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« on: September 08, 2017 08:57:45 AM »

~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Yule Term 2017/2018*~

~*Begins October 1st, 2017*~
~*Ends January 31st, 2018*~

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!

---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."  

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.)
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 & Badge Station
Deputy Headmistress's Office & S.P.E.W. Headquarters
Floo Powder Challenge Series
Diagon Alley
Witch Weekly Office
Wizard & Witch Career Placement Agency
Pinterest Pixie's Projects Page
Hogwarts Kitchens
HPC Facebook Group

Common Rooms
Gryffindor Tower
Hufflepuff Common Room
Ravenclaw Tower
Slytherin Dungeon

Professors' Classrooms
Detention in the Dungeons
Care of Magical Creatures
Defense Against the Dark Arts
History of Magic
Potions Dungeon
Study of Ancient Runes
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 edelC
Apparition Frog Choir Director  TechnicolorAquahearts
Arithmancy Professor  noodle-bug
Astronomy Professor  Inselaeffchen
Care of Magical Creatures  ErinAquaheart
Charms Professor edelC
Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor  TechnicolorAquahearts
Divination Professor  FiberAlchemist
Flying Professor  gaudiknight
Herbology Professor  Inselaeffchen
History of Magic  jenleahlynn
Muggle Studies Professor  POSITION OPEN
Potions Professor  noodle-bug
Study of Ancient Runes  jenleahlynn
Transfiguration Professor  ErinAquaheart

Kitchen Elf Abbeeroad
Pinterest Pixie seeuudee

~*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, Summer 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2015/2016, Spring 2016, Midsummer 2016, Yule 2016/2017, Ostara 2017, Midsummer 2017

~*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
Ostara 2017: Slytherin
Midsummer 2017:
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~*Current Challenges*~

~*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 representiing 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: A fundamental concept of Alchemy was that that matter was composed of the four elements, earth air fire and water, each element had an associated color. These days we recognize that there are many more than four basic elements. However the wizard Isaac Newtons early work on light and color showed that all of the colors can be combined to make white light and that by using a prism, white light can be broken into all the colors of the rainbow.  This semester we will be working with color and light. Craft something that incorporates all the colors of the rainbow or is all white. Alternatively use light in your craft, perhaps sun printing, photo emulsions for screen printing, you could even construct a solar oven and cook food in it. Consider the role that light plays in your life and try and express this through your crafting.

---Arithmancy: This semester we study the number 4. 4 represents solidity, stability and endurance - it is grounded, hard working, and rather stubborn. Please submit a project which you have had to stubbornly stick at to finish, that has been hard work and a test of your endurance. This could be a project with lots of dull repetitive sections to bore your way through, or something which you failed at many times before producing a good result. We aim to celebrate the fruit of our labours and demonstrate to each other that it is worth sticking though tough times, because the things that we make are worth the effort that goes into them!

---Astronomy:  We're back to "shapes" for the Yule Term. This time we will study the Winter Hexagon, with Rigel, Aldebaran, Capella, Pollux, Procyon and Sirius as the vertices. This term I would like you to craft something that is/incorporates a hexagon, has something to do with the number "6" or anything you can link to the individual stars named above (all are Navigation Stars). For example, did you know that Rigel has been know as the mariners' star?  

---Care of Magical Creatures (CoMC):  The Puffskein is a popular pet in the wizarding world. These spherical creatures are covered in soft fur, and have a long pink tongue. They are scavengers that eat anything from leftovers to spiders, but they particularly like to use their long tongues to eat wizards' boogers while they sleep. Yuck! The puffskein is easy to care for and they also hum when content. This term you may craft something spherical in shape, make a recipe that leaves leftovers, or create something that makes you hum with contentment.

