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on: February 26, 2014 09:20:59 AM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by pinkleo
Relevance: 59%
~Headmistress pinkleo's Tower~
:::password: cherry sours:::

Welcome new and old students!  As we settle into the Spring term, I wanted to say a few words. 

First, you will see me and Deputy Headmistress Mistress Jennie mention many times about how you do not have to craft ALL the classes and challenges.  This is because we don't want anyone to feel overwhelmed and not craft along.  I can tell you now that I, Headmistress pinkleo, will not be crafting everything in the Winter HPC; what I will be crafting is those classes and challenges that inspire me.  Furthermore, all that is needed to complete the semester and a HPC year is to post one project during the semester.  I sincerely hope you find this a comforting reminder and enjoy your crafting. 

Second, you will find that we are a chatty bunch.  Don't let this intimidate or prevent you from posting.  Think of the HPC like stopping into the Three Broomsticks.  Pop in and chat about what's going on at the moment.  No one will be offended if you "skip" their projects during commenting.  We are all here to have fun and explore our crafty magic. 

Finally, I hope you have fun this term.  Take your time exploring the castle and all that's within; for your convenience, portkeys to various rooms have been added to the first post of this thread.  And if you ever have a question or problem, do not hesitate in sending an owl (aka PM) to me, pinkleo, AND Mistress Jennie.  I would like to leave you with some final words, and here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak! Thank you and blessed be.



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* JOIN the Society for the Protection of Everyone's Welfare, also know as S.P.E.W.!
* Great Hall Now Open: FOC Off-Topic Chat Board
* I'm so hungry I could eat a hippogriff!: Magical Recipes Revealed



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on: February 26, 2014 09:33:31 AM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by Mistress Jennie
Relevance: 59%

Are you sick of Umbridge already?  Do you want to learn - properly learn - practical defensive magic?  Do you need to know what it's really like facing him?  Facing Vo... Voldemorte?   Are you ready for a brand new epic *series* of Craftalong Challenges? Do you have what it takes to join Dumbledore's Army?

Well then you are in luck my friends because your Headmistresses have dreamed up another awesome challenge for you!  This challenge series spans three HPC semesters, and covers the journey taken by our favorite Trio, and their faithful friends, as they learned to use magic, and fought to live in a world without fear or prejudice.  Each individual challenge will have a specified time frame, much like you saw in Summer Quidditch.  The Fall Semester contained 3 awesome challenges.  Winter semester we had lessons with Harry Potter himself!  This semester we will have three more challenges, a new one each month!  Each 'on-time' project you submit will earn you 15 House Points, just like all other Class and Challenge prompts.    

So, what's our next task?*

*If you did not complete the Fall or Winter Semester's tasks in time, but would still like to participate, please scroll down to the bottom of this post for directions on how to catch-up!



~*Department of Mysteries*~
May 11 - May 31, 2014
"There is a room in the Department of Mysteries that is kept locked at all times. It contains a force that is at once more wonderful and more terrible than death, than human intelligence, than the forces of nature. It is also, perhaps, the most mysterious of the many subjects for study that reside there. It is the power held within that room that you possess in such quantities and which Voldemort has not at all." Albus Dumbledore

The Department of Mysteries is a section within the Ministry of Magic where the various mysteries of the world are studied, including space, thought, time, death, and love.  On June 18th, 1996 Lord Voldemorte planted a vision in Harry Potter's mind, of his godfather, Sirius Black, being tortured somewhere within the Department of Mysteries.  When Harry decided to rush to Sirius' aid, he was accompanied by his best friends, Hermoine Granger and Ron Weasley, as well as  Dumbledore's Army members Ginny Weasley, Luna Lovegood and Neville Longbottom.  Though many students had joined the D.A., it was only Ginny, Luna and Neville who rushed to help Harry fight the Death Eaters and rescue Sirius, without thought for themselves.  

"We were all in the D.A. together. It was all supposed to be about fighting You-Know-Who, wasn't it? And this is the first chance we've had to do something real or was that all just a game or something?" Neville Longbottom

For this challenge you will need to follow Luna & Neville's example and go out of your way to help a friend who could really use a hand.  You can create any sort of crafted item, provided the intended recipient is a good friend, and the craft is intended to help them in some way.  Be sure to explain the situation in your post.


~*Mastering the Patronus Charm*~
CLOSED! ~ REQUIRED CATCH-UP CRAFTING TIME = 2 weeks!*
March 17 - April 7, April 22, 2014[/center/

"This ancient and mysterious charm conjures a magical guardian, a projection of all your most positive feelings. The Patronus Charm is difficult, and many witches and wizards are unable to produce a full, corporeal Patronus, a guardian which generally takes the shape of the animal with whom they share the deepest affinity. You may suspect, but you will never truly know what form your Patronus will take until you succeed in conjuring it."

The Patronus Charm (Expecto Patronum) is an immensely complicated spell that evokes a partially-tangible positive energy force known as a Patronus, or spirit guardian. The charm was primarily designed for defense against Dementors and Lethifolds.  Dementors as you know, feed on human happiness, draining it from their victims until all they can feel is depression and despair.  While Witches & Wizards are able to defend themselves with this charm, Muggles have no such luxury, and there are many living in depression and despair every day.  A successfully cast corporeal Patronus is able to shield not only its caster, but also other human beings around them.  In this way a single Witch or Wizard can defend their families, friends, neighbors, and even strangers.  

For this Challenge you must craft an item for a CHARITY, that will help bring hope to someone in despair.  Please check out the SPEW Craftalong for a wonderful list of organizations that accept handmade items.  Many of these charities even have guidelines, tutorials and patterns available to help you in your crafting.  Your crafted item will earn you 15 House Points, and cannot be combined with any other class.  However, in effort to promote the spread of joy and love in the world, your Headmistress is also giving you a chance to earn extra House Points on all charity items crafted within this Challenge's timeline.  For each additional SPEW item you craft, you will earn an additional 5 House Points, on top of the normal 10 points. These SPEW points CAN be combined with Class prompts.  For example, you could create a daffodil yellow quilt for Quilts for Kids to complete your History of Magic homework.  This would earn you 15 House Points for History of Magic, + your normal 10 SPEW points, + 5 Bonus SPEW points = 30 House Points!



~*Lessons With Harry*~
CLOSED! ~ REQUIRED CATCH-UP CRAFTING TIME = 6 weeks!*
December 1st - February 28th
It's time we learned how to defend ourselves from Voldemorte and his Death Eaters.  Throughout the Winter Semester you will be learning practical defensive spells from Harry Potter in the Room of Requirement.  In order to earn the right to move on in the Join the DA Challenge, you will need to master 5 out of 8 of the following spells.  You may choose any 5 you wish, and you have until the end of the semester to post them.  However, as a good Headmistress I must remind you that leaving all your studying to the last minute will result in poor performance on your exams.  So start thinking, planning and crafting as soon as you wish!
And since I just *know* someone will ask...  If you master your 5 spells and still wish to continue crafting the others you may do so.  If you complete all 8 *within this semester* only, you will earn a bonus of 10 House Points, and an extra fancy badge.   Cheesy

1. Disarming - The word expelliarmus is derived from the Latin roots, expel, meaning 'to drive out' and arma, meaning 'weapon'. For this challenge you must remove something standing in the way of your completing a craft project.  This could include striping down a piece of furniture in order to refinish it, redyeing an object to hide a pesky stain, bleaching to remove color, or cleaning out & organizing your messy craft area in order to better utilize the space.
2. Impediment Jinx - The Impediment Jinx is used to freeze something in its current place.  For this challenge craft something that either literally freezes like homemade ice cream, or something that blocks or stops something else like a door stop.  Other ideas include a shawl to keep out the chill, a batch of Freezer Meals for busy work nights, or draft blocker for one of the doors in your house.
3. Reductor Curse -  The Reductor Curse is used to blast an object into tiny pieces.  For this challenge you have two options.  One is to break down a larger object into smaller pieces and use them in a completed craft project, such as breaking plates into small tiles to create a mosaic table top.  Your second option is to craft something tiny.  This can be anything you desire, but the maximum size is 3x3x3.  (For our friends using the Metric System, this is 7.6 cm, but you may round it up to 8 cm. Wink)  
4. Stunning Spell - The Stunning Spell, otherwise known as Stupefy, is used to render someone unconscious or to halt a moving object.  For this challenge you must create something that stuns at least one of the 5 senses.  For example, it can dazzle the eye with sparkle, dazzles the ear with sound, dazzles the taste buds with flavor, dazzles the nose with an intoxicating scent, dazzles the sense of touch with softness.  (Note: Please do not try to render anyone unconscious in your crafting! Wink)
5. Shield Charm - Shield Charm is a term applied to several varieties of charms that create a magical barrier to deflect both physical entities and spells. For this challenge you must craft something that will shield either you or another person, from an outside force. Ideas include a potholder to shield you from hot pots & pans, a hat or scarf to shield someone from the winter's cold, or a sleep mask shields tired eyes from the bright sun.
6. Protean Charm - A Protean Charm is a very advanced spell, which links multiple objects together for a common purpose.  In 1995 Hermione Grainger cast the Protean Charm on a series of fake Galleon coins in order to communicate with other members of the D.A.  A change in Harry Potter's master coin would be magically reflected on the other coins, as well as emit a heat signal, alerting group members to the next meeting date.  The genius of this method of communication is that even if a student was searched by Umbridge and the Inquisitorial Squad, they wouldn't find any sort of contraband on the person as it is perfectly legal to carry currency.  For this challenge you must craft an object that is actually something else in disguise, or that contains a hidden meaning.  Examples include a pillow quilt or "quillow", a clever tea cozy, a mask, or something more personal like noodle-bug's ingenious "Birdhouse In Your Soul" project from last semester.  
7.  Fred & George Fight Back - After the D.A. was betrayed by Marietta Edgecombe, Fred and George Weasley continued to fight back against Umbridge's hold on the school by doing what they are best at; namely causing mischief, chaos, and laughter.  They released some rather impressive enchanted fireworks to disrupt lessons, created a swamp in the corridor, and in their final act of rebellion, struck several members of the Inquisitorial Squad with jinxes, summoned their brooms from Umbridge's office and escaped the school to start their joke shop.  For this challenge, take your inspiration from Fred & George's methods.  Craft an *impressive diversion* for yourself or a group of friends.  This could mean creating a stunning display of lights & decorations around your home for the holidays.  (Think beyond hanging ornaments on the tree.)  Or how about crafting food, decorations & favors for a fabulous New Year's Eve party?  On this challenge, be sure to GO BIG.  This is for Fred & George after all.
8. Help the Room of Requirement - The Room of Requirement, otherwise known as the Come and Go Room is possibly one of the most fascinating parts of Hogwarts Castle.  The room is thought to have some degree of sentience, because it transforms itself into whatever the witch or wizard needs it to be at that moment in time.  It is also Unplottable and can only be accessed by a witch or wizard who has great need of it.  For this challenge, you will take your inspiration from the room itself and craft something for which there is *great* need.  You can decide just what is needed and how to best supply it, but you must explain this clearly in your posting.  For example, perhaps your broom closet is overflowing with plastic grocery bags and is an utter mess that you can no longer control.  You could turn those bags into a set of reusable bags.  (Thanks noodle-bug.)  Or perhaps your great aunt Muriel has been getting cold while reading in her drafty old house.  You could crochet her a new lapghan to keep her warm.  Whatever you choose, remember to explain why it is so needed.




