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1  Going Moony - Altered Spool in Completed Projects by jillybeans on: June 26, 2014 11:53:23 AM
Hi there!  I participated in the Altered Spool swap.  My fabulous partner was Mistress Jennie!  She is a lover of theater, costumes, and moons.  With that all in mind, I crafted up this little spooly:

The spool itself is wooden and from my great grandma's collection.  I first painted the spool light blue and rubbed on some gold Rub 'N Buff to the edges.  I applied a ring of scrapbooking paper to the top, wrote "twinkle twinkle", and drilled in some holes for the banner to secure into.  I made the middle of the spool sparkly, wrapped some vintage lace (also from my great grandma's collection), tied some gold embroidery floss around it and added some tiny metallic sequin stars.

The moon is made from polymer clay that I painted after baking, and then drew on a face via tiny pen dots. I used more vintage lace for the collar and crown, which I felt gave the little moon a theatrical quality.  The lace for the crown I mod podged and shaped around a paintbrush to get the shape I wanted.  Afterwards I painted it with gold acrylic paint.

The banner has a background of scrapbooking paper with a white piece on top and then my own writing for the words.  I added a little bit of metallic watercolors over the top of the words.  Dangling from the banner on wire are tiny sequin stars.

Thanks for looking!
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2  Re: Woodland Creature & Enchanted Forest Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: June 21, 2014 02:13:34 PM
I received my awesome package from silentblair yesterday!  YAY YAY!!

First up, this amazing and whimsical moose hoopla!

The stitching is so beautiful and I am just in love with the design!

She knitted or crocheted (I'm no sure which) a beautiful pixe hat for Baby Bean!  Omg, I love love LOVE it!!!  I'm excited to take more pictures of her in it.  I did a mini photo shoot real quick yesterday. 

A fox mug!  I've been walking around the house saying "for fax sake!" all day now.  I'm feeling just a tad crazy!  The mug is so cute!

An enchanted hand-me-down!  She made this for her daughter when she was 2 and it no longer fits her, so she passed it on down to us.  I'm so glad she did, too, because it is so gorgeous!  Its big on Baby Bean currently, but I still managed to get some pictures of her in it.

And some more extras!  I beautiful ring that fits me perfectly, a little jar it came in, and a stick pencil!

Thank you so so much, silentblair!  I absolutely adore everything you made us!  <3
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3  Re: Altered Spool Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: June 16, 2014 08:34:19 PM
Man I am slacking at getting pictures up!  Please forgive me, Mistress Jennie!  Your lovely spool is so so wonderful and deserves so much better!

I got the most splendid and hauntenly gorgeous spool from my wonderful partner, Mistress Jennie!  And she was an out-of-the-box thinker, and made it into an ornament!  So cool!  Take a look!

My spoolie has an little skull bead and crown on top, a bejeweled spider, and with loads of wonderful fiber, along with a key and bead, trinkling down!  So awesome!  I love all the little elements of this beauty!  Thank you so so much, Mistress Jennie!  I adore it!  <3
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4  Harry Potter Peg People Students in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by jillybeans on: June 16, 2014 08:02:37 PM
Hi everyone!  I'm super behind in posting my stuff this year!  I made this little fellows for the Ongoing Wish Swap Round 100 for Missing Willow.

The peg people blanks come from Hobby Lobby, 8 to a pack.  I painted each with acrylic paint and decided to try something new, and added yarn hair.

From right to left we have Cho, Hermoine, Ginny, Luna, Draco, Ron, Harry, and Neville.

Oh how I love painting peg people!  ^_^ Thanks for looking!
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5  Re: Altered Spool Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: June 07, 2014 08:46:05 AM
Aw sad, Mistress Jennie!  It seems like your spool got a little mingled in transit.  This is how it should look, with the moon being a little less cattywonkus on the spool:

Sorry it didn't make it in tact.  Hopefully you can put it to rights, again.

Love the sewing shrine, Lindy!

And that candle holder is so clever!
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6  Re: Altered Spool Swap (SIGNUP 5/18/14-5/25/14 ; MAIL BY 6/18/14) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by jillybeans on: May 23, 2014 02:43:06 PM
I have two ideas stuck in my head for my altered spool for MissingWillow. It is really going to be hard to choose just one! I might make both and send her the best of two and keep the other for myself  Grin

That sounds like an excellent idea! Please do show us the one you don't send if you do make two!

