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« on: May 20, 2015 04:48:39 AM »

CLOSED!
This round of the HPC has ended.  Please check the Craftalongs board to find our current semester.



~Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Summer Semester 2015~

~*Begins June 1, 2015*~
~*Ends August 31, 2015*~

Welcome to Hogwarts!
The Harry Potter Craftalong (HPC) is not your typical craftalong; we are gathered here to celebrate our love of crafting and the Wonderful World of Harry Potter.  In the HPC you will be completing classes and challenges with your skills in crafty magic.  These classes and challenges all have HP centered themes, but your crafts do not have to be Harry Potter."  Your mission, as a student at Hogwarts, is to complete at least one class or challenge during this semester.  You may join any time during the semester.  I hope you join us; the HPC is a great way to stretch your crafty muscles, meet HP crafters, and have fun!


~*HPC PROJECTS*~
---The HPC is here to help us each finish projects and to explore new challenges as we better our crafting skills.  Prompts and guidelines are there to help stimulate creativity and growth; the size and complexity of the project submitted should reflect a level of personal growth and challenge over the time you spend in the HPC.
---Projects for the HPC should represent your best crafty skills.  Take pride in your work.  Classes and challenges should take a minimum of 30 minutes to make.  
---A project can only be submitted for one class/challenge (the same project cannot be entered in multiple categories) unless noted in prompt (it will be CLEARLY noted if allowed).
---Projects must be turned in within the timeframe designated by the type of assignment or challenge.
---For a project to be counted, it must have a picture or picture link included AT THE TIME OF POSTING.  If your item is a private piece, or is being kept secret for a Craft Swap, you are more than welcome to post a link for the Headmistress to view.  EDIT 4/17/15: As of today, I will no longer be posting reminders to folks about pictures.  I simply do not have the time to chase folks down for pictures.  If you post your project without a photo or photo link, it will simply not be counted when I tally House Points.
---For any cooking/food project, in addition to a photo, you must post a complete recipe, or link to the complete recipe you used.  No recipe = no points.  [EDIT due to questions: *For our purposes, a "complete recipe" means it includes a full set of ingredients that includes amounts, and step-by-step instructions that another HPC member could replicate themselves at home.  Think of writing your recipe with a beginner cook in mind, who needs full instructions.
---There is SO MUCH to do in the HPC.  Do not feel like you have to craft everything.  Think of the HPC as a "Choose Your Own Adventure".  Craft what inspires you, but don't try to do everything and get burned out.  Keep in mind these wise words , "It does not do to dwell on lists and forget to craft."  


~*HOW TO TURN IN A PROJECT*~
For each assignment/challenge, use this header:
Class/Challenge/House Pride:
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
House:
Project Name:
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.)
Project Picture: (REQUIRED! NO PICTURE (or link) = NO HOUSE POINTS)


-Feel free to also include your house and any storycrafting you've created for your project.
---You can add more than one project to your post, but a header must be used for each project.
-When posting your projects, you are more than welcome to post more than one at a time. But if you do so, then please attempt to post your projects in alphabetical order by SUBJECT.  Bertie Bott's Beans, Detention Prompts, and Headmistress Challenges should be posted under B, D, & H respectively.  For more information, see this post.



~*HPC FAQs*~
---How long is a semester?  Semesters are as follows: WINTER- December, January, February; SPRING-March, April, May; SUMMER-June, July, August; FALL-September, October, November.
---When can I join?  You can join anytime in the semester.
---Do I have to sign-up to join this craftalong? No, all you have to do is post in the thread a hi or completed project post.
---How do I complete a semester/earn my year? To complete a semester/year, you only have to complete one class or challenge during the semester.
---What timezone do we use?  We use Headmistress Mistress Jennie's Central Timezone (Tennessee time).
---Do you sort me?  NO, you will decide which house you belong to, but you can only choose one.
---I have a problem or question; who can I ask?  You can send a Personal Message (PM) to Headmistress Mistress Jennie.  You can also ask specific questions to HPC staff.  And you can post your question in the thread; our students are very helpful!
---Can I turn in something I did earlier? With a very few exceptions the answer is NO!  You must complete your project during the current semester. Exceptions are Detention and OWLs; look for details about these projects in their information posts.
---Are we swapping? No, this is not an organized swap.  We are just encouraging crafting with a HP twist.  But if you enjoy swapping, keep an eye out for HP themed swap info in our thread.
---Do I have to craft all the classes and challenges? NO, you pick what you inspires you.  There is tons to choose from so choose your own HP Craft Adventure through the castle.
---What kind of projects are allowed for classes/challenges? If Craftster has a category for it, then it is a viable HPC project.  And since Craftster has a board for almost everything, your choices are vast.
---Does my craft project have to be Harry Potter themed? NO, if your item fulfills the class/challenge prompt, then it can be posted in the HPC.  Above all, we are here to encourage crafting.


