Abbeeroad, I love the improvised stitching piece!  Are you going to incorporate it into a finished project or just leave it as-is?

Good question - I have no idea what I'm going to do with it, haha.

Love your Tonks and Luna chocolate frog card costumes!! Awesome.

Class: Flying
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Organized craft table
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: My crafting table was in such dire need of organizing, I didn't even have the space to actually craft on it! With so many projects on my to-do list, I was getting paralyzed by my serious disorganization. I got a burst of energy yesterday to finally clean it all up (and out). One big trash can and at least one new organizing bin later...I've got my craft table back! And then some. I never had this much room to actually work on it before.
Project Pictures:

BEFORE (how embarrassing):



And AFTER:





Now I can actually get something done!


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Post by: seeuudee on October 10, 2016 12:42:24 PM
Abbeeroad - I love the starting and ending of sorting, especially my crafting area, but I really, really hate the middle bit, they bit where it seems to have got worse before it starts getting better! You did a fantastic job :)

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress - Wand Challenge (October)
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Centre Piece
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.)

I had not gone shopping for more wool and I had certainly not intended to buy any - my wool box is plenty full! And yet I came home with this fantastic selection of colours. They are tiny balls - only 10g each - so I had no plans for them, but needed this rainbow in my life!

Enter Stylecraft Yarns latest CrochetAlong - the Carousel Blanket - Part 1. Whether or not I go back and complete the rest of the blanket or not remains to be seen, but even so, I will be happy just to have the centre piece in my patchwork crochet blanket (when it finally gets put together  ::)).

Project Picture:





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Post by: TechnicolorAquahearts on October 11, 2016 09:53:29 AM
Class/challenge: Floo Powder Ankh Morpork

House: Slytherin

Project Name: Decorating Demo

Description: so I have recently been tapped at work to become the cake decorating instructor - for which I am NOT certified- this will be remedied over time but as of now I'm kind of winging it and doing it wrong aka uncertified so it fits the prompt. Here's a pic of the cookies I decorated for the demo:




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Post by: noodle-bug on October 11, 2016 04:13:59 PM
There's a new Floo challenge posted :)  (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.msg5409371#msg5409371)


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Post by: ErinAquaheart on October 11, 2016 07:32:00 PM
Challenge: Floo-- Ankh Morpork
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Not quite "right" applesauce bread
Project description: The truth is I didn't follow the recipe. I did it all wrong. Added stuff that wasn't supposed to be there. Substituted because that's what I had. But it turned out more than amazing. Sometimes you gotta do it "wrong" in order to get it right!

Project link: I started with this recipe--
http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/applesauce-cake-loaf/dab3c0af-6e69-45a1-8aec-d1771637933d

And then I used "smooth" applesauce. Doubled the vanilla, added 1 tsp ginger, and 1 tsp allspice. I substituted dried cranberries for the raisins and then ditched the nuts.

It turned out wonderfully spicy and delicious. I really wish that o could slice it up and share it with every one of you! But this picture and urging you to make your own it the best I can do.



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Post by: noodle-bug on October 12, 2016 03:24:49 AM
Seeuudee - you're welcome to hand the project in for 2 prompts if you want, but I just want to check you know that you'll only get 1 set of house points for it (ie 15 hp)  ;D


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Post by: Noxika on October 12, 2016 04:31:07 AM
Those Ankh Morpork submissions look delicious (and are making me hungry)!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: SoAR
SPEW:
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Mini Negan Doll
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: This is Negan, the new baddie on The Walking Dead.  He's about 8 inches tall (..or short :P) and has an armature so he's mad fun to play with. I've never made anything this small before, and I puzzled over his jacket for days. I've never made one before and couldn't figure out how the pieces went together or it was going to work - especially at such a small scale. It took me four hours and six attempts to actually successfully merge the mental calculations with the physical efforts required. 
Project Picture:



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Post by: Abbeeroad on October 12, 2016 06:09:39 AM
Love all those colors, seeuudee! The centerpiece looks awesome even if it never makes its way into a blanket!

Those leaf cookies look teacher-worthy to me, Technicolor!

Mmmm...spicy applesauce bread. :)

Wow, nerdplusneedle! That doll is awesomely constructed!!! I need to get on watching season 6 on Netflix...I've been stuck in X-files land (and loving it).


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Post by: seeuudee on October 12, 2016 08:51:57 AM
Seeuudee - you're welcome to hand the project in for 2 prompts if you want, but I just want to check you know that you'll only get 1 set of house points for it (ie 15 hp)  ;D

For some reason, in my head, House Unity and House Pride had to be tagged on to other projects! Will take the House Unity off and submit it just for the Wand Challenge :)


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on October 12, 2016 01:33:46 PM
Class: Apparition
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Vanilla Extract (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450442.0)

Brief Description: For my Apparition homework, I created something very easy for me, homemade vanilla extract to give as Christmas gifts.  (The full recipe is through the link.)  My tip for all of you is to use brown glass bottles for your extract.  While it it tempting to use clear glass to allow you to see the vanilla bean inside, the brown glass will help protect the flavor of your extract from being destroyed by light.
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Class: Astronomy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Cajun Seasoning (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=417363.msg4949053#msg4949053)

Brief Description: In Astronomy this term we are studying the multiple meteor showers that will happen this season, so I created multiple jars of cajun seasoning to add to holiday gifts!  I made 2 of my large batch recipe (through the link), which filled 14 of these small jars, and 3 more larger spice jars that I didn't get a pic of.  For those who are curious, the adorable tiny mason jars came from the dollar section of Target. 
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Class: CoMC
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Limoncello (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450441.0)

Brief Description: Did you know that Muggles in the United States once banned alcohol?  No, seriously they did!  They even called it 'The Noble Experiment'.  Only a Muggle would have thought of something so silly.  So, in honor of that previously banned substance, I made a double batch of limoncello to give as holiday gifts.  (The full recipe is through the link.)
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Challenge: Detention October
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Gather Ye Rosebuds Halloween Wreath (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450386.msg5412542#msg5412542)

Brief Description: For this project, all I knew was that I wanted to create a decoration for my front door.  I also knew I didn't want to spend a lot of money, so I went to the dollar store for supplies, and just picked up things that I was attracted to.  I came home with black roses, purple roses, a skull, some creepy cloth, some faux giant spiders, small skeletons, and a creepy little house.  When I walked around Joann's, wandering past all their Halloween goodies, I bumped into a plain burlap wreath which I picked up with a 50% off coupon.  When I got home, I pulled out my glue gun and just started playing around with all my loot, until I had something I liked.  (Note about the improvised nature of the project: Although I didn't have any specific plans in mind, I did take process pictures, because I'm challenging myself to share more of my crafting process here on Craftster as well as on my blog.  I'm hoping to get back into the Craftster spirit of creating tutorials where possible, and was able to turn my improvised project into a tute pretty easily afterwards.)
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Post by: Noxika on October 12, 2016 06:01:13 PM
Ooeee, Mistress Jennie, that wreath is GORGEOUS.

Wow, nerdplusneedle! That doll is awesomely constructed!!! I need to get on watching season 6 on Netflix...I've been stuck in X-files land (and loving it).

Ooh, sorry I hope I didn't spoil anything. I am a die-hard "hanging out for next week's episode" type of fan when it comes to TWD and forget not everyone is up to date.  :-[  X-files is a solid viewing choice! I still haven't gotten to the new few eps they released not so long ago.   (And many thanks on the compliment, btw!)


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Post by: IsikkahJai on October 13, 2016 06:32:27 AM
No worries Needleplusneedle!! He's in the season 6 trailers of TWD  :D Not much of a spoiler!! And he's incredibly awesome as a stuffie. The wee bat with the barbed wire....oh goodness  :D Tiny menace!

Mistress Jennie, can you walk on water??  :o I swear there's nothing you can't do. Can I be part of your family so I can get some of that yummy vanilla??  ;D I actually save the brown glass jars from my PREVIOUS extract bottles just so I can re-purpose them for essential oils or whatever else. Excellent project dump!


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on October 13, 2016 08:34:52 AM
Thank you guys!  

@IsikkahJai: lol.  No walking on water.  But I do bike in it!  I've been taking a 'hydrorider' class at the YMCA, where you use stationary bikes in the pool.  It's pretty freakin' awesome.  Craftwise, I'd like to say that 'I've never met a craft I didn't like', but that is a lie. I tried knitting.  We did NOT become friends.  I'll have to stick to crochet.  ;)


Meanwhile, for anyone interested, I just put up the interest thread for the upcoming HP Holiday Swap, Round 5: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450450.0


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Post by: Abbeeroad on October 13, 2016 08:39:41 AM
Ooh, sorry I hope I didn't spoil anything. I am a die-hard "hanging out for next week's episode" type of fan when it comes to TWD and forget not everyone is up to date.  :-[  X-files is a solid viewing choice! I still haven't gotten to the new few eps they released not so long ago.   (And many thanks on the compliment, btw!)

lol...no worries. I am always at least a season behind, so I'm very good at being oblivious to spoilers. ;)

Yay, Jennie! Such awesome projects! And I was just thinking about the HP Holiday swap the other day. I may or may not have been obsessively checking the New Swap Theme Ideas on the regular. ;)


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Post by: ErinAquaheart on October 13, 2016 10:09:19 AM
It was so much fun to do the "I want to live at the Burrows" swap that I might just have to do the HP Holiday swap.............. :D


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Post by: IsikkahJai on October 13, 2016 11:12:34 AM
How can we NOT do the HP Holiday swap? It's for one small craft. So many possibilities! AND! Easy to send overseas ^_^


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Post by: edelC on October 13, 2016 11:25:20 AM
OMG I have just looked it up, I have been working on my NEWT since February. I am doing an aran knitted hat. I know a lot of you would have it completed in an evening, so far I have the sum total of about 18 rows (with mistakes) that is 2 and a quarter rows per month I will never set the world onfire as a knitter, that's for sure.



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Post by: IsikkahJai on October 13, 2016 03:33:00 PM
No worries EdelC. My herbology O.W.L is 4 years old  ::)


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Post by: edelC on October 14, 2016 04:00:34 AM
woohoo. I have added a whole 8 rows of knitting!!


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Post by: IsikkahJai on October 14, 2016 06:34:27 AM
Amazing work edelC!!  ;D


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Post by: jenleahlynn on October 14, 2016 07:55:15 AM
class/challenge- october detention
house-gryffindor
project- Wonky House

i tried something new and did the chunky house swap. it was really fun streatching myself a bit and working without a plan. That spiderweb window started out as a doodle on a scrap of paper. i just played with this wonky house shape, adding details. That doorway needed a little something, and i found that skeleton in a halloween paper pack and cut him out.




I used the rest of the sheet to cover the back with more of his freinds.




class/challenge- floo powder-new zeland
house-gryffindor
project- moon house

please excuse my terrible picture! hopefully my partner will take another one when it arrives. this house is a mix of elements, including some maori inspiration. the idea of the moon and star fairy door was on pinterest. i had the green paper with the intracate spirals in my stash, and it reminded me a bit of the maori patters, as well as an iron fence.



my partner meantioned Johana Parkers folk art in her questionarre, so I attempted to draw one of her figures on the back. That grin reminds me of a figure you would find carved onto a totem pole.









class/challenge- HOM
house-gryffindor
project-Munster House

i covered thin cardboard with scrapbooking paper to create the outside of the house. It was meant to be 2d for easy shipping.


But those doors hide a suprise, when you open them Lilly Munster is inside!



class/challenge- Muggle studies
house-gryffindor
project- Skelely Love

My saying was "better late than never"  . I actually created the Chunky house frame first. The
grey landscape paper was in my stash. Then to finish it off, I liked the idea of the skeleton couple falling in love and going on dates and causing halloween trouble.


reverse side


class/challenge- Muggle studies
house-gryffindor
project- Skelely Love


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on October 14, 2016 11:08:01 AM
Advanced Studies Friday Update:
I've made decent progress on my new NEWT.  Here it is this morning, after finishing row 14.  Just 46 more to go!  And a hood to make.  And edging to add.  And buttons to sew on....  

Wait, what am I doing writing this post?  I have to crochet!   :D



In OWL news, I've finished my nebula granny sweater!  It's currently sitting on the end of my bed, waiting for DH to come home, so he can take a picture of me in it.  (Attempts at selfies produced less than stellar results for such a long-in-progress project.)  Hope to post very soon!


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Post by: Ant Bee on October 15, 2016 02:18:34 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Christmas Stocking
Brief Description: This stocking is very exciting to me because I've wanted to knit one for years but always chickened out because of the heel procedures.  For this assignment I finally did it! I used green yarn from my stash (It's both Christmassy and Slytherin-y!) that I've had for years and could not decide what to do with it. It is a positive experience for me because I love Christmas decorating. My sister always says that Christmas "throws up in [my] house every year" and I'm not too proud to say she is correct! haha.  The project improves my future because I have always wanted to knit socks and now that I have turned one heel and been successful I feel confident that I could do it again. (Like Harry seeing himself cast his corporeal patronus at the side of the lake in Book 3 lent him the confidence to do it again and save them all.)
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The "leg" is just over 10 inches long and the whole thing is about a foot. (tee hee, c'monnn, that's funny.)



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Post by: Mamaneedles on October 15, 2016 09:44:44 PM
I juste wanted to drop by and say hi! I'm currently making a HP board game and it made me miss all you guysso much! Happy to see it's still going! I will try to come back and craft some stuff. I just got back and read my NEWT proposal and after 2 years I'm still working on that project! It's crazy!

It's late now but I will be back to take a look at everything and giving some love on your project. If you want of me, that is! Missed you! xx


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Post by: Ant Bee on October 16, 2016 12:02:48 PM
Looking good, Head Mistress! I can't wait to see the final product!


I juste wanted to drop by and say hi! I'm currently making a HP board game and it made me miss all you guysso much! Happy to see it's still going! I will try to come back and craft some stuff. I just got back and read my NEWT proposal and after 2 years I'm still working on that project! It's crazy!

It's late now but I will be back to take a look at everything and giving some love on your project. If you want of me, that is! Missed you! xx

I was just thinking about you, Maman! I have your little Waldorf Ron Weasely doll from a swap a while ago pinned on my Pinterest page and I love him so much still. :) So talented!  Drop by anytime! And don't feel weird about the NEWT- my OWL proposal is 4 years old! gah! (Clearly I should have planned something smaller and less frightening for my first OWL!)

In the meantime, I have this little guy to turn in:

Class/Challenge/House Pride: CoMC
House:  Slytherin
Project Name: Sweater Ornament
Brief Description: For this assignment I used the "Something gathered from recent travels" prompt. Last weekend Uncle Bee and I went on a day trip date to Old Sturbridge Village here in Massachusetts. It is a replica village and living museum of New England in the 1830s. The weather was beastly- pouring rain and a bit chilly- but perfect for keeping the crowds at bay. We felt like we had the village nearly to ourselves!  After we wandered through the exhibits and chatted with the villagers we made our way through the gift shop (my favorite part of any excursion! haha!) and looked for something to take home to commemorate our getting out of the house and actually doing something fun instead of chores or TV watching trip. I personally like to buy souvenirs that are actually made in the place I am visiting, when I can, and we were looking at ornaments (I did admit that I'm Christmas Crazy, right?)- except what we found were made in china and kind of expensive ($35!). (Not that there's anything wrong with that, it just wasn't what I wanted.)

Then I found something awesome: The shop sold hanks of wool that are dyed on the premises by the "villagers" using recipes from the time. How fun! So I bought 50 yards in an Autumnal burnt pumpkin color (It was dyed with "Madder Root" to get the shade) for less than $4 and knitted up a little sweater to mark our visit. Uncle Bee chose the sweater pattern bc we visited in the fall- sweater weather season around here! (I have saved the yarn label and am going to try to do something with it to add to the ornament to keep it's meaning obvious through the years.)
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Post by: ErinAquaheart on October 16, 2016 08:36:29 PM
Super duper cute sweater ornament. And an excellent way to remember a good expedition!


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on October 17, 2016 01:18:14 AM
Awesome project Ant Bee!  You know, Sturbridge Village is one of those places every kid growing up in New England goes on a school trip at some point, and yet somehow I've never been.  We were supposed to go in 6th or 7th grade, and the field trip got rained out, and was never rescheduled.  I feel like I'm missing that 'Real New Englander Merit Badge' because of it.  But fun bit of Jennie-trivia (ie, and by fun I mean let's all giggle at the fact that Jennie is a bit of a dork), I did volunteer to work for two summers at a living history project in the house Daniel Webster was born in. 


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Post by: IsikkahJai on October 17, 2016 06:23:44 AM
Awww I love the CoMC stories!! Probably my favorite class assignment yet! Except...I don't think I've been anywhere outside my city in years  ::) I love my little Burrow home too much  :D


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Post by: ErinAquaheart on October 17, 2016 06:47:46 AM
IsikkahJai, luckily travel within your own town is still exploring and gathering information for your own personal "book." Don't be afraid to get something to complete CoMC prompt from a nature walk in an area you haven't explored or a local museum that you haven't visited in a while. ;) so many options! 


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Post by: IsikkahJai on October 17, 2016 09:59:53 AM
Hmm....never considered "traveling" within my own town  ::) Of COURSE. Guess I always assumed "travel" mean at least outside your own city. Thanks Erin for the fresh point of view!!  :-*


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Post by: Abbeeroad on October 17, 2016 12:05:19 PM
I juste wanted to drop by and say hi! I'm currently making a HP board game and it made me miss all you guysso much! Happy to see it's still going! I will try to come back and craft some stuff. I just got back and read my NEWT proposal and after 2 years I'm still working on that project! It's crazy!

It's late now but I will be back to take a look at everything and giving some love on your project. If you want of me, that is! Missed you! xx

Yay, Maman!!! We missed you, too!!! I hope you come back even just to check in on us once in a while. :)

Also yay for Advanced Studies Friday and Ant Bee's super cute DIY souvenir.


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Post by: Magpirate on October 17, 2016 08:13:35 PM
All the papercrafts look awesome, jenleahlynn!  I really like the spiderweb details on the first one, and the skeleton couple is super cute.  :)

The NEWT is looking fantastic, Jennie!  And congrats on finishing your OWL!

I love the little sweater ornament, Ant Bee!  Great job on the stocking, too, it looks great.  :)


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy class
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Rainbow Bottles
Brief Description: My girlfriend and I recently started Geocaching (http://"http://www.geocaching.com") and OMG it's so much fun.  if you've never heard of it, it's basically a treasure hunt where you get GPS coordinates of containers that other users have hidden, then you go find them!  Sometimes they're small and only contain a log book where you can write your name and the date you found the cache, but some caches are larger and contain items to trade.  The rule is, if you take an item, you have to leave something of equal or greater value.  These are what we made for our trade items.  They're tiny glass bottles filled with rainbow yarn.  We separated the strands of yarn before stuffing them in with a toothpick.  It took forever (especially since we have two cats...) but I love the effect.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder - New Zealand
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Horned Serpent Drawing
Brief Description: In researching Maori art, I kept coming across depictions of animals, particularly water-dwelling animals.  I decided to draw a water-dwelling animal native to my own country, the horned serpent of Ilvermorny fame.
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Post by: Moonflame on October 18, 2016 11:19:25 AM
All the papercrafts look awesome, jenleahlynn!  I really like the spiderweb details on the first one, and the skeleton couple is super cute.  :)

The NEWT is looking fantastic, Jennie!  And congrats on finishing your OWL!

I love the little sweater ornament, Ant Bee!  Great job on the stocking, too, it looks great.  :)


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy class
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Rainbow Bottles
Brief Description: My girlfriend and I recently started Geocaching (http://"http://www.geocaching.com") and OMG it's so much fun.

Oooh! I love Geocaching!!  My youngest and I do it. :D Those lovely phials will be a big hit! :D


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Post by: edelC on October 19, 2016 03:55:06 AM
Newt progress. I am half way there, and there is recognisable cable stitches..I have finally gotten it and can now see if there is a mistake in the pattern (there has been one or two) I can also see why twelve year old me hadn't a snowball's chance in hell of knitting this on two needles having to reverse all the stitches. This also confirms that I am not a knitter and will never be, it is so SLOOOOOOOOW hats (ha!) off to our rockstar knitters in this thread.

slightly manic picture



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Post by: edelC on October 19, 2016 04:05:15 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: DADA
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: marmalade
Brief Description: I use a prepared tin of marmalade mix, http://www.tesco.com/groceries/product/details/?id=254850756 this is brilliant stuff it is seville oranges all chopped and cooked down. All you have to do is add sugar (2lbs) and a bit of water (the empty can full), boil (fire) and put into sterilised jars.

I don't have a collection of pretty mason jars, so I just use a lot of leftover ones. I tend to make this kind of thing in small jars in case one gets mouldy from being left open too long.




Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Crab apple jelly. I love how pretty this looks. It is a simple recipe, you chop leaving in seeds and skin as many apples as you have (I used about 4 pints of chopped apple. Into a big saucepan and cover with water, Then boil until everything becomes soft.

Put the pulp into a muslin and hang it up to allow all of the juice to strain out. DO NOT SQUEEZE THE BAG WHILE IT IS STRAINING OUT! this will make the jelly cloudy. I tend to leave this overnight. I added in about 5 cloves when boiling it up to give it a nice spicy taste.

Next day boil it up for about 5 minutes to reduce down a little of the liquid. Then measure how much liquid you have left, put in an equal volume of sugar and boil. It will take about 10-15 minutes, test for setting  ( http://portlandpreserve.com/TestingTheJellyPoint.pdf) and put it into serilised jars
These crab apples were a big part of my past, we used to make this jelly occasionally but mostly we used to try and eat them as kids-bitter!! I love making jams and jellys I feel all domesticated when I look at them and they will make some pretty little hostess gifts in the future.






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Post by: seeuudee on October 19, 2016 01:15:59 PM
EdelC - love how the hat is coming along and the crab apple jelly looks amazing - it has such a unique flavour, but it is so lovely.

Magpirate - those tiny rainbow bottles are fabulous.

Antbee - the little jumper is adorable, you must have such patience to work something so small!

Mistress Jennie - your NEWT is coming along beautifully.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention in the Dungeons - October
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Purple stripes blanket piece
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: I had a few odds and ends of various purples, so I piled them all and just started crocheting. I had not intended to do the whole piece in this stitch, but I do love the outcome. (I learnt the stitch when crocheting hats last semester.) An additional piece to add to my blanket pile and I have used up a pile of odds and ends of wool.

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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Red and green Granny Square
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: I have pinned many different crochet squares and I am slowly starting to work through the patterns; each square is popped in my crochet box and when I have enough, I am going to put them all together in a blanket.

This square is using wool from my stash (which I try hard not to add to, but often fail!), I have enjoyed learning to crochet this year and have loved being able to see the improvement in my skills, both in actual technique and ability to read more complicated patterns and, once completed, the blanket will keep me snug and warm on cold evenings.

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Post by: IsikkahJai on October 19, 2016 04:19:48 PM
Class: Muggle Studies
SPEW: N/A
House: Gryffindor!!
Project name: "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."
Brief Description: My daughter's teacher is so hip and cool and I admire her a lot. She's simply GREAT so I wanted to make her something special. Her favorite princess is Belle (of course, the SMART one ;) ) and in class they are doing zentangle pumpkins. I took the theme and ran with it. This COULD have been an SoAR class since it took everything I had not to chuck the marker across the room coloring in all those fiddly bits but I decided it was the perfect project for Muggle Studies ^_^ I HOPE it fits the bill anyway. Zentangle is not for me i think.
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Post 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 :)

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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Post 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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Post by: noodle-bug on October 20, 2016 03:31:36 AM
A huge thank you to those who donated to my hat-drive (or otherwise) - I took over 54 hats, 15 scarfs, and 2 blankets, all hand knit or crochet! Literally hag items arriving by post on the morning add we were packing to leave, so didn't manage to get a shot of everything together, but the clothes sorting team were very happy when we dropped them off!


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Post by: IsikkahJai on October 20, 2016 07:12:29 AM
Noodle_bug it is AMAZING the stories you've brought back with you! My heart is so full of gratitude and humbleness for all the volunteers that help day in and day out, even if it's just for a couple days. Faith in humanity is restored  :) :-*


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Post by: edelC on October 20, 2016 07:20:51 AM
NOODLE-BUG you win the internet and all the hugs for what you are doing. Well done


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on October 20, 2016 08:43:49 AM
So proud of you noodle-bug!  Please know we're all thinking about you, and all the folks living and working in the camp.  IsikkahJai put it right; faith in humanity restored.  xoxoxoxox


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Post by: Ant Bee on October 20, 2016 09:17:43 AM
So proud of you noodle-bug!  Please know we're all thinking about you, and all the folks living and working in the camp.  IsikkahJai put it right; faith in humanity restored.  xoxoxoxox

Agreed! Your work is inspiring- not everyone can do such a big gesture/undertaking, but I always say that everyone can do little kindnesses in their daily interactions/choices, and the more we do the better the world can get.

Bit by bit...


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Post by: noodle-bug on October 20, 2016 10:46:17 AM
Restored faith in humans is defiantly what I took away from Calais - about 90% of the work done in camp is just people out there for a few days, the rest is longer term volunteers. Because the government haven't declared it officially a refugee camp, none of the big recognised charities can work there. So it really showed me how many fellow humans are willing and able to help (by going, or sending donations, or just being friendly supportive voices), and how damn much can be achieved that way. It was incredible! 


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Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on October 20, 2016 12:04:50 PM
We need more people like you, noodle-bug, in the world!  Thank you for all you do for others.


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Post by: jenleahlynn on October 20, 2016 12:17:50 PM
OWL Subject & Option(if available): Transfiguration
House:gryffindor
Project Name: Vacation Scrapbook
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques used, materials using, plan of action, expected timeline, etc.

We took a family vacation over the kids fall break, and the highlight of it was visiting Hogsmeade, and Diagon Alley (well, the orlando muggle version) I took over 150 pictures that all need to be transfigured into a scrapbook. I enjoy papercrafting, but a project this big would take a long time. I'll still print my favorites and do some additional pages to frame.



a timeline helps me stay focused, so I'm giving myself a week to edit photos and group them. then I can start working on individual pages. if I do a 20 page book, then 7 pages a week would finish the book in 3 weeks.


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Post by: IsikkahJai on October 20, 2016 03:38:08 PM
Ohhhh you lucky duck! I wanna go do the whole Harry Potter experience :D Sounds like a wonderful O.W.L project!


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Post by: edelC on October 21, 2016 05:04:30 AM
Ohhhh you lucky duck! I wanna go do the whole Harry Potter experience :D Sounds like a wonderful O.W.L project!

oohyes. we are going next year! DD and I on our big US road trip, starting in florida and taking in wonderful people like our dear headmistress along the way. I.CAN'T.WAIT


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Post by: IsikkahJai on October 21, 2016 06:19:03 AM
EedelC that sounds like the beginnings of the BEST VACATION EVER!!  :o You can make your owl scrap book O.W.L project after that. Or even a N.E.W.T with all the picturs I know you'll be taking....and sharing....  ;D

   Ahhh Harry Potter. Bringing families closer  :-*


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Post by: TechnicolorAquahearts on October 21, 2016 10:35:50 AM
I have been away with some special undercover muggle studies work at one of their fabric stores to investigate how muggles make their robes, and also working on a special project making music, but this term I'm putting in more of an effort to pop into the castle and keep up with my assignments so here is all the homework I have to turn in:

Class/challenge: Floo: New Zealand
House: Slytherin
Project: Spirit guide horse inktober drawing

Description: I have been participating in inktober this year. I don't expect myself to do all 31 days, but if I get several in I'll be proud of myself. For this ink drawing I drew a horse spirit guide because I have been seeing these clouds perfectly shaped like magical sky ponies as I commute to work during sunrise. I looked up the symbolism of a horse omen or totem and I was very inspired! On my horse drawing you will see some spiral shapes and that's where the prompt comes in. That shape is referred to as Koru in Maori symbolism and refers to a new shoot of a silver fern. This symbol means going back to the beginning as in a fresh start, rebirth, and new life. This symbolism is perfect for me right now in my life and goes right along with what a bright magical sky horse means as an omen or spirit guide! Here's my pic:



Class/challenge: Arithmancy
House: Slytherin
Project: football tailgate party cookies
Description: these cookies were really fun to decorate they weren't very complicated but I thought it was super cute how the two types of sprinkles really did make it look like a field and the crowd. I'm sure these cookies could be easily altered to look like Quidditch instead of muggle football. These fit the prompt because it is my ambition to become a certified wilton instructor.



Class/challenge: charms
House: Slytherin
Project: halloween cupcakes
Description: more decorating demos! This time cupcakes! This fits the prompt because of the blood represented in the decorating and I gave them both to family members.



Class/challenge: herbology
House: Slytherin
Project: cookie decorating demo
Description: Erin and I absolutely love having afternoon tea and tea parties, we make a big deal out of it! So pretty seasonally decorated cookies remind us both of tea. Also these are floral inspired pumpkin designs and the teas I like in general have floral notes to them.



Class/challenge: muggle studies
House: Slytherin
Project: inktober monster race car drawing
Description: this inktober drawing was inspired by the muggle saying "like a bat out of heck" (slightly altered for politeness) meaning really fast.






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Post by: TechnicolorAquahearts on October 21, 2016 10:53:26 AM
Class/challenge: potions
House: Slytherin
Project: inktober drawing collection of felties
Description: I couldn't decide if my bogart would turn into a spider or one of the people I look up to the most in a disappointed at me state but either way I think I would turn them into a cute little felt doll of themselves because how could I be intimidated by a cute little feltie?



Class/challenge: study of ancient runes
House: Slytherin
Project: inktober drawing: spooky accordion player
Description: something that a put a great deal of thought into every single day is music. I'm currently in the process of completing a huge musical project and it is literally a turning point in my life. This drawing of a skeleton accordion player goes a long with all those thoughts.



Class/challenge: house unity
House: Slytherin
Project: inktober cupcake drawing
Description: what better to unite the houses than to offer your classmates some nice cupcakes? But make sure they are actually nice cupcakes before taking a bite lol.....



Class/challenge: october detention
House: Slytherin
Project: inktober sad monster drawing
Description: for this drawing I just sort of started with a big curve and when from there with no pre determined plan and came up with the monster you see. (It's a sad monster because the inktober prompt I was doing at the time was "sad")




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Post by: Mistress Jennie on October 21, 2016 11:42:20 AM
Hi guys.  Just wanted to let you know I won't be around much this weekend.  My in-laws arrive in about 10 mins!


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Post by: IsikkahJai on October 21, 2016 12:04:07 PM
Hee hee....goooood luccckkkk Mistress J! I hope you're on good terms with your in-laws  :D Mine are a hit or miss..... but always fun in a way, lol.


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Post by: ErinAquaheart on October 21, 2016 03:34:51 PM
Mistress Jennie: I am in love with my new scarf! It is so amazing. And now I just need the weather to cooperate so that I can use it.


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Post by: noodle-bug on October 22, 2016 02:25:52 AM
Owl proposal!

Subject: DADA option 1
House: Ravenclaw!
Project: mermaid tail snuggie

I got the nicest text from my niece asking if I would make her a mermaid blanket 'like on Facebook' :) given that I would walk to the sun for her, of course I will do a bit of knitting! Making the animal snuggle will keep get warm, all wrapped up and protected - like a lovely mermaid patronus!
I have a pattern, but I'm going to add to it a bit - also I've never used quilted lattice stitch before, which the main thing is all in - it doesn't look difficult but I'm not sure how long the tail will take in total - I think I'll be lucky if it's done in 3 weeks!


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Post by: IsikkahJai on October 22, 2016 08:35:41 AM
Noodle_bug I'm making double mermaid tails for my girls too! Turns out I can't read a pattern very well but it's not like they'll know/care  :D I can't wait to see yours! There's so many varieties!
  I think I may make a pizza slice version for my bestie Owen after the holiday craziness is done.  ;D


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on October 22, 2016 11:35:08 AM
Hee hee....goooood luccckkkk Mistress J! I hope you're on good terms with your in-laws  :D Mine are a hit or miss..... but always fun in a way, lol.

I actually get along fantastically with my in-laws.  DH jokes that they love me far more than him.  He might be right.  ;)


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Post by: seeuudee on October 23, 2016 08:32:24 AM
TechnicolorAquahearts - I am so in awe of your drawing skills, it is the one craft I wish I could do! I love all your pieces, but the cupcake is amazing!

noodle-bug - I have a friend who has done a couple of Calais trips now and he always comes away from them being so inspired, not only by all the volunteers, but also the spirit of the refugees.

I also have a mermaid tail on my Christmas crafting list! :D Just need to settle on a colour! Looking forward to seeing them all.


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Post by: seeuudee on October 23, 2016 01:04:01 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Fly stitch study in blue
Project Page Link (if available): http://pintangle.com/tast-faq/
Brief Description: One of my current ambitions is to re-learn how to embroider, so I have started the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge. There are, so far, 60 stitches to learn, so this is going to be a long term project and the ultimate goal is to create a sample stitch book, so each stitch is going to be embroidered in the same size square.

Project Picture:


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Post by: Inselaeffchen on October 23, 2016 01:53:51 PM
Take a stitch Tuesday challenge? Tell me more seeuudee!!! Love the colour scheme on this one!!

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Take a stitch Tuesday challenge? Tell me more seeuudee!!! Love the colour scheme on this one!!

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I second the request! I have checked out the website, but I'm super interested in seeing your WIP! It's so interesting to see how many interpretations you created from just one stitch!


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Post by: Ant Bee on October 23, 2016 02:51:43 PM
Pardon me if this is too "off topic" but it is something I'd like to make so I thought it might squeak by the censors:

I have a recipe question for anyone who has been to Universal's Diagon Alley park-There is a drink called Otter's Fizzy Orange Juice and I have been hunting a copycat recipe for 2 years. If anyone knows of one will you please let me know? I can find innumerable Butter beer and Pumpkin juice recipes but not the Otter's.  I'd like to make it as a treat for Uncle Bee's B'day next week and so far I've been unsuccessful. Thanks!


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Post by: JoyfulClover on October 23, 2016 04:19:48 PM
Pardon me if this is too "off topic" but it is something I'd like to make so I thought it might squeak by the censors:

I have a recipe question for anyone who has been to Universal's Diagon Alley park-There is a drink called Otter's Fizzy Orange Juice and I have been hunting a copycat recipe for 2 years. If anyone knows of one will you please let me know? I can find innumerable Butter beer and Pumpkin juice recipes but not the Otter's.  I'd like to make it as a treat for Uncle Bee's B'day next week and so far I've been unsuccessful. Thanks!


Reviews gave this one high marks:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/allrecipes.com/recipe/84186/orange-fizz/amp/?client=ms-android-verizon



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Take a stitch Tuesday challenge? Tell me more seeuudee!!! Love the colour scheme on this one!!

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On the pintangle website, she posts details of a different stitch every Tuesday. I stumbled across it on pinterest, as you do  :D, and decided to rekindle my love of embroidery. She is on stitch 60 at the moment, so I have lots of catching up to do! There is a Facebook page to share your embroidery practice, but haven't had the chance to take a look at it yet.


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Post by: Abbeeroad on October 24, 2016 06:45:04 AM
Ooo..I'm also intrigued by this "Take a Stitch Tuesday." Thanks for sharing, seeuudee - your sampler is awesome and I love the idea of a book full of stitches!


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Post by: IsikkahJai on October 24, 2016 07:36:16 AM
I kinda love that little blue feather. So simple but it tickles my fancy! The sampler patterns would even make a cool wall art feature if you had a large enough wall \o/ Or maybe change them out every month for different ones. I do like embroidery and would love to learn more  :) well done seeuuudee!


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Post by: J_Kieviet on October 24, 2016 08:22:14 AM
So I just realized this post never went through on the first day of term(I had it saved in my microsoft document):(  and I've already spent time on the project, so I hope it can be counted, please let me know if it can't be counted.


OWL Subject & Option(if available): Transfiguration – Option 1
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Winter coat
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques used, materials using, plan of action, expected timeline, etc.)  I have 3 meters of minky fleece, 3 meters of batting, and 3 meters of commander outerwear fabric.  From this, I am going to make a new wintercoat that actually fits the length of my arms and body!  I want a nice dressy coat, so it’ll take a while to complete.

***NEWT PROPOSAL*** (Have designed the quilt, and calculated all fabric requirements, which has taken me 2 weeks to settle on), must be done for November 24th.
Subject: Arithmancy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: bed coverlets
Brief Description: So we just set up our guest room as 2 separate twin beds and a foamy instead of the 1 king the girls shared before, now the king duvet I made them for Christmas won’t work.  So I plan to make 3 new ones, that are winter themed (think that will work better than just a Christmas themed set)


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on October 24, 2016 06:08:38 PM
Advanced Studies Sadness: I had to rip out 5 rows in my cape, because I missed that the pattern went "Row 22, Row 23-25, Row 26, Row 27...."  I therefore missed doing 24 & 25, before moving on to row 26 which meant I had made too many increases and the cape would be too large in that area.  I had to rip out about 830 stitches.  :(  Managed to redo the correct rows 24 & 25 tonight before getting sleepy.  Maybe I can catch back up tomorrow.  For now I'm off to bed.


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Post by: Moonflame on October 24, 2016 07:32:33 PM
Advanced Studies Sadness: I had to rip out 5 rows in my cape, because I missed that the pattern went "Row 22, Row 23-25, Row 26, Row 27...."  I therefore missed doing 24 & 25, before moving on to row 26 which meant I had made too many increases and the cape would be too large in that area.  I had to rip out about 830 stitches.  :(  Managed to redo the correct rows 24 & 25 tonight before getting sleepy.  Maybe I can catch back up tomorrow.  For now I'm off to bed.

Oh Jennie, I'm so sorry. :( That really stinks. At least you're back on track now!! :)

Does crocheting tend to make you sleepy? I'm curious, because I find that knitting usually makes me sleepy. I guess because it's so relaxing?


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Post by: noodle-bug on October 25, 2016 02:49:17 AM
Oh man! Frogging is so frustrating!

I got the first set of pattern repeats done on my mernaid tail, then decided that actually I should do a size up (Neice is between sizes - first thought was to make it snug to be cozy. Second thought was to make it big so it lasts longer, but put a drawstring in the top so it's not too huge now) - so ripped the whole thing back on my lunch break on Saturday. I'm lucky that it's early enough in the project that I'm still excited about it and wasn't too disheartened! I'm really pleased with how the yarn colours are looking together, especially since I'd heard badthings about red heart yarn, so was dubious before it arrived, but actually it's nice and will be just what's wanted for easy care!


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Post by: Ant Bee on October 25, 2016 05:32:17 AM
@joyful clover, thanks! I had seen that one before, too, it sounds a little like a mimosa without the alcohol.  After more thinking obsessing about the memory of the universal studios version I'm starting to think it might be tea based... and there's a hint of vanilla in there, too.... more experiments are needed! :)

Headmistress I feel your pain. I hope today goes better!

Noodle bug: the acrylic yarns have come a long way. There are some really great ones out there and the worry-free washing is nothing to sneeze at! Haha


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on October 25, 2016 08:45:14 AM
Oh Jennie, I'm so sorry. :( That really stinks. At least you're back on track now!! :)

Does crocheting tend to make you sleepy? I'm curious, because I find that knitting usually makes me sleepy. I guess because it's so relaxing?

Crochet itself doesn't make me sleepy.  On the weekends sometimes I'll decide to be a lazy wench and stay on the couch all day crocheting and watching movies, and I don't feel sleepy.  But DH & I go to bed kinda early, and wake up stupid early.  We generally head up to bed between 8:00-8:30, and read for about 30 mins, and turn out the lights around 9:00.  Then we get up around 4:30 or 5:00!  But since we go to bed so early, and get up so early, and I generally start crocheting after dinner around 6:30, by 8:00 I'm having trouble concentrating on what I'm doing, so I stop working. 


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on October 25, 2016 09:20:45 AM
I have a recipe question for anyone who has been to Universal's Diagon Alley park-There is a drink called Otter's Fizzy Orange Juice and I have been hunting a copycat recipe for 2 years. If anyone knows of one will you please let me know?

After more thinking obsessing about the memory of the universal studios version I'm starting to think it might be tea based... and there's a hint of vanilla in there, too.... more experiments are needed! :)

I've never had it, so I just tried researching reviews of it online.  One mentioned it being a light orange soda with an orange slice and a cinnamon sugar rim on the cup.  The other said orange & vanilla carbonated beverage.  If you think it is tea based, could it be something like Polar's Orange Dry (or Orangina, but New Englander's love Polar beverages) mixed with a vanilla flavored iced tea?  Like a variation on an Arnold Palmer?  (iced tea & lemonade) 

Or Orange Dry with a dash of vanilla extract? 

Both sodas are just a mix of orange juice, sugar or corn syrup and seltzer. Maybe orange juice, vanilla syrup (to replace the unflavored corn syrup), and seltzer?

Meanwhile Adagio teas has an Otter's Orange Fizzy Juice blend of their tea.  It seems to be a basic orange spice black tea, with a Harry Potter label.  I think I have coupons for adagio's website if you want them.... 

Now this is going to haunt me.  Maybe if I manage to meet up with edelC in Orlando next year I can try it myself! :D


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on October 25, 2016 09:21:32 AM
P.S.  Ant Bee, while it's supposed to be 82 here today, it's currently cold, and I'm wearing your shawl at my desk.  It's helping keep the chill at bay!


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Post by: Ant Bee on October 25, 2016 10:09:52 AM
Yay for useful shawls (and for contagious obsessions! haha!)

Thanks for the tips... My kitchen is in for a work out! :)

I saw that tea brand on-line, too. It made me wonder about it. I bought a spiced orange tea to try as part of my experiment... I may have to book another trip to Universal... just for research purposes, of course! haha!


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on October 25, 2016 01:45:07 PM
Class: Alchemy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Recipe Link: Bourbon & Brown Sugar Mustard (http://foodinjars.com/2011/08/guest-post-an-introduction-to-homemade-mustard-from-kaela-porter-of-local-kitchen/)

Recipe Link:
Brief Description: For my Alchemy homework I decided to create homemade mustard.  Mustard is not only a delicious condiment, and a great canned gift for the holidays, but most importantly it adds fire to food! 
Project Picture:



Class: Arithmancy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Recipe Link:  Sweet Onion & Maple Conserve (http://www.traditionalhome.com/food-entertaining/recipes/vidalia-onion-and-maple-conserve-brie)

Brief Description: One of my ambitions for this year is to create as many hand crafted items for Christmas as possible.  Since my days are full of crafting for my job, I have tried to use evenings and weekends to craft gifts from my kitchen.  This conserve (think jam, with more bits in it!) is so delicious.  The onions are cooked down with butter and olive oil, before adding fresh thyme and maple syrup.  It's definitely going into my baskets of Christmas goodies for friends and family.
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Class: DADA
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Recipe Link:  Lemon-Sage Wine Mustard (http://www.freshpreserving.com/lemon-sage-wine-mustard-%7C-mustard-recipe---ball-fresh-preserving-br1140.html#q=mustard&start=4)

Brief Description: For my DADA homework I decided to focus on the application of heat as a way to ward off evil.  In this case, the application of heat to cook the mustard, and the additional heat to boil the filled jars in a canner, repels the evil of microorganisms that would ordinarily spoil the food.   
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Class: Herbology
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Recipe Link: Honey & Lemon Jelly (http://www.pomonapectin.com/recipes/lemon-jelly/)

Brief Description: For my Herbology project I decided to use two ingredients that are often served with tea, to make a new substance that could be served alongside tea.  Honey & lemon are often added to black tea, especially during colder months when colds are common.  I transformed both of them into a jelly, which can be served during tea time on crumpets or scones!  This jelly uses Pomona's Pectin, and I did the version that calls for 1 cup of honey, rather than 2 cups of granulated sugar.  The lemon flavor is bright and tart, but the honey mellows the tartness and adds a depth of flavor to the recipe that I don't think sugar could compete with.
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Class: MS
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Lemon Pickles #1

Brief Description: For my Muggle Studies homework, I decided to focus on the Muggle proverb "waste not, want not".  When planning a canning session, I work very hard to make sure nothing goes to waste, and that I have all the ingredients I need well organized beforehand.  But this time around, I made a mistake.  I bought the 20 organic lemons needed for the limoncello, without realizing that we would only be using the skins, and not any of the fresh juice.  So now I had about 3 cups of fresh juice to find a use for, on the fly!  I used some in the Honey & Lemon Jelly above, but still needed to use up more so I tried the Lemon Pickles recipe in the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving.  The recipe promised to make 6 pint jars, but that did NOT happen.  The brine was only enough for 3 very tightly packed jars, leaving me with about 10 cups of leftover cucumber slices & bell pepper strips.  Because of that, I am NOT including the recipe for this project....  BUT, since I had so many leftover cucumbers, I found an alternate recipe for Lemon Pickles, and made a second batch which are posted below for Transfiguration.  There is a link to that recipe, which came out perfectly for me so I am recommending you use that one instead. 
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Class: Transfiguration
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Recipe Link: Lemon Pickles #2 (http://fromthegardentable.com/lemon-pickles-canning-on-sundays/)

Brief Description: Transfiguration requires precise wand movements and this recipe required precise measurements in order to come out correctly.  With the leftover cucumber slices from the project above, I created an extra batch of lemon pickles from an alternate recipe.  Unlike the previous recipe this one came out perfectly.  Perhaps the recipe was afraid of earning detention from McGonagall?
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Post by: Mistress Jennie on October 25, 2016 03:53:11 PM
~*Completed NEWT!*~
NEWT Subject: Astronomy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Hip Granny Tunic (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450569.0)
Brief Description: I've been working on this project for so long, that it somehow fell off of our NEWT list!  Seriously, I had proposed a new NEWT after finishing my Nebula Afghan NEWT last semester, thinking that this project must be my OWL in the OWL list.  But no.  Somehow this had fallen off our NEWT lists in the nearly 2 years since I proposed it (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436911.msg5277027;topicseen#msg5277027).  So back it comes!  I finished this last week, and am very happy to be done with my first ever sweater.  The pattern is the phenomenal Hip Granny Tunic (http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/hip-granny-tunic), using Redheart Boutique Treasure (http://www.redheart.com/yarn/treasure) Yarn, which is a wool & acrylic blend, in the Spectrum and Mosaic.
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Post by: noodle-bug on October 25, 2016 04:33:39 PM
There's a new Floo Challenge up on the board!  (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.msg5409371#msg5409371)


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Post by: noodle-bug on October 25, 2016 05:20:52 PM
Challenge: Floo New Zealand
House: ravenclaw
Project; massive stuffed Beehive tea cozy
A spirally birthday present :)


Class: flying
House: ravenclaw
Project: big fridge sort out

I find some big 'fridge magnet memo' sheets made from white board type material - so I replaced the scrappy paper that was our cleaning rota, monthly bills info and important phone number sheets. I also sorted out the fridge magnets (moved the ones I don't like to the side of the fridge, where we use them to hold take out menus) and cleaned inside... But I'm making one if my housemates defrost the freezer!

Class: HoM
House: ravenclaw
Project: coat transformation!
I brought a new coat - but, as with all my clothes, I have to but a couple of sizes up too for over my big boobs! I usually don't bother adjusting stuff to fit, since for seperates it doesn't matter, and the few dresses I wear are stretchy fabric - but a coat really needs to fit - especially since I really love this coat!
I didn't want to properly take it in, since my weight fluctuates and I'm worried that I'll adjust it, then in a couple of months it won't fit - so I just shifted the lower buttons and added belt loops so I can shim the waist in. That's resulted in a kind I'd diagonal button arrangement but I've decided that it's a design feature ;)


Class: transfiguration
House: ravenclaw
Project: bag strap fix
The straps on my bag broke! They tore right through, so I used leather cut from an old bag (the colour doesn't match but actually I like that, shabby chic) riveted on with 4 rivets per strap so it should hold firm! (The strap is guided back on itself do each one has 2 rivets underneath that you can't see in the pic)


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on October 26, 2016 04:55:24 AM
@noodle-bug: I'm so in love with the tea cozy!  And your coat looks fantastic.  Actually it's about 4% coat, and 96% you.  ;)


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Post by: gaudiknight on October 26, 2016 09:33:36 AM
~*OWL PROPOSAL HEADER*~
OWL Subject & Option(if available): Potions
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Jaywalker Socks
Brief Description: I would like to make a pair of Jaywalker Socks (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/jaywalker) for my potions project.  These incorporate three different textures in their construction - the ribbing at the top, the zig-zag pattern on the leg, and plain stockinette for the bottom of the foot.  This should be particularly challenging considering that the zig-zag pattern has very little give so gauge will be more difficult that my usual sock choices.



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Post by: IsikkahJai on October 26, 2016 06:42:29 PM
Noodle_Bug you are too darn adorable! I LOVE your coat, especially with the diagonal feature buttons!


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Post by: edelC on October 27, 2016 03:58:32 AM
NEWT finished!

I am so proud of my mistake laden, wobby hat. up yours Sr Lelia, I did it. (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441637.msg5368571#msg5368571) OK it is about 36 years late, but it is done.

~*Completed NEWT!*~
NEWT Subject: SOAR
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name : My completely awesome hat!

As it turned out, I made plenty of my own mistakes, but there were a lot of mistakes in the pattern (free on ravelry) that I used, so the final decreasing got a bit free form. And circular needles are not my friend, the rib at the bottom is way too loose, but I can't/don't know how to/won't fix it, so it stays!

And it is green!





manic proud smile!


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Post by: edelC on October 27, 2016 04:16:51 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Flamingo pictures
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: this set of paintings were done completely unplanned, in fact I didn't even use a palette, I mixed the paint for the backgrounds directly on the boards. And the flamingos were painted in where they fitted. These three were painted entirely separately and I was tickled to find out when they were dry that they accidentally fitted together!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration

House: RAVENCLAW
Project Name: tree skirt
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: i do a lot of patchwork, but this was a bit more difficult, I got a small charm pack as a gift from a friend and I needed to make it stretch to a full skirt, so on the diagonal seemed to work, however this meant sewing a bias seam to a straight seam, which needed a very firm hand. I think it worked though.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: House unity-quidditch
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Project Page Link (if available): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450583.0
Brief Description: All the houses love quidditich, so this is a snitch inspired pair of jeans. Made from bleach on a lino cut that I made to stamp some fabric.
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Post by: edelC on October 27, 2016 04:26:06 AM
Noodle, I love that coat and it really suits you, the diagonal buttons look great. And I am very jealous of your tea cosy recipient.

Jennie, that sweater looks great, the colours are fabulous.

gaudiknight those socks would give me nightmares. but they look fabulous


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on October 27, 2016 05:51:02 AM
Heck yeah edel!  You knitted the heck out of that hat!  Woot!


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Post by: Ant Bee on October 27, 2016 06:24:36 AM
Edel what great work you've been up to! Congrats on the hat and I love the jeans!

Everyone is being so magical! Jealous! I must get back into the crafting!


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Post by: Abbeeroad on October 27, 2016 07:05:20 AM
Woohoo Edel!! Way to rock that hat!