---Charms: Quietus (Quietening Charm) is a charm that makes a magically magnified voice return to normal it can be used to counter Sonorus.  The Sonorus charm emits a magnified roar from the tip of the wand. This noise disrupts all in its path, and can even be used to harm opponents.  This semester we will be exploring the arts of quietening and magnifying sound. This can be useful when you need to draw attention to yourself, or indeed to create quiet and calm. For homework think about how silence and noise plays a part in your life and which of the two you need more of. Create something, using any craft, that will bring silence and calm, a blanket, ear muffs, eye mask, soothing potion Alternatively, create something that will create more noise, drums, musical instruments, or work with a noisy craft-hammering, machining. This could also be interpreted as noisy food, make something interesting from popcorn (making popcorn itself is insufficient for homework!) or using popping candy.  

---DADA: Oh dear! While practicing defensive spells you were hit with a stray Furnunculus curse which caused you to break out in boils. For this assignment you'll need to craft something soothing to either your skin or your ego. Alternatively you may craft something with a bumpy texture to commemorate your run in with some bumpy boils. For example, some homemade bath bombs might be soothing, or a popcorn stitch crochet project is bumpy.

---Divination:  During the Yule term we will be focusing our studies (and inner eyes) on ceraunomancy. Ceraunomancy is the practice of divining the present and future by observing the direction and shape of bolts of lightning. The practice of ceraunomancy was a very common practice during the times of the Ancient Romans. Not only did they study the type, intensity, color and sound of the lightning; they were also focused on which part of the sky in which the lightning appeared. It is believed that lightning appearing in the eastern sky were good omens; while lightning in the western sky indicated misfortune. Lightning that appeared in the northern sky is said to indicate the best/worst omens (ie: lightning in the NW meant something terrible would happen, while lightning in the NE meant great luck).  Your assignment this term will be to focus on the different attributes of ceraunomancy. You may make something that is inspired by rain and thunderstorms. You may also choose to make something that is bright and loud like lightning. Or lastly you may choose to make something that is divided into separate segments that join together to form a whole.

---Flying: With the weather turning cold in the Northern Hemisphere, most in the wizarding world prefer to hang up their brooms for the season.  Since you'll be spending more time indoors, please craft something to increase your enjoyment of hearth & home.

---Frog Choir: In choir we sing in different sections which sing different notes to form harmony. Show that you have a grasp of the idea of harmony by crafting something with many colors that go well together to create a visual harmony, or you may create something with different patterns that look nice together. For example, Decorate some cupcakes using your favorite colors of icing, or make a quilt square with differently patterned fabrics.

---Herbology: It's getting colder again, has anyone noticed? I can't wait to sit bundled up in the Common Room with a nice hot cocoa. After we studied other warm beverage plants (tea and coffee) last Yule Term, we will now look towards the humble cocoa bean. The cocoa bean is considered to be a rich source of antioxidants and flavonoids. It's said that it may have beneficial effects on cardiovascular health. For this term I would like you to craft something in one of the various shades of chocolate (mainly milk, dark and white but you can use varying degrees), something that will help you enjoy a nice cup of hot chocolate (something to prevent your fingers from burning perhaps?). Or you could craft something with chocolate itself.  

---History of Magic (HoM): "Alas for the eve when I met Lady Grieve, / A-strolling the park in the dusk! / She was of the belief I could straighten her teeth, / Next moment she'd sprouted a tusk."
Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington in his five-hundredth Deathday Party

Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington, also known as Nearly Headless Nick, will be celebrating his 525 death day this October 31.  He was a Hogwarts student, and is now the Ghost of Gryffindor Tower. He was executed for his magical mishap with Lady Grieve. In an attempt to straighten her teeth, he gave her tusks. The decapitation was also botched, leaving his head partially attached.  Our class has been invited to take a field trip, and attend the Deathday party in the dungeon. The dungeon will be decorated with black candles and wall hangings, and the food served for the ghosts at the party will be rotten fish, and burned cake, as ghosts enjoy strong odors. Your assignment is to create a project inspired by the party or by Sir Nicholas himself. You can make a party decoration using the color black, you can make a non-rotten treat for the Living guests to enjoy, or you could also attempt to fix one of your own mistakes.  If you choose this option, please be sure to explain your previous mistake, and how youve fixed it.