~*House Points*~
~*Your triumphs will earn you points*~
Points System
15 points for a Class Assignment & Challenge*
100 points for OWLs
150 points for NEWTs
10 points extra for SPEW aka Charity Items

House Points Guidelines
--- *You cannot double dip for Class & Challenge points.  For example, if you turn-in a project for Herbology & Geminio, then you would get 2 badges but only 15 points for the project.
---You cannot get credit for a class or challenge twice.  For example, if you turn in 2 Alchemy projects, then you will only get points for the first one.
--- SPEW points are extra credit.  You can earn SPEW points for each project you turn in if it goes to charity.  You do not have to give the charity's name, just that you are donating to a certain cause.  (I happen to know that some Battered Women's Shelters don't like their names/locations posted.) SPEW projects must be clearly marked with SPEW to earn extra points.  I suggest adding it to your header.  Also, SPEW project can be turned in as stand-alone projects; they will earn 10 points.  Unlike most projects, you can turn in more than one SPEW project for points.
---HPC Challenge Points do not include House Challenges.  For Example, a Gryffindor Lion-along project would not count for points unless it also fulfills a HPC Class or HPC Challenge.
--- To determine House Cup Winner, an average from the points accumulated per house and the number of members per house.  If there is a tie, then more than one house will win the cup.  Note, a House Member is someone who has turned in at least 1 project.
--- Don't stress over House Points, but do craft your personal best. (This varies from person to person.  And I'm not really worried about "crafting your best" bit because HPCers are amazing crafters!)



~*HPC Portkeys*~
Headmistress Tower & Badge Station
Deputy Headmistress' Office
Quidditch Pitch
Diagon Alley
Magician of the Month (Replaces Witch of the Week)
Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean Grab Bag
Wizard & Witch Career Placement Agency
Pinterest Pixie's Projects Page
Hogwarts Kitchens
HPC Facebook Group

House Keys
7th Floor Gryffindor
Hufflepuff PARTY Common Room
Ravenclaw Tower
Slytherin Dungeon



Professors' Classrooms
Detention in the Dungeons
Alchemy
Apparition
Arithmancy
Astronomy
Care of Magical Creatures
Charms
Defense Against the Dark Arts
Divination
Flying
Herbology
History of Magic
Muggle Studies
Potions Dungeon
Study of Ancient Runes
Transfiguration
Ordinary Wizarding Levels
Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests


~*The Great Hall OT Chat*~

Craftster craftalongs are for crafting and crafting encouragement.  If you would like to talk off-topic, such as in-depth Harry Potter discussions, then please visit The Great Hall.  Thank you for keeping the HPC within Craftster guidelines.

~*HPC on Facebook*~
The HPC is now on Facebook!  This is a way to share links, photos, or videos with your friends here in the HPC, that you cannot post on Craftster.  Please feel free to use the page to ask questions, share craft related or Harry Potter related links, pictures of your kids dressing up like Hogwarts students, or anything else that might be of interest to the group.  This group is Closed, so folks must message me with BOTH their Craftster username, and a way to locate you on Facebook, in order to be added. This is to keep it to just folks within the Craftalong, rather than a general HP forum, and anyone who participates here is welcome there as well.  


~*Summer HPC Staff*~
Headmistress Mistress Jennie
Deputy Headmistress noodle-bug

Gryffindor Head of House Abbeeroad
Hufflepuff Head of House Moonflame
Ravenclaw Head of House FiberAlchemist
Slytherin Head of House ErinAquaheart

Alchemy Professor calliemae
Apparition Magpirate
Arithmancy Professor noodle-bug
Astronomy Professor Inselaeffchen
Care of Magical Creatures ErinAquaheart
Charms Professor tiamatfire
Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor tiamatfire
Divination Professor ErinAquaheart
Flying Professor gaudiknight
Herbology Professor Inselaeffchen
History of Magic jenleahlynn
Muggle Studies Professor Magpirate
Potions Professor noodle-bug
Study of Ancient Runes Inselaeffchen
Transfiguration Professor calliemae

Kitchen Elf Abbeeroad
Pinterest Pixie Inselaeffchen


~*Past HPC Semesters*~
Summer 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2012/2013, Spring 2013, Summer 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2013/2014, Spring 2014, Summer 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2014/2015
Spring 2015

~*Previous Winner of House Cup*~
Winter 2012/2013: Gryffindor
Spring 2013: Gryffindor
Summer 2013: Gryffindor
Fall 2013: Gryffindor
Winter 2013/2014: Ravenclaw
Spring 2014: Ravenclaw
Summer 2014: Ravenclaw
Fall 2014: Gryffindor
Winter 2014/2015: Gryffindor
Spring 2015:
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~*Current Challenges*~
Deputy Headmistress Library Challenges


~*House Pride & House Unity*~
You can turn in as many House Pride or House Unity projects as you wish.  These are projects inspired by one of the Hogwarts Houses.  House Pride would be projects representing your house, and House Unity would be projects representing the other houses or a combination of houses.  They can be inspired by house colors, mascots, founders, heads, past members, house ghosts, etc.  Note you will get House Points on only 1 House Pride and 1 House Unity project per semester.


~*Spring Classes*~
---Alchemy: This summer we are going to be studying the symbol of the white swan. The white swan represents inner brightness, grace, love, dreams, and balance.  Please craft something inspired by swans, the color white,  or by any of the things the white swan represents.  

---Apparition: The three D's to keep in mind when learning to Apparate are Destination, Determination, and Deliberation.  This semester we will focus on Deliberation, defined as "slow and careful movement or thought."  Show your ability to act deliberately by crafting something that requires you to take extra care.  You could try a complex pattern or recipe, make something delicate that you must handle carefully, or craft something with multiple parts that must fit together just right.  Whatever you choose to make, explain in your post how deliberation was a necessary part of the crafting process.