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Post by: edelC on October 27, 2016 07:29:33 AM
Woohoo Edel!! Way to rock that hat!

yes, the manic look is really in this season :p


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Post by: Magpirate on October 27, 2016 07:38:11 AM
I'm loving all the gorgeous warm clothes you ladies are producing!  Jennie, holy crap, that sweater is FANTASTIC.  The colors and the pattern work so well together, and you look great in it!  Noodle-bug, great job on the coat!  I really like the diagonal button line, and the belt sets it off nicely.  EdelC, your hat turned out wonderfully!  The lattice-y pattern looks beautiful, especially in that lovely green.  Fabulous work, all of you!  :)


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Post by: Abbeeroad on October 27, 2016 07:45:44 AM
Class: Apparition AND Iron Chef Hogwarts: BEER
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & LINK: Chicken with Honey Beer Sauce (http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/chicken-honey-beer-sauce)
Brief Description: My brother-in-law came over for dinner the other night and I had no idea what I was going to make. He is a pescatarian, and I only had chicken in my house. A quick trip to the food store on my way home and I was able to whip up shrimp and chicken versions of this dish. Both came out great. The recipe is super easy and delicious. I used Miller Light because it's been sitting in my fridge forever, and the sauce came out sticky and carmelized and super yummy. The Parmesan sweet potato fries I made for a side were more work!
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Class: Arithmancy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Suggestion Box for the Office
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: My work ambitions are not to climb the corporate ladder or to make a ton of money, but rather to maintain a positive work-life balance and to enjoy the time I spend in the office. To help spread a positive work environment, our office manager implemented a suggestion box and asked me to make one for her. I cut, primed, and painted a little box to fit the bill. I hope it helps bring my career ambitions a little bit closer!
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Class: Charms
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Red Hat for DJ
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: My kiddo is being Ash Ketchum for Halloween. After searching for a red/white trucker style hat and coming up with nil, we went the DIY route! I picked up a plain white hat at the store and pulled out my red dye. I did get some dye bleeding onto the front portion of the hat, so I painted that section white and voila! This project is both red and for a family member - bonus! I added the green swoosh to the hat after this pic was taken.
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Challenge: Headmistress Challenge: WAND (Oct)
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Pokemon Trunk or Treat Decorations/Candy "Bowl"
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: The material that called to me for this project is a bit unconventional. I was perusing Michaels with no real purpose but to get ideas for this years' trunk or treat. The store was in the middle of transitioning inventory from fall to winter (i.e. Halloween to Xmas), and there were lots of empty shelves and merchandise in the aisles. In one center aisle, I came across a bin full of empty cardboard boxes. I immediately had an image of the boxes covered in wrapping paper and decorated with Pokemon scenes that could be stacked in the back of my car. I asked a friendly employee who said I could take as many boxes as I wanted for free! Score! My idea transformed a bit into making make-shift Pokemon cards with the wrapped boxes when I went to implement it. The pokeball "bowl" was made from similarly inspired materials I found in the trash pile at the office. when I found the round piece on the bottom, I had no idea how I was going to incorporate it into my project, but brought it home anyway, feeling like it was too unique of a piece to let go. It ended up being perfect for holding up my lopsided cardboard pokeball!
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Class: Muggle Studies
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Ash Ketchum Jacket
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: I searched the Internet for a good pattern to use to make my son his Ash Ketchum jacket for Halloween, but nothing seemed to fit exactly. I finally decided to draft my own pattern using one of kiddo's shirts, because "If you want something done right, do it yourself." It came out better than I thought it would!
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Post by: Mistress Jennie on October 27, 2016 08:38:43 AM
Way to go Abbee!  You kick Halloween's butt every year.



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Post by: FiberAlchemist on October 27, 2016 11:04:32 AM
So many great things over the past few days.  Jennie's sweater!, Noodle's coat!, Edel's snitch pants!, and Abbee's Ash Ketchem gear!  You ladies inspire me so much!


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on October 28, 2016 09:13:53 AM
Note from the Headmistress....

Sometimes I think, "Hey, we should have a ________ challenge this term!  But I didn't put it into my plan at the beginning of the semester.  Oh well, guess I'll do it next year." Or, "Well, we're nearly past time for ________, so I guess there isn't enough time for a ________ challenge."

Then I remember I'm the Headmistress!  And as Dumbledore showed all of us, the Headmaster does what the Headmaster wants.  So this Headmistress is issuing a Mini-Challenge!  



Put a Pumpkin On It! Mini Challenge
October 28 - November 11

It's simple, most of us are currently surrounded by pumpkins and other varieities of gourds.  For this challenge you must create something that involves pumpkins or gourds, whether it be on, in, or about them.  You can stencil a pumpkin on a tote.  You can bake a pumpkin into a pie.  You can sculpt a pumpkin out of polyclay.  It's your choice, but it must involve a pumpkin!  Please note that this challenge is just 2 weeks long.  That's it.

So what are you waiting for?!?!?  Put a pumpkin on it!


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Post by: FiberAlchemist on October 28, 2016 09:25:22 AM
Jennie, I love that badge!


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Post by: Abbeeroad on October 28, 2016 11:07:11 AM
I was totally thinking the other day that we needed a pumpkin challenge. ;)

And now I have this vision of Jennie saying, "Well, am I Sultan, or am I Sultan?" Ha! ;D


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Post by: Abbeeroad on October 28, 2016 11:18:19 AM
I almost popped in without reporting for Advanced Studies Friday!

I worked a lot on kiddo's quilt yesterday and finished the top! This pic is before I attached the very last blue rows on the top and bottom and trimmed the excess. I kept thinking I was done, but then kept going back for more...



Kiddo and I were thinking a yellow binding would be the perfect finishing touch.


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on October 28, 2016 12:46:15 PM
Heck yeah Abbee!  The quilt is comming along beautifully.  :)

I knocked off of work early to spend some time crocheting, so I should really take an Advanced Studies pic to post soon....


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on October 28, 2016 05:12:15 PM
Challenge: Headmistress October - Wand
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Hamsa Bracelet

Brief Description: Sometimes craft supplies come home with me of their own accord.  I go in to buy a specific single item, and end up with something completely random, that just wants to be made into something else.  That was totally the case with the hamsa connector charm.  I loved the gunmetal color, the bright crystals, and the size of the charm, even though I had no idea what I was going to do with it.  When I got home I dug through my stash to find something to work with the charm, and came across a bag of quartz crystal beads, with a pleasant crackle throughout them.  Match made!  I strung them with some gunmetal spacers, and voila, crystal evil eye bracelet.
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Challenge: Put a Pumpkin on It & Iron Chef Hogwarts
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Pumpkin Beer Bread (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450619.0)

Brief Description: I was in the mood for something home baked and autumn inspired today.  Meanwhile, there has been a Sam Adams Toasted Caramel Bock in our fridge for nearly 2 months, that neither DH nor I, will drink.  (I drank the first one, and just couldn't stand to take another one for the team.  It was bad.  And that's coming from a New Englander who usually loves Sam Adams.)  Add to that the fact that Abbeeroad has challenged us all to cook with beer, and what do you get?  Pumpkin Beer Bread!  Yeah that's right.  Beer bread, with pumpkin.  Or Pumpkin Bread, with beer.  However you look at it, it's tasty.
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(Adapted from Gimme Some Oven's Pumpkin Beer Bread (http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/pumpkin-beer-bread-recipe/))


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Post by: noodle-bug on October 29, 2016 02:32:49 AM
Amazing hat Edel, totally with the effort!


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Post by: Antidigger on October 29, 2016 01:05:48 PM
After lurking in this thread for so long, I've finally had my letter. Cue lots of running around and exciting shopping followed by a jolly train journey and a breathtaking trip across the lake and an arrival in the wings of the great hall, awaiting my turn with the Sorting hat.

Now, in common with all Hogwarts students, I don't get to choose which house I'm in. I can ask, but not define. On this occasion, I've asked my other half, who seems to look into my head often enough to know what I'm really like. No self delusion to skew a quiz answers to the one that I want. And the response came....

Ravenclaw

I'm kind of surprised by that, but I'll take it and hope to live up to the name. I look forward to handing in some classes soon. See you around school.


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Post by: noodle-bug on October 29, 2016 03:21:47 PM
Yay Antidigger, welcome! Go Eagles!


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Post by: Antidigger on October 30, 2016 11:13:17 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures
SPEW:
House:
Project Name: Maiden’s Eyes
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description:
I love the Autumn. The colours and the cooler weather comes as a relief after the heat of summer. The garden has one last burst of life and produces its sweetest fruits. Something that I always collect in Autumn is conkers (horse chestnuts). They start off a beautiful glossy brown and dry out to get darker and a little more wrinkled. Sometimes I take a special trip to gather them, but most often I just pick them up from wherever I’ve travelled. In each room of the house there are a small pile of conkers from someplace I’ve been.

The game of conkers, a childhood tradition, has been banned in some schools in the UK because of the risk or flying fragments. If you don’t know conkers, each child has a conker with a hole drilled in it, threaded on a length of string, it is played as a knockout competition, you take turns to use your conker to hit the other conker, the conker that survives is the winner. A sixer (a conker that has survived 6 competitions) is a highly desirable.

I took some of my drier conkers and painted them with white acrylic paint, then I created some more dilute coloured acrylic. I cut down a small piece of foam to a rough circle and used it to stamp an iris on the white conkers, some I just plain stamped and others I twisted to get a more solid colour. I then used some black acrylic undiluted on the end of a pencil to make the pupil (mostly, a couple I gave slits like animal eyes).

Then I just loaded up an unused jar…
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms
SPEW:
House:
Project Name: Bag in a bag
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description:
These wee bags on keyrings could be used for many things, but I use one to make sure that I have a carrier bag whenever I need one, for unexpected shopping items, or if I need something disposable to use for litter or occasionally to keep things dry if I get caught out by a shower. I dare say it could be used for an emergency store of sanitary items. They take me about an hour to knit and are a great way to use up the remnants of yarn. These ones are knitted in bamboo and donated acrylic.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
SPEW:
House:
Project Name: A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description:
Halloween is coming and I love to create stuff for it. This year I saw some amazing dioramas with ravens in them in the shops. But they were far too small for my ambitions! I already had a lovely glass cloche from my mother-in-law’s so all that was needed were the ingredients. For the base I covered an old box with book pages and then used moss from the garden to give it a little more life. I think I gave it a bit too much life so a few dead sticks from the twisted hazel made it a bit more sinister for the backdrop. Then down to the raven: I took some tin foil to make the base of the body and some garden wire to make the legs. I covered the lot in masking tape. Then I found a black paper carton for pears that I was just about to throw out, and used my (brand new, dedicated to paper making, how excited about that am I?) blender and some hot water to mush it down. When it had cooled enough to handle I covered the bird form with the mush and moulded it to the shape I wanted. Then I hung it upside down in the airing cupboard to dry overnight. The next morning I found that the tail was a little out of shape, so I just sprayed it with a little more water till it just softened and bent back to the place I wanted it. After it had dried a second time, I painted the feet and lower legs with black acrylic paint and glued on his beady eyes. Yes, really, beads for eyes.Then I quickly popped him under the cloche before he started demanding the eyeballs I made earlier.

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Post by: patty_o_furniture on October 30, 2016 08:24:22 PM
newt newt newty newt newt

NEWT Subject: Divination
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Hamster Hazards Carnival Game
Project Page Link (if available): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450628.0
Brief Description: Hamster Hazards.  Hamsters in balls roll all over the board and last in a hole wins.  This helps my Divination because I can foresee what hamster will win, plus they are already in crystal balls!
Project Picture:
(http://s114.photobucket.com/user/secretsmilesshop/media/B0EC015B-5B45-43B9-A339-042B20578E55_zpsuhvqsiwt.jpg.html)


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Post by: Magpirate on October 31, 2016 06:39:15 AM
Quick post before work so I don't forget and miss the deadline...

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress's Challenge - Wand
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Boot Covers
Brief Description: I shop at Goodwill way more often than I shop at any other clothing stores, and sometimes I come across some real gems.  The last time I was there, I discovered a fabulous pair of pants, with a plaid front and a back made out of a leatherette PVC material.  Alas, they were far too small for me, but I knew they had potential for crafting - each PVC leg half was a long, unbroken piece of material with just a small dart at the top and no pockets.  It turned out they were perfect for boot covers to turn my anachronistic motorcycle boots into something that just might work with my knight costume.  I made the boot covers in two pieces, with lacing up the back and fold-over tops that are tied on separately.  Sorry the photos are wonky, it's hard to take pictures of your own leg...
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Post by: Abbeeroad on October 31, 2016 06:59:42 AM
Jennie - I LOVE the Hamsa bracelet!

Welcome Antidigger!! Awesome projects already!

patty_o - Hamster Hazards!!! Ah! So cool and creative!

Magpirate - Super cool repurpose! Hope we get to see your whole costume!


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Post by: Naantje on October 31, 2016 03:05:31 PM
It fills me with such joy to see that this craftalong is STILL going strong! Lots of amazing things being made again. :D Antidigger, your bird is spectacular!

Over the past few months I've been crafting something very special of my own, and I've still got an estimated 19 weeks to go on this current project: I'm making a tiny human! It took 18 months of prep-work, many a self-administered jab with a needle, and a decent amount of blood sweat and tears just to get started on the project (an infertility diagnosis and IVF treatment is no joke!) but I'm currently just over 21 weeks pregnant! And appalled at what's currently for sale in maternity stores. Stuff looks about as colourful as a funeral department, and 90% of trousers are of the "skinny" variety, and bluejeans, which I haven't worn in nearly a decade. (I do own an acceptable pair of maternity bluejeans now though, relaxed straight fit, not skinny.)

Clothes are frumpy, drab, and so NOT ME, so I've realised I'm going to have to learn how to sew properly, because if I have to wear the stuff that's for sale, that might just be the recipe for an antenatal depression. Yes, I do get that it's fall, going into winter, but why does that equal no colours at all? Why are stripes the only print available? Do fashion labels not realise the irony of making a drab gray maternity T-shirt that says "life is too short to wear boring clothes"? Or a white one that tells you to "Be who you want to be"?

If anybody knows some resources for patterns for maternity clothes, I would be ever so thankful. I refuse to pay €80 for a pair of pants of which I think "well, I guess they're not hideous". That's straight-up "wow, this looks amazing" kind of money. Friends and co-workers think I'm picky and being difficult, but I don't intend to let my tiny parasite take over my personality. I'm becoming a mom, but I'll still be me too, not some inanimate vessel lugging around this fetus. I still deserve to feel attractive and pretty!


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Post by: Inselaeffchen on October 31, 2016 03:16:06 PM
Congratulations, Naantje!! I know what you've been through (5 years of IVF, now my girls are 5 years old!!). I'm no help with the maternity clothes patterns, but agree with you - nothing really good out in the shops when I was pregnant 5 years ago (and I don't think it has changed much). Could you brighten up clothes with stencilling etc maybe?


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Post by: FiberAlchemist on October 31, 2016 03:17:52 PM
Congratulations, Naantje!   ;D


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on October 31, 2016 03:23:46 PM
Congratulations to you Naantje!  So very happy for you dear.  :D


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Post by: Moonflame on October 31, 2016 05:10:30 PM
Oh congratulations, Naantje!!! I'm so happy and excited for you!!

I admire your attitude toward the available clothing. You SHOULD still get to feel pretty and like yourself! I hope you find some great resources. Ottobre makes lovely patterns for women and kids, but I don't know whether or not they do maternity patts.


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Post by: Abbeeroad on October 31, 2016 05:25:55 PM
Congrats Naantje! I am no use with maternity clothes either. I just tried to get my regular clothes to last as long as possible and then wore the same two outfits for two months lol! Good luck and share your adventures with us!


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Post by: FiberAlchemist on October 31, 2016 06:52:25 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress Challenge October - Wand Challenge & Iron Hogwarts - Beer
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Beer Brownies
Brief Description: Last weekend while the husband and I were pursing the local big bog liquor store I came across a bottle of Elysian Punkuccino beer; and this beer chose me.  It needed to be made into something and that something was beer brownies!  I used this recipe (http://www.dessertfortwo.com/beer-brownies/) from desserts for two; who's cast iron skillet brownies I make at least twice a month.  The punkuccino was perfect in this recipe.  You get hints of mocha and cinnamon with deep dark chocolate.  Delish!
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Post by: Abbeeroad on November 01, 2016 07:37:03 AM
Those brownies look delicious Fiber!

And that brings me to....

The October Iron Chef Hogwarts Challenge is CLOSED. Thanks to Abbeeroad, Mistress Jennie, and FiberAlchemist for their BEER entries! (If I missed you...call me out!)

The secret ingredient for November is....


CRANBERRIES!

Mix it up with this cranberry rice salad (http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/cranberry-rice-salad), get boozy with a cranberry kiss cocktail (http://www.smirnoff.com/en-us/vodka-drinks/recipes/cranberry-kiss/?gclid=CPrxtcvih9ACFcQehgodfKQC-w&gclsrc=aw.ds), or go sweet with a cranberry pie (http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/nantucket-cranberry-pie/)!


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Post by: Abbeeroad on November 01, 2016 08:21:26 AM
Class: History of Magic
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Lisa Simpson Costume
Project Page Link: (coming soon)
Brief Description: I made myself a Lisa Simpson costume for our office Halloween contest this year. I dyed the nylons and dress fabric, sewed the dress, painted wooden beads for the necklace, and pieced together the hair piece from felt, cardboard, and a headband. I even won second place! :D
Project Picture:



Challenge: Put A Pumpkin On It Mini Challenge
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Pikachu Carved Pumpkin
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: Made to match my kiddo's Ash Ketchum costume, I carved a pumpkin with Pikachu's likeness. I used a downloadable stencil from the Internet.
Project Picture:



Hope everyone had a great Halloween! :D


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Post by: noodle-bug on November 01, 2016 08:51:30 AM
Yay Naantje! I'm so pleased for you, and it's great to see you here again!


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Post by: Ant Bee on November 01, 2016 09:11:13 AM
Congrats Naantje!
Love the costume, Abbee!

Here's my latest:

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Breakfast Porch
Brief Description: I have an enclosed porch that faces east and gets really nice sun in the morning. It, unfortunately, is also where we enter and exit the house (read: dumping ground) and gets filled up with everything coming out of the cars after events, trips, etc. I decided that I wanted to make a coffee corner where I could work on my knitting and crochet, have a friend for coffee, or simply have a nice breakfast space that was bright and sunny and not cluttered with my husband's airsoft/LARP/FireFighting gear. everywhere. I went to Salvation Army to find a second chair to put out there that was comfortable enough for a guest to crochet with me sometimes.(the new chair is the one in the corner with the wooden arms- it was less than $30!!) Then I took everything out, pulled out the rug and played RL tetris for two full days changing things, switching tables/furniture with other parts of the house and bringing out the space heater that looks like a wood burning stove for when it's too chilly. (Bonus: my husband is a gamer and the porch, having an exterior wall, is the only space in the house where I can't fully hear his hollerin' "&%$ campers/snipers/hackers/lag!!" so I can stay out there with my old-timey cd player/radio thing with Jim Dale reading me my HP Stories (to drown out what I can still hear) until well past sundown!
Project Picture:
 

Things you can't see from here (and I didn't want to get too pic heavy) are the runner Noodlebug made me in the Burrow swap (still over the stove like the original pic I shared on the gallery) and the quilted hufflepuff and slytherin coasters made by Inselaeffchen in a Back to Hogwarts swap last year are displayed on the small child's old-fashioned school desk that I used as a table between the 2 chairs.



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Post by: Mistress Jennie on November 01, 2016 09:37:09 AM
~*Headmistress Jennie casts the Homonculus Charm!  We are HERE!*~


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on November 01, 2016 09:37:52 AM
~*OWL PROPOSAL HEADER*~
OWL Subject & Option: Charms
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Battle of the Bag - Round 2
Brief Description: ............I am estimating this will take 2-3 weeks. I tend to go on crafting binges of whole days, so if all goes well it may be a little quicker. Or, honestly, if it doesn't go right and I get dejected it may take a little longer.  ::)

@nerdplusneedle: Your OWL sounds fantastic!  But please note that an OWL must take a minimum of 3 weeks.  The guideline is 3-4 weeks for an OWL, and 4+ weeks for a NEWT.  Good luck in your Advanced Studies. :D


So I just realized this post never went through on the first day of term...............

***NEWT PROPOSAL*** (Have designed the quilt, and calculated all fabric requirements, which has taken me 2 weeks to settle on), must be done for November 24th.
Subject: Arithmancy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: bed coverlets........

@J_Kieviet: When adding in your NEWT proposal, I noticed you already have another NEWT proposal up for Astronomy.  Did you complete that one?  (There is the possibility that when either noodle or I was updating House Points we missed removing your old NEWT from the list.)  Or was that one put on hold?  You may only do 1 NEWT at a time, and currently it looks like you have 2 on the books.



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Post by: Ant Bee on November 01, 2016 10:26:47 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Put a Pumpkin on it!
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Halloween party prep
Brief Description: We hosted a "Heroes and Villains" themed Halloween party the other night. Among all the other food and my costume I made a Captain America shield fruit and cheese plate, a Smaug cake, and the capper was a punch with Pumpkin candy garnish.
Project Picture:



Guests were encouraged to come as a hero or villain. What was I, you ask? I was a villain: The Enemy of Procrastination! The Nemesis to Productivity....I was..... Netflix! ;)


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Post by: Inselaeffchen on November 01, 2016 11:40:21 AM
Ooooh, love those cakes, Ant Bee!! And NETFLIX? Photos?!?!? ;)


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on November 01, 2016 01:20:09 PM
Note from the Headmistress...

It's time for a new Headmistress Challenge!  Each Headmistress Challenge lasts 1 month, and earns you 15 House Points.  So what's up next?

Broomstick Challenge
November 1 - 30th


Many Hogwarts classes take place outdoors, yet none require good physical fitness as much as flying does.  Strength, flexibility, and concentration are all needed to be an excellent flier.  To excel in this class, you will need to keep your body in good health. Please present a project which will help you to achieve this.  Some good examples include:
~a healthy meal to keep you nourished
~a new gym bag or yoga mat carrier to encourage your visits
~painted/decorated walking shoes to encourage you to walk more
~an illustrated bullet journal page to track your progress
~homemade candles encourage meditation and mindfulness


Please note you are welcome to do any, all or none of these challenges as they come up throughout the semester.  They are not intended to cause stress, but are instead intended to get your crafty Muses singing.  None of the HPC staff will complete ALL the classes and challenges posted this semester.  So relax, and craft what you eat.



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Post by: Mistress Jennie on November 01, 2016 02:46:50 PM
A new Detention Challenge has been posted!
Be sure to check the Detention in the Dungeons Post (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.msg5409363#msg5409363) to see what it is....  Also, the missing badge for October's Detention Challenge has been added.



Remember, you can do any, all, or none of the Detention Challenges as they come up each month.  The goal here is always to be excited about our crafting!  Also please remember that you can submit ANY of the Detention Challenges at ANY time during the semester.  For example, you may turn in the November or December's challenges in January.  :)


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Post by: seeuudee on November 01, 2016 03:11:47 PM
Pinterest board is up to date and so many fantastic submissions added.

https://uk.pinterest.com/ginico/harry-potter-craftalong-~-yule-semester-20162017/

Ant Bee - I think I need a corner like yours, I am also married to a gamer and a LARPer, so I fully understand what you go through :D Your corner looks so cozy.

Congratulations Naantje, such lovely news


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Post by: seeuudee on November 01, 2016 03:22:49 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress Mini Challenge - Put a Pumpkin On It
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Coloured Pumpkin
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: I had no idea what to do for this challenge - we don't really do Halloween in our house and I cannot stand the taste of pumpkin, so that ruled out a recipe. So, I turned to the wonderous Pinterest and just searched for "pumpkin crafts" and this stunning colouring page was about the third image in. (Confession time - I have several of this type of colouring book, but I have not yet finished one single picture! I jump from picture to picture  :-\) This one took about 3 hours to complete, but I am so happy with it. I chose to use just autumn-y colours to compliment the image.
Project Picture:
(The colouring page can be found at www.1plus1plus1equals1.com)



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Post by: Magpirate on November 01, 2016 04:52:07 PM
Welcome to Ravenclaw, Antidigger!  Great job on the raven diorama, and I love the little knit bags!

OMG patty_o_furniture, your hamster ball game is just too cute.  Congrats on the NEWT!

Naantje, congratulations on your pregnancy!  I have zero personal experience with making/wearing maternity clothes, but this blog (http://diymaternity.com/) looks like a pretty good resource.  They have some sewing patterns, and instructions for how to alter items from your current wardrobe.  Also here (http://premeditatedleftovers.com/naturally-frugal-living/10-free-maternity-patterns/) are ten free maternity patterns that are pretty cute.  Best of luck!

FiberAlchemist, those brownies look scrumptious!

Great costume, Abbeeroad, and your Pikachu pumpkin is awesome!

Ant Bee, you've really worked some magic with your breakfast porch, it looks so much more open and inviting in that last picture.  I'm sure it will be a lovely crochet space!  Also, fabulous job on the Halloween snacks!  I, too, would like to see pictures of your Netflix costume.  :)

Beautiful work on the coloring page, seeuudee!


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder - Prague
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Flower Garden
Brief Description: I'm not 100% sure I understand what does and does not constitute Bohemian style, but a quick Google search brought up pictures of clothes that appeared to be inspired by nature, with lots of colors and patterns like leaves and flowers.  I also took inspiration from nature for this flower garden (with butterfly) that I drew on my girlfriend's back.
Project Picture:
[cut for naked lady back! you've been warned]
https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/314344_31Oct16_IMG_2426.JPG
https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/314344_31Oct16_IMG_2425.JPG


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress's Challenge - Put A Pumpkin On It!
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Bat Jack-o'-Lantern
Project Page Link: Pattern from here (http://halloweenpumpkindesigns.com/pumpkin-carving-stencils-free-printable-minions-bat-scary-cat-faces-2016/)
Brief Description: This year I went with a cute, simple pumpkin-carving design.  Adorabat!
Project Picture:



Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic class
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Black Cat Cookies
Brief Description: For my HoM assignment, I focused on transforming standard Oreo cookies into black cats for the Halloween party at my work.  I used chocolate chips for ears, M&Ms for eyes, and the white tips of candy corn for noses, and I stuck everything together with chocolate frosting and drew details with black gel icing.
Project Picture:



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions class
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Zombie Pit
Brief Description: Dead things freak me out, and I would rather die outright than become a zombie, so my Boggart would probably be a zombie coming to infect me.  I'd Riddikulus it into a cage to make it harmless, and an absurd costume to make it amusing.

The pallet I used for this project looked way too new, so I tried an aging technique I found a few places online - take a pad of steel wool and pull it apart into a bowl, then cover it with a good amount of vinegar and let it sit for a few hours or overnight (the longer you let it sit, the darker your wood will get).  Paint the vinegar onto untreated wood to give it that gray, aged patina.  It works great, as long as you don't mind the smell!
Project Picture:



Riddikulus!



And just for fun, here's my knight costume that I wore to work on Halloween:


My girlfriend wanted to wear the cloak with her Crypt Creature mask to scare trick-or-treaters, and the chainmail was freakin' HEAVY, so when I got home I switched careers and became a pirate instead!  :)


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on November 02, 2016 10:27:39 AM
Advanced Studies Friday Wednesday Update:  I've completed the first 41 rows of my hooded cape.  Rows 21-39 are done in separate sections for the front 2 panels and the back panel, before being reunited.  I've got 12 more rather long rows to get to the bottom of the cape, then the hood to make, and the edging & buttons to add.  So far, very happy with how it's coming out. 



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Post by: Ant Bee on November 02, 2016 12:11:15 PM
Advanced Studies Friday Wednesday Update:  I've completed the first 41 rows of my hooded cape.  Rows 21-39 are done in separate sections for the front 2 panels and the back panel, before being reunited.  I've got 12 more rather long rows to get to the bottom of the cape, then the hood to make, and the edging & buttons to add.  So far, very happy with how it's coming out.

Lookin' great!!


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on November 02, 2016 02:32:17 PM
Announcement from the Headmistress....



November 2nd - January 15th, 2017

Each year Hagrid brings 12 trees to the castle to decorate the Great Hall for the Christmas holidays.  This year we will be taking inspiration from items typically used to decorate Christmas trees, for a mini-series of challenges.  Each challenge is worth 15 points, and each may be done once.  Deputy Headmistress noodle-bug & I have tried to keep the prompts very broad, so that you can fit them to any number of autumn & winter holiday projects. Please note that while the theme for this challenge series is based on Christmas, you are welcome to fulfill these prompts for any holidays, or gift giving reasons, including for Thanksgiving, St. Nicholas’ Day (Dec 6), Winter Solstice (Dec 12), Yule (Dec 22), Chanukah (Dec 24-Jan 1), Christmas (Dec 25), Kwanzaa (Dec 26), New Year, birthdays, anniversaries, or any other events you may celebrate!  (I’ve tried to hit all the major holidays in my list, but feel free to message me with any I may have missed!)  Think of this as the 'quidditch game' of Yule term, and remember that submissions must be in by the deadline of January 15th, 2017.  Also note that SPEW projects are always an option, and will earn you 10 bonus points per project, for legitimate charities.  

Star - Stars shine the brightest in the darkness. For this challenge please craft something that lets one of your talents shine.  This can be any craft or medium you excel at.
 
Angel - Each of us has someone in our lives we’d consider our real-life ‘Guardian Angel’, be it a parent, partner, spouse, grandparent, care-giver, or best friend. Craft something for the Angel in your own life.

Lights - What would a Christmas tree be without lights?  Without these twinkling little wonders, we would be hard pressed to see the lovely ornaments decorating the boughs.  For this challenge please craft something that will light up the holiday (or heart) of the recipient.

Ribbon - Ribbon is such a handy craft supply, great for literally tying everything together, or putting a finishing touch on a project.  Create something that ties other items together.  This could be literally connecting different components in a gift, such as decorating a basket you plan to fill with baked goods for your neighbor, or more figuratively uniting things, such as making a meal or special recipe that draws your family  and friends together.

Garland - Traditionally garlands are made from leaves and flowers.  During winter evergreen boughs and holly are used to bring color into the home. Craft something inspired by the wintery natural world local to you, and tell us about what in your area sparked your imagination.

Icicles - Craft something that needs to be kept at just the right temperature for at least for some portion of the time.  This could include a snowman, frozen margaritas, baked cookies, or crisply ironed fabric.

Tinsel -  All that glitters is not gold... But it probably is pretty awesome! Craft with glitter, or another sparkling medium, as exuberantly as you please!  (Other sparkling items could include AB finished beads, sequins, glass or prisms, or even sparkling wine!)

Fake Snow - Fake it till you make it!  For this challenge please craft something simple with a purchased supply to give as gifts. You must still take min 30 mins for the project! Some ideas including making some oreo truffles (http://www.snackworks.com/recipe/easy-oreo-truffles-95085.aspx) or Faux Turtle Candies (http://www.hersheys.com/rolo/recipes.aspx?id=8631) for your co-workers, or you could create hand stamped & painted envelopes to present purchased gift cards in.  (For this prompt, you do NOT need to purchase every item needed to create your craft, and you can use stash items for the majority.  In the above examples you could purchase just the oreo cookies, or rolo candies to make the truffles or turtles, and package them in boxes made of folded scrapbook paper! The goal here is to make things easy on yourself but still crafting.)

Candles - Candles give our homes a soft warm glow during the short days and long dark nights of winter. Please craft something that will give the recipient a warm & happy glow.

Baubles - Baubles can be simple glass spheres or intricate blown glass creations, depending on the style you are aiming for. During a season where we are often crafting so much to please others, it’s also important to please ourselves too, lest we lose our joy in the season.  For this challenge please craft something that reflects your personal style, even if you aren’t able to keep it for yourself.

Bells - Bells are visually beautiful, but they also please the ears by tinkling any time you brush past the tree. Craft something that appeals to two senses at once: this could be a meal that looks as good as it tastes, beautiful and scented bath products, or a sewing project that combines a pattern that is pleasing to the eye with luxuriously textured fabric.

Tree Skirt - Tree skirts are used to make a functional object (the base or pot of a tree) look good, and creates a welcome surface to place gifts on. For this challenge please craft something that is both functional and decorative, OR that welcomes folks into your home!


Please note that for ease of viewing, all the prompts for this series also appear in Headmistress Tower on the first page of this thread.




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Post by: noodle-bug on November 02, 2016 05:13:58 PM
Abbee, don't peek at these next two projects, ok? They're for our boro patch swap!
(Pinterest fairy, don't share either in case she spots them!)

Challenge: detention October
House: ravenclaw
Project: improvised patch
https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=706457&ppuser=257621

Challenge: Floo Prague
House: Ravenclaw
Project: bohemian patch
https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=706456&ppuser=257621

Challenge: head November
House: ravenclaw
Project: French onion soup
Tom & I are in charge of Christmas dinner this year (eeep!), so you'll be seeing a lot of practice cooking g from me. Starter is French onion soup, which is pretty healthy (right until you pile the cheese onto it - vegan me won't have the cheese so I'm good!), plus I think soup is soul-warming in winter :)

We used this recipe (http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/3020694/french-onion-soup), swapping out the beef stock for veggie stock, and frying the onion in all olive oil (instead of olive oil / butter mix). That was a bit heavy so we're looking into what might work better next time

Challenge: put a pumpkin on it!
House: ravenclaw
Project: best bread ever!
This is the bread we made to go with the soup. Oh my word it's the easiest recipe (http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/type-of-dish/entertaining/cornmeal-and-mixed-seed-bread) and the bread is AMAZING. We couldn't get poppy seeds so we added extra pumpkin seeds :D


In the interest of relationship harmony, I should explain that Tom did a lot if the work for the cooking - he's much better than I am. He's a hufflepuff, and got grumpy that the badgers wouldn't get any points for our shared project! I said he should join the HPC and claim them himself!


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on November 02, 2016 05:46:44 PM
In the interest of relationship harmony, I should explain that Tom did a lot if the work for the cooking - he's much better than I am. He's a hufflepuff, and got grumpy that the badgers wouldn't get any points for our shared project! I said he should join the HPC and claim them himself!

Come on over and play with us Tom!


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on November 03, 2016 06:58:27 AM
Class: History of Magic
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Witchy Woman Costume

Brief Description: On October 25th, my husband came home from work, and we were chatting about our days, while I cooked dinner.  He happened to look up at the fridge and saw my list of planned meals for the week and said, 'Uh, Honey.  The office Halloween party is on the 27th.  Aren't you going?'  Um, I hadn't known I was invited to it!  DH had mentioned mentioned there would be a party two weeks before, and said he was supposed to help judge the chili cook-off, but had neglected to mention that spouses and families were invited.  (They hadn't been invited the past 2 years he's worked there, so why would I guess I was suddenly invited now?)  I was pretty pissed at Jim for neglecting to make that part clear, and giving me just a day and a half to come up with a costume.  (He was of course, not dressing up, because he is boring about Halloween.)  I dug through my closets, and found a purple witch hat I had bought a few years ago at Target, but had never actually worn, striped knee socks in a multitude of colors, a black jersey dress, and of course, plenty of craft supplies.  The dress gaped a bit at the bust, and since I didn't want to be the embarrassingly slutty wife at a party full of little kids, I decided to stitch it closed, and add a bit of sparkle at the same time with a spider pendant that pinkleo sent me a few years ago. (Yes I'm stitching it on while wearing the dress in the pic!)  The hat already featured several fake spiders, so I made some spider earrings to match.  Then I ripped the horrible fake fabric feathers off the hat, reshaped the wire brim to dip down over one eye and rise up above the other, glued on some of the black and purple roses left over from my Halloween wreath, and added one more large glittery spider climbing the crown of the hat.  Finally I was a little self conscious about the bare arms of the dress, but none of my sweaters looked good with it, so I dug up the last package of 'creepy cloth' that I hadn't used in my wreath, and used it as a disintegrating web-like shawl.  Bonus, I got to reuse it again during trick or treating in our neighborhood.  
Project Picture:



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo - Prague
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Luna Lovegood Dreamcatcher

Brief Description: Bohemain is one of those style terms that is so hard to pin down, and can too easily become a catchall term for just about anything you care to apply it to.  (Does anyone remember when Regretsy had a weekly "This is not steampunk" post, featuring all the random 'vintage' crap that etsy sellers had tagged steampunk?)  Take a picture of a pretty girl in a flowy skirt, standing in the middle of a field, and you can sell just about anything as long as you label it boho.  Boho romper.  Boho antler head dress.  Boho hot cocoa mix.  What bohemian style does always seem to encompass is a feeling of items gathered through a nomadic lifestyle, rejection of mainstream design motifs and bourgeois art styles, and an air of free-spiritedness.  One of the results of this is that just about anything can be added to that aesthetic.  (Wow, I sound like I'm giving a history of decor & design lecture!)  While the original Bohemians gathered artwork, textiles, and clothing throughout their wanderings of Europe, modern Bohos have gathered items from across the Americas as well.  When I ran a Dreamcatcher Swap a few years ago, I was astounded by how the boho aesthetic had been applied to a traditional Native American craft.  (Go to Etsy and you'll find a few thousand 'boho dreamcatchers' of varying quality and craftsmanship.)  While I was ruminating on this challenge, I happened to see a picture of Luna Lovegood from the HP films, and noticed how her wardrobe choices all contained a measure of that boho-chic, an eclectic mix of things she came across and liked, even if they didn't traditionally 'go together'.  Put those two ideas together, and you get a Luna inspired dreamcatcher.  In a nod to her name, I created a silver crescent, instead of the traditional full hoop weaving, and accented it with a mix of yarns and fibers of varying textures and colors.  Finally I decided it needed a little extra sparkle, and added the sun-burst shaped pendant at the top.  I liked how the sun shape was a foil to the moon itself, and how it was covered in pearls, much like the pearls of wisdom that Luna often drops into otherwise bizarre conversations.
Project Picture:


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Post by: Moonflame on November 03, 2016 08:45:52 AM
Oooh yes! Hufflepuff would gladly welcome Tom and his points, LOL!

But seriously, we'd love to have him!


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Post by: noodle-bug on November 03, 2016 08:54:27 AM
Oh, I was totally think he should join - except he's pretty disorganised, I don't think he'd ever remember to take pictures or post projects!


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Post by: Abbeeroad on November 03, 2016 09:00:09 AM
Abbee, don't peek at these next two projects, ok? They're for our boro patch swap!
(Pinterest fairy, don't share either in case she spots them!)

So hard to resist!!! I'll be strong. :D

It's been so hard not to post what I made for you as well. I hope they travel quickly so we can both share our work!


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Post by: IsikkahJai on November 03, 2016 09:30:36 AM
Class: Apparition
House: Gryffindor!!
Project name: 11th hour save wood nymph Horns
Description: So for Halloween, all the women in my family decided to dress up. (I made 5 costumes in two weeks) but my eldest sister-in-law didn't really have time to make costume props so my other sis and I decided, the DAY OF HALLOWEEN, to pull a miracle out of our butts and make her some. Not just any props. A Bow and freaking arrow set PLUS, wood nymph horns. HA. Well, I've become pretty comfortable with clay things so I decided to make her some polymer clay horns. The tip that I'm going to share with you is that when you make pieces that need to be curved, bundle up paper bags underneath the clay as it rests on the cooking pan in the oven. This will eliminate the flat places and give a nice lovely curve :)
Project Pictures:


Haha Derp face  :D

Class: Alchemy
House: Gryffindor!!
Project name: Quivering for my Quiver
Project Description: I made a complete Quiver case for the Wood Nymph outfit for my sister. TWO HOURS BEFORE WE WERE SUPPOSED TO LEAVE. If that doesn't put a fire in someone's belly, I don't know what the heck does!! Luckily, I had scads of cardboard lying around so I was able to construct a frame fairly quickly with duct tape. And then I had this lovely black rose fabric to cover it with. Granted it was all hot glued on, but from far away, it looked great!! xD
Project Picture:

The Bow my sister made in like, 3 hours. We went tromping through the woods in leather skirts and corsets to find this dang stick  :D But it turned out perfect! Of course!!

Class: Charms
House: Gryffindor!!
Project name: Sea glass arrow/wands
Project description: Any wood nymph wouldn't be worth her salt if she didn't have some arrows for her bow! So I made her some, one to represent ach of the 5 brothers and sisters in her family :)
Project picture:


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on November 03, 2016 11:12:31 AM
Challenge: House Pride
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Recipe Link: Raspberry Rose Jam (http://www.pomonapectin.com/recipes/raspberry-framboise-rose-jam/)

Brief Description: While I was in Aldi this past weekend, I found raspberries on sale, and so I finally made a batch of the raspberry rose jam that I've been planning since August.  The recipe is from Pomona's Pectin, which can be used with very low sugar, or sometimes no sugar, making for healthier jam.  I LOVED this recipe.  It is simple, cooks up quickly, and is mildly sweet with a nice floral-berry aroma.  And of course, it's bright Gryffindor RED!
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Post by: IsikkahJai on November 03, 2016 06:35:00 PM
That jam looks AMAZING!! My toast is begging for it \O/

Class: Astronomy
House: Gryffindor!!
Project name: Lotsa Ghosties for my ghoulies!
Project description: I decided for a little Halloween treat that I would make ghost lollipops for my two girls and their class mates (That's over 40 ghosts!!) That would be amazing to see in the sky but alas my inspiration was all grounded but very tasty. I used coffee filters and a bit of white cording and then drew on faces. When you turn them sideways, they kinda even LOOK like meteors  ;) To add to the affect, I gave out kids some glow sticks as well. Because meteors glow too!
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Class: Arithmancy
House: Gryffindor!!
Project name: Literary inspiration
Project description: For a long time (since I was in middle school) I've wanted to be a writer. A novelist to be precise. I wanted to write and inspire others with my words to write books of their own. I wanted them to believe in themselves and their talent and appreciate mine as well. And inspiration can be found ANYWHERE. So for my Halloween costume this year, I wanted to be a Steampunk version of Calliope, the Greek Muse of Epic Poetry. To help this image along, I made a bustle skirt that fell to the floor with long rectangles of printed fabric that were supposed to look like book pages. I hand wrote passages from my favorite books on the fabric so whenever I walked, random pieces would fall off and be left for people to find. This is my ambition personified and made tangible. (And it wasn't EXACTLY littering since I sewed them fairly securely >_< Only a few ended up coming off, not scads).
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Class: Transfiguration
House: Gryffindor!!
Project name: Pinched and pulled steampunk ear cuff
Project description: This project definitely tested my finger strength. I hand wrapped wire around some more wire and then bent it around my ear. I had to be firm and disciplined with the wire, going bit by bit and not losing my sh*t with how difficult it was to fit. So yeah....looks great and was pretty comfortable to wear. And yes, that's a real calligraphy pen nib hanging from the chain ;) Boosting my "literary/Calliope theme".
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Class: History of Magic
House: Gryffindor!!
Project name: Steampunk Calliope (or the Mad Hatter??)
Project description: This is my Halloween Costume. There are elements you can't see like the cool chain arm ornament and the gemstone necklace on top of the cameo ruff by you get the general idea I think :) I was certainly transformed that night!!
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Post by: jenleahlynn on November 04, 2016 06:20:51 AM
IsikkahJai-love the costume! the bookpage skirt is just beautiful


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Post by: IsikkahJai on November 04, 2016 12:03:39 PM
Thank you much jenleah!! ^_^


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Post by: ErinAquaheart on November 05, 2016 09:51:09 AM
Congrats Naantje! Can't wait to see the end product. :D


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Post by: ErinAquaheart on November 05, 2016 09:51:55 AM
I am loving the Hagrid's 12 Christmas tree series! Fun idea. I can't wait to add to my list.


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Post by: ErinAquaheart on November 05, 2016 09:53:00 AM
And last. When does the Prague Floo Challenge end? I seem to be all messed up in my weeks and am sorting that out now. Just need to know how long I have left for that one. :)


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Post by: noodle-bug on November 05, 2016 10:18:38 AM
Floo Prague finishes this coming Tuesday (ish). Your can always get an estimate on the end date by looking at the 'last edited' date on the post - that will tell you when it was changed, and so the challenge should run for 2 weeks from then


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on November 05, 2016 12:21:49 PM
Beautiful job on your costume IsikkahJai!


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Post by: Abbeeroad on November 05, 2016 04:06:51 PM
Beautiful job on your costume IsikkahJai!

Agreed! That bustle skirt is gorgeous!


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Post by: ErinAquaheart on November 05, 2016 06:55:16 PM
Floo Prague finishes this coming Tuesday (ish). Your can always get an estimate on the end date by looking at the 'last edited' date on the post - that will tell you when it was changed, and so the challenge should run for 2 weeks from then


Duh! Of course I should check when the post was edited. Just didn't even think of that. I've had a long day. Forgive me.


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Post by: jenleahlynn on November 06, 2016 11:26:18 AM
I finished my digital scrapbook for my owl, and Was so excited when the box arrived yesterday. I opened it up and someone elses face is on the cover! >:( the inside pages are mine. I'm going to have to call the company and have it reprinted.

class/challenge- put a pumpkin on it
house-gryffindor
project- baked pumpkin in the freezer

a freind had an overflow of pumpkins in their garden, so they sent a few our way. the big ones are out front for decoration, but the smallest one went into the oven. the small ones are less watery and are sweeter. if you are buying one look for an actual pie pumpkin.

Cut the pumpkin in half and clean out the seeds and stringy stuff. i saved the seeds for roasting later.  In a shallow baking dish, place the two halves face down add 3/4 cup of water and  cover with foil. Bake in a preheated 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) oven for about 1½ hours for a medium-sized sugar pumpkin, or until tender.

after it has cooled enough to handle scrape the pulp away from the skin. place the pulp into a food processor and puree. i ended up with about 5 cups, so i put 1 cup into a zip lock bag, then put all the small bags into a larger one and into the freezer. if you have time and patience, you can lay the sealed bags on a cookie sheet to freeze flat, then gather them up.



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Post by: noodle-bug on November 06, 2016 11:46:34 AM
Oh no, what a shame Jen!


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Post by: gaudiknight on November 06, 2016 02:28:22 PM
@jennleahlynn - What a strange mix-up!  Does this mean there's someone else out there with your cover on their book?  I hope you can get it fixed with the printer.

Somehow pictures turned out much larger than normal... still trying to figure out the best way to go about all this.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition
House: honeybun
Project Name: Acorns Galore
Brief Description:  When I dream started making smallish doll clothes I ran into a lot of difficulty with attaching the skirt as instructed: one or two rows of gathering stitches on the skirt, lining up the raw edges of skirt and bodice with right sides together and sewing with a quarter inch seam allowance.  When I flipped the skirt right side out it always poofed alarmingly, the gathers never lay flat, and there was generally too much bulk at the waist.  I've since learned to sew all the way around the bodice and lining, just leaving a small gap at the bottom front so that you can flip it inside out like a pillowcase and then iron the heck out of it.  After sewing the side seams, I sew three rows of gathering stitches on the skirt, line up the finished edge of the bodice with the second row of gathering stitches and top-stitch on the bodice to attach the skirt, and then trim the extra seam allowance.  There's the same number of layers of fabric as before, but somehow between the extra ironing and top-stitching, everything just sits flatter.  Plus the extra rows of gathering stitches and larger seam allowance on the skirts helps keep the gathers even rather than crossing or folding as they often did before.

(https://flic.kr/p/21CWyAp)
Audrey in Acorns (https://flic.kr/p/21CWyAp) by Trillian (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aluminumdryad/), on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
House: honeybun
Project Name: Shooting Star Dress
Brief Description: This fabric seemed perfect for a project inspired by meteor showers

(https://flic.kr/p/NshKya)
The Mighty Mischa (https://flic.kr/p/NshKya) by Trillian (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aluminumdryad/), on Flickr


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder: Prague
House: honeybun
Project Name: Autumn Stripes
Brief Description: The fabric of the skirts reminds me of the deep colors and mix of patterns that goes along with bohemian style.

(https://flic.kr/p/PvcJyC)
Poca&#38;#38;#38;#x27;s new glasses (https://flic.kr/p/PvcJyC) by Trillian (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aluminumdryad/), on Flickr


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Post by: Antidigger on November 07, 2016 05:06:15 AM
Wow everyone, so many amazing halloween costumes, you do astonishing things. I'm afraid that all my effort goes into the decorations, they're lucky if I remember to put on the witches hat!

Raspberry & rose preserve: the sounds fascinating.

The colouring pumpkin is just the best colours and looks good enough to frame.

Gaudiknight, I love the variety of clothes you produce for your dolls, they're better dressed than most people round by me!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Defense against the Dark Arts
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Cosy Toes

Brief Description:
This year, we are planning a trip to Zurich in Switzerland in December. I hope that it will be as magical as I imagine with the weather that we all expect of a mountainous region in the winter. And I love snow, I adore snow, I dance when it snows, but… I do want it to snow when I’m all snuggly warm. My boots are lovely, but have really thin soles. If I dance in the snow with thin soles I will soon have cold feet (boo), so to keep them warm I need some thick insoles. Yes, I could have bought some, but come on, I’m a craftster. I have recently acquired a number of my mother in law’s wooden jumpers, so I applied heat to one of them and it magically shrank to half it’s size and in the process, became considerably thicker, in accordance with Antoine Lavoisier’s theory of conservation of stuff. I then made a paper pattern of the inside of my boots (discovering that the previous insoles that I did buy were clearly too small). I cut out the sleeves of the miniaturised jumper and pinned the pattern to the opened out sleeves and cut around it. If I don’t count the time in the washing machine to felt the jumper, this only just beats the 30 minute rule, but I did take a lot of time to make sure the pattern fit exactly.


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: What’s in here again?
Brief Description:
My kitchen is green. I have no problem with that, but it is my other half’s least favourite colour. In order to cover up as much of the green as possible, we’ve added some posters to the cabinet doors and also some notice boards. The book page borders to these notice boards are stained with teamed because I didn’t seal them, every now and again, he gets a lovely whiff of tea from them. It must smell really tempting, I’ve never had so many cups of tea made for me.



There may be a few more projects from me today: I'm actually getting around to photographing stuff.


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Post by: Magpirate on November 07, 2016 06:17:38 AM
I'm sorry to hear about your scrapbook misprint, jenleahlynn!  :(  Hopefully they'll get it fixed for you soon.

Adorable doll clothes, as always, gaudiknight!  I love the last one in particular, it's very autum-y.

Nice re-purpose of the sweater, Antidigger!  I'm sure your insoles will keep your toes cosy.  I really like the notice boards, too!


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Defense Against the Dark Arts class
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Makeshift Chicken Pot Pie
Brief Description: It occurred to me after I made this that most people don't bother with the bottom crust and just put a top crust on their pot pies...

