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541  ~*Dumbledore's Army - Still Recruiting!*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: February 26, 2014 09:33:31 AM

Are you sick of Umbridge already?  Do you want to learn - properly learn - practical defensive magic?  Do you need to know what it's really like facing him?  Facing Vo... Voldemorte?   Are you ready for a brand new epic *series* of Craftalong Challenges? Do you have what it takes to join Dumbledore's Army?

Well then you are in luck my friends because your Headmistresses have dreamed up another awesome challenge for you!  This challenge series spans three HPC semesters, and covers the journey taken by our favorite Trio, and their faithful friends, as they learned to use magic, and fought to live in a world without fear or prejudice.  Each individual challenge will have a specified time frame, much like you saw in Summer Quidditch.  The Fall Semester contained 3 awesome challenges.  Winter semester we had lessons with Harry Potter himself!  This semester we will have three more challenges, a new one each month!  Each 'on-time' project you submit will earn you 15 House Points, just like all other Class and Challenge prompts.    

So, what's our next task?*

*If you did not complete the Fall or Winter Semester's tasks in time, but would still like to participate, please scroll down to the bottom of this post for directions on how to catch-up!



~*Department of Mysteries*~
May 11 - May 31, 2014
"There is a room in the Department of Mysteries that is kept locked at all times. It contains a force that is at once more wonderful and more terrible than death, than human intelligence, than the forces of nature. It is also, perhaps, the most mysterious of the many subjects for study that reside there. It is the power held within that room that you possess in such quantities and which Voldemort has not at all." Albus Dumbledore

The Department of Mysteries is a section within the Ministry of Magic where the various mysteries of the world are studied, including space, thought, time, death, and love.  On June 18th, 1996 Lord Voldemorte planted a vision in Harry Potter's mind, of his godfather, Sirius Black, being tortured somewhere within the Department of Mysteries.  When Harry decided to rush to Sirius' aid, he was accompanied by his best friends, Hermoine Granger and Ron Weasley, as well as  Dumbledore's Army members Ginny Weasley, Luna Lovegood and Neville Longbottom.  Though many students had joined the D.A., it was only Ginny, Luna and Neville who rushed to help Harry fight the Death Eaters and rescue Sirius, without thought for themselves.  

"We were all in the D.A. together. It was all supposed to be about fighting You-Know-Who, wasn't it? And this is the first chance we've had to do something real or was that all just a game or something?" Neville Longbottom

For this challenge you will need to follow Luna & Neville's example and go out of your way to help a friend who could really use a hand.  You can create any sort of crafted item, provided the intended recipient is a good friend, and the craft is intended to help them in some way.  Be sure to explain the situation in your post.


~*Mastering the Patronus Charm*~
CLOSED! ~ REQUIRED CATCH-UP CRAFTING TIME = 2 weeks!*
March 17 - April 7, April 22, 2014[/center/

"This ancient and mysterious charm conjures a magical guardian, a projection of all your most positive feelings. The Patronus Charm is difficult, and many witches and wizards are unable to produce a full, corporeal Patronus, a guardian which generally takes the shape of the animal with whom they share the deepest affinity. You may suspect, but you will never truly know what form your Patronus will take until you succeed in conjuring it."

The Patronus Charm (Expecto Patronum) is an immensely complicated spell that evokes a partially-tangible positive energy force known as a Patronus, or spirit guardian. The charm was primarily designed for defense against Dementors and Lethifolds.  Dementors as you know, feed on human happiness, draining it from their victims until all they can feel is depression and despair.  While Witches & Wizards are able to defend themselves with this charm, Muggles have no such luxury, and there are many living in depression and despair every day.  A successfully cast corporeal Patronus is able to shield not only its caster, but also other human beings around them.  In this way a single Witch or Wizard can defend their families, friends, neighbors, and even strangers.  

