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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Diagonally? on: January 19, 2018 08:19:44 AM
Welcome to...
Diagon Alley

"Did he say diagonally?"

There were shops selling robes, shops selling telescopes and strange silver instruments Harry had never seen before, windows stacked with barrels of bat spleens and eels' eyes, tottering piles of spell books, quills, and rolls of parchment, potion bottles, globes of the moon...

Mistress Jennie's Handmade Jewelry
MistressJennie on Etsy has donated
*ships within US only*

Noodle's Notion Nest
*ships worldwide*

Seeuudee's Magick Shoppe
The fantastic seeuudee has donated

The Jellybean Joy-Machine
the incredible Jellybean89 has donated...

The Alchemist's Crucible
The Fabulous FibreAlchemist had donated

QuirkieCraft on Etsy
The lovely sheepBlue of QuirkieCraft on Etsy has donated

The Octopus's Garden
The wondrous Abbeeroad has donated

Patty's Palace
The wonderful Patty_o_furniture has donated

[[/img]b]Diagon Alley needs you![/b]
Donations of prizes (to be drawn for in the end of term feast) are gladly received, please PM noodle-bug & Mistress Jennie if you have something to donate, or any questions about donations...

Guidelines for suitable Prize donations:
~finished handcrafted HP themed items that are good for any HP fan or customizable for the winner. 
(Ex: A Hedwig bookmark would be good for anyone and is a lovely prize, but a Slytherin bookmark wouldn't work for everyone.  Better yet would be an offer of a bookmark in the winner's choice of House colours!)
~handmade items useful to any crafter are also great, such a handmade 'ideas' notebook or hand printed fabric.
~giftcard to your shop (Please note this must be enough for the recipient to receive an item at NO cost to them)
~purchased / made Harry Potter themed items or craft supplies
~gift cards to online craft suppliers (Remember, we are a worldwide group, so local independent shops aren't much help to a member in another country - but an independent or big brand online store is wonderful)
~Complete Craft Kits (full details through link)

THANK YOU to all our donors - You're part of what makes the HPC the great community it is!
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Spew on: January 19, 2018 08:18:38 AM
The good you can do

SPEW crafting is as a great way to help out AND earn yourself extra house points!

SPEW is crafting for a charity. This could mean making items that you can send to the charity for them to use directly (such as the hats which Midkiffsjoy has recently been making, donated to keep refugee children cozy) - or alternatively it could be making items which will be sold to raise money for the charity (such as through a craft fair or bake sale)

SPEW projects earn 10 extra house points each - which means that if you can combine SPEW with a class or challenge your project will earn 25 house points.
SPEW projects can also be submitted even if not combined with a class, and will still earn you the extra 10 points  Grin

Please note, crafting of gifts for friends is very lovely, but is not a charity action so is not SPEW Tongue

When submitting a SPEW project, please include a line in your project header to let us know where it is going;
In some cases it may not be sensible to give too many details (don't post the address of that women's shelter.... ) but you can use broad terms if necessary.

Some ideas for SPEW crafting...
These lists are not exhaustive! If you have ideas, please share them in the thread and I'll add them here

In your local community lots of places may be happy to receive donations of crafted items (I recommend that you contact a local resource before you start to make, to double check what they need and if they have any specific requirements about material used / size / etc);
- homeless shelters; hats, scarves, gloves, blankets or other warm items  for people sleeping on the streets
- maternity wards at hospitals; very small hats/ etc blankets to fit premature babies. Many places that care for premature babies also need knitted bonding squares to help pass pheromones between babies in incubators and their parents (this also helps the mum's express milk). Crocheted Octopus toys are also useful, as the tentacles replicate the umbilical cord and prevent emotional distress for babies in incubators.
- care homes: blankets, cushions and slippers to cheer up lonely folks and keep them warm.
- women's shelters: women's clothing / accessories, children's toys, bath and beauty products, housewares (blankets / cushions, etc)
- many areas now have collection centres for donations to refugees, accepting clothing and children's toys
- Animal shelters always need blankets, animal beds and toys
- Many places that care for eldery folk asks for donations of knitted 'Twiddlemuffs', which are used as therapeutic care for Dementia patients (details and pattern here)
- homeless shelters or foodbanks are often grateful for donations of cooked or baked goods - contact your local ones to see what they may need

Of course, lots of these items could simply be brought in a store - but please remember that to people undergoing a hardship of some kind, often just knowing that a stranger is out there caring hard enough to hand make them something can be a huge emotional support!