~*Sign the Parchment*~
CLOSED! ~ REQUIRED CATCH-UP CRAFTING TIME = 1 WEEK!*
November 8th-30th

"I I think everybody should write their name down, just so we know who was here. But I also think that we all ought to agree not to shout about what we're doing. So if you sign, you're agreeing not to tell Umbridge or anybody else what we're up to." - Hermoine Grainger

This next challenge should be a real doss for everyone.  Hopefully a nice way to wind down the semester.  As easy as signing your name really.  For this challenge you will need to create something in your 'signature craft'.  The craft that you are most comfortable and familiar with.  You may create anything within that medium, no restrictions.  If you have more than one craft that is your signature, you may pick either medium.  If this is somehow still unclear, think of it this way.  If two Craftsters were to have a conversation about you, your signature craft would be how they'd identify you.  It would probably go something like this:

Abbeeroad:  Hey noodle-bug, do you know Mistress Jennie?
noodle-bug: You mean that girl who makes all the charm bracelets?

Yep, that girl who makes the charm bracelets.  So, if you were me, which you're not because you're you, but if you were me, then you'd craft a charm bracelet.  If you were pinkleo, you'd crochet something.  Etc. etc.  So get going on signing that parchment!


~*Have a Drink in the Hog's Head*~
CLOSED! ~ REQUIRED CATCH-UP CRAFTING TIME = 2 WEEKS!*
October 10th-November 7th

"Hi," said Fred, reaching the bar first and counting his companions quickly.  "Could we have... twenty-five butterbeers, please?'
The barman glared at him for a moment, then, throwing down his rag irritably as though he had been interrupted in something very important, he started passing up dusty butterbeers from under the bar.


Sometimes darkness lies ahead.  Whether it be a long war against evil, or the long dark nights of autumn and winter.  But even when times are difficult and the road ahead of us looks impossible, there is comfort in sharing a moment of peace, some laughter, and some good food & drink with friends.  For this challenge you will take inspiration from Fred & George, and share a treat with your friends or family.  You must make a food, drink, or sweet treat to share that will serve at least 5 people.  (Not dinner for 2. The purpose of this challenge is to share with a larger group of friends.)  Further, in an effort to broaden the effects of your sharing spirit, you MUST post the complete recipe here in the HPC thread, in order to earn your Badge & House Points.  
***It should go without saying that, like all craft submissions here in the HPC, a picture must also accompany your post. No picture also = no points.***



~*Fear of a Name Challenge*~
CLOSED! ~ REQUIRED CATCH-UP CRAFTING TIME = 2 WEEKS!*
September 11th-October 9th

"Harry, don't you see? This... this is exactly why we need you... We need to know what it's really like... facing him... facing V-Voldemort." - Hermione Granger

Fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself.  This is a lesson that all Potter fans take to heart; that facing your fears is the first step towards defeating them.  Hermione began to face her fears when she said Voldemorte's name for the very first time.  For this challenge you will will learn from her example, and face your crafting fears.  You must choose to craft something in a new medium that you have been afraid to try before, OR, you may craft something in a medium you are familiar with, but with a new technique that you have been afraid to try before.  For example, perhaps your a a knitter, and have made tons of knitted items, but you've always been afraid to try cables.  Then this is your chance to try knitting the heck out of those cables!  Since you will be trying new things, you have 4 weeks to complete this challenge, giving you lots of time to make mistakes and perfect your technique.
   


Catching Up with the D.A.

You:  Dear Headmistresses, I did not get a chance to complete the first DA task, but I would still like to participate.  What can I do?

Glad you asked my friend!  Your Headmistress and I have discussed this and come up with a solution for anyone who missed the first challenge, but still wishes to participate.  Whether you were too busy to jump in during a busy Fall Semester at your real world school, or family & personal obligations kept you from crafting as much as you'd like, you may have fallen (or may in future fall) behind with the DA Challenges.  This is not a problem, and you can still participate.  (As can folks who decide to join the HPC over Winter or Spring semesters.)  

Since learning practical defensive magic and joining the fight against Voldemorte and the Death Eaters was a journey for our characters, you will still need to complete the same journey they do in order to earn your place in the DA.  Therefore, you will still need to do all the challenges *in chronological order* to complete the task.  Therefore, if you missed the Fear of a Name Challenge, you will still need to complete it before you dive into the Drink at the Hog's Head Challenge.

But, there is a bit of fine print...  Wink

First off, each challenge will be assigned a required amount of time "Catch Up" time.  This means that you cannot post your NEXT craft until that amount of time has past.  (This amount of time will be noted with the closed challenge prompt.)  For example, the Fear of a Name Challenge has a Required Make Up Time of 2 weeks.  So if you missed that prompt but you still want to join the DA, first you must plan and craft an item that fits the Fear of a Name challenge prompt.  After posting it, you cannot post a Drink in the Hog's Head Challenge for 2 weeks.  This is not because we are mean.   Smiley  It is because we want each and every crafter to craft their best, rather than rush through a large number of poorly made crafts in a short time.  (It will also make more sense later, when there are lots more projects to get through in order to Catch Up.)

Second bit of fine print:  Each project completed DURING the official Challenge Period will receive 15 House Points.  Any project completed AFTER the official period will earn 10 House Points. For example, if you are joining the HPC this semester and complete the Fear of a Name challenge, you will earn 10 Points for it, because that challenge closed last semester.  You can then begin planning and crafting your Drink at the Hog's Head project and may post it 2 weeks after you Fear of a Name project.  If, in the course of catching up, you get to making some of this semester's challenges (during the semester), you will earn 15 Points for those.  If you still have questions, feel free to PM both ME, and pinkleo.  We will be happy to clarify.


~*Badges*~


***Please remember, you can choose to do any, all, or none of the Challenges and Challenge Series that come up.  The goal here is always to have fun and to be excited about our crafting!  None of the Challenges are intended to cause you stress or strife.  Even your Headmistresses do NOT plan to do ALL the things.  So craft on Friends, craft on.***
 
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on: March 13, 2014 02:03:10 PM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by pottermouth
Relevance: 59.2%
Class: Flying
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Make Yer Own Hippogriff
Brief Description: I made another hippogriff to send to a friend and to prove it isn't the same one, I decided to write up a little tutorial and include the pattern so you can make one too. Ignore all of the crafty disaster that's going on in the background...art is messy!


PATTERN EDIT: CUT 4 FEET PIECES, NOT 2!

Materials:

Dark Grey wool felt for body and feathers
Light Grey wool felt for feathers
Golden wool felt for beak and front feet
Embroidery Floss in matching grey and gold
Small black seed beads for eyes
Wool yarn for tail
Wool for stuffing

Trace patterns pieces onto coordinating felt, reversing pieces for opposite side. Place dashed lines of leg pieces on fold of felt.

1. Sew beak to body piece. Repeat for other body piece.


2. Fold ear to right side then fold ear slot over, aligning the piece. Sew along straight edge. Repeat on other body piece. This will be the only sewing done on the inside. Forgot to take that pic but you can see here how it's sewn.


3. Align body pieces wrong sides together and sew around, leaving an inch open at bottom to stuff. Stuff body firmly (this is where you'll be glad it is wool felt) and sew opening closed.


