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3761  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HPC Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* on: September 05, 2013 02:13:04 PM
Class: Study of Ancient Runes
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Wine & Cheer Charm Bracelet

Project Page Link:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=427224.0#axzz2e3Nrhqwm
Brief Description: "Jera is the rune of harvest and reward for right actions in a naturally ordered process.  It is the rune of peace on the land and in the heart... It contains many more profound secrets than does our common involvement with linear time, calendar dates, and the clock."  You know what else symbolizes the harvest, and a reward for right actions?  What else brings peace to the heart, and unlocks profound secrets? A glass of wine at the end of the day.  Cheesy  There is something so very *right* about a quiet night, a book, and a glass of cabernet savignon.  This is my ode to both Jera, and the humble glass of wine.  The The charms include grapes, champagne bottles, wine cask, wedge of cheese, bottle with grapes, cork screw, bottle, pear, case of wine, food & wine basket, goblet, caviar, and pair of champagne flutes.  The beads are a mix of glass, crystal and semi precious stone in shades of grape, burgundy, rose, and champagne gold.

Project Picture:
3762  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Wine & Cheer Charm Bracelet on: September 05, 2013 02:12:15 PM
Summer is winding down, but not yet over.  This is my favorite time of year to relax on the porch with a book and a glass of wine.  With that in mind, I put together a new charm bracelet as an ode to my love of wine!  I enjoy red and white, grape and other fruit wines.  My favorites usually come from local vineyards, and are often other fruit wines like peach or berry, so I tried to include that in the design.  The The charms include grapes, champagne bottles, wine cask, wedge of cheese, bottle with grapes, cork screw, bottle, pear, case of wine, food & wine basket, goblet, caviar, and pair of champagne flutes.  The beads are a mix of glass, crystal and semi precious stone in shades of grape, burgundy, rose, and champagne gold.









3763  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HPC Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* on: September 05, 2013 12:33:59 PM
That UU church sounds pretty cool, as far as churches go.

It is!  You'd like it Abbee, it's full of lots of liberal tree-hugging hippies.  Wink 
3764  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HPC Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* on: September 05, 2013 06:43:46 AM
I baked these to sell at a fund-raiser for our sunday assembly*. *it's .... not church. It's a weekly get together for non-believers - everyone is welcome. It happens on sunday mornings, and we have a couple of speakers who talk about philosophy, sometimes a short book reading, and a choir, and we all sing together... umm.... so, nice community of like minded people supporting each other and coming together to celebrate the good things in life.

Sounds a lot like the Unitarian Universalist church DH & I sometimes go to.  They call themselves a church, but there's no single belief system.  There are Jews who attend because there isn't a Temple in town, Christians & Catholics who believe, but don't agree with some portion of traditional Christian ideas or doctrine, Buddhists, Pagans, and every other religious background you can imagine.  We get together and sing songs (frequently about peace, or the Earth), and have various speakers who deliver what would be called the sermon elsewhere.  But the talks are frequently about philosophy, social justice, economic justice, and environmental issues.  There's usually question & comment time afterwards, where you can respond to the speaker. (I've even heard little old ladies get up and tell the speaker they were "spouting pure rubbish!")  Then we have tea/coffee & cookies.  You don't have to believe anything specific to attend, (not even in god/higher power) except that every person is entitled to worth and dignity.  Which is a rather Potter-like ideal in my book.  If you're ever in the States, you might enjoy a visit to a UU assembly.  (Though I know there are UU's all over the world too, and certainly many in the UK.)
3765  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HPC Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* on: September 03, 2013 07:35:16 AM
That serves me right for having a window open where I was responding, but got distracted for 20 minutes!  pinkleo already jumped in to provide answers!
3766  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HPC Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2013~ *join anytime* on: September 03, 2013 07:21:17 AM
Hi WeeFreeRhie.  Welcome to Hogwarts!  We're glad to have you here.   Cheesy  I just thought I'd check in with you about your post.  It looks like you're submitting a project for the Bertie Bott's Challenge, but from your wording it also sounds like the project isn't done yet.  We only post finished projects, along with the header and pictures (or links to the pictures if you're new and can't post pics yet) in the thread.  You don't need to post a proposal for Class Prompts or Challenges.   Smiley

You might be confused because right now lots of people are posting proposals for OWLs and NEWTs.  These are longer, more in-depth crafting projects (things like large quilts), and part of that process is proposing the work. 

If you're planning to submit your lovely new hankies for the Bertie Bott's Challenge, just go ahead and work on them, and post, with the header & pictures, when you're done.  Also, since you're new I should probably mention that this Bertie Bott's Challenge will end on September 15th, when the new "Bean" gets posted.  Our Class Prompts stay the same for the whole semester, but Challenges often have limited time frames, just to change things up for everyone.  Cheesy

Feel free to ask questions anytime.  Either here in the thread, of via PM to pinkleo AND myself.  By PMing both of us, you're guaranteed to get a reply from at least one of us faster. 