Use crafting to raise some money for your chosen charity or community resource
- through a bake sale or craft fair stall
- craft and donate prizes for fundraiser raffles or similar events.
- have a sponsored crafting event with some friends, such as a quilt-a-thon!
- Run a stall at a local fair making 'on the spot' personalised crafts, or teaching a simple craft; or run a game, such as 'How Many Meters of Yarn in the Blanket' (a variation on guess the sweets in the jar)

Specific charities who ask for crafted donations
Thanks to Pinkleo, LittleMiss and LesliesHappyHeart for many of these suggestions
Please let me know if you have a charity to add

- Knit for Peace (UK based): knit assorted items to be given around the world, largely clothes for refugees or homeless people
- UK Hand Knitting Association Charity List (UK) database of various charities needing crafty donations
 - Innocent Big Knit (UK) accept tiny 'hats' to fit on innocent smoothie bottles, then sold to raise money for Age UK (helping the elderly). donations accepted from mid-autumn until end of Jan annually
- casserole club organizes pairing home cooks with people local to them who can't cook for themselves, to provide meals.
- Free Cakes for Kids (UK) pairs amateur bakers with local families who can't afford a birthday cake for their children.
- Wrap Pyjama Fairies (UK based) sew pyjamas for hospitalised children, using a special design allowing doctors to open the PJs to examine the child without waking them up - patterns and tutorials on their site
- Project Linus-UK (UK) blankets, quilts and comforters to seriously ill and traumatized children
- Postpals (UK) send cheering letters, cards and offer papercraft to ill children
- Wiggly Bags (UK) lists children who need wiggly bags (to hold IV lines needed for medical treatment) along with their preferences in colours/themes so that you can sew one up - there is a pattern on their website.

 - Knit4Charities:  database of charities requesting knit items across Australia.
 - Uthando Project:  (Australia) Create dolls for the vulnerable children of Kwazulu-Natal
- Wildlife Victoria (Australia) yarn or fabric pouches which they use to 'home' kangaroo/koala/other marsupial babies who have lost their mum (pattern ideas on site)
 - Knitting for Brisbranes Needy (Queensland) Knit and crochet items for people who need assistance

- Blankets for Canada (Canada) crocheted, knitted, sewn blankets to Canadians who need warmth
 - Angel Hugs (Canada)  Craft a wide variety of clothing and blankets for those in need .

- Welcome Blanket collects knitted blankets to give to refugees and immigrants to welcome them to the USA
- Lion Brand's Charity Connection (Largely USA) database of charities that accept knitted and crocheted items
- Afghans for Afghans (USA based) blankets, sweaters, vests, hats, mittens, and socks for the people of Afghanistan
 - Little Dresses for Africa (USA) pillow-case dresses for girls in Africa
 - Wrap Them in Love (USA)  Create quilts for children around the world.
 - The Red Scarf Project (USA) gives out red scarves to foster children; accepts donations between September 1 and December 15 annually
 - Knit a Square (USA) Crochet and knit items for vulnerable and orphaned children.
 - Teddies for Tragedies (USA) Knit or crochet bears, or sew bags for children who experience tragedy.
 - Firehouse Quilts (Colorado)  Sew snuggle quilts for firefighters to distribute to children who have been in an accident, house fire, or experienced domestic violence
 - Heavenly Angels in Need (USA) give baby cloths and memorial boxes to help families who have lost a baby, and children who have experienced trauma.
 - Infants Remembered in Silence (USA) baby blankets, caps, and prayer shawls for bereaved parents. Also accept scrapbooking supplies for parents to create their own memorial pages.
 - Bundles of Love: (Minnesota) handmade baby clothing, bedding, and care items for newborns in families who need assistance
 - Care Wear: (USA) Knit, crochet, or sew baby items for hospitals to distrubute
 - The Preemie Project (Iowa) Make items for critically ill infants and their families around Iowa.
- The Magic Yarn Project (USA) distribute fantasy yarn wigs to children who've lost hair through illness - they accept yarn, crocheted beanies (which they'll use as a wig base), assorted knitted and crocheted accessories, and of course wigs - patterns etc on their site
- Binky Patrol Comforting Covers for Kids (USA) distributes blankets to children born with chronic & terminal illnesses or drug addictions
 - Blankie Depot (New Jersey)  Handcraft blankets, hats, caps, toys, pillowcases, gloves, scarves, etc. for ill or tramautised children
 - Cards for Hospitalized Kids (USA)  Create hand made cards for kids in hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses across the U.S.
 - Case for Smiles (USA) Sew pillow cases for hospitalized children.
 - Quilts for Kids (USA) Create quilts for ill and abused children.
 - Caitlin's Smiles (USA) distributes arts and crafts kits & activities to hospitalised children
 - Ryan's Case for Smiles (USA) gives out bright cheery pillowcases to to seriously ill child in North America.
 - Mother Bear Project (USA) gives hand-knit and crocheted bears to ill children
 - Project Linus-US (USA) gives handmade blankets, quilts and comforters to seriously ill and traumatized children
 - Quilt for Kids (USA) distributes cotton quilts for children in hospitals, who have life threatening illnesses
 - Knots of Love (USA) distributes caps for chemo patients and blankets for incubated babies
 - Head Huggers (USA)  Knit, crochet, or sew caps for those who have lost hair due to illnesses or injuries.
 - Knitting Pals by the Bay (North California)  Knit caps for cancer patients
 - knitted knockers (USA) distributes knitted prosthetics for women who have had mastectomies
- Days for Girls (USA based): accept reusable sanitary items, given to women in the developing world to allow them to continue going to school & work all month long
- The Pink Slipper Project (USA) gives out  handmade slippers to women and children that are living in shelters for victims of domestic violence
 - Handmade Especially For You distributes scarfs to women's shelters. accepts donations of scarfs labelled with a message from the crafter to the recipiant, or yarn
- Threads of Compassion (USA) gives out handmade scarves to hospitalised victims of sexual abuse
- Enchanted Makeovers (USA) distribute homewares and toys to women's and homeless shelters
 - Hats for the Homeless (New York)  Knit or crochet hats, scarves, and gloves for homeless individuals in New York City.
 - Warm Up America (USA) Crochet or knit afghans, hats, scarves, baby clothing, or blanket squares for people in need
 - HalfKnits (USA)  Knit and crochet hats and blankets for those in need.
 - Shawl Ministry (USA) Weave, knit, crochet, or quilt shawls for individuals who need comfort and peace.
- Knit Your Bit (USA) honors WWII veterans by giving a cozy, scarves
- Partnering With Heroes (USA) gives out paracord braclets to service troops (instructions for making on site)
- Soldiers' Angels[/b] (USA) organises many programs to send care packages / handmade blankets to military personal
- The Ships Project (USA) sends handmade hats, slippers, and Cool-Ties to deployed military service-people
- Project 40 (USA - requires Ravelry account)takes knit / crochet blanket strips to be assembled into lapghans for nursing home residents
DOROT:  Craft a card for an isolated senior.
- San Rafael (USA) accepts knitted bird 'bowls' as homes for rescued baby birds  
- Comfort for Critters (USA) accept fleece / yarn pet blankets for use in animal shelters, and donations of yarn/fleece which thye distribute to old folks homes / commiunity projects for people there to turn into pet blankets
- Snuggles (USA) distribute blankets to animal shelters, knit / crochet / sew / no-sew patterns on site
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Floo on: January 19, 2018 08:17:59 AM
He took a deep breath, scattered the powder into the flames, and stepped forward; the fire felt like a warm breeze; he opened his mouth and immediately swallowed a lot of hot ash.
Mistress Jennie & Deputy Headmistress Noodle-bug are trying to get to Honeydukes, but something has gone wrong.... Where are they?