4. Fold rear leg piece in half along fold and beginning at hock, sew around, leaving hoof open. Stuff firmly. Place hoof on bottom of leg opening and sew around. Repeat for other rear leg.


5. For front legs you have two options. I chose to cut off a bit of the front leg and sew on a piece of gold felt to replicate the hippogriff's eagle legs. Or you can skip this part and have grey legs. Fold leg in half, sew around, leaving bottom open. Stuff firmly. Sew two foot pieces together. Place foot at bottom of leg opening and sew around. Repeat for other front leg.


6.  To sew joints together, thread three strands of embroidery floss (or use button thread) through a needle and make a knot at end. Take a small stitch on inside of rear leg, catching a bit of stuffing, then pass needle back through knotted thread and pull tight. Pass needle through body. take a small stitch on other rear leg then pass needle back through body. Pinch legs together and pull tight. make a loop around joint of first leg and pass needle through thread, making a knot. Loop and knot a second time. Repeat for front legs.


7. To make feathers, cut several feather shapes from your scraps (wool is expensive!) in both dark and light grey. Sew or glue feathers beginning at bottom of neck, and move up toward head. Put 'em wherever you want 'em. Glue ears back, unless you like the way they stick out.


8. For wings, I trace the top portion of the wing and cut out a thin band to act as the "wing bone" and glue in place. Cover wings with feathers, using longer feathers at wing tips. Sew wings in place.



9. Almost there! Wind wool yarn around a credit card, or whatever you have that is the same length as the tail you'd like. Tie a knot around center of wool and cut the other end. Sew tail to body. Sew bead eyes to head, add whatever other features you'd like, then voila! A little hippogriff!
 
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on: May 14, 2014 04:48:13 PM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by midkiffsjoy
Relevance: 59.6%
I apologize for how many pictures there are and how big they are.  I finally got MY computer back so I could edit them, and then someone chewed my phone cable in half so I cant plug it into the computer.  *facepalm* Smiley  Ive finally finished the donkey fence so Ill be working on and posting pictures of classes all week. Cheesy  I sure hope yall have been having fun!!!  Im so thankful to be DONE with THAT fence!!!  Lol  (Now to start the *next* one : )

Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic Class (HoM)
Quidditch Pitch: Score for Hufflepuff!!! Cheesy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Bee Waterer
Brief Description: One day, while scrolling through my facebook, I saw an AWESOME bee waterer.  It was a bird bath full of glass decorator marbles.  *Really* enjoying the quidditch pitch theme I started searching the farm for materials to build a bee waterer.  I found the base of the BEAUTIFUL birdbath I had received as a birthday present year before last.  The basin had tipped off and broken, leaving me with only the base.  I found my grandmothers basin (which most likely was *her* mothers basin), the pitcher is long gone and the basin itself is damaged.  When she died my step uncles left NONE of her china undamaged.  Angry  The rocks the girls and I collected on a walk around the ranch.  AnnoyingBigBrother helped me carry the bucket. Smiley While building fence I watched bees pollinate blackberry vines.  I placed the birdbath base in the shade in the middle of the blackberry vines.  I scrubbed all the rocks,  piled them in Grandmas basin, and placed it on the birdbath base.  It fit *just* right!!! Cheesy  It awaits the rain weve been having all week to fill with fresh rain water.  It makes me very happy to see it all come together. Smiley
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms class
Quidditch Pitch: !!!SCORE FOR HUFFLEPUFF!!!
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Spring Violets Yarn
Brief Description: I was very inspired by the 1st Bertie Botts theme.  I dyed three hanks of white, merino roving (thats been in my stash *forever*) blue, purple, and green.  Everyone knows about purple violets, but blue wood violets grew on the island past Steep Branch Slew while I was growing up.  I spun the blue and purple roving, and then (for the FIRST time in my ENTIRE life Cheesy ) I plied them into one yarn.  I then spun the green roving and plied it ON TOP of the plied purple and blue, to make one yarn.  Cheesy 
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination Class
Quidditch Pitch: Score for Hufflepuff!!!! Cheesy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Texas Sunset Yarn
Brief Description: When I look into the sky, I see the same sky my ancestors looked at, on this farm in 1834, 180 years ago.  Its very powerful, to me, looking at the sunset, knowing they saw it from the same hill I watch it from every evening. Smiley  I decided to paint/dye mohair locks the colors of the sunset and spin them into chunky yarn.  Ive had a bag of locks for a very long time (Ive been afraid to try spinning them).  I tried dying them using the method I learned recently at a class.  I covered a lunch tray with saran wrap, laid my locks on it, squirted the prepared dye where I wanted it, rolled it up, sealed the wrap, folded it up into a ball, stuck it in a microwave proof container and microwaved it 30 seconds at a time for the next several hours.  Well, not really. Id nuke it and then forget it existed for a while.  Anyway it didnt work.  It mixed all the colors, and they never set.  They rinsed out, and looked horrible.  I was ready to put in a call to Team Dobby.  I took a breath, remixed new dye, laid the locks into a microwave proof dish, squirted the dye where I wanted, covered it with a glass lid, and microwaved it 4 times for 2 minutes at a time.  I rinsed them out, and while they were NOT what I had originally intended (the dye had mixed to make a LOT pf purple) they were still very pretty.  Spinning merino is SO much easier than spinning locks. I suspect itll take a little practice. Smiley  Ive never spun a chucky yarn, and while this may not actually qualify as chunky, its definitely not the even sewing thread I typically spin. Smiley     
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: March Detention
Quidditch Pitch: Score for Hufflepuff. Cheesy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Barnyard Gateway & Garden Fence
Brief Description: When my father was diagnosed with Colon Cancer and given 2 months to live, he promptly came home, climbed onto the towering John Deere, and tore out EVERY cross fence we had on the ranch.  Since then we've had FOUR people drunkenly drive cars through outer fencing, and a massive herd of donkeys lay down the fence of our last. remaining. secure. pasture..  So I have been working on fence.  All week.  Every week this year.  One thing I wanted to do was enclose the barnyard, the area of the ranch surrounding the house and barns.  I also wanted to fence a garden for Netchez.  She asked for a fenced garden my entire childhood without getting one and always had to worry about stray livestock in her vegetables.  I cut the gate posts from trees that had grown up into the fence line over the years.  The tposts I pulled up from my fences.  (Im tearing down my farm, as I build her's.)  The roll fencing is from a roll I bought long ago, when I was married.  The barbwire I found in the back barn, having been bought by my father before he died.  I have been working on this for 6 months.  The gateway is quite impressive from the street and has added another line of defense keeping livestock in and people out.  I love that people can no longer just drive up to the house and walk into the kitchen, but have to stop at the barns at the bottom of the hill.  The garden is currently pasturing goats at night (they free range during the day) and during trips to town, but is big enough to house a family garden, a patch of corn, a patch of sunflowers and watermelons, and a patch of cotton for spinning. Cheesy  I can not WAIT to decorate the new gate way for the holidays!!! Cheesy
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: May Detention
Quidditch Pitch: Score for Hufflepuff!!!  Cheesy
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: A GAP NO MORE
Brief Description: ALL MY LIFE the gate into the wooded 13 acres was a barbwire gap.  The only one who was EVER strong enough to open or close the 20+ gap was my father.  We have *always* hated it.  Its at the bottom of the hill and when the donkeys laid down the fence, the gate had to be included in the rebuild.  It was made all the more interesting by Netchezs request that I leave the cedar tree laid across the fence line.  *facepalm*  I set creosote corner posts in for the gateway, one is from a stack that was bought right after my dad died a decade ago, and one is from a fence line I cleared that had been put in in the 50s.  So one post is 10 years old, and the OTHER post is 65 years old.  Cheesy  The cattle panels are from fencing Im taking down at my farm.  It was tricky, cutting the panel to fit around the cedar tree, but still close enough that the goats cannot slip through. I was sweating bullets the whole time.  The gate I made from cattle panels, since I inadvertently made the gateway a foot too wide.  I consider this finishing my Fathers WIP that he SHOULD have done 30 years ago!!!! Cheesy  Its goat/donkey strong and yet WE CAN GET THROUGH IT!!!! Cheesy  lol
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on: May 28, 2014 12:57:29 PM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by BadWolf314
Relevance: 59.7%
Acadian Driftwood The coin looks lovely!
midkiffsjoy The table and booster both look great! I love that the nest box has a viewing hole and the shuttles look awesome!
Magpirate The animals are adorable! The calf is so cute! The book safe and doggie bow tie turned out great! The TM patch looks lovely and the Embroidery turned out amazing!
seeuudee The daisies look lovely!
ErinAquaheart I love all the jewelry! The turtle charm is adorable! And the cards and Snidget stamp turned out awesome!
noodle-bug Yay! More hexis!!!
netchez Wow! Your stained glass pieces all look fantastic! And the cardinal goes perfectly with those windchimes!
rockmygypsysoul The linocut print looks awesome! I love the initials in the tree, they look great! And the bag looks great and its perfect for storing the apocalypse essentials!
jenleahlynn It turned out absolutley lovely!

