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« on: September 14, 2016 12:56:31 PM »

The HPC Yule 2016/2017 Term is now CLOSED!  
But never fear, crafty magic will always be found at Hogwarts by those who seek it.  Please check the Craftalongs board to find our current semester.



~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Yule Term 2016/2017*~

~*Begins October 1st, 2016*~
~*Ends January 31st, 2017*~

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.  Floo Powder Challenges, 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: YULE- October, November, December, January; SPRING-February, March, April, May; MIDSUMMER-June, July, August, September
---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 a 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 the Headmistress' Time Zone,  Mistress Jennie is in Central Standard 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, or Deputy Headmistress noodle-bug.  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 below.  If you started a project, for example a quilt, a day or two before the semester started, but then did the bulk of the work and finishing (a good 90%) during the semester, you can submit it.
---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.  Also, we occasionally do things like Valentine or Christmas Card Exchanges.  These are completely voluntary, and are NOT required, and are not organized swaps.
---Do I have to craft all the classes and challenges? NO!  Smiley Just 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 & Floo Powder Challenge, 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 a legitimate 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.  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 Slytherin Scavenger Hunt 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 (Headmistress Challenges)
Deputy Headmistress's Office - S.P.E.W. Headquarters
Badge Station
Floo Powder Challenge Series
Diagon Alley
Magician of the Month
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
[ur=http://tinyurl.com/jvb4nq9l]Defense Against the Dark Arts[/url]
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.  If you send me a message via FB, PLEASE include your Craftster username.  We've been getting lots of requests to join, from faux accounts who just want to spam us with porn, so I've become *extra* cautious about adding folks.

~*Yule Term 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 TechnicolorAquahearts
Apparition edelC
Arithmancy Professor noodle-bug
Astronomy Professor Inselaeffchen
Care of Magical Creatures ErinAquaheart
Charms Professor edelC
Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor Magpirate
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 TechnicolorAquahearts
Transfiguration Professor ErinAquaheart

Kitchen Elf Abbeeroad
Pinterest Pixie seeuudee


~*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: Gryffindor
Summer 2015: Gryffindor
Fall 2015: Gryffindor
Winter 2015/2016: Slytherin
Spring 2016: Slytherin
Midsummer 2016: Hufflepuff
Yule 2016/2017: Gryffindor
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~*Current Challenges*~
Headmistress Challenge - October (ends Oct 31)
Put a Pumpkin on it! Mini Challenge (ends Nov 11)

~*House Pride & House Unity*~
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 can get House Points on 1 House Pride and 1 House Unity project per semester.


~*Yule Term Classes*~
---Alchemy: The study and practice of alchemy ranges through many different human cultures. Chinese alchemy lead to what is now practiced as Chinese alternative medicine. Central to the early practices of Chinese alchemy is the substance cinnabar. To the Chinese the red color of cinnabar symbolized the height of life and things like royalty, fire, and the sun. For this assignment you have three option.  Craft something that either reflects on a memory of a moment where you felt like you were at the height of your life, such as creating scrapbook pages of your wedding day. Craft something inspired by fire, or that will 'put a fire in your belly', (ie inspire you to work harder at something).  This could include making your own candles, or if you're trying to change your eating habits, create a pretty journal to log your meals. Finally, you can craft something that helps you shine like the sun, such as a homemade beauty product, or a craft you are exceptionally good at.

---Apparition:  Witches and wizards who are adept at apparition make it look easy. They appear and reappear at will. For this class please craft something from a technique that is easy for you AND Share a tip so that we can all learn from your work. Alternatively make a simple and easy dish and share the recipe with us.

---Arithmancy: Over the coming terms, we will be looking at the Arithmantic meanings linked to individual numbers. So, let's start at the very beginning (rumor says it's a very good place to start) with number 1. One is the number of the sun, linked to action and ambition. Your assignment this term is to represent an ambition of yours; depict an ambition to help you (and us) visualize it. For example, if you aim to travel, you could decoupage a globe. Alternatively, you may make a piece which will help you in achieving your ambition.  For example, if your ambition is to get top grades you could craft yourself a study organizer.

---Astronomy:  During the Yule Term there will be 6 Meteor Showers! We'll have the Draconids, Orionids, Taurids, Leonids, Geminids and the Ursids Meteor Shower.  A meteor shower is a celestial event in which a number of meteors are observed to radiate, or originate, from one point in the night sky. These meteors are caused by streams of cosmic debris called meteoroids entering Earth's atmosphere at extremely high speeds on parallel trajectories.