---Arithmancy: Some of the most interesting numbers never end; they have lots of digits after the decimal point going off forever into the depths of tininess - or they describe something so vast that they need hundreds of digits climbing upwards. All those digits contributing to make one number!  Craft something where many small things contribute to one overall project. For example: many knit or sewn stitches to make a throw, many pencil marks in an intricate sketch, many cupcakes to build a tower, etc.

---Astronomy:  June 21st is Summer Solstice, or Litha. In Ancient times (and even nowadays) Bonfires and/or Fireworks are lit to protect against evil spirits. Please craft something that reminds you of Bonfires/Fireworks or craft something that blends several colors together (like Fireworks).

---Care of Magical Creatures (CoMC): Please come down to the Black Lake in water appropriate attire because this semester we will be interacting with the local group of merpeople that live at the bottom of the lake.  Merpeople have chosen a "beast" classification for themselves though they are very "being" like in status. They have language, culture, architecture and art. They are known by names like sirens and selkies. As we interact and converse with the merpeople you will find many inspirational things about their culture. Please create something inspired by the aquatic culture. This can include things like shell necklace, sandcastles, or even mermaid related art! I look forward to seeing your interactions with these fascinating creatures in crafty form!

---Charms: Summer is here and its time to beat the heat!  Practice your freezing charms and keep yourself cool at the same time.  Make crafts involving freezing!  Popsicles, freezer meals.  You could also freeze something by preserving it in resin, or freezing flavor in by canning.

---Defence Against the Dark Arts (DADA): Two vital elements in DADA are preparedness, and expecting the unexpected.  Please complete a craft that does something unexpected or is unusual FOR YOU trying out fruit in your regular salsa recipe, painting on a completed sewn item, embroidering on your knitting.  Maybe you like symmetry, so you could create two things in a mirror image that are in fact opposite (in color, structure, etc.)

---Divination:  This semester we will be joining Firenze the Centaur in learning how the alignment of the planets and stars affect our lives. This is a skill that gives us a look at large events and multiple futures. After looking at several possible futures please take some time to create something that needs to be aligned, such as a clock (the numbers must be precise), or make a necklace that must be measured precisely to lay just right. Or craft something that must be used in a possible future project, such a dye fabric that may be used later, or sew a beach bag that you may plan on adding stamps too in the future.

---Flying: Consider the Bee!  Throughout history bees have symbolized industry and community.  They have a beneficial relationship with humans, pollinating orchards and producing honey and beeswax.  While not of the honey producing variety, bumblebees are worthy creatures, with a large, fuzzy body, and loud buzz.  Our own Albus Dumbledore takes his family name from an archaic name for these noble creatures.  In the 20th century a misconception spread throughout the muggle community that physics was unable to explain how bumblebees managed to fly.  A more thorough understanding of aerodynamics proved that the flight of the bumblebee has nothing to do with magic, but the myth persists.  This semester, please produce a craft inspired by bumblebees and bees in general.

---Herbology:  Summer is nearly here, and lots of fresh herbs are growing in the gardens. As Fluffy has been very excitable with all the sunshine and warm weather, Hagrid has asked Professor Sprout for some LAVENDER for it's soothing and calming traits.
This semester I would like you to craft something that is soothing/calming, something with Lavender in it or something that is purple (like lavender flowers).


---History of Magic (HoM):
Aren't you two ever going to read Hogwarts, A History?"
"What's the point?" said Ron. "You know it by heart, we can just ask you.
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

 In the History of Magic classroom you only need your book, a quill, and some parchment. It's not as dangerous as care of magical creatures, and It doesn't have the excitement of flying. Still though there is something magical about a good book,whether you are reading it by the fireplace in the common room, or stretched out down by the black lake. A good book is to be shared.  For this semester, your assignment is to celebrate the written word. As Hogwarts, A History, and a History of Magic by Bathilda Bagshot are not available to those at home in the Muggle world for the summer, you may reference a book of your choosing. Please include the title and author of the book when posting your assignment. Your project could include a quote, or actual pages from a  book (one that is well loved and falling apart of course.) This could be stitched onto a hoopla, or artwork created with a bookpage background, or maybe the entire book is transformed.  

---Muggle Studies (MS):  Muggles have come up with many clever inventions to compensate for their lack of magical ability.  One of the most ingenious is electricity, where current runs through wires to power lights, appliances, and other useful gadgets.  Study Muggle electricity and either craft something inspired by an electrical device (perhaps you could embellish a lampshade for an electric light or sew a cover for an electric sewing machine) or make something using wire.

---Potions:
DO NOT DIP YOUR FINGERS IN THAT CAULDRON COLIN CREEVEY, YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT'S IN IT!

Clearly, we need to review some safely tips in the potions classroom, and practice not touching things; this might be because it's hot, it's dangerous to touch, or simply because getting your grubby fingers in the draft will spoil it.  Craft something that requires you to not touch it for at least one stage of it's creation. For example, something that you must let set or dry without smudging, or will be too hot to touch.

---Study of Ancient Runes (SoAR): Summer solstice marks the longest day of the year, so I decided we will look into DAGAZ for this semester.
A breakthrough. A new dawn or a major change of direction. Achievement and prosperity, a successful conclusion to a passage. Darkness is behind you because a new day has begun.  Dagaz means day, and in the Nordic lands of long nights and winters, the day is strongly associated with light and life. Dagaz is the essence of natural daylight, the new light of dawn, and the strength of the sun. Spiritually, it is the divine light, the high point of the natural cycle of darkness-light-darkness. It signifies brightness, growth, progress, development, and sometimes fundamental change.