For this Challenge you must craft an item for a CHARITY, that will help bring hope to someone in despair.  Please check out the SPEW Craftalong for a wonderful list of organizations that accept handmade items.  Many of these charities even have guidelines, tutorials and patterns available to help you in your crafting.  Your crafted item will earn you 15 House Points, and cannot be combined with any other class.  However, in effort to promote the spread of joy and love in the world, your Headmistress is also giving you a chance to earn extra House Points on all charity items crafted within this Challenge's timeline.  For each additional SPEW item you craft, you will earn an additional 5 House Points, on top of the normal 10 points. These SPEW points CAN be combined with Class prompts.  For example, you could create a daffodil yellow quilt for Quilts for Kids to complete your History of Magic homework.  This would earn you 15 House Points for History of Magic, + your normal 10 SPEW points, + 5 Bonus SPEW points = 30 House Points!



~*Lessons With Harry*~
CLOSED! ~ REQUIRED CATCH-UP CRAFTING TIME = 6 weeks!*
December 1st - February 28th
It's time we learned how to defend ourselves from Voldemorte and his Death Eaters.  Throughout the Winter Semester you will be learning practical defensive spells from Harry Potter in the Room of Requirement.  In order to earn the right to move on in the Join the DA Challenge, you will need to master 5 out of 8 of the following spells.  You may choose any 5 you wish, and you have until the end of the semester to post them.  However, as a good Headmistress I must remind you that leaving all your studying to the last minute will result in poor performance on your exams.  So start thinking, planning and crafting as soon as you wish!
And since I just *know* someone will ask...  If you master your 5 spells and still wish to continue crafting the others you may do so.  If you complete all 8 *within this semester* only, you will earn a bonus of 10 House Points, and an extra fancy badge.   Cheesy

1. Disarming - The word expelliarmus is derived from the Latin roots, expel, meaning 'to drive out' and arma, meaning 'weapon'. For this challenge you must remove something standing in the way of your completing a craft project.  This could include striping down a piece of furniture in order to refinish it, redyeing an object to hide a pesky stain, bleaching to remove color, or cleaning out & organizing your messy craft area in order to better utilize the space.
2. Impediment Jinx - The Impediment Jinx is used to freeze something in its current place.  For this challenge craft something that either literally freezes like homemade ice cream, or something that blocks or stops something else like a door stop.  Other ideas include a shawl to keep out the chill, a batch of Freezer Meals for busy work nights, or draft blocker for one of the doors in your house.
3. Reductor Curse -  The Reductor Curse is used to blast an object into tiny pieces.  For this challenge you have two options.  One is to break down a larger object into smaller pieces and use them in a completed craft project, such as breaking plates into small tiles to create a mosaic table top.  Your second option is to craft something tiny.  This can be anything you desire, but the maximum size is 3x3x3.  (For our friends using the Metric System, this is 7.6 cm, but you may round it up to 8 cm. Wink)  
4. Stunning Spell - The Stunning Spell, otherwise known as Stupefy, is used to render someone unconscious or to halt a moving object.  For this challenge you must create something that stuns at least one of the 5 senses.  For example, it can dazzle the eye with sparkle, dazzles the ear with sound, dazzles the taste buds with flavor, dazzles the nose with an intoxicating scent, dazzles the sense of touch with softness.  (Note: Please do not try to render anyone unconscious in your crafting! Wink)
5. Shield Charm - Shield Charm is a term applied to several varieties of charms that create a magical barrier to deflect both physical entities and spells. For this challenge you must craft something that will shield either you or another person, from an outside force. Ideas include a potholder to shield you from hot pots & pans, a hat or scarf to shield someone from the winter's cold, or a sleep mask shields tired eyes from the bright sun.
6. Protean Charm - A Protean Charm is a very advanced spell, which links multiple objects together for a common purpose.  In 1995 Hermione Grainger cast the Protean Charm on a series of fake Galleon coins in order to communicate with other members of the D.A.  A change in Harry Potter's master coin would be magically reflected on the other coins, as well as emit a heat signal, alerting group members to the next meeting date.  The genius of this method of communication is that even if a student was searched by Umbridge and the Inquisitorial Squad, they wouldn't find any sort of contraband on the person as it is perfectly legal to carry currency.  For this challenge you must craft an object that is actually something else in disguise, or that contains a hidden meaning.  Examples include a pillow quilt or "quillow", a clever tea cozy, a mask, or something more personal like noodle-bug's ingenious "Birdhouse In Your Soul" project from last semester.  
7.  Fred & George Fight Back - After the D.A. was betrayed by Marietta Edgecombe, Fred and George Weasley continued to fight back against Umbridge's hold on the school by doing what they are best at; namely causing mischief, chaos, and laughter.  They released some rather impressive enchanted fireworks to disrupt lessons, created a swamp in the corridor, and in their final act of rebellion, struck several members of the Inquisitorial Squad with jinxes, summoned their brooms from Umbridge's office and escaped the school to start their joke shop.  For this challenge, take your inspiration from Fred & George's methods.  Craft an *impressive diversion* for yourself or a group of friends.  This could mean creating a stunning display of lights & decorations around your home for the holidays.  (Think beyond hanging ornaments on the tree.)  Or how about crafting food, decorations & favors for a fabulous New Year's Eve party?  On this challenge, be sure to GO BIG.  This is for Fred & George after all.
8. Help the Room of Requirement - The Room of Requirement, otherwise known as the Come and Go Room is possibly one of the most fascinating parts of Hogwarts Castle.  The room is thought to have some degree of sentience, because it transforms itself into whatever the witch or wizard needs it to be at that moment in time.  It is also Unplottable and can only be accessed by a witch or wizard who has great need of it.  For this challenge, you will take your inspiration from the room itself and craft something for which there is *great* need.  You can decide just what is needed and how to best supply it, but you must explain this clearly in your posting.  For example, perhaps your broom closet is overflowing with plastic grocery bags and is an utter mess that you can no longer control.  You could turn those bags into a set of reusable bags.  (Thanks noodle-bug.)  Or perhaps your great aunt Muriel has been getting cold while reading in her drafty old house.  You could crochet her a new lapghan to keep her warm.  Whatever you choose, remember to explain why it is so needed.