Ingredients
refrigerated pie crust (just one)
chicken breast
1 can mixed veggies
1 can chicken broth
1/2 small onion, chopped
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder

Set your pie crust out to warm to room temperature.  Preheat oven to 450*F.  Boil a chicken breast until it's done (usually 15 to 20 minutes).  Drain the mixed veggies and put them in a bowl with the can of chicken broth, onion, and spices and mix it all together.  When the chicken is done, shred it into the bowl.  Mix in a tablespoon of water from the chicken pot at a time until it's the consistency you want.  Unroll the pie crust and line an 8"x10" baking dish with it.  Cut off and save the excess.  Pour in the chicken mixture and piece together the crust bits on top.  Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees - Bells
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Calzone-ish
Brief Description: This was a "let's see what I can make with whatever odds and ends we've got because I don't want to go shopping" kind of dish.  I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but as soon as my girlfriend walked in the door she went "It smells amazing in here!"  It ended up being delicious, too, appealing to both smell and taste.

Ingredients
2/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
5 sticks of string cheese, chopped into small bits (or you could use shredded mozzarella)
1 large bratwurst, chicken/spinach/feta flavor, also chopped into small bits
1 tablespoon Highlands Italian Cheese Sprinkle spice mix from Savory Spice in Franklin (optional, but OMG that stuff's tasty)
1 refrigerated pie crust

Set out your pie crust to warm to room temperature.  Preheat oven to 450*F.  Mix all your ingredients (except the pie crust) together.  Lay out the pie crust on a pizza stone and pile the cheese mixture onto half of it.  (I actually got nervous and took part of the mixture out because I wasn't sure if it would fit, but once it baked it all fell down flat so I think it would've worked out if I'd squished everything in a bit.)  Fold the other half over the top and pinch the edges together.  Flatten with a fork to make it pretty.  Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Dipping Sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon parsley
1 can tomato sauce

Heat the olive oil and spices in a pan over low heat for 2-3 minutes.  Add the tomato sauce and cook, stirring occasionally, until your calzone comes out of the oven (or until warm).

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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies class
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Painted Pennies
Brief Description: Inspired by the Muggle saying "It's better to give than to receive," I painted these pennies to leave in small Geocaches that don't have any trade items in them.  It's always more exciting to find caches with goodies in than ones with just a log book to sign, so we like to add a penny to log-only caches when we can.

I used acrylic paint and painted each one white before adding the stripes, since not all of my colors are completely opaque.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Study of Ancient Runes class
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Minecraft Cake
Brief Description: My girlfriend's nephew runs our Minecraft server, and it was his birthday last week so Kim wanted to do something special for him.  She came up with the idea of a virtual cake with a maze inside, and I came up with the design.  We both helped build it.  It took a LOT of thought and concentration first to come up with a maze design that would work in Minecraft (since I had to consider the fact that the walls as well as the passageways were a block wide) and then to translate that 2-D maze into the 3-D world of the game.  At the end of the maze I made a room that plays the Happy Birthday song (on redstone-powered note blocks) when you walk in, and a chest containing a cake (a food item in Minecraft) and a card that I made using a book & quill.  Also when he flipped the lever to open the door to go out, it started a fireworks show.
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In progress


Finished product (the sign on the wall where the slice is cut out says "Hope your birthday is a-MAZE-ing!")


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Post by: IsikkahJai on November 07, 2016 06:25:54 AM
That...is quite possibly the most genius birthday cake I've ever EVER come across O_O HOLY COW MAGPIRATE!!! Such creativity! *Stands and applauds*


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Post by: Antidigger on November 07, 2016 10:34:47 AM
Hi Magpirate, my other half says that pie should always have a bottom crust, if it doesn't then it's just a stew with a biscuit. Love the minecraft cake too, so much fun.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Pride
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: More Keyring bags
Brief Description: Oh, I’ve been knitting away at these for some time. They will be Christmas gifts. These are some more bamboo bags, knitted from 2 remnants, silver grey and self striping Ravenclaw blue.


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Put a Pumpkin on it
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
House:
Project Name: Curried Pumpkin soup
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description:
I take a flask of soup to work quite frequently and I like to make my own, from whatever I’ve got in the garden, or otherwise available. Just after halloween I have a pumpkin available…

Ingredients
All the good bits left from the carved pumpkin a couple of days after halloween.
Stock to cover the pumpkin pieces
Spices to taste, my choice was brought to you by the letter C today!
   cardamom
   cloves
   cinnamon
   A chilli. (mine was a dried one from last harvest)
   Oh, and some Garam Masala, which spoils the theme.
Salt & pepper
Milk

Put everything except the milk in the slow cooker.
Turn on and set for several hours (I chose 9 because I had a busy day planned), go shopping/to the cinema/play hopscotch/insert activity of choice here, although a fortnight’s vacation probably takes too long.
After the slow cooking has finished to your satisfaction, cool somewhat and blend.
Divide into portions that are pleasing to you (I have single person portions, but it’s up to you) and freeze those you don’t intend to eat now.
Rewarm soup, add a dash of milk, serve in bowl or cup with a sprinkle of Garam Masala on the top.
Mmm, reviving on a winter’s evening. And I ate my lunchtime portion before I thought to photograph it, please pardon the slightly out of focus photo too.



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Study of ancient Runes
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Baby toes
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: I seem to be surrounded by pregnant people. I have 3 to knit for at present and these booties are for a very friendly couple in the bakery near to where we live. Baby is due in December, so I haven’t got long, but here are the first things: booties. Now they are only tiny, but it takes me ages to finish them, not because of all the knitting involved, but the number of different steps. The little frills at the top make me stop talking or listening in order to get all the stitches the right way around. The holes the ribbon is threaded through drive me potty, it’s just the wrong rhythm for me, I have to unknit & reknit them 4 or 5 times each boot and to finish off it demands kitchener stitch, which, after  8 attempts, I think I may have finally understood. The main difficulty with these booties is that there is no let up. They need concentration all the way through and a sustained period of concentration is not natural to me. I do think they’re pretty though.


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Post by: edelC on November 08, 2016 05:29:06 AM
Project dump to follow....


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle studies
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: stumpwork bee
Project Page Link https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450724.0
Brief Description: I had a go at stumpwork, this was freeform and a kind of a suck it and see approach, I have seen some amazing stumpwork here and I was stuck on the sofa with a cold, so this kept me busy, all from stuff I had lying around, the base fabric was a random piece that would otherwise have been in danger of getting tossed away




Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: healthy stir fry
Project Page Link
Brief Description: this is to keep me on track with my weight loss goals. I am going out to dinner two times this week, so the early part of the week is pretty calorie light. This is a huge bowl of yummy stir fry for one.

120g chicken breast
2 tablespoons of stir fry sauce of your choice (I used char siu sauce)
1/2 bunch asparagus
1 cup fresh broccoli florets
1 med courgette cut into batons
3/4 cup sugar snap peas
3 cloves garlic,
1/2inch fresh ginger
3 spring onions
1 teaspoon oil

fry the garlic, ginger, onions, chicken in the oil, adding a splash of water occasionally to prevent it from sticking, when almost cooked, add the broccoli, then the rest of the veg and the sauce, stir fry for about 5 minutes keeping the veg a bit crunchy.





Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: bat fabric
Project Page Link
Brief Description: I cut this stamp and got ready to print, when i realised that I didn't have a roller, but I had the paint already mixed (Hint#1 textile medium+acrylic paint, works as a great subsitute for fabric paint, and way cheaper) so I just sorta dipped in the stamp, but then I started to really like the effect that it gave as I pulled it away. (hint#2 don't be afraid to try everything when printing, often mistakes can be brilliant) I put this on some preprinted fabric as I really liked the colour combo (hint#3 print on already printed fabric, the effects can be excellent)





Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: bird journal
Project Page Link
Brief Description: this is a blank journal, that may become a travel journal (or a new gym journal) blank books are all about potential for the future. This was awful shiny leather, so I glued the shiny faces together to show the lovely seude back, and sewed it around for more strength. Then hand drew the birds, (after charley harper) It is stitched with a regular long stitch


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Post by: edelC on November 08, 2016 05:40:07 AM
moar projects


Class/Challenge/House Pride: flying
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: craft space reoragnise
Project Page Link
Brief Description: the before is definitely a disaster, I bought a couple of useful storage things, hammered in a few nails to hang up stuff and voila.




Class/Challenge/House Pride:Hagrids 12 christmas trees- angel
SPEW:
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: moon picture
Project Page Link
Brief Description: this picture is for an angel in my life, someone who has openheartedly given things to me.

EDIT..eek I accidentally uploaded my inspiration picture not the one I did..the one below, i did



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
SPEW:
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: mug rug
Project Page Link
Brief Description: free form patchwork that turned into a mug rug.

Class/Challenge/House Pride:Hagrids 12 christmas trees-star
SPEW:
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: mini book
Project Page Link
Brief Description: I printed this fabric and bound the book with the fabric, I used an exisiting notebook, which saved me having to stitch the signatures, I took off the cover and rebound it, then reglued it.



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Post by: gaudiknight on November 08, 2016 06:19:07 AM
@edelC - Wow, what a transformation!  I bet it feels nice to have a clear table right before Christmas Crafting starts.  And I love your blue shelves on the wall!


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Post by: noodle-bug on November 08, 2016 06:38:26 AM
There's a new floo challenge up on the board!  (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.msg5409371#msg5409371)

I also wanted to drop you guys a of an apology; I know that I'm RUBBISH at commenting on all the awesome stuff you post! That's because I usually check the forum as a 'treat' to myself during an especially dull scene at work, but I'm mostly having to operate my phone one handed (the other hand being occupied in holding my light still) so it's easy to read what you've put, but hard to write in response. I always love seeing your stuff and wanted you to know that just because I'm generally pretty quiet doesn't mean I'm not enjoying your crafts  ;D


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Post by: edelC on November 08, 2016 08:03:33 AM
@edelC - Wow, what a transformation!  I bet it feels nice to have a clear table right before Christmas Crafting starts.  And I love your blue shelves on the wall!

thank you, they are an old CD rack that I found in a charity shop. They work perfectly for FQ, I just wrap them onto a cardboard piece and slot them into place.


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Post by: Magpirate on November 08, 2016 05:39:46 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees - Icicles
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Election Day Snacks
Brief Description: So today is Election Day here in the USA, and I'm SUPER nervous about the outcome.  My girlfriend and I agreed that we wouldn't follow the progress of the presidential election (there will be plenty of time to stress about it after it's all over!) but I couldn't help making a few goodies in honor of the occasion.  I made Jell-o stars and patriotic shots, both of which required boiling for some time - you mix boiling water with the Jell-o powder, and I made my own version of grenadine by boiling a 1-to-1 mixture of cranberry juice and sugar until the sugar dissolved.  (The other two layers of the shot are blue curacao and white rum.)
Project Picture:




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Post by: Ant Bee on November 08, 2016 06:45:24 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees - Icicles
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Election Day Snacks
Brief Description: So today is Election Day here in the USA, and I'm SUPER nervous about the outcome.  My girlfriend and I agreed that we wouldn't follow the progress of the presidential election (there will be plenty of time to stress about it after it's all over!) but I couldn't help making a few goodies in honor of the occasion.  I made Jell-o stars and patriotic shots, both of which required boiling for some time - you mix boiling water with the Jell-o powder, and I made my own version of grenadine by boiling a 1-to-1 mixture of cranberry juice and sugar until the sugar dissolved.  (The other two layers of the shot are blue curacao and white rum.)


Magpirate, pass me some of that through the floo network? Lol looks fun!


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Post by: patty_o_furniture on November 08, 2016 06:50:33 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
SPEW: -
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Patronus Wreath
Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450732.0
Brief Description: You have to think of a wonderful memory to make a patronus.  My memory is when I had the local girl scouts come over to paint their own wands.  It was delightful to see their faces so wowed that I made wand bases for them with nothing but paper and hot glue.
Project Picture:
(http://s114.photobucket.com/user/secretsmilesshop/media/D308C426-A422-4319-BBB0-8AFA96C8CAEB_zpsxxcgeho6.jpg.html)


Class/Challenge/House Pride:  Arithmancy
SPEW: -
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Face Paint Poster
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: One of my ambitions is to become a professional face painter.  I feel my talent is there, but I lack the enthusiasm to create the business aspect.  But I can still practice for that day!  I created this paint poster for a Halloween Carnival where I painted with some friends.  Each character is hand drawn and then inputted into the computer and colored and pasted onto the poster.  I made this sign large for everyone to see and then a few copies for the painters at their stations.
Project Picture:
(http://s114.photobucket.com/user/secretsmilesshop/media/mini%20face%20paint_zpshhrfwk9t.jpg.html)


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
SPEW: -
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Spider Cookies
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: For this class I made multiple spider cookies!  Each spider also has multiple legs.  Used the eyes I made many many multiples of last semester too.
http://www.aspicyperspective.com/chocolate-peanut-butter-spider-cookies
Project Picture:
(http://s114.photobucket.com/user/secretsmilesshop/media/F933CA1A-D65C-4B84-B41A-4A639B30C9BE_zpssge8pjri.jpg.html)


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms
SPEW: -
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Brain Jello Jar
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: This jar is housing a jello brain.  I used a blood red color of cranberry jello for the brain and set it in a lemon yellow.  It was a fun table decoration for the kids and everyone thought it was very disturbing the way it jiggled realistically. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhQLbix7PZY
Project Picture:
(http://s114.photobucket.com/user/secretsmilesshop/media/2A945C17-5DB4-465B-AA3A-6555EC915610_zpsfswfxfmm.jpg.html)

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - October
SPEW: -
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Alien Drawing
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: This improvised project was done by my girls each drawing simple shapes for me to make into a larger drawing.  I didn't know what I was going to draw until the shapes were set in front of me.  And I made sure to use pen so I could not erase anything.  It just had to be what it was going to be.  Turned into a snake pining for its alien girlfriend out in space!
Project Picture:
(http://s114.photobucket.com/user/secretsmilesshop/media/6ef9a33d-b757-4879-8e6e-b739edb15bc7_zpsnfrxladv.jpg.html)
(http://s114.photobucket.com/user/secretsmilesshop/media/IMG_0512_zps21bp7zmp.jpg.html)


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
SPEW: -
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Professor Trelawney Teacup
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: Family wanted to all go as Harry Potter characters and decided I would be Professor Trelawney.  Needed the iconic cup to go with it though!  Got a basic plastic teacup from the second hand store and used a paint pen to dot the picture inside. Placed it on a string and wore it as a necklace.
Project Picture:
(http://s114.photobucket.com/user/secretsmilesshop/media/ae41dc23-7612-4f98-8dbb-d35459ab8a81_zpsfws1gg29.jpg.html)
(http://s114.photobucket.com/user/secretsmilesshop/media/A25321F3-D7CD-4615-8A25-E403B852076A_zpsbip4nke3.jpg.html)

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Mini Challenge - Put a  Pumpkin on it.
SPEW: -
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Emoji Pumpkins
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: I used lots of mini pumpkins to make emojis for my porch. (you can see some other wands ready for the girl scouts to paint in the back of the pic too!)
Project Picture:
(http://s114.photobucket.com/user/secretsmilesshop/media/1F9E3540-B50B-49DF-A5D2-DF9130A4FC9A_zpstjzo2fgh.jpg.html)



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Post by: IsikkahJai on November 09, 2016 06:40:13 AM
Patty_o everything looks so creative and amazing! I love that your family is so pro Harry Potter!  :D Mine are like, MEH. So sad.... the spider cookies look OMNOMNOM.


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Post by: edelC on November 09, 2016 07:11:22 AM
magpirate, those cookies look great,

Patty O your cookies also look fabulous, but I really really love the cup with the grim. your costume is brilliant


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Post by: Abbeeroad on November 09, 2016 12:38:37 PM
edelC, I love your stumpwork bee!

Magpirate - your patriotic shot looks awesome! I could sure use one now...

patty_o - you are an awesome Trelawney!


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Post by: noodle-bug on November 09, 2016 05:30:03 PM
Challenge: floo - tattooine
House: ravenclaw
Project: advent box blanks
This is one of those projects that seems to be taking much longer than expected!
Boo (my niece) asked for a TsumTsum advent calender, but they are ridiculously expensive - so I'm making her one instead (It's much cheaper to buy 24 figures than too buy the advent calender, I'm furious with Disney for blatant profiteering! The calander is £70 and doesn't even have a figure every day (just accessories some days), whereas I brought 3 packs of 10 for £12 each... )
Anyway... Lots of little boxes folded from bookboard, ready to decorate and fill :D hopefully she'll be able to use the same calender for a couple of years once it's done, too


Challenge: 12 trees - icicles
House: ravenclaw
Project: pecan pie
The oven was too cold,, so we turned it up half a turn... And then it for a bit burnt (only a bit on top, still tasty!)

Recipes: (definilty not vegan - we planned till make a vegan one but ran out of time!)
Pie filling (http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food-recipes/a10070/dark-rum-pecan-pie-recipe/)

Challenge: 12 trees - bells
House: ravenclaw
Project: festive cabbage
I want to make red cabbage to go with Christmas dinner, since it's a family favorite, plus the beautiful purple color brightens up the table
I halved delia's festive red cabbage recipe (https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/international/european/british/traditional-braised-red-cabbage-with-apples&ved=0ahUKEwj3num8hJ3QAhUJM8AKHclUAxUQFggoMAI&usg=AFQjCNHwzeja3C7UMjASsbd2_gEs2Kip1A&sig2=c5HaMheHzlkmUh-rb7VRCw) to practice it, but tbh I want that blown away by the taste - fine, but nothing special, so I'll see if I can find another to try




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Post by: AnnoyingBigSister on November 09, 2016 09:39:02 PM
Class/Challenge:November Broom Headmistress Challenge
House: Hufflepuff
Project name: Fandom Shoes
Brief Description: For this project we were told to make something to encourage us to get outside and exercise more.  I took a pair of canvas sneakers and decorated them with some of my favorite fandoms!! The left shoe has FnaF and Pokemon.  The right shoe has Hetalia and 2P Hetalia! ^.^ I had a lot of fun doing this project.
Project Pictures:

 













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Post by: ErinAquaheart on November 10, 2016 05:55:49 AM
I HAD a project for the Prague floo challenge. But then the USA election happened and I forgot to post in my anxiety.


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Post by: Abbeeroad on November 10, 2016 06:58:43 AM
Love those shoes, AnnoyingBigSister!

Hey All - the latest installment of "Who's That Gryffindor" is posted in the Gryffindor Common Room (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.msg5409591#msg5409591). Check it out!


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on November 10, 2016 08:34:19 AM
Hey All - the latest installment of "Who's That Gryffindor" is posted in the Gryffindor Common Room (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.msg5409591#msg5409591). Check it out!

Awesome interview Abbeeroad!  I love that you're doing that this semester.  :D

In addition to reading the great interview, have you guys seen the link to Hogwarts Zodiac (http://www.spenecial.com/birdsofafeather/astrology.htm) that Abbee posted in the Gryffindor Common Room?  It's great fun, and accurately described a whole lot about this Libra Gryffindor!


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Post by: Abbeeroad on November 10, 2016 10:00:36 AM
In addition to reading the great interview, have you guys seen the link to Hogwarts Zodiac (http://www.spenecial.com/birdsofafeather/astrology.htm) that Abbee posted in the Gryffindor Common Room?  It's great fun, and accurately described a whole lot about this Libra Gryffindor!

Super fun. I am 100% a Gryffindor Capricorn. :D


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Post by: Antidigger on November 10, 2016 11:25:58 AM
What an amazing wreath Professor Trelawney! I love all the things that come in, I so want to do some shoes and hope they look as good as annoying big sister's, but I doubt I will ever get there with so much else to do in the meantime.


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Post by: edelC on November 10, 2016 02:10:56 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
SPEW:
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: dalek fabric
Project Page Link (if available): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450744.msg5417692#msg5417692
Brief Description: Daleks come from space, as do all of the asteroids. Maybe the shooting stars that we see are really daleks!
Project Picture:


Class/Challenge/House Pride: hagrids 12 trees, fake snow
SPEW:
House: ravenclaw
Project Name:
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: tee-shirt for my friend who loves cats (and glitter). This was a purchased teeshirt and a pretty fast make.
Project Picture:






Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrids 12 trees - candles
SPEW:
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Felt robot, My daughter spotted this on line and fell in love, I hope it brings a warm glow to the recipients heart.
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description:
Project Picture:



Class/Challenge/House Pride: hagrids 12 trees, baubles
SPEW:
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: Blue to match my daughters room. I love blue, I love patchwork. I may have to keep this one!
Project Picture:




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Post by: noodle-bug on November 10, 2016 02:20:55 PM
The Gryffindor interviews are such a good idea - it's so nice to get to know people who's craft I've been enjoying for years!

Edel, the robot is so cute!


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Post by: patty_o_furniture on November 10, 2016 09:13:39 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying
SPEW: -
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Craftroom Clean/Redo
Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450746.msg5417723#msg5417723
Brief Description: Craftroom needed a good solid cleaning.  Seems like it's easy to get messy with kids that think "oh!  It's clean, lets play!"  I added the pics of the room redo too because it was recent, but not technically winter term.






***NEWT PROPOSAL***
Subject: Arithmancy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Personal Progress Book Holders
Brief Description: I'm going to demonstrate my arithmancy knowledge by making one lot of materials into ten personal progress books for the local church girls.  I'll have to use my arithmancy to make sure each of the ten are divided correctly between the ribbons, interfacing and material. 
http://www.cranialhiccups.com/2012/01/young-women-personal-progress-book-holders.html
While the sewing will be easy, it is something I'm not looking forward to, and making ten will take me the required time plus some.  I do not need to be finished until next spring, but am hoping taking my newt spot will quicken up my pace.


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Post by: Magpirate on November 10, 2016 09:49:53 PM
Nice job on the shoes, AnnoyingBigSister, they look fantastic!

LOVE the Dalek fabric, edelC!  Beautiful work on the stamp.  The shirt made me giggle.  :)  Also I adore the little robot, and that quilt is just gorgeous.

Holy cow, patty_o_furniture, the craft room clean looks like it was quite the undertaking!  Great job!


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo - Tattoine
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Love, Peace, and Fishies Cupcakes
Brief Description: Baking is one of the things that helps me when I'm stressed or upset, and I have been a lot of both this week.  So I made a lot of cupcakes.
Project Picture:




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Post by: Naantje on November 11, 2016 05:18:25 AM
Good call on making some shots for election night Magpirate! I had plenty of people telling me they needed a drink upon finding out results. Truth be told, I could have used one too, but alcohol is off limits for another four months! Cupcakes however, are still an option. :)

patty_o_furniture, I don't know which I adore more: the spider cookies, the gorgeous wreath or your excellent Trelawney costume. The co-operative art thing is definitely something I'll want to do with my kid too! Also, totally jealous of that craft room! :O

noodle-bug, you're right, £70 for an advent calendar is truly outrageous! That's shelling out major money before even buying the actual Christmas gift. So nice of you to make a better, reusable alternative! :) Good luck on finding the right red cabbage recipe. We actually love it raw (it's great as a salad!) or when it's cooked, with raisins mixed in too, along with the apples. Don't think I've had it with onions before.

AnnoyingBigSister, nice work on those shoes! I always love it when people incorporate their personalities in their wardrobes. :)

EdelC, your kitty T-shirt is so spot on! The cat hair gets everywhere! Can't be mad at Sputnik though. :O Also loving your quilt! I think it's time I pick up the patchwork I started to make from my later grandmother's old nighties. It should suit my daughter just perfectly I think. (Also, do you have any kind of pattern for that robot? Cuteness overload!)

Meanwhile, I'm really nervous. I'm afraid I won't have enough wool for the Christmas sweater I'm knitting for my goddaughter. It will probably be really close. I'm working this pattern in the round. I already  knit the majority of the body and was supposed to start knitting the sleeves and then join at the armpits and start working the yoke and the neck. I've now used a provisional cast-on for the arms, to immediately start working the yoke of the sweater, and hopefully work the arms down from the armpit to the cuffs. If I run out of yarn prematurely, I can always make the arms in a contrasting colour, right? Having to switch partway through the yoke however would look really wrong in this pattern. I really, really hope I'll have enough yarn for the sleeves too, and also that I figured out the provisional cast-on this correctly. Slightly scared you'll be able to tell where I switched directions. :-/ Oh well, I can alway try to make that into a design feature if I have too, right?


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Post by: Moonflame on November 11, 2016 06:26:45 AM
I've been quietly enjoying everyone's AMAZING work! I feel it would be irresponsible of me not to mention that today (11/11) is SINGLES DAY, and as such, there are HUGE sales in Asian online shops. So if you're an Aliexpress, Taobao or Banggoods shopper, TODAY IS YOUR BIG DAY. Go off, my lovelies, and score some amazing crafting supply deals. XD


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Post by: Abbeeroad on November 11, 2016 06:54:57 AM
The Gryffindor interviews are such a good idea - it's so nice to get to know people who's craft I've been enjoying for years!

Full disclosure: I stole the idea from the Nerd Battle Craftalongs. :)

Your craft room is amazing patty_o!

Groovy cupcakes Magpirate!! They look delicious.


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Post by: Inselaeffchen on November 11, 2016 02:11:42 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress Mini Challenge - Put a Pumpkin on it
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Pumpkin Puree
Project Page Link (if available): Homemade pumpkin puree (3 ways) (http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food-recipes/dessert/a22021/homemade-pumpkin-puree-recipe/)
Brief Description: Somehow I decided to carve 6 (!!!) pumpkins for Halloween. And while one can only eat so much pumpkin soup (in our case two days in a row = 6-8 portions) I needed another way to use the pumpkin flesh. I decided to try my hand on pumpkin puree, which I could use later in November in muffins or a pumpkin pie.

As I wanted to use my pumpkins for carving, I had to hollow them painstakingly out and opted for the boiling method instead of the oven roast method. It took some time to hollow 6 pumpkins, then cut up & boil part of the flesh (the majority was used for the soup). But I managed it in the end.
They say pumpkin puree from jack-o-lantern style pumpkins are stringy, but I think it's the same once it's blitzed with the blender?

It's all in jars now, I've yet to use it ... wish me luck!! ;)

Project Picture:


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Post by: IsikkahJai on November 12, 2016 07:56:04 AM
Atta girl Naan! Make it an intentional mistake!!  ;D

My goodness patty_o I'm so envious of your craft ROOM. I have a craft DESK! So lovely with the blue and all the shelves *drools*

Magpirate, you can just sent those cupcakes on over to california  ;D

Edel, I think I may have to steal your cat shirt idea. I know someone who would LOVE IT!! Hee hee

MMM pumpkin pancakes and pumpkin bread and pumpkin muffins with cinnamon frosting...Ohhhh YUMMY!!


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Post by: seeuudee on November 12, 2016 08:09:04 AM
Pinterest board is all up to date again. ;D So far it contains 153 pins!!

So many fantastic crafts added - love the little felt robot, the advent box is going to be amazing, the brain in a jar is so creepy, the stumpwork bee is stunning and your costume is amazing IsikkahJai! But I love everything, it is all amazing!!


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Post by: noodle-bug on November 12, 2016 08:46:30 AM
Ahhhhgh! Just sewing up the mermaid tail, and have somehow managed to sew my stitch marker onto it!! I'll have to cut it off, and it's one if my favorites!


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Post by: edelC on November 12, 2016 02:18:32 PM

EdelC,  (Also, do you have any kind of pattern for that robot? Cuteness overload!)


I didn't use a pattern, but it was pretty easy to wing it,
*the front/back squares for the hands and feet are the same size. 2x squares for the face and 2x rectangles for the body.
*I cut a long strip to make the sides of the feet and hands, just basically sewed them into a cube (ish- the sides are a little narrower)
* Ditto a strip to make the sides of the face and the body,
Essentially you are making 4 of the same size cubes and one bigger one for the head and a rectangle for the body.
*All of the linking bits are tubes of felt. I made the neck a bit too long, so it was wobbly, so her head tilts a bit. Hope this helps!


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Post by: edelC on November 12, 2016 02:20:00 PM
noodle- that sucks! maybe it can be a mermaid piercing!

patty o, amazing craft room

Jennie, that pumpkin preserve looks great, you must have an incredible larder.


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on November 12, 2016 05:09:23 PM
lol, the pumpkin was Inselaeffchen!  I'm totally jealous....


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on November 12, 2016 05:36:35 PM
***NEWT SUBMISSION***
Subject: Study of Ancient Runes
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Long Hooded Cape (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450778.0)

Brief Description:  I've finished my NEWT!  The Long Hooded Cloak by Maggie's Crochet (http://www.maggiescrochet.com/products/long-hooded-cape-crochet-pattern), made from Knit Pick's Wool of the Andes yarn, in the colorway Claret Heather (http://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/Wool_of_the_Andes_Worsted_Yarn__D5420103.html).  I'm really happy with how it came out, especially since the past two weeks I've been using it as an excuse to hook out my feelings over the grief and strife of the election, due to the varying views of friends and family scrolling through my Facebook feed.



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Post by: FiberAlchemist on November 12, 2016 06:09:19 PM
Beautiful work Jennie!


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on November 12, 2016 07:05:09 PM
***OWL PROPOSAL***
OWL Subject & Option: Care of Magical Creatures, Option 1
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Silk Cloud Waves Shawl

Brief Description: I've been hooking hardcore this week, and now that I've finished my NEWT, it's time for a new project!  Even in the muggle world, we are surrounded by fascinating and breathtaking creatures.  I'll be working on a lovely new silk shawl, made from recycled silk yarn, inspired by the beautiful dragonfly.  The pattern is the Silk Cloud Waves Shawl (https://www.darngoodyarn.com/collections/project-kits/products/silk-waves-crochet-shawl-kit-100-silk) from Darn Good Yarn, and the yarn is their lace weight recycled silk, in Enchanted Forest (https://www.darngoodyarn.com/collections/recycled-silk-yarn/products/lace-weight-silk-yarn).  

Update: Here's the test swatch!



***NEWT PROPOSAL***
Subject: Potions
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Fantasy Fair Isle Crochet Socks

Brief Description: For my Potions NEWT, I will be studying the Elixir to Induce Euphoria, a potion that induces a sense of inexplicable, irrational happiness upon the drinker.  To do so, I will be creating my first ever crocheted socks! The pattern is the Fantasy Fair Isle Crochet Socks (http://www.knitpicks.com/cfPatterns/Pattern_Display.cfm?ID=10226220&media=RAV&utm_source=media&utm_medium=marketing&utm_campaign=RAV) from Knit Picks, made from their Stroll Hand Painted Sock Yarn in color Make Believe.



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Post by: seeuudee on November 13, 2016 01:57:35 AM
Your cape is amazing Jennie and that shawl is going to be so pretty, the colour you have chosen is just gorgeous.


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Post by: noodle-bug on November 13, 2016 03:11:36 AM
Gorgeous! That colour really suits you too  ;D


(Does anyone else's auto correct always try to change 'gorgeous' to 'horrid'??! Mine does it must timed, so now I'm paranoid that I'll not notice and someone will think I'm super mean!)


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Post by: Naantje on November 13, 2016 04:23:37 AM
That cape is really pretty! And you finished it so quicly too! I am in awe.

Meanwhile, I've just started frogging all of this long weekend's work on Merel's sweater. When I did the provisional cast on for the sleeves, I cast on too many stitches, and the yoke and neck were turning out way too wide because of this and also because I forgot to compensate for my different stitch gauge in the rows of the pattern. This meant that I should have used a higher frequency for my raglan decreases instead of blindly following the pattern... Just no way to fix it without frogging, but it's over one ball of yarn that I'm frogging back! :O Probably around 12 hours of knitting or so... I do think my provisional cast on technique is going to work though! And I'm gaining back some yarn from the too wide yoke, so maybe now I'll have enough to make the sleeves fully green?


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Post by: edelC on November 13, 2016 05:29:58 AM
Jennie That's just me being an idiot! I see preserves and think of you. That shawl looks amazing.

Naantje, your account of your knitting travails brings me out in a cold sweat. I am officially done with knitting, now that I have knit my 36 years overdue hat, that is it never knitting again!


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Post by: IsikkahJai on November 13, 2016 07:49:13 AM
Ahaahahahaha EdelC you poor thing!  ;D Good on you though for taking a stab at it! At least now you know!

Misstress J, that cloak is AMAZEBALLS!!!  :o Seriously beautiful work!


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Post by: Ant Bee on November 13, 2016 11:50:44 AM
Jennie! That cloak looks fabulous on you!!


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Post by: Abbeeroad on November 14, 2016 07:05:24 AM
The pumpkin puree and Jennie's cape are both awesome projects!! Super inspiring ladies!

I have a couple to turn in...most of my homework will have to wait until I send some official and personal swap items to their recipients at the end of the month...it's so hard to wait to share!

Class: Defense Against the Dark Arts
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Iron Chef Hogwarts Wood-burned Spoon
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: Hopefully Inselaeffchen has received by now. This is the spoon I sent her for winning Iron Chef Hogwarts last semester. It included the application of heat to create the decorative elements of the spoon.
Project Pictures:





Challenge: Floo Powder: Tattoine
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Boro/Slow Cloth Patches
Project Page Link: Boro/Slow Cloth Swap Gallery (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450446.0)
Brief Description: I made these patches for noodle-bug in the Boro/Slow Cloth swap here on Craftster. Each patch contains A LOT of stitches!
Project Picture:



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Post by: Antidigger on November 14, 2016 01:41:56 PM
Incredible cape :o :o :) and I love the deathly hallows spoon too.


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Post by: AnnoyingBigSister on November 14, 2016 05:31:55 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's 12 Trees-Stars
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: SpringBonnie and FredBear
Brief Description: For this challenge, we were to craft something that let our talents shine like a star! So I drew a portrait of SpringBonnie and FredBear, who are what SpringTrap and Golden Freddy used to be called. I LOVE this duo because even after a long time and after a LOT of horrible things happened to them, they're still friends. (Although Vincent/Purple Guy REALLY doesn't like Goldie). I might draw a comic later where SpringTrap or Goldie finds this as an old picture in a box. ^.^  I love the idea of FredBear in a golden suit.
Project Picture:


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Post by: noodle-bug on November 15, 2016 03:50:10 AM
Abbee, I love my patches! Thank you :)

Ok, quick project offload...

Challenge: 12 trees angel
House: rectangles
Project: wrapped advent boxes

Ok, I made a pretty basic and stupid mistake here. I wrapped all the advent boxes, fixed them together, then varnished them. Which had meant that pays of the varnish stuck to itself and ripped the paper (you can see that on some of the door flaps) and generally because it was a fiddly shape I didn't do a great job of getting an even later of varnish. I'm really disappointed in myself, I can definitely do better - and my angel niece deserves better! So I think I will take this wrapping off and start again... :(

But, on the plus side, I can see that once it's done nicely,, the design should work!


Challenge: 12 trees ribbon
House: ravenclaw
Project: vegan stuffing balls (https://nadialim.com/recipe/vegan-christmas-roast-cranberry-sage-cashew-nut-stuffing-balls-tomato-onion-gravy/)
Since I'm still trying to stay to a vegan diet (though frankly the lack of camembert is starting to get to me...) We are trying to make as much of Christmas dinner vegan-friendly so that we can all eat mostly the same thing. These stuffing balls will tie the family together because everyone can eat them,, and since they are yummy,, no one will miss the meat!


Challenge: 12-trees candles
House: ravenclaw
Project: red cabbage take two!  (http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/4964/christmas-spiced-red-cabbage)
This recipe was much nicer than the last one - lovely and warming with cinnamon and orange!


Challenge: 12 trees tree skirt
House: ravenclaw
Project: "burnt" sprouts (http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/burnt-sprouts-pomegranate-sesame)
I picked this recipe because I thought it was a bit different from the norm, and the picture looked really good with green sprouts, crispy brown bits and pops of pomegranate red. Having tried it out. I'm happy to report that it's as functional (aka yummy) as it is decorative!


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Post by: edelC on November 15, 2016 04:12:46 AM
annoyingbigsister that looks great, I love the action in the picture.

noodlebug lucky niece! and thanks for that recipe for red cabbage, I wanted a good one for christmas dinner, we make all the veg at christmas. But red cabbage is so good with leftover ham. Any substitute for port? I have a ridiculously full drinks cupboard, but no port and don't want to go out and buy a bottle, any ideas?


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Post by: noodle-bug on November 15, 2016 04:39:14 AM
You could maybe try a rich red wine? Or brandy? I'm not actually much of a cook so maybe not the person to ask!

Owl submission!!
Subject: DADA option 1
House: ravenclaw
Project: mermaid tail!
I'm really pleased with how this came out, even you though the photo doesn't really do it justice- once Boo sends me a picture wearing it I'll share so you can see the full effect!

Aaaaaaand...
Newt Proposal
Subject: SOAR
House: ravenclaw
Project: mum's crocodile stitch mitts
So, I mentioned a while ago that my mum, for the first time ever, requested a crafted thing from me! The only problem is, she wants a pair of crochet mitts, and I can't crochet! I've done some research and found a knitted version of crocodile stitch, so for this project I'm going too translate a set of crochet tuned into knitting runes, then knit them!
I'm expecting each mitt will take 3 weeks: one just to do the plain arm section, then 2 weeks to do 7 layers of crocodile stitch. Double that to make 2 mitts... And I just hope they'll be done by Christmas!!


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Post by: Abbeeroad on November 15, 2016 06:42:35 AM
Oooo...I love the look of that mermaid tail blanket!!


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Post by: TechnicolorAquahearts on November 15, 2016 07:05:06 AM
I haven't been around as much as I'd like this term because I'm currently trying to figure out my work/life balance, I will go back sometime soon and look at everything people have posted. In the mean time I have some homework to drop off before I rush back to my undercover work at a muggle fabric shop.

Class/challenge: alchemy
House: Slytherin
Project: Troll kids craft example.

It's not everyday that I get to get paid for coloring but on the day I made this I got to lead a free paper craft event for kids at my work. I had to make an example of each of the crafts and then lead the kids in the one they chose as they walked up. This fits the class because sharing creativity with others gives me fire. Whether it's sitting in a group and crafting together, teaching, exhibiting, or performing, it's what I live for!


It's a peeking troll desk buddy.

Class: care of magical creatures
House: Slytherin
Project: little halloween coloring books for trickortreaters

This project fits the class because increasingly the arts are being cut from children's school days and are being discouraged by society in general. This is of big concern to me so I try to find ways to infiltrate the lives of children and people in general with creativity in unexpected ways. We made 75 of these little coloring books and gave every one of them away to a happy trick or treater. (We didn't skimp on the candy either) these color books include drawings I have previously turned in so technically speaking this assignment is just the cover illustration.



Class/challenge: flying
House: Slytherin
Project: fabric sorting and project assignment

This fits the prompt because before I made this list I had a stash of fabric I have collected since beginning work at a fabric store and I hadn't written down how much of each kind I had or what I planned to do with each one. Also I had tons of new patterns that I had gotten on 99 cent pattern sales that I hadn't planned on what to do with. So I underwent a major organizing effort by taking an afternoon and measuring each kind of fabric and assigning it to the pattern I wanted to make with it and writing it down in a list of projects to execute. I don't really have a before picture because everything just went back where it was but I do have the list:



Class/challenge: history of magic
House: Slytherin
Project: Knit Print tunic dress

This project fits the class because it's part of an ongoing effort I am making to use my job at a fabric store to allow myself to make clothing that better suits my personality than the clothes I can find at the store and also more affordable than the store. The personal transformation for me has been great since making an effort to dress for the life I want. I have more confidence and I feel like I can be the fun quirky person I am on the inside when the outside is more in line with that.



Class/challenge: transfiguration
House: Slytherin
Project: christmas apron for work

This project definitely required precise calculation and following of a pattern. It also required a firm and steady hand to see those hearts correctly with the curves and everything as well as sewing on the ricrac
I made it because during the holiday season we can wear a holiday apron instead of our normal aprons at work.



Class/challenge: November detention
House: Slytherin
Project: pink and grey punk slash shirt fail

So I'm gonna say right up front this project was a fail. The neck band and sleeves look atrocious and it fits me like a refrigerator box. It also turned out lackluster on a design level. All of that said, I DID finish it and I did learn from it. I also designed it myself. So I'm considering it a first prototype. It's a wip because I started it a while ago and then left it aside while I made other things. So I'm going to try and make another one now that I've practiced up on some sewing skills. I took a lot of costume design in college but sleeves were never my strong suit and I am a bit rusty with my garment construction but I'll get there! My goal is to be able to make more unique fashion than I can buy at the store. Here is my fail pic lol!



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Post by: noodle-bug on November 15, 2016 09:00:14 AM
I love the idea of colouring books for Halloween!


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Post by: Antidigger on November 15, 2016 01:31:37 PM
Noodlebug, what a splendid tail, fishy perfection!.

TechnicolorAquahearts I love your tunic dress, did you tie dye it yourself, or have you the best taste in fabric? It's a great fit anyhow.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: The not so hungry caterpillar.
Brief Description: about a year ago a baby was born to a very dear friend. She asked for something knitted, something hungry caterpillar related. Now I’d seen some lovely patterns for a hungry caterpillar cocoon and hat, and because she is such a dear friend, I decided that, hang the cost, this would be knitted from the best yarn I could find. Suffice it to say it did not come cheap, and when I discovered that I’d run out, half way through, it became twice the (already eye-wateringly expensive) price. I didn’t want to waste it after at most a couple of photo shoots and a couple of months of use, so I did what I am good at: converted it to something else. This time around, the not so little babe has a bolster pillow in the shape of a big fat caterpillar. Creating the segments was just a matter of restricting the expansion of the woollen sock in certain places and filling his hungry belly. Turning the hat into a head needed an additional section knitting: I took the original pattern, picked up stitches from the first hat, and started the pattern again part way through. It was a bit odd, stuffing the head whilst still knitting it, but it seemed to work. After that, it was just a matter of sewing it securely. And all because I won’t let anything go to waste.


Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Unity
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: (Un?)lucky red keyring bags

Brief Description: Bored in a history of magic class one afternoon, I started knitting hidden behind my textbook. In order to keep up the pretence of reading I’d turn the page every time I got to the end of the row. Unfortunately I forgot to check that the book was the right way up, Professor Binns floated right through my book to see what I was doing! I guess the next project I turn in will have to be a detention :( Anyway, in the meantime, I’d managed to knit a couple more of the keyring bags, red for Gryffindor. I think I got distracted by developing the mix of colours. * full disclosure, the bag on the left I’ve already turned in as a project, so there are only 2 that count here.



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Post by: noodle-bug on November 15, 2016 06:29:45 PM
My current listen-while-I-craft book is told from the point of view of Katherine Parr (Henry viii's last wife), and this last scene there was a small detail about walking into Princess Mary's rooms to see that everyone is working on an embroidery, and noticing that Mary has set the least favoured lady in waiting to do the "boring sky section" whilst Mary bags the more interesting lettering to do herself... I just had to share it with you all because I've totally wanted to be able to delegate the boring bits! Acres monochrome backgrounds, meters of plain knit stitch... Why don't I have a team of ladies in waiting to do the dull stuff, huh??


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Post by: edelC on November 16, 2016 01:02:51 AM
Halloween colouring books look great

TechnicolorAquahearts I love that print, it really does look like photo negatives, well done

Noodle that mermaid blanket it awesome!! and what is that book you mentioned. I had a major wrestling frustration with netflix last night as I wanted something playing while I crafted, it eventually deigned to play a Doctor Who, after what felt like hours of hassle, so I should switch back to audio books.

Antidigger that hungry caterpillar is brilliant, much better as a cushion i reckon!


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Post by: noodle-bug on November 16, 2016 03:33:56 AM
It's a a Philippa Gregory - The Taming of the Queen.

I like her stuff, it's easy reading (or listening) but interesting. By all accounts she's pretty historically accurate, and usually there's an author note at the end explaining if there's parts without a consensus amongst historians, etc.
There's quite a few books now, all from the pov of women in the Tudor court or during the war of the roses.


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Post by: edelC on November 16, 2016 03:40:38 AM
It's a a Philippa Gregory - The Taming of the Queen.

I like her stuff, it's easy reading (or listening) but interesting. By all accounts she's pretty historically accurate, and usually there's an author note at the end explaining if there's parts without a consensus amongst historians, etc.
There's quite a few books now, all from the pov of women in the Tudor court or during the war of the roses.

thanks honey. I will check her out. Do any of them stand out above the others?


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Post by: noodle-bug on November 16, 2016 04:05:46 AM
Tbh for me, they&apos;re not really the sort if book you read twice - i enjoy them but they&apos;re more like holiday reading than great works of literature! I liked &apos;the queen&apos;s fool&apos; (pov of &apos;Bloody&apos; Mary&apos;s court fool), and &apos;the other boleyn girl&apos; (about Anne boleyn) but if I was going to start now I might be tempted to try to read them in historical order - especially the war of the roses ones I found that i wasn&apos;t always keeping straight an overall order of events ! Especially since every single male was called Henry/edward/George/Thomas!<br>
&nbsp;If you haven&apos;t tried Audible before for audio books, I think i can send you a &apos;first one free&apos; link


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Post by: edelC on November 16, 2016 05:12:31 AM
Tbh for me, they&apos;re not really the sort if book you read twice - i enjoy them but they&apos;re more like holiday reading than great works of literature! I liked &apos;the queen&apos;s fool&apos; (pov of &apos;Bloody&apos; Mary&apos;s court fool), and &apos;the other boleyn girl&apos; (about Anne boleyn) but if I was going to start now I might be tempted to try to read them in historical order - especially the war of the roses ones I found that i wasn&apos;t always keeping straight an overall order of events ! Especially since every single male was called Henry/edward/George/Thomas!<br>
&nbsp;If you haven&apos;t tried Audible before for audio books, I think i can send you a &apos;first one free&apos; link

your mobile phone is having the head staggers!


I used to be a member of audible, but not any more, I don't listen to nearly as much as I used to, it is either ted.org or R4 when I am crafting, but I have another source of audiobooks :) thanks honey x


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Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on November 16, 2016 05:38:19 AM
I am not part of this craftalong, although I am following it b/c it's so interesting!  :D

When I read about having 'ladies-in-waiting' to do the boring bits of embroidery, I thought I would like to have one or two when I crochet to weave yarn ends in or untangle unruly skeins of yarn!  ;D


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Post by: Antidigger on November 16, 2016 10:44:44 AM
Thank you Edel C :).

Doodlebug, you are so right, I too now want the boring bits done by someone else. Particularly I want someone else to knit my gauge square! Yes, I know, not practical, but it's still what I'd like. ;)


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Post by: Inselaeffchen on November 16, 2016 02:02:56 PM
The pumpkin puree and Jennie's cape are both awesome projects!! Super inspiring ladies!

I have a couple to turn in...most of my homework will have to wait until I send some official and personal swap items to their recipients at the end of the month...it's so hard to wait to share!

Class: Defense Against the Dark Arts
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Iron Chef Hogwarts Wood-burned Spoon
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: Hopefully Inselaeffchen has received by now. This is the spoon I sent her for winning Iron Chef Hogwarts last semester. It included the application of heat to create the decorative elements of the spoon.
Project Pictures:


OMG, Abbee ... I just saw your post and I'm so sorry! I sent you a confirmation PM from my phone, but somehow it must have gone missing in the Interwebs! I've received the Hallows Spoon last weekend and have to keep it from my girls ... otherwise I'd never ever see it again! It looks amazing! thank you soo much! And sorry again for  >:( Interwebs/Tapatalk  :-\ issues!


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Post by: Inselaeffchen on November 16, 2016 02:05:47 PM

I used to be a member of audible, but not any more, I don't listen to nearly as much as I used to, it is either ted.org or R4 when I am crafting, but I have another source of audiobooks :) thanks honey x

I've got access to audiobooks, have the first HP book (or 3) on CD (good old Stephen Fry) ... but I can't listen to them... somehow I kinda phase out, and when I do something while listening (crafting), I don't hear the story anymore. Music only... :o


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Post by: gaudiknight on November 16, 2016 04:30:56 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
House: honeybun
Project Name: Dotty Dress
Brief Description: The fabric for this dress features metallic gold accents that shine like the sun.

(https://flic.kr/p/NnEJ8w)
Audrey the Adorable (https://flic.kr/p/NnEJ8w) by Trillian (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aluminumdryad/), on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
House: honeybun
Project Name: Asian Autumn Dress
Brief Description: I am all about that stash!  I have been saving this scrap of fabric for the past ten years in hope of finding a good project for it, and just decided to finally go for it.  I was very surprised that the water is what is most noticeable once sewn up.  Flat the leaves definitely popped more.

(https://flic.kr/p/NunaH3)
Tamsin&#38;#x27;s New Dress (https://flic.kr/p/NunaH3) by Trillian (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aluminumdryad/), on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic
House: honeybun
Project Name: dancing Trees Dress
Brief Description: At dream glance this fabric just looks like sponge painting, but if you look closely you'll see it's actually a forest of Bob Ross trees.



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Post by: Naantje on November 16, 2016 10:12:34 PM
Gaudiknight, I can't wait to see which other gems you'very got waiting in your stash. These fabrics are to die for, and the dresses are so cute!

Meanwhile, I have caught back up on all the yarn I frogged. Sweater is coming out way better this time around. Still playing yarn chicken, no clue if I'll need to find a matching colour or not... I'm almost at the point where I'd want to hand over to a lady-in-waiting: once I finish the Yoke and the neck, it's plain stockinette for the sleeves, sewing up the underarms and weaving in all the ends. Also known as the jobs that ban a project to WIP hell. ..


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Post by: IsikkahJai on November 17, 2016 06:55:35 AM
TechniArts, I KNEW you worked at Joann's before you even said it was a fabric store  :D Those bins in the background looked awffuullyyy familiar ;) Also, GREAT fashion! I like the "Film Negative" dress.

Noodle, this gives me hope that my own mermaid tail might be as elegant as yours! I'm only about ten rows in :D

gaudiknight, that middle dress needs to be blown up to a size 8/10 for me! Beautiful asian-esque fabric.  ;D


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Post by: Abbeeroad on November 17, 2016 08:40:31 AM
OMG, Abbee ... I just saw your post and I'm so sorry! I sent you a confirmation PM from my phone, but somehow it must have gone missing in the Interwebs! I've received the Hallows Spoon last weekend and have to keep it from my girls ... otherwise I'd never ever see it again! It looks amazing! thank you soo much! And sorry again for  >:( Interwebs/Tapatalk  :-\ issues!

