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471  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: SETTING UP: HP Craftalong - Summer Semester 2016 on: May 15, 2016 02:01:55 PM
Potions classroom
Severus Shape Appreciation Society

472  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 on: May 15, 2016 09:01:59 AM
Class: divination
House; ravenclaw
Project: diamonds square
Hmmm... I got confused... I used a deck of playing cards, instead of tarot cards! Do you think my prediction is still valid? I used the suite of diamonds to make this blanket square
473  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 on: May 15, 2016 08:28:07 AM
Completed Owl!

Subject: transfiguration option 2
House: ravenclaw
These look like socks, huh? Well, little do you know! They are also serving as a present, and an apology for party non-attendance Smiley

They are made with zauberball yarn, so they drape like nice men's dress socks, but in funky-pants colours Cheesy

Which inevitably.brings me to...

Owl proposal!

Subject hOM option 2
House: ravenclaw
Project: quilt binding
So, a year later, and Tom.had finally found done fabric he likes for the quilt backing! It's just a plain sheet fabric, but actually it really is a lovely shade, and it's a large enough width that we won't need to add a seam. So more I can pick back up this owl I started and dropped last year Smiley
We already did several weeks with on this owl, mostly main making samples so Tom could see and try different binding & tieing/ quilting methods - I'm hoping with all the practice we should only need a couple more weeks!
474  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 on: May 11, 2016 04:18:52 PM
There's a new Floo challenge posted - where on earth are we now??
475  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 on: May 11, 2016 04:15:56 PM
I am so in love with those night lights Jennie! I already have a gorgeous night light that my friend made me (remember the light up fabric birdhouse I made? The recipient of that made me a blue bird night light!) which I don't even have room to plug in (not a spare socket anywhere exposed) --- so I'm having to resist the temptation of your etsy store with all my might right now!!

And Jen - I love your jar lights too, such a clever idea to use stockers as a resist, they look great
476  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / One part up and one part left... We're moving diagonally... on: May 10, 2016 06:08:46 PM
Welcome to...
Diagon Alley

"Did he say diagonally?"

"Harry wished he had eight more eyes... 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 a create your own charm bracelet kit, in the winner's choice of theme & colors.  The kit will include all the materials and directions to make a one-of-a-kind charm bracelet.

*ships worldwide*

Mistress Jennie has also donated a copy of the Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter.

*ships within US only*

Mistress Jennie has also donated a Platform 9 3/4 travel tumbler!  Reduce your use of disposable (but not biodegradable!) materials, by taking your tasty beverages everywhere with this fantastic scarlet beaker.

*ships worldwide*

Noodle's Notions Nest
The utterly fantastic noodle-bug has donated a Truly Hooked beginners sock knitting kit; this includes hand dyed yarn from an independent artist in a double rainbow gradient coloured, a set of circular needles, a simple pattern and 2 cute stitch markers

*ships worldwide*

Noodlebug had also donated a decoupage kit, including 2 cardboard blanks (a heart trinket box, and a little house storage box) plus a selection of handmade & reclaimed papers. Due to international shipping regulations, noodlebug can't send any glue, but all you'll need is PVA (or similar) to mix with water!

*ships worldwide*

QuirkieCraft on Etsy
The lovely sheepBlue of QuirkieCraft on Etsy has donated a beautiful screen printed Hogwarts crest scarf! It is hand printed on 100% cotton fabric.  

*ships worldwide from Mistress Jennie*

The Octopus' Garden
Awesome Gryffindor All-Star Abbeeroad has donated a custom Deathly Hallows scarf, screen printed in the House colors of the winner's choice!

*ships worldwide*

Edel's Print Emporium
The Ravenclawsome edelC has donated 1/2 yard of her beautiful hand dyed and hand printed golden snitch fabric!

*ships worldwide*

Fate's Fickle Stitches
The lovely fatewineroses has donated a custom hoopla, based on the winner's HP favorites.  

*ships worldwide*

Diagon Alley needs you!
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 Harry Potter themed items
~Harry Potter themed 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.)
~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!
477  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Where are Jennie & Noodle? on: May 10, 2016 06:07:19 PM
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 tuesday) 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 adventures!

keep your elbows tucked in, shut your eyes, dont fidget, dont panic, and take care to get out at the right grate
This week we are in...
There's a saying that all roads lead to Ankh-Morpork. And it's wrong. All roads lead away from Ankh-Morpork, but sometimes people walk along them the wrong way.
For this challenge, you must make something 'the wrong way'. Deviate from the pattern, use the wrong end of a paintbrush to make a different type of mark, crochet with anything except yarn!