And now for a HUGE project dump... I'm going to just apologize now for the scrolling... Cheesy

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Allons - Y! Tie
Brief Description: One day Im hoping to travel to London and find a mysterious man with a blue box. Until then Ill just have to be content watching his travels on my TV.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Magic Shirts
Brief Description: Ive seen people make some really cool shirts using bleach and I thought Id give it a try. Unfortunately the bleach didnt even make a difference in the green shirt and bleed through my pattern on my blue one I was sad. But I decided to try and save them with a little bit of fabric paint and I love how they turned out especially the blue one.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Defence Against the Dark Arts
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: TARDIS Cutting Board
Project Link: More Pictures!
Brief Description: While staying at my husbands Aunts house for a weekend trip, I met his cousin (who had been out of the country for a while) and her future husband for the first time. They noticed my Doctor Who socks and we immediately bonded over our love for said show. I decided that I would make them an awesome Doctor Who related gift for their wedding and this beauty was the result! Im going to have to make myself one because Im sad to see it go!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Zeus ATC
Brief Description: As I was gazing up at the sky I saw a cloud shaped like an  eagle. According to Greek mythology, the symbol of Zeus is an eagle, so to honor him I made him into an ATC.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Snitch Necklace
Brief Description: Ive been so wrapped up in life lately that I havent had much time for my class work let alone Quidditch! So for this project I took some inspiration from the snitch Id been missing and made it into a necklace. Now I can always have it close regardless of how busy I am.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Doctor Who Shirt
Brief Description: I tend to be more inspired and work best when Im in comfortable clothing that is meaningful to me. So I created this shirt of one of my favorite Doctor Who quotes. Now I can let my mind find the inspiration it needs while being comfortable and not having to worry about accidently getting paint on my shirt.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: You wont like me when Im Hangry
Brief Description: I took my inspiration from the Narcissus flower and crafted something to help me to remember to be calm. When I get hungry Im usually not a happy person, and so I made this towel to hang in the kitchen to remind me to laugh at my ridiculousness.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: My Side of the Bed
Brief Description: I have a tendency to leave very specific and very organized piles in certain places. My side of the bed tends to end up with a lot of these piles and they sometimes get smushed together. So I spent sometime cleaning and putting away things on the floor and in my drawers and under the bed. So now I can actually find the things Im looking for instead of pile hunting.
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After:


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Study of Ancient Runes
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Garden Bed
Brief Description: Spring is a time of new beginnings and its the perfect opportunity to plant a garden. Last year we only had three boxes and were able to get quite a few things but we wanted a little more room so we good grow some strawberries! So my husband helped me build this new planter box. And then we had to spend a good two days shoveling dirt and soil into it. (The car ride home, stuck in traffic in some very hot weather with our bags of soil and steer manure was not pleasant!) Now we have some strawberries planted and a few have started growing fruits (they are delicious!)
Project Picture:



Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Unity
House: Ravenclaw
SPEW: Afghans for Pine Ridge
Project Name: PRR Square
Brief Description: I made this square in Hufflepuff yellow.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Det: March
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Modded Land Cards
Brief Description: Ive had this idea pinned on my to craft pinterest board for quite some time and I finally just sat and did it. I used the mana cards from MTG and painted them all black except for the mana symbol over the art. I love how they turned out and eventually Ill make enough to have a full play set of them in one of my decks.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Det: April
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Hulk Alter
Brief Description: Recently Ive been playing a lot more magic and I found this shabby sad card called Rotted Hulk that needed a new coat of paint and a little more personalization.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Det: May
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Hermione ATC
Brief Description: Again, this has been pinned for quite sometime. It turned out very different from what I originally thought but Im happy with the results.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bean: Strawberry
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Red Mana Shirt
Brief Description: Since there arent quite enough strawberries in the garden yet to make anything delicious out of them, I found this red shirt and made it a little more me. I used my cutting machine to cut a pattern out of freezer paper and then used some bleach spray. And it worked perfectly this time!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: DA: Department of Mysteries
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Lion King Card
Brief Description: I have a really good friend who suffers from a lot of health related problems. Weve both moved away and so I dont get to see her very often at all. Weve always loved watching movies together especially Disney ones. So I made her this card based on the Lion King. I think itll definitely brighten her day when I send it to her.
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on: May 30, 2014 08:58:07 PM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by FiberAlchemist
Relevance: 59.8%
This is my MASSIVE homework turn-in.  Every semester I say I'm not going to do this again and here I am doing it again.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Iron Man Cast
Brief Description:  Several weeks ago my husband fell at work and in the process of trying to catch himself fractured his wrist, resulting in six weeks in a cast.  Trying to make the best out of a bad situation, I decided to paint his cast using red and gold to recreate Iron Mans Armor.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:  Theres No Place Like London
Brief Description:  Traveling to London is at the top of my travel list.  I like to plan pretend itineraries for my dream vacation.  One of the things I would like to do would be to ride in a double decker bus (I know, so touristy).  So to help me focus on my destination I embroidered a bus and used a fabric button making kit to make a pin.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride:  Arithmancy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Octavius
Brief Description: When I think of the number 8, I think of an octopus.  This is Octavius, my pink ami octopus.  Hes very pleased to meet you all.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:  Making Negative Storage into a Positive
Brief Description: My house is lacking in storage space.  More specifically linen storage space.  All too often my quilts end up piled in the corner... until now!  I was inspired by quilt ladders; but their rustic style doesnt really go with my decor.  Thats when I discovered some silver tone rails at IKEA.  I hung them on the wall and viola! Instant storage and quilt display!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: CoMC
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Quillow of Many Colors
Brief Description: This quillow contains many vivid and complimentary colors and two different patterns.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Mother of Dragon Eggs
Brief Description: To make these Game of Thrones inspired dragon eggs I needed to master both polymer clay and painting.  I began by making a baking the egg shapes.  Then I cut out and added the scales individually and baked again.  The plaint consisted of a base coat, a highlight color, a black wash and a high gloss sealer.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: All Hail the Glow Cloud
Brief Description: Welcome to Night Vale is one of my favorite podcasts and the glow cloud is a popular part of that podcast.  The Glow Cloud is a cloud which made a sudden entrance to Night Vale from the west. It glows in a variety of colors and emits a low, whistling noise.  This hoop is my interpretation of the mighty Glow Cloud... complete with glow-in-the-dark thread.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Embroidered Bee Pin
Brief Description: The bees have been buzzing around my garden lately; and they inspired me to make this embroidered pin.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Sewing Pillow
Brief Description: I found this awesome sewing themed fabric at my local store and knew it would make a perfect lumbar pillow to increase my comfort during long days of sewing.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Unity
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: House Banners Cross Stitch
Brief Description: This cross stitch was made for my partner in the recent Harry Potter Box Swap.  The pattern is by CloudsFactory.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:  Blue Quillow
Brief Description: Its a pillow, its a blanket, its a quil.... planket?  This is made of two pieces of fleece with a pocket on one side so the blanket can be folded up into a pillow when it is not needed.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Blue Bird Pin
Brief Description: Again using my handy dandy button maker I made another pin.  This one featuring a happy little blue bird.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride:  DA - Department of Mysteries
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Casserole for a Friend
Brief Description: My next door neighbor recently broke her hip, so to help in her time of need I made her dinner.  This is one of the meals I brought to her while she is stuck in bed recovering.
Chili Beef and Pasta Bake
Serves 8
3 cups whole wheat penne
1 pound lean ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 cup part-skim ricotta
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Preheat oven to 350F.  Spray 9x13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
Cook penne according to package directions.  Drain and transfer to a large bowl.
Meanwhile, cook beef, onion and garlic in a large nonstick skillet over medium hear, breaking up beef with wooden spoon, until beef is browned, about 8 minutes.  Stir in tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper; simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens slightly, about 15 minutes.
Stir beef mixture, ricotta, and 1/2 cup Monterey Jack into penne; transfer to baking dish.  Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Monterey Jack.  Bake until heated through and slightly browned, about 25 minutes.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: May Detention
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Photography Light Box
Brief Description: This has been a project in the works for a while now and I just finally finished it up.  The frame of the box is made of PVC pipe and the back drop is made of white pillow cases.  Its lightweight, can be taken completely apart for storage and easy to move around.
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on: February 26, 2014 09:17:52 AM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by Mistress Jennie
Relevance: 59%
NOTE: Once you propose, please go forth on your Advanced Studies projects.  Your Examiners will PM if they have any inquiries.

~Everything O.W.L.s and N.E.W.T.s~
---Ordinary Wizarding Levels, OWLs, and Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests, NEWTs, are advanced crafting projects.  OWLs and NEWTs are supposed to be more complex and challenging projects.
---OWLs and NEWTs are more time-consuming than HPC classes and challenges.  There is no hard and fast rule on how many hours a project should take, because speed and difficulty levels are too subjective.  What we are really looking for is a project that will be a personal challenge to you.
---OWLs should take 3-4 weeks to complete.
---NEWTs should take more than a month to complete. (Please see post below for more on NEWTs.)
---Projects that do not take the allotted time of crafting will not be counted as complete; keep that in mind when you post your completed OWLs and NEWTs.  If you finish your OWL or NEWT earlier than expected, then craft an additional item(s) that correspond with your subject.  Add notes on how you finished earlier than expected and details about your additional crafting in your Completed Project post.
---You must propose your OWL or NEWT before starting so that we may be your cheerleaders and help encourage you during this more challenging craft adventure.
---You may only do 1 OWL & 1 NEWT at one time.  (Dont want you to be stuck with a ton of OWL & NEWT WIPs!)
---You may propose an OWL or NEWT any time during the semester.
---OWLs and NEWTs can carry over to the next semester.
---If you decide to abandon an OWL or NEWT project, notify your OWL Examiners, and they will erase that log from their records.  Once you have submitted to have an OWL or NEWT erased, you can propose a new one.