No worries! I just didn't want it to be a spoiler post. Glad it made it safely and you like it! Congrats again on winning. ;D


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on November 18, 2016 09:59:40 AM
Class: Charms & Iron Chef Hogwarts
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Recipe Link: Pork Meatballs with Cranberry & Beet Agrodolce, over Creamy Farro & Kale (https://www.blueapron.com/recipes/pork-meatballs-with-cylindra-beet-cranberry-agrodolce)

Brief Description: I decided to combine my Charms homework with our Iron Chef Hogwarts cranberry challenge.  The Cranberry & Beet Agrodolce (an Italian word for sauce), is both red, and was made for my beloved husband.  The tartness of the cranberries added a great counterpoint to the earthy beets, while the pork meatballs were rich and comforting on the cool autumn night I made it last week.
Project Picture:



Class: Potions
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Dog Lover’s Charm Bracelet

Brief Description: I've spent a lot of time thinking about my boggart so far this term, trying to figure out what it would be.  What I came back to over and over again as my biggest fear, is being completely lost, and completely alone.  I used to have anxiety dreams about this when I was in grad school, which took the form of my then-boyfriend & my best friend taking me out in the car, ostensibly for a 'surprise', then driving me to the middle of the woods, tricking me into getting out of the car to 'explore', and then driving off without me.  Essentially abandoning me in an unknown location, with no one around for miles and miles.  I have no idea what physical form that would make my boggart into, but I do know what I'd turn it into.  A silly and playful dog.  My dog keeps me company all day as I work from home, a sweet and cuddly lump one moment, and a playful whirlwind the next.  But no matter what mood she's in, I know there's nothing to be afraid of when she's nearby.  So, in her honor I created a Dog Lover's charm bracelet.  It features lots of different puppies, and the things they love.
Project Picture:



Class: SoAR
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Ciao Italia Charm Bracelet

Brief Description:  One of the things I've spent a great time thinking about and learning about, is how life is lived in other parts of the world.  How as human beings we have so much in common, and yet we can be so drastically different in our tastes, temperament, and social mores within individual societies.  Americans can have such a focus on work first, before family and the enjoyment of life.  One of the places there is a greater emphasis on enjoying the moment, is Italy.  I love their focus on spending time enjoying a meal, and enjoying the people who you share it with.  So, here's my Ciao Italia bracelet!  With nods to many of the little joys in life that Italian culture cherishes, like great espresso, good food and wine, the exhilaration of a vespa ride through town, and being surrounded by history.
Project Picture:



Advanced Studies Friday Update:
I've finished 15 rows on my OWL shawl this week.  That may sound like a lot, but I have 85 more rows to go, and at this pace it will take another 6 weeks!  I've been getting about 2 rows done per day, but I am hoping to up that to 4 rows per day, to finish in 3 more weeks.  Wish me luck!


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Post by: fatewineroses on November 18, 2016 04:41:09 PM
I had some moments today to finally try and catch up with this thread. I haven't posted or looked at it since page...10? 11? Something like that. Far too long! I got to page fifteen or something like that and have to sit and write all of my comments down so I can write them all later. I also need to do a project dump. I haven't done one since the term started! Crazy talk!

Two things I wanted to comment on now, before I forget...

1. If any of you ever make it out to the San Francisco area...LOOK ME UP!
and 2. The stitch sampler would be a good candidate for an ongoing, long term swap. Don't you think?


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Post by: WhistleFish on November 18, 2016 06:50:17 PM


4th Annual HPC Card Exchange!

Can you believe that it's time for our FOURTH Card Exchange?! I look forward to it every year...it's so nice (and really neat) to get so many cards from all around! Here's all you need to know to participate:
  • This exchange is open to ALL house members.
  • Cards may be hand-crafted OR store bought. This time of year gets very busy and no one is expecting you to work miracles. (I hand-crafted cards my first year and then definitely did store bought for the other ones.)
  • This is open to international participates as well! [Please note that not everyone will send you a card if you are international, nor do we expect you to ship to everyone (unless you want to!). International shipping (even on just a card) can get really expensive. Participate as much or as little as you wish!
  • Please understand you may get Christmas cards or Hanukkah cards or lord knows what else! (We have very creative cards every year!)We have Hogwarts students and alumni of varying religious/spritual backgrounds. This exchange is more about connecting with our fellow students so please keep an open mind about what you may receive. I'm sure it is no one's goal to offend anyone. :)
  • This is not an actual swap. Things do not have to be crafted. Nothing will be done if someone "flakes." I'm not keeping track of if people send or not or if cards are late or not. This is just a friendly, non-stressful, and fun way to celebrate the holidays with our fellow HPC-ers in real life.



This is how you participate:
  • PM me (Whistlefish) your address by December 2nd.
  • I will PM everyone the complete list of addresses the next day on December 3rd.
  • As soon as you receive the addresses, send your cards out. :)
  • You do not have to send right on the 3rd or anything. There is no set send-out date, just at your earliest convenience. I do suggest sending out earlier than later so cards arrive in time by Christmas. :)

I look forward to exchanging cards with everyone again! SO MUCH FUN! I just love getting happy mail. Please PM me with any questions! :)


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Post by: Abbeeroad on November 19, 2016 07:23:30 PM
Yay! I look forward to the card exchange ever year! Thanks for organizing again WhistleFish!!!


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on November 20, 2016 04:25:37 AM
Oh how I love you dear WhistleFish!


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Post by: noodle-bug on November 20, 2016 06:12:40 AM
Yay, thanks Whistlefish!


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Post by: noodle-bug on November 21, 2016 08:14:09 AM
Deputy Noodle casts the homonculus charm - here we is!


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on November 21, 2016 08:38:49 AM
Deputy Noodle casts the homonculus charm - here we is!

OMG, I love you so freakin' much!  I just got online to try to do that, despite the giant pile of work I have stacked around me.  This is better than finding $20 in a coat you haven't worn in a while. 


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Post by: noodle-bug on November 22, 2016 10:15:12 AM
There's a new Floo challenge up on the board (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.msg5409371#msg5409371)


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Post by: midkiffsjoy on November 22, 2016 07:56:19 PM
I'm very sorry I haven't been posting any projects.  I've been doing a ton of farm projects and I know they're boring so I've been trying to get around to doing some interesting ones.  That being said.... here's a farm project.  *headesk*

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder: Tattoine  
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Hay Mangers
Brief Description: 80% of a rabbit's diet should be hay.  Hay mangers keep hay off the floor where it can be contaminated and keeps it clean.  Clean hay is healthy hay. So when goats went wild, broke into the garden and destroyed our rabbits' hay mangers, replacements were in order.  I saw a coffee can manger online so I cut coffee cans in half (each can makes two mangers), used a flat head screw driver to punch slots, and then attached them to their doors with zip ties.  4 coffee cans made 8 hay mangers.  That's a lot of mangers!!!!  (Okay, I actually made 16 which is a LOT more, but I only got a picture of 8 so that's what I can turn in.)
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Post by: noodle-bug on November 22, 2016 08:57:50 PM
Ok, mini project offload...
 
Challenge: 12 trees - lights
House: ravenclaw
Project: Andy's arrow hat
The guy who runs our archery club gave me my own bow! He's a friend of Tom's, and it's a second hand one, so it's not completely random, but still very thoughtful and generous :) I decided to  whip him up a thank you hat - since he light up my day I wanted to light up his!

Challenge: 12 trees - star
House: ravenclaw
Project: declan's arrow hat
The second in command at archery club (he's just a kid really, the club is actually a student club at the local university that we gatecrash...) got all jealous of andy's hat, he was stealing it and running around - so I whipped him up one of his own. But, being as he's not in charge, he didn't get a pompom!
These days, knitting is my go-to craft. It's weird, since I think of myself as more of an embroiderer still, but actually these days I knit far more, since it's easier to carry around with me and do at work!

Challenge: 12 trees - garland
House: ravenclaw
Project: wrapped advent boxes, take 2
All re wrapped and varnished individually. Re-starting is the worst!
I'm opting for an outstandingly original 'red & green' (plus tan/gold as neutrals. I can call gold a neutral, Caitlin Moran says so.). This was populised by the Victorians, along with so many Christmas 'traditions' that are no where near as old as we think they are (eg decorated Christmas trees, Christmas cards - all things that we think of as traditional but have only been around for about 150 years or so). Anyway, red and green were originally inspired by English winter foliage - evergreen boughs, a lot of which would have white or red berries, plus poinsettias.

Challenge: 12 trees - baubles
House: ravenclaw
Project: Luke's mug hug
This is for the gilmore girls swap, and I did that classic thing if making something then going 'well, gee, I want that for me...'
It's a mug hug "from" Luke's (the diner/coffee shop in the series) - I love in-universe type fan stuff

Class: MS
House: ravenclaw
Project: coffee coffee coffee
Another item for the gilmore swap - this one had a quote from Lorelei... She's fallen out with Like, so goes to a different coffee shop then had to explain that, even though she begged for 'coffee coffee coffee' she didn't want 3 coffees, but that's just her saying, an expression, a 'bit'...


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Post by: seeuudee on November 23, 2016 01:10:17 PM
Love both the hats noodle-bug and the advent boxes look like they are coming on brilliantly.

Few projects to submit. I do have a couple more, but I need to go visit the recipient to take photos. I was so happy to get them finished and wrapped up in time for her birthday, that I completely forgot!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees - Baubles
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Gingerbread man
Project Page Link (if available): Link to pattern - http://www.dendennis.nl/free-amigurumi-gingerbread-man-bust-7694.html
Brief Description: This little guy is meant to be a gingerbread man, but my husband thinks he looks more like a Christmas pudding! Whichever, I think he is so cute and I made him just for me and I can't wait to add him to my Christmas decorations - he is going to fit perfectly.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees - Candles
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Mini gold pocket letter
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: I love making full size pocket letters, but I also love how the mini ones come together so much quicker. I can put one together in a couple of hours, rather than a couple of evenings. Hopefully this gold themed PL will give my partner a happy glow.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees - Icicles
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Mini Snowman
Project Page Link (if available): I thought I had pinned the pattern, but I can't find it now, so if I find it, I will come back and add it.
Brief Description: Snowmen absolutely need to be kept at the right temperature! :D This little guy is only just over 3" tall, in fact his scarf laid out is longer than he is tall.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees - Lights
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Snowman
Project Page Link (if available): Link to pattern - http://www.dendennis.nl/free-pattern-snowman-bust.html
Brief Description: I loved this pattern so much that I completed him in one evening. I happened to be on my lunch break when I found the pattern and my colleague saw the picture and also loved him, so I gifted him to her. Her face lit up when I gave him to her :)
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees - Star
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Crochet snowflake
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: I am planning to make a whole selection of these and starch them so I can use them as Christmas decorations. I just searched Pinterest and picked one at random. I do feel that crochet has become a craft that I can now say I excel at! (A side note - I am going to have to pick something new to learn in 2017!)
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees - Tinsel
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Silver Mini Pocket Letter
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: I love how sparkly this Silver mini pocket letter came out, although I found it quite hard working just in silver!
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Post by: edelC on November 24, 2016 04:59:08 AM
MistressJennie , that food looks amazing, but I totally love your charm bracelets. I wear the one you sent me all the time.
midkiffsjoy the best type of creating, ingenous and practical.

noodlebug how do you just 'whip up a knitted hat' that is just crazy talk, but another awesome hat. I love how the advent boxes are coming along (and love Caitlin Moran, she rocks!)

seeuudee I love those snowmen, they are so cute and mini pocket letters, how come I have never heard of them, they look great for speedy crafting.



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Post by: ErinAquaheart on November 25, 2016 08:34:20 AM
I have so many crafts to post. But I will have no time to post until this "Black Friday" (that somehow lasts five days!) nonsense is done! I am too tired to figure out what goes with which prompt. :p

And everyone has such amazing projects! Very inspiring!


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Post by: noodle-bug on November 25, 2016 10:01:13 AM
Challenge: 12 trees fake snow!
House: ravenclaw
Project: advent calender numbers and assembly

I just used assorted purchased decorations to put the advent calender numbers on - some I stained with tea/coffee/stamping ink to disguise that mdf look! I added the numbers with stamps and stickers, then glued everything together. It's all packed up now with 24 TsumTsums and about my own body weight in chocolates too -- and still much cheaper than the disney one!


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Post by: noodle-bug on November 26, 2016 03:22:32 AM
This SPEW ANNOUNCEMENT comes to you in the form of a project submission...

Challenge: Floo - bridge
Spew: age uk
House: ravenclaw
Project: The Big Knit campaign ran by innocent smoothies is back! Knitters & crocheters donate tiny hats, just big enough to for over the cap of a smoothie bottle - these be-hatted bottles are then sold with a donation going to age uk, a charity which helps struggling older folks by providing community activities, helping with heating costs, offering lifts to/from grocery shopping and  similar.


If I'm perfectly honest I suspect that innocent smoothies make more money out of it (via increased sales) than age uk, but it is fun to see the cute hatted bottles every year, and it raises awareness. And they are a quick knit - this took 45 minutes, but could have been quicker if I knitted flat rather than fiddling with dpns for such a tiny thing.
If you're interested, there's info (including suggested patterns, but you're free to wing it) here (https://www.google.co.uk/aclk?sa=L&ai=DChcSEwiP2cLupcbQAhVuu-0KHUOMDQ4YABAA&sig=AOD64_3Qg9JJa0Uac5IFca52YdCyuM3-mQ&q=&ved=0ahUKEwjQ9r7upcbQAhUiK8AKHUbYCosQ0QwIGw&adurl=)

It's a good stash buster, and way of practicing new techniques too. And you'll claim whopping 25 house points if you submit it for a class + spew :)


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Post by: Inselaeffchen on November 26, 2016 07:14:35 AM
Definitely will do some of the hats this year, Noodle! Do you actually see the Innocent Smoothies with the hats in the shop? I've looked for them for years now and never found any.. just the ones without hats. :-(

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Post by: noodle-bug on November 26, 2016 07:48:57 AM
Really, how weird, there's always plenty of hats here, from about feb for a month or so in all the shops. I always wish I could think of a use for the hats, they look so cute! But really, since I don't have a use for the hats or the smoothies (I don't like them, blugh banana!) I never ends up buying any


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Post by: edelC on November 29, 2016 02:52:43 AM
noodle where does the wunderniece live, I have to break in to steal that advent calender. It is bloody marvellous, tsum tsums leave me cold, I just want the boxes. You are a brilliant brilliant auntie


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Post by: IsikkahJai on November 29, 2016 06:31:44 AM
ahhahahha EdelC you're funny xD I think Tsum Tsums are cute but I know I'd go broke collecting them. Besides, I could make most of them from clay since they're simple shapes to form. I've been working a lot with clay lately. I'll upload pics when it's not foggy and rainy   ;D

(Weeeee it's finally cold!!!!! YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)


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Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on November 29, 2016 12:22:54 PM
I just had to put in my two cents worth about the tsums...I ADORE them too!!!!!  But I would not only go broke buying them, but I would have no place to put them.  :'(  Oddly enough, DH gave me a 'Star Trek' themed one.  ???


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Post by: fatewineroses on November 29, 2016 04:35:26 PM
I have not seemed to have the time to sit down and do a good post to comment on everyone's crafting. I am always so very amazed at everyone's work. Things are somewhat dying down here at work (for the moment) so hopefully I will have time later this week. I *do* have a couple minutes to do a quick project dump.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
SPEW: NA
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Advent Tree
Project Page Link (if available): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450908.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450908.0)
Brief Description: This Advent Calendar was made about eight years ago originally. Originally it was made for my niece and nephew. My SIL never used it and it was given back to my mom. Recently, she gave it back to me in hopes of having my bf's kids use it. Unfortunately we just don't have the room for a full sized tree, so I just couldn't use it. A friend from high school had another child a couple years ago and mentioned on FB that they needed to get an advent calendar. I offered this one. I cleaned it up and realized I needed to make six ornaments to replace some that were ruined over the years. I mailed it off last week and am very happy my friend's family will use it to make memories.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Tree Challenge - Star
SPEW:  NA
House:Hufflepuff
Project Name: Molly Weasley Embroidered Clock
Project Page Link (if available): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450662.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450662.0)
Brief Description: My most favorite craft has to be embroidery. I absolutely LOVE taking on new challenges and doing things no one else has done; or taking an idea and making it my own. I believe that this piece let my embroidery skills and creativity shine.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration
SPEW:  NA
House:Hufflepuff
Project Name: Gilmore Girl purse
Project Page Link (if available): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450905.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450905.0)
Brief Description: To make the pleats on this purse, I had to take the original pattern and increase it enough to make the pleats. Not something I was super familiar with. I used a tutorial to make the increases and created a new, altered pattern piece to use.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Tree Challenge - Candles
SPEW:  NA
House:Hufflepuff
Project Name: Luke's Cup Ornament
Project Page Link (if available): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450906.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450906.0)
Brief Description: For some of us, Gilmore Girls is a happy place. I know that my partner really enjoyed this ornament and intended to hang it in her car, instead of using it as a Christmas ornament. That gave *me* a warm glow as well.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Tree Challenge - Tree Skirt
SPEW:  NA
House:Hufflepuff
Project Name: Mixer cover, pt two
Project Page Link (if available): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450907.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450907.0)
Brief Description: I made a cover for my bf's mixer cover using fabric that resonated with him. He picked it out, I crafted it.
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Post by: WhistleFish on November 29, 2016 06:41:15 PM
3 MORE DAYS
to sign up for the card exchange!

Full details can be found here (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.msg5418735#msg5418735). We have seven people signed up so far and we're hoping for more! The more the merrier! (See what I did there? Hehe.)


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Post by: edelC on November 30, 2016 01:33:25 AM
Originally it was made for my niece and nephew. My SIL never used it and it was given back to my mom.


Your SIL is an idiot, it is fabulous, but at least you got it back!! I am still wildly jealous of that clock, it is awesome


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Post by: Antidigger on November 30, 2016 02:12:42 PM
I love that advent calendar too, such a great idea and a lovely execution.

The Luke's Diner mug ornament is lovely so sweet and really well done too, making the coffee with alternating swirls makes it look as if it has just been stirred.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: When life gives you lemons and you don’t like lemonade
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: I love lemons. When life gives me lemons it is a time for celebration. My local supermarket offered me a really cheap bag of lemons, so it was time for marmalade :).
Ingredients:
   8 lemons
   3x water
   3x jam sugar (contains pectin)

I cut off the lemon peel and sliced it as finely as I could. Then I cut up the lemons coarsely (top tip here: if you’re going to put your marmalade into tiny pots, cut up your lemons finely now, don’t wait until the marmalade is already boiling, it’s much more fiddly then).  I put all the ingredients in the saucepan.
I boiled it, for about an hour and a half. Watch it, if you don’t it will boil over. To check that it’s ready, drop a little onto a cold surface (saucer, bowl, etc that has been in the fridge) after 30 seconds push it with a finger, if it wrinkles it is ready. I’m impatient, it took me 5 goes before I got wrinkles.
Whilst I watched my marmalade, I rummaged around my cupboards for some clean jars, took the lids off and boiled them in some water, put the jars on a baking tray in a cold oven and brought it to temperature (150C).
When my marmalade was ready I took out the jars and filled them very very carefully. The marmalade boiled again when it hit the jars, so I knew they were sterile. I then took out the lids from the boiling water and quickly dried them and placed them on the jars. Using an oven glove, I tightened the lids. Most of my lids popped down (always a good sign) and those will be the ones I give away.



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
SPEW:n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Wade has cold feet.
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: I learned to knit from a number of friends a few years ago, at that time I acquired a number of orphan balls of wool of all sorts of materials and weights. I got a ball of bright yellow lace weight acrylic from a charity shop mixed bag. My friend’s partner has just had a baby who was somewhat premature. When he received the 6 month size booties that I standardly knit for new babies, I saw his face drop, he couldn’t imagine his lovely baby ever using them. I used DK yarn and 4mm needles to knit that pair of baby booties, so I looked through and found my smallest pair of needles and the yellow lace weight wool and knitted the same pattern again. Knitting is my go-to craft, I can take it anywhere and escape the rush-rush hurry-hurry world for a few minutes. As I presented the new, tiny booties to my friend, I saw his face light up. It seems that they have few clothes that fit Wade at the moment and nothing that will cover his tiny feet, but my new booties are a good size for him now: Wade doesn’t have to have cold feet any more. Happy friends means a happy Antidigger.

P.s. The picture shows an ordinary pair of booties for scale, they will have their own post once they've got ribbons.


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Post by: FiberAlchemist on November 30, 2016 05:02:09 PM
Flyby posting to turn in Iron Hogwarts before the deadline.  I have more homework to turn in but I'm waiting on swap partners to receive their goodies!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms - Iron Hogwarts Cranberry
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Cranberry Pie
Brief Description: This pie has a deep red filling that will be sure to impress Professor Flitwick.  The recipe for this sweet and tart pie can be found at Smitten Kitchen (https://smittenkitchen.com/2014/11/cranberry-pie-with-thick-pecan-crumble/).
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Display Risers for Funko Pops
Brief Description: Over the past few years I have amassed a collection of Funko Pops (a Muggle toy) and was in need of a way to better display them.  I needed to utilize both a firm hand (to cut the foam core) and precise calculations (to make sure everything fit together) to complete this project.  I used this (http://www.sennandsons.com/blog/diy-display-risers) site as a guide and adapted the risers to fit in the space I had.  I'm quite pleased with how they turned out.
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Back and Front detail:
(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=707979) (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=707978)


Title: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime!
Post by: ErinAquaheart on November 30, 2016 06:04:32 PM
Oh! I forgot about the iron chef Hogwarts! I actually made something with cranberries during the thanksgiving holiday week!

Class/Challenge: Apparition
iron chef--November
House: Slytherin
Project name: Applesauce cake loaf
Project link: http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/applesauce-cake-loaf/dab3c0af-6e69-45a1-8aec-d1771637933d
Project description: I turned in a loaf of this last semester. And I just had to make a loaf for my works potluck! I used dried cranberries instead of raisins and the. I added a tsp of ground ginger and doubled all the other spices.  This is a very simple recipe! I love that it's quick and no fuss. Also. It's really hard to mess up. Next time I'm going to drizzle it with a little glaze/icing. Because that would make it even better! ;)





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Post by: Magpirate on November 30, 2016 10:04:44 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress Challenge - Broomstick
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Journal
Brief Description: I've been a weird combination of stressed out and apathetic lately, and I've heard that writing down your feelings can help to process them and promote useful action.  I made this journal as a place to do just that.  I'm hoping that getting my thoughts down on paper will get them out of my head so I can sleep better and be less anxious...

I used fancy resume paper, leather, and long stitch binding.
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Post by: Abbeeroad on December 01, 2016 07:54:45 AM
Awesome projects! Happy December all!!  ;D

The November Iron Chef Hogwarts Challenge is CLOSED. Thanks to Mistress Jennie and FiberAlchemist for their CRANBERRY entries!

The secret ingredient for December is....


COFFEE!

Get gritty with this coffee-chile dry rub (http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1017496-coffee-chile-dry-rub),  take on winter with a coffee chili (http://www.food.com/recipe/coffee-chili-89815), or put a twist on a traditional favorite with these coffee chocolate chip cookies (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/11424/coffee-chocolate-chip-cookies/)!


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Post by: ErinAquaheart on December 01, 2016 01:20:16 PM
Abbeeroad-- I posted for the Cranberry challenge as well. I squeaked under at the last moment last night. I believe I may have mistakenly posted it as "December " but have fixed it.



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Post by: Antidigger on December 01, 2016 02:13:40 PM
Ooh! lovely Journal. It makes me want to get paper making again. If only I used the journals I make. Sigh.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
SPEW: n/a.
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: The hope of Spring brought to Christmas
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: I hand make my Christmas cards each year, it’s a highlight of my recycling year and as the year returns (like a meteorite shower) so does my enthusiasm for all things green. I would like to present my set of 6 snow drop Christmas cards. The wee pictures of spring-heralding snowdrops were on a card I received last year, their layered backdrops are also recycled, the shinies are foil sweet wrappers and they are all on small squares of my handmade paper. Which again is recycled from the junk mail that comes through my letterbox, so they are green by colour as well as credentials. The cards themselves are from an inherited stash. I’d love to say there are 6 layers on each card, but I’d have to count the glue to do that! The cards don't take that long to assemble, but the paper squares are a labour of love.







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Post by: Abbeeroad on December 01, 2016 06:56:47 PM
Abbeeroad-- I posted for the Cranberry challenge as well. I squeaked under at the last moment last night.

Apologies, Erin! I totally saw your post and missed the cranberry! Will add you to the kitchens post in the AM. Thanks for pointing out your entry!


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Post by: ErinAquaheart on December 02, 2016 03:35:43 AM
Antidigger- Those handmade cards are amazing! I love your green paper squares. Recycled paper making is on my "to do" craft list.  I have never attempted it. I am inspired...maybe the new year will be when I finally "do". :D


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Post by: edelC on December 02, 2016 04:08:40 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: COMC
SPEW: n/a.
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Prayer flag
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: I collected some of the trim for this on a recent trip to the UK. and some of the fabric came from Australia from about 14 years ago! I have been inspired to make prayer flags from seeing some of the lovely ones on here. 




Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic
SPEW: n/a.
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Dalek pillowcases
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: So I hate Daleks, I think they are really rubbish villians and my heart sinks when they are in an episode that I am watching, but my BF loves them, so I printed some dalek fabric and used some of it to transform these pillowcases.



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
SPEW: n/a.
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Matching stockings
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: Daleks are defintely boggarts for those young enough to have watched the original series of Doctor Who at the time. Matching christmas stockings


and that is officially all my homework for this semester-apt as I finish lecturing for the semester in the muggle world


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Post by: edelC on December 02, 2016 04:36:46 AM
continuing my project dump

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Trees ribbon
SPEW: n/a.
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: mug rug
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: literally and figuratively this is ribbon, it is a little mug rug that I have made for my latest random act of craftiness, it should be dropping on the mat of the unsuspecting recipient soon. This is a gift for someone (not in this craftalong) who organised a lot of swaps this year and so tied a lot of people together.



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Trees tinsel
SPEW: n/a.
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Alternative advent wreath
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: I love advent wreaths and normally make them all traditional with green and red and white or red candles. This year, inspired by my ongoing flamingo obsession, I give you the flamingo wreath. All glitz and sparkle, with extra LEDS along with the candles, here it is with one candle lit.



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Trees Fake snow
SPEW: n/a.
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Christmas cards
Project Page Link (if available): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450938.0
Brief Description: These are a combination of stamped directly onto card blanks (purchased supply) and onto scrapbooking paper that is glued onto the blanks. I have been planning on making christmas cards for years, this time I finally got around to cutting this stamp.



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Trees -Lights
SPEW: n/a.
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: pouch
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: this is a quick and simple pouch that I hope will delight the heart of the recipient.


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Trees -garland
SPEW: n/a.
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: ornament
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: Now that my partner has received, I can post the HP ornament, inspired by nature, this was an assemblage, although i did have to paint the deer. I added 'Always' to the bottom as I liked how it all came together.




Class/Challenge/House Pride: Trees -treeskirt
SPEW: n/a.
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: cushions
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: these are a pair of cushions from some tie dyed fabric. Soft and welcoming.




Class/Challenge/House Pride: Trees -icicles
SPEW: n/a.
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: two kinds of banana bread, with regular and with gluten free flour
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: Interesting the difference in size, the only difference was the flour. I used this recipe

http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/banana_bread/



and my last Trees project. this completes these too


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Trees -Bells
SPEW: n/a.
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Super yummy stir fry
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: This looks as good as it tastes.

I stirfried one chicken breast in a teaspoon of oil with 1 crushed clove of garlic, chopped half a fresh chilli and 1/2 inch ginger.

When they are close to being done I added loads of chopped veggies (about 2-3 cups total in what ever combination you like), courgette cut into batons, sugarsnap peas, chopped onion, tenderstem brocolli, asparagus, mushroom etc. and continued to stir fry for another few minutes. I like my veggies crunchy.

When done I add about a table spoon of soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of sesame oil

and enjoy. Simple, tasty, really filling and super health.


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on December 02, 2016 01:52:39 PM
A new Detention prompt, and a new Headmistress Challenge have been posted.... 


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on December 02, 2016 01:54:10 PM
Antidigger, I love your greeting cards!

edelC, you've posted so many amazing projects today!  I think my favorite are the Always ornaments though.  :D


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Post by: WhistleFish on December 04, 2016 06:59:05 AM
Card Exchange Addresses have been sent!

Please let me know if you signed up and did not get a PM. :)


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Post by: ErinAquaheart on December 04, 2016 08:28:45 AM
I just posted this on the Destash-a-long. But I thought I'd tell you guys about it too.

I have been trying to weed though all of our stuff and I can across a dozen? Wristwatch faces that we are NEVER going to use. Making watches would be fun but I have to make choices. I can't make everything. There isn't time. (Blasphemy, I know!) if anyone wants them I can send them to you. Free. (USA only. Sorry Europe students)  They are still in original packaging. Full disclosure, they will need new batteries as they don't tick anymore. I'll post a picture if you want to see them and if your interested send me a PM.


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Post by: ErinAquaheart on December 04, 2016 09:25:03 AM
Update on the watch faces --- I had a hit on the destash along. Looks like they may have already found a new home.


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Post by: gaudiknight on December 04, 2016 06:11:18 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Nature Angels
Brief Description: My mother and her friends vacation in the next county over every year, and spend their week taking long walks and collecting interesting bits of nature along the way.  This year I was able to join them for an afternoon spent with glue guns and their finds making Christmas decorations.  I made a couple of these angels before I was roped into making wire stars for pine cone Christmas trees.

(http://s164.photobucket.com/user/gaudiknight/media/IMG_4909%20427x640.jpg.html)

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Carol's Chest
Brief Description:  I painted a chest of drawers for a family friend who was moving from her sister's house into a group home.  Carol had very specific ideas of what she wanted it to look like, and promises were made before actually consulting me on what my painting skills were, but I made it work after much frustration and learning lots of new skills.  She chose the text, and I added Goofy to the bottom drawer because she is absolutely obsessed with him.  It's kind of hideous, but exactly what she wanted!

(http://s164.photobucket.com/user/gaudiknight/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-10/C71B7B60-AF35-4A54-A5FF-5BF5A4A2C0B3.jpg.html)

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Pukifee Brown Dot Dress
Brief Description: While the leaves of the Camellia sinensis are used to make tea, the seeds are actually small round balls.  So we've got the dark brown background of a good cup of black tea, and the round dots for the seeds.  Or something like that...

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Post by: Abbeeroad on December 05, 2016 08:56:35 AM
I love the little nature angel, gaudiknight!!


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Post by: ErinAquaheart on December 06, 2016 06:01:54 AM
Time to turn in a few classes. I have so many projects I can't post all in one go.

Class: Alchemy
SPEW: na
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Lentil Loaf
Project Link:
https://www.forksoverknives.com/recipes/lentil-and-rice-loaf-with-mashed-potatoes-and-gravy/Project Description: I made a yummy lentil loaf from a recipe I found on Forks over Knives. It was very tasty and I have made it twice now. (I also made a vegan gravy to put on it and served it with roasted root vegetables) This was a warming dinner and also did a great job of showcasing my cooking talents ( as opposed to baking.) I did make a couple of changes. I did use a little olive oil when sautéing the veggies. And instead of the herbs listed I used a Holiday spice rub that I got from Kroger last year. And I used wild rice instead of brown rice.
taking pictures of food is so hard!

Class: Arithmancy
House: Slytherin
Project name: Hagrid Painting
project link: https://m.facebook.com/erin.baier.5/posts/pcb.10153987238722377/?photo_id=10153987238662377&mds=%2Fphotos%2Fviewer%2F%3Fphotoset_token%3Dpcb.10153987238722377%26photo%3D10153987238662377%26profileid%3D506097376%26source%3D48%26refid%3D8%26cached_data%3Dfalse%26ftid%3Du_0_15&mdf=1
Project description: I made a watercolor painting for EdelC of Hagrid. I am in love. He is so hard to give up. I know your going to love him. Follow the link above if you wish to get a peek of him before he arrives in his new home, edelC!

Class: Astronomy
House: Slytherin
Project name: shooting star fascinator
Project description: I made some fascinators to wear to work for the thanksgiving day/ Black Friday madness. This one reminded me of all the meteor showers going on around us. Commonly we call these shooting stars.


Okay. That's all I have time for right now. More later!


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Post by: noodle-bug on December 06, 2016 12:48:02 PM
There's a new Floo challenge up on the board (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.msg5409371#msg5409371)


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Post by: jenleahlynn on December 06, 2016 01:17:11 PM
erinaquaheart- hagrid is so cute! you have a great touch with watercolors


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Post by: midkiffsjoy on December 06, 2016 06:24:40 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: The ugly sock
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: I've always wanted to learn to knit.  I've always wanted to knit socks.  I've always been to scared to try because I was 100% sure I couldn't do it.  But everyone of knit & chat encouraged me and said to try tube socks.  I found this pattern for a flat rectangle that was then stitched up to make a tube sock.  I screwed up SO much on this sock.  I hated it.  Because of it I jumped head first into learning to knit on double pointed needles, which I've avoided like the plague.  It lit a fire in my belly to learn a new technique.  I worked hard and learned it!!!!  All because of this ugly sock.
Project Picture:


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Fred's Hat
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: I can crochet ear flap hats.  I can do it in my sleep.  It's easy for me.  So I crocheted Fred a hunter orange ear flap hat.  My tip is to count the stitches on your hat, when you finish your last row, divide it in half, then divide those halves by half.  Mark your middles and THAT'S where you center your ear flaps!!!! I also always crochet an extra row than how many the pattern says to crochet because then I can pull it down over my face more.  It's cold out there.  The more your face is covered, the warmer you are.  :)
Project Picture:


lass/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: My hat
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: My ambition is to go hunting for the first time this year.  I never got to go hunting when I was a kid "because I was a girl", well now I'm the head of the family and it's my place.  So I set out to crochet myself a hunter orange ear flap hat.  But I had to be able to tell my hat from Fred's so I decided to crochet the star pattern into my hat.  It was a pill to do, but after much frogging I managed.  :D
Project Picture:


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder: A Bridge
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Wash Bucket
Brief Description: AnnoyingBigSister is in charge of laundry at our house.  In the last month she has murdered 2 dryers and 3 washing machines.  One washing machine twice.  Due to the rain, we are stranded on the farm, unable to buy ANOTHER washing machine for her to murder, so she is currently struggling to wash laundry.  So I built her a wash bucket.  The bucket is from a food grade pickle bucket.  I sanded down the center (it had extra plastic from being made) and drilled a 1" hole.  The agitator is made from a vintage pasta strainer and a dowel from a 1950s window shade.  I really liked the neat metal ends, so instead of taking them off I cut the pins off and then ground them down.  Well, one I ground down, the other  I ground down and then the pin fell out.  *headesk*lol*  So, did she like it?  Oh she LOVED it, and she struggled with it for about 5 minutes when she decided she'd rather struggle stomping the laundry clean in a tub of hot water in the bath tub, grape smashing style.  Oh the cost of clean clothes.
Project Picture:



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Post by: ErinAquaheart on December 06, 2016 07:28:14 PM
Midkiffsjoy-- I've done tub washes. Did many when I was in Maastricht in the Netherlands. It was cheaper that paying for the coin laundry. Lol. I feel for her!


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Post by: midkiffsjoy on December 06, 2016 07:34:08 PM
Oh she's living on easy street.  The girls decided it was a game and "harrassed" her until she let them "play".  Nothing like hearing AnnoyingBabySister scream- YOU NEVER LET LITTLE KIDS WRING CLOTHES.  *Facepalm*  lol. Smh

I went back and added some projects to my post to avoid extra posts for Mistress Jennie to track down. 


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Post by: ErinAquaheart on December 08, 2016 04:29:04 PM
Midkiffsjoy-- you got it made! Got the kids fighting to do the cleaning! Haha


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Post by: ErinAquaheart on December 08, 2016 04:56:41 PM
More classes and such:

Class: Divination
House: Slytherin
Project name: Batty Bow and ears
Project description: I made a batty skirt for Halloween. And then promptly stashed the fabric remains for later. It didn't take me long to realize that I could be a "bat" all day for Halloween with a little felt, an old headband blank, and a hair bow to match my skirt. So I made a little bow and some bat ears. It was fun being a bat.


Class: herbology
House: Slytherin
Project name: Painted bookmark
Project description: I associate drinking tea with being creative. Especially watercoloring. And I also associate drinking tea with cuing up with a blanket and a good book. So I decided that watercoloring a bookmark while drinking tea to use while drinking tea would be a double for this prompt.


Class: History of Magic
House: Slytherin
Project name: Geometric Flow
Project description: I love to paint and watercolor. But I am very rigid. I like saturated colors and hard lines. I also like curves. Angles bother me. So I thought I would challenge myself and show how much I have grown. Also it has some hidden elements. Each girl represents parts of myself. And how I feel very split and conflicted right now.


Class: Potions
House: Slytherin
Project name: Yellow cape
Project description: No matter what form my boggart would take I'm pretty sure I would have it turn into the same thing. A super hero version of itself. Nothing is funnier than something funny drawn up as a cute super hero! A spider in a cape? Or a snake? Or how about a boss?  Lol. That's actually a fear of mine. I don't really like authority. So jobs are hard and the idea of a "boss" is scary. Even if she is only 5'2". My boss is this. And she had me make her a yellow cape to wear to a district meeting. I'm sure she was cute in it. I don't have a picture of her wearing it. :(


Class: SoAR
House: Slytherin
Project name: Luna painting
Project link: because this hasn't been shipped to Seeuudee yet
https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153987238657377&id=506097376&set=a.10150269178477377.325533.506097376&source=56
Project description: I painted this Luna as a prize for Seeuudee. Watercolor always takes concentration and discipline to do but they are harder to do when trying to pull off beloved characters. How do you make Luna your own and still have her recognizable as the character? It was difficult and there was more than one complete start over. But I loved the challenge!

Class: Transfiguration
House: Slytherin
Project name: Batty Skirt
Project description: this is the skirt I made myself for Halloween. The fabric has little green bats all over it. This is the first time I have made anything with a zipper! It is also the first time I have had to alter a pattern. The pattern just wasn't big enough for me. So I had to calculate how many more inches each piece was giving to need and than redraw the pieces in the new size. It fit perfect!



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Post by: Antidigger on December 09, 2016 04:16:09 AM
Wow! I am so impressed with the art work, I try, I dabble and then I'm usually so disappointed with the result that there's a lot of confetti to clear up. I don't know why I'm so perfectionist with art, when other mediums I'm more relaxed with. Ah well. I love the free loose expression in your painting, so much honesty as well. Wonderful.

Headmistress Challenge: Hagrid’s 12 Christmas trees Challenge: Stars
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Jammin’
Brief Description: I like to forage and to make good use of what I have and one of my favourite skills to use is preserving. Way back in the summer I picked a lot of gooseberries and blackberries and, having nothing to go with them at the time, popped them in the freezer for later use. Roll on autumn and there were apples: so many apples! There is a beautiful crab apple tree around the corner and a number of ordinary trees too. I collected them up and made jam, lots of jam. Blackberry and toffee apple jam (sounds so much better than I ignored it too long and it nearly burned), crab apple jelly, quince and apple jam (which I liked so much I made a second batch!) and gooseberry and apple jam.



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Post by: patty_o_furniture on December 09, 2016 08:14:58 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's Star
SPEW: -
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: M&M Illusion cupcakes
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: Something that I shine at and lights me up everytime anyone asks me to do, is making cupcakes.  Made cupcakes for my nephews 3rd birthday and after asking what kind he wanted he yelled "m&m!" so he got m&m based cupcakes.  These are made with the illusion of the candies pouring from the bag.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsqQh5rd1Uw
Project Picture:
(http://s114.photobucket.com/user/secretsmilesshop/media/7A8FA5C9-03EA-4C09-B113-E777F70005C1_zpskoleognu.jpg.html)
See?  I really excel at cupcakes.  There are 5 different kinds! lol
(http://s114.photobucket.com/user/secretsmilesshop/media/031278B4-326E-467E-AE89-6A3F0DBE64E4_zpstvlrxnqk.jpg.html)

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's Angel
SPEW: -
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Graham Cracker Houses
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: Made ten graham cracker house bases for a girl scout group that I am in charge of.  Those little angels are so fun to have come over to my house to learn skills and sometimes just to have fun.  Like make gingerbread houses! 
I made the houses cutting up graham crackers and then 'glued' them to cardboard cake circles with melted sugar 'caramel'.  You just put plain old white sugar into a heavy bottom pan and heat on medium until it looks golden.  Dip cracker edges in it and put together.  Holds much faster than royal frosting when you are trying to make a bunch at once. 
Project Picture:
(http://s114.photobucket.com/user/secretsmilesshop/media/B6F74526-532F-4AF3-A4B1-DA5244DA32A6_zpsqshstxwg.jpg.html)
Some finished houses of theirs and my 3 year old nephew's.
(http://s114.photobucket.com/user/secretsmilesshop/media/9E7CA174-3316-4598-B006-2F07D0D5F0D2_zpsmh29jlzr.jpg.html)

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid Icicles
SPEW: -
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Christmas Layer Finger Jello
Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=442375.0
Brief Description: I love making this finger jello because kids love it and it looks so festive.  It is simple as in open a box and stir, but takes hours to create so you have to stay near your fridge.  The only picky thing about it, is you have to keep everything at the right temperature.  You have to heat the liquids to boiling to get the gelatin to melt, but then let it cool enough so you wont melt the layer under it after it has been kept cold.
Project Picture:
Took these to a neighborhood party and a whole two tier tray was empty by the time I made it through the dinner line!  lol.  Kids adore them.  I served them in muffin cups so they were easy to grab and go.  These four sad ones were the "broken" ones I saved for my girl's lunches.  Glad I did because I forgot to take a pic of the first stack!
(http://s114.photobucket.com/user/secretsmilesshop/media/3A7BCBCC-34A8-4153-B827-020F6B8F327D_zpsuqvgrnyo.jpg.html)

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid Fake Snow
SPEW: -
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Lego Potter Earrings
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: I used purchased lego Harry Potter heads as a fun purchased supply to use to make earrings.  These went to my partner in the HP Holiday swap.  She asked for some small HP gifts to give to friends.
Project Picture:
(http://s114.photobucket.com/user/secretsmilesshop/media/8C76244B-2C7C-4703-AF24-EFB5CC136C35_zpsurcacg46.jpg.html)


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid Baubles
SPEW: -
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Dobby Card
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description:  I wanted to do a Potter themed Christmas card this year and got inspiration from an etsy card with dobby saying he got a birthday card. So I drew Dobby in my own personal cartoon style and then painted him in photoshop.  I thought there wasn't enough color so I went back and added a hat and holly.  For our family pic we all got our Hogwarts houses quidditch team shirts and are going to stand in front of our HP Christmas tree.  It'll be fun!
Project Picture:
(http://s114.photobucket.com/user/secretsmilesshop/media/C4717C0A-203B-47DD-A1B7-CD468935654F_zpsriewwmkv.jpg.html)

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid Tree Skirt
SPEW: -
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Countdown Stockings
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: These Christmas stockings are both functional and decorative.  They are very festive above my kitchen table, but as the month goes by each day my girls will get to take one down and find a mini present or activity to do for that day. 
This wasn't going to be one of my projects because it was storebought stockings with easy handmade shrinky dink tags, but this dumb project cost me a whole morning setting up!  Crazy.
Project Picture:
(http://s114.photobucket.com/user/secretsmilesshop/media/587A0859-D573-4022-BB01-4D118BE583B4_zps1lsuwol0.jpg.html)
(http://s114.photobucket.com/user/secretsmilesshop/media/63E10405-49EF-4C09-B9FC-2851D7A8D811_zpsbc3iuoyo.jpg.html)



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration
SPEW: -
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Baby Potter Pegs
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: Made my HP Holiday swap partner some Potter Peg friends and she talked about having an American Girl Doll that she was trying to make potter friendly.  I had these miniature peg wooden babies and thought it would be fun to try to make her doll some baby pegs too.  It required precise calculations to paint them scaled from Big Peg to baby peg.
Project Picture:
(http://s114.photobucket.com/user/secretsmilesshop/media/ECF23C73-748E-4082-B3CC-01D8F5DE8E00_zpsjxhqdnv9.jpg.html)
(http://s114.photobucket.com/user/secretsmilesshop/media/EE8FE390-8BDE-45CC-94DF-CA9F1EC75C0C_zpsgn1vmgh7.jpg.html)



Completed OWL
OWL Subject & Option: Potions 2 (PM proposal)
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Potter Peg Ornaments
Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450969.new;topicseen#new
Brief Description: Here I showed proficiency in the shrinking potion learning how to shrink Harry Potter and his crew by just making them small and not go back in age.  I made them small enough so I can hook them up and let them be cute decorations on my HP tree.
Project Picture:
(http://s114.photobucket.com/user/secretsmilesshop/media/4e7465b8-5848-46bd-a835-c261f704e9af_zpsl0iuiudi.jpg.html)

(http://s114.photobucket.com/user/secretsmilesshop/media/1902929B-9E49-4DB5-A456-177FA67EFE82_zpsb8b8cjpb.jpg.html)




PROPOSAL OWL
OWL Subject & Option:  Defense Against the Dark Arts - 1
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Temple Painting
Brief Description: The patronus is a useful spell for ridding your area of dementors.  It is a difficult spell to master however, so be prepared for a back up plan.  One plan is to go to a highly spiritual place, like a religious temple.  For this OWL I would like to paint one of those sacred dementor free zones.  It will be a large 24X36 painting that I will hang in my front room, hopefully ridding my home of dementors while I continually practice and master the patronus spell. I hope to have this finished by the end of january.


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Post by: Abbeeroad on December 09, 2016 12:12:43 PM
Those M&M cupcakes are SOOO COOOL, patty_o!!

Swap items are being received, so I can finally post some of my projects...

Class: Care of Magical Creatures
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Woven Scrap Metal
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: The metal part of this piece is a gathered item from...somewhere. Neither Mr. Road or I can remember exactly where this piece came from, we've had it for that long. It may have been picked up at a swap meet, or it might have been an "extra" car piece from one of Mr. Road's projects. It may have been randomly picked up from the roadside a la alteredmommy. All we know is that it was gathered from somewhere, and then I used it in this craft. Woven sashiko thread gives it a whole new life. Inspired by Trekky's rusty weaving experiment (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=410161.0) and sent to sheepBlue.



Class: Divination
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Fabric Scrap Necklace
Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451008.0
Brief Description: This piece is a combination of several items from my stash, including the purple dyed piece that was from a large sheet I dyed a long time ago with my son. In this reincarnation of past pieces, I have reflected newer crafting techniques while preserving the old - crafting in to the future without forgetting where I came from.
Project Picture:



Class: Herbology
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Rust and Tea Dyed Scarf
Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451007.0
Brief Description: For herbology this term, I literally used tea to dye a scarf. I first dyed it with rust, then over dyed it in a tea bath made from 40 teabags steeped in boiling water for 15 minutes.
Project Picture:



Class: Study of Ancient Runes
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Mandala Burned Spoon
Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451009.0
Brief Description: The mandala represents the universe in Hindu and Buddhist symbolism. In dreams, it symbolizes the dreamer's search for completeness and self-unity. I have given a great deal of thought to these concepts, and continue to search for my own sense of truth, completeness, and place in the universe through reading, lectures, meditation, yoga, crafting, and general self-exploration. It is a lifelong pursuit.
Project Picture:



Class: Transfiguration
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Shibori Rust Dyed Scarf
Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451007.0
Brief Description: This scarf was made using the shibori dye technique of wrapping and scrunching fabric around a cylindrical tool. The scarf is firmly secured and wrapped to create the signature "waves" when dyed. It takes a firm hand to scrunch the tied fabric and to ensure it is wrapped well enough to create a strong resist pattern.
Project Picture:



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Post by: Antidigger on December 09, 2016 01:41:59 PM
That rust dyed scarf is so amazing. Glorious colours: I have so much envy.


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Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on December 09, 2016 02:00:43 PM
That scarf looks like wood with that pattern.


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Post by: noodle-bug on December 09, 2016 02:30:52 PM
One of the things I love about this craft along us that it brings together people with such different styles - can you think of things more current than Erin's painting and Abbee's rust dying? both so beautiful, but in entirely didn't ways!

I always love those type of illusion cakes, I've never seen them as cupcakes before, what a fab idea!


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Post by: Abbeeroad on December 10, 2016 09:11:10 AM
Thanks for the kind words on the scarf, guys! It was an experiment for sure. :)

AND...we have a new Gryffindor featured in the Gryffindor Common Room (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.msg5409591#msg5409591) this month - be sure to stop by and check it out!


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Post by: seeuudee on December 10, 2016 01:37:17 PM
Wow, have been away for a few days due to finishing up a swap and going away for a couple of days - so many fantastic projects have been posted. Pinterest board is almost up to date, but I have hit my daily limit of pins, so will finish up tomorrow! :o

Class: SoAR
House: Slytherin
Project name: Luna painting
Project link: because this hasn't been shipped to Seeuudee yet
https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153987238657377&id=506097376&set=a.10150269178477377.325533.506097376&source=56
Project description: I painted this Luna as a prize for Seeuudee. Watercolor always takes concentration and discipline to do but they are harder to do when trying to pull off beloved characters. How do you make Luna your own and still have her recognizable as the character? It was difficult and there was more than one complete start over. But I loved the challenge!

I am so tempted to click and have a look, but I am determined to keep it a surprise!


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Post by: jenleahlynn on December 10, 2016 01:43:38 PM
OWL Subject & Option (if available): Transfiguration
House: gryffindor
Project Name: photo book
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture:

I finally got things straightened out, and got my photobook with the correct cover! I took 150 pictures on our vacation to Hogsmede and Diagon alley in october. I transfigured them into a 20 page digital albumn using snapfish. it worked out better than trying to do it by with paper because I could scale pictures and make the pages into collages. with so many pictures i didn't need many embelishments. Here's photos of my favorite pages....


escape from gringotts








3 broomsticks


Honeydukes




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Post by: Mistress Jennie on December 10, 2016 02:18:07 PM
Class: Divination
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Deathly Hallows Ornaments (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451021.0)
Brief Description: For my Divination homework I took wooden squares, acrylic gems, glitter, and ribbons from my stash.  I used them to make Christmas ornaments, something that gives me joy every year as I make them for friends and family.  This improves every Christmas to come as my friends, family & I get to enjoy them over and over. 
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Challenge: Trees - Baubles
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Rockstar Quilter Pendant (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451023.0)

Brief Description: This pendant was commissioned by a former student of mine, for her aunt.  She didn't give me much in the way of guidelines, so I got to let my imagination wander free while making it.  I took the idea for the feel from Jessi, who is a bit of rock n roll rebel, but the color scheme and design is very much in my style.  Ugh, it is so me, but I had to mail it away.  I had a really tough time packing it up and sending it off, and have thought about trying to recreate it, but I don't have any more of the gold thimbles or the finding I used as the pendant base.
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Challenge: Trees - Star
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Rockstar Quilter Earrings (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451023.0)

Brief Description: To go with the pendant, I created a set of matching earrings.  Jewelry is probably my default craft, and I liked letting my skills shine through with this pair.  I used tiny Swarovski crystals in an ombre pattern, and finished them with thimble & threaded needle charms.
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Challenge: Trees - Ribbon
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Gift Baskets (http://Gift Baskets)

Brief Description: Earlier this year I did a lot of canning to make holiday gifts.  Now I've been putting them together into gift baskets, and in some cases, boxes!  When I went to Target to find some inexpensive baskets, I could only find 2, but I had 5 gifts to put together, so I had to get creative.  I used 3 boxes that Mason jars came in, wrapping them in black tissue all origami style (no cuts), and filling them with crinkle filler from my stash. Laying the items down in the boxes, made them much easier for friends who came over, to drive home with them.  The baskets look like I've just thrown everything inside, but really they have some engineering involved, with layers and layers of hidden bubble wrap, camouflaged with tissue, and using extra tissue to pad the jars so they wouldn't clink into one another. 
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Challenge: Trees - Lights
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Hogwarts House Owl Ornaments (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451022.0) (Gryffindor & Hufflepuff)
Brief Description: I made two Gryffindor and one Hufflepuff owl ornament.  One of the Gryffindors will stay with me, but the other two are off to warm the hearts of friends for the holidays.
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Challenge: Trees - Tinsel
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Deathly Hallows Ornaments (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451021.0)

Brief Description: These ornaments are each edged with glitter, to match the ribbons at the top!  They also incorporate wooden flat squares, book pages, and acrylic gems. These three went to lindyv321, Ant Bee, and MissingWillow in the HP Holiday Swap. 
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Challenge: House Unity
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Hogwarts House Owl Ornaments (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451022.0) (Ravenclaw & Slytherin)

Brief Description: For House Unity I created a few more House Owls, two Ravenclaw and one Slytherin.  They also went off in the HP Holiday Swap for lindyv321, MissingWillow and Ant Bee respectively.
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Post by: ErinAquaheart on December 10, 2016 08:43:27 PM
Mistress Jennie--I must steal your little owl ornaments idea! Super cute and my Hufflepuff sister would get a real kick out of getting her very own owl! 


