Monday, June 19, 2017

HPSC: Week 3, Transfiguration

Week Three:  June 12-16

This week is Transfiguration.  When figuring out what we were going to do this week I immediately thought about art and how artists transfigure an lump of clay or a canvas into works of art.  I knew that this week would be about art.

We started the day by filling out our Transfiguration worksheet.  We circled two words to make something silly.  Bug-A-Boo did rainbow foot and I did apple box.  we each drew a picture of it and then we transfigured clay into sculptures of our objects.  Bug-A-Boo decided to go off worksheet and created a tie-died Mickey instead.

Because we were running late at the Daily Prophet press.  Our reporter turned in her review of the Ohio Caverns late.  We had an afternoon edition of the Daily Prophet.

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Today we will be transfiguring everyday objects into jewelry.  This also satisfying the Step 3 of the Girl Scouts Junior Jewelry badge.  Once But-a-Boo has completed this she will have earned her Jewelry badge.

I found this really pretty bracelet made out of safety pins at this website.

The instructions said to use the stunning Midnight Garden range from Cousin to make this funky bracelet but I could not find what they were talking about so we went to Michaels and just looked at the beads and found some that were similar to the picture.

  1. Take 10 safety pins and thread onto each a small mirror bead, a shell bead and another mirror bead. Close each safety pin to secure the beads.
  2. Take 5 more safety pins and thread onto each a small black faceted bead, a purple crystal and another black bead. Secure together in a chain using jump rings.
  3. Take the round section of the large toggle clasp and use jump rings to attach each strand to one of the holes. (Alternate the strands.)
  4. Repeat at the other end of the bracelet with the other part of the clasp.
  5. Add the t-bar to the end of the clasp using a jump ring.

Day 3
Today we have a special event we are going to at Peace and Good Things in Hilliard.  Peace and Good Things is a WellNest that is bringing relaxation and healing to Old Hilliard with massage therapy and movement.  But it is also so much more than that!!! 

This summer is the third annual "camp" Peace and Good Things. During June, July and August Eliza will be having events geared towards kids (and still fun for adults!). Kids of all ages are welcome. They must, however, be accompanied by an adult. That adult can determine whether the activity at hand is appropriate for the age of the child. This way younger siblings can come with older siblings even if they might not be interested in the event going on. The 'Nest is full of many pretty things. Lots of things for kiddos to get will want to have a good ratio of adult to child for those who need extra monitoring due to age or personality!   Today's event is:

Flower Pressings and Canvases
Come learn how to press flowers the quick way! (We will also talk about the traditional method). Then make "flower power" art canvases out of your preserved blooms! Flowers and canvases provided, but feel free to bring your own blooms!

We had a great time and Bug-a-Boo transfigured dried flowers into a beautiful canvas.

We love the events at Peace and Good Things, aka The 'Nest and we love the owner, Eliza Hechmer and I highly recommend you check out her website and the events she has going on this summer.

Day 4
Today we are working on a Father's Day worksheet since this Sunday is Father's Day.  We are also going to continue working on our latch hook rugs and watch Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Our writing assignment this week is a lead in to next weeks class, Potions.  It is "How would you use Liquid Luck?"

Day 5
Today is our field trip day.  Originally we were going to go to the Columbus Museum of Arts but we may not be able to fit it into our schedule this week.  Instead we went to Flourish & Blotts (aka the main branch of The Columbus Metropolitan Library) and the Forbidden Forest (aka The Topiary Park).  We brought along our painting boxes and transfigured canvas and tiles into art.

We also brought along our digital camera and Bug-a-Boo took photos of the landscapes at the park which satisfies Step 2 of the Girl Scout Junior Digital Photography badge.  In order to complete Step 3 of the badge she has to edit (or transfigure) three of these photos using a computer editing program.

She used BeFunky:  Free Online Photo Editor for the above three photos.

Next week...Potions!

