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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Hufflepuff Night on the Town Bracelet on: February 26, 2014 12:04:47 PM
Another jewelry piece created for my swap partner in the Terribly Important SOB swap: a Hufflepuff inspired bracelet. I loosely braided some fancy ribbons and bead strands I put together. I'm not happy with the clasp solution I had to use so I'll be brainstorming a better solution if I ever decide to make one of these again:



12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Royal Hedwig Mini Art Quilt Necklace on: February 26, 2014 12:01:14 PM
I've been obsessed with art quilts lately so I decided to try making a teeny tiny necklace with one. This was created for my partner in the Terribly Important SOB swap. We both like Harry Potter so I stamped Hedwig on some fabric, embellished her with a very fancy rhinestone crown and then layered the piece, added some random stitching and hung it from a gauzy purple ribbon. I rather like the effect.



13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The Hedgehog's Adventure I & II on: February 10, 2014 11:13:52 AM
Anyone who knows me knows that I love hedgehogs. I was recently inspired to create a couple of embroidery hoops based on that mild obsession. They are patchwork style with shrink plastic charms for added detail.

The Hedgehog's Adventure I



In Henry's first adventure he's determined to prove that hedgehogs CAN fly even if they don't have wings.

The Hedgehog's Adventure II




In Henry's second adventure he decided to try skiing, because the world needs more skiing hedgehogs.
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Llama Llama Mini Canvas Ornament on: January 24, 2014 08:45:34 PM
Each year my kids get an ornament based on something they are really into that year. Sometimes we buy them an ornament but if one isn't available I break out my crafty ninja skills and make one. My son's Llama Llama book obsession led to the creation of this:


I painted the Llama Llama character on a black mini-canvas and then added some pretty ribbon as a hanger.
15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / A Bevy of Harry Potter Ornaments on: December 03, 2013 08:19:33 PM
For a recent photo shoot with my HP group I painted a bunch of props. A pigwidgeon and howler piece were particular favorites of mine. I decided to try making both into ornaments. I scanned both paintings, shrank them down, printed them on canvas with my printer and then sewed the results onto felt. For Pigwidgeon I added a bit of stuffing to give him some dimension. I used eyelets to create a hanger and shredded the edges of the canvas material for a more homespun look. I really love the results:



Way back in November I wrangled three of my favorite crafters into a private HP ornament swap. Here are the ornaments I came up with for each of them.

Fawkes
Hand-painted onto muslin, cut out and glued onto red felt and then coated with 3 coats of Modge Podge to add a bit of stiffness and protect the painted image from fraying/fading/small children with sticky fingers.


Potter Puppet Pals Theater
I pried the lid of an altoids tin, painted the outside like wood, lined the inside with blue and made little red felt curtains. Next I painted the three characters and cut them out and then added them to the theater with some pop dots stickies so the tin would have a nice layered effect. I used the hinges from the tin's former lid to secure ribbon as a hanger.


Expecto Patronum
Using a blank plastic ornament (a slightly flattened disc shape) I painted half the inside white and then added tinsel glitter to simulate snow. Next I printed a blue stag image on transparency paper, cut it out and hung it inside the ornament to dangle freely. Finally I painted the words Expecto Patronum in an HP font on the front.
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Harry Potter Photo Kit - TONS of Pics on: April 09, 2013 11:01:25 AM
I've always loved silly photo booth props like mustaches on sticks or funny glasses because they get people to relax and have fun when you're snapping a picture of them. For the recent One Awesome Harry Potter Thing swap I created a Harry Potter inspired photo kit for my partner, snagged from Weasley's Wizard Wheezes, naturally.

Everything was created from scratch, from the box that held the items to each individual piece. I hand painted every item, with the exception of the Snitch which was made using scrapbook paper. The labels for the box, bags & drawers were created in Photoshop. This is the most involved project I've ever worked on. Surprisingly, it was the box to hold the props that took the longest and gave me the most trouble. The props themselves were fairly easy Smiley



Box top: Weasley's Fabulous Box of Magical Photo Fun for Muggles


The Drawers inside the box: Things on Sticks, Things on Clips, Things without Sticks or Clips, Tattoos, Buttons


Things on Sticks: House pennants, Hedwig, Trevor, the Sorting Hat, Death Eater Mask, Mad-Eye Moody's Eye, Dumbledore's beard & hat, Harry's glasses, Luna's Spectrespecs.

Each of these items has velcro on the back so it can be attached to a stick and easily held.

Things on Clips: House ties, a pink Pygmy Puff

Each of these items has a small alligator clip attached to the back.