~*Sign the Parchment*~
CLOSED! ~ REQUIRED CATCH-UP CRAFTING TIME = 1 WEEK!*
November 8th-30th

"I I think everybody should write their name down, just so we know who was here. But I also think that we all ought to agree not to shout about what we're doing. So if you sign, you're agreeing not to tell Umbridge or anybody else what we're up to." - Hermoine Grainger

This next challenge should be a real doss for everyone.  Hopefully a nice way to wind down the semester.  As easy as signing your name really.  For this challenge you will need to create something in your 'signature craft'.  The craft that you are most comfortable and familiar with.  You may create anything within that medium, no restrictions.  If you have more than one craft that is your signature, you may pick either medium.  If this is somehow still unclear, think of it this way.  If two Craftsters were to have a conversation about you, your signature craft would be how they'd identify you.  It would probably go something like this:

Abbeeroad:  Hey noodle-bug, do you know Mistress Jennie?
noodle-bug: You mean that girl who makes all the charm bracelets?

Yep, that girl who makes the charm bracelets.  So, if you were me, which you're not because you're you, but if you were me, then you'd craft a charm bracelet.  If you were pinkleo, you'd crochet something.  Etc. etc.  So get going on signing that parchment!


~*Have a Drink in the Hog's Head*~
CLOSED! ~ REQUIRED CATCH-UP CRAFTING TIME = 2 WEEKS!*
October 10th-November 7th

"Hi," said Fred, reaching the bar first and counting his companions quickly.  "Could we have... twenty-five butterbeers, please?'
The barman glared at him for a moment, then, throwing down his rag irritably as though he had been interrupted in something very important, he started passing up dusty butterbeers from under the bar.


