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1  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by jillybeans on: December 16, 2014 11:39:03 AM
Class: December Alchemy
SPEW: na
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Monster Pillow
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Brief Description: My nephew has a monster themed bedroom that his mom put together for him this year.  So for Christmas, I made him this monster pillow for his bed!  Its square in shape, which fits the requirements.  The pillow is made from some fake fur I had on hand and the eyes and mouth are felt that are zigzagged sewn on and then stuffed with fiberfil.  I'm pretty happy with how it came out!
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Class: December Herbology
SPEW: na
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Purple Cowl
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Brief Description: I really wanted to make some cowls for christmas to keep my family warm, but I lack the necessary knitting/crocheting skills.  But I CAN loom knit!  AND I learned a new stitch!  This was my first go at it, so its not perfect by any means.  But, I'm pretty happy with my first attempt!  And that I'm destashing from the crazy amounts of yarn I own when I can't even knit/crochet.  ^_^  This stitch is called the 3 step stitch, and its very easy.  Here is a link to the tutorial I used:  http://www.loomahat.com/three-step-stitch/#comment-60955
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Class: December DADA
SPEW: na
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: White Cowl
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Brief Description: Another cowl, this one white and fuzzy (with silver flecks, which is so pretty!) This was the last one I made (out of 4), so I got much better at the stitch, and even added a new stitch at the beginning and end to make it look prettier, and learned how to cast off better.  The first stitch is called a garter stitch where you knit one row and then perle the next for a total of 5 rows, and then continue on with the 3 step stitch.
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Class: December Flying
SPEW: na
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Family Board Book
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Brief Description: My daughter is 15 months old today, and she is just starting to even think about talking.  I want to help her to learn to identify family members with their pictures and names, so I made this board book for her for christmas.  I started with a used board book from the thrift store, had the pictures and words printed off, and glued them to the pages.  I think next time I won't have them printed on cardstock and just regular paper, since it made the pages more bulky and harder to keep closed.  Oh well!  I doubt my daughter will mind.  ^_^
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Class: December Herbology
SPEW: na
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Brown Cowl
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Brief Description: Yup, another cowl.  These babies took me a day each of undiligent work (since I have to chase around a toddler and do other stuff) so it was a relatively easy project for me to do.  Which I love, because I loose interest pretty quick.  Another family member will be staying warm!
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Class: December Muggle Studies
SPEW: na
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Multicolored Cowl
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Brief Description: Just when you thought you were done seeing cowls, BOOM, another cowl!  I've had this yarn forever and its so pretty with the different colors and metallic threads.  I'm so happy I finally got to use it!!  This will keep my family member warm.  ^_^
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2  Re: Harry Potter Holiday Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: December 13, 2014 01:20:31 PM
I received an awesome package from Augustbell this week!! She sent me two amazing ornaments!





I love the felt patronis! It is so beautiful! And I love that the second is made from a book page! I love book page crafts! Thank you so much, Augustbell! I love them!!
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3  Re: ONGOING ATC SWAP - NOVEMBER 2014 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: December 12, 2014 03:27:25 PM
Man, I've been so awful this month with commenting and now with getting my ATC picture posted.  So sorry chameleonhound!

Well, here it is, a fancy animal from chameleonhound!



Isn't this little owlie just the coolest?!  I absolutely love it, and I'm sure he will be happy with his other fancy friends in my collection!  Thanks so much!
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4  Re: Harry Potter Holiday Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: December 08, 2014 09:07:43 PM
Sorry in the delay of posting my package from pottermouth.  Its is absolutely amazing!  I will totally be swapping again with her, fo sho!

I also got a little mandrake ornament.  He is so so SO cute!  I so love mandrakes!!!  I want like a million more of these.  Yeah, a million should do.



AND this beautiful altered measuring spoon that has Snape's patronis and one of my favorite lines from the book.  I absolutely love altered art!  Its currently hanging out next to the ornament MissingWillow made me of Snape, and they are so happy together.  Now I really want to alter all my measuring and baking stuff.  The ornament reminds me of a pair of painted shoes that chughes225 made me with Lily and Snape and the patronis on the back.  <3