---Muggle Studies:  This term we will be learning about muggle mail. Muggles don't use Owls to deliver their letters, they use Postie Men, who take the mail by hand and leave it at each house! To entertain the Postie Man while he walks to the recipient's house, muggles stick small pictures to their letters, called stamps. Please craft an item inspired by muggle mail systems; this could be something decorated using stamps, or maybe you could even make something (such as a card or picture) and try to persuade a Postie Man to take it somewhere for you!

---Potions:  This term we study a potion of particular interest to anyone wishing to work in the Healing Arts; the Blood Replenishing Potion. This potion saves lives, for example when Arthur Weasley was bitten by a snake whose venom prevented the wound from healing, a blood replenishing potion allowed him to live long enough for an anti-venom to be found. Please craft something that could save a life. For example, sew a first aid kit case, or crochet a protective case for an epi-pen or diabetic's insulin kit, create a poster showing contact details for local mental health phone lines, or build a safe step for a child to use rather than climbing shelves dangerously to reach the top.

Study of Ancient Runes (SoAR):  Runes were used as an early written form of alphabet, roughly 150 AD. Over time many styles of written language have evolved.  They always have the same purpose, communicating an idea. This semester you are to include some type of text in your project. The alphabet and language used are your choice. It may be featured prominently, as in Happy Birthday written on a cake, or it may be part of the item itself, as in a book page used as the base for a piece of artwork. Express yourself!  

---Transfiguration:  For this term we will practice the Multicorfors spell. The Mulitcorfors spell changes the color and style of a person's outfit. To show your mastery of this spell you must produce something that will force an outfit change. Please create something wearable for yourself or someone else. This could be making a new necklace, crochet/knit a scarf, or even create an entirely new outfit.
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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2017 05:50:23 PM »

We're all such over achievers
~*Completed Classes & Challenges*~

Abbeeroad: Astronomy, CoMC, Charms, DADA, Divination, Flying, Frog, Herb, HoM, MS, H.unity, SoAR, Trans
jenleahlynn:Alchemy,  CoMc, Div, Floo storm, Floo waterpark,  Fly, Head Oct, HEAD-Jan, House Pride, House Unity, MS, SoAR
Mistress Jennie: Alch, Arith, Astro, Charms, CoMC, DADA, Det oct, Det Nov, Det Dec,  DET-Jan, Div,  Floo waterpark, Floo junk, Floo cat, Floo Bermuda, Fly, Frog choir, Head Oct, Head Nov 1&2, Head Dec 1-7, HEAD-January, Herb, HoM, House pride, House Unity, Iron Dec, MS, Pot, SoAR, Trans

AnnoyingBigSister: Floo storm, head Oct, MS< SOAR
gaudiknight: Alchemy, Astronomy, Arith, Charms, DADA, DET-Oct, DET-Nov, DET-Dec, DET-Jan, Div, Floo Mong, Floo Junk, Floo Ghana, Floo-Bermuda, Flying, Frog Choir, Head oct, Head Dec 1-7, Head-January, Herbology, H.pride, MS, SoAR, Trans
midkiffsjoy: alch, Astro, Charms,  ComC, DADA,  Det oct, Div, Floo storm, Floo waterpark, Floo shrik, Floo junk, Floo cat, Frog,  head oct, head Nov1, Head Nov 2, Head Dec 1-7, SOAR, trans
Moonflame: Alch, arith, astro, COMC, charms, DADA, Det oct, det nov, det dec, Div, floo cat, flying, frog, head jan, herb, HOM, MS, pot, SoAR, trans
patty_o_furniture: Arith,  Astro, Charms, CoMC,  DADA, Det Oct, Div, floo waterpark, Floo shrik shack, Flo Mong,  Fly,  Head Oct, Head Nov1 &2,  Head Dec 1-7,  Heerb, HoM, Iron Dec,  Ironchef oct, Ironchef Nov, MS,   SoAR, Trans
PheonixWolf: Astro, CoMC, Floo-Ghana, Frog, MS, SoAR
PlaidPineapple:  CoMC, DADA, Det Dec, Head Dec 1- 4 +1xSPEW, Herb,  Ironchef Oct, SOAR + SPEW,
seeuudee: Alch, Arith, COMC, DADA, Det nov, det jan,  Det oct, Div,  Floo Morroco, fly, frog, Head Dec 1-7, H.unity, Ironchef oct,  SoAR, trans