Sometimes darkness lies ahead.  Whether it be a long war against evil, or the long dark nights of autumn and winter.  But even when times are difficult and the road ahead of us looks impossible, there is comfort in sharing a moment of peace, some laughter, and some good food & drink with friends.  For this challenge you will take inspiration from Fred & George, and share a treat with your friends or family.  You must make a food, drink, or sweet treat to share that will serve at least 5 people.  (Not dinner for 2. The purpose of this challenge is to share with a larger group of friends.)  Further, in an effort to broaden the effects of your sharing spirit, you MUST post the complete recipe here in the HPC thread, in order to earn your Badge & House Points.  
***It should go without saying that, like all craft submissions here in the HPC, a picture must also accompany your post. No picture also = no points.***



~*Fear of a Name Challenge*~
CLOSED! ~ REQUIRED CATCH-UP CRAFTING TIME = 2 WEEKS!*
September 11th-October 9th

"Harry, don't you see? This... this is exactly why we need you... We need to know what it's really like... facing him... facing V-Voldemort." - Hermione Granger

Fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself.  This is a lesson that all Potter fans take to heart; that facing your fears is the first step towards defeating them.  Hermione began to face her fears when she said Voldemorte's name for the very first time.  For this challenge you will will learn from her example, and face your crafting fears.  You must choose to craft something in a new medium that you have been afraid to try before, OR, you may craft something in a medium you are familiar with, but with a new technique that you have been afraid to try before.  For example, perhaps your a a knitter, and have made tons of knitted items, but you've always been afraid to try cables.  Then this is your chance to try knitting the heck out of those cables!  Since you will be trying new things, you have 4 weeks to complete this challenge, giving you lots of time to make mistakes and perfect your technique.
   


Catching Up with the D.A.

You:  Dear Headmistresses, I did not get a chance to complete the first DA task, but I would still like to participate.  What can I do?

Glad you asked my friend!  Your Headmistress and I have discussed this and come up with a solution for anyone who missed the first challenge, but still wishes to participate.  Whether you were too busy to jump in during a busy Fall Semester at your real world school, or family & personal obligations kept you from crafting as much as you'd like, you may have fallen (or may in future fall) behind with the DA Challenges.  This is not a problem, and you can still participate.  (As can folks who decide to join the HPC over Winter or Spring semesters.)  

Since learning practical defensive magic and joining the fight against Voldemorte and the Death Eaters was a journey for our characters, you will still need to complete the same journey they do in order to earn your place in the DA.  Therefore, you will still need to do all the challenges *in chronological order* to complete the task.  Therefore, if you missed the Fear of a Name Challenge, you will still need to complete it before you dive into the Drink at the Hog's Head Challenge.

But, there is a bit of fine print...  Wink

First off, each challenge will be assigned a required amount of time "Catch Up" time.  This means that you cannot post your NEXT craft until that amount of time has past.  (This amount of time will be noted with the closed challenge prompt.)  For example, the Fear of a Name Challenge has a Required Make Up Time of 2 weeks.  So if you missed that prompt but you still want to join the DA, first you must plan and craft an item that fits the Fear of a Name challenge prompt.  After posting it, you cannot post a Drink in the Hog's Head Challenge for 2 weeks.  This is not because we are mean.   Smiley  It is because we want each and every crafter to craft their best, rather than rush through a large number of poorly made crafts in a short time.  (It will also make more sense later, when there are lots more projects to get through in order to Catch Up.)

Second bit of fine print:  Each project completed DURING the official Challenge Period will receive 15 House Points.  Any project completed AFTER the official period will earn 10 House Points. For example, if you are joining the HPC this semester and complete the Fear of a Name challenge, you will earn 10 Points for it, because that challenge closed last semester.  You can then begin planning and crafting your Drink at the Hog's Head project and may post it 2 weeks after you Fear of a Name project.  If, in the course of catching up, you get to making some of this semester's challenges (during the semester), you will earn 15 Points for those.  If you still have questions, feel free to PM both ME, and pinkleo.  We will be happy to clarify.