~*HOW TO COMPLETE AN OWL*~
1. Select which OWL you would like to complete.  You may only do one OWL at a time so select carefully.
2. Propose what you plan on doing for your OWL project.  You may do this by PM to your OWL Examiners or by posting in the HPC thread.  When making an OWL Proposal, please use the header below, and make sure you give details such as methods using, materials using, plan of action, timeline.  These details will help us cheer you on and inspire future OWLs.
3. Begin work on your OWL project.  Feel free to add progress pics in the HPC thread.
4. Once your project is complete, post a picture of your project in the HPC; make sure to use the OWL Header provided below.  Once you post a completed OWL, your OWL Examiner will notify the Headmistress, and you will earn your OWL Badge for that subject.
GOOD LUCK!!


~*OWL PROPOSAL HEADER*~
OWL Subject & Option(if available):
House:
Project Name:
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques used, materials using, plan of action, expected timeline, etc.)

~*COMPLETED OWL HEADER*~
OWL Subject & Option (if available):
House:
Project Name:
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture:
Feel free to also include your house and any storycrafting you've created for your project.


~*OWL EXAMS*~
--Alchemy:  Option 1-Alchemists have, through their mystical quests, made significant contributions to our world.  These include metalworking, production of inks, dyes and cosmetics, ceramics and glass manufacture, preparation of extracts and liqueurs and the invention of gunpowder.  Honor the work of these alchemists by creating something from one or more of these contributions.  Option 2-The Four Elements of alchemy are Fire, Earth, Air and Water.  Craft a project that represents all four of these elements.
--Arithmancy: Bridget Wenlock was a famous thirteenth-century Arithmancer, and the first to establish the magical properties of the number seven.  Your OWL quest is to turn in something that involves the number seven.
--Astronomy: Option 1-Craft a star chart.  Option 2-Interpret the solar system into a craft.  Option 3-It is believed that we can only see 5% of the universe, the rest is made up of Dark Matter and Dark Energy which is invisible to us. Create something where at first glance you can only see a small portion, but when you look closer you can find the rest of the details.
--Care of Magical Creatures:  Option 1-Even in the muggle world, we are surrounded by fascinating and breathtaking creatures.  Craft something inspired by an everyday animal you find magical.  Option 2-Dragons are terrifying yet awe-inspiring; craft something inspired by these magical creatures.
--Charms: Research the different charms and show your mastery of a particular charm by crafting something inspired by it.  For example, Alohomora is an opening charm; craft something that open or has an opening.  Another example, Confundus is a confusion charm; craft something you find a bit confusing.
--Defence Against the Dark Arts: Option 1-The patronus is an effective charm against dementors and to call for help when in need, though difficult to master. Craft something using or inspired by your patronus animal.  Option 2-Craft something inspired by one of the DADA professors.
--Divination: Option 1-Create at least 4 items you need for a successful reading.  Option 2-Create a dream item.  Option 3-Create something inspired by the zodiac.
--Herbology:  Research magical and mundane plants, and show your knowledge by creating something inspired by one or more plants that could be found in a wizards or witches garden.
--History of Magic: Option 1-Create 4 different items, one item for each house, these items should reflect your interpretation of the characteristics of each house.  Option 2-Craft 3 items which represent 3 characters with Harry Potter.   Option 3-Craft something using a vintage pattern, material, or technique.
--Muggle Studies: We all know the Tales of Beetle Bard, but did you know that muggles have a vast array of fantastical stories?  The most fascinating are known to muggles as fairy tales.  Study these tales and craft something inspired by them.
--Potions: Option 1- Show off your ability to work with many ingredients by showcasing at least 3 different colors/pattern/textures.  Colors can be monochromatic.  A variegated yarn or one fabric swatch with various colors within it count as one color.  Option 2-Research different potions and show your mastery by crafting something inspired by it.
--Study of Ancient Runes: Option 1-Use an intricate charted design; you may create your own design for this project.  Option 2-Create something that contains 7 or more letters/symbols.  Option 3-Create a set of runes; these can be presented in one or more pieces.
--Transfiguration: Option 1-Practice your vanishing and conjuring spells by taking a large amount of supply and crafting one piece.  Option 2-Craft something with a dual purpose.  Option 3-Craft your Animagus.



~*OWL PROPOSALS*~

Gryffindor
Abbeeroad: Transfiguration, Sept. 6, 2013
dwfan10: Arithmancy, Apr. 30, 2013
IsikkahJai: Herbology, Sept. 6, 2012
Melissaurus: Divination, Jan. 28, 2013
Mistress Jennie: History of Magic (Option 3), Feb 11, 2014
pinkleo: Muggle Studies, Dec. 23, 2013
rockmygypsysoul: Transfiguration, Dec. 5, 2013
sakuracat23: Transfiguration, Jan. 22, 2013
spikefan: Transfiguration, Sept. 4, 2012
The Mad Quilter: Transfiguration, Sept. 3, 2013
tiamatfire: Herbology, December 25, 2013
ttsaria: Study of Ancient Runes (PM Proposal), Sept.15, 2012
whenindoubtsew: Care of Magical Creatures, Sept. 23, 2012
WhistleFish: Transfiguration (Option 1)

Hufflepuff
blupaisan: Arithmancy, Jan. 27 2014
CraftLadyMJ: Potions, Option1 (PM Proposal), Mar. 25 2013
jillybeans: Transfiguration, Mar. 27, 2013
Kit the Brave: Arithmancy, Dec. 1, 2012
midkiffsjoy: Divination, June 4, 2013
patty_o_furniture: CoMC, Aug. 18, 2013

Ravenclaw
Audania1: Arithmancy, March 01, 2014
AugustBell: Transfiguration, Jan.16, 2013
BadWolf314: Potions, Option 1, March 02, 2014
consultingcorsair: History of Magic, Jan. 9, 2013
FiberAlchemist: SoAR, Option 1 April 07, 2014
Flip-floP: Charms, Apr. 10, 2013
krashromance: Potions, Mar. 19, 2013
kstaron: Charms, Sept. 6, 2012
Listessa: Potions, June 17, 2013
Natasjadreams: Study of Ancient Runes, Sept. 7, 2012
noodle-bug: Alchemy, Option 1 March 21, 2014
PenguinSoup: Care of Magical Creatures, Jan. 18, 2013
SenatorOrgana: Tranfiguration, Oct. 20, 2013
ShardaeDobby: Muggle Studies, Sept. 11, 2012
SiakelA: Alchemy, Jan. 5, 2013
Swimswamswum: Transfiguration (PM Proposal), Sept. 2, 2013
teag: Potions, July 8, 2013
the_essence: Charms, Dec. 9, 2012
vincentvanbuck: Alchemy, Dec. 3, 2013

Slytherin
Ant Bee: Transfiguration, Sept. 8, 2012
audio: Transfiguration, Jan. 27, 2013
bookie0013: Charms, Sept. 1, 2013
calliemae: DADA, Option 2 March 19, 2014
coulsenl: Potions, Dec. 2, 2013
DragonChilde: Transfiguration, Option 1 April 01, 2014
ErinAquaheartL Potions, Option 1 May 13, 2014
FreakieGeekie: History of Magic, Apr. 26, 2013
Inselaeffchen: Potions, Option 1, Jan. 1, 2014 (PM Proposal)
lightninglisa: Astronomy, Sept. 3, 2012
Naantje: History of Magic, June 4, 2013
samash90: Transfiguration, Option 1 & 2 March 18, 2014
SKooKum: Potions, Apr. 2, 2013
TechnicolorAquahearts: MS, June 16, 2013
travelgirl: Arithmancy, July 23, 2013


~*COMPLETED OWLs*~

Gryffindor
jenleahlynn: Potions

Hufflepuff
Acadian Driftwood: Potions
gaudiknight: Care of Magical Creatures

Ravenclaw
BadWolf314: Alchemy
noodle-bug: Muggle Studies
Magpirate: Care of Magical Creatures, Option 1
pottermouth: Alchemy, Option 1

Slytherin
margaron: Transfiguration, Option 1


~*OWL Certificates*~
     
 
 8 
on: February 26, 2014 09:29:41 AM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by Mistress Jennie
Relevance: 59%
~*HOW TO COMPLETE A NEWT*~
IMPORTANT: To be eligible to take your NEWT, you must have completed one OWL.  If you have not completed an OWL, you cannot propose a NEWT.
1. Select which subject you would like to complete for your NEWT.  You may only do one NEWT at a time so select carefully.
2. Propose what you plan on doing for your NEWT project.  You may do this by PM to your NEWT Examiners or by posting in the HPC thread.  When making an NEWT Proposal, please use the header below, and make sure you give details such as methods using, materials using, plan of action, timeline.  These details will help us cheer you on and inspire future NEWTs.
3. Begin work on your NEWT project.  Feel free to add progress pics in the HPC thread.
4. Once your project is complete, post a picture of your project in the HPC; make sure to use the NEWT Header provided below.  Once you post a completed NEWT, your NEWT Examiner will notify the Headmistress, and you will earn your NEWT Badge for that subject.
GOOD LUCK!!


