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571  Re: I really need a friggin' crown(or other lofty headwear)swap-SU to 05/10;SO 06/13 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Mistress Jennie on: May 10, 2011 04:55:14 AM
Just for you Samantha_McKay....  Penny Crown:

I need a better picture I know...  Hell they are sitting in my costume shop, maybe I'll try to take one today at work.
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572  Woodland Friends Charm Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: May 08, 2011 03:00:42 PM
I've been on a charm bracelet making kick again.  This one I had been meaning to make for a while, but hadn't gotten around to until recently.  I wanted it to evoke a quiet walk in the woods on a sunny afternoon.  The leaves are a beautiful frosted glass in shades of brown and green.  The beads are a mixture of cut glass , Czech glass, and seed beads in emerald, chocolate, and smoky topaz.

Charms include:
4 tiny acorns
maple leaf
pine cone


large acorn
pear leaf

And the whole thing is finished with a flower and leaf toggle clasp.


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573  Hermoine's Gryffindor Charm Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: May 08, 2011 02:49:02 PM
I've been making lots of loaded charm bracelets for a while now, and a great many of them have been inspired by my love of Harry Potter.  Oddly though, I've made a few Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin bracelets for various people, and I never managed to get around to making a Gryffindor one!  

This bracelet was inspired by the character of Hermoine Granger, one of my favorite characters in the series.  She exemplifies so many of the qualities of Gryffindor House. Courage in the face of danger, unwavering loyalty to her friends, and the willingness taking a stand for what is right, no matter what others think, and no matter the cost.

The charms include:
~a red glass evil eye, for protection from evil
~a goblet for the Goblet of Fire
~a unicorn from the Forbidden Forest

~the golden snitch from Harry's first Quidditch match
~a stag, for her friend Harry's Patronus, which saves them in Prisoner of Azkaban
~Hogwart's castle
~a lightning bolt for her friend Harry

~a lion for Gryffindor House
~a wand from Ollivander's
~Fawkes, symbol of the Order of the Phoenix
~a shining star
~the Silver Doe which led them to the Sword of Gryffindor
~a quill & inkwell for taking copious notes in class

~a Hungarian Horntail Dragon
~a Celtic hearts, for only through a stout heart and true friendship can we overcome evil
~a potion bottle for Hermoine's adeptness at brewing Polyjuice Potion

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574  Resin Bottle Cap Pendants - Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, Skull, Heart in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Mistress Jennie on: May 08, 2011 02:37:31 PM
I made a ton of resin filled bottle caps a while back, and then promptly forgot to do anything else with them.   Roll Eyes  So I pulled some of them back out this weekend to turn into necklaces.  I think they came out pretty cute.  I am going to have to make more of them soon....





Anatomical Heart

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575  Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Part II (Signups CLOSED; Sendouts 7/1) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Mistress Jennie on: May 05, 2011 11:06:09 AM

~*Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Part II*~

Swap name: Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Part II
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: jennieingram
Co-organizers: Ex_Gratia & pinkleo
Sign-up date range: May 5th-May 15th, 2011
Date to send item by: July 1st, 2011

Limited to a certain number of people?: NO
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
Additional Age requirement? NO

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of the Swap:

Many of us are eagerly awaiting the release of Part 2 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  Sometimes it seems that July 15th will never get here.  Well never fear my crafty friends because this swap will help you get through the waiting period!  Unlike a normal Harry Potter swap, this swap is designed specifically to prepare your partner to go see the film (theoretically on opening night, if they so desire).  This does NOT mean that craft items have to be based on the movie.  The goal is to create items that your partner can enjoy AT the film, and while waiting for hours in line.

Each participant will be crafting 3 items:

1 wearable item (like a tee, House tie or scarf, piece of jewelry, etc.)
1 accessory, toy, or game (like a wand, a stuffie/doll, or game of Exploding Snap!)
1 edible snack or treat***  (Can be sweet, savory, salty, or even "swalty"!)
           ***For notes on the snack/treat component, see below.

