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1  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Yule Term 2019/2020*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: December 19, 2019 06:25:03 AM
According to sweets4ever, the site will close sometime mid-morning today.  Let's let this be the last points update. 

I want to say a very special thank you to all of you who have made this a truly magical place.  Thank you for your kindness and inspiration and love.  Thank you for your passion for our fandom, and for creating and making and doing.  Thank you for always welcoming new members into our group, and for cheering on your crafty friends in other Houses. 

From the bottom of my heart, Thank You.

Wands up.

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2  Re: Craftster Site Announcement in Latest News by Mistress Jennie on: December 19, 2019 05:29:51 AM

Love it. 
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3  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Yule Term 2019/2020*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: December 18, 2019 05:11:15 PM
Class/Challenge: Headmistress - Hogwarts Castle
House: Gryffindor
Project Name & Page Link: Tom Riddles Diary Ornament

Brief Description: These ornaments have been 4 or 5 years in the making!  I had the books painted, but not lettered.  I had the fangs and the bails waiting in my stash, but not assembled.  The sad news of the loss of Craftster and the subsequent effort to raise funds to build us a new home, gave me the push I needed to finish them.  I loved the Harry Potter books as soon as I first read them, and I have always loved crafting.  But I never would have gone looking for a place like this little Craftalong.  In fact, I tried to resist pinkleo's efforts to get me to join all those years ago!  But I'm so glad she convinced me, because it has given me immeasurable inspiration and joy over these 7+ years.  It has given me purpose and fun to keep it going.  And it has given me dear friends who have stood by me through some truly difficult times.  It has been every bit as magical a place as Hogwarts was for Harry.  Thank you all for your companionship on this journey.  
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4  Tom Riddle's Diary Ornament in Winter Holidays by Mistress Jennie on: December 18, 2019 04:54:55 PM
These poor little ornaments have been in process for 4 or 5 years.  YEARS!  Materials gathered, partially crafted, but just never finished.  The Garage Sale was the kick in the butt I needed to put the items all together and finish them, and I'm grateful for it. 

The diary is made of a blank wooden book, that I painted, then hand lettered on the front.  The Basilisk Fang is made with a stone fang shaped pendant, painted with a bit of 'diary blood'.  Cheesy 

Thank you all for the years of joy and inspiration I have found here. 
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5  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Yule Term 2019/2020*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: December 11, 2019 03:03:41 PM
Challenge: 12 Christmas Trees - Star
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Hermione's Handbag Ornament

Brief Description: One of my talents is definitely crochet, so for this challenge I crocheted an ornament version of Hermione's Handbag for the HP Holiday Ornament & Stocking Stuffer Swap. 
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Challenge: 12 Christmas Trees - Ribbon
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Purple Ice MINI Dragon Egg Dice Bag

Brief Description: This cute little mini version of my dragon egg dice bags ties together your D&D dice & other gaming accessories!  This version is about 2/3 the size of my regular bags.  It's pretty cute, and makes me happy. 
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Challenge: 12 Christmas Trees - Tinsel
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link:  Slytherin's Locket Ornament

Brief Description: This project includes sparkling embroidery floss AND metallic paint!  The base are laser cut wood pieces, that I cross stitched with emerald metallic embroidery floss. 
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6  Hermione's Beaded Handbag in Crochet: Completed Projects by Mistress Jennie on: December 11, 2019 02:56:38 PM
I made this little ornament for Audania1 in the HP Holiday Ornament & Stocking Stuffer Swap.  The very last HP Swap to be hosted here on Craftster!   Cry  But don't worry, I'm sure I'll host a lovely new HP Swap in our new home, as soon as we have one to settle into.  Wink

I knew when I started the swap that I wanted to come up with an object or scene from the books that I hadn't seen done as an ornament before.  It took me a few days of pondering, but I suddenly remembered Hermione's bag of holding pretty little beaded handbag that also served as a mobile library while hunting Horcruxes and on the run from Death Eaters.  It is crocheted from 2 yarns held together, Caron Simply Soft in plum, and Lion Brand BonBons in purple sparkle.  I didn't use a pattern, just winged it based on the many other bags I've done in the past.  I believe I started with 6 sc, and expanded up to 24 in your average crochet circle, then the sides were done in hdc, because sc was proving too stiff for the shape of the bag I wanted.  I just hooked until I liked the height to the point of a drawstring, then did a row of hdc, ch 1, sk 1 st, all the way around, then finished with a round of hdc and a final row of sc.  I crocheted the drawstring and made the tassel out of the BonBons sparkle, then I dug through my embroidery thread stash, and bead stash, to find stuff to embellish the little bag with.

I hid a second ornament inside: Slytherin's Locket!
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7  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Yule Term 2019/2020*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: December 01, 2019 05:25:15 PM
Class/Challenge: Holiday - Icicles
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Wizards Unite Tee Shirt Transfers

Brief Description: I have been playing Harry Potter: Wizards Unite for the past several months. While playing on my own has been fun, for some of the events and challenges, it is more fun and more beneficial to play in groups.  In October I bumped into a group playing at a local shopping venue, and they invited me to join them.  Since then we have met up several times for other events, and the group has grown.  Because I enjoyed making such lovely new friends, I wanted to make them something to show a bit of team spirit, so I cut out the Wizards Unite SOS logo with glitter heat transfer vinyl, in various sizes and colors.  Then folks could choose their favorites and iron them onto any shirts they desired.
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8  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Yule Term 2019/2020*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: December 01, 2019 05:02:22 PM
~*Yule Term Holiday Challenges*~

Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees Challenge
December 1-31

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. We 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 St. Nicholas Day, Winter Solstice, Yule, Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year, birthdays, anniversaries, or any other events you may celebrate!  

1. Angel - Each of us has someone in our lives wed 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.

2. 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, its 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 arent able to keep it for yourself.

3. 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, beautifully colored and scented bath products, or a sewing project that combines a pattern that is pleasing to the eye with luxuriously textured fabric.

4. 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.

5. 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 or Faux Turtle Candies for your co-workers, or you could create hand stamped & painted envelopes to present purchased gift cards in.

6. Garland - Traditionally garlands are made from leaves and flowers.  During winter evergreen boughs and holly are used to bring color and nature 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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!)

12. 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!
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9  Re: HP Holiday Ornament & Stocking Stuffer Gallery - Round 3 (Send 12/2) in The Swap Gallery by Mistress Jennie on: November 30, 2019 12:50:22 PM
I have a wonderful way to start off the gallery.  Audania1 took one of my very favorite quotes, and went in a beautiful direction with it.  She created a jar of fairy lights just for me, and wood burned a lovely tag with the quote on it. 

'Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.'

Here you can see it illuminated in my darkish living room.  I love the different colors of the points of light inside the bottle.

This couldn't have come at a better time.  I've been having a rough few weeks, and this was such a wonderful, literal, bright point in it.  Thank you so much Audania1!
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10  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Yule Term 2019/2020*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: November 30, 2019 12:43:40 PM
Class/Challenge: Detention - Advanced Studies
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Dragonfly Afghan

Brief Description: I spent several hours yesterday afternoon working on my OWL.  The first pic shows that when I started I had just completed the first dc round in Petunia; the second shows that I got through the second dc round.  Now I just have a 3rd dc row, and perhaps a sc row to finish off the edge.
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