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Post by: IsikkahJai on December 11, 2016 08:08:30 PM
Those gift baskets/boxes look delicious Mistress J! Who cares about packaging! It's what's INSIDE that counts ;) Although points for Gryffindor for origami wrapping? Yes? It's an important skill. Owlets are adorbs!

Jenleah--your scrap books is AMAZING!  :o


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Post by: ErinAquaheart on December 12, 2016 05:46:27 AM
So. I've been behind on some very important things. My chocolate frog cards are still in the works. Finally worked out the little details and need to bring them in to get printed and assemble them (I don't have access to a printer at home. And no photoshop. So this is slow and old school)

My holiday cards are coming along. I should have them done by the weekend and in the mail before I leave town next Monday.

Things are crazy for me right now. I have an aunt that was just diagnosed with Terminal brain cancer. Six months tops with treatment. But she is only doing minimal treatment. Just radiation and homeopathic home care. It makes me sad that this will be my last Christmas with her. :,(

Now that I've shared that bummer in my life....I do have some projects to lift my spirits. I have been nervously completing project after project.


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Post by: ErinAquaheart on December 12, 2016 06:08:03 AM
Class: Charms
House: Slytherin
Project name: green felt ornaments
Project description: I made these little felt ornaments for my sister.  I think that she'll love them because they are pretty traditional. For the most part. Lol.


Challenge: Detention-- October
House: Slytherin
Project name: heart felt barrette 1
Project description: I made felt barrette for my manager and I to wear on Thanksgiving and Black Friday to be festive while we work. This is the one I kept for myself
I didn't plan anything when I started. Just filled the space until I was satisfied. And the berries were thrown in after it was all finished as a "just because"


Challenge: detention--November
House: Slytherin
Project name: cookie snow skirt
Project description: I bought this fabric before Halloween and it took me way longer to get to this project than I meant it to. The thanksgiving holiday really held up my project cause of work. I used the same pattern as I did for my bat skirt. I'm getting better.


Challenge: detention-- December
House: Slytherin
Project name: felt candy cane ornaments
Project description: these were inspired by the tale of Hansel and Gretel and the witch's house that was made of candy. I'm sure that peppermint candy canes were used instead of shutters beside her windows.


Challenge: Hagrid's 12 Christmas trees (here after written Hagrid 12T) --lights
House: Slytherin
Project name: Lights. Heart felt barrette 2
Project description: this certainly made my manager light up. She wasn't expecting a gift from me and she loves handmade things and appreciates the attention to detail. She loved it!

Challenge: Hargids 12T-- Ribbons
House: Slytherin
Project name: peacock hair fascinator
Project description: I made a fascinator out of a head band, a Christmas pick, a peacock ornament, and some glittery sprays. I literally tied it all together with some wire. It was a bit heavy and broke the headband. So I ended up wearing it as a giant pin. A la homecoming mum style ( if you've seen mums in Texas you'll get the reference)

Before and after it broke. 


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Post by: ErinAquaheart on December 12, 2016 06:26:44 AM
Challenge: Hagrids 12T-- Garland
House: Slytherin
Project name: Snow wrap
Project description: this turned out to be more fiddly than I thought it would be. Took me almost an hour to complete a simple wrap with on seam. Craziness. This reminds me of the frost winters we get here. We haven't had any snow yet but we always have a few days. And I love snow covered days. So pretty. A snow covered wrap for a snow covered day


Challenge: Hagrid 12T-- tinsel
House: Slytherin
Project name: pink glitter and bead ornament
Project description: Sparkly ornament! We had several that looked like this at work and I just knew I had all but the ornaments blank to make it at home. So for $1 I made a pretty glittery, bead covered ornament. It isn't perfect and it sheds glitter. But I love it!



Challenge: Hagrid 12T-- fake snow
House: Slytherin
Project name: Pom Pom filled ornaments
Project description: I filled ornaments with tinsel poofed pompoms and the. Finished them off with cute ribbon and buttons!


Challenge: Hagrid 12T-- candles
House: Slytherin
Project name: Fall potluck cookies for Technicolor
Project description: I make cookies for Technicolor to bring to her fall potluck. This gave all her coworkers a warm glow. They loved my cookies. (I'm turning in the decorating. Not the cookies)
Take any round sugar cookie and a cookie cutter that is smaller than the cookie. Frost the cookie with a base layer and then use the cookie cutter to gently press a guide line into the frosting. Using frosting in a piping bag pipe out the outline over the guidelines from your cookie cutter. Tada! Cute cookies. I make 3 dozen so it took me some time.

Challenge: Hagrid 12T-- baubles
House: Slytherin
Project name: jeweled cat ornament
Project description: last year I made cat ornaments to send to some winners! Someone I see on the regular at the local Panera bread saw them and wanted one for herself. So I recreated it. It is so me and it is so hard to give it but. But I know she will love it!




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Post by: ErinAquaheart on December 12, 2016 06:34:54 AM
Challenge: Hagrid 12T-- bells
House: Slytherin
Project name: maple leaf cookies
Project link: http://www.food.com/recipe/great-value-sugar-cookie-485215
Project description: I made some cookies for my potluck at well. These are maple leaf shaped. They are pretty to look at and taste amazing as well. This is hands down the best sugar cookie recipe I've ever used. It is my go to!


Challenge: Hagrid 12T-- Tree skirt
House: Slytherin
Project name: two wreaths
Project description: I made two wreaths for our front door. One on the outside to welcome and one on the inside to decorate. :D
Inside wreath

Outside wreath




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Post by: noodle-bug on December 12, 2016 04:40:43 PM
Erin - I'm do sorry to hear about your aunt. Actually, my mum and I were just saying the other day that we were so thankful that my grandad decided against intensive treatment for his liver cancer (it was fairly late stage when they caught it) because it meant that he could enjoy the time more (as opposed to having more time but likely enjoying it less). So I hope that it's the right decision for your family to.


Class; appirition
House: ravenclaw
Project: vegan cauliflower cheese
Another practice dish for Christmas, my family loves cauliflower cheese, so I was really happy to find this recipe for a vegan cheese sauce (http://detoxinista.com/2011/01/move-over-kraft/). It's SUPER easy to make too, especially if you use my tip: don't faff around grinding the cashews. Just but a good cashew nut butter (one without added oil / salt ect)


Class: charms
House: ravenclaw
Project: roasted veg, with red roommates tomatoes!
Ok, for most people this wouldn't be a big deal,- but I'm not much of a cook and I've never made roasted veg before! I chopped up 2 parsnips, 2 carrots, 6 shallots, about half a head of garlic... Covered it in olive oil, salt, pepper & rosemary, cooked on medium heat for an hour, then threw in some whole cherry tomatoes and left it for another 15 mins. It came out ok!
Pic as above!

Challenge: head challenge Dec
House: ravenclaw
Project: carved  stamps for gift tags
I decided to carve these to make gift tags for the kiddos (7 in total) (and as little extra presents). Very simple, didn't require any direction to make (but important to remember to carve the names in the right direction...)




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Post by: Abbeeroad on December 14, 2016 12:42:07 PM
Everyone is rocking the holiday crafts - Hogwarts is so festive! :D


Challenge: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees Challenge: STAR
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Embroidered Phoenix Ornament
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: I'm not sure that I'd say I "excel" at embroidery, but I'm definitely getting better at it, and it is one of my crafts of choice these days. For the Harry Potter Holiday Swap, I made this embroidered Phoenix ornament for fatewineroses - I think it is pretty "shiny." ;)
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Challenge: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees Challenge: GARLAND
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Bowtruckle Ornament
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: I stitched this little guy up for teag in the most recent Harry Potter Holiday Swap. Inspired by all the bare (or nearly bare) branches in my yard that signal winter, I imagined my own version of this magical HP creature.
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Challenge: Headmistress Challenge: December
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Xmas Cards
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: These are my holiday cards this year. The background is made from dye and a dry baby wipe, then I "stamped" a piece of our xmas tree onto each card. Now to get them in the mail....
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Post by: ErinAquaheart on December 14, 2016 01:30:17 PM
Thank you, Noodle-bug. I'm sure she's making the decision that is best for her.


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Post by: Ant Bee on December 15, 2016 08:53:31 AM
Erin, I'm sending peaceful thoughts to you and your family.

As for me, I just finished a big writing project and so now I have time to submit some assignments, actually decorate for Christmas and generally get my brain back! Wee!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Christmas Trivets
Brief Description: For the Harry Potter Holiday swap I made a set of trivets and coasters for one of my partners. I used the Lily brand Sugar 'n' Cream yarn in a Christmas colorway. These are good for under pots or mugs and they are cotton so they can be washed, should anything spill. I hope they contribute to a bright and happy holiday table!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Tea Pot Doily
Brief Description: A different pattern than the trivets, I used a thread and smaller crochet hook to make this delicate doily for placing under a ceramic tea pot when serving tea for guests. It was made for my cousin who hosted an Alice in Wonderland tea party earlier this month.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: HoM
House: Slytherin
Project Name: The Enemy of Productivity... Netflix! (Halloween costume.)
Brief Description: For the "Heroes v. Villains" Halloween party I went as Netflix: The Enemy of Procrastination! I used the new logo for their mobile app (Big red ribbon 'N' on a black background) as a base. Iron-on transfers (took forever! my first time doing them...) made up the white lettering on the shirt and hat. The hat is an Agent Carter hat with the seconds to next episode countdown ironed on to the brim (3...2...1...). I also had a purchased hair clip that was cartoony reading "POW!" clipped onto it.

For the shirt I did a red duck tape N on the front (like where a hero/villain costume would have a logo) and on the back it said "Are you still watching?" (Like Netflix does when it thinks you've zombied out or wandered off.)

I added swirly-eyed glasses that the villain would use to hypnotize victims, lulling them into a stupor.
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And one with my handsome husband- We thought Netflix is just the sort of villain you might see in an old-school Batman episode if it had existed then!

I have a couple more projects to post, but I'll let someone else jump in while I go make lunch!

Happy Crafting!


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Post by: Abbeeroad on December 15, 2016 09:27:55 AM
Oh my gosh, Ant Bee - your Netflix costume is the best! I love the sinister take on "Are you still watching?" I'll never think of those words the same again. So original and wonderful. I want to rock this project. :)


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Post by: ErinAquaheart on December 15, 2016 08:34:10 PM
I made a slight tweak to a previous post. I changed my glitter ornament to a pink one instead of green.

That's so I could turn the green in for...

Class: House Pride
House: Slytherin
Project Name: green glitter ornament
Project description: all the pretty ornaments at work are almost gone but I'm still making more ornaments for my home. I'm going to have to start making them the give away next year at this point! Lol this green beautiful is everything that a Slytherin could hope for pretty and overachieving. So much glitz!


Class: house unity
House: Slytherin
Project name: Ravenclaw blue glitter ornament
Project description: and just so the other houses don't feel left out and to nod my head to the other house that the sorting hat considered. A glittery blue bauble for my garland!



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Post by: BelleBeryl on December 16, 2016 05:11:00 AM
The green ornament is so pretty.


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Post by: Ant Bee on December 16, 2016 11:54:49 AM
Oh my gosh, Ant Bee - your Netflix costume is the best! I love the sinister take on "Are you still watching?" I'll never think of those words the same again. So original and wonderful. I want to rock this project. :)

Thanks! I had joked that I would be netflix and everyone told me I couldn't do it... challenge accepted! My cousin even bet her husband that I would and he ended up owing her some money! lol

Class/Challenge: House Pride
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Christmas owl
Brief Description: My swap partner is a fellow Slytherin so her little ornament from the HPH swap was done in the Slytherin color of green. :)
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Here it is with the trivets and coaster to show its depth.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Baby Sweater
Brief Description: This project represents two phrases- the first "Your guess is as good as mine..." and "Your Mother's cold, put on a sweater." lol I have an old Bernat pattern book that was my grandmothers in the early 70's and this little sweater is one of those patterns. I love making it, even if I have no one to make it for. Sometimes I donate them to organizations that will give them to babies who would benefit from them. This one, however, is probably going to my husband's cousin who is expecting a baby in January. Is she having a boy or a girl? Well, your guess is as good as mine so... I chose neutral colors. :)

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Class/Challenge/House Pride: SOAR
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Fingerless Gloves
Brief Description: It took a great deal of meditating to make these gloves only because the yarn had spoken to me in the store and told me that it wanted to be made into "something" for the Headmistress. I eventually figured out it wanted to be a shawl and when I worked it up there was a missing skein. I looked everywhere for it to no avail. So, I finished it off, wove in the ends and as I looked for the address and some packing material there was the missing skein! So, after much deliberating between a matching hat or gloves (and too many hours gazing at patterns on pinterest) the yarn and I decided that a pair of gloves was just the thing.
 
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Little Owl Ornament
Brief Description: Needle felting requires a steady hand and the project held firmly in place so that you don't stab yourself in the hand with the barbed needle!




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Post by: noodle-bug on December 16, 2016 04:39:23 PM
Class: astronomy
House: ravenclaw
Project: printed wrapping paper
Hand stamped paper and personalised gift tags for the 6 kiddos! Presents being guarded by Fritz the noise as wet are rather behind in Christmas and don't have a the tree up yet!!

Class: CoMC
House: ravenclaw
Project: pencil case
When we first met, Tom really encouraged me to try again with drawing, an ongoing if rather sporadic project! Recently, he  has really re-read committed himself to it though also, so I have wanted to support him out that by making him a pencil case - but I couldn't quite find inspiration for the design.
Well, recently we went to stay at his mother's flat in Tuscany (!!), she was a sculptor and I found all the art and books so inspiring - I decided to pick up on the very warm colours she used in decorating, thinking that it might be inspiring for Tom too to draw on a link to his mum's work


Challenge: 12 trees - tinsle
House: ravenclaw
Project: little mermaid tail
Bethany's little sister loves her mermaid tail and keeps stealing it, so I've done Emily one if her own
Being much smaller it was quicker too! I used a carry along sparky embroidery thread with the yarn, which gives a really nice subtle glint (like scales) :)


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Post by: noodle-bug on December 19, 2016 07:07:55 AM
Class: alchemy
House: ravenclaw
Project: "honey" soap
Cheaters soap making (melt n poor base), with vegan "honey" and cut into hexagons!


Challenge: floo - empire state building
House: ravenclaw
Project: stamped gift boxes
For the adult presents - all hands stamped with madness and stars to match the kiddy wrapping :)

There's a story behind the note I left on my sister's box - she asked me to knot a blanket for her a couple of weeks before her birthday, so on her gift tag I added a note that said 'hint: it's not a blanket' (it was really small and obviously not a blanket!) Our made her laugh, so hopefully this will to, and buy me some extra knitting time!


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on December 19, 2016 02:37:29 PM
Hello friends!  I'm sorry I haven't been very present here in the thread.  I've been scrolling through all the beautiful projects, but between the holiday rush with my shop, and getting a nasty cold, I've gotten behind.  Hope to remedy that over Christmas, which I'm spending with my in-laws.  They are the nicest people on the planet, and spending time with them is so peaceful and refreshing, and I'm sure to get around to a House Points tally while I'm there lounging on the couch.  In the mean time, I have two quick projects to share.  One made *because* I've been sick, and one made because even sick, I really wanted to do something crafty.  :)

Challenge: Detention - December
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Shower Bombs

Brief Description:  Does your family continue the tradition of placing an orange or tangerine in the bottom of your stocking?  Did you know that tradition stems from a folk tale about St. Nicholas (http://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/three-purses/)?  According to legend St. Nicholas, while Bishop of Turkey, heard of a very poor family with 3 daughters, and no money for dowries.  St. Nick snuck by and placed sacks of gold for each daughter in their stockings which were drying by the fire.  Oranges or tangerines are now placed in stockings to remind us all of the kindness shown by Nicholas.  We always seem to have lots of tangerines around during the holidays, and I associate them with joyful tidings and holiday cheer.  Meanwhile my husband and I each have a cold right now, so when I came across a recipe on Pinterest yesterday for shower bombs to help congestion, and realized I had (almost) all the ingredients, I had to make a batch.  I used THIS RECIPE (http://wellnessmama.com/24777/soothing-shower-melts/), pressing them into silicone cupcake molds, and altered the oils slightly.  I used 20 drops of eucalyptus, 20 of lavender, 15 of rosemary, and 20 of sweet orange (instead of lemon).  I did not use the menthol crystals that she listed as optional because I didn't have any.  This morning I tried one out for the first time, and found them to be only 'okay'.  They did not dissolve as well as a bath bomb, and need a little coaxing to break up by the time I was done my shower.  The eucalyptus oil was mildly helpful with the decongestion, and the sweet orange oil was a nice pleasant way to wake up while feeling cruddy, and put me more in the holiday spirit.  The batch actually made 7 bombs, but I took the picture after Jim & I each used one.  I think if I were to do this again, I'd add in the peppermint oil and get some menthol crystals too.
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Challenge: 12 Trees - Tree Skirt
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Paper Chains

Brief Description:  While feeling lousy and laying on the couch, I was bored and wanted to craft.  But I didn't want to have to focus on something the way I would with one of my crochet or jewelry projects.  Meanwhile I was trying to force myself to feel festive rather than sick.  So, I did a nice simple project.  Paper chains!  I used 6 packs from the One Spot at Target, 2 red, 2 green & 2 ivory.  It was enough to drape around my mantle, and a whole second chain draped around the bookshelves in our dining area.  (I'm too sick to bother taking a second picture.  You'll have to make due with the one.  ;))  It made me think of the Christmas in HP where Ginny decorates with an 'explosion of paper chains'.  Hopefully it will make friends feel welcome in our house for the holiday season, before they realize I have plague and run away screaming.
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Post by: Abbeeroad on December 20, 2016 07:14:14 AM
That soap looks awesome, noodle!

I'm glad you were able to craft through your sickness, Jennie! I hope you enjoy some restorative time with good people (that goes for all of you in the coming days). :)


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Post by: noodle-bug on December 20, 2016 12:37:17 PM
There's a new floo challenge (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.msg5409371#msg5409371) up on the board!


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Post by: AnnoyingBigSister on December 20, 2016 06:36:53 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Jeff the Killer.....in a Princess dress
Brief Description: So it turns out that Potions is cancelled this term, and there's a boggert in the cupboard! D:

Despite the fact that he's one of my FAVORITE Creepypastas, Jeff the Killer scared the ever-loving Tootsie Rolls outa me! DX But, one of my friends told me about a headcanon that he's always polite to Sally, Slenderman's adopted daughter, because if he isn't, she makes him wear a pink princess dress and play teaparty with her. XD I could see it in my mind and it was too funny to past up!!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder Empire State Building
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: "Meeting a friend"
Brief Description: So for this we were to craft something with a story behind it. Mine takes place a few years back, when I was in my library's Go Animate club, making a animation when this girl sat next to me (she was on my team) and looked at my work. She made a gasp and asked, "Is that England from Hetalia!?" XD It turned out, her name was Kaylynne, and she ended up becoming one of my best friends. She's the one who, pun intended, "stuffed" me into the FNaF fandom, and introduced me to the Creepypasta fandom. There have been many times where we stayed up late during the summer discussing theories, and she gave me advice when I got too scared to play FNaF for the first time. She is my best friend, and very important to me. ^.^ I'm thankful that I met her. She's the one wearing a red shirt.
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Post by: midkiffsjoy on December 20, 2016 08:14:45 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder: Empire State Building 
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Tooled Leather Keychain
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: I grew up listening to stories from Netchez about her growing up next door to a family friend named Saddle who was a leather worker.  He owned his own shop, and he made all kinds of tooled leather work, including ........ saddles.  She would spent time in his shop after school tooling on leather scraps.  She even made her own tooled belt with her name on it.  Because of these stories I've always wanted to learn leather tooling, but my father instilled in me a fear of running out of art supplies so while I have ALWAYS had a box of tools and project leather in every house I've ever lived in, I've always been afraid to use them.  About 4 years ago I bought an a bunch of leather tools and kits for AnnoyingLittleBrother but he never did anything with them.  Then one night, I pulled them out, and started trying.  After days of stamping up a storm, I did this keychain project.  It's my first leather tooling project ever.
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Post by: patty_o_furniture on December 20, 2016 08:17:08 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid Ribbons
SPEW: -
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Candy Inside Balloon Gifts
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: These balloons are tied together in such a way that they create funny faces, but when you look in their bellies you also see candy stuffed inside.  There is a special way you have to sneak the candy in before the balloon is tied.
Project Picture:
(http://s114.photobucket.com/user/secretsmilesshop/media/74BAD0C4-3465-4BA9-8DA0-FEB0AADE4398_zpsaeehdyq7.jpg.html)

(http://s114.photobucket.com/user/secretsmilesshop/media/0022E77F-5EE0-46ED-BABE-1E813989887B_zpsomd9jhmy.jpg.html)

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
SPEW: -
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: HP Chibi doodles
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description:  Practice makes perfect!  It's one of those funny sayings the nonmag's say.  So while bored in a meeting I began to doodle some HP characters.  They morphed into fatter chibi looking guys as I penciled.  Then went back with a pen and thickened up some lines to give it more character.  Cute-ies.  Not sure what the plan is with them since they are on lined paper though.  Maybe just a simple page bookmark.
Project Picture:
(http://s114.photobucket.com/user/secretsmilesshop/media/448C4A47-A431-40C6-B748-0E8661DDB439_zpsiclnupek.jpg.html)

Class/Challenge/House Pride: SoAR
SPEW: -
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Neighbor Christmas Cupcakes
Project Page Link: -
Brief Description: There are 300 mini cupcakes here.  This took a lot of discipline to make that many and get them looking and tasting to my liking! Peppermint, Vanilla Bean, Egg Nog, and Hot Chocolate flavors all placed into cupcake trays and labeled with a fun Christmas greeting from our family.  Took them around to all the neighbors.  Last year made 6 regular sized cupcakes per family and I had "complaints" (lol) that people didn't get to taste all the flavors after kids ran off with their hands full.  This year I made 3 flavors each so hopefully my friends could taste test a couple at least!
Project Picture:
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and cute chocolate marshmallows made for the gluten free friend.  Sad little guys don't get their own post, because they just took a few quick minutes.
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Post by: midkiffsjoy on December 20, 2016 11:42:42 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: AnnoyingBabySister's  Socks
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: I've been learning to knit tube socks for my family.  This is the pair I knitted for AnnoyingBabySister.  I learned that there really is such a thing as "sock yarn", and some yarn just doesn't have the necessary stretch for making socks.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention in the Dungeon: October
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Wildlife Christmas Tree
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: First off, it's really hard to craft a project without knowing what you're doing.  But, I accidentally managed.  Last semester I made an apple tree to feed the deer in the woods, but something kept stealing all the apples without setting off the deer cams.  They took pictures of crows, pigs, rabbits, a coon, and even a snake, but when it came to the apples one picture they'd all be there and the next they were all gone.  Well that was just too creepy.  I tried tying a apple by a string and it was ripped off without triggering the deer cam.  So, at Netchez's suggestion, I drilled holes in the apples and we tied lengths of paracord through them and I hung them from the tree.  When I stood back I realized I had accidentally crafted a really awesome Christmas tree for the wildlife in our woods.  
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention in the Dungeon: November
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Predator proof chicken tractor
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: After making the pig shelter from pallets I started on one for my chickens.  It wound up looking like one of those iron clad submarines from the civil war, but nothings getting through that to them, which is awesome because we've already had a large cat sighting. Took me weeks to finish it hence it's my wip.  :)
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying Class
House:  Hufflepuff
Project Name: Washouse Window
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: I've been trying to patch up an old outbuilding so we can put the freezer it in like when I was a kid.  I boarded up two of the three windows and needed to trim out the third window, but I've been putting it off.  It wasn't a straight forward trim job, the frame had to be built out.  I put it off, and put it off, then on my birthday I woke up and the sun was shining after over a week of rain.  I vaulted out of the house and attacked the project with gusto.  I got half of it done, then the next day had no energy.  All the dust I'd breathed in had wore me out. I'm allergic to dust, which makes haying season a nightmare.  I still managed to get a bit done on it.  The third day I finished the window, but not before I put up the door header and the boards for shelves above the door and window.  Rofl.  Cause sometimes the path from a to b swings by z.  
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*before*

*after*


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Youpon Tea
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: ALL MY LIFE I've been told that the waxy leaf tree with red berries is deathly poisonous.  Well, it turns out it's the Youpon tree, The ONLY native caffeinated plant in North America, and our farm is COVERED in it.  The leaves make tea.  The leaves from the female tree, identified by its bright red berries, make the best tea.  The girls and I set out with a Halloween bucket, those things are so useful, and picked leaves from female Youpon trees, brought them home, and roasted them.  For a coffee substitute, it tastes a lot like tea.  
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Hanging Drying Rack
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: Netchez has wanted one of those hanging, Amish built, drying racks for a while now.  Recently we were watching Shaun the Sheep, and the farmer had one in front of his fireplace.  I had to build one.  Just as I was slipping to sleep my brain slipped out of the box and an alternative design hit me.  For several years I've had a discarded crib in the back barn.  It had been AnnoyingBigSister's crib, but when I lent it to my sister, she broke it.  She wanted to throw it away but I knew I could use it to build SOMETHING.  And so it sat.  I took the two long sides, trimmed the ends, and screwed them together using brackets I salvaged from another project.  I added 4 eye bolts, and dog chain to hang it from the ceiling.  It holds more than the drying rack she originally wanted would have held, and we immediately tried it out drying 3 loads of towels.  :) Pretty awesome for something that almost got thrown away. *perfect*
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Socks for ALS...er...I mean ABS.
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: With a fire in my belly I picked up a set of double pointed needles and proceeded to knit a pair of socks for AnnoyingLittleSister.....  but they didn't stay little girl size socks for long and wound up being socks for AnnoyingBigSister.  Opps.  The boggart turned into exactly what I feared.  At least I can turn it in for a project. *headesk*
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Study of Ancient Runes ( SoAR)
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Halloweenie Socks
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: I had to try making orangie socks for the season.  It's actually hard to find Halloweenie yarn without ordering hand dyed yarn, and while I cried over some, the budget just couldn't swing it.  Luckily I found a hank of orange and black yarn in a local store (Love me a 40% off discount coupon).  I knitted 7" of ribbing and then 8 1/2" of knit stitch.  I knit the first sock in a day, but the second sock took 3 days.  I finished it with a cheer, then realized it didn't match the first one.  I'd screwed up the toe.  I'd forgotten to knit rows between the decrease rows.  Well mumble.  So I frogged the toe and reknit it correctly.  It took discipline but I'm really proud as there isn't a single mistake in this pair of socks.  :)
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Post by: noodle-bug on December 21, 2016 05:37:12 AM
Loving all the socks midkiffsjoy! I'm not sure that sock yarns are that stretchy really - I think the name refers to the weight (ie thickness) of the yarn, as I've seen "sock yarns" that you certainly wouldn't want you make into socks! Anything that's a bit hardwearing would be ok - you can add stretch with your pattern (eg using ribbing ect) :)

Class: potions
House: ravenclaw
Project: soap wrappers
I'm afraid of bees - which is a shame cause I really like them at the same time! But I was really badly sting as a child and never really got over it. How to make it funny? Add puns!
I carved the stamp to make the background, and then attached the labels to corrugated card


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Post by: midkiffsjoy on December 21, 2016 11:40:38 AM
Thank you, Noodle-bug!!!  I love using redheart for all the hats I knit because they last forever and are nice and thick, but even ribbing out of redheart doesn't stretch like it should.  I love yarn is working out great, and yet I wouldn't use it for hats.  Rofl.  Growing up the only yarn we could get was redheart so now I'm enjoying that we have more options than we did back then.  I'm also cringing because there are a LOT of self proclaimed "yarn sobs" on Facebook who wax on about how much they hate all acrylics, and then get into contests over who can spend the most for a hank of yarn.  *cringe*  It's an odd thing to see.  Woman- I was traumatized by an acrylic sweater.  Me- You use that word, but I don't think it means what you think it means.  Blah.

I stepped on an underground bumble bee hive as as 5yo.  I can still remember sitting in my mother's lap as my father drove, racing to find a doctors office open on a sunday, Mom pulling tangled bees from my hair and throwing them from the window.  Medical help being too far, a calm old timer treated me with a remedy and the stings cleared up.  Thank goodness I wasn't allergic, but it left me terrified of bees.  I would devolve into panicked sobs.  Until I studied beekeeping, a garden necessity.  I found the more I learned about bees, the less I feared them.  I've since caught three swarms.  It's been very therapeutic.  :)


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Post by: noodle-bug on December 21, 2016 04:36:35 PM
Do not start about the yarnsnobs! I just don't get it - sure, I have some posher yarn too (mostly because a gradient dye job has suckered me in), but in some cases acrylic is the best thing (like baby wear - that needs to be able to be thrown in on a hot wash a million times so, guess what, your "beautiful pure cashmere" is kicked into the dust by the red heart stuff!), and anyway the acrylics these days are nice - we have moved past the 70s - so why pay more??


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Post by: Ant Bee on December 21, 2016 06:03:15 PM
Do not start about the yarnsnobs! I just don't get it - sure, I have some posher yarn too (mostly because a gradient dye job has suckered me in), but in some cases acrylic is the best thing (like baby wear - that needs to be able to be thrown in on a hot wash a million times so, guess what, your "beautiful pure cashmere" is kicked into the dust by the red heart stuff!), and anyway the acrylics these days are nice - we have moved past the 70s - so why pay more??

*Cheers like the Weasley Twins are setting off Anti-Umbridge fireworks*

I love some of those fancy-pants yarn, don't get me wrong, but I work mostly in Acrylic/Acrylic blends for washability and cost effectiveness.  I can appreciate loving the good yarns, and even respect that some might choose them exclusively, but I just can't understand being mean to another crafter for choosing the red hearts and lion brands of the world. More yarn choices means more knitting/crocheting for everyone! Weeee!


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Post by: midkiffsjoy on December 21, 2016 10:06:57 PM
My sheep..... cost the same as two of these hanks of yarn.  And they make me new yarn every year.  Roflmbo.  *Headesk*

I know.  I know.  I have a completely different mindset.  I do the same thing when Fred shows me a car he wants to build a rebuild, "That car costs 2 steers.".   Lol  :)


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Post by: noodle-bug on December 22, 2016 06:08:39 AM
I'm jealous of your sheep, I want a homegrown yarn supply!! I don't suppose my cat would appreciate being sheered though.... ;D

Challenge: detention Nov
House: ravenclaw
Project: hug cushion
Do you guys remember this embroidery I did back in the first or second term of yore HPC? Well, I finally got around to making it up into a cushion.... Probably my longest ongoing wip is now done!!


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Post by: JoyfulClover on December 22, 2016 06:47:01 AM
noodle-bug! That cushion is GLORRRRRRIOUS! I love the style and colors. Quite posh.

*thumbs up*


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on December 22, 2016 07:08:04 AM
noodle-bug! That cushion is GLORRRRRRIOUS! I love the style and colors. Quite posh.

*thumbs up*

Seconded!  It's beautiful darling.  :D


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Post by: noodle-bug on December 22, 2016 07:16:16 AM
Thanks guys - it's an Emily Peacock (http://emilypeacock.squarespace.com) design, I love her stuff!


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Post by: Ant Bee on December 22, 2016 07:59:33 AM
I loved this piece when you first posted it and I love it even more now. I have the original pinned somewhere on my Pinterest boards… I think under wish list… :-)


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Post by: Ant Bee on December 22, 2016 10:21:43 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's Trees: Fake Snow
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Paper Chains
Brief Description: The strips of paper for this long garland were from Target (One received in a swap package from the Headmistress and 2 purchased by me). It took just over a half hour to decide the pattern and assemble the chain. I really like it! I think I might make paper chains a new tradition in our house- I think I'll save some of the christmas cards from this year to make the chains next year!
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Post by: ErinAquaheart on December 22, 2016 11:32:38 AM
Challenge: headmistress--Hagrid 12T angel
House: Slytherin
Project name: gingerbread trees for work
Project link: http://www.grandmasmolasses.com/recipes/holiday-gingerbread-men/
Project description: I made ginger bread cookie trees for my works Christmas potluck. I love this recipe. Though I do mix it different. I was so tired of men that I made trees this year.  My managers are totally angels in my life. They make such a great work environment! And even give me rides when I need them.


Challenge: head mistress --Hagrid icicles
House: Slytherin
Project name: gingerbread trees for school potluck
Project link:http://www.grandmasmolasses.com/recipes/holiday-gingerbread-men/
Project description: my MIL has a potluck at school and I love making these cookies for the teachers every year. Even when I seem to have no time. They must be kept at 350f for 9 minutes to be perfect!


Challenge: headmistress-- Hagrid star
House: Slytherin
Project name: plastic dog pin
Project description: I adore this company that makes jewelry out of later cut plastic called Erst Wilder. Gorgeous stuff. But I can't afford them. So I made my MIL a pin for Christmas that looks like our little puppy dog!




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Post by: ErinAquaheart on December 22, 2016 11:46:08 AM
Class: CoMC
House: Slytherin
Project name: Owl Christmas Dress
Project Description: with some help from technicoloraquahearts I made a Christmas dress that I am in love with! I had to alter the pattern to make it fit because our society has banned cute things for bigger girls!



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Post by: ErinAquaheart on December 22, 2016 12:56:24 PM
Class: muggle studies
House: Slytherin
Project name: "snug as a bug in a rug"
Project description: I made a tie fleece blanket to keep in the car and keep us snug and warm on cold mornings. I think that's what muggles mean by snug as a bug in a rug?



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Post by: Mistress Jennie on December 22, 2016 01:56:18 PM
Challenge: 12 Trees - Angel
House: Gryffindor
Project Name & Link: Scale Maile Poinsettia Ornaments (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451120.0)

Brief Description:  My husband's family have always been wonderful to me.  His parents, and his two older sisters.  From the first time he brought me home (unannounced, to stay for Thanksgiving), to now 12 years later, they've always treated me like one of the family.  In the aftermath of the election, my SILs & MIL got even closer, as we shared our feelings via FB chats.  They've really become the sisters I always wanted, and a second mother.  So I wanted to make my Angel ladies some stocking stuffers that they could use to decorate for years to come.  Here's what I came up with!  Scale Maile Poinsettias.
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Post by: noodle-bug on December 22, 2016 02:34:48 PM
Challenge: Floo Tree House.
House: ravenclaw
Project: secret Santa scarf
I get pretty bad anxiety, especially around social stuff - especially in situations where I don't have a known "safe" person to hide behind. So joining in with this secret santa at work, even though I didn't know anyone else taking part (none of the other technical staff) was a big step in the direction of independence for me! Part of what I gave was this chunky knit scarf in double moss stitch


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Post by: Ant Bee on December 22, 2016 05:08:13 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's trees: Stars
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Stocking cuff
Brief Description: Crochet is one of my better skills so I chose them for this prompt. You may remember the stocking body from earlier this season and today I did the white cuff and the loop to hang it- just in time for Santa!
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Post by: noodle-bug on December 23, 2016 03:26:46 AM
Hi guys, I have a big confession; I haven't even started on my holiday cards to swap yet :( there's basically zero chance of them getting done before Christmas, so they'll have to go out as new years cards instead. Sorry!

I am amassing some beauties that have been sent to me though - thank you all! Xxx


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on December 23, 2016 05:28:58 AM
Hi guys, I have a big confession; I haven't even started on my holiday cards to swap yet :( there's basically zero chance of them getting done before Christmas, so they'll have to go out as new years cards instead. Sorry!

I am amassing some beauties that have been sent to me though - thank you all! Xxx

Me too dear.  I've got all of them written out, but I intended to put my neglected Chocolate Frog Cards in them, and never got around to those.  Then I decided to just send the darn cards, and started putting stamps on them, and only got through half of them.  And I was worried some people would think I left them out on purpose, so I ended up not mailing any of them.  They are all sitting on my kitchen table, half stamped, waiting to go.  But since I'm leaving to drive to Illinois in a few minutes, they're not going anywhere until I get back on the 27th.  So yeah, look forward to New Year's cards from me too!


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Post by: noodle-bug on December 23, 2016 05:57:36 AM
NEWT SUBMISSION!!

Subject: SOAR
House: ravenclaw
Project: mum's mitts
So, these are the "crocodile stitch" mitts! It took a few goes to get the first one right - that's take 8 you're looking at! But once I'd got the size and shape right, and after all the practice at the "scale" making, they eventually whizzed off the needles pretty easily... And, huzzah, ready in time for Christmas!


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Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on December 23, 2016 06:27:10 AM
I like everything about those gloves, and the crocodile stitch looks lovely-I've done it and I know how difficult it is!


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Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on December 23, 2016 06:33:05 AM
I like how you used the fluffy yarn at the top!  I never think to change out the kind of yarn I use at the top of the stockings I make, but now I will!  :D


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Post by: Ant Bee on December 23, 2016 07:07:55 AM
I like how you used the fluffy yarn at the top!  I never think to change out the kind of yarn I use at the top of the stockings I make, but now I will!  :D

Thanks!

This is the first stocking I ever made (and first heel turn, too!) so I'm pretty excited to use it. The best part is: both yarns are from my stash so I'm one project closer to "authorized to buy new yarn" time. Haha!


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Post by: ErinAquaheart on December 23, 2016 08:10:36 AM
I want to make the scales things. I want boot covers and mittens. But I have no idea where to start or what colors I want. Choices choices. And all the boot patterns are for babies. Anyhoo! We got our cards out. I wanted to include my frog cards as well but they just are not done yet. Still some tweaks.


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Post by: edelC on December 23, 2016 10:45:39 AM
Belated comments on everything, I'm stuck on mobile at the moment and the swype is being stupid.

Noodlebug, I'll bet your secret Santa recipient was stoked with the scarf. And I love your crocodile stitch and adore that cushion.

Others.. Paper chains and poinsettias, so pretty. And I would love a nibble on those Christmas tree cookies.

Bees.. My wild beehive in the eaves of my house is still alive! Which is excellent.




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Post by: AnnoyingBigSister on December 24, 2016 06:44:24 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder Tree House
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Revolutionary War
Brief Description: For this project we were to make a craft inspired by independence in some way. There is a short arc in Hetalia that takes place during the Revolutionary War, and a phrase that is associated with said arc the most is one America says, "What happened to you England? I remember a time when you were GREAT" :'( It's one of the saddest arcs in Hetalia
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Post by: gaudiknight on December 26, 2016 02:20:09 PM
Long time, no post.  Which means, of course, that there's a massive project dump ahead.  You've been warned!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Second Sock
Project Page Link: Tracks Sock Pattern (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/tracks)
Brief Description: Once upon a time I thought I'd be able to finish a simple pair of socks quickly enough that it wasn't worth proposing them as an OWL.  Several months later I finally finished up the second sock of the pair.

(https://flic.kr/p/Q2GnKJ)
Second Sock (https://flic.kr/p/Q2GnKJ) by Trillian (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aluminumdryad/), on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - October
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Psychedelic Realfee Dress
Brief Description: Usually when I'm sewing doll clothes I do a little bit of planning to figure out how the pattern is going to appear on the bodice and skirt.  Not this time!  There was too much chaos on the fabric to bother.

(https://flic.kr/p/PR121y)
319/365 Feelin&#38;#38;#x27; Groovy! (https://flic.kr/p/PR121y) by Trillian (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aluminumdryad/), on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - November
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Lati Green Holly-Day Dress
Brief Description: It took a couple of days to finish up this dress as I pondered whether or not it needed a sash.  It did.

(https://flic.kr/p/PGDoja)
Christmas Lily (https://flic.kr/p/PGDoja) by Trillian (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aluminumdryad/), on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - December
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Realfee Swirl Dress
Brief Description: One of the most famous muggle depictions of a witch is the Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard Oz.  In the movie she was given green skin to show off the color film.  It comes across as much the same color as this fabric.

(https://flic.kr/p/NGFf6H)
Christmas Curlicues (https://flic.kr/p/NGFf6H) by Trillian (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aluminumdryad/), on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Pizzelles
Project Page Link: Recipe (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/9947/pizzelles-ii/?internalSource=similar_recipe_banner&referringId=10220&referringContentType=recipe&clickId=simslot_2)
Brief Description: It has been a really rough Christmas season, and all I really wanted was to make the family's traditional christmas cookie, anise flavored pizzelles.  Usually I make them with my mom or my grandmother, but that wasn't happening this year.  These nearly didn't happen, since I had to call/visit six stores to actually find anise extract.  This was my first time making the batter (usually I'm in charge of the iron), first time with my own iron, and first time actually tasting the batter before it was baked.



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress' Challenge - December - Post Owl
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Realfee Christmas Bauble Dress
Brief Description: One of the nice things about doll dresses is they fit flat inside an envelope for easy mailing.



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Post by: jenleahlynn on December 26, 2016 06:29:45 PM
class-charms
house-gryffindor
project-lap blanket

my grandmother has knit numerous afgans for grandkids and wedding presents over the years. for christmas, i decided to do a little crochet for her. i'm no where near as good as her though. I found some fleece in a pretty pattern put 2 layers of it together and stitched yarn around the edge in a blanket stitch. then i used that as a foundation for the scalloped edging. she was pleased with the gift!



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Post by: TechnicolorAquahearts on December 27, 2016 11:10:10 AM
Oh my Pygmy puffs everyone's projects are so amazing! I don't have time right now to comment on each one but this has been one of my favorite terms because of all the inspiring work I've seen so far!

Major project dump ahead!!!

Class/challenge: defense against the dark arts
House: Slytherin
Project: cookie decorating demo
This project fits the assignment because cookies require the application of heat to bake an also if the icing is too stiff to work with you apply a subtle amount of heat with your hands to soften it up a bit.


Class/challenge: Floo: treehouse
House: Slytherin
Project: weird cat drawing
This project fits the assignment because I set out to draw a regular cat but ran into difficulties and made a weird cat, but instead of giving up I exercised my independence from the norm by go with the weird and completing a wonderfully weird cat drawing.



Class/challenge: house pride
House: Slytherin
Project: dinosaur dress
This project shows house pride because it's largely green, but also it showcases the T-Rex one of the fiercest reptilian creatures, Slytherins get a lot of inspiration from reptiles, may we channel the fierceness of the t-Rex! Raaaaawr!



This dinosaur dress also leads me to show off another "project" I've been working on for two years: I've lost 100lbs



Class/challenge: Hagrid's trees: star
House: Slytherin
Project: post modern textile art mask
This project fits the assignment because it lets my talent for theatrical design shine. I studied theatre design in college and I haven't applied it that much to my life until now. This mask is one of many that will follow that will be a part of some music videos I will be making to go with my music project.



Class/challenge: Hagrid's trees: angel
House: Slytherin
Project: a holiday dress for my mom
Working at a fabric store lends to all kinds of desire to have whimsical seasonal clothing and I made myself a fun holiday dress which will be pictured further down. When my mom saw it she wanted a fun seasonal dress as well so I made her one too. She is definitely an angel in my life because she allows me to use half of her house as an art studio and supports me while I make music.



Class/challenge: Hagrid's trees: Lights
House: Slytherin
Project: embossed ornament ATCs
These fit the assignment because they hopefully lit up the hearts of the people who received them inside Christmas cards.



Class/challenge: Hagrid's trees: Ribbon
House: Slytherin
Project: cookie decorating demo
This fits the assignment because every time I get to demonstrate cookie decorating the resulting cookies are then shared with my coworkers which ties us all together as a community.










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Post by: TechnicolorAquahearts on December 27, 2016 11:32:06 AM
Project dump continued:

Class/challenge: Hagrid's trees: Garland
House: Slytherin
Project: embossed deer ATCs
This project fits the assignment because of the fact that this time of year where I live is deer season. I personally prefer to look at the deer and make art inspired by them instead of hunting them.



Class/challenge: Hagrid's trees: tinsel
House: Slytherin
Project: Sleigh ATCs
These fit the assignment because the embossing powder I used is sparkly silver and gold.



Class/challenge: Hagrid's trees: fake snow
House: Slytherin
Project: mini pigs in a blanket for holiday pot luck

These fit the assignment because the little sausages and the crescent rolls were pre-made components that I put together and baked for a treat to give to lots of people.



Since this is a food project here's the recipe:

1 package of little smokies
1can of crescent roll dough

Cut crescent roll dough into small pieces and wrap around little sausages one at a time and place on baking sheet. Bake according to instructions on crescent roll package.

Class/challenge: Hagrid's trees: candles
House: Slytherin
Project: deer ATCs set #2
This project fits the assignment because hopefully the recipients who got these in their Christmas cards were given a warm glow because I made these just for them.



Class/challenge: Hagrid's trees: baubles
House: Slytherin
Project: whimsical holiday dress
Here's that dress I made myself that I mentioned earlier. It was so fun to attend family holiday parties in this and wear this around town. It's just a simple dress but it's amazing how wearing whimsical things will get people's attention.






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Post by: edelC on December 28, 2016 09:43:23 AM
TechnicolorA you've been busy! I love your ATCs and the dresses for you and your mom are great. But you've lost 100lbs, that is amazing! I've lost 35 this year, so I know how much work it takes, well done!


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on December 28, 2016 05:14:07 PM
Headmistress Jennie casts the Homonculus Charm - here we are!


@seeuudee: I LOVE your gingerbread/Christmas pudding man!  He's so freakin' cute. 

@fatewineroses: Your Gilmore Girls purse is adorable!  I've only just started watching the show on Netflix, now I want to watch some more!

@edelC: Super cute Whovian stockings!  Also, small problem: you seem to have two postings for Hagrid's Trees - Snow; first was cat glitter tee on 11/10, and the second was Christmas cards on 12/2.  Please fix one, and send me a PM to let me know so I can update the House Points.

@Abbeeroad: Your rust dyed scarves are amazing!



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Post by: Abbeeroad on December 29, 2016 06:46:11 AM
Jennie - Love the poinsettia ornaments!

Noodle - that secret santa scarf looks sooo comfy and warm.

jenleahlynn - that lap blanket is gorgeous!! Just lovely.

TechnicolorAquahearts - LOVE the dino dress, and you look amazing!!! Rock on.


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Post by: ErinAquaheart on December 29, 2016 08:15:17 PM
To all of you who have sent out cards--thank you so much! It's been so much fun to receive cards from you all! I hope ours arrived safely to most by now.


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Post by: noodle-bug on December 30, 2016 03:18:21 AM
I'm just sat down to write mine today (I know ours really late, sorry)... But I got half way through and somehow managed to delete the message with all the addresses!! Could someone possibly forward it to me again?


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Post by: noodle-bug on December 30, 2016 03:37:54 AM
Class: arithmancy
House: ravenclaw
Project: Tommy's blanket
Like most crafters, my annual ambition is to have everything done by Christmas! I've way I'd doing this is to prioritise gifts for people you will be seeing earlier in the day, and then finishing up gifts for later people whilst you chat with the early birds (I realise that a better way would be to start a month earlier than I do...).
We weren't actually seeing my niece's family until the 27th so I finished this up on the evening if boxing day whilst waiting for my dad to decide on his next move for our board game! And Christmas was all finished "on time"


Class: divination
House: ravenclaw
Project: honeycomb slip stitch blanket square
From a left over bout in my stash... I realised after I'd finished that I've actually already does a square in this stitch but it doesn't matter really I guess :D


Challenge: house pride
House: ravenclaw
Project: Kev's Hat
We don't really do birthday presents at work, but much to my surprise Kev went out and found me vegan chocolate for mine the other day! How sweet of him! So I wiped him up a quick hat for his birthday tomorrow..  Let's hope he likes giant pompoms!


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Post by: Inselaeffchen on December 30, 2016 06:33:54 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Pride
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Molly's Slytherin Scarf Ornament
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: I had seen this ornament idea somewhere on Pinterest and thought I'd do it for the HP Holiday Swap. I used this Crochet Pattern (http://www.leftinknots.com/home/2016/7/28/harry-potter-inspired-bookmarks), but as Molly is using knitting needles I adjusted the pattern for knitting so I could keep the needles in the project. This is a Slytherin scarf in the making for Ant Bee.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Unity
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Molly's House Scarf Ornament #2
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: This is another scarf I made for Ant Bee, this time for her Hufflepuff hubby. :)
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Post by: Ant Bee on December 30, 2016 08:56:50 AM
 We love these ornaments! They look great on my tree. I meant to ask you, what did you use for the knitting needles? They're the perfect size.


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Post by: Inselaeffchen on December 30, 2016 09:17:06 AM
Glad they look good on the tree, Ant Bee! I've yet to make some for us next year. For the needles I used wooden BBQ skewers ... I actually knitted the scarves with them, but they got a bit rough and I should have used some wax on the tips as suggested by one of my friends. Then I just cut them to size and glued one of those fancy perler beads at the end.


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Post by: ErinAquaheart on December 30, 2016 10:47:39 AM
Challenge: headmistress--Post Owl
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Christmas Cards 2016
Project description: here are the cards I made for the Christmas card exchange this year. I made 13 cards.