For this semester I would like you to craft something that you need on a nice summer day something that is balanced or something that incorporates the number "4" in any way you can think of.


---Transfiguration: This summer we are studying lapifors, the transfiguration of small objects into rabbits.  Rabbits are herbivores that live on grasses and clover, also known as trefoil because of it's trifoliate leaves.  To show your mastery of this skill, please craft something inspired by rabbits, something inspired by grass or wildflowers like clover, or something based on the number three.
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« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2015 04:54:16 AM »

~*Completed Classes & Challenges*~

Gryffindor
Abbeeroad, Alumni 2: Alchemy, Apparition, Astronomy, arithmancy, bean-bouliblaise, CoMC, Charms, Detention-june, DADA, Div,  Flying, Herbology, HoM, Library-June, Libary-July, potions,  QUID-peptalk, SOAR, transfig 
jenleahlynn, alumni 5: Astro, BEAN-Earthworm, BEAN-grape, charms, CoMC, DET-June, Div, House Unity, Library-June, Library-July, QUID-Prep the Pitch, QUID-peptalk
greybird, 4th Year: Alchemy, Apparition, Astro, BEAN-Earthworm, Library-June, Potions,
Mistress Jennie, alumni 6: Alchemy, Arithmancy, Appirition, Astro, Bean-Curry, BEAN-Earthworm, BEAN-Ketchup, BEAN-jelly, BEAN-bouliblaisse, CoMC, Charms, DADA, DET-June, Div, Flying, Herb, HoM, House Pride, House Unity, Library-June, Library-July, Library-August, MS, QUID-darkmark, QUID-Team Practice, QUID-Warmup, QUID-WHISTLE, QUID-Snidget, QUID-Goal, QUID-halftime QUID-peptalk, QUID-Preseason, QUID-Portkey, QUID-Pitch, QUID-snitch, QUID-timeout, QUID-tryout, QUID-MVW, SOAR, Transfiguration
tiamatfire, alumni 5: Alchemy, Appirition, Arithmancy, Astro, BEAN-Horseradish, BEAN-Bouliblaisse, Charms, CoMC,   DADA, DET-june, Div, flying, Herbology, HoM, MS, Potions, QUID-halftime, QUID-snitch, SoAR, Transfig
Whistlefish, : Alchemy,  Appirition, arithmancy, astro, charms, CoMC, div, herb, potions, transfig

Hufflepuff
Acadian Driftwood, alumni 1: 
AnnoyingBigSister, 7th Year:  
gaudiknight, 7th Year: Alchemy,  Apparition, Arithmancy, Astro, BEAN-curry, BEAN-Earthworm, Bean-Ketchup, BEAN-jelly, CoMC+SPEW, DADA, Det-July, Det-June+SPEW, flying,  Library-June, Libary-july, Library-august, QUID-darkmark, QUID-PreseasonStudy, QUID-PrepPitch, QUID-snitch, QUID-timeout, QUID-tryout, QUID-Goal, QUID-Halftime, QUID-Whistle, QUID-warmup, Transfig
jillybeans, Year:
J_Kieviet, 5th Year:
midkiffsjoy, Alumni 2: Apparition, Arithmancy, astro, Bean-Ketchup, BEAN-jelly, BEAN-horseradish, BEAN-boulibaisse,  Charms, CoMC, Det-june, det-july, Divination, flying, herb, HoM,  housepride, houseunity,  Libary-june, Libary-july, Libary-august, MS, Potions, QUID-darkmark, QUID-catchsnitch QUID-PrepPitch, SoAR, transfig 
Moonflame, alumni 4: Alchemy, Apparition, Astronomy, Arithmancy, BEAN-Earthworm, BEAN-horseradish, Charms, CoMC, DADA, Divination, Herbology, HoM, House Pride, Library-june, QUID-preseason, QUID-catch, QUID-goal, QUID-halftime, QUID-start, QUID-practice, QUID-tryout, QUID-warmup, Potions , SoAR. Transfig  
seeuudee, 7th Year: BEAN-Earthworm, QUID-preseason
StaciRose 1st year: Apparition, Charms,


Ravenclaw
AugustBell, Alumni 2: Appirition, Astronomy,
bluejanuary, 3rd Year: 
elliot_anne, 2nd Year: Alchemy, Apparition, astro, arithmancy, Divination, Bean-ketchup, CoMC, DADA, Det-June,  Flying, House Pride, House Unity, Library-Travel,  QUID-Preseason Study, QUID-preppitch, SoAR, potions
FiberAlchemist, alumni 6: Alchemy, Arithmancy, BEAN-Earthworm, Charms, DET-July, Divination, Herbology, MS, Potions, QUID-Portkey, QUID-Snidget, QUID-Team Practice, QUID-Warmup, Quid-Timeout, QUID-Catch the Snitch, SoAR
jellybean89, 6th Year: alchemy, aritmancy,   Astronomy, CoMC,  BEAN-curry, BEAN-Earthworm, BEAN-ketchup, BEAN-jelly, BEAN-horseradish, DADA,  Divination, QUID-darkmark, QUID-preseason, QUID-Portkey, QUID-preppitch,
Magpirate, alumni 1: Apparition, BEAN-curry, BEAN-Earthworm, BEAN-Ketchup, CoMC, DADA,  DET-June, Library-JUNE,  Potions, QUID-preseason, QUID-Portkey
netchez, 7alumni 1: BEAN-curry
noodle-bug, alumni 5: alchemy, Apparition, Arithmancy, Astronomy, BEAN-Earthworm, BEAN-horseradish, BEAN-boulibalisse, Charms, CoMC, DADA, Det-june Det-july, Det-august,  Div, Flying, HoM, herb,  House Unity, Library-June, Library-July, Libray-august,  MS, potions, QUID-practice, QUID-Goal, QUID-Whistle, QUID-Halftime, QUID-Catch, QUID-Warmup, QUID-Pep Talk, QUID-tryout, QUID-snitchmaker, QUID-timeout SoAR, Transfiguration,
Toralune, 3rd Year: 