Audania1: Alch, Arith, astro, COMC, Charms, DADA, DET-Oct, DET-Nov, DET-Dec, Div, Fly, Frog, Head Dec 1-7, Herb, HoM, Ironchef oct, SoAR, Trans
edelC: Alch, Arith, Astro, Charms, COMC, DADA, Det oct, Div, Frog choir, Floo waterpark, Flying, Head Oct, Head Nov1, Head Nov2, head dec 1, herb, HoM, H.prde, h.unity, MS, SoAR + SPEW, Trans
elliot_anne: alch, arith, astro, charms, CoMC, DADA, Det oct, Det nov, Det dec,  Div, Floo storm, floo waterpark, floo mong, floo junk,  frog, fly, HoM, head oct, haed nov 1, head nov 2, head Dec 1-7 herb, house pride, house unity, ironchef oct, ironchef Nov,  MS, SoAR, Trans
FiberAlchemist: CoMC, DADA, Div, Frog Choir, HoM, Ironchef oct, SoAR, Trans
jellybean89: Alchemy+SPEW, Arith, Charms + SPEW, DADA + SPEW, Det Jan + SPEW, DEt Nov + SPEW, Det oct, Floo waterpark,  Fly + SPEW, Head Oct + SPEW, House pride + SPEW, house unity + SPEW, trans
noodle-bug: Alch, arith, Astro, Charms + SPEW, CoMC, DADA, Det Dec,  Det oct, Det Nov, DET-Jan+SPEW, Div,  Floo storm, Floo waterpark, Floo shrik shack, Floo mong ,Floo junk, Floo Ghana, Floo-Catbus+SPEW, fly, frog choir, head Oct, Head NOv 1, Head Nov 2, Head Dec 1-7, Head-Jan+SPEW, Herb,  House pride, House unity,  HoM, Ironchef Nov,  Iron Dec, MS, Pot,  SoAR, Trans
Tiamatfire: alch, arith, astro,  CoMC, Charms, DADA, Det Dec, Div, Floo waterpark, floo mong, Floo Ghana, Floo- Catbus, fly, frog, head oct head dec 1-7, head jan, herb,  HOM, ironchef oct, MS, SoAr, trans

Ant Bee: CoMC
Ashes7727: astro, Arith, CoMC, Charms, DADA, Div, herb
ErinAquaheart: alch, arith,Astro,  charms, CoMC,  DADA, det oct, det nov, det dec, Div, floo junk, fly, frog, Head Dec 1-7, H.pride, h.unity HoM, MS, trans
Inselaeffchen: Alchemy, Astronomy, Flying, Herbology, House Pride, House Unity, SoAR,

~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: 3 students, 1100 points
Hufflepuff: 8 students, 2580 points
Ravenclaw: 7 students, 2955 points
Slytherin: 4 students, 600 points
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« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2017 07:08:40 AM »

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.

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.

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

OWL Subject & Option (if available):
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.

--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.