For homework I would like you to study the different Meteor Showers and craft something in multiples, incorporates the number 6 or something that springs out at you when studying the origins (name/place in space etc) of the meteor showers above. (If choosing the last option, please state which meteor shower you studied and what did spring out at you during your studies).


---Care of Magical Creatures (CoMC): This term we will be studying the life of the amazing Newton "Newt" Artemis Fido Scamander, the accomplished Hufflepuff who is the author of our most used textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Among his many contributions to the magical community are almost solely creating the Werewolf Register in 1947, and he was key in the passing of the Ban on Experimental Breeding in 1965. He was awarded the Order of Merlin, Second Class for his services to the study of Magizoology in 1979. During his time as a ministry employee in the Dragon Research and Restraint Bureau he used his travels to gather information for Fantastic Beasts.

This term you have two options; either create something inspired by (or with) a banned object, such as a banned book or something like a kinder egg (which are banned in the USA). Or you may create with something you have gathered from recent travels! A scrapbook page with postcards, a necklace with found seashells, or a pillowcase from fabric you picked up during your journey.

---Charms:   We continue our study of charms with an examination of Bond of Blood charms. These are extremely powerful and ancient charms, which are formed when a person sacrifices himself or herself for a family member, out of deep and pure love. The sacrifice creates a lingering protection in the blood of the person who was saved. For homework please create something that relates to blood or the color red. You could make a pouch to hold sanitary products, a first aid kit, homemade black pudding, or make something where the dominant color is red, such as knitting a red cowl. Alternatively since the charm relates to family and sacrifice, you can also fulfill the requirement by making something for a family member or making an item for charity.

---Defense Against the Dark Arts (DADA): This term we will be studying the Dark creation known as the Inferius.  Inferi are corpses, reanimated by Dark magic to serve the wizard who creates them.  Since they are not alive, they cannot be physically harmed, so many defensive spells that would be effective against a human opponent will be useless against Inferi.  The best way to combat such creatures is to repel them with fire, as they are averse to light and heat.  Practice your flame-summoning charms by either crafting something that brings or uses light (such as a lamp or suncatcher) or something that requires the application of heat.

---Divination:  There are many simple ways to use a set of runes to read the future. This term we will be focusing on a three rune reading method. Starting with a complete set of runes, close your eyes, mix your runes, and focus on a question about your near future (for example: 'Will I be able to complete my NEWT this term?'). With eyes still shut choose three runes, one at a time. The first rune is your recent past telling you what may have been hindering you from your question. The second rune is your present guiding you to what is currently happening with your question. The third and last rune is focused on the near future, hopefully giving insight into the answer to your question.

After you have given yourself a reading I want you to focus crafting something from your past. For this please choose either to complete a WIP or to use a material from your stash. Take this item and craft using an activity that gives you joy, moves you forward, or that will improve your future.  Example: I have several blank cards and old scrapbook paper in my stash. I find paper crafting fun and stress relieving. So I will take my stash paper and create some handmade cards and boxes to use for my annual Advent calendar. This will make Christmas more fun and better for me. Be sure to tell us where your past item came from, what you find positive about the craft you chose to do, and how the completed project improves your future.  


---Flying: This semester students, let us examine the tool that allows us to take to the sky: the broom.  Over the years we have transformed this common household necessity into a highly sophisticated magical item, like the high performance brooms such as Nimbus 2000's and Firebolts.  But it is important not to loose sight of it's humble beginnings as a cleaning implement.  

For your assignment, please return your broom to its original purpose and undertake a major cleaning or organizing effort.  This must be something out of the ordinary, not simply putting your commons room to rights after a rowdy evening (don't give me that look, Weasleys). Perhaps tackling an "invisible corner" that seems to fill with every bit of junk you don't know what to do with, a space that will be changing purposes like a spare bedroom into a new craft room, or some other large project that you have been pushing to the bottom of your to-do list.  In order for full credit to be awarded you will need to share before and after pictures.

---Herbology:  The weather can turn quite a bit at Hogwarts! It's getting colder, wetter, and stormier up north. So during the Yule Trimester we'll be looking into the magical components of tea. I'd like you to select one type of plant that can be used to brew tea. It may be the traditional tea (Camellia sinensis) plant used for white, black, and green tea, or any plants that can be made into an herbal tea. These include mint, chamomile, rooibos, rose hips, lemon peel, or any other plant material that may be brewed into a tea or tisane.

Please look at your plant and then craft something that represents the characteristics of the plant (leaves, color, berries, flowers etc.). Or you could craft something that you associate with tea, the tea ceremony or the uses of tea (think outside the box!).  