~*NEWT PROPOSAL HEADER*~
NEWT Subject:
House:
Project Name:
Brief Description: (explain how your project relates to your subject, pattern/techniques used, materials using, plan of action, expected timeline, etc.)

~*COMPLETED NEWT HEADER*~
NEWT Subject:
House:
Project Name:
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture:
Feel free to also include your house and any storycrafting you've created for your project.


~*NEWT EXAMS*~
So, whats a NEWT?! A NEWT is impressive! A NEWT is just enough crazy that youre not totally sure you can make it to end, but not so crazy that youll land in the padded wagon on your way to the finish line.  A NEWT is much like a thesis.  You are to choose the course of study you wish to take in a particular subject.  Research your desired subject, find a facet of that subject that you wish focus your advanced studies.  Form a plan of action, and make your proposal.  Remember your NEWT should be detailed and should be a craft endeavor that take you 1 month or more to finish.  This is Advanced Studies so make sure to stretch yourself and your crafty magic.  You may take NEWTs in the following subjects:
--Alchemy: Students are expected to show extensive knowledge of basic elements, as well as the transmutation of substances.
--Arithmancy: Students display their mastery of all things magical and mathematical.
--Astronomy: Students should demonstrate knowledge of the celestial heavens.
--Care of Magical Creatures: Students should demonstrate extensive knowledge of magical creatures and their proper care and handling.
--Charms: Students are expected to have total mastery over charms.
--Defence Against the Dark Arts: Students must demonstrate the ability to defend themselves in magical combat.
--Divination: Students should have a sound knowledge of a variety of techniques of foretelling the future.
--Herbology: Students should have a vast knowledge of magical plants and be able to easily manipulate complex organic creations.
--History of Magic: Students must produce evidence that they did not sleep through all of Prof. Binns lectures.
--Muggle Studies: Students should demonstrate their knowledge of all things muggle and have the ability to blend into muggle society with ease
--Potions: Students should exhibit full knowledge of all potions and a mastery at mixing complex potions.
--Study of Ancient Runes: Students are expected to decipher obscure markings with ease.
--Transfiguration: Students will demonstrate the ability to transfigure and vanish.


~*NEWT PROPOSALS*~

Gryffindor
Abbeeroad: Arithmancy, Sept. 6, 2013
Melissaurus: DADA, Feb. 9, 2013
MamanTattoo: Astronomy April 07, 2014
Mistress Jennie: Transfiguration, Jan. 29, 2014
pinkleo: HoM, Dec. 23, 2013
rockmygypsysoul: Muggle Studies March 04, 2014
tiamatfire: SoAR, Jan, 22, 2014

Hufflepuff
Acadian Driftwood: Herbology, April 10, 2014
CraftyLadyMJ: Transfiguration, July 10, 2013 (PM Proposal)
gaudiknight: Arithmancy March 28, 2014 - On HOLD as of 4/30/14
Moonflame: Transfiguration, June 6, 2013
patty_o_furniture: CoMC, August 18, 2013

Ravenclaw
BadWolf314: Alchemy, March 02, 2014
indigo_roses: Ancient Runes, Mar. 4, 2013
Magpirate: Alchemy (Email Submission) April 05, 2014
netchez: CoMC, Sept. 1, 2013
PenguinSoup: Ancient Runes, Jan. 17, 2013
pottermouth: Charms, Jan. 9, 2014
pottermouth: History of Magic,  March 06, 2014

Slytherin
DragonChilde: Divination, Oct. 12, 2013
ErinAquaheart: Muggle Studies, May 13, 2014
Naantje: Arithmancy, Jan. 25, 2014


~*COMPLETED NEWTs*~
Gryffindor
MamanTattoo: Transfiguration

Ravenclaw
Audania1: Arithmancy
noodle-bug: Arithmancy
noodle-bug: Herbology

Slytherin
ErinAquaheart: Astronomy



~*NEWT Certificates*~
 
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on: March 20, 2014 01:26:18 PM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by Audania1
Relevance: 59.2%
Hey everyone! I've finally got projects photographed and ready to turn in. I do apologize because it's a lot of crafts and, therefore, a lot of pictures.



Class: Astronomy
Spew: none
House: Ravenclaw
Title: Blackberry jam
Link: none I got it from the Food in Jars book
Description: I chose to take something negative and turn it into a positive. While most of the U.S. is still experiencing snow storms, we have been in a severe drought. The month of January usually has an average of 10 inches of rain. This year we had 1 inch. Its rather depressing that we have had no Winter to speak of.  That said, no frost has hit and blackberries have been continuing to ripen and grow! I decided to make some yummy blackberry jam when I saw that packages of blackberries were on sale for $1.25!! I couldnt pass it up so I bought ALL the packages!! lol. I bought some to make a double batch of jam, some to freeze and some to eat (my kids can eat like a package a piece a day. Seriously.) The recipe was for a blackberry and sage jam, but there is no sage to be found. Sad



Class: Charms
Spew: none
House: Ravenclaw
Title: Calzones
Link: I got it from the book Disneys the Magic Kitchen Cookbook
Description: My daughters and I made these together the other night. It took a bit of time (they are only 4 and 7) but it was a lot of fun. This book is specifically for helping get kids cooking in the kitchen and its wonderful!! I believe this falls under Charms because the two different techniques used are the prep/cooking/baking and keeping the other eye on my kids so they dont turn the kitchen into a demolition zone!!




Class/Challenge: Lessons with Harry, Disarming catch-up
Spew: none
House: Ravenclaw
Title: Craft clean kaboom!!
Link:
Description: I cleaned the crap out of my crafting space. I live in a tiny apartment with my husband, two kiddos and my dog. My crafting space is literally 3 feet of space between the kitchen and dining area so when its not clean it looks horrible. Now I can actually sew in my space again instead of moving my machine to the kids foldable table in the living room!!! Yay! lol
here's the before:











And here's the after!! Yay!!




Class: Arithmancy
Spew: none
House: Ravenclaw
Title: Green dinosaur tales
Link: Got the tutorial here:
Description: I took the meaning of the number 8, love and friendship, and made these tails for my friend Danielle. Its been a long time since we have physically seen each other but I miss her and we are still very close. Because I love her, I want for her son to have a rockin dino party that I can help with from far away. This is the green batch.


Class: Divination
Spew: none
House: Ravenclaw
Title: Blue dinosaur tales
Link: http://www.running-w-scissors.com/2011/03/dinosaur-tails.html#.UytG4fRdV68
Description: I looked up at the clouds and saw dragons and dinosaurs!  I crafted tales in blue for the sky color. Here is the batch of 4 blue dinosaur tales.


Class: D.A.D.A.
Spew: none
House: Ravenclaw
Title: Yellow dinosaur tales
Link: http://www.running-w-scissors.com/2011/03/dinosaur-tails.html#.UytG4fRdV68
Description: When my husband was in the Marines, we lived over on the East coast and made great friends with another couple. The military being what it is, we all eventually moved away from each other and, sadly, have not ever gotten to meet each others children. Well, their oldest son is turning 3 and he is having a dinosaur themed party in a few weeks. While we are not able to go, we are planning a trip out there over the summer and I hope that he will enjoy these party gifts and remember that I made them with love for him. These are the four yellow tales I made for the party. In all, I made 12 tales.



Class: Apparition
Spew: none
House: Ravenclaw
Title: Bows for little dino-girls
Link: I did a major downscale version of these: http://seekatesew.com/big-huge-pink-bow-tutorial/
Description: These bows make me think of Minnie Mouse! This January, we made a trip to Disneyland and my daughters loved it. Now we are currently saving for a super magical trip to Disney World!!  I made bows to pin on the tails of the little dinosaur girls at the birthday party, but I am definitely going to make some more for my girls because they are also super cute hair accessories.

 
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on: April 22, 2014 07:17:21 PM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by rockmygypsysoul
Relevance: 59.5%
WARNING: HUGE HOMEWORK DUMP AHEAD!!

Okay, I've been plowing through as much art as possible of late in preparation for my first art show.  Consequently, now that it's over I have oodles of stuff to turn in!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
SPEW: n/a
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name:  8 Thoughts on Love and Thinking
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description:  To reflect the balance of love and thinking, called to mind by the number 8, I submit 8 Thoughts on Love and Thinking, just maybe not quite the kind of thoughts usually brought to mind.  Roll Eyes
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On Love...




