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501  Re: 2014 Christmas Tree/Decorations Along in Winter Holidays by Mistress Jennie on: December 21, 2014 08:29:38 AM
Finally getting around to doing this myself...  The tree has been up since Thanksgiving Day, and I took yesterday off from working on my Etsy shop, in order to make myself a wreath.  My tree is full of SO MANY beautiful Craftster-made creations, including the amazing Mrs. Weasley-inspired tree skirt made by pottermouth this year.

And the wreath!  It was built on a 16" flat sided styrofoam wreath base.  I covered the base in black quilting cotton, slip stitching my way around the edges.  Then I glued on tons of buttons in shades of plum, burgundy and grey.  The idea was inspired by several other button wreaths I had seen, including these three by BeaG on Craftster, this flat button art wreath by Galloping Pony Studio, and this one by VictorianPetals on Etsy. Smiley

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502  Re: CLOSED! - HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: December 17, 2014 08:35:34 AM
Note from the Headmistress...
Finally, there are a few more last minute honors to bestow.  Some of your fellow Craftsters have donated their time and prodigious skill to create PRIZES for you students.  

HPC Participant Prize
Our first three prize winners were pulled out of the Sorting Hat, from among ALL of the people who participated in this semesters magic.  

Ms. AugustBell of Ravenclaw House,  who has won a a customized glow-in-the-dark Patronus Charm Bracelet from MistressJennie on Etsy!  The winner can choose their own patronus animal, or one of those featured in any of the HP books.

Ms. J_Kieviet of Hufflepuff House, who has won a CUSTOM friendship bracelet with up to 25 strings from Knotty Gurl Designs on Etsy!

Ms. Abbeeroad of Gryffindor House,  who has won a crocheted charger pocket in the House colors (or two other colors of her choosing), custom-made to the size of her mobile phone by Naantje.

And so everyone knows the drawing was done fairly, here are thumbnails of the student lists and numbers drawn on Random.org.

Detention Drawing
Next, the award for the student who has reformed their behavior best in Detention.  This semester's winner (randomly drawn from all those who posted a Detention project) is...

Ms. Magpirate of Ravenclaw House,
who has won a copy of The Sorcerer's Companion, full of fun facts and history on the many topics covered in the Harry Potter novels.

And so everyone knows the drawing was done fairly, here are thumbnails of the student lists and numbers drawn on Random.org.

Award for Special Services to the School
Each semester we draw prizes from among those who attained their OWLs and NEWTs.  This semester's winner is...

Ms. tiamatfire, of Gryffindor House, who has won an utterly fantastic hand bound book created by our one and only noodle-bug!

And so everyone knows the drawing was done fairly, here are thumbnails of the student lists and numbers drawn on Random.org.

Congratulations to each and every one of you on your hard work this semester!
***For each of you who have won a prize, please PM your mailing address to me, so I can have the correct prize sent on to you.***
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503  Re: Harry Potter Holiday Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mistress Jennie on: December 14, 2014 05:54:59 PM
I received lovely packages from both luckdragon & dinkime.  First, my goodies from luckdragon.  Look at this amazing little Hedwig Hoopla.  Check out the details in the stitching!  I love how the tips of her wings are coming off the edge of the hoop, making look like she's flying right out of her frame toward you.

Next, a copy of Advanced Potion Making!  It's beautiful on it's own, but it also hides a secret....

It folds out into a beautiful paper star!

And here's a detail shot of the pages when it's unfolded:

Next up is my package from dinkime.  First is a delightful little Dumbledore dressed up for Christmas!

Second, an adorable little post owl, carrying a letter.  Smiley 

And she also included some lovely little beads.  How cute are the little snowman heads?

THANK YOU BOTH SO MUCH!  I love my new ornaments, and will look forward to putting them up year after year!  Cheesy
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504  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: December 12, 2014 10:15:20 AM
Class: Arithmancy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Silver Doe Shrine Ornaments

Brief Description: Since these should now have been delivered, and since dinkime has posted pictures of hers in the gallery, I can now post them here!  I created three of these shrine ornaments for the HP Holiday Swap.  They are tiny recreations of the scene in which Harry encounters the Silver Doe in Deathly Hallows.  Tons of info and detail shots in the link above!
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Challenge: Bertie Bott's Bean - Mint
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: A Nurse's Heart Charm Bracelet

Brief Description: Peppermint candies are often red & white in color, like my new bracelet design, inspired by some of the most hardworking souls on the planet, nurses.  I fell in love with all the tiny nurse and medical charms when I found them.  They are so detailed!  Especially the tiny nurse, the microscope, and the hypodermic needle.
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Class: Divination
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Badges for the HPC!

