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3531  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: February 27, 2013 10:28:17 AM
Thank you all for the kind words about my OWL project.  It was a really fun one to make, so it's making me quite joyful to know other people like it too.  Cheesy
3532  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: OAHPT on: February 27, 2013 10:01:55 AM
I'm so glad you like it darling!!!
3533  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: do NOT post in here unless jennieingram..setting up on: February 27, 2013 07:05:50 AM
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3534  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / ~*Diagon Alley*~ on: February 27, 2013 07:05:36 AM

~*Diagon Alley*~
"Did he say diagonally?"

The Blushing Lion
Our first prize is a set of crocheted cotton dishcloths from our wonderful Headmistress pinkleo!

Her second offering is a Crafty Grab Bag! Including a mix of ribbons/strings, stamps, yarn, printed felt, thread, buttons, patterns, so on... it's a variety of supplies that is sure please any crafter!
*Ships within US*

Mistress Jennie's Handmade Jewelry
Our next prize is a Custom Patronus Bracelet & Earrings from Mistress Jennie's Handmade Jewelry on Etsy.  Mistress Jennie has a large selection of animal charms sr you can select the Patronus of a favorite character, or, within reason, she will find you a charm to suit your particular Patronus!

The next prize from Mistress Jennie is a Great Big Bowl of Bead Soup!  A magical mixed bag of beads, charms, pendants, and findings.
*Ships US orders via First Class Mail & worldwide via parcel post*

Imprinter Gifts
Patty_o_Furniture has donated an amazing Pocket Potions Bracelet from her shop Imprinter Gifts on Etsy.

*Ships worldwide via parcel post*

Want to advertise your Etsy or Artfire shop, while helping out the HPC?  Donate an item to Diagon Alley!  All donated items will become prizes awarded for things like End of the Semester Feast, completion of OWLS/NEWTS, or Challenge Awards throughout the semester.  If you would like to donate a prize to the HPC, please send an Owl to jennieingram & pinkleo, listing what you are offering, and where you are willing to ship that item to.  Please include a picture or a link to a picture, and the name of your shop & a link to it so that we may mention it in the post.
3535  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / ~*Witch of the Week*~ on: February 27, 2013 07:05:05 AM
~*Witch of the Week*~

Our Witch of the Week is...  A tie!  First is teag, for her fantastic paperclay Musical Egg Heads & Antlered Blue Gnome. These little guys are so carefully detailed and well made, you would swear they had just turned up for tea time!  Our second WotW is FiberAlchemist for her beautiful Charms NEWT, the Tres Chic Quilt.  This huge quilt measures over 73" square, and is made up of 36 various 12" blocks, each full of curved edges!

Congratulations to both of you ladies on your fine work!

To claim your badge, just click the image; it will open another window with a larger image, which you can right click and save to your computer.  Then, you can do whatever you wish with it.  Ideas on how to use your badges: as an avatar, put it in your profile under Brief Bio, or create a pinterest board for all your badges.

***Please note that Witch of the Week is a bi-weekly event.***  Wink

Previous Witches of the Week
ErinAquaheart for her Outstanding OWL, the Koi Pond Floor
Abbeeroad, for her Outstanding OWL, the Whomping Willow Storage Bin
patty_o_furniture, for her Outstanding OWL, the Choose Wisely Harry Potter Game
pinkleo, for her Outstanding OWL, the House Unity Afghan
Ant Bee, Honorable Mention for her S.P.E.W. Work!
pottermouth, for her Captured Bowtruckle

As the semester progresses, the Headmistress & I will keep an eye out for the truly extraordinary crafts you all are sure to create, and feature them here.  If you see something in the thread that you think should be recognized, send me a PM with the suggestion!
3536  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / ~*Detention in the Dungeons*~ (Work-In-Progress Completion Posts) on: February 27, 2013 07:04:50 AM
~*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 may be turned in anytime during the semester, regardless of what the newest Challenge is, up until the semester ends on May 31st.  (For example, you may turn in March or April challenges in May.)