---History of Magic (HoM):  This semester we will be studying the Werewolf Code of Conduct of 1637. It was a set of rules outlining the responsibilities of werewolves during their monthly transformations. It was a complete failure because no one was willing to come forward and identify himself or herself as a werewolf, preferring instead to live in secret for their own protection.

For your assignment, we will focus on transformations. It could be a personal transformation, such as a costume for Halloween, or new party look for a New Years Eve event. You could also create a project with a hidden element, an opening, or a secret message.

---Muggle Studies: Wizards have many proverbs and sayings which you may be familiar with, such as "Don't count your owls before they're delivered" and "May-born witches marry Muggles."  Muggles have their own set of axioms, as well.  Research Muggle sayings and make a craft inspired by one or more of them.  For example, inspired by "A stitch in time saves nine," you could repair a pile of clothes that are starting to wear out; or you could choose "Waste not, want not" and make something useful out of materials that would otherwise go to waste.

---Potions: Potions is cancelled this term, due to the presence of a boggart in the store cupboard!
Practice your Riddikulus charms by crafting something that shows what your boggart will turn into, either in its original scary form, or the laughter inducing shape you'll force it into. Don't forget to tell us what your boggart would be, and how you'd make it funny!  For example, Neville may choose to paint a portrait of Professor Shape, or he could choose to sew clothing similar to his grandmother's!

Study of Ancient Runes (SoAR): For this semester we will be focusing on the rune Thurisaz. This rune symbolizes self-discipline, meditation, and study. For this assignment craft something that requires a great deal of thought on your part. This could be something related to a favorite topic that you have read a lot about, or a personal feeling that you have a long time thinking about or meditating on.  Alternatively you may craft something that took a lot of discipline to make, such as a particularly difficult knitting pattern.  

---Transfiguration: Mr. Weasley! Will you Please, SIT DOWN! There has been entirely too much frivolity in this classroom!
Now that I have your attention... Transfiguration requires firm and decisive wand movements and much concentration. To be successful one must take into account several factors such as the weight and density of what one wants to transfigure, as well as wand power and level of concentration. There is even a mathematical formula to help you find the correct power needed from your wand movements. The Yule term will be spent practicing decisive, firm wand movements.

Craft something that requires a firm hand during the creation process (such as a wood project that must be clamped or held down firmly in order to complete) or create something that requires precise calculations to execute. (For example: enlarging a dress pattern, doubling a recipe, or creating to scale doll furniture)
Like the muggle saying: "Measure twice, cut once" Transfiguration requires you to Check Your Math BEFORE you attempt to transfigure!
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~*Completed Classes & Challenges*~

Gryffindor
Abbeeroad, Alumni; Alchemy, Apparition, Arithmancy, Astronomy, CoMC, Charms, DADA, DET-October, Divination, Floo - Tattoine,  HEAD-October, HEAD-Dec, Herbology, HoM, MS, Pumpkin On It, SoAR, Transfiguration, TREES-Star, TREES-Garland, TREE-angel, TREE-lights, TREE-icicles, TREE-snow, TREE-candles, TREE-baubles, TREE-bells,  
IsikkahJai; Astro, Arith, App, Alch, Charms, HoM, HEAD-October, MS, Trans,  
jenleahlynn, alumni: Charms, DET-October, DET-December, Floo-New Zealand, HoM, MS, pumpkin
Mistress Jennie, alumni: Alchemy, Apparition, Arithmancy, Astronomy, CoMC, Charms, DADA, DET-October, DET-November_SPEW, DET-December, DET-January+SPEW, Divination, Floo - prague, Floo-Empire State, Flying, HEAD-October, Herbology, HoM, House Pride, House Unity, MS, Potions, Pumpkin, SoAR, TREES-Baubles, TREES-Star, TREES-Ribbon, TREES-Lights, TREES-Tinsel, TREES-Skirt, Trees-Angel, TREES-icicles, TREE-bells, TREE-snow, TREES-Garland+SPEW, TREE-Candles, Transfiguration
Whistlefish,:


Hufflepuff
AnnoyingBigSister, Alumni: DET-October, Floo-Empire State, Floo-Tree House, HEAD-Nov, Potions, TREES-star, TREE-lights,
fatewineroses, 2nd year; Divination, TREES-Star, TREES-Candles, TREES-Skirt, Transfiguration,
gaudiknight, Alumni: Alch, app, Arithmancy, Astro, COMC, Charms, DET-October, DET-November, DET-December, DET-January, div, Floo-Prague, Floo-Tree House, Flying, HEAD-Dec, Herbology, HoM, Magical Me, MS, SoAR, TREE-Angel, TREE-Baubles, TREE-icicles, TREE-Star, TREE-Tinsel,
Jillybeans,; Alchemy, dada, div, hom, TREE-star,
J_Kieviet, Alumni:
midkiffsjoy, Alumni: Alchemy, Apparition, Arithmancy, Astronomy, Charms, CoMC, DET-October, DET-November, Div Floo-Tattooine, Floo-Bridge, Floo-Empire State, Floo-treehouse, Flying, head-dec, Herbology, MS, Potions, SoAR, TREE-Bells, TREES-Candles, TREES-fake snow, TREES-Garland, TREES-Skirt,
Moonflame,: Alchemy, Apparition, Arithmancy, Astronomy, CoMC, Charms, DADA, Divination, Herbology, HoM, MS, Potions, SoAR, Transfiguration, TREES-Bells, TREES-Candles, TREES-Garland, TREES-Lights, TREES-Ribbon, TREES-Star, TREES-Tinsel, TREES-Skirt,
patty_o_furniture, 7th Year: astro, alch, arith, charms, det-oct, flying, herb, MS, pumpkin, SoAR, Transfiguration, TREES-Star, TREES-Angel, TREES-Icicles, TREES-Snow, TREES-Baubles, TREES-Skirt, TREES-Ribbon,
PlaidPineapple, 4th year: Divination,
seeuudee, Alumni: Arithmancy, DET-October, Divination, Herbology, HEAD-October, HoM, MS, pumpkin, TREES-Baubles, TREES-Candles, TREES-Icicles, TREES-Lights, TREES-Star, TREES-Tinsel, TREES-Angel, TREES-Bells, TREES-Snow, TREES-Garland, TREES-Ribbon, TREE-Skirt,


Ravenclaw
Antidigger, 1st Year: Alch, Apparition, Astronomy, CoMC, Charms, DADA, Divination, Herb, H.pride, H.unity,  MS, pumpkin, SoAR, TREES-Star,
Audania1, Apparition, Charms, DADA, Herbology, HoM, MS,
edelC, 5th Year: Alch, App, Arith, Astro, COMC, Charms, DADA, DET-October, Divination, Fly, Herb, HoM, House Unity, MS, SoAR, Transfiguration, TREES- star, TREES- snow, TREES - candle, TREES - bauble, TREES - angel, TREES-Ribbon, TREES-Tinsel, TREES-Lights, TREES-Garland, TREES-Skirt, TREES-Icicles, TREES-Bells,  
FiberAlchemist: App, astro, Charms+IronChefCranberry, dada,div, HEAD-October, HEAD-dec, Transfiguration, TREE-star, TREE-garland, TREE-bells  
jellybean89, Alumni: Alchemy+SPEW, Apparition+SPEW, Astronomy+SPEW, Arithmancy, CoMC+SPEW, Charms+SPEW, DET-November, DET-Dec+SPEW, Divination+SPEW, Herbology+SPEW, House Unity+SPEW, MS+SPEW, SPEWx6,
lulu42, 2nd Year;
Magpirate, Alumni: Apparition, Astronomy, Charms, DADA,  DET-October, Floo-New Zealand, FLOO - tattoine,  Floo - prague, HEAD-October, HEAD-November, HOM,  House Unity, MS, potions, pumpkin, SoAR,  TREES - icicles, TREES - bells,
nerdplusneedle, 1st Year: SoAR
Netchez, ;
noodle-bug, Alumni: Alchemy, Apparition, Atith, Astronomy, CoMC, Charms, DADA+SPEW, det- oct,  DET-November, Div, Floo-Ankh Morpork, Floo-New Zealand, FLOO - tattoine, FLOO - prague, Floo-Empire State, Floo-Tree House, Flying, Floo-Corner Shop, HEAD-October+SPEW, Head - nov,  HEAD-Dec, HEAD-January, Herbology+SPEW, h.pride, HoM, Magical Me, MS,  pumpkin, Potions, SoAR+SPEW, Transfiguration. TREES - angel, TREES - ribbon, TREES - icicles, TREES - bells, TREES - candle, TREES- skirt, TREES-Lights, TREES-Star, TREES-Garland, TREES-Baubles, TREES-Fake Snow, TREES-Tinsel,  


