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21  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Yule Term 2017/18*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: October 04, 2017 12:32:27 PM
Note from the Headmistress....

In case some of you missed it, this month's site-wide Craftster Challenge is What the World Needs Now.  The challenge is "to craft something to gift or donate to someone else.  Maybe you will craft a gift for a friend or loved one?  Maybe will you craft something to donate to someone in need?  Maybe you'll just craft something to drop anonymously somewhere (painted rock, random act of kindness, etc.)?"  Entries must be posted by Oct 8, 11:59:59 Pacific Time, 2017. 

While this might be short notice to start a new project, I know that most everyone in our craftalong is always working on something for a loved one or for charity.  Since we really could all do with seeing some more love in the world around us, if you are working on something, I highly encourage you to post it in the challenge.   Kiss


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22  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Yule Term 2017/18*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: October 02, 2017 02:06:44 PM
A new Detention Challenge has been posted!


As Libatius Borage repeatedly makes clear in Advanced Potion Making, good potioner always has a store cupboard full ingredients, so that they can whip up any necessary potion when an unexpected need arises.  As crafters, we also know that having a stash of supplies to work from means that we can often create a new project, simply with what we have on hand.  For this challenge please craft something entirely from stash, and when you post, be sure to tell us where some of the supplies came from. A zippered pouch made from the leftover cloth you used to make a wedding quilt you made for your sister?  Slippers made from the leftover yarn you used to make a hat and scarf for your neighbor? Bust that stash to make something amazing!


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 October, November, or December's challenges in January.  Smiley
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23  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Yule Term 2017/18*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: October 02, 2017 02:02:55 PM
Pumpkin Juice Challenge
October 1st-31st


Pumpkin juice is a beverage made from pumpkins that is popular throughout the Wizarding World.  It has been manufactured commercially since 1837, and is served in Wizard homes throughout the day at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well at special events such as the Halloween Feast and the Yule Ball.  The beverage is popular at Hogwarts and sisters Tina & Queenie Goldstein enjoyed pumpkin juice in their New York apartment in 1926. For this challenge please craft something to enjoy during your own Halloween celebrations such as a treat or a costume; something that can be enjoyed at anytime of day or night; something to bring to a celebration; or something inspired by the humble pumpkin.
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24  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: October 01, 2017 11:43:33 AM
~*Awarding the House Cup for Midsummer 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:

Slytherin with 5 students and 1275 points,
an average of 255 points per student


Gryffindor with 5 students and 1600 points,
an average of 320 points per student


Hufflepuff with 8 students and 2895 points,
an average of 361.87 points per student


Ravenclaw with 7 students and 3570 points,
an average of 510 points per student




The Midsummer House Cup is awarded to RAVENCLAW!



Congratulations

Here's a special badge just for Ravenclaw 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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25  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: October 01, 2017 05:39:17 AM


Welcome to the Midsummer 2017 End of Term Feast!
For the next few days, we will celebrate the Midsummer accomplishments of HPCers.
A few of the awards to be announced are: Slug Club Members, House Cup, & Diagon Alley Prizes.
HoHs, Professors, & Staff, please feel free to recognize and award your housemates & students.
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26  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: September 28, 2017 03:29:47 PM
Challenge: Iron Chef - Corn
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Corn & Potato Chowder (vegan/dairy-free)

Recipe Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=453260.msg5462807#msg5462807
Brief Description: Monday night I was really craving soup.  I realized I also wanted to create something for Iron Chef Hogwarts, and so this lovely dairy-free chowder was born.  The best part?  I've had leftovers of this very healthy soup for lunch all week!
Project Picture:
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27  Corn & Potato Chowder (Vegan/Dairy Free) in Vegetarian / Vegan by Mistress Jennie on: September 28, 2017 02:57:29 PM
Even though it's still quite warm here in the South, on Monday afternoon I was craving a warm bowl of soup.  Since I make my meal plans for the week over the weekend, and the plan I'd created didn't include soup on Monday, I dug around the cupboards to see what I could come up with.  The result?  Corn & Potato Chowder!  And since I'm lactose intolerant, mine was made dairy-free (and much lower in fat and calories) by using cashew milk instead of whole milk or heavy cream.


Corn & Potato Chowder
1 vidalia onion
4-5 Yukon gold potatoes
4 ears of fresh corn (or 1 bag of frozen sweet corn)
1 32-ounce box of vegetable broth
2 cups of milk, divided (cashew milk, almond milk, soy milk, or even dairy milk)
1/3 cup flour
olive oil
salt & pepper
smoked paprika
fresh chopped parsley
fresh chopped chives
shredded cheddar or faux cheese of choice (optional)
veggie 'bacon' bits, or crumbled real bacon if you have a Midwestern farm boy for a husband (optional)

Chop the onion to a small dice, and the potatoes to a medium dice.  If using fresh corn, cut the kernels off the cob.  If using frozen corn, thaw the frozen kernels in the microwave, with a few tablespoons of water, stirring often for even thawing.  (They don't need to be piping hot, but they do need to be not frozen.)

Heat a soup pot over medium heat, and add 1 Tablespoon of olive oil to the pan.  Once hot, saut the onions until they are just beginning to brown.  Add in the potatoes and vegetable broth.  Bring to a boil.

Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook 10-15 minutes, until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork.

Add in the fresh or thawed & drained corn kernels.  Mix 1 cup milk with 1/3 cup flour, and stir to combine, making sure to work out any lumps.  Pour the milk & flour mixture into the pot and stir to combine.  If the soup is too chunky, add more milk until your desired level of broth is achieved.  Season with salt & pepper.  Return to a low boil, and cook 1-2 minutes, until the corn is cooked through.

