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381  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: January 03, 2015 01:12:28 PM
A new Detention Challenge has been posted!
Be sure to check the Detention in the Dungeons Post to see what it is....



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 September or October challenges in November.  Smiley[/center]
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382  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: January 01, 2015 08:29:50 AM
Note from the Headmistress...

This semester I will be offering extra Challenges.  Each Headmistress Challenge will be themed to the season, will last approximately 1 month, and will earn 15 House Points just like Classes.  So what is up next?

Headmistress Challenges - January
New Year ~ New You?  Again?
January 1st - 31st

New Year, new you.  Every year we hear this phrase, encouraging us to join a gym, change our diets, become a paragon of organization, etc. etc.  We are told to "take time for yourself", while magazine articles tell us about how to be a better mother, a better friend, a better boyfriend; all of which involve us "dedicating more time" to our relationships.  And we wonder, "Where are the authors of these articles getting all this extra time???"  We fret that we will never be that better person.  Each year at this time, many of us make resolutions based on these messages.  "I will join that gym."  "I will spend more time taking my dog to the park."  "I will be the mom who makes all organic homemade baby food and my child will never know what corn syrup filled cookies taste like!"  And we try for a while.  But one night we're just "too tired" for the gym.  We skip the park for a quick walk out back.  We give in and let kiddo try a cookie.  Inevitably many of us fail to live up to the perfection we expect of ourselves.  Things we would easily forgive others for, become things we torture ourselves with.  Guilt.

And all the while, we as crafters, are creating things.  A blanket for our friend's first baby.  A scarf for mom.  As we struggled to finish everything we wanted to craft before Christmas, we decide that "next year I'll start crafting *earlier* and have everything done by June."  So in January we buy all the supplies and find ALL THE TUTORIALS on the internet, stalk Pinterest and check in on the HPC every 20 minutes.  By the time we're done scheming and planning, we're too tired to craft!  In some cases we end up feeling worse, because we "Haven't finished anything!"  So much guilt.

So, for this Headmistress Challenge, with all of this in mind, I am asking you to do just one thing.  Take the time this month to make something for yourself.  Just one thing.  One thing that is all for you.  And then, don't feel guilty about it.  Just enjoy it.


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 love.
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383  Tiny Stack of Dishcloths in Crochet: Completed Projects by Mistress Jennie on: December 31, 2014 08:43:17 AM
My dear friend Lisa is a total hippie who loves all things natural, reusable, recycled, etc.  She uses all natural cleaning products, and organic everything, yet somehow she still uses disposable sponges.  When she saw me washing dishes with my crocheted dishcloths, she expressed doubt that they could possibly be "clean".  When I asked how long she uses a sponge, she said 1-2 weeks, before throwing it out.  I explained that I haven't bought sponges in 3 years, and that I use a dish cloth for 1-2 days, then put it into the laundry, resulting in nice clean cloths each time. She still looked skeptical.  So this year, she's getting a stack for Christmas!

I decided to use up bits and pieces of yarn from other projects for her gift, so nothing matches, but hopefully they'll seem friendly enough to at least convince her to try them out.





These first two came from the Dishcloth Trio Pattern on Ravelry.  The last is the Flower Power Dishcloth Pattern, also on Ravelry.




Edit:  Managed to do 2 more this morning with the last two pieces of random cotton I found laying in my stash.  They are both from The Big Book of Dishcloths (Leisure Arts #3027).  The first is #53, and the second is #65.





I definitely think I enjoy crocheting rounds more than squares.   Undecided
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384  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: December 31, 2014 08:17:17 AM
Challenge: Bertie Bott's Bean - Blueberry Pie
House: Roar, roar Gryffindor!
Project Name: Cranberry Apple Crisp

Recipe Link: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/cranberry-apple-crisp
Brief Description: Cranberries, like blueberries are native to North America. While they are grown in a few other areas of the US, they are mostly associated with the New England area where I grew up.  I followed the recipe above, with minor alterations.  I reduced the sugar in the filling to 1/2 cup, and added ginger, allspice, and cloves to both the filling and topping. I also used 1.5 T of instant tapioca in the filling to help it gel, in place of the flour.  
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Class: Charms
House: Roar, roar Gryffindor!
Project Name: Blue Ombre 7 Point Star Dishcloth (#1)