Brief Description: Since so many folks urged me to submit my digital artwork as a prompt, I'm taking them up on it!  Therefore I am submitting the 20 Class, Challenge & House Pride/Unity badges that I've put together this semester for Divination.  As a new semester is born, so are new challenges and goals for all of us to strive for.  Rather than reposting them all here and clogging up the thread, I'm placing a link to the badge station on page one of the thread.
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505  Harry Potter 'Silver Doe' Shrine Ornaments in Winter Holidays by Mistress Jennie on: December 12, 2014 07:24:59 AM
I created three of these ornaments for my partners in the HP Holiday Swap.  I wanted to create something iconic from the Harry Potter books, but also keep it simple and understated.  Something subtly geeky, that could be just a beautiful ornament on the tree, but extra fun for those of us who recognize the scene.

For those of you who don't know the books, the scene comes from a moment in the 7th novel, where Harry is feeling sad and abandoned by his mentor; truly alone in the world.  At that moment a Silver Doe appears to him, walking among the trees outside his tent.  Despite the fact that he is on the run, pursued by evil wizards, he knows that the Silver Doe means him no harm, and is there to help him.  He follows it, and is led to the Sword of Gryffindor, which he needs in his quest to take down Voldemorte.

I really should have thought to take process pictures, so that I could create a tutorial, but I worked on them while listening to audio books on my phone/camera, so it slipped my mind!  But I'll relate as much as I can remember. 

It all started when I saw some adorable resin deer charms on Alpha Stamps website.  As soon as I saw them I knew I wanted to create an ornament based on the Silver Doe. 

Next I needed a base to build on.  I tried peanut butter jar lids, but they weren't quite deep enough to create the underwater area for the Sword.  I looked for a small wood or paper-mch form to use at Joann Fabrics, but nothing was the right size, shape or depth in that department. My husband eventually found gift card tins in the Christmas aisle.  Perfect size & depth!

Since I couldn't find any light colored ones, I spray painted the backs and sides silver.  (I also spray painted the Does at the same time, because they were turquoise rather than silver.) After the paint was dry it was time to make the backs and sides snowy!  I mixed a few drops of white paint into some glossy mod podge, then poured in a TON of white/translucent glitter, until I had a gloopy paste.  The outside of the tin got 2 layers of this treatment with a purple-ish white glitter, then the final outer coat was done with a slightly more yellow-pink white glitter, so there is more depth to the snow, with the brightest layer on top, but the under layers peeking through.

Next I cut a piece of deep blue cardstock for the back of each, and did a layer of silver mineral powder mixed with mod podge coming down from the top, fading out, and over that a layer of black glitter mixed into mod podge to add some depth and darkness to the sky.  The stars are tiny self-sticking jewels from the scrapbooking section.  I painted the inner sides of the tin with black enamel craft paint, then fitted the blue background papers into place. 

The big problem was how to create an area that was "underwater", for the Sword to be resting in.  I ended up cutting some floral foam to be the land area on the sides and painted it black.  Then I glued some small pebbles onto the bottom, and part way up the back.  (These were also from the floral section at Joann's.)  The swords are charms from my stash, and I glued a tiny Swarovski crystal to the top of each, since the Sword of Gryffindor is set with rubies.  Next I dug through the recycling and found some plastic packaging that was the right size & shape.  I basically wanted an "L" shape of plastic, so the Doe could stand on the top of the pool, and the underwater area would be covered as well.  I cut the plastic wider than I needed, hit the edges with some E-6000, and then stuck it into the floral foam.

Now that the underwater scene was set, I glued the Does in place, and added a layer of spanish moss to each of the banks, covering the edges of the plastic.  After that was in place I walked around the grounds of our apartment complex until I found shrubs with branches the right size to be tiny trees.  Each of the trees and the spanish moss got a light sprinkling of the mod podge-glitter snow.  Finally I popped 2 holes in the top with jewelry hole punching pliers, and threaded through some iridescent olive green ribbon to tie in with the moss. 