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Post by: jillybeans on December 30, 2016 12:25:21 PM
I've been wanting to join back up for a while, but the Chrismtas season has kept me far too busy, as well as my toddler and 6 month old.  But, I finally have a spare moment to join in on the fun!  So, please excuse the project dump that is about to happen!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Lavendar Sugar Scrubs
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description:  I made a bunch of lavendar sugar scrubs as presents for family memeber's this year for Christmas.  They are a great little beauty item and makes your skin so soft and smooth after you use it in the shower.  Plus, they are so easy to make!  Just throw all the ingredients into a bow and stir!  Boom!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Defence Against the Dark Arts
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Beef Jerky
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description:  I made SO MUCH jerky this year for Christmas presents.  So much!  But they are such fun and yummy gifts, and guy friendly, too!  To make, you thinly slice your meat (I like to use London Broils because its lean and the perfect size for slicing, I think).  It also helps if your meat is partially frozen when you cut it into strips.  Then you marinate your meat overnight.  I did two kinds of jerky.  One that was my normal recipe and another that was low sodium and gluten free.  I like the low sodium and gluten free batch the best, myself, and I think I will just be making only that kind in the future.  After you marinate, you put onto your dehydrator for 5ish hours, turning once in between.  I sealed mine in 14oz portions into seal-a-meal bags after they were completely cool so they would last longer. 
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Mermaid Babies!
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description:  This year I transformed my toddler and baby into mermaids (with some help from my mom, who did a little surging for me).  Toddler bean's costume consisted of a felt sea-shell bra, a skirt mermaid tail, and some starfish hairclips.  Baby bean's costume was leggings, an appliqued shirt, and headband.  I think they looked pretty cute!
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(http://smg.photobucket.com/user/alienzufo1/media/Craftster/DLZF8486_zpsdra9xdo2.jpg.html)
(http://smg.photobucket.com/user/alienzufo1/media/Craftster/revIMG_7128_zpsdlpegax0.jpg.html)


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrids 12 Trees Challenge - Star
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Paw Patrol Shoes
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description:  So I think that one of the crafts I exceed at the most is painting shoes.  I did this pair for a mom friend for her son's Christmas present.  Paw Patrol is definitely popular amongst the toddlers!
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More to come a little later!  :)


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Post by: FiberAlchemist on December 31, 2016 01:44:34 PM
Now that all of my swaps are completed it's time for the end of the year project dump...

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Pecan Pie (http://abc.go.com/shows/the-chew/recipes/pecan-pie-carla-hall)
Brief Description: Baking has always come easily to me and sometimes it surprises me how simple some things that seem complicated can be.  I think pecan pie is a good example of this.  All you do is mix everything and dump it in the crust!  Easy Peasy!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Christmas Earrings
Brief Description: For my partner in the Mini 12 Days of Christmas Swap I made two set of Christmas themed earrings.  One pair is Christmas trees and the other pair are clusters of Christmas lights.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Defense Against the Dark Arts & Iron Hogwarts - Coffee
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Mocha Chip Cookies
Brief Description: Hoping to impress this years’ DADA professor I used my fire summoning charm to bake cookies.  You must apply head to the dough for the exact right amount of time for cookies that are crisp on the edges and chewy in the middle. To make these cookies mocha flavored take your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe (I use the one on the back of the bag (https://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/18476/original-nestle-toll-house-chocolate-chip-cookies/?recipeFoodType=baking-cocoa~chocolate-chip-cookie-dough~cookies~dark-chocolate-morsels~milk-chocolate-morsels~premier-white-morsels~semi-sweet-chocolate-morsels&recipesPerPage=96&recipeSortBy=RecipeHits&keywords=chocolate+chip+cookies)) and add 4 TBSP of coffee liquor, 3TBSP instant coffee crystals and 1TBSP finely ground coffee beans.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Plush Brontosaurus
Brief Description: When I found out my 12 Days of Christmas Swap partner’s son loves dinosaurs I knew I had to make him a dino plush.  After searching around online I found a pattern on Etsy called Sam the Dinosaur and was able to sew him up using fleece I already had in my stash leftover from another project.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Headmistress Challenge - December
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Plush Phoenixes
Brief Description: This year I packed up and sent baby phoenixes to each of my HP Holiday Swap partners.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: 12 Christmas Trees Challenge - Star
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Hermione’s Christmas Socks
Brief Description: I used the Hermione's Everyday Sock (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hermiones-everyday-socks) pattern in Christmas colored yarn to make my 12 Days of Christmas Swap partner a cozy pair of socks.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: 12 Christmas Trees Challenge - Garland
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Pine Wreath
Brief Description: Where I like there are many evergreen trees, so I took inspiration from outside my window to create this wreath with added (faux) evergreen branches.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: 12 Christmas Trees Challenge - Bells
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: GingerWookies (http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2015/12/01/my-favorite-gingerbread-men-recipe/)
Brief Description: These cookies appeal to multiple senses at once.  First they look pretty darn cute, second they have a lovely aroma, and third they are delicious - spicy and sweet at the same time.
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Post by: TechnicolorAquahearts on December 31, 2016 06:03:47 PM
Class/challenge: head mistress challenge december: post owl
House: Slytherin
Project: illustrated Christmas cards
Each year I try to hand illustrate my Christmas cards. This year I didn't get very far but I got far enough to turn some in for this prompt &#128556;




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Post by: midkiffsjoy on December 31, 2016 09:40:27 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress Challenge: Post Owl Challenge
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Socks for my BFF
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.bhg.com/crafts/knitting/kidswear/two-knock-out-socks-you-can-knit/
Brief Description: I knitted these socks for my bff.  I have to mail them to her because she lives in San Antonio.  I concede that I have not been using "sock yarn", but whatever yarn we have on hand or catches our fancy.  These socks were a hateful nightmare that thwarted me at every turn.  I still finished them with no mistakes  (that I know of).
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Post by: Ant Bee on January 01, 2017 11:37:03 AM
Happy new year, fellow HPCers!!


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on January 01, 2017 12:59:01 PM
Happy New Year Ant Bee, and everyone in the HPC!


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on January 01, 2017 01:59:43 PM
A new Detention prompt (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.msg5409363#msg5409363), and a new Headmistress Challenge (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.msg5409362#msg5409362) have been posted....  Can you complete Dumbledore's Detention AND create the Philosopher's Stone this month?


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Post by: AnnoyingBigSister on January 01, 2017 10:14:13 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride:Hagrid's Trees-Lights
House:Hufflepuff
Project Name:A Flareon for Kataria
Brief Description: One of my best friends is named Kataria, and she's AWESOME!! She loves most of the same things I do, including Pokemon! So I made her a little Flareon out of clay, which I know she'll love. (We actually met because she fangirled over my Eeveelution shirt XD)
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Post by: Abbeeroad on January 02, 2017 08:02:05 AM
Happy New Year all!!  :D

Sorry for the delay in posting, but the December Iron Chef Hogwarts Challenge is CLOSED. Thanks to FiberAlchemist for her COFFEE entry! Since I seem to miss someone every month lately, PLEASE let me know if I overlooked your entry!!

The secret ingredient for January is....


SPARKLING WINE!

Celebrate the new year with a Vanilla Sparkling Wine Pound Cake (http://www.bhg.com/recipe/pound-cakes/vanilla-sparkling-wine-pound-cake/), or cheers it up with this  Sparkling Pomegranate Punch (http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/sparkling-pomegranate-punch), or even sparkle up dinner with Chicken with Fresh Peas and Sparkling Wine (http://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/recipes/a1675/chicken-fresh-peas-sparkling-wine-3789/)!*

*Sparkling grape juice, cider, or any other "sparkling" drink can be substituted. ;D


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Post by: Abbeeroad on January 02, 2017 09:07:44 AM
I have some post-holiday (and holiday break) crafts to post!!! Woohoo!

Challenge: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees: Angel
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Dad's Sign
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: I made this sign for my dad, who I definitely consider my personal "guardian angel." He liked it! :D
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Challenge: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees: Lights
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Homemade Limoncello
Project Page Link: I used this (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/limoncello-recipe.html) recipe.
Brief Description: Inspired by Mistress Jennie's awesome limoncello xmas gifts, I decided to make a batch of my own for all the Aunts and Uncles on my list. Everyone I gave a bottle to certainly "lit" up with joy. :)
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Challenge: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees: Icicles
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Rolled Holiday Sugar Cookies
Project Page Link: Recipe (http://www.inkatrinaskitchen.com/best-sugar-cookie-recipe-ever/)
Brief Description: Every year at xmas time, kiddo and I make sugar cookies. This year, I tried a new recipe, and they came out great! The kitchen aid sure got a lot of use this past December!
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Challenge: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees: Fake Snow
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Mandala Tote Bags
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: For these bags, I started with purchased bags from the craft store. On each one, I drew a different Mandala with a fabric marker.
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Challenge: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees: Candles
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Kiddo Ornaments
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: Each year, I make tree ornaments that feature my son in some way. Each grandparent receives one and always say how much they love seeing what the year's ornament will be. They always have a happy glow when they open it. This year's ornament featured kiddo's pink hair and love of Pokemon.
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Challenge: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees: Baubles
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Tea-dyed and painted coil rope bowl
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: Made for one of my favorite aunts, this bowl is cotton clothesline stitched into a bowl, tea-dyed and then painted mandala style. Inspired by Alisa Burke's online fabric bowl class, this craft reflects my own likes and developing style, but was given away with love. :)
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Challenge: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees: Bells
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Fabric wrapped coil rope bowls
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: Using some pretty awesome fabrics from my stash, I made several smaller rope bowls as gifts as well. The fabric makes these bowls fun to look at, and the stitching and coils make them fun to touch and feel. There is a second tea-dyed bowl thrown in this pic as well - bonus, the cotton clothesline in the tea-dyed bowls smelled like a big, warm sweater. ;)
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AND...dun, dun, dun......FINALLY, I present my completed NEWT:

****COMPLETED NEWT****
NEWT Subject: Arithmancy
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Quilting by Numbers
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: The final dimensions for this quilt are (roughly) 72" x 42". Not quite by originally proposed (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=427092.msg5091063#msg5091063) calculations, but it will do. I also altered the 9-patch pattern to something that suited my available material, current quilting ability, and patience level. I went with a "strip" design, alternating t-shirt squares and navy blue fabric. Lots of measuring and calculating ensured that even though I changed the plan as I went, the project still came out (relatively) quilt-shaped. A yellow binding around the whole thing finished it off.
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Close up just because:



Kiddo loves it.

Now to contemplate my next NEWT....and work on that darn OWL!


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Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on January 02, 2017 11:15:37 AM
OMG!  My favs are the sign for your dad, the quilt, and the mandala bags!  :o


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on January 02, 2017 03:23:13 PM
Abbeeroad, I feel like such a lazy girl.  I had a recipe all picked out, and I had even pulled out all the ingredients to make Espresso Pumpkin Muffins Saturday morning.  I was all 'yeah, I'll totally get this one in at the last minute!'.  Then I discovered I didn't have eggs, and was unwilling to go to the store on NYE.  I might make them anyways tomorrow morning, since the ingredients are still out, sitting on my counter.

And you've been busy!  I love the mandala bags, the tiny limoncellos and the awesome bowls.  AND you finished a quilt!  Way to go starting off the New Year like a boss!

Meanwhile, I just came back from the doctor's office.  My little cold from before Christmas has turned into pneumonia.   :P :P :P  I guess I'm going to try to spend some serious time on the couch this week, doing nothing more strenuous than crocheting and watching Netflix.  I guess there's a bright side to everything!


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Post by: IsikkahJai on January 02, 2017 04:28:21 PM
Get well soon Mistress J :< I swear I was getting pneumonia this last week since I was hacking my lungs out. I will be sending healing vibes on the wind! Abbee and AnnoyingBigSister, your projects ROCK!!  :o And an Extra gratz to Abbee for completing a newt! It's lovely!


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Post by: midkiffsjoy on January 02, 2017 09:50:12 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures ( CoMC )
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: 2 Custom Orifice Hooks
Brief Description: The spinning wheel I've been working on has a very small orifice.  A standard orifice hook just won't fit, so I made two custom orifice hooks to use with it.  I made two because orifice hooks are one of those things fairies love to walk off with so when one gets misplaced there's a second so the lady can keep spinning.  :)  I made them from two vintage spoons I found on a thrift jaunt in a local town.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination Class
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Spinning Wheel Brought Back to Life
Brief Description: Last January a friend asked me to take a look at a friend's spinning wheel.  I told her no, because I KNEW I would not be able to get it done in a timely manner because the farm keeps me too busy.  Then she asked again.  And again. And again and again and again and again and again until she wore me down and I said I'd look at it just to get her to stop asking me.  The nice lady the wheel belonged to said if I fixed her wheel, she had a second wheel that I could have to fix up for my friend's daughter, and since I owe my friend a huge debt I brought all the pieces home to get working on it.  Which I managed to do in small sleep deprived bursts over the past year.  Well, I finally managed to get it finished.  I'd never touched a double drive spinning wheel before.  I'm in love.  Her antique wheel, with its tiny lace orifice, makes my professionally built, single drive, spinning wheel look like a piece of garbage.  No screws to work out while spinning.  No screw to come loose and let the treddle bar flop off.  Just nice, smooth, gentle spinning with a muted, rythmic clack.  Like knitting needles, or loom heddles.  Music. 
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder: Tree House
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Project Bag
Brief Description: Project bags are AWESOME!!!!  They are perfect for throwing yarn, toys, or what not into and taking off, all independent like, into the great wide world!!!!  I sewed this project bag for a friend of a friend's daughter who likes bright colors to go along with the spinning wheel I just rebuilt for her.  It has brightly colored Llamas in hats.  It holds a TON of roving, bats, misc fiber, with an inside pocket to hold bits and bobs, and a boxed bottom so it stands up on its own.  My FIRST ever project bag!!!!! :)
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Post by: noodle-bug on January 03, 2017 05:16:13 AM
I love the fabrics yoh choose for the project bag!

Ok - so I realise that they'd a new flip challenge due today, but I'm going to hang fire for an extra week I think - since it's been the holidays it'll give everyone a chance to catch up, post work, finish bits off etc. So I'll post a new challenge next Tuesday instead :)


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Post by: Abbeeroad on January 03, 2017 07:19:32 AM
Thanks ladies! :D

Jennie - I didn't manage to do the December Iron Chef prompt either - you got closer than I did, ha! Don't feel lazy - just take care of yourself and feel better!!

Thanks for the extra time, noodle! I'm looking forward to some post-holiday calmness and crafting.


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Post by: Antidigger on January 03, 2017 12:55:47 PM
Thank you so much everyone for the cards in the card exchange: I've loved receiving your cards with such kind messages. Thank you.


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Post by: Abbeeroad on January 03, 2017 01:45:12 PM
We've got a new Gryffindor Monthly Feature up in the Gryffindor Common Room (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.msg5409591#msg5409591). Stop in and give it a read!

Inspired by this month's feature, I'm going to think about what my crafty "Everest" might be (love the concept). Anyone have one they want to share?


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Post by: noodle-bug on January 03, 2017 05:17:29 PM
Howdy Lovely folks
I've just done a massive SPEW update (largely based on the list that LovelyMiss created and I just found). I added about a bizzillion new charities requesting crafting stuff, but thought I'd also present some of them in this abridged form :)

Not in America? Me neither. We like giving stuff too! Some new-to-SPEW non-USA based charities are...
 - Knit4Charities (http://www.knit4charities.org/):  database of charities requesting knit items across Australia.
 - Uthando Project (http://uthandoproject.org/):  (Australia) Create dolls for the vulnerable children of Kwazulu-Natal
 - Knitting for Brisbrane’s Needy (http://www.knittingforbrisbanesneedy.com.au/) (Queensland) Knit and crochet items for people who need assistance
 - Angel Hugs (http://www.angelhugs.ca/) (Canada)  Craft a wide variety of clothing and blankets for those in need
 - there are also some UK charities in the main thread

Not a knitter, crochetter or sewer? Most charities seem to ask for those things, but here's some other idea too...
woodworking:
- Heavenly Angels in Need (http://www.heavenlyangelsinneed.com/) (USA) give baby clothes and memorial boxes to help families who have lost a baby, and children who have experienced trauma.
card making:
 - Cards for Hospitalized Kids (http://www.cardsforhospitalizedkids.com/) (USA)  Create hand made cards for kids in hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses across the U.S.
 - DOROT (http://www.dorotusa.org/site/PageServer?pagename=vol_cards_D#.V8DRYE0rKUn):  Craft a card for an isolated senior.
paracord crafting:
 - Partnering With Heroes (http://opgrat.wordpress.com/2012/03/31/partnering-with-heroes-to-support-heroes/#) (USA) gives out paracord braclets to service troops (instructions for making on site)
no-sew fabric:
- Snuggles (http://www.snugglesproject.org) (USA) distribute blankets to animal shelters, knit / crochet / sew / no-sew patterns on site

Short on time? Remember you can also make up craft kits and claim SPEW points for that - lots of the listed charities will accept supplies for other volunteers to make up, or you could contribute to...
 -  Infants Remembered in Silence (http://www.irisremembers.com/supportiris/wishlist.cfm) (USA) baby blankets, caps, and prayer shawls for bereaved parents. Also accept scrapbooking supplies for parents to create their own memorial pages.
 - Caitlin's Smiles (http://www.caitlins-smiles.org/kits.php) (USA) distributes arts and crafts kits & activities to hospitalised children
 - women's / homeless shelters, elderly homes and other community resources often have use for craft supplies to use in creative sessions, art therapy etc


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on January 03, 2017 05:41:53 PM
Challenge: Trees - Icicles
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Recipe Link: Espresso Pumpkin Muffins (http://bakingbites.com/2011/09/espresso-spice-pumpkin-muffins/)

Brief Description: Since I had all the ingredients already out, I made muffins for breakfast this morning, even though they are too late for the Iron Chef challenge.  They are moist and flavorful, and must be kept at a precise 375 degrees for 20 minutes. 
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Challenge: Trees - Bells
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Hoppin' John with Andouille (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/hoppin-john-with-andouille.html?soc=socialsharingpinterest), Greens (http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/collard_greens_with_bacon/) & Cornbread (http://www.bhg.com/recipe/quickbreads/corn-bread/)

Brief Description: As part of my ongoing effort to learn about the foods and traditions of the South, I made the traditional meal of Hoppin' John, Greens & Cornbread for dinner on New Year's Day.  I followed the cornbread recipe exactly (except using cashew milk instead of cow milk).  For the greens I had to use kale instead of collards because the grocery store was sold out, and I replaced the cider vinegar with red wine vinegar.  For the Hoppin' John itself I mostly followed the recipe I linked too, but I kept the rice separate, rather than stirred in, and I topped the dish with the andouille after sautéing it, in order to get some golden brown crispiness.  All three recipes delight the eye with their bright colors, the nose with their savory fragrance, and the tongue with their bright flavors. 
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Challenge: Trees - Fake Snow
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Steampunk Fairy Coloring Page

Brief Description: Over Christmas, I had a wonderful visit with my SIL and nephew while at my MIL's home.  Jennifer, Hudson & I spent a few glorious hours coloring.  Hudson enjoyed his kids coloring books, and I dug in with him, until my MIL pulled out the big girl coloring books for us grownups.  Kay even let me use one of the pages from her much loved Steampunk Fairy coloring book!  I was amazed to find I had spent several hours coloring this one page!
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Post by: Mistress Jennie on January 03, 2017 05:43:43 PM
Howdy Lovely folks
I've just done a massive SPEW update (largely based on the list that LovelyMiss created and I just found). I added about a bizzillion new charities requesting crafting stuff, but thought I'd also present some of them in this abridged form :)

Way to go noodle-bug!


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on January 04, 2017 06:32:06 AM
Yesterday Abbeeroad asked me "How has the Harry Potter Craftalong influenced your life (inside or outside of crafting)?" 

Well, I have a new answer.  I'm currently wearing the Hogwarts Astronomy Club pj's that FiberAlchemist made me in the One Awesome HP Thing Swap back in 2013, the shawl Ant Bee sent me back in May, and am drinking tea from an adorable owl mug sent to me by Abbeeroad.  You guys are literally taking care of me while I'm sick.


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Post by: IsikkahJai on January 04, 2017 07:21:53 AM
Mistress Jennie is amazing. Has pneumonia and still manages to inspire us and make incredible food ;D 500 projects in 5 years for the HPC! There's a reason she's our esteemed Mistress  :-*


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Post by: Abbeeroad on January 04, 2017 09:39:09 AM
Yesterday Abbeeroad asked me "How has the Harry Potter Craftalong influenced your life (inside or outside of crafting)?" 

Well, I have a new answer.  I'm currently wearing the Hogwarts Astronomy Club pj's that FiberAlchemist made me in the One Awesome HP Thing Swap back in 2013, the shawl Ant Bee sent me back in May, and am drinking tea from an adorable owl mug sent to me by Abbeeroad.  You guys are literally taking care of me while I'm sick.

LOVE! :D


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Post by: FiberAlchemist on January 04, 2017 09:59:16 AM
Yesterday Abbeeroad asked me "How has the Harry Potter Craftalong influenced your life (inside or outside of crafting)?" 

Well, I have a new answer.  I'm currently wearing the Hogwarts Astronomy Club pj's that FiberAlchemist made me in the One Awesome HP Thing Swap back in 2013, the shawl Ant Bee sent me back in May, and am drinking tea from an adorable owl mug sent to me by Abbeeroad.  You guys are literally taking care of me while I'm sick.

I hope you feel well soon. <3


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Post by: noodle-bug on January 04, 2017 10:27:12 AM
What a fab way to recover! Xxx


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Post by: excelsior on January 04, 2017 09:48:46 PM
Mistress Jennie, that coloring page is very popular! Here is my version which I colored in 2015. I love the blues and purples in the skirt of your version.



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Post by: noodle-bug on January 05, 2017 05:03:46 AM
Deputy head Noodle casts the homunculus charm - we're 'ere because we're 'ere because we're 'ere because we're 'ere


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on January 05, 2017 05:39:18 AM
excelsior, I love how we both took different approaches color wise, but we both decided she was a red head!


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on January 05, 2017 05:51:59 AM
Reminder from the Headmistress....

Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees Challenge closes on January 15th, 10 days from now!  Be sure to keep an eye on the start and end date of various challenges, so that you don't miss out on any House Points.  :D


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Post by: Audania1 on January 05, 2017 10:46:48 AM
Oh my goodness! Looking through all of these projects made me realize just how much I missed being in this craft along!
I must return - Hogwarts is my home!

Here are a few things I’ve completed, in alphabetical order.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Butterfly Fingerless Gloves
Project Link: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/suzies-butterfly-mitts
Brief Description: Double crochet is one of the easiest techniques in crocheting. These gloves are mostly double crochet with (even easier) single crochet and chain stitch. Such a breeze! I whipped up this pair for my youngest daughter the night before Christmas.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms
SPEW:
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Cranberry Honey Kombucha
Project Link: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/108930884716460749/
Brief Description: You can’t tell yet, but in the bottle this kombuch is red. As well, I created this as a healthful and fun drink for my family. We don’t drink soda (way too much sugar!) but it is fun to have a fizzy drink that the kids enjoy. As well, it has all the health benefits of tea and cranberry, as well as fantastic probiotics to help keep our family healthy.

The link is just how to start your kombucha if you don’t already have one going. To do the second ferment, just add 2 Tbsp of honey to each bottle and about an inch of unsweetened organic cranberry juice (I got ours from Trader Joe’s) before filling the bottle till half way up the neck with your kombucha base.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Defense Against the Dark Arts
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Vanilla Apple Rum Butter
Project Link: http://www.allfourburners.com/2012/10/12/slow-cooker-vanilla-rum-apple-butter/
Brief Description: LOOOOOOONNNNGGGG hours of heat are needed to make this delicious butter and a crock pot is just the ticket! Another delicious “heat” is added when the rum is put in and it gives a tasty and warming feel to your tummy and cheeks! (Do NOT give to kids!)
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Elderberry Lavender Kombucha
Project Link: https://zerowastechef.com/2015/07/21/secondary-fermentation-flavors/
Brief Description: This is definitely associated with tea because it’s made from it! Tea itself is healthful and enjoyable. It is a drink you have to enjoy and drink slowly - it is not to be chugged! This kombucha is much like that; you cannot make it quickly and just have it right then. The first takes at least a week for the first fermentation (or longer in cold weather!) and the second fermentation takes 3 to 5 more days. It is a slow process giving you much time for contemplation.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Into the Wardrobe!
Project Link: out of my brain!
Brief Description: My family and I just adore C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. In particular, the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. For Christmas gifts of other like-minded friends and family I made several miniatures of the wardrobe/lamp post scene that can be used as holiday decorations. The wardrobe doors open and then you turn it to see the lamp post in Narnia, including feet prints and Mr. Tumnus’s dropped packages at the sight of Lucy.
The wardrobe has an opening and a hidden element taking you to Narnia.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: waste not want not Bone Broth
Project Link: http://www.thefilledlantern.com/bone-broth-make-it-can-it-use-it/
Brief Description: Now that I have my pressure canner, I can safely can bone broth. Every year, millions of turkey carcasses go to waste after Christmas/Thanksgiving by just being dumped in the trash! Instead we use that free, delicious, nutritiousness and can our bone broth for future soups, stews, and broths to cook rice in. Yum!!!
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Post by: edelC on January 05, 2017 12:21:51 PM
I love that narnia wardrobe..and midkiffsjoy, I adore that lama fabric.

so many gorgeous things. I have stuff to post, but my internet is stupid. 2-fecking-mg if I am lucky. Fingers crossed I will get some stuff posted before the end of the term.

In the meantime a PSA if you are gluten free, vegan or dieting. A good brownie recipe.
I tried it today, not the very best brownies i have ever eaten, but still damn good. And only 120calories each (1/12, the recipe isn't too clear on that) I used 70% cocoa solids chocolate, and it might have been a little bitter, so maybe regular chocolate or up to about 50% if you are using the good stuff.

http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/09/06/no-flour-black-bean-brownies/


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Post by: midkiffsjoy on January 05, 2017 08:25:19 PM
I am having HELL posting this tonight.  Let's try again.....  *headesk*

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Tree Challenge Series: Bells
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Basket weave Coaster
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: I tooled a basket weave pattern onto this coaster.  I edged it with a beveled tool, and then the decorative edge with a camouflage tool, became I don't have a mule foot tool. 
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Tree Challenge Series: Candles
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Fred's Coaster
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: On this coaster I used the initial stamps for the first time.  I also used the pear shaped shader for the first time.  I edged it with a beveler, and then did putter edge with the camouflage tool (because I was scared of trying something different and screwing it up).
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Tree Challenge Series: Fake Snow
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: AnnoyingLittleBrother's Bracelet
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: I tooled this bracelet for AnnoyingLittleBrother using a purchased bracelet blank.  The pattern is made by offsetting a basket weave tool.  It's tricky.  There was just enough room to do an edge with a beveler.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Tree Challenge Series: Garland
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Christmas Tree Ornament
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: This is another one of those patterns that would have been much easier if I had a mule foot tool.  Instead I used a veiner.  I used three tools for this ornament, a veiner, a seeder, and a star stamp.  It was all done free hand, except for the edge where I did draw out a border guide.  Because I cut this coaster from bulk leather, instead of using a coaster blank, I beveled the edge myself.  I need a beveler.  Rofl  It's inspired by the pine and cedar trees that are the only green in the pastures during Winter. 
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Tree Challenge Series: Tree Skirt
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Carved Leather Coaster
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: For this project I made a carved leather coaster.  Carving leather is completely different than stamping out a pattern.  It's completely nerve wracking.  I transferred the pattern onto the leather, carved the pattern out line with a quick carve knife, then worked the pattern with all of my tools.  I need more tools.  The mule foot tool should come with the standard set.  It's called for on all the patterns.  We've ordered one, but it hasn't gotten here yet.  This coaster scared me so much I had to take recovery time and knit.  Lol
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Post by: FiberAlchemist on January 06, 2017 06:30:00 AM
Midkiffsjoy those coasters are amazing. I especially like the carved one. Beautiful!


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Post by: Ant Bee on January 06, 2017 05:44:27 PM
I agree, those coasters are great! And I love that wee Narnia, too! 

I hope you are feeling better, HeadMistress! I'm pleased to know the shawl is proving useful. :)

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Ribbon
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Star baby-wearing blanket
Brief Description: "...How it draws things or people together..." I took this prompt literally. (haha!) My friend is expecting her second child and has a home business of crafting things and selling them in booths at various events throughout the year. During some of the upcoming shows she will no doubt be carrying her baby in a wrap or sling and this blanket is made to go around both of them and button in the back. (This allows both to be warm seeing as the mom won't be able to button up her coat.) I used a pattern from Pinterest (https://woolpickle.wordpress.com/2014/12/31/rainbow-babywearing-blanket/) and the yarn is 2 Caron Cakes in "Funfetti" (That's about 700meters of yarn or 750 ish yards.) I really loved the Caron Cakes in the shop and am pretty pleased with how this came out, however, I think I have worked the need to play with the cakes out of my system. I love how they look on the shelf, but in use I don't love how abrupt the color changes are. If you look closely you can see where it goes a little wonky and I was really tempted to frog back to give the star colors sharp edges. But I didn't, bc that's the point of this yarn.
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The wingspan of the "arms" of the star is just over 3 1/2 feet.


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Post by: IsikkahJai on January 07, 2017 09:16:36 AM
Ant Bee your star wrap is just fabulous! Perfect for a crafty mama who crafts pretty babies ;) And I bought a thing of the Caron Cakes Funfetti for a scarf/ mitten set. I'm glad to see how it looks in a completed project because it gives me even more motivation to work with it! It's beautiful!


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Post by: ErinAquaheart on January 07, 2017 11:26:04 AM
Class: DADA
Spew: UAMS Cancer Center
House: Slytherin
Project Name: hat for cancer #1
Project description: I'm on another hat making kick and am donating all that I make to the cancer center for patients who need hats due to hair loss or just to keep those ears warm after treatment.
Bringing a little light into their lives and some warmth to their heads.
There are two hats in this picture I am turning in one now and the other with a different class. Just making sure that identical hats are shown together.


Challenge: detention --January
Spew: UAMS Cancer Center
House: Slytherin
Project name: hat for cancer #2
Project description: another hat for a cancer patient. These are always on my to do list and I don't always get to them with my other projects. Meant to do some before Christmas. I guess after and right with the first snow is close enough.
Same picture as above but second hat





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Post by: ErinAquaheart on January 07, 2017 11:35:49 AM
Class: na
Spew: UAMS Cancer Center
Project name: hats for cancer #3
Project description: for spew. Another hat for cancer patients.
A green and brown split.




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Post by: ErinAquaheart on January 07, 2017 07:35:13 PM
Announcement from the Slytherin Head of House!!!!!!






Slytherin house is proud to be hosting a Valentine Card Exchange again this year!



If you would like to sign up to get and send Valentine's to fellow HPCers please PM me, ErinAquaheart, by January 24th. I will PM a mailing list on January 25th!


Give and get some love. Slytherin House doing what it can to bring the fun.

*announcement brought to you by ErinAquarheart and all of Slytherin*


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Post by: IsikkahJai on January 09, 2017 06:27:35 AM
awwwww  :D Valentine cards!! Will have to prep some cards then!


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Post by: ErinAquaheart on January 09, 2017 07:23:53 AM
Class: na
Spew: UAMS Cancer center
House: Slytherin
Project name: golden hat for cancer (hat #4)
Project description: another hat for cancer patients. This one in an orangish gold color. Reminds me of carrot soup. It's really pretty!


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on January 09, 2017 01:21:56 PM
Challenge: Detention - November + SPEW
SPEW: Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Clairmont Hat

Pattern Link: Hickory Bark Hat from Elk Studio (http://www.elkstudiohandcraftedcrochetdesigns.com/2014/11/26/hickory-bark-a-free-crochet-beanie-pattern/)
Brief Description: Each year I think of things I want to make my husband for Christmas, and each year I have every intention of making them.  Usually in the panic of the holiday season, his project gets put aside, so I can finish items for our families.  This year I started VERY early, back in August.  I started the hat, but wasn't happy with the way the gradient of the yarn was playing out, so I frogged it, then put it aside and started the scarf (below).  Of course the holidays got intense, and it got put aside.  In the mean time, dear friends of ours gave us each wool tartan scarves they bought for us in Scotland on a recent trip.  The scarf they picked for Jim matches his coat much better than this yarn, so I was even less inclined to pick the project back up.  But as I've been recovering this week, I decided to pull them both out and finish them for the Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation.  Now this can keep someone in need warm this winter.  :)  The pattern is a free one from Elk Studio (link above), and is a great pattern for men.  It has lots of texture, but isn't girlie at all.  The yarn is Lion Brand Scarfie, in the color Oxford Claret.  (For anyone wondering why I named it Clairmont, it's a reference to Matthew Clairmont in the Discovery of Witches novels by Deb Harkness.)
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Challenge: Detention - January + SPEW
SPEW: Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Clairmont Scarf
Pattern Link: Everybody Scarf from Fiber Flux (http://www.fiberfluxblog.com/2013/12/free-crochet-patterneverybody-scarf.html)
Brief Description: Begun back in August, after frogging the hat back, and restarting.  One skein of Scarfie yarn was just enough to do the hat, and this skinny but snuggly scarf.  The pattern is the free Everybody Scarf from the blog Fiber Flux (linked above).
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Challenge: Trees - Garland +SPEW
SPEW: Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Mountain Range Hat
Pattern Link: Hickory Bark Hat from Elk Studio (http://www.elkstudiohandcraftedcrochetdesigns.com/2014/11/26/hickory-bark-a-free-crochet-beanie-pattern/)
Brief Description: This hat is inspired by the wintery world around ME, which admittedly isn't very wintery at all.  We got 1.5" of snow last week, which is nearly gone now.  Nearly everywhere you look there are the browns and coppers of dead grasses and plants, and the burgundy of fallen leaves in yards  The sky is a deep gloaming blue purple in the afternoons, making you want to stay inside where it's light and bright.  I love that while this is the exact same hat pattern as above, the look is completely different with the use of a multicolor yarn,  which really highlights the textures in the stitching.  The yarn is Lion Brand Landscapes in the color Mountain Range.
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Post by: Ant Bee on January 09, 2017 04:16:02 PM
Ant Bee your star wrap is just fabulous! Perfect for a crafty mama who crafts pretty babies ;) And I bought a thing of the Caron Cakes Funfetti for a scarf/ mitten set. I'm glad to see how it looks in a completed project because it gives me even more motivation to work with it! It's beautiful!


Thank you! I love looking at those "cakes" on the shelves in the store, don't you? Enjoy your crafting!


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Post by: Ant Bee on January 09, 2017 07:02:34 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's Trees: Icicle
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Chick pea Shepherd's pie
Brief Description: This recipe has several stages where something must be kept at a certain temp for a specified period of time, not the least of which is the end step where we bake the ramekins for 15-20 minutes in a 425 degree (F) oven.  The Husband and I are embracing more plant based dinners (well, "embracing" might be strong. When I asked him how he liked this and would it be invited into our dinner rotations he replied: "It's ok... would be better with some beef in it, tho." Emm.... yeah, kinda missing the point of "Meatless Monday" there, fella...)

The full recipe is here: http://www.veganricha.com/2016/10/vegan-shepherds-pie-chickpeas-sweet-potato.html

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This is the prepared veggies waiting for the mashed potato topping and bread crumbs.


And here they are all browned up after baking. I used red potatoes instead of sweet because that's what I had in the cupboard. I haven't been to the market in over a week. I usually go on Mondays but there was a snow storm and it was just too uncomfortably cold for me to motivate my butt to go out. So... Pantry Surprise it was. It came out decent, actually. I would make it again. For all his missing the beef the hubby did eat his whole cauldron full,  so I'm taking it as a success.



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Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on January 10, 2017 03:42:32 AM
I wasn't so much interested in the recipe as your sense of humor in your writing!


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Post by: noodle-bug on January 10, 2017 05:57:06 AM
 there's a new floo challenge up on the board! (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.msg5409371#msg5409371)


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Post by: noodle-bug on January 10, 2017 06:15:43 AM
NEWT PROPOSAL

Subject: Muggle Studies
House: ravenclaw
Project: Sew together hexies!
You guys remember all those hexies I made a couple of years ago? Well, I've been slowly sewing them up since then - not a major project but I would do a couple anytime I wanted a rest from knitting, or when my other projects were too big to easily carry with me - just a nice little background craft, adding maybe 5 or 6 hexies a week to the finished thing. Well, I realized yesterday that actually I'm not TOO far from done - and that at that pace I could be finished in about 4 months! Well, who wants to wait 4 months! I thought if I propose a NEWT, that will push me to finish quicker! I still have 105 hexies to add (the project will total 721 hexies), so if I can do a 3 a day I'll be finished in just over a month (35 days to be exact!)

I don't actually know what I'm going to do with this piece once it's finished - may applique it to a quilt top? The original plan was a rug but Tom says I can't  let people walk on all that work! so, this NEWT is just to sew the hexies up, not including then turning that into a final piece

I'll be using a traditional muggle craft from my area, called 'english paper piecing' and am making this whole project with out using magic at all (except to stir my tea while my hands are busy sewing - that's allowed, huh?) so I think it's an apporopriate Muggle Studies NEWT :)



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Post by: noodle-bug on January 10, 2017 06:24:12 AM
Challenge: Head Jan
House: ravenclaw
project: mushroom stragonoff
I'm eating an increasingly vegan diet, and (though it's not my main reason) this is much healthier thereby increasing my own immortality!
I whipped up this recipe, (https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/feb/14/tofu-mushroom-stroganoff-vegan-recipe) it was much easier than I anticipated, but to be honest I found it a little underwhelming; I'll try it again as a way to make a base sauce but may be a bit braver about adding my own or stronger flavors :) We used quorn 'chicken' in place of tofu, which isn't actually vegan - but since I've been veggie for 19 years I have a freezer full of it that I'd rather not waste!
I agree with Erin; food photography is impossible!


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Post by: gaudiknight on January 10, 2017 01:49:40 PM
~*COMPLETED OWL HEADER*~
OWL Subject & Option: Potions
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Jaywalkers
Project Page Link: Jaywalker (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/jaywalker) by Grumperina
Brief Description: Although the photo doesn't show it very well, these socks are made with several different stitch patterns that work harmoniously together - ribbing at the cuff, the zig-zag pattern for the leg and top of the foot, slipped stitch for the heel, and stockinette for the toe and sole.  I'm very pleased with how these socks turned out!

(https://flic.kr/p/PQbFbL)
Jaywalker Socks (https://flic.kr/p/PQbFbL) by Trillian (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aluminumdryad/), on Flickr


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Post by: IsikkahJai on January 10, 2017 04:07:21 PM
Those look so pro gaudiknight! I was about to ask where you bought them  :D Love colors. The ribbing adds something extra special to it ^^


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on January 10, 2017 05:47:25 PM
Challenge: Floo - Empire State
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Thundercake Hat
Project Pattern Link: Unforgettable Hat by Crochet in Color (http://crochetincolor.blogspot.com/2013/12/unforgettable-hat.html)
Brief Description: A bit of a story....  I spent 6 years teaching theatre at the college level, and in that time I had many students who taught me many things.  One of those students was a young woman named B.  She wasn't a theatre major, but rather an art major who specialized in weaving.  She had great sewing skills, so I hired her for the costume shop.  B. was always bright and joyful, happy and funny both in and out of work.  She approached everything she did with an open heart and a smile on her face.  She adored cupcakes and bright colors and fairy tales and Chewbacca.  She was the first person to volunteer to help, and the last person to go home at night.  When we needed someone to design the costumes for a children's theatre production of Cinderella, we knew B. would be perfect.  Children's theatre shows didn't get help from the costume shop staff, just the work of the student who designed it.  A week before the show, B. broke her arm.  She didn't ask for help, she just tried to assure us all that she could certainly sew one handed.  Two days later, she sprained her other wrist.  And still she smiled and sang and worked and asked for nothing.  (Yes, I promise we did help B. even though she assured us she could do it all herself.)  I asked all the students who worked in the shop to name their own imaginary Hogwarts House, and she named hers the Thundercakes. She even made a House banner complete with cupcake and lightning bolt. She could never remember the name of the 3-hole punch, so she called it 'the gherkinstile'.  She made me laugh every time I saw her.  B is 29 years old now, and lives the cold of Michigan.  And has just been diagnosed with cancer.  I can't fix it for her.  I can't even be there for her.  So I made her a cuddly new hat in all her favorite shades of Thundercake happiness.  I know that this is just a part of B's story.
Project Picture:


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Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on January 11, 2017 04:58:55 AM
Mistress Jennie, I think you should send her what you posted here about her.  I don't have words...  My prayers are with her.


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Post by: IsikkahJai on January 11, 2017 06:36:50 AM
Mistress J  :'( I'm so sorry about your beautiful friend. Bad things love to prey on good people to try and bring them down but with the love and support of friends like you, she will certainly have her spirits forever lifted. Wonderful and thoughtful gift in such a gorgeous color palate!!


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Post by: noodle-bug on January 11, 2017 08:20:49 AM
She sounds like an amazing, inspiring woman. I'd love to make her a Thundercake card if you think she'd appreciate a bit of love from a random woman?

I'm sure she'd love one!  She is just the kind of person to send a card to a stranger, so all the better for her to get one.  :)


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Post by: ErinAquaheart on January 11, 2017 09:02:08 AM
Love to your friend, Mistress Jennie. The more support the better. Sending her good healing vibes.

Class: na
Spew: UAMS Cancer center
House: Slytherin
Project name: purple striped hat
Project description: made a striped purple and grey hat for the cancer center. On a roll this January. Decided that I would make at least one hat a week for the rest of the year! New year resolution that has some meaning. So plenty of hats to come. :)



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Post by: gaudiknight on January 11, 2017 06:27:57 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's Christmas Tree Challenge - Angel
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Charlie's Blanket
Brief Description: My grandomother with Alzheimers' always perked up whenever I brought my dolls along on a visit, so I was conspiring with my mother to get her one of her own version in plastic for Christmas.  I wanted to have something nice to wrap the doll in, so I put some bias binding on a prequilted scrap in my stash.  With all the handstitching involved it wasn't actually quick, but it certainly could have been a lot worse.  Unfortunately my grandmother became ill in mid-December and passed away before she could receive her gift.

(https://flic.kr/p/QxAejU)
140/365 Wrapped Up (https://flic.kr/p/QxAejU) by Trillian (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aluminumdryad/), on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's Christmas Tree Challenge - Baubles
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Polka Dot Dress for Realfee
Brief Description: My dolls each have their own personal style completely separate from what I have planned for them.  Hoping that the new girl will like pastels and frills?  She'll insist on only the boldest colors, especially red.  It was really hard to send this dress on its way because it suited my own crew perfectly.

(https://flic.kr/p/PPKorA)
318/365 Red! (https://flic.kr/p/PPKorA) by Trillian (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aluminumdryad/), on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's Christmas Tree Challenge - Icicles
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Two YOSD Dresses
Brief Description: This project required paying closer attention to the iron temperature than usual when pressing.  My first attempt melted the ribbon I was using for the button placket!

(https://flic.kr/p/PVkfw9)
327/365 Two Custom Dresses (https://flic.kr/p/PVkfw9) by Trillian (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aluminumdryad/), on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's Christmas Tree Challenge - Star
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Christmas Snowflakes
Brief Description: My favorite of this year's batch of Christmas Dresses, fussy cut out of a scrap given to my by a friend.

(https://flic.kr/p/NxZ4d9)
313/365 Late Night Sewing (https://flic.kr/p/NxZ4d9) by Trillian (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aluminumdryad/), on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's Christmas Tree Challenge - Tinsel
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Glitter Snowflakes
Brief Description: The best part about this fabric is that the glitter doesn't shed.  A wonder of modern textile design!

(https://flic.kr/p/QfdpTK)
Sparkles (https://flic.kr/p/QfdpTK) by Trillian (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aluminumdryad/), on Flickr


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on January 12, 2017 10:04:26 AM
@gaudiknight, I'm so sorry about your grandmother's passing.  I'm sure she would have loved her doll and its wrap.

Thank you guys for the kind thoughts about my friend B.  Just for fun, I dug through old pics until I found one of her Thundercake banner.  It was in the background of a much larger pic, so I'm sorry for the small size.  (Yeah, that's not a thumbnail.  That's the full size!)



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Post by: noodle-bug on January 12, 2017 10:12:39 AM
I'm so sorry to hear about your grandmother, Gaudi xxx


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Post by: Audania1 on January 12, 2017 12:25:13 PM
Gaudio, I am so sorry. I hope you and your family are holding up.

And headmistress! I'm sorry to hear that your friend is ill. We've been in that boat before and are praying for recovery.

On the upside, all these hats and scarves are looking gorgeous and and making me feel all warm and cozy! And I think I need those socks in my life!

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Post by: Inselaeffchen on January 12, 2017 02:57:34 PM
gaudiknight - so sorry for you and your family! I hope you are holding up ok!

Mistress Jennie - I'm sorry to hear that your friend is not well. I hope the treatment will work and she'll recover.

Midkiffsjoy - I LOVE your leather work! Do you have any hints/tips or links to share? Pyrography and leather crafts are on my list to try for 2017! :)

noodle - Any idea where I could give 2 hats (UK SPEW) I made for a baby/toddler (I believe I went for the 9-12 months pattern)? The kid's head has grown more than anticipated! ;) I'm not sure NICU would take them due to size?

I'm hoping to do a project dump tomorrow, have to double check Hagrid's list. :D


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Post by: noodle-bug on January 12, 2017 04:46:45 PM


noodle - Any idea where I could give 2 hats (UK SPEW) I made for a baby/toddler (I believe I went for the 9-12 months pattern)? The kid's head has grown more than anticipated! ;) I'm not sure NICU would take them due to size?

I'm hoping to do a project dump tomorrow, have to double check Hagrid's list. :D

Women's/family refugees in your area, or children's care homes. Hospitals typically only need preemie and (to a lesser extent) newborn stuff (less if that needed as most parents supply there own, the hospital will only step in if there are duty of care issues. Whereas premature babies are not often expected to be so, thus the parents don't have appropriate supplies on hand)
Or you could send them to knit for peace, who'll then distribute to the many charity/action groups they work with (link in main spew thread)


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Post by: plaidpineapple on January 12, 2017 06:31:37 PM
~*COMPLETED NEWT HEADER*~
NEWT Subject: Potions March 17th 2016
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: 18" doll Hogwarts set
Brief Description:
I used my knowledge of potions and mastery at mixing complex potions to create a Hogwarts set for an American Girl Doll.   I employed many substances, and lots of time mixing and brewing, to complete an AG outfit, trunk and many accessories.  Some of the ingredients- fabric, polymer clay, chipboard, wood, metal, paint, ink, yarn, foam, vinyl or leather
I made a trunk to store all of it,  A complete outfit (The tie was far more difficult than I expected!  I was going to use a fabric marker to draw black lines on-but chickened out.  I think I would of broken a plate if I messed it up after how long it took to create one I was happy with!)  I found tons of printables online and scaled them down.  I also made a wand and storage box for it. 







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Post by: plaidpineapple on January 12, 2017 06:49:15 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
SPEW: n/a
House:Hufflepuff
Project Name: Upcycled Sweater mittens
Brief Description: I have this wool sweater since highschool- 22 years ago.  I love the design and it has good memories related to it.  It has long since shrunk and felted.  I have meant to upcycle for ages.  Last night, I finally sat down and did it.  A simple drawing around of my hand and the pattern was created.  They are really funky in shape, but they will keep my hands warm in the future.





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Post by: noodle-bug on January 13, 2017 04:13:15 AM
Nice one pineapple! Good call not using the marker - I think that might spoil otherwise lovely work :)


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Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on January 13, 2017 04:52:41 AM
Wow!  :o  Was all this made for you? Or did you have other plans for it?


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on January 13, 2017 10:54:24 AM
Challenge: Trees - Candles
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Thundercake Mitts (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451340.0)
Brief Description:  I created a set of mitts to match the Thundercake Hat for my friend B.  The pattern is Quick Wristers (http://www.crochetology.net/2015/05/quick-wristers.html) from Crochetology by Fatima.  They are my first ever pair of mitts, and I'm quite proud of them.  I only had to rip apart one completed mitt and start over again with a bigger hook, to get them to fit right.
Project Picture:



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Post by: IsikkahJai on January 13, 2017 12:25:14 PM
Just beautiful Mistress J! Well done!  :o Now just gotta make a pair of leg warmers or boot cuffs and she can be a rainbow from head to toe!  ;D

I made my first pair of fingerless mitts for Christmas as well. They're super fun and I love all the patterns that are out there.


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Post by: Audania1 on January 13, 2017 01:46:43 PM
That Hufflepuff AG service is amazing! Wow!

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Post by: Mistress Jennie on January 13, 2017 02:35:25 PM
Plaidpineapple, your American Girl set is PHENOMENAL! 


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Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on January 13, 2017 03:24:44 PM
I ADORE the colors in that yarn!


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Post by: plaidpineapple on January 13, 2017 09:24:07 PM
Mistress Jennie I love your mitts!  Gorgeous colors and pattern.




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Post by: Moonflame on January 14, 2017 10:47:03 AM
Head of Huffle here, hanging head in shame. I've been such an absentee HM. Trying to catch up the common room now, and eventually will have a bit of a project dump.

You guys are making SUCH AMAZING THINGS!!

Since I'm still the last post on the page, I'm going to edit to add my OWL. It's pic heavy, so the rest will go in a separate project dump post.

~*COMPLETED OWL HEADER*~
OWL Subject & Option (if available):
House: HUFFLEPUFF
Project Name: Gryffindor Cu-Poche Room
Brief Description:

Potions 1 involved taking different ingredients and making them work together. (At least 3 diff colours/patts/textures) For my project I used quite a number of ingredients - namely foam core board, fabric, yarn, paper, paint and glue, as well beads paperclips and wood, so I guess that could be classed into glass, wood, paper, etc. The primary colours used are maroon, gold, silver and green.

After wanting one for some time, I finally got a darling Cu-Poche "Anne" model, and decided to make her a roombox. I watch a lot of vids from MyFroggyStuff on YouTube, and that woman makes INCREDIBLE things out of virtually nothing, so I was super inspired from seeing all of that. I decided to make Melina (my Cu-Poche) a Gryffindor Dorm Room, but as I was making it, her story evolved.

So it turns out that Melina was born to Slytherins, but sorted into Gryffindor. (Gee, had I read the Cursed Child at some point before this? LOL!) Her mum had already knitted her a Slytherin scarf and cushion cover, but she also has a Gryffindor scarf for during the school day. Her troubles trying to fit into her new house, and her identification with her "expected" house have led her to start the Hogwarts House Unity Club. To be honest, there aren't a lot of members yet, but their ranks are slowly growing. Melina has stuff from her club friends in her room - a Badger head figurine from a Huffle friend, and a little bag of silver and blue candies from an older Ravenclaw friend (purchased in Hogsmeade, of course - Melina has yet to experience the joys of Honeydukes for herself!) Her mum was shocked but understanding when she learned of the sorting, and she made Melina a Gryffindor afghan for her bed. When Melina told her about the new club she'd started, her mum braided a silver and maroon rug for her floor to signify the beauty of unity. Melina has a cat familiar, and you can see, various things for classes and clubs in her room - potion ingredients, yarn for S.P.E.W. club knitting, a globe, spellbooks, a Holyhead Harpies banner and more. Her desire to unite students from different houses grew to encompass a curiosity about Muggles, and she became pen friends with a Muggle girl as well. (She does have to maintain secrecy about the wizarding world in her letters.)

The room and all the furniture are made from foam core board. If you have Qs about anything, I'm glad to tell you how I made it. I'll spare you all the details, though unless you want to know, LOL!