You guys, I found some spools! My mom had a huge bag of wooden spools in the basement. I only found those 3 sitting next to the bag in my own stash. Mom says that they probably were my great grandma's. Sadly, most of them have thread on them still, but I did find one that will work. But I didn't look very hard, so there might be more down there!
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7  Head Girl Badge in Completed Projects by jillybeans on: March 01, 2014 09:31:59 AM
Hi there!  My partner, tapestrymlp, in the Terribly Important SOB swap Round 2, hails from the Hufflepuff house.  She is so terribly important, that Hogwarts recognized her by naming her Head Girl.  Huzzah!

The medal is done in wool felt and hand stitched with embroidery floss.  I also hand sewn on some beads to make it fancier.  Then I added some ribbon underneath, the black was a velvet and the gold silk, with some tiny shiny gold ribbon on top.  I added a bit of string to the back so that she could use it as an ornament.

It was all packaged up in a tin I found laying around the house.  I made a little bed inside the tin for her badge to lay and wrapped tissue paper around it all.  A little strapping on the outside made it look oh so official.  I also sent a letter of announcement from Hogwarts along, as well, though I didn't manage to take a picture of that.

Thanks for looking!
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8  Hufflepuff Owl in Completed Projects by jillybeans on: March 01, 2014 09:24:14 AM
Hi there!  I made this little fellow for my partner, tapestrymlp, in the Terribly Important SOB swap round 2.  Tapestrymlp is so terribly important that she needs her very own owl to deliver her oh so significant letters, and of course it must be sporting her house colors!  Go Go Hufflepuff!

The little owlie himself was done in Fimo clay and then painted with acrylic paint.  The little scarf is wool felt and sewn together with a sewing machine (which, I found, was rather difficult being that it was so small, but I prevailed nonetheless).  The pedestal he is sitting on is something that I made from random wood pieces that I happened to have, glued together, painted with acrylic paint, and distressed with gold Rub N Buff.  The top of the pedestal is a knob, then a pot, then a wheel, and then fat cylinder. I added sticks around the owl to make it look like a little nest and bits of book pages from the Order of the Phoenix are on the bottom, aged with Tim Holtz inks.  

Thanks for looking!
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9  This Hedgie Presents "The Countess of Craftasticallness" in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by jillybeans on: February 28, 2014 07:27:36 PM
Hi there!  I made a hedgehog painting for my partner in the Terribly Important SOB round 2 swap.  This little hedgie is holding a sign that proclaims my crafty partner, tapestrymlp's, very important title.  All is done in acrylic paint with a little added crackle glaze on the crown to make it stand out a little more and give it a little dimension.  The canvas is burlap with white over the top, which I found as is at Hobby Lobby.  It is 11x14". 

Here are a couple progress shots:

Baby bean was such a great helper!  Wink
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10  Re: Terribly Important SOB - The Return GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: February 27, 2014 07:36:35 AM
Ooooo!  Love all the very important accessories you received, Alexus1325!

Due to my own importance around here, its taken me a couple days to get pictures up of my awesome package from tapestrymlp.  But, do not fret, I'm here to share it with you!  She totally spoiled me with 4 items and some cloth diapering extras, too!  <3

First off, this little owl adorned with a crown necklace.  I love it so much!  I love owls, and all the elements that put it together is fabulous! 

A beautiful Hufflepuff colored bracelet!  Omg, it is so lovely!  I really am a sucker for different elements and textures on one item.

A very fancy glass candle holder!  I can't wait to get a candle in there and see it lit up!  Perhaps I will have to get an action shot of it later.

A fantasticly important altered bottle!  The bottle is died a lovely green on the inside, and the outside has all those fabulous little details!  Its stinkin' awesome!

And my favorite item of the very important bunch, an art quilt!!!  Look at its splendor!  It has so many details and textures!  I could look at it all day!!!

And lastly, extras!!!

She sent me some baby stuff!!  Some cloth diaper liners, a burp cloth, a fitted diaper with cute bunnies, and a whole lot of bamboo fleece!!  OMG!  Funny story, my mom bought me a couple yard of bamboo fleece online but that order got cancelled due to low stock and then her package came in and it was exactly what mom had ordered!  So stinking excited!  Now I can make up some inserts for her gdiapers!  Yay!! 

Thank you so so much, tapestrymlp!!!  I love everything so so much and I feel so very important having you for a partner!  <3
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