On Thinking


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
SPEW: n/a
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Mums (for Haleigh)
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: As the Pleiades are thought to be responsible for transformation of negative into positive, I painted this for a young woman who has no idea how special she is.  She's different from most of her peers - she thinks compassionately and is more imaginative and adventurous than most of the people who attend her extremely conservative, religious school and church (nothing against them per se but she does not fit in).  Her mother - who I adore - tends to have an attitude of 'make nice' and encourages her to simply suppress herself until she's able to be elsewhere.  But I see so much of me in her and I believe that she needs to appreciate what makes her beautiful in her individuality.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
SPEW: n/a
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Magic in the Sky!
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: During my study of Aeromancy, the view of the clouds was blocked  Embarrassed  BUT! I was able to see that bit of magic that the Muggles have in them (though I suspect a kindly witch or wizard helped them figure out how to do this!)
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
SPEW: n/a
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Trees in Pink
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: I'm trying to grow my art but am struggling with not trying to recreate images.  This was my first piece that I worked directly from a picture but actually interpreted it rather than trying to recreate it.  This was incredibly liberating and (although my husband and parents don't care for it), it brings me joy, comfort, and inspiration whenever I look at it and remember the joy of loving what I did!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
SPEW: n/a
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Wisteria Pass
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: Just as polyjuice potion takes so much time and effort and patience, so too can oil paintings, especially when you want lots of different effects and colors and impressions.  Consequently, while my polyjuice potion was taking its time to brew, I also practiced my wand work on an equally complex painting.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Study of Ancient Runes
SPEW: n/a
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: The Rebirth of Blossoms
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: As Berkano, the birch, is a symbol of birth and rebirth, I was thinking of other trees that are born and then reborn year after year.  The cherry blossom is a stunning example and, I think, represents spring as a whole which certainly encourages rebirth and fertility as well.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration
SPEW: n/a
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Preservation
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description:  As I've been practicing the Avifors spell, I created not only a bird, but one that kept the gorgeous blue light my wand emitted when making it.  It took many tries to get this, but I love it so much better than a bat!
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on: May 15, 2014 01:29:06 PM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by Mistress Jennie
Relevance: 59.6%
 Class: Muggle Studies
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: The Great Porch Cleaning & Makeover

Brief Description: As you all know, I've recently moved.  Two weekends ago we threw a Housewarming Party, and I worked for days to get the place ready, both inside and out.  I started by cleaning our small porch.  I wanted to make it a useful space, and welcoming for both myself and guests.  Since we don't have funds to travel as much as I might like, I also wanted it to be like a small vacation.  So I created a little Moroccan Garden!  First I swept and wiped down the walls, which were covered with dirt and dead bugs.  (Shots of that are thumbnails below.)  Then I added some chairs ($25 each), rug ($20) and a table ($30) from Tuesday Morning, a strand of lights from Target ($12), and hung some mercury glass lanterns from Pier 1 ($10 & $15).  This brought the total for my patio area redecoration to $137!  Now I've just got to try to get a shot of everything lit up at night.
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Dirty Walls & Clean Walls



Class: Alchemy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Rebirth of an Ugly Table

Brief Description: When working on creating my Moroccan Garden, I knew I wanted a cute table, and so shopped around places like Target & Pier1 Imports, but their prices were just too high for furniture I would only use occasionally.  (About $100+ for a table!)  So I found an inexpensive but hideous little tin table for $30 at Tuesday Morning, that none-the-less had nice lines to it.  I took it home, and painted it! Gave the top a few coats of black paint, then sponged some metallic dusky purple paint over that, before using a clingy stencil to create the gold medallion pattern on top with Rub'n'Buff.  I wanted to keep the slightly aged/rough feeling, so I wiped the gold onto the legs and rim haphazardly, trying to let some of the faux-rust finish show through too.  I'm thrilled with how it came out.  Now I have tea out there, while reading in the mornings.
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Class: Study of Ancient Runes
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Container Herb Garden

Brief Description:  Of course I also needed some growing things in my Moroccan Garden, so I created a container herb garden.  The plant stands came from Big Lots ($20 each), and the purple metallic pots came from Tuesday Morning ($4 each).  I drilled holes for drainage in each one, then planted herbs from Home Depot ($3 each).  All in all, my garden area of the patio came to $99.  The whole porch together was a grand total of $236.  Cheesy
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Class: Arithmancy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: 8 Ingredient Summer Berry Sangria

Brief Description: I made tons of food for my Housewarming, but the sangria might have been my favorite part of the night.  And the favorite part of everyone else's night too, considering we finished ALL of it!  This recipe uses 8 ingredients, and can be altered to suit your tastes.  (This picture was taken when we had already drank half of it!)
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Recipe:
6 cups pom juice
6 bottles red wine (I used zinfindel)
1 pint raspberries
2 pints strawberries
1 pint blackberries
1.5 cups sugar
3 cups homemade berry or pomegranate liqueur
seltzer, as needed

Place 1.5 cups of pom juice, and the sugar in a sauce pan on medium heat.  Stir until the sugar has completely disolved.  Let cool.  While waiting, wash the berries, and slice the strawberries if needed.  Place the berries in the beverage dispenser with the rest of the pom juice the wine, and homemade berry liqueur.  When the syrup is cool, add it to the container and stir gently.  Allow to sit for a few hours for the flavors to mingle.  Serve over ice with a splash of seltzer.


Class: Defense Against the Dark Arts
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Berry Syrup

Brief Description:  One of the best parts of the Housewarming that we threw, was getting to welcome new folks into both of our lives.  I had invited some friends who have recently been married, but whose spouses I don't know well yet, and DH invited some co-workers that I hadn't met yet.  Since I wasn't sure who among our new friends drinks, and who does not, I wanted to have some nice non-alcoholic options, that would feel like a treat for folks who don't imbibe.  I created a few flavored syrups to mix with seltzer to make homemade sodas. I have included the link to the recipe below, though I admit to using half blackberries & half raspberries for a more complex flavor. (Again, picture taken halfway through party.)
Recipe Link: http://www.chow.com/recipes/10875-blackberry-syrup
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Class: History of Magic
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Mint Syrup

Recipe Link: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Minted-Simple-Syrup-15243
Brief Description: This is the second of the homemade syrups that I made for the party.  Did you know that for centuries mint has been used in magic to promote energy, communication and vitality?  What more could you ask for at a party than some magical energy, good communication, and vital friends.
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Challenge: Join the D.A.! - Department of Mysteries
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Graduation Sewing Kits

Brief Description: As you all have heard over the last few months, I've quit my job and moved.  But I continued to commute to finish the semester at the university I taught at.  Partly because I didn't want to leave my co-workers high and dry, but also because I wanted to end the year with two of my students who I'm close to, who were graduating.  Both of them are going out into the world to pursue costuming jobs, and had mentioned at the beginning of the year that they don't have "grown up" sewing tools, and rely on the ones in the costume shop.  I remember how hard it was beginning my career, in need of tools and being just dead broke, so I decided to build them their own "grown up" sewing kits. I worked hard to shop sales, and discount stores, but still find them lots of useful and good quality tools.  (Found the bags and may of the hand tools on sale for half price!)  Since I wanted to make each one special and personal, I decorated them based on the girls interests.  Becca got red rosettes, because red is her favorite color and she always makes a rosette from the scraps of whatever fabric she's been using in the shop.  Adrienne got a mixed collection of vintage and rhinestone purple buttons, reflecting her love of sparkles and all things purple.  Each kit contained the items below, as well as point turners, seam rippers, and snip scissors.
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on: May 31, 2014 08:56:59 PM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by DragonChilde
Relevance: 59.8%
I also have a few last minute projects to turn in.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: From Electrial supplies to craft supplies
Project Page Link: none
Brief Description: Like the phoenix, electrical wire was rebirthed into copper wire for crafting and then rebirthed again into jump rings and various connectors for chains.
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From this -

To this -

To this -


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Wonderful Pomegranate
Project Page Link: none
Brief Description: We took a road trip to a nursery where I got to pick out my very own pomegranate tree. The trip should have taken around four hours but instead it took 10! In those ten hours we looked at a three-teated goat, were left high and dry by our navigation system (thank the gods for good signage), and got to be first responders to a motorcycle accident (the cyclists walked away and was, mostly, fine). This pomegranate will remind me of this wacky adventure with people I love for years to come
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: CoMC
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Mjolnir
Project Page Link: none
Brief Description: This is this first piece of jewelry that I have sold to someone Im not related to! Hooray!  The piece has four colors (copper, silver, purple, and black) and two patterns (the crescent moon and the stars)
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: March Detention (AND CoMC May Extra Credit)
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Bracelet repairs
Project Page Link: none
Brief Description: When I first taught myself how to weave chainmaille, everyone got maille bracelets for Christmas. Since it was my first time with this technique, some of the bracelets came apart in places. That was um over four years ago. I finally found the bracelets again (yay for cleaning my room) and fixed them. I have found chainmaille to be an extremely relaxing and peaceful pastime (though at times it will drive me insane)
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Before -

After -


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology (AND CoMC April Extra Credit)
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name:  Math Class Doodle
Project Page Link: none
Brief Description: Doodling really helps me focus and makes it easier to listen (studies have shown that doodles help people remember auditory information better). One day I was bored in math class and I found my mind wandering so I decided to doodle a little bit. Not only did this little doodle keep me quiet, it also made the class a better learning environment for me.
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I am sad to report that though I started cleaning my room for Muggle Studies, its not finished just yet.
 