A Pinch of Floo Powder
Every 2 weeks (usually on a monday) A new challenge will be posted, taking us to explore a different place
Students may complete and post a craft based on that theme to earn 15 House Points, and a badge.  Once a new challenge is posted, you have until midnight Central time that day to finish posting the "old" challenge.
As with all things HPC, you are welcome to do any, all, or none of these challenges. They are just a way to inspire your own magical crafting

This week we are in...
Ohhh, cool! Berlin is a mecca for street artists, so there's lot to see with works on just about every surface! Street art can be very controversial - it's often used to express political sentiments, and even the existence of the art itself can be contentious. For this challenge, please craft something controversial! This might be something which expresses or symbolises an opinion not everyone agree with (such as a placard for a rally, or a poster to raise awareness), maybe you could use a material/pattern in a way other than the usual, or you might choose to craft a piece of homeware in a colour you love but know your housemate hates!

Previous Floo challenge badges this semester:

24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / ~*Completed Classes & Challenges*~ on: January 18, 2018 11:18:49 AM
~*Completed Classes & Challenges*~

Mistress Jennie:



Ant Bee:

~House Points~
*Reminder: Class/Challenge 15 pts , OWL 100 pts, NEWT 150 pts , SPEW 10 pts extra*
*Cup Winner, average from points per house & number of members per house*

Gryffindor:  students,  points
Hufflepuff:  students,  points
Ravenclaw:  students,  points
Slytherin:  students,  points
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Yule Term 2017/18*~ Join anytime! on: January 17, 2018 02:19:04 AM
Yay, welcome! If you have questions, please do ask  Grin
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Yule Term 2017/18*~ Join anytime! on: January 15, 2018 05:52:18 PM
Edel, you are what all Ravenclaws aspire to be Cheesy
27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Yule Term 2017/18*~ Join anytime! on: January 15, 2018 03:28:32 PM
Wow! I don't think I've ever come across Jello (jelly to us brits) as anything but a pudding dish! I can't say the salads appeal to me, I'll stick to serving it with ice cream! But it's cool to see unusual uses Smiley
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Yule Term 2017/18*~ Join anytime! on: January 15, 2018 10:25:35 AM
jello 'salads' full of boiled eggs and shrimp! 

Hang on... I thought Jello was want Americans called this - gelatin type product, nominally fruit flavoured, set but wobbly. No?
29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Yule Term 2017/18*~ Join anytime! on: January 10, 2018 07:48:10 AM
Deputy Head Noods casts the homonculous charm - we're here because we're here because we're here
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: FLOO! on: January 08, 2018 05:17:33 AM
That's a new flip challenge up on the board!

This week we are in...
The Cat Bus!
The cat bus is very useful, since it can take you places and help you find little sisters, bounding along power lines and leaping hilltops while you sit snuggly inside on warm furry seats!
For this challenge, please craft something inspired by a sister of yours - either biological or honorary. Alternatively, please craft something snuggly Smiley
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