Slytherin
Audio, 2ndt Year:
Ant Bee, Alumni: Apparition, Astronomy, CoMC, Charms, Divination, Flying, Herbology, HoM, House Pride, MS, pumpkin, SoAR, Transfiguration, TREES-Snow, TREES-Star, TREES-Ribbon, TREES-Icicles,
ErinAquaheart, Alumni: Alchemy, Apparition+IronChef Cranberry, Arithmancy, Astronomy, CoMC, Charms, DADA+SPEW, Divination, DET-Oct, DET-Nov, DET-Dec, DET-Jan+SPEW,  Floo-Ankh Morpork, head-dec, Herbology, HoM, House Pride, House Unity, MS, Potions, SoAR, SPEWx5, Transfiguration, TREES-Lights, TREES-Ribbon, TREES-Garland, TREES-Tinsel, TREES-Snow, TREES-Candles, TREES-Baubles, TREES-Bells, TREES-Skirt, TREES-Angel, TREES-Icicles, TREES-Star,
Inselaeffchen, Alumni: Apparition, Astronomy, Charms, DADA, HEAD-January, h.pride, h.unity, MS, pumpkin, TREES-Angel, TREES-Star, TREES-Lights, TREES-Icicles, TREES-Tinsel, TREES-Skirt, TREES-Candles, TREES-Baubles, Trees-Bells,
TechnicolorAquahearts,; Alchemy, Apparition+SPEW, Arithmancy, Astronomy, CoMC,  Charms, DADA, DET-October, Det- nov, DET-December, DET-January, Divination, Floo-Ankh Morpork, Floo-New Zealand, Floo-Tree House, Floo-Corner Store, Flying, head-dec, Headmistress-Jan, HoM, Herbology, House Unity, House Pride, Magical Me, MS, Potions, SoAR, SPEWx7, Trans, TREES-Star, TREES-Angel, TREES-Lights, TREES-Ribbon, TREES-Garland, TREES-Tinsel, TREES-Fake Snow, TREES-Candles, TREES-Baubles,    



~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: 4 student, 2020 points
Hufflepuff: 9 students, 2385 points
Ravenclaw: 8 students, 2765 points
Slytherin: 4 students, 1800 points


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« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2016 01:48:23 PM »

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)
Mistress Jennie : CoCM option 1, Nov 12th 2016
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
whistlefish; Astronomy option 3, July 29th 2016

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
fatewineroses; SoAR, June 29th 2016
gaudiknight: DADA option2. 25th Jan 2017
jillybeans: Transfiguration, Mar. 27, 2013
J_Kieviet: Transfiguration Option 1, October 24, 2016
Kit the Brave: Arithmancy, Dec. 1, 2012
midkiffsjoy: Divination, June 4, 2013
patty_o_furniture: Defense Against the Dark Arts, December 09, 2016
seeuudee: Charms, June 20, 2014

Ravenclaw
Audania1: Arithmancy, March 01, 2014
AugustBell: Transfiguration, Jan.16, 2013
BadWolf314: Potions, Option 1, March 02, 2014
bluejanuary: CoMC Option 1, Feb 22nd 2016
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, 2012
nerdplusneedle: Charms, October 03, 2016
noodle-bug: Potions option 2, 27th Jan 2017
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
Treemoon: Charms, December 19th 2015
vincentvanbuck: Alchemy, Dec. 3, 2013 (ON HOLD)
vincentvanbuck: Arithmancy, December 24, 2014

Slytherin
Ant Bee: Transfiguration, Sept. 8, 2012
audio: Arithmancy, June 11th 2016
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: Study of Ancient Runes, Option 3, October 03, 2016
FreakieGeekie: History of Magic, Apr. 26, 2013
Inselaeffchen: Charms, July 02, 2014
Ladychris2010: Potions, option1 Jan 01 2016
lightninglisa: Astronomy, Sept. 3, 2012
Naantje: History of Magic, June 4, 2013
Samash90: Alchemy option 1, Jult 1st 2015
SKooKum: Potions, Apr. 2, 2013
travelgirl: Arithmancy, July 23, 2013
TechnicolorAquahearts: Transfiguration, September 09, 2016



Completed Owls
Noodle-bug: DADA option 1
patty_o_furniture: Potions, Option 2
jenleahlynn: Transfiguration
gaudiknight: Potions
Moonflame: Transfiguration option 1
jellybean89: Defence Against the Dark Arts, Option 1


~*OWL Certificates*~
     


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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 & noodle-bug.  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
jenleahlynn: Arithmancy, March 6, 2015 ON HOLD
Jenleahlynn: DADA, October 27, 2015
MamanTattoo: Astronomy April 07, 2014
Melissaurus: DADA, Feb. 9, 2013
Mistress Jennie: Potions, Nov 12th 2016
pinkleo: HoM, Dec. 23, 2013
rockmygypsysoul: Care of Magical Creatures, July 03, 2014
whistlefish: Charms, 25th Sept 2015