Previous Floo challenge badges this semester
478  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Deputy Head's Office on: May 10, 2016 06:06:12 PM
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
- 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
- In the UK, many NHS trusts ask for donations of knitted 'Twiddlemuffs' which are used as therapeutic care for Dementia patients (details and pattern here)
- neonatal units often need small knitted squares to exchange between a baby in an incubator and a mother, to help her to express milk by letting her have the babies pheromones about her - this also helps with bonding

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 and LesliesHappyHeart for many of these suggestions
Please let me know if you have a charity to add!

- Knit for Peace (UK based): accept and distribute assorted knitted items around the world, largely clothes for refugees or homeless people
- UK Hand Knitting Association Charity List (UK) database of various charities needing crafty donations
- Wrap Pyjama Fairies (UK based) distribute sewn pyjamas to 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)gives out blankets, quilts and comforters to seriously ill and traumatized children

- Wildlife Victoria (Australia) accept yarn or fabric pouches which they use to 'home' kangaroo/koala/other marsupial babies who have lost their mum (pattern ideas on site)

- Blankets for Canada (Canada) distributes crocheted, knitted, sewn blankets to Canadians who need warmth

- The Magic Yarn Project (USA based) 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
- San Rafael (USA) accepts knitted bird 'bowls' as homes for rescued baby birds  
- 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
- Afghans for Afghans (USA) distributes blankets, sweaters, vests, hats, mittens, and socks to the people of Afghanistan
- Binky Patrol Comforting Covers for Kids (USA) distributes blankets to children born with chronic & terminal illnesses or drug addictions
- 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.
- Knit Your Bit (USA) honors WWII veterans by giving a cozy, scarves
- Knots of Love (USA) distributes caps for chemo patients and blankets for incubated babies
- Lion Brand's Charity Connection (Largely USA) database of charities that accept knitted and crocheted items
- Little Dresses for Africa (USA) gives out pillow-case dresses to girls in Africa
- Mother Bear Project (USA) gives hand-knit and crocheted bears to ill children
- Partnering With Heroes (USA) gives out paracord braclets to service troops (instructions for making on site)
- Project 40 (USA - requires Ravelry account)takes knit / crochet blanket strips to be assembled into lapghans for nursing home residents
- Project Linus-US (USA) gives handmade blankets, quilts and comforters to seriously ill and traumatized children
- Snuggles Project (USA) distributes crochet, knitted, sewn "Snuggies" for abandoned pets
- Soldiers' Angels[/b] (USA) organises many programs to send care packages / handmade blankets to military personal
- The Pink Slipper Project (USA) gives out  handmade slippers to women and children that are living in shelters for victims of domestic violence
- The Red Scarf Project (USA) gives out red scarves to foster children; accepts donations between September 1 and December 15 annually
- The Ships Project (USA) sends handmade hats, slippers, and Cool-Ties deployed military service-people
- Threads of Compassion (USA) gives out handmade scarves to hospitalised victims of sexual abuse
- Quilt for Kids (USA) distributes cotton quilts for children in hospitals, who have life threatening illnesses
479  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 on: May 10, 2016 03:32:26 PM
Aww, thanks Jennie! And we'll done all the other MotMs  Grin
480  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / ~*House Points*~ on: May 10, 2016 03:24:19 PM
~*Completed Classes & Challenges*~

Abbeeroad, Alumni; Arithmancy, Alchemy, Astronomy, CoMC, Charms, DADA, Det June, DET-August, Divination, Flying, Head June, Head July, Head-August, Herbology, HoM, MS, Potions, Quid-TT&P,  Q beater, Q blatch, Q cob, Q flack, Q haver, Q keeper, Q snitch, Q stoog
IsikkahJai; Astronomy, Charms, HoM,
jenleahlynn, alumni: Alchemy, Apparition, Arithmancy, Astronomy, CoMC, Charms, DADA, DET-June, Div, Flying, HEAD-July, head aug, herb, House Unity, House Pride, Potions, Transfiguration,  
Mistress Jennie, alumni: Alchemy, Apparition, Arithmancy, Astronomy, CoMC, CalaisSPEW, Charms, DADA, DET-June, DET-July, DET-Aug+SPEW, div + SPEW, Floo Em, Floo-Zoo, Floo-Zambia+SPEW, foo - jupiter, Floo-CastCourts, Floo-AnkhMorPork+SPEW, Herb, HoM, Head June, HEAD-July, House Pride, House Unity, Flying, Floo-Little Whinging, MS+SPEW, Quidditch Owl, Quid-Capt, QUID-Tryouts, Quid-Ref, Quid-TT&P, QUID-Commentator+SPEW, QUID-Chaser, QUID-Beater, Quid-Keeper+SPEW, QUID-Bumphing, QUID-Cobbing+SPEW, QUID-Blurting+SPEW, Quid-Flacking+SPEW, Quid-Haversacking, QUID-Stooging, Q blagg, Q seeker,  SoAR+SPEW, potions, Transfiguration+SPEW,  
Whistlefish,: alchemy, Astro, app, Arithmancy, CoMC, DADA, Div, head june, Herb, Fly, trans