Ravelry Pattern Link: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dish-cloth-trio
Brief Description: My dear friend Lisa is a total hippie who loves all things natural, reusable, recycled, etc.  She uses all natural cleaning products, and organic everything, yet somehow she still uses disposable sponges.  When she saw me washing dishes with my crocheted dishcloths, she expressed doubt that they could possibly be "clean".  When I asked how long she uses a sponge, she said 1-2 weeks, before throwing it out, letting it dry completely between uses.  I explained that I haven't bought sponges in 3 years, and that I use a dish cloth for 1-2 days, then put it into the laundry, resulting in nice clean cloths each time. She still looked skeptical.  So this year, she's getting a stack for Christmas!  This one was inspired by Hermione's bluebell flames.
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Challenge: Headmistress Challenge #2 - Dec.
House: Roar, roar Gryffindor!
Project Name: Tan Ombre 8 Point Star Dishcloth (#2)

Ravelry Pattern Link: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dish-cloth-trio
Brief Description: Another dishcloth for Lisa!  I decided to use up bits and pieces of yarn from other projects for her gift, so nothing matches, but hopefully they'll seem friendly enough to at least convince her to try them out. Lisa has been out of town for the holidays, but we hope to see her in person this week, where I'll be able to give her these.
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Challenge: House Pride
House: Roar, roar Gryffindor!
Project Name: Gryffindor Flower Power Dishcloth

Ravelry Pattern Link: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/flower-power-dishcloth-2
Brief Description: Final dishcloth for Lisa!  (I had 2 more already finished in my stash to give her too, so she'll get 5 of them.)  This one is made in bold Gryffindor red and gold.  All three were made over the last few days, while I've been taking time off of "work" crafting, to spend time on the couch with my husband and puppy, where of course, I still had to be crafting something.  Wink
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385  I Love Harry Potter - OTHPT/OAHPT/Winter or Valentines Swap? in New Swap Theme Ideas by Mistress Jennie on: December 30, 2014 11:40:11 AM

There has been some interest expressed in a Winter or Valentine's Harry Potter Swap.  Possibly a round of One Tiny Harry Potter Thing, or One Awesome Harry Potter Thing, (either of which could include a Valentine) OR, there is also the idea of an "I Love HP", which could be for 1 Small crafted item and 1 card, with the option of multiple partners.  Since there has been interest expressed in a variety of ideas, I thought I'd clarify them, and let folks vote on which idea they'd be interested in the most.

Swap Options

#1.A - One Tiny Harry Potter Thing
Requirements: 1 crafted item, that must measure 4" x 4" x 4" or smaller. (Galleries for OTHPT, OTHPT2, OTHPT3)

#1.B - One Tiny Harry Potter Thing + Valentine Card & treat
Requirements: 1 crafted item, that must measure 4" x 4" x 4" or smaller, 1 Valentines Card (handmade or bought, no judgements!) & treat for your partner.


#2.A - One Awesome Harry Potter Thing
Requirements: 1 Large or Extra Large crafted item (in terms of time).  Item may be any physical size, but must constitute at least 3+ hours of crafting.  The keyword here is AWESOME.  Your single crafted item should be fantastic. (Gallery from OAHPT)

#2.B - One Awesome Harry Potter Thing + Valentine Card & treat)
Requirements: 1 Large or Extra Large crafted item (in terms of time), 1 Valentines Card (handmade or bought, no judgements!) & treat for your partner.


#3. I Love HP
Requirements: 1 Valentine Card , 1 small Valentine's treat, and 1 Small HP-themed crafted item based on your partner's interests.
BONUS: Participants could choose to have 1-3 partners for this round.  (First time swappers would be limited to 1 partner.)



Here's what I am thinking of for dates...

Signups: January 7th - 17th, 2015
Send Outs: February 7th, 2015  (That's 3 weeks of crafting.)

What do you folks think?  Please respond with your favorite option, even if you would participate in any of them.  Smiley  Also be sure to respond with "Option 1.A", "Option 1.B", "Option 2.A", etc. etc. Feel free to include other questions, comments, or concerns.  I just want to be able to clearly tally the votes, so be sure to include the option for me!  Cheesy
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386  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: December 30, 2014 08:04:09 AM
Mags, I LOVE the idea for your dry erase chart!  I keep a Google Document going all the time for the HPC.  In the top I keep track of what classes I've completed, then below there is space for things I'm planning, and subjects I haven't tackled yet.  Then, even farther below that is where I keep track of new ideas for prompts, what Bertie Bott's Beans we've already done, and what Detentions we've had. 