Slytherin
AnnoyingLittleBrother, alumni 1: DADA
Ant Bee, alumni 5: Potions 
calliemae, Alchemy, DADA, Divination, Herbology, House Pride, House Unity, Potions, SoAR,
DragonChilde, Alumni 2:
ErinAquaheart, alumni 4: Astronomy, BEAN-Earthworm, CoMC, DADA, House Unity,  MS, Potions, QUID-preseason, QUID-Portkey,
Inselaeffchen, alumni 1: Appirition,arithmancy, BEAN-Bouillabasse, DADA, house unity, Potions, Quid-preppitch, Quid-darkmark, QUID-Snidget, QUID-Tryout, QUID-Pep talk, QUID-Warmup, QUID-Goal, QUID-Catch the Snitch, SOAR, 
ladychris2010, 6th Year:
Naantje, alumni 4:
Samash90, 2nd Year: Alchemy, CoMC, Charms, DADA, Divination, Library-June, QUID-Portkey, SoAR
satsukirebel, 2nd Year:


 

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


Gryffindor: 6 students, 1880 points
Hufflepuff:  5 students, 1365 points
Ravenclaw: 7 students, 1840 points
Slytherin: 5 students,  830 points
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~*SUMMER QUIDDITCH!*~


Quidditch Cup
July 20th-August 23rd

*NOTICES*
--Keep in mind that the Quidditch Cup Deadlines will be strictly enforced.  All enchantments and protections spells will end precisely on August 23rd, 2015 at 11:59pm CST.

--All HPC rules apply for Quidditch events!  Please refresh yourself of these guidelines; they are located first page, first post.

--Remember projects for the HPC should represent your best crafty skills.  Take pride in your work.

--Submissions should take a minimum of 30 minutes to make.

--Incomplete or partial projects will not be accepted.

--No WIPs are allowed for the Quidditch Cup.

--You may complete each Event prompt ONCE.

--If you complete all 10 Events, you may then complete the MVW Prompt below, which will earn you 25 regular points, with the SPEW 10 point bonus as an option, giving you the opportunity to earn 25-35 points for your team with a single project.  You may NOT complete the MVW until you have completed the 10 Event challenges.

*SCORING*
--Events = 15 points
--SPEW projects earn a 10 point Bonus, 15 + 10 = 25 points!

*EVENTS*
Let's have a fair and fun game!  On my whistle!

~Snidget vs. Snitch Maker: Craft something that flies (like a kite), or craft something that requires you to wear gloves while making it (staining a wooden deck or tie dye).  

~Try Outs: Show us the very best of what you've got! Create a project in the craft you are BEST at.

~Team Practice: Create something in a medium you have previously struggled with, or in a medium or technique you never done before.

~Pre-Match Pep Talk: Craft something to lift the spirits of a friend or family member.

~Warm Up: Craft something that warms you up or stretches you out.  This could be preparing a medium in order to make a future craft (such as dyeing yarn in order to later crochet a scarf) or take your crafting to a new level by tackling a harder pattern or project than you ever have before. (Example, if you are a beginner quilter, try taking on an intermediate pattern.)

~Starting Whistle: Craft a project that reflects a beginning.  This could be the beginning of a journey, the beginning of a new project, or the beginning of a new live path.  For example, if you are going vegetarian or vegan, try a new recipe for dinner.  If you are taking a trip soon, prepare a travel journal or smash book to take with you.  If you are planning on decorating your patio, start by giving the space a good cleaning.

~Goal: Create a celebratory project!  This could be a craft to celebrate a holiday or an event like a friends birthday (birthday present, or a cake for their birthday party), or celebrate something you love like a favorite book or tv show (a Doctor Who craft to get ready for the upcoming new season).

~Half Time: Wow, the match is going fast and furious, so grab a drink while you can, and sit back to rest a few minutes while watching the Half Time Show!  For this challenge craft something refreshing, OR something entertaining. This could be taking a break from your favorite craft by making something in a different medium than your usual, or it could be something to keep people amused, such as a board game.

~Time Out: Take a break from crafting for others, and make something that is totally for yourself.

~Catch the Snitch: Create something gold in color, something smaller than 4"x4"x4", something that moves very fast, or craft something that is hidden in plain sight.