March Challenge:
Landed yourself in Detention again?  Well, not to worry.  You'll be serving Detention with Prof. Sprout this month.  She needs help repotting Mandrakes.  The work shouldn't be too hard, since you've done it before in class.  Just remember to wear your earmuffs!  To complete your Detention, you must finish a WIP (Work in Progress). WIPs can be projects that you just haven't quite finished or projects that you bought all the supplies for but never got around to actually making.  If possible, post before and after pics in the bop.  So get going!  The sooner you start, the sooner you'll finish and can go back to your Common Room.

April Challenge:
Hermoine's latest batch of Polyjuice Potion being brewed in the girls lavatory is going well.  Sadly, you were late to Transfiguration twice this week when you popped in to check on it. As a result you have Detention with Prof. MrGonagall.  She has asked you to write "A responsible and well respected wizard is always on time" one thousand times.  Urgh.  Fortunately for you, just as Detention started, she was called away on a bit of business for the Order!  A quick incantation sets your quill to copying the line over and over for you, while you dedicate your own time to studying various tactics for your upcoming Quidditch game!  For this challenge, you must craft something that is just for YOU.  So often we commit ourselves to crafting for others, and never get around to the things we would like to make for us.  So go ahead, the time is yours.

May Challenge:
The semester is almost over, and the air outside the castle is warm and sweet.  Spirits are running high among the students, and sadly, you're no exception.  Prof. Trelawney has given you Detention this Saturday for giggling when she said "Uranus".  Thankfully her lessons on Divination haven't been completely useless.  Lavender Brown has predicted (accurately) that you will be dusting Prof. Trelawney's teacup collection.   To complete your Detention, you must finish a WIP (Work in Progress). WIPs can be projects that you just haven't quite finished or projects that you bought all the supplies for but never got around to actually making.  If possible, post before and after pics in the bop.  So get going!  The sooner you start, the sooner you'll finish and can go back to your Common Room.

~*Challenge Badges*~
3537  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / ~*Deputy Headmistress' Office*~ on: February 27, 2013 07:04:35 AM

May 7-May 31, 2013

The HPA has extended their annual Accio Books Campaign.  This year they are teaming up with Read Indeed, a charity created by 7th grader Maria Keller, whose goal is to donate 1 million books to children in need by her 18th birthday.  So far she has succeeded in donating over 800,000 books in the last 4 years!  

Challenge Details
First, you must donate books to children in need.  These books can be brand new, or gently used, and must be age appropriate for babies through teens.  There are a few ways to donate.  You can contribute to Accio Books directly, by mailing your books straight to Read Indeed.  (Address below.)  If shipping costs are a concern, but you still wish to participate, you can donate to a local source in your area.  Either, by contacting your local HPA chapter, and dropping books off with them.  (They will ship them to Read Indeed for you!)  Or, you may donate to a CHARITY in your area.  The HPA has created a Guide to finding an appropriate charity.  Please note that your local library probably does not count!  Why?  Because nearly all donations made to public libraries are SOLD, rather than used by the library, or donated to needy children.  Organizations like Salvation Army & Goodwill do the same.  Places that might be looking for books in your area include elementary, jr. high, and high schools, childrens hospitals, community centers, homeless shelters, day care centers, etc.  I will count donations made to any of these types of charities.

Secondly, you must post 2 pictures here in the thread of your challenge submission.  One picture of the stack of books you are donating (to show the number of books & titles so that we may award the correct number of House Points, and so it is obvious they are age appropriate).  And a second photo that is your "proof of sending" or "proof of donating".  This can either be a quick pick of your books all boxed up and addressed to Read Indeed, or it can be a picture of you bringing them to a local HPA chapter, school, or charity.  Just snap a pic of the box of books on the seat of your car, on their way to their new home!  (This second pic may be posted as a thumbnail, so as to not clutter up the thread.)  

House Points...
1-5 books: 5 Points
6-10 books: 10 Points
11-15 books: 15 Points
16-20 books: 20 Points
20+ books: 30 Points

Address to ship Read Indeed donations:
Read Indeed
155 Jackson Ave. N., Ste 20
Hopkins, MN 55343

Note on books for Read Indeed:  Read Indeed asks that cloth books, and any books that require batteries be avoided.  (Smells can linger in cloth books, and if a child's family can't afford books, they are unlikely to be able to afford batteries for them either.)

Note for International Witches...  Obviously mailing books to the US would be more costly to you.  Please look into participating by donating to charities in your area!

