Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara 2021

@plaidpineapple - Oh man I love those pants!! Good luck! Your proposal has been added to the project log.

Class or Challenge Title: Detention - AS Progress
House: Slytherin ::snake:: ::yarn::
Project Name & Page Link: Harvest Moon baby blanket (ravelry link)
Brief Description: Here is a little over 2 hours progress… maybe 4 hours? Past the bottom edging and on to the main pattern! About half of the blanket is showing in the picture.
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Class or Challenge Title: Detention - Stash 2
House: Slytherin ::snake:: ::yarn::
Project Name & Page Link: Kate Atherly Baby Socks (ravelry link)
Brief Description: To match the previously knit hat and cardigan in the same yarn.
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Class or Challenge Title: Detention - WIP
House: Slytherin ::snake:: ::thread::
Project Name & Page Link: Pokemon Mug Mat (similar tutorial here, can’t find my usual…)
Brief Description: I started this sometime around christmas, and it’s been sitting on my desk with the binding half stitched. DONE! Will be part of my husband’s fathers day gift.
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That baby blanket is going to be so pretty!

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:wave: hey guys!
So, I’m not really one for a dramatic big entrance, but it’s hard to siddle into an online forum :grin:

It’s been… What? 3 years? Since I joined in with the HPC, and my life has been an insane whirlwind in that time (hence less time online) but I’m starting to get things back into a better balance. Hopefully that might mean I can post here a bit now that I’m having more time for craft/ online-ness again. I’m gonna check out the classes and maybe even post some this eve.

So, how is everyone? What’s the goss? I proper missed y’all!

yes, I initially posted this in the Ostara 2020 term… You all recall my exceptional proof reading skills, yes?? :rofl:

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I just real-life squealed! Welcome back!! fireworks, parade, other lacks of subtlety So, so glad to see you!

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NOODLE! OMG! HI!!! :wave: :wave: :wave:

So good to see you, lady!!

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Ok, so one of the more positive elements of my whirlwind has been that a month ago I brought my first house (OMG I’m gonna have Wifi! Another reason to step back into the HPC!). It’s in Manchester (UK) so I can’t move in until the end of the school year when my contract at work ends (another whirlwind element is that I don’t work in theatre anymore, I’m a teacher!); but in on my Easter holiday atm so I came up to decorate. I’ve gone for a very sedate and refined colour scheme…

Challenge: house pride
House: Hufflepuff*
Project: spare room repaint


House colours y’all!
For all the rooms I’m showing, I stripped back all the existing paint and redid all walls and ceiling. There was a lot of cleanup because I guess the previous owners repainted in a rush to sell it and left lots of messy bits - splodgy paint on the sockets, splashes on the doors etc.
I’m going to employ a pro to come in and do the stairs for me (I don’t have the needed ladders etc) and I’ll have them do my gloss work too (skirting boards & doorframes)

  • yup, I switched. Growth, change, et al.
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Apparently I have to put these each as separate posts cause I’m a newbie :slight_smile: so sorry for it being a bit bitty!

Challenge: house unity
House: hufflepuff
Project: bedroom repaint


This brilliant bright aqua gives me a chance of to show off my RavenclAwsome side

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Challenge: Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes Boxing Telescope
House: hufflepuff
Project: downstairs bathroom
How’s that for a punch of colour??

I know the edges look messy but that’s because I was TOO excited to take pictures and didn’t take the frog tape off first - oops!

Also turns out I can’t post more than 3 times in a topic yet, so you’ll have to be patient to see the other rooms.

:wave: :fireworks: fantastic to see you both too xxx

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Class or Challenge Title: Headmistress - Otter’s Fizzy Orange
House: Slytherin :snake: :cupcake:
Project Name & Page Link: Apfelkuchen
Brief Description: Had to use up some apples that I wasn’t going to eat in time. First time using this recipe! Wish I had taken a picture of it before it went into the oven. It’s supposed to be topped with a spiral of apple slices, which I did, but they sunk into the batter during the baking…
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Hi Noodle!! :wave: So glad to see you again!

Congrats on the house! I love the colors you’ve chosen.

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Hey lovely!
Thanks - I have to say I’m really pleased with them too. At one point I was tempted to tone them down but I’m so glad I didn’t.

Challenge; Weasley’s WW dungbombs
House: Hufflepuff
Project: up stairs bathroom
This room was so dingy. I wish I had a before photo to share with you! I upcycled it into a much fresher space with several coats of brilliant white eggshell. No splash colours in here - but when I love properly I’m going to put in lots of plants to give it some airy green

Challenge: WWW love potion
House: hufflepuff
Project: living room / kitchen (open plan)
So, I know you’re not supposed to buy a house just because you like the wallpaper, but…


I’m obsessed with it.
The other walls were magnolia but I took them (&ceiling) to white to show off the gorgeous mustard banana leaf wonder-wall. The whole colour scheme for the house came from this wall! I’m shopping tomorrow for an aqua sofa and pink accent chair, cannot wait :heart_eyes:

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The Owl Post Swap is now open!