*MVW (Most Valuable Witch or Wizard)*
If you complete all 10 of the Events above, you may than attempt to earn your team extra points with the MVW.  For this challenge you may craft anything you wish, provided it takes the required minimum of 30 minutes to complete, and is a craft found somewhere on Craftster.  This challenge will automatically earn you 25 base points.  If you choose to make your creation a SPEW project (ie, and item you will donate to an official charity or institution in need) you can earn the 10 point SPEW Bonus, giving you up to 35 points for a single project.

*Please note that SPEW items must be going to a charity, hospital, shelter, etc.  Items made for a friend are a generous gift, but they are not a charitable donation.


Dark Mark Challenge! - CLOSED!
The Dark Mark has been spotted over the Quidditch pitch!  While Witches and Wizards are arriving from all over the world to view the match, Death Eaters are using a tactic of fear and intimidation to further their own Pureblood agenda.  The only way to remove the Dark Mark, a spell created from darkness and fear, is for multiple Witches & Wizards to work together to cast a stronger spell created from light and love.  For this challenge we need as many people as possible to create a craft an item to lighten someone's heart, or show their love for a friend or family member.  You can create anything you wish, so long as you do it with love.


Prep the Pitch Challenge - CLOSED!
The summer Quidditch tournament is nearly here, and we need everyone to lend a wand to make sure that the pitch is in perfect condition for the upcoming matches.  Quidditch pitches are oval in shape, five-hundred feet long and one-hundred eighty feet wide, frequently with grass on the ground, and with a small central circle of approximately two feet in diameter, from which all the balls are released at the start of the game. At each end there are three hooped goal posts of different heights, surrounded by a scoring area. As Quidditch is an aerial sport, Quidditch pitches usually feature spectator seating at high vantage points, whether in towers or in a fully-encircling platform style, either of which can be decorated with a teams colors. For this challenge you have several options:
-Craft something oval in shape
-Craft something green like grass
-Craft something to hold smaller items (like a pencil case, tote bag, etc)
-Craft something that hangs in the air (like a mobile, wind chime, bird feeder, suncatcher, etc.)
-Craft something that contains 500+ of a supply (like 500 beads, grains of sand, sprinkles of glitter, etc)
-Craft 3 matching items, like the 3 goal hoops
-Craft a decoration that supports your House (note: this can essentially be second House Pride project)


Set Your Portkey Challenge - CLOSED!
The Summer Quidditch Cup Competition has been scheduled for July 20-August 24, 2015.  Many of us will be traveling to this event in July.  Since numerous brooms taking the skies will most certainly be noticed by Muggles and apparition is not allowed due to the guards in place around the venue, we must use portkeys to travel.  Your job is to craft yourself a portkey; it can be anything you desire to craft.  However, you must submit a picture of your portkey in a location near your home so that it can be registered for the event. (This location must be no more than 50 miles away and must NOT be inside your home.)


Preseason Studies Challenge - CLOSED!
It's summer holidays, and that means taking it easy while trying to keep out of sight of Dudley's gang, right?  Wrong!  Oliver Wood has just sent you a stack of books about the history of Quidditch, and demanded that you study up.  He hinted strongly that there might even be a quiz involved for those who wish to stay on the team!  For this challenge you must channel your inner Hermione and read up on Quidditch history, then craft something inspired by your studies.  Please explain within your post how the project relates to an aspect of Quidditch history.


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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
butterflyangel: Potions, Option 1 July 23, 2014
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 (On HOLD)
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, April 08, 2015
ttsaria: Study of Ancient Runes (PM Proposal), Sept.15, 2012
whenindoubtsew: Care of Magical Creatures, Sept. 23, 2012


Hufflepuff
Acadian Driftwood: Transfiguration, Option 1, September 05, 2014
BringMeKnitting8: Astronomy, Option 2, June 11, 2014
blupaisan: Arithmancy, Jan. 27 2014
CraftLadyMJ: Potions, Option1 (PM Proposal), Mar. 25 2013
gaudiknight: Charms, July 23rd 2015
jillybeans: Transfiguration, Mar. 27, 2013
J_Kieviet: Alchemy, April 23, 2015
Kit the Brave: Arithmancy, Dec. 1, 2012
midkiffsjoy: Divination, June 4, 2013
Moonflame: Potions, Option 1, March 4, 2015
patty_o_furniture: CoMC, Aug. 18, 2013
seeuudee: Charms, June 20, 2014

Ravenclaw
Audania1: Arithmancy, March 01, 2014
AugustBell: Transfiguration, Jan.16, 2013
BadWolf314: Potions, Option 1, March 02, 2014
bluejanuary: Care of Magical Creatures, option 1, March 03, 2015
consultingcorsair: History of Magic, Jan. 9, 2013
Flip-floP: Charms, Apr. 10, 2013
krashromance: Potions, Mar. 19, 2013
kstaron: Charms, Sept. 6, 2012
Listessa: Potions, June 17, 2013
Magpirate: Astronomy, Option 3, June 14, 2014
Natasjadreams: Study of Ancient Runes, Sept. 7, 2012
Noodlebug: HoM option 2, August 7th 2015
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
the_essence: Charms, Dec. 9, 2012
vincentvanbuck: Alchemy, Dec. 3, 2013 (ON HOLD)
vincentvanbuck: Arithmancy, December 24, 2014