Package will include 1 Large, 1 Medium, and 1 Small item.  (Or if you prefer the points counting system, one 3 point item, one 2 point item, and one 1 point item.  For more info on size guidelines, see HERE)   You may choose which category items to create for which size.  For example:
You could make a "Large" stenciled hoodie, a "Medium" wooden wand, and a "Small" jar of Lemon Drops from Honeyduke's.  
You could make a "Large" Skiving Snackbox full of tons of different types of homemade candy treats, a "Medium" crocheted toy Pygmy Puff, and a "Small" house themed bracelet.

These choices are left up to you, but make sure you take into account your partners interests and information from their questionnaire when deciding what to craft.  If they are going to the movie alone, a giant box of candy might be too much, while if they were going with a large group, it might be more appropriate.  Please be sure to check the original interest thread for a large list of links to HP themed craft projects: Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Part II Interest Thread, including inspirational crafts!  And while you're at it, you can check out the GALLERY from Round 1!

This swap has a long crafting period, nearly 7 weeks.  Please make sure you keep in touch during that time, both with your partner and your organizer.  Check in on the thread at least once a week, and if you plan to go out of town for a while, please let your partner and organizer know, so we dont worry about you!   Smiley  This swap is expected to be very large, and we have 3 organizers.  You will be assigned to a specific organizers House, and you should send all your communication to THAT person.  When you send, and when you receive you must PM your specific organizer and your partner to tell them so.  Please make the subject line of your PM; Decked Out for Deathly Hallows: Sent, or  Decked Out for Deathly Hallows: Received to help us stay organized.

Please note that all official Craftster Swap rules will be observed in this swap.  New swappers (and even old swappers) should be sure to review the Swap Info Guide as well as Swap FAQs, and the Information and Tips for Swappers pages.   If you do not see an answer to your question, you are also ALWAYS welcome to talk to any of your organizers via PM.  

This swap is designed around an event with fixed time frame. The film opens on July 15th (or the 14th at midnight), and many, if not most of the people in this swap plan to attend that day.  If you send your package late, you risk your partner not receiving it in time to enjoy at the film. Please weigh that, against the size requirements, and your own time commitments when deciding whether or not to join this swap.

***Notes on the Snack/Treat Requirement: Including a snack or treat is an intrinsic part of this swap and is not up to negotiation, HOWEVER... If you fear your kitchen-spells are not on par with Mrs. Weasley's, you can send store bought snacks provided they have a crafty component.  A "crafty component" could be to decorate a pretty jar to put "Lemon Drops from Honeyduke's" in.  Be sure to note in your questionnaire that you are not a great cook, and I'll partner accordingly.

If you have special dietary concerns, be sure to mention them in your questionnaire, AND be sure to mention some good alternative snacks for your partner.  For example, perhaps you can't have sugar, but pretzels or a tin of fancy tea are good alternative for you.  If you are a GREAT cook, and want to make lots of homemade snacks, note that too, and I will attempt to find you a partner who has lots of friends to feed!  Finally, remember that the goal in crafting & swapping is to BE CREATIVE.  If you're having trouble with this component, try to think outside the box.  Ask questions in the thread, PM your partner or organizer, go through the Round 1 Gallery, and most importantly BE CREATIVE!

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:
Name of swap: Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Part II
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

Please confirm that you understand that DC#s are required on all packages sent within the US, and that a picture or scan of a mailing receipt are required for shipments outside the US. (YES/NO)

What is your favorite Harry Potter book?
Your favorite movie so far?
Favorite character?
Favorite quote?
What house do you belong to/support?
What class would you be most interested in taking at Hogwarts?

Do you have a favorite magical item or motif from the books? (The Marauder's Map, Monster Book of Monsters, Golden Snitch, etc?)
Do you have a favorite Weasley's Wizard Wheezes product?
Do you have a favorite spell/charm/curse?
Favorite magical creature?

Do you enjoy the Potter Puppet Pals?
Do you enjoy A Very Potter Musical?