Project Pictures:




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Post by: ErinAquaheart on January 14, 2017 01:32:14 PM
I finally got a laptop! Got a great deal after the New Years sales. So now I can spruce up my classrooms and get more involved as Slytherin Head of House again.

REMINDER!!! If you want to sign up for the Slytherin Valentine card exchange you have until January 24th to PM me your address.

I will send out a mailing list on the 25th! 

Time is short and there are no timeturners available!


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on January 14, 2017 01:46:23 PM
Reminder: Deadline for posting Hagrid's 12 Christmas Tree projects is TOMORROW, at MIDNIGHT, Headmistress Time!  (Central Standard Time)


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Post by: Ant Bee on January 14, 2017 06:20:28 PM
Moon Flame! I have no words... well, I have these words: amazing! Imaginative and wonderfully detailed! Wow!

I also have these words: Dude, make that it's own project post.


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Post by: Moonflame on January 14, 2017 07:18:39 PM
Thanks, Ant Bee! :) I have to admit to being ignorant about project posts. Is there a forum for them or something? I'd like to look at some to see how they're presented. I assume it would be a more detailed post where one discusses how each thing is made?


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Post by: Inselaeffchen on January 15, 2017 03:50:02 AM
Moonflame, that is just AMAZING!!

I think there might be a section for "miniatures" or something like that. I've seen a couple of project posts and I think you can be as detailed as you like?


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Post by: Inselaeffchen on January 15, 2017 04:27:59 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Plain Sugar Cookies
Project Page Link (if available): Recipe (http://onelittleproject.com/perfect-sugar-cookies/)
Brief Description: The Hobbitses love baking and decorating cookies. One of their favourite cookies are butter cookies/sugar cookies to cut out and decorate during December. It's so easy to make them even the girls can make them by themselves (under supervision of course). We either use an egg wash with sprinkles or a lemon sugar icing.
Project Picture:


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Homemade Red Cabbage - First attempt
Project Page Link (if available): Recipe (http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Braised-Red-Cabbage-with-Bacon)
Brief Description: With our family being half German (my side) we have our Christmas Dinner on Christmas Eve, and it usually includes braised red cabbage. In the past we were able to buy German canned braised cabbage at Lidl, but in 2016 we were unable to source them, and so I decided to try my hand at making my own.

I followed a recipe very similar to the one in the link (but in German and I didn't want to have to translate it) and it was ok. Not very good, but as I only tried making my own braised cabbage on the 24th I didn't really have much time for tweaking! Will definitely try it again though sometime soon! :) And Christmas 2017 will have very good red cabbage!! :D
Project Picture:


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on January 15, 2017 05:16:14 AM
Thanks, Ant Bee! :) I have to admit to being ignorant about project posts. Is there a forum for them or something? I'd like to look at some to see how they're presented. I assume it would be a more detailed post where one discusses how each thing is made?

Moonflame, that is just AMAZING!!

I think there might be a section for "miniatures" or something like that. I've seen a couple of project posts and I think you can be as detailed as you like?

Miniatures go on the board MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS > COMPLETED PROJECTS.  When you click on the Ruler Menu above, click Community, to find the MISC Board.  As for rules for posts, it is that they must contain some information.  Not simply a link that says 'Hey, check out my project on my blog!'.  You should have no problem with that, since you gave us lots of info here.  :)  And I'm sure you probably know most of it, but here's a link to the Craftster Need to Know Guide (https://www.craftster.org/craftsterguide.html), which has info on posting.


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Post by: Inselaeffchen on January 15, 2017 05:35:47 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Family Pumpkins Galore
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: Every year I'm carving pumpkins for Halloween. And since the Hobbitses got older, the requests got more and more elaborate! This year I carved 3 things into each of their pumpkins (3-4 large pumpkins is the most I can manage to put up in our street, plus the girls carve one each themselves). So this year Supergirl got a pumpkin with Harry's Glasses and the Thunderbolt scar and of course her Logo,  and Miss Martian got her logo and Thor's hammer! :) Then I made a pumpkin with Wonder Woman & Blue Beetle logos (for hubby and me) and the last pumpkin had the Miami Dolphins and the Minnesota Vikings logos on it. :D
Project Photo:



Class/Challenge/House Pride: DADA
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Wookie T'shirt
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: I was asked if I could make a Wookie T'shirt by one of my customers. Sourcing a kid size brown t-shirt is not that easy, but once I got it I managed to get my silhouette working on the bandoliers without problems. :)  ETA: Done with HTV (heat transfer vinyl) = heat applied.
Project Photo:



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees Challenge - ANGEL
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Doug's DC Superhero Quilt
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: I had the panels for this quilt for ages (but as I didn't take photos of the pre-sewn quilt I can't use it for the FLYING prompt) and have been pushing it back and back. This year I finally managed to get the quilt going (a month later than planned, as I originally wanted to have it ready for hubby's birthday in November). The quilt is not 100% finished, I still have to sew on the applique to make sure they don't come off - currently just on it with heat 'n bond.
Suppose I could call hubby my "guardian angel" more often than not... even though he can be a "devil" from time to time! ;)
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Post by: Moonflame on January 15, 2017 07:12:43 AM
Thank you Inselaeffchen and Mistress Jennie!

Inselaeffchen, the cookies look tasty! And I'm going to have to look at red cabbage recipes now! Holy cow, the Chewbacca shirt is amazing! Did you cut out iron-ons, or cut stencils and paint, or something else?

I bet your hubs will love that quilt!

Love your socks/slippers, BTW. :D

I'm of to check out the Minis board!!


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Post by: Audania1 on January 15, 2017 08:58:59 AM
That mini is so well done! And too cute! I always admire miniatures but am rubbish at making them.
Those pumpkin carvings are great! We were too busy to carve ours this year and I'm jealous!
Love the sugar cookies!
And that red cabbage looks great! Please share your "final" recipe when you make it to your loving. :)

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Post by: Moonflame on January 15, 2017 09:40:49 AM
Thank you, Audania! :)



Class/Challenge: Alchemy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Sasha Dress and Hat
Project Description: I love knitting, and I'm getting better at it as I practice. This Sasha doll dress and hat was so fun to make!
Project Link: I used this pattern from Ravelry. (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sasha-baby-tunic) :)
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Class/Challenge: Apparition
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Blue Star Bloomers
Project Description: Here's a tip on sewing for dolls: binding and elastics are easier added BEFORE you stitch the closing seams. Although this is counter-intuitive for people who sew for normal-sized folks, it's really the easiest way to do it for tiny garments like this.
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Class/Challenge: Arithmancy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name:December Daily Album
Project Description: A friend goaded me into doing a December Daily album, and in order to feel inspired, I converted an IKEA notebook (with lovely watercolour paper!) by changing the cover.
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Class/Challenge: Astronomy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Twin Hats
Project Description: When I studied the meteor showers, I was drawn to the Geminids (prolly cuz I'm a Gemini.) According to Professor Wikipedia, "The meteors in this shower appear to come from a radiant in the constellation Gemini," so I made these twin, but not identical hats
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Class/Challenge: Care of Magical Creatures
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Banned Bag
Project Description: Christmas has been banned be various people in various times, from the 17th century Puritans, to the 20th century Soviet Union and beyond. This dolly bag celebrates all that is Christmas with traditional green, red and gold.
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Class/Challenge: Charms
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: A red hat for Durango
Project Description: In studying blood charms I was drawn to this red yarn. I'm still working on a good BJD hat pattern (knit OR crochet.) This one was another trial and error, but D seems to like it.
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Class/Challenge: Defence Against the Dark Arts
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Fiona Cosplay Pants
Project Description: I made a Fiona (from Tales From the Borderlands) cosplay. The fabric paint had to be heat set in the dryer.
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Class/Challenge: Divination
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Yellow Bloomers and Flower Bloomers
Project Description: After making the star bloomers, I decided to try modifying the pattern to get some longer bloomers. These are something I'd like to make more of in the future to sell in my Etsy shop. I think I'll make some with wider knees that I can gather and edge with lace!
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Class/Challenge: Floo Powder - Grimmauld Place
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Dolly Uggs
Project Description: MyFroggyStuff made some great Uggs (http://myfroggystuff.blogspot.com/2016/12/ugg-boot-pattern-for-dolls.html), and I shrank the 18" doll patt a bit to fit My Sashas. The secret element here is that rather than sewing from a thick fleece, the boots are sewn from felt and then a thin strip of stretched fleece (to make the edges curl and hide themselves) is glued on to give the illusion of shearling boots.
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Challenge: Hagrid's Twelve Christmas Trees -Bells
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Star Plushie
Project Description: I wanted to make a sweet pastel doll plushie that was a soft colour AND a soft texture. Here he is! The wool od SOOO soft, and is felted over magic eraser for max squishiness. :D
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Challenge: Hagrid's Twelve Christmas Trees - Candles
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Toasty Warm Socks
Project Description: My eldest gets a warm glow and warm tootsies, too, from these socks!
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Challenge: Hagrid's Twelve Christmas Trees - Garland
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Snowy White Dress
Project Description: We had some lovely snowfalls this December, and Pippa got a fluffy white dress inspired by the mounds of snow. I love the way our cardinals look sitting in the bushes with a backdrop of pristine frozen glory, so she got a red and white hairbow, too!
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Challenge: Hagrid's Twelve Christmas Trees - Lights
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Bright white Christmas Bag
Project Description: This bright red and white bag with a glittery star is a fun way to light up the holidays. It's also very light(weight!) *GROAN*
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Challenge: Hagrid's Twelve Christmas Trees - Ribbon
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Hat and Belt for Fiona Cosplay
Project Description: Fiona really isn't Fiona without her hat, and the belt that she wears half under her coat and half over is very much Fi, too. Here's what I made to tie my costume all together. :D
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Challenge: Hagrid's Twelve Christmas Trees - Star
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: You're a Star Bloomers
Project Description: Somehow I've gotten pretty decent at sewing, so often, I feel that's one of my "shining" crafts. (Other times, not so much, LOL!) Yet another pair of Dolly Bloomers as I try to perfect the bum size, knee bands, etc.
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Challenge: Hagrid's Twelve Christmas Trees - Tinsel
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Glittery Watercolour
Project Description: For the title page in my December Daily, I decided to try my hand at watercolour. This is TOTALLY new to me. I used one of those water-pen brushes (LOVE!) to make a little scene, and used a GLITTERY snowman diecut to flesh it out. I had SO MUCH FUN!
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Challenge: Hagrid's Twelve Christmas Trees - Tree skirt
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Put a Lid On It
Project Description: With so many girls in the house as well as guests who sometimes need to avail themselves, we have quite a supply of pads. They were living in a basket in the bathroom, but I thought it might be nice to disguise them a bit and pretty up the basket as well. Now that I know what I'm doing, I could probably make another in MUCH less time, but this was my first go-round. I cut a piece of cardboard to fit into the top of the basket. Since the basket is fabric lines, it has a wire frame just inside, hidden by the fabric, and the lid fits perfectly on top! I covered the lid with fabric, hot gluing it in place. I wanted a handle, but I didn't want to just glue it to the fabric, because I knew that eventually it would pull the fabric away from the cardboard, so I used a needle and thread and ran it through a smaller bead on top to secure it. Afraid that the threads might pull out on the bottom, I knotted them, left a tail and hot glued them down with another strip of carbdoard to hide the ends and help secure things. I have to say that every time I see this silly thing it makes me super happy. Each to their own, LOL!
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Class/Challenge: Herbology
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Very Berry Sasha Slippers
Project Description:Hebology was a joy this term, as I simply ADORE teas of all kinds. I focused on berry teas when making these.
Project Link: I bought the pattern on Etsy for $1.88 :D Here's the link. (https://www.etsy.com/listing/192308026/sasha-16-and-baby-12-doll-berry-slippers?ref=shop_home_active_8)
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Post by: Moonflame on January 15, 2017 10:01:29 AM
POST IN PROGRESS - SAVING AS I GO, CUZ I LEARNED THIS THE HARD WAY EARLIER!

MORE! I broke the post up - not sure if it matters, but just in case the page needs to break or something. . .

Class/Challenge: History of Magic
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Fiona's Waistcoat
Project Description: More for the Cosplay! This time I used a corset pattern and modified it. I only had a bit of the red fabric I needed, so I made the back from muslin since it will never be seen. :D Another hidden secret is that the buttons are fake. The actual closure is a big strip of velcro! :)
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Class/Challenge: Muggle Studies
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Purple Berry Slippers
Project Description: I chose the old axiom "Waste not want not" for Muggle Studies this term. These tiny slippers are a great use of yarn scraps that would otherwise be wasted. They take me a while to knit in spite of that, LOL, but I really love how they look!
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Class/Challenge: Potions
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Fiona Cosplay Coat
Project Description:My boggart would be constantly changing into new things, because my big fear is tackling new things. This coat for my Fiona cosplay started life as a Salvation Army coat - very dated and kind of icky, but it was still terrifying for me to cut it up, especially as I'd spent $25 on it!! I wish I had a before pic. :)
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Class/Challenge: Study of Ancient Runes
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Fiona's Cosplay Shirt
Project Description: Looking at pics of Fiona, it took a lot of figuring out how I was going to do her top. It's not really that clear (to me anyway) how it all goes together. I decided to do a blouse under a waistcoat, so then I had to figure out the blouse. I found a Salvation Army one I liked, though the sleeves weren't long enough. I removed the collar and stitched the seam closed again, placed grommets at the neck and painted it. The grommets hold 2 bars much like tie bars to function as as closure. To solve the sleeve issue, I made sleeve cuffs to wear on my wrists that stuck out from the jacket sleeves. :)
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Class/Challenge: Transfiguration
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Undies ad T-shirt for Durango
Project Description: These required precise scaling and measurement. Even though I was working from a pattern, I had to alter it to fit D, since most dolls are somewhat differently shaped. D's glad to have a shirt, even though he has nice abs, and he's thrilled for boxer briefs that actually fit properly this time!
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Post by: Inselaeffchen on January 15, 2017 12:23:20 PM
Thank you Inselaeffchen and Mistress Jennie!

Inselaeffchen, the cookies look tasty! And I'm going to have to look at red cabbage recipes now! Holy cow, the Chewbacca shirt is amazing! Did you cut out iron-ons, or cut stencils and paint, or something else?

I bet your hubs will love that quilt!

Love your socks/slippers, BTW. :D

I'm of to check out the Minis board!!

Thanks, Moonflame. I love my "baffies" (slippers.. ;) so much so that they appear in some photos and I forget to crop them out! ;) ).  Hubby loves the quilt but doesn't want to snuggle up under it until every patch is "secured".  And the Chewie T-shirt bandoliers are done with heat transfer vinyl - but I'm hoping to try myself on stencil cutting with my silhouette in 2017.


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Post by: seeuudee on January 15, 2017 12:57:04 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: 12 trees - Angel
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Exploding box birthday card
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: My Godmother, who has always been there for me, has just turned 80, so I made her an exploding box birthday card.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: 12 trees - Bells
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Purple shawl
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: This shawl is made from a variegated wool that creates a pretty pattern to look at and I used a variety of stitches so created lots of texture to the touch.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: 12 trees - Fake Snow
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Mince Pies
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: I very rarely make pastry, the bought is so good and my hands are usually too warm to make good pastry. And whilst I always buy mincemeat, I usually add to it. This time I added just some fresh orange juice and zest, but sometimes I add grated apple or a slug of brandy. I used the puff pastry to make the simple squares and the shortcrust to make normal topped, holly leaf topped and marzipan topped mince pies.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: 12 trees - Garland
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Christmas Tree Jumper
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: Winter in the South of England is, for the most, grey and rainy, with the occasional sunny and cold day. However, due to the legacy of my grandfather, our garden is full of Christmas trees. They are all far to big to use indoors anymore, but I have grown up around them.

For Christmas Jumper day at work, I was given the impression everyone was wearing a themed jumper (I have not worked a Christmas in this office before!) so the evening before, I decorated an already owned jumper with a Christmas tree, including tinsel, battery operated lights and baubles. It won me the office competition!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: 12 trees - Ribbon
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Snowflake garland
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: I used a very simple crochet lace pattern to create a ribbon to tie together the garland of crochet stars and snowflakes.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: 12 trees - Tree skirt
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Snowflake bookmark
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: Just because a bookmark is mostly hidden in the pages of a book, it doesn't mean it shouldn't be pretty.
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Title: Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime!
Post by: Inselaeffchen on January 15, 2017 12:59:08 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees Challenge - STAR
SPEW:
House: Slytherin
Project Name: "Transformer" Bag for big sis
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: My go-to crafts at the moment is my trusty silhouette and HTV. My sister is an avid newbie sailor, so I made her one of my transforming shopping bags for Christmas.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees Challenge - LIGHTS
SPEW:
House: Slytherin
Project Name: 2017 Calendars for the family
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: We've decided to give my sis, mum and dad and the inlaws a calendar again this year which shows photos of the twins. Specially for my side of the family (due to distance and only being with the girls once or twice a year) this present is always lighting up their hearts. :)
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees Challenge - ICICLES
SPEW:
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Christmas Stollen
Project Page Link (if available):Recipe (http://www.hungrylittlegirl.com/1/post/2012/12/german-christmas-stollen.html)
Brief Description: Every year I'm making a Stollen at home ... mostly because I don't come across a proper "butter stollen" (i.e. one without Marzipan) in the shops. And I've got the tin for it, and it's fairly easily done. I'm using my breadmaker to mix the ingredients together. The stollen then has to be baked at a constant temperature in the oven. :)
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's 12  Christmas Trees Challenge - TINSEL
SPEW:
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Teachers' Christmas Gifts - Mugs
Project Page Link (if available): Sharpie Mugs (http://www.designertrapped.com/dotted-sharpie-mugs/#_a5y_p=1612755)
Brief Description: This year the Hobbitses and me decided to make some presents for their teachers again. One for each of their 2 classes and the 3rd P1 teacher as well as she's having one of the girls in her reading group. For this I cut their names with the cameo in vinyl, stuck it to the white mugs and then used gold and silver sharpies (sparkly!!) to dot around their names and give it a nice polka dot effect.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees Challenge - TREE SKIRT
SPEW:
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Christmas Coasters for the Teachers and TAs
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: Another present for the girls' teachers and teaching assistants were home made coasters. I bought some plain bathroom tiles, cut the shape of the tree on my cameo, traced the outlines and baubles for the girls and they coloured them in (2 each, I did the last one). Then I baked the finished coasters in the oven to (hopefully) set the sharpies ok.
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Title: Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime!
Post by: Inselaeffchen on January 15, 2017 01:36:07 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress Challenge - PHILOSOPHER'S STONE
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Football Hat and Cocoon for Baby Fraser
Project Page Link (if available): Can't find it just now! :o
Brief Description: Our friends had their baby boy this year and the daddy is a big football fan (LA Rams). I made a cocoon and a hat (with a Rams' football) as a baby present for him. This took me more than 8 hours to finish.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees Challenge - CANDLES
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Sailing T-shirt for my big sis
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: I also made my sister a sailing T-shirt in her favourite colour with a sailing boat on a "heart" line for her birthday. My sis LOVES personalised presents, and she proudly told the world via FB how much she loves the present! :)
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees Challenge - BAUBLES
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Snowman Stocking for the Stocking Swap
Project Page Link (if available): Crochet Pattern (http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2016/07/crochet-snowman-christmas-stocking.html)
Brief Description: I've made the snowman stocking for the stocking swap. Kinda fell in love once I had all the swap items inside and had to send it away. Might have to make one myself! ;)
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees Challenge - BELLS
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Hubby's Scarf and Hat
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: For hubby's birthday I made him a new scarf and hat. They both keep him warm and have a very soft feel to it, too.
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Post by: Mistress Jennie on January 15, 2017 01:59:27 PM
Headmistress Jennie casts the Homunculus Charm - WE ARE HERE!


Title: Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime!
Post by: Moonflame on January 15, 2017 02:04:53 PM
I forgot my House Unity project!

Class: House Unity
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Slytherin Slouchy
Project Description: Still messing around with hat patts, I made a Slytherin flavoured slouchy hat.
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Title: Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime!
Post by: Audania1 on January 15, 2017 02:16:25 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: SoAR
SPEW:
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Prayer Blanket for Asher
Project Link: I made it up!
Brief Description:
My very good friend and neighbor is having a baby in about 6 weeks. She has been wanting this baby for many years and had to use fertility drugs for this to happen. She and her husband are so excited for baby Asher to arrive!! While I knew right away that I wanted to crochet a baby blanket and that needed no thought, I prayed and meditated and thought about this baby the whole time I was making it. My kids call it the waffles and popcorn blanket (lol) although I must admit I was thinking of a sandy path in a river.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration
SPEW:
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Hot Mulled Wine
Project Link:
Brief Description: We have just recently discovered the joys of hot mulled wine! Today, it is a foggy and cold morning here in the Sierra Nevada of California and my husband and I both miraculously have the day off together! We though we would celebrate with a nice pot of hot mulled wine. We only first had it a little over a month ago but it has become a favorite. I’ve tweaked the recipe to make it just the way we like and doubled the batch so we can enjoy it the whole day. :)

1 very large bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon (I used Estrella winery’s because it’s tart with mild sweetness)
2 oranges, sliced in rounds
2 lemons, sliced in rounds
about 15 whole cloves
2 star anise
2 to 3 cinnamon sticks
honey, to taste

Put all in a pot except for honey and bring it to just UNDER a simmer from cold for 20 minutes. It takes about 15 to 20 min to get it to that point, so plan ahead. Strain. We put about a tablespoon of honey in each glass for some mild sweetness and then pour the wine over and stir. Enjoy your fabulous cup of mulled wine with a good book, movie, or craft project!
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Title: Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime!
Post by: Moonflame on January 15, 2017 03:41:56 PM
Ooh, Audania, that blanket is soooo pretty!!! :) And that hot mulled wine looks and sounds excellent. With I could smell it! (And taste it!! :D)

Suueedee, I love all your projects, especially that incredible exploding box, and the shawl!

Inselaeffechen, Beautiful projects! The sailing goodies make me want to create some for my own sis (who has as newfound love of sailing) and those gorgeous mugs!!


Title: Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime!
Post by: patty_o_furniture on January 15, 2017 08:52:01 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: CoMC
SPEW: -
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Angel Food Cake
Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451360.0
Brief Description: We were asked to watch over a flock of chickens and after traveling through all the snow to take cake of them, we gathered eggs!  Lots of eggs.  So I had to figure out what to do with them.  Enter angel food cake! This was so good my family ate it in one sitting.  Yikes! lol Recipe (http://chickensintheroad.com/farm-bell-recipes/angel-food-cake-supreme/)
Project Picture:
(http://s114.photobucket.com/user/secretsmilesshop/media/83349872-91AE-4D35-8303-E94A7B490D55_zpsunzgjdkw.jpg.html)

Class/Challenge/House Pride: DADA
SPEW: -
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Marshmallows
Project Page Link (if available): -
Brief Description:  These marshmallows require the application of heat to melt the sugar.  Then you need to add the sugar to some gelatin and beat it until it is nice and fluffy!
 Recipe (http://www.joyofbaking.com/candy/HomemadeMarshmallows.html)
Project Picture:
(http://s114.photobucket.com/user/secretsmilesshop/media/E5BF0666-EAAA-4A2C-9A89-D77C96BD8BA5_zpsbpi9uq8k.jpg.html)


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid Lights
SPEW: -
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Hagrid Cards
Project Page Link:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451359.msg5426353#msg5426353
Brief Description: We always end up missing birthday celebrations for DH's family because we live so far away.  We end up giving gifts a month or more late and it's awkward, so we've decided to send cards this year instead.  And after my precious Dobby Christmas card, I wanted to mimic it.  So I drew up a Hagrid for a card, and photoshop painted him.  I love him!  Hopefully he will light up the hearts of the birthday people this year.
Project Picture:
(http://s114.photobucket.com/user/secretsmilesshop/media/C502852F-A9DE-400F-AD15-1BCBE69AF67F_zpszmhvssty.jpg.html)


Title: Re: ~*Harry shimmer cupcake Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime!
Post by: gaudiknight on January 15, 2017 09:32:26 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's Christmas Tree - Bells
House: honeybun
Project Name: Yellow Dress
Brief Description: I like incorporating the torn edges of fabric in hems and then rubbing my fingers over them to make sure they're extra fuzzy.  

(https://flic.kr/p/SxDZtT)
Quilt Tester Extraordinaire (https://flic.kr/p/SxDZtT) by Trillian (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aluminumdryad/), on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's Christmas Tree - Fake Snow
House: honeybun
Project Name: Cards Galore
Brief Description: We have a Winter Carnival at work in the break between the Christmas holidays and the start of the spring semester.  There's usually some crafty and cooking workbelieves.  This year and last I had a grand time making cards out of mostly pre-cut odds and ends from one of the ladies in HR who does the stamping up stuff.

(http://s164.photobucket.com/user/gaudiknight/media/PicMonkey%20Collage.jpg.html)

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's Christmas Tree - Garland
House: honeybun
Project Name: Winter Woods Dress
Brief Description: I made another brainbowh of this dress for the holidays.  I can't quite tell if the fabric is supposed to be pussy willows or just icy branches.  Either way it's really pretty!
(https://flic.kr/p/BjUj8K)
Winter Willows (https://flic.kr/p/BjUj8K) by Trillian (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aluminumdryad/), on Flickr


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Post by: midkiffsjoy on January 15, 2017 10:01:18 PM
I want to apologize to my house.  I finally got the last Christmas project done and couldn't get them all posted with 2 minutes to spare.  I am so sorry. 


Title: Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime!
Post by: noodle-bug on January 16, 2017 05:32:11 AM
I'm not a huffle, but I'm thinking they won't mind ;) part it for another prompt!!


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Post by: Moonflame on January 16, 2017 07:01:30 AM
Patty_o_furniture, that cake looks scrummy, and your marshies are perfect! I've made them a few times and I know they can be REALLY messy if you're not careful with the temp, LOL! And your Hagrid cards are so cute! Fantastic!

Gaudiknight, Those dresses are sooooo sweet. LOVE that tree fabric! Awesome job on the cards, too.  How lucky to have a Stampin' Up lady at work! :D

Midkiffsjoy, we're Huffles! We're laid back! ^_^ I agree with Noodle; use them for another prompt. :)

PS: Huffles, I FINALLY updated our common room, and there's a VERY handsome gentleman (at least in in HIS opinion) dying to see you there.


Title: Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime!
Post by: noodle-bug on January 16, 2017 08:32:00 AM
**swoon!**


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Post by: jellybean89 on January 16, 2017 09:08:41 AM
I haven't been posting, but I have been crafting, so here are some of the things I've been working on: :)

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
SPEW: Afghan Squares for Pine Ridge Reservation (http://www.ravelry.com/groups/afghan-squares-for-pine-ridge-reservation)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Retro Circles Squares
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description: For Alchemy class, the craft that lets me shine like the sun is crochet, so I crocheted Retro Circles Squares (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/retro-circles-square-tutorial).
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition
SPEW: Afghan Squares for Pine Ridge Reservation (http://www.ravelry.com/groups/afghan-squares-for-pine-ridge-reservation)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Solid Color Granny Squares
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description: Crocheting is easy for me, so for Apparition class, I crocheted granny squares (http://dishclothdiaries.blogspot.com/2008/12/basic-granny-square.html). My tip is to use an invisible finish (http://playinhookydesigns.blogspot.com/p/invisible-finish.html) when finishing a crochet project. :)
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
SPEW: Afghan Squares for Pine Ridge Reservation (http://www.ravelry.com/groups/afghan-squares-for-pine-ridge-reservation)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: granny squares with circle centers
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description: For Astronomy, I studied meteor showers and crocheted multiple granny squares with circle centers (http://wisecrafthandmade.com/2012/02/a-granny-square-with-a-circle-center-tutorial/).
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures
SPEW: Afghan Squares for Pine Ridge Reservation (http://www.ravelry.com/groups/afghan-squares-for-pine-ridge-reservation)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Peony Mandala Square & Fan Dance Square
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description: I don't travel much, but on some of my more recent travels, I picked up a big bag of yarn at a garage sale. I used some of the yarn to crochet squares (Peony Mandala Square (http://www.thelavenderchair.com/peony-mandala-square-crochet-pattern/) and Fan Dance Square (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fan-dance-3)) for Afghan Squares for Pine Ridge Reservation.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms
SPEW: Afghan Squares for Pine Ridge Reservation (http://www.ravelry.com/groups/afghan-squares-for-pine-ridge-reservation)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Solid Granny Squares
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description: For Charms class, I crocheted solid granny squares (http://cherryklimbim.blogspot.de/2014/08/instructions-solid-granny-square-3.html) to donate to Afghan Squares for Pine Ridge Reservation.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention in the Dungeons: November
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Fish Mobile
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description: For November Detention, I finished the fish mobile (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fish-mobile) I started last term. I only had the orange fish done, so I had to make five more fish and put the mobile together using fishing line and part of an embroidery hoop.
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Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on January 16, 2017 09:27:04 AM
I love your creations!


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on January 16, 2017 10:04:11 AM
~*Magical ME Challenge!*~
January 16th - 31st


My dearest fans,
The month of January marks an event I'm sure you've all been awaiting with bated breath, my birthday!  And as a special treat to all of you, I am extending an exclusive invitation!  Please do your very best to craft a little something for Yours Truly, and I will graciously accept the gift. 

And if you include just 10 Galleons, I'll send you back an autographed copy of Magical Me along with one of my signed portraits! 

The Incomparable,
Gilderoy Lockheart
Order of Merlin, Third Class
Honorary Member of the Dark Forces Defense League
Five Time Winner of Witch Weekly's Most Charming Smile Award


Oh dear!  Professor Lockheart is back, and he's giving out extra work.  For this mini-challenge, please craft something for yourself, because let's face it, you totally deserve it!  You may use any medium, and create anything that strikes your fancy, provided there is a place for that item on Craftster's boards.  This challenge closes with the rest of the Yule Term on January 31st.



*Special thanks to Hufflepuff HoH, Moonflame for the suggestion of this mini-challenge.*


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Post by: midkiffsjoy on January 16, 2017 01:49:04 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Defense Against the Dark Arts (DADA)
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Red Christmas Skirts for the Girls
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: I made skirts for the little girls for Christmas.  Their red ones took tons of ironing due to the ruffle/color band.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention in the Dungeon: December
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: A Ball for the Kids
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: In the tale of The Princess and the Frog a spoiled princess accidently drops the golden ball she's been playing with down a well and has to make a deal with an enchanted prince, in the guise of a slimy frog, to go get it.  This weekend we went to Barrington Living History Farm and the kids and I had so much fun playing with the period toys that I made them this leather ball, just like the one in the story.  It's stuffed with waste wool from our own sheep.  :)
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention in the Dungeon: January
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Blue Christmas Skirts for the Girls
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: The girls each picked out two fabrics for their Christmas skirts.  I didn't finish these until January.  Oops.  They were a wip.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Floo Powder: Grimmauld Place
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: A Valentine Coaster
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: I got a new stamp and had to try it out, so after some practice I stamped this coaster.  These coaster blanks are new from a different source and they seem to dry out after being cased awfully fast and are slick.  I had a harder time controlling my stamp than I have on other leather.  After stamping the coaster and leaving it overnight to dry, I colored it red and put a coat of spray glitter on it to make it sparkle. Bet you didn't notice the stamp is shaped like an I beam, not a heart.  :)
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic (HoM)
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: A Case for AnnoyingLittleBrother
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: AnnoyingLittleBrother always carries a flashlight, and he's old enough to have his own pocket knife and stop borrowing his Nanna's, so I made him this case with stamps he picked out.  The secret mean being, "Stop losing your flashlight, and stop borrowing other people's pocket knife."
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Philosopher's Stone Challenge
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Socks for Fred
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: All my life I've always wanted to knit my family socks.  Because of Fred's prodding I learned how to knit tube socks in the round.  I finally knitted him a pair of jewel tone socks, but he wanted knee socks, almost stockings, and they took FOREVER to knit.  So much longer than 8 hours.  And they're HUGE.  So much bigger than 3x3.  Knitting socks will attain me a kind of short term immortality because it's something that my family will remember about me and will be included in the stories my grandchildren tell their children.  I know this because I let my children play with the doll blanket my Granny knit me and proudly remind them, "GRANNY made this!!!!"
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Post by: midkiffsjoy on January 16, 2017 01:52:31 PM
Many semesters ago Noodle bug said to someone else, "Do whatever craft you're going to do anyway and then find a project to turn it in for." End misquote.  That has often rang in my mind.  Rofl


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Post by: noodle-bug on January 16, 2017 03:06:03 PM
... And years of training in the HPC with that motto had lead to my being crowned as Queen of Weirdo Prompt Interpretations!


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Post by: ErinAquaheart on January 16, 2017 03:14:03 PM
Challenge: na
Spew: UAMS CancerCenter
House: Slytherin
Project name: hat for cancer number 6
Project description: Finished a weekly hat for the cancer center and made a repeat of the purple stripe hat. Because I had enough yarn left over to do it. Super loving. This free time craft. Im a bit ahead of myself already in my goals though. Not even three weeks into the new year and I have six hats. Maybe my goal should be two hats a week instead of one? Lol. I'll keep it at one...anything else is just frosting. :)


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Post by: noodle-bug on January 17, 2017 10:45:10 AM
Erin, there's no pic in your post of hat number 6 :(

Challenge: det - dec
House: ravenclaw
Project: bear hood
So... I made the hood part of this weeks ago, but only just got my ass in gear to make the ears and sew them on!

This pic is for all three projects this post - the bear is the brown one!

Challenge: det Jan
House: ravenclaw
Project: mouse hood
In the muggle story 'cinderella' a good witch changes a mouse into a pageboy - taking inspiration from her, I am doing the opposite: turning a little boy into a mouse!
(Pic above, mouse is grey with pink ears)

Challenge: house unity
House: racehorse
Project: fox hood
Taking inspiration from the cunning slytherins, I chose to make a cunning me fox hood (snakes don't have ears so I couldn't do one of them!!)
(Pic above, fox is the bottom most one)


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Post by: Abbeeroad on January 17, 2017 12:05:57 PM
Oh my gosh, everyone has been so busy!!

I always forget that January kicks my butt at work, which sucks because January is usually my favorite time of year.

I happen to share a birthday month with Professor Lockheart, I will have to try to make ME something. :D


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on January 17, 2017 02:00:51 PM
Challenge: Headmistress - January
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Pussyhat for Audrey

Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451376.0
Brief Description:  On January 21st, history will be made when hundreds of thousands of women will march on Washington DC, in support of women's rights.  As part of my quest for immortality, I am attending the march with a close friend.  Audrey has told me that while she doesn't personally want to have children, she wants to be able to tell the child of every friend she knows, that she marched for their rights, and for a better world for them.  What better legacy can there be, than one of a brighter future?  In addition to the march, there is a project called the Pussyhat Project (https://www.pussyhatproject.com/), which seeks to have women wear pink cat hats, as a sign of solidarity with one another in the march.  It's also a way for crafters who aren't able to attend, to have their work represent them there.  This hat is for Audrey to wear as we march together!  The pattern is the Crocheted Pussyhat (http://unwindfiberco.com/crocheted-pussy-hat/) pattern by Brittany Harrell.  The yarn is Yarn Bee Soft Secret in colorway Rosey.
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Challenge: Magical Me!
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Pussyhat for Me!

Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451376.0
Brief Description:  So, of course I crafted for someone else....  but what about ME?  Obviously I needed a hat too!  Part of the pussyhat project is that the hats are supposed to be pink.  I know some women love pink, but I really loathe the color.  (And the implication that I'm somehow supposed to like it just because of my gender.)  So instead of a plain pink yarn, I went with a variegated yarn that held a good deal of pink, mixed with purples, blues, and teals.  The pattern is the Seamless Pussyhat (http://joyfuldarkness.blogspot.com/2017/01/seamless-pussyhat-pattern.html) by Joyful Darkness.  It's made from Yarn Bee Aspyn, in the colorway Mountain Bluebird.  
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Post by: noodle-bug on January 17, 2017 02:25:19 PM
I really hope you know how amazing you are Jennie


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Post by: ErinAquaheart on January 17, 2017 03:47:56 PM
I really hope you know how amazing you are Jennie


Agreed! Singular and absolutely amazing!


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Post by: midkiffsjoy on January 17, 2017 04:45:53 PM
I hope you have a very happy birthday, Abbeeroad!!!!


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Magical ME Challenge
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: A knife case for me
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: I wanted to try making something else that was more than a coaster.  I'm always borrowing Netchez or Fred's pocket knife.  I had a knife case kit so I decided to make it for me to help me remember to carry my pocket knife.  I didn't like the patterns that came with the kit so I took this pattern from a comb case kit I downloaded online. It turned out I didn't have the right stamps for the pattern, but I was able to improvise with what I had.  I like how it turned out.  I think I did pretty well considering this is only the second time I've done leather carving.  :)
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Post by: Magpirate on January 17, 2017 10:09:15 PM
Your leather tooling is beautiful, midkiffsjoy!  I especially love the knife case with the leaves.  That leather ball you made is really cool, too!  Great job on the socks!

The hoods you made are fantastic, noodle-bug!  The little ears are SO cute, and I love the pattern around the bottom of the fox one.

Jennie, I adore those hats!  I hadn't heard of the Pussyhat Project, but I like the idea.  I also really like your take on the required pink, it looks gorgeous!


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress's Challenge - Philosopher's Stone
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Thank-You Sugar Cookies
Project Page Link: Recipe from here (http://addapinch.com/chewy-sugar-cookies-recipe/)
Brief Description: Yesterday was a pretty crappy day for me, the worst bit of which was the moment I realized that the $100 bill my girlfriend had given me that morning (from her mother for Christmas) was no longer in my pocket.  I lost it at work, or more likely outside of work when I took a walk at break.  I was pretty upset when I realized it was gone, and I searched everywhere with no luck.  Then today I received an anonymous card that said "Random act of kindness from your work family" with $100 inside!  Someone had taken up a collection for me.  :)  I was really touched and I wanted to do something to say thanks, so I baked cookies.

I used the recipe linked above, except I only had 1 1/2 cups of flour so I used Bisquick for the rest and left out the salt and baking powder.  (I made the peanut butter cookies from a mix, so I'm not turning those in for points...)  They are primarily gold - well, golden brown, which I hope is close enough to count for the prompt.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology class
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Chocolate Chip Thank-You Cookies
Project Page Link: Recipe from here (http://www.food.com/recipe/bisquick-chocolate-chip-cookies-271995)
Brief Description: More cookies!  (Appropriate for eating with tea!)  These ones started out as a mix, but I accidentally used twice the necessary amount of butter so I added in a half batch of the recipe linked above (substituting 1 tbsp of oil for the half of an egg I was supposed to use).  They turned out kind of flat but they taste good anyway.
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Post by: edelC on January 18, 2017 02:54:42 AM
I have been wanting to post this village for ages, but illness had me laid low, but I am back at work on a good computer and good broadband...yay!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress's Challenge - Philosopher's Stone
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: glitter house
Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451380.0

Brief Description: Each christmas for the last seven years I have made a glitter house, it has become a tradition, the bottoms of the houses are white, so I write a brief account of the highlights of each year. They are made of strong cardboard and so I envisage my great great great grandkids tenderly unwrapping them and reading accounts of the first decade of the 21 century. Depending on how long I live, the village might take over my home.
the whole village

This years was a pink house, in homage to my growing flamingo obsession. I had a pair of pink flamingo earrings that someone made me in a swap, so they are in the front garden .



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Post by: edelC on January 18, 2017 03:02:20 AM
Jennie that is brilliant, I will be on that march with you in spirit.

noodle loving those hats
magpirate that is so sweet of  your work family, and it shows how much you are loved there. Awesome looking cookies btw.

and I wanted to show you all the wonderful Hagrid that arrived in the mail for me today from    ErinAquaheart isn't he brilliant!!


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Post by: noodle-bug on January 18, 2017 06:08:46 AM
Ahhhh that village! I love it! Is there a project post somewhere that I can rock?


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Post by: edelC on January 18, 2017 08:59:38 AM
Ahhhh that village! I love it! Is there a project post somewhere that I can rock?

You are too sweet, I've posted it in the misc thread, but the link on this thread should work x


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Post by: edelC on January 18, 2017 09:12:15 AM
So I made a quick pussy hat, from a thrifted jumper. It's madly wobbly now that I try it on, but quirky. I don't think I've any prompts left for house points, unless you could consider that me looking this ridiculous would work for the potions/boggart prompt.. It would clearly make anyone laugh!

But the hat is in solidarity with you marchers on the 21.. bonus: my tee shirt always makes me think of you noodle it reads 'I'm the person the daily mail warned you about.'

If you don't know of it, The daily mail (aka the hate mail) is a right wing, xenophobic newspaper


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Post by: Antidigger on January 18, 2017 12:46:55 PM
So many wonderful projects! it makes me think I've been out of it for weeks, not just a few days.


EdelC, I so much love the teeshirt, and I must say, me too. Heaven help the Daily Mail when they look back on their conduct over the last few years.


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Post by: Inselaeffchen on January 18, 2017 01:22:53 PM
Ahhhh that village! I love it! Is there a project post somewhere that I can rock?

Noodle, edel's post is here to rock (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451380.0)! ;)


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Post by: noodle-bug on January 18, 2017 02:25:30 PM
Excellent t-shirt!

I really should have spotted the link in your post, too blinded by the cuteness!


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Post by: Audania1 on January 19, 2017 09:34:17 AM
Hey there guys!
I don't have anything to turn in today but I wanted to let you know of a crafty fun swap if you are so inclined!

I love the world of Harry Potter but I also love me some Middle Earth!

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451369.0


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Post by: noodle-bug on January 19, 2017 11:18:48 AM
Challenge: floo- grimmauld place
Spew: beanstalk (literacy teaching charity)
House: ravenclaw
Project: digraph cards (set one)
Digraphs (where 2 letters make one sound) are tough - this game is designed to help discover their hidden meanings by practicing them! Watch out for bossy e, since you can't say his sound you have to miss a turn!


I made 13 sound cards, hand drawing and coloring the letters (guess who got new pencils for Christmas!) - plus a word card for each sound. I tried out the game for the first time today and it was a huge success - so I'll definitely be making some expansion packs for other diagraphs etc :D


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Post by: jenleahlynn on January 20, 2017 08:20:42 AM
class-dada
house-gryffindor
project-cherry sauce

for her birthday this week my daughter wanted pancakes for dinner. I decided to top them with warm cherry sauce to make it a little more special. this is the after dinner picture, the recipe actually make quite a bit more. I started with frozen cherries, and cooked them on the stovetop. i also whipped up some fresh cream. my husband was in charge of the pancakes.



1/4 cup sugar
 2 tsp cornstarch
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup orange juice
2 cups pitted cherries, fresh or thaw frozen

stir together sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon in small sauce pan. add orange juice and stir. add cherries and heat to boiling. simmer for 15 minetes, or until thickened.


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Post by: jenleahlynn on January 21, 2017 07:55:36 AM
class-CoMC
house-gryffindor
project-coffee hoopla

I created this for the gilmore girls swap with a coffee quote from the show. caffine addiction is usually a joke, but it is banned by some religions. at one time it was also banned for olympic athletes.



class-herbology
house-gryffindor
project-dragonfly inn sign

did you know that daisyes can be made into tea? i've never tried it but it's supposed to increase your appetite. on gilmore girls, the main character said that a wedding proposal should include 1,000 yellow daisys. for the swap, i used shrink film to create a sign for the inn on the show, and added daisys dangling from it.



class/challenge-house pride
house-gryfindor
project-shield charm

while i was playing with shrink film I also made a gryffindor shield. since the shrink film is translucent, i printed the shield out and traced it with a sharpie, then added colored pencil.



class/challenge-house unity
house-gryffindor
project-hogwarts creast

I used the same process to create a hogwarts crest charm as well



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Post by: noodle-bug on January 21, 2017 10:20:49 AM
That Gryffindor shrinky is particularly RAWRsome, Jen  ;D


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Post by: Abbeeroad on January 22, 2017 07:52:35 AM
That Gryffindor shrinky is particularly RAWRsome, Jen  ;D

Agreed!


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Post by: Audania1 on January 22, 2017 04:51:08 PM
Hey there all! I have a couple of things to turn in but probably won't get to until tomorrow.

However, I have a ....

***NEWT PROPOSAL***
Subject: Muggle Studies
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Westward Ho!!
Brief Description: In the late Spring or early Summer I plan on taking my girl scout troop to Marshal Gold Discovery State Park in Coloma, Ca. It’s a really cool town that started during the Gold Rush and is where the “rush” began. They do re-enactments and have special days of the year where you can view “a day in the life of”.  Anyone and everyone dresses up! This particular town has original buildings, mines, and homes that were built before the gold fever happened and maintained so that we can visit today! My NEWT is to make period outfits for my two daughters. Each outfit will have a dress, shift/petticoat, and a bonnet. This undertaking will take me about two months (probably longer) since I will only be able to work on it during weekends. If, for some reason, it is shorter I will make each an apron to go with their outfit. Won’t it be exciting to see if they blend into Muggle history?!


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Post by: Inselaeffchen on January 23, 2017 01:44:03 AM
Jen, I absolutely LOVE those shrinkies ... I've got shrink plastic somewhere, really should try making some shrinky dinks myself this year! :D


Class/Challenge/House Pride:
Herbology
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Teabag Pouch
Project Page Link (if available): Pattern (http://www.simplynotable.com/2012/tea-toters/)
Brief Description: I decided, after about 1 year being "registered" with the HP craftalong on Ravelry, that it's time to hand in some "homework". They had a BLITZ session (to hand in an item at a certain date) and as I only got the memo about that on Saturday I had to come up with something quickly. I also wanted to combine some classes, so colour was an issue as well. Funnily enough, the item I made fits our Herbology homework to a "tea"  ;D . It's a teabag pouch (to prevent the teabag from snagging anything in a bag, or - if made of paper - to dissolve and have the tea bag crumbling. Its also a nice shade of green like fresh tea leaves. :)
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Post by: ErinAquaheart on January 23, 2017 12:28:24 PM
Inselaeffchen-- that tea pouch is adorable

Jen--those shrink charms are amazing!

And my weekly hat!

Challenge: na
SPEW: UAMS Cancer Center
House: Slytherin
Project Name: cancer hat #7 blue
Project description: a blue hat for the cancer center.



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Post by: plaidpineapple on January 23, 2017 06:50:32 PM
Work is so crazy, so I was browsing some older posts to start getting up to date.  A few that I just have to post about--
WOW Moonflame I ADORE you doll set.  What amazing details and I love the story!  I would never of guessed some of the items were made from foam core board.  I just love it all!   Not to mention all the cosplay items, you have been busy!

seeuudee I adore he shawl.  Gorgeous yarn and pattern.

Inselaeffchen Lots of wonderful items. I especially like the mugs and football cocoon.

Audania1 Wonderful blanket, and I am going to have to try that mulled wine.

patty_o_furniture I am a sucker for sweets of all types.  Those marshmallows look so yummy.  Did it feel time intensive?  The cards are adorable!  (Just have to mention I was a recipient of an amazing Harry Potter swap from patty o in the last swap-she does amazing work!  And her card with that was also so cute! )

gaudiknight the lil' dresses are so cute. Love the winter woods one.  The fabric print size is perfect for her.

jellybean89-All the crochet items-Beautiful!  Whoever ends up receiving that afghan is so lucky.  What a great donation to a great cause.

midkiffsjoy-cute skirts.  I am curious how long it took to sew through the leather for the ball.  Did you have to create holes first?  I love historical toys, clothes etc.

noodle-bug cutest hoods ever!!  I love the digraph cards.  I have my praxis test tomorrow (test for teaching- I am in my first year as a 4th and 5th grade teacher) so those cards are very familiar to me.  What a great charity project.

Mistress Jennie LOVE your multicolored pussycat hat.

edelC- Seriously you have inspired me to do something similar to your glitter houses.  What a great idea!  I have ornaments that my great grandmother made, which I love-but wow- if their was some type of writing I could read too--very cool idea for an heirloom tradition.

jenleahlynn-Such a variety of project.  I could totally rock that Gryffindor shields a pin :)

ErinAquaheart that blue hat will really help brighten someones day!  It is wonderful.




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Post by: ErinAquaheart on January 24, 2017 07:21:01 PM
ATTENTION!!! ATTENTION!!!


ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS!


THE SLYTHERIN VALENTINE CARD EXCHANGE DEADLINE IS NOW JANUARY 27th!!!


I am extending the signup deadline for the Slytherin Valentine card exchange to this Friday, the 27th of January! 


Slytherin House wants to spread the love this season so please just PM me, ErinAquaheart, Your name and address and I will send out the mailing list on Saturday!





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Post by: Mistress Jennie on January 25, 2017 09:28:10 AM
Note from the Headmistress...

I am currently looking for a new member of staff for next semester!  We are currently in need of a Professor of Flying.  Professors design the prompts for their subjects, and answer any questions that may come up about those prompts.  If they wish, they may also design their own badges (or have me make them if they don't have access to software), and set up and maintain a Classroom in the first few pages of the thread, with information and fun about their subject.  Neither of these are required, but are always welcome. 

If you're interested in the position, please send me a PM as soon as possible! 


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Post by: noodle-bug on January 25, 2017 10:52:38 AM
 there's a new Floo challenge up on the board! (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.msg5409371#msg5409371)

Please note: this challenge will roll over into next semester also - but you can only claim points for it once (either this semester OR next - not both!)

A new floo challenge will then be posted as normal in a fortnight


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on January 25, 2017 01:03:27 PM
Challenge: Floo - Grimauld Place
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Chunky Pussyhat for S.

Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451376.0
Brief Description: One of my former students requested a pussyhat for the March this past weekend.  Here's the one I hooked up for her!  Here's the secret hidden element....  It's a messy bun version, with a hole in the top for your ponytail or bun.  In order to keep the hole from stretching out over multiple wearings, it has a hair elastic band crocheted into it, with the yarn covering it to help blend in.  You can find the pattern HERE (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/messy-bun-cat-hat). The yarn is actually 2 yarns crocheted together, Yarn Bee Soft Secret in Rosey, and Red Heart Unforgettable in Petunia.
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Challenge: Flying
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Organizing for the Future!

Brief Description: For my homework I decided to undertake a HUGE project....  Organizing myself to attend the Women's March on Washington this past weekend!  I didn't know that I would have the opportunity to attend until just 6 days before, when a friend-of-a-friend offered Audrey & I a place to stay just a mile from the Capital.  It was amazing just how much work went into me getting ready to drive 700 miles and attend an all day March.  I didn't even own an appropriate coat to wear!  Let alone footwear, food, maps, signs, etc.  (Thankfully Amazon Prime came through in finding me a coat when no one in town carried one in my size!)  I printed out pocket guides to knowing your rights while protesting, maps of the area we'd be in, and lists of safe spaces to stop during the March.  I researched places to stop between Nashville and DC.  I packed on-the-go snacks that could be shared with friends and strangers alike.  I contacted friends who would also be there, but who I wouldn't be with, in order to exchange contact information in the off chance one of us found ourselves arrested or in need of other help.  And finally, I crafted protest signs!   
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It was an insanely amazing weekend, and quite possibly one of the best and most rewarding things I've ever done in my life.  My only regret was that with the tough travel schedule, I wasn't able to meet up with multiple friends who were also there that day, including our own Magpirate!