And I'm SO GLAD you posted the seam ripper!  I've already Rocked it over on it's own thread.  I LOVE IT!!!   Cheesy
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387  Sachet Swap? in New Swap Theme Ideas by Mistress Jennie on: December 27, 2014 06:47:58 PM
Sachet Swap?


Sachets created by ArcadianDriftwood

Hello friends!  After seeing the beautiful sachets created by AcadianDriftwood earlier today, I wanted to create some myself.  Then I thought, "I wonder if other Craftsters out there would like to make some too?"  So here I am to ask if there is any interest in a Sachet Swap. 

Currently I'm thinking of Signups January 2nd - 16th.  Sendouts January 31st.

The requirements would be just 1 sachet, created with your partners likes & preferences in mind.  I was also considering the option of allowing participants to have 1 - 3 partners, (1 partner only for first time swappers). 


Questions?  Ideas?  Thoughts?  I'm completely open to alternate requirements or dates, if there is interest in other parameters.

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388  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: December 26, 2014 12:59:31 PM
Class: History of Magic
House: Roar, roar Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Strawberry "Get Carded" Wallet

Brief Description: One of the things we most often need to conceal is money.  For my homework I created a new wallet in which to hide mine.  To prying Muggle eyes, it appears to be nothing but a humble strawberry patch! (Info on pattern source in the link above.)
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Class: Muggle Studies
House: Roar, roar Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Zippy Pouch for Earbuds

Brief Description: To make Muggle traveling easier and more enjoyable, I listen to audio books!  For my homework I created a zippered pouch to hold my earbuds when on the go.  It measures just 2 3/8" tall and 3 1/2" wide, and features a clip to attach to keys, or other bags. (Info on pattern source in the link above.)
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389  Easy Zip Pouch for Earbuds in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: December 26, 2014 12:51:57 PM
While I was making my new Strawberry Wallet yesterday, I also took a few minutes to whip up a small zippered pouch for my earbuds.  I followed the Easy Zippy Pouches Tutorial from Dog Under My Desk.

Again, I recommend her patterns and tutorials.  She does an excellent job with clear photographs and clear directions.  The fabric is some scraps from the Flora & Fauna collection.  It's hard to see, since none of them made it onto the front, but it features lime green bees on a black and charcoal background.


The pouch measures 2 3/8" tall and 3 1/2" wide.  Here's a shot with earbuds and change for scale.  I love the addition of the D-ring or split ring and clip, so I can clip it to my keys, or inside my bag on trips to the gym, and other adventures.
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390  "Get Carded" Strawberry Wallet in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: December 26, 2014 12:46:24 PM
My husband and & were going to spend Christmas with his family in Illinois this year.  Sadly on Monday night I got sick, and by the time I was better on Wednesday night, it was too late to go, just to turn around and come right back.  So we stayed at home and had a quiet Christmas together.  A little too quiet actually!  I got bored yesterday afternoon and so I decided to make a Christmas gift for myself.  A new wallet!  I was annoyed with my old wallet, which is too thick and clunky.  I usually carry a small purse, but sometimes if I'm just running a quick errand, I just want to tuck my wallet into my pocket.

The pattern is the Get Carded Wallet from Dog Under My Desk.  The pattern is very well written, and it includes pictures and instructions for 4 variations of the same wallet, which can be made with just 2 fat quarters.  I highly recommend it.  Cheesy  I grew up loving Strawberry Shortcake, and I still have a soft spot for strawberry things.  I'm not sure which line this fabric came from, but I've been hoarding it in my stash, waiting for the perfect project to use it on.

I opted for the plain zippered pocket because I had less than a fat quarter, but the pattern contains a ruffled and a pleated version.  And whenever possible, use a fun contrasting zipper.  Wink


The inside has 4 card pockets, and 1 pocket for folded cash.


The back features a clear pocket to keep your ID in.  I am thinking this will come in handy because I seem to get carded a lot more in TN then I did in the last 6 years living in KY.


And finally, here it is in comparison to my old wallet.  While the length and width are similar, the thickness is less than half of what it was!  The whole thing tucks easily into the pocket of my jeans.

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