Do you usually go to the movies dressed up?
Are you planning to go to the movie as a specific character, or general Potter-ish attire?
What is your tee shirt size?

What (if any) wearable items do you already own? (Butterbeer necklaces, House Scarves?)
Is there a wearable something you'd really like to receive, such as a purse, scarf, hat, etc?
Do you wear jewelry?  
If so, what kinds? (earrings, bracelets?  silver, gold?)

What (if any) games, toys, or accessories do you already own?  (Wands, Pygmy Puffs, dolls?)
Is there a game, toy, or accessory that youd especially love to receive?

What are your BEST crafts, or what do you love to make the most?  (Are you an amazing scarf knitter or a master wand maker?)
What is your age (or age range)?  (This is not here as a judgment!  There are HP lovers of all ages and we embrace them all!  But sometimes people request to swap with others close to their age range.)

What are your favorite kinds of snack treats? (Chocolate, candy, salty, crunchy?)
Do you have a favorite or most intriguing type of candy from the books?
What are your LEAST favorite kinds of snack treats?
What are your favorite AND least favorite flavors? (Love pumpkin?  Hate peppermint?)
Do you have any dietary concerns your partner and organizer should know?

Are you planning on going to the film with a small or a large group of people?

Do you have any allergies to fabrics, foods, or animals?
Do you have any pets or other allergens in your home?
Do you or anyone else in your home smoke?

Is there anything else youd like your partner to know?

Hallows or Horcruxes?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.
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576  Re: Matchbox Swap round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mistress Jennie on: May 02, 2011 03:55:39 PM
I have been sick for nearly a week now, and came home early from work today to get some extra rest.  Shortly after getting home I received the most lovely matchbox from cackle!  Honestly, I'm surprised it made it here safely.  There has been pouring rain and flooding for a week now, and there was a *HUGE* tear in the envelope that cackle's matchbox came in.  If she hadn't packed it so lovingly in a nice big sturdy jewelry box, I don't think it would have arrived here in one piece!  When I opened the envelope (or rather, pulled the box out of the back of the envelope), I saw how pretty it was wrapped and decided that if I was going to sit down and enjoy the box, I'd go all out. 

So I made myself a tray of tea and biscuits.  Doesn't that look like a lovely way to start the evening?

When I opened the box, I found not one, but two matchboxes inside!  There was the actual box that cackle made for me, plus a little box of "overflow" matchbox goodies!

Here's a close up on the matchbox itself.  Cackle really hit the nail on the head with this box.  I work as a costume designer in theatre and dance, and I love the steampunk-ish side of Victoriana, so the outside of the box is a tiny Victorian theatre, filled with all kinds of vintage Victorian-esque bits!  I love the copper and gold paper lace trims!

Let's not forget the back of the box! 

As I unpacked my matchbox and "overflow box", I soon started to run out of room on my tea tray!  I took lots of pictures of things as they came out, but soon realized that I probably should edit myself down from 30 pictures to something more manageable...  like say 5.  Or 7...  So instead of 12 pictures of each thing coming out, here are all the beautiful little bits and bobs packed away in my boxes.

Items inside include from top-ish left, clockwise:
Silver chandeliers, green cut glass beads, antique gold purse, sewing machine, angel, dress, crown, moon, teapot, gears, key, & clock face charms; silver earring hooks, silver dress hangers & winged key charms; giant silver pendant bezel, big fat crystal drop, brass pressed wing shaped bits, ball chain, strand of red beads, gears, gold bead caps, olive cut glass and amber crystal beads, deep red cut glass beads, beautiful polyclay piece, and an orange pekoe tea label. 

And of course, some detail shots.  While I adore the entire package, I am absolutely in LOVE with this purple glass button! 