Class or Challenge Title: CoMC
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Herb Garden
Brief Description: Every year I plant a little herb garden on my patio or porch. It brings me joy & happiness throughout the summer and fall, as I go out and snip some fresh herbs to add to dinner. This year’s selection includes lemon balm, mint, cilantro, purple basil, parsley, chives, thyme, and sweet basil.
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Class or Challenge Title: Herbology
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Flower Plantings
Brief Description: Every time I go to garden center to pick up herbs and potting soil, I’m inspired by the endless flowers I see. This year I swapped out our faded old terracotta colored flower box that lives on the side of the mailbox/postal fortress for a new black one and filled it with flowers, filled the pots on our front steps, filled the teacup pot on my porch, AND I added two large new flower boxes on the railings of our deck. The plantings should grow out to trail gracefully out of the boxes.
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Class or Challenge Title: Book Club - Ch 14
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Vegetable Garden
Brief Description: Last year I ended up adding in 2 pepper plants to my usual herb garden, one bell and one jalapeno. The jalapeno went nuts, and I made tons of salsa and pepper jelly for Christmas gifts.
So this year I snuck a tiny veggie patch into my normal few herbs & flowers plantings. It includes a jalapeno, a ‘coolapeno’ (a flavorful but not hot variety of jalapenos), spinach, lettuce mix, Swiss Chard, pak choy, red romaine, and a tomato plant.
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Wooowee… I’ve been neglecting turning in my homework. Project dump here we come!!

Class or Challenge Title: Book Club - Ch. 14 - Cornelius Fudge
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name & Page Link: Bee Cross Stitch
Brief Description: I know a fair bit about cross stitch now so I’d like to say I’m somewhat of an authority in it. Here’s the little bee project that got made into my Bee Bag.
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Class or Challenge Title: HEAD - Boxing Telescope
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name & Page Link: Purple HST Quilt Top
Brief Description: This quilt top gives you a punch of purple! Just like the boxing telescope!
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Class or Challenge Title: HEAD - Love Potions
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name & Page Link: Bee Watercolor Art
Brief Description: Something I’ve been obsessed/loving lately? Watercolor and bees. Combine the two? Just lovely.
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Class or Challenge Title: HEAD - Patented Daydream
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name & Page Link: White Floral Face Mask
Brief Description: I fell in love with this fabric but had no use for it. I bought it anyway and gazed upon it for a while, made a couple small things (but nothing for me!) until I came to the realization I needed a new face mask. And now, after dreaming of making something (for myself) with this fabric I finally made that dream come true!
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Class or Challenge Title: HEAD - Portable Swap
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name & Page Link: Mayor of Marketing Island Cross Stitch
Brief Description: I’ve been branching out this year but currently my #1 craft is cross stitch. Am I known for it? Who knows. If not, then…uh, it’s a really fun cross stitch! (Made for the lovely @Kwality570 in the IYP swap.)
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Class or Challenge Title: HEAD - Pygmy Puff
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name & Page Link: Butthead Cat Watercolor Painting
Brief Description: He may be a butthead but he sure is cute. Lol.
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Class or Challenge Title: HEAD - Screaming Yo Yo
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name & Page Link: Minimalist Bee Bag
Brief Description: I’ve had a couple “minimalist” bag patterns favorited on Etsy for a while now. Everyone once in a while I’d look at them and couldn’t decide. I bought this fabric for no reason other than I liked it and this bag was finally born! (If you follow the Project link I have the pattern I finally decided on linked.)
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**Class or Challenge Title:**HEAD - 10 Second Pimple
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name & Page Link: Zipper Bag
Brief Description: Have things that you want disappeared? Simply place them in the bag and voila!
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Class or Challenge Title: HEAD - Wildfire Whizbag
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name & Page Link: Black Floral Face Mask
Brief Description: “Craft something with bright colors on a dark background” I’m obsessed with this fabric and how perfect for Wildfire Whizbang…bright, happy summer colors on a dark black background. Gorgeous.
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Class or Challenge Title: Transfiguration
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name & Page Link: Watercolor Art
Brief Description: A little 4x6 tea/home themed painting from when I was playing around the other day.
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Also, welcome back @noodle! Glad to see you again!

On another matter…I’d like to propose an Advanced Studies but I’m a bit late doing it. I kept meaning and meaning to post my proposal but haven’t gotten around to it. I do have proof of when I started it though! I posted in the Snapshot thread the day after I started. (Thursday, March 25, 2021)

Would it still be possible for me to submit my proposal for this project? If so, I’ll go ahead and post my proposal. If not, no worries…lesson learned that I shouldn’t have procrastinated.

~ ADVANCED STUDIES PROPOSAL ~
Project Name: Spring Bulbs Cross Stitch
House: Ravenclaw
Brief Description: This project is estimated on the pattern sheet to take 40 hours. It has three columns of all the different spring bulbs and lots of lovely backstitching. (No sarcasm here…I love backstitching! Apparently lots of people don’t.)

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@MistressJennie I am inspired by your patio garden…I think a trip to the nursery is in order this week! What is the plant in the large pot at your front door? My landscaper got me one last year but it is not showing any signs of coming back so I suspect it is an annual of some sort? It got rather large but bloomed all the way until about February…a cold spell hit and I wonder if it killed it?

I think it’s THIS. :cherry_blossom:

oh thanks! And, yes, I think I was to bring it in in the fall…oops…I will get another one

Gorgeous watercolour postcards @Whistlefish - do you usually post them or keep as purely for artwork?

Jennie, your home - indoors and out - blows me away. So beautiful.

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