AnnoyingBigSister, Alumni: Alch, App, Arith, CoMC, DADA, Det June, Div, Floo E.city, Floo L.Whing, Floo-Jupiter, Flying, Head June, Head Aug, HoM, House Pride, Potions, Quidditch owl, Qstoog, Qtry,  Quid-TT&P, QUID-Bumphing, trans,
fatewineroses, first year; Alchemy, Appirition, Arithmancy, Astronomy, Charms, Floo L.whing,  flying, HoM, Quid-Capt., Quid-Beater, Transfiguration,
gaudiknight, Alumni: alchemy, app, Astronomy, CoMC, DADA, DET-July, DET-Sept, Divination, floo alaska, Floo-Zoo, floo zambia, flying, head july, head aug, herb,  HoM, MS, Quidditch captain, Quid-Commentator, Q tryout, Q chaser, Quid-Beater, Quid-Ref, Quid-Bumphing, Quid-Blurting, Quid-Cobbing, Quid-Flacking, Quid-Haversacking, Quid-Stooging, SoAR
J_Kieviet, Alumni: alchemy, Apparition, arithmancy, Astro, DADA,  Det June, flying, Floo E.city, Head June, head july, HoM, Quid-Tryouts, Quid-Seeker, Quid-Beater, Quid-Keeper, Quid-Chaser, Quid-Comm, Quid-Ref, Quid-Blag, Quid-Bumphing, Quid-Cobbing, Quid-Flacking, Quid-Haversacking, Quid-Quaffle Pocking, Quid-Stooging,  
midkiffsjoy, Alumni: alchemy, Apparition, Astronomy, Arith, CoMC, Charms, DADA, Div, det june, DET-July, det aug, DET-Sept, Floo E.City, Floo Alaska, Floo-Zoo, Floo L.whing, floo zambia, Floo-Jupiter, Floo-CastCourts, Flying, Head June, Head-July, head sept, ead aug,  Herb, HoM, House Unity, MS, Potions, Quidditch owl,  Quid-Capt, Quid-TT&P, Q flacking, Q seeker, Q stooging, Q tryout, Q chaser, Qbeater, Q blag, Q blurt, Q cob, q keeper, Q quafflepock, Q commentor, Quid-Snitchnip, SoAR, SPEW x4, Transfiguration,
Moonflame,: Alch, App, Arith, Astronomy, CoMC, Charms, DADA, DET-June, DET-July, DET-Aug+SPEW, Divination, Floo E.City, Floo alaska, Floo-Lil Whinging, Floo-Zambia+SPEW, Flying, Head-Sept, HoM, Herb, MS, Quid-Chaser, Quid-Comm, Quid-Blatching, QUID-Bumphing+SPEW, Qflack, Quid_Snitchnip+SPEW, Quid-Stooging, SoAR, SPEWx8,  
patty_o_furniture, 6th Year: Alchemy, Apparition, Arithmancy, Astronomy, CoMC, Charms, DADA, DET-Aug, Divination, Flying, Head-Marauder's Map, Herbology, HoM, House Unity, MS, Potions, Quid-Tryouts, QUID-Beater, Quid-Keeper, QUID-Commentator, QUID-Haversacking, Quid-Snitchnip, Quid-Stooging, SoAR, Transfiguration,
PlaidPineapple, 3rd year: Alchemy, Apparition, Arithmancy, Astronomy, CoMC, DADA, DET-June, Divination, Floo-Zoo, Head-July, HoM, H.Pride, MS, Q ref, Qsnit, Qstooge, SoAR,  
seeuudee, Alumni: Alchemy, Arithmancy, Astronomy, Apparition, Charms, DADA, DET-August, DET-Sept, Divination, Floo-Zoo, Flying, Head June, HEAD-Sept, Herbology, HoM, MS, Quidditch owl, Quid-Capt, Quid-Beater, Quid-Keeper+SPEW, QUID-Commentator, Quid-Ref, Quid-Chaser, Quid-Seeker, QUID-Blatching, Quid-Cobbing, QUID-Stooging, QUID-Flacking, Q ttyout, Q blumping, Qquaflepock, Quid-Snitchnip+SPEW, SoAR, Transfiguration,