~*Badges*~


***Please remember, you can choose to do any, all, or none of the Challenges and Challenge Series that come up.  The goal here is always to have fun and to be excited about our crafting!  None of the Challenges are intended to cause you stress or strife.  Even your Headmistresses do NOT plan to do ALL the things.  So craft on Friends, craft on.***
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542  ~*Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: February 26, 2014 09:29:41 AM
~*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 PM to your NEWT Examiners or by posting in the HPC thread.  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 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, whats a NEWT?! A NEWT is impressive! A NEWT is just enough crazy that youre not totally sure you can make it to end, but not so crazy that youll land in the padded wagon on your way to the finish line.  A NEWT is much like a thesis.  You are to choose the course of study you wish to take in a particular subject.  Research your desired subject, find a facet of that subject that you wish focus your advanced studies.  Form a plan of action, and make your proposal.  Remember your NEWT should be detailed and should be a craft endeavor that take you 1 month or more to finish.  This is Advanced Studies so make sure to stretch yourself and your crafty magic.  You may take NEWTs in the following subjects:
--Alchemy: Students are expected to show extensive knowledge of basic elements, as well as the transmutation of substances.
--Arithmancy: Students display their mastery of all things magical and mathematical.
--Astronomy: Students should demonstrate knowledge of the celestial heavens.
--Care of Magical Creatures: Students should demonstrate extensive knowledge of magical creatures and their proper care and handling.
--Charms: Students are expected to have total mastery over charms.
--Defence Against the Dark Arts: Students must demonstrate the ability to defend themselves in magical combat.
--Divination: Students should have a sound knowledge of a variety of techniques of foretelling the future.
--Herbology: Students should have a vast knowledge of magical plants and be able to easily manipulate complex organic creations.
--History of Magic: Students must produce evidence that they did not sleep through all of Prof. Binns lectures.
--Muggle Studies: Students should demonstrate their knowledge of all things muggle and have the ability to blend into muggle society with ease
--Potions: Students should exhibit full knowledge of all potions and a mastery at mixing complex potions.
--Study of Ancient Runes: Students are expected to decipher obscure markings with ease.
--Transfiguration: Students will demonstrate the ability to transfigure and vanish.


~*NEWT PROPOSALS*~

Gryffindor
Abbeeroad: Arithmancy, Sept. 6, 2013
Melissaurus: DADA, Feb. 9, 2013
MamanTattoo: Astronomy April 07, 2014
Mistress Jennie: Transfiguration, Jan. 29, 2014
pinkleo: HoM, Dec. 23, 2013
rockmygypsysoul: Muggle Studies March 04, 2014
tiamatfire: SoAR, Jan, 22, 2014

Hufflepuff
Acadian Driftwood: Herbology, April 10, 2014
CraftyLadyMJ: Transfiguration, July 10, 2013 (PM Proposal)
gaudiknight: Arithmancy March 28, 2014 - On HOLD as of 4/30/14
Moonflame: Transfiguration, June 6, 2013
patty_o_furniture: CoMC, August 18, 2013

Ravenclaw
BadWolf314: Alchemy, March 02, 2014
indigo_roses: Ancient Runes, Mar. 4, 2013
Magpirate: Alchemy (Email Submission) April 05, 2014
netchez: CoMC, Sept. 1, 2013
PenguinSoup: Ancient Runes, Jan. 17, 2013
pottermouth: Charms, Jan. 9, 2014
pottermouth: History of Magic,  March 06, 2014

Slytherin
DragonChilde: Divination, Oct. 12, 2013
ErinAquaheart: Muggle Studies, May 13, 2014
Naantje: Arithmancy, Jan. 25, 2014