Monday, June 12, 2017

HPSC: Week 2, Charms

Week Two:  June 5-9

As our second week of camp begins we explore Charms.  We are taking a different approach to Charms, we are coming at it from the angle of jewelry, crystals and gems.  


On Monday morning Bug-a-Boo received a morning owl bringing her the Summer Edition of The Daily Prophet (which is actually going to be a Weekly subscription).
Hedwig delivers the Daily Prophet

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We also learned about gemstones and crystals and their different properties.  After reading about the different crystals and talking about their meanings and uses we made a trip to two different stores in search of supplies.

The first store we went to was Tropical Trends where we found some amethyst and rose quartz to add to Bug-A-Boo's staff and she got some incense and candles thanks to a gift card from Grandma and Grandpa.  Next we headed to Blessed Be Spiritual Shop where she found the perfect rose quartz to wire wrap to make her pendulum.

Next we learned about the different tools used to make jewelry.  We got a 3-plier set of tools at Michaels along with some wire and other items.  In order to earn her Junior Jeweler badge for Girl Scouts she needed to complete Step #1 which is to learn about the tools for jewelry making.

We learned how to do a really cool wire wrap from watching this You Tube video.  It took us several tries and some frustration but we finally did it.  Bug-A-Boo's came out great!  Learning to do wire wrapping with a stone satisfied Step 2 of the Junior Jewelry badge.

We also created our own Magic Gem and made up a story about where we found it, what powers it has and what we like about it.


Today we wrote about which Harry Potter character we are most like.  Bug-A-Boo chose Newt Scamander from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

We also watched Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and continued reading the illustrated edition and colored in our Coloring Books.


Today we created jewelry inspired by another culture.  We chose an Egyptian Cartouche.  I found a great website that explained what an Egyptian Cartouche is and the history behind them.  A cartouche is an oval frame which surrounds the hieroglyphs that make up the name of an Egyptian God or royal person.  It represents a looped rope which has the magical power to protect the name that is written inside it.  A cartouche was meant to protect against evil spirits both in this life and the afterlife. 
It can be arranged both horizontally or vertically depending on the best layout for its design.

We went on to read that instead of spelling the whole name you use the hieroglyphs that spell out the SOUNDS of the name.  So SYDNEY would be spelled out S-I-D-N-E, KELLY would be K-I-L-E.  We used our Heiroglyphic Alphabet worksheet to make our cartouches.

Bug-A-Boo's Cartouche

My Cartouche
Making this Egyptian Cartouche satisfied Step 4 of the Junior Jewelry badge.


Today Bug-a-Boo had a special treat and got to participate in Take Your Kid to Work Day.  She had a great day with her daddy, who works for Acsena Retail Group a fashion retailer.  She got to participate in a fashion show and got to bring home a bunch of cool jewelry.

Today Bug-A-Boo completed Step 5 of the Junior Jewelry badge and made a sparkling gift.  We took an old washer that we had in our garage with all of the nails and screws and we used a hot glue gun and different gems to create necklaces.  I made one and gave it to Bug-A-Boo as a gift and she made one and gave it to her BFF as a gift.

Tonight is a full moon so we are setting out all of our crystals that we got this week to cleanse and charge them.  The sun's and moon's rays are very energizing, as well as energetically clearing. You can use this method to both clear and charge your crystals at the same time.  Find a safe place and leave your crystal for 24 hours or more (up to a week)  in sunlight and/or moonlight.  Some crystals colors will fade in Sunlight, so those should be charged only in moonlight. Some stones that will fade in the sun are amethyst, celestite, kunzite, opal and turquoise. If you have any doubts at all, only use moonlight charging. This can also clear the stones of unwanted energies at the same time if you set your intent to do that as well.


This weekend we took a field trip to The Ohio Caverns to learn about the natural formation of crystals in caverns and to go mining for our own crystals.  We have never been to the Caverns so we were pretty excited.  We did the Combination Tour (which is the Historic Tour and the Natural Wonders Tour).  It was fascinating!  And we had a great time.

NEXT WEEK....Transfiguration!