Hufflepuff
Acadian Driftwood: CoMC, March 7, 2014
CraftyLadyMJ: Transfiguration, July 10, 2013 (PM Proposal)
gaudiknight: COMC april 8th 2016
J_Kieviet: Arithmancy, October 24, 2016

Ravenclaw
Audania1; MS, 22nd Jan 2017
BadWolf314: Alchemy, March 02, 2014
Elliot-Anne; Arithmancy, June 9th 2015
FiberAlchemist: Transfiguration June 10th 2016
indigo_roses: Ancient Runes, Mar. 4, 2013
jellybean89: Potions, Option 1, October 05, 2016
magpirate; COMC, June 7th 2015
netchez: CoMC, Sept. 1, 2013
noodle-bug: Muggle Studies, January 10, 2017
PenguinSoup: Ancient Runes, Jan. 17, 2013
pottermouth: Arithmancy,  June 30, 2014

Slytherin
DragonChilde: Divination, Oct. 12, 2013
ErinAquaheart: CoMC, March 4th 2016
margaron: Potions, August 17, 2014
TechnicolorAquahearts; Alchemy June 4th 2016


~*Completed NEWTs*~
Mistress Jennie: Astronomy
edelC: SoAR
patty_o_furniture: Divination
Mistress Jennie: SoAR
Noodle-bug: SoAR
Abbeeroad: Arithmancy
Plaidpineapple: Potions
patty_o_furniture; Arithmancy

~*NEWT Certificates*~


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~*Headmistress Tower & Badge Station*~
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~*Magical ME Challenge!*~
January 16th - 31st


My dearest fans,
The month of January marks an event I'm sure you've all been awaiting with bated breath, my birthday!  And as a special treat to all of you, I am extending an exclusive invitation!  Please do your very best to craft a little something for Yours Truly, and I will graciously accept the gift. 

And if you include just 10 Galleons, I'll send you back an autographed copy of Magical Me along with one of my signed portraits! 

The Incomparable,
Gilderoy Lockheart
Order of Merlin, Third Class
Honorary Member of the Dark Forces Defense League
Five Time Winner of Witch Weekly's Most Charming Smile Award


Oh dear!  Professor Lockheart is back, and he's giving out extra work.  For this mini-challenge, please craft something for yourself, because let's face it, you totally deserve it!  You may use any medium, and create anything that strikes your fancy, provided there is a place for that item on Craftster's boards.  This challenge closes with the rest of the Yule Term on January 31st.



~*Headmistress Challenges*~
This semester I will be offering extra Challenges.  Each Headmistress Challenge will last approximately 1 month, and will earn 15 House Points just like Classes.  So what's up next?

Philosopher's Stone Challenge
January 1st - 31st


The philosopher's stone (lapis philosophorum) is a legendary alchemical substance capable of turning base metals such as mercury into gold or silver. It is also used to create the elixir of life, useful for rejuvenation and for achieving immortality; for many centuries, it was the most sought-after goal in alchemy. The philosopher's stone was the central symbol of the mystical terminology of alchemy, symbolizing perfection at its finest, enlightenment, and heavenly bliss. Efforts to discover the philosopher's stone were known as the Magnum Opus.  For this challenge you have several options:

-Craft something in which a major component of the materials is stone.
-Craft something made of metal, such as a jewelry project.
-Craft something that is primarily gold or silver in color.
-Craft something that will enable your immortality, such as a scrapbook for future generations to peruse.
-Craft something to help you find enlightenment in 2017, such as a yoga mat bag or mindfulness journal.
-Craft something very grand in scale that takes more than 8 hours in crafting time OR is larger than 3'x3' in size.  



Post Owl Challenge
December - CLOSED!

Post owls carry letters and packages, everywhere in the known Wizarding World, without needing directions!  For this challenge you have a few options:  
Craft stationary or notecards to mail to friends & family
Craft a gift that something that you will pack up and mail to someone else (cannot be delivered in person)
Craft something simple, that doesn't require you to follow any directions


Broomstick Challenge
November - CLOSED!
Many Hogwarts classes take place outdoors, yet none require good physical fitness as much as flying does.  Strength, flexibility, and concentration are all needed to be an excellent flier.  To excel in this class, you will need to keep your body in good health. Please present a project which will help you to achieve this.  Some good examples include:
~a healthy meal to keep you nourished
~a new gym bag or yoga mat carrier to encourage your visits
~painted/decorated walking shoes to encourage you to walk more
~an illustrated bullet journal page to track your progress
~homemade candles encourage meditation and mindfulness


Wand Challenge
October - CLOSED!