Thank you so much cackle!  I absolutely adore my box and can't wait to take it to work to show off in the Costume Shop.  I already have plans for many of the fun little bits hiding inside too!  Thank you for being such a wonderful swap partner!!!
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577  Doctor Who TARDIS Tote Bag - Reverse Stencil Mini-Tutorial (Pic Heavy) in Stenciling: Completed Projects by Mistress Jennie on: May 02, 2011 08:50:50 AM
I recently Angeled in Round 5 of the Doctor Who Swap.  Since my partner had already waited so long for a package, only to be flaked on, I wanted to make her Angel package as quickly as possible, but with maximum adorability.  I decided to make her a stenciled tote bag with the TARDIS traveling through the Vortex on it.  

But instead of stenciling the TARDIS itself onto the bag in blue paint, I decided to instead get a blue tote bag and stencil & paint AROUND the TARDIS.  Here's a mini-tutorial of how I did it.

Start by finding a stencil shape that you like.  You will want to make sure that it has some details to cut from inside it to give the image some definition, and that it has a clearly defined outline.  I cannot seem to find the source for the exact stencil I used, but if I do, I will add a link here.

Next you will need a sturdy canvas tote.  I found this one at Hobby Lobby for just a few dollars.  They come folded up, so be sure to give it a good press with your iron, and don't be afraid to use some steam.  You really need to flatten out those fold lines or you won't get your stencil to stick as well as you would like.  Also, don't be afraid to iron it a few times, letting it sit for a few moments between pressings.  Wrinkles and fold lines in cotton can be tricky!  If you really can't get them out, then try this trick used by costumers:  Put equal parts distilled white vinegar and water in a small spray bottle, and give it a shake.  Spritz onto your problem wrinkles, then iron.  The vinegar helps relax the fibers, allowing them to press flat.  As for the vinegar smell, don't worry.  It will fade and disappear in no time.  Allow the bag to sit a few minutes to cool and dry out from any vinegar and steam.

Figure out where you would like your TARDIS (or any other object you wish to stencil!) to be.  Be sure to remember that when you fill the tote bag with stuff, the bottom will be bulging, so those bottom few inches of fabric will actually be on the bottom of the bag, rather than the sides!

Once you have your placement, go ahead and iron down your stencil.  Make sure to get into all the tiny corners and edges.  If they are not ironed down securely then you will have color bleeding around your image.

Now we're ready to do our first color of paint.  I chose to start with the windows and the light spilling out from the open door.  Give them a coat of white fabric paint.  If you don't have fabric paint, you can use craft paint, mixed with Fabric Medium.  (Which is found near craft paint in your local craft store.  Mix according to package directions.)  Depending on how dark your base fabric is, you may need to give lighter colors of paint more than one coat for good coverage.

Second color of paint!  Instead of a stark black, I chose to go with a very dark purple-black for the recessed areas of the TARDIS, as well as the Police Box sign.  With darker colors you generally only need one or two coats of paint for nice even coverage.

Now, while you've got the dark purple paint out, let's start the shadowy parts of the Vortex.  Use a piece of natural sea sponge to get irregular and organic shapes.  You may need to test this out a few times, and blot some of the excess paint off of your sponge before moving onto the fabric.  I recommend testing it on some brown paper.  I went with concentric circles of color, to show the twisting and turning of the Vortex, and left some space blank.

During all of this, be sure to be careful not to drip paint onto the white areas of your stencil!

Next, it's time to add some highlight to the Vortex.  I mixed up a light blue paint, and again added concentric rings, filling in the space I left last time.I went light on this coat, so that I could add in some metallic paint in the next step.

To give the tote more dimension and depth, I added a layer of metallic silver.  Instead of using a metallic paint however, I used the same light blue highlight paint, and added in Jacquard PearlEx Metallic Powder.  Go lightly over the highlighted areas, and blend some gently into the darker shadowy areas as well.  You want the colors to be layered and blended, not sitting in neat rows beside one another.

After a first light coat of silver paint, give it a few minutes to dry.  When the shine of the wet paint begins to dry, you will be able to see just how much of your metallic pigment is visible.  After letting it dry for a little while, be sure to turn the project, as the silver can look more or less heavy depending on how it catches the light.  If necessary, add another coat of metallic pigments.  Remember, you can always do a second coat, but you can't take off a coat that was too heavily applied.

