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1  Re: Harry Potter - I Want to Live in the Burrow Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sheepBlue on: July 13, 2016 04:45:12 PM
I received from Mistress Jennie today!!! The notification on my phone that the package had been delivered late morning was taunting me all day at work which was torture but it was sweet gratification when I was able to see all the fantastic things that Jennie cooked up for me  Grin

Seriously this was the box that kept on giving hehe.

First I found these delicious smelling ingredients to add to my kitchen. The chive salt is so savory smelling I can't wait to try it the next time we cook! Jennie also sent along some mulling spices which will be fantastic to play around with - I've never made anything mulled before.

Also, she thoughtfully included a Mad-Eye Moody crocheted dish cloth to keep on eye on any magical mischief going on in the kitchen.

The next thing I pulled out of the box was a fun bluebell flame jar, nodding to my love of Hermione. This will be a wonderful addition to brighten up my back patio in the summer evenings  Cheesy

Next, I found out I was one of the lucky receipients of one of Jennie's trademark Owl Post bookmarks! I remember seeing her post before when she first made them, and thought they were the cutest thing ever - and now I own one! This is perfect because I'm trying to get back to reading more physical books and am woefully short on bookmarks. The charms are all so different but marry together so well. Jennie truly is a master of the charms and baubles and pretty things  Grin

The next item I found, I squeed at so much! I was secretly hoping I might get one of her fantastic dreamcatchers!!!! And to think that this was a last minute addition. I love it so much and promptly found the perfect place to hang it over my bed. My pictures are woefully inadequate - the yarns sparkle more in the light and there are a great mixture of charms throughout the strands. It's so beautiful and I love it a lot.

And finally, the piece de resistence! A ginormous Molly Weasley blanket! Jennie said she originally was planning on making a lapghan but strangely it grew in size to be much more of a comfortable snuggle blanket. I think Molly would approve. It is such a nice heavy weight and I know it will be fantastic to snuggle under in the winter. I love the colors - they reminded me of Mrs. Weasley's multicolored sweaters immediately.

The only place I could think to try to get pictures of the whole blanket spread out is on my bed which is a queen. This blanket is not small people. Look at it!

Thank you so so so much Jennie for agreeing to swap with me! You are a joy to chat with, and I love all the things you sent to make my house even more Burrow-ific!  Grin
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2  Mosaic Star lazy susan - my first mosaic piece and what I learned [pic heavy] in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by sheepBlue on: July 09, 2016 07:02:00 PM

So. The story begins when I asked Mistress Jennie to be my partner in the recent HP Housewares swap. MJ is an awesome crafter, one of my longtime craftster crushes, and an all-around phenomenal human so immediately I felt the need to up my crafting game and tackle something completely new to me. Why did I do that? Silly me, I can never resist a challenge, especially when the inspiration is there driving me.

Anyway, I decided I want to try to put together a real mosaic with glass and grout and the whole nine yards. I went to the thrift store and found a good basic lazy susan - very boring but a blank canvas to work with. I thank my lucky stars (haha pun intended) that the base cooperated throughout the whole process, because it wasn't until I was waiting for the grout to set, that I did a little internet research and discovered that some wooden bases can flex and buckle when dealing with the water content of the grout (!!). I had no trouble with this though. I painted the base and underside of the lazy susan black, and then started laying out a star design for the middle.

Here are some progress pictures as I went.

Ahh, the terrifying part of adding the grout! I am probably more lucky than anything else that this whole thing worked out to be honest. I am really a "jump into a project" kind of person.

Lessons I learned through this process:

1. Be very patient - cutting all the glass and ceramic bits and fitting them into place took forever!! I had to give myself a pep talk mid-way through and allow for slightly bigger gaps between the pieces because it was driving me nuts.

2. Read the labels on things before using them. I somehow ended up buying white E6000 - I didn't even know that existed. Thankfully I was only using it on parts where you wouldn't be able to see the glue, but it could have been disaster!

3. Resin makes everything better  Grin The grout wouldn't stop rubbing a black color off on my fingers so I had a moment of panic before I decided that I'd cover the whole thing with resin. Thankfully that covered everything  and made it all look awesome!! (even if the resin did set somewhat lopsided....I like to think it gives the whole thing more personality).