~*Acccio Books Challenge Badge & Chocolate Frog Card~*

~~***~~     ~~***~~      ~~***~~

Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans
A risk with every mouthful!

"You want to be careful with these. When they say every flavor, they mean every flavor - you know you get all the ordinary ones like chocolate and peppermint and marmalade, but then you can get spinach and liver and tripe. George reckons he had a bogey-flavored one once." - Ron Weasley

Its no secret that Hogwarts students love sweets.  And teachers, Headmasters & Headmistresses have been known to enjoy their share of treats too.  Therefore, your brilliant Headmistresses have devised an epic new *series* of Mini-Challenges for you.  

Every two weeks we will pull a new bean out of the bag.  Each bean will be the inspiration for a mini-challenge.  Students may complete and post a craft based on that theme to earn extra House Points, and a Badge for that challenge.  Once a new challenge is posted, the old one is gone and cannot be entered.  As with all things in the 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.

And this weeks bean is...

"Marmalade. I like marmalade..."  This week's Bean Challenge will focus not on the contents, but the container!  To complete this Bertie Bott's Bean challenge you must craft something using a glass jar.  You can go traditional with this and try your hand at home canning by making some Persian Pickles, Mojito Jelly, Satsumas in Ginger Syrup, or Preserved Sweet Cherries.  If you're not quite up to canning yet, how about making some Beer Bread Mix, Golden Onion Soup Mix, or if you have a sweet tooth, try something like pinkleo's Twilight Treats in a Jar.  Why not grab a jar out of the recycle bin, and turn it into a tiny Jam Jar Garden or brighten someone's evening with a glowing Sun Jar?  If you have a crafty friend with an upcoming birthday, try your hand at making a Sewing Kit in a Jar.  None of those ideas suit your style?  Then how about thinking "outside the glass" and creating a Jar Quilt!

~*Challenge Badges*~
3538  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: February 26, 2013 07:55:23 AM
Beautifully done pinks!  I can't pick a favorite square, because they're all so lovely!!!
3539  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: The Paper Tree on: February 26, 2013 07:52:21 AM
Love it Knick!
3540  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: February 26, 2013 06:40:34 AM
OWL Subject: Alchemy, Option 2
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Tea Time Outing To Madam Puddifoot's!

After reading all of FiberAlchemist's PMs about the OAHPT Swap, I thought I knew what I was going to make.  I planned to create a pair of crocheted House Slippers for her.  But in going back through them, I was struck by a comment about a love of tea, and a love of vintage hats.  She also mentioned that one of her favorite locations in the novels was Madam Puddifoot's Tea Shop.  I got to thinking that I wished I could send her on an afternoon outing to Madam Puddifoot's.  As it's not possible to craft and send an entire trip, I decided to go with crafting items for that trip, in the hopes that she makes it there for herself one day.  And I must admit, that I've made many hats for stage in my career, but I've never made one for a swap.  I quite enjoyed pulling out all those millinery lessons from graduate school!  Cheesy
Water: The true inspiration for the other elements & components.  Tiny handcrafted teapot earrings in a happy shade of sunshine yellow, to wear while out at dear FiberAlchemist's favorite haunt, Madam Puddifoots Tea Shop.  After crafting some of the other componenets, I came back to this element to create a matching book thong and a coat pin.  Since after all, there is still a chill in the air, and nothing goes better with a cup of tea than a good book.

Fire: A project that warms the soul.  I combined my two favorite black tea varieties to create a custom tea blend for FiberAlchemist to enjoy while at home.  It is made from Twinings English Breakfast and Twinings Prince of Wales teas.

Earth:  A bracelet and matching earrings, made from the rare and beautiful lapis lazuli and sparkling goldstone beads, accented with a bronze eagle charm represents the element of Earth.  After completing some of the other components, I went back to this element, and created a matching necklace.  It features a bronze teacup full of chai, complete with spices, lapis beads, and a teapot charm at the clasp.  


Air:  A fun and hopefully very unexpected project.  I used a felt hat blank to create a Tea Hat in navy blue felt, complete with bronze eagle brooch and blue & bronze feathers to represent the noble Eagle, in honor or Ravenclaw House.  The edge is decorated with brown trim, sewn in minuscule stitches.

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