Things Without Sticks or Clips (flat props to hold): Rita Skeeter's acid green quill pen, Sirius Black's Azkaban prison sign, love potion, a Howler, bottle of Butterbeer, Remembrall, Snitch, Harry's wand


Temporary Tattoos: Dark Marks, Harry's scar, Azkaban prison tattoos, the Deathly Hallows symbol


Badges/Pin-back Buttons: Head Boy, Head Girl, Inquisitorial Squad, Weasley Is Our King, Quidditch Captain badges for each house, Prefect badges for each house




Some action shots:







You can see a ton more pics here, including my daughter modeling every prop: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tapestrymlp/sets/72157633205808296/

And in case you're not tired from all the pics, some making of shots:




Altogether I used one roll of Duct tape, six huge sections of bristol board, four pieces of card/poster board, 3/4 of a bottle of Modge Podge, four dowel rods, and dismantled three large packing boxes. My house looked like a tornado hit it for about a week while I was making the box & drawers to hold all the props. Plus I mis-measured for the final box so there was some recutting and cursing involved. Heh.
17  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Easter Eggshell Mosaics - A Tutorial on: March 12, 2013 08:22:33 PM
My kids love dying Easter eggs. For the past few years we've taken to making mosaic pictures every Easter from the eggshells of the eggs we dye. It's a lot of fun, an easy project for little ones and the results are really pretty. Tutorial below.



Step 1: Peel the eggs

Fairly straight forward, I admit. However, do your best to break the eggshell off in large chunks rather than tons of microscopic bits. You'll need a variety of sizes and shapes for your mosaic so this step is pretty important.

Step 2: Separate the egg membrane from the shell

If you've managed to keep the majority of your eggshells in large chunks/pieces this step will be easier. To keep the eggshells from smelling or possibly growing mold remove the thin membrane-like skin from the inside of the shell so all that is left is the hard outer shell. This is not part of the egg, but the actual shell. This step is tedious but crucial to ensuring your pictures will last for years. We've never had an issue with our mosaics going bad, smelling or discoloring over time and our oldest picture is from 4 years ago.

I run my finger along the inside of the shell, as you can see in the picture to peel off the membrane and use my nails to peel away any stragglers. Make sure you are putting the separated shell pieces in a separate container so you don't mix them up with pieces you haven't separated yet. I normally prepare the eggshells the morning of our project and we have a huge pile ready to use. I keep eggshells from previous years in a small Tupperware container so we can use them anytime.

Step 3: Print out your image. I don't have a picture of this step unfortunately. I normally find a black & white illustration online and just print that. Some years I get fancy and add a title and date like the images below Smiley

Step 4: Coat small areas of the image with a thin coating of white glue and begin adding your mosaic pieces.

We work in small sections so the glue doesn't dry out. The whole process goes fairly fast. Just keep filling in sections until your picture is finished.

Tip: as you press down on some of the larger eggshell pieces while gluing them, they'll break. That's perfectly fine, it ends up looking deliberate and just as nice.



Step 5: Admire the finished mosaic and hang it for everyone to see.


I hope a few of you will be inspired to try this fun craft with your kids this Easter. Let me know if you have any questions.
18  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Manatee Art Quilt on: February 16, 2013 08:22:39 PM
I created my very first art quilt (or quilt of any kind for that matter) for a recent swap. My partner listed nature and manatees as one of her themes so I designed this guy for her. The finished piece is approximately 1' by 2'. The base is supposed to be a water pattern with little seed beads representing bubbles. I was going for a very loose, messy stitch art style but the end piece is a bit more finished looking than I intended.



The piece has little seed beads and star stitches scattered around the manatee to quilt the layers together.


A close up of the manatee. I sketched him on some white cotton and then brushed in the colors with watered down acrylics so the end image wouldn't be stiff or shiny. I really love the way the colors blended.


Experimenting with zig-zag stitche widths for the base:


My original sketch:
19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Doctor Who Hoop - An Odd Ood on: February 11, 2013 10:42:55 AM
The lovely Pottermouth agreed to a private swap with me in January. We settled on each creating a Doctor Who hoop. Here's the hoop I created for her. Luckily she shares my cracked sense of humor and love for Monty Python as well as an unhealthy obsession with Doctor Who Smiley

I knew the moment we agreed on a Doctor Who swap what I wanted to make!


Some close up detail shots.



Here's the original sketch and initial felt piecing.

20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Harry Potter Pinback Buttons on: January 31, 2013 10:43:11 AM
One of my Christmas presents this past year was a button making machine. Inspired by my new toy, I set about designing some buttons. For anyone that knows me, it shouldn't be a huge shock my buttons are all, thus far, Harry Potter inspired designs. The pictures are rather bad, but I hope to have better ones soon. So far I have twelve designs and plans for another dozen more.







The last set is my favorite, although I had fun designing all of them.
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