~*COMPLETED NEWTs*~
Gryffindor
MamanTattoo: Transfiguration

Ravenclaw
Audania1: Arithmancy
noodle-bug: Arithmancy
noodle-bug: Herbology

Slytherin
ErinAquaheart: Astronomy



~*NEWT Certificates*~
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543  ~*Ordinary Wizarding Levels*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: February 26, 2014 09:17:52 AM
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.  (Dont 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 wizards 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, Sept. 6, 2013
dwfan10: Arithmancy, Apr. 30, 2013
IsikkahJai: Herbology, Sept. 6, 2012
Melissaurus: Divination, Jan. 28, 2013
Mistress Jennie: History of Magic (Option 3), Feb 11, 2014
pinkleo: Muggle Studies, Dec. 23, 2013
rockmygypsysoul: Transfiguration, Dec. 5, 2013
sakuracat23: Transfiguration, Jan. 22, 2013
spikefan: Transfiguration, Sept. 4, 2012
The Mad Quilter: Transfiguration, Sept. 3, 2013
tiamatfire: Herbology, December 25, 2013
ttsaria: Study of Ancient Runes (PM Proposal), Sept.15, 2012
whenindoubtsew: Care of Magical Creatures, Sept. 23, 2012
WhistleFish: Transfiguration (Option 1)

Hufflepuff
blupaisan: Arithmancy, Jan. 27 2014
CraftLadyMJ: Potions, Option1 (PM Proposal), Mar. 25 2013
jillybeans: Transfiguration, Mar. 27, 2013
Kit the Brave: Arithmancy, Dec. 1, 2012
midkiffsjoy: Divination, June 4, 2013
patty_o_furniture: CoMC, Aug. 18, 2013

Ravenclaw
Audania1: Arithmancy, March 01, 2014
AugustBell: Transfiguration, Jan.16, 2013
BadWolf314: Potions, Option 1, March 02, 2014
consultingcorsair: History of Magic, Jan. 9, 2013
FiberAlchemist: SoAR, Option 1 April 07, 2014
Flip-floP: Charms, Apr. 10, 2013
krashromance: Potions, Mar. 19, 2013
kstaron: Charms, Sept. 6, 2012
Listessa: Potions, June 17, 2013
Natasjadreams: Study of Ancient Runes, Sept. 7, 2012
noodle-bug: Alchemy, Option 1 March 21, 2014
PenguinSoup: Care of Magical Creatures, Jan. 18, 2013
SenatorOrgana: Tranfiguration, Oct. 20, 2013
ShardaeDobby: Muggle Studies, Sept. 11, 2012
SiakelA: Alchemy, Jan. 5, 2013
Swimswamswum: Transfiguration (PM Proposal), Sept. 2, 2013
teag: Potions, July 8, 2013
the_essence: Charms, Dec. 9, 2012
vincentvanbuck: Alchemy, Dec. 3, 2013

Slytherin
Ant Bee: Transfiguration, Sept. 8, 2012
audio: Transfiguration, Jan. 27, 2013
bookie0013: Charms, Sept. 1, 2013
calliemae: DADA, Option 2 March 19, 2014
coulsenl: Potions, Dec. 2, 2013
DragonChilde: Transfiguration, Option 1 April 01, 2014
ErinAquaheartL Potions, Option 1 May 13, 2014
FreakieGeekie: History of Magic, Apr. 26, 2013
Inselaeffchen: Potions, Option 1, Jan. 1, 2014 (PM Proposal)
lightninglisa: Astronomy, Sept. 3, 2012
Naantje: History of Magic, June 4, 2013
samash90: Transfiguration, Option 1 & 2 March 18, 2014
SKooKum: Potions, Apr. 2, 2013
TechnicolorAquahearts: MS, June 16, 2013
travelgirl: Arithmancy, July 23, 2013


~*COMPLETED OWLs*~

Gryffindor
jenleahlynn: Potions

Hufflepuff
Acadian Driftwood: Potions
gaudiknight: Care of Magical Creatures

Ravenclaw
BadWolf314: Alchemy
noodle-bug: Muggle Studies
Magpirate: Care of Magical Creatures, Option 1
pottermouth: Alchemy, Option 1

Slytherin
margaron: Transfiguration, Option 1


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544  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: February 15, 2014 05:17:28 AM
Run by posting!!!