Abbeeroad: Transfiguration, Sept. 6, 2013
butterflyangel: Potions, Option 1 July 23, 2014
dwfan10: Arithmancy, Apr. 30, 2013
IsikkahJai: Herbology, Sept. 6, 2012
jenleahlynn: Arithmancy, December 15, 2017
Melissaurus: Divination, Jan. 28, 2013
Mistress Jennie: CoCM option 1, Nov 12th 2016 (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
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

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: HoM Option 1. 18th March 2017
jillybeans: Transfiguration, Mar. 27, 2013
J_Kieviet: Alchemy #1, June 3, 2017
Kit the Brave: Arithmancy, Dec. 1, 2012
midkiffsjoy: Divination, June 4, 2013
patty_o_furniture: Charms, December 29, 2017
plaidpineapple: Alchemy Option 1, October 7, 2017
seeuudee: Charms, June 20, 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
jillybean89: Charms, March 03, 2017
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 (Noxika): Charms, October 03, 2016
noodle-bug: SoAR option 2, September 1, 2017
PenguinSoup: Care of Magical Creatures, Jan. 18, 2013
primrosepetunia: Transfiguration, Option 1, February 21, 2017
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
tiamatfire: Astronomy, January 28, 2018
tiamatfire: Herbology, April 08, 2015 (ON HOLD)
Treemoon: Charms, December 19th 2015
vincentvanbuck: Alchemy, Dec. 3, 2013 (ON HOLD)
vincentvanbuck: Arithmancy, December 24, 2014

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
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
TechnicolorAquahearts: Arithmancy, August 14, 2017
travelgirl: Arithmancy, July 23, 2013

Completed Owls
Mistress Jennie: Study of Ancient Runes, Option 1 October 21, 2017 (PMed Proposal)
tiamatfire: Muggle Studies December 7, 2017
patty_o_furniture: Charms, December 8, 2017
jenleahlynn: Charms, December 9, 2017

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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.

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

NEWT Subject:
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.

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.


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: Muggle Studies, September 11, 2017
whistlefish: Charms, 25th Sept 2015

Acadian Driftwood: CoMC, March 7, 2014
CraftyLadyMJ: Transfiguration, July 10, 2013 (PM Proposal)
gaudiknight: COMC april 8th 2016
J_Kieviet: CoMC, June 3, 2017
patty_o_furniture: History of Magic, December 29, 2017

Audania1; MS, 22nd Jan 2017
BadWolf314: Alchemy, March 02, 2014
edelC: SoAR, February 02, 2017
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
PenguinSoup: Ancient Runes, Jan. 17, 2013
pottermouth: Arithmancy,  June 30, 2014
tiamatfire: Care of Magical Creatures, January 28, 2018
tiamatfire: Alchemy, September 13, 2017 (ON HOLD)

DragonChilde: Divination, Oct. 12, 2013
margaron: Potions, August 17, 2014
TechnicolorAquahearts: Charms, August 14, 2017

~*Completed NEWTs*~
patty_o_furniture: Transfiguration, November 15, 2017
noodle-bug: History of Magic, December 21, 2017
plaidpineapple: Arithmancy, December 26, 2017

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~*Headmistress Tower & Badge Station*~
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~*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?

The Resurrection Stone
January 1-31

"They were neither ghost nor truly flesh, he could see that. They resembled most closely the Riddle that had escaped from the diary so long ago, and he had been memory made nearly solid. Less substantial than living bodies, but much more than ghosts, they moved toward him, and on each face, there was the same loving smile." - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The Resurrection Stone is one of the three Deathly Hallows.  In "The Tale of the Three Brothers" it was the second Hallow created, and was bestowed on Cadmus Peverell by Death himself after the wizard requested, something to recall loved ones from Death.  It was also one of the two Hallows known to have been successfully passed down from generation to generation since Cadmus' time. In 1943 it passed to the possession of Tom Riddle who stole it while it was still concealed in Marvolo Gaunt's Ring, which he turned into a horcrux. The ring was destroyed in 1996 by Albus Dumbledore, but the stone was placed in the Golden Snitch that Dumbledore bequeathed to Harry Potter upon his death.

For this challenge you have a few options:
~Resurrect a pattern or project you made in the past, and remake it in a new color, style, etc!
~Take a craft fail, and give it new life by turning it into something great.
~Resurrect a VINTAGE pattern or recipe (something at least 25 years old).  Think 1930's crochet potholders, or a recipe your grandmother made in the 1960's.
~Craft something to help you remember a lost loved one or a lost pet.
~Take a craft supply bequeathed to you by a friend or family member, and turn it into something awesome.  