"The wand chooses the wizard... it's not always clear why." - Garrick Ollivander
Wandlore tells us that the wand chooses the wizard, though no one is quite sure how or why this happens.  As crafters we are all sometimes chosen by a particular craft supply, one that speaks to us, begs to be taken home and crafted with.  A fantastic handspun yarn at the craft fair, a gorgeous designer quilting fabric, a bushel of shiny apples from the farmer's market.  For this challenge you must create something with a supply that chose you.  When you post your projects, please be sure to tell us what about that particular item drew your eye.



~*Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees Challenge Series*~

November 2nd - January 15th, 2017

Each year Hagrid brings 12 trees to the castle to decorate the Great Hall for the Christmas holidays.  This year we will be taking inspiration from items typically used to decorate Christmas trees, for a mini-series of challenges.  Each challenge is worth 15 points, and each may be done once.  Deputy Headmistress noodle-bug & I have tried to keep the prompts very broad, so that you can fit them to any number of autumn & winter holiday projects. Please note that while the theme for this challenge series is based on Christmas, you are welcome to fulfill these prompts for any holidays, or gift giving reasons, including for Thanksgiving, St. Nicholas Day (Dec 6), Winter Solstice (Dec 12), Yule (Dec 22), Chanukah (Dec 24-Jan 1), Christmas (Dec 25), Kwanzaa (Dec 26), New Year, birthdays, anniversaries, or any other events you may celebrate!  (Ive tried to hit all the major holidays in my list, but feel free to message me with any I may have missed!)

Star - Stars shine the brightest in the darkness. For this challenge please craft something that lets one of your talents shine.  This can be any craft or medium you excel at.
 
Angel - Each of us has someone in our lives wed consider our real-life Guardian Angel, be it a parent, partner, spouse, grandparent, care-giver, or best friend. Craft something for the Angel in your own life.

Lights - What would a Christmas tree be without lights?  Without these twinkling little wonders, we would be hard pressed to see the lovely ornaments decorating the boughs.  For this challenge please craft something that will light up the holiday (or heart) of the recipient.

Ribbon - Ribbon is such a handy craft supply, great for literally tying everything together, or putting a finishing touch on a project.  Create something that ties other items together.  This could be literally connecting different components in a gift, such as decorating a basket you plan to fill with baked goods for your neighbor, or more figuratively uniting things, such as making a meal or special recipe that draws your family  and friends together.

Garland - Traditionally garlands are made from leaves and flowers.  During winter evergreen boughs and holly are used to bring color into the home. Craft something inspired by the wintery natural world local to you, and tell us about what in your area sparked your imagination.

Icicles - Craft something that needs to be kept at just the right temperature for at least for some portion of the time.  This could include a snowman, frozen margaritas, baked cookies, or crisply ironed fabric.

Tinsel -  All that glitters is not gold... But it probably is pretty awesome! Craft with glitter, or another sparkling medium, as exuberantly as you please!  (Other sparkling items could include AB finished beads, sequins, glass or prisms, or even sparkling wine!)

Fake Snow - Fake it till you make it!  For this challenge please craft something simple with a purchased supply to give as gifts. You must still take min 30 mins for the project! Some ideas including making some oreo truffles or Faux Turtle Candies for your co-workers, or you could create hand stamped & painted envelopes to present purchased gift cards in.

Candles - Candles give our homes a soft warm glow during the short days and long dark nights of winter. Please craft something that will give the recipient a warm & happy glow.

Baubles - Baubles can be simple glass spheres or intricate blown glass creations, depending on the style you are aiming for. During a season where we are often crafting so much to please others, its also important to please ourselves too, lest we lose our joy in the season.  For this challenge please craft something that reflects your personal style, even if you arent able to keep it for yourself.

Bells - Bells are visually beautiful, but they also please the ears by tinkling any time you brush past the tree. Craft something that appeals to two senses at once: this could be a meal that looks as good as it tastes, beautiful and scented bath products, or a sewing project that combines a pattern that is pleasing to the eye with luxuriously textured fabric.

Tree Skirt - Tree skirts are used to make a functional object (the base or pot of a tree) look good, and creates a welcome surface to place gifts on. For this challenge please craft something that is both functional and decorative, OR that welcomes folks into your home!



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« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2016 02:14:25 PM »

~*Detention in the Dungeons*~


This semester there will be three Detention Challenges, one for each month.  You are welcome to do any, all, or none of these challenges.  (Remember, they are just here to help get your crafty juices flowing!)  All Detention projects 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 January 31st.  (For example, you may turn in June or July challenges in August.)

