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1  Stenciled Sweatshirt for Swap in Stenciling: Completed Projects by 85%confusion on: October 06, 2013 07:49:35 PM
In the Back to Hogwarts 4 Swap, I really wanted to make my partner something useful. I ended up buying a sweatshirt and using freezer paper stencils to make her a house pride shirt.


I had my daughter try it on so I could make sure the letter placement down the sleeve was ok.



The crest is obviously not a true house crest. It's modified from one I found online.


 The font is called Lumos - a free Harry Potter font I found online. And seriously... no idea why the picture is upside down on here. It's upside right in my picture folder... And I have tried flipping it and it just won't post flipped. Amazing Mod wanna rescue me?

It took three applications of the yellow screen printing paint to get the yellow bright enough against the black. After the first application, I was like, "Uh oh..." It looked as though I had spilled mustard on a shirt and hastily wiped it off. I was seriously worried!

Any tips on working with bright colors on dark sweatshirts? All three of my kids want a house pride sweatshirt now...
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2  My turn! Be jealous! in The Swap Gallery by 85%confusion on: October 05, 2013 04:06:27 PM
I know you all *think* you got the best package... Sorry to disappoint you all. Silentblair put together an absolutely wondrous box of potterific lovelies. I apologize in advance that my photos aren't very great. My batteries were dying, so my camera refused to let me use its flash.


Here's everything all together... Really can't pick a favorite item. Really.




This hat is amazing in the extreme. Not only is it JUST exactly my style, but it is made from salvaged yarn, which is way cool. Totally love upcycled/recycled stuff!


Next up... stamped leather bracelet. Squee! I wore this to work and everyone loved it, even though no one knew what it was from. I work with a bunch of muggles.


My cute, tiny Stupefy hoop! Check out all those tiny french knots! And out of metallic silver thread, no less. Silentblair must have the patience of a saint. I will be hanging this in my kitchen, I think. I have a skinny wall bit between the back door and the window that is empty. This will fit nicely!


A real Slytherin Patch! Aaaaannnnnd! A tiny Potions book ornament! With real pages. With itty bitty print and pictures. So lovely!


Ok, these are just plain fun... popsicle stick characters!


Side one... My new favorite coffee mug. Because... it's Snape. <3


Side two... <3  Isn't silentblair amazing?!


And take a look at this bag! It's not only gorgeous, but it's the perfect size. I can't even begin to say how much I adore this. And take a peak at what was hidden inside...


Cut paper book covers! Hogwarts - A History. What a cool idea!


The Tales of Beedle the Bard


And how clever... The Invisible Book of Invisibility

These three beauties will be finding a place of honor... I'm thinking of hanging them along the wall of the short hallway thing which is kind of the center of our house. You literally have to pass through the hallway to get anywhere in the house, so they will get seen by anyone who comes to visit. I am sad I can't hang them yet, though, as we are renovating the entire house, from back to front. The sunroom/back porch and kitchen are done. We are working on the living room now. The hall is up next, though!

Last, but not least:

Sweet Howler inspired fingerless mitts! Really perfect for reading in bed with, and double awesome because I lost mine over the summer.

Thank you, silentblair, for being such an incredible swap partner... And I apologize for not posting these earlier. I thought I had the morning off, because I NEVER work mornings... but I ended up being scheduled for 7 am today! Oops.

Everyone else... you may commence being jealous over my most amazing loot.
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3  Re: Inchie House Swap - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by 85%confusion on: August 22, 2013 11:29:25 AM
I am reeeally loving ALL of these little houses. Awed by the observatory! Amazing.


I love that Squirrels End Pub!  How did you do the dormer window? 

The dormer window was quite easy, but I am not sure I can explain it well. Here goes:

I made a triangle for the front of the dormer, and it had a tab on the bottom of it, and a tab on each of the angled sides.. The roof and wall of the main house is one piece, with the roof simply folded down from the wall, but the shingles I added created the overhang, so on the fold I cut a slit just big enough for the tab before shingling.

I tucked the tab on the bottom of the dormer into the slit, and glued the tab to the inside of the house, so that it would stay put and stand up straight when the main roof was folded back to its proper angle.

The roof was a small triangle, shaped to fit the dormer, and it had two tabs on the back side.