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on: March 31, 2014 02:26:47 PM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by DragonChilde
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Insleaffchen~ Lovely LV outfits. They are both very cute. Those mini pies look delicious.
AnnoyingBigSister~ I think it's really cool that you invented your own Eevee evolution. Wonderful colors!
jellybean89~ That shawl looks fantastically warm.
BringMeKnitting8~ Those pins look fantastic! I am envious of your crocheting abilities.
WhistleFish~ Cute rat. She is lucky to have such a wonderful new home. I love that pillow. It reminds me of the night sky and stargazing. Lovely scarf. I really like the color.
Audania1~ That jam looks delicious. Homemade jam is the best. Those calzones look yummy too. Yay clean craft area! Those dinosaur tales and bows are adorable.
blupaisan~ Lovely ATC shrine, I really like the use of sheet music.
noodle-bug~ Yay OWL! Fantastic hoods. They are so cute. That is a lot of hexies. I love all the colors. I've always found eyes and hands hard to draw. Your bag looks amazing. I like the touch of color added by the belt.
rockmygypsysoul~ Lovely oil paintings. That owl is positively gorgeous. Great job on the wings.
Ant Bee~ Cute little hat.
calliemae~ Wonderful little sweaters. I especially like the one in different shades of green.
gaudiknight~ Yay for a clean closet! It looks really nice. That is a lovely quilt. I adore the colors. Fantastic looking crow.
vincentvanbuck~ Great ATCs! I really like the felted ones.
pottermouth~ That Blackberry Slump looks delicious as does the pineapple upside-down cake. That is a beautiful mixed media piece. I love all the layers. Cute puppets.
coulsenl~ Lovely baby hats.
BadWolf314~ I really like the composition of the Ib shirt you made. Those cupcakes look fantastic. That Ravenclaw scarf looks really warm indeed.
Acadian Driftwood~ Adorable hummingbird hoop. I like the way you filled in the ends of the blue swirls. Both of those wallets are beautiful.
ErinAquaheart~ Congratulations on completing your NEWT. All of the paintings are gorgeous.
samash90~ Lovely smash pages. I really like the variety of colors and patterns.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Yggdrasil Pendant
Project Page Link: None
Brief Description: Yggdrasil is the tree central to most Norse mythology, it connects all nine reams. If you can get to the tree you can get to anywhere in the realms.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Persephone’s Dark Days
Project Page Link: None (yet)
Brief Description: Persephone was a goddess of spring who became queen of the underworld when she was kidnapped by Haides. She must spend 6 months of the year in the underworld owing to the six pomegranate seeds that she ate while there. This necklace was made using the Day and Night pendant that I turned in at the end of last term. I would like to think that Persephone found light in the midst of her darkness and used that energy to create something positive.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Valknut
Project Page Link: none
Brief Description: The valknut symbolizes the 9 realms of Norse mythology, joined by Odin. This project required sawing with a jeweler’s saw as well as soldering.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: DADA
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Lumos
Project Page Link: none
Brief Description: Last term the lovely Linakins made a unicorn badge that became to stepping stone for a personal swap. I would consider her to be a new friend. This piece was a part of the package that I sent to her. The embroidery is done on a page of a damaged copy of PoA that I picked up at a used bookstore for art projects. I used glow in the dark embroidery thread and burned the edges of the paper using a lit stick of incense.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Tree
Project Page Link: none
Brief Description: For my 18th birthday, my mom took my sister and me to a tree grafting class. I got to make my very own apple tree. Apple blossoms represent love, fertility, and peace. The tree will be able to live in a pot it’s whole life due to the dwarfing rootstock, which will enable it to bring harmony and peace to wherever I live.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Forget-me-not ring
Project Page Link: none
Brief Description: This ring is made out of sterling silver, which could be considered a luxury or difficult to source (read – expensive) material. The original design had forget-me-not flowers on it but that aspect of the design was very hard to realize.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: SoAR
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Dragon Eggs
Project Page Link: none
Brief Description: The rune berkano represents rebirth and new beginnings. I cannot think of a more appropriate symbol for such a rune. These dragon eggs embody the same things as the rune we are berkano.
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I made some small progress with my NEWT this week. I composed two scrying chants and I am now ready to move on to tasseomancy. If you are interested in taking a look at the information I have gathered so far, it can be found here

The Slytherin Common Room and Astronomy Tower are now up-to-date.

I have a question for the Slytherin students… What sort of common room challenge would you be interested in me organizing this term? I would love to do some sort of house competition or extra credit challenge but I want your suggestions.
 
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on: May 30, 2014 09:13:47 PM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by Nicajeanie
Relevance: 59.8%
Challenge: Quidditch
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Perler Bead Snitch
Project Description: Snitch made with chedder and clear glitter perler beads
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Class: Apparition
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: The Emerald Isle
Project Description: Planning a trip to Ireland for when I'm aloud to apparate
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Class: Astronomy
Quidditch: bludger to Slytherin (wire stash)
SPEW: n/s
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Stana's Cuff
Project Description: Often white is depicted as good and black as bad. I use some "bad" wire to make a lovely bracelet.
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Class: CoMC
Quidditch: bludger to Ravenclaw (yarn stash)
SPEW: Suber-Marshall Memorial UMC
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Bright Grannie Square
Project Description: I used orange, green and pink for this square. (bad picture)
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Class: Charms
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Agape Prototype
Project Description: I plan to make the next agape gift from our church which requires 140 of the same item. I made this sample using graphic design and wire skills.
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Class: Potions
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Luau Cake
Project Description: This was a multi day project as several potions were needed. The first potion was Italian Custard Cream requiring hours of refrigeration. The second potion was cake  using the Italian custard cream for extra moisture. The third potion was buttercream icing to disguise the cake into a Hawaiian island and tiki hut.
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Class: SoAR-Berkano
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Cheers
Project Description: I am obese and I hate my body. I saw a picture of Stana Katic pumping her fist and thought 'she's cheering for me to loose wt'. I then decided to ask people who actually know me to send pictures of themselves cheering for me. When I loose wt it will truly be a rebirth for me.
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Challenge: DA-Dept of Ministries
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: paper t-shirts
Project Description: A very busy friend asked if I could make her paper t-shirts for a women's club meeting she was teaching but didn't have time to make the shirts. Of course I printed and cut out 25. This one escaped under my coffee table.
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on: May 30, 2014 09:26:56 PM 
Started by pinkleo, Message by WhistleFish
Relevance: 59.8%
It's the end of the semester....that means we're supposed to do a massive dump of all the assignments we haven't turned in, right? Well, here's my obligatory post to do just that. Lol. Uh...hope you like Project Life 'cause that's all I've really managed to do lately and I'm even behind on that. Haha. Such is life! I'm definitely going to try to be more active this upcoming semester!

Class: Apparation
House: Grrrrrrryffindor!
Project Name: Yosemite Project Life Pages!
Project Page Link: You can see more detailed pictures/read more here at my blog.
Brief Description: Yes I realized that you are supposed to craft something to a place you haven't been buuuut Yosemite is a HUGE place, with more to see than just the valley. Scrapbooking our trip helped me to focus on getting back (we got a season pass) so we can explore other parts of Yosemite, not just Yosemite Valley.
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Class: Care of Magical Creatures
House: Grrrrrrryffindor!
Project Name: First April Project Life Page
Project Page Link: You can see more detailed pictures/read more here at my blog.
Brief Description: Like the Fwooper, this Project Life page is FULL of patterns and colors. Perfect to blend in with the rest of my pictures.
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Class: Charms
House: Grrrrrrryffindor!
Project Name: Iron On Quote Bag
Project Page Link: None
Brief Description: Yes, this bag may look familiar. I've made one before but I assure you that it's a different one. My SIL liked the first one so much she asked that I make her one for her birthday. Two techniques involved - 1. getting the *darn* Silhouette to cut properly and not waste iron on material, 2. Ironing it on properly without ruining the whole thing. Success! I think I still need practice at all of this. Lol.
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Class: Divination
House: Grrrrrrryffindor!
Project Name: Birthday Card
Project Page Link: None
Brief Description: Imagine my surprise when I looked into the stars and realized that they were aligned in such a way that it had appeared to be April! I checked my calendar and GASP! It's indeed April! (Humor me...I'm turning this in late. Lol.) If it's April it must mean that my SIL's birthday has passed! Yep. It has. To go along with the bag I made her I also crafted this birthday card (It says "happy late birthday" inside.) This card was brought into existence based on what I've seen in the stars, making it perfect for my Divination homework.
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Class: History of Magic
House: Grrrrrrryffindor!
Project Name: Easter Cards
Project Page Link: None
Brief Description: One historical use of flowers is for decoration and honor which is why my daughter and I included flowers while making our Easter cards for the family. (There were originally 8 cards but I had already closed and addressed envelopes on the others before I remembered to take a picture.) Yes, I used a helper on my HoM homework, but sometimes working with a toddler makes it just that much harder. Lol.
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Class: Muggle Studies
House: Grrrrrrryffindor!
Project Name: Craft Supplies
Project Page Link: None
Brief Description: This area isn't so much messy as it is in need of organization. You can't tell much from the picture but I went through and organized all the little boxes and containers. I put alot of things into grabbag piles. I organized my whole scrapbook cart. Perfect and ready for crafting when I was done! It's hard to keep craft supplies in control in an apartment. You have to tuck them in everywhere when you can't have a real dedicated portion of the house. This is one of 3 main areas I have craft supplies stored.
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Class: Potions
House: Grrrrrrryffindor!
Project Name: Second April Project Life Page
Project Page Link: You can see more detailed pictures/read more here at my blog.
Brief Description: It may look like a regular project life page...but WAIT! What's that? Secret hidden flaps?! Muahuahuahuahua!
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Class: May Challenge
House: Grrrrrrryffindor!
Project Name: Big Trees Project Life Page
Project Page Link: You can see more detailed pictures/read more here at my blog.
Brief Description: Yea, yea...you're probably all sick of all these Project Life pages but it seems to be the only crafting I've really had time to do lately...and I'm struggling to even get them done. So yes, professor, since Project Life is always a WIP, please accept my pages from our trip to Big Trees State Park as my May detention submission. (More pics in blog link!)
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