Check pack once you think you are done, and note any areas that might need touching up.  Once you are happy with your paint job, go ahead and let it dry completely.  After it is dry you can peel back the stencil.  It will likely rip into pieces, and this is normal.  You will not be able to re-use the freezer paper stencil.

Now, stand back and admire your new tote bag!
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578  Re: One Tiny Doctor Who Thing - Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mistress Jennie on: April 28, 2011 03:49:14 PM
After feeling yucky all day yesterday, and coming home early from work, I decided not to even go in today.  I've spent most of the day on the couch with cup after cup of tea being miserable.  So imagine my delight when the mail lady knocked on my door today with a package!  I was expecting my OTT from lanikins, but was surprised when she asked me to sign for something then handed me a very large box!  That couldn't be an OTT... 

Turned out to be the first 5 seasons of Doctor Who on DVD!  (I found an awesome deal on Ebay with all 5 for $80!!!)  She didn't hand me any more mail, so I assumed lanikins package would arrive tomorrow.  But an hour later I heard someone on my porch, and there was another package!  How could my sick day get any better?  I'm glad you asked.  I opened the box, and the day went from "eh" to "Fantastic!" 

I opened my box to discover another box.  A blue one to be exact!

But wait, is it opening?!?!  What could be inside???

A giant Adipose!

Oh wait no, he's actually very tiny.  4" tall exactly.  Must be a baby.

And it looks like baby found something else in that blue box.  A book!

Needle Book to be exact, just like River Song's diary. 

The stitching and shading on this tiny needle book are stunning.  Photos don't really do it justice, but here's a close up anyways:

And finally, all my goodies together:

lanikins, you are AMAZING!  I am totally blown away by your beautiful craftsmanship, your attention to detail, and your generosity.  Such a tiny box full of truly "bigger-on-the-inside" treasures.  I can't thank you enough.  I also can't wait to take them to work to show off.  The TARDIS is totally going to live on my desk now, and the needle book is going straight into my sewing kit to be used every day.  As for baby Adi, I think she's going to snuggle up on the sofa with me for the night, watching some of those DVD extra features. 

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579  Re: Decked Out for Deathly Hallows - Part II is coming! in New Swap Theme Ideas by Mistress Jennie on: April 26, 2011 06:55:17 AM
Awww.... Thanks schultebunny!


And what would a birthday be without cake?  (This one is magically calorie-free!)

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580  One Tiny Doctor Who Thing - Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mistress Jennie on: April 22, 2011 04:35:02 AM

Partners in Crime:

jennieingram ---> lanikins
* lanikins ---> jennieingram

Songs4Drowning ---> Britters25
Britters25 (sending 5/13)---> Songs4Drowning (delivered 5/16 per usps.com)

spidermom (sent 5/10) ---> hgddm
hgddm ---> spidermom

stove037 (sent 5/9) ---> Whistley
* Whistley ---> stove037

Willowe ---> ivoryh1632
* ivoryh1632 ---> Willowe

Sarabunny ---> amydice
* amydice ---> Sarabunny

* Rene24601 ---> craftyzooprgrl
* craftyzooprgrl ---> Rene24601

tabzilla ---> dustyfro
dustyfro ---> tabzilla

* heatheres76 ---> jennythor
* jennythor ---> heatheres76

* LadyRiot ---> Ryn (delivered 5/11 per canadapost.ca)
Ryn (sent 5/9) ---> LadyRiot

leafy_lane (sent 5/9) ---> Baloo
Baloo (resent 5/12) ---> leafy_lane (Pics posted by Baloo. Thanks!)

Green = Sent
* = Sent Early
Orange = Sending Late with Communication
Maroon = No Communication, Contact Organizer Immediately!

Blue = Received & Pictures Posted
Purple = Received & Pictures NOT Posted

Strikeout = Feedback Given
Temporary Negative = 2 weeks since sendouts & no package sent
GLOWING RED=NEGATIVE FEEDBACK (please, oh please, no glowy red peeps)

Teleport back to the original thread!
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