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Post by: seeuudee on January 25, 2017 01:45:07 PM
Few projects to hand in - I do have a few more, but I need to sort the pictures before I can share.



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Christmas Stocking
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: Sewing and embroidery has been my go to craft since I learnt to hold a needle at the age of 6 and it is the craft that I feel makes me shine the best. This stocking was made for my partner in the stocking swap. The deer's body was applique and the antlers embroidered.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Sloe Gin
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: Sloe Gin has to be one of the easiest recipes to follow and it tastes so good. The most time consuming bit is collecting the sloes! And please do be careful when pricking the skins, I ended up with a couple of war wounds. This tastes so good straight up or with a simple mixer like tonic or lemonade.

Ingredients
450g/1lb sloes
225g/8oz caster sugar
1 litre/1¾ pint gin

Method
Prick the tough skin of the sloes all over with a clean needle and put in a large sterilised jar.
Pour in the sugar and the gin, seal tightly and shake well.
Store in a cool, dark cupboard and shake every other day for a week. Then shake once a week for at least two months.
Strain the sloe gin through muslin into a sterilised bottle.

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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress Challenge - Magical Me
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Cat's ear hat (I don't feel I can call it a Pussyhat, as it is not in pink!)
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: I had already started this hat when I saw Mistress Jennie's fantastic Pussyhats. I would never wear pink, so I adapted the pattern I had started to morph said hat into a hat with cat's ears. This one is all mine and I think is the first thing I have actually crocheted for myself!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress Challenge - Philosopher's Stone
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Mermaid Tail
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: I lost track of how many hours I put into this and it is certainly a large piece. However, it was worth every minute, the recipient loved it.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Pride
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Hufflepuff bookmark
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: One of my Christmas presents was a whole box full of crochet cottons, so I made a bookmark to practice. Funnily enough the Hufflepuff colours jumped out at me :D
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: November Detention
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Blue crochet hat
Project Page Link (if available): Pattern can be found here - http://www.mooglyblog.com/ups-and-downs-crochet-slouchy-beanie/
Brief Description: This is the second hat I have made with this wool, which is why I am claiming it as a completed WIP. The first one came out too big for the recipient, so I had to unpick the lot and re-crochet it in a smaller size.
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Post by: noodle-bug on January 25, 2017 03:48:40 PM
Seeuudee, love your mermaid tail! How cool that we've both been working on the same thing but different designs :) I love your frilly flipper!

Jennie - that sign is fab, I love the colours, and the worrying you choose! I couldn't march here in London because I was working (tried to book it off but wasn't allowed as someone else already had) - but I really enjoyed seeing all the signs the next day, they had been tucked into the railings a few places, so you could walk around reading them :D


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Post by: gaudiknight on January 25, 2017 07:35:42 PM
~*OWL PROPOSAL HEADER*~
OWL Subject: Defense Against Dark Arts (Option 2)
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Dean's Quilt
Brief Description: Snape's patronus echoes the Potter family's in that it is a deer.  I'm making a baby quilt for a distant relative, and the fabric that "sparked" all the others for this quilt features this animal.  The quilt is made for a baby who we already know will have health problems when he's born, so a little extra patronus protection in the quilt would not be amiss.



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Post by: plaidpineapple on January 25, 2017 08:02:23 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name:This semester we are studying about transformations.  In my muggle school class we are also studying about transformations.  I created this Watercolor Art about the transformation that water goes through in the Water Cycle. 


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Post by: patty_o_furniture on January 25, 2017 09:08:03 PM
newtnewtnewt

NEWT Subject: Arithmancy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Personal Progress Book Holders
Project Page Link (if available): -
Brief Description: I used my arithmancy knowledge to take much amounts of fabric, ribbons, interfacing, and made them into 10+ book holders.  These are for the local church group that has progress books for the young women to do service and talent activities.  This will give them a place to keep their books and things nice.  Even a spot for a pen!  Used this pattern: http://www.cranialhiccups.com/2012/01/young-women-personal-progress-book-holders.html 
My girls then saw how fun the book holders were and wanted their own.  So instead of 10 books, I made 12.  My girls got fun jewel buttons on front to give an extra sparkle, and were especially excited to choose their own fabrics.  My oldest already had one, but was sad her fabrics were boring.
Project Picture:
(http://s114.photobucket.com/user/secretsmilesshop/media/7E850691-1FFF-44C9-87D3-A7ED8F1E9C7C_zps6zcca6n5.jpg.html)


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Post by: plaidpineapple on January 25, 2017 10:41:37 PM
patty_o_furniture What lucky young women!  Those are gorgeous.
seeuudee, delightful items.  What are sloes?  I have never heard of them.



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Continuing my studies of astronomy, I pursued my lesson in sets of 6.  I chose 6 different types of beads.  I then used sets of 6 beads for the largest bead types.

Read more: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450194.560#ixzz4WqaaF09y


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Post by: seeuudee on January 26, 2017 09:32:51 AM
That bracelet is stunning, I love the colours. And the book covers are so pretty.

Noodle-bug, I smiled when I saw yours. There are so many patterns around, but I did love that tail. Tempted to make myself one, but it took me forever to do a child size one, not sure I have the sticking power!


seeuudee, delightful items.  What are sloes?  I have never heard of them.


Sloes are in the plum and damson family. The tree is the Blackthorn. And the thorns are sharp! They are about the size of blueberries but are inedible raw, really sour. They should be picked after the first frost, but they never last on the tree that long, so I picked them as soon as they were ripe and gave them a few days in the freezer. I believe it is not quite as good, but a close second.



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Post by: Audania1 on January 26, 2017 09:46:44 AM
Oh my gosh! All of these hats are amazing! I didn't get to march, but my sister in law did and she said it was one of the most amazing and humbling things she's ever done in her life. I have so much respect for all of you who were there as well as those of us there in spirit!

I am in love with the mermaid tails!

And that Sloe gin looks fabulous. I wish we had them here! Maybe I can order a tree.... I do have a damson plum tree. Maybe that would make yummy gin?

That deer stocking is too sweet!

Very good water transformation!

Those progress book holders are lovely! I ought to make one for myself and the girlies. Maybe I would be a little more organized?

I love the colors in that bracelet!



I will have a mini project drop later today but I wanted to get on really quick to admire all of your lovely crafts. Looking lovely, ladies!



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Post by: Audania1 on January 26, 2017 11:28:21 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: January Detention
SPEW:
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Flowers in January
Project Link: ???? and then http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ying-hua-shawl
Brief Description: I started this shawl about a year and a half ago. So long ago, in fact, that I couldn’t find the pattern I was using before when I finally picked the project up again a month ago! I went through my Revelry and found an edging that I liked and kind of fudged it so it would fit the dimensions of the main part of the shawl that I was happy with size-wise.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: a Pinch of Floo Powder: Corner Shop!
SPEW:
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Clove Apple Jam
Project Link: http://tiaskitchen.com/apple-jam-cinnamon-pectin-free/
Brief Description: I made this deliciousness using simple ingredients and a ton of apples I picked up at Apple Hill last week. We went out to find snow but came home with apples. 40lbs. of apples for only $15!! What a deal! I couldn’t pass it up, so I’ve been making APPLE EVERYTHING!! I wanted to use something without pectin and see how it went. I discovered that it didn’t want to “jam” very well and I feel it became more of a butter. Still delicious!! And I can tell you that apple jam/butter on toast makes for a VERY enjoyable free time user. :)
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Post by: seeuudee on January 26, 2017 11:50:28 AM

And that Sloe gin looks fabulous. I wish we had them here! Maybe I can order a tree.... I do have a damson plum tree. Maybe that would make yummy gin?


Yes, damsons do make a good fruit gin and the recipe would be the same, but I would use less sugar, as damsons start off sweeter. I actually started with less sugar, but about a month in tried it and added some simple sugar syrup at that point. I would probably halve the sugar in the sloe recipe and give it a little taste after a month or so, adding more if needed.

It also depends on the gin you choose. I used a Dry London Gin, so my starting point was very dry. If you started with a different gin, you would likely need less sugar, even for sloe gin.

Lastly, it comes down to personal taste. Some shop bought sloe gins are very sweet, almost syrupy, which are usually too sweet for me.

The other fruit gin I want to have a go at is Gin Cherry - I love anything cherry, so definitely on the cards to give this one a go :)


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Post by: gaudiknight on January 26, 2017 12:02:04 PM
A Mini Update as opposed to my usual massive project dump.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Defense Against Dark Arts
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Best Cookies Ever!
Recipe: http://bit.ly/2kp7CeU
Brief Description:  I work at one of our campus libraries supervising the student workers, and always make them cookies at the beginning of the semester as a sort of welcome back gesture and to remind myself that I do really enjoy them, even if the first few weeks of classes makes you want to tear out your hair with all their last minute schedule changes. As usual, I used my favorite recipe for the base and just substitute whatever sort of goodies I have on hand for the peanut butter chips.  This time around I reduced the amount of butter and used mint chips, and I have to say they are some of the tastiest things I've ever made.

(https://flic.kr/p/QZKhBq)
018 C is for Cookies (https://flic.kr/p/QZKhBq) by Trillian (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aluminumdryad/), on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress' Challenge - Philosopher's Stone
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Basket o' Dresses
Brief Description: I had time for a massive sewing session last weekend, and decided to make a giant batch of doll dresses.  I usually just make them in ones and twosies, so this was a much bigger undertaking than usual, but I did kind of enjoy the assembly line process. (There are two yellow dresses there that were used for another prompt, but even taking those out of the equation it was still an 8 hour undertaking)

(https://flic.kr/p/QeVKhY)
A Productive Weekend (https://flic.kr/p/QeVKhY) by Trillian (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aluminumdryad/), on Flickr


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Post by: Moonflame on January 26, 2017 03:35:51 PM
Plaidpineapple WATERCOLOUR water cycle! Nice! ^_^ And your bracelet is lovely!

Audania1 GORGEOUS shawl! Just lovely! OMG the jams look amazing!

Gaudiknight Those cookies look SOOOO good! I love the idea of mint chips in there! And your basket of dresses is fabulous!! So many tiny dresses! Ahhhh! :)


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Post by: noodle-bug on January 27, 2017 03:20:58 PM
Owl proposal

Subject: potions option 2
House: ravenclaw
Project: giant blanket!

As you can see, I've inadvertently swallowed some shrinking solution! :( my sister makes the best antidote, but she won't brew me any until I've knitted her a blanket!

I thought this was going to knit up really quickly, but actually both the yarn and the needles are pretty difficult to manipulate,, plus with the weight of them my arms get tired - I'm also expecting it to get harder as the blanket grows as it'll weigh more and be another thing to manipulate. It is fun though and the yarn, pure unspun merino, is lush!
I'm thinking this will take at least 3 weeks, maybe 4, to finish. But which time I'll have worked out how to make the antidote on my own anyway!


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Post by: ErinAquaheart on January 27, 2017 04:04:01 PM
Today is the last day to sign up for the Slytherin Valentine card exchange!!






We have five people participating so far and the mailing list goes out tomorrow. Sign up by PMing me and get some love from your fellow HPC students this Valentine's Day.


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Post by: plaidpineapple on January 27, 2017 08:33:50 PM
noodle-bug that looks like a very interesting project.  Where in the world did you find the "needles"?


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Post by: Moonflame on January 27, 2017 09:40:09 PM
OMG, Noodle! Amazing! :D


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Post by: noodle-bug on January 28, 2017 02:52:22 AM
On etsy! They're 40mm. I'm not gonna share the link because I opted for one of the middle price options and actually wish I'd gone for the cheaper ones add these were broke when they arrived - the glue had come undone allowing me to see just how shoddy the joint was! They work, but I expected better for the price and if anyone else wanted some I'd recommend trying a different maker


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Post by: Magpirate on January 28, 2017 09:09:36 AM
Audania1, your shawl is beautiful, I love the delicate edging.  Also I'm super jealous of all your apples!  I bet that apple butter is delicious!

Those cookies look tasty, gaudiknight!  Wonderful job on all of those doll dresses, that's quite an achievement!

My goodness, noodle-bug!  Good luck with those oversized needles!  I'm sure your sister will be very pleased with her blanket, that yarn looks really soft.


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy class
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Kim's Galaxy
Brief Description: We were watching a DVD about the Hubble telescope, and my girlfriend asked me to draw on her.  Inspired by the fires of space I drew a galaxy on her back.
Project Picture:
(cut for naked lady back)
https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/314344_28Jan17_IMG_2483.JPG

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical Creatures class
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Brenda's Snack Box
Brief Description: During the 1920s and early '30s, the production, importaion, and distribution of alcoholic beverages was banned in the USA.  Also I'm pretty sure you're not supposed to take alcohol into my work...  This is a gift I made for my boss for Christmas.  She's hard to shop for, but she does like cheap beer, Heath bars, and Burger King.  I asked her daughter for other snacky suggestions and put it all together into a tasty bouquet.  The small "flowers" are red Reese's cups and the big ones are mini Heath bars with gold Reese's centers, all of which I attached to green-painted skewers with excessive amounts of hot glue.  I wrapped a shallow cardboard box in festive paper for the container (per my girlfriend's suggestion I cut off two of the flaps and taped the other two upright for a nice two-level effect).  The skewers are stuck into styrofoam covered with green tissue paper.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - December
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Matt's WoW Banners
Brief Description: I had the great good fortune to draw my BFF Matt's name this year in the office Secret Santa program.  (We do gifts every day for a week, with a $5 limit on Monday-Thursday and a $10 limit on the final Friday gift.  I tried to make my gifts generic but by Tuesday he knew it was me...)  For his last gift I gave him a selection of nerdy items, including a mini K-9 from Doctor Who, an embroidered patch from Game of Thrones, and these two banners I made with the Horde and Alliance symbols from World of Warcraft (he's got multiple characters in both factions).  I got the images from the internet, tweaked colors and made the banner shapes in GIMP, then printed them directly onto white cotton cloth using the freezer paper method.  Once I cut them out I set the edges using super glue (they were way too small for hemming to be practical), made hangers from a dowel and embroidery thread, and sewed them on.

WoW, while not being a traditional story, certainly has storylines that center around magic-users both good and evil.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress's Challenge - Magical Me!
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Pink Pussyhat
Brief Description: I'm not much of a crocheter and I can't knit for sh*t but I'm decent at hand sewing, so I whipped up this hat to wear at the Women's March on Washington last week.  The ears gave me trouble, I thought I could get away with just a single layer of fabric but they were so floppy that (especially with the obnoxious pink color) it said "pig" a lot more than "cat."  I fiddled with them for a while before finding a solution - I made smaller ear-insides which, when sewed straight across the bottom and attached to the ear-outsides that were sewn with the bottoms slightly curved, made the ears stand up straight.
Project Picture:

This is the best picture I was able to get with the crowd in the background.  There were SO MANY PEOPLE.


Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Pride
SPEW: N/A
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Ryder's Blue Truck
Brief Description: My girlfriend bought a pair of chalkboard-front boxes for her young nephews, and Asa's had a train painted on it, but she couldn't find a truck one for Ryder.  She got him a blank one instead and asked me to paint him a truck, and personalize them both with the boys' names.  I chose a nice cheery Ravenclaw blue and tried to mimic the style of the train (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/314344_28Jan17_IMG_2471.JPG).
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Post by: ErinAquaheart on January 28, 2017 11:09:05 AM
Challenge: na
Spew: UAMS Cancer center
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Hat for cancer #8
Project description: a purple and blue stripe hat for the cancer center



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Post by: ErinAquaheart on January 28, 2017 05:13:10 PM
Challenge: headmistress--Magical me
House: slytherin
Project name: pigtailed sock monster
Project description I made this three-eyed, pigtailed sock monster just for me. She's a little sad and likes to focus on the future with here third eye. Her favorite music is new wave.

Challenge: headmistress--philosophers stone
House: Slytherin
Project name: Golden Hind Offering A Golden Apple
Project description: I believe that my art is a way for me to capture a little bit of immortality. People will own and love the things I make long after I'm gone. So this little painting is part of my body of work. May it help me live forever.



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Post by: seeuudee on January 29, 2017 01:07:47 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Button decorations
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: I made multiple button decorations for my partner in the stocking swap. These make up really fast once you have selected the right order of buttons.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: COMC
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Journal
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: I picked up this book of rainbow sheets of paper when on my travels, randomly in a small supermarket. I wasn't actually looking for more paper to add to my stash, but I loved the quality of the paper and the colour range. I finally found a use for it to make a journal for my partner in the stocking swap.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Crochet bookmark
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: Another bookmark using the crochet cotton and a tiny crochet hook. I made this one just for practice.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: SOAR
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Crochet dreamcatcher
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: I had so many ideas for my stocking swap partner, it took several sittings with Pinterest and my notebook to decide what to include. One of the later decisions, but one of the pieces I struggled to actually send, is this crochet dreamcatcher.
Project Picture:


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Post by: Inselaeffchen on January 29, 2017 02:34:45 PM
Last time handing in my homework this term! :D

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention NOVEMBER
SPEW: Big Knit 2017
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Innocent Smoothies Hats
Project Page Link (if available): Marianna's Lazy Daisy Days - Innocent Smoothie Hat Patterns (https://mariannaslazydaisydays.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/age-uk-innocent-smoothie-hats.html)
Brief Description: I've been deciding to do a batch for the Big Knit 2017 drive and crocheted 10 hats. They have another drive later this year so will look out for this for more SPEW.
Project Picture:
(https://flic.kr/p/RqXp8E)

Here's one hat being modelled by one of the twins' Equestria Girls Dolls ... I KNEW they'd come in handy at some point!! ;)
(https://flic.kr/p/QnUeg9)


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Post by: jenleahlynn on January 29, 2017 05:42:05 PM
class/challenge-detention october
house-gryffindor
project-chevron pillow

I whipped up this throw pillow cover as a gift for my daughter. I didn't have a pattern, and I wanted to be able to wash it, so i wrapped it around so that the fabric overlaps on the back.  no zipper!



class/challenge-detention nov wip
house-gryffindor
project-fleece pillow case

going through my stash, i found this piece of camo fleece that my son had picked up as a remnant last summer. He had wanted it as a pillow case in his room. Of course i forgot about it until the weather turned colder. the sides were done on the sewing machine, and the open end has a blanket stitch done in yarn.






class/challenge-divination
house-gryffindor
project-paint by number

Last winter, I bought a paint by number kit to have something relaxing to do while our house was being worked on. once we were home, it got put aside for awhile, so this fall i got it out again to finish up. the colors in it look great with my new wood floors.

class/challenge-floo powder-corner shop
house-gryffindor
project-minecraft sword

In our free time, we are a family of readers. my son is also into minecraft, so I made a shrinky dink sword for him and attatched it to an lanyard. he loved it!



class/challenge-head mistress philosopher's stone
house-gryffindor
project-mcgonagall ornament

I started this for the harry potter christmas swap. it's a shrinky dink,but I ran into trouble with paper sticking to the back when it came out of the oven. I evened it out with a layer of gold paint and decided to keep it for my own tree.






class/challenge-magical me
house-gryffindor
project-owl bookmark

I made bookmarks as christmas presents for the kids, and i decided to make one for myself as well. I traced the owl onto shrink film and colored it with colored pencils, then attatched it to a lanyard. the lanyard goes between the pages with the owl dangling from the spine.


class/challenge-potions
house-gryffindor
project-giant pink donut

I'm trying to encourage my family to eat less sweets, so cookies and donuts are my bogart lately. This one transformed into a giant pink pillow, cuddly and fun with no sugar! it's hard to see in the picture but I even embroidered it with blue and purple sprinkles.





class/challenge-soar
house-gryffindor
project-in class painting

our library had a beginners acrylic painting class. I usually do colored pencils, but this is something i've been wanting to try. the teacher led us through the sky, clouds, and trees. i actually found it really hard to work quickly, and know when to stop. i was happier with it when i looked at it at home then when i was staring at it in class.





class/challenge-transfiguration
house-gryffindor
project-mcgonagall shrinky dink

This is the on I actually sent in the swap. with some experimenting i found that larger shrinky dinks do better if they are round instead of square. I also made the cat as a seperate piece so it would look more 3d. it took a bit of planning to be sure that the 2 pieces would fit together after shrinking.



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Post by: ErinAquaheart on January 29, 2017 08:23:37 PM
Jen--love the circle mcgonagall ornament. Did you glue the two pieces together or fuze them in the oven?


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Post by: jenleahlynn on January 30, 2017 07:56:11 AM
Jen--love the circle mcgonagall ornament. Did you glue the two pieces together or fuze them in the oven?


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i shrank them seperately, then put them back into the oven stacked at a higher temperature. i found the idea online, but i can't remember the exact temperature.


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Post by: edelC on January 30, 2017 02:18:58 PM
so many cool things. I love all the hats and it is great to see that picture of the march magpirate
that snack hamper looks awesome! I love the banners

noodlebug that photo of you is just brilliant. I love it.


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Post by: Moonflame on January 30, 2017 06:17:13 PM
A few last minute ones from me! :)

Class/Challenge: Detention in the Dungeons December
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name:Six Swans Shirt For Durango
Project Description: From Wiki: "Six brothers from a King's first marriage have been turned into swans by their stepmother. The brothers can only take their human forms for fifteen minutes every evening. To free them, their sister named Elsa must make six shirts out of Nettles and can't make a sound for seven years or the spell will never be broken."
Duranago said he did NOT want a shirt made from nettles, and TBH, I really didn't want to MAKE anything by sewing nettles, so we settled on a white shirt (like swan's feathers) instead. I had made one for an earlier class prompt, but it was a bit tighter than he liked, and let his tummy show a bit, which was too cold.
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Class/Challenge: Detention in the Dungeons - January
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Starry Coat for Melina
Project Description: I had made a little blue coat for Melina, and then put it down unfinished. I realised it would look better with a collar, and that it also needed some sort of closure, so I sewed on a collar, added star "buttons" and some dolly velcro inside for a secure closure. I think she's very happy with it.
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Class/Challenge: Detention in the Dungeons - November
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Purple Tam
Project Description: I made https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/315583_30Jan17_melCoat.JPG[/img]]this pattern (http://[img width=384 height=576) for my penpal once a year or 2 ago. I liked it so much, that I decided to make another!
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Class/Challenge: Magical Me!
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: A Hat for Me, Because I'm Worth It!
Project Description: When I was knitting for Pine Ridge, I fell in love with one of the hats in particular, so I made myself one of the same. :D
Project Pic:






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Post by: edelC on January 31, 2017 01:43:29 AM

Class/Challenge: Detention in the Dungeons December
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name:Six Swans Shirt For Durango
Project Description: From Wiki: "Six brothers from a King's first marriage have been turned into swans by their stepmother. The brothers can only take their human forms for fifteen minutes every evening. To free them, their sister named Elsa must make six shirts out of Nettles and can't make a sound for seven years or the spell will never be broken."


I had completely forgotten that story, I used to read it as a child.

interestingly though, about nettles (and I can't remember the story properly) nettles actually have fibres that are similar to flax. You can harvest them and rett the fibres-that is letting the green rot away, you are left with lovely soft white fibres that can be spun into yarn and then woven. I have seen nettle fabric and it is not dissimilar to linen.

there is even a  youtube video on it
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=361YVBkFylo


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Post by: Moonflame on January 31, 2017 06:33:48 AM
@edelC That's a cool video! I can't believe what the fibres looked like after only 2 minutes of carding. O_O Watching the stalk splitting made me really uncomfortable, because all I could imagine was how I'd be sure to encounter some unexpected spikes. :P Brave man!


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Post by: IsikkahJai on January 31, 2017 07:10:04 AM
Here's a different version of that same story! \O/ It was always one of my favorites as a child but I don't remember where I heard/saw it. No one seems to know it when I try to explain.

It's called the Seven Swan Brothers. An evil witch cursed seven brothers to become swans with only one day a year to become human. Their little sister went to the Lady of the Forest and asked how she could break the curse and the Lady told her that she must find the nettle plants that grow along the river banks. She would have to cut them, harvest them, soak them, beat them, spin them and finally weave them all by herself into shirts for each of her Seven Brothers before the curse was broken. And she may not speak a word while she worked. She couldn't cry out in pain or hum under he breath. Nothing. Not until the last shirt is over the last head of her last brother would she be able to speak and the curse would be broken. In one version, she didn't finish one sleeve but was in portal peril so as the last shirt went over the head of her brother, she cried out and for the rest of his life he remained human with one swan's wing for an arm.

Juliet Marillier wrote a trilogy based on this story and it is FABULOUS. It's called the Seven Waters Trilogy. It's SO WORTH the read!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13928.Daughter_of_the_Forest
https://www.amazon.com/Daughter-Forest-Sevenwaters-Trilogy-Book/dp/0765343436


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Post by: noodle-bug on January 31, 2017 07:59:38 AM
Deputy Noods casts the homunculus charm - we are here!

Please note I'm not going to update the first page post with all your completed projects at this point, because I don't want to give away house cup standings!

ERIN - one of your spew hats (hat no 6) didn't have a picture so I wasn't able to count it! Please feel free to resubmit (in a new post) with a pic before the end of term so we can all admire your work and you can have the house points!



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Post by: ErinAquaheart on January 31, 2017 08:57:46 AM
Thanks Noodle-bug!  I'll take a new picture and I'll edit that post tonight...I don't know how it missed a picture...download error maybe?

My aunt passed away over the weekend. My family is a little in shock because we all wanted just a little more time with her before her passing. I am kind of a wreck so I don't know what the next week of will be like for me. Cancer sucks.


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Post by: Inselaeffchen on January 31, 2017 09:01:29 AM
So sorry to hear that, ErinAquaheart! Big hugs across the pond to you and your family!! And Cancer definitely sucks! :(


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Post by: noodle-bug on January 31, 2017 09:26:33 AM
I'm sorry to hear about your aunt Erin, lots of love to you and all your family. Don't edit the post, please post again fresh as now that I've tallied the housed points to date (cast the homunculus!) I can't go back and include it after the fact :) I did make a post at the time letting you know but you must have missed it, sorry!


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Post by: ErinAquaheart on January 31, 2017 10:48:25 AM
Got it Noodle-bug!  A new post it is!


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Post by: Audania1 on January 31, 2017 11:25:10 AM
Here's a different version of that same story! \O/ It was always one of my favorites as a child but I don't remember where I heard/saw it. No one seems to know it when I try to explain.

It's called the Seven Swan Brothers. An evil witch cursed seven brothers to become swans with only one day a year to become human. Their little sister went to the Lady of the Forest and asked how she could break the curse and the Lady told her that she must find the nettle plants that grow along the river banks. She would have to cut them, harvest them, soak them, beat them, spin them and finally weave them all by herself into shirts for each of her Seven Brothers before the curse was broken. And she may not speak a word while she worked. She couldn't cry out in pain or hum under he breath. Nothing. Not until the last shirt is over the last head of her last brother would she be able to speak and the curse would be broken. In one version, she didn't finish one sleeve but was in portal peril so as the last shirt went over the head of her brother, she cried out and for the rest of his life he remained human with one swan's wing for an arm.

Juliet Marillier wrote a trilogy based on this story and it is FABULOUS. It's called the Seven Waters Trilogy. It's SO WORTH the read!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13928.Daughter_of_the_Forest
https://www.amazon.com/Daughter-Forest-Sevenwaters-Trilogy-Book/dp/0765343436
I LOVE THAT SERIES!! So good!

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Post by: Ant Bee on January 31, 2017 12:43:33 PM
Class:Charms
House: Slytherin
Project Name: "Rawr" wristers
Brief Description: My sister's blood is boiling! (Well, not just hers, as I'm sure you've noticed.) And while she was marching against the latest Educational Decrees of her personal Umbridge Regime she needed some powerfully pink accessories. Enter these wristers- I made two for her and one each for her sons who were marching along-side her keeping their eyes out cat plates!
Project Picture: See below

Class:Apparition
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Pussyhat
Brief Description: More obvious than the D.A.'s communication coins (and much easier to magic up!) this hat let others know that my sister was "In the club" as she Marched in the Women's March in Boston, Massachusetts. Knitted as a simple rectangle then stitched up on 2 sides this was fast enough to make on short notice. Helpful Hint should you like to make one yourself: the thicker the yarn the faster the hat shapes up!
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Post by: seeuudee on January 31, 2017 01:55:43 PM
Sorry to hear your sad news Erin, my thoughts are with you and your family.

That series looks good, I have added to my never ending to read list.

Wow, that nettle yarn looks amazing and what a fab way to use such a annoying weed :D

Few last minute submissions...

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Tea Pocket Letter
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: This swap came up in perfect timing - a pocket letter specifically about tea. The pockets were filled with 9 different teas as well as the usual letter. I also included a recipe I came across that used tea.
Project Picture:



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Sculpture hoopla
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: "Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. Confucius" My partner in the stocking swap had this amazing sculpture pinned (https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/203154633171716509/) and I fell in love with its simple, and yet, somehow complicated, beauty. Whilst I couldn't have recreated the sculpture (never mind afford to post it), I could honour it in a hoopla.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: HOM
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Mini Christmas Pocket Letter
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: Pocket letters always have a hidden element and a secret message. All of the pockets have goodies tucked in them, including a letter.
Project Picture:





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Post by: Mistress Jennie on January 31, 2017 04:23:20 PM
Note from the Headmistress...

Please remember that this semester of the Harry Potter Craftalong closes tonight, at midnight Headmistress time.  (Central Standard Time) No project submissions made after that time will be counted for House Points! 

The Ostara Term will begin tomorrow morning.  I will post a notice once it has officially opened.  Probably around 10:00 am.  Please be so kind as to not post there until that time.  As soon as it is open, I will post a link in this thread for you.

Finally, the End of Term Feast will start on tomorrow as well, and run for a few days, during which there will be announcements of achievements, the House Cup will be awarded, and there will be prize drawings!

TO BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN A PRIZE, you MUST list the country you live in, in your Craftster profile.  I know that privacy on the internet is an issue, and I do not ask you to list your specific location.  Locations of "Hogwarts", "Narnia", "the TARDIS", etc, might be funny, but they are not acceptable for the prize drawing.  The reason for this is that each of the folks who kindly donate prizes in the drawings have limits on where then can afford ship to.  Noodle-bug and I cannot make decisions about those prizes, if I don't know where the recipient is.  There are a few folks in the Craftalong that have been passed over for prizes several semesters in a row, because they didn't bother to comply with this rule.


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Post by: LadybugsAndBumblebees on January 31, 2017 04:35:34 PM
The pocket letters are so unusual and I adore the hoopla!  How simple, yet so beautiful.


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Post by: noodle-bug on January 31, 2017 05:40:34 PM
With these last submissions, I've finished every challenge and class of the semester! *mini fist pump!

Challenge: flop - corner shop
House: ravenclaw
Project: Edie's mermaid tail
For my cousins little girl - I'd forgotten how tiny she is, I knitted this one size smaller than her age (she's 6, this is to fit 4/5 years) but it's still giant! So it'll last her lots of lovely lazy evenings in snuggled in!
I was trying something with the tail colours, I don't like it so I'll go back to the old method if I make anymore!


Challenge: magical me
House: ravenclaw
Project: blanket squares!
More blanket squares, made of left over mermaid tail yarn
These will eventually be made into a blanket that'll be all for me!

Clockwise from top left: whelk stitch, plaid stitch & reverse plaid stitch, diagonal ridge stitch, bamboo stitch, reverse broken rib


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Post by: jellybean89 on January 31, 2017 06:13:48 PM
Last minute submissions...

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Stash Basket
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description: For Arithmancy class, one of my ambitions for this year is to stay more organized, so I crocheted a basket to keep my yarn organized. :)
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention in the Dungeons: December
SPEW: Safe Haven (local shelter)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Folded Potholder
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description: For December Detention, I chose the fairy tale Snow White and crocheted a potholder (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/folded-potholder) in colors inspired by the poisoned apple in the story.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
SPEW: Afghan Squares for Pine Ridge Reservation (http://www.ravelry.com/groups/afghan-squares-for-pine-ridge-reservation)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: African Flower Squares
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description: For Divination, I used stash yarn I bought at a garage sale last year to make squares (http://made-in-k-town.blogspot.de/2013/02/african-flower-square-tutorial.html) for Afghan Squares for Pine Ridge Reservation. Crocheting is relaxing & it's my favorite craft; these squares improve my future by using up stash yarn for a cleaner craft closet. :)
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
SPEW: Safe Haven (local shelter)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Folded Potholder and Dish Towel Hanger
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description: For Herbology, I chose mint and crocheted a potholder (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/folded-potholder) and dish towel hanger (https://theninjaherself.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/free-pattern-dish-towel-hangers/) using yarn the color of dried mint leaves.
Project Picture:



Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Unity
SPEW: Hats For Hope (https://www.facebook.com/Calumets-Hats-For-Hope-Initiative-MI-890473917673602/)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Lightning Bolt Scarf
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description: For House Unity, I crocheted a lightning bolt scarf (https://monkeywaffles.com/2011/08/14/lightning-bolt-scarf/) using Hufflepuff yellow yarn. :)
Project Picture:



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
SPEW: Afghan Squares for Pine Ridge Reservation (http://www.ravelry.com/groups/afghan-squares-for-pine-ridge-reservation)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Circle-in-a-Square Squares
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description: For Muggle Studies, I chose the saying "There's no place like home." and made squares (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/circle-in-a-square-5) that will be turned into a blanket and make someone else's home comfortable. :)
Project Picture:


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Post by: noodle-bug on January 31, 2017 06:22:24 PM
I love the colours in your stash basket jellybean - what yarn is it? The towel hanger is such a clever idea too!


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Post by: ErinAquaheart on January 31, 2017 06:23:24 PM
Challenge: na
Spew: UAMS Cancer Center
House: Slytherin
Project name: hat #5 (for real)
Project description: a grey and purple striped hat for the cancer center. Modeled by me.


Challenge: na
Spew: UAMS Cancer Center
House: Slytherin
Project name: hat #9 pink and purple stripes
Project description: pink and purple striped hat for the cancer center!



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Post by: jenleahlynn on January 31, 2017 06:35:04 PM
class/challenge-december detention
house-gryffindor
project-tinman atc

the muggles have a story 'the wizard of oz' that is filled with witches and wizards. why they travel in hot air balloons, and twisters I have no idea, when apparating is so much easier. I made this robat atc card, inspired by the tinman in the story.


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Post by: gaudiknight on January 31, 2017 06:38:32 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - January
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Realfee Dress
Brief Description: Another doll dress finished up this weekend.

(https://flic.kr/p/REg2Go)
Angles Everywhere (https://flic.kr/p/REg2Go) by Trillian (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aluminumdryad/), on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: BookShelves
Brief Description: As strange as I found the book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Kondo) I'm giving the method a shot.  Here's the progress on the bookcases.

Before:
(https://flic.kr/p/Q8iiqW)
012 Messy (https://flic.kr/p/Q8iiqW) by Trillian (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aluminumdryad/), on Flickr

During:
(https://flic.kr/p/RFPxNp)
During (https://flic.kr/p/RFPxNp) by Trillian (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aluminumdryad/), on Flickr

After:
(http://s164.photobucket.com/user/gaudiknight/media/IMG_6142%20640x480_1.jpg.html)

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Magical Me Challenge
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Pussy Hat
Brief Description: Made to wear for a local rally.  I've got another one in the works for a friend, but it didn't get done in time for the event.

(http://s164.photobucket.com/user/gaudiknight/media/ADBF5136-3667-444C-BF23-EC1AB5F01433.jpg.html)

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Study of Ancient Runes
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Minifee Sweater
Brief Description: Doll sweater to use up leftover sock yarn.  Always a lot of counting on the sleeves trying to get the sleeves to come out the same length.  I think it worked this time around.

(https://flic.kr/p/RHxtVp)
026 MacKenzie&#38;#x27;s New Sweater (https://flic.kr/p/RHxtVp) by Trillian (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aluminumdryad/), on Flickr


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Post by: jellybean89 on January 31, 2017 06:47:28 PM
I love the colours in your stash basket jellybean - what yarn is it? The towel hanger is such a clever idea too!

Thank you! It's Red Heart Super Saver (3957 Neon Stripes) held with two strands of black. :)


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Post by: jellybean89 on January 31, 2017 06:49:39 PM
~*COMPLETED OWL HEADER*~
OWL Subject & Option: Defence Against the Dark Arts, Option 1
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Pine Marten Baby Blanket
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description: For my Defence Against the Dark Arts OWL, I used brown yarn the color of a pine marten (my patronus animal) to crochet a baby blanket using this pattern (http://onelittlerayndrop.blogspot.com/2011/04/classic-baby-blanket.html). :)
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: SPEW
SPEW: Safe Haven (local shelter)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Blue Folded Potholders
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description: I made a couple potholders (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/folded-potholder) for my local shelter. :)
Project Picture:



Class/Challenge/House Pride: SPEW
SPEW: Afghan Squares for Pine Ridge Reservation (http://www.ravelry.com/groups/afghan-squares-for-pine-ridge-reservation)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Circle Your Granny Squares
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description: I made some squares (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/circle-your-granny---10-inch-block) for Afghan Squares for Pine Ridge Reservation.
Project Picture:



Class/Challenge/House Pride: SPEW
SPEW: Afghan Squares for Pine Ridge Reservation (http://www.ravelry.com/groups/afghan-squares-for-pine-ridge-reservation)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Granny Shell Striped Square and Large Circle in Square
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description: I made a Granny Shell Striped Square (http://www.creativecrochetworkshop.com/2016/07/granny-shell-striped-square-cab-027/) and a Large Circle in Square (https://ceraboutique.wordpress.com/2016/03/20/circle-in-square-blanket/) for Afghan Squares for Pine Ridge Reservation.
Project Picture:



Class/Challenge/House Pride: SPEW
SPEW: Hats For Hope (https://www.facebook.com/Calumets-Hats-For-Hope-Initiative-MI-890473917673602/)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Green and Gold Scarf
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description: I made a scarf for Hats for Hope. :)
Project Picture:



Class/Challenge/House Pride: SPEW
SPEW: Safe Haven (local shelter)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Brown Scarf
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description: I made a scarf for my local shelter.
Project Picture:



Class/Challenge/House Pride: SPEW
SPEW: Safe Haven (local shelter)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Crochet Chevron Scarf
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description: I made a chevron scarf (http://www.growcreativeblog.com/2014/01/crochet-chevron-scarf-pattern.html) for my local shelter.
Project Picture:


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Post by: TechnicolorAquahearts on January 31, 2017 07:17:18 PM
My last minute project dump:

Class: apparition + SPEW
House: Slytherin
Spew: cards for hospitalized kids
Project: mandala flower greeting card

Doodling and doing mandalas has always come really naturally to me and my tip on how to do it is to just let go and make YOUR mark don't worry about perfection or anything like that.


 

Class: astronomy
House: Slytherin
Project: twinkly ribbon belt

This project fits the class because meteor showers are made of twinkly stars and this belt is twinkly (there are two belts in this picture the silver one is the one for this class the pink one will be turned in for another class)



Class: divination
House: Slytherin
Project: pink punk spiky sound machine painting

Something that is a constant work in progress is my spiky sound machine art series. I'm slowly working on getting bigger and more detailed. This one is 12x12 still pretty small but I'm getting there with the way I want them to look.



Class/challenge: Floo powder: corner store
House: Slytherin
Project: from scratch alfredo sauce

This alfredo sauce was so good it ruined me on all other alfredo sauces lol. It was pretty simple to make: (I made a triple batch so it lasted me a long time, allowing it to be several snacks to enjoy in my free time)
1stick of butter
2cups of cream
4 types of cheese (Romano, Asiago, Parmesan, and ricotta)
A few cloves of garlic
Fresh rosemary
Cracked pepper

Melt the butter in a pan and simmer chopped garlic cloves with rosemary for a few minutes to release flavors add cream stirring continuously over medium heat bring cream to a boil then slowly add cheeses until cheeses are smoothly integrated into mixture allow to boil again still stirring continuously until thickened to desired thickness remove from heat and serve garnishing with cracked pepper




Class/challenge: headmistress challenge: philosopher's stone
House: Slytherin
Project: 8x8 spiky sound machine painting

Art adds to your immortality and this is one of the most serious art series I have worked on.



Class/challenge: headmistress challenge: magical me
House: Slytherin
Project: burgundy tunic top

I have really been diving into making my own clothes and designing my own style here is a top I made just for me:



Class/challenge: december detention
House: Slytherin
Project: snake like ribbon belt

Muggles have lots of magical characters in their mythology and one of my favorites is medusa from greek mythology. Belts are very snakelike so I'm turning in the pink belt in this picture.



Class/challenge: January detention
House: Slytherin
Project: soft spiky sound machine painting

My spiky sound machine series is a giant wip for me and I'm always experimenting to see how many ways I can find to elaborate on the idea. This painting is a softer approach to the subject with no sting pen lines and only brush strokes








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Post by: TechnicolorAquahearts on January 31, 2017 07:27:20 PM
Class: n/a
SPEW: cards for hospitalized kids
Project: hand illustrated donut card



Class:n/a
SPEW: cards for hospitalized kids
Project: hand illustrated lollipop card



Class:n/a
Spew: cards for hospitalized kids
Project: Popsicle hand illustrated card



Class:n/a
Spew: cards for hospitalized kids
Project: cupcake illustrated card



Class: n/a
Spew: cards for hospitalized kids
Project: purple monster illustrated card



Class: n/a
Spew: cards for hospitalized kids
Project: Orange monster illustrated card



Class:n/a
Spew: cards for hospitalized kids
Project: pink and grey monster illustrated card



Well that's my last hurrah for this semester. All of the above cards were hand drawn with ink and colored with colored pencil.


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Post by: gaudiknight on January 31, 2017 07:55:37 PM
One last project I forgot to include in my previous post:

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Pink & Silver Polka Dots
Brief Description: This project combines the muggle saying of "seeing the world through rose tinted glasses" and "finding a silver lining in every cloud" reminding us to always look on the bright side of life.

(https://flic.kr/p/RB2Chv)
Pink &amp; Silver Polka Dots (https://flic.kr/p/RB2Chv) by Trillian (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aluminumdryad/), on Flickr


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Post by: midkiffsjoy on January 31, 2017 07:58:34 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: 6 mends
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: To incorporate the number 6 into this project I mended pants 6 times through this semester.
Project Picture:








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Post by: seeuudee on February 01, 2017 05:49:18 AM
I always love the end of term submissions, so many fantastic items to look at :D


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Post by: noodle-bug on February 01, 2017 06:29:22 AM
Me too - such a riot of ideas!


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Post by: IsikkahJai on February 01, 2017 06:49:43 AM
OOPS D: I knew I was forgetting something yesterday >_< All well! I still got to see everyone else's goodies  :D


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on February 01, 2017 07:58:36 AM
~*The Yule 2016/2017 Term has ended*~

Henceforth, all enchantments, protection charms, and House Points spells have dissolved.  Your End of Term Feast will be February 1-7th, 2017. 



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Post by: Mistress Jennie on February 01, 2017 08:06:11 AM
~*The The 2017 Ostara Term (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451352.0) is now OPEN*~

Please note that some of your classrooms, detention dungeons and common rooms are under a bit of construction.  Please bear with us as we transition from Midsummer to Yule Term. Thanks! ;D


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on February 01, 2017 08:24:50 AM


Welcome to the Yule 2016/2017 End of Term Feast!
For the next few days, we will celebrate the Yule Term accomplishments of HPCers.
A few of the awards to be announced are: Slug Club Members, S.P.E.W. Awards, House Cup, & Diagon Alley Prizes.
HoHs, Professors, & Staff, please feel free to recognize and award your housemates & students.


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Post by: Abbeeroad on February 01, 2017 11:05:17 AM
Thank you all who participated in Iron Chef Hogwarts this term! The Yule Winner of Iron Chef Hogwarts is....




Congratulations, Fiber! You've won a Deathly Hallows Wood Burned Spoon! I'll contact you shortly to discuss details and shipping info.

Thanks again, all. And don't forget that you are only entered to win for Iron Chef Hogwarts if you participate in the monthly secret ingredient challenges. Check out the Kitchens (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451352.msg5427183#msg5427183) in the Ostara Term to find out what February's secret ingredient is!


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on February 01, 2017 12:34:19 PM
~*Yule 2016/2017 Crafty Magic Stats*~

The Yule Term lasted 123 days.
25  Students were enrolled at Hogwarts.
550  Projects were Posted!!


That is an amazing average of around 4.47 projects a day and 22 projects per student! :o

Many students also took up the challenge of OWLs and NEWTs. 6 OWLs and 8 NEWTs were completed during the Yule Term. That's twice as many NEWT's as last term!  To those who completed their Advanced Studies, Congratulations & Well Done.


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on February 01, 2017 01:33:51 PM
~*Awarding the House Cup for Yule 2016/2017 Term*~



As mentioned earlier in our feast, the HPC students submitted an impressive number of wondrous projects.  Congratulations to all the students for the amazing crafty magic!  The results from the House Points Spell are:

Ravenclaw with 8 students and 2765 points,
an average of 345 points per student


Hufflepuff with 9 students and 2385 points,
an average of 350 points per student


Slytherin with 4 students and 1800 points,
an average of 450 points per student


Gryffindor with 4 students and 2020 points,
an average of 505 points per student



The Yule House Cup is awarded to GRYFFINDOR!


Congratulations!

Here's a special badge just for Gryffindor House members...


Display & Wear it with pride!

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/student is someone who has turned in at least 1 project.  To learn more about House Points check the first page, first post of HPC thread.  The House Cup competition begins anew each semester.



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Post by: Abbeeroad on February 01, 2017 01:38:35 PM
Wow! Congrats, Gryffs! We are a small group, but mighty!! :D


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on February 01, 2017 01:39:58 PM
Wow! Congrats, Gryffs! We are a small group, but mighty!! :D

Lol, to quote the Bard, 'though she be but little, she is fierce!' 


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Post by: FiberAlchemist on February 01, 2017 01:41:59 PM
Congrats Gryffs!!


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Post by: Inselaeffchen on February 01, 2017 02:05:06 PM
Congrats, Gryffindors!


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Post by: noodle-bug on February 01, 2017 02:29:33 PM
Nice one Gryffs!


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on February 01, 2017 02:52:09 PM
~*End of Term Awards*~
Finally, there are a few more last minute honors to bestow.  Each term we give special awards to those who have proven their mastery of crafty magic by giving out the Hermione Award and announcing the newest members of the Slug Club. 

*Hermione Award*
The first is the Hermione Award, which is given to all of those who engage in charity crafting on behalf of S.P.E.W. 
Congratulations to Mistress Jennie, jellybean89, noodle-bug, ErinAquaheart, & TechnicolorAquahearts!




*Slug Club*
Next we honor those who made it into the Slug Club this term by crafting 29 or more projects! 
Congratulations to Abbeeroad, Mistress Jennie, gaudiknight, midkiffsjoy, Moonflame, patty_o_furniture, suueeddee, edelC, noodle-bug, ErinAquaheart, &  TechnicolorAquahearts!


(If you belong on this list and were accidentally left off, please PM Mistress Jennie so she may rectify the situation.)


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Post by: plaidpineapple on February 01, 2017 05:39:58 PM
Congrats  Gryffindor! That is a very impressive tally!


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Post by: ErinAquaheart on February 02, 2017 05:38:43 AM
Congratulations Gryffindor!




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Post by: Ant Bee on February 02, 2017 07:11:27 AM
Well done, Everyone!


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Post by: IsikkahJai on February 02, 2017 07:15:07 AM
Good job EVERYONE!! \O/ Congratz fellow Gryffs! <3  :-*


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Post by: Audania1 on February 02, 2017 08:44:07 AM
Woot! Way to go, everybody! Fabulous job, Gryffindors!


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Post by: Antidigger on February 02, 2017 10:15:20 AM
Well Done Gryffindors, well deserved.


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Post by: Moonflame on February 03, 2017 11:10:02 AM
FANTASIC JOB, Gryffindors!!  You guys are amazing! :D


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Post by: Mistress Jennie on February 07, 2017 10:53:36 AM
~*End of Term Prizes*~
Next, some of your fellow Craftsters have donated their time and prodigious skill to create PRIZES for you students.

HPC Participant Prizes
Our first four prizes were chosen from among ALL of the people who participated in this semesters magical crafting.
moonflame, of Hufflepuff House has won a notebook from LovelyMiss.
lnselaeffchen, of Slytherin House, has won a watercolor painting set from noodle-bug.
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*SPEW Crafter Award*
Our next prize was drawn from among all those who participated in S.P.E.W. by crafting for charity this term.
jellybean89, who has won a Deathly Hallows woodburned pendant from Abbeeroad.


Slug Club Drawing
Our next prize was drawn from among all those who made it into the Slug Club this term.
midkiffsjoy, who has won a Hogwarts Yearbook from noodle-bug.


Award for Special Services to the School
Finally, each semester we draw prizes from among those who attained their OWLs and NEWTs.
plaidpineapple, who has won a Platform 9 3/4 Wallet from Mistress Jennie.


Congratulations to each and every one of you on your hard work this semester!
***For each of you who have won a prize, please PM your mailing address to me, so I can have the correct prize sent on to you.***

Prizes were drawn by Deputy Headmistress noodle-bug.  For anyone who is curious about how prize drawings are done, please check out this post (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435286.msg5272540#msg5272540).


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Post by: Audania1 on February 07, 2017 10:57:45 AM
Wow! Way to go guys!

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Post by: Antidigger on February 09, 2017 11:35:57 AM
Congratulations to all :)


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Post by: tomyi on May 05, 2017 03:00:24 AM
Here's a different version of that same story! \O/ It was always one of my favorites as a child but I don't remember where I heard/saw it. No one seems to know it when I try to explain.

It's called the Seven Swan Brothers. An evil witch cursed seven brothers to become swans with only one day a year to become human. Their little sister went to the Lady of the Forest and asked how she could break the curse and the Lady told her that she must find the nettle plants that grow along the river banks. She would have to cut them, harvest them, soak them, beat them, spin them and finally weave them all by herself into shirts for each of her Seven Brothers before the curse was broken. And she may not speak a word while she worked. She couldn't cry out in pain or hum under he breath. Nothing. Not until the last shirt is over the last head of her last brother would she be able to speak and the curse would be broken. In one version, she didn't finish one sleeve but was in portal peril so as the last shirt went over the head of her brother, she cried out and for the rest of his life he remained human with one swan's wing for an arm.

Juliet Marillier wrote a trilogy based on this story and it is FABULOUS. It's called the Seven Waters Trilogy. It's SO WORTH the read!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13928.Daughter_of_the_Forest
https://www.amazon.com/Daughter-Forest-Sevenwaters-Trilogy-Book/dp/0765343436

i think this is must read list for lovers of fantasy