The Seven Challenge
December 1-31

It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. - Albus Dumbledore

Each and every one of us makes choices during our days, and throughout our lives.  Those choices, for good or for ill, define who we are and who we will become.  The choices we make can be a reflection of our past, and a mirror of what we want to be in our heart.  Over the course of 7 novels, J.K. Rowling showed us all that each choice matters, and that we are our best when we choose to act for love.  
In Arithmancy we learned that seven is the most powerful magical number.  There are 7 novels in the Harry Potter series, and children attend Hogwarts for 7 years of magical education.  Seven is the age by which most experts agree that magic will reveal itself in a witch or wizard child.  Harry paid 7 galleons for his wand from Mr. Ollivander.  There are 7 core classes at Hogwarts; 7 players on a Quidditch team; and the Marauder's Map shows 7 secret passages in and out of Hogwarts.  (These are only a small fraction of the times the number 7 is important in the Potter novels!)

For this month our challenge revolves around choices, and the magical number 7.  You may choose to complete 7 of the 14 challenge options below.  (You of course may choose to do none of these challenges!)  So, choose wisely, and show us who you truly are.
~Craft something for someone you love.
~Craft something to warm the heart of the recipient, or to warm the body!
~Craft something that sparkles or shines.
~Craft something for someone you have never met.  (Either art abandonment, or a donation to a charity, like a hat to the local women's shelter.)
~Craft something to share with a neighbor or to take to a holiday event like a party.
~Craft something in your (or one of your) very best mediums.
~Craft a decoration for a winter holiday of your choice, such as a Christmas ornament, winter wreath, or New Year's Eve banner.
~Craft something with paper as the primary medium.
~Create a food to celebrate any of the winter holidays. (And be sure to include the recipe.)
~Craft something that celebrates winter.
~Craft something that includes string, yarn, or ribbon.
~Craft something cheerful.
~Craft something small.
~Craft something huge and insane and over-the-top.

Puking Pastilles Challenges #1 & #2
November 1st-30th

No one likes being sick, but Fred & George would say that a few moments of puking is worth a whole hour free from classes!  But be sure you don't lose the second half of your puking pastille, or it will take all of Madam Pomfrey's skill to stop you spewing all over the hospital wing. Lips sealed   For this challenge, you have 2 prompts!  But you MUST complete the first one in order to be eligible to do the second one.  (You have to puke before your get a free period!)  Each one is worth 15 points, so you can earn 30 points by doing both.  

Challenge #1. Craft a dish (either sweet or savory) to enjoy with friends and family this holiday season, OR craft an item to decorate your home for the holidays.  This can be for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Yule, Solstice, Kwanzaa, etc.  Try your hand at canning by creating a cranberry sauce to accompany your Thanksgiving turkey; get a head start on Christmas by creating a freezer meal or make-ahead cookie dough; use leaves and pinecones to create a Thanksgiving centerpiece, or create a new garland for your tree before the madness of the holidays hits.

Challenge #2. Craft anything you want!  Seriously, you already did the hard part by completing the first half of this challenge, so now you get to craft anything you'd like.  Use the time to get ahead on holiday crafting, or take time out to make something just for you.  It's your free period.  Cheesy
***If you complete the first, you technically don't have to do the second if you really don't want to.***

Pumpkin Juice Challenge
October 1st-31st

Pumpkin juice is a beverage made from pumpkins that is popular throughout the Wizarding World.  It has been manufactured commercially since 1837, and is served in Wizard homes throughout the day at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well at special events such as the Halloween Feast and the Yule Ball.  The beverage is popular at Hogwarts and sisters Tina & Queenie Goldstein enjoyed pumpkin juice in their New York apartment in 1926. For this challenge please craft something to enjoy during your own Halloween celebrations such as a treat or a costume; something that can be enjoyed at anytime of day or night; something to bring to a celebration; or something inspired by the humble pumpkin.