edelC, 4rd Year: Alchemy, app, arith, astro, CoMC, Charms, DADA, DET-June, DET-July, DET-August, DET-Sept, Flying, HEAD-August Marauders, Herbology, HoM, House Unity, Potions, quid owl, Quid-Capt, Quid-Flacking, Quid-Seeker, Quid-Keeper, Quid-Chaser, Quid-Commentator, QUID-Cobbing, Quid-Stooging, SoAR, trans
FiberAlchemist, alumni: Apparition, Arithmancy, Astronomy, Divination, Flying, head june, herb, MS, Potions, quid owl, Quid-TT&P, Quid-Seeker, Quid-Beater, Quid-Haversacking, Quid-Quaffle, Quid-Snitchnip, Quid-Stooging,  
jellybean89, Alumni: Alchemy, app + SPEW, arith + spew, astro, CoMC, charms +SPEW, DADA, DET-August+SPEW, Div + SPEW,  floo alaska + spew, floo l.whing +SPEW, flying, head june + spew, Herbology, HoM, House Unity, MS, Potions, Q try out + SPEW, Q stoog + SPEW, soar + spew, trans
lulu42, First Year; Arithmancy,
Magpirate, Alumni: Alchemy, floo em, head june, House Unity, MS, quid owl, Quid-Beater, Quid-Ref, Quid-Blagging, Quid-Bumphing, Quid-Cobbing, Quid-Haversacking, Quid-Stooging,
Netchez, ; Arithmancy, astro, app, comc, Charms, DADA,  DET-June, det aug, Flying, floo em, floo alaska, Floo-Zoo, floo zambia, Floo-Cast Courts, head june, Head-July, head aug, Head-Sept, herb, HoM, house unity, MS, potions, quid owl, quid captain, QUID-Keeper, Quid-TT&P, Q commentor, Q chaser, Quid-Bumphing, Q stoog, Q blurt, transfig,
noodle-bug, Alumni: alchemy + SPEW, Arith, Apparition, astro, Calais Refugee Challenge (SPEW), CoMC+SPEW, charms + SPEW, DaDA, det june + SPEW, DET-July+SPEW, DET-Aug, DET-Sept, Div, Floo E.city, floo alaska, floo l.whing,  Floo-Zoo, FLOO-Zambia, floo jupiter, Floo-CastCourts, flying, head june, head july, head aug, Herb, h.pride, House Unity, HoM + SPEW, MS, potions + SPEW, QUID-Beater, Q blag + SPEW, Qblump + SPEW, QBurt + SPEW, Qchaser + SPEW, Q cob + SPEW, Q commentor + SPEW, Q flack + SPEW, Q keeper + SPEW, Q ref+ SPEW, Q stoog + SPEW, Q tryout + SPEW, quid owl, Quidditch-Captain, Q snit + SPEW,  Quid-TT&P, Q seeker + SPEW, SoAr + SPEW,  

Audio, 1st Year: Alch, Astro,
Ant Bee, Alumni: alch, app, arith,  DADA, div, SoAR+SPEW,
ErinAquaheart, Alumni: alchemy, App, arith, astro, comc, charms, DADA, det june, det july, det aug, div, floo l.whinge, flying, head june, herb, hom, h.pride, h.unity, MS, potions, Quid-Capt, Quid-Tryouts, Quid-Beater, Quid-Comm, Quid-Keeper, Quid-Ref, Quid-Blagging, Quid-Blurting, Quid-Bumphing, Quid-Cobbing, Quid-Quaffle, Quid-Haversacking, Quid-Stooging, SoAR, trans,  
Inselaeffchen, Alumni: Alchemy, Apparition, Arithmancy, Astronomy, CoMC, Charms, DADA, DET-July, DET-August, DET-September, Divination, Flying, Herbology, House Pride, MS, Potions, Quid-TT&P, SoAR, Transfiguration,  
TechnicolorAquahearts,; Apparition, Astronomy, Det-August, Flying, head july, Quid-Tryouts, Quid-Chaser, Quid-Commentator, Quid-Ref, Quid-Bumphing, Quid-Flacking, Quid-Haversacking,

~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: 5 student, 1995 points
Hufflepuff: 9 students, 4465 points
Ravenclaw: 7 students, 3325 points
Slytherin: 5 students, 1320 points
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