Cheers!
Deputy Headmistress Jennie

First Semester student here! Let me know if I missed something here...

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Botts Beans challenge
House: Ravenclaw!!
Project Name: Soft Kitty Hankies
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.): I am starting muggle school this week as well. I have a perpetually runny nose, and need a nice set of cute hankies to keep me going while I study through the winter. I found a cute cat alphabet and am going to monogram them with it.

No pictures yet, but soon!
3767  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / ~*Diagon Alley*~ on: August 31, 2013 03:20:55 PM

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

The Blushing Lion
The lovely pinkleo has offered up three fab prizes! 

#1. Set of Star Dishcloths!


#2. Custom Pair of Slippers!


#3. A Crafty Surprise Grab Bag!

*Ships within US*


Mistress Jennie's Handmade Jewelry
MistressJennie on Etsy has donated a beautiful "Dream" Bookmark.



Secondly, MistressJennie on Etsy has donated a Create Your Own Charm Bracelet Kit!  Winner gets to choose the theme, and Mistress Jennie will pull appropriate beads and charms from her stash to suit you!

Mermaid Themed Bracelet Shown as Example Only
*Ships Worldwide*


Noodle's Notions Nest
The utterly fantastic noodle-bug has kindly offered a bound & decorated HP Notebook!

*Ships Worldwide*


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.
3768  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / ~*Witch of the Week*~ on: August 31, 2013 03:19:17 PM
Our newest Witch of the Week is...

Fiberalchemist for two outstanding projects!  The first is her Potions OWL project, the Very Weasley Christmas Tree Skirt! You can practically hear Celestina Warbeck warbling away in the background when you see this lovely granny tree skirt.  The second is the Gryffie Pride Quilt she made for the Back to Hogwarts Swap!  It's so cold in our house right now, I could really use this to cuddle up under.  Beautifully done Fiberalchemist!


Contratulations Fiberalchemist!  You have earned the Witch of the Week Badge below.



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.[/center]

Previous Witches of the Week
Pottermouth
Ant Bee for her the Coverlet of the Seven Fandoms!
noodle-bug for her Rainbow Quilt!
BadWolf314 for her Perfect Pergola!  

***Please note that Witch of the Week is a bi-weekly event.***
3769  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / ~*Detention in the Dungeons*~ (Work-In-Progress Completion Posts) on: August 31, 2013 03:18:23 PM
~*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 November 30th.  (For example, you may turn in September or October challenges in August.)

September Challenge:
Prof. Sinistra has caught you casting the Muffliato Charm in class!  You'll have to spend your night long detention on the Astronomy Tower, watching for meteors and portents in the stars.  Good thing Hermoine is taking copious notes.  This leaves you time to craft.  Cool 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 thread.  So get going!


October Challenge:
Crusty old Filch and Mrs. Norris have caught you playing with the Fanged Frisbee in the fourth floor corridor!  Now you have to spend all of Saturday raking leaves on castle grounds while everyone else gets to go to Hogsmeade.  At least you'll get to spend some time outside while the weather is nice.  For this challenge you must craft something that contains at least one of the colors seen in autumn leaves.  Burgundy, red, scarlet, orange, amber, gold and brown are all possibilities.  So start raking.  Otherwise Filch will go to the Headmistress and ask to have you chained in the Dungeons!


November Challenge:
Drat!  Professor Flitwick caught you sketching cartoons in class (of Malfoy getting hit by falling dragon dung during the upcoming Quidditch match) and has given you Detention.  Fortunately he has given you lines to write, and Fred & George taught you an incantation to get your quill to write the same thing over and over.  This gives you time to catch up on other homework.  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 thread.  So get going!



~*Challenge Badges*~

3770  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / ~*Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans*~ on: August 31, 2013 03:17:20 PM
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...
POPCORN!
Popcorn is one of those foods that always makes me feel festive.  Between the explosive sounds it makes as it pops up all fluffy, and the fact that it is associated with fun times like going to the movies or having friends over for a party, it always brings a smile to my face.  This week we're going to focus on the "pop" aspect of popcorn.  You must craft something that involves a "pop" of your own.  It could be a pop of color, like these Elf Shoelaces by TheMistressT for your favorite sneakers, or this amazing set of Slumped Glass Bowls by speedingpullet for your dining table decor.  If color isn't your thing, try a pop of scent in the air with these lovely Rosemary Wreaths from Acadian Driftwood.  Or a pop of flavor in a delicious food, like MareMare's Zuppa Toscana.  So get poppin' folks!
 
  

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