Challenge: Bertie Bott's Tomato
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Costume Contessa Valentines

Brief Description:  I've had very little time to craft, while packing my house, and heading into tech on our new show, but I did manage to whip up Valentine packages for my costume shop workers.  Each one contains a pair of fun socks, a trial size bottle of Mrs. Meyers Radish Scented Dish Soap, and a tiny box of chocolates. 
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545  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: February 11, 2014 07:14:15 AM
OWL PROPOSAL: History of Magic, Option 3
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Tea Time Throw Quilt

Brief Description: You all know that I'm moving, and that setting up my new craft room will be my current NEWT project. In addition, I'm proposing an OWL to go along side the NEWT.  I will be making myself a quilt for the big squishy arm chair in my craft room.  When I saw the fabric below, I just knew I had to make something from it, because the color scheme matches my personality and my new craft room so well!  For now I am planning on creating a whole-cloth quilt, so that I will not have to cut up the fabric. (The concept of whole cloth quilts, and quilting itself, are both vintage techniques.)  To make this a bit more difficult for myself (as I quilt often), I will be studying a different technique in quilting the layers together.  Normally I do free motion "squiggle" quilting, but this time I will be working to perfect my use of a walking foot, in order to quilt around the boxes in the design.  I have to admit I'm far more worried about straight lines than I am about curves!
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546  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: February 10, 2014 05:45:34 AM
Challenge: Join the DA - Reductor
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: University of Illinois College of Law Charm Bracelet

Brief Description:  This may be one of the most unusual and specific charm bracelets I've ever been asked to make.  It is themed around the University of Illinois College of Law, and is a graduation present for a soon-to-be lawyer.  As I went to graduate school at University of Illinois myself, it was a really fun and personal project to work on. It contains 17 sterling silver, Tibetan silver, and pewter charms, including a Briefcase, the Constitution, Justice Scales, Abraham Lincoln, Law Book, Judge, Diploma, Lady Justice, University of Illinois Logo, Gavel, Suit Jacket, Police Badge, Stack of Books, Laptop Computer, state of Illinois, Contract, and a Coffee Cup.  The beads include crystal, Czech glass, Druk glass, goldstone, carnelian, and amber, in shades of Illini blue and orange.  The whole thing measures less than 3"x3"x3" when closed. Cheesy
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Challenge: Detention - February
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Abraham Lincoln Charm Bracelet

Brief Description:  Another unusual, but incredibly fun bracelet design. It is a celebration of the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. It contains 17 sterling silver, Tibetan silver, and pewter charms that represent aspects of his life and character, surrounded by a mix of glass, Czech glass, and crystal beads in black and clear.  The charms include: Abraham Lincoln in profile, United States Constitution, Bow Tie, Lincoln House in Springfield (a vintage sterling silver charm), Stovepipe Hat (vintage), American Flag, Mary Todd Lincoln, an Ax for the Rail Splitter, Cabin in Kentucky where he was born, Shovel which he used to do his homework on, Justice Scales for his time as a lawyer, Horse for riding the Court Circuit, the White House, Envelope on which he wrote the Gettysburg Address, Funeral Train, State of Illinois, and a Heart for his beloved sons.  The only *color* used on this project is black, since clear is a lack of any color. Wink
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Challenge: Join the DA - Protean
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Birdhouse in Your Soul ATB

Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431297.msg5155733#msg5155733
Brief Description: I recently participated in the Artist Trading Block Swap.  While stalking my partner's Pinterest I noticed she had pinned an altered art tag, which had the lyric "Make a little birdhouse in your soul" on it.  And after seeing noodle-bug's amazing hand stitched Birdhouse for Your Soul, I knew I had to completely steal ahem, take inspiration from her example and create a Steampunk Birdhouse for amaryllisroze's Soul.  There are a lot of small details in this one that are explained in the project thread.
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547  Steampunk Birdhouse In Your Soul ATB in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: February 04, 2014 07:00:59 AM
I recently participated in the Artist Trading Block Swap.  For those of you who are wondering, an ATB, is basically a 3-D version of an ATC (Artist Trading Card).  A small work of art, to be given away and shared.  While stalking my partner's Pinterest I noticed she had pinned an altered art tag, which had the lyric "Make a little birdhouse in your soul" on it.  If you are unfamiliar with this brilliant song by They Might Be Giants, you can watch the video on Youtube.  A brief explanation is that the song tells the story of a nightlight, which watches over it's owner while they sleep.  The night light tells the listener to make a birdhouse (being a safe place for something small and vulnerable) for the light it creates in their mind and soul.