October Challenge:
Professor Moody noticed someone talking during his lecture, and has given the whole class detention in order to drive home his mantra of "Constant vigilange!" He went on to make clear that one of the hardest things we battle in fighting the dark arts is the unknown. Often, we will not be in a position to prepare ourselves, or anticipate that which we seek to defend against.  For Detention you must enter into the unknown and embrace it. Please produce an improvised project; no planning, no deciding before hand what it will be - simply pick up your tools and sew, knit, draw, paint, construct or otherwise craft. All medium or combinations of medium are acceptable!

November Challenge:
Madam Pince got annoyed with you for whispering too loudly in the library and has given you detention!  After she put you and Ron at opposite ends of the library, she set you the task of reading Hogwarts: a History, in its entirety. But the joke's on her!  After propping the giant tome up in front of you, she can't see that you're really looking through Magical Mayhem; A Tragic History of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes in order to make up predictions for Prof. Trelawney's homework. For this challenge you must complete a Work In Progress (WIP).

December Challenge:
Prof. Burbage caught you & Ron playing a game of Exploding Snap in an empty classroom during a rainy break.  Thanks to Ron making a flippant remark over the sanity of Muggles, she has given you both detention.  According to the lecture she gave you, thanks to the International Statute of Secrecy, Muggles do not know of the existence of the Wizarding World. Yet a number of Muggle stories feature witch and wizard characters. Choose one of these stories and craft a project based on it. The story you choose could be a fictionalized account of a real witch or wizard (such as Merlin), a traditional Muggle fairy tale (note: these stories do not always feature fairies!) containing a stereotyped 'wicked' witch or wizard, or a modern Muggle book or film (those in the 'fantasy' section often have witch and wizard characters). Please explain how your craft reflects the story you choose.


January Challenge:
Prof. Dumbledore has summoned you to his office to ask what progress you've made getting the real memory from Prof. Slughorn.  One look in his tired old eyes, and you feel awful for not having worked on the problem at all.  You promise to redouble your efforts and finish the task he set you.  For this challenge, complete a Work In Progress!


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« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2016 02:15:12 PM »

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« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2016 02:49:00 PM »

He took a deep breath, scattered the powder into the flames, and stepped forward; the fire felt like a warm breeze; he opened his mouth and immediately swallowed a lot of hot ash.

Mistress Jennie & Deputy Headmistress Noodle-bug are trying to get to Honeydukes, but something has gone wrong.... Where are they?

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

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This week we are in...
A Corner Shop!
Corner shops are so useful for picking up little bits on your way home, or just nipping out to grab whatever you forgot - they let you have your creature comforts without being too much of a diversion! For this project, craft something to make free time at home more enjoyable!

Previous Floo challenge badges this semester;
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« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2016 02:54:23 PM »

SPEW
The good you can do

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

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

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

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

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


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

In your local community lots of places may be happy to receive donations of crafted items (I recommend that you contact a local resource before you start to make, to double check what they need and if they have any specific requirements about material used / size / etc);
- homeless shelters; hats, scarves, gloves, blankets or other warm items  for people sleeping on the streets
- maternity wards at hospitals; very small hats/ etc blankets to fit premature babies
- care homes: blankets, cushions and slippers to cheer up lonely folks and keep them warm.
- women's shelters: women's clothing / accessories, children's toys, bath and beauty products, housewares (blankets / cushions, etc)
- many areas now have collection centres for donations to refugees, accepting clothing and children's toys
- Animal shelters always need blankets, animal beds and toys
- In the UK, many NHS trusts ask for donations of knitted 'Twiddlemuffs' which are used as therapeutic care for Dementia patients (details and pattern here)
- neonatal units often need small knitted squares to exchange between a baby in an incubator and a mother, to help her to express milk by letting her have the babies pheromones about her - this also helps with bonding

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

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

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

- Knit for Peace (UK based): knit assorted items to be given around the world, largely clothes for refugees or homeless people
- UK Hand Knitting Association Charity List (UK) database of various charities needing crafty donations
 - Innocent Big Knit (UK) accept tiny 'hats' to fit on innocent smoothie bottles, then sold to raise money for Age UK (helping the elderly). donations accepted from mid-autumn until end of Jan annually
- Wrap Pyjama Fairies (UK based) sew pyjamas for hospitalised children, using a special design allowing doctors to open the PJs to examine the child without waking them up - patterns and tutorials on their site
- Project Linus-UK (UK) blankets, quilts and comforters to seriously ill and traumatized children


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



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


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