A giant thank you to LeapFeetFirst who was a huge resource to me in this adventure, not to mention an awesome cheerleader. Also to Abbeeroad who also boosted my spirits when I thought I was crazy to try to take this on  Cheesy
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3  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: July 09, 2016 04:05:16 PM
Fun Xmas in July stuff Lindy!  Smiley

I item for the Harry Potter Housewares swap was just received today so I can share!

My first time doing a real mosaic!

This craft is no joke as I learned along the way. I'm sure I made a million mistakes but it worked out well in the end which is what counts hah  Grin I'll be doing a longer, more in depth post of its own soon, but I wanted t share it here first  Wink
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4  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: June 27, 2016 04:35:41 AM
Whew! I'm back from a whirlwind weekend at the Craftster meet up in Hamilton ON! And I can finally share some items I've been sitting on for months in order not to spoil the surprise.

First a stumpwork butterfly - Redeye Flats (Chaetocneme denitza). I'm kicking myself because I swore that I got better pictures than this, but I can't find them now. Oh well. This is a quick shot comparing my stumpwork to the image I was working with as reference.

And second is a two-part felt/velvet name badge I made for LeapFeetFirst for the meet up. My inspiration came from an amazing textile artist named Dog-Daisy Chains. I couldn't bring myself to put writing on the big leaf because I couldn't figure out how to fit it in so I just did a second smaller one.

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5  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: June 15, 2016 01:54:22 PM
The poppy hoop is lovely Always! And I love the scrappy hats - scrappy projects make me so happy  Grin

I finally made this hooped suncatcher for my porch inspired by something off my pinterest.

It's just some random beads from my stash wrapped around various sizes of metal hoops. The little key in the middle is just a placeholder until I can find something appropriately sparkly to go in that spot.
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6  Re: Hoopla A-Long 2013-2015 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by sheepBlue on: June 07, 2016 05:29:39 PM
I finished my hoopla for this month! I shock myself with how I was able to turn my lack of motivation around on this, but then again, I will shortly be losing a lot of free time so it was sorely needed.

So ta-da!

My friend is having a Game of Thrones themed wedding reception, so I thought it'd be only appropriate to use the GoT wedding vows with the date of her impending marriage to memorialize it. I hope she likes it  Grin
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7  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: June 07, 2016 05:26:10 PM
A couple of things I can share that I finished recently -

A simple envelope pillow cover - shockingly easy and gratifying project. The original pillow cover I ordered was sadly horrible quality (I really should have learned by now, you get what you pay for) so I had to come up with a Plan B. And I'm in love. I want get more pillows just so I can make more pillow covers  Grin

I just finished this hoopla for a friend's upcoming wedding - it's going to be Game of Thrones themed!

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8  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: May 07, 2016 02:41:54 PM
thanks gala. I'm leaning towards the ladybug too, but I just wonder if it might be too "cutesy" or something...or just my own self-doubt infecting my brain probably, hah.

And I just finished this hoop for a DM donation. So fun - it's based off a Cate Anevski embroidery pattern. Love her stuff.  Smiley

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9  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: May 07, 2016 01:21:04 PM
I love a good strong yellow. Great stuff everyone!

I've been super busy procrastinating to get any crafting done  Roll Eyes Tongue But I got inspired to make these wee stitches recently (and by inspired I mean, I procrastinated on getting birthday presents for a couple of friends too haha). And as I am wont to do, I made more than I needed just in case I screwed them up. So I ended up with 3 pendants and 3 magnets. Now I just need to decide which 2 pendants to gift....hmmm. I'm definitely gifting the lavender one....but now it's down to the ladybug or the white flower in the circle pendant? I'll take any opinions gladly  Smiley

Close ups of the contenders

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10  Re: Stitching INCHIES Craftalong *JOIN IN ANYTIME!!* in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: May 07, 2016 01:11:37 PM
I got some mini stitches!! Turned into 3 pendants and 3 magnets. I forgot to put something in to show the relative size but the stitching with the spider web is about the size of an American quarter.

Close-ups of my favorite.

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