And after seeing noodle-bug's amazing hand stitched Birdhouse for Your Soul, I knew I had to completely steal ahem, take inspiration from her example and create a Steampunk Birdhouse for amaryllisroze's Soul.  

The front contains an antiqued blue bird in a frame, as a reference to the lyric "Bluebird of friendliness", and a set of antiqued chipboard letters.


The first narrow side includes a window looking onto an Edwardian lady, and a metal bee, as a reference to the lyric "Say I'm the only bee in your bonnet."


The back contains a 3-D metal birdcage with a delicate Swarovski crystal heart dangling from it, in reference to the vulnerable parts of ourselves which we try to sheild.


The final side contains a bit of ruler, with a tiny hinged tin box that says "passion", and a light bulb full of glitter which is a reference to the fact that the song is told from the point of view of a nightlight.  Below that is a "Cherish" token, a clock, and the symbol for infinity, which references the line "My story's infinite".  While I was working on it, I searched high and low for a picture or embellishment with a lighthouse on it for this side, but seemed to be thwarted at every turn.  Of course I found the perfect one 2 days after shipping it.   Tongue


And finally, the whole thing is topped with a small bird's nest, which contains the Ace of Hearts, a gear, watch hand, a button, and freshwater pearl "eggs".  I had a devil of a time getting the nest to stay on top, so I ended up using a Vintaj brass embellishment, bent up into the shape of a bowl to support the nest.


I hope you enjoy it!
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548  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: February 03, 2014 06:30:12 PM
Note from the Deputy Headmistress...
~*Calling for Donations in the HPC's very own Diagon Alley!*~  

What exactly is Diagon Alley you may ask?  It is a way for you to support the HPC, and advertise your crafty business at the same time.  Your Headmistresses are asking for donations of prizes that will be awarded during the End of Term Feast in the first week of March.  We will do prize drawings for completion of OWLS & NEWTS, Detention Projects, and Class Participation.  Anyone who donates an item will have a picture of it displayed in the Diagon Alley post on page 2 of the thread, as well as a link to their Etsy or Artfire shop for the rest of the semester.  You may donate a finished crafted item, a craft supply bundle, or a gift certificate to your shop. (If donating a gift certificate, it MUST be of sufficient value to allow the winner to purchase something from your shop without cost to themselves.)  

Once the winner of that prize drawing is announced, you will be responsible for shipping it off to the winner.

If you are interested in donating a prize to the HPC, please send an Owl/Private Message to Mistress Jennie & pinkleo, listing what you are offering, and where you are willing to ship that item to.  You must include a picture or a link to a picture that we can use here in the thread, and the name of your shop & a link to it so that we may mention it in the post.  PLEASE DO NOT JUST POST THIS IN THE THREAD!

Let me repeat that....   PLEASE DO NOT JUST POST THIS IN THE THREAD!

Also please know that we do not expect everyone to participate in this call for prizes.  All of us have different things going on in our lives and all of us have different financial circumstances.   No one will be judged for not being involved, and you may always participate later if you wish.
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549  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: February 03, 2014 10:12:19 AM
Note from the Deputy Headmistress...

The new Detention Challenges for February 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 December or January challenges in February.  Smiley
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550  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: February 03, 2014 09:28:36 AM
A new Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean Mini-Challenge has been posted!  



What's this week's bean!?!?  Take the Portkey to the Deputy Headmistresses Office to find out!


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.  Neither the Headmistress or I will complete ALL the classes and challenges posted this semester.  So relax, and craft what you love.
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