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401  Hot Chef Charm Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: June 09, 2015 02:38:57 PM
Final charm bracelet to share today...  If you'll forgive the pun, this one has been on the back burner for months now.  I started collecting the charms last fall, and I've been acquiring them slowly, one at a time.  I got the last charm this week, and finally sat down to put them together.

The charms include: head of garlic, cutting board & knife, fork, steak & asparagus, saut pan, cook book...

...spatula & spoon, pepper mill, empty plate, carrot, wine, cheese grater...

...measuring cup, rolling pin, sausage on fork, and cheese wedge.

The beads are a mix of sandstone and Czech glass in shades of peppery black, flame red, spicy orange, and warm yellow.

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402  World Travel Charm Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: June 09, 2015 02:23:31 PM
Next bracelet to share today was a special request. An older friend asked for a custom bracelet to commemorate her world travels.  When I asked which countries she wanted represented, she gave me back a list of 30 countries including Egypt, Morocco, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, China, Laos, Cambodia, Japan, Thailand, Poland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Turkey, Tanzania, England, India, and Nepal! 

Talk about jealous.  I would love it if I was able to visit half the places she's been. Since I can only fit so many charms on a single bracelet, we narrowed down her list to her all time favorites, which was still 20 charms. They include a train, a lion for Africa, flamenco dancer for Spain, St. Peter's Basilica for Italy & the Vatican, Big Ben for England, an elephant for Thailand, Star of David for Israel...

...the Eiffel Tower for France, Asian dragon, Parthenon for Greece, whirling dervish for Turkey, sampan for China, passport, Great Pyramid for Egypt, coo coo clock for Switzerland...

...the Taj Mahal for India, windmill for the Netherlands, a camel, beer stein for Germany, plane, and Buddha for Laos, Cambodia & Thailand. 

Due to the large number of charms, there are fewer bead pins than I usually use.  They are a mix of Czech glass in shades of warm sand, rich amber, jet black and crystal clear. 

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403  Take Me Out to the Ball Game Charm Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: June 09, 2015 02:17:55 PM
Second new charm bracelet of the day to share...  Baseball was an unusual theme for me. I've never been very into sports, but so many of the women in my family love it that I wanted to try to work outside my comfort zone.

I was having serious trouble with exactly the right color scheme, and what to fill a couple of the spaces with.  In the end I had to ask my friend David for help.  He is one of those folks who will always help you.  I mean ALWAYS.  The kind that even with their plate is completely full, when you ask for help or advice, they always comes through.  The kind you call Friend with a capital F.  It also helps that he's a raging baseball fan.  Wink  He suggested the inclusion of peanuts, popcorn, and the color scheme of green for the grass and clear or white for the ball.

I was trying to avoid using any team-specific color combinations, so his idea was great.  Since I usually try to add in a 3rd color or a neutral tone, I added a sandy tan for the diamond.  I also found some awesome acrylic ball beads.  I generally only use Czech glass or crystal beads, but they were so perfect that I just couldn't pass them up. 

After a lot of frustration I'm really happy with how it came out in the end.  And I'm glad for the reminder that when you're at your wit's end, you can always turn to a friend for help.

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404  California Dreaming Charm Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: June 09, 2015 02:08:37 PM
While I was working as a costume shop manager in Kentucky for the last several years, I got to know a wonderful dance professor named Lisa.  She always seems to be more full of energy and fantastic stories than anyone else.  I've often joked that she is my Fairy Godmother of Fun, swooping in to pull me out of my everyday routine, into an adventure at a moments notice. While Lisa adored her students in KY as much as I did mine, she longed to return to the home of her heart, California.  After a few years of looking, she found a new position teaching there, and is moving away this month.  While I'm thrilled for her, I'm also going to miss her terribly.  Her going away clearly called for a charm bracelet designed just for her and her dream of a new adventure in California.

I started with the idea of the dream of California as part of the American consciousness.  The idea that anyone can start anew there, can find their best self in this golden state of sunshine and promise.  And yes, the Mamas and the Papas did come to mind.  The idea of longing for the sun and warmth of California on a cloudy day.

The charms include a map of California, a dreamcatcher, disks that say "dream", shells, a surfboard, sun tan lotion and a palm tree from the beach, peace signs, grapes and a wine glass, a film canister, the bear and star from the state flag, a sandal, and of course the sun.

The beads are a mix of Czech glass and semi precious stones in shades of ocean blue, azure sky, plum wine, sand, and golden sunshine.  Since Cali has always had it's share of the hippy vibe, I included aquamarine which is thought to help connect you to your spiritual being, dragon veins agate to heighten creativity and protect against bad dreams, and purple jade to attract love to your life.  I can't wait to send it to her once she moves in a few weeks. 

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405  One Awesome Harry Potter Thing R2 (OAHPT) (SU CLOSED;SO July 13) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Mistress Jennie on: June 02, 2015 09:23:29 AM
~*Gallery of Awesome!*~

Swap name: OAHPT aka One Awesome Harry Potter Thing
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Mistress Jennie
Craftster member who is co-organizing this swap:
Sign-up date range: June 2-13, 2015
Date to send item by: July 13, 2015

Limited to a certain number of people? no
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? no

Swap Organizer herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

~*This swap will be for ONE Awesome Harry Potter Thing (OAHPT).
~*OAHPTs can be ANY size in dimensions.
~*OAHPTs should be LARGE/EXTRA-LARGE in terms of crafting time/cost requirements.
~*We only send the ONE item.  No extras.
~*For this round, you are welcome to IYP (invite your partner), but are not required to.  Any folks who decide to IYP must sign up together.  If you don't have a partner, I will partner you with another single swapper based on allergies, shipping preferences and compatibility.
~*Please be sure to read this entire post thoroughly in order to find the password to sign up.  Folks who do not include the password will be directed to reread this post!