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~*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 September 30th.  (For example, you may turn in June, July, or August's challenges in September.)

October Challenge:  As Libatius Borage repeatedly makes clear in Advanced Potion Making, good potioner always has a store cupboard full ingredients, so that they can whip up any necessary potion when an unexpected need arises.  As crafters, we also know that having a stash of supplies to work from means that we can often create a new project, simply with what we have on hand.  For this challenge please craft something entirely from stash, and when you post, be sure to tell us where some of the supplies came from. A zippered pouch made from the leftover cloth you used to make a wedding quilt you made for your sister?  Slippers made from the leftover yarn you used to make a hat and scarf for your neighbor? Bust that stash to make something amazing!

November Challenge: Professor Flitwick may be tiny, but he has a great deal of magical talent packed into his small frame.  And Neville Longbottom's Gran may think that Charms is a 'soft option', but we know the truth, that a single well practiced charm can save the day.  Take today for example: by charming your quill to repeat writing lines for you during detention, you can catch up on reading about Unforgivable Curses for Professor Moody's class.  For this challenge, please complete a work in progress.

December Challenge:
Professor Trelawney caught you making up dreams to analyze in class, rather than keeping the dream journal that she assigned for homework.  Now she's given you detention polishing all the crystal balls and teacups in her classroom.  The problem is that the soft light from the candles, the warmth from the fireplace, and heavy perfumed incense that she burns have got you feeling all fuzzy brained.  For this challenge please craft something that delights the one of senses like incense does (can delight the tastebuds by baking, the nose by making a scented bath product, etc), or soothes the mind like warm firelight.

January Challenge:
Madam Pomfrey has caught you sneaking into the Hospital Wing after visiting hours, in order to visit Hermione again.  She says that if you have time to sneak around, then you must have time to scrub out the old bed pans!  Good thing you mastered the scourgify charm while at the Burrow over the summer.  For thic challenge, please complete a Work In Progress.

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Week of January 22 - 28

Around the Bases Welcome Blanket

Witch Weekly Archives
January 15-21 -- Moonflame's Ana's Biotic Rifle
January 8-14 -- seeuudee's Christmas Pocket Letter
January 1-7 -- gaudiknight's Hufflesweater
December 25-31 -- plaidpineapple's Color Block Scrappy Quilt
December 18-24 -- ErinAquaheart's Sushi Kid Bracelet
December 11-17 -- plaidpineapple's Zipper Pouches for the Homeless
December 4-10 -- elliot_anne's Snowglobe Ornaments
November 27-December 3 -- tiamatfire's Ravenclaw HP Symphony Dress
November 20-26 -- midkiffsjoy's Trio of Baby Boy Knits
November 13-19 -- Mistress Jennie's Corner Lot Wedding Quilt
November 6-12 -- noodle-bug's Pumpkin Spinach Daal
October 30-November 5 -- patty_o_furniture's Starry Night Pumpkin
October 23-29 -- Abbeeroad's Dustin Portrait TM Patch
October 16-22 -- seeuudee's Felt Twinchies
October 9-15 -- edelC's Reversable Viking Coat
October 1-8 -- Mistress Jennie's Welcome Blanket

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He took a deep breath, scattered the powder into the flames, and stepped forward; the fire felt like a warm breeze; he opened his mouth and immediately swallowed a lot of hot ash.
Mistress Jennie & Deputy Headmistress Noodle-bug are trying to get to Honeydukes, but something has gone wrong.... Where are they?

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

This week we are in...
The Bermuda Triangle
This area of the Atlantic Ocean has a history of disappearing ships and planes, which muggles (bless them) attribute to it being an incredibly busy area of shipping and air traffic travel. we of course know that the phenomenon is due to a miss-applied disillusionment charm which the vessels keep falling into and seeming to 'disappear'. For this challenge, please study the muggle explanation by crafting something very busy in pattern! 

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« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2017 09:36:52 AM »

The good you can do

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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