Slytherin
Ant Bee: Transfiguration, Sept. 8, 2012
audio: Transfiguration, Jan. 27, 2013
bookie0013: Charms, Sept. 1, 2013
calliemae: Care of Magical Creatures, Option 1, August 24, 2014
coulsenl: Potions, Dec. 2, 2013
DragonChilde: Transfiguration, Option 1 April 01, 2014
ErinAquaheart: Charms, June 13, 2015
FreakieGeekie: History of Magic, Apr. 26, 2013
Inselaeffchen: Charms, July 02, 2014
lightninglisa: Astronomy, Sept. 3, 2012
Naantje: History of Magic, June 4, 2013
Samash90: Alchemy option 1, Jult 1st 2015
SKooKum: Potions, Apr. 2, 2013
TechnicolorAquahearts: MS, June 16, 2013
travelgirl: Arithmancy, July 23, 2013


Completed Owls
Samash90 Transfiguration option 1/2
ErinAquaheart: Herbology
Noodle-bug: Alchemy option 2
Gaudiknight: Astronomy Option 2
Mistress Jennie: Transfiguration Option 1



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~*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 posting in the HPC thread or if you'd like to keep the project a secret for a swap you can propose it by sending a PM to Mistress Jennie & pinkleo.  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 PROPOSAL***
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
jenleahlynn: Arithmancy, March 6, 2015
Melissaurus: DADA, Feb. 9, 2013
MamanTattoo: Astronomy April 07, 2014
pinkleo: HoM, Dec. 23, 2013
rockmygypsysoul: Care of Magical Creatures, July 03, 2014
tiamatfire: Herbology, july 13th, 2015


Hufflepuff
Acadian Driftwood: CoMC, March 7, 2014
CraftyLadyMJ: Transfiguration, July 10, 2013 (PM Proposal)
gaudiknight: Potions July 23rd 2015
J_Kieviet: Care Of Magical Creatures, April 23, 2015
patty_o_furniture: CoMC, August 18, 2013

Ravenclaw
BadWolf314: Alchemy, March 02, 2014
Elliot-Anne; Arithmancy, June 9th 2015
indigo_roses: Ancient Runes, Mar. 4, 2013
magpirate; COMC, June 7th 2015
netchez: CoMC, Sept. 1, 2013
noodle-bug: Alchemy, July 7, 2015
PenguinSoup: Ancient Runes, Jan. 17, 2013
pottermouth: Arithmancy,  June 30, 2014

Slytherin
DragonChilde: Divination, Oct. 12, 2013
ErinAquaheart: Arithmancy, May 30, 2015
margaron: Potions, August 17, 2014


~*Completed NEWTs*~
Noodle-bug, DADA
noodle-bug: Astronomy
Tiamatfire: Arithmancy



~*NEWT Certificates*~


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~Headmistress Tower~
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~Badge Station~
To claim your badge, just left click the image; it will open another window with a larger image, which you can right click and save to your computer.  Then, you can do whatever you wish with it.  Ideas on how to use your badges: as an avatar, put it in your profile under Brief Bio, or create a pinterest board for all your badges.

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Deputy Headmistress' Office
Please feel free to PM me if you are lacking inspiration for completing a prompt, (or for finding a prompt that fits your project!)

Summer Term Library Challenges!
During the summer term there will be no monthly Head Mistress Challenges because Mistress Jennie will be running Quidditch instead... In there place will be a series of challenges designed to channel my favourite aspect of childhood summer Holidays - the reading challenges that the Libary used to run! For each challenge, you need to hand in both a craft project AND a book recommendation that fit the theme. I will keep a list of all the books recommended so we can all take a little inspiration from each other, and maybe find authors or genres we may not have tried before.
Each challenge will be a month long, and your interpretation needs to be submitted before the end of the last day of the month. Badges will be awarded (to be revealed later), and house points are up for grabs!

August Library Challenge!
Prepare!

as we approach the end of summer, it's time to prepare for the upcoming return to school - I always love a trip to the stationary store to pick out my new things for the year ahead Smiley
for this challenge, you must prepare for times to come by getting organised; sort out your craft cupboard, colour coordinate that pile of yarns or fabrics, clean and tidy all your used rubber stamps. Remember to include before and after photos please!
Alternately, you may craft an item that helps you get and stay organised, such as a storage unit, a reusable to do list board, or a decorated folder to store patterns

Don't forget you must also include a book recommendation themed to your craft, or to the topic of preperation

These gorgeous Library Challenge badges have been made for us by Gaudiknight - thank you!



Our Library - books recommended by HPCers this Summer semester
Celebration theme:
 - The Art of Happiness by Howard Cutler M.D. and Dalai Lama (recommended by Abbeeroad)
 - The Wrong Boy by Willy Russell (noodle-bug)
 - Rules of the Wild by Francesca Marcino (Samash90)
 - Rings of Change by Jane Fletcher (Gaudiknight)
 - Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor (Mistress Jennie)
 - Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen (Moonflame)
 - Will Greyson Will Greyson by John Green & David Levithan (Magpirate)
 - The Long Winter by Laura Wilder (greybird)
 - You & Me Forever by Francis Chan (Jenleahlynn)
 - The Earl's Mistletoe Bride by Joanna Maitland (midkiffsjoy)
Travel theme:
 - Green Rider by Kristen Britan (Jennie)
 - Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel (noodle-bug)
 - Secrets of the Mountains by Brian O'Malley (elliot_anne)  
 - The Ranger's Apprentice by John Flanagan (jenleahlynn)
 - On the Road by Jack Kerouac (Abbeeroad)
 - The Merrow Tree by Katie Williams (Gaudiknight)
 - Call of the Wild by Jack London (midkiffsjoy)
Preperation theme:
 - Step by step Cabinets & Shelves by Better Homes & Gardens (midkiffsjoy)
 - Dorothy & the Wizard in Oz by L.Frank Baum and Skottie Young (noodle-bug)
 - the Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter (gaudiknight)
 - First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen (Mistress Jennie)
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Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans
A risk with every mouthful!