Pour the soup into bowls, and garnish with smoked paprika, chopped fresh parsley & chives, shredded cheese, and veggie bacon bits.  Extra delicious when served with crusty bread or crescent rolls to sop up the broth. 

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28  ~*Detention in the Dungeons*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: September 28, 2017 07:24:21 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 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 September 30th.  (For example, you may turn in June, July, or August's challenges in September.)

October Challenge:  As Libatius Borage repeatedly makes clear in Advanced Potion Making, good potioner always has a store cupboard full ingredients, so that they can whip up any necessary potion when an unexpected need arises.  As crafters, we also know that having a stash of supplies to work from means that we can often create a new project, simply with what we have on hand.  For this challenge please craft something entirely from stash, and when you post, be sure to tell us where some of the supplies came from. A zippered pouch made from the leftover cloth you used to make a wedding quilt you made for your sister?  Slippers made from the leftover yarn you used to make a hat and scarf for your neighbor? Bust that stash to make something amazing!


November Challenge: Professor Flitwick may be tiny, but he has a great deal of magical talent packed into his small frame.  And Neville Longbottom's Gran may think that Charms is a 'soft option', but we know the truth, that a single well practiced charm can save the day.  Take today for example: by charming your quill to repeat writing lines for you during detention, you can catch up on reading about Unforgivable Curses for Professor Moody's class.  For this challenge, please complete a work in progress.


December Challenge:


January Challenge:



~*Detention Badges*~
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29  ~*Headmistress Tower*~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: September 28, 2017 07:23:55 AM
~*Headmistress Tower & Badge Station*~
:::password: Pumpkin Pie!:::


~*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?


Puking Pastilles Challenges #1 & #2
November 1st-30th


No one likes being sick, but Fred & George would say that a few moments of puking is worth a whole hour free from classes!  But be sure you don't lose the second half of your puking pastille, or it will take all of Madam Pomfrey's skill to stop you spewing all over the hospital wing. Lips sealed   For this challenge, you have 2 prompts!  But you MUST complete the first one in order to be eligible to do the second one.  (You have to puke before your get a free period!)  Each one is worth 15 points, so you can earn 30 points by doing both. 

Challenge #1. Craft a dish (either sweet or savory) to enjoy with friends and family this holiday season, OR craft an item to decorate your home for the holidays.  This can be for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Yule, Solstice, Kwanzaa, etc.  Try your hand at canning by creating a cranberry sauce to accompany your Thanksgiving turkey; get a head start on Christmas by creating a freezer meal or make-ahead cookie dough; use leaves and pinecones to create a Thanksgiving centerpiece, or create a new garland for your tree before the madness of the holidays hits.

Challenge #2. Craft anything you want!  Seriously, you already did the hard part by completing the first half of this challenge, so now you get to craft anything you'd like.  Use the time to get ahead on holiday crafting, or take time out to make something just for you.  It's your free period.  Cheesy

***If you complete the first, you technically don't have to do the second if you really don't want to.***




Pumpkin Juice Challenge
October 1st-31st

Pumpkin juice is a beverage made from pumpkins that is popular throughout the Wizarding World.  It has been manufactured commercially since 1837, and is served in Wizard homes throughout the day at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well at special events such as the Halloween Feast and the Yule Ball.  The beverage is popular at Hogwarts and sisters Tina & Queenie Goldstein enjoyed pumpkin juice in their New York apartment in 1926. For this challenge please craft something to enjoy during your own Halloween celebrations such as a treat or a costume; something that can be enjoyed at anytime of day or night; something to bring to a celebration; or something inspired by the humble pumpkin.



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30  Re: Back to Hogwarts - Round 7 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Mistress Jennie on: September 26, 2017 03:11:18 PM
In a bit of postal service magic, patty_o_furniture and I both received each other's packages on the same day!  As I had a houseguest yesterday though, I didn't get to open it until today.  I believe Death Eaters may have placed a Stupefy spell upon it, because I was seriously STUNNED when I opened it!

First, were some sweet little bookmarks the Trio and Prof. McGonnagall:


Then, some bookmarks to color in myself, as well as a mermaid coloring page, and a word scramble:


Next a set of badges.  I keep a bulletin board of pins and badges that I've collected, on the wall beside my craft desk. I can't wait to add these to it. 


I mentioned that I am lactose intolerant, so she sent along some magical dairy-free mixes to try, including pudding, whipped topping, alfredo sauce, tomato soup, mushroom soup, and chicken soup!


Next, from Slug & Jiggers, I found a jar of Murtlap Essence (a soothing salve), along with a scroll containing the recipe and ingredients to make more when I run out!  It smells very nice, and I can't wait to try it.  (Is it weird to be hoping for a minor injury?!?!)




As if all that wasn't a package full of crazy-spoiling, I found a new game! 


Devil's Snare is similar to Muggle Tic-Tac-Toe, but with a twist, in that the smaller pieces can be overtaken by larger pieces.  Here's the board set up mid-game.


And look how neatly it all packs up.  The wooden tokens fit into the envelopes that velcro into the top of the box, and the laminated rules & example game sheets snuggle right in.


And finally, in the bottom of the box, I found a few extra goodies...  A lego Hermione, a spool of Spell-o-Tape, some Butterbeer magnets, and a few extra Butterbeer caps to craft with!  The magnets are already on the fridge, holding up important reminders. 


Thank you so much patty_o!  I love everything you crafted, but most especially I love the thought you put into it.   Kiss Kiss Kiss
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