Thank you so much, pottermouth!  What a seriously awesome package!!!  <3
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5  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by jillybeans on: December 08, 2014 06:47:24 AM
Challenge: December Detention
SPEW: NA
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Handprint Ornaments
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Brief Description: I was naughty, so I guess I have to make some decorations!  For my detention, my daughter and I decorated some ornaments to go on our loved ones' trees!  The ornament started as a simple (and blotchy) gold ball that I got from a thrift store.  I sponged on some different colored acrylic paints in different layers.  Afterwards, when it all was dry, I had my daughter put her handprints on them (which omg, was hard to do with a wiggly toddler!).  After it was dry again, I drew around the hand to make it stand out more, added her name and the year.
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Challenge: December Headmistress Challenge #1
SPEW: NA
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Sock Monkeys
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Brief Description: Man, this has been a very sock monkey couple of months for me!  I've made 5 in total recently (and 1 more earlier this year).  These two fellows I made this month, though.  They are going to two different little boys via Owl Post this week.  Here is the tutorial I used to make these little fellows: http://www.craftpassion.com/2012/04/how-to-sew-sock-monkey.html
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Challenge: December Headmistress Challenge #2
SPEW: NA
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: XStitch for my Hubby
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Brief Description: This project has taken me all year to complete!  I bought the pattern off etsy in February, worked on it, got distracted with other stuff, worked on it, lost it for a while, and then I picked it up again and I diligently finished that sucker up!  Its so big, too, that its currently living in a 11x14 frame!  My hubby like silly cross stitches, so I think he will love it!  You can get the pattern here if you want to make your own: https://www.etsy.com/listing/93277060/pattern-only-damn-it-feels-good-to-be-a?ref=hp_mod_nifyfs
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6  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by jillybeans on: December 05, 2014 06:37:18 AM
Class: December Apparition
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Turkey Quesadillas!
Brief Description: I totally shouldn't watch cooking shows.  Its probably a good thing that I don't have cable.  I happened to watch a little TV during the day while my toddler was being super cranky and happened upon a Mexican cooking show.  The host made homemade tortillas and cheese for his quesadillas.  My quesadillas ended up being different in the end, based on my own personal flavor choices and what I had on hand that needed to get used up.  So to start, I made cheese!  This was my first time making cheese, and oh man was it fun!  Its queso fresco, which I believe is just a farmers cheese.  Its a pretty simplistic recipe, and you end up with a pretty bland and plain cheese that you can spice up with whatever spices you want to suit the occasion (and I ended up with lots of leftovers, too!).  Once all was said and done, I added salt, pepper, and garlic to mine.  Next, I set out to make flour tortillas.  I never had any idea how easy flour tortillas were to make, and so stinking good!  Once those were made, it came time to assemble the quesadillas.  This is where my own recipe comes into play, because I just threw some stuff together.  You start with a hot cast iron skillet (mine was on med-high).  Lay your tortilla open on the skillet and add some of your homemade spiced queso fresco and some cheddar cheese.  I chopped up some leftover turkey from the thanksgiving feast I made last week and added that on top of the cheese.  Then you gently fold your tortilla and let it cook on both sides until you quesadilla is nice and melty.  Afterwards, you are free to add whatever you like!  Hot sauce, salsa, sour cream.  I had mine plain since we were out of sour cream, but it was delicious as is!  I love this because its so versitile and you can add whatever you have on hand to fill the quesadilla.  The host on the show did peppers, the homemade cheese, and squash blossoms.  Yum!  The recipes for the tortillas and cheese will be down below with my pictures.
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http://allrecipes.com/recipe/homemade-fresh-cheese/



http://thecafesucrefarine.com/2013/08/best-ever-homemade-flour-tortillas/




Class: December History of Magic
SPEW: NA
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: The Cat in the Hat Shoes
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437004.0
Brief Description: What better way to dress up plain old black canvas shoes (or should I say disguise?) than to paint them up?  I made these for a mommy friend's son in a christmas exchange we are doing with our group.  He is the same age as my daughter, though his feet are much bigger!  ^_^  I painted these little guys up with Tulip fabric paint, in many layers, to get the brightness that I wanted.  Its all done freehand and I'm super happy with how they turned out!
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7  The Cat in the Hat Painted Toddler Shoes in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by jillybeans on: December 03, 2014 12:06:16 PM
Hi there!!  I'm in a christmas exchange with my mommy group on facebook, and I just had to make my partner's son something.  He loves The Cat in the Hat, so in comes in the shoes!  These were plain black canvas shoes when I started.  Using Tulip fabric paint, in lots of layers, I got these.  I also personalized it a little more by adding his name to one side of the shoe.  I'm really happy with how they turned out!  Super excited for him to get them!









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8  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by jillybeans on: December 02, 2014 09:45:23 AM
Hey all!  Happy new quarter!  I'm gonna jump back into the multimedia team, again.  ^_^

Prompt:  Japan
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: None
Project Name: The Cat in the Hat Shoes
Project Link: coming soon!
Brief Description: I'm in a mom's group for my baby on Facebook and we are doing a present swap.  I, of course, have to do homemade gifts, and this is the first that I've made so far for little recipient.  He loves Cat in the Hat, so he definitely needed some shoes!  (random side note, I can't believe he is almost in a toddler size 7!) I painted these babies up yesterday with Tulip fabric paint.  It took a few layers to get it as bright I wanted.  I, personally, think they are so stinking cute and I love how they turned out!  I put his name on the side of them, just for a personalized touch.
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I've got a lot more things to get done, so I better get back to it!
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9  Owl Ornaments in Winter Holidays by jillybeans on: December 01, 2014 11:45:56 AM
Hi there!  For my partners in the Harry Potter Holiday Swap, I made each a little owl ornament for their trees.  My mom saw them, and said that we also had to have a set for our own tree!  These little guys are made out of FIMO clay and then painted with acrylic paint and coated in Mod Podge to protect the painting.  They have an eyehole glued into the top with fun ribbon that I had on hand to hang them with.  I'm so happy with how they turned out!  The three on the left went to my partners while the three on the right are happily sitting on my rustic nature themed tree.  ^_^  One day, they will go on a all Harry Potter themed tree, but I'm in need of many more HP ornaments before that will happen!



Thanks for looking!
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10  Luna Cork Ornaments in Winter Holidays by jillybeans on: December 01, 2014 11:39:55 AM
Hi there!  One of my partner's in the HP Holiday swap loves Luna.  So, in honor of her, I made these ornaments.  I happened to have everything to make them on hand, which was super awesome!  I bought the corks for another projects forever ago, but never ended up using them.  They finally found their purpose.  The corks have Luna quotes from the 5th book pasted on with mod podge, which I thought would be a unique touch to the cork ornaments.



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