She had to fold down the two tabs on the sides of the dormer, and glue the roof to those. Then, when the house was assembled, she had to fold in and glue the tabs that were on the dormer roof, to the main roof.



You can see the little dormer roof in this picture, and the tabs she had to glue it to on the dormer bit that I had already attached to the house.
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4  Teeny Tiny Paper Houses... in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by 85%confusion on: August 12, 2013 07:41:49 AM
Craftster means many, many things to me... and a big part of that is craft swaps! I love getting to know people from all over the world, and truly, for me, giving is the best part. I love stalking my partners and coming up with the perfect thing for them.

I made these itty bitty houses for the inchies paper house swap I'm currently participating in. Each house has to be shipped flat, then assembled by the recipient, so you get to see the flat version here... Once they are assembled, pictures should be posted in the swap gallery.


The first house was inspired by another craftster project that 'partner A' had pinned...


Each wall is 1"x1". The stones were painted with water color and a very tiny brush...


I really like the way my shingles turned out... I used a paper punch and shingled just like on a regular roof.

The second house was inspired by this bag/box that 'partner B' had pinned.



The last house was inspired by some butterfly wings that 'partner C' had pinned.










Each house was mailed in a slightly decorated envelope, just for fun.
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5  Re: Inchie House Swap - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by 85%confusion on: August 10, 2013 06:02:22 AM
LimeRiot sent me such a beautiful little inchie house! Thank you, so much!


The front!


The back!


Side 1


Side 2


Even the bottom was decorated...


Check out the sweet little base!

I really love the colors she used, and all the detail in such a tiny space. And did you see how tiny the writing on it was?! Amazing!

Thank you!
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6  Re: Mail Art Swap - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by 85%confusion on: July 23, 2013 05:48:53 PM
Wee! My lovely envelope arrived from Avesthel today! It is so perfect... blues and greens, an adorable owl, and metallic paint (ssshhh. I am in love with gold paint markers for some reason...).

And look at the stamps! Silver coffee pots! Could it be any more perfect?



And the back... reminds me of one of my all-time favorite paintings.



It was stuffed with a bookmark, some WoW paper, a picture of birds <3, and the most adorable little paper folding houses.



Naturally, I had to make one right away. See how cute! I love this idea... It's about an inch wide, and maybe an inch and a half tall.



Thank you so much, Avesthel! It was such a nice treat to find in the mailbox after a long day at work!
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7  Tatted teardrop earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by 85%confusion on: July 09, 2013 02:09:33 PM
My practice run earrings worked out ok, so I tried out a more ambitious plan. I'm contemplating whether I should suspend something in the middle of the tear drop, or add... something? Your thoughts/ideas?

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8  I learned a new tatting technique... in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by 85%confusion on: July 09, 2013 03:37:38 AM
I learned a new tatting technique yesterday... how to tat around a ring. I had been crocheting around rings and joining the tatting to it, but actually tatting around the ring opens up new possibilities. My practice pair of earrings are quite simple, and not even something I would wear... But now that I know how to do this, I have an idea in mind for the next pair.




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9  Variegated earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by 85%confusion on: July 04, 2013 08:35:19 AM
I've been on a tatting kick lately. When I ordered a catalog from handyhands, it came with a free sample of tatting thread in color 139 - Fruit Fizz. I had never, ever tatted or crocheted in a variegated thread before. I was always afraid it would look weird or something. But hey... free tatting thread?! So I wound a shuttle and tatted up a quick little medallion. And then another! And I still have thread left over... But I needed my shuttle for another project. At any rate, I ended up loving the effect from the variegated thread so much that I ordered 4 balls in different colors.

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10  Subtle Infusion earrings - my version. (Tatted) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by 85%confusion on: July 04, 2013 08:13:36 AM
I saw this pair of earrings ages ago, and really, really wanted them... But at $160 dollars, I figured I had better figure something else out! Copying was a bugger... I think the designer needle tats, and I use a shuttle (can't seem to wrap my head around needle tatting for some reason, even though most tatters say it's easier!). My version isn't exactly the same, but I think they came out pretty fair.

I used Lizbeth size 20 tatting thread, and the color was 168 - Latte Foam.



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