I have to admit that I lost heart in the middle of the project, worried that they were just NOT going to turn out as they existed in my imagination.  But by the end I was thrilled with them, and sad to see them go.  I wish I had thought to make 4 at the same time, to keep one for myself.  I do have one of the Does left, so perhaps I will pick up another tin and do one for me.  If I do, I'll be sure to take process pics and update this thread into a tutorial.
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506  A Nurse's Heart Charm Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: December 11, 2014 07:36:59 AM
Sometimes I wonder if I'm going to run out of ideas for new charm bracelets, but then I talk to an old friend, or see a post on Facebook of something someone in my family is doing, and am suddenly inspired with a new theme or idea.  This bracelet was by my amazing friend Carol, who works as a nurse.  And by the millions of nurses like her who work tirelessly everyday to care for total strangers.

The charms include:
Hope, prescription bottle, computer, ambulance, nurse, stethoscope, caduceus, hearts, hospital, bandage, microscope, R.N. caduceus, nurse's cap, hypodermic needle, nurse's bag.  The beads are a mix of glass and Czech glass in clear, matte/frosted, and red.

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507  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: December 10, 2014 01:50:22 PM
~*Congratulations Acadian Driftwood*~
~*You are the first to earn the Alchemy Badge*~

~*Congratulations jillybeans*~
~*You are the first to earn the Apparition Badge*~

~*Congratulations seeuudee*~
~*You are the first to earn the Arithmancy Badge*~

~*Congratulations jillybeans*~
~*You are the first to earn the Detention - December Badge*~

~*Congratulations noodle-bug*~
~*You are the first to earn the Headmistress December Challenge #1 Badge*~

~*Congratulations jillybeans*~
~*You are the first to earn the Headmistress December Challenge #2 Badge*~

~*Congratulations pottermouth*~
~*You are the first to earn the Herbology Badge*~

~*Congratulations jillybeans*~
~*You are the first to earn the History of Magic Badge*~

~*Congratulations jillybeans*~
~*You are the first to earn the House Unity Badge*~

~*Congratulations seeuudee*~
~*You are the first to earn the Flying Badge*~

~*Congratulations jenleahlynn*~
~*You are the first to earn the Transfiguration Badge*~

To claim your badge, right click and save to your computer.  Ideas on how to show-off your badges: use it as an avatar, put it in your profile under Brief Bio, or create a pinterest board for all your badges.  

*Once revealed, a class badge can be found in the Badge Station.*

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508  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: December 03, 2014 08:31:13 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 September or October challenges in November.  Smiley[/center]
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509  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: December 03, 2014 08:26:25 AM
Note from the Headmistress...

This semester I will be offering three four extra Challenges.  Each Headmistress Challenge will be themed to the season, will last approximately 1 month, and will earn 15 House Points just like Classes.  So what is up first?

Headmistress Challenges - December
December 3 - December 31

This month Headmistress Jennie is giving you a gift, to help you in your holiday crafting.  I am offering TWO challenges to help you create handmade gifts, and you may choose to complete one, both, or none of them.  Each is worth 15 House Points.

Challenge #1. Craft a gift that you will be SENDING away via either Owl Post or Muggle Post.  You may craft anything you choose, but it must be an item that you are shipping off to a friend or family member you will not be seeing over the holidays.  Items crafted for Craftster Swaps may be counted for this challenge.

Challenge #2.  Craft a gift that you will be presenting to the recipient IN PERSON.  You may craft anything you choose, providing you will be giving it to someone.

Remember:  Everyone loves handmade gifts, and that can include homemade baked goods!  Any cooking projects submitted must include a complete recipe (in recipe format) or a link to the complete recipe, as well as a photo.  Without these you will not receive House Points.

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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510  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: December 01, 2014 01:16:40 PM
~*Awarding the House Cup for Fall 2014 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 7 students and 480 points,
an average of 68.57 points per student

Hufflepuff with 9 students and 1,110 points,
an average of 123.33 points per student

Ravenclaw with 7 students and 1,275 points,
an average of 182.14 points per student

Gryffindor with 7 students and 2,160 points,
an average of 308.57 points per student

The Fall 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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