A little about IYPs (Thank you previous IYP organizers for fab description! Kiss)
In this swap, you can contact anyone and ask them to be your partner. It's almost like a personal swap, but with a group, and a killer gallery! You will have to sign up with your partner. That is, you must contact your potential partner via pm and you both must mutually agree to be partnered together. Once you have a partner, each of you must pm me with your information, and after doing all the necessary double checking, I will post you both together as participants and add this swap to your "In progress" feedback.

If you want to participate, but don't have anyone who you want to ask to be your partner, you'll be put on a list of "Magical Brethren Searching for Perfect Partners" in the next post, so people can choose from Craftsters that are interested.

It is a little scary to ask someone to be your partner. Some people may have someone else already in mind, or they may not have the time or funds to participate right now, or they may just not be interested. We need to remember to be nice if we feel we need to refuse someone, and to not take it personally if someone else turns us down.

In order to sign up, fill out the below questionnaire and send to organizer.
(Remember to send your info to the organizer via Private Message (PM) and not to reply with it here)

Name of swap: OAHPT - Round 2
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country (as it should appear for shipping please):
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval (yes/no):

Please indicate one of the options below, by deleting the one that does NOT apply to you:
-I have a OAHPT partner, and their name is:
-I am signing up without a partner, and will let Mistress Jennie partner me

What are you favorite crafts to make?
What kind of crafts would you like to receive?
Any special wishes? (no guarantees)

Do you have any allergies?
Do you/people in your household smoke?
Do you have pets or any other potential allergens in your home?

Who/What is your favorite HP...
Magical Creature?
Magical Item?
Magical Shop?

Do you have a Pinterest or Etsy favorites list?

What is the password?

Anything else you would like to add?

Remember to read the Swap Info Guide and Swap FAQs before participating in a swap.

Note about Personal Messages (PMs) to Organizer: Please label PMs to organizer with title of "OAHPT" or "OAHPT Round 2".

Note about Communication: For a wonderful swap experience, communication is the key.  Please keep in touch with your partner.  Further, it would be nice if you would post in this thread at least once a week (you could just stop in for a quick hello.....or if on holiday or will be without internet access or anything of the such, just post a message....it gives your partner and organizer warm fuzzy feelings to know you are still around).  The password for this swap is "Fortuna Major".

Notes about Sending, Receiving, and Feedback
  • SENDING: Take pictures of your items before you send.  When sending, you must use a Tracking Number# (or for overseas shipping you need to photograph that receipt). Keep your receipt until your partner receives.  PM organizer and partner when you send.
  • RECEIVING: PM organizer and partner when you receive.  Take pictures of received items. (Please take quality pictures, like ones you would take of your work.)  Post pictures in gallery in a timely manner. Taking time to post good pictures shows your partner how much your appreciated their work.
  • FEEDBACK: Given when a package is received (verified through PM or DC#) Detailed feedback will be given.  Examples: Sent Early or Lack of Communication: No PMs of Sending/Receiving.
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406  Re: CLOSED! ~ HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: June 01, 2015 12:08:10 PM
~*Awarding the House Cup for Spring 2015 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 8 students and 1035 points,
an average of 129.4 points per student

Hufflepuff with 8 students and 1,315 points,
an average of 164.4 points per student

Ravenclaw with 9 students and 2,005 points,
an average of 222.8 points per student

Gryffindor with 4 students and 1,140 points,
an average of 285 points per student

The Spring House Cup is awarded to GRYFFINDOR!


Here's your special badge for your house honor...

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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407  Re: CLOSED! ~ HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: June 01, 2015 11:48:12 AM
~*Announcing New Slug Club Members*~

I am proud to announce the new members of the Slug Club.  These students have gone above and beyond for the Fall Semester with each completing an impressive 15 or more Class, Advanced Studies, SPEW, and/or Challenge projects!!

Our new Slug Club Members are: Abbeeroad, jenleahlynn, Mistress Jennie, Acadian Driftwood, gaudiknight, J_Kieviet, elliot_anne, Magpirate, noodle-bug, ErinAquaheart, inselaeffchen

Congratulations Slug Club!
Here's your special badge for making it in...

Display & Wear it with pride!

If you think your name was left off in error, PM Headmistress Mistress Jennie.  New members of Slug Club will be announced at the end of the Winter Semester.  Qualifications for entry changes each term to reflect those students who go above and beyond in their HPC crafting.  The Slug Club Committee uses number of completed projects, amazing crafty magic, and adherence to HPC guidelines as determination factors.
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408  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: June 01, 2015 08:49:26 AM
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 March or April's challenges in May.  Smiley
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409  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: June 01, 2015 08:30:57 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 Bertie Bott's Bean Bag 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.  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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410  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: June 01, 2015 04:13:29 AM

Welcome to the Spring 2015 End of Term Feast!
For the next few days, we will celebrate the Spring 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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