"You want to be careful with these. When they say every flavor, they mean every flavor - you know you get all the ordinary ones like chocolate and peppermint and marmalade, but then you can get spinach and liver and tripe. George reckons he had a bogey-flavored one once." - Ron Weasley

Its no secret that Hogwarts students love sweets.  And teachers, Headmasters & Headmistresses have been known to enjoy their share of treats too.  Therefore, your brilliant Headmistresses have devised an epic new *series* of Mini-Challenges for you.  


Every two weeks we will pull a new bean out of the bag.  Each bean will be the inspiration for a mini-challenge.  Students may complete and post a craft based on that theme to earn 15 House Points, and a Badge for that challenge.  Once a new challenge is posted, you have until 11:59 Central time THE SAME DAY to finish posting the "old" bean.  Items posted after that can earn Badges, but no House Points  As with all things in the HPC, you are welcome to do any, all, or none of these challenges.  They are just a way to inspire your own magical crafting adventures.

*If the Semester ends before the Bean's two week span is over, the Bean will continue into the new semester.  You may only enter your Bean project in *one* of the semesters.


And this weeks bean is...
BOUILLABAISSE!

"What's that?" said Ron, pointing at a large dish of some sort of shellfish stew that stood beside a large steak-and-kidney pudding.
"Bouillabaisse," said Hermione.
"Bless you." said Ron.
"It's French. I had it on holiday, summer before last, it's very nice."
"I'll take your word for it," said Ron, helping himself to black pudding...

...At that moment, a voice said, "Excuse me, are you wanting ze bouillabaisse?"
It was the girl from Beauxbatons who had laughed during Dumbledore's speech.  She had finally removed her muffler.  A long sheet of silvery-blonde hair fell almost to her waist.  She had large, deep blue eyes, and very white, even teeth.

Ron went purple.  He stared up at her, opening his mouth to reply, but nothing came out except a funny gurgling noise.
"Yeah, have it," said Harry, pushing the dish toward the girl.
"You 'ave finished wiz it?"
"Yeah," Ron said breathlessly.  "Yeah, it was excellent."


Bouillabaisse is a traditional Provenal fish stew originating from the port city of Marseille in France.  During the Triwizard Tournament in 1994, this dish was served at Hogwarts, in order to make the visiting students from Beauxbatons feel at home. The ingredients vary depending upon what fish are available and the taste of the chef. The fish are scaled and then cleaned with sea water. Other ingredients include potatoes, garlic, onions, ripe tomatoes, bouquet garni, fennel, saffron, salt, cayenne pepper, and olive oil.

For this challenge you have several options:
-Craft something inspired by the history, people, culture or cuisine of France
-Craft something inspired by the ocean or it's inhabitants
-Craft something inspired by the Veela
-Craft something for your significant other
-Craft something that makes you (or someone else) feel beautiful (such as a piece of clothing or an accessory)


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« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2015 05:29:48 AM »

~*Detention in the Dungeons*~


This semester there will be three Detention Challenges, one for each month.  You are welcome to do any, all, or none of these challenges.  (Remember, they are just here to help get your crafty juices flowing!)  All Detention projects are worth 15 House Points and may be turned in anytime during the semester, regardless of what the newest Challenge is, up until the semester ends on February 28th.  (For example, you may turn in December or January challenges in February.)

June Challenge:
Bored, and a bit grossed out, by the Skrewts, Prof. Grubbly-Plank caught you poking them with a stick to try to provoke a reaction, and now you have to spend an evening cleaning them out. Unfortunately they have chosen the same evening to demonstrate their blast-ended nature! Craft something inspired by fire or explosions, something that uses fire or heat in its creation (smores anyone?), or something for an animal in your care.


July Challenge:
Filch has caught you & Ron tracking in muddy footprints after a rainy-day visit to Hagrid's.  Dumbledore vetoed his idea to hang you upside down from shackles in the dungeon, so instead you are tasked with mopping the entire first floor of the castle.  Fortunately Ron knew a handy spell from his mum, to enchant the mops to mop the floor all by themselves!  Since Filch is a Squib this option had never occurred to him.  While he & Mrs. Norris are skulking the upper hallways for other rule-breakers, you have time to finish that essay for Snape.  For this challenge, you must complete a Work In Progress.


August Challenge:
Prof. Binns was droning on this afternoon, and you fell asleep as usual.  Unfortunately Prof. McGonagall stopped in to ask him a question and noticed you napping.  She's assigned you a detention for your rudeness.  You are to go back through all of Binns' old lecture note cards and transcribe them onto fresh cards.  For this assignment you must research something old and make it new again.  This could be a craft considered 'old fashioned' and out-of-date such as macrame, or a vintage pattern in a craft that has a long history like knitting or cooking.  Try updating an old fashioned quilt pattern with bold modern fabrics, or make one